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8 of the Most Beautiful and Interesting Historical Old Towns on the Planet

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There’s something so charming about the idea of an old town, particularly one that is now surrounded by a larger city. It’s like seeing the village that gave birth to the city around you. In most modern cities, there is no discernable old town. Sure, there are old buildings, but unless they have been given some sort of heritage protection, they’re not guaranteed to stay around forever. And in many instances, the first buildings that constituted the city were bulldozed many decades ago, replaced by newer buildings, which then grew old and were bulldozed as well. What would have been the old town is now a glistening skyscraper. So this is why it’s special to explore an authentic (mostly, anyway) old town. Let’s take a look at 8 of the most interesting.

  1. Prague, Czech Republic

The old town in the Czech capital is just the central part of the city, and it’s only really discernable when you notice that the buildings have taken on a distinctively medieval look. Depending on which direction you approach this part of Prague, you might walk through the 11th century Powder Gate, signifying where the city used to end.

  1. Bruges, Belgium

Bruges has perhaps some of the best-preserved medieval architecture in the world. With its multiple canals, it’s often called the Venice of the North, which is rather troublesome really. Venice is beautiful, and Bruges is also stunning. A comparison like this seems almost pointless. The canals are handy though, since a boat cruise is about the best way to see the beauty of the old town of Bruges, at a rather refined pace. The Church of Our Lady (Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk) dates back to 1270, and has the second tallest brickwork tower in the world.

  1. York, UK

York was founded by the Romans in around 71 A.D and is the finest old town in the United Kingdom. It was an actual walled city, although naturally the city has grown far beyond these original limits. The original city gates is where the heads of criminals and miscreants were actually put on pikes as a warning to others to stay on the straight and narrow. It’s a fantastic place and looks like the sort of place where you could easily run into a certain boy wizard.

  1. Berlin, Germany

This is an odd one to include on this list, and yet the German capital has a small area that is considered to be an old town, even though it’s a reproduction. Just off Alexanderplatz in the shadow of the delightfully space-age looking TV tower, you will find the old town of Berlin. Naturally, much of the city was destroyed in the dying days of WW2, and this includes the historic center of town. The so-called old town of Berlin (known as Alt-Berlin) is a reproduction of what the area might have looked like, and is located on the site of the original city (which was founded in approximately 1244). It’s strange to walk in a supposedly old town… which is about as old as the 1970s.

  1. Pingyao, China

Once the political and financial heart of Ancient China, Pingyao (located in the central province of Shanxi) is a city laid out in a manner that was traditional in the Ming Dynasty, filled with narrow streets lined with traditional architecture. This place is unreal, and it feels like an artificially constructed Ancient Chinese theme park. Getting lost in those narrow alleyways, it’s possible to imagine what the city would have been like thousands of years ago. And the thing is, it doesn’t look all that much different.

  1. Carcassonne, France

Another old town that has Roman origins, Carcassonne is a fortified settlement that is in the south of France, not so far from the Spanish border. Once a major town located right between the Atlantic and the Mediterranean, the strategic location of the city was coveted by numerous hostile forces. To this end, the Romans constructed the Cité de Carcassonne, a massive, imposing fortress that was completed by the year 333 A.D. in an earlier form, with additional embellishments added over the following centuries. It’s still there, overlooking the town.

  1. Havana, Cuba

Havana boasts one of the most stunning old towns in the new world, and Old Havana Cuba is going to take up a  lot of your attention when you’re in the city. It’s an energetic and enigmatic city, and while there is so much to actually see and do, you might get your happiest memories by simply sitting in Plaza Vieja in the heart of the old town, just watching the world go by.

  1. Ibiza Town, Spain

Ibiza is a weird place in that in recent decades it has achieved notoriety for a party hotspot. Each summer, swarms of visitors come to dance non-stop to electro. Hopefully these party people will take the time to explore Ibiza’s Dalt Vila, the beautifully preserved older part of the town that extends up a hill, overlooking the harbor.

 

The Eudemonia of Everest- the Jewel of Nepal

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Nepal is the largest sovereign Himalayan state in Asia. With a diverse geography, including fertile plains, subalpine forested hills and eight of the world’s ten tallest mountains, including Mount Everest- the highest point on Earth, Nepal is a multiethnic, multi-religious and multilingual nation. The land where Lord Gautama Buddha was born, Nepal holds within its boundaries a wide variety of topographical wonders, a sublime cultural dexterity and a rich history.

