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It’s one of the heritage capitals of Europe, whose historic cities play host to tourists all year round. But there is another way to see the country – and here we present five reasons to rent a car and roam beyond the cultural hotspots. There’s a lot of Italy waiting to be discovered.


The right size for driving
The USA might be the first country that comes to mind when you think about road trips, but it’s actually very difficult to see the whole place that way – unless you’ve got several weeks free. On the other hand, Italy occupies a much smaller land mass, making driving between towns and cities much easier – while supplying just as much beautiful scenery in between. A little research on the internet will reveal many recommended routes, each of which should last one day or two – join a few of these up and you can fill any holiday with both unforgettable journeys and restful stops along the way.

The roads are ready for you
As one of Europe’s leading economies, it should come as no surprise that Italy has a well-maintained road network, but that’s far from the whole story. Autostradas (the Italian version of a motorway or freeway) are privatised, meaning you’ll have to pay a toll – but they do offer an excellent way to make up the miles in a short time, you can also get real-time information on driving conditions over Autostrade.

Besides the bigger roads, there are state, regional and provincial highways – and the good news is that the Automobile Club d’Italia offers assistance to drivers without a subscription (charging instead by the incident).

Relax on the road – Tuscany
Of the most popular road trip routes, the two-day trip from Florence to Orvieto is maybe the most relaxing. You can easily spend a day (or more) sampling the treasures of Florence – with some of the earliest Renaissance architecture plus the Uffizi Gallery’s world-class collection. Voyage through a classic Tuscan landscape via the medieval glory of Siena.

Challenging routes – Amalfi
For a real change of pace – and for confident drivers only – the drive along the Amalfi coast is regularly breath-taking. At the same time, keep your eyes on the curves – the EU has managed to cut the number of road deaths on Europe’s roads by 20%, but signage and improved surfaces can only do so much. So expect narrow roads which can turn tightly and often. But those navigating these will be rewarded – Amalfi is a beautiful beachfront destination perfect for drivers to unwind by exploring the alleys, stairways and historic shrines. Further along the coast, Sorrento is a popular tourist destination and a great place to hire a boat, take a hike or simply feast in a trattoria. In the distance is one of Italy’s most famous landmarks – Mount Vesuvius.

Get off the tourist trail – Abruzzo
It’s hard to believe Abruzzo is only an hour’s drive from Rome, such as the quality and depth of unspoilt countryside all around. This is a route through valleys and around mountains – including the highest in the Apennine Mountains, Corno Grande. Continuing on, it’s the perfect region to picnic in nature, or explore some wonderfully off-the-trail villages where you’ll see many more locals than tourists.

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Cyprus being an Eastern Mediterranean destination is gaining all the love from tourists as it offers some of the best beaches, cheeses, archeological sites and an amazing party life. You can either appreciate the laid back life or head out for a road trip exploring some of the best places this wonderful country has to offer. Being a tiny island it has it’s advantages as you can easily drive to most of it’s cities and relish the breathtaking views it has to offer. 

As a tourists there are many places, attractions and activities to do in Cyprus but some of the cities which should be on your Cypriot itinerary are:-

Nicosia – Being the capital of Cyprus this city has so much to offer in terms of museums, cultural highlights, and attractions. Interestingly developed this city is still divided between Cyprus and Greek Cypriot. Don’t miss out on the famous Venetian Walls or the old town. Nicosia is also known as ‘Lefkosia’ is the only divided capital in the world and has some of the most charming places to visit.

Ayia Napa – If we are talking about Cyprus how can we miss the picturesque Ayia Napa which is known for its beaches. A pretty known town in Cyprus this place has been blessed with beautiful coastline, restaurants and an amazing night life especially in the summers. White sandy Nissi Beach is a perfect place to plan a picnic or to take part in many of the water activities here.

Larnaka – A chilled out town where you can even find pink flamingos in spring time. Larnaka offers a balance between the city life and the calm of the Mediterranean island. There are quite a few tourists attractions here like the Ayios Lazaros Church, Larnaka Marina, Medical Castle and their popular Mackenzie Beach which you shouldn’t miss.

Limassol – If I had to choose a city to stay in Cyprus it would be Limassol, urbane lifestyle, modern architecture and it still very well blends in with the Cypriot traditions and culture. Venture out and explore the medieval history at Kourion which is also a UNESCO World Heritage or the dynamic Old Town which is known for the superb Limassol Castle, Cathedral or the Grand Mosque. One of my favourite places here was the Limassol Marina which has different restaurants and cafes and nothing can compete with the breathtaking view from here.

