Browsing Category:

travel tips

Best Places To Spend The Winter Holidays

We cannot deny it but winter has finally come a bit early this year.  The holiday season is a peak season for travel too. My family and I booked our tickets 6 months ago and back then, seats were already getting full for Manila-bound flights. We will be spending the Christmas and New Year holidays back home. How about you? Have you planned any holidays this winter time? If not, here are some places you may consider and you can always count on lastminute.com for those spur of the moment bookings for hotel and flights.

Here are some great places to visit during the winter holidays.

ANY OF THE DISNEYLAND RESORTS AND THEME PARKS

Photo credit: ndia-tvc.org

Yes, Disneyland is the happiest place on Earth! At least for me and my family it is. Where else can you spend the holidays beaming with glee and excitement? Only in any of the Disneyland parks around the world. They always have annual Christmas and Winter holiday themes, parades and activities during the Yuletide season. So, soak in the holiday feeling in the magical kingdom of Disney.

VIENNA AND SALZBURG, AUSTRIA

Photo credit: phototravels.net

Visit the outdoor Christkindlmarkts at night and enjoy the various Christmas crafts they sell which double as great gifts for family and friends and Christmas tree ornaments.

Enjoy the Vienna Choir Boys who render beautiful Christmas songs for the public every Sunday at night. Aside from the beautiful music, you can eat tasty finger foods and drink Vienna’s famous spiced mulled wine or gluhwein.

ITALY AND THE VATICAN

Photo credit: electronics.tradetang.com

Being a Roman Catholic, it has always been my dream to attend the Christmas Eve Mass, officiated by the Pope in St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican. This is still in my dream list and one day, we will fulfill this dream.

You can enjoy your cold Christmas time in lovely Rome as well and experience the Italian celebration of the holidays.  The famous Baroque square in Rome named Piazza Navona is converted into a Christmas market where you will find various kinds of toys, Italian sweets, Nativity scenes and other Christmas ornaments.

You can go further North of Italy if you want to enjoy skiing like places in Bormio and Cervinia.

TROMSO, NORWAY

Photo credit: fjordtravel.no

If you like to visit a place where the possibility of seeing the northern lights is a high probability, then head on to Tromso, Norway.  There will be limited hotels but you can check yourself in at Clarion Hotel Bryggen near the Harbor.

NEW YORK, USA

Photo credit: pictsel.com

A visit to the Big Apple on Christmas season also tops the charts of most travelers. You can visit the big Tree in the Rockefeller Center and also enjoy the ice-skating rink in the same vicinity. Enjoy shopping at nearby big department stores like Macy’s, Bloomingdales, Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue for last minute shopping and you may even score further discounts offered for the holiday season.

AUSTRALIA

Photo credit: articlepublisher.org

When the other side of the world is experiencing cold, winter season, Down Under Australia is welcoming summer. So, if you want to get away from the drab, cold weather and soak in the cool breeze of Australian summer, then get on that flight and head on to Australia.

Spend Christmas in the beach along the famous Bondi Beach in Sydney and enjoy the frolic under the sun.

NUREMBERG, GERMANY 

Photo credit: lonelyplanet.com

The Nürnberger Christkindlesmarkt is a well-known open Christmas market. The famous Christmas market welcomes millions of visitors yearly with a giant carved wooden Ferris wheel. The stalls sell all handmade nativity ornaments and other Christmas decorations. Not only that, even adults will enjoy this place as they can eat plenty of sticky buns and finger foods while the young ones can spend the day at the Toy Museum.

THE PHILIPPINES

Photo credit: blog.otel.com

There’s no place like home and even more enticing during the holiday season. Metropolitan Manila’s famous thoroughfares are well-lit with Christmas lights and decors. Most big malls house gigantic Christmas trees adorned with pretty decorations. Christmas revelers will not miss the Misa de Gallo and a bite of the tasty bibingka and puto-bumbong right after the early morning mass. Children go caroling and ask for aguinaldo from their neighbors, family members and godparents.

No matter where your dream takes you, enjoy the spirit of the holiday season and remember, the reason for the season is Him. Happy Holidays!

 

Please follow and like us:

What To Do During A Weekend In Connecticut

While most people don’t venture to Connecticut for a vacation as such, many readers might find themselves stopping off there for a few days during a long US trip. So, it seemed like a good idea to offer an insight into the New England state and some tips and tricks about what to do while you’re there. It’s a beautiful place with lots of attractions that are guaranteed to keep everyone entertained. You’ll encounter cliche New England weather and welcoming faces at every turn. With that in mind, use this guide to ensure you don’t overlook anything significant.

