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Fast Weekend Getaway in Subic in a Budget

If you’re feeling cooped or has been dreaming of a weekend getaway with your family or friends without overspending, then Subic is a perfect destination for you.

Subic in Olangapo is a place in the Philippines that is teeming with beautiful beaches, mangroves, and plenty of fun activities to do. It is in the northern part of Luzon which is very close to Manila. Getting there is not very complicated if you are already coming from nearby metro areas like Caloocan, Manila, and Quezon City, and nearby towns along the North Express Way which is one of the main artery leading to Subic, Olongapo. You can either take a public transportation via bus or drive your own car for faster navigation. What ever your choice is to get there, you will surely find your way with GPS, the traditional map, by following the directions given by your travel guide or Subic Hotel booking confirmation’s details, or simply follow the street signs.

 

Accommodation

There are many accommodations to choose from in Subic. You do not have to spend a fortune to book a family room too. An example is, a family room for max. of 6 pax in Golden Slumber Resort for an overnight stay and the rate is based on today’s date in some hotel booking providers when you search for Subic hotels is only around Php 3,800 inclusive of tax. You can use the resort’s amenities like the pool for a quick dip.

Activities

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There are plenty of things to do in Subic while you are there over the weekend.  You can visit Zoobic Safari and experience nature up close, go trekking or even pet small animals too.

Entrance rates vary for adults and kids:

Adult: Php 545
Kid:  Php 445 (4 ft. and below)
FREE: kids 3 ft. and below

And if you buy your tickets online, you get 10% discount! (Based on Zoobic Safari’s website)

If the zoo is not your thing, then you can head on to Ocean Adventure and watch cute dolphins and sea lions perform their acts in front of many spectators. Ocean Adventure has a 4+1 promo right now which costs Php 3,155 for 4 pax and plus 1, making it a 5 pax rate! However, the rate is valid only until 16 Dec. 2016 but the reservation is not required for the 4+1 promo.

 

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Is your group into hiking and marveling on the beauty of mother nature? Then enjoy Pamulaklakin Forest Trail. Here you will get to walk for 30 minutes along a trail with a guide who will teach you how to follow a trail and even give trivia on some of the plants’ medicinal properties that you will find along the way.  The entrance fee is also relatively cheap.

Is thrilling activities and adventure your group’s thing?  Feel like a superhero or Tarzan as you zip through one tree to another with Tree Top Adventure’s adrenalin pumping rides like the canopy ride, superman ride, silver surfer, and others. Rates vary per ride or as combination. However, with your Php 100, you will surely have some activity to do in Tree Top Adventure.

Dining

Aside from the thrills and nature encounters, there are plenty of food outlets to try to satisfy your cravings without burning a whole in your pocket.  Check out some local food outlets in Subic and stretch your budget to enjoy your meals.

Hotshots – a Garden Fresh salad will cost your Php 179 and the Filipino Style Barbecue is only Php 159.

The Coffee Shop Restaurant – known  now for their coffee but for their giant tacos for only Php 90!

Or you may even try the ubiquitous McDonald’s, Jollibee, amongst others.

So, stop thinking about that weekend trip you have been longing to take and just do it! Having fun with your family or friends need not be costly as you can split the cost amongst other members of the group so everyone gets to enjoy and save too! Happy trip!

 

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Planning a Trip to the Mount Rushmore State

Posted in places of interest, tourist attractions, travel, travel tips, US, vacation
on February 15, 2018

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The USA is such a vast place that it can often be difficult to choose just one place to visit. While some people opt for a road trip, skipping from one state to another, many of us have responsibilities back home that means we have to limit the period of time that we’re away. If you’re going to visit just one state, why not consider South Dakota, otherwise known as the Mount Rushmore state? Here’s everything you need to know in advance of your trip!

Weather

Now, South Dakota is 380 miles long and 210 miles wide. With this considerable sizes comes relatively dramatic variation in weather and climate from one region to another. For general travel purposes, you can expect South Dakota to be split into two different climates. The Eastern region has a humid continental climate. You expect a humid atmosphere and moderate precipitation. The Western half is perhaps preferable, with a semiarid steppe climate. This means that you can expect plenty of sunshine and low levels of rain.

