05 August 2013

Visiting Peru - Join a Tour or Go Solo?

Travel in Peru - Should I Join a Tour or Go it Alone?

Peru is an absolutely phenomenal place that is full of cultural gems. There are so many great reasons why it is such a wonderful place to visit that one blog post simply wouldn’t be enough! Even so, having made the decision to immerse yourself into a world of cultural charm there comes a difficult decision; should you go it alone or should you join a tour? Obviously, this ultimately depends on what you want to get out of the trip and how confident you are with travelling alone in foreign lands. Often this varies with the pace you envisage your trip taking, or indeed the prior knowledge of the area being visited.



The beautiful thing about Peru is that it has so many incredible natural sights to behold. It’s stunning landscapes compliment the ancient culture that engulfs every corner of the land. With the recent completion of the
Interoceanic Highway, there is an extraordinary opportunity to uncover the hidden delights of Peru’s natural beauty from the comfort of a vehicle. As you cruise around the hillsides at your leisure, you can be witness to some of the most breathtaking scenery you could ever think of laying your eyes on. The natural beauty that is intertwined into the very depths of Peru are revealed right before you as your journey progresses. 
 

The significance of this is that you don’t even need to worry about a large group expedition, or even have to rely on anybody else to get you to those typical out-of-reach tourist destinations. At your own leisure, within your own itinerary, you can whizz around the expansive highway in a car. There’s not even any need to fret about car hire, as companies like National Car, just one of many UK based car hire companies, exist to facilitate that very need. With approximately 1500 miles of road to cover, a car hired straight from the airport could end up being the most vital part of your experience. This option offers the comfort of taking things at your own pace and the convenience of exploring more scenery than you could ever have dreamt of.

On the other hand, let’s not just go ahead and dismiss joining a tour. Perhaps what you really want is to experience the typical tourist based attractions and get the most out of these fantastic, often ancient, settings. There really are so many options available to the budding explorer, with popular destinations including the all-famous
Inca Trail which ultimately leads to the magnificent sights that Machu Piccu has to offer. In all its splendour there really is nothing else quite like it and for the budding photographers out there, the delights of Machu Piccu really will go down a treat. 

 

One of the major benefits of travelling as part of a tour is that you will no doubt be taken care of by some of the world’s most fantastic tour guides. With an unbelievably extensive area to explore, the tour guides will allow you to soak in the beautiful surroundings whilst also taking you on the most amazing cultural journey. You will no doubt be left wanting to get straight on the computer when you get home and research even more about this amazing country! If you are going to go with the tour option, then remember to do your research first. You want to make sure you go with the tour that is most appropriate for you as an individual. Is it being targeted at your demographic? The last thing you want is being stuck on a long tour with people that are not compatible with you. Think carefully also about the itinerary of the tour you are considering and ensure that it fits your requirements.

For many people, a Peru trip really is a once in a lifetime opportunity and you will want it to be the most fantastic experience. Be sure to check that you are getting what you want out of it. If you want to meet likeminded people and be educated, a tour group is an excellent way forward. Perhaps instead you want to opt for a more subdued, slow-paced trip, where you can take in the breathtaking scenery at your own pace. Whatever you choose it will be an experience of a lifetime for sure.


02 August 2013

Beat the Airport Queues This Summer

 Overland and Sea Getaways From the UK

Anybody flying away for a summer holiday this year will understandably be excited about a week or two without a care in the world - once they step off the plane that is. Let’s face it, actually getting to our holiday destination can be a bit of a nightmare. Firstly there’s the inevitable traffic on the way to the airport and that awful feeling that you might actually miss your flight. Then there are the long check in queues - and even if you’ve checked in online you still have to wait to get your luggage on the plane. Finally, there are the security controls. Nobody would want to underestimate the importance of security, but does it really have to take so long?

There is another way though - if you want to avoid all the hassle of queues at the airport you could consider an overland and sea getaway. If you haven’t thought about taking a cruise already, why not?


Britons love to cruise

The Guardian reports that more than 1.7 million Brits went on a cruise in 2012, and the numbers are looking like they will only increase. One of the reasons that cruises have become so popular is because people have started to realise just how much value they provide. With an exceptional range of food available on board, holiday goers don’t have to worry about breaking the bank.
World-class entertainment

It’s not just food that provides the value for money, however, as cruises are also known for the fantastic entertainment they put on. The Royal Caribbean for example has staged the crowd-pleasing musical Hairspray, while other cruise-liners have played host to the Blue Man Group. When you consider what the price of a ticket for that show would be on Broadway or the West End you’ll understand that this is seriously good, professional entertainment.
No need to travel far

You can see the best of the world right from your doorstep as there are regular cruises from Southampton. As soon as you’re onboard the holiday begins - you don’t have to worry about a long flight somewhere followed by the joys of passport control and a long drive from the airport to your hotel before you can put your feet up.
Experience more

Of course, another great reason to go on a cruise is the opportunity to visit lots of different places. Even though the world’s best cruise ships are big enough and packed with enough activities to keep you occupied for weeks on end, being able to set foot on land and explore different countries is an experience that most conventional holidays just can’t offer. A Caribbean cruise might take in places like Haiti, Jamaica and Puerto Rico, while a cruise of South America could take you to Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires and Punte Del Este in Uruguay. There are so many options that you’re bound to discover a new favourite country or return to an old favourite.

CNN has a great feature about discovering the secrets that destinations have to offer while on a cruise - who knows what magic little restaurant you’ll stumble across or when you’ll discover a secluded beach of your own?
Shopping

Another great thing about going on a cruise is the shopping opportunities. While the cruise ships themselves often sell great products, being able to visit shops in different countries is shopping heaven. Whether you’re a big fan of global brands or prefer to rummage through independent boutiques there is something for everyone. It makes a trip to Paris or New York look positively tame as a shopping trip in comparison.
What are you waiting for?

Perhaps you think that a cruise isn’t for you. Speak to anyone that’s been on a cruise and once they’re done telling you about how it was the holiday of their life they’ll probably tell you they also though they weren’t the cruise holiday type. So why not see what you're missing, beat the airport queues this summer and find out just why more and more people are taking cruises?