I Have Been Nominated for a Liebster Award

I Have Been Nominated to receive Liebster Award

It is always nice to receive rewards, having a reward on the shelf or in the virtual world of blogging is as meaningful as each other. The virtual award is a sign of appreciation and recognition of bloggers by other bloggers. Not only does the award encourage new bloggers to continue to write, it also a sign of recognition by fellow bloggers.

My blog has been nominated to receive the Liebster Award by Katie and Jake from Untoldwanderlust budget world wanderers and ESL teachers. They both have a passion for exploring new and exciting destinations all over the world. On their blog, you can follow their adventures to discovering the Earth’s astonishing treasures. Thanks a lot to Katie and Jake for recognising and nominating my blog and sharing this great Liebster award.

Katie and jacks questions.

As Katie and jack nominated me I will now answer their questions, here goes…

1. Why do you travel?

I travel for the feeling of being free, the ability to do what I want whenever I want to or to simply be able to do nothing at all. I travel knowing that I have the ability to discover new things, those new weird and wonderful things that I can’t find back home. I travel for the adventure and the ability to create my own day’s adventures. I also travel to give myself a better understanding of different cultures and religions of the world, and of course to meet new people.

2. Where in the world do you really want to visit? Why?

There isn’t just one place I want to visit, I simply want to visit everywhere, I really wish there was a way to visit every country and every Island in the world, but of course, that is not possible in one’s lifetime. There are so many incredible things in this world to see and discover with my own eyes.

3. What are the top 3 things on your bucket list?

At the top of my list is to see the Northen lights,  this has been a dream for sometime now. I have travelled all over Norway, Sweden, Finland and I’ve just got back from Iceland and I’ve still not seen those Northern Lights! I would love to see wild tigers, I am a big fan of big cats, lions and tigers are my two favourites and it would be a dream to see some tigers in their own environment. How cool would it be to go cage diving with great white sharks?

bucket list bungee

4. What tips would you give to someone for taking a long flight?

Sleep! I get asked this one a lot, and to be honest, I don’t have any tips. I sleep better on a plane than I do in my own bed, (yes very strange and no, no joke!) I always fall asleep before take off and only wake for meals and then fall asleep again.

5. What is the most valuable thing you have lost whilst travelling?

I have never lost anything! But when I was around 12 years old my parents lost me in Tunisia. We went out for a day trip and on the return to the hotel I fell asleep, as my family jump off the bus and went into the hotel restaurant for dinner, my brother asked where’s Kevin, like the movie Home Alone my mum screams KEVIN!! My dad rushed outside and to his fear the bus had left! My dad jumped into a taxi and shouted to the driver ”follow that bus”. When the taxi got to the end of the road there was no sight of the bus………. Needless to say, they found me and it was around this time when my love of travelling began, what an adventure :-).

6. What has been your worst experience whilst travelling?

Hmmmm, I could use the above but  I think the worse has to be when I was travelling in Somalia, Mogadishu and a terrorist attack happened about 100 metres in front of me. This was a scary time, unfortunately, people lost their lives.

7. Have you ever worked abroad? What did you do? If not, do you ever plan to?

I haven’t worked abroad, I have been offered a few times to run hotels abroad but I have never fancied it. I hope to one day teach English in Thailand.

8. What advice would you give to someone who wants to travel?

Book that flight already! The world has so much to offer and it caters to everyone. Think of something that would be an incredible experience for you, do a little research and make it happen. The world is an amazing place and can make all dreams come true.

9. Where is your next destination?

Next stop is Singapore in January, after Singapore, I plan to travel all over SE Asia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Laos, Philippines, Cambodia and wherever else the wind blows me.

10. What are your top things to see/do when you visit a new place?

Experience the culture and try new foods, these are the two main things I first seek out.

Kanchanaburi thailand

My favourite travel blog is: The poor traveller

This blog has a great offer of budget travel destinations, I find this as one of my go-to blogs when I’m travelling to a new destination. I always travel on a budget and The Poor Traveller has great guides to make sure I am travelling on a budget.

Now to share more of the Liebster Award love…

As I have been nominated for the Liebster Award, I think it is only right to continue to share the love and nominate other bloggers who I would like to show appreciation and recognition to for their incredible work. Here goes…

  1. https://www.arwtravels.com/
  2. https://travelplugged.com/
  3. http://iamdanelson.com/
  4. http://singhruby.com/
  5. http://thebeautraveler.com/
  6. http://roadsandroutes.com/
  7. https://rondoview.blog/
  8. http://veggievagabonds.com/
  9. http://passportsymphony.com/
  10. https://www.evansatlas.com/

The best part of this award is looking at other blogs. You all have great blogs that I enjoyed looking around and even learning a thing or two, so thank you 🙂 .

