30 Must Know Traveling Tips For Your Next Vacation

images (21)Summer is coming up and it is always best to be prepared. Listed below are some tips and tricks I have learned over my years of traveling. Hopefully you can apply them as they will most certainly make your next vacation outing much more enjoyable.

1. Always have extra cash

Cash is the royal necessity of traveling. Sometimes your credit or debit card can be problematic which is precisely why keeping a bit of extra cash on you at all times is nice because you never know when you might need it.

2. Don’t carry too much cash

With that said don’t carry too much cash on you at all times. There is nothing good that will come from being a walking ATM machine in a foreign country. Find a happy median that you can keep around without feeling terrible if it is taken by chance.

3. Wake Up Early

Most things you will experience while traveling are best experienced in the early morning. Not to mention if you are the kind of person who likes going on afternoon tours it really helps to beat the lines if you are one of the first people in and one of the first people out as event lines, especially during the summer, can get congested rather quickly depending on where you are visiting.

4. Be Patient

Patience is key when traveling. Things move at their own pace and you must accept the fact that they will probably not always move as quickly as you would like them to. Learn to embrace patience and realize that it is only part of the process.

5. Pack Only The Essentials

People tend to like to complicate what they bring on trips when in reality it is quite simple. Pack only what you absolutely need. Don’t bring three pairs of sunglasses when you only need one.

6. Bring a good camera to take photos

Photos are the main thing you are going to be keeping from this trip for years to come. This is precisely why it is important that you have a good camera to take photos with. If you can’t afford a camera your smart phone will usually do just fine.

7. Get a basic feel for the land before you arrive

Without spoiling too much of the adventure try to get a general idea of things before you arrive. Do some research beforehand because you never know when information (such as remembering where the local hospital is located) will come in handy.

8. If you are traveling on a dime investigate hotel alternatives

Housing alternatives such as bed & breakfast sites offer a great supplement for those who can’t afford hotels. Not only is it generally cheaper but you will more than likely receive a much greater cultural experience too.

Other alternatives such as staying in hostels or couchsurfing are great and inexpensive substitutes for hotels also.

9. Keep an open mind

Remember that you are no longer back home and you should be open to trying new things that you may normally dismiss otherwise. This is important because you will probably only get to visit this area a few times at most during your life. You might as well soak up every experience that you can.

10. Be flexible

Realize that things usually don’t go according to plan and therefore you should be flexible in case the situation demands it. Don’t allow yourself to get stressed out or overwhelmed and instead just accept that it is part of the traveling process.

11. Experience local culture

Housing alternatives can be great here because it will give you a much better taste of the local culture than a hotel ever could. Another great way to dive into a foreign atmosphere is by asking the locals. If they are friendly enough a lot of them will point you to the good spots and steer you clear of the bad ones.

12. Get an airline credit card

The easiest way to save money is by picking up an airline credit card so that you can begin collecting mileage to put towards a flight. If you aren’t currently enrolled with a credit card or you are looking to pick up a new one I highly recommend getting one that gets good flyer miles.

13. Bargain hunt for deals

Always be on the lookout for a good deal. From hotel to airfare to restaurants and shows there are deals to be had everywhere. Venues are always trying to remain filled and businesses need to make money. Remember that fact because if you are willing to do things such as travel during the traveling off-season you can scoop up some serious savings.

14. Make up for bargain hunting by splurging

Spend a few extra bucks and get that meal you have always wanted because now is the time to do it. You are on vacation after all and you shouldn’t be penny pinching when it comes to the things that you absolutely want most. I mean that is why you saved up for this, right?

15. Don’t be afraid to use GPS

Google Maps is a godsend when traveling. With that said it is good to get comfortable using Google Maps because it will make navigation around foreign cities much less painful. Hint: utilize the directions feature.

16. Be respectful

Remember that you are in a foreign country and not your own house. With that said act accordingly to how you would like them to act if they were visiting your country. Be mindful of things such as their culture, their property, and their people. In other words it is good always be polite.

17. Keep your valuables always in your sight

It is the open world and theft happens. That is why it is always important to keep your belongings where you can see them. The world isn’t a scary and dark place but if you leave an expensive laptop unguarded someone will take it. Use common sense and make sound decisions.

18. Leave early for your destination

Whether we are talking about the local airport or your hotel check-in it is always best to arrive early because you never know what hiccups might occur between you and your destination. That is why it is best to leave early and allow as much time as possible in case delays happen or you need to re-plan your itinerary completely.

19. Travel with friends

Not only does it cut costs but it is better for safety and sanity too. Having another set of eyes on things is never a bad idea when it comes to traveling. You never know when you might misinterpret a map and end up completely lost. That can be potentially be avoided just by having another friend traveling with you too.

