Why Buying a Ski Holiday for Your Spouse Can be the Ultimate Surprise

couple skiing

Plan a ski holiday for a great couple trip!

Everyone loves gifts, especially when they are from a special person. Men often want to surprise their wives with unexpected gifts, but at the same time they don’t want to be too predictable.

A lot of people don’t know much about gift shopping or do not have the time to search for the perfect gift, so they just buy traditional gifts which seems rather dull and boring. Excitement should be a part of life at every point; your wife is the person with whom you are going to spend the rest of your life, so it makes sense to get her something special that she truly deserves. It doesn’t have to be too expensive or lavish, rather it should be something meaningful, something you could do together.

A ski holiday is a great idea for a vacation. She will be least expecting it, so the element of surprise will be there. Ski holiday’s are great fun and offer a chance to reconnect with your loved one.

1- Stress-free time

After working hard throughout the year, raising children and doing chores around the house, your wife is entitled to have some time for herself. A ski holiday does just that; it will provide her with a chance to get away from the busy everyday life and will be a great source of fun and entertainment.

2-Good Exercise

A lot of people might not know this, but skiing is excellent physical exercise. It gives you the chance to stretch your legs and get out in the open. Fresh air and a natural environment are conducive to better health.

There is nothing like getting a good workout while on holiday because people normally stuff themselves with food when on vacation.

3-Night Life

Skiing is more of an all in one outdoor experience. Not only can you get some family time together, but also benefit from the exciting night life on offer. Most Ski Resorts have great restaurants and bars for you and your spouse to enjoy.

Indulge in a delightful evening with your wife. Some resorts even have music and discos so that you can party late at night and relive the younger years.

4-Learn new Skills

If you presented a traditional gift to your wife like a necklace, it may lose its value overtime, but with a ski holiday you will make lasting memories.

Even if your wife can’t ski, it is not a big issue because the learning experience is so much fun that it makes you completely forget about the other problems in your life.

If you have kids then this could turn into a great family vacation as well.

5-Multiple activities

A ski holiday is an enthralling experience; not only do you get to ski, but also indulge in other recreational activities such as ice skating, sledding,  dog sledding and snowshoeing.

Your wife will have the time of her life at the ski resort and will appreciate your choice.

6-Memories

A ski vacation will leave a life-long memory and  you can look back upon it and savor the times you had. Be sure to take videos and photos of all the moments so that when your children grow up you could show it to them.

Any other gift or gesture may dissipate in thin air, but a ski vacation will always be remembered by your wife for the effort you put in.

Conclusion

Whenever you buy a gift for someone, you want it to be meaningful and memorable. A ski vacation is a great surprise for your spouse and is a non traditional way of saying thank you to someone who means so much to you.

Wander to Southeast Asia and Travel on the Cheap!

Elephant Ride at  Siem Reap, Cambodia

Elephant Ride at Siem Reap, Cambodia

As J.R.R. Tolkien wrote so many years ago, not all who wander are lost. Maybe those who wander are just filled with a little more wonder than the average person. If you think you are this person, well, the world abounds in low-cost places to travel. One such place is Southeast Asia — Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand. Once a very war-torn part of the world, these unique cultures are now more like paradise, offering you an oriental relief from the rigors of western society. Whether it’s one night in Bangkok or several in Ho Chi Minh City, these countries and their favorable exchange rates won’t break the bank!

The most expensive item you’ll have to purchase when visiting Southeast Asia is your plane ticket, but even this item is far cheaper than what it once was. You can fly from London, Paris or most major cities conveniently to Bangkok, Hong Kong or Singapore and then transfer flights if need be. These regions are isolated from the West no more. Once you’re there, you can lie upon the beaches of Thailand or ride an elephant in Cambodia. Or visit centuries old temples and learn about the lost long-ago culture that made this region one of the most advanced in the world at that time.

Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City are also cities not to be missed and you can help yourself to some pho or other tasty Vietnamese cuisine. You’ll find your money will go far here and feel like your money will last forever. Adventure trips could include backpacking in from Bangkok and discovering villages few Europeans ever see. The opportunities are boundless in Southeast Asia and nothing will cost too much money. You’ll save so much money choosing this region for your next vacation you’ll want to come back again and again.

Anne Perkins is a freelance writer focused on how to live large on a little living. She writes financial savings tips and enjoys taking any idea and making it easier or cheaper to complete.

Famous Roads in the United States

Last Stop: Hollywood Blvd!

If you were to take a tour of all the famous streets in the United States, you would find yourself jetting all over the country. There are plenty of famous streets that tourists flock to in this country, no matter what kind of vacation they are looking for.

St. Charles Ave Streetcar

A Streetcar Named Desire

New Orleans is full of infamous streets. St. Charles Avenue is home to the most famous vintage streetcar around, in addition to jaw dropping mansions. The Garden District also includes Magazine Street. Don’t miss out on Royal, which includes unique antique shops and art galleries. Of course there is also Bourbon Street, the most notorious street in the city for partying.

Lombard Street

Make sure your brakes are good before going down this street!

San Francisco’s Lombard Street is one of the most crooked streets in the world, featuring eight hairpin turns. This street runs from the Presidio to a neighborhood called Cow Hollow, but the crooked section is just one-fourth of a mile long.

ny stock exchange

New York Stock Exchange

New York is also home to numerous familiar streets. The history of Wall Street and the New York Stock Exchange dates back to the seventeenth century. You also would not want to miss the fabulous shows on Broadway or the shops and attractions on Fifth and Madison Avenues.

vegas strip

A stunning view of Vegas at night!

A discussion of famous roads in the United States would be incomplete without mentioning Las Vegas Boulevard. The Strip, as it is often called, consists of casino resorts decorated to the hilt to keep the fantasy alive. This is a wonderland for adults who want to gamble and party the night away.

Grauman's Chinese Theatre

Grauman’s Chinese Theatre

Nobody could forget the street that draws those dreamers looking for a cinematic big city adventure. That would be Hollywood Boulevard. Stay at one of the posh Hollywood or Santa Monica Hotels and head on down to the Boulevard to stroll along the 18 block Walk of Fame. Take a picture with your favorite super hero and board a bus to tour the city. A trip down Hollywood Boulevard is incomplete without visiting Grauman’s Chinese Theatre.

Many tourists flock to other attractions on Hollywood Boulevard, including the Guinness Book of World Records Museum and the Hollywood Wax Museum. Hollywood & Highland also offers a tremendous number of shops and souvenirs in addition to a movie theater and a bowling alley.

hollywood

Who doesn’t love the Hollywood Sign?

Those hoping to catch a glimpse of the Hollywood sign will find that this shopping area offers fantastic views that are great for photos. Travelers will have the opportunity to see clothes and props from classic and modern films in the old Max Factor building, now a museum. The Museum of Death is also a big draw.

Make Hollywood Boulevard the last stop on your next trip to southern California. Hollywood is the city of dreams, opportunity and hope for aspiring actors, singers and performers. The sense of excitement is always in the air and tourists want to feel that same glimmer, even if it is only for a few days. When it comes to touring the most famous streets in the United States, Hollywood Boulevard definitely takes the cake.

Wish I Was Here: Blue Mosque, Instanbul, Turkey

I wish I was going to the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey today. The classical mosque architecture was influenced by Ottoman and Byzantine styles. Just look at the interior shots below of the tens of thousands of blue tiles and you can’t help but be inspired to worship. The tulip mosaics are gorgeous!

blue mosque

Blue Mosque at dusk. This beauty is here because it was commissioned by Sultan Ahmet I.

Blue Mosque Instanbul

Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmet Camii) Interior. I’m awed by the craftsmanship displayed. Can you imagine the labor involved?

