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hey I'm Adrian Finch and last month I had the pleasure of embarking on an
incredible 17 day journey through grief over the duration of the trip I hit
seven cities and five islands we started in Athens and made our way down to Crete
up to Santorini yes Paris to Mykonos before returning back to Athens Greece
is a beautiful country in southeastern Europe known for its stunning cliffside
cityscapes beautiful blue beaches and luxurious party resorts often called the
cradle of Western civilization Greece is rich with history and culture that you
won't get from a textbook alone I booked this trip through EF College Break an
organized trip company known for their low prices hand-picked accommodations
and experienced team of travel expert now don't let the name fool you EF
college break is the perfect way to go when booking travel for anyone ages 18
to 28 so I had toured throughout most of Europe already I have never been to
Greece or on a group tour so when they offered to send me on their 17 day
ultimate Greek islands tour I could not say no before I get into the specifics
regarding our itinerary some packing tips and my overall review of the trip
my favorite part of booking through EF College Break was how organized and
stress-free the trip was not only is their website aesthetically pleasing and
extremely easy to navigate through but they take the time to set you up with a
personal trip consultant who will walk you through any questions and concerns
you may have before even booking you can also call them anytime for those of you
considering booking remember to use my code Adrienne 100 for $100 off I'll link
all the info below and feel free to write any questions and concerns in the
comments and I'll do my best to answer all of them my biggest concern with
booking an organized tour was that I would be exhausted it wouldn't have any
downtime to get work done or just relax however that wasn't the case at all
though our itinerary was jam-packed with excursions sightseeing and plenty of
things to do we were given a lot of downtime as well as optional activities
that we could choose to opt out of if we were feeling too tired or wanted free
time to explore the city ourselves your triple consists of one tour director the
person arranges everything from hotels to transportation and they leave the
group daily they're essentially your trip superhero and we love my tour
director slash group dad older brother as he'd like to correct me with Adam
Gerard he was so great because he not only had
immense knowledge of the country but he truly seemed to enjoy every day of his
job though our group had 30 people he personally walked me to the pharmacy and
Santorini when I got sick and made sure to be there for everyone answering
questions 24/7 I was also lucky to have another awesome
EFT member on the trip Jessie he too loves his job and we all got along so
well let's get into the itinerary this particular trip is 15 days long but you
have to add two days to account for traveling everyone in the group flew
into Athens on the same day and met up for our Welcome dinner that night
everyone in our group seems so nice and I was surprised to see how many people
had been traveling alone by the end of the trip I understood why some of the
people you meet on these trips could end up being your lifelong best friends the
sightseeing in history in Athens was incredible and getting around via the
underground metro was fairly easy to get a grasp on passenger teens landmarks
including the 5th century BC Acropolis which holds the Parthenon temple and
also our hotel was the tallest building in Athens how funny is that
after Athens we set sail on an overnight ferry for Crete majority of our travel
on this trip would be a coach bus and ferry at first I was worried about
getting seasick but I was equipped with the proper medication which I'll talk
about later and all of the ferry rides were actually quite calm Tonya was our
first stop in Crete this was one of my favourite cities in all of Greece from
the cute quaint alleyways of the city to the beautiful port with amazing
authentic restaurants during our time in Crete we went on a day trip to follow us
on a beach beautiful beach on the west side of the island about an hour away
from home hands after Honea we hit her aquion another cute town and two hours
east of Chania this too had a beautiful port and the bluest water I'd seen yet
sadly we were only here for one day before departing to Santorini and we
didn't get to see the Palace of Knossos or what is known to be Europe's oldest
city I definitely recommend they add that into the tour but other than that
Crete was amazing next up Santorini I had by far the highest expectations for
this island as its blue domed churches and White Cliffs eyes cityscapes
seem to be all I see on Instagram and Pinterest we stand at a beautiful resort
like hotel which overlooked much of the city because the towns on Santorini are
so high up I had a slight case of vertigo and because we had been on so
many ferries I also have land Cygnus I would get dizzy occasionally but the
breathtaking views were worth the discomfort there are two major counts of
seeing yes and fira iya is a super high up
picturesque city where lots of locals and tourists alike gather to watch the
sunset most nights I highly recommend is it was one of the prettiest sunsets I've
ever seen Sara is a more quaint local town full of more beautiful views
restaurants and shopping we also went wine-tasting at a local winery in
Santorini and if you like wine at all or the culture behind it I highly recommend
