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4 Ways You Can Enjoy Great Food On Your Travels

Travelling the world and taking it all in is something that makes life worth living, so how can you make it even better?

If you love great food, then travelling is a surefire to exposure your tastebuds to all sorts of other delightful flavours and textures. The secret is to travel like a pro, and follow a few simple rules. Take a look at the rest of this article, and then get ready for a culinary experience unlike any other. Perfect for ensuring you make some memories that you’ll remember forever.

Eat Where the Locals Eat

The locals know their food better than anyone, and they tend to vote with their feet. Sometimes you’ll see tourist destinations bursting at the seams, and not a local in sight. Take a look at where they go to fill their bellies, and then make your way over there. You can be assured of a great meal the moment you sit yourself at the table and browse through the menu! It’s also a great way to immerse yourself in the local culture by getting chatting and exchanging stories.

Learn About the Local Delicacies Before You Setoff

It’s all about the preparation when you want to get the most out of your travels, so plan ahead and get ready to enjoy yourself like never before. Taking the time to peruse the local delicacies online or in a guidebook is a great way to have an idea of what to look out for.

Don’t worry, no one is expecting you to become a master or a connoisseur overnight. But take the time to familiarise yourself and you’ll be amazed at how much more you get out of your travels.

Ignore the Big Chain Restaurants

Chain restaurants are okay, but there’s a time and a place for them. If you really want to get the most out of your experience immersed in a new culture, then heading to the nearest KFC isn’t the way to do it. Unless you’re in the US that is!

Find those small artisan eateries that have been family run for decades, and you’ll be able to treat your tastebuds to something the likes of which they could only have dreamed of. Just what you need when you want to make memories that will last a lifetime.

Look at Who Owns the Eateriesand Hotels Before Booking

If you want to enjoy some great food, stay at hotels or dine at restaurants that are owned by a renowned Hospitality Management Company to ensure a positive stay.

That way you know that you’ll be in for a real treat the moment you set foot through the door. Just what you need to fill your stomach after a long day on your feet exploring the local area. All you’ll need to do then is lie down, and let your food go down.

Cruise ideas for 2018

There aren’t many holidays in life that feel more luxurious than stepping onto a cruise ship, ready to be whisked off for a few days at sea exploring the area. With a wide range of destinations and cruises available, here’s my guide to the best cruises you should book onto for your holiday in 2018.

Cruise Australia

Southern Australia is magnificent in March as you can enjoy the warm climate of Autumn. Temperatures remain around 22 degrees and the sun continues to shine, meaning you can enjoy the beautiful surroundings without the searing heat or blazing sunshine of the summer.

Australia cruises

For your perfect cruise, choose Crystal Cruises Australia for your choice of liner. This award-winning company will take you on a trip of a lifetime on board their luxurious ships, complete with ballrooms, theatres, bars and opulent rooms. Their three-week cruise around Southern Australia starts in Auckland, New Zealand where you can explore this exciting city on the North Island. Aboard your ship, set sail along the western coast down to Tauranga, Napier, Wellington, Christchurch and finally Dunedin before making your way over to Australia. Cruise across the Tasman Sea before you see Sydney and its iconic skyline appear on the horizon. Believe me, it’s an emotional, unforgettable experience. Spend time exploring this fantastic city before making your way to Melbourne, where you must visit the set of Neighbours! From here it’s along the coast to Perth and Fremantle, your final destination. It’ll be three weeks you’ll never forget.

Cruise Singapore

Singapore is possibly the most suitable place to take a cruise from, with many of the cities buildings taking you back to a time when boarding a liner was the only way to explore far off destinations. March is ideal for a trip here as the monsoon season comes to an end and the temperature is cooler than the humid months that follow.

Cruises from Singapore

Board Crystal Cruises’ 2 week round trip to Singapore which will take you deep into the Indian Ocean. Explore the city before you depart, visiting iconic sites such as Raffles to sample a ‘Singapore Sling’, The Majestic and the Zoological Gardens. Once aboard your ship, set off south and start ticking off all the countries you’re visiting. Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar and even India all in the space of two weeks of sheer unadulterated beauty and excitement before landing back where you started.

