The country of New Zealand draws travelers from all over the world for its stunning landscapes and laid-back small towns. Even though travel is restricted to this magical country, we can dream of an adventure to Auckland, New Zealand, with many hidden spots to discover.
The city of Auckland is full of diversity and personality. It is also New Zealand's largest city, with a population of nearly 1.5 million. If you're looking for somewhere exciting to go to on your next vacation, Auckland is the place to be. Why do you ask? Below are some of the top reasons you shouldn't miss the opportunity to visit this magnificent city.
There is so much to discover about the European nation of Croatia. As promised, I am continuing my showcase of everything you need to know about Croatia with an overview of the top luxury experiences this captivating country offers.
Charter a yacht
Croatia, the Land of a Thousand Islands, is synonymous with sailing and there are possibilities to accommodate any budget. One of the most luxurious things to do in Croatia is to charter your own private yacht and indulge in some island hopping. This is perfect for a day trip but you can also book a vessel with cabins for the full live-aboard experience.
In coastal towns such as Split, Zadar and Dubrovnik, you will find a variety of sailboats, catamarans, motorboats and gullets. Most charters come with a skipper and crew and include meals, marina fees and fuel costs as part of the package. Always double check prior to booking so that you know what to expect. You will have the opportunity to discuss the route and devise your dream itinerary.
My next feature explores sailing in Croatia in more detail.
Rent a private island
If you think chartering a yacht is luxurious, how about renting your own island?
Several of Croatia’s glorious Mediterranean islands are available for exclusive rental. Whisk yourself away for a romantic stay in the lighthouse located on the islet of Porer Island or retreat among the olive groves on the family-friendly haven of Zizanj Private Island. Renting a private island is a bucket list activity and these immaculate properties will create lifelong memories.
As we explored in a recent blog, visitors to Austria can experience Austrian culture in and around the city of Salzburg and in the small villages in this old-world country.
If you've ever imagined a quintessential European village, you've probably pictured something like Hallstatt. Just a quick day trip from Salzburg, this picturesque town is believed to be the oldest still-inhabited village in Europe. Situated along the lake and tucked between the mountains, Hallstatt provides visitors with a chance to get away from bustling city life for the day. Make your way up to the Skywalk for spectacular views of the old town and the scenery.
In and around Salzburg, there are several not to be missed places for food, culture, and beer that will give you a taste of Austrian life.
Sachertorte & Coffee
Germans are known for their amazingly thick, decadent chocolate cakes. So make your way to Sachertorte & Coffee for a piece of the most exquisite dessert around, the Sachertorte.
If you happen to visit Austria anytime in November or December, you must make it to the Christmas Market. This age-old event is one that will create memories that last a lifetime. The smell of roasted chestnuts and mulled wine fills the air as you walk through the three squares, Domplatz, Kapitelplatz, and Residenzplatz, taking in the true essence of the wonderful holiday.
If you make it to the Christmas Market, you must also make it up to the Christmas Museum. Luckily, the Salzburg's Christmas Museum is a year-round attraction. This museum will teach you all that there is to know regarding the spirit of Christmas and its history.
From the turquoise waters of Lake Bled to the subterranean wonderland of Postojna Cave and the lovable capital of Ljubljana, Slovenia has so much to offer travelers. Ahead of our special event next week, here are some handy details to know before you travel to Slovenia.
One country, four worlds
At the crossroads of four geographical regions, Slovenia is categorized into four distinct environments.
Central Slovenia is the location of the capital, Ljubljana, where you can connect with Slovene culture and cuisine. Alpine Slovenia contains one of the oldest national parks in Europe, the Triglav National Park, and provides a multitude of hiking trails and outdoor pursuits. Mediterranean Slovenia features a small yet splendid stretch of coastline along with karst caves, salt pans and vineyards. Thermal Pannonian Slovenia invites you to take it easy and rejuvenate your body and mind in therapeutic hot springs surrounded by tranquil green landscapes.
Green is the new black
Two-thirds of Slovenia is covered by forest which makes it, literally, one of the greenest countries in Europe. In fact, it was declared the World’s First Green Country in 2016 due to the nation’s commitment to conservation. The mystical primeval Kočevje forests are home to the largest population of brown bears in Europe which you can visit with the help of a professional nature guide. Meanwhile the Bela Krajina region presents a fairytale scene of silver birch forests and meadows that are perfect for cycling.
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