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Published: 21/06/2017

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Majorca

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Mallorca is the largest of the Balearic Islands, an archipelago and autonomous community which is part of Spain located in the Mediterranean Sea. As of the 2009 census, the population of the capital city of Palma proper was 401,270, and the population of the entire metropolitan area was 621,000, making it the twelfth largest urban area of Spain. Nearly half the population of Majorca lives in Palma. The Cabrera Archipelago, though widely separated from Palma proper, is administratively considered part of the municipality. Its airport, Son Sant Joan, has more than 22 million passengers each year.

Majorca Valldemossa typical village with flower pots in facades at Spain. Photo: depositphotos.com

Some parts of Mallorca have multiple coastline resorts that are rather isolated and make perfect destinations for those who don’t like noisy parties and crowded areas. You can also visit stunning shores with vast surrounding territories of secluded white-sand beaches, turquois seas, and with an amazing number of activities. They are located mainly in the south of the city, where the tourist flow is not so huge. Private beaches of the Caribbean are perfect for those who search for amazing atmosphere and memorable nature! You will be able to choose from 200 beaches to find a place that suits you.

Sailing is an important part of holidays in Majorca. A series of international regattas is conducted annually, and top-ranked yachts can be seen along the entire coastline. Snow-white sails make the excellent view extremely romantic. Crystal clear waters and bright underwater beauty make this destination a  favorite of divers, surfers and sailors. Boating excursions to various points around the island are also available for less experienced seamen — they last all afternoon or even the whole day.

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Majorca is a place with a unique history where the atmosphere is just unbelievable. You can enjoy a set of delightful buildings forming the very special city architecture. Here in the capital of the island, Palma de Majorca, every street, stone and building tells the beautiful history of this wonderful port city. Here you can admire impressive architecture from the Middle Ages made before modernist creations. Palma is also a place of various nighttime entertainments, with high level restaurants and a collection of bars and night clubs.

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The rich cultural history of the island has left a huge impression: here you will plunge into an atmosphere of incredible castles and palaces, monasteries and cathedrals, majestic manors and gardens, art galleries and museums. City visitors can enjoy beautiful aqua parks, adventures parks or farms where small children can safely play with domesticated animals. The resorts of Majorca are ideal for family vacations. Don’t forget special local festivals when children are able to participate.

Top Reasons to Visit Mauritius

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Mauritius is often called the “French Riviera of the Indian Ocean.” For a long time, this island has been  considered a high-class vacation spot, the king of the Indian Ocean! The famous writer Mark Twain compared Mauritius to paradise and called it an example for God’s heaven. When you come to this place, you realize that this is true.

If God created Mauritius, then people have complemented this glorious locality with smart hotels, yacht moorings, magnificent restaurants and other wonderful facilities of the highest quality. With status as an international elite resort, Mauritius is constantly mentioned in glamour publications, and popular fashion houses aspire to hold photo-shoots in its well-known luxury hotels.

      1.Exotic Island

Some things have an absolutely opposite character in Mauritius. First, the island is located on the other side of the equator (if you are from Canada).  The sun moves habitually not from left to right, but in the opposite direction; and, the way to go should not be looked for in the Big Dipper, but in the Southern Cross. Here the wind doesn’t blow from the north so often, and when it does, it brings not polar cold but equatorial heat. All these circumstances seem strange to the average Canadian tourist, but they are really nice and truly EXOTIC. In this regard the island of Mauritius is an exciting place to visit and spend your next vacations.

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     2.Crystal waters

Waters of Mauritius are some of the best in the world for sports fishing. This is where world records have been set: the sharks and tuna caught here are the largest in the world. Every year the island hosts the famous Marlin World Cup, during which a catch of more than 500 kg is considered a normal result. Fishing is in steady demand for our clients. Often they rent a yacht and book one or two fishing excursions at once through the tour office. While the men are fishing, their ladies relax in the local SPA centers.

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     3. Wonderful SPA

Mauritius is a perfect place for SPA vacations!  Six Senses Spa, Taj Spa, Banyan Tree, Spa by Clarins, and Guerlain are located here. You should definitely try the numerous relaxing offerings of these SPA procedures.

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    4. Year-round summer

There are allegedly two seasons on the island: summer from November to April, and winter from May to October. Actually, summer in Mauritius seems to last the year round since there is not a big difference in weather conditions throughout.  You cannot see a huge contrast between rainy/wet and dry seasons, and there is little difference in temperatures between the two.

