Tel Aviv – A Middle Eastern Metropolis that Never Stops

When you choose to take a trip to Tel Aviv, you will find that you have made the best of all possible holiday choices. Forget what you may have heard about this sunny location in the past because it is now one of the top vacation spots in the world. Offering white sand beaches, casinos, boutiques, exotic markets, tasty restaurants, entertaining nightlife and history filled sightseeing; Tel Aviv has more than earned the name of “the city that never stops.” There is an energy vibrating just the below surface in this city that promises fun of the highest caliber. If you are into learning about a new culture, there is the atmospheric Old Jaffa where you can stroll at your leisure through alleyways of cobblestone stopping along the way to visit cafes and colorful, imaginative shops. Don’t forget about the many remarkable museums and leafy, green parks. In addition, you are only a hop, skip and a jump from a day trip to the Holy Lands. Sugar Sand Beaches One very special thing about the city of Tel Aviv is that you can be in the city one minute and strolling right onto one of the whitest beaches you have ever seen anywhere during the next minute. This is a city that you will agree has been blessed by Mother Nature when you first set eyes on those shimmering beaches with sugar white sand and crystal water. Your mornings can be spent shopping in the many chic boutiques of the city as well as sightseeing. Take a break for lunch in one of the delectable cafés and then head...

Find Out What Top Travel Bloggers Love About Their Job – Part 2

Travel Friendz blog section is relatively new, the two principal bloggers, Temi Odurinde and Evgeniy Garkaviy, are also, relatively new to Travel Blogging. To learn and perfect our travel blogging skills, we have been reading leading travel blogs and talking to top travel bloggers. We find it amazing that travel bloggers seems to be one of the most friendly bloggers on the planet, giving how approachable and helpful they are. This made us conclusion that, they must have great job satisfaction, hence our first article about what travel bloggers love most about travel blogging. After the first article, we received more materials from the travel blogging community – this follow on article was born! We hope you enjoy reading it. If you are a travel blogger and you are yet to contribute to either of our two articles, please feel free to contact us. We would love to feature you on this article or a follow on we may write in the future. I will like to use this opportunity to thank all of you who took the time to contribute to this article. Top Bloggers on What They Love Most about Travel Blogging Audrey Scott Marie-Eve Vallières Paul Johnson Neil Barnes Caz and Craig Flora Baker Ryan Biddulph Beth Williams Cameron Wears Melvin Bret Love & Mary Gabbett Michael Hodson Cez Krol Chris Christensen Jonny Duncan Audrey Scott  ___________________________________________________uncorneredmarket.com What we like best about being a travel blogger is the opportunity to share stories and experiences about new places and cultures with people beyond our immediate family and friends. These stories might change their perceptions on how they...

13 Prominent Travel Bloggers on What They Love Most about Travel Blogging

Travelling is exciting, could blogging about travel be even more exciting that travelling itself, who knows? In the first travel blogging roundup of its kind by Travel Friendz, Evgeniy Garkaviy had conversations with 13 leading travel bloggers to bring you what each of them love most about their job. Annette White Matt Stabile Johnny Ward Max Hartshorne Yeison and Samantha Zoe Dawes Jenna Davis Brendan van Son Nellie Huang Christy Woodrow Mike Sowden Brendan Lee Nora Dunn   Annette White _____________________________________________________________________bucketlistjourney.net There are so many aspects about being a travel blogger that I am smitten with: being able to relive my adventures through my writing, collecting passport stamps and racking up mileage reward points, just to name a few. But, the absolute best thing is when a reader contacts me because they too have a dream of traveling the world and I am able to inspire them to make that dream a reality in some little way. There is nothing that can quite compare to that special feeling. Matt Stabile   ______________________________________________________________________theexpeditioner.com The best part about travel blogging is the opportunity it has given me to meet and become friends with some incredible people from around the world. The blog has allowed me to be introduced to dozens of great people, many of whom I’m lucky to now call my friends, from all sorts of background around the world, including tuk-tuk drivers, artists, restaurateurs, tour guides, concierges, musicians and journalists. If it hadn’t been for the blog, it would be very unlikely I would’ve had the chance to have ever met these people. Johnny Ward   ________________________________________________________________________onestep4ward.com For me the best thing about travel blogging...

