The winter is a great time to get away from it and indulge in a little holiday. However, with Christmas often reducing your budget at this time of year, you may feel that a retreat away is simply not possible. There are some great spots around the world that don’t cost a huge amount though, and if you want to indulge in a retreat without breaking the bank, there are five top locations that you should consider.
1. Las Vegas, Nevada
Whilst you may not think it due to its image of glitz and gambling, Las Vegas can actually be very cheap. You can of course spend a lot of money if you want to attend top shows and spend time high rolling in the casinos, but there are also many opportunities for free entertainment. You can watch the Bellagio Fountains, head to The Strip after nightfall to enjoy the neon lights and Sin City’s iconic buzz, and you’ll find that there are many cheap food spots which don’t compromise on cuisine quality due to low price.
2. Vienna, Austria
Austria’s shining city of Vienna is a beautiful metropolis for exploring throughout the year, and it is very affordable as a winter budget retreat. English is spoken widely here, enabling you to get around a little easier, and if you use cheap car rentals you’ll also be able to explore the surrounding mountainous scenery too. There are a fantastic range of museums here, including those dedicated to Mozart and Beethoven, and you’ll find a vibrant coffeehouse and nightlife scene.
3. Bangkok, Thailand
Thailand is a popular place with backpackers, notably because it is cheap when compared with Western prices. Bangkok is a thriving city, which is overthrowing some of its former infamous overtones as being seedy and dangerous. Whilst the clubs filled with glamour girls and ladyboys still exist, Bangkok is also packed with fantastic cuisine, live jazz or blues music and a very vibrant nightlife. The city may overwhelm you when you first arrive, but you’ll quickly be able to immerse yourself into the fast paced action of this budget city and create memories from places such as Siam Sq and Ko Rattanakosin.
4. Buenos Aires, Argentina
South America is a rising star on the tourist scene, and if you want to go to one city that will really offer you a great winter budget getaway, Buenos Aires should make the list. In January temperatures are in the lower to mid 20’s making it great weather for exploring. A vibrant mix of cultures there is a large expat and bohemian community, allowing you to find a jumble of art, traditional culture and worldly cuisine. 48 distinct boroughs are ideal for exploring, with Rio de la Plata offering the majority of good restaurants whilst San Telmo is cobbled and has beautiful colonial architecture.
5. Montreal, Canada
If you’re looking to escape the cold, Montreal may not be your best bet, but this city is a great place to explore if you don’t mind wrapping up. With a vibrant student population there is always a lot going on and, being part of French Canada, the city has a distinct European charm. Round the clock cuisine, partying and culture will leave you breathless and wanting more.
Alesund is a town and municipality in More og Romsdal county, Norway. It is part of the traditional district of Sunnmore, and the center of the Alesund Region. It is a sea port, and is noted for its unique concentration of Art Nouveau architecture. The Alesund municipality has a population of 43.000.
The city has a pronounced maritime climate with mild and windy winters; the coldest month of the year, January, has a mean temperature of 1.3 °C (34.3 °F). The lowest temperature ever recorded at Ålesund Airport, Vigra is a mere ?11 °CRead More
Antelope Canyon is the most-visited and most-photographed slot canyon in the American Southwest. It is located on Navajo land near Page, Arizona. Antelope is the most visited slot canyon in the Southwest, partly because it is easily accessible and by far the most publicized, and also since it is extremely beautiful, with just the right combination of depth, width, length, rock color and ambient light; many other slot canyons are deeper, narrower or longer, and some have rock that is even more colorful and sculptured, but here conditions are ideal.
Antelope Canyon includes two separate, photogenic slot canyon sections, referred to individually as Upper Antelope Canyon or The Crack; and Lower Antelope Canyon or The Corkscrew. The Navajo name for Upper Antelope Canyon is Tsé bighánílíní, which means “the place where water runs through rocks.” Lower Antelope Canyon is Hazdistazí, or “spiral rock arches.” Both are located within the LeChee Chapter of the Navajo Nation.
