10 Ways to Take Photos of Yourself When Travelling Solo

Travelling involves a lot of photo-snapping now since the trend of posting photos on social media has turned inevitable. The greatest struggle in travelling alone is taking pictures of oneself.

You cannot always stop passersby to stop and take photos of you. Therefore, you must have other options on hand to be able to click your photos without much hassle. You might be wondering how you can possibly do that. Fret not! That is exactly what I am here for.

Below are some ways using which you can easily take photos of yourself when travelling alone:

  1. Use the Timer Feature

With the smart technology, all phones today have the feature of self-timer in them. Place your phone at a place and start the self-timer while you move back and pose until it finally clicks. This feature is also available in different app cameras as well.

  1. Screenshot Your Video

Now this one is a lengthy yet an exciting way to take a picture which is not known by many. All you need to do is make a video of yourself and then play it. Then, just pause the video on a pose that you find really gorgeous and take a screenshot of it. Isn’t it amazing?

  1. Use Reflection

Mirror selfies are all in now and that is a great way to take a picture of your own without the need to ask somebody else. You can use any reflecting object to take a picture of yourself while being creative at the same time.

  1. The Burst Feature

Now, this feature is perfect for all those who do not ever get satisfied with the first take and always need more takes of the same pose. The burst mode takes a lot of clicks at once which allows you to select from them the one you like the most. You can set the camera up somewhere and use this feature just like you use the self-timer.

  1. Use a Selfie Stick

Selfie stick is a must to carry along if you are travelling alone. It has made snapping photos when travelling solo super easy.

  1. Install a Dash Cam

Invest in a good dash cam for your car if you are on a road trip and it will solve your problem of taking pictures while you drive through the beautiful lands. If your dash cam has the right features, it can actually help you record the whole travel journey and turn it into a movie for you.

  1. Ask a Passersby

It is the most common and easy way to get a complete picture of yourself as well. All you need to do is ask someone passing by politely to take a picture of you. Do not sound too clingy and make sure the person is not busy with something of their own. Doing so will help you get into a small talk with people with other culture and language as well.

  1. Get a Tripod

Tripods allow you to take a picture of yourself while you set a camera and stand with a majestic view behind you. They can help you get the best picturesque photos that you long for on a trip.

  1. The Regular Selfie

The regular camera selfie is definitely the best option for all the girls out there. You can use your arm length, taking a bit of your face and some nice view in the backdrop. It is the easiest and most addictive way to take photos of yourself while travelling solo.

  1. Artsy Photos

Be a little creative and take some artsy photos in which you include your random body parts like your hands with a cup of coffee and a beautiful view from the hotel balcony or your feet on the white sand of Hawaii. You can collect some real cool pictures of yourself like this while travelling alone.

Author Bio:

Robert is a student of business administration. He has a great passion for cars and devices that improve the driving experience. He loves photography as well and has his own little studio in California. He ritually posts at Dash Cam Safety.

My amazing weekend in Cracow

That wasn’t my first trip to Poland as a teenager, I have an opportunity to visit this country if I remember correctly that was the summer in 2000 so it passed almost twenty years! There were three main reasons why I choose Poland, and to be more precise Cracow for my trip. First of all, as I mentioned I have some memories from this country and I taught that it will be a great opportunity to refresh my associations connected with this country. Another one is the fact that currently, I’m living in the place where I can buy really cheap flights to Cracow. The last one is “pierogi” It’s been almost twenty years since my last visit in Poland but I still remember this taste. Of course, you can get them in Manchester too, for example in this amazing restaurant –   Staropolska Restaurant but pierogi is like with pizza – no matter where you will be eating them the best you will find in a local restaurant. I hope that you have been interested in this short introduction because you will find the story of my trip below.

Three steps to Cracow

Before whole travel, I have to make some preparations. First of all –  flight, which was one of the main reasons why I decided to go to Cracow. Nowadays finding the really cheap flight is easier than ever you have dozens of sites where you can find them, personally, I use global.cheapflights.com this is the simplest and the fastest way to find a flight. Last but not least step which I have done to prepare my trip was booking a transfer from and to the airport. In this case, I use quicktransfer.com.  Not only in case of saving time but primarily to save some money – booking transfer in advance is much cheaper than taking a taxi from the airport. I was also wondering about choosing discovercracow.com but finally I make my tour for my own. Finally the most difficult part of the preparation for the trip – booking hotel. Of course, the choice was really hard because I have to decide whether I wanted to stay close to the city center or maybe have a better hotel but placed outside the main square. Of course, I choose the first option, I need a room only for two nights so it is really important to have main monuments as close as it possible. After that, I have to pack my case and wait for the amazing trip.

