Interesting Facts About Singapore

unduhan (31)If the airport is running on schedule, which it almost always is, then upon landing you will have your bags and be en route to your taxi or the train in less than 35 minutes from deplaning. This greeting is emblematic of Singapore, a small city-state at the tip of the Malay Peninsula that is the darling of the business world, a haven for expats from all over, and quickly becoming the gateway to Southeast Asia. Attracting over 12 million visitors last year, the Lion City is one of the top 10 global destinations for travelers.

Over the past twenty years, Singapore has been striving to become the hub for finance and business throughout Asia. For the past decade, they have made tremendous progress and for the past nine years the World Bank has ranked Singapore as the easiest place to do business. In the Economist Intelligence Unit’s “where to be born index” in 2013 Singapore ranked number 21 and that number is expected to increase.

Brimming with ethnic diversity, Singapore has intentionally celebrated and retained the uniqueness of the core groups resulting in a place where

5 Shocking Practices Tourists May Experience

Crowded tram travelling from The City to St Kilda.

Travelling to foreign countries is one way to sight see and get to interact with people globally. Every country is populated by its own citizens who practice different cultures and also peak different languages.

As a traveler, you may be shocked by what you will see people practicing and you may deem others as outrageous or unnecessary behavior. While you may have an opinion about what people are practicing when travelling in a foreign country, it is always important to remember that people do so because it may be a practice that has been passed down for decades and decades.

Below are 5 things that will shock if you travelled to a foreign country.

Crowded public transport

As a traveler, you may opt to cut costs and use public transport such as trains and buses to move from one place to another. In some countries, you will find that the trains and buses are clean, highly maintained and no crowding is tolerated.

In other countries, crowding, shoving and pushing

The Trek to Upper Mustang The Forbidden Kingdom

unduhan (30)Mustang is one of the 75 districts of Nepal. It situated in the north-west part of Nepal. The word “Mustang” in the Tibetan language refers the “fertile land”. It has been opened for tourists only after 1992. But the area is still restricted and very limited number of foreign tourist visit there. The people residing here are mostly influenced by Tibetan culture and traditions. People of this region still practice Tibetan culture and traditions and most of them speak Tibetan language.

Upper Mustang (the last kingdom of Nepal) is also known as “The Forbidden Kingdom”. The last Bista king of Upper Mustang was Raja Jigme Dorje Palabar Bista. After Nepal was declared a republican country, Government of Nepal no longer gave him (Raja Jigme Dorje Palabar Bista) the recognition of king. All the allowances he had been getting from the Nepal government has been cut off. As per the new constitution he is no longer the king of Upper Mustang. But, the people of Upper Mustang still regard him as their king. They still give him the royal respect.

Due to the remoteness of this region, the

Vacations of a Lifetime Green in the Blue

unduhan (29)In the last years, an ever-increasing number of knowledgeable travelers are looking for unique experiences in their vacation time, away from the mass-targeted “all-inclusive” packages that major tour operators usually offer.

The Millennials, also known as Generation Y, a well-informed and socially responsible group of people born between the years 1980 and 2000, are transforming the travel industry, which is currently striving to respond to the changing market conditions.

The new trend among this social segment, whose members constitute the spearhead of economic activity and thus can afford to travel to foreign countries, is “reaching out to local communities, learning the local customs, and fully experiencing with all senses what each place has to offer.”

Of course, realizing how some of our supposedly innocent personal decisions may affect other people’s lives and our planet in general has also played a key role in shaping new attitudes and creating new perspectives in vacation planning, especially when travelling abroad.

As early as 1990, a number of joint initiatives aiming to strategically promote ecotourism were launched by government agencies and organizations active in tourism, and have been

Canal Boating Safely in the Netherlands

7686150434_820f14078d_bThere are plenty of reasons to visit the Netherlands (it boasts a thriving tourism industry), and many families choose to embark on a barge tour of the country’s world-famous waterways. These holidays are especially suited to those with children, and who like to be on the move during their holidays. There’s room on a barge for children to play and burn off energy, neatly avoiding the ordeal of restlessness on a long car journey.

Before travelling anywhere in Europe, including the Netherlands, UK holidaymakers should apply for an EHIC (European Health Insurance Card), however, even with an EHIC in place, there are still other things to consider. While barge holidays are generally very safe, a solid, cheap family travel insurance plan should help avoid any unpleasant surprises should you be unfortunate enough to encounter health issues during your holiday. Below is an overview of what to expect in terms of medical treatment when visiting the Netherlands on a barging holiday.

