North America – Travel & Tea http://travelandtea.com Brits travelling the world, one sip at a time Sat, 18 Feb 2017 16:16:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.4.2 Try a Strange Soup on Your Travels http://travelandtea.com/try-strange-soup-travels/ http://travelandtea.com/try-strange-soup-travels/#respond Tue, 14 Jan 2014 05:03:24 +0000 http://travelandtea.com/?p=2133 If you have grown up with classic British tinned soups like Cream of Tomato and Chicken Broth then you might be surprised to find how many weird and wonderful varieties of soup there are in other parts of the world. The following are a few to look out for. Menudo, Mexico Mexico is a country […]

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If you have grown up with classic British tinned soups like Cream of Tomato and Chicken Broth then you might be surprised to find how many weird and wonderful varieties of soup there are in other parts of the world. The following are a few to look out for.

Menudo, Mexico

Mexico is a country with a lot of food which the typical British tourist won’t be used to. Even if you are a local in your town’s Mexican restaurant it won’t fully prepare you for what you will find once you get here. F or example, a classic soup eaten here is called menudo. The name makes it sound pretty harmless but the fact that the main ingredient is a cow’s stomach makes it sound just a little bit more worrying. The stomach gets boiled for hour after hour and you might find some hot chilli peppers in their as well.

Bird’s Nest Soup, China

You have presumably heard of this soup before but have you ever stopped to think about how they make it. It has been a hugely popular soup in China for centuries and basically involves putting a bird’s nest into a pot of boiling water. It seems that the bird’s saliva gives the soup a thick consistency. As you can imagine, it is also a bit of an acquired taste, The fact that it is also pretty expensive might be enough to you off trying it, although it would be a memorable meal in one way or another if you tried it.

Deer Placenta Soup, China

We might as well stay in China for the next strange soup on the list. Deer placenta is said to be very chewy and it is a bit of an unexpected addition to the world of soups if we are being honest. It is popular due to the fact that it is said to give you improved health, vitality and libido. If you can forget for a few minutes what it contains you might be surprised at how much you like it.

Miyeok Guk

This soup is a popular birthday treat in Korea but you might come across it even if you aren’t celebrating your birthday while you are there. It is made of edible seaweed. In fact, the plant typically used is one which his called sea mustard in English. Mothers who have recently given birth are also given this, due to the high amount of calcium it contains.

Supu, Tanzania

If you are ever in Tanzania then this soup is a popular breakfast treat you might want to try. Like the Mexican menudo, it contains cow stomach but there is more to supu than just that. You will also find the likes of the cow’s tongue, goat lungs and maybe even a head or a hoof in there. The look of it might put you off but try it once and you could find that you enjoy it even more than the British soups you are used to slurping.

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Do You Want to See a Weird Beach? http://travelandtea.com/do-you-want-to-see-a-weird-beach/ http://travelandtea.com/do-you-want-to-see-a-weird-beach/#respond Mon, 07 Oct 2013 15:37:19 +0000 http://travelandtea.com/?p=1305 There are lots of fantastic, sandy beaches across the globe which we could call conventional beaches. In fact, the UK’s long coastline has a good number of these dotted around it. What about the weird ones, though? The planet also has its fair share of these. If you are planning to be near any of […]

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There are lots of fantastic, sandy beaches across the globe which we could call conventional beaches. In fact, the UK’s long coastline has a good number of these dotted around it.

What about the weird ones, though? The planet also has its fair share of these. If you are planning to be near any of the following places anytime soon then you are in for a treat.

Hawaii – The Green Beach and the Black Beach

The volcanic activity in the Hawaiian Islands means that it is one of the places with the highest concentration of strange beaches on the globe. For example, here you will find a black beach, which has been formed by basalt and lava streaming down to the water’s edge. This is called Punaluu Beach and is to be found on the Big Island. Another beach which offers some great photo opportunities is the green one called Papakolea Beach. Both of them are fascinating examples of how the power of nature can form unexpected wonders which delight and amaze even the most experienced travellers.

The Caribbean – The Beach Scarily Close to the Beach

Saho Beach in the Caribbean is another strip of sand which you will find to be a lot stranger than anything you will find in Brighton, Bournemouth or anywhere else in Britain. The sand is pretty normal and the water next to it appears to be of the wet, liquid type we are used to. So, what’s so weird about Saho Beach? You will soon realise when a giant plane roars past your ears while you are there. The main airport on Saint Martin island is called the Princess Juliana International Airport and it is located just a bit too close to the beach for comfort.

