Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, there was any variety of beach just a stones throw away. I got a kick out of hearing people talking about “going to the beach” my first year living in a landlocked state. They were, of course, referring to a lakefront, not the ocean. For those who can’t always make it to the coast, lakefronts can be just as enjoyable for swimming, fishing, boating, and birding. Here are some must-see spots in the U.S., so no matter if you’re on the West Coast, Northwest, or Central United States, you can stick your toes in the sand and kick back.
The Great Lakes are the most obvious choice for great lakefront beaches simply because the beach fronts are so vast and numerous. Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is one you’ll find in Northern Indiana on the southern tip of Lake Michigan. This park spans along 15 miles of beach front, and also offers 45 miles of hiking trails.
This is a great destination for camping or RV camping in the summer, and is also well known for birding as it is along a popular migration trail. It is open both in the summer and winter, but activities will be limited in the winter because of cold weather and snow.
Turin is one of the most beautiful Italian cities, but maybe not the most known. The following is a list of the 10 things to do to discover this enchanting city of Piedmont region.
This Mole is the symbol of Turin and also the highest building in the city. The spectacular panoramic lift allows visitors to enjoy a unique view of the city, the hill and of the alpine arch. Once you admired the city view you can go downstairs and visit the National Museum of Cinema, you will be surprised by the magic of that place!
Turin hosted for many years the Royal House of Savoy. The kings who followed one another over the centuries, built around the city of Turin, elegant summer or hunting residences. The so called “Delight Crown” includes: the Palace of Venaria one of the main attractions of Piedmont, but also the Valentine’s Castle located in a beautiful park, Racconigi, Stupinigi, Moncalieri and Rivoli.
Europe is no doubt a premier tourist destination. With a perfect mix of world-class cuisines, stunning architecture, a rich arts scene and iconic sights but to mention a few, Europe could just be the dream holiday destination. Many people however wrongly believe that such a holiday is unattainable. These beliefs are not unfounded, as many destinations on the continent are insanely expensive and out of reach for the average Joe. There is however some wonderful destinations in Europe that offer great value for money, and definitely worth a try.
With that, below are the 6 most affordable cities in Europe to travel on a budget.
Budapest is one of the most affordable destinations in Europe, and is popular with tourists from all around the world. Besides being great value for money, all the hallmarks of a premium tourist destination are here. The city in itself is beautiful especially at night. Across the river in downtown Pest is a great place to take in the sounds and sights of the city. The Castle Hill is an architectural marvel, and worth exploring.
There are many other great treats in Budapest to satisfy any appetite ranging from the simple to the eccentric. The local cuisine is also cheap, filling and tasty and definitely worth a try. This classic city has all the trimmings of a tourist destination including great hotels, a fairly good public transport system and to top it off, spas built on top of natural hot-water springs to relax even the wariest of travelers.
If you have been dreaming about a backpacking trip for as long as you can remember, the key to a successful journey will begin with proper planning. Below are a few tips that will help you prepare for your big trip.
One of the main attractions of backpacking is the relative freedom that you have from a set itinerary. This freedom should not be confused with poor planning, however, and does not mean you should not have a rough outline of the places you want to go, and the sites you want to see, before you leave home. If you know that you want to go on a backpacking trip across Europe for 30 days, it is a good idea to at least have a guidebook in hand that clues you in on some of the best destinations to go. If you do not think this far in advance, you may miss out on something that you would have really liked to see, that is only a country or two away, and in a place that could have easily been reached by train.
Traveling is fun but sometimes storing all the fun in your brain is not enough to satisfy a person's crave for nostalgia. When you get back home after a really great vacation, is re-living the travel experience with your friends, or love ones, enough to make you happy? Will your memory remember every details of that journey?
You can actually do something more to help you relive the best moments that happened in your vacation. Here are great ideas to immortalize your journey:
Opening a blog is free and easy. After registering for an account, you can now post write-ups of all the places you have been to. You can use your own writing style to make it very personal. For a travel blog, it is important that you include pictures to supplement the articles. This is to improve visual impact of your story. Also, it helps break the monotony created by long articles. This is important if you want to share your blog to your friends, who like you, want to relive the experience.
Travel blogs may also include reviews on a particular destination, hotel, restaurant or service. Base your reviews on how your experience was. Blogs may also publish travel guides for readers who want to experience the same vacation.
By definition the Outback is “the remote and usually uninhabited inland region of Australia” which doesn’t draw the picture of an amazing vacation experience for many people. However, if you’re brave enough, there are plenty of awe inspiring experiences to be had:
The Aborigines believe that Dreamtime or Creation Time is the period when Baayama (god) and his ancestral spirit deity created and helped shape the world. They are often specific to the individual area and describe its unique history and contain the morals and Lore of the culture. Laverton Outback Gallery is located about 960 km north-east from Perth and works in cooperation with the Wongi people. The town itself has a rich history in mining, King Penguins, and economic bubbles and collapses.
Uluru rises 348 meters into the sky and dominates almost 2 square kilometers of the flat landscape of Australia’s Northern Territory. Sacred to the Anangu, the area has been their home for thousands of years with archaeological evidence showing human life as far back as 30,000 years. Known as the “red giant”, Uluru is painted astounding hues of red, orange, purple, and yellow every sunrise and set with viewing areas as the main tourist attraction of many Downunder vacations. Through cooperation with the Anangu and Australian government the culture and land is preserved for future generations of locals and visitors.