There’s A Place Called Manzanita

Manzanita, Oregon is a small town located on the northern coast of Oregon...

And it has a big piece of my heart!

I’ve always greatly enjoyed the sunny beaches of southern California, but for me, nothing beats the foggy, golden coast-line with just enough of a cool breeze to make a hoodie or jacket the ideal attire.

Manzanita has a popultaion of about 600 residents. During the time I spent in Manzanita (July) it was prime tourist season, and I was able to meet many people from all over the state of Oregon who came to experience this charming town for the weekend.

The main street which leads toward the beach was filled with people walking, visiting shops, and were quite friendly and readily open to conversation.


I camped at the Nehalem Bay State Park, about 1 mile south of Manzanita.

I love how easy it is to camp along with the Oregon Coast, with many "Hiker-Biker" campgrounds which only charge $5 per night for hikers or bikers.

Once morning came I began my day with a shower in their above average facilities (by camping standards) and as I walked by the campsite office I was offered coffee by the park rangers. This was a first experience in camping and I heartily accepted the offer for a little added boost to my mile-long-walk into town. When I arrived to town my initial search, as usually is the case when traveling, was to find a place to order coffee, place my laptop, and communicate with the world via WiFi. This task proved to be a difficult one to accomplish.  The local library did provide wireless internet; however, they did not provide any power outlets. Unfortunately for me, my laptop’s battery charge had been fully used the evening prior. I stumbled upon an internet cafe and searched for an employee to discover who to pay in order to use the internet; but only an empty shack was to be found.


I returned to my campsite in anticipation of the sunset.

I walked for several miles south alongside the assuring waves of the ocean, found a secluded log to sit, and prepared myself for ending of the day's light. As the sun neared its' complete submersion into the groundlevel of earth, I began walking slowly toward the campgrounds.

As I approached the entrance to the State Park, I found a crowd of people, all gazing in wonder at the magnificent beauty that such an everyday occurence never fails to insprie awe. I'm not sure if I have ever been within a crowd of so many people who were all practicing the art of silence while observing this day's end.

On my second night of camping at Nehalem Bay State Park, I met a woman who was moving from Vancouver, B.C. to San Francisco where she would begin a new job as bio-tech researcher. Unlike most people who would be moving 1500+ kilometers, she was making the move on bicycle, while a moving company packed and shipped her things to where she would be living San Francisco. We shared a great conversation about technology, web design, philosophy, and music; before retiring to our respective tent-dwellings.


My two night stay in Manzanita was a small aspect of my two month hike from Los Angeles through Oregon. Although there were sights along the journey where I might say the natural beauty would surpass Manzanita (Big Sur comes to mind), the peace I found and accessibility of seclusive spots to contemplate and simply "be" are what make Manzanita one of my favorite places on earth.

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Ljubljana: A Perfect Place for Active Holidays in the City

When you hear the country's capital city you probably think about stunning architecture, numerous museums and galleries, churches, delicious food in the restaurants, but you probably don't think about hiking.

Well, Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, is a green gem of Europe offering active and unique opportunities to embark on hiking trips inside the city area.

There is no doubt Ljubljana is one of the greenest cities in the world. The city boasts an astounding per capita green space provision of 542 square metres, some of which can even be found in the heart of the historic city centre. Lush green and wooded areas offer a perfect opportunity for active holidays in the city.

It is a green and active city with a vibrant culinary scene, wealth of museums and galleries to explore, and tours and trips to take within the city or nearby. Time to make you plan for the future travels!


We’ve collected the TOP 10 activities in Ljubljana to have the ultimate active holidays in the city:

First Impressions of the City

When arriving in Ljubljana make sure to stop by Ljubljana Tourist Information Center (Adamič-Lundrovo nabrežje 2, 1000 Ljubljana), take the city map, say hi to the welcoming staff, get all the tourist information you need, buy Ljubljana Card and book a tour to get to know the city.

Purchasing a Ljubljana Card will help you save on entrance prices to over 20 of Ljubljana’s top attractions as well as cover a bicycle hire, access to wi-fi, bus transportation costs around the city and to the airport. All major things to do in Ljubljana will be covered.

To get familiar with the city's streets it is best to book a guided tour in the begining of your trip. Would you rather explore the city on foot, by bike, perhaps by boat? Ljubljana offers many interesting options which are thematically different and tailored to different interests. Check the guided tours here and let the pleasant stroll through the city begin!


