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Summer 2016s Best Budget Destinations

Many people like to go on vacation in the summer but a lot of those people mistaken think that a vacation to Europe is beyond their budget. Although many European holiday destinations are expensive, there are some which are cheaper and therefore can be considered as budget summer holiday destinations.

Some of the European cities that can be visited on a budget are; Warsaw, Rome, Dublin, Prague, Lisbon, Bucharest, Berlin and Istanbul.

Warsaw

Warsaw

Warsaw

In Eastern Europe, your money generally goes further than it would in Western Europe and in Warsaw this is apparent by the cost of the hotels which can offer 5 star luxury from as little as US$130 per night. Or, if you would prefer to stay at somewhere like the Polonia Palace Hotel, Warsaw’s only hotel that survived WW11 undamaged, it would only cost you about US$100 per night.

Rome

Rome

Rome

Perhaps a little unbelievable but no less true, hotels in Rome cost on average, less than hotels in other Italian destinations and are certainly cheaper than most of the other European cities. With cheap hotels and so much to see in the “Eternal City”, it should be on everybody’s list for possible vacation destinations.

Dublin

Dublin

Dublin

Apart from having frothy beer in abundance and cheap hotels, there are many free activities in Ireland’s capital, including many of the country’s top museums to visit.

Prague

Prague

Prague

Although Prague is listed as one of the top ten most visited cities, it is also listed as one of Europe’s cheapest to visit. This thousand year old city has a 10th century castle that dominates its skyline and that castle is just one of the many places which are free to visit.

Lisbon

Lisbon

Lisbon

Although Lisbon may be the capital of Portugal, Portugal in general is considered to be cheaper than its popular neighbor Spain. Although cheaper than Spain, Lisbon has many of the attractions that Spain has to offer, including sea and cobbled streets in its older places.

Bucharest

Bucharest

Bucharest

Bucharest has often been called Little Paris but it certainly isn’t its prices that get it that name. The city doesn’t even have an Eiffel Tower or Louvre but, it does have beautifully tree lined boulevards and it is those that got it its name.

Berlin

Berlin

Berlin

Although Berlin has once again become the capital of the re-united Germany and has undergone something of a cultural renaissance in the last 2 decades, it is still cheaper to visit than most of the other Western European capitals.

Istanbul

Istanbul

Istanbul

In the times of the Roman Empire, this city was already famous but had the name of Constantinople. Ideally situated between and linking Europe and Asia, this city is unique in many ways. Its uniqueness is not only because of its long history but also because of the way it beautifully mixes an Asian influence with that of a European one. Whether you decide to visit the European side, Asian side or both, you will still find the prices are cheaper than most other European destination hot spots, which is one of the reasons why, in 2015, it became the world’s most popular city vacation destination.

When Is the Right Time to Book a Cruise in Summer 2016?

Taking a cruise in the high seas was once a luxury reserved for the worldly elite. These days everyone can enjoy this privilege. One of the most traditionally expensive times of the year for a cruise is during summer and the wave season or the peak season for cruises that starts in January. In reality however, the best time to book a cruise in summer depends on if you are looking to score a good bargain deal or to avoid the rough seas. Therefore, it comes down to the price, weather and destination.
There are so many cruise companies to choose from that it can get confusing in determining which will be the best option for you and your loved ones. Luckily, cruise lines tend to have created a niche to serve different lifestyles. For instance, the Celebrity cruises aims for the gourmet and spa traveler, Disney cruises are best for kids because of nurseries and themed play areas, the Royal Caribbean cruises are ideal for teens and active families because of on board surfing, rock climbing walls and zip lines. The Holland America are most appealing to more mature travelers as it has cruise traditions such as ballroom dancing and afternoon tea parties.
Here is an in-depth overview of the best two cruise companies and a few pointers to help you pick the right cruise line;

Carnival Cruises

Carnival Cruises

Carnival Cruises

The Carnival Corporation leads in being the largest cruise line operator globally. It is the best ship for those who are conscious about the budget because of its frequent offers and close to home sailings for a vacation at the sea that makes you end up paying less. Most of its features do not come with an extra cost as its entertainment and dining options are included in the fare not forgetting the hilarious late night 18 plus comedies.