Where to Stay

As with any state, there are various options at hand when it comes to accommodation while you are away from home. The key to a successful trip is to find something with plenty of room, comfort, and sufficient amenities. You will probably see various hostels advertised. But the low costs that come hand in hand with these come at a price. You won’t be able to expect a room of your own or even a toilet or wash facilities of your own. For something reasonably priced but with privacy and comfort, consider a hotel along the lines of Comfort Inn & Suites Custer. There are poolside facilities to lounge at and accommodating guest rooms to settle down in at the end of the day. You can also look forward to extras such as Wi-Fi, free parking, a fitness centre, a business centre for any meetings you may have arranged, and plenty of reading material (such as local guides and a daily complimentary newspaper).

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Things to Do

Mount Rushmore

Of course, South Dakota’s main attraction is Mount Rushmore. Nearly three million people visit the site every year. So how should you go about seeing this tourist hotspot from the best angle possible? Well, if you want to avoid the crowds, give the months of June, July, and August a miss. This is the season where most people have vacations booked and time off work, so it figures!

If you want to learn more about the figures carved in stone, you can also take a Presidential Road Trip. A specially devised itinerary will take you along a route stopping off on all sorts of historical sites pertaining to the presidents.

Black Hills National Forest

While you’re in South Dakota, you should make the most of the natural beauty of the area. Start with the Black Hills National Forest. You may not be able to make your way around all of the best spots in a day (it’s an astounding 1.2 million acres of trees). As well as taking in the landscape and scenery, you can take part in all sorts of activities such as hiking, rock climbing, mining, and taking a look at the local wildlife. If you want to stay a little longer, you can even camp in the area!

 

As you can see, South Dakota holds a lot of potential for any wanderlust-stricken traveller. So add it to your travel bucket list!

 

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Planning a Well-Rounded Florida Vacation

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Florida has so much to offer the average traveler that many visitors don’t even realize all that awaits them. Not only does this state have wonderfully warm temperature all year long, but it is filled with amazing opportunities. Whether you are a history buff, thrill seeker, amusement park fanatic, or simply looking to relax, Florida has something for everyone.

Historical Landmarks

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Florida is so well-known for fun that people often forget that it is rich in history. Historical sites like the hauntingly intriguing Fort Jefferson are waiting to be explored. You can also take a tour of the Ford and Edison Sites where you’ll get an up-close look at the winter home of two influential inventors. Even the 205 foot Bok Tower is a sight to behold.

Thrilling Adventures

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Only in Florida can one discover so many options when it comes to thrill seeking. The wetlands are the perfect place to ride an airboat amidst the local alligators and snakes in their natural habitat. When you take advantage of programs like Swim with Manatees Citrus County FL becomes a dream come true for anyone wanting to join these magnificent creatures under water.

Theme Park Utopia

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Orlando is home to a variety of exciting theme parks representing all of your favorite characters from Mickey Mouse to Harry Potter. These parks have roller coasters for the adventurer, exotic dining opportunities for the foodie, and a number of shows for those that want some entertainment. The fun doesn’t stop when the sun goes down. Orlando’s skies are filled with spectacular fireworks displays every night.

Relaxing Shores

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Those looking to simply spend their days soaking up that Florida sunshine can take their pick from a variety of beaches. Sandy shores along the Gulf have some of the most stunning water views you’ll ever find while the Atlantic Coast is the ideal location to watch the sunrise. Along with the more popular Miami and Daytona Beach, you’ll discover several quitter locations.

Now that you know all that awaits you in the state of Florida, your only problem will be trying to decide exactly which activities to try. Chances are that you’ll either have to extend your vacation time or start planning a return trip as soon as you get home.

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Romantic Places to Go To in Dubai Without the Hefty Price Tag

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Dubai is just not a sandy and buzzing cosmopolitan city with skyscrapers of various sorts. It is also a place where you can enjoy a romantic getaway with your special someone this Valentine’s Day without the hefty price tag.

