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7 Awesome Things to do in Malaysia that makes Malaysia a must visit destination

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A trip to Malaysia guarantees you lifetime of memories to cherish. There’s so much to see, do and enjoy that selecting the best is no mean task. Be it food, adventures, shopping, or entertainment, Malaysia has everything in abundance. Blessed with exceptional natural beauty, the island country beckons mountain hikers, nature lovers and laid- back holiday seekers alike.

Omitting the most famous touristy things to do, we have brought to you the list of 7 awesome things that you’ll best enjoy only in Malaysia.

1. Explore the best of Cameron Highlands

Yes, we all know Genting highlands. It’s very beautiful, but head up north from Genting to explore the mystic Cameron highlands which is in its full might and beauty between December and February. Greenery as far as you can see and luscious landscapes will captivate your senses. Enjoy jungle trekking, take a stroll in the sprawling tea plantations, or simply soak in the mesmerizing sights of the stunning viewpoints.

Traveler’s Tip: if you are not a crowd person, avoid the best time to visit Cameron highlands. Instead, go during the off season. The beauty is the same and you get all the required time and privacy for a personal rendezvous with nature.

2. Climb the Mount Murud

One of the last unspoiled places in Malaysia- Sarawak’s Kelabit highlands are full of rich flora and a beautiful climate that takes you away from all the worries of the world. The first ever climber on the mountain- Eric Mjoherg described the place as an unforgettable paradise. Going on a trek here is one of the nature’s most rewarding experiences ever.

Traveler’s Tip: to celebrate the grandeur of the place, every year an annual pilgrimage is taken to the mountain and therefore, there are various wooden houses built to accommodate over 1500 people. So in case you want to stay for the night, no problems!

3. Visit the amazing Batu Caves and have the best Chinese meal outside China

Just when you thought the iconic Batu Caves is the only good thing you should be looking forward to, you get the surprise of one of the best Chinese meals right at the foot of the Batu caves. Almost a legend, Pan Heong restaurant serves the most authentic and delicious Chinese meals. Take the trek of ardent 272 steep steps to Batu caves, admire the mesmerizing skyline from the top point and come back with a giant hunger to do complete justice to the sumptuous food at Pan Heong.

Traveler’s Tip: try the Chinese fried flat noodles. They call it Sang Har Kwey Teow. Its divine, and the quantity is good enough to satiate your giant appetite.

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4. Admire the shades of blue oceans at the Pulau Payar Marine Park

While on your visit to Langkawi, Pulau Payar Marine Park is one of the best things to do. It’s an amazing place to try the exciting water sports. The place has an exceptionally beautiful marine life and truly magnificent corals. Whether or not you are interested to dive into the water or test your guts with the adventure sports, you still have to visit the park to soak in the beauty of the place and the variety of different shades of blue waters that surrounds it.

Traveler’s Tip: the island is uninhabited and therefore, there are no hotels or resorts found. The nearest island is Langkawi which is an hour away, and you will have to take a speed boat ride to and fro from the island.

5. Take a river Safari at the Kinabatangan River in Sabah

Home to the world’s most diverse ecosystems and the longest river of Sabah, the Kinabatangan forest adjoining the river is one of the country’s most famous wildlife sanctuary and you can easily spot many exotic species like Asian elephants, Proboscis monkey, and Sumatran Rhinos. Take a river Safari to discover the astounding ecosystem of the place and the abundant wildlife.

Traveler’s Tip: go on a night safari. Its fun, its adventurous and you can spot many nocturnal animals in their natural habitat. Most of the good tour operators offer this as a part of itinerary in their Malaysia Holiday Packages. So, don’t forget to ask for it.

6. Take a walk in one of the world’s oldest and prehistoric Rainforest in Pehang

Estimated to be over 130 million years old, the Taman Negara national park is one of the world’s oldest rainforests. Discover the mind blowing landscapes, rich flora and fauna, and Mount Tahan- the highest mountain in Malaysian Peninsula. Enjoy a variety of eco- adventure activities such as rapid shooting, canoeing, mountain and jungle trekking. Explore ancient limestone caves and also visit the indigenous community settlement of Orang asli.

