The 5 Most Stunning Locations Where You Can See the Northern Lights

The Northern Lights otherwise referred to as the Aurora Borealis, are a beautiful display of the Earth’s natural lights cause by charged particles from the sun reacting with atoms and molecules in the atmosphere. The resulting colorful sight is one that makes people want to travel for miles to see. There are many stunning locations that you can visit specifically to see the lights if that is something you want  to do, and if you need help choosing which one to visit, here are just five destinations you can choose from:

 

Iceland

Iceland is a beautiful holiday destination regardless of the lights, thanks to the many once-in-a-lifetime sights you can see there. This means alongside seeing the aurora borealis, you can plan out a trip for you and your family, or even a trip with friends that is jam-packed with stunning sight-seeing opportunities like glaciers and waterfalls. Just be mindful that the best time of year to see the lights is between September and March, as otherwise, it does not get dark enough for you to see them.

 

Norway

As with most destinations to see the Northern Lights, you must plan your trip to Norway between mid-September and late March in order to make the most of it. The prospect of seeing the lights, combined with the stunning scenery and fjords, will have you desperately checking the school predictor for snowy days to find out if your kids will be off and free to go on a magical trip to Norway.

 

Greenland

Going to Greenland to see the Northern Lights is a good plan if you want slightly more leeway in the time of year that they are visible. Your best chance of seeing the stunning sight is if you head to the south of Greenland between mid-August and late April. Although you must also bear in mind that Greenland is a more expensive holiday destination so you must have saved enough money to pay for your trip.

 

Northern Ireland/Ireland

A less obvious holiday destination to see the aurora borealis is in Northern Ireland or on the north coast of Ireland. One of the best destinations to go is to Malin Head, the most northern point of the island in County Donegal, but there are plenty of other spots to visit all along the north coast if you want to see the beautiful lights. On a rare occasion, the lights can even be seen from the iconic Giant’s Causeway, making the iconic sightseeing destination even more special.

 

Canada

Best seen within the first few weeks of winter, the northern lights are a stunning sight to see when you visit Yukon in Canada. Whether you take a scenic route towards Fish Lake or watch them from the relaxing Takhini Hot Pools, they will provide you will memories to last a lifetime. To ensure you don’t miss them when visiting, there are apps and websites that forecast the lights so you know exactly where and when you can spot them.

The 7 Best Winter Travel Destinations

Missed out on a summer vacation this year? Perhaps a winter getaway is what’s needed. Here are the top places to visit for travellers wanting to relax in the colder beauty-spots of Europe.

7. Alta Badia, Italy

Located in the Italian alps, Alta Badia is simply perfect for ski and snowboarding lovers. After a hard days graft, travellers can then indulge in South Tyrolean specialities and the finest of Italian wine in the cozy wooden huts among the mountains.

6. Bergen, Norway

Start the day by flying up the funicular bullet rail for an unbelievable view of the city, take enough Instagram photos until your heart is content, and then ski back down any of the seven justifiably famous mountains for a perfect winter day. Or, simply relax at ground level in the adorable fishing village and buy some gorgeous Norwegian sweaters at the Oleana textile factory. Either way, Bergen is a great place to spend a winter evening, or two.

5. Prague, Czech Republic

For culture lovers, Prague is one of the best cities to visit for a winter holiday. From beautiful gothic architecture to the Christmas markets that are bustling in the centre of the Old town, Prague is infinitely rich in history and culture.

Walking tours are also available, allowing you to see important landmarks like the Prague castle and the astronomical clock, among other things that will excite your curiosity.

4. Berlin, Germany

Berlin is the perfect winter destination for Christmas lovers, with the Christmas markets taking over the city during the festive period. Travellers can also of course visit famous attractions like the Berlin Wall, the Brandenburg Gate, and the Holocaust memorial.

3. Jasná, Slovakia

If affordability is what one is after, Jasná is the perfect winter getaway for skiing on breath taking slopes and hiking among beautiful scenery for prices that don’t break the bank.

2. Abisko, Sweden

Due to the darkness of this northern city, it is one of the best places to view the aurora borealis. This isn’t the only attraction however, winter-lovers can also go cross-country skiing and husky mushing.

1. Reykjavík, Iceland

Whether it’s the Northern Lights, the thermal baths or simply the beautiful glacier walks, Iceland is undoubtedly the top spot for a winter getaway. In Reykjavik, numerous guided tours are available, ranging from 2 days to 12 days, that will allow you to experience the best of this breath taking and mesmerising country.