Blue Mosque

Courtyard of the Blue Mosque at night. Wouldn’t this be lovely to see light up against the night sky?

Blue Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey

Did you know that the six minarets caused a scandal? The sultan had to add a 7th to the holiest mosque in Mecca to make it better.

Blue Mosque Hall

Blue Mosque Hall shows off a few of the 200 stain glass window designs and tulip mosaics. What a great sight for visitors!

Sultan Ahmed Mosque

Sultan Ahmed Mosque in morning sunlight.

Have you ever been? What did you love most about your visit? If you haven’t been, do you want to go?

The 20 Most Romantic Places to Propose

It’s time to pop the question! You have the girl and the ring, and you’re ready to spend the rest of your life looking into those deep beautiful eyes. All that’s missing is the perfect place to render her speechless.

Because she’s worth so much more than a simple proposal, maybe you should consider some of the world’s best places to propose.

central park horse ride

Take her on a romantic ride through Central Park.

1. New York City

While a carriage ride through Central Park may seem a little tired and cliché, she probably won’t think so! A carriage ride through a park during sunset is probably one of the most romantic times in a woman’s life. Therefore, it’s also one of the best times to propose.

Nuuanu Pali Lookout

Hawaii is the perfect place to propose and nowhere is more perfect than the Nuuanu Pali Lookout.

2. Hawaii

While Hawaii may seem to be covered with romantic spots, there are some exceptionally beautiful spots that would be perfect for proposing. Nuuanu Pali Lookout, a volcanic cliff located on the island of Oahu, is one of these spots.

savannah sunrise

A view like this out your hotel window makes a gorgeous backdrop for a proposal!

3. Disney World

Located in Orlando, Florida, Disney World is one of the most recognized theme parks in the world. Take a trip down the trails of the Animal Kingdom, which are chock full of little nooks and crannies that are perfect for proposing.

aspen co

A little ice is always nice!

4. Aspen, Colorado

Perfect for the winter adventurer, Aspen is considered to be one of the most popular ski resort towns in the world. During your lift trip back up the mountain, you may want to surprise her with her very own ice.

vegas

Love is never a risk! It’s always the reward.

5. Las Vegas, Nevada

The view from the Stratosphere Tower observation deck in Las Vegas is sure to take her breath away, but the ring that you slide on her finger may be enough to make her heart skip.

eiffel

A proposal on the top would steal her breath away!

6. Paris, France

What could be more romantic than proposing atop the Eiffel Tower?

Keukenhof Gardens

A quiet spot on the water would be a lovely time to pop the question.

7. Amsterdam, Holland

The Circular Garden or the Outdoor Room in Keukenhof Gardens are perfectly romantic places to propose in this bustling city.

santorini

All of Greece is beautiful but Santorini is extremely special, don’t you agree?

8. Greece

Finding a deserted beach on the islands of Greece is not as hard as one may think. These beaches make the perfect romantic spot to propose.

Fjaerland Valley

Norway is magical and for the most important magical moment shouldn’t you be where magic is in the air?

9. Norway

If you’re looking for the perfect spot to propose in Norway, Fjaerland Valley is it! It is considered to be one of the most beautiful and romantic spots in this corner of the earth.

Antipodes Islands

The Antipodes Islands are stunning and a wonderful place to propose!

10. New Zealand

Although inhospitable, the Antipodes Islands off the southern coast of New Zealand, are full of history and beauty, making them one of the world’s best places to propose.

venice

Be serenaded while floating down the canals on a romantic gondola ride.

11. Venice, Italy

A leisurely gondola ride along the Rio di Palazzo in Venice can provide the perfect setting for your proposal. The perfect time to pop the question might be when you’re crossing under the white limestone Bridge of Sighs.

romeo juliet

O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?

12. Verona, Italy

Have your girl stand on the very balcony where the real Juliet supposedly stood as she called out for her Romeo at Romeo and Juliet’s balcony at the Casa di Giulietta in fair Verona. Propose to her from the ground beneath.

Petřín Hill

Saint Vitus from Petřín Hill looks like a fairytale. Are you ready for a happy ending of your own?

13. Prague, Czech Republic

After climbing all 299 steps to the top of the lookout tower on Petřín Hill in Prague, you may not have the breath to utter a proposal, but the view from the top should set the romantic mood!

lisbon

Pop the question in this gorgeous setting! Who could resist?

14. Lisbon, Portugal

The Tropical Gardens is a little known spot in Lisbon, complete with several thousand species of tropical plants and swans. It will surely take both your breaths away!

Schmetterlinghaus

Be at one with nature and romance in the Schmetterlinghaus.

15. Vienna, Austria

The Vienna Schmetterlinghaus, or Butterfly House, has hundreds of butterflies fluttering about as well as waterfalls, making it one of the most romantic spots in this city. Who wouldn’t want to be kissed by butterflies?

Cathedral of Seville

Ask her to marry you in the shadow of the Cathedral of Seville for a singular memorable proposal.

16. Seville, Spain

The orange tree courtyard in front of the Cathedral of Seville not only makes for a romantic sight, but it also provides an energizing citrus aroma.

Sydney Botanical Gardens

I love the atmosphere of the Sydney Botanical Gardens. She will too!

17. Sydney, Australia

Located on Farm Cove, the Sydney Botanical Gardens are encased in a massive glass pyramid-shaped structure. The view of the harbor from the gardens alone makes this one of the most romantic spots in the city – perfect for a proposal. So don’t wait a single second!

Mount Fuji

Singular and gorgeous Mount Fuji is the ideal place to pop the question.

18. Mount Fuji, Japan

Of course, the most romantic spot to propose in Japan would have to be atop Mount Fuji. If you’re looking for a spot that requires a little less adventure – yet is equally unforgettable – a Symphony Tokyo Bay sunset cruise might be just the thing! And maybe you want to combine the two into one grand adventure! That’s the fun — it’s completely up to you.

chocolate museum

For a unique memory proposes somewhere equally rich and delicious.

19. Bruges, Belgium

Bruges is rich in history and romantic spots. However, the sweetest spot in Bruges might be Choco-Story, the Chocolate Museum. You should definitely indulge in chocolate-dipped strawberries. Yum!

bath abbey tower

Bath Abbey Tower is amazing and a fabulous spot for asking her to marry you.

20. Bath, England

The spectacular view from the top of Bath Abbey Tower will most likely be enough to take her breath away. Popping the question in this tower will make your visit unforgettable!

**Girls you can pop the question too!**

The 10 Wildest Little Known Festivals in the World (Part 2)

Last time we spoke about five odd but super fun sounding festivals held around the world. Today we continue that topic with five more crazy awesome festivals. Which one would you attend?

Redneck Games

These Redneck Games look very refreshing and fun!

6. The Redneck Games

This festival was created out of the offense taken by media implications that the 1996 Olympic games in Atlanta would be hosted by a bunch of “rednecks”. The redneck games include classics such as “bobbing for pig’s trotters” and “toilet seat throwing.”

Hadaka Matsuri

Are you thinking of Mulan and King of the Mountain right now? I am.

7. Hadaka Matsuri

A Japanese festival born out of a Buddhist practice in which they purified their spirits, it is now known as the “naked man festival.” Thousands of men in loincloths gather on one of the coldest nights of the year to join in the celebration.

crying baby

I can’t imagine wanting to attend this – The noise! One crying baby is one too many!

8. Crying Baby Festival

This festival is centered around two sumo wrestlers who hold up a pair of babies. The winner is the baby that cries first. The festival celebrates the Japanese saying, “crying babies grow fast.”

Sonkran Water Festival

I vote we hold a Sonkran Water Festival with all these hot temperatures!