20. Be able to laugh at your own mistakes

Odds are if you travel enough you will make a fool out of yourself at some point or another. Be able to laugh it off when it does happen and use it as a learning experience. Whether it is ordering the wrong food at a foreign restaurant or getting the train times mixed up completely it is best to accept that mistakes will eventually happen even to the greatest of travelers.

21. Remember to leave room for souvenirs

Don’t forget about the people back home. They would like a piece of your trip too. That doesn’t mean that you need to go all out and load up your bags with trinkets but instead just make sure you have enough room to bring back everything you brought on the trip and a little bit more.

22. Avoid scams

As with most things in life if it looks too good to go be true it probably is. Not only that however but it is good to avoid common scams when visiting foreign countries. One of the more common occurrences is getting your credit card information siphoned by a clerk at a restaurant, store or bar. Be mindful of that fact if they try to take your card into the backroom to ring up your purchase.

23. Let your bank know that you are traveling in advance (and get a travelers debit card if you can)

Banks have been known to halt foreign transactions from time to time. That is a good thing because that means they are looking out for you. So that is why it is important that you do your part and let them know when you are traveling into a foreign country so they can know what is up with you.

If you can manage it try to also get a debit card designed for travel that way if your information is swiped from your card there is minimal money attached to that particular account.

24. If possible try to book events for your trip in advance

Depending on where you are going events can sell out pretty quickly which is why it is important to book what you can in advance. It wouldn’t be any fun having to shift your plans around because you weren’t able to get into that show that you wanted to see.

25. Create a budget for the whole trip

There would be no worse feeling than to look at your bank account and see that you ran out of funds halfway through your trip. That is why you should come up with a budget in advance. From food and drinks to entertainment to flight and hotel make sure to come up with a comprehensive plan.

26. Bring a copy of your passport

Like anything else passports can be misplaced or stolen at any time. There is no worse way to get stranded in a foreign country than to be unable to return home because you can’t find your passport anymore. Make sure you have at least one backup copy on hand although it wouldn’t hurt to even carry two.

27. Realize the voltage might be different than your native country and bring/buy a charger accordingly

A common mistake that can be very costly comes from forgetting that voltages vary in certain countries. That is why it is crucial to do a little leg work in advance and find out whether the country you are visiting uses the same voltage as your native country.

28. Bring something to pass the airport time

Find anything that you enjoy and bring it with you to the airport so you have something to help pass time while you are waiting for your flight. There is nothing worse than sitting there and having to stare off into space for two hours while you wait for your plane to arrive.

29. Save a chunk of money by leaving one night before you were planning on initially leaving

Red-eye flights have their drawbacks but if you want to save money while still getting in a whole day’s worth of activities there is no better way to do that than by staying the whole day and then catching the red-eye flight back home. By doing that you are actually saving one night worth of hotel fees because you are shifting your plans up. Instead of leaving at 8 A.M. the following morning consider taking the red-eye home at midnight the night before. It will definitely save you some money.

30. Counter jet lag with flight naps

Going off the last point another reason why I like red-eye flights is because I use them as an opportunity to reset my sleep schedule on the way home. My personal recommendation for fighting jet lag is that if you can nap during your flight take full advantage of that capability because it will make the transition period back home much less painful than if you are trying to toss and turn the night before you have to go back to work.

 

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Italy’s 8 Greatest Hidden Gems

download (44)Any aspiring traveler making their way to Italy knows that the hot spots to visit include the amazing sites of Rome, Florence, Milan, Venice, and maybe even Naples. Don’t get us wrong, the Colosseum and the Vatican City are a must-see for anyone’s bucket list, but these aren’t the only places that will leave you breathless. Italy is so geographically diverse that there is no traveling to a different city and feeling like you won’t see or learn anything new. The ‘bel paese’ is full of small nooks and cities that will blow you away, you just have to know where to find these hidden gems!

1. San Fruttuoso

Next time you plan a trip to the Italian Riviera, don’t miss the crystal clear waters of the tiniest beach town you’ll probably ever see. Don’t expect to drive there though, the secrecy of this beach is upheld thanks to the fact that it’s only accessible via ferry ride from Portofino. Take a stroll along on the pebbled sand, which will be a whole two minutes from one end to another. That’s how small this beach is! Walk through a small tunnel-of-a-walkway and up some narrow stairs to get to the few main streets in the town- you’ll think that you’re walking into the mountain on your way in. Start up a conversation with some of the employees at one of the three beach cafes- you’ll be in awe when you hear that they were born and raised here in San Fruttuoso!

Getting There: Take a ferry from either Rapallo, Portofino, or Santa Margherita. It won’t take longer than 30 minutes each way.