Cruise Dubai

One of the fastest growing tourist destinations in the world. Dubai is the self proclaimed “Pearl of the Gulf” and has positively bloomed over the past couple of decades from a coastal desert city to a world record breaking metropolis. Thanks to its location it also offers an increasing number of fantastic cruise options with a typically high quality approach that Dubai is now famous for.

Dubai cruises

There are plenty of Dubai cruises to choose from. Whether you want to tour the Arabian Gulf for a week or 10 days, visiting Oman, Abu Dhabi, Bahrain and beyond. Or if you want to tour more of Asia, maybe on to India, Sri Lanka and south East Asian island nations like Singapore. You’ll find lots of competitively priced options here. Personally I’d pick a cruise around the Arabian Gulf as its an area of the world that is widely misunderstood and has a very rich and colourful history worth exploring.

Cruise China

Spring heralds the best time of year to visit China, with temperatures at a steady and comfortable level. With the weather great across the country, there’s no better time to take a cruise along the Chinese coast. Passing through the South China, East China and Yellow Sea, take a cruise from Hong Kong to Beijing.

Here you’ll start and end in one of China’s most iconic destinations and will take in Shanghai on your way north. I found it simply remarkable just how many legendary sites this stretch of coastline holds. Being a culture lover, I was in awe of see Tiananmen Square, the Great Wall, Huangpu River and The Peninsula all in the space of a fortnight. Simply spectacular.

Cruise the Caribbean

The Caribbean almost feels as if it was made for cruising around. With a cluster of tropical islands in such a relatively small space, cruising is the ideal way to explore this lush region of the world. March is definitely the best time of year to do so as well, with weather at its sunniest, warmest and driest. It’s a popular time of year for tourists wanting to escape the winter.

Bahamas cruises

Take a 14 day Caribbean cruise that will see you start and finish in Florida. Take time to explore Fort Lauderdale and Key West which are both beautiful coastal cities. Your first stop in the Caribbean is the Bahamas, where life really does feel like it’s begun to slow down. After a day exploring, you feel immediately relaxed and in Jamaica, the clock might as well just stop! Your cruise will take you onto the Cayman Islands, Turks and Caicos, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, and the most remarkable thing is that you’ll only have scratched the surface as to what the Caribbean has to offer.

A beginners guide to Ski holidays

February marks high season for skiing, with conditions perfect to enjoy a great holiday on the slopes. There are many myths attached to ski holiday and they can seem daunting if you’ve never taken one before. Here’s my guide to ski holidays for the beginner.

Ski-holiday myths

There are a number of myths surrounding the idea of a skiing holiday but there is honestly nothing to worry about. The traditional idea of a ski holiday is that it’s an expensive, luxury holiday that only the rich and famous can afford, but this is far from the truth. Whilst there are high-end ski trips available, there are ways of having a cheap ski holiday too. Book your trip well in advance to get a great rate or choose a small resort to save some money. Ski resorts with less runs often have cheaper ski passes. You can even hire ski clothes and helmets online. These days there’s lots of accommodation choices so with enough research and preparation you can bring the costs down dramatically.

As with any activity holiday, there is an element of risk involved but the resorts do everything they can to keep their visitors from harm. If you’re a novice skier, there are fantastic ski classes available across the resorts to give you confidence in the sport and to keep safe whilst on the slopes. The cheapest option is ski school where you learn as a group on shallow runs or “baby slopes” as they’re often nicknamed. For a more intense and rewarding learning programme its best to hire a personal instructor who can build your confidence quickly.