Published: 19/06/2017

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Designing Your Adventure with Social Networks

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Everyone knows that social networks not only connect people from different parts of the world, but they also allow everyone to get to know each other better. Through social media, you can meet future friends from different countries that you might never have had a chance to see in real life, let the world know your life stories (while posting photos, videos and writings) and stay in touch with old friends.

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While people travel around the world, they often use different helpful apps on their devices to facilitate their trips. Here we are talking about various electronic maps, catalogues of cafes, restaurants and bars, and apps that help search for the best hotel rooms or flights for the most affordable prices. You can also see the reviews of numerous places, activities, and tours. Of course, all this is extremely useful as long as your battery is charged. However, downloading numerous apps to your smartphone can cause its functioning to slow down. Moreover, your battery will die sooner if you use all the apps too often.

A new trend that appeared recently is connected with high activity on social networks and helps tourists get the latest information online. For example, if you are registered on Instagram, you can easily see new photos that appear of the place where you are now or where you are planning to go. It can also provide a lot of information about weather conditions, the most popular events, fashionable parties, and even the most popular people in the area. All you need to do is choose an exact location with the help of a search tool.

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Beyond that, Instagram will be useful if you would like to find photos taken in a certain café, restaurant or any other place. With the mentioning of this location, all users’ photos will be accessible: both top publications and the latest posts. Another useful Instagram tool gives you the opportunity to use keywords for searches: you just need to use the proper hashtag, and you can find photos with it. For example, you can put #summerinspain and you will see a great selection of the most popular pictures of Spanish summer. In addition, you can find numerous accounts of various popular events in the location you intend to visit, view photos, and read reviews of real people – or just get a glimpse of the interior of some cafes and see how the food looks.

If you use Facebook, you can also visit official groups or pages of different famous places in various countries, see the comments and enjoy the photos taken in these places by visitors. Facebook also has numerous city pages where users can see top events and main attractions – as well as  Facebook friends who have visited or liked this place.

So the next time you are going to plan a trip, think about using social networks to make the task easier,  the experience more interesting and exciting.

 

Best Jobs for Those Who Like to Travel

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Flight Attendant

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When it comes to traveling, one of the most obvious choices is to become a flight attendant. Just imagine: you don’t have to book tickets, hotel rooms and tours, you don’t have to plan your travel. Your entire work will include traveling, and the most of the time you will spend up in the sky, flying from one destination to another. Isn’t it romantic?

A perfect job for those who is dreaming to travel around the world and working at the same time. If you are not afraid of constant time zone changings, tough schedule and just flying on a plane, this job is definitely for you!

Despite crazy hours and a crazy lifestyle, which could be the hardest part of your job. However, it is a perfect choice for all travel lovers. Bonus: discounted flights for you and your family.

Au pair

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If you are good in communicating with children and you are fond of traveling, this job is for you. The main requirements include good command of English, though the second language will be a plus.

If you feel that you obtain all these qualities, au pair might be a perfect choice for you. Au pairs live in the place of their host family and they should take care of children. This is a great experience for those who dream to live in a foreign country. What you have to do: child care services, such as babysitting and assistance with schoolwork. It is a perfect chance to immerse yourself into other culture and experience all benefits of living abroad. You will also have a chance to explore a foreign mentality and home-made cuisine.

Cruise line worker

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This cruise experience is like no other! Cruise ship is a separate city, where you can not only have fun and be able to become a part of a cruise team, but also to travel the world! Just imagine: beautiful ship, crossing the oceans with multinational people on board, and also free food and accommodations. You can choose from a wide range of offered jobs: restaurant server, a shop clerk or a performer in the cruise’s entertainment center. There you can find diverse people, different experience and visit to numerous ports.  

You will have a wonderful opportunity to join the great crew, see wonderful shows and concerts and have an impeccable experience.

 

Wedding photographer

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Every couple dreams of making their honeymoon as wonderful as it is possible. There is no way to leave great memories about this romantic period without a professional photographer. Most of them live in the most popular wedding destinations, and receive orders to make wedding photoshoots from time to time. The others travel from one place to another depending on a place where they have a job offers. Anyway, this profession gives you a wonderful opportunity to travel around the world or to live in your dream place. 

