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Croatia is a very tourist friendly country and it has unique landscapes and impressive historic constructions. There are over 1000 islands in Croatia and five of them are really special and they provide a unique vibe and a special experience for all their visitors.
Hvar is one the best islands in Croatia. With its magnificent Venetian-style architecture, Hvar has been a favorite destination for many people from across the world. Walk through Velo, the old hill town and later visit the marvelous Stari Grad Plain which dates back to 385BC. Visit the Franciscan Monastery and Museum in Hvar and experience beautiful views of artwork and historical architecture. This museum overlooks a gorgeous cove and a garden with a cypress tree that is said to be 300 years old. Visit Hvar’s fort up on a hill built in the 16th century, be part of lavender festival and have a great time.
Korcula is an island known for its dense forests with several vineyards, olive groves and stone quarries. Korcula’s many winding streets are an excellent example of the work of the island’s legendary stone workers. While in Korcula, sail to the wooded Badija (an island monastery) or go to Lumbarda that is rich in vineyards and beautiful sandy beaches. Have you heard about the legendary dance called Moreska? This is Korcula’s traditional combat sword dance that has been performed by generations on the island.
Kornati is more than just an island, it is actually a nautical paradise, featuring 140 distinct islands. Most of these islands are part of the National Park, for their unique sighs and natural wonders. Many tourists visit these islands daily and the only way to reach them is by sea. That’s why, a ferry is available for daily trips, from the mainland to the islands and back. Other tourists are more up for a more unique experience and decide to rent a boat from a local charter. This provides a unique experience and the possibility to really enjoy the trip, as much as the destination. The blue waters and the amazing forests, will make any person feel like he’s an explorer and he just discovered these places.
These islands represent a huge treasure for Croatia and for the whole Europe. It’s impressive to see how history blends in with nature and with the modern constructions. The overall feeling is intense, and that’s why, more and more people decide to visit them every year.
The Philippines is becoming a hot destination for tourists because of the low prices, friendly people, and especially the beautiful country and beaches.
It can be a little intimidating traveling to Asia, when you find out that Asia has over 2,100 different languages spoken their!
The Philippines is a big part of that problem because it consists of over 7,000 islands and many of them have their own dialect that they speak with.
I learned this the hard way the first time I traveled to the Philippines I landed in Manila and jumped into a taxi with my friend. I was ready to see the country and had been studying the language for weeks.
I started talking to my taxi driver name Bong, and quickly found out that the words I had been studying were not going to help me get to the beautiful beaches of the Philippines I had been hearing about!
I soon learned that I did not need to know a lot of Tagalog words, just a few essential phrases to help me travel the beautiful country! Once I picked up the basics I was able to get around without a problem.
Thankfully the team over at HomeAway put together this graphic to help other travelers get around the Philippines more easily.
What phrases or travel tips do you think everyone should know?
Traveling has several benefits. That’s why you should consider getting this on your bucket list. Those who travel more are said to be happier. You also get to experience new things that may not be possible if you constrain yourself in one place.
If you’re an entrepreneur, one of the things that might be stopping you from seeing the world is the business that you have to run. It’s understandable that you would want to be hands on in running your company. You might find it exciting that there are now a lot of business people who are traveling the globe and managing their business at the same time.
Yes, that’s all possible, especially communication and all other business matters can be done over the Internet. In fact, there are even businesses with employees from all over the world connecting and working with each other online. If they can do it, you too can certainly do the same.
The thought of managing your company while going from one place to another might be thrilling, and it really is. However, you should also be prepared for the challenging things that may come your way. If you are aware of these challenges and know how to manage them, travel and business can work together well.
The infographic that we created would prepare you for the issues that you might face when traveling while managing your company.
Learn from the information on the graphic below to make things more convenient:
As a diving instructor living in Indonesia, one of the best diving spots in the entire world, I meet lots of people who would love to go on a dive but are nervous about the health and safety aspects. I meet even more people, unfortunately, who are so keen to start diving that they completely ignore the health and safety aspects, potentially putting themselves in danger.