And here are my questions for you…

  1. Where was your last destination?
  2. Where is your next destination?
  3. How often do you travel?
  4. In one sentence describe what travel means to you?
  5. What is the shortest trip you have taken away from your home country?
  6. What is top of your bucket list?
  7. Your remedy for feeling lonely on a trip?
  8. Are there any trips you have regretted?
  9. The one place I must visit before I die (convince me 🙂 )
  10. According to you what is the one thing I should do or keep in mind when travelling?

Liebster Award Rules

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and post a link to their blog on your blog.
  2. Display the award on your blog — by including it in your post and/or displaying it somewhere on your blog.
  3. Write a 150-300 word post about your favourite blog (that is not your own). Explain why you like the blog and provide links.
  4. Respond to the questions provided by the blogger who nominated you for the award.
  5. Nominate 5-11 travel blogs that you feel deserve the award.
  6. Ask nominees 10 questions you would like them to answer on.
  7. List these rules in your post.
  8. Inform the people/blogs that you nominated that they have been nominated for the Liebster award and provide a link for them to your post.


mens hair care

Cool Tips for Men to Keep Their Hair In Style In Hot And Dry Conditions!

Cool Tips for Men to Keep Their Hair In Style In Hot And Dry Conditions!

As the sun sizzles and dry winds blow, our crown of glory becomes more vulnerable than ever. It is essential to keep those innocent tresses protected from the outdoor ravage of hot and dry conditions that can leave the hair frizzy, dry and brittle. Men need to be careful, especially when they travel to countries with the hot and dry weather. Here are some valuable tips to keep your hair their glossiest best, even if you live in dry, desert-like climate. If you do fail to take care of your hair, not to worry as there as plenty of places for a hair transplant.

hair care tips

Regular cleansing

It is essential to get rid of that environmental debris from your hair and scalp, especially if you live in hot and dry windy areas. Depending on the kind of hair you have and your references, use a good quality shampoo with a clarifier such as a peppermint oil or tea tree oil. Always use a moisturizing conditioner after washing to avoid excessive dryness.

Deep Conditioning

The hair gets dry and tangled in hot and dry environments. You need to give your hair the strength and moisture with extra deep conditioning. Look for a deep strengthening treatment that carries a protein conditioner and moisturizer. That will keep the hair soft and well-conditioned.

Hydrating your hair

It is essential to keep that dry and thirsty hair in hot conditions well hydrated. When you are in a dry climate, drink lots of water that is good for your body, skin and of course, the hair. A well-hydrated body and a nutrient-rich diet are great for healthy hair.

travel hair care

Protection from Sun

It is essential to safeguard your hair from the damaging rays of the sun, especially when you are outside. So, use UV protection products for your skin as well as hair. Make it a daily regimen and do not step out before applying those products. Wear a hat if possible.

Go for natural products

It is a great idea to massage your scalp and hair with coconut, avocado or olive to provide additional moisture. These natural treatments are successful when treating dry hair. It would add to the benefits if one warms up those oil before massaging. One should leave the oil in the hair for a couple of hours before shampooing.

 Some more tips

If living in hot and dry conditions, one should avoid shampooing too often and with hot water. Keep away from too much sun exposure and excessive blow drying, or those alcohol-based styling products. Use the right hair styling g products. For example, use a nylon or boar-bristle brush that allows the oils to distribute evenly down the hair strand.

The crowning glory is meant not just for the ladies, but hair is important for men too. Men are used to limited hair care, and the neglect can only lead to worse results for the hair particularly in hot and dry conditions. A little bit of extra attention and care, plus healthy moisturizing can turn them from dry, dull and lifeless hair to healthy and lustrous.

hair care


Win A Free Three Night Stay To Cologne With Flights

Congratulations to the winner Thelma Lovisa. 

The winner has now been contacted via email and I’m waiting for a response

Thank you to everyone who entered, please stay tuned as I  run a lot of competitions throughout the year.

Win A 3 Night Christmas Break to Cologne

Competition Time for you and a friend

The giveaway will be for the following

3 nights stay in a beautiful 3-star hotel for 2

2 flights from London Gatwick on 18th December to Cologne.

2 flights from Cologne to London Gatwick on the 21st December.

In order to be part of this competition, you must follow all of these simple rules

You must share THIS article on any social media website (Facebook, Twitter etc.) (Share buttons are at the bottom of this page, make sure you share on public mode so it can be verified)

You must comment on one of your favourite posts on Kevin’s Travel Diary.

You must sign up to Kevin’s Travel Diary

The winner will be chosen at random on the 11th December 2017 and will be notified by email.

Every year, the city centre of Cologne is touched by the magic of the festivities in the run-up to Christmas. When the Christmas markets in Cologne open their gates, millions of visitors from around the world delight at the goods on sale.

You will be one of those visitors! I will also work with the winner and provide you with a great itinerary to ensure you see all the sights and things not to be missed!

Terms & Conditions:
You must be able to travel on the given dates, they can not be changed. There is no cash alternative to the prize & spending money is not included. No transfers or transport is included. It is just flights and accommodation.
Accommodation is in a Double Room for two sharing a double Bed.
Flights are included in the prize, but only on the dates stated above.
Holiday insurance is not included and must be purchased before travel.
The prize is strictly non-transferable, non-refundable.
Competition closes 11th December 2017. This competition is for over 18 years of age only.
One entry per person and each person must follow each competition rule to be included in this giveaway.
Kevin’s Travel Diary is not responsible for any mishaps that may occur during your time away, nor will Kevin’s Travel Diary be held responsible for your time in Cologne.


platformms for bloggers

6 Easy Ways To Start A Travel Blog

6 Easy Ways To Start A Travel Blog

With the latest technological advancements coming into play, travelling has never been so easy. You can book a flight, purchase a tour or make a hotel reservation in just a matter of seconds. The emergence of travel apps, social media platforms, and gadgets has pushed this #wanderlust trend.

But along with the travel trend taking the spotlight in this generation, travel blogging has also become a popular thing these days. In fact, you don’t need to be a professional writer to become a travel blogger because all you need is a travel story to tell.

If you’re a travel enthusiast who wants to hop on this craze, here are some blogging platforms/apps where you can channel that inner blogger in you. No websites, no domains, and no hosting expenses but just plain travel blogging where you can share your stories with the rest of the world.

1. Track That Travel

Whether you’re a casual blogger or someone who’s starting to build a brand, Track That Travel is the perfect travel blogging platform to share all your stories. It’s 100% free and they have a rewards system that allows users to earn as much as $100/blog. Rewards are sent directly to a user’s PayPal account once a threshold is reached.

You’ll even have your own profile where you can connect your social media accounts and you can also keep track of your statistics with their analytics dashboard. The platform is still young and there could be more opportunities to grow like having an affiliate program where users can make more money through ads. But overall, this platform is a good start for anyone who just wants to fuel that passion for blogging.

Track That Travel Sample Profile

2. Travelbook

This platform is more of a booking website but you can also document your travels here. The only problem is that you can’t write about your adventures but you can share pictures and videos on your profile.

Basically, whenever a user posts about his/her adventures, website visitors will see them and they’ll be able to book a trip through your profile. However, Travelbook doesn’t offer monetization opportunities for now since it’s still in Beta Stage. The only upside is it’s free and its user interface is very convenient for people.

Travel Book Sample Profile

3. Atameo

Atameo is a combination of a social media platform and a travel blogging platform. A user’s profile is laid out in a timeline where he can update his whereabouts in real-time. You’ll be able to connect one destination to another and even upload pictures, videos, blogs, and music along with it.

For example, if you’re travelling to Europe, you can link the hotels, restaurants, airports, and other stopovers you’ve visited in chronological order. There are no monetization opportunities but it’s a very neat platform and they have an app version of it so it’s pretty handy when you’re on-the-go.

Atameo Sample Profile

4. World Nomads

World Nomads is a travel insurance website but users will also be able to blog on their site as well. You won’t have a profile but you can register as one of their contributors and write just about anything that’s travel-related.

There is no analytics dashboard or monetization opportunities for this platform but it does have a forum where you can connect and ask travellers from all over the world. You won’t be able to scale your blogging career here but it’s a good site to establish connections and just share your adventures.

World Nomads Home Page

5. IQplanner

Just like Travelbook, IQ Planner is also a booking website but the only difference is that it has an affiliate program where users can earn up to 70% commission. How it works is that whenever a user blogs about his/her travels, it will be featured on the website then visitors would be able to book through them.