 Diving instructor

With the whole world beneath the ocean’s surface, the profession of a diver is for those who is searching for something new and something wonderful. You will have a chance to not only explore the beautiful sea life, but also to travel to the seashores and places with the most wonderful underwater sceneries and opportunities for divers.

Beautiful Beaches of Puerto Rico

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1) Balneario Flamenco, Culebra 

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The sunny weather, shades of blue sky and turquoise sea are astonishing from the moment you arrive here. This paradisiac beach is located on the small Island of Culebra, one of the numerous snake islands in the world. It was recently named by Travel and Leisure magazine as one of the thirty best secret islands of the world because of its natural beauty. The water is crystalline and calm; the sand is white, soft and so fine that it squeaks when you walk on it. Balneario Flamenco is surrounded by green mountains and beautiful palm trees and adorned with amazing coral reefs. Add numerous tourist amenities, and you will understand why this area is so perfect. Here you can enjoy camping, relaxing baths, visit kiosks of local fried foods and other tasty cuisine. The place is so spacious that even on crowded weekends you will still be able to enjoy a peaceful spot on this wonderful beach. Undoubtedly, it is the most beautiful beach on Puerto Rico and one of the most beautiful in the world.

2) Balneario la Monsserate, Luquillo

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The Balneario la Monsserate is one of the most popular and most visited beaches on the Island. There are many reasons for this. It has all the necessary facilities for a perfect day at the beach: showers, baths, kiosks, parking, snack bars, camping areas and even facilities for disabled persons. Its spacious shore faces a crystalline and tranquil sea where people go in for aquatic sports and exercises. A little to the west you will notice an impressive mountain, which is the largest tropical forest in Puerto Rico: The Anvil. This beach is surrounded by rich, luxuriant vegetation, and you will also find here a famous kiosk area with Caribbean delights and beautiful views. Balneario la Monsserate is one of four beaches in Puerto Rico with Blue Flag certification.

3) Balneario El Escambrón, San Juan 

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How does having a beach in the city sound? Perfect. This is reality at Escambrón Spa, located in an urban center two steps from the historical city of Old Saint John – one of the most ancient in the Americas and the most frequented tourist area of the Island. It is surrounded by hotels and restaurants and, by a short walk across a bridge, you are connected to the park Luis Muñoz Rivera, an excellent option if you are traveling with children. It is also ideal for those who go in for aquatic sports. If you like surfing, walk towards the west, and you will find Beach Eight. El Escambrón is another one of the Puerto Rican beaches classified as Blue Flag.

4) Balneario Boquerón, Cabo Rojo 

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We have selected this beach for its cheerful ambience, family fun, numerous beach festivities, and  panoramic vista. The surrounding neighborhood provides excellent street food and drinks as well. Hundreds of people from this part of Puerto Rico visit Boquerón spa on weekends.

5) Balneario Sun Bay, Vieques 

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This spa is thought to be one of the best on the whole Island. It is widely known for its golden coast, camping area, and beautiful panoramic views. Balnerio is also the entryway to other beaches in Vieques and Luminescent Bay.

6) Crash Boat, Aguadilla 

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Can you imagine calm turquoise sea near a beautiful white sand beach? This is a perfect area for excellent diving and snorkeling. In general, there is a festive ambience for young people and families. Everything for a perfect holiday is available here, and you can find a great variety of activities for perfect beach recreation.  

Fiji Tour Guide for First-Time Travelers

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The archipelago of Fiji is located near the equator in the Pacific Ocean. It is a truly unbelievable paradise with searing hot sun, palm-fringed beaches, and colorful coral reeves. Luxury resorts extend along a white-sand coastline looking amazingly beautiful, each with its own unique ambiance and tropical joy.

This collection of volcanic islands spreads 1,600 kilometers and is rightly considered a remote and exotic escape. With a marvelous coastline, pristine beaches of white sands and turquoise waters – as well as a fascinating culture – Fiji Islands are one the most wonderful destinations to enjoy your next vacation.   

There are two large islands, Viti Levu and Vanua Levu, and around 900 smaller islands and inlets. The tiny islands are not so popular and crowded; so, if you are looking for secluded beaches with an unblemished coastline, we suggest you visit them. On the flip side, if you want to enjoy spirited activities, national music, a lot of locals and splendid atmosphere, we suggest you stay on the bigger islands, which remain the most popular areas.

