It's been quite the month for travel news. Last week's headlines were dominated by snow storms and flight cancellations and now it looks like everyone's attention has shifted to the cruise industry due to some unfortunate events out the Gulf of Mexico.
So, what's a traveller supposed to do for a vacation? Well, for those weary of travel by air or sea, a trip to the beach may be your best bet. After all, travel and beaches go hand-in-hand nowadays like cruises and lawsuits.
And with February's frost still present, the thoughts of trading in winter boots for flip flops and snow for sand seems almost too good to pass up. Yes, if you haven't caught on, this week's travel photo round-up is all about beaches.
Whether it's kite surfing off the coast of the South China Sea in the town of Mui Ne, Vietnam at the recommendation of Canadians like Jodi Ettenberg; capturing the romance like Jessica Lee did along the shores of nearby the towns Geelong and Lorne in Australia, or simply to escape the cold, beaches have it all.
And let's not forget that where there are beaches, there are probably resorts. And where there are resorts, the words "snow" and "ice" are typically accompanied with the words "cone" and "cube". So take a look at the beaches Canadians have been visiting and forget about February's woes.
May 17: Beer, Snowmobiles And Igloos In Iceland
Adrenalin junkies looking to get their next fix may want to take a page out of Seattle Dredge's book. Here, she tears up the snowy hills of <a href="http://seattlestravels.com/snowmobiling-in-akureyri/sea_6740/" target="_blank">Akureyri, Iceland on the back of snowmobile</a>.
May 17: Road Tests And Motobikes In Saigon.
Traffic in Vietnam has something of a notorious reputation among travellers. After all, how many places in the world would require someone need to take a road test <a href="http://www.legalnomads.com/2013/05/motorbike-taxis-vietnam.html" target="_blank">just so your driver will give you a fair price? </a>
May 17: Is It Cyan Or Blue?
From the umbrellas to the shallow harbours, <a href="http://www.hecktictravels.com/shades-of-blue" target="_blank">there's no shortage of blue hues in Greece</a>, according to Dalene and Peter Heck, the couple behind Hecktic Travels.
May 17: Flying Through Flinders Ranges
What's the best way to explore the Flinders Ranges Mountains of South Australia? If you ask Deb and Dave from The Planet D, the answer is simple: <a href="http://theplanetd.com/flinders-ranges-wilpena-pound/" target="_blank">from the sky. </a>
May 17: Camels In Jordan
Two locals in Jordan wait for travellers to ride their camels around in the Wadi Rum, according to Cailin O'Neil who learned <a href="http://www.travelyourself.ca/cailins-blog/the-people-of-jordan/" target="_blank">first hand about the hospitality of Jordanians. </a>
May 17: Why Wait At The Station?
Train spotting in Riomaggiore, Italy. Credit: <a href="http://instagram.com/p/ZVWtSWAF4z/" target="_blank">Rafid Mahmood</a>
May 3: Hawaii On A The Back Of A Mule
Travelling to Hawaii usually brings up thoughts of beaches, surf, and donkeys, in the case of the duo behind Traveling Canucks. The two joined group which descended down nearly 1,700 feet on the back of mules to reach the reach the Kalaupapa Peninsula during <a href="http://travelingcanucks.com/2013/04/riding-mules-down-the-worlds-tallest-sea-cliffs/" target="_blank">their adventure to Molokai Island. </a>
May 3: Parc de Bruxelles In Winter
Even Belgium's greenery proved resilient to the winter cold during Krista Rowland's visit to <a href="http://kristarowland.wordpress.com/2013/04/29/belgium-part-22/" target="_blank">Parc de Bruxelles</a> in Brussels.
May 3: Coasting Through East Sooke Park's Coastal Trail
Giant tree stumps are one of the sites hikers can expect when tackling<a href="http://hikebiketravel.com/25576/day-hikes-victoria-coastal-trail-east-sooke-park/" target="_blank"> East Sooke Park's coastal trail</a> near Victoria, B.C., writes Leigh McAdam.
May 3: Greenery Outside Topkapi Palace
The team behind Hecktic Travels took this week to explore the Topkapi Palace is Istanbul, Turkey which included tours of the courtyard and<a href="http://www.hecktictravels.com/harem" target="_blank"> inside the Harem and its 400 rooms</a>.
April 19: Cockfights In Yogyakarta, Indonesia
A rooster sits perched in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Roosters can be<a href="http://jessicawritesatravelblog.blogspot.ca/2013/04/yogyakarta-indonesia-and-cockfight-in.html" target="_blank"> found in the city's bird markets</a> where they are forced to battle in illegal cockfights.
April 19: Up Close And Personal
There's<a href="http://hikebiketravel.com/25292/nature-wildlife-travels/" target="_blank"> a lot to admire about nature's creatures when travelling</a>, writes Leigh McAdam. Here, a dragonfly rests during a McAdam's visit to Lake Superior.
April 19: Cruising The Copper Coast
There's a lot to like about <a href="http://www.candicedoestheworld.com/2013/04/what-you-should-do-in-waterford/" target="_blank">the Copper Coast</a>, a route between the towns of Tramore and Dungarvan in Ireland. One of the highlights includes the Kilfarrasy Beach, writes Candice Walsh.
April 19: A Trip On The Turibus Tour
Tour buses kinda get a bad wrap for being cheesy. But now and then, like when you hurt your ankle and walking around Mexico City just isn't in the cards, <a href="http://savoirfaireabroad.com/i-did-cheesy-turibus-tours-in-mexico-city/" target="_blank">tour buses can be surprisingly enjoyable</a> according to Pamela MacNaughtan.
Arpil 15: Chichicastenango
Shopping in Chichicastenango, Guatemala is far more colourful than most markets in Canada. Credit: <a href="http://www.chickenbustales.com/" target="_hplink">@vivienlougheed</a>
April 12: High Twenties In Tampa Bay
While some Canadians were contending with Old Man Winter's return, others, like Justin, were enjoying the scenic sunsets and temperature in the high twenties. Photo Credit: <a href="https://twitter.com/crustinjocker" target="_blank">@crustinjocker</a>
April 12: What A Big Eye You Have
If you're visiting the National Museum of Scotland, expect to discover many unique artifacts like this mask that <a href="http://www.endlesslychanginghorizon.com/the-national-museum-of-scotland/" target="_blank">Miranda and Dylan came across during their trip to the city of Edinburgh</a>
April 12: Fountains And A Show
The Fountains of Bellagio aren't just a pretty sight in Las Vegas, Nevada; they're also part of choreographed light display. In Lisa Goodmurphy's case, the fountains were performing in sync <a href="http://www.gonewiththefamily.com/gone-with-the-family-adv/2013/04/las-vegas-with-kids.html" target="_blank">with this famous Canadian icon</a> while Goodmurphy and her daughters passed by.
April 12: Marrakech's Medina
As Dave and Deb from The Planet D write, the Medina serves as an old fortified encampment for one of Morocco's largest cities. Within the encampment lies a maze of streets that are lined with vendors and is considered <a href="http://theplanetd.com/diggin-the-dunes-of-marrakech-morocco/" target="_blank"> a rite of passage for anyone visiting the city.</a>
April 12: A Triumphant Spot For Photos
Travellers looking for an iconic panorama of Paris can't go wrong with a shot from the observation decks of the Eiffel Tower. But for those looking for something different can try their hand at photography from the Arc de Triomphe<a href="http://travelingcanucks.com/2013/04/picture-perfect-panorama-from-arc-d-triomphe" target="_blank"> like Cam & Nicole Wears did during their trip to the City of Light.</a>
April 5: Travelling Across The Alto Plano
Despite spending six weeks in Bolivia, Vivien Loughheed says her trip to South America was still too short. Photo Credit: <a href="https://twitter.com/vivienlougheed" target="_blank">@vivienloughheed</a>
April 5: Move Along
Looks like some grumpy residents in the United Kingdom are a lot more open about their feelings towards solicitors — at least in the neighbourhood of <a href="http://ttddoo.tumblr.com/" target="_blank">Notting Hill.</a>
April 5: Ice Walks And The Maligne Canyon Wall
It's hard to believe that this isn't even the most impressive photo Leigh McAdam took during her trip to <a href="http://hikebiketravel.com/25007/nottobe-missed-maligne-canyon-icewalk-jasper/" target="_blank">the Maligne Canyon at Japser National Park in Alberta, Canada</a>. There, she and seven other adventurers donned some ice cleats and took to climbing the park's ice bridges.
April 5: St Declan's Well
Yes, it's a well but this old stone structure caught our eyes and that meant it just had to go into this week's round-up. The well is said to still be a site of worship according to Candice Walsh and to even have magical healing properties, though <a href="http://www.candicedoestheworld.com/2013/04/photo-essay-county-waterfords-copper-coast-drive/" target="_blank">she seems less convinced on that matter. </a>
April 5: The Other Side
The fall of the Berlin Wall may have come decades ago, but as Dalene and Peter Heck found out during their trip to Berlin, <a href="http://www.hecktictravels.com/berlin-wall" target="_blank">there are still unseen barriers separating some Berliners.</a>
April 5: Graffiti In Tonalá, Mexico
Between the graffiti-lined walls of Tonalá lies Guadalajara's massive street markets. But don't let this scenic photo fool you: the crowds can get big and the markets aisle are small, <a href="http://savoirfaireabroad.com/guadalajara-was-good/" target="_blank">which can make travel tough. </a>
March 16: Biggest. Water. Fight. Ever.
Millions of people around the world may be celebrating St. Patrick's Day today but here, Ian Ord takes part in a different kind of celebration while in Thailand: the Songkran Festival. Here's a shot of a modified tuk tuk that he saw a few times <a href="http://wheresidewalksend.com/songkran-chiang-mai/" target="_blank">during the day.</a>
March 16: Finding Your Roots
There's no doubt that many Canadians will be celebrating St. Paddy's Day at their local bar or pub, but Candice Walsh is going for the real deal as she travel's to Dublin, Ireland <a href="http://www.candicedoestheworld.com/2013/03/oh-hi-today-im-going-to-ireland-for-five-weeks-to-research-my-ancestry/" target="_blank">to learn more about her ancestry</a>.
March 16th: A Trip Down Memory Lane
London, England has been through a multitude of change over the years. However, if you're looking for signs of Victorian London,<a href="http://breathedreamgo.com/2013/03/travelling-down-memory-lane-to-london-and-england/" target="_blank"> the Peter Pan statue in Kensington Gardens</a> is a good place to start.
March 16: Exploring PEI
Blue skies and beautiful greenery are just some of the things travellers will find once they visit Prince Edward Island in the summer. As for what to do, Leigh McAdam's <a href="http://hikebiketravel.com/24471/pei-7-ideas-summer/" target="_blank">has a few suggestions</a>...
March 8: Lady Liberty
Does taking a photo of the Statue of Liberty when in New York make you a tourist and not a traveller? Maybe, but as Samantha Phelan writes, it just <a href="http://www.moderndaymarco.com/2013/03/04/new-york-i-love-you/">"had to be done."</a> Photo Credit: <a href="https://twitter.com/moderndaymarco">Samantha Phelan</a>
March 8: T.Dot
As Shirley Lum tweets,"I love #Toronto! Fab city to explore/re-discover!" Photo Credit: <a href="https://twitter.com/ATasteofWorld">Shirley Lum</a>
March 1: Georgian Beauty
This week, Lisa Evans snapped a shot of clear, blue skies while on Sapelo Island in Georgia, USA. Photo Credit: <a href="https://twitter.com/WriteLisaEvans">@WriteLisaEvans</a>
March 1: Sunset, Skies, And Mountains
It took three hours on a <a href="http://hikebiketravel.com/24073/bus-ride-hell/">bus ride that felt like hell</a>, but Leigh McAdam captured a stunning sunset over the mountains of Guican in Colombia
March 1: Clear Skies Over The Taj Mahal
Here, Allie Barclay and company share some bonding time while the Taj Mahal sits in the background. Photo Credit: <a href="https://twitter.com/AKBarclay">@AKBarclay</a>
March 1: Taking Flight In Zambia
Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... Deb and Dave from The Planet D in a microlight. This week,<a href="http://theplanetd.com/microlight-an-adventure-in-the-sky/"> the couple took to the skies in Zambia</a> to find out what flying over the country was like.
Feb. 15: The View Of Panama City
It may be hard to spot, but that's definitely a beach in the background that Mario Stojanac snapped from his hotel room in Panama City. Photo Credit: <a href="https://twitter.com/appetype">Mario Stojanac </a>
Feb. 15: Great Ocean Road
It just wouldn't be Valentine's Day without a romantic shot of the beach in Lorne, Australia. Photo Credit: <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/jessicaology">Jessica Lee </a>
Feb. 15: Big Beautiful Blue
Sometimes the only way to cope with vacation withdrawal is to think warm thoughts and look back at your <a href="http://travelingcanucks.com/2013/02/photos-from-our-trip-to-mexico/">photos of the Gran Bahia Principe Akumal in the Mayan Riviera, Mexico</a> according to the couple behind Traveling Canucks.
Feb. 15: Kite Surfing In Mui Ne
For those tired of lounging on the beach, the town of Mui Ne, Vietnam and its beaches make a convincing case for some kite surfing, <a href="http://www.legalnomads.com/2013/02/mui-ne.html">writes Jodi Ettenberg</a>.
Feb. 15: Barbados Beauty
Sometimes it's best to let the photo do all the talking. Photo Credit: <a href="https://twitter.com/_chucaroline">Caroline Chu </a>
Feb. 9: Lake Atitlan In Guatemala
For the duo behind Hecktic Travels, it wasn't the restaurants or laid-back vibe of Panajachel, Guatemala that resonated most with them — it was Lake Atitlan. Here,<a href="http://www.hecktictravels.com/atitlan-guatemala"> the lake is pictured with three dormant volcanoes in the background. </a>
Feb. 9: Shark Diving In South Africa
Cage diving with great white sharks isn't for everyone. But it was for Deb and Dave, the writers behind The Planet D, the opportunity was a chance for the two of them <a href="http://theplanetd.com/shark-diving-in-the-cage-with-great-whites/">to come face-to-face with the misunderstood predator</a> during their trip to Gansbaai, South Africa.
Feb. 9: Montréal In Black And White
It's amazing<a href="http://www.spunkygirlmonologues.com/photo-essaya-black-white-view-of-montreal/"> the difference two hours can make</a> when you're visiting Marché Jean-Talon, writes Pamela MacNaughtan while detailing her trip to one of Montréal's famed markets.
Feb. 9: The Jewel Of The Whitsundays, Australia
There's plenty of white sand at Whitehaven Beach in Whitsundays, Australia but visitors will be sure to see lots of turquoise water as well, says Melissa Medeiros. The beach is one of Medeiros' <a href="http://www.melissatoandfro.com/2013/02/08/east-coast-vibes-my-top-6-favourite-spots-along-australias-most-famous-coastline/">top picks for coastline spots in Australia</a>.
Feb. 9: Conquering Kilimanjaro
Rome wasn't built in a day and neither was conquering Mt. Kilimanjaro according to Samantha Phelan. Rather<a href="http://www.moderndaymarco.com/2013/01/27/conquering-kilimanjaro-the-aftermath/"> it took seven days</a>, filled with rain, hardship and lots of climbing to conquer one of Tanzania's famous mountains. Photo Credit: <a href="https://twitter.com/moderndaymarco">@moderndaymarco</a>
Feb. 2: A Dutch Take On Fast Food
Rebecca Ananda captures a shot of the Netherlands' famed FEBO fast food restaurant and their automated burger-buying machines. Photo courtesy of: <a href="https://twitter.com/RebeccaAnanda">Rebecca Ananda</a>
Feb. 2: Good Morning Vietnam
Adding egg to your morning cup of Joe may seem a bit strange but as Jodi Ettenberg writes, it's kinda like <a href="http://www.legalnomads.com/2013/01/vietnamese-egg-coffee-recipe.html">"a Cadbury Creme Egg with a hint of mocha,"</a> — and a popular beverage in the city of Hanoi in Vietnam.
Feb. 2: From Bean To Bar In Guatemala
<a href="http://www.hecktictravels.com/how-to-make-chocolate-in-guatemala">During their trip to Antigua</a>, the duo behind Hecktic Travels learned that despite not looking like much, cacao beans were highly prized by Mayans.
Feb. 2: Hanging Out At Yakatori Bar
What started as a meal at a Korean-Japanese fusion bar for Pamela MacNaughtan turned into<a href="http://www.spunkygirlmonologues.com/nested-yakitori-bar/"> a 5-hour of chatting, writing, editing and sampling food</a> behind locked doors at Yakatori Bar in Toronto.
Jan. 26th: Amsterdam Alleyway
A bike leaning against a wall in central Amsterdam catches the attention of Rebecca Ananda's camera. Photo courtesy of: <a href="https://twitter.com/RebeccaAnanda">Rebecca Ananda</a>
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