Dauntless Jaunter Travel Site http://www.dauntlessjaunter.com Travel Blog, Destination Guides, Information, Advice, Stories from the Road, Etc. Sun, 25 Jan 2015 12:33:57 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1 Weekly Photo: Random Prague at Night #2 http://www.dauntlessjaunter.com/2015/01/25/weekly-photo-random-prague-at-night-2/ http://www.dauntlessjaunter.com/2015/01/25/weekly-photo-random-prague-at-night-2/#comments Sun, 25 Jan 2015 12:33:57 +0000 http://www.dauntlessjaunter.com/?p=14959 Prague at Night

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This week’s photos are some more shots around that romantic city of Prague, during the romantic hours after the sun sets.

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Joseph and Christian en route to Milan

** These photos were probably taken by my dear friend and travel companion, Joseph Chakola; if not, then I might have taken them using his trusty camera (an iPhone 6). 

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Weekly Travel News Recap: January 18 – 24, 2015 http://www.dauntlessjaunter.com/2015/01/24/weekly-travel-news-recap-january-18-24-2015/ http://www.dauntlessjaunter.com/2015/01/24/weekly-travel-news-recap-january-18-24-2015/#comments Sat, 24 Jan 2015 12:34:23 +0000 http://www.dauntlessjaunter.com/?p=15103 Laguardia Airport Rendering Neoscape
One Laguardia Airport Rendering by Neoscape.

Here are some of the relevant travel news headlines and stories from the previous week through today:

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Weekly Photo: Random Prague at Night #1 http://www.dauntlessjaunter.com/2015/01/18/weekly-photo-random-prague-at-night-1/ http://www.dauntlessjaunter.com/2015/01/18/weekly-photo-random-prague-at-night-1/#comments Sun, 18 Jan 2015 12:35:02 +0000 http://www.dauntlessjaunter.com/?p=14961 Prague at Night

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This week’s photos are some more shots around that romantic city of Prague, during the romantic hours after the sun sets.

Prague at Night

Prague at Night Prague at Night Prague at Night

Joseph and Christian en route to Milan

** These photos were probably taken by my dear friend and travel companion, Joseph Chakola; if not, then I might have taken them using his trusty camera (an iPhone 6). 

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Weekly Travel News Recap: January 11 – 17, 2015 http://www.dauntlessjaunter.com/2015/01/17/weekly-travel-news-recap-january-11-17-2015/ http://www.dauntlessjaunter.com/2015/01/17/weekly-travel-news-recap-january-11-17-2015/#comments Sat, 17 Jan 2015 13:37:51 +0000 http://www.dauntlessjaunter.com/?p=15053 Plzen Czech Republic
City of Plzeň with old water tower from east, Czech Republic. Taken by Wikimedia Commons user Alexander Klozar.

Here are some of the relevant travel news headlines and stories from the previous week through today:

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How Smart Luggage Will Change Travel (Infographic) http://www.dauntlessjaunter.com/2015/01/14/how-smart-luggage-change-travel-infographic/ http://www.dauntlessjaunter.com/2015/01/14/how-smart-luggage-change-travel-infographic/#comments Wed, 14 Jan 2015 12:43:51 +0000 http://www.dauntlessjaunter.com/?p=14984 If you’ve ever lost your luggage, or you fret about it happening to you in the future, this handy infographic from Hotels4U will explain to you about a new breed of travel luggage, dubbed “smart luggage.” Smart luggage offers such features as GPS tracking and mobile phone apps.

Smart Luggage Change Travel Infographic

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Your Guide to Eating Etiquette Abroad (Infographic) http://www.dauntlessjaunter.com/2015/01/12/guide-eating-etiquette-abroad-infographic/ http://www.dauntlessjaunter.com/2015/01/12/guide-eating-etiquette-abroad-infographic/#comments Mon, 12 Jan 2015 15:41:05 +0000 http://www.dauntlessjaunter.com/?p=14979 “For the tourist abroad, tackling the local delicacies is often a minefield of manners. So before you order, brush up on the native dining customs. After all, when in Rome…”

This handy infographic by Co-operative Travel gives some great tips for some food staples across many countries, from fufu in St. Lucia to escargot in France and more.

