Monthly Archives: July 2018

Mini Retirement Ideas From Darling Harbour Travel

On Saturday I went to check out the Travel Expo with my partner to get some ideas on places to go for a mini retirement. There were a lot people in the expo and lots of different stands offering travel packages to multiple travel destinations. Normally entry fees were $15 per person, though we were lucky to have found a special voucher that was printed off from the Internet so we entered for free. We also entered a few competitions to have a chance at winning a holiday and saw Natalie Gruzlewski at the Getaway booth promoting a stay at the Hilton hotel in Sydney valued at $900 for two nights. I knew these competitions were marketing tactics to get your email address and contact details for them to market more products to you later on, but I didn’t think too much and did it for fun.

We searched for tropical island destinations and some interesting sight seeing places that we could travel to. One place that caught our eyes were to Cook Islands. It looks like a beautiful destination and a romantic location to have our future wedding and possibly mini retirement. I love dreaming of nice places to go to! Another location that we have talked about going to is Japan is to see the snow monkeys at Yamanouchi-town. Since it is snowing in the area I can’t miss any opportunity to go snowboard as well. Japan is a surreal place from what I have heard and many of my friends have mentioned to go during the Spring time where we could see the flowers blossom. I could definitely stay in Japan for a few months to capture both.

Why A Mini Retirement, Not A Holiday?

I’ve been reading a book called The 4-Hour Work Week written by Timothy Ferriss. It has had a huge impact on my perspective of life and work leading to the changes I am gradually implementing into my business. What has really struck me the most is taking mini retirements in life, rather than working really hard now and saving for the day when I can retire. So you must be wondering what is a mini retirement and how does it sound different to a holiday? The biggest difference is, mini retirements allows you to take time off ranging from a month to as long as 15 months, or however long you fancy. It also allows you to develop new hobbies, interests, travel and live in different locations for that period of time with the freedom to pursue whatever you want without having to think about work. Whereas a holiday would last for a few weeks and when you come home, work would be ready to start again.

What my goal is within the next 12 months is to set up the systems for this business to allow me to travel to another country and live there for a period of time. I will not have to worry whether or not my business continues to run without me because it will be automated and provide the income needed to live a lifestyle in another country. I know it sounds very far fetched to some people, I believe it’s achievable!

Top Three Destinations to Visit

Welcome to Rajasthan – the Land of Kings. Rajasthan, the largest state of India, is one of the most vibrant and colorful states in India. It is globally known for its rich culture & tradition, glorious past & history, historical sites & monuments, magnificent forts & palaces, splendid havelis, heritage hotels, exotic wildlife, vast expanse of Thar Desert, rippling sand dunes, camel safari, etc. It never fails to lure visitors with its unique charm and marvelous tourist places & attractions. There are a number of tourist places and attraction to see and explore in this state. A well organized trip to historical & royal state of Rajasthan is journey that gives tourists a unique lifetime experience to relish. Have a look at top three tourist destinations in this royal and imperial state of India.

Jaipur, famously known as the Pink City of India, is the state capital of this royal state. It is itself a major attraction of Rajasthan tourism. It is also gateway to visit almost all famous tourist places of the state. It is also one of three destinations of famous golden triangle tours in India. It is known for magnificent forts & palaces, splendid havelis, terrific temples, gorgeous gardens, heritage & palace hotels, etc. Amber Fort, Jaigarh Fort, Nahargarh Fort, Jal Mahal, Jantar Mantar, Hawa Mahal (the Palace of Winds), City Palace Complex, Jantar Mantar Royal Observatory, Govind Dev Ji Temple, Birla Temple, Moti Dungri, etc are featured attractions of Jaipur tourism. You can experience best of Jaipur tourism by a car. You can hire a car from a reputable Jaipur car rental company to travel in and around Jaipur in easier and most convenient way.

Jaisalmer, famously known as the Golden City of India, is a wonderful place to visit and explore in Rajasthan. Situated in the middle of Thar Desert it is one of the most sought after Rajasthan travel destinations. Golden Fort, Jain Temples, Patwon-Ki-Haveli, Nathmalji-Ki-Haveli, Salim-Singh-Ki-Haveli, Desert National Park, Sand Dunes, Camel Safari, Desert Camping, Desert Tourism, etc are attractions of Jaisalmer tourism in the state.

Udaipur, famously known as the City of Lakes, is a vision in white. It is one of the most beautiful and romantic cities in India. It is one of the most sought after tourist destination of Rajasthan tourism. It is known for palatial palaces and lovely lakes. City Palace, Lake Palace, Jag Mandir Palace, Monsoon Palace, Fateh Prakash Palace, Fateh Sagar Lake, Udai Sagar Lake, Pichola Lake, Swaroop Sagar Lake, Jagdish Temple, Saheliyon-Ki-Bari, Folk Art Museum, Shilpgram, Eklingji Temple, Devigarh Fort Palace, etc are major attractions of Udaipur city tour. You can hire a car from a reputable Udaipur car rental agency and can experience best of Udaipur city tourism.

