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When it comes to planning a holiday, there are many factors to consider. But for some people, the most important thing is to ensure that the trip is adventurous and full of new experiences. If you're one of those people, then read on! This blog post will give you four tips for planning an adventurous holiday with your friends.





Choose your destination carefully

The first step is to choose a safe and exciting destination. There are many places in the world where you can have an adventurous holiday, but not all are equally suitable for a group of friends. For example, if you're looking for a place to go hiking and camping, you'll want to avoid places with large populations of dangerous animals. On the other hand, if you're more interested in exploring new cultures and meeting new people, then a big city might be a better option. Whatever your interests are, make sure to do some research before choosing your destination. Then, once you've found a few places that seem like they would be suitable, talk to your friends and see which one they would be most interested in visiting.

Create an itinerary.

Once you've chosen your destination, it's time to start planning your itinerary. This is where things can get tricky because you'll need to ensure that everyone in your group is happy with the activities you've planned. The best way to do this is to sit down together and brainstorm a list of potential activities. Once you have a good selection, look at each activity and see if there are any safety concerns that need to be considered. For example, if you're planning on going white-water rafting, ensure that everyone in your group knows how to swim. Once you've made sure that all activities are safe and suitable for your group, it's time to start planning your days. Again, it's essential to involve everyone in this process so that everyone is happy with the final itinerary.
Taking photos that inspire and speak is another way to tell a story without saying a single word. These Amazing travel photos of the Lake Kariba and elephants in Zimbabwe were taken in Zimbabwe by Bryn North and show the beauty of nature.

Amazing travel photos of the Lake Kariba and elephants in Zimbabwe
A herd of Elephants cooling down and having a drink along the shallow waters edge.Lake Kariba
Lake Kariba
Lake Kariba
Lake Kariba
Travel photos are always inspiring, which is why we like to share them. Traveling can be enjoyable and relaxing for some. If you aren't inspired to travel, here are some spectacular travel photos from around the world to help you get started.




Going on a trip this summer and fall? Remember to carry these digestive remedies.


The COVID travel restrictions have been lifted, and Americans are eager to get back on the road. Some estimates say that 75% of us will travel within the United States this summer, and new data shows that international travel from the United States was more than twice as high in May 2022 as it was in May 2021.

However, keep your digestive health in mind while you pack your bags. Travel companions with stomach issues, including diarrhoea, constipation, and indigestion, are all too prevalent.


Travel messes with a lot of the body's natural cycles, including digestion, according to Dr. Kyle Staller, a gastroenterologist at Massachusetts General Hospital, which is affiliated with Harvard. Time shifts changed eating habits, and a lack of sleep are all likely to blame, particularly in people with sensitive gastrointestinal systems.

Here is a closer look at three typical digestive problems, along with advice on how to avoid and treat them.
 

Travel tummy: Diarrhea 


The most common travel-related ailment is diarrhoea. People typically experience cramps, urgency, and loose, watery faeces. Intermittent diarrhoea may be from an infection caused by consuming contaminated food or water, intestinal parasites, or it may be induced by a change in the environment or stress.
 
The easiest approach to preventing diarrhoea when travelling is to avoid contaminated food and drink and to practise excellent hygiene by often washing your hands.


Why go? Tulum, Mexico

Tulum, Mexico

Tulum, Mexico


Tulum's beaches appear to be in Neverland, with beautiful turquoise water and sand as fine as powdered sugar. However, this authentic Caribbean paradise provides a romantic getaway from the throngs of popular tourist destinations like Cancun and Cabo San Lucas. The town's laid-back atmosphere draws backpackers, eco-tourists, and celebrities looking for the ideal hammock and yoga fix on the beach. It is a well-known honeymoon destination, full of lovely beachfront hotels. Tulum's Mayan ruins are the true attraction, and getting up early is definitely justified even if you just want to laze around with a coconut in your hand under your cabana. In the scorching tropical heat, take in the rich history before cooling off in the water. Try your hand at paddle boarding, kitesurfing, or a 4x4 jungle drive for a little adventure.

