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Test your Fishing Skills in Samoa

Want to catch some yellow fin, blue and black marlin, and sailfish while on a vacation? You must take a trip to Samoa and fish with the locals, take some pictures of your catch, and have a tasty seafood lunch or dinner.

Located in the heart of the Pacific Ocean, Samoa is composed of numerous islands, the biggest of which are the Savai'i and  Upolu islands. The country used to be under the rule of New Zealand until it declared its independence in 1962. The country is halfway between New Zealand and Hawaii, and is known for its rainforests, lagoons, beaches, volcanic mountain peaks, and an abundance of fishing areas. Samoan and English are its official languages so you do not have to worry about communication barriers. Your gateway to Samoa is the Faleolo International Airport located in the island of Upolu, about 40 kilometers from Apia, the capital city of Samoa. The airport is served by Air New Zealand.

Once you step into Samoa, you will be wondering why you haven’t taken a vacation in this nature lover’s paradise. Its attractions are all about appreciating and exploring its islands just the way they are. Its attractions include To Sua Ocean Trench where you can spend hours jumping off the platform; Afu Aau Waterfall where you can enjoy cooling down; Alofaaga Blowholes where you can have fun throwing coconut husks and watch them shoot in the air; Swim in an underwater tunnel at Piula Cave Pool; and slide down the rocks at the Papaseea Sliding Rock. Samoa was the home Robert Louis Stevenson until his death, and his colonial homestead has been turned into a museum which features his personal belongings as well as his library. If you plan to go fishing in Samoa, professional fishing operators are on hand to help you find the best spots. It is highly possible that this is where you will be able to fish your biggest catch!  

What are you waiting for? Prepare your fishing rods and swimwear, and bring the entire family to a Samoa!  

Top 5 Under-the-Radar Holiday Destinations

Some places can get too crowded, leaving you stressed rather than de-stressed on a holiday. Situations like these make you want to go somewhere else. Perhaps somewhere that's off the beaten path. In every part of the world there has got to be a vacation spot that is often overlooked. This list of under-the-radar destinations may help you find that quiet spot for your next holiday.

Anguilla in the Caribbean is a peaceful, harmonious place to be in. There is no port for cruise ships, keeping its quietness and calmness. Locals don’t even allow Jet Skis on the island as to avoid noise pollution. Haiinan Island is known as China’s Hawaii. This tropical island off China’s southern coast offers gorgeous beaches, a volcano park, a Shaolin Buddhist temple, and an ancient Hainanese village. Housing a string of coral encircling a beautiful lagoon, Rangiroa offers world-class diving experience. This place is the 2nd largest atoll in the world.

Travelers who are skilled in survival skills should visit the Gates of the Arctic National Park in Alaska. This place is nearly untouched with a wilderness park that spreads across 8.4 million acres. There are no established roads, trails, or campsites, making it a challenge to reach. Kobarid in Slovenia is a picturesque town surrounded by mountains and green pastures. More than just a picture perfect site, Kobarid has a lot of history in it starting from Iron Age to World War I.

From water to land activities, our world has a lot to offer that not everyone is aware of. Leave the stress away and visit these unknown places for a change.

The Undiscovered Walkers’ Paradise That Is Fogo Island

Spend your next holiday in the fourth largest island in the Cape Verde archipelago: Fogo Island! What's the fuss about unforgettable holidays there?

Fogo Island is one of the islands of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. It is especially popular among nature lovers and walkers with the numerous walking paths in the island that lead to Mount Fogo. The best place to start is in the town of Cha das Caldeiras. The walk up the mountain may take you six hours (wear comfy clothes and bring water!), but you won't notice your tired feet as your eyes feast on the stunning views and fertile lands featuring an impressive variety of flora. Right at the center of the island is the highest point of Mount Fogo, an active volcano that stands at 2,829 metres. Wine is produced right inside the crater of the volcano by the townsfolk of Cha das Caldeiras while coffee is grown in the outer slopes of the mountains. Both of these are a must try during your holiday in Fogo!

When in Fogo Island, don't expect 5-star accommodations as most hotels are small, three-star bed and breakfast establishments or privately owned home rentals. This shouldn't be a problem, though, because you're in Fogo Island for the great outdoors. Aside from exploring the island by foot, try bird watching, get to know the locals, or even join some of the local festivities. You will surely have an interesting travel story to tell your buddies when you're back home!

To make the best of your Fogo Island holiday, book your trip with a travel agent. What are you waiting for? Adventure awaits!

Visit Branson in style, with adventure and history

A place where great history lies. Untold stories behind the very famous sunken ship that keeps every generation amused, attached, and touched by it. An adventure of a life time excellent for kids and kids at heart. Walk through a trail with thousands of lights that will surely keep you in awe. Experience the city of Branson like a celebrity.

