Making the most out of a trip to Brazil

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Visiting South America’s most populous nation soon? While you may have been excited when you booked your tickets with TAM airlines (which offers service to all major cities and regions in the country), the time has come to compose your itinerary.

Discover Italy’s Picture Perfect Sunsets

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Whether you’re a professional photographer, a budding amateur, or just someone who loves taking a good photo, there is nothing more majestic and beautiful than capturing that perfect scene when the setting sun is cascading over the horizon. And travelling across the world, there are few destinations that provide more beautiful and historic landscapes than Italy, with its rolling vineyards, its rocky coastal cliffs, and its ancient building and monuments. So here are some of the best destinations that Italy hast to offer travelers who after some scenic sunset photos.

Florence

The Tuscan hills that surround the regions capital of Florence are some of most idyllic pastoral landscapes of Italy, featuring gently undulating green hills and valleys that are known for their Chianti grapes. The city of Florence itself, with the River Arno weaving through and some the most famous Renaissance architecture in the world—the Duomo of Florence, the Ponte Vecchio—makes for a perfect opportunity to frame one of the richest cultural cities in the world.

Venice

What Tuscany and Florence have in rich green land, Venice has in sparkling blue waters, and every corner your turn in this historic maritime city will feel like its begging to be photographed. With landmarks like, The Rialto Bridge, Saint Mark’s Basilica, the Grand Canal, one could get lost for a year in Venice and feel like you’d not once come across the same lighting and setting twice. After visiting in the pristine summer months, you might consider booking flights to Venice in winter, as the mists turn the town into a ghostly and haunting canvas.

Sicily

The beautiful port cities of Syracuse and Palermo provide inspiring backdrops for a photographer, with an eclectic mix of colours from pastels to terra-cotta standing alongside the mouth of azure bays. The interior of the island provides a dramatic change, with the massive and snow-capped Mount Etna towering over the hilly and rugged landscape, all of which make for the most vivid and dramatic sunsets.

Lake Como

The rich blue waters of Lake Como sit nestled beneath the jagged and snowy peaks of the Grigna Mountains, whose glacial run-off feeds the lake. This long and narrow lake provides expansive views at all times of the day, but they become increasingly serene as the setting sun’s reflection falls across the rippling waters.

Puglia

This region of Italy is known for its sunny weather, its unspoiled beaches, and quaint towns. And being the “heel” of Italy’s boot, it juts out into the Mediterranean, providing the type of dramatic rocky coastal views that you will remind you of the glossy pages of a magazine. A visit to Puglia’s western coast will also feature beautiful sunsets over the Mediterranean with views of Calabria in the distance. From mountainous peaks and valley lakes to sea-side vistas and pastoral hills, Italy has enough land and cityscape views to fill the memory cards of any photographer.

Places to go in the world for guaranteed sunshine

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Love escaping to the beach on holiday, but seem to be dogged by rain clouds everywhere you go? There are places to go in the world for guaranteed sunshine, and in this article, we will reveal a few of our our favorite places where wet weather won’t be a concern…

Mancora, Peru

While most travel to Peru to climb high up into the heights of the Andes in pursuit of ancient Inca ruins like Machu Picchu, those seeking a holiday on the beach without having to contend with the specter of rainfall will want to make room in their itinerary to head to Mancora, Peru.

Located on the desiccatedly arid coastline of Northern Peru, to see even a wisp of cloud will be a rare sight indeed 10 to 11 months of the year. Even during the wettest part (January and February) of the calendar, only a grand total of 18 milimetres of rain is expected, making a trip even at this time not a bad plan at all.

The overall feel of the town is of one that has retained its authenticity and realness in spite of its regional popularity … expect to walk through unpaved streets away from the Panamericana, and to see locals bathing in the refreshing 24 degree Celsius (77 degrees Fahrenheit) waters alongside tourists.

Swakopmund, Namibia

Has all those desert safaris and sandboarding expeditions in the interior of Namibia made you overheated? If so, take a trip to the coast at Swakopmund, where the one of the driest deserts on Earth meets the chilly South Atlantic.

Indeed, the waters off this popular coastal resort can be brisk at the best of times, as the ocean peaks at 20 degrees Celsius (68 degrees Fahrenheit) in January. But with lots of glorious sunshine to warm you up after an invigorating dip in the seas here, it shouldn’t be too much of a concern for you.

Between sessions at the beach, enjoy this city’s unique German colonial architecture, which will charm those that encounter it for the first time.

Kiribati

Located in the heart of the South Pacific, Kiribati is one of the sunniest island nations in Oceania, boasting well over 3,000 hours of sunshine per year. While this destination is one of white sand beaches and amazing shipwrecks dating back to the Second World War, conditions here are rustic compared to Hawaii, and poverty is apparent. That being said, those seeking unspoiled conditions will find it here in abundance.

Make the most of your trip to Lisbon

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Heading to Portugal soon, and want to make the most of your trip to Lisbon? There are many ways you can use your time when you are in this storied city, but if you are dumbfounded on where exactly to start, this guide will get you out of your hotel room and onto the streets of one of Europe’s most exciting capitals.