Photo

Finding the best accommodation

There are thousands of hotels and places to stay in Connecticut, and so you just need to use a booking app on your smartphone to find the best deals. The Econo Lodge Inn and Suites Airport is always a top choice for people who need to rest their head as soon as they arrive. However, most of the hotels in the state meet high standards, and so you just need to read some reviews to sort the wheat from the chaff. Just bear in mind that Connecticut is a large place, and so you’ll probably want to hire a car if you arrived via a plane. While there is excellent public transport available, getting from A to B is much easier when you have a vehicle to use.

Photo

Finding the best food

It’s always sensible to ask the staff at your hotel for local restaurant recommendations because Connecticut has some fantastic eateries. The issue is that most of them are dotted around different parts of the state. That is why some local knowledge is going to come in handy. There are also lots of street food vendors around during the evening time if you spend a few hours near districts with lots of pubs and bars. Just make sure you don’t overlook places like The Capital Grille, Millwright’s, and ON20. You’ll also want to stop off at one of the many cafes each morning to get a full American breakfast.

Photo

Finding something to occupy your time

When it comes to attractions, Connecticut has much more than most people think, and it’s budget-friendly. For that reason, it’s always wise to perform some online research before you plan to arrive. However, the following list of places should point you in the right direction:

  • The Mystic Seaport
  • The Mystic Aquarium
  • Gillette Castle State Park
  • Mark Twain House
  • Lake Compounce
  • Submarine Force Library and Museum
  • Beardsley Zoo
  • Connecticut Science Center

 

Now you know how to have a brilliant time in Connecticut, nothing should stand in your way. As mentioned at the start of this post, it’s not the most popular vacation destination in the world, but it does offer a rare insight into New England culture and history. So, if you have interest in the way our country came into being, or even if you just want a relaxing few days away from the grind, Connecticut is an excellent choice. Just make sure you take a camera because you’re going to encounter many photograph opportunities!

 

Please follow and like us:

Best of Indonesian Travel, 2017

If you’re looking for one last travelling experience to indulge upon in the year 2017, then let that be a travelling experience that takes you through Indonesia. You should do so because, whether it’s bustling cities or serene nature that you prefer to see when you travel, Indonesia has it all to offer. For advice on exactly where you should head to whilst travelling Indonesia, and what to do whilst you’re there, make sure to read.

Image source

The Province of Bali

There are a host of beautiful islands to head to on our planet, but none are more beautiful than the Indonesian islands. And, none of these 17,508 Indonesian islands are better than Bali.

Bali is the most recognised Indonesian island and is probably one of the most recognised places in Indonesia in general, and it is so for good reason. It is so because it offers fun for the whole family, no matter how old they are. For children, for instance, there are a host of different activity parks that will keep them entertained for hours on end. There is the Waterbom Park, located on the world famous Kuta street, that is home to a plethora of water rides that allow children to have wild and wet fun like no other place in the world. And, there is the Treetop Adventure Park, a park that is dedicated to getting children (and adults) as close to nature as possible in as fun a way as possible. This park is home to a number of different courses and circuits that allow those that follow them the chance to move from tree to tree in as a safe a way as can be.

But, Bali isn’t just about waterparks and treetop assault courses that will keep the children entertained for days and day, it’s about things that provide fun for adults, too. Specifically, it can provide all you inquisitive adults out there who love finding out about different cultures a chance to, well, find out about Bali culture and Indonesian culture in general. For instance, there is the town of Udud that plays hosts to forests filled to the brim with many different monkey species that call this corner of the world their home; there are many Hindu temples to explore around and learn about (would you expect anything less from a place that is known as the Island of the Gods?); there are the foothills of Mount Batur, an active volcano, to explore; and there are locally farmed rice terraces to take a look at. Basically, there are a host of things to look at that, when looked at, will provide you with an insight as good as any into Indonesian culture.

Bandung, Bali

Bandung is a regency found in the wider reaching province of Bali, but deserves its own credit simply because of how much it has to offer for nomads of all travelling dispositions.

