Alternative Accommodation Options Around The World

VW T25 by the Beach

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Campervans In Australia

Australia is a country that is proud of status; it is a country, an island and continent all the same with unique flora and fauna. It is the perfect destination for campervan holidays; it is largely uncrowded, it is vast and is home to wonderful touristic spots and attractions at every turn. It is also the land of the kangaroo and as you traverse the country you will be rewarded by sightings of these spectacular animals.

A campervan holiday in Australia is a fantastic way to explore this vast country. It is easy to hire a campervan and it is a lot of fun driving in vast spaces getting in touch with nature and experiencing the aborigine culture and witnessing iconic landscapes. You can drive through agricultural land, mountainous regions, forested areas and small townships. When you are done with driving you can stop over in the wilderness and enjoy camp dinner under the stars or stop over in designated campsites where you can mingle with other campers.

Villas In Italy

There are many reasons why people visit Italy; to walk on the most stunning coastal paths in Europe, to taste the finest red wine in the world, to soak up in the splendor of some of the world’s finest art cities and my own addition, to stay in the finest Italian villas.

In this wonderful country, staying in an authentic Italian villa gives you an opportunity to enjoy luxury, spacious rooms and privacy. You are able to experience the rich culture and taste some of the finest meals on the planet.

Italian villas are a special way to enjoy an unforgettable holiday in Italy; they are as varied as the country itself. They may be rural establishments in thriving farms, converted ancient palaces or monasteries, furnished Trullos or modern coastal properties.

Tuscany tops the list for villa holidays but you could find the same rural experience in Umbria, for coastal experiences the Amalfi coast is ideal and Sardinia gives you an authentic villa experience amidst granite peaks and rustic villages.

Mobile Homes In France

France is a country of beauty, history, culture and tasty cuisine. It is a destination where every kind of holiday is possible; from romantic city breaks to skiing holidays in the freezing French Alps and beach holidays in Brittany or the glamorous St Tropez.

There are many mobile homes to rent in France which offer an alternative affordable way to explore the beauty that defines the land of the Eiffel Tower. There is a wide variety of mobile homes in France and are even star rated just like hotels. They offer fantastic facilities such as pools, playgrounds, onsite shops and modern amenities such as electricity, water and telephone services.

If you are the type that likes exploration, you can enjoy the flexibility of tugging along your mobile home everywhere you go in France. Mobile homes allow you to move from one region to the next stopping over to visit your favorite attractions and sampling local delicacies. You can be at a vineyard one time and the next relaxing in a sparkly beach; it is the advantage of mobile homes moving from one place to the next.

Traveling During the Golden Years


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So, you’re retired. You no longer dread Mondays, and you have plenty of free time on your hands. Why not use the best years of your life to see the world? Traveling as a retiree can be a great experience, but there are a few things that you should take care of before you leave.


As a retired person, you probably have a set income. Is it enough to finance long-term travel? If you’ll be spending more than what you’re getting each month, make sure your nest egg is large enough to last the rest of your life.


No matter where you decide to travel to, you need to talk with your family beforehand. Discuss whether or not you’ll be able to visit on holidays and birthdays, and agree on a way to keep in touch – this could be anything from sending letters to each other once a month to talking to each other on Skype every day.

Legal Requirements

Talk to a migration consultant before you plan ahead too much. While you can try to figure out how to get a visa yourself, a migration consultant can help make sure that everything is in order and that the process is as stress-free as possible.


In general, the older you get, the more stuff you accumulate. What are you going to do with all of your belongings? You can’t bring everything with you, so you’ll need to either sell or store most of your possessions.

Real Estate

If you rent, this shouldn’t be a problem, but many retirees own the houses that they live in. If you own your home, you shouldn’t just let it sit there while you’re gone. You can sell it, hire a caretaker, let the kids move in or even rent it out. It’s hard to manage a property from overseas, though, so you’ll have to hire someone to manage it or enlist the help of a friend or family member.


Okay, you should probably figure this one out before you sell your house. There are lots of ways to pick your destination. You could visit family and friends that have scattered across the globe. You could have a goal to set foot on every continent. If you’re particularly adventurous, you could even throw a dart at a world map and go to wherever you hit.

There are many things that you’ll need to get in order before you start traveling as a retiree, but don’t let this stop you. Take everything one step a time – you’ll be boarding an airplane to your dream destination in no time.

The Most Expensive Cruises a Lottery Winner Can Go for

The recent spree of lottery jackpots around the world got us thinking: if you were to win the US Powerball jackpot and be able to afford pretty much any imaginable trip, which would be the luxurious world cruise befitting a man of your stature?

