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Queenstown’s Winter Wonderland

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Whether you have an appetite for adventure, mountains and fresh air or are more at home enjoying a delicious meal, fine wine and a roaring fire, get away from the everyday and escape to Queenstown. The cosmopolitan town has a welcoming, vibrant energy that resonates across the resort to make Queenstown a unique holiday destination. Big enough to offer a wide range of accommodation, activities, ski fields, events, eateries and bars – yet small enough to make you feel like you belong.

Every year from early June onwards, the region transforms into a winter wonderland, attracting snow sports enthusiasts from around the world with its incredible lake and alpine scenery, crisp blue-sky days, easy access to some of New Zealand’s finest ski and snowboard terrain and vibrant après ski scene.  The region’s four ski fields, all within a handy 25 to 90-minute drive of Queenstown, open from early June and offer a range of terrain for all levels whether you’re keen to conquer the basics, enjoy groomed runs, tackle off-piste, throw down some freestyle tricks or experience the thrill of night skiing. With the first snowfalls, you can feel the buzz in town as skiers and snowboarders gear up for a season of fun.

Visit Queenstown at the start of the season and experience the electric atmosphere of the town’s annual Queenstown Winter Festival. Winter Festival has grown into the Southern Hemisphere’s biggest winter celebration and is a true showcase of Queenstown’s unique culture and community, with street parades, fireworks,

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What It’s Really Like to Live in one of The Cities with The Best Quality of Life in The World

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Bern in Switzerland is considered one of best cities to live in the world. The Alpine city ranked 14th in one of the world’s largest HR consultancy firms Mercer’s annual “Quality of Living Index” and as the 2nd safest city in the world in the group’s separate rankings. According to London-based think-tank Legatum Institute in its annual global Prosperity Index, Switzerland overall is the 2nd happiest, richest, healthiest, and most crime-free country in the world.

Glassdoor also showed that Switzerland has the best standard of living in Europe due to its on average high salaries of over €50,000 (£39,038, $56,838) and strong purchasing power. Basically, Bern sounds pretty amazing. Travel experts point out that it’s underrated because it is less-well known than Switzerland’s huge financial hubs, Zurich and Geneva. So, we what makes Bern great?

Rebecca Griffiths is a cardiovascular admissions manager  for a large NHS Foundation Trust in London but she went to Switzerland for a month to experience and learn about the healthcare system as part of the multidisciplinary Hope Exchange programme. “The quality of life in Switzerland, and very much so in Bern, is of a very high standard. People take care of themselves, work-life balance was good,” Griffiths said.

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10 Reasons Travelers Can’t Keep Away from Jeju Island

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Just off the coast of South Korea, Jeju Island pulls in vacationers and honeymooners by the thousands.April to June is prime time for school trips. “You get a lot of students on field trips from April to June,” says Kim Mi-ryang, of the Korea Tourist Organization’s Jeju branch. But there is plenty of space for all. With half a million people spread over an area that’s three times as big as Seoul, there’s a lazy feel to the place. Even if you haven’t just gotten married, a vacation here sure can feel like it. Regular direct flights to and from international cities such as Tokyo, Osaka, Beijing and Shanghai (as well as South Korea’s domestic airports) and liberal visa requirements also make getting here a snap.

Unfortunately, while one of Jeju Island’s famous attractions, the fields of rapeseed flowers, are just starting to wither (they had their peak in early to mid-April), there’s still plenty to see. With the volcanic Hallasan commanding the island from the center, a 224-kilometer semi-tropical forested national park, a wild coastline dotted with waterfalls and the longest lava tube in the world, it’s no wonder that Jeju Island was voted one of the 2011 New 7 Wonders of Nature.

1. The highest mountain in South Korea

Be on the lookout for wild creatures. The dormant volcano Hallasan stands 1,950 meters above sea level, but you can hike up and down in a day if you start early. Avoid the rain clouds of summer in favor … Read More