5 Winter Activities in Portland Maine That Will Get You in the Holiday Spirit

Although Portland’s lovely sea breeze and outdoor attractions appeal to the masses during warmer months, you will be surprised to know how many fun activities the city has to offer in winters too. It becomes a winter wonderland, where the beautiful lighthouses blanketed in snow makes you feel like you’ve actually walked inside a snow globe and just about everywhere is decorated for the holidays to help get you in the spirit.


1. See the Portland Head Light Surrounded in Snow

There are many lighthouses along Maine’s coastline from Kittery to York’s Nubble Light, but the most famous is Portland Head Light at Fort Williams Park. Completed in 1791, the quintessential lighthouse is the state’s oldest one and has a rich historic significance with spectacular ocean views.

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A catered ski chalet is the perfect choice for a corporate ski trip

There is nothing like a corporate ski trip to get to know your best clients, reward your top-performing staff or for a department weekend away. Ski trips live long in the memory and its vital that your guests look back on your event with fond and not bitter memories. That means booking a fully staffed and catered ski chalet for your next ski event!

catered ski chalet

catered ski chalet

The reason companies invite top clients, business partners or the top-performing staff members on a ski trip is to spend quality time together away from the office. A ski chalet is probably the most sociable of venue to schmoose any VIP’s guests.

A ski chalet will typically host between 10 to 20 guests in twin rooms so bear this in mind if you plan to ask your guests to share a room, most prefer to offer their guests a room ...


Things to Do in Granada, Spain

Last Updated on December 27, 2019

Granada is a magnificent city nestled in the Andalusian region of Spain right next to the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. Granada was originally a small Jewish town called “Garnata,” which roughly translates to “hill of strangers” in Moorish, due to its location. Granada is located on a low plane, which is why it was often prone to attacks back during Medieval Times. Known primarily for its Moorish influence, Granada is extravagantly beautiful with architecture that boasts intricate domes, rounded arches, muqarnas (ornamental, vaulted ceilings), and botanical-friendly design.

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The Alhambra

Granada, Spain

Granada, Spain

There may be more than just the Alhambra in Granada, however, that does not mean that shouldn’t rank highly, or even as ...


Tips for Traveling San Francisco on a Budget

San Francisco

San Francisco

San Francisco regularly grabs headlines for being the most expensive place in the United States to live. But that doesn’t mean you should cross it off of your travel bucket list! In fact, this dynamic California city is jam-packed with cheap and even free things to do.

You just have to know where to look.

Wondering how to explore The City without breaking the bank? From finding the right place to stay, taking advantage of certain passes and exploring all the free things San Francisco has to offer—you can definitely have an adventure in the Bay on a dime.

Here are my tried and true tricks for traveling San Francisco on a budget!

Golden Gate Bridge

Avoid the High Season

San Francisco has an extraordinarily mild climate...


African Safari in Tanzania: The Ultimate Itinerary and Tour

We are all familiar with the term “once-in-a-lifetime’. Right? It is reserved for those epic bucket list experiences that you feel so fortunate to have even once during your life, that you can’t even imagine being blessed enough to be able to do it a second time. An African safari in Tanzania is one of those experiences—and I was blessed twice.

The Shadows of Africa team took me on two unforgettable tours, on two similar yet still very unique itineraries. From landing at Kilimanjaro airport to searching for rhinos in Ngorongoro crater to participating in the Maasai’s traditional jumping dance, being on safari in Tanzania will be surreal whichever stops and experiences you choose. But, here’s my ultimate itinerary for a trip you will never forget too.


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9 Interesting Facts About Costa Rica

At the end of this month, we are traveling to Costa Rica for the first time. We haven’t been before and are very excited to finally make it to a destination that’s been high on our list.

While researching things to do in Costa Rica, we thought we’d share some fun facts about Costa Rica.

Costa Rica Discount Offer

Costa Rica

Costa Rica

We needed something to write about to let you know that if you book your own Costa Rica Panama trip within the next year with UnCruise, you’ll get $100 per person savings on the same 10-night trip we are taking!

If you want to see what an UnCruise is like, check out this video we took of our time in Alaska this summer.

Use “PLANETD” code for your discount when checking out!

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Now, that you have seen the adventures to be had! Let’s talk about Costa...


Gourmet experiences in New Zealand’s boutique wine town

Gone are the days when holidays were for just kicking back. Yes, we all love to wind down on a beach for a day or two with a good novel, but recent trends such as volunteer-tourism and educational-tourism have grown in popularity, showing that hands-on experiences are now a vacation must. And It’s not only millennials who are wanting to get their hands and mind busy learning new skills. All ages are keen to get in on the action and learn something new on holiday.

On a recent holiday to New Zealand, I made a swing by Martinbough, the country’s beloved boutique wine town, for a handful of rather immersive experiences. Not only did I leave afterwards in love with the quaint town, but already planning what I wanted to do on my next visit...


Top 10 luxury travel gifts for him this Christmas (UK & Europe edition)

The festive season is upon us which of course means the pressure is on to find the perfect gift. The task of Christmas gift-giving is not always an easy one – especially if he already seems to have everything – so we hope our list helps you out! From the world’s first 5TB hardware encrypted portable HD drive to one of the world’s most technical ski touring jackets, we have compiled a number of suggestions which we hope will make buying for him that little bit easier this year.

5tb diskashur2 HD drive from iStorage

Wanting to keep your data safe as you travel? This PIN authenticated portable drive from iStorage offers military grade hardware encryption and is intelligently programmed to protect against all forms of Brute Force attacks...


11 Interesting Facts About Greece: Number 5 May Surprise You!

In 2008, 16 million tourists visited Greece and ever since then, this number has only been growing, having reached 28.7 million in 2018.

So, what attracts so many people to this European country?

The beaches, mythology and delicious food are a big part of it, but there’s even more to Greece than that. Keep reading as we go through 11 of the most interesting facts about Greece!

1. Greece Isn’t Actually Named Greece

Well, if someone referred to it by its official name you probably wouldn’t recognize it at first – but hey, that’s what makes it such an interesting fact!

Greek people actually refer to their country as Hellas or Hellada and the complete official name is the Hellenic Republic.

2. In Certain Spots in Greece, You Can’t Wear High Heels



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Things do in Bergen – 14 Great Attractions in Norway’s Most Beautiful City

Rounding up all of the amazing things to do in Bergen, Norway.

I’ll never forget driving into the town center of Bergen, Norway for the first time.

Colorful buildings, old-world architecture and the mountainous backdrop all contributed equally to that tingling of wanderlust that nipped at my consciousness. 

I had never heard of this town before and little did I know that it would become one of my favourite cities in Scandinavia.

Things to do in Bergen Norway

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Staying on The Clarion Hotel wharf we had a perfect view of the colorful wooden houses of Bryggen, the old town that is now protected and designated a Unesco World Heritage Site.

We were walking distance from everywhere in Bergen.

Our time here was filled with so many memorable moments and we commented on...