Mount Everest, which is called Sagarmatha in Nepali, translates to “the Head of the Sky” in its original nomenclature. Mount Everest is also known as the Chomolongma, a word that means, “The Goddess Mother of the World” in China and Tibet. A part of the Mahalangur Himalayan Range, Mount Everest’s massif includes the neighboring peaks of Lhotse, Nuptse and Changtse. As such, trekking in Nepal is one of the most famous adventure activity to do in the country. Among many beautiful destinations and regions for trekking, the Everest Base Camp Trek is the most famous one, with thousands of visitors of the country doing the trek every year. Encompassed with the Khumbu region’s best elements and aspects, the EBC Trek offers trekkers a chance to encounter the people’s culture, religion and lifestyle in close proximity along with walking on one of the most mesmerizing trekking trails on the planet.

The journey to the Everest Base Camp usually begins from Lukla. It is a town in the Khumbu area of the Solukhumbhu District. A popular place for visitors to the Himalayas near Mount Everest to arrive, Lukla has many guesthouses and lodges that cater to trekkers and tourists.

From Lukla, the trail continues to Phakding and Namche Bazaar. While on the path, the sight of the sacred Mount Khumbila makes its appearance. Khumbila roughly translates as “The God of Khumbu” and is a Himalayan Peak situated within the boundaries of the Sagarmatha National Park. Khumbila is considered too sacred to be climbed by most local Sherpa people. The mountain is believed to be the home of the patron God of the local area. As such, Mount Khumbila has never been climbed.

View of the Kusum Kangraru Mountain can also be seen at Phakding while walking on the beautiful trail. The name “Kusum Kangraru” means “Three Snow-White Gods” in the Sherpa language, referring to the triple summit of the mountain. The town of Namche Bazaar lies ahead.

Namche Bazaar is also known as “The Gateway to Everest”. It is a very popular town and is regarded as the hub of the Khumbu region. Trekkers stay at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization while on the base camp journey. With a topography that resembles terrace-structures dotting into the side of the mountain, Namche Bazaar offers beautiful views of the mountain peaks from throughout the valley. The Kongdi RI Himal lies in the west of Namche while on the east lies the Thamserku peak. Mount Thamserku is connected by a ridge leading eastward to Kangtega. Situated in the lap of the mountain-side, Namche was a trading point between Nepali and Tibetan traders in ancient times, a feature of Namche that still holds to this day. Namche also holds the Everest Photo Gallery and the Sherpa Culture Museum.

The village of Tengboche lies ahead in the journey. Tengboche has one of the largest and most important Buddhist monastery of the region- the Tengboche Monastery. Namche may be the commercial hub of the region, but the Tengboche Monastery is regarded as the spiritual epicenter. Tengboche presents panoramic views of the Himalayan Mountains, including the well-known peaks of Tawache, Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, and Thamserku. The Himalayan tapestry from Tengboche is utterly beautiful. Located on a hill at the confluence of two Himalayan rivers- the Dudh Kosi and the Imja Khola, Tengboche Village is also used for acclimatization. Trekkers in the region visit the Tengboche Monastery for prayers and blessings for a safe journey as a spiritual ritual. The Tengboche Monastery is considered the oldest Sherpa celibate monastery in the region.

Further on is the village of Dingboche. Situated on the Chhukung valley, Dingboche is also a popular stop for trekkers and climbers headed to Mount Everest, Ama Dablam or the Imja Tse. The Imja River flows directly east of the village. Dingboche is also known for its kilometers of stone wall, built using stones of different sizes that cover the entire Valley of Imja. Dingboche is sunnier than the village of Pheriche and is less affected by the icy winds that descends down the valley of Khumbu. For this, Dingboche is also known as “the Summer Valley”.

The Everest Base Camp lies ahead, while moving from Dingboche to Gorekshep. Gorakshep is a frozen lakebed covered with sand, and it is also the name of the small settlement that sits at the edge near Mount Everest. To quote the Dalai Lama, Gorekshep “is the step to heaven”. Gorakshep was the original Everest Base Camp, being used by the Swiss mountain climbers in their attempt to climb the Everest in 1952. Later, the camp was moved closer to the mountain, just below the Khumbu Ice Fall. The Khumbu Icefall can also be seen from the base camp. Located at the head of the Khumbu Glacier, the Icefall is considered one of the most dangerous route to Everest’s summit. The Khumbu Glacier on the other hand, lies between Mount Everest and the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge. It is the world’s highest located glacier.