My job isn’t just to take people on the trip of a lifetime – it’s also to imbue them with a healthy respect for the ocean and everything that lives within it. Here’s my advice, one that I dispense daily in the course of my work, written down to help out beginners to the wonderful world of diving.
Find a quiet spot to dive
If you’re a beginner diver, you don’t want to be overwhelmed with crowds the first times you dive. Those same crowds might also scare off the marine life, therefore cancelling out the very thing you came for.
My favourite diving spots of all time are Padang Bay which has amazing dive sites, and Nusa Dua which is great for those who love isolation. Moreover, those amazing locations are just scratching the surface of all Bali has to offer – but you really should do some research before you book your diving trip.
To be a diver, you really have to be quite physically fit. Cardiac-related deaths make up at least a quarter of all diving deaths, so please don’t become a part of the statistic.
Undergo a physical examination before taking up diving as a serious hobby, and absolutely ask your doctor if there’s anything at all in your health records that could make diving an overly dangerous experience for you. Even if you’re given an absolute all-clear and told you’re healthy, you still have to listen to your body at all times and never get complacent in your health. If you have a cold or the flu or are even just tired from partying, don’t dive. And don’t dive if you’ve been drinking. Just don’t risk it.
However, bear in mind that it’s not impossible to scuba dive if you’re disabled. There are many centers and resources for disabled people who want to try diving.
Plan ahead and stick with your buddy
Before you go diving, you should have planned out every last detail, including how deep you’ll go and how much air you’ll have in your tank when you ascend. If there’s anything you’re unsure about, ask your diving instructor. Never be afraid to ask us questions in fact – it’s what we’re here for.
You should have a diving buddy who goes under with you (It’s best if this is someone you already know, but it doesn’t have to be). You should pre-arrange hand signals with them beforehand, as obviously you won’t be able to converse underwater. Keep your diving buddy in sight at all times; don’t swim off the second you spot something interesting. If you do lose them, slowly ascend to the surface to regroup.
Go slowly and relax
It can be scary diving for the first time, but you simply have to relax your body and, if needs be, remind yourself that diving accidents are incredibly rare. If for any reason you start to panic, alert your buddy and your dive instructor and slowly start ascending. That ‘slowly’ is very important when it comes to diving – ascend too quickly and the nitrogen bubbles forming in your blood will make you sick with decompression illness or ‘the bends’. That’s one thing you absolutely, definitely do not want.
Ascend at 30 feet per minute max, and you should be fine. Then, take some time to rest before diving again.
Diving is fun, the best kind of fun in the world in my opinion, but it’s not a sport for the careless or arrogant. Always follow your instructor’s advice – it’ll save you ruining your holiday with a spell in hospital instead of underwater.
“Travel, in the younger sort, is a part of education; in the elder, a part of experience.”
– Francis Bacon
I fell in love with Southeast Asia after reading “The Beach” and “The Tesseract”, both by Alex Garland. Both novels weren’t part of the reading list, which was quite unfortunate. I could compose an essay in an hour or two, but it didn’t matter. The chance to travel to that part of the world came.
I was excited with my trip, along with my course-mates. I dreamed of a Robinson Crusoe moment in a desert isle, but the closest thing to that was Ha Long Bay. Colin, one of my three travel buddies in this trip, remembered our module on Ian Fleming and James Bond. We did went to Andaman Sea, where “The Man with the Golden Gun” was shot, but that would be another tale.
What was it about Southeast Asia that the likes of Graham Greene have used as backdrop for their novels? It was different from what I’ve seen here at home, or the continent for that matter, but that wasn’t the reason. It would be the destinations, but there was more. In other words, it was anything but dull. It was also unique.
