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A Typical Beach in Sardinia

 

 

Sardinia may not possess countless islands similar to that of Indonesia, but this Italian island does offer a great selection of coasts and beaches that would surely keep you coming back for more.
 
Read on to learn about three of the best beaches in Sardinia.
 
1. Chia
 
Definitely one of the most spectacular beaches in Sardinia, Chia constantly draws travelers to experience its powdery white sands and dunes, including the Phoenician ruins nearby. Visitors generally reserve an accommodation close to this beach, and most of the time, day trippers don’t bring their own food when visiting the beach as there is already a restaurant built in close proximity. 
 
2. Costa Smeralda
 
Meanwhile, affluent travelers could enjoy the seeming exclusivity offered by Costa Smeralda, which is not just a short strip of beach but is included in an entire shoreline. Hence, you won’t have to worry about your co-beach bums crowding the entire beach. 
 
3. La Maddalena
 
Lastly, you could choose to sail off to the northern part of Sardinia, and visit the La Maddalena Island, wherein a good number of pretty, white-sand beaches are waiting for you. Aside from this, you could go on a little adventure, and discover more beaches, coves and inlets with amazingly turquoise waters while in the island. 
 
On the whole, Sardinia is, without a doubt, a magnificent island that is an excellent haven of beach lovers.
 

So start planning your next trip to the beach now!

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John Muir Trail is located in California’s Sierra Nevada mountain range and is seen in the wilderness and backcourntry regions of the High Sierra.
 
Starting in the beautiful Yosemite National Park, you’d be passing through Ansel Adams Wilderness, Sequoia National Park and King’s Canyon National Park till you reach Mt. Whitney.
 
Follow Ryan Commons’ seven-day journey on the JMT, in which he shares,
 
I traveled seven days on foot from Whitney Portal to Yosemite and stuffed my camera with as much beauty as I could. Evening temperatures were below freezing each night and signs of winter were ever-present. I hope you enjoy the pictures and the story.
 
So start planning your hiking trip today!

 

See Burma’s enticing landscapes in refreshing sunrises and pretty sunsets. read more

 

 

Located in the Balkan Peninsula, Croatia is a Central European country that has become a popular tourist destination due to its many islands and beautiful beaches.
 
With various cultural events, pristine beaches and unique medieval coastal communities, Croatia is indeed one of the must-see countries in the entire world. 
 
Watch Romulic & Stojcic’s video of Croatia, in which the users share,
 
 
The movie you're about to see is a preview of what we would like to do, in regards of representing Croatia as a destination in a different way… Of course, what we ended up putting in this video is merely a fragment of what Croatia has to offer. As photographers who have traveled across our country from one end to another, we are well aware that there is so much more to be filmed. And we are more than happy to do it.
 

Start planning your trip to Croatia as soon as possible!

 

Never Dare to Miss Slovenia in One of Your Future Travels Tucked in the south-central part of Europe, just about everyone would be thankful that Slovenia’s beauty remains to be untouched and protected from any form of ultimate urbanization. read more

 

 

You may think that the only thing that could be done in Africa is to go on a safari, but you’d surely be surprised with the innumerable types of activities that could be done all over this continent.
 
You could opt to traverse the savanna via a colonial-era railway, join a Tuareg caravan into the Sahara, kayak through the Nile River using a pirogue, welcome the culture in pygmy villages or venture into the forest to spot a great selection of wildlife.
 
Witness a similar journey undertaken by Tom Smitheringale in a video uploaded by Dave Brosha, who shares, 
 
 
This 3 month journey begins in the middle of the Nubian Desert on the Sudanese/Egyptian border at the historic World Heritage site of Abu Simbel. From here Tom will kayak the length of the Nile to the Great Pyramids of Cairo visiting all the 'must-see' cultural and historic sites along its riverbanks. The expedition then restarts in Upper Egypt at the historic City of Luxor where Tom will rendezvous with his camels and Bedouin guides before heading into the shifting sand dunes of the Western Desert where traditional lifestyles have remained unchanged for centuries. The team will trek an ancient caravan route through the desert visiting a network of Oasis on their way finishing the 1,300km journey close to the Libyan border at the Eden of the Western Desert, Siwa Oasis.
 

Give in to your thirst for an adventurous trip and start planning your African itinerary today!

 

While Panama puts forward diverse travel attractions, such as archeological ruins, growing urbanization and challenging mountains, to be enjoyed by all types of travelers, only a few of these know about the paradise-like white sand beaches at its San Blas Islands. read more

 

 

From Ko Samuik, Ayutthaya and Hua Hin to Pattaya, Chiang Mai, Bangkok and Phuket, the beautiful country of Thailand truly embodies a perfect getaway to any type of traveler.
 
The amazing beaches, sinful cuisine, interesting culture and ideal tropical climate all the more make Thailand an excellent travel destination in Asia.
 
