Take A Hike - The Most Impressive Trails Of The World

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Hikes are rigorous yet rewarding experiences enjoyed by many around the world. The best ones are packed full of wildlife, nature, geological features and mystical mountains. There is no other feeling that can beat crisp fresh air overlooking an isolated yet beautiful landscape. It comes as no surprise that Hiking is considered to be one of the best forms of exercise for wellbeing with the sense of perspective being labelled as the primary reason. Even if your ideal journey is a leisurely walk along the coast of France or climbing up one of the highest mountains in the UK, there is truly something for everyone.

The experts at Baltic Travel Company have rounded up the 10 best hiking trails that have an extra something special to stand above the rest. Each hike will leave you with a huge sense of accomplishment, so much so that you will be planning your next one!

Read on to find out the all-time best hiking trails that have impressed many over the years.

1)      Everest Base Camp Trek

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Location: Nepal

Distance: 80 miles (130 km)

Time it takes: 13+ days

When to go? March to May, September to December

Many people have labelled this one of the best treks in the world and no doubt we can see why. The Everest Base Camp Trek gives you an insight into the highest summit on Earth. This is your chance to hike to the unique viewpoint of Kala Patar at sunset and to experience the wonderful mountain scenery of the Khumbu. Be sure to remember that this is a trek not a climb and for most parts it is on mountain paths with gentle gradients.

2)      Bay of Fires

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Location: Tasmania, Australia

Distance: 16 miles

Time: 4 days

When to go? October to May

This hike is filled with magnificent views. If you like white beaches, blue waters and orange granite then this is for you. The crisp air will awaken your sense as you get the opportunity to experience everything to do with wildlife and ecology. Crossing the dark blue waters of the Bass Strait, the coastline of Tasmania is in view. The hike relishes in the golden yellow line of sand teamed up against green countryside.

3)      Queen Charlotte Track

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Location: New Zealand

Distance: 45 miles (70 km)

Time: 3-5 days

When to go? September to May

The beauty that is New Zealand is clearly displayed on Queen Charlotte Track. The hike has been described as ‘perfect’ as the native bush and coastal views are second to none. The iconic adventure strenches from Ship Cove to Anakiwa where you will encoutnter the likes of weka, fantail, wood piegeon and if you’re lucky even seals! The track offers historical roots and the freedom to walk or mountain bike without heavy gear.

4)      Mount Kilimanjaro

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Location: Tanzania

Distance: Depends on which route you take

Time: 5-9 days

When to go? June to October

This dormant volcano is one of the best mountain hikes in the world – it is in fact Africa’s highest mountain. Kilimanjaro does have less wildlife in comparison to others, but it is home to many beautiful landscapes as well as nature which is unique to the area. Whilst climbing Kilimanjaro, trekkers will experience five distinct ecological zones on their way to the top. Each zone gets much colder and drier as the elevation increases. The summit is in the artic zone and is indicated by ice and rock.

5)      Santa Cruz Trek

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Location: Peru

Distance: 31 miles (50km)

Time: 4 days

When to go? April to October

The Santa Cruz Trek is saturated by lagoons, rivers, snow drenched mountains and valleys. The hike is mostly flat, but this is all in preparation for Punta Union which reaches the highest point of the trek at 4,750 meters. It is advised not to take the altitude lightly and to give yourself time to acclimate in Huaraz before you go such as the Laguna 69 – just to get a feel to how your body is coping.

6)      GR20

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Location: Corsica, France

Distance: 112 miles (180km)

Time: 15 days

When to go? June to September

GR20 has been labelled the toughest long-distance trail in Europe, it travels along Corsica diagonally from North to South. Despite the rugged nature, the hike is more than capable for most backpackers as it is well marked with regular accommodation and resupply facilities. The hike is full of granite peaks, it is named tough due to the loose rocky climb, unassisted scrambling alongside the Mediterranean heat. It is brutal on the mind and body but makes for a brilliant achievement. 

7)      Laugavegurinn

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Location: Iceland

Distance: 34 miles (55km)

Time: 2-4 days

When to go? June to September

The sights you will see during this trail are astounding which is why people have yet to compare the landscape with any other. Just think ice caves, neon green valleys, rainbow coloured hills, river crossings and black volcanic deserts. In 2010 the eruption of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano closed he trail but it has since been reopened which allows backpackers to live in the disruptive beasts aftermath. It is a once in a lifetime trek.

8)      Mount Kailash Trek

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Location: Tibet

Distance: 32 miles (52km)

Time: 2-3 days

When to go? May to October

This hike is treated as a pilgrimage by many different religions, thousands of visitors a year make this sacred to different religions. The twist is that you can’t climb the mountain as its believed to be a mortal sin, but the trek itself is filled with spectacular scenery with snow-capped summits, crisp valleys and blue lakes just to name a few. The average altitude of trekking is nearly 5,000m do it is a challenge for many pilgrims around the world and requires string perseverance.

