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Top Five Budget Countries to Go On Holiday

Holidays can be expensive. Paying for a whole family of four or even just going by yourself can cost thousands of pounds, especially when you are going somewhere popular such as New York or Paris. Travel costs, food costs, the fact that you need somewhere to sleep… Sometimes you just need an affordable and relaxing getaway to put the daily stress of life on hold. Whether you want to travel to visit the beach or to eat the best street food there is to offer, going on a budget holiday is the best way to satisfy your urge for something different.


 

  1. Cuba

Cuba is a brilliant place to visit for all the family or just solo. This Caribbean island is also one of the cheapest places you can visit- with prices of several hotels being less than £50 a day. You can visit Viñales Valley for a bike ride or hike up this mountain which is also a world heritage site. There are also several different museums such as the Museum Of the Revolution and Havana is well-known for its bustling nightlife. Whether you’re going by yourself or not, Cuba is a great place to visit at very cheap prices.

Cuba

2. Greece

Even though Greece is undergoing an economic crisis as of now it is still a very good holiday destination, especially when on a budget. The prices are budget, and the population is always appreciative of tourists who visit to support their lives whether it’s by buying food from a restaurant or staying in their hotels.   Greece is an idyllic place with thousands of different entertaining things you can do, such as visiting the classic Acropolis in Athens or going to the world-renowned Parthenon which is thousands of years old. Greece has some of the best Mediterranean food in the world, and it’s all very cheap and affordable.

Greece

3. Bolivia

Bolivia is the cheapest country to visit in South America. It is filled with different types of attractions to visit, including various mountains such as the Andres Mountains that are perfect for hiking, as well as the Amazon Basin Rainforest that is a place of exploration. The Lake Titicaca is the largest lake in the continent, and it is a great place to go kayaking or even to just look at. The lake is also home to Incan ruins and a large range of wildlife such as llamas, alpacas, or just frogs. Hotels in Bolivia can be as cheap as £100 a night, and there is really no better place to go if you are an adventurous person.

4. Shanghai, China.

The main reason most people visit Shanghai is undoubtedly because of the large amount of amazing street food on offer, from soup dumplings to sticky rice balls. There are a few places with cheap accommodation, and even if wandering the busy streets of Shanghai is not for you, there is also places like the Yu Garden or the Oriental Pearl Tower where you can sightsee or just relax. For the kids or avid Disney fans, there’s also the Shanghai Disney Resort which is always a crowd pleaser even though it isn’t the cheapest option on the list.

Shanghai

5. Portugal

Portugal has always been known for being one of the most affordable options in Europe, with dozens of different medieval buildings and towers still available to view. The Belém Tower, Castle of the Moors and Jerónimos Monastery are some of the most popular medieval landmarks. Of course, if you do not enjoy medieval buildings or history, there is always the option to just visit the Peneda-Gerês National Park, a beautiful nature reserve with many different walking trails suitable for all the family. Portugal’s flights are cheap and hotels start at the low price of only £12.

Portugal

Top Five Budget Countries to Go On Holiday

Top Five Places to visit in Glasgow, Scotland.

Glasgow is a wonderful place, located in the West of Central Scotland on the banks of the River Clyde. Previously a city known for its industry, Glasgow has turned into a popular tourist attraction, being the fourth most visited city in all of the UK. It has a multitude of great places to visit, from magnificent museums and cathedrals to refreshing parks and the highlands. Whether you’re visiting Glasgow for the first time or not, there is always something that you can do in this bustling city. Here are our 5 favourite places to visit in Glasgow.

Glasgow

      1. Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and museum is located at the end of Sauchiehall Street, a pedestrian area more than 1.5 miles long which offers hundreds of different shops, hotels and other amenities. This gallery was first designed by Sir John W. Simpson and E.J Milner Allen. The museum has a massive collection of exhibits and is known for its arms and armour collections. Once you’ve looked at the fascinating exhibits, you can stop off in the restaurant for some lunch and just have a nice little day out.
Kelvingrove Art Gallery
     2. Glasgow Cathedral
 Glasgow Cathedral has a long history, built before the Reformation in the late 12th century. Technically, Glasgow cathedral is no longer a cathedral, since it has not been overruled by a bishop since 1690. However, it is still a place of active Christian worship, hosting a Church of Scotland congregation. It is free to enter and is full of plaques dotted around it explaining the history of the cathedral. This beautiful cathedral is a great place to go for any lover of history; even better if you go when the organist is playing for a real authentic experience.
 Glasgow Cathedral
    3. Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow
 The Gallery of Modern Art was opened in 1996, and since then it has been well-known for its excellent contemporary art. It exhibits work by local and international artists and addresses several social issues in biweekly events. This wonderful gallery also has free Wi-fi, a cafe, and even a mini-library inside of it. The Gallery of modern art has pieces from several artists, including works by Andy Warhol and David Hockney. This gallery has mesmerising works of art such as an equestrian statue of the Duke of Wellington sculpted by Carlo Marochetti in 1844. If you are a fan of modern art or are even indifferent, this is still a good place to go.
Gallery of modern art, glasgow
     4. Kelvingrove Park
  Kelvingrove Park is another free place to visit, and a fabulous one at that. It was created in 1852 by English gardener Sir Joe Paxton, who also worked on the Crystal Palace in London. The park is 34 hectares in size and is an area heavy with wildlife. There are many different birds from kingfishers to cormorant, and there are also red foxes and even otters. It is in a central location, West of Gilmorehill and the University of Glasgow, South of Partick and Anderston, to the East by Charing Cross and to the North by Hillhead and Woodlands. It’s a great place to visit for all the family, and it even has a bandstand that is used for summer music festivals.
 Kelvingrove Park
     5. Celtic Park
Celtic Park is a football stadium which is the largest in Scotland, with a capacity of 60,441 people. It is also known as Parkhead or paradise by Celtic fans. Celtic was formed in 1897, and Parkhead was built in 1898. Celtic Park has been used as a venue for Scotland internationals, and in 2014 it hosted the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games. It is a brilliant place to visit for any football fan,  and once you’ve visited it there are even restaurants inside to have a bite in.
Celtic Park