doing the same after Santorini we were off the eeo with
my personal favorite island now I can't tell if the island itself was my
favorite or the place we were staying we stated a resort right on the beach that
had everything you could ever need from a giant pool amazing restaurants
convenience stores and watersports we also happen to be there during the
Sweden midsummer party which happens once a year and was one of the biggest
pool slash beach parties I had ever been to one of my favorite days on the whole
trip was an EOS where I went paddle boarding and inner tubing and a lot of
other people went snorkeling and scuba diving the possibilities were endless
next we were off to Paris unfortunately I didn't do much in Paris because I was
feeling a little under the weather the group did go on an all-day boat cruise
around the island though where they saw the bluest lagoon and had an amazing
time heroes unlike any other islands we've seen yet had a gorgeous little
town right along the coast I woke up for sunset one morning with a friend I'd
made on the trip and actually caught some incredible drone footage our last
island and probably my second favorite place with Mika this was another Island
I'd heard endless things about from the night life to okay mostly just the
nightlife we stayed at a gorgeous hotel overlooking the ocean and trekked into
the city each night to experience the true of Mykonos nightlife one night
while we were out the whole city experienced the power blackout which
wasn't ideal but was also really cool to see before we knew it it was time to get
on our last ferry of the trip and head back to Athens for our farewell dinner
and last night in Greece I couldn't believe I'd been walking these same
streets only two weeks before the trip was the perfect length as I would sad to
leave all my new friends but they're all so happy and excited to get home now
onto some packing tips as a rule of thumb I say pack your suitcase and then
take out literally half of it you are moving up and down stairs on and off
buses and ferries so the least you can take the better two weeks is not two
months and you can live without a lot of the extra clothes you think you need I
promise I checked a medium-sized bag but if I
could do it over I would just bring a carry-on here are my biggest packing
tips number one bring sandals and shoes that you don't mind trashing you're
walking so much you shouldn't bring your $200 designer sandals they will get
ruined number two if you go in the summer you don't need any jacket bring
one comfy sweater or sweatshirt for lounging around but that's it it's way
too hot number three bring only one pair of long
pants and maybe two pairs of shorts and just repeat the same shorts the whole
trip number four bring enough underwear for the whole trip you can do laundry if
you need but no one really wanted to number five leave extra room for
souvenirs seriously try number six bring all the medication you think you could
possibly need there are pharmacies but it's tough
sometimes navigating and communicating in a foreign country so bring anything
you could possibly to me number seven if you're a girl bring two to three flowy
dresses you can dress up or down there breathable and you can sweat a lot and
still be really cute and comfortable fun fact I realized about Greece number one
it's hot AF in the summer and upset number two there are stray cats and dogs
in almost every city how has no one made a cast of Greece Instagram page honestly
number three after most meals are served a shot of oz' or raki sorry about my
pronunciation it's like authentic Greek tequila if you will which they claim is
good for digestion number four it's rude to not finish your food don't worry
sometimes they serve literally way too much and you just can't most leases will
give you a to-go bag if you need number five it's rude to ask for the check
before everyone's done eating we learned this the hard way number six they
usually won't come to you with the check you need to ask for it lots of places
don't take cards so be sure to take out some cash number eight
there is no Wi-Fi I repeat the Wi-Fi is terrible everywhere and a lot of hotels
don't even have it you desperately need internet by a Wi-Fi hotspot from a local
cell phone shop I bought one from Cosmo tey one of their local cell carriers and
it worked pretty well number nine if you need to have cell service get a travel
pad most carriers have a $10 a day pull data and self-service type of package
normally I'm okay with unplugging and a lot of people did but I had to work
during this trip so it was actually really nice to have all right you guys
that is my review on EF college brakes ultimate Greek islands trip it was the
most incredible experience I absolutely 100% would do it again I really
recommend this trip as well as checking out all of their other trips if you guys
decide to both be sure to leave a comment below with any questions or
concerns and I will be sure to address them you can also follow me on Instagram
to see some of my photos from Greece and DM me with your email addresses if you
are interested in signing up so that I can connect you with a personal trip
consultant this video was by no means sponsored this is absolutely my honest
opinion EF did send me on this trip for free I
would 100% do this trip again and I highly recommend thank you so much for
watching I will see you guys in my next video hi
Welcome to Peru! | Best Essential Tips & Travel Guide
What's up? You're watching Vagabrothers,
and this is Peru.
What's going on Vagabuddies?
Welcome back to the channel.
Right now we are in Lima, Peru.