Just take a look at the collection of clips arranged by Kyoto Studio, and be prepared to get wowed by this remarkable nation. 
How to Prepare Your Visit to the White House in Washington The White House is irrefutably the most unshakable and powerful icon of the US government, and while its interior could be toured by the public, are you aware of the standard steps that ought to be followed before you are granted entry to this historical structure? read more
Take Home the Gastronomic Experiences You Encounter in Europe Aside from the historic landmarks, diverse culture and archeological sites found all over Europe, yet another thing that definitely keeps a lot of travelers coming back is the food. read more

 


Travelers who love outdoors sightseeing would surely love the Eastern Cape as this presents hundreds of kilometers of unspoiled beaches as well as witness the Big Five collection of rhinos, lions, leopards, African elephants and Cape buffalos.

Watch this video prepared by Michael Struwig regarding the road trip he and his two other friends took to get to Graaff-Reniet, Eastern Cape.

Get some tips and plan your trip to Eastern Cape now!

Roadtrip Part Two & Three [TRAILER] from Michael Struwig on Vimeo.

The Caribbean group of islands has always been a paradise destination for many retiree and couple vacationers, including thrill-seeking travelers.


Nonetheless, globetrotters who are on a shoestring budget should now rejoice as the Caribbean countries are already beginning to welcome independent travel through their ecotourism and backpacking travel options.

Be allured by the irrefutable beauty of these island nations in this short clip prepared by Jem Cresswell, and start planning your Caribbean itinerary as early as now!

 

With Beirut’s cultural life at its best, this capital city of Lebanon is now thriving in terms of its press, nightlife and theatres.

Travelers should now forget about the Lebanese Civil War as this remarkable city has now remodeled its nightlife districts, city center, pubs and marina so that it could once more reclaim its tourism glory.

Check out this short video arranged by 80Days, and witness a typical day in Beirut.

 

Destinations like the Kalahari Desert, Namib Desert, the Etosha National Park and the Fish River Canyon Park are among the many reasons travellers are flocking to Namibia. The ecotourism here is booming, as well as the extreme sports opportunities like sandboarding and 4X4ing. 

Joe Louw creatively compiled great clips from his travel in Namibia, and explains, “—travelling through Namibia searching for great photographic locations. A magical place!”

The Kalahari Desert

Video: SGT Argentina – Session 3 Snowboard With the accessibility to the grand Andes Mountain range, where numerous deluxe and economical ski resorts flock, it cannot be denied how Argentina should definitely be one of the destinations that every snowboarding aficionado/adventurous traveler should check out. read more

Poros is a Greek island-pair in the southern part of the Saronic Gulf.  It's a small space with a smaller local population, but with a big reputation for incredible sites and beautiful landscapes. 

There are two separate islands - Sphairia and Kalaureia, connected by a bridge over a narrow isthmus. Poros is full of rich, diverse vegetation, with a good road network and adequate tourist infrastruction. 

I came across this article by Cherina Hadley of QuietWanderings.com: "Why I am Dyring to Go Back to the Greek Islands." A fan of this place for many years, Poros holds some wonderful memories for her and she discusses why in her post. There are many things to love, but her passion is held by the food.

 

(Moussaka - lamb mince layered with potatos & eggplant, topped with bechamel sauce)

She also discusses the safety of traveling to Greece now, and many other insights - check out the full article!

When you're ready, contact us to start your next travel adventure! We have a lot of ideas for your summer. 

These smaller cities offer quite a bit to the traveller in their own right. Whether you're visiting for the crazy rugby scene or attending the Cheltenham Jazz Festival in May, you certainly won't run out of things to do.

Nor things to eat. There is a vibrant foodie scene in both of these cities that offers delicious, international cuisine at highly affordable prices.

In fact, Tony Naylor just wrote an article for the guardian.co.uk - Top 10 best budget restaurants in Cheltenham and Gloucester

Making the list are Vanilla of Cheltenham, a "smart basement restaurant," and Blue Thai Kitchen of Gloucester - "cheap, cheerful and, for the money, pretty good."

Check out his full list, and contact us to plan your trip

1. Take a canal cruise.

Put this beautiful city into perspective as you cruise through its criss crossing waterways.

 

2. Anne Frank House.

Relive the tale of a little girl who changed the world as you tour her home.
 

3. Rijksmuseum.

Home to some of the finest historical artefacts in the Netherlands you will be amazed how fantastic the vast collection is.
 

4. Take to the streets on a bike.

By far the best way to get around Amsterdam, you will be able to experience the preferred method of transportation by Amsterdam locals and tour the city in a different way.

 

5. Relax in a café.

One of the most popular things to do in Amsterdam, the café experience will enable you to embrace the culture and do some people watching.