5 Ways to Spice up your Group Holiday

Going on holiday with your friends is always either the best time of your life or a complete and utter disaster. There is rarely a nice in between, as sometimes people fight over what they want to do or where they want to go. If you’re planning a group holiday and trying to think of some fail-safe activities to do to keep everybody in the group happy, this list may just have some ideas that you’re interested in.

Make a bucket list

Each person in the group could come up with an idea or activity that they want to do whilst on the holiday. This will give you a set plan for what to do as well as letting every person in the group pick one thing they would like to do. This way things stay fun whilst keeping everybody happy.

Create an activity bingo sheet

Like the first idea, if everyone creates their own bingo sheet filled with different events or incidents, for example, whether someone will fall over or spend too much money. Then as the holiday goes on you can check off the things that do happen and if anyone correctly predicts a line, they can win a prize.

Get matching outfits

This idea may be a bit embarrassing but it’s always a laugh to match with your friends. You could try wearing matching t-shirts or you could buy some of these personalized wristbands. This idea is perfect if one of you has a bad habit of wandering off on your own, as if this happens at least you’re all easily identified.

Explore

Whilst it can be very easy and fun to stay within the resort you’ve booked, especially if it is all-inclusive, you never know what kind of sites and opportunities you and your friends are missing out on. Rent a car and go out for drives, find quiet beaches or other hidden treasures, or book a tour and learn more about the area. Group holidays don’t have to completely revolve around alcohol!

Get a taste of new cultures

Any country you travel to is likely to have their own unique culture, you and your friends should try to push yourself to try new foods that you wouldn’t otherwise have the chance to try. If that means you have to dare your friends to try snails in France, it’ll definitely be a fun experience.

The Essential Checklist for Traveling Abroad

There are a lot of things that you need to remember to do and sort out before traveling abroad. If you forget to bring or do something important, it could cause a lot of problems for you when traveling or once you arrive in your destination country. That’s why it’s a good idea to create an essential checklist of everything that you need to do before going and everything that you need to pack. To help you put this together, here is a list of some things you might want to include on your checklist to get you started:

 

Travel Documents – one of the most important things that should be done well in advance of traveling is to ensure that you have all of your travel documents in order. These may include your passport, or a visa if it is needed for the country that you plan on traveling to. Also, checking that you and your travel companions all have up to date health insurance is important. Remember to bring necessary identification that is handier to carry around than a passport, such as your drivers license, as you don’t want to risk bringing your passport with you everywhere as it might get lost.

 

Travel aids – having everything that you might need if you run into trouble whilst traveling is also important. These can be maps or language and a travel guide as if you get lost and don’t know the language of the country you are visiting you may need the aid of a translation book to help you.

 

Banking – knowing exactly how you are going to pay for everything and whether you will have enough money during the trip is very important. If you aren’t sure how to handle your banking while abroad, or whether or not it’s a good idea to bring your regular debit or credit card, Revolut is a great option for you, reviews for which can be found at Plutuspocket if you want to do your own research.

 

Equipment and appliances – something that you likely aren’t going to forget to bring but should have a spot on your checklist anyway is your mobile phone and charger. Also, have a camera, memory card and charger are handy for saving memories and capturing special moments of your holiday. Other things to remember are plug adaptors if the country you are going to has different plug sockets and also headphones to keep you occupied on the trip.

 

The basics – lastly, include a section on your checklist to remind you to pack all the necessary clothes and toiletries. Do you have enough pairs of underwear and socks? It is also easy to forget to pack pajamas or enough suitable pairs of shoes. Travel-sized toothbrushes, shampoos, and soaps are also important in case the place you are staying in doesn’t provide them. It might also be a good idea to have a medicine bag, will all medications that are needed, as well as any other health-related things that might be useful.

 

The 3 Most Expensive Hotel Suites You Can Stay In

Everyone enjoys spending a night or two in a hotel as it gives the guest a chance to feel pampered, with freshly made beds and room service just a phone call away. Whilst many find luxury in these simple things, there are a lot of people who can afford to splash out on extremely extravagant hotel suites. If you can afford it and want to know what the most expensive hotel suites are, this is a list of the 3 most expensive hotel suits that can be stayed in.

1. The third most expensive hotel suite in the world, The Mark Penthouse in The Mark Hotel in New York will set you back $75.000 a night. This hotel suite comes with 5 bedrooms and even more bathrooms, taking up the top two levels of the hotel. On top of this, the suite has an extraordinary view of New York city, so beautiful that it almost might make you forget the huge daily price.

2. Second on the list of the most expensive hotel suites in the world, comes the Royal Penthouse Suite at Hotel President Wilson, costing $80.000 per night. This hotel suite in Geneva, Switzerland justifies its price tag through the inclusion of a dozen bedrooms and bathrooms as well as the opportunity to have your own private chef and butler. Other amenities offered include a Jacuzzi as well as a grand piano.