Kalapatthar is also a part of the destination in the Everest Base Camp Trek. A very famous vantage point, Kalapatthar offers prepossessing views of the Mount Everest massif. The sight of Mount Everest from here is unrivalled.

For most trekking journeys in Nepal, spring and autumn are considered the best seasons. The Everest Base Camp Journey is also at its most finest during these seasons. Spring lasts from March to May and autumn from September to December. Due to being peak seasons for trekking, many trekkers undergo the journey during these months. Summer and winter months can also see trekking, but the number of trekkers are not as high as those trekking in spring and autumn because of extreme weather conditions.

The Diamond in the Desert

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Joshua Tree National Park is a unique national gem nestled between the Colorado and Mojave deserts overlooking California’s Coachella Valley. Exploring this vast 1,235 square mile wonder of the mostly remote desert is best started with an RV rental in Palm Springs. Just over 50 miles from either the north or south entrances of the Park, Palm Springs is an excellent basecamp to begin and end an adventure to one of Southern California’s most unique desert parks.

The dry, rugged landscape of Joshua Tree offers beautiful rock formations, miles of hiking, rock climbing for most skill levels, and jaw-dropping vistas. One of the most unique features of the park is its namesake, the Joshua tree.

A member of the Yucca genus, the Joshua tree received its name from Mormon settlers who were reminded by the trees’ sprawling, top-heavy branches of the Biblical story of Joshua raising his arms to Heaven in prayer. Once established, the trees are believed to have a lifespan of hundreds, if not thousands of years. Standing before these magnificent wonders in the utter stillness of the desert night, one can almost feel the trees channeling the energy of the heavens.

Luxury RV rentals in Palm Springs can offer comfortable camping accommodations for any of the nine campgrounds located within the park. With summer temperatures capable of topping well over 100 °F and barely dipping into the mid-70s, a luxury RV can offer a welcome respite if visiting Joshua Tree this time of year.

While the park is renowned for its unique landscape and bristled trees, a somewhat lesser known but equally majestic feature is its sunrises. Sunrises in Joshua Tree can paint the sky wondrous shades of fiery red, burnt orange and brilliant gold with clouds capturing the sun’s rays and casting dark, contrasting shadows along their trailing edges. All this takes place against the deep azure of the desert twilight sky.

Just under 430,000 square acres of the park are designated wilderness. The National Park Service requires overnight campers register at one of several registration board locations. Open fires are prohibited in the park, so campers must use camp stoves and are required to leave no trace of their campsite by carrying out everything they bring in. These restrictions protect the park’s delicate desert environment and can make an RV rental in Palm Springs a smart choice for the overnight park visitor.

The park has had its share of celebrity exposure, as well, with its otherworldly landscape and rugged rock formations appearing on album covers and in music videos. Interestingly, U2’s fifth album’s cover art was not shot in Joshua Tree National Park despite featuring a picture of the iconic tree and using its name in the album title. Nonetheless, the park’s attraction to artists of all types can be easily understood once one experiences its serene natural beauty.

Southern California boasts many natural and manmade attractions, but few can measure up to the stark beauty of its deserts. The rugged but serene landscapes make for a perfect destination for travelers wanting a unique vacation getaway. And an RV rental in Palm Springs can provide the perfect vehicle to transport vacationers to this mysterious land.

Reasons to Consider a Taxi

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There are many reasons to consider a taxi whenever you find yourself in a new location, and any one reason is good enough to try such a service even once. Riding in a taxi is designed to offer maximum security, safety, and convenience when travelling through a new city, and should make your time in that new area more enjoyable. In addition, you can call on a taxi service throughout the year, at all times of the day or night to ensure you never find yourself walking home at a dangerous time.

Never Lost

Dorset taxis are driven by local men and women who know how to handle the traffic and many confusing roads of the city. No matter if you find yourself in town to visit family or for business, you will never once find yourself lost at a critical moment. Such a service should allow you to arrive at the right place at the right time when you need it most, a fact which can help you to save your job or ensure you never miss a key event.

Convenience

There are few things in the world as convenient as the ability to call on a taxi service at any time of the day or night. If you know when and where you will be whenever you require a ride, you may contact a professional ahead of time and give them such information. This can help ensure a car is ready to pick you up the moment you leave your event or otherwise arrive at the location.

Such a service is ideal if you know you will be out at an event late into the evening, or if it will leave you in an unfamiliar part of town. If you are a foreigner in search of certain attractions with a busy itinerary, it can ensure you receive help the moment you truly need it. Arriving at each new attraction should not only be cost-effective, but also fast and enjoyable.

