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5 Remote Islands You Should Visit

07 Jan

Sometimes peace and relaxation is all that we need from a vacation. Enjoying a tall Martini on the beachside with vibrant sun shining on top can be the most rejuvenating experiences of all times. Islands are always the best choice for an exotic vacation, but sometimes they seem to get overcrowded.

If you are someone who is looking for a vacation spot that is isolated, remote, and magical, then here is a list of the best remote islands you should visit.

Bear Island/Bjornoya – Norway

Located on the southernmost island in the Svalbard archipelago, this island is the highest peak and is so bleak on the map. It spans only 178 sq km and has no full-time residents, besides a few people who man its weather stations.

Tristan da Cunha – United Kingdom

This island is also called Edinburgh of the Seven Seas. It shares a wide culture of isolated communities with its urbanization. It is 2,770 km from the Cape of Good Hope and has a population of only 29 people.

Cocos Islands – Australia

More than 1,000 km away from Java, this island of 2,000 km from Australia and has a wide collection of 27 coral atolls and two islands. It has a population of 600 people and after Charles Darwin landed here, he ranked this island as one of the best formations of the world.

Tromelin – France

This is a tiny French-owned island that is only 450 km east of Madagascar and is no more than 7 meter above sea level. The East India Company ship was enroute to Malaysia in 1760 and was stranded on this island for a long time. The 120 French solider built a boat and set sail, while leaving behind there 60 slaves. Almost 15 years later, they were rescued when only seven women and a baby remained.

Easter Island – Chile

This is a place that is so remote that people should only visit if they really want too. Easter island lies 3,600 km from Chilean mainland. It has 887 mysterious statues that weigh 14 tons, which were toppled on top of the island. It is thought that over 22,000 native islanders lived there at some point, but due to deforestation and disease, the number went down to 3,00.

Enjoy your remote and isolated island vacation and get the best rejuvenation of a lifetime.

Popular Retirement Destinations

01 Dec

Perhaps looking to buy a second home, or selling up and retiring to a warmer climate to live out the rest of your days? Spain for example offers a whole host of attractions that most people look for when searching for a retirement hideaway. The weather here is pretty much outstanding throughout the year which proves to be ideal for those that like the sun, and enjoy long summer days. The pace of life is relaxing to say the least and flexible eating times allow for late lunches as well as late night evening meals. The pressure of work and the usual fast pace of the work and stress driven life is left behind and exchanged for bottles of wine, and a stress free lifestyle.

France is another common choice for people looking for a different way of life. France is well known for its wine and unique cuisine, and a well situated home will allow you access both great wine and stunning food. If you are lucky enough to get a home in the south of France then you could find yourself surround by acres upon acres of grapevines and vineyards. France offers a relaxing atmosphere that isn’t too far away from the UK lifestyle for example. Being able to keep up the particular elements of the lifestyle that you can enjoy in the UK, United States or Canada but at a much slower pace if desired. Learn more about French wine and where to enjoy it here

Another massively popular destination is Italy. Proving to be the ideal lifestyle for many people, it is not uncommon for some to sell what they have and move to Italy. Offering both rustic and contemporary accommodation, it’s easy to see why people are moving to this country and buying villas in Tuscany as it’s a lifestyle that people dream of. If a relaxing atmosphere and a stunning landscape is what you are looking for then Italy could be the place for you. If you are after a more specific location in Italy then Tuscany could be perfect. In an area steeped in history that screams out the rural lifestyle, you are more than likely to settle down to a level of relaxation that you only dreamt was possible.

Before you buy new property or invest in a rental space in any of these locations it might be advisable to do some research. Check out the internet for some advice and guides and even visit some of the locations and try something like a self catering Tuscany based holiday to really sample the lifestyle… I know I really enjoy it, you can too!

A big “thank you” goes out to our good friend Tim at for sharing this article with us, who has recently invested in a retirement property in France and frequently visits the surrounding cites that were mentioned. He hopes to one day relocate his business to this beautiful part of the world.

