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3 Great Winter Sun Destinations

Jul 17, 2017 0

With all due respect to the winter-lovers out there, most people would rather casually relax on a beach in the sun, than have an exciting adventure in the freezing snow.

Fortunately, it is easier than ever to travel far and wide and find your perfect winter sun spot. Winter sun destinations offer all the benefits of a pleasant summer in the middle of Christmas, or other winter holidays. All the more beautiful, these destinations feature some iconic landscapes.

Here are three suggestions for a wondrous winter sun vacation.

Thailand islands

No wonder Thailand is one of the most popular winter tourism destinations. It features amazing tropical beaches, beautiful landscapes, wide range of tasty local foods, and m many globally-renowned attractions. And last but not the least, it has a stable dry season lasting from December to April, which ensures that your winter sun holiday really lives up to it’s name.

Verified winter sun destinations in Thailand include the Thailand’s islands. There are dozens of them, and they vary in their concept of tourism – from extroverted luxury to complete romantic intimacy. They all feature their fantasy-like white sand beaches, swaying palm trees and beautiful seas. A barefoot chill-out on a Thai island will probably make you think: why was Robinson Crusoe so worried instead of instantly embracing his lost-world paradise?

Phuket is the biggest of all Thai islands and one of the most popular and iconic Thailand destinations. It’s equally popular with hardcore backpackers as with easygoing mainstream tourists. Phuket takes pride in it’s dazzling beaches and greenery, the clarity of Andaman Sea and memorable sunsets.

Costa Rica

Fine-sand beaches and constantly warm weather are a classic for a good winter sun location. But Costa Rica offers so much more: there are not many places from where you can gaze at the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea simultaneously, but you can do so from Costa Rica’s Irazú volcano.

If you are attracted to rich natural world and biodiversity, Costa Rica might be ideal for you. It is one of the greatest biodiversity hotspots, with around 87,000 species – or 6% of all species known to man – living there. Costa Rica has advanced nature conservation programs, and of course, professional tours through their national parks.

But Costa Rica is not all-wilderness. You can enjoy lush colonial architecture in the beautiful capital San José, one of the Latin America’s safest cities.

Madeira

A Portugal archipelago located in the Atlantic, southwest of Portugal and just a few hundred kilometers north of the famous Tenerife, Madeira features mild and warm Mediterranean climate and striking sea-and-mountains scenery. It’s special offers include whale watching and water sports such as windsurfing.

Capital of the island is called Funchal, and it’s the best bet when it comes to choosing your base on Madeira. If you’re seeking some quiet time, there are more rural options too.

Some caution when picking a date for your travel is necessary to ensure that you’ll get good weather during your holiday. It’s better to visit Madeira in late February than in January, for instance. There is some risk of rain throughout the winter, but those six hours of sunshine a day are almost guaranteed.

What a wonderful world

All of the destinations have their own advantages and quirks, and while it’s hard to say which one is perfect, all of them are truly beautiful. Other than these suggestions, there are many other possible destinations, making it possible to pick a winter sun destination which perfectly matches your personal sensibility. How lucky we are to live in such a beautiful world.

Sunsan writes for earlyretirement.ie a company in Ireland that helps people achieve their dreams by retiring early.

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The Best Hiking Trails in Japan

Jul 6, 2017 0

 Hiking is a healthy exercise that you can do in any place, any country. Known for its technology and traditions, Japan also values its environment. The country offers numerous hiking trails around the country, whether you are an enthusiast or a first-timer, Japan has a hiking trail suited for you. Listed below are some of the best hiking trails found around Japan.

  1. Mount Fuji

Don’t miss the opportunity of hiking in one of Japan’s icons, Mount Fuji! It is located between the Shizuoka and Yamanashi Prefectures, just 2 hours away from Tokyo. Thousands of people go during the hiking season of July to September. Attempting to visit this mountain outside the hiking season is unadvisable as it is dangerous. If you do plan on tackling Mount Fuji, keep in mind that it is a moderate to difficult climb due to the steep and rocky trail to the summit. While it is possible to make this a day trip, it is much better to stay for a night since hikers may experience altitude sickness while climbing the mountain.

  1. Fushimi Inari Shrine

If you’re in the Kyoto area, Fushimi Inari shrine is a hiking trail that you can visit. It is also one of Japan’s most famous sites, known for its seemingly endless tunnel formed by torii gates which leads to the top of Mount Inari. The hike is easy enough, even for first-timers, and takes about two to three hours to complete.

