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Laurisilva of Madeira, The Mustn't Miss Destination In Portugal Laurisilva of Madeira comprises of 15,000 hectares and is located in the larger 27,000 hectares Madeira Nature Reserve. The site is made up of primary laurel forest, a vegetation species that is only found in the Azores, Canary Islands and Madeira. read more
Travel Tips: Things You Can Do To Entice Your Friends To Accompany You On A Road Trip I discovered long ago that one of the best way to kill time during those long summer holidays is to have a road trip. Getting friends to accompany you is however not very easy. Here is a few tricks I have used to get my friends to accompany me read more
Do you want to be a globetrotting traveler? Start your adventure with the 10 cities listed in the vlog and you will have started with a bang. They are a representative sample of what you can expect when you travel the world. read more
Five Tips to Getting Internet While on a Cruise If you find your self needing to buy an internet package while taking a cruise, we have some tips for internet at sea. read more
There's something inspiring about rainforests. Watch this vlog and you may catch the bug that has so many conservationists working round the clock to preserve what is left of them. read more
Selfies are Changing the Fundamental Reasons Why we Travel The rise of social media is creating a new breed of travelers for whom the ability to instantly publicize their trip is as important as the experience itself. read more
Panama is a bridge between two worlds. It separates North America from South America. It is a melting pot of cultures. If there is one place to go to experience the best of Americas, it would be Panama. read more
Transat Holidays Offers a Hurricane Policy

Transat Holidays and Nolitours now offer their clients true peace of mind that they are protected should a hurricane affect your destination city in Florida, Mexico, the Caribbean or Central or South America.

There are four options to choose from. Some conditions apply, of course, so read all the details in this document.

Its beaches are spectacular and its rich culture is the best you will find from here all the way to Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. Its gastronomy sector is rivaled only by that of Peru in all of the Americas. Yeah...it is an interesting place to visit. read more

If you’re not convinced, here are 10 reasons why backpacks suck.

 

1. You have to carry them

Come on guys, it’s the 21st century and wheels were invented for a very good reason. Let’s use the incredible invention of the wheel and stop carrying heavy things!

 

2. They’re awkward to carry and they hurt

I’m sure Action Man doesn’t have any problem swinging his backpack onto his back but I do. I really do.

 

3. You barely ever need to carry your luggage

Admittedly, there are times when you need to carry your luggage but these times are few and far between. Everyone likes to think they’re going on an adventure and getting off the beaten track but 9 times out of 10 you’ll be able to wheel a suitcase everywhere.

 

4. Creased clothes

I have never mastered the art of packing a backpack and not getting totally crumpled clothes. I always roll my clothes and I often use packing cubes. Everything is fine for 2-3 days but anything longer than this and I have a chaotic pile of crumpled clothes.

 

5. Day packs

While I hate backpacks, I am a fan of the day pack. Basically, just a mini backpack you use for days out. If you’re going trekking for a couple of days, you’d take a small day pack rather than the large backpack.

Travelling with a backpack

6. It’s difficult to find stuff in them

If you have a top opening backpack then you can say goodbye to anything that slips to the bottom. You won’t be seeing that for a long time.

 

7. They’re difficult to organise

Lots of backpacks have one large, main compartment which makes it difficult to organise anything and your belongings get muddled and lost.

 

8. Things get broken

The soft fabric of a backpack won’t protect your belongings against the bag being thrown around. I’m not suggesting anyone travels with a china tea set but you won’t want anything breakable in there.

Paddington Bear

If it’s good enough for Paddington… 

9. Odd Sized Baggage

Backpacks usually have to go to a special ‘Odd Sized Baggage’ conveyor belt at the airport to avoid the straps getting caught in any machinery. This can often take longer and be located in a weird place. It’s not the end of the world but it’s an extra stress and hassle if you’re running late.

 

10. They’re not waterproof or easy to clean

Hard-shelled suitcases are both waterproof and easy to clean. Some people like having a dirty backpack because it makes them look like ‘a real traveller’. I don’t.

 

My tips for backpacking with a suitcase

If you’re convinced that backpacks suck and you’d like to go travelling with a suitcase, there are a few things you need to remember.

 

You still need to pack light

I never travel with a bag I can’t lift. This is mainly because I don’t want to be that girl who has to pitifully ask a man to carry my bag for me. I’m not going to get all feminist on you but, ladies, if you can’t carry your own bag, it’s too heavy.

You still need a small, lightweight case that you can easily carry up a flight of stairs.