It's our first time coming to this country,
and we are super excited to be here.
We've got a lot of things to tell you.
We're in Peru because we're part of a program at YouTube to make four virtual reality videos,
and we're going to make a VR tour of Machu Picchu.
But we didn't want to come all the way down here for just a couple of days.
So we've arrived a little bit early to explore Cusco and Lima, as well.
To capture the experience better,
we're bringing along our friend and colleague, Carlos Mason,
the cinematographer behind East of Eden and our virtual reality
mentor, DJ, to help us capture Machu Picchu,
the best we possibly can.
It's going to be an awesome adventure.
We're going to eat well.
We're going meet some Peruvian friends.
We're going to explore the culture and the history…. all of that jazz,
but first things first:
here's what you've got to know about Peru.
Peru is a land of contrasts, both ancient and modern,
indigenous and European.
And with over 90 micro climates,
it's one of the most biodiverse places on earth.
The coast has great surfing.
The Andes are the largest mountain range in the world after the Himalaya.
Lake Titicaca is the highest navigable
lake in the world and the largest in South America.
Plus, it's just fun to say.
Peru was home to the Inca Empire known as Tawantinsuyu
or the Empire of the Four Cardinal Points.
It's golden era only lasted around a hundred years until the Spanish arrived in 1532 and Pizarro
captured, ransomed, and murdered their Emperor Atahualpa before ransacking their capital, Cusco.
Pizarro then moved the capital to Lima, which he called the City of Kings.
It became the capital of and most important city in
the Viceroyalty of Peru, which was essentially all of Spanish Latin America.
Today Lima is still the capital.
It's home to about a third of Peru's 32 million people,
and it's the driest capital on earth,
except for Cairo.
Peru has more shamans in any other country in the world,
thanks to the Amazon where the local drug ayahuasca has been used as a medicine for thousands of years.
Meanwhile in the Andes, locals use coca leaves, the base ingredient for cocaine
to combat hunger and altitude sickness.
Don't worry. It's not addictive, but does make your tongue go kind of numb.
Today 45% of Peruvians are indigena, making it one of the most indigenous countries in South America.
15% are Criollo,
Peruvian born Spanish, and 37% are mestizo or mixed.
Peru was also home to a small but active Japanese community,
which came here in the 1800s to escape the Shogun Wars
and left their mark through Peruvian Japanese fusion cuisine known as Nikkei.
Peruvian food has had a massive impact on global cuisine.
Ireland would not have the potato,
America would not have corn,
and there would be no Indian curries without chilies from Peru,
all brought overseas by Portuguese and Spanish traders.
For some reason Peru's national dish cuy didn't catch on.
In English we call it the guinea pig
because sailors who used to go from Lima to London would stop in West Africa, and
merchants thought that's where it came from.
Lima is one of the best foodie cities in the world,
and it's the only city to have two restaurants in the global top ten,
including Central, the best restaurant in Latin America,
which was recently featured on season three of Chef's Table.
That's a big cactus.
Ready to book your ticket?
Here's what you need to know before you fly.
The currency in Peru is called the Nuevo Sol and there's about three solace to a dollar.
Peruvian power outlets are 220 volts, and they take both US style and European style plugs.
A 2 for 1.
Beyond Spanish there's two main languages in Peru:
Quechua the ancient language of the Inca spoken in the Andes and Aymara one of the oldest
languages in the world spoken in the Lake Titicaca region,
not to mention 27 other languages in the Amazon.
So if you're a linguist, if you like speaking languages,
this is the country for you.
Budget-wise, Peru's a mid-level destination.
You can easily get by on less than $50 a day or even $40, which makes it cheaper than Chile,
but more expensive than Bolivia.
Peru is near the equator and can be visited all year long.
June to August at the dry season
is great for hiking the Inca Trail.
December to March is the hot season -perfect for the beach.
You can save money in the shoulder season September to November
or March to May when the weather is still pretty good
and there's not that many tourists.
From the ocean to the Andes,
Peru has tons of different climates,
so it's super important to pack in layers.
A waterproof shell is essential- it rains a lot up here- as is a stuffable jacket because it does get cold.
Or you could just pick up a nice alpaca sweater from one of the many markets for ten dollars U.S.
Peru is a rugged country, so make sure you have the right footwear.
Even if you're just planning on walking around Machu Picchu, bring solid hiking boots.
It rains a lot. It's muddy, and it's slippery.
All right, I'm stoked.
We have never been to Peru before.
