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Isola San Giulio | Fairytale island

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The island Isola San Giulio is located near Lake Orta, in the Piedmont region of northwestern Italy and stands out for its natural beauties and picturesque locations. So much, that at first sight the visitor thinks he is in a fairytale wonderland! The Isola San Giulio is a small area, just 275 meters long and 140 meters wide, while hiding behind a very interesting story. The legend says that Saint Giulio was founded in the 4th century A.D the 100th church on the west side of the beautiful village of Orta San Giulio.

Isola San Giulio
Isola San Giulio
Isola San Giulio
Isola San Giulio

According to the legend, the appearance of the Saint in the island is due to a huge snake, which terrorized the villagers, making consecutive attacks. The Saint came here in order to save the inhabitants, ultimately knocking out the mythical creature from the island. After the death of the saint, the Isola San Giulio was more closely associated with the Christian religion and a small chapel was built in memory of the island in the 5th century, followed by the creation of a larger church in the 6th century.

Isola San Giulio
Isola San Giulio
Isola San Giulio
Isola San Giulio

Picturesque alleys of the village and romantic boating in the calm waters of the lake make unique images, all plucked from the fairy tales of our childhood years. Definitely somewhere you will meet a fairy with her wand in order to make all hidden your wishes come true, or Alice to offer you an exciting tour of this magical wonderland!

By Nicole P.

What’s the Coolest Thing You Can Do in the Desert?

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The desert may seem like an alien land full of misery and nothingness (nah, not really). If you are game, you can actually have tons of fun in a barren place such as a desert.

Dune Bashing

Hit the road, the desert road with your driving prowess and make your monster ride literally bash the sand dunes in a seemingly reckless, crazy manner. Dune bashing isn’t a family-friendly adventure and it has its set of risks, but if you’re a risk-taker, then this is definitely the desert activity for you.

Place to dune bash – Dubai

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Sand Boarding

Sliding down the slopes of the desert can be really fun. Sand boarding isn’t entirely exclusive to deserts, as it may be doable in sandy beaches. But since you’re in the desert, there’s limitless possibilities to sand board all you can from sun up till sun down. The only catch is – in order to sand board again, you’ll have to hike up the same distance you sand boarded down. It can get pretty tough and tiresome.

Places to sand board – Australia, Egypt, Maldives, Namibia, Philippines, South Africa, US, South America, and Germany.

Desert Hiking

Deserts are scenic places for hikes and treks, too. Some places have jugged, rocky formations that make up a nice diversion to the already common sandy landscapes. Just don’t forget to bring lots of knowledge about desert survival and safety, and water canteen.

Places to desert hike – Eastern Washington, California, Jordan, Bolivia, Chile, and Arizona.

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Quad Biking

If you don’t like the confines of a four-wheel drive truck, then perhaps a buggy or quad bike will do the trick. Hit the sandy path and drive around, blasting sand dunes after sand dunes. It can really be an amazing adventure, especially when you know you don’t have passengers to look after.

Places to desert quad bike – Namibia, Dubai, Morocco (Sahara), and Egypt.

Camel Riding

Of course, riding the camel is a top pick for the coolest thing to do in the desert. This hardy desert animal has long been used for transport and travel, and riding one can be an awesome experience.

Places to camel ride – Africa, Dubai, Egypt, Morocco, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and other Middle Eastern countries.

The Perks of Using Prepaid Travel Cards

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As people begin to cultivate a traveling lifestyle, vendors begin to innovate their services in order to meet the needs of tourists. One of the necessities of traveling is money.

Travelers used to bring loads of cash or valuable goods with them to support their mobile lifestyle. Then came traveler checks, which are now extinct and obsolete. Then travelers find it safe and convenient to use credit and debit cards. Now, there is the so-called prepaid travel cards.

The Perks

It is relatively easy and fast to apply for a prepaid travel card. You can apply for one online, even customize its design, and then visit a nearby bank office to pick up your card.

There is usually no maintaining balance for this card. There is no charge if your balance goes zero, but you cannot transact more than your current balance. You need to deposit additional money to continue using the card.

Because prepaid travel cards are designed for travelers, they are usually accepted domestically and abroad, particularly Visa cards. Many shops and establishments in tourist destinations honor such cards.

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Banks generally do not charge anything on top of your purchases based on what merchants charge you. This means that you only pay for what you consumed and do not have to worry about fees and other expenses later on.

You can check your remaining balance online or via your mobile phone. You can deposit additional amount to increase your balance in order to make more purchases.

The Lows

Some prepaid travel cards do not have withdrawal feature. This means that you can only make payments to shops that honor your card, but you cannot withdraw money over the counter or even via ATMs. Whenever a transaction calls for cash, you cannot use your prepaid travel card.

