The Anti-Tourist

I like to beat new paths for myself.

We all hear occasionally about a place that is so amazing you just have to go there. Then when you do, you’ve already heard so much about it and seen so many pictures and videos that it feels less special. Everyone has their own example of a city that left them cold despite the hype. London? Paris? New York? Each of them has disappointed people in their thousands.

A part of the reason for this is quite simple. The more visitors that come into a city the less it retains its unique character - the things that make it special. You go abroad to soak up the culture of the place you’re in, but it feels like you might as well be watching it on a big screen.

In truth, to get that authentic feeling you don’t need to change your plans that much. By all means you should visit the countries you hear so much about, but just give the big tourist destinations a miss and get a more authentic experience.

France: Paris Is Passe - Nantes Is Not!

In truth, Paris is perfectly nice (Nice is nice too), but it has been built up by decades of hype into something it just can’t live up to. Whereas over in the west of France, unheralded, lies the true gem of Nantes. In many ways, places don’t get much more French than this.


A particular highlight is the Machines Of The Isle Of Nantes - a menagerie of mechanical animals including a 12-metre tall elephant which carries almost fifty people at a time for a 45-minute ride. A word of advice? Try this and the magnificent Sea Worlds Carousel before you visit the wonderful Gauttier-Debotte chocolatier. Your stomach will thank you.

Australia: Sydney’s Superb, But Perth Is Perfect

While Sydney gets most of the hype and Canberra is the capital, other parts of Australia can go unfairly unnoticed. Among those, Perth is one that really deserves more attention than it gets.

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Round about half way through the walk around King’s Park (one of the world’s largest city parks, you’ll fall in love with the views. The sporty theme that runs through the streets will have you crying out for West Coast Eagles tickets and a chance to experience the madness of Aussie Rules football. Take a walk and sample the pub life down by Fremantle Harbour, and you’ll want to move here.

The UK: London’s Lovely, Edinburgh Is Epic

It may be heresy to say it, but once you’ve seen the major sights of London it can feel like the box is ticked. Unless you have unlimited funds, even a weekend of shopping can melt most credit cards - it’s not a cheap trip!


400 or so miles further North, you’ll find the Scottish capital Edinburgh. Not only is it kinder on your wallet, it’s easier on the eye too. A focal point is the Castle, of course, but Edinburgh is so compact that you can walk to most places. The iconic Royal Mile can take up a full day if you have it to spare, but the view from Arthur’s Seat is the one part of Edinburgh you cannot miss. With museums and eateries (and drinkeries!) to suit all tastes, Scotland’s jewel is a trip you’ll never forget.
Are you always looking for the best places to backpack, the best adventures to have, and sights you’ll never forget? There’s a good chance that Africa is a continent featuring prominently in your travel dreams. But it’s a big continent, so where are some of the areas most rich in adventure? Here, we’re going to look at the case for Kenya and why just about everyone should visit it once before they die.

A dip in the coast
The coastline of Kenya is easily one of its defining features. As historically important as it is beautiful, it’s no surprise that it’s quite so densely populated. The Mombasa coast, in particular, can be rather crowded and lively. But if you head just a little south, the still-popular but a good deal more tranquil Diani Beach is one of the must-visit spots of the country for those who want to feel the sand under their feet and the breeze that can be just what you need on a sweltering sub-Saharan afternoon.

Exploring the wilds
Kenya easily has the richest economy and populations of East Africa, making it a great tourist spot, but there’s a good chance you’re there mainly to see something a little wilder. To that end, safari trips to Kenya can put you in close proximity to some of the majestic beasts you’ve always wanted to see, including wild lions and elephants. Not to mention treks across the plains of Amboseli under the sight of Kilimanjaro, making for one of the most impressive horizons you will ever see in your life without question.


Island life
If you’ve always wanted to see a tropical island, then you might want a short trip off the coast of south Kenya to Lamu Island. It’s a mix of gorgeous island trees and some of the richest culture to be found in the country, with old Swahili settlements and traditional mosques from back in the day when it served as one of the biggest trading hubs in Africa. There’s plenty of bustle about the island, with the Maulidi festival turning it into party central if you’re lucky enough to catch it.

Under the surface
It’s not one of the first things that many people think about when visiting Africa, but the truth is that it’s also home to some of the most tranquil caves in the world as well. Take special care when you’re visiting places like the Mau Mau Caves and stick to the paths through the vegetation and along the dirt path. Your reward is finding a cascading waterfall into the cave. You can easily climb the shallow cave to get a great view of the rapids heading into the waterfall, as well.
Some of the finest coasts, local parties, wilderness, and caves await those who are willing to find them. Just make sure you take an experienced guide with you. There’s a lot of wildlife that can prove dangerous in Kenya and it’s not all that difficult to bump into them if you take the wrong turn.


