Drag your heels to the Walking Dead filming locations

Outdoor TravelerWhen you are a fan of the Walking Dead series, seeing some of the actual shoot locations close up is a thrilling experience. A physical visit puts you right there in the scene and enables you to re-live some of the show’s most dramatic events from a personal perspective.

Rick’s house is one such location. On screen, it’s the place he retreats to after suffering a serious gunshot wound. In real life, the house is located in Atlanta, Georgia opposite Grant Park and Zoo Atlanta. You can see how the building actually looks, then work out the degree of window dressing it took to transform it for the screen.

Also in Georgia is the Highway Overpass, where in the series, the Federal Rescue Service set up a quarantine zone, blocking anyone one from entering or leaving the city of Savannah. In the ensuing panic, a fuel tanker collides with the barricades and sends people fleeing in all directions. It’s a massive scene and by being there yourself, you can visualize the amount of effort that went into its creation. You can see tangible evidence that this is a real place, not simply a CGI masterpiece, and the next time you watch the action on TV, you can say you were really there.

In real life, the Walking Dead survivor’s camp is a few miles from downtown Atlanta in a place called Bellwood Quarry. It can easily be reached by bus, and if you make the effort to get there, it makes sense to take a hike to the bottom. The city purchased the quarry in 2006 and is in the process of converting it into a 1.9 billion gallon reservoir and 300 acre park.

If you love visiting unusual and unique vacation spots, take inspiration from Outdoor Traveler, which has a range of original and exciting destinations for you to choose from and is perfect for families, couples and groups who love the great outdoors. The destinations are spread across the US. At each spot, you’ll get a chance to take in the local sights, learn about the area’s history and make your own adventures depending on what you love to do.

We all look forward to taking a break, and holidays help us unwind and get back to who we really are. In Georgia, there’s something for everyone, from relaxing escapes to big city action – just write your must-do list before you leave!


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Planning a Picturesque Trip To France

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Who doesn’t dream of France? It is one of the most beautiful, luxurious, and picture perfect countries in the entire world. Home to some of the most photographed sites, some truly iconic attractions, and plenty of unique culture…. it is one of the most travelled countries. An estimated 83 million tourists visit each and every year. Could you be one of them? If France has been on your travel to-do list for far too long…. listen up! This is your chance to start planning the ultimate getaway.

Figure Out How You Will Get There
First thing is first. You want to enjoy an unforgettable trip to France, right? Then you need to take care of the basics. Start thinking about when you want to visit (spring is a particularly beautiful time of year!), popular hotels or hostels to stay at, your budget, and who you will travel with. These are all essential when planning your picturesque vacation. Something equally important? Determining how you will get there. When it comes to the latter, it all depends on where you live. You may need to take an international flight, drive or take a bus, or even take the ferry to France.

Do Your Research Beforehand
There is so much more to planning a trip than booking your tickets, finding accommodations, and filling up your suitcase. Especially when you are travelling to another country. So, be sure to do your research beforehand. Find out what currency is used (the Euro, in case you were wondering), how much things cost, whether you will require travellers health insurance, if your cell phone will work or not within the country, and so on.

You will also want to make sure you have a vague grasp of the language – or make sure you keep a French-English dictionary on you at all times. Alternatively, you could also download an app to make translation a breeze! Other things to research prior to that incredible trip to France? Emergency phone numbers, typical weather conditions, and even etiquette, customs, and rules that must be followed. The more you know before you get there, the better your trip will be!

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Come Up With a Realistic Itinerary

The next thing to do is start coming up with your itinerary. Remember to be realistic. You may want to see absolutely everything the cities of France have to offer…. but if your getaway is only a week long, that probably isn’t going to happen. Think about the city or cities you are staying in. Then start to prioritize your must-see list. Do you refuse to visit Paris without visiting the Eiffel Tour? Is the Louvre or the Palais Garnier somewhere you have always wanted to see? Whether you have been dreaming up a trip to Disneyland Paris or Notre Dame, now is your chance. Plan your itinerary before you arrive in France.

There is no doubt about it: France is an incredible place to visit. Make sure your next adventure is exciting and memorable. Simply figure out how you will get there, do your research, and create an itinerary. Seeing the world has never been simpler!

Austria Bound: What You Should See in Seefeld Tirol

If you were looking for a fine example of a European destination that is both picturesque and a cultural delight, Austria is a country that has most tourist boxes ticked.

This is a country with an air and energy for life, fantastic ski venues and a calendar that is packed with cultural festivals and highlights to plan your trip around.

