greek beach and island

Interesting Facts About Greece: 25 Things You May Not Know

Before booking your next getaway, learn 25 interesting facts about Greece that will make you want to pack your bags and head to the Mediterranean country. This summer, there has been one European destination on everyone’s mind. Greece. Known for its beaches, isles, culture, and ancient history, Greece offers so much to its visitors. But how well do you really know Greece?

Sure you may know many common fun facts about Greece including that is is one of the oldest countries or a thing or two about Greek mythology, but we are diving in to share the most interesting facts about Greece you need to know before your visit.

greek island santorini view of the sea

What is Greece known for?

From the population to ancient history, for centuries Greece has been one of the most popular and interesting countries in the world. The Greek culture and lifestyle are craved by international visitors who after experiencing just days in the coastal paradise, never want to leave. Learning these interesting facts about Greece and its history, food, culture, and more will make you want to visit the country, travel like a local, island hop from the mainland to Santorini to Milos and beyond, and give Greece a top spot on this year’s bucket list.

view of the acropolis in athens greece

Ancient Greek History

Fun Fact 1: Ancient Greece refers to 700-480 B.C. It’s no surprise that Greece has one of the oldest and longest histories, but one of the biggest misconceptions is that the period most famous for architecture, art, and philosophy is the Archaic or Ancient Greek period. However, it was in fact the Classical Age (480-323 B.C.). Ancient Greece is responsible for advances in art, technology, and poetry. One of the most interesting facts about Greece’s Ancient Greek period is that it was during this time in which the city-state was invented.

Fun Fact 2: Athens, the capital of Greece, is Europe’s oldest capital. Athen’s origins date back as far as 3,400 years ago making it one of the oldest cities in the entire world.

Fun Fact 3: The first known democracy began in Athens around 500 B.C. This democracy allowed citizens to directly vote on laws.

Fun Fact 4: The first ancient Greek games were held in 776 B.C. in Olympia. The tradition of the games lasted until 393 A.D. and did not return until the first Olympic Games in Athens, Greece, in 1896.

Fun Fact 5: The two major Greek poems, the Odyssey and the Iliad by Homer were written during the ancient Greece period.

greek mythology on ceramic

Greek Mythology & Architecture

Fun Fact 6: Greece has the most archeological museums in the world. Some of these museums include the most famous, Acropolis in Athens, The Archeological Museum of Rhodes, National Archeological Museum, and many more.

Fun Fact 7: Greece is home to 18 UNESCO World Heritage sites including the Acropolis, Mount Athos, Old Town of Corfu, and Medieval City of Rhodes. According to the official list, there are 14 locations that are currently pending consideration for becoming a Greek UNESCO World Heritage site.

Fun Fact 8: Greek mythology is still relevant in Greece today. There were twelve Olympic gods celebrated in Ancient Greece, including Zeus, leader of the Olympians, Hera, Zeus’s wife and sister, and Athena, goddess of wisdom, defense, and war. The famous Hercules, a son of Zeus, was not actually a Greek god but is still known as the greatest hero in Greek mythology.

Fun Fact 9: Athena defeated Poseidon to become the guardian of Athens. They each gave the city a gift, Athena an olive tree and Poseidon water in the form of a spring. The people of Athens thought the olive tree was much more useful as it could provide food, oil, and wood.

Fun Fact 10: Columns are very symbolic of Greek architecture. There are three main types of columns used to build Greek temples and structures. They are Doric, Ionic, and Corinthian.

greek beach and island

Greek Isles

Fun Fact 11: Greece has over 5,000 islands. These islands are spread throughout the Aegean Sea and are some of the most popular destinations to visit in the world. Only 200 of these islands are populated.

Fun Fact 12: Crete is the largest Greek Island. The entire island is 3218.548 square miles (8836 square kilometers) and has a population of over 630,000 people. In comparison, Halki is the smallest inhabited Greek island and is only 11 square miles (28 square kilometers).

Fun Fact 13: Greece has 85% of sunshine a year, meaning the country has 300 days of sunshine per year.

Fun Fact 14: Santorini Island is an active volcano. The last eruption recorded was in 1950. Santorini is also commonly known as the most popular Greek Island to visit.

Fun Fact 15: Many houses in the Greek isles are white-washed with blue doors and roofs. That color is believed to keep evil spirits away.

Bonus Fun Fact: Amid the Coronavirus pandemic, Corfu and Preveza, Greece, were named two of the European Best Destination‘s safest cities to visit in summer 2020.

view of greek theater

Greek Culture & Lifestyle

Fun Fact 16: Athens has the most theatrical stages in the world. More than New York’s Broadway or London’s West End. There are a total of 148 theatrical stages in Athens.

Fun Fact 17: 98% of Greece’s population are ethnic Greeks. 40% of the entire population resides in the capital city, Athens.

Fun Fact 18: Ikaria is one of the five blue zones in the world. Blue zones were founded by Dan Buettner. The concept of a blue zone is based on people living longer and happier lives based on the average lifespan of the population in the area is one of the longest in the world.

Fun Fact 19: There are over 4,000 official traditional dances throughout Greece.

Fun Fact 20: Greek grandparents usually live with their children’s family until they pass away. There are very few retirement homes in Greece, so grandparents will live with the family of their children for the rest of their lives.

greek food

Greek Cuisine

Fun Fact 21: A typical meal in ancient Greece always included bread, olives, and wine.

Fun Fact 22: Lunch is called “mesimeriano” and it is the most important meal of the day in Greece.

Fun Fact 23: The famous term, the “Mediterranean Diet” is based on food patterns that originated in Crete, Greece. It’s impossible not to eat well when visiting this island in Greece. And the country as a whole. The Mediterranean Diet includes vegetables, olive oil, nuts fish, grains, and a low intake of red meat.  

Fun Fact 24: Wine making in Greece has been a tradition for 4,000 years. There are over 600 wineries in Greece.

Fun Fact 25: Olive oil is a staple thanks to the thousands of olive trees in the country. Greece is known to be the country with the most olive oil consumption per capita in the world.


Bonus Fun Fact: Greece officially reopened for tourism on June 15 and began allowing international travelers on July 1st.

What new things did you learn about Greece? Now that you know the most interesting facts about Greece, it’s time to pack your bags and explore the beautiful Mediterranean destination. Start by booking one of Greece’s most affordable hotels and vacation rentals on CuddlyNest.

greece beach with boat interesting facts about greece pin

Browse. Book. Stay.

CuddlyNest provides all accommodations to all travelers at the best price. Find unlimited travel inspiration on our blog and social media channels

female travel

The Top Female Travel Spots

Embrace your inner wanderlust by visiting one of the top female travel spots around the world. Although this summer may have thrown a few curveballs in your trip plans, there is still time to pack your bags and set off on the adventure you crave. Whether solo or with your best gal pals, there are certain destinations that stand out among the rest when it comes to taking a female-centric getaway. But first, take a journey to learn more about the shift in female solo travel popularity and how this movement has become so powerful for women over the years.

top female travel spots

The Rise in Female Travel

2018 notably became the “year of the woman.” Between major political advances and powerful social movements, the travel industry saw an increase in female-driven travel. According to Travel Pulse and a global study conducted by British Airways, nearly 50% of the women surveyed had taken a solo trip, and nearly 75% said they planned to in the next few years. When focusing on the American women surveyed, half of the women were between 18-25 years old when they took their first solo trip.

While embracing their womanhood and taking cues from popular books and movies like Wild and Eat Pray Love, women across the globe began exploring the ends of the Earth…on their own or with groups of girlfriends who share a passion for exploration and female empowerment!

travel documents

Tips for Females Embarking on their First Solo Getaway

Since then the tourism and hospitality industries have worked very hard to not only create an environment that is extremely welcoming and hospitable but also safe and secure. So whether you are a full-time explorer, or planning on taking your first solo trip, there are a few things to keep in mind when planning your getaway.

