Move Over Minivan: The Pickup is the New Family Vehicle of Choice

For the longest time, the unofficial vehicle of the soccer mom was the minivan. Three rows of seats, plenty of space in the back and decent gas mileage made these rides the default vehicle of choice for families going places across town. But things have changed.

These days, trucks and SUVs get better gas mileage, more families are taking adventures in the great outdoors, and larger vehicles can do more to cater to family lifestyles. Of all the options you have — and there are plenty — here’s why a quality, dependable truck should be your next family vehicle.

Sports Gear

A full-size pickup can carry a lot of stuff. Hockey sticks, soccer balls, football pads, baseball bats — you name it. Your kids could play every sport on the map and your truck bed will likely be able to hold every piece of gear for it. And if this sounds like an organizational mess, truck beds are perfectly modular for these situations.

You can pick up all sorts of dividers and cargo nets that will keep your kids’ gear in order. But since truck beds are open and vulnerable against theft, a good tonneau cover will keep it all locked up and safe from criminals in the parking lot.

Outdoors Adventures

Thanks to social media, outdoor recreation has grown tremendously in the last 10 years. But getting out in the wilderness is where the minivan falls short. While most national and state parks offer paved roads for passenger vehicles, the places you really want to go are only accessible by choppy dirt roads.

Now, you don’t need a Jeep Wrangler to access these spots, but a dependable pickup with high clearance (as most now feature) and four-wheel drive will get you to virtually any campsite you desire. Slap a solid pair of all-terrain tires on your vehicle, and you and the whole family will be ready to conquer the great outdoors.

Cabin Space

The older trucks of yesteryear used to serve as single-row utility vehicles, with room for two or maybe three people. Even trucks with back seats could barely fit a family comfortably for a short drive, let alone a long road trip. But today’s pickups have all the room of full-size, two-row SUVs, plus all that room for gear in the bed. No, there is no third row in a pickup, but if you’re only driving four to five people, this really is a non-issue.

Safety Features

Here’s a common misconception: Trucks aren’t as safe as other vehicles. Maybe that was true in decades past, but the roomy cabins inside pickups are now just as safe, if not more, than other passenger vehicles.

Newer versions of the Ford F-150, Chevy Silverado and Toyota Tundra come packed with airbags and other added safety features that will protect you and your family in a collision. And since they’re so much larger than other vehicles on the road, it adds an extra layer of protection in the event of a crash.

Fun Factor

Soccer moms, dads and parents all around: Let’s just admit what we always know — minivans aren’t necessarily cool. We buy them because they check the boxes we need for hauling our kids across town, with plenty of room to store their stuff in the back. But deep down we wish we were behind the wheel of something else.

The truck fixes all of that, especially if you’re a family who loves the outdoors. Indeed, there’s nothing better than a full-size, double-cab pickup to kick up some mud with the whole family inside. Let’s see a minivan do any of that.

Honeymooning in Ko Samui: 5 Most Romantic Things to Do

 

Your love has been sealed, and now it’s time for the most amazing holiday of your life: your honeymoon. With its stunning white sand beaches, its luxury villas and the exotic Thai culture, Ko Samui makes an excellent honeymoon destination. Are you planning to spend your honeymoon on this beautiful island in the Gulf of Thailand?  Here are 5 romantic things to do:

1. Stay in a luxury villa

No hotel room beats the exclusivity, privacy and luxury of having your own villa to come home to at the end of the day. A place to wake up slowly with a hot cup of coffee before plunging into the crystal clear water of your private pool and nobody else around but your loved one. A living space, a romantic bedroom suite, lots of space and tranquility. Your villa is your love nest – a place to disappear in a love bubble together forgetting about the outside world for a little while and just enjoying each other’s company exclusively and undisturbed. Ko Samui has got a great offer on private pool villas for two for couples in love on all budgets. Check them out here.

2. Dine by the seaside

The sea is calling you love birds out of your love nests for some sunset gazing to the salty sea breeze and a romantic dinner by candlelight under Samui’s starlit night sky. Since you are on your honeymoon, you are allowed to splurge out. Why not go all the way with a scrumptious 6-course dinner at the Regent Hotel in Chaweng. This high-end restaurant is located right by the sea and it promises an almost magical evening out. The 6-course dinner is meant for romantic couples, and it comes with a bottle of wine to share.

