Guest post by Corina Manea
Several years ago I visited Halkidiki (Northern Greece) and fell in love with the country, the people and the famous diet as well. I promised myself I would go back to Greece someday. Until recently it seemed this dream was not going to happen anytime soon. But then it did. A few days ago I had the chance to come back to Greece, this time for a short visit to Heraklion, the capital of the Island of Crete.
After landing at Heraklion International Airport ”Nikos Kazantzakis”- the second busiest airport in Greece – I took a taxi to the hotel and though, the hotel was relatively close (at 3.5 kilometers away from the airport), I asked the driver to give me a little tour of the city, population about 180,000. Now I am so glad I did, because during the drive I got the chance to get to know more about Crete’s biggest treasure, her people. Read more…
The word “wolds” is an ancient English word meaning “gentle hills,” and there could not be a more perfect description for the area of England known as the Cotswolds. This beautiful, rural area lies between Oxford and Bristol, and includes some of England’s loveliest market towns like Cheltenham, Tewkesbury, Gloucester and Cirencester along with the villages of Stow-on-the-Wold and Itchington and the lush, oak-filled Forest of Dean.
A Haven for History Buffs
Spending holidays in the Cotswolds will give the vacationer a taste of the quintessential rural English lifestyle. An area rich in history, tourists visiting the Cotswold will find fascinating artifacts at the Gloucester City Museum that date back to the Bronze, Iron and Neolithic Ages. Read more…
Fiji, located in the South Pacific Ocean, is a beautiful island nation, making it a perfect destination for a relaxing vacation in paradise. With over 332 islands in the archipelago that compromises Fiji, you have your choice of a more urban destination in the populated islands of Viti Levu and Vanua Levu or a more deserted destination. There are a variety of Fiji holidays available, including visiting the enchanting Laucala Island.
The serene surroundings may just inspire you to relax and do nothing during your Fiji holidays; however, there are plenty of water activities to keep you as busy as you want. Scuba diving and snorkeling are popular activities in the area. You can even do a shark dive, where you will see up to eight different species of shark during just one dive. Read more…
Yesterday, while I was
doing some very important stuff procrastinating on Facebook, a photo of Juno caught my attention. She was showcasing her latest packing challenge – different seasons, a need for formal wear, and tons of camera equipment, all for a not so short trip. While I was looking at her photo, completely mesmerized, I was wondering, “How can that last for more than a week?”
A couple weeks ago, I had experienced the same awe while checking out Robert‘s baggage. I nice little bag and a backpack. And that was for a months away from home? I expressed my admiration, I didn’t say that he was traveling with what I deem an overnight bag Read more…
I have a thing for courtyards. I just love them, especially when they are part of older buildings. That is why this particular courtyard of the Brukenthal Museum in Sibiu caught my eye. Home to beautiful roses, a couple of big cats, and entryway to the museum’s exhibit halls, the courtyard deserves a few minutes of your time, just to enjoy it.
I had big plans for 2014. Big travel plans and at least half of those will not happen. The biggest thing that I had scheduled for next year that will have to be postponed was spending my birthday in Tokyo. It would have been my first trip to Japan and I was looking forward to it in a big way. It will have to wait till 2015 and I have a big, important, not-to-be-ignored reason for it. Still, having to change my plans in such a big way had me thinking about the most common excuses I used to travel less than I should and how I should just stop. Really! Most of them are easy fixes.
So here are the three most frequently used excuses to pass on an opportunity to travel:
We do complain about a lack of time when it comes o most anything. Everyone is in a rush, we have nothing to spare, taking time off, plus what’s needed to plan the trip, plus the whole getting back to work mode phase, it’s all too much! I say that’s just an excuse. We all have to take a break now and then. We just have to stop and relax. And if there is no other way, take your work with you. Read more…