2. Civita di Bagnoregio

Some may think it’s a bit of a hassle to get to if you don’t have a car, but a visit to this medieval hilltop town will be well worth the effort. Civita di Bagnoregio is a tiny town that you can only get to via a long enchanting walkway from the town below, Bagnoregio (hence the name Civita di Bagnoregio). The walk up this floating pathway takes just 15 minutes and once you enter the town, the silence and beauty will leave you breathless. With only 14 year-round residents, you’ll feel like you just ascended into the most magical of Italian villages! Wander around and venture down all the town’s alleys and arteries to find a different breathtaking view down each path. Although you could probably walk every street of the town in about 20-30 minutes, the pure beauty and photo opportunities around every turn will keep you entertained for a good few hours. There are some delicious local restaurants to stop for lunch in as well.

Tip: You can even spend some time exploring the charming town of Orvieto in the same day by taking the funicular up from right outside the train station. Be sure to climb up to the top of the bell tower for stunning views of the town and the surrounding rolling hills.

Getting There: From Rome, take the 1-hour and 15 minute train ride to Orvieto. To get to Civita from Orvieto, take the bus departing from outside the train station to the town of Bagnoregio, which is at the town directly below Civita. Make sure to check the Bus Timetable before you go, as there are limited buses that run, especially on certain days. From Florence, take the train to Orvieto, just being an additional hour.

3. Procida

Often overlooked because of it’s neighbor Capri, you won’t be able to keep your jaw from dropping in disbelief when you see this tiny fisherman village. Passersby greet you with a smile and a genuine “buongiorno” as you zigzag through the colorful narrow streets. Be sure to look up at the locals smiling atop their balconies. If you’re lucky, you may even get invited in for a cup of coffee.

Getting There: An easy 30-minute ferry ride from Naples. Check out the schedules for “Snav Naples” by searching for it on Google.

4. Brisighella

There’s no shortage of amazing views from anywhere in this quiet village in Emilia-Romagna. walking around the town, which spans a whole 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) in length, you look up and see a castle perched on one hilltop, a beautiful church on another, and the iconic clocktower on yet another. But the views don’t stop from down in the town. An easy 20-30 minute walk up the hills will take you to each site, offering even better views of the them and the town below.

Tip: Don’t expect much English to be spoken here, it’s a true Italian village. But don’t be discouraged, each and every resident will welcome you with open arms, ecstatic that visitors are enjoying the beauty of their home.

Getting There: A quick hour-and-a-half train ride from Florence! The station is right in the center of town, so jump hop off and start exploring.

5. Alberobello

This small southern town, situated on Italy’s heel, has been deemed a UNESCO World Heritage site, thanks to it’s unique and beautiful Trulli architecture. Walking through these conical-shaped constructions will make you feel like you just stepped into a real-life fairytale book. Stop in for a local lunch at one of the family-owned restaurants, serving up traditional Southern Italy fare specific to the Puglia region.

Getting There: Just an hour and a half train ride from Bari Centrale, a round-trip ticket will cost you a mere €9, The center of town is a pretty 15 minute walk from the station.

6. Rapallo

Situated around the corner from Portofino, Rapallo offers a more budget-friendly, but equally as beautiful visit to the Ligurian coast. The facades of the buildings create such a vibrant, colorful atmosphere that you won’t be able to stop wandering the streets of this town. The residents of this seaside town Let’s not forget to mention their fresh, amazing seafood. With Rapallo as your base, you can take an easy ferry ride to San Fruttuoso, Portofino, and Santa Margherita!

Getting There: Take the train to the Rapallo Station, situated near the center of town, and just a few minutes walk to the bay.

7. Matera

Tucked away along the cliffs of the Basilicata region is the village of Matera, recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The unique cave-like homes and structures here are carved out of the limestone rocks, which makes for a stunning landscape. There are two neighborhoods, referred to as “Sassi” that are made up of these stone dwellings. Dating back over 30,000 years (15,000 BC) during the Palaeolithic Period, Matera is the runner-up for being the oldest continuously-inhabited settlement in history, behind Petra, Jordan.

You may recognize this beautiful town, as it was where “The Passion of the Christ” was filmed back in 2004.

Getting There: The easiest way to reach Matera, which, low and behold, does have a train station, is through Bari. Take the train from Bari (not the main station, but the one across the piazza from Bari Centrale, labeled “Ferrovie Appulo Lucane”) to Matera Centrale, which is a little under an hour and a half of a ride. From the station, it’s 15 minutes by foot to the Sassi di Matera.

8. Cinque Terre

Okay, maybe not so hidden anymore. But five years ago it would have been considered as such. The largest town in Le Cinque Terre, Monterosso is the perfect starting point for a breathtaking (literally) hike through these five colorful towns. It may take you about 5-7 hours, depending on how long you take to stop and take photos, but it is well worth dedicating most of your day to this unforgettable hike.

Make sure you check for closures prior to your trip, as certain routes may be closed due to inclement weather. Don’t fret though, you can always take the minute-long train ride through each town, or even a nice ferry ride between each one for a more unique vantage point.