Tulum, Mexico

Tulum, Mexico


Don't pass up the opportunity to go snorkelling and cave diving at a nearby cenote; these natural sinkholes are teeming with marine life, particularly turtles. You can choose from the boutique and inexpensive lodging options in town or treat yourself to a coastal hotel, perhaps with wellness or a green theme. No matter where you stay, renting a bike is a great way to move around and take advantage of Tulum's fantastic food scene, which offers a wide variety of vegetarian alternatives in addition to tacos, seafood, Italian, and Argentinian steaks. Following a few days of leisure, you may quickly travel to the magnificent Cobá ruins or the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve, where you can swim with dolphins and take in the Mayan Riviera's breathtaking scenery.

When to go to Tulum, Mexico?


November and December bring the best weather

November and December bring the best weather


For the best of everything, come here around November or December, if it's safe to do so. You'll enjoy nice beach breezes, cooler weather, and a break from the crowds between January and March when hurricane season comes to an end. Having said that, hurricane season (Tulum's summer) means fewer visitors and reduced costs, so you might be able to treat yourself to that seaside cabana you've been fantasizing about.

Where to stay in Tulum, Mexico?


The Beach Tulum – Tulum, Mexico

Beach views at The Beach Tulum, Mexico

Beach views at The Beach Tulum, Mexico

You may wake up to the Caribbean Sea lapping at your door and fall asleep to the glow of the moon in each of the opulent hotel rooms that open directly onto the beach. You can anticipate excellent food, service, and atmosphere. Since it is an adults-only establishment, we advise renting the rooftop jacuzzi room for a romantic weekend.

Azura Boutique Hotel – Tulum, Mexico

The relaxing terrace at Azura Boutique Hotel, Mexico

The relaxing terrace at Azura Boutique Hotel, Mexico


These apartments (1 or 2 bedrooms) are roomy and furnished with everything you could need to feel at home, including free Netflix, and have nearly flawless review scores for their helpful staff and comfortable rooms. The rooftop's modest pool and great views are ideal for sipping on a drink at dusk before heading out. Many of the neighbourhood restaurants are close by, and the beach is only a short scooter or bike ride away.
5 snow hotels to visit this winter

Nordic winters are unlike any other, with mountains of fresh snow crunching under your feet and the Aurora Borealis lighting up the night sky. And what better way to experience them than with a cosy stay in an igloo, covered in a warm blanket and a heated sleeping bag? Here are our picks for the coolest snow winter hotels in Europe.



Icehotel – Jukkasjärvi, Sweden

Icehotel

Icehotel


The rooms at Jukkasjärvi's Icehotel are entirely constructed of ice sculpted from the nearby Torne river and contain exquisite frozen sculptures by foreign artists. There's also an à-la-carte restaurant and a lounge with board games, perfect for a relaxing evening. For those who want to explore more of the Swedish countryside, Luossavaara mountain and ski resort are only 20 kilometres away.

Sinettä, Finland: Arctic Snow Hotel & Glass Igloos

Arctic Snow Hotel

Arctic Snow Hotel


The Arctic Snow Hotel is a secluded resort in rural Finnish Lapland with suites made completely of snow and ice. Visitors can unwind in the outdoor hot tub or snow sauna and ask for a wake-up call to witness the breathtaking Aurora Borealis. For those who want to exchange vows in a really unique setting, there is even an on-site ice chapel and bridal suite. Or, if you'd like, you can spend the night in a glass igloo under the stars. These contemporary igloos have insulated glass roofs that provide unobstructed views, so you may admire the Northern Lights from the comfort of your bed. You can try native pursuits like ice fishing, snowshoeing, and eating at the ice café for a truly realistic Arctic Circle experience.
This is a guide to some of California's oddest and most quirky beaches, which have purple sand, a cove characterised by multicoloured glass stones, and Hollywood stars.

Rockaway Beach, Pacifica

Rockaway Beach viewed from the coastal bike path

Rockaway Beach viewed from the coastal bike path

Even if the "chocolate sand" at Rockaway Beach isn't edible, the beach's description can sound incredibly Willy Wonka-esque. Due to the combining of limestone erosion and volcanic greenstone, the sand's brown colour gives this stretch of Pacifica shoreline a gorgeously eerie appearance.