Royal Caribbean Cruises

Royal Caribbean Cruises

Royal Caribbean Cruises

This is the second largest cruise line operator in the world following Carnival cruises. Royal Caribbean Cruises Limited owns 5 cruise lines including; Royal Caribbean International, the Azamara Club Cruises, popular Celebrity Cruises, CDF Croisieres de France that target the French and Pullmantur Cruises. The Royal Caribbean cruises are perfect for those who relish fitness and fun no wonder it is a treasure for teens. It has a lot of youth facilities to offer from kayaking, hiking, surfing, rock climbing, basketball, machines for a cardio workout, and a Pilates exercise class for fitness enthusiasts. Onboard entertainment is high key with shows ranging from ice skating to water based acrobatic performances. It was the first to organize an on board Broadway. The Celebrity cruises are a haven for foodies, with many on board restaurants that serve mouthwatering Italian steak, international comfort foods, upscale French continental cuisine and a pizza eatery that is divine. Be sure to enjoy a wine tasting experience at Cellar Masters, a cocktail at Molecular Bar or at the Martini Bar where bartenders will juggle up creative concoctions for you to enjoy.

Preparations to Make for a Hassle-Free Vacation

Vacation means time away from work, from stress and from worries that have been bothering you. However, without enough preparations, this vacation can even make you feel more stressed. And you do not want that to happen! Therefore, it is important that you make necessary preparations before you hit that next vacation trip.

Here are some guidelines to help you prepare well for a smooth-sailing and stress-free vacation:

travel preparation

Book your tickets in advance

It is best to book your tickets ahead of time. This will avoid any hassles and it will even help you save money. Booking your plane tickets early allows you to have many options like choosing more appropriate time of departure and arrival, saving a good seat and you can even find seat sales. But the most important thing is that you already have your tickets before your departure.

Make necessary reservations and transfer arrangements

One of the most common causes of stress when traveling is the reservation. You arrive at the hotel you wish to stay in and then boom, no more rooms available! That means, you have to transfer to another hotel with all your bags and luggage without assurance if you can indeed book a room there. Avoid that kind of hassle! Call in advance or email – just make reservations in advance for crying out loud! It will give you so much relief. Also, it is advisable to book a car hire in Auckland airport for easy transfer arrangement from airport to your hotel. No stress indeed!

Study the place that you will be visiting

This sounds too serious but really, this is just about having an idea about the place you’ll visit. Know what kind of weather to expect, available activities, type of foods and things like that. That way, you will be able to make necessary preparations. You do not need to prepare an itinerary. You can be spontaneous but just get ideas in advance.

Inform your office that you will be out in vacation

After having everything all-set, you must inform your office and everyone you work with that you will be out for vacation and that you may not read their emails and attend to their concerns. This is important to do to avoid people bugging you while you are trying to enjoy and relax.

Leave your laptop at home

Lastly, make sure to leave your laptop at home. If you wish to enjoy a hassle-free vacation, then forget about work. Do not try to spoil all the fun by going online to check your mails. Checking your email can lead to long hours of work and then you will forget about your original agenda, which is to relax and unwind. So best thing to do is to completely ignore work-related things while you are in your vacation.

Make the most in your next vacation. Let go of everything else and just try to unwind and relax. Let this moment be an energy-booster to help you regain strength to face the real world.

Everybody needs a holiday! So, where are you off to? Make sure to prepare well using the tips we discussed here.

Pilgrimage to Mecca – Necessary Things to Take Along with Hajj Travel   

A very auspicious and valued occasion for the Muslims is Pilgrimage to Mecca. All Muslims desire to visit the holy city and perform hajj as it is a compulsion for them and form one of the five pillars of Islam. Muslims go for hajj pilgrimage every year in the month of Zilhaj. Many travel agents offer various deals and most of the people prefer those which provide cost effective facilities focusing upon ones affordability level and comfort. Cheap Hajj Packages are also offered by diverse corporations and if all amenities are provided, it is most convenient for all pilgrims. Cheap flights to Mecca are also available by many airlines so one can also choose these for a more economical journey. As it is a very precious moment for Muslims, it is better to take necessary things along with Hajj Travel so that everything goes smoothly and without panic.

Pilgrimage to Mecca

Pilgrimage to Mecca

Ihram

Ihram

Ihram

It is a garment for men to be worn in order to perform Hajj. It is necessary to find a fine fabric which is comfortable and is stitched in appropriate way. Carrying some safety pins is better for adjustments if required. Money belt can also be worn over the Ihram in order to keep your money and valuable items. Women wear Abaya as their Ihram.

Sleepers

Sleepers

Sleepers

A good pair of sleepers should be worn and an extra one is to be taken along.

Suitcase and Handbag

Suitcase and Handbag

Suitcase and Handbag

One should take a good size suitcase for carrying stuff. It is necessary to mention your basic info on a tag and attach it. It will prevent you from losing your bag in case of crowded environment. A hand bag is used for keeping your personal accessories.

Items for Personal Use

Items for Personal Use

Items for Personal Use

Keep with yourself a fragrance free soap and shampoo, a toothbrush and paste, towel, nail cutter, shaving items and tissue packs. These are needed quite often while travelling and doing will also help you with maintaining good hygiene during Hajj.

Food items

Food items

Food items

It is also useful to take a few juices and dry food items along like biscuits, chips etc. This will save time when you are in hurry and hungry at the same time.

Medicines

Medicines

Medicines

It is very essential to carry some general medicines. As people from all around the world come for pilgrimage, infections are more likely to spread. It is always better to get vaccinated before going. First aid kit is to be kept along while Hajj travels. Also take some good anti-emetic, anti-allergic, anti-biotic and painkiller for using if needed.

Sunscreen and Umbrella

Sunscreen and Umbrella

Sunscreen and Umbrella

As the temperature is hot most of the times, unscented sunscreens are often helpful along with an umbrella.

Money and Identity Cards

Money and Identity Cards

Money and Identity Cards

Do not forget to take your I.D card, passport and credit card. You can also keep some cash for easy buying.

Prayer Mat

Prayer Mat

Prayer Mat

It is sometimes good to have you own prayer mat when you go for prayer.

Pocket Books

Pocket Books

Pocket Books

Having a book with duas and important versus is beneficial. It should be pocket sized so that it is easy to carry.

Summer 2015s Best Budget Destinations

Many people like to go on vacation in the summer but a lot of those people mistaken think that a vacation to Europe is beyond their budget. Although many european holiday destinations are expensive, there are some which are cheaper and therefore can be considered as budget summer holiday destinations.
Some of the European cities that can be visited on a budget are; Warsaw, Rome, Dublin, Prague, Lisbon, Bucharest, Berlin and Istanbul.

Warsaw

Warsaw

Warsaw

In Eastern Europe, your money generally goes further than it would in Western Europe and in Warsaw this is apparent by the cost of the hotels which can offer 5 star luxury from as little as US$130 per night. Or, if you would prefer to stay at somewhere like the Polonia Palace Hotel, Warsaw’s only hotel that survived WW11 undamaged, it would only cost you about US$100 per night.

Rome

Rome

Rome

Perhaps a little unbelievable but no less true, hotels in Rome cost on average, less than hotels in other Italian destinations and are certainly cheaper than most of the other European cities. With cheap hotels and so much to see in the “Eternal City”, it should be on everybody’s list for possible vacation destinations.

Dublin

Dublin

Dublin

Apart from having frothy beer in abundance and cheap hotels, there are many free activities in Ireland’s capital, including many of the country’s top museums to visit.

Prague

Prague

Prague

Although Prague is listed as one of the top ten most visited cities, it is also listed as one of Europe’s cheapest to visit. This thousand year old city has a 10th century castle that dominates its skyline and that castle is just one of the many places which are free to visit.

Lisbon

Lisbon

Lisbon

Although Lisbon may be the capital of Portugal, Portugal in general is considered to be cheaper than its popular neighbour Spain. Although cheaper than Spain, Lisbon has many of the attractions that Spain has to offer, including sea and cobbled streets in its older places.

Bucharest

Bucharest

Bucharest

Bucharest has often been called Little Paris but it certainly isn’t its prices that get it that name. The city doesn’t even have an Eiffel Tower or Louvre but, it does have beautifully tree lined boulevards and it is those that got it its name.

Berlin

Berlin

Berlin

Although Berlin has once again become the capital of the re-united Germany and has undergone something of a cultural renaissance in the last 2 decades, it is still cheaper to visit than most of the other Western European capitals.