Tip: After your long day’s hike, be sure to have dinner at Ciak for some incredible seafood. If you walk by the restaurant, you’ll likely see Ciak himself hard at work through a window peering into the kitchen, preparing the day’s catch.

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Eid Holiday Celebration in the Maldives

download (45)Since 1153, the Maldives has been an Islamic country. Two of the most important festivals of this paradise island country would be the Islamic equivalent of Christmas known as the Eid Holidays: Eid ul-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan – the holy month of fasting, Eid al-Adha celebrates the Hajj pilgrimage to the Mecca. Islamic nations all over the world celebrate Eid in their own way but recently there has been a surge of Muslim families who prefer to travel to different countries in celebration of this festival – a new tradition that is making quite a difference.

Some have chosen the Maldives since it is also a Muslim country to be their holiday destination of choice. The resorts have events and festivities dedicated to the holiday which makes for good entertainment and also educates the guests on the importance of the festival. Aside from staying at the resorts, guests can also partake of the numerous festivities in other islands especially in Male, the city of Maldives. There are western and modern music shows, along with annual parades from brass bands, cadets of schools, and the National Security Service that are annually looked forward to by locals and travellers. The traditional game of baibala is also played during Eid in the spirit of reviving old traditions.

It is the best time to experience a local island visit because people are in a festive mood, they are dressed in their best clothes – mostly traditional clothing and garbs which are colorful and intricate. You will feel the celebration in the air and the focus is on generosity and hospitality in Islam. So if you have not planned anything yet during the Eid Holidays, bring your family to the best tropical paradise on earth and experience Eid like never before at your resort or a visit in Male.

Speaking of resorts, properties generally have offers and discounts to attract guests to stay at their islands. Some of the best offers would be discounted room rates, meal plan upgrades, or discounted transportation. There are resorts that offer 35% discount on their Beach Studio with Pool if you stay 4 nights or more. Some properties would let you experience the best of both worlds where you can stay 2 nights on a beachfront villa and 2 nights on an InOcean Pool Villa. Then there are also resorts that give 25% off on their private Beach Villa rates.

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Which is Better Booking Tickets Online or Through a Travel Agent?

luxury travelAs the vacation season approaches, you will notice a maddening rush for booking family vacations. It is quite natural for one to search for a value for money travel deal that offers maximum excitement and luxury. Travel agents and online booking sites are prominent contenders that offer the best deals to travelers. My article will help you choose the right option for making bookings for your vacation.
With a whopping growth in the use of the Internet in the last decade, we have seen a gradual transition in methods used for customer service, from the traditional to booking online. In line with this trend, the tourism industry is gradually expanding in the form of online travel booking facilities too. I have listed below some pros and cons of booking with help of a travel agent as well as online travel websites. Hope this helps you to choose the right option.

Booking Online Vs. Travel Agents

Online Booking
With the advent of the Internet, a customer’s approach to the travel industry has undergone a drastic change. With help of facilities like online payment services, all bookings can now be done at the click of a button right in the comfort of one’s home.

Pros
✔ Customers just need to hint their travel destination onto a search engine and a dizzying list of online travel booking sites and hotel websites will start showing up on the screen. Each site is designed in a user-friendly manner which helps customers browse and choose the best possible holiday deal. If that is not enough, customers can now choose their airplane seats and take a virtual tour of their hotel room even before they have paid for their trip. Online bookings can surely woo their customers by adding a visual factor to their booking techniques.

✔ Online booking facilities are available around the clock and help customers to plan a holiday or book an emergency rail or airline ticket at any time and from any place. Once the booking is done, there is a prompt issuance of an invoice, itinerary and e-tickets to the customer as an assurance of the booking. Frequent business fliers have found these facilities extremely useful as they can plan their business trips from remote locations too.

✔ Online bookings provide a wider exposure to customers with reference to travel destinations, customer referrals, sight-seeing activities and so on. This means that customers looking for online bookings can easily book their holidays at some virgin coasts and other less explored locations around the world. Since these online sites are browsed by customers from around the world, there is a wider scope for reading comments and suggestions posted by previous travelers.

Cons
✘ Every technology has its disadvantages and so does online bookings. While the Internet offers good reviews and comments of some supposed previous travelers, there is no guarantee that the names and positive comments are authentic. The travel agent on the other hand, tends to make a suggestion based on his personal experience and quotes by his previous customers.

✘ With a huge scale of frauds and Internet crimes taking place, online booking sites are not far behind. There are several well-designed sites that offer to do online bookings for their customers. They offer fake reviews and holiday discounts to lure customers. There is a high chance of innocent customers booking a holiday or an airplane ticket through these sites. These sites generally issue fake itineraries and tickets after the payment is made. Preference for online bookings demands that customers stay alert and ensure authenticity of the online booking sites before proceeding with any transaction.