For instance, some of the most interesting Dutch Colonial architecture to be found in all of Indonesia is plotted in Badung, which means this is a great place for historians, especially those concerned with the history of European Colonialism in Southeast Asia, to visit. And, there are just as many cultural attractions to be found here, too, so that those who aren’t as keen on history can enjoy themselves just as much. There is, for example Jalan Legian which offers much in the way of shopping and nightlife, and Pandawa Beach that offers even more in the way of tranquility and relaxation. It is for these reasons, and the fact that it is much cooler in relation to other parts of Indonesia, that makes Badung a hotspot for travellers. In fact, these reasons make Badung not just an ideal place to travel to but they make it an ideal place to move to for those who truly wish to relocate to Southeast Asia, too. If anybody wished to do just, then they would have to access a trustworthy site such as https://rumahdijual.com/bandung/ in order to find themselves the perfect Badung residence. And, once they’d found this perfect residence, they’d have to book themselves a one way flight to Ngurah Rai International Airport!

Sumatra, Sunda Islands

Indonesia is known as The Emerald of the Equator, a name given to it by Dutch writer Eduard Douwes Dekker, because of its abundance of beautifully natural and lush rainforests. And, there is no place in Indonesia that is famed more for its rainforests than Sumatra.

The rainforests In Sumatra, that have been given UNESCO World Heritage credibility and now come under the prestige title of being national parks, really are a sight to behold. There is the forest known as Gunung Leuser, the forest known as Bukit Barisan Selatan and the forest known as Kerinci Seblat, and upon a visit to any of these forests you’ll be able to see a host of native things. You’ll be able to see flora and fauna that is only found in this specific part of the world and nowhere else in Southeast Asia, let alone in the world. And, you’ll be able to see specific types of animals that also cannot be found anywhere else in the world either. Yes, you’ll see tigers, rhinoceroses, elephants, cuckoos and orangutans, but you’ll types of these animals that are native to this part of the world, and hence have the term Sumatran prefixing their name. So, you won’t just see a tiger (at a safe and controlled distance, by the way), you’ll see a very specific type of tiger called the Sumatran tiger!

Sumatra isn’t just a place to visit for those of you out there who have horticultural tendencies or just love seeing types of animals that you’ve never seen before. No, there are many other things to do in Sumatra that don’t include trekking through a rainforest. You could, for instance, visit the infamous Mesjid Raya Baiturrahman mosque and take in the sight of its minaret, white walls and black dome for yourself rather than just looking at pictures of it on postcards. Or, you could pay a visits to the extremely sad but extremely poignant Tsunami Museum. Here, you would be able to see just what devastation the not-so-long-ago Tsunami caused on this part of the world; the walk down the tunnel that mimics Tsunami waves is something that can’t be missed upon a journey here. Or, those of you who like to live on the wild side could not only journey up the volcano known as Gunung Sibayak, but could take the forest path that leads to it; this is a path that is deemed to be that dangerous that a professional guide will have to go with you if you do decide to take it!

Indonesia is a great place to travel to now and will undoubtedly continue to be a great place to travel to for years to come. It is a place where culture can be felt immeasurably. It is a place where history and the modern day is celebrated fervently and in equal measures. It is a place when young and old can have the experience of a lifetime. It is the only place where specific types of wildlife can be found. It is one of the only places where a true Southeast Asian travelling experience can be experienced safely and without much restriction. Truly, it is just a place that must be visited in your lifetime!

Please follow and like us:

Forget Vacation, Go For A Relax-cation!

While a lot of people want their vacations to be adventurous, full of danger and excitement, or some people prefer to go on a backpacking vacation to explore themselves. Yet, some people are too busy in life to be running around in another country, and would much rather live by the pool, with a pile of books, in the glistening sunshine. Many people would much rather this, so here is a little guide to the most relaxing vacation destinations you can try right now.

 

Budapest, Hungary

Pexels

 

While Budapest is one of the grandest of capital cities, rife for adventure, there are plenty of opportunities to relax. There are many spars, which has water flowing from the subterranean springs. But if you are looking for a more cultured way of relaxing, you should go to one of the Art Nouveau Gellért Baths, which boasts stained glass as well as beautiful mosaics.

 

The Galapagos Islands

While you can venture on Santa Cruz Galapagos cruises, there are so many quiet beaches, as well as the island of Isabela. It’s a nice small town, it is very quiet, but there are plenty of things for you to relax and unwind if you find that you are spending too much time relaxing on the beach! Isabela also has authentic Ecuadorian food, plus lots cater for all types of dietary requirements, from gluten-free, to even vegan. However, if you are not fussy, you may want to just chow down with the seafood! The freshly caught lobster is to die for!