Below were my five must-see places:
1. Wat Rong Khun (Chiang Rai, Thailand)
Designed by Chalermchai Kositpipat, this temple war arguably the main attraction in northern Thailand. Compared to the other monastery temples (wat), White Temple was unconventional, which drew lots of tourists. I would recommend spending half an hour looking at the wall paintings, a mixture of Buddhist images and pop culture. So imagine the likes of Harry Potter in the presence of Buddha’s solemn face, which seemed quite awkward at first. Eventually, I warmed up to it.
2. The terraced fields of Sa Pa, Vietnam
This town in northern Vietnam couldn’t be in a better location, as locals would be greeted with the panorama of Phan-Xi-Pǎng (Fansipan), the highest peak in Vietnam, every morning. It looked splendid on a sunny afternoon, but the countless terraces were the ones that tourists shouldn’t passed up. It would take a day or two for trekking, which might not be enough. Several ethnic groups lived there, and my interaction with them was priceless. Be warned that souvenir shops were ubiquitous in the village of Cat Cat, and the some of the locals were too persistent (in selling their items).
3. Angkor Thom (Siem Reap, Cambodia)
Not that Angkor Wat was unattractive, but Angkor Thom had an august appearance. One needed an imagination, as all that remained were ruins, which looked gorgeous from certain angles. The Bayon Temple was my favourite, its solemn faces good enough for a postcard.
4. The temples of Yogyakarta, Indonesia
One must go the distance in able to see the Buddhist and Hindu temples in Yogyakarta, located in central Java. Borobudur, a pyramid-like temple, was a sight to behold. The summit looked like a page from a fairy tale, where tens of bell-like structures were arranged circularly. Not far behind were Prambanan and Ratu Boko, more reminders of a mighty civilisation that once flourished in this part of Asia.
5. Ho Chi Minh
East meets West, past meets present. This former capital of Vietnam had many landmarks that revealed its storied past. I visited the French section twice, where one of Gustave Eiffel’s creations could be found. I was referring to the Post Office, its remarkable interior had an old map of Saigon.
Lee Smyth studied Film and Literature, had a stint in dissertation writing services, and did freelancing jobs in writing and proofreading. He would pursue a graduate degree next fall. Check out his blog and Twitter account.
When travelling to Hong Kong, there are a lot of things that you can do. Hong Kong is one of the most beautiful and safest places in the world. It’s located in South China and is made up of the Kowloon Peninsula and Hong Kong Island. There are also multiple smaller islands that surround the area. The most popular part of Hong Kong is where the Kowloon Peninsula and Hong Kong Island meet. This is called Victoria Harbor. Many of the world’s ships pass through this area carrying all types of goods.
In this area you can find many beautiful hotels and tall skyscrapers all around. The streets are narrow because all of these buildings are very close together. Hong Kong is an extremely populated city. Victoria Harbor hosts world-class fireworks displays multiple times per year. This harbor is the world’s finest harbor and has the most spectacular views. Like Hollywood, you can also find an avenue of stars here. One thing you don’t want to miss on the harbor is the Star Ferry. Take the Star Ferry from one side of the harbor to the other for a spectacular view! The best places to take photos are on the Kowloon side at Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade. Another amazing thing to do from the promenade is to watch the world famous Symphony of Lights Show that happens every night for free. All of the lights from the building turn on and off to the sound of music for a few minutes. Other things to see on the promenade include the Bruce Lee Statue, Clock Tower and all of the shops you can find while walking around and exploring the city!
Also in the area of the TST Promenade you can find the Hong Kong Museum of History. The museum really shows a lot of Hong Kong’s history and you could spend hours in there learning all about the history of Hong Kong. It’s walking distance from the TST promenade. There are eight galleries spread out on four floors. The Hong Kong Museum of History is one of the best attractions in the city.
Another thing to see and experience in Hong Kong are the tramways that travel throughout the city. The tramways have been around since 1904. They travel from east and west on Hong Kong Island and transport around 230,000 passengers per day! It’s a great way to see the city without getting too tired of walking around.
