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7 Most Romantic Destinations in the World

Venice:

With its elaborate waterways, heritage buildings, cultural vibrancy and an overall unique vibe, Venice is perhaps the most beautiful city man has created. Honeymooners worldwide swear by the experience of its gondola rides and they seem to just adore walking its streets, relaxing in its cafés, sampling its local cuisines and marvelling at its art and architecture. A honeymoon trip spent hanging around the iconic Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari or gazing at the sunset from your Grand Canal facing hotel room will stay with you as an affair to remember.

Paris:

At the risk of sounding clichéd, Paris is THE most romantic destination in the world. Be it the modern symbol of love, The Eiffel Tower or an actual temple of love, the Parc, Paris is the place to go for the hopelessly romantic. Once you are done with the symbol and temple of love you can go for a romantic encore at the garden of romance, the Parc des Buttes Chaumont! You can have a relaxed end to the day by taking a cruise upon the river Seine, another hot favourite among honeymooners.

Seychelles:

Spending special moments with your beloved in a secluded island far away from the mainland is an idea that in itself carries the very essence of a dream honeymoon. Seychelles is a collection of over 115 islands renowned for their untouched beauty and pristine surroundings. This group of island boasts of a perfectly balanced tropical climate and the finest of beaches with turquoise water and sparkling white sand. Select an island less travelled and you can sit back and enjoy the peaceful easy feeling of a tropical honeymoon.

Bora Bora:

If it is fantastic beaches, stunning landscapes, joyous nightlife and strong cultural experience that you crave for on your honeymoon and you have the money to fuel it, think no further than Bora Bora. A favourite party spot for the rich and the famous, Bora Bora is also renowned for its blue lagoons and mighty volcanic peaks. Situated far off in the middle of the Pacific, it has a very pleasant weather all year round. In Bora Bora you can plan a lavish stay in the aquatic Bungalows, beach resorts or even private islands.

Prague:

An age-old central European city with rich cultural heritage and a chequered past, Prague has all the ingredients of an ideal European holiday destination. Known as the land of 100 spires, in Prague, you can hop on a boat for a romantic cruise past Charles Bridge and other landmarks of the city.You will find that love is always in the air in this breathtakingly beautiful city, as you wander around in the Vysehrad Castle or take chauffeur driven vintage car rides. Couples can enjoy finest Czech cuisines over romantic dinner dates and enjoy a drink at open-airvine-gardens.

Singapore:

Singapore is rapidly gaining popularity among honeymooners because of its rich mix of man-made as well as natural marvels. Singapore has something to offer for every kind of tourist, but as a honeymooner, your Singapore tour wouldn’t be complete without the Changi Point Coastal Walk. Stepping further down the waterline, you can cruise down the Clarke Quay. Besides, the popular Singapore tour which includes Mount Faber, Little Guilin Park, Marina Bay Sands etc. make the city stand out as a memorable destination for honeymooners.

Dubai:

As one of the world’s most popular, luxurious and swanky destinations, Dubai has many options where honeymooners can opt for the trendy and urban high life or a laid-back vacation. While the glitz, glamour and excitement of this fast-paced cosmopolitan citylet you slip into the life in the fast lane, Dubai tour packages would include tranquil beaches, barren beauty of desert and gardens that almost stops the ticking of the clock and lets you enjoy each moment of togetherness.

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Top 5 Tips for Enjoying the Perfect Hike in Yosemite

Majestic granite-faced peaks, the highest waterfall on the continent, towering Sequoia forests, and everything in between, Yosemite National Park should be on everyone´s bucket list of places they need to visit. Located only a couple hours from San Francisco, this unique and one of a kind national park is also extremely accessible for people looking for a weekend getaway to reconnect with Nature and recharge their batteries.

While you can enjoy Yosemite by driving through the hundreds of miles of roads that traverse the park, lacing up the hiking shoes and hitting the trails is by far the best option for getting a true taste of everything that Yosemite has to offer. In this short article, we´ll offer five quick tips to help get you prepared for hiking in Yosemite National Park.

