Travel

Types of Travel to Try Before You Die

Most of us travel only with the destination in mind, but the actual act of travelling can be a lot of fun too. That person travelling in first class on a plane surely enjoys their trips, as does the person who loves cycling and does it to get from A to B.

Most of us use the same few types of transport to get us around the world every time and that can make the act of travel boring, but it doesn’t need to be. If you try any of the following modes of transport to try before you die, you’ll shake things up and have a thrilling experience:

Super Yachts

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Okay, so you’ll have to be mega-rich if you want to own your own super yacht, but you don’t need to actually own one to take a trip in true luxury. It’s still super expensive, but it is possible to charter a super yacht for a once in the lifetime trip. If you can get a big group together for the experience it may be more affordable than you think, and you’ll get to have an amazing time, viewing the world from the vantage of a beautiful boat equipped with all mod cons. You’ll be able to plan your itinerary to take in the places you most want to see, and you’ll be the envy of everyone who sees your holiday snaps. Time to start saving?

Private Jet

Again, you probably aren’t going to be the proud owner of a brand new private jet any time soon, but for a few thousand pounds you may be able to secure yourself a place on a chartered jet. You’ll get to skip customs and security, which means you won’t have the awful airport experience that is so common. Not only that, but you’ll travel in comfort and luxury, and most important, reach your destination rested, relaxed and ready for action, instead of tired, crumpled and annoyed before the holiday has even begun.

Luxury Car

Luxury cars can be a bit more affordable than the options above, depending on what your idea of luxury is in this instance. For example, if you were to find your nearest Harwoods dealership and look at buying an Audi or BMW, you might be pleasantly surprised, whereas if only a Ferrari will do, you might be disappointed. However, everyone should experience the delights of a luxury car at least once in their lives, and it is possible to do this by renting the vehicle of your dreams. You can rent something like a BMW for as little as £49 per day, so it’s perfectly possible and could be a great treat next time you’re planning a road trip.

Hot Air Balloon

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This one’s a bit different, but with fans like Richard Branson, you can’t argue that the hot air balloon is a great way to travel in style. If things go to plan you won’t get very far, but you will experience mind blowing views of the landscape below and if you pack some smoked salmon sandwiches and a bottle or two of champagne, it’ll be a delightful way to spend some time watching the world go by.

Which mode of travel would you love to try before you die?

 

Explore off-the-beaten track around Hicksville, New York

Traveling east through Queens along East Jericho Turnpike, you’ll cross into Long Island and merge on to the Northern State Parkway. In a few short miles, you’ll arrive in Hicksville, Long Island. Hicksville is hiding a few offbeat attractions that you can explore during your next visit. 

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Virtual Realms

Hicksville is home to Long Island’s first virtual reality arcade. Virtual activities range from fun games like Fruit Ninja suitable for kids aged seven years and up to the more sinister zombie and combat challenges targeted to mature gamers. Virtual Realms is easy to find on the east side of Hicksville on South Oyster Bay Road. There are plenty of accommodations nearby if you need a place to spend a few nights in Hicksville. 

Long Island Puppet Theatre

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If you’re traveling with toddlers from three to five years old, head to the centre of town and visit the Long Island Puppet Theatre. Little ones can sing along to stories like Puss in Boots or enjoy the Princess Tea Party. Reserve seats for your favourite show ahead of time since the theatre gets booked for private parties too.

The Hicksville Gregory Museum

Everything about The Hicksville Gregory Museum is a bit offbeat, including its location. The museum is housed in The Heitz Place Courthouse which is over 100 years old. Over time, the courthouse served as the original Village Hall, a jail, and the local World War II draft headquarters. Today, The Hicksville Gregory Museum offers eclectic collections of fossils, butterflies, minerals, and dial telephones.

I.FLY Trapeze and Aerial Arts

If you’re visiting Hicksville in warm weather, you can reach for the sky at I.FLY Trapeze and Aerial Arts in nearby Eisenhower Park. Experienced trapeze artists will teach you to fly on a trapeze bar at this outdoor trapeze venue just five miles from Hicksville. If you’re not quite ready to grab the bar and fly, try watching first. Check out one of the evening trapeze shows to see the professionals at work. 

Cradle of Aviation Museum

If you ever wanted to see Navy fighter jets or an Apollo Lunar Landing Module up close, you’ll find them not far from Hicksville in Garden City. You can stroll through the history of modern flight at the Cradle of Aviation Museum. Don’t miss the Jet Gallery, Planetarium, and Firefighter’s Museum. End your day of exploring with a spin on the 100-year old Nunley’s Historic Carousel next door.

Prefer trains to planes? See the restored Locomotive #35 in the display yard of the Oyster Bay Railroad Museum. This museum’s founders are on a mission to educate visitors on the history of The Long Island Railroad and the rail’s impact on town residents. Check out the Visitor Centre to see the plans to restore the Historic Landmark Presidential Train Station.

Long Island is home to plenty of beaches, parks, and restaurants. As you travel across the island, plan a stop in Hicksville to enjoy a few unusual activities you won’t find anywhere else.

 

Top Family-Friendly Activities in Santa Cruz, California

Are you planning a family vacation to Santa Cruz, California? If so, you’ll need to create an itinerary of fun activities for you and your children. Santa Cruz is one of the most popular travel destinations on the West Coast, and to help parents plan for their Santa Cruz trip, we’ve compiled the top six family-friendly activities in the area. 

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Mitchell’s Cove Beach

If your family plans to travel with your pets, then you may want to find an activity that is also dog-friendly. While Santa Cruz has a number of amazing beaches, not all of them are dog-friendly. Mitchell’s Cove Beach is a quiet stretch of coastline that allows leashed dogs anytime and unleashed dogs during specified hours.

Natural Bridges State Beach

Another perfect beach for the family is the Natural Bridges State Beach. This California state park offers you more than just sand and waves, the park has nature walks, areas for picnics, exhibits with guided tours, and a Monarch Butterfly preserve that provides thousands of beautiful butterflies with a home during the winter months. 

The Mystery Spot

The Mystery Spot is like something straight out of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. It’s a gravitational anomaly in Santa Cruz that creates the illusion that people and things are defying gravity. The guided tour is both fun and educational, as you and your children see a variety of demonstrations that will have you in disbelief.

Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History

Vacation is often about relaxing and having fun, but when you travel with children, it can also be a time for education. As such, families traveling to Santa Cruz should make time to see the Museum of Art and History (MAH) at the McPherson Center. From cultural festivals and exhibits to art galleries and sculptures, there is always something going on at the MAH. 

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Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk 

The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is certainly one of Santa Cruz’s must-see attractions. It’s a public amusement park that stretches roughly a mile-long on Santa Cruz’s most trafficked beach, Main Beach. The Beach Boardwalk has dozens of thrilling rides, a selection of games and arcades, and more food and snack stands than you can believe. Best of all, the Beach Boardwalk is located near some of the most popular hotels in Santa Cruz, which means you can always explore the Beach Boardwalk when you have downtime. 

Santa Cruz Roller Palladium 

There may be nothing more family-friendly than an afternoon at a roller-skate rink. Take the family to the Roller Palladium for a fun indoor activity. This no-frills skating rink carries a lot of its original charm with wooden floors, exposed structural elements, and vending machines. It’s an affordable and entertaining activity for families on a budget. 

Santa Cruz is an amazing city to visit. With world-class beaches, amazing accommodations, and beautiful views, why would you not want to take the family to this coastal retreat? When planning your family vacation to Santa Cruz, keep the kid-friendly activities above in mind to make sure your kids have just as much fun as you do on your trip.