4 Casinos That You Will Love For Their Uniqueness

Casino (Creative Commons)

Casinos have made such a hit due to the reality that it offers a quick change of fortune. There is no denying, that you can make a lot of money in gambling and betting but these things are not the only reason to drop by a casino as there are a lot of wonderful gambling dens which will capture your fancy due to their uniqueness and beauty. Las Vegas masterpieces aside, there are tons of cool casinos around the globe which will definitely catch your eye.

Adelaide Casino located in heritage-listed Railway Station (Creative Commons)

Adelaide Casino located in heritage-listed Railway Station (Creative Commons)

Adelaide Casino, Australia.

This happens to be one of the most popular hotspots in the city of Adelaide and top casino games can be played here. What makes this place unique is the fact that the casino is inside the railway station. Fortunately, you are in no danger of being hit by a train although you can feel like a wreck if you have lost too much on the tables. Located in a building with a heritage status, curiosity about this place is due to the beauty of the exteriors as well as the reality that it is inside the railway station. The newly furbished casino is such a delight especially for slot machine, poker and Blackjack lovers. For those who are on a gastronomic adventure, the Food Room is a treat and there are lots of delectable things to enjoy in this place.

Casino Royal, Goa, India.

Operated by Barcolento Jetty, Casino Royal is the largest floating casino in Goa and it has one of the best poker rooms in the world. The daily live entertainments on the deck and the dining floor of the ship are just some of the reasons why this floating casino is a favorite. Plus, you can combine a 2 to 3 hour cruise with an adventure on the gaming tables. The gaming room here is the classiest in the region, there are table games and slot machines but the highlight of this casino is the poker room which is exclusive for poker. Combine that with superb service and sumptuous dishes while aboard a cruise ship and you’ll figure out why this casino is a must visit.

The Lodge at Deadwood Gaming Resort, South Dakota, US.

Deadwood has been a home to the most famous characters in the west such as Calamity Jane and Wild Bill Hickok. One of the reasons why this city is such a pleasure to be in is the fact that all of the buildings erected here are required to conform to the 80’s architecture, so, you will feel as if you are really in the old west. It is easy to walk in this small town and go sightseeing while enjoying the tables at the Lodge at Deadwood. Known for its customer service, the gaming floor in this casino is absolutely lovely and they have the most entertaining and the newest slots. And, of course, there’s the beer and the full service bar.

Sierra Nevada Mountains by Rachid Dahnoun (Creative Commons)

Sierra Nevada Mountains by Rachid Dahnoun (Creative Commons)

Mont Bleau Resort Casino, Sierra Nevada Mountains, Nevada.

Skiing and gaming don’t just rhyme they absolutely go well together. For those who love to go skiing, the slopes around the area are perfect for some fun in the ice but once you’ve had your fill of the cold environment, you can warm up your blood with a hot game on the tables. All year round, this casino offers various betting opportunities including poker, slot machines race and sports betting. Aside from that, there’s a spa where you can go for a relaxing massage.

Casinos have evolved into more than just places to gamble; they are also areas which will give you a whole new perspective about the place. And, no one can deny, that these casinos are things of interest and every traveler would love to see these casinos with their own eyes.

Serra De Tramuntana (Creative Commons)

Exciting Holidays in Majorca

Majorca is the largest island in the Balearic Islands, Spain. This beautiful island is one of the most popular tourist destinations. Its exquisite beaches and abundant sunshine make it one of the most visited islands across the globe.  Sites like HolidayGems.co.uk offer affordable packages to this exotic place.  If you are planning a holiday to Majorca, then here is a list of things that you could indulge in.

Take a bicycle Tour

If you want to explore this lovely island closely then nothing could be better than a bicycle tour across the city. You could rent a bicycle and pedal around the busy streets of this lovely city. Numerous outlets offer bike and car rentals throughout the island. It is best that you sign up for a bicycle tour using the concierge desk in your hotel. Biking tours are ideal for families as well as couples as they allow you to spend quality time while enjoying the beauty and culture of this place.