Where to stay

The idea of taking a ski holiday brings to mind staying in a log cabin or a chalet, but there are a number of varying accommodation to choose from in whichever resort you decide to visit. Hotels have sprung up in the resorts and towns and villages that surround them, but for me, a stay in a chalet provides the authentic ski holiday experience. Chalets can be small and intimate or large, which makes them perfect for a group holiday. Hire a self catering chalet to share both the expense and the cooking for a memorable trip with friends. Use a reputable site, such as PurpleSki.com to book your accommodation without worry. Chalets really are the ultimate ski holiday experience, gorgeous log cabins with warm and comfortable surroundings, the perfect place to return to after a fun day on the slopes.

What to pack

As a beginner, there really isn’t any point worrying about what ski equipment to buy and take on holiday with you. You can hire your skis and poles from the resort which will certainly lesser your luggage upon departure! Items such as helmets, boots and goggles are best bought to ensure a comfortable fit though they are also available for hire. If you plan on taking numerous ski holidays in the future then buying is always cheaper. Be sure to buy a helmet too and don’t worry about not looking cool! All the boarders are wearing them these days!

Other items to include in your suitcase include a warm jacket, trousers and thermal base layers so that you can stop the moisture settling in one place. Thick ski socks are also advisable as well as gloves to protect your hands from the elements. Sunglasses are vitally important as whilst it will be cold, the sun when it comes out on the slopes is particularly fierce. To this end, also ensure you pack suncream and lip balm. You’ll be surprised how much sun you’ll get while up on the slopes. Some people even sunbathe at the mountain top cafes and bars!

Top ski destinations for February

Europe and North America offer some fantastic opportunities to ski throughout the winter months. February sits right in the centre of high season so you’ll find many places primed for skiing and snowboarding.

Europe’s Alps offer some of the finest skiing in the continent. Stretching across France, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Germany, Slovenia, and Liechtenstein. The range is home to some of the tallest skiable peaks in the world including the Matterhorn and Mont Blanc. Top resorts within the Alps include Zermatt in Switzerland which is home to the Matterhorn and a traditional Swiss village which makes for a picturesque place to stay. Les Trois Vallees is an impressive place to visit, home to the famous Meribel resort and a ski pass which allows you to ski across the interlinked valleys, one of the largest ski areas in the world.

If you’re looking to save on your trip, try Bulgaria for your skiing break. An up and coming destination, the prices here are substantially lesser than their Alpine neighbours. Borovets, nestled within the Rila Mountains, is a great place to take a family break or for a beginner to try their hand at skiing.

North America can certainly match Europe’s skiing resorts, with a number of iconic destinations clustered around the Rocky Mountains. In Canada, visit the resorts in Jasper and Banff for a trip into the Rockies amongst some of the most stunning natural scenery in the world, including Mount Columbia, Lake Louise and  the Columbia Icefield. For somewhere less crowded, visit Red Deer to ski in the canyon which is every bit as thrilling but much cheaper than the well-known resorts. Within America, visit Colorado or Utah for your pick of top skiing destinations.

Epic Safari itineraries in Tanzania

Tanzania is the last remaining refuge of a wide range of African animals which have been rescued from the edge of the abyss and are now protected in their natural habitat. Safaris here no longer involve helping to push them over the edge, and all the shooting is done with cameras. The region includes the vast Serengeti Plain and ancient volcanic craters, which are like a lost world of truly stunning vistas, unchanged for millennia. February is the ideal month to come here and join a safari into the heart of one of the very few remaining wild places left on the planet, with professional guides making sure you get the most out of this once-in-a-lifetime jaunt and experience African wildlife in all its unsullied richness.

Spectacles like the great wildebeest calving happen in February, when the rivers are still fairly high and migrant species of birds fill the skies to the horizon. The rains don’t return until April and the weather is only just starting to become hot, so the conditions are ideal for a great safari here.

Explore the legendary Serengeti and Ngorongoro

This unique park covers over 15,000sq km and is home to a staggering range of animals in their natural habitat, where man is for a change the intruder. The Ngorongoro Crater, covering over 8000sq km, is one of the largest wildlife parks on the planet and has its own species which have flourished here since the comet hit millennia ago. The best serengeti safaris will take you right to the top for awesome views across the surrounding plains before moving on through some of the most bustling markets in Tanzania and across vast plantations.