Day one – travel and arriving

The flight was good, luckily without delays or any other troubles – less than 3 hours and I was in place. The driver from the Quicktransfer was waiting for me so I don’t have to worry about the transfer, my limousine drove me to the hotel. The driver was really kind and he gave me some bits of advice about the city or attractions but of course, I have a plan for whole my trip. As a place for my short stay a choose palace-apartment reasonable price nice room and great location that’s everything I need. When I arrived and unpacked my luggage it was almost 6 PM so, to be honest, I have time only for the walkthrough Main Square which is the heart of this beautiful and historical city. The atmosphere on the square is amazing, you can find there a lot of performers and street musicians. However, if you decide to go to Cracow during the Christmas holidays you will surely fall in love with this city, the smell of the mulled wine and flavor of polish cuisine will take care of that. On the square, you can also find “Sukiennice” which is the cloth hall and impressive Town Hall Tower. After this pleasant, it was time for a dinner. As you know I’m big fan of dumplings so I can’t miss this opportunity.

Day two

Cracow is a beautiful city with amazing history, After breakfast, I went to learn this history. My first steps were directed to the Kazimierz district which before XIX was a separate city. For many years Christian and the Jewish community are coexisting together. During this walk, I can’t miss the opportunity to visit one of the most important museums in Cracow – Old Synagogue. Inside this building, you can find an exhibition dedicated to Jewish holidays. Another part of my tour leads me to the Oskar Schindler factory. This place has a long story – during WWII it was the shelter for many Jews, furthermore in 1993 famous director – Steven Spielberg filmed Schindler’s List there. Nowadays the building is transformed into the museum. Another step of our tour will be a st. Benedikt castle. This is a really unique fort in European scale. It is part of the fortress of Cracow, this building was designed by famous architect Feliks Ksiezarski. Now It’s time for the main attractions of the day and the whole trip – the Wieliczka salt mine. This small village is placed only 14 km on the southeast of Cracow. The mine has more than 300 km of tunnels even 327 m underground. The whole mine have 22 chambers which are open to public tours, believe me, this is an unforgettable trip. 135m underground you will find sanatorium where allergic diseases are treated by overnight stays! After this tour, I have get back into the Cracow city center. It was pretty late when I got to the place, but it was only a beginning of my adventure. Believe me, night life in this city is really intensive.

Departure day

That will be the last day of my trip I have time only for early dinner and walk along the Wisla river. After this refreshing walk driver from Quicktransfer comes for me and I went to the airport. Of course, flight to my home city was quick and safe. That was a really amazing trip, unfortunately too short so I definitely return to this City.

The Biggest Ships Ever to Set Sail

When the subject of the big ships is raised it is generally assumed that we are talking about the modern era. Nothing that sailed before the year 1900 came close to rivalling the massive super tankers or warships of the 20th Century.

Which Ship is the Largest?


Ships are measured in three categories. You can look at the length, the weight, or the displacement, which is the amount of water that a ship has to displace in order to be able to float. Ships also fall into three categories: warships, cargo ships, and passenger ships. All of the top ten longest and heaviest ships ever launched are cargo ships. Topping this list is the Knock Nevis, a super tanker owned by Norway’s Fred Olsen Productions which is 458.5 metres long and displaces 564,763 DWT (dead weight tons).

Rounding Out the Top Ten


Eight of the remaining top ten longest ships made are super tankers. The only exception in the top ten is the Emma Maersk, a container ship that is 397 metres long. She ranks number four on the overall list. The tenth ranked ships on that list are the Jarmada class super tankers which measure out at 373.5 metres, just 13.5 metres longer than Royal Caribbean’s “Oasis of the Seas” and thirty-one meters longer than the Enterprise Class aircraft carriers in service for the United States Navy.

