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Four Jandals visits Turkey

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If you have been joining in with the rest of our community on Facebook (and if not then you should like us there now) then you will know that we are off to Turkey today. We wanted to share a little bit about what we have planned for our two weeks of relaxation.

Istanbul

Our weekend unfortunately starts with ridiculous flights to Turkey at 7am so hopefully we are not going to be too tired to enjoy our first few days in Istanbul. But to rejuvenate ourselves we are going to be stuffing our faces with some of the best food in the world. We have huge hopes for Turkish food, especially since kebabs are one of our favourite foods!

Luckily Istanbul is well known for not only it’s street food but also it’s culture and diversity. Sitting on the border between Asia and Europe there is a crazy mix of people that has created this amazing city. Well so we have been told. We really hope that it lives up to expectations. And we hope that 3 days is going to be enough time to take it all in.

After Istanbul we will be taking part in what I believe will probably be one of the best events I will ever take part in.

ANZAC Day.

Two little words that mean so much to so many people.

ANZAC Day

What is ANZAC Day?

It is one day when Kiwi’s and Aussies can come together on the 25th April every year to celebrate and honour the thousands of lives lost from the members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. Or better known as ANZAC’s.

During World War I there were 8,709 Australians and 2,721 New Zealanders that fought and died at Gallipoli against the Ottoman Empire. While the brave ANZAC’s had to withdraw after sustaining such heavy losses they did manage to cement a legacy that has lasted 97 years.

It is a legacy that will never die and that all Kiwi’s and Australians are proud to celebrate.

We will travel to ANZAC Cove and sleep overnight there before taking part in the dawn ceremony which we usually attend back home. It is going to be incredibly moving and we hope to share a lot of videos and photos with you afterwards.

Sail Turkey

After such an emotional rollercoaster it will be great to get away from the crowds and relax. We have booked a Sail Turkey cruise with Busabout. 8 Days of pure bliss lying back on the decks as we cruise the crystal clear waters on a traditional Turkish Gulet Sail Boat.

Turkish Gulet

Some of the highlights include Kekova’s sunken city, Kas which is the pearl of the Mediterranean, Kalkan and their famous tailors, Butterfly Valley and Smugglers Cove pirate island.

Fingers crossed that the water is warm enough for us to snorkel and swim in!

So we hope we have not made you too jealous. Hopefully we will have the internet to keep you all updated with our travels and will be chucking up photos the entire time. If you haven’t already then sign up to our weekly newsletter here for all the updates.

And if you want to join us then check out these flights to Dalaman in Turkey.

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6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. bronwen burmester

    April 20, 2012 at 11:28 PM

    Have a great trip. Never been to Turkey but Greece is one of my favourite countries and I imagine it will be abit alike. The yacht looks gorgeous, enjoy the snorkelling. Watch out for snake charmers again????!!!!

    • Cole Burmester

      April 21, 2012 at 3:33 PM

      We will definitely be looking out for snake charmers Mum! Had a great day today but exhausted after our flight was cancelled so spent extra 10 hours travelling!!! Oh well it happens from time to time. Hope the water is warm enough for swimming 🙂

  2. Natalie

    April 23, 2012 at 11:58 AM

    Enjoy the sailing – So Jealous.It is on my list of things to do this summer, in among other things.

    • Cole Burmester

      April 23, 2012 at 8:48 PM

      We are going with Busabout so definitely check them out. Will have a full rundown/review when we get back so will let you know how it is 🙂

  3. The Time-Crunched Traveler (Ellen)

    May 5, 2012 at 3:35 AM

    Oh my gosh — “Sail Turkey” — that’s going to be so incredible. Moderately jealous 🙂

    • Cole Burmester

      May 6, 2012 at 9:20 PM

      You might get jealous of my photos I put up tomorrow then sorry Ellen 😉

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Tips for Making Any Overseas Trip a Romantic One

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Vacations are a great way to leave our everyday lives behind to spend some stress free time with the one we love. Travel in itself can be quite romantic but there are definitely ways you can spice up your holidays even more.

Follow these helpful tips to make sure your romantic holiday gets off on the right foot and continues to head down the tunnel of love and passion. You can easily turn any part of your travels into a special romantic affair.