Top Five Places to visit in Glasgow, Scotland.

Georgia Aquarium

Georgia Aquarium

Located in the downtown area of the capital city of Georgia, USA is the Georgia Aquarium. This internationally recognized aquarium is home to over 100,000 animals and many species of fish and sea creatures. It is the second largest aquarium in the world.

This public aquarium has been built by the generous contributions of individuals such as Bernard Marcus, Jeff Swanagan, the Coca-Cola company, and others. It was originally built around the establishment of a home for whale sharks and from that has grown a location with educational programs, public entertainment venues, and seven different exhibitions that are updated yearly to reflect the most recent combination of sea life.

Visitors may view seven different exhibits. Southern Company River Scout is an exhibit that shows local area and regional underwater environments to be seen from the bottom up. The AT&T Dolphin Celebration comes complete with a dolphin show from the 13 dolphins in residence. Cold Water Quest exhibit allows the public to see animals from the polar regions of the world. Ocean Voyager was built by Home Depot and shows life from the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System. The Tropical Diver exhibit shows Indo-Pacific fish and the development of live coral reefs. Suntrust Pier is an exhibit of sea lions. Aquanaut Adventure: A Discovery Zone is the most recently built aquarium and features a scavenger hunt using the aquarium’s mobile app. Included in the offerings is also a Titanic Aquatic that has a walk-through of the original Titanic ship.

The aquarium is open to the public year round.

Fox Theatre

fox theatre

Located in Midtown Atlanta on Peachtree St. is the Fox Theatre, known as the “Fabulous Fox.” It was originally a Moorish temple and eventually a movie palace. It has been restored to be the most active venue for national and international performing companies and stars. Broadway touring companies may be seen at the Fox along with the Atlanta Ballet Company and many award winning films from around the world.

Make sure you hear and see “Mighty Mo” the Fox’s 3,662 pipe, theatre organ that still ranks as the second largest pipe organ in the United States. It has been featured in many live productions and Hollywood movies.

 

Atlanta Botanical Garden

atlanta botanical garden

Midtown Atlanta, Georgia is home to the 30 acre botanical garden started in 1976. It is designed to provide aesthetic, educational, recreational and dining experiences for the general public. It involves itself in conservation and research in order to continue growing species of plant life native to this area of the world.

The garden is home to the Children’s Garden, the Fuqua Conservatory, and the Fuqua Orchid Center. Social events, weddings, art exhibitions and the annual Garden of the Eden Ball are held in these locations. Of special interest during the winter season is the Garden Lights, Holiday Nights exhibition which features 1.5 million LEDs.

Piedmont Park

piedmont park

If you fancy a walk in a beautiful park, long to get your oils out and paint, or simply desire to listen to an outdoor concert, it can happen in Piedmont Park. This urban park was originally a gentleman’s farm, but was sold to the Piedmont Driving Club to be used as a racing grounds. The Driving Club joined arms and money with the Piedmont Exposition Company and began to use the property as a place for fairs and expositions.

In the 19th century, major expositions were held at this location and eventually the designer of Central Park in New York City was engaged to redesign the land to be more user friendly for the local population. Walking paths, benches, and places of repose were created and the park began to be a more common place for the general population to come.

In addition to a place of beauty and recreation, many outdoor concerts featuring national and international stars are held in the park.

Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site

Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site

Known worldwide as the leader of the American Civil Rights Movement, this location was very recently renamed the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Park. It is home to the home of his birth and Ebenezer Baptist Church from which is preached and pastored.

The MLK site consists of a museum that showcases exhibits about the civil rights movement and Dr. King’s role in this movement. There is a gift shop built inside what was originally a fire station. The center is also home to the “I Have a Dream” International World Peace Rose Garden and a statue may be seen dedicated to Mohanda K Gandhi. Visitors may also walk along the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame.

Special events are held during Black History Month which is February and every anniversary of the assassination of this great man of peace.

