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Unveiling 5 Offbeat Tourist Destinations in Rajasthan

Rajasthan is a treasure trove with its resplendent Hawa Mahal, the mighty Mehrangarh Fort, shimmering Lake Pichola, flamboyant Rawla Narlai, and a lot more. There is much more to it, and you should explore some unexpected gateways away from the crowded streets and tourist circuit. I won’t give you travel tips but some amazing places to consider for your next vacay.

5 low-key destinations that you must include in your bucket list

Escape the horde and experience some of these below lesser-known gems as you take a ride on the sands of time.

1.Barmer

Here, you can explore the richness of colour, the warmth of locals, delectable food and the fondant of age-old traditions that would force you to stay longer. Barmer or popularly known as ‘The hill fort of Bar’ is in the western part of Rajasthan forming a part of the Thar desert.

The best time to visit is in March during the Barmer festival.

What to see: Explore the real side of the desert with its long stretches of barren land, rough terrain, extreme temperatures and more. Explore the architecture of Rajasthan  along with its exquisite wood carvings, intricate embroidery, carpets and such.

2. Dungarpur

This lively city located in the foothills of the Aravalli Hills is just as exotic as the green marble found here. It is home to exceptional architectures and royal residences to make your stay worth. The city of hills will give you a sight that you will struggle to find elsewhere.

What to see: Feel mesmerized in watching the stone structures adorned with jharokhas (an overhanging enclosed balcony) that were built during the Maharawal Shiv Singh reign in the 17th century. Other places to visit include Deo Somnath, Galiakot, Nagfanji, Vijay Raj Rajeshwer Temple, etc.

3. Kuchaman

Kuchaman

This small village houses the 1200-year old Kuchaman Fort that is situated 105 km northeast of Ajmer in Nagaur district. The age-old fort is characterized by picturesque ramparts, terraces and balconies that speak about the rich history of the fort.

What to see: Get drenched into the silence of the desert with a peaceful and tranquil rural setting with a radiant blue sky, unlike the cities. You will love the semi-precious stones, glass and gold paint displayed inside the fort. The Sheesh Mahal is a masterpiece in itself and will look more colourful during the Pushkar Camel Festival.

4. Rawla Narlai

Rawla Narlai

The 17th-century fortress turned into a heritage hotel located beneath a huge 350 ft high rock is a rare brilliance of Rajput rulers with beautiful gardens, courtyards, balconies, porches and verandahs wherein guests get to stay in a royal setting.

What to see: The fort is pestled among hillocks and temples to give you a panoramic view of the entire city. Feel elegant like a king or a queen during your stay in the fort.

5. Banswara

This city is known as the ‘Cherrapunji of Rajasthan’ as it receives the highest rainfall in Rajasthan. Now, you know when to visit this beautiful place! The city is covered with bamboo grooves and is inhabited by the Bhil community.

What to see: Fall in love with the ancient architecture and explore the untouched islands, also known as ‘City of Hundred Island’. Do visit the Anand Sagar Lake, the grand temple of Lord Shiva and the artificial lakes on the east.

8 Santiago Souvenirs To Bring Back Home

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Seasoned travelers will tell you that a trip isn’t really complete unless you collect enough souvenirs to bring home to your people. Speaking of souvenirs, you need to pick up only the things that your host country is primarily identified with. The next time you visit Santiago de Chile, therefore, be sure to sample the wide variety of local crafts, wines, and wall art canvases for your trip back home. Without a doubt, Santiago is a great place with some of the best memories you will ever have in life. That is to say that besides the physical gifts that you will carry home, you will have a rich memory full of exciting stories to tell your grandkids.

It is, however, worth noting that you will only have a great time in Chile if you pack the right items before you leave home for Santiago. Without the right hiking boots and clothes, for example, it might be hard for you to collect souvenirs from the Andes. That is why you should ensure that you acquire all the necessary stuff before departing to Santiago. This is actually very easy and convenient, really: Simply go online shopping and order clothes in readiness for your trip.

