Sightseeing in Greece – the Island of Kos

When going on a vacation, people always want to go all-out and check out every place that their destination has to offer. Sadly, this often might not be possible due to the large amount of sightseeing spots and the distance between them. Of course, you might just be able to do it in case you go prepared and have a sightseeing plan made especially for the purpose. If you are realistic about your abilities and leave some extra time here and there, seeing most of the things might be a task within your grasp. In case you want to go visit the island of Kos in Greece, you will be glad to know that the sightseeing options there are pretty interesting and will keep you busy for quite some time. Here are some of the highlights of the beautiful Kos Island:

The Archaeological museum – The museum is a great place to bring your family to. You can spend a few hours looking around and studying the history. There are many exhibits which include a mosaic from the Third century as well as a Hippocrates statue which was made back in the year 450 BC. You can also enjoy a great number of magnificent relics, statues and mosaics.

The Plane Tree of Hippocrates – Another great spot that you shouldn’t miss is the famous Plane Tree. It is considered to be the largest and oldest tree of its kind in Europe. It has a huge 15-meter diameter and there is a legend that Hippocrates sought the shade of the tree with his pupils more than two thousand years ago.

Kefalos bay – This bay is pretty easily reachable as it is just a bit away from Kos town. The bay is about 12 km long and provides you with vastness of clear water and golden sands as well as many beach attractions such as shops, bars, restaurants and facilities for water sports. You can also have a great night there as there are some of the most famous resorts on the island there. Also, on the harbor you can find many offers for a boat trip on which you can enjoy a visit to near islands or just a tour around.

The Mastihari Village – This place is a great choice in case you want to relax for a while and simply get away from the everyday hassle. The great beaches that it offers and the Greek traditional restaurants will surely make the difference for you and will allow you to relax. You can enjoy a ferry to Pserimos or Pothia too.

Kos’ mountain villages – Of course, when you are on an island, you don’t have to do only beach-related activities. There are great inland ones, too. For example, there are many villages in the beautiful mountain and a great adventure would be to visit some of them. The view from most of these villages is something that will both help you relax and fill you with happiness.

Are you planing your trips to Greece? Don’t hesitate to do this! You can find cheap charter holidays (find billig charterferie as we say in Danish) and book your dream trip. Enjoy Greek style of life!

Is content really king or do you need to write for the spiders?

There has long been a debate in the search engine world as to whether or not you need to focus on the kind of killer content that will benefit humans the most and push them to your site or to use all of the tips and tricks that we have to make sure that the search spiders push us up the rankings in way that would only make human readers head’s itch. And while the perfect answer probably lies somewhere in the middle of these two extremes, the debate still rages on.

So which one is best – is content really king of the hill when it comes to driving traffic, or can you get away with a bunch of keyword stuffed electronic friendly articles to push people to your sites?

Content is king – most of the time

While it may have been possible to get some pretty slick rankings in the past with spider optimized articles and websites, the fact of the matter is that things are changing – and rapidly at that. Each and every day sees more and more subtle changes to the underlying structure of SEO, and the major search engines are constantly shifting their algorithms to weight different factors across the board. This has made it next to impossible to gauge with any real accuracy what the future of SEO holds, and it’s become more and more important to make sure that we are writing for our readers more than the spiders.

That’s not to say that the SEO world is dead and we need to shift our focus entirely – far from it. But we need to be more judicious with the way that we write, and understand that companies like Google are looking for the most relevant content to serve their users – and the eventually the spiders will only be focusing on killer content just the moment that the technology makes that possible.

You cannot ignore the new wave of search engine practices or the boom in other traffic methods

The second major reason that you need to focus on content over the spiders is the fact that he social web has changed the very fabric of web traffic. No longer can we count on all of our traffic to come from the search engines. While they still play a prominent role in how new visitors find our material, the social web has caused millions of other little pathways to our content to open up – and if a reader stumbles upon some jumbled mess of an article or other SEO work we’ve created for the spiders we’re going to start losing the pole position we’ve worked so hard to create.

So while there needs to be a balance between writing for our user base and writing for the machines, the landscape of SEO is dictating that we need to be leaning more towards amazing content and less on trying to game the search spiders.

Joel Mayer writes about SEO and other online marketing techniques for the AustralianWebMarketers blog

GET ON YOUR BIKE! GREAT EUROPEAN CYCLING HOLIDAYS

Europe is a fascinating continent and there are some great ways to see it   by rail, by road, on foot   but nothing beats travelling by bicycle and being able to see so much of this great diverse mix of countries all under your own steam, not to mention getting a decent workout at the same time.