Go Hiking

Serra De Tramuntana is one of the highest mountains in Majorca. You could sign up for a hiking trail to this lovely mountain. The peak of Serra De Tramuntana offers a panoramic view of the entire island. If you are looking for a more challenging trail, you could hike the area near Cape Formentera. You could also enjoy a family picnic at lakes Gorg Blau and Cuber that are based on the foot of Serra De Tramuntana.

Serra De Tramuntana (Creative Commons)

Serra De Tramuntana (Creative Commons)

Discover the architectural magnificence

Majorca is dotted with several villages that are reminiscent of historical and architectural brilliance of the past. You will be overwhelmed by the sheer beauty of villages like Capdepera, Fornalutx, Arta and Soller. Stone alleys, artistic buildings and colourful flowers hallmark the roads in these villages. You can experience serenity and peace here. There are several picturesque historical monuments in Palma de Mallorca, the capital of Majorca. Don’t forget to visit Palma Cathedral and Belver Castle; you will be mesmerized by their sheer beauty and grandeur.

Lovely beaches

A visit to Majorca is incomplete without a visit to its famous beaches. Majorca boasts of one of the most tranquil and beautiful beaches in the world.  You could enjoy the pristine sands and calm waters at Alcudia Beach. Similarly, Cala Barca beach which is situated on south-east coast of Majorca is heaven for divers and snorkelers. Some of the other beaches where you could enjoy solitude are Cala Dén Borgit beach, Cala Diea and Cala Dór Beach.

 

 

Montreal at night (creative commons)

Make Best out of Your Visit to Montreal

If you are looking to holiday at a destination that is loaded with modern amenities and quick faced life and yet sports the old country charm at heart then Montreal is an ideal place for you. This beautiful city can overwhelm you with its exotic art and appetizing food. Montreal is a haven for food lovers. Here are some tips on how you could make the best out of your visit to Montreal

Montreal (creative commons)

Montreal (creative commons)

Sight Seeing

Montreal can leave you amazed with its art and cultural heritage. A trip down its metro stations and you can see a collection of 100+ artworks displayed prominently at each station. Don’t forget to visit its Olympic stadium. It features the tallest inclined tower in the world. You could take a ride up to the incline and enjoy the bird’s eye-view of the surrounding area.  Notre-Dame Basilica is a must visit on every tourist’s list and you should definitely not be an exception to it. You will admire the delicate artwork on the walls of this basilica. If you are a nature lover then you must also visit the Botanical Gardens and Bio-dome in central Montreal. Also, don’t forget about the Quartier Des Spectacles for witnessing live music, comedy shows and opera.

Montreal at night (creative commons)

Montreal at night (creative commons)

Accommodation

Prices can be slightly high during the peak season. It is best if you book your accommodation in advance when you visit Montreal.  Montreal offers accommodation for all budgets, ranging from dormitories to Star hotels. If you want to experience the serenity of old Europe, than choose any of the old Montreal Condos for your stay. These Condos are equipped with all modern amenities; and still, they carry a distinctive style and charm of the European Era.

Eating Out

Montreal is a paradise for food lovers. You can sample different local delights from restaurants, sandwich shops and cafes. There are several speciality restaurants that whip up some amazing delicacies for you. You could also sip aromatic coffee from Tim Horton’s as you travel across the busy streets of this beautiful city. Lastly, try out some delicious and hot sesame bagels at Fairmont Bagels.

Shopping

Tourists flock Jean-Talon Market to get the best bargain on local products. You could shop for almost everything under the sun in this busy market. If you are looking at shopping at high-end stores, then you should probably head towards Sainte-Catherine Street and Mont Royal Avenue. Don’t forget to buy some tasty Maple products at the local market.