  1. Choosing the right locations. Whether the destination of interest has world monuments or five-star cooking classes, make sure to have your trip and location planned ahead of time.
  2. Pack light and only bring what you need. You never know where your travels may take you. Especially as a solo traveler, it is important to keep light in case you need to keep moving.
  3. Embrace sustainable travel. Not only will this help you save money during your trip, but by putting your eco-friendly foot forward you can also learn more about local culture, protect the planet, and make friends along the way.
  4. Keep your funds and documents safe. Especially, when traveling to a far and foreign area it is not only important to have copies of your documents including your identity cards and passports, but also have the contact information to the nearest embassy on hand. Be sure to check with your local embassy or consulate before traveling internationally to find the nearest location.
female travel

Best Female Travel Spots

Now that you have embraced your feminine power and are ready to explore, start with the best female travel spots. These locations offer safety, budget-friendly accommodations, and plenty of adventure. Check out the top female travel spots, and why they are the best according to some of the world’s leading female travelers.

female travel in new zealand

New Zealand

From the North Island beaches to the South Island mountain escapes, any woman would fall head over heels for New Zealand. Not only does New Zealand offer some of the best natural landscapes, but it is also famous for its honey farms, wine regions, and of course, kiwi fruit. It also is one of the best places in the world to road trip either solo or with your best gal pals.

Travel professional, Liz of the Young Adventuress says, “solo travel in New Zealand is easier than ever.” Why? Because getting around is super easy, there are many ex-pats throughout the country, and the locals are very welcoming. We’ll be adding New Zealand to our bucket lists this year. Starting with a stay at one of the hundreds of hotels and vacation rentals.

female travel in canada

Canada

From the peace and tranquility to the safety and security offered to female travelers, Canada is unbeatable for travel. Coast to coast, there is plenty to discover including Lake Banff, Toronto, Vancouver Island, and more. Go! Girls Guide says Canada is the perfect place for women to explore solo thanks to its “natural beauty, world-class cities, and because it is insanely safe.” According to the Global Peace Index, in 2017, Canada was named the 8th safest place in the world. You heard it here! Find over 1,000 hotels and homes in Canada, here.

female travel in switzerland

Switzerland

Did you know Disney’s famous roller coaster, the Matterhorn was modeled after the country’s iconic peak with the same name? Switzerland is filled with unique mountainous and lake villages that make the perfect sites for hiking, boat rides, and breathtaking landscapes. Female adventurists can skydive above Interlaken, see the famous fountain in Lake Geneva, and dine on raclette and fondu in cities like Zurich and Lucerne. There is something to love around every corner.

Award-winning female led travel blog, Girl about the Globe, ranked Switzerland 5 out of 5 stars for solo travel for women. She even insists that the biggest problem you would have in the European country is running into one too many cows, which sounds like a great problem to us! Check out the best hotels and vacation rentals in Switzerland, here.

female travel in japan

Japan

Japan offers one of the most unique and rich cultures in the entire world. From hustling fast-paced cities such as Tokyo and Yokohama to tranquil locations including Osaka and Kyoto, there is plenty for any woman to fill her bucket list. Take your adventures to the next level with a visit to Mount Fuji, and spend your evenings relaxing in one of Japan’s many natural hot springs.

Adventurous Kate says Japan makes for one of the best places for women to visit because it is “culturally fascinating” and the food is “universally excellent.” Those two reasons are enough to make us want to book a trip there immediately. Check out the many hotels and accommodations in Japan, here.

female travel in the united states

The United States

Whether beaches and coastal cities are your cup of tea, or you would rather spend your getaway in the mountains, the United States offers everything an empowered female would want on an unforgettable trip. While some places are more well-known than others, make your next trip to the U.S. one for the books by exploring the off the beaten path locations. The states offer some of the most unique variety of accommodation than anywhere else in the world.

Kristin of Be My Travel Muse listed a few of the CuddlyNest team’s favorite American outdoor locations in their female solo travel list. Including Page, Arizona, Moab, Utah, Big Sur, California, and more. Start your U.S. adventures with a trip to 10 of the first United States national parks.

Are you and your best friends ready for your trips together or solo? Let us know where your travels will take you this year, and we will help you find the perfect accommodation on CuddlyNest.

Pin this:

female travel pin

Browse. Book. Stay.

CuddlyNest provides all accommodations to all travelers at the best price. Find unlimited travel inspiration on our blog and social media channels

best friend vacation in bali

7 Budget-Friendly Places to Visit with your BFF

Celebrate the International Day of Friendship by taking a best friend vacation to one of our top 5 budget-friendly places to visit. Not only do certain destinations across the globe make top travel lists due to their attractions, accommodations, and cuisine, but also because of their affordability. You and your BFF can explore, eat, and see the world without breaking the bank. Some of these popular locations on this list may even surprise you. But first, let’s take a look at the history of this special holiday.

International Day of Friendship

In 2011, the United Nations General Assembly announced that July 30th would be the official International Day of Friendship. The holiday was created to celebrate the friendship between countries, communities, and people, to inspire unified global peace efforts. Since then, every year global events, activities, and celebrations are held on the 30th of July to encourage respect for diversity and understanding in the global community. Another popular way to celebrate this beautiful international holiday? By planning a trip to spend quality time with your best friend.

The Best Budget-Friendly Places to Visit

Whether you and your forever friend are looking to lounge on one of the best beaches, or explore the world’s national parks, these destinations make for the best budget-friendly getaway locations. While certain countries instantly come to mind for affordable trips, there are specific places that make the perfect best friend vacation spot. If you live in one of these locations, then it’s time to plan your BFF staycation. Check them out here:

best friend vacation in vietnam

Vietnam

Over the last ten years, Southeast Asia has become increasingly popular to visit especially for millennials. This is both due to the incredible cultural experiences and the most affordable prices. With hundreds of hostels to stay at for less than $20 a night to street food that adds to the experience, one country stands out from the rest. Vietnam is one of the most unique countries to visit in SEA, as well as one of the cheapest.

The entire country’s architecture and design are influenced by both indigenous and foreign cultures. You and your best friend can spend your vacation sightseeing Hoi An’s popular attractions, taking a boat ride through Halong Bay, and indulging in a cooking course in Ho Chi Minh City. There is something for every pair or group of pals to enjoy in Vietnam at a budget-friendly price. Find the perfect hotel, hostel, or beachside villa for your trip.

best friend vacation in portugal

Portugal

Take a road trip from the Algarve to Porto when visiting Portugal with your best friends. The Iberian Peninsula’s sister country borders the Atlantic Ocean offering visitors a refreshing experience within Europe. With hostels along the country ranging from 5€ to 20€ a night, you can relax in luxury at a budget-friendly price in one of the world’s most beautiful verdant locations.

Attention digital nomads: Lisbon, is not only a culturally exquisite city, but it is also one of the best locations to work remotely in. With over 100 co-working spaces in the country, you and your pals can extend your European vacation by adding a couple of weeks of exploration and working abroad. The perfect combination of combing work from “home” with travel.

Turkey

If you and your best friends are craving a cultural experience unlike any other, then Turkey is the place for you. From coastal cities with beautiful beaches like Ephesus to Cappadocia’s unique fairy chimneys and hot air balloon rides to Istanbul’s rich art and religious influence, the country is full of bucket list adventures. And the best part is they are all incredibly affordable.

Turkey has one of the oldest civilizations in the world. The country alone has over eighteen UNESCO World Heritage sites including Göreme National Park, the Great Mosque, and Archeological Site of Troy. Visiting best friends can book a hotel or hostel room, or an entire vacation rental in Turkey for as little as $9/night on CuddlyNest.

best friend vacation in croatia

Croatia

Summertime calls for a trip with your BFFs to the Balkans. Croatia is not only one of the most beautiful places to explore in Europe, but it is also one of the cheapest. With meals for as low as 5€ a day and hotels and vacation rentals for as low as 10€ a night you and your pals can have your Mediterranean vacation for under 20€ a day. That sounds like an excellent plan for us. Book exciting excursions including hiking through Plitvice National Park or take a boat ride to the nearby Hvar and Montenegro islands. There is so much to do and discover on your Croatian getaway.

Pro tip: When in Croatia be sure to check out the hidden Game of Thrones film scenes to really discover parts of the country that will transport you and your friends to another period of time.