 

Our Favourite Places to Visit in India

 

India is well known for having one of the most prominent cultural histories, as well as it’s widespread religious beliefs. India is the second most populated country in the world, with over 1.2 billion people, and this means that there are thousands of different architectural feats, hundreds of different types of cuisine, and all different kinds of art. India is a wonderful place to visit as any tourist, and it’s no wonder that tourism in India is growing rapidly. (India received 23.3 million foreign and domestic tourists in 2016.) India has numerous different attractions to visit, including the iconic Taj Mahal, Gateway of India and the Lodi Gardens. Here are some of our favourite places to visit in India.

  1. The Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal is a world-renowned mausoleum that was commissioned in 1632 by the Emperor of the Mogul Empire, Shah Jahan, as a tomb to house his favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. The Taj Mahal itself was built with glistening white marble and is a magnificent building to look at. The Taj Mahal is over 350 years old,  and it is still one of India’s most celebrated structures, and the grounds compliment the fine scenery that you will see when you go there. The Taj Mahal is also a UNESCO world heritage site, so there are many tour guides to show you the Taj Mahal and allow you to experience the trip in its full. If you go to the Taj Mahal, the breathtaking building and wonderful insight from a tour guide into the building’s history will be well worth the visit, just make sure you bring sunglasses to prevent the glare from the white marble and the sunlight.

The Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal

2. The Gateway of India

The Gateway of India is an arch monument that was built during the 20th century. It is located in Bombay, India, and it was erected to commemorate the landing of King George V and Queen Mary at Apollo Bunder on their visit to India in 1911 (although it was only completed in 1924.) This imposing archway incorporates Islamic-style architecture, and the basalt archway faces out to Mumbai Harbour from the top of the Apollo Bunder. The Gateway of India has been referred to as the “Taj Mahal of Mumbai”, and for good reason. You will definitely enjoy the beautiful view of the sea, stretching out in front of the iconic Taj Mahal Palace, (which is a hotel.) The Gateway of India is free of charge and has many good cafes and restaurants nearby. People flock together in the Gateway of India, and it is just a great place to visit, and a wonderful experience for anybody who enjoys fine architecture.

Lodi Gardens

Lodi Gardens

3. The Lodhi Gardens

The Lodhi Gardens is a park situated in New Delhi. Lodi Gardens are one of the pleasantest green spaces in Delhi, with hundreds of different types of flowers and trees that are labelled so tourists can recognise each one of them. Lodhi Gardens is spread over 90 acres, and it contains multiple different tombs, including the tomb of  Sikander Lodi, (built in 1517 by his son) who was the second ruler of the Lodi Dynasty. The Lodhi Gardens is protected by the Archeological Survey of India, and the Lodhi Gardens is a hotspot for Delhites who are going for an early morning walk. It is a breathtaking garden of flowers that are in full bloom, and you would forget that you are in the middle of a city. If you are in New Delhi, the Lodhi Gardens is a place to go, relax, and just enjoy the peaceful atmosphere and mood.

Lodhi Gardens

Lodhi Gardens

4. Jaisalmer Fort

Jaisalmer Fort is situated in the city of Jaisalmer, in the Indian state of Rajasthan. The biggest landmark in the city believed to be one of the very few “living forts” in the world. Jaisalmer Fort is a former city, and for the better part of 800 years was the former city of Jaisalmer. There is still nearly 1/4th of the city’s population still living there. This is the second oldest fort in Rajasthan, built in 1156 AD by the Rajput Rawal. The fort has massive yellow sandstone walls, camouflaging the fort in the yellow desert. For this reason, Jaisalmer Fort is also known as “Golden Fort”. In 2013, at the 37th session of the World Heritage Committee, Jaisalmer Fort, along with 5 other forts of Rajasthan, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Jaisalmer Fort Jaisalmer fort looks utterly spectacular from the outside, and once you are within the walls of the fort it continues to shine. Beautifully preserved and full of shops, dwellings, restaurants and accommodation you really get the feeling that you have stepped back in time wandering around the narrow alleyways.

Jaisalmer Fort

Jaisalmer Fort

5. Mehrangarh

Mehrangarh also referred to as “Mehran Fort”, is located in Jodhpur, Rajasthan. It is one of the largest forts in India, and definitely one of the best preserved. Built around 1460 by Rao Jodha, this fort is situated 125 metres above the city and is enclosed by massive walls. A stunning and sprawling fort set on a hill that was really a royal home. The rooms inside the Mehrangarh Fort are converted to a museum which documents the rich history of the ‘Rathores’ elaborately in the form of paintings, attires, arms, etc. The museum is considered as one of the most well-stocked museums in Rajasthan.Your tour of the museum will take you into the private living arrangements of Indian Kings and their royal consorts and wives. The architecture is well preserved and intricate, and the museum’s pieces are well curated and tell an intimate story about the royal household. It is absolutely fascinating, and any history fans will absolutely love Mehran Fort.