For a long time, Europe has been one of the world’s most popular holiday destinations, due in no small part to the great variety on offer. There are wonderful historic cities to explore, most of which also have a bustling nightlife when the sun goes down. There are vast expanses of forest, mountains and lakes and then there are also immaculate stretches of coastline, offering a chance to enjoy that winning combination of sun, sea and sand. Travelling to and around these enticing destinations by any means is a great experience, but doing so by bike is truly unforgettable. Nothing quite beats the freedom to see the sights at your own pace and under your own steam and the feeling at the end of the day when you feel tired but wholly fulfilled.

CITIES
Cycling holidays in Europe can take place anywhere, whether urban or rural, but the continent really benefits from having such a great range of very bike-friendly cities. London is one great example, with many bicycles to hire to be found at countless spots around the city, allowing visitors a chance to see some of the English capital’s iconic landmarks while getting some exercise too. Paris is similar, with the image of a bicycle leaning up against the wall in a quaint French alleyway being quintessential of the country, while bicycles feature as much in the imagery of Amsterdam as canals and gabled houses.

COUNTRYSIDE
Countries such as Germany and Austria, as well as much of Eastern Europe, still have large swathes of unspoilt rural environments intact and many of these are now preserved as national parks or nature reserves. Understandably these areas are protected and motor traffic is restricted, meaning one of the best ways to see them is from the saddle of a bike. Many of these country parks will have trails for hikers and cyclists and the landscape can vary from thick evergreen forest (such as Germany’s Black Forest) to majestic mountains (the Tyrol in Austria) and tranquil lakes (Lake Bled in Slovenia). Be assured that although many people will explore these areas on foot, you will certainly not be alone in trying to take in as much as possible by using a bicycle.

COASTS
Perhaps Europe’s most famous stretch of coastline is along the south of the continent where it borders the Mediterranean Sea, renowned for its balmy summer temperatures and luscious beaches. It is, however, by no means the only coast worth visiting   France’s Atlantic seaboard is delightful as are the Adriatic and Black Seas towards the east. Cycling along coastal roads offers a great view of the ocean scenery as well as giving travellers the chance to discover picturesque seaside villages and other hidden treasures that may not appear on the map and may not be reached by the major roads and traffic routes.

In short, cycling is an all-round great way to see Europe, whether your interest lies in the cities, countryside or coasts of this magnificent continent. Cycling combines enjoyment with fitness, as well as being a cheaper alternative and a chance to see your destination from a completely fresh perspective and stumble upon unexpected delights.

AUTHOR BIO:
Peter Smith writes regularly on cycling holidays in Europe for a range of sports tourism websites and blogs. He is a keen cyclist himself and has seen a major portion of the world from the saddle of his trusty bike.

Holidays For The Discerning Gentleman

If you consider yourself a true gent, the thoughts of the typical lads holiday will send shivers up your spine. No, you’ll have a penchant for fine wines, exclusive dining, moist cigars and childfree beeches – the list goes on… Being a gentleman, I’ve thought about all the elements that’ll tickle a gent’s fancy, and considered all the irritants that must be eliminated to keep a chap’s pecker up, so to speak. So pack your designer suitcases and leather hand luggage and take a trip with me – you won’t be disappointed, for these are some of the most exclusive holidays for the discerning chap.

1. Cape Kidnappers

I’m not a particularly avid fan of golf, more of a fly fisherman if truth be told, but I’ve heard this sport is a must for the gentleman. Cape Kidnappers is one golf course that can rival the amazing Pebble Beach. It’s beautiful location in New Zealand offers golfing isolation, a golfer’s paradise. To reach the seclusion and privacy at the Cape course, you will need to drive for twenty minutes from the clubhouse gates, and once there, you won’t believe your eyes, well worth the flight to New Zealand. For a mere £5749, a gent can spend 7 nights at the Cape Kidnappers resort, plus 2 rounds of Golf at the Kauri Cliffs, and 2 rounds at the Cape Kidnappers course. Keep your balls out of the ruff, right chaps?

2. Monaco Grand Prix From The Winston Churchill Suite

Now, every chap loves a sports car, especially F1 cars and all the glamour that follows – drinks, cigars, girls, models, girls etc… This magnificent suite in the Hotel de Paris offers panoramic views over the circuit and harbour, a great spot to watch the cars in the breaking zone. For €2000 PP, you are fully catered for, an open champagne bar priming you for the much anticipated race. The finest French gourmet cuisine should keep your apatite satiated, and why not finish off with a nice cigar as you watch the cars racing and bikini-clad girls splashing in the pools? Why not, indeed, I hear you say.