Back to the souvenirs, here is a list of 8 original Chilean items that will help you bring some Chilean vibe into your home:

1.         Lapis Lazuli

For $50 USD or less, you can bring home unique and stunningly beautiful jewelry made from Lapis Lazuli. This azure stone is magical and will make any average jewelry look irresistible. Gift shops across Santiago stock up these pieces of jewelry, but if you are looking for better prices, look for it in any of the major Chilean open-air markets. The Bellavista district in Santiago is one of the surest places to acquire cheap Lapis Lazuli souvenirs.

2.         Some copper

Chile’s economy relies greatly on the sale of copper and copper products. Why not bring home a piece of the most valuable export your host nation boasts of? Anything made of copper is fine, from simple bookmarks and chains to large carvings and wall hangings. Your budget will be your only limit in this case.

For a more personalized copper souvenir, you can buy a copper plate of whichever shape and then hire an artisan to draw a map or put your initials on it.

3.         Traditional Chilean outfit

If you love to dance, Chile has a lot of dancing opportunities for you. The good thing about this South American nation is that every dance has its unique outfit. Cuea dance, for example, requires you to be dressed in a colorful poncho, a straw hat, knee-high boots, and a huaso jacket. And because this dance is the nation’s unofficial national dance, each of these items is hand-made to make it unique and stylish. You will never find them anywhere else in Latin America.

Note that Huasa is to women what Huaso is to men. On top of the hat, boots, and poncho, women dress in a colorful country dress with high ruffles. All these are good souvenirs to bring home. What’s more, you will get the entire outfit for less than $300 USD.

4.         Onitas

When visiting Patagonia, don’t leave without a stuffed figurine. These stuffed animals are made by local artisans from the Ona community as a representation of their dancing tradition. You can also find nice Onitas that are made in the shape of iconic Chilean destinations and legendary people.

5.         Alpaca

Alpaca wool is used to make ponchos, scarves, cardigans, and jackets. The wool comes from the Chilean lama that lives up in the cold regions of the Andes.

6.         Hand-made pottery

If you are looking for a nice gift for your mother, a clay pot will do. Greda, as the traditional clay utensils are fondly known as in Santiago, is firm and durable, without forgetting that they retain dish flavor with every use. And because there are specific meals Chileans cook using greda, be sure to bring home some of those foods. You can even learn their recipes and cook some for your loved ones once you get home.

7.         Vuelvo al Sur

Vuelvo al Sur hats, socks, and gloves are mostly found in Santiago. They all have unique designs that are inspired by the ancient Chilean culture and fabric patterns.

8.         Moai Statue

First, ensure that you pay the Moai statues a visit, and then secondly buy earrings or key chains made from mini Moai statues.

In conclusion

After bringing home tons of gifts for everyone, did you remember to but something for your home decoration? If you haven’t, don’t start panicking just yet. Simply order a wall art canvas that will act as your constant reminder Santiago’s beautiful skyline and landscapes.

Top Remote and Underrated Places in Australia You Need to Include on Your List

It may take a lifetime to completely explore Australia since it’s a huge, bold, and wonderful country. And we are sure that many of you who are reading this would prefer to flock to familiar destinations you know and heard before such as the Gold Coast, Byron Bay, Great Barrier Reef, and the Sydney Opera House. 

The island country has become a tourist magnet from people all over the world over the last few years. These tourism epicentres surely deserve their fame, but this enormous land down under has a lot more to offer than you think. 

You might want to skip first some of Australia’s most popular destinations and take a look at this list of remote and underrated places that you might want to consider visiting if you’re looking for something more authentic, raw, and rare. 

DERWENT VALLEY, TASMANIA

This peaceful and fertile valley offers a fascinating history that goes back to bushranger times. You can also find there one of the Apple Isle’s finest eateries, the Agrarian Kitchen, and easy to challenging treks in Mount Field National Park. Derwent also gives access to the splendid Franklin Gordon Wild Rivers National Park and the South-West Wilderness.


