The Most Unusual World Hotels

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More and more hotels have now become attractions in themselves: an ice hotel, an underwater hotel, and even a salt hotel! Let’s look at the most unusual hotels in the world:

Ecocamp Patagonia – Torres del Paine National Park, Chile.

The Most Unusual World Hotels. Ecocamp

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This hotel combines luxury and minimal interference with the environment. Each room is a separate tent-dome, and all guests receive comfortable accommodations and necessary amenities. The hotel is built of environmentally friendly materials and uses renewable energy sources. (more…)

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What to Do in Okinawa

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Okinawa Prefecture is a strange and amazing place even for Japanese.

“Forget all your ideas about Japan”

In Okinawa, you will see beaches and palm trees instead of stone gardens, small houses with tiled roofs instead of neon skyscrapers. There are also no pale office clerks – only vigorous old people, long-livers in colorful shirts.

Okinawa

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Top New Attractions in the World

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If you think that all the best sights in the world have already been discovered – it is not true! There are always new sights, and we have selected some of the most interesting.

Memorial Center 9/11

New York, USA

Top New Attractions in the World. Lower Manhattan

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The Ground Zero Memorial Center grew from the site of the destroyed Twin Towers in New York City.

Now there is the National September 11th Memorial, consisting of two fountains located at the former base of the skyscrapers. Etched on its parapets are the names of all 2,982 victims who died both in the towers and in the crashed planes. (more…)

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Tips for Visiting Florida

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Tips for Visiting Florida
Fans of shopping should pay special attention to the shopping center located in the port of Miami; the huge number of fashion brands will excite you.
At this shopping mall it’s possible to find literally any goods and to get them at the most attractive prices.

If you are planning to travel around the state and not stay in one city, we suggest that you rent a car. This would be a wise and money-saving decision, especially if you are traveling with a group. (more…)

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The Best US cities to Celebrate New Year 2018

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New Year’s Day comes every year, and every time we ask ourselves: what is the best way to celebrate this holiday? Some plan an average holiday with family and friends – while others search for something unusual. Those who really like traveling should definitely think about going somewhere to spend New Year’s Eve.

New York City

The Best US cities to Celebrate New Year. New York.

In the entire world there are not many places that can beat New York in terms of the brightness and showiness of New Year’s events. New York is the city that never sleeps, and for New Years it becomes an endless festival that lasts for days.

The most exciting and tremendous New Year’s parties will be held in The Empire Hotel, The Plaza, Gansevoort Park Avenue, and New York Marriott Marquis. The first one on this list will provide visitors with amazing views from a rooftop bar. You will be able to see the bright New Year’s lights of Broadway, Lincoln Center, and all the Upper West Side.

Los Angeles

The Best US cities to Celebrate New Year. Los Angeles.

What are the most popular New Year’s movies that you usually watch during winter holidays? Right, “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and “Home Alone.”

YYZ Travel advisors offer visiting the city where these movies were made. This is a place where you can meet celebrities anywhere, and it seems like the sun never sets over the ocean.

Los Angeles is the capital of filmmaking, and just a charming city.

One of the most exciting places to spend the night in LA is at Beverly Hills Hotel and Bungalows, where you will enjoy a holiday dinner with a lot of champagne!

Also, the Hilton Hotel is preparing a range of New Year events with popular music performances,  DJs, and a grand night of dancing.

The Best US cities to Celebrate New Year. Downtown Los Angeles.

Downtown Los Angeles skyline at twilight CA.

Join a HOLLYWOOD BLOCK PARTY where there are four clubs with live music and a grand cocktail cart: Premiere Supper Club, Rusty Mullet, Las Palmas, and L’Scorpion.

You can choose only one club, or go through all four of them – it’s up to you.

 If you’re coming to Los Angeles with all the family and kids, you will have a lot of things to do: for example, you can do glorious New Year shopping, stroll along the beautifully decorated streets of the city, and visit Grand Park.

Miami: New Year palms

The Best US cities to Celebrate New Year. Miami.

What can be more exciting than to celebrate the New Year surrounded by palms instead of fir trees? Especially if every day you see an ocean view, fashionable dance floors, and tremendous service – you are in Miami.

 The most exciting New Year events will be held in the hotels:
  • Faena Hotel Miami Beach
  • The Setai
  • Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach
  • The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort
  • The Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbour, Miami
  • The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach
  • 1 Hotel South Beach
  • The Miami Beach EDITION
  • W South Beach

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Contact our Travel Advisors:1.877.999.4768

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Boxing Day Sale: up to 50% OFF

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Boxing Day Sale

Redeem your Aeroplan Miles for vacation packages with a value of $2,000 or more and EARN 2,500 bonus miles per member.3

Applicable to:

Mexico & the Caribbean

Boxing Day Sale. Mexico & the Caribbean.

