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Ireland Castle | Ingenious Travel

Posted in Europe, Family Travel, Girlfriend Getaways, Groups, Ireland, Luxury, on 5 February 2021, by , 0 Comments

Most people dream of one day living in the regal and whimsical castles they read about from childhood in storybooks. Now that many castles are opening their doors to the general public, you can live out your fantasy in the grandest fashion. Here are three of the best castles you can stay at in Ireland:

Ireland Castle | Ingenious Travel

Photo from Lough Eske Castle, County Donegal

Lough Eske Castle, County Donegal

The Lough Eske Castle has, over the years, witnessed conquest, defeat, destruction, and restoration. Its long and vibrant history has established it as a symbol of warm Donegal hospitality, attracting international guests for over 150 years. The castle has earned a long list of awards and accreditations during this time, and rightfully so!

This impressive architectural wonder, with its tall steeples and majestic forests, has something to offer everyone! Its interior is intricately designed, with scintillating marble flooring, romantic fireplaces, spiral staircases, and brimming, unashamed extravagance.

If you manage to pull yourself away from the opulent interior, you will get to experience what many call the “walker’s paradise” as the International Appalachian Trail passes by the castle. There are also many amenities, such as an indoor swimming pool, fine dining with local cuisines, and a luxurious five-star spa. There are many activities to participate in like horse riding, archery, kayaking, and even surfing – if you’re willing to make the trip to Rossnowlagh or Bundoran.

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Posted in Culinary, Food, Wine, on 22 January 2021, by , 0 Comments

In 2001, the president of the International Culinary Tourism Association, Erik Wolf presented a white paper about culinary tourism. That paper was then made into a book, which marked the beginning of the emergent growth of culinary tourism.

From visiting famous locations to experiencing different cultures, people have a variety of reasons for traveling around the globe. In the realm of culinary tourism, one reason takes the cake. Food. The world is full of diverse cultures and unique traditions waiting to be explored by curious travelers. For culinary tourists, food stands as the defining factor that represents the true essence of any region. However, it’s more than just about trying out new foods and beverages – it’s a learning experience that encompasses the food’s history, how the food is made, and how it’s served and eaten.

What does Culinary Tourism include?

In the past few years, culinary tourism has become an increasingly prominent travel trend. For all the food and wine enthusiasts, there are several options of culinary tours, food competitions, wine events, and even cooking classes. So you can easily choose a culinary tourism travel package that fits your preference.

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Prague Nickname | Ingenious Travel

Posted in Europe, on 21 January 2021, by , 0 Comments

The City of Light. The Bride of the Sea. The Eternal City. Have you ever wondered where your favorite cities and destinations earned their nicknames? From pop culture to architectural highlights, learn the origins of some of the world city nicknames! How many of these did you know?

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The Fair City – Dublin, Ireland

The Irish are known for their love of cheeky rhymes and ballads. That’s why it comes as no surprise that Ireland’s nickname actually stems from popular tune and Dublin’s unofficial anthem, Molly Mallone. “In Dublin’s fair city, where the girls are so pretty…”

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City of 100 Spires – Prague, Czech Republic

A panoramic view of the city is the only explanation needed for this nickname! A 19th century mathematician counted the number of spires and coined this nickname. Today, the spire count is closer to 500 but the “City of 500 Spires” just doesn’t have quite the same ring to it.

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Germany | Ingenious Travel

Posted in Europe, on 13 November 2020, by , 0 Comments

When you think of European “big cities,” you think of Paris in France, Rome in Italy, and London in England. But what about Germany? This country is unique in that it doesn’t have just one big city – it has many! So, how will you decide which you want to visit first? Take a tour of Germany’s favorite cities to see which ones will make it onto your vacation’s itinerary.

Berlin Germany | Ingenious Travel

  1. Berlin

The capital city of Germany offers an enormous amount of things to see and do. The UNESCO World Heritage Site Museum Island offers five different museums ranging from art to history. Those into history should visit the Memorial of the Murdered Jews as well as Checkpoint Charlie. The Berlin Zoo is one of the most popular zoos in Europe with over 1500 different species to see. For relaxation, try one of the thousands of swimming lakes surrounding the city.

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Andes Mounains Chile | Ingeious Travel

Posted in Adventure Travel, Family Travel, Unique Getaways, on 6 November 2020, by , 0 Comments

Chile is the narrowest nation throughout the world yet it’s borders provide some of the most diverse terrain. From waterfalls to mountains, hot springs to volcanoes… you never know what you might come across next. It’s no secret that the country provides a vast array of exciting things to do and see for people of all ages. As a foreigner entering the nation you will find that the rich culture, amazing cuisine, lively nightlife, and sightseeing can keep you busy for a lifetime, so we’ve created a list of four of Chile’s best destination spots that you must-see first.

Santiago Chile | Ingenious Travel

Santiago

Santiago is the capital of this majestic country and it certainly doesn’t lack character. As the largest city in Chile, you will find that it is favored by residents and tourists for many reasons. Each neighborhood nestled within the city’s borders is distinctly different from the next. For instance, as you enter Bellavista, you are introduced to historical European homes and a free spirited energy that you simply can’t ignore. With colorful buildings, marketplaces and street art around nearly every corner, your eyes could wonder each crevice and still find new details while your ears get to hear the pleasant sounds of live music fill the air.

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Paczki | Ingenious Travel

Posted in Culinary, Europe, Food, Travel, on 30 October 2020, by , 0 Comments

When abroad, there are the iconic sights to see, events you may have traveled the globe to attend, and of course, food to try. The problem comes with picking out the best foods! You don’t want to play hit or miss when time is short, so check out some of the best foods to try the next time you’re in Poland.

Poland Placki ziemniaczane | Ingenious Travel

Placki Ziemniaczane

These delicious pancakes are similar to latkes, but instead of just potato and onion, they also have carrot, parsnips, and other vegetables. Kick off your meal with these savory spuds – either sprinkled with sugar or dipped in a dollop of sour cream.

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Banff Springs Haunted Hotel| Ingenious Travel

Posted in Travel, Unique Getaways, on 23 October 2020, by , 0 Comments

If you’re into encounters of the spine-tingling variety, you’re part of a small but passionate group of travelers. “Paranormal Travel” enthusiasts participate regularly in online forums, and there’s even a small cottage industry that specializes in highlighting travel to spooky (we mean haunted) destinations. If this interests you or someone you know, here’s a quick list of some of the world’s reportedly most haunted places.

Castle of Good Hope, Capetown, South Africa. This place has some of the standard ghosts — a man who reportedly walks the ramparts, and a crying woman whose haunting ceased when her body was discovered in later excavations. But this castle also claims a supernatural canine that jumps up on guests as they walk the halls. Down, Fido!

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Travel Restrictions| Ingenious Travel

Posted in Travel, on 9 October 2020, by , 0 Comments

Having to stay home during the pandemic isn’t easy for anyone. Even if you are getting good things from the slowed pace or are finding unexpected joy in the quiet — this time can still be a time of restlessness, uncertainty, and anxiety. You probably know someone (maybe yourself!) who had to cancel a destination wedding, a summer vacation, or a trip they’d been anticipating for months or even years.

If you’re someone who loves to travel, restricted movement can feel especially discouraging. Travel isn’t just about going places. It’s about the entire experience, the anticipation, the joy, about who you are and who you become when you visit someplace new.

There can be a real sorrow in the letting go, especially amidst so many other changes and unknowns. One thing I’ve heard a lot of people saying is, I wish I hadn’t put off taking that trip I always wanted to take. 

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Belgium | Ingeious Travel

Posted in Europe, Culinary, River Cruising, on 18 September 2020, by , 0 Comments

The land of beer, waffles and chocolate has so much to offer, and we’re not just talking about the food! While small in size, I se packs a punch when it comes to its culture-rich cities, from the capital of Brussels to riverside Dinant. Brush up on your Dutch, German and French and dive into beautiful, bewitching Belgium.

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Brussels

No trip to Belgium is complete without a stay in the country’s capital, Brussels! Home to the European Union headquarters, Brussels is an important political hub as well as a cultural one, with grand plazas, ornate buildings, richly-decorated palaces and museums filled with treasures. Grab a piping hot waffle from a street stall, stroll the Grand-Palace square and marvel at the architectural wonders of this bustling city.

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Bruges

Bruges steals the hearts of all who visit. The capital of West Flanders, the city is most famous for its string of romantic canals, cobbled streets and medieval architecture. You may have to fight off a few tourists in the summer months for the perfect Instagram photo, but touring this fairy tale city will most certainly be worth it.

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Playa del Carmen

Posted in Mexico, on 28 August 2020, by , 0 Comments

Playa del Carmen to many may not mean more than just a gateway to the island paradise of Cozumel. But, give the town a chance and you will discover that it is a desirable vacation destination in itself.

It is home to some of the most exciting water adventures such as diving the Great Maya Reef, swimming in fresh water sinkholes and plunging in awe-inspiring cenotes or blue holes. The town also offers easy access to the rest of the Riviera Maya to experience exhilarating outdoor escapades in the midst of enthralling nature.

You can start your tour of Playa del Carmen on a relaxing stroll along Quinta Avenida – the town’s popular pedestrian walkway. You will find a plethora of hotels and restaurants in the area and it is also the main shopping district where you can experience countless shops selling all kinds of merchandise. On one side you will find lovely boutiques selling luxury clothes and just around the corner a quirky stall selling a plethora of Mexican handicrafts. The strip runs parallel to the beach so you can simply take a turn to the shoreline anytime you feel like it and spend the rest of the day enjoying the perfect combination of sun, sand and sea.

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