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Cruise Vacations – Converting the Younger Generation

Cruise Vacations – Converting the Younger Generation

For many years, cruise holidays have been viewed as a type of vacation that are exclusively for the older generation. This has, in turn, perpetuated itself by deterring younger holiday-makers from trying this form of holiday. This is a shame, as it is actually a fantastic way to travel the world and see many of the lesser seen parts of the globe. However, there has been an interesting shift in recent times and it seems that now many young people are being converted to cruises.

A Falling Average Age

The average age of cruise customers has fallen from 50+ to 40+ in the last few years and now there are many youthful travellers ditching backpacking trips for cruise vacations. So, what is the reason for this shift?

Many of the key players in the industry have pumped a lot of money into their cruise liners and altered their trips to tempt younger travellers. Many of these companies are targeting those between the age of 18 and 40 and it appears to be working.

Destinations & Excursions

Instead of relaxing with a book by the side of the pool, cruises are now advertised as fun and thrilling trips that are bursting with all kinds of activities. Many exciting destinations like Borneo and Alaska have been added to the itinerary, plus excursions can include activities like kayaking, 4×4 excursions, hiking, bike rides and other “hands-on” activities.

 Revamped Cruise Liners

It is not just the destinations and excursions that have started to convert younger passengers. Many of the modern cruise liners have undergone enormous transformations to become party ships that are packed full of great facilities and technology. In addition to swimming pools, bars and restaurants, many now include sports facilities, water parks, live music, theatre shows and all kinds of other leisure activities. In addition to this, even the decor and service has been altered to appeal to a younger generation.


Finally, cruises are a form of vacation that do not have to break the bank and this is crucial for many younger travellers. Cruise specialists, such as Bolsover Cruise Club, offer deals on last minute or late trips that can provide big savings. This can make it an affordable way to travel around the world and see a handful of different countries whilst indulging in luxury facilities (something that you do not get with backpacking vacations).

Cruises are no longer seen as a holiday for older people due to the industry targeting a younger generation (although more traditional cruises still exist). Now, modern cruises are packed full of thrilling activities and take travellers to exciting destinations around the globe.

Top Backpacking Destinations Of 2016

Top Backpacking Destinations Of 2016

A backpacking travel does not mean that you have to go without exploring the world. In fact, much of the world is not best discovered in a luxury hotel suite, but with a few belongings tucked into a knapsack. So, here are some of the world’s top backpacking destinations of 2016.

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Portugal is a fantastic coastal haven for backpackers. You can fly down and begin your trek from Porto and make your way leisurely to the Algarve, which is the southernmost tip of Portugal. It is an interesting walk with gorgeous scenery, delicious seafood and friendly locals.

Tasmania, Australia

The untouched beauty, preserved forests, sprawling vineyards and open spaces that lead directly into the Pacific Ocean have helped Tasmania to earn its unbridled reputation. You can stop along your way to enjoy a dip in the ocean or discover a unique rock formation. Although this island was once a jail for British outlaws, today it is a top backpacking destination.


Bali, Indonesia is the perfect destination for a backpacking traveler, who is traveling on a budget, but wants to sunbathe, dine, drink and explore like royalty. Bali features stunning golden beaches, and cheap food and accommodation.


Colombia has varied terrains, from the laidback Caribbean coast to football madness and a fierce political history. Colombians are one of the friendliest and most inquisitive people you will ever meet.

Santa Elena, Costa Rica

This small and charming Central American town boasts wonderful walking trails and comfortable but cheap accommodations. The friendly locals will take you for a salsa twirl and also show you where to get the best seafood.


The Central American country of Nicaragua boasts world class surf beaches and chilled atmosphere. It is a lot more affordable and relaxed, and attracts a huge surfing community and adventurous travelers. With its colourful buildings, picturesque churches and forts, cobblestone roads and stunning archipelago setting, Granada, Nicaragua will soon wear down your camera battery.


Cappadocia in Turkey has a unique landscape of windblown rocks and hidden crevices. The locals are just as colourful as the colourful painted churches and they readily offer a cozy place for tea. Their homesteads are carved in the side of cliffs and gutted boulders.

Inca Trail, Peru

If you are an adventurous backpacker, then the Inca Trail is a prime backpacking destination. You can trek along the Peruvian coastline to find secluded beaches, lively little towns, spicy food and friendly locals.

