I’ve travelled a lot in my time. I’ve been to many countries and had so many adventures. I have a real passion for travel. Therefore I decided to start this website to share articles that can be helpful to anyone else who wishes to travel and see the world. Enjoy!
In the meantime, here’s a traveller’s tale from my hero: Uncle Travelling Matt
Dining in Europe is taken quite seriously. This is why it comes as no surprise that some of the best restaurants in the world can be found in Europe. However, due to this very same fact, Europe tends to have some of the most expensive restaurants as well. But, when you take a look at the aura that’s portrayed, quality and diversity of the locally based cuisine that’s being offered and the high level of customer service that is provided in some of Europe’s finest restaurants, a higher price tag does not come as a surprise. Let’s take a look at the top 4 European travel destinations with the best restaurants.
One of the things that make Italy’s cuisine so exquisite, is besides the fact that Italians are known for their intense passion for their cuisine, the recipes that each family utilizes are highly secretive and have been passed down for generations. What this translates to is that, unlike the restaurants that can be found in the western hemisphere who all share a similar recipe, each family owned restaurant in Italy, offers a variety of food selections, that each consist of a highly secretive recipe that has been passed down for generations. From Emila Romagna that features one of the most deeply flavoured and aromatic lasagna, Campania for its Neapolitan crisp-crust pizza to Veneto’s deeply entrenched peas risotto, Italy is an ideal destination to visit, if you want to experience the best that Europe has to offer. Here are some of the culinary highlights.
* Caseificio Borderi
* Veni a Tastari
* Porta Vagnu
* Paninoteca La Focaccia
* Caffee Italia
If you have a profound love for sausage, frankfurters or weisswurst, then there’s no reason why you shouldn’t visit the European destination that has mastered the art of producing foods like these. Many restaurants in Germany offer a wide array of sausages, bockwurst, landjager, brats, frankfurters and weisswursts in various styles. Germany’s cuisine is also regarded for being heavy in a way, that helps to procure a warm, yet strong feeling. Their beers of course, are subjugated to German Beer Purity Laws, which in essence helps to ensure quality. Some of the most popular are restaurants in Germany include:
* Restaurant Bieberbau
* Herz and Niere Restaurant
* Cafe Bleibtreu
3) United Kingdom
Traditionally England and its neighbouring countries in the UK, were not known for quality cuisine. Think of this country and you think of bangers and mash, fish and chips and roast beef. But in the past two decades there has been a culinary revolution here. The UK boasts many of the world’s finest restaurants for modern dishes influenced by global favourites as well as updated British classics. Hotspots for travellers wishing to sample top quality restaurants include London, Bristol and Manchester. Those who fancy seafood should head to Cornwall to experience one of the many fine restaurants in Padstow, made famous by celebrity chef Rick Stein.
* The Seafood Restaurant
* Koya Bar
* The Clove Club
* The Fat Duck
* Sticky Walnut
When it comes to the whole concept of enjoying a glass of wine with cheese, very few can argue that France is the ideal destination to visit, when it comes to experiencing the best wines and the finest cheese. France has also been regarded as being the home to “style cuisine” or in other words “fancy food.” Some of the typical courses that one can expect from some of the popular restaurants within France, include: steak fries, baguette, onion soup, flamiche, wine, cheese, ratatouille and chocolate souffle just to name a few. Based on the reviews that were made by several thousand tourists, some of the best restaurants within France, include:
* Cesar Milano
* La Petite Loge
* La Route Du Miam
* Le Sejour Cafe
* Le Milesime
If you want to visit a destination who’s cuisine consist of a variety of different influences, Croatia would be an ideal choice. Their cuisines are a mix of several difference influences which are: French, Mediterranean, Slavic and Italian. What this means is that, you don’t have to go to Italy, to experience a truly authentic Italian based lasagna, or France for some of the finest wines that Europe has to offer. You can instead, elect to experience Italian and French cuisine within Croatia. Due to this mix of influences, their cuisine set ups a delicious mix of different foods. They offer fantastic olive oil, that is on par with the quality that can be found within Greece, malvasia, prosecco and babic wines which while underrated, are gaining momentum as far as international popularity goes, and their roasted lamb “under the bell,” will surely delight the taste buds of tourists who have yet to experience charcoal BBQ lamb that has been cooked slowly in a domed clay bell. Some of the most famous restaurants in Croatia, include:
* Vis a Vis by Vincek
* Capuciner Grill And Steak
* Rio Bar
* Barba Danilo
Have you ever wondered what it is about the ocean shorelines that have so much power? The fresh sea breeze, the soft sand that tickles your foot, the sparkling sunsets and the noise of the crashing waves touch every sense. The vast ocean is so mysterious and the coastal views are stimulating but peaceful. The power of these tranquil views excites and energizes the body. You can often hear people talk about how the ocean relaxes, awakens and recharges them. Whether you just want to relax or recharge after a hectic week, USA boasts some of the best sea views that will blow you away.
