Travel

Saskatoon and the promise of an enjoyable and relaxing trip

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Canada has been very much aware of this town’s effect on tourism and it ensured that accommodations, restaurants and other places of interest are established on its every inch. Saskatoon is really as resounding as the treasures it behold—from the huge farms that produce the ingredients used for their well-maintained watering holes to the amalgamation of its verdant parks for daily morning walks, the line of hotels, which are renowned for the quality they possess, and the locals who are used to welcoming visitors from all over the planet.

Saskatoon is truly a melting pot for travel in the whole of Canada, and with its insatiable hunger to develop, it would be no surprise that it will get to a far better standing from where it is now. Emerge satisfied and craving for more when you exit this flamboyant town, and traveling back is truly an option you’d highly consider if you’re lucky enough to have stayed here for a while.

Location

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Currently inhabited by almost 230,000 Saskatonians, Saskatoon is a city under the Saskatchewan Province established in 1883. Geographically, Saskatoon is in the middle section of the whole Canadian territory, which is divided by the famous South Saskatchewan River across its western and eastern tips.

The whole of Saskatoon covers a land area of almost 66 square miles and the inclination of the whole city itself is quite on an unconventional side— the South Saskatchewan River as its lowest peak while the Sutherland Suburb is dubbed to be the highest point. Saskatoon is also said to be found in the Aspen Parkland biome.

Climate

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According to the Koppen Climate Classification, Saskatoon can be classified under the humid continental type due to its elevation. Simply put, Saskatoon has clear four seasons yearly.

Ironically, Saskatoon summers are usually the wettest with 13.9 inches of estimated annual precipitation. It is also known that Saskatoon is one of the few cities in the whole of Canada to experience the sunniest days with a whopping 2,270 hours of sunlight per annum.

If you want to visit the place where flurries and snow are evident, get your bags packed during the last weeks of June until the first few weeks of August. Rainfall, thunderstorms, the occasional hails, lightning and even the ever-damaging tornadoes are also evident in this city.

Transportation

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If you live in Canada and decide to pay Saskatoon a visit, the city is well connected to equally huge spots such as Manitoba, Alberta and British Columbia via the Yellowhead Highway. Aside from a long drive, Saskatoon can also be reached via sophisticated railway systems under Canada’s two main lines—-Canadian Pacific Railway and the Canadian National Railway, which can easily transport you to other neighboring cities and towns.

The Saskatoon Railway Station can be found at the city’s western end. For air travel, the city is accessible via the John G. Diefenbaker International Airport, which caters to domestic and international flights.

Some of the destinations that you’d be able to experience would be non-stop flights to Minneapolis, Las Vegas, Edmonton, Vancouver and Winnipeg. Within the city, you’d be able to scan every inch of space via the Saskatoon Transit. Bus services are operated by the Saskatchewan Transportation Company that can easily connect every passenger to other towns and villages.

What to See

Mendel Art Gallery

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What sets the Mendel Art Gallery apart from the rest of the other places of creativity in Saskatoon is its well-celebrated Zen Garden, which is dubbed to be very soothing and tranquil according to visitors.

The gallery would give you visual pleasure, and dynamic exhibits would definitely relieve your tiresome feet from that long walk from the riverside.

Meewasin Valley

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With an etymology that means ‘beautiful’, the Meewasin Valley is one of the few natural spots that Saskatoon is proud about. In this specific tourist attraction, you’d be able to experience how it is to walk the relaxing Meewasin Trail, with mature and towering trees dotting your path.

Wander while a huge number of cyclists and picnic goers saturate the verdant landscape and welcome your inquiries about wildlife by visiting the extension, Mendel Island. Tour guides on schedule are always available for tourists to avail with a reasonable fee.

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If you’d want to see how Saskatoon looked and felt in the year 1910, the Western Development Museum would be your best bet.

If you’d pay the museum a worthy visit, you’d be acquainted with true-to-life streets that shout vintage and history.

Be shocked to see towering and realistic buildings and edifices that speak of Saskatoon life and all that transpired in this developing city.

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See More:

Tourism Saskatoon
http://www.tourismsaskatoon.com/

Saskatoon Travel Guide
http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/saskatoon

Paul Intalan

Cusco, the embrace of the ancient past in the modern world

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This is where the ancient past reminds the modern world of the sequence in time that brought us to the present age.

The hub where Inca civilization flourished, Cusco’s long standing resilience to progression through time is perceptible in the remnants left by the early natives who have established one of the most important fragments in history.

Location

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Cusco is the center of Inca civilization. The city is the capital of the Cusco region and is found near Urumba Valley in the Andes Mountains.

