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Five Top Spots For City Beaches

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City Beaches For Urban Relaxation If you love the city life but appreciate a sandy shoreline and swim in the briny blue sea,  there are plenty of cities with their own seaside settings. Whether it's natural or man made, the end result means the buckets and spades don't get left behind on a city break! Here a five particularly great city beaches :- Beach It In London  The largest man-made beach in Europe is now open right near to the O2 arena in Greenwich, south London. Built on an old industrial site it offers a stunning backdrop of the Canary Wharf development. Using tons of special heavy white sand shipped from Norfolk, the end result is a Caribbean looking beach. Londoners and visitors will be able to play in the volleyball court, relax in various pop-up restaurants and bars and, during the Olympics, big screens will be showing live coverage of all the events! All we need is the good weather and the airports to keep the flights flowing through! Barceloneta Beach in

How To Find Unspoilt Resorts In Greece

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Although a trip to your local bookshop will allow you access to several different tourist guides, how does a book titled “The Top 10 Undiscovered Places In Greece” work, when you see it in the No 1 sellers list under travel or non-fiction? It's not going to remain undiscovered for long! Lets take a discreet look at some of the best unspoiled destinations across Greece and hope they stay that way! Ikaria Ikaria is one of the more eclectic destinations throughout the whole of Greece and, while it will not be overrun by tourists, you can be certain that you will get an authentic holiday experience from travelling to this wonderful island. The towns of Nas and Raches are both what you would call untypical holiday destinations, but remain lively and exciting all the same. Add to that some excellent opportunities for exploration by bicycle or on foot, and the ancient ruins and temples there are to discover on this Aegean island, and you are onto a winner. Myrtos, Cre

Beach Critters And How To Avoid Them

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Depending on what…or who…you consider beach critters, this should be an interesting topic. Upon the arrival of summer and hot weather, various bums do emerge on sandy or rocky beaches. Trying to decipher which ones are harmless and which ones to stay away from is the trick. Here are a few tips about natural beach life and what to avoid! Jellyfish Sandy beaches have jellyfish. Jellyfish are usually just a nuisance, but can sting and require some first aid. Even if a jellyfish comes to rest on the beach, it can still sting. Jellyfish just look like a blob to me but apparently have tentacles. It is these tentacles that cause the sting and subsequent welts and rash. The best treatment is to use available natural resources where you are for treating the sting. Use some sand to grab hold of and remove any tentacles, making sure to dispose of them completely. Then on the area of the sting, rinse with seawater and, if you happen to have some vinegar handy apply it to neutralize the s

Fun Things To Do When Travelling In South America

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If you're thinking of travelling in South America, here are a few ideas to get you started! The Andes Andes is the longest continental mountain range on the planet, containing the world’s highest volcanoes and span seven South American countries. Aside from appreciating this geographical wonder, the breathtaking views and the once-in-a-lifetime chance to experience such heights, the Andes provide first class skiing conditions.  Make sure your family travel insurance covers skiing accidents! The Panama Canal One of the most impressive engineering projects ever undertaken,  the Panama Canal is well worth your time. Cruises run up and down the canal, giving you a unique insight into the history of the canal and how the world has changed because of it. The views from the boats are pretty impressive too! Angel Falls Its original name means fall from the highest point, and it’s not hard to understand why that description came about. Angel Falls is the world’s high

Best Music Videos Made In Exotic Settings

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Music Videos are set in some pretty fantastic places, so if the music doesn't do it for you, concentrate on the idyllic settings that the video has been filmed in! No bad thing as music videos can give you some really good ideas for places to travel to! Shift some of those old CDs onto musicMagpie - a perfect way to start saving for your next holiday, set somewhere exotic, of course! Peter Andre - Mysterious Girl  Peter Andres' first single released from his Natural album, Mysterious Girl, takes the prize for a video with a seriously exotic setting. Despite the obvious nods to Caribbean culture, the video was shot on one of the beautiful, white sand beaches of the Philippines. Although Mysterious Girl had all the ingredients to dominate the chart, its initial release failed to do so, being beaten to the top spot by Three Lions and Killing Me Softly. It finally reached Number 1 on its re-release - about nine years after its debut! Las Ketchup - The Ketchup Song  Weir