Colombia

Discover Colombia’s charming hotels in the heart of the jungle and cities throughout the South American country. If you have ever dreamed of exploring South America without breaking the bank, then Colombia is the best place to start. With hotels and hostels for as low as $12 a night, you and your best friend can save your travel funds to splurge on delicious meals, excursions, and backpacking adventures. Bogota’s museums will enchant you while the historic streets of Medellin and Cartegena take you to another world. After having a cup of fresh Colombian coffee in the morning, your group of BFFs will be ready to start the day. You can’t miss adding Colombia to your budget-friendly bucket list.

Indonesia

It’s no surprise that Indonesia makes it high on our list of incredible, budget-friendly places to visit for your best friend vacation. The entire country celebrates life, joy, and all wonders. You can spend the day exploring the stacks of rice fields, and afternoon taking a surf lesson all without spending your life savings. Might we suggest spending the night at a beachside bungalow or hostel near the Ubud Forest?

From the incredibly inexpensive meals of chicken skewers, mixed vegetables, and homegrown rice, to dancing on the beach with both old and new friends, the Indonesian country offers so much to fall in love with on each of its islands. You will have to visit to experience it all.

South Africa

For best friends who have a safari trip on their list of dream experiences, South Africa is the place for you. Cities including Johannesburg and Capetown are not only ex-pat hubs, but excellent cities to visit to learn about African lifestyle and culture. Hike to the top of Table Mountain to get a full view of the South African coast and visit one of the famous national reserves including Kruger Park to see the big five animals up close.

Although safari and other tourist experiences have a reputation of being pretty pricey, we are here to debunk that notion by sharing CuddlyNest’s most affordable South African accommodations. You can visit South Africa and experience it all while staying in a budget-friendly rental or hotel. A rooftop pool with a view of the beach sounds like heaven.

Now that you know the top budget-friendly places to visit with your BFFs, it’s time to plan your best friend vacation. Find the best-priced hotels and vacation rentals on CuddlyNest. You and your BFFs are just a few steps away from exploring the globe at an affordable price.

Browse. Book. Stay.

CuddlyNest provides all accommodations to all travelers at the best price. Find unlimited travel inspiration on our blog and social media channels

Things to Do in Dubai

Top 10 Things to Do in Dubai

One of the most beautiful and unique places to visit in the world is Dubai. As the city reopens this week to welcome tourists, now is the perfect time to learn about the top 10 things to do in Dubai.

Dubai is one of six emirates of the United Arab Emirates. The city is most famous for its high-end and luxurious lifestyle. As well as its unique experiences and attractions.

Dubai is filled with stunning mosques, incredible architecture, and world-renowned pieces of art. Start preparing for your trip by planning all the things you want to do and the popular places you want to visit.

What Should We Do in Dubai?

You may be wondering with so many things to do in Dubai, how long do I need to plan my trip? Dubai is one of the many places in the world where it doesn’t matter how long you intend to visit.

Whether for a quick trip, a week-long visit, or a long stay, you can fit all these popular things to do and attractions in. A great way to start is by finding very accessible accommodation.

Areas like downtown Dubai where you can get to many of these attractions and sites will give you time to see it all. Let’s dive into the many things to do in Dubai starting with Jumeirah Mosque.

Dubai Jumeirah Mosque

Jumeirah Mosque

Worshipers and travelers come from far and wide to visit the Jumeirah Mosque in Dubai. The mosque has been open since 1979 and is definitely one of the most visited and beloved landmarks in the city.

Although the mosque is temporarily closed, it can fit up to 1,500 worshipers and curious visitors a day. Tours of Jumeirah occur daily. They include stories about the history, religion, and culture of the Emiratis. Be sure to check the official website for daily updates on the mosque’s awaited re-opening.

View of Dubai Burj Al Arab

Burj Al Arab

One of the most notable attractions in Dubai is the luxurious five-star hotel, the Burj Al Arab. The hotel itself is located on an artificial island, connected to the mainland by a bridge. It stands over 1,050 feet high (321 meters) and has 202 rooms. The most expensive suite in the hotel can cost up to $130,000 for a one-night stay. If you wish to explore the luxurious hotel for the day, visitors can dine in one of the nine restaurants on-site. Including the Al Mahara Restaurant, which is actually located underwater. Dining with a view of the underwater aquarium is definitely on the list of top things to do in Dubai. When visiting this Middle Eastern city, stop by the popular Burj Khalifa skyscraper.

Dubai Frame

Dubai Frame

This picture frame is worth a thousand words. This is structure is located in Zabeel Park. While the Dubai Frame is one of the most incredible structures in the UAE, it is also one of the most controversial. The frame’s design was created during the ThyssenKrupp Elevator International Award competition. The winning designer never actually received official credit or compensation. It was built to be the face of the “new Dubai” and it’s much more than the tallest building in the city. In fact, it holds the record for being the largest frame on the planet. If you’re looking for a picture-perfect moment, visit the frame in downtown Dubai.

Dubai Al Fahidi Historical Neighborhood

Dubai’s Al Fahidi Historical Neighborhood

For cultural and historic things to do in Dubai, pay a visit to the Al Fahidi Historical Neighborhood. The site is open all day long, but be sure to check the official website for museum hours. Take advantage of learning about Dubai’s early life and culture. The district hosts many different exhibits, presentations, and heritage events. If you want to learn a cultural thing or two during your getaway, then this will be the perfect place to start.

Dubai Aquaventure Waterpark

Dubai Aquaventure Waterpark

A visit to the  Aquaventure Waterpark is one of the best things to do in Dubai with kids. While the park is part of the Atlantis Hotel, you do not need to be a guest to visit for the day. This water park is also one of many in the whole city. There are over 30 attractions to visit in the park. You and your little ones can have the opportunity to spend the full day there.

Dubai Palm Island View

Skydive Dubai

Looking to cross off a bucket list item while in Dubai? Skydiving above Palm Jumeirah Island is by far one of the most epic things to do in Dubai. Skydive Dubai has broken several world records. This extreme sport has been a tradition in Dubai for over 10 years, with hundreds of jumps a month. It is something everyone must experience once in their lifetime, especially in Duba. Check out the official website to book your unforgettable excursion in the air.

Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo

Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo

The Dubai Aquarium is one of the largest aquariums and animal sanctuaries in the world. People can see the underwater creatures in their habitat, as well as interact with them. Several encounters and tours include cage diving, shark feeding, snorkeling. The aquarium and zoo are located in downtown Dubai in the famous Dubai Mall, an attraction of its own. If you have ever dreamt of getting up close and personal with ocean and sea creatures, this is your chance. Witness one of the largest creatures in the world, the whale shark, swim just a few feet away from you. This experience will surely take your breath away.

dubai miracle garden

Dubai Miracle Garden

Although Dubai’s colorful Miracle Garden is closed until November 2020, this beautiful site is one of the city’s treasures. This garden is not just any plant home. In fact, it is the world’s largest natural garden with over 150 million flowers. The normal season for the garden is mid-November until mid-May, which is when the flowers are in full bloom. Witness hundreds and thousands of flowers illuminate the garden in a matter of days.

What’s extra special about this garden? Each year the site introduces a new theme. It adapts its arrangements into large structures and designs. On average, over 1.5 million people visit the Miracle Garden every year. Making it one of the most popular attractions not just in Dubai, but in the entire country.

Dubai Desert

Dubai Safari

From camel rides and quad bikes to dune buggies and Jeeps, if you are going to Dubai, you can’t miss out on taking a safari excursion. With several different desert safari tours to choose from, this is definitely one of the best ways to experience Dubai’s desert. You may even stumble upon some of the UAE’s hidden gems if you know where to look. You can spend a day at a theme park, explore the gardens, and enjoy the desert by night.

Dubai Fountain

The Dubai Fountain

The Dubai Mall Fountain is one of the city’s most mesmerizing attractions. The founds shoot 22,000 gallons of water up to 460 feet (140 meters) high. The show occurs every day for 30 minutes at six PM. It includes music by Andrea Bocelli, Michael Jackson, Sarah Brightman, and more talented artists. Listening to music with a view of the water dancing in the sky is truly a one-of-a-kind experience. Plan at least one of your evenings around the show to admire the work of art that is this performance.