The city covers about 385.1 square kilometers and has an estimate population of 500,000. A point where early civilization developed, Cusco has now grown into a tourist spot due to the remnants and structures left by the previous population.

Its importance in the study of social evolution has been recognized, appointing some of its parts as UNESCO Heritage spots.

Climate

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The city is situated in a high location that resulted to wealthy nature that surrounds it. The average temperature would fall around 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

Travelers might want to consider the months of September to December when planning a trip to this beautiful city because these months have nice average weather.

The most rainfall is during the first quarter of the year, while summer is between May and September.

Transportation

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The nearest airport is situated at the far edge of Cusco. International travelers might want to book a flight to Lima first, and then book a connecting flight to Cusco from there.

Getting to the city center from the airport is possible via taxi. If coming from cities such as Lima, Puno, Nazca and La Paz, getting a bus ride would be an ideal route to go.

Attractions

Pikillaqta

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The place served as a ceremonial site for the Wari people who inhabited the place until 1100 AD. The pre-Inca city has places, parks and houses in it that tells how ancient life was conducted by the early people who lived here.

The ruins narrate the life that blossomed here through the excavated and stones found in Pikillaqta.

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The walled complex has been famous because the stones that make it up were cut carefully to fit together tightly and securely without the help of using mortar.

The fine construction has become both a puzzle and point of admiration for scientists and architects. There were studies and speculations made as to how these stones were bound together that even a sheet of paper can’t pass through them.

This alone serves as reminder that early civilizations did have a distinct way of performing tasks that involve the impressive technology that they knew.

Sacred Valley

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This is the key settlement for the Inca civilization. There is no surprise that this became a home for Incas because of its strategic location and wealthy nature that surround it.

Located in the Andes, the Sacred Valley has become an important place not only for the Incas, but also for researchers and historians of the current era.

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http://www.gpsmycity.com/tours/landmarks-tour-of-cusco-4349.html

Cusco Peru Destinations
http://www.peru.travel/en-us/where-to-go/cusco.aspx

Aira Algado

Admire Pedasi’s neat veneer with a preserved quiet demeanor

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Tourism may have been deemed as the city’s development, but the impressive aspect of this inviting city is the fact that it maintained the timid and somewhat unassuming atmosphere that is only found in unspoiled locations hiding in a few remote places around the world.

The place is beautiful and the progress of tourism with the increase of its visitors didn’t overshadow the natural exterior that remained as it is from the very start.

Location

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Originally known as a fishing village, this quiet little city is found on the southeastern tip of the Azuero Peninsula on the Pacific coast of Panama.

Due to its location, many fishing enthusiasts consider it a haven due to the abundance of underwater resources residing in the vast waters that surround it.

Some of the most famous species that can be caught here are marlin, yellow fin tuna and sailfish. Locals greatly depend on nature as major industries include farming and fishing.

Climate

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Unlike Panama which has a substantial amount of rainfall, Pedasi uniquely possesses a dry climate since it is part of the so-called ‘arco seco’ which also means ‘dry Pacific arc.’

Those who want to come and visit the place should consider bringing lightweight clothing for temperatures at around 30 degrees Celsius on average.

This can be considered as a beautiful paradox, especially for beach bums because the hassle of rain isn’t as constant as other beach destinations.

Transportation

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Getting here by air is made possible by Air Panama that offers flights on schedule. Days when airlines host flights would be on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

If your schedule is outside the mentioned days, you may also resort to chartered flights that are always available. Buses are also alternative modes of transportation.

From Panama City, ask to be dropped off at Chitre of Las Tablas. Taking another 40-minute bus ride will then take you to Pedasi.

Attractions

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Get some beach loving and acquire that golden tan that most of us dream of. Exude that exotic look with the help of a nonstop supply of sunlight and experience some of the world’s most impressive beaches found in Pedasi.

Don’t worry about any sign of pollution and unwanted waste common to other beach because the people of Pedasi do well in taking care of their home.

Isla Iguana

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This paradise serves as a home for several species, including black and green iguanas. With 9-kilometer beaches adorned with of one the world’s largest coral reefs, going here will make you see nature in a different way.

In Isla Iguana, living is dominated by the creatures of the wild. If you are lucky, you may even see one of the five species of turtles that visits the island once every year.

Isla de Canas

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This is where turtles lay their eggs, happening between the months of November until July. The 14 kilometer long island serves as a cradle for eggs from about eight species of turtles.

Aside from seeing groups of turtles trailing the coasts here and there, the island’s opposite direction is a beach that is adorned with soft waves and fine white sands.