Your profile would look like a timeline where all the details of your trip are laid out. Your blogs basically look like an itinerary that people can use on their own trips. This platform is perfect for casual bloggers and professional bloggers since it does have a decent compensation system.

IQ Planner Sample Profile

6. Photler

This platform is a website builder just like Wordpress and Blogger, however, it’s less complicated because of its drag-and-drop features. You will get a 7-day free trial for all three plans once you sign up and you need to upgrade your account once the trial expires to avoid losing your content. Once your account is upgraded, you will have more storage and you can have a custom domain of your own.

Photler targets the photography community which is why its user interface is very visual. The website templates highlight photos more compared to text. Its main goal is to provide photographers with an online portfolio/marketplace where they could sell their work.

Photler Sample Profile

If you’re planning a trip, make sure you document those awesome adventures of yours with one of these platforms. Be a travel ambassador in your own way and let the world know how fun it is to travel.

Author Bio

Jestan Mendame is a freelance travel blogger and copywriter. He loves to blog about the places he’s been to and one of his main goals is to explore all of South East Asia. Follow him and his adventures on weduit.fun.


Travel with Kevin's Travel Diary

Travel with Kevin’s Travel Diary

When a hobby you really enjoy is slowly becoming your profession, then you can say you are a happy and fulfilled man. Travelling is my hobby and has been many years and I truly believe it will never be too much for me (at least I hope so). After circumnavigating the Globe and visiting numerous countries all over the world I decided to start a travel page called Kevin’s Travel Diary. The page has been going for more than a year and I have constantly kept it updated with my latest adventures. It seems people started to like it and the number of followers has constantly been growing.

Click here to travel with Kevin

So What’s Next?

All of this has made me think about the future. With more than 30.000 followers on my blog and a vast experience in traveling all around the world, I started to wonder: What now? Is this all or can I do something more? Well, it would be a shame to be satisfied with the current state. That is not me, I am the type of man who always wants more adventures and more possibilities. If it was different then I would probably never go to all of those places I have actually been to. It would be enough for me to visit just a few places and I would never have gone to destinations such as North Korea, Somaliland, Harar, etc. Then it hit me, I could help people discover the true beauty of going on a journey!

I want to travel with you Kevin, book here

Kevin A Tour Guy?

Well, yes and no. Being a tour guy is a great call and an awesome experience. But I can’t imagine myself waiting for the tourists at one location and telling them the same story 100 times. No, that is not me, I need something more dynamic. So I have come up with an idea: instead of waiting for the people to ask me for a tour I would approach them and invite them to travel with me. It would not be a usual tour of a couple of hours but a complete 7-day adventure.

You’d make a great tour guy, I’m booking here

Come travel with Kevin’s Travel Diary

Those ideas lead me to a unique travel brand called Fare Voyager whose vision of how voyages and tours should look was exactly the same as mine. They want to create unique travel experiences with a strong, social impact and mission. You would not just travel to a country or a place but also socialize and interact with local communities. The best part of the story is that 10% of all of the profits from these tours are invested as a support for poverty alleviation projects. Luckily, they are always open for experienced adventurers with a clear vision. All I was supposed to do now is to find a cool destination.

I’d love to travel with you, book now

Indonesia Here We Come

My choice was Indonesia, a country I admire for its beauty, amazing culture and interesting history. The tour length is seven days and the schedule of activities goes like this:

 

Day 1:

The day you arrive in Jakarta, get ready and get plenty of rest for the week ahead of us. Of course, you will be picked up from the airport by the Fare Voyager team.

Day 2:

Wake up early, grab breakfast – (you will need your energy for the adventures that lay ahead). After breakfast, we are going to the airport to catch a plane to Yogyakarta.

We will arrive early afternoon, then we head straight to Sambisari and Prambanan Temples. These are UNESCO World Heritage Sites, they are perfect for the true explorer. A chance to see some of the most magnificent historic structures in Asia.

Later in the evening, our event-packed day will continue with a night hike and climb up Mt. Merapi. It is an all night hike that will allow us to watch the beautiful sunrise from the summit. The following day, we’ll head back to Yogyakarta.

Day 3:

You’ll return to Yogyakarta at around 11 pm and have the rest of the day free for relaxing or exploring.

In the evening, we are going to the Ramayana Ballet. Based on an ancient Hindu love story, this performance is staged against the silhouette of Prambanan Temple. Another impressive view and an incredible experience.

Day 4:

The 4th day is definitively the hottest part of the tour since we are heading to Goa Jomblang Caves. You have to be lowered 60 meters over the edge of a cliff into a deep sinkhole to actually reach it. After that, we will have to continue our trek for another 50 meters underground to eventually reach Grubug Cave.

