French Fries or Chips?
Fries or Chips. What's the Difference? Experience England's famous dishes and find out for yourself the answer to the age old question; which is better, American fries or English chips?
England has become a melting pot of cultures and as a result, a melting pot of cuisines. In the heart of London you can find Indian cuisines, African cuisines, Chinese, Japanese, Jamaican, Mexican, Spanish, Italian, French, German… any kind of cuisine you can think of, London has it! Although there is so much amazing new ethnic food for you to try during your trip to England, and we encourage you to try as many different ethnic foods as possible, it is also fun to try some foods that are very common in the United States and compare them to what you can find in England, like french fries!
Referred to as chips in England, and typically paired with fish such as cod or haddock to make England's famous dish: fish and chips, chips are just sliced potatoes that are fried. Similarly, in America, we also like to slice up potatoes and fry them; however, we call them french fries!
You may be asking yourself, “so, aren’t they the same thing with different names?”. And although that is technically true I have found there are some big differences between french fries and chips. Here is a list of differences that I noticed while I was traveling abroad in England.
On top of yummy chips and other delicious cuisines, England also has lots of shopping, sightseeing, bustling cities, quiet country sides, and TONS of history. England is a wonderful destination to travel to for any type of traveler!
I strongly encourage you to travel to England and try some chips and come up with your own comparisons and share your opinions with me! Book an adventure planning session today to get started planning your trip to England!
Some pictures that I took while I was in London at a restaurant called 'Fish& Chips". I got fried cod and fresh chips with some gravy because I'm in love with poutine! It was so delicious!
Are you looking for a unique and unforgettable travel experience? If so, expedition cruising may be just what you need. Unlike traditional cruises, expedition cruises take you to some of the most remote and pristine destinations in the world, providing you with an immersive and educational travel experience.
Expedition cruising is a type of travel that combines the best of both worlds: the comfort and luxury of a cruise ship, and the adventure and exploration of a land-based expedition. These cruises are designed for travelers who crave adventure and want to explore off-the-beaten-path destinations while enjoying the comforts of a cruise ship.
So, what exactly can you expect from an expedition cruise? Here are just a few examples of the incredible experiences that await you:
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Let’s face it, who doesn't love to travel? Exploring new destinations, experiencing different cultures, and trying new foods are all part of the thrill of travel. But when it comes to planning your next adventure, you might find yourself stuck between two popular travel styles: luxury travel and backpacking.
Luxury travel is all about indulging in the finer things in life, while backpacking is all about budget-friendly accommodations and exploring off-the-beaten-path destinations. So, which one should you choose?
Luxury Travel: The Life of Luxury
If you’re looking to pamper yourself and indulge in the luxurious side of travel, then luxury travel might be for you. From staying in high-end hotels to dining at Michelin-starred restaurants, luxury travel is all about comfort and convenience. You’ll have access to top-notch amenities and services, making your trip more relaxing and enjoyable.
But, as with most things in life, luxury travel comes at a price. With high-end hotels, fancy restaurants, and exclusive experiences, luxury travel can quickly become expensive. And while you’ll be living the high life, you may miss out on the local culture and adventure that backpacking can provide.
Backpacking: Off-the-Beaten-Path Adventures
If you’re on a budget and value cultural immersion and adventure, then backpacking might be for you. Backpacking is all about exploring the local culture, staying in budget-friendly accommodations, and prioritizing experiences over luxury.
Backpacking is not for the faint of heart, but it can provide a deeper cultural immersion experience. You’ll interact more with locals, explore the local culture in greater depth, and participate in adventurous activities like hiking and camping.
However, backpacking can be less comfortable and convenient than luxury travel. You may have to deal with cramped accommodations, limited amenities, and a lack of creature comforts. Additionally, backpacking can be less safe and secure than luxury travel, making it important to do your research and take necessary precautions before embarking on your adventure.
So, which travel style should you choose? Ultimately, it depends on your personal preferences, travel style, and budget. If you value comfort and convenience and want to indulge in the finer things in life, luxury travel might be the way to go. But if you’re on a budget and value cultural immersion and adventure, then backpacking might be the perfect fit for you.
No matter which travel style you choose, the most important thing is to have fun and create memorable experiences. Whether you’re living the life of luxury or exploring off-the-beaten-path destinations, travel has a way of broadening our horizons and providing us with unforgettable experiences. So, pack your bags, grab your passport, and get ready for the adventure of a lifetime!