Mexico – The Crater Beach

Mexico is our next port of call. In this country there are plenty of famous beaches in places like Cancun and Acapulco. Are any of them located in giant craters, though? The beauty of the Playa de Amor (Beach of Love) in Puerto Vallarta is that is hidden from view because it is in a crater. Some theories suggest that this was caused by the army using it for target practice over a century ago and blowing away part of the island it is on. Whatever caused it, what we have now is a stunning beach which you need to access by swimming your way through a short tunnel.

India – Cows on the Beach

Goa in India is a hugely popular tourist destination and has been attracting international visitors since the hippies discovered it in the 60s. It remains popular and one of the most striking aspects of the beaches here is the fact that cows roam across the sands. Of course, these beasts are considered sacred here, which means that no one will make any attempt to move them away from the beach. This might seem weird to you but it will give you some terrific photo opportunities.

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Hunting for budget travel in Washington DC http://travelandtea.com/hunting-for-budget-travel-in-washington-dc/ http://travelandtea.com/hunting-for-budget-travel-in-washington-dc/#respond Thu, 29 Aug 2013 05:48:24 +0000 http://travelandtea.com/?p=1251 It’s always a dream to see the White House, but sometimes there’s just not the ready cash available. Even if you can get to Washington DC, what’s the point if everything’s too expensive, and you’ve spent all your money just getting there! It’s an experience not to be missed though, and sometimes, you’ve just got […]

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It’s always a dream to see the White House, but sometimes there’s just not the ready cash available. Even if you can get to Washington DC, what’s the point if everything’s too expensive, and you’ve spent all your money just getting there!

It’s an experience not to be missed though, and sometimes, you’ve just got to go. There are ways of getting there on a budget for a quick break; it’s just a matter of knowing a few tricks.

Using flight comparison sites is the best plan for booking a flight over there. The trick here is not to be too fussy about which airports you use, or when you want to travel. For best results, have a mate on standby who can give you a lift at short notice. Keeping an eye out for cheap, under-subscribed flights is a winning strategy, provided you’ve cleared your diary ahead, so pick the one that suits your wallet and go. Let’s face it, how you get there is less important than getting there. The travel comparison site momondo have an easy way to find the best flights to fit your needs.

Flights to Seattle

Most flights into Washington DC go into Dulles, and airport transfer is dirt cheap at $6 (£4) on the Metrobus, landing you straight in the middle of Washington DC. The Metrobus is Washington’s regional bus service and is the cheapest way of getting around the city. Travelling with the locals is all part of the experience, so it’s best to go native and enjoy. Getting hold of a SmarTrip card when you get there is essential, as it gives great discounts, with some routes even being free.

The Metrorail subway system is also fast and efficient, with a one day pass being $14 (£9)

When you get there, you’ll need somewhere to park your stuff and sleep, and although Washington has some posh hotels, there’s also plenty of places for the traveller on a shoestring budget. Most hotels are in the region of £60 a night, however the embassy row hotel on Massachusetts avenue averages £51 per night. For young cash strapped people, there’s a lot to recommend hostels, as they provide the cheapest way to get your head down. Washington International Student Centre is as basic as it gets, but for £15 a night, there’s not much to complain about. It has the added advantage that it’s right in the middle of Adams-Morgan, where the bars, clubs and restaurants are, so you can’t really go wrong. The object of the exercise is to have more money to see the sights, so where you sleep isn’t that important.

Getting fed on a budget is one of the easier things to do in Washington. Amongst the more upmarket places are plenty of great fast-food joints, plus many places to enjoy the all-American diner experience. Ben’s Chilli Bowl at 1213 U street once had the custom of a certain Barack Obama, who’s famous in Washington for something or other.

Washington DC can be enjoyed on a budget, so go with the flow, keep an open mind and enjoy!

