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February 27, 2015 3:26 pm    |    by Jonny Blair

Well it’s been a crazy journey and you might have read that I made my way back to the good old USA for the first time in 7 years when I flew from San Jose in Costa Rica back into Atlanta, Georgia. I had a marvellous time in Atlanta including some food and drink and then I headed on my flight to New York City. It was an emotional return to NYC for me. My journey as a big time traveller there back in 2007 kick started my hardcore backpacking days and helped launch Don’t Stop Living so I was buzzing and ready for it. In terms of planning I was […]

February 24, 2015 8:06 pm    |    by Jonny Blair

The Gulf of Mexico offers some of the most beautiful beach sunsets in America, and Clearwater Beach is a favorite destination for a relaxing getaway and romantic vacation. To take advantage of Florida’s breath-taking views, many hotels in Clearwater Beach feature room balconies, rooftop terraces, and beachfront restaurants for daily sunset and ocean viewing. As a leading online resource for smart travel, Hipmunk has compiled a list of the five best hotels that offer the prettiest sunset views for their guests. Priced to meet a range of budgets and needs, these Clearwater Beach hotels offer the best seats on the beach for watching sunsets on […]

February 17, 2015 8:54 pm    |    by Jonny Blair

Denmark’s capital city of Copenhagen is full of surprises. For those lovers of quirky off the wall spots then the wacky Freetown Republic of Christiania is well worth a day trip or even a crazy overnighter. After passing through the archway entrance you are now entering the happy go lucky self declared freetown state of Christiania. The motto of the country is Bevar Christiania which means “Save Christiania”. Here are 5 ice cool backpacking sights in this off the wall Republic and Freetown. Don’t forget – you’re not in Denmark, you’re in Christiania!! 1. The Christiania Entrance Gate You will arrive and go most probably through this entrance […]

7:59 pm    |    by Jonny Blair

Everyone knows Orange County is home to the world’s most famous mouse, but what else can you do to stay entertained when you visit? The OC buzzes year round with activity. From theme parks to tranquil beaches, the area offers every visitor a unique experience they won’t forget. 1. Whale Watching Each day, a boat leaves from Newport Landing to usher passengers into the beautiful Pacific where they will witness nature at its most majestic. The Newport Landing Whale Watching cruises run year round, though the beautiful grey whale’s migration period is at its prime from December through April. The warmer months bring blue whales, […]

12:30 pm    |    by Jonny Blair

Summer cannot be complete without a family holiday on the beach. Bulgaria is among the most preferred summer holiday destinations in Europe, as it has a lot to offer to the tourists: clean sandy beaches, sunny days throughout the summer, guaranteed rest, a lot of fun and all this at comparatively cheap prices. It is easy to find accommodation in luxury hotels located just in front of the sea, but it is recommended to book them in advance, as there is a shortage of spare rooms in the peak season, which is in July and August. However, the first tourists come here from the end […]

February 16, 2015 3:00 pm    |    by Jonny Blair

Bulgaria is among the most beautiful countries in Europe. It is located on Balkan Peninsula and boasts with its great nature that contains high mountain ranges, vast beautiful lowlands, Black Sea coast with great beaches and summer resorts, balneo and spa centers, ski resorts as well as many other interesting places and attractions. Thousands of tourists are attracted each year by the great Bulgarian sights, most popular of which is the Black Sea coast. Sunny Beach resort is the most famous and biggest one, located close to the city of Bourgas, followed by Golden Sands resort, which is close to the Sea capital of Bulgaria, […]

February 12, 2015 10:46 am    |    by Jonny Blair

When you’re going to Hong Kong you might not immediately think of it as a sporting hub. You couldn’t be further from the truth. Sport is massive in Hong Kong away from the business world and the Kong plays host to a load of world famous sporting events year after year. They are all well attended and popular and I’ve picked out my personal top 5 sporting events in Hong Kong from a hat trick of years living and breathing this cool country. 1. Golf – Hong Kong Open The Hong Kong Open is an annual golf tournament in November held out at Fanling. It […]

February 10, 2015 11:53 pm    |    by Jonny Blair

The four sights in East Elmhurst in New York, USA you might not expect to find can sneak up on you if you don’t know about them beforehand. On your next visit, be sure to check out these unassuming, but historically relevant, places. 1. The World’s Fair Marina Tucked in the southeastern corner of the neighborhood, the World’s Fair Marina is a haven for recreational boaters in Queens. Built in 1937, the marina has five docking areas that can accommodate boats of all sizes, including yachts. Even if you don’t want to head out on the water, you can stroll the promenade and enjoy the […]

February 7, 2015 12:12 pm    |    by Jonny Blair

Nestled between San Diego and Los Angeles, Carlsbad, CA, is colloquially known as the “Village by the Sea.” Equally known for a climate that makes people think of the Mediterranean, it’s both historically rich and a lot of fun, owing to a mix of cultural landmarks and more modern marvels that bring visitors to its shores year after year. From LEGO fun to amazing 19th century attractions, Carlsbad is an ideal getaway for tourists and travelers of all types. Historic Frazier’s Mineral Well Frazier’s Mineral Well is an essential Carlsbad landmark because when John Frazier dug and tapped it in 1883, it quickly became an […]

February 6, 2015 12:04 pm    |    by Jonny Blair

Frankfurt am Main, more commonly known as Frankfurt, has come a long way since its founding in the 1st century. Today, it is the largest financial center in Europe, home not only to a number of national banks and stock exchanges, but also to the European Central Bank. As backpackers, passing through Frankfurt is inevitable on any journey through Europe, due to flights, train connections etc. There is more to Frankfurt than money and business, however. If you are planning a trip to this brilliant city, there are many cultural attractions and landmarks throughout the area that must not be missed so here’s a quick […]