Biking in Switzerland
Switzerland is a beautiful country that offers stunning views, winding roads, and challenging terrain, making it a perfect destination for cyclists. Whether you're a seasoned road biker or a casual recreational rider, you'll find plenty of opportunities to explore the country on two wheels.
The Swiss Alps provide some of the most scenic routes in the world, with towering mountains, rolling hills, and crystal clear lakes. For a challenging ride, consider tackling one of the iconic passes, such as the Stelvio Pass or the Furka Pass. These steep climbs will test your endurance and reward you with breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape.
If you prefer a more leisurely pace, there are plenty of flatter routes to choose from, such as the Lake Geneva cycle path. This scenic route takes you along the lake's shore, passing through charming villages and vineyards, and offering picturesque views of the lake and the mountains.
When planning your trip, it's important to consider the time of year, as weather can have a big impact on your ride. Summer is generally the best time for cycling in Switzerland, with warm and sunny days, but some of the high-altitude routes may still be snow-covered. In the spring and autumn, you'll have milder temperatures but may encounter more rain and fog.
In terms of gear, a good quality road bike is recommended, with comfortable shoes, a helmet, and appropriate clothing for the weather. Make sure to carry plenty of water, energy bars, and a repair kit, as well as a map or GPS device.
Whether you're looking for a challenging workout or a scenic tour, biking through Switzerland is a must-do experience for any cyclist. So grab your bike and hit the road, and be prepared for some of the most breathtaking scenery you've ever seen.
Scotland is a land of stunning landscapes, rich history, and friendly locals. This country is the perfect destination for solo travelers who are looking for an adventure, breathtaking views, and an escape from the daily grind. If you're thinking of visiting Scotland on your own, this blog post is for you.
Why Scotland is Ideal for Solo Travelers
Scotland is an incredibly safe country, making it ideal for solo travelers. The people are welcoming, and crime rates are low, so you can explore the country with peace of mind. Scotland is also easy to navigate, and the public transportation system is reliable and affordable. Whether you're taking the train or bus, you'll be able to get around easily and see all that Scotland has to offer.
What to See and Do in Scotland
Scotland is home to some of the most breathtaking landscapes in the world, and there's no shortage of things to see and do. Here are a few must-
visit destinations for solo travelers:
Tips for Solo Travelers
Here are a few tips to help make your solo trip to Scotland a success:
Solo traveling in Scotland is an experience like no other. From its stunning landscapes to its rich history and friendly locals, this country has something for everyone. Whether you're a history buff, a nature lover, or just looking for an escape from the daily grind, Scotland is the perfect destination for solo travelers.
Playa del Carmen is the perfect location for a budget friendly honeymoon destination. You can make the trip as expensive or as cheap as you want. There are tons of options for accommodations, restaurants and excursions ranging from low to high prices, allowing you to customize your honeymoon so that it is perfect for your budgeting needs.
If you are looking for a more budget friendly accommodation, Airbnb’s are the way to go! They have condos, apartments and little homes ranging from $20 to $97 a night. Most places are also located right on the beach or within walking and biking distance. Going to the beach is also free, spend a day relaxing on the beach and all you need to worry about spending money on is food!
The 5th avenue in Playa del Carmen is very touristy. The streets are filled with little shops, tons of restaurants and a shopping mall! There are some great restaurants, bars, and clubs for a fun nightlife atmosphere of drinking and dancing. However, these restaurants can be pricey due to the tourist attraction. If you are wanting to get away from the overpriced food, the crowded and noisy streets, here is the link to a website of some budget friendly, authentic Mexican food!
Now this is what you want to spend most of your money on… memories that will last! There are so many fun and cool activities in Playa del Carmen. Just like the accommodations and food, there are both expensive and cheap excursions. Most excursions can be expensive. They usually offer one activity for half a day and only one meal included. If you’re looking for adventure and excitement at a reasonable price, Xcaret and Xplor are the way to go! They are all day adventure parks with buffets included! Each park has multiple different activities to do and the price per person is a fraction of the cost of other excursions.
If you want to plan your perfect budget friendly honeymoon but don’t know where to start, I am here to help! I would be happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have. Don’t hesitate to reach out so we can customize your unforgettable Playa del Carmen vacation.
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When it comes to taking a cruise on river or ocean, it’s pretty tough to go wrong. Both offer incredible views, luxurious amenities, and the opportunity to explore interesting ports.
But each one comes with its own unique perks, and depending on your specific needs for your next trip, you might find that one is a slightly better fit than the other. So what are the major differences?
One big difference can be summed up in one word: intimacy. River cruises tend to be much smaller (190 max vs. up to 6,200 on the largest ocean cruises), and as a result, you’re much more likely to be interacting with other passengers and crew members.
That smaller scale translates to all areas of the river cruise. You dine on a regular schedule at tables with other passengers (wine is included in the price of the cruise). Instead of 50 different things to do on board, amenities tend to be more modest with river cruises — think libraries, a workout room, cultural programs, and free Wifi vs. ten kids’ playrooms, glitzy Broadway shows, and a skydiving simulator. There tend to be fewer kids on river cruises, making them popular for couples seeking quiet and relaxed time together.
You stop almost every day at a new port with river cruises, often for walking tours through quaint towns with little tourist traffic, and you’re always in view of land. With ocean cruises, you can go days without seeing land, and ports of call and excursions tend to be more exotic and high-adventure.
Because of their larger size, ocean cruises offer plenty of options for many ages, from young kids to octogenarians, and they are often more able to accommodate a wide variety of special health needs. For this reason, they tend to make the best option for multi-generational family gatherings that include young children. For the traveler who is into high-octane adventure, ocean cruises provide a wide variety of activities on board, as well as exotic and more daring day excursions.
River cruises do tend to be more expensive per person — but that price also includes more things. Ocean cruises have a lower sticker price per person, but you are often charged extra for alcohol and other amenities.
When you’re getting ready to plan your next on-the-water trip, here are a few questions to consider:
1. How many people are traveling? What are their ages?
2. What time of the year do you want to travel?
3. Do you need the amenities of a mega ship — spas, gyms, a dozen restaurants, and many activities? Or are you looking for something calmer, more intimate and easy-paced?
4. Are you seeking authentic inter-cultural experiences? Or do you prefer more familiar settings?
As always, I’m here and would love to discuss your next cruise. We can look at all the moving parts of your upcoming trip — what you need, what you want, what your dream is — and together we can come up with a cruise you and your loved ones will remember fondly for the rest of your life.
You’d think after millennia of people traveling, not to mention how quickly the world has shrunk with access to the Internet, that we would have seen it all.
But here are four beautiful and intriguing highlights from places that might not be as familiar. If you’d like a full list from National Geographic of the best trips for 2022 – some familiar, some not – check it out here.
Here are four others that might pique your interest!
If you’re craving a break from busy-ness and noise, Haida Gwaii will give you the silence you’re longing for. A 180-mile-long archipelago off the coast of British Columbia is the ultimate getaway for nature lovers. May-September is the summer season, with more tourist services available, and a greater chance of seeing spectacular wildlife like the Orca migration. But if you’re into surfing, try October-May for the best waves.
To get a feel for what life was like for the Vikings, hop a ferry from Denmark or Iceland and check out the Faroe Islands. Located about 400 miles off the coast of Northern Europe and accessible by flights and ferries year-round, the Faroe Islands are ringed with dramatic green cliffs that plunge into the ocean, sparkling bays, and breathtaking Nordic scenery. In the city of Gjógv, stay in an authentic sod-roofed hotel and take hikes up into the mountains with a spectacular view of the gorge below. Go in July or August for mild temps and long days.
A hidden travel gem lies in the Western Baltics, which is already a somewhat-unknown region that is brimming with breathtaking scenery and a proud cultural heritage. The Via Dinarica is a year-round adventurer’s wonderland. Love gorgeous summer hikes and biking tours? May-September, this trail stretches through 1,200 miles of varied terrain and eight different countries. If you’re into skiing and snowshoeing, hit the Via Dinarica from January to mid-March for a pristine wonderland. Stay in remote mountain shelters, or immerse yourself in centuries-old tradition by staying with local host families.