A Great Place To Visit

Are you in hunt for a travel destination full of fun & frolic? Travel to Rajasthan, the land of rippling sand dunes and spectacular forts & palaces. The royal land of Rajasthan is one of the most popular travel destinations of India where every year travellers from all around the world come and explore its exotic land.

And off course Rajasthan never fails to enchant its visitors with its unlimited tourism fascinations. One can’ imagine about complete India tours without taking part in Rajasthan tours. There are a lot of tourism options in the vibrant and colorful state of Rajasthan, India. Rich culture and tradition, cultural heritages, lifestyle of Rajasthani people, cuisine, architectural wonders, blazing deserts, rich flora and fauna, natural greenery, picturesque landscapes, lovely lakes, rippling sand dunes, spectacular forts & palaces, wildlife & bird sanctuaries, adventures & sports, etc are some major tourism attractions in the state of Rajasthan which make it very popular travel destination among tourists from all around the world.

On your Rajasthan tours you will have a wonderful opportunity to experience wonderful travel experience. Urban and rural, both regions of the state provide fascinating travel experience. While you will travel to Rajasthan and explore its historic cities you will have glorious opportunity to see and enjoy several timeless & spectacular forts & palaces depicting the saga of heroism & romance of its erstwhile rulers.

Where the forts of Rajasthan shows the bravery of its rulers, palaces shows keen interest to the art and architecture. Visiting these spectacular forts & palaces, provide a royal travel experience. Some of palaces of Rajasthan have now been turned into heritage palace hotels which are equipped with all the modern amenities and maintaining age-old charm. In fact, forts & palaces are the integral part of Rajasthan Travel and Tourism. You should not miss visiting these magnificent forts & palaces during your Rajasthan travel.

Apart form spectacular forts & palaces; Rajasthan tourism has a lot to offer travellers. The royal land of Rajasthan is also known for its rich flora and fauna. There are several wildlife parks & sanctuaries in this exotic state. Exploring these parks and sanctuaries provides a pleasant travel experience.

Sariska National Park, Ranthambhore National Park, Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, etc are some major parks & sanctuaries of the state which draw the attentions of travellers from all around the world. On your Rajasthan tours, when you will explore these wildlife parks & sanctuaries you will have wonderful opportunity to enjoy natural greenery and see the sensational activities of wild animals and enchanting birds in their natural surroundings.

One more predominant attraction of Rajasthan tours is camel safari which provides you opportunity to explore the rustic sides of the state. You can also enjoy camel safari to romantic Sam Sand Dunes and enjoy the mesmerizing view of Sunset.

If you want to enjoy Rajasthan tourism in proper way, I think Rajasthan tour packages can be very beneficial to you. There are several travel agencies and tour operators which offer tailor-made and customizable Rajasthan travel packages according to your needs. You can also book these packages online through various travel related websites.

The Newest Option For Gay Travelers

Ecuador, South America, is being considered more and more as a Gay travel destination without equal.

Gays and Lesbians seeking intimate time with their partner have romantic highland haciendas and small, out of the way inns, as well as major multi-star Hotels to chose from.

Enjoy a candle light dinner next to a romantic fire place or enjoy a nice drink and a good conversation at the hacienda’s bar. Because temperatures can be low in the high Andes where many haciendas are located, a fireplace brings just the romantic touch, and will heat your bedroom to ensure that you have a cozy warm night.

During the day, haciendas offer activities ranging from adventurous horseback riding to visits to indigenous markets. There is a day activity for every taste.

Ecuador has a huge artisan tradition and most artisan workshops open their doors to the Gay and Lesbian visitor. Visits to artisan workshops can be combined with hacienda stays, especially north of Quito. Excellent handicraft workshops can be found throughout Ecuador, but especially in the city of Cuenca, about a 40 minute flight south of Quito.

Cuenca has been declared a World Heritage Site by the United Nations and this small, yet bustling town is well-known for its excellent, colonial style Hotels and its Gay and Lesbian community—which can be found right in the center of the City. Plan on taking at least 2 days to explore the City and its surroundings.

Whatever you do, don’t forget to spend at least a half a day in Gualaceo and Chordeleg–well known for jewelry workshops and Orchid farms.

A short 4 hour trip by bus from Cuenca is the tropical city of Guayaquil. If you have the time, rent a car or travel with a public bus from Cuenca to Guayaquil. Make sure that you travel through the spectacular Cajas National Park with its hundreds of lakes.

Guayaquil is Ecuador’s largest city and serves as the main port for the country. The city has a very active gay community and it is an excellent gateway for travel to Galapagos Islands. The main gay-bars and clubs can be found at the Rocafuerte Street, 2 blocks behind the Malecon 2000, about at the height of the Ramada Hotel.