Paphos – Constant chase for sunshine ends at this ideal beach town of Paphos. This place has some great sightseeing options like Tombs of Kings, ruins and some great rocks off the beach. You can also find great options of restaurants here and for the kids as well there is a water park, beach activities and a Paphos Zoo. Having an impressive stretch of 50km of coastline you can find some stunning beaches here as well.

So with such lovely places to see around in Cyprus, what’s stopping you from booking your next ideal getaway in this sunny country. 

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After a long week of hard work and stress at your job, weekends are the perfect times to plan a trip into the wilderness get you refreshed before the coming week. If you love driving or bike riding, nothing beats an off-road trip to keep your adrenaline pumped up over the weekends. An off-road trip is basically driving or riding a vehicle over unsurfaced roads or natural terrains. We have compiled the top 7 weekend off-road trips to different destinations around the world.

1.Mount Disappointment

“Don’t judge a place by its name” is apt for this awesome off-roading spot in eastern Australia. When explorers were trying to find Port Philip Bay in eastern Australia, they were disappointed to find a bunch of tall trees and hence named the mountain accordingly. However, this mountain situated 54 km from Melbourne is home to exciting 4WD and forest tracks for off-road driving. You can reach the forested area from Heathcote junction via the Hume Freeway. From the junction, it’s a challenging drive up the rocky Phosphate track and Quarry Road. There are plenty of accommodation and camping sites here. To comfortably carry equipment for camping it’s advisable to get a sturdy roof rack fitted on your vehicle. For good quality roof racks, Melbourne is the place you should check out. Plan your trip in advance as the best 4WD tracks are seasonally closed and good rains give you a great look of the Strath Creek Falls.

2.Moab, Utah

If you are passionate about riding an ATV (All-terrain vehicle), you must try off-roading in the red rocky terrains of Moab in Utah. This terrain comprises of beautiful scenery, sand, cliffs, water, smooth rocks, and enormous boulders. It’s a difficult terrain to practice off-roading and demands immense physical and mechanical skills which in turn adds up to a complete adventurous experience. You can even find wildlife like deers, elks, and moose in this vast wilderness. Beginners can go for the trails like Chicken Corners which travels over the Colorado River Canyon. For the more adventurous drivers, the Moab Rim provides a very difficult trail with steep rocky slopes and sudden drops. Do attend the 9 days annual Easter Jeep Safari in Moab.

3.Sawtooth National Recreational Area, Idaho (USA)

Sawtooth National Park in the mountains of Idaho provides an epic riding experience for both four-wheelers and single-track motorcycle rides. The ATV tracks are for beginner to moderate riders. However, the single tracks for dirt bikes are very challenging with too many narrow hairpins turns, steep drops, and rocky sections. Most riders prefer the Baumgartner area for the adventure activities as this area has nice hot water springs, a swimming hole and plenty of opportunities for fishing, white water rafting, and wildlife watching.

4.Death Valley National Park, California

As the name suggests, this national park becomes completely unbearable during the summer heat. However, during spring and winter, it is an absolutely fabulous destination for four-wheels off-road driving. The National Park has more than 1000 miles of paved and dirt roads which are by far the largest in any national park in the United States. These trails provide stunning views of multiple canyons and many opportunities for recreation and exploration. The Lookout City is one of the favourite trails amongst riders and it is situated just south of the Panamint Springs Resort. Some exploratory sites are the Modoc mine, the Charcoal Kilns in the Wildrose Canyon and the famous Manson Ranch. Other than this trail, the road trips in California is also worth a tour with amazing scenery which you cannot miss.

5.Alpine Loop Trail, Colorado (USA)

This is one of the most popular trails among backcountry enthusiasts. The alpine loop is also called Colorado Classic. This trail lies on the southwest of Denver. It’s an amazing 63-mile trail through the stunning San Juan Mountains that cross two 12,000-foot passes surrounded with beautiful views. On this trail, you will find historic routes and skeletons of the old mining towns. It takes a day to cover the trail or you can split it in two days and camp for a night. The recommended route is to start at Corkscrew Gulch, eight miles south of Ouray on Highway 550. This trail is accessible on two-wheelers but we recommend you to take four-wheeler. The Alpine loop trail closes during winters. We are sure that this trail will give you lots of memories to live by.