Looking for more things to do in Dubai?

How about places to stay? Although Dubai can be an expensive city to visit, CuddlyNest offers some of the most affordable hotels and vacation homes in Dubai. These properties come with some of the best amenities, activities, and excursions. Browse through one of the many popular neighborhoods to find the perfect accommodation for your trip to Dubai.

Pin this:

top 10 things to do in dubai by CuddlyNest

Browse. Book. Stay.

CuddlyNest provides all accommodations to all travelers at the best price. Find unlimited travel inspiration on our blog and social media channels

staycations by the pool

Staycations: 5 Benefits of Vacations near Home

This summer is the perfect opportunity to embark on a staycation. You heard that right. Staycations allow travelers to explore their own cities, states, or countries and discover what their own backyard has to offer. As domestic tourism continues to rise this year, the tourism industry is helping create the idea that just because you can’t travel far does not mean you can’t travel. So let’s find out what our home away from home can teach us about the world, and why you need to embark on a staycation this summer.

What it Means to Staycation

This trending style of vacationing is actually not a new concept at all. Many times when people want to have a quick getaway without going very far, a staycation has provided the perfect solution. Maybe a new hotel opened up down the road from your house that you would love to stay at. Maybe you just bought an RV that you would love to take to the nearby national park. The benefits of taking a staycation are endless, and we will share with you some of the best ones.

The Benefits of Staycations

As countries around the world including Australia and New Zealand, offbeat destinations within the European Union, and more, begin to form travel bubbles to boost summer tourism, there is even more of an opportunity to explore near home and experience the benefits of staycations. While we could list hundreds of the benefits staycations provide, here are five that truly make the case for why taking a vacation near home is the perfect solution for travel this summer.

reading a book during staycations

1. Staycations are Affordable

Whether domestic travel or international travel if you have long-haul transportation involved your travel bill can spike very quickly. By taking a staycation you can skip the heavy costs that come with booking flights and accommodations for long periods of time and focus on indulging in fun amenities and activities. Find the perfect stay on CuddlyNest at the best price, so that you can indulge in a nearby getaway without having to break the bank.

2. Reduced Travel Time – More Time for Vacation

Now that you don’t have to hop on long-haul transportation to get to your destination, you can focus on the most important part of your trip. Enjoying your vacation. Reduced travel time allots for more time spent relaxing, adventuring, and fulfilling your goals for your getaway. Whether that’s treating yourself to a nearby day spa or hiking at your county’s national park, when you don’t have to worry about getting there, time, stress, and cost is eliminated very quickly.

pet-friendly trips

3. Your Pet Can Come Too

Although many hotels and vacation rentals strive to be more inclusive towards pet visits, when you take staycations, that is one thing less to worry about. You can rest easy and comfortable knowing that whatever experience you embark on, your pet can come along with you. Did you know there are certain countries that specifically boast and encourage pet-friendly travel? If you live in the US, Germany, Japan, and several others, then you’re in the perfect spot to staycation with your pet.

4. Boost Sustainable Travel in Your Neighborhood

Is there a new restaurant you have been craving to visit? How about a new eco-friendly boutique hotel? Staying near home will not only benefit you but also your local economy. Check out the local food markets, places of interest, and accommodations to help boost your neighborhood’s revenue and sustainable travel efforts. Staycations can contribute directly to businesses that rely on tourism and ecotourism in your area. You can help them economically, make a difference, and feel great about your getaway for being sustainable.

eco-lodge to visit for staycations

5. You Can Staycation from Anywhere in the World

While some countries like Australia, the UK, Brazil, Germany, the US, and more are more well-known for their domestic tourism, you can take a staycation from anywhere in the world. Whether you’re originally from Rome and have never visited Florence, or are from Hawaii and have never been to Maui, your very own place can offer you experiences you can’t get anywhere else.

As hotels, vacation rentals, and businesses begin to open up to welcome visitors again, be sure to check with your local governments and policies to ensure that your staycation is not only the best yet, but extra safe and secure.

Plan Your Next Steps

As July begins and travelers prepare to explore again, CuddlyNest wants to remind all wanderlusts to practice safe travel and continue to follow CDC and WHO guidelines and recommendations. Tour and sightseeing company, Headout is providing travelers with up to date information on what attractions are reopening, and where, allowing you to plan things to do during your staycation and future long-distance vacation. We can’t wait to travel the world with you again.

Looking forward to planning a summer staycation with CuddlyNest? Let us know where you are from and we will help you find the perfect staycations at the best price.

Pin this:

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Staycations-1.png

Browse. Book. Stay.

CuddlyNest provides all accommodations to all travelers at the best price. Find unlimited travel inspiration on our blog and social media channels

group of friends hiking

13 Summer Traditions and Festivals You Need to Know About

The summertime not only brings warmer weather and beach days, but also festivals and celebrations held around the world. People gather far and wide within their own countries and internationally to enjoy several summer traditions that cannot be beaten. While this year’s celebrations may look a little different, there is always time to plan to attend these global events next year. From barbecues and bonfires to races and celebrating friendship, these are the 13 summer traditions and festivals you need to know about.

Learn more about these Summer Traditions:

dragon boat racing summer traditions
China’s famous dragon boat racing.

Dragon Boat Festival: June 25

The Chinese calendar is filled with celebrations throughout the year. One of the most exciting traditions held annually in China is the Dragon Boat Festival. This festival has been celebrated for over 2,000 years and was even added to the UNESCO World Intangible Cultural Heritage list in 2009. Also as of 2008, the Dragon Boat Festival is a public holiday in China. The festival commemorates the life and death of Qu Yuan, a famous Chinese scholar. A key part of the festival is the famous dragon boat races. These boats can be anywhere from 40 to 100 feet long and sit 80 rowers. The races symbolize bringing the dragons to life and laying them to rest after the race finishes. While the festival’s date changes yearly it is mainly held between the end of May to the end of June.

Pride Parade: June

For over 50 years in the United States, Pride festivities celebrate the LGBTQ+ community and is one of the most popular summer traditions. The first-ever Pride took place in New York City on June 28, 1970, one year after the Stonewall uprising. Since then, cities throughout the North American country fill the street with rainbow colors, parades, floats, and music to spread love, compassion, and kindness throughout the community. The biggest Pride festival is still in NYC every year and attracts millions of people from all communities to spread love and awareness. Other notable cities with large Pride events include Denver, Colorado, San Francisco, California, and Washington D.C.

March in the Pride parades in the major cities of the United States.

Summer Solstice: June 20

Who doesn’t love to celebrate the longest day of summer? Occurring between June 20 to June 22, the summer solstice marks the day when the sun is at its highest point creating the longest day of sunlight in the Northern Hemisphere. Countries in Scandanavia celebrate the holiday with large bonfires on the beach. In fact, the first largest bonfire record was a result of a summer solstice celebration in Norway in 2016. Many people travel far and wide to visit Stonehenge in Salisbury, England to admire World Heritage Site during the solstice. Celebrants can watch the solstice via a virtual tour on the Stonehenge website.

Bonfires are a major part of summer solstice celebrations.

United States Independence Day: 4th of July

The United State’s Independence Day is the 4th of July. Americans spend the day enjoying barbecues, bonfires, and red, white, and blue colors decorating absolutely everything. This is of course to match the American flag. On July 4, 1776, all thirteen American colonies signed the Declaration of Independence which gave the US freedom from under British rule. Many 4th of July summer traditions include parades throughout the country, a day at the beach, and firework shows in every city. Pro tip! Many coastal cities and lake cities light their fireworks in the water so that spectators can watch them from the beach and shore. It is a spectacular day of celebration and joy.

Looking for tips on how to safely celebrate this year? Watch the fireworks from your home, take a virtual tour of a national monument, and host a small BBQ of close friends and family. You can keep the 4th of July and it’s summer traditions alive, right from home.

Bastille Day: July 14

Otherwise known as Bastille Day the French National Holiday, La Fête Nationale is celebrated every 14th of July. It is very similar to the United State’s 4th of July in tradition and celebration. This holiday marks the turning point in the French Revolution on July 14, 1789, which united the French people after fighting against the monarchy. The streets of France fill with proud French citizens as fireworks illuminate the Eiffel Tower. One of the main parts of the summer event is the military procession that goes down the long Champs-Élysées.

