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As observed by several marine biologists and lovers of the ocean, a whale is not as violent a creature as sharks are. Although whales are enormous in size, they are also among the most gorgeous sea creatures and have been around for hundreds of years. Throughout the years, whales have been hunt down to eat, store as prizes and keepsakes, and as a major consequence, they are fast going extinct when they shouldn’t have been. For this reason, most countries have introduced specific laws to protect the stunning mammals of the oceans.

The behaviours of all kinds of whales and dolphins has been observed in great detail by marine biologists and whale watchers that attend notable tours such as Oz Whale Watching. One of the question regarding whales, which comes to the mind of many people is: what exactly triggers a whale migration off the coast of Eastern Australia?

What Triggers a Whale Migration?

Whale migration off the coast of East Australia is a result of the freezing water during the months of the Antarctic winter. During this period of the year, southern whales head north, passing by the Eastern coastline of Australia. The need to migrate stems from three specific reasons:

Protect the Young

Naturally, the cold conditions of the freezing water can result in the death of baby calves. Whales are generally warm-blooded animals, and give birth during the second half of the year when the climate is a lot warmer. If the whales did not migrate, the water can become fatal for their calves and cause them to die.

The Need to Eat

Most whales exist on feeding off other fish, such as Krill, to survive, although many of them might also hunt down other sea creatures such as sea lions. However, because of the cold temperature of the water, other fishes and sea creatures choose to migrate as well. Due to this reason, whales must migrate otherwise they are likely to starve to death because of scarcity of food. This is done not only to save them but to protect their offspring as well.

Breeding Season

The months of May through to September are the breeding months for whales. The northern waters are a lot warmer in these months which make them the ideal grounds for the whales to breed in. Therefore, migrating from the cold waters of the southern part to the warmer waters is necessary for whales to breed their species and save themselves from freezing or starving.

Which Whales Migrate?

Within Australia, most of the whales that are observed migrating from the southern waters are humpback whales. During the month of May, the water in the coast of East Australia are a lot more warm and comfortable for the whales which is why, they choose to hurry off to those waters as early as May or even March, depending on the climate and temperature of the ocean.

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We all need a break every now and then, a break from the 9-5, from everyday life and the chance to truly unplug. If you’re guilty of constantly checking your emails, refreshing social media and having your phone almost surgically attached to your hand then you might want to consider a relaxing spa weekend to ease the stress and relax your mind. The spa is the perfect place to leave your phone in the locker, get settled into a fluffy robe and enjoy peaceful surroundings that are far more enjoyable than your usual mornings fighting for a spot on the tube. Oh the joys of the commute, hey?

With 1000’s of spas across the globe it can be hard to pinpoint which destination will offer you the most in terms of relaxation, facilities and décor. After all, you want to be able to enjoy beautiful surroundings whilst you take a dip in the pool or kick back in the sauna. Luckily for you, we’re making life that bit easier! We’ve rounded up our top spas around the globe, as tried and tested by the team. So, without further ado – our favourite resorts for ultimate tranquillity and wellness to rejuvenate mind, body and soul…

Bedford Lodge Hotel & Spa – Newmarket

Oh the English countryside! It’s a real treat and the perfect place to enjoy fresh air and plenty of open spaces. This luxury Suffolk hotel and spa is a real hub of tranquillity, and the perfect setting to allow your stresses to float away. This spa features an impressive array of facilities including their rooftop hot tub, private rasul as well as hydrotherapy pool, heat experiences and lavish relaxation areas. The spa menu offers an array of luxurious treatments, and that’s not the only menu that’s impressive at Bedford Lodge. The adjacent hotel offers exquisite dining options in their Roxana Bar and award winning Squires restaurant. Enjoy an eclectic range of dishes curated using delicious local produce. This spa and hotel is a real countryside treat!