Largest Warships on the Seas


Ships of war have been responsible for the testing and implementation of new technology for centuries. The military always seems to get the best of everything before the private sector even knows it exists. The technology needed for GPS navigation and wireless signals has been available far longer than average people have had access to it. Shipbuilding is no different. The top ten largest warships are all aircraft carriers, eight of which are operated by the United States, one by Great Britain, and one by Russia.

Tough Luck for Eleven through Twenty


The aircraft carriers in the top ten are all fairly new, but if you go back a little further to the ships ranked eleven through twenty you’ll find an interesting statistic. Of those ten ships, seven of them have been sunk. Two of those are actually rather famous: The Akagi, a Japanese aircraft carrier that was involved in the attack on Pearl Harbour; and the Bismarck, the famous German warship sunk by the British Navy in 1941.

Top Ten Cruise Ships


The longest cruise ships in the world are the “Oasis of the Seas” (360 metres) and her sister ship the “Allure of the Seas” (launching in 2010).  The “RMS Queen Mary 2” ranks third (345 metres) and Royal Caribbean’s “Freedom of the Seas” and “Liberty of the Seas” (both 339 metres) round out the top five. Numbers six through ten are the “Independence of the Seas” (339 metres), MSC Splendida (333 metres), MSC Fantasia (333 metres), Celebrity Solstice (315 metres) and Celebrity Equinox (315 metres).

Where would the Titanic rank today?


The Titanic was 268 metres long and was considered unsinkable. Obviously that was not the case. Today’s ships are sturdier and the technology used to navigate them is far better than it was in 1912. The iceberg that was the bane of the Titanic would have been detected with today’s equipment and the accident could have been avoided. All of the larger cruise ships on the water today are equipped with the best tracking and navigation equipment on the market.

A Floating Resort Island on the Sea


The “Oasis of the Seas” carries over 5000 passengers and houses a shopping mall, a park with over 12,000 plants and trees, and a sports deck with a full basketball court, flow-riders, and an eighteen hole miniature golf course. There are staterooms available that overlook either the park or the ocean and there are Jacuzzis that hang over the side of the ship fifteen decks up. This massive floating city is most likely the most impressive shipbuilding creation yet. Can someone come up with something bigger and better? If they do it may not fit into a harbour or dry dock anywhere. They may have to install helipads to get passengers on and off the ship.

Bavaria, the Beer and the Oktoberfest

Bavaria is a tourist region and a state of Germany located in the south east of the country bordering Austria and the Czech Republic. Thousands of people visit its beautiful mountains and lake each year. The largest federal state is rich in natural resources includes snowy Alpine peaks, rushing streams, and velvety forests. It is also filled with historical sites, beautiful baroque churches, romantic castles, and world class museums.

Bavaria hosts the world’s most famous festival where million of visitors come across the globe to celebrate Oktoberfest. It is a glorious beer celebration every autumn from late September until early October. You can explore the famous tourist destinations in Bavaria:

The famous castles like Neuschwanstein Castle, Herrenchiemsee Castle, Linderhof Castle, and Schleissheim Palace. Neuschwanstein Castle lies in Southern Bavaria, a fairy tale castle with a breathtaking setting.  Herrenchiemsee is second unfinished castle of Ludwig with an exquisite lake Chiemsee. Linderhof Castle is the smallest of the three castles built by King Ludwig II of Bavaria and the park was one of the most beautiful creations of historicist garden design. Schleissheim Palace is a baroque palace complex consisting of three palaces with a huge garden in North of Munich.

The great natural scenery in Bavaria includes Zugspitze, and Konigsee. Zugspitze is Germany’s highest mountain with amazing views from the top. Konigsee is the deepest and cleanest lake in the Alps near Berchtesgaden.

The famous churches and monasteries Bavaria features are Andechs Monastery, Benedictine Monastery, St. John Baptist Church in Steingaden, and Wieskirche Church. Andechs Monastery is famous for its beer. Wieskirche Church is a UNESCO world heritage site and the most charming rococo church in the state of Bavaria.

There are great deals and quality vacation rentals in Bavaria (Ferienwohnungen) including homes, villas, condos, apartments, cottages, cabins, and bed and breakfast that you can rent for a couple of days. There are numerous Bavaria vacation rentals that present a candid photo, detailed description, availability, location, and price rate. There are sites which allows you to connect directly to home owners where you can negotiate good deal. Just make a quick search on Google for “Ferienwohnungen in Deutschland” and you will find wonderful accommodations like the Pension Hegger, Haus Berggruß or Ferienpark-Frye.

