The Best Destinations for Your Next Birthday Party

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Browsing exceptional places, hotels, resorts, and events around the world will make you wish that birthdays happened more than once a year.

Birthday is the right time and the perfect occasion to get your heart out and quench your thirst, to travel to places scattered around the world.

San Juan, Puerto Rico

A trip to San Juan, Puerto Rico, can be a wonderful gift. Enjoy 250-year Old San Juan with its ancient cobblestone streets and restaurants. To see old town from the water, just take a boat; it is the best way to view the waterfront of this city.

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Walk along the gorgeous sandy beach of Ocean Park Beach or dive into the clear blue sea. Visit the University of Puerto Rico’s Botanical Garden, where there are thousands of rare plants and fragrant flowers. San Juan is beautiful not only above the water, but also under it; go diving to explore its scenery. It is impossible to see and enjoy everything that San Juan has to offer at the same time!

Shotover River rafting, New Zealand

If you like speed and wonderful landscapes, you definitely need to go boating through the amazing canyons of New Zealand. This can be done at Shotover Jet; it’s the only company that has permission to work here. It uses specially built boats to ensure complete safety and thrill.

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A helmsman guides the boat through the canyons. Sometimes it stops so you can enjoy the beauty and appreciate the landscape. The company will give you full safety equipment. Of course, you can take photos or videos with your camera!

Safari West, California

If you want to celebrate your birthday in an unusual way, then Safari West in Napa, California, will not disappoint you. Thousands of wild animals and birds live in this 400-acre reserve area. Instead of a hotel there are cottages, and you can observe the wildlife right from your window.

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The rooms will not disappoint you; they are not just tents, but solid buildings with all the amenities. There are small and large cottages to accommodate couples, whole families, and groups. The entire interior is decorated with African artifacts and decor. You can watch the wild animals not only from your hotel room, but also from the car tour – which is included.

Escape Haven, Bali

If you want to get away from all your daily routines, visit a special tropical vacation for women. All day long you will practice yoga, surf, and relax in the sun. This holiday will allow you to completely relax and get in shape.

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These luxury resorts spoil you from head to toe. The relaxing tour lasts for a week and also includes cooking lessons, spa treatments, fitness activities, and detoxification procedures. You will live in luxury villas and houses that offer all the modern amenities.

Along The Great Ocean Road, Australia

There is another type of recreation not associated with beaches. Many of us dream of driving an endless road along the sea. Australia can offer you this!

The Great Ocean Road goes all around the coast of Australia and encourages you to experience the magical delight of driving.

A wonderful combination of ocean breezes, soft whispering waves, light music (in your car), endless blue seas, and wonderful landscapes can really heal your mind and soul. You will feel reborn after this road trip!

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Published: 10/10/2017

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Tips for Visiting Amazing Tampa, Florida

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Tampa, the third largest city in Florida, is cozily located on the shores of Tampa Bay. According to one version, the city got its name from the Indian word “tampa,” which meant “fiery sticks” – “lightning” to the Indians. Indeed, this natural phenomenon occurs here very often during summer storms.

Tampa, Florida, USA

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Tampa has its own international airport along with the largest sea port in Florida. Lowry Park Zoo is in town with a large aviary where birds live in a natural habitat; there are also places here where visitors can pet the animals and even feed them.

The reptile exhibit and terrarium are especially popular, too. While touring Tampa, you can ride on a very old tram that rolled the city’s streets about 50 years ago. Incidentally, several main servers of Wikipedia are located in Tampa, and one of the four Salvador Dali museums of the world is here – this one known eponymously.

The oldest district of Tampa is called Ybor City; it once had a large diaspora of Hispanics and was famous for its cigar factories – which produced some of the best cigars outside of Latin America.

Now the district is a tourist resort area, and there are a lot of museums dedicated to the city’s history. Among them is an excellent cigar museum where you can trace the complete history and process of making the one-time best cigars in all of Florida – possibly of the whole U.S.

Tampa, Florida, USA downtown city skyline over the Hillsborough Riv

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Another favorite spot is “Adventure Island” water park. On this 30-acre territory there are all kinds of water slides and activities. If you love adrenaline rushes, there are several high-speed slides – one a 25-meter plunge named “Water Typhoon.”

For kids, there is an entertainment paradise called “Splash Attack.” This place has plenty of carousels, swings, water slides, and other exciting rides.

Tampa is a fun city. The Gasparilla Pirate Festival, the most anticipated of the year, takes place at the end of January. According to legend, a pirate named José Gaspare (Gasparilla) once sailed in the waters of Tampa Bay.

This event was organized in honor of his brave and grandiose adventures. In 2015, the parade was the third largest in the United States, and the celebration had a $23 million impact on Tampa’s economy.

One of the largest architectural/engineering sites here is the Sunshine Skyway Bridge: at a length of nearly 7 kilometers, it is one of the longest continuous bridge spans in the Western Hemisphere. It connects St. Petersburg (yes, there is a city in the USA named St. Petersburg) with Terra Ceia on the southern shore of Tampa Bay.

This bridge was opened in 1987 to replace an old one of the same name, which collapsed in 1980 when a freighter collided with a support column.