Traveler’s Tip: take a walk along the world’s longest canopy to have the mesmerizingly beautiful view of the forest. Also, spend a night in the observation hide to catch a glimpse of the nocturnal animals in their habitat.

7. Visit Sarawak Cultural Village- the living Cultural Museum

Its hard to come across such a lively way of cultural explanation. Located in the foothills of the mighty Mount Santubong, the Sarawak Cultural Village is an award winning live display of the cultural heritage of Sarawak. Beautiful costumes, amazing handicrafts, traditional lifestyles and dwellings of the main communities showcasing their ethnic diversity; visiting the Sarawak Cultural Village is definitely one of the most awesome things to do in Malaysia. The place shows exceptional live performances by local artists and it also hosts the renowned international events such as World Harvest Festival and Rainforests World Music Festival.

Traveler’s Tip: spend time at the village to soak in the ethnicity. Visit the beautiful long houses and take a peek into the lives of different ethnic tribes. Don’t forget to take part in the interactive music workshop in the Rainforest Music House. The experience is every bit worth your time.

To completely experience the diversity of Malaysia, you have to travel it like a local and not as a tourist. Skip the regular attractions and go for the experiences that brings you closer to the roots of the country. Explore the abundant natural resources of this magnificent island and experience the tranquility of the soul of Malaysia.

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Travelling to Perth? Read this first.

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Perth is having a moment; there’s no way to deny it.

From the local brews to the hipster central hotspots, Perth is Australia’s new must-see destination and it’s not hard to see why. Awesome barrier reefs, expansive desert landscapes, wine country, white sand and blue water beaches, creative little creatures, and more are all rolled into one fantastic hotspot on Western Australia’s Coast and it’s a great place to vacation.

While I tend to take the road less travelled—beer tours! music festivals! fancy eats!—there’s a guide to getting the good stuff like a local as well, and this one is it. So sit back and relax; I’ve got suggestions to where to stay, where to play, and where to shop in an ultimate guide to living it up in Perth.  

Where to Stay

Perth is bursting with things to excite someone who really loves finding their niche in the travel market through accommodation; from great Airbnb rentals to state of the art boutique hotels, there’s plenty to excite a person who prides themselves on making a particularly excellent choice.

For lovers of the quiet B&B atmosphere I suggest Pension of Perth in Northbridge; with it’s classic, rustic-chic bed and breakfast style, it’s perfect for a couple taking a romantic getaway or for a writer’s retreat that ends with you writing the next screen adaptation for Australia. There’s private rooms and a townhouse, and it’s all minutes walk from Perth Central without being in the middle of the hustle and bustle—this means you get to eat, drink, be merry, and then come back home to relax.

Anywhere I go, I always suggest checking out Airbnb, especially if you’re looking for a local experience, or plan on going with a lot of people. There are some really great finds, from chic, luxe getaways close to the city and the beach, to huge Fremantle palaces to bring the whole family along, it’s hard to find something that won’t fit. Plus, you’re benefitting from the locals who are always inclined to give you good recommendations for eating, playing, and beaching!

And my ultimate recommendation for accommodation comes from personal experience at COMO The Treasury, and I’m fairly sure it’s the best place I’ve ever stayed (and there’s a lot of great options in Perth). Stark, modern interiors, specifically crafted restaurants and cafes, and a storied past (it used to be a government building), COMO by far is the coolest digs in Perth. If you’ve got the extra pocket change, splurge for a room here with modern art made by local and international artists on the wall, a meal at their rooftop hangout Wildflower, or a lazy day hanging around their in house library. Can you imagine anything more sumptuous than that?

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What to Do

Do. There’s plenty to play with in Perth; from the Kings Park (the largest city green space in the world) to Cottesloe Beach, taking a tour of Perth’ must-sees are super fun, sometimes off the map, and impossible to miss. For a look at the native creatures up close, check out Perth Zoo. For an overlooking view that makes for great panoramic shots, go with the Lotterywest Federation Walkway. For a history lesson, The Perth Mint is the oldest functioning mint in the world and the Old Mill is a quaint relic of life in the mid-19th century.

