What are your wishes for 2017?
Would you like to meet new people, make new friends?
Would you like to share your knowledge or passion?
Would you like to make some extra money?

We are looking for nice welcoming people who would like to share their knowledge with others.

Pick Your Day is the platform where the woman or man next door can offer those genuine experiences; anything from local cuisine, visit a home, city tour, biking, hiking or sharing your knowledge/hobby. Our concept is for tourists seeking new adventures and locals who would try something new in their own neighbourhood.

You can have a look at https://pickyourday.com/getstarted or mail support@pickyourday.com 

Could it be you?

Best wishes from the Pick Your Day team

This year has been a very exciting year for us and we are well prepared for 2017.
 
All of us in the Pick Your Day team love to travel and experience our beautiful world. We would like to make it easy for you to experience the diversity of cultures, people and activities – and learn something new. There are so many great activities to choose from!
 
We are here for you, if you have a dream  we will do our best to make it come true. Please contact support@pickyourday.com and we will do our best to find the perfect activity for you.
 
We wish you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

 

 

One of my favourite times to enjoy London is just before Christmas. Seeing London decorated with lights and beautiful Christmas decorations gets me in the right mood. Listening to Christmas carols, visiting markets and trying local treats all bring the Christmas spirit to life.  Having hot chocolate at a nice café and watching people from all over the world Christmas shopping warms me up in the cold weather.

I would take a tour with our localist Harry. He can take us to the hidden gems, so we can discover the real London outside the tourist traps.  He can show us which local pubs serve a seasonal lunch in front of a crackling log fire. We can buy special Christmas presents from a Christmas market.  Having a chance to experience the real holiday spirit with a wonderful day in a great city is so special, warm and welcoming.
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And since it’s almost Christmas, I would treat myself to a three-hour food tour with Rizalie.  What a different way to get an insight of British culture!  Trying all the local British treats with a passionate food guide!
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I would like to step out of the tourist traps with a localist like John and Rizalie for an exciting time. I believe it’s time to see different sides to London

See all our activities in London

~Kristin from the Pick Your Day Team

 

 

London is one of the most visited cities in the world for a good reason. The city has a long and fascinating history, and it is known as the cultural capital of the world with its renowned theatre quarter, the many great museums and exhibitions, concert halls, rock scenes and festivals. I also believe that the ethnic and religious diverse population contributes to this status.

My favorites
I have always loved speakers corner. Yes, there are indeed many absurd discussions and some opinions it is quite hard to relate to, but with its long tradition I find it very interesting. The historic sites and monumental buildings are hard to ignore and my favorite is The Tower of London and the Crown Jewels. If you like nature photography, like me, I recommend Wildlife Photographer of the Year at the Natural History Museum. 

Find your favorites
With the great variety of things to do in London it can be overwhelming and hard to find the activities best suites for you. In addition there is a lot more to the city than the traditional sites and some activities may be a little harder to come by than others. Our locals in London offer a wide range of activities that will show you a different side to this magnificent city – check out our activities in London.

~Christine from the Pick Your Day Team

Most of us have traveled to many countries and places around the world. But what moments have really affected you, changed the way you perceive the world, or will stay with you as the greatest moments of your life?

There are many reasons why moments in our lives stick to our mind. Very often these moments are connected to the people we meet along the way. People that has a different way of life and background that makes their lives so different from our own. Or sometimes it is because their local knowledge helps you understand the history, what is special about a specific pieze of art, the best way reach the mountain top or where to eat the best lunch.

The desire to help others create their most memorable travel moments is the reason why our founder, Jan Rangul, decided to create Pick Your Day. The idea came when he asked his daughter what she remembered from all the travels they did while she was growing up. Her most vivid memory was from their visit to Turkey where they by coincident visit their drivers grandmother. She remembered with great fondness the hospitality they faced.

Jan has always been the seeker of the personal meeting when he travels and vividly tells the story when he stayed with the Masais in Kenya many years ago. Few will knock on a stangers door or know where to look for these very personal experiences. Pick Your Day will help you find these personal experiences.

~Christine from the Pick Your Day Team

Britain may not the country that springs to mind when talking about countries to travel to for the food. Over the years there has been made many jokes about the poor food and the lack of sophistication in the British kitchen. However, this has really changed and according to some they now have an enviable reputation and some of the world’s best chefs come from Britain. Even the editor of the Michelin guide recently admitted that London was poised to become the fine-dining capital of Europe according to Condé Nast Traveller.

What I personally like is the varied food scene in London. Being one of the most ethnically diverse cities worldwide you can literally eat your way around the world. Enjoy the traditional pub lunch or the afternoon tea, the many Michelin-starred restaurants or the gastropubs. There are many guides to the best places to eat in London.

To get a more personal taste of the varied food scene in London we offer a range of different food tours and cooking classes.

Check out our Food activities and Cooking classes in London.

~Christine from the Pick Your Day Team

London’s dark history is quite unique and makes a visit even more interesting for those interested in the somewhat bloodier side to history.

The reason for this shady side to London’s history is partially the fact that it’s a very old town that has been highly populated and overcrowded. It has suffered from great poverty and its people have committed some of the worst crimes in history. One of the best known unsolved crimes are the identity of Jack the Ripper, the serial killer who killed at least 5 prostitutes in the White Chapel area in 1888. Learn more about him on this interesting walk.

It has survived mad monarchs, plagues and the Great Fire of London. Many millions have lived and died in the old city, and every square inch holds memories and experiences of the former citizens, many of whom roam the city. Learn more about this on the London Bridge Ghost Tour.

London has the reputation for being the most haunted capital in the world. Understandably the pubs around London have often been at the centre of the many stories of haunting throughout the years. Join the Haunted London Pub Tour to find out more.

~Christine from the Pick Your Day team

Christmas is the season of the year where it is busy for all types of travel.

Where does everyone go? Visiting family or on vacation?

Many people like Christmas to be the same every year, same destination, same food, same people. It is the Christmas is tradition, doing the same as last year.

Others, like me, like to do different things in the holiday season. I have celebrated Christmas in Asia, Africa and different destinations in Europe. When I am home in Norway I love skiing at Christmas. To be outside the few hours of daylight and if we are lucky there is starry clear sky with spectacular northern lights. That is a perfect Christmas night for me!

I celebrated Christmas on a beautiful beach in Thailand, sitting outside with my toes in the sand and listening to the sea while having Christmas dinner. This was truly a memory for life!

I have celebrated Christmas in Austria, with beautiful white Alps, church bells ringing and joining the Christmas midnight mass. I will never forget the beautiful sight when I came out of the church at midnight, the atmosphere was amazing.

In South Africa I celebrated Christmas listening lions roar while watching the starry sky. What a great memory!

For me is Christmas a beautiful starry sky combined with an activity, what is Christmas for you?

Read about a great destination to see northern light

 

~Kristin from the Pick Your Day Team

Not found the perfect Christmas gift yet?

What can you buy for the one who has everything? 

We believe the best Christmas present is something you can do together. 

There's nothing is like sharing memories! 

Even if you are not able to join the activity, it is a great surprise to get a present which gives a new experience. 

 

Check out at all the exciting and interesting activities you can find on pickyourday.com. 

For the best Christmas present ever!

 

 

 

Nairobi

Have you ever been to Nairobi? When you think of Nairobi and Kenya I believe the majority imagine safari and nice beaches, which is true! However, there is even more….

It is great to meet locals when you are new in town! We have localists who can safely show you the sights. Maybe you would like to experience a local market, join the local nightlife or learn how to make a local dish? 

When you are in Nairobi you do not have to travel far to see wildlife, our localists can bring you on a safari to see the big cats, colorful birdlife and see the elephants

We have amazing localist all over the world. In Kenya, you can for example meet Daniel, a localist with a big heart. He can bring you on guided tours or a day as a volunteer in the Kawangware slum in Nairobi. Daniel wants to raise social awareness and let you experience the happiness among the inhabitants. A day to learn and remember!

Pick Your Day wants you to create memories.

~Kristin at PickYourDay 

Easter is nearly upon us and there’s one thing we’ve been doing a lot around these parts recently - we’ve been dying for some chocolate!

We’ve also been having a blast updating the website to make it easier to use.

You might have seen out of the corner of your eye a few words here and there on the site light up and glitter with their sparkly newness, or a few typos disappear like little ghostly word-ships in the night.

With Easter fast approaching like a running rabbit we’re hopping -I mean hoping- to have something new for you all to see very soon, but for now, we’ve been wondering: what are your favourite kinds of chocolate?

At one point in my chocolate-laden life it was clear to me that milk chocolate was the best and most preferable chocolate in the world, then along came white chocolate and set the record straight with one bite, then Galaxy chocolate seemed to descend from the starry chocolate heavens and settle the debate.

Even though I have convinced myself that the people behind Galaxy chocolate must be miracle workers, a box of colourful Thornton’s will regularly make me doubt, and Lindt’s tasty spherical globes of chocolatey genius will make me think thrice.

I’m sure our Localists could show me the real way to make chocolate with an activity or two. It would be the perfect time to find something over the Easter break with all this sunny weather we’ve been having in London recently.

Although we can’t stop thinking about chocolate, we have managed to create a new and completely free service to support all Localists, we have also improved many of the wonderfully creative activities in sunny Lisbon, and the fun categories for activities in London.

We hope you all have a chocolate-filled Easter, and we can’t wait to show you all the cool features that are coming soon to the site!

Treat yourself to the tastiest chocolates in London 


Manchester United Game

With one of London’s top football teams, Manchester United, managing to reach the Europa Semi-Finals for this Thursday’s action-packed match with Celta Vigo at 7:30pm this Thursday 4th May 2017, we thought we’d let you know how many amazing British football teams come from London.

Even in 2017, there are thirteen teams that play in the professional leagues that call London home, and five have managed to reach the world-famous Premier League, and eight in the Football League – the oldest football competition in the world.

It’s going to be one hell of a match for London’s reds this Thursday - whose last major trophy they have yet to win is for the Europa League.

