Beaches, Destinations

The best beach holidays in Europe

Europe is home to hundreds upon hundreds of the most fantastic beaches in world. Be it for lounging peacefully in the sun, taking long strolls or jumping in at the deep end with more adventurous water sports they have to offer. You will find something for everyone on our European beaches. There is so much more to cover than can be highlighted here, but for now let’s look at 5 of the best beaches close to home in Europe.

Bantham Beach, England, UK: Located at Bantham, Kingsbridge, TQ7 3AN. This beach is one of the very best for relaxing and for children or families. It’s a beautifully sandy beach with shallow pools that are fantastic for paddling and searching for tiny see creatures and shells. On top of this if you enjoy a spot of surfing, or even just want to delight in watching, then Bantham Beach is a fantastic place for you as its widely regaded as the best surf beach in Devon.

Sandwood Bay, Scotland, UK: Can be found at Lairg IV27 4RU. Stretching almost a mile and a half in a highly secluded area, this gorgeous sandy beach is looked on by dunes and cliff tops whilst looking over a loch. Providing a setting that is as picturesque any. It takes a little bit of a trek to get to the beach itself as there is around a 4 mile journey from the entrance from the nearest road, cars are to be left at the car park and you make the journey down to the beach by foot, which goes a long way to preserving the beauty and tranquillity of the beach.

Rondinara Beach, Corsica, France: Location is at Plage de Rondinara, 20169 Bonifacio, France. This stunning horseshoe bay is home to a stunning tranquil turquoise sea and stretch of white sandy beach. Its beauty has led it to be the focal point of many professional photoshoots and tourist memorabilia. Beautifully preserved due to it also being a protected nature reserve, this beach offers a beautiful setting for little ones to enjoy paddling in its shallow waters. You’ll also find that many frequent the beach to take part in windsurfing and snorkeling exercises and if you are in need of refreshment during your visit you’ll find a restaurant that can accommodate.

Cala Macarella, Menorca, Spain: Similarly to Rondinara beach, Cala Macarella also boasts tranquil blue seas and a gorgeous stretch of white sandy beach. It’s fantastic for toddlers up due to the waters shallow depths and clear waters and it also one of Menorca’s most beautiful beaches for those who just want to lay in a stunning setting and relax. You’ll find toilets, food and lifeguards at this well maintained beach but if you are looking for water sports or a thrill, have a little look for another beach as this one is all about soaking up the sun, paddling and relaxing.

Cale Goloritzé, Sardinia, Italy: Situated in Baunei this beach is a great option for snorkeling and there are even some really interesting archaeological sites nearby if you would like something extra to keep you occupied. Part of this beaches charm is its access and initial impressions as you make your way through the access tunnel, forged through a mountain that leads you to look over the town of picturesque villas from a great height taking in the views before your decent to the beach. The beach itself is made up of tiny white pebbles and beautiful white sand and interesting coves that have been the backdrops to many famous films and video shoots in the past.


Travel Tips

Tips for finding great flight prices

This clip brings you a few tips I stumbled across from Youtube’s PsychoTraveller. Ali gives some great tips on using Skyscanner as well as a few other tips for saving money on your flights. One of the most interesting, if not one of the biggest money savers, is the advice to ensure your cookies are turned off when hunting for your flights. When you get wander lust and just need to get that flight, don’t let your browser know how desperate you are, it might just work against you and you could miss out on a fantastic deal just because the sites know you are interested in it!

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Destinations, Travel Tips

Japan’s top 5 cities after Tokyo

Japan is a beautiful country, dotted with a thousand different cultural and historical sites, as well as areas of truly outstanding natural beauty and wildlife. That’s not even mentioning what Japan is truly famous for; it’s technology. Japan is the technological hub of the world, and is still one of the most advanced countries out there.

They’re an incredibly healthy people, with one of the longest life expectancies in the world. This is due in part to their high tech healthcare, and in part to their delicious and exotic diet. Japan travel allows you to sample some fantastic dishes such as sushi, or any one of the numerous Japanese foods. Whatever you do, don’t limit your Japanese holiday experience to Tokyo!

1.Kyoto – If you like shrines…

Known throughout Japan and the world over as the ‘City of 10,000 Shrines’, due to the huge number of beautiful shrines and temples dotting the city. In ancient times, Kyoto was the imperial capital of Japan, meaning that in a country as historically tumultuous and war torn as Japan, Kyoto has seen a huge amount of war and fire, and it shows in the quiet and dignified culture evident in the architecture, city scape and atmosphere.

If you enjoy the idea of wandering around serene temples and tranquil gardens, while enjoying a modern Japanese city with a rich tapestry of history behind it, Kyoto should be on your list for touring Japan.

2. Osaka A sparkling business hub

Osaka is one of the real business hubs of Japan, with a huge number of international businesses based there, and thousands of new businesses and companies started up every year there. Alongside Japans penchant for technology, their ability to market themselves to the world is what has turned them into the powerful rich country they are today. If you’re interested in international business, this is somewhere you have to check out.