5 Tips For Driving a Rental Car in the United States

Unlike Europe and Asia where public transit is ubiquitous, travelling to the United States means at some point you may have to drive. In fact, driving is an integral part of the American experience, with every town and municipality flooded with capacious freeways, parking lot deserts, and long stretches of two lane blacktop.

Given the distance between destinations, in some cases it’s the only viable method of transport, making the very idea of an American vacation seem a bit challenging. However, if anything, driving in the United States is remarkably simpler than driving anywhere else in the world.

Following these 5 tips will help make the transition even easier.

1. Preparation

Before you rent your vehicle, make sure to get the proper liability coverage, provided you are not already covered by your existing car or travel insurance. Most rental car companies will offer a damage waiver that protects you in the event of damage or theft. This insurance will cost approximately $10 to $20 per day, depending on the value of the car.

Purchasing a supplemental insurance policy is especially helpful for exotic vehicles such as motorcycles, sports cars, or mobile homes, which may otherwise not be covered by the insurance policy you have at home.

Once you receive your vehicle, be sure to check its condition, including the tyre pressure and the fluid levels. A rental car is like a hotel room, its list of owners long enough to fit a dozen encyclopaedias. By performing a number of cursory checks, you can quickly identify if the car is adequate enough for the journey ahead.

2. Get a Navigation System

Most rental cars in the United States can be equipped with on-board satellite navigation systems to help you reach a destination. Not having to memorise your route will free your mind to concentrate on the dangers of the road. If a satellite navigation system is too expensive, using Google Street View or another online map service will help acquaint you with a route before you travel.

3. Driving on the Right Side of the Road

Like much of Europe, Americans drive on the right side of the road. For someone from the UK, this may feel as unnatural as standing on your head. As a foreigner you may feel the need to stubbornly cling to the left lane, despite it being dangerous and unlawful and quite possibly an act of war. However, in reality there is nothing natural about driving in either the right or left lane. This particular rule of the road is completely arbitrary, and once you overcome the initial awkwardness it should come naturally. Just be sure to stop, look, and take your time at each intersection. One of the more frequent causes of road accidents is a lack of attentiveness.

4. Eliminate Distractions

One of the ways to maintain attentiveness is to proactively eliminate distractions. Turning off the radio will help you maintain focus, and keeping your eye level raised will allow you to better anticipate dangers further down the road.

5. Rules and Regulations

There are far less rules and oversight in America in general, and the roads are no exception. Generally speaking, the standard rules of the road apply in all 50 states. If you feel uncomfortable or are having a difficult time finding a location, it’s proper etiquette for slower vehicles to stay in the right lanes, with faster vehicles on the left. For this reason, cars typically pass on the left as well.

Article by Joanie Claires from CarHire.org. Joanie writes on a wide range of travel topics including car hire ibiza.

Natural hot spring spa destinations in Eastern Europe

Once the preserve of the wealthy and privileged, who would travel across Europe to ‘take the waters’, modern spas can be traced to various ancient towns whose residents recognised the beneficial properties of their naturally occurring thermal springs and mineral-rich waters.

Look past the travelling Victorian gentry and you’ll find the Ottoman Turks and the Romans also put great store in the rejuvenating and healing powers of naturally heated water. There’s evidence that the practice of bathing goes even further back, to the Babylonians and Ancient Greeks and there’s no reason not to suppose that mankind took a dip as soon as they encountered this most invigorating of natural resources. Even the Japanese macaque, commonly known as the snow monkey, recognises the benefits of a nice hot spring.

Spa resorts in Eastern Europe

 While there are spa resorts available worldwide, many areas within Eastern Europe benefit from the naturally occurring resources of geothermal waters. Heated water has a greater capacity to hold dissolved minerals, leading to springs that are particularly nutrient-rich. The exact composition will vary depending on the location and geological conditions but all can have beneficial properties.

Add areas of stunning natural beauty and the fact that Eastern Europe can offer such great value for money and it’s little wonder that the region – from Hungary and Slovakia to Romania and the Czech Republic – is becoming so popular when it comes to spa resorts and wellness holidays.