Japan's summer traditions include fireworks
Enjoy the fireworks at Japan’s Sumidagawa Festival.

Sumidagawa Fireworks Festival: Last Saturday in July

If you are in Tokyo on the last Saturday in July, attend the annual Sumidagawa Fireworks Festival. Traditionally, fireworks a part of festivals for the dead to celebrate and commemorate the lives lost during the crisis during 1732. The festival then began in 1733, however it did not become an annual event until 1978. The firework festival brings the city to life under the shimmering colors. Summertime and fireworks go hand in hand.

Hajj Pilgrimage: July to August

Every year during the last lunar month of the Islamic calendar, Muslim people from all corners of the world make the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Mecca is considered to be the holiest place in the Islamic religion. The pilgrimage can last from five to six days and is a mandatory religious duty for all adult Islamic people to do at least once in their lifetime. Between Saudi Arabian residents and international visitors, about 2.5 million people made the Hajj in 2019.

summer traditions hajj mecca
The beautiful gathering celebration at Mecca.

International Day of Friendship: July 30

Show your friends how much your care by celebrating the International Day of Friendship together on the 30th of July. This summer tradition offers friends the perfect opportunity to celebrate life, happiness, and kindness for their loved ones. Countries around the world celebrate this day on different dates, however, it typically falls sometime in July or the beginning of August. Although the concept of this day originates back to 1919, it officially became a holiday by the United Nations General Assembly in July 2011. Fun fact! Paraguay was the first country to officially celebrate the international day of friendship in 1958. The best way to honor the event is by booking a stay for you and your best pals on CuddlyNest. You can even make new summer traditions during your getaway.

Krishna Janmashtami: August 11

This Hindu holiday celebrates the birth of the eighth avatar of Vishnu, Krishna Janmashtami. It is one of India’s biggest and oldest holidays, due to Hindu tradition and teachings. The summer tradition includes two parts in which the Indian people build swings in their homes and place idols of the gods inside them, to then bathe them in milk, honey, and jewelry. Young boys also form a human pyramid to break a pot from 20-30 feet high. It is common for devotees of the celebration to dress their absolute best during the holiday and observe a day-long fast. While this an important festival in the Hindu religion, it is also a very proud day for all of India.

Enjoy art, culture, and music at Edinburgh’s Fringe Festival.

Edinburgh Fringe Festival: August

Also known as Fringe for short, this annual summer festival in Scotland is one of its most popular events all year. It is the world’s largest art festival and can last as long as a little over three weeks. The whole event features more than 50,000 performances and shows in over 300 venues throughout the city of Edinburgh. They include circuses, cabarets, musicals, exhibitions, and more. Spend next summer soaking in all the art and culture Scotland has to offer at the Fringe Festival in August. Pro tip: If comedy is your thing, check out local bars and pubs for free stand-up comedy shows. You can enjoy the events without purchasing a ticket.

Yi Torch Festival: August

One of China’s largest and grandest events is the Yi Torch Festival in the Yunnan province. The date of the celebration is always in August, as it corresponds with the 24th to 27th of the sixth month in the lunar calendar. While the festival includes wrestling, contests, horse racing, and more, the main event is the lighting of the torch. Each family lights a torch and uses it to illuminate the corners of the room and fields. Tradition says that this drives away all bad luck and brings a successful harvest. Larger torches are also made for the city centers to ward off bad luck for the entire community. It is truly a summer tradition of fire and light.

Explore Burning Man Festival in Nevada, USA.

Burning Man: August

Burning Man is a festival of art, self-expression, and creativity. Originating in 1986, it occurs every year in the Black Rock Desert in Nevada. Tens of thousands of people attend this summer festival in the desert to collaborate, create, and share beautiful experiences together. Not only does this summer tradition include music and art, but also the building of an entire city. The art that is built at the event can include anything from sculptures to towers. At the end of every Burning Man festival, a large wood effigy symbolizing “the man” is burnt to the ground, as well as the rest of the event grounds. If you have the opportunity to experience Burning Man once in your lifetime, you will never forget it. 

La Tomatina: Last Wednesday of August

On the last Wednesday of every August, over 20,000 people gather in Buñol, Spain to celebrate La Tomatina. Hundreds of tomatoes are thrown at each other in the street in the Valencian town purely for entertainment and fun. This food fight has been a tradition in the town since 1945. Over the course of its tradition, the fight has been banned off and on, but that has never stopped Spaniards from participating in the event that brings them so much joy.


Have you ever celebrated any of these summer traditions and festivals? Let us know which, so that we can help you plan a trip to experience even more events next summer.

Pin this:


summer traditions and festivals pin

Browse. Book. Stay.

CuddlyNest provides all accommodations to all travelers at the best price. Find unlimited travel inspiration on our blog and social media channels

view of big sur

6 Affordable Romantic Getaways in California

California offers some of the most romantic getaways, as well as affordable accommodations to stay at. Between the sandy beaches, gorgeous views of all types of landscapes, and relaxing ambiance, it’s no wonder why California is one of the most popular places to visit.

While the golden state often garners the reputation for its overpriced cities, we recommend going off the beaten path to experience its hidden gems. There is so much to discover beyond the big cities. If wine-tasting, dolphin and whale watching, and hiking in national parks are on your bucket list, then California is the place for you. Find your romantic getaway and the most affordable home or hotel to keep you comfortable your whole trip.

romantic getaway in san francisco

Explore Northern California

Take a drive across the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, experience the rolling hills of Napa Valley, and watch the stars from Yosemite. Northern California simply offers some of the most unique and one-of-a-kind experiences for couples to enjoy? If you and your partner are looking for romantic getaways to take during your road trip or honeymoon, then NorCal is the place to go. Here are three of the must-visit Northern California locations and the affordable accommodations that will offer you endless romance.

Napa Valley

When it comes to romantic California getaways, Napa Valley wins every time. Couples will love spending the day at any of the 400 wineries in the valley and indulging in the spectacular views. Spend the weekend at one of the incredible vineyard hotels to enjoy spa services and seclusion. The city is just a short 50-mile drive (80 kilometers) out of San Francisco. While Napa’s peak season is typically August to October, there really is no bad time to explore this area. If you and your partner are up for a little adventure, you can even bike around the vineyards through the calm streets connecting them together. All couples will simply fall in love with each other, the valley, and the amazing places to stay.

view of couple in napa valley

Yosemite

Couples looking to take their love to new heights will be enchanted by Yosemite National Park. Most famous for its giant Sequoia trees and natural landmarks including Half Dome, adventurous duos can explore the park by day, and relax at a nearby vacation rental at night. Hikers and visitors can wander through 110 trails in the park. From days by the lake and nights star-gazing from the Jacuzzi, if an outdoor getaway is what you are in need of, this is the best place to visit. You may even be lucky enough to see some California wildlife along your adventure.

Marin County

Cross the Golden Gate Bridge to visit San Francisco’s neighbor Marin County. Boasting beautiful views of the city and charming neighborhoods to explore, Marin offers the perfect romantic escape out of the big city. Spend the day biking around the harbors in Sausalito and indulge in shopping at Mill Valley’s boutiques. If you’re really looking to surprise your partner during your trip, plan a picnic at the top of Mount Tamalpais. Enjoy the unobstructed views as you both watch the sunset over the Pacific Ocean. There is something so special about this destination, that you’ll have to visit for yourself.

los angeles view

Discover Southern California

The best part about California is you can experience it all. You can spend a day in the mountains and arrive at the beach in the afternoon. It truly offers a once in a lifetime opportunity for couples you cannot get anywhere else. While Northern California is known for its coastal and mountainous regions, SoCal boasts chaparral, deserts, and beaches. As you make your way down the coast, Southern California has some of the most incredible destinations for couples to visit. Indulge in a beach outing, island escape, and desert exploration. Let’s discover California’s most romantic getaways for couples to enjoy.

