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The Asian Adventure: Thai Up Those Loose Ends Before You Go!

The area of southeast Asia has long been a popular place for budget backpackers and those wishing to experience a totally different culture to what they are used to. There’s a good reason for that – you can stretch your cash so much further in this corner of the world than in others. It’s an absolute must to include Thailand on your list of places to visit when you choose to roam the globe, especially as you can travel through Thailand for a good few months on the same budget you’d spend in the USA in 2 months!

 

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There are a lot of guides out there for different types of travel, whether that be solo travelling adventures or group travelling with https://www.gadventures.com. There are a lot of loose ends to get tied up before you go globe-trotting, and we think we’ve got them down pat for you. Before you set foot on a plane to Thailand or any of the southeast Asia area, you need to read this list:

 

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  1. Visas. Jet-setting across the globe is fun, but the fun soon stops if you haven’t got the right visas in your possession. The requirements will vary from country to country in SE Asia, so don’t make the mistake of assuming you can just show up with your passport for a stamp. This is an important loose end you need to tie up before you go anywhere, so have a look here at the requirements for Thailand!
  2. Manners. If you were raised right, you would have been taught that each culture and country has their own customs. A beach holiday in Phuket may be your goal, but it doesn’t mean you should just show up with packed bikinis. Thailand is a modest country, so do your research before you get on the plane. Learn where you can and cannot wear shoes and immerse yourself in the culture. It pays to be polite!
  3. Insurance. Before you plan to go anywhere, you need to look at travel insurance and how you can make sure you don’t get taken advantage of abroad. Wherever you go, there will always be someone somewhere who will see you as a tourist and sometimes this comes with extortion (that tuk-tuk may not NEED to go around the houses, but they will!). Check out this link for information on most common scams you could come across while abroad.
  4. World Differences. When you travel from a developed country to another not-so-developed area of the globe, you could find yourself feeling a little shocked and out of place. Accommodation may not be what you are used to and the locals have really been through the mill. Be prepared to step up and take notice of your surroundings.

Your travels are going to become a part of who you are and who you want to be. Going to Thailand for the scenery is a nice idea, but make sure you are well-prepared to see things you didn’t anticipate. You’ll love each experience as long as you are ready for them!

 

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Experience the Halloween Tours in the US

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There are various tours you can do when you are in the US. You may have grown accustomed to the timeless drive-by types of tours or the hop-on and hop-off offers of many travel agencies and online tour operators. However, there are other tours out there that will make your hair rise, and let electricity run through your spine, and these are the Halloween tours! Are you brave enough to take some of these tours? Check them out!

 

Visit the Alcatraz Penitentiary Prison

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The Alcatraz is an island off the San Francisco Bay which housed the notorious criminals of the early 30s to the 1960s. Some operators offer a different kind of night tour for the daring. You catch the ferry off Fisherman’s Wharf late in the afternoon and  book tickets and day trips to Alcatraz  or take the night tour which is less crowded the the ones operated during the day. You will be going through areas that are usually not toured during the day.

 

Check out the Golden Stage Inn at Ludlow, Vermont

The Golden Stage Inn was once used as a stagecoach stop but was later converted into an Inn. However, owners would see a ghost in the attic who seem to be attached to the place. Previous owners of the Inn would experience uncanny things like some electrical appliances would go on and off.

 

Take a tour down Myrtles Plantation, St. Francisville, Louisiana

The famous Myrtles Plantation was build during the 1700s by General David Bradford and is one of the most well-known haunted places in the US. It is rumored that the house is built over an Indian burial  ground.  Many stories float around this area and one in particular is that of a slave named Chloe whose ear was cut-off by her master for eavesdropping. To revenge her fate, she poisoned the birthday cake that was served to the children of her master and 2 of the kids died. And because of that, she was hung by her fellow slaves. People say she still wanders the place wearing a turban to conceal her severed ear.

 

Visit the Gettysburg Battlefield, Pennsylvania

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If you know the US history then you should also know that the Gettysburg Battle was one of the bloodiest in American history with thousands of young men died over the course of three-days’ conflict. Since many of they brave, young men never received their proper burial, it is said that these soldiers still roam the field, looking for their weapons.

 

Try the Salem Witch Walk in Massachusetts

Salem has been known as the place of witches, and perhaps it is as there are plenty of stories around witchcraft in the area.  Visit enchanted sites and old cemeteries in Salem, and even join modern day rituals, and check out shops for some curious and oddities.

 

You can check out Viator for fun, spooky, educational, thrilling, and entertaining tours this Halloween!

 

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The 2 Sides of Hoover Dam

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Did you know that Hoover Dam is between Arizona and Nevada? Yes it is. I only came to know when we visited few days ago. All I know is that Hoover Dam is a very famous landmark in Boulder City, Nevada. It was built around 1931 and completed 5 years later.  After visiting the famous attraction, I learned that the Hoover Dam spans from one end of Nevada and the other end of Arizona.

 

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(The Hoover Dam from the Arizona side and behind is the Memorial Bridge)

 

We drove from our hotel in Las Vegas to Hoover Dam. The drive was approximately 45 minutes without any congestion. We even got lost and drove all the way to Arizona and had to turn back to reach the road towards the entry of the Hoover Dam gate.

