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Tunisia holidays have long been a favoured destination for tourists getting away to soak up the year-round sunshine in the resort hotels of the coast, but to discover the real character of this magical North African land, you must go off the beaten track. Here are the top 5 things to do for adventurous travellers.

1. Trek into the Sahara Desert

Yep. That's how good it looks

Yep. That’s how good it looks

The Sahara truly is another world. The largest desert in the world is far from being just a flat expanse of sand; you will travel through diverse landscapes from rolling sand dunes and remote valleys to vibrant, green oases. Whether you travel by jeep, quad bike or camel, to trek through the Sahara is an unforgettable experience. When you stop for the night at a traditional Bedouin encampment, you will be awe-struck by the magnificence of the night sky: the stars really do seem closer here.

2. The caves of Matmata

Familiar to millions of movie-goers as the base of the young Luke Skywalker, in the Star Wars films, the caves are also home to thousands of Troglodytes (cave-dwellers).You can stay here in an underground troglodyte hotel. The caves are a popular destination for travelers, so get here early to avoid the crowds and enjoy the incredible atmosphere of this unusual community.

3. Tunis and Sidi Bou Said

A street in Sidi Bou Said

A street in Sidi Bou Said

The contemporary city of Tunis includes the ancient area of Sidi Bou Said. Its cobbled streets, white-washed buildings, draped with bougainvillea, giant eucalyptus trees and constantly changing views of the glimmering blue Mediterranean will charm every visitor.

4. Carthage

Tunisia is rich in archaeological remains, and the city of Tunis contains the spectacular remnants of the legendary city of Carthage, the birthplace of Hannibal. Carthage was razed to the ground by the Romans, only to be rebuilt later by Julius Caesar. It then became one of the three most important cities of the Roman Empire.

5. Tozeur

This ancient, inland city was once the hub of the old caravan trading routes, and is still a fascinating place to visit. Here you can see the incredible irrigation system, thousands of years old, which is still used to water the date plantations. Tozeur is an excellent place to visit to get a real flavour of Tunisian culture; the Ouled el Hadef quarter, built of the characteristic local brick, dates back to the 14th century.

Bursting with character, history and intrigue, Tunisia is a place well worth exploring.

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Are you looking for a unique way to spend your holiday? A cruise vacation may just be what you are looking for. Cruise vacations that are offered by P and O cruises and other reputable companies offer exceptional service which means you just have to sit back, relax and enjoy the attractions. Here are a few more reasons why going on a cruise vacation would be a preferable option:

You get one ticket that covers most of your basic expenses

Cruise Ship

Cruise Ship

The ticket for a cruise vacation covers accommodation, entertainment, meals, laundry and transportation. If you are looking for a customised holiday package, a luxury ticket will be ideal. It mainly includes extra privileges such as a seat an the VIP section during theatre performances, chauffeur services once you reach stopover cities, a wider range of meal-choices, exclusive services such as relaxing massages at the spa, you get to choose from a wide variety of richly elegant and spacious rooms, and more. Ultimately, the one-ticket-covers-all feature gives you greater peace of mind as you don’t have to worry about having cash on you all the time or your expenses on the trip eating into your essentials budget.

You get visit various destinations in one trip

A cruise vacation enables you to visit numerous assorted exotic destinations in one trip. This means that you may get to visit several countries, experience different cultures and enjoy meeting and mingling with people from different backgrounds both in the ship and at the port cities. This is a huge plus, especially if you like networking or meeting new people. You may never know, one might even find a life-long friend or partner on one of these trips.

Cruise ships offer a variety of activities for the whole family

A cruise vacation enables you to enjoy the holiday whether alone or as a family. This is because there is usually a wide range of activities for everyone to enjoy. If you have kids for example, kid shows such as magic show performances are likely to be there, while fun-filled structures such as bouncing castles and water-slides are usually available. Adults on the other hand can enjoy swimming, dancing lessons, aerobics, and more. One can also relax with a cold beer at the bar or take a chance at a lucky bet at the on-board casino. For couples, a romantic dinner out on the deck under a clear sky with a full moon out into the sea is likely to be a memorable one.

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Walking across the Golden Gate bridge is a common goal for visitors to San Francisco, myself included. I arrived at the San Francisco side of the bridge from a hop-on-hop-off bus and was ready to go. I actually wanted to cycle, but couldn’t see any immediate cycle rental shops, so me and Harue decided to walk it. Walking does have the advantage of allowing more time to take in the length and size of the bridge. It’s a huge structure and would take a cyclist maybe 10-15 minutes at a casual pace, and a walker at least 30 minutes usually. Read the rest! \(^u^)/ →

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Golden Gate Bridge

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Organising holidays can be extremely stressful, especially if you have months to worry about the minute details of your trip. If you are easily stressed, and just want quick break away without having to plan everything in immense detail, you might want to consider jumping on a plane and seeing where it takes you. If this sounds like something you’d be interested in, I’ve compiled a few tips for how to plan the perfect last minute holiday abroad – in this case, in everyone’s favourite, Benidorm! Read the rest! \(^u^)/ →

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