The region of West Africa is attracting an increasing number of tourists each year, and the amount of travellers that will frequent this diverse and eclectic landscape is expected to rise into the near future. Some of the most stricking aspects of West Africa are the disparate climates, the unspoiled natural scenery and the wide variety of cultures. as with any foreign region, safety should always be a concern and while many will consider West Africa to be a relatively friendly region for most types of travel, a few key tips can help make any journey both enjoyable and stress-free.
Playa del Carmen, the popular tourist destination located on the Yucatan peninsula of Mexico, was not all that long ago a sleepy fishing village. But over the last several decades, it’s somehow retained much of its ‘insider’s secret’ charm even as developers have turned it into a hot spot for Canadians, Europeans and surprisingly late to the party, their closest neighbors- Americans, who have only really started to explore beyond the ‘manufactured’ Cancun relatively recently. Today let’s take a little food tour and highlight some of the very best dining experiences to be had there-a single day of delicious food in Playa del Carmen.
But before we go foodie on you-we’ll talk a little bit more about this very special Mexican gem of a town.
Dubai is often thought of as an expensive destination, and that perception is not without any grounding. This opulent city is in fact the epitome of vulgar wealth, sprouting from the arid dessert in just a few short decades, a result of the massive revenues generated by oil in the region. Dubai then, is all about money, and is home to some extremely wealthy people, evident in the streets lined with supercars, glistening mega structures, and pristine, air-conditioned interiors. Hardly surprising then that several places here charge top dollar, creating the impression that a holiday in here costs the world.
Of course this is the ideal place to splash out and treat yourself, but it needn’t be that way, holidaymakers can still enjoy a budget break that won’t break the bank, and enjoy the glitz and glamour that this city has to offer.
Some might already know my dislike towards the budget airlines and especially Ryanair. It’s the whole story of non-existent service and rather ridiculous extra charges for nearly everything. I’m not going to bore you with details and have a rant and rave about it, but fact is that there are some journeys that, unfortunately, leave you with no other option but Ryanair. This little set of instructions will show you my technique of surviving this rather unpleasant experience and is based on my own experiences and proven in practice a lot of times on budget and in fact non-budget airlines as well.
- Be as time-efficient as possible.
- Spend the least amount of time possible in undesired places (airport and airplane).
- Hand luggage only.
- Checked-in online.
- Travelling alone.
Now that Christmas and New Years are out of the way it’s time to start looking ahead – those who are smart enough will start planning their summer holiday for 2013 now! Don’t let the gloom of January and February get you down – take a look at our list of top summer holiday destinations for 2013.
Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt, became the number one diving location in the world when divers discovered the Red Sea around the Sinai Peninsula. There are hundreds of huge walls, slopes and caves as well as famous shipwrecks. The Ras Mohamed National Park has thousands of species of fish and hundreds of types of coral. Divers regularly see shark, rays and barracuda along with the colourful reef fish. There is also a spectacular mangrove forest in the park. Many people dive near the resorts, but there are live-aboard tours that will take divers to remote places that are not crowded. Snorkelling, glass bottom boats and night dives are also available.
If you’re planning an all inclusive holiday somewhere hot and sunny, the Maldives and Egypt are two destinations guaranteed to appeal. They’ve got a fair bit in common – great beaches, loads of sunshine and fab water sports opportunities – so how do you decide between them? I’ve put together a quick list of qualities you might be looking for and which destination I think wins for each. Hopefully, that’ll help you choose!
Hoping to head to Lanzarote for your next holiday? This Canary Island has a brilliant reputation for its luxury hotels, so I think that if you are planning a break here, you may as well go all out and reserve a room in one of the finest establishments. But where should you pick?
If you want to banish the winter blues, getting active is a great way to do it. There are a host of fantastic destinations for walking holidays in the colder months of the year, so pack your hiking boots and head off for a challenge.
Even if you don’t have more than a week to take off work, there are some great trekking destinations reasonably close to the UK. Here are just three that should be on your radar – but you can find a more comprehensive list here.
There’s no doubt about it: Flying with children can be a hassle. Airports are often entertaining for only a very short time and the flight itself is boring for adults, let alone children. In an effort to take some of the stress out of flying for parents, airlines have stepped-up their efforts to make both airports and airlines friendlier for the entire family. If you’re planning a holiday with the family, booking your flights with one of these airlines will make your travels a bit more pleasant: