Tenerife for the Solo Traveller

Tenerife is one of the top sun, and fun destinations worldwide. The great year round weather, coupled with picturesque beaches make it an easy choice for a holiday. It’s also a great place for a solo traveler to visit with plenty to keep you busy. There are so many things to do and see, you won’t want to spend time debating with others on what to visit. Here are a few of the things a solo traveler can experience in Tenerife.


Los Gigantes Sunset. Tenerife. by Thomas Tolkien licensed under CC BY 2.0

Garachico

This small town is just one of the many reasons to visit the island based off of Spain, and may just make flights to Tenerife worth your while. In 1706, the Montana Negra erupted, sending two rivers of lava flowing towards Garachico. Fast forward to today, and the solidified lava that filled it’s coastline has been filled with seawater. This has created a world of unusual rock pools that people can swim in, sometimes with small tropical fish as companions. It’s a unique swimming destination to say the least. Read more…

Tips to Traveling Alone in Hong Kong

Are you planning on traveling alone for the first time in Asia but not quite sure on where to go? Traveling to a whole new country is one of the best ways to experience a completely new culture as a whole, without any limitations. One of the recommended places to travel during the winter would be Hong Kong. Hong Kong becomes one of the most favorable destinations to go vacationing during the winter months, due to the cooler weather without rain. With excitement pending on traveling to a new place, you must wonder: What are the things you can do while traveling alone?

Grand Canal Shoppe

Hong Kong comes to life during the winter months. The island becomes warm and welcoming with Christmas ornaments, colorful carols and the atmosphere becomes most pleasing to accommodate the holiday cheers. It is not surprising during the winter, people from all over Asia fly to Hong Kong to experience the holiday merriment which come in the form of chilling winds, super sales and picturesque locations. With only a month away before 2015 approaches, it’s the best time to visit the islands and spend the new year!
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4 Must See Baroque Churches In The Philippines

If you are a Filipino and interested in its culture and history, you must visit 4 of its most important ancient churches. These are the Miag-ao Church, Paoay Chursh, Santa Maria Church, and Saint Agustin Church.

Visiting all 4 of the Baroque Churches in the Philippines, which were also part of UNESCO Heritage Sites List is one of the things that I am proud of. These four churches were built by the Spanish in the late 16th century and their unique architectural style is of European Baroque, mastered by Chinese and Philippine craftsmen. Three of them are located in Luzon and one is in Visayas.

Miag-ao Church in Miag-ao, Iloilo

Miag-ao Church

The Miag-ao Church was built by the Spanish Augustinian missionaries in Miag-ao, Iloilo in 1786. There are two notable frontages of this church: its two watchtowers and a large coconut tree at the center. The watchtowers were built to defend the town and people against the Muslims who invaded Christianized villages during the early times, while the coconut tree represents St. Christopher carrying Child Jesus on his shoulder referred as “tree of life,” which was according to folklore.

It was said that Miag-ao Church has the most interesting interior design of all 4 Baroque Churches in the Philippines because of its gold-plated retablos. Unfortunately, we were one of those who wasn’t able to see it as it was closed when we visited it.

During 1898, when Filipinos revolt against Spain, the church was destroyed. It was rebuilt; however, it was damaged heavily by fire and earthquake in 1910 and 1948.
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The Toshogu Shrine in Nikko

Toshogu Shrine in Nikko

Built in 1600s, Toshogu Shrine is famous for its pompous buildings, rich colored sculptures, and thousands of gold leaf sheets. It is the final resting place of Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate that ruled Japan for over 250 years. Toshogu Shrine was built using the highest quality materials available during the 1600s.

Toshogu Shrine in Nikko

Seeing the shrine up close and thinking of the Great Pyramid of Giza, I couldn’t help but think that people who lived from hundreds to thousands of years ago were far more intelligent than modern people.



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Ada Wilkinson of adaphobic.com

My name is Ada, an old-fashioned, curly, jumper, wanderlust, who enjoys budget and DIY traveling.

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