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Feet on the Riviera: Hiking Turkey

The Lycian Way stretches from Fethiye to Antalya and is undoubtedly one of Turkey’s most scenic areas. In fact, it’s been named one of the most beautiful hiking areas in the world. Istanbul may be wooing hordes of tourists by boasting majestic architecture and straddling two continents, but some people look to get away from all that. This is when they may consider taking their hiking boots and heading south. Walk on… Taking off to southern Turkey Once you step off the plane from one of the many flights to Turkey and visit the southern coast, you’re in for a treat. The area is a feast for sore eyes, with its immense beaches, hidden Lycian cities and, of course, the warm waters of the Turquoise Coast. Turkey on the whole offers good value for money and your cash will stretch a lot further here. If you can afford the time why not spend a few weeks exploring this magnificent coastline. Small, comfortable and inexpensive hotels and pensions are dotted all along the coast enabling your to travel the 509 kilometers route at your our pace. Resplendent beauty in the national parks The southern coastline is the place to seek out national parks such as Patara, Termessos-Gulluk Dağ and Olympos Beydaglari. One thing all of these parks have in common is unspoilt beaches, the best of which is probably the...

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Crossing the Big Pond: U.S. Travel Advice to Keep You Out of Hot Water

The United States is a fantastic holiday destination. This huge country has so much to offer, from impressive national parks to wonderful cities like New York, Los Angeles and Chicago and exciting attractions almost everywhere you go. The USA is also a safe travel destination. There are no dangers specific to the USA that should put you off visiting, but there are still some things that you should remember when you travel here to avoid getting into problems.   Call 911 in an Emergency   The first thing to remember is that if you get into any kind of trouble and need emergency assistance, call 911. This will get you through to the emergency services wherever you are. It is a good idea to carry a mobile phone with you at all times so you can call for help when you need to.   Take Travel Insurance   Healthcare in the United States is expensive. Even a minor injury requiring treatment can be costly, and you don’t want to risk having to remortgage your home for a stay in hospital. Fortunately, this is a risk that is easy to avoid. Just take out travel insurance before you leave home, and make sure it has a good level of medical cover as well as repatriation cover should you need to be flown home.   Know Which Areas to Avoid  ...

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Urban Delights: Discover the Soul of Turkey in Istanbul

Away from the blistering beaches and easy going vibe of resorts like Marmaris, holidays to Turkey can offer much to challenge the culturally adventurous. With its endless itinerary of east meets west wonder, this country’s giant, beautiful melting pot is, of course, its capital. Riven by the beautiful Bosphorus and jeweled with twinkling minarets, the cosmopolitan city of Istanbul holds more than the much-frequented Grand Bazaar and Blue Mosque. Delve a little deeper, and you’ll find a treasury of culture to remunerate the inquiring mind. Be awestruck by Hagia Sophia This ancient cathedral was reborn as a mosque before becoming a museum, and it is an unusual example of one building that has been continually re-purposed to house different religions throughout its history. Ornate, golden tiles cluster into mosaics, gothic arches line up in rows and Islamic elements and Christian saints co-exist under a roof held up by diligent columns. For those hoping to understand the vastness of Istanbul’s religious and architectural history, it’s a good place to start. Immerse in the imperial Topkapı Palace A residence to sultans for over 400 years, Topkapı is the best example, bar none, of an Ottoman palace. Once home to as many as 4,000 people, this complex houses four courtyards, hundreds of rooms, the imperial stables, and a museum to house and exhibit its priceless artifacts and jewels. Conical turrets, marble floors,...

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Enjoying Miami on a Budget

The attractions of Miami, Florida, are a draw to many visitors and there is plenty to keep them occupied while they are there. A trip to the city does not need to be expensive though and there are many sights to see and things to do that can be enjoyed for little or no cost. The following are a few of the best. Jungle Island There are so many unique vacations to choose from when travelling in Florida. For instance, Jungle Island Miami, the city’s top animal attraction is the place to be if you want to have up-close interactions with some of the world’s cuddliest and rarest animals. Located on Watson Island, this attraction has been delighting visitors to the city for 75 years. The packages available include a VIP Safari Tour, the Lemur Experience, the Jungle Encounter and Critter Tales. Each of these offers the chance to meet a range of jungle animals, with some of the favorites including orangutangs, lemurs and macaws. Biltmore Hotel This Miami hotel has welcomed many visitors through its doors since it opened in the 1920s, with a number of them being celebrities. Some of the famous and infamous guests have included Al Capone, Ginger Rogers and Judy Garland. Anyone can take part in the free tours on Sunday afternoons, where knowledgeable guides will recount stories from the hotel’s historic past. Visit a Garden There are...

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