You can watch or listen to all the drama, suspense, and excitement at 7:30pm on:

BT Sport 2, BT sport Live Streaming, BBC Radio 5 Live. 

It’s going to be a good one!

 

Meet Manchester United Fan and Experience a Local Game

Meet Local footballer and Manchester United Fan

PickYourDay was 1 of only 100 international guests invited to The Great Indian Travel Bazaar of 2017 - we feel very happy and privileged to be included.
What a great event! We found that Jaipur is an amazing Indian city with colourful markets, stunning palaces and a rich culture. We made a lot of exciting contacts, and look forward to offering you the best from incredible India.
India offers a luxurious, royal-level service at a low cost, along with exciting safaris, unforgettable trekking, amazing architecture, high mountain peaks, deserts with incredible star-packed skies at night, tropical areas which look like the garden of Eden, and beautiful sandy beaches. With PickYourDay, you can pick exactly what you’d love to experience!
With e-visas available for most countries these days, it's now easier than ever to travel to India. PickYourDay will have new and exciting activities in India nearly every day in the coming weeks, so keep an eye out for them while you’re looking for your upcoming adventure. For any specific wishes - drop us an email and we'll be happy to make it happen.
PickYourDay will make your dreams of India come true!
 

I had an amazing day in Delhi with Binay, my own private guide! Binay picked me up at my hotel and we walked to the impressive Sikh temple that was so close to my hotel – and I hadn’t seen it! I didn’t know much about Sikhs before, but after my visit, I was deeply impressed by their friendly hospitality and that they actually feed thousands of people every day regardless of religion or race. I visited the kitchen where volunteers cook two meals a day and learned so much about the Sikh way of life.

Then, we went by car to Old Delhi, as I stepped out of the car it was like stepping out of a time machine! Its people, bikes, rickshaws and cows were everywhere in the narrow streets along colourful shops offering all kind of amazing things. You easily get struck by the busy life in the streets, but with Binay at my side, he also helped me to see the incredible history of Old Delhi - the Havelis, the temples and the amazing carvings and balconies, and the local stories behind my first impressions. We also had some really great food tastings and I saw how they made their delicious street food. I truly recommend to go sightseeing with a local guide.

Kristin ~ PickYourDay

 

 

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Vi ser etter hjem i Oslo, Bergen, Stavanger, Trondheim, Tromsø, Bodø, Narvik, Namsos, Longyearbyen, Honningsvåg og Leknes

Vi har laget et enkelt program for deg som vil åpne døren for 6 -12 cruise turister. Gjestene vil besøke deg ca. 2 timer på dagtid, de ønsker å se et norsk hjem og høre litt om dagliglivet. De vil bli "levert" på døren. All markedsføring og bestilling går via PickYourDay.com, du trenger bare å være klar for besøk til avtalt tid. Opplæring vil bli gitt. Fast honorar.

Krav til deg som vert:
- Du kan snakke engelsk
- Du liker å møte nye mennesker
- Du har plass til minst 6 gjester
- Du kan tilby vafler med brunost, kaffe/te
- Hjemmet ditt er klargjort for gjester 

 

Kontakt oss her eller  på support@pickyourday.com  eller telefon 924 00 924.

 

 

 

 

 

Mark Twain said, "Benaras is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend and looks twice as old as all of them put together."

The history of this place goes far back into the past. It was first mentioned in the Vedas, the Indian scriptures and the earliest archaeological evidence suggests that the settlement in the area began in the XI or XII century BC, making it one of the oldest cities in the world. It is rightly considered that Varanasi is one of the most important spiritual and religious centers in India. The Indian holy Trinity, made up of Brahma (the Creator of God), Vishnu (the god watchman) and Shiva (the god of destruction and transformation), have very important place in Hinduism, but also in the spiritual and religious significance of Varanasi itself. The Indian legend says that Brahma ignored Shiva as the supreme god, and considered himself the only creator of the universe, at the same time demanding from Vishna to adore him. The shiva got angry and cut off one of the five Brahmin's heads.

After committing the greatest sin - the murder of Brahman, he was convicted to wander across India with Brahmin's skull, hooked by his hand, until he arrived at the site of today's Varanasi, where the skull finally fell off his hand, and he thus became free from his sin. Because of this, the city is popularly called the City of the God of Siva, whom they regard as its founder, and hence all Hindu followers hope that at least once in their lives they will visit this city, perform sacred bathing in the river and, when their time arrives, also die. This is a completely special religious act for them. Because of the connection they feel with the Shiva, the identification with his sin, and the belief in the liberation of all sins, death in Varanasi for these people is a guarantee of heavenly bliss, a short cut in the eternal birth and death.

A very important link between the transition from this to the next life is the Brahman priests who read the verses of Garuda Purana (the holy Indian script), which are most often read during the ritual of the cremation of the deceased, thus accelerating the entire process of transition from one life to the other and reaching more strongly, Salvation.

Brahmani, as members of the highest caste, are the majority population of Varanasi. They maintain spiritual purity by respecting various strict rules, many of which refer to food and contact with members of lower caste. They are mostly vegetarians. Selling silk in brass circles is one of the main trading activities. Members of the highest and most respected caste always gave priests, poets, scientists and politicians at the forefront and enjoyed a great religious reputation, which has not been changed.

In its magnificence, Varanasi leaves no one indifferent to pilgrims who arrive daily from all parts of India, as well as intentions from around the world.

The traveler who is there will soon be overwhelmed by the masses of people, but also by unwittingly wandering animals. Dirt, rubbish and mess are ubiquitous and completely incomprehensible to a man from an organized Western society. Varanasi is a medieval city - a hustle and disturbing, a place where extremes intertwine. It is strewn with very narrow streets and the passerby is soon felt as if it is in some kind of maze. When it finally manages to get out of the swarm of people and comes to the river, man becomes aware of the complete change of environment. Pilgrims from all parts of India are bathing and praying therewith watching the brahmin priests. The view of Varanasi from the river fascinates and radiates inexplicable peace.

This city of expressed paradoxes, the most sacred in India, has played a major role in the history of the development of Indian civilization. As a religious and cultural center, due to its long history, it could be compared with Rome. And because it represents an exalted pilgrimage site and an idealized center of faith, it stands side by side with Jerusalem and Mecca. It is inspired by great poets, writers and philosophers, who contributed to the enrichment of Indian civilization with their works.

Death is constantly present in Varanasi. At any time, it is possible to come across a group of people carrying the covered body on a stretcher and kept repeating: "Ram us satya hai", which means "Name of God is Truth." Upon arrival at the place of cremation and after the last bath in the Gang River, the body of the deceased is laid on a wooden fracture burned by the eldest son, while other male relatives observe that the deceased's material body is again split into the elements from which it was created.

Whoever dies in this city acquires knowledge from the God of Shiva and becomes himself what the Hindu belief is called Absolute Consciousness. That is why death in Varanasi is a privilege. Cremations are performed without respiration, at any time of day and night. Every day, 200 bodies are burnt daily. Unlike other cities in India where cremation sites are hidden, in Varanasi cremation takes place on the banks of the river, in view of all. Making sure that ritual cremation goes smoothly run by people who are due to direct contact with the dead members of the lowest caste, almost, but it is also highly respected in the city.

In Varanasi you can see everything that India has to offer. This city, which seems to be standing on the edge of time and joins an invisible, but present, ancient and modern world, spreading the almost tangible vibrations of the unstoppable cycle of life and death, does not cease to enchant with its inexhaustible energy. It is a city of light and darkness, morals and corruption, peace and violence, all the contrasts that spoil its visitors.

The best safaris in the world, where animals can be seen in their completely natural habitat for just a few yards, baobab trees, exotic markets full of aromatic plants, "standing in time" villages, a hot tropical climate - are exactly what Kenya offers to their visitors.

 

Cities
Nairobi is a city-province and capital of the state of Kenya. For this city it can be said that it was created recently, and the name comes from the masai language and means "place of cold water".

It is a city full of contrast. This is a sufficiently old city so you can feel the past and multi-ethnic relations, you can experience Kenyan culture, but it is also modern enough to access the Internet.

Nairobi is mixture of people from all cultures and life styles. Decorated with modern skyscrapers, world class restaurants, fully equipped with hospitals, modern shopping centers, schools, with plenty of private and public transport and universities and colleges that provide local and foreign students education.

The city is also home to many domestic and international companies and organizations. Nairobi rope with activity. It's a city that never sleeps, the rhythm is fast, day and night. There is always something to be done and see.

Mombasa is the second largest city in Kenya, located just off the coast of the Indian Ocean, making it the most interesting to visitors. It lies mostly on the island, while it is connected to the mainland by a bridge. This is the largest port of the country, which is characteristic of a special drink euphoria, and the store is unique. Customers who hold on one counter at least a second - will surely have to buy goods, because sellers can not be denied! In the streets there is an overwhelming crowd, but the cab is quite cheap.

For those who want to get baskets in the sun, there are a huge number of beautiful beaches along the coast, with bars, restaurants and active nightlife. Tourist attraction is the dance of Masai, the tribes of warriors living in the villages in the interior.

Just what makes Mombasa unique is the tone of the wilderness, due to the proximity of national parks and villages that live according to old customs.

Flora
Certainly Kenya's greatest wealth is its inhabitants, but not just people. Kenyan nature provides everything that is expected of Africa - the second largest mountain on the continent, hills, plateaus, deserts, as well as enjoying the ocean, beaches, coral reefs ...

The three largest national parks are Masai Mara, Tsavo Est and Aberdare. Masai Mara is one of the most famous and largest not only in Kenya, but also throughout Africa. It is located in the southwest and occupies an area of approximately 320 square kilometers. Animals move freely around the park and provide visitors with the opportunity to see them in a natural environment.

 

Fauna
Cavo Ist is a park characterized by red soil and large number of different plants. Zebras, antelopes, giraffes and elephants are seen at every step. There is also Aberdare, among the oldest parks in Kenya, and certainly the most beautiful, because it is most abundantly inhabited by exotic quadruplets. Lions, leopards, buffaloes and other animals can be spotted. It is also mandatory to visit the Victoria Lake, located in the far southwest of Kenya. It is one of the largest rivers, the Nile River.