One of the best things to do in Hong Kong is to go to “The Peak” on Hong Kong Island. To get there you will have to take a tram up the mountain. It’s really an amazing experience. The Peak is filled with fast food and high end restaurants. It’s one of the best eating experiences in the world. You dine while looking over the magnificent city of Hong Kong from the top of the mountain. If you’re not hungry, then you can go to the Sky Terrace and take beautiful photos from above while enjoying the nice breeze.
There are so many wonderful things to see in Hong Kong. It’s one of the best cities to visit in the world. You will never be bored in fabulous Hong Kong!
Greg Aziz is a freelance copywriter with a Journalism degree from University of Toronto and with over 5 years of experience writing for hundreds of companies from virtually any industry. Feel free to connect with him on Twitter, Google +, Linkedin, or Quora.
Money is one of the most important things to consider when you are going on a vacation. Traveling is not that expensive when you go on the right way. You can kick your expenses for those unnecessary things by doing a good research and proper budgeting.
Check out these six tips on how you can save lot of your hard earned money while traveling without sacrificing any of the fun.
There are lot of ways to get a cheap plane ticket when you are going to travel by air. First thing that you can do is to visit airline websites and look for their deals. You can also search for a travel-friendly airlines that offer cheap flights even without their promo. If you want to save money on flights, you should travel during a destination’s low season. Try to book early, let’s say three months in advance or even more. Another thing is to book a flight in a middle of the week. Why? Because most people prefer to travel during weekend and it is airline’s opportunity to charge for a higher price for plane tickets.
It is not only about the airfare, you also need to remember that airlines are starting to charge for everything now, so better pack your things light. Do not avail check in luggage, just bring important things that you need during your vacation.
If you are going to visit places, it is a must to try their local cuisines. It will not only let you learn about their history and culture but will also let you save money. Eating delicious but cheap authentic food is one of the greatest things that a traveler can experience.
But of course, you cannot just eat local food all throughout your vacation. You can also eat to their known restaurants but make sure that you make a meal plan or you figured out where are these economical restaurants that offer great tasting food. You can also do your own grocery and cook for yourself to save even more money.
Always welcome public transportation! It will not only help you save money while traveling but it will also teach you to learn on following directions and reading maps. Explore the place by riding a bus or subway. It may not be convenient for you but it will help you know and be familiar with the place and you can also meet new friends along the way. Avoid taxis as much as possible because aside from it is too expensive, it is also the laziest way to get to your destination.
Always look for inexpensive accommodations for travelers like hostels. Keep in mind that you are just going to sleep and rest on that place, there is no need to spend a lot of money on lodging. It is a significant money saver! You may have to share community bathroom and other common areas with others, but look at the benefit of meeting and talking to other travelers. Also remember to stay in a hostel that is just near to the airport or your destination.
Plan before you go! To avoid wasting money on not interesting places to go to, you should make a list on what really are the places that you are going to visit. Make a clear and informative itinerary for your vacation. You can also create a budget for every destination that you wanted to visit. Do a research about these places, to let you know and prepare yourself on what to expect on that destination and how much money needed to enjoy that place. Always remember that not all tourist spots are interesting, so make sure to only explore on places where your interest is.
If you are going to visit a place, remember to do a research about their festivals, free museums and parks. You can take good pictures without spending money on events and places like these.
Shop like the locals! Avoid tourist filled areas which are usually expensive. Look for the best prices on souvenir items like local goods. Do not be afraid to haggle with the merchants to get the lowest price for items that you wanted.
Naomi Witter is a full-time college student and a part-time writer for bestessays.com. Aside from writing, she also loves mountain climbing and traveling alone during her semester break. Naomi is dreaming to explore Europe someday.