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Just a quick drive from north of Hobart and it will take you to a rustic valley with rolling hills, enormous forests, Tasmania’s oldest national park, and rivers are overflowing with big fresh fishes. Plus you can also find here picturesque oast houses, stone houses, and whiskey distilleries! 

KANGAROO ISLAND, SOUTH 


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This island is one of the most underrated places in Australia and is the third largest island that was named after their most popular native animal. But Kangaroo Island offers much more than a large group of mammals. 

You can find this island in the northwest of Adelaide which comprises two-thirds of its surface with national parks. We suggest that you visit the Flinders Chase National Park if you’re looking for stunning hike and views as well as penguin colonies.

Aside from the Island’s white sand beaches, it’s also home to the Seal Bay Conservation Park. And if you want to surf, Cape Woolamai is a great surfing hotspot. 

KALBARRI NATIONAL PARK, WESTERN 


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This place is surely one of the best-underrated places that will give you such magnificent canyons and extreme seaside hikes. If you’re a great hiker and you don’t mind rough conditions, then Kalbarri should be on your list and you shouldn’t miss it on your next trip down under. 

BROOME, WESTERN 


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If you prefer a more laid back and relaxing getaway, then you should visit Broome. It’s a small peaceful town in Western Australia with beautiful beaches and summer weather all year long. You should not miss out the Staircase to the Moon as it’s one of the major things to do, particularly for sunset hunters. 

Never heard of it? Staircase to the Moon is a natural phenomenon that takes place when a full moon rises over the exposed tidal flats of Roebuck Bay. It happens 2-3 days a month between March and October.

This blissful town is the ideal place if you’re doing a stopover before heading back into the Outback.

KARIJINI NATIONAL PARK, WESTERN


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This is one of the most secluded national parks located in the Western Australia Pilbara region, about 1,000 km from Perth and just north of the Tropic of Capricorn. If you’re looking for a realistic definition of the word “remoteness” then this destination should be on your list. 

Karijini is the perfect secluded spot if you’re a nature lover who attempts to dive deep into the unoccupied greatness of the Australian Outback. This park is decked out with only several basic campgrounds and home to mostly unharmed natural beauty in the form of slot canyons, waterfalls, and water holes. This vast wilderness is considered to be one of the wildest and most underrated places to visit in Australia. 

Author Bio: Ivandrea Ollero is a writer for Holiday Inn Parramatta Hotel, one of Australia’s luxury hotels providing accommodation in Parramatta and great historical Sydney experience for tourists. She is also a content crafter who researches and writes custom content about travel, fashion, finance, business, home improvements, health, and beauty in order to provide helpful information and tips for her readers. Ivandrea graduated from St. Scholastica’s College, Manila, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Broadcast Journalism in 2016.

6 Best Places to Visit in Uttarakhand – Land of Gods

Uttarakhand became a state in India in the year 2000 before which it was part of the large state of Uttar Pradesh in India and there are best places to visit in Uttarakhand.

Uttarakhand is a Himalayan state in India which is also known as “The Land of Gods” as there are many temples and pilgrimage sites in this state visited by pilgrims from all over the world.

Uttrakhand
Uttrakhand

Millions of tourists visit Uttarakhand every year as it is a multifaceted tourist destination in India that not just attracts pilgrims but also nature lovers, adventure sports enthusiasts, families and honeymooners from all over the world.

The following are some of the best places to visit in Uttarakhand:

1.Valley of Flowers National Park

This is a flower park that is located in North Chamoli and is known for some of the most beautiful alpine flowers in the world.

This mountainous park in Uttarakhand which is located in Northern Uttarakhand in a high altitude Himalayan valley has many endangered animals and birds.

In pristine lands...The Valley of Flowers National Park
Valley of Flowers National Park

It has an excellent variety of hundreds of species of flowers like the Himalayan Bell Flower, poppies, orchids, marigolds, daisies, Geranium, and Morning Longifolia to name a few.

This is a vacation destination, a tourist’s hotspot, a pilgrimage destination and also this park has beautiful trekking trails popular with tourists.

2. Badrinath Temple

The Badrinath Temple is a major Hindu temple in Uttarakhand that is dedicated to Lord Vishnu.

