A Secret Reality Uncovered

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carribean

These days, our lives are so intertwined with stress and work annoyances that we can often become bogged down with the strains of life. Work, work, work, and very little in the way of play doesn’t do anything for mood, self-esteem, or close relationships, and it’s no wonder that more and more of us are heading to our doctor’s office to find a relief from the stress we are experiencing. Life is too short for this, but what is the answer?

To give you an idea of the direction of this chat, look at the picture above and think about how it makes you feel – stressed is probably not the word that immediately pops into your mind!

If you’re nodding your head along to that first description and you’re looking for a break from reality, how about renting one of the many Caribbean beach villas on offer? Can you imagine a more luxurious and serene environment to wake up to every single morning? How about being waited on hand and foot? The bottom line is that the sea is calming, it is tranquil, and it brings down your stress levels immediately – the fact that the first thing you see when you open your eyes is that idyllic picture, really tells you a lot about the power of the Caribbean!

Of course, luxury comes at a cost, but the price of a break in this beautiful paradise archipelago has fallen drastically over the last few years. This is a great news for anyone who has previously had the Caribbean on their bucket list, but has worried about how much of a hit their bank balance is going to take. There are also many ways to incorporate this type of break into your life, from cruises, to twin centre breaks, island hopping, to basing yourself on just one island – the options are wide-ranging.

So, where will you go?

Will you stick to the big named islands, the ones that everyone immediately thinks about when they picture the Caribbean, or will you think a little further afield, and go somewhere which is a little less well-known? Again, you have plenty of choice. Whether you go for the Windward Islands within the Caribbean chain, the Leeward Islands, or one of the other out of group islands, you are getting white sand, blue sea, swaying palms, and a hell of a lot of relaxation thrown in for good measure!

The Leeward Islands are within the West Indies section of the Caribbean, and these include Puerto Rico, moving down to Dominica. These islands are within the north-eastern section of the glittering Caribbean Sea, and towards the point where this body of water meets the Atlantic. Conversely, the Windward Islands contains some of the most famous islands in the Caribbean, including Saint Lucia, Grenada, and Martinique.

If you’re planning to visit the Caribbean from the USA for a few days, or perhaps include a land and island break, such as a few days in Florida before venturing to your island, then the nearest ones for you are Cuba, The Bahamas, and perhaps as far as Jamaica. This type of suggestion incorporates three of the biggest and well-known islands in the region.

Jamaica is famous for its reggae reggae vibe, food, happy, smiling faces, and of course, Bob Marley, and checking out some of this party on every corner type of culture is something you should certainly do. The capital city, Kingston, is where you will be able to learn more about the traditional day to day life, and a trip here from your beach resort is a definite must do.

Alternatively, Cuba is a fantastic island to visit, and another which is very popular amongst honeymooners. Havana is situated towards the west of the country, with its second biggest city, Santiago de Cuba, towards the south-western corner. Whilst traveling cross Cuba could take some time, there are many transport links which makes this easy, to exploration is a fantastic suggestion. Some of the big beach resorts, such as Varadero and Holguin, offer true relaxation opportunities for visitors.

Of course, we all know about The Bahamas, and these islands are probably the easiest to visit, because they are the first in the Caribbean chain which appear off the coast of Florida. Here you can enjoy a luxurious break in literal paradise, but you can also check out the top shopping opportunities, fantastic golf courses, and spas on offer too.

There are countless Caribbean islands on offer, in fact there are far too many to mention here, but it’s definitely worth researching ahead of time, to check that you’re heading to the right island for you. Away from the biggest islands you have the paradise of places such as Barbados, Trinidad & Tobago, Martinique, Montserrat, and Guadeloupe. The list goes on.

Life is far too short to sit looking out of your office window at a dreary, grey sky. There is life out there! There is luxury out there! There is paradise out there! Of course, you need to work for the finances to be able to visit such places, but if you can keep all of that in mind, and work to make your dreams come true, then your perfect paradise break in the Caribbean could quickly be upgraded from a pie in the sky idea, to reality in its best, and more perfect form.

The True Sophistication of Cannes

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When it comes to finding the most glamourous destinations on the planet to visit, the list isn’t truly that long, because these destinations are super-exclusive! You need a certain number of boxes ticked to be somewhere ‘ultra glam’, and that’s a hard pair of designer shoes to fill.

Where would you visit if you were wanting to head to a destination as glitzy and glamourous as an A lister celeb’s holiday home?

How about Cannes?

Cannes began life as a small fishing village, but nowadays it is one of the most visited destinations by the rich and famous, and not only during the Cannes Film Festival!

Of course, there are a few ways to make Cannes kinder on the budget, but if you’re visiting somewhere this sophisticated, you really should try and go all out! You can begin that theme by thinking about how you’re going to get from the airport to your hotel – how about hiring a limo? This means you will fit right in when you touch down in Cannes, and you won’t be typically labelled a tourist. Do you want to be a tourist in Cannes? No! You want to be someone who fits in!

From the moment you land you will see that life is just a little different here, compared to anywhere else. Everything glitters that little bit more, the sun seems to shine brighter, the sea seems to glisten, and the air seems to be infused with sophistication. Put simply, a visit to Cannes is like nowhere else on earth.