3. Spend the day at the beach

Ahh the beach.. those beautiful sugary white sandy bays bordering turquoise and azure waters, Samui has got plenty of those paradise-places-on-earth. Beaches where you can take the most amazing photos, swim in the crystal clear sea and spend day after day sipping coconuts and cocktails while gazing at the sunset orange-glazed sky while holding hands, getting sunkissed and all.

4. Sail off to into the sunset

What could be more romantic than hopping on a catamaran and sailing off into the sunset? Yep, nothing beats that! The wind in your hair, salt on your lips, the ocean surrounding you and only the company of your loved one to enjoy, exclusively. It doesn’t get better… or maybe it does? How about a private chef on board to cook up a delicious meal, served out on the deck? You can book a day cruise or a sunset cruise; it’s all up to you. The Catamaran and the sea await the two of you.

5. Spa Heaven

A day at the spa cannot be missing during your honeymoon on Ko Samui Island. The Thai massage is one of the best massages in the world and with a complete spa package, you two will be soaking in bliss. An amazing spa with a unique setting is Tamarind Springs Forest Spa. Located away from the main road in between Chaweng and Lamai, this gorgeous spa is set outdoors in between rocks, waterfalls and greenery. It features natural pools, herbal steam caves and spa packages from heaven. A day at this spa is an unforgettable experience.

 

Written by Stephanie of Villa-Finder.com

Get Wild with an Amazing Winter Vacation to South Africa

Looking for a cooler place to visit in summer? Still want an unusual experience? South Africa offers options that for travel in a moderate climate May through September. (It’s tropical, and will be hot and humid during winter months).

A sizable country with a varied history, each of its regions has its own attractions. And, Pretoria is one of them, sitting somewhat to the center of northeastern South Africa. As the nation’s Executive Branch Capital, it is a university center and research hub. Its Dutch, German and British Colonial cultural and political history has produced a metropolitan city where people speak Sepedi, Sesotho, Setswana, Xitsonga, isiZulu, Afrikaans and English.

Scholars, business professionals, and tourists

Using the Protea Hotel Pretoria Centurion, South Africa, as your headquarters, you might ask the Concierge to arrange unique adventures:

  • A tour of Soweto offers a review of South Africa’s decisive recent history. You’ll stop at the Mandela House Museum, the Pietersen Museum and Memorial, and more.
  • Gauteng Province is the home of Centurion and The Cradle of Humankindwhere the first hominid (Australopithecus) was discovered in 1924. Tours take visitors to two additional caves where digging continues.
  • The Irene Dairy Farmis a pleasant drive towards Johannesburg. The country farm has been run by the same family since 1896. It will delight children traveling with you and charm the adults. You can purchase milk, ice cream, and bake goods, or you can dine at two open restaurants.
  • Visitors schedule their trips to coincide with major events at the Heartland Arena, everything from African Acrobatics to major business expos.
  • The Centurion Mall is close enough to walk to, or you can take a short hop drive to the Irene Valley Mall with its lush landscaping.
  • Emanzini, the hotel’s restaurant, serves an international menu with South African touches, or you can make reservations at the multi-award winning The Godfather within walking distance.
  • You can mountain bike or horseback ride among zebra and giraffe at Groenkloof Nature Reserve or zipline and enjoy aerial acrobatics at Acrobranch.
  • Fishing is open to visitors on the northern and western shores of Rietviel Nature Preserve, or a day at the Pretoria National Botanical Gardenstakes you through 50 hectares of plants, trees and flowers exclusive to South Africa ecosystems.

Centurion at the center of things

Centurion takes up the intersection of major highways connecting Johannesburg and Pretoria. A popular and picturesque suburb of Pretoria, its population is economically secure, many of them working in the Centurion business district and living in upscale communities. Near the water and home to several country clubs, Centurion connects country and city.

Close enough but far enough away from the big city vibe at Pretoria center city, Centurion offers access in many directions to South Africa’s historical, natural, and cultural events centers. If you’re looking for an out of the box vacation or family tour, you can find deals and discounts to take your there and keep you entertained.

You Need to Recharge Your Spirit: The Sizzling South is the Perfect Choice for a Family Getaway

 

There’s an abundance of things to see and do for the whole family in Louisiana, especially if you’re staying in the welcoming city of Baton Rouge. Take a fascinating look at marine life at the Aquarium of America, explore the many plantations lining the Mississippi River or enjoy an interactive experience at the famous Sci-Port Discovery Center in Shreveport; whatever your age, there’s something to entertain you in the Sizzling South.