Mehrangarh

Mehrangarh

6. River Ganges

The river Ganges is one of the most well-known rivers in the world, being over 2500 km long and passing through India and Bangladesh. It is the third largest river by discharge, and millions of Indian people depend on it for their daily needs. Three towns holy to Hinduism, Haridwar, Prayah and Varanasi attract thousands of tourists and pilgrims to the River Ganges to take a dip in it. This is done because cleaning yourself in the river Ganges is believed to “cleanse oneself of sin and help attain salvation.” The rapids of the Ganges are very popular for river rafting, especially during the Summer months, and there are many beautiful walkways that go across the Ganges for the benefit of tourists. An ancient highway that connected kingdoms, its shores are lined with majestic palaces, historic battlegrounds, and remote villages that offer up a slice of Indian life you won’t find in the big cities. The River Ganges is great and you can even take a ride in a boat which will carry you around it and show you how the people in the villages near the Ganges live.

River Ganges

River Ganges

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UK travel company releases vacation party bundles for divorced ladies to assist them ‘relish their new lease of life’

  • Orchid City and Spas use divorce parties in upmarket hotels throughout the UK
  • The business states society is now ‘much more accepting’ of divorce
  • Divorce celebrations commemorating newly-single statuses are currently popular in the United States

A UK travel firm has actually launched weekend breaks for women going through a divorce.

Orchid City and Spas, which has been providing upmarket spa breaks and hen weekends since 2011, says divorce parties are now capturing on in the UK, following their popularity in the United States.

Orchid says it has actually helped ratings of newly-divorced women ‘enjoy their brand-new lease of life’ by getting away for a few nights away with household and friends for some indulgent indulging.

Orchid City and Spas, which has been offering upmarket day spa breaks and hen weekends given that 2011, uses divorce celebration breaks in 4 and five-star hotels

Paul Southgate, handling director of Orchid, stated: ‘With research studies recommending that around 42 percent of marriages now end in divorce, we anticipate our divorce celebrations to grow in popularity.

‘Society’s attitude towards divorce is shifting and people are ending up being a lot more accepting of it.

‘We know that any relationship separate can be difficult and disturbing, so our brand-new divorce party breaks are created to be an enjoyable break in unwinding surroundings.

While divorce celebrations have been popular in the US for a while, the pattern is brand-new to the UK

‘They’re a perfect chance for newly-single women to reconnect with their friends, consider their alternatives and have some fun while doing so.’

He said while divorce parties have been popular in the United States for a while, the pattern is brand-new to the UK.

The specialist operator offers weekend packages in four and first-class spa and store hotels in cities throughout the UK including in London, Bath, Oxford and Cheltenham.

Source

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-5058479/UK-travel-firm-launches-divorce-party-holidays-women.html

Back in 2008, when the world was wondering if the economies of their countries were going to survive, I took off to Prague, Czech Republic. I had been to Mexico, Morocco, and other countries for work and vacations, but going to Eastern Europe would be a new adventure.

I arrived at the Prague Airport after an 11 hr. flight from Atlanta, Georgia, USA. My first thought was the information I had read about not trying to exchange money at the airport. It is more expensive than other places in the city, so I decided against it. Next was where to get a taxi and getting on to the apartment I had rented for the year.

One of my purposes in going was to earn a Teaching English as a Foreign Language(TEFL) certificate at a school in Prague. I would be earning this certificate and teaching for whoever would hire me after graduating from the 30 day certificate program. I hastened to a taxi and spoke my address as best I could in Czech. Fortunately, the driver had been picking up Americans for a long time at the airport and he took me straight away to my apartment.

After starting school, I began to make myself aware of some of the local attractions. I will list and describe them here, but I recommend after you see them go ahead and “go off the beaten path” to the non-touristy areas. The local people will help you find them and the prices will be cheaper also.

First of all, I think it’s important for any person visiting Prague to understand it is geographically divided in two different ways. It has individual sections and these look like pieces of a puzzle if you see them on a map. In addition, the capital of the Czech Republic is divided into three concentric circles known as Prague 1, Prague 2, and Prague 3. If you cannot pronounce the name of your street, it is possible to simply announce, “I live in Prague 2, section 10.” Every local will know what you mean.

Charles Bridge

charles bridge

So, what did I first see when I went on my first excursion in the city? Well, I went to the Charles Bridge, of course. Upon first stepping foot on to this bridge, one is confronted with the shear power of its presence over the Vltava River. Yes, there will be many tourists, musicians, and people selling their art, puppets and various trinkets. But, if you look closely at the structure and its statues placed all along the sides, you will begin to hear the voice from the past.

The Charles Bridge was started in 1357 when King Charles IV reigned over the area. It took the next two centuries to finish it culminating in the 15th century. The Charles Bridge replaced the old Judith Bridge which lasted from 1158-1172 and had its demise when flooding overwhelmed it. The Charles Bridge was the primary means of crossing the Vltava River from the Prague Castle into the Old Town. Establishing this connection made this bridge an important land connection for trade passing from eastern to western Europe.

The Charles Bridge is 2, 037 ft. long and 33 ft. wide. There are 30 statues and statuaries along the bridge fashioned in the baroque style. As you approach the Old Town side of the bridge, you will presented with the Old Town Bridge Tower. Do not fail to look up and see the Hebrew letters written on this Gothic style tower.

