Malta is one of those travel destinations that, for many that don't have access from Europe, registers at the top of the list for places to visit. Cruises, many UNESCO World Hertiage sites and investments in tourism have made it a popular destination with thousands unloading from ships daily in the port of Valletta. Our image gallery below from a visit to the island in 2018 provides over 30 amazing reasons why it should be included on your list.
Travel to Malta for a destination that will satisfy your wanderlust for ancient civilizations, intricate architecture and a culture rich with history. Malta, located in the Mediterranean Sea, just south of Sicily and north of Africa, is actually an archipelago of three islands. Besides Malta, there is Gozo and Comino, both smaller than the main island but with their own rich and ancient history and epic scenery. It has a long history spanning centuries of colonial occupation, from the Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Arabs and France to Britain in more recent times.
Your Mediterranean cruise is going to Corfu, so what are the attractions you can see in one day and the history behind this island to make it a travel destination? The Greek island of Corfu, also known by its Greek name of Kerkyra, lures travelers from all over the world to its natural beauty, stunning coastline, pristine beaches with crystalline water, multi-cultural heritage and amazing archaeological sites. It is the greenest and lushest of all the Greek islands. Its pleasant Mediterranean climate, appealing natural landscape and abundant resources, and strategic location between Italy, Greece and Albania in the Ionian Sea made it the target of many conquerers over the past centuries. The Venetians, French and British, to name a few, left their indelible mark on the culture and architecture of this island.
In our continuing collection of curated travel videos we were inspired by this timelapse creation of Dubrovnik. The scenery captures part of the day and night adventure that can be found when visiting this amazing UNESCO city heritage site. The deep blue color of the Adriatic sea contrasting with the burnt orange tile rooftops in the hisitoric city create lasting memories for you when dreaming, planning or recalling memories of a visit. Becoming one of the most popular destinations in Southern Europe this is a great video to watch to get pumped up about your future visit.
Beautiful Civita di Bagnoregio, a medieval village perched high on a hilltop, is a must-see travel destination in central Italy, not too far from Rome, in the Lazio region of Italy. Long neglected since residents left this iconic village, it has been saved by tourists and becoming a popular attraction in Italy. There are pages of Instagram photos from travelers that have captured the unique perspective of this village. It is an astounding sight to see this ancient village sitting high atop a rock hill, which is only accessible by a long steep pedestrian bridge. The walk to the village via the foot bridge takes about 15 breathtaking - in all definitions of the word - minutes, but it's well worth the views and the trek around this quiant little town with stunning views of the countryside through little alleyways and various points throughout the town.
Civita is actually the name of the hilltop town and Bagnoregio is the nearby town. Only a handful of people live in the village now. The volcanic tufa rock on which the town sits is gradually eroding over time.
To visit Civita, buses from the nearby town of Orvieto drop people off in Bagnoregio where they can catch a minibus or walk to the top of the hill. You can also drive to the town of Bagnoregio and park at the bus lot or at the base of the bridge walkway, which is much closer and more convenient since the walk up the hill to the village isn't for those not in reasonably good shape.
From Rome there are tours that take day trips and you can take a train from Rome to Orvieto and then the bus to Civita di Bagnoregio. Many may think you can do both Orvieto and Bagnoregio in a day but that would be challenging unless you get a very early start.
The main sites to see when visiting Civita are the Romanesque Arch built by the Etruscans 2,500 years ago at the entrance of Civita, the remains of the Renaissance Palace, the Piazza with its amazing Etruscan columns, the Church and its impressive bell tower, the Etruscan Caves on the east end of the town, and Maria's garden on the far side of the town with spectacular canyon views from her garden. She'll show visitors the garden for a euro or two.
There are several B&Bs in Civita where you can stay the night and some small restaurants for food and refreshment.
The featured tourism video in this article includes stunning aerial drone video and scenes inside this historic village. This location draws tourists and photographers because of some of the beautiful opportunites the village provides to capture Italy is days past. Can you imagine living here hundreds of years ago? Watch the video to get ideas on how you can capture your memories in long wide angle views and then close ups within the village walls. While this video was captured mainly by drone there are strict requirements for flying in Italy including steep insurance so always check regulations if you fly drones. We will be bringing our favorite 4K DSLR Sony a7R II camera and EVO Rage gimbal to capture some of our own amazing video and our other photo gear. If you capture some great video or photos will visiting, share with with #somedaytrips for a possible feature on instagram, twitter or facebook.
