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Post written by Catherine

From the jagged mountains in Colorado to the beaches in Miami, the United States has numerous adventure vacation spots for every person. The hot springs, dense mahogany, and canons provide endless entertainment.

We tend to spend a lot of time struggling with office work rather than basking in the sun on the beach or go camping. Moreover, most of us are guilty of not taking the vacation time we’ve earned and spend time locked up our houses rather than go have fun.

 

There is so much to see in the US. All you have to do is to get out of the house and go on an adventure vacation.

 

With the above information in mind, the following are the best American outdoor adventures. Check reviews by GearExpertGuides.

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1. Zion National Park, Utah

This national park lies barely 100 miles north of Grand Canyon National Park. This park has awesome rock formations, stunning vistas, and plenty of hiking and camping assets. For those who want to experience great American adventures, this is the place to be.

 

It contains singular canyons, outcrops, and valleys. Or those who love wilderness and want to know the best places to travel with friends in the USA, Zion is the ideal place.

 

Discover the best adventure deals in Zion

2. Mammoth Cave National Park (Kentucky)

Mammoth Cave National Park contains the most tourist-friendly section of the large cavern system. There are over 400 miles of explored caverns even though visitors are not allowed in all of them.

 

Unlike most cave systems, this National Park has vast caverns that are several stories high. Because of the difficulty and danger of exploring any cave on one’s own, you may have to sign up for a tour to experience the cave’s magnificence.

 

Nevertheless, if you are a hiking fan associated with traditional outdoor adventure travel, the forested landscape above the caverns is a great place for camping. You’ll be able to get great US travel packages from various travel agencies.

 

Find the best prices to explore Mammoth Cave National Park

3. Yosemite National Park, California

It is one of the best national parks in USA. It is the ultimate destination for those who want to know the best places to visit in spring in USA. It has miles of untouched natural beauty. You will find mountains, waterfalls, and forests in this park.

 

Moreover, it has magnificent waterfalls. The park has waterfalls over 1000ft high.

 

Find the best deals to explore Yosemite Natural Park

4. Summer Vacation Ideas in the USA- Kauai

This is the ideal place for those looking for summer vacation ideas in the USA. It contains lush jungles, and constant sunshine. Its beauty makes Kauai and awesome vacation spot.

 

In addition, it is filled with adventure activities like the formidable Kalalau Hike (a 22-mile round trip), the trek to the Waimea Canyon lookout point, etc.

 

Find the cheapest prices to explore Kauai

5. Acadia National Park (Maine)

This National Park, located in New England, covers much of Mount Desert Island, a rocky island that extends out into the Atlantic Ocean. It contains magnificent inland lakes and stunning mountain views.

 

The Cadillac Mountain is a must-visit for those who adore American adventures. The town of Bar Harbor contains an impressive location of 19th century architecture

6. Yellowstone National Park
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Post written by Kate

Many people envision holiday travel as nothing more than going over the river and through the woods to grandma's house. But for fun, active singles, the holidays provide the perfect time to spice life up with an adventure! Why not take advantage of the time off to explore the world!

Being single during the holidays can bring depression, but traveling to a fresh new locale never fails to boosts ones mood. Tons of companies now cater to adventure outings for active travelers, but if you're not sure what to include in your itinerary, here are some ideas to spark your wanderlust.

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1. Plan a Grand Getaway

Imagine sipping a cup of hot chocolate by a roaring fireplace while gazing out at the snow gently falling making a national treasure even more magical. Most people think of visiting the Grand Canyon as a summer activity, but winter makes an excellent time to visit when crowd traffic typically remains lower.

 

Something about white snow on red rocks can put almost anyone in a holiday mood, and those who believe in the magic of Christmas can book a ride on the Polar Express as part of their holiday travel itinerary.

 

Hearty adventurers can take advantage of low tourist traffic to camp in peace under the stars. As desert nights can get chilly, outdoor enthusiasts should pack plenty of cold-weather gear.

 

Discover the best adventures for single travellers

2. Climb Kilimanjaro

How many people can brag of climbing the highest peak in Africa? Adventurous singles should take advantage of their youth and health by tackling Kilimanjaro. It's a great alternative for singles' holidays.