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The Hills are Alive http://travelandtea.com/the-hills-are-alive/ http://travelandtea.com/the-hills-are-alive/#respond Mon, 27 May 2013 00:00:54 +0000 http://travelandtea.com/?p=1050 Like it or loathe, it you all have either seen it or can at least sing some of the songs. Yes, I’m talking about The Sound of Music, one of the most watched movies in the entire world. I actually love it and have seen it many times. Yes, I know that it can be […]

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Like it or loathe, it you all have either seen it or can at least sing some of the songs. Yes, I’m talking about The Sound of Music, one of the most watched movies in the entire world. I actually love it and have seen it many times. Yes, I know that it can be a little corny but who doesn’t still get a bit freaked out when they are hiding behind the headstones in the church and that little rat, Rolf, betrayed them? The Sound of Music is what it is, an extremely well done musical by Rodgers and Hammerstein that is loosely based on the truth. T is after all a movie – a fable if you will. Not to burst the bubble of diehard fans, but I do not think Maria was a very nice person, at all. However, I am romantic illusionist and I will continue to enjoy this movie, as undoubtedly many of you will also. Three ways to enjoy this movie. Here are three suggestions.

The Sound of Music tour

This takes place in Salzburg, Austria – naturally. There are a number of tours that you can take to see some of the memorable sites from the movie. However, remember that a lot was not shot on location but in a studio. Regardless, these tours are enormous fun as you sing your way around Salzburg. You are able to see the breathtaking landscapes and locations where the famous musical, the Sound of Music, was mostly filmed. Visit the gazebo where ‘Sixteen Going on Seventeen’ was filmed. Visit Mondsee, the location of Maria and Captain Von Trapp’s wedding as well as see the convent – from the outside only, where ‘in the movie’ Maria got herself in so much trouble. There are a number of tour options to choose from. Some offer dinner and a further sing along. Still for pure fun, I think that this is winner of a trip.

Sound of Music sing-alongs

Found in many cities across the world these are very popular. Dust of the curtains, dress as a goatherd or be exceptionally creative as many people are and have an excellent night, full of laughter and singing of course. Sydney, Australia, puts on a totally awesome night. New Zealand and America also put on great sing-along evenings.

Visit Trapp Lodge in Stowe, Vermont

Situated on 2,500 acres in beautiful Stowe, Vermont, the Trapp Family Lodge this is series Austria, even if it not in Austria. The von Trapp family who dropped the ‘von’ when they immigrated to America lived here and it now a huge tribute to the family and comes with serious rave reviews. Not only does it include the History of the von Trapp family, and actual relatives living on sight- Trapp Lodge also has many other features. It is a great place for winter activities including cross country skiing, snowshoeing or back country skiing – and why not sing the ‘hills are alive with the sound of music’ while you at it. They also offer their own brewery and Trapp maple sugarhouse so you can dose up on maple syrup.

So how do you solve a problem! Embrace your inner Sound of Music.

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10 Unique Vacation Destinations Around The World http://travelandtea.com/10-unique-vacation-destinations-around-the-world/ http://travelandtea.com/10-unique-vacation-destinations-around-the-world/#respond Mon, 22 Apr 2013 19:02:19 +0000 http://travelandtea.com/?p=952 World travel, particularly if you have to stick to a budget, can be a bit of a daunting prospect. Though there are fascinating locations all over the world, sometimes it’s more tempting to simply pack up your car, double check your Aviva insurance policy, and take off on a simple UK road trip. But if […]

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World travel, particularly if you have to stick to a budget, can be a bit of a daunting prospect. Though there are fascinating locations all over the world, sometimes it’s more tempting to simply pack up your car, double check your Aviva insurance policy, and take off on a simple UK road trip. But if you’re feeling a bit more adventurous about your travel plans this year, here are 10 spectacular, somewhat off-the-radar destinations around the world to consider.

1. Hobart, Tasmania

Known largely for its emergence as an eco-friendly city, Hobart is an increasingly popular destination. Located in Tasmania, Hobart is a bit obscure for many tourists, but it’s a worthwhile stop during any Australian vacation.

2. Myanmar

Southeast Asia is a popular region for western tourists, but Myanmar has long been shunned due to political instability. With things in that arena improving, however, Myanmar is back on the radar and should offer a very genuine vacation experience due to having been avoided for years.

3. Iceland

Something of a tourist hotspot for years now, Iceland is particularly appealing in 2013. Internal economic issues, while unfortunate in Iceland, have helped to bring down the costs of tourism, making this tiny north Atlantic country easier to visit.

4. Magdalen Islands

Featuring incredible geographic variety, from beaches and cliffs to rolling green hills, this chain of islands near Nova Scotia makes for a great destination for outdoors lovers. In particular, water sports enthusiasts will find plenty to enjoy about the Magdalen Islands.