6.Off-roading in Dubai (UAE)


If your work brings you to Dubai and you want to chill out over the weekends, then you must try off-roading in Dubai. Jump into a 4WD jeep and enjoy the desert drive on sand dunes from Fossil Rock to Hatta. On weekends, you will also be able to see some bikers and riders showing stunts on the dunes. If you want a more difficult terrain to drive, you can choose the 15km trail from Nazwa Road to Pink Rocks where you will come across the huge sand dune named Bidayer. It is nothing less than a mountain climb and is recommended for experienced drivers only.

7.Bonniedale Farm, Western Cape (South Africa)


If you are in South Africa for your job, do try the dirt bike or motorcycle off-road trips in the Bonniedale Farm, situated in the Outeniqua Mountain between Mossel Bay and Oudtshoorn. This Farm has got ample accommodation and camping facilities. The far has beginner tracks running through Attaquaskloof and 30kms of advanced tracks consisting of steep rocky terrain with a stream crossing. Do carry adequate motorcycle accessories with you while on the trip. We hope that the above weekend off-road trips to these destinations will give you a refreshing start to a new week’s work. Enjoy these trail rides with beautiful views along with your friend or alone. Always ensure safety first. Wear the right gear during off-road driving or riding and carry a good camera to capture many memories and landscapes. Among this list of 7 off-road weekend getaways, do try and share with us which one is your favourite?

Author’s Bio
Harold is a marketing enthusiast and an influencer in Different verticals. She keeps special interest in the impact of visual branding on business growth. She has been writing for a long time now and has an interest in travelling as well.

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South America is an amazing continent to visit. It has an incredible landscape, delicious food and diverse culture that will leave you wanting to stay the moment you arrive. You might have seen some pictures of its beautiful landscape or have heard about it from a friend – by now, you’re probably asking yourself if you should pay it a visit yourself! Here are a few reasons as to why you should absolutely travel to this continent.

  1. Tour the Amazon forest – The Amazon forest is the largest forest on this planet. It has the largest river in the world, which flows through nine different countries. You can experience the rain forest best in countries like Peru, Ecuador, Brazil, and Colombia. Exploring the forest and canoeing the river is an exciting South American activity. Most tourists relish the dense jungle exploration as they interact with nature and its inhabitants.

2. The Chilean eclipses – Another good reason to visit the continent this year is the total solar eclipse which will take place on the 2nd of July 2019. You can view the solar eclipse at the Elqui Valley found in Chile. This is because a total solar eclipse is only visible in a small area which is around 125 miles across – Elqui Valley happens to fall within this area. It is also used for stargazing, and it has about 360 clear nights in a year. You do not want to miss this great opportunity as a total solar eclipse doesn’t occur often, only happening once in two years. A total solar eclipse is an eclipse where the moon obscures the entire disc of the sun. This comes to be when a new moon gets between the sun and the earth. This results in a shadow cast to the ground. When a total solar eclipse occurs, it becomes as dark as night. It is different from the other types of the solar eclipse, such as the annular eclipse where the moon only covers part of the sun. The eclipse will last about 2 minutes, 18 seconds and will start at 3.30 pm. The totality will happen at 4.30 pm.

3. Visit one of the most majestic rivers in the world – The Cano Cristales found in Colombia in the La Macarena National Park is one of the most beautiful rivers you will ever find on earth. It is famously known as the “river that ran away from paradise”. From October to November, the river lives up to its reputation as the most beautiful river when a colourful bottom-feeding alga blooms. The bottom of the river has a red colour which brightens under sunlight. Later through the year, patches of yellow, red, blue, orange, and green brighten the river, making it even more beautiful. This is a site you should visit.

4. Diversity – South America is very diverse and not just in terms of culture but also food, tradition, and climate. It has thirteen different countries which you can tour. The continent is worth exploring for its diversity and you can get to experience different cultures and traditions. Introduce yourself to new types of food found in the different regions.

5. Tour one of the biggest waterfalls on earth – South America has some of the largest waterfalls on earth. The tallest waterfalls are also found here; a good example is the Iguazu Falls which has 275 different drops. The Angel Falls, located in Venezuela, covers a distance of one kilometre (3,281 feet). You may want to include these sites in your visit plans to South America.

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As much as I like to travel and eat, a good night sleep is something I look forward too especially after a long day. The struggle is real for someone who strives for a peaceful sleep after tedious hours of flying and trying to get over the jet lag. Being in the travel industry and flying every few weeks I have come across some amazing and worst mattresses. I wouldn’t lie but I have been guilty of asking a few hotels to sell their mattress to me as I have had the best sleep there but to my avail it has never worked out.