Day 5:

On the last day in Yogyakarta, you will be one of the privileged few to watch the sunrise from the top of Borobudur Temple. Also, you’ll visit the water palace of the Sultan of Yogyakarta and the Kraton Museum. After this, we will head back to the airport and back to Jakarta. Once we are there, there will be enough time for you to enjoy the rest of the night at leisure.

Day 6:

Wake up in the morning for an early breakfast at 7 am, and then have a private, 1-hour education session with our influencer (who happens to be a very nice guy called Kevin). I (the nice guy called Kevin) will teach you about one of the many skills gained during the years of roaming around our beautiful planet!

After this session, we’ll be transported to a local NGO and volunteer for 6 hours with the organization! Learn about what they do, build friendships with the kids, and teach them about health and the environment.

Day 7:

Your day is free, and many of you will depart back home in the evening. If you are sticking around, I will hook you up with some local tours that will get you better acquainted with Jakarta.

That is the schedule of a really, really cool and noble trip to Indonesia. Nice country, nice people and a very cool guide are all you need. So there is not much to tell about the idea except for this: Be cool and Come travel with Kevin’s Travel Diary!

When is this tour and how do I book?

The tour dates are 6th – 13th January 2018

You Can book here

So what does this cost?

The cost of the tour is $1450 (around £1130)

What is included?

Almost everything,

  • Domestic Return flights
  • Breakfast lunch and dinner each day
  • Accommodation
  • Entrance to the caves
  • Entrance into the Ballet
  • Entrance into all the temples
  • Airport transfers
  • Transportation
  • Hike
  • Volunteer work with an NGO
  • You’ll also get assistance with booking your international flight with the Fare Voyager flight expert
  • A chance to compete in our competition and win $200

Yes, I’m definitely coming on this trip. Book here

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How And Why I blog

How And Why I Blog

After thoroughly enjoying building a website for a local company Tibbs Farm, it wasn’t long before I decided to open my own travel diary page. The reason I started blogging was simple: I began to write and build a website for the sheer fun of it, no thoughts of pursuing my hobby as a career in mind. As surprising as it may seem I wasn’t even looking for any followers! The site was built as a sort of diary for myself, to store my thoughts and memories in the form of pictures and information.

I travel ALOT, and my friends were always asking me about my adventures while visiting an exotic country… where did I go, what did I do, what did I learn and enjoy the most, and of course at the very end what did I bring as souvenirs for them? After a while, I thought why not create an easily accessible place where they can experience my travels for themselves? It would be as much for their enjoyment as mine. Hence, my blogging journey began.

how and why I blog

Despite my simple intentions, pretty soon followers started to trickle in… at first fifty, then a hundred, after which I stopped noticing. That’s when the idea of creating a Facebook page popped up: I began to share my new posts to keep everyone up to date, and before I knew it a considerable following had gathered. My next venture was to open an Instagram account to better store my photos and then – you guessed it – a Twitter profile for my travels as well. I’ve been trying for Pinterest too, but it’s going a little slower due to my other ventures.

My blog turned out to be a source of peace and relaxation for me, and an incredibly enjoyable place for my friends, even random strangers who happened to stumble across it – by then, I was absolutely delighted with my decision to write!

Blogging has now become my most treasured hobby – I love writing about my travels and sharing my experiences with the world. However, I have to admit I enjoy the site-building part as much as I do the writing.

blog Post

In my moments of downtime, my followers and writing keep me company – there’s always someone to talk to, a comment to reply, a photo to share… I’m blessed to have such amazing people liking my work. When I’m lonely I can always rely on my media pages to pick me up; I’m grateful for that.

followers

You might think that I get paid to write – I honestly don’t! Lots of people have come up to me with offers of advertisement and sponsorship… aside from accepting a minimum fund to run my blog and the odd sponsor, I end up refusing them all. Blogging for me is just an enjoyable hobby and I want to keep it that way for now. I hope to maybe make enough to plan for a holiday once a year… but other than that I have no plans to annoy my followers with unnecessary and distracting advertisements.

