Samoa Travel Guide

Situated in the South Pacific, Samoa is a collection of 10 idyllic tropical islands. It is easily accessible by plane from either New Zealand or Australia. Here the weather is tropical and warm all year round and the locals have a very relaxed and friendly lifestyle far removed from modern city’s hectic bustle.

Savaii and Upolu are two major islands in Samoa. Here you will find many of the island’s standout attractions. These islands are typified by clear sparkling waters, sweeping beaches bordered by the coral reef, ancient volcanoes, plunging waterfalls, and stunning jungle mountain ranges.

Beach Fales is a very common and traditional type of room you can stay in. They are mostly situated close to the beach. Other resorts offer typical western styles of luxury accommodation.

Robert Louis Stevenson Museum

This museum was once a residence of Robert Louis Stevenson, a Scottish author. It is an enchanting estate with perfectly manicured gardens and centerpiece lawn. In the early 1990s, Stevenson’s mansion was destroyed in the cyclones but it has been rebuilt and reopened to visitors. The rooms are filled with Sepia family photographs and antiques.

Mt. Vaea National Reserve

This reserve is adjacent to Robert Louis Stevenson Museum. It was here he was buried. At the top, wonderful views of clouds of vicious mosquitoes will greet you, Stevenson’s stately Victorian tomb, as well as Apia. After your hike, cool off with a dip in the natural swimming hole that is right near the museum car park.

To Sua Ocean Trench

This Samoa icon is outrageously photogenic. Although To Le Sua (drier, smaller depression) is the first thing you will see upon entering the grounds, To Sun is the main attraction here. It is closer to huge sinkhole than a trench, with its green-draped and sheer rich walls plummeting 20 meters to the blue waters of the magnificent pool. Swimming access is through a sturdy but precipitous sturdy wooden ladder.

Alofaaga Blowholes

These powerful blowholes are one of the most spectacular in the world. Strong waves are push through different lava tubes, causing geyser-like, rip-roaring explosions that shoot some meters into the air. If you are looking for something a bit more dramatic, join the villagers to throw coconuts into the blowholes. It is a thrilling experience you shouldn’t miss. No matter what the locals do, don’t get too close to the blowholes.

Samoa offers visitors excellent value for money and is perfect for a relaxing tropical paradise.


What to see in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Nicknamed La Reina del Plata, Buenos Aires is home to about a quarter of Argentina’s population. This sprawling metropolis is Argentina’s beloved capital. It combines European architecture with a passion for tango, juicy cuts of meat, and soccer. Buenos Aires was in the 16th century established as gold and silver port. Thanks to its wide avenue, fine weather, and its classic restaurants and hotels, this city is indeed a breath of fresh air and a traveler’s hot spot.

The Harbor of La Boca
Sit down for lunch in the harbor of La Boca where the famous tango dance originated. El Caminito is the most famous walkway in the country and it preserves the many eccentricities of this former immigrant ghetto. Don’t forget to tour La Bombonera while in this harbor. This is where Diego Maradona, the soccer legend started out.

San Telmo
The other neighborhoods in the city are so diverse that the locals might point you somewhere else if you ask them where to go. Some might send you to San Telmo to explore the rustic colonial buildings. Browse the neighborhood’s markets for antiques and collectibles.

Puerto Madero
Contemporary architecture and modern parks complement the port’s glory days preserved remnants. While here, make sure you don’t miss the Plaza de Mayo.

Evita Museum
Learn about Argentina’s Legendary First Lady in this museum. Eva Peron’s story is like a fairytale. She was a poor actress who married Argentina’s president and became the working-class heroine. She died in 1953 and her tomb is Argentina’s most photographed grave.

MALBA is a stylish Latin America Art museum that provides a glimpse of the past and a view of the twentieth-century designs. Follow the widest avenue in the world: Avenida 9 de Julio to get back to the city center.

Café Tortoni
Line up for drinks or a tango show in Café Tortoni. This has been the local’s favorite for over 150 years. Nearby is the El Cabildo, a colonial Old Town Hall. Its central bell tower overlooks the Metropolitan Cathedral

General Jose de San Martin Tomb
General Jose de San Martin led the May Revolution and today his statue decorates Plaza San Martin. While here, stop at the Falklands War Memorial before exploring the National Congress building.

It is hard not to fall in love with Buenos Aires; all you have to do is look at this city to know every word about it is true.


Busan, South Korea Travel Guide

Busan sits on the southeastern coastline of the Korean Peninsula. It is a 2 ½ hour train ride from Seoul and a short flight from Tokyo and Beijing. South Korea‘s second largest city and largest port spread out along Yeongnam Region Coastline. From the dockyards to the Jagalchi Fish Market to the shellfish, Busan has for long been linked to the ocean.

Busan has continued to evolve into a place where Koreans can peer into the future, reflect on the past, and let their hair down. While the port underpins the economic vitality of Busan, it is the beaches in the city which continues to draw travelers from different parts of Asia. Here are the top must-see attractions in Busan, South Korea.

