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Chartering A Bus vs. Flying

 Bus vs FlyingIf you’re traveling in a group, planning your transportation can be a hefty task. From booking said transportation to funding the trip and ensuring there’s ample room for your group and their belongings, planning group travel requires careful consideration. Traditionally, airplanes have been the preferred method of transportation for single travelers and groups alike. Many people don’t know of the benefits a charter bus can offer to a large traveling group. Discover what charter buses provide that airplanes can’t!

  • Charter buses are more direct. Planes travel at a faster rate, but other factors cause the overall travel time to be longer. Traveling to and from the airport, checking in, and waiting to board and de-plane can add an extra 3-5 hours on to your trip, whereas taking a charter bus will arrange a convenient pickup location and drop you off at your final destination.
  • Charter buses are more comfortab Airplanes are getting smaller and smaller these days. Some airlines even charge more per ticket if you want “extra leg room.” Charter buses typically have a leg room that spans 36” as opposed to the standard 30” or less leg room on a plane.
  • Charter buses are more affordable. Airline ticket prices vary drastically depending on when you book. The closer you are to your travel date, the more your ticket is going to cost. While the cost of your travel depends on where you’re traveling to and from and the length of your stay, the average domestic airline ticket can cost $379 per person, whereas a charter bus ticket are nearly 40% of the cost.
  • Charter buses make eating healthy easy. You’re not limited to what you can eat when you travel by bus. Charter buses allow you to bring your own food and beverage most of the time, and you can schedule pit stops as needed, putting you in control of what goes in to your body. With charter buses, it’s easier to avoid traditional fast-food airport options.
  • Charter buses don’t come with baggage fees. You’re allowed to travel with two bags on a charter bus. There are no fees or rules associated with the bags, unlike an airline that will charge $25 for your first checked bag and additional fees for any bag after. Some airlines will even charge you for your carry-on.
  • Charter buses are an eco-friendlier option than air travel. If you’re a consumer always looking for the environmentally friendly option, charter buses are the way to go. Buses emit the lowest levels of carbon dioxide per passenger mile than any other mode of transportation.

Next time you’re traveling in a large group, give charter buses a try! They offer a world of benefits and are ideal for group travel.

Travel Tips for the Winter Season

Niseko_Mt_Yotei_Ski_large_largeTraveling and winter do not go hand in hand. It is literally hard to travel peacefully during the winter season. With so much adversity in the climate, you are likely to face so many unexpected obstacles in your journey during the winter season. Traveling during winter is stressful but at the same time, you can make it enjoyable if you plan it ahead and considering certain factors.

Depending on the destination and the intensity of the winter season in that place, you can plan out your vacation to make it worth. So here we go with certain travel tips for the winter season so that your vacation doesn’t get spoiled.

  1. Carry Winter Clothes 

Carry winter clothes when you travel during this period. It will make your body warm. Carrying essential winter clothes will save your time and money as well. It will help you survive the cold weather without falling ill. Prior to making your hotel reservation, it is good to check the facilities offered by them so that you can pack things accordingly.

  1. A medical visit before the trip

It is always good to go for a medical check-up before you start your trip. It helps you to have a healthy and safe journey throughout. If any precaution is needed, you can take a note on that. Carry necessary medicines along with you. If you are a person suffering from any ailments, consult a doctor advise before you begin.

  1. Eat Chocolates

Do you have a sweet tooth? If so, you will love winter as it is the season to eat more of chocolates! Not because it is winter but eating chocolates keep your body warm. Traveling makes you tired and the climate will not favour you much. So, you need to make yourself comfortable so that your body does not die out fast.

  1. Pack luggage wisely

No matter what climate or season or the destination you are off to, always make sure to pack your luggage wisely. Do not stuff your bag with too many clothes, food, electronic goods etc. Pack only the essential things which you think will help you throughout the journey. Arrange things depending on the necessity you might need without any alternatives.

  1. Book Early Flights

If you have already planned your trip, it will be good to pick the early flights. Weather is very much unpredictable during the winter season and the take-off can be delayed at times. So always plan your journey ahead and try to book early flights so that even when it is delayed, you will reach your destination on desired time.

  1. Check on the weather before every journey

Weather during the winter season is very much unpredictable. So, it is always better to take a precaution by checking the weather condition before you start the journey.

  1. Travel Insurance

Always make sure that you have taken the travel insurance. Any loss or theft or any mishap if happens during the journey will not let you go down if you have taken the insurance.

  1. Eat Healthily, Sleep Soundly

The season will make you feel hungry all the time and make you crave for food. Eat healthily and wisely during winter. Make sure you eat properly cooked hot food. It will keep your body warm as well as it will help your digestion smooth. Also, give your body the rest it needs. Halt at places after traveling quite a distance.

  1. Carry Winter essentials for skin

It is very much important to take care of your skin like the way you take care of other essentials for the travel. Your skin will become dry and patched during the cold season. Constant moisturizing is needed to make your skin become soft and supple. Pampering your skin with moisturizer and various essential oils will do the good.

  1. Carry medicine

Apart from the regular First Aid, make sure you carry medicines for any kind of allergy and for the illness that might attack you during the cold weather. Know your destination well, the facilities available and the make a note on the precautions you need to take while you halt at such places to stay away from any kind of physical ailment.

6 Things That Australians Love About Living in Parramatta Sydney

If you have never been to Parramatta before, it’s probably well-known for having a rugby league team named after a slimy river and being Sydney’s Western Center Business District. There are so many constant discoveries that Parramatta brings such as hundreds of high towers and Powerhouse Museum. However, it would always be the little things that make this part of the city a wonderful place to live.

The city of Parramatta is filled with diverse population composing of almost a quarter of a million people. Although, the central area is busy with the bustle of building, shopping, and dining, just five minutes out of the heart of Parramatta is a quiet suburbia. Here are some of the top seven things you can also love in Parramatta like how Australians also do.

1. Near to Sydney CBD

Sydney CBD

Parramatta is not really that far away from the city and there are different modes of transportations that can take you there. The easiest way is the 25-minute express train that leaves Central half an hour.

If you ever miss the train, don’t worry because it will only take five minutes for the next train to come. If you plan to drive your way there using your car, it’s just as bad as anywhere else during peak hours. Most Australians take the Parramatta River Ferry which will take you on a smooth and fun journey from Darling Harbour to Parramatta Wharf in just over an hour.

2. Great Food

Parramatta truly has some great eats that every first-timer should try. Look for Church Street and you’ll find two yummy restaurants. First one is the Singapore institution, Temasek, which is great if you love seafood and spicy foods. You should try their mountain of chili crab with a loaf of white bread on the side to sweep up the sauce. The other one is, Honey Persian, home to a fantastic biryani!

Want great coffee? Visit Circa Espresso. Also if you’re looking for great top pho, look for Pho Pasteur. For a fancy menu, then head over to Courtney’s Brasserie. Of course, after trying that fancy menu, you might want to try some legendary street food destinations such as Cabramatta, Fairfield, and Canley Vale which is a 20-minute drive away.

3. Cool Off at Parramatta Lake

Australia is already known for its pristine shorelines, so why not try taking a nice swim on a man-made lake? Hunts Creek was dammed in the 1850s for the area’s water supply but good thing is you can now swim in Parramatta Lake when the heat is scorching.

This is a great place to take your family with you. Most Australians, enjoy long walks and meaningful picnics with their loved ones here and they also roast some great BBQs as they admire the beauty of the lake on a hot day.

4. More Parks

This is the reason why most Australians are fit! Most of their houses are just a 20-minute walk of about 10 different ovals. Most of North Parramatta’s public parks have a range of various sports taking place every evening. If you simply enjoy nature and love being outdoors, you must visit the one and only Parramatta Park itself composing of 85 hectares of trees just next to the Parramatta CBD, together with the World Heritage-listed Old Government House in the middle and a modern unique playground next to Domain Creek.

5. Fun Community Events

There have been numerous times that Vivid and Sydney Festival shows and exhibitions take place in Parramatta. Also, the city also showcases the amazing Parramatta Lanes food and cultural festival, which is packed with the city’s smaller streets with foods trucks, pop-ups, and music. When winter is out, they would set up an ice skating rink in the park and a number of nights and weekends celebrating the multiculturalism of the city, including the energetic Parramasala.