 

Caribee Fast TrackConsider a wheeled backpack

I’m a massive fan of the Caribee Fast Track Wheeled Backpack. I can’t recommend this bag enough if you’re not quite ready to hang up your backpack but you realise backpacks suck 

You would be forgiven for trying to recapture those moments once more at the spots discussed herein. read more
Ever been to South America? Please start with Lima, Peru. You will thank me later. It's not only the gastronomy capital of the Latin America, but it also possesses the allure of Old Spain. read more
That the surrounding area teems with the amazing African wildlife is a major plus. Carry your binoculars and get a vantage point to see the magical jungles of Africa from Kibo, Mawenzi and Shira volcanic cones at the summit of the mountain. read more
The beautiful sights, waterfront cafes, postcard perfect neighborhoods and knowledgeable tour guides makes you want to visit the Parisian canals over and over again. read more
5 farmers markets you need to check out in Amsterdam  If you are in the city, you have already realized how expensive it is to eat out. If you are yet to travel, then today is your lucky day. You will learn how to save on your food budget. Listed below are the top farmers markets in Amsterdam. read more
Discover Jamaica's Rockhouse hotel Even cynics agree that Jamaica is the place to be when you want to enjoy the Caribbean feel. One of the hidden gems of this quaint destination is Rockhouse Hotel. read more
Three Local Restaurants You Must Check Out in Cayman Islands Go ahead and book a vacation of a lifetime. Better yet, find out why the Cayman islands will rock your travel world. Suggestion; upon arrival, why not start off your vacation by checking out the following top restaurants? read more
Discover Luxury at Sugar Beach A Viceroy Resort St. Lucia

Fresh breeze, waves' whispers, sunny days and sometimes the howling winds that sway the palm rafters are some of the defining elements that you encounter at the Sugar Beach. You will get the views of the Pitons and the Caribbean Sea as you sip away at freshly pressed juice from local farms...how about that for a great holiday? Welcome to Sugar Beach A Viceroy Resort St. Lucia.

And the leisure does not stop at the beach. The accommodations at the resort are such that you cannot help but be awed. The surroundings help you sit back and reflect on your happy life. There is a happy feeling around the resort.

There are 4 classes of accommodations at the resort including; Luxury Guestrooms, Luxury Villas, Luxury Beachfront Bungalows and The Residences. The minimum amenities that you can expect from each of these accommodations include;

  • Butler Services
  • IPod docking station
  • In-roof safe
  • Coffee maker
  • Flat screen TV and DVD player
  • Bathroom amenities
  • Wi-Fi internet
  • A plunge pool and many more

For your dining needs, you are welcomed to the Great Room Restaurant for red wine and Jerusalem artichoke, Bayside Restaurant for beachside dining and the Terrace for poolside breakfast and the stunning morning views of the Caribbean.

For drinks, visit Bayside Bar, Cane Bar, The Late Night Bar and The Palm Court Lounge. Note that each of these bars serves authentic cocktails, beers, wines and teas from all over the globe.

If you want specialized dining setup, all you have to do is make an order. There is a room service for in-room diners, beach service for those that want to feel the sand between their toes as they dine and dine anywhere, anytime package for those that need special romantic considerations.

Among the holiday activities to be enjoyed here include; spa services, yoga and fitness, scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking, windsurfing, riding hobie cats, paddle boarding, and tours to various attractions such as Morne Coubaril Estate and Gros Piton.

Sounds like a fantastic destination to spend your holiday, doesn't? Well, make a reservation at the resort and start living your holiday dream.

Click here to view comments about the resort on Trip Advisor.

Uncover the History Behind Belize Note that the name 'Balis' might have come from the Mayan word 'Belix' which means 'muddy-watered'. River Belize is muddy. read more
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Where do old airline seats go to die? So where do old airline seats go to die? In the case of Alaska Airlines, old seat covers are not languishing in landfills. Instead, they’re being turned into carry-ons. read more
10 Things you probably didn’t know about Jamaica but should About 90 miles south of Cuba lay the third largest island of the Greater Antilles. Its name is Jamaica. The island's surface area is 4249 square miles and it is nestled in the heart of the Caribbean Sea. It also happens to be one of the most sought after tour destinations. read more
How to Get Through Customs and Immigration in 12 Minutes It's possible: to deplane quickly with your personal items (and sanity) intact. Here are six steps to getting off the plane—and through customs—in 12 minutes. read more
11 Ways to Prevent Identity Theft While Travelling Identity theft is a growing problem worldwide. As time and technology advance, this problem is only going to affect more travelers. Here are 11 tips to avoid identity theft while traveling, right now. read more
What Cabin Should You Book on a Cruise? Here are some tips on what cabin to choose on your next cruise. Reprinted from cruiseradio.net read more