Zanzibar road trip

Travel by road on a Tanzania and Kenya road trip to the ancient island of Zanzibar, a name redolent of mystique and seeming to embody all the exoticism of an Africa that has all but disappeared. On the way you’ll get to see herds of elephants and other wildlife and stop off at villages for traditional hospitality and a taste of the local food. The road skirts the Indian Ocean, and with deep blue sea on the one side and dense jungles on the other the route is truly amazing and unlike any other. With its ultimate destination of Zanzibar, the semi-mythical spice island of East Africa, the Zanzibar road trip is an absolute must for anyone wanting to pack as much of Africa’s natural riches and ancient cultures into one heady ride.

The snows of Kilimanjaro

For Hemingway, Mt Kilimanjaro was a symbol for all his yearnings, and this is something that you too will come to appreciate on this Active trip across the great Serengeti Plain, which culminates in a trek to the cloud-wrapped summit of the fabulous mountain. It’s the ultimate buzz for combining the great outdoors, exotic wildlife and an energetic climb up a legendary peak. The Kilimanjaro safari holidays also takes in the Ngorongoro Crater with its herds of antelope, elephant and large predators.

Romantic getaways for Valentine Surprise holidays

St Valentine poses a problem for all lovers, trying to think of that perfect gift to best show just how much that special person means to them. This year, why not forget the flowers or the chocolates and give your valentine a romantic break that will give them memories to last a lifetime. Here’s my pick of favourite retreats to whisk your lover away to.

Florence, Italy

Make your loved one feel special by hiring one of the many luxury villas in Tuscany, Italy to stay in. Florence is a breathtakingly beautiful city nestled within one of Italy’s most luscious provinces and is the perfect place to stay. Temperatures average around a brisk but comfortable 10C (50F) and you’ll be treated to some Mediterranean sun which just adds to the atmosphere of this special place. Visiting out of peak season means you’ll see the sights without worrying about the crowds.

Whisk your loved one on a tour of the city’s art museums and galleries to see one of the finest collections of art in the world. I would definitely recommend The Uffizi, one of the oldest art museums in the world and home to paintings from Boticelli, Leonardo, Michelangelo and Rembrandt. For more iconic artwork, visit Piazza della Signoria to see a copy of Michelangelo’s David. Take a scenic, romantic walk along the banks of the River Arno or climb to the top of the Bell Tower in the heart of Florence to admire the view of this magnificent ciy. It’s almost the perfect place to propose…

Aspen, Colorado

There’s some fantastic last-minute breaks available if a trip further afield would blow your valentine away. Aspen, Colorado is a magnificent venue especially if you enjoy keeping active on your holidays. This world-famous ski resort is a favourite break for Americans and offers a romantic winter break.

There isn’t much in life that is more romantic than a break away ti a wooden lodge or log cabin. From the decor to the roasting log fires, everything about staying here is utterly enchanting and you’ll be longing for the evenings to draw in so that you can relax in your wooden haven together. During the day, there’s much fun to be had with skiing, snowboarding and hiking available. Head to Glenwood Hot Springs to relax amongst the warm water of the pools. For something a little different, you can hire out horses to explore the area by horseback or book onto a camping trip and get back to basics sitting around the campfire and camping out underneath the stars.

Paris, France

We couldn’t ignore the most romantic city on the planet could we? This is truly a city for lovers and has arguably seen more proposals than any city in the whole world. In spite of this, any surprise trip to Paris is met with heart stopping excitement and will make your Valentine feel on top of the world. At just over an hour away from London by air or two hours by Eurostar, it’s the perfect place to spend a blissful weekend away from home.

There’s the obvious romantic spots in Paris. A trip up the Eiffel tower is a must, especially around sunset although this is the busiest time to visit. You can also ascend the Arc Du Triomphe which has arguably better views, mainly because you can see the Eiffel tower! You can have dinner at one of the beautiful Parisian cafes you’ll find all over the city and for lunch try Place de la Contrescarpe or my personal favourite Place des Abbesses.

