Florida is one of the most popular states in the US, and for many reasons – it offers a huge variety of attractions and things to do, attracting all sorts of travelers, from families to single groups to couples.
Here are five great places to visit in Florida for every type of traveler…Walt Disney World
There is probably no place in Florida that is better known than Walt Disney World. Spreading across 20 000 acres of land it’s one of the largest Disney Theme Parks in the world.
Walt Disney World includes 4 different theme parks and 2 water parks, together they have a total of 132 different attractions!
Understandably you will need more than one day to explore the whole park, but if you only have one day make sure you check out these rides; Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, Haunted Mansion, It’s a Small World, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, Peter Pan’s Flight, Pirates of the Caribbean, Star Tours, and Space Mountain.
You may spend a lot of money here, especially if you stay in one of the hotels at the resort, but another alternative is to check out the nearby villas you can rent, they’re perfect for families and groups as you can all live together in one house and in the end it turns out much cheaper than renting 3 rooms in a hotel.Key West
Key West is another very popular place to escape to, it has a great mixture of urban atmosphere and seaside charm.
Here are a few popular things to do in Key West:
- Visit any of the beautiful beaches (Smathers Beach is a good one)
- Go deep sea fishing with friends or family.
- Go snorkelling and scuba diving
- Swim with dolphins
- Visit the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum
- Explore the Old Town
Aside from these daytime attractions, the fun doesn’t end when the sun sets – Key West’s nightlife is buzzing, and the best place to be is on Duval Street and Mallory Square where they have a nightly sunset celebration for two hours before sunset to celebrate the end of each day.Miami
Miami is the one of the largest party cities in the country. It has an abundance of legendary nightclubs and other attractions to offer – the beaches are some of the most beautiful in the world and popular places for evening concerts and festivals.
If you want to be close to where the action is the best Florida villa rentals are located located by South Beach, but there is much more to Mimi than white, soft sand and awesome nightlife.
Check out the museums, stroll around the Art Deco buildings on South Beach, visit the unique Little Havana neighborhood or go shopping in the Design District.The Everglades
The Everglades are often overlooked as a destination for vacationers, simply because many people view it as nothing but a swamp.
But the Everglades is in fact a National Park and UNESCO World Heritage Site full of flora, fauna and outdoor adventures.
You can bike, canoe, kayak, explore the park on foot or take a boat tour. This area provides many opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts to explore and understand the area of the Everglades better – just beware of the crocodiles!Amelia Island
This island is a small shrimping community, but a great place to visit if you are a history buff as are many historic buildings on the island.
The beautiful coastline and beaches are also some of the few locations on the east coast that offers horseback riding on the beach and riding tours along the shoreline.
But one of the most memorable parts of this island is the peaceful atmosphere and the stunning views from this island. If you’re looking for a place to just relax in, Amelia Island is it.
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In recent years, Dublin has shed some of its expensive reputation. Since the Celtic Tiger crash, prices have become more reasonable and there are deals to be found throughout the city. Dublin is also cheapo-friendly because it is very compact (walking everywhere is simple, no transportation required) and also because there are several affordable places to stay directly in the city center.
Unlike other European capital cities, you don’t have to stay outside of the center to find good prices, especially if you’re open to staying in one of the city’s hostels. Wondering what to expect in Dublin hostels? Keep reading for everything you need to know before you book your bed.Hostel Overview
Dublin is home to a handful of popular, central hostels with solid reputations. They all have some things in common, such as free Wi-Fi, free linens, and often a free continental breakfast (that includes hot tea in Ireland) but be sure to read the fine print:
• Some hostels offer only dorm-style rooms (with as many as 12 or 16 beds), while others have private rooms for one to four people.
• Some hostels only have shared bathrooms while others do have a few private bathrooms (all the more reason to make reservations in advance).
At almost every hostels, you can expect a common space for meeting fellow travelers. In Dublin, this is often a bar or lounge, and in the case of one unique property, an upscale coffee bar. Though metal bunkbeds seem to be the norm across the city, hostels are generally clean, safe, and offer lockers for easy storage of your backpack.EuroCheapo Hostel Picks
Located near the River Liffey on the north side of Dublin, Isaacs Hostel might surprise visitors with its charm. The hostel is housed in a building that was once a wine cellar and warehouse, so expect lots of stone walls and vaulted ceilings throughout.
Both dorms and private rooms (for one to four people) are available here, and an exterior courtyard bar is a fun touch. While all bathrooms are shared, there’s a nice basement lounge with a pool table and guest kitchen for meeting fellow travelers. Both Wi-Fi and continental breakfast are included in the room rate.
Walking by the Victorian building that is home to Avalon House, it is hard to believe this could be a hostel. The beautiful building is located on scenic South Great Georges Street, a central south-of-the-Liffey spot that is both quiet and near the pub action.
In addition to free Wi-Fi and some private bathrooms, Avalon House is also home to the Bald Barista, a coffee bar that draws locals off the streets with a perfect espresso. A comfortable basement lounge area is also another bonus.
Globetrotters Tourist Hostel
While many of the other hostels in Dublin offer metal, almost barracks-style dorm beds, Globetrotters focuses a little more on comfort. Both dorms and private rooms are available here, with cozy beds and linens included.
A big breakfast is served in a bright, cheery space where it will be easy to meet other travelers. Globetrotters has genuinely appealing spaces to relax after a day of pounding the pavement in Dublin, including a Japanese garden.
One of the most contemporary options in Dublin is Jacobs Inn. Although this is one of the largest hostels, it is also one of the most bright and modern with a fresh paint job and spacious rooms with large closets. Here you can choose between dorms or private rooms (for one to four people).
Unlike other properties, all rooms at Jacobs Inn have their own private bathroom (and they are new and clean to boot). Wi-Fi and breakfast are free and a number of social events, such as pub crawls, are frequently organized.Other Super Cheap Options
For Cheapos, hostels are often the default bare-bones-budget option. In Dublin, there are some other choices depending on the time of year you visit. During the summer months (when students aren’t in session), dorm rooms at Trinity College Dublin can be rented. These rooms are clean, comfortable, and offer an incredible central location along with free continental breakfast (or full Irish for an extra few euro).
Outside of the summer months, Cheapos will want to investigate guesthouses and inns. Particularly in the low season, a charming room in a privately owned guesthouse can run the same price as a private room in a hostel (and include a big, filling breakfast too). To see all hotels recommended by EuroCheapo’s editors, please visit our Dublin hotel guide.
Much of what you’ll read on EuroCheapo’s London blog will highlight the incredible variety of cuisines on offer in the capital. From top notch Thai, Vietnamese, Mexican, French and Italian to Lebanese, Turkish, Spanish and Indian, London is the ideal place to introduce your taste-buds to new flavors.
However, what we tend to shout about less are the homegrown recipes we locals grew up with, the tastes that punctuate British cooking. While most visitors to London try to seek out a traditional fish and chips, English breakfast or Sunday Roast during their stay, one thing I think Britain does very well are desserts. And happily for Cheapos, these are almost always quite affordable!
Here’s a run down of my favorite desserts to look out for on any pub menu during your stay. I’m sure you won’t regret giving them a try.Sticky Toffee Pudding
The absolute dream dessert for anyone with an ultra sweet tooth, Sticky Toffee Pudding is about as traditional as it gets. Nobody is quite sure when the recipe was really invented, but some believe it is as early as the start of the 1900′s. The pudding itself is a lovely steamed sponge with a dark, toffee color due to presence of dates and black tea in the recipe. The sponge is topped with a thick, rich, warm toffee sauce.