9)      Inca Trail

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Location: Peru

Distance: 26 miles (43 km)

Time: 4-5 days

When to go? May to September

This trail will involve a lot of ascending and descending but is renowned as one of the best hikes in the world. This is one the most popular things to do in South America and is one of the world’s most famous hikes. The hike takes you along ancient narrow paths into the Peruvian countryside and high into the Andean mountains. It is gorgeous due to its perfect Incan ruins, cloud forest and majestic valley views. To top of the best multi day hike - you finish at the iconic Machu Picchu. 

10)   Torres del Paine W Circuit

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Location: Patagonia, Chile

Distance: 37+miles (60+miles)

Time: 5-6days

When to go? October to March

The W circuit is one of the most recommended hikes you will ever find. Alongside the diverse landscape and striking pillars of granite, you will most likely meet some fellow hikers on the way. This is the perfect introduction to multi-day trekking with a place to stay each night although more challenging routes are available for the experienced hiker. The final leg runs down the Logo Grey teamed with cobalt blue ice floes up to the large glacier that stretches out towards the ice cap.

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The Perfect Wellbeing Holiday - Jiva Healing

Combining cleansing, fasting, conscious nutrition and yoga, Jiva Healing puts you on the path to wellness.

Designed to help eradicate toxins, purify your mind and body and educate you in maintaining a healthy balance of food, fitness and self-caring within your daily life, Jiva Healing Retreats enable you to optimise your wellbeing inside and out.

Retreats are hosted around the world, including India, Turkey and across Europe, with three variations of programs: a juice fasting detox, a vegan healthy eating detox and a fitness and healthy eating program. Each program includes daily yoga, nutritional advice and education and a menu carefully prepared to suit your body type and needs. While Jiva Healing will help you achieve results, they do so in a nuturing and gentle way, allowing you to relax and enjoy the cleansing process and your transition to a healthier you.

If you’re looking for something a little closer to home, Jiva Healing offer retreats at various locations across the U.K with one of the most popular being their 3 day cooking, detox and yoga retreat at Littleton Mill in Wiltshire.

3 Day Creative Cooking, Detox & Yoga Retreat - Littleton Wiltshire

Wiltshire is a beautiful reminder of the not-to-be-missed sights in England. With lush verdant landscapes, prehistoric majesties, and astonishing avenues and ancient barrows, Wiltshire is a place that tantalises the imagination. Feel inspired as you stay in this 17th-century Wiltshire water mill set in ten acres of woodland and meadow on Semington Brook. Littleton Mill is the perfect venue for a relaxing and rejuvenating yoga retreat. The Mill is run entirely on renewable energy. It is just a few minutes away from the Kennet and Avon canal, a great place for walking, cycling or boating.

Join Jiva Healing on this 3-day Creative Cooking & Yoga Retreat where you will have the opportunity to take part in cooking classes which will help you and teach you on how to become more creative in the kitchen. You will learn how to make meals that are healthy, satisfying and fun. You will learn about macro-nutrient balance, times of the day for optimal digestion and assimilation, and also gain knowledge on how stress affects digestion and why it's important to relax while eating. You will also learn about common allergens in food and how to easily avoid them as well as effective ways of balancing blood sugar. All recipes will be vegetarian and dairy and gluten-free.

More and more research is showing the important role that stress-reduction plays with illness on many levels. This weekend retreat will teach you the importance of slowing down and relaxing, and what that can mean for digestion, assimilation, energy levels and your overall health and wellbeing. Daily yoga classes will also be part of the program and a team of professional massage therapists are on hand to give a variety of treatments, including Foot Reflexology, Deep Tissue Massage, Thai Massage and Organic Facials at an additional cost. The retreat cost includes your accommodation at Littleton Mill, all classes, and all your delicious meals and beverages. Get ready to learn just how easy and delicious healthy eating can be with the supportive team at Jiva Healing.

Prices start at £375 for a 3 day Retreat at Littleton Mill. For more information or to book a Jiva Healing Retreat please visit www.yovada.com

The 10 Most Affordable Hotels in The Caribbean

The Caribbean Islands have long since been the destination of choice for those in search of some winter sun during the cooler months, however known for accommodating the starriest of celebrities many of the Islands more familiar resorts also come with a hefty price tag. Thankfully Sandra Ramani of Jetsetter.com shows there are still a few affordable Caribbean hotels where you can enjoy a relaxing getaway without breaking the bank (even during peak winter season). Here the online travel magazine brings you 10 properties at prices that aim to please.