  1. Think Perth is just about the wine tours in Swan Valley? Think again. The microbrewery revolution in Perth has hit its stride and spending an afternoon tasting all the hops is certainly a great way to taste the flavor of WA. Check out favorites like Mash Brewing, Colonial Brewing Co., and Indian Ocean Co. for classic tastes that are always good, or strike out and make a date with Cheeky Monkey Brewery and Cidery and Feral Brewing Co.—either way you roll, you can’t go wrong.
  2.  Perth has a great many music festivals (that also happen to be conveniently located on their stunning beaches) that shouldn’t be missed. Sets on the Beach is Perth’s hottest beach party, both literally and figuratively. Featuring both local and international talent, Sets fest banks on the beautiful summer weather and killer beach sunsets, not to mention it’s awesome lineups,  to give you the best time around. For urban and underground music, check out The Origin (it’s Perth’s answer to the growing hip hop scene), and try St. Jerome’s Laneway for an international fest that hits up locations all over Australia and Southeast Asia, bringing some really big acts and a whole lot of jamming fun.
  3. Do you consider yourself to be a bit of a foodie? Then Perth is going to be your taste bud heaven. From one of a kind gourmet grilled cheeses at Toastface Grillah to streetside food trucks offering excellent bratwurst at Run Amuk, you’re going to go hungry and come back really full, really satisfied, and really in love. Hit up La Veen for a flat white, The Raw Kitchen as an ode to the clean living revolution, and Lot Twenty for some great outdoor vibes. For dinner, make sure you don’t miss No Mafia’s Australian-Italian menu or The Old Crow for a 5-course style eatery that mixes authentic gastronomy with local favorites and trendy dishes.

What to Buy

Anything Quokka. This fluffy marsupial always wears a happy smile and has been deemed the happiest animal on the planet (truth is, if I were this cute I’d be perpetually happy too), and is a much smarter find than going for the run-of-the-mill kangaroo. While we love our two-legged pouch friends, the quokka is the younger, more adorable cousin that makes for a perfect stuffed animal to take home to just about anyone. Don’t miss your chance, these furries are one of a kind.

Aboriginal Art. How can you go into a cultural mecca and not partake in the local arts? So when in Perth, grab some great Aboriginal pieces that won’t only be a talking point for all those dinners but also will enrich the community and keep the incredible artistry alive. Hit up galleries like Japingka and Creative Native Perth for some clever finds.  

  1. As a colony of Britain and just excellent located for some international trading, antiques are not hard to come by in Perth, and spending a day searching for treasure might just be your perfect answer for a rainy day plan. From awesome furniture finds to old fishing equipment, even if you don’t plan on taking anything home, it will certainly make you feel like you’ve just encountered old pirate’s booty after a day in Curio Warehouse or Bluebird Vintage.
  2. Okay, maybe this one is a bit of a stretch if you’re imagining the airfare it would take to book an extra street just for your new favorite instrument, but there’s no harm at all in going to Didgeridoo Breath and trying one out on your own. Grab a picture (and maybe a tiny souvenir from the shop) and turn that moment into a great postcard from Postagram or a magnet from Sticky9. It’s going to be way better than anything you imagined picking up at one of those tiny tourist shops.  

Any additional places, things, eateries, or stays that I missed in my list? Let me know what makes Perth your favorite place to visit, and I’ll be sure to check it out next time I’m there. Until then, bon voyage!

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6 Amazing Destinations In The US That Are Impressive During Any Season

6 Amazing Destinations In The US That Are Impressive During Any Season

Vacationing in your favorite destinations in the United States takes money and a lot of planning. Even then, securing the time off during the months you would like to travel can be difficult. Luckily, there are a number of scenic locations throughout the country that are great for vacationing regardless of the time of year you choose to visit.

Florida Everglades

Within the country’s largest subtropical reserve you can find everything from alligators to pythons to endangered species such as the Florida manatee. Filled with local plants and animals, the Everglades combines Caribbean conditions with North American wildlife to create an ecosystem that operates independently of its surroundings with temperate conditions year round. The Everglades National Park itself consists of almost 1.5 million acres of protected land for visitors to explore. Lucky explorers may even catch sight of the rare Florida panther.