Guide Eating Etiquette Abroad Infographic

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Weekly Photo: Winter Wonderland En Route to Villach, Austria http://www.dauntlessjaunter.com/2015/01/11/weekly-photo-winter-wonderland-en-route-to-villach-austria/ http://www.dauntlessjaunter.com/2015/01/11/weekly-photo-winter-wonderland-en-route-to-villach-austria/#comments Sun, 11 Jan 2015 12:35:00 +0000 http://www.dauntlessjaunter.com/?p=14960 Train Ride Udine Italy to Villach Austria

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Train Ride Udine Italy to Villach Austria

I spent Christmas with one of my best friends in the northeastern Italian city of Udine, and then it was over too soon. My flight home was leaving from Vienna, Austria, and so I had to take a train from Udine to Villach, Austria, where I would transfer to another train that would get me to Vienna.

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The scenery outside started off quite bland and gray in Italy, but quickly changed into the quintessential, snowy-white, ‘winter wonderland’ once the train was into Austria.

Train Ride Udine Italy to Villach Austria

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Weekly Travel News Recap: January 4 – 10, 2015 http://www.dauntlessjaunter.com/2015/01/10/weekly-travel-news-recap-january-4-10-2015/ http://www.dauntlessjaunter.com/2015/01/10/weekly-travel-news-recap-january-4-10-2015/#comments Sat, 10 Jan 2015 19:44:59 +0000 http://www.dauntlessjaunter.com/?p=14953 Air Arabia
Air Arabia. Taken by Wikimedia Commons user Alf van Beem.

Here are some of the relevant travel news headlines and stories from the previous week through today:

  • Marriott backs off wi-fi jamming – After dozens of complaints to the FCC, along with a NY Times op-ed against it, Marriott Hotels tried to clarify that they do not, in fact, want to limit guests’ access to bring-your-own-wireless devices. (Skift)
  • Air Arabia deal brings hopes of budget Europe flights – Air Arabia bought a large minority stake in Jordan’s Petra Airlines, opening up the possibility of low-cost flights from Amman to European destinations. (Bloomberg)
  • Nat Geo gets into the hotel biz – The National Geographic Society announced its latest dip into the travel industry – dubbed “Unique Lodges of the World.” So far, there are 2 dozen hotels on 6 continents, including such unique experiences as a genuine Mongolian nomadic hut in the Gobi and luxury villas in Chile’s Atacama Desert. (Daily Mail)
  • Cali breaks ground on bullet train – This week, California officially broke ground on what could be the US’ first bullet train system. (QZ)
  • Search continues for pieces of AirAsia – The AirAsia flight that crashed last month en route to Singapore from Indonesia still has the key black box missing, but crews have recovered other important pieces, such as the tail. (NYT)
  • Cyprus nat’l airline shuts down – After the EU determined that Cyprus Airways illegally received millions of euros and had an unfair advantage, the airline was forced to shut down. (BBC)
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The Bulgarian Seaside for Every Kind of Traveler http://www.dauntlessjaunter.com/2015/01/08/bulgarian-seaside-every-kind-traveler/ http://www.dauntlessjaunter.com/2015/01/08/bulgarian-seaside-every-kind-traveler/#comments Thu, 08 Jan 2015 12:44:02 +0000 http://www.dauntlessjaunter.com/?p=14894 Bulgaria is famous for two things – its history and its nature. It is astonishing how many different landscapes you can see in its relatively small area. There are green lowlands, river valleys, many breathtaking mountains, numerous national parks, rock phenomena, caves, waterfalls, lakes, and mineral springs.

On top of all this, Bulgaria has a stunningly beautiful coastline of almost 400 km, covering its entire eastern border. About 30% of it consists of heavenly golden sandy beaches that can compete with the best beaches in the world. Bulgarian seaside resorts have something for everybody. See what type of traveler you are and choose your Bulgarian seaside resort!