Istanbul

Istanbul

Istanbul

In the times of the Roman Empire, this city was already famous but had the name of Constantinople. Ideally situated between and linking Europe and Asia, this city is unique in many ways. Its uniqueness is not only because of its long history but also because of the way it beautifully mixes an Asian influence with that of a European one. Whether you decide to visit the European side, Asian side or both, you will still find the prices are cheaper than most other European destination hot spots, which is one of the reasons why, in 2014, it became the world’s most popular city vacation destination.

 

Top Things To Do in Antigua with all Inclusive Vacation Packages

The eastern Caribbean island of Antigua is a beach lover’s paradise with locals boasting of 365 beaches, one for each day of year. The island is covered with a variety of resorts and the best way to enjoy the luxuries offered by them is to book an all-inclusive package. Below is the list of all the things to do in Antigua with the help of these all-inclusive packages.

Enjoy water at your doorstep

luxury Antigua resorts

luxury Antigua resorts

All the luxury Antigua resorts and hotels boast of a multiple option of beaches to chose from. Other than that there are multiple pools within the resort premises as well. So, whether you want a little fun in the beach quick dip before setting out to explore the island, you can have it whatever way you like it in Antigua.

Water Sportså

Water Sportså

Surrounded by water all over, Antigua has many water-based activities to entertain the tourists. Antigua all inclusive vacation packages are surely to deliver their best in this field. This mostly includes a variety of non-motorized water activities like wind-surfing, snorkeling, kayaking and sailing. Some clubs also offer free equipment for stand up pedal boarding, pedal boats and hobble cat sailing.

Indulge in Luxurious Lifestyle

For those seeking luxury in their vacation, Antigua offers best services to pamper and indulge yourself. While spa services are usually not included in most all inclusive packages, fitness centers are common in all of them. Another luxury is the food with a variety of restaurants offering cuisines from around the world. All meals and snacks are included in the all inclusive package along with the minibar in your room. You can also enjoy the access to wifi in your room and in some parts of the hotel.

Land sports

Though the focus of the all-inclusive packages is more on the water based activities, all resorts have activities on their landscapes as well. All resorts and hotels have specified areas for activities like tennis, billiards and table tennis. Some luxury hotels have golf courses within its premises that are also included in the package if desired. Others have tracks for jogging and cycling around the grounds.

Activities for Kids

Activities for Kids

Activities for Kids

The resorts, which are not specified for adults, only are sure to offer special kids club to keep the young guests entertained. The kids clubs offer activities for kids like swimming lessons, art classes and trailing. The parents are always welcome to join their kids in the fun or leave them behind to spend some time on their own.

Entertainment

Any stay in Antigua is not complete without the touch of Caribbean music and live performances by local bands. There are many special events going all around the year so its always a better idea to confirm from the desk about the events arranged by the hotel for its guests. In some resorts, clubs and bars are free for guests where you can have an unlimited numbers of drinks. Some of the imported variety may be charged so its better to confirm first.

5 All Inclusive Resorts to Visit During Summer Holidays

Summer season is the best for a vacation and what could be better than a retreat to a white sand beach and a clear blue ocean. But Barbados is not just that. Being a British colony, it combines Caribbean waters with British elegance; think of English tea on a terrace overlooking the best of Caribbean Sea, under the summer sun. What else one could wish for is a resort where you can find all services under one roof to make your vacation a trip to heaven. The top 5 all-inclusive resorts in Barbados have been reviewed below. The weather in summer is humid making it desirable to stay in a luxury air-conditioned hotel or resort.

Fairmont Royal Pavilion

Fairmont Royal Pavilion

Fairmont Royal Pavilion

Surrounded by tropical gardens and a stretch of trademark white sandy beach, Fairmont Royal Pavilion is located on the Platinum coast of Barbados, St. James. This is a five-star all-inclusive resort with latest decor all done in Caribbean style. Each guestroom has ocean-viewing windows and is equipped with latest technologies like Internet access and flat screen televisions. Guests also get facilities like private beach, pool, a number of water sports, shuttle service to the nearest golf club, babysitters and spa services.

Tamarind Resort hotel

Tamarind Resort hotel

Tamarind Resort hotel

This is another five-star resort that has been newly refurbished to accommodate 110 guest rooms. Tamarind Resort hotel is located in St. James on the Platinum beach and has the perfect romantic environment for couples as well as providing entertainment for groups or families. This resort, now with a chic and contemporary look, includes services like 3 fresh water swimming pools, complimentary water sports, fine dining, business center and fitness center.