9. Sonkran Water Festival

Thailand holds this festival every year for three days, in which everyone participates in a giant water fight. Doesn’t that just sound inviting with all the record breaking temperatures out in the midwest right now? I vote yes.

World Gurning Championships

Add some strange sound effects and we got a winner! Meeep!

10. World Gurning Championships

Taking place in Egremont, Cumbria, this festival celebrates making ugly faces. Whoever makes the ugliest face wins! So what do you say is this a face only a mother could love?

Read the first part again: The 10 Wildest Little Known Festivals in the World (Part 1)

The 10 Wildest Little Known Festivals in the World (Part 1)

There are thousands of festivals celebrated all around the world. Many are known to almost everyone, however, there are a few that are not.

baby jumping spain

Would you let this guy jump over your baby?

1. The Baby Jumping Festival

Taking place every year in the village of Castrillo de Murcia, Spain, the ceremony involves men dressed as the devil literally jumping over a mattress full of babies. The ritual, which takes place during the Corpus Christi, represents a cleansing of sin as well as luck and good health

finland wife carrying festival

Don't drown her! I think you'd lose for sure if she did.

2. The Wife Carrying World Championships

Held every year in Sonkajärvi, Finland, this competition is a relay race in which competitors carry their wives as they run. What does the winner receive? Their wife’s weight in beer. No wonder this festival seems to be increasing in popularity.

cheese rolling contest

How bad to you want that cheese?

3. England’s Cheese Rolling Festival

This yearly festival is centered around a wheel of cheese that is thrown down the hill and chased after by a number of contestants. The first contestant to roll to the bottom of the hill gets the cheese!

holi india color festival

Can you imagine explaining the cleanup to your mother?

4. India’s Color Festival

Known as Holi in India, this festival celebrates both the coming of spring as well as the religion of the Hindu people. Participants celebrate by soaking one another in a wide variety of colorful powders, waters and perfumes.

La Tomatina

Slip n' slide on a bed of tomatoes, sounds like fun!

5. La Tomatina

The town of Brunol in Valencia, Spain, celebrates this festival by welcoming 20,000 people to have what basically amounts to a giant food fight, in which tomatoes are the main ammunition.

Up next is The 10 Wildest Little Known Festivals in the World (Part 2).

The 20 Most Popular Tourist Spots in New York City

statue of liberty

Statue of Liberty National Monument

1. Statue of Liberty

A gift from the French, the Statue of Liberty once greeted every immigrant coming into the United States.

Central Park in winter in new york city

Central Park in winter

2. Central Park

Take a walk through the world famous central park, which includes gardens, forest, hills, lakes and a very large lawn.

Times Square or the Crossroads of the World

Times Square or the Crossroads of the World

3. Times Square

Located right in the middle of the city, it is famous for its annual ball drop on New Year’s Eve.

Tribute WTC Visitor Center

Tribute WTC Visitor Center

4. 9/11 Memorial – Tribute WTC Visitor Center

Pay respect to the men and women victimized by one of the worst terrorist attacks ever.

Empire State Building

Empire State Building

5. Empire State

Go to the top of the tallest building in New York at 1,454 feet tall.

Grand Central Terminal

Grand Central Terminal

6. Grand Central Terminal

This railway station is the largest in the world with 44 platforms and 67 different tracks.

Rockefeller Center

Atlas at Rockefeller Center

7. Rockefeller Center

This complex build by the Rockefeller family in the 1930’s, includes 19 commercial buildings all in the center of the city.

Ellis Island Immigration Museum

Ellis Island Immigration Museum

8. Ellis Island Immigration Museum

Ellis Island was the entrance to the U.S. that every immigrant had to go through. Visit the museum to learn about the immigration system and the history that surrounds it.

American Museum of Natural History

American Museum of Natural History

9. American Museum of Natural History

Founded in 1869, this museum contains a staggering 32 million specimens, of which only a small selection is showcased at a time.