Prague Castle

prague castle

It is impossible to not see the Prague Castle as it looms over the city as a great testament to the past and present Czech history and government. It is actually a complex of smaller structures that is the home of the President of the Czech Republic. It houses offices of government, the Bohemian Crown Jewels and is in fact the largest ancient castle in the world.

It was founded in 880 and is presently a UNESCO World Heritage site. It’s architecture is a combination of styles ranging from Romanesque to Gothic to present modifications after the Velvet Revolution.

St Vitus Cathedral

St Vitus Cathedral

Just as the President of the Czech Republic has his own castle that is his administrative address, so does the Archbishop of Prague. He offices at the Metropolitan Cathedral of Saints Vitus, Wenceslaus, and Adalbert. This is a Roman Catholic cathedral known to the locals as simply Saint Vitus. The cathedral is part of the Prague Castle Complex and is owned by the Czech government. It contains the tombs of Roman Emperors and Bohemian kings.

Prague Jewish Museum

prague jewish museum

When the Prague Jewish ghetto was demolished, many items were saved and placed in this museum. The founders of the museum were Salomon Hugo Lieben and August Stein sometime around 1906. Although it is an actual museum, one of its original purposes was to save Jewish culture and religious artifacts as a “safe haven.”

It has become nationalized and during the communist era, the museum was not allowed to research or curate on a variety of topics. Research and freedom to include various research areas were allowed in 1994 when the building was returned to the Prague Jewish population of people. Further, items were then made to be under the aupices of the Federation of Jewish Communities thus giving it even more freedom to curate.

Astronomical Clock

astronomical clock

Every day of the week, it is possible to stand in the Old Town Square along with a throng of camera phone wavers and observe the Prague Astronomical Clock do its thing. It is mounted on the southern wall of the Old Town Hall and consists of an astronomical dial, statues of Catholic saints, and a set of figures that present what is known as The Walk of the Apostles. It does this every hour upon the hour without fail. There is a skeleton that actually strikes the time and a calendar dial that shows the months of the year.

These were some of the places I visited while teaching in the beautiful city of Prague. I saw these locations most every day as I hustled around to my next client at some place of business. I loved the beauty and history of the place and I carry its inspiration with me.

If you can, go there. It will not fail to inspire, motivate, and educate regarding past culture, art, music, and architecture.

Best cities & places to visit in Russia

There’s so much more than visiting Russia than snow and ice. Russia is a fascinating place to visit due to the numerous different attractions and the cultural heritage that it possesses. Russia has some of the most breathtaking cathedrals in the world, and the cathedrals are some of the main attractions that nearly every Russian city has. The history behind these cathedrals goes back hundreds of years, and visiting one is truly an amazing experience. Russia is the largest country in the world; there is a massive area to explore so it is great for any travellers who enjoy exploration.

Our favourite places to visit in Moscow:

1. Moscow Kremlin

Moscow Kremlin was built in 1495 and it is an area in the centre of Russia which contains the Kremlins, (Russian citadels) five palaces, four cathedrals and the Kremlin wall and towers. The main building within the complex is known as the Grand Kremlin Palace, and it is the residence of the President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin. The Moscow Kremlin has been recognised as a UNESCO world heritage site since 1990 and the beautiful set of buildings are visited thousands of times each year by tourists and locals alike.

moscow kremlin

Moscow Kremlin

2. Red Square

The Red Square is a city square which separates the Moscow Kremlin from the merchant corner. Around the square are many different points of interest, including Lenin’s Mausoleum, (the resting place of Soviet Leader Vladimir Lenin), the GUM (a massive shopping centre with over 240 different stores), and the bronze statue of Kuzma Minin and Dmitry Pozharsky. The Red Square is a great place to take your entire family, either just to go shopping or to see the sights and absorb the amazing views that the different sculptures and attractions have to offer.

The Red Square

The Red Square

3. Gorky Park

Gorky Park is in the centre of Moscow, and it was named after Maxim Gorky. It was first opened in 1982 and it has a very large 300~ acres of land in its entirety. The park stretches across the Moscow River, and it is a very entertaining place to visit. There’s a great range of funfair rides, roller coasters, and food stalls. You can also ride a horse, sail on a boat and go bungee jumping. There’s music in the summer, and on days you don’t feel like doing anything you can just sit on the grass and relax. Gorky park’s a great place to take the family and it’s very popular among the locals as well.

Gorky Park

Gorky Park

4. St. Basil’s Cathedral (The Cathedral of Vasily the Blessed)

St. Basil’s Cathedral is also located in the Red Square, and it is a museum as of today. Visitors take a route into the centre of the Cathedral and can then admire the magnificent painting in the central church roof and the large gallery consisting of dozens of different fine paintings.

St. Basil's Cathedral.

St. Basil’s Cathedral.

