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HELICOPTER TOURS: THE BEST WAY TO EXPERIENCE NEW YORK CITY

Best Destinations - Amanda - October 10, 2017

New York, a city full of energy, fashion, art, nightlife, luxury, incredible people and irresistible food, attracts people from all over the world. Whoever visits this beautiful city gets enchanted by its ever-flowing energy, and whoever lives in this city cannot live without it. The city is home to some of the most iconic landmarks of the United States of America, including the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty. And one of the best ways to explore all of these iconic sights of New York is to go on a helicopter tour of this beautiful city. Going on a helicopter tour will allow you to see this beautiful city from a bird’s eyes’ point of view, as well as let you see the following magnificent landmarks in such a way which would not have been possible from the ground.

Statue of Liberty

Situated on Liberty Island, the Statue of Liberty is a colossal neoclassical sculpture made of copper. Designed by French sculptor Frederic Auguste Bartholdi and built by Gustave Eiffel, this iconic statue has been a symbol of New York and the USA itself. Going on a helicopter ride in New York will let you see this beautiful statue from completely new heights.

Empire State Building

This 102-story high skyscraper has been an integral part of New York City’s landscape since 1931. Since its formation, this building held the record of being the world’s tallest building for 39 years. You will get to see this engineering marvel from the top when you go for a helicopter ride over New York City. Get a bird’s eyes’ point of view of the observation deck situated on the 86th floor, and rise way up above it to see some incredible vistas of the building and the surrounding areas.

One World Trade Center

One World Trade Center is the main building of the rebuilt World Trade Center complex, and it is the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. This skyscraper is iconic not only for its economic importance but also for the sentimental and historic importance of the 9/11 incident. Going on a helicopter tour is the best way to see this breathtaking skyscraper in its full glory.

Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges

The Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges are the most iconic bridges in New York. People flocks over to take a walk through the bridges to get a clear view of the famous New York skyline. However, flying over these bridges on a helicopter takes the experience to a whole new level. You will get to see the clearest views of the skyline, as well as experience the beauty of these bridges in an unparalleled way.

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GO FOR A RELAXING SPA VACATION IN YORKSHIRE

Best Destinations - Amanda - October 10, 2017


Situated in Northern England, the historic county of Yorkshire is mainly popular among tourists for its great outdoor activities and cultural hot spots. However, this beautiful region is much more than the memorable night outs and beautiful landscapes. In fact, the beautiful towns and cities of Yorkshire are also quite well known for their therapeutic spa waters and award-winning Turkish baths. This makes Yorkshire one of the best places to visit if you want a truly authentic spa break. Each and every one of us deserves a little bit of luxury every now and then in our lives, and that is why going on a spa break in Yorkshire can be just the vacation you are looking for.

Why go for a spa vacation?

For thousands of years, spas have been known as places which heal the body and the soul. In these modern times, our lives have been cluttered with crazy amounts of work, hectic schedules and immense pressure. Taking a break from the everyday city life and spend a few days relaxing at a spa resort can simply rejuvenate your body and mind like nothing else. Take a therapeutic massage, do some yoga, take part in some cleansing activities, have some healthy food and just relax in the calming environment. You can be sure you will feel much fresher after you go on a spa vacation, and that is why going on a spa break should be an absolute must for everybody who is looking to take a break from the crazy schedules.

What to do on a spa vacation?

Do nothing but relax. The beauty of spa vacation is you won’t need to do anything outside your resort. Spend the whole time enjoying the various treatments and massages you can get while you are on your spa break. There are also various holistic activities like yoga or Pilates which you can enjoy. These exercises will rejuvenate your body and also your soul. After you are done with your cleansing activities, you can just relax in the luxurious relaxation lounge, or by the pool. Enjoy some healthy delicacies and have a few drinks. If you are going for an overnight break, you can also spend your time inside your luxurious room. Overnight spa breaks are particularly refreshing, as you can spend your whole day relaxing at your beautiful resort enjoying the various activities and treatments without a worry in the world, which truly makes for an outstanding experience.

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THINGS TO DO IN CHICAGO

Best Destinations - Amanda - October 8, 2017


Chicago attractions have all that you will ever expect from a major city – museums, shopping districts and nightlife venues. As a learner you can explore the Grant Park’s institutions – the Art Institute of Chicago and the Field Museum. You can also start your vacation with an architecture river cruise – the Willis Tower and Tribune Tower. The city’s quintessential experiences include an amazing game at Wrigley Field and the Magnificent Mile for window shopping.

Art Institute of Chicago

As its permanent collection, this place features more than 300,000 works from all over the country – be it the pieces created in the Byzantine era or a painting from a decade ago. The interior designs and furnishings in Europe and America from 13th to 20th century have been showcased at the institute. It is situated at the south of Millennium Park and next to Grant Park in downtown Chicago.