Tropical life is at its finest, so be hugged by the luscious pine trees and relax in the arms of a total beach setting.

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See More:

Pedasi – The Azuero Peninsula
http://www.anywherepanama.com/destinations/pedasi

Pedasi at a Glance:
http://www.vacationtopanama.com/travel-guide/pedasi/

Aira Algado

Here comes your beautiful Queensland

Nothing can beat a beautiful continent with amazing places inside it. Queensland in Australia is home to spectacular nature and wonderful people that will make you say to yourself “I will definitely come back for more!”

This state is a sure hit as this is home to one of the Seven Wonders of the World: “The Great Barrier Reef.” Now, let us look beyond what the eyes can see and delve into what heart can feel when you visit this amazing place!

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LOCATION

Queensland, Australia is actually the second largest state that occupies an area of more than 22% of the continent. This translates to 1,722 square-kilometers. Queensland is also the third most populous state in Australia.

It is situated in the northeastern of part of the continent and shares boundaries with New South Wales, South Australia and the Northern Territory. This wonderful state is surrounded by the Coral Sea in the north, the Gulf of Carpentaria and the South Pacific Ocean in the east. What a wonderful place surrounded by extremely popular places in the world!

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CLIMATE

In a place surrounded by different bodies of water, weather is something to consider. Since Queensland is the second largest state in Australia keep the changing weather in mind to have a perfect travel experience.

Having an average temperature of 25 degrees Celsius in summer and 15 degrees Celsius in winter, this is the perfect place for a summer getaway. So prepare your swimwear and be ready for sun kissed beauty!

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TRANSPORTATION

Australia is one of the easiest continents to visit as it gives you a lot of options to get to this beautiful place. Queensland also follows this same notion.

Depending on where you come from, there are different train stations that will accommodate you. Buses are also a great help because they are mostly available depending in your schedule.

Planes and boats are also listed as the easiest ways to travel to Queensland. If you’re just from neighbouring places, car rental is always another option.

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ATTRACTION

The Great Barrier Reef

Known as one of the Seven Wonders of the World, “The Great Barrier Reef” is located in Queensland. In fact, The Great Barrier Reef has the largest coral formation having a reef size that covers 3000 km along Queensland’s coastline. This is a place you shouldn’t forget to visit in Australia.

Did you know that The Great Barrier Reef consists of 400 types of different corals and has 1,500 different kinds of tropical fish? This includes turtles, dolphins, whales and more. The perfect way to see the real beauty of this natural wonder is to try snorkeling.

This way, not only can you see the perfect colors of the reef, but also you will enjoy the crystal blue waters of Australia. But if you’re worried that you don’t have enough experience in such an activity, you’ve come to the perfect spot because they offer tutorials for those who don’t have proper knowledge in snorkelling.

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The Daintree

Aside from The Great Barrier Reef, this is another place listed as a World Heritage Site also located in Queensland. The Daintree national park is an ancient tropical rainforest that features natural wonders like the Daintree River.

The crystal blue water of The Great Barrier reef can be seen from the overlooking area in the national park. The national park offers a wide variety of outdoor activities such as kayaking, zip lining and many more with the help of professional tourist guides.

The magnificent and historical Daintree Rainforest is believed to be the 3rd of the oldest rainforest in the world and home to many kinds of unique plants and animals that can be found nowhere else aside from this rainforest. You don’t have to worry about accommodations if you want to try visiting the place, as there are budget packages to more expensive options meant to suit everyone.

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Whitsunday Island

Lying in the heart of The Great Barrier Reef are the outstanding, beautiful and natural islands called ‘Whitsunday Islands’. Did you know that there are 74 tropical islands situated in The Great Barrier Reef? If you love island adventure, this is the perfect place for you. The choice is yours whether you want to make it romantic or adventurous.

Knowing that the place is tropical will also give you a relaxing feeling, particularly with its warm water and scenic view. Don’t forget to bring your camera to capture the never ending beauty of this place.

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See More:

Things to Do in Queensland
https://www.tripadvisor.com.ph/Attractions-g255067-Activities-Queensland.html

Welcome to Queensland, Where Australia Shines
http://www.queensland.com/

Mary Grace Valdez

Get Along Well with Tofino and its Merry Vibe

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The scenery blasting with color perched upon residents that are warm, welcoming and always inviting; this is what Tofino is known for.

If you’re one of the many who revels in the heat of the sun, the swaying leaves of plants surrounding salty beaches, or if you’re a part of a community that enjoys the sound of local music within a setting of camaraderie and fun, then this small town is the perfect spot for you.