6. Easy to Find Colonial History

Parramatta is Australia’s oldest inland European settlement which just makes colonial history easy to learn and discover. The Elizabeth Farm is must-visit for every tourist that visits the country, plus Parramatta is rich with various heritage-listed cottages, cathedrals, and hospitals throughout town.

There are multiple churches in the city–there’s also Buddhist, Hindu and Murugan temples and the local mosque. Parramatta is a great city that openly celebrates multiculturalism by having many fantastic excellent food options, diverse people and culture that every Australian is proud of.

The post is by Ivandrea Ollero is a resident writer for Holiday Inn Parramatta, one of Australia’s contemporary luxurious hotels that also offers a great historical experience for tourists. Ivandrea provides hotel tips and hacks for a blissful best vacation.

7 Camping Meals You Can Prepare in 15 Minutes

camping mealsThe Australian Outback offers backpackers, adventurers, and campers with numerous choices of activities such as trekking, hiking, wildlife watching, birdwatching, kayaking, or just breathing in the beauty and splendour of valleys, tropical beaches, gorges, rock formations, riversides, and creeks.

The vast continent features natural wonders such as the Ayers/Uluru Rock, Kalbarri, Bamurru Plains, Booderee National Park, Jervis Bay, and hundreds of other sites. You may want to plan camping or backpacking for your next vacation, but before you leave for the trip, make a list of the camping gear you will need.

Aside from the usual tents and sleeping bags, you should also bring simple and portable cooking equipment which will help you whip up simple dishes to satisfy your hunger while in the wild.

Before camping

Make a list of camping equipment to bring that includes cooking supplies such as the following:

  • Chopping board;
  • Portable stove with a Butane canister;
  • A set of cooking saucepans;
  • Mixing bowls;
  • Paring knife;
  • A set of cutleries;
  • Travel picnic set;
  • Scissors;
  • Large knife; and
  • Dutch oven

Here are some simple recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner that you can make under 30 minutes on your next camping trip.

Breakfast Recipe

Stuffed Croissants

Ingredients:

  • Croissants;
  • Cooked bacon or ham;
  • Filling (A choice of spread: Cheddar cheese, Dijon Mustard, or fruit jam);

Process:

  1. Slice the croissants in half.
  2. Add the cooked bacon or ham.
  3. Spread with a choice of filling.
  4. Cook over the coals until the cheese melts. Be careful not to burn the croissants.
  5. Add some greens if desired.

Campfire Pancakes

Ingredients:

  • 1 box of 500 grams of ready- to- use Pancake flour;
  • 2 to 3 eggs;
  • 1 bottle of maple syrup; and
  • Canola oil;

Process:

  1. Mix the readymade Pancake flour.
  2. Add the egg.
  3. Whisk thoroughly until it reaches a thick consistency.
  4. Pour canola oil in a non-stick saucepan.
  5. Use a plastic measuring cup to portion the pancake mixture.
  6. Cook in moderate heat. Flip the pancakes when it turns slightly brown.

Brunch

Omelette

Ingredients

  • 7 eggs;
  • Salt and pepper;
  • 1 tablespoon of chopped parsley;
  • 50 grams of grated cheese; and
  • 2 slices of tomatoes;

Process:

  1. Crack the eggs in a bottle and store for camp use.
  2. At the campsite, pour the ingredients in a microwave steam cooking bag. Use only cooking bags that have patented steam vents that allow the bag to maintain optimal steaming pressure so the food retains its moisture.
  3. Mix the ingredients.
  4. Put the bag in boiling water.
  5. Open the bag to release the steam.