3. The most expensive hotel suite in the world comes at a price that may make those of us on a basic wage want to learn more about manifestation magic in order to be able to afford it. At a price of $100.000 a night the Empathy Suite at the Palms Hotel in Las Vegas offers not only a view of the Strip but was recently renovated by Damien Hirst.

Top 5 Things to Do in Amsterdam

Amsterdam is city full to the brim with character, color and spells the trip of a lifetime to anyone who decides to travel there. From the sights, the reputation it’s not hard to see why hundreds upon thousands of people venture over to the Netherlands just to experience this widely cultured city. Yet once you get there, what is there to do? Well here’s just five (though there’s so many more) things you can do whilst you’re in, as the kids call it, Dam.

Cycle, cycle, cycle

If you haven’t heard comedic stories of the number of bikes you see around, then I don’t know what to tell you. Amsterdam is a bike city, with over 800,000 of them wheeling around the packed streets. They are a part of the city itself, the sound of the tyres spinning, and the wind in your hair as you zoom passed the buildings and the humble streetwalkers. If this description has got you excited to be cycling around you can rent a bike in Amsterdam and discover every little part of the City for yourself.

The Ice Bar

This bar has been the centre of attention in many a Facebook and Instagram photo. With the subjects wearing large coats and woolen hats with their glove-wrapped hands gripping a drink. The attraction is based on a very unique concept. It looks very aesthetic with everything looking like it’s made out of ice. Which to its credit, it is! Everything is kept at a consistent temperature of -10 degrees (Freezing) meaning that if you’re planning on wearing your shorts, I would urge you to strongly reconsider. This one though you cannot just walk in. You can book a ticket and it’s not too expensive for such a fun time.

Food

If you’re always hungry like me, you’ll be interested in the cuisine that can be found around the city. One key staple is the Herring carts. This fishy delicacy is served raw from vans, and before you go it’s worth doing some research as there is a specific way one should throw down this strongly tasting sea creature.

If you don’t have the stomach for that though, you may want to look at a more structured food tours around the city. One to look out for is the Hungry Birds tour where you will be transported around and given the opportunity to try all sorts of Danish street food.

…And drink

After a big lunch, breakfast or dinner, you’ll have to wash all of it down. Heineken offer the Heineken experience, where you can find out how a small brewery became what it is today. You’ll also see how it is brewed. It also includes 2 free beers if you want to try what you’ve just been taught about, as well as a free map to all the secret gems in Amsterdam, so you can do your own, slightly tipsy, exploring.

Canals

Another thing that Amsterdam is famous for is its canals, so you would be remiss to not jump on for a boat tour. There are many places that offer canal tours as well as a combined offer of the Heineken Experience as well as a canal tour (if you can stomach it!) There are also different qualities of trip included a luxury options, so whether you’re treating yourself, a significant other, or your best friend you can find a boat trip that is just right for you.

These are only 5 of the many, many, many attractions in this wonderful place so look out for any we missed.

 

Surprise Your Partner with a Stay at One of These Hotels

Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi

The Emirates Palace of Abu Dhabi was first opened in November 2005 and is perhaps the most luxurious hotel in the Middle East. The hotel boasts suites that are furnished in gold and marble so if you want to truly treat your partner this is the place. With its own private two-kilometre beach and two spa facilities, relaxation is never too far away. This hotel would be especially good for impressing a new partner, and you can check out this blog post for some potential questions and talking points that you can impress them with while lounging in the jacuzzi!

 

The Westin Excelsior, Rome

Rome is the city of romance so where better to take your partner. If you do go to Rome you may as well go all out, so where better than the five star The Westin Excelsior. The hotel is situated in the heart of the Italian capital, this hotel holds sophisticated and classical Italian suites for a fair price. Not only will you be centrally located in Rome, but you’ll also be walking distance from the Via Veneto and the Villa Borghese. This 5-star hotel is also just half a mile from Via Nazionale and the Spanish Steps. The rooms also have 316 air-conditioned rooms with LCD tv’s and premium bedding. So, if you are going on a romantic getaway then the Westin Excelsior is the perfect hotel for you. You know what they say about “when in Rome!”

 

Burj Al Arab Hotel, Dubai

The Burj Al Arab Hotel is the true example of Middle Eastern decadence. Often called the seven-star hotel, the Burj can offer you some of life’s greatest luxuries. With a shuttle service of helicopter or Rolls Royce and an on-site restaurant that can offer you a beautiful view of the whole of Dubai, this is a great choice if you want to go all out in treating your partner.