The Party Animal – Sunny Beach

You are under 25 and you are most probably single, because why would you prefer to be with only one girl when there are so many single, pretty girls out there? Fun for you is the ultimate life goal. Well, my friend, we have the perfect resort for you! Sunny Beach has been very popular among young people for over a decade. With over 200 hotels, Sunny Beach is the biggest seaside resort in Bulgaria. More than 150 restaurants, about 50 discos, and a few casinos are waiting for you to have fun from dusk till dawn! Just know that with all the nightlife going on there, you might get back home with no tan at all…

For more information visit: http://sunny-beach.info/ (in Bulgarian only)

Family with Kids – Albena

Albena is a great place for a family holiday. It is very popular among foreigners (only about 10% of the tourists staying in Albena are Bulgarians). This resort boasts about its beautiful beach (considered the best in Europe). 3.5 km of sandy beaches await you and your family for a lot of fun and sun-kissed memories. If you are a family that’s more into water action rather than sunbathing on the beach, the aqua park Aqua Mania is the place for you! With an area of about 30,000 square meters, it will astonish you with its attractions for the little and not-so-little ones.

For more information visit: http://albena.bg/en

Beach in Albena, Bulgaria
Beach in Albena, Bulgaria. Taken by Wikimedia Commons user Svilen Enev.

Couples without Kids – Nesebar &Sozòpol

Nesebar and Sozòpol are two of the most beautiful Bulgarian resorts. They both have an “old town” that reveals the beauty of ancient Bulgarian buildings, some of which are restored and offer the great opportunity to stay in them or have an unforgettable lunch or dinner in their restaurants overlooking the sea. Aimlessly walking along the narrow streets after dinner will get out the romantic within you, and it will smoothly prepare you for the rich nightlife of these two resorts. Needless to say, you can enjoy the golden sandy beaches with their numerous attractions and water sports that will make you forget your busy life and fill you with positive energy and sweet memories.

For more information visit: http://bulgariatravel.org/en/object/46/Nesebyr_grad, http://bulgariatravel.org/en/object/259/Sozopol

Nesebar, Bulgaria beach
Beach in Nesebar, Bulgaria. Taken by Wikimedia Commons user Mark Ahsmann.

The Golfer – Balchik

If you are a golfer, you should find it interesting that Bulgaria was awarded the 2012 Undiscovered Golf Destination of the Year. Three of the Bulgarian golf courses (Thracian Cliffs, BlackSeaRama, and Lighthouse) are located at the seaside, providing exceptional conditions for golf tourism. Here’s what the designer of Thracian Cliffs says about it: “I have to say, without a question of doubt, that I have never before played on a golf course where you can see the ocean on every single hole. When people come here, they are going to say Thracian Cliffs is the best golf course they have ever played in their life. I have been playing for 56 years and I never knew there was ground like this on the planet for a golf course.”

For more information visit: Bulgaria Travel, Thracian Cliffs, BlackSeaRama, LHG Resort.

What type of traveler are you? Millions of foreign and local tourists spend their summer on the Bulgarian seaside – think no more and become one of them!

Hristina DimitrovaHristina was born in Rousse, Bulgaria. At the age of 9 she visited Plovdiv for the first time. She instantly fell in love with the city and knew right away she wanted to live there one day. This happened when she was 18, and she’s been happily living in Plovdiv for more than 10 years now. She is a busy stay-at-home mom of a little baby boy and a full-time freelance writer. The two things she loves doing are writing and studying – you will either find her in front of a new Microsoft Word document or in the university library.

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Kandy, The Royal City of Sri Lanka http://www.dauntlessjaunter.com/2015/01/06/kandy-royal-city-sri-lanka/ http://www.dauntlessjaunter.com/2015/01/06/kandy-royal-city-sri-lanka/#comments Tue, 06 Jan 2015 12:33:18 +0000 http://www.dauntlessjaunter.com/?p=14840 The city which protects the world’s most sacred Buddhist shrine lies in the hill country in Sri Lanka – Kandy. This is the most famous city among tourists, not only because of the historical importance of this city, but also for the soft climate and natural resources around this city. Although there are hundreds of interesting locations situated in Kandy, I’ll list some of the most interesting places you must visit while you are in Kandy.