✘ Online booking sites are designed to make the customers feel that they have got the cheapest travel deal on offer. However, the grim reality is that the commission, taxes and hidden charges on online booking sites are way higher than traditional travel agents.

Travel Agents
These refer to the traditional traveling and ticketing agents who guide the customer to plan their holidays and business trips in return for a fixed commission. If you plan to book a trip through an agent, make sure to confirm that he possesses any of the following certifications – IATA, UFTAA, ASTA, USTOA, or TAP.

Pros
✔ Someone has rightly said that travel agents act like their customer’s advocate or representative when dealing with bookings in the travel industry. It is often seen that travel agents suggest a particular hotel or airline to their new customers based on traveling industry reports or upon feedback of their previous customers. In all, there is a personal assurance of quality of services to the customers from a travel agent. In case of any deflection from the expected service standards, the travel agent works as an advocate to get a suitable compensation and reimbursement for his customers.

✔ There is a sense of personalized touch when dealing with a travel agent. Most customers have only a faint idea about ideal holiday destinations. Travel agents then try to understand the customers’ needs. With the aid of their experience in the travel industry, they can guide their customers and draw up customized itineraries for their clients. A travel agent may recommend his customers to plan a holiday at a place depending upon a favorable season at that tourist destination.

✔ Travel agents are very helpful when you’re trying to add a variety of components to your trip. e.g. airline booking, local sight-seeing, airport transfers, hotel bookings etc. Most travel agents are in constant touch with airline companies and hotels, and this tie-up can help improve chances of getting a mass scale booking even on short notice.

Cons
✘ The choice of airlines, hotels, and destination services such as cab services or restaurant choices can be limited as travel agents tend to have tie-ups with a limited number of service providers. There are many regular travelers who feel that travel agents tend to suggest commonly tried hotels and resorts rather than exploring and providing diverse options to their customers.

✘ There are several customers around the world who feel that suggestions of travel agents are based on commissions and profitability. It is common for a travel agent to press his customer into opting for a hotel booking from which the agent is likely to get a higher commission both from the hotel as well as the customer.

✘ Travel agencies are manually run by people. Except for bookings which get done on the internet, most of the other work is done verbally. Therefore, this profession can never be guaranteed to be error free.

I suggest all my readers to hire services of a reputed travel agent when planning a long and expensive holiday. Personally, I strike a golden balance by using the online booking sites to browse for some really attractive destinations and best rated hotels. I even use some reputed online sites to make my rail and flight bookings and ask my travel agent to make arrangements for local sight-seeing. I make sure to choose a hotel or resort after a careful discussion with my travel agent. This way, I use both options to my best possible benefit.

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Went out on the Town

I was actually the one who did all of the leg work on the party and I went along for no other reason I suppose. I was not really that interested in the sort of entertainment that was on offer. I would have much rather have gone out to a hockey game or a Raptors game instead of going to a ballet recital. Of course I arranged for one of those Toronto party bus rentals and there was a good deal of high quality wine on the party bus, so I had a really good buzz by the time that we got to the ballet recital. Of course I went to look for the restroom when I was there, but I got lost and ended up back stage. That turned out to be a good thing, because I ran into this girl that I used to date about three or four years back.

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Spend the Night in Hotel in Malang

kota-malangMalang is city located in East Java. Recently, this city has become popular because it produces apple fruit in high quality. So many tourists come to Malang to see and feel the tourism site. Malang now has many tourism site and new theme park spread in the entire area of the city until the edge of it. It will give you lot of pleasure and you can have memorable memories if you go there. With cool weather, this city is suitable for family and self-picnic.

Some of the destination that usually visited by tourist are Mount Bromo, Brawijaya Museum, Temples, Beaches, Angkut Museum, Jatim Park, and stall food. For people who like to go hiking, Mount Bromo in Malang can be a good choice for you. Located in the 4 regency that is Malang, Probolinggo, Lumajang and Pasuruan, this location is suitable for you who like wild adventure. This mountain is still active and it is surrounded by wide sands. To add your historical knowledge you can go to Brawijaya Museum and Angkut Museum. In Brawijaya Museum you can see tanks ex-war and diorama about the fight of Aremania (people of Malang). Or you can go to temple in Malang. There are several famous little temples such as Jago Temple, Singhasari Temple, and Songgoriti Temple. You can take selfie here. Beaches may be the next destination for you. Some famous beaches are Bale Kambang beaches, Goa Cina, Tiga Warna, and Banyu Anjlog. Or just go to Jatim Park to enjoy your picnic.