What is definitely to be known is that, as much as it is warm during the day, on these heights, in the evening, a living thing in the thermometer will drop "everything" which is below zero.

 

Hakuna matata
Kenya's inhabitants in large, and especially, tourist destinations, like Mombasa, are very pleased and try their best to please visitors. They are dressed western, and traditional costumes can be seen only with Masai representatives or in performances that are organized for foreigners. The young are quite entrepreneurial, but they have access to "hakuna matata", which has swept the equivalent of  "no problem".

 

Read more about all the great things you can do in Kenya

Brighton, the Victorian city has an exciting past and it is known to modern generations as a city that offers the best opportunities for improving English, but also for a variety of studies in that language.

With two large universities, 22 English language schools and the prestigious Academy of Arts, Brighton is university center, and studies, depending on their school status and duration, cost about 1,000 pounds.

Lower language courses, lasting two weeks, can be found for 20 pounds. Students and students are always in large numbers throughout the year, and especially in the summer months.

Brighton and the nearby city of Hove make up one city. At first glance it is not easy to determine where one ends, and where the other begins.  Brighton and Hove are common steep streets descending to the sea, luxurious architecture and beautiful family houses with lovely little colorful gardens. They are dominated by white, pink and blue hortens.

Because of the charm and good life, Brighton is all year round destination, but especially in summer months, there are twenty times more newcomers than native residents. British tourist agencies praise the fact that more than 8 million tourists visit this city annually. Among them are many London residents, who leave this elegant resort 80 km and only 50 minutes drive, either by their own car, by speedy trains that run over and over 200 kilometers per hour.

 

THE PAVILLION

The development of Brighton began at the end of the 18th century, when the royal family chose it for its official summer residence, and thus attracted the “crème de la crème” of the English society.

Brighton's "face and spirit" has been created by his most distinguished inhabitant, King George Fourth, at the beginning of the nineteenth century, who was at the royal throne of England from 1820 to 1830, and Brighton its fame owes exactly to him. In history, he is "remembered" as an art admirer, a rebel, very weak in alcohol, a woman and a gambler.

On the throne is retained only a decade and Brighton is already at the beginning of his reign chosen for summer residence at the urging doctors to their bulky, more than 100 kilograms of hard body recovered from the flamboyant life. The therapy involved daily swimming and drinking of sea water, but did not produce results.

In his eccentric and married life, he made something that was mentioned by the present generation of Brightonians - he built a luxurious building, the Royal Pavilion, which is the largest tourist attraction of the city.

The pavilion, in accordance with the king's eccentricity, presents a strange architectural combination of Indian domes and eastern minarets. That's why it is an attraction because nothing similar exists in the whole of Britain, so when you first see this building you feel like you are in India, because the top of the stone structure is decorated with dome-shaped Eastern style.

Inside, the huge chamber, for a ticket of $ 15, you can see the royal robes, huge bed that hides a secret royal orgy, a vast dining room set with porcelain dining service and gold cutlery. It is as if his royal highness will arrive at lunch every time.

King George designed  the interior of the Pavilion in Oriental style that Queen Victoria could no longer stand living in that shiny palace, this is a remote island sanctuary built for themselves, with a view of the sea. She chose this location because she does not see any contours of the Pavilion.

In every historical book on Brighton, it is said that the development of this city began exactly from 1823, when the construction of the Pavilion was completed. And twenty years later, when the railway arrives here, the city is experiencing a steady increase in the population.

 

TODAY

Today, two centuries after King George, Brighton is a very popular tourist attraction. He is for the British "little London at sea". The coast is dotted with newly built hotels, covered with numerous shops and boutiques where there are actual discounts. The most visited is the three-story department store 'Primark', in which prices only slightly deviate from those in our stores, indicating that the global recession has shaken and English, and are increasingly giving up his famous motto: "I'm not rich enough to buy cheap stuff" .

The deeper you descend to the center of Brighton, life is more and more exciting, and the passers-by are more diversified.

It stuns the smell of the sea, the wind is a daily occurrence, just like hitting the waves around the shore and advertising seagulls. These birds are so quick and if you sit on one of the lawns in order to eat a sandwich, you must first see if the seagulls are nearby, because many tourists and locals seagulls have taken food out of hand in the year.

Brighton has two docks - the Victorian Palace Pier, built in 1899, that is packed with pleasant restaurants offering cuisine from all continents. Chinese specialties are most sought after, but India's kitchen is also largely due to the many newcomers from this former British colony.

About two kilometers away is the West Pier harbor, where theater performances are often held, but in 2003 the harbor suffered two fires and its charcoal skeleton originated for years. The Brightonians are still thinking about the most suitable way for its reconstruction, but they are not in a hurry because even in this state of affairs Pier is a huge number of tourists.

The pebble beaches of Brighton, which have "surrounded" various pubs, bars, restaurants, nightclubs and all kinds of entertainment, are simply a magnet for tourists. At this point, where the Atlantic Ocean and the North Sea meet, only a few days during the summer months the sea temperature barely exceeds 22 degrees.

Local residents are trying to live as pleasant as possible, adorned with passionate thirst for drink and hedonism in every way. As soon as you drive from London to the Brighton Railway Station, you will see the other face of the city - North Laine.

It's a subway station for students and hippies, punkers ... There are many boutiques that still sell T-shirts with prints Gevare and old gramophone records. All of the above, including today's cosmopolitanism and full tolerance, have provided Brighton the glory beyond the borders of the British kingdom.

 

NIGHTLIFE HEAVEN

The most precise definition of Brighton is that it is a city for spending. There are more pubs in one square kilometer than in the whole of Great Britain, so it's a real magnet for young people from all around the world. That’s popular clubbing place and many people like to spend “dirty weekends”.

This is the city of clothes and shoes. Vegetarian shoes and bags can also be purchased, and recently, jeans have appeared in "0" and "X" shapes, adapted for people suffering from degeneration of toe bones. Very unique place is also a store of Choccywoccydood sweets at Duke Street 24, where You can buy the most unusual sweets, where one piece costs up to an incredible 4,000 pounds!

 

GAY CAPITAL OF ENGLAND

In the last decades, Brighton has become El Dorado for homosexuals. They make up about 15 percent of the population and the largest number lives in Kemptown, which is located east of the port and known as Soho on Sea, the gay capital of Britain. The streets in this part of the city are flooded with erotic shops, mini-hotels and pubs for the gay population. A huge number of same sex couples are very usual picture on the Brighton streets.

Surrounded by Vietnam, Thailand, and Laos, Cambodia is the real jewel in this part of Asia, which, thanks to a turbulent political past for visitors, has become attractive only a few years ago.

Although each trip to Asia requires great patience and an adventurous spirit, after initial adaptation to the rich but "different" Cambodian culture, it will return you multiple times.

For beginners, we present three destinations worth a visit: Siem Reap, Phnom Penh and the Gulf of Thailand.

 Siem Reap

Last year, Siem Reap, a small town in the north-west of the country, visited cca 2 million people. They all wanted to see a thousand years old Angkor temple.

The biggest attraction of Cambodia really deserves it, and you need to visit it for a few days. You'd better do that with the help of a localist.

When the complex of temples is closed, visit the colorful night market where you can get outdoor massage or pedicure with the help of miniature fish.

 

Phnom Penh

The capital of Cambodia is home to 1.5 million people who are shining with their energy and optimism with spirits of the past.

Testimonies of  Red Khmer people misdoings can not be avoided, so you can confront with them in the Tuol Sleng Museum of Genocide, where 14,000 Cambodian captives were robbed.

You should also visit the famous "Fields of Death" where mass executions and burnings were carried out.

Keep in mind that these sights are not for those bad nerves.

When you decide to relax after such sightseeings, visit the Central Marketplace (Phsar Thmei) that dates back to the period of French colonization and the Russian Market (Phsar Tuol Tom Pong).

Both are full of handicrafts, "second hand" clothes and various fripperies.

The Royal Palace and the National Museum will give you a peaceful enjoyment over the chaotic streets.

 

Coast of the Gulf of Thailand

Beautiful beaches are the largest attractions of the southwest of Cambodia. In fact, this part of the country was popular even among French colonizers.

However, the revitalization of the coastal area is not yet over by the reign of the Red Khmer, so there is a great chance that you will find here a combination of glamor and complete misery.

What does not depend so much on political and economic opportunities are beautiful beaches with white sand and coconut palm trees, and there are also about 60 islands of unreal beauty in the vicinity.

The rich marine world makes this area ideal for divers, and it is worth to try Cambodian specialties with seafood.

Sintra and Cascais, near Lisbon, attract tourists. Visitors discover magnificent scenes of the past and present. English poet Lord Byron wrote to a friend: "This place is fantastic nice!"
When the crowds in Lisbon in the peak of the tourist season become intolerable, it is best to sit in the first train and head to Sintra, Cape Cabo da Roca and the Cascais sea resort, to visit the westernmost point of Europe towards the Atlantic Ocean.
The name of this city originates from Indo-European languages and means "star" and "sun". Sintra is located at the foot of high forested hills, where, due to the forest climate, many Portuguese rulers built their summer residences from the 15th to the 19th century. It is precisely because of this wealth of Sintra Mountains, Nature Park, historical monuments, fortresses Mouros, Palace da Pena, the National Palace, the city and its surroundings in 1995, became the protected UNESCO heritage.
The settlement was founded by the Maori in the late eighteenth century, when they built a fort on a hill above the city, which was wrapped forever by an impenetrable fog, defended Sintra. Fortress Mouros was completely reconstructed in the 19th century as a neo-gothic guards, so as to serve tourists today to watch the surrounding hills and valleys from its walls, as well as the beautiful Palace da Pena.

