Imagine standing on top of 1/5 of the world’s fresh water supply, hearing the roar of 600 gallons per second, while taking in the beauty of one of the world’s natural wonders and simultaneously looking across the way at another country.

Sound far-fetched? Luckily, it’s not! Located in northwest New York State straddling the Canadian border, Niagara Falls is the perfect domestic destination for Americans and Canadians alike. And, no matter which side you visit (it’s recommended to visit both if possible), you won’t be disappointed.


The American side of Niagara Falls often gets overlooked and underrated. But, given that the actual Falls are on the American side, nowhere else in the world can get you closer. Consider exploring Niagara from the American side first to fully experience the sheer power of the Falls, followed by a trip to the Canadian side to appreciate its size and majestic beauty.

Getting There

By car, train or bus – it’s easily accessible from most states.

What to Do at Niagara Falls

You’ll want to arrive at Niagara Falls as soon as it opens to try and beat the lines. And, if possible, try to purchase tickets beforehand so you don’t miss out on any of your preferred activities. On the American side, these main attractions are recommended:

  • Observation Deck
  • Maid of the Mist
  • Cave of the Winds

But, do make sure to allow for spare time as the park on the American side offers several walking trails with exceptional lookout points.

Where to Visit in the Area

Whether you explore the surrounding area before or after your trip to Niagara Falls, there’s plenty to do nearby. Consider spending a day in Buffalo and exploring Frank Lloyd Wright’s famous Darwin Martin House, and Anchor Bar on Main Street, home to the original Buffalo Chicken Wing. You could also take a 1.5-hour drive to Rochester, New York, spend a day relaxing at a public beach on Lake Ontario or Lake Erie, or explore the beautiful countryside of the Niagara Wine Trail, USA.


If getting up close and personal with 600 gallons of rushing water per minute isn’t the adrenaline rush you’re looking for, the Canadian side of Niagara Falls will be more your speed. Tourists flock to the Canadian side of Niagara, and it’s easy to understand why once you experience its full view of the entire Falls (typically with a rainbow in sight) and beautifully landscaped Falls-side pathway.

Getting There

If you don’t feel like driving, consider other scenic options such as the GO train or bus, or the VIA Rail train. There are plenty of transportation modes available, including tour operators offering small-group private tours around the Niagara region.

What to Do at Niagara Falls

If you’ve already experienced the rush of the Falls from the American side, it’s recommended to spend lunch on the Canadian side (Queen Victoria Place restaurant offers Fall-side views and casual dining in a historic setting), then let your meal settle with a nice pathway stroll. But, if you’re experiencing the Falls fully from the Canadian side, these main attractions are recommended:

  • Journey Behind the Falls
  • Hornblower Niagara Cruises
  • Skylon Tower

And, if you want an outdoor bird’s eye view of the Falls and aren’t afraid of heights, you can also soar from a 220-feet high vantage point for more than 2,000 feet on the WildPlay Zipline. Take flight if you dare!

Where to Visit in the Area

If you have the time, you should consider exploring Toronto – the capital of the province of Ontario, Canada’s largest city, and the fourth largest city in North America. But the true gem of Canada’s Niagara region is Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Niagara-on-the-Lake sits just 30 minutes north of Niagara Falls on the shore of Lake Ontario. This quintessential town boasts 19th century buildings, a picturesque old town and waterfront, and a wine country that has taken a backseat to its neighbor, Niagara Falls. Although underappreciated, Niagara-on-the-Lake is a destination that should be on everyone’s radar. Home to rolling vineyards with chateaus, iconic ice wine, and more than 20 wineries in a five-mile radius (with nearly 100 wineries in the entire Niagara region), Niagara-on-the-Lake is the perfect relaxing getaway that rivals California – but without the crowds.


For the perfect four-day trip to Niagara Falls, here is a “tried and tested” itinerary:

  • Arrive to Buffalo, New York in the evening.
  • Rent a car from the airport and stay at a hotel nearby.


  • Embark on your Niagara Falls adventure early in the morning.
  • Visit the American side: Start with the Observation Deck followed by a Maid of the Mist boat ride and the Cave of the Winds (it’s recommended to book your tickets in advance). End your time on the American side with a stroll through the surrounding park.
  • Next, head to the Canadian side for lunch and a scenic stroll along the Falls-side pathway.
  • Then, drive north to Niagara-on-the-Lake. Enjoy an afternoon drive around town stopping along the lake or at a winery (most of the downtown shops will be closed by this point).
  • Finally, end your adventurous day with a quaint dinner in downtown Niagara-on-the-Lake.