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1. Holland House Beach Hotel, St. Maarten

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This stylish beachfront hotel is ideally located with the best of St. Maarten within easy walking distance. Drop your stuff of in one of the 54 rooms—each with private balcony, hardwood floors, and tropical-chic décor—then head straight to the water (the hotel offers private loungers and beach service), or stroll St. Maarten's main shopping street Voorstraat, just outside the lobby doors. For dinner, the on-site Ocean Lounge Bar & Restaurant serves a tasty mix of Caribbean and European flavors, as good as any island restaurant.

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2. Hampshire Hotel - Queen’s Garden Resort, Saba

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Part of the Dutch Lesser Antilles chain, the tiny island of Saba is a favorite with nature lovers. Hike the rainforest and 2,877-foot peak Mount Scenery volcano, and go scuba diving in the Saba Marine Park (home to dolphins, turtles, and rich coral beds)—it's all easily accessible from the 12-room Hampshire House. The charming property has a pool, restaurant, and bar/lounge, along with-a friendly, knowledgable staff who will give you the ins and outs of the island. Caveat: Saba doesn't have beaches, instead, you'll find plenty of green to explore.

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3. Jake’s, Jamaica

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Set on Treasure Beach, about a two hour drive from Montego Bay, Jake’s is a family-run hideaway with vintage Jamaican style and a creative, hippie-chic vibe. Designed by artist/poet/set decorator Sally Henzell (whose late husband directed the iconic film “The Harder They Come”), the resort includes rooms, cottages, and villas with refrigerators and iPod docking stations, and private balconies or patios. There's a standout restaurant on site and the buzzy Dougie’s Bar (don’t miss the cold rum punch), along with a top-notch wellness program at the Driftwood Spa. Farm tours, waterfall hikes, and restaurants are just a short drive away, while the hotel’s deep ties to the creative community mean you’ll likely find a movie screening, DJ set, or literary festival happening during your stay. 

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It won’t take long to feel like a local at this 10-room Barbados spot, close to Miami Beach and the South Point Lighthouse. The intimate, individually-decorated rooms (each with fridge, free WiFi and cable, and pillow-top bed) keep things cozy, while excellent on-site dining and spa services round out the perks. Major kudos goes to the staff, who go above and beyond with their on-point service and easy smiles; they’ll even cart a sun lounger and umbrella to the beach to ensure you’re properly settled in the sun.

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5. Frenchman’s Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort, St. Thomas

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From its perch overlooking downtown's Charlotte Amalie Harbor, this popular resort is just a short boat ride away from the island’s top attractions—though there’s plenty to keep you entertained on property, too. Among the highlights: six on-site restaurants, the Lazule Sea Spa, photo-worthy infinity pools, and activities like sea turtle-spotting, nighttime kayaking, and stand-up paddle boarding. Best of all—the USVI location means no passport is required.

Top 5 Romantic Babymoon Destinations

5 Romantic Babymoon Destinations

Choosing your babymoon destination can be tricky, especially when you’re trying to find somewhere that has it all; relaxation, beaches and stunning landscape. The experts over at Baltic Travel Company have picked 5 perfect baby-moon destinations we think you will love.

Santorini, Greece

Santorini is loved by many holiday-makers for its breathtaking views, stunning beaches and fabulous local cuisine. Located a short trip from the equally beautiful Mykonos, the Island is a haven for those looking to get away from it all and enjoy a relaxing and calming break.

Iceland

Iceland is a perfect baby-moon destination for those looking to enjoy a little pamper and get to know the local area. Head to the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa for a day of sublime relaxation, or get to know the rugged Icelandic landscape by taking a trip along the coast in a rented car.

Sicily, Italy

One of the most beautiful and quaint destinations in Italy, Sicily is perfect for those seeking some fantastic cuisine and relaxation. With its stunning beaches and crystal clear waters only a stone’s throw away from the local town where you will find authentic Italian cuisine and friendly locals- it makes for the perfect location. 

Fiji

The tropical paradise that is Fiji is brimming with white sandy beaches, palm trees, and the friendliest people you will ever meet. Take an island hopping trip and discover the paradise Islands that you have always dreamt of visiting, relax under a cabana with a mocktail or try a bit of snorkeling and take a glance at the fantastic array of marine life. 

Paris

The city of love. If you don’t fancy travelling too far yet still want to enjoy a romantic break, why not head to Paris for a fantastic city baby-moon. Take it easy and relax in a Parisian café whilst watching the world go by, dine in world-class restaurants or book into a relaxing Spa and let yourself be pampered.  

 

For More Information about any these destinations please visit https://www.baltictravelcompany.com/