AGIS Zorgverzekeringen

Should any member of your party become ill in the Netherlands you won’t always have

Enjoy Russian Celebrations While Skiing in Les Menuires

Skiing in Les MenuiresWith its varied pistes, great snowfall and glorious Alpine location, Les Menuires is very popular for those wanting to spend Christmas on the slopes. The high quality of the skiing in Les Menuires along with the resort’s unique blend of festive traditions makes it a very special and memorable time of the year to visit.

Christmas Week

Starting on 19th December and finishing on Boxing Day, the resort hosts a range of fun festivities. As well as local celebrations in restaurants and bars, you’ll be able to meet Father Christmas when he arrives on the slopes. Adults can enjoy free mulled wine (a perfect complement to the cold weather) and snacks, and children will get delicious hot chocolate. You’ll also be treated to festive concerts and shows for the kids. In fact, Christmas is a pretty big event for anyone lucky enough to be on a holiday skiing in Les Menuires.

A Different Kind of Celebration

For something a little bit different, you may be interested to know that Les Menuires also celebrates Russian Orthodox

Burma And The Elephant Dance

unduhan (28)At the outset I want you to know that for a proper understanding of this article it is important to take into account that there is a close relationship between Burma, the Burmese people and elephants and want to briefly explain why this is so. The elephant is the largest land animal (mammal) and in all countries with or without wild elephant population elephants have always been well liked and admired for their massive size, enormous strength, intelligence, cleverness and sheer grandeur. In countries such as India in which Hinduism is a dominant belief and in Asian Buddhist countries such as Burma (since 1989 also called Myanmar) the elephant is also deemed highly auspicious and is worshipped for his spiritual significance.

For those not so familiar with Hinduism and Buddhism to understand why – particularly the white – elephant is sacred and so closely associated with Hindu and Buddhist beliefs it is important to know that, for example, the religious Indian figure that is always depicted with an elephant head is the powerful Hindu god Ganesha (in Burma known as Maha Peinne) one of the globally best-known

Important Information on Adventure Tours

adventureAn adventure can simply be described as a very unusual and exciting experience. Most of the times, it is a bold and a risky move to go on adventure tours. There is always a hint of uncertainty. Adventures can also be defined as activities that have a few life taking risks. There are activities like skydiving, exploring, mountain climbing and river rafting that always carry a hint of risk. It depends on how that adventurous person negotiates all these risks and overcomes them. The term can also refer broadly to an enterprise that is always potentially fraught with the help of physical, psychological and also some level of financial risk. There is also a love affair, a business venture and also major life undertakings that must be negotiated.

Motivation is required for adventure tours

An adventurous tour can create a very high level of psychological arousal and this can be interpreted as a negative that is fear and also as a positive one that is flow. For a majority of people, an adventure can easily become a major pursuit. They

Mistakes When Choosing Waterfront Restaurants

unduhan (27)Visiting another place is a wonderful plan most especially if you want to unwind and spend time with your loved ones. Of course, there are numerous destination places to choose from, but it is important to make wise decisions. For instance, when staying in hotels, it is best that you look for safe yet affordable hotels in the area. Not to mention, you need to make sure that you have good access to all its amenities. And, you need to enjoy what the place can provide, from delicacies up to activities.

When it comes to delicacies, visiting waterfront restaurants is one of the best options since individuals can enjoy wonderful scenery while eating exquisite meals. Unfortunately, there are certain issues you need to avoid to ensure that you can enjoy your meal with the whole family. Below are some of the following.

Wrong location

One of the common reasons individuals opt for waterfront restaurants is to enjoy a wonderful meal along with the exquisite scenery. However, all these features can disappear when you opt for the wrong restaurant. Due to the increasing number of establishments, some

Wonderful Red Beach on the Greek Island of Crete

unduhan (26)The Greek Island of Crete has so many traits that make it a truly enchanting place to visit. Aside from a splendid landscape and captivating natural sites, it also has a wonderful culinary heritage and lovely seaside villages.

Crete’s beaches is also one of the reasons why people try to make their way to the island’s shores. Because there are many beautiful sandy stretches you can find here, it is really hard to determine which ones the best. Despite this claim, the Red Beach in Crete manages to come out as one of the most distinct and sought after beaches on the island.

Red Beach got its name from its unique red sand, believed to have been formed from the rocks in the region. This trait alone separates Red Beach from its fellow beaches. The red sand provides a striking contrast to the sparkling blue-green color of the sea. But the reddish hue is not the only thing that is special about it; as it is also a highly recognized nudist beach. In fact, Red Beach is considered to be one of the best nudist beaches in

Travelling in Spain How Different Is It?

unduhan (25)What a surprise coning from Britain’s roads to those in Spain. We have only experienced travel in the winter but my daughter tells me they are still comparatively quiet when she travels in the summertime; how different the flow of traffic is.