Some cities just ooze romance and there is no better way to treat your loved one than an unforgettable romantic holiday.

Ski the 3 Valleys in France

The Three Valleys is the largest ski area in the world, boasting 8 luxurious resorts. With acres of space to ski and snowboard, beautiful pistes to admire the view from and luxurious ski chalets to enjoy, The Three Valleys has to be the ski destination to visit in March.

The Three Valleys

Les Trois Vallees is situated in South-East France and is a vast ski area in the French Alps. The area has grown from its initial roots and now encompasses four valleys: Saint-Bon, Allues, Belleville and Maurienne.  Within this, there are 8 resorts which visitors can choose to stay and ski in. To help you make the most of the area, The Three Valleys have a fantastic ski pass which allows you to ski in all parts of the area for the week that you visit.

In March, you will find the Three Valleys within its peak season which runs from December through until April. March sees average highs of 4C (39F) and there is great snowfall, particularly across the higher peaks in the valleys. Amongst the snow, there are days filled with sunshine so ensure you have your protection against the rays packed alongside your skis.

The Resorts

What makes this area so great is that the 8 resorts that make up the Three Valleys are all wonderfully unique. At the very heart of the region, you’ll find Meribel which has a wonderfully British atmosphere that mixes perfect with its Alpine charm. If you’re looking to stay in a traditional chalet, Meribel is certainly the resort to choose. Visit Purple Ski to get a feel for the chalets available and immerse yourself in the Alpine luxury.

At the summit of the valleys, you’ll find Val Thorens which is the highest resort in Europe at over 2300m altitude. It is certainly a laid back resort and there is much to keep you occupied off the slopes including the biggest nightclub in the Alps and great restaurants. Alternatively, for sheer luxury, choose to stay in the Courchevel resort. Here you’ll be treated to elegance at every turn in each of its five villages. Even if this isn’t your resort of choice, try to visit to sample some food from one of the 6 Michelin Star chefs located here.

The Slopes

Of course you take a ski holiday to enjoy the slopes as well as the resorts! The Three Valleys is home to 600kms of pistes which offer a wide range of skiing opportunities. All the resorts offer ski lessons for those who are trying their hand at skiing for the first time and there are a range of slopes for all abilities to enjoy.

Serious skiers are recommended to visit St Martin-de-Belleville which is a small, traditional resort perfect for experienced skiers. Meribel also offers great off-piste skiing opportunities which are not for the faint hearted as well as a great snowpark to snowboard at.

If you’re visiting with the family, then I would definitely recommend visiting Les Menuires as they have a great deal set aside for families to enjoy including 4 fun zones. Alternatively visit La Tania for the gentle side of the Three Valleys.

Valley Activities

Obviously, it isn’t all about the skiing here in the Three Valleys. Other great ways to enjoy the Alpine snow include snowboarding, tobogganing and even heli-skiing. Dog sledding is great fun for the whole family and on offer at a number of the resorts including Saint Martin-de-Belleville or simply take a ride in one of the region’s gondolas to admire the views.

Away from the slopes, why not treat yourself to a spa break in the Brides-les-Bains resort or a visit to the wellness centre in the picturesque village resort of Orelle. Each resort has great opportunities to shop and fine restaurants to eat in. Finally for some culture, visit the Meribel Museum which delves into the history of this fine resort or the art galleries of Courchevel.

 

 

Celebrate the Holi festival in Nepal

Nepal is a beautiful country, landlocked in Asia between India and China. Due to its place within the Himalayan Range, tourism is the largest industry in the country and there are certainly a wealth of sites to visit for a truly magical vacation.

March offers a great opportunity to explore Nepal. Whilst Autumn is deemed high season, the Spring brings great weather to the country, with temperatures in Kathmandu averaging highs of 20C (68F). There are occasional rains but you’ll find the country a lush, green landscape, perfect for trekking.

Here’s my guide to why March is the best month to visit.