Most resorts in Fiji Islands are luxury – and expensive. However, there are plenty of guest houses that are quite cheap. Whether you are searching for budget flights and accommodations, or you would like to have a luxury package, Fiji is a perfect destination for an unbelievable vacation. Indeed, according to numerous researchers, Fiji is one of the best choices in the Pacific!

If you come to Fiji, you are definitely looking for beach recreation, which is reasonable since Fiji has some of the greatest beaches in the world. The best ones are located in the western part of the archipelago on the island groups of Mamanuka and Yasava. Mamanuka is the driest place in the archipelago; the high season there is year round due to the exceptional weather conditions.  So, you can come here any time of the year and be sure to be met by sunny weather with no rain or storms.

The biggest island of Fiji, Vitya Leva, doesn’t have so many good beach areas, but the island is popular among budget travelers as the costs are not as high there. If you have decided on Vitya Leva for your vacation, we recommend that you visit Coral coast which is located in the south. This is the most developed section of the island and the best for beach recreation. Vanua Levu (the territory from the gulf Savusavu to Bouck’s gulf) also has wonderful beach zones of Laven on the islands of Taveuni and Vatuele – and tiny isolated islands where there are few tourists so an atmosphere of solitude reigns.

Published: 29/05/2017

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Golden Ring

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Days: 3

Golden ring tour

Extend your classic tour and discover the origins of Russian Art, Architecture and Culture on this small group tour

Moscow • Vladimir • Suzdal • Kostroma • Yaroslavl • Rostov • Pereslav Zalesky • Zagorsk

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3 DAYS

Day 1:
Moscow – Vladimir – Suzdal Depart Moscow and drive to Vladimir, one of the medieval capitals of Russia. Tour the city, stop at the famous Golden Gates and explore the Assumption Cathedral. Continue to Suzdal, known for its numerous churches, wooden houses and ringing bells. Visit Kremlin Spaso-Evfimievsky monas¬tery, the open-air museum of wooden architecture. Taste one of the oldest Russian drinks (based on honey) at the unique place called Suzdalskaya Medovukha. Dinner and overnight in Suzdal. [D]

Day 2:
Kostroma – Yaroslavl Drive to Kostroma for a city tour. Visit Ipatievsky Monastery. After lunch at a local restaurant visit Museum of Flax and Bark and learn about the art of traditional Russian handicrafts . Enjoy a class and make your own souve¬nirs of birch bark. Continue to Yaroslavl. Free time to relax. Dinner and overnight in Yaroslavl. [B,L,D]

Day 3:
Rostov – Pereslav Zalesky – Zagords – Moscow Start your day with a city tour of Yaroslavl and visit the Transfiguration Cathedral. Drive to Rostov Veliky and explore the Kremlin. Visit a local family house. Continue to Pereslav-Zalessky. Visit a traditionally decorated Russian wooden house and a baking classing and pancake tasting. Arrive to Zagorsk for lunch at a local restaurant. Visit the St.Trinity – Sergius Monastery in Zagorsk. Continue to Moscow. [B,L]

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Included:
● 1 night accommodation in 3+ star hotel in Suzdal (Puchkarskaya Sloboda or similar) ● 1 night accommodation in 4-star hotel in Yaroslavl (SK Royal or similar) ● 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners ● Transportation and English speaking guide as per program ● All entrance fees mentioned above ● All applicable taxes ● Visa support letter

 

Where to Travel Each Month of the Year? Part 1.

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JANUARY – Yucatan

Winter is Yucatan’s high season, and the most exciting adventures you will experience are from the 20th of December when the season begins. Throughout January you can enjoy the most pleasant weather, the clearest turquois water, the most beautiful nature, the brightest landscapes, the most inimitable beauty of undersea world and the highest level of service. Yucatán expects tourists to visit the peninsula in the winter months, so the service is of the highest level during that season.

We advise you to reserve well in advance if you plan to be in Cancún around the holidays in order to book the best hotel rooms and the best resorts.

January is a perfect month in Yucatán as the temperatures are ideal, around 25-30C (77-86F) while the water temperature is around 20C (68F), which is perfect for swimming.

