Take a Dip at Some of the Most Breathtaking Swimming Pools in the World

It is no secret that swimming is one of the best part-time activities to a good number of people. Though most of us usually take a dive in a normal pool, did you know that you can take a dip in a pool surrounded by limestone cliffs, a turquoise, surrounding rainforests and an underlying waterfall? If this sounds interesting to you, then you should make an effort and visit the following breathtaking swimming pools.
Giola Lagoon
Located in Thassos Greece, the Giola Lagoon is set right in the middle of a quiet village. Within the lagoon is the Giola swimming pool which is carved in between terraced rocks. A dip into the shimmering water that overlooks the sea will make you forget the troubles of trekking the lagoon.
Cenote Ik Kil
A cenote is a Mexican name that stands for natural swimming holes. The Cenote Ik Kil is located near the archaeological ruins of Chichen Itza. The pool is 85 feet deep and surrounded by hanging vines, lush trees, and rainforests.
Fossil Creek
Fossil Creek is located in Strawberry Arizona about 100 km from Phoenix. Inside the Fossil Creek is an oasis of crystal blue swimming hole that is surrounded by waterfalls which supply the pool with water.
Devils Pool
As the name suggests, you must be a daredevil even to get close to this pool. Located in Zambia Africa, the Devils Pool sits above the Victoria Falls, one of the largest and biggest waterfalls in the world.
Jellyfish Lake
Have you ever fancied swimming with jellyfish? If yes, then you should make a date and visit the Eil Malk Island located in Palau. The saltwater lake brags as being one of the seven underwater wonders of the world. When provoked, Jellyfish can sting an intruder. However, for reasons unknown, the jellyfish found in this lake don’t sting swimmers.

A Look At Some Of The Most Visually Appealing Coastlines In The World

Lots of people travel abroad to that exotic, tropical beach to enjoy the warm water and sunny weather. However, many people avoid traveling to those off the map and sometimes not so off the map locations that are truly unique geologically and culturally. Here is a short description of some of the world’s most appealing coastlines that you can visit on your next trip abroad. You can witness spectacular man made wonders and geologic features that will leave you awed.

For a truly one of a kind and otherwordly experience visit the coastline of the Chilean city of Antofagasta. This coastline has unique natural formations and has flora and fauna from the mountains, sea and desert. Imagine three geologic features and climates converging on one coast and you have this one of a kind, spectacular coastline. The city of Antofagasta itself juts out from a mountain. The highlight of this area is called La Portada, a natural stone arc formation that protrudes from the sea.

The island of Corfu, Greece is more well known but has spectacular views and attractions. You will find a blend of British, Italian, Greek and French architecture that stands over clear blue Mediterranean waters. Evergreen mountains lined with unique and colorful homes that overlook the sea are a wonderful sight. After you enjoy the view, you can always take a swim or rest in a sheltered cove.

Australia has an oceanic rock formation known as the 12 apostles. They are found along the shipwreck trail of Australia so yachting there is not recommended. However, you can find incredible limestone cliffs that overlook the ocean. The 12 apostles refer to the groups of rock formations that seemingly warn ships to be careful when approaching the land. The more bold can scuba dive and explore ship wrecks as well as enter underwater caverns.

How to travel without burning a whole in your wallet

Summer is upon us, and the weather is perfect for traveling the world. It is time to get out of the house and explore places that have never been seen before. But wait, how can I travel the world if I do not have a six-figure salary?

You do not need a six-figure job to travel. There will always be vacation spots around the world that can be visited on a budget with proper planning. Here are some tips for traveling stress-free:

1) Take a day trip to a nearby park

When you take a small day trip you don’t have to worry about the extra hotel costs, meals, and gas tank fill-ups. Wake up early in the morning and drive to your destination. Then you can return home at night. Have all of your bags and snacks packed the night before so that you can make the most out of your travel day.

2) Travel with a larger group and split costs

Splitting the costs of expensive trips can end up saving each person in the group hundreds of dollars. If you are sharing a hotel or house with a group of family members or friends you can easily divide up the cost to rent the place. Take turns paying for meals. Whoever is not driving the vehicle has to pitch in a few extra dollars for gas.

3) Explore nature around you

Nature parks make for a great day trip. Most parks are free to get into and provide areas to swim, fish, hike, and sleep. It is easy to do a quick Google search for nearby recreation parks.

4) Look for online discounts

There are plenty of websites Groupon and LivingSocial offer deals and discounts for travelers. You can save money on cruises, amusement parks, and hotels.