 Wellness holidays

 Everyone needs the occasional break from the stresses and strains of modern life but some holidays, loaded with too much rich food, late nights and alcohol, can leave you feeling more burned out than rejuvenated.

Wellness holidays are different, being specially formulated to help you achieve relaxation, peace of mind and physical well-being.

Facilities and treatments may vary from one resort to the next, but may include:

  •   Wellness consultation and specially designed programme. The consultation, undertaken by a qualified health professional could include a lifestyle questionnaire, live blood cell analysis, breath-function test, blood sugar and cholesterol analysis and spine, joint and muscular assessment. A programme will then be specially drawn up based on the results, as well as your own personal health goals.
  •   Weight loss programmes, complete with personally tailored diets and exercise programmes.
  •   Water treatments, based in a variety of swimming pools, thermal baths, saunas, steam rooms and more.
  •   Exercise classes and facilities, which could include – but are certainly not restricted to – aqua fitness, yoga, Pilates, tai chi and Nordic walking.
  •   Beauty treatments often making use of natural resources such as rich, mineral-packed mud.

 Spa resorts in Hungary

 Budapest is quite rightly known as the city of spas. Some 80 thermal springs emerge in and around the Hungarian capital, explaining why it’s built its reputation over centuries. You can still see the ruins of the giant bath-houses the Romans built to capitalise on the thermal waters, while some of the baths built by the Turks around 500 years ago are still in use today.

Budapest is most certainly one of the most famous spa resorts in Hungary, but there are many other destinations to consider.

Héviz is a stone’s throw away from the stunning Lake Balaton – the biggest inland lake in central Europe, nicknamed the Hungarian Sea and the largest natural thermal lake that is suitable for bathing anywhere in the world.

The small village of Bük is home to one of the most active mineral springs in Europe and Sárvár is a charming spa town featuring two different kinds of thermal water. Close to the River Raba, it also offers alternative activities such as canoeing, kayaking and fishing.

Spa resorts in the Czech Republic

 The Czech Republic is another great spa destination and Danubius have a range of spa holiday offers centred around the famous resort of Mariánské Lázn? (Marienbad in German). Situated right next to the German border, in the area formerly known as Bohemia, the town is surrounded by rolling forest full of deer. Natural springs water verdant pavilions  while also providing the spa element.

This is, of course, just a taster. There are a host of spa and natural hot spring resorts in Eastern Europe just waiting to be discovered.

About the Author: Travel writer Alexandru Rotaru specialises in finding and reviewing the most popular spa resorts in Eastern Europe.

A Guide to Athens, Greece

Athens, the capital of Greece is one of the most famous cities in the world. Its name originates from the Greek Goddess Athena. It is the place where the great Olympics began.

There are a host of four and five star hotels where you can have a lavish and comfortable stay. Some of the main hotels are Residence Georgio, Hotel London, Stanley Hotel Athens and the Aphrodite Astir Palace.

On your sightseeing trip to Athens, do not miss visiting the following spots:

  • The Temple of Poseidon. One of the first stops for tourist buses is the Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion. It stands on a small hill overlooking the magnificent sea. You need to travel safely as it is the quite slippery and one wrong step, and you call fall over the rocks or in the water. Greeks used to look over the sea and wait for their loved ones, for the safe and sound delivery of their goods and news of war. Far away from the hustle and bustle of city life, this calm and serene place at Cape sounion will give you a thrilling and exciting feeling.
  • The National Archaeological Museum. If you go to Athens, you must visit the National Archaeological Museum where the ancient collection of Greek art is stored. There is a newly reopened collection of Egyptian art and artifacts that will enthuse art lovers from all over the world. It is a marvellous museum with a very rich and beautiful collection of the ancient Greek culture. Other than that there is a smiling statue of an Aphrodite readYing herself to slap a satyr with a sandal and other mesmerising statues.
  • The Parthenon. It is built on the Acropolis hill is a temple dedicated to the Greek Goddess Athena. Designed by Phidias who was a famous sculptor and supervised by the Greek architects Ictinos and Callicrates, this amazing temple had many treasures and the huge statue of Athena. Completely, built in 438 BCE, this temple has managed to survive several centuries and stands today in ruins after it was bombed in 1687 while a war was on with the Venetians.
  • Piraeus. For above 2500 years, Piraeus has been the Port of Athens. The great film “Never on Sunday” made by Melina Mercouri that won an Academy award was shot here. Many university students come here for studies in maritime history as well as other subjects. There is the Archaeological Museum of Piraeus that offers a breathtaking collection of artifacts from the area. You can view the huge bronze statues of Athena and Artemis. People passing through Piraeus must definitely pay a visit to this museum.
  • The Municipal Gallery of Piraeus While at Piraeus, you can drop in at the Municipal Gallery of Piraeus that offers a major collection of modern sculpture by the noted Georage Kastriotis and theatrical memorabilia that has been donated by Manos Katrakis.

