Istanbul isn’t just a hotspot for international travelers, but also for local tourists. The twenty million tourists who come to this great city often know where to visit, but not always what to eat and where – it’s important to remember that real flavor and authenticity aren’t found in big restaurant chains, but often in little-known artisan restaurants. (more…)
Life in Fethiye
It’s been two months since we randomly picked and moved to Fethiye. It’s been two months and we’re already getting ready to roll up our sleeves to pack once again. This time we truly had better intentions. We really did intend to stay longer in this warm and mild part of my home country full of natural beauty. And yet here we are. (more…)
Fethiye | Coast side of Turkey
Fethiye is a beautiful small town in west coast of Turkey. Close to the Greek Islands and Rhodos. Town is know with its beautiful landscape surrended by lush hills. One of the best place to do paragliding in the world. Oludeniz (Blue Lagoon) is a national park in Fethiye where atracts milions of tourists every year. (more…)
Why we couldn’t stay in Fethiye
Many of you know the reason why these people, one from Adana and one from sun-soaked Italy, chose to move to Fethiye after many cold years of European life. You know, the Fethiye they got to on that long car journey…
However, as it’s known to happen, sometimes reality doesn’t match expectations… (more…)
Top 3 US States to visit with kids on USA Vacations
FFeeling anxious and overwhelmed about where to take the kids on a US holiday? These following three US states are filled with enthralling family attractions and fun adventures that are perfect for kids to have an awesome vacation.
Florida – East Coast, USA
Florida is one of the popular US State sought by family holidaymakers due to its incredible collection of kid-friendly destinations. Teeming with beaches, theme parks, nature parks and interesting museums, Florida offers a plethora of choices for its little guests.
Walt Disney World Resorts, Orlando
Of course, one of the biggest attractions for kids in Florida is the Walt Disney World Resorts in Orlando. This world-renowned Disney theme park is the largest in the world and one of the prime places to visit with kids in the USA. Just to get a gist of what this magical fantasy theme park beholds in it would require your family to spend at least 4 days here. In fact, this theme park itself would suffice as a complete kid-friendly holiday destination in the USA. Kids can have a gala time at four uniquely themed parks surrounded by their favorite fantasy character and spend time indulging in thrilling rides and relishing their favorite choices in meals with their beloved Disney characters.
Admission Cost: One Day Basic Magic Your Way ticket costs around USD 92 per person and USD 86 per child under the age of 9.
Universal Orlando Resort
Apart from Walt Disney World Resorts, Florida is home to Universal Orlando Resort which consists of an amazing assortment of themed entertainment arenas namely The Universal Studios Florida, Islands of Adventure and Volcano Bay. Here young visitors can get lost in the Wizarding world of Harry Potter or and Jurassic Park, get their pictures clicked with their favorite Marvel superheroes and have an amazing time enjoying exciting performances, thrilling rides, and lip-smacking dining experiences. Universal Orlando Resort gives a tough competition to Walt Disney World Resort, both, however, would get your kids delighted about a US holiday. Just choose one of the theme parks that interest your kid – if your kid loves superheroes, then Universal Orlando Resorts is your best choice for a US family vacation.
Admission Cost: A basic Single Day 1 Park Ticket costs around USD 115 per adult and USD 110 per child.
Kennedy Space Center
Add education with fun and entertainment to your kid’s vacation with a trip to Kennedy Space Center where kids can become astronauts for a day and experience a real-life simulation of what it feels like to be inside a space shuttle. Take a trip of the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame to know more about the astronauts and their space missions and get access to restricted areas of Kennedy Space Centre with a Kennedy Space Center Bus Tour. Kids can also catch a movie on space at IMAX Theater 3D Films, meet and dine with an astronaut and gear up for a Shuttle Launch Experience which lets them experience the real sensations during a launch experience.
Admission Cost: Daily admission rates are USD 57 per adult and USD 47 per child.
Florida has plenty of natural landscapes as well where you can get your kids to reconnect with nature at Biscayne Natural Park, Everglades National Park, Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory to name a few. And last but not the least, spend some time at Florida beaches where children can laze around barefooted, splash in the water and spend creative time building grand sand castles.
When to visit Florida: Though Florida is known for year-round sunshine, there are months that brings in hurricanes and rainfalls. Usually, mid-October till May is the best season to visit Florida. Though before planning your visit, you need to check out for hurricane season as well so that you don’t end up being disappointed on your trip.
New York – East Coast, USA
It seems quite impossible for holidaymakers to drop New York off their travel list. Well, how could you miss being at the most popular city of US when you are on an American vacation? Indeed, New York City is a place one ought to visit without an excuse on a US family trip, but the State of New York offers much more than this global city. But what makes it interesting for kids?
New York City
NYC is a fascination for all ages and there are plenty of things to do for kids in New York. Firstly there are iconic landmarks and monuments that children would love to visit such as the taking a ferry to the Liberty Island to marvel at the Statue of Liberty and taking a ride up to the top of Empire State Building to get breathtaking sweeping views of the New York City Skyline. Central Park and Times Square – two totally contrasting places in New York will offer you and your kids some enticing experiences of New York.