When you’re travelling around the world, it can be hard to know what to take with you. Especially when backpacking, the last thing that you want is a heavy load to trundle around with you through your adventures. In countries where you know that the weather has a tendency to turn, over packing your bag to compensate for the change is par for the course. In reality, you don’t need as many clothes as you think that you will - have you ever been on a short holiday and come back with certain items that you never wore? You tend to stick to what you know, what works for you and what looks good. So what should you really be popping in your backpack?


Swimwear

Not only is swimwear good for swimming, but it’s something that can be worn in hot countries to keep you cool. To add to this, it’s extremely light to carry! Rather than wearing a bra while walking around, it’s more socially acceptable to put on a bikini top on. If travelling with children, there is a selection of beautiful girls swimwear online as well as options for boys to wear too. Remember to look for something that will cover their whole body or have a loose shirt available to put on top to avoid sunburn.

Light Clothing

Instead of taking up valuable room with big, bulky items, consider packing lots of lighter pieces of clothing. It works the same way as it would for bedding - the more layers that you have on, the warmer that you’ll be, and you’ll be able to take off layers if you want to get cool. Think of thin vest tops, t shirts and sweaters that you can put one on top of the other. It’s the best way to utilise the clothes that you will be bringing with you.

One Coat

Wear this on you rather than packing it away. It doesn’t have to be padded out for cold weather unless you’re going to somewhere that’s famous for it. The one thing that you need to ensure is that it is extremely waterproof and will be able to protect the clothing that you have got on underneath from any unexpected downpours. Especially in tropical countries, this is an essential need for you to have.

Shoes


Unless you know that the shoes that you are taking with you are the comfiest ones ever and will cause you no damage whilst walking around - plus are suitable for any sorts of weather or terrain that you come across - you will need to pack more than one pair. If you can get your hands on them, look for shoes that are foldable or at least a bit malleable to be able to bend them into your bag. If you are thinking of buying shoes while you’re out travelling, you need to think about the demographic of the country that you’re visiting. For example, if you are a UK size 8 and go over to China, you’ll find that you’ll have a hard time finding a pair in your size.  
Corfu is one of the most beautiful Greek islands and attracts thousands of tourists every year. The variety of beaches means that you don’t have to travel far to find the perfect one for you. All you have to do is pack your sunscreen and towel and set off to explore.
  1. Myrtiotissa
If you have ever read Prospero’s Cell by Lawrence Durrell you will have seen it claimed that this tiny cove is “perhaps the most beautiful beach in the world.” It is actually three tiny beaches under steep cliffs and one is a famous nudist beach.
It is a great place for snorkelling so get yourself some equipment before you go. You can click here for more information on the best equipment for your needs. In peak season, you won’t be alone in your patch of sea. There is quite a mixed crowd fighting for a patch of the beach so an out of season visit may be preferable.
When you want a break from lounging on the sand, there is a stall selling jewellery, tie-dyed fabrics and drinks. For something a little more educational, you can wander up to the 14th-century Myrtiótissa monastery which occupies a natural terrace. You can’t always go inside as it is a working monastery it is an impressive sight even from outside.
Getting there is easy as there are plenty of buses to Vátos village from Corfu Town. The journey takes around 20 minutes and then is another 20-minute walk to the beach.
  1. Longás (aka Perouládes)
Located on Corfu’s most northwesternmost point, Cape Drástis this is a gorgeous beach surrounded by red cliffs. If you are looking for sunbeds, umbrellas or water sports, then this is not the place for you! It is also not suitable for very young kids or anyone with mobility problems as there is a steep stairway-path down to the beach from high cliff-tops.
This is a beach where you turn off and do nothing except for relax and dip in and out of the sea. Perouládes itself is a gorgeous village as is Avliótes, and a wander around their pastel houses and quaint streets is a welcome break from the beach.
You have to be fairly determined and flexible with your timing to get there. Public buses run seven or eight times daily from Corfu Town to Sidári but less frequently from there to Perouládes. Of course, driving is another option but the car park fills up very quickly in high season.
  1. Íssos beach
Famous as a location for ‘For Your Eyes Only’, the famous 1981 Bond film, Íssos beach is on the far southwesterly side of the Korissíon lagoon in Corfu.
Here you can swim, windsurf, or walk/jog up to the Korissíon lagoon exit sluice. If you get a bit hungry, there is a seasonal kantína open from late June or you can stroll around 1km to Ágios Geórgios Argyrádon where there are plenty of excellent tavernas.
To get there you hop on a bus heading for Kávos and get off at the signposted side-road to Íssos. You then have a long walk (around 1.8km) to the beach. The best option is probably to dirve yourself as there is plenty of parking available and a lot of it is in the shade.
  1. Gardénos (Paralía Gardénou)
This is a huge, sandy and clean beach at the end of a lush, agricultural valley. At the end, there is a tiny fishing port with no more than five boats moored at any time. You can get a sunbed but these are only available during peak season. The down side is that it can become very crowded in July and August.
It is a safe beach for families as the sea shelves gently so swimming is the obvious activity but you can also rent kayaks, pedalos and paddle-boards. There are three tavernas good tavernas serving freshly prepared local cuisine.

