My Travel Resolution.
discover hidden myths, taste diverse food and sleep below a sky full of shooting stars and galaxies every night

A trip to India is a trip to a unique and different country. The Indian society surprises the traveler who decides to travel to India for the first time and traps completely in a kind of spell in which millions and millions of people are hopelessly trapped. India is not a half-way destination. Only on a trip to India can you discover if the magic of this place will conquer you forever.

Much of India is rural with many contrasts with the Himalayas to the north, a vast desert to the west, huge and subtropical beaches in the south and a marked tribal culture on the central and eastern borders. One of the most interesting aspects of these groups are their totemic beliefs. According to their religion it is forbidden to exert violence against totemic animals, which are respected with great veneration. They believe in the gods that inhabit nature so they also revere their mountains and forests.

Tribes are the traditional social division of any region. These inhabitants are often linked to each other by blood or religious ties. In India, tribes are mostly referred to as Adivasis which is a generic term. Generally they are not very advanced in terms of education, technology, living standards and facilities enjoyed.

In the Indian subcontinent, the nature of tribes and their way of living and adapting have changed considerably. In this modern era, the tribes have been reduced to a very small number. Their way of living has also changed significantly. Today, we don’t see the people who belong to a certain tribal ethnicity the way they lived some centuries ago.

The Constitution of India recognizes a lot of communities of tribes in Schedule 5. There are as many as 645 tribal communities in India, out of which, some are very popular.


Nagas - A group of many tribes!

The Naga people are probably the most popular and widely-known tribal community in India. The Nagas group consists of a number of tribes such as Rengma, Sema, Angami, Sumi, Chang, Sangtam, and many more which collectively form the Naga Group. Each of these tribes has their own language and they are mostly derived from other ones, like Tibeto-Burman. They are basically the ethnic groups originating from the North-Eastern part of India, like Manipur, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, etc. These tribes are also spread in Myanmar, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.

Back in the 19th century, many Christian-Protestant communities succeeded in converting people from this community into Christianity. However, this conversion was not very widespread as the people had a sense of resistance towards foreign cultures and succeeded in maintaining their own.

Lambani Tribe - The most colorful people!

The Lambani is a tribal ethnicity from the western part of India, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh to be precise. However, it can be found in the northern parts of Karnataka as well. People from this tribal ethnicity speak a language which is familiar and said to have come from Rajasthan.

People of Lambani tribe of India can be distinctly recognised due to their clothing. Women wear clothes and fabrics that are overly decorated and have a lot of ornaments all over their body. These ornaments include bangles, bone-made rings, bracelets and necklaces.

On the other hand, men have a type of coarse turban-like headgear. The tight breeches that they wear extend up to the knee or a few inches below it.

Another significant thing about the Lambani tribe is that they keep travelling from place to place, earning their livelihood by sell clothes along the beaches or local markets.

Kalbelia Tribe - The Dancing Tribe

The Kalbelia tribe is known to have wandered from places to places all through the ancient and medieval ages. The traditional occupation that these tribal people do is catching snakes to trade their venom. And due to this, they are often referred to as saperas.

However, the recent enactments in law have forced the Kalbelia tribe to dive away from their traditional occupation and earn a livelihood with their art. In the present day, the Kalbelia people perform a specific type of dance, called the Kalbelia dance, in joyful occasions within their community.

  •  
Kalyan Panja Kalyan Panja Author

Delhi, the capital city of India, is not just known for its rich history and monuments, but also for food. Ask any Delhiite and they will tell you all about the scrumptious food their land has to offer. As said, to know a place, one needs to know its food and this goes the same for Delhi.

To know the hidden layers of the beautiful city, travelers head out on a food hunt, understanding the culture Delhi envelopes. Are you a foodie at heart? Here is all about the best Indian street food and the famous dishes of Delhi, you must try on your next visit to treat your taste buds. Keep reading!

1. Aloo Tikki

Literally meaning potato croquette, Aloo tikki, one of the famous foods of India is made from mashed mashed potatoes, and then deep fried. The fried boiled potatoes are then blended together with green chilies, shallots, radishes, and other spices. It tastes like rujak, with a denser texture. In Bengal it is eaten with puffed rice.

2. Golgappa or Pani Puri

If you have ever watched the Dangal movie, then you will feel familiar with this one culinary. Yes, Golgappa or Pani puri is one of the favorite North Indian snack made of a type of puffed bread which is punched in the top. Then pieces of red onion, celery, and water or seasoning sauce are added. It feels unique and refreshing.