Here are the top rated cruise lines, each with their own twist on what luxury cruising is all about:

Crystal Cruises – Around the World in 89 Days – $197,810

Cited as the best large-ship luxury cruise line of 2013, Crystal Cruises will supply you with a 1345 square feet suite. The balcony may be a bit small, but everything about the suite is first class. The suite contains a dining area seating 6 people, complete with a separate entrance for the butler. A living room, a master bedroom and bath (the shower has a heated floor and a heated marble bench for you to rest on), a media room with a Bose surround sound system, flat screen TV and an iPod docking station; an exercise room and a guest bathroom with shower. All these accompany the aforementioned balcony, for those times you wish to lay in the sun and enjoy some of the ocean’s breeze. The décor is lavish with handmade Italian marble tiles, Swarovski crystals and unique art designed to give every suite a unique look and feel. All this and more is readily available for what amounts to $2,222 a day.

Oceania Cruises – Around the World in 180 Days -$312,000

In order to enjoy 180 days at sea, you must have the proper accommodations. Winner of the Cruise Critic Editors’ Pick Award for best suites, Oceania’s owners’ suite will not disappoint. The 1000 square feet space is divided beautifully to give a spacious feel while providing guests with Cashmere blankets and wallpaper, a private whirlpool hot-tub, living room, dining area, a huge teak balcony and 2 bathrooms.  Oceania also provides you with around the clock butler service, bringing you your choice of newspaper printed daily, shining your shoes and delivering food from your restaurant of choice if you are not inclined to dine out. The in-suite bar will be stocked with 6 full-sized bottles of your favorite premium spirits, to go along with the complimentary bottle of champagne.

The lavish suite tops off with a high tech Bose surround sound system, 2 flat screen TVs, complimentary laptop and iPad, and internet access.

All this and more is available to you for $1,733 a day. All you have to do is show up, and enjoy.

Regent Seven Seas Cruises – Sydney to London in 121 Days – $205,249

The 2002 square feet master suite is nothing short of spectacular, for those who are looking for a spacious living area. The suite comes with 2 balconies, a large one to serve the living area (guests and children) and a smaller private balcony accessible from the master bedroom.  The living area and dining area are undivided, adding to the immense feel of the space. Marble bathrooms, 2 king size beds, a butler, iPad, iPod docking, and a satellite phone all round up the package we have to expect from a luxury cruise liner, and for $1,696 a day,  it is on par with the other offerings.

SilverSea Luxury Cruises – Around the World in 115 Days – $171,250

The SilverSea offering is unique in the atmosphere is provides. There are far fewer passengers than in the previously mentioned cruises, and the ship is entirely populated with suites; Making this cruise a more intimate way of touring the world. The owner’s suite spans 1264 square feet, with a teak balcony, a dining area and a bar with a selection of your favorite liquors. 2 queen size beds with Egyptian cotton linens and your choice of pillows, a living room, marbled bathrooms with a full-sized whirlpool hot-tub, flat screen TVs and telephones with satellite reception, built-in Bang & Olufsen audio system, and of course the service of an attentive butler. At $1489 a day, this is by far the cheapest of the master suites, but every last bit as indulging as the others.

It would seem that with most luxury suite offerings being fairly similar in nature, the difference makers when choosing your luxury cruise should be the course the ship is planned to take, and the on-board entertainment and facilities. These range from casinos and cigar rooms to fitness centers, pools and spas. Some even go as far as to hold lavish productions of plays and classical recitals. Pick the offering that best suits your heart’s wishes, to ensure you enjoy your luxurious months at sea.

London’s Best Restaurants to eat great British food

Sweetspot, Fitzrovia, London

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London is the home of many of the world’s finest dining establishments, many of them reflecting world culture from France and Spain to China, India, Thailand, Vietnam and beyond.  But London also boasts several revered restaurants that offer the quintessential British dining experience, from steak and kidney pie to sticky toffee pudding and classic fish and chips. While the phrase ‘English cooking’ has sometimes served as a punchline, at these three British restaurants in London there’s nothing to laugh at.


London’s oldest restaurant, Rules was established as an oyster bar by Thomas Rules in 1798. Over the last 215 years, Rules has never wavered from serving traditional British fare, yet continues to delight patrons yearning for a bona fide experience of British cuisine. Today the menu lists haddock, venison, crab, partridge, rabbit and duck. Whatever the British Isles can produce, Rules can offer. Rules is steeped in history, especially the history of the hunt, and the décor reflects this – oil paintings, mirrors, white napery, red tones and polished wood, as well as antlers and taxidermy on the walls. Rules owns an estate in the north of England, which is the source of its game birds, roe deer and belted Galloway beef. Rules is conveniently located for London bus tours, as you can see on this webpage.