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Any unused balance needs to be withdrawn over the counter. If you lose your card, report the incident right away to have your lost card blocked and request for a replacement. Any unused balance in the old card is transferred to the replacement card.

Prepaid travel cards have very short terms, usually only 12 months. To recover unused balance in expired cards, file for reimbursement or apply for a new card and have the balance transferred to the new card.

5 Hidden Treasures of New York

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New York is undoubtedly one of the world’s most significant tourist destinations, and much like any hotspot, it has countless “must see” attractions that everyone knows. However, although these landmarks deserve all of the attention that they get, sometimes it feels better to discover something a little out of the ordinary.

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New York, being the expansive metropolis that it is, still has a plethora of unique and interesting spots that are yet to be discovered by the rest of the world. For every towering skyscraper, there’s a quirky museum or a hidden bar just waiting to be found. Therefore, we’ve put together a list of our top 5 hidden treasures in New York, so that you too can enjoy some of the city’s most charming secrets.

1 – Mmuseumm

Mmuseumm is the well hidden modern history museum created by entrepreneur Alex Kalman. Located in a converted freight elevator down an alley in Chinatown, the eclectic selection of exhibits that occupy MMuseumm’s walls make it one of the most uniquely intriguing places to visit in the city, as well as a polar opposite to the more traditional museums that call New York their home. Planning ahead is advised as it’s only open Thursday through Sunday, but if you can get there, it’s definitely worth a visit.

2 – Fragment of the Berlin Wall

Although not many are aware of this, there is in fact 5 panels of the iconic Berlin Wall situated inside the lobby of 520 Madison avenue, just a short walk from the Museum of Modern Art. Segments of the legendary wall can be found in various locations all over the world, but this particular slab is one of largest sections that has been kept intact, thus making it particularly significant.

3 – City Hall Station

Originally opened as part of the cities inaugural subway line in 1904, the City Hall station is now inoperative, but this doesn’t mean that you can’t witness its spellbinding beauty. Closing in 1945, the stations distinctive architecture and design is an absolute treat that can only truly be appreciated in the flesh, however, doing so can be difficult. There are guided tours provided by the New York Transit Museum, but these are infrequent, so if you want to make this visit a part of your trip then it would be advisable to book in advance.

4 – Staten Island Boat Graveyard

If you’re willing to go a bit further afield, then Staten Island’s Boat Graveyard is one of the most undeniably interesting places in all of New York. This Salvage Yard is home to a mass of decommissioned ships, many of which hold significant historical importance. Whether you’re a ship enthusiast or you’re just looking for a truly unique experience, the Boat Graveyard is undoubtedly one of the eeriest yet most powerful sights that the city has to offer.

5 – PDT (Please Don’t Tell)

PDT is one of many hidden speakeasies that can be found around New York City. Now infamous for it’s attempts to stay hidden, the bar is located behind a vintage telephone booth in Crif Dogs, a hot dog restaurant in the East Village. The atmosphere in PDT really makes it feel like you’re part of an exclusive group, predominantly thanks to its smaller size, ‘hidden’ entrance, and traditional 1920’s style.

If this has got you planning your next trip to New York, then you’ll want to check out the competition by  tombola bingo, to be in with a chance of winning a trip to Big Apple. You’ll be able to put visit our very own hidden treasures yourself!

A huge Chilean lake disappears overnight

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A Chilean lake called Cachet II, two square miles of water area, disappeared during a single night and now continues to do regularly. The apparently strange incident first occurred on March 31, 2012 in Chilean Patagonia. The lake with 200 million liters of water completely disappeared due to rising temperatures caused by climate change. There are many glacial lakes in the mountainous region of Aysen, southern Chilean Patagonia but the disappearance of Cachet II was dramatic. The sun rose on a dry, sandy and dotted valley with puddles and large chunks of ice. A lake whose depth reached 27 meters disappeared within hours.

Lake Cachet II
Lake Cachet II

The disappearance was dramatic but there was nothing mysterious. The lake had vanished just two months earlier, on January 27 and has done a total of 10 times in the last five years. This happens whenever the temperature increase weakens the glacier enough to fall below the water, across the bottom of the lake as if it was a wall of broken ice. Two hundred million cubic liters of water spilled into the largest river in Chile, the Baker, creating giant waves which will lead to the Pacific Ocean.

Now lake Cachet II has begun to disappear several times a year, local villagers have had to learn to master the ‘art’ of the evacuation. A constant alarm monitoring the lake gives them eight hours to flee to higher ground with their herds of animals when sudden emptying occurs.