3. Pakora

These fries are made from vegetables, such as spinach, which is fried in flour and can be eaten directly or with green chutney. Although it looks similar to fried foods in Indonesia, but it doesn't taste as good as bala-bala, et al. The texture is also not too crisp. But if you are lazy to cook yourself, the pakora can be a substitute.

4. Samosa

Similar to pastel cakes in Indonesia, Samosa has various fillings, such as potatoes, peas, peanuts, and other spices. The shape of the pyramid is a characteristic of this food item. In India, samosa is usually a vegetarian dish.

But in other countries, the contents for samosa have been modified according to the taste of each place. For this reason, we can now find samosas with cheese filling, noodles and also minced meat.

5. Momo

Momos saves a place in the list and it is too obvious. Though most popular in the regions of Assam, Darjeeling, and Sikkim, Momos are amongst the famous Delhi foods and you bet they are tempting. Besides being found in India, this dish can also be found in Nepal and Tibet. Momo is believed to have originated from Tibet and was spread to other areas around there by Tibetan traders in the past.

Served both in vegetarian and non-vegetarian varieties, these succulent dumplings come with a hot red sauce. You can enjoy it as street food snacks in your cocktail parties or simply get on the street side and cherish the delicacy, especially in winters with soup. Heavenly!

The best known places for momos are Nagaland Food Stall in Dilli Haat, Majnu ka Tilla in North Campus, Kamla Nagar Market and Sikkim House in Panchsheel Marg.

6. Chaat

Undoubtedly, chaat is one of the most famous dishes of Delhi and it has to be on the list. Yes, there are many other cities famous for their delicious street food, but Delhi is no less than a competition to them. Every form of chaat is available in the city. You can activate your taste buds with the spicy aloo tikki, papri chaat, raj kachori and just keep naming them.

That green chutney, yoghurt and meethi (sweet) chutney on top is the best part of the dish. This popular street food in India is believed to be served best at Chandni Chowk's Daulat ki Chaat and Natraj Dahi Bhalle Wala, Bittoo Tikki Wala in Karol Bagh and Pappu Chaat Bhandar, KG Marg. If you just want to have papri chaat or gol gappe, Delhi has vendors at every corner and there is no doubt it won't be fantastic!

7. Kebab

True, kebabs found its origin in Turkey, the grilled meat chunks tastes no lesser delicious when marinated in Indian spices and Delhi proves that quite honestly. Kebabs are one of the various other things Delhiites thank Mughals for. If you are a non-vegetarian and got the advantage of being a foodie, do treat yourself with the Karim's delicious seekh kebab and sutli kebab by Kale Baba ke Kebabs in the front lane of Jama Masjid.

Alkakori Alkauser in RK Puram, Galouti at Kainoosh, Salim's Kebabs in Khan Market, Ghalib Kebab Corner in Nizamuddin and MI meat shop in Meherchand are some of the famous eateries for Kebabs in Delhi.

8. Paratha

For a healthy start of the day, Parathas serve to be the best breakfast for Delhiites. From plain butter parathas to the varieties of stuffed parathas (aloo, mooli, onion, gobi, keema and you name it!), there are places serving delicious parathas anytime you want it - morning, evening or for a tummy filling dinner. Ask any locals or students to know the best places serving parathas in Delhi and Chandni Chowk's Parathe Wali Gali and Moolchand ke Parathe would be on top of their lists.

Famous Delhi Food

9. Chole Bhature

Here is some free advice. Have this delicious Punjabi dish on an empty stomach to enjoy it to the fullest. Chole Bhature has to be on the list for its mouth-watering, spicy and rich taste. Every Delhi food joint have this food delicacy on their menu for its popularity among Delhiites.

If you could not make to it for the breakfast, have hot, crispy bhature and rich, spicy chole for dinner or just as a snack in the evening. Paharganj's Sitaram Diwan Chand, Chache di Hatti in Kamla Nagar and Lajpat Nagar's Baba Nagpal Corner are some best known places for yummy Chole Bhature in the city. If you are in Noida, do stop by Sagar's Special Paneer Chole Bhature in Sector 18 or for a pav bhaji, misal pav or South Indian vada pav with coconut chutney.