Our favourite places to visit in Saint Petersburg:

1. Hermitage Museum

Hermitage Museum is regarded as St. Petersburg’s most popular tourist attraction, with 2,898,543 people visiting in 2013. It’s a must-see for any first-time travellers in the city, full of magnificent artwork and cultural exhibits with over 3 million items in its collection. It was established in 1764 and has been popular ever since. The Hermitage Museum contains 4 main buildings that you can visit, each exhibiting different cultural arts. The bulk of the collection is placed inside the Winter Palace. Whether you are looking for some fine impressionist-art or just an Italian sculpture from the 15th century, this museum has enough for everybody.

Hermitage Museum

Hermitage Museum

2. Peterhof Palace & Park

Peterhof Palace and Park is a massive area that is hundreds of years old. It was the residence of Tsar Peter the Great from 1725 to his death. The Palace is very luxurious, possessing approx. thirty rooms, including the Chesma Hall that is decorated with a dozen paintings of the Battle of Chesma (a victory for the Russians in the Russo-Turko war in 1974). The Lower and Upper gardens contain 64 different fountains, and it’s a beautiful sight to behold. The entire Peterhof Park is filled with magnificent flowers and trees, and the view of the Gulf of Finland is just breathtaking.

Peterhof Palace & Gardens

Peterhof Palace & Gardens

3. Palace Square

Palace Square connects Nevsky Prospekt with Palace Bridge, and it is the centre square of St. Petersburg. The Square is rich with history, being the place where Bloody Sunday and the October Revolution occurred. The Winter Palace from the Hermitage Museum is located in the Palace Square, and it truly is a beautiful sight during Winter when the snow falls. In the centre of the square stands the Alexander Column which was raised after the Russian victory in the war with Napoleon’s France.

Palace Square

Palace Square

4. Russian Museum

The Russian Museum is the biggest museum filled with Russian fine art in all of St. Petersburg. The museum was created on April 13th, 1895 upon enthronement of Nicholas II to commemorate his father, Alexander III. The museum has many different exhibitions, including Russian art from the 12th-17th century, video art, and Peter the Great’s house.

Russian Museum

Russian Museum

Our favourite places to visit in Samara:

1. Samarskaya Luka National Park

This park is nearly completely enclosed by a ring of water, and the only Russian mountain range (Zhiguli Mountains) of the Russian plains is located here. The park is 22,500 hectares and is inhabited by different fauna, including owls and European bee-eaters. On the south side of the park is the Saratov Reservoir and on the north is the border with the Zhiguli nature reserve. Samarskaya Luka National Park is popular with tourists due to the number of hiking trails that there are, and the recreational setting that it is in. You can hike inside the Stephen Razan caves, Witch lake trail or just get a simple museum tour. It’s a great place to bring experienced hikers and new ones alike, and there is a range of difficulties depending on the trial that you choose.

Samarskaya Luka National Park

Samarskaya Luka National Park

2. Stalin’s Bunker

Stalin’s bunker has a history dating back nearly a hundred years ago, constructed in the 1930s before World War II. The bunker was kept secret for years and was connected by tunnels with other various underground buildings including the Moscow Metro system. A stadium was chosen as a shelter for the secret bunker and buildings beneath it. The Izmailovo Stadium has over 120,000 seats and it was a very good way to hide the bunker that was hidden underground. Nowadays Stalin’s bunker is a brilliant museum that exhibits how his secret bunker was used and what was contained in it. It even has some of Stalin’s personal items and it has not been heavily changed since it was built, in the 1930s.

Stalin's Bunker

Stalin’s Bunker

3. Sok Krasnaya Glinka

Sok Krasnaya Glinka is a ski resort with 5km of slopes available from 100m to 270m. The ski resort is good for beginning and intermediate skiers, but if you’re looking for something a bit tougher you won’t find anything here. The slopes are relatively simple to go down, and even the intermediate levels are pretty easy. If you’re learning to ski or bringing somebody who doesn’t know how to ski, it’s a good resort to visit.

4. Samara Zoological Park

Samara Zoological Park is a compact Zoo that covers no more than a football field, but it’s a great place to visit nevertheless. The zoo has a good range of animals, from owls to dogs, to even tigers. It’s a good place to take the kids and visiting it will be an enjoyable experience.

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The best places & cities to visit in Spain.

When you visit Spain you have numerous options to choose from, from Madrid’s cafes, museums and boutiques to Barcelona’s iconic architecture and sunny beaches. Spain has some of the best places to visit in the world, and it’s no surprise that nearly 76 million tourists visited Spain in 2016 alone. Spain is a great place to visit if you just want to relax. Sit on the beach and get a tan, visit a museum and see some of Spain’s historic sculptures, even visit a cafe and just watch the time fly by. Here are our favourite places to visit in Spain.

                   Our Favourite Places to visit in Madrid

  1. Museo Del Prado

The Prado Museum is widely considered to have the world’s finest collections of European Art, dating from way back in the 12th century up until the 20th century. It is also known for having the single best collection of Spanish Art. Founded in 1819, it is now known for being one of the best art museums in the world, with a collection of over 15,000 different paintings, sculptures, and prints. The museum received nearly 3 million visitors in 2012 and is ranked 18th globally in the number of visitors each year. Museo Del Prado is an amazing museum for anybody to visit, with its massive variety of different arts and exhibitions, and I highly suggest you visit it. Especially lovers of fine art.

