Top 10 Islands in the World: Mykonos

Top 10 islands in the world: Mykonos, Greece | Said to have been where Hercules killed the invincible giants, the island of Mykonos is steeped in some real mythological history. But this popular cruise ship stop, nowadays is more known for its raucous parties. That would certainly impress even Dionysus

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Top 10 Islands World Mykonos: Mykonos Windmills

Mykonos easily steals the show from Santorini, simply because the “underdog” has a few things Santorini does not have. There are no trees naturally growing on Santorini. That automatically means, there is no wildlife – apart of some caged birds. Santorini also lacks of white sandy beaches and nightlife. Mykonos got all that in abundance. Just avoid July and August to skip those major tourist crowds and get a better sense of local greek island life. Don’t miss out on “Little Venice”, a neighborhood full of tavernas. While in the area, stop by Kounelas, close to the harbor of Mykonos, to eat what locals say is the best fish.

The natural landscapes of this Cycladic Island are wondrous and they add to the elegance that you witness. If you are looking for a place where white sand meets blue sky in a stunning matrimony, Mykonos will for sure capture your senses. Whether you are seeking nightlife adventures or you are in search of a perfect sanctuary for serenity and luxury accommodation, Mykonos will meet and exceed your expectations.

A distinctive detail on Mykonos is the wind. Windmills boast above everything else and remind the guests of the past. Windmills have been the means of producing the necessities for this Greek island, as the energy provided from wind was vital. Apart from that, tourists agree: the architecture of Mykonos is quite romantic and scenic. Cobbled whitewashed streets and white houses, intoxicating smells from the blooming flowers and of course amazing white sandy beaches all over the coastline will make a vacation remembered forever.

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Mykonos town, cobbled small streets.

If you conquer Mykonos the right way, it will become a journey of your senses, with imposing landscapes and great sights, vibrant nightlife and wonderful attractions of nature, beaches that belong to fairytales.

Getting to Mykonos

Daily flights from Athens take about 35 minutes. Ferries are the less expensive option. They need between 3 and 5 hours – depending on wether it’s a high-speed or slow ferry.

Where to stay on Mykonos

Our recommendation: Vencia Boutique Hotel; it’s a truly unique place.

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Vencia Boutique Hotel, Mykonos

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Where to Party in Mykonos

Try Paradise Beach Resort Mykonos for a start. From there party yourself thru the night. You will end up somewhere else …

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Top 10 Islands in the World: Tahiti

Top 10 Islands in the World: Tahiti | Somebody still searching for something more special? Our good sorted list of top 10 islands in the world starts today and introduces you to the black pearl among islands: Tahiti! It is a must in every travel alphabet – the largest island in the Windward group of French Polynesia, also known as one of the greatest honeymoon destinations in the world. But getting tanned as you lie down on the magnificent black sandy beach while enjoying a cocktail comes with a hefty price tag.

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Best Islands in the World: Tahiti for sure is in the top 10. Source: wikipedia

First of all, Tahiti is as remote as remoteness can get. Tahiti is located 4,400 km south of Hawaii, 7,900 km from Chile and 5,700 km from Australia. Direct flights to Tahiti are only available from Auckland (New Zealand, 5h) and Los Angeles (8h 20min). All that remote remoteness didn’t stop French painter Paul Gauguin to stay there for an inspirational break from big city life in Europe. Distance shouldn’t stop you either.

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Tahiti, one of the most remote travel destinations on earth (

Second, a vacation in Tahiti is not cheap. To avoid high hotel cost you might book a catamaran for 7 days starting at just $4,100. Your floating home will come with 3 cabins. Sunshine, turtles and reef sharks surrounding your boat are free add-ons. Try

For those of you staying on the island: finest seafood, impressive waves and glorious sunrises will be waiting for you right in front of your bungalow. Peak time for tourists in Tahiti: July, August and September. But this tropical island does not really know an off-season. There is plenty of nightlife, restaurants, villas, and resorts for you to choose from. Most visited tourist attractions: Botanical Garden, Paul Gauguin Museum, Fautaua Waterfall, and not to forget Black Pearl shops. Men will have to open their wallets, while women open their hearts to a string of Tahitian black pearls …

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Tahiti is famous for its black pearls

Where to stay in Tahiti only lists 40 properties in Tahiti. Two welcome you for 50 Euros per night. Six will cost you an arm and a leg: 250 to 500 Euros per night, for example: Te Tavake and the InterContinental. Our favorite is Manava Suite Resort – just 10 minutes from Faaa International Airport near Papeete. The infinity pool with view to the ocean will capture your imagination.