Tips to beat your fear of flying

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What’s your favorite means of transport for your holidays? The answers vary, and among them, you will definitely come across someone who says that he’s afraid of flying with an aeroplane for many reasons. Traveling around the world is one the best experiences you can live and, to reach some places, you will have to fly there. Here are some tips to help you overcome your fear of flying:

1. Read air accident statistics

Some experts say that people who are afraid to fly would have to analyze aviation accident statistics to ensure that flying is the safest form of transport. This will help them control the anxiety, insecurity and fear that stems from misinformation.

Relax, it is as safe as it gets
Relax, it is as safe as it gets

2. Picture the flight in your head a few days before the flight

A few days before embarking on your trip, you should imagine that you leave your house to the airport. Imagine the situation until the plane takes off. Moreover, start packing in advance so that you will get in the mood of traveling.

Think of the positive aspects of traveling above the clouds
Think of the positive aspects of traveling above the clouds

3. Be at the airport in time

You have to avoid creating more stress, therefore, arrive at the airport in advance and discard that fear of losing the plane.

4. Search for different distractions

Music, according to some experts, the best distraction because it generates positive emotions and skips the negative ones. You should go for something relaxing, mainly for takeoff and landing. Other forms of distraction are striking up a conversation with the neighboring seat, sleeping, reading a good book or watching a movie or an episode of your favorite series.

Watching a movie is a great option
Watching a movie is a great option

5.  Discard all your negative thoughts

You must think only of the positive aspects of air travel, such as its speed. It is clear that air accidents occur but with the thousands of flights that take place daily, are very few- next to none- problems. Whenever you have negative thoughts, focus on these data.

6. Avoid choosing a seat

You should avoid to take a window seat, because people who are afraid of flying normally tend to look out the window to make sure that the aircraft engine or the wings are in good working condition. This, according to psychologists, increases your anxiety because it is something you can’t control.

It's better to find out about your seat when you get your tickets
It’s better to find out about your seat when you get your tickets

7. Breathe deeply during any turbulences

If the plane shakes at some points, you must remain calm as the pilots and the air hostesses are trained to deal all kinds of emergencies. In any case, you can sit between the wings of the plane as it is the most stable place of the plane, and buckle up for the entire flight.

8. Wear comfortable clothes during the flight

When preparing the suitcase, leave some comfortable clothes for the day of the flight and purchase a comfortable flight-pillow so you can keep your body relaxed during the trip.

9. Accept the problem

Don’t be embarrassed to consider the option of asking for help from a professional.

For more check: How to entertain your children during a long road trip, Tips on saving money on traveling in Europe

By +Nikos Kontorigas

Do you ever wonder what types of people go on Singles Holidays?

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When thinking about going on a holiday alone, many people are unsure as to what kinds of people go on holidays for singles and often ask, “will I have a good time?” and “will there be other people there with similar interests to me?” The answer is, there is no specific type of person that goes on holidays for singles. Individuals may want to make new friends, experience a holiday on their own or just want to do something different. Whatever your reason, holidays for singles are relaxing, enjoyable and offer a host of activities sure to keep you happy.

Singles Holidays UK
Singles Holidays UK

Our holidays are full of different people, different interests and different reasons for picking holidays for singles! Thanks to our range of different trips, we are able to provide the perfect trip away for you. Whether it’s painting, Pilates or cooking that you are interested in, there’s a holiday with likeminded people available for you to enjoy.

We strive to create a relaxed and friendly atmosphere on each and every one of our holidays, so it won’t be long before you feel like you are surrounded by old friends enjoying all that Italy has to offer. At Flavours we make it our priority to offer holidays for singles that appeal to each and every person who is considering a trip away. Our wide range of activities are popular with a whole host of single travellers.

Singles holidays
Singles holidays

Our groups are made up of around eight people, many of whom are single travellers.  Whether you are used to travelling alone or are wanting to try something new you are sure to have an enjoyable time on a Flavours holiday. For more information on booking a holiday your Flavours Italy holiday, contact us today!

Author bio: Flavours of Italy, is a specialist tour operator offering activity vacations and holidays for singles since 1998.

Adventure travel with special specifications

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From the Alps to the desert towards a different action film/documentary and browsing in lesser known corners of the Mediterranean. The Australian Adam Riemann initiator of the motology site for off road motorcycles, activities and excursions decided to leave his imprint in a way that suites him even more. The also reporter Adam expresses himself by writting in off road motorcycles magazines has the option of driving, recording the image and photographic film. The combination of all of these ended up in a life adventure as he describes. A journey from Austria to Egypt on a KTM 500EXC! The less suitable motorcycle that one can choose for travelling.