The palace was built by the architect Diogo de Boitak under the orders of King Manuel the First, by first designing the Jeronimic monastery and then the castle, which was the residence of King Ferdinand II. This building is a mixture of Gothic, Baroque, Maori and Islamic architecture. The Portuguese have managed to revive colorful towers that are visible from afar. Judging by the artistic portraits and the size of rooms with low vaults and small beds, the royal family was of low growth and stamina.
In the royal era of the Mouros fortress and the Palace da Pena, there was a villa with three different works. Sao Pedro is a shopping street with narrow streets and small shops in front of which handmade artwork is sold and fado music sounds are all around.


Estefania is a district around the train station, where the Town House is a large public park where artists offer their works for sale. Villa Velha is the area where the royal palace is located.
The Sintra National Palace is the best preserved medieval royal house in Portugal because it was home to the dynasty from the 15th to the 19th century.
The beauty of the Sintra can also be measured by the former Cascais fishing village. It became famous when it was turned into a resort of the Portuguese royal family, but also a European elite at the end of the 19th century.


The fortress at the port of Cascais is today a living museum, with a royal court and a chapel, as well as a hotel and marina. Very picturesque Mediterranean streets, villas and castles, great wine, excellent climate, long sandy beaches, surfing waves, in the meantime, Cascais has been promoted to an unforgettable place for relaxation and relaxation.

 

The WESTERNMOST POINT


The first piece of land seen by Christopher Columbus when he returned from his first trip to America in 1493 was the white-white walls of Cabo da Roca, near Sintra. The Romans called it the Promontory magnum. This wall was a landmark to Columbus that helped him safely sail to the port of Lisbon. Cabo da Roca is today's westernmost point of Europe with a viewpoint and a glimpse of the Atlantic.

Norway is known for its high mountains, breath-taking fjords, and the midnight sun. But that’s not all there is to see – this is also a land of opera festivals, fine dining and colourful celebrations.

Whether you’re planning to visit Norway, or want to discover more about the country, our travel guide is the best place to start.

 

 

Sightseeing in Norway

Want to take in the sights on your tour of Norway? There’s no better place to start than Oslo, its capital. This is a modern and vibrant city, filled with cafes, street markets and museums – and some truly stunning architecture.

Special mention goes to the newly‑built Norwegian National Opera and Ballet centre, with its iconic public walkway that sweeps up the side of the building.

You’ll also find other, more historical gems here. Visit the imposing Akershus Fortress to get a sense of how Norway’s kings and queens lived, or spend an afternoon exploring the charming 18th‑century streets of Damstredet and Telthusbakken.

If you’re thinking of venturing beyond Oslo then we’d recommend a trip to Trondheim, Norway’s third-largest urban area. This used to be the country’s capital, and it boasts an imposing stone cathedral that is nearly 1,000 years old.

But there’s also a sense of fun and creativity in the air here – helped, no doubt, by the population of nearly 30,000 students who live in the city. You can rock out at Rockheim, an innovative museum dedicated to rock and pop music, or enjoy a beer and some bar snacks by the side of a canal in the city’s hip new Solsiden district.

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 The city of Trondheim, pictured above, is known for its fascinating history and lively cafe culture.

 

Food in Norway

Norway’s cuisine has always relied on natural delicacies such as freshly‑caught seafood and wild berries. Now, a new generation of Norwegian chefs are reinventing this tradition, by focusing on organic and sustainable produce.

If you want to see this philosophy in action, head to three‑Michelin‑starred restaurant Maaemo in Oslo. Head chef Esben has created a 20-course menu that focuses on what’s fresh and in season – along with more unusual ingredients, including pine and even wood ants!

Or, if you’re the active type, you might want to sample some of the dishes on offer in Norway’s mountain resorts. Eateries like Restaurant Hallingstuene in Geilo, and Bessheim Fjellestue in Besseggen, are great places to enjoy a hearty supper and a glass of wine after a long hike.   

But for us, the best way to experience Norway’s food is by enjoying a home‑cooked meal with a group of Norwegians. The country’s inhabitants are famed for their hospitality, and many Norwegian people like nothing more than to welcome guests into their home for freshly‑made coffee and waffles.

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Travel around Norway

As a guide to Norway, we couldn’t get away from mentioning its awe‑inspiring natural beauty. There are many ways to get around the country’s stunning mountains, valleys and fjords – some of which are more unusual than others!

One popular way to see more of the country is by taking a cruise up Norway’s coastline. You’ll pass by green hillsides, quaint and colourful villages, and thriving fishing ports, before heading into the arctic circle. Here, the landscape becomes wilder, and you’re in with a good chance of seeing the majestic Northern Lights.

 

Discover the awe-inspiring Northern Lights on a cruise up Norway's coast.

Another way to take in the sights is by taking a cycling holiday to Norway. This might conjure up thoughts of punishing climbs and hairpin bends – but in reality, there’s something for everyone, no matter how confident you are on two wheels!

Explore the scenic Rallarvegen route through the countryside, which takes you past steep hillsides and thundering waterfalls. Or experience the thrill of cycling the Atlanterhavsveien, an eight‑kilometre road that connects a number of islands out in the Atlantic Ocean.

Lastly, for something a bit different, why not try a dogsledding trip across Norway’s arctic tundra? Many guides offer dogsledding experiences, where you can learn more about this fascinating mode of transport, while coming face‑to‑face with the wild scenery of Northern Norway.

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London: where do we start?
This teeming metropolis has it all, from big‑name museums to trendy bars, a thriving nightlife and some of the best shopping in Europe.

If you’re planning a visit, check out this handy travel guide for lots of tips on what to see and do in London.

 

Sightseeing in London

Big Ben, Tower Bridge, Buckingham Palace – London’s tourist attractions are famous around the world. Every summer, the city welcomes roughly five million visitors, keen to enjoy this heady mix of history and splendour.

So how can you see the sights while avoiding the crowds of tourists? To start with, we’d recommend taking a leisurely cruise up the River Thames.

You’ll pass by some of London’s most impressive buildings, including the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey and the Tower of London. You can hop on and off at various points up the river, and tickets are normally valid for 24 hours, making this a handy way to get around the city.

Another brilliant way to see London is by taking a stroll through the South Bank area by the side of the Thames. Set out from Waterloo train station and you’ll soon arrive at the London Eye – a giant ferris wheel that offers dazzling views over the city.

Continue along the riverside and you’ll pass fantastic attractions such as the Tate Modern art gallery and a reconstruction of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. The walk ends at the Houses of Parliament, where a guided tour will take you behind the scenes of this fascinating building.

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Food and drink in London

London is a cultural melting pot, and there are a dizzying array of different styles and flavours to be enjoyed here.

To start with, we’d suggest you check out London’s food halls. Harrods department store runs the most famous one – and also the priciest. Its art deco interior holds a range of gourmet delights, including rare and expensive treats such as lobster and caviar.

If you’re looking for something a little less refined, try the lively Borough Market. Located just minutes from London Bridge station, this is a wonderful place to sample international street food, or quench your thirst with a pint of craft beer.

For restaurant-goers, the city offers a bewildering amount of choice. London has everything from Michelin‑starred establishments, to ‘greasy spoon cafes’ (cheap diners, where you can get a traditional English breakfast).

There are also some more unusual options, for the more adventurous traveller. Head to Dans le Noir in Camden, a restaurant where you eat in complete darkness, or experience tableside acrobatics at the aptly‑named Circus bar.

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Unusual activities in London

You’ve seen the sights on your visit to London, now why not try some of its more unusual activities? You’ll find that there are surprises around every corner in this fascinating city.

For instance, did you know that you could spend a night with the lions at London Zoo? Check in at the Gir Lion Lodge and you can spend the night next to the Asiatic lion enclosure. You also get a two‑course dinner, and private guided tours of the different animal cages after closing time. 

Or, if you’re an adrenaline junkie, head to the Lee Valley White Water Centre for a spot of white‑water rafting. The venue, built for London’s Olympic Games in 2012, also provides canoeing and kayaking sessions both for beginners and more proficient guests.

Lastly, if you visit London in August, it’s worth checking out Notting Hill Carnival. This two‑day celebration, known as ‘Europe’s biggest street party’, is a vibrant celebration of London in all its multicultural glory. Expect brightly‑coloured dancers, pumping sound systems, and a party lasting well into the early hours of the morning.

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India is a land of contradictions – here you’ll find everything from busy marketplaces to quiet temples, lush forests to snow‑topped mountains.

Its cities are a whirlwind of colour and exuberance, and are home to fascinating cultures and traditions. But this can also feel like the land that time forgot, with sleepy villages, overgrown fortresses and ancient hillside monasteries.

If you’re planning a trip to India, check out this handy travel guide for tips on the best things to see and do.

 Explore the Taj Mahal - one of the most beautiful buildings on earth.

 

Places to visit in India

On their first holiday to India, many people choose to travel around the so‑called ‘Golden Triangle’ circuit. This three‑stop journey takes in the cities of Delhi and Jaipur, as well as the world‑famous Taj Mahal building in Agra.

At Delhi, be sure to visit the city’s stunning red sandstone monuments, such as the Qutab Minar Complex with its magnificent Islamic calligraphy. Or, invigorate your senses with a tour of the city’s spice market – the largest of its kind in the whole of Asia.

Next, on to the Taj Mahal, described by some guides as the most beautiful building in the world. This soaring white edifice can be seen as the ultimate romantic gesture: it was designed by the Emperor Shah Jahan as a memorial to his wife, Mumtaz Mahal.

Finish up in Jaipur, known as the ‘Pink City’ because of the distinctive rose‑coloured stones used in many of its most famous buildings. Take in an eagle’s‑eye view of the city at the majestic Nahargarh Fort, or dive in to the city’s many bustling bazaars and try to grab a bargain.

If you’re after a more mystical experience, India has a multitude of sacred sites to offer. We’d recommend heading to Varanasi, Hinduism’s holiest city. Here, on a series of wide steps (or ‘ghats’) leading down to the Ganges River, Hindus gather to wash away their sins or to cremate their relatives.

