Top 10 American Road Trip Destinations

Life might be about the journey but a good road trip needs a great destination. In our fast-paced, texting-at-the-breakfast table world that we live in, sometimes we need to re-connect with our friends and family. Unlike a typical beach vacation, a great road trip will leave people with more than a tan. It will leave you with memories. These are a few of the classic road trips you can take. 10. King’s Island, Ohio LeBron James may have left Ohio…

Top 10 places to visit in Paris

Paris is a beautiful and romantic city in which historical landmarks, magnificent artwork and rich culture await you at every corner. This charming City of Lights is a “must see” for all who travel to Europe. To sample some of the best the city has to offer, make sure you visit the top ten sites.   1. Eiffel Tower Nothing symbolises Paris more than the Eiffel Tower. At 984 feet tall, its iron figure stands above the rest of the…

Guide to skiing in the Alps

Whether you’re a hard-core ski speed demon in search of a new skiing rush, a ski bunny seeking tame nursery slopes but wild nights or simply looking for an affordable place to take the family, the Alps have what you’re looking for. The Alps span the Mediterranean coast of France through Switzerland, Northern Italy, Austria and into Slovenia. The peaks are bigger than most in North America, meaning long, endless runs, lengthy seasons, dramatic scenery and plenty of diverse terrain.…

12 Oscar-worthy movie and TV classics shot in unexpected and awe-inspiring destinations

Whether its Game of Thrones or Lord of the Rings, big film and TV franchises have put destinations like New Zealand and Croatia on the map for globetrotters. However as beautiful as they might seem, travellers should be careful when planning to follow in the footsteps of their favourite film heroes and heroines. That’s because most movies are not actually filmed where they seem, with around half of the top 50 bestselling films in the UK last year actually being shot…

California’s National Parks: An Awe Inspiring Fly Drive Itinerary

National Parks have always been right up there at the very top of my list of places to see and there’s nowhere else in the World that has some many amazing parks are found in one place than California. There’s one way to explore the Californian national parks, it’s at the hands of your own wheel, preferably a jeep or something sporty. As the third largest state in America, you can imagine how vast this state is and there’s no…

4 Amazing Scuba Diving Spots In Egypt

Those searching for an amazing diving experience should look no further than the Sinai Peninsula, Egypt. Famous diving locations such as Sharm El Sheikh is only approximately a 5 hour flight from London. The Red Sea has long been a place that people, especially those from the UK, come to experience “big” things when it comes to diving. The Sinai Peninsula is notorious for the amazing aquatic life and breathtaking coral on display and here we showcase 4 spots in…

Road Trips – 10 Coolest Driving Holidays

Driving holidays have become more popular in recent years, with the introduction of budget flights, people have more money to spend on car hire. Getting to see the sights of some of the world’s most scenic wonders is one of the perks of hiring a car abroad. For this reason we have put together a list of the top 10 of the most traveled and best driving holidays from around the world. Great Ocean Road, Australia If flying into the…

10 must-try street foods from around the World

I love street food and the whole experience of trying new foods, the colours, smells, the tastes, the people. Anthony Bourdain is a street food advocate and was quoted saying “I believe street food is salivation to human race”. I certainly agree with street food making a journey more interesting and full of exiting experiences. These following 10 street foods are my favourites from my travels so far. 1. Hot Dog – New York Undoubtedly, New Yorkers love their hot…

Amazing Hot Springs around World

How many of you like bathing in hot spring? How many of you have been to the place listed below. Don’t miss them if you have a chance to see those amazing places. Rotorua The area of Rotorua on North Island of New Zealand is famous for it’s geothermal activity.  Grand Prismatic Spring The Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone National Park is the largest hot spring in the United States, and the third largest in the world, next to those…

10 Restaurants with the best views in the world

Showcasing 10 of the world’s best restaurants with amazing views. Whether the food is good or bad, it doesn’t really matter as there’s always the view! 10. Yamashiro Restaurant, LA Located in the Hollywood Hills, this upscale Asian restaurant offers an unimaginable view of the brilliant Los Angeles skyline. Go on a clear night and you can see lights for miles. The centre of the restaurant houses a Japanese garden teaming with gushing fountains and colourful fish. The ”CalAsian” cuisine…