 

Kilimanjaro boasts routes for nearly every level hiker. The relatively easy Marangu route offers stunning scenery without requiring adventurers to expend too much effort, while the challenging Western Slope offers a heart-pounding workout even to experienced rock crawlers.

 

Several other routes exist, offering everything from glacial views to series of caves to explore.

 

Discover the best Kilimanjaro Treks for single travellers

3. Make It a Safari

Have a longer time to enjoy an African adventure? Book a solo safari trip! Oliver's Camp, located right in Tanzania's Tarangire National Park, pairs single travellers in small groups with their own experienced guide.

 

These guides receive special training on how to get guests breathtakingly close to the various wildlife on the preserve — including magnificent creatures like lions and elephants — while still protecting traveler safety.

 

Singles hoping to meet a partner who shares their love of (group) adventure will find themselves in luck at Oliver Camp, where nightly communal feasts encourage guests to mingle and to make new friends.

 

Discover the best safaris next to Kilimanjaro

4. Go Overseas on a Budget

Has backpacking through Europe long occupied a place on your bucket list but a tiny travel budget prevents checking it off? Consider swapping out swank hotels in lieu of a small and cozy hostel where you'll enjoy far cheaper fares.

 

Plus, most of Europe boasts outstanding public transportation amenities, so travelers can get from here to there..

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Are you like me, constantly on the road, discovering new places, making new experiences and meeting new people? Or are you an expat, living far away from your family? 

 

And you love to share your experiences with your friends and family? Nowadays it is so easy to share your latest videos and photos with your beloved ones at home via your phone. But what to do when the relatives that have the most special place in your heart, don’t have a phone or already lost track of WhatsApp, Messenger, Viber, Instagram…? I am talking about your grandparents!

 

Well, look no further, I have the ultimate gift idea for your grandparents who live far away. I am talking to you travellers and expats!

Make your grandparents happy and get them their printed magazine with your Social Media pics

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The idea is so simple but still covering an absolute niche: bringing travel photos from the road straight to our grandparents homes.

 

Just imagine this: your most jaw-dropping Instagram shots or your most important Facebook posts of the month, in a handy magazine delivered in the post box of your grandparents. Like, the old fashioned post box in front of their door.

 

That’s where Neveo comes in. Even though it just looks like any average app, Neveo has the potential to provide immense joy to your relatives at home. It is thus the perfect gift for long distance grandparents.

The app is very intuitive and easy to use. Every month you just add your favorite pictures to the app… and that’s it! Neveo will take your photos and arrange a beautiful magazine with them.

 

The edited and printed magazine will be delivered straight to the post box of your granny. WORLDWIDE

 

Honestly, I cannot imagine an easier, yet so “efficient” gift for your grandparents. And the price is just unbeatable: 9,99€ per month and the subscription can be cancelled anytime. Neveo is thus an inexpensive and creative gift idea for grandparents.

My favorite part of the app is that you can add family members to participate in the journal. That means that I am not the only one uploading photos to the app but also my lovely sisters and my cousins.

 

That’s how my grandmother never loses track of what we have been up to in the last month.

 

Besides the fact that you don’t need to invest a lot of time in order to make somebody very happy, I really liked that you can personalize your magazine with Neveo.

 

The app allows you to add a caption to your photos and you can choose the preferred order of the pictures. All this in less than 5 minutes per month!

So when I told my grandmother about this project, her biggest concern was data protection. Luckily Neveo takes your data and privacy extremely serious: the photos remain your property and are stored on protected servers.  

Whether you’re looking for a Christmas or a birthday gift idea for your long distance grandparents, or just want to express your love, Neveo helps you to keep in touch with your grandparents that live far away.

 

Grandparents love photo gifts! Just keep taking fabulous pictures while being on the road… they provide loads of joy to your grandparents. And shared joy is the only thing that gets bigger when you share it.  

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I discovered a gem, that’s so close to my home country Luxembourg, that I cannot believe why it took me so long to explore it. I am talking about the Middle Rhine River Valley in Germany! Steep vineyards, legendary castles on hilltops, great food and quaint wine villages are creating a truely enchanting setting. My favorite way to explore the German Middle Rhine River is by river cruise.