Get to Know the City's Main Attractions

The picturesque image of the centre of Ljubljana has been marked by different historic periods and most notably by the works of the world-famous architect Jože Plečnik. Take a walk through the Ljubljana Old Town, be amazed by the Baroque and Art Nouveau buildings and visit Ljubljana Castle, the city's main attraction. You can reach the castle by funicular railway or climb it on foot. The castle's tower and ramparts offer the most beautiful views of the city.

Get your cameras ready while visiting the Prešernov trg Square, the heart of the historic Ljubljana. It includes three of the most recognizable images of Ljubljana: the pink facade of the Franciscan Church, the monument to the Slovenian poet France Prešeren, and the Plečnik`s Triple Bridge.

Another picture perfect spot is the famous Fountain of the Three Carniolan Rivers (Robba Fountain) standing in front of the Town Hall. The baroque masterpiece is the work of the renown sculptor Francesco Robba.

And last, don’t forget to meet the dragons on the Dragon bridge and find out why Ljubljana is also called the Dragon City. It is considered that if you did not take a photo with the dragon, you were not really in Ljubljana.


Cycle Around the City and Chill in Park Tivoli

Ljubljana is the cyclists’ idea of a city. Its' centre is car-free and the network of bike paths and circuits is constantly expanding. No bike? No problem! Bikes can be rented literally all over town. You can join the locals and rent one from Bicikelj, the city's bike sharing system or you can hire one in the Ljubljana Tourist Information Center for a very affordable price. Ljubljana Card holders are entitled to free four-hour bicycle hire.

Make sure to make a stop in the largest city park, Tivoli. Ljubljana’s central park is a popular place for socialising and relaxing. There you will find joggers, walkers, slackliners, yoga practicioners, kids enjoying the playgrounds, mini golfers, and people taking rests on the grass enjoying the parks’ charming tranquillity. You can also sit down in a popular café called Čolnarna next to the park's pleasant green fish pond area.

Tivoli Park is crisscrossed with walking and recreational paths that continue into the slopes of Rožnik hill and allow an escape to nature from the centre of the city.


Hike in the City

There are not many cities where the old town centre offers you a hike through the woods to the top of a hill, but Ljubljana has it all.

The network of hiking trails starts spreading out from the city centre and becomes more and denser as we move outwards. The green hearts of the city are the Rožnik and Šišenski hrib Landscape Park, Golovec, Rašica and the popular Šmarna gora (Mt. Saint Mary), the scenic "roof of Ljubljana" with the city’s favourite viewpoint. At the summit of Šmarna gora you can indulge in a snack or lunch at Gostilna Ledinek, with a menu consisting of traditional Slovene dishes.

However If you are more into mountaineering it is best you visit Ljubljana Region and explore the mountain trails there such as Grintovec or Kamniško sedlo.


Visit Central Market and Have a Picnic

The central market is the heart of any city. This is certainly true of Ljubljana market, which was designed by renowned architect Jože Plečnik. It is more than just a place to shop. Traditionally, it has also been a place for the locals to meet and enjoy themselves together. Taste some seasonal produce from local farmers and growers, have a little chat with them and buy the ingredients for your picnic.

Luckily Ljubljana has plenty of relaxing hidden spots for treating yourself to a picnic. You can relax on the Trnovski pristan embankment, up on the castle hill, in the Tivoli Park or park Špica, etc.



Paddle Through the City Center

The river Ljubljanica, with its interesting bridges and picturesque old city centre embankments, is one of Ljubljana's most notable landmarks. The heart of Ljubljana's social life are the Ljubljanica river embankments, densely scattered with lively cafés offering outdoor seating. A good way to see the old city centre and its famous bridges, picturesque buildings and vibrant embankments from a completely different angle is to join a tourist boat cruise along the river.

However, the Ljubljanica with its bridges is much more than just photogenic. It offers unique experiences which you simply must try. In the summer you can treat yourself to an exciting water session in the very centre of Ljubljana and see the city from a different angle by taking a sup or a kayak tour.


Jog Through the City Center

Believe it or not, SightJogging is a real thing and is getting more popular year by year. Ljubljana with it's wide streets and squares is perfect for a pleasant run.