5. Rwanda

Despite a history of genocide, today’s Rwanda is a peaceful and beautiful corner of Africa ideal for vacationers looking for nature and wildlife. Gorilla tracking, safari, and bird watching expeditions in particular tend to attract visitors.

6. California, USA

From beautiful beaches, to wine country, to big cities, California offers an incredibly dynamic experience for people visiting the U.S. Though there are several cities worth visiting all on their own, a road trip through the state is also a great option.

7. Madagascar

Known for unique wildlife and vegetation, some of which can’t be found naturally anywhere else in the world, Madagascar is a wonderful destination for scientific-minded travellers. Plenty of national parks make for a busy but relaxing experience.

8. Azore Islands

These volcanic islands well west of Portugal barely register attention on a world map. However, due to entirely unique culture and food, as well as beautiful, otherworldly geography, the Azores make for an incredibly interesting vacation.

9. Bhutan

Known for measuring success by “gross national happiness” rather than product, Bhutan is a fascinating country that blends the ancient world with the modern. At the edge of the Himalayas, Bhutan is home to natural beauty, practicing monks, and ancient culture that is fascinating to outsiders.

10. Mykonos, Greece

While much attention is paid to neighboring island Santorini, Mykonos is a more accessible alternative. With all of the postcard beauty of the Greek isles, Mykonos is more affordable for travellers, with a lighter, more festive atmosphere.

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Chicago Has the Best Hostels in North America http://travelandtea.com/chicago-has-the-best-hostels-in-north-america/ http://travelandtea.com/chicago-has-the-best-hostels-in-north-america/#respond Wed, 10 Apr 2013 14:51:47 +0000 http://travelandtea.com/?p=859 In today’s economy, many people are looking for a low-coast way to enjoy traveling around the country. Hostels can offer a good solution for those seeking budget travel to many of the most interesting cities in the North America. Chicago, the largest city in the Midwestern United States, is an example of some of the […]

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In today’s economy, many people are looking for a low-coast way to enjoy traveling around the country. Hostels can offer a good solution for those seeking budget travel to many of the most interesting cities in the North America. Chicago, the largest city in the Midwestern United States, is an example of some of the award-winning hostels available to budget travellers from HostelBookers.com.

The Hostel Concept

The hostel concept began in Europe when a German schoolteacher began taking his students in a coal-mining city out to the countryside on weekends. The idea quickly caught in Europe where traveling to nearby cities has always been both convenient and commonplace. Hostels were once mainly for young people who had limited funds and often imposed strict curfews and restrictions. However, in most places around the world, hostels are used by all age groups and only a few basic rules are imposed. These lodging facilities now offer the basics of shelter, a shower and reasonable security at a low price for anyone staying a short time in the location. Some hostels specialise in specific types of travellers. Staying in a hostel is different than lodging in a chain hotel. Few amenities are offered, but prices are low. You are likely to meet many fellow travellers from around the country or around the world.

Chicago’s Best Hostels

HI-Chicago

 Among the top hostels in the country are those in the city in Chicago. HI-Chicago on Congress Parkway is a state-of-the-art modern facility with female dorms, male dorms and private rooms with shared living quarters and bath. Bed linens and towels are provided, along with breakfast, Wi-Fi, lounge area, pool tables, hot showers, communal kitchen, laundry service, TV and game rooms. A free city tour is also included. Public transportation is nearby.

Chicago Getaway Hostel

 The Chicago Getaway Hostel on Arlington Place is another award-winning facility that offers travellers male dormitories, female dormitories and private rooms with either shared bathroom or private bathroom. Breakfast, linens, towels and luggage room are included in the low price. The facility also has secure lockers, Wi-Fi, communal kitchen, games room, bicycle hire, TV room and outside area.

Chicago Attractions

Chicago is a beautiful city set on shores of Lake Michigan. It has a rich architectural history that draws tourists from around the world. Chicago’s museums are some of the best in the world and include the Field Museum, the Museum of Science and Industry, the Art Institute, DuSable Museum and a variety of other cultural exhibits. Chicago’s Navy Pier was once a historic multi-purpose edifice that now houses shops, restaurants, boat tours and amusement rides.

The city has a wealth of restaurants, with cuisine from around the world, reflecting the city’s rich immigrant heritage. The city is composed of a variety of different neighbourhoods that all have their own flavour and colour. Music is part of the heartbeat of the city, and you can find any musical genre you desire. Chicago is also a theatre city that always has both classical and innovative offerings for visitors to enjoy.