We see a lot of Japan’s bustling cities, its towering skyscrapers, its industry, its bright lights. But if you’re interested in reclining into the contemplative heart of Japan, seek out Koyasan, a pristine monastic complex two hours south of Osaka by train and the seat of Japanese Shingon Buddhism. Many temples here offer guest rooms, and you can get a feel for what monastic life is like in the lush, misty mountain interior. Savor the simple flavors of clean Buddhist eating, take in morning rituals, or hike by lantern and moonlight along winding green mountain paths. After the intense and amazing sensory experiences that the large urban areas of Japan provide, Koyasan really is the perfect retreat into silence, simplicity, and mystery.
One of the many reasons I love what I do as a travel agent is that there is just so much to see, to take in, and to learn. We all have the amazing opportunity to launch out into new places, to find some new adventure that will change us forever — and I love getting to be a part of that process.
If you’re feeling that pull to places that are new to you, contact me today and let’s start planning your next adventure!
Indonesia's famous Bali Island is more than just a place of paradise. "It is a mood, an aspiration, a tropical state of mind" states Lonely Planet. There is so many fun activities to take part in while at Bali such as surfing the perfect wave in Bingin or staying at beachside resorts and enjoying amazing food in Kerobokan. No matter where you are in Bali it will always be a fun and relaxing experience. Ten reasons why you should visit Bali include the following: cuisine, shopping, the people, the artistic culture, accommodations, natural beauty, adventure, religion, culture, and beaches.
Bali is known for its authentic and rich culinary culture supplied by its fruitful lands and meticulous farmers developing its seasoned and traditional recipes. You can learn more about how to create such amazing meals by taking part in culinary classes in Ubud learning how to create all sorts of famous Indonesian dishes from Babi guling to Lawar. Bali has all sorts of fine dining and street food options that cater to your fancy. From vegan to gluten free, there are no limits to Bali's cuisine.
Endless Shopping Opportunities
Whether you come to Bali with a million dollars in your pocket or twenty, Bali's shopping centers offer the world at your feet from hand sewn wallets to high end fashion this shopping opportunity appeals to every shopaholic. Bali provides a wide variety of shopping to every traveler with any type of budget.
The Balinese People
Many people who have been to Bali would agree that the Balinese people are the friendliest group of people on earth. In Bali, there is not one place you can go without these lovely people greeting you with a smile and sometimes even a hug. It is not hard to make friends on this lovely Indonesian island because of how willingly the Balinese are to connect with others especially from unfamiliar parts of the world that they have probably never been to. This warmth that the Balinese people give off have made many weary travelers for at ease for a very long time.
Bali's Artistic Culture
Bali's culture is one of the most artistic cultures out there. Art is found everywhere in the beautiful Bali. The streets are filled with the most artistic pieces including other forms of art such as dancers and instrument players. Tourists can find anything in stores from wooden key chains to exquisite art pieces that cost thousands of dollars. Many Balinese people are involved with an art form in some form or fashion,
Bali's Amazing Accommodations
Bali provides awesome accommodations for all who visit this beautiful island such as affordable hotels and private villas. This is the ultimate getaway for the restless traveler. This beautiful island isn't just made for the solo traveler, but also large families can be accommodated with plenty of things to do for both the kids and the parents. Lots of swimming and exploring to do for the whole family to enjoy, Bali also provides a romantic getaway for newly weds and older couples which makes memories that will last a lifetime.
It takes a lot of work to get ready for a family trip, even if you have a travel agent doing the planning and booking for you. Choosing the right places and activities, all while trying to maintain some semblance of your normal routine — especially if you have younger kids — can be a real challenge.
In the hectic pace of everything, it can be easy to forget the bigger reasons families choose to travel with their children: to enrich their lives, expand their emotional and cultural horizons, and help them become better global citizens.
So it’s great to encourage kids to be involved in the planning and to participate in family activities — but what are some ways that you can really get your child curious about your travel destinations without adding yet another list of to-dos to a parent’s already-long list?
Here are some ideas for sparking the love of travel in your child on your next vacation.
Use your child’s natural interests to make a destination come alive. Does your kid love painting? Music? Dance? Sports? Animals? Have your child research ahead of time about activities or places that might speak to his existing passions. Maybe the place you’re headed has an incredible soccer culture, or was the home of a famous photographer. Maybe it’s known for a certain kind of food, or has some quirky museum. Have him gather as much info as he can, and let him choose a way to dig deeper into that interest — a play, an exhibit, a match, a festival.