Pismo Beach, Oceano

Pismo Beach pier on a sunny day

Pismo Beach pier on a sunny day

Visitors can enjoy Pismo Beach's towering sand dunes and scenic shoreline by riding a horse or riding an ATV across them. Additionally, vehicles are permitted to set up camp in their RVs directly on the sand and spend the night with a view.

Victoria Beach, Laguna Beach

The Pirate Tower at Victoria Beach

The Pirate Tower at Victoria Beach

The Pirate Tower is without a doubt Victoria Beach's best feature. The tower, which rises 60 feet and has a spiral staircase in the form of a mediaeval stairway, was constructed in 1926 to provide the man who lived above the beach access to the sea from his clifftop home. The tower got its name because one of the tower owners used to disguise himself as a pirate and bury candy and coins for the neighbourhood kids amid the rocks. Oh, and Bette Midler formerly owned it as well.



Pfeiffer Beach, Big Sur

Pfeiffer Beach is one of the more secluded beaches in Big Sur

Pfeiffer Beach is one of the more secluded beaches in Big Sur

Pfeiffer Beach initially has an almost alien appearance, but it is definitely one of the most beautiful beaches you have ever seen. The nearby slopes' erosion produced manganese deposits on the beach, which gave the sand at Pfeiffer its metallic, purple sheen. And a breathtaking vista.

Glass Beach, Fort Bragg

Sea-smoothed, multicoloured glass pebbles at Fort Bragg

Sea-smoothed, multicoloured glass pebbles at Fort Bragg

One of the most well-known dump sites in California used to be at Fort Bragg's Glass Beach. The beach has been reclaimed by nature decades after this practise was banned, and the sea has smoothed out the glass that was dropped on the shore, resulting in a vibrant, fantastical tiny piece of coastline.

Bowling Ball Beach, Mendocino

The bowling balls at Schooner Gulch Beach

The bowling balls at Schooner Gulch Beach

Another of California's most bizarre natural sights, the "Bowling Balls" on the Pacific coast near Mendocino are a part of the poetically titled Schooner Gulch Beach. The mudstone that covered them started to dissolve, exposing compressed balls of much harder rock beneath, which is how the spherical, bowling ball-shaped rocks (nicely arranged along the shore) came to be. When the boulders are shrouded in mist and backed by a pink sky at sunrise, the sight is particularly eerie and fascinating.

Black Sand Beach, San Francisco

The Black Sand Beach is also a popular spot for surfing

The Black Sand Beach is also a popular spot for surfing

The south-facing Black Sand Beach in San Francisco might seem like an odd place for nudists to sunbathe on black sand, but give it a try. Despite not being formally recognised as a nudist beach, many residents believe that Black Sand is a clothing-optional area. Considering the spectacular sea vistas, the urge to reconnect with nature is understandable. Although reaching there requires a trek up and down the cliffs, the black sand of this beach contrasts sharply with the Golden Gate Bridge.


Pexel photo

Some claim that mountains exist to be climbed. Others counter that slopes should not be scaled but rather should be used to accelerate down in a cloud of stones and dust. We've compiled a list of the six top mountain bike locations on the planet in honour of individuals who enjoy things swift and furious.

Riva del Garda, Italy

Mountain biking in Riva del Garda, Italy

Mountain biking in Riva del Garda, Italy

Wonderful mountain views? Check. routes for all skill levels? Check. fantastic Italian cuisine? Please confirm. A biker's paradise, Riva del Garda offers a variety of tracks that follow the River Adige, climb hills, and provide views of the lake. There are plenty of great hotels in the area, but Du Lac Et Du Parc Grand Resort, with its a gorgeous parkland setting and indoor and outdoor pools.


Moab, USA

Mountain biking in Moab, USA

Mountain biking in Moab, USA

There are routes for every skill level, but if you're looking for something difficult, try the Slickrock Trail, which is filled with exhilarating drops and breathtaking valley views. Check out Red Cliffs Lodge for the total Moab experience; it has its own winery and a hot tub for stargazing soaks at night.