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Motonomad
Motonomad
Motonomad

But its really not if you have in mind the way that Riemann thought. No film crew, no support vehicle, the resulting images exceed the requirements of even the most strict judge. The adventure lasted a month, maintaining the original target filming of an alternative adventure travel. And there were a few mishaps as stated in the report. Interbreeding trucks, cars and animals were consistently the most dangerous part but the traffic between armed soldiers with his finger on the trigger, was the most frightening. It was a risk that but fully compensated with more than 1000GB in video footage from over 7 countries. Saved in my waist bag that never left my sight.

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Motonomad
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Motonomad

A Canon 5D, 7D and five GoPro cameras constantly pulled and a helicopter with videokamera X650. It is understood that we were carrying everything on our motorcycles, without having any kind of help. It is best not to ask what was going on when we needed to get through all these stuff from police control, military, airports etc. The idea came to Austria via Australia. Greg Chambers and Jeff Leisk of KTM Australia, trusted the idea from the first moment and convinced the factory in Austria to supply us with two bikes for the trip.

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Motonomad
Motonomad
Motonomad

The factory was cautious for our final destination and wanted us to use some of the greatest adventure models. But I was running races with KTM for several years so i knew that a 500EXC 2014 would be ideal for the routes we planned to take. Seven countries, 7,000 km in 32 days was a package that our bikes passed easily. It was also easy for both drivers as you can see in the picture below. And to get a taste of the film Motonomad you will have to wait until the editing is complete. Finally the movie will have a 2 hour duration.

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Motonomad

By Nicole P.

Where To Find The Best Super Yacht Charter – Mediterranean or Adriatic?

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It can be tough deciding where in Europe to go on your super yacht charter – Mediterranean destinations or Adriatic?

Of the two different areas, where might you find the best beaches, most delicious cuisine, best party atmosphere or wealth of cultural heritage? Let’s take a look.

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Best for super yacht charter – Mediterranean or Adriatic spots?

Best Beaches

One of the joys of chartering a yacht is finding beaches not easily accessible by land, and on a super yacht charter, Mediterranean beaches that stand out include Cala Soraya on the tiny island of Spargi, off Sardinia’s north-eastern coast. Also inaccessible by road is Cala Tonnarella, an oasis of bone-white sand west of Palermo, Sicily.

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If you’re on an Adriatic yacht charter, Croatia’s Zlatni Rat on the island of Brač stands out for its striking shape, which changes with the currents, but some of the country’s loveliest and little-known beaches are in the area around Orebić. Montenegro’s Mogren Beach on the Budva Riviera stuns with its steep cliffs and emerald waters.

Best Cuisine

The Mediterranean has a well-established reputation for tasty, healthy food – think olive oil, fresh tomatoes and herbs. Whether you fancy paella in Spain, pasta, pizza or risotto in Italy, or the classic flavours of Provence, Mediterranean cuisine rarely disappoints.

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By contrast, the cuisine of the Adriatic regions is lesser known, but maybe more exciting as a result. A speciality in both Croatia and Montenegro is Crni Rižot, or black risotto, made with squid, garlic, wine and squid ink. Another is Brudet, a tomato-based fisherman’s stew served with polenta. Njeguski ham is the Montenegrin version of prosciutto, usually eaten with cheese and olives.

Most Fun Party Atmosphere

For fun partying during a super yacht charter, the Mediterranean island of Ibiza is widely considered the ultimate destination, with a host of hip beach clubs, while Puerto Banus is the beating heart of Marbella’s legendary nightlife scene. Saint Tropez, a favourite summer retreat of A-listers, holds epic parties along its Pampelonne Beach. For glitzy Italian socializing, head to Sardinia’s Costa Smerelda, and its swanky cocktail bars and VIP lounges.

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For elegant bars and booming clubs, set your Adriatic yacht charter towards Hvar city, on Croatia’s Hvar island, or to Budva, the cosmopolitan party capital of Montenegro.

Cultural Heritage

During a super yacht charter, Mediterranean locations offer a wealth of cultural heritage, from Italy’s UNESCO-listed Cinque Terre, to the Amalfi Coast and of course Pompeii. Sicily is home to dozens of World Heritage sites, among them the Greek temples at the Valle dei Templi in Agrigento. On Corsica’s southern tip, Bonifacio’s clifftop medieval citadel has no fewer than 40 classified sites.

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While culture-rich Venice is a must during an Adriatic yacht charter, the old town of Dubrovnik is among the world’s most beautiful heritage cities, while Šibenik, Trogir Island and Split are packed with ancient cathedrals, palaces and fortresses. Montenegro’s Bay of Kotor is listed for its well-preserved architecture and seamless integration with its landscape.

Travelling by crewed yacht charter offers the ultimate in carefree travel, whether you choose a super yacht charter Mediterranean style, or an Adriatic yacht charter. We hope this article has helped you make your decision!