Lunch

chilli cornOne pot chilli con carne

Ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar;
  • 1 crushed garlic clove;
  • 500 grams of canned kidney beans;
  • 1 tablespoon of brown sugar;
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano;
  • 500 to 1000 grams of ground beef or pork;
  • 400 grams of canned chickpeas;
  • Olive oil;
  • ½ teaspoon cumin;
  • 1 to 2 beef bouillon cubes; and
  • ¼ tsp chili powder

Process:

  1. Toast the cumin, crushed garlic, dried oregano and chili powder in a saucepan to extract their oils.
  2. Set aside for later use.
  3. Add the beef and sauté until they are brown and add the toasted spices, cumin, garlic and chili powder.
  4. Add the beef bouillon dissolved in water and sugar.
  5. Boil and simmer until the sauce gets thick.
  6. Adjust the flavour if desired such as by adding more water and spices.
  7. Add the can of kidney beans.

Dinner

One pot macaroni with cheese

Ingredients:

  • 500 grams of Macaroni;
  • 250 grams of Cheddar cheese;
  • 1 can of evaporated milk;
  • 1 cup of water;
  • 1 chopped garlic and onions; and
  • 1 chicken or beef bouillon cubes

Process:

  1. Boil the macaroni in water with olive or canola oil and a pinch of salt until it becomes al dente which is an Italian term meaning “cooked as to be still firm”. Pasta is usually cooked under eight minutes to be al dente.
  2. Rinse in cold water to avoid overcooking the pasta.
  3. Sauté the garlic and onions.
  4. Add a can of evaporated milk and the bouillon cube.
  5. Simmer and add salt to taste.
  6. Garnish with grated cheddar cheese.

Salad in a jar

Ingredients:

  • Chopped parsley;
  • 1 sliced onion;
  • Five cherry tomatoes (sliced in halves);
  • 1 cup of corn;
  • 1 red bell pepper (sliced);
  • 1 romaine lettuce;
  • 10 Olives (sliced in halves); and
  • 1 cup of dressing (d lemon juice mixed with olive oil or balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper to taste)

Process:

  1. Place the ingredients layer by layer in a jar.
  2. Pour the dressing.
  3. Seal the jar and refrigerate in a portable cooler.

Note: You could add more ingredients such chicken or tuna flakes and change the dressing.

Hawaiian Kebabs

For the skewer

  • ½ kilo chicken breasts (portioned and diced into medium cube pieces);
  • 1 large onion (diced and separated into square and thin pieces);
  • 1 can of pineapple titbits;
  • 2 green and red bell peppers (thinly sliced and deseeded); and
  • 2 large tomatoes (sliced in halves)

For the sauce or marinade

  • ½ cup of ketchup;
  • 2 teaspoons of sesame oil;
  • ¼ cup of pineapple juice;
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar;
  • ½ cup of soy sauce;
  • 2 pinches of salt and pepper;
  • ½ cup of pineapple juice;
  • 1 sliced lemon as a garnish; and
  • Olive oil

Process:

  1. Skewer the chicken bell pepper, pineapples, onions, and tomatoes.
  2. Marinade the skewer.
  3. Grill the skewer for five minutes on each side.
  4. Garnish with olive oil and lemon wedges.

How can OutbaxCamping help?

Outbax Camping can help you find outdoor gear and camping accessories which include handy cooking equipment like a camping grill and other cooking tools.  Since 2012, Outbax has been providing campers everything they need to enjoy a hassle-free visit to the Outback. For more details, visit outbaxcamping.com.au.

Top 7 Tourist destinations in USA

Need a break from hues and cries of everyday life? Feel like taking a break to sit back and relax? Then what is better than a good long vacation? But to make it worthwhile, plan a vacation where one can truly savior the meaning of enjoyment and unwind the tensed nerves with cheap air tickets. And what is better than the land of dreams and success “the USA”, with the help of US visas for a safe and distress-free travel. To get a Visa, one can fill the Visa application and wait few days for it to be approved and soar to land of spectacle. There are several places to visit in this cherished land to suit every person’s or family’s penchant, but here are top 7 attractions that have not failed to pull in tourists worldwide.

New York

new york

Busiest city renowned for its brightly illuminated bridges and eye-popping skyscrapers, this is the most populous place in the country. It is best suited for people who often work in a quiet and secluded environment with limited interactions. Some of the famed places in this city are the statue of liberty, the Brooklyn Bridge, Times Square, UN headquarters, and well noted art galleries and parks.