 

Portugal

Image

 

Apart from the beaches, there are some fantastic tranquillity spas, such as the Vilalara Longevity Thalassa and Medical Spa, which is located in a beautiful botanical garden, with fantastic views across the Atlantic. If you are looking for a way to rejuvenate, you can reap the benefits of the natural saltwater in the Thalassa therapy package. In addition to this, there are workshops in mindfulness, methods to reduce stress, as well as yoga, arguably the most restorative technique you can practice.

 

The Seychelles

If you are looking for somewhere that is going to instantly unwind you in a tropical paradise, you cannot go far wrong with the Seychelles. There is silky soft sand, clear water, as well as restorative sunshine. You may be forgiven for thinking that it is extremely expensive, but you can actually stay in the Seychelles on a small budget. It all depends on what you intend on doing, but if you plan on relaxing, that luckily doesn’t cost that much!

 

St Lucia

Flickr

 

If you’re looking for a spa destination, in 2016 The Bodyholiday Destress was voted the world’s number 4 best destination spa. This spa implements a lot of ancient techniques as well as more modern therapies. In addition to this, you will be guided through tai chi, qi gong, as well as yoga to help de-stress yourself inside and out.

 

We all want something different out of our vacation destinations, but if you are looking to relax, you should try a few of these places. Not only will your body benefit from the break, but your mind will too!

Please follow and like us:

Packing Checklist For A Lady Of Leisure

Image

 

There is no greater way to spend your time than visiting other countries and seeing the world. However, your holiday can be less than relaxing if you get to the airport or even your accommodation and realise that you’ve forgotten something really important. The easiest way to avoid this is to write a checklist of everything that you need to take with you and tick it off as you go along. Luckily for you, I’ve already written down the basics, so you just need to remember the small stuff.

Passport & Boarding PassYou’re not going to go anywhere if you’ve forgotten your passport or boarding pass, so you need to be sure to check and double check that you’ve got it in your bag. These days you can often have your boarding pass saved on your phone, so be sure you do this and have a paper copy, just to be safe.

Large Handbag or BackpackAs well as a big suitcase, it’s likely that you’re going to want to take a large bag with you as carry on luggage. This bag should be filled with essentials for the plane, such as snacks, water, a book or kindle, your phone, your purse, and anything else you need. This bag can then be used during your holiday for days out and store snacks and essentials or can be doubled as a beach bag and look after your towel.

Phone & ChargerSome people use a holiday as a way to escape the stresses of everyday life, but this doesn’t mean that you have to leave your phone behind. Your phone can be used for a range of different things on your trip, such as for maps and directions, for music, as a translator, and to call the home or emergency services, just in case there is an emergency.

MoneyDon’t forget to exchange your currency before you go away. If you do it at the airport or when you get to your destination, it’s likely to cost you a lot more for the same amount of money. Shop around for the best rates a couple of weeks before you leave, and make sure you have this cash with you when you leave.

ClothesYour destination and the length of your trip is going to determine the type and number of clothing articles that you need to take with you. For example, if you’re going to The Caribbean for a week, then you’re going to need a floral dress or two, shorts, a swimming costume, and at least three t-shirts, whereas a weekend in Paris would require jeans and a comfortable jacket.

ToiletriesIf you’re only going away for a short while, then you should only need travel sized bottles of shower gel, shampoo, and conditioner. If you’re going away for a couple of weeks, it might make more sense to buy these things while you’re out there. You should also remember deodorant, sunblock, your toothbrush and toothpaste, razors, insect repellant, sanitary products, and plasters for blisters.

Travel AdaptorAs already mentioned, your phone is incredibly important, but it will be absolutely no use to you if you’ve forgotten that your travel adaptor. Not every country has the same plug type, so you need to ensure that you have an adaptor to be able to charge your phone (and any other electricals you decide to take with you). If you like to travel a lot, then a worldwide travel adapter may be the best option for you, as you then don’t have to buy new adapters whenever you go somewhere new.

EntertainmentYou may have chosen a destination specifically because of its amazing weather, but there’s always a chance that the weather is going to turn, and that you are going to get stuck in your hotel room with absolutely nothing to do. To avoid this, make sure that you pack something that can entertain you. If you’re going with your family or friends, then board games and card games are a great option. You could also download films, tv shows, and books onto a tablet, which is perfect for during your flight.

Remembering to pack everything you need for when you go away can be a difficult task, so there is always going to be something that you leave behind. If this happens, try not to stress; I’m sure you’ll be able to find somewhere that sells what you need. Regardless, this list should reduce your chances of forgetting anything, leaving you to relax.

