In the past, while traveling, I wouldn’t even consider eating in the same restaurant twice. After all, I wanted to experience as much as possible during my short time in the destination.
Enter Paris. We arrived hungry so we walked to the closest restaurant to the hotel: Le Saint Germain. We went right for the cheese & meat board and some wine. Obviously, croissants were eaten. We weren’t quite full but didn’t want to overdo it so we ordered a slice of quiche to share. We didn’t know what hit us! That darn quiche was one of the most delicious things I’ve ever eaten! The next day, we couldn’t help but go back for more (we each got our own slice this time).
This is when I discovered the magic of the second visit (and the third since we went back the following day as well). Watching the server and/or host’s face light up with recognition and pride when they see you’ve returned. “Heeeeeeeyyyyyyy!!!!” and a high five upon entering.
Suddenly you’re treated like an old friend instead of just a transient tourist.
Since then I have experienced the very same phenomenon in many destinations. It’s always the same. On the second visit, there’s a whole new level of welcoming. An exponentially warmer reception. You are treated like a VIP. And the feeling goes both ways, as you have given the restaurant the highest of compliments - repeat business.
So, if you eat something delicious during your travel, don’t hesitate to go back. Contrary to my past belief, you won’t be missing out - you’ll be enriching your experience.
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Spring Offer Iceland Circumnavigation
Come aboard the OCEAN DIAMOND and experience the land of fire and ice: one of the most fascinating places on planet Earth! Unforgettable, pleasant, authentic and personal – these are only a few attributes that describe our ”soft-expedition“ cruises to Iceland and Greenland. In addition to some of the world’s most unbelievable vistas, you can look forward to an authentic Icelandic atmosphere onboard – lively, friendly and personable.
Golden Circle Classic Day Trip from Reykjavik
Discover some of the best sites in Iceland on the the Golden Circle Tour, in the company of a professional guide who will tell you all you need to know about the area's history, culture and nature. Leave the city behind and get into the history of Iceland at Thingvellir National Park, witness the powerful beauty of a multi-tiered waterfall at Gullfoss and walk among bubbling geothermal pools at Geysir Geothermal Area.
Cost : $47.90 per person
Cost : $557.69 per person
Icelandic Sagas and Glacier Cave Private Tour from Reykjavik
Explore Langjökul glacier, Europe’s second-largest glacier on this 11-hour tour. Departing from Reykjavik, make stops at the Settlement Centre in Borgarnes, Icelandic Museum of Agriculture, Deildartunguhver hot springs, and Hraunfossar waterfalls on the way to the glacier. Traverse the glacier on an 8-wheeled ice truck to the Langjökull cave. Walk through the ice chambers with an expert guide and learn about the cave's formation.
Blue Lagoon with Transfer
The Blue Lagoon is a popular spa destination featuring an outdoor lagoon with mineral-rich waters in a lava field. Let the warm and mineral-rich water warm you up and recharge you for your exciting trip in Iceland.
Cost : $182.93 per person
'Game of Thrones' Filming Locations Tour From Reykjavik
Spend a day exploring some of the incredible locations used in the hit TV series 'Game of Thrones' on this 8-hour tour from Reykjavik. With a professional guide leading the way, follow in the footsteps of the White Walkers at the UNESCO-listed Thingvellir National Park, visit the breathtaking natural vistas of Lake Thingvallavatn. Then, reimagine one of the most brutal sieges in the show's history at Thjorsárdalur valley. Round-trip transport on a comfortable, fully heated coach is included.
Cost : $109.49 per person
Cost : $114.05 per person
Lake Mývatn Tour from Akureyri Port
Lake Mývatn from Akureyri Port is a tour specially designed with the needs of Cruise Ship passengers in mind. We adjust the departure time and length so it will fit the docking time of each cruise ship at Akureyri Port. The return time is always 1 hour before ship’s departure.
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When it comes to the everyday, people use exercise, meditation, self-improvement resources, and other recreational activities to let go of some of the tension. But, what do you do if you desperately need a reset? Travel could be the answer to the problem.
