Where else can a traveler find a lovely seaside climate to explore during the winter months but beautiful Florida? Taking an RV camping excursion in this southeast state may be one of the best yet, particularly when everyone else in the United States is experiencing snow and sleet conditions. Let’s begin our journey in the panhandle of Florida and travel south all the way to the southernmost tip of the US.
Pensacola is the ideal start to an RV trip through Florida. The Portofino Boardwalk has all sorts of activities for all ages, including shopping for unique gifts to take home. Pensacola Beach is great any time of year. Biking is a favorite pastime at the Gulf Islands National Seashore. Stop by one of the free concerts for some entertainment. Make your home base at the Perdido Cove RV Resort and Marina with all the amenities you could need, and then take off to visit the National Museum of Naval Aviation in town.
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The Pic of the Week is drawn from photos submitted to the Solo Travel Society Facebook Group, providing an opportunity for solo travelers to share with us a favorite photo from their travels.
This week’s pic from Solo Travel Society member Cath was taken in Ilocos Norte in The Philippines.
Deep inside the Guadalupe Mountains near New Mexico lies Carlsbad Caverns. Part of the Carlsbad National Park, the Carlsbad Caverns are an incredible series of caves full of huge subterranean chambers and amazing rock formations. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is an opening to an underground adventure that you’ll never forget and an experience you could never imagine!
The underground chambers within Carlsbad Caverns are home to many highlights that you’ll get to see up-close when you visit the park area. The most famous of these is known as the Big Room which is sometimes described as the world’s largest underground chamber even though several larger underground areas have been discovered. However, that doesn’t take away from the incredible experience of visiting this spot for yourself and getting an eyeful of the enormous room. Over a quarter of a mile in length, the Big Room lives up to its name, whether it’s the biggest in the world or not.
If it’s your first visit to the caverns, consider getting an audio headset from the visitor’s center before heading into the cave. The audio tour will provide intriguing information on cave geology, history, and additional insight on the various formations within. While the caves are fascinating on their own, you’ll definitely get more out of your visit with a tour, whether it’s an audio or ranger-led one. The ranger-led tours even let you take a look at “wild caves”, or undeveloped caves usually off-limits to visitors. Depending on the tour, you may even find yourself crawling through tight spaces in the caverns, so you may want to wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty.
There is plenty to do outside the caves as well. When you’re ready to head back into the sun, you can enjoy the surface of the park on one of the many hiking trails available. No bikes are allowed, but viewing this area on foot is a great way to see some beautiful landscapes as well as the flora and fauna of the Chihuahuan Desert. Be careful though as the majority of plants in the desert have thorns and burrs, so pants are recommended over shorts. But with the right preparation, a hike around the park can’t be missed.
The Carlsbad Caverns are part of a larger park system that has much to offer beyond the mysteries of the underground cave systems. Excellent for hiking, birdwatching, and camping, the Carlsbad National Park is a tremendous place for getting away from your busy daily life and experiencing some gorgeous North American nature. So, when you’re ready for a cave adventur
Being in a city as large and expansive as London, which has a concentrated center and a vast suburban sprawl, it might be difficult to localize the best things to do in town. Many visitors come into London bright-eyed and eager only to find that they are spending most of their time on the Tube in between sites. So take a breather, sit back and read about one single district—Bloomsbury. Find Bloomsbury hotels in London through HostelBookers.com, and understand the neighborhood well before you go.
Bloomsbury is just west and north of the City of London, tucked into Camden’s southern corner. Soho and Covent Garden border to the south, and Mayfair is to the west. Bloomsbury is a historic district that is well-kept and attractive, with plenty of museums, landmarks and public squares to keep your attention for an inordinate number of days during your London stay.
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The very mention of the Crystal Cove cottages stirs up so much passion among devotees, it’s almost like you’ve stumbled onto a religious cult with a secret headquarters.
It’s not just that they’re located on one of the most beautiful beaches in Southern California. Nor that the battle over their fate lasted for decades, played out in the pages of every newspaper.
John Holyoake of Irvine says, “I could stay on the porch and look at this view all day,” from South Sea Shanty at Crystal Cove. The 1931 beachfront cottage features four decks. The living/dining room has high ceilings, a sofa bed, two twin beds, front porch, kitchen, bedroom with two twin beds, and an ocean view bedroom.
It’s more about the bewitching, casual, vintage, driftwood charm of the places that keeps people endlessly searching online for days, weeks and months, hoping to get a reservation to stay in one.
This isn’t some decorator’s storyboard of what California beach homes should look like. This is the r
Mansueto Siorpaes, left, with his Canadianborn wife Joanne, staffs the outdoor grill at the couples Col Taron restaurant, catering to skiers on the slopes of Cortina.
For the lowintermediate skier like me, a visit to a true mountain resort means a continuous search for the blue run, the safe but hopefully picturesque way down the hill.
So when I hopped off the lift at the top of Col Druscie in Cortina, Italy, I knew I was in trouble. Only one piste was in sight: Black. Disappearing down a vertiginous slope. Could not see bottom. Hmmm.
Choices were limited: Turn right, point my skis down the hill and risk some combination of heart attack, broken leg or public humiliation.
Or turn left, take off the skis, walk into the restaurant, order a plate of spaghettini alla carbonara with a very large glass of red wine and sit and enjoy the view.
I chose the latter.
Ahhh…the joys of traveling with teenagers and young children. But who can blame them? Even adults can get cranky on one too many airport lines. Yet, traveling the world as a family is the ultimate dream. I figured out a way to keep it one—even with kids in tow.
Kids love trains, even big kids. That’s what makes train travel in Switzerland, with its scenic views and stops in small towns, the perfect way to travel with the whole family. Plus the Swiss transportation system includes some of the most scenic train routes in the world. Why not plan an excursion to the mind-blowing Jungfraujoch Top of Europe, 6,762 feet up?
And Swiss travel with kids couldnt be easier, especially with public transportation integrated and included on one pass—the Swiss Pass. You can use it for the local buses, boats and ferries, as well as their amazingly efficient train system.
As if that wasnt enough, children under 16 years old traveling with a parent or legal guardian ride free with a Swiss Family Card! Sure, y