At one point in time, cruises were simply a means of island-hopping around the Caribbean. Today, cruises offer a multi-dimensional vacation for those looking to discover exotic destinations and adventure. In recent years, cruise lines have increased industry standards with extravagant new vacations. If your still not convinced, here are a few reasons why your next holiday should be a cruise!
One of the great things about cruises is that all costs are consolidated into one price. Typically, accommodations, transportation, meals – and sometimes even airfare are all bundled into one price. This helps diminish the stress of spending more on a vacation than originally planned. But, of course – there is always the option to upgrade throughout the course of your trip.
Another great thing about going on a cruise is that you only need to unpack once. Forget about lugging your luggage from airport to airport, train station to train station and unpacking at every new location. Once you’re aboard the cruise ship you can settle in and start vacationing right away.
One of the most taxing things about vacationing is the amount of travel time, especially when you have multiple destinations. Forget about travel time when cruising, you can unwind on the ship while you’re carried off to your next destination in style. Cruises take all of the stress out of traveling from place to place while on vacation, so you can see and do more!
If you are looking to explore some of the most exotic foreign destinations, then a cruise is for you! Cruises remove obstacles that can make international vacation planning complicated – without the worry of visas, customs, transportation, or language barriers. From water to land, you can follow English-speaking tour guides through some of the most exotic places. Although this may be less authentic then visiting these places on your own – it is the perfect option for someone with limited time or funds.
Finally, the greatest things about going on a cruise is the ability to see so much of the world in such a short period of time.
“If man was meant to fly, he would have wings!” You may have heard that before. Or, if you are afraid to fly, you might even have used it as an excuse. Actually, if flying is not your thing, do not feel bad. Aviophobia is quite common, so much so that there are a number of solutions available that will help you to overcome this.
If you would like to go on a trip, but are fearful of getting on that plane, here are some suggestions:
Educate yourself. Yes, plane crashes are terrible things and when they happen, they receive a great deal of media coverage. However, the simple fact is they don’t happen very often. An article in The Guardian listed the stats and it works out to one accident per 2.4 million flights.
Talk to a therapist. Your fear of flying may be part of a general anxiety issue that will fade if you can get that under control. Therapists will talk with you about the problem and offer methods that will help reduce your anxiety. This should also lead to you being more open to trying things that have intimidated you in the past. The therapist may also such widely effective techniques as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy or Hypnotherapy.
Try breathing exercises. Taking deep breaths can be very effective at lowering your blood pressure and inducing a sense of calm. Try combining this with a manta you can recite to yourself, such as “everything is fine.”
Sedatives. Ask your doctor if you are a good candidate for sedatives. Depending on how many times you will be flying, this may be a good temporary solution, but not one if you will be flying often. Also, do not rely on alcohol to calm you down and never mix sedatives with booze.
Have faith! As we mentioned above, this is a common phobia that many people conquer, so be sure to give one or more of these methods a try.
Did you have a fear of flying? What worked for you? What advice do you have for someone trying to overcome this? Let us know in the comments section!
With summer fast approaching, it’s time to start planning for some adventure! We’ve entered a new age of travel and you can plan an entire trip right from your phone. For the digital-savvy traveller there are thousands of apps to help with planning and execution. But choosing the right apps to help navigate your travels can be overwhelming. And so, we have compiled a list of the top five travel apps of 2017!
A great flight search app should be at the top of any travellers must-have travel apps. Airfarewatchdog (yes, it’s all one word) is a free flight search app for i0S. This app claims to be the only airfare listing and flight search app that lists fares on all airlines. Get alerts right to your phone on cheap flights to your favourite cities at the lowest prices. Airfarewatchdog will also send you alerts on the best fares from your home city to a wide variety of destinations, just in case you’re looking for a spontaneous trip.
Guides by Lonely Planet
Lonely Planet guides are another must-have free app for travelling. To avoid using mounds of data, you can download these guides before hitting the street. Lonely Planet guides are well-known for their budget friendly travel recommendations and amazing sightseeing suggestions.
Often times, language barriers can cause a lot of stress when planning a trip to a foreign country. Duolingo is a free and incredibly designed language learning app. Using this app is a fun way to get the basics, or brush up on your grammar and vocabulary. Duolingo is the most user-friendly app in preparing your vocabulary for a trip abroad.