The sunlight filtering down the curved sandstone walls makes magical, constantly changing patterns and shadows in many subtle shades of color. Some sections of the canyon are wide and bright, while others are narrower and more cave-like, with no light reaching the sandy floor.
The lower canyon is longer and deeper than the upper section, but also slightly more challenging, requiring climbing down ladders in some places to descend several sheer drops. Both parts of the canyon are still beautiful, but any sense of adventure or tranquility is long since gone – best to try one of the hundreds of other Southwest slot canyons for these qualities.
Antelope Canyon was formed by erosion of Navajo Sandstone, primarily due to flash flooding and secondarily due to other sub-aerial processes. Rainwater, especially during monsoon season, runs into the extensive basin above the slot canyon sections, picking up speed and sand as it rushes into the narrow passageways. Over time the passageways are eroded away, making the corridors deeper and smoothing hard edges in such a way as to form characteristic ‘flowing’ shapes in the rock.
Antelope Canyon is a popular location for photographers and sightseers, and a source of tourism business for the Navajo Nation. Antelope Canyon is visited exclusively through guided tours, in part because rains during monsoon season can quickly flood the canyon. Rain does not have to fall on or near the Antelope Canyon slots for flash floods to whip through, as rain falling dozens of miles away ‘upstream’ of the canyons can funnel into them with little prior notice.Read More
Jellyfish Lake is a marine lake located on Eil Malk island in Palau. Eil Malk is part of the Rock Islands, a group of small, rocky, mostly uninhabited islands in Palau’s Southern Lagoon, between Koror and Peleliu. It is notable for the millions of golden jellyfish which migrate horizontally across the lake daily.
Jellyfish Lake is connected to the ocean through fissures and tunnels in the limestone of ancient Miocene reef. However the lake is sufficiently isolated and the conditions are different enough that the diversity of species in the lake is greatly reduced from the nearby lagoon. The golden jellyfish, Mastigias cf. papua etpisoni, and possibly other species in the lake have evolved to be substantially different from their close relatives living in the nearby lagoons.
Two species of scyphozoan jellyfish live in Jellyfish Lake, moon jellyfish and the golden jellyfish.
The golden jellyfish are most closely related to the spotted jellyfish that inhabit the nearby lagoons. They are similar to the spotted jellyfish in that they derive part of their nutrition from symbiotic algae (Zooxanthella) that live in their tissues and part of their nutrition from captured zooplankton.
The moon jellyfish were identified as Aurelia aurita by Hamner. Addition to the three species of Aurelia there are at least six other cryptic species in the Aurelia genus. Three of the cryptic species identified were from Palau. One of these cryptic species is common to four of Palau’s marine lakes with jellyfish populations including Jellyfish Lake.Read More
Today, at the opening of the remote polling booth on the Sandbank Island of Upolu, in the voting at the Great Barrier Reef million of visitors, travelers, and enthusiastic patriots cast for the Great Barrier Reef and Uluru. A beautiful pop-up booth was tucked in a well-presented way in the middle of ocean at the Great Barrier Reef, where people made a huge queue just to support the campaign of The new 7 Wonders of the Nature. The purpose of the campaign is to get maximum number of votes from public so that places like the Great Barrier Reef and Uluru can win the tag of “most beautiful nature icons of the world”.
The Ambassador of the Campaign “Andy Ridley” has been urging and requesting Australians and patriots to contribute in the voting program ever since the campaign has started. If you live in Australia you should also take part in the voting program to stimulate the campaign. There is no doubt that both places are most exotic nature landscapes of Australia, and on many grounds they deserve be included in the names of 7 wonders of the world. Voting lines are still open for online as well as offline voters. You can vote through Facebook and SMS, or make a call to submit your vote in the favour of the Reef and Uluru.Read More