If you’re a runner you can combine your morning run with exploring the streets of the city. No worries, the lovely Ljubljanica River will show you the way. If you’re in good condition you can also run up to the castle hill. You can also take your run on the Path of Remembrance and Comradeship, which encircles Ljubljana, symbolizes dedication to a healthy lifestyle while at the same time serving as a reminder of the city's history. It runs along the 32.5-kilometre long course of the military barbed-wire fence which surrounded Ljubljana during the Second World War. We assure you that if you complete the whole circuit, you will be ready to participate in Ljubljana Marathon in autumn.

According to our calculations, during a one hour jog you will burn off 803 kilocalories, which equals about two cakes. Speaking of cakes, make sure reward yourself with Stolp cake in Lolita. You deserve it!


Don't Forget to Explore the Ljubljana Region

If you have any time left we suggest you don't just enjoy the city but instead take a trip off the beaten path and discover the surrounding Ljubljana Region. The city of Ljubljana is surrounded by fascinating smaller cities, lush nature and many, many opportunities for unforgetatable adventures.

You’ll wonder if you landed in Hobbit’s kingdom in the truly unique traditional herdsmen’s village on Velika planina. If you're more into adrenaline adventures we suggest you visiting the Geoss Adventure Park in the village of Slivna, which offers treetop climbing adventures, a giant zip line and a unique opportunity to spend a night in the treetops. Cave enthusiasts will be able to admire the beauty of the Mayor's Cave (Županova jama) located near the village of Cerovo. It consists of six chambers and a wealth of marvellous stalagmites, stalactites and other typical karst features. If you like hiking and cycling make sure to visit Polhov Gradec Dolomites as well and embark on exploration of the most photogenic hill in the Ljubljana area - Sveti Jakob or the hill once visited by royalty, Polhograjska Gora. If you're there, make sure to stop by the Polhov Gradec Mansion. You will not return empty-handed as the hosts will not let you leave without a Bundle of Delights from Count Blagaj’s land. If you are interested in history and the pile-dwellers unique culture, Ljubljana Marshes are the place for you. Due to its amazing natural diversity and rich heritage it is listed as UNESCO World Heritage.


Explore the Vibrant Culinary Scene

Ljubljana is full of surprises not the mention their splendid culinary scene. The city's culinary offer is strongly characterised by seasonal, locally produced ingredients. Culinary adventurers can find a rich and diverse range of foods to suit all tastes and all pockets.

We suggest you go for the local flavours and taste traditional dishes with a modern make-over represented by the Taste Ljubljana brand. Renowned Ljubljana chefs such as Igor Jagodic (Strelec), Jorg Zupan (Atelje) and Bine Volčič (Bistro Monstera), among others, have creatively adapted old recipes to contemporary trends.

For trying some local street food we suggest Klobasarna where you will be able to try a a traditional Slovene speciality – Carniolan sausage. Another affordable way of trying Slovenian cuisine is visiting the Moji štruklji Slovenije, where they serve up a daily range of more than 20 different types of štruklji – boiled strudel – with creamy or classic fillings and toppings.

To start your day healthy, we are sure Ljubljana breakfast will get you ready for your long day of exploring the city. Check Bistro EK or Slovenian House and try the most important meal of the day from top quality local and seasonal ingredients.


Take a Look at the City's Top History and Art Museums

Last but not least, mix up your active adventure with visiting at least one museum or if you are more into arts, a gallery. Trust us, you will not regret it.

In the National Museum of Slovenia you will discover the rich heritage of diverse history, and see the 60,000-year-old Neanderthal flute, which is the oldest musical instrument in the world. You can check the permanent exhibition of the City Museum of Ljubljana which shows the development of the city of Ljubljana from the prehistoric period to the present day. In the museum are especially proud of two findings – the world’s oldest wooden wheel and a wooden arrow that is about 40,000 years old. Exceptional collections of technical heritage are on display at the Technical Museum of Slovenia in Bistra plus you can admire Tito's limos there.

Ljubljana is also the city of an exceptional artistic life. Its rich legacy is complemented by a lively contemporary art scene. The National Gallery holds mainly older iconic works of art, such as works of Baroque artists, the Slovenian impressionists, and paintings of Ivana Kobilica and Zoran Mušič. The adjacent Museum of Modern Art represents artistic phenomena of 20th and 21st century, if you like to meet Eastern European avan-garde artists check the Museum of Contemporary Art (MSUM) Metelkova.


There you have them, the top ten activities for the unforgettable adventure in a beautiful city of Ljubljana. The city is maybe one of the smallest capitals of Europe, but it’s huge in terms of the variety of what you can do, see and taste there.