Buses will take you as far as the inland main highway. You just have to catch the Lefkímmi bus out of Corfu town. However, this leaves a long walk to the beach and on a very hot summer day this can be very unpleasant. If you decide to drive yourself, you need to head towards ‘Paralia Marathia’ and then to Marathiás village. If you take the fork towards Akroama and Nikos there is some easy parking and good access to the beach or the villages of Agía Varvára and Perivóli.
Traveling to the Middle East is always a concern for some people. They want to see the wonders of the world, but they’re worried about terrorism and other issues. However, countries like Lebanon and Iran are considered safe places for Western people to visit. That is the case, regardless of the relationships between governments. Most countries in the Arab world want to increase tourism as much as possible. It helps to add much-needed funds to their economies. With that in mind, there are some tips on this page for anyone who wants to see the amazing sights in Lebanon this year.

Check your government’s website for travel advice

If you have any concerns about Lebanon, you just need to make sure you check your government’s website. That should give you all the information you require. Is Lebanon safe? Well, that depends on which other destinations you use for the comparison. Sure, there is a higher risk in that country than in places like Sweden. However, it’s all relative. Lebanon is a mostly peaceful country that’s still recovering from a long civil war. The people are friendly and Western people never seem to have any complaints. Of course, you still need to be careful and take precautions. Make sure you research local customs, so you don’t offend anyone during your stay.

Book group tours of the country

Lebanon has some large cities and a reasonable public transport system. However, the language barrier proves a problem for some Western travelers. With that in mind, it’s much easier to get about if you book your trip as part of a group tour. You’ll learn more about the history of the country because you’ll have guides every step of the way. You’ll also relax a little more because you’re surrounded by other visitors. Not that there is anything to worry about with Lebanese nationals. There are many important archaeological sites in the country, and guided tours are the best way to see as many of them as possible. Also, you won’t have to stress about arranging accommodation. That will come included with the package.

Get travel insurance

Travel insurance is critical if you plan to fly to Lebanon. There is a decent health service, but foreign people have to pay for their treatment. If you have the right insurance package, that isn’t an issue. You won’t have to spend a fortune, but you’ll thank me for this advice if you become ill. To stop that from happening, you should only consume bottled water during your trip. Make sure you don’t eat anything that smells odd or doesn’t appear cooked. Your Western digestive system isn’t used to much of the bacteria found in that areas of the world. So, there is a good chance you could have an upset stomach.



Lastly, you need to make sure you have a good time in Lebanon. It’s an amazing country filled with fascinating people. The cuisine is often mouthwatering, and the population warm to all visitors. Indeed, be prepared for people to invite you to their homes for dinner. That custom is commonplace, and it shows the character of those living in the country. Above all else? Enjoy yourself!
There are lots of issues that you can encounter on your holiday. But luckily, there are always ways around them. In this post, we’re going to look at some of the worst problems you can encounter on your vacation and how to handle them, so they don’t ruin a holiday you’ve probably been looking forward to for months.

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Delayed Flight

A delayed flight is only an issue if it means that you lose a day or two of your holiday. You won’t, as long as you get an insurance plan that covers this possibility. With the right insurance, you should be able to make sure that even if a flight is delayed, you’ll still be able to fly out. You might even be able to extend your holiday to account for the couple of days you missed, fully paid for by your insurance company. This is one of the reasons why it’s worth paying a little extra for your holiday insurance, making sure that you are fully covered.
Sunburn

Perhaps one of the worst holiday disasters is going to a tropical climate, spending all day in the sun and waking up with a nasty burn. How did it even happen? You put on a lot of suntan lotion and yet you still look like a lobster. Well, it’s important to realize that suntan lotion will wash off if you keep jumping in and out of the water. So, if you’re at the beach, you must make sure that you keep putting the lotion back on your body.

If you do wake up with a nasty burn the next day, you need to treat it immediately. According to BeachRated, Aloe Vera gel is the best way to treat your worst sunburns. Within a few hours, you should be as right as rain and ready to get back outside. As such, it won’t ruin your holiday.
Feeling Queasy?