Catalina Island

Right off the coast of Orange County and southern LA, is the enchanting Catalina Island. Just a short ferry boat away, couples will love exploring Catalina’s port town. You and your partner can enjoy a day of hiking to the top of the cliffs while enjoying a view of the coast. You also cannot be snorkeling in the bay to search for California’s state fish, the garibaldi. If a romantic getaway in California is what you are in search of, then there is no better place than Catalina. You can even combine a trip to Catalina Island for the day with a stay in Laguna Beach. It’s the best of both worlds.

view from catalina island

San Luis Obispo

Located almost equally between Los Angeles and San Francisco, SLO for short is one of the most charming counties in California. With its Spanish design and architecture, San Luis Obispo will give you the feeling that you’re in a completely different country, even though you are right in the heart of California. You can be at the beach, in the wine country, or in the mountains within 10 minutes. Embrace the small-town charm with incredible restaurants, boutiques, and of course, romantic getaways. This town is ideal if you are looking to embrace quality time with your significant other in a serene location.

La Jolla

Just 15 miles north of San Diego is the oceanfront community, La Jolla. Known for its upscale vibe and beach town ambiance, La Jolla is the perfect escape for couples looking for a relaxing coastal getaway. Indulge in the gourmet restaurants and take a walk through the Old Town. Couples will love taking a drive down to Cove Beach to walk through the crystal blue waters at sunset. It really is a one-of-a-kind spot for a romantic weekend with your partner. You can even add adventure to your trip by taking a surf or paddleboard lesson. Check out the amazing hotels and vacation rentals in the area.


Fall in love with endless romantic getaways in California. Incredible hotels and vacation rentals await couples looking for a one-of-a-kind getaway with their special someone. Already planning your trip? Check out CuddlyNest for accommodations in the area you wish to visit. We can’t wait to explore California with you, soon.

Pin this:

california beach pin

Browse. Book. Stay.

CuddlyNest provides all accommodations to all travelers at the best price. Find unlimited travel inspiration on our blog and social media channels

amalfi coast view

The Top Ten Road Trips You Need to Take This Summer

As countries around the globe are beginning to revive their summer tourism, now is the perfect opportunity to explore your own and neighboring countries by taking road trips. Travel experts are claiming that RV travel and domestic tourism will boom this summer, which means it’s time to hit the open road. The best part about road trips is that you can turn any 4-wheel ride into an adventure. But did you know there are certain places that are known for being the best road trip destinations?

Let the Road Trips Begin:

We have created the perfect guide to the top ten road trips you need to take this summer. That way when you settle in for an epic excursion, you’ll know exactly where to head. First stop: Route 66.

route 66 in the USA

Take a ride down the historic Route 66.

Route 66 – USA

If you have ever taken a drive in the states, you most likely heard of the U.S. Highway, Route 66. This highway first gained popularity in the mid-1920s as the country’s first all-weather highway linking Chicago to Los Angeles. In total it spans over 2,400 miles and offers so much to explore along the way. This route became very famous as it goes straight through the heart of America crossing over eight states and three time zones. These states include Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and finally California.

This road trip route will take you through historic and natural landmarks in the southern half of the country including the Grand Canyon, the Ozarks, Mojave Desert, The Painted Desert, and more. You can even pop in and visit the Route 66 Hall of Fame, to learn more about the history of this national treasure. One thing is for sure, if you are embarking on a USA road trip this summer, you better take a drive down Route 66.

Mongol Rally – Mongolia

Buckle in, bring a good book, and get set because the Mongol Rally road trip extends over 10,00 miles. That’s right! This epic adventure takes you all the way from the UK to Mongolia. While there is no official route, the goal of this road trip is to make it from any European destination to Mongolia in one piece and sometime between mid-August to mid-September. It can also take anywhere from a few weeks to a couple of months depending on your route and can cross over 18 countries. So if you are looking for a wild ride through the world’s most intense terrains, and the opportunity to see Europe and Asia unlike ever before, then this is the perfect road trip for you. One adventurer, Bassam Tarazi, put it best when he said “When you travel across half the world, you learn some things.”

amalfi coast view

Indulge in all the beauty of the Amalfi Coast.

Amalfi Coast – Italy

A UNESCO Heritage site, due to its beauty and rare natural landscape, one must visit the Amalfi Coast in Italy at least once in their lifetime. The actual town of Amalfi and its neighbors are located in the southern province of Salerno. While the towns are typically only accessible by bus and ferry, this is the perfect destination for road trips from cities like Naples, Rome, Florence, and Milan. Often compared to a painting, the Amalfi Coast cities welcome thousands and thousands of visitors every spring and summer to back on its beaches and take in the panoramic views from the top of the hills. If you’re looking to fall in love with a destination this summer, then you definitely will with the Amalfi Coast.

Costa Verde – Brazil

The journey from Rio de Janeiro to Sâo Paulo is one for the books. While you have to pass through some busy traffic the city first, the drive along the Costa Verde is absolutely breathtaking. The full route is 350 miles (560 kilometers). There are multiple stops you will want to make along the way. Including visiting the UNESCO site of Paraty, taking a boat tour to one of the 365 islands off the coast, and hiking the Serro del Mar mountain range. We recommend taking a surf lesson, paddleboard, enjoy the sunshine off the Atlantic Coast and so much more. This is one of the best ways to see the best Brazil has to offer.

12 apostles beach in australia

The stunning Twelve Apostles on Great Ocean Road.

Great Ocean Road – Australia

If Australia is in your travel plans this year or you’re an Aussie and want to explore your own country, then take a drive down Great Ocean Road. The expansive stretch of coast will take you along some of Australia’s most beautiful landscapes. Including the 12 Apostles, Great Otway National Park, London Arch, and more. The entire drive is about 250 miles (400 kilometers), about a 90-minute drive from Melbourne’s city center. It extends all the way to the southernmost point of the continent. Extend your getaway and stay at one of southern Australia’s vacation rentals or hotels to indulge in a one-of-a-kind outdoor getaway.

Panorama Route – South Africa

South Africa’s scenic road trip, Panorama Route, is not just a beautiful drive but a historic adventure through the world’s third-largest canyon, Blyde River Canyon. The entire route takes you through the Mpumalanga province and takes about two to three days to complete. Visitors will love adventuring through waterfalls, forests, and South Africa’s many natural landmarks including Echo Caves and God’s Window. You can also visit national parks and reserves including Kruger National Park and Mount Sheba Nature Reserve. Take a safari drive through the game reserve. You may even spot some of the big five along the way. This will be a trip unlike ever before.

iceland ring road view

Iceland’s coasts are filled with charming towns and villages.

Ring Road – Iceland

Iceland’s Ring Road will take you around the entire island. If you ever dreamt about exploring Iceland’s breathtaking waterfalls and geysers, then this is the best way to see it all. The full drive will take about 12 to 13 hours. However, due to the conditions and roads usually takes about a week to complete. There are a few routes you can take, and route one is about 800 miles long. Your trip will most likely start in Reykjavík, the capital of Iceland. Start off day 1 of your adventure by indulging in a day of luxury at the Blue Lagoon. Your excursions will also take you whale-watching, glacier walking, hiking, and so much more. Discover it all on your once in a lifetime road trip around Iceland.

Cabot Trail – Nova Scotia

While this list of road trip includes many that last anywhere from a few days to over a month, Cabot Trail in Nova Scotia is one of the shorter road trips on this list. However, that does not mean it does not have just as much to offer road trippers. The drive takes up to five hours and is 185 miles (298 kilometers). The route will take you around Cape Breton Island allowing you to enjoy the gorgeous views. The trail is named after John Cabot, an explorer who found his way to the islands in 1497. The rugged coastline will present you with a relaxing journey of views right over the highlands. Canada has many road trips you will want to embark on, and this one makes the top of the list.

Torres del Paine Park

Enjoy the views of Torres del Paine National Park.

Patagonia – Chile

While this time of year is actually the winter in Chile, June-September is still an excellent time to take a road trip to Patagonia. One of the most jaw-dropping sights in the world is a view of the Torres del Paine national park. Seeing the glaciers and frozen lakes up close offers such a remarkable feeling. You have to see it for yourself. There are also many advantages to road tripping in Patagonia this time of year. Including ice-skating on the lake, watching for arctic wildlife, and hiking. While many people choose to take this drive on their own, it is always a good idea to consult with a tour company or guided road trip. Extra planning comes in handy to make sure conditions are optimal before embarking on your journey. Find incredible accommodations on the way.