Now considered as an eco-resort town, Tofino is reverberating through the halls of the tourism industry as a place to watch out for. It is a rising vacation refuge which everyone will be enticed to know once they’ve been introduced to its glory.

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Location

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Specifically, Tofino is perched on the western coast of the infamous Vancouver Island and the southernmost tip of the Clayoquot Sound.

More formally, Tofino is part of British Columbia in Canada and can be pinpointed within the map in Highway 4’s western terminus and found in the Esowita Peninsula’s geographical tip.

The total land area of Tofino is at 10.53 square kilometers and is slightly elevated from its neighboring towns and suburbs at 30 feet above sea level. As of the current census, Tofino is home to a total of 1,876 residents.

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Climate

According to the Koppen Climate Classification, Tofino is an epitome of what the temperate climate should be.

Here, locals are bound to experience milder versions of the four seasons due to its position and elevation. Known to be warmer than Victoria and Vancouver, Tofino summers are generally hot to the touch balanced by colder winter phases.

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Temperatures are set to climb during the months of June until September, with an all-time average of 36-degrees Celsius in this period.

Tofino experiences a lowered temperature when the Yuletide kicks in, and this frigid ambience can stretch to the month of March with a recorded median temperature of 18-degrees Celsius.

Rainfall, on the other hand, is bound to be felt during the months of November and January, which is marked with 19.37, and 19.16 inches of precipitation respectively.

Transportation

If traveling by air, the best entry and exit passages in Tofino would be the Tofino Airport, approximately 11 kilometers away from the city center on its southern side.

Here, all private and commercial flights are served and received, and there are reports that more and more tourists are observed to visit this Canadian town.

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Riding ferries is another way of reaching this magical town and you would be able to use this mode of transportation when you’re coming from Vancouver or the well-known Powell River.

American water ports located in Seattle, Anacortes and Port Angeles are also open to the public, and there are certified companies such as the Washington State Ferries to drop you off in Vancouver Island.

Bus rides, which are quite convenient, are always available and you can travel to selected towns the likes of Parksville, Coombs, Nanaimo, Vancouver, Victoria and Port Alberni.

What to See

Inkwis Art and Culture

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Despite its small size, the gallery named as Inkwis Art and Culture is one of the staples that you need to ‘feel’ whenever you visit Tofino. Dotted with valuable artifacts and amazing gallery items, the Inkwis Art and Culture gallery will offer you a wide array of talent printed or drawn on ever-changing canvasses.

Here, you’ll be introduced to the art form called First Nations, which is famous to locals from Tofino and other nearby towns. If ever a painting or another work of art mesmerizes you, then purchasing it is possible as some of them are for retail.

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From Tofino, a simple kayak ride will bring you the mystic place called Ahousat. Experience nature and be in touch with the large expanse of flora, a beach coast waiting for you at the very end and a relaxing warm spring to soothe your body from hiking the 10-kilometer Wild Side Heritage Trail.

Aside from the beach, visitors are also allowed to do camping within scheduled hours and kayaking is a popular activity in Ahousat.

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Simply a manufacturing site for Tofino’s local brews, the Tofina Brewing Company is placed behind an unassuming industrial edifice waiting for your visit.

Most of the cafes and bars within Tofino subscribe to the age-old method of alcoholic beverage brewing brought about by this company, and you can even sample some of their products while touring inside the factory.

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See More:

Tofino Accommodation & Activities | The Official Tourism
http://www.tourismtofino.com

Discover Tofino BC Canada
http://mytofino.com

Paul Intalan

The concealed secret of regal Italy found in Sardinia

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There is a reason why the hidden gem of Sardinia is one of the most famous destinations, even to Hollywood celebrities and the world’s most beautiful models. The beautiful white sand and spectacular waters that mix the colors of blue and sparkling emerald are some of the reasons why visitors flock here.

This is not your common beach destination, though, because aside from the beauty of nature that it is best known for, the island holds numerous other secrets that are worth discovering. Come to this place and be left in awe as the beauty effortlessly unfolds before your very eyes.

Location

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Sardinia is known as the second largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. The impressive architecture and the geological formation of the island make it safe from earthquakes unlike the mainland of Italy.

It is located between Sicily and Cyprus and covers a total area of 9,300 square miles. The capital is Cagliari and is dissected into eight provinces.

Climate

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The beauty of the large bodies of water surrounding Sardinia is matched by the complementary weather that offers long summers.

Charted to have a Mediterranean climate, you can expect long periods of sunbathing because Sardinia is blessed with six months of summer.