 

Let’s sail off to the best destinations for a Rhine river day cruise in Germany!

There are 2 options on how to explore the Rhine River Valley, a declared UNESCO Heritage Site since 2002, by boat:

  • You can either opt for a cruise that takes you from Basel or Strasbourg to the German Rhine
  • or you can explore the Middle Rhine River Valley by day cruises from main Rhine towns

A European river cruise on the Rhine can take everything in between to 2- 8 days. You sleep on the boat and enjoy entertainment and dinner son the boat. You mostly discover the highlights of the Rhine River Valley during the day trips. Some of the most popular Rhine River Cruises are

The main difference to a Rhine Day River Cruise  or tour is that you don’t have your base on the boat but in one of the quaint wine villages along the river or in a larger town like Koblenz or Rüdesheim.

 

My favorite route to explore the gems of the Rhine River is with the Rhine Pass from Koblenz. It gives you the freedom to visit all the villages and castles at your pace. I recommend to take the route from Koblenz to Bacharach which covers all of the highlights mentioned in this post. Your base can thus be in Koblenz or in one of the quaint wine villages like Boppard, St.Goar or Bacharach.

 

Buy here your Rhine Boat Pass from Koblenz to Mainz

 

If you want to spend more time in Koblenz I recommend the River Cruise including a Cable Car ride in Koblenz and a visit to Ehrenbreitstein fortress.

 

Now that you are ready to sail off, let me share with you my favorite highlights of Rhine River Day Cruise. The order is based upon my personal preference, however you’ll find a map at the end of the post with the best of a Rhine River Day Cruise.

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General Info

Geographic situation: The Rhine river flows from Switzerland along Liechtenstein, France, Germany and the Netherlands.

Language: German. English is widely spoken.
Currency: EUR
How to get there:

Economy & Activities: Wine growing, main fluvial trade route in Europe and Tourism including cycling, hiking, river cruises and castle hopping.

Where to stay in Middle Rhine Valley, Germany
Where to stay in Koblenz (ideal base to explore the Rhine Valley)
 Sander Hotel (All new, stylish hotel in the city center)
 
Bacharach, quaint wine village
Rhein-Hotel Bacharach ***

 

Mid-Range Budget 
Kleiner Riesen ***
 GHotel hotel & living Koblenz ****
Luxury Budget
Diehls Hotel ****
1. Bacharach
Altes Hause - "Old House" in Bachrach

How to get to Bacharach:

By train: well connected public railway to Koblenz, Bingen and Mainz Check Railway Prices here

 

By boat: The Köln-Düsseldorfer Rheinschiffahrt (KD) ferry service runs all along the river with a stop in Bacharach. From here you can also reach many other charming wine villages along the Rhine River.

Bacharach reflects the quintessence of the Romantic Rhine: green, steep vineyards, an impressive castle, medieval ruins, timber frame houses, cobblestone streets, a perfectly maintained fortification wall and friendly people.

 

The dock is located only a few metres away from the historic town center. 

 

Like so many towns on the Rhine, Bacharach made its money from collecting taxes from the ships passing down the river. In order to absorb the romantic, absolutely relaxing atmosphere, I recommend to start your tour at one of the medieval entrance gates, make it to “Altes Haus”, the prettiest and oldest house (1368) in town, stroll on the main street “Koblenzerstrasse” packed with wine terraces.

 

Take “Rosenstrasse” to your left and walk up to the Northern entrance gate, from here it’s only 5 minutes to reach the “Postenturm”, the best place for panoramic views over the Rhine river and charming Bacharach village.

 

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I found paradise! I will provide you the directions, but under condition that you don't tell anybody, because Ilha do Maio is such a gem that it seems unreal to have all those beaches for yourself. All alone.

 

After Sal and Boa Vista, Maio is Cabo Verde’s 3rd "beach" island. However it radically differs from its beachy, sister islands, as it achieved to keep its original charm and keeps fighting to preserve its virgin beaches from aggressive, multinational investors.

 

Follow me to a pure paradise that remembers the untouched Caribbean: gorgeous Maio island, Cabo Verde.

Maio island has been under threat to end up the same way as Sal, Cape Verde and Boa Vista island: massive hotel resorts, unsustainable management of resources, inhuman working conditions for the local community, massification of its golden, sandy beaches. 

