Kefalonia Beaches

Kefalonia is known for its natural beauty, especially its beaches. If you choose to holiday in Kefalonia, then it’s absolutely necessary that you visit a few of the beaches. The best part about the beaches here is that they’re all so different from one another, which allows you to have several unique experiences. We will cover the best Kefalonia beaches so you will know exactly where to go.

When your Kefalonia holiday becomes a reality, plan to visit Myrtos Beach before anywhere else. This is the most popular beach in Kefalonia for good reason. The beach here is impeccably clean and the atmosphere is one of pure beauty. It’s possible to take a bus to Myrtos Beach, but if you’re driving a rental car, be sure to stop at the top of the cliff before visiting the beach. You will find great views, which also makes for excellent photo-taking opportunities. When you get down to the beach, you will see that it has a crescent shape and that there are cliffs in the background. This is a beautiful backdrop that adds to the beach’s allure. The turquoise water also helps. There are umberellas available at Myrtos Beach, but there are no water sports. A snack bar is located on the beach. The waves are usually small, but they can pick up on windy days. Myrtos Beach also offers one of the best sunset views in the world. Keep this in mind if you’re on a romantic holiday.

Antisamus is a completely different type of atmosphere. Opposed to cliffs in the background, this beach has green hills. It’s a very relaxing atmosphere where you can even see wild goats roaming on the beach from time to time. The church and tower add to the beach’s personality. This beach is most famous for Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, which is a Hollywood movie that was filmed here. As far as water sports go, many people like to paddleboat, but you won’t find much past that because they like to keep it quiet.

Makris Gialos is one of the more crowded Kefalonia beaches. This is because of its proximity to Argostoli. There is a water sports center here, with jet skiing by far being the most popular option. This is the beach to visit if you’re traveling with family, if you’re planning on meeting someone or if you like fast-paced action.

The last beach to consider for your Kefalonia holiday is Skala Beach. This beach is interesting because it’s both active and secluded. You can choose which area of the beach to settle. The active section has umbrellas, snorkeling and glass bottom rides on offer. The secluded area is one of the quietest places in all of Greece.

Though it might be difficult, try to visit all four beaches if possible. At least visit one or two so you can get a true feel for Kefalonia.

Top 10 things to do in Fiji

Fiji is one of the top beach holiday destinations in the world. The white sand beaches and crystal clear, cobalt blue water will not disappoint any traveler looking for some relaxation in the sun. Fiji has 332 islands and 110 are permanently inhabited. The Nadi and Denarau Islands are the main islands for tourism, but Fiji accommodation is being opened in more remote islands offering vacations away from the crowds. The top 10 things to do in Fiji are:

1.      See more of the Fiji islands on a day trip, a three or four night sailing trip or an overnight yacht cruise. These trips are a relaxing and enjoyable way to see more of Fiji. Food is provided and there are stops for swimming in private lagoons.

2.      Visit the Garden of the Sleeping Giant, Nadi. With more than 2,000 species of orchids, it is the largest orchid collection in Fiji. It covers 20 hectares in the Sabeto Mountain Range foothills.

3.      Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Sigatoka Sand Dunes. It was Fiji’s first national park and is a gold mine for archaeologists. The pottery shards date from 2,500 years ago and it has the largest prehistoric burial site that has been unearthed in the Pacific region.

4.      In Thurston Gardens is Suva’s Fiji Museum which has an impressive collection of historical and cultural artifacts from the ancient Pacific culture. It includes jewelry, war clubs, musical instruments and cannibal implements. The Ratu Finau is also there and worth seeing. It is the last remaining double-hulled canoe which is 13 meters long and demonstrates the great, ancient maritime culture.

5.      Spend some time away from the beach and visit the local villages on horseback. In the Namosi Highlands there are steep mountain ranges, beautiful waterfalls, dense rainforests and deep river gorges which are the other side of Fiji.

6.      Visit Bouma National Park on the island of Taveuni. It has 15,000 hectares of rainforest, 1000 foot volcanic peaks and vertical mountains that drop straight into the sea. It has walking trails that require a guide, but there are two trails visitors can take without a guide. One walk is three miles along the Lavena Coast on the forest edge and passes beaches and magnificent waterfalls.

7.      Don’t leave Fiji without diving or snorkeling. The soft coral reefs are world famous and the colorful and friendly reef fish are a marvel.

8.      Take an aerial tour of Fiji. There are helicopters, seaplanes, hot air balloons and Turtle Airways that go daily. The view of the turquoise waters and small volcanic islands as well as tiny coral atolls is gorgeous. There are also flights over the inland mountains, forests and rivers.

9.      Get a traditional Fijian massage. A Bobo massage uses nut oils and special Fijian massage techniques. A Duavata massage is called four-handed and will relax every muscle. If possible, find Fiji accommodation that will give the massages outdoors.

10.     Visit Nananu-i-Ra Island. A tiny island with fantastic swimming and snorkeling on one side and a five minute walk to the other side for body surfing, wind-surfing and kite-surfing.