Kandy Royal Palace
The Kandy Royal Palace. Taken by Wikimedia Commons user Cossde.

The Temple of the Tooth Relic (Sri Dalada Maligawa) & Royal Palace

In the heart of the city you could find the royal palace of the last independent kingdom of Sri Lanka. The Temple of the Tooth Relic, Sri Dalada Maligawa, is also situated near the palace just a few steps away. The temple holds one of the Buddha’s teeth which is worshipped and honored by Buddhists all over the world.

The Royal Botanical Gardens

Just about 5km away from the city you will find the largest botanical garden in Sri Lanka, The Royal Botanical Gardens, Peradeniya. This was once the royal garden of the Kandyan queen, hence the name remains as the Royal Botanical Gardens. Dimensions of this garden has extended to 147 acres and it is speculated that the garden consists of over 4000 species of plants.

Embekka Devalaya (Embekka Temple)

Although it is just another temple built for Lord Kataragama, this place is popular among travelers because of its magnificent wooden carvings of dancers, wrestlers, musicians, legendary beasts, and birds. The records of this building confirms that this temple was built in the 14th century. Carvings in Embekka Temple are considered as some of the best wooden art in traditional Sri Lanka.

Lankathilaka Viharaya

This 14th century Buddhist temple is built on a rock with a long series of rock-cut steps to reach the temple. This marvelous building is built at a picturesque location and is considered as one of the best examples of  traditional Sinhalese temple architecture.

Udawatta Kele Sanctuary

The sanctuary situated behind the Royal Palace is called Udawatta Kele. The forest contains a wide variety of plant species, birds, mammals, and sometimes reptiles inherent to Sri Lanka. Udawatta Kele is a famous destination among bird watchers as there are about 80 avifaunal species which can be found, including endemic bird species and threatened bird species.

Besides these places, there are many natural locations which attract tourists, such as the Knuckle Mountains, Hanthana Mountains, Mahaweli River, and the Victoria Reservoir. On the way to Nuwara Eliya town from Kandy, which is about 1 hour drive, you could find many charming waterfalls such as Baker’s Falls, St. Clair’s Falls, Devon Falls, Laxapana Falls, etc.

Kandy Aerial
Aerial view of Kandy and Kandy Lake. Taken by Wikimedia Commons user Bernard Gagnon.

Although it is heavily crowded, the best time to visit Kandy city is in July and August, when the Esala Perahera Festival is being held. Esala Perahera is a unique parade festival celebrated around a 10-day period with elegant tuskers, elephants, dancers, musicians, fire-breathers, and jugglers. Everyone, including the animals in the procession, is dressed up with lavish garments and the whole parade colors up with fire and lights. Considered as one of the most beautiful pageants in Asia, the festival is celebrated to honor the Sacred Tooth Relic of lord Buddha and the four gods who guard the relic (Natha, Vishnu, Kataragama, and Pattini). It is wise to keep an umbrella while watching the festival as when the tooth relic trembles, rain falls island-wide.

The best way to visit Kandy is by train. Colombo to Kandy railway is considered as the best route in Sri Lanka as you could watch many scenic locations including waterfalls, mountains, tea estates, and subways on the way. If you decide to visit through train, be sure to book 1st class tickets from Fort railway station about 1 month prior to your tour for a hassle-free tour, else you will have to face troubles with crowds in the train.

NooraniNoorani is a freelance writer and a stay-at-home mum residing in a remote area in Sri Lanka. She enjoys researching various subjects and learning new things while spending time with her family. She loves to share information about her country, culture, and food with travelers around the world as she believes that Sri Lanka is one of the best destinations to explore and enjoy. Feel free to contact her through Google+ if you need any assistance.

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