5 Craziest Party Places Around the World

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Different people have different ideas of how they wish to spend their leisure time. Some just want to spend time lazing on their bed, while others idea is to explore new places. There is one more category of people who take life as a roller coaster ride and they just can’t stop having fun. No matter whether it is a tough day at office or life is being hard on them, party is the only solution. The following 5 places are pure ecstasy for such people and one should not miss out on them —

Las Vegas, USA

“What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas”! These lines hold true for the exuberant city of Las Vegas. The uncompromising party atmosphere and the effervescent nightlife seen here, is tough to find anywhere else. From throwing dice at a casino to clubbing on the strip, this city is a paradise for party animals. Pretty much anything featured in the movie Hangover can be experienced here.

Berlin, Germany

Boasting off its reputation of having the most liberal nightlife in Europe, Berlin is loved by all. A number of rock, techno and fetish clubs, which remain open all night, dot the streets of this city. From craziest pubs to offbeat bars, from chapel themed nightclubs to underground ones, Berlin has everything for a party freak. And the best part about partying in Berlin is that Beer is cheaper than water here. Excited much??

Goa, India

Apart from mesmerising beaches, Goa is home to a number of mind-blowing casinos and bars. It is world famous for its vibrant nightlife scene and wild parties, it is rightly called India’s nightlife capital. If you are a Psytrance lover or want to shake your leg on Bollywood songs, this is the place for you. The reason why it is loved by all is that you don’t need to have a lot of money to party here. Also, flight tickets to Goa are easily available online at very affordable rates.

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Amsterdam is the place where everyone loves to party. From flamboyant queens to tourists, from high-society socialites to crazy teenagers, you will find everyone partying at the same clubs here. Not all the clubs are open till midnight but you have to find the right ones, if you feel like partying all night. To suit different needs, you will find a number of funky venues, club nights and dance festivals here.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

This Brazilian city, with every single earthly delight, is a dream come true for all. Mind-blowing beaches, amazing nightlife and fun-loving people is what Rio de Janeiro is all about. Head to the beach for that perfect party scene in this city. Even the streets are vibrant and give you a complete party feel. After midnight, the entire waterfront becomes lively with disco clubs and party beats.

So, whether you like hardcore clubbing or mellow nights, these crazy destinations are sure to make you happy, very happy..

How to Make Your Conference Double up as a Holiday in the Hunter Valley

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If you want your company to remain successful and stay on top of the competition, you need to pull out all the stops to keep your existing clients on board. Even clients that have utilised your services for years will look for better offers from time to time, so you need to make sure they know you embrace change and do everything you can to be the best in your industry. In addition, you need to keep hunting for new customers so that your competition never gains the upper hand, and the best way to inform both new and old clients is to hold a conference that everybody will love.

If you want your conference to be unforgettable, you should think about holding it in a beautiful destination rather than at your office or in a typical conference venue. You might have guests visiting from all over the world, which means you can choose just about any hotspot to host them. If you really want your conference to stick in people’s minds and make a big impact, you ought to consider perusing conference venues in Hunter Valley. There is a wide range of conferences venues on offer, from those that are perfect for hosting a few dozen guests to large venues that boast overnight accommodation.

If your conference doesn’t stand out by being different, you might not capture the attention of your guests, and that means you’ll have spent money for nothing. However, as long as you plan the event thoroughly, a conference in the Hunter Valley promises to be a major success. Keep reading below to find out why the Hunter Valley is becoming an increasingly popular hotspot for business travellers.

Why You Should Choose the Hunter Valley for Your Next Conference

Because so many Hunter Valley accommodation options to choose from, you don’t necessarily have to spend an arm and a leg to make your conference a success. Here are a few reasons as to why the Hunter Valley makes the perfect destination for business events:

  • A remarkable destination – Your clients have likely been to conferences in a number of huge metropolises already, so if you want your event to stand out, you should think about hosting it in a more scenic setting such as the Hunter Valley.
  • Lots of activities on offer – When your guests aren’t preoccupied listening to what you have to say, they can enjoy hot air balloon rides, museum visits, and a winery tour or two.
  • Add a touch of class – You need to convey a successful image at your conference, so you might want to choose a venue that looks upscale and allows guests to enjoy a glass of wine or two at the end of a productive day.

A Destination That’s Guaranteed to Impress

Almost everybody who visits the Hunter Valley falls in love with the destination instantly, and your clients and new customers will be happy to see that you’ve pulled out all the stops for their benefit. As long as you choose the right venue, you next conference in the Hunter Valley will leave a lasting impression.