Acadia

Located at the coast of Maine, Acadia National Park is one of the most beautiful and oldest areas in the country. The coastal islands hold a multitude of plants and animals that thrive regardless of the time of year, while the nearby mountain is the tallest of its kind on the U.S. Atlantic coast. With various opportunities for hiking, biking or camping in this scenic location, Acadia remains one of the greatest areas to visit east of the Mississippi.

Redwood Forest

Though the term redwood is mostly associated with the tallest and oldest trees on the planet, the California native plants are also part of a larger park known as the Redwood Forest. Aside from the trees, Redwood Forest is also home to numerous wild rivers, oak woodlands and prairies. The nearby Pacific Ocean serves as a scenic backdrop to this area, which remains at a cool temperature year round.

Mammoth Cave

Nestled deep in Kentucky’s hills, Mammoth Cave stands as one of the few underground national parks in the country. The world’s longest human-explored cave system runs 400 miles beneath the surface, with five levels mapped out to date. With regular tours year round and no seasons 200 feet underground, Mammoth Cave National Park remains a great choice for any vacation.

Bryce Canyon

Home to some of the most beautiful hiking and biking trails in the world, Utah’s Bryce Canyon National Park carries a variety of terrains including everything from flatlands to slot canyons. Whether visiting to hike for a few hours or camp for a few days, there is more than enough scenery in Bryce Canyon to captivate you for the duration of your stay. Guided tours allow for cross-country skiing or snowshoeing in wintertime, while jeep and helicopter tours are available throughout the year making Bryce Canyon a premium destination no matter the season. Because of all the yearly activities and places to see, Bryce Canyon, Utah is a great destination for any season.

Yosemite Valley

There are few scenes as memorable as glimpsing a valley carved millions of years ago by glaciers. The eight mile long Yosemite Valley features ten 500-plus foot high waterfalls, along with 3,000-plus foot walls situated near yellow pine and oak forests. Open meadows on the valley floor round out this scenic location, which holds its beauty throughout the various seasons.

With these ideas, you can have plenty of options to choose from at any time of the year. Planning the perfect getaway can be stressful, but with locations like these, you can be sure to enjoy your visit.

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Most beautiful cycling routes in Australia

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Australia is indeed a land of many riches among which, some of the most beautiful cycling routes in the entire world. Both Australian roads and Australian landscapes are simply ideal for a lengthy excursion on your bike. Furthermore, the weather of this amazing continent is quite favorable for this sport which is why Australia has one of the greatest cycling communities in the world. Here are some of the favorite routes of Australian cyclists.

The Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia

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Any decent bucket list cannot be complete without visiting The Great Ocean Road at least once in your lifetime. Even though some people constantly stand amazed at the creation of man just one look at these incredible landscapes will be more than enough to prove them nothing in the face of the force of nature. A rich tapestry of life that can be seen here is simply amazing since this route consists of everything from seaside towns and dairy farms to wild rainforests beaming with all sorts of life. All else pales, in comparison to the dazzling beauty of these natural riches of Victoria.

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Temperate climate of this part of Australia is simply perfect for cycling. One more thing, this region represents a perfect combination between the first world touristic destination and a primal beauty of the newly discovered world. In other words, even though here you can see the most amazing wildlife, you also travel on some of the most quality roads in the world. These two notions are truly not one would expect to see in one place.

The Gap to Mt Glorious via Mt Nebo, Queensland

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Now for some of the most daring and adventure craving cyclists there is nothing that could top The Gap to Mt Glorious via Mt Nebo, Queensland. Even though its beauty is in no way inferior even to The Great Ocean Road, the most curious thing about this bike track is that is quite difficult to handle indeed.
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Unfortunately, this would have to exclude all but the most physically ready and experienced cyclist. That is, unless you are willing to get an electric bike. Not only would this allow one to enjoy this incredible bike route but also to go there without worries whether or not they will be able to carry on once they get tired. Your safest bet for getting a bike of an adequate quality would be from electric bikes retailers based in Australia.

Sydney and Blue Mountains, New South Wales

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Seeing how Sydney is the largest and most recognizable city in whole of Australia it is an obvious Touristic choice for tourists from all over the world. However, what most people don’t know about it is that it has some of the best places for urban cycling in the world. Entire city is incredibly bike friendly, but if you still don’t feel like going for a ride around such a crowded and hectic place you can always take a tour around Blue Mountains. Known as one of the most incredible places in whole of Australia, this is just yet another of this continent’s incredible natural landmarks that you simply cannot afford not to visit.
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There is nothing better than using your tour to see new places, witness new sights and expand your horizons. Still, if you want to break the common practice on going on same old, organized tours, you can come up with a plan of your own. Set your own destination and most important of all, plan your own mean of commute. If you ever wanted to go on a bike tour and visit some incredible landscapes, than Australia might be the place where your dream is going to come true. The world is your oyster!

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What makes Mozambique such a great travel destination?

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Discovered by Vasco Da Gama back in 1498, Mozambique has over the past decade managed to make a name for itself as one of the world’s top tourist destinations for a number of reasons. With a turbulent history marked by political and social struggles, the African country is a true hotpot of cultural identities and one of the finest tropical destinations for lovers of aquatic fun, powdery beaches and azure ocean waters. Before you start packing your bags, take a quick look at the brief overview of Mozambique’s history, climate, natural attractions and leisure activities: we guarantee you will love every minute spent in this exotic country.

History of Mozambique

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In the early 16th century, the Portuguese managed to establish a foothold in Mozambique in terms of administration and trade by creating of prazos (land grants). Although the colonizers saw a gradual expansion of influence in the next few decades, pushing back Muslim Arab slave traders in the coastline areas, the situation began to change toward the end of the 17th century when the Arabs seized Fort Jesus, Mombasa Island.

From that point onwards, the Portuguese slowly shifted administrative powers to major private companies, but the ten-year War of Independence which began in 1964 eventually led to mass Portuguese immigration, declaration of Mozambique independence in 1975 and introduction of one-party system founded on Marxist principles. Nevertheless, the peace was short-lived: two years upon the ending of war for liberation, a civil war ripped the country apart, ultimately resulting in millions of refugees, replacement of Marxist ideologies with capitalism and election of democratic government. In 1995, Mozambique became the first non-British former colony to join the Commonwealth of Nations, and its economy has since been steadily recovering through development of industry and tourism.

Climate of Mozambique

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Situated in the tropical belt, Mozambique has a warm climate characterized by ample sunshine and warm temperatures throughout the year. The average temperature in the country is around 82°F, with humid, hot and rainy summer months from October to April and slightly cooler dry season from June to October.

Beaches and natural attractions

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With a pristine palm-fringed coastline stretching 2,500 kilometers along the Indian Ocean, Mozambique takes pride in some of Africa’s finest beaches such as Praia de Zalala, Wimbe, Tofo and Bazaruto. In addition to the crystal-clear water and white sandy beaches on the mainland, tourists can also explore the small neighboring islands in the Bazaruto Archipelago, a true tropical paradise still largely untouched by commercial tourism.

Leisure activities in Mozambique

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With its warm climate, fascinating beaches, vivid marine life, colorful coral gardens and reefs, underwater caves and wreck sites, Mozambique is a true treat for water sports lovers. One of the best destinations for scuba divers and snorkeling fans, this African country is the best place to go diving after humpback whales, large whale sharks, small-eyed rays and giant manta rays. If you do not have any scuba experience, you can always sign up for a diving course at the spot and experience Mozambique’s impressive water world first-hand with a professional instructor onboard.

Whether you are a lover of historical sites or ocean-borne adventures, Mozambique is definitely a must-see. There is no better place to escape the hectic city life than Mozambique coastline: hot, sunny and teeming with exotic wonders, the African country has everything it takes to make your holiday a tropical dream come true.