Los Angeles

los angeles

Locally termed as “the city of angels”, it hosts different celebrities worldwide and is entertainment capital of the country. People who dreamed of meeting celebrities can fulfill that if their vacation is in this city with the biggest Hollywood sign. Check out the picturesque view of downtown Los Angeles, or high and mighty Griffith observatory.

Chicago

The windy city constructed with brilliant infrastructure is a chosen place for people who like it calm and with low humidity. To appreciate the most outstanding architecture, as well as enjoy the serene view of the Buckingham fountain or its vibrant colored parks, Chicago is the place to be.

Miami, Florida

Seated on the Atlantic coast of South Florida this place is bliss for people to chill out and enjoy Cuban and Caribbean cuisines. People who desire for beach parties and cool night-outs, Florida sure is a magic city.  Visited by many domestic and international tourists, this places is the “America’s cleanest city”.

Philadelphia

The place is an appropriate choice for lovers of art and culture. This city presents the grandest historical representation like the declaration of independence or the liberty bell. This city has emblematic cuisine of cheesesteak and soft pretzel. Shopping freaks can surely go crazy here.

Atlanta

The most visited city with 35 million visitors every year this place, this place houses grandest of museums, parks, memorial sites, aquarium, science centers, etc. The yearly held festivals are the pride of the city. A must for people who plan total recreation during their vacation and several airways are offering cheap air tickets to visit the popular destinations.

Washington DC

If one wants to know more about the country then visiting the capital of the country would serve purpose. This city offers many historical sites and monuments. Be it the white house or Howard University or the very old local newspaper, Washington has it.

Ideal Retreats for Health and Fitness Enthusiasts

The idea of being fit and healthy is slowly but surely permeating the way of life of modern man. Health-club industry’s global market size has seen a sharp increase in revenue, rising from 67.19$ billion in 2009 to 83.15$ in 2016, a staggering increase of 15.96 billion U.S. dollars in only half a decade. This increase in fitness-related activities has resulted in more and more people seeking active vacation options, which is reflected in the growing number of tourist destinations that not only enable such activities but use them as their main advertising point. Which begs the question, what are the best destinations for health and fitness enthusiasts around the world?

1.     Cas Gasi, Ibiza

Cas Gasi, Ibiza People associate winter with very cold temperatures and an abundance of snow. However, winter in Ibiza is described by people as delightfully silent and often quite sunny. The White Isle’s Cas Gazi offers a whitewashed and secluded 12-bedroom retreat perched on top of the Santa Gertrudis hills. Visitors are encouraged to try out the famous vinyasa or “flow” yoga or simply lay back and enjoy a soothing delight that is La Biosthétique massages and facials. Add cycling, walking and personal training to suit, as well as healthy meals made using local fruits, vegetables and olive oil and you’ll instantly fall in love with this little slice of heaven.

2.     Crete, Greece

Crete boasts an amazing fitness retreat nested beneath the mountains in the form of an eco-village called Milia. A redecorated farm building and breathtaking rock dwellings set inside the White Mountains National Park offer a one-of-a-kind culinary experience and an abundance of outdoor activities including climbing, hiking, running and enjoying the gorgeous view. The resident chef will tell you all about where the local food is grown, how it needs to be prepared and what type of impact it will have on your body.

3.     Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia

Australia’s Gold Coast is home to a number of well-known retreats where you can try out the ancient, yet quite wonderful art of qigong while enjoying the unforgeable sunrise over the Pacific Ocean. You can explore numerous walking trails, try out your luck with various dancing classes or hit the local open gyms and break a sweat using the more traditional exercise equipment. After a tasty, organic lunch, you can swim in the warm waters of the Pacific or one of many private plunge pools of your choice.

4.     Koh Samui, Thailand

Thailand might be famous for its natural wonders, but tourists from around the world are flocking to the island of Koh Samui to give the holistic boot camp a try. All your physical, psychological and social needs will be met during the, now famous fitness programs aimed at helping people lose weight and achieve an unprecedented clarity and peace of mind via indoor and outdoor fitness sessions that include cardiovascular workouts, exercises on the beach, Pilates, Muay Thai kickboxing and even weight training.