1. Choose the Best Time of Year

Imagine rounding a bend in a trail to find a beautiful prairie filled with elk grazing placidly. As you reach for your camera to capture this perfect moment, a family of hikers with several children comes noisily around the bend as well and scare off the dozens of elk ruining the perfect moment and the perfect picture. If you choose to visit Yosemite during the peak summer months, chances are that you´ll meet a pretty hefty crowd as well.

According to the National Park Service, an average of close to 1.7 million people visit the park each year during the peak summer months of June, July and August. That´s a lot of visitors in a short period of time. If you have the scheduling flexibility, consider visiting Yosemite earlier in the year. The spring months, especially mid to late April, is a unique experience as the snow melts turn the entire park into a verdant, lush green color. Only 6% of visitors to Yosemite go in April so you´ll most likely have plenty of time to sit and contemplate the elk grazing in the prairie.

2. Get Outside of Yosemite Valley

Yosemite is a huge area, but the vast majority of visitors stay within Yosemite Valley which makes up less than 1% of the total land area of the national park. While the Valley is certainly beautiful and offers stunning views of some of the most iconic images of the park, there are definitely other places worth exploring for a hiker in Yosemite.

Over 95% of the park is designated wilderness, so consider exploring some of the best trails outside of Yosemite Valley. Check out this site for some quality recommendations for hiking options around the park.

3. Choose Wisely Between Day Hikes and Backcountry Trips

While some people long for extended periods away from any sign of civilization, others prefer a quick jaunt into the wilderness that day hikes offer. Fortunately, Yosemite National Park offers the best of both worlds. For families and people who don´t want to carry a 50-pound bag with the essentials for surviving a night in bear country, there are dozens of day hikes that can be done around the park. In fact, one of the most stunning features of Yosemite, Half Dome, can be hiked in one day if you have a good amount of stamina.

Other quality day hikes include trips to such places such as Yosemite Falls, the Mariposa Grove of Sequoia Forest, Taft Point and Ostrander Lake. Even if you´re not in the best physical condition, the park also offers shorter nature hikes for people who want to experience the beauty of the park but aren´t physically able to pull themselves up 17 miles of grueling trails.

If you are wanting to head into the wilderness for an overnight or several day backpacking trip, there are virtually an infinite number of routes that you can weave together through the thousands of miles of hiking trails that crisscross the park. Make sure to apply ahead of time for your backcountry permit which is free of charge. You can find more information about getting this permit at the National Park Service website here.

4. Bring a Camera

When you plan a trip to Yosemite, you´ll also want to bring a quality camera. There are unlimited opportunities for snapping the perfect picture. From beautiful overlooks of fog-filled valleys, to great sunset shots where the setting sun lights up the granite faces of the massive mountains, to the serenity and mystery of gigantic Sequoia forests, one of the treats of hiking through Yosemite is finding the perfect place for that once in a lifetime photo opportunity.

Tunnel View Lookout Point is a great place to start as it offers perhaps the best panoramic view of Yosemite Valley and all the most iconic features of the park. Also consider taking a trip out of the valley up to Tuolomne meadows. This less visited part of the park is also overflowing with natural beauty waiting to be captured by your lens.

5. Pack the Right Bag

Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, you want to have the right gear. Nothing is worse than not being able to fully enjoy the wonder and beauty of a hike up to Yosemite Falls because your back pack is rubbing a blister onto your shoulder or because your cheap external frame pack is driving you crazy with an annoying squeaking sound with every step you take.

Before planning your trip to Yosemite, make sure to do your research on which bag is best suited for the type of hiking you´ll be doing. For starters, check out this comparison of backpacks from LiveOnceLiveWild.

