Barcelona in April: Best Things to Do & See

There is plenty to see and do in the Catalan Capital all year round. With incredible cultural wonders such as the Sagrada Familia and Parc Güell to explore, alongside beautiful beaches and superb restaurants to try out, you are never short of something to do in Barcelona! The fabulous month of April is no different.

Here in the city, the weather is getting warmer and spring is about to begin. With average temperatures reaching around 16 degrees Celsius, April is the perfect time to explore some of Barcelona’s famous sites.

So, if you want to find out what’s in store for you this season, here is our guide to Barcelona in April.

Things to do in Barcelona in April

Visiting Barcelona in Spring? Check out these top things to do and see in Barcelona in April.

Visit the iconic Sagrada Familia

Gaudi’s amazing architectural wonder, the Sagrada Familia, is an absolute must-see on your travels. This site is one of Barcelona’s most popular tourist attractions. April is therefore an excellent time to visit if you want to encounter fewer tourists and wait in shorter queues. This iconic UNESCO World Heritage Site is magnificent.

Both the impressive exterior and its wonderful stained-glass interior are certainly worth a tour.

However, our recommendation is that you pay a visit to the top of the Sagrada Familia for completely uninterrupted city views of Barcelona below. What are you waiting for?

See also: A Guide to Visiting Sagrada Familia in Barcelona

Visiting Sagrada Familia in Barcelona in April

Explore the city’s parks

As spring starts to bloom, what better time to take advantage of the city’s parks. At the top of our list is the fabulous Parc Güell. Another of Gaudi’s wonders, this park is home to some truly brilliant architecture and beautiful gardens. You can spend the whole day here soaking in your surroundings. Be sure to visit the colourful serpentine bench and the Gaudi House museum, as well as the terrace: another fabulous spot to take in some city views.

Next up on our list of recommendations, is the Parc de la Ciutadella. This park is full of things to see and do, like taking a boat out on the lake or even visiting the city’s zoo. There is always lots going on here, with music, sunshine and picnics to enjoy. Take a stroll around the Parc de la Ciutadella and see for yourself!

See also: The Best Parks in Barcelona

Parc Güell in Barcelona
Parc Güell in Barcelona

Enjoy el Dia de Sant Jordi

If you happen to be in Barcelona on the 23rd of April, you will be in town for Sant Jordi’s Day, a day on which locals celebrate the patron saint of the region, Sant Jordi.

Throughout the course of the day, couples, families and friends exchange books and roses with one another and enjoy the festivities. There are many stalls and markets all over the city to explore, mainly centred around the Ramblas, Plaça Catalunya and Passeig de Gracia, however.

This day of celebration is a fun (and free!) cultural tradition to make the most of on your trip to the Catalan Capital.

See also: Unique Things to do in Barcelona

El Dia de Sant Jordi in April in Barcelona
El Dia de Sant Jordi in April in Barcelona

Enjoy some sporting action at the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell

From Saturday the 15th to Sunday the 23rd of April, world famous tennis stars take to the clay courts of one of Spain’s oldest tennis clubs, the Real Club de Tenis, to compete for the title of champion. This event has been held in Barcelona since 1953 and has seen the likes of Rafael Nadal perform at the top of their game.

Tennis lovers- this one’s for you!

Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell in April
Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell in April

Enjoy some drinks and tapas- al fresco!

Why not enjoy one of Barcelona’s many outdoor terraces and catch a bite to eat? There are plenty of brilliant restaurants and bars to choose from in the city, serving up some yummy and authentic food in an outdoor setting. From Bar Lobo in Raval to Olokuti in Gracia… There’s something for everyone!

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Barcelona in April is perfect for enjoying delicious food and drinks outside
Barcelona in April is perfect for enjoying delicious food and drinks outside

So, there you have it! Our guide to Barcelona in April. We hope that, with this information, you can make the most of the Spring months in the fabulous Catalan Capital.

The Best Parks in Barcelona

The Catalan Capital is home to some seriously fabulous restaurants, attractions and cultural monuments. But this amazing city is more than just an urban jungle. Let’s explore the great outdoors through the best parks in Barcelona.

There are a number of gorgeous green spaces to explore, more often than not completely for free. So, what are you waiting for? Let’s check out the best parks in Barcelona!

See also: Where to go Swimming in Barcelona and Surrounds

The best parks in Barcelona

Ciutadella Park

First up on our list is the gorgeous Ciutadella Park in the heart of the city. This park is the biggest in the whole city and is therefore the perfect location to engage in some long and beautifully scenic strolls. The Ciutadella Park is, for many, somewhat of an oasis of calm amidst the hustle and bustle of the city.

The lush green grass, phenomenal fountain, pretty lake, and interesting attractions are just some of the factors that make a visit here so enticing.

Not only is the park itself a wonder worth exploring, you will also find the Barcelona zoo and the assembly hall of the Parliament of Catalonia, on site. What a treat!

Be sure to visit the park’s lake. Here you will be able to board some row boats and take in the scenery from the water. There is a lot of wildlife to observe here, such as the many adorable ducks that inhabit the area.

Parks in Barcelona
Ciutadella Park in Barcelona

Park Güell

Next up on our list is certainly one of the most famous attractions in Barcelona. Park Güell is, as of 1984, an official UNESCO World Heritage Site, and no wonder! This magical park was designed by the world-famous Antoni Gaudi: architect of none-other than the iconic Sagrada Familia. Here, you will surely be amazed by the winding walkways and vibrant mosaic tiles as you stroll through this magnificent green space.

Park Güell is home to some of the best panoramic views of the city: from the mountains to the sea beyond. This park is super unique, with Gaudi’s influence subtly left to be discovered as you make your way around. This park is absolutely not to be missed on your travels!

Bear in mind: this park is not free as Ciutadella Park is, for example. However, a visit to Park Güell is well worth the entrance fee, as you can easily spend hours here checking out hidden gems or following secret paths. Alternatively, why not visit on Sunday or Wednesday when entrance is free? What’s not to love!

Search for tickets to Park Güell here.

Park Güell in Barcelona
Park Güell in Barcelona

Parc del Laberint d’Horta

Located on the outskirts of the city, in the peaceful Horta district, you will find the super romantic Parc del Laberint d’Horta. The park’s main attraction is its famous labyrinth, designed in 1891 by Italian architect Domenico Bagutti. This labyrinth is rather large, with a lovely pond and statue of Greek god, Eros, at its centre.

Why not take the family with you for a fun day out? Get lost and find your way around until your heart’s content!

Besides the labyrinth, the park is home to some pretty ponds, flowing streams and towering trees to take in for yourself. It is easy to spend a few hours here, checking out all the beautiful surroundings.

Better yet: entry is inexpensive at just €2.23 a ticket or free on Sunday or Wednesday, just as at Park Güell!

Parc del Laberint d’Horta - parks in Barcelona
Parc del Laberint d’Horta in Barcelona

Parc de Cervantes (Cervantes Park)

Last but not least on our list of recommendations is the gorgeous Cervantes Park. Located in the Les Corts district, this brilliant green space is less popular and therefore a great place to really relax if you’re looking for a more calming vibe away from all the tourists. Enjoy a picnic on the grounds or catch up with friends somewhere on the expansive grounds.

Pro tip: The best time to visit this park is in the springtime when its 10,000 rose bushes bloom in all their beauty. Whilst they not only look magnificent, take it from us, they smell even better!

Parc de Cervantes (Cervantes Park) in Barcelona
Parc de Cervantes (Cervantes Park)

So, there you have it! The best parks in Barcelona. We’ve hoped you’ve enjoyed this blog and that you keep an eye out for some of these stunning green spaces on your travels. They’re sure to blow your socks off!

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Reasons to Visit Peru – Travel Dudes

If you have had Peru on your mind as your next travel destination, you probably already know why you want to travel there. But, if you’re still looking for reasons to visit Peru, you’ve stumbled upon the right blog post.

Perhaps you have already been captivated by the promise of seeing Machu Picchu in the flesh, feasting your eyes on Rainbow Mountain and exploring the Amazon jungle, but Peru has many more tempting experiences which cannot be missed.

For the chance to plan an eco-friendly, unforgettable, and truly adventurous journey to the third-largest country in South America, keep reading for some valuable tips and ideas. 