If you are looking for an active holidays combined with rich gastronomic experiences and a thriving cultural scene Ljubljana is with no doubt the right place for you.


Top 10 Cycle Routes of Great Britain

Green, cheap and great exercise, not to mention enormous fun, cycling is becoming ever more popular. London has just launched its own cycle hire scheme and more of us than ever are exploring Britain by bike.


We’ve got hundreds of cycle routes to choose from but here are 10 of our favourites.

Millennium Coastal Path, Llanelli, Wales

The Millennium Coastal Park is a 12-mile stretch of coastline on the Burry Estuary which features a purpose-built traffic-free path following the coastline along the park's entire length. Previously an area of industrial wasteland, the park has been transformed into a tranquil green corridor offering superb views of the Gower Peninsula and a variety of attractions both natural and man-made.


Lough Neagh, Northern Ireland

For a unique cycling experience complete a circuit of Lough Neagh, the largest inland water in Britain and Ireland. The 113-mile, bi-directional Loughshore Trail (Route 94 of the National Cycle Network) is ideal for enthusiasts, novices and families alike. The route mainly follows quiet, country roads close to the lough’s shoreline and consists of mostly flat terrain – apart from a couple of short hilly sections which provide fantastic views over this huge expanse of water.


Limehouse to Little Venice, London, England

London’s network of canals make for great traffic-free cycling and a scoot from riverside Limehouse in the east to Little Venice along the Regent’s Canal is a great way to see London from a new perspective. Explore Limehouse, once the centre of London’s working docks and now home to upmarket flats and yachts, cruise through cool Camden and check out some of London Zoo’s

inhabitants en route. At 8 miles it’s easily achievable in a few hours.


Richmond to Hampton Court, London, England

Wind your way along this photogenic section of the Thames from villagey Richmond to the glorious Tudor palace, Hampton Court. There are some great pubs along the way and even a sandy beach or two. For more information and other routes along the River Thames check out the Waterscape website.


Bristol and Bath Railway Path, West Country, England

Linking the twin West Country jewels of Bath and Bristol, this 13-mile stretch of disused railway track begins in the historic port of Bristol and passes via Mangotsfield, Warmley and Saltford before arriving in the heart of Bath.


Chocolate Tour, Birmingham, England

The crucible of the Industrial Revolution is famous for many things – canals, engineering, curries but most mouth-wateringly, chocolate. Cycle along the Rea Valley out from Birmingham city centre along the towpath of the Worcester and Birmingham Canal. If you’re hungry take a detour to Cadbury World, the factory and interactive experience dedicated to the world’s best-loved chocolate.


Marin Trail, Conwy, Wales

This mountain bike trail near Llanrwst has big climbs, steep descents and truly awesome scenery. Long challenging climbs lead to miles of technical singletrack weaving through trees and boulders, across streams and down tricky gullies. Have a break for a moment to take in the views across Snowdonia National Park.


Wastwater, Lake District, England

The 12-mile cycle from Wastwater to Santon Bridge via Gosforth is said to have the best view in the Lake District. Wastwater is the deepest lake in England and it’s surrounded by some glorious scenery including Scafell Pike, England’s highest mountain.


Crab and Winkle Way, Kent, England

The Crab and Winkle Way links the cathedral city of Canterbury with the harbour in Whitstable. On the way you travel through Blean Woods, one of the largest areas of ancient broadleaved woodland in southern Britain, where you can find the rare heath fritillary butterfly. Don’t forget to pop into Canterbury’s magnificent cathedral, part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


Cairngorms, Scotland

The uplands of Scotland are famed for their rugged beauty and these days, their excellent mountain biking terrain. Trails in the Cairngorms National Park are rarely waymarked - instead, bring a map (there are good mountain biking route maps available locally) and go and explore.


Top 10 Attractions of Great Britain You Didn’t Know Existed

Dig a little deeper and you’ll uncover some of Britain’s lesser known attractions ranging from eccentric fruit-shaped houses to murky underground caverns and exquisite small art galleries.


Here are top 10 attractions you didn’t know were there…

Tower of Threave Castle, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland

Standing isolated on its very own island on the River Dee is the foreboding 14th-century Threave Castle. Only accessible by rowing boat you must ring a bell to summon the boatman to take you across the water. The stronghold of the Black Douglases, it incorporates a rare artillery fortification built before 1455 when James II besieged the castle.