Tampa, Florida, USA

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The Sunshine Skyway Bridge looks fantastic from any angle. Its pylons are painted yellow, a symbol of sunlight – since Florida is called the “Sunshine State.” At night, the pylons are backlit in gold, emphasizing their graceful shape.

The bridge connects the main resorts along the Gulf Coast of Florida and is a spectacular sight from both land and sea.

Because of the excellent climate, this nice sunny town attracts a large number of tourists every year. If you get tired of wandering and sightseeing, you can just loll on the white sand beach and enjoy the emerald waters of Tampa Bay.

Top Vacation Destinations in Spain, 2017

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The official slogan of Spain’s national tourism bureau TURESPAÑA is “Spain is what you want. Spain is what you need.” Enough said! We propose the following as the best sites to visit in this sunny, cheerful country:

Alhambra de Granada.

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  1. The Alhambra

L’Alhambra – the Moorish citadel in Granada formed by a complex of palaces, gardens and forts – is a place where you can plunge into several different cultures simultaneously. When most Spanish territory was conquered by Islam in the early 13th century, Granada became its cultural center, and Muslims decided to build a “paradise on earth” here.

Perhaps the world’s most refined examples of Islamic art are in The Alhambra. The mysterious red palace of is not only the most popular tourist monument in Spain but also in all of Europe. To preserve its historical beauty, the number of visitors is limited, and you must buy tickets in advance.

Cathedral of La Sagrada Familia

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  1. The Sagrada Familia

This amazing temple is one of the greatest attractions in Spain, the creation of Antonio Gaudi. It was built in the Spanish modernism style. This bizarre and magnificent temple of Barcelona has become a symbol of the city.

Antonio Gaudi gave 43 years of his life to this creation, but only one-third of the design was built in his lifetime. The building was designed in the form of a Latin cross, and only this makes The Sagrada Familia similar to usual Catalan churches.

The decoration of the building strikes the imagination with many details. At the same time it has modern, Gothic, and Christian traditions.

For the moment, temple construction continues; completion is expected by 2030.

Panorámica de Sevilla

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  1. Flamenco in Andalusia

The homeland of flamenco is Andalusia. This dance began its triumphal march through Barcelona in the 18th century.

A passion dance, a rhythmic guitar sound, girls in long beautiful frilly dresses, and real Spanish macho – all this is more than just a dance. It’s a virtuosic and unforgettable art combining different musical and dance styles. Flamenco performances are very colorful and stay in your memory for a long time.

Panorama of the Aragonese Pyrenees.

Panorama of the Aragonese Pyrenees. Photo: stock.adobe.com

  1. Walking through the Aragonese Pyrenees

Spain offers a pedestrian traveler a lot of places for walking. The Aragonese Pyrenees are especially famous for being an ideal place for hiking. The Ordesa y Monte Perdido National Park is one of the most outstanding places in the Pyrenees. The highest point of this mountain chain is the peak of Monte Perdido (3348 meters). Here you can climb the majestic rocks and ice fields, where sometimes you can meet chamois.

Zafra, patio del Castillo

  1. Paradores

You can get a royal overnight stay in the Spanish state network of paradores. This word means a former castle, palace or monastery – luxurious and always comfortable. There are 86 such paradores throughout the country. They constitute the golden fund of European real estate service, and many are also located on the territory of historical complexes (for example, the Alhambra). Prices are not jaw-dropping, especially if you book the room online in advance.

Mitjaneta beach

View of Mitjaneta beach, Menorca island, Spain. Photo: stock.adobe.com

  1. The Beaches of Menorca

Menorca, which means “less” in Spanish, is the second largest island (after Mallorca – major) in the Balearic archipelago.

This island of Menorca is a UNESCO biosphere reserve and has a 216 kilometer coastline with many beaches that all deserve their own individual descriptions.

Menorca, despite its proximity to Mallorca, is a lot different. On the one hand, the island is considered one of the most expensive and luxurious resorts in Spain. On the other – you will not find any of the usual Mediterranean coast hotel complexes since construction of tall buildings is prohibited here. The regulations are that hotels should not be above three floors, their roofs must harmonize with the color of the soil, and the walls must always be painted white.

Published:03.10.17

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The Beauty of Seoul in Autumn

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Many people like to travel to Korea in the summer. However, the best time to visit this country is autumn, and there are a lot of reasons why!

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  1. Pleasant weather

Autumn in Korea is called the “chhongomabi” season – “the time when the sky is higher and horses are gaining weight.” Fall is the most beautiful season here as the weather is ideal: not hot – not cold, perfectly suited for outdoor recreation.

In September, the air temperature is 20 – 22°С; in October, 15 – 17°С.  During the day, everything is warmed by a gentle sun, so this is the best time of year for touring.

autumn red leaves Seoul, Korea

Bongeunsa Temple in autumn red leaves Seoul, Korea. Photo: stock.adobe.com

  1. Stunning nature

Autumn in Seoul is, without exaggeration, magical. Leaves are all varieties of color, from the usual yellow to bright red and even purple. You can admire this splendor without leaving Seoul – just go to Pukhansan.