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Top 10 Islands World Tahiti: Book Tahiti hotels

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Tahiti is also a famous destination for pro surfers

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A bit of a clichee photo. But we like it anyway :)

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Top 10 Islands World Tahiti. Typical Tahiti girls. Source: wikipedia cc

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Top 10 Islands in the World: Whitsunday Australia

Top 10 Islands in the World: Whitsunday Australia | The most iconic photo from this tropical location is an amazing birds eye view of Whitehaven Beach. The popular snapshot looks very promising, and still Whitsunday Islands will easily live up to any high expectations.

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Best islands in the world: Whitsunday Islands ->  Whitehaven Beach from air.

Sprinkled along the Great Barrier Reef, the Whitsunday Islands are Australia’s version of a tropical island fantasy. 74 lush islands are the peaks of drowned hills rising above the strikingly blue Coral Sea. Sailing is a popular pastime here, and diving is excellent along the fish-rich coral reefs. But be aware: This is an extremely fragile ecosystem protected by six national parks. You can explore some of the islands on hiking trails. Of course you should not miss the radiant silica sands of Whitehaven Beach.  The waters of Whitehaven Beach are renowned for their swirling bands of colors, a mix of blues, greens, and whites created by changing tides mixing the silica sand and sea. Tourists and locals visit Whitehaven Beach for a Whitehaven Beach BBQ lunch, to swim or just take in the bright white sand, as well as campers who stay by booking the National Parks camp facilities.

Named by Captain James Cook in early June 1770, Whitsunday Island covers 27,508 ha (275.08 sqkm). Around the northern bays of the island are seagrass beds which support a diverse range of marine life. Unadorned rock-wallabies are found on the island. The seas here are warm, clear, shallow, nutrient rich and fast moving due to large tidal flows making them well-suited to the growth of fringing coral reefs.

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Although take on the mainland nearby, this is snapshot pretty much sums up size and shape of the Whitsunday Rock Wallaby. Photo by Petra,

Getting to Whitsunday Islands

It’s a one-and-a-half-hour flight from Brisbane to the Whitsunday coast. By car it will take you 12 hours from Brisbane up north or 6.5 hours from Cairns down south. The biggest of the Whitsunday Islands is accessible by boat from mainland tourist ports such as Airlie Beach and Shute Harbour. You can choose between many popular destinations for both day visitors and overnight sailors, including the magnificent pure-white sands of Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet, the secure anchorage of Cid Harbour, and the sheltered waterway of Gulnare Inlet. The island has six campgrounds.

Whitehaven Beach is a 7 km stretch along Whitsunday Island, Australia. The island is also accessible by seaplane and helicopter from Airlie Beach, as well as Hamilton Island.

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Whitsunday Islands, Australia. Still searching that one-and-only real white beach? This is the place to go.

Accommodation @ Whitsunday Islands

Shelter ranges from beachfront campsites, eco-retreats, and family resorts to luxury escapes like Hayman Island and Qualia on Hamilton Island. There are around about 40 different accommodations available in the direct neighborhood of Whitsunday Islands, most can be found on Hamilton Island.

The cheapest stay we found was at 30 Euros per night (45 Australian Dollars): Island Gateway Holiday Park – industry standard, located at Airlie Beach. That would be 24.5 km away from Hamilton Island.

The most luxurious hotel offers rooms at AU$1400 per night (930 Euros): Pepperberry House (48 Pepperberry Lane, Cannon Valley, 4800 Cannonvale). That’s approx. 30 km away from Hamilton Island.

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Top 10 Islands in the World: St. Lucia

When reminiscing about the top islands in the world, people tend to throw popular destinations like Hawaii, Zanzibar, Bali, Maldives and Santorini at each other. Don’t get me wrong. These names stand for very beautiful and interesting destinations, but they are not the cream. Starting today, a new series of articles will reveal our list of Top 10 islands in the world. We start with no. 10:

St. Lucia Island

Unlike other Caribbean islands, St. Lucia’s best assets are not those stereotype white sandy beaches. You will find them, too. But St. Lucia itself is drenched in much more topographic drama. The towering Pitons, twin volcanic peaks, preside over luxuriant landscapes, rising more than 700 meters from the sea, provide a breathtaking backdrop to a stunning scenery. Bristling forests of coconut palms, waterfalls, quaint fishing villages, coral reefs, nature trails, and healing hot springs are just some of the sights to explore on this unique island. Pretty Marigot Bay and Anse Chastanet Marine Park are definitely highlights.

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St. Lucia offers plenty of scuba diving and snorkeling opportunities.

The volcanic island of Saint Lucia is more mountainous than other Caribbean islands, with the highest point being Mount Gimie, at 950 metres above sea level. But two other mountains, the Pitons, form the island’s most snapped landmark. They are located between the cities of Soufrière and Choiseul on the western side of St. Lucia.

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St. Lucia. The Pitons between Soufriere and Choiseul are the island’s true landmark.