There is several other tourist attractions that shall enthral you and you will return excited and thrilled after having visited such a wonderful city.

Cinque Terra

Italy Cinque Terre
Italy Cinque Terre

Cinque Terra is one of the most unspoiled areas and best preserved natural areas of the Mediterranean. It is a rocky portion of coast on the Italian Riviera which lies in the Liguria region of Italy to the west of the city La Spezia.

In recent years, Cinque Terra became very popular and marvelous tourist destination featuring five seaside villages in eastern Liguria – Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. The coastline, the five villages, and the adjacent hillsides are all part of the Cinque Terra National Park which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997.

Monterosso al Mare is the northern most town which has the biggest beach in Cinque Terra. The town is known for its beautiful and best in sandy beaches with crystalline water and lots of colorful umbrellas, and steep rocky cliffs.

Vernazza is the next town to the north which is boisterous with great night scene, two clock towers, the castle of Doria family, beach boats and public space with umbrellas and tables. The town is absolutely no car traffic and terrific for walking or hiking.

Corniglia is nested on a hundred meters high steep promontory with a breathtaking view and surroundings of terraces and vineyards. The church of San Pietro is considered to be one of the most significant monuments in the gothic lingurian style in Cinque Terra.

Manarola is probably the oldest of the villages surrounded by vines and best known for its local wine. The Church of San Lorenzo with a beautiful rose window way back to 14th century is located at the upper side of the village. The Via dell’ Amore is a two kilometers in distance that leads to Riomaggiore is a perfect way to enjoy the surroundings simply by walking.

Riomaggiore is the eastern most town and nearest village to La Spezia. The Sanctuary of Madonna di Montenero is just above the village. The parish church of Giovanni Battista is admired by most visitors which is located at the high part of the town.

Searching for a perfect place to stay in Cinque Terra is easy. Online search and detailed information are available where it gives you a wide array of accommodation rentals to choose from. It gives you the opportunity to locate accommodations with special offers at the same time with the quality of lodging you’re looking for.

Searching for information or vacation rentals in Italy and the Cinque Terre or any other accommodation in Liguria? You are in the right place! We have lots of information on this in the directory of the best travel websites – we will be glad to help you!!!

Rent A Villa

Rent A Villa
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Florida is called the Sunshine State. However it could have been called the Beach State. Florida has some of the best beaches. It also has a variety of other ways to have fun. Some people like Orlando holidays. They enjoy the theme parks and other unique forms of entertainment Orlando has to offer. There are villas in Orlando that are close to many entertainment venues. They allow vacationers to move between the theme parks and downtown Orlando. Others rent Florida homes and are able to bring their whole family on vacation with them. For many the best way to enjoy their time off is to take package holidays to Florida.

Florida is a unique place. It offers entertainment options from coast to coast. From the Panhandle to the Keys there are magnificent beaches, water-sports and an unlimited supply of fun. You can plan a vacation tour through Florida that takes you and your family to many of the most interesting places on the peninsula. There are a number of villas in Florida where you can relax and enjoy yourself. No matter your budget there’s a Florida villa in your price range. Live your vacation dreams. Spend your vacation in one of the many villas in Florida.

Package holidays to Florida come in all price ranges and offer different options. You may be able to get tickets to shows, rental cars, hotel rooms or even villas in Florida for a fraction of their usual cost. Orlando is beautiful. It has more theme parks than any other city. Orlando has more theme parks than anyone can visit in a week. If you rent one of the villas in Orlando you can visit as many theme parks as you like. It can change your whole vacation experience and offer you have more fun than you ever thought possible.