TRIP ADVISOR UPS THE GAME WITH AN ENHANCED WEBSITE

TRIP ADVISOR UPS THE GAME WITH AND ENHANCED WEBSITE
The travel booking industry is infiltrated with top-notch and not-so-desirable applications. They are all competing for space in the highly lucrative travel and hospitality industries. Travel website Trip Advisor has been at it for some time and brags as the “world’s largest travel site.”
In fact, this could just be true if the 390 million average unique monthly visitors and over 500 million reviews for hotels, restaurants and other travel destinations are anything to go by.
TripAdvisor has opted to stand apart as competition stiffens, eating into revenues generated. The website’s new look gives users a more personalized look, with an advanced app for use on iOS and Android devices. This move is clearly on target considering that almost half of its traffic came from mobile devices in 2016, which accounted for a 29 percent increase.
Other notable refinements include a new desktop home page which has a simple design layout and quick visibility.A filter that indicates “Best Value” also pops up.The filter is based on data collected by TripAdvisor in reference to prices, popularity, ratings, and personal preferences. User reviews and distance, as well as cost, are some matrices that can help you filter through to get the best value.
Eateries and restaurants have been categorized into “Cheap Eats,” “Fine Dining,” “Mid-Range” and several other filter categories.This makes it easy to choose a preferred joint quickly and if you like it, you can still book your space without leaving the website. This has been enabled through integration of website with Open Table, a restaurant booking service.
One of the most interesting developments on the website is the mini-guide a visitor is given once they choose their preferred city.As you indulge in this, you can navigate through filterable results for vacation rentals, restaurants and things to do.
This development is likely to awaken competitor aggressiveness and it will be interesting to watch further developments unfold in the near future.

How Budget Airlines are Fuelling Global Tourism

One of the greatest challenges to global travel is the affordability of the air ticket. Many travelers find it difficult to realize their dream of visiting the holiday destination of their dreams because of the relatively expensive air tickets charged by airlines across the world. However, the recent flooding of ancient cities in Europe by tourists drawn from all over the world is a growing indication of a growing trend in the tourism sector fuelled by several factors including cheaper means of transport offered by budget airlines. Budget airlines offer low-cost air tickets in a move that has seen more people afford the once expensive traveling cost to these tourist destinations.

The role played by budget airlines in global travel is bound to increase significantly over the coming years with more airlines announcing the launch of low-cost airlines. More promising is the news that airlines such as British Airways and WOW-owned Icelandic Air have launched the low-cost airlines for even long-haul air travel. The new trend marks a significant change in air travel policy, which is has for many years been a reserve for those travelers who are relatively financially affluent and could afford the high cost of long-haul air travel.

While the current developments are being viewed in economic terms with the flooding of European cities by tourists a case in point, low-cost air travel including for long-haul travels has far reaching potential benefits. While the economies of these tourists destination are in line to thrive, the resulting social and cultural exchanges cannot be overlooked. It will open new frontiers of world travel including hinterlands with pristine and inviting environments but could not be reached by foreign travelers due to socio-economic reasons. The business world is also bound to benefit greatly with local and international corporations find new and affordable means to reach new economies and potential markets.

World Travel to New Zealand Interrupted by a Natural Disaster

On Sunday, November 13, 2016 at 11:02 G.M.T. a massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake disrupted travel to the nation of New Zealand. It struck some 59 miles north of the town of Christchurch. The quake created infrastructure damage on the Southern Island of New Zealand and also caused a series of tsunamis. Authorities quickly issued a warning urging people in coastal areas to seek high ground.

 

The island nation of New Zealand lies in the South Pacific to the west of Australia. Tidal waves over 16 feet in height are expected to arrive in the area between Malborough and Christchurch on the northeast edge of the Southern Island. Authorities have not yet calculated a death toll from these natural disasters, but the events today could prove catastrophic given the magnitude of the earthquake and the late hour of its arrival.

 

A smaller 6.3 magnitude earthquake in 2011 caused thousands of injuries and resulted in 185 fatalities. The nation’s Civil Defense Department urged everyone on the eastern coast of New Zealand to remain on high ground and away from beaches and coastal areas. Concern exists that a series of large waves will strike during the next day. Preliminary photographs from New Zealand displayed cracked asphalt roadways, toppled grocery store shelves and people huddling together outside on city benches in the night. Tsunamis potentially causes more extensive damage than earthquakes and many of the cities in Eastern New Zealand lie along the coast. Residents should evacuate inland or seek elevated ground immediately.

 

Belfast Seeing Highest Rates of Tourism in Past 15 Years

With it’s gorgeous lochs and rolling green hills, Scotland has always held a reputation for being a popular travel destination. However, the small capital of Scotland hadn’t always maintained that same reputation until more recently.

 

With more and more cruise liners porting nearby, local residents of Belfast are starting to see a much larger influx of foreign tourists. The small town of only about 300,000 inhabitants aren’t used to such a large amount of visitors as they were a fairly rare sight in the past few decades.

 

Locals have noticed a few changes in Belfast since the tourism scene was revamped to order to encourage and accommodate the increase in visitors. One of these major changes has been in the food scene. There has been a new focus and emphasis on quality cuisine that has enough variety and luxury for enticing foreign tourists. In fact, Belfast has recently seen the opening of two restaurants, OX and Deanes Restaurant, that are both Michelin-starred.

 

The city of Belfast is colloquially called the city of seven quarters for its each unique divisions. For those tourists looking for the most active scene, the Cathedral Corner features several bars, clubs and tasteful restaurants. The Titanic Quarter, as it is appropriately named, saw the construction of the infamous cruise liner bearing the same name. While ship manufacturing has decreased in the recent years, this area is still a beautiful reminder of the city’s rich history.