Crystal Cove

Crystal Cove

Crystal Cove

Also located in St. James on the idyllic Platinum beach is the four-star Crystal Cove. Along with the common white sandy beach and beautiful ocean view this all-inclusive resort boasts of an intimate tropical hillside overlooking the town. Each of the 88 modern guestrooms holds are air-conditioned and including a patio or terrace, making it an ideal summer choice. Plus it also includes satellite television. The all-inclusive package consists of facilities like three lagoon style swimming pools, three restaurants, a bar, a special kids club and several water sports option.

Turtle Beach Resort

Turtle Beach Resort

Turtle Beach Resort

Setting up the standards of all-inclusive range of services by a notch, the turtle beach resort tends to spoil its guest. Whether its a cocktail by the pool, exotic salon services or access to tourist spots. You can also stroll to turtle beach’s sister properties to enjoy more options. besides there are three restaurants. The white beach is just steps from the suites with a number of water sports available for guests.

Waves Beach Resort

Waves Beach Resort

Waves Beach Resort

This resort is also located on Platinum beach, St. James. Waves is an exclusively adult only resort which provides spacious accommodation in true Mediterranean style. The guests can unwind themselves Oceanside or poolside. Three restaurants provide ample food variety and the hotel has two bars to quench the summer thirst. The resort also offers multiple water sports options.

Top 10 Most Peaceful Countries in the World 2014

Some may say that we are currently living in the most peaceful era of the human history; however the latest stats don’t verify this claim. In the past decade, the crises across the globe have increased a lot, leading to lesser peace and more violence. Recent wars on Iraq, Gaza and Afghanistan, along with the 9/11 incident and many similar tragedies have left the world devastated. In this time of violence and war, however, there are still some countries that are being considered as peaceful. These are the countries least affected by political instability as well as violence, kind of like a heaven on Earth, right? Following are the top ten peaceful countries of 2014, according to the global peace index:

10. Norway

Norway

Norway

Known as the Kingdom of Norway, this country is ranked as the tenth most peaceful country of the day. It is basically a Scandinavian unitary constitutional monarchy and is of a total of around 385,252 square foot area. The country’s neighbors are Russia, Finland and Sweden. Facing the mighty North Atlantic Ocean as well as the Barents Sea, this country also has a vast coastline. The current Prime Minister of the country is Erna Soiberg, and its monarch is King Herald V. The country is known for its comprehensive health care and social security system.

9. Belgium

Belgium

Belgium

Kingdom of Belgium is Western Europe’s federal monarchy. The country is European Union’s founding member and straddles the cultural heritage between Latin Europe as well as Germanic Europe. The country has two main languages spoken within its boundaries, which are Spanish and Dutch. A small population also speaks German. The country became a part of the Industrial revolution after its independence and over the years during the 20th century, many African colonies came under its possession. Although there are many differences within the country, it still manages to remain the ninth most peaceful country of the planet.

8. Japan

Japan

Japan

The hub of all rising electronics, Japan is ranked at number eight on the list of top most peaceful countries of the world. It is Asia’s island nation and currently has the third largest economy of the world, hence being a developed country. The land also has a rich history and an equally rich culture. It currently has a moderate military, which is mainly responsible for peacekeeping and self-defense purposes. It is also ranked at third position in Asia’s Human Development index. This “Land of the Rising Sun” is one of the most peaceful places you could live in.

7. Canada

Canada

Canada

This North American country is made up of three territories and ten provinces. Currently, Canada is world’s fourth largest country, considering the land area, and second largest country by the total land area. United States and Canada share the largest border ever shared by any country. Even before the name Canada popped up on the map, the Aboriginal people inhabited this land. During the late 15th century, French and British colonies started settling at Atlantic Coast. Today, Canada is a developed country and is also one of the world’s most wealthiest ones.

6. Finland

Finland

Finland

Republic of Finland is Fennoscandian region’s Nordic country. The country shares border with Estonia, Russia, Norway and Sweden and has a population out of which 90% speaks Finns. The country developed by leaps and bounds sometime after the 1950s, and is today a welfare state. The country lays emphasis on promotion of economics, education and health sector. The country also promotes civil liberties as well as the quality of the living of the population, because of which it is today considered as the sixth most peaceful country of the world.