Cheap Flights to Europe

International city breaks are all the rage with many people in the UK taking advantage of long weekend breaks to cities like Prague, Paris, Milan, Venice, Amsterdam or Oslo. The advantages of these short trips are that they are inexpensive to get out of the country (often for £20-40 each way) and seeing a new country filled with different sights, cultures, cuisine and people can be exhilarating. It is also a lot of fun to explore different cities across Europe in a series of small romantic trips abroad as a couple. These initial jaunts can lead to a decision for where to take the next longer holiday in Europe the following year based on a smaller scale exploration of what each city and country has to offer while there for a briefer first visit. Thus, a city break intended for some much need rest and relaxation abroad can be combined into a research trip for where to go on holiday next beyond the predictable rote package holiday choices in the brochures. Prague for the Stag Do Prague, the expansive historic capital of the Czech Republic in recent years has become a little like the new Amsterdam but without quite the salubrious reputation that may give the other half of the happy couple pause for thought. The city has historic architecture in several styles from Gothic to Renaissance, and is divided up into different sections of the city because it is so extensive. There are also easy transport connections to get around the city to see as much as desired. There are many bars and also special clubs to go...

London – Some of the best attractions

London is simply huge. You cannot hope to see all the possible attractions that this densely populated city has to offer unless you stay for weeks at a time. With that said, there are some key attractions which bear mentioning as stand-outs and also some others which fall into the quirky and unusual category. Here are a few of the most well known attractions to consider: 1. British Museum, Great Russell Street, WC1B Even for visitors who generally find museums something of a bore, the British Museum holds interest for even the toughest to please. With Babylonian exhibits, mummies and other artefacts from Ancient Egypt, the Parthenon sculptures and other highlights, the biggest problem is fitting in everything to be seen in a single visit. The main entry is free, but special exhibitions are often ticket only which needs to be purchased to gain access. Arrive early because the British Museum becomes quite busy the later the day goes on, especially with school and tour groups arriving by coach every hour. 2. Covent Garden, WC2E Covent Garden is an open space around a central arcade with elegant boutiques, little stops and restaurants all vying for space with street performers who often fill the free spaces in the area entertaining the forming crowds. There is even a pub to grab a pint of beer and put the feet up or stand at the balcony looking down at the area below. In streets jutting outwards from Covent Garden are designer clothing stores including those of Paul Smith and other famous catwalk names. Many of the streets are cobbled and narrow, with...

10 Must Have Apps When Travelling

With the advent of the internet, travelling has become the goal of more people than ever. They look at all of the various websites online and the travel bug bites them hard. Arrangements are made to see these amazing places appear on websites that are created to seduce the adventure hunter. Transportation, accommodations, and any tours of interest are booked. Everything is all ready, right? Not exactly. There is one more thing that you need to take care of before you set off on your grand adventure. That final detail is to add some apps to your cellphone that all serious travelers need. Read on to see the top 10 apps that every traveler must have before setting off on his or her trip. 1. Google Maps: Satellite technology has enabled the ability to see geographical images online ranging from full regions to specific roads through the use of Google Maps. All you have to do is put in keywords and instantly you will be able to check out any area for things such as traffic, the appearance of a location on Street View, or be given directions for the quickest way to get somewhere. While you must have a mobile connection to use Google Maps, you will also get access to an offline cache of maps, which is ideal for travellers that can do what they need by using only a snapshot.   2. Instagram: This is an image sharing application that lets you take photos and immediately put them online to share with your social network friends. Instagram is perfect for beginners that aren’t skilled in photo...

People Using Public Transportation Climbs 13.2 Percent in One Year

Residents of Melbourne are using public transportation more than ever. This includes a 13.2 percent rise in the use of trams, buses and trains just last year. Leading the way were trams, which experienced the highest passenger growth rate. Passengers using trams were up 15 percent to 178 million trips annually. The patronage figures from March also show an increase of 14 percent in bus usage and 11 percent to 214 million trips of train usage. When asked how Melbourne’s public transportation system rated overall, residents responded positively. Lynne Kosky, Public Transport Minister, commented that the bus network now services more than 100 million passengers on an annual basis. This is the highest number of passengers since the 1970s. Ms. Kosky was quoted as saying “More people than ever before are using Melbourne’s public transport network and that is why we have projects worth $1 billion already just completed or underway plus more than $6 billion funded through the State and Federal budgets.” She also added the increase in passengers using the bus reflects the $1 billion investment by the government to enhance the local bus services. “The massive investment has also created more than 400 full time jobs and provided a boost for the bus industry creating more opportunities for local suppliers and businesses,” she added. These statistics arrived only one a week following the revelation by Connex that 53 new train services will be added to selected lines beginning in July. In addition, Werribee line services were increased with trains running every 10 minutes throughout the day. Frankston, Williamston and Pakenham lines will also notice improved services....

