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Majestic Montenegro

Montenegro is an untouched gem of the Adriatic. With beautiful beaches and mountainous vistas, it is surely a place to satisfy a number of aspects a traveler looks for in a country.

Podgorica, the country’s small capital city with a population of only 160,000, seems almost untouched by travelers’ feet. Podgorica is home to a number of restaurants and shops. There is a great selection of bars, one of the liveliest being perfectly placed near the cool flowing waters of the Morača river.

From Podgorica head to Budva, the party capital of Montenegro. It’s hard to believe beach resorts can be only a few hours from ski resorts. Budva is a popular destination for many Europeans. It sits closely on the Adriatic Sea with a beautiful old town that blends in with the bustling night life. 

Rent a car to visit one of the key areas of Montenegro:

  • Skadar - the largest lake in the Balkans and one of the biggest bird sanctuaries. Pelicans call Skadar their home.
  • Climb Montenegro’s highest peak Maja Kolata (2534m)
  • Chill out on one of Ulcinj’s beaches or take a stroll through the historic part of town Stari Grad.

18km outside of Kotor lies the small village Perast which offers boat trips to the mall island Lady of the Rock, a man-made island. The locals took over 550 years to create it, dropping a stone there every year in July, until they sank 87 ship laden with stones to help the process.

The monastery at Cetinje, the former capital, is home to the mummified hand of St. John the Baptist and part of the true Cross, although a little bit of imagination might be needed to identify the hand as such. The town itself offers a charismatic mix of cottages and palaces.

Hike through the Durmitor national park to see the Tara Canyon which is Europe’s longest at 82km long and 1,300m deep. Great for winter sports such as skiing, the summer turns Durmitor into an outdoor activity hub with horseriding, cycling and paragliding all on offer throughout the park.

The coastline of Montenegro reaches 293 km, which includes 73 km of beaches. Challenge yourself, trying to visit as many as you can from the 120 beaches stretched along the country. Montenegro beaches’ styles vary from sand to pebbles of differing lengths. It is proved that a lot of them will meet your criteria.

Nobody could ever contemplate how such a new and theoretically small country; dispose so many points of interest. 

Montenegro is waiting to host your dream holidays and offer you the chance to experience the ideal vacation.


Experience Amaazing St Maarten

St Maarten has so much to offer. From the nightclubs to the beaches to everything in between, it's a vacation you and your family will want to take again.

St. Maarten, the Dutch side, has casinos, nightlife, smaller price tags, and bigger hotels. St. Martin, the French side, has no casinos, quieter nightlife, and hotels that are smaller and more intimate. There are many good restaurants on the Dutch side, but if fine dining makes your vacation, the French side rules.

The biggest difference might be currency—the Netherlands Antilles guilder (also called the florin) on the Dutch side, the euro on the French side. Many establishments on both sides accept U.S. dollars.

The high season begins in December and runs through the middle of April. Many events happen on both sides of the island each year.

The French side's Carnival is a pre-Lenten bash of costume parades, music competitions, and feasts. Carnival takes place after Easter on the Dutch side—the last two weeks of April—with a parade and music competition.

On the French side, parades, ceremonies, and celebrations commemorate Bastille Day on July 14, and there's more revelry later in the month on Grand Case Day.

The Dutch side hosts the Heineken Regatta in early March, with as many as 300 sailboats competing from around the world. (For the experience of a lifetime, you can sometimes purchase a working berth aboard a regatta vessel.) Other local holidays include November 11 (St. Martin Day), and April 30, the birthday of Queen Juliana.

The best way to explore St. Maarten/St. Martin is by car. If you’re spending a few days, get to know the area with a scenic loop around the island. Be sure to pack a towel and some water shoes, a hat, sunglasses, and sunblock. Head up the east shoreline from Philipsburg, and follow the signs to Dawn Beach and Oyster Pond. The road winds past soaring hills, turquoise waters, quaint West Indian houses, and wonderful views of St. Barth. As you cross over to the French side, turn into Le Galion for a stop at the calm sheltered beach, the stables, the butterflies, or the windsurfing school; then keep following the road toward Orient Bay, the St-Tropez of the Caribbean. Continue to Anse Marcel, Grand Case, Marigot, and Sandy Ground. From Marigot, the flat island of Anguilla is visible.