If you want to explore Louisiana, there are a few trips for the whole family that are affordable and hugely enjoyable. We’ve put together some suggestions which are all just a short drive from Baton Rouge that will give you hours of fun and adventure during your visit to the South.

In terms of somewhere to stay while visiting the fun-packed South, the Marriott TownePlace Suites Gonzales offers some great family-friendly facilities. After an exhausting day seeing the sights, you’ll be grateful of a luxurious place to recharge your batteries!

Gulfport

It will take you about two hours to drive to Gulfport from Baton Rouge but it’s well worth the trip, just for its beach alone! No family vacation is complete without a beach day and in Gulfport, there are plenty of other family-friendly activities to get involved with too. On the way to the beach, you could call into the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies and find out more about fascinating marine life with tours that allow you to get up close and personal with some incredible sea creatures with touch tanks. You can also pay a little extra to feed or take a swim with the dolphins – a once in a lifetime experience!

Lafayette

If you’re into Cajun cuisine, Lafayette is bulging with eateries and restaurants that are all family-friendly, offering the very best in this local culinary specialty. Children of all ages can enjoy a visit to the Children’s Museum of Acadiana, where they can get involved with the interactive exhibits, toddler play area, bubble station and a whole lot more. For older kids and adults with an interest in science, there’s the Lafayette Science Museum which has plenty of exhibits to explore and also a Planetarium which provides a breathtaking view of the night sky in late afternoon shows.

New Orleans

Although possibly better known for its nightlife, New Orleans has plenty to amuse all ages. Your family could spend a whole day in the Audubon Zoo, set in stunning grounds and with a wealth of exhibits in addition to plenty of wildlife. There is also a recreational area at Monkey Hill with a café for the grownups to enjoy a relaxing drink while the kids play and a really cool dinosaur exhibit too. There’s also a fantastic playground in Audubon Park in New Orleans for those looking for a more sedate visit. Here you can walk along winding paths between beautiful oaks and in a clearing, you’ll find the playground which will keep younger children occupied and have them worn out when it’s time for bed.

Mandeville

Another short drive from Baton Rouge is Mandeville, where there is plenty of family fun to be had, particularly if you want to be shaded from the scorching heat! Kids love the Imagination Station which is a cool play area with different spaces for hands on exploration and arts and crafts. You can actually leave your kids having fun while you relax in one of the many nearby restaurants. Also in Mandeville is a 2,800-acre green space called Fontainebleau State Park, where you can get a little out-doorsy and go on a hiking trail, do some fishing, explore nature and even relax and sunbathes on a lakeside beach!

Lambeth Country Show Review

 

43rd Lambeth Show Hailed the Best Yet

The ever-popular Lambeth Country Show took place in July and entertained hundreds of thousands in its quirky and unique way. 

A mainstay of the summer festival scene since the days of Flower Power and the Bay City Rollers, the Lambeth Country Show just gets bigger and bigger every year, and its popularity shows no sign in waning.

Established in 1974, this was the 43rd show, and this year hundreds of exhibitors set out to pitch their stall, hire a Templant generator and get ready to welcome around 200,000 visitors to Brockwell Park on 15 and 16 July.

Free for all

The show can be described as a free for all in every sense of the phrase. There is no entry fee, and the festival attracts the weird and the wonderful when it comes to the entertainment on display.

It also attracts a massive turnout. Official figures for 2017 are yet to be released, but bearing in mind that last year it amounted to 170,000, then the magic 200,000 figure is a distinct possibility.

When you consider that around 135,000 visitors attend Glastonbury every year, you start to get a feel for the scale of the event.

Joust for laughs

It is difficult to single out highlights from such an eclectic mix of activities, but some of the events that really stuck out included the chocolate museum, which managed to avoid melting despite the warm summer temperatures, the birds of prey, which were massively popular with adults and kids alike and, of course, the jousting. Who could forget the jousting?

If the enthusiasm at Lambeth is anything to go by, this medieval pastime could soon be making a comeback – expect to see participants on horseback practicing at an athletics track near you soon!

Live music

Of course, many attend for the music, and this year, the quality was as high as ever, courtesy of the Oxjam Music Festival. This is a great organisation that supports grassroots music and at the same time does so much to raise money for those who need it the most.

Brixton Dance School also gave an amazing display that went down extremely well with the enthusiastic crowd.