Things to do and see in Peru

Peru is a country that well and truly spoils every traveler, with a variety of things to see and do in all parts of the country. Being the third-largest on the South American continent, there is every reason to spend as much time here as you can to ensure you get the most out of your trip because once you start exploring this unbeatable travel destination, it will be very hard to stop. 

Some of the main reasons to visit Peru are because of the culture, landscape, and the warm-hearted people, as well as the many major highlights and activities on offer, and if you are planning to see and do as much as possible, here are a few things you cannot miss out on. 

Hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is one of the main activities in Peru, and because it is so popular, you will need to book this in advance. This hike requires a good level of fitness, preparation, and a real sense of adventure, with the ultimate end goal of reaching this famous 15th Century Inca citadel. No matter how tired you are at the end, you will forget all about it once you catch that first glimpse, especially at sunrise. Just Wow! No trip to Peru is complete with a visit to the Amazon Jungle, of which Peru has the second-largest portion, after Brazil

See also: How to Visit Cusco & Machu Picchu on a Budget

Here you can discover the world’s largest rainforest, spot pink dolphins and caiman crocodiles and try your hand at piranha fishing, the traditional way. As well as visiting the bustling cities of Cusco, Lima, and Arequipa. 

You will want to feast your eyes on Lake Titicaca, which is the highest navigable lake in the world, on the border of Bolivia and Peru. If you are an adrenaline junky there are plenty of opportunities to go rafting, biking, hiking, kayaking, climbing, and even surfing, there is no rest for the wicked in Peru.

Check out the below list of activities in Peru:

Landscape of Peru

One of the major highlights of this wonderful country is the landscape, which you cannot miss, and which deserves its very own section. The scenery in Peru is just outstanding and you can expect to witness the wild waves on the South Pacific Ocean coast, an array of colors on the Vinicunca Mountain (Rainbow Mountain), the course jungles of the Amazon, the serene beauty of Lake Titicaca, the mountainous terrain of Colca Canyon and the Andes range and even the unique dunes of Huacachina.

The diversity is unsurpassed in Peru, but let’s leave the rest for you to discover, in real-time.

See also: Where to go in Peru Besides Machu Picchu

Cordillera Arcoiris de Pallcoyo - among the reasons to visit Peru
Cordillera Arcoiris de Pallcoyo, Peru

Local cuisine in Peru

The fact that Baboo Travel hosts some awesome eco-friendly culinary tours throughout Peru, says it all. There is so much to discover in the world of Peruvian cuisine and some of the best ways to try this are by eating where the locals do, taking a cooking class, and doing street food tours

Some of the foods you will get to try out include ceviche, Lomo Saltado, Pollo a la Brasa, Empanadas, and even their specialty which is Guinea Pig – if you are brave enough. This dish is known as cuy and is often roasted and cooked using the pachamanca, which is a traditional earthen oven used to roast foods. This may seem strange to those who have never heard of a guinea pig as a delicacy before, but in Peru, it is estimated that around 65 million of them are eaten each year, and Peru even hosts festivals that celebrate this small South American rodent. 

Be sure to try pisco when in Peru, which you cannot overlook as it is found everywhere. This South American brandy is made from fermented grape juice and has been produced exclusively in Peru as well as neighboring Chile for many centuries. The common cocktail in Peru is the Pisco Sour which consists of pisco, lime juice, sugar syrup, egg white, and lots of ice. 

Pisco in Peru
Pisco in Peru

Best time to travel to Peru

Like any destination, it’s important to know when to go, and most importantly, when not to go, so here are a few things you should consider when trying to figure out the best time to take this trip.

Firstly, Peru has two main seasons, the wet season from November to April and the dry season from May to October, but the best time to travel will depend on the regions you plan to go to, so be sure to plan accordingly. 

The best time overall to travel is the dry season, which is also the busiest, but it is ideal for outdoor activities, while the wet season has intermittent rains but fewer crowds. The regions to be aware of are the coast, the mountains, and the jungle, all of which have their characteristics. The best time for the coast is in January or February, while the best time for the mountains is May or October and the best time to visit the Amazon is during the dry season. 

Opting for a sustainable trip

Peru is not as well off as some of the other South American countries such as Argentina and Brazil, and with it being one of the poorer countries on the continent, it is important to know that you are helping to empower local communities as well as regenerating the earth. This is why Baboo Travels trips are so incredibly rewarding, because not only are you benefiting from local knowledge from a Destination Expert, from that country, you are contributing a huge portion of the money you’ve spent on your trip, right back into the hands of the locals – and that’s a guarantee. Many of us are worried about traveling, because of the impact it can have on the environment, but what if we told you that a Baboo Travel tour uses 2% of this money to combat climate change.

There are so many positive reasons to choose a sustainable, ethical, and environmentally conscious travel team, but furthermore, you will save yourself hours of unnecessary research, stress, and hassle, when you can tailor-make your ideal trip with a local point of view. There is no better time to think about a trip to Peru, with the environment and local communities in mind.

A Guide to Visiting Cologne, Germany

Welcome to Cologne, the vibrant and historic city in Germany’s Rhineland region! Cologne is one of the oldest cities in Germany, with a rich history that stretches back over two thousand years. From its stunning Gothic architecture, to its vibrant nightlife, and its beautiful riverfront, Cologne is an unforgettable destination.

In this guide, you’ll find all the information you need to make the most of your time visiting Cologne. From top attractions to delicious local cuisine, we’ll show you the best of what this city has to offer. So, let’s get started exploring the beautiful city of Cologne!

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A snapshot of what to expect when visiting Cologne

The distinctive flavour to the city of Cologne is often put down to the inhabitants, or Kölsche, who take an enormous amount of pride in their city. Cologne, like most areas of Germany, has its very own local dialect of German, though this is unlikely to hinder the average sight-seeing tourist, as many of the landmarks of the city have English-speaking guides and information.

For those tourists who speak German, and wish to practice it, the citizens have a lot of patience with those getting to grips with the grammatically difficult language.

Colognians are very friendly people; welcoming tourists of all types and with all interests. Away from the landmarks, many workers of the German rail system (Deutsche Bahn) speak English, as well as ticket/timetable machines available in English modes. Local transport systems, however, rarely cater for the English speaker, with only the bare essentials of information available but this should only concern those wishing to explore the city away from the more centralised sights.

Those wishing to explore away from the central city should plan their journey before leaving, to prevent minor complications as there is a lack of English away from the centre of Cologne. Older people in Cologne tend to have little or no knowledge of English, whilst businessmen and women, as well as the German youth, all tend to have a good knowledge of the language. Language is rarely a strong barrier, so this shouldn’t be too much of a worry for the average tourist, just approach a friendly native and use a smile on your face, your arms and legs. Cologne’s strong side is its cultural life.

If you visit Cologne alone, you won’t stay alone for long (any time of the year). You just have to visit a pub and it won’t be long, someone will invite you for a beer!

Get the KölnCard

Discover Cologne comfortably and cost-effectively with the KölnCard. With free access to public transport you can travel for 24 or 48 hours and receive discounts of up to 50% from numerous partners. The KölnCard is available for single persons or groups.

– Free travel on buses and trains
– Up to 50% discount at attractions and museums
– Up to 50% discount on guided tours
– Up to 20% discount at restaurants
– Up to 15% discount on shopping

Get the card here.

Cologne Carnival (Fastelovend)

Karneval, the biggest festivity in Cologne is the Winter carnival (or Fastelovend) in February. According to the official Cologne tourism website: “Its highlight is the street carnival taking place from Weiberfastnacht (the Thursday before Ash Wednesday, traditionally the day on which women take control of the city) to Karnevalsdienstag (Shrove Tuesday).

On Rosenmontag (Shrove Monday) more than one and a half million people line Cologne’s streets to watch the parade with the mad triad – the prince, farmer, and virgin – every year.”

Dates for Cologne Carnival: It starts on the Thursday before the beginning of Lent each year.

I’m always telling friends that the Cologne Carnival might be the best carnival in the world. Ok, I know it’s quite something to say that, as there are many great places out there with great Carnival experiences. But Cologne Carnival is unique!

Everyone… really…Everyone gets dressed up! People run around as clowns, cowboys, Indians, self-made costumes & whatever you like to be! The songs you’ll hear are all in “Kölsch”, the dialect and most of them are about carnival and about the city and its people.