Navigating Ipswich and Stowmarket through the River Gipping

Flowing from near Felsham in Suffolk is the River Ure on its way to the sea at Harwich. It travels by way of Rattlesden, Stowmarket and Ipswich. This river has held many new names through the years resulting in the distinction of currently holding three names. It is called Rattlesden River from its origin on the way to Stowmarket. When it gets to Stowmarket, it turns into the River Gipping and remains thus all the way to Ipswich. Once it reaches Ipswich, it becomes the River Orwell and flows to the North Sea. Even though the River Gipping begins near Mendlesham Green, its name comes from the small village known as Gipping, which is located a couple of miles away. Here, it merges with the Rattlesden River to the south of Stowmarket. During the year 1719, proposals first appeared to make the river passable from Stowmarket to Ipswich. These were dropped because Ipswich Corporation objected. The next attempt occurred in 1790 through a Bill that was presented to Parliament. The royal sanction was received on the first of April in 1790. There were many issues with the entire process. John Rennie was tasked with producing a new survey. The contractors were sacked. Worst of all, there had been an estimate of £14,300 to complete everything. However, the final cost was £35,300, clearly a significantly higher amount than was initially stated. In spite of everything, though, September of 1793 finally saw the launching of the navigation. The navigation grew stronger as many maltings were set up in Stowmarket as well as other facilities. These were particularly noticeable in Bramford where...

Must See Things in Nashville, Tennessee – Top 10 places to visit

Must See Things in Nashville, Tennessee There is certainly no shortage of fun things to see and do in Nashville, Tennessee. Dubbed “Music City,” the biggest problem you may have is in deciding which places you want to visit the most during the time you have there. If it is your first excursion to this city, there just happens to be a list of the top ten attractions that you cannot miss. You can use this list as a base for your own personal one and go from there. Following are the top ten places that most people agree are must see attractions while touring Nashville, Tennessee: Grand Ole Opry: Obviously, if you are in the vicinity, you don’t want to miss this famous country music show. It has been the launching pad for the careers of many legendary country music stars in history and, even today, rising stars are still discovered here. It is always a surprise to see which stars will show up for that night, which adds a bit more excitement to the overall experience. The Grand Ole Opry is open 124 days a year beginning in April and running through the end of December. The General Jackson Showboat Lunch and Dinner Cruises: Climb aboard the General Jackson to enjoy awesome country music, tasty food and amazing sights for either lunch or dinner. Each cruise provides a high energy performance of country music and some of the most delectable food you have ever put in your mouth. Either cruise type is wonderful but the dinner cruise may prove to be more romantic. Available for 268 days...

Couch-Surfing – Travel Accommodation With a Difference

Couch-Surfing has become a growing trend for backpackers and travellers on a budget, thanks to a website that connects hosts to travellers. People across the globe are now offering their spare rooms or even couches – hence the name couch-surfing – to travellers exploring their country. Two people sharing their whole lives for an agreed amount of time, usually at no cost sounds fantastic to most nomads. However, jumping onto the couch-surfing bandwagon should be done with caution. This blog will underline the many pros and cons of choosing to couch-surf on your travels. First to pinpoint some of the advantages: Live with a local By staying in a local’s home rather than a hostel or hotel, you will have a completely different experience that money can’t buy. Your host will be able to personally show you their home town’s hidden gems that you would have never found on your own, and tell you traditional and interesting tales from their country’s history. If you want an experience rather than a holiday, staying with a local is the ideal choice. Create a Cultural Exchange Staying in this social environment is a great opportunity to create a mutual cultural exchange; don’t forget that your host has invited you for a reason. They will enjoy learning about other backgrounds and cultures, and as much as they enjoy showcasing their city or town they will want to learn too. This experience may even be the foundation for a new lasting friendship. Sound good? Don’t forget to asses the negative aspects too: Remember you’re living with a stranger Bear in mind that essentially, to...