For those who wanted to get a little more involved, there was even an African drumming workshop, where anyone could have a go. What some lacked in rhythm was more than made up for in enthusiasm!

Call any vegetable

Finally, we can’t mention the Lambeth Show without discussing the vegetables. The traditional vegetable carving competition has been going on for as long as the show itself, and, as usual, produced a remarkable array of artwork and biting satire, all using the humble vegetable as a basis.

Fun, quirky and absolutely unique. If you’ve never been along to the Lambeth Show, put it in the diary for next year. And don’t forget to start practicing your potato carving skills well in advance!

How Does the Real Hampstead Compare to The Movie?

 

Recent Film is Based on Hampstead Man’s Life 

Hampstead has hit the big screen in Diane Keaton’s Latest film. But the resemblance is only a passing one.

When it reviewed Hampstead shortly after release, The Guardian awarded it a solitary one star and described it as a ghastly faux-mance. As far as incisive social commentary goes, it is hard to argue with that, but taken at face value as a showcase for Diane Keaton to go through her usual range of facial expressions, while a touching story that is loosely based on a real life Hampstead resident is told, it is well worth a look.

As for any links to the real Hampstead – well, Hampstead estate agents will be quick to tell you that while there are a variety of attractive properties available to buy and rent in this popular north London oasis, setting up camp on Hampstead Heath is unlikely to result in a happy ending!

Harry the Hermit

Joel Hopkins’ film is inspired by the real life adventures of one Harry Hallowes. An Irishman by birth, he had lived in the north London area since moving there in the 1950s. In the late 1980s, he found himself homeless, and set himself up in a makeshift camp in a quiet corner of Hampstead Heath.

There, he grew vegetables and became largely self-sufficient, supplementing his supplies with money earned by doing odd jobs for some of the local residents, including famous Monty Python illustrator Terry Gilliam.

In the early 2000s, property developers attempted to evict him, but as he had been living on the site for more than 12 years, he was able to claim squatter’s rights. After a lengthy battle, which captured the attention of the local community and the national media, he was awarded a deed on the plot of land, thought to be worth around £2 million.

Harry passed away last year at the age of 88, leaving his unique estate to two charitable organisations.

Hampstead life

The film might seem a little saccharine, but it emphasises one thing – it could only happen in Hampstead. The suburb has always had a leaning towards the unusual, and its old fashioned high street, surrounded by acres of countryside, could not feel less like London.

Over the years, it has gained a reputation for being home to the artistic, musical, literary and – dare we say it – perhaps slightly eccentric set, so of all the places for a Harry the Hermit to appear, Hampstead was the almost inevitable choice.

It is also a place of extreme diversity. Harry arrived without a penny to his name and somehow found success. Just down the road, Hampstead Village is home to more millionaires than any other location in the UK.

As you might expect, it has also attracted its fair share of celebrity residents over the years, including Liam Gallagher, Sting, Stephen Fry, Dame Judi Dench and Ricky Gervais. You might even bump into Britain’s most famous celebrity couple, Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophie Hunter, taking a Sunday afternoon stroll.

So how does Hampstead really compare to the movie? The reality is far less likely to be believed!

Doggie Destinations – Travelling with Your Canine Companions

 

Your dog is more than just your best friend – they’re a part of your family, and you wouldn’t leave a family member behind on your dream holiday now would you? Here’s what you need to know about travelling with your dog and finding accommodation that leaves tails wagging all round!

If you’re based in the US, you can’t miss out on the opportunity to visit Woofstock, a spectacular annual event held every May in Toronto, Canada which draws over 300,000 visitors from around the globe. Entrance is free and there’s plenty of entertainment for every member from of the family, from fun contests and talent shows, kids entertainment, beach volleyball and lots and lots and lots of doggie shopping! BringFido is a fantastic resource for finding dog friendly accommodation in the area.

The UK is also increasingly open to travelling with your dog, with as much as 90% of locals taking their dogs with them on their annual holiday. WeAcceptPets.co.uk is a great listing to find pet friendly accommodation in the areas you’re keen on – so making a list of areas the human members of your family would like to see and checking this against available accommodation for the furry members is a great start to planning a family break.

Yorkshire Dales

For large or energetic dogs, Swinton Park is a massive 2,000 acre estate in the picturesque Yorkshire Dales to delight doggies and enthusiastic ramblers alike – you’ll even get a complementary dog chew on arrival! And if a full on hiking holiday sounds like just the thing, check out the Paws on Tour hiking trips scheduled each August on the North York Moors by Rambler’s Holidays, which includes clambering through dales and gorges as beach rambles. Partipants can join for three, four or seven nights and get the benefit of an experienced tour leader.