Top 10 most dangerous countries to visit

Even if you are feeling adventurous, there are certain locations that should be on your top ten list of places. . . to avoid. Periodically, the United States Bureau of Consular Affairs will issue warnings advising against travel to certain countries due to the risks of kidnapping, rape, robbery or all of the above. Here is a selection of ten countries that consistently come under fire, no pun intended. International flights to these areas can be difficult to obtain.

1. Somalia. Tribal wars, rebel groups, hostage taking, murder and anti American sentiment make this easily the most dangerous travel destination. The waters around the Horn of Africa are known for pirates armed with A-K 47’s and no sympathy.

2. Central African Republic. A transitional government and rebel activity contribute to a nation of general lawlessness. Fake road blocks set up to trap everyone from unwary travelers to government officials are common.

3.  Democratic Republic of the Congo. This breathtaking area, replete with valuable natural resources has been taken over by rebel armies and militias. Corrupt government officials contribute to the chaos and nobody is safe.

4.  Afghanistan. Pockets of terror groups like Taliban and Al Qaeda still operate here and hostage taking is prevalent by these groups as well as with other criminal operatives.  The Afghan border is more dangerous than other areas of Afghanistan.

5.  Iraq. After the U.S. invasion, Iraq is more dangerous than ever. Hostage taking and be-headings are common as are frequent bombings of public places.

6.  Sudan. After the brutal murders of international aid workers by the Lord Resistance Army, Sudan has come to be regarded as even more dangerous than it was prior to that event. Even being in the vicinity of the Sudanese border is unsafe and victims have been kidnapped and taken into Sudan.

7.  Palestine. Militant attacks on Israel are usually met with airstrike and civilian casualties are imminent. Being taken as a hostage is also a concern. Religious extremism puts many groups in danger.

8.  Haiti. Extreme poverty have made this beautiful country susceptible to criminal activity toward tourists in the form of fake road blocks, kidnapping, car jacking and armed robbery. The earthquake in 2010 allowed many violent criminals to escape confinement, increasing the risk.

9.  South Africa. Caution should be used when traveling to South Africa, as it has been called the rape capitol of the world. A high prevalence of HIV/AIDS compounds the risk. International flights should be easy to obtain, as South Africa is a developed nation with much to offer if care is exercised.

10. Brazil. Rapid economic growth has created a sharp divide between rich and poor in this gorgeous, history laden country. This has led to an increase in organized crime. The world famous Carnival is a prime opportunity for kidnappers to nab their victims and take them to an ATM machine and force them to withdraw funds from their checking account. Street gangs vying for territory can be a dangerous reality as well.

Comparing travel insurance quotes

When looking for travel insurance quotes, one of the easiest and most convenient places to begin your search is online. A variety of travel insurance companies, web portals that allow you to compare multiple policies, and travel agents offer quotes online.

Because you have many resources to use online, searching for the right policy can become confusing. Travel insurance agencies offer a wide range of options from extended travel insurance to student travel insurance. How do you know what to look for with so many options?

Before beginning your search, consider the type of travel you’re interested in. Will you be traveling to a particular region? Will you be traveling alone or with your family? How old are your children? Will you be traveling with elderly people? Does anyone in your party have a pre-existing condition? What is the weather like in the region where you plan to travel?

These questions are all very important and will be the foundation on which to compare travel insurance policies. In addition to asking these questions, you should also consider the following when comparing quotes:

  • Type of medical/dental insurance offered
  • How many days the travel insurance will be in effect
  • Type of deductible
  • Trip cancellation insurance
  • Lost/stolen luggage insurance
  • Evacuation assistance
  • Liability insurance
  • 24-hour service
  • Depending on your needs, you should be able to find a policy that includes each of these criteria and more.

    More than just price

    Even though price should be a consideration when comparing quotes, it should not be the only consideration on which to make your decision. While you don’t want to overspend or purchase too much holiday insurance, you need to make sure that you purchase enough.

    During your search, you will find companies that offer upgrades or special incentives for choosing their insurance. Make sure you research exactly what you’re getting because while some companies may consider these features ‘special’, other companies may regard them as standard.

    Tips for choosing the right policy
    Once you’ve narrowed your choices to one or two companies, read through the different policies these companies have to offer. Take note of the following:

    How long coverage will last – You should purchase a policy that lasts for the duration of your trip. This includes the flight to and from your destination. Many people make the mistake of buying travel insurance for the time spent in a foreign country and forget about the time it takes to get there and return home.

    Amount of Deductible – Some travel insurance policies include a deductible that you will be responsible for paying. Make sure you can afford this deductible before purchasing the policy.

    Adequate Underwriting – Make sure the company underwriting the policy is in good standing. Purchasing a travel policy from an insurer that’s about to go bankrupt or face other financial hardship will not be able to make payments on the policy.

    What is covered under the policy – Some policies cover only medical treatment, but not emergency medical services such as ambulances, paramedic services and other services related to receiving proper medical care.

    Annual vs. Single trip policy – If you plan on traveling several times during the year, an annual travel insurance policy will save you money in the long run. If you’re only planning to travel once, then purchasing a single trip policy may be the better option.

    Extras you may not need – ‘Add-ons’ or ‘specials’ that include additional insurance for items such as cameras, computers and other electronics that are lost or damaged may not be necessary if you already insure them. Don’t pay more for services you don’t need.