Going here will not be a waste of time as the place is rich in natural wonders that are worth exploring.

Transportation

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The island has three airports that offer connecting flights from Italian cities and other European destinations like Germany, Spain, Scandinavia and the United Kingdom.

Choose from Alghero Airport, Costa Esmeralda Airport or Cagliari – Elmas Airport to reach this breathtaking destination.

Aside from traveling by air, Sardinia can also be reached by riding the ferries. There are several ferry companies that operate and pass through the shores of Sardinia – one of which is Saremar.

Attractions

Stintino

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This is where some of the best beaches are found. Do not miss going to the famous La Pelosa Beach and get the same experience that regular tourists do.

This extraordinary location makes it one of the best destinations in the world. Linger with the magnificence of the sea and enjoy restaurants and bars that will definitely add more color and life to your vacation.

Cagliari

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Cagliari is Sardinia’s pride. If splashing in the waters becomes too common, engage in the place’s culture by visiting some of the most interesting spots found in the city, including Roman-inspired structures like the Museo Archeologico Nazionale, Il Castelo and Cattedrale di Santa Maria.

You may also try engaging in wine tours set up by the locals and have a sip of some of the best wine in the world.

Caprera

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This wonderful city hosts some of the world’s most interesting species. What’s admirable here is its conscious effort to preserve the beauty that heavens blessed it with.

Become intimate with nature and see the admirable creatures of the wild come alive and find peace in this place.

The coasts of Caprera are also known for the regal pink granite rocks that make visitors flock here every now and then.

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See More:

Sardinia / Italy:
http://www.lonelyplanet.com/italy/sardinia

Sardinia – Disover Italy:
http://www.italia.it/en/discover-italy/sardinia.html

Aira Algado

Discover beauty after chaos in Montserrat

An overview of Montserrat

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Realize the beauty after the disaster in the resilient island of Montserrat. The volcanic eruption that destroyed its beauty back in 1995 was an unfathomable calamity that engulfed the city in volcanic ashes, forcing most of its residents to find another place to live.

Years after the catastrophe, beautiful remains were formed that turned into tourist attractions alongside other wonders of nature that hide on this island.

Location

Montserrat Map
(2) Montserrat Map

Montserrat is a British territory in the Caribbean. Known as ‘The Emerald Isle of the Caribbean’, the beautiful place measures a total of 102 square kilometers.

Approximately 12 miles long and 7 miles wide, the charm of the island have attracted famous figures of the music industry. Big personalities the likes of Sting, Sir George Martin and Eric Clapton even recorded their songs in this alluring piece of paradise.

Climate

A sunny day in Montserrat
(3) A sunny day in Montserrat

Being among the Leeward Islands, climate in Montserrat is classified as subtropical. People can enjoy the Caribbean sun most of the year except during the months of July until November, since these months experience the most rainfall.

The average temperature is between 76° F to 88° F. While the island is generally safe, tourists are advised to stay in the safe zone because volcanoes in the island are active and the possibility of an eruption is a common thought.

Transportation

Montserrat airport
(4) Montserrat airport

The most common way to reach the island is through its neighbor Antigua, be it via air or sea. Traveling via air takes about 20 minutes.

Antigua offers either two to three trips to Montserrat daily. Tourists can book a flight in either through SVG or Fly Montserrat.

Attractions

Soufrière Hills Volcano

Soufriere Hills Volcano
(5) Soufriere Hills Volcano

This is the volcano that made a part of Montserrat uninhabitable after its eruption back in 1995. The remains of the mud flow in the former capital, Plymouth and other areas nearby served as a reminder of the devastating calamity that once occurred on this beautiful island.

Woodlands Bay

Woodlands Bay Beach
(6) Woodlands Bay Beach

The water here may not be as friendly, but the cliffs surrounding it offer beautiful views of the whole area. Feel as if you are the king of the world as you oversee paradise while standing on the cliff and enjoy the beauty of nature that is shown before your very eyes.

Little Bay Beach

Little Bay Beach
(7)Little Bay Beach

This is the perfect getaway for those who love the sun and the beach. The gray colored sand is inviting and the seas will definitely give satisfaction to people who love to swim in the blue waters.

Get acquainted with the locals by enjoying the food being sold at the shore.

