South Carolina Adventure Travel

British Adventure Traveler Claire believed that she might enhance her adventure vacation by planning it with the help of someone who lived at her target destination. On previous trips, Claire either cooperated with a local tour company or she hired a local guide upon arrival. For her trip to South Carolina in the United States, she tried something different. Through BritishExpats.com, she made contact with countrymen who live in Charleston, South Carolina.

With their help, she determined to fly over for the final week of Charleston's Spoleto Festival and one of the expats that she contacted offered to guide her while she vacationed in Charleston. She also suggested that Claire break up her trip, to experience "Chuck town," (Charleston) on the front and back ends of her holiday by renting a car for a trip upstate to get at a Carolina peach, freshly harvested from the orchard.

The Carolinians consider the Spoleto festival as a kickoff to tourist season, and while many of the events directly connect with the Italian celebration of the same name, the festival means party long and well. For the well-heeled, Spoleto Charleston provides opera, Shakespearian plays, and opulent balls. For Claire, an open-air jazz festival, dirty dancing in the street, and fireworks juiced her interest in American pub-style fun. She booked her flights with Aer Lingus after she learned that she could get a seat on one of their flights mostly occupied by Spoleto-bound revelers. As she hoped, that group adopted her during the flight, welcoming her to join them to experience as many of the Charleston events that she wanted.

Claire got little sleep in the first few days of Spoleto. She enjoyed a sumptuous dinner before a street party every evening, followed by a main event and fireworks. Up early the following day for a grand southern American breakfast with lots of coffee, Claire toured old town Charleston by carriage and she traveled by boat to Fort Sumter in the harbor. Claire power-napped whenever she could "recharge her batteries," not wanting to miss anything. During her nap on the boat ride back from Fort Sumter, her sleepy head rocked over onto the shoulder of a British Navy Officer who had also traveled to Charleston on the Aer Lingus flight.

Gallantly, he did not wake her until the boat docked. After treating Claire to coffee, he invited her to join him for a tour of a visiting British warship at the Charleston Navy Base. At lunch aboard the ship with the officers and their wives, Claire mentioned her plan to go get a peach, and they all got into that too! Two days later, they whisked her away in a convoy of four cars as the British Navy Couples bulldoze on a "staff ride" to the King's Mountain Battlefield in upstate to pay their respects to Major Patrick Ferguson and his men, British casualties in the American Revolutionary War.

But, for Claire, their stop at a peach orchard in York set the stage for the high point of her holiday. There, for the first time in her life, Claire took a big bite into a dead ripe freestone peach. The incredibly sweet juice exploded in her mouth! It splashed onto her cheeks, dribbled down her chin, and onto her dress! Surrounded by cheers and the laughter of her newfound friends, Claire experienced the signature moment in her latest adventure travel. # TAG1writer

USA Road Trips – The Big Sur

The Big Sur is one of the most spectacular coastlines I have every seen. Even the beautiful valleys and coasts of Hawaii just do not come close to this amazing beauty of the Big Sur. Translated from Spanish Big Sur is 'El Sur Grande' which translated into Big South.

The Big Sur coastline covers about 90 miles, more or less bordered by the Carmel River northwards and about 120 miles south of San Francisco. Along these far-reaching, swooping seascape of woodlands, sheer cliffs and mostly little used beaches, Highway 1, finished in 1937 with inmates used as labor, makes its occasional alarming, but always a spectacular drive.

It is not for the fault of heart because this is a steep winding drive with turns that will slow you down to a few miles an hour. Many travelers ask if they can take their RV on this portion of Hwy. 1 and the answer is yes. I have done it in a 25 foot trailer and I have seen 40 foot rigs make the trip, just be prepared to drive slow and very cautious.

Point Lobos State Park is a must see. Here you will find a variety of wildlife including sea lions, sea otters and gray whales. Point Lobos is about 20 miles north of the Big Sur near the town of Carmel More beautiful stony scenery abounds somewhat farther south at Garrapata State Park.

Big Sur stays sparsely owned, with about 1000 residents. The citizenry of Big Sur nowdays are a diverse blend of descendants of the first colonist and ranchers, artists and additional creative people, along with affluent residents.

There are no urbanized areas, but you will find gas stations that sell gas at very high prices, some great restaurants and motels .. A great deal of the land on the coast is privately owned or belong to the state park system. The Los Padres National Forest and Fort Hunter Liggett Military Reservation cover almost all of the interior areas. The mountainous terrain, environmentally aware occupants, and deficiency of property acquirable for exploitation has preserved Big Sur all but unspoiled, and it continues to be an isolated part of California.

If you plan to travel to this area during the winter months be aware that when there is heavy rain in the area parts of the road wash away right into the ocean. Be sure to carry emergency supplies, water and food. Sometimes Highway 1 can be closed for weeks. The closest civilization is the town of Carmel which is about 20 miles north up the coast if you can make it.

Also during the summer months fire is a great danger. The Basin Complex Fire of 2008 forced residents and visitor to evacuate for 2 weeks and of course Hwy. 1 was closed also.

Nowadays Big Sur continues to combine to be a preferred place for local and foreign artists of every type. Art galleries located along Highway 1 display beautiful visual artist.

A great deal of of the area is controlled by the state and federal park systems, and hiking trails can be found through The Big Sur. The Los Padres National Forest, Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, Garrapata State Park and Andrew Molera State Park are known all over the world for their bedazzling scenery, and with good reason. Each park bears its personal unique ambiance, and no 2 hikes are similar.

Flight Deals to USA – Plus Free Accommodation!

This is really one of the big things of the week, and certainly I do not think it is going to last for long. And again, I will say I have no business relationship with anyone related with this, but the offer is so good that I think I really need to tell people. Finding flight deals to USA is not easy as competency is very high to cross the Atlantic.

I have been always focusing my articles to the great people in America, but today … today the time has come for we Europeans! What would you think if I tell you that you can take a return flight from the UK to US or Canada destinations and at same time enjoy a stopover of 2 free nights with breakfast included at the beautiful city of Reykjavic, Iceland, for the price of 382 Euros (275 UK pounds)? This is truly one of the best flight deals to USA I have every seen.

Well, I hope you think the same as me. Seriously, if I did not have responsibilities here I would have already taken that one. But I'm gonna let your imagination fly. You can make your stopover either on your departure flight or on the return one, the flying period can be from the 29th of November to 15th of December, and later from 3rd of January to the 15th of March.

The price of course is subject to very limited availability as any other hot flight deals to USA, so when it's gone, it's gone, and bookings can be made only over the telephone. The cities of destination are New York, Boston, Baltimore Washington, Minneapolis, Orlando and Halifax Nova Scotia. The accommodation at the US or Canada destination is not included, but being aware that nowdays the best offer for the return trip across the Atlantic is 343 Euros with Zoom Airlines, it is impressive that you can do the same plus 2 nights at a 4- stars hotel in Iceland with breakfast included for just 382.

I'm gonna keep it short, as it would be very boring a huge list with details, but I encourage you to access the link below to get the full information. I'll keep an eye as always to find even better flight deals to USA.

A quick note before leaving as a reminder: Ryanair still offers the best airfares for nearly all the European destinations. Get with them to London for just 20 Euros or less the round trip with everything included, and from there take this one or any other flight deals to USA, Canada, or even South America.