Haeundae Beach
Haeundae Beach is Busan’s star attraction and South Korea’s best-loved and biggest beachside hangout. Nearby is the Dal Maji Hill which provides an outlook for coffee lovers and wandering poets will adore. Also in Haeundae is the APEC House where Pacific and Asian leaders enjoyed some of the most celebrated views of Busan during a summit in 2005.

Gwangalli Beach
The ever-changing coastline of Busan offers activities and scenery to match every mood. The Gwangalli Beach offers total relaxation and you can enjoy the views to Diamond Ridge laid back vibes as well as the gentle waters.

For those looking for adventure, you can join a charter at Chrongsapo – a fishing village or take in the spectacular views of the Oryukdo Islands by stepping onto the skywalk at the Yongho-Dong Peninsula.

If you are looking for enlightenment, go to Gijang to make a wish at the Temple of Haedong Yonggunsa. It is one of the few Korea Buddhist temples built by the ocean.

Taejongdae Park
Head to the Taejongdae Park by crossing the historic Yeongdodaegyo Bridge. According to legends, it was at these cliffs, gods, and goddesses once relaxed and the King of Silla spent some of his leisure time. Taejongdae Park is the ideal place to slip into a slower state of mind.

Dadaepo Beach
Continue the meditative mood at Dadaepo Beach. The kids can run free or you can let your mind wander on this beach. At the mouth of the longest river in South Korea, the sea mists and endless sands blur the lines between the earth and heaven.

Yongdusan Park
While Busan has been shaped continually by the sea, it is also a city defined by its mountains. Ride the escalator to the Yongdusan Park summit and share the views with the statue of Admiral Yi Sun Sin – a sixteenth-century naval hero. Take a 20 minutes hike to the nearby Mt. Cheonma to the observation platform which allows you to see this dynamic city as it spreads out before you.

Geumgang Park
Geumgang Park is home to the highest peak in Busan. Join the locals who hike here every weekend, exploring the walls and forest trails of Geumgang Fortress. You will also find the Beomeosa Temple here.

UN Memorial Cemetery
Busan was under siege in 1950. Visit the gravesites of thousands of troops who formed a perimeter around Busan to fight off North Korean soldiers at the UN Memorial Cemetery. After centuries of protecting its gates and decades of toil and hardship, Busan has come into its own. Today, this rollicking port town is a bridge that connects the past and future into something special.


Baton Rouge, Louisiana Travel Guide

Baton Rouge lies in southeast Louisiana along the Mississippi banks. Louisiana’s capital is famous for its laid back southern charm, cultural fusion, and sports-mad universities.

From the days when the boundary between native tribes was marked with a red stick to its administration by Spain, Britain, and France transformation has been built into this city’s DNA. Here are the top must-see attractions in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Downtown Baton Rouge
You will find artworks on the walkways and streets here in a permanent and temporary installations combination. At the Shaw Centre for Arts, the contemporary culture scene continues. It is a dramatic symbol of the revitalization of Baton Rouge. This center includes the LSU Museum of Art and the Manship Theater.

Old State Capitol
The Old State Capitol symbolizes prestige and was once the seat of power. Mark Twain describes this place as a “whitewashed castle” but you can make up your mind when you see this neo-gothic landmark. It was at a time used as a prison and during the civil war housed a garrison. Tour the mansion of the Governor of Louisiana which is believed to have been built using the White House template. The Art déco state capitol building symbolizes a new era in this state’s politics and power.

Spanish Town
Louisiana has a complex blend of Nature American African and European history, making it one of the most diverse cultural traditions in the world. Spanish Town is widely known for the Mardi gras parade that happens yearly. Some familiar symbols of this parade are cut out pink flamingos and eclectic costumes.

Capitol Park Museum
Baton Rouge was for many years the world’s blue capital and this spark still fires in the city’s belly. Learn more about some of Louisiana’s greats such as Sharkey Bonano and Louis Armstrong at this museum.

Magnolia Mound
Baton Rouge from the beginning was a plantation country and many of the mansions in the area have been preserved. Magnolia Mound was one of the city’s earliest antebellum homes. Walk through the grounds to peer into the lives of the privileged and those whom fortune didn’t shine.

Arsenal Park/Arsenal Museum
This complex was once a massive storehouse if the military and played a crucial role during the Confederate war as it helped to keep the reserves gun powder dry.

USS Kidd & Veterans Memorial
Baton Rouge owes much of its success to the Mississippi whose waters flows through the psyche, songs, and stories of the nation. The USS Kidd & Veterans Memorial is a World War Two destroyer. It was the only United States Warship allowed to sail under the crossbones and skull. In 1945, it was struck by a Japanese Kamikaze plane killing over 30 of her crew. She has been restored fully and now offers an intimate window into the history of the navy.