Winterberg, Germany

Mountain biker riding through woods

Mountain biker riding through woods

Winterberg can rival any place in Europe for death-defying downhill, but what makes it stand out is the abundance of berms, rollers, drops, and gaps. These slopes can keep even the most demanding riders entertained if you enjoy doing tricks. The Vakantiehotel Der Brabander is the perfect option for an all-around "play hard, relax hard" experience. This four-star hotel features a spa with five saunas, a pool, a relaxation area, and massage services.
What better way to celebrate the end of winter than with a little well-priced luxury to warm you up? While booking a flight to a far-off beach might not be an option right now, if you feel comfortable enough to travel around the UK, a day at one of the country's top spa resorts might be the better option. The hotels listed below provide a luxurious spa experience without ever sacrificing quality.


Macdonald Cardrona Hotel, Golf & Spa, UK

After 18-holes of golf head to the health club

After 18-holes of golf head to the health club

After spending the day in nature, treating yourself to high-end spa treatment is even more delightful. At the Macdonald Cardrona Hotel, Golf & Spa, you can do just that. Visitors may take advantage of the great outdoors because of their amazing location just close to the River Tweed. Hiking, biking, shooting, fishing, golfing, canoeing, and other outdoor activities are all close by. You can also get facials, makeovers, and yoga classes at the luxurious spa.

The Southcrest Manor Hotel, UK

Enjoy the 10 acres of stunning private lawns and woodland after your treatment

Enjoy the 10 acres of stunning private lawns and woodland after your treatment

The Southcrest Manor Hotel is one of the rare places that can offer both serene surroundings and a quick commute to the nearby town centre. This opulent hotel, which is surrounded by 10 acres of forest, features a spa centre, infrared and Swedish saunas, a gym, beauty services, a hot tub, and an acclaimed restaurant. And Redditch is just four minutes away if your idea of luxury involves shopping.

New Bath Hotel & Spa, UK

Pamper yourself with Afternoon Tea and Prosecco

Pamper yourself with Afternoon Tea and Prosecco

The 18th-century New Bath Hotel & Spa retains its old-world charm while providing high-speed WiFi. With features like rain showers in every bathroom, steam rooms, hot tubs, saunas, and a rebuilt "spring water pool," The New Bath Hotel has made a great effort to provide visitors with an extravagant experience. Select a facial, Swedish massage or full-body hot stone massage to follow a long soak. Finish with prosecco and afternoon tea in the living room.

Best city plus beach trips


Why choose when you can have both? Why not take a city trip and get your daily dose of vitamin sea? You won't ever have to take off your flip-flops as you wander along sandy shorelines and seafronts dotted with shops in these city-plus-beach locations.






South Korea’s second-largest city also boasts miles of idyllic coastline

The 100-year-old Santa Monica pier and the adjacent length of ivory sand are probably the greatest parts of Los Angeles. This seaside town's expansive beach, powder-blue wooden lifeguard towers, and iconic Ferris wheel stand in stark contrast to Los Angeles' urban sprawl.


There is also a well-liked farmers' market nearby, brimming with delectable fresh local flavours. If staying in is more your thing, though, Santa Monica is awash in enticingly trendy eateries—and we don't just mean your standard LA salad and green juice combo. Compared to downtown, this tranquil coastal village has a different vibe. You can take the Metro to find a ride between Santa Monica and LA or rent a car to experience the freedom of the open road.

The outdoor pool at Casa Del Mar is virtually on the beach, making it a great option for a peaceful getaway. Sit back in your vintage lounger and watch as the beach carnival lights come to life in the evening.

Busan is a great choice for a city-beach getaway due to its booming art scene, active nightlife, and kilometres of sandy coastline. Thanks to monuments like Gamcheon Culture Village, a neighbourhood noted for its steep steps, twisting alleyways, and rainbow-hued buildings, this port city, which is surrounded by lush mountains, cascades down the shoreline like a sea of colourful concrete.

The best pubs, cafés, and restaurants in South Korea may be found in Busan. You can discover some of the freshest seafood on the planet here thanks to its proximity to the Yellow Sea and the Sea of Japan. Experience Jagalchi Market's artful chaos by getting up before the sun. The largest fish market in South Korea is here, and many of the nearby eateries provide food that is fresh from the sea.

Busan is made even more dynamic by its large multinational community and active student culture, in addition to its delicious cuisine. However, Haeundae Beach, where the boardwalk is dotted with bars and restaurants, is the perfect place to escape the neon-lit streets and soak up some sun. Looking for a more relaxed atmosphere? See the famous Gwangan Bridge, which is on the calmer Gwangalli Beach and is lit up in a rainbow of colours every night.