5. Switzerland

Switzerland

Switzerland

With Alps occupying most of the Swiss region, Swiss Confederation happens to be one of the most beautiful countries of the world, and now one of the most peaceful ones as well, a wonderful combination. The country consists of 26 cantons and is located in Central and Western Europe. The country has two global cities within its boundary, Geneva and Zürich.

4. New Zealand

New Zealand

New Zealand

Pacific Ocean’s island country, New Zealand is no doubt one of the most beautiful as well as serene and peaceful places to live in. The country’s most populated city happens to be Auckland. In the past, the country’s economics was highly dominated by its export of wool. However, today, the export of meat, wine, dairy products and tourism is dominant economic sources. The country, surrounded by mountains has a general cool climate, and also adds to the beauty of the landscape.

3. Austria

Austria

Austria

Republic of Austria, located in Central Europe is a landlocked country as well as a federal republic and today has a population of around 8.5 million. The country shares border with quite a lot of countries, since it is located in Central Europe. These countries are Germany, Italy, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Slovakia as well as Hungary. The country is also one of the richest of the world.

2. Denmark

Denmark

Denmark

Northern Europe’s Nordic country, Kingdom of Denmark shares border with Germany, Sweden as well as Northern Europe. The kingdom itself consists of two constituent countries, which are Faroe Islands and Greenland. The country is inhabited by around 5.65 million people and is one of the most beautiful of European countries. With its sandy islands and serene coastline, the country gives a whole aroma of peace. Today considered as the second most peaceful country of the world, it has a lot to boast to its visitors and inhabitants.

1. Iceland

Iceland

Iceland

Last but not the least, the most peaceful country in the world happens to be none other than Iceland. With the lack of military within the country, it is still one of the most safest as well as peaceful countries of the world. The interior of this country is made up of lava fields, glaciers as well as mountains, hence occupies all kinds of extremes. The country is known for its free-market economy and has quite less taxes than other of the OECD countries. All of these factors add up to the fact that it is the most peaceful country today.

Top 4 Most Popular Honeymoon Destinations in the World 2014

Common practice today is that after the big day, the newly weds look for astounding joints where they get to relax and unwind with their favourite other half. With the trend not looking like its going to stop any time soon, hoteliers are continuing upgrade their joints in order to continue to attract couples from all around the world. Most of these places are used not only as unwinding spots, they are also meant for creating beautiful memories that will be remembered for the rest of their life. If you are considering a honeymoon spot, you may want to read on in order to get a glimpse of the best honeymoon destinations in the world.

New Zealand

New Zealand

New Zealand

Otherwise known as the Land of long White Cloud, New Zealand continues to attract honeymooners and it is all for good reasons. With the kind of adventure that New Zealand offers, any adventure lover can find a better reason to visit the country. Some of the top attractions in the region include but not limited to lovely beaches, freshwater lakes ideal for fishing, fast moving waters for rafting and gorgeous mountains to climb. If that was not enough, did you know that New Zealand is the only country in the world where you get an opportunity to witness the world’s flightless birds such as kiwi and Kakapo.

Cancun, Mexico

Cancun, Mexico

 

For decades, honeymooners have been visiting Cancun that is located on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula for a number of its attractions. The region if famously known for: its white-sandy beaches, jungle rainforests, and its nearness to the ancient Mayan ruins. The fact that Cancun was specifically designed for tourists means that the chances of you bumping into a Mexican are greatly reduced. In most cases you’ll be interacting with your fellow tourists.

London Premier Notting Hill

London Premier Notting Hill

London Premier Notting Hill

London Premier Notting Hill is an extremely popular place in London for honeymooners. It located in a quiet residential area to provide you with the tranquility you need to make your trip a success. The fact that it is located in close proximity to both Bayswater and the Notting Hill underground station make the area ideal for not only honeymooners but for travellers who want to have piece of London. The property in itself is a masterpiece with perfectly designed interiors that will give you a British feel that will intrigue you in many ways.

Maldives

Maldives

Maldives

A visit to the island will reveal to you exactly why the deserted beaches vie for the title, ”most romantic spot in the world.” Everything about the island is exquisite. The island remains as one of the last unspoilt island destinations in the world and has continued to attract visitors and honeymooners from the world. Who said that getting there is a cake walk, it is the only catch about Maldives. If you are from the US prepare yourself for a long haul flight. Do not worry though, once you get their, the hustle is worth every penny.