It’s normally served with cream, custard or vanilla ice cream, all of which make a welcome addition when matched with the intense sweetness of the dessert. Your teeth will hate you for this one, but your stomach will love you!Fruit Crumble
A summer favorite, crumble has been a staple British dessert since the 1940′s and you’ll find it made with lots of different fruit combinations on dessert menus across London. Traditionally, a fruit crumble is made with stewed apples, blackberries, rhubarb and sometimes sharp gooseberries. The delicious sweetened stewed fruit mixture is then covered with a crunchy “crumble” topping of sugar, flour and butter. It’s best eaten hot with a dollop of cold vanilla ice cream.Trifle
One of the oldest British desserts, and one that highlights the nation’s love of custard, Trifle has been a traditional sweet since the 1500′s. Trifle isn’t found as regularly as other desserts on restaurant menus and tends to be a more nostalgic dish that everybody’s mum “used to make.” If you do spot it being sold somewhere, then it’s well worth a try, or alternatively you can pick one up in supermarkets like Marks & Spencer for a few pounds.
The main ingredient is thick custard, which is layered with sweet sponge cake, fruit jelly, fresh strawberries or raspberries, cream and a bit of sherry to give it a kick.Eton Mess
This simple summer dessert is said to have been invented at Eton College in the 1930′s. It’s a sugary mixture of crushed meringues, fresh chopped strawberries and whipped cream that continues to be a popular choice with Brits today.Bread and Butter Pudding
Very English and ever traditional, while Bread and Butter Pudding may sound like a strange way to end a meal, it really is delicious, with a surprisingly delicate taste. This dessert has been a staple dish since the 1700s at least, and is made by layering buttered bread and raisins with cream or milk, cinnamon and nutmeg. The dish is baked in the oven so that it is crispy on top and and gloriously soft underneath. It’s normally served warm with ice cream.Where to try them
Other locales of note include London’s oldest restaurant, Rules in Covent Garden, where they serve up a mean Sticky Toffee Pudding, if not a little on the pricey side at £7.95. Canteen is also worth a look – this small chain has restaurants on the South Bank, Canary Wharf, Baker Street and Spitalfields, and specializes in reviving classic Brit dishes. The desserts are delicious and start from a more palatable £4.50 each.
Did we miss one of your favorite British desserts? Have a suggestion for a great place to try any of those listed? Share with us (please!) in our comments section below.
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Guest Post by Martin Hall: Perhaps one of the most beautiful places on earth, the Seychelles Archipelago is comprised of 115 stunning islands – home to an array of unique flora and fauna and juxtaposed by the elegant luxury of its hotels, it is a destination not to be missed.
The exclusivity of these properties is mirrored in their high levels of service, with pampering and relaxation never far away – to discover the top 5 most luxurious hotels and resorts, allow Mahaltini Luxury Travel to guide you through the very best the Seychelles has to offer.Banyan Tree Resort
The gentle sway of nearby palms and the lapping waves of the Indian Ocean set the scene for a very pleasant stay at the Banyan Tree Resort.
A mix of contemporary and colonial design, the high sloping ceilings and airy verandas, awash with a sea breeze, allow for certain relaxation.Maia Luxury Resort & Spa
True indulgence, however, can be found in the luxury spa treatments and yoga sessions of Maia Luxury Resort & Spa.
Located on a small forested peninsular, the resort offers guests the chance to kick back and take it easy with over 300 different species of plant and flower to admire in the 30 acres of gardens the resort offers.Four Seasons Resort
With the air scented by the smell of cinnamon trees and punctured by the chirps of tropical birdlife, enjoying your infinity-edge pool becomes all the sweeter.
There’s one of these pools found in each villa in this hideaway atop a hill, luxury has never been easier.Fregate Private Island
Possessing an almost otherworldly quality, this private island boasts seven idyllic beaches to enjoy – holding strong eco-policies, Fergate has worked hard to conserve the natural wildlife on and around the island, including the Giant Aldabra Tortoise.
With a Jacuzzi in every villa and large terraces from which to look out from it is also the perfect place for romance.North Island
Literally fit for a King; North Island was the first choice of future King and Queen of England, Will and Kate, for their honeymoon in May 2011.
North Island is the height of exclusivity in the Seychelles, with intimate and comfortable villas, hand made by local craftsmen – such accommodation affords perfect beachfront views and furthers the evanescence of reality; this is a place you can easily lose yourself.