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Novel Destinations: Bring Famous Books to Life http://travelandtea.com/novel-destinations-bring-famous-books-to-life/ http://travelandtea.com/novel-destinations-bring-famous-books-to-life/#respond Mon, 25 Mar 2013 00:00:56 +0000 http://travelandtea.com/?p=781 Reading is a great hobby that can take your imagination to other worlds. Another fun way to enjoy books? Travel to the destinations where famous stories have taken place. Many famous novels have taken place in some great and interesting cities.  Below are 5 story locations to visit that come straight from the pages of famous […]

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Reading is a great hobby that can take your imagination to other worlds. Another fun way to enjoy books? Travel to the destinations where famous stories have taken place. Many famous novels have taken place in some great and interesting cities.  Below are 5 story locations to visit that come straight from the pages of famous books and are great places to visit for a vacation or a getaway. You can really bring some stories to life by experiencing where they take place.

London, England

London, England has been mentioned in a lot of books, but one of the most memorable books of all time is Charles Dickens classic novel called A Tale of Two Cities. It is considered to be one of the most famous of all literary works in the area of fictional literature. A Tale of Two Cities was published in 1859. You should visit London if only to relive any story that does have this famous European city as a backdrop, because it is a blend of the old with the new, and it can get the imagination going.

New York, New York

Another equally famous city has also been mentioned in a lot of books. One of the most famous of all novels is F. Scott Fizgerald’s The Great Gatsby. The Great Gatsby was published on April 10, 1925 and has been hailed as being the Great American Novel. It is also considered to be one of the best works of Fitzgerald and was named as being the second best English language novel to be
produced during the 20th century. You should visit New York, because it is filled with lots of hustle and bustle, history, strong cultural influence and heritage, and lots of romance. Great stories are born in this famed metropolis and you can make your own up.

Paris, France

Another very fascinating and famed European city that has been in lots of books is the City of Lights. The City of Lights is none other than Paris, France and it was included in many scenes in one of Ernest Hemingway’s best works of fiction. This fiction book is no other than The Sun Also Rises and it was published in 1926 and is one of Hemingway’s most famous works. You should
visit Paris to enjoy all that it has to offer on all fronts. Not only is it a highly romantic place, it is also a place where dreams do happen, and where a person can get truly lost in the moment of magic that is uniquely Paris.

New Orleans, Louisiana

There has always been a fascination for this very famous and colorful southern city in southeast Louisiana. New Orleans has been in a number of literary works that range from books to screenplays and beyond. It is just a very bewitching, historical, and totally captivating place in its own way. A few good stories to mention do include Anne Rice’s Interview With A Vampire published in 1976, A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole in 1980, and of course a #1 New York Bestseller by author Nora Roberts called Midnight Bayou in 2001. You should visit New Orleans for all that has been mentioned about it, and because, it is a place where the imagination does live tremendously.

Atlanta, Georgia

Another equally charming, historical, romantic, and very fascinating southern city is none other than Atlanta, Georgia. Not only is Atlanta, the capital of Georgia, but it is one very famous and enthralling southern metropolis in its own right. It is also home to the very famous and most romantic novel of all time. What is this novel? It is Margaret Mitchell’s immortal book called Gone With The Wind. Gone with The Wind talks about Atlanta in all its glory, as well as all its misery, during the Civil War. Nonetheless, Atlanta has an allure about it that distinctly belongs to Atlanta. You should visit Atlanta, not just so you can relive Gone With The Wind, but also to experience the blending of the old with the new, and to imagine living in an era that is bygone but is still strongly alive there. Atlanta is a unique and great destination city.

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Top Three Touring Holidays http://travelandtea.com/top-three-touring-holidays/ http://travelandtea.com/top-three-touring-holidays/#respond Thu, 14 Mar 2013 16:12:57 +0000 http://travelandtea.com/?p=764 Touring holidays are the perfect option for those looking for a varied holiday of non-stop exploration and adventure. Travelling by train, you can explore varied landscapes and cities, while never going far from your hotel or destination. Unlike conventional holidays, you will never be revisiting the same place, exploring new places every day instead. With […]

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Touring holidays are the perfect option for those looking for a varied holiday of non-stop exploration and adventure. Travelling by train, you can explore varied landscapes and cities, while never going far from your hotel or destination.

Unlike conventional holidays, you will never be revisiting the same place, exploring new places every day instead. With a tight schedule that has a mix of guided excursions as well as leisure days, you can be sure that you’ll have a holiday to remember. If this sounds like the ideal option, here are three touring holidays to inspire you.