Westminster Cathedral, London, England

Did you know there are two magnificent cathedrals in this part of London? Westminster Abbey couldn’t get much more famous but just around the corner is the lesser known Westminster Cathedral. The extraordinary Byzantine façade of domes, towers and balconies is matched by a unique and sumptuous interior, clothed in vivid mosaics and with marbles that echo those of ancient Greece and Rome. In fact the interior is so darkly exotic it stood in for the 16th-century Spanish Court in the film Elizabeth: the Golden Age.


Sir John Soane’s Museum, London, England

The architect of the Bank of England’s London home is one of London’s most delightful small museums. As well as a visionary architect, Soane was a compulsive collector. Every inch of his handsome townhouse is crammed with art, artefacts and architectural treasures collected from around the world. Don’t miss the full cycle of Hogarth’s A Rakes Progress or the Egyptian sarcophagus in the basement. The whole building was designed to show off his collection with cleverly top lit rooms, hidden panels holding more art and mirrored walls. Go on the first Tuesday of each month to see the collection by candlelight.


78 Derngate, Charles Rennie Mackintosh House, Northampton, England

The master of British art nouveau did almost all his best work in Scotland but his last commission was to remodel this unassuming Georgian house in the English Midlands. And his only surviving domestic project outside Scotland is a gem. Despite being nearly 100 years old, the interior is boldly modern with Mackintosh’s trademark flourishes including striking geometric patterns and daring modernist designs. 78 Derngate also incorporates a gallery with regularly changing exhibitions and events.


Kettle’s Yard Gallery, Cambridge, England

If you’re ever in Cambridge and have had your fill of graceful quads, ancient colleges and grandiose libraries, walk north to Castle Street and restful Kettle’s Yard. This charming gallery has a superb collection of modern art including pieces by Ben Nicholson, Joan Miró, Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth. The former house of Tate Gallery curator Jim Ede is a beautifully lit space that still feels like a home – sit in the chairs, read the books and enjoy the artworks at your leisure.


Corris Mine Explorers, Machynlleth, Wales

Delve deep into Wales’ industrial past and explore the mines of Braich Goch which were closed in the 1960s. Kitted out with a miner's cap lamp, helmet, lamp belt and safety clips you’ll discover miles of tunnel on your journey down into the darkness. See what the miners left behind from tools to cigarette packets and discover this important part of Wales’ social and economic history.


Royston Cave, Royston, Hertfordshire, England

Royston Cave in Hertfordshire is unique in Europe. Believed to date from the 14th century, it’s a man-made cavern in the shape of a beehive, with a small aperture at the top for ventilation. Its most remarkable feature is an extensive range of crude wall carvings representing the Crucifixion, the Holy Family and several saints, among them St Katherine, St Laurence and St Christopher. It lay undiscovered for centuries until a workman in the 18th century unearthed a shaft that led to the cave. Nobody really knows the cave’s origins or purpose but its eerie atmosphere and deep sense of history are well worth experiencing.


Dunmore Pineapple, Falkirk, Scotland

This stone pineapple built in 1761 as a garden summerhouse is a strong candidate for one of Scotland’s most bizarre buildings. You’ll find it in the grounds of Dunmore House, the ancestral home of the Earls of Dunmore. It’s part of walled gardens that were once used for the growing, of among other things, pineapples. Standing at around 14m high the pineapple is intricately carved and is an eccentric delight. And if you can’t get enough of this fruity fancy why not stay? The Landmark Trust rent it as accommodation.


Marble Arch Caves Geopark, Fermanagh and Cavan, Northern Ireland

Discover the rugged uplands of Fermanagh and Cavan then find out what’s underneath. The fantastic show caves deep below this Geopark with their fascinating, natural underworld of rivers, waterfalls, winding passages and lofty chambers are a must see. Take a boat along subterranean rivers to explore spectacular caverns lit to reveal their scarred walls bristling with stalagmites, stalactites and weirdly shaped deposits formed over 600 million years ago.


The Egyptian House, Penzance, Cornwall, England

You wouldn’t expect to find a slice of ancient Egypt in Cornwall but this is exactly what you’ll get if you explore the backstreets of Penzance. Sprouting with flamboyant detail this 19th-century fantasy takes the Egyptian brief and expands it to something so exuberant that historical accuracy is joyously sacrificed for something altogether more fun. You can stay in this gorgeously garish confection through the Landmark Trust.