 

 

Broadway at night (creative commons)

New York, New York

In what city or country on planet Earth no less than 800 distinct languages or dialects are spoken? Maybe no other than the cosmopolitan New York. Well, it seems like a Babel tower for the tourists and that is why we recommend you to choose a very reliable source of information and guidance. Number one is of course NewYork.com, offering absolutely all you need from accommodations through to tours, events and food in the city, all in one single place.

If we only consider the figures, we won’t be sure whether we are talking about a country or a city: 8,336,697 people on 302.64 square miles, the centre of the largest Metropolitan Area in the US with 19.8 million people. That said, and given the enormous number of attractions, it is very important to make use of the tours especially designed by experts, in order to help you get through the most populated area in the USA.

And before presenting the most important two must-see objectives, please do yourself a favour and purchase a New York Pass which includes entrance to all attractions, as well as numerous tours getting you in the hot spot of the city without any effort.

Statue of Liberty (creative commons)

Statue of Liberty (creative commons)

The Statue of Liberty

You can actually visit the statue by entering in its pedestal which is in fact a museum, or by getting right into the crown which is by far the most spectacular part. A marvellous view over the waters and the city will open to you from the top, so this should be the first point to reach in exploring New York.

Situated on the Liberty Island and welcoming the people coming to New York Harbour since 1886,  the goddess of liberty standing on the broken chain of slavery became the symbol of the city and of the American nation, although it came as a gift from the French people.

Technically speaking, the copper exterior and the strong steel structure inside weight no less than 225 tones, the statue itself measures 46.5 meters, but together with the pedestal it gets to 93 meters. The seven rays of the crown stand for the seven seas and continents, the 25 windows represent 25 precious stones, and the goddess is holding in its left arm a tablet evoking the Declaration of Independence.

As you don’t want to waste your trip on standing in an endless line to get access into the statue, it is highly advisable to make a booking in advance through the New York Pass you have bought.

Broadway at night (creative commons)

Broadway at night (creative commons)

Broadway

There is no way you can get such magnificence of performances elsewhere in the world for shows like Chicago, The Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables and dozens of others. Here no budget is too big for the producers and 12 million people a year attend the astonishing spectacles on 40 stages which make up the so called Broadway Theatre District.

There are shows available for all tastes and ages. And when Hollywood well known celebrities play live a couple of meters behind you, then it becomes clear that you live the American dream.

Please note that there are no shows on Monday, as this is a rest day for the performers, and throughout the rest of the week the evening shows begin at 7 or 8 PM. Afternoon shows are also available at 2 or 3 PM, but only on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Needless to say that advance booking is a must.

 

 

 

Navy Pier

Discovering Chitown: The First Places to Go to When Visiting Chicago

Wrigley Field

Wrigley Field

The Windy City is known for a lot of things: Wrigley Field, the L, Derrick Rose, Michael Jordan, and arguably the best hot dogs in the world. While not exactly at the level of New York and Los Angeles in terms of worldwide popularity, Chicago is nevertheless a prime vacation destination in its own right.

Like many places that are unfamiliar to first-time tourists, making the most of a trip to Chicago can be rather overwhelming. It is, after all, the Midwest’s biggest city. That said, taking full advantage of the sights and sounds (and tastes) the city has to offer is doable, as long as you know where you’re going. To that end, here’s a quick rundown of some of the most essential stops when planning a tour of Chitown.

1. Judging by the reverence that the aforementioned Wrigley Field gets, it’s as if Chicago only had one Major League Baseball team. The so-called Friendly Confines is the second oldest active MLB ballpark, which further adds to its significance. It has been around since 1914, but if the historical angle isn’t enough, know that it plays host to the president’s favorite ball club.

2. Speaking of historical, the city’s oldest surviving structure is the Chicago Water Tower, built in 1869. There’s a legend claiming that the 154 ft. tower was the only building to come out of the Great Chicago Fire unscathed. While the legend is largely unfounded (lots of buildings came through the disaster), the tower has nonetheless become a symbol of the city’s resilience.