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Metropolitan Museum of Art

10. Metropolitan Museum of Art

Housing over 2 million pieces of art and spanning every culture and time, there is plenty to see here.

The Museum of Modern Art

The Museum of Modern Art

11. The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

View thousands of works of art in the most important museum of modern art in the world.

Tigers at Bronx Zoo

Tigers at Bronx Zoo

12. Bronx Zoo

Visit one of the largest metropolitan zoos in the world, with over 600 different species.

Top of the Rock

View from the Top of the Rock

13. Top of the Rock

Located on the GE building, it is the best place for a panoramic view of the entire city.

New York Public Library

New York Public Library

14. New York Public Library

The second largest library in the country holds almost 53 million different items.

Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Federal Reserve Bank of New York

15. Federal Reserve Bank of New York

One of 12 federal reserves in the U.S., this one is by far the largest.

Chrysler Building

The top of the Chrysler Building

16. Chrysler Building

A beautiful example of Art Deco style architecture, this building was the tallest in the world until the Empire State Building was constructed.

St. Patrick's Cathedral

St. Patrick's Cathedral

17. St. Patrick’s Cathedral

Check out this awe-inspiring Roman Catholic Church built in a Neo-Gothic style.

The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine

The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine

18. The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine

The fourth largest church in the world also claims to be the biggest cathedral and angelical church.

Brooklyn Brewery

The Brooklyn Brewery

19. Brooklyn Brewery

Have a beer at one of the largest breweries in the city.

Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum

Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum

20. Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum

Rub elbows with hundreds of celebrities, all made of wax.

Have you been to any of these places? Which is your favorite?

Swimming at the Center of the World

Buoy at Equator and Prime Meridian

Buoy at Equator and Prime Meridian

I imagine it would be a little scary to swim with all the miles of ocean depths beneath you, what if sharks were there? Or whales? Can you imagine, swimming along, happy as a clam, and suddenly meeting Shamu?

shamu

Shamu says, "Can I play with you?"

LOL. :)

This swimming adventure is definitely going on my travel bucket list. Will it go on yours?

Top 5 Affordable Summer Vacations

Guest Blog by Alexandra Jacobs

Start making big plans for a summer exotic vacation priced just right. You don’t need to spend a fortune to live large on an exciting summer getaway. Pick a destination out of a hat or take a few tips from the top 5 summer vacations that you can afford.

1. ) New York City

new york city central park

The Essex House and Central Park Lake

A week in the Big Apple can be cost effective and affordable when you plan a thoughtful trip. Trade the expensive New York real estate hotels for the smaller budget boutique hotels and slash your travel bill in half. The New York boutique hotels have emerged as the number one way to take Manhattan with style, grace and some cash left in your wallet when you are done. Keep your recreation and entertainment scaled down to a minimum with these top picks that are budget-friendly or free.

  • The Downtown Boathouse

Kayak rentals are provided free of charge to paddle your way past the impressive NYC skyline. This non-profit organization also provides lockers for your gear, however, guests are expected to bring their own combination lock. If you have some extra change, donations are welcomed by The Downtown Boathouse to keep the attraction up and running for others.

  • Central Park

Walk or jog through the beautiful gardens and take in the sights for free at Central Park. In addition to self-guided tours through the grounds, free performances are held regularly showcasing talent from the theater, dance, poetry and music disciplines.

  • The Ed Sullivan Theater

Get in line for free tickets to the David Letterman Show taped at the Ed Sullivan Theater. The tickets sell out quickly, so be sure to arrive early for admission tickets and get back in line early again to secure a good seat.

2. ) Belize

Monkey Bay Wildlife Sanctuary

Macaws at Monkey Bay Wildlife Sanctuary

Belize vacations take you to same of the best beaches in Central America and some heart-pounding jungle action just minutes away. The best of Belize includes:

  • The Hamanasi Resort

Kick back and relax in this tropical jungle atmosphere fitted with vaulted ceilings, exquisite decor and your choice of waterfront or tree house guest rooms.