Utilizing Travel to Escape
If you’re finding planning trips stressful, then you always have the option to contact us for an easy and enjoyable experiences that is stress free. We've got you covered.
High on the mountains, cool and pristine cloud forests are alive with mysterious sounds and below splendid tropical rain forests are packed with life.
The country is famous for its progressive approach to conservation. Indeed, it is the prime eco-tourism destination in Central America due to its wealth of protected areas. Over 25 percent of the country consists of these regions, spread between 75 different national parks, wildlife refuges and biological reserves.
In such a small geographical area, it is surprising how much there is to see and do. A holiday in Costa Rica offers activities to suit all travellers and any mood, from action to relaxation. These include surfing, snorkelling and sunbathing, horse riding, hiking and wildlife-spotting, deep sea fishing or river cruises. One can also simply enjoy a soak in the hot springs.
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Whether you’re a first timer or a Bali regular, it’s worth wandering off the beaten path to experience the beauty of these less explored destinations.
Visit for: Surf beaches, hip cafes, street art, the Canggu shortcut and Tanah Lot Temple
For a cultural experience, visit Tanah Lot Temple. Just a short 20-minute drive north of the central buzz, it’s an easy trip and a beautiful spot to watch the sunset.
So whether you’re surfing, sipping, strolling or stretching, Canggu is the go-to for travellers chasing a trendy yet relaxed taste of Bali.
Visit for: Lush rainforests, coffee, rice paddies and yoga retreats
For some of the best Babi Guling in town, Babi Guling Gung Cung is a solid contender! This local institution always has a steady line of locals by lunch, so be sure to get in early or risk missing out.
Visit for: Pristine beaches, heart-stopping surf breaks, remedial massages and Pura Luhur Temple
For a great day trip, Jimbaran and Nusa Dua are both less than an hours drive from Uluwatu and offer picturesque golden sand beaches, snorkeling and surfing.
Whichever direction you venture in Uluwatu, the spectacular beaches, stunning views and relaxed pace of life offer the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle.
Visit for: Snorkelling, beachfront bars, stunning sunsets and laid back island vibes
Those seeking an endless happy hour will want to head straight for Gili Trawangan. The biggest of the three islands, it is lined with beach bars, clubs and restaurants, with a party happening every night of the week. Just a stone’s throw away sits Gili Meno, which is home to pristine white sand beaches and far less people, not to mention no motorised transport – just horses and carts. Meno is easily the quietest of the three islands, making it a great spot to disconnect and unwind. It also offers some of the most amazing diving spots, and is home to an abundance of green sea turtles as well as the Bounty Wreck and Jason deCaires Taylor’s Nest sculpture. Gili Air combines the best of Meno and Trawangan, boasting a lively yet laid back atmosphere. Whilst there are plenty of bars and clubs on the eastern side of the island, the party culture isn’t quite as vibrant as Gili Trawangan, which makes it the perfect place to enjoy a quiet evening and a Bintang. Whether you spend a few days island hopping or spend all your time in one spot, each island offers a uniquely wonderful experience.
Home to a significant Muslim community, the three mosques on Gili Trawangan broadcast prayers regularly throughout the day (and night) so if you’re planning on staying on the islands and you’re a light sleeper, Gili Meno or Gili Air might be best for you!
Visit for: Rugged terrain, manta ray diving, sparkling azure water and Angel’s Billabong
Lembongan and Ceningan Islands are just a 20 minute boat ride away, and are connected by a Love Bridge, which makes Nusa Penida a great base for a serene yet easily accessible getaway.
If you couldn’t tell, we believe travel is one of the most life-changing things you can do for yourself.
Read A Book
Here are a few of our book recommendations if you’re looking for something new.
Play a Game
Don’t want to use up your phone’s battery? Bring a deck of cards! We can’t tell you how many hours we’ve killed playing solitaire. You could also purchase a puzzle book at the airport before your flight. Crossword puzzles and Sudoku are two of our guilty pleasures.
Watch a Movie or TV Show
If you’re stumped on what to watch, check out our blog post “5 Movies That Will Make You Want To Travel”
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