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Discover South America

Discover South America

The Americas are one of the most varied, interesting, exciting and cultural continents on the planet. On the one hand you’ve got the North American history and culture that we all know and love, and then you’ve got South America. From Brazil, to Colombia, to Chile and Peru, you’ve got a veritable smorgasbord of different tastes and settings.

With virtually every biome and environment imaginable, and every kind of trip catered for, South America is perhaps one of the less travelled, but none the less, amazing places in the world to check out. If you like cities, culture and nightlife, you’ve got Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires and San Paulo, all with a spectacular mixture of heritages, cuisines and sights.

If you’re more into your nature, then you’ve got the biblical sights of Argentina’s glaciers and mountains, or Brazil’s Amazonian Jungles, as well as all the wildlife and flora that come with. Here’s some great destinations and countries that you absolutely have to enjoy while you’re out there.

Colombia

While Colombia might have once had something of a bad rep, it’s become much more well-travelled and tourist-friendly over the last thirty years. This is a place that was previously mainly enjoyed and explored by just the singularly bold backpackers, but is now much more open to everyone. Colombia boasts stunning and pristine Caribbean beaches, with golden sands and crystal clear waters stretching away as far as the eye can see, for those who enjoy the archaic and sacred, ancient hidden ruins abound, and for everyone else you’ve got the spectacular and vibrant cities, veritable centres of culture waiting to be discovered.

With Leticia’s spectacular Amazonian jungles, ancient and beautiful walled cities like Cartagena and the nightlife hubs of Cali, everyone is going to find something in Colombia. With a colourful and fascinating history of indigenous peoples, ancient civilisations, Medieval Spanish colonisation and more, Colombia is one for the history buffs too, with an inviting array of museums and galleries to attest to its past.

Brazil

Being that Brazil is South America’s largest nation, you might have high expectations and hopes for a holiday set within its borders, and you’re not going to be disappointed. With a stunning and sometimes overwhelming array of options and destinations, Brazil has literally got everything you might hope to see and experience in South America.

From cruises into the Amazon Jungle, to white sand beaches, to spectacular, happening and vibrant cities like Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, there’s literally no end to the sights and experiences to witness and absorb. The cities buzz with culture, in the form of museums, festivals and art galleries, all attesting to Brazil’s rich and interesting history. More into your clubbing? You’re going to find everything you need in Brazilian nightclubs, discovering Latin rhythms and learning to party like a Brazilian native.

Argentina

If you like your cities diverse and fascinating, Argentina is the place for you. With a potent French, Italian and Spanish influence, the cities reflect these European influences in their architecture, their cuisines, and their culture.

With the beautiful and spectacular Iguazu Falls, to the stunning lakes, mountains and glaciers to be found, Argentina has a lot more to offer than just Buenos Aires, although that’s a perfect place to start your South American adventure.

Fancy Something Different Next Summer?

Fancy Something Different Next Summer?

Have you ever visited a holiday destination for the first time but felt like you’ve been there before? Hotels and resorts have become the backbone of our summer holidays abroad but along with it came the ‘standard’ mentality and the tourist traps. So if you are bored of the usual holiday, below are a few UN-usual suggestions of places to visit on your next summer break.

Sichuan, China

Located in Sichuan, China is the Leshan Giant Buddha. Chiselled straight out of the mountainside in the 8th Century, it measures 233 feet tall and is one of the largest known Buddha images in the world. Whilst in Sichuan, the unique Panda Inn makes for an interesting stay, featuring panda images everywhere including on the walls and the furniture. Even the staff dress up as pandas for added fun!

Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

If you are after an authentic African experience, consider climbing Kilimanjaro as part of your next summer holiday. Located on the border between Tanzania and Kenya, Kilimanjaro is in fact a dormant volcano. Sleeping in a tent on the mountain with only basic communal amenities is not the definition of a perfect holiday for most people, to say the least. But rest assured that the view and experience of climbing Africa’s tallest and most famous mountain, more than makes up for it. There are different routes to choose from, all offering something special and distinctive.