This is the home of the Inca Empire.
It's really a place that we've wanted to visit for a super long time.
We're very excited to be down here to be filming.
He said that it's part of the Incan Empire,
but the Inca Empire was really the most recent of many.
There were tons of civilizations here,
including here in Lima, which although it is a Spanish colonial city,
it's named after the Lima people.
We're on our way to go see
some of the remains of that civilization from about 400 AD.
And then we're going to get food.
Supposedly, there's really, really good food in Lima.
First stop here in Lima and our first stop here in Peru is Huaca Pucllana
This is the remains of a temple from the Lima people who were the original inhabitants of the city before the arrival the Spanish.
Unfortunately, it's closed today.
We're not allowed to go up there, and you can only do guided tours,
but you can see behind us is just this crazy pyramid full of basically adobe bricks.
And it's in the middle of the city
And I think it just goes to show the contrast between old- new here in Peru.
You have some of the oldest, most advanced civilizations in all the Americas
right in the middle of a bustling metropolis.
Honestly though it's just mind boggling that this entire complex is made of individual bricks.
There has to be hundreds of thousands, if not
millions of bricks, and the pyramid just over there has so many different layers.
It must have been quite the task to excavate this place, archaeologically speaking.
Total bummer that we can't go explore more, but we're going to go see the more modern layer of
Peruvian history here- that of the Spanish.
We've just arrived to the Plaza de Armas just in front of us here.
And like we said, Peru is playing Colombia tonight.
Their national football teams are facing up.
We didn't know that the game was going to be happening when we planned this day.
We came here because this is the center of old Spanish Lima.
When the Spanish conquered the Inca, they moved the capital from Cusco to Lima.
They built all their houses right here.
Anyways, the game's about to start. So let's just go jump in there and see what happens.
We finally found a quiet spot so I can explain why the Spanish built the city here.
It's because of this river.
Basically, the river connects the mountains all the way down the Port of Callao
and the Spanish built a city on the coast.
They were a seafaring nation.
In order to take the silver and gold from the Inca and
ship it off to Spain.
This was the capital of the Viceroyalty of Peru.
There were three Viceroyalties at the time:
one in Mexico,
one in Lima, and the other one the Española,
the first island the Spanish colonized.
And the whole thing was about shipping gold back to Spain.
Pretty much all of Spanish South America was controlled from this city.
It became very, very powerful and the old Inca capital of
Cusco kind of faded into history.
The conquista, the Spanish conquista of Latin America was one of the most brutal
periods of history.
They destroyed some of the most incredible
Including the Inca and the Aztecs,
and it is a part of history.
It's not a pretty one, but
It's just kind of interesting to see how all of this stuff blends five hundred years later.
We're in the neighborhood of Pueblo Libre at Taberna Queirolo
It was basically founded by Italian immigrants who came here to grow Pisco.
Pisco, you might have heard of from a Pisco Sour,
but it's actually a grape liqueur.
The story is that during colonial times, the Spanish would not let locals grow their own wine
because they were importing it from Spain.
So the locals made a liquor
from grapes instead of making wine ..that's pisco.
These guys came from Italy to grow the Pisco,
and they still do.
I've ordered a Pisco puro,
which is just pure Pisco,
and Alex and Carlos got a Pisco Sour.
All right salud. Here's to a good week here in Peru.
This is actually my first Pisco Sour ever.
We've had a realization.
As we are almost the only people in this room and everybody else is in the other room watching futbol.
It's insane to see how important it is globally.
When the World Cup happens, national fever is
expressed in a competitive,
but collaborative way, and I think that America is just so
self-centered with our sports.
We're so wrapped up with the NFL and with Major League Baseball.
The World Series is not a World Series.
It's cool to come abroad and to see people so excited
But just to correct you.
You said you're an American whereas people here also say that they are Americans too because in Spanish,
America is one continent, not two.
Although you are a united.. you're a "estadounidense"" Soy gringo.
We have made it back to the hotel.
Good job, Peru. Good job, Colombia
You guys tied in the game,
but we have just begun our time here in Peru.
I think watching a football match, especially that we didn't know it was going to happen,
was a pretty good way to kind of get right into the local way of doing things.
I would say it's like diving
directly into the deep end.
It's been sweet and pisco sour.
We're going to sign off the vlog at this,
and we'll see you guys tomorrow
We're going to be going all around Lima,
which is one of the best foodie cities in the world, and we're doing it with some local YouTubers.
So we'll see you guys tomorrow.