Visiting Cologne during Cologne Carnival
Visiting Cologne during Cologne Carnival

Cologne is famous for its Kölsch (beer)

Cologne is known for its love of beer, often referred to as Kölsch. This top-fermented beer is usually light in color and has a distinctively dry and crisp taste, thanks to its local ingredients. It is also served in a special glass called a Kölschstange, which is designed to keep the beer cold and carbonated.

Cologne has a rich brewing culture, with dozens of local breweries producing Kölsch and other beers. Some of the most popular include Reissdorf Kölsch, Gaffel Kölsch, and Sion Kölsch. Many of these traditional beers are served in pubs and restaurants throughout the city, often accompanied by a plate of hearty local food.

To taste as many Kölsch as you can, join this brewery tour.

The city also plays host to a number of beer festivals throughout the year, including the famous Cologne Carnival that we just mentioned. During this time, thousands of people come to the city for its unique mix of parties and parades, as well as its beer.

In addition to traditional Kölsch, Cologne also produces a number of craft beers. These include IPAs, wheat beers, and even sour beers, which are becoming increasingly popular. There are also a number of specialty bars and shops throughout.

See also: Traditional Beer and Food in Cologne

Früh - Famous Brewery and pub in Cologne, Germany.
Früh – Famous Brewery and pub in Cologne.

Traditional meals in Cologne

Cologne is a wonderful city full of culture and tradition, and this is especially true when it comes to its food. Traditional food in Cologne is a mix of influences from all over the world, giving it a unique and delicious flavor.

One of the most popular traditional dishes in Cologne is the Kölschbraten. This is a sausage that is served with either sauerkraut or mashed potatoes. It is often served with a side of apple sauce and is a very popular dish for locals and visitors alike.

Another traditional dish is the Halver Hahn, which is a rye bread roll filled with butter, cheese, and onions. This is a very popular snack in Cologne and is often served in pubs or cafes.

Cologne is also known for its numerous beers and ales, which are often served with traditional German foods such as sausages, pretzels, and sauerkraut.

For those looking for more hearty traditional dishes, there is the “Himmel und Erde”, which is a dish made with mashed potatoes.

Top sights in Cologne

Cologne is a beautiful city in Germany, filled with amazing sights that are worth seeing. Whether you’re exploring the city for the first time or revisiting your favorite spots, here are the top sights in Cologne that you won’t want to miss.

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The Cologne Cathedral, protected by the UNESCO

Protected by UNESCO, Cologne’s Dom is the first sight you will notice when taking the main exit from the central station. (If you don’t see it, you’ve taken the back exit.) If you are in good shape, take the 509 stairs to the top of the south tower. It takes about an hour, so wear comfortable shoes, but it’s worth the hike.

Touring the Cathedral is forbidden during Mass. Entry into the cathedral is free but you will be asked for a donation.

  • Admission to the tower costs (regular/reduced): €6/€3
  • Admission to the treasury costs (regular/reduced): €6/€3, however, a combined ticket granting you admission to the treasury and tower can be purchased for (regular/reduced): €9/€4.50.
Cologne Cathedral
Cologne Cathedral

Römisch-Germanisches Museum

The Römisch-Germanisches Museum is a museum dedicated to archaeology and the history of Cologne. It’s one of the oldest museums in Germany and was founded in 1912. Inside, you can explore collections of stone monuments, mosaics, and coins from the Roman period. There are also sections dedicated to medieval and modern art, including a sculpture park.

Kölner Philharmonie

The Kölner Philharmonie is a concert hall located in the city center. It’s one of the most renowned concert halls in Germany and hosts performances by some of the world’s best orchestras, choirs, and soloists. The hall is home to the Gürzenich Orchestra and the Kölner Philharmoniker and has world-class acoustics that make it a great place to experience live classical music.

Cologne Zoo

The Cologne Zoo is one of the oldest zoos in Germany and is home to over 8,000 animals. It’s a great place to spend a day with family and friends and is filled with fascinating exhibits and attractions. Highlights include the popular elephant and giraffe enclosure, the aquarium, and the tropical house.


The KölnTriangle is a modern complex located in the Cologne Trade Fair. It houses museums, shops, restaurants, and offices, as well as a large observation deck with panoramic views of the city. The KölnTriangle is a great spot to take in the sights of the city and get a glimpse of the surrounding area.

These are just a few of the top sights in Cologne. From historic landmarks to modern attractions, there is something for everyone to explore. So make sure to take the time to explore the city and take in all of its beauty.

The Best Summer Destinations in Europe

Best Summer Destinations in Europe

Dreaming of a trip around Europe during the summer? I always like to say I have two moods: summer in Europe or cozy holiday mode. Well, if you’re in the mindset of summer in Europe — this is for you!

While it’s difficult to narrow down the “best” destinations to visit in Europe during the summer as it truly is up to your preferences and the things you’d like to do, I can definitely provide some suggestions.

First up: if you’re able to travel during the shoulder months, as in May/June and September, you’ll find far fewer crowds. July and August are high seasons, and, I would say avoid August at all costs. Trust me, I visited Greece in August and while it was beautiful…it was PACKED.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the best summer destinations to visit in Europe!

Dalmatian Coast, Croatia

The Dalmatian Coast is home to some of the clearest waters in the Mediterranean, making it the perfect destination for swimming, snorkeling, and other water activities. The colors of the water range from turquoise to deep blue, and you’ll be able to see all the way to the bottom!

The Dalmatian Coast is made up of thousands of islands, each one more beautiful than the last. From the historic city of Dubrovnik to the quiet, serene islands of Hvar and Brač, there’s an island for every type of traveler.

For the history buffs, dive into ancient Roman ruins and see the fortified city walls of Dubrovnik. You’ll feel like you’re stepping back in time as you explore this stunning coastal region.

Did you know that some of the best food and wine are found here? Yep, Croatia is a foodie’s paradise! From fresh seafood dishes to hearty meat stews, the cuisine of the Dalmatian Coast is both delicious and hearty.

And don’t even get me started on the wine – the region is famous for its crisp, refreshing whites and rich, full-bodied reds.

Mallorca, Spain

You’ll find some of the most stunning beaches in the Mediterranean in Mallorca! 

From the bustling Cala Millor to the secluded Cala Deià, there’s a beach for every type of traveler. The crystal-clear waters and soft, white sand make Mallorca the perfect destination for a summer getaway.

Beyond the beaches, Mallorca is also home to some of the most breathtaking countryside in Europe. From the rolling hills to the rugged coastline, the scenery is simply stunning. You’ll feel like you’ve stepped into a postcard as you explore the island’s beautiful landscapes.

Oh, and for those wanting to dive into culture and history — look no further than the ancient ruins of the Talayots to the Gothic architecture of the capital city of Palma.

Mallorca is the perfect destination for those who want a mix of adventure and relaxation.

Spend your days hiking in the mountains and your nights sipping cocktails on the beach. Whether you’re looking for an action-packed vacation or a peaceful retreat, Mallorca has something for everyone.

Greek Islands

The Greek Islands are home to some of the most stunning beaches in Europe, from the bustling party beaches of Mykonos to the secluded coves of Santorini. With crystal-clear waters and soft, white sand, the beaches of the Greek Islands are the perfect place to soak up the sun and relax.

For those looking for a cultural experience, visit the ancient ruins of the Acropolis in Athens to the medieval castles of Rhodes. 

Beyond the beaches, the Greek Islands are also home to some of the most breathtaking scenery in Europe. From the dramatic cliffs of Santorini to the rolling hills of Crete, the scenery is simply stunning. You’ll feel like you’re in a postcard as you explore the island’s beautiful landscapes.

The Greek Islands are the perfect destination for those who want a mix of adventure and relaxation. Spend your days exploring ancient ruins and your nights lounging on the beach. 

Sardinia, Italy

Sardinia, Italy doesn’t always make lists…but it should! It has some of the most stunning beaches, from the famous Costa Smeralda to the secluded Cala Luna. 

Whether you’re interested in history, art, or local traditions, Sardinia is brimming with unique things to explore, from the ancient ruins of Nuraghi to the traditional costumes of the island’s rural communities. 

The island is famous for its fresh, local ingredients and dishes up hearty seafood plates. 

Amalfi Coast, Italy

Amalfi Coast is a chart-topper for good reason! The dramatic cliffs, the coastal towns, and the brilliant blue water. The Amalfi Coast is a photographer’s dream! 

The Amalfi Coast is the perfect destination for those who want a mix of relaxation and adventure.