 

So far the main obstacle for tourists to invade Maio has been the difficult access to the island. Indeed there are only a few national flights and a few ferries per week. On top, the politicians of Maio island are making a great job when it comes to choosing carefully who can invest on the island and who can't. They are making great efforts to avoid the same errors and damages that happened on Sal and Boa Vista island.

 

Check here a selection of Cape Verde Hotels for every island

 

Let’s talk frankly: Maio island is, with Santo Antão, probably my favorite island of Cape Verde islands. The vast, EMPTY beaches form the perfect contrast with the vertiginous mountains of Santo Antão and for me, both islands unite the best that Cape Verde has to offer.

 

I can guarantee that you’ll not only fall in love with Maio’s landscape but particularly with its warmhearted people and the ultimative relaxing atmosphere. I felt very privileged to experience the pure beauty of Maio, but I left with the bittersweet sensation that it will be only a matter of time when tourists will invade this small paradise. 

 

In case you decide to travel to Maio, could I ask  you a favor? The island has scarce resources and particularly schools are missing material. If possible, you can bring some pencils, booklets etc. for the kids... they will be enormously thankful! You can leave the material with Suzy (phone: +238.995.0601), the representative of 7Sois7Luas who will take care of the distribution among the schools of the island.

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General Info

Geographic situation: Maio, the easternmost island of Sotavento group, located east of Santiago, Cape Verde.

Language: Criol and Portuguese. Limited English or French is spoken.
Currency: escudo caboverdiano
How to get to Maio, Cape Verde:

  • By airplane only from Praia, Santiago island. Flights to Maio only go a few times a week and take 15 minutes. For international flights to Cape Verde, you might want to check (often very cheap) flights to Sal or Boa Vista islands and take a national flight to Praia. Check Skyscanner for national flights with Binter. 3 flights per week. From the airport you need to get an aluguer , collective taxi, to Vila do Maio.
  • By ferry: from Santiago island. Highly irregular schedule. Please check this Facebook page in advance for timetables. Ferry tickets can be bought in Praia at Polar Lda, Rua Andrade Corvo nr 6, Plateau, Praia, Santiago. If you can, I recommend to avoid the ferry. From the harbor you need to get an aluguer, collective taxi, to Vila do Maio.
  • Public Transport: "Aluguer", collective taxis are departing from Vila do Maio (aka Porto Ingles) to all major towns on Maio.

Extra Travel Tip: Ilha do Maio can be easily combined with a visit to Fogo. Wednesday is the best day to travel from Brava-Fogo-Maio because you arrive be done in one day, before afternoon you're already in Maio.

 

Even though it might be hard to get around on the other Capeverdean islands, please do visit the periphery islands, don’t stay in Sal or Boa Vista all the time. Every island is very different and has its own charm. 

Where To Stay on Maio Island
Hotels on Maio Island
Hotel Big Game (lovely rooms & food! Offers tours)
Guest Room of 7Sois7Luas (contact Suzy at  00238.995.0601)
 
Stella Maris (privileged location!)
Maio Vacanze (amazing views!)
Kaza Tropical

Note on Traveling to Cape Verde as Solo Female Traveller

 

You don't need to be worried to travel to Cape Verde as a solo (female) traveller when it comes to the peripheral islands. I just had a few concerns in Mindelo (Sao Vicente) and in Sal island at night, in the offbeat streets of Santa Maria. All the people we met were genuinely kind and I often had the impression that some were even "timid" like on Brava o Maio island.

1. Maio's Sublime Beaches
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Who else is a big fan of weekend trips? Please raise your hand! 

 

Even though September has been filled with travels to Cape Verde and Poland, I can’t resist a good weekend trip. It’s early autumn and there was still a landmark close to Luxembourg that I have been wanting to explore for a long time: the German Middle Rhine River Valley near Koblenz!

 

Autumn might be the ideal period to visit as autumn foliage starts to shine in the brightest colors and, last but not least, it’s high season for wine harvesting. Join me on an autumnal quest of the best castles and cities in the Upper Middle Rhine River Valley.