5.     Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Hidden inside the lush green tropical rainforests of Kuala Lumpur lies the world’s first organic wellness retreat. Malaysia is the go-to destination for those who need to relieve stress and re-energize their bodies. Your physical and psychological shape will be evaluated in order to help you pinpoint the exact triggers of stress and provide you with different means of alleviating it, including mounding biking, trekking, organic farming or playing a relaxing game of golf.

Getting into the fit mindset can be rather difficult, considering our everyday commitments and work-related obligations. Taking a retreat far away from the stresses of the modern world is not only recommendable but necessary if we wish to preserve our health and much-needed peace of mind. Fortunately, these retreats offer both recreation and active relaxation in order to cater to our growing fitness needs and allow you to do more than simply waste our days lying in the bed.

Aussie Family Campervan Adventure

Campervan AdventureIf the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the word “vacation” is coast, you need to branch out! Campervan vacationing is an excellent alternative here – it can be a very exciting, educational and fun experience. However, going from the habit of enjoying relaxing beach or resort vacations to all the challenges of outdoor tourism is quite a leap forward, so you should definitely get familiarized with a couple of essential tips before making the decision. We’re going to use Australia as our campervan adventure destination due to its vastness, variety and beauty.

Selecting the van

Unlike the traditional vacation types, your campervan is literally going to be your home for the duration of your excursion, so picking the perfect one is of the absolute essence. Start researching, get familiarized with various vehicle models and their amenities and add-ons. For instance, a mini fridge, running water and a gas stove are absolutely necessary. On the other hand, depending on the size of your family, you might need a rooftop sleeper. As a rule of thumb, the bigger the van, the more gas it will guzzle, especially on camping trips, so carefully consider how much space you need – camping trips weren’t made for luxury; on the contrary, you’re supposed to reimagine your life in the humble confines of nature.

Pick your destination

The very point of your campervan trip is being mobile, and it would be a shame (and very boring) if you were to stay in a single spot during the entirety of your vacation. Driving a campervan across Australia is a unique experience; there’s a reason why every year, thousands of STA travelers explore the Aussie land using vans as their homes. Here’s a list of neat locations to get lost in if you decide to take your camping vacation to this gorgeous continent.

  • Grampians National Park, Victoria – If breathtaking views of towering summits, mighty waterfalls and vast forests are your thing (of course they are), there is no place like the Grampians National Park. Some three hours’ worth of driving north of Melbourne, this national park offers you a chance to park your van and take a walk around, soaking in all the gorgeous sights that surround you.
  • Coober Pedy, South Australia – If you and your family are history enthusiasts, then you’ll love visiting this 80-million-years-old view. This historic opal-mining center offers awesome desert landscapes, but its main feature is quite a strange one. This town is mostly situated underground!
  • Cape Le Grand National Park, Western Australia – What good would an Australian camping vacation be if you weren’t able to catch some sun on this continent’s gorgeous sandy beaches. If you happen to find yourself anywhere near Esperance, take a 45-minute drive to the Cape Le Grand. Set up camp at the Lucky Bay to go snorkeling and swimming, and perhaps even see a kangaroo or two!

Preparation is essential

The preparations are just as important for a camping trip as for any other type of trip. Your itinerary is most likely to include wildlands and, especially in Australia, this means potentially hundreds of miles without a living soul around.
Every good preparation process starts with making a list long before setting off. Imagine your journey – think about everything from the bare necessities such as food, water, money, medicine, warm/light clothing, maps, flashlights and devices, to cards and board games for when the weather turns treacherous. Even a DVD player might not be such a bad idea!

If you’re planning on visiting national parks and other vehicle-inaccessible sites (which Australia is full of), think about bringing along bicycles, especially if you have enough space to store them!
Here’s a pro tip: the pros at Shimano offer high-quality spare parts and maintenance equipment that might turn out essential for your biking excursions.

Eating

The campervan experience offers a unique opportunity for cooking while on the road. On the other hand, the fact that you’re frequently moving around means that you should definitely not miss out on some of the local delicacies. The trick is walking the fine line between the two. Oh, and steer clear of high-sugar snack foods, take advantage of the local markets and make sure that each family member plays their part in meal preparation.