10. Butter Chicken

For all the Chicken lovers out there, here is something you need to know about one of your favorite dishes - Butter Chicken. In Delhi, this delectable non-vegetarian dish was first originated in 1950s by Kundanlal Gujral at the Moti Mahal Restaurant in Daryaganj. However, Moti Mahal is not the only one stop point for Butter Chicken today.

The dhabas in Delhi serve you the real version of butter chicken, try out Rajindar da Dhaba in Safdargunj Enclave. Some other well-known places for butter chicken are Kainoosh and Gulati at Pandara Road. You can best enjoy the famous Delhi food with naan or rice.

11. Kulfi

Like Food is incomplete without a dessert, so would be our list of Delhi's famous food without a mention of the most-loved dessert Kulfi. Finding its name origin from Persia, Kulfi is a creamier and denser version of ice cream and is believed to be first introduced by the Mughals in some place in North India.

Be it a house party with your friends, kitty party or a wedding, it is only the yummy Kulfi stick that completes the dinner. You will definitely find a Kulfi stall in Delhi weddings. Look out for the best Kulfi corners in the city such as the Defence Colony Market, Chandni Chowk, Karol Bagh's Roshan di Kulfi and some more.

If you want something more special, take a halt at Chandni Chowk and visit Kuremal Mohanlal Kulfiwale that introduces all new version of the dessert by adding real fruits like custard apple, mango, etc. to the mix before they freeze it.

Planned your trip to the capital city of India? Now that you have the knowledge of the most famous dishes of Delhi, do plan your food hunt before you reach!

  •  
  •  
  •  
Kalyan Panja Kalyan Panja Author
What could be better than a wedding in Las Vegas? How about the honeymoon in Vegas? As you can see here, there is no better place to celebrate for newlyweds than Las Vegas. With incredible suites, unlimited fun and without inhibitions, walk together to the altar and from there to the main avenue to start your new life together in this exciting adventure called Las Vegas.

Its cool and urban atmosphere makes it a perfect destination for both a fast and original wedding and a sophisticated and fun honeymooning in Vegas. In addition, it is the starting point for a romantic road trip through the canyons and deserts of the southwest USA.

For many people who have never set foot in Las Vegas, the hype is all there to savor. No mindless drinking and getting married at a whim! No slot machines! And certainly no getting home penniless. But this is not to say that you need not be there to experience Las Vegas. Having a life defining experience that matches up to the many stories you have heard from your peers all boils down to preparation. Yes! In as much as it may seem like a bold and boring word, it certainly makes up for it when adequate preparation leads to a great time.

Getting married in Las Vegas

Yes, we've seen it in so many movies that getting married in Las Vegas is a cliché, but the truth is that it's a fun and unforgettable experience. Surely that's why every year a few thousand couples get married in the chapels of the Capital of Sin, some with a singer-impersonator Elvis, others with a serious minister.

But Las Vegas also offers more exclusive weddings, from outdoor ceremonies in beautiful places such as the Red Rock canyon to sophisticated parties in casino complexes on the Strip, such as the Bellagio, with its artificial lake and dancing fountains. You have to apply for a marriage license in advance.

Las Vegas For Couples

Ok, you're already married. It's time to think about the best honeymoon in Las Vegas and celebrate it in style. The Capital of Marriage, offers a good number of activities to inaugurate married life altogether. Go on a gondola ride through the Venetian canals or by a lake under the moonlight. Visit Graceland Wedding Chapel where Jon Bon Jovi got married. Relaxing in Qua Baths & Spa is perfect for future brides or honeymoon couples.

Toast at Mandarin Bar & Tea Lounge overlooking the Strip. Tour the Eiffel Tower Experience to spend the honeymoon in the City of Light. Look at Vegas Weddings, the only window for express weddings from the car, with a beautiful mini-cathedral. Go to Spa by Mandara, where couples can choose the "Paris for Lovers" treatment package, with a Jacuzzi for two.

Have some tapas in La Cave, between arches in Spanish style and by candlelight. Have a romantic date in Parasol Up and Parasol Down, two memorable places to taste craft cocktails. Room service menus include champagne, gourmet chocolate, and non-family-friendly treats in case you need a little push. The luxury restaurants and bars have cozy tables, and chapels specialize in carrying out fast weddings everywhere.