Here are just few of the places you can go to while the weather is still inviting and spend a romantic time with your partner to commemorate a special occasion or celebrate Valentine’s Day. Enjoy!

Jebel Hafeet

Jebel Hafeet is the 2nd highest peak in UAE. On the summit, you can see the stunning view of Al Ain and the Oman in the border. Plenty of people either drive, cycle, or even run to reach Jebel Hafeet. If you plan to spend some quiet moments, there are designated camping grounds for people who wish to spend the night and graze upon the stars. Since I am into saving money while enjoying quality time with your love one, you can decide to check in the nearby Mercure Grand Jebel Hafeet Hotel if you have extra cash to splurge around.

Saruq Al Hadid Museum

This museum is located in the Shindagha District. For just a measly DHS20 entrance fee, you can enjoy some quiet moments with your special someone while viewing artifacts, and knowing more about the region’s history and culture while admiring arts.

Dubai Water Canal Boardwalk

Have a stroll along the Dubai Water Canal Boardwalk at night and enjoy the glam atmosphere  around with beautiful illuminated walkways and bridge overlooking the Dubai Water Canal. Don’t forget to wait for the mechanical waterfall right on the side of the bridge.

Miracle Garden

The entrance fee to this place for adults is Dhs 45 and that is very affordable. Take your special someone here and enjoy the flowers abloom around the park,

Dubai Mall Fountains

This is still a free activity to enjoy. Watch the fountains dance along lively, and sometimes romantic tunes. Wait for the evening shows to enjoy the sights and sounds.

Dhow Cruise dinner at the Dubai Creek

Snag a great deal for as low as DHS55 per person for a buffet dinner aboard the traditional dhow along with other entertainment for guests. Plenty of travel agencies and tour providers are offering deals for an evening of fun and entertainment in one of the dhow cruises plying along the creek. Enjoy the cruise along Dubai Creek while savoring delectable meals prepared for the guests.

 

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Perfectly Picturesque: The Prettiest Destinations For Sightseers

The best thing about travel is being able to see new things. A different part of the world with different types of architecture, terrain and landscape, weather conditions and more. So if you want the type of vacation where you will be taking in the sights rather than just lying on a beach- you won’t be disappointed with any of the following locations.

The Lake District and The Peak District, UK

When most people picture the UK they think of dreary weather and busy London town. However, the UK is also full of amazing, natural beauty. The lake district in located in the north of England, it’s a mountainous region and offers some of the most stunning scenery in the country. From spectacular lakes to forests, rivers and mountains you’re sure to snap some fantastic photos. In the peak district, in central England, you can expect to see limestone valleys and stepping stones with lots of interesting terrain. As well as breathtaking views you can find out more with the various educational programs they run. There are all kinds of trails you can hike with varying levels of difficulty depending on your fitness. There are caverns, a reservoir and lots of historic buildings nearby that you could look into. Both destinations have quaint villages nearby that you could take a walk into and see what English life is all about.

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Noto Peninsula, Japan

If you want to see mountains, hot springs, stunning gardens, dramatic coastlines and gorgeous seaside villages then Noto Peninsula- a peninsula off the main island of Japan is definitely one to consider. If you look into Japan cycling tours you’ll see this is a popular destination as it’s so pretty. Visit in spring or autumn if you want warm, dry weather. The summer is hot and humid, and there’s often snowfall in the winter so it all depends on the kind of trip and weather backdrop you’re after.

The Arctic Region

The Arctic isn’t a country or destination within itself, it’s actually an area made up of parts of Alaska, Sweden, Canada, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Finland and Russia. The Arctic has varying levels of snow and ice cover throughout  the year, and provides incredible scenery since it’s one of the most unspoiled areas in the world. There are all kinds of wildlife which in the Arctic making it the perfect place to view different animal. Plus snow covered peaks, frozen bodies of water and ice everywhere really does look magical- a great place if you want to see some mind blowing views.