You can learn more about cultural trips to Austria in general through the Tourist Board. They are currently busy promoting all that their country has to offer in terms of sport as well as plenty of sightseeing opportunities.

Scenic Seefeld

The Tirol Valley is a stunning location to visit all year round and Seefeld enjoys a particularly scenic position just above the Inn Valley, which is reasonably close to Innsbruck and in the Tirol region of the country.

A particular point to note about Seefeld is that it offers both and skiers and non-skiers alike, countless prospects of enjoying a plethora of leisure amenities, culture, entertainment and an enviable range of top quality hotels to choose from.

From Seefeld you could take a train and enjoy a day trip to Innsbruck or if you want to explore the area and get some exercise at the same time, the area is renowned for having some of the best cross-country tracks in Austria.

Rich in history

One of the principal attractions that draws so many visitors to Seefeld is the fact that it has a rich history which is evident all around you and the many churches you encounter are a fine example of the historical buildings that form this attractive tapestry of culture.

You can actually go on an organised cultural hiking tour if you want to or arrange to visit some of the main attractions yourself, such as the inspirational Peace Bell and the mystical stone circle that can be found in Seefeld.

Near Seefeld, you will find Leutasch, which is well known for its beautiful mountains that provide a spectacular background as you wander around one of the many hamlets that make up this area and date back as far as the 12th century.

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Eagle View and Eagle Kick are two notable cultural highlights to take in during your stay in Seefeld.

If you want to view the remains of a 17th century defensive stronghold between Bavaria and Tirol, Eagle View will allow you the chance to see what is left of this important structure in the area’s history. Although large parts of the once mighty bulwark are no longer there, some vaults and a rather imposing ditch are still in existence and you are also rewarded with a spectacular natural view in the form of Gießenbach Gorge while you are there.

Eagle Kick, which is the unmistakable Große Arnspitze Peak is one of the most recognisable peaks in the region and although the climb to the top may be a little challenging, your view over the Bavarian foothills and Walchensee Lake as well as amazing views of the Ötztal Alps are your deserved reward for your endeavours.

Picture postcard

If you are looking for a magical Christmas destination, then Seefeld ticks all of the required boxes in that respect as well as being more than versatile enough to offer visitors in the summer, some inspiring views and experiences.

Many people agree that Seefeld is almost like a fairytale in the winter months with so many picture postcard views and a wonderful atmosphere that is virtually guaranteed to put a smile on your face as soon as you arrive.

Many tourists return at different times of the year, simply because the area offers them so much to do and see whatever time of the year they come.

During the summer, the clean mountain air and simply epic views are just perfect for a day’s hiking adventure and at the end of the day, you will have truly earned a classic schnitzel and local beer, which you can enjoy at your leisure in one of the many charming restaurants in and around Seefeld.

As already mentioned, The Austrian Tourist Board is currently running a promotion to tell a wider audience about the cultural pearls and awesome views that await visitors to their country, but when you have destinations like Seefeld and the Tirol Valley in general to promote, it is really quite an easy sell.

Come and see for yourself, you will not be disappointed and will more than likely become a frequent guest in the future, enjoying famous Austrian hospitality and culture.

Evan Moran is an avid traveler and sports enthusiast of many years. An avid writer, he likes to explore breathtaking destinations all around the world. His articles appear mainly on travel, lifestyle and culture websites.


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A Boutique State of Mind: London

Boutique Hotels LondonIt is an absolutely different experience to stay at a boutique hotel. Boutique hotels offer guests and elegant atmosphere and a comfortable stay. The culture is quaint and the ambience is warm and muted in such hotels. These are the aspects to impress any guest whosoever. Moreover, these hotels provide their guests with the very best and absolutely world-class facilities coupled will an experience that lasts a lifetime. It is a well-known fact that some of the best boutique hotels in the world are situated in London. It is a city where one can find a boutique hotel lurking in every street.

Mentioned below is a list of Boutique Hotels London.

Haymarket Hotel

The Haymarket Hotel is just next door to the Theatre Royal Haymarket, in Suffolk which is the heart of the theatre district of London. This area is surrounded by some of the best bars and restaurants in London. Moreover, this hotel is at a locational advantage for tourists, who can reach the nearby St. James Park in just 5 minutes and the Buckingham Palace in just 15 minutes by foot. Some of the facilities offered by the hotel include a gym, a lovely spa and a swimming pool. The rooms are equipped with flat-screen TV, a well-stocked minibar, iPod docking station and a writing desk. This is further complimented by a 24-hour room service.