In the meantime if you like this video,
you know what to do: give a thumbs- up, share with your friends, and subscribe to Vagabrothers
and turn on notifications, if you have not already.
And as always stay curious, keep exploring and we'll see you on the road.
Hasta luego. Hasta mañana. Ciao.
Indonesia The Ultimate Travel Guide Best Places to Visit | Explore The Emerald of the Equator
18,000 Islands 300 languages spoken the largest archipelago in the world it's a
big island country offering myriad adventures
welcome to Indonesia join us as we discover the Emerald of the Equator misc travelaffiliateguru.com” rel=”nofollow” >Travel Guide bringing you the ultimate travel guides Indonesia with over 18,000
islands 6,000 of them inhabited this largest Southeast Asian country is no
short of breathtaking sights inspiring diversity and deeply rooted histories
the Indonesian archipelago spreads over 5,200 kilometers between the Asian
mainland and Australia all of it within the tropics and comprises 18 thousand
Indonesia has something unique to offer everyone from the cool white sands and
raucous volcanoes of Bali to the vibrant capital city of Jakarta
to the untouched lands of Sumatra you can always find something different here
this island nation has some of the largest remaining tracts of tropical
forests anywhere in the world and is home to several beautiful scuba diving
and snorkeling spots as well an overview of the best places to visit in Indonesia
Jakarta Indonesia s massive capital is a large bustling city with a population of
over 10 million sits on the northwest coast of the island of Java a historic
mix of cultures Javanese Malay Chinese Arab Indian and European has influenced
its architecture language and cuisine
the Old Town Kota tua is home to Dutch colonial buildings blood out jakarta's
Chinatown and the old port of cyndaquil Appa for traditional wooden shooters
dock central median Merdeka square is the
site of the National Monument or Mona's a marble obelisk with an observation
deck and the enormous Ishta Glau mosque the National Museum traces Indonesian
history through archipelago relics statues ceramic and jewelry
the city has numerous modern malls and specialist shopping areas such as the
antique market Jalan Surabaya offshore are the Thousand Islands some with beach
resorts some uninhabited all part of a marine National Park although the city
is known for its heavy traffic and high levels of pollution it is filled with an
exciting nightlife and vibrant shopping areas Lombok Lombok is an indonesian
island east of Bali and west of San Bao a part of the lesser Sunda Islands
it's known for beaches and surfing spots particularly Acuto and Bango Bango in
the motor-vehicle free gili islands gili trawangan gili air and Gili Meno a flan
box west coast offer more beaches briefs for diving and snorkeling and a sea
turtle hatchery to the west sing Giggy is a popular beach resort in the Gateway
to the ghillies west Lombok also has important temples most notably the 18th
century pearl links are and Matt Sorum the provincial capital home to craft
shops and historical museum museum Negri in the central highlands are gunning
rinjani National Park in Mount Rinjani an active volcano topped by a crater
lake that's a tracking and pilgrimage destination northern Lombok features
jungles waterfalls and traditional sac villages Lombok is often compared to its
closest neighbor Bali the island has the same kind of beautiful beaches and
volcanic sceneries with less commercialism and fewer crowds making it
one of the best places to visit in Indonesia fan dung capital of
Indonesia's west java province is a large city set amid volcanoes and tea
plantations it's known for colonial and Art Deco
architecture a lively university town feel and thanks to its 768 meter
elevation relatively cool tropical weather
nicknamed the Paris of Java during the Dutch colonial period van dong retains
1920s and 30s landmarks like the neoclassical ji-dong say it
c'était building now the office of the provincial governor it has a rooftop
resembling the Indonesian skewered meat dish there's also the Art Deco mansion
Villa Isola and the Sudanese roofed ceremonial hall at the acclaimed
institut teknologi bandung nearby natural sights include tango pon para vu
upside down vote volcano with trekking and horseback riding above active
craters there's also the light turquoise crater lake cow op huge and patching
gang lake surrounded by tea plantations
Surabaya Surabaya is a port city on the Indonesian island of Java a vibrant
sprawling metropolis it mixes modern skyscrapers with canals and buildings
from its Dutch colonial past it has a thriving Chinatown and an Arab quarter
whose ample mosque dates to the 15th century
the Tugu palawan heroes monument honors the independence battle wage in surabaya
streets in 1945 the city's shopping options range from glitzy multi-level
shopping malls to overflowing chaotic bazaars and its food scene from street
stalls to upscale international restaurants on the city's outskirts the
modern enormous al-akbar mosque with its distinctive Bluegreen domes offers an
elevator ride to the top of a minaret with panoramic views for most foreign
visitors the city is merely a transport hub for locals Surabaya is closely
linked to the birth of the Indonesian nation as it was here that the battle
for independence began
bromo Tengger Samir you National Park a