Toll roads are virtually empty and most of the motorways, with the exception of large town interchanges like Bilbao or Madrid they are very light with traffic and on the whole drivers here do not seem to be in such a rush.

Something we learnt yesterday from a fellow driver you can easily be caught speeding on toll roads as your entrance and exit times are recorded and if you show excessive speed you can be fined on the spot at the exit barrier.

Talking to a cyclist, helmets are to be worn according to the police although locals never seem to bother; or with lights. However this chap told us he had been fined 250 euros for being drunk in charge of a bike and not wearing a helmet on a major road.

There seems to be zero tolerance for any drink

Places to Visit in Switzerland

zurichSwitzerland otherwise called the ‘roof of the world’ is a land-locked country in central Europe. Bordering five countries: Austria, Germany, France, Italy and Lichtenstein, it is a true paradise. Known for its lakes, towns, fields, mountains, villages, cities, culture there is almost everything a tourist wants to find.

Top 5 Cities to Visit

Zurich
Largest city & financial center of Switzerland.
Caf├ęs, traditional shops, famous art galleries & museums are in abundance.
You can take a strolling walk to enjoy Lake Zurich.
Train ride is available to Uetliberg Mountains that gives a panoramic view of the city & country side.

Geneva
Lies on western shore of Lake Geneva.
Snow-capped mountains cover the city (awesome view).
Walk; rent a bike or public transport, all at your convenience.
Top locations include farmed water fountain, Reformation Wall, Place Bourg du Four, St. Peter’s Cathedral & the birthplace of UN.

Lausanne
International Olympic Committee’s residence
A scenic city and inspirational destination for sports fans.
Do not miss the Olympic Museum & Lausanne cathedral.
It’s just 40 minutes from Geneva.

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How To Find the Absolute Best Vacation Deals

unduhan (24)Getting away for a few days is a great way to recharge your batteries. There is nothing like going to a hotel and relaxing on the beach in a tropical location. However, going on an island holiday can be expensive. Here are some tips to help you find the best vacation deals so that you can spend less money and enjoy your time more.

Go Where Airlines Go

If you want to cut down on the price of your trip, you should zero in on a destination where you won’t have to make multiple plane changes. Additionally, prices follow the basic competition laws. Any destination that is serviced by multiple airlines will offer you a better price. By being competitive, you get a cheaper rate, which can help keep your costs down.

Find the Off-Season

If you go during the off-season, you will find cheaper prices on your hotel rooms. However, depending on where you are going, this may change. For example, hotels in the Caribbean have better vacation deals from May to mid-December with their lowest prices from June to August. Areas along the

7 Fun Texas Festivals You Won’t Want to Miss This Year

ec5768faf795754a1ffca145a1442697Ethnic cuisine. Outdoor fun. Cold beer. Live music. Shopping. Desserts. Let’s face it, when it comes to having a good time, nothing beats a great Texas festival. And that’s especially true when you’re talking about spending time in the beautiful, historic Texas Hill Country.

If day trips, romantic weekends, and family fun are on your agenda this year, some of the Texas festivals you’ll want to check out include:

SPRING FESTIVALS:

March: The Texas Independence Day Celebration (Washington County, TX)

Whether you’re a longtime Texas resident or just passing through to pass the time, you won’t want to miss this two-day celebration on the site where delegates met in 1836 to formally declare Texas’s independence from Mexico. Events include live music, food, crafts, and “living history demonstrations.”

April: Bluebonnet Festival (Burnet, TX)

If you’re a flower lover, this is one of those Texas festivals that’s a must-see. The beautiful sight of the blooming Texas wildflowers is celebrated each year in Burnett, where visitors to the Bluebonnet Festival can tour the countryside taking in the gorgeous wildflower

Let the Greek Island of Skiathos Surprise You

article-0-1B691ABC000005DC-605_634x425Aside from being the sister island of Skopelos, Skiathos is also considered the smallest inhabited island in the Sporades archipelago. But don’t let its size deceive you. Skiathos has managed to become an unspoiled, breathtaking, premier holiday destination for the island nation of Greece.