 

6. Stroll around the city at night.

Illuminated bridges, picturesque architecture and cozy cafes enjoy!!

 

7. Red Light district.

Adults only- take a quick stroll through this area and experience something uniquely Amsterdam.

 

8. Heineken Museum.

Delve into the beer making process as well as sample the final product.

 

9. Vodelpark.

The largest park and most famous park in Amsterdam this area is bustling with performers and exhibitions.

 

10. Have and drink. 

With more than 1200 local pubs a bar crawl may be in order.


To plan your next trip, contact us at Royal City Travel!

There's a certain art form to packing: being able to bring as few clothes as possible that will cover you for your entire vacation, no matter what happens; choosing clothes that don't easily wrinkle or show stains; finding the right fabric for the temperature of your destination; the list goes on. 

I tend to be an overpacker, so whenever I can get my hands on super versatile clothing that I know I'll use over and over, I try to stock up.

ColoradoGal of TheVacationGals.com blog, wrote a great review for a wrap dress from GGO Clothing, made of 88% organic bamboo and 12% Lycra. Not only is it soft and wrinkle free, but it's "naturally antibacterial and wicks away moisture better than cotton."

Not to mention cute! Usually versatile clothing means utility, and utility doesn't often yell "travel glam." This dress is simple enough that you can dress it up or down, for a variety of occassions, and still look great. Plus the wrap-style works for many different body shapes. 

I agree with ColoradoGal though, in that I would probably layer a light tank or camisole underneath, unless I was going to the beach in the dress. 

Check out her full review here. Also, take a few minutes to poke around the GGO Clothing website, full of casual ready-to-wear items for women (and men!).

Before I answer that question, let me say that I love my iPhone and my MacBook Air. Everyday I am thrilled to find a new use, a new widget, a new app, a new feature that makes my life easier and more fun. I never take for granted how incredible this technology is and I can't wait to see what the future holds. 

That being said - I am very, very minimalist when it comes to technology and travelling. Maybe it's because I did for so long without a laptop or SmartPhone. Or maybe because part of me feels like these things can be more of a distraction than an aid. 

Another reason is that I don't want to risk my equipment getting stolen or broken while travelling. Plus a small map is much easier to carry around than a laptop. 

Perhaps the main reason is that I feel like I get a more authentic, visceral experience - it's just me and my wits, figuring out how to ride the subway or get to my hotel. For me, travelling is about being in the moment - not online.

Justin of GreatFamilyEscape.com writes,

"I travel to experience the new.  I travel to observe and take in what the world has to offer.  No doubt technology can help add to my perspective and improve my travels, but are these benefits enough to outweigh the distraction and inconvenience that modern technology can cause?

Do I really want to become reliant on a laptop that might break in the middle of nowhere and cause me to spend my travel funds and search for a replacement?"

What do you think? Do you travel with technology? How does it help you? Or do you leave it all behind? Why?

 

A trip to Hong Kong is quite the adventure. A vibrant modern city set amidst an ancient culture - it's truly a unique experience. 

I wanted to share this neat video of Hong Kong by 8 Pixels Productions. A beautiful collection of moving images of a summer Hong Kong trip. 

Get inspired and start your next trip today! 

Ah, the souvenir. Ah, the souvenir. Nothing brings you back to those life-affirming moments abroad like some good old-fashioned kitsch.

Even if photos are enough memento for you, it’s nice to bring home trinkets as gifts for family and friends. Here’s everything you need to know about finding, buying, and bringing back the best souvenirs during your travels. 

The Hunt
First off, don’t wait until last minute. I repeat - don’t put this off. You’ll wake up in the airport when you’re rushing through duty-free, wondering if Mom would want a carton of Marlboros. (Hint: She doesn’t.) Make a list of the people you’d like to bring stuff back for, and keep an eye out throughout your trip. If something just screams your sister, grab it right then.

Also, make sure you include gifts for yourself and others into your budget. You don’t want to end up skipping meals for snow-globes.

Think outside the box when you shop. Variations on basic items with unique or bizarre packaging make for fun (and inexpensive) gifts. Try to buy locally-made, artisan goods. It’s a simple way to support the local industry and take home an authentic cultural keepsake.

Shop in markets or other places that locals do. Museum gift shops - though on the more expensive side - usually offer a wide variety of art, books, jewelry, and other items that make for beautiful presents.

If you’re traveling with a friend, make a game out of hunting for the best souvenir. Go to a market and split up. Set a price limit and give yourselves 30 minutes. It’s a fun way to find some gems, and you can trade at the end.

Trade Souvenirs
Whether it’s a t-shirt from your alma mater or baseball cap of your favorite team, stuff with American slogans or brands are unique abroad and make for excellent trading materials.

Try to make a trade at a vendor’s stall or somewhere else you can haggle. Offer to switch your shirt out with that of someone you meet. This is a fun way to interact with locals, and either way, you’ll go home with a good story. I’ve also swapped (inexpensive) jewelry.

