I Love Iceland Vacations

Iceland is known to be a very popular destination for travelers, but it takes careful planning to make the vacation worthwhile. Unlike visiting cities like Rome or Paris where everyone is familiar with the city’s main attractions, it’s not exactly that way when it comes to Iceland. So, to get you started, we’ve gathered some basic tips for your trip to Iceland.

Iceland Travel Tips

 

Plan ASAP! Really, most of the hotels get booked out at least six months in advance, in summer especially as tour operators in the country will block off much of the inventories that are available.

 

Budget Wisely: DO NOT be fooled by cheap airfares, Iceland is quite expensive. Except if you are planning to camp or use vacation rentals, a trip to Iceland for a week costs $6,000 to over $20,000 depending on where you stay, number of people and the number of activities you intend to carry out.

 

Make Plans for a Lot of Driving: It is better to rent a car and choose just one region of the country unless you’ll be spending over a week; that will still involve a lot of driving too though. The destinations may not look big on your map but the narrow and winding highways; it can take so much time to get to one place from another.

Choose Wisely: There are numerous activities to carry out but looking at it from the economical point of view, tours can be expensive, and they can add up real fast, so make sure you choose your destinations wisely. For instance, if you want to walk on the glacier, you’ll need to take a tour, but if you are only interested in seeing the glacier, then you can do that yourself. The iceberg lagoon too, you’ll need to take a boat tour if you want to get close, but you can see the icebergs from the beach as well.

 

Don’t Exchange Much Cash: You can make use of your credit card for virtually everything. You can just have some cash in case you have to tip the tour guides and for tolls too.

Obey The Law: Needless to say; you have to obey every law. There aren’t so many police vehicles around, but cameras are surely lurking around.

 

Pack Smart: Prepare yourself for the weather conditions. A jacket might be needed in the city.

 

Favorite visitor spots in Switzerland

Switzerland is without a doubt one of the most exciting tourist destinations on earth. Also known as the land of the Alps, Switzerland has an amazing nature full of crystal clear lakes and snow covered mountain tops making it a perfect destination for many holiday makers. Being that it’s surrounded by three different countries, the fusion of culture in Switzerland is simply amazing and that is why so many people in the world all over, troop to this place for holidays.

The Swiss National Park

The Swiss National Park should be the primary on your list during your Switzerland holiday. The park is the home to very many exotic species of animals and plants and to bird watchers, you will love this place as it will give you the opportunity to see various kinds of birds in their natural habitats. The park is very expansive, serene and is covered with green all through the year. A perfect place to spend your honeymoon, the Swiss National Park will let you have some good times while you enjoy a background of the Alps Mountains.

 

 

Skiing in Switzerland

A Switzerland Vacation will never be complete without skiing. Switzerland has some of the top skiing grounds and ski resorts in the whole universe. Besides this, the resorts have excellent facilities to accommodate both the pros and the amateurs in skiing. The well-equipped ski schools also make the country to be a top destination for ski lovers. While on the ski villages, you will have the chance to interact with the Swiss natives and even have a sample of their cuisines.

Lake Geneva and surrounding cities

Although there are some places in lake Geneva are populated, urban settlements are relatively small. Most towns are on the northern lake shore in Switzerland while the French southern side is more sparsely populated. Most of the people from Geneva lake shore are live basically the only two cities in the Lake Geneva region with around a million people living in the larger metropolitan area around Geneva. Most other towns are small – only Thonon-les-Bains (32,000) and Montreux (25,000) have populations exceeding 20,000.

The Jungfrau

The Jungfrau is one of the most popular place to visit. People who likes to visit new place can go there. The wall is formed by the alignment of some of the biggest north faces in the Alps, with the Mönch (4,107 m) and Eiger (3,967 m) to the east of the Jungfrau, well looks much beautiful and it longs almost about to 3 km. The Jungfrau is approximately 6 km from the Eiger; with the summit of the Mönch between the two mountains, 3.5 km from the Jungfrau. The wall is extended to the east by the Fiescherwand and to the west by the Lauterbrunnen Wall.

There are some more places you may visit in Switzerland. But you need to know more before visiting them. You can feel free to move anywhere in Switzerland.

 

A Weekend in Paris

If you’re traveling through Europe, of course your holiday must include Paris. Even if you only have 2 or 3 days, it can be one of the most rewarding vacations you have ever experienced. There is SO MUCH TO SEE.

If you are in a hurry and must choose between only a few of the beautiful vacations spots, here are the ones you can’t leave without visiting:

 

Eiffel Tower

The one and only Eiffel Tower is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the world.  People of all ages enjoy its massive size and the incredible architecture. The Eiffel Tower is 320 meters tall.

It was created by Gustave Eiffel.  In this modern masterpiece, you can find shops, restaurants, and even a kids friendly zone. But most of the time, visitors just want to ride the elevator all the way to the top and take pictures.  

 

Disneyland

One of the most exclusive places in Paris, the park is full of Disney characters, rides and games, and plenty to do and see.

Many folks like to park far away from the park and take a taxi or the rail to avoid the hassle of traffic and parking.

