If you’re trying to plan a refined but laid back vacation but have no idea what to do, you should seriously consider going on a wine tasting vacation. Contrary to popular belief, this type of vacation is not only for the rich and famous. A lot of people choose to go wine tasting rather than sunbathing under the scorching sun. With so many destinations to choose from, you can easily plan your wine tasting vacation according to your needs and budget. To help you with your planning, here is a list of the top 3 wine tasting destinations for 2012.
1. Rioja, Spain
Roija is the oldest among the wine regions in Spain. It is also considered to be the greatest of them all. After all, it has centuries of wine making experience backing it up. This quaint and picturesque countryside is home to almost 600 wineries and vineyards.
The best places to go wine tasting in Rioja are Bodegas Franco-Españolas, Viña Real, and Bodegas Muga. All of these wineries offer wine tasting events by appointment so make sure to book your visit ahead of time especially if you’re going during harvest time which is late September to early October.
2. Danube, Austria
The Danube River is lined with some of the best vineyards in the world. People from all over the world visit Danube not only to experience its wines but also to bask in the beauty of its landscape. The best time to go is during the Lower Austria Autumn Wine Festival in August through November. During this time, almost 800 wine tasting events are held throughout the region.
3. Monterey County, California USA
Monterey County is the premier wine tasting destination in the United States. If you want to take part in the biggest wine tasting event in this region, you should definitely book yourself a seat in the A Taste of Monterey soiree. This event showcases the offerings of more than 85 wineries located across the county. If you are looking for a more exclusive wine tasting event, you can book an appointment in one of the vineyards in Monterey.
Asia is the best place to go if you are looking to have a relaxing vacation under the sun because it is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. With so many choices, vacationers will definitely have a hard time deciding where to go. To make things easier for you, we came up with a list of the top 3 beaches in Asia.
1. Boracay Island, Philippines
Boracay Island has consistently made it to the list of Top 10 Beaches in the World for several years. In 2012, it was named as the best island in the world by internationally acclaimed travel magazine, Travel and Leisure.
Boracay is known for its pristine white sand beaches, wide variety of water activities, and happening nightlife. The restaurants that can be found on the island offer a wide variety of cuisines. You will also find a shopping center on the beachfront.
The best time to go to Boracay are during the months of March to early June.
2. Railay Beach, Thailand
If you’re looking for a beach that offers a wide range of activities but away from the hustle and bustle of tourist hotspots, Railay Beach in Thailand is the best place for you. The beach is small enough to get from one place to another. Also, there isn’t much of a nightlife here. But if you’re after enjoying warm waters and sun-worshipping, you can go wrong with Railay Beach.
3. Radhanagar Beach, Havelock Island, India
Radhanagar Beach is the best destination for couples looking to spend some quality time in a romantically picturesque location. Unlike the other beaches on this list, the sand in Radhanagar Beach is gold in color. There aren’t a lot of dining establishments to choose from but one will never go hungry as hotels and locals are always ready to oblige visitors.
Lima in Peru has successfully gotten away from a bad image into a very grandiose one. Years ago, tourists couldn’t get away fast enough from this city, but not, with all the rediscovered glories of the colonial and the ore-conquistador eras, more and more people from all over the world are visiting over and over again.
It is said that one of the many beautiful things about Lima is its fabulous sunset considered as one of the most magnificent in the world. One of the reasons for this is because it is ideally located facing west directly across the Pacific, allowing the setting sun to magically flood its rays into the beaches.
From the paragliders spiraling the horizon, to the surfers beating the waters, to the bodies lying on the beaches, the scenes in Lima are almost very much Californian. Add the fact that most hotels are world-class and some even have rooftop infinity pools.
This development has been happening to this city in recent years. This is the reason for the undeniable booming tourism.
The City of Kings
Before Lima became a booming tourism city though, it was acknowledged as the City of Kings because it is rich with regal history and legacy brought by the Spanish conquistadores. Fortunately, the forgotten legacy was rediscovered and once again, Lima has been cleaned and restored to show off its colonial gems and other treasures like the cathedrals.