One of the few national parks in the world that is located within a city, the park is surrounded by urbanized territory of the capital and its suburbs and referred to as the city’s lungs. Imagine how colorful this park becomes in autumn when the foliage is painted in various shades from light green to maroon. It also has numerous waterfalls, cultural monuments, and overlooks.  

Seoul tower in Seoul city

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  1. Festivals

Korea is internationally famous for its festivals, and Koreans have great respect for festivity days, celebrating them colorfully and boisterously. Do not miss the chance to see these bright and fantastic holidays of life:

Seoul Korea

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International Fireworks Festival in Seoul

This annual festival on the Khangan River is one of the most spectacular events of autumn where thousands of firework masters from around the world are invited. It is interesting that each team presents a show concerning a unique national theme.

You can also see a truly amazing light and laser show here, as well as festive music performances. The entire pyrotechnic show is accompanied by music of various genres including rock, pop, and classical. Overall, more than 50,000 fireworks are launched throughout the festival.

Seoul Festival of Lanterns (03 – 19 November 2017)

The bright and mesmerizing Seoul Festival of Lanterns is held annually in November along approximately 1.2 kilometers of Cheonggye Stream. This festival first took place here in 2009, and in 2014 it officially changed its name.

The theme of this year’s festival is “Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang” – meaning the event is being conducted to support the 2018 Winter Olympics.

fish market, Seoul Korea

Sea shell at fish market, Seoul Korea.
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Korea Grand Sale

The Korea Grand Sale is an annual shopping festival. It was originally held in winter, but in 2017 it will be countrywide and last all through October. Approximately 20,000 shops from hundreds of business types are going to participate in the Korea Grand Sale.

What can you get there? A lot of significant discounts including 50% off admission to Everland amusement park, about 70% off at duty-free shops, and a free 24-hour stay at the Ibis Ambassador Hotel.

The Korea Grand Sale offers astonishing discounts on almost everything – food, entertainment, fashion, accommodations, beauty, and more.

Don’t miss these fantastic opportunities to enjoy everything South Korea has to offer!

Published:02.10.17

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The Double Upgrade: Azamara Club Cruises

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Tahiti’s Best Beaches

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With over 118 islands in French Polynesia, there are a plethora of incredible beaches to explore. The island of Tahiti itself has some of the best black sand beaches in the Pacific, as well as some stunning paradisaical stretches of white sand to feed your desire for variety. Here’s a guide to some of my favourite beaches on the island of Tahiti.

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Favorite Ideas For Healthy Eating On The Road

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What products to take with you while traveling on the road so that your travel will be not only informative, but also tasty and healthy?

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Food on the road has to be convenient: when we say that we mean that it should be convenient to eat, convenient to transport and, of course, convenient to store. Therefore, first of all, we will define the main qualities of road products.

Products shouldn’t be bulky and too heavy.

Otherwise, while on a road you will be connected not with pleasant impressions of a travel, but with the cares that nothing from products has fallen anywhere and has soiled something of your stuff.

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Food shouldn’t be perishable

Perfect meal on the road has to be of such quality that it would be possible to store it long time without refrigerator. Food shouldn’t thaw in the sun. Plus, it has to be simple in cooking, with no additional preparation required. Try to prepare everything in advance.

Principle of two “no”

“No” – to pungent smells, “no” – to garbage. You shouldn’t stock up to the road with food with strong smells even if you like them a lot. Approximately in two hours all smells will start irritating you. Besides, you shouldn’t also forget about fellow travelers.

Food that leaves a lot of crumbs and additional packing, is not the most successful option while traveling on the road, especially if you travel by car.

It seems that there is no food which would meet all these requirements. But this is not like this. Almost all products can be taken on the road, all you need to need to know is how they should be preparing to take on the road.

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Vegetables and fruits

Vegetables is an ideal option not only for a main course to the road, but also for having a snack. The cut carrots, apples, sweet pepper straws are very useful and serve as a perfect alternative to all snacks in the form of chips, sunflower seeds and crackers. It is better not to take fruit entirely because they very heavy – it’s better to cut them up and take with you as an afternoon snack. It diversifies your road diet.

It is better to cut various vegetable and salads and put them into tight containers. To make a road crude vegetables lunch tastier, prepare some simple sauces which will be very convenient for taking with you in small plastic sauce boats. Vegetables are good not only in the form of salads – vegetable fritters and zucchini, pumpkin, carrots and potatoes cutlets are perfect when even not warmed.

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Sandwiches

Sandwiches are, perhaps, the most popular meals on the road. It is possible to prepare them using vegetables, or meat, fish and , of course, cheeses. Sauces, seasonings, any greens –you can add anything according to your imagination. It is better to use brown bread, with bran – it less high-calorie also not so strongly differs in taste from white, than, say, rye.

For those who are who categorically against high-calorie bread, we recommend thin flat cakes (for example, a lavash) which you can use for wrapping stuffing. Beaters by the way very convenient – they are not less nourishing, than the same sandwiches, but they are much more commode in consumption.

Published: 18/09/2017

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48-Hour Sale: Panama

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Published: 12/09/2017

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