How long do I plan to blog for, you ask? Well, I hope to keep going until I’ve written about all the countries I’ve visited. I’d like to include every funny story and little detail about my numerous adventures, so that my readers don’t miss out any part of my journey. There’s so much content to put into each article… I talk about how I reached my destination, where I stayed, the places I visited, cuisine, and these are just the basics. There’s much more to include which makes each post original and interesting to read. On top of that there are also lots of photos which I incorporate into the post to make it more life-like. I’m going to continue until I’ve documented all my journeys this way. Till now I’ve done about thirty seven countries, but I’ve travelled to well over seventy six – so you can imagine that I have a long way to go (not even considering the places I’ll visit in the meantime)!

countries

I do not know exactly when my writing became such a huge part of my life. These days, it’s my centre, my passion, my soul. I hope to keep on going and also encourage other young people to step forward into the world of blogging – trust me when I say, that once you start, you shall find yourself falling in love with the art.

Do you blog? if so then I would love to hear about how and why you started. If you don’t and have any questions about how and why  I blog then feel free to ask away. I’m here for any advice that I can give, I’m always happy to try and help anyone, anyway I can.


Fall In Love

Top 7 Romantic Destinations In Europe To Fall In Love

Top 7 Romantic Destinations In Europe To Fall In Love

With an interesting blend of history and distinguishing modern life, Europe is undoubtedly an incredibly romantic destination. Europe has a great history as it has been a part of various historical events and has a strong relationship with art that is quite evident in its unique culture and unrivalled architecture.

The blend of its rich past with modern is so beautiful that it plea to all those who are looking for a romantic holiday. So, without any further delay, let me discuss some of the best romantic destinations in Europe.

Bruges

With its striking architecture, beautiful canals, and cobbled streets, there is no doubt that Bruges tops my list of the best European romantic destinations. The best thing about this place is that it is also a chocolate capital of the world. There are so many chocolate shops here in Bruges and you will surely come across one while you are wandering in the city.

If you love chocolates, you will surely cherish your visit to Choco-Story museum. This is the place where you will learn about the history of cocoa production and get to taste world’s finest chocolate. Stroll through the Market Square, stop at one of the many cafes and admire the stunning Belfort. Visit Pomperlut to enjoy a romantic candlelit dinner, you will be served delicious Belgian cuisine.

Travel towards the south to visit Minnewaterpark or Lake of Love. It is said that if you walk over the lake bridge along with your partner, you will experience eternal love. Enjoy the natural scenery of the lake bridge and enjoy a leisure stroll through the Minnewaterpark hand in hand.

Vienna

If you really want to recreate a scene from one of your favourite romantic movies, then you need to take a ride on the oldest Ferris wheel in Riesenrad in Vienna. There is nothing more romantic than watching the sunset, you can watch it behind the rooftops in the late afternoon and watching Prater amusement park, all lit up, during the night, has a charm of its own. Afterwards, both of you can enjoy a Viennese pastry at Café Central. Enjoy having a romantic stroll at Schloss Schönbrunn, a grand palace surrounded by lovely gardens.

When you are done exploring this beautiful city’s attractions, head away to Demel Coffee House to enjoy hot chocolate and baked foods. You can also pick gourmet souvenirs such as cakes, confectionary, chocolates, their packing make them more attractive. You can visit Spanish Riding School which continues the rich history of equestrianism. You can watch the riders train their horses to the classic Viennese music.

Vienna

Verona 

It is the hometown of Rome and Juliet, so this place naturally becomes romantic. You can also visit the representation of the imaginary Juliet’s balcony at Casa Di Giulietta, where you can see the love letters crammed into the walls. Enjoy a concert or opera in a Roman amphitheatre, Arena Di Verona. Visit the oldest piazza – Piazza Erbe and you can take the pictures of Renaissance buildings and other striking Roman architecture.

Take a trip to the Verona’s archaeological museum, Verona Arena, and Museo Lapidario Maffeiano. Well, since there is romance in the air, take some time out and take in the natural romantic ambience all around you. You can stop by various coffee bars and enjoy the best of Italian coffee. Have dinner at one of the riverside osteries. Taste wine at one of the oldest wineries of Verona, Osterio Sottoriva. Make sure you have tasted Italian gelato while you enjoy the sunset from Castel San Pietra.

Verona

Iceland

Known for its Northern Lights, volcanoes, and hot springs, Iceland is certainly one of the most romantic destinations in Europe. Enjoy having a picnic at Kirkjufell mountain and the beautiful waterfalls will surely make your picnic a remembrance. You can enjoy Iceland’s oldest and natural geothermal pools. Enjoy the excitement of exploring the ice in the Vatnajökull glacier.