Peru has been very lucky to have missed out on the global recession, and the government was able to remodel the Museo Larco, a place worth visiting because of its galleries of Chimu jewellery in silver and gold that lights up every time visitors approach
If you have always been apprehensive to visit Lima in Peru because of its previous bad image, then there is nothing to worry about anymore. This city has once again claimed its title as the City of Kings, and every visitor will know why.
There are many rivers in Europe that can be rafted, from the arctic north on Iceland and the Scandinavian Peninsula, especially Norway, to the south of the continent in the countries of Spain, Italy and the ones where the Alps are located, such as Austria and Switzerland there are many rivers to be rafted and they offer different experience and require more or less knowledge and practice in rafting. So whether you are a beginner or a professional in white water rafting Europe is probably the best destination to visit.
The great mountain range of the Alps combined with the many fast flowing rivers here are one of the best locations in Europe for rafting. Switzerland and Austria, but also Germany, Italy and France are popular destinations, Rhein is one of the most popular destinations in Switzerland and it is known as the Grand Canyon of Switzerland, another location also in Switzerland is the Lutchine River and it is considered to be a top rafting destination. The river Inn runs in Germany, Switzerland and Austria, but in Austria at the region of Tyrol, the river offers best conditions for rafting. Another popular Alpine destination is the river Noce in Italy, the river is fed by the melting glaciers and goes raging down the wild Val di Sole (Sun Valley), and it offers very exciting rafting and most spectacular sights.
There are also many rafting trips in Europe where you can see the history of the land, such would be a trip on the Vitava river in the Czech Republic, you can see many farms and villages on the trip while paddling more than 80 killometers. Another destination where you can see old and historical places is the Corhu River in Turkey, but this is one of the more extreme trips and it is recommended to more experienced rafters.
If you are going on a visit in one of the most important political countries of the European Union, Belgium than you should surely visit some of the chocolate stores there and try the unique and very tasteful treats. Although Switzerland and Austria are probably better known than Belgium when it comes to the chocolate business, in Belgium it has always been about quality and perfection. Belgium chocolate has raised the standards of quality in chocolate and it is an example of a great product.
Belgium chocolate has been produced centuries back and it has been developed and its quality has been improved for centuries. Today there are many small shops that are still producing chocolate by the original old recipes and made by hand, it is this establishment that are very popular and frequently visited by tourists. Belgian chocolate, same as wine in many countries and cheese in France or Holland, can be tasted at special chocolate tours that include several shops and more types of chocolate.
The chocolate shops in Belgium are especially famous for the pralines; pralines are filled with various creams or nougats, including hazelnut, coffee, some fruit taste or chocolate. Today there are many chocolate companies that are specialized in pralines and they are well – known worldwide, such are Leonida, Neuhaus, Nirvana, Godiva etc. There are actually over 2000 small and large companies operating in the chocolate business in Belgium today. In Brussels there are more than one chocolate museum where you can go and learn about the history of the chocolate and the process of making it, you can also by souvenirs. Walking tours are organized and start at several popular spots in the city and will take you to the most popular and important chocolate locations.
Getting travel insurance if you’re an adrenaline junkie is a bit more difficult than if you were a regular traveller. While some companies will not offer you travel insurance if you’re skydiving, bungee jumping, playing Polo or trekking, it’s just a matter of time until you’ll be able to find one that does.
Getting a travel insurance plan
Being an adrenaline junkie is certainly great and if you have fun practising extreme sports, then it’s obvious travel insurance is one very important factor for you to consider.
There are plenty of very dangerous activities and sports which are not covered by some policies. Each sport will have a certain risks that are assessed carefully by each medical travel insurance company and listed in categories as below:
1. Low risk sports: Archery, badminton, tennis, cricket, basketball, golf, water polo, baseball and volleyball.
2. Sports involving more mobility and higher risks: Kayaking, scuba diving, gymnastics, rugby, swimming, canoeing, paintball, adventure racing and alpine skiing.
3. Sports that include action and elements of violence: Water skiing, mountain biking, water rafting, mountaineering, martial arts, bungee jumping, horseback riding, rock climbing, hockey, boxing and wrestling.
4. Very risky sports: Skydiving, paramotoring, parachuting and hang gliding.
You’ll need to read your policy very carefully to see if you are covered in case of injury in your sport of choice. However, regardless of the type of travel insurance you’re going to get (whether it’s for extreme sports or not), you’ll need to keep a few other things in mind.
First of all, you’ll have to inquire your current provider if the policy you have also covers other people like family members when you travel abroad.
You should also assess your needs before you get supplemental traveller’s medical insurance. There are a few factors which will influence the type of plan you require like preexisting conditions, your overall health, high risk activities (scuba diving for instance), length of stay and travel destination and so on.
Each plan needs to be carefully analysed before taking a decision. You need to understand the refund policies or exemption limits, the co-payments and deductibles involve and the exact amount of coverage you get.
At this point, you’ll need to get the coverage from a reputable company, like AXA PPP International for instance.
You should know that based on the nature of your holiday, there are different policies you can consider, falling into a few main categories:
Short stay single trip
Long stay single trip
Annul multi trip
Remember to check the terms and conditions very well. You’ll find that some of the typical exclusions include:
people above a certain age cannot benefit from coverage;
performing sports in unauthorised areas;
injuries caused by drug abuse while performing sports activities;
preexisting medical conditions;
With that being said, all you have to do now is ensure you read the policy carefully and choose the one that suits your needs best.
India the magnificent country offers implausible adventurous sites to travelers. People from all over the world travel to India to experience and embrace the beauty of this historic country. Visiting various places gives you magical experience, you can surely anticipate that when you visit India for vacation. The country offers amazingly beautiful sceneries, magnificent mountains, authentic cuisines, and gorgeous landscape and many more thrilling adventures.
Adventures at Manali
Manali is a popular destination that is located at a height of 6,726ft in the Valley of Beas River, it is a hill station huddled in the mountains of Himachal Pradesh, India near kullu valley at northern end. Manali offers peaceful surrounding and also offers complete entertainment to visitors. The beautiful Manali is filled with natural beauty and visitors can explore its natural scenic beauty.
The best time to visit Manali is in the month of March to October. During spring season you can witness the beautiful apple and orchards blossoming and the area is filled with clean and fresh air. Manali offers the best adventures and sport activities like skiing, paragliding, hiking and white water rafting not only that you can enjoy many other special activities in this outstanding tourist destination.
Adventures at Ladakh and Leh
Ladakh is a county located in Jammu and Kashmir a State of India; it is squeezed between Himalayas towards south and Karakoram Mountain towards north, the portion of the Ladakh that is in India is composed of Kargil and Leh districts. The Leh region is the largest region of India, which covers more than half the eastern part of the area of Jammu& Kashmir region.
The Ladakh adventure tourism started in 19th century, the British officials use to carry out the 14 stage trek to Leh from Srinagar during their annual vacation. The best time to travel to Leh is during months of May and in the month of September, in warm temperatures you can enjoy the surroundings. Ladakh also offers outstanding landscapes and beautiful trekking spots, paragliding and also visitors can enjoy white water rafting in the famous Indus River, Zanskar River, and Shayok River and many other adventures can be enjoyed in this magnificent area.
Visit this majestic India and fulfill your dream, adventures and thrilling vacation.
Argentina is 2nd largest country in Latin America as well as South America region. The country is famous for its beautiful coast that stretches very long. The country offers countless opportunities for cool and fun activities to all the visitors who are visiting the country from all parts of the world.
Tierra del Fuego National Park
It is the most amazing place to visit; it is located on east-coast of Argentina which is also located southern side of South America which is also end of the globe. This amazing National Park also offers many other outdoor activities and beautiful landscapes and also offers astounding wildlife. Visitors have many things to explore on the coast of Argentina.
Stroll with Penguins
Walk with Penguins, isn’t it cool!! Yes it is the coolest things that one can do when you visit the Shore of Argentina. Visit the Penguins colony at Patagonia region. Punto Tombo is the best spot to view penguins and the area is also filled with huge colony of different type of penguins called Magellanic penguins. Visit this awe-inspiring place and love the Mother Nature’s beauty.