 

Image

Please follow and like us:

Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, But Plenty To Prepare For!

Posted in fun activities, lifestyle, outdoor activities, travel, travel tips
on November 14, 2017

Whether you are a beginner or an expert, there’s nothing quite like the rush of climbing a mountain. There isn’t a mountain out there that someone hasn’t wanted to conquer, and that’s for a good reason. The achievement of scaling the peaks of a mountain is one that is often unrepeated – unless of course you get the climbing bug!

Image Source

There are plenty of mountains to explore across the planet, with plenty of companies offering experiences and expeditions to get to their summits. The thing is, you can’t just pack up and head to Kilimanjaro for your latest adventure. Preparing for a climb takes a lot of time and not just in terms of what you need to pack: think water and Oxygen Plus just for starters! You need to think about conditioning yourself ready for you embark on your mountain climb. Experienced mountaineers are already aware of what they need to be totally ready for a new challenge, and it’s not a short process, either!

 

Image Source

Timing. When you’re going ahead with a mountain climb, you need to think about how early you should be starting with your training. Of course, it’s never too soon to start preparing yourself, but you should be conditioning your body for around a year before you actually head off on your expedition. The serious training should begin around four or five months before you plan to set off.

Outdoor. Your training – whether you live in a city or not – should be all outside! Your plan should be done in all terrains if possible and should be enough to literally kick your butt into shape. It’s all about pushing your own boundaries, because you’re soon going to be pushing them past your limits when you get climbing. Hiking with a pack on your back. Stairs should be taken as much as possible to train your legs. Mountain biking is another great option for outdoor training!

Indoor. While you would push your endurance levels outside, you should weight train inside. Bench pressing, leg and calf raises, and arm work can all help you to build your strength and get you used to pulling your own weight.

Diet. Swapping to a diet that is mainly protein based is going to get you where you need to go to pack on some muscle before you head off to an expedition. You should also – in the weeks prior to your trip – stock up on fatty and rich foods to build up some of the stores you’ll be burning mountainside.

Climbers go through a rigorous plan and training session before actually beginning their climb. Mountain climbing is about endurance, focus and hitting goals that you would never have anticipated hitting elsewhere. It’s a different kind of break from everyday life, but it is one that you absolutely should consider if you are wanting to find something different from the norm! Challenge yourself to climb to the highest peak – just make sure you’re physically and mentally ready to go!

 

Please follow and like us:

The Only Travel Backpack You’ll Ever Need

Posted in bags, lifestyle, travel, travel tips
on November 10, 2017

 

I have just bought a new smartphone and I was looking out for a wireless charger when I came across this backpack charger on one of the websites. This bag is kind of special because its outward appearance looks like a normal backpack but it is actually more than that. It is a power backpack made of good quality fabric with stainless steel zippers. It weighs about 4.5lb, together with the battery. This is a great bag for travellers.

Besides serving as a travel backpack, the bag is equipped with compartments and zippers. Some of the compartments are lined with protective padding. There is one special compartment built to manage all the special technical functions. You can keep your small MP3 player, a voice recorder and cables and other accessories.  The bag is designed with a charging port, to allow wiring and charging inside the pockets for charging your electronic devices, including your smartphone. You will not have to worry about not packing your charger or cable on your travel trip again. There is also a place to keep your wallet and important documents.

There is a place for your ipad and your laptop with strap to secure your devices. Looks like the bag is full of pockets and compartments with accessory features. There are two 3 inches wide shoulder straps with shoulder padding. You will need to refer to the owner’s manual to find your way through the many compartments and what they are for.

 

 

The amazing battery takes about 6-7 hours to charge. Charging cables are included when you buy this bag. The battery can be charged overnight without fear of it being damaged. This backpack charger bag has integrated wiring pockets to allow owner to customize the load out.  The included battery has enough power capacity and output to charge three devices at the same time. The bag works as a great organizer to carry whatever extra cables or cords and battery packs. This bag is equipped with enough space to carry an iPad or tablet, a laptop, phone, your wallet, passport or even books.

With this power bag, you can pack whatever you need to the office or when travelling and at the same time works as phone charging backpack or a charging stations for other electronic devices. It includes various USB ports to accommodate different charging hook ups. The pockets are water resistant to provide protection for your other smaller devices. This power bag is strong and spacious and the best part is that they will not encounter any problem with the security checkpoints since the bag is equipped with TSA-compliant laptop compartment.

 

Please follow and like us: