8.23.2016

*Balearic Islands: Top Holiday Destination for Young Families*

Ibiza
When you think of the top holiday destinations to travel with kids, the Balearic Islands usually do not immediately spring to mind. At least for me. When I think of Ibiza, Mallorca, and all those beautiful beaches of Spain...I always think of them as party destinations. This post, sponsored/co-written by Tots to Travel, will give you some reasons why you should bring your kids to these beautiful islands on your next family vacation!

As you probably know, I love to travel. I have visited many wonderful and exotic places growing up. While I have only faint recollection of most of my trips when I was young, I do remember bits and pieces that have influenced me growing up and contributed to my travel addiction today. I strongly believe that kids should travel and experience different cultures starting from a young age. I understand though that some destinations may be tough for kids. There are many things a young family has to consider when they choose their holiday destination. Choosing the wrong type of trip can end up being a total nightmare for the parents and kids.

The Balearic Islands is one of Tots to Travel Limited's top destinations for young families for these four reasons.

Mallorca

Good Temperatures
An archipelago off the coast of Eastern Spain, Balearic Islands includes the islands of Formentera, Majorca, Menorca and Ibiza. They are known for their white sandy beaches and clear blue seas. They're also renowned for their sunshine and glorious climates. While the temperatures at some similar destinations peak at more than 40 degrees Celsius, the Balearic Islands rarely exceed 30. This is a much more manageable temperature for little ones, especially if it's their first vacation abroad.

Compact Size
While Majorca is the largest of the four, the Balearic Islands are relatively small. There's always something new to do within an easy reach of your hotel. Kids generally don't want to spend hours in a hot car or bus, so in theory, choosing a compact destination equals less travel and therefore happier children. It also means that there's always somewhere to eat or take a pit stop nearby, so you don't have to worry about your kids becoming dehydrated.

Menorca

Friendly Destination
The Balearic Islands are generally popular with families. Resorts here host a range of activities for kids, meaning the adults get time to unwind. There is also a vast selection of family friendly restaurants, and you'll find that the locals tend to love children.

Rich Culture
The Balearic Islands have a long and fascinating history, with much to do and explore. While this little cluster of islands may be known for their beaches, this destination offers more than just a beach holiday. With the wide selection of museums, parks and castles, there is always something for you and your little ones to discover!

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8.21.2016

505. Rome | Colosseum and Roman Forum

Colosseum at night
Finally my second last post for my Italy trip. Here are some photos from the Colosseum and Roman Forum.

Rome Italy
Rome
Roman Forum
Roman Forum
Roman Forum
Roman Forum
Roman Forum
Roman Forum
Roman Forum
Roman Forum
Roman Forum
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Roman Forum bird
Roman Forum
Roman Forum
Givenchy Antigona light blue
Roman Forum
Roman Forum
Colosseum Rome
Colosseum Rome
Colosseum entrance
Inside Colosseum
Inside the Colosseum

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8.17.2016

*Cuba: What to Know before You Go*

Havana buildings
Although Cuba is a popular travel destination for Canadians (especially in the winter), I still have yet to visit. For those of you who are planning to travel there for the first time, here is a short guide of what you need to know before you go. Of course I wouldn't be the right person to write this as I haven't even been myself, so this post is sponsored and written by Cuba Holidays, a UK-based travel agency with solid knowledge on everything Cuba-related!

Cuba is one of the most vibrant, fun and colourful countries in the entire world. It is also a country with a fascinating history and somewhere that not too many travel to, making it the perfect destination for a unique holiday. In order to make the most of your trip, there are a few important things to know about this northern Caribbean island, which has a fascinating history of Spanish colonialism, revolution and communism.

Cuba Cayo Guillermo
Entry/Exit Requirements: Cuban entry requirements will depend on your nationality, so be sure to check this well in advance of your trip.

Language: The official language of Cuba is Spanish, so you may want to learn a few key phrases before setting off. However, in Havana and a few other areas, it is relatively easy to get by in English.

Climate: Cuba has a tropical climate moderated by trade winds, which can make it gorgeous and sunny if you visit at the right time of year. The dry season runs from November to April, whilst the rainy season lasts May to October.

Money: There are two forms of currency used in Cuba; Convertibles and Pesos. Whilst this may sound complicated, non-Cubans deal almost exclusively in Convertibles and this will be the only form you need. Be sure to tip regularly for hotels, musicians, restaurants and taxis (1 Convertible is typically a good amount).

Havana Cuba

Havana: Cuba’s fascinating history can be seen and felt everywhere, but most notably in the vibrant capital city of Havana. Here, you will find crumbling Art Deco and Spanish colonial architecture, with old American vintage cars navigating the streets. Timeworn yet charming; first timers should spend the majority of their time in the capital as there is so much to see and do. A guided tour of the city in a vintage car is a magnificent way to get an overview of Havana whilst also getting your bearings, but also be sure to visit a rum factory and enjoy the many lively bars.

Outside of Havana: Outside of Havana, you can see Cuba’s stunning mountainous regions, vast countryside and beautiful white-sand beaches. There are many all-inclusive resorts, which are ideal for heading to after spending the majority of your holiday soaking up the unique atmosphere of Havana. Holiday organizers, including Cuba Holidays, can book thrilling experiences for you to enjoy everything that the island has to offer.

These are the key factors that you need to know before setting off for a Cuban adventure. A unique, timeworn, vibrant and colourful country; there is nowhere else quite like Cuba in the entire world.


*Images courtesy of: Shutterstock, International Traveller Magazine, "yakubovich" on Flickr*

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