Head north from New York City and the jaw-dropping vistas of the colossal Niagara Falls will leave you mesmerized. Apart from the majestic sights of the waterfalls, children can have fun on the Maid of the Mist cruise that lets them witness the torrential cascade up close. Skip walking and hop onboard a vintage-styled Niagara Scenic trolley which costs mere USD 2 per person and journey through the scenic sights of Goat Island and Niagara Falls State Park. Spend some time at Goat Island where you can visit the Cave of the Winds which offers a beautiful view of the Bridal Veil Falls. Cave of the Winds is operational only from Spring to Fall.
Farms and Nature Parks
Enjoy the charming countryside at Stone Barns Center or Benner’s Farm and let children interact, pet and feed baby animals and experience a day in farm life. Go on gentle hikes at Rockefeller State Park Preserve or try zip lining at Hunter Mountain. New York State has plenty of fun places to go for glamping with your family. Finger Lakes, Darien Lake, and Bear Creek are few of the idyllic places to visit for some memorable moments of enjoying activities like zip lining, canoeing, hiking and camping in comfortable cabins under the shimmering starry nights of New York State.
When to visit New York State: If you are budget conscious, the best months to travel to New York State would be March till April and October till November. It is best to avoid travelling to New York State in July since it is the hottest month, January since it is the coldest month and May which is when the state experiences heavy downpours.
California – West Coast, USA
Just like grownups, kids can look forward to tons of delightful experiences in California. Movie lovers and Disney fans don’t have to get disappointed as there is Disneyland Anaheim, Disney California Adventure and Universal Studios on the Western Coast of the USA as well. There are plenty of popular US attractions, theme parks, amusement parks, aquariums and nature parks to visit for kids to have a great time here. Apart from these, check out these options which kids would love to explore.
Yosemite National Park
Get close to nature and watch your kids gawk in awe at giant sequoia trees that have been in the region for hundreds of years. At Yosemite National Park, kids can enjoy the outdoor adventures and try their hand at fishing and easy hiking nature trails that meanders through gorgeous waterfalls, rivers, and wilderness. Watch deers graze silently, visit the Half Dome Village for a generous treat of ice cream and spend the night camping in the tranquil ambiance, roasting marshmallows and having a quality time with family under the shimmering night. It is an ideal way to get away from city life and just enjoy nature’s splendor.
Admission Cost: There is an admission fee of USD 15 per individual which is valid for 7 days. Visitors using a motorbike or car have to pay higher costs that vary from USD 30 to 35.
Santa Catalina Island
There’s a whole island filled with fun and adventure in California for kids! Well, not just for kids, even adults can have an exciting time with their children here. The island is one among California’s Channel Islands and just 22 miles away from the mainland. Offering an amazing assortment of fun things to do in the USA for kids, it has been rightly nicknamed Kidalina for its extensive choices of impressive activities that would keep kids interested for a long time. Kids can relax on idyllic beaches of Avalon, hike to the farmlands to watch bison and other farm animals, enjoy a cruise on a glass bottom boat, take a ride in a submarine and have fun gearing up for a wide range of water activities like fishing, canoeing to name a few.
When to visit California: For budget-friendly options, the cheapest time to visit California is around late November to early December. Yosemite National Park looks stunning during the months of April and May. Avoid travelling from June till August as this is the peak time and most places are overcrowded with tourists.
So Nest time your kids get a break from school, plan a family holiday to the USA. Apply for USA tourist visa and select few of these best vacation spots in the US that includes fun places for kids and have a delightful family fun on your US holiday.
Moving Again | Italy to Turkey
Moving from Italy to Turkey
It has been one year we left dark and rainy Ireland. Last year we moved to Italy two people and now we are leaving three. Italy was good destination point to give a birth with its naturalist and conscious doctors and good quality food. However, getting close to winter and missing baklava and kebab was enough to pull us toward to the Turkey. (more…)
Top things to do in Phuket for first-time visitors
Phuket in Thailand has emerged on the world map as a popular tropical beach destination ever since Leonardo Dicaprio’s famous movie ‘The Beach‘released. The largest among the islands in Thailand, Phuket whisks you away into a tropical paradise. (more…)
Irish expressions you should know before going to Ireland
When we went to Ireland first time, we took a taxi at the airport. The taxi driver was speaking a language I didn’t understand so I thought it could be Irish language. Then we figured out he was speaking English with super strong accent that it was almost impossible to understand. (more…)
Cork City | Ireland
Cork is the second largest city after capital Dublin,in Ireland. Before getting job and living 1.5 years in this little Irish city, we didn’t even know its existence.
It’s such a beautiful city when it shines!
Northern Cyprus maybe not very well known for historically & geographically, however it hosts a lot of ancient cities and settlements.
There’s huge history lies up in the territory of Cyprus.
I have to add that this lonely country is not recognised officially accept Turkey and there are a lot of debate is still going on.
Read more about Northern Cyprus here.
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