Use a travel journal. If your child likes to write or draw, this can be both a wonderful way to document experiences and a way for kids to have alone time if they need it, or wind-down time in the evening before bed. Set aside even just 10 minutes for them to write down or doodle something from the day. A journal can be used before leaving, too — it can be a place where a child documents questions she has about where you’re going, things she wants to learn, a place to glue in pictures of places she wants to see, things she’s excited to try.
Try a scavenger hunt. How many kinds of gelato can you try? How many colors of cowboy boots can you spot? Can you track down all the famous buildings built by a favorite architect? Make a list of landmarks that were important to a local band? This is something that can be adjusted for younger and older kids, and can be an effective way to engage older kids especially. It keeps them tuned in more, and there can be a reward when a “list” is completed — dinner of their choice, for example.
Use photography as a way to help them pay attention. For a kid who loves photography, the lens can be an excellent way to help ignite curiosity and help them be present to the travel experience. For younger children especially, an inexpensive disposable camera works just great and can make them feel very grown up; older children might have access to a simple digital camera or a phone with a built-in camera. They might choose to just photograph whatever strikes their interest, and that’s fine — but they can also decide ahead of time to keep an eye out for something specific: interesting flowers, unique doorways, motorcycles or scooters they like, desserts, street signs, gardens, markets, sunsets. Being aware of and respecting cultural etiquette around taking photographs, of course, there are tons of incredible creative opportunities. This can be a wonderful way for a child to discover a new interest he didn’t even know he had.
If you choose to go the digital route, you can even set up a private Instagram account specifically for your trip if you like, and your child can use a smartphone as her camera. This is a great way to visually and verbally record what they’ve seen and experienced. They can use it to build vocabulary in a new language by photographing an object, asking a local what it is, and then labeling the image with the word and its translation. If your child doesn’t enjoy traditional journaling as much, this can be an alternative way to have time set aside each day for remembering, documenting, and processing in a different medium.
Having an Instagram account also offers a wide variety of ways to print off and use selected favorite images — photographs, magnets, prints. And your child can use the Postagram app to instantly and inexpensively send postcards of the trip to friends, family, or back home again.
Use a recorder to capture new sounds, voices, and music. If your child is more an aural learner than a visual one, you can use a small digital voice recorder to capture the unique traits of your destination. Car horns, street music, sounds of natural surroundings, food cooking, traditional ceremonies, language, laughter — all of these paint an auditory picture of your vacation that will spark wonderful memories for years to come. Again, if your child doesn’t enjoy traditional journaling, keeping a recorded journal might be just the thing that will really spark his interest.
Use the power of compare and contrast to sharpen curiosity, create awareness, and start good conversations. Have as a goal each day — and this can be something the whole family can do — to note one thing that’s similar to what you do at home, and one thing that’s different from what you do at home. Do kids play similar games? Eat different foods? Drive the same cars? Wear the same kids of clothes? Listen to different music? Have the same kinds of pets? In addition to observing similarities and differences, talk to them about their thoughts around what they’re noticing. What questions come up? What’s comfortable for them, and what feels totally unfamiliar? Do they see things that they wish kids did more of back home? This can be a powerful tool for kids to be present to what’s happening around them, and can help them process the culture shock that can accompany the newness of various environments, as well. It can be a way for you to get to know them better, and it can be a way for them to understand more about themselves, too.
An added bonus with these ideas is that they don’t really require any additional management or planning on the part of a parent. As with any other trip, each family will have to establish ground rules and be aware of the cultural expectations of the places they’re visiting. But other than setting aside some quiet time each day, which most families need, anyway, these activities are largely child-driven and executed. Yes, you’ll likely have to help your kid plan or reserve tickets for a chosen activity or event — but that’s something you would be doing for that day, anyway. The difference here is that your child will be a part of the process. And, yes, you’ll likely be stopping a little more as your child notices, points out, and talks about everything she’s taking in — but in the end, that seems like a wonderful opportunity for connection with your child, and a chance for parents to slow down and absorb a little more, too.
Traveling with your children provides a one-of-a-kind educational experience for them, and a powerful bonding experience for the whole family. I would love to help you design the perfect travel experience for your family! Click this link to schedule a “Let’s Get Acquainted Session” with me let’s plan your family’s next great adventure.
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