Chicago Water Tower

Chicago Water Tower

3. Stopping by the Navy Pier is an unwritten rule when exploring Chicago. Not only does it have a near-carbon copy of the world’s first Ferris Wheel (which incidentally was also unveiled in Chicago), but it also has museums, a funhouse maze, an IMAX cinema, and even a live theater for that authentic 3D experience.

Navy Pier

Navy Pier

4. Aside from hot dogs, Chicago is also rather renowned for one other delicacy. As Ree Saunders gleefully states in a DialAFlight blog post, “deep pan pizza is a Chicago staple and a visit to the city isn’t complete until you’ve sampled a slice of the city’s finest,” the finest being Gino’s East. Located at 162 E. Superior St., the pizzeria prides itself as the home of the original Chicago deep-dish; a claim that celebrities like Katie Holmes, David Letterman, and even “His Airness,” Michael Jordan, subscribe to. If anything, your taste buds will be in good star-studded company.Gino's East

Gino’s East

It goes without saying that going to these places should be done by L Train for that authentic city feel. There’s nothing quite like giving yourself in completely to a city’s rich history; and Chicago has definitely lots of that for you to experience.

Cirque du Soleil

Incredible Shows in Vegas

A lot of credit has been given to the glittering casinos in Vegas and too little was said about its mesmerizing shows. As a grown-up in Vegas you are pretty much like a child in Disney land: you start off with a great deal of enthusiasm, once there, you don’t really know what to do first and by the time your trip finishes, you are too tired to realize what has been going on for the past days. And then you look at the photos.

Las Vegas (creative commons)

Las Vegas (creative commons)

Where to stay

The wise thing to do is to start by booking your flights and accommodation. Accommodation-wise, you want something that’s right in the heart of the city, where everything happens, because you don’t want to lose too much time on your way to the casinos, shows, malls, bars etc. Most hotels are expensive and despite their high prices, they don’t offer much. Since you are in Vegas, you might as well take advantage of your stay and book a classy room in one of the city’s symbols, like the Flamingo Las Vegas, which is not only ideally located in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip, but also offers quite a great deal of entertainment options.

Enjoy the shows

X Burlesque

Speaking of the Flamingo hotel, the sexiest show on Earth – X Burlesque – takes place right here! Visitors can enjoy 90 minutes of sensual topless dancing, heart-thumping vibes and astonishing visuals. 6 gorgeous women let themselves to be admired, in their most provocative stances, creating an incredible feast for the eyes. The dancers entice the spectators into a seductive display of voluptuous curves, free flowing hair and some wild dance moves. I could say more, but I would be spoiling the surprise. Last thing though… there will be a pink pole involved in the show.

The Dream

An impressive water-based show, this fascinating performance is something that you will not forget for sure. Showcasing a surreal world, The Dream is an experience more than just a show.

Cirque du Soleil

Cirque du Soleil

Mystère by Cirque du Soleil

If you are lucky enough to have the chance to witness one of Cirque du Soleil’s performances, be it in Vegas or in another part of the world, than you should definitely not miss it! This is not only one of the deepest, most impressive shows put up by Cirque du Soleil, but also one of the most abstract and artistic performances that one can witness in Vegas.

Other magnificent shows that you can see in Vegas, include the Blue Man Group, The Mentalist and many, many more.

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Tips for Travel Insurance and backpacking in Australia

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If you are about to jet off on your first ever backpacking experience in Australia then take a moment to check you have all the angles covered. Backpacking in Australia’s can be a once in a lifetime opportunity and full of fun and adventure. Before you step out the door you should ensure that you have travel insurance. Anyone going to Australia should have travel insurance to help them be protected should the worst happen. Being far from home means staying safe and using your head, check out these tips for travel insurance and your first time backpacking.