Written and contributed by Visit Britain


Photo credit:
Biepmiep Dunmore-Pineapple
Jim & Claire Threave-Castle
James Stringer Westminster-Cathedral


10 Interesting Facts of the Temple of Heaven

Welcome to China's Temple of Heaven!

1. Many books, magazines, and travel websites prefer to use the photos of the triple-gabled circular temple in the Temple of Heaven to represent Beijing. It has become one of Beijing’s truly prized landmarks.
2. Together with the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven is another supreme example of the imperial architecture in Ming Dynasty. All the architectures were decorated with colorful red to represent the dignity of the imperial court in ancient China. 
3. Occupying an area of 2,700,000 square meters (3,529,412 square yards), the Temple of Heaven is 4 times larger than the Forbidden City.
4. The main structures in the Temple of Heaven lie along the south-north axis as with all temples in China.
5. The most striking building in the Temple of Heaven is the tall, circular Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests. Its location was determined by the emperor’s Fengshui masters as the exact point where heaven and Earth met. 
6. Seen from above, all the temple halls round and the base square, shapes also respectively symbolizing the heaven and earth. The wooden pillars support the ceiling without any nails or cement. 
7. In the south of the park lies the Imperial Vault of Heaven. It’s a round hall tiled in blue and standing on a white platform. Just north of the altar is the Echo Wall. Here, a whisper can travel clearly from one end to your friend’s ear at the other.
However, the Echo Wall will not work if there’s a bellowing tour group in the middle. Make sure to get here early if you want to experience it properly. 
8. The Circular Altar to the south was for astronomical use in ancient China. It also served as the sacred place to hold the annual winter solstice ceremony. The mound consists of 3 tiers that represent Earth, the mortal world and heaven.
The upper tier in the Circular Altar is adorned with 9 stone rings. the number 9 has special significance in Chinese cosmology, for there are 9 layers to heaven.
9. The temple park is generally accessed via its west gate. However, there are 4 gates at each side of the place. The traditional ceremonial route approached the altar through the south gate.
10. The Temple of Heaven used to served as the sacred place where emperors of the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644) and Qing Dynasty (1644 - 1911) held the Heaven Worship Ceremony. First built in 1420, it is China's largest and most representative existing masterpiece among China’s ancient sacrificial buildings.
Together with the Great Wall, Forbidden City and Summer Palace, The Temple of Heaven is the must see in Beijing. It offers you a great chance to learn about the Chinese ancient philosophy, history and religion.


5 Star Luxury in the Philippines


The Crimson Resort and Spa in Boracay Philippines is a luxury 5 star resort on a beautiful beach. See the review here:

In fact Crimson Resort is one of the best resorts in Boracay.

Located on a beautiful private beach (station zero), the Crimson Boracay offers its guests unprecedented service and accommodation. The resort looks stylish and modern. I compare the Crimson Resort to the Shangri-la Resort as well so you can see which is the better resort to stay in Boracay.

I also provided a guide on how to get to the resort and a little guide on Boracay particularly White Beach. One of the most gorgeous beaches in Asia. As it faces the west, it has possibly the best sun sets you will ever see.

The Crimson Resort has 219 rooms including 36 villas and suites. Some having their own private plunge pools. Rates at the resort when I checked where best on the resort's own website. But I did compare it with Trivago, TripAdvisor, HotelsCombined and Agoda seeing room rates on all sites.

The resort has 3 swimming pools, their infinity pool has breath taking views of the ocean.  They have a spa as well as gym. They have a number of restaurants. I checked out the Saffron Restaurant and it's buffet breakfast and the Azure Beach Club.

This is my personal review of the Crimson Resort and Spa Boracay.  I think it one of the best hotels (resorts) to stay in Boracay.

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Travel for Senior Singles

Travelling is a great opportunity to rediscover you and explore places to its best.

Travelling pumps in some great energy in you and offer you a great escape from the monotonous routine. Vacations for singles over 60 are surely a delight, after spending a fruitful work-life it gives you a chance to pursue your passion and visit your dream destinations. Planning senior singles vacations requires lots of research, look out for places to visit, check out amazing destinations, stay options and much more. Seniors' single travel can be full of excitement and thrill.

If you are a senior single and travelling is your passion then, this article is sure to help you with great information concerning senior singles travel.


How to prepare for a solo trip?