To feel all the pleasure in the destination, you can go to Malang and spend some nights in the city. Malang has variant accommodation and you can get much list of hotels from the cheaper and the best 5 star hotels in Malang such as, Solaris Hotel, Savana Hotel, Royal Orchids and etc. You can choose one of the hotels in the entire area in the city and book it online with misteraladin.com. To book hotel online is easy. Just go on the website and write the destination on the search engine, and then write the date when you check-in and check-out. After you write it down you will be given lists of variant hotel and the location also the promo if there is a discount for you from the hotel. Choose one and the payment can be done via banking. If you want to go there please make a plan first and book the hotel far before you go to Malang.

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Worlds of Enchantment Strange Tidal Islands Around the World

A tidal island is a part of land that is connected to the terrain at low tide, and during high tide, it is totally cut off from the land and turns into a genuine island. Tidal islands are frequently connected with the landmass by a manmade boulevard permitting simple access for visitors wishing to traverse, however, even these can get submerged by the sea. So dependably, check the tide times before you visit. After all, tide and time, wait for none, right?

So here’s a list of some of the world’s most gorgeous, most ethereal tidal islands, which have never failed to steal the heart of the visitor there. Try for yourself!

1. Haji Ali Dargah, Mumbai

The Haji Ali Dargah is a mosque situated on an islet off the bank of Mumbai. An exemplary model of Indian Islamic architecture, the dargah houses the tomb of Sayed Peer Haji Ali Shah Bukhari. This was built in 1431 by a rich Muslim merchant, who surrendered all his common belongings before embarking on a pilgrimage to Mecca. The islet is connected to the city by a narrow thoroughfare, which is about a kilometer in length. Since this thoroughfare gets submerged in the sea during high tides, the dargah is accessible only during low tide. The thoroughfare, with the ocean on both sides, is one of the highlights of an excursion to this gorgeous place.

2. Mont Saint Michel, Normandy

Mont Saint Michel is found simply off the bank of the northern French region of Normandy. It is a little tidal island, best known for the site of the astounding Norman Benedictine Abbey of St Michel at the top of the rocky island, which is encompassed by the winding roads and convoluted architecture of the medieval town. The property incorporates a little island, which is designed according to the Mount and turned into a Norman monastery named St Michael’s Mount. The mount can pose serious risks for visitors who evade the highway and endeavor the unsafe way, over the sands, from the neighboring coast with tides that can change significantly.

3. Jindo and Modo, South Korea

Every year in the southwest of South Korea, two times, a characteristic highway opens up due to low tides, interfacing the two islands of Jindo and Modo for a period of an hour. The thoroughfare is 3 km in length, and more than 40 meters in breadth. A festival known as the Jindo Moses Miracle, dedicated to this natural wonder, is celebrated every year which is attended by enthusiasts from all around the globe.

4. Eilean Donan, Scotland

Eilean Donan is situated in Loch Duich in the western Highlands of Scotland. It is a little tidal island associated with the mainland by a footbridge, and lies a mile apart from the town of Dornie. The island is embellished with a stunning medieval fort. In the mid thirteenth century, the first mansion was built here as a protection against the Vikings. Presently, it is a standout amongst the most shot attractions in Scotland and a prominent venue for weddings and film locales.

5. Sveti Stefan, Montenegro

Sveti Stefan is a coastal resort in the western Montenegro, on the Budva Riviera. In the fifteenth century, the island was a little town, dominated majorly by fishermen. In the 1950s, the last occupants of the town were ousted, and Sveti Stefan was transformed into an exotic town-lodging. The boulevards, rooftops, walls and veneers of the structures here were very much preserved, while the insides of the buildings were changed to offer the most modern and cutting edge comforts and luxuries to the guests.

These places, are definitely a must-visit bid for travellers with a curious bent of mind. Also, if you prefer a dash of adventure during your sojourns, then a trip to one of these should be in your pipeline by now. What are you waiting for?

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The Best Honeymoon Destinations

The honeymoon is a celebration to mark a couple’s union. Hence, they carefully choose among ideal destinations. They decide based from their personal considerations such as finances, interests and location. They plan the occasion to ensure an enjoyable, unforgettable, and romantic experience.

If you want a remarkable event, here is the list of the best attractions you can consider:

• Hawaii

Newlyweds consider Hawaii as the top destination for their after wedding vacation. The place provides a perfect setting for a memorable adventure. It features many tropical sights such as magnificent waterfalls and beautiful beaches. Couples can explore the islands of Kauai, Lanai, Maui, and Molokai. They will never run out of things to do such as watch the sunrise, admire the sunset, and sail along the coastline.

• Fiji

Fiji is an island paradise often considered as the new Garden of Eden. The island displays a diverse collection of fauna and flora, hot springs, and fine beaches. Couples can follow the trails leading to the stunning landscape of the island. In addition, they can go to the nearby villages and discover their culture.

• Italy

Italy is a favourite post-wedding holiday spot. You will be fascinated with the intricate designs of the buildings in the cities of Florence, Rome, and Venice. You can embark on romantic adventures as you ride the gondola along the Grand Canal, go on a cruise to one of the nearby islands, or just take a leisurely walk in Piazza San Marco.

