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Still More Things to do in Dubrovnik

Best Destinations - Amanda - January 21, 2014

People looking for a cheaper and still lovely Mediterranean holiday would be wise to choose Croatia as a locale to visit. When in Croatia there is no better place to head to then the southern tip down to the small Mediterranean city of Dubrovnik. A picturesque town both for its lovely architecture and its stunning views over the Mediterranean Sea, including the lovely Lokrum Island, Dubrovnik offers visitors a variety of things to do. Still more to do in Dubrovnik includes:

croatias-lokrum-islandLokrum Island

A 10 minute boat ride from Dubrovnik is the lovely Lokrum Island. Whereas some beaches around Dubrovnik can get quite crowded on a summers day, the beaches on  Lokrum are controlled by the number of people that are allowed on the island at any one time and because of that have plenty of room. If you are feeling adventurous the island even has a nude beach. There are several historical attractions as well to visit on the island including the 19th century Napoleonic Fort Royale. Views from the Fort provide fantastic visuals back over Dubrovnik’s stunning old town. A trip to Lokrum Island makes the perfect day trip from Dubrovnik and water taxis leave every half hour from Dubrovnik’s old port. Water taxis ferry back and forth at a cost of $4.75 until 8 pm each night.

Rector’s Palace

Located between Dubrovnik Cathedral and St Blaise Church, the Rector Palace can be found at the end of Stradun in the Old Town of Dubrovnik. The rector who inhabited Rector’s Palace historically lived there just for a month at a time. The Rector’s Palace operated in this fashion until 1806. In contemporary times it is open to the public to enjoy its majestic qualities. Perhaps the most heralded spot inside the palace is the internal court yard which is filled with intriguing monuments and immaculate grounds keeping. On the second floor of the palace is a museum that includes antique furniture – including an intriguing collection of old clocks – and works from local artists. The Rector’s Palace is open from 9 am to 4 pm daily and costs around $8 dollars.

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Cruising the World is the Way to Go!

World Travel - Amanda - January 19, 2014

If you’ve never been on a cruise before, you’re missing out. Sticking to the land means you’re skipping ¾ of what the Earth has to offer and some of the most incredible sights on the planet are only accessible from the waterways. Add on the fun and easygoing nature of life on the high seas and it’s no wonder why so many people make cruises a mainstay of their travelling life!

The tricky part may be deciding just on which cruise to take to which destination, because there are a surprisingly large number of cruise operators serving various regions of the world. While you can book through a travel agent, many people these days opt to book online, giving them greater access to the information of what the different operators offer. For example, getting Circle Line sightseeing cruise tickets can be done through their website with only a few clicks, allowing you to see where you want to go and book it all in either an afternoon or after weeks of detailed planning and debate.

Finding deciding where to go a little overwhelming? Take a look below at a few possibilities for cruising the high seas!


The old standard of the cruising world lets you jump between warm, tropical islands while enjoying the comfort of your own berth onboard the ship. Many cruises will stop at a few locations to let you get off, enjoy the local colour and splash around the beach and are great for travellers looking for the all inclusive feeling with a bit of a twist.


For something completely different, hope aboard a ship heading up into the wilderness of the most northern state in the USA – Alaska. Still very wild and sparsely populated, a cruise to Alaska will show you some of the untamed frontier that remains in the world while giving you stops in places like Juneau and Anchorage, checking out the vast mountain ranges that can’t be accessed by road. Wither fewer stops than most Caribbean cruises, Alaskan cruises definitely allow you to enjoy the onboard amenities to their fullest.


For those who want to see some of the old world but cannot for the life of them decide which cities to see, a cruise is a fantastic option. Onboard your ship you can choose a cruise that stops in such locales as Venice, the Greek isles, Egypt and everything in between.. unless it’s not on the water, like Rome or London – but you can always see them on some other trip! The only downside of these types of trips are the sheer number of other tourists doing the same thing, stopping off during the day and leaving at night, making the major tourist spots kind of packed. That being said, you really can’t beat a cruise for giving you a taste of the world while having your own floating hotel room to return to each night!

