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Holidays for When You Want to Get Away from the Heat

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If you are like most people, you probably can’t stand the heat. Me, I love the heat. I can deal with the heat anyway over a cold winter morning. That painful feeling of having to exit your warm, cozy, and soft bed is one of the worst feelings.

But this isn’t an article that is about debating which season is worse; winter or summer (which winter is the worse by the way), this article is to help those who can’t stand the heat and are looking for a destination where they can chill and relax for their holiday.

If you are someone who is just tired of the heat and would love to go book a last minute ski holiday, then this is the article for you. In this article, we have taken the liberty to compile a list of ten holidays spots for when you want to get away from the heat.

If you can’t stand the heat, then get out of the city, right, and with these fantastic destinations, you will be thrilled that you read this article. Here are our nine places of recommendation. Enjoy!!

9 Holidays Spot For When You Want To Get Away From The Heat

# 1 – Seattle, Washington

Hitting off the list, we start in one of the most chill places in America, and we aren’t talking solely about the climate. Seattle has such a chill relaxed vibe that it can be anyone’s place of destination to visit for any time of the season.

Offering its residents and travelers an excellent climate where it is neither too hot or too cold this “Goldilocks” state is an excellent destination for vacation and perhaps one of our favorite places of all time (yeah we are a bit subjective here).

# 2 – The French Alps 

For centuries, people in Europe have known that heading up to the Alps to get away from those unpleasant summers in the low-lying areas, and there’s certainly no better part of Europe for that than the French Alps. People often think of the Alps as a skiing destination, and while this is obviously very true, there is no shortage of things to do in the summer. You can count on white-water rafting, rock climbing and even straight-up mountain climbing, hiking, etc.`

# 3 – Victoria, B.C.

Victoria, B.C. is a great place for anyone who is a die-hard NHL fan. Also, Victoria also held the Winter Olympics, so if you are die-hard sports and athletic fan, then this is a great destination to go and sit back and relax as you go out on the town and explore, sightsee and take in the beautiful atmosphere.

# 4 – Patagonia

Transitioning out of North America but still in the Americas we head down to South America. Patagonia is an excellent place for those who like to backpack and be a bit adventurers.

The cold climate makes this one of the ideal places to visit. You can take a cruise and see all the fantastic sites – which will leave you awestruck. There is something about nature that just resonates with us, and you most certainly will be at peace by just sitting back on a cruise and taking “life” all in.

# 5 – Montreal

Heading back up north again; Montreal is a fantastic city and not solely for the climate. There is so much to do in this bustling city that you could very much fall in love with the city.

One of Canada’s most diverse cities you will find a wide array of cultural areas where you can try a variety of foods as well as different experience cultures and all without having to leave to far out of your country. Small steps, right?

Just know that although the official languages of Canada area English and French. In Montreal, they speak a lot of French, depending on the area (especially if you go east/south), so you might want to brush up on that a bit.

# 6 – Copenhagen, Denmark

Heading over to our neighbors across the Atlantic. Denmark is a fantastic place to get away, and if you are someone who really cannot stand the heat, then Europe is the place for you. Denmark is one of the friendliest and happiest places to visit.

And this is not an exaggeration. Denmark has been voted as one of the happiest places on the planet, and the reason is that people don’t take things to serious. You make a mistake…oh well, that’s how you learn.

The people there aren’t as uptight s another part of ten worlds and for this reason…

Excuse me I am getting my bags packed.

# 7 – Reykjavik, Iceland

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With a name like Iceland you probably think the land is made of ice, but to the country, Greenland is most ice whereas Iceland has much more green and we aren’t talking money.

This is perhaps one of the most exotic places on this list. if you are looking to step out of your comfort zone really and want to experience seething different Iceland is the pace and more then likely you will get the chance to visit the famed “Golden Circle.”

# 8 – Burlington, Vt.

Back in the United States. Burlington, Vermont is one of our personal places to visit. Not solely because of the scenery which is to die for. Not because the atmosphere and the culture are very much ahead of the curve. Not purely because it is just a good state to be in but because it was this state that gave the world Ben and Jerry ice cream and if that hasn’t sold you then maybe the other prior reasons will.

# 9 – Chile Skiing

Lastly what kind of vacation away from the heat would be a vacation if it didn’t have some kind of skiing. Chile skiing is perhaps one of the best places for you to go skiing and although the Swiss Alps have such prominence in the skiing community, it would be remiss of us not to include the Chile skiing as this is one of the places that is unjustifiably overlooked.

Chile itself is such a fantastic place to visit and the scenery and mountains that you can see, and experience is really to die for.

Have a Cool Vacation Away At These Chill Location

If you cant stand the heat, then we are quite confident that a destination that we have provided will be more then satisfying for you when the summertime comes rolling around.

Summertime isn’t for everyone, and it is for this reason that you should consider these locations. I as I already said am a summer and heat kind of guy. But this is no competition. To each his own and more importantly…the cold is a nightmare.

Just joking (not really).