If it is mentioned in the hotel reception that it is a romantic trip, you can get extras such as jacuzzi or rose petals on the bed. The accessories with the rubric "Just Married" are not only a kitsch souvenir, but the bars and casinos of Strip offer free drinks to those who wear them. What would Las Vegas be without its casinos? Do not leave without experiencing the tension of the game. Of course, do not go crazy, please.

Shopping in Las Vegas

Shopping in Las Vegas is an unrepeatable experience. Some hotels, like The Venetian, have shopping centers inside. There are also shopping centers in the city, such as Crystals, with spectacular architecture. And do not miss the outlets, like the Fashion Outlets Primm or the Vegas Premium Outlets North. You can take a break by having a beer in Budweiser Beer Park. This bar and grill is located in the Paris Las Vegas hotel and offers more than 100 types of beer and games of darts and billiards.

Discover The Strip and Fremont Street

The Strip is a large avenue about six kilometers long that brings together most of the leisure and fun of the city. Do not forget to take pictures with the famous sign "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Nevada", near the Mandalay Bay hotel. Go to the Stratosphere hotel tower or visit hotels, casinos and resorts, such as Bellagio or Caesars Palace.

And if you have a chance, do not miss a night walk on the Strip. You will discover a world of lights and neons, and some of the great spectacles of the city, such as the fountains of the Bellagio Hotel. And if you want to travel during the day, do a sightseeing at The Deuce, a popular double-decker bus. In Fremont Street do not miss the Fremont Street Experience, a magnificent show of lights, video and sound in one of the largest screens in the world, which makes roof part of this street.

If you want 24 hours of fun, buy the special Las Vegas Pass, with free access to 50 attractions or the Go Las Vegas Card, which allows you to visit the top attractions of the city. Remember that many of the attractions of Las Vegas are located within the hotels.

The Stratosphere hotel with a 350 meters high tower is the best viewpoint in Las Vegas and three unforgettable attractions like Big Shot, X-Scream and Insanity, the Ride. Right in front of the New York hotel is the roller coaster, which can reach 100 kilometers per hour, or the High Roller, the largest panoramic Ferris wheel in the world.

Luxor Las Vegas: Where Class And Sophistication Meet

Sleep in the themed hotels in Las Vegas

Do not miss staying at a themed hotel on the Strip. They are gigantic and will surprise you with their shops, theaters, swimming pools, discos, chapels for weddings, casinos. Among the most spectacular are the Luxor hotel, inspired by ancient Egypt with its great pyramid.

When you plan to take a break and travel to Las Vegas, Luxor Hotel is not just a pipe dream, but one to be realized when you finally get to be wowed by its many luxuries. With hardly a few months from celebrating its 25th anniversary, Luxor Hotel & Casino has come a long way. From a position of detached objectivity sort of a like a fly on the wall it is easy to downplay that.

But like they say, you need to see it to believe it! Spread out over 120000 sq.ft., this expansive hotel and casino boasts of over 29 retail stores, 4 swimming pools, a salon and nurture spa, 4407 rooms, 87 tables and 2000 slot machines. And that's just a tip of the iceberg, as locals are accustomed to saying.

Consisting of a staggering 30 floors, you forget that you're on the other end of Las Vegas Strip when you realize that you can see quite a great deal of surrounding areas from your hotel balcony. Located on the southern tip of the Strip, the hotel is surrounded by two bays, Mandalay and Excalibur. A pristine location, it doesn't come as a surprise that it was built at a cost of USD 375 million.

So many delightful treats await you on arrival that trying to take on everything at once can be likened to charging an elephant. You have the world famous Criss Angel performing his heart wrenching acts of magic once a year. Then there's the LAX Nightclub, which was officially opened by Britney Spears and just recently hosted Christina Aguilera.

And top all of that, you have the cream of the crop: The Luxor Sky Beam, which is the strongest and one of the longest beams of light shooting out from a pyramid into the universe. Visible from as far as 275 miles, this is a must see for any Star Wars fan.

It is therefore fitting that a resort like Luxor Hotel and Casino was featured in a host of movies and popular television shows, like Hangover, Fear Factor and CSI, as well as having its maiden appearance in a the video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. It is therefore widely considered as one of the best hotel destinations in the world owing to its postmodern architectural brilliance and savvy attractions.

The Four Seasons Hotel in Las Vegas is a luxury hotel located between floors 35 and 39 of the Mandalay Bay resort. The hotel is a 30-minute walk from Town Square of Las Vegas, 15 minutes' walk from Monorail MGM Grand train station. The property is 5 km from the McCarran International Airport.