That’s not even mentioning the food! As a modern city you can expect all manner of luxuries and shopping opportunities, as well as the fact that Osaka is a real hub of delicious Japanese cuisine, and makes for a real treat for any food lover.

3.Yokohama – Perfect for shopping

Yokohama is close to Tokyo at just a short train ride away. Once just a tiny little fishing village, Japan’s international trade has allowed Yokohama to flourish into the second most populous Japanese city, and with a huge population, comes a huge variety of malls and shopping centres. As a city to go for a shopping spree, you’d literally struggle to find anywhere better.

4.Nara – If you love history…

With almost eight UNESCO world heritage sites, and widely heralded as the birthplace of some of the core elements of modern Japanese traditions, Nara is truly a historical city. If you’ve got any interest in Japanese history, Nara is an absolute must see. Beyond that, it’s a modern Japanese city, and offers many other cultural and fun things to do, not to mention great food and shopping opportunities.

5.Okinawa – A series of islands with beautiful views and landscapes

Okinawa is a city based on islands in the southern part of Japan, and with that carries some amazing weather, landscapes and views. With water sports like scuba diving and surfing, as well as a fantastic, cultural and modern city. No trip to Japan is complete without a trip to Okinawa for at least a couple of days.

Active holiday adventure family
Adventure, Travel Tips

Adventure holidays are becoming more popular

Adventure tourism seems to have been a steadily growing trend over the last four/five years. It seems that we Brits have got a little bored of lazing by the pool with our book sunning ourselves whilst sipping margaritas! Instead we’ve taken a keen interest in exploring and embarking upon adventures. It’s not that we don’t want that little bit of time to recharge our batteries but it’s getting to a point where we want to know more about our world, develop ourselves, get a little more out of life and really embrace the culture of the places that we visit. This seems to be the reasons why we now prefer to mix our holidays up a little, combing a little, sea, sun, city and activity into our breaks.

You no longer have to be a sport fanatic to find an activity holiday that suits you. People from every demographic are being drawn into more adventurous holidays of all kinds. They are a fantastic way to spend more time on hobbies that already interest you but they are also a brilliant way to learn new skills that you might want to do more of in your leisure time at home. There are some great examples of activity led holidays based around hobbies that don’t involve exerting all your energy on exercise! Film buffs might take a road trip to take in epic film sets or even go on a filmmaking retreat. Those with a love of music could venture to festivals such as the Belgian Jazz festival or even Croatia’s Hideout festival. We live in a day and age where we can easily avoid package holidays and book personalised holidays cheaply and easily from home. So there really is something out there for everyone when it comes to a perfect activity break.

Even Stag and Hen groups are getting in on the action now a days, you’re no longer confined to a boozy weekend away that takes you a week’s holiday to recover from! These parties really are spoilt for choice with an abundance of companies that offer breaks for the adrenaline junkies, the gamblers, the wannabe entertainers and even the pranksters getting a look in with packages for ‘The Stag Set Up’ where you can play some odd role play to prank you main man!

Students often take advantage of their longer holidays or even take a gap year now in order to embark on journeys of self-discovery, charity work and all sorts of other challenges. There are an abundance of well organised trips from companies like Camps International who will help out with all the fine details if going it alone is a bit daunting the first time round. Older students can take part in journeys where they can partake in ‘Independent Volunteering’ across South America, Africa and Asia offering something back to the communities there whilst making memories and getting experiences that they’ll hold on to for life. Younger students can even partake in Camps Internationals School expeditions if they are keen on getting started young. These kinds of trips provide invaluable skills and life experience that will not only look great on CV’s in their professional futures but will stick with them for life.

Solo Travelers find activity tours that allow them to embark on journeys with others who have similar hobbies and ambitions, paving the way for either adventures alone or joining in with a group for part or all of the journey. It’s a great way to get added peace of mind as you travel and you can save costs on rooms as some small group trips bunk their travelers in rooms together, so supplement charges can be avoided. It’s a great way to see beautiful countries such as Morocco, Sri Lanka, India and Peru, soaking up new cultures and experiences each and every day of a trip.

Get Paid to Travel

Andrea Christina pops in to say hi

I’ll be ready and raring to go with this new blog really really soon! For now I’ve been thinking up something useful that will peak your interest and have you coming back for more. So here goes…

A little bit of inspiration for how to travel the world and get paid for it! The vid above isn’t the be all and end when it comes to paid travel, it’s just one of many and all though we won’t be going into detail in this post, we may well be seeing a few of these beauties in a little bit more detail in the Future. I absolutely love traveling with all my heart and truly believe there is nothing better than experiencing everything this beautiful planet has to offer. That being said, I know it can be pricey and I haven’t spent my life being made of money! That’s why I get so excited when I see ways that people can embark on the biggest adventures of their lives without having to break the bank. Traveling for paid work, embarking on great adventures to fundraise, backpacking, finding cheap flights, making the best of holiday extra as well as discovering some of the most beautiful, unique and challenging destinations on the planet, Andrea Cristina plans to bring it all.