6 unforgettable things to see on a UK road trip

The UK is an awesome place to visit, and the best way to see the most unforgettable sites is to have the freedom of your own vehicle. Being involved with a tour group means that you will only see what the tour leader wants you to see and eat where the tour stops for a meal. You don’t have the choice of selecting the fine UK hotels with the ancient charm and modern amenities. When you travel by car, you…

5 Idyllic Spots For Holidays in Scotland

With the summer holidays just around the corner, many of us will be thinking of booking a well-deserved break. But whilst a trip to Europe, or even further afield may be tempting, many have instead decided to travel north to Scotland. There’s good reason for this. No airport queues, no language barriers and all you need to do is pack up your car and within a few hours you’re in a magical land of lochs and mountains. So here are…

13 Countries Named After People

A collection of 13 countries that are named after explorers and royalty along with a little description about each. Bolivia – Simón Bolívar This 18th century revolutionary – a proper hero – freed half of South America from the Spanish monarchy’s rule. Simón Bolívar was one of the most important leaders of South America’s successful struggle for independence against Spain. Following the triumph over the Spanish Monarchy, Bolívar participated in the foundation of Gran Colombia, a nation formed from the…

Avoid the rush: how to see London before peak tourist season

London attracts millions of tourists all year around; however there are ways to see London before it hits peak tourist season. Understandably, the UK capital is most popular in the late spring and summer months when the sun is in the sky and the schools are off. It can also get pretty busy, or at least more so than usual during December and the festive period. Here are some tips on how to see London before peak tourist season… Low season…

Cool Gravity Defying Hotel – Ubud Hanging Gardens

If you’re looking for a cool luxury place to stay in Bali, you’ll be hard pressed to find better than Ubud Hanging Gardens Resort, a spectacular, gravity defying hotel with private pool villas perched on the misted terraces of the Ayung River gorge in Bali. 38 private pool villas and suites are located in the steep rice terraces of Ubud, known as the centre of culture and the arts in Bali.  Eco-sensitive Ubud Hanging Gardens lives up to its name for…

5 Magnificent Places To See In Madrid

Located at the heart of the Iberian Peninsula at an altitude of over 600m above sea level, Madrid is the highest capital city in Europe. It is really challenging to tell when is the perfect time of a year to visit Spanish capital. In the summer temperature goes above 35 °C and in the winter the snow-covered landscape never loses its charm despite freezing temperatures. It doesn’t matter what time of year you chose for your visit to Spanish capital…

The Party Island Of Mykonos

If holidays for you mean wild dance and spree, then Mykonos is the place to go. Apart from magnificent beaches and luxury lifestyle, the beautiful island offers moments of ultimate fun to thousands of visitors every year. Mykonos has become world famous for its nightlife, with crazy parties, opulence and famous DJs from all over the world. The fun begins early in the day at the beach bars of Paradise, Paraga and Panormos. In the afternoon you can have lunch…

10 Best Countries To Ski In The World

The perfect ski holiday isn’t about excellent slopes alone. It’s about the resorts, the weather, the food, the culture and everything else besides. The question being – where to set your sights this winter? Whether looking to travel near or far, there’s a whole world of incredible ski destinations at your fingertips. The following 10 represent perhaps the best places to ski in the world right now: France France will always top the table for millions of discerning skiers’ worldwide.…

5 Tips for Taking a February Half-Term Ski Holiday on a Budget

February half-term will be upon you before you know it and this year, like any other year, you’ve overspent on the holiday season. Now it’s time to start thinking of where you’ll spend half-term and right about now, a ski holiday sounds amazing. After all the pushing and shoving to get through the crowds of holiday shoppers, you just want to be out in the open air doing something you’ve always wanted to do. Isn’t it about time you took…

Our Family Ski Holiday In La Rosiere

We love ski holidays and try to do one each year. Last April we enjoyed a family ski holiday with our two boys aged 6 and 8 in La Rosiere in France which was fantastic. It was great to ski somewhere much closer to home (Cornwall, UK) for a change as we usually head out to Canada. La Rosiere is a traditional French alpine village is set high above Bourg St Maurice and with spectacular views towards Val d’Isère and…

