January 2013

5 Unique Australian Destinations to Visit

Australia is undoubtedly a land of extremes, and there are a multitude of incredible destinations to visit in this vast and ever-changing country. If you’re planning a trip to explore this amazing continent, here are 5 truly unique Australian destinations that should definitely be included on your travel itinerary.

The Great Ocean Road

This drive is essential for anyone who is exploring Australia by car. Many travellers even hire a car just to experience this amazing stretch of stunning scenery and breath-taking views. Aside from the natural beauty of the landscape, there are several towns that merit a stop along the way, including Port Campbell and Wye River. If you don’t fancy the drive, why not take advantage of one of the tours, and let someone else do all the running around for you!

Fraser Island

While visiting sunny Queensland, make sure you schedule a trip to the World Heritage listed site of Fraser Island. Fraser is the largest sand island in the world, and is home to a range of beautiful flora and fauna. From the pure white beaches to the towering rainforest trees, exploring this unique island paradise is a relaxing activity that the whole family can enjoy.

5 Unique Australian Destinations to Visit

Fraser island

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Isla De La Juventud – An Island of Many Names

Think holidays in Cuba began and end with Havana? So do most, but look a little beyond the obvious and join the privileged few than discover more!

There’s nothing quite like having something named after you as a means of thanks to your hard work and commitment – something Isla De La Juventud represents in fine form. Having been previously known under the equally charming handles of the Isle of Pines, Parrot Island and even Treasure Islands, Isla De La Juventud was renamed with the current moniker in 1975 as a tribute to youngsters studying, working and basically making the island what it is today – a real Cuban gem!

The region is comprised of nearly 700 small islets and cays, delivering a remarkable sensory experience for any visitor to Cuba in the form of the Los Cannareos archipelago. Nearby hills hide an insurmountable fortune in diverse and frankly stunning marbles, along with lush vegetation that contrasts remarkably with the rough coastlines.

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Locals and visitors alike often refer to Isla De La Juventud as the land of ceramic and citrus, as along with the marble deposits the region is also an important centre for fruit production. Prior to harvest season, the air is filled with the intoxicating and unforgettable aroma of lemon blossom, as the enormous orange and grapefruit plantations near readiness. The quality of this fruit is in huge demand all over the world and is not to be missed out on when paying a visit to Cuba.

Such an overwhelming abundance of important historical and archeological sites has seen the Isla De La Juventud become a protected zone recognised all over the world, where rare and exotic creatures like enormous lizards and wild pigs run free as nature intended.

Fly fishing

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The Complete Guide to the Top Manufacturers of Kayaks in the US

If you live in the US you are in perhaps the best country in the world for kayaking, but why? With the Great Lakes and vast coastline throughout this nation you can kayak in the environment which suits you. But you must choose the right manufacturers of kayaks in the US by looking at customer service, reputation for quality, and innovation.

Ocean Kayak

Ocean Kayak came into being when the original founder of the company carved out two places in his surfboard in Malibu, California. This idea soon caught on and people began asking where they could get one. By the middle of the 1980s the operation had moved to Ferndale, Washington and the mass production of kayaks began.

This expansion led to the company creating the rotomolding technique. Rotomolded polyethylene made a practically indestructible kayak at prices the majority could afford. Its first breakthrough model, the Scupper Classic, soon began a tirade where its range expanded to offer quality kayaks to customers looking to ride in style wherever they want.

Now, the organization bases itself in Old Town, ME. It also has an office in Auckland, New Zealand, so avid kayakers around the world can explore the ocean waves using kayaks at the forefront of the industry. For its innovation alone, Ocean Kayak is a quality kayak manufacturer in the USA.

Top Manufacturers of Kayaks

Cobra Kayaks

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Wednesday Whites 86: Abandoned

— — We are all treading the vanishing road of a song in the air, the vanishing road of the spring flowers and the winter snows, the vanishing roads of the winds and the streams, the vanishing road of beloved faces. ( Richard Le Gallienne)   — No matter your age, I’m certain that you have wondered how far the road ahead would you still travel. You would often look… Read More »Wednesday Whites 86: Abandoned

Roomorama: Finding Your Place in This World


Even the most prolific of travelers will agree that truly, there’s no place like home. But, the lure of cheap flights, travel deals, and the call of beauty waiting to be discovered can’t make you stay put.  No matter where you go in the world, your heart and feet will always look forward to that cozy bedroom where your mom used to read to you at night. If you’re one weary traveler who has somewhat grown tired of staying in hotels, you’d be pleased to know that there is an alternative: renting apartments.

prague sunset, roomorama

Prague Sunset

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Sunsets. There’s never one the same and it’s probably why we, photography enthusiasts, try to capture such fleeting moments as much as possible – wherever chance takes us.  There are a number of places famous for their sunsets and luckily we’re able to see most of them published all over the internet. Some of them would be the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya, the Grand Canyon in Arizona, Santorini, in Greece,  Yosemite National Park in California, Uluru in Australia, Angkor in Cambodia and Catania in Italy.

There was an article published once featuring the British population on their view about the most beautiful sunsets. Many have only recommended the above mentioned sights/sites and none of any in England. But, there are many wonderful places to view sunsets that the UK boasts too, a long list of them if you may. Some of them would be the Primrose Hill in London, Durham Cathedral in Durham, Port Talbot in Southwales, Salisbury Crags in Edinburgh, Crosby Sands in Liverpool and of course ride up the Manchester wheel for a spectacular view of the city.

One of the most overlooked (in my humble opinion) is Staithes, an unassuming seaside village in the Scarborough Borough of North Yorkshire in England. It’s part of the large stretch of the coast of Yorkshire. The Staithes is easily accessible with flights to Leeds Bradford International Airport via Eastern airways then a train or two from there. Flights are available from London Gatwick, Bristol, Newquay, Plymouth, and other cities of the UK.


Staithes, North Yorkshire

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By Matthew Field, http://www.photography.mattfield.com - Own work, CC BY 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1634699

Las Vegas for the Less Adventurous…not!

It’s not unusual that hearsay, television shows and movies greatly influence how one perceives or sees things. Las Vegas is one of the many cities that has fallen victim to this. Sadly, misconceptions flared by the media have hindered many to book a trip to this fabulous city…which is as normal as your regular state; schools, playgrounds, parks, hospitals, and everything that makes every metropolitan function are available.

No, it’s not only gambling or eating all day or being vain when you visit Sin city – which admittedly, would be the reasons that it has been christened such. The city promises fun not limited to live casino games you play at online, buffets and shopping. There are many attractions that kids and kids at heart would both enjoy. If you ever find yourself bound to a trip to the Sin city, make sure that you have readied yourself for a list of cool events to engage in and things to do and see.



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