Using data during a trip abroad can be very expensive and finding wifi hotspots can be a pain. Café Wifi is an app that maps out local cafes and wifi hotspots for users.
Sidekix is a city exploration app that offers downloadable guides and recommends local hot spots. Think of this app as a cross between Google Maps and Yelp, it uses GPS-technology to help users navigate and recommends hot spots along the way. The only drawback is that this app operates off of data, which can be costly for travellers on a budget.
Kashmir is a beautiful valley surrounded by one of the highest mountain ranges in the world – The Himalaya Range. Kashmir is very much famous because of its beautiful sightseeing. Kashmir is splendid and best to visit in vacations to see the nature beauty. I will tell you some places to visit in Kashmir you will surely love these.
Patnitop is such an enchanting hilltop. The original name of this place is Patan Da Talab, which is 2024 m from the sea level. It is situated on a plateau in the Shiwalik. River Chenab flows close to this location; its waters augmenting the beauty of the landscape. Patnitop is thickly covered by Cedar trees.
Khilanmarg is a small and magnificent valley. It is a 600 m climb from Gulmarg, the world’s highest golf course, while climbing you will also have a view of Nanga Parbat. The vista becomes incredibly heart-stopping in spring days, with the breeze so tranquil and flowers so fragrant.
Al Meher Hotel
Al Meher Hotel is one of the luxurious hotels of Kashmir. Many businessmen and wealth-owners, while on the trip, stay here. In this 48-room hotel, the visitors are received by an elegantly ornamented lobby. This centrally located hotel also has four luxury suites. The staff is highly welcoming and warm-hearted as are all the Kashmiris.
Constructed in 1616 by Emperor Jehangir for his wife Nur Jahan, also known as the garden of love, Shalimar Garden is highly famous among the tourists. it has four terraces. The light and sound show is very renowned. And on a very clear night you think the moon is so very much brighter than normal.
Spending a great holiday time is a great thing but some people may not really know that they have to pay attention on their own safety. This is especially when they have travel abroad. There are some cultural cross understandings that people should really pay attention. The same thing applies to the safety condition of the destination where there are higher rates of crime, especially on third world countries.
When visiting another country, it is better to exchange the currency. There might be some automated teller machines (ATMs) but they will apply high fees on each currency. It is much cheaper to exchange currencies on changers which are mostly available in the airports. We can also save money before reaching our destinations by bringing our own meals, especially when we do not travel too far. Imagine how much we will spend when we have to stop by at a small restaurant with five family members. We can have better culinary adventures on other places after reaching the desired destinations.
In terms of safety factors, it is important for not bringing too much cash on our pockets, especially when we travel to countries where our appearances are much like foreigners. For example, British people who spend holidays on Switzerland do not appear like ‘alien’ and it is different when they visit Asian countries. Keep in mind that people who live in third world countries always think that foreigners are rich people as people on their countries can only spend holidays abroad when they have much money. Beware of pickpocket, as public places are mostly crowded. It is also recommended for not trusting any person who might offer a help because rates of crimes are getting higher these days. Keep an eye on our kids closely as they can get lost easily on very crowded places.
Do not make those explanations above makes you scared. Just be cautious so you can still enjoy amazing holidays on your desired destinations.
Asia is the best place to go if you are looking to have a relaxing vacation under the sun because it is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. With so many choices, vacationers will definitely have a hard time deciding where to go. To make things easier for you, we came up with a list of the top 3 beaches in Asia.
1. Boracay Island, Philippines
Boracay Island has consistently made it to the list of Top 10 Beaches in the World for several years. In 2012, it was named as the best island in the world by internationally acclaimed travel magazine, Travel and Leisure.
Boracay is known for its pristine white sand beaches, wide variety of water activities, and happening nightlife. The restaurants that can be found on the island offer a wide variety of cuisines. You will also find a shopping center on the beachfront.
The best time to go to Boracay are during the months of March to early June.
2. Railay Beach, Thailand
If you’re looking for a beach that offers a wide range of activities but away from the hustle and bustle of tourist hotspots, Railay Beach in Thailand is the best place for you. The beach is small enough to get from one place to another. Also, there isn’t much of a nightlife here. But if you’re after enjoying warm waters and sun-worshipping, you can go wrong with Railay Beach.