The Middle Rhine Valley is one of the most popular travel destinations in Western Germany attracting travellers since the 19th century. That’s mainly due to the fairy tale castles on hill tops, the lush green vineyards and narrow river banks. These charms have been reflected in many creations of Romanticism like Heinrich Heine’s “Loreley” or in the operas of Richard Wagner.

 

Thanks to this cultural wealth, viticulture and unique landscape with castles lined along the Rhine river the region proudly bears the title of UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2002 and became one of the must see places in Germany.

 

The Rhine river, being the busiest fluvial trade route in Europe, is divided in the Alpine, High, Upper, Middle and Lower Rhine. This article will be about the charms of the Middle Rhine flowing between Bingen and Bonn encompassing Koblenz, imaginative castles and quaint wine villages.

 

 Find here the best deals for your Rhine River cruise

 

How to explore the Rhine Gorge?

  • The German Rhine Valley can be explored in several ways. An extensive hiking trail network, the RheinBurgenWeg, interconnects the region’s most precious gems
  • Almost every village along the Rhine river is connected to the public railway linking Mainz to Koblenz, which makes it very easy to explore the region without owning a car. Check cheap connections and prices here  
  • By boat or cruise! Definitely my favorite way to explore the Rhine river and its castles. Almost every village has its own dock.

Book here your cruise day pass from Koblenz including 20 castles 

 

Find all Rhine castles and cities in a Rhine valley map at the end of the post!

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General Info

Geographic situation: The Rhine river flows from Switzerland along Liechtenstein, France, Germany and the Netherlands.

Language: German. English is widely spoken.
Currency: EUR
How to get there:

Economy & Activities: Wine growing, main fluvial trade route in Europe and Tourism including cycling, hiking, river cruises and castle hopping.

Where to stay in Middle Rhine Valley, Germany
Where to stay in Koblenz (ideal base to explore the Rhine Valley)
 Sander Hotel (All new, stylish hotel in the city center)
 
Bacharach, quaint wine village
Rhein-Hotel Bacharach

 

Mid-Range Budget 
Kleiner Riesen ***
 GHotel hotel & living Koblenz ****
Luxury Budget
Diehls Hotel ****
1. Koblenz
Oh Hello Koblenz! - At the German Corner

Koblenz (Rhineland Palatinate) is the largest town of the Upper Middle Rhine river and the ideal base to explore the best cities and castles of the Rhine valley. However Koblenz itself deserves more attention than being only the base for castle hopping and day trips to the wine villages.

 

After being destroyed to 80% during WWII, Koblenz has been fully rebuilt and is attracting more visitors than ever. The Bundesgartenshau, a national garden trade show, gave Koblenz a new upswing: numerous parks have been created, large open and green spaces have been preserved. The town showed itself at its very best, as a modern, fresh and lively city.

 

That’s also the atmosphere that I could absorb during my visit: countless restaurants, filled terraces even in early autumn, numerous cultural events and pulsating gatherings along the Rhine river, the town’s vital line.

 

The most emblematic sites of Koblenz are the “Deutsches Eck” (German corner), where the Moselle river flows into the Rhine, and the fortress Ehrenbreitstein.

 

The origins of the German Corner go back to the Teutonic order which built a fort at the confluence of Moselle and Rhine. The emblematic site hosts an imposing monument to Kaiser Wilhelm, hero of German unification. It’s definitely the place to take your souvenir photo of Koblenz.

 

The “Deutsches Eck”, offers also the best view on Koblenz most eye-catching sight: the fortress Ehrenbreitstein. Towering at over 118m above the Rhine river, it is the second largest fortress preserved in Europe and its origins go back to the year 1000. Nowadays the fortress hosts a permanent exhibition and the youth hostel (!). The best way to reach Ehrenbreitstein is by cable car (see point 2).

 

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You want to visit Brava, one of the remotest islands of Cape Verde? It’s probably the best choice you’ve ever made, but be ready to affront several challenges to reach the “Island of Flowers”. Indeed, the access to Brava has been very complicated for a long time: the extremely rough sea, limited and unreliable ferry connections, a closed airport, an old fishermen's boat working as a ferry…

 

Here the good news: not only did the connections to Brava improve over the last years, but it will also be totally worth to overcome any obstacle as you’ll reach a paradise for hikers and an oasis of peace. Read on to explore the things to do on Brava island, also known as Cape Verde’s Island of Flowers.

