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The Three Valleys in France: Photo Essay

A photo essay from the stunning Three Valleys Ski Resort high in the Savoie region in France.

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Skiing the Three Valleys in France

The Three Valleys are located in the Savoie region of France high in some of the most spectacular scenery in the world. Since it is so beautiful we wanted to share with you a handful of some of our photos from our recent skiing and snowboarding trip to the Three Valleys.

Enjoy!

Three Valleys Relaxing

When we grabbed our snowboards for our recent trip to the Three Valleys we knew that the ski area would be huge. We just didn’t realise how big it was actually going to be! I guess when you combine 8 ski fields into one it is going be GIGANTIC.

For example, we took the photo below from the far “skiers left” of Courcheval looking back over a small portion of Meribel. You can only see about half of Meribel. Now think of 8 of those and you have a very rough idea of the immense scale of the Three Valleys Ski Resort. All those peaks in the background are actually part of the ski area.

Three Valleys Sunset

At the base of all of the 8 ski fields within the Three Valleys they also have these gorgeous ski-in/ski-out villages. You can drive to the base of most of them but a handful were accessible only by chairlift. Especially the condos higher up the slopes. We even saw people skiing with bags full of washing!

Meribel Village

While we were snowboarding in the Three Valleys we were fortunate to not only have bluebird days like this but we also we received a small dusting of fresh powder on two  of the mornings. There is nothing like having fresh tracks during Spring as it is just so warm!

Three Valleys View

Just one of the many panoramic Three Valleys shots we took!

Ski Three Valleys

Looking from the peak of Courcheval down to the valley floor over 2 kms below our snowboards! One crazy, exhausting and leg numbing run!

Courcheval Three Valleys

With over 600 km’s of ski slopes we had to take a lot of breaks for delicious hot chocolates. It’s a pity that everything on the slopes is so expensive!

Hot Chocolate Three Valleys

Adjusting our gear before dropping into the next bowl of fresh powder…

Skiing 3 Valleys

Get holiday packages for your next trip to the Three Valleys.

Have you been to the Three Valleys? Did you love it as much as us?

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32 Comments

32 Comments

  1. EurotripTips

    March 30, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    Wow, so beautiful 🙂 I particularly love the second one!

    • Cole

      March 30, 2012 at 4:00 PM

      Thanks! Have you ever been before?

  2. Laurence

    March 30, 2012 at 12:17 PM

    Great photos – I love this ski resort. Love the hot chocolate and the shot looking at your skis! Only one thing (hope you don’t mind!).. the photo of Adele seems a touch dark, not sure what’s happened there 🙂

    • Cole

      March 30, 2012 at 3:35 PM

      Yea couldn’t lighten up the photo without degrading it too much. Not sure what went wrong with the settings there 🙂

  3. Ali

    March 30, 2012 at 3:04 PM

    That looks GORGEOUS!! Although I don’t think I’d ever actually attempt skiing there. And people skiing with their laundry? Hilarious!

    • Cole

      March 30, 2012 at 3:36 PM

      It was crazy that they were skiing around just holding onto their clothes in a big basket in front of them! Very impressive.

  4. Andrea

    March 30, 2012 at 4:40 PM

    Wow – this takes my breath away. I’ve never been snowboarding (a bit afraid – I’m a little unco) but I would love to get out there in this scenery somehow.

    • Cole

      March 31, 2012 at 4:23 PM

      They have lots of snow shoeing and other activities there! And if you go to the snow then I would try skiing over snowboarding. It is WAY easier to get started with 🙂

  5. Laura

    March 30, 2012 at 5:48 PM

    I love the third photo. Great effect.

    • Cole

      March 31, 2012 at 4:14 PM

      Thanks Laura 🙂

    • Cole

      March 31, 2012 at 4:14 PM

      Totally Stef! It was so nice just chilling in the sun but with our hot chocolates rather than mulled wine.

  6. Caro from Passport and a Toothbrush

    March 31, 2012 at 5:29 AM

    I’m no skier but that second photo may have convinced me to give it a try! Gorgeous! Vive la France!

    • Cole

      March 31, 2012 at 4:12 PM

      Just do it for the hot chocolates! 🙂

  7. Bret@ Green Global Travel

    March 31, 2012 at 3:17 PM

    It’s funny, I think I may have a slight prejudice against France (despite the fact that I’m like 25% French Canadian). For some reason, I always think of the country as offering little more than Parisian cafes (and snootiness) and the pastoral countryside of South France. Anyway, cool photos!

    • Cole

      March 31, 2012 at 4:12 PM

      I have never understood how people cannot love France. We absolutely love everything (including the small Parisian cafes) and are planning a cycle trip around some of the areas. I guess we are just suckers haha.

  8. Bret@ Green Global Travel

    March 31, 2012 at 4:19 PM

    Maybe it’s an American thing. I’ve heard first-hand stories from many Americans who visited France and found the hospitality there to be less than welcoming. Not sure if they fit the “ugly American” stereotype or what, but it has certainly colored my perception of the place. Europe in general doesn’t come up on my travel radar all that often anyway (Spain and Iceland are the only two countries in our Top 10 destinations list), and from what I’ve read France doesn’t offer a lot of ecotourism opportunities… But the mountains look amazing!

    • Cole

      March 31, 2012 at 4:34 PM

      Totally get where you are coming from in terms of Ecotourism. Trying not to offend anyone now but we have found that a lot of tourists, not just American’s, don’t even make an effort to learn a little bit of French or learn the local customs. It doesn’t take much to make a little bit of effort (this goes for every culture and country) and we have always found that by doing that we are welcomed in with open arms.
      We are off to Spain in July!! Can’t wait.

  9. Angela

    April 1, 2012 at 11:57 AM

    Wonderful pictures! The snow scares me a bit, maybe because I come from the seaside, but it certainly gives beautiful views.

    • Cole

      April 1, 2012 at 8:45 PM

      Well really it is only frozen water so it is just like being near the seaside 🙂

  10. Stephanie - The Travel Chica

    April 3, 2012 at 10:45 PM

    What a gorgeous place to hit the slopes!

    • Cole

      April 4, 2012 at 10:00 AM

      Thanks Stephanie! Are you a skier or snowboarder? Do you recommend anywhere else to go?

      • Stephanie - The Travel Chica

        April 4, 2012 at 1:04 PM

        I am a snowboarder, but I didn’t learn until about 4 years ago. So I’ve never actually snowboarded anywhere great. I went to Lake Tahoe several years ago, and that was the first time I skied on real mountains and real powder. Plus, it’s gorgeous!

        • Cole

          April 5, 2012 at 9:09 AM

          Lake Tahoe is amazing and gorgeous! I have only driven through and haven’t snowboarded there unfortunately. Did spend a season at Mammoth Mountain though!

  11. D.J. - The World of Deej

    April 4, 2012 at 12:44 PM

    Love the hot chocolate pic…looks like an awesome place:)

    • Cole

      April 4, 2012 at 12:50 PM

      Cheers D.J. They were super expensive though I think like 6 Euros for 1!

  12. Courtney Mroch

    April 9, 2012 at 6:09 PM

    Oh man, that hot cocoa looks SO yummy! THE perfect thing after hitting the slopes. Or to recharge while taking a break before going at them some more. Your photos are stunning, by the way. Thanks for letting me jaunt on your ski trip virtually like this!

    • Cole

      April 9, 2012 at 9:19 PM

      It was a shame that particular cafe on the mountain was so damn expensive! 6 euros per hot chocolate! Glad you enjoyed the photos and hope you can visit in real soon Courtney 🙂

  13. cheryl

    May 5, 2012 at 11:12 AM

    Wow, such stunning scenery! I need to make my way to France as soon as possible. I’m not sure I’d ski or board but would love o walk or snowshoe. 🙂

    • Cole Burmester

      May 6, 2012 at 9:17 PM

      Definitely get yourself to France Cheryl. If not for the scenery then just for the food 🙂

  14. Karin@yumandmore

    October 17, 2012 at 11:23 AM

    Yup but only in the summer!
    Great hiking there and great cheese!

    • Cole Burmester

      October 17, 2012 at 7:18 PM

      We might be there this summer as we are moving to France for a year 😉

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Five Steps for Stress-Free Travel

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Many people travel to get away from the stresses of daily life. Vacation is often associated with relaxation and a lack of worries. However, many travelers still find themselves stressing over little things while on the road. Fortunately, some efforts can be taken before a vacation to help reduce these worries. Here are five steps to take before traveling to help reduce stress while abroad.

Research Your Destination

Traveling to a foreign country can be a daunting experience. Foreign languages and other cultural barriers can make it difficult to function during the trip. Even though smartphones make it possible to overcome many of these obstacles within a few minutes, it is still critical to research destinations before visiting. Even the smallest bit of research can help to make the trip much smoother and stress-free. While there are endless topics that can be learned before traveling abroad, there are a few key pieces to keep in mind. All travelers should have a general idea about local transportation, cultural customs, and language before visiting a new location. Furthermore, it’s a good idea to have a sense of the general state of cybersecurity in that part of the world, in order to reduce the chances of a security breach of your laptop, smartphone, or tablet.