This temple is one of the four temples that are visited by tourists on the famous and very religiously important Char Dham yatra.

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Badrinath Temple

The temple is located in the Garhwal Hills in the Chamoli district on the banks of the Alaknanda River.

It a major pilgrimage site with religious festivals and this temple is visited by tourists as well as pilgrims every year from all over the world.

3. Har ki Pauri

Ganga is a very sacred river in India and Har Ki Pauri is a ghat located on the banks of river Ganga in Uttarakhand. This famous tourist attraction and pilgrimage destination are located in the holy city of Haridwar.

Har ki Pauri

Har Ki Pauri is especially festive during the Kumbh Mela when it takes place once in 12 years. Tourists like to participate in the famous Ganga Aarti that takes places at Har Ki Pauri.

4. Rajaji National Park

This is a great destination to visit for different types of tourists as it is a national park and a famous tiger reserve in Uttarakhand.

There are beautiful forests with lovely flowers, trees, and alpine vegetation in this area.

Chital (Axis axis), Rajaji National Park, India
Rajaji National Park

This natural reserve is located in the Shivalik Ranges. Some of the animals at this reserve include tigers, elephants, chital, sambar, hog deer, nilgai, sloth bears, and leopard cats.

5. Lakshman Jhula

Lakshman Jhula is a suspension bridge over the River Ganga in the city of Rishikesh. Lakshaman Jhula is a bridge used by pedestrians as well as motorbikes.

It is named after Lakshmana from the Ramayana and is one of the largest bridges in the area.

Lakshman Jhula
Lakshman Jhula

Lakshman Jhula and Ram Jhula are major bridges on the River Ganga, they have become major tourist attractions in the area.

6. Nainital Lake

One of the main tourist places in Uttarakhand is Nainital. Nainital Lake is the top tourist attractions in the city and here are the lots of adventure activities that you can do.

This lake is a tourist favorite and this is a kidney-shaped lake and it is a famous lake in this area.

Nainital lake
Nainital Lake

This is a great lake surrounded by peaks on all side and by coniferous trees. Boat rides on the lake are romantic for honeymooners visiting this is.

There are plenty of shops and restaurants for tourists in nearby areas surrounding the city.

Shaza Hotels: Redefining Arab Luxury in the Middle East

The holy city of Makkah attracts believers from all over the world. The annual Hajj pilgrimage is a must for every Muslim. The last month of the Islamic calendar brings a multitude of people to Makkah. During the other months, Umrah pilgrimage keeps the city bustling with visitors. The takeaway here is that Makkah plays host to a wide range of the population. 

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The constant influx of pilgrims creates a demand for quality hotel accommodations in Makkah. As the pilgrims come from varied backgrounds and rich and poor visit the city with equal enthusiasm, there is a need for 5-star hotels in Makkah Saudi Arabia. Many luxury hotels in Makkah cater to the increased demand. However, there is one that truly stands out from the crowd. The Shaza Hotel Makkah is the epitome of Arab luxury. The rooms, amenities, facilities and service put it in a class of its own. Here are the reasons why Shaza is one of the best hotels in Makkah.

Location

Given that the purpose of visiting Mecca is to visit Kaaba, wouldn’t it be an extraordinary experience to be able to see the Al-Haram Mosque from your hotel? Many suites in the Shaza hotel offer extensive views of the Haram. You will always feel closer to Allah in this hotel. Shaza hotel Makkah in Jabal Ka’aba is only a few minutes’ walk from the city centre.           

Service

The generous culture of the East is an integral part of the Shaza experience. From the minute you step into the hotel, you will be awestruck by the warmth and sincerity of the staff. The travel-weary guests start relaxing from the moment they enter with dates and a cooling drink. The check-in process is a smooth sail and puts you at complete ease.
If you are lucky enough to stay in the Tiara Suite or one of the much sought after Silk floors, then you would even have a Morafik at your service 24×7. The Morafik can make all your wishes come true. Even the nightly turn-down gifts are a delight. 