  • Recommended hotel: Woodbourne Inn
  • Recommended dinner: Treadwell Cuisine


  • Start your day off with breakfast at your hotel (especially if you stay at Woodbourne Inn).
  • Then, spend your day exploring Niagara-on-the-Lake’s wineries.


  • Recommended wineries: Inniskillin (for ice wine), Ravine Vineyard, and Two Sisters Vineyards
  • Recommended lunch: Ravine Vineyard Winery Restaurant (request to eat outside if weather permits)
  • Recommended dinner: Kitchen 76 at Two Sisters Vineyards (request to eat on the patio if weather permits)
  • Pro Tip: If visiting in the summer, consider not exploring Niagara-on-the-Lake’s wineries on a Saturday, as many wineries close early for weddings.


  • Enjoy breakfast at your hotel in the morning.
  • Then, drive back across the border to catch your flight home from the Buffalo, New York airport.

Note: If you’re starting your trip on the Canadian side, or if you can’t visit both the American and Canadian sides, this itinerary can easily be adjusted.


Whether you’re looking for an adventure or simply needing a relaxing weekend getaway, Niagara Falls and its surrounding area is the perfect North American vacation. Get soaked, sip on wine, explore two countries, and take in the beauty of one of the world’s natural wonders – all within one iconic destination that attracts visitors from around the world

6 Benefits Of Travelling On A Group Trip

Generally, you’ll get a diverse mix of ages, nationalities, and personalities in one vicinity, so you’ll always find your own little wolf-pack within the group. If you’re an inexperienced traveler, it’s comforting to know that you’re going to be looked after and make friends from all over the world, giving you that much-needed confidence boost so that the next time you travel you’ll be all over it like a rash.

Insider’s knowledge and a local guide

Imagine someone with you at all times who eliminates all your niggles and worries so you can just enjoy exploring new lands. On a group trip, you are with the group host and/or local expert guides – people who go through rigorous training (and we mean rigorous – think army boot camp style) to ensure that you are in the best possible hands at any time of the day (or night). Want to know where the best gelato in Italy is? Ask your guide. Want to go off-the-beaten-path and see something cool? Ask your host or guide. They will help you unlock the history and insider knowledge of the world’s greatest destinations, so you can get the absolute most out of your experience, without spending your whole time searching the internet or trawling guide books. Think of them as an encyclopedia, but for travel.

More time to yourself than you would think…

Perhaps one of the greatest myths circulating group travel is that you don’t get a lot of “free time.” We know the contrary. Our trips to the Caribbean always give you 1.5-2 days of free time, on our multi-city sightseeing tours (ex. Morocco) you have a full itinerary with several blocks of free time built in.  We try to always give you options. Obviously you’re going to want to do the ‘must-do’s’ which a group travel trip will sort for you, but equally, you’ve got total freedom to spend your ‘me time‘ how you please. So basically, best of both worlds – the itinerary of dreams, and the choice to go off course. #Winning.

A value that packs a punch

At the end of the day, group travel is there to make your holiday seamless and effortless. Add to that a truly valuable experience with a heap of inclusions that means more money in your pocket for food, shopping, or cool experiences. Most often, accommodation, meals, transportation, a trip manager and exclusive access to sights is also included. Value central.


Sit back, relax and enjoy the adventure because, on our group trips, it’s hassle-free. Navigating through a new country can sometimes be difficult. New languages, customs, and ways to get around. On our group trips, you generally don’t have to worry about organizing or planning as much – you can just go with the flow, cocktail in hand, and let someone our trip host deal with the stress.

Find your future TravelMate

Because let’s face it – who really needs Tinder to find love when it’s as simple as traveling the world and embracing the single life. You’re amidst a bunch of like-minded individuals, experiencing new cultures with a positive attitude – be open to whatever lies ahead. If you are local to NYC you can join our Meetup group where we have meet & greets that give you that human interaction can certainly help you find your future travelmate – or at least – start the conversation and form new friendships!