Holi festival

Holi is celebrated across Nepal and neighbouring India during the beginning of March and is a moveable feast depending on the dates of the full moon. This Hindu Festival lasts for a week and celebrates the arrival of spring. It is a colourful affair, with the abiding image of Holi celebrations being participants covered themselves and anyone nearby in colourful, scented powder which certainly adds to the excited party atmosphere.

The Terai is a great place to experience the Holi celebrations, particularly in the cities of Biratnagar and Birgunj and the capital Kathmandu. The Terai stretches across Nepal and into neighbouring India and are located to the south of the country. As well as the explosion of colourful powders, Holi is celebrated with impressive bonfire and the installation of the ‘Chur’, a ceremonial pole which is decorated with colourful material for good luck. There are also comedy contests and shows organised to add to the festivities.

Spiritual Nepal

After celebrating Holi, be inspired to explore the spiritual side of Nepal as there are many Hindu and Buddhist sites to visit. Most notably, there is Lumbini, the birthplace of Gantam Buddha. Located in the Rupandehi District of Southern Nepal, this is one of the most important and sacred sites for Buddhists and forms one of the main pilgrimage points. Lumbini is a UNESCO listed area and features the ancient ruins of the monasteries, the sacred Bodhi tree and of course the Mayadevi temple which marks Buddha’s birthplace.

Other great Buddhist spiritual sites within Nepal include the Golden Temple in Patan and the impressive Bodhnath Stupa, located on the outskirts of Kathmandu.  It is the largest Stupa in Nepal and one of the most important Buddhist sites within the country. For a taste of the Hindu culture, visit the Pashupatinath Temple. Located in the east of Kathmandu, this is one of the most important Hindu temples in the world and is another UNESCO listed site.

Natural Nepal

Nepal is dominated by the Himalayan Mountain range which carves its way through the country. This range attracts so many tourists and mountaineers for the sheer fact that it contains 8 out of  the 10 tallest peaks in the world. The tallest, and most famous peak is Mount Everest.

This area is made for climbing, trekking and hiking though hiking the taller mountains is something that is not for the amateur climber. There are ways to explore Everest without climbing it though, which means you’ll still get to experience this iconic goliath. To appreciate the sheer scale and beauty of the mountain and the range it’s within, I would recommend taking a flight available from Kathmandu Airport which will take you for a sightseeing tour over the Himalayas. Alternatively, take a trek up into the foothills of Everest, visiting the Rongbuk Monastery which is a climb suitable for novices. If altitude sickness isn’t a problem, continue up from here to the Everest Base Camp which sits at 17,000 feet above altitude. This is one of the most popular treks within the region and it’s worth organising a guide to take you on your way and to ensure your safety. Guides can cost from as little as US$10 per day.

  • Visit taan.org.np for a list of registered guides and companies to climb and trek with

Visit the Fes Festival of Sacred World Music in Morocco

Morocco in north-west Africa is a colourful and exotic gateway to the great continent, being just over 14 km across the Gibraltar Strait from mainland Europe. Its ancient cities, rugged mountains and the Sahara Desert make it a vibrant and exciting place to visit. Its cultural and spiritual riches make it an obvious inspiration for a celebration of sacred music.

Fes Festival

The Fes Festival founded in 1994 by Morrocan Philanthropist Faouzi Skali. Reflecting the spirituality of the holy city in which it takes place, it is organised by The Sprit of Fez Foundation to bring together musicians and performers from all over the world to break down musical and political boundaries. This years festival takes place from 7th to 15th June and the program includes free daily concerts in the city’s Boujloud Square as well as special musical journeys through the heart of the old city or Medina, including Sufi nights in the gardens of Dar Tazi. All of the concerts take place in the evenings due to the heat of the day in the city, but exhibitions and workshops connected to the festival take place in museums and public places throughout the days. Artists this year include Patti Smith and flamenco guitarist Paco de Lucia performing in a celebration of Andalusia, this years theme.Full details of all artists and events are available on the website. Tickets and passes for the special events can be purchased online or at the festival.