Get your Paperwork Sorted

The first thing you need to do is get your paperwork sorted. Depending on where you are coming from and how long you plan to stay in Australia you may need a visa. Contact the consultant and see how you can go about securing your entry into the land down under. Don’t forget to check your passport is also in date with six months to spare and that you have contacted your travel insurance company and let them know that you are off on and adventure to Australia.

Bring Extra cash

Along with travel insurance and your visa you shouldn’t forget to bring extra cash when backpacking in Australia. Backpacking can be done on a budget but it always helps to have a spare stash of cash should the unexpected happen. Travel insurance will help you out if you lose your wallet or get robbed but having that extra security of spare money will give you peace of mind.

Do some Research

Before you go you should try and map out your journey a bit and figure out where to stay. You can usually get cheaper deals on hostels if you book in advance and online. Checking out the areas you plan to visit will also give you I depth knowledge on what to see and where to avoid.

Know what to do

It always helps to have you head screwed on in emergencies and by planning what to do should the unexpected happen, this will help you stay cool and calm. Carry your travel insurance documents with you along with the number of your embassy or consulate. Don’t forget to sort out a cell phone when you land and keep it topped up and on you at all times.

Whale Watching in Mexico (Creative Commons)

Going to exotic places: are you sure you’re ready?

Travelling causes me no end of joy, as you all will know by now. What with all the exotic, far-flung destinations I’ve been to, I am raring to see more and do more. But with great distance comes great risks too, and more often than not travellers tend to take this lightly. Big mistake!

Another reason the most any of you do is check for mosquito repellent or load up on several days’ worth of multivitamins is that the few time you do travel overseas for work, insurance and health checks and even entire itineraries have been planned out for you. Chances are, you are often confined to bustling cities, shuttled from one sterile meeting to another, and put up in the cosy confines of a four-star hotel.

Macchu Picchu (Creative Commons)

Macchu Picchu (Creative Commons)

Well, I have news for you: this is no business trip so you have to be sure someone is there to catch you when you fall. Perhaps that is why they call insurance a safety net. And with all that legislative hullabaloo happening back home, I can only assume most of you have no idea of where you fall on the insurance spectrum, all you know is that you need it.

One of the portals I found online that may help you is iCanBenefit low cost health insurance. Not only does it suggest insurance plans according to your zip code – what with all the confusing different state laws now – it also helps with prescriptions, and getting you basic eye and dental care done. Because nothing can kill an overseas vacation faster than facing a buffet of tantalising local fare and only eating soup because you picked up a massive toothache within hours of landing on a beautiful desert island.

When I travel for fun and to experience local cultures, I avoid the four- and five-star accommodations so I can spend more in drinking in local history, culture and brews. This of course opens me to more risks than the average day trip tourist who spends the entire day sunning herself by the hotel pool – but no harm no foul, right?

Whale Watching in Mexico (Creative Commons)

Whale Watching in Mexico (Creative Commons)

The risks naturally increase when you take into account even more adventurous activities. I mean, why go to Bali if you’re just going to go as far as dabbling in pottery? If you save up to finally get to Bali, Puerto Rico or Phuket, nothing is going to stop you from diving, swimming with the sharks or whale watching, am I right?

So it’s basic advice I know, but besides getting yourself checked out before heading for the exotic mountainous regions of India or Ecuador, or untainted islands in Mozambique or Zanzibar, make sure your insurance providers have got your back without twisting an expensive knife in it. The further you go, the stronger your safety net has to be.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dive In: Central America

I wasn’t really sure that I wanted to learn how to SCUBA dive, but when I finally took the plunge, literally, and got certified, I am so glad that I did. Having that certification really brings a whole new dimension to travel for me. When I’m thinking about a destination now, I often think about it from a diving perspective. I like that!

So, I wanted to share with you some of my favorite diving destinations in Central America. These sites offer great diving, and because this part of the world is pretty cheap to travel to, it’s a win/win situation!

