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4 Places to Go on a New England Vacation

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1. Nantucket

Nantucket is most popular between Memorial Day and Labor Day, but insiders favor the shoulder season (April-June and September-November). September is ideal: the ocean is still warm, the restaurants are open, and there are fewer crowds. It’s also charming to visit in December when the island is wrapped up like a Christmas tree in tinsel and white lights. July and August are the hottest months, with an average high of 75°F. January is the coldest month, with an average high of 39°F. Nantucket’s location makes it vulnerable to unexpected changes in weather patterns. Always bring a coat, and be aware that high winds—which are more common in the winter—can cause ferry cancellations, and fog sometimes prompts flight cancellations. 

2. Providence

In Providence, you can do your own thing. Sample the latest dishes at a red-hot restaurant. Score a one-of-a-kind find in distinctive neighborhood shops. We’ve got tons of public art, great museums, award-winning theater, and cool music. Plus, it’s affordable and easy to get to. Some of Providence’s greatest assets are its vibrant, thriving neighborhoods. Each neighborhood has its own distinct personality, unique history, and welcoming community. Considering moving to Rhode Island? Providence Houses for Sale offers a good balance between city and town life. One of the biggest advantages of living in Rhode Island is that you won’t spend too much time commuting in the state. It’s a small state, so going from one end of the state to the other doesn’t take too long. 

3. Boston

If you’ve ever lived in Boston, it’s probably one of your favorite places in the world. It’s certainly one of the most unique. Ask ten people what they love about Boston and you’ll get ten different answers. Boston’s quirky; it’s the One Man Band guy playing oldies but goodies on Newbury Street and grown men quacking on duck boats. Boston’s historic: The Kennedy’s, the infamous Boston Tea Party, The Freedom Trail.  Boston is a sports paradise: if you want to eat, sleep, and breathe sports, this is the place to do it. And of course, Boston’s wicked smart; there are over 50 colleges & universities in the Greater Boston area, including Harvard and MIT. It has the art, food, and nightlife of a big city, with the friendliness and heart of a small town. 

4. Martha’s Vineyard

This triangle-shaped island, sitting about 8 miles off the coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, has been a secret summer hideaway of the rich and famous for more than a century. Today, the “Hollywood East” reputation is going strong. But despite the all-star summer lineup, a laid-back lifestyle rules the island. The main draw rushing Vineyard visitors off the ferry is the chance to let their hair down for a long weekend. Sure, you’ll find insanely expensive summer cottages, and a pricey dining atmosphere to match, in some corners of the town of Chilmark. But low-key towns like Vineyard Haven and Menemsha are still predominantly focused on their marine industries and offer a more casual experience.

Cole is one half of New Zealand's leading adventure travel blogging couple who have been wearing out their jandals around the world since 2009. He loves any adventure activities and anything to do with the water whether it is Surfing, Diving, Swimming, Snorkeling or just lounging nearby on the beach. You can follow Cole on Google+. Or consider following us via RSS Feed, Twitter, Facebook and subscribe to our Newsletter.

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What to expect when your holiday is cancelled. A helpful guide

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We all know how exciting planning a holiday is. From the moment we book time off work, we’re already counting down until we’re stepping off the plane and enjoying the sunshine. The anticipation and excitement is all part of the fun! Unless you’re an expert at last minute holidays, it can take a few months to ensure everything is in order and ready to go. 

Being organised plays a huge factor in ensuring your holiday goes off without a hitch. Check out this website for a helpful infographic on what to do if your holiday is cancelled. From deciding what clothes to take, to remembering all your holiday essentials: your passport, boarding passes, getting all your travel money ready and arranging transfers to the airport, so you get there on time…going away on holiday isn’t as straightforward as we’d like it to be, is it?

But sometimes, no matter how organised you are things can go wrong. And when your holiday is cancelled out of the blue, not only has all that planning gone to waste, but now you’re burdened with stress, anxiety and frustration. Your first step is to ensure that you get your money back, so here you’ll find a helpful infographic of what to do if your holiday is cancelled. 

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Best Travel Destinations for 2020

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Lonely Planet has this week released its list of best counties to travel in for next year. According to the company, these destinations represent not only amazing slices of cultural, historical and natural interest; they’re also interested in how sustainable the region’s tourist trade is, and what impact it has on the natural environment.