At night, Varanasi’s ghats are the site of joyful celebrations. Worshippers light flickering candles and send them out onto the water, and the sound of bells echoes against the ancient riverside buildings.

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Food and drink in India

Indian flavours are truly mouth‑watering, and there are a dazzling variety of different dishes and cooking styles to sample across the sub‑continent.

As a rough guide, food in India can be divided into the cuisine of Northern India and the cuisine of Southern India. In the north, they favour rich meat and vegetable dishes with onion, tomato and yoghurt‑based sauces.

Southern Indians tend to prefer wholly vegetarian dishes, flavoured with a different range of ingredients including chilli and coconut. They also make greater use of rice – either as a side‑dish, or as the base for making savoury pancakes and flatbreads.

If this talk of food has left you feeling thirsty, how about a cup of tea? India is the second‑largest producer of the tea leaves in the world, after China, and the drink has been enjoyed here for thousands of years.

For an authentic experience, be sure to purchase a steaming hot cup of chai tea from a street vendor in one of India’s busy alleyways.

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Nature tourism in India

If you’re visiting India as a tourist, you should definitely budget for some time in the tropical paradise of Kerala.

One of India’s southern‑most states, Kerala is an emerald jewel in the sub‑continent’s crown. This is a land of tea plantations, winding backwaters, and lush forests.

The best way to see more of Kerala is to hop on one of the many houseboats that cruise along its palm‑fringed canals. As you glide past paddy fields and rural villages, you’ll experience the true nature of relaxation.  

Come face-to-face with a tiger at one of India's wildlife reserves.

Or, why not travel to India’s Western Ghats area, one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots, for an ecotourism holiday? Head to one of the country's wildlife sanctuaries to come face‑to‑face with a tiger – or spend a night camping in the jungle, if you’re brave enough!

Ecotourism is a great way to experience the country’s enchanting wildlife, as some of the proceeds from your trip are usually re‑invested into vital conservation work.

Lastly, journey to new heights with a visit to India’s incredible Himalaya mountain range. This is a magical place, where you’ll discover craggy peaks, ancient monasteries and brightly‑coloured prayer flags fluttering in the breeze.

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Kenya is where your dreams of Africa will become a reality. It’s a place where giraffes, zebra, elephants and lions roam over wide open plains, and colourful tribes live according to ancient traditions.

But head to Kenya’s cities and you’ll see an altogether more modern side of Africa. Here, grand colonial buildings stand alongside trendy bars and restaurants, while traders call out their wares at bustling street markets.

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 Kenya's national parks are an excellent place to spot some of Africa's most majestic wild animals.

Safari holidays in Kenya

Kenya is an excellent place to discover one of Africa’s most magical experiences – a safari trip.

Safari holidays in Kenya usually involve venturing into one of the country’s many beautiful nature reserves, such as the Masai Mara or Amboseli national parks.

These parks are home to a variety of big beasts, including lions, cheetahs, giraffes and elephants, along with other rare animals such as the endangered black rhino.

Tour operators normally provide transport to and from Nairobi, and you can choose from a number of accommodation options, from luxurious private lodges to more basic camping facilities.

Most tourists opt for a ‘mobile safari’, where you are driven around in a vehicle; this offers more flexibility and you’ll have a better chance of spotting big game. If you fancy exploring the savannah on foot, you could also choose a walking safari led by an experienced guide.

For those who are after a greener experience, there are plenty of ecotourism retreats in Kenya. These range from traditional safari tours, to more unusual trips – including one offered by the East African Whale Shark Trust, where tourists can dive with whale sharks.

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City breaks in Kenya

Of course, Kenya isn’t all about safari trips. It’s also a country with a rich history, where African traditions intermingle with Asian and European influences.

You can experience this blend of cultures in Kenya’s thriving capital, Nairobi, and in the port of Mombasa – both of which make perfect spots for a city break.

Mombasa's Old Town is a great place to relax, unwind and soak up the city's fascinating history. Photo © Shiraz Chakera (CC BY-SA 2.0).

Nairobi is a cosmopolitan capital city with a buzzing nightlife and world‑class restaurants. When it comes to food in Kenya, try the nyama choma, a type of barbecued meat that is often served with a spicy tomato relish.

Visit Nairobi’s Bomas cultural centre to find out more about Kenya’s different tribes and witness traditional African dances being performed. Or, head to the Giraffe Centre for a close encounter with these friendly giants of the savannah.

Situated on Kenya’s scenic west coast, the ancient port of Mombasa is also an excellent city break destination.

This lively and multicultural city has been visited by seafarers for hundreds of years – including the Portugese, who built the impressive Fort Jesus here in the 16th century.

Take a stroll through the winding streets of Mombasa’s Old Town, noting the interesting mix of mosques and Hindu temples. Or, head to the warm waters of Kenya’s nearby coastline for a scuba diving trip, where you’ll get to explore vibrant coral reefs and swim alongside tropical fish.

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Active holidays in Kenya

Kenya offers a wide range of active holidays for those who want to get out and explore the great outdoors.

One of the most popular ways to see more of the country is with a hiking tour up the lofty Mount Kenya, described by UNESCO as “one of the most impressive landscapes in Eastern Africa.”

You’ll pass moorlands and lush forests inhabited by rare African wildlife, before ascending up the side of this snow‑capped mountain, with stunning views across the landscape far below.

Mount Kenya has been described by UNESCO as “one of the most impressive landscapes in Eastern Africa.”

Kenya’s Indian Ocean coastline is also a superb location for watersports enthusiasts. Its sparkling blue waters and palm‑fringed beaches are the perfect setting for a sailing, kayaking or windsurfing adventure.

And if you run out of steam, you could always relax on one of Kenya’s magnificent beaches, with their picture‑perfect white sand and coconut palms swaying in the breeze. Sound like heaven? We think so.

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Kenya’s capital city, Nairobi, is full of delights – from grand colonial buildings and colourful street markets, to a decidedly trendy nightlife scene.

But this is only a part of what Nairobi has to offer. Often, the most fun can be had by venturing out of the city and exploring the surrounding countryside.

Check out these day trip ideas, and experience more on your visit to Kenya.

 

  1. Head to a local village and enjoy lunch with a Kenyan family

Want to discover the real Kenya? There’s no better way to do this than by visiting a local family and helping them to cook a traditional meal.

Our guide, Monicah, will pick you up in Nairobi and drive you to the small town of Gatundu, located around an hour from the city in the midst of Kenya’s farmland.

Here, you’ll meet Monicah’s family, feed the cattle at her grandmother’s farm and maybe even try milking the cow. You can also help to prepare a tasty Kenyan lunch.

Monicah’s grandmother is a friendly and welcoming lady with lots of stories, who is likely to try to teach you a few words of Swahili!

This will be an unforgettable trip, and a great way to experience authentic village life in Kenya.

 

  1. Hike in the amazing Ngong Hills

Only a short drive from Nairobi, you’ll find the beautiful Ngong Hills, a popular walking spot with breath-taking views. Join our guide, Daniel, for a relatively easy hike along the tops of these seven hills.

On one side of the ridge you’ll be able to see the Great Rift Valley, home to some of Africa’s most recognisable wildlife, as well as a number of villages.

Look over to the other side and you’ll see the town of Karen spread out below you, with the skyscrapers and urban sprawl of Nairobi off in the far distance.

The hike takes around four to five hours in total, and you’ll be able to break for a picnic at the top of the fourth hill.

Overall, this is a great day out from Nairobi where you’ll see more of Kenya’s nature and some dazzling views over the Rift Valley.

 

  1. Visit one of Kenya’s rose farms

See a different side to Kenya with a visit to one of the country’s many rose farms.

Our guide, Hellen, will pick you up from Nairobi and drive you to one of these flower farms, known for producing picture‑perfect Valentine’s Day roses that are sold around the world. 

Along the way, you’ll drive through some of Kenya’s awe‑inspiring wild landscapes, home to big game animals such as giraffes and zebras.

We’ll also be passing one of the most magnificent sights in Kenya – the Great Rift Valley at its highest point – and there will be lots of opportunities to stop and take pictures.

Choose this activity to see more of wild Africa, and experience one of Kenya’s beautiful flower farms.

 

 

  1. Discover Kenya with a walking safari

Fancy a Kenyan safari trip with a difference?

Our guide, Laura, will take you on a three‑day adventure that includes big game spotting, traditional Kenyan food, and a chance to witness the tribal dances of the Masai people.

Leaving Nairobi, you’ll drive through Masai lands, stopping at Olorgesailie where many prehistoric human artefacts have been found. Here, you can learn more about the origins of man, an eye‑opening experience.

Next, you’ll head into the bush for two amazing days of camping and trekking. Led by a Masai elder, you’ll be hiking through unspoilt African landscapes of brush and savannah, which shelter a fascinating range of big game animals and birds.

You’ll also get to eat mouth‑watering Kenyan cuisine, prepared by a professional chef, and you’ll witness traditional Masai dances including the exhilarating Gorilla Dance.

While not technically a ‘day trip’, this safari adventure is a superb way to explore everything that Kenya has to offer.

 

Kenya is the world’s premier destination for safari holidays. Its vast savannahs are home to Africa’s most recognisable big game animals, including lions, cheetahs, giraffes.

But you don’t have to venture out to one of the bigger national parks to see these majestic creatures in their natural habitat; one of the best places to go on a safari is in Nairobi National Park, on the doorstep of Kenya’s capital city.

Some of Kenya's most famous big game animals can be seen just outside its capital city, Nairobi.

 

What to see at Nairobi National Park

Nairobi National Park hosts thriving populations of lions, hippos, zebras, and many other animals – including the rare black rhino. The easiest way to see these magnificent animals is by taking a safari trip within the park.

The entrance fee for Nairobi National Park is $40 for adults, and $20 for children or students – a small price to pay for a close encounter with Africa’s charismatic wildlife.

Alongside a safari tour, there are a number of other attractions you just can’t miss. Start by heading to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, a home for orphaned baby elephants and rhinos.