The Dingos liked Australia so much, they stayed!

If dogs knew about geography, they’d probably recommend Australia as their dream doggie destination – back yards don’t come much bigger than the Outback after all! And if you’re looking for the absolute cream of the crop – check out the some of the winners of the Five Paws Award! These destinations based all over Australia all offer that extra something special for your canine companion – from miles of unspoilt countryside to explore together to comfortable doggie accommodation in onsite kennels or with you in your room.

Byron Bay is always a popular holiday destination in Australia, and dog-friendly cosy studio also offers free Wi-Fi, a must if you’re like me and leaving your casino games at home would hurt almost as much as leaving Fluffy. They also have a beautiful walking track around the local lake, perfect for stretching canine and human legs alike after a relaxed day at the beach.

A word on… Transpawtation.

While our natural tendency is to want to make sure our friend gets a good meal before hitting the road, this is actually a pretty bad idea – many dogs are actually susceptible to motion sickness, and your good intentions may make the trip an unpleasant one for your pooch. Do make sure that your dog gets a decent walk and some energetic playtime before confining them to a cramped space for several hours. This will help to burn off excess energy, give them ample time to ‘do their business’ before you leave and lead to a calmer dog in general for the journey. Find some more great tips here about picking up a forklift for larger dogs.

Wherever you head off to, make sure you do your research ahead of time and you’re guaranteed to enjoy a holiday that leaves the whole family simply panting for more!

Planning a Cabin Getaway in Wales

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I was recently invited to join a group of friends on a trip to Wales for a 4 night break. I’ve never stayed in a log cabin before so I was unsure what to expect or what to bring. We drove down from Scotland so for the five hour journey I knew we’d need some drinks and snacks, then when we got there we had a self-catering lodge so I wasn’t sure how well equipped it would be. Would I need a pillow? Did they provide cleaning stuff? Should we have packed the hoover? These are all questions I had and as four us were travelling down in one car as part of our friends convoy I knew we didn’t have much room for everything in my kitchen cupboards. We booked our cabin through the website hotels.com, here is an exclusive hotels.com discount for you.

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We eventually arrived at the cabin near Colwyn Bay at about 4pm on a Friday night. As we walked in I felt a bit nervous that I hadn’t brought the right things. But luckily it turns out I was spot on in my decision making. So for anyone heading down to the land of leeks and dragons here is a list of essential items you should take:

Clothing

Plan your clothing choices carefully. Depending on the time of year make sure you are prepared for all weather conditions. We’re talking wellies, jumpers, vest tops and if your cabin includes a hot tub you’ll swimwear and a bath robe. You’ll need a raincoat or suitable outerwear and walking boots for a woodland environment.

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Toiletries

Most cabins won’t have any free miniatures of shampoo or soap so remember to take your own. Just remember it’s like your own home so you’ll need toothpaste, lotions and scrubs. If there’s a group of you why not buy large size toiletries and share them?

Food

We had quite a long journey down to the cabin so we couldn’t buy perishable food before we left. I done a shop for dry goods, juice and beer to bring down and share amongst our housemates. Everyone brought crisps, beer, vodka and things that wouldn’t go off during the journey. When we were about one hour away from the cabin we stopped off at a Tesco and got some fresh meat, fruit, vegetables and milk so we could stick in the fridge as soon as we got there. If you had a lesser journey you could prepare some food at home and put it in containers or a freezer bag.

Torch

Your cabin may have one of these, but don’t take the risk. Most cabins are in estates that are pretty far spread out and have no street lights or proper outdoor lighting. Play it safe and invest in a few good quality torches that will fit in your handbag but also light the way for you getting home at night.

Towels

Don’t get caught out when you step out of the shower! Our cabin wasn’t serviced to the extent of supplying towels so check before you go. You’ll need enough towels to last your stay and one extra in case you go paddling on the beach so take some nice fluffy ones of out your wardrobe.

Disposable barbecue

For those clammy summer nights, there’s nothing better than getting everyone around a campfire and enjoying some drinks and food with music playing through someone’s ipod speakers. A disposable barbecue is a must for the occasion – they are not expensive and can hold a good quantity of hot dogs and burgers for a small group.