Spend your days lounging on the beach and your nights exploring the picturesque villages. Whether you’re looking for a peaceful retreat or an action-packed vacation, the Amalfi Coast has something for everyone.

Whether you’re interested in history, architecture, or local traditions, the Amalfi Coast has something for you.

I’d highly recommend planning well in advance as this is the prime busy season and accommodations book up early. Here are some of the best hotels to stay at on the Amalfi Coast!

Provence, France

Pack your bags and head to the South of France! The gorgeous region of Provence, France is brimming with sun-kissed vineyards, lavender fields, and charming villages.

Spend your days wandering around the rolling hills of the Luberon to the vineyards of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Whether you’re exploring the countryside by bike or by car, you’ll be constantly amazed by the beauty of Provence.

Provence is dotted with charming villages, from the hilltop town of Gordes to the seaside town of Cassis. Each village has its own unique personality and history and is the perfect place to immerse yourself in local culture and traditions.

Spend your days exploring ancient ruins and your nights lounging in charming villages.

Whether you’re looking for an action-packed vacation or a peaceful retreat, Provence has something for everyone.

French Riviera, France

Get ready to pack your bags and escape to a world of sun, sea, and glamour! Whether you’re exploring the coastline by boat or by car, you’ll be constantly amazed by the beauty of the French Riviera.

The French Riviera is famous for its chic destinations, from the glamorous resorts of Saint-Tropez to the picturesque villages of Èze.

Whether you’re looking to be pampered in a five-star hotel or to explore local culture and traditions, the French Riviera has something for you. Whether you’re interested in history, art, or local traditions, the French Riviera has something for you.

Imagine spending your days sipping rosé next to the beach, dining on niçoise salads, and then lounging at a chic resort. Sounds like paradise to me!


While Iceland may not be the typical place you imagine during a summer vacation, you should definitely consider it…especially because the weather is GORGEOUS!

Iceland is renowned for its breathtaking natural beauty, from its glaciers and fjords to its hot springs and geysers.

Whether you’re exploring the rugged wilderness or taking a dip in one of the country’s famous hot springs, Iceland’s natural beauty is truly awe-inspiring.

During the summer months, Iceland experiences the “midnight sun” – which means that the sun never sets, and you can enjoy 24 hours of daylight! This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the beauty of the country in a completely different way.

Iceland offers a wealth of unique activities, from glacier hiking and whale watching to horseback riding and kayaking. Whether you’re looking for an adrenaline rush or a more relaxed experience, Iceland has something for everyone.

Iceland is home to a diverse range of wildlife, from puffins and seals to whales and reindeer. During the summer months, you may be able to see puffins, seals, whales, and even reindeer in their natural habitats.  

Azores Islands, Portugal

The Azores Islands are renowned for their breathtaking natural beauty, from the lush green landscapes to the dramatic cliffs and pristine beaches. Whether you’re exploring the countryside on horseback or taking a dip in one of the many hot springs, the Azores will leave you in awe.

Offering a wealth of adventure activities, from hiking and surfing to whale watching and snorkeling, it’s the perfect place for someone who wants to be active and explore. Whether you’re looking for an adrenaline rush or a more relaxed experience, the Azores have something for everyone.

The Azores are one of the best places in Europe for whale watching. From June to October, visitors can observe these magnificent creatures in their natural habitats, making for a truly unforgettable experience.

Book your trip to the Azores today and escape to a world of natural beauty, relaxation, and adventure!

Do you have a favorite European summer destination? Let me know in the comments below!

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Things to do in St Augustine for Couples

Known as the Oldest City in America, St. Augustine, Florida is filled with history, charm, and romance! Tourism is very popular for the city of St. Augustine, providing boundless activities for individuals of all ages. 

A trip to St. Augustine for our anniversary meant finding things to do for couples was a priority. Fortunately, St. Augustine did not disappoint in this area and there were never-ending activities and sight-seeing opportunities available. 

Keep reading for the best things to do in St Augustine for couples.

See also: Things to Do in St Augustine, Florida

Things to do in St Augustine for couples

1. Dine at one of the many delicious restaurants

St. Augustine has one of the most underrated food scenes. There are so many excellent and unique food choices, it’s hard to go wrong.

Try Harry’s Seafood Bar & Grill, a popular Seafood restaurant with a romantic garden atmosphere. Be prepared to wait up to 2 hours and arrive early as Harry’s absolutely does not accept reservations. For an off-the-beaten-path dining establishment, we highly recommend Pizzalley’s Chianti Room. As the name suggests, Italian is Chianti’s specialty and it’s a short walk from Harry’s.

2. Walk the pier

The St. Johns County Ocean & Fishing Pier can be accessed for a nominal fee for sightseeing or fishing. It is a serene place to listen to the ocean waves, watch the birds, and escape the city center crowds. It’s a quick 5-minute drive from historic downtown St. Augustine and has its own designated free parking. Because of the area’s popularity, it’s recommended to visit it early as the parking lot can fill up quickly and the pier can become crowded.

Make sure to also explore the attached gift shop, kids’ splash pad, and adjacent playground. If visiting on Wednesdays, be on the lookout for the St. Augustine Beach Wednesday Market!

Things to do in St Augustine for couples
St. Augustine, FL, USA

3. Climb the lighthouse

Built between 1871 and 1874, the St. Augustine lighthouse continues to be a working lighthouse on the north end of Anastasia Island. Visitors can pay an entrance fee to climb the 219 steps to the top of the lighthouse to get a bird’s eye view of the city. Thankfully, there are several places to rest along the ascent to the top, so it’s encouraged to climb at one’s own pace. Along with the entrance fee, the pass is good for the Maritime Museum, which provides the history of the lighthouse and its era.

4. Take a scenic boat cruise

Seeing St. Augustine by boat is a unique, inexpensive, and romantic experience. The scenic tours provide a narrated historical experience from a different viewpoint. If lucky, some dolphins, bald eagles, and other wildlife may be spotted!

The marina is a quick walk from the historic district, making this convenient for hotel goers in this area. If driving to the marina, it is important to plan ahead as parking around the marina is metered parking and can be very difficult to find.

Related tour: St. Augustine: Boat Cruise and Electric Golf Cart Tour

St. Augustine boat cruise
St. Augustine boats

5. Shop and walk St. George Street

Probably the most famous street in St. Augustine’s historic district is St. George Street. St. George Street is known for its quaint cobblestone streets, local artisans, and plentiful food options. An early morning stroll is an easy way to beat the crowds, capture photos of historic sights, and enjoy a peaceful view of everything that St. George has to offer.

Make sure to snap a photo of the Old City Gate, Oldest Wooden School House, and Pena Peck House while walking St. George Street. Most shops don’t open until mid-morning, so keep that in mind if shopping is your goal.

6. Visit the Castillo de San Marcos

The most visited tourist attraction in St. Augustine is the Castillo de San Marcos. Castillo de San Marcos is one of two forts constructed of coquina, a soft limestone composed of broken shells. It is also the oldest remaining masonry fort in the United States! Originally built by the Spanish, Castillo de San Marcos was designed to protect the Spanish settlement in St. Augustine from pirate raids and other hostile neighbors.

After paying an entrance fee, walking inside the fort and exploring many of the hidden rooms is welcomed. Without the entrance fee, it is still possible to walk along the exterior and capture an Instagram-worthy photo.

You can also join the Hop-on Hop-off bus, which includes a stop at Castillo de San Marcos along with the many other things to do in St Augustine for couples!

Castillo de San Marcos, St. Augustine, United States
Castillo de San Marcos, St. Augustine, United States

Make St Augustine your next couples trip

As one can see, St. Augustine provides numerous activities and things to do for couples in all price ranges. St. Augustine is an exciting city to explore while experiencing vibrant culture and American history.

8-day Goza and Malta Itinerary

Looking to explore Malta? Check out this 8-day Goza and Malta itinerary.

Known as the Republic of Malta, this picturesque island country, is one that captivates everyone who travels there. Not only is the weather fantastic all year round, but you can discover some fascinating history, and delicious cuisine as well as soak up the atmosphere of the various villages dotted around the country.

This destination is a must for anyone with at least three days to spend, which is perfect because you can see a lot in a short time here, and you can stay a long time and never get bored – which is probably why many expats have decided to stay. 

So, what is all the fuss about? Well, we have put together an 8 day Malta itinerary highlighting the best that Malta and neighboring Gozo have to offer.

Let’s give you an idea of how you could be spending your days on this fantastic island. 