How often do we dream of a long and peaceful vacation with only our family members in a place where beauty and quietness abide? The Hamptons is one such string of beautiful islands where a vacation becomes an experience of a lifetime. Shelter Island in the Hamptons is one such place where the scenery, the breeze of the nearby flowing water and the reigning peace ensures calm and comfort for all visitors. And as an icing on such a delicious cake of traveling, gorgeous vacation homes are available for rent.
These vacation homes at Shelter Island are well built, beautifully decorated and largely spacious, making sure that a family vacation at such a place is worthwhile. Shelter Island itself is a picturesque location, with breathtaking beaches, finger licking gourmet cuisine and stupefying water views. Exploring the islands is more than enough for a peaceful vacation and if one desires more, he or she can accompany with the family members to the night life at Hamptons and the fine wineries which most considers being irresistible.
Hamptons vacation rentals ensure that one feels at home despite being away from it, a feeling one could never get at a hotel. Hamptons vacation rentals homes consist of Jacuzzi tubs, loft area with couch beds and lots of natural light which helps in relaxation, twin porches on the middle and lower level so that one can sit with a glass of wine and a book of his or her taste to relax, a large pool for a relaxing swim and a grand dining room for fun family conversations over delicious meals. The cottage is also perfect for all those who want to celebrate grand occasions like wedding parties and family reunions.
The second Hamptons vacation cottage is for the ultimate romantics with twin pools, waterfalls outside the cottage and twin fountains in a pond. One can calmly watch nature’s creations interacting with nature itself as plants, trees and birds are regular companions. Not only romantics, but authors and poets looking for inspiration can use the second Hamptons vacation cottage for creativity and productivity.
One of the reasons why these cottages are so sought after and loved by travelers is because they have no connection with the claustrophobia or the crowdedness of a hotel which robs away half the peace and quiet. Be it a quiet family trip or a romantic outing with your beloved, these cottages at Shelter Island are ready to provide an unforgettable stay.
Ooty is a popular hill station located in Tamil Nadu. It is also known as Udhagamandalam and has got the credit of being the ‘Queen of hill stations’. Ooty tourism is known to have such elements, which makes it the best place to visit for the tourists across the world. The picturesque beauty of this place has always been a special thing for the people who visit this place.
As you travel to this place, you can enjoy the pleasant sight of lush green vegetation, the beautiful tea gardens and many other elements of God’s invention, which will make your tour a worthy one. Ooty tourism has all such essentials that will definitely make you fall in love with this place.
What makes Ooty a special hill station?
Your journey to Ooty is sure to be an exciting one. If you love nature, want to explore various historical monuments and even if you are a Shopaholic, then this place is greatly suggested for you. There is an annual Tea & Tourism Festival, which is known to be a great event that is celebrated here every year and this attracts huge number of crowd. Apart from this, The New year celebration is also known to be wonderful here. As it is a hub for tourists, there is no doubt that there are sufficient hotels and resorts, which facilitate a comfortable stay.
The hotels and resorts here have such facilities in place, which will suit the needs of different tourists. Depending on your necessity and budget, you can go for the kind of staying option that you need. The in house restaurants in Ooty of specific hotels are also known to be amazing.
The restaurants in Ooty are known to be filled with perfect ambiance and they always serve delicious food. The multi-cuisine restaurants are sure to relish your taste buds. The below mentioned restaurants in Ooty are known to be the best restaurants of this place.
Earls Court – This restaurant is at the outdoors of Hotel Kings Cliff. The experience of dining in this restaurant is sure to be incredible. The average price of the dishes should cost somewhere from Rs.350 to Rs.400 here. Even though this sounds a little expensive, it is totally worth. This restaurant is known for its finest variety in the whole of Ooty.
Dominos Pizza – Dominos Pizza in Ooty is located in the commercial street market. They deliver the choice of your pizza anywhere in Ooty and even to various hotels. However, hotels like the Holiday Inn Gems park and the Fortune Sullivan Court will not allow pizza delivery within their premises. You will be required to walk up to the main gate for collecting your pizza.