Museo Del Prado

Museo Del Prado

2. Cafe Murillo

Cafe Murillo is located right behind Museo Del Prado, and it’s a convenient and cosy spot to eat some lunch and have a coffee. A lovely little place with a nice interior to rest in. There is a wide range of food (for a cafe), including cakes, hot drinks, roast chicken, burgers, and even vegetarian meals. Perfect to take your kids to.

Murillo Cafe

Murillo Cafe

3. La Sanabresa

La Sanabresa is a very popular place for locals and tourists alike, but it is a quaint little place. With only three servers (with one being the owner) to attend to the entire restaurant, it is a very homely place with over 30 different tasty, inexpensive and well-liked foods. Another great little restaurant to take your kids too, with a lovely atmosphere and very attentive servers.

Meatballs at the Sanabresa

Meatballs at the Sanabresa

4. Buen Retiro Park (Park of Pleasant Retreat)

The Buen Retiro Park is one of the largest parks in Madrid, which was owned by the Spanish monarchy until the late 19th century when it became a public park. Created in 1680, it is one of the biggest parks in Madrid, with picturesque views, magnificent sculptures and monuments, and a large peaceful pond. (known as the Retiro Pond.)  Buen Retiro Park is a place where you can bring a picnic, sit on the massive lawn with the view of the garden, and eat in complete peace. You can also play sports, such as rollerskating, jogging, cycling, and even sailing in the serene water. A lovely place to go for anybody, especially large families that just need a break from all the buzz of the main city.

Buen Retiro Park

                   Our Favourite Places to visit in Barcelona 

1. La Boqueria

La Boqueria is a large public market and one of the city’s most revered tourist landmarks and it was mentioned as early as 1217. The market has a very diverse selection of goods, from a massive amount of fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, to nuts, spices, and many other dry ingredients. There are also dozens of bars, cafes and restaurants to visit. This is a great place to go with the family to get some great quality food, and just for a day out to see how some of the tourists make their living!

La Boqueria

La Boqueria

2. Montserrat

Montserrat (not to be confused with the Carribean Island) is a rocky range with multiple different peaks. The highest peak is called Sant Jaroni, and it is a staggering 1236m in height. There are two other main peaks known as Montgros (1120m) and Miranda de la Agulles (903m). It is the site where the Benedictine Abbey is located, and it is supposedly the location of the Holy Grail in Arthurian myths. You can get to the Benedictine Abbey by car, cable car, or the Montserrat Rack Railway. The highest peak is accessible by multiple hiking trails across the mountain, some easier than others.

Montserrat Mountain

Montserrat Mountain

3. Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art

The Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art opened to the public on November 28, 1995. It has a large collection of over 5,000 works from the 20th century onward, and the collections mainly focus on post-1945 Spanish and Catalan art. It has a shop and cafe as well as the fabulous art that is on display in the massive building.

Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art

Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art

4. Sagrada Familia (Church of Holy Family)

Sagrada Familia is the largest Roman Catholic Church in the world. But it is not finished. It was designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi and the foundations were laid in 1882. Currently, only 70% of the Basilica is finished and the six central towers are being worked on. The Sagrada Familia is supposed to be finished in 2026, but tourists can still visit it and it is one of the most popular places in all of Spain. When you visit the Sagrada Familia, you can see all the different tours, from Gaudi’s work and life to an autoguided visit.

Sagrada Familia

Sagrada Familia

                     Our Favourite Places to visit in Valencia 

1. L’Oceanografic

L’Oceanografic is an oceanarium where many different marine lives are represented. It was designed by Felix Candela and it was opened on the 14th of February 2003. L’Oceanografic is the largest oceanarium of its type in the world. It has a surface area of 110,000 square metres and a water capacity of 42,000,000 litres. There are many different attractions to see, such as the dolphinarium, and massive ocean tanks with hundreds of other fish, ranging from sharks, to penguins, to seals, to stingrays. There are over 45,000 animals of 500 different species and  the park is divided into ten areas (including an Arctic area, Mediterranean area,  and a Red Sea area.)

L'oceanografic

L’oceanografic

2. Valencia Bioparc

 Valencia Bioparc is a 25-acre zoo which is owned by the City Council of Valencia. It opened on February 28th, 2008 and it is known for having a massive collection of Fauna. It is an innovative zoo with barriers that the animals struggle to see, and they are put in an area that is just like their dwelling in Africa. This Zoo is known for bringing the visitors totally into the natural habitat of the animals. Valencia Bioparc has a big range of fantastic animals, Leopards, Lemurs, hyenas, lions, gorilla, giraffes… The list goes on. This place is a great place to go for adults and kids alike, with many different exhibitions that children will love.
Valencia Bioparc

Valencia Bioparc

3. Museo de la Almoina (Archaeological Museum of l’Almoina)
The Museo de la Almoina was inaugurated in 2007. This is a museum that has exhibitions of large sets of archaeological pieces from various times in history (Roman, Visigoth, Arab,)  It shows how the city was founded by the Romans over 2000 years ago, and it has exhibitions from the remains of buildings, baths and other Roman architectural works of art.
Museo De La Almoina

Museo De La Almoina

4. Mestalla Stadium

The Mestalla Stadium is the home ground of the Valencia football club (Valencia Club de Fútbol). The stadium was built in 1923 and it has a capacity of nearly 50,000 seats. It was one of the venues of the 1982 FIFA world cup. It a great place to visit for any Valencia Football club fans or footballers alike.