Brava island is the smallest, inhabited island of the Cape Verdean archipelago and, next to Santo Antao, the greenest island. Tons of fruits and vegetables grow on its fertile volcanic soil. I arrived to Brava just after a rainy day… and I couldn’t believe my eyes how PHOSPHORESCENT GREEN this island was! It was like somebody put an overly exaggerated saturation filter on the entire landscape.

 

Due to its unique mix of colorful flora, Brava is also known as the Island of Flowers. Despite its limited size, 10km at its widest point, Brava has numerous spectacular hiking trails. You know that I am a big fan of Santo Antao island for hiking, but Brava is the only island who could compete when it comes to hiking trails and spectacular views on mountains and ocean. However the atmosphere is even more relaxed than on Santo Antao.

 

The fact that it’s difficult to reach and often covered in mist, created a lot of legends and adventurous stories about Brava. This feeling of being on a “lost island” is enhanced by the fact that emigration, mainly to the US, is a real problem on Brava. Thankfully initiatives like 7Sois7Luas Festival, created perspectives for young people and particularly musicians. More about them in this post!

 

Just a quick review of Brava’s historical and social characteristics: the men of Brava started working on whaleboats, and during my visit I was lucky to meet a ship worker who had travelled all over the world...you’ll surely Manuel in the bar of Nova Sintra. There was and still is a massive emigration to the US and don’t be surprised to find English with a strong American accent widely spoken all over the island.

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Geographic situation: Brava, smallest inhabited island of Cape Verde, located east of Fogo island. 

Language: Criol and Portuguese. Limited English or French is spoken.
Currency: escudo caboverdiano
How to get there:

  • By airplane to Fogo airport and get the ferry to Brava. If you travel internationally, you might want to check (often very cheap) flights to Sal or Boa Vista islands and take a national flight to Praia, then Fogo. Check Binter.cv or/and TACV for national flights.
  • By ferry: from Fogo or Santiago island. The ferry from Fogo costs around 10€. Tickets from Fogo to Brava CANNOT be purchased in the harbour, but only at a travel agency like Qualitur on the main square of Sao Felipe, Fogo. I also recommend to purchase your return ticket in advance, as selling agencies are difficult to find in Brava. Check ferry schedules and rates here. From the harbor you need to get an aluguer to Nova Sintra.
  • Public Transport: "Aluguer", collective taxis are departing from Nova Sintra to all major towns on Brava.

Extra Travel Tip: Brava is best to be combined with a visit to Fogo. Wednesday is the best day to travel from Brava-Fogo-Maio because you arrive be done in one day, before afternoon you're already in Maio.

 

Even though it might be hard to get around on the other Capeverdean islands, please do visit the periphery islands, don’t stay in Sal or Boa Vista all the time. Every island is very different and has its own charm. 

Where To Stay on Brava Island

Note on Traveling to Cape Verde as Solo Female Traveller

 

You don't need to be worried to travel to Cape Verde as a solo (female) traveller when it comes to the peripheral islands. I just had a few concerns in Mindelo (Sao Vicente) and in Sal island at night, in the offbeat streets of Santa Maria. All the people we met were genuinely kind and I often had the impression that some were even "timid" like on Brava o Maio island.

1. Nova Sintra
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Post written by Amy Evans

India is a country that has so much to offer those who travel to its shores. An area of great beauty, intense spirituality and gastronomic delights galore, it is a place that truly touches and transforms those who pay it a visit.

 

Yet, while there are many amazing sights to see, a great deal of its appeal lays in the mundane and everyday aspects of experiencing this unique place for the first time. For every temple you enter, you must spend equal amounts of time bustling markets and meeting places, getting a taste of what it’s really like to live somewhere so far removed from where you’re used to.

A part of this includes experiencing its excellent culinary treats for yourself. So, if you’re lucky enough to be visiting, here are four authentic Indian dishes you ought to try.

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1. Aloo Gobi

Made from potato, cauliflower, and a selection of Indian spices, alu gobi is a delicious dry dish that will definitely leave you reaching for more. The addition of turmeric gives it a vibrant yellowish hue and it’s fresh, flavoursome and fantastically tasty.