Book between:

December 18, 2017 and January 7, 2018

Boxing Day Sale. Mexico & the Caribbean.

Departures between:

December 18, 2017 and April 30, 2018

Boxing Day Sale. Landing in Saint Maarten Airport

From Toronto to Punta Cana

Feb. 7, 2018 – 7 nights

All-inclusive

Hotel: Occidental Caribe
Total price:

$1,269.00 per adult
($798.00 + $471.00)
(Base fare, surcharges, fees, taxes and charges)

From Toronto to Antigua

Feb. 27, 2018 – 7 nights
All-inclusive

Hotel: Halcyon Cove by Rex Resorts

Total price:

$1,299.00 per adult

($915.00 + $384.00)
(Base fare, surcharges, fees, taxes and charges)

YYZ Travel Group, TICO:#04332359. 7851 Dufferin Street, Suite 100. Thornhill, Ontario L4J 3M4.

 

For more Information

Contact YYZ Travel Advisors:1.877.999.4768

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Top Places to Enjoy in Hong Kong

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Top Places to Enjoy in Hong Kong. Hong Kong

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Hong Kong is a special place where it is possible to be engaged in a bunch of entertaining pursuits –  including shopping, sampling Cantonese cuisine at local restaurants, and vivid nightlife. Many visitors, however, miss some of the most exciting activities they could experience here.

While you’re exploring noticeable things like soaring skyscrapers, superb cuisine, enterprising business ventures, and glowing night life – this former British colony also offers a number of amazing attractions to be aware of.

Top Places to Enjoy in Hong Kong. Hong Kong

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See below our list of the best things to visit in Hong Kong:

SUNRISE OVER SAI KUNG

Perhaps Hong Kong isn’t the first vacation spot that occurs to you when you think of paradise beaches in a far-away country. However, the city has a number of marvelous coastline beaches, big and small, scattered across the territory’s numerous islands. If you have time, plan to spend a day at Sai Kung on the Gulf of Big Waves (Ty Long Wang).

Top Places to Enjoy in Hong Kong. Sai Kung, Hong Kong

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It is possible to rent a tent here and spend a pleasant night on the beach, and not so many tourists have discovered this lovely place.

GO HIKING

The best recommendation for people who have come to Hong Kong only for a short period is to “hike the dragon’s back.”

Top Places to Enjoy in Hong Kong. Hong Kong hike

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This walk along a ridge with the ocean and beaches on one side and the city on the other will take about an hour and a half, and you will be able to admire tremendous views and landscapes.

Being part of the Hong Kong trail, Dragon’s Back has great scenery and wonderful hiking trails. Don’t miss the chance to explore one of the most beautiful hiking spots in Asia!

BE PHOTOGRAPHED AT PEAK

The most significant place which needs to be visited in Hong Kong is Victoria Peak, a marvelous place which attracts thousands of tourists.

Top Places to Enjoy in Hong Kong

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The popularity of this peak is not surprising as it is the best spot to take tremendous pictures of this crowded, multicultural, busy city that looks stunning from this point.

Here you can also take pictures of the well-known skyscrapers of Hong Kong.

SPEND AN INSTANT OF TRANQUILITY AT BIG BUDDHA

Tian Tan Buddha is widely known as the Big Buddha. It is situated at the top of a mountain on the island of Lantau, where Hong Kong airport is located. Big Buddha sits serenely, looking down on crowds of meditating tourists.

Top Places to Enjoy in Hong Kong. Tian Tan Buddha (Hong Kong, Lantau Island)

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After visiting Buddha, we suggest that you go down to Nong Ping on the funicular – from which it is possible to admire fascinating 360 views of the island as you descend the mountain.

VISIT STANLEY

Stanley is a seaside city with fresh sea breezes and stunning views. It stretches along two different bays on a small peninsula and is a perfect place to purchase souvenirs.

Top Places to Enjoy in Hong Kong. Rocky sea shore and small sandy beach of Stanley Bay in Hong Kong. Beautiful scenic landscape with water, mountains, rocks and buildings

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Shops, restaurants and bars are located on the western bay, where tourist events are also held. At the same time in east bay, a set of water sports is offered.

This pleasant short trip by bus from downtown is an excellent way to spend a quiet day on the seashore.

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Luxury All Inclusive Wedding Packages in Mexico

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Plan your wedding in Mexico in Playa del Carmen, Puerto Vallarta, Los Cabos or the Riviera Nayarit. Exchange vows on a spectacular beach or garden overlooking the Sea of Cortez, Pacific Ocean or Mexican Caribbean. Celebrate with a grand banquet in an impressive ballroom or a gazebo decorated with flowers. Velas Resorts offers All Inclusive Wedding Packages that are sure to exceed all expectations.