See also: 22 Great Things To Do in Malta

Things to do in Malta - Marsaxlokk market
Marsaxlokk market, Malta

Gozo & Malta itinerary

Day 1-4: Valletta 

Valletta is the capital city of the small European island country of Malta, and what a sight this city offers. No matter what time of day you arrive, you will be treated to some beautiful scenery of the town itself, with its mesmerizing narrow laneways, sea views, and quirky shops and restaurants to discover. You will have two full days and nights here so relax and get ready for the adventure. 

Some of Valetta’s top attractions include: 

Be happy that you will have a few days here because you will have time to explore and enjoy the Three Cities of Vittoriosa, Senglea, and Cospicua, which you saw from the Baracca Gardens. These three cities offer you an insight into the real way of life in Malta and take you back in time, given that they were founded by the Knights of the Order of Saint John in the 16th and 17th Centuries. 

This is just a short boat ride from Valetta, and here you can spend the day soaking in the atmosphere, visiting the sites, and enjoying a local dinner on your last night in the area. 

On one of the days, be sure to take a scenic Harbour Cruise around the two natural ports of the Grand Harbour and Marsamxett and you can opt to visit the nearby coastal towns of Sliema and St Julians Bay, which offer quiet fishing village vibes, and another side of Malta. 

See also: Top Places to Visit in Malta

Things to do in Malta - Golden Hour at Valletta, Malta
Golden Hour at Valletta, Malta

Day 4-5: Mellieha 

On the way from Mellieha on the north coast, you will pass a few towns which you must stop to explore, and these are Mdina, Rabat, and Mosta. You will need a full day to explore these beautiful towns, with a host of castles, palaces, and scenic views to behold. 

Mdina is an ideal place to explore on foot, where you can visit St Paul’s Cathedral and Vilhena Palace, while Rabat is said to be the place where Paul the Apostle looked for refuge when his ship sank in the area. Mosta on the other hand is a place where you can find a magnificent monumental church that was inspired by the Roman Pantheon. 

After a culture filled day, you will make your way to Mellieha where you can spend a couple of hours at one of the beautiful beaches or relax at one of the local restaurants, enjoying some local food such as Torta tal-Lampuki (local fish) or Fenkata (rabbit stew).

Add Mellieha to your Malta itinerary
Mellieha, Malta

Day 5-7: Gozo & Comino

After a morning spent enjoying the beaches and town of Mellieha, you will make your way to the small island for a few hours of enjoyment on your way to the bigger island of Gozo. Comino is famous for its Blue Lagoon, which is known for its crystal-clear water, ideal for snorkeling and swimming. You can also visit the Comino Sea caves or take a stroll on the island, which offers fantastic views. Be on the lookout for the food trucks which serve some local snacks and cold drinks. 

Related tour: Gozo, Comino, and Blue Lagoon Sightseeing Cruise

You will continue to the island of Gozo where you will spend the rest of the day and all day tomorrow, the island known as Maltas little sister island. You could even go as far as to say that a classic Malta itinerary is a kind of island-hopping trip, which makes it super exciting. 

Gozo is a highlight during any trip to Malta and you can look forward to experiencing sites such:

  • Ggantija Temples
  • Calypso’s Cave
  • Citadel in Victoria

The following day you can expect to visit Xlendi Bay and Dwejra – known as the Azure Window and The Inland Sea, before making your way back to the mainland of Malta. 

Your last full day includes a full discovery of the south of the island, before returning to Valetta for your last night on the island. 

Some of the highlights you will feast your eyes on are the famous landmarks starting with the quaint fishing village of Marsaxlokk, where you will get great photo opportunities of the colorful Maltese boats. 

Still on the agenda is Birzebbugia before arriving at the Blue Grotto in Wied Iz-Zurrieq, a stop at Hagar Qim temples, and lastly, a stop off at Ghar Dalam Caves

This day will be action-packed so make sure to enjoy a delicious and filling dinner in Valletta this evening, with a glass or two of local wine. 

Comino, Malta
Comino, Malta

Planning your trip to Malta & Gozo

This fantastic island is a dream to discover and your Destination Expert at Baboo Travel is on hand to make a bespoke itinerary to suit your needs, depending on how much time you have. 

You will be putting your hard-earned cash back into the Maltese communities, helping to combat climate change, and contributing to local projects too, which is the icing on the cake. So, if you are looking forward to a meaningful and unforgettable trip to Malta and Gozo, Baboo Travel is there to help every step of the way.

Why Are There No Actual Land Based Casinos in Norway?

Norway is becoming increasingly popular as a tourist destination. Visitors are usually interested in visiting the country’s natural landscapes such as its mountains, forests, and fjords.

Other popular tourist activities include looking for Northern Lights, whale watching, going on sleigh rides and experiencing the Sami culture. However, one thing that visitors won’t be able to do is to visit an actual land-based casino in Norway.

There are no land-based casinos in the country. This article will explore some of the reasons behind the lack of casino gaming venues in Norway and also at alternatives that exist.

How gambling is regulated in Norway

There are three specific acts that regulate gambling in Norway. These acts are:

  • the Totalisator Act of 1927
  • the Gaming Scheme Act of 1992
  • the Lottery Act of 1995

In order for a casino gambling provider to operate in Norway, they must obtain a license from the Gaming Authority which is in charge of regulating the national gaming scene. However, private operators are very limited in their application for licenses.

These licenses are difficult to obtain for private operators and outright impossible for commercial operators. The latter are not eligible for gaming licenses from the Gaming Authority so they simply cannot apply.

Under the Totalisator Act of 1927 and the Gaming Scheme Art of 1992, only two operators are granted the exclusive rights to offer most of Norway’s legal gambling activities. These two operators are Norsk Tipping and Norsk Rikstoto.

They can choose to provide land-based and online gambling activities in the country. In other words, gambling in Norway is a state monopoly in which these two operators have the most power.

It must be noted that gambling is legal in Norway if the venue is licensed. Visitors and tourists will be able to take part in licensed gambling activities.

iGaming in Norway

Furthermore, and surprisingly enough, it is not illegal for players in Norway to gamble on unlicensed websites. The legislation in place for land-based casinos is therefore different for online and off-shore casinos.

Norwegian citizens and tourists can gamble on casino websites that are not licensed by Norway’s Gaming Authority but also have the option to play at a licensed online casino if they prefer.

Some of the state’s licensed platforms include the online lottery, Norsk Bingo, and KongKasino, among others.

This loophole has boosted the popularity and success of online casinos. More and more online casinos are appearing on the market with people being able to be guided by to find the best sites.

However, relatively recent laws have made online casino gaming a bit trickier in Norway. For example, a 2010 gambling law now forbids Norwegian banks from processing payments to and from unlicensed gaming venues.

However, this law only targets payments that are made with debit or credit cards. As reported by a source, gamers can still play at an unlicensed venue by paying with an ‘e-wallet’ or ‘digital wallet’.

E-wallets or digital wallets include third-party apps and companies like Neteller, Skrill, PayPal or even cryptocurrencies. Gamers who use such payment methods to visit an unlicensed casino, are not prosecuted for doing so.

Because of this, iGaming is growing in popularity. More and more Norwegian gamers and tourists in Norway are turning towards this alternative due to the lack of land-based casinos.

The growth of online casinos as a result of illegal land-based casinos

iGaming casinos are also popular for a number of other reasons.

Here are some of them:

  • They offer quick gaming opportunities and are easy to access

Land-based casinos can be great places to play with others, but they are not usually quick or easy to access. In order to get to a land-based casinos, gamers usually have to travel or commute there and spend several hours in the venue.

Then, gamers have to return home which means more commuting or traveling.

Online casinos, on the other hand, are very quick and easy to access. Gamers can instantly visit a virtual venue and start playing without wasting any time.

Many of these online casinos offer short and quick games for those playing on their work breaks. Long gaming sessions are therefore optional and depend on the gamer’s schedule and availability.

There are also many entry-level games for beginners which attract new players. Many individuals can find it daunting to enter a land-based casino when they have no gaming experience.

It is much less daunting to enter a virtual venue and start playing a beginner friendly casino game.

Not only are online casinos easy to access and more convenient for many players, but they also offer a large variety of games. Some of these games cannot be easily found in land-based casinos.

Many virtual venues also offer original and new casino game variations. For example, players who want to try something different can play Slingo, which is a combination of slots and bingo.