 3. Panama Veneto Suite and Casino

Fancy a flutter in one of the world’s exclusive casinos? How about indulging yourself by spending your winnings in the Veneto hotel’s fine restaurants and spas, or pumping it back into the casino? Like the sound of that? Of course you do. Fortune smiles 24 hours a day at the 40,000 square feet Veneto casino. Experience the Veneto’s Private VIP room, relax in the luxury surroundings, and indulge in the buffet, dedicated staff waiting on you hand and foot. After a tiring evening at the table, head back to your room and watch the 42” plasma in the Winston Suite. At $2500 a night, it isn’t exactly cheap, but a gent always takes a gamble, and you never know, you might win back the costs.

4. Superyacht Atmosphere – A taste of Chile

What true gent isn’t at home on a yacht? ‘Atmosphere’ is a superyacht for charter guests to indulge in the skills of celebrated International chefs using local ingredients matched with exceptional fine wines and stunning landscapes. The actual expedition and culinary charter starts via air (helicopter), land (Chile) and finally sea (yacht). The finest wines have been chosen for the Taste of Chile program, all tipples perfectly matched with the gourmet cuisine. Go on wildlife expeditions, jet-boating, helicopter rides, and experience the ultimate fly-fishing in Patagonia. Relax in the onboard spas, saunas and experience thalassotherapy – the medical use of seawater as a form of therapy. The premium package, including helicopter rides, for 7 nights will set you back around $40,000.

So Gentleman, I hope you’ve enjoyed the trip and have taken some inspiration from these classy destinations and establishments. Surf the web and find some truly fantastic deals on flights to the USA, a country brimming with superb experiences such as Vegas and New York.

10 Of The Most Famous Islands For A Summer Vacation

Islands usually offer the best vacation experiences that many people look forward to having. Most of the beaches in the world offer a wide array of opportunities for fun and adventure but these are just a number out of the thousands that have the sandy serene beaches. Locating a summer vacation with kids (the Danish term is sommerferie med børn) spot is not so hard when one considers the following list of the world’s most beautiful and scenic islands.

 

  • Seychelles: It’s hard to overlook what beauty nature has to offer. The sandy beautiful beaches give a tourist the very connection they need of the body and soul. There are extremely amazing undersea exploration adventures. Rare bird species and extra huge tortoises with the warm equatorial climate make a perfect match for a holiday.

 

  • Maldives: Located in the Indian Ocean, these are some of the world’s most exotic islands. The coral reefs, the white sandy beaches, the suspended hotel rooms make all these so dreamy. A vacation on the Maldives will definitely get even the less optimistic people to open up to life.

 

  • Bora Bora: This is simply heaven on earth. There is no other place that soothes the heart, soul and mind like the hatched houses of the Bora Bora located in the middle of the Pacific. Surrounded by mountains and painted with a splash of palm trees, it is simply the best place to be.

 

  • Santorini: A spectacular island in the Aegean region that offers the best beaches for honeymoon goers. With a rich history that reeks in this Greek island going all the way back to the Neolithic times.

 

  • Cayman Islands: there are a lot of things that a person can enjoy when on the Cayman Islands. This is probably one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. There are all type of adventure activities that one can indulge themselves in during their summer vacation like scuba diving, hiking, swimming and having a good time.

 

  • French Polynesia: the breathtaking view of the island tempts everyone to return. There is more than the sand on this island and one can definitely find it in the locals. Sugar-sandy beaches top the cream.

 

  • Tiamon Island Pahang: breathtakingly beautiful, that is what Pulau Tioman Island is. There are long miles of sandy explicitly beautiful beaches that make all who daydream get their wishes, because this is simply heavenly. The most hospitable people combined with the warm weather and the explicitly beautiful hotel rooms make the trip worth every coin spent.

 

  • Virgin Islands: the best hideaways of the 21st century. For those who love to have a ball every other day during their vacation, this is the exact spot that they should be running to. Sunbathing, scuba diving and all other fun things are done here.

 

  • Fiji: Of the hundreds of islands that make up Fiji, there is possibly nothing that this island doesn’t have. Long beaches, beautiful scenic landscapes, explicit hotels and hospitable people are here to welcome all tourists.

 

  • Mauritius: Mauritius is loved most because of its warm weather throughout the year. The beaches which are nothing but beautiful are all very welcoming. Sunbathing and romantic vacations are top on the list here.