Velas Resorts Wedding Collections

Free Wedding Package (only for Casa Velas)

  • Exclusive venue for ceremony 
  • Symbolic ceremony 
  • Classic bride’s boutique 
  • Classic Groom’s Boutonniere
  • Amenity in suite for the couple: Sparkling wine and strawberries 

Luxury All Inclusive Wedding Packages in Mexico

  • Wedding coordinator service
  • Romantic first sunrise together with breakfast in bed 
  • Suite upgrade to the next category for the couple (subject to availability) 
  • 4th Night Free Certificate Anniversary at casa Velas Boutique Hotel
Terms and conditions:

1.  Applies when booking 8 suites for 2 nights in any of our properties.
2. The flowers will be selected from the basic collection; special requirements will be quoted separately.
3.  For the 4th Night Free, it is necessary to book a minimum of an All-Inclusive 3-night stay at Casa Velas.
It doesn’t include Minister or Judge. The free symbolic ceremony for 25 suites with 2 or more nights includes: Classic Bride’s Bouquet, Classic Groom’s Boutonniere, Gazebo, Minister for a 30-minute symbolic ceremony, wedding cake, sparkling wine for toast, and sparkling wine and strawberries in the couple’s suite.

 

Luxury All Inclusive Wedding Packages in Mexico

Truly Yours Wedding Package

  • Exclusive venue for the ceremony
  • Canopy with white veils
  • Minister for symbolic ceremony
  • Classic bride’s bouquet
  • Classic groom’s boutonniere 
  • Classic wedding cake from the Velas Collections
  • Sparkling wine for toast
  • Audio equipment for a 30-minute ceremony
  • Bridal hairstyle and make-up
  • Preparation and ironing for the couple’s attire

Luxury All Inclusive Wedding Packages in Mexico

Eternally Yours Wedding Collection

  • Exclusive venue for the ceremony
  • Canopy with white veils
  • Minister for symbolic ceremony
  • Classic bride’s bouquet
  • Classic groom’s boutonniere 
  • Audio equipment for a 30-minute ceremony
  • Exclusive venue for cocktail 
  • One-hour cocktail with canapés
  • One-hour international Premium open bar
  • Classic wedding cake from the Velas Collections
  • Sparkling wine for toast
  • Bridal hairstyle and make-up
  • Preparation and ironing for the couple’s attire

Luxury All Inclusive Wedding Packages in Mexico

Infinite Yours Wedding Collection

  • Exclusive venue for the ceremony
  • Canopy with white veils
  • Minister for symbolic ceremony
  • Classic bride’s bouquet
  • Classic groom’s boutonniere 
  • Two bouquets or two corsages for the bridesmaids or groom’s mother 
  • Audio equipment for a 30-minute ceremony
  • Exclusive venue for cocktail and dinner 
  • One-hour cocktail with canapés
  • One-hour international Premium open bar
  • Dinner reception: three course menu or  buffet service*
  • Four-hour international Premium open bar for dinner
  • Basic centerpieces (from the house) for cocktail and dinner
  • Classic wedding cake from the Velas Collections
  • Sparkling wine for toast
  • Bridal hairstyle and make-up
  • Preparation and ironing for the couple’s attire
  • Audiovisual equipment for a 30-minute ceremony

*Buffet service with minimum 50 people.

 

Special Concessions Package

  • Guidance of your specialized Wedding Coordinator through your wedding journey
  • Special amenity for the couple in suite: sparkling wine and strawberries
  • Romantic first sunrise together with breakfast in bed
  • One Bridal Preparation Suite on the wedding day when booking 20 suites for 2 nights or more 
  • One Groom’s Preparation Suite at the day of the wedding when booking 20 suites for 2 nights or more 
  • $300 USD credit for professional photography services (to be used at the wedding day)
  • $50 USD Spa Credit per adult per night
  • 10% discount for additional Spa treatments 
  • 4th Night Free Certificate for First Anniversary at Casa Velas Boutique Hotel 
  • Private transportation airport – hotel for the couple and their parents arriving at the same time (when the hotel hosts the wedding event) 

YYZ Travel Group, TICO:#04332359. 7851 Dufferin Street, Suite 100. Thornhill, Ontario L4J 3M4.

*To view the terms and conditions applicable to the product, please click on the link.

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Best Ways to Take the Best Travel Selfies Alone

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Best Ways to Take the Best Travel Selfies Alone

If you are traveling alone, or you have your significant other with you, or even some friends, you will definitely take selfies along your way.

As a selfie is basically a photo of you taken by you, you will probably try to catch some interesting landscape or memorable surroundings in the background.

Selfies can be good or bad – or really good; if you follow the rules below – they should definitely be wonderful!

Best Ways to Take the Best Travel Selfies Alone

  1. The first rule – take a lot of shots! You will need time, of course, to take a significant number of selfies in one location, but here is the rule: the more selfies you take, the richer the choices will be. Even if you are taking shots with pretty much the same background, we suggest you vary the angles and lighting of the pictures.
  2. Regarding light, consider one simple rule: lighting is everything! Any photographer will tell you that, and it is one of the most important rules of taking a selfie.