Chicago Architecture River Cruise

One of the Chicago attractions it gives you an overview of Chicago’s sky-high buildings, historical insight of The Wrigley Building, the Leo Burnett Building and the Fulton House. There are various companies who offer the river cruises, the best amongst them is a Chicago’s First Lady Cruises boat with a Chicago Architecture Foundation docent.

Millennium ParkMillennium Park

A visit to Chicago is incomplete if you haven’t been to one of this mesmerizing Chicago attraction. The 24.5 acre space showcases cutting edge art, architecture and landscaping as well as acts as a backdrop for festivals and concerts. The main attraction here is “The Bean”, which is the Crown Fountain and Cloud Gate. The Crown Fountain has two 50-foot towers designed by Jaume Plensa. Yet another reasons to visit the Millennium Park include the Boeing Galleries (where contemporary sculpture is displayed outdoors, a concert at the Frank Gehry-designed Jay Pritzker Pavilion, stroll through the Lurie Garden and a Segway tour at the McDonald’s Cycle Center.

Shedd Aquarium

One of the world’s largest aquariums is Shedd Aquarium which houses around 32,000 creatures. Here at this Chicago attraction you will find penguins, sharks, piranhas and beluga whales. Visitors often love to experience animal encounters, feeding experiences and behind-the-scenes tours.

Wrigley FieldWrigley Field

Counting on the Chicago attraction one cannot forget that Chicagoans take their love of sports very seriously. Built in 1914 and appreciated by history buffs, is considered as the second-oldest MLB ballpark in the country.

Grant Park and Buckingham Fountain

Grant Park, also referred as “Chicago’s front yard”, is a 319 acre swath of green space. This Chicago attraction extends from the eastern edge of the Loop to the northern fringes of the Near South Side. Visitors can experience baseball diamonds, walking paths, flower gardens and wide-open grassy terrain. Buckingham Fountain is the heart of Grant Park. Considered as one of the largest fountains in the world, featuring 133 jets that shoots water up to 150 feet high. There is a light and sound show at night.

The Field’s Museum

Chicago attraction, Grant Park, gives it’s a certain area to this extensive natural history museum. It houses artifacts from multiple eras and destinations, a must see for kids. The museums include Inside Ancient Egypt exhibit, interactive representations of life of the Nile, and the Restoring Earth area in the Abbott Hall of Conservation.

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5 Ways to Enjoy the Beauty of the UK

Best Destinations - Amanda - October 1, 2017

Throughout the United Kingdom you’ll find countless areas filled with beautiful scenery and stunning views that must be seen to be believed. The UK consists of England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. Each area has its own unique charm, and the best thing is that the landscape is constantly changing due to the turning of the seasons.

Enjoy the Scenery from a Narrowboat

A great way to enjoy the stunning scenery is to give canal boating a try. You can rent different sizes of boats and the largest ones can sleep up to 12 people. You can get boats that come with showers, toilets, and kitchens. You can prepare all of your own food or you can stop in any small town that you can tie the boat up at, have a meal there, and then explore the area on foot.

The waterways pass through miles of breath-taking countryside and you may see some wildlife as well. The boat goes slowly enough for you to be able to take some amazing photos. There are over 3,000 miles of waterway in England to that will take you through a series of canals that are connected by locks. You can also cruise through canals in Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland.

Sit Back, Relax, and Enjoy the Scenery

There are plenty of guided coach tours to choose from and the tours include the cost of the bus, the guide, accommodations, and some meals. It is a great way to see the scenery without worrying about driving in a new area. It is a fabulous way to meet new people with similar interests and explore the scenery of the UK.

Get a Job in a Beautiful Location

What could be better than waking up every morning to go to work at a place that people travel from all over the world to see? If you like Downton Abbey you can feel as though you are on the set by working in a beautiful house.

You can work as a guide for a tour company and take people on guided hikes or cycle tours through beautiful areas. You could move to an area that interests you like Cornwall on the Southwest coast of England or Snowdonia National Park in Wales and work in a restaurant, hotel, or retail store. Then you can spend your time off exploring the area at your leisure

Road Trip around Ireland’s Coast

Rent a car and start your journey in Belfast where you can see where the Titanic was built before it went on its ill fated maiden voyage. You can then head along the Causeway Coastal Route that hugs the Atlantic and will take you to such magnificent places as The Gobbins, Glenarm Castle, Cushendun Caves, Rathlin Island, Giant’s Causeway, and many more.

Island Hop in Loch Lomond, Scotland

Loch Lomond is the longest inland stretch of fresh water in the UK and it 39km long. It is on the boundary between the Scottish Highlands and Lowlands and there are many islands to explore in the loch. You can easily rent kayaks, paddle boats, row boats, peddle boats, and motorboats to explore the lake at your leisure.

You can also do water sports like water skiing, wakeboarding, or tubing. Inchmurrin is the biggest freshwater island in the United Kingdom and you can stop at the hotel there for accommodation. The hotel has a bar and a restaurant so it is a great place to go if you are hungry, looking for a place to stay or just want to stop for a pint of ale.

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