Meeting these little cuties, and watching them gambol around after being given their morning bottle of milk, is a heart-warming experience for any traveller.

Elsewhere, you can come face‑to‑face with Africa’s friendly giants with a visit to the park’s Giraffe Centre. This conservation centre contains special observation platforms, allowing guests to stand eye‑to‑eye with the giraffes, pet them and even feed them.

And if you fancy some cultural fun, the city of Nairobi is only a short drive away. This bustling metropolis is full of grand colonial buildings, colourful street markets, and a decidedly trendy nightlife scene.

Nairobi is one of Africa's most lively and interesting cities, with superb restaurants and a buzzing nightlife.

 

Where to stay

Nairobi National Park offers a range of accommodation options for those who are keen to set up camp in the midst of wild Africa.

Head to the Nairobi Tented Camp for a wilderness experience like no other. More ‘glamping’ than camping, the tents come with comfy furniture, hot showers and cooked meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

You could also head to Giraffe Manor, an Edwardian mansion house that is attached to the park’s aforementioned Giraffe Centre. The best thing about staying here? Giraffes are a curious bunch, and you might be surprised to find one of these inquisitive animals peering into your window in search of a treat!

At Giraffe Manor, you never know who will turn up for breakfast...

Staying in the city of Nairobi itself is also an option. Relax in the splendour of the city’s prime establishment, the Sarova Stanley hotel, or opt for slightly cheaper digs in the suburbs of Westlands, Parklands or Karen.

 

When to visit

The National Park is best visited in the period of July through to March, when the weather is mostly hot and dry.

We’d recommend visiting in the early morning, when the temperature is still fairly cool and the animals are at their most active. This includes the big cats, who will often be returning from a night of hunting.

 

 

Thailand is the pearl of east Asia. There's something here for every traveller - whether you fancy combing thorugh colourful markets, exploring ancient temples, partying the night away or just relaxing on a picture perfect tropical beach. 

Planning a holiday to Thailand? Check out our handy travel guide for tips on what to see and do while you’re here.

 

Buddhism is the main religion in Thailand, and spirituality plays a large role in daily life here.

Package tours in Thailand

One of the best ways to experience Thailand is by booking a package tour. This way you can see the country’s many sights, without having to painstakingly plan your own itinerary.

Most tours start in Thailand’s capital city, Bangkok. This is a modern and fast‑paced city, home to bustling street markets, historic monuments, and of course, numerous street food stalls serving mouth‑watering delicacies.

Bangkok is also called the ‘Venice of the East’ because of its many waterways. Hitching a ride on a canal boat can be a fun way to explore the city – as well as helping you to avoid its notorious traffic jams!

For a more laid‑back vibe, pick a guided tour that stops at Thailand’s second city, Chang Mai. Stop off at one of the city’s ancient Buddhist temples, or visit a Thai cookery school and learn how to make the perfect green curry.

Many package tours of Thailand will also take you down to the south of the country – an area known for its luxuriant forests, turquoise waters and picture‑perfect beaches.

Here, you can relax underneath swaying palm trees, dance all night at a full moon party, or head into the jungle to meet some of Thailand’s fascinating wildlife.

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Beach holidays in Thailand

We’ve said it before, we’ll say it again: Thailand’s beaches are simply sublime.

Visit the country’s coastline, with its warm waters, powdery white sand and swaying coconut palms, you really will feel like you’ve landed in paradise.

 

 

Thailand's coastline is both beautiful and dramatic, with karst islands rising out of aquamarine waters.

A vacation among Thailand’s southern islands is the perfect way to relax and de‑stress – but if you’re the active type, there’s also lots to keep you busy.

Strap on a snorkel or some diving gear to explore one of the coastline’s many colourful coral reefs. Or, try your hand at some of the watersports on offer here: windsurfing, sea kayaking, jet skiing and sailing are just some of the many options for adventurous travellers.

Later on, you can unwind with a massage at one of Thailand’s many beach resorts, or join in with late‑night revelry on the islands of Phuket or Ko Pha Ngan.

And if you’ve built up an appetite, don’t forget that you’re never far away from some delicious Thai cuisine and a refreshing Singha beer.

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Wild Thailand

Fancy a nature‑spotting holiday? Thailand is a great place to see some truly magnificent wildlife.

The country's lush northern forests shelter a range of rare creatures including elephants, tigers and sun bears, while the palm-fringed coastline and jagged karst islands in the south are home to a bounty of marine life.

 

Trekking holidays in Thailand are a great way to spot some of the country's magnificent wildlife.

There are a multitude of ways to experience wild Thailand: from jungle trekking among hill tribes near Chang Rai, to diving with whale sharks in the seas off the Simian Islands.

Or, why not try an eco-tourism adventure? The country holds many beautiful forest retreats and nature reserves, where you can get closer to nature and even help with the conservation of Thailand's most charismatic wild animals.

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Would you like to have fun and earn some extra money at the same time?

Well, now you can! Pick Your Day is an online marketplace that brings local people together with travellers who are searching for new experiences.

You don’t need to be a professional guide to join our service – you just need to be passionate about your local area, and willing to show visitors around some of your favourite spots.

Pick Your Day is a growing company, and we are now looking for people all over Africa to join us as activity providers. Whether you’re living in South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya or Morocco, we’re calling on you to sign up and become part of our community.

Setting up an activity with us is a simple and secure process. After just a few clicks, and a short description of what you’re offering, you’ll be added to our platform and ready to go.

But this isn’t just a way to earn some extra cash – joining Pick Your Day can also be a great opportunity to show visitors what your local area has to offer.

For instance, you could offer to show guests around your local village, your favourite fishing spot, or a marketplace you visit every day. Remember, even if something seems ordinary to you, it can seem interesting and exotic to people who are exploring your country. 

By opening your doors to visitors and showing them the places that are special to you, you will also open yourself up to new experiences, and you could even meet people that will become lifelong friends!

Tourists across the world are desperate to experience authentic African culture, and we have already helped many African people to become successful tour guides for their local areas. Could you be the next?

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Welcome to Lisbon: a city with world-class museums and galleries, picturesque neighbourhoods clinging to steep hillsides, and a surprisingly lively nightlife scene.

If you do take a trip to Europe’s sunniest capital – and one of its most charming – then here are some handy tips on what to see and do.

 

Things to do in Lisbon

Lisbon is a picture-postcard European city, with winding cobbled streets, historic churches and terracotta-roofed houses aplenty.

If you’re an architecture buff, be sure to visit the hilltop castle of Castelo de São Jorge, which offers incredible views out over the city below. Or take a stroll through the Alfama, an old Moorish district that still retains its village-like feel.

Yet outside of these historic areas, you’ll find that Lisbon is a buzzing, modern place that is continually reinventing itself. The city is jam-packed with exciting restaurants and trendy nightclubs, and it boasts an impressive cultural scene.

Head to the LX Factory, a creative hub where you can catch live events such as film screenings, fashion shows and art exhibitions. And if shopping is your thing, try the Embaixada, a converted 19th‑century palace that now houses a trendy collection of fashion shops and restaurants.

Lastly, why not enjoy some quintessentially Portuguese attractions on your visit to Lisbon? Head to a local bar to try some of the country’s famous red wine, while listening to a mournful and passionate Fado performance.

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Food and drink in Lisbon

No guide to Lisbon would be complete without a mention of the city’s fabulous food and drink.

Situated on the Atlantic Ocean, Lisbon is a prime location for quality seafood. Head to rustic eateries such as the Bota Alta restaurant in Bairro Alto for steaming dishes of clams, baked fish, crab and other delicacies. 

You could also make a pilgrimage to the Antiga Confeitaria de Belém bakery to try another Portuguese delight: the heavenly pastel de nata. One bite of one of these little pastry tarts, and you’ll be in foodie paradise.

When in Lisbon, be sure to try a pastel de nata. Photo © Luca Boldrini, CC BY 2.0

And if you’re feeling thirsty, you could always try the local tipple, ginjinha. This fiery drink, made with ginja cherries, is consumed at hole-in-the-wall bars across the city.

The barman might ask you if you’d like a cherry at the bottom of the glass – say yes! Biting into the liquor-soaked fruit at the end will give your drink a lovely extra kick.

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Day trips from Lisbon

If you’re on a sightseeing trip to Lisbon, it pays to venture outside of the city centre.

Just a few kilometres away from the old town is the historic district of Belém – the starting point for Vasco de Gama and other Portuguese explorers as they set off to explore the world during the Age of Discovery.

Nowadays, the area is home to inspiring monuments to these early travellers, as well as beautiful botanical gardens and the stylish modern art collection of Museu Coleção Berardo.

For a fun family outing, head to the aquarium at the Parque das Nações. This educational centre was recently voted the ‘World’s Best Aquarium’ by Tripadvisor, and contains an impressive range of sea creatures from around the globe.

And, if you fancy a spot of relaxation, you could always visit one of the beautiful beaches that are just a short way away from Lisbon.

If you’re looking for a secluded getaway, visit Adraga, a little gem that has been rated as one of the best beaches in Europe. Or head to the Costa de Caparica area, with 15 kilometres of golden sands fronted by many beach bars and restaurants.

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So, as we're in the holiday season, we thought we'd give you a run-down of the customs that are popular at Christmas time across the world.

Some of these traditions are heartwarming, some are rib-tickling, and some are downright peculiar - but they are all full of festive cheer in their own way!

 

1. Australia

It will come as no surprise to you that Australians don’t typically have a white Christmas. In fact, the yuletide season comes right in the middle of their summertime.

This means that if you’re celebrating Christmas down under, you can expect to swap your snowshoes for flip‑flops. It’s normal for people to head to the beach and enjoy a tasty barbecue for their Christmas dinner.

Santa also traditionally swaps his woollen suit for something a little less stuffy. He leaves his reindeer behind too, and is instead pulled by six kangaroos or ‘six white boomers’ (also the name of a popular Christmas song!).

 

2. Venezuela

While Christmas in Australia could involve surfing and beach volleyball, in Venezuela they partake in a different sport – rollerskating.