Fes

Fes lies at the heart of Morocco, the original capital and the religious and spiritual centre of its people to this day. It is the cross roads between the other main cities which strengthens its feeling of the real centre of the country. Fes el-Bali (Old Fes) the medina or walled old gown is the largest living medieval islamic city in the world with its winding lanes, shops, markets, restaurants, mosques, dye pits and tanneries. The city is most easily reached via Casablanca by train with a 4.5 hour journey but trains also connect to Marrakesh, Tangier and Rabat.

Where to stay

To get a real feel for the city a stay in a riad, a traditional medina house-hotel built around a courtyard). Riads come in all sizes and styles to suit your budget and each room normally has an en-suite bath and sitting area. You can book a room,  or rent an entire riad and live like pashas of old.  Make sure to double and triple check your reservations, as it’s not uncommon to arrive and be told that your reservation has been changed. It’s also wise to make sure a guide can meet you on arrival at the medina to show you the way through the tiny alleyways which are confusing to newcomers. Modern hotels and Riads are all reviewed online by previous visitors and travel experts.

Moroccan Excursions

If you want to explore a little more of Morocco you can book trips to the following nearby attractions.

Middle Atlas Mountains

You can take an excursion to walk or horse ride in the mountains to the south of the city. A good destination at the festival time is Sefrou, just 30 minutes from Fez, where the dark sweet cherries of the same name are harvested and celebrated in June.

Volubilis and Moulay Idriss

An hour and a half north-west of Fez is Morocco’s largest and most important Roman remains. A World Heritage site it is a great place to wander an enjoy the ruins and the views. Be sure to take a hat as there is no shelter and plenty of water to drink. The nearby sacred town of Moulay Idriss, with its holy founders tomb, can be a good destination to add to your itinerary and allow some shelter from the heat of the day.

5 Best holiday destinations in March

Timing is one of the most important aspects in ensuring that you truly get the most out of your overseas adventure, so it pays to do a bit of research before you leave. Picking the right season not only gives you the chance to see your destination at its best, but also allows you to pack accordingly. Here are 5 of the best travel destinations for a March holiday.

United States of America

Spring is starting up in March throughout the USA, making it the perfect time to travel. From the Grand Canyon to Las Vegas, there’s something for every style of traveller. Take a cycling tour through the scenic Oregon Coast, check out the relaxed living in Hawaii or take a famous American road trip to make sure you see the most from this unique and diverse destination.

Southern Europe

The warming effects of spring see Southern Europe awaken from its cold winter slumber. While still not too hot, the increasing warmth and length of days make March a great time to spend discovering the best that Southern Europe has to offer. The temperature is perfect to get outdoors and explore for the adventurous traveller, with everywhere from the Cote D’Azur to Sicily starting to feel the sure signs of spring.

Africa

Always wanted to experience the magic of Africa, but been deterred by the heat? March is the perfect time to discover this land of wild beauty and spectacular safaris. With the dry season keeping away most of the rain and the tail end of summer giving way to the cooler change of autumn, this is a great opportunity to see Africa without sweltering in the heat. North and East Africa are the best to visit during this time for perfect climate conditions. If you fancy climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. There’s also the stunning annual migration of wildebeest and zebra across Kenya from late March. Well worth checking out at least once in your life.

Australia

March is the perfect time to explore Australia. As autumn sets in, the scorching hot days and wild summer storms give way to clear skies and a cool breeze. With such perfect weather and ideal temperatures, you can start to explore everything that this stunning continent has to offer. The sun is still warm enough to encourage a swim on golden beaches or a stunning snorkelling session on the reef. Take a food and wine trail through Tasmania, explore the Snowy Mountains via horseback or discover the wealth of arts and shopping in any of the capital cities.