Before you dive into the nightlife, walk along the Malecon 2000 and walk up the stairs to the Light House above Las Penas, the small old town of Guayaquil. On both sides of the stairs can be found a variety of bars and restaurants, which invite the Guayaquil visitor in for a cold beer—far and away, the best drink in this tropical city. If you have a moment more, visit “Parque Seminario” or “Parque de las Iguanas” as the locals call it. Here, Iguanas walk around like cats and dogs in North American or European parks. Although it may be tempting, don’t try to pet the Iguanas.

Within 40 minutes flight time is the City of Quito. Should you travel in the morning, make sure that you sit on the right hand side of the Aircraft, because this side of the flight has the most beautiful mountain scenery imaginable.
Quito is a bustling, cosmopolitan city, and offers the most of all the Ecuadorian cities to the Gay Traveler. Stay in the old town. Especially recommended is the beautiful–and pricey–“Gay-owned” Bed and Breakfast “Villa Colonna”.

Just a Couple Reasons to Travel

France is one of the top five travel destinations in the entire world, as it has everything you need for a great vacation: a romantic city such as Paris, beautiful sandy beaches, a rolling countryside, spectacular mountain views and fine cuisine. Throughout this article, I am going to highlight a few things to see while traveling in France.

Eiffel Tower – Paris, France
The Eiffel Tower is located on the Champ de Mars in Paris, next to the River Seine. The tower is the tallest building in Paris and was named after its designer, Gustave Eiffel. It is also known as one of the most recognizable structures in the entire world and the Eiffel Tower is the top tourist attraction of France.

Chateau de Versailles – Versailles, France
The Chateau de Versailles is the royal palace located in Versailles, just outside of Paris. It is one of the top attractions in France and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The palace was built in the 17th century by Louis XIV.

Musee du Louvre – Paris, France
The Musee du Louvre, also known as the Louvre Museum in English, is the largest national museum in France. The museum is a major landmark of Paris and is housed in the Louvre Palace. The Louvre Museum contains over 375,000 objects and 35,000 works of art; this is a massive collection of artifacts and art that is sure to pique the interest of everyone that visits.

Promenade des Anglais – Nice, France
Nice has an abundance of beauty and what better way to see this beauty than by taking a stroll down the Promenade des Anglais! The Promenade des Anglais is Nice’s famous seafront esplanade that runs the length of the bay, with chairs lining the promenade and overlooking the ocean, perfect for a romantic sunset stroll or for people watching! There are also many fine cafés, restaurants, and shops to stop into along the way.

Jamaica is a Top Tourist Destination

Jamaica has always been a very popular destination for romantic travel including honeymoons and getaways for couples of all ages looking for a place to sight see and relax. In recent years, Jamaica has been growing in popularity with families and young people looking for a vacation spot that offers a little bit of everything for all to enjoy.

Few people planning holiday their vacation realize Jamaica is one of the largest islands in the Caribbean. It stretches 145 miles from east to west with a range of mountains running almost entirely the length of the island and rising to over 7,400 ft. in the east, at their highest point.

But why has Jamaica remained such a popular destination and why does it continue to attract tourists in increasing numbers? Jamaica has morphed into a tourist-motivated destination, offering many excellent hotels, inns and guests houses. There are several airports, highways and ports from which travelers can gain full access to all of Jamaica’s points of interest. Jamaica offers several all-inclusive resorts, such as Sandals and Couples chains. The most popular destinations in Jamaica, where Sandals and Couples have resorts, are Port Antonio and Ocio Rios in the east and Montego Bay and Negril in the west. These resorts manage to capture the natural beauty and wonder of the island while at the same time being some of the most luxurious accommodations on the island.

The independent hotels are equally spectacular, from old colonial classics, modern hideaways and grand villas. The local residents with their vibrant culture add even more flavor to the already rich experience that is Jamaica. The more the vacationing sector develops, the more Jamaica is becoming an economy built on tourism. And that means that the Jamaican people want tourists to come and enjoy themselves. Jamaica is also the largest English-speaking country in the Caribbean.

The vegetation is a mixture of luxuriant tropical forest and lush coffee plantations, offering visitors a chance to see the production of one of the most universally consumed beverages in the world. Jamaica is lush with every aspect of a tropical paradise, including the weather. Jamaica has over 300 days of sunshine throughout the year, even during the wet seasons. Daytime temperatures are fairly constant year-round and lower in mountain areas. Heat and humidity can be felt during all times of the year and the warmest months are from July to October, especially on the coast. The region is prone to hurricanes from July to October. Although a direct hit on Jamaica is rare, if you are unfortunate enough to be there when a hurricane passes within a few hundred miles, there can be a lot of rain.