Jamaica - the home of Bob Marley and the third largest island of the Greater Antilles. Located south of Cuba, among turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea, Jamaica is a well known beach destination where everyone can find something to their liking. You love the sea? - Jamaica boasts beautiful coast. You prefer nature or hiking? - you can admire tropical forests and unique, terraced waterfalls. Take a look at the list of 5 amazing natural wonders on this paradise island and get enchanted!
Although Skellig Islands may be the most impressive attraction in Ireland, only few know about their existence. While places like the Cliffs of Moher or the Ring of Kerry are known world-wide, Skellig islands remain in the shadow of the most popular sites in Ireland. For me, Skellig is probably the best of all I've seen in Ireland. This tiny speck of land combines all you need for a perfect tourist destination into one: spectacular scenery, amazing wildlife with multiple sea birds and historical, unique, beehive-like monastery. So why is this magnificent site virtually unknown and less popular than, say, the Cliffs of Moher?
Any traveller planning a trip to North America might ask themselves which is the best destination for a holiday – USA or Canada? Both countries are known for their diversity - you could just as easily visit a stunning national park as you could a cosmopolitan city in either.
So, which country should you choose for your next adventure holiday? Let’s compare the two different destinations to help you make your decision.
The city of Sao Luis is usually not included in the itinerary of foreign visitors coming to Brazil. It's completely off the beaten path and yet it can offer some beautiful, although neglected historical buildings in the city center and world class, unique natural phenomenon you can find nearby - the spectacular sand dunes of Lencois Maranhenses. It was actually Lencois Maranhenses (take a look at my post about it) that brought us to Sao Luis. We also met some friends that we had known before and who lived in Sao Luis now. Thanks to this, we had a chance to explore this unknown city deeper.
The third largest country in the world, occupying 9.63 million square kilometres and comprised of 50 states, the USA is the place to go if you’re wondering where your next holiday should be.
With so many diverse areas to see, and activities to experience, any traveller is spoilt for choice when planning their adventure holiday. Here’s our pick of the best spots for you to enjoy next experiences and stunning sights.
Gozo, the smaller island of Malta is full of beautiful natural attractions and most visitors who get there probably wish to see the famous Azure Window - natural arch stretching from the cliff into the sea. Unfortunately, Gozo's most popular natural wonder collapsed last week! So you might be wondering if it's still worth it to visit it. The answer is yes - here in this post, I will show you the other attractions of Gozo, and will probably surprise you when I say that Gozo has another "arch window" which is even more beautiful than the unlucky Azure Window that was swept away by the storm. For some reason, I haven't noticed any info about the other arch in the media so far - and I love to show you what the media don't - so I'm filling this gap!
It's probably the only post on this blog about a place that we visited for around 45 minutes. We'd never heard about Dades Valley before - when we saw the pinkish, twisted rock formations, little villages with houses perfectly blending with the barren landscapes and oasis full of bright green vegetation that created a sharp contrast to the red rocks, we were immediately taken aback in the most positive way.
I hope you'll like the photos below and you'll include Dades Valley on your itinerary in Morocco. Especially that it's located on the way to the most popular sites, like the town of Ait-Benhaddou (which I'll write about soon) or the amazing golden sand dunes of the world's most famous desert - Sahara (take a look at our adventure in Sahara here).
With Valentine’s Day on the horizon, the world is tuned to romance and making the most of our loved ones. What with all the romance in the air, we have been thinking about the most romantic of holidays: the honeymoon. Balmy nights and scorching days, laid back beaches and the sound of waves, whatever your idea of luxury is, there is a country to suit you.
Nepal is, of course, most famous for the treks in the Himalayas (especially the famous base camp trek). Therefore, Kathmandu is the main gateway to all the natural wonders Nepal has in its offer. But the capital city itself is also worth a visit - fascinating, full of contrast, similar to Indian cities but with an original touch of incredible, unique architecture and complicated history. It is especially good to travel to this city now, to help the economy, when it's rising from the devastating earthquake in 2015. We went to Nepal right before, at the end of March 2015. In the photos below, you can see all the monuments in their original state, virtually days before the disaster.
Cuba is famed for being a lush wonderland filled with natural marvels. Home to towering mountain ranges, abundant wildlife, and UNESCO-listed valleys and swamps, this tropical island boasts unique ecosystems, cascading waterfalls, and barely trodden paths for the erstwhile adventurer to explore.
Whether your wanderlust is calling for jewel coloured birds or jaw-dropping feats courtesy of Mother Nature, here are just a few of its exquisite and awe-inspiring natural landmarks for you to enjoy…
The island of Zakynthos boasts probably the best and most picturesque beaches in Greece and its famous landmark - the Shipwreck beach is one of the most beautiful little coves I have ever seen. The coast of Zakynthos is exceptionally picturesque and it's surprisingly cheap to get around - if you want to visit the beaches, blue caves and the coastline - the best and easiest way to do it is by boat. There are multiple agencies that offer such tours and therefore, because of competition, the prices are kept low.