South Florida is a very popular vacation destination. Package holidays to Florida can put you right on South Beach. With a little research you can find villas in Florida that you can afford. Many villa owners have trouble finding people to rent their places. Contacting them may allow you to get a better deal than you might have imagined. Renting one of the villas in Florida can take your vacation to another level. Think of all the fun your family can have if they had Florida villa holidays. Many villas are just steps from the beach. You and your friends or family can live like rock stars on the beach in South Florida.

Florida vacations are fantastic when you enjoy them from a villa. Whether you stay in the villas in Orlando or any of the other villas in Florida you are bound to have fun. Hotel rooms are nice, but package holidays to Florida are even better when you enjoy them from a villa. Are you planning Orlando holidays? Consider renting one of the vacant Florida homes or choose from the villas in Florida which will allow you to party like a rock star.


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10 Unique Reasons to Visit Australia, Now

You’ve seen the photos of beautiful beaches, you’ve heard all about the surf and the sights, but do you know what’s behind the poster image? Australia is much more than the stereotypes, and there’s plenty of offbeat fun to be had. What’s more now’s the time to think about Australia – booking hostels and flights from New York, organising visas, stocking up on audio books and packing your bags – it’s time to get ready for a holiday down under.

Melbourne Australia
Melbourne Australia

Open yourself to exploring the unique, and in Australia you can:

1. Overdose on cute Quokkas

Visit Rottnest Island, off the coast of Perth, to say hi to some of Australia’s cutest animals, the Quokkas. These extremely charming marsupials are protected, so look but don’t touch. The island is also car-free and boasts quiet beaches, good for chilling out on.

2. Crack up on a comedy roadshow

Australians love their comedy. From the caustic to the cringe worthy, you’ll find big names touring all year round, especially in the bigger cities. But if you’re seeking out some serious comedy, Melbourne should be your first stop. Celebrate Christmas at the Comedy Club, chortle your way through the Melbourne Comedy Festival in March-April and crack up during the Melbourne Fringe Festival at the end of September.

3. Don’t eat the Idiot Fruit

Feel like you’re on another planet by visiting the Daintree Rainforest in Cape Tribulation, the largest block of topical Rainforest in Australia, where you can see the very rare Idiot Fruit – don’t eat it! – as well as one of the worlds most complex ecosystems and a whole host of Australian wildlife.

4. Bet on a bug

If you like a flutter and you’re not squeamish, swing by the Australia Day Cockroach Races in Brisbane when January rolls around. The bugs are the main attraction, but there are plenty of live bands, refreshments and street entertainments to liven up the proceedings.

5. Sneak a peek at the past

Being a relatively new country, Australia isn’t known for it’s historic sites, but a visit to Tasmania’s smaller villages is a great peek at former years. If you’re looking for quaint towns packed with gift shops and pretty views, visit Campbell Town and Richmond but if you’re looking for the real deal, visit Ross – where the air is clean, the tourists are few and the buildings old.

6. Start Swinging

Dust off your dancing shoes and get busy at the Melbourne and Sydney Swing Festivals and Jitterbug Championships. Watch or compete, the choice is yours, but dress up swish and check out Swing Patrol for tickets and events.

7. Spook yourself at Melbourne Gaol

If you aren’t afraid of no ghosts, pay a visit to the Old Melbourne Gaol, which has a reputation as the most haunted spot in the country. Book a night tour and protect your candle flame as you’re shown the spot of 136 executions, including that of the infamous Ned Kelly.

8. Enjoy a Romantic Kayak Book a double sea kayak with your favourite person and explore the sheltered lagoons around Ningaloo Reef – home to 500 species of tropical fish and 220 species of coral – for an up close glimpse of the local wildlife and some romantic views of the open seas.

9. Play the Pokies

Pokies – also known as poker or slot machines – are big business in Australia. Recently announced one of the world’s 10 top gambling spots, you’ll find more than 200,000 gaming machines in pubs and clubs across the country, so be sure to take plenty of change.

10. Get Cranked up on Caffeine Might not be the most obvious national drink, but you don’t have to go far in Aus to find a good coffee – especially the much exported flat white. If you’re the real deal, visit in May for the Australian Coffee Festival in Melbourne or The Rocks Aroma Festival – a celebration of coffee, teas and spices – in July.