Cannon Beach in Oregon by Miquitos, Creative Commons
Cannon Beach, Oregon
Cannon Beach is a quaint and picturesque destination that snuggles cozily between the Pacific Ocean and the Coast Mountain Range. There are many great holiday cottages by the sea which makes it a particularly appealing place to stay. The city is surrounded by the rugged natural beauty of forests, ocean beaches, rivers and beautiful mountains. It is famous for the distinctive Haystack Rock, which protrudes majestically out of the ocean. The beach stretches to nine miles making it a perfect setting for strolling along the sea as you watch the diverse wildlife in its natural habitat. A hike along the main trail offers the best views in town. There are strict regulations that limit the infiltration of large chain stores and restaurants, and this has helped Cannon Beach to retain its old town charm.
Shi Shi Beach/ Olympic National Park, Washington
The Shi – Shi – Beach and Point – of – Arches top the list when you compare the wonderful views offered on the rugged Olympic Coast. The 3.3 mile Shi Shi Trail boasts spectacular Pacific Northwest views. The Pacific is strewn with sea stacks and offers photographers a prize-winning sunset view. The sandy beach is scattered with logs that have been bleached and battered by the surf. You can enjoy viewing the waves thrashing ragingly on the offshore stacks as the wild seabirds glide overhead. The mile-long Point – of – Arches features a parade of rocky sea stacks with bold arches, intriguing tunnels and amazing tide pools. You can either walk in the tide pools or observe the daily routine of the coastal critters or just relish being a part of the most beautiful location in the Northwest.
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park/ Big Sur, California
The park stretches from the Big Sur coastline into nearby 3,000-foot ridges. Big Sur and the Highway 1 drive are popular for their spectacular and magnificent coastal views. A panoramic view of the ocean and miles of rugged coastline are the highlights offered along the trails east of Highway 1. You can take a walk under the shady 400-foot redwoods and observe the incredibly gorgeous coast from Overlook Trail. Here you also get the chance to view the wonderful 80-foot McWay Falls, which flows from the granite cliffs into the ocean and it is the only coastal waterfall in the region. The torrent plunge of this waterfall from the mountainside straight into the blue Pacific is the best view in the whole place.
The 3-mile stretch of beach in Ogunquit is one among the longest beaches in Maine and it is also one among the least rocky. The pristine waters, white sand and the picturesque coast make it a perfect seaside destination. Ogunquit is the most walk-able community in Maine and a scenic walk at Marginal Way gives you plenty of opportunity to enjoy the sea.
Long Beach, WA
Long Beach is located on Washington’s southwestern coast where the Columbia River meets the Pacific Ocean. This place is rich with coastal beauty. The gorgeous coastline looks untouched and has not changed much in the last two centuries. You can enjoy the magical sunlit shore as you trek along the 8.5 mile Discovery Trail or drink in the wonderful views offered as you stroll along the wooden boardwalk that rests on top of the dunes.
Napali Coast/ Kauai, Hawaii
All the islands in Hawaii boast wonderful, tropical views. However, the Napali Coast stands on top with its panoramic views of the vast Pacific Ocean, dramatic velvet green rock cliffs and cascading waterfalls that plummet into deep, narrow valleys. You should not miss the beautiful views offered by the 11-mile Napali Coast trail and a breathtaking view of the coastline from sea.