South America best sights
You can take tour, and book a terrific and planned tour to Tierra del Fuego National Par through the tour operators like Compa Tuismo or Ripio Turismo. You can also make arrangements for three day trip to National Park where you can also get a bus from Ushuaia and get accommodation in beautiful lodgings that are available inside the National Park.
If you are more adventurous and ready for a trip that will demand more action from you, if you head somewhere with your backpack on, there are few thing you should know and do before and while doing it. Backpacking is one of the cheapest forms of tourism, combined with hitchhiking you can go visit the destination of your dreams on a really low budget. Once you have acquired a proper backpack and all the clothes and accessories that you will need you should head to the local insurance company and get insurance, be sure that the insurance covers your valuables and money.
Before you start your journey you should check the situation of the country you are visiting, check the political and economic situation, with so many tourist web sites and blogs you can also check the most popular tourist attractions and make a list to visit. Check the weather also, and know the time zone. When aiming for lower expenses it is your goal to find lower priced ticket, you can book your flight earlier so the price will be lower. Finding and booking hostels, hotels or other way of accommodation might also be a cheaper option. Although booking is good, there is also possibility to find cheaper accommodation once you have arrived. If you can find a camping zone it is also a very good and cheap option, especially if you are not staying for a longer period.
Once you have arrived and started roaming, you should be aware that in some countries crime occurs, so be sure not to roam alone at night, especially if you are in a bigger city, or in Africa or Latin America. There are many things to visit with you backpack on, just stay safe and enjoy your trip.
Moscow is one of the largest cities on the Euro Asian Continent and it is a city worth visiting, Moscow offers many beautiful sites and places to go, it has grandiose architecture and great culture. The Kremlin, Tretyakov gallery, Bolshoi Ballet and Pushkin State Museum are some of the most popular places you can go and visit.
The Kremlin is famous and important historic complex, located in the heart of the city. This area is probably the most visited area in Moscow because of the many tourist spots here, such as The Red Square and the Saint Basil’s Cathedral and the Alexander Garden, on the southern side of the fort is the river Moskva. Today Kremlin is the official residence of the president. Other very popular and wonderful building on the Red Square is the Saint Basil’s Cathedral, it is building representing fire that goes to the skies, the building is colorful and an unforgettable sight. Once you have seen the main attractions on the Red Square, you can go in the park Alexander Garden and rest by the three beautiful gardens here.
Moscow is one of the fanciest cities in Europe; there are many establishments, such as bars and restaurants, hotels, cinemas, art galleries, concert halls and museums and many more. Moscow offers from very affordable and plain to very luxurious and expensive establishments. You can go and visit the two biggest shopping malls in the city GUM and TSUM. GUM is at the Red Square, while Tsum is near the Karl Marx Place. As in the whole Moscow, here you can see and shop the latest fashion, while the interior of the shopping malls will give you pleasurable experience. Here you can rest in some of the cafes and enjoy the splendor and beauty of the Russian fanciness.
Far north on the Scandinavian Peninsula is the capital city of the Kingdom of Norway, Oslo. It is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe with many architectural sights to see and many museums displaying the life and the tradition of the old Norse people and the Viking culture. But also is also one of the most cultural cities on the Scandinavian Peninsula and it offers many fancy establishments to visit and many things to do.
There is diverse nightlife and various establishments to visit in Oslo, the Oslo Opera House is great for those who enjoy opera, ballet and concerts, the building itself is a popular attraction. Another popular building and a tourist site that also offers entertainment is the National theatre, it is Baroque – style building where you can buy a ticket and see a play. The National theatre is also host building to many art paintings from famous Norwegian painters and seeing these paintings comes free with the ticket.
There is a huge selection of restaurants, bars and clubs in the city from quiet places where you can enjoy and rest, cocktail bars and places where you can dance until the morning to rock and metal clubs. Festivals are also very popular in Oslo; they are a way to combine entertainment and culture, especially during the summer months many festivals take place in Oslo. Most of the festivals are held at an old public park in central Oslo it is on a high hill. In Oslo jazz music is especially popular and there are many festivals and concerts where you can hear this musical style.
Norwegians enjoy wandering, so picnics in the park and hiking in the hills are one of their favorite things to do, it is a good way to relax but also explore and see the surrounding.