The newest and most luxurious attraction that Branson has to offer to their guests: Branson Limousine Wine & Shine Tour. Enjoy your afternoon stay in style and comfort with your friends or your other half. Visit local wineries and discover Copper Run Distillery’s handcrafted rums, whiskies, and moonshine. However, if you’re planning to visit Branson with your family, the Track Family Fun Parks await. Go-kart your way through high tracks or twisting and turing tracks. Experience higher, banked curves track with the whole family and ride the Road Course Track that can hold more karts all at once.

An interactive museum that brings back the memories of Titanic can be enjoyed by the whole family as well. Get to know the stories of those who were lost and those who survived in the Titanic Museum Attraction. As the day comes to an end, experience The Trail of Lights and see different displays of light, sound, and motion according to their themes.

Branson, Missouri will definitely let you remember your stay because of all the fun and interactive attractions they have. Make sure you don’t miss out on these adventures by booking with a travel agent ahead of time.

Learn to Tango in Buenos Aires, Argentina

The “Paris of South America,” Buenos Aires the capital of Argentina, is a combination of European sophistication and Latin American fervor. The home of about 3 million people, the city prides itself with it marvelous architectures,   electrifying nightlife, hundreds of bookstores and libraries, historical and cultural sites, and of course the tango, the country’s famous dance.

The city is serviced by two airports, the Ministro Pistarini International Airport and the Aeroparque Jorge Newbery. You can also take the bus or train from Bolivia, Brazil, Chile and Paraguay, and the ferry from Uruguay. As of 2015, Buenos Aires is the only city in Argentina with an underground metro system, making it easyfor tourists to travel within the city. All you need is a guide book, a dictionary, and a few phrases of Spanish. The locals referred to as Porteños are friendly and outgoing, so do not hesitate to ask help from them if you get lost in translation!

Buneos Aires is the birthplace of Tango, a dance that is smoldering with passion and sensuality. You can learn how to dance at La Viruta, La Catedral, Confitería Ideal, Sr. Duncan, or Club Social y Deportivo Villa Malcolm. After your Tango lessons, head off to the numerous bookstores that abound Buenos Aires, also known as the “City of Books.” You must know that Porteños have two passions, dancing the tango and reading. If you are a foodie, Buenos Aires will not disappoint. This is where you can savor delicious empanadas, dulce de leche, asado, and choripan.

Food, Books, and Tango, a trio best enjoyed in Buenos Aires!

Mount Carmel's Caves, a Study into Human Evolution The four caves of Mount Carmel include Tabun, Jamal, El-Wad and Skhul. The cave’s terraces are clustered next to each other on the southern side of Nahal Me’arot Valley which opens to the coastal plain on the western end of the Carmel range. read more
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The World's Best Yoga Spots The spot is located on the foothills of Kerala's western Ghat in India. The beauty of nature coupled with the graceful flow of Neyyar Dam water makes it the ideal place to meditate. Among the lessons learnt here includes hatha yoga courses which involves chanting, yoga practice and meditation. read more
Laurisilva of Madeira, The Mustn't Miss Destination In Portugal Laurisilva of Madeira comprises of 15,000 hectares and is located in the larger 27,000 hectares Madeira Nature Reserve. The site is made up of primary laurel forest, a vegetation species that is only found in the Azores, Canary Islands and Madeira. read more
It's Time You Explore The Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley in Andorra The upper part of the valley features an exposed glacial landscape with picturesque steep cliffs, rock and lake glaciers. Further down, the valley narrows and becomes more wooded. A secondary valley is also to be seen here at the point where Perafita Claror Valley blends into the Madriu Valley to the South West. read more
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Looking for something different than your typical beach destination! Barbados has it all, from stunning coastlines , coral reefs , underground lakes and caves to incredible dinning that has something for everyone's palate. Not to be missed is Friday night fish fry at Oistins, here you will be able to order the many different types of fish, such as tuna, swordfish, red snapper, mahi -mahi- and even  flying fish, A wonderful evening filled with live music, dancing and a crafters market.

A visit to Harrison's Cave is a must see, one of Barbados 7 wonders , an underground cave with bubbling streams where stalactites and stalagmites were formed over a thousand years ago.

On my recent trip to Barbados, I did an afternoon catamaran cruise with a company called Cool Runnings, this has to be one of my most memorable moments, the crew of three were the most wonderful of hosts, they took us out to swim with the turtles provided the gear to snorkel out to see a few shipwrecks,  we ended day with a lovely  a dinner and a  beautiful sunset,for a few magical hours all the worries and stress of everyday living are far behind you , that is priceless!

There are many different types of accommodations in Barbados, very popular are villa rentals,self catering apartments and hotels. If you prefer to have an all inclusive resort  there are several hotels with this option,for couples Sandals just opened their first hotel in Barbados this year! 

For more information on Barbados please contact me, I would love to share more with you. or 519 886 9111  



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