Gjan is the place known for lush green grass and waterfalls falling from all directions. This place has so many waterfalls, see how many both of you can find, it will be fun. Godafoss is the most beautiful and picture-perfect waterfall in Iceland. You can spend some time strolling around the waterfall and enjoying the natural surroundings from all angles. If it is comfortable for you, then make sure you come here during the sunset, trust me you won’t regret your decision. Seeing blue water at Grjótagjá is an unforgettable experience. When you have explored Northern Iceland, make sure you spend some time here.

Surrounded by a national park, Snaefellsnes Peninsula is the perfect place to see the birdlife, you can also try hiking, and there are small fishing villages as well. Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon and nearby beach offers you perfect opportunity to escape the madness of the city life and enjoy some private moments with your loved one.

Iceland

Malta

Being a beautiful Mediterranean island, you will have plenty of opportunities for romance. Enjoy a romantic stroll from Sliema to Tigne Point Bridge while you take in the gorgeous natural beauty of the beautiful harbour city – Valetta. Striking Baroque architecture, such as St. John’s Co-Cathedral, seaside location, glamorous & lively atmosphere adds on to the overall charm of Valetta City.

If you want to enjoy serenity, then you need to move to Mdina also known as the Silent City of Malta. The total population of Mdina is 300 and it is a great place to enjoy each other’s company. Malta is also popular for its archaeological and historical sites. During the night, this Silent City is being lit by the lamps, making the atmosphere more romantic. Barrakka Gardens is known for its greenery and you can take the aerial view of the garden from the upper garden.

Malta offers so many places where you get to enjoy snorkelling or scuba diving. Once you dive in, the clear blue waters and the beautiful fishes will surely take your breath away. Dingli Cliffs, the highest point of Maltese Islands, offers you a perfect opportunity to enjoy a beautiful sunset. You can take a seat at the chapel dedicated to Mary Magdalene and watch the sun paint the sky with vibrant colours.

Malta

Florence

This Italian city is one of the romantic destinations in the world. In the evening, the city turns into a heaven and I am sure you will surely enjoy a leisure walk with your partner. And you can also sit at one of the many beautiful bridges watching the sunset. The city has so many beautiful gardens, such as Bardini Gardens, where you can spend your time and since it is located at the top of the hill makes it more romantic and incredible. Enjoy dinner at Cacio Vino, this place only has 3 tables, so it offers a very cosy atmosphere and Italian food served here is amazing.

Florence

Santorini

This place attracts lovers from different parts of the world. The place is popular for its iconic white villas making it look like a heavenly paradise. This place is best explored on a hired scooter, this gives you the freedom of stopping and clicking the nature at its best along with the green surroundings. You can enjoy a romantic dinner at one of the beautiful restaurants and the only thing that makes it interesting is that it is located at the edge of the Caldera.

Happy young couple on Santorini island, Greece

Author Bio

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About Me & Working With Me

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Inspiration behind my cause

My love for travel started when I was a young boy while on family holidays.

Before working in the hotel industry my plan was to someday get aboard cruise ships, but dues to a hidden tattoo, that dream, unfortunately, slipped through my hands. I knew I wanted a career that would enable me to travel and it is my passion for travel that got me into hotels. Since then I’ve never looked back.

The hotel industry is very dynamic and the opportunities to travel that it provides are endless. This left me no choice than to make catering my first choice career, while still embarking on long distance explorations around the world during vacations and annual leave.

My travels have taken me across the globe where many could only dream of visiting.

When I am fortunate enough to have leave from work as a hotel manager, it’s rare to find me in England. Don’t get me wrong England is beautiful, and I live a stone throw from the famous Camber Sands. Known for its beautiful beach with great golden sand dunes, but now I have exhausted England and set my sights for new overseas adventures.

Being a very active person, my hobbies which I enjoy include scuba diving, kitesurfing, travelling to new destinations, fishing, and karting, just to name a few.

Another interesting hobby of mine is developing websites which this site is a testimony to.

Being in the catering trade and working for a famous hotel with a two rosette restaurant, another great passion of mine is to enjoy dining out in some of the best restaurants.

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About Me

My passion for travelling has already taken me across the globe all the way down to Zambia. One of my fondest memories of my travels of Zambia is also one of my most unexpected. I stopped in a small village for refreshments where the locals were kind and inquisitive people. They invited me to spend some time in their homes giving me an insight into their lifestyle. Fortunately, I found a local store to buy the children a football so that I could join them in a game and in a way give something back to them for their generosity.

I found the game to be a memorable one, it was quite hilarious to see them playing with no positioning which ultimately leads to a stampede on the football pitch.