Despite being gifted with fantastic natural attributes like dramatic landscape and beautiful beaches; Skiathos also somehow possesses a cosmopolitan side. It boasts a bustling nightlife. The central hub for entertainment on the island has got to be the pedestrian street by the Old Harbor. Here, you will find a slew of bars and clubs that host youngsters and party revelers until the wee hours of the morning. Another notable nightlife area is Ammoudia, which is situated on the road that leads to the airport. This area is known for its huge open air clubs. Aside from the consistent nightlife. Skiathos is the regular venue for concerts, art exhibitions and cultural events during summer.

The island is the only one of the Northern Sporades islands that maintains an airport. And its capital and biggest settlement, Skiathos Town

Why You Should Travel Young

unduhan (23)Do it while you are young, or you’ll regret it later.’ We all have heard this sentence at least once in our life and scratched our heads in surprise. Well, it might sound weird but actually a young body and a young mind has much more power than any other age’s person. It is said that a youngster has the potential of creating a new world and a treasure of things that are hard to be done by anybody else. Similarly, traveling and taking trips while one is young helps them in a lot of things. From personality to behavior, everything gets a makeover when you travel while being young. Here is the list of the reasons that justify the same strongly.

1. It helps you in making decisions about life: A young mind has all the energy and enthusiasm to think about various aspects of life but making decisions about life requires a strong and mature mindset. While you take a trip, you get to explore new places, people and discover many new vistas that eventually helps you in

Grand Canyon Helicopters Best Tours To Take From January to March (Winter)

unduhan (22)Winter is a fantastic season at the Grand Canyon National Park. One of the great things about winter weather is that the air is crystal clear, which makes for great sightseeing, and the weather is nice and cool at around 40 degrees. These combine to create perfect conditions for a helicopter tour of the Canyon.

Tour Departures

There are two locations for taking a helicopter tour, and one of them is in Vegas, while the other is in Arizona. Helicopters that depart from Vegas fly to the West Rim and the choppers that depart from Tusayan fly to the South Rim of the Canyon. Just so you know, there are no flights between the two rims. So if you want to take a helicopter tour of the South Rim, but you’re staying in Vegas, then you need to take a plane to the South Rim where you can then begin your tour.

Another thing to know is that the temperatures are colder at the South Rim. That’s because the South Rim sits at an elevation of 6700 feet.

Confused With All the Travel Information on the Internet

unduhan (21)There is so much information available on the internet right now regarding travel. There are online travel sites for cruises, hotels, air, trains and any other type of travel. But what is the correct product for you? Is the location of the hotel where you want to be? Is the type of room or cabin the right fit for you? Is that cruise line the one you should be booking? Not all products are created equal nor are the products right for everyone. How do you tell? Contact a travel professional.

Do travel agents exist?

There have been multiple articles, and even the President of the United States, has said travel agents don’t exist or are going away. In a way they are right. Travel agents in the past were just someone who booked a trip for someone who called or came in to the storefront office of a travel agency. Storefront travel agencies are few and far between now a days as most of the “travel agents” have gone home to work. Even the term “travel agent” is going away because what they do now is

How to Travel Around the World

Travel_around_the_worldEven though most people dream of traveling the world, what they might be failing to take into account is the preparation that is needed. Traveling can be incredibly extensive as well as international vacation so you must plan accordingly. With a travel agency or not, international travel is still something that you should be thoroughly prepared for. With this in mind, below you will find some helpful advice as to what is important in order to make sure that you aren’t forgetting anything.

Get tickets

Now, if you are planning a worldwide trip it’s likely that you are going to travel by airplane. Interestingly enough, some airlines are going to offer you package tickets which include all the cities that you are going to visit on your holiday. Even though the service is rather costly, it is definitely going to save you a lot of headache and it’s going to make the trip much more enjoyable.

List of documents

Travelling to different countries might require all sorts of documentation. Make sure to do research prior to

How to Travel the World in Cheap

how-to-travel-the-world-on-a-budget_evan-karadimov_www-evankaradimov-com_The truth is that most people like to travel. This is because that the unknown generally thrills you. With the broad access to information that we currently have, it’s easy to browse pictures of beautiful countries, which sparks the desire to travel even more. However, unfortunately this is a rather expensive pleasure. Therefore, not everyone can afford it. Nevertheless, there are some tips that would help you travel a lot cheaper and in some cases for free.

1. Swap homes

As a matter of fact, home swapping is rapidly becoming a trend and you can even find this method on some of the most popular travel websites. The fact is that the majority of travel expenses go towards accommodations. Therefore, when you swap your home with other fellow travelers you eliminate this particular line of expenses and your trip becomes much cheaper. It also has perks like a fully equipped kitchen, proper bathrooms, and things that you won’t find in a cheap hotel.

2. Carpool

This is a term that relates to numerous people traveling within