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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What to do in the Dordogne

Nestled in the heart of south-western France lies the beautifully serene Dordogne area. Between the Loire Valley and the Pyrenees mountain range, you can spend your time enjoying what this fabulous region has to offer to any lover of the outdoors.

Book one of the mountain bike holidays that are available in the area and explore on two wheels. You can hire cycles from Etang de Coucou to tour the hamlets and villages, or venture into the rural countryside and catch the breathtaking landscapes. Try your hand at quad biking, with many sites available including one at Hautefort.

France, Périgord, Dordogne, Beynac Castle

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The area certainly isn’t short of water sports holidays either. Sure, you’re in the heart of the south of France without a beach for miles, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the watery wonders that the Dordogne River has to offer. There is also a large leisure lake at Lanouaille for you to visit.

Travel to La Roque-Gageac for some great fun canoeing down the river. Spy local wildlife as you go and moor on the shingled shorelines for an ice cream or light refreshment. Wade in the shallow freshwater to cool off from the heat before arriving at base and grabbing a spot of lunch.

For the sport fanatics, there are 18-hole golf courses in both Perigeux and Brive for you to attempt to get holes in one, or the courts at Agnan will keep your thirst for tennis thoroughly quenched.

Combine this with the oodles of heritage, history and natural beauty and your itinerary will be jam packed for the duration of your vacation. Hire a car so that your possibilities are endless. With chateaus and quaint villages dotted all over the Dordogne, not to mention the high quality wines, confit de canard and foie gras to sink your teeth into, you will be sure to wish to return to the south of France again and again.

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3 Places To Find Incredible Travel Inspiration

Travel inspiration is something all of us need from time to time. Whether you’re planning a family vacation or going on a solo trip around the world, there are endless place you could visit. But how can you possibly choose one place out of so many? If you have six months or more, the world is your oyster. But if you only have a couple of weeks, you’ll be eager to make the right choice. Just because you are limited on time, doesn’t mean you can’t discover new and exciting locations. Here are three places you can find bags full of travel inspiration that will fill your heart with adventure.

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Pinterest

If you have never heard of Pinterest before, it’s a site that lets you create an online noticeboard. It’s an alternative to creating a travel scrapbook. You can view thousands of travel images and pin the ones you like onto your board. You can have a board for beach locations, unique places to stay or specific countries that appeal to you. You have the choice to make as many boards as you wish and you can easily access it from an app or laptop. You can also look at other people’s travel boards and photographs for further inspiration and ideas. If Pinterest doesn’t make you want to hop on a plane and travel, nothing else will. Download the app onto your phone and start pinning straight away

Instagram

Believe it or not, Instagram has become a brilliant place to find unique holiday destinations. You can discover and start following travel bloggers such as @youngadventuress or @theplanetd. You’ll find stunning imagery from their travels as well as advice and guidance on places to visit. Alternatively, you can use the hashtag capability to learn more about a possible destination. For instance, you could search for #Aspen to see what the slopes are like and what other activities are available besides skiing. Download the Instagram app onto your phone and use it gain more knowledge and excitement about travelling.

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An old-fashioned map

Nothing can unleash your sense of exploration and adventure than an old-fashioned map. You can stick this up on your wall and mark the places you’ve travelled to before with pins. You will then know which places you are yet to discover. This will also improve your geography skills by showing you exactly how far destinations are from where you live. As well as showing you what cities and attractions are located there. It can also open your eyes to remote places you’ve never heard of before. You can buy a large wall map online, just make sure it is up to date. Or you can use Google Maps for a more detailed and modern approach.

These are just a few places where you can find travel inspiration. But there are plenty more. While the internet is an incredible tool, don’t overlook travel guides and magazine either. With so many sources of inspiration, it shouldn’t be hard to find the perfect destination for you to visit.

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