5 Reasons Not to Miss Christmas in Bath

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Bath’s beautiful buildings make it a wonderful place in which to spend Christmas, and there are a whole host of fantastic festive events that make the city even more of a winter winner. Here are our top five reasons to come to Bath this Christmas.

  1. Torchlit Dining at the Roman Baths

Take in a slice of history as you savour a five-course meal. The special dining area overlooks the spectacular Roman Great Bath that gives the city its name, and the Terrace, which is usually reserved for private events and functions, is only transformed into a restaurant for five nights each year. Candles and garlands create a festive air while Searcys deliver mouth-watering dishes.

  1. Bath Christmas Market

One of the most popular festive events in the UK, the Bath Christmas Market plays host to 170 stalls over 18 days. Most of the stalls are manned by businesses based right here in the city, so this is a fine chance to pick up artisan products, including some delicious refreshments. Situated right in the heart of the city, there are a number of beautiful hotels that you can stay at and pop into the markets whenever you feel like it.

  1. Shoppers Carols at Bath Abbey

Wonderful as the Bath Christmas Market can be, even the most ardent of shoppers will eventually want to take a break and rest their feet. Why not take a look inside Bath Abbey? The choir regularly performs 20-minute ‘Shoppers Carol’ services, and the building’s striking interior is well worth appreciating while you catch your breath.

  1. Bath Philharmonia Snowman Concert

There are plenty of great shows on throughout the year at The Forum, but this might just be the one we’re looking forward to the most. Bath Philharmonia, Bath’s own professional orchestra, will treat audiences to live music alongside the magical ‘The Snowman’ animated film. You’ll appreciate ‘Walking in the Air’ like never before.

  1. Bath on Ice

Taking a stroll up to the Royal Victoria Park means having a chance to get your skates on when you visit during the winter. From November 18th right through to January 3rd, although not on Christmas Day itself, you’ll be able to hire some skates and spend an hour or two gracefully carving up Bath’s very own outside ice rink.

Out-of-the-Box & Unforgettable Tourist Attractions

Travel destinations always have a set list of tourist attractions for people to visit and enjoy during their stay. But with a little effort, you can find hidden gems that really make the experience special and leave a strong impression.

We always enjoyed finding unusual, but beautiful attractions that moved us. Rather than go to run-of-the-mill locations with thousands of other tourists, we liked the challenge of finding something unforgettable and unique about each location we visited. And so with that in mind, my husband and I ran into some fun adventures during our travels.

These are the out-of-the-box experiences that we remember most fondly. Maybe they can inspire others to go off the beaten path and try finding their own interesting attractions!

Strange & Unique Tourist Attractions

Most people head to the usual and famous tourist attractions, like Stonehenge, Machu Pichu or the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Not us – we try to find unique tourist attractions that are less popular and famous, but all the more interesting. Among the crazy things we have seen were a crazy castle in Montevideo where doors lead nowhere and rooms are built in a strange way, a gnome reserve in England, and a huge pineapple weirdly located in a South African farm. We took great pictures and they gave us great, out-of-the-box stories for our friends and families on our way back. Not to mention, our Facebook picture albums were very popular!

Musical Fountain Water Shows

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I still remember our very first musical fountain water show. It was a long time ago, but it feels like only yesterday. We were in our honeymoon in Aruba, which is an island that is heavily focused on entertaining tourists. We decided to walk to an active area in the city and were impressed by a beautiful water fountain. Then, the speakers told us to sit and enjoy the show – we had no idea what was going on. We spent the next hour absolutely fascinated by an exciting water show combining dozens of colors, bursts of water and beautiful music. As the water and colors swayed to the beat and harmony of the music, we felt so much emotion. It was an unforgettable experience and one of my best memories of Aruba. I highly recommend these water shows – they are inspirational and stunning!

Crazy Hotels

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Imagine waking up in an ice igloo smack in the middle of Norwegian winter. Or waking up with a stunning view of the mountains… from every angle of the room including underneath it. Sure, we could stay in a boring, walled up hotel, and now that we have children, for their safety, we do. But back in the day before the children, we always tried to find the most interesting hotels. The hotel had to be a part of the experience so we stayed in treehouse hotels, a salt hotel were everything (beds, walls, seats, etc.) was made of salt, and a completely see-through extension room on a cliff. Next time, we want to stay in an underwater room!

Try to find the more unique, impressionable tourist attractions wherever you go and you will see a different side of the location. It’s so much fun to diverge from the usual attractions and enjoy the diversity!