Choosing the Right Destination

A romantic trip starts with selecting the right destination. There are definitely cities and regions which are much more prone to sparking romance than others. Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, but generally destinations such as popular European cities, beach getaways, Asian resorts, luxury ski resorts, or tropical islands make for a good choice.

Couples should pick a destination which they both will enjoy as this will of course make it far easier to express their love for each other.

Choosing the Right Time

It is a good idea to select a time that will be most appropriate for your holiday. Choose a time that is easy for you in regards to taking time off work or from household duties. This will make it far easier to feel relaxed while on your holiday, allowing you to focus more on fuelling the romance.

You may also want to research when the best time is to visit your chosen destination so as to avoid peak crowds or unideal weather conditions.

Choosing a romantic date to travel such as an anniversary, honeymoon, or birthday can also turn any holiday into one filled with more passion. Travelling during Valentine’s Day can make for an especially romantic holiday of which there are many perfect Valentine’s Day destinations.

Fly Business Class

Although your destination may be exhilarating, the flight or flights to get there can be stressful. Minimise the stress of flying by booking business class where you’ll enjoy the VIP treatment with far more comfortable seats which many times convert into a bed allowing for a decent rest while in the air.

As a bonus you can many times be granted access to luxurious airport lounges when flying business class which makes waiting for your flight much easier as you are treated to free food and drinks along with clean bathrooms and seating areas.

Private Transportation

Public transportation can not only take longer to get to your hotel or attractions in your chosen destination, but they can also kill the mood for you and your loved one. By booking private transfers via your hotel or on your own, you can avoid buses, trams, and trains which can be crowded and noisy.

Choose a Nice Hotel

It may be difficult to find romance if you are staying in a dodgy motel or hostel. Be sure to book quality accommodation which has private en suites and clean furnishings. Remember that your vacation is supposed to be an escape, so make that escape the best it can be with premium toiletries, fancy marble bathroom floors, plush pillows, quality linen, and a nice hotel room view. All of these luxuries will make for a far more romantic getaway.

Eating Out

Nothing can ignite romance more than delicious food although preparing it isn’t always that much fun. One of the best aspects of travelling is that it gives us an excuse to not have to cook.

Seek out popular restaurants that offer a romantic setting, quality service, and mouth watering flavours that will leave you passionate for more than just satisfying your hungry stomach.

Get Dressed Up

Although you and your loved one may look good in any light and attire, it is never a bad idea to put on your Sunday’s best. It can sometimes be difficult in our everyday lives to find occasions to get all dressed and made up, so why not make your holiday abroad an excuse to do so.

Although clothes may not necessarily make the person, a nice dress or suit and tie can go a long way to giving us a little extra special glow to spark a bit of romance.

Log Off and Put the Phone Away

Nothing can kill a romantic dinner or event than the sound of message notifications, phone calls, or emails. Any holiday should be an excuse to remove the stress of the online world or work and with romantic holidays this becomes even more paramount.

You want to be focusing your attention on the love you and your partner share or if travelling solo you want this time to focus on the beauty of the destination you have selected which may in turn bring you a bit of romance. Disconnecting is all about reconnecting; so log off and put the phone away!

Reduce the Risk of Stressful Situations

Stress can kill romance very quickly. When we are stressed we can easily find ourselves getting into silly arguments or bouts of criticism. Your holiday is supposed to be an enjoyable experience so don’t let it turn sour by making the possibility of stress to creep on in.

Don’t try to overload your itinerary with too much and avoid setting too rigid of a timeline. Prior planning is important to avoid any unwanted surprises or disappointments when it comes to securing reservations for flights, hotels, or activities.

Should anything go wrong during your travels, you want to have the peace of mind you are protected by travel insurance from InsureandGo. Travel Insurance can help when the unforseen happens while you are overseas.

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How to Plan a Trip to Iceland

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If you have ever heard the amazing stories about Iceland, they are all true!  If you’ve come this far into doing research about how to plan a trip to Iceland, I’m here to help you cross the bridge and fill in gaps so you can make your dream a reality.

As someone who has done this trip, I’m able to assist in every step of the journey.  I’ve boiled this down into cliff notes so you can do your own research after reading them and dig deeper into tours that will fit your personal preferences and budget.

First off, you are going to need to trust the Internet.  It’s a big place with a lot of information that can help you get there in one piece and not be stressed out.  Long gone are the days of visiting a travel agency and having someone plan everything for you – for a fee!  It’s your adventure, and you can know that every item is covered online, you just need to know how to look for it.

The best tip I can give you is to leverage the various Facebook Groups about Iceland.

Resource:  When In Iceland Facebook Group.

Next, you’ll want to decide when to visit Iceland.

The winter months will allow you to have more freedom as the tourism numbers are down.  However, this comes with the caveat that it will be below freezing and there will be very little sunlight!  The sun is only out for approximately six hours during the month of December!

On the positive side, this allows you a great opportunity to view the Northern Lights, which is a marquee attraction in Iceland.

Conversely, the Fall and Spring will bring you better temperatures and less snow, but there will be a much slimmer chance of viewing the Northern Lights.

Lastly, there are the Summer months.  While you will see a greener country and experience a lot of beauty on that end of the spectrum, it does come with a much higher price tag.  Be prepared to spend more money if you choose to visit Iceland in the Summer.

Also, you’ll want to have an agenda.  If you are one to take things in on your own and adventure into the wild, Iceland will be a perfect escape for you.  There are also guided tours that you can hire and they will accommodate to your every need or desire.  Simply ask anyone in the aforementioned Facebook group and they can steer you in the right direction.

You can of course, do public transportation in Iceland.  It’s entirely safe and used by many people.

Iceland is a fantastic, unique place to visit.  If you need any help planning your trip, please visit my Iceland Tour guide resource and leave a comment.  Happy Travels.

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Overlooked and Underrated Euro Vacations

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Here’s a quick list of places to possibly include in your next European itinerary. 2018 is the year of the underrated vacation spot in our humble opinions, and we want to honor it.

Basque Country:

This place is in this author’s humble opinion easily and hands-down the most underrated little corner of Europe.

And honestly, between the two, the Spanish side of Basque country is going to cost you probably around 50% what the French side will, and most people in the know will agree that the Spanish side is at least 100% more fun!

 

Canary Islands:

There are two ways to do the Canaries: simply fly in and enjoy them, or treat yourself and a loved one to a romantic Canary Island cruise.

Best time to visit is definitely either spring or fall, as it does get quite cold in the winter and quite hot in the summer. If you are a beach bum, on the other hand, summer is best (but there will be a lot more tourists in the summer).

 

Siena, Italy:

This city is often overshadowed by Rome, Florence, and Venice, but it actually is arguably the best-preserved city in Italy and has the best historic city center. The cuisine here is absolutely to die for, and you won’t have to pay inflated tourist prices like you will in the aforementioned places either!

If you can, try to make it for the famous Palio, a horse race that has been going on literally for centuries.

 

Brussels:

Just as Siena is overshadowed by other bigger Italian cities, Brussels tends to stand forgotten next to London and Paris. But Brussels has key elements of the two metropolises, as well as its own unique and delicious cuisine, its own beer (considered by more than a few experts to be the worlds best), and easily the worlds best chocolate, both in solid and drinkable form. Belgian chocolate will seriously change your life forever.

 

Istria, Croatia:

This is one of the world’s best summer beach destinations. It’s incredibly beautiful, and by Western European standards, almost outrageously cheap.

Hipster tourists are starting to come in and drive prices up, but it still remains a great bargain by any standards, and most importantly, it’s a bargain without really having to give up any of our beloved amenities.

 

Budapest:

Budapest could be called the poor man’s Prague, but in reality that name isn’t very fair. For one thing, Hungarian culture and Czech culture are actually extremely different (for one thing, the Hungarian language isn’t in the same family as the rest of Europe, it’s its own thing completely, like the Basque language).

Prague is gorgeous, but it’s getting almost as expensive as the rest of Europe too, and honestly Budapest’s history and culture is much more interesting, especially for the seasoned traveller.

 

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