Partially housed in the re-erected entranceway of the former Borough Market Floral Hall, Roast could be Rules’ younger, more hip brother. Occupying its location since 2005 on a site that’s been an open market since circa 1014, the dedication to the British tradition remains – from black pudding and a proper British fry up to fresh game with ‘mushy peas’. Traditional dishes can get tangled up with an infusion of imagination from celeriac, chestnuts, spelt or Jerusalem artichokes, all brilliantly prepared with fresh ingredients largely purchased from the market one story below. Roast’s setting is spectacular, with its windows and ceilings high above the Borough Market, and St. Paul’s framed just in the distance. Head chef Marcus Verberne recently authored Roast, a cookbook with the subtitle A Very British Cookbook. Indeed.


Despite the varied palette of traditional British cooking,’fish and chips’ might be the dish with the highest profile. Originally simple street food, today in London the market is saturated with claims and counter claims of the best, the healthiest or the most trendy. Tempers may flare, but for true tradition, the go-to place is Poppies of Spitalfields, East London, and Camden, North London. On the menu, there’s cod and haddock fried in groundnut oil, with chips or salad on the side. Saveloy, jellied eels and calamari are available.  Sides include pickled onions, Heinz beans and the universal mushy peas. Most importantly, Poppies is dedicated to sustainable fishing practices, so the next generation can taste fresh, hot battered whitefish at a table, or enjoyed with liberal servings of salt and vinegar while held in a sheet of newsprint. Owner Pop Newland is at the helm of Poppies – serving this traditional dish his entire life.

The restaurants mentioned here are not trendy, but tried-and-true, and are certainly worth a visit if you stay in London.

Written by Thomas Edwards. Thomas has been an international traveller since the early ‘80s. He has travelled across Europe, the USA and as far afield as Thailand, Hong Kong and China. He has written as a business, individual and family traveller and a language or two has given him the opportunity to engage with locals in most places he visits.

A Guide To Historical Sites In Marrakech

Marrakech Images

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Koutoubia Mosque

The Koutoubia Mosque is one of the biggest and most iconic symbols of Morocco not only Marrakech. Built in a very old and traditional style, there is a tradition in Marrakech that no building in the medina be higher than a palm tree. With this is mind the mosque towers over all of its surroundings at 77 metres tall, making it the largest mosque in Marrakech. The mosque is still active and still is a popular place of worship; if you are not Muslim it is forbidden that you enter the building. Where being a tourist and not a Muslim, you are forbidden from entering but you can still admire the majestic and beauty of the building from the narrow streets of the medina.

Saadian Tombs

The Saadian tombs filled with lots of culture and history, the tombs are made up of 2 main mausoleums the tombs have 66 tombs laid out within them, and over 100 more in the gardens. The first mausoleum is known to be the finer of the two sides, built almost 200 years ago. The roof of the mausoleum is covered with detailed carvings and amazing Zellji tiles. El Mansours the man who built these very tombs is buried with all his sons and successors in the back of the tomb in a domed shape room with 12 beautiful marble pillars. The second mausoleum is older but known to be the less impressive one of the two, this was built in the place of a pavilion that already existed over the tombs of his mother and the founder of the Saadian dynasty.

Maison de la Photographie

Maison de la Photohraphie simply means the house of photography; this is a museum home to lots of different old and unique photos. The museum only opened in 2009, but is home to over 3,500 photographs. The collection of photographs in the museum is only about morocco and the photos cover the period of time between 1870 & 1950. The museum is only home to hundreds of photos but is home to the first ever film recorded in the high atlas in colour. The photos include lots of pictures of landscapes, portraits of old successors and also lots of important architectural complexes.

Medina of Marrakech

The medina of Marrakech is built up of narrow streets, bright colours and lots of bazaars. In the medina you will find a lot of character and life, it is known as the ‘Historical city’. Founded in 1070-72 the medina hasn’t lost life since, it is still home to lots of various acts and culture such as dancers and silent hissing cobras. If you do get down to the medina of Marrakech be ready to haggle as haggling is an old tradition that is in all the local shops. The medina is free of cars, making it a peaceful and religious place to be keeping all its many traditions.


The Jemaa el-Fnaa is a square that is part of the Medina; It is a square full of live performances and a market. The performances are very much traditions with snake charmers that will happily let you take pictures of them. Every day and night the performances carry on, at night when the snake charmers go home they are replaced with dancers and story tellers all welcome to tourists. The square is often filled with many food stores when the square starts to get busier throughout the evening.

So with lots of historic places to go in Marrakech, you will find that the city is still full of a wide culture. Very old traditions and landmarks have still kept their beauty in this city and will be there for hundreds of years to come as well as the hundreds of years it has been in place.So if a trip to this stunning destination interests you, why not go to this travel site and book a holiday to Marrakech that you’ll never forget.