An Aussie campervan adventure offers a myriad of interesting opportunities, and without proper research and preparation, you might miss out on a whole lot! Although selecting the perfect van is the most important factor, there is a lot more ground to be covered – from packing and destination picking, to eating and having fun inside the campervan. Prepare yourself properly and you’re in for an unforgettable experience!

What Do The Super-Rich Want From Their Holiday?

holidaysThe rich usually spend their money on high-end statement pieces such as jewelry, designer clothes, shoes, and watches. The intention is always to show off to their peers and every acquisition is usually accompanied by social media posts accompanied by some weird hashtag. The super-rich, however, value experiences more thantangible items. This is because they probably have everything that money can buy and tangible items, no matter how expensive, no longer appeal to them. They are after experiences that are personal in nature and those that appeal to their individual self. This preference extends to their holiday and vacation choices. Yachts and 5-star hotels are so yesterday and the super-rich would gladly shun them for emotionally appealing experiences. Here are some of the things that the super-rich want from their holiday nowadays.

  1. Luxe-peditions.

These include luxurious and high octane expeditions to remote and far-flung regions of the earth that most people would find inhabitable. The Antarctica is one the most inhabitable regions on earth but its popularity with super-rich as a holiday destination is growing with each passing day. The inhumane conditions of the north make for great soul searching and a humbling experience that allows them to experience life away from their super-rich bubble. Some of the activities that activities that the super-rich can engage in include snowmobiling, kite-skiing and competing in the Antarctic marathon. The living quarters when the super-rich visit these places are usually pampered with modern day luxuries that the rich are usually accustomed to. Other luxe-pedition locations include the active volcanos of Indonesia and the ice caves in Afghanistan. Such luxe-peditions are usually quite relaxing and a great way to take a break from the daily hustles of the city and corporate life.

  1. Exploratory travel.

They said that curiosity killed the cat but curiosity is now one of the major reasons that inform holiday destinations for the super-rich. If you’ve been wondering what happened to the remains of the Titanic, well you can take a “Dive the Titanic” exploratory tour down the Pacific. Another option would be to fly across the Galapagos Rift deep in Russia to explore the thermal vents within the landscape. Most planes hardly have routes to some of these regions and your best bet for exploration would be private jet charters. The cost of such expeditions can reach the million dollar mark but for the super-rich, this is just a drop in the ocean. Private safaris are cliché nowadays and exploratory travel is now the in thing.

  1. Mind blowing cultural experiences.

This is another deviation from the norm that the super-rich are seeking to achieve from their vacations. The super-rich are increasingly looking to experience different cultures other than their own when holidaying. We all know that the super-rich are domineering and competitive in nature and most have “experience a new culture” as part of their bucket list. They, therefore, organize trips to Africa or nations with foreign cultures and live among the locals. Local travel companies can organize for the super-rich to spend time with a family within the community for a period of time. The super-rich take part in the local activities such as tilling the land, meal preparation and take part in local ceremonies. One week with the locals and the super-rich would have picked up a few vocabularies and learned different cultural practices that they would aid in their quest to become global citizens. Sounds interesting, isn’t it? Well, these are some of the things that the super-rich get up to when they are not signing million dollar contracts in their offices.

  1. Home away from home.

We all know that the super-rich have weird tendencies, well they also extend those weird tendencies when they are holidaying. Some would even take their favorite chefs and other house helps with them when they head for vacations with their families. Some would even have their entire IT infrastructure in their vacation spots reconfigured so as to make them safe and secure. Others would even insist on having their home beds shipped to their holiday destinations in advance of their travels. Sound weird right? Well, the super-rich are weird people and their behaviors are weird as well.

Travelers Cheat Sheet For Traveling The Philippines

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.

PhilippinesLuckily you don’t need to learn dozens of dialects,  almost every filipino speaks Tagalog or Cebuano. So if you know a few essential phrases you can travel the beautiful country without a problem!

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?

Filipino Travel Cheat Sheet

Talking Filipino – A Traveler’s Cheat Sheet Graphic created by HomeAway Philippines

Diving 101: Safety Guideline for Beginners

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.

Nusa DuaConsider your own health

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.

diving instructor 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 funDiving 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.