Colorful vintage 1950s Chevy cars, Havana, Cuba

Why Cuba is Still Definitely Different

Win 5000€ for a Cuba GetawayWith a mind numbing array of 1950s vintage Chevys roaming its streets, a vibrant salsa-infused nightlife, and a culture and history unlike any other place on the planet, Cuba is (and always will be) definitely different. From world-class scuba diving, to world-class beaches, to world-class entertainment, there's also definitely no shortage More »

Liechtenstein Castle, Austria

Day Trips from Vienna

Home to Freud, opera, classical music and associated with plenty that just screams "fancy," Vienna is one of the most elegant cities on the planet. The thing is, it's still a city. And sometimes you just need to get out of the concrete jungle (as beautiful as this one happens to be) and explore what's More »

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Mind-boggling New York Attractions

While some people prefer to fritter away their vacations on a beach, sunscreen in one hand, margarita in the other, there are other options out there for those that prefer a bit more mental stimulation during their time away from work. New York is one such place where you can put your brain to work More »

Why Cuba is Still Definitely Different

Colorful vintage 1950s Chevy cars, Havana, Cuba

Win 5000€ for a Cuba Getaway

With a mind numbing array of 1950s vintage Chevys roaming its streets, a vibrant salsa-infused nightlife, and a culture and history unlike any other place on the planet, Cuba is (and always will be) definitely different. 

From world-class scuba diving, to world-class beaches, to world-class entertainment, there's also definitely no shortage of things to do in this sun-kissed Caribbean getaway. Check out the video below for a Cuba Primer.

 

And to help you explore it in proper style, the folks at Cuba Travel Network are running an innovative contest to put 5000 Euros in your paws to be used for a once-in-a-lifetime, customize-it-yourself tour of the Pearl of the Antilles. 

So what do you have to do? Simple -- just prank a friend or family member via text message that you are in already in Cuba, submit your entry online or via Twitter, and the prank with the most votes wins! Of course, creativity will be key to get your entry to the top of the herd, so think long and think hard about a unique way to confound your friends before entering. For full contest details, and to see examples of what the competition looks like, check out www.cubatravelnetwork.com/competition.

Good luck!

Day Trips from Vienna

Liechtenstein Castle, Austria

Home to Freud, opera, classical music and associated with plenty that just screams "fancy," Vienna is one of the most elegant cities on the planet. The thing is, it's still a city. And sometimes you just need to get out of the concrete jungle (as beautiful as this one happens to be) and explore what's beyond the hustle and bustle.

Here are some worthy options if you're contemplating your choices for day trips from Vienna.

Liechtenstein Castle

A mere 20 minutes outside of Vienna's city centre will find you in the wee little town of Molding, known for that behemoth on the edge of town -- Liechtenstein Castle. Just don't confuse it with the taller, cliff-hugging Lichtenstein astle in neighbouring Germany. Built in 1130 as a tribute to the then current Prince, this sprawling castle housed the royals for over 200 years. It's now privately owned (one of the few in Austria) and a guided tour takes about 50 minutes. 

Salzburg

Consistently lauded as one of the most picturesque cities in the world (believe me -- it is!), Salzburg really deserves more than just a day. But if you're intent to see it in one, leave early -- it takes about 2 and a half hours to get here from Vienna. Alternatively, you could conceivably book a flight that would get you there in about 45 minutes (check fly.co.uk for flights from Vienna.) Once you do make your way there, you're spoiled for choice when it comes to things to. Salzburg's beautiful old town (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) competes with attractions such as its imposing fortress, and the nearby Sound of Music sites for your time.

Bratislava, Slovakia

One of the great things about Europe is that everything is so close -- and that goes for countries too. The Slovakian capital of Bratislava is only an hour train ride from downtown Vienna, so if you'd like to add another country to your bucket list, you may want to consider this day trip. Bratislava's Old Town is grittier than Salzburg's, but its astonishingly beautiful nonetheless. A short public bus ride will take you to Delvin Castle on the city's outskirts, and the views from the these ruins are well worth the short climb -- it's unparalleled in this region. 

What other day trips from Vienna do you know about?

Mind-boggling New York Attractions

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While some people prefer to fritter away their vacations on a beach, sunscreen in one hand, margarita in the other, there are other options out there for those that prefer a bit more mental stimulation during their time away from work. New York is one such place where you can put your brain to work on your holidays.

So get your mental floss ready, and your creative juices flowing with some of these mind-boggling New York attractions. 

Escape the Room NYC

While it may just look like a plain run-of-the-mill room, this attraction is actually a puzzle that will put your problem-solving abilities to their ultimate test. Participants have 60 minutes to scan the room for hidden objects to aid in their escape. The clues will lead you and your friends to solve the puzzle and earn their freedom to "Escape the Room." It costs about 25 dollars per person, but the reviews are through the roof for this attraction. (Note: the escape is NOT through the roof though -- it's not THAT easy!) 