Average daytime temperatures are around 29 °C, nighttime temperatures are around 18 °C. Temperatures do not fluctuate much between winter and summer. Tourism is vital to Saint Lucia’s economy. It tends to be more substantial during the dry season, peaking between January and April. But the island is actually charming throughout the year. The local climate on St. Lucia Island is tropical, moderated by trade winds, with a dry season from beginning of December to end of May, and a wet season from beginning of June to end of November.

In case you fancy a drive-in volcano: You are at the right place. Take a tour to Sulphur Springs in Soufrière. The best part of this volcano tour is the mud baths. While the water directly on the springs will be too hot to hop in, further downstream mud and water have the right temperature for a perfect warm bath. Tourists cover themselves in mineral rich mud, relax, and let the mud work its magic on their skin. The Sulphur Springs were created when rain water seeped into the ground through cracks in the volcano’s crust. This water then came into contact with hot volcanic rock and rose back to the surface. Along its way back up, the water mixes with sulphur and other chemicals to create some unique hot springs.

Other tourist attractions include the Botanical Gardens, the Majestic twin Peaks (The Pitons), Pigeon Island National Park, and many hot spots for diving and snorkeling. The majority of tourists visits Saint Lucia as part of a cruise. Most of their time tends to be spent in the capital Castries, although Soufrière, Marigot Bay and  are popular tourist locations, too.

St. Lucia’s national dish is green figs and salted fish. But hang on, there is more. The island’s historic French influence also adds to an exotic appeal. St Lucia’s cuisine is a unique blend of West African, European and East Indian cuisine; this creates dynamic meal dishes such as macaroni pie, Stew chicken, rice and peas, fish broth or fish water, and soups packed full with fresh locally produced vegetables. Typical essential foodstuffs are potatoes, onions, celery, thyme, coconut milk, the very hot scotch bonnet peppers, flour and cornmeal. The island is also home to the famous fried dough, known by many as a bake or Johnny Cake. These bakes can be served with different sides, such as saltfish which is either sautéed or lightly fried along with red, green peppers, onions, and seasoned well. This is the most common way for bake to be prepared, though it can also be served with meats such as stewed chicken or beef.

Where to stay in St. Lucia

There is a very iconic photo circulating in the internet, showing a good looking couple watching the good looking Pitons from within an infinity pool. The pic was taken at Nick Troubetzkoy’s Jade Mountain Resort at 100 Anse Chastanet Road, St. Lucia. Located on the south-west corner of Jade Mountain this resort will probably give you the most commanding panoramic views of St. Lucia. With an overall rating of Jade Mountain Resort is at 4 of 5, it comes with only one stain: the price. Be prepared for 1,200 euros per night. And even at this price demand is still high.

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St. Lucia: Jade Mountain Resort

Saint Lucia (French: Sainte Lucie) is a sovereign island country in the eastern Caribbean Sea. Part of the Lesser Antilles, south of Martinique. It covers a land area of 617 sqkm and approx. 166,000 people call it home. Capital: Castries.

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St. Lucia map

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10 Facts about Norway

10 Facts about Norway | One needs to love the cold to enjoy Norway. The country has one real piece of beauty to offer: nature! 4.7 million tourists head for Norway each year and are spending US$1200 per person. But we did warn you. It will be cold up there! Be prepared. Here are some interesting facts about Norway …

(1) Apart from Japan, Norway is the only other country to kill whales.
(2) Norway is one of the top 10 most expensive countries on earth. According to competitiveness scores given by, cost of life in Norway is 3.23 times higher than average. This price competitiveness chart took into account: airport charges, air taxes, gas prices, hotel prices and general cost of living.
(3) Even being a big exporter of crude oil, Norway still charges the world’s highest gas prices from its citizens.
(4) Not sure why this particular fast food is so extremely popular, but 5.1 million Norwegians eat approx. 25 million pizzas per year.
(5) Norway won the highest amount of Gold-, Silver and Bronze medals at Winter Olympics.
(6) By the traditional count from year 872, the Kingdom of Norway has existed continuously for 1,143 years until today.
(7) Speaking of spectacular nature: the most noticeable pieces are the fjords: deep grooves cut into the land flooded by the sea following the end of the Ice Age. The longest fjord is Sognefjorden at 204 kilometres. Sognefjorden is the world’s second deepest.
(8) When is comes to inventions, Norway is kind of dead last. The biggest invention coming from Norway is the modern cheese slicer, invented by Thor Bjørklund in 1925.
(9) The christmas tree on London’s Trafalgar Square is a free annual Norwegian gift to the British since 1947 – thanking them for their help against Germany during World War II.
(10) Norwegians go shopping in Sweden, simply because in Norway literally everything is too expensive.

10 Facts about Norway

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10 Facts about Norway

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