Shinkows Chinese Restaurant – This restaurant serves the authentic Chinese cuisine. The chicken rolls and chicken fried noodles that you get here are truly amazing. If you want to have food that is priced the least, this restaurant can be an ideal choice for you.
By visiting the above restaurants, you can definitely get introduced to delicious cuisine. Visit Ooty for an incredible experience and enjoy your tour with your loved ones.
This guest post was by Stephenleuis, a Travel enthusiast and has written on restaurants in Ooty. Hope this information will help you to plan your trip to Ooty.
If you are looking for some adventurous places or a place where you can just walk the streets and enjoy the hustle and bustle of everyday life, you should consider the five most idyllic travel destinations for female travelers.
1. Bali, Indonesia
Bali, the smallest province of Indonesia, is probably the personification of all things that women love. The island offers female travelers with a stretch of affordable spas, lavish shopping, delectable dining and exquisite sunset cocktails. It also gives women travelers great opportunity to bask under the sun because of its pleasant tropical weather, crystal clear ocean waters and warm sandy beaches. Women will also be fascinated to delve into the unique Balinese Hindu culture. The people of Bali are generally friendly, so women can safely walk around the island day and night.
2. Amsterdam, The Netherlands
The Dutch are generally very classy and well-behaved people. Amsterdam is a place where women, cyclists and pedestrians are well-respected, so there’s very little chance of harassment. The city’s Red Light District may be quite seedy; however, walking by day and stopping at a local pub by night is one great adventure for women. While in Amsterdam, it’s easy to be captivated by the same beauty and culture that inspired Van Gogh. The city streets are generally clean and women will feel a great sense of comfort and security because of the absence of unwanted catcalls, typically rampant among machismo-laden cultures. During summer, the sun sets late at midnight, so the city is kept lively and bustling with fun opportunities for female travelers.
America’s neighbor to the north is consistently ranked among the happiest countries for women. This beautiful country is one of the countries with the lowest crime rate. Although Canada does not have the most exotic locations, sharing culture with the United States because of its proximity, makes it a comfortable and safe place for female travelers. Top destinations include the cosmopolitan cities of Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal as they are filled with warm and friendly people. These cities also offer gorgeous views and a diverse mix of culture. Often, you can come and go as you please, as Canada is generally woman-friendly country.
4. Paris, France
The City of Love has been always among the top travel choices for female travelers. This cosmopolitan city is an ideal place for women because the French generally admire the female species. So, women must be ready to be swept off their feet with striking flattery from Parisian men. The city also immensely in soaked with a spectacular ambiance drenched with the luscious French cuisine, magnificent attractions and stunning culture and history. Women can wander alone in the streets of Paris for hours without feeling threatened or self-conscious. Moreover, the world’s fashion mecca offers many opportunities for women to indulge in a shopping spree.
5. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Female travelers will relish the great party experience thrown by the Brazilians, especially during the Carnival. The city transforms into a vibrant and colorful street party where women can enjoy showing some skin and great dance moves. This marvelous South American city is home to the world’s most gorgeous beaches that draw millions of tourists the whole year round. It is a place of amazing physical beauty and interesting culture of friendly people. Rio de Janeiro is also a top destination for men, so it’s a perfect place to find a great match.
An ideal travel destination for female travelers is one that gives a sense of acceptance, exceptional respect and genuine friendliness. Above all, it must offer unparalleled safety. To ensure safe travel, you must keep in mind some basic safety practices.
When traveling, store your valuables in a hotel safe, whenever possible. Instead of a purse, use a money belt and keep a copy of your passport in case it gets lost or stolen. Furthermore, it is best to secure a travel insurance to prepare you for any unforeseen eventualities. Make sure that your coverage includes virtually everything that you need, so carefully review your insurance policy. Finally, always appear confident and don’t forget to have fun.
Alex Pejak is a girl from Sydney who loves to travel and later blog about her experiences. She often travels to Europe, where she has a lot of friends and relatives.