 

Coiba Island, Panama 

This island used to be a penal colony, and now it’s a national park. Located off the coast of Santa Margarita, it’s easily my favorite spot for diving in the area. My favorite part? The whale sharks! They colonize here to feed, and at certain times of the year you have to fight your way through them! Truly a magical experience for any diver.

Ambergris Gay, Belize

This dive site is probably best known for The Blue Hole, which is 1,000 feet across and 500 feet deep, and is one of the most popular dive sites in the world. The area is also famous for its coral reef, which extends to nearby Honduras. There are plenty of dive operators in the area as well, so you’ll have your pick of experiences.

Utila, Honduras

The second largest coral reef in the world is here, so how could you go wrong? The area is home to turtles, sharks, rays, and even whale sharks! Some experts call this the best diving in the world, and the prices are very competitive, making it an even more perfect spot.

Coco Island, Costa Rica

Okay, this one has got to be my favorite. Coco Island is 300 miles off the coast of Costa Rica, it’s the largest uninhabited island in the world, AND the novel Jurassic Park was set here! it takes a day and a half on a live aboard to get there, but it’s worth it. Jaques Cousteau called this the best diving anywhere in the world, and who can argue with the master? Check it out!

Turneffe Atoll, Belize

This atoll consists of over 200 island, which makes for great shelter for large numbers of fish, therefore there are over sixty dive sites here, each worth checking out. Whale sharks can occasionally be found here, but it’s the reef fish that are usually seen, and a lot of them at that.

Corn Island, Nicaragua 

While Nicaragua might not yet be up to the standards of its touristed neighbors, there are still plenty of diving opportunities. Little Corn Island was ranked 9 out of 10 by national Geographic, and there’s an inland lake where you can see a unique type of freshwater shark. Sounds pretty cool to me!

 

Choose any of these places for your next dive trip and I guarantee you’ll have a great time. Who knows? Maybe you’ll even see me there!

Why I Love Krakow

Krakow, Poland is not really a city that I thought I’d ever visit. In fact, up until a few months ago, I probably could not have picked it out on a map. I might not have even been able to tell you where Poland was either, but that’s another story.

However, when I was in Prague, a traveler that I met said that she’d recently been to Krakow and loved it. I had absolutely nothing to lose, and the train ticket from Prague was cheap, so I went for it. I am so very glad that I did. Here are a few of the things that I loved about Krakow.

 

Main Square

Most European cities have their old town areas, complete with the requisite square. I seen a lot of them, and I like most of them, but Krakow’s was different. I didn’t arrive until evening, and by that time the party was in full swing. The beer gardens reminded me of Germany, the buildings reminded me of a fairy tale, and the whole thing was perfectly Poland. I stuck around until almost midnight watching the street performers and drinking beer with the locals. It was a great night.

Wieliczka Salt Mine

Who knew a tour of a salt mine could be so cool? I sure didn’t. Granted, this tour is not for everyone. If you have a problem with confined places, this is not the tour for you. Also, if you don’t have about four hours to spend, don’t do it. But if you want to see cool things carved from salt, like an underground cathedral, go take this tour. The mine is only about 20 minutes from the city center, and it’s a really cool experience.

Auschwitz

I always debate about bringing this into any post related to tourist attractions, but if you’re going to be in Krakow, it’s worth considering. The site of the former concentration camp is about an hour outside of Krakow, but if you think that this is something that you want to do, go do it. I personally think that it’s something that everyone should see, but I understand how some might not want to.

St Mary’s Basilica

Sometimes I feel like if I’ve seen one church, I’ve seen them all. I now know better than that, but you get the idea. St Mary’s Basilica in Krakow is a pretty special church, I must admit. It contains the oldest wooden altar in Europe, and the church was built about 700 years ago. It also has life size statues depicting the crowning of the Virgin Mary. It’s all pretty cool!

Of course there are so many more things I loved about Krakow, and Poland in general. It’s a beautiful country with an interesting and sometimes very tragic past. If eastern Europe is on your radar, make sure to give Poland a chance. I think that you’ll be glad that you did.