That’s right: in the capital of Venezuela, Caracas, people typically rollerskate to morning church services between the 16th and 24th December. The authorities even close the roads to make it safer for them!

It’s also typical for children to tie a piece of string around their toes when they go to bed, and leave the end hanging out of their window. In the morning, passers-by will tug on any strings they see hanging down, to save people from oversleeping and missing church.

 

 

3. Mexico

Venezuala isn’t the only place in the Americas where they make a big deal out of Christmas. In Mexico, people celebrate by shopping for gifts and tasty treats at special market stalls, known as puestos.

They also cut patterns into brown paper bags to make special lanterns, called farolitos. A candle is put inside, and the lanterns are placed on porches and windowsills where they shine out and spread festive cheer.

In Mexico, little lanterns or 'farolitos' are left on porches and windowsills to shine out at passers-by.

4. Norway

Light also plays a big role in Norwegian Christmas celebrations, but in a different way. Here, in the cold and dark Nordic winter, people hang star‑shaped paper lanterns up and put candles in their windows.

The holiday season begins at the start of advent, four Sundays before Christmas. It’s traditional to light one candle each Sunday until Christmas, and to sing a different song with each candle.  

On Christmas day, presents are brought by a ‘nisse’ – a gnome‑like creature from Scandinavian folklore. Children leave a bowl of porridge out for this enchanted creature overnight, and any that is left over is used to make a tasty pudding called “riskrem”.

 

5. The Netherlands

Meanwhile, in the Netherlands, presents are delivered on 5th December (St Nicholas’s Eve) by ‘Sinterklaas’, who appears as a bishop in red robes, with a flowing white beard.

Sinterklaas is traditionally believed to travel over from Spain by steam boat – yes, really! – and is always accompanied by his servant ‘Black Pete’.

Little boys and girls are told that if they put hay and carrots in their shoes overnight for Sinterklaas’s horse, he will leave them some sweets and presents. But if they’ve been bad that year, Black Pete will take them back to Spain for a year to teach them how to behave.

6. Slovakia & Ukraine

Elsewhere in Europe, there are some even more unusual Christmas customs. Among parts of Slovakia and Ukraine, families usually start their festive dinner with a bowl of loksa (a traditional Christmas dish made from poppy seeds, bread and water). It’s customary for the head of the family to take a spoonful of loksa and throw it at the ceiling.

This isn’t just for fun – it’s actually a way of measuring your good luck! It’s believed that the more of the mixture that sticks, the bigger and richer your crops will be in the following year.

7. Czech Republic

The Czech Republic is also home to some quirky yuletide traditions of its own. In one Christmas custom, single women take part in a special ritual to find out if they will marry in the next year.

The woman stands with her back to the door of her house, and throws one of her shoes behind her. If the shoe falls with the heel pointing towards the door, then she will be without a husband for another year. But if the toe of the shoe is pointing at the door, then she is about to meet the man of her dreams.

In Finland, people usually take a break from the festivities to enjoy a Christmas day sauna.

8. Finland

Of course, in Finland, Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a typical Finnish sauna. Yes, that’s right – a relaxing, wood‑fired sauna experience is an integral part of Christmas day here. Sounds cosy, doesn’t it?

After taking a steam bath, Finns usually sit down to a festive dinner of pork leg, served with mashed potato and swede. This is accompanied by lutefisk – a Scandinavian delicacy that is made from cod that has been soaked in lye until it has a jelly‑like consistency.

9. Greenland

While over in Greenland, they like to feast on an even more unusual Christmas treat.  ‘Kiviak’ is meat from a little auk (an arctic bird) that has been buried in seal skin for a number of months.

Once the meat has reached the advanced stages of decomposition, it is dug up and eaten for Christmas dinner. This may sound far‑fetched, but to many Greenlanders it considered a delicacy.

People also celebrate by eating ‘mattak’, or whale skin with a piece of blubber inside.

Kentucky Fried...Christmas???

10. Japan

But in terms of unbelievable Christmas meals, Japan surely wins the gold medal. On their special day, it is customary for Japanese people to tuck into – wait for it – a big bucket of KFC!

That’s right, fried chicken is the most popular Christmas meal in Japan, thanks mainly to a very successful marketing campaign by the company in 1974.

It’s so popular that on Christmas day, you won’t get into some KFC restaurants without a special reservation.

 

Well, that’s it. We hope you’ve enjoyed our tour of Christmas festivities around the world. Wherever you are, and however you are celebrating, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

 

When is the best time to visit Thailand

Thailand is an amazing holiday destination, with idyllic beaches, ancient temples and a world-famous cuisine. The country may be known for its calm seas and balmy weather, but this is not always the case. Visit in the wrong season, and you could be met with sweltering heat or even torrential rain.

If you are planning a trip to Thailand, read this article to find out when is the perfect time to travel.

 

Central and Northern Thailand
The central and northern parts of Thailand have three seasons: the cool season, hot season and rainy season,

We recommend travelling to these parts Thailand during the cool season, from November to March. You can expect dry weather and lots of suns, making this a great time to go trekking in the areas around Chang Mai and Chang Rai.
The days will still feel quite hot, with temperatures reaching around 30°C; however, the nights can be chilly, especially at high altitudes, so make sure to bring some warm clothes if you are planning on visiting the highlands.

The period between November and March is the best time for a Thai trekking holiday.

From April to May, Thailand experiences its hot season, and the thermometer can rise to a searing 40°C in some central areas. Humidity will also increase during this season.

And, from May until November, you can expect torrential rains as the country's monsoon weather sweeps in. Dirt roads are liable to turn into mudslides, which could affect your travel plans at this time of year of the rainy season.

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The Gulf of Thailand (East Coast)
There are some stunning beaches along the country east coast, including those around Koh Samui, Koh Phangan or Koh Tao.

To enjoy these idyllic spots at their best, you should aim to visit between January and March. This is the months where you get the postcard photos with crystal clear water and blue sky.
During these months you can expect sunny days, calm seas and crystal-clear waters. Better still, cool breezes help to ensure that temperatures remain around a balmy 30°C.


From March to May, the mercury is likely to climb to between 29°C-35°C, and humidity will also increase. If you want a beach holiday in Thailand between May and August this is actually the best place to visit in Thailand. There will be some afternoon showers and clouds in the sky, but normally you can have a nice time on the beach in this period. If you would like to spend your summer holiday in Thailand, the beaches on the northern Koh Samui has normally fewer waves.

The worst months for rain are between October and November. Some islands may be closed for business, and boat services may be cancelled due to storms. If you are travelling during these months, you will need to be flexible with your travel plans.

If you would like to spend your Christmas holiday in this area you must be prepared for some rain and cloudy sky, it is not the best Thai destination for this season.

One of the pristine beaches in the Gulf of Thailand

 

The Andaman Sea (West Coast)
Thailand west coast is home to staggering rock formations and pure, turquoise waters, making this a beach paradise.

As with the rest of the country, the best time to enjoy west coast beaches such as Phuket, Krabi, Ao Nang and Koh Lanta is in the winter months. Thailand's Andaman Sea coastline is at its best in the winter months.

In terms of its seasons, this area is similar to the Gulf of Thailand, but there are some slight variations. In the Andaman Sea, the cool and dry season begins slightly earlier in mid-November. Heat levels remaining high but not sweltering until around March.

From March to May the cool winds die down, and temperatures can reach a hot and sticky 30°C. In this period its often red flags on the beach and most places are not recommended to swim in the sea. And from May to October the monsoon season takes hold, bringing cloudy skies and torrential rain.

Thailand's Andaman Sea coastline is at its best in the winter months.

 

Season occurs
Thailands central and northern region, east coast and west coast may have their differences, but one thing for sure winter is always the best time to visit.

It's a little hard for a foreigner to understand the different climate conditions in Thailand due to the equally powerful weather patterns of the Indian Ocean and the western Pacific Ocean.
This makes a huge difference on the country's beaches. Most visitors arrive southern Thailand in the peak season which is from November to April. You can have a great holiday outside the high season, the prices are lower and you will get some rain showers combined with the sun.

If possible, we d recommend travelling between the months of January to March when the weather is likely to be fair in many parts of the country. Some parts of Thailand, like Bangkok and Koh Chang, is even very nice from late November.

Conversely, the period between August and October is typically the worst time to visit Thailand, as there is a high chance you will experience choppy seas, overcast skies and heavy downpours. The worst months to visit Thailand are in September and October, those two months are the only months you should avoid, at least for a beach holiday.
The coolest months to visit Thailand is from November to February, it's not too hot and humid. Avoid Koh Samui area till the end of January due rainy season, though it gets better from late December.

Christmas Holiday in Thailand
A Christmas vacation in Thailand is a great way of celebrating the holiday season in tropical surroundings. You will normally get the best weather on the west coast as well as the area around Koh Chang, Koh Kood and Koh Samet. Christmas is the starting time of the high season in Thailand.

Easter Holiday in Thailand
Its a little hard to say in general, then Easter changes date every year. April and March are hot and humid months in Thailand, but spending the day on the beach is great if you can handle the heat.

Summer Holiday in Thailand
The northern hemisphere summer holiday between June and August would be best in the Koh Samui area, Nakhon Si Thammarat and Surat Thani, this area has less rain in this period. You can also try out Koh Chang area in this part of the year.

Winter Holiday in Thailand
The absolute best time for a vacation is February, maybe in a high season pool villa? This will for sure be a memorable holiday and you will have great photo opportunities with white sandy beaches and crystal clear water.

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Bangkok is one of the world’s top cities. Its colourful streets, majestic temples and famous floating markets put it top of the list for many adventurous travellers.

But its vast size (over 14 million people and counting), chaotic traffic jams and fast‑paced lifestyle mean that for many people, a trip to Thailand’s capital can be an overwhelming experience.

In this article, we’ve put together some of the best tips for getting the most out of your visit to Bangkok – and avoiding some of the mistakes made by first‑timers.