12 Most Famous Bridges in the World

Human being’s desire to cross things has been there since the dawn of mankind. However, most of the time, the human race was defeated by the forces of nature, such as giant water bodies, which became a hurdle in the man’s travels. However, with the advancement of time and brain, idea of bridges was put forward. It started of by putting a log over a little stream in order to cross it. Eventually, man started using bigger and better equipment, and today he has achieved something that man of around 200,000 years ago couldn’t even have imagined. Today, bridges are not only a way of going from place to place, but also a sign of human creativity and a source of tourist amusement. There are several famous bridges across the globe, in the blog are mentioned twelve most popular ones:

12. Chapel Bridge, Switzerland

Chapel Bridge, Switzerland

Chapel Bridge, Switzerland

Switzerland’s Chapel Bridge is around 205-meter long bridge over the Reuss River in Lucerne city. It is considered as Europe’s oldest wooden covering bridge and is also one of the Swiss main tourist attractions. The bridge also has a rich history and its insides are full of paintings from the 17th century, so it is basically a must stop for every artist visiting Europe. These paintings portray the historical events. However, in a grand fire, most of the bridge was damaged, along with around 85 of the paintings.

11. Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco

Golden Gate Bridge is one of the US’ most famous bridges. Its construction was completed 1937 and at time it was the world’s longest suspension bridge. That being said, it was obviously one of the most enormous constructions of its time. The bridge is one of the masterpieces of the famous architect, Joseph B. Strauss. Golden Gate Bridge was completed in around seven years. It can be said the bridge is San Francisco’s biggest tourist attraction.

10. Tower Bridge, London

Tower Bridge, London

Tower Bridge, London

Constructed over the wild River Thames, Tower Bridge of London is a beautiful suspension bridge and a combined bascule. Being very near to the Tower of London, it gets its name as it is today. The Tower Bridge has also become one of the “iconic symbols” of the city. The construction of this mighty bridge started in around 1886 and the construction was completed in around eight years.

9. Millau Bridge, France

Millau Bridge, France

Millau Bridge, France

Guinness Book of World Record’s largest ever cable-stayed vehicular bridge, Millau Bridge spans River Tarn’s valley, situated north of France. It is also the world’s tallest bridge and is around 1,125ft high, making it a little taller then the mighty Eiffel Tower. Needless to say, it is a must visit.

8. Sydney Harbor Bridge, Sydney

Sydney Harbor Bridge, Sydney

Sydney Harbor Bridge, Sydney

World’s widest, “long span” bridge, Sydney Harbor is of around 3,770ft length. Apart from that, it is also world’s largest bridge made of steel arch and its top stands around 440ft tall. Sydney Harbor Bridge took around eight years of construction and was finally opened to public use in the March of 1932. Because of having steel body, the bridge isn’t completely stationary, one of its unique traits.

7. Brooklyn Bridge, New York City

Brooklyn Bridge, New York City

Brooklyn Bridge, New York City

Brooklyn Bridge is no doubt one of the most famous bridges of the world. If you haven’t heard of the name, you will definitely recognize it once you see the picture. Brooklyn Bridge also happens to be the oldest suspension bridge of the United States. The time it was opened to public use, this bridge was the longest in the world. Today, it has become one of the US’ landmarks.

6. Nanpu Bridge, China

Nanpu Bridge, China

Nanpu Bridge, China

Nanpu Bridge is not only Shanghai’s major tourist attraction, but also a wonder of world bridge architecture. Its spiral construction leaves the visitors in awe. Constructed in a way that saves maximum land space, this bridge is not only a revolutionary bridge architecture move, but also one of the prettiest sights. If you plan to travel to Shanghai, don’t forget to go round the Nanpu Bridge Road!

5. Helix Bridge, Singapore

Helix Bridge, Singapore

Helix Bridge, Singapore

Designed in a way that it actually looks like a giant DNA, Helix Bridge spreads high and mighty over the Singapore River. This unique bridge radiates blue color during the night and gives a beautiful sight. The bridge is relatively a new construction and was opened to the public use in 2010. This illuminating bridge is one of the major tourist attractions of the country.