lunar like landscape of epic proportions and surreal beauty the volcanic bromo
region is one of Indonesia's most breathtaking sights the bromo Tengger
Sameera National Park is best known for its awesome scenery of a vast ancient
volcanic crater and a host of picturesque volcanoes that have emerged
from it the park is named after two mountains mount Sameera mount bromo and
the Tanger people who inhabit the area
Samira is the highest mountain in Java as well as one of Indonesia's most
active volcanoes the smoldering cone of bromo stands in a sea of volcanic sand
surrounded by the lowering cliffs of the craters edge the bromo Tengger samara
national park covers a massive area of 800 square kilometres in the centre of
east java for anyone with an interest in volcanoes a visit to the park is a must
lake toba lake toba is one of the awesome natural wonders of the world
this enormous crater lake has an island almost the size of Singapore in its
centre at over 1145 square kilometers in a depth of 450 meters lake toba is
actually more like an ocean formed by a gigantic volcano eruption some 70,000
years ago is probably the largest resurgent caldera on earth
Tovah has been part of a traveller folklore for decades this grand ocean
blue lake found up among Sumatra's volcanic peaks is where the amiable
christian Batak people reside this is the largest lake in Southeast Asia and
one of the deepest lakes in the world
towba is a beautiful place to come and sit back relax and absorb some beautiful
pristine scenery as the lake sits 900 metres above sea level
there is a cooler climate here making a refreshing break from the heat humidity
and pollution of the city Joao Jakarta if Jakarta's Java's financial and
industrial powerhouse Jakarta is its sole
central to the islands artistic and intellectual heritage yoshikata is where
the Japanese language is at its purest the Arts at their brightest and its
traditions at their most visible Yoshi Carta often called joke shop is a city
on the Indonesian island of Java known for its traditional arts and a cultural
heritage its ornate 18th century royal complex or kraton encompasses the still
inhabited Sultan's palace show Jakarta together with its twin city
surakarta solo is the cradle of civilization on Java this city was a
seat of power that produced the Magnificent temples of Borobudur and
Prambanan in the eighth and ninth century in the new powerful matram
kingdom of the 16th and 17th century Joe Jakarta is known as neverending Asia for
its endless appeals this city is one of the foremost cultural centres of
Indonesia all of this and many more to explore has brought Joe Jakarta as the
second most visited destination in Indonesian after Bali
Raja Ampat Islands the sparsely populated Raja Ampat Islands comprise
more than 1500 islands just off Sarang with their sublime scenery of sleep
jungle covered Islands scorching white sand beaches
hidden lagoons spooky caves weird mushroom shaped islets and pellucid
turquoise waters Raja Ampat has to be one of the most beautiful island chains
in Southeast Asia located off the northwest tip of the island of New
Guinea Raja Ampat the four kings is a fast archipelago comprising over 1,500
small islands and Cays marine survey suggested the marine life diversity
around the Raja Ampat Islands is the highest recording on
earth making it one of the most famous dive destinations in the world the
staggering abundance of marine life is due in part to its incredibly low human
population density the Raja Ampat islands are a truly
natural phenomenon with enormous biological diversity the amazing marine
landscape means that underwater photography should be on the top of your
list during your stay however with Raja amp its natural conditions high endemic
level of land sea biodiversity coastal ecology and local culture and tradition
the islands offer more than just amazing landscapes to photograph
Bali Bali is one of the world's most popular island destinations and one
which consistently wins travel awards the very landscape rugged coastlines
tropical beaches lush rice terraces and volcanic hillsides all provide a
picturesque backdrop to its colorful deeply spiritual and unique and new
culture the combination of friendly people a magnificently visual culture
infused with spirituality and spectacular beaches with great surfing
and diving have made Bali the most popular tourist destination in Indonesia
Bali is one of the most evocative and popular tourist islands of the entire
Indonesian archipelago despite the clamor and chaos of the main
tourist areas the island is rich in natural beauty for the tractions for
every kind of traveler ubud is the heart of Bali a place where the culture of the
island is most accessible and it shares the island's most beautiful rice fields
and ancient monuments with the East and West Bali
tanah lot temple is one of Bali's most important lien marks in ancient Hindu
shrine perched on top of an outcrop admits constantly crashing waves
tonality empal is simply among volleys not to be missed icons the mere mention
of bali evokes thoughts of a paradise it's more than a place it's a mood an
aspiration a tropical state of mind
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The people of Thailand have a gentle kindness about them. They’re infectiously positive, steeped in tradition, incredibly proud of their country, and the reason Thailand has been given the nickname, The Land of a Thousand Smiles.