Chedi Andermatt – Switzerland

Designed by Jean-Michael Gathy, this Swiss spa has a very Asian aesthetic and offers an abundance of style and character. Located just one hour from Zurich, this spa and hotel is seriously slick, and you won’t fail to be impressed on every corner you turn. Everything from lighting, heating to curtains are controlled by the flick of an iPad but be prepared to dig deep as rooms start at roughly £420 per night. The spa itself is a lavish affair, offering hydrotherapy pools, sauna, hammam, steam room and a plunge pool if you’re brave enough. The Chedi also has some fantastic dining options including authentic Japanese cuisine.

Lefay Resort & Spa – Lake Garda

Situated high above the beautiful waters of Lake Garda, this world class spa offers picturesque views and luxurious facilities. The area itself is a real gem, and if you’re looking to integrate your spa break with a holiday then this location is simply perfect. De-stress and breathe in the fresh sea air, this spa has a range of beautiful facilities including saunas, grottos and even a saltwater lake! Participate in a range of classes including yoga, pilates and thai chi, or why not grab a bicycle and spend the day exploring? This is the ideal resort of a combination of relaxation and activities!

Cheval Blanc – French Alps

Why not head to the French Alps for a relaxing trip of a lifetime? Cheval Blanc based in Courcheval offers a serene and calming environment. Make sure you’re prepared for some serious pampering, the spa offers pure indulgence and an impressive array of facilities. The fitness centre offers cutting edge equipment, private coaches and yoga courses available upon request.  There are plenty of opportunities to hit the slopes, offering the perfect contrast of activity and relaxation, alternatively you could ditch the skis and just enjoy a long weekend of luxury.

Sun Gardens – Dubrovnik

Croatia has seen an explosion in popularity over the past few years and it’s easy to see why! The area is naturally stunning and home to beautiful hotels and resorts. The five star Sun Gardens are the perfect destination if you want to kick back, relax and enjoy a treatment or two. Overlooking the sparkling Adriatic Sea, this is all about location, location, location!  The spa fuses nature and luxury into once harmonious offering, using only the finest natural ingredients. A dip in the Spa’s 18-,metre lagoon with waterfall sounds quite dreamy, doesn’t it?

If you’re feeling burnt out, tired and simply in need of a rest then a spa break can do you the absolute world of good! We all need a pamper every now and again so put down your smartphone and check in to one of these beautiful spa resorts!

 

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Looking to escape the concrete jungle in favour of the great outdoors? Experience the best outdoor attractions and activities in Angeles City with Park Inn by Radisson Clark’s helpful guide. Whether you want to meet local critters in their native habitat or test your limits on a mountain trek, our tips on the top Philippines’ tourist attractions have got you covered.

Paradise Ranch

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The quintessential destination for eco-friendly fun in Angeles City, Paradise Ranch combines the best of education and entertainment with breathtaking panoramic views. Take in the sights of Mount Pinatubo and the Sacobia River as you make your way through this conservation park’s myriad of attractions, including a dinosaur-themed amusement park, a zip line and the largest butterfly garden in the Philippines.

ZooCobia Fun Zoo

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Conveniently located at the main gates of Paradise Ranch, ZooCobia Fun Zoo is the perfect place to continue your exploration of Pampanga’s spectacular flora and fauna. Offering more than your typical wildlife sanctuary, this interactive destination features a thrilling gravity car ride, a petting area and a garden maze guaranteed to keep visitors entertained for hours.

Mount Pinatubo

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More than just a mountain trek, this active stratovolcano is the ideal outdoor destination for adrenaline junkies looking for things to do in Angeles City. Standing at a towering 1,486 metres above sea level, this living giant is best explored in the company of an experienced guide, who will take you and your fellow hikers to new heights on a riveting 4-hour return journey.

Puning Hot Springs

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Looking for a more leisure-based activity in Angeles City? Opt for an afternoon of invigorating spa treatments at Puning Hot Springs. Located a mere 30-minutes from Park Inn by Radisson Clark, this secluded tropical paradise is the perfect fusion of relaxation and adventure, with an exciting 4×4 excursion leading to the tranquil pools. After you’ve had an opportunity to soak in this naturally heated oasis, a wide array of services is available to enhance your experience, from hot sand skin treatments to rejuvenating mud baths.