Best Ways to Take the Best Travel Selfies Alone

3. Smile sincerely – even if you have to pretend that you really mean it. Smiling suits everyone; if you are planning to use your selfie not only for your private gallery but also to share it       with the world on social media, or just your own website, following this rule is a must!

4. Use the right filters; Instagram can offer you plenty of them. Think about those that will be best for your photo. They can really change your face and the photo itself.

 

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The Seven Best Snorkelling Spots In Australia

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As a travel photographer specialising in island and coastal destinations, I’ve spent my fair share of time in the ocean capturing Australia’s most stunning underwater environments. If swimming with manta rays at Ningaloo, playing with bait balls of yellowtail in Sydney or cruising the coastline of Lord Howe Island alongside turtles sounds like your idea of a good time, I think we have some things in common and I’d definitely recommend scrolling down for a read. Here are the top spots I’ve visited in Australia to jump in for a snorkel…


1. LORD HOWE ISLAND

Just a two-hour flight from Sydney or Brisbane, the World-Heritage listed Lord Howe Island is a photographer’s dream. With idyllic beaches, lush forests, vibrant reefs, breathtaking peaks and an abundance of rare wildlife, it is a place of natural wonder.

Highlight: Swimming with schools of butterfly fish around the wreck of the Favourite at North Bay.

Join me on my next trip to the island for a photography & snorkelling adventure! Click here for more info.

Seven Best Snorkelling Spots In Australia

2. LADY ELLIOT ISLAND

An idyllic coral cay situated at the Southern tip of the Great Barrier Reef, Lady Elliot Island is home to an abundance of marine species including turtles, reef sharks, schools of coloured fish and the island’s main attraction; manta rays.

Highlight: The almost-certainty that you’ll be swimming with turtles every single time you jump in the water!

Seven Best Snorkelling Spots In Australia

3. FAIRY BOWER, SYDNEY

I always look forward to winter when huge schools of yellowtail, dusky whaler sharks and giant cuttlefish come out to play in the crystal clear water at Fairy Bower, just around the corner from Manly Beach in Sydney. The cool water temperature usually keeps most people out of the ocean, so it’s entirely possible to have this underwater wonderland all to yourself!

Highlight: Swimming with huge schools of yellowtail in the clear winter water from about May-July.

Seven Best Snorkelling Spots In Australia

4. CORAL BAY, WA

Swimming with Manta Rays in Coral Bay really is an indescribable experience. This manta ray was probably 3-4m in width (picture two people lying head to toe with space to spare), and that’s not even a big one! Fully grown oceanic manta rays can grow to the length of a minibus! There might not be as many mantas at Ningaloo as Lady Elliot, but then again, they’re not really the main attraction here, are they…

Highlight: Swimming with humpback whales or whale sharks during the winter months.

Seven Best Snorkelling Spots In Australia

5. ORPHEUS ISLAND

The fact that the only way to get to the island is via a scenic helicopter charter over the Coral Sea is the first sign that Orpheus is a little different to most Australian islands. 80 km North of Townsville, this secluded Great Barrier Reef island is covered with lush eucalypt forest, a smattering of palm trees, 11 kilometres of pristine beach and the luxurious Orpheus Island Lodge, accommodating just 28 indulged guests at a time.

Highlight: Private charters to the outer Great Barrier Reef – crystal clear, more fish than you’ve ever seen and just your mates to share the reef with!

Seven Best Snorkelling Spots In Australia

6. NOOSA FAIRY POOLS

The always-popular seaside village of Noosa on Australia’s Sunshine Coast boasts an abundance of incredible experiences and natural sights to enjoy in-between irresistible lazy days by the sea. The absolute must-visit attraction in the National Park is the Fairy Pools – a pair of natural rock pools on the ocean’s edge, a local secret.

Highlight: Lined with coral and filled with crystal clear water, the pools are stunning from both above and below the surface. Visit early in the morning to give yourself the best chance of enjoying them all to yourself.

Seven Best Snorkelling Spots In Australia

7. FITZROY ISLAND

Boasting stunning white sand beaches, fringing reefs swarming with turtles and an ocean-front resort that offers a variety of room options from camping to family suites, Fitzroy Islandmay be one of the most underrated islands in Australia. Just a 40-minute ferry ride from Cairns, it’s worth a visit even if only for the day.

Highlight: The reef is no more than 30m from the foot of your bed, so you can jump in and swim with turtles any time you wish with no hassle at all!

YYZ Travel Group, TICO:#04332359. 7851 Dufferin Street, Suite 100. Thornhill, Ontario L4J 3M4. Adapted from: http://jamesvodicka.com/

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