Images:

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(2) http://www.paradise-islands.org/montserrat/images/Montserrat-Map.jpg
(3) http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-KmlNKG5J5fg/UYYzg31NcgI/AAAAAAAAAME/V9CTvpo-fUY/s1600/DSC02350.JPG
(4) http://www.themontserratreporter.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/fly-montserrat.jpg
(5) https://volcanoes.usgs.gov/vdap/images/soufriere/soufriere.jpg
(6) http://www.gannett-cdn.com/media/2015/03/16/USATODAY/ExperienceCaribbean/635621256201612765-David-Mac-Gillivary–Montserrat-Tourist-Board.jpg
(7) http://www.themontserratreporter.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/LBay-Marine-devs-4.jpg

See More:

Montserrat travel advice
http://www.lonelyplanet.com/montserrat

Essential Montserrat Tourist Information/Tourism Guide
http://www.montserrat-tourist-guide.com/

 

Aira Algado

Let Nikko Provide You a Magical Time Warp Adventure

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Never letting go of its roots from the Edo Period, this whimsical city lined with palaces, shrines and towering castles proved to be one of Japan’s most visited tourist spots. Nikko, a modern city that still thrives on the ambiance of the 1600’s, is sure to take you on a trip back to the olden times with its surreal approach on retaining everything ancient.

The inhabitants of this blessed province are equipped with the warmth to make your stay more memorable, and the sights and sounds of Nikko will definitely spark your desire to come back even though you haven’t left yet.

The streets are lined with structures brought about by the wealth and power left by the Tokugawa Shogunate, so immerse you in Nikko’s numerous festivals and public gatherings. Here, you’ll think of Japan as a country brimming with history and revel in its bittersweet look back in time.

Location

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As part of the Tochigi Prefecture, Nikko covers a total land area of 559.78-square miles. Trailing behind Takayama and Hamamatsu, Nikko is known to be Japan’s third largest city.

Geographically speaking, the city is located on Tochigi’s northwestern edge with the Kinugawa and Watarase Rivers flowing within the city.

Tokyo is 140 kilometers away and Tochigi Prefecture’s capital city Utsunomiya is a good 35 kilometers away from Nikko. Currently, Nikko houses nearly 85,000 residents.

Climate

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One of the things that is downright lovable about Nikko is its calm and reasonable weather. According to the Koppen Climate Classification, Nikko is under the humid continental climate, which means having the coldest winters with a huge amount of snowfall and summers that are mild and very wet in nature.

Due to the fact that Nikko is elevated at 129meters above sea level, it is generally cooler compared to other nearby cities and provinces.

On an annual scale, Nikko’s average temperature is only at 10.71-degrees Celsius and can even drop to frigid 2.6-degrees Celsius at its coldest times. Rainfall is expected all year long, in August and September as the wettest months containing 15 and 13.252 meters of precipitation respectively.

The snow season starts in November stretching up to April and attributes to the yearly snowfall mark of 84.5 inches.

Transportation

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If you were coming from Tokyo, the best bet for you would be the sophisticated train line, which would transport you to Nikko’s terminal. A good one-day trip would be enough to carryout the task and you’d want to use the services of Tobu and Japan Railways.

All air travel is associated with the Narita Airport and would need to pass by Tokyo first since there are no direct flights that would bring you to Nikko immediately. From the airport, there are several bus lines that can connect you to Nikko that depart on schedule at intervals of 60-90 minutes.

One bus line that you might consider remembering is the Tobu Bus line that will bring you anywhere you want to go once you’re inside Nikko.

What to See

Tosho-gu

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Now gearing to celebrate its 400th anniversary, Tosho-gu is one of Nikko’s prides and is considered to be a World Heritage Site due to its historical impact.

This brilliant and well-placed shrine is truly reminiscent of the late Edo Period with its manicured lawns, nicely preserved structures and the well-celebrated Sunset Gate.

Tosho-gu is definitely a historical feat that Nikko should be proud of, and there’s no way that it would be overlooked with all the grandeur it exhibits.

Kanman-ga-Fuchi Abyss

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Truly one of the most relaxing places in the whole of Nikko, the Kanman-ga-Fuchi Abyss is your escape from the long walks to see the shrines and would definitely calm your mind and soul.

Traverse the wooden steps and count the numerous jizo statues you see, be mesmerized by how clean the surroundings are and soak up all the tranquility that this place has to offer.

Nikko Woodcarving Center

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Open daily on scheduled hours, the Nikko Woodcarving Center will give you an opportunity to take part of crafting your very own possessions out of wood.

Here, guided tours are available with numerous woodcarving activities that would let you make mirrors, brushes, plates, combs and small handicrafts, all for a small fee.

You can also take home some intricately designed souvenirs from the shops located at the complex and witness pieces of wood enclosed in glass cages as a part of their mini-museum.

Nemuri-neko

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One of the most noticed landmarks in the whole of Nikko is the Nemuri-neko.

This marker is actually that of an enormous sleeping cat, which is slowly gaining fame and numerous photo opportunities due to its very realistic appearance.

Nemuri-neko is said to be located outside an equally famous place of interest called the Sakashita-mon.

Images
(1) https://nihongonews.files.wordpress.com/2012/11/nikko-national-park-1.jpg
(2) http://www.katsutaro.com/img/Annex_LocalMap.jpg
(3) https://i.ytimg.com/vi/8q2oKf-DkEY/maxresdefault.jpg
(4) http://www.blue-works.com/jprail/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/nikko107.jpg
(5) http://spg.sakura-languageplus.com/Nikko_Toshogu_Yomeimon.jpg
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(7) http://a3.cdn.japantravel.com/photo/sbj-photo57876/x1000/photo57876.jpg
(8) https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/59/20100727_Nikko_Tosho-gu_Nemuri-neko_5965.jpg

See More:

Nikko Travel Guide
http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e3800.html

Top Things to Do in Nikko
https://www.tripadvisor.com.ph/Attractions-g298182-Activities-Nikko_Tochigi_Prefecture_Kanto.html

Paul Intalan

Frolic Into the Surreal Island of Mo’orea

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Pictures of Mo’orea floating around the internet are among the many holiday destination images in which people wonder if those have been photoshopped – but no.

Mo’orea does not need further enhancement. Photoshopped or not, seeing the island in person beats anything its pictures can offer.

LOCATION

French Polynesia Map

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The island of Mo’orea is neither expansive nor broad. In fact, this triangular shaped island in French Polynesia only takes up an eighth of the size of its sister island, Tahiti.

Mo’orea is also hugged to the north by the famous Cook’s and Oponohu Bay, in which the mountain of Mouaroa could be seen looming over the former.

With these natural landmarks together with only a 12-mile distance from Tahiti, both local and international holiday-goers should not have a hard time finding this island.

CLIMATE

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The island of Mo’orea experiences two distinct seasons that follow its neighboring islands. The humid season, characterized by temperatures that peaks at 85 degrees Farenheit, and wet days, stretching from the months of November to April.

On the other hand, cooler and drier seasons happen from the months of May to October. Being a volcanic island, it also has a unique micro-climate. For Mo’orea, its eastern coast happens to be wetter than its western part.

TRANSPORTATION

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Different sizes of vessels can bring one to Mo’orea, in which the size of the vessel a visitor should choose depends on their vehicles. The 12-mile trip from Tahiti to Mo’orea should only take 30 to 50 minutes.

On the other hand, if you plan to go by yourself, Air Mo’orea is the fastest way to travel. Air Mo’orea, a division of Air Tahiti, operates 40 times a day with the length of travel time lasting only for eight minutes.

While getting around Mo’orea, one is advised to arrange a 4WD safari tour especially for exploring the interior of the island, and put it on top of the priority list.

While there are cars for rent and bicycles, the rugged terrain would prove to be extremely challenging. Otherwise, if your are only interested in the filigreed coasts, “fun bikes” and bugsters should do the trick.

ATTRACTIONS

Mo’orea Beaches

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The first reason one would visit Mo’orea is its stunning beaches of white sandy coasts and glittering emerald water. These beaches are public with some of the best ones located near Sofitel La Ora, between Mo’orea Village and the Hotel Beachcomber.

One can enjoy any water activities here, highlighted by whale and dolphin watching with biologist Michael Poole which is available daily.

Jack Nicklaus-Designed Golf Course

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French Polynesia only has two golf courses and one of those is situated in the island of Mo’orea. The golf course only opened recently, with only nine of its 18-hole championship course available.

The design of the golf course does not only provide a challenge for professional and amateurs alike, but also aims to preserve the unspoiled and stunning coast of Mo’orea.

Belvedere Lookout Point

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One of the best viewpoints in the world, Belvedere Lookout Point is a place to complete the Mo’orea experience. Belvedere Lookout Point is situated between the bays of Oponohu and Cook’s and shows the exquisite sight of Mo’orea’s lush, exquisite interior.

This presents a great opportunity for picture taking. The best time to visit Belvedere would be in the morning at around 10 am when the sun is still behind you.