Florida, US

When you think of Florida you might think of Disney, built up areas jammed with tourist attractions. Which might be fun, but don’t really provide a whole lot of scenic viewing. However there’s so much more to the Sunshine State than being the home of Mickey. From stunning sandy coastlines to idyllic gardens in Miami, palm trees and the Florida Keys where you can watch or swim with wild dolphins. With the year round sunny weather it provides a gorgeous backdrop to the beaches, plantlife and rolling hills.

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Escape The Harsh Winter And Travel To The Caribbean

 

I wish I live in your place! That will be my common quip because I love winter. However, if you’ve been living in a country where the winter gets so crazy then I will completely understand the need to go on a vacation to somewhere sunny – the Caribbean!

The Caribbean region lies in the Caribbean sea and consists of approximately 7,000 and more independent and territories of other countries. It is situated in the East of Central America, Southeast of USA, and north of the South American region. And because of this, the Caribbean islands enjoy a nice tropical/sub-tropical climate with a dry and wet season but still enjoys a year-long sunshine.

This region is a hit to many who wants to enjoy the warm weather throughout the year. You can do many activities here such as sightseeing, water sports, lots of swimming and snorkeling, and diving too while forgetting the harsh winter climate back home.

 

Here are just some of the countries listed in the Caribbean region for you to consider if you want to ditch your winter wear in exchange of a beach wear and the cool (bot not freezing cold!) breeze on your face. Then head off to this Caribbean paradise!

Aruba

Bahamas

Barbados

Cayman Islands

Curaçao

Jamaica

Haiti

Martinique

Puerto Rico

Saint Lucia

Trinidad and Tobago

Turks and Caicos

 

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Wash Away Those Festive Sins in Thailand

Posted in lifestyle, places of interest, resort, retreat, spa, Thailand, travel, travel tips
on January 11, 2018

From a picturesque yoga retreat perched in the sweeping mountains of Chiang Mai to a hard-core fitness boot camp in Phuket, here’s why Thailand is your go-to destination if you’re looking for a fresh, healthy start to 2018!

 

Detox

Cleanse away your festive sins at one of Thailand’s many detox retreats. With budget and luxury options available, as well as bespoke programs tailored to any request, forget the gym, grab your bikini and work off those holiday indulgences on one of Thailand’s famous palm-fringed beaches. Choose from a rejuvenating 1 – 7-day gentle cleanse, or for the more hardcore, try a month-long cleanse! Retreats also include activities such as hikes, yoga, meditation, massages and much more.

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http://phuketcleanse.com/

Phuket Cleanse offers pre- cleanse and post-cleanse programs, detox therapies, and include activities such as guided meditation to help detox the mind while detoxing the body.

Location: Phuket

https://www.thesanctuarythailand.com/detox.html

The Sanctuary Thailand is famous for their detox programs, yoga in paradise, healthy food options and world-class teachers, workshops and teacher trainings. Detox programs include the one-day quick detox, two-day liver cleanse, three – seven-day raw cleanse, 7.5 day candida detox, or a 10.5 day complete cleanse.

Location: Koh Pha Ngan Island

http://www.samuidetox.com/

Samui Detox offers a variety of programs including; fasting and detox, weight loss, rejuvenation, as well as activities including yoga and meditation, Thai massage, herbal steam baths, workshops and excursions.

Location: Koh Samui

Fitness Boot Camps

Planning to overindulge this Festive season? Forget crash diets, dig out your passport and get to Thailand – the ultimate fitness holiday destination. Fitness boot-camps can be found all throughout the stretches of sandy white beaches or in the lush rainforests of Thailand, promising to whip you into shape, teach you healthy habits and set you on the right track in 2018.

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Phuket Fit

www.phuketfit.com/

Phuket Fit’s team of specialized fitness and wellness professionals will give you the support needed in your journey to body transformation. Offering a healthy environment and personalised services and support, helping guests achieve specific health and fitness goals and make lasting positive changes in their lives. Phuket Cleanse offers three programs, including the ‘Detox & Cleanse Program’, the ‘Weight Loss Program’ and the ‘Complete Fitness Program’.

Location: Rawai, Phuket.

www.thailandfitnessbootcamp.com/

Thailand Fitness Boot Camp have devised a challenging but do-able week-long program, packed full of outdoor activities to help you achieve your fitness, health and weight loss goals. Their boot camp fitness vacations take a holistic approach to health and fitness, tying in a combination of work outs, clean diets and pampering spa treatments.

Location: Chiang Mai.

www.ultimatefitnessholiday.com/thailand-fitness-boot-camp/

Ultimate Fitness Holiday provide advanced training techniques and all the tools necessary to achieve your fitness goals. Tailoring training to every individual and experienced instructors there to teach you all of the techniques to become a fitter and healthier version of you. Activities include: boot camps, open matt sessions, Olympic weightlifting, beach training, assault course training, and spinning.

Location: Phuket

Muay Tuay

Eager to get fit FAST and prepare for the ultimate challenge? Pack your bags and head to Thailand to experience their national sport, Muay Tuay. This combat sport, also known as ‘the art of eight limbs’ combines punching, kicking, kneeing, elbowing and clinching. Originally developed by Thai soldiers in the 16th century, it’s no surprise that this will likely be one of the toughest workouts you’ve ever experienced. Muay Thai camps can be found all over Thailand, each catering to different experience levels and different budgets. Known as one of the most grueling and exhausting, yet rewarding and most memorable experiences you’ll ever have, are you up for the Muay Thai challenge?

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http://www.junmuaythai.com/

Jun Muay Thai Camp is a traditional Thai gym that caters to all levels of students, from absolute beginners through to advanced stadium fighters. It offers general fitness and conditioning training, or more intensive technique and fight preparation training. It is also quickly becoming known as the place to train in Koh Samui.

Location: Koh Samui

http://www.tigermuaythai.com/

Tiger Muay Thai accept all levels of fitness and fight experience and has fast become a training ground for the world’s most elite athletes. The camp has gained a well-deserved reputation as the premier destination for Muay Thai, MMA & Fitness training in Thailand, offering packages including beginner, intermediate and advanced programs, coached by some of the best trainers in the world.

Location: Phuket

http://superprosamui.com/

Super Pro Samui will help you accomplish your personal goals, focusing on Muay Thai and MMA, with classes designed for all ages and levels. In addition, they also offer CrossFit, yoga and fitness, as well as kids classes.

Location: Koh Samui

Yoga Retreats

Escape from the Dubai hustle and bustle to the tranquility of Thailand to experience one of their world-famous yoga retreats. Reconnect with nature as you let go of all your worries in the ideal surroundings. Whether you’re after a budget, luxury, beach or jungle escape, Thailand offers something for everyone. There’s no better way to switch off, get bendy and reboot with a positive mindset for the new year.

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http://www.absolutesanctuary.com/

Absolute Sanctuary is your go-to, if you’re looking for a true Island escape and is Asia’s top wellness resort for fitness, health, lifestyle and weight management. A range of crafted programs are available, including yoga, pilates, core programs and healthy food programs promising to help you reconnect with yourself, recharge, revitalize and re-energise.

Location: Koh Samui

https://www.kamalaya.com/wellness-retreats.htm

Kamalaya Koh Samui is a personal yoga and wellness retreat offering all-inclusive yoga and meditation packages suitable for beginners and experiences yogis alike. They offer private one-to-one yoga sessions with customized instruction along with complementary treatments, including Ayurveda therapies from experiences Indian therapists. 3, 5 and 7 night programs available.

Location: Koh Samui

http://www.chivasom.com/retreats-and-prices/yoga/

Chiva-Som International Health Resort in Hua Hin offers a ‘Yoga for Life’ package that will rejuvenate the body, calm the mind and help heal the spirit. Group classes or one-on-one tutorials available, as well as mediation, Pranayama and Ayuryedic cleansing techniques. Choose from a variety of packages, ranging from 3 nights, to 14 nights.

Location: Hua Hin

Grab your passport and start the year off right, destination: Thailand!

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