What Are The Best Places In England For Cycling

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When you are thinking about a cycling holiday, one of the first places that should be on your list is England. As well as being steeped in history and having fantastic food, England also has some fantastic cycling trails.

These cycling trails give you a wide range of picturesque scenery. You might want to cycle through completely flat fields in the south of the country. Or you might want to test yourself by riding up and down some steep inclines in the aptly named Peak District. What are the best places in England for cycling?

Suffolk Coast

Suffolk is also known as Constable Country, after the famous painter who used the scenery as his inspiration. This is one of the most untouched parts of the whole country, and your journey will take you through lush fields and up pleasant hills. There will be lots of animals grazing in the fields as you are cycling past and the flowers will create a colourful backdrop for your cycle holidays in the UK.

You can also ride through some of the most peaceful towns in England when you are on your tour. This is a journey through a part of the world that you are not going to forget.

Devon

Devon is a fantastic part of the country and you will ride along extremely flat countryside. This means that you will have plenty of time to admire your surroundings without having to concentrate on pedalling too much.

There are several towns in this part of the world that are well worth your time. You will be able to stop for the quintessential English meal of cream tea, which originated in the country that you are travelling through.

Cotswold’s

The Cotswold’s was the birthplace of many famous English people, including playwright William Shakespeare and war time Prime Minister Winston Churchill. You will be able to cycle around William Shakespeare’s home town of Stratford Upon Avon. This town still retains much of the character that it had during the

Then you can cycle through the breath taking countryside, taking in all the sights and sounds along the way. The Cotswold’s are also home to one of the most beautiful castles in the country, Warwick Castle. This is a sight to behold as you are cycling past and you will undoubtedly want to take a closer look. Visiting the castle is going to be one of the highlights of the whole tour, without a doubt.

Lake District

The Lake District has a wide variety of terrain for you to tackle whilst you are on holiday. Riding along the crest of a hill is one of the best ways that you can experience the breath-taking nature that you will see around you.

Hadrian’s Wall

Hadrian’s Wall is one of the most iconic structures that you can visit when you are travelling along the border between England and Scotland on your bike.

You should consider travelling around England for a cycling holiday.

Tips for Planning a Walking Holiday in Spain

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Spain is one of the world’s most beautiful countries and is an extremely popular destination for tourists from all over the world. The country was once a very contentious battleground, and the remnants of the many battles fought here still remain among the old forts and castles littered throughout the country. Spain was once ruled by the Muslims before the Christians took over, and many of the old buildings still have a distinctive, Islamic touch to them. For people who are fans of architecture and history, Spain proves to be a very attractive destination.

Apart from its historical roots, the football culture in Spain is also tremendously popular. Football clubs such as Real Madrid and FC Barcelona are globally represented, with some of the greatest players in the world playing at their stadiums. For those who like nature and the countryside, Spain is a heavenly location. There are amazing walking tracks and pathways that meander through the countryside and take you through gorgeous locations. For those who are active and like exploration, Spain walking holidays can be a lot of fun. In fact, a walking holiday in Spain is just what you need after a few months of hard work! Here are some basic tips for planning a walking holiday in this beautiful country.

Talk to a Local Travel Agency

There are numerous travel agencies within the UK that can help you in planning a walking holiday. These holidays are very different from ordinary holidays, so you need help from a specialist travel agency to plan the whole thing. You will be staying at local accommodations during the course of your stay, and most of the tour is completely self-guided. When you land, the company will give you the essential tools and equipment that you need to go hiking. You will be given the maps and everything else along with the details of where you will be spending your nights. You must cover a certain amount of the distance every day.

Choose the Tour

There are plenty of walking pathways spread throughout Spain, however, the difficulty level varies from path to path. For people who are reasonably fit and don’t have a problem with walking longer distances, a more difficult pathway might be a viable choice, however, for people who have difficulty walking over varied terrain, selecting a more difficult pathway is a bad idea.

Plan Accordingly

You will be walking for most of the day, and even though it’s an amazing adventure where you get to explore the country and meet the locals close and upfront, you must ensure that you pack accordingly. Don’t carry a heavy bag full of your personal belongings, it’s only going to slow you down. Frequent travellers have talked about the importance of packing light and how it makes walking so much easier for them. You should follow this advice and make sure that you only pack the essentials that you need so that you can get the best out of your trip.