• Paris, France

Paris is often hailed as the city of romance and boasts of its striking architecture, great art and superb food. Other places in the city include the Eiffel Tower, the Grand Palais, Jardin des Tuileries, the Musee du Louvre, and Pont des Art Bridge. Instead of lovelocks, you can tie a ribbon at Pont des Art Bridge to affirm your strong commitment to each other.

• Phuket, Thailand

Couples will be captivated with the breathtaking beauty of this island. They can experience the white sands, clear water, and spectacular sunsets. Although it is an exotic island, it is a venue of lively nightlife and fine restaurants. The dining places offer excellent local Thai cuisine. Couples will surely enjoy the leisurely boat ride going to Phi Phi islands and the traditional Thai massage. Moreover, they can take a time off from the beach by visiting historical places such as Buddhist shrines.

• Santorini, Greece

Santorini is an island situated in the Aegean Sea. Together, you can admire the amazing sunset and brilliant white villas. You can visit its sun-drenched beaches, posh shops, historical sites, and wine cellars.

• St. Bart’s

It is an expensive and famous attraction in the Caribbean. Couples can visit the Colombier beach, which is famous for its vivid aquamarine colour and fine white sand.

• St. Lucia

This is a group of islands in the Caribbean, which is one of the top choices for honeymoon destinations. You can spend your day on any of the islands where you can play various water activities and sports together. The friendly local staff will help you appreciate the wonders of their islands.

The best honeymoon destinations will allow you to spend time with your partner. Take advantage of the precious moment to have fun and build memories together.

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Top 5 Helicopter Tour Ideas in Santorini Island, Greece

Santorini is a unique island! Admiring the unique landscape of Santorini on a helicopter tour is a unique activity. Explore here the best routes you can follow and embark on a helicopter to admire Santorini Island from the sky.

Fly over the Famous Caldera

This is the helicopter tour that you simply MUST do! There is nothing to be compared to the feelings that the views of the caldera from above will give you. Admire this unique geological phenomenon; the whitewashed houses, spots like the iconic Skaros rock and the multi-coloured layers of Santorini’s volcanic ground!

Sunset Helicopter Tour

The second most celebrated tour with a helicopter is at sunset time. Imagine the sun going down beyond the horizon while you are flying right in the heart of these awe-inspiring moments. Take as many photos as you like or just enjoy the magical atmosphere and find out why Santorini’s sunset is so famous!

Beach Helicopter Tour

The beaches of Santorini are a huge part of its volcanic heritage. There are beaches of black, red or white pebbles and sand but the most impressive thing is their volcanic origins. Make sure that your itinerary includes a visit to the Red Beach, the beach of Vlychada and the White Beach, which is approachable only by boat or helicopter of course!

Island Hopping with a Helicopter

Once you are up in the air why not visit some of the nearby islands? Start from the island of Thirasia, or the volcanoes; the choices are many; the closest island to the north is the island of IOS and to the south the island of Anafi, where you can admire the second highest rock in the Mediterranean after the Gibraltar.

Honeymoon Helicopter Tour

This last idea for a helicopter tour is addressed to newlyweds and couples. A flight over the imposing caldera of Santorini can be a delightful surprise for your loved one and it would be an even bigger surprise if you made your wedding proposal while in the air! A helicopter tour in Santorini is definitely the most romantic experience of Santorini.

There are various options for a helicopter tour in Santorini today. You can opt for a private or a semi private tour, whereas 20 minute or 30 minute flights are available. You can also get a private helicopter charter as your personal means of transportation! Imagine flying above one of the most beautiful places on earth. The view of the caldera from the skies is stunning and it is an experience that you simply can’t miss!

 

(Santorini helicopter tours- www.helicopter-tours-santorini.com)

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Celebrate 4th Of July On A Las Vegas To Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour

If you’re taking a trip over the July 4th holiday, it’s time to finalize your plans now because Independence Day is just around the corner. A helicopter tour of the Grand Canyon is a fantastic way to celebrate the holiday, however, the seats on these tours fill up fast, so you need to lock in your tour now.

Booking Online Is Easy And Gets You Good Deals

Buying your tour online is the easiest way to get your seats. Also, when you buy your tour online, you get to use the low Internet rate so you can save money. Tour operators make it easy to buy your seats online because it makes it more convenient for them too. That’s why the lowest prices are online, some tours are as low as 35 percent off the price you would have to pay elsewhere.

Also, it’s a lot easier to buy your tour in advance when you do it online. Buying early is one of the best ways to ensure a low price on your tour because the price tends to rise as the tour date approaches. So, get your tour booked about one or two weeks in advance and do all you can to avoid booking it within 48 hours of departure, or you’ll have to pay a premium price.