Surf’s Up: 6 Gnarly Must-Try Surf Spots

If you’re ready for warm weather, it’s time to show off your moves and escape to one of the world’s best surfing spots. Many of them not only offer killer waves, but also have plenty of entertainment to keep you busy when you’re not in the water.

It’s time to pack your suitcase, throw in your boardshorts and shades – and get moving. Here are our top picks for surfing destinations, whether your budget is large or small:

#1: Mavericks, CA – If you’re really looking for a challenge, escape to Mavericks, CA where you’ll find waves that rise to as high as 25 meters. Those who surf here should plan to bring a jet ski and a tow-in expert with them because mastering this wave would make you part of an elite circle.

How do I get there? Fly into Half Moon Bay Airport (HAF) and take a Jet Ski or boat to the wave. But, talk to the experts before attempting because the last thing you want to do is approach it at the wrong angle.

#2: Surfrider Beach – Malibu, CA – For something a little more laid back, check out Surfrider Beach that’s long been known as a premier surfing beach. Perfect swells are created by Malibu Point, so grab your long board and head out for the day.

How do I get there? Fly into Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) or Long Beach Airport (LGB) and hop on the Pacific Coast Highway.

#3: Watergate Bay – Cornwall, England – How’s this for somewhere you didn’t expect? Try out Watergate Bay for surfing with a little English charm. The beach is much less crowded and features waves between 1 and 10 feet high. And, when you’re finished with your time in the sun, check out the local bistro on the beach that serves fresh seafood and steak.

How do I get there? Fly into Newquay Airport (NQY) and take a taxi to the beach.

#4: Tamarindo Beach – Tamarindo, Costa Rica – Situated amongst some of Costa Rica’s most beautiful scenery, this beach stretches one third of a mile and is perfect for beginners and experts alike. Waves reach heights of up to 10 feet and as you’re waiting for the next one, you’re sure to hear parakeets and monkeys in the background.

How do I get there? Fly into Tamarindo Airport (TNO) and take a taxi to the beach.

#5: Hanalei Bay, HI – This horseshoe shaped bay offers ideal conditions for those who love to surf. The bay is the largest on Kauai and is known for its overhead tubes, consistently great waves, and stunning waterfalls in the background.

How do I get there? Fly into Princeville Airport (HPV) and take a taxi. The drive is short – just three miles away.

#6: Surfer’s Point – Barbados – Located on the southeast coast of Barbados, Surfer’s Point is known amongst the locals as one of the best spots to catch a wave. It’s great for beginners and intermediates – and is also popular for those who want to windsurf, kite surf, and boogie board.

How do I get there? Fly into Grantley Adams International Airport (BGI) and take a taxi to the beach.

Next time you’re planning a vacation filled with surf and sun, consider the beaches above. They’ll make for an exciting, adventurous vacation.

About the Author:
Cindy Prosser modeled swimwear in a past life… but now that she’s a part-time freelance writer and full-time mom she has embraced a new passion: helping you look great in board shorts for men from Bare Necessities. Like Bare Necessities on Facebook for HUGE sales and be sure to get the Bare Necessities coupon!

Affordable Valentine’s Ideas

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Valentine’s day is just around the corner. For many people money is tight and it’s hard not to get discouraged by how commercialized it has become. It seems Company’s are telling you that the only present worth getting is jewellery, but don’t listen to them. You can still do something sweet for valentine’s day and not have to spend a lot of money. If you have a spouse that really loves and cares about you they will be appreciative of whatever you decide to do. As long as you take the time to put some thought into it. Below are some ideas that you can consider.

Instead of going out to a busy restaurant make a home cooked meal at home. If you want to get really fancy plan out a five course meal consisting of a soup, appetizer, salad, main course and dessert.

Make her a mixed CD of some of her favourite music.

Buy her a dozen of her favourite flowers.

Offer to watch the romantic movies she likes even if you don’t particularly like them.

Decorate the bathroom with some candles and draw her a nice bubble bath.

Light some candles and give her a massage with scented oils.

Buy a decorative notebook and write down love notes and reasons you love her.

Leave love notes all over the house.

Lie a fluffy blanket on the ground in your living room and have a picnic with a bunch of finger foods like cut up fruit, and chocolates.

Write her a poem or love letter.

Go for a stroll in the park.

Get photos done at a inexpensive studio.

If your spouse listens to the radio, dedicate a song to them

Make breakfast in bed.