If you do have the chance do take the time to spend a day or part of a day visiting Orvieto another great day excursion from Rome.
Millennial travel meets a new friend on the water in Europe with the new U by Uniworld river cruises for the millennial travelers. As seen in the 2018 season of the television series, The Bachelor, this river boat is unlike any other you have seen and designed to get a younger generation seeing the benefits of popular European river cruises . If you would like the choice of putting your suitcase away once, starting your day of exploring a city from the city center, and an evening cruise every night, then it is time to learn more about why Boat A and Boat B as they are know will soon become popular ships along Europe's waterways.
Make your winter holiday visit to Washington D.C. special at the U.S. Botanic Garden exhibit. The holiday season elevates this local attraction to a top thing to do in DC with it's amazing train and model exhibit. The 2017 display features model trains traveling through an exhibit of roadside attratctions from around the country with each state represented. Fair warning that this is a busy exhibit, typically with lines and parking in the area over the holidays is very limited. This is a great family excursion exploring the 50 state road side attraction while trains whistle by and Thomas the tank engine chugs along its tracks.
Tradtional Season's Greetings includes pine trees and pine wreaths but get ready for something unique. Your visit to the Botanic Gardens will deliver you an architecutral experience of how plant materials are used to build the models of many of the Washington D.C. landmarks. There are twelve plant-based model in the 2017 exhibit that incorporate materials such as corriander seeds, willow sticks, pine cone scales and over 70 more plant materials. It would be a great eye spy game to try and find each and every plant material used on the models. This is painstaking work with U.S. Capitol builidng taking over 600 hours to construct but what an amazing sight. Models on exhibit this year are include the following:
Albert Einstein Memorial
There are more than 40 roadside exhibits at the U.S. Botanic Garden Conservatory this year expressing America's love for the automobile. If you are a Route 66 enthusiast you will recognize many of the attractions. But there is so much more like the first on the list below that honors one of the most destructive pest ever on U.S. soil.
Boll Weevil Monument Alabama
Cadillac Ranch Texas
Coffee Pot and Cup Water Towers Iowa
Coney Island Hot Dog Stand Colorado
Corn Palace South Dakota
Dinosaur Park Dinosaurs South Dakota
Earn of Corn Water Tower Minnesota
Elwood, The World’s Tallest Concrete Gnome Iowa
Golden Driller Statue Oklahoma
Hollywood Sign California
Jimmy Carter Peanut Statue Georgia
Jolly Green Giant Statue Minnesota
Leaning Tower of Niles Illinois
Lucy the Elephant New Jersey
Mr. Potato Head Statue Rhode Island
Mt. Rushmore South Dakota
Niagara Falls and Maid of the Mist Boat New York
Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox Minnesota
Peachoid Water Tower South Carolina, Alabama
Pineapple Water Tower Hawaii
Randy’s Donuts California
Route 66 Diner New Mexico
Santa Monica Pier California
Sapp Bros. Coffee Pot Water Tower Nebraska
See Rock City Barn Tennessee
Spoonbridge and Cherry Minnesota
Teapot Dome Gas Station Washington
The Big Chair Washington, D.C.
The Big Duck New York
The Blue Whale Oklahoma
Twistee Treat Florida, Texas, New York, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Illinois
Volkswagen Beetle Spider Iowa, Alabama, California, Nevada, Idaho, Pennsylvania
Watermelon Water Tower Texas
Wawona Tree Tunneled Sequoia California
“Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” Sign Nevada
Willis Tower (aka Sears Tower) Illinois
World’s Largest Basket Ohio
World’s Largest Bat Kentucky
World’s Largest Chili Pepper New Mexico
World’s Largest Pecan Texas
World’s Largest Pistachio New Mexico
Austin Texas is a perfect long weekend getaway with over 200 live music venues, awesome food, tons of entertainment, and many unique landmarks. This capital city in Texas is a top destination for music lovers, foodies and those looking for a fun and funky city for a getaway. Many compare it to Portland, Oregon, so if you are looking for that vibe, a trip to Austin might be a good choice for you. Four days is barely enough to scratch the surface of this live music capital of the world. We tried cramming in as much as we could on a walking tour of the city in just four days, using an occasional Uber ride here and there to save time and our feet. This video best captures the essence of what Austin is all about - live music.
Discover the Amazing Beauty of Santorini
Let this photo tour be your guide to the incredible beauty of this iconic Greek island