One of the most important things that one needs to do for planning a senior single vacation is preparing for the trip. Here are some of the factors that one must consider to prepare for a senior single trip.



One of the most important things is to basic research. This involves shortlisting some destinations for your vacation and digging some more information on them. Decide where you want to go, for how many days, what are the available staying options, which are the places you would like to visit and much more. 


Find the right time for senior single travel:

After shortlisting a few vacation destinations for travel, find the best time to visit the destination. Timing is a very prominent factor, if you happen to visit a place at the wrong time, then you may end up wasting a lot of money. You can save a lot of money by traveling outside of the main season, but still in the good weather period.



Fix a tentative budget for your trip. Based on the budget you can proceed with the reservations and ticket booking. Make sure to do a good amount of research on the web to find out the best deals and discounts on flight tickets and hotel reservations.


Plan it out:

Make a detailed plan of your each and every day. If you are planning a senior single vacation, chart out a complete day-wise itinerary. Include all the important places to visit such as monuments, heritage sites, beaches, activities, cruise etc. This will give you a clear plan of action during your vacation. A single senior journey with a well-planned itinerary will offer you great peace of mind and help you explore all the vital places during your expedition. 


The top destination for single senior travellers

San Antonio:

This place offers great diversity. It is apt for those looking out for nature, city life and activities too. Some of the best places to visit in San Antonio include Hemis fair park, River Walk, Fiesta Texas, La Villita and much more.  



Thailand is one of the best destinations for seniors single travel. This place has everything right from beaches, national parks, beautiful landscapes and some of the stunning views. Thailand is known for its energetic cities and ample opportunities to indulge in some fun and enthralling activities. Also, check out some senior single cruise to add more fun and make your journey memorable. Some of the best places to visit in Thailand include Bangkok, Phuket, Chiang Mai, Krabi and much more. 


California's Pacific Coast Highway: 

A road trip to California's Pacific Coast Highway can be full of fun and exhilarating too. The wide roads are a delight to drive especially for those senior single who love driving. This place is known for its beautiful landscapes and wonderful views. 


Canadian Rockies: 

View the beauty of nature like never before with the amazingly beautiful and spectacular Canadian Rockies. This place boasts some a Yoho national park, Takakkaw Falls and ice-capped peaks. The breathtaking landscape is sure to mesmerize you with all its beauty and splendour.  


South African Safari:

If you are a nature lover and looking out for a thrilling and exciting safari trip then South Africa is an ideal destination for you. Known for its exotic African Safari this place is a sheer delight offering you a view extensive wildlife species. Witness the beauty of nature in the most extravagant way with a typical South African Safari. 


Cruises for senior singles:

A cruise trip can be full of enjoyment and fun. There is no reason to miss out a cruise holiday just because you are single a Cruiser journey can provide you some of the best experiences and help you explore some of the most amazing places. Make sure you just check all your travel details such as destinations, journey duration and much more. 


Travel for seniors singles gives them a chance to meet some new people and found a connection too. It can help one connect with people of similar interests and build a strong bond too. Senior singles travel is a great way to connect with some interesting personalities from across the globe. There are many instances when travel for seniors singles has provided them with some of the best experiences and travel buddies too.  


Just pack your bags and be ready for a wonderful voyage! 


Do I need a visa for Iran? And how hard is to get a visa?

Whether you need Iran visa depends on where you are from and where you are travelling to. Citizens of around 60 countries do not need a visa to enter Iran for travelling purposes for various amounts of times.

Most other countries citizens can gain Iran visa on arrival from most of the major airports in Iran, although for peace of mind they can also apply for visas beforehand.  Visas on arrival for most countries only allow for a stay of 15 days. For US and Canadian citizens due to lack of any consular services in Iran, must have prior approval of an itinerary and tour operator before applying for a visa from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Most tour companies will take care of this for you. No citizens of Israel are permitted to travel to Iran. People who have an Israeli stamp in their passport will also be denied entry. All citizens except for Israeli can travel to Kish Island, a popular tourist island, without a visa for up to two weeks.

Since Iran visa requirements are subject to fairly constant change, it is best for everyone to contact Iranian consular or embassies in their own country to find out what is required before entry.

Most visas will be approved in two to three weeks. Most people find it relatively easy if correct information is given. However, it is best to allow for plenty of time before applying.


South Palms Resort in Bohol Philippines


South Palms Resort in Bohol Philippines is a beautiful upmarket resort in the Philippines.