Helsinki, Finland Travel Guide

Compact, clean, cultured, and cool, the Finnish capital of Helsinki is a charming city to explore. As one of the most sparsely populated cities in Europe, the pace here is unhurried and relaxed and the locals are friendly and welcoming. It is surrounded by the sea on three sides and it boasts of a blend of wonderful architecture. It’s easy to see why Helsinki is often regarded as one of the most livable cities in the world. Here are the top must see attractions in Helsinki, Finland.

Senate Square

The focal point of Helsinki is Senate Square and it is bounded by majestic neoclassical buildings. The square is dominated by the city’s most impressive landmark. The Lutheran cathedral features pristine white with green and gold domes. On a clear day, the cathedral absolutely gleams. Just a stone’s throw away is Helsinki’s other cathedral the Russian Orthodox Uspenski cathedral. With its copper roofs and onion domes, the Uspentski is one of the most visible reminders of Russian rule over Finland which lasted for 108 years until 1917.

Rock Church

Helsinki is also home to another remarkable religious building. The church is Helsinki’s modern architectural masterpiece. Inside the church is circular with a ring of glass allowing natural light to beam in thanks to its rough exposed walls. The acoustics in here are perfect making it a popular venue for concerts.

Sibelius Monument

Another of Helsinki’s more unusual landmarks is the Sibelius Monument. It is a tribute to Finland’s greatest composer Jean Sibelius. Located in the serene Sibelius Park, this huge sculpture consists of 527 steel tubes. Visit the park on a breezy day and you may be lucky enough to hear the sound of the wind blowing through the tubes. It is a fitting tribute to a man who composed seven magnificent symphonies.

Helsinki Waterfront

With Helsinki almost entirely surrounded by the sea, a boat ride out into its archipelago is a charming way to experience some of Finland’s finest scenery. Gently cruising the crystal-clear waters of the Baltic, you will pass stunning little islands and some enviable secluded villas. Back at Helsinki waterfront a bustling open-air market awaits. It’s a fabulous place to browse for colorful handicrafts and souvenirs or even have a bite to eat delicious breads and pastries, summer berries, and the freshest of fish. The open-air market has some mouth-watering temptations with a charming atmosphere, a beautiful setting, and a wealth of sights. Helsinki is a delightful city to explore.


Fly Under The Radar Italy

Italy needs almost little to no introduction, as it one of the most popular travel destinations in the world, for a large number of reasons. This booth shaped country located in the hearth of the Mediterranean Sea, captures the hearth of visitors through her rich history, delicious cuisine, beautiful artwork and grand architecture. This country has so much to offer, that often great places get overshadowed by the massive popularity of the “must see” destinations like Rome, Florence and Venice. If you ever plan to visit Italy for a longer period of time, here are some under the radar destinations, which might catch your eye.

Manarola – Cinque Terre

Manarola is one of the five colorful villages which sit on the hillsides on the coastal area of Liguria and comprise the Cinque Terre. Manarola is the second smallest village and it’s considered by many as the oldest. All five villages are famous for their beauty and even more for the lack of modern development. Manarola is the crown jewel of Cinque Terre distinguishing itself from the rest for its colorful structure buildings on the steep mountain side, with the Mediterranean Sea as a backdrop. Access to the Cinque Terre is limited however, as the roads are very narrow and end a kilometer away from the nearest village, although visitors have several options for transportation, as they can reach this place through trains boats or walking paths.

Civita di Bagnoregio, The Dying City

If you saw Civita di Bagnoregio on a postcard, you would hardly believe it is real, the picture-perfect city looks like it came straight from a fairy tale or another realm. Located just 70km away from the capital of Italy, the tall stone buildings rise on a hill within the Tiber valley in northern Lazio. The brittle volcanic base on which the town was founded on, has slowly but surely been crumbling away into the valley, earning the town a rather eerie nickname as “The Dying City”. Civita di Bagoregio is the only city in Italy which has an entrance fee of 5 euros, but once you enter the city you’ll soon be captivated by its rich history, with renaissance palaces and ancient temples dating back 2.500 years ago.


This small town located on the Amalfi Coast is famous for its diversity, scenic magnificence, rugged terrain and picturesque architecture. The climate in this area is fairly mild, common to the Mediterranean, making the summers long and warm with a gust of sea breeze refreshing you during night time. Although it’s a small town, it’s actually not so small and splendor, as it resembles a scattered city with habitations and structure sprouting from the top of the mountain, going down the hillside, all the way down to the beautiful coastline, where you can enjoy the cinematic sunset from Marina Grande beach.

Tropea – Calabria

The seaside town of Tropea, located deep in Calabria is regarded by many as the best kept secret holiday destination in Italy. The city of Tropea sits dramatically on the coastal cliffs, giving visitors a breathtaking and endless view. Among the dramatic sceneries, stunning architecture and delicious cuisines, Tropea features some of the cleanest and most beautiful beaches in Italy, both public and private. When planning a visit to this marvelous wonder, I recommend avoid the months of July and August as the small city gets to crowded for one to enjoy.