Nha Trang to Quy Nhon – Vietnam

This road trip is filled with Vietnamese countryside, fishing villages, and incredible landscapes. If you are a fan of motorbikes and bicycles, you’ll want to take this trip. On your route, you’ll also enjoy sites including Ba Ho Falls and Da Dia Reef. The journey up highway one takes a total of four hours and is 131 miles (212 kilometers). Not only is Vietnam very peaceful and beautiful, but it is also incredibly budget-friendly. Extend your trip by staying at one of the charming hotels along the South China Sea.


Are you ready to embark on one of these incredible road trips? Let us know which you plan to take this summer, and we will help you find the perfect accommodation. Check out our blog for more summer adventures.

Pin this:

embark on a road trip

Browse. Book. Stay.

CuddlyNest provides all accommodations to all travelers at the best price. Find unlimited travel inspiration on our blog and social media channels

croatia beach

The Top 5 Beaches to Visit this Summer

It’s summer in the northern hemisphere, which means it’s time to enjoy the sun and sand, and welcome relaxation. Summer goes hand and hand with a good book, summer cocktail, and the beach. Which is why we are sharing with you the top 5 beaches to visit this summer. Hidden on all corners of the globe, these beaches offer a once-in-a-lifetime experience, you do not want to miss out on. Take a look at our list and let us know which you are adding to your summer travel itinerary. 

top 5 beaches in the world

7 Commandos Beach, Palawan, Philippines:

7 Commandos Beach is a must-visit for summer fun. Its name comes from the legend of seven soldiers who were trapped there during World War II. The Philippines is a true paradise. It ranks high as a popular tourist destination and boasts incredible views of the sea. In Palawan, specifically, there are many beautiful islands, from north to south. In fact, it is one of the most highly acclaimed destinations for an island getaway. You know where to find us! The Palawan area is known worldwide for the El Nido region, where the 7 Commandos beach is located. The palm trees metaphorically are the guards of the island, running down the coast for miles and miles. Tourists who visit this pristine location are welcomed by crystal blue waters, coconuts for days, and a relaxing getaway you’ll never want to end. 


noosa beach australia

Noosa Main Beach, Queensland, Australia:

Noosa Main Beach is the only north-facing beach on the entire coast of Australia. It is one of the most popular destinations for tourists looking to enjoy the perks of Australian life and enjoy the sunny climate. Whether you are visiting with your friends or family, you will surely want to book a holiday here for more than a few days. Noosa is about 62 miles, 100 kilometers, southeast of Queensland. Noosa’s unique enclave makes it an ideal place to go surfing. The orientation of the beach reduces the waves making them a calm place to learn and enjoy the experience. When in the area, take advantage of visiting Noosa National Park. It is surrounded by whitewater and beautiful scenery, creating the perfect place for exploration after a long day of sun and sand.  It definitely makes our list of the top 5 beaches to visit.


best beaches in thailand

Koh Samui and Koh Muk, Thailand:

From photos to movie scenes, brochures, and more, if there is a beach destination that makes the top of every list, it’s Thailand. Home to a fun, boisterous, and friendly culture, Thailand offers ravelers magnificent beauty and experiences. After all, it is called the Land of Smiles and has some of the friendliest people on the planet. From the famous beaches and islands like Maya Beach and Ko Samui to hidden nooks and coves, there is so much to do, see, and explore.

One of the small paradisiacal islands, Koh Muk, is located south of Krabi and near Trang and hides a treasure that all lovers of mysteries would be fascinated by. It even has a cave that leads to a small oasis within a rocky environment only accessible at low tide. According to legends, pirates used as a hiding place for their treasures. A group of explorers can access the site with a guide to take them through the cave while holding onto a rope. The rocky cliffs that surround the beach area and the green waters gave it its name: the Esmeralda Cave. We highly recommend a visit to adventurous travelers. 


havelock island

Havelock Island, Andaman Islands:

The Andaman Islands are a group of islands in the Bay of Bengal, which belongs to the territory of India. Port Blair is the main community of these islands and the administrative capital of the territory. Although the main island has its charm, it is best to take the ferry that takes you to Havelock. This island is a paradise for travelers thanks to its sublime silken beaches, twinkling teal shallows, and some of the best diving in South Asia.

There, you will find Radhanagar Beach, although many visitors commonly know it as Beach Number 7.  Its turquoise waters and white sand make this beach a perfect spot to bask in the midst of nature’s bounty. Radhanagar Beach is located just a few miles, seven kilometers away from Vijaynagar Beach and Dolphin Yatri Niwas. The lush and verdant trees on the side of the beach offer tourists the opportunity to unwind and indulge in serenity and nature’s charm. We recommend watching the sunset from the comfort of the shore. 


menorca beach in spain

Cala Macarella, Menorca, Spain:

Menorca is one of the Balearic Islands, in Spain, in the Mediterranean Sea. It is the smaller of the islands compared to its sister island, Mallorca. The whole island is beyond impressive with its coves, crystal blue waters, and hilly terrain. Visitors can rent a boat or take a ferry for the day to visit and tour the island. There is no better way to truly explore it. For those who enjoy water sports, this island boasts kayaking and paddle surfing. You can even explore the caves while paddle surfing from one to the next.

One of the most impressive beaches on the island is Cala Macarella. You can arrive at the beach by shuttle bus, as it does not permit access by car. Due to the massive influx this year you can not get there by car, so you have to take a shuttle bus, but you can walk and enjoy the wonderful scenery. Let us know how much you enjoyed this paradise after your visit.


Which of the top 5 beaches are on your bucket list? Let us know and we will give you more information on where to stay and how to get there.

Pin this:

the top 5 beaches in the world pin

Browse. Book. Stay.

CuddlyNest provides all accommodations to all travelers at the best price. Find unlimited travel inspiration on our blog and social media channels

view of oia in santorini

25 of the Most Instagrammable Places to Visit this Summer

Do you travel around the world looking for the best spot to take the perfect photo? If this is something up your alley, then you will love checking out this list of the 25 most instagrammable places to visit this summer. From London’s Tower Bridge to Malaysia’s steps to Batu Caves to the Duomo di Milano, there are so many places to fall head over heels for. Many of these monuments, cities, islands, and landmarks are also UNESCO Heritage Sites. Pack your camera, tripod, and video gear because these destinations cannot be beaten. Scroll down the list to plan your trip to the world’s most picturesque places. You will want to add each one to your bucket list after seeing them all.

halong bay vietnam

Halong Bay, Vietnam

If you have ever wanted to visit Southeast Asia you most likely came across pictures and stories about Halong Bay. There are over 1,600 islands in the bay scattered through the emerald waters. The islands are actually limestone karst landforms and look like arches and pillars shooting out of the water. The bay is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

the duomo in milan

Duomo di Milano, Italy

The Duomo di Milano is a national treasure in Italy. It is Milan’s main cathedral and welcomes millions of worshipers and tourists annually. The cathedral took almost six centuries to build. It is also the largest cathedral in Italy, the second-largest in Europe, and fourth-largest in the world.

golden gate bridge in san francisco

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, California, USA

Connecting San Francisco City to Marin County, if you go to San Francisco, you have to take a drive across the Golden Gate Bridge. It is one of the longest and tallest suspension bridges in the world and is one of California’s most well-known attractions. The American Society of Engineers considers the bridge to be one of the Modern Wonders of the World.

view of oia in santorini

Oia City, Santorini, Greece

The beautiful city of Oia on Santorini Island is one of the most jaw-dropping stunning locations in the world. People travel far and wide to get a picture of the white-washed houses and bright blue rooves. Take a boat ride around the island and soak up the sunshine and friendliness of the Greeks.

rainbow mountain peru

Rainbow Mountain, Peru

One of Peru’s most picturesque natural landmarks is Rainbow Mountain. While it appears the mountain is painted, the colors are a result of minerals in the ground. The mountain is over 5,000 meters above sea level and is enjoyed by thousands of visitors daily.

