Ideas for lake and trecking holidays

Posted by admin | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 19-11-2011

If you are a serious walker, with a solid pair of legs, healthy lungs and fantastic preparation skills then any one of these treks will be simply fantastic for you.

Inca Trail, Peru: This 20 mile (33km) trail is one that was originally laid by the Incas and is travelled by thousands of people each and every year. Leading from the Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu you will be sure of a winding trail that will seeing you going up, down and around the wonderful mountains here. The forest is truly beautiful here and the snow-capped peaks here will just take your breath away.

Everest Base Camp, Nepal: This is one of the most well known tourist treks and it is a wonderful achievement to be able to say that you have visited the base of the highest mountain in the world. This is a three week trek but is probably one of the best ways to spend three weeks ever! The Sherpas will accompany you on the difficult trek passes and know the area almost as well as the back of their hand.

Becoming accustomed to the altitude will be your first main obstacle here but if you are looking for a real challenging long lasting trek then this is the one for you.

Pays Dogon, Mali: This is one of the most beautiful locations that Africa has to offer. You can trek here from 2 days up to 10 days and will travel across some soaring cliffs that will make your hair stand on end! While here you can even see some of the cliff side properties that have long since been abandoned due to their location. There are Dogon villages dotted around this area and you may even see some of the people that live here while on your travels. They are truly majestic people with a real zest for life, and it shows!

GR20, France: This demanding trail will take around 15 days and see you covering over 100 miles of diverse landscape. You will see moonscapes, forests, craters, glacial lakes, torrents, snow-capped peaks and plans and everything in between. This is a rocky path that will take everything you have, and then some!

Indian Himalayas, India: This is the least densely travelled side of the worlds greatest mountain range and the isolation that can be experienced here just adds to the enjoyment of this trek. You can travel along a trek trail here that can take upwards of a month trekking from Spiti to Ladakh and when trekking here it is simple to see why the phrase ‘Surely the gods live here; this is no place for men’ was coined here by Rudyard Kipling.

Routeburn Track, New Zealand: A three day 20 mile trek here will give way to some of the beautiful scenery that is on offer here. Travelling through the national parks of Fiordland and Mt Aspiring some of the top sights of your trek will include Harris Saddle and Conical Hill which will allow you to view waves breaking near the horizon on a beach! The numbers of people allowed on this trek at any one time are limited so places are much coveted.

Overland Track, Australia: This 80km Overland Track is simple amazing. Running from Cradle Mountain and snaking to Lake St Clair it is a well known path that is even boarded in places for a little easier footing. The lakes and tarns here are simply stunning and will take your breath away. There are different paths that you can follow that will take you past waterfalls, valleys and further mountain summits. This is a real must see trekking location that offers so much to so few.

The Haute Route, France/Switzerland: Beginning your trek in Chamonix, France, you will be able to travel to Zermatt, Switzerland, along this magnificent trail. The Alps are truly amazing and can be seen on this trek in their full glory.

The Narrows, USA: This is a trek through wonderful canyons that havebeen created over the past centuries. There are wonderful valleys and canyons here as well as the Virgin River and this really is a unique trek unlike any other. You could hike this 16 mile (26km) trail in just a day if you want to, however, travel a little more leisurely and you can stay at one of the camps available here.

K2, Pakistan: K2 is the worlds second highest peak and offers a vastchallenge with its sheets off ice. You will begin by following the icy river here and end up in the pyramidal mountains of Paiju, Uli Biaho, Great Trango Tower or K2 itself.

USA Hotel and Holiday Ideas this Christmas

Posted by admin | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 02-11-2011

While many people head home to visit family during the Christmas season, many others enjoy the time off from work and school and plan a trip somewhere special. Whether your idea of a Christmas holiday involves snow and carriage rides or a trip to the beach, these top travel destinations are the perfect places to visit around the Christmas season. Choose one of the locations for a holiday that will truly get you in the Christmas spirit!

New York City: Millions of people head to New York City each year around Christmas time to enjoy the festivities at this time of year. There are countless Broadway performances, themed shows and holiday productions to attend, as well as beautiful scenery like the illuminate Fifth Avenue, which is decked out in Christmas lights from Thanksgiving until after the New Year. Rockefeller Center boasts a beautiful outdoor skating rink, along with an incredibly decorated Christmas tree that is a staple for the city’s residents. With plenty of cozy bars and restaurants to warm up in, as well as countless hotels and boutique inns to spend the night, the city remains a top choice for Christmas vacations.

Magical Santa’s Lapland: This is about as close as one can get to the North Pole wit a family in tow. This incredible destination in Finland is the ultimate Christmas destination. Through a travel company, you can experience a few days in the Arctic Circle, watching reindeer roam as you sing Jingle Bells, toss snowballs in a specially designated course or try tobogganing down a hill. There are ares where children can take a peek into an extravagant toy workshop, which is something that no child will ever forget.

Walt Disney World:
Although in Southern Florida the weather may not remind you of Christmas, the extravagant shows, displays and parades in Walk Disney World will make sure you know it is the holiday season. Learn more about international Christmas customs at the Epcot Center’s Holidays Around the World or dance and sing to your favorite Christmas song thanks to the holiday themed parades. The happiest place on earth is certainly an ideal choice for a great Christmas vacation. Many of the resort’s hotels also decorate their rooms in a holiday decor to get those who stay there truly into the Christmas spiritmaking Florida holidays magical.

San Miguel de Allende:
For something truly different this Christmas, head to the Mexican town of San Miguel de Allende. There the holiday spirit comes alive in a unique and charming way, with dancing in the main square, feasts which travelers are invited in partake in and even reenactments of the Christmas story. A 16th century renovated mansion, Casa Sierra Nevada, offers accommodation to travelers and is decorated in a traditional Mexican Christmas theme. Residents are happy to share their holiday traditions with visitors from around the world.

Whether you seek an authentic Christmas experience in Finland or a family friendly day at Disney, these are some of the world’s best places to travel at Christmas.

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