In retrospect to my stay in Africa, I am grateful to have been able to spend some days in Gambia, know to be the smallest country in mainland Africa. Here, I ran into a great man in his early twenties who volunteered willingly to show me around some local attractions such as the National Museum, Katchikally Crocodile Park and one of Gambia’s most ancient monuments referred to as River Gambia National Park. To this day I have the fondest of memories of my travels to Africa and was truly humbled to be given the opportunity to study the lifestyle of Gambia’s people.

To show gratitude for the man’s kindness and generosity I bought a family-size bag of rice which made his mother sob while showing appreciation. This implored me to spend my last evening with them and I was treated to home cooked Gambian chicken YASSA and fresh Palm wine.

My utmost priority lies in meeting and rendering any form of assistance to accommodating individuals that I’m privileged to meet during my tour.

It amazes me how something as little as a bag of rice to me becomes priceless when viewed from an alternative perspective.

My tour route also took me further to North Thailand where I spent a couple of days. During my stay there, my tour guide’s were some young ladies whom I presented a birthday cake to one of them on her birthday to spice her party up as a way of saying ”thank you” to them.

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Elbrus climb

After climbing Mount Everest, I set out to climb this mountain to understand not just how the geographies change the nature of the mountain across the globe, but to also understand myself and what goes on inside and how one behaves with less and less factors being under control.

Elbrus turned out to be the coldest mountain I have climbed, and the weather on the summit that day was horrific. The weather gave us plenty of reasons to return back down from the summit, but human persistence knows no limits. We persisted and finally we were able to climb this mountain to its summit.

Elbrus Climb

I have always found the connection between a dog and a man to be the purest when faced with the harshest survival situations. In this picture, I share a light moment of introspection with one of my dear canine friends at around 5800 meters above sea level.

Elbrus Climb

You know you are in a good place in life if your living quarters look like these. In a valley at around 6300 meters during an expedition to Mount Saser Kangri, one of most technically demanding climbs of India

” Elbrus is the highest mountain in the Europian continent. Elbrus is one of the seven summits, the coveted prize of mountaineers in which one tries to climb the highest peaks of all the seven continents. 
Lying in the kabradino-Balkaria region of Russia near the Georgian border, Elbrus is a free standing mountain.


Learning Kung Fu Whilst Travelling

“Kung fu training is boring and lonely,” my teacher told me as he poured me some oolong tea into a thimble-sized cup. He lit a cigarette as he continued. “You mustn’t be afraid to eat bitter, you have to have persistence. When I was growing up there was nothing to do, kids didn’t go to school because of the Cultural Revolution and there was only one cinema, which showed the same North Korean movies over and over. I used to go out into the hills and practice my Kung Fu alone; I practised so much I had to buy new shoes once a month!” The phrase “eating bitter” in Chinese means to endure hardship, and it is believed to be the cornerstone to proficiency in any field or skill.

My teacher’s name is Zhou Zhen Dong, and he is one of very few who have learnt our particular branch of Praying Mantis Kung Fu in full. I first met him through the introduction of a friend, and my first lesson was really a lesson in “eating bitter”, I was shown one technique and left to practice alone in the corner of the park all morning. Luckily I had already been in China for a while by this time and knew that this was a period of initiation so to speak. I would be left to my own devices for a week or so, while Zhou Shifu (Shifu being Chinese for teacher/master) would observe from a distance, to see if I have the resolution to really learn the style, or if I will just slack off.

I passed the test and after a few days, I began getting corrections in my basics. However, the “bitterness” was just beginning; the group sessions in the park were meant to learn new material from Zhou Shifu or to do partner work with other students. The real training was expected to be done alone “behind closed doors”, although it was nothing mystical or exotic, it was just more repetition. In fact, Bruce Lee said it best “I don’t fear the man who has learnt a thousand kicks, I fear the man who has practised one kick a thousand times.” If there is any secret to Kung Fu, then it is one-word “repetition”.

When people say that martial arts develop one’s character, I believe it is this persistence, this “eating bitter” which is the key. Overcoming the mental barrier of wanting to slack off, wanting to have a lazy day, is something that carries over into other aspects of life, and in China, martial artists are stereotyped as people with incredible resolution who don’t quit or show weakness. Besides the benefits of self-defence and strong and healthy body, the mental resolution is one of the greatest benefits Kung Fu training has given me. If you would like to learn more about my travels and martial arts training in Asia, please visit my site at http://www.monkeystealspeach.com

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