tower bridge in london

Tower Bridge, London, England

Often mistaken as London Bridge, this famous monument in England’s capital is the Tower Bridge. Right between the Tower of London, Borough Market, and Westminister Abbey, a visit to this site will land you in the middle of many of London’s most famous locations. Cross over to get an incredible view of the Thames River.

salt lake in bolivia

Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

Located in the middle of the Bolivian Andes, Salar de Uyuni is a photographer’s paradise. It is the world’s largest salt flat and is over 3,900 square miles (10,000 square kilometers). Its unique formation is a result of transformations between several prehistoric lakes. On the surface, there are few meters of salt creating its flatness. In 2017 it was one of the film locations for Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

havana cuba view

Havana, Cuba

People fly to Cuba from the farthest parts of the globe to see the colorful streets of Old Havana. Havana was founded by the Spanish in the 16th century and was a very important location for the Spaniards during the conquest. Over one million international tourists visit Havana a year. Like many of these locations in the list, it is also the film location for many films. Tourists can rent one of the colorful vintage cars and take a ride while snapping pics of the old town.

palm island view in dubai

Palm Islands, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Have you ever seen anything like this? Made from three artificial islands, the Palm Islands is a very popular attraction to see in Dubai. Especially from the sky. Their creation began in 2001. If you go to Dubai, we recommend taking your bravery to new heights and going skydiving above the islands.

the rainbow stairs in batu caves

Batu Caves, Malaysia

Who wouldn’t want to get a picture in front of the rainbow steps leading up to Batu Cave? Located in Kuala Lumpur the 272 steps lead to the caves which also serve as a temple. The golden statue is the Hindu deity Lord Murugan, who stands to protect the temple and stairway. It is truly a bucket list spot to visit.

the blue lagoon in malta

Blue Lagoon, Malta

Known for its crystal blue waters and incredible views, the Blue Lagoon is Malta’s most famous and popular attraction. Visitors can rent a boat for the day or take a ferry to spend hours exploring the bay and Comino Island, which lies between Malta and Gozo Islands. If you like to swim, there is no better place to do explore the coves and caves of the island.

Sintra portugal view

Sintra, Portugal

Sintra’s castle lives above the clouds. Located in the region of Lisbon, Sintra is very famous for its many UNESCO World Heritage sites and its castles and palaces. This cultural landscape is a hot spot not just in Portugal, but all of Europe. Everyone who visits calls this romantic village a fairytale, and once you go you’ll see why.

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Most-Instagrammable-Places-in-Japan-1030x578.png

Bamboo Forest, Kyoto, Japan

Have you ever been to Kyoto’s incredible Bamboo Forest? Get lost in a sea of greenery and bamboo stalks that extend hundreds of feet into the sky. While the whole walk can be done in one hour, visitors often spend hours in the forest admiring the natural park. Be sure to add it to your Japanese bucket list. You also have to try the delicious teas in the nearby tea houses.

cappadocia turkey hot air balloons

Cappadocia, Turkey

If you have ever dreamt of taking a hot air balloon ride, there is no better place to experience it than in Cappadocia, Turkey. People folk there to get beautiful colorful photos on top of the “fairy chimney” mounds and beautiful balloon backdrop. Turkey has so many unique places to explore so be sure to add Cappadocia to the list.

bondi beach view

Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia

Bondi Beach is easily one of the most instagrammable places to visit in Australia. Visitors can surf, whale watch, and enjoy views of the gorgeous blue waters from the pool that appears as if it is in the ocean. Explore and discover Sydney’s other picture-perfect locations when visiting the pristine Bondi Beach.

the pyramids in egypt

Egyptian Pyramids, Giza, Egypt

The Egyptian Pyramids in Giza are the last remaining original wonder of the world. The first mention of the pyramids dates as far back as the Early Dynastic Period. History says the actual pyramids are from the 3rd dynasty. They are truly a world wonder demonstrating the sheer strength and capability of humans from such an early point in time. The pyramids were originally built as tombs for the pharaohs and are now visiting by millions of tourists a year.

blue city in morocco

Blue City, Chefchaouen, Morocco

One of Morocco’s most visited locations is the gorgeous blue city of Chefchaouen. It is located in the northwest part of Morocco and is near Tangier, one of Morocco’s more connected cities to Europe. When the Jewish people were trying to escape the Spaniards in 1492, they flocked to Chefchaouen. It was then that they began painting the walls blue and it remains a tradition ever since. Tourists love exploring the blue town in search of the perfect nook to snap their shot with no one around.

northern lights in iceland

Northern Lights, Iceland

Millions of people visit Iceland, Norway, Canada, Sweden, and more every year to have the opportunity to see the Northern Lights. But Iceland offers something truly spectacular and from winter to spring you can stay up all night to take in the spectacular green, blue, purple, and yellow colors. It is truly a once in a lifetime experience.

Skyline Queenstown, New Zealand

Enjoy a panoramic view of Queenstown from the Skyline Complex. Visitors can take a short gondola ride up to the structure to dine with a view of the city, mountains, and  Lake Wakatipu. While you can choose to hike or take the gondola up, to go down you have to try the luge. A visit to this incredibly Instagrammable location pairs well with adventure.

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Most-Instagrammable-Places-Horseshoe-Bend-1030x538.png

Horseshoe Bend, Arizona

Located in Page, Arizona, horseshoe bend is one of the most famous parts of the Colorado River and Grand Canyon. Sit above the clips to get the best photo of the river as it winds around the bend. You can arrive to have the photo opt by climbing a 1.5-mile hike. The view is breathtaking, especially at sunset.

parc guell in barcelona

Parc Güell, Barcelona, Spain

Visitors come to Barcelona every year to admire the incredible colorful artwork by Antoní Gaudi. Parc Güell is one of Spain’s most favorite parks and tourist attractions. The park has been open since 1926 and is also a UNESCO World Heritage site. Located on Carmel Hill, there is no better place to get a breathtaking view of the entire city stretching out to the beach. One could simply spend hours exploring the park and all of its architectural designs.

gates of heaven in bali

Gates of Heaven, Bali, Indonesia

Although the entire island of Bali is filled with instagrammable places, the Gates of Heaven is a must-visit for that once in a lifetime photo. The “gates” are part of the Pura Penataran Agung Lempuyang in Karangasem. While many people often criticize influencers and tourists for visiting this spot for the photo, one can’t help but admire its beauty and incredible natural backdrop. Our tip? Be extremely respectful and learn a thing or two about how to contribute to the preservation of Bali’s holiest locations.

the blue mosque in istanbul

Istanbul, Turkey

From the opposing and breathtaking mosques to the culture and colorful streets, Istanbul is a place unlike any other. It serves as both a cultural and historic center for Turkey. Originally named Byzantium and Constantinople, it is the largest city in Europe and the seventh-largest city in the world. If you are looking to learn about the ancient Europan history and its connection to Asia, while getting your picture-perfect moment, then Istanbul is the perfect place for you.

singapore tree garden

Supertree Grove, Singapore

You cannot visit Singapore without taking a picture of the Supertree Grove. This man-made forest is unique for its tree-like towers and verdant greenery. The trees are between 80 to 160 ft tall and belong to the Gardens by the Bay nature park. The park welcomes over 50 million guests a year and serves as a symbol for enriching the quality of life in Singapore. If you are looking for one of the most instagrammable places to visit, this is definitely a fantastic option.

amsterdam canals

Amsterdam Canals, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Take a walk down the charming streets of Amsterdam on your next trip to the Netherlands. The entire city is a collection of channels, canals, and small elongated houses. Many of the houses have the appearance that they are leaning. This was done on purpose to avoid a collision. Bike culture is very popular in Amsterdam. So hop on a bicycle and snap a few epic photos of the colorful city along the way.


Now that you know the most instragrammable places to visit, start planning a trip to capture them all. CuddlyNest has everything from hotels to homes, and everything in between to provide you with the perfect place to stay.

the most instagrammable places to visit san francisco

Browse. Book. Stay.

CuddlyNest provides all accommodations to all travelers at the best price. Find unlimited travel inspiration on our blog and social media channels