New Port Beach, Rhode Island
Attracted by the gorgeous views of Newport Beach, America’s wealthiest families started building their stately mansions in the middle of the 19th century. New Port draws crowds with its sandy beaches and awe-inspiring sunset views. The 3.5-mile cliff walk atop the beaches’ craggy rocks offers stunning ocean views. The Rough Point, located on the opulent Bellevue Avenue offers breathtaking views of the Atlantic.
Pacific Coast Highway, Santa Monica
Between Santa Monica and Oxnard, California 1 Highway follows the silver of land that separates the Santa Monica Mountains from the Pacific Ocean. The extraordinary views and the beautiful scenery are awe-inspiring. You pass along some of the most famous beaches and this is the perfect setting for a classic road trip. The best part is the four-mile ride from Will Rogers to Santa Monica state beaches, along palm-lined road overlooking the golden sands and white-tipped surf.
Anna Maria Island, Florida
This laid-back and natural island features a seven-mile strip of beautiful white-sand beaches that run between the turquoise Gulf of Mexico and peninsular Florida.
Ten Thousand Islands, Florida
This is a chain of islands and mangrove islets that stretch from Everglades City to Flamingo. The best way to see the area is by boat. Paddle leisurely through the wetlands to see native wildlife, such as manatees, sea turtles, dolphins, herons and eagles.
Whether you are relaxing on the windswept sands or trekking along dizzying bluffs, the ebb and flow of the sea water is hypnotic and the sheer expanse of the ocean grounding. All your life’s little worries are put into perspective when you look at the vast ocean.
Booking the annual family holiday can take enormous effort. You have to do a lot of essential research to choose the best option for parents and their kids. It is necessary to ensure that all member of the family will delight in the vacation that you are preparing. This can be exceptionally difficult in case the kids are a mix of children and teenagers, as they typically have various desires and needs when it comes to vacations. However it is possible to reserve a holiday or vacation in the UK that everyone will take pleasure in.
One great destination for family vacations in the UK is Cornwall. Regularly voted the best holiday location in the UK, Cornwall has lots to provide for young and old. There are loads of terrific sandy coastlines, incredible coastal surroundings and countryside to check out.
Traditionally Cornwall holidays involve extended periods at the coastline or a tour around the local area. Nonetheless, recently, there has been a growing trend for households to pick from a wide range of holiday holiday types and experience based trips. And there are plenty of campsites in Cornwall, which make great bases from which to explore the whole area.
Why not try camping?
The top place to start when planning a trip to Cornwall, it is to find the optimal accommodation for your vacation. Holiday parks typically offer inexpensive and cost effective offers for families for stays in holiday lodges and cabins. If you are traveling on a tight budget, another thing that you can consider is to go on camping trip and remain on a campsite in Cornwall. This is a great means to visit the area and a type of accommodation that can be enjoyed by family members of all ages, especially young kids who will delight in the wide open spaces and the journey of camping in outdoors tents.
There are numerous superb Cornwall campsites that you can select from. These parks are located in beautiful areas on the coast or in the middle of the countryside, where you can get amazing views and reconnect with nature. This is especially important and therapeutic for visitors from large towns or cities. Many campsites have superb facilities with shower blocks, cleaning machines, on-site shops, play areas and other facilities to keep you amused during your stay.
Some campsites in Cornwall are little and quiet, while others are larger and have bars, restaurants as well as clubs with routine entertainment for all the family. So you really can choose exactly what type of holiday would suit you and your family.
If you can combine these facilities with on-site activities such as golf, tennis, skateboarding and swimming, you can be sure to experience a family holiday to remember. Aside from that, you can also do other great activities in Cornwall, including surfing, kayaking, rock climbing, cycling or horse riding.
Plus there are many superb family tourist attractions to visit in Cornwall. There are numerous museums, galleries, country homes and gardens to check out. Kids like the Eden Project with its huge biomes filled with exotic plants, and educational exhibits. Then there are the funfairs and theme park such as Flambards and Crealy, which are hugely popular with families seeing Cornwall.