4. Bridge of Sighs, Venice

Bridge of Sighs, Venice

Bridge of Sighs, Venice

Bridge of Sighs is a famous bridge in Venice. Also known in Italian as “Ponte dei Sospiri.” It connects Prigioni to Doge’s Palace. Prigioni were the prisons that were constructed in the 16th century, and through this bridge they were totally cut-off from the city life. It was designed and constructed in 1600 by Antonio Contino. According to the legend, the bridge got its name because the prisoners who were on their way to their cells or executions “sighed” at the sight of it.

3. Ponte Vecchio, Florence

Ponte Vecchio, Florence

Ponte Vecchio, Florence

A famous bridge in Florence, Ponte Vecchio has significances of its own. It is an arch bridge constructed of Medieval stone. This beautiful spreads over the Arno River of Florence and is known for a number of shops built along its side. It is around 98ft high and 105ft wide and one of Florence’ main tourist attractions.

2. Chengyang Bridge, China

Chengyang Bridge, China

Chengyang Bridge, China

Also known as the “Wind and Rain Bridge” and camouflaged among the beautiful green rice fields and mighty mountains, Chengyang Bridge is no doubt one of the prettiest sights of the Guangxi Province. The bridge spans the Linxi River and was constructed in 1916. It depicts the traditional architecture of China, and is hence one of the major tourist attractions of the area.

1. The Falkirk Wheel, Scotland

The Falkirk Wheel, Scotland

The Falkirk Wheel, Scotland

We have discussed the classic bridges, modern bridges and architectural miracle bridges in the blog – however, The Falkirk Wheel is more of a stunner, other than its highly futurist design. It is currently the world’s only rotating boat lift bridge and can circle at 180 degrees! It is no doubt an exceptional and unique feat of future engineering.

Most Amazing Historical Places of the World in 2014

You may think that the New York City historical sites, like the Statue of Liberty or Germany historical sites like the remnants of the Berlin Wall are impressive but they pale in comparison to the most famous World monuments which are neither in the US or Germany. There are of course many fantastic and truly amazing historical sites all around the globe but some make a bigger impression than others. This is a list of what are perhaps the most amazing historical places of the world in 2014.

Macho Picchu

Macho Picchu

Macho Picchu in Southern Peru is often referred to as the lost city of the Incas and was named, in 2007, as one of the new 7 wonders of the world. This impressive mountain top ruin was once a cultural centre for the Incas yet even today can only be accessed by either train or a full four day hike.

The Great Pyramids

The Great Pyramids

The Great Pyramids of Giza in Egypt have impressed people for thousands of years and are still no less impressive to day. The secrets of how they so accurately align with the stars, will give probably give conspiracy theorists fuel for thought for many more years yet.

Petra

Petra

Petra is a settlement that was carved into a canyon in Jordan around the 6th century BC which was for some reason, later abandoned. Since its rediscovery in 1812, it has become a UNESCO World Heritage Site as well as one of the New 7 Wonders of the World and also one of the most popular tourist attractions in the world today.

Stonehenge

Stonehenge

Stonehenge in England is a circle of giant stones that have been dated as having been positioned around 3100 BC. Although its real purpose still remains a mystery, it is probably one of the world’s most recognizable sites.

The Coliseum

The Coliseum

The Coliseum in Rome is still on in awe by thousands of people as they realize an amphitheatre, seating 45,000 people was built as far back as the 1st century AD.

Tikal

Tikal

Tikal in Guatemala is probably the best preserved of the many Mayan cities that once existed in pre-Columbian Central America and its beauty is best experienced from the top of one of the temples, at sunrise.

Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat in Cambodia is the site of many temples built at a time when the ancient Khmer Empire covered much of South East Asia and is such a vast site; it takes at least three to four days to properly explore it all.

Persepolis

Persepolis

Persepolis is the remains of an ancient city in Iran that was built for the Persian ruler Darius in 515BC. Built on an artificial platform, one its main features was a double staircase made for horses.

Alhambra

Alhambra

Alhambra in Spain started as a castle on a hill in the 9th century but then Yusuf 1, Sultan of Granada in 1333, converted it to a palace. It was then and still remains today, one of the World’s most beautiful examples of excellence in architecture.

Acropolis

Acropolis

The Acropolis in Greece actually contains 21 historical sites including the famous Parthenon. This city was built on a rock 150m high and still stands as majestic and impressive as it did when it was built.