3. Radhanagar Beach, Havelock Island, India
Radhanagar Beach is the best destination for couples looking to spend some quality time in a romantically picturesque location. Unlike the other beaches on this list, the sand in Radhanagar Beach is gold in color. There aren’t a lot of dining establishments to choose from but one will never go hungry as hotels and locals are always ready to oblige visitors.
If you are more adventurous and ready for a trip that will demand more action from you, if you head somewhere with your backpack on, there are few thing you should know and do before and while doing it. Backpacking is one of the cheapest forms of tourism, combined with hitchhiking you can go visit the destination of your dreams on a really low budget. Once you have acquired a proper backpack and all the clothes and accessories that you will need you should head to the local insurance company and get insurance, be sure that the insurance covers your valuables and money.
Before you start your journey you should check the situation of the country you are visiting, check the political and economic situation, with so many tourist web sites and blogs you can also check the most popular tourist attractions and make a list to visit. Check the weather also, and know the time zone. When aiming for lower expenses it is your goal to find lower priced ticket, you can book your flight earlier so the price will be lower. Finding and booking hostels, hotels or other way of accommodation might also be a cheaper option. Although booking is good, there is also possibility to find cheaper accommodation once you have arrived. If you can find a camping zone it is also a very good and cheap option, especially if you are not staying for a longer period.
Once you have arrived and started roaming, you should be aware that in some countries crime occurs, so be sure not to roam alone at night, especially if you are in a bigger city, or in Africa or Latin America. There are many things to visit with you backpack on, just stay safe and enjoy your trip.
There is something special about motorcycle trips across the country that makes every adventure enthusiast want to try it out. Maybe, it is the freedom of exploring new places. Maybe, it is the lure of spending time in solitude. Maybe, it is the overall thrill you get when you venture out to obscure pathways, dirt roads, and slushy terrain. Or maybe, it is just that you love biking around.
Whatever your motivation is, make sure you keep the following five considerations in mind before you go:
#1: Motorcycle Overhauls
A healthy bike does not pester you through your journey. Thus, make sure you repair and carry out a myriad of service checks on your bike before you start. Make sure your tires are inflated. Make sure the battery is charged to its maximum potential. Fill your gas tanks and check for fluid levels. Moreover, if you find dents, bruises, and other cosmetic damages, get it checked by a serviceman to ensure there is no hidden fault. You may want to check if your indicators and lights are working too.
#2: Insurance Coverage
While most bike insurances cover motorcycle tours and journeys, it is mandatory for you to consult with your insurance agency to verify the coverage statistics. Many countries in Europe (particularly those in the Euro Zone) allow you to drive freely from one country to another. However, there are a few countries, like France, that require you to have all your documentation verified before you enter them. Thus, ensure you have your insurance papers with you on the go.
#3: Light Packing
The light packers will only need maybe a bed roll, a couple of cigars and a change of clothing for a 3000 mile road trip. The heavier packers will need a truck to carry their stuff en route. Most of us fall somewhere in between. Pack light.
#4: Get Trained
Join a fitness club or practice driving longer distances until you feel you’re ready to go. Many motorcyclists claim to have spent years trying to develop fitness, skill, dexterity and panache that helped them go to some of the world’s most dangerous motorbike trips alone. You should try them too. Realistically ask yourself what kind of a rider you are. If you are a rookie, you will need a couple of driving lessons, short 50 mile excursions to boost your confidence and might want to travel with a set of experienced motorcyclists. On the other hand, people with years of tour experience just set off (sometimes with no plan in mind). Make sure you train yourself well before you set out on your bike.
#5: Expect Adventure
There are colourful anecdotes about motorcyclists losing their GPS systems during a tour and yet, finding their way through tricky terrain. You ride through rain, you get injured, you feel numbing cold, or you escape from a lethal crash. You can find much more information on this subject including safety tips, money saving deals and more on Motorcycle News.
There are many other considerations you’ll have to remember as you get ready for your bike voyage across Europe. Would you like to add some to our list? We’d love to know what you have in mind.