Caribbean

What could be better than relaxing on the sands of a pristine beach with the tropical breeze rustling the trees and a seemingly endless expanse of glittering water. The Caribbean is a top spot to travel to in March, however be careful to avoid the price spike and rush of tourists during the Easter holidays. For dive enthusiasts, the Cayman Islands are an absolute must-see, while Barbados offers the very finest in dining and boutique accommodation. Of course Jamaica is a popular stop, with many travellers including it on their travel bucket list.

These are some of the best travel destinations that you can visit for a memorable March holiday. Make your holiday one you’ll never forget by experiencing these spectacular travel locations at their very finest.

Best family activity holidays for the start of Summer

As the summer looms large, the thought of keeping the kids entertained and occupied begins to come around. There is a perfect alternative to worrying about planning a family break and that’s to book onto an activity holiday. With flights, accommodation and activities all planned out for you and your family, all that’s left is to enjoy yourself and relax. With flexible dates available, here’s my guide to the best holidays for your family this June.

Austria

Within the Austria’s Tyrol State lies the Oetz Valley, a mountainous haven filled with fun for the whole family to enjoy. With mountains, rivers, glaciers and a stunning terrain, you’ll be amongst some of the most beautiful scenery in Austria. Tyrol is famed for its ski resorts but it’s also fantastic in the summer too, with temperatures at a warm 16 degrees and seemingly endless hours of sunlight. Stay in some traditional accommodation to complete the ski resort feel to your trip.

Once you’ve arrived in Oetz, you’re quite literally spoilt for choice with activities.  There are many different options for rafting, canyoning and hiking, allowing you to explore and enjoy the peaks within the valley. Take off for a glacier safari to discover the history behind this frozen land and the wildlife that live here or take to the skies for a spot of paragliding! You can also relax whilst you’re here by visiting the water park or treating yourself to a thermal bath.

Bulgaria

June is a fantastic month to visit Bulgaria, with the summer season just getting into full swing. Temperatures average 19 degrees and you’ll benefit from over 8 hours of pure sunshine. June also sees the country host many festivals, including the Folklore Festival in Kyusendil. To capture the very essence of the beauty of this country, you simply have to visit Rila and its National Park.

Located an hour south of the capital Sofia, Rila really is a haven. It’s most popular attraction, and arguably it’s most beautiful, is the UNESCO listed 7 Lakes of Rila. During your stay, you’ll be able to use the park as your playground. There are a host of water activities available on Lake Iskar, including wakeboarding and waterskiing. If you’re more comfortable on solid ground, then mountain biking and horse riding are also fantastic activities to enjoy here. You can even explore further and visit the Rila Monastery, one of the most famous Orthodox sites in the country.

Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Islands offer the beautiful scenic landscape but also adds in a magical touch of the animal world, with the country home to the iconic Iguana and Giant tortoises. June marks both the end of the warm season and the start of the dry season so you’ll get the best of both worlds. Temperatures average 23 degrees and the sea temperature is perfect for diving from June onwards.

Here you are quite literally spoilt for choice, especially for animal lovers and the best thing of all is that the land is unspoilt. See the giant tortoises in their natural habitat at Santa Cruz Island and visit Charles Darwin bay for a spot of snorkelling to see the amazing world beneath the waves.  You must visit the Charles Darwin Research Station to discover how this beautiful landscape is being preserved.  During your stay, you’ll be able to hike through forest, amongst the volcanos and amongst lava tunnels. It all makes for an exciting trip that will definitely get the heart racing.

Peru

This iconic destination is extra special in June as the summer solstice is celebrated at the magical Machu Picchu. June marks the start of the dry season and also the start of the popular tourist season in Peru. Any trip here is a trip of a lifetime, with the opportunity to explore these ancient sacred sites nestled amongst a beautiful tropical landscape.

It goes without saying that you must visit Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley but there are many other activities to keep your whole family entertained during your stay here. Stay deep within the heart of the Amazon Rainforest and explore! Trek, travel along the river by boat and hike, you’ll even be able to climb up high into the trees to see the jungle from on high or fly through it on a zipline! All the while, keep your eyes peeled for the many animals that live here especially the famed piranhas!

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