Purchase Renters Insurance

When traveling abroad for a trip, there is already enough to worry about on the road. In order to have a stress-free vacation, travelers need to take care of any potential problems at home. One of the best ways to accomplish this is by protecting a house or apartment with insurance. Although a robbery or natural disaster may occur during vacation, travelers can rest assured that insurance will cover the losses. Travelers can research renters insurance online to see what kind of options are available.

Organizing Travel Documents

Seeing vacation pictures on Instagram and watching the Travel Channel can lead many people with an idealistic picture of traveling. While travel is still an amazing experience, it requires a lot more red-tape and formalities than most people think. Many countries require foreign visitors to have visas before visiting. These visas can only be obtained upon request and after showing the appropriate documentation. Even when traveling in countries without visa requirements, it is important to carry some important documents. Some of these include a passport copy, flight details, hotel reservations and more.

Budget Beforehand

There is nothing worse than returning home after a vacation with less money than you had expected. This is often a result of poor, or a complete lack of, budgeting. Some travelers make the mistake of assuming that budgeting can take place on a daily basis. In reality, it is much more effective to budget before traveling to a destination. Tourists should calculate the total cost of a trip by adding up transportation, accommodation, food and activity expenses. This budgeting will help travelers save money in the long-run and can help remove any stress associated with potentially over-spending.

Buy a Local SIM Card

People rely heavily on their smartphones to get through daily life. With accurate information just a few taps away, there is no wonder that these devices have become some of the most popular gadgets in the 21st century. People run into a problem when traveling abroad as their phones don’t have data abroad. Ironically, traveling to a foreign country is one of the most crucial times to have a smartphone for maps and other helpful information. Instead of searching desperately for wifi, tourists should buy local SIM cards to activate their phones. This will make it much easier to find directions, translate foreign languages and calculate conversion rates.

Stress-free travel is something that needs to be prepared beforehand. These five steps can help to ensure that your next vacation is as worry-free and relaxing as can be.

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Seven Destinations You Should Visit With Your Spouse

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When you’re traveling as a couple, finding the perfect romantic destination is essential. What could be better than spending quality time together, just the two of you, in one of the most beautiful places in the world?

Here, we bring you 7 destinations that you absolutely must visit with your significant other. Whether you love relaxing on golden sand beaches, enjoy exploring amazing sights or discovering culture and heritage, there’s sure to be a destination here that appeals to you and your spouse.

1.New York City, USA

So good they named it twice, New York New York is one of the ultimate destinations for lovers. What could be more special than standing at the top of the Empire State Building together, admiring the panoramic views? Whether you’re fans of history, culture or theater, you’ll find something in the Big Apple for you. Take in  Broadway show, discover world-class museums and then take a romantic carriage ride around Central Park. If you’ve got time, there’s always the famous Katz Deli where you can recreate the iconic “I’ll Have What She’s Having” scene from When Harry Met Sally!

2.Paris, France

One of the most romantic cities in the entire world, Paris is an absolute must for lovers everywhere. Strolling hand in hand in Montmartre, kissing on top of the Eiffel Tower and looking into each other’s eyes over a meal in an intimate pavement café, what could be better than that? A dinner cruise on the Seine, watching the lights of the city twinkling on the water is the perfect way to end a perfect day in the City of Love.

3.Honolulu, Hawaii

If your idea of indulgent pleasure is lying on an endless golden sand beach and listening to the sound of the waves lapping on the shore, Honolulu is the place to go. Luxurious hotels and outstanding service paired with gorgeous surroundings and amazing weather – it all adds up to a fantastic couples’ break.

4.The Maldives

If you dream of having endless time with your loved one in an exotic destination unlike any other, The Maldives is the ideal vacation spot for you. Gorgeous beaches and clear water make for a wonderful spot, whether you love relaxation or water activities. If you and your spouse are keen divers, this is a destination beyond compare. There are many wonderful dive sites here where you can get up close to colorful marine life and explore the world under the sea. You can even make planning for your trip a romantic couples’ activity! Spend time together browsing online and get details from Scubalist.Pro of all the best diving items on the market.

5.Venice, Italy

After Paris, Venice must be one of the most romantic spots on the planet. With its unique canals and gorgeous buildings, Italy’s city of love presents a world of opportunities to spend quality time with your spouse. Ride in a gondola together as the sun sets, enjoy a romantic meal by the canal side, or explore stunning ancient buildings in an amazing setting. It’s a vacation you’ll never forget.

6.Santorini, Greece

Greece has it all – a wonderful climate, welcoming people, amazing food and gorgeous surroundings. Santorini is one of the most beautiful and unique Greek islands. With its iconic white and blue buildings and black volcanic sand, it is a truly stunning place to explore with your other half. You can dine on traditional cuisine at an authentic taverna, stroll through rustic villages and simply soak in the sunshine together.

7.Blue Lagoon, Iceland

A surprisingly popular destination with couples, Iceland offers something truly unique to partners who prefer to stay out of the sun. With its spectacular landscapes, beautiful natural attractions and welcoming locals, Iceland is a destination for lovers. Also, what could be more romantic than snuggling up together on a cold winter’s night? The Blue Lagoon’s stunning blue geothermal spa waters are the ideal way to spend time together in this one-of-a-kind destination.

These are just seven of the best destinations in the world for lovers to get closer together and enjoy themselves in their own special way. Whether you love sun, relaxation or activity, one of these seven spots is sure to give you the romance you’ve been searching for.

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5 Tips to Avoid Conflicts During a Big Vacation

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No matter, if you are with family or friends, traveling with a big vacation party almost always, seems to be nothing short of a grueling experience.

Whether you are going through some well-planned and scenic Uganda tours or a culturally rich expedition through Europe, if there are more than 4 people in your traveling party, then the possibility of arising conflicts would certainly be be present.

Most people, when assembled to spend extensive periods of time together, seem to run on high emotions. While that phenomenon is most apparent in reality TV shows, a vacation is not immune to its effects either.

That is why, whenever you plan a big vacation, keep the following tips in mind in order to get the most of your traveling experience while also making sure that your traveling party is not getting at each other’s nerves.

Discuss Itineraries Before Finalizing Them

Itineraries are a touchy subject. While traveling in groups, one of the biggest pet peeves often noticed by people is how a single person hijacks their whole vacation by presenting their own itineraries. On the other hand, if no one discusses itineraries, then it leaves room for all kinds of scheduling disasters to take place.

Therefore, the best approach here is to not just let a single person print out a set of schedule for everyone, but rather to discuss the itinerary with the whole group. Take suggestions and incorporate them wherever you could, and ensure that everyone is agreed on the final itinerary.

Leave Room for Disaster Management

While fixing those itineraries, you will also need to make sure that while your schedule makes the most out of your vacation, it does have wiggle room for times when your car breaks down or when one of your travel companions has a wardrobe emergency.

By ensuring that you have a great schedule as a guideline but which has flexibility for disaster management, you can make sure to maintain the stress levels of your travel party accordingly.

Ensure That You Have Activities Planned for Downtime

Even during great vacations, there may come a time when you would find yourself stuck in your hotel room due to a last minute cancellation of your plans for any unforeseen reason.

For those times of collective confinement, ensure that you have a few indoor activities planned with your travel party. If possible, pack a deck of cards to play some poker or ensure that you have electronic group entertainment with you.

By making sure that you keep your travel group busy even during times when you are not out exploring, you can keep emotions from running high by someone delving into overthinking someone else’s behavior on the trip, which could lead to some interesting but quite unfortunate arguments.

Make Sure That You Have Some Gastronomic Pleasures Planned

During travels, one of the things that could irk people the most is them missing wholesome meals back home. This is a major stress factor that many travelers often ignore until it affects their mood to the level where it leads to testy behavior for no apparent reason.

Thus, ensure that wherever you are traveling, you are aware of the food customs of your destination. You may ask locals about where you could get a good bite to eat, while also packing some healthy travel snacks so that no one in your party goes hungry.

Ensure to At Least Listen to Other’s Suggestions, No Matter If They Are Last Minute

One of the best things that you could do while traveling in a group is to make sure that everyone feels included. Instead of pushing opinions down other’s throats, ensure that everyone in the group is open for discussion and last minute ideas from everyone else.

While not all ideas are great and some may need to be turned down, this will make sure that none of your group members feel like they are on someone else’s vacation. You can also introduce a casual voting system of your own where all of you could vote on certain suggestions so that the majority wins on a travel option fair and square.

Ensure to Stick Together In Order to Avoid Disasters

Vacation disasters are quite common. While they make for interesting stories a few years after, going through those experiences could be quite daunting.

Remember, looking out for each other goes a long way especially when you are traveling. Keep that in mind the next time you are about to snap at your travel companion (and tell your companions the same thing, but in a nice tone, you know, to avoid conflict).

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