  • Monkey Bay Wildlife Sanctuary

Take a walk on the wild side with tours of this impressive facility that caters to the conservation of monkeys, pumas, jaguars and over 250 species of birds.

  • Water Sports

Belize is destination number one to hang out on the beaches and participate in the aquatics. Windsurfing, board surfing, snorkeling, diving and open water kayaking are available to everyone for a solo excursion or participation with a group and certified instructor.

3. ) Jamaica

Mystic Mountain

View from Mystic Mountain's Sky Explorer Chairlift

A Jamaica vacation is priced just right with fabulous four-star hotels stretched along the beaches. Spend the day in the crystal clean waters, then head for the hills for more action and adventure.

  • Zip lines. 

Jamaican zip lines run through the rain forests with multiple platforms and strong harness gear.

  • Mystic Mountain is where you will find the one and only Jamaican Bobsled ride.

Not too slow and not too fast, the Jamaican Bobsled attraction whisks you through the rain forest and delivers sweeping panoramic ocean views.

  • Cooking Classes

The Jamaica cooking classes are the place to learn the art of Caribbean cuisine. Many of the classes are free or offered for a nominal fee. Eat what you make and learn a valuable kitchen skill to last you a lifetime.

4. ) Sharm el-Sheikh

Sharm el-Sheikh

On the Beach of Sharm el-Sheikh

A Sharm el-Sheikh vacation is one gorgeous beach destination with class. Five-star waterfront hotels are affordable and come complete with complimentary non-motorized water sports. Eat, drink and be merry in Egypt’s finest beach city stretched along the sugar sand shores at The Red Sea.

  • Relax in your room or on the beach

Get five-star accommodation at four-star prices at the Crowne Plaza Hotel for spacious condominium-styled sea front rooms.

  • The Hard Rock Cafe, Sharm el-Sheikh

The Hard Rock Cafe is opened for lunch through late night dinners and dishes up the best burgers in town. Located in the downtown section near The Promenade shopping plaza, the Hard Rock Cafe is top quality and budget-friendly dining in Sharm.

  • St. Catherine’s Monastery

The St Catherine’s Monastery is a full day’s excursion and easy to book from your hotel tour desk. Daytime visitor’s will walk through the monastery, visit with the staff and catch lunch in a local restaurant. The evening tour of the region includes a midnight climb up Mt Moses to watch the sunrise from the summit rising at approximately 5:AM in the summer months. After the downward trek, climbers are treated to a brief tour inside the St Catherine’s Monastery attraction.

5. ) Los Angeles

Santa Monica Pier

Santa Monica Pier at dusk.

A summer vacation in Los Angeles takes you to the movie industry attractions, golden beaches and theme parks  all the way down to adjacent Orange County.

  • Stay at The Bonaventure Hotel.

Located just a two minute walk from the Los Angeles Metro train station. Connections on the trains take you to Long Beach, Hollywood and a stop right in front of Universal Studios in North Hollywood.

  • Santa Monica Pier

The Santa Monica Pier is a great place to spend the day for sunbathing, boating, fishing, arcade games and carnival rides. Eat cheap on the pier or walk to The King’s Head English pub for bargain lunch prices and ocean front views.

  • The Hollywood Bowl

Tickets for performances at the Hollywood Bowl should be purchased in advance of your Los Angeles vacation. Box seats are limited down front; however, the bleacher seats are close enough to get a good view of the concert. Shows include classical, jazz, pop rock, and a fireworks display on select summer performances.

Alexandra is a travel enthusiast who loves to write about tourism, beaches, food, and the wonderful things in the world.  She provides her own insights on vacationing to the blogosphere.  If you would like to learn more about her, follow her @alexsjourneys or visit her blog alexsjourneys.wordpress.com.