On The Cheap
For yourself, think maps, brochures, visitor guides and other promotional materials. You can often find these for free at tourism offices or museums, and many are beautifully printed on quality paper. I’ve cut pages out of museum guides and framed them for elegant wall decorations. You can also do this with postcards.

Other super cheap souvenirs include stamps, coins, and newspapers - even if you don’t speak the language it’s a cool way to wrap your gifts. And if you want to learn the language, newspapers are a terrific place to start.

Gifts from nature work too. I once gave someone polished stones I found along a beach that I had brought home and put in a glass jar. Dried flowers, seashells, and plants seeds are other good examples.

Pass the Food
Remember - everyones like food. And food is everywhere.

Bring back your girlfriend chocolates from Belgium, or your mom dried pasta from Italy. When I went to Colombia I made sure I brought back my highly caffeinated Dad some good Colombian coffee beans. Teas and spices work too, and they’re cheap and easy to pack.

Bringing It Back
Leave some empty room in your suitcase while you’re initially packing; remember, bags are weighed coming back too, so if you’re over the limit you could be looking at some hefty fees. Another idea is to pack an empty suitcase or duffel bag inside your luggage to later remove and fill with souvenirs.

However, if you want to stick to your backpack and plan to travel on for a while, ship your souvenirs back. It might even be cheaper than checking another bag.

Looking Looking for an amazing hot dog in South Florida? Arbetter Hot Dogs, located in the Westchester neighborhood of Miami, is the place to go.

With so many hoity-toity restaurants in Miami, it’s easy to forget that there are just as many regular, moderately-priced gems to be found. Arbetters Hot Dogs is most definitely one of those gems.

Located in the Westchester neighborhood, menu highlights include the amazing chili cheese fries, the absolutely delectable chili dog and the freakishly good corn dog. Be sure to tell the cashier that you "love Larry Byrd" for a free refill.

It's simple: if you're looking for great food on a budget, Arbetter Hot Dogs is the place to be. 

Let us know if you need help planning and booking your trip to South Florida! We can make it quick and easy, so no stress for you while you travel

Check out below some helpful hints on what to expect when visting Florence, Italy

 

Average Hotel Prices

Hostel $20-41 dollars USD

1 Star Hotel $44-100 dollars USD

2 Star Hotel $50-160 dollars USD

3 Star Hotel $65-230 dollars USD

4 Star Hotel $95-370 dollars USD

5 Star Hotel $250-650 dollars USD

Transportation

Taxi from airport to city center $37-40 dollars USD

Airport express train to city center $8 dollars USD

Train from Pisa airport to Florence $9 dollars USD

3KM taxi in Florence $9-16 dollars USD

Bus ride in Florence $2 dollars USD

Sightseeing Prices

Uffizi Museum $10 dollars USD

Accademia Gallery $10 dollars USD

Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral climb $12 dollars USD

Average Food Prices

Breakfast $5-11 dollars USD

Lunch $8-15 dollars USD

Dinner $11-22 dollars USD

Beer $3-5 dollars USD

Wine $5-8 dollars USD

Weather

Hi Lo Rain

Jan 50 35 2.9

Feb 54 37 3.7

Mar 59 41 3.2

Apr 66 46 3.1

May 74 52 2.9

Jun 81 59 2.2

Jul 88 63 1.6

Aug 87 63 3.0

Sep 80 58 3.1

Oct 70 50 3.5

Nov 59 42 4.4

Dec 51 36 3.6

Oslo is a global city, with a large and varied number of cultural attractions. The local government invests large amounts of money in cultural installations, facilities, buildings and festivals in the city. There are many parks and seasites and museums, with regular opera performances and a thriving literature scene. 

Here are some ideas for your next trip!

1. Oslo City Hall (Oslo Rådhus), where the Nobel Peace Prize is presented annually.

2. Enjoy a cruise on the Oslo Fjord by tour boat or local ferry.

3. The top of the Holmenkollen Ski Jump provides superb views of the city and fjord.

4. The Kon-Tiki and FRAM Museums recall extraordinary sea voyages by famous Norwegians.

5. The Munch Museum (Munch-museet) exhibits from the thousands of paintings and prints that Edvard Munch left to the city of Oslo.

6. The National Gallery (Nasjonalgalleriet) houses the largest collection of painting and artwork in Norway, including Munch’s The Scream.

7. The Norwegian Folk Museum (Norsk Folkemuseum) offers a taste of historical life through the use of actors in period costume. 

8. Norwegian Resistance Museum (Norges Hjemmefront museet)

9. Vigelands Sculpture Park (Vigelandsparken) presents the works of Gustav Vigeland on a grand scale.

10. The Viking Ship Museum (Vikingskiphuset).

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