Luxury Vacation: The High Life… For A Short Time!

Is the luxury lifestyle all it’s cracked up to be? Of course, a lot of people would say “yes, obviously! Don’t you like money?!” But the joy in life is to have little pockets of luxury, a weekend away here and a complete blowout there and it makes you appreciate the finer things in life before getting back to normality, so you can lead a nice balanced life. Going travelling is a way to see the world, but it’s always that little bit better when you’ve got some cash behind you. For a lot of people who don’t have the funds or spend years and years saving up, America is the zenith of luxury travel. Open roads, sunny climates, and stuff that you only read about in books. So here’s a proposition for those who are looking to make the most of an American journey.

Starting off in the glitziest of places, Las Vegas is a way to show off on a luxury vacation. Take in the luxury lifestyle and lounge around on of the pools in the Bellagio hotel before heading off to a casino on the famed Las Vegas Strip before picking a show to take in. So many big names in music take in a residency, or even if you wanted to watch something a bit more exciting you could witness Circus Circus performing their death-defying stunts or be awash with color while watching the Blue Man Group.

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Once you’ve had your fill of Vegas (if that’s possible), you can rent a private jet and set off down to Miami. On the flight, you will have the legroom you’ve never had when riding coach class and have all the hospitality of those where this is a daily occurrence! You’ll have a real taste of the high life! In Miami, soak up the sun and perfect your golf swing at the Miami Beach Golf Course, and enjoy all 18 holes of this championship course before having some afternoon tea at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables. If you like finger sandwiches and buttered scones, set to the soothing sounds of classical guitar before jetting back to Vegas.

The real sign of a high-lifer is getting an SUV and getting on the road. Enjoy the glorious sights en route as you head towards the defining place of the American heartland, the Grand Canyon! Or if an SUV isn’t your style, you can get a helicopter to pick you up and take you there, via the Mojave Desert, the Hoover Dam and Lake Mead! Like champagne? Well, why not have a picnic and marvel at the Colorado River before heading onto Eldorado Canyon for a guided tour of the Techatticup Mine.

The high life isn’t reserved for the mega rich and the elite anymore. You can get yourself a champagne lifestyle on a modest budget, and if you’re looking for a wealth of experience in a short space of time, exploring the Midwest of America (and Florida) via plane, helicopter and SUV is the way to do it!

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Shanghai’s Charms Explored

When you are traveling through Asia, there are far more beautiful and iconic places to see than you can possibly make time for. But if your whirlwind tour of Asia includes China, why not make the most of one of the most incredible cities in the world? Shanghai is famed for its elegant and stark mix of architecture. It is also the financial hub of China, so you’re bound to see plenty of amazing people and sights. It is perhaps the charm of this exciting and vibrant city that many tourists miss. Make sure you don’t miss out!

The Bund is perhaps the most immediately recognized area of Shanghai. This is a waterfront promenade area that features some of the most beautiful and some of the most iconic buildings in the region. It can be quite pleasant to stroll along here on a clear day, despite the intense hubbub of the locals and the action on the water.

Of course, Shanghai has plenty of accommodation to choose from. As a business center, you can expect to find high-tech luxury apartments for rent. These can be found both inside and just outside of the main city area. As a traveler or vacationer, you may be more comfortable in a hotel in Shanghai if you plan to stay for a few days. Choose one that offers a range of culinary delights so you can explore the taste of the region too.

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You may have chosen to visit Asia and China for a taste of the culture. Shanghai is very modern, but there is still evidence of much more traditional ideals too. Just take a walk through the Yu Garden. This botanical beauty reflects life in China dating back to the Ming Dynasty. It is sculpted and tended well, and you can easily forget that you’re in the middle of one of the busiest cities in the world. You can find everything that represents the old Chinese traditions including elegant ponds, gorgeous bridges, and amazing structures and buildings. Bring your camera!

Xintiandi is the place to go for shopping. There is a wide range of fashion stores and boutiques to explore. You’ll also find plenty of jewelry and charms to fall in love with. It’s one of the rare car-free areas of town, so you can enjoy browsing without the worry of traffic. This is also a good place to come for an evening out to enjoy local entertainment and fine food.

Perhaps one of the best places to spend a full day in Shanghai is the Shanghai Museum. Some of the artifacts here are incredibly rare and beautiful. Best of all, entry is usually free, so you can take it all in without worrying about the cost. You can find art, jewels and all the history and culture you need in here. Check out the Jade sculptures!

Whatever you’re keen to see most in Asia, do make time to stop off in Shanghai. You can find a lot of China’s history and culture in evidence without missing any of the charms of the region. Enjoy.

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Discover The Wonders Of Canada

If you have had your fill of European destinations and want to try something new, Canada has more than most to offer the adventurous traveler. It’s vast open spaces and glorious scenery combine for a truly impressive traveling adventure.

You now require an eTA to visit Canada for tourism, transit or business trips that are going to last less than six months. You can find out lots more information and details of how to apply on the Canadian eta website so check this out several months before you leave. Make sure that you have adequate travel and health insurance in place and that your passport is up to date. If you are participating in sports such as skiing you may need additional insurance.

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Vancouver is a chic coastal city and an ideal base for your trip but it’s the outdoors that makes this area truly spectacular. Here are some sights that you cannot miss. Whatever your tastes in outdoor adventures, Vancouver, and the surrounding area has something to offer you that you will not be able to resist!

Stanley Park for garden lovers

There are more than 1,000 acres of space at Stanley Park making it one of the largest urban parks in North America. There is something for everyone there. You can take a relaxing stroll around the flowering gardens and wooded areas spotting the natural flora and fauna. For the more adventurous, you can hire a bike or some roller blades and check out the Seawall 5.5-mile path.

Grouse Mountain for winter sports lovers

True adventure is a short 15-minute drive from downtown Vancouver. On Grouse Mountain you can ski, snowboard, snowshoe or ice skate. If that is a bit much for you there are gentle sleigh rides as well. If your trip is in the summer, you don’t have to lose out. Swap winter sports for zip lines and trekking. The 1-mile long aerial tramway to the gorgeous Observatory restaurant is not to be missed.

Whistler Blackcomb for the gondolas

Travel a little further from Vancouver (around two hours) and you reach Whistler Blackcomb – a vast 8,000 acres of pure fun. There are two mountains and oceans of space where you can ride the PEAK 2 PEAK gondola. This is a perfect destination for a winter or a summer break so take your pick. Winter sports include skiing and snowboarding but in the summer, you can go mountain-biking along challenging trails and try out outdoor adventures like zip trekking. The area is well serviced by more than 130 restaurants so refueling after your exercise is not a problem! If the weather does turn a little bad you can always head indoors to one of the 200 shops!

Sea safari for water lovers

A coastal city has got to have coastal adventures and Vancouver does not fail in this. You can spot seals, whales, and blue herons in the waters near the city. You can choose from a sedate kayak trip or a thrilling sea safari from Howe Sound.

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