Top Central American Destinations For Walking Breaks

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The narrow strip of land that links the North and South American continents is home to some fascinating countries, some of which are among the most biodiverse in the world. With a host of vibrant islands just offshore in the Caribbean Sea as well, it can be tricky to know where exactly to visit in this region. If you're after an active break, here are three of the top spots for walking holidays in Central America. Costa Rica One of the main reasons travellers head to Costa Rica is for the opportunity to see some of the country's wildlife and the best way to get up close to all the fascinating creatures is on foot. There are numerous national parks in Costa Rica, but here are a couple you should include on your itinerary. Corcovado National Park: This is the place to come if you love bird watching as you stroll, with some 400 species of feathered creature living in the reserve. It's also home to the largest population of scarlet macaws in the region. Among the other

Top Three Beaches In North Goa

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Goa is famous for its beaches and rightly so, with gorgeous sands stretching into warm seas and fringed by palm trees, it sounds like an image of paradise. There are lots of beaches in the state, which can make it tricky to know where to go first. If you're planning a trip to North Goa , here are three places you can't afford to miss. Calangute Beach Calangute Beach is one of the most popular stretches of sand in Goa, so it can become pretty crowded - but don't let that put you off! It spans around 7 km, so there's usually space to lie back and enjoy the sun. This is a great place to go at the start of your break, as there's lots to see and you'll find tour companies offering trips to other beaches around the state from here.The sea here is safe to swim in - which isn't the case with all Goa's beaches - and there is a host of water sports on offer for more adventurous travellers. Para-sailing, windsurfing and waterskiing are among your

The Top Five New Zealand Resorts

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Rankings of resorts in New Zealand is a bit like ranking wines in France - there is so much quality to choose from -  it can be a bit difficult to narrow the list to a top five. That said, the worldwide jury has weighed in and consistently named these five destinations as among the best in New Zealand: 1. The Eagle’s Nest, Northland Just outside of Russell, the birthplace of modern New Zealand where the first Europeans settled, The Eagle’s Nest sets the standard for privacy and luxury. The craggy coast of northern North Island draws comparisons to the north of France and other picturesque locations. You will have a full staff to wait on you (including a personal trainer and spa therapist), access to two Porsches, helicopter rides to wherever you want to go, a private chef and a table full of mouth-watering cuisine. A distinct twist of this resort is the possibility of cavorting with a white lion, if that's your idea of fun. The name matches the feel—the view from an eagle’s

The Perfect Getaway in Marvelous Malta

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Malta is a beautiful island paradise, perfect for relaxing getaways in the sunshine. Here are some ideas of what to do while you are on holiday. Marvelous Malta Malta is an island country located in the warm blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea, just south of the Italian island of Sicily. Although this nation is small, (only 316 sq km) it has a long and fascinating history that dates back to the Neolithic Era and has some of the oldest standing buildings in the world. Malta is a very unique blend of cultural influences from all around the Mediterranean, from North African and Arabic intonations in the local language to Italian-style cuisine. It is a popular destination for beach holidays, and with its warm climate and beautiful nature it is easy to see why. While you are staying on this paradise island, here are some ideas of what to do:   POSTCARD FROM MALTA Swim with Dolphins Frolicking in the water with these majestic creatures is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. You

Cruise the Cayman Islands

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See the Cayman Islands on Your Cruise The Cayman Islands are world-renowned for their coral reefs and incredibly clear waters. They boast beautiful beaches, quality diving, perfect weather, incredible activities and a plethora of restaurants. The residents are known for being incredibly respectful and friendly, something everyone enjoys. Also, English is the prevalent language spoke on all three islands, so no need to worry about potential language barriers. You’ve decided shop around for cheap cruises ; what a great idea! However, you’re still deciding your itinerary and unsure of where to make your destination.  There are literally countless options to choose from when deciding on your cruise. You’re leaning towards experiencing the beauty of the Caribbean, but you’re still considering exactly what islands you’d like to see. Sure, Costa Rica is great, the Dominican Republic is beautiful – but nothing compares to the Cayman Islands. The Cayman Islands are a group of thr