Hotel 41

Located opposite the Royal Mews, behind the Buckingham Palace, is the boutique hotel that oozes luxury, 41. The black and white themed rooms are striking. The bedrooms are equipped with handmade mattresses, luxury bedding and air-conditioning. Moreover, each room is attached with a marble bathroom, iPod docking station, and movies-on-demand. The bathrooms are complimented with bathrobes and toiletries from Penhaligon. The service of this hotel is very attentive like any 5-star hotel. The location of this hotel is also of paramount significance. Being just 500 meters apart from the London Victoria Tube and Train Station, and just a mile away from Piccadilly Circus, Westminster Abbey and the two Houses of Parliament is a huge locational advantage.

Corinthia Hotel

Just a few steps away from Whitehall and Trafalgar Square, is one of the most luxurious hotels in London, if not the UK, Corinthia Hotel. Boasting two bars, the award-winning and also the best spa in London (ESPA Life) , elegant restaurants (The Northall, Oyster Bar and Massimo Restaurant) serving the best of British cuisine and modern Italian fare, a florist and also the world’s first Harrods hotel concession, this hotel is the best luxury that one can offer. The rooms are a perfect blend of state-of-the-art amenities and the 1885 origins of the hotel. Equipped with Wi-Fi, iPod docking station, marble-finish bathrooms, LCD TV and air-conditioning, the rooms of the hotel are spacious and luxurious. Moreover, there is a Daniel Galvin luxury hair salon also present in the hotel.

Everyone deserves the best accommodation opportunities coupled with opulent amenities while staying at a city like London. Whether, you are a business traveler, or a traveler who enjoys technologically advanced facilities, or one who is looking for the ideal romantic getaway, the boutique hotels in London is the answer to your prayers.


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Enjoying The Australian Open From Day To Night

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Are you planning to experience the excitement? The sights? The sports? Yes, the Australian Open is here again. That means the biggest names in tennis will compete against one another in hopes of nabbing the top honours. It will all go down at Melbourne Park in Melbourne Australia, from January 19th to February 1st, 2015. Travellers from all over the world are preparing to visit the city and take in the Australian Open for themselves. Are you one of them? Then it is time to lean how to enjoy the festivities…. and some other notable attractions. This is your guide to enjoying the city all day and all night.

The Australian Open

Watching a tennis match on TV and seeing it go down in person is a dramatically different experience. When you are there, your heart is racing, you are on the edge of your seat, and the action is right there in front of you! That is why thousands of men and women come to see the Australian Open each year. You can enjoy the tournament by going to Queen Of Tickets and reserving seats to a few of the matches. There are plenty of seating options and games to choose from. So, get ready fill your afternoons with thrills galore.

What To Do After The Match

What about after the tournament is over for the day? How should you spend the rest of your trip? By enjoying as much of Melbourne as humanly possible. This city is known for being the second most populated in all of Australia…. not to mention being dubbed the world’s most liveable city. So, it should come as no surprise that there are a number of great attractions and sights to enjoy from late afternoon and into the evening.

The Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium is fun for people of all ages. It features a number of underwater creatures, including the only display of the Elephant Sharks in the entire world. Not to mention all of the other fish, penguins, and interactive displays. A few hours here will make your vacation one you will never forget.

Want to take in the sights? Then head on over to the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel. This oversized wheel allows you to see the city from new heights! Yes, you get a complete 360 view of the city. Talk about a fantastic way to spend a night. By visiting once the sun goes down, you can enjoy the way the city looks all lit up. Not to mention seeing all of the lights on the Observation Wheel. They offer a full light display with millions of different combinations of lights.

If you would rather unwind than keep your evenings jam-packed, spend a night at a rooftop bar. There are many of them scattered around Melbourne! They offer gorgeous views. Think gardens, water, and breathtaking scenery. While you are busy taking in the lush scenery, you can grab a drink or two and get social with your fellow travellers – or even a few locals.

Melbourne is the place to be this season. With the Australian Open keeping travellers and sports lovers busy day after day, remember: it is just as important to stay busy after the sun goes down. Have fun from day to night with these unforgettable attractions.