Canadian Winter Tour

This exhilarating tour takes you through the heart of Canada and lasts for a total of 11 days. Starting in Toronto, you’ll be taken on tours as well as given a chance to explore on your own before visiting Niagara Falls. The next day you will board the Canadian, a luxury train that takes you through the icy Rockies and a display of awe-inspiring beauty. From then, you’ll have the chance to explore Winnipeg, Jasper and Edmonton and Vancouver. After two days spent exploring Vancouver, you’ll be given the afternoon to prepare your trip home to the UK.

Explore Tuscany

The Idyllic region of Tuscany is a truly magical place that must be explored. This 10 day tour takes you through the region, giving you the chance to explore Turin, Florence, Montecatini, Siena, Pisa, Lucca and San Gimignano. You’ll have the chance to relax in MontecatiniTerme, the spa capital of Tuscany, as well as the winding streets of Florence. The veritable highlight of the trip is the cookery and wine experience in San Gimignano where you’ll be taught how to recreate classic Tuscan dishes.

Las Vegas and the Golden West Tour

This incredible 15-day holiday is a truly unique experience that will give you a real insight into the American lifestyle and landscape. Beginning in San Francisco, you’ll be able to visit the infamous Alcatraz prison as well as visit the best spots in the city. From there you’ll board a train that takes you to the Yosemite national park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

From the magnificent natural park, a train will take you to the bright lights of Las Vegas, where you’ll spend three nights in the glitzy Harrah Hotel, located slap bang on the strip. After you’ve explored the city to its fullest, you’ll head to the Hoover Dam and the mighty Grand Canyon. The Grand Canyon experience is the real highlight of the trip; riding the Grand Canyon Railway, you will be able to take in some truly breathtaking sights.

From there, you’ll move on to Los Angeles, where you will have the opportunity to visit Sunset Boulevard. If that wasn’t enough, the luxury Queen Mary liner will be your home for the night. After a whistle-stop tour around the Pacific coastline, from Big Sur, Carmel and Monterey, the trip will return to its final destination of San Francisco.

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Which Destinations Will the British Save Up For This Summer? http://travelandtea.com/which-destinations-will-the-british-save-up-for-this-summer/ http://travelandtea.com/which-destinations-will-the-british-save-up-for-this-summer/#respond Thu, 24 Jan 2013 16:00:05 +0000 http://travelandtea.com/?p=490 The sun is almost back again after the long and dreary winter, so it’s time to pack your bags, grab a couple of your besties and enjoy the beautiful summer across different parts of the world. It’s been a long while and you definitely deserve the joy of taking a well deserved vacation to just […]

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The sun is almost back again after the long and dreary winter, so it’s time to pack your bags, grab a couple of your besties and enjoy the beautiful summer across different parts of the world. It’s been a long while and you definitely deserve the joy of taking a well deserved vacation to just chill out and take a breather.

Here are the top five travel and holiday destinations worth having a cash isa for this summer:

Breathtaking Ibiza

Just like in the music videos, Ibiza is truly mesmerizing. There is loads of fun to have in this beautiful Spanish city. From clubbing at night and enjoying the sensual Ibiza nights to sightseeing in the rich culture of Santa Eularia des Riu located on the east coast and finally enjoying the mind-blowing sunset at the Ses Variades coast in San Antonio. You cannot fail to have a blast in this city where life just never stops.

Sophisticated Paris

This city really is the epitome of sophistication and culture. The attraction sites are simply incredible and diverse. Visit the Eiffel Tower which is a definite must-see site, you can even climb the stairs all the way up and lose the extra pounds! How amazing is that! The Louvre Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral and the Arc de Triomphe provide a wide and amazing cultural and historical experience while in Paris.

Enchanting Crete

This interesting island in Greece is truly a must visit while on holiday in Europe, being the largest and most active and culturally diverse location in the entire coastal strip of Greece. With beautiful resorts and villas, you and your family or buddies have the advantage of a more convenient and home feel unlike the usual hotels. Enjoy the broad array of water activities and sports in the beach such as diving and beach volley ball among others.