Ready for the trip of a lifetime? Make sure you stay connected with us by joining our mailing list and don’t forget to check out our upcoming group trips.

St. Lucia is not just like any other tropical island destination.

This beautiful island of mountains, forests, historical sites and of course the beaches shares a part of the history of this country.

It is impossible to see everything that this island has to offer. However, we are going to share with you some of the most iconic spots in St. Lucia!

Iconic Spot #1: The Pitons

The Pitons are two iconic volcanoes. Each volcano has its name: Gros Piton and Petite Piton. You can hike to explore these volcanos or sail around them. Either way, you can enjoy the beauty that they offer the island.

Iconic Spot #2: Pigeon Island

Pigeon IslandPigeon Island is another top spot for you to visit especially if you love history and nature. What makes Pigeon Island a popular place is that it is known for pirates. The infamous pirate, Jamb de Bois, created a camp there to ambush Spanish trade ships. You can hike around the ruins and visit Fort Rodney. This is a spot that you’ll never forget. Pigeon Island is a National Park of Saint Lucia.  You can go snorkeling, sailing, and diving off the shores, too.

Iconic Spot #3: Soufrière

Soufrière is one of the most well-known spots in St. Lucia. Explore the town square. Immerse yourself in the local culture of Saint Lucia. Experience some of the natural wonders of the islands. The Saint Lucia Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens is also here. Some visitors use Soufrière as a starting point to hike out to Toraille.

The best way for you to explore the iconic spots here is to ask a local.

They are knowledgeable about some hidden gems, too.

You’ll have the time of your life exploring St. Lucia!

Let’s be honest, moms go through A LOT. If you’re looking for a special gift that shows mom how much you appreciate her, then look no further than a beach vacation. There’s something out there for every type of mother, so you can’t go wrong.

Relaxing vacations for mom

Every mom deserves a relaxing beach getaway. Send her to the black sand shores of Costa Rica, where she can spend the day lounging in a tropical paradise or have her enjoy a few days of pampering at an all-inclusive in Mexico, where the spas are out of this world. Mom will surely find inner peace on one of these trips.

Send mom to a relaxing resort:

Melia Nassau Beach – Nassau, Bahamas

Secrets Papagayo Resort & Spa – Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Zoëtry Paraiso de la Bonita – Riviera Maya, Mexico

Fun and sun vacations for mom

Mom needs to let loose, too. Like the days before she was blessed with children, mom will have zero responsibilities any time she visits Cancun or Riviera Maya. It’s time for her to let her hair down and party like it’s 1999!

Send mom on a let loose getaway:

Breathless Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa – Cancun, Mexico

Riu Palace Mexico – Riviera Maya, Mexico

Grand Oasis Sens – Cancun, Mexico

Adventure vacations for mom

Some moms enjoy a little adrenaline rush. If yours has an adventurous spirit, consider a trip to the Dominican Republic and let her ride dune buggies until her heart’s content. If not, she could always discover a new thrill in Riviera Maya.

Send mom on an adventure getaway:

Dreams La Romana Resort & Spa – La Romana, Dominican Republic

Hotel Xcaret – Riviera Maya, Mexico

Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort – St. Lucia

Romantic vacations for mom

Is your mom a sucker for romance? Send her (and her other half) on a trip full of love. They can rekindle the flame in Jamaica with the help of hydro-massage bathtubs, or while looking into each other’s eyes as the sun sets over the pristine beaches in Cap Cana.

Send mom on a romantic vacation:

Luxury Bahia Principe Runaway Bay – Jamaica

Secrets Cap Cana Resort & Spa – Cap Cana, Dominican Republic

Villa del Palmar Cancun Luxury Beach Resort & Spa – Cancun, Mexico

Family vacations for mom

If mom can’t get enough of you or if she needs time to catch up with the family, then a beach escape is the perfect opportunity to relax while bonding with loved ones. Everyone, including the hard-to-please teens, will enjoy the next family vacation to these resorts.

Send mom on a family vacation:

Dreams Palm Beach Punta Canca – Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya – Riviera Maya, Mexico

Nickelodeon Hotels and Resorts Punta Cana – Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Mom will surely love you a little more if you surprise her with a future beach vacation! The best part of this gift is that you don’t even have to leave your couch or wrap anything.