Since the time of Captain Cook, we humans have taken to the seas to explore and adventure. Being able to pass through the seas, seeing nature in all of its splendour as you go make cruising one of the top ways to really explore. Yet, for some reason cruises still carry associations with retirement and slow pace. Here, we look at the reasons to opt for a cruise, if you are the intrepid adventurer type.
The diversity and natural beauty of the vast Altyn Emel National Park in southern Kazakhstan is nearly impossible to express by just using words, and even photographs don't give it justice. You just have to be there yourself! After visiting golden, desert like "singing" sand dunes with spectacular views over mountainous peaks (I'll describe it soon), we set off on another journey through the rugged and deserted yet surprisingly colorful Katutau and Aktau Mountains. Our final destination was the latter, we had stopped at Katutau first in the morning. Although we went to both places in one day, I decided to split the trip into two posts because of the variety of rock formations and scenic landscapes we had encountered. I hope you'll enjoy it as, I think, you can hardly find any other blogger who would write about it.
Ostuni is a unique town that resembles a bright cap rising up right from the flat plains near the southern coast of Italy. Its whitewashed defensive walls and houses inside the old town with many winding streets, steps and beautifully decorated, colorful window frames can make you think you're somewhere in Greece. Although Ostuni is one of the main attractions in Puglia, it's less known than Polignano a Mare or Alberobello famous for its cone-shaped Truli houses. And the whole region of Puglia, in turn, is not as popular as, let's say, Tuscany but it's definitely not less worth a visit - so do include it in your itinerary to Italy - especially in the winter time.
South Africa is definitely a destination for adventure lovers. After climbing the Lion's Head and the Table Mountain, enjoying safari in the Kruger Park and the bungee jump on the way to the Blyde River Canyon, there was one more thing we'd always wanted to do - shark cage diving. It sounds dangerous but anyway, we thought you have only one life and decided to go for it.
If, like us, before we did it, you'd wonder if the shark diving is like in those professional videos on youtube where the whole cage is submerged and the sharks are swimming all around you - the answer is no. In order not to be disillusioned, take a look at this post and I'll show you what it's really like.
Moscow is the mighty capital of Russia and one of Europe's largest cities. Having read many articles on various blogs and posts about Moscow versus St. Petersburg, I had expected Moscow to have a more rigid, cold and Soviet-style ambience while St. Petersburg was meant to be more European, grandeur and sophisticated. And maybe that's true - St. Petersburg can be easily compared to the large and famous European cities - like Paris or London. Many of the travelers do prefer it to Moscow. For me, however, it was Moscow that appeared more exciting and interesting - maybe because I'm from Europe and the Russian capital was way different to what I was used to.
Fira is the capital and the first point of entry to the island of Santorini, if you arrive there by sea. You might think that's the town where you will see the most famous, postcard views of the island - especially the blue domes that look so wonderful against the sunset or the whitewashed houses tightly squeezed with the beautiful windmills overlooking them. This is what we had thought. However, Fira is not where you'll find those spectacular views - it's a port town and has a bit more local feel to it. It's Oia that boasts the most spectacular views in Santorini. Here, in this post, I want to show you the photos from Fira and in the next one - Oia, so you can sense the difference and plan your trip according to what you'd like to see.
Recife is one of the largest and most important cities in the northern part of Brazil. It's the capital of Pernambuco state which, although offers amazing natural and cultural attractions, is pretty unknown to an ordinary visitor from abroad. I hadn't had any expectations about Recife, thinking it's another big city filled tightly with the forest of high-rise buildings. Even though we were only passing through Recife, having no plans to stay there longer, it surprised us in a nice way - especially the old historical center and the beautiful waterfront.
The island of Vaeroy - a part of Lofoten Islands - was our first stop in this indescribable archipelago. Because of the warm waters of the Gulf Stream, although located within the Arctic Circle, Lofoten's climate is pretty mild. And Vaeroy, detached from the other, tightly squeezed islands and completely surrounded by the sea, is even warmer - snow rarely stays on the ground for long. It's unbelievable how beautiful and diverse the island is considering its tiny size. It has everything - a cozy town, the mountains, cliffs and paradise beaches - it's a tiny, concentrated mini version of the entire Lofoten archipelago - a perfect starter before exploring the rest of Lofoten.
One more year has passed and made us all richer in new experiences. Just like in 2015 and 2016, based on our trips and journeys, I'd like to present yet another list of the exciting and adventurous destinations to see in 2017. It was tempting to feature some of the places from the previous two lists because I believe they are so awesome that should be visited anytime, but somehow I managed to include only new destinations. Do see, however, the lists from 2015 and 2016 as well and get inspired to discover amazing and off the beaten path places!