Given that Busan has an international airport, getting there by plane is simple. A high-speed rail that runs often and takes three hours can also be taken to get to Busan if you're coming from Seoul. Stay at Hotel Kyungsung to be close to Haeundae Beach.



San Sebastián, Spain



San Sebastián is a city found in the lovely Basque Country, on the rocky coast of Northern Spain. This historic port city's Gothic-Basque architecture produces a lovely cityscape of gorgeous landmarks bordered by idyllic beaches. The crescent-shaped shoreline of La Concha beach is divided from the forested hills on each side by the deep emerald waters of the Bay of Biscay.

San Sebastián served as the summer capital of Europe during the reign of Queen Regent Maria Cristina. Thousands of people used to come here to enjoy the sun, surf, and some very delicious local fare. Foodies continue to go to the city decades later to dine at any of its nine Michelin-starred restaurants and enjoy some of the finest culinary treats in the world. However, you won't have to spend a fortune to eat well here. Enjoy a dish of pintxos, a form of regional tapas, together with a cool glass of Txakoli, a sparkling white wine from the area.

Stay at Pension Alameda in the centre of the Old Town, just a short stroll from La Concha and other iconic squares brimming with delicious restaurants.
private pools

The best way to unwind on a vacation is to reserve a room with a private pool. From in-suite swimming pools to romantic, panoramic plunge pools just outside your window, we've discovered the top villas, hotels, and cottages with enchanting private pools around the globe.


The plunge pool at Hunter’s Country House, South Africa


The "Deluxe" suite at Hunter's Country House in the Western Cape of South Africa will welcome you into a world you might never want to leave, and the private pool won't help. Grand four-poster beds can be found in the property's thatched-roof cottages, which also feature charming family rooms with a patch of the blue pool surrounded by lounge chairs and pinstriped wicker furniture. There is also the Deluxe Suite, which is as alluring and opulent and features a blue plunge pool. After a day of leisurely swimming and sunbathing, go to the lantern-lit garden for a special evening with your loved one. Additionally, trust the staff when it comes to drinking suggestions; they'll find you something unique or create a combination just for you.

Although travel broadens the mind, what about the body and spirit? A growing number of spa hotels now provide customers with personalized wellness experiences. We've produced a list of the greatest spa hotels from around the world, whether it's steaming away your worries in a Swiss sauna or floating in a heated infinity pool with a view.


The Peninsula in Bangkok, Thailand

The Peninsula in Bangkok

This large spa hotel, perched on the west bank of the Chao Phraya river, satisfies all of the senses. The luxurious guest rooms are a visual pleasure, and the spa's aromatherapy treatments and vibrating sound techniques will leave you feeling thoroughly revitalized. If you've got your fill of seclusion in one of the Peninsula's 12 poolside salas – or pavilions – there are monthly self-care events led by a variety of health professionals.

Lotus Therme Hotel & Spa in Hévíz, Hungary

Lotus Therme Hotel & Spa in Hévíz

Lotus Therme Hotel & Spa in Hévíz


The Lotus Therme Hotel & Spa is located just a 20-minute walk from Lake Hévz, the world's largest swimmable thermal lake, and is surrounded by 17 hectares of forest. The old lake at the hotel's doorstep serves as a source of wellness inspiration. Indulge in a variety of mud-based beauty treatments, discover the therapeutic power of Ayurveda treatments, or simply relax in the hotel's thermal hot tub and let your worries drift away.

Jumeirah Al Qasr – Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai, UAE

Jumeirah Al Qasr – Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai

Jumeirah Al Qasr – Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai

The expression "oasis in the desert" is frequently used in the Middle East, yet few words can adequately convey the Jumeirah Al Qasr's aquatic grandeur. Every bedroom in this opulent, classically decorated hotel overlooks the Persian Gulf, and it was designed to look like a Sheikh's summer house. The hotel grounds have an extensive network of canals that are great for meandering through, inspired by traditional Islamic gardens. The Talise Spa carries on the water motif with overwater treatment rooms that offer a bespoke menu of therapies for the mind, body, and spirit.

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