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Beach vacations are a popular choice for many travelers. Hours spent on the soft white sand, with a book or beer in hand, trying your best to get and keep a golden tan. If you can't wait to spend your days parked on a sunlounger or you're looking for a little extra entertainment by the shore, there are some great activities to take part in at the beach. Luckily, New York travel company AllTheRooms is here to let you in on some of the best things to do water-side.
By Andrew Kolasinski
The trail ascended through the dense jungle of Panama. As we neared the peak a ruined fortress came into view. My guide, Jason cautioned me to avoid the main doorway and led me in through a cannon port. From a safe distance we checked out the doorway. Four different types of stinging insects, including the forebodingly named Cicada Killer Wasps, had built their nests in the lintel of the door. Someone unaware might trigger a lethal swarming.
Jason is locally known as “Jungle Boy”. An American who grew up in Central America, Jason spends most of his time roaming the jungle. He always carries a machete and a hammock tent.
“I might be following a butterfly or a birdcall, and wander into the bush until it gets dark,” he explained.
I took a trip with my partner to Madrid in August and for once was able to do some research that I can now share with you. If you don't do research on a short trip it may be relaxing but you can leave without seeing some of the better things. So I am sharing the wisdom of my weekend- this is a not a long post but an efficient one so please help share it and link to it.
As a family of just one and 5 children I think I can say that I have experienced many types of holiday away and at home from the UK in the school summer term when prices go crazy. This includes camping to the south of France which no longer seems to hold the same value it once did.
It is an expensive holiday especially when you have 7 seats on a plane to find a ticket for. it is a real challenge, so much so that on a financially poor year we took the decision to not book early and knowing that there would maybe ONLY be caravans on English coasts perhaps from last minute cancellations. Not the best situation however the weather in summer 2018 in the uk was particularly hot.
A villa in Quesada Spain came up that could accommodate our group but now finding affordable flights would be a challenge interesting that this can be done from a few airports in Spain it makes the region a good option for cheaper flights . Beziers in France where we had been before was too much as was Murcia Spain as examples of flights that were too expensive in the kids summer holidays . I gave the example of Beziérs as you might have thought that camping in the south of France as we have done here cheaper but we found not; and when you go to these camps the facilities tend to be oversubscribed (no room by the pool etc) and the cost was MORE!
Cheap flights to Alicante came to the rescue and amazingly cheap car hire also meant that the 7-seater expensive taxi rides were also sorted out you need a car in this part of Spain. You could also fly into Valencia if staying longer to justify the extra drive or look for villas closer to Valencia!
Accommodation: Hotel Lawrence in Fort, Mumbai
To make reservations: No website, call 22843618 (+91 country code, 022 city code).
I've stayed at Hotel Lawrence half a dozen times over the last year, and I've always enjoyed it. There are only 9 rooms, and the staff is incredibly nice. While traveling alone, I invited the owner to dinner twice, and each time he dropped what he was doing and joined me. He was a great man who, over an excellent seafood meal, told me about his life and about Mumbai. Single rooms at 700 Rupees, Doubles 800 Rupees, and Triples 1000 Rupees. There are some things to know beforehand to make your stay as comfortable as possible: bring your own toilet paper, your own bed sheet (clothing, towels, or sleeping bag liners work great), and, depending on the day of the week and which direction your room faces, earplugs if you go to bed before 1 or 2 am. They provide drinking water, breakfast and tea, and all the help you could want. The bathrooms are not attached to the rooms, but there is warm water (which you won't need in humid Mumbai) and privacy. The location can't really be beaten if you want to be in the more touristy section of town. On the border between Colaba and Fort, Hotel Lawrence is close to some of the best restaurants and sights in Mumbai's popular south side.
I explored the island of Patmos for about ten days back in September of 2009, as part of a 3-month mountain biking trip around Greece and the islands. Patmos is most famous for being where St. John wrote the Book of Revelation, and you can visit the cave where this supposedly took place. There's a lot more to do and see there however, and I had an amazing time just exploring randomly away from the main towns and tourist areas. I just put together a video of my adventures there, which explores the beaches, hiking, the tangled maze of alleys in the peaceful village of Hora (where the cats rule) and plenty more, feel free to take a look and give any feedback...
Feel free to take a look at a short 10-minute movie I just put together about my visit to the island of Santorini, Greece back in October, 2009. This was just one of the 11 islands I visited as part of a 3-month mountain biking trip around the Greek islands and the mainland. It includes one of the most spectacular sunsets I've seen, setting over a hidden church I found randomly down a side path that went through a little crack in the cliffs looking out over the volcanic caldera, pretty cool: