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6 Unusual Sunsets

by on Nov.09, 2015, under China

I usually hate travel lists and particularly repetitive “top 6 things to do etc.” but everyone else writes about it so here’s my bit…

As a random wanderer you simply have to love and embrace sunsets. That defining moment that ends your natural daylight part on any given day. As the sun disappears, you can take with it memories on how gracefully this hot sphere left your world. Where were you and what were you doing for sunset? These are 6 random sunsets – not necessarily the best just a list of unusual ones I came up with from my travels. Check it out:

1. Sunset at Casapueblo, URUGUAY:

Sunset at Casapueblo is phenomenal. It was recommended to me while moving around the south coast of Uruguay. I would recommend getting a bus from Punta Del Este (a decent seaside resort to stay in!) out to Punta Ballena and walking the 2 kilometres or so down to the coast itself. There you will find the glorious Casapueblo! An exquisite, self designed, artistic seafront building which is also an art museum. Pay to get inside, walk around and then about an hour or so before sunset, get yourself a balcony seat by the bar. You can order beer and food and watch the sun go down. If you want to watch it for free, you could go to a nearby lookout spot of course, but being at Casapueblo for sunset is just incredible. My pick for sure!!!

2. Sunset at Bruny Island, Tasmania, AUSTRALIA:

Bruny Island is not the most southern Australian island, but it’s one of them. It’s a marvellous little remote island, reached by ferry from Kettering in mainland Tasmania. Get yourself up to “The Neck” for sunset. Apart from wallabies and rabbits, you may be the only person in sight. A peaceful sunset in contrast to the lively bar at Casapueblo. Bring a coat! As soon as that hot sphere fades it’s windy and chilly, especially in winter!

3. Sunset at Boscombe in Bournemouth, ENGLAND:

I spent six years living in Bournemouth yet don’t always write about it, so here it is getting some publicity in the form of a place on my top six random sunsets. While I worked away down by the beach, far to the west the sun was setting, taking with it the lighting over the splendid beaches and being replaced by darkness, which is when Bournemouth comes alive. It may be best remembered for a beach and party town, but believe me, get yourself a cocktail and watch the sunset by Bournemouth beach. It’s glorious!

4. Sunset from The Fortress in Danxiashan, Guangdong, CHINA:

China has far too much for any traveller to ever see all of it. That’s the beauty of places like Danxiashan – it is relatively unknown yet this place is just amazing. It’s well off the beaten track. This is an area of outstanding natural beauty and has some incredible hikes, mountains and rock formations. You will walk past a rock like is shaped like a penis willy or todger on your way up to a fortress. From this fortress you can get an away view of the sunset – far into the distance over Guangdong Province in China. Worth seeing!

5. Sunset on Kenting Beach in TAIWAN:

I love Taiwan. My trip there in 2009 sparked off a new lease of adventure for me and I have fond memories of it, none more so than having a beer on Kenting beach on the south coast as the sun was going down. Myself and my travel buddy went in for a swim in the splendid waters before getting a glimpse of how the hottest sphere we know about disappears for the evening!

6. Sunset at Lam Tin in HONG KONG:

It wasn’t intentional to put Asia on this list three times but Hong Kong has to be on it. With a vast array of skyscrapers, mountains and constant traffic flow, this city allows the freedom to enjoy sunset in a more relaxed way if you’re up for it. Head over to Lam Tin in the east of Kowloon where you can see the sunset to the west and get a spectacular view of Hong Kong Island. Bliss.

So there you have it – 6 odd but spectacular locations you can watch the hottest sphere in existence head away for the night. Don’t you just love sunsets…

To check out further articles like 6 incredible sunsets check out Jonny Blair’s global travel, work and lifestyle website Dont Stop Living for further travel tales and tips!. Unique version for reprint here: 6 Unusual Sunsets.

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    Warning – beware of the fake Inca Trail

    by on Jan.19, 2013, under Travel

    You want to read about a ‘fake’ Inca Trail?

    I’m here to tell you that there is a fake Inca Trail!! And every day hikers will do it unaware that’s it’s not the real deal. I’ll tell you how to make sure you book the real Inca Trail, which is what you want to do. The real Inca Trail is 4 days trekking and then on the last morning a short descent down into Machu Picchu, the amazing Lost Inca City and the highlight of your 4 amazing days of hiking! Firstly – if you are going to South America, do the Inca Trail! It is incredible. Secondly – ensure you do the Real Proper Inca Trail! I could be exposing a travel scam here, but I really want to highlight this point to all future Inca Trail enthusiasts.

    You will see (and probably be photographed with) a massive sign that says Inca Trail at the start of the trail.

    So how do you know if the Inca Trail you went on was a ‘fake’?? (and how do you know you have done the real Inca Trail?)

    1. You didn’t have to show your passport on the entrance to the trail (at the start of the Real Inca Trail there is a compulsory passport check – you also have the option of getting a passport stamp, which I took)

    The start of the Real Inca Trail means you need to show your passport and register at a checkpoint.

    2. You missed the sign saying Inca Trail at the official entrance.

    3. You paid less than $150 US Dollars (the real Inca Trail simply cannot be done for less than that) – the real Inca Trail will cost you more than $150 US Dollars (depending on porters, quality of tents, size of group, time of year etc.)

    4. Your ticket didn’t have a shiny silver hologram on it.

    5. You didn’t spend your 3rd night in Winay Wayna (a mountainous area with a huge campsite conveniently located just 6 kilometres from Machu Picchu – if you’re doing the Real Inca Trail you’ll stay here – or at least pass through it and spend a night nearby)

    The visitor centre at Winaywayna is located beside the campsite where you will most likely spend your third night.

    6. You used a bicycle on any part of the trail (the real Inca Trail doesn’t permit bicycles).

    7. If you took a bus to Machu Picchu (seriously, I met people who went on a bus to Machu Picchu!! Now come on but if you get a bus then you know it’s can’t be the real Inca Trail)

    8. On the night before visiting Machu Picchu you don’t even stay in a tent (on the Inca Trail the only accomodation is camping in tents – if you stayed in a hotel or hostel, you weren’t on the trail)

    9. The night before visiting Machu Picchu you were staying night in a town called Aguas Calientes (if this happens to you, I feel a bit sorry and upset for you, as you probably didn’t do any part of the real Inca Trail – you possibly done the Salkantay Hike instead. Yes you will love it – but it’s probably that you were given false information).

    10. You arrived in Machu Picchu by climbing to the top of a hill (NB – When you arrive at Machu Picchu on the 4th day of the Inca Trail it will be a downward descent and you will get your first sighting of Machu Picchu on the way down in a place called Intipunku or Intipata.)

    11. You finished the trip in 3 days (unless it’s under special circumstances as the real hike from Qorihuayrachina to Machu Picchu will be four days – yes I know experienced hikers will do it faster, but this is the actual set route and timescale)

    12. The actual walk you do is actually known as the Salkantay Trek or the Machu Picchu Trek (these are actually also great hikes by the way, but they are NOT the Real Inca Trail).

    13. You organised it the day before (There are only four hundred spaces on the Real Inca Trail each day and it usually fills up fast so booking the day before is unlikely and sounds suspicious to me).

    In closing and not meaning to put a dampener on it, if any of you do another hike, that is also amazing. I’m just trying to let people know that if you want to do the proper real Inca Trail, it will be a four day hike through the hills and valleys of Peru which will end triumphantly at Machu Picchu. There are no settlements, no hotels and no transport at all during the four day hike.

    You will love the Inca Trail – head to Peru and get it done! But don’t fall for the fake one!!

    Don’t Stop Living!!

    To find out more about the fake Inca Trail and other travel myths, stories and tips head to Jonny Blair’s resourceful work, travel and lifestyle site Dont Stop Living.. Check here for free reprint license: Warning – beware of the fake Inca Trail.

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