Travel Activities on the Beach

30 Oct

Family vacation travel time is a great excuse to go to the beach. You get to enjoy the sun and surf while also spending time enjoying a quality leisure family vacation. Spending time at the beach usually constitutes going for a long weekend, but sometimes staying 3-4 days at the beach can get a little repetitive. How do you keep your children active at the beach? What fun summer activities can you do? We’ve got you covered.

Family travel vacations are the perfect time to start a new hobby, or continue with a project you never finished when you were home. Here are some basic summer beach activities that can be done between just you and a child, or the whole family!

* Shell collecting * Exploring tide pools * Harvesting shellfish * Photography * Flying a kite * Catching fish bait * Bird watching * Beach volleyball * Picnics * Hiking

Some of these activities seem pretty basic, but others can be the beginning of multiple fun projects with your family. The shells you’ve collected could be glued to picture frames or put in vases to make centerpieces. You can make a picture collage of your trip with the pictures you took. Photography can also be a way to incorporate your children into something special that usually only mommy and daddy get to do. Family vacation travel time can sometimes be the perfect time to allow kids to do something they wouldn’t normally get to do… like use the “big kid” camera.

Some beaches don’t allow harvesting shellfish, but for those that do, the adventure and rush of collecting clams, oysters, mussels and bay scallops bring families and children the feeling of being stranded on an island, harvesting their own food to survive! Creating a story to go along with your “hunt” is a great activity that can get the whole family involved.If your kids are slightly older, catching fishing bait can be very popular. Your kids can catch minnows, bait fish, crabs, shrimp and other baits by throwing a small cast net or seines out to sea and dragging it back in.

Paris – The Most Popular Destination

24 Oct

Paris began its life as a simple Celto-Roman settlement known as Lutetia on the Ile de la Cite. Today the Ile de la Cite is occupied by the Cathedral de Notre Dame, famously shown in the 1923 film “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”. As the Roman Empire crumbled, a new leadership was founded and in 508 CE Paris came into the hands of Clovis of the Franks, considered by the French to be their first king, and the birth of Paris as we know it today. As one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations, Paris has been the backdrop for countless films and the inspiration for even more books; its popular landmarks are instantly recognised by people across the globe.

Named after its designer, Gustave Eiffel, the Eiffel Tower is the tallest and best known tourist attraction in Paris. Although seen as undeniably French, the Eiffel tower was originally offered to Barcelona but after they rejected the tower, it went on to become the most recognised symbol of Paris. Indeed, since its completion, the Eiffel tower has attracted more than 200 million visitors.

However, no trip to Paris is complete without a trip to Montmartre: at 130 metres above the city, there is no better view over the beautiful French capital. Montmartre also plays host to one of Paris’ most famous churches, the Basilique du Sacre-Coeur. In addition, just behind the Basilique du Sacre-Coeur lies the artist’s quarter, which in times past has been the location of popular artists such as Pablo Picasso, Vincent van Gogh and Henri Matisse. Today the most famous art to be witnessed here has been created by the music industry, with Montmartre appearing in music videos for songs by popular groups such as Snow Patrol, U2 and Savage Garden. Gather more info on visiting the Montmartre at

Situated on the right bank of the river Seine lies the world’s most visited art museum. A pillar of popular culture, the Louvre has been made a point of interest through the bestselling book and film “The Da Vinci Code”. Although probably most famous for its housing of the Mona Lisa, the Louvre actually holds more than 35,000 works of art. As such, any trip to Paris should include a stop off in the Louvre, its sheer size ensuring there is always more to come back to.

Having been the focus of so many books and films, it should come as no surprise that many artists, writers and actors choose Paris as their final resting place. For many of Paris’ richest and most famous, the only place to be buried is Pere Lachaise cemetery. Proudly displaying the tombstones of writers Oscar Wilde and Moliere, and musicians such as Frederic Chopin and Jim Morrison, Pere Lachaise cemetery highlights Paris’ central position as the home of European arts and popular culture.Many flights to Paris land in the Charles de Gaulle International Airport, France’s largest airport. The airport, named after the national hero and former president, is where U2 filmed their video for “Beautiful Day”.Strolling through Paris it’s easy to see why it has become such a central city to European culture and why its beautiful landmarks continue to feature in books and films from around the world.