Incredible Icelandic Wildlife

Iceland boasts a fascinating landscape with volcanoes and mighty glaciers. It is home to an astounding variety of Arctic animals of air, land and, sea. Keep reading this interactive guide to Iceland’s wildlife to discover more about the fantastic animals that are native to Iceland. Snowy Owl Scientific name: Bubo scandiacus This master predator finds its prey during both day and night. A combination of remarkable intelligence, hearing and, eyesight allows it to hunt fish, birds and small mammals. The…

4 Amazing National Parks Around The World

Whether they’re on your doorstep or half a world away, national parks, game reserves and protected marine environments are some of the planet’s most precious resources. Taking a solo trip to visit them or using the experience as a way to introduce your kids to the creatures we share our home with can be incredibly eye-opening and meaningful. Here we take a look at some of the most unique and celebrated national parks on Earth, as well as the some…

5 things you must see on a trip to Belfast

For those people based in the UK, Belfast is one of the more accessible locations. We’re not just talking from a time perspective either (it takes about an hour from England), but this is one of those destinations in which budget airlines are pretty much giving away seats, while hotels in the area can easily be found. It means that the tourism industry in Belfast is booming. Bearing this in mind, let’s take a look at five things you simply…

The Midlands: how to make the most from the heart of the UK

Whenever UK tourism is touched upon, a certain L-word usually comes to the forefront of the conversation. As we all know, London is one of the premier tourist destinations in the world and this means that the rest of the UK barely gets a sniff. As today’s topic might have already suggested, this is somewhat unfair. After all, if you dig deep enough around the UK, there are hordes of places and attractions that are well worthy of a visit…

Planning your African Safari Adventure

Africa, especially East Africa, is home to some of the most stunning landscapes both natural and man-made and some unique cultures reside there. Once your flights and accommodation are booked, and there are plenty of options to choose from if you check out Africa safaris at africaodyssey.com, both natural and man-made sites are there to inspire and enjoy. Once your flights and hotel are booked, the only thing standing in your way is your luggage and what to pack. Africa…

A travel guide to Uganda: The pearl of Africa

Adorably nicknamed as ‘the pearl of Africa’ by Winston Churchill, Uganda, the East African country has always been a favourite among the adventurous, intrepid travellers. However, the country is recently becoming one of the must-visit countries among the average travellers too, and thousands of tourists every year are travelling to this country to experience the taste of the Uganda adventures. However, being a destination which has only been gaining popularity in the last few years, there are a lot of…

Top 10 Cool Places in New Zealand

 As scenic places go, New Zealand’s has epic scenery in abundance! Lord of the Rings was filmed here and The Hobbit for this very reason. New Zealand has spectacularly diverse and beautiful landscape with vast mountain ranges, steaming volcanoes, stunning coastlines, deeply indented fiords and lush rainforests. Comparable in size or shape to Great Britain, Colorado or Japan, New Zealand has a population of only 4 million – making it one of the world’s least crowded countries. New Zealand is…

10 Scenic Caravan Pitches & Touring Sites In The UK

When you go on holiday, it’s normal to leave the country and visit other places. This year, why not spend it exploring your own backyard? The UK is home to a number of beautiful caravan pitches and touring locations, if only you know where to look. Wonder no longer, here are 10 camping spots in the UK we recommend you should check out. 1. Oban Camping and Caravan Park Found on the Scottish coast overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and the…

10 Amazing Winter Experiences for Your Bucket List

Everyone has a list of things they’d like to do during their brief time on this mortal coil. Irrespective of whether or not you have a formal bucket list, you can probably name a fair few things you’d rather experience along the way. Contrary to popular belief, enjoying amazing and potentially life-changing experiences isn’t something that has to cease due to the cold weather. In fact, there are certain bucket list experiences that are either better in the wintertime, or…

5 places to see the Northern Lights & the best time to go

It’s probably fair to say that the Northern Lights are the single most spectacular show put on by mother nature, anywhere in the world. More formally known as the Aurora, catching glimpse of the Northern Lights for the very first time can be a truly life-changing experience. It’s the kind of celestial light show that has the power to reduce men and women of all ages to tears. Spectacular, spellbinding and perhaps a little spooky, millions of adventure seekers travel…

Dordogne Family Holiday & Wedding (Photography)

The Dordogne region of France is a place I’ve wanted to explore for a while now and finally got the chance in May with a wedding I photographed in the Dordogne at Domaine de La Léotardie. The dates coincided nicely with our boys school half-term so we made it into a family holiday and here’s all about about our stay along with some photos I captured. Domaine de Cournet Haut I did some research for family accommodation in Dordogne that ticked…

10 Alternative & Unique UK Stag Party Ideas

We’ve published about stag do ideas in the past including how to organise a stag party on a budget but today we look at ideas for a stag do in the UK. Contrary to popular belief, stag weekends in the UK don’t have to be generic or uninspiring. Thousands may head abroad every year, but with a little imagination there are some incredible stag party opportunities and ideas, right here on our doorstep. So if looking to plan something a little special for yourself…

Why You Need to Visit the Whitsundays This Summer

Have you ever dreamed of visiting the Great Barrier Reef in Australia while you bask in the intense heat? The Whitsunday Islands might be the right location for you if you want to experience something incredibly beautiful while having the adventure of your life. As a group of islands located off the coast of Queensland, the Whitsundays will blow your mind and you’ll never want to leave. Keep reading to find out more reasons why you need to visit the…

How to plan the perfect short stay break in Paris

While it would be nice to think that your vacation allows you to get away for a few weeks at a time, in reality this just isn’t always the case. With people’s busy lives and schedules, sometimes a short holiday is all you can fit it. That doesn’t mean you should feel trapped and stay at home though, as there are plenty of ways to enjoy a short-stay vacation in some of the most well-known cities around the world. If…

The best countries to visit on a cruise ship

A cruise offers an exciting and unique way to visit some of the world’s most compelling destinations. With excellent dining, activities and entertainment on board, not to mention the thrill of docking in a new port every other day, it’s an experience like no other. However, with such a wide variety of places to visit – from the historic and cultural attractions of Europe to the natural wonders of South America – it can be difficult to know where to…

Sea You Beach Bar, Cyprus – Cocktails & Sunset

If you’re on holiday in Cyprus and looking for a cool spot to have a cocktail and a bite to eat whilst watching the sunset, we know just the place! Sea You Beach bar is located close to Coral Bay and has a really cool chilled out vibe , day and night. They have an amazing cocktail menu and food,  great live music in the evenings – live jazz with saxophone a few evenings which we loved and the sunsets…

Sun, sea and study! Why Valencia is the Ideal Place for Students!

For decades, students from around the world and across Europe, have descended on the University campuses of Valencia, and it is clear to see why.  Valencia is a student paradise and has so much to offer young ones just setting off in the world.  As Spain’s third largest city, it combines a blend of vibrant city life, with a relaxing beach holiday; as well as having sunny weather all year round, a rich history of culture, fantastic universities, stunning beaches…

Tips When Travelling During Peak Season

Travelling can be expensive when you are with the entire family and especially when you are travelling during peak season. However, this should not discourage you from enjoying your trip. In this article, we will present some tips to help you enjoy your trip even when it is peak season and everything seems hard, crowded, expensive and difficult. Air travel Book your tickets way ahead of time. You know how airfare tickets can be expensive as the travel date becomes…

Guide to investing in a hotel franchise

It’s a dream for many of us to be our own boss within an industry that we love such as travel. The travel and tourism is the world’s biggest service industry and here in the UK it’s worth a staggering £117 billion and growing!  How many times have you stayed in a poorly run hotel and thought…”jeez, I could do a much better job here” or stayed somewhere awesome and thought “I’d love to be part of this!”. Well, you can…

10 Rental Cars Perfect For A Road Trip In the US

A U.S. road trip in the wrong car is a wasted road trip. Or if not wasted, certainly a trip that could have been made a whole lot better! Wherever you are travelling from and to, choosing the right car for the trip really can make all the difference. So if you’ve an American odyssey planned in the near future, here’s a rundown of 10 ideal rental cars you won’t regret hiring: Toyota Corolla Pick up a Toyota Corolla…