 

Enjoy Australia’s Countryside Even More with a Reliable Leased Campervan or Motorhome

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Travelling through a place as great as Australia allows you to experience sights and activities you’ve never experienced before, and regardless of which part of the continent you want to explore next, finding a way to get around reliably is important. If your own vehicle is an older car or you simply don’t want to put that many kilometres on it, leasing a car or van is the next best option. When you lease a vehicle, you get a car that is in excellent condition, one that will get you from Point A to Point B without any problems. You also get vehicles of all sizes to choose from, so whether you want a small sedan, a large motorhome, or anything in between, car-leasing companies can accommodate you.

Making Sure You Get the Very Best

Since leasing companies always take excellent care of all their vehicles, you can rely on them throughout your entire trip. This is important when you’re on holiday, for you never know what you’re going to see or where you’re going to be interested in going, and the last thing you want is to have your vehicle break down right in the middle of a fun activity. Furthermore, since leased vehicles come in all sizes and makes, you are guaranteed to get the one you want in the end, the one that will make your holiday even more memorable. If you are interested in a motorhome or campervan hire in Sydney, these vehicles should be easy to find, and since vehicle-leasing companies always have such a large inventory, you can almost always get the exact vehicle you were looking for.

Let Them Do the Work for You

Car-leasing companies make renting a vehicle extremely easy since their websites contain full-colour photographs of all their vehicles and detailed descriptions of their amenities. Campervans are excellent for large groups travelling together, and can even save you money on your trip since there is no need to rent a hotel room each night. One phone call or visit to their website, and these companies go to work for you, helping you find the perfect vehicle and making sure you understand all the applicable terms and conditions. The prices are also reasonable, and if you view your options online and sort them by price, you can rest assured of getting the cheapest option available. Although the price is seldom a car leaser’s only concern, it is still good to know that you can be guaranteed of paying the lowest price when you utilise the services of these car hire companies.

Regardless of where you are travelling to for your next holiday, leasing a motorhome or campervan is guaranteed to make the trip more exciting and unique. It will give you plenty of room for all the travellers going with you, ensures you will be comfortable the entire time, and is available at prices that are much lower than most people expect. Large vehicles such as these enhance anyone’s holiday, and allows you to put a little extra oomph in your next trip.

 

How to Find the Best Cruises

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Guests slide down two massive corkscrew waterslides featured within the Carnival Dream’s expansive WaterWorks attraction, the most elaborate water park at sea. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY (Photo by Andy Newman/Carnival Cruise Lines/HO

Every cruise promises you the time of your life that includes an abundance of great food, great weather, and great entertainment. However, they can’t all be great. In every industry, there are companies that skirt regulations, offer below-par services, and cut corners. The same goes for the cruise industry as well. You have likely seen news reports of people who went on a cruise expecting luxury, but their cruise quickly turned into a serious headache. If you have never used a cruise company before, you might be wary of choosing one. It can be difficult to determine which ones are telling you the truth and which ones are lying. However, there is a reliable way to find good advice.

Sign Up for Reviews

The Internet abounds with sites that offer reviews of cruise companies. There are those who have paid staff and those who take reviews from random people. Unfortunately, these sites have a few problems. For one, they do not always disclose whether or not their reviewers have been paid by a company to make some kind of positive or negative review. They also don’t necessarily screen their outside reviewers for authenticity. If anyone can leave a review, how can you know that they’ve actually been on the cruise and are giving you an authentic account? If you’re looking for information on Silversea Cruises, for example, you need to sign up for a network.

A network with clients and members is more carefully curated. You’ll know the people writing the reviews and whether or not they’re trustworthy. Also, you’ll have greater flexibility to find out more in-depth information than you would at some random site.

In-Depth Information

The type of deep dive that you need from a cruise review often comes in more than just a few sentences and a star rating. A good review site will allow you and others to upload photos, videos, and other information to accompany your review. That information will give others the ability to actually see what life is like on the cruise. They’ll be able to compare the accommodations and arrangements with other similar cruise offerings. That will also allow you to compare with the company’s versions of events.

For example, if you see a photo of a cabin on a cruise ship at the company’s website, you can compare it to the photos from an actual user. If they look starkly different, you might be dealing with a company that can’t be trusted. On the other hand, you’ll be able to verify the rave reviews that you see on the website and others.

Picking a network with professional reviewers is important as well. Professional reviewers know what to look for when they are on a ship. People who are on the ship for holiday might not be as observant as a trained reviewer. They might avoid things they’re not interested in, or just simply forget some important details.

A trained reviewer with a keen eye will get to the truth.