 

We crossed the Hoover Dam and parked our car on the Arizona side. The view was spectacular! We walked towards the sign board that indicated that we were in Arizona already. The road uphill after the state sign has more views of Hoover Dam and the surroundings. And I find them very beautiful despite of the very hot and humid weather that day.

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The water was a bit low when we visited but there were still some small sailboats sailing by beyond the buoys. We took some pictures from the upper road that has a balcony ledge on the side of the dam. After that, we went back to the car and drove to the other side, which is the Nevada side and parked in the car park.

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If you are visiting the Hoover Dam for the first time, it has a small restaurant and a merchandise/souvenir shop near the entrance, and car park. Few meters away from the shop is the Spillway House which was originally built in 1987. It was rebuilt last 2013 and has been set to house events for a beautiful vista of the Hoover Dam and the Lake Mead. All these are in the Nevada side of the dam.

 

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I just wished that the weather was not very extreme as there was a heatwave at the time of our visit. We weren’t able to cross the Memorial Bridge.

I don’t recall every paying for entrance when we entered and cross the Hoover Dam. The only fee we paid for was the parking.

 

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(This is in the Nevada side as you enter The Hoover Dam)

 

This is a perfect place to visit when you are already in The Strip in Las Vegas due to its proximity. You can either join a tour organized by your hotel or pre-booked with a tour operator of your choice. You may also drive there on your own if you don’t want to follow a rigid timing and want to explore at your own pace. You can check the web for directions on how to get there coming from The Strip of anywhere in the US if you are driving. However, consider traffic and weather conditions too when visiting. We could have stayed longer if it wasn’t from the high temperature. It is still a very memorable experience!

Address: Hoover Dam, Las Vegas, NV 89156

 

 

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Your May Travel Guide Is Here

Posted in tour, tourism, tours, Tours4Fun, travel, travel deals
on May 22, 2017

It’s not too early nor too late to plan your summer vacation! All you need is a good planning and some fabulous deals! All these you can get from your May Travel Guide from Tours4Fun.

 


 

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Up to 25% Memorial Day Sale! Find Inspiration and Tips for your Memorial Weekend Travels with Tours4Fun.com!

Posted in tour, tourism, tourist attractions, tours, Tours4Fun, travel
on May 20, 2017

Hi folks! Are you looking for great travel deals for the Memorial Day just so you can unwind with family and friends without worrying about your budget?

There’s up to 25% Memorial Day Sale! Find Inspiration and Tips for your Memorial Weekend Travels with Tours4Fun.com! Don’t miss this deal to get that much needed vacation you and your family deserve.

This deal is available until 26 June 2017.



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4 Unique Romantic Tours To Take this Valentine’s Day

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Do you feel the day of Love coming fast? It is time to prepare for that most memorable Valentine’s Day gift for your special someone one.  Flowers and chocolates have been the staple in every Valentine’s Day year after year. Why don’t we take the celebration up a notch?

Touring this Valentine’s Day is surely a unique experience gift to give your special someone.  While giving flowers and chocolates is usually one of the most affordable form of showing someone that they are special to you, why not spice things up and make your Valentine’s Day gift more creative and adventurous?

Travel this Valentine’s Day to spend a day or two in one of these romantic getaways

Take a Dinner Cruise

Whether it is out of town or out of the country kind of tour, a dinner cruise is really a romantic way of celebrating Love Day while looking at the silhouette of the nearby city skyline from the deck of the cruise ship.

Aside from basking under the moonlight and stars, enjoy the cool sea breeze while having a fine dining experience aboard a cruise ship where you will be serenaded by a live band. And when you are done eating, you can enjoy a nice slow dance with your partner.

Take a Scenic Train Ride

Do you both enjoy taking long train rides and looking at beautiful vistas? Then book yourselves in a scenic ride in the Bernina Express.  Escape the madness of the manic life in the city and board the Bernina Express from Milan to St. Moritz and the Swiss Alps to marvel at the breath-taking grandeur of Mother Nature.

Book a couple’s wellness spa

Book yourselves a nice and relaxing couple’s spa to enjoy Valentine’s Day quietly. Southeast Asia is teeming with very affordable spa and wellness resorts where you can relax and enjoy the tranquility of the nature surrounding you.  Spoil yourself and your partner rotten with the amenities of a luxurious spa resort with a price tag that is not going to break your budget.

If sky is the limit in your budget, then a quick trip to Mt. Rigi in Zurich, Switzerland where you will find Hotel Rigi. You can dive in their mineral-rich bath waters both in their indoor and outdoor pools while basking at the beauty of the mountain panorama.

Wine tour

Wine connoisseurs will be happy to go to any wine tasting tour this Valentine’s Day. Test your level in wine-tasting and enjoy complimentary wines from any vineyard offering wine tasting tours this Valentine’s Day.

Going out of town or in a tour this Valentine’s Day is really a one-of-a-kind experience you and your partner will never forget.

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Your November Travel Guide for 2016 is Here

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Are you planning a trip this winter time? How about getting some inspirations for a trip in the offing? undecided of the destination or simply looking for a short getaway this coming holidays? What ever the reason may be, your November Travel Guide is loaded with plenty of prime destinations to visit.

Check it out!

November Travel Guide

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