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Pack up and Travel to Amsterdam this weekend!

Pack up and Travel to Amsterdam this weekend!

Amsterdam is an amazing place to take a holiday or short break. Whoever you are and whatever you are looking for during your trip you are sure to find it here.

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Amsterdam for Couples

If you thought this city was just a place full of stag parties, then think again. You can spend an incredible romantic break with your significant other without a red light in sight.

During the day take a dreamy stroll along the canals and get some quiet time in a secluded courtyard such as Begijnhof. Visit the beautiful floating flower market and ponder the remarkable works of Van Gogh in the museum of the same name.

When it comes to dining out of an evening, there are plenty of charming venues dotted in and around the canals area. After dinner enjoy a freshly made cocktail or two in one of the many trendy bars in Amsterdam centre.

Soak up the atmosphere, take in the scenery and enjoy the art together during your romantic break.

Amsterdam for Families.

There are plenty of fun filled things to do as a family in Amsterdam. The first most obvious thing to do would be to take a boat tour along the canals. Learn about the history of the city whilst keeping the kids entertained at the same time!

Some parks are scattered across the city but the most notable for families is Vondelpark. With its playground and paddling pool it’s a winner for those with children, visitors and locals alike. You can also hire a bakfiet, a bike with an almost wheelbarrow like seat in the front for a child. A great way to get around.

Family dinners are no problem here either. From quality street food vendors, chain and family run restaurants you will find a place for even the fussiest eaters.

Amsterdam for Groups

Groups are accommodated for well in Amsterdam. You will find many apartments and hostels that cater for lots of people staying together and at some reasonable prices too.

As a hotspot for stag and hen party’s you can choose from an array of party suggestions to make the most of your stay. It is best to book ahead when travelling as a group as to not be disappointed if everything full once arriving but there are deals to be had booking last minute city breaks too.

Hire a party boat or party bicycles, gamble on a casino boat, watch a show, have a chocolate day or even take a burlesque workshop. Whether you are here for to enjoy relaxing or debauchery – your group will have the time of their lives.

Amsterdam for Art Lovers

When you hear great names such as Van Gogh, Rembrandt and Vermeer you already know this city will have a lot to offer for those who appreciate art.

Base yourself in the museumplein and you will have the pick of the best museums at your fingertips. One of the top places to visit is the Rijksmuseum. Boasting the country’s largest collection of art including 4 Vermeer’s and 40 Rembrandts!

Other museums that should be on your list are the Van Gogh museum, Rembrandthuis, the Jewish History museum and Foam- a modern photography gallery. All that should absolutely keep you going during your trip.

Amsterdam for Foodies

Whilst you will always find a nice traditional home cooked meal or a dependable chain restaurant for dinner, for those who want a bit more there are some great foodie surprises in Amsterdam.

Combine dining with art with a new concept called the culinary workshop, set menus offer cryptic suggestions to delight diners with creations such as ‘it’s a matter of time’.

Other wonderful experiences include dining in the dark, the floating chefs table, garden to plate and the butchers. You won’t go hungry that’s for sure.

Ok so now you see that Amsterdam truly does have something for everyone and should be on your list if you are heading to Europe -have you packed yet? Have I missed anything? I’d love to hear your suggestions too

 

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Three great ski resorts in North America to check out this winter

Three great ski resorts in North America to check out this winter

A skiing vacation can be an exhilarating experience but you need to ensure you choose the best location for your needs. Depending on your level of skill you may be looking for challenging slopes or good facilities for beginners. You may also want to choose ski resorts location which offers excellent amenities for when you are away from the slopes, such as bars, restaurants and shops.

We are going to introduce you to three of the best ski resorts in North America. Hopefully we can help you choose a resort where you can have a great ski vacation.

Deer Valley Resort

Deer Valley Resort is all about snow and a luxury feel. This place definitely does not have a quaint feel; it’s modern and classy. There are terrain options for everyone with beginner slopes making up 25% of the overall number, intermediate 38%, advanced 32% and expert 5%. Another advantage of choosing Deer Valley for your ski vacation is that it’s really easy to get to; it’s just a 40-45 minute drive from Salt Lake City airport.

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If you want a resort that provides you with something other than just skiing and snowboarding you can enjoy a selection of drinking, dining and retail opportunities at Deer Valley.

Kicking Horse

You may think that Kicking Horse resort would not have the same standard of facilities as the popular resorts in the Banff area; you would be wrong. If you choose to stay at Kicking Horse you will find that you have access to a wide range of accommodation, dining and shopping opportunities. You will certainly have plenty to occupy you, both on and off the slopes.

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Kicking Horse provides special packages for groups including school and corporate parties. The resort also has wedding facilities for anyone who wants a slightly different wedding day.

Alta

Alta is one of those resorts which has been providing a high quality skiing experience to visitors for many years. This popular skiing destination has been around since 1939.   Its long history has helped to give Alta a very traditional feel. It’s one of those places that each generation tells the next about so it has continued to remain popular with skiing enthusiasts through the years.

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Alta is a beautiful resort area that benefits from a variety of different terrain as well as amazing views. It’s a place which has become known as a skiers’ resort and if you are dedicated to skiing then you will love Alta. It’s one of the few resorts around which sticks to skiing and no other sports, such as snowboarding, are permitted. This is not to everyone’s taste but it certainly appeals to Alta enthusiasts.

We have provided you with the information you need to check out what is available for you at three of the best ski resorts in North America. They all have different things to offer so hopefully there is one which appeals to you, where you can enjoy a high quality ski vacation.

 

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The Ultimate Western Australian Road Trip Guide

The Ultimate Western Australian Road Trip Guide

If you are planning to drive through Western Australia, you are certainly in for a treat, and with so much to see and do, the trip will be a memorable one. If you are arriving by air, Perth International Airport would be the obvious choice, where you can rent a vehicle and set off on your trip. As with any holiday, it always pays to do your homework, and if have yet to research, here are some valuable tips to help make the holiday truly memorable.

The Right Vehicle

If you plan on spending a few weeks on the road, the vehicle must be in tip top condition, and you shouldn’t compromise on comfort, as you will be spending a considerable amount of time in the car. If you are looking for a reliable and inexpensive car hire company, Perth car rental by Ace Rent a Car will provide you with the ideal vehicle.

Swan Valley

If you are coming to WA, you simply must visit Swan Valley, the home of some of Australia’s finest vineyards, as well as numerous other attractions. Situated in the upper regions of the Swan River, this wonderful region is only a thirty minute drive from Perth, and you can sample the exotic native wildlife at Caversham Wildlife Park. The region has stunning landscapes, and is one of Western Australia’s most popular areas for tourists, foreign and local alike. If there are more than 4 people in your group, it might be wise to consider minivan hire, as this will ensure that all of your luggage can be included without a squeeze.

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Margaret River Wine Region

This is an enchanting region, with almost 200 wineries, offering the best wines Australia has, and with superb cuisine, you won’t want to leave! Both red and white wines are produced by the many boutique size wineries, and the region accounts for 20% of premium wine production in Australia. There are nature trails for hikers and bikers, with many interesting natural highlights to admire.

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Rottnest Island

Although it had an unpleasant history, Rottnest Island is extremely popular today, with pristine beaches and spectacular marine life. If diving is your thing, you must include a trip to this enchanting island, and there is something for all the family. See a wide range of animals, including dolphins, sea lions, and penguins, and you can kayak in the Shoalwater Islands Marine Park.

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Albany

The almost 5 hour drive is worth it when you see the view from the summit of Mount Clarence, and the city is steeped in history, as it was one of the first to be established in the early 19th century. The city is located on the northern side of the Princess Royal Harbour, and the marine life in this area is something not to miss.

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Before setting out, it would be wise to talk to your car rental company, as they would have all the information about tourist attractions and routes, and would be happy to assist you in any way they can. There is literally so much to see and do, they would help you to plan the perfect itinerary.

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Amazing Road Trips that are worth checking out in New South Wales

Amazing Road Trips that are worth checking out in New South Wales

Australia offers a plethora of summer activities. With unbeatable surfing, beautiful beaches and diverse wildlife, what better way to see what Australia has to offer than with a road trip. While there are many terrific road trips in Australia, New South Wales is home to many amazing drives that are worth checking out.

Here is a list of some of the best road trips in New South Wales, that are in Sydney’s back yard. So pack your bags, get your car serviced, and buckle up, because there is a lot to see.

 

Grand Pacific Drive

 

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The Grand Pacific drive starts about an hour and a half south of Sydney, at the Royal National Park. This drive takes you southern down the coast, passing Wollongong, Shellharbour and ending at Kiama. On the way, you’ll visit the Sea Cliff Bridge, which is an iconic destination within NSW.  The drive has beautiful views and winding roads right along the coast.

Once in Kiama, you’ll have access to many different activities such as coastal walks, the famous Kiama Blowhole Point and the Kiama Lighthouse. Shellharbour is also not too far away, if you’re keen for a visit.

 

Fossickers Way

 

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Fossickers Way drive one of the older, well known drives in the northern part of New South Wales. This trip is a series of country roads that has hidden treasures amongst the rivers and rocks. As the name implies, the drive is a popular gold and mineral fossicking location.

Along the way you’ll find towns rich with gold rush history. There are 9 member owns in four all within driving distance of each other.  These towns provide many of them offer great recreational areas and hospitality great for the family.  Each stop has different history and activities making this drive truly unique.

 

Darling River Run

 

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Heading west towards the Outback, this road trip can take up to 7 days and is about 1000km in distance. Although it’s not necessary to have 4WD, it’s important to properly plan your trip because the Outback is nothing to mess with.

This drive is considered one of the most iconic river drives within NSW, stalking the Darling river, running through rich aboriginal history and culture. Although the drive is so long, there are many side roads and short options available, making it easy to take in parts or for the ambitious, can be taken in full.

 

The Greater Blue Mountains Drive

 

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Only about an hour and a half outside of Sydney,  the Greater Blue Mountains Drive takes you on a choose your own adventure style road trip.The drive offers over 18 discovery trails that part from the main route. Each of these trails explores national parks and conservation areas in the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area. This drive lets you truly explore the Blue Mountains, with countless bush walks, recreational areas, camping, caving and more.

 

Sydney to Canberra

 

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Starting again from Sydney, you will head south towards the thriving capital city of Australia. Home to the National Museum of Australia, the parliament and National Gallery of Australia and many other iconic Australian monuments, this drive will offer rich Australian history.

Taking the Princes Highway to Batemans Bay down the south coast, you’ll pass through historic towns of Braidwood and Bungendore. Canberra offers rich history with its historical buildings and exhibits.

 

 

 

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Add A Touch Of Luxury To Your Vacation By Staying In Kuala Lumpur

Add A Touch Of Luxury To Your Vacation By Staying In Kuala Lumpur

If you are thinking about booking an extended city break, you’ve probably considered all the usual suspects; Paris, Venice, or even London, UK. One place that almost definitely won’t have come to your mind will be Kuala Lumpur. But should it have done? The capital of Malaysia is a modern skyscraper paradise. But, it is also somewhere that leaves you a mere stone’s throw away from some of the most naturally beautiful parts of the country too. It is regarded as one of the fastest growing metropolitan places in South East Asia, so you can be sure to have access to plenty of mod cons. If glamour and luxury are your things, there’s really no better place to come. Here’s how you can have a celebrity-inspired Malaysian vacation in one of the country’s most impressive cities.

 

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Stay in the lap of luxury

Despite its rising economy, Kuala Lumpur can still offer stunning accommodation at a considerably lower price than what would be paid in other countries. Once you’ve worked out your budget, all you have left to do is to decide where to stay. You might want to find out Kuala Lumpur 5-star resort hotel if you are interested in having everything you need right on your doorstep. Many offer an unrivalled sense of hospitality and a great location, meaning you can step out straight into the bustling city. The climate over in Malaysia tends to be hot and humid, with the coldest season of January still reaching highs of 81 degrees Fahrenheit. So, with that in mind, you might be interested in booking somewhere with a pool so that you can cool off in the mid-afternoon sun.



Shop until you drop

If you’re looking for somewhere to go for a bit of retail therapy, you may have just found your haven in Kuala Lumpur. The city boasts a huge amount of different shopping experiences, from small local markets to huge malls selling designer clothes. The Pavilion Kuala Lumpur is one of the largest malls, accounting for an impressive 1.37 million square feet of shopping heaven! It opened in 2007 and has earned a reputation for being one of the trendiest places to come and shop in. If you want to combine a shopping trip with visiting a landmark, look no further than the Suria KLCC. It’s a huge mall and dining district located at the bottom of the world-famous Petronas Twin Towers.

 

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Enjoy fine dining

Kuala Lumpur has a very vibrant food scene due to it being a kind of melting pot for people of all cultures. Luxury restaurant Lafite offers European-style dining in a chic setting, whilst Indochinese offering Tamarind Springs is located amongst the Ampang district. Expect beautiful interiors and impeccable service at most of the restaurants in the city, and be sure to eat your way around the world. If you are attending an event of sorts, you can even book private dining at many of the city centre’s eateries. Your hotel will often have a luxury restaurant attached too, so make sure to eat there at least once on your trip.

 

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