10 Best US Motorcycle Road Trips

It’s no secret that the United States as a whole represents one of the most epic biking destinations in the world. Boasting incredibly varied terrain and open road like you won’t find it anywhere else on earth, there really is no better place to head for the journey of a lifetime. But if looking to spend a short time in the US, which rides should you prioritise? Short answer – any of the following top 10 recommendations guarantee the unforgettable…

Tips To Ensure Your Ski Vacation In Tignes Is Memorable

While there are all kinds of beautiful destinations you can pick for your next ski vacation, few are able to offer such a memorable and exciting experience as a ski vacation in Tignes, France. This high-altitude resort area is actually located in the very heart of France’s ski country and is known as a premier location for year-round skiing in the Alps. The area offers something for everyone, meaning beginners and advanced skiers and snowboarders. Tignes features more than 300kms…

6 honeymoon destinations in Spain to rekindle your love

Want to celebrate your love against Spanish backdrops? We’ve got you covered! Honeymoon trips are the most awaited trips of one’s life. We keep planning about this trip days, weeks or months in advance just to make sure that everything is perfect. We want everything to be perfect on our honeymoon, right from the destination to the accommodation to the food and the time spent together. Among all the honeymoon destinations, Spain tours is what a lot of couples opt…

Tips on Organising the Perfect Campervan Road Trip

Travelling has become widely popular in the recent years, mainly because a lot of people are starting to invest in experiences more than they used to. This includes planning trips from far flung countries to taking cruises. However, camping and road trips are also fast becoming big travelling trends. When the journey is as important as the destination While touring a foreign country already offers a unique glimpse into a different culture and way of life; there is also…

Travel Guide To Picos De Europa National Park

On the borders of Asturias, Cantabria and Castilla y León, Picos De Europa is arguably the most beautiful national park in Spain, certainly the most dramatic! With 300 square miles of largely untouched, unspoilt landscapes which contrast with their surroundings quite spectacularly, the Picos De Europa national park features deep vertical gorges, rocky mountains that peak at over 8,000 feet above sea level, sprawling forests, glistening lakes and endless opportunities for adventure. Local Wildlife Along with extraordinary scenery, the Picos De…

Overnight Stay At The Abbey Hotel In West Midlands

We had a lovely overnight stay recently at The Abbey Hotel in Redditch when we visited family in the Midlands for the weekend. The hotel is super convenient being located just off the M5 and is situated on a 175-acre estate with a spa, swimming pool and 18 hole golf course. Our boys loved the swimming pool but unfortunately we didn’t have time to enjoy the spa or golf course, but from what we saw they both looked lovely and would happily…

Best Travel Quotes To Inspire You

Here we have some of our favourite travel quotes starting with one of the most famous travel quotes of all time from Mark Twain…. May all your travels bring you happiness, exploration, discovery and all your dreams come true.

Slow Holidays In Switzerland

There are two types of holiday generally speaking – either an activity/sightseeing based holiday or a relaxation based holiday. However, I was intrigued recently to read about a third alternative known as a ‘slow holiday’ which offers holidaymakers time to relax and breathe in the experiences you enjoy on holiday. This might involve a walking, cycling or maybe a carefully planned train route where you take in the scenery, meet local people and experience a little of the local way…

10 Things To See & Do In Innsbruck

Innsbruck in Austria is best known for being a World famous ski resort, yet there’s much more to see and do away from the ski slopes making it a popular all year round destination. Here at Travelphant we’ve handpicked ten things we recommend you see and do whilst you’re in Innsbruck. 1. Innsbrucker Nordkettenbahnen The Innsbrucker Nordkette is a cable car ride which takes passengers up to Nordkette, part of Austria’s largest natural park. The spectacular journey takes around…

Alveston Manor Hotel, Stratford-upon-Avon

Last weekend we journeyed up country from Cornwall to Shakespeare country to visit my family and stayed at Macdonald Alveston Manor Hotel, an historic Tudor house hotel dating back to the 1500’s set in the heart of picturesque Stratford-upon-Avon. The gardens boast an ancient Cedar Tree under which rumour has it, the first performance of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ was given. We love hotels that mix the old with the new, and Alveston Manor Hotel does it beautifully. The Grade II listed building…