 

While the United Kingdom has earned a reputation for being fairly expensive for travel, visitors will be happy to know that Belfast is very affordable in contrast. With rents being almost a third lower than fellow Scottish cities and over half lower than those in London, this affordability may add another boost to Belfast’s growing tourist scene.

 

 

New Study Reveals 230 Best Cities For Expats

After the election of Donald Trump, many frustrated Americans have given some serious thought to emigrating. Indeed, so many people checked out Canada’s immigration website that it crashed on November 8th.

 

If you are at all considering ditching the USA, you might want to consider this new list of the top expat cities in the world. This study, which looked at over 400 cities around the world, was compiled into a list of 230 by the consultancy firm Mercer. If you’re on the fence about making the leap to another country, you might want to check out one of these places on your next vacation.

 

Most of the cities Mercer ranks highly for expats are in Western Europe. The number one city on this list is Vienna. This is the seventh year in a row the Austrian capital has clinched the top spot on Mercer’s list.

 

Some other cities Mercer put in the top 10 include German cities Munich, Dusseldorf, and Frankfurt, as well as the Swiss cities of Geneva and Zürich.

 

Besides Western Europe, Mercer also highly recommends New Zealand’s Auckland, Canada’s Vancouver, and Australia’s Sydney. All of these cities scored phenomenally when it comes to health, education, safety, public services, and access to consumer goods.

 

Although researchers note that there are legitimate fears of terrorism as well as greater economic malaise in Europe, Mercer believes that most Western European cities continue to offer the greatest quality of life on earth.

 

The best city in the USA, San Francisco, only came in 28th place. Asia’s greatest city, Singapore, came in 26th place; the Middle East’s best city, Dubai, came in 75th; and Africa’s best city, Cape Town, came in 92nd.

 

The absolute worst destinations were Port-au-Prince, Hati; Sana’a, Yemen; Central African Republic’s Bangui; and, in 230th place, Baghdad, Iraq.

 

 

A Few Travel Ideas For The First-Time Traveler To China

China has always been a secretive nation. For much of human history, Westerners could only dream of taking a trip to see the wonders of the Middle Kingdom before they died. Now, thanks to globalization, we are living in an era where that dream can easily become a reality for anyone.

 

One problem with traveling to China is that it is just so vast. One trip can never encompass the entirety of this huge nation. In order to help out the first-time traveler, this article will detail three vacation destinations for vacationers with very different priorities. The first trip will be for the history buff, the second for the city lover, and the third for the nature enthusiast.

 

History lovers should plan on visiting Beijing and Xi’an. Since Beijing is the national capital, you will be right in the administrative heart of the country. You can tour the Forbidden City, stroll on the Great Wall, walk around Tianamen Square, and visit the Emperor’s Summer Palace. One of the top-rated hotels in Beijing by travel experts is called The Orchid, which is located in the historic Hutong district.

 

When you are done in Beijing, Xi’an is only a four-hour train ride away. Xi’an is full of ancient Chinese history. Of course, everyone has to see the Teracotta Warriors here, but you can also check out the Xi’an City Wall and the Tomb of Emperor Jingdi.

 

For a taste of modern China, you should head for Shanghai. Shanghai is far more cosmopolitan than any other city in China, so just know you won’t get an authentic “Chinese” feel here. Some top attractions include the French Concession, the Bund, and the brand new Shanghai Disneyland park. One high-class hotel travel agents recommend in Shanghai is called the Waterhouse, which is located right by Huangpu River.

 

If you are in the mood for natural Chinese scenery, you might want to look into Yangshuo County, Guilin. This southern area of China is hailed for it stunning mountains and landscapes. The finest hotel in the region is called the Yangshou Resort. Although it will cost you a pretty penny, the views you get at this resort are undeniably some of the most spectacular in the world.

 

 

These Are the Cheapest Cities in Europe Right Now

Have you always wanted to travel to Europe but was never able to do so? What stopped you? For many men and women, traveling is a great idea in theory, but it’s simply too costly to actually do in real life.

 

If you would like to travel to Europe, there are a few things that you can do to make the entire experience less expensive. One of the best ideas is to focus your travels on cities that are not too expensive. For example, it would be wonderful to visit London and Paris, but these are two of the most expensive cities in Europe. They are also two of the most expensive cities in the world.

 

Instead, try one of these low cost European cities.

 

  1. Krakow, Poland

 

Getting around in any new city can be expensive, and Poland is a great example of a country where taxis are just as cheap if not cheaper than public transportation. There are amazing things to see there as well, including castles and cathedrals.

 

  1. Debrecen, Hungary

 

You can get an amazing cocktail in Debrecen, Hungary for just $3.16. Can you imagine getting that in New York City? This is a widely popular locale with amazing shops, restaurants, museums and other sites.

 

  1. Rhodes, Greece

 

Right now, Greece is cheaper than ever to visit. Granted, you might run into some issues with the amounts of refugees that have been landing there, but in general, you’ll have a great time. And Greeks are eager to invite tourists.