Thailand is a tropical country that sits in South East Asia, It’s home to nearly 70 million people and until 1949 was known as Siam. It was then the decision was made to rename the country, Thailand. Thai translating as free, so The Land of the Free. If you look into its history, it has a good reason to own this title. This South East Asian nation is the only country in the region to have avoided colonialism. Remaining a sovereign country in its own right, something that the Thai people are very proud of. Thailand is a noticeably Buddhist country. With peace and positivity at the forefront of their national identity, that welcomes all other religious beliefs, allowing for the full freedom of expression. Over the past two decades Westerners have been lured to Thailand, and now it caters for every type of tourists, from cheap hostels to five star resorts. But here lies the contradiction, tourism has had a Western influence on the country and we want to see just how much of an effect this is having, on not only the landscape but also Thailand’s cultural heritage. We wanted to see how easy it is to find the authentic Thailand. Whether that’s in its capital city or a small island off it’s coastline.
Most visitors that come to the region fly into Bangkok, and that’s exactly what we did. We flew from London Heathrow, where we treated ourselves to an airport lounge. Knowing we only had a short time in Bangkok before heading out to the island, we prioritised our time and booked an transfer through Holiday Extras, from Suvarnabhumi Airport to our accommodation in the city centre. Bangkok is the hub of South East Asia, during the eighties and nineties to Asian investment boom had encouraged more corporations and consequently more people to the capital. Now, around 13% of the country’s population live in Bangkok, that’s over 8 million people which makes the city busy, and I mean crazy busy. The traffic is insane, people are everywhere. Lights are pulsating, music blaring, exotic smells from street food vendors around the city is quite simply an assault on the senses. And for this reason, a little goes a long way in Bangkok. And just a short stopover here, can be just enough to get a taste of the city.
We’ve fought through the jet lag and made our way to the Pak Khlong Flower Market, the best way from our hotel was to get a taxi boat. This is something I’ve learnt to get used to in Bangkok. People, and busyness, everywhere – here goes! Now these boats are loud, cramped and the river can be just as busy as the roads. However, the sights are pretty impressive and it’s a great way to see the city. We always recommend downloading Google Maps on any trip and Bangkok is no different. It really helps on this journey where to catch the boat from, and where to get off. The cramped conditions can make getting to the exit difficult with so many people in the way, so if you can, make your way to the end of the boat early. The market entrance is hardly spectacular but what lies ahead is an explosion of colour and smells. People are hard at work, as flowers are symbolic of Thai culture and are often used for the King’s celebrations. So we’ve come to the Pak Klong Dalat Flower Market, flowers are a huge part of Thai culture and this market is actually open 24 hours a day and apparently, the best time to come is at 3am, when all the wholesalers bring the flowers in. Now that might seem early but if you’re jet-lagged and wide awake at 3am then it could be the best place to come.
After being impressed by the flowers on show, we thought seeing them in their element would be a good idea, so we headed back up the river and made our way to the Grand Palace.
Just a ferry hop from the city of Vancouver in Canada’s southwest corner,
lies Vancouver Island.
This evergreen archipelago lures visitors
with its miles of untouched wilderness,
wild colonial history and modern farm to table ethos.
Catch a ferry or seaplane from Vancouver,
and arrive right in the heart of Victoria Harbor,
the picturesque gateway through which the island’s fortunes have long flowed.
Once a rough fur trading outpost,
Victoria found its wealth as the outfitting center
for British Columbia’s gold rush,
and became the elegant provincial capital in 1871.
Today it is still described as “more British than the British.”
Designed by a young immigrant,
to “express confidence in the promise of British Columbia,”
the Parliament Buildings have proudly served the people of the province
since their construction in 1898.
Take the short stroll to the Fairmont Empress Hotel,
an iconic symbol of the city itself.
Ever since it opened its doors in 1908
this stately establishment has been a magnet for society’s elite,
from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and Katharine Hepburn,
to Rudyard Kipling and Harrison Ford.