Hiking in Yosemite, whether you only do an hour-long stroll through a nature trail or take on the challenge of hiking hundreds of miles through the Yosemite wilderness, will leave you memories for a lifetime. By planning your trip at the right time of year, getting out of Yosemite Valley, planning the best hikes for your skill level, and bringing the right camera and bag along with you, your trip will surely be epic.

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Alona Beach – How We Have Extra Fun

The Paradise that is Alona Beach

Among the thousands of islands and beaches in the Philippines, Alona Beach in Panglao Bohol stands as one of the most beautiful. She is famous for her powdery-fine white sand and a popular spot for snorkeling and scuba diving. She attracts a lot of tourists from all over the world and is a haven for those who want to unwind and enjoy nature.

It’s easy to find enjoyable things to do when you’re in Alona beach. You can go swimming in the crystal clear, pollution-free water, go for water adventures which are available at a reasonable price, lay a blanket on the sand and soak up the sun while reading your favorite book, or party with the vibrant nightlife of the island all night long.

You will never get bored doing these things even if you’re a frequent beach-goer, however, doing something different will give you more satisfaction and reason to come back.

Here I list 5 things you can do to enjoy Alona beach more that are definitely extraordinary.

  1. Swimming early in the morning when the sun is rising. There is this lovely scene in Alona beach in the morning, where the sun is halfway on the horizon. The rays of the sun touch the tiny waves of the seawater, creating kaleidoscopic glows that are mesmerizing and inviting. They’re like the hypnotizing singing of the sirens minus the tragic end. It is so gorgeous you will have every reason to get up early in the morning. I just fell in love the first time I saw this, more than 10 years ago, while preparing breakfast. I was with a group of college friends, some of us were tasked to do the breakfast that particular morning, dawn was breaking that time. However, when the first rays of the sun touched the still seawater, it was just so magical. I had to stop what I was doing and asked a friend to finish it. I had to take a dip in the water.
  2. Food Tripping. Alona beach is packed with resorts and small stores offering a variety of food from all over the world. Feast yourself with a banquet of fresh seafood and gulp it with fresh fruit juices. If you like grilled food, you can never miss them as they’re everywhere. Where there’s smoke, there’s barbecue! There’s also international food such as Japanese, Korean, or European, in case tourists miss food from home. I like going back to the Buzzz Cafe because they serve delicious food at an affordable price, and they use native ingredients such as flowers grown in their backyard.
  3. Massage by the shore. Getting a massage is one way to relax your self and you can get them in spa resorts and outlets. But up it one bit, or downgrade it, doesn’t matter how you call it, with a massage by the shore. Locals have set up an area where visitors can get a massage, by the beach, at a very affordable price. Listening to the waves is already relaxing, on top of it, you will get a good kneading to your tired muscles. Don’t forget to give a tip to your masseur/masseuse. The downside to this is that you won’t really get sleepy during the massage because there are just too many people buzzing around. Notwithstanding, I could still see some who are too relaxed they’re snoring.
  4. Snorkeling – swim like the fish. Alona beach is near a reef and different kinds of fish and sea creatures swim there, most of them going as far as the beach. Bring a snorkeling gear, enjoy swimming with the sea creatures, and be in awe of the beauty of the sea. Get an underwater camera and record everything so you can watch them again anytime. You can always go scuba diving, but some find it too expensive, so snorkeling is a better option for them.
  5. Coastal cleanup – become a catalyst for change. This is one thing you can do that is fun and worthwhile. Bring a bag while you walk along the sand and pick up rubbish along the way. Invite your friends to do the same. If everyone does this, the cleanliness of Alona Beach will be maintained. Tidying up as you go is something I live by every day and it’s so frustrating to be seeing trash all around. How can others be so unmindful of their surroundings, I will never understand.

You’d expect people who go to Alona Beach to only swim, get their skin tanned or party at night, but there is more to Panglao Island that anyone can also enjoy. The list above are personal choices, and anyone could have more than that or find more exciting things to do when you think out of the ordinary. Whether this is your first time visiting or you frequent Alona beach, doing something extraordinary is always fun.