If you intend to visit Mozambique any time soon, head over to propertymaputo.com to get the info on the hottest real estate deals and availability. Explore the picturesque scenery and wildlife, laze around soft, white sands a few feet away from azure ocean waves, sip your Pina Colada in the shade of a palm tree and take a dive into the magical marine world of southern Africa – we promise, a visit to Mozambique is a holiday you will never forget.

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6 Fun Destinations For Your Next Road Trip

6 Fun Destinations For Your Next Road Trip

There are numerous road trip destinations throughout the U.S., but finding a place that has it all can be a bit tricky. If you don’t pick the right destination, you could end up on a pretty boring vacation. These six destinations are sure to please.

1. Colorado

If you’ve never been to Colorado before, you’re in for a surprise. This part of the country served as the inspiration for “America the Beautiful,” and it’s no wonder. This is one of the most gorgeous states in the U.S. If you and your traveling companions love the outdoors, Colorado is the place for you.

2. San Diego

San Diego is one of the most visited places in California. View the whole city by driving up the Mount Soledad Veterans Memorial. You can take in the sun at La Jolla Cove, or visit Viejas for a fun night out. When you’re ready to leave, you can’t beat the view of the coast as you ride to San Francisco.

3. New Orleans

This one-of-a-kind city is one of the oldest in the United States. The architecture will impress you and you can’t beat the delicious Creole and Cajun cuisines. Music lovers will be able to listen to the best jazz they’ve ever heard. For a truly wild time, go there during Mardi Gras.

4. Chicago

If you love urban settings, don’t skip Chicago. Check out the cityscape from the John Hancock Observatory and then have lunch at Charlie Trotters. Stroll along Lake Michigan and take in a show at night. Chicago is full of culture, so there’s plenty to keep you busy.

5. Boston

Massachusetts’ most popular city has a great mix of culture and history. There are world-class museums, concerts and plays, baseball games and the Freedom Trail, just to name a few. Take a Duck Boat Tour to squeeze a bunch of sightseeing in at once.

6. Las Vegas

There isn’t many destination that are more fun than Vegas. Even if you’re not a gambler, Vegas has a million things to keep you entertained. The hotels and casinos are so gorgeous you’ll spend a lot of time just looking around. There are also plenty of places to eat and shop, plus numerous shows to see.

When choosing a road trip destination, make sure there are enough sites and activities to keep you busy for the duration of your time there. Also, if you’re going with a group of people, make sure that the things you choose to do will be appealing to everyone.

Honeymoon Hot Spots: Five Places You’ll Want to Move to

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When choosing a vacation destination for your honeymoon, all couples want to find a place that is truly spectacular and allows you both an escape. After the stress of planning your wedding and going through the marriage process, spending some time alone together is the perfect way to start fresh in your new life as a couple. Finding the perfect place that both of you agree on can be daunting, but there are a few honeymoon hot spots that will make for beautiful and memorable locations. You might even find yourself wanting to move in.

Saint Tropez

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This coastal town is situated on the French Rivera in southeastern France for a city that is known to attract artists. You’ll be able to relax on the beach during the day, while enjoying the busy nightlife in the evenings. You can also take in the beauty of Vieux Port, which is lined with Mediterranean houses and features several cafes where you can dine outdoors near the water.

Figi

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Figi boasts turquoise waters and spectacular mountains views in one of the top locations in the world. It’s one of few places that really feel like paradise. With over 300 islands, Fiji is a great place for adventure and relaxation with serene beaches, snorkeling, and diving.

Florence, Italy

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Roam the streets of Italy hand in hand for a romantic location that is known for its spectacular architecture and friendly locals. As the capital of Italy’s Tuscany region, the city welcomes visitors to explore iconic sites that include the Florence Cathedral and the expansive bell tower. You can even take an exciting bike tour together of Florence for a memorable way to explore the city.

Greece

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A magical destination for a honeymoon due to the beautiful views of the ocean and the whitewash stone homes that cascade down the cliffs, Greece is located in southeastern Europe and is home to several ancient landmarks, which include the Parthenon, Acropolis, and the Temple of Hephaestus. You can also enjoy relaxing on the white sands of Elafonissi Beach or taking a cave swim at Kleftiko Beach.