Top 4 unusual campsites

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Camping has taken a high toll on people who love thrill, adventure and travelling. Visiting places by the traditional conveyances like rail and air have now taken a turn towards the caravanning idea; especially amongst the young travellers. There are thousands of camping sites all across the world – they provide you all kinds of facilities and comforts that would be needed on your tour. While you take your motorhomes to these places; make sure to keep it safe from theft and damage; get caravan insurance and also a policy that assures of caravan theft prevention. There are some quirky and unusual campsites that you would like to plan for your next trip; take a glance on them and choose the most alluring one for you next go –

  1. The Willows Located in the Llyn peninsula, this region is said to be the most beautiful place in Wales. Best known for therapeutic cures, this camp site is mostly recommended for health recovery owing to the picturesque surroundings and ultimate serenity. The sweeping beaches, sandy coastlines, crumbling cliffs – all leads into the Irish Sea. The odd yet beautiful thing of this campsite is their accommodation that looks like the hobbit pods. These are micro lodges that are made from huge, hollowed-out tree trunks. The interiors are beautifully panelled with pine and the little tunnel-shaped abode has enough of space for a relaxing stay.
  2. Roulotte Retreat – if you are looking forward pastoral beauty while caravan touring; this is an apt place. The dense avenues of the trees, the pristine meadows and woody realm of the Eildon Hills make a superb retreat for travellers. The accommodation created here are Devanna and Karlotta that are made especially for couples; while the Rosa and Coco houses are finely equipped for families with two kids. The wagon type designs of these hideouts are stacked with underground heaters, wood-burning stoves and many more amenities for high class comfort. Staying here will make you feel as if you are living in an open garden.
  3. Ecopod Holidays – As the name says, these are handmade havens that are made from eco friendly and natural materials. The New House Organic Farm at the Peak District offers all the requirements of this campsite for the travellers. The authorities are extremely passionate about nature and thus have set the facilities based on ecological findings; the cabins are backed up with wind and solar energy, recycling facilities, solar cooking and composting toilets. The restaurant offers delicacies that can be prepared from the local produce. You can explore the localities of the countryside and enjoy the days peacefully. Many arboreal activities are conducted in this campsite; Go Ape is the most popular one amongst kids that has zip wires with tarzan swings.
  4. Gypsy Caravan Breaks – Just a mile away from Pitney and you reach the Marsh farm crossing the tiny lane. Amidst the cider apple orchard, the lovely long meadow looks like a green carpet, surrounded by wild flowers. Once you cross this path, you will see a traditional “bow-top, open-lot” Gypsy caravan that is coloured in red and citron. Luxurious interiors and fine linens give you a feel of resort rather than a caravan. This is a sleep for two and the adjacent farmhouse offers further extension to state of art facilities. The shower unit is in the shepherd’s hut, and the caravan has electricity backup, cook up and also a fridge.

Fishing Holidays: Top 5 UK Destinations

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Fishing holidays can be very relaxing and also extremely addictive. For beginners, a fishing holiday can be an exciting challenge, and for seasoned anglers, it can be the perfect opportunity to embrace the sport as well as its beautiful natural surroundings.

Here are 5 of the top fishing locations in the UK:

  1. Bury Hill Fisheries, Surrey

The beauty of a fishing holiday at Bury Hill Fisheries is the perfect harmony between modern and traditional. Still withholding its fame since the 60s as a top fishing location, Bury Hill is far from your regular day ticket fishery. This remains to be one of our country’s most stunning and diverse fisheries, offering everything from pedigree English Carp and specimen Bream to large Zander or Pike.

  1. Windmill Fishery, Bristol

A great choice of 4 bespoke lakes, Windmill Fishery can offer holiday makers the Match Lake, Carp Lake, Specimen Lake, and Silver Fish Lake. The fishery is managed on a day ticket basis for holiday makers and a refreshments service can also be organised with the site manager. Bristol is also a wonderful, diverse seaside location which gives the whole family a world of fun to explore, so you can be sure that everyone in your party is entertained throughout the holiday.

  1. Cuton Lakes, Essex

Cuton Lakes is a breathtakingly beautiful fishing location in Chelmsford, Essex. There are three wonderful lakes, complete with a cabin where you can enjoy refreshments throughout the day. There are a number of swims which are suitable for disabled anglers so please don’t forget to bring your disabled photo ID badge if you would like to benefit from the disabled parking spaces.

  1. Monks Pool, North Wales

This is one of the best carp fishing locations in the UK and most definitely a place to add to your bucket list. Covering 6 acres, with depths of over 40ft and profusely occupied by weed, this is a popular fishing lake because of its extreme difficulty factor. Keep in mind: Monks Pool is definitely a challenge for more seasoned anglers.

  1. Orchid Lakes

A truly beautiful location, set in the heart of the Thames Valley, Orchid Lakes offers a wonderful fishing location as well as a nearby tourist village which is full of culture and history. Stay in the nearby Dorchester-on-Thames to experience the quaint and stunning historic city. You can also enjoy the views at Orchid Lakes, as the fishing lakes are surrounded by the most spectacular trees and wildlife.

Find out more about the whole Orchid Lakes experience on Simon Crow’s carp fishing blog.

5 Other Things to do in Paris

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Everyone has their top list of things to do in Paris, but there’s so much more than just shopping, a famous arc, and a world-recognized iconic structure. Paris has everything, so when you make it here, make sure you add a few other things to do besides the “must-do’s.”

Roman Hunting

When you think of the Roman times and all of their ancient glory, you may only think of the obvious place, Rome. However, Paris also offers some remnants of the Roman architecture and it’s dotted around the city. Take a gander at the most impressive Roman evidence at the Roman Baths at Cluny. You will surely be passing by Notre Dame, so take a look at the nearby Archeological Crypt of the center of Lutetia, an Old Roman city.

On the Streets

Museums of all kinds are plentiful in this capital city, but you can see art outside of a massive building and for free. Just take a stroll along the streets to see some really cool, funky, vibrant, and artistic street art. Take a stroll down Canal St. Martin and guide yourself along this detour of masterful street art. This area is on the up-and-coming places to be and hang out. Take a break at an art shop, or have a coffee and a crepe at one of the charming restaurants.

Parisian Treats

Don’t get so wrapped up in sightseeing and cramming too many things in a day. If you do this, you might not leave enough time to sit back, relax, nosh on some cheese and sip on some local wine. A Paris wine tasting tour will be the best way to rest those feet after an all day run-around the city. There are many spots to choose from, try and get the best view of the Eiffel Tower, the wine will go down that much more smoothly. If you want to be a bit more simple, grab some wine, cheese, and a fresh baguette and bring it to a park like the Buttes Chaumont or the Champ de Mars.

Waterways

There are a few waterways that spilt Paris up with its free flowing natural canals and river. While the Seine River usually steals the show, take yourself to a more secluded waterway like the Canal de I’Ourcq. Take a boat ride down the river, or stroll along side it and enjoy the fresh air in the countryside just far enough outside where you forget that a huge city is nearby.

Go to School

Nobody wants to go to class while on holiday, but you will want to if you get to choose the class you go to. Take a unforgettable cooking class and impress your friends, and yourself, with you new Parisian cooking skills. If you’re in to photography, Paris is an excellent place to learn and photograph, and an array of other enjoyable activities can be learned while you are staying here. This is a way to spice up your visit here and really take something back with you.

Things To See In Barcelona

Have you ever been to Spain? There’s a reason this is one of the most travelled tourist spots. Between the warm climate and breathtaking landmarks, experiencing all the beauty this country has to offer is a cinch. Especially in Barcelona! You see, Barcelona is no ordinary place to visit. It is known for its vibrant culture, delicious foods (you’ll want to try the Allioli or some tasty tapas), and the unforgettable sights.

Is a trip to Barcelona in your future? Make the most of every moment by planning ahead. These are some of the must stop locations to add to your itinerary.

The Sagrada Familia

One of the most iconic sights in Barcelona has to be the Sagrada Familia. This Roman Catholic Church is known for its large size and ongoing construction. This particular church began construction in 1882 but is yet to be completed. Despite the fact that it is not yet finished, this unique landmark has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. What you’ll see when you visit is a combination of old and new. The colour of the materials contrast in certain areas thanks to the different ages of the stones. That makes for a truly unforgettable sight! The Sagrada Familia is one of the most popular spots to visit in Barcelona…. so be sure to spend a little time there. Want to stay close by? There are plenty of quality accommodation near Sagrada Familia for you to choose from.

Magic Fountain Of Montjuic

Travelling can be expensive. This makes it important to look for things to see and do that won’t break the bank. The perfect place to enjoy the sights – and the light show! – is the Magic Fountain of Montjuic. The fountain can be found below the Palau Nacional. Over the years, it has become a place for locals and tourists alike to enjoy. Why? It is absolutely beautiful. Plus, if you are travelling with young children, this is a great place to spend some time without shelling out any money. It features a water, music, and light show that is completely free. Perfect for travelling on a budget.

Museu Nacional D’Art de Catalunya

The Museu Nacional D’Art de Catalunya (often referred to as MNAC) is a museum that is worth a stop. Translated to the National Art Museum of Catalonia, this museum is full of artefacts and historical documents. During an afternoon at the museum, you can expect to see Romanesque church paintings, Catalan art, and more. This is a great way to get a taste of Barcelona’s history – and examine some memorable pieces of historical art. When you are planning to visit the city, you’ll want to put art at the top of your list!

Days spent in Barcelona, Spain can be as laid-back or historical as you like. Whether you prefer to eat some delicious food and relax or would rather check out unique landmarks and attractions…. anything is possible. Don’t know what to do during your stay? Just keep this list handy.