 

Notre-Dame de Paris:

The Notre Dame is one of the most ancient and beloved cathedrals in all of the world. It is considered a historical monument and was built in 1160.  If you visit Paris but don’t see the Notre-Dame de Paris, you will regret it.  

 

Louvre Museum

This is one of the most famous museums in the world.  And the largest. Art stretches for miles.  Painting, sculptures, and all forms of cultural elements line the hallways.  

Of course, the Mona Lisa lives here, as well as the Venus de Milo, the Winged Victory, and many more. You could spend several days walking every corner of this beloved museum. Be sure to put The Louvre on your must do list.  

 

Versailles Palace and Gardens

This palace and the surrounding gardens are also a must visit. Since the 17th century, visitors have marveled at its size and beauty.  It is just another of the many beautiful and historical sites that you can’t leave without seeing.

 

Paris is for lovers, but it is also for lovers of culture and beauty. If you have to save a lifetime, it will be worth it.

MUST DO when visiting Los Angeles, California!

What’s up, yo?

A bajillion or so peeps visit LA every year and there’s, like you know, a bajillion things to do.  So, how do you decide? How do you whittle down the list of a bajillion to 6 or 8 things you can do in a week long vacation?

Well, I searched a few Top 10 lists on Google and asked a few buddies and talked to the locals last time I was there to see what they liked to do on a regular basis.  Or, is it bases?  Anyhow, I came up with this list below. Don’t be a hater. It’s just a list. And, it’s my list.

Some of these I have done and some are still on my list for the next trip. Or two. Also.

 

  1. Go to Hollywood.  See the stars on the Walk of Fame.  Sit around a few minutes and spot a few celebs. Gawk at the million dollar cars and the million dollar plastic surgery.
  2. Go to Six Flags Magic Mountain. Go ahead, you know you want to act like a kid again. Ride the coasters, eat the cotton candy, ride more coasters, puke, and so on.  Avoid the long lines by buying a Fast Pass.  So worth it!
  3. Go to Muscle Beach. Watch the folks lift weights. And watch the other folks roller skate. Yes, they still do that. Check out the dogs and the babes and the skateboarders. Check out the tons of sunscreen. You can tell those who don’t use it. Forget burnt. These people look like they have leather for skin.
  4. Go to Huntington Beach. Dude, it’s huge. Plenty of real estate here if you want to relax and soak up rays. If you’d rather ride a bike or skate up and down for miles, you can do that, too.  Or play volleyball. There’s about 10 sets of beach volleyball courts/nets.  And folks always playing. Kites, hot dogs, more babes in what they call bikinis but looks like butt floss, more hot dogs, plenty of real dogs, skaters, surfers (for real, dude), and plenty more to try to just to watch. Oh, and shopping. And a pier with a cool burger joint. Speaking of joints …
  5. Stay out of the traffic. Move late at night or early in the morning.
  6. Disneyland. Gotta go to Anaheim and deal with a bajillion people and even more kids. Especially if you have kids. I was talking to my buddy who owns Mesa Painting Pros in Arizona and he stays pretty active with 4 kids and what not. But, he couldn’t hang on this day. They had whooped him. Too many options. Too much to do. Too much walking. But, also lots of fun if you can pace yourself. See Mickey of course. Play the arcade games. Ride the rides. Go ahead.  Take the kids.  You gotta do it at least once. You don’t want to be ‘that guy.’
  7. Take a picture of the Hollywood sign. With you in it.
  8. Go to a Dodgers game. Or the Angels. Or both. Sitting in a baseball stadium eating peanuts and drinking beer with a cool breeze blowing in the 75 degree weather is pretty awesome. Who cares who wins?
  9. Drive down to San Diego.  Go to Coronado Beach and take the kids to Sea World.  It’s worth it.
  10. Go to Universal Studios.

 

There’s lots more and you could spend 100 vacations and not see it all.  But, this is a good start.

Hang ten, bro!

Outdoor adventures in Peru

There are many beautiful trails, forests, mountains, lakes, and other scenic havens in Peru.  Hiking through the wilderness can be incredibly strenuous.  Often, outdoor lovers take the train from one major city to another and then hike the local trails.   Here are a few must see areas for your Peruvian adventure:

Go see the San Francisco Monastery.  It is one of the most impressive monuments in South America. It was built in the late 1600s and has several gilded side altars, lattice domes, and catacombs buried underneath.

While in Lima, you have to visit Miraflores.  This area of Lima has wonderful gardens, beaches, and parks, with plenty of trails for walkers, bikers, and joggers. One local favorite is Love Park. And of course, don’t forget to try the ceviche.  This is a local favorite food, made up of a mix of raw fish, onions, and chili peppers and marinated in lime.

Get plenty of rest, then tackle the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. This trail is really three trails (Mollepata, Classic and One Day). They wind along the Andes mountains and take you through several environments, including a cloud forest and beautiful alpine tundra. Every visitor must go on this adventure. You are certain to be in awe of the Incan ruins.

llama in peru

 

If you end up staying, and wanting to hike the 5 best trails in Peru, here they are:

1) Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

2) Salkantay Trail

3) Lares Trail

4) Santa Cruz Trail

5) Choquequirao Trail