Images:

(1.) http://www.voilamoorea.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/moorea-island_sightseeing.jpg
(2.) http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-gocntQm7-X8/U_39_rY-t3I/AAAAAAAABIM/RKHvHP-oBak/s1600/FrenchPolynesiaTahitiMarquesasIslandsMap2.jpg
(3.) https://whitt88.files.wordpress.com/2013/11/cc01-by-whitt-birnie-high-surf-tahiti-reef-moorea.jpg
(4.) http://cdn2.shipspotting.com/photos/middle/2/7/4/1321472.jpg
(5.) http://www.tahiti.com/images1/gallery/MOZSIO_Beach_1000x600_29856.jpg
(6.) http://media-cache.tahiti-tourisme.pf/uploads/tx_giettbase/250708131-Michel-LARGERON-1_04.jpg
(7.) http://www.foreignpixel.com/wp-content/uploads/galleries/post-3049/full/belvederepoint.jpg

See More:

Introducing Moorea
http://www.lonelyplanet.com/tahiti-and-french-polynesia/moorea

Moorea Island Tourism Information
http://www.tahiti-tourisme.com/islands/moorea/moorea.asp

Mary Grace Valdez

Find the paradise hiding in Little Gaulding Cay

Little Gaulding Cay
(1)Little Gaulding Cay

There is nothing more relaxing than the knowledge that the place where you are is somewhere secluded and private. If solace is what you seek, then Little Gaulding Cay is the place that you are looking for.

There is a notion that private islands are getaways only the rich and affluent can afford. That is not true in this case. Swim in the beauty of the blue ocean and fine sands of this must-visit destination found at the heart of the Bahamas.

Location

Berry Island map
(2)Berry Islands map

The private island is located at the western tip of Cliston Point near Jaws Beach. It lies between Hoffman and Devil’s Cay, measures 1.5 acres, and is among the Berry Islands to the north.

The Berry Island as a whole is populated with an estimated 700 inhabitants. Opportunities for water activities are endless as this destination is surrounded by sparkling blue waters.

Climate

A day in Little Gaulding Cay

(3)A day in Little Gaulding Cay

The beach found in this paradise is best appreciated during the months of May, June, July and August. These months comprise the summer season not only in Little Gaulding Cay, but in the Berry Islands as a whole.

Enjoy not only the beaming sun during this time of the year, but also the flocking of several species of birds such as Bridled and Sooty terns.

Transportation

Transportation in Little Gaulding Cay
(4)Transportation in Little Goulding Cay

Just because the island seems secluded does not mean that there is a need to get the help of a private plane or yacht to reach this beautiful part of the earth.

Little Gaulding Cay can be accessed by taking a plane from South Florida or Nassau. This hidden gem can also be reached via boat especially if coming from the nearby Cays in the Berry Islands.

Attractions

Snorkeling

Snorkeling
(5)Snorkeling

Away from the exploitation and pollution brought about by rampant visitors and different human activities, the marine life surrounding Little Gaulding Cay is a peek of how splendid unexplored areas are.

Experience the sights of different water species even without the need for peeking below water because the ocean around it is clear and sparkling.

Fishing

Fishing
(6)Fishing

Among the series of cays in the Berry Islands, this destination is one of those considered ‘fishbowls of the Bahamas’.

The inhabitants make their living through the natural resources surrounding them including fishing. See the best of lobster, conch and fish around the vastness of seas found here.

Swimming

Beach
(7)Beach

What else is the best thing to do when the beautiful blue sea is laid before you? Swim along the clear beaches and hop on the fine sands that only a number of people have reached, unlike other major beaches known around the world.

Be sun kissed without disturbance or noise and obtain tranquility only found in Little Gaulding Cay.

Images
(1) http://caribbelise.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/157-Gaulding-Cay-Beach-1024×768.jpg
(2) http://www.bahamas4u.com/berrymap4.jpg
(3) http://www.coldwellbankerbahamas.com/images/listing_photos/2338_krief3.jpg
(4) http://static1.businessinsider.com/image/54eb993269bedd3f5d85da72-1200-632/isla%206000.jpg
(5) http://www.divereport.com/assets/Uploads/dive-centre-photos/divecentre-fee12c4b4b55bb205fae4f2ae3745bf013c82ebf.jpg
(6) http://www.yellowdogflyfishing.com/sites/default/files/trips/yellow-dog-flyfishing-adventures-bahamas-andros-flats-bonefish-permit-flyfishing-north-andros-fly-fishing-lodge-6.jpg
(7) http://www.eleutheraparadise.com/uploads/1/2/4/1/12414094/1900355_orig.jpg

See More:

Littlge Gaulding Cay – Private Islands Online
http://www.privateislandsonline.com/islands/little-gaulding-cay

At Gaulding Cay Beach You’ll Have A Feeling of Privacy. However…
http://www.discover-eleuthera-bahamas.com/gaulding-cay-beach.html

Aira Algado