The Islands of Tahiti

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As the largest island in French Polynesia, The Islands of Tahiti feature quaint huts that are built above clear water. You’ll be able to visit black-sand beaches, two extinct volcanos, waterfalls, and romantic lagoons to take a dip in.

When planning a honeymoon, don’t be afraid to choose one of the top destinations in the world. These places are all romantic and relaxing, and you’ll be able to explore the city with your spouse and create new memories that will last a lifetime. Don’t forget to look into Fisa Pty Ltd partner visas if you and your new spouse will be staying in a new country for a long period of time. When you choose a place you both agree on, your honeymoon can be the perfect start to a perfect marriage.

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Active Weekends in Sydney

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Loved by its citizens as well as international tourists, Sydney is a true cosmopolitan. It is home to a thriving arts and culture scene, world-class shopping, top restaurants, captivating beaches, national parks, and many more breath-taking attractions just waiting to be rediscovered by you. With its packed calendar of events, this vibrant city offers many ways to explore it and have fun all year round.

Here are some ideas for an active weekend in Sydney:

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Hug the Harbour

This is one of the must-do Sydney tours. Sydney Harbour, with its 240 kilometres of shoreline, is regarded as one of the most beautiful natural harbours in the world. Walk the harbour shoreline, or embark on a charted ferry passing by some of the most famous landmarks, and enjoy the scenic views. Cross the much loved Coat Hanger on foot, or climb it. Sydney Tours R Us organise tours with a stop at Milsons Point for another magnificent view of the iconic Sydney Opera House, and city skyline. Watch the sun set over the harbour’s sparkling waters from a beachfront restaurant.

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Hyde Park

Australia’s oldest park is home to hundreds of exotic and native trees and several monuments, including the Archibald Fountain, ANZAC Memorial, and the Pool of Reflection. It is a perfect spot for a picnic, or to take a seat and have a breather, or to sunbath lazily on one of the many benches. Don’t miss St. Mary’s Cathedral on the edge of Hyde Park.

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Bondi Beach

Australia’s most famous beach was added to the Australian National Heritage List in 2008, but it has been a hub of entertainment in Sydney since the dawn of time. This kilometre long expanse of golden sands attracts tens of thousands of people each year, who come here to walk, jog, surf, or simply relax in numerous cafes, bars and seafood restaurants. Swimming is permitted, water temperature is around 21 degrees in the summer months, and there is a shark net to keep swimmers safe.

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Step Back in Time in The Rocks

Since 1788, when the first settlers stepped ashore, the birthplace of modern Sydney, The Rocks, has transformed from a convict-built settlement into a thriving neighbourhood featuring many sleek hotels and funky bars. Discover the heritage sandstone buildings, cobblestone streets and monuments . The precinct is also an arts and cultural hub, so be sure to check out some of the art galleries or museums it offers. Visit The Rocks Weekend Markets, with over 200 stalls selling anything from designer clothing to cookware, but most importantly – delicious food.

How would you spend your weekend in Sydney?

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The Ultimate Guide to the Best Beaches in Sydney

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Australia’s favorite pastime is surfing. Sweeney Report claimed that there are two and a half million surfers in Australia (Andrew Start for CoastalWatch.com, 2010). This means that all those amazing and wonderful beaches in Australia are packed with people. The beaches are big and long, so even though it is crowded, it is never too busy so that you cannot enjoy your stay there. Here are some of the most interesting and most famous beaches that you may want to check out while in Sydney.

The Big Bondi Beach

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This is not only one of the most famous beaches in Australia, it is one of the most famous beaches in the world. For those that love the outdoor sports, especially beach volleyball, visiting Bondi will be a real treat. This is where the court for the beach volleyball for the Olympics 2000 was erected and it is still there. You will have the chance to play on that very court. The usual swimming, surfing and sunbaking activities are always available. If you get up really early, you will see a different face of Bondi. A lot of people come to jog, swim or do some other sort of exercise before going to work. On Sundays, you can even check out the Bondi Market that is always busy and fun.