Mestalla Stadium

Mestalla Stadium

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The best places & cities to visit in Spain.

Things To Do In Switzerland

In 2016 a survey took place which revealed the global ranking of happiness in 158 nations and when the report came out Switzerland turned out to be the second happiest country on the planet, isn’t it fascinating. The question which comes in everyone’s mind is that just what is making everyone so happy in Switzerland? Well here’s the answer, this is the birthplace of skiing and it offers travelers much more than just slopes and chalets. From art to food to outdoor adventures, there’s so much to visit in this small country and they also offer there some fun events and special experiences that might have a little something to do with why everyone is feeling the love.

Things To Do In Switzerland

So don’t just sit back and think where to go in vacations just get packed and head straight for this small, mountainous and wealthy jewel nested comfortably in the heart of Europe. Add to it the stylish ski resorts of Zermatt or charming Berne echoing medieval times, celebrity-studded St Moritz, and the outrageous Zurich steaming with art and design or the cosmopolitan Geneva, and once you end up in this country this small yet amazing country will make your vacations unforgettable.

Via Mala Gorge:

Mala Gorge

Between Thusis and Andeer the Via Mala Gorge lies. Via Mala Gorge means «evil road», and for many centuries it has enjoyed a unique mythical status. This is a natural monument with its rock walls is 300m long and has 321 stone steps which lead you safely down into the depths of the gorge and is easily accessible to visitors.

Long time ago this natural monument was probably one of the most feared section of the historic transit route known as the Via Spluga . Nowadays,this monument is a «must see» for tourists.Chapel

Bridge (Kapellbrücke):

Bridge (Kapellbrücke)

Chapel Bridge (“Kapellbrücke”) that surrounds the Reuss River in the city Lucerene is a wooden pedestrian bridge. It is named after the nearby St. Peter’s Chapel, it was built in 1333 and is one of the oldest wooden bridges in Europe.Today, it is one of the Switzerland’s main tourist attraction.

The Old City of Berne:

The Old City of Berne:

“It is the most beautiful that we have ever seen,” wrote Johann Wolfgang von Goethe in a letter to his friend Charlotte von Stein during his stay in Bern in 1779. Today the Swiss capital still enchants its visitors with its charm and diverse attractions and events.

This is the only city in Switzerland which offers such a wonderful wealth of culture, entertainment and leisure. Hurry and hectic are foreign words to the Bernese. In their city, people enjoy life up to their fullest and take time for what is important. It’s entirely easy to relax and enjoy oneself in this unique Old Town atmosphere

The Rhine Falls:

The Rhine Falls:

Rhine falls is 150 m wide and 23 m high waterfall is located near the village of Neuhausen in Northern Switzerland. Even though the Rhine Fall receives massive tourism every year, the natural beauty is just overwhelming and it is for sure worth your time. May/June is the best time to visit because at that time the amount of water peaks are at their best.

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It is argued whether searching incognito really does ensure you always get to see the cheapest prices available, but with it being so quick, easy and free to do, why take the risk? Rather, ahead of looking online for flights simply switch over into incognito mode and you needn’t even concern yourself with whether it’s true – or pay more if it is.

  1. Travel Midweek

Book a flight heading out and returning midweek to save the most, no matter the airline; flights departing from the UK and headed for New York as well as those returning struggle to fill up most on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Hence, tickets sell for the least on these two days.

Meanwhile, it might surprise some to learn that Saturday is also an unpopular day on which to travel. Therefore, for those who require travelling at the weekend, always opt to do so on a Saturday. Sunday flight prices, in contrast to Saturday prices, are eye wateringly high though, be warned.

  1. Watch Out for Error Flights

For those who do not necessarily need to book too far in advance and who are able to take a more flexible approach to travelling, it is always worth keeping an eye out for error flights.

With literally thousands of flights taking off every day and airlines being busy 24/7 to ensure all their flights are listed online, this means that there is real potential to capitalise on any errors made when imputing information. And these mistakes happen surprisingly often, fortunately for use travellers and rather unfortunately for flight providers.

To learn how to spot or find these error flights amongst the rest, bookmark and make regular visits to the Flynous website which posts errors as they occur.

  1. Follow the Telegraph Newspaper Guide

Lastly, for a wealth of even more tips, tricks and means of getting to New York on a shoestring budget, take full advantage of the Telegraph Newspaper’s Travel Section Guide: The Cheapest Way to Get to New York. As well as offering further advice on how to bag a budget flight to New York, the Telegraph Guide also provides ideas as to how to get to New York without flying for those willing to take a round-a-about trip if it means saving some serious pounds – or dollars, as the case may be.