  1. Mount Yoshino

Another recommended hiking trail in the Kansai region is Mount Yoshino! This is Japan’s most famous cherry blossom spot, so expect a stunning view of 30,000 cherry blossom trees blooming during spring in the months of March and April. Mount Yoshino is actually a slope and is divided to four different areas from the base of the mountain to the top of the mountain. This hiking trail is probably one of the most picturesque trails you’ll ever visit since you can enjoy going through the thousands of cherry trees as you climb the mountain.

  1. Noboribetsu Hell Valley

Noboribetsu is located in Hokkaido and it is the area’s most famous hot spring resort. If you are up for enjoying some natural hot springs, then the trip to Noboribetsu Hell Valley is something you’ll greatly enjoy. There are a number of hiking trails in this valley where you will also encounter a number of sulfurous mud ponds, and a still-hot river that has a natural foot bath along the way.

  1. Mount Tsurugi

Mount Tsurugi, located in Iya Valley in Shikoku Island, is one of Japan’s top 100 mountains. It is a popular hiking destination in Japan with a moderate climbing difficulty. It gives its visitors the option to climb the mountain or to make use of the chairlift that takes you all the way up near the summit. Reaching the top of the mountain will give you a panoramic view of its surrounding mountains.

There are countless trails in Japan that any visitor – beginner or experienced – can tackle. One rule that every tourist has to remember is that you should always prepare for the hike. A spontaneous decision to hike is not a good idea, especially if you don’t have the appropriate attire for it. Safety should always be a priority.

 

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Top 5 Nikon cameras to choose for your next trip

Jul 5, 2017 0

There was a time when cameras were exclusively used for clicking photos and capture moments for lifetime. With the arrival of smartphones, need for having a camera reduced since camera feature of smartphone could click decent photos. But still for clicking high resolution photos, cameras are preferred since photos clicked from these cameras can be developed and retained in physical form.

Let’s check out the best Nikon cameras which will help you click the best moments of your life:

  1. Nikon D500

XQD memory card technology for faster processing and transfer of video footages and raw photo material, 20.9-megapixel CMOS sensor, sensitivity range of 100-51,200, 153-point auto-focus with 99 cross type points, this camera concatenates the technology of FX-line series with usefulness of DX series. D500 has excellent SnapBridge Bluetooth and Wi-Fi file-transferring system. Dual card slots – XQD and SD media means images and videos can be clicked without worrying about storage.

  1. Nikon D7500

20.9-megapixel DX-format Image Sensor and EXPEED 5 processor, ISO range up to 51,200 and 180,000 RGB sensor, 51-point autofocus system and 8 fps continuous shooting gives you the experience of professional shooting and clicking photos even in low-light situations. It is similar to Nikon D500, but touchscreen and 35 g lighter in weight gives it an edge over the latter. Like D500, D7500 also gets the excellent SnapBridge Bluetooth and Wi-Fi file-transferring system.

  1. Nikon D5

Astounding ISO range for clicking photos in the low light, native range of 100 to 102,400, plus the highest expanded range of up to Hi-5 ISO 3,280,000, top-of-the-line AF system through which photos can be clicked even in near darkness, 20.8-megapixel FX-format CMOS sensor and EXPEED 5 processor means you can enjoy 4K UHD moviemaking at 12 fps.

  1. Nikon COOLPIX P900

83x optical zoom and 166x Dynamic Zoom is a delight for people who love to zoom the photo to the highest possible extent. 16-megapixel CMOS image sensor has been added to capture all the details, even the minute ones. Vari-angle display, Built-in GPS, Wi-Fi, Built-in Speaker, Exposure Compensation, Eye-Fi Card Ready, Face Detection and Built-in Flash are some added features.

  1. Nikon COOLPIX W100

One of the biggest fears while travelling to sea or beaches is the fear of water going inside the camera and damaging it fully. Thanks to Nikon COOLPIX W100 which can be waterproofed up to 33 feet, so that you can click the photos inside beaches while scuba diving or swimming deep inside the water. 13.1-megapixel CMOS sensor, NIKKOR 3x optical zoom and Full HD 1080p are added features. Also, camera has also been freeze proof up to 14 degree Fahrenheit and shock proof up to six feet. Hence you don’t need to worry even if you give camera to kids for clicking photos or even if you are travelling to glaciers.

Along with this, Nikon has launched some other DSLR cameras also which will give advanced professional touch to the photos. Apart from these, you can also checkout Canon cameras that also provides wide options for armature or professional photographers.

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