There are also many variations of poker and other traditional casino games that are worth a try. Online casinos are able to invest and develop new games thanks to the reduced costs of offering online games.

They do not have to purchase, arrange the delivery of and the maintenance of expensive gaming machines. Land-based casinos are usually limited in their gaming selection because machines and equipment are expensive.

This means that land-based casinos cannot afford to purchase new games all of the time. Online casinos, on the other hand, have more flexibility and can regularly offer new gaming opportunities to their customers.

Because of the large variety of games in online casinos, many gamers prefer these venues over licensed gaming clubs or centers. If they get tired of a certain virtual venue, they can easily visit another one and try different games.

Land-based alternatives to casinos, and casinos near Norway

If one still fancies a land-based gamble while visiting Norway, then tourists will be pleased to know that some options exist.

Bingo halls are actually legal in Norway, and plenty can be found in cities like Oslo. One worth visiting is the one at the Norwegian National Opera & Ballet, which is a popular spot among both locals and tourists. Or one can find plenty of smaller, more intimate halls in suburbs and neighbouring cities.

If one is after an actual casino, then it’s fairly easy to travel to Sweden or Denmark. Casinos are legal there, and one could visit Casino Cosmopol in Gothenburg, Sweden, which is only a few hours away from Norway by car or train. Or one could take the Oslo-Copenhagen ferry to Denmark and visit the casino there, after a day of exploring the beautiful city of Copenhagen.

Land-based options definitely exist despite land-based casinos being illegal in Norway.

Final thoughts

This article focused on the gaming legislation in Norway and the reasons why there are no actual land-based casinos in the country. The lack of land-based casinos is boosting the popularity of online casinos.

Some of the other reasons behind the growing success of virtual casinos were also discussed in this article, and land-based options were presented as well, to ensure one has an enjoyable stay in Norway.

What are the Best National Parks to Visit in April?

The United States offers 63 national parks for you to explore and enjoy. If you would like to plan a spring trip, there are a few things to consider. The good news is April is an excellent time to visit many of our parks. We will outline the best national parks to visit in April in the US so you can plan your adventure.

Let’s first dive into the pros of cons of visiting a national park in April.

Pros of a National Park Visit in April

For many, summer is the peak travel season due to weather and scheduling.

A national park visit in April has its advantages, including:

  • Smaller crowds
  • Avoid sweltering temperatures
  • Potentially save money on travel expenses and accommodations
  • Some parks offer unique experiences this time of year

Cons of a National Park Visit in April

Although you may avoid more extensive crowds and extreme heat, you may encounter issues such as:

  • Fewer open areas and activities due to limited staffing or cold conditions
  • Spring break travelers
  • Greater likelihood of rain in some areas

Let’s explore the best places for you to go in April.

Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park is one of the best national parks to visit in April in the US
Photo credit: Miles with McConkey

Housed in Arizona, the famous Grand Canyon draws visitors from around the globe. Like the ocean, the massive canyon spans your entire field of vision. Its beauty and size are simultaneously mind-boggling and breathtaking.


April brings an average high of 61 degrees Fahrenheit and a low of 26 at night. The weather is typically pleasant, with very little chance of rain. Snow is possible but usually only lasts for a short time.

Why visit the Grand Canyon in April

With cooler temperatures and smaller crowds, April is an excellent time to see the Grand Canyon. You can expect cooler temperatures along the rim and warmer temperatures inside the canyon, making April perfect for hiking.

Top things to do in the Grand Canyon

Although the North Rim is still closed, the South Rim offers plenty to see and do. You can take scenic drives along Desert View Drive and Hermit Road. Both routes provide various overlooks where you can peer over the mile-deep canyon. The gorge is so deep there are many spots where you cannot even see the Colorado River.

Hiking is popular this time of year due to comfortable temperatures. The South Rim offers rewarding hikes, including the Rim, South Kaibab, Hermit, and Bright Angel Trails. 

While exploring the park, watch for elk. Although large, they can be surprisingly quiet.

If you’re going hiking, make sure to get some great quality hiking sunglasses – also check out our hiking gear guide.

Check out these Grand Canyon activities.

Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Guadalupe Mountains National Park
Photo credit: Miles with McConkey

The Guadalupe Mountains National Park rests in the Chihuahuan Desert in western Texas, just south of the New Mexico border. It is one of America’s least-visited national parks. The park comprises five districts that house rugged mountains, deserts, white gypsum dunes, and red quartz hills. 

As a bonus, you will find two other national parks nearby. You can reach Carlsbad Caverns National Park within a 45-minute drive and White Sands National Park in 3 hours.


The average high temperature in April is 71 degrees Fahrenheit, while the average low is 46. You can expect warm and pleasant weather with plenty of sunshine. Temperatures are five to ten degrees cooler in higher mountain elevations. Salt Basin Dunes, one of the park’s districts, regularly sees temperatures five to ten degrees above these averages.

Why visit Guadalupe Mountains National Park in April

The windy season in the Guadalupe Mountains regularly occurs from November through March. During that time, the area consistently has 30-mile-per-hour winds with gusts from 50 to 80 miles per hour. April offers a small window after the windy season and before the temperatures heat up in May.

Top things to do in Guadalupe Mountains National Park

The park offers many rewarding hikes that take you through rocky canyons, rugged mountains, and boulders. You gain spectacular views along the journey. 

Devil’s Hall Trail includes a natural staircase and a narrow hall between two steep canyon walls. You can hike to the “top of Texas” on the Guadalupe Peak Trail. Other popular hikes include the Permian Reef Trail and the trek to Pratt Cabin. The cabin has rocking chairs where you can rest with an alluring view of the mountains.

Although not the tallest mountain, El Capitan, the park’s most prominent peak, makes for excellent photos. Suppose you aim to see wildlife, hike to Manzanita Spring or Smith Spring near sunset.

To see the white gypsum dunes and red quartz hills, head to the park’s Salt Basin Dunes district.

Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Photo credit: Miles with McConkey

Located in northern Ohio between Cleveland and Akron, Cuyahoga Valley National Park delivers a unique assortment of landscapes and activities. The park honors Ohio’s history, provides beautiful scenery, and plenty of recreational opportunities.


The temperature reaches an average high of 57 degrees Fahrenheit and an average low of 38 in April. Snow is possible but less likely as the month progresses. Although the warming weather brings sunshine, rain is possible this time of year.

Why visit Cuyahoga Valley National Park in April

Spring rain yields colorful blooming wildflowers and abundant gushing waterfalls. The park contains Bath Road Heronry, a nesting colony for hundreds of great blue herons from mid-February through June. You can witness courtship displays and great blue herons raising their young.

Top things to do in Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Visit Bath Road Heronry to watch the great blue herons. If you want to see more wildlife, go to Beaver Marsh. The peaceful, boggy area teems with various flora and fauna. Check out Brandywine Falls, a gorgeous 60-foot cascading waterfall. 

Ledges Trail is a wooded path that leads you to a natural stone viewing platform, Ledges Overlook. The spot yields terrific views and makes for a perfect place for a memorable sunset.

You can hike or bike along the Towpath Trail, which follows the historic Ohio and Erie Canal, and is the same path where mules pulled canal boats in the 1800s and early 1900s. The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad (CVSR) offers themed train rides within the park year-round. Visit the CVSR site to see the schedule, availability, and pricing.

Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park
Photo credit: NPS

Straddling the borders of eastern California and Nevada, Death Valley National Park is America’s hottest, driest, and lowest national park. It is a land of extremes and contrasts with a surprising diversity of life that defies its name.


April brings an average high of 90 degrees and a low of 62. Although hot, May through September averages exceed 100 degrees. The chances of rain are slim to none. You can expect the weather to be hot and dry.

Why visit Death Valley National Park in April

You have two good reasons to visit the park in April. First, the average high temperature is below 100 degrees. Second, you have an outside chance to see a superbloom. 

What is a superbloom? It is a rare desert occurrence where an unusually high number of wildflowers blossom simultaneously, blanketing the desert in a vast splash of brilliant colors.

Top things to do in Death Valley National Park

Beyond praying for a superbloom, Death Valley is a top-notch place for stargazing due to a lack of light pollution. Visit during a new moon for even darker skies. 

Visit the gorgeous erosional landscape of Zabriskie Point. Take a scenic tour on Artist’s Drive, where you will see multi-colored eroded hills, including the surreal Artist’s Palette.

Visit the massive salt flats of Badwater Basin, the lowest point in all of North America. With a drive and a short hike, you can overlook the valley and Badwater Basin from Dante’s View. 

Slide down the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes and admire the mesquite trees that thrive amongst the rolling dunes in the harsh desert conditions. If you need a break from the heat or some entertainment, you can drive to Las Vegas.

Check out these activities in Death Valley National Park.

White Sands National Park

White Sands National Park
Photo credit: Miles with McConkey

A massive pocket of rolling dunes between two mountain ranges in New Mexico, White Sands National Park is an odd but beautiful playground. You may have your best beach day with stunning scenery and unique recreational opportunities.


April provides warm days and cool evenings, with an average high of 79 degrees and a low of 40. Rain is unlikely, but it can get windy in the spring.

Why visit White Sands National Park in April

Wildflowers typically begin to bloom in mid-April, including sand verbena, Hartweg’s sundrops, White Sands mustard, and yuccas. Although the white sands look magnificent against a blue sky, the wildflowers add unique touches of color. 

Note that the park often gets crowded near Easter and during spring break.

Top things to do in White Sands National Park

Sand sledding is a must-do activity at White Sands. Although climbing up dunes of loose sand is tiring, the ride down is a blast. 

You will not find an ocean, but you can still build a castle, dig, and play in the sand. The sand, made of gypsum, surprisingly does not absorb heat. So it feels cool on your hands and feet.

With beautiful scenery, the park is great for a photo shoot or a picnic. You can find hikes ranging from a boardwalk stroll to an intense journey of climbing dunes. With a bit of planning, you can see the dunes under the glow of a full moon on a ranger-led hike.

Redwood National and State Parks

Redwood National Park
Photo credit: Miles with McConkey

You can find some of the world’s tallest trees burrowed in the northern California coast in the Redwood National and State Parks. The forests abound with beauty and serenity almost beyond comprehension.


April may bring some rain, but temperatures typically range from 42 to 59 degrees. Although the rainy season spans October through April, the last month usually brings less rain than the preceding months. May through September may have less rain, but the park gets crowded during this time.

Why visit Redwood National and State Parks in April

April is a small window of time with decreasing rains and small crowds. Wildflowers begin to bloom, adding bright coats of paint to the landscape.

Top things to do in Redwood National and State Parks

Drive the Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway, where you will find giant trees and many places to stop and explore. The parks provide many lovely forested trails, including Stout Grove Trail, Grove of Titans, Boy Scout Tree Trail, Fern Canyon, Tall Trees Grove, and Lady Bird Johnson Grove. All of the hikes are fantastic.

For those who love wildlife, Redwood National and State Parks house North America’s biggest species of elk, the Roosevelt elk. The beautiful animal can exceed 1,000 pounds.

A surprise to some visitors, the parks offer great tide pooling opportunities. You can cross a land bridge at low tide to visit Battery Point Lighthouse. During high tide, it is an island. Seals, sea lions, and birds inhabit the lighthouse area.

Saguaro National Park

Saguaro National Park
Photo credit: Miles with McConkey

Many visitors traveling to the western United States mistakenly expect to see giant cacti in abundance. Ironically, saguaros, the iconic giant cacti representing the American West, only grow in the Sonoran Desert. Head to Saguaro National Park in southern Arizona, and you will find nearly two million of them.


As you can imagine, the weather in the Sonoran desert is hot and dry. Temperatures in April are tolerable, with an average high of 83 degrees Fahrenheit and a low of 52.

Why visit Saguaro National Park in April

Although temperatures are most comfortable in the winter, April has tolerable temperatures and blooming flowers. Desert wildflowers can start blooming in February, but many bloom from mid-March to mid-April. Saguaros can display colorful blossoms the last two weeks of April, often peaking in late May or early June.

Top things to do in Saguaro National Park

It is essential to note the park has two separate, unconnected areas:

  • Saguaro West: Tucson Mountain District
  • Saguaro East: Rincon Mountain District

Saguaro West has a more significant concentration of saguaros, while Saguaro East offers better mountain views. Both areas provide plenty of saguaros and surreal desert beauty.

Hiking is the park’s most popular activity. Walking beside the cacti puts in perspective their size and durability. As you hang out with the cacti, you will swear they develop personalities. Popular hikes in Saguaro West include Valley View Overlook Trail and Signal Hill Trail, which houses unique petroglyphs. Visitors to Saguaro East often suggest hiking the Mica View Loop.

Consider exploring the park by taking a scenic drive. Saguaro West offers Bajada Loop Drive, while Saguaro East has Cactus Forest Drive. You will gain excellent views of the cacti and mountains as the dust settles.

Saguaro National Park offers stunning sunsets as the sky glows behind the silhouettes of the cacti. Enjoy the view, cooling temperatures, and sounds of animals preparing to feed.

Everglades National Park

Everglades National Park
Photo credit: Miles with McConkey

Florida houses Everglades National Park, where a slow-moving river of grass contains alligators, turtles, fish, birds, and more. Exploring the park feels like a zoo without barriers where alligators bask in the sun along walking paths. Although beautiful, it can be scary at times.


Everglades National Park has two seasons, wet and dry. The dry season runs from December through April. You can expect an average high of 85 degrees and a low of 61. Although warm, it is not nearly as hot and humid as the wet season.

Why visit Everglades National Park in April

Since it is the last month of the dry season, you can expect warm temperatures with fewer mosquitoes. You also have greater chances of spotting wildlife. Once the temperatures start climbing in May, many animals hide throughout the day. 

Top things to do in Everglades National Park

One of the most exciting things to do in Everglades National Park is to take an airboat tour. Zipping next to alligators in the river of grass is a thrill ride. 

There are plenty of hiking trails where you can observe wildlife. Anhinga Trail puts you next to alligators, turtles, and many birds. It contains paved and boardwalk sections and is an absolute delight. The water is so clear you will readily detect fish and turtles beneath the lily pads. 

If you prefer to avoid hiking, you can ride a bicycle or take a tram tour. You can kayak through a maze of mangrove islands in the park’s western section. Manatees occasionally swim in Flamingo, the park’s southern district. Visitors regularly spot crocodiles and ospreys in Flamingo.

Shenandoah National Park

Shenandoah National Park
Photo credit: Miles with McConkey

Nestled in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, Shenandoah National Park offers a blissful forested mountain escape. Serenity envelops you as you soak up gorgeous views hiking through the woods and peering out at mountains from spectacular overlooks.


The average high for April is 56 degrees, while the low is 36. Temperatures can vary considerably from the mountainous elevations to the lower valleys. It is still somewhat cool, and rain is certainly possible this time of year.

Why visit Shenandoah National Park in April

Shenandoah National Park draws large crowds in summer and fall. Spring is a great time to visit when crowd levels are lower. Blooming wildflowers highlight the landscapes like paint on a canvas. Although many of the park’s waterfalls are lackluster or nonexistent in summer, you should find gushing waterfalls in April.

Top things to do in Shenandoah National Park

The 105-mile Skyline Drive is one of America’s best scenic drives, with 75 overlooks. Take your time and savor the views. You may encounter white-tailed deer or black bears on your journey.

The park offers more than 500 miles of beautiful, forested trails. You can find everything from challenging multiple-day treks to short, easy hikes. Stony Man Trail and Blackrock Summit offer rewarding hikes with excellent views. Upper Hawksbill Trail takes you to the park’s highest summit, while Dark Hollow Falls Trail yields a picturesque waterfall.

For those seeking more extreme adventures, you can try mountain biking, bouldering, or rock climbing.

Petrified Forest National Park

Petrified Forest National Park
Photo credit: Miles with McConkey

Located in Arizona, Petrified Forest National Park showcases stone logs, striped mounds, badlands, and portions of historic Route 66. The park offers surreal landscapes that often get overlooked due to the state’s feature park, the Grand Canyon.


Average daily temperatures swing from 35 to 70 degrees in April. Although the region’s rainfall is low, snow or rain is possible this time of year.

Why visit Petrified Forest National Park in April

Crowd levels are low in April. Due to the remaining moisture coming out of the winter months, the surreal striated landscapes pop with even brighter colors. It is magical.

Top things to do in Petrified Forest National Park

You can see the park’s highlights in one day. The main park road is a 28-mile loop with places to stop and explore. Combine the drive with a few short hikes, and you will have the makings of a delightful day.