Fontana Leisure Park
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A one-stop destination for city dwellers and nature lovers alike, this multi-faceted leisure park has something everyone. Beat the heat at Fontana’s Water Theme Park, complete with giant water slides and an Olympic-sized swimming pool, or practice your swing on the 9 Hole Pitch and Putt, designed by professional golfer, Graham Marsh. Once you’ve had your fill of outdoor fun, a world of indoor activities awaits, with a dynamic offering of restaurants and a full-service casino located on-site.

Ready to get out and about in Pampanga? Book your room or suite at Park Inn by Radisson Clark and start planning your dream holiday today. With lush tropical gardens and a refreshing swimming pool, your outdoor adventures in Angeles City start right on your doorstep at Park Inn by Radisson Clark.

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Kerala is a paradisiacal haven for those who enjoy stepping away from the beaten track. Famed for its stunning scenery, palm-lined beaches, and intricate grid of canals, it is perfect for adventurous luxury lovers looking for somewhere new to try.

 

Kerala’s most celebrated feature is its stunning coast. The state stretches along almost 600km of Arabian Sea shoreline, encompassing a myriad of white sand beaches, framed by blue skies and heavily laden palm trees. Home to a delightful network of luxurious seaside resorts, the state also houses the stunning Western Ghats mountain range, a natural utopia for native wildlife.

 

If India’s seaside state is somewhere that you’d like to visit, then here are three must see destinations to check out…

 

#1: Kerala Canals

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Kerala is home to an intricate network of canals, and they make the perfect destination for erstwhile adventurers. Locally referred to as ‘The Backwaters’, these palm-fringed waterways will take you through a tropical paradise, their route lined with exotic flora and fauna. The best way to see them is by houseboat, and this promises to be an experience in and of itself. With freshly cooked Indian cuisine available on tap, as well as fully stocked bars aboard most of the boats, you can live and dine like royalty. To make the experience really unforgettable, be sure to spend a night or two out in the middle of one of the lakes, to see and hear the native wildlife first-hand.

 

#2: Munnar

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If you’re a typical Brit, then tea will be one of your most treasured delicacies, and this makes a trip to Munnar a must. The region is renowned for its famous tea plantations, and its mountain slopes are rich with the scent of growing plants and a myriad of exotic flora and fauna. A visit offers the chance to see the delicacy being picked and processed up close, and there are also plenty of opportunities to try it from the source. When you’re done, the cultured amongst you can visit the local tea museum, whilst the more adventurous can escape onto the mountains, following the winding lanes high into the clouds.

 

#3: Periyar National Park

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Your final stop should be the beautiful Periyar National Park. Located deep in the Thekkady district, it is one of the most widely renowned and popular tourist destinations in southern India. It is most famous for its thriving herds of elephants, which wander through the park at liberty. Their tame counterparts are also protected within the sanctuary’s bounds, and offer tourists the unique experience to see the jungle from atop their broad, swaying backs. You can top your day off with a boat trip on the lake, and watch the sun set across the water, turning its clear surface a thousand shades of orange and red and gold.

 

If you’re searching for adventure, why not book a trip to Kerala today?

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Before we get into the detail of the article, I really want to thank the team here for letting me post here with them. It means a lot to be able to get something published for my Sarah’s Hot Revenue at great site like this.

Last week, attacks by Islamist militants in northeast Kenya left scores of civilians dead. The terrorist group al-Shabaab later claimed responsibility for the atrocities, and added that “Kenya is now officially a war zone… tourists visiting the country do so at their own peril.” The Kenyan president, Uhuru Kenyatta, has disputed the involvement of al-Shabaab.

Reference: openstories.co.uk

So how dangerous is Kenya for travellers? 
It depends which part of Kenya. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advises against all non-essential travel to areas near the Somali border, as well as to parts of Mombasa and Nairobi. Both of last week’s attacks were close to its exclusion zone along the Somali border (gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/kenya).

Last month, Tui, which owns Thomson and First Choice, repatriated all its holidaymakers on the Kenyan coast. Another operator, Kuoni, noted that although Mombasa airport and the popular resorts of Malindi and Diani Beach were not included in the warning, “the main road to access these resorts goes through the restricted area”. Both Tui and Kuoni have suspended their programmes on the coast.

What about game reserves? 
The new FCO warnings do not cover central Nairobi, its airport or the famous national parks and conservancies inland, and tour operators are still running holidays there. “The national parks are safe,” says Stefano Cheli, of the safari specialist Cheli & Peacock (chelipeacock.com), who has lived in the country for 51 years. “Most game parks are a long way from the trouble spots.” He also points out that security in the parks is well developed, to combat the threat of poaching.

What if I’ve already paid for a holiday and want to cancel?
Even if you’re not holidaying in one of the danger areas, your tour operator may be able to help. For example, the tailor-made specialist Bailey Robinson has recently changed several clients’ itineraries — swapping the Kenyan coast for Zanzibar or avoiding Africa altogether — without cancellation charges. Kuoni also says it will try to help travellers change their safari plans. In both cases, however, last-minute changes could be costly. Kuoni’s terms and conditions state “it will not be possible to make changes within 30 days of your scheduled departure date”; and in this case, if you decide not to go, you’ll forfeit 90%-100% of the price. If the FCO does issue advice against travel to your destination, tour operators will generally offer a refund or the chance to change your itinerary.

If I decide to cancel, will my travel insurance reimburse my costs?
In the absence of new FCO advice, probably not. If new advice is issued, it may — but check the policy closely, because some insurers won’t cover cancellation costs if the FCO advises against travel because of civil unrest or terrorism. Nor will they cover claims, except for personal accident and emergency medical services, arising from terrorist action.

This post was contributed by the Worldwide Wales News Blog who is a regular poster both here on their own blog. You can catch them on twitter, facebook or even their very popular youtube channel.

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For an unusual holiday destination this summer you could take a trip to the Pitcairn Islands. Situated in the South Pacific Ocean this group of tiny islands was once a British colony but now has it’s own government, laws and regulations. Far enough away from modern and busy cities the islands are a haven for wildlife and one of the most peaceful places you could ever visit on the planet. Stunning scenery, friendly local people and a way of life that is foreign to many of us are what attract visitors to this group of islands.

The main island is inhabited by a total of 48 residents – most of whom are direct descendants of British sailors who arrived on the HMS Bounty many years ago. The island of Pitcairn is now formally a British overseas territory although they do use the New Zealand dollar as the official currency. You can visit Pitcairn Island for up to 14 days without a specialist visa but a longer stay will require you to make an application to the local government and fees will be payable. Getting to the island is via boat only, with many cruise ships stopping off regularly for tourists to explore the island. There are also 8 trips a year by Pitcairn’s own chartered vessel, Claymore II for those who wish to stay on the island for more than a few hours.

The facilities on the island may not be quite up to western standards but the sheer beauty of the place makes up for it. Deep blue water, sunshine and a wealth of tropical looking greenery mean that Pitcairn island is perfect for photographers and nature lovers alike. The history of the island has been slightly romanticised but is something that every visitor should endeavour to find out more about. The community spirit of the Anglo-Tahitian inhabitants of Pitcairn Island can almost be felt from the moment you step ashore.

Since the island is so isolated it is the tourist trade that allows the locals to stay and live. You can buy produce made on the island and souvenirs to take home with you. Tasty local honey, soap made from plants found on the Pitcairn Island and even collectible stamp are all on sale. Some people enjoy visiting the island as it gives them a sense of peace and they appreciate the sheer beauty of this 3 mile wide by 1 mile long haven. Others tend to find that it makes them yearn for older times or adversely can become the turning point in their lives. One thing is for sure – this serene and attractive island holds a lot of mystery and is worth visiting.

Pitcairn Island may be small but does not lack in character or interesting historical facts. With place names such as Bounty Bay, Adamstown, Bob’s Valley and The Edge you can let your imagination go wild and enjoy your time spent in this beautiful South Pacific paradise, where you will find memories are easy to make and the smiles of the island people are infectious.

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  As observed by several marine biologists and lovers of the ocean, a whale is not as violent a creature as sharks are. Although whales...