In the morning head out to the Butterfly Farm and watch the beauties emerge, before heading to Loterie Farm on the slopes of Pic du Paradis to take advantage of the hiking trails or try the zip line. You can stay and have lunch in the Hidden Forest Café, and lounge around the beautiful spring-fed swimming pool. If you are hot, head right to Baie Orientale, where you can rent some chairs and umbrellas from one of the beach clubs and take advantage of the lovely surf. If you get hungry, you can have snacks or lunch there, too. The afternoon is a good time to stroll along Front Street in Philipsburg, because you can duck into one of the many air-conditioned stores to escape the heat. In the late afternoon, a nap is in order, but you have to be awake before sunset.

For a splurge, have your sunset cocktail at the bar of La Samanna before heading to one of the restaurants in Grand Case for a perfect dinner. Dance the whole night away in Maho. The party starts at Sky Beach then moves on to Tantra.


Introducing The Netherlands

Tradition and innovation connect here: artistic masterpieces, windmills, tulips and candlelit cafés concur with stunning architecture, cutting-edge design and impressive nightlife.

Although almost half of it was once under water, the Netherlands is one of the most urbanised – and densely populated – nations on earth, with a huge range of places to visit packed into a relatively small area.

The flat scenic landscapes make cycling in the Netherlands a pleasure.

Visit Amsterdam – The capital and centre of tourism in Holland, Amsterdam is as beautiful and serene as it is crazy. There’s lovely canals, beautiful houses, great shops, food, and, of course, the infamous red light district.

Take a canal tour – Whether in Amsterdam or in another city, make sure you take a canal tour and see the canals that made the area famous and inhabitable.

Explore Rotterdam – As Amsterdam’s industrious rival, Rotterdam may not get all the attention Amsterdam does but the city is a great place if you want good shops, great architecture, and a chance to learn about the famous harbour locks. Rotterdam is one of the busiest shipping ports in the entire world.

Wander historic Haarlem – Take a stroll through the old, upper-class homes of the rich and famous and visit the old homes of the merchant class that helped build the city.

Find culture in Den Haag (The Hague) – Filled with a lot of worldwide court bodies such as the International Criminal Court, this city is a hub of international life as it’s a centre of European justice. You can see the Queen’s office here and visit the old castle and palace. Moreover, The Hague is located right on the beach, so lounging on the sand and strolling the boardwalk are popular summer activities.

Celebrate King’s Day – Every year on April 30th, the Dutch used to celebrate the birthday of their queen Juliana. However, in 2013, Queen Beatrix passed the throne to her son, Willem Alexander and Queen’s Day became King’s Day. It’s a national holiday filled with outdoor concerts, lots of orange, lots of drinking, and celebrating on the canals.

Stroll through beautiful Leiden – Head to this small town near Amsterdam, and see where the Pilgrims lived before they left for America. It’s a very historic city and filled with beautiful 17th-century buildings and parks.

Visit Edam – A picture-perfect town with windmills, farmland, and quaint houses where the famous Dutch cheese gets its name. It’s one of the more quintessential Dutch towns.

Hoge Veluwe National Park – Hoge Veluwe National Park is the largest national reserve in the Netherlands. It is home not only for drift-sands, wild deer and other animals but also to the Kröller-Müller Museum, the repository of Helene Kröller-Müller’s art collection.

Kick back in Maastricht – One of the southernmost towns in the The Netherlands, this city is famous for having the country’s only “mountain.” It’s really more of a hill though and doesn’t take long to climb. But this hardly-ever visited city is a great place to see Dutch life away from hoards of tourists.

Visit Delft – This is a fascinating little town, making it the perfect destination for a day trip. There are a few interesting sights here, including the Municipal Museum het Prinsenhof, Nieuwe Kerk, De Zeven Zonden, and of course, the trademark blue and white pottery. The town lies between The Hague and Rotterdam.

Admire the art at the Van Gogh Museum – Open since 1973, this museum is host to over 500 original works by Vincent Van Gogh, in addition to several works by some of his contemporaries and beloved friends. The exhibits chronicle his life span, showing the progress and development of his work, alongside Gaugain, Monet and Toulouse-Lautrec. Note: Pre-book tickets online to avoid massive queues when you arrive.