Bangkok is a must-visit city - but its hectic pace of life can be overwhelming for some tourists.

 

1) Choose the right time of year

Thailand is well‑known for its sunshine and warm weather. But it also sits in Asia’s ‘monsoon belt’, meaning that it can be lashed by torrential rainstorms during certain parts of the year.

The best time to visit Bangkok (as with the rest of Thailand) is between the months of November and March. These months are usually sunny, while temperatures are hot but not sweltering.

From April to May, the mercury rises and you could be contending with up to 35⁰C heat – which could turn your city break into a sweaty nightmare. Monsoon season starts in June, with the worst months for rain being September and October.

In terms of the time of day to go sightseeing in Bangkok, we’d recommend heading out in the early morning: this way, you can beat the tourist crush and have the sights all to yourself.

 

2) Travel in style

One of the most familiar sights in Bangkok is the tuk-tuk, or auto-rickshaw. While a ride in one of these cute three‑wheeled vehicles might be on your to‑do list, there are a few things to watch out for.

Tuk-tuks are a common sight on Bangkok's streets.

Tuk‑tuk drivers have been known to charge inflated prices for tourists, so it’s best to check the fare beforehand and make sure it’s one that you’re happy with.

It’s also best to avoid drivers who offer to take you on a ‘guided tour’, for a low price. These drivers might take you to a clothes or jewellery shop, and will be pressured into making a purchase. Remember, if a deal looks too good to be true, it usually is!

Instead of taking a tuk‑tuk, you could try some of Bangkok’s excellent public transport services.

Choose the skytrain (or ‘BTS’) for a fast and air‑conditioned journey across town, as well as a welcome break from the heat. The public Chao Praya river boats are another good option, if you’re looking for a relaxed and scenic way of getting around the city.

 

3) Plan your itinerary carefully

Bangkok is a vibrant and exciting city, and there’s something here for every type of traveller.

But it’s a big place, and many of the main attractions aren’t within walking distance of each other. Before you jump straight into sightseeing, we’d recommend sitting down and planning out your itinerary. Here are a few suggestions to get your started.

Take a tour of a floating market on your visit to Bangkok.

If you’re a fan of nightlife, you could head to the Khao San Road, a vibrant and eclectic area that’s also a mecca for backpackers.

Or, if you’re after something a bit more refined, try visiting some of the city’s temples. With their intricate carvings and soaring spires, these are wonderful places to stroll and contemplate life’s mysteries.

You could also take a tour of one of the colourful floating markets near Bangkok. The best ones are located some distance away, though, so make sure to budget a good amount of time.

And if you need a break from the hustle and bustle, why not go for a wander around Lumpini Park? This tranquil spot has been called the ‘green lung of Bangkok’, and can provide a welcome break from the city’s hectic atmosphere.   

 

To get the best experience of Bangkok's temples, visit in the early morning before the crowds arrive.

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Looking for the best things to see and do in Bangkok? Why not ditch the guidebook and venture out by yourself.

Often, the best experiences are those that lie off the beaten path: that restaurant down a side‑street that turns out to have amazing food, that little‑known temple with its own unique charm.

On our website, you’ll find tons of these hidden gems. We work with local people to unearth some of Bangkok’s best‑kept secrets, so you can get the most out of your trip.

Have a look at what’s on offer in Bangkok, or search for activities across the whole of Thailand.

India is one of the largest and most populated countries in the world. It’s a place of great culture and history. There are endless interesting things to see in India. It’s truly a rich place home to exciting things to see at every corner, no matter if we’re talking food, culture, people, wildlife, sites, or nature.


Here are some of the top things to do in India:


Sites in Delhi Area

The absolute first thing everyone should do is visit Delhi. There’s a multitude of things to do in Delhi, from discovering the real culture and history of India to visiting Taj Mahal to taking a tour of Bharatpur, Rajahstan and the amazing wildlife there.


Experience the Golden Triangle

India’s golden triangle is a must visit on your trip. The Golden Triangle is a combination of the best places to visit in India. The Golden Triangle is a tourist circuit that connects the cities of Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur. This circuit is packed with cultural highlights. Pick your Day offers multiple Golden Triangle excursions. It’s the best way to experience Indian culture.


Visit Locals in Goa

Goa is known as a paradise for tourists. Come visit a local village and experience Goa the way the locals do. Experience picturesque lakes and an array of migratory birds. Eat with the locals and feel the true culture of Goa.


Visit Jaipur, the Pink City

No visit to India is complete without a visit to Jaipur. Known as the pink city because of the dominating pink color scheme throughout the city’s architecture. It’s one of the stops in the Golden Triangle. With Pick Your Day, you can dine with a local family in Jaipur, cycle through Rajasthan, or take a walking tour of Jaipur.


See One of the Most Visited Places in India: the Taj Mahal

Not only is the Taj Mahal one of the top places to visit in India, it’s one of the most visited tourist attractions in the world. Built in the 17th CE for Shah Jahan’s late wife, the Taj Mahal is known as a “monument of love.” The monument was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1983. Pick Your Day offers an in-depth tour of the Taj Mahal with interesting anecdotes and historical facts.


Hike the Eastern Himalayan Trail

This once in a lifetime experience is the perfect way to experience the beautiful countryside of India. With this excursion, you’ll experience exciting safaris, spectacular nature, and meet a few local tribes. This hike is sure to be an unforgettable experience.  

These are just a few among many excursions that Pick Your Day has to offer. Choose from any of these activities to do in India, and you’re bound to have the trip of a lifetime.

Enjoy!

If you’re planning a trip to Lisbon and looking for things to do but not quite sure the best places to see, Pick Your Day has got you covered. Lisbon offers a variety of cultural and historical experiences that you’re sure to cherish for the rest of your life. Take a look through our variety of Lisbon tours and excursions. Pick Your Day provides the best of Lisbon to all who travel with us.  


Get a Glimpse of the Must-See Lisbon Attractions First-Hand

Lisbon has plenty to offer. See all the sights first hand with Pick Your Day’s variety of tours. Taste the delicious tapas. Walk through the colorful streets of Lisbon. Lisbon is full of culture and flavor. Pick Your Day tours will show you all of Lisbon’s treasures.


Experience the Local Dining Delights in Lisbon

The local food in Lisbon is truly one-of-a-kind. Influenced by years of rich culture and the tastes of the sea, local Lisbon dining is a must. Experience the hidden gems of Lisbon with our variety of food tasting tours. Expand your palette and eat as the locals do.


Tour Lisbon with a Native

Looking for an in-depth tour from someone who really knows Lisbon? Pick Your Day has the perfect option for you. We provide plenty of walking tours with locals, so you really get to know the city from someone who was born and raised in Lisbon.


Amazing Wine Tours in Lisbon, Portugal

Portugal is known for Port wine, but there is much more in Portugal than just Port wine. Portugal is the 11th biggest producer of wine in the world, meaning, there’s loads of wine to taste in Lisbon. And when looking for things to do in Lisbon, don’t overlook a wine tour. Take a walking tour of the best wine spots in Lisbon. Or maybe head out to Arrabida and experience Portuguese wine just as the locals intended it. Your options are endless.


Day Excursions to Sintra

Get out of the city and travel to the colorful city of Sintra. Here, you can tour the stunning city of Sintra and the Pena Palace. Along the way, you’ll be able to admire the beauty of Cascais and Estoril. These cities are a must when planning out your list of Lisbon attractions to visit.  

The list goes on, but all those who find Lisbon to be fascinating won't be disappointed in the number of activities to do in Lisbon. Start planning your trip to Lisbon today with Pick Your Day.

Norway’s medieval capital Trondheim is a city with a rich history and ancient spirit. It’s also a modern site with vibrant new architecture that makes it one of the special places in Norway. While it is around a six-hour train ride from Oslo and a few hours from Sweden, visiting Trondheim is definitely worth the trip.

 

Hidden Gems in Trondheim

Take a tour of Trondheim, whether it be on a bike, through the woods, or with a local seeing urban sites. Find the hidden gems and treasure this waterside city has to offer with locals who teach tourists exercises that use the body and nature as training devices.

 

Outdoor Activities in Trondheim

Enjoy the beautiful outdoors in Trondheim by exploring nature with an overnight trip. Visit the beautiful mountain ranges of Sylan, Trollheiman, and Dovrefjell in Norway. Rondane national park is also a site that can be explored by tourists. Let the local people take you on a Norway adventure tour by showing the wonderful fishing opportunities while visiting these natural landmarks.

 

Farm excursions in Trondheim

In particular, farms are a prime spot for tourists who visit Norway. Enjoy a homemade pastry, bow and arrow shooting, a chat with a parrot, or even horseback riding when visiting farms around Trondheim. Farming cities Leinstrand and Melhus are great spots where tours are given. Enjoy a picnic and feed animals along the Gaula River.

 

Trøndelag Sea Excursions

 

The region of Trøndelag is a must visit area that encompasses a prime example of Norway scenery. Sea excursions are a common tourist activity in Trøndelag. Enjoy a tour of the marine conservation area in Trøndelag. Discover amazing features of the Gjæsingen, Sørburøy, and Savøy islands. Participate in birdwatching and fishing, essential activities of Norway seaside life. Enjoy a seaside view and stay overnight with a local.

 

Celebrate Birthdays in Trondheim

Is your birthday during your visit to Norway? Stop into beautiful Trondheim and have the celebration of a lifetime with the Norwegians. Do you enjoy paintball or cage ball? Experience both Norwegian style in Trondheim.

 

Tour Trondheim with a Local

Go on a home tour with a local Trondheimian. Did you forget your walking shoes? Let a local take to you the prime shopping spots in Trondheim. Check out a cozy café and discover chili coffee while trying Norwegian delicacies.

 

Northern Lights in Trondheim

Did you know the Northern Lights, which can be seen in Norway, is one of the seven natural wonders in the world? It is one of the most beautiful places in Norway. Don’t miss this spectacular view on your visit. Enjoy this wonder with a local and experienced photographer to keepsake your visit to this Norway must-see site.

 

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