Get ready and pack your bags to see the world’s top backpacking destinations of 2016. It is always good to experience a bit of everything, even the bad and ugly mixed in with the good. Most young people go on a back packing trip after they finish university. When finishing university students always have a load of belongings which they don’t have space for. One good way of storing these belongings is in a self storage locker, many of which can be rented for a few pounds a week and you can store almost anything you want.

5 Things to Do in Canberra

5 Things to Do in Canberra

Canberra is a very beautiful city with so many interesting attractions that will make you fall in love with it even more. There will be no boring moment when you visit this capital of Australia. It may be one of the youngest cities in Australia but it is also one of the most surprising ones. The combination of natural and man-made attractions will amaze you.  We list down some of the fun activities that you can do if you visit Canberra.

First of all, when touring the city, it is advisable to rent a car. Finding car hire in Canberra is actually easy. This makes your road-trip stress-free and it will allow you to save a lot of time! So it’s best that you look for reliable cars first before planning your itinerary. Renting cars is pretty much common in the region to make commute convenient.


So now, here are the activities to try when visiting the city.

  1. Wine and more wine

If you’re wine enthusiast then Canberra is one haven for you! The Canberra District Wine Region with 33 wineries and just 35-minute drive from the city is the place to go to! It is the home of classic cool-climate wines. Visit Four Winds Vineyard that also offers good food. You can also try to visit Poachers Pantry that will welcome you with sample cool climate wines at their cellar door. Another winery worth checking out is Lerida Estate, with overlooking view of Lake George.

  1. Visit the Old Parliament House

Do not let the word “old” fool you. This Old Parliament House that used to be the home of Australian politicians is now home to the dynamic Museum of Australian Democracy. It offers different attractions to celebrate different festivities in the city. It is perfect for the entire family from small children to teens to mommies and daddies. They will surely enjoy activities in-store for various events.

  1. Devour some chocolates

Chocolate lovers are in for some delicious treats when visiting Robyn Rowe Chocolates, located in a small village of Murrumbateman, a half-hour drive from the city. The place is very popular for their smooth, creamy and delicious chocolates, which are made on-site using some traditional European methods. You will also taste some of the region’s best products like honey, walnuts and the local’s pride homegrown Clonakilla muscat.

  1. Tour the National Gallery of Australia

Do you enjoy visiting art galleries? Canberra offers you a glimpse of rich culture and artistic side of Australia through various exhibitions and galleries featuring national artists and up and coming artists. You can check out in advance the schedules of exhibitions so you have an idea what to expect and the time or day of your visit.

  1. Ride around a man-made lake

Lake Burley Griffin is one of Canberra’s most prominent and popular landmarks. You may try some water activities like kayaking, windsurfing or yachting. But the best way to experience this wonderful view is by cycling around 35-kilometre perimeter. You will appreciate more the man-made lake; the beautiful scenery and it will give you a relaxing feeling.

Enjoy Canberra by trying out the activities mentioned in this post. Make every moment special by spending it with your loved ones. And remember pictures immortalizes your vacation, so take as much photos as you can.

Everything you Should Know Before Leaving your Country for a China Tour

Everything you Should Know Before Leaving your Country for a China Tour

Travelling overseas can be a harrowing experience, full of unexpected bumps and challenges along the way. Take stress out of the equation by remembering to do these 10 things before you leave for China with a tour.

Over the last 4 years I have travelled to and through every single country in South East Asia. I’ve experienced much of what’s great about these countries, and I’ve suffered through the worst travel blunders in the history of human kind. And even an ounce of my own personal travel failure stories is worth something for the soon-to-be world traveller.

But how about I save you the stories for brevity and just deliver some cold hard facts you need to consider before any travel to South East Asia –namely China.

China has got it all and the world has noticed. Tourism numbers for China are falling off the charts, year after year, and with good reason. Its economy is booming, it has a rich, beautiful, authentic culture, and a lot of sights to see.

And without further adieu, here are my best China travel tips!

1. First Time? Travel with a China Tour

China is as complex as it is beautiful, and as with any tourism hotspot, it also comes with its own unique set of challenges. You do not know what you do not know, and a China tour is probably the best way to travel for first –or even second or third-timers.

By booking a China tour with companies that excel at ensuring comfortable, quality trips to China such as The China Travel Company, you are quite likely going to avoid things like;

  • Overpaying for hotels, attractions
  • Winding up in shady neighbourhoods
  • Missing out on key cultural sights and events
  • Being alone in a strange place

The China Travel Company can support your journey with either a group tour or self guided adventures in China. So if you’re looking to make new friends along the way and share your experience, take a group tour. If you’d rather be in control of your China trip, then go with the self guided option. There’s something for everyone.

2. Bring Financial Backup

Bank machine ATMs sometimes gets hungry, and on a bad day they might even gobble up your bank card. It’s happened to me and I didn’t have a backup that was easy to manoeuvre. To make matters worse, my bank wouldn’t send my card outside of my home country. So I had to get it mailed to a family member and then sent over to China where I was staying. It took 6 weeks to arrive!

Imagine that. While I relied on trusting strangers enough to send them money via PayPal to convert into the local currency, it isn’t something I’d suggest. Consider back up cards, packing more than one wallet with more than one bank card or credit card, and keep all of your bank’s contact numbers handy.

3. China Travel Immunizations

Travelling in China also means it’s possible you might catch some freaky viruses. It’s never happened to me, so I’m not sure whether it’s because I’ve got all my shots or not –but never take a risk on your health. Ever. Trust me. I’ve seen my fair share of completely avoidable illnesses. Thank goodness they weren’t mine.

4. Insurance

Personally, I’m a fan of World Nomads. They find the best travel insurance deals local to my home country and I can even file claims while still travelling. They also cover “adventure activities” most insurance companies won’t cover.

This is only the beginning, other tips that don’t need their own paragraphs include;

  • Never pack for eventualities, if you need it once your whole trip, pick it up along the way and avoid lugging things you don’t need all over China
  • Ensure that you have 6+ months left in your passport from the date your journey ends
  • Don’t forget important prescriptions but leave them in a clearly labelled container so crossing the border is a breeze
Planning Thailand again… I will treat myself!

Planning Thailand again… I will treat myself!

I’m planning a new trip to Thailand in October this year; I hope I can make it.
I read about an interesting event on Phuket during that period, it’s called the PHUKET VEGETARIAN FESTIVAL and it’s held mainly in Phuket Town and in all Chinese temples of the island.

Phuket Vegetarian

Besides the fact that for one week they will serve many vegetarian food everywhere, there are some worshipping activities which might seem pretty much splattering; many local people will turn into ‘mediums’ and will practice hazardous piercing on their body and face, some will step on ladders made of blades, and others will walk on burning charcoals. I’ve seen a few pictures already, very impressive, I’m curious about the whole history and philosophy behind all of this; I want to interview some locals once there.


The advantage of attending such event is that I can enjoy the beach. I know it’s not the best time of the year for the weather, but who knows? I might be lucky.
For my stay in Phuket this time I want my own private pool. Yes, you heard me well. A friend of mine told me that renting a villa in Phuket would be cheaper than a good hotel, especially in low season. She recommended me to book a property in PHUKET using the website HOLIPLANET, because they are specialized on apartments and villa rentals. It’s a new platform, I had a look at it and the choice of properties in Thailand is really not bad. I’ve even found a few villas with one bedroom and pool, which for me would be perfect. The prices are interesting too, I wouldn’t expect it.

Pool villa Holiplanet
I thought that staying in a house I would enjoy much more space and more privacy. And being low season I don’t want to be stuck in a tiny hotel room if it will be raining. It will be a sort of retreat for me, I want to avoid the crowd of a resort or a hotel.
On the way back I will stop a few days in Bangkok for some unrestrained shopping! I was curious to see which offers has HOLIPLANET in BANGKOK, and they have a good number of serviced apartments available also for a few days only, and some of them, WOW, really affordable! So I thought, why not? Once again I can have more space for writing my articles about this experience in the evening without being immersed by my shopping bags!

Don’t Miss All These Amazing Attractions In Cairns!

Don’t Miss All These Amazing Attractions In Cairns!

Kuranda-TrainIf you’re thinking about touring the North of Queensland next year, then Cairns is a must visit destination for many reasons. When it comes to Australia as a whole, the city of Cairns is the 4th most popular tourist destination in the country, and the landscape is simply bursting with attractions for every type of traveller! Continue reading “Don’t Miss All These Amazing Attractions In Cairns!” »

5 Things You Might Not Have Known About Dubai

5 Things You Might Not Have Known About Dubai

"Burj Dubai Tower, the tallest tower in the world"The largest city in the UAE, Dubai is known for its lavish hotels, ultra-modern architecture and designer shopping. But there’s more to this Arab city than you might have initially realised. From its unusual laws to its male-to-female ratio, here are five fascinating facts about this plush desert destination that you might not have otherwise known. Continue reading “5 Things You Might Not Have Known About Dubai” »