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You can get ill on holiday. It happens more than you think and there’s only really one way to handle it. You need to skip a day and spend it lying in bed. While this will mean you’ll essentially miss one day of your vacation, it might be worth it. After 24 hours, you should be back to your old self and ready to enjoy your chosen destination again. Although, it is worth applying for full medical coverage on your insurance plan, just incase.
Lost Money

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Perhaps you are in a theme park and discover - your wallet's been snatched. The best way to handle this is to make sure that you have a backup payment option. Even if you don’t plan to use it, it might be worth taking a credit card with you. That way, you’ll always have an option for buying things if you lose your primary source of money.
You might also want to think about storing this card in your hotel safe when it’s not in use.
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I could go on for weeks about the beauty of Japan. This country is steeped in rich culture and history, and it is now more accessible than ever, too. Most of Tokyo speaks some English, and loads of places are designed to make tourists feel at home. This makes for a great place to go; if you want to soak up some of the most fascinating cultures out there, while also having loads of fun.

To start, you need to choose exactly where you want to travel. In most cases, it’s best to start in Tokyo, especially if it’s your first time in the country. From there, you can get anywhere you would want to. And, it’s an easy city for foreigners to feel at home in. Finding locations to travel to will involve figuring out exactly what you want to see. Most will want to visit Mount Fuji which is conveniently close to Tokyo. But, from there, you have loads of options. Use comparison sites to give you an idea of the best and most popular attractions out there. You won’t be disappointed with Japan’s list of things to do; there’s plenty for everyone.

Now, once you have an idea of where you want to go, you can start to consider how you’re going to get to each place. The easiest option is to hire a car. This will enable you to drive yourself everywhere you want to go; so, you don’t have to worry about time. But, driving will make it hard for you to see the country you’re in. Instead, it can be better to use tour services to help you travel. You can usually book these from tourist information centers. But, you could also take a look online to see if any allow for online booking.

Of course, some people won’t want to do this work themselves. And, if you’re in this position; you can still see as much of Japan as everyone else. You just need to get some help. Taking a Japanese food adventure would see you enjoying loads of different foods. But, more importantly, you’ll also get to travel to loads of different places. There are loads of different options like this available to restless tourists. And, they make it nice and easy to see loads of the country. Instead of having to plan your own hotels and transport; they will do it for you. So, you can just sit back and enjoy the ride.


Hopefully, this will give you the inspiration you need to get your bags packed and over to Japan. This country is filled with delights. But, the only way that you will be able to see them all is if you put effort into planning. Most people have the time for this work; so, there’s no excuse not to do it.

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Colorado is one of the most interesting U.S states, even though many pass through it on the way to California from the eastern states, and never give it a second look. This is undeniably a mistake. Colorado is one of the most beautiful, diverse and fun States you can visit, and for plenty of reasons. Not only are the people there so down to earth you might not be used to it, but the state celebrates its areas of natural beauty with momentous conservation efforts as well as providing amazing ways for tourists to explore said geography.
Colorado is not only a spectacular holiday experience but emphasizes what the great American adventure is all about: fantastic landscapes, great food, a varied and wide entertainment culture and last but not least, some of the best people you can meet in the entire American continent.
Visit Boulder
Boulder is the densest municipality of its area and is arguably one of the more fun cities to visit in Colorado. It’s bohemian and ‘hippy-like’ culture has led to immensely interesting displays of food, music, and arts presentation. It’s home to the University of Colorado, and thanks to this, the place has a deeply vibrant and youthful atmosphere. The nightlife here is great too, with many bars, clubs, and comedy performance halls available to cater to every need. A week exploring Boulder will inspire further months exploring Boulder.
Rent An ATV
To best explore the wilderness of Colorado, which is a priority you absolutely must have if you’re to say you visited the state properly, you should rent an ATV. Choosing a half or full day rental at a professional firm like Colorado Backcountry ATV rentals will not only give you a fun day experience, but it will let you explore large swaths of the state’s geography relatively unimpeded. Just you and the open road. If you’d like to enjoy even more of a deeply natural connection while you’re here, you might like to:
Camp Out (Rocky Mountains)
Camping out in the Colorado countryside is arguably one of the best ways to explore the great American landscape. Near the foot of the Rocky Mountains, there are many incredibly well-presented camping spots that give you one of the most breathtaking views of the massive mountains. If you’re an artist, they’re sure to inspire you.
If you’re a businessman, they’re sure to calm you. If you’re a tourist, they’re sure to be worth a visit. You can also ski down select slopes with the right service. There are many that operate here, so be sure to shop around for the best package deals.
Meet The Dinosaurs
In the Picketwire Canyonlands within the Comanche National Grasslands, there are many still-preserved dinosaur trails left over from the days where Colorado had a largely muddy landscape. Here exist some of the best dinosaur museums in the country. If you’re a fan of stunning natural history, Colorado is the place to be.
Thanks to the open plan and freedom of Colorado’s country, you’re likely to be thoroughly rejuvenated after a visit to this wonderful state. One thing is for sure. You’re going to return.