In spring and summer the bulb fields provide bold splashes of colour, and in the west and north the long coastline is marked by mile upon mile of protective dune, backing onto wide stretches of perfect sandy beach. Today the Netherlands is one of the most developed countries in the world, with the highest population density in Europe. Most people speak English, at least in the heavily populated west of the country


Cancún - An Eden of Blue

Looking for a destination with 14 miles of pristine white beaches, crystalline waters and sophisticated seafood restaurants? Cancún is waiting for you!

Laced with luxury, parties, large resorts, and beautiful beaches, Cancún is a tale of two cities. Outside of the main resort area of Cancún, you’ll find a very local city with few tourists and many friendly people. Travel to the edges of the city to experience the breath-taking beaches.

Don’t let the party reputation fool you – Cancún has much, much more to offer than that.

The large Mayan archaeological site Chichen Itza is one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. The site is 2.5 hours from Cancún, so it’s usually best to go very early in the morning or if possible, over two days. The best way to get around Cancún is to rent-a-car to ensure ease of your travels.

The most impressive structure on the site is the Temple of Kukulkan or the Castillo, as it is often known; the elaborate wall carvings and columns throughout the entire site make it a world-class attraction.

Cancún has a nightlife which rivals any other big city. Most of the nightlife is concentrated around the Hotel Zone in an area known as “party central.” All music tastes are accounted for and the world’s biggest DJs make regular appearances. During spring break, things get far more crowded and more expensive.

It’s no surprise that Selvatica is Mexico’s number one tourist attraction. Within the park you’ll have the opportunity to ride ziplines over the rainforest canopy, go off-roading, quad biking, scuba diving and swimming in a cenote. Opt for the Night Flight adventure, which includes zipping through the canopies, followed by a 3-course dinner.

In Cancún, you can find the world’s most widespread range of underwater caves and cavern systems. Several major documentaries have been filmed here. You can take a snorkelling tour through the pristine waters, ride zip lines, or power through the trees on a SkyCycle.

Shortly after a detrimental storm hit the marine world of Cancún, an artist set out to aid in the reconstruction process. This ‘museum’ features over 400 sculptures, which are platforms for coral growth. Since its founding in 2009, a lot of growth has occurred and every spring, more plants bloom.

Cancún lies along the Great Mesoamerican Reef, the largest reef in the western hemisphere. The area has over 100 types over coral and more than 160 types of reef-inhabiting fish. For even better opportunities, head over to Cozumel or Playa del Carmen.

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Historic Lithuania

The home of Dracula, Lithuania is a mysterious land with plenty of secrets. A focal point in both the Holocaust and the cold war, whilst it may be relatively quiet on the world stage this Balkan state has an air of history and mysticism like no other.

The capital Vilnius is a small yet pretty city filled with pubs, bars, restaurants. Winding allies and terraces house high end boutiques and local handiwork. Lithuania’s mysterious nature comes to the forefront at the Hill of Crosses in Šiauliai, an amazing mass of thousands of crosses located on top of a hill. Left by married couples on their wedding all with unique messages, the romance combined with religious zeal is a unique experience to behold. Another must see is the Museum of Devil in Kaunas, paying tribute to Lithuania’s pagan past. This humorous yet striking collection of devil artefacts both thrills and perplexes. 

Vilnius has a beautiful old town, a fascinating and complex history and its own independent republic. The Museum of Genocide Victims is key to visit. Other highlights in Vilnius include: the Republic of Uzupis, the artisan quarter of the city; the views from the top of Gediminas Hill, and Trakai island castle – less than an hour from the city.

Paying tribute to another of Lithuania’s historical eras, the abandoned soviet nuclear missile base in Žemaitija National Park is a poignant reminder of the conflicts that once gripped the area.

Lithuania has a lighter side however, the Curonian Spit is a 60km extended sand dune. During summer, the beach is packed with sun loving tourists. Palanga in the west provides Lithuania with some much needed party buzz, boat parties are a plenty here during the summer months.

Lithuania is a fascinating, old nation with a curious sense of dark history, wonderful beaches, a vibrant capital and a full on party season give the nation some life. Lithuania’s best attractions tend to be spread around, so for best exploration a car would be required. 

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