Upbeat New York City

There really is something unique and eye-catching about New York. The culture is simply amazing and has a way of just drawing one into it. The most visited and interesting sites in this city include the historical Statue of Liberty, the Brooklyn Bridge, Empire State Building, the phenomenal Wall Street and the famous Fifth Avenue where you’ll literally shop till you drop! The Madison Square also is a great site and provides incredible architectural landmarks that will take your breath away. How about getting a taste of the American life when on holiday!

Magical Venice

While in earlier years Rome was the obvious location for many touring Italy, Venice has been creating quite a buzz among travel enthusiasts in recent times. The city offers a relaxed kind of old school vibe to it. The Grand Canal is such a colourful spectacle that is a must see in Venice. The Musica A Palazzo is a must visit for all music enthusiasts and opera lovers. St. Mary of the Friars Cathedral brings such a calm, somber and spiritual mood for you to just relax as you tour Venice.

Sample these amazing sites as you take a holiday this summer for a truly non-forgettable experience and get the chance to enjoy a different culture away from home.

Photo by dorlino on Flickr.

Halifax Watermark

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The British Are Coming! 6 Places Abroad Where Brits Abound http://travelandtea.com/the-british-are-coming-6-places-abroad-where-brits-abound/ http://travelandtea.com/the-british-are-coming-6-places-abroad-where-brits-abound/#respond Mon, 14 Jan 2013 02:28:59 +0000 http://travelandtea.com/?p=454 Paul Revere’s famous shout – “The British are Coming!” – can now be heard all over the world, from Phuket in Thailand to sun-kissed beaches in Jamaica. Of course, now they say it with welcoming arms! Blame it on the restless, adventurous spirit of the quintessential Britisher, but more and more Brits are travelling abroad […]

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Paul Revere’s famous shout – “The British are Coming!” – can now be heard all over the world, from Phuket in Thailand to sun-kissed beaches in Jamaica. Of course, now they say it with welcoming arms! Blame it on the restless, adventurous spirit of the quintessential Britisher, but more and more Brits are travelling abroad to exotic destinations. The old favorites of Caribbean and south of France have been replaced by a bunch of new destinations in Europe and Asia. Here, we take a look at six favorite holiday destinations among British travellers:

1. Phuket, Thailand

A sun-kissed island paradise, Phuket in Thailand has been a perennial favorite among British travellers. The island of Phuket is approximately the size of Singapore (another favourite holiday destination) and is situated at Thailand’s westward edge. The island’s economy is centered around tourism and Britishers contribute heavily to it. Phuket is quite cheap and many British travellers end up staying for months.
Best time to visit Phuket are the months between October-March.

2. Goa, India

Once a Portuguese colony, Goa in India has a unique culture that attracts thousands of British travellers each year. Goa’s beaches are famed for their white sand and the region has a very laid back culture. Throw in the best of Indian cuisine, and you have all the ingredients for a memorable holiday. Little wonder British travellers flock to this western Indian state every year around October-December.

3. Ibiza, Spain

Ibiza has a sterling reputation as a party-paradise, especially among young travellers. The little Mediterranean island attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists each year who come here for the beaches, the natural beauty, authentic Spanish cuisine, and endless party opportunities. Crowds swell around summers when young people and students have time off, so older travellers might want to avoid travel during this time.

4. Florence, Italy

The city that gave birth to Michaelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci, Florence is one of the world’s greatest cultural hubs. Florence is seeped in history and tradition, and yet, boasts a large cosmopolitan, urban population. Strolling down a Florence street, you might have a Renaissance era building on one side, a shimmering, glass and steel 21st century building on the other. This curious mix of the old and new attracts thousands of British travellers each year. The city is especially popular among holidaying couples because of its culture, cuisine, and endless possibilities for romance.

5. Crete, Greece

As per legend, the Greek God Zeus was born on the island of Crete. One of the oldest civilized places on the planet, Crete in Greece is one of the cradles of western civilizations. A small island in the Mediterranean, Crete boasts a large urban population and unspoiled, stunning natural beauty. Culture buffs will appreciate hundreds of historical ruins dotting the island. Today, Crete has become a metling pot of sorts with a large Africa and Asian population, which makes it all the more enticing for British travellers.

6. Los Angeles, USA

The home of Hollywood has always been a firm favorite among British holiday makers. Los Angeles is the second largest city in United States and the center of the global entertainment industry. While there is little to see in terms of history and culture, the chances of running into a celebrity on the streets of LA are very high. Add endless entertainment options and an extraordinary variety of cuisines, and you have all the ingredients for the perfect holiday.

Photo by stuckincustoms on Flickr.

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