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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Get Peace of Mind When You Pre-Book Transportation

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Traveling is extremely fun, right? It helps you go to different destinations and enables you to have exposure to new people, cultures, and ideas. Many people travel with others so they can genuinely get a taste of life and share their experiences in real time with other people.

Remember that life is all about the experiences that you have and the memories that you make as these provide you with a life that is well lived.

Indeed, remember that your travel experiences, and other memories that you make are essential aspects of life because it gives your life a bit more flavor. You can feel a certain thrill when you are transferring from one airport to the other. It can give you joy because you are moving and being more free instead of being confined to one location.

Now, when it comes to a life well-lived, it certainly takes some effort. Most individuals find that they must be intentional about what they are trying to do to have the most opportunities in life.

This is certainly true for the traveler. The best travelers know that traveling is far from easy if you do not have the right amount of preparation.

Remember that it takes quite a bit of work to have a wonderful trip. It can be fun to have surprises, but it is best to have pleasant surprises. Here is what you need to know to have a pleasant trip.

Pre-Book a Transfer From Any Spanish Airport

If you find yourself in Spain, then you would want to make sure that you utilize the right modes of transportation to make sure that you get to your destination with ease. Thankfully, the beautiful country has great service providers that will make your travel life easier in this regard.

Remember that effective service providers will provide a taxi or a minibus. These service options are useful because they can cater to your various needs. For instance, if you have a large party, a minibus would be wonderful. If you have a small group of people, then a simple taxi would suffice.

These different options enable you to meet your needs regardless of the size of your overall party.

More Benefits in Pre-Booking Your Transfers

There are other benefits to pre-booking your airport transfers. Whether you are going to Barcelona City or to Madrid City, it is important to note the various benefits of working with the right transportation firm.

Now that you are aware of the options that you can choose with preeminent services, other benefits include locking in a price, minimizing wait times at the airport, and having a pleasant experience with a wonderful driver.

Instead of having to worry about the price and about cancellation options, or if someone will show up on time, working with a wonderful firm like Solhop enables you to have total peace of mind when it comes to your transfers.

You can also ensure that you will drive in style with the options available to you from the different cars on offer.

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Have Fun On Your Trip

Now that you have your transportation squared away, remember that you are on a trip and remember to have fun. Whether you are traveling from the United States of America or from other places in Europe, you can be sure to have a bit of fun in Spain!

 

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Travel Tip: Train to Pisa from Florence

Whether you spend a half-day or full day in Pisa, we recommend that you Train to Pisa from Florence. It’s the fastest and cheapest way to get there.

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Traveling by train is one of the best ways to see the beautiful countryside of Italy. The train from Florence to Pisa takes about an hour, and the journey is stunning. The route takes you past vineyards and medieval villages, through tunnels and over bridges, with breathtaking views of the Tuscan hillsides. You can even see the Leaning Tower of Pisa as the train approaches the station.

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Upon arrival in Pisa, you can explore the historic center and visit the famous cathedral, before enjoying a leisurely lunch overlooking the River Arno. With its stunning scenery and convenient location, a train trip from Florence to Pisa is a great way to spend a day in Italy.

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How to get to Pisa from Florence

You have a couple of different options for your own half-day trip to Pisa from Florence depending on how you like to travel. But if you are like us and enjoy travelling around Italy by public transport, then you will definitely want to train to Pisa from Florence.

Train to Pisa from Florence

Florence and Pisa are less than 100 km apart and the easiest way is to train to Pisa from Florence. The entire trip one-way takes approximately an hour depending on your route with no transfers.

Trains leave from Florence S.M.Novella for Pisa Centrale a few times every hour. The closest train station to the leaning tower of Pisa is Pisa San Rossore, but it’s not worth the extra time or transfer required. Pisa itself is small and it takes less than 30 minutes to walk to the leaning tower from Pisa Centrale.

Plus you get to explore more of the city such as the River Arno lined with beautiful stately homes.

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If you want to book online then a one-way ticket by train to Pisa from Florence will cost from €7.80 (US$10.40) in 2nd class. It is important to make sure that when you are searching online via the Italian train booking site, Trenitalia, you search for “Firenze” rather than Florence.

The train schedules are very easy to understand so we recommend booking your ticket from the self-service machines on the train platform. The return journey is just as easy in reverse. Just watch that you don’t miss the last train around 10pm most days and carry cash with you for the ticket.

Finally, validate your ticket before boarding the train. We forgot a couple of times but used the typical “I’m a stupid tourist” line to get out of any fines.

Bus to Pisa from Florence

Another option is to catch the bus to Pisa from Florence.

There are two main bus companies, Terravision and Autostradale, run regular buses to and from Pisa Airport and Florence Airport into the Florence city centre, they don’t actually go into Pisa itself. The train to Pisa from Florence is so reliable, fast, and cheap, that you may not want to consider this option.

However, there are some advantages to taking the bus. You will see a lot more scenery from the window of the bus, and it’s definitely cheaper; sometimes you can find fares as low as 4 Euros, especially on Fridays.