Shaza understands the needs of the parents travelling with their children. The dedicated kid’s club is designed with the utmost care to encourage children to learn while playing.
Do not want to miss out on work during your pilgrimage? Don’t worry! The business centre at Shaza hotel has you covered. While the rooms become your home away from home, the business centre does the same for your office.     

The pilgrimage is physically demanding and takes a toll on your feet. The time-sensitive rituals associated with Hajj and Umrah leaves you with stressed out feet. A foot massage from the Afiya in Shaza helps you relax. It energises you for the demands of the next day.    

The attention to detail and personal care bestowed upon each guest makes this one of the best hotels in Makkah near Haram.

Rooms

The rooms in Shaza 5-star hotel in Makkah are designed to cater to a wide variety of the population. The deluxe room, deluxe quad room, junior suite and one-bedroom suite are perfect for a family. The muted decor and excellent amenities put your mind at ease and transport you into a world far away from the hustle and bustle of the city. 

Looking for something more luxurious? Try the Tiara suite. This serene, graceful and refined suite has a living room, dining room and kitchenette in addition to the master bedroom. The bedroom also has a walk-in closet. If you are travelling as a large group and a need more personalised service, opt for the Silk floor. The Silk guests are received at the airport by a Morafik and receive exceptional service throughout their stay.   

Dining

There are two all-day dining options at the Shaza hotel Makkah. The open kitchen in Midan offers fine dining on international cuisine. The chefs here can transport your senses to a different world. Shalimar is an all-day lounge that serves signature mocktails. You can catch up with friends and unwind with a mocktail. Shalimar also hosts a unique tea ceremony that is accompanied by mouthwatering delicacies.

Stay at the Best Hotel in Saudi Arabia

The phenomenal service, luxurious rooms and unique experiences make Shaza the best hotel in Saudi Arabia. You can do your Shaza Makkah hotel booking online via the hotel’s website. Shaza hotel is in a class of its own. Stay at Shaza during your next visit to Makkah for a paradigm-shifting experience.  

Why The Indian Trekking Holidays Are Irresistible for Expats In The Middle East!

Travelling particular in India has been a perfect choice for the most of Westerners who have been living in the harsh climate of the Dubai, Doha etc. I’ve been in the Middle East for last one decade and have many westerner friends. Whenever we talked about India; they irresistibly told about their travel to India. Why living in Dubai or Doha or Abu Dhabi, an expat has an easy approach for many countries. But there are certain factors which may inspire you opt Trekking Holidays in India.

  1. In India you discover only people & culture

India is a very vast country and has a mixed culture that of different religion and cultures. This is not limited to the food type. If you any other country; most you will explore almost same food type and culture due to ethnicity. Expats from (Salzburg) Austria prefer trekking holidays while the adventure seekers from Germany prefer to come in group and participate in motorcycling holidays across Himalaya. So this is very obvious to choose a better holiday in stipulated time & budget. Adventurous holidays allow you to explore and beyond the natural limits as you can freely move off-road and take part in multiday activities.

Rajasthan

  1. Duration of Holidays

You can opt bespoke holidays while you are traveling to India. All the Middle East cities are well connected to Indian cities and hardly take 3-4 hrs and two way flight tickets cost around USD 400 for one person. Ideally when you are planning value added adventurous holidays then always consider more than one week duration. It may cost you around USD 700 for one week excursions in comfortable stay including your food, stay and activities. But if you are a daredevil personality seeking multi day’s activities like Himalayan motorcycling holidays then you can quench your thirst for real adventure. You have a variety of options to explore whether it is winter or summer. Ideally you should avoid monsoon season as in last few years due to global warming; the weather changes unprecedented.

Sports Bike Ride In Himalaya

  1. Places to explore

Really it is hard for me to jot down all the tourist places of India. Even I would not be able to blend it concisely; if I try to do it. As South India is having entirely different landscape to the North India. North East is having tremendous opportunities of explorations. As already I mentioned about the duration and flight connectivity’s; I consider it as North Indian adventure tourism which is a perfect blend of religion, beliefs, food and culture. Presume that we all are made of beliefs what we receive from religion.