The Families’ Favorite Coogee

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There are many amazing activities that make this beach a perfect beach for families. The first are the great natural and artificial sea pools where kids can freely swim and have fun. Another thing are the many rides and activities for kids. There is also a free petting zoo for kids. On the top of all that, there is a Coogee Family Fun Day where everything gets turned into fun for families. Besides being the place where families and surfers have all the fun, sunsets are amazing at here and Coogee makes a very romantic place for couples and those long walks.

The Hidden Long Beach and Fisherman’s Beach

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For those that want something far more romantic, you need to go and find the Long Beach and the Fisherman’s Beach. These romantic and secluded beaches make perfect beach wedding venues in Sydney. They are small and secluded, but they have amazing views and they give you the privacy that you cannot get on the big beaches around Sydney.

The Amazing Manly

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Manly is also one of the most well-known beaches in the entire Australia that is busy with people during the night and the day. The outdoor activities of all sorts are available, as well as many cafes, bars, food stands and restaurants. For something really amazing and unique, you will need to make a move from the crowd and go toward the great North Head. It is a nice walk and not a short one, but it pays off. North Head is one of the best whale spotting places there are. If you do not want to walk, find some of the whale watching tours that guarantee that you will spot the whales. It is remarkable experience.

Needless to say, the majority of beaches in Australia are perfect for one or another type of surfing. On most of them, you can go swimming and you can dive. However, after a day or two, you will be compelled to search the surrounding and find other ways to enjoy these places, as well. Luckily, these amazing beaches have a lot to offer.

Featured photo credit: By Adam.J.W.C. (Own work) [CC BY-SA 2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5)], via Wikimedia Commons

The Top 10 Best Family Winter Vacations for 2015

The Top 10 Best Family Winter Vacations for 2015

A winter vacation provides an opportunity to spend time with your family while enjoying your favorite winter pastimes. Here are the ten best family winter vacations for 2015.

Head North to…Alaska?

Alaska is great in the winter. Travel is much cheaper and you will experience the Alaska everyone wants to see. You can catch the Aurora Borealis, try dog mushing, and participate in lots of outdoor activities.

Go see the Mouse, and Harry Potter.

In winter, the temperatures are mild in Orlando, Florida. Walt Disney World and Universal Studios are magical with elaborate decorations and shows. If that isn’t enough, you can head over to the Gaylord Hotel and experience the ICE exhibit.

It’s all about the Bahamas, baby!

Warm weather served with an insane waterpark and glorious beaches defines Atlantis, Paradise Island in the Bahamas. This resort will thrill the whole family.

Fancy a Victorian Christmas?

Cape May, New Jersey will take you back in time for a more traditional Christmas experience. The charming seaside Victorian town offers a holiday train, caroling, breakfast with Santa, gingerbread house construction, and dozens of other activities for your kids or the kid in you.

How about we hit the slopes?

Snowmass, Aspen, Colorado provides every conceivable snow sport, and caters to every age. There is even a ski gear rental service called Ski Butlers. They will come to your room and fit your family, offer support while you enjoy your ski vacation, and then come pick up your gear before you leave.

Sun and sand for me please.

Clearwater, FL on the Gulf Coast is a relaxed community that is perfect for families. A warmer weather option where amusements abound and great restaurants beckon to those who want a little more laid back vacation.

Explore the “other” New York.

Families love the Adirondack Mountain region for its sporting activities and quiet, cozy cabins. If you dream of staring out at a beautiful winter scene with a steaming hot cup of cocoa in your hand, you could do no better than the Adirondacks.

What kid wouldn’t want to visit a place called Smugglers’ Notch?

This Northern Vermont resort has incredible children’s programs, skiing, a zip line canopy tour, snow shoe trails, and lots of other fun activities and programs for the whole family.

Mom, can we go to the Mall?

This mega mall houses hundreds of stores, an aquarium, Nickelodeon Universe, the Minnesota Children’s museum, many restaurants, a comedy club, adventure golf and a mirror maze. There is even an on-site hotel if you want to avoid Minnesota’s winter weather.

Choose a location and bundle up with your family on vacation this winter. There is no better time to make memories.