The Hidden Gem of the Grand Canyon: Horseshoe Bend

Jess Valentine

After it being near the top of our USA bucket list for years, we finally got to experience how grand the Grand Canyon really is. After our visit many people asked us, “Which rim of the Grand Canyon is best?”

If you take the time, you can master the basics of polite conversation in most languages. When you are learning Japanese it can be a little trickier because the alphabet is different from the English dictionary and many of the characters are unrecognizable. Therefore, it's in your best interest to learn a few useful travel-related words and phrases in Japanese before you take off. It will help you navigate the streets, reduce your confusion and save you time getting from Point A to Point B.

Where the past meets the future and the future evolves from the past, the “land of the rising sun” is a culture that has adopted and created much of the latest fashions and many of the latest trends, while still honoring timeless traditions.

When you decide to hit the shops in St. Barth’s there are two ways to go about it. You can head to the high-end stores that make up a majority of downtown Gustavia or you can try to explore fashion and style in St. Barth’s by visiting the local merchants and getting a better understanding of their fashion sense. Regardless of the one you want to do (or if you do both!) you’ll get your mind off other things and relax as the sea breezes and beautiful scenery follows you from shop to shop.

Whether you're a first-time traveller or a veteran globetrotter, one thing is going to always come up – cash flow. So here's a few tips to stretch budget and make your money last longer while travelling.

St. Barth’s cuisine is famous for its intense flavours, high quality and wide variety. This French-owned island boasts mainland-French culinary influences that are impossible to ignore, though many restaurants take liberties with traditional meals and add their own flair. Every meal is an occasion to celebrate and to take the time to savour every flavour that’s in front of you. Don’t be surprised to see Creole-favourites on most menus as the island’s culinary masterminds experiment with locally-grown ingredients.

For such a small Caribbean island, St. Barth’s is blessed with 14 pristine beaches that are free and open to the public. Even in the high season, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a beach that is crowded. Pack your sunscreen, your most fashionable swimsuit, a bottle water and a towel to head out for a beach experience unlike any other in the Caribbean.

Do you dream of trying something new? There are a slew of exciting new activities that are perfect for your next holiday! Climb a mountain, parachute out of a plane, go horseback riding and more as you explore this wonderful world of ours

Many people go on holiday to relax, but it's often difficult to get enough sleep, even if you're focused on resting. Here are a few tips to improve your slumber while travelling.

You can imagine it now…warm sand, bright skies, and nothing to do but relax and enjoy everything on St. Barth’s. Before that dream becomes reality, there are a lot of small decisions and reservations that need to be made. You’ll need to confirm travel plans from Australia. You’ll need to pick how you want to arrive on St. Barth’s (air or sea?), what car you’ll need to get (if any), and where to buy essentials once you land. Fret not—use Cover-More’s Guide to planning your St. Barth’s holiday to get you through the tough decisions and help you get on track. Before you know it you’ll be arriving on the island and starting your holiday in paradise.

St. Barth’s was discovered by Columbus in 1493 and then named after his brother Bartolomeo. It was first settled in 1648 by French colonists who came from nearby St. Kitts. Except for a brief military takeover by the British in 1758, and ownership by Sweden for 100 years in the 17th century, St. Barth’s has remained French. It was established as a free port and remains that way to this day. People who came to St. Barth’s and continue to live in St. Barth’s tend to prefer simplicity over rapid growth and development as can be seen by their strict laws against development for particular parts of the island and the kinds of businesses that are permitted to open.