Plenty to See & Do in Cornwall
So with all the great places to stay and so many fantastic things to do, camping in Cornwall truly is a remarkable way to spend a summer vacation with your family. As well as being a more affordable alternative to hotels and self-catering accommodation, camping is great for family bonding and spending time together in the great outdoors.
When choosing where to stay and what to do on your holiday in Cornwall, it is important to consider what all member of the family want to leave the holiday. Be sure to speak with them all and include them in making the final choice. This is to ensure that everyone will enjoy the vacation. But whatever you choose, you will never regret selecting a family camping holiday in Cornwall.
Spain is an exquisite country, renowned for being separated from the rest of Europe by the majestic Pyrenees Mountains. Located in the southwest of Europe, Spain also includes the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean Sea, Ceuta, Melilla and the Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean. Many tourists who have visited the various Spain holiday locations specifically for the magnificent beaches have vowed to return to this top tourist destination of world class standard. Barcelona beach itself has been listed as number one in a list of the top ten city beaches in the world, and this statistic comes from National Geographic and Discovery Channel.
Fantastic Infrastructure Links You to Every Holiday Location
Spain has an outstanding infrastructure which allows holidaymakers to travel around easily and cheaply. The country has many multinational car rental agencies, and bus companies offer bus links between villages and cities. You can buy a combined 10-trip ticket which works out cheaper and allows the use of a combination of bus and metro.
Trains, planes, boats and bicycles are also readily available, making it possible to reach any Spain holiday locations. There are domestic air services for further distances and the main national ferry company which is known as Acciona Trasmediterránea runs ferries and hydrofoils which link the mainland with the Balearic Islands as well as the enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla.
A Full Spectrum of Accommodation Options
Wherever you choose to travel in Spain you can either rent comfortable self-catering villas or apartments and live like the locals or you can stay in a fantastic choice of luxury hotels, B&Bs or guest houses. Experienced travellers will tell you that the best time to visit the south of Spain is just after the Summer; from September to November and for the north of Spain, between May and July.
Everything about Spain is Entertaining
Known for its sangria, the running of the bulls, flamenco dancers , chorizo sausages and paella, Spain holiday locations each offer their own unique heap of surprises. Travellers to Spain can’t pick one specific location which has captivated them more than others, and even the more overcrowded resorts of the Costa del Sol hold their own unique magic. This area offers endless sunny days and is a year-round holiday destination providing sun revellers with 161 kilometres of exquisite coastline. Holidaymakers will find a blend of attractions that can be enjoyed by day and night.
Plenty of Action for Adrenaline Junkies
The Sierra Nevada is a spectacular mountain range in Andalucia and is a sought after tourist destination. The Sierra Nevada Ski Station is a ski resort in the province of Granada and has been selected to host the 2015 Winter Universiade. For adrenaline junkies, skiing with plenty of slips and slides will keep them happy. This range is also part of the Sierra Nevada National Park; a biosphere reserve and a top tourist attraction where nature lovers will love the wildness and beauty.
Vibrant, riotous and colourful festivals like the La Tomatino Festival in Bunol or The Valencia Fireworks Festival are part of the Spanish scene, and apart from these red hot festivals, there is always plenty to do and see in Valencia which is Spain’s 3rd largest city.
Major Sports Grounds, Arts and Culture
Spain holiday locations like the fabulous city of Barcelona is an absolute must see, offering fascinating insights into Spain’s history and offering plenty of artistic and cultural activities. The fact that this city has hosted the 1992 Summer Olympics as well as many FIFA World Cup games means it provides visitors with a wealth of world class activities, restaurants and accommodation. Small wonder it is regarded as one of the world’s major global cities.
Can you believe that one of the city’s top attractions is a basilica which has been under construction since 1882? The Sagrada Familia is under constant construction and each time you visit the city you will see changes in the building.