The Old Town is a definite must visit, because this is where you can see some of the authentic side of life. The winding streets are packed with restaurants and shops where you can find souvenirs to take back home, and not all of them are super-expensive! Be sure to check in to Marche Forville, the Covered Market, because you can try some delicious delicacies here, whilst grabbing some possibly much needed shade from the sun.

There are many beaches in Cannes but most of them are private and you will need to pay to gain access. This is a plus point however because it means they are never to crowded. You can combine this with a walk down the city’s most exclusive walkway – La Croisette.

Of course, a spot of designer shopping is a must do but if you’re trying to rein in the spending, window shopping is fun too!

The True Sophistication of Cannes

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boats-812654_1920

When it comes to finding the most glamorous destinations on the planet to visit, the list isn’t truly that long, because these destinations are super-exclusive! You need a certain number of boxes ticked to be somewhere ‘ultra glam’, and that’s a hard pair of designer shoes to fill.

Where would you visit if you were wanting to head to a destination as glitzy and glamorous as an A lister celeb’s holiday home?

How about Cannes?

Cannes began life as a small fishing village, but nowadays it is one of the most visited destinations by the rich and famous, and not only during the Cannes Film Festival!

Of course, there are a few ways to make Cannes kinder on the budget, but if you’re visiting somewhere this sophisticated, you really should try and go all out! You can begin that theme by thinking about how you’re going to get from the airport to your hotel – how about hiring a limo? This means you will fit right in when you touch down in Cannes, and you won’t be typically labelled a tourist. Do you want to be a tourist in Cannes? No! You want to be someone who fits in!

From the moment you land you will see that life is just a little different here, compared to anywhere else. Everything glitters that little bit more, the sun seems to shine brighter, the sea seems to glisten, and the air seems to be infused with sophistication. Put simply, a visit to Cannes is like nowhere else on earth.

The Old Town is a definite must visit, because this is where you can see some of the authentic side of life. The winding streets are packed with restaurants and shops where you can find souvenirs to take back home, and not all of them are super-expensive! Be sure to check in to Marche Forville, the Covered Market, because you can try some delicious delicacies here, whilst grabbing some possibly much needed shade from the sun.

There are many beaches in Cannes but most of them are private and you will need to pay to gain access. This is a plus point however because it means they are never to crowded. You can combine this with a walk down the city’s most exclusive walkway – La Croisette.

Of course, a spot of designer shopping is a must do but if you’re trying to rein in the spending, window shopping is fun too!

Different Ways to Travel Around India

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Whether you’re travelling to India for the first time or you’re a return visitor, with such a vast and diverse country to explore your head’s bound to be spinning a little: how on earth are you going to fit everything in? If you’re travelling on a budget it can seem even more overwhelming – you’re going to need to get to grips with different transport methods to plan your trip. Don’t panic: there’s a wide range of options available to travellers, and there’s lots of handy information online to help you out. Have a look at our helpful guide to find out a little more about the different ways to explore this vast country.

City Transport

Indian cities are pretty bustling – with 108 million people populating India’s largest cities and Mumbai alone housing more than 16 million, its no wonder getting around can seem confusing. But with high population comes modern transport solutions: Delhi and Kolkalta have amazingly clean, efficient metro systems, while Mumbai and Chennai have a good suburban train system. And hopping on a city bus is a rite of passage in India for any tourist interested in travelling authentically.

An auto-rickshaw is another must-do experience – an icon of Indian travel, these are comprised of the first half of a scooter with two seats mounted on the back. Cheaper than taxis and nifty at navigating the heavy traffic, these exhilarating rides will have you speeding to your destination with your heart in your mouth! A less racy and even cheaper option is a cycle-rickshaw, where the scooter engine is replaced with a manually operated bike.

Taxis are another strong option for city travel – the local knowledge of the driver can be invaluable and, while more expensive than buses or rickshaws, they’re the most comfortable way of getting about.

Cross-County Transport 

Flights may be the perfect way of travelling to India, with flights from Chicago to New Delhirunning regularly. But by catching a domestic flight to travel within the country, you could be losing some of that authentic travelling experience – buses go pretty much everywhere in India, including remote regions like the Himalayas (which aren’t covered by the rail network), and are generally more frequent than trains. If you want to up your comfort level, catch a private bus, rather than a government one – these offer extra legroom, tinted windows, padded seats and are less crowded.

Alternatively, you could always hire yourself a car – the vast majority of Indian tourist rentals offer not just a vehicle, but a driver as well. You can arrange a rental through any tourist office or taxi firm. Self-drive rentals are available, but considering the nuances of driving in India, it’s probably best to leave the driving to the locals – and driver-included services are comparatively reasonable at about £17 a day.

Trains are probably the most comfortable method of long-distance travel, though they do need to be booked in advance and India has seven classes of travel – its worth remembering that the cheapest, second-class unreserved, is fine for day travel, but it’s probably worth paying a little extra for long-distance or overnight trips.

So there you have it – getting around India doesn’t need to be stressful, in fact, the more colourful methods of transport can be a key part of the tourist experience. And remember, you can always check with a local tourist office if you have any specific queries. But the first thing to remember is always – choose the route which gives you the chance to see the most of this spectacular country.