Exploring Mayan ruins 🔎🗿 #xichenitza #yukatan #cancunmexico #rivieramaya #xmasholidays

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Interesting facts about Yucatán:

  • Yucatán has one of the new Seven Wonders of the World: the iconic pyramid Chichén Itzá is located here
  • Yucatán has the longest pier in the world, over 8 km

 

FEBRUARY – Colombia

Colombia is special. It has only two seasons: dry and rainy. Traveling to Colombia in February means that you will have a chance to enjoy the beautiful warm and sunny dry season in most of the country.

Besides glorious warm weather, in February there is also the Carnaval de Barranquilla in Atlantico that is always widely celebrated in the country. Being one of the largest events in the world, Carnaval de Barranquilla dates back to the 19th century. Due to its importance to locals, all regular activities are completely canceled,  and the entire country participates in this carnival event.

Interesting facts about Colombia:

  • It’s the only country in South America that has a coastline on both the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea
  • Colombia has one of the highest capital cities in the world.
  • It is OK for Colombian children to drink coffee

MARCH – Galapagos Islands

Tortoises and turtles definitely look like they're from a different time. Feeding them must be surreal. [📷 @mourabu ]

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The Islands of Galapagos are visited all year round; however, March is the best time to discover this beloved tourist getaway. Why March? Because the average temperature is about 24C (75F), and water temperatures are around 25C (77F) – offering perfect weather conditions for an exciting holiday. This season is also excellent for diving and snorkeling as underwater visibility is the best of the year. However, you should put on sunblock with SPF 30 or higher not to get sunburnt.

Interesting facts:

  • The oldest island in the Galapagos, Espanola, is be 3.5 million years old.
  • Due to its location on the Equator, the Galapagos Islands have an equal 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of night throughout the year.

 

APRIL – Fiji

💎 Happy Wednesday. This is where me and @tiareonly are right now. Dreams require hustle.

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April is a fantastic month for visiting Fiji. First, it is the most budget-friendly month to go. Pleasant temperatures do not have the chill that comes in September and June. You will also experience wonderful sunshine without the fear of getting burnt or having sunstroke. The hottest temperatures here are in the months of July and October. It is not recommended to visit the island in these months since the extremely high temperatures are scorching.

Already missing Fiji #holidayblues #fiji #tokoriki

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Interesting facts:

  • Fiji is made up of 333 islands, with 223 of them being uninhabited.
  • Fijians raise their eyebrows as a non-verbal way to say “yes”.

 

MAY- Hawaii

May is the cheapest month for traveling to Hawaii. If winter is the high season for Hawaii, summer is the low one. So May is somewhere in the middle between the two. What does it mean?

It means that the Big Island is not over occupied with tourists in these months, but the weather is still wonderful, about 27C (81F) on average, and about 24C (75F) in Honolulu, Hawaii’s capital city on the island of Oahu. The sea temperature is about 26C (79F) – perfect for beach recreation.

Classic mornings on the stairway to Heaven

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Interesting facts about Hawaii:

  • Hawaii’s nickname is the “Aloha State.” Aloha is used both as “hello” and “goodbye” – and to express the overall hospitable spirit of the Islands.
  • Surfing, or “Heenalu” in Hawaiian language, was basically invented by the Polynesians when they came here a thousand years ago.

 

JUNE – Australia

From the crystal water to sparkling sands and gentle seaside, unparalleled cuisine, unbelievable nightlife and gorgeous beaches, verdant forests and beautiful nature – Australia is a favorite destination for Canadians. Average temperatures are about 21C (70F), and the sea temperature is around 19C (66F). All these conditions make Australia one of the most desirable places to visit.

Interesting facts about Australia:

  • Australia is as wide as the distance between London and Moscow
  • Melbourne has the world’s largest Greek populationoutside of Athens

 

JULY –Peru

Beautiful sunset overlooking Amantani Island on Lake Titicaca! 🌅

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Peru is a wonderful destination for those who love mild climate, gorgeous landscapes and amazing scenery. So, if you are fond of hiking, this destination is just perfect for you! If you dream of exploring the Andes Mountains, July is the best time to go: it’s dry season so the climate is perfect for hiking.

Who would you like to visit Lima with? 📸 @antovilavi #lima #peru #thecityofkings #travel #visitperu #intoperu

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Interesting facts about Peru:

  • Peru is the third-largest country in South America
  • Mashed potatoes, French fries and chips – all of these snacks owe their origin to Peru.
  • 60% of the country is covered by rainforest.