Time to Pig Out
Good food is part and parcel of any holiday, and San Sebastian is a foodie mecca, a seaside town in northern Spain’s Basque Country and a must-see for any holidaymaker who enjoys food. Famous for its scrumptious pintxos, the small, savory canapés offer heaps of tempting flavors. In Parte Vieja, bars and pubs attract locals and tourists to sample their tapas topped with the likes of anchovy, olives, shrimp, crab, cheese and much more and this is all washed down with a glass of txakoli.
There’s a World Waiting to be Explored in Spain
Spain summons images of clear skies; an awesome place for a holiday simply because it offers so much variety. You can take your pick from Spain holiday locations in mountain resorts, cities, villages, beach resort and wilderness areas which each offer World Heritage Sites too. Of course, where you choose to go in Spain will depend entirely on the experience you want, but each one is guaranteed to offer you a pocketful of unforgettable memories.
Cornwall has idyllic seaside villages with pretty whitewashed seaside cottages, pristine sandy beaches, rugged high cliffs, wild moors and lush green countryside to explore. It is a fantastic place to visit, full of natural, scenic attractions and historical assets such as castles and Celtic ruins. And now with a plethora of fantastic tourist attractions and facilities, this makes Cornwall one of the UK’s top tourism destinations.
The climate is milder in this remote, south westerly part of Great Britain. Therefore the Cornish peninsula boasts subtropical gardens which inspire and enthral visitors. Its steep cliffs are natural attractions worth the trip alone. With its location at the very fringes of mainland Britain, this finger of land is almost surrounded by the wild Atlantic Ocean and bordered on its north eastern edge by the River Tamar, making it feel almost like an island of its own. This helps to give Cornwall it’s own character and culture, and a real sense of pride and independence in its people.
All this makes Cornwall a unique and much loved holiday destination for tourists from the UK and many countries world-wide. it is regularly voted the UK’s top tourist destination and for good reason. It’s a stunningly beautiful destination with its own laid-back culture and dreamy atmosphere.
Cornwall has rich Celtic heritage with many standing stones and monuments from its days as a remote area far away from English power and rule. It is here at Tintagel where the legend of King Arthur was born. And there are Celtic crosses and monuments to visit everywhere.
During the industrial revolution Cornwall became one of the country’s most important assets as its production of tin and clay were exported worldwide for the production of industrial materials. The remnants of these industries can be seen dotted around the landscape. The unmistakable outlines of tin mining engine houses are seemingly everywhere and synonymous with the county of Cornwall. And it’s this human interaction with the landscape and environment that is now protected in many UNESCO World Heritage Sites around the county.
But despite it’s industrial past, Cornwall remains a rural and unspoiled destination. There are still wild, wilderness areas and beautiful countryside to explore and farming remains a large part of the economy here. If you step away from the towns and villages, and busy beaches, to explore the interior, you will find yourself in a landscape untouched by time and raw and powerful in its breathtaking beauty.
Although it is a rural location with a laid-back atmosphere, you shouldn’t be mistaken four thinking Cornwall is stuck in the past. Recently Cornwall has undergone a bit of a resurgence and become a bit of a trendy destination, with a wide range of stylish hotels, smart restaurants, contrary art galleries, cool shops and hip bars, cafe’s and restaurants opening up in all corners of Cornwall. Celebrity chef Rick Stein has pioneered the culinary revolution in Cornwall, now followed by other Michelin starred restaurants and fine eateries up and down the county.
There are many great places to stay in Cornwall whatever your budget or preference. There are great hotels , B&Bs, self catering lodges and thousands of Cornwall holiday cottages where you can base yourselves and explore everything Cornwall has to offer. For those people looking to get a bitt closer to nature, there are many fine campsites in Cornwall to choose from.
Newquay is one of the main holiday destinations in Cornwall and is world-famous for the sport of surfing. The beaches in Newquay and across Cornwall regularly produce fantastic waves to be enjoyed by all standards of surfing. Together with kite surfing and other modern adventure activities, surfing has helped to put Cornwall on the map as a cool place to visit and engage in all kinds of outdoor pursuits.
Whatever you want to do on holiday, Cornwall has something for everyone. From romantic couples, to families with small children, to teenage and student explorers to groups of friends, Cornwall is a fantastic place to visit for a very special holiday.