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Yet More to see and do in Rome

World Travel - Amanda - January 7, 2014

319596_10100358489097351_1094699887_nRome is a city that really has to be experienced once in your life. The saying was – “See Rome and Die!” Rome is a city that was once the centre of an empire and it shows in terms of the sheer number of monuments and attractions it has. A beautiful city on its own in terms of its architecture, this intrinsic beauty is taken to the next level when paired with buildings and sites that have been around for hundreds of years, and in some cases millennia. When a person comes to Rome they also have a chance to sample firsthand the Roman passion and the unique energy of its citizenry. Yet more to see and do in Rome includes:

Basilica di San Clemente

Via Labicana 95 | Rome

The Basilica di San Clemente is an intriguing building in the sense that it is by all accounts a church built upon a church, built upon a church, built upon a church. The first church built there was a 2nd century pagan temple, which was later built over by a 4thcentury church, which later ended up underneath a 12th century church. Visiting the Basilica gives the opportunity to see remains of all 3 previous structures. The Basilica can be found near to the Colesseo metro station and is open daily, but closed for masses, at lunch time.

Gianicolo Hill

Piazzale Giuseppe Garibaldi | Rome, Italy

West of the Tiber River is Gianicolo Hill which provides a great locale to look over the city and relax. Your view from the hill top will gaze over all the wealth of beauty Rome has to offer. Some of the best places to look from are near Renaissance villa, the villa Lante as well as the Piazza Garbaldi.

Campo de’ Fiori

Piazza Campo de’ Fiori | Rome

The campo De Fiori has two existences, one during the day as a bustling market place and the other as one of Rome’s most concentrated areas for nightlife. Writers say that the Campo de’ Fiori has retained the same qualities and appearance that it had back since the early 1800’s when it also was a market and a place for people to congregate. Travelers call this one of the best people watching spots in the city and a great place to get fresh veggies by day and revel in Rome’s night life as the sun sets.

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Why Your Laptop is Your Travel Buddy

Stories and Travel Info - Amanda - January 2, 2014

There are a lot of gadgets you can take travelling these days and if the last decade is any indication of future trends, there are only going to be more options as time goes on. Many travellers are wary of bringing expensive technology on the road out of fear of them getting lost or damaged but as long as you keep your wits, you’d be crazy not to bring your tech along for the ride.

Even with the surge in tablet adoption in the past few years, laptops are still a traveller’s best friend. They offer the largest array of options in terms of software and are the perfect travel size. If you’re unsure whether your current computer is worth trusting on a lengthy trip overseas, maybe it’s time to upgrade to a more modern machine – you might be surprised what you get these days for a pretty reasonable price.

Here are a few of the many reasons why your laptop is your travel buddy regardless of your destination or the duration of your trip.

458x228_sp_wifiConnection to the Rest of the World

These days it’s all about staying connected and there is no better way than through your laptop. Most laptops have built in cameras that are perfect for Skype sessions back home or video chatting that long lost friend you’re meeting up with for the first time in years. Your laptop gets on online in a flash thanks to the plethora of wifi hotspots all over the globe and ensure you’re never far from knowing what the weather is like at your next stop or the breaking news stories from back home.

Bookings and Schedule Changes

If you’re the type of traveller that likes to make changes to your itinerary on the fly then you’ll understand the value of having your computer with you at all times. It’s perfect for those last minute travellers or those that simple find something incredible on route and want to fit it into their schedule by making a reservation.

Chance to Unwind

Travel for many people is a chance to unwind and get away from it all but sometimes you need to decompress while you’re on the road and have some down time. With your laptop you can do this by turning even the most crowed 32 person dorm room into your own private sanctuary with a good movie, game or review all the pictures you’ve taken so far.

Best Bet for Blogging

For all the bloggers out there (and lets face it there are a lot of us!), there really is no alternative to a good laptop for staying on top of all your updates and posts. Whether it’s putting up your pictures or logging in your travels as they happen, your laptop is your lifeline. Just be sure to bring a portable hard drive along with you just in case the unexpected happens – which it always will when you’re least prepared!

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