 

Other ingredients include ginger, garlic, onion, coriander, tomato, peas and cumin, making this culinary concoction anything but boring - it’s no wonder it’s popular among locals and travellers alike. There are options available on Deliveroo if you're looking to give it a pre-trip taste test!   

2.  Rogan josh

Rogan josh is a very well-known curry, but it never tastes quite as good elsewhere as it does in India. A staple of Kashmiri cuisine, it was originally brought to the region by the Mughals and remains one of the main dishes featured in the traditional multi-course meal known as ‘wazwan’.

 

A beautiful blend of braised lamb chunks and browned onions or shallots, it also includes yoghurt, garlic, ginger and an array of aromatic spices. Its characteristic red colour comes from the liberal addition of Kashmiri chillies, de-seeded to reduce their heat and make the dish more palatable - especially for the Western tongue, usually less accustomed to Indian spice levels!

3. Malai kofta

One of the great things about authentic Indian dishes is that so many of them are suitable for vegetarians. Malai kofta is no exception. This tasty, meat-free meal is cooked in a creamy gravy made out of tomatoes and cashew nuts and it very much succeeds in its intention to melt in your mouth. Perfectly delicious and undeniably delectable, it does a great job of soaking up even the plainest rice.   

4. Vindaloo

Known the whole world over for its exceptional spiciness, vindaloo is hugely popular in Goa, from where it originates. Lamb, chicken and beef all provide this dish with an excellent accompaniment. Don't let its status as a curry house menu staple fool you: it's arguably one of the more flavoursome dishes you’ll find in India, where fire is pretty much par for the course. Its sauce is indeed made by blending chillies, cumin, coriander and a host of other authentic spices, sure. But if you can handle the heat, it really does taste heavenly when eaten as it should be: in the very heart of India.

 

Which of these delicious dishes will you decide to try first?  

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The landscape of Fogo island, Ilha do Fogo, is one of the most dramatic ones of the Capeverdean archipelago. The entire island is dominated by the imposing volcano Pico do Fogo: not only when it comes to landscape but the highly active volcano even has a strong impact on agriculture, lifestyle and daily grind. Indeed life under the threat of a volcanic eruption can be extreme.

 

Read more about the most dramatic landscape in Cape Verde and about the 10 top things to do on Fogo Island

With its 2829 metres, Fogo island does not only have the highest peak of the Capeverdean archipelago, but it is also one of the highest islands in the world. The Pico do Fogo, the volcano's peak, is also one of the most active volcanoes on this planet: its last eruption dates only back to 2014. Living under the threat of a volcanic eruption obviously shapes daily life and even the local’s sense of humour (accroding to our guide).

 

During the last eruption in 2014, the village of Chã das Caldeiras, built inside the volcanic crater on black sand, has been entirely destroyed. However the people from Chã have such a deep connection with this area, that they decided to go back to the crater and rebuilt the village from scratch. Some even built their new houses on top of their former, now destroyed ones. The "lost" village of Chã das Caldeiras is thus an absolute must on your trip to Fogo island.

 

Even though Fogo island only has a diameter of only 25km, it is extreme when it comes to height.

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Geographic situation: Fogo, one of the southernmost islands, located between Santiago and Brava island. Last volcanic eruption goes back to 2014.

Language: Criol and Portuguese. Limited English or French is spoken.
Currency: escudo caboverdiano
How to get there:

  • By airplane to Fogo airport from Praia airport. If you travel internationally, you might want to check (often very cheap) flights to Sal or Boa Vista islands and take a national flight to Praia. Check Binter.cv or/and TACV for national flights.
  • By ferry: from Brava or Santiago island. The ferry to Fogo from/to Brava costs around 10€. Check ferry schedules and rates here.
  • Airport Transfers: Taxi from the ferry port to Sao Filipe is around 400 CVE (3.70 EUR/4.20 USD) and from the airport 300 CVE (2.70 EUR/3 USD). Prices may vary.
  • Rent a car: to rent a car, feel free to contact one of the local agencies: Qualitur, Zebra TravelONG Cospe
  • Public Transport: "Aluguer", collective taxis are departing from Sao Felipe (Francisco Assis square) to all major towns on Fogo

Even though it might be hard to get around on the other Capeverdean islands, please do visit the periphery islands, don’t stay in Sal or Boa Vista all the time. Every island is very different and has its own charm. 

