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Tips & Tricks For Finding The Best Eateries When Abroad

24 May 2016

Travel is all about seeing and experiencing new places, and what’s the best way to do that? Via food, of course! Well, if you’re a foodie it is. When visiting a new country, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by all the places on offer to dine in. The ‘safest’ places to eat are, of course, chain restaurants. However, if you want to experience the country’s authentic cuisine, you need to find places that are independent.


Want to know how to find the best eateries when abroad? Have a read of this!

Read up before you travel

Before your trip, take the time to read up on the place that you are visiting. Find out about the types of food that’s on offer and what the most authentic dishes are. For wherever you are visiting, use Tripadvisor to get an idea of the best places to eat. Look at reviews, read the comments, and see where other travelers have recommended. When there are so many places to choose from, it can be a little overwhelming selecting where to eat.

Hire a car

If you want to explore the food a little further afield from where you are staying, it’s worth thinking about hiring a car. While you could opt to use public transport, if you want to see all the best local restaurants, having a car is crucial. To find out about the cost of hire cars where you are going, check out the Carrot website and have a browse. As long as you book in advance, you should be able to get a good deal on the car you choose to hire.

Ask the locals

One of the best ways to find the nicest restaurants while on vacation is to ask the locals. If anyone will know where the nicest places to dine are, the locals will. Most people are friendly and happy to help, so don’t be afraid to stop someone and ask. Explain that you want authentic food and take any recommendations on board. Don’t be afraid to ask a few different people for suggestions, as this will give you a better idea of the most popular places.

Have a list of must-try foods

Before your trip, spend some time Googling the area. See what cuisine the area is famous for, and write the dish names on your list. You can also use Google Translate to work out what is in each one, to ensure that you will like it. If you have friends or family who have traveled to where you’re going, ask them for recommendations as well. When it comes to finding the best foods to try, the more help you can get, the better.

Don’t skip street food

A lot of travelers steer clear of street food when abroad but there’s no reason to. As long as the stall is part of a reputable market and looks clean, the food is safe to eat. Sometimes, street stalls offer the nicest and most authentic foods, so skipping them is a real shame.

For us foodies, travel is all about trying out new dishes. What sets one place aside from another is the food on offer, which is why it’s so important to try a range of dishes while you’re away.

Best Sunscreen Protection For Summer

23 May 2016

It is undeniably hot! And it is undeniably summer in this part of the world. And when it is summer, all the more that we are exposed to the harmful rays of the sun. While it is fun to enjoy the great outdoors with the longer daylight and more activities to be had, it is very imperative that we also take extreme caution in keeping our skin well-guarded from the heat.

There are plenty of sunscreen lotions or spray sold in the market and not all of them are great for the type of protection that you need.

One way to ensure you get the best and highest protection is to buy a sunscreen lotion with higher SPF and have high water-resistant factor so that, when you use it in the beach area, it stays longer even when you're in and out of the water.

Check out these sunscreen lotion that tops the review charts in the market:

Neutrogena Ultimate Sport SPF 70+ lotion

The Neutrogena Ultimate SPF 70+ Lotion is one of the most effective spray lotion in the market. It is so effective that it is perfect for the active people out there. It comes in a spray can that you can apply to any hard-to-reach areas of your body. It can't be sprayed directly to your face though. It can be sprayed to your hands then apply to the face for extra coverage. It is breathable, lightweight and nongreasy. It is waterproof and resists rub-off. The product description for this spray lotion indicates that it is water resistant for 80 minutes. It also won't clog your pores nor cause any skin breakouts. It is PABA-free and oil-free.

Coppertone Sensitive Skin SPF 50 Lotion

This moisturising formula with Vitamin E helps prevent peeling and dryness while helping to maintain healthy-looking skin. It helps prevent premature skin ageing and provides protection against UVA/UVB sunrays,

Shiseido Anessa Perfect UV Sunscreen EX

Shiseido is a popular Japanese brand and it is known globally. It is known for its high quality beauty and skincare products that can sit in the same pedestal as the high-end American and European brands in the market. The Shiseido Anessa Perfect UV Sunscreen EX has SPF 50+ so it has a high percentage of protection. It is also waterproof. And based on some reviews I have read about this product, it lasts the whole day which should be the case for a sunscreen lotion or spray.

Kiehl’s Activated Sun Protector Lotion for Face SPF 50

Kielh's is a famous American brand founded in 1851. It started as a pharmacy in Manhattan selling skin, hair and body care products. Based on consumer reviews, the lotion is very thick but it feels light when applied. This SPF 50 sun protector lotion has Vitamin E and a blend of sun filters that provide effective protection from harmful UVA and UVB.

La Roche-Posay Anthelios 60 Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid for Face

La Roche-Posay Anthelios 60 Ultra Light Sunscreen offers a high SPF 60 with a light and fast absorbing formula. It won’t leave your face any greasy after-feel. Perfect for use outdoors and at the beach. Also it is suitable for sensitive skin, fragrance-free, PABA-free and non-comedogenic. Since it is perfect for the outdoors, it is one of the best sunscreen fluid for the face for the always-on-the-go and travellers.

Vichy Capital Soleil SPF 60 Soft Sheer Sunscreen Lotion for Face and Body with Antioxidants and Vitamin E

Vichy is a prominent brand originated from France in 1931. The Vichy Capital Soleil SPF 60 Soft Sheer Sunscreen Lotion for the face and body combines effective UVA and UVB filters for broad-spectrum defense against damaging sun rays. With antioxidants such as White Grape Polyphenol and Vitamin E, it helps neutralise free radical damage. This sunscreen has a soft and sheer texture. It is water-resistant to up to 40 minutes, fragrance free, PABA free, oil-free and suitable for sensitive skin, including children from 6 months and up. 

