Summer may be almost over, but that only means that it's time to start planning your next backpacking trip. I love traveling to Europe, and though Scandinavia can be expensive at times, I've found that it's always worth the trouble, especially if you limit the amount of ground you cover and stay away from the city centers. Here are my favorite outdoor destinations for whenever I hit up the land of the Swedes.
Visit Sweden's webpage entitled "Hiking Trails" - it points to this one as a top place to go. Basically, if you really want to ensure you see true beauties of nature that Sweden has to provide, you will find everything and more here. Let the flora and fauna of the region allow you to come to life as well!
Cyprus is commonly known for its great beaches; after all, it does have 57 Blue Flag awarded beaches. So it’s natural that the island is a sunbather’s paradise. And who can blame anyone for spending their whole holiday soaking up the sun? But if this isn’t for you, Cyprus offers much more than just sand, sea and sun. Before you book your holidays to Cyprus and instantly choose Coral Bay, Cyprus’ most popular beach, check out what Aphrodite Hills has to offer.
Aphrodite Hills doesn’t conform to the normal connotations of Cyprus. Sure, Aphrodite Hills still boasts access to two gorgeous beaches, but they aren’t the focal point of the area unlike Coral Bay. What really sets Aphrodite Hills apart from other regions of Cyprus is the beautiful 578 acres of verdant hillside. Those looking for a relaxing holiday that still offers plenty of fun activities plus that vital access to those soft-sanded beaches should look no further than the InterContinental Aphrodite Hills Resort.
The Great Migration is one of the undisputed greatest wildlife spectacles on earth. Two million wildebeest and zebra pursue ancient migratory routes on a wide orbit across the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem - marching steadily in great columns, plunging into crocodile-infested rivers and swarming across the plains – in search of ‘sweet’ grass.
But planning the perfect migration safari can be tricky. So here are a few top tips, honed over years of planning tailor-made safaris in East Africa:
The thing about the Great Migration is that it’s almost always on the move. The migratory route of these animals spans hundreds of kilometres from the southern plains of the Ndutu area of the Serengeti in Tanzania, to the northerly most arc across the Maasai Mara in Kenya. So it is not so much a question of a particular time of year to witness this spectacle, but more a question of where to go at which time of year.
This is a tale of my own ineptitude and lack of preparation for a journey. Consider me the 21st Century Chris McCandless. I was on my own in Buenos Aires, getting along fine with a guide book and place to sleep, and I planned to take a day trip to Colonia del Sacramento. Colonia del Sacramento is a small picturesque Uruguayan town on muddy brown waters on the other side of the Rio de la Plata from Buenos Aires. Its historic quarter is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the gold medal of tourist locations.
When we first arrive in a new destination, everything different is new, exciting and interesting. Our curiosity is at its maximum peak and we are enthusiastic to embrace our new surroundings. But, if you are spending an extended amount of time in a country, whether as a long-term traveler, student studying abroad or an expat, you will likely reach a point where all the differences lose their luster and become a source of frustration and bewilderment. You may feel like a fish out of water and a bit hostile towards your new location. Welcome to culture shock. As someone who has both lived abroad and spent extensive time traveling in a variety of locations, I have been there, done that, and I would like to share some tips on how I coped and kept it from ruining my good time.
Egypt is an amazing country to visit. I love everything about this place. I plan to go back to the country very soon (provided the political situation gets better). The people are welcoming, the food is to die for, and the sights to see are everywhere. Every world traveler should visit Egypt at some point in their life.
I said it before, and I will say it again: I LOVE Egyptian food!
Kushari is one of my favorites, and as Egypt’s more popular dishes, I am not alone. It is usually made with rice, lentils, caramelized onions, garlic, chickpeas, and tomato sauce. This dish is delicious and vegetarian, which I am always excited to find. The individual ingredients come from all over the world, but the combination is rooted in Egypt.
The people that are making this delicious food are even better than the food itself! They are so kind and welcoming. So many locals would talk cheerfully to me, it didn’t matter that I was a foreigner.