Desert Nomad House, Tucson

For a no frills, no disturbance holiday, this hidden retreat is perfect for getting away from everything. And we mean everything. Situated in the Tucson desert, Arizona, it gives new meaning to the word tranquillity. It is completely and splendidly isolated, except for the ever watchful Saguaro cacti. Consisting of two bedrooms, living room, kitchen and a dining area, this is ideal for a romantic getaway.

Jules’ Undersea Lodge, Florida

Jules’ Undersea Lodge in Key Largo truly is a unique experience. Guests have to scuba dive down to a depth of 21 feet to enter the hotel through an opening at the bottom. Although starting out as a research laboratory, it was converted into one of the world’s only underwater hotels and has two rooms on offer. Each room has a large round window from which you can gaze out into the see. What makes it even more special is that the lagoon in which it is located, is a natural nursery area for various different species of fish. It is the perfect balance between relaxation and adventure.

Rent an Island, Fiji

If we’re honest, we’ve all dreamed of living on our own Island. Nothing says luxury like waking up to your own private chef, on your own private suite, on your own private beach. Just a short helicopter ride from Nadi International Airport, Wadigi Island Resort combines absolute privacy with gourmet dining and pristine beaches. What more can you wish for? Wadigi is one of a number of islands in Fiji that is rented out privately for an unforgettable holiday.

The road less traveled definitely leads to higher rewards when it comes to holidaying so go on, try something different next summer!

Have You Considered Croatia?

Have You Considered Croatia?

When planning a summer holiday or break, most of us instantly think Spain, Italy or even Portugal. But unless you really plan to holiday off the beaten track, these go-to destinations rarely offer anything new or exciting. There are beautiful alternative holiday destinations across Europe which is just as accessible. One of these lesser known alternatives is Croatia.

Set against a scenery of rugged hillsides, lush green forests and beautiful coastlines, Croatia has something for everyone. From camping to luxury Croatian villas, you are bound to be pleasantly surprised about what’s on offer. Below are just a few examples of what a Croatian experience might look like.

Dubrovnik is one of Croatia’s finest cities, with its imposing sea walls, mass of terracotta-coloured rooftops and sensational cliff top location. It’s the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’, known for its marble streets, grand baroque churches and elegant 16th century Sponza Palace. Catch the cable car to the peak of nearby Mount Srd or take a stroll along the City Walls for the best views.

For nature lovers, Plitvice National Park is one of the most visited inland attractions. Steep forested hillsides are enveloped by blue lakes and rumbling waterfalls. A network of footpaths and wooden bridges runs through the park and boat rides across the lakes are also available. You can even do a spot of wildlife viewing as the park is known for its variety of animals. There are several hotels and resorts located on the edge of the park if you want to stay the night but you can also visit the park on an organised tour from the surrounding towns.

No holiday to Croatia will be complete without spending some time along the beautiful coastline and on one or two of its famous islands. Some choosing will have to be done on the latter as Croatia has more than a thousand islands! One of the more famous islands is the island of Pag. With the longest coastline of any of the Croatian islands, Pag has plenty of bays, coves and beaches. Although a large percentage of the island features a rocky landscape, visitors will find open grassy fields and lowlands ideal for winegrowing and cultivating olives. Pag also provides ample dining and accommodation options, from upmarket resorts to simple, child friendly hotels, showing again that whatever your catering need, you will find something suited for you.

In recent years Pag has become an increasingly popular island to visit. Apart from being the easiest island to reach (it’s connected by a bridge to the mainland at its southern tip), it is also considered one of Croatia’s prime party destinations. With a fair amount of clubs, Novalja plays host to several summer music festivals. If you are a party animal or music fan, you cannot afford to miss out on a Novalja festival! Of course there’s plenty more to do than clubbing day and night, so don’t be put off coming to Pag if that’s not your kind of holiday.
Make Croatia your new go-to summer holiday destination, you won’t be disappointed.