Here I take a look around the resort and give it my overview. See the review here:


South Palms Resort in Bohol is one of the most beautiful resorts in the Philippines. Located on gorgeous beach in Bohol the resort offers its guests from amazing upmarket accommodation. Laze under the palm trees, chill in a hammock, sun bake on the sandy white beach or swim in the warm tropical waters.

This is a fantastic place to spend your vacation in the Philippines. The resort is rated as a 4 star resort.

Their rooms start from the Deluxe garden view to pool view or to their best rooms with beach views. I stayed in the Deluxe Beachfront room. I look at prices for rooms on South Palms Resort website as well as 3rd party booking sites such as Trivago, TripAdvisor, Agoda and Expedia to see the best rates at this resort.

Facilities include 2 swimming pools (the main one having amazing views of the ocean) a restaurant that serves Ala cart as well as buffets. Massages are available, there is a games room and gym.Tennis court and dive shop.

In the video I show you how to get to South Palms resort from the pier and also from the airport. I also compare Alona Beach vs  Dumaluan beach in Bohol so you can see which I think is the best place to stay in Bohol. Alona Beach is only a short 15 minute ride away from here. I also compare South Palms Resort to Bohol Beach Club to see which is the better resort.

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What part of the Drakensberg, South Africa, should you visit?

Deciding on what part of the Drakensberg to visit can be difficult.

I lived in the Drakensberg for over 15 years and of course I have my favourite areas to visit, but here, I'll discuss the regions and their attractions briefly so that, when you decide to visit, you'll have an idea on where to go...

The Northern Drakensberg is located about 300km from Johannesburg and would take about 3-3½ hours by road to travel there. The Royal Natal National Park is located in this region and the most photographed mountain peaks known as the amphitheatre, can be seen from most accommodation options. It is an area well known for its scenic beauty and hikes. There is an adventure centre open to the public, horse rising activities, a golf course and numerous walks. It the area with the best hospitality from the luxury lodges and hotels right down to the B&B's!

The Central Drakensberg spans such a vast area across the Ukhahlamba World Heritage site that I'll have to break it up into 5 regions. When most people talk about the Central Drakensberg they mean the Champagne Valley or Cathedral Peak.


- Cathedral Peak

(4 hours from Johannesburg, 2½ hours from Durban by road)

This is a valley on its own accessed via Winterton or Bergville and only has 3 accommodation options, the KZN Wildlife campsite, the Didima chalets and the Cathedral peak Hotel. This area is home to majestic mountain peaks, waterfalls and excellent hiking trails.


- The Champagne Valley

(4 hours from Johannesburg, 2½ hours from Durban by road)

This valley is a tourist mecca with thousands of beds available and every type of accommodation you could dream of, there are numerous activities, sporting facilities, shops, golf courses and the mountain to climb.


- Injisuthi

(4½ hours from Johannesburg, 2½ hours from Durban by road)

This hidden valley is a must for people wanting to escape the crowds, there is only one camp that offers campsites and cottages for self-catering, serious hikers will enjoy the number of caves and overnight hiking trails in this area.


- Giants Castle

(5 hours from Johannesburg, 2½ hours from Durban by road)

Giant's Castle is named after the mountain peaks that from a distance look like a sleeping giant. It is well known for its Bushman or San cave museum where life-like Bushman / San figures bring alive scenes of an era past. The walks, rock art, scenery and upmarket facilities have made it very popular.


- Kamberg

(5½ hours from Johannesburg, 2½ hours from Durban by road)

Kamberg is located just south of Giants Castle and is home to some of the best Rock art in the Drakensberg and has a new Rock Art interpretive centre which is well worth a visit.


The Southern Drakensberg is located about 250-300km away from Durban and takes between 2½ and 3 hours by road.

The Southern Drakensberg is famed because of the Sani Pass, however there is much more to visit other than the Sani Pass. The two little villages around which you'll find accommodation are Underberg and Himeville. It received more rainfall than the northern regions and thus is lusher, with larger and steadier streams wonderful for those wanting to do fly-fishing. Accommodation is varied and you will find a place to match your taste and budget.

So, even though I think you should make time to visit all the areas of the Drakensberg, I am aware that time can be a problem so I hope this post will help you to plan an Ukhahlamba World heritage Site visit, whether it be for its natural beauty and wilderness or for the cultural experience of its ancient peoples!

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