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5 Good Reasons To Make Baltimore Your Next Port Of Call

18 May 2016

If you’ve never been to Baltimore before, it’s high time you paid this Maryland gem a visit. Here are five good reasons to make Baltimore your next travel destination.

1. The food
Baltimore was named runner-up in Zagat’s Top Food Cities of 2015 and it’s no wonder. In Baltimore, you’ll find everything from comforting, hearty fayre to fine dining. Head down the harbor to sample the catch of the day. You’ll enjoy a delicious meal and fabulous views. Food is celebrated here, and you can attend events, such as food festivals, throughout the year. If you’re a foodie, and you’re eager to embark on a culinary journey during your stay, join a city food tour.

2. The scenery
Baltimore is famed for its green spaces. Yes, you’ll find all the skyscrapers and bustling financial districts you’d find in other major cities. But you’ll also discover that there are plenty of tranquil parks to escape to after a hectic day of sightseeing. The Cylburn Arboretum is a highlight. This stunning urban park is bursting with color, and it boasts a series of themed gardens. Visit in the spring to catch sight of the beautiful blossom in all its glory.

3. The festivals
You’ll never get bored in Baltimore. There’s so much to see and do and there’s a festival of some kind happening almost every month. Whether you’re into music, art, dance or sport, there’s something for everyone. Look out for details online and sign up for mailing lists to get the latest information and book tickets.

4. The sights
There’s plenty going on in Baltimore, and you’ll find it easy to create a packed itinerary. Watch the Baltimore Ravens in action at the M&T Bank Stadium or cheer on the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park. Indulge in some culture with a visit to the Baltimore Museum of Art or the Walters Art Museum. Catch a show at the Hippodrome Theater. Or take a trip back in time at the Reginald F Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture.

5. The weather
Usually, the weather is mentioned as a selling-point when you can enjoy year-round sunshine. The beauty of Baltimore weather is that affords you the opportunity to enjoy distinctive seasons. The winter is cold, and you may be greeted with swathes of powdery snow. The fall and spring are mild with unpredictable conditions, and the summer is warm and sunny. You may not be guaranteed clear blue skies. But sometimes, it’s refreshing to experience the different seasonal changes.

If you’re thinking about going on a road trip or you’re looking for inspiration for your next US city break, why not consider Baltimore? There’s a vibrant blend of contemporary city living and rustic tradition. The influence of the sea port has not been forgotten, and the harbor is a stunning place to enjoy a delicious meal and a well-earned drink. There are hotels to suit all budgets and plenty of sights and attractions to keep visitors of all ages busy.

How To Get The Most Out Of A City Break In Houston

Houston is a bustling city bursting at the seams with things to do. There is something for everyone, from families, to a couple just wanting a break away. A city break in Houston can be fun filled. So I thought I would share with you some of the ways you can get the most out of a weekend or short break in this fantastic city.


Do your research

Once you have decided that you are heading to Houston for a city break now is the time to do some research. Consider all the sights you want to see and the places you want to go. You can get some excellent insights online. Or you may want to checkout things like for more information. They can offer some great tips and advice and also may be able to unearth some secret hidden gems.

Make a plan

The next thing to do is make a plan. It may seem like you are trying to stick to a schedule but it is the only way to ensure you will get the most out of your short stay. A plan doesn’t have to be rigid or timed. But it will give you an idea on the times you have and will make sure you are not disappointed by not being able to see something. It’s always best if the person who most likes to be in control get’s involved with this. They will enjoy all the planning, and it will make the trip much more memorable.

Think about things logistically

You don't want to be too far away from restaurants and bars, and you also don’t want to have to travel too much to all the wonderful sights and museums. So it’s worth checking where your accommodation is logistical to everywhere. It’s worth considering booking a hotel or apartment that is centrally located to everything. This means you won’t have to spend too much time or money getting from one place to the next.

Consider a city pass to make the most of your stay

A city pass will allow you to see Houston's top five attractions with a saving of up to 48% off booking fees. This can be a great way to make sure you get the most out of the city without it costing you a fortune. Some of the places that are included on a Houston citypass is the space centre and the downtown aquarium. Also, there is the Houston Zoo and the many museums available to see.

Book ahead to avoid disappointment

Finally, the last tip would be to book things in advance. Especially if you are not planning on using a citypass. Most attractions offer a discount when booking online. It would also be worth doing this for any restaurants you want to visit during your stay. The last thing you want is one of the top restaurants not having any availability for your day.

I hope this has given you some useful tips to make the most out of your city break in Houston, Texas.

Teach Your Kids Geography

17 May 2016

I love Geography! I think, I was only 4 or 5 years old when my mum bought me an Almanac. It was thick, hardbound and had pretty, colourful pages, and information about weather, farmers' planting dates, and many more. So, what is the relationship of that Almanac to my love for Geography. Well, that thick Almanac book opened another view of the world outside my own, outside my community, and outside my country. At that young age, I developed my love for learning more about other countries, their history, art and culture, the food, the locals, their customs and traditions, the many festivities in their land, and the beautiful places to see in their countries. Aside from the Almanac, my mum and dad also bought me coffee table books of other countries with glossy prints of famous places and destinations. That really cemented by love for travel and the world. I got hooked!

Kids these days are all hooked up on gadgets and online interactions are becoming a norm. Why not divert their fresh minds and let them explore more about the world around them by engaging them in Little Passports' many fun activities for the young ones to know more about other countries?

You can subscribe to their kits to introduce your kids to the wonderful world of Geography, the World, the culture of other countries, and other fun activities outdoors.

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