Let’s take a look at some of the high-ranking countries featuring on the list.

Bhutan

This landlocked nation in South Asia is among the world’s smallest, with a population of less than a million. It holds the distinction of being the world’s only carbon-negative economy, and is on course to become fully organic next year. One of the most notable government measures on this front concerns the tourist industry: those travelling to Bhutan must contribute a daily fee toward conservation efforts. Consequently, those that do manage to gain entry are allowed to wander through the Buddhist temples and pine forests in near isolation. It’s an unforgettable experience – for those who can afford it. To get the most from your visit to Bhutan, it’s worth going with an experienced tour operator like Jules Verne, who’ll ensure that you don’t miss a thing!

England

It might surprise many natives of the UK that England should reach second place. After all, we’re so familiar with the charms this country has to offer, that we often fail to be suitably impressed by them. The Lonely Planet roundup identifies Britain’s coastline as a major draw, with the opening of the compete England Coast Path in 2020 sure to be of interest to hikers from around the world. Once complete, it’ll be the world’s longest managed coastal path – so if you’re looking to take in the seaside, it’s probably the best way to do it.

North Macedonia

Claiming third place in the list is a country which has undergone considerable change over the past few years. A dispute with neighbouring Greece was finally resolved in 2018, and Macedonia became known as ‘North Macedonia’. 

What hasn’t changed is the tourist-friendly attractions and gastronomy on offer. In 2020, new routes to the tiny St. Paul the Apostle Airport on the shores of Lake Ohrid opened up, making it easier than ever to pay a visit to this tiny, beautiful slice of the Balkans. Experienced hikers will want to make this country just one stop on a longer trip across Europe. The High Scardus Trail was established more than two thousand years ago by Roman pioneers, and it offers stunning views across neighbouring Kosovo, Albania and Macedonia. The Slavic term ‘shara’, meaning colourful, is derived from ‘scardus’. The changing colour of the grasslands makes it obvious why this is the case!

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Top 5 Things to See in Edinburgh over the Christmas Period

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Edinburgh is among the most attractive and tourist-friendly cities in the UK. It offers an atmosphere that’s quite distinct from the rest of the country, with its combination of historic buildings, quality restaurants and gorgeous parks. The city is easily reachable from Glasgow and the rest of the UK, with trains travelling to Edinburgh on a regular basis.

 If you’re paying a visit over the Christmas period, then you’ll also find a wealth of seasonal attractions competing for your attention. Let’s look at five of the best of them!

German Market

Traditional German markets have become a regular fixture in dozens of major cities across the UK. And there are few better than the one in Edinburgh, which has been running for more than two decades. You’ll find everything on sale, from delicious bratwurst to warming mulled wine. And there’s even a sixty-metre-tall ‘Star Flyer’ and an enormous ferris wheel, which afford you an incredible view over the city’s iconic skyline, including the nearby castle.

Ice Skating

For the past few years, Christmas revellers have been able to indulge in outdoor ice skating over at St. Andrew Square. But this year, Essential Edinburgh (the body in charge of managing the city centre) have deemed the attraction too damaging. But you can still indulge in ice-skating in Edinburgh at Christmas time, thanks to the Murrayfield Ice rink, over on Riversdale Crescent.

Nativity Scene

What will be at St. Andrew Square, however, is the city’s annual nativity display. Since 2003, the same scene has been depicted. Tim Chalk’s iconic sculpture breaks a little bit from tradition, featuring just a handful of statures, and excluding many of the extended cast of angels, shepherds and wise men that typically dominate the nativity scene. If you’re in the area, you’ll definitely want to make a point of visiting!

Christmas Shopping

If you need to finish your Christmas shopping before the big day itself rolls around, then Edinburgh is a fantastic place to do it. You’ll find plenty of suitable gifts at the aforementioned Christmas market. But if you’re after luxury brands and designer clothing, then it’s worth a trip to Multrees walk, where Louis Vuitton and Michael Kors have their stores.

University Carol Service

Every year, Edinburgh university puts on a carol service including a range of performers. The crowning jewel of the event is invariably the carol singers themselves, who’ll be running through a range of classics. The venue for the event is typically announced in early December, so be sure to keep an eye on the University for updates. The event is usually not ticketed, so if you want a seat, you’ll need to get there in good time.

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