Watson's Scavenger Hunt

New York City

If you're looking for a novel way to see the sights during your New York holidays, then testing your wits with a scavenger hunt may be the answer. You don't collect rare and unusual things with on this hunt though, you find the answers to a series of sometimes tricky, sometimes hilarious questions designed to get you to out and about in the city. You'll visit museums, get to roam neighbourhoods, and have an overall greater appreciation for this magnificent city. 

New York Hall of Science

I know what you're thinking -- "Great, another science museum." But the New York Hall of Science (or NYSCI for short) is a little different than most. While it does offer the usual array of exhibits (over 450), interactive displays, and plenty of workshops explaining science, technology, math, and engineering -- it's the unique participation activities that sets this museum apart. Their extensive calendar of events offers everything from crayon making, to learning parkour, to making your own environmentally friendly tote bag.

So next time you're in New York City, check out some these less widely known attractions -- your brain will be happy you did. 

A Guy’s Weekend in Vegas Baby!

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Home of the bachelor party, the quickie wedding (and the even "quickier" divorce), there's a reason the town's motto is "What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas." If you're heading for an unabashed weekend (or week, or month, or…you get the picture) of debauchery with your buddies, you'll want to check out some of these activities fit for the most memorable of guy's weekends.

Ladies and gentleman (but mostly gentleman), we give you the Travel Globe Guide to a Guy's Weekend in Vegas.

Hofbrauhaus

This fixture just off the infamous is the starting point for many a night to remember, and plenty more forgotten nights. It’s the quintessential German brew haus, with larger than life steins, free-flowing beers, and buxom bar maids as far as the eye can see. There’s even something called a “Jagermeister Spanking” that’s sure to get you off your butt.

Dig This

If you’re chained to a cubicle from 9 to 5 for your regular job and have perhaps dreamed of one day getting your hands dirty by dabbling in construction, then check out Dig This. You get to push stuff around by driving a bulldozer, or use a digger to excavate a an empty construction lot, and even play a spirited game of “Digger Basketball.” It’s Bob the Builder for big boys.

Sky Combat Ace

If you count Top Gun as one of your favourite movies, or plane-spotting as one of your preferred hobbies, Sky Combat Ace is definitely a bucket list experience you’ll never forget. Flying with a real fighter pilot, you’ll be shown various aerial maneuvers such as roll, four-point turn, loops, and spins. Best of all, once your pilot shows you how it’s done, you get to try the moves yourself. You’ll also get to speeds of up to 7 Gs. Although the experience can be pricey, for a lot of chaps it winds up being a lot cheaper than a night at the slots.

Cirque du Soleil

I know what you’re thinking – what’s a visit to Cirque du Soleil doing in a guy’s weekend round-up? The thing is, one show in particular is a metaphor for Vegas (and in particular a night out in Vegas) itself. Zarkana at Aria Las Vegas starts out as an abandoned stage, it slowly becomes populated with a motley crew of absurd characters, it turns mind-blowingly crazy and chaotic, and ends up being the most memorable of celebrations. And isn’t that what Vegas is all about?   

  

Mauritius at a Glance

flowers in Mauritius

A beautiful island in the Indian Ocean, Mauritius is popular with people looking for sunshine and relaxation. For visitors there is more to see here than you think. Take a look at some of the fascinating experiences to be had during your holidays to Mauritius.

Enjoy Nature

With over 700 species of flowers and plants on Mauritius the gardens here are spectacular. There are many conservation projects here as well as national parks where wildlife can be spotted. Casela on the west of the island has 140 bird species as well as tortoises, monkeys and orchids. Try Yemen Reserve for the deer watching and views out to sea.

Go Fishing

Whilst people generally associate holidays to Mauritius with the beaches, one of the best ways to spend time here is with some sea fishing. There are several guided boat trips offshore where you can go for big catches like black marlin, barracuda, and even tuna. There are sharks here too so a day out will be an adventurous one.

Spas

For those who just want to relax, Mauritius is renowned for its beautiful spas which are along the coastal resorts. You can get a massage on the beach and all kinds of pampering treatments here. If you feel like spending time on yourself then check out the holidays to Mauritius with spa facilities.

Go Underwater

Scuba diving in Mauritius

On Mauritius some of the best sights are underwater. You could scuba dive here and see some spectacular sights or try snorkelling. Lucky visitors can spot turtles, rays, sharks and much more off the coast. Check out the colours of the reefs as well. There’s an underwater submarine here in Mauritius too which is perfect for those who want to get up close to nature but don’t dive.

The Beaches

Mauritius is blessed with many stunning beaches which are ideal for relaxing, swimming and many different types of water sports. You could just top up your tan here or go windsurfing and snorkelling. Why not check out the resorts with private beaches, or explore the coastline for some variety. Belle Mere and Grand Bay are just two of the most famous beaches to go in Mauritius.

With a warm welcome and no end of things to do on holiday in Mauritius any visitor will love this beautiful island. Just be aware that one visit to Mauritius is never enough and you’ll be planning a second visit before long.

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