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Perched on the mountains of Sierra Nevada mountains of Andalusia, Granada has earned all its glory and fame due to its dramatic history and of course the Alhambra. For me this was a day trip from Seville but I wish I had spent more time here. Blessed with Moorish architecture, history and culture this is a town not to be missed. 

Even if you are not into the Moorish history dating back to 700 years there is still plenty of things to do and enjoy in Granada. Below listed are some of the attractions and places you should visit here:-

Alhambra – Flooded with tourists but for all the right reasons, this gem of a palace is one of the most majestic places to witness in Spain. You would be better of with a guided tour as these guides share the fascinating facts and stories about this enchanting place. At times the security even checks your passport so keep your documents ready at all times. The magical palace, courtyards, generalife and the breathtaking view are a part of the outstanding Moorish history, Alhambra puts for us.

Palace of Charles V – This Renaissance building was built to accommodate all the comforts and needs of the Emperor which was not fulfilled by Alcazar at that time. During his honeymoon he visited Granada and awestruck by the beauty of Alhambra he decided to build his palace next to it, so that he could appreciate the scenic wonders of Alhambra. The construction of this palace was obstructed quite a few times due to lack of finance, revolts and abandonment which even let to the collapse of one of its roofs but eventually it got completed in 1957.

Albayzin – Wander across the streets for food, shopping or for the incredible views of the Alhambra. This cobbled-stone neighbourhood is impressive and part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is dominated by Arab culture due to the Muslim influence in this region, surely worth checking out.

Monastery de San Jeromimo – Known for its Renaissance and Gothic style architecture this Roman Catholic Church is absolutely phenomenal. Marvel over the garden, and the exquisite interiors as there is enormous effort gone behind the structures and ceiling. Having been restored you can look forward to an esteemed condition of this monastery.

Granada Cathedral – One of the first Renaissance churches to be built in Spain and it took over 180 years to build this incredible building which till date has some renovation work going on. This cathedral has been built on the former land of a mosque due to the previous dominance of Islam in this region. Situated in the heart of the city it’s hard to miss such an incredible work of art. You can also pay a visit to the connecting Royal Chapel.

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Dubai is a land of wonders, and I am lucky to call this city my home. Every now and then I receive this question of what’s some of the most exhilarating experience in Dubai. There are quite a few things you can try and cherish the memories for a lifetime. In my opinion these few options never get old:-

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Spain is a country I would love to retire to one day, simply because it has so many beautiful towns and cities to visit and each one being absolutely different from the other. Be it Madrid, Ibiza, Seville or Barcelona they all have their own charm and characteristics which will impress you and make you wandering soul chirpy.

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Dubai is a land of wonders, and I am lucky to call this city my home. Every now and then I receive this question of what’s some of the most exhilarating experience in Dubai. There are quite a few things you can try and cherish the memories for a lifetime. In my opinion these few options never get old:-

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Waking up in the beautiful city of Helsinki has always been a dream and since I was living one I had to make sure everything was as perfect as I had visualised. Even though my trip was planned for a mere three day it was more then enough to see the city, devour over some delicious food, tick my bucket list attractions and enjoy some free time at my hotel lounging and relaxing.

The luxury collection has a varied range of hotel properties around the world and choosing one of their hotels was an easy bet to make sure everything went well. Stayed at the junior suite of Hotel Kamp which is located in the heart of the city and a few steps away from the Helsinki Design District.

The hotel has a Victorian charm and the theme is well incorporated all along the room decor too. My Junior Suite had a tiny library, window facing the square, and an amazing bathroom with a enormous bathtub. I can’t emphasis enough about the warmth and hospitality I received, being in this cold city I needed an extra pair of blanket and the staff not only looked after my need but also provided for a spare heater which kept me warm and cozy most of the time.

The sauna culture is huge in Finland and if you splurge a bit more you even get a sauna in one of their special suites. How amazing does it feel to unwind in one, especially in the comfort of your room.

On my last day in Helsinki we decided to wake up early and relish on some waffles and sunny side ups, the breakfast selection was decent and it definitely filled us up.

My stay in Helsinki was not only enjoyable but also magnificently beautiful as this city had been on my list for a very long time and staying in one of the finest hotels of the city made it so memorable.

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