You gain lovely views of the badlands from various overlooks along the main road. The Tepees, large roadside mounds with brightly painted layers, also await you. 

Hike the Blue Mesa Trail, where you gain close views of beautiful striped hills. Crystal Forest, another short but popular hike, loops around a field littered with petrified logs. Newspaper Rock is an overlook with viewfinders pointed at more than 650 petroglyphs. Stop at the old Studebaker for a photo op and pay homage to Route 66.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Photo credit: NPS / Victoria Stauffenberg

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park stretches along the border between Tennessee and North Carolina, offering misty mountain views and many recreational opportunities. The mountain retreat contains lush forests, bright wildflowers, flowing waterfalls, exciting wildlife, and more.


Mid-April regularly brings milder temperatures, with daytime temperatures reaching the 70s. Temperatures can dip below freezing at night in higher elevations. Afternoon showers are common this time of year.

Why visit Great Smoky Mountains National Park in April

As America’s most visited park, the Great Smoky Mountains get especially crowded in summer and fall. If you can avoid Easter and spring break, crowd levels will be lower with mild weather in the second half of April. The spring temperatures and rain reward you with beautiful wildflowers and full waterfalls.

Top things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

With forests, mountains, and waterfalls, hiking is one of the park’s most popular activities. If you are up for a steep, half-mile climb, you can ascend Clingman’s Dome, the park’s highest point. At the top, you will find an observation tower yielding exquisite views. 

If you love waterfalls, hike Roaring Fork, where you will encounter Rainbow Falls, Grotto Falls, and the Place of a Thousand Drips. Favorite hikes of visitors also include Rocky Top, Laurel Falls, and Chimney Tops.

The park provides many roads for an auto tour. If you love scenic drives, consider the Blue Ridge Parkway, which connects the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Shenandoah National Park on a gorgeous 469-mile drive with 26 tunnels and more than 200 overlooks.

You can visit one or both of the park’s historic grist mills for something different. Cable Mill is water powered while Mingus Mill is turbine powered. 

Black bear sightings are pretty common in the Smokies. While exploring the park, be aware of your surroundings.

Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park
Photo credit: Joshua Tree National Park

Resting in southern California, Joshua Tree National Park is home to its bristled and twisted namesake trees that share the harsh desert environment with unique, rugged rock formations. The park is a conjunction of two distinct desert ecosystems, the Mojave and Colorado, that harbor a variety of fascinating flora and fauna.


You can expect temperatures in the upper 40s at night and upper 70s during the day. It is one of the most comfortable times of the year, and there is very little chance of rain.

Why visit Joshua Tree National Park in April

March and April present desert wildflowers in bloom, highlighting the normally drab landscape. With little rain and comfortable temperatures, the park draws quite a few visitors this time of year to see the flowers and hike. Despite an uptick in visitors, the temperatures and flowers make March and April a great time to visit.

Top things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

With unique rock formations, Joshua trees, and various cacti, hiking and exploring are the most popular things to do in the park. Top hikes include Skull Rock Trail and Arch Rock Trail. You can also find Heart Rock near Arch Rock Trail. These iconic rocks make great photo ops.

Explore Hidden Valley, a large bowl-shaped basin surrounded by boulders and stacks of rocks. You will find a loop trail on the basin’s interior. Head to Keys View, where you gain a fantastic vantage point of valleys and mountains for as far as you can see.

The peaceful Cholla Cactus Garden, with mountains in the background, is perfect for photos. You will find several oases in the park to explore as well. 

Walking along the surreal landscapes throughout the park makes for an enjoyable day. Nightfall brings an excellent opportunity for stargazing. Joshua Tree National Park is an International Dark Sky Park. Try not to visit during a full moon, and you should discover the stunning Milky Way.

See also: Things to Do in Joshua Tree National Park

Wrap-up: Best national parks to visit in April

Summer is not the only time to visit a national park in the US. An April visit offers mild temperatures and smaller crowds. Some parks have unique opportunities this time of year as well. Like a wildflower, your national park adventures can bloom in April.

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A Guide to Planning a Memorable Trip to Egypt

A country as enchanting as Egypt does not require much convincing to visit, but still, there are many things to get excited about planning a trip to Egypt. 

Yes, we’ve all heard of the famous pyramids and of course, the River Nile, which is the longest river in Africa, but what if we told you that this extraordinary country has so many more gems to discover. 

If a cultural and adventurous trip to Egypt is on the cards, then we have many reasons why this country ticks all the boxes, and why choosing Baboo is the most rewarding way to travel. The trip you imagine in your mind, can become a reality while incorporating even more than you had planned.

So, let’s get started.

Exploring the culture in Egypt

Egypt’s culture is rich and unique, given that this African country has thousands of years of recorded history, and many preserved sites to take you back in time. The country is well known for its traditions, souks, cuisine, and various languages, which make up a vibrant way of life for the locals. One of the best ways to go beneath the surface of a country is to immerse yourself in the local culture by doing as the locals do, socializing with locals, and perhaps learning a few words of the local language, which in Egypt’s case is Arabic. 

For the history buffs out there, Egypt is an absolute haven for discovering historical artifacts, subcultures, local art and so much more, with a host of incredible museums to visit. Some of the best museums to visit are The Nubian Museum in Aswan (free admission), The Egyptian Antiquities Museum in Cairo (book a skip-the-line ticket), as well as The National Museum of Alexandria (book a full-day tour of Alexandria). 

It’s important to know a few of the general customs in Egypt for instance, always use your right hand for eating, greeting, or giving/receiving items, always take your shoes off before entering someone’s house or a holy place, be prepared to haggle (a lot), public displays of affection are a no-no and tipping is expected for the usual services. With all this in mind, you are off to a good start, but what is the best time to go there? 

See also: Traveling to Egypt During Ramadan

Traveling to Egypt During Ramadan
Traveling to Egypt During Ramadan

Best time to visit Egypt

One of the things you should consider is the best time to travel to suit your needs. Perhaps you like the atmosphere of crowds or you prefer to travel in the low season, maybe you love to bake in the heat or you might prefer to go when the temperature is milder. There are many benefits to choosing the perfect time for you, and one, in particular, is that you will ultimately be satisfied with your trip, with zero regrets. 

Egypt has two seasons, the winter season from November until April, which is the most popular time due to the mild temperatures, while the summer season falls between May to October when you can expect soaring hot temperatures and fewer crowds. 

The city of Giza, Egypt
The city of Giza, Egypt

Highlights of a trip to Egypt

If you are planning a trip to Egypt for the first time, your list will be full of the main attractions and highlights such as: 

Egypt is a wonderful country for the adventure lover with plenty of activities on offer, such as sandboarding, taking a Nile cruise, taking a sand bath in the desert as well as diving in Sharm El Sheikh,. And for those who would rather marvel at some fascinating sites, you can look forward to the historical sites of Luxor, the catacombs of Kom El Shouqafa and marveling at the highest dunes in the western desert during a Hurghada desert safari.

Egypt is a fantastic destination to combine hobbies, so while half your trip may consist of sightseeing, activities, and museums, the other half can be spent relaxing on a cruise, swimming in the Red Sea, or pampering yourself in one of the top spas along the coast, now that sounds like an ideal combination. 

Another aspect of Egypt that is a sure highlight for many is of course the cuisine, and many Egyptian dishes have inspired the cuisine of other countries too, so you may be familiar with a few of their traditional dishes already. 

Some of the must-try dishes are Kofta, Shawarma, Ful Medames, and Koshari which is Egypt’s national dish. 

See also: 24 Hours in Cairo: Here’s What to do

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Making it a sustainable Egyptian adventure

Egyptian camels on a trip to Egypt
Egyptian camels

It is important when planning a trip to make sure all the details fulfill your expectations but did you ever wonder, how your trip is impacting the local communities and the environment? Did you know that you can travel to Egypt, see all the wonderful sites and make memories that will last a lifetime, while at the same time offsetting your carbon footprint, giving back to the local communities within the country as well as ensuring you have a fully local experience? 

Well, this is exactly the philosophy of Baboo Travel, whose local experts not only listen to your requirements, to personalize your trip to perfection but also guarantee that you have more time to discover Egypt, with less stress and hassle. What if we said that 85% of your hard-earned cash, goes right into the hands of the local communities, and empowers the people to thrive, now that is a trip of a lifetime.

So, what are you waiting for, now is the time to make your next trip a rewarding and satisfying adventure in more ways than one?