Where To Stay on Fogo Island
Budget in the capital Sao Felipe
Hotel Miramar

Residencia Girassol

Mid-Range
Casas do Sol
Colonial Guest House
Upper range
Hotel Residencial Savanna
Pipi's Guest House
Stay in the volcano crater
Casa Alcindo
Casa Marisa

Note on Traveling to Cape Verde as Solo Female Traveller

 

You don't need to be worried to travel to Cape Verde as a solo (female) traveller when it comes to the peripheral islands. I just had a few concerns in Mindelo (Sao Vicente) and in Sal island at night, in the offbeat streets of Santa Maria. All the people we met were genuinely kind and I often had the impression that some were even "timid" like on Brava o Maio island.

1. Hike Pico do Fogo Volcano
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Oh Gdansk, it's so obvious why you have been chosen destination of the year: your pretty pastel house fronts, your delicious Pomeranian and Polish cuisine, your Flemish inspired architecture, your soft colored coast... There seems to be no reason why anybody ever wants to leave Gdansk!

 

However the Polish city on the Baltic coast is surrounded by one of the most pristine and enchanting landscapes in Northeastern Europe: the Pomeranian Kashubia also known as the Kashubian Switzerland

 

Enjoy untouched Polish nature and quaint Kashubian towns by exploring the surroundings of Gdansk. So here they go, the 10 best day trips from Gdansk.

After writing extensive posts about slow life in Pomerania and a self-guided free walking tour of Gdansk, it's about time to go beyond the city borders of Gdansk. Even though you can easily stay 2-3 days in the picturesque town and wander through its cobbled streets, I strongly recommend to save at least 1 day trip in your travel schedule to visit one of these gems in the surroundings of Gdansk. 

 

Gdansk is the largest city of Eastern Pomerania, home of the Kashubs. The Kashubs are an ethnic and linguistic minority. They have their own embroidery, traditions and language. However they consider themselves as Polish, they don't want to separate from Poland.

 

Kashubia, the land of the Kashubs, is also known as the Lake District as it counts over 3000 lakes. It's thus a paradise for nature lovers and sustainable travel enthusiasts. Let's turn exploration mode on and discover some of the best Kashubian attractions by going on a day trip from Gdansk.

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Geographic situation: Gdansk, Polish city on the Baltic coast, capital of the Pomeranian Voivodeship and Kashubia, Poland's principal seaport and the centre of the country's fourth-largest metropolitan area. Complex history with periods of Prussian or German rule, of self-rule as a "free city". 

Language: Polish. English is widely spoken.
Currency: zloty
How to get there:

Activities: Formerly trade and shipbuilding, amber processing and export. Major tourist destination with many national tourists visiting the Baltic coast

Where to stay in Gdansk, Poland
Budget
Liberum
Marina Club Hotel
Mid-Range
Stay Inn Hotel *** (recommended because of its excellent location)
PURO Hotel **** (great interior design)
Luxury
Radisson Blu Gdansk *****
 Hotel Gdansk Boutique *****
1. Sopot
Hell Sopot!

Sopot is the exclusive and most famous beach resort of the Polish Baltic coast. As the resort has never been destroyed by the bombings of the Second World War (not as Gdansk which has been entirely destroyed), its original architecture is still well preserved.

 

Sopot has a century of history when it comes to wellness and spa tourism. The health benefits of its coveted mineral fountains are well known and thus even famous personalities like Fidel Castro, Marlene Dietrich or even Adolf Hitler stayed in the grand hotels of Sopot.

 

The main attraction of Sopot is the wooden pier which is the longest in entire Europe (entrance fee is about 2€ in summer). There's a lovely bar at the end of the pier and you'll enjoy fabulous views on the Baltic coast, Sopot's legendary Grand Hotel and Hel peninsula.

 

Book here your daytrip to Sopot

 

The main pedestrian street Monte Cassino is the place to be seen and obviously for people watching. It's filled with numerous terraces and shops, the most famous building being the Crooked House.

 

Sopot is also a..

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