Online booking is available for West Rim tours, which are the closest tours to Vegas, as well as the South Rim tours, which go farther into Arizona. Besides choosing the location of your tour, you get to choose the type of tour you want to take. Helicopters are allowed to land on top of the West Rim or on the bottom of the Canyon there, but helicopter tours of the South Rim are air only since helicopters are prohibited from landing in that portion of the Canyon. The flights depart hourly on a daily basis when it is daylight.

West Rim Helicopter Tours

Here’s where you get to choose between a landing or air-only tour. It is recommended you take a landing tour if you can. Why would you want to do that? Because you’ll get to see and do a whole lot more at the Canyon. You’ll not only get to see amazing sights from the air such as the Hoover Dam and the Canyon, you’ll also get to see the Canyon up close when your helicopter lands on top of the rim or on the Canyon floor by the Colorado River.

If you land on top of the rim, you can hike on one of several scenic trails and visit the lookout points, and you can also visit the famous Skywalk. The Skywalk is an impressive architectural feat. The Skywalk is a viewing platform made of steel and transparent panels that extends 70 feet beyond the edge of the rim and is suspended 4000 feet above the Canyon floor below.

You could land at the bottom of the Canyon too, which is a very popular choice since there are fun things to do there. You can toast your exhilarating descent into the Canyon with a fun champagne picnic, and when you’re finished, you can hop on board a pontoon boat for a scenic ride along the Colorado River that flows along the base of the Canyon.

If you want a truly comprehensive experience of the Canyon, you can upgrade your helicopter tour to include a visit to both the top and bottom of the rim.

Touring The South Rim

Tusayan, Arizona is situated near the South Rim, and that is where the South Rim tours start. If you’ll be departing from Vegas, you can add a one-hour plane flight to your tour package that takes you right to the airport in Tusayan where you’ll board the helicopter.

While your helicopter won’t land in the Canyon, you will still be treated to many amazing views. The standard helicopter tour gives you 30 minutes of flight time and covers the ground between the South Rim and the remote North Rim. The extended tour is longer, and you should consider taking it because in addition to going to the North Rim, you also get to fly to the eastern edge of the park. This longer tour flies over about 3/4 of the entire park, so you’ll get to see quite a few interesting and beautiful sights.

To Conclude

While there are several options to choose from when booking your July 4th holiday tour, you want to book early before the flight you want is full. Remember to use your credit card to buy your tour online for instant confirmation of your seats and to lock in the lowest rates for your tour. For the best sightseeing experience at the Canyon, try to book the extended South Rim tour or a landing tour at the West Rim, so you can see and experience as many beautiful nature scenes as possible.

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The Majestic Island Of Paxos With Amazing Surrounding Of Olive Groves!

The eccentric beauty of islands is adorable enough to lure every person planning for a holiday trip. If you love to explore the undefined beauty of nature, then the Island of Paxos is the great place to offer you the serenity. The smallest Island on Ionian Sea cannot only make your vacation fantabulous, but can also give you the chance to see the Greek life very closely. The holiday accommodation in Paxos is the great way to see the ancient and historical beauty of Greece with Mediterranean life.

You have lots of amazing scenic places to traverse here. Olive groves, white cliffs, shingled beaches, coves, and harbor villages. You have traditional tavernas also to enjoy the food near the harbors and beaches. The whole day of excursion can fill your day with full relaxation as this is the place which is still unspoilt.

You will hardly find an Island with such a peaceful natural surrounding which is far from the crowd and hustle-bustle of routine life. Due to the absence of airport, this Island is visited by a filtered crowd. You can enjoy the vacation in seclusion with your partner or family. This is not the place for a fun-filled holiday; this is the place for a peaceful holiday.

If you are a newlywed couple and planning for a special honeymoon, then Paxos is the beautiful place to meet with your expectation. You can enjoy the togetherness, walking leisurely on the beach-side or can spend some quality time in your rented villa. These villas are furnished accordingly to serve you the luxury and privacy with the traditional Greek touch. You can talk romantically for long hours standing in the balcony. You can also enjoy the privacy at late night while sitting on the couch in your private garden. You can experience the beach view and feel the cool breeze right from your villa house as well.

This tiny Island though, has three traditional villages named Lakka, Loggos, and Giaos. About 30 beaches are there to explore in Paxos. It’s your choice which one you pick first to start your excursion. After completing the whole day of excursion, you can come back to your rental and spend a restful night. Olive grove can admire your morning and wake you up to begin the beautiful day at this island.

However, it is smallest with 12 kilometers length and 4 kilometers width, but you can spend a whole day in traversing the beauty of this Island. Villas over here are another best example of a restful holiday. Lots of amenities are also provided by the owners of these villa rentals, which include a kitchenette, separate terrace, balcony, garden, swimming pool, tennis court, and several others. You are free to cook by yourself or can eat outside.

 

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