  1. Custom Fit Holidays

Ideally we organize adventures holidays in Himalayan states. We do organize the tours around the year but summer before monsoon is a heavenly season for trekking holidays, motorcycling holidays in north India. Flexibility is always lured by the humans. You have a complete option to choose your holidays type.

Trans-Himalayan-Motorcycling

In the UAE, the trend of outbound vacations is like this. Most of Asians go to Eurasia, Europe (czech, Switzerland, Greece, Spain etc.) and if you see it closely. The Westerners go to Asia, South-East Asia, and African Countries etc. But it is hard to say that what of activities those follow while in vacations. In fact it would be more commercialize part if we segregate more tour categories and there will be only more commercial part. Instead of this, refer to only two major categories; one – luxury and second – adventure. The third may be an Experience. In the adventure holidays; we prefer to give you an exposure of culinary journey, cultural experience, yoga & meditation experience etc. We’re here to help you to arrange a walking or trekking holiday or motorcycling holidays that is just right for you.

The post is by Bhupendra Sharma, founder & promoter of Evergreen Adventures. He has been organizing the adventures tours for more than 5 yrs. You can Follow him on Facebook and can join his meetup group.

Tips for Planning a Perfect Sailing Vacation

Lankayan IslandGoing on a sailing vacation is never really a breeze as you will be at the mercy of the elements of the sea. However, with careful planning you can make the most of your sea voyage to make it even more meaningful for you. Regardless of your intended destination, you’ll have a much better chance of ensuring the perfect sailing vacation if you adhere to these tips:

Book Your Trip Early

There are certain seasons of the year when yacht charters are fully booked. If you wait for the peak season to begin, there’s a really good chance that you might not be able to find a charter to your liking. As such, if you really want to ensure the perfect sailing vacation, you’d have to book really early. Choose a yacht charter that can give flexibility to your sailing schedule. Remember, if it turns out that there’s going to be a storm on the day of your trip, then you should have a contingency for that.

Get a Medical Checkup before Your Trip

Sure, sailing may not be as physically demanding as going to a winter mountain resort, but you’d still want to know if you’re physically fit to last several days in the open ocean. It is always worth remembering that you will be several miles away from land and from the nearest medical facility should anything happen to you. If you’ve got medications that you need to take, then bring these, too.

Bring Appropriate Clothes and Gear

Heading out to sea means you’ll be mostly basking in the sun. The wide open seas with its glittering waters can also reflect light back to you. It’s going to be quite hot out there in the sea so it’s best to bring appropriate clothes. If you’re averse to getting sunburn, wearing long sleeves and pants should do the trick. But if you’re looking for some good tan, then be prepared with your beachwear, even though you’re on board a yacht. It’s also wise to bring sunscreen, wide-brimmed hat, and polarized shades.

Check on the Weather before Sailing

As we mentioned above, you’re essentially at the mercy of the sea whenever you go on a sailing vacation. As such, it is important to have a clear understanding of the weather forecast for the next several days in the region where you will be spending your sailing vacation. While the captain and crew of your chartered yacht are fully knowledgeable about navigating over rough seas, it is always best to exercise caution to help avoid turning your dream vacation into a nightmare on the high seas.

Don’t Forget Your Travel Insurance

Whenever traveling, it is best to get an appropriate travel insurance. This should help cover for almost anything that you simply cannot predict while on vacation, especially on the seas. You’ll never know if you’ll be in need of medical attention because of sunstroke or severe sea sickness. It’s always best to stay prepared at all times.

Ensuring the perfect sailing vacation is relatively easy. Just adhere to these very simple tips and you’ll be on your way to a great holiday on the high seas.

The post is by Adam, a Content Manager at Perfect Yacht Charter and he has spent the last decade reading and writing on cruise experiences. He has written articles on topics such as ENTERPRISE, SUNSEEKER, JUST ENOUGH and COSTA MAGNA. He many years’ experience in writing. He always delivers great knowledge and facts with his articles.

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.

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