Travel Guide to visiting Pisa from Florence

Driving to Pisa from Florence

If you have hired a car or scooter in Tuscany then you might look at driving to Pisa from Florence. However, even though the distance is less than 100km, the trip will still take approximately 1 hour.

Aside from the fact that the train to Pisa from Florence typically takes less time than driving, you also have to avoid the crazy Italian drivers. Not to mention trying to find a carpark in two of the most popular cities in Italy. Impossible.

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Guided Tour to Pisa from Florence

If you have been enjoying the sunset in Florence and all the city has to offer then you might want to take in a guided tour to Pisa from Florence. Not only do you get a great guide to learn all about the history of the area, you also don’t have to worry about getting to Pisa from Florence.

You might want to check out this guided tour around Pisa or get a little bit more adventurous and try out a segway tour in Pisa. Perfect for the family and it will keep the kids entertained between stops.

If you have a whole day, and haven’t managed to fit in a hike around Cinque Terre, then we recommend looking into the Pisa and Cinque Terre day tour. Lasting roughly 12 hours, you will travel from Florence to Cinque Terre, with a 2 hour stop in Pisa to see all the main sights.

We also reckon guides help you get the best photos, as they have seen all the poses.

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Tell us below if you have taken any funny photos in Pisa!

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Everything You Need To Know Before Buying A Yacht

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Spending time on a yacht is a great way to relax. You can cruise, do water sports, try your luck in fishing, or you can even entertain guests on your yacht. However, a yacht is still a significant investment, so you must learn as much as possible before buying one.

If you are pondering buying a yacht, there are several things that you need to know. You should ask yourself what type of yacht you want to buy and what type best suits your needs.

Aside from this, you also need to determine your budget for purchasing a yacht. Boating safety courses and trial runs are also essential to ensure your safety while on your chosen yacht.

What Do You Want In A Yacht?

 

When buying a yacht, you must ask yourself, “What do I want in a yacht?” Do you want the yacht to be big? Do you want to use the yacht for fishing?

Answering the questions about the yacht you want can help you determine your priorities in buying a yacht. Take, for example, if you want to utilize your yacht for watersports. Certain types of yachts cater to watersports, like wakeboarding and wake surfing.

Another popular way to spend time on your yacht is an overnight cruise. If you want to do this, you should consider the size of the yacht you want to buy. Can it accommodate passengers sleeping onboard?

Questions like these can help determine if you need different amenities in a yacht, like cabins, cooktops, and relaxation areas.

How Much is Your Budget?

Now that you have determined what you seek in a yacht, it is crucial to set a comfortable price for your pockets. When buying a yacht, you can get carried away by all the types and models available.

It might be tempting to go above your budget when buying a yacht, especially when so many options are available. However, it is vital to research yacht prices on manufacturer websites, as well as sites of brokers and dealers.

After all, it is necessary to keep the costs of maintaining a yacht in mind. Some costs of owning a yacht include insurance, repairs, fuel, and general upkeep.

Determining your budget for the yacht and sticking to it can make the most out of your yacht purchase.

Where Do You Buy A Yacht?

Since a yacht is a significant investment, going to a trusted and reliable dealer is your best bet. You can visit websites or written material to gather information about a prospective dealer.

Seasoned dealers need to know your lifestyle to determine what type of yacht suits you best. They can ask questions about your boating preferences, whom you boat with, and other similar queries. They use this information to match you to the yacht that best fulfills your needs at the right price.

Should You Try the Yacht Before You Buy It?

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Try and test the yacht that piques your interest as much as possible. If you know a yacht owner with a model you are interested in, you could ask to check the yacht out. Doing this helps you assess the amenities and features of the yacht before you make the big purchase.

Boat shows, if available, are also good ways to see and assess the yacht of your choice. Well-known brands do these shows, allowing you to see and experience the yacht.

What About Your Safety?

Some places require a recreational boat license for you to sail on your yacht. However, you can easily avail classes to sharpen your boating skills. These can help you learn how to sail on a boat and some basic safety measures while on your yacht.

You can look for information on the official website of your local or national maritime safety authority.

How Do You Buy A Yacht?

Buying a yacht might seem like a long, detailed process, but it is pretty straightforward. First, you need to find out what you want in a yacht. In other words, determine your purpose for buying a yacht.

The next step is to set a clear budget and the amenities and size of the yacht you want to buy.

Conclusion

Sailing on a yacht is not a simple task, so acquire all the necessary documents to operate a yacht. The necessary paperwork can include a boating license, boating safety courses, and other relevant documents.

Test the yacht before you commit to it, and make sure that you are comfortable with it before purchasing it. You can attend boat shows and dealer demos or ask someone with a similar yacht to let you assess their yacht.

Lastly, find a yacht dealer that wants the best for you. Finding the best dealer can make your yacht buying process much more manageable. Reliable dealers will keep your budget and goals in mind while matching you to the yacht of your dreams!

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