Nearby, grit, tenacity and industrial-era spirit
are celebrated in Craigdarroch Castle,
built by a Scottish coal baron, Robert Dunsmuir.
Stepping ashore, penniless in 1851,
by the late 1800s he had become the wealthiest man in British Columbia.
Although the dust has long since settled over Victoria’s quarries,
one has been given a new lease on life.
In 1912, Jennie Butchart meticulously cultivated a green haven
in the sunken remains of her family’s depleted limestone quarry.
Wander through Butchart Gardens
and reflect on Jennie’s legacy of conservation and respect for Mother Nature.
Vancouver Island’s rich history
is preserved in the many museums and galleries across the capital,
including the Royal BC Museum.
Experience 19th century life in the “Old Town”
and admire the immense collection of priceless artefacts
in the First Peoples Gallery.
Then, walk amongst totems carved from red cedar,
representing the sacred ancestry of the island’s first nations.
A short walk from the museum,
discover an area that’s a little less genteel-British,
and a little more quirky-Canadian.
Fisherman’s Wharf is a floating neighborhood of houses, shops and restaurants.
Order some of the freshest seafood in Canada
and try to resist the pleading looks of hungry locals,
hoping to share your lunch.
Though Victoria is the first port of call for most visitors,
the adventure truly begins when you rent a car and travel beyond the capital.
Make your way to the scenic area of Sooke
to start discovering the natural offerings of this abundant island.
Explore an inland oasis of hidden pools and waterfalls
at Sooke Potholes Regional Park.
Follow salty sea breezes further west,
to the black basalt shoreline of Sandcut Beach,
and soak up the enchanting rhythms of lapping waters
blending with rushing waterfalls.
Continue along the British Columbia Highway to the Juan de Fuca Trailhead
and take the easy 1-mile walk through dense old-growth forests to Mystic Beach.
Explore the eerie shoreline and caves
which have been gradually carved by tempestuous Pacific waves
over thousands of years.
If you’re chasing adventure
and want to experience one of the world’s great coastal walks,
lace up your hiking boots for the entire 29-mile trek.
Or for a quicker journey, continue to drive north-west along the highway.
One of the camping stops along the Juan de Fuca Trail is Sombrio Beach.
After immersing yourself in miles of serene wilderness, settle in for the night,
watch the sun set over the Pacific, and bask in pure solitude.
When you’re ready to return to civilization,
take the two-hour drive across the island to Cowichan Bay on the east coast.
This cozy seaside town thrives on the bountiful waters of the Saanich Inlet.
A short drive north of Cowichan is the city of Parksville.
This picturesque place is a warm and inviting rest stop,
and as the name suggests,
the perfect base from which to explore many pine-veiled parks and reserves.
As the trail leads you deep into Englishman River Falls Provincial Park,
breathe in the fresh scents of cedar,
hemlock and maple.
Follow the sound of cascading water to the riverbed,
where the waters of Englishman River tumble into the rocky gorge below.
Just a short drive from here is MacMillan Provincial Park,
famous for Cathedral Grove.
Wander beneath this ancient cluster of Douglas Firs,
standing like mighty pillars, some over 800 years old.
Let the sizzling smells of farm to table fare
draw you back across to the West Coast, to Tofino.
This friendly town bustles with visitors throughout the year.
Surfers are drawn to the legendary swells of Long Beach and Chesterman Beach….
Oceanfront cabins buzz with the chatter of Vancouver holiday-makers….
And no matter the season,
nature lovers take to the many trails, gardens, and parks on offer.
South of Tofino, the small town of Ucluelet awaits.
Translating to “people of the safe harbor”
in the native Nuu-chah-nulth language,
this sleepy town is surrounded by some of the
wildest landscapes on Vancouver Island.
Follow the Wild Pacific Trail
through thick forests of ancient cedar out along the coastline.
This trail serves up some of the best scenery on the island,
drawing photographers, whale watchers and hikers from across the globe.
The trail is made up of three sections.
Along the Lighthouse Loop, you’ll find Amphitrite Lighthouse.
Named after the sea goddess and wife of Poseidon,
this sturdy lighthouse stands like a sentinel,
lighting the way for weary vessels navigating these treacherous waters.
From First Peoples to the fur trappers and fortune seekers of old,
Vancouver Island is a place that has long rewarded
those who have walked its wild shores.
In today's busy world,
many intend on visiting but few actually make the journey.
Those who do, will be embraced by Mother Nature,
at her wildest, purest and most beautiful best.