 

The Plaza, New York City

It is said that New York city is the city that never sleeps but if you and your partner do find yourselves feeling tired The Plaza is your best bet. First constructed in 1907 The Plaza remains an icon of the New York skyline. It is on the other end of the luxurious scale when compared to the previous Middle Eastern hotel, offering a more classical version of hotel luxury. Right in the heart of Manhattan the hotel offers a beautiful view of the New York skyline, it is simply the finest hotel on the American east coast. There are countless things you and your loved one can get up to in the Big Apple, and it’s always better do it with a bit of style.

 

Atlantis Paradise Island, Bahamas

To take this passage to a honeymoon hot spot, situated in the tropical Bahamas the hotel gives guests exactly what the name would suggest- a little taste of paradise. This hotel situated on Paradise Island opened over 20 years ago and is a marvel of modern engineering and art. It also aims to give you a taste of Bahamian culture through an immersive programm which expolores the history, art, people and food of the Bahamas. The hotel is like a piece of heaven giving you and your partner the opportunity to truly get away from the stresses of life and relax in the tropical sun. The resort holds over 141 acres and is the perfect location for you and your partner to just getaway.

 

Palms, Las Vegas

Las Vegas is not perhaps the first place you would think of when taking your partner on a trip, but the Palms can match any other hotel in this passage when it comes to luxury and romantic energy. This hotel is also partnered with venues in Las Vegas, such as the Pearl Theatre. This particular venue is set to host Billy Idol in July – can you think of a better way to treat your partner than a stay at a luxury hotel and a Billy Idol concert? The Palms also offers 25% off if you stay for over 4 nights, making it one of the cheaper five star hotel options.

Essential Tips When You Are Relocating to Another Country

  1. When packing up your home separate possessions that you want to have immediately from items that will take weeks to arrive via shipping container.
  2. Valid passport:

In order to obtain a visa, you will need an up to date passport. Check your new country’s government website on visa applications prepare your paperwork and affairs if asked for proof.

  1. Research:

– Look into the new countries customs like communication styles and taboos so you can meet and integrate with new people in your chosen country.

– find out the exchange rate and cost of living in your new country of residence so you can prepare saving up around 6 months in advance and plan your monthly budget.

-consider shipping or storing your belongings, look into the logistics of moving and which companies to trust. Full service moving companies in Mississauga can transport the possessions that you just cannot part with.

  1. Learn the Language:

Learning the lingo will aid your attempts to making friends in your new-found residency. Get yourself started by signing up for language classes not only will you gain a key life skill but you will meet people doing it.

  1. Befriend your neighbors:

It can be overwhelming setting up a new life in a foreign country, introducing yourself to your neighbors provides an opportunity for friendship and may result in a helping hand with your move.

  1. Shop locally:

New cultures and cuisines can be intimidating but embracing local shops and culture will ultimately help you to feel more at home in your new area of residence.

  1. Contact your Bank and Phone provider: Organize any outstanding bills or loans, inform your bank and phone company of your move and obtain information for your new Bank and simply buy a SIM card from a local carrier upon your arrival.
  2. Learn where the good and bad neighborhoods are. In your home town you know where exactly to avoid at night, but when you’re moving somewhere totally different you won’t know where is safe and where is dangerous. A really good way to find this out is to go to the local police station in your new town and ask them for information about where’s safe, where’s dangerous and what you can expect.

A Backpacker’s Guide to Travelling Europe

Deciding to backpack can be a daunting but exciting time and without proper planning or travel experience you may not end up having the time that you expect. My advice would be to sit down and make a plan for the places that you want to visit and even the specific landmarks that you want to see. The important thing to remember when it comes to backpacking is that the opportunity to go backpacking isn’t one that comes around too often so it is vital to ensure that you get everything that you want from the experience so you can look back on it without regretting not doing more.

Another important tip when it comes to backpacking is to pack well, with only a limited amount of travel storage there are certain limitations to what you can bring with you. Don’t overpack when it comes to clothes, I would advise to pack a weeks worth of clothing as you will find that whether you stay in hostels or hotels there will more than likely be laundry facilities available for you. Saving space by packing fewer clothes allows for you to pack the important things such as maps, food and drink, medicines and first aid supplies, it is important to think about the situations you are going to be in because although backpacking comes with a certain spontaneity it is always better to prepare for the worst and not need it rather than be caught in a situation without the necessary equipment. 

A final thing that I would consider when backpacking through Europe would be to enjoy yourself, you only get the opportunity to backpack so many times in your life and it’s too short for you to not take any of these experiences, do what you want and visit wherever you want.