It has 424 elegant and sophisticated rooms with a maximum capacity of four people, which are equipped with marble bathrooms with rear lighting mirrors, work area with ergonomic armchair, iPod docking station and tea and coffee service, among other amenities.

This pet-friendly hotel has an elegant swimming pool, as well as a spa where clients can treat themselves to beauty treatments and massages with products from the best brands. The spa at the Four Seasons Hotel in Las Vegas emulates the desert environment in the colors and materials with which it was designed. There is also a gym and a business center that has specific spaces and means available 24 hours a day.

Weddings at the Four Seasons in Las Vegas have a banquet room and pastry services, florist, as well as event organization. In the section of restoration they are the Veranda restaurant, whose specialty is Italian cuisine and the Charlie Palmer Steak, specialized in meats. In addition to shows, it has an aquarium in which there are sharks and crocodiles.

Both have separate bars serving light dishes and drinks in an elegant atmosphere. There is also a social lounge with outside terrace overlooking the pool. In addition, guests of the Four Seasons Hotel can enjoy the facilities of Mandalay Bay, which has a casino and an artificial beach with waves, sand and other attractions. Finally, the Four Seasons Hotel offers its clients the possibility to visit the Valley of Fire by helicopter.

In the Venetian you can take a gondola ride through canals like in Venice. New York-New York Hotel has an impressive facade of the New York skyline. Caesars Palace will transport you to ancient Rome. Paris-Las Vegas has a 100-meter-high Eiffel Tower. The entrance of Circus Circus imitates a large circus tent.

Also, do not forget to visit the Neon Museum, where the history of Las Vegas posters is collected. In fact, one of the typical visits is the welcome sign of the city, which has been filmed in numerous films. In the vicinity of the city is the Red Rock nature reserve and there is also a reservoir, the Mead, which is the largest in the United States, where you can perform various water activities.

For many couples being alone under starry skies is a trip as romantic as the hotels that leave a chocolate on the pillow. The starting point is Las Vegas, Nevada, the perfect place to relax after a great wedding. After the break, hit the road, starting at the Grand Canyon, an incomparable natural wonder in the nearby state of Arizona or the great Hoover Dam, or spend a day in the Black Canyon by the Colorado River to do kayaking. So make a date with Nevada, and kick off your holiday break with a BANG.

The best time to visit Las Vegas is in late April, May, September and early October. Temperatures are milder in the desert and it does not snow.

  •  
  •  
  •  
Kalyan Panja Kalyan Panja Author

Ah, the monsoon! Downpours, waterfalls and the open road. While many adventure junkies look forward to this season for the myriad activities and trips that are unique to this season, monsoon travel is fast becoming popular. Still considered off-season by popular standards, this season presents numerous opportunities for everyone. Too many options dragging you down? We have a handy list of travel tips and tricks to ensure you have a magical monsoon break.

Monsoon Travel Tips India Goa

Plan Ahead

While just loading up a car/bike and taking off might seem like the perfect getaway, travelling during the monsoon might require a little more preparation. The monsoon brings with it uncertainty in the form of traffic diversions, alternate routes and sometimes the occasional blocked access route.

Figuring out the best routes and planning out the most scenic one/with the minimum disruptions would go a long way in making your trip one to remember. For those looking at setting off for the mountains or waterfalls that abound during the season, it is advisable to look up alternate routes in the event of roads being blocked/landslides etc.

Check Expenses

Looking to make your monsoon trip within a budget? While you should not cut back when it comes to supplies and medicines, technology can go a long way in helping you save on other expenses. Looking at refuelling along the way? Keep track of daily changing fuel prices through handy apps like BankBazaar. Here you can receive alerts on petrol and diesel prices based on the city you are in.

Check real time petrol price and rein in those ever-mounting petrol bills. Avoid time and fuel-wasting diversions by tracking traffic in real time, so you can get to your destination in the quickest and most convenient way possible.

Also, do make sure you track your overall spending on the trip so you don't go over budget. Personal finance features on mobile applications like the BankBazaar Mobile App can help you keep track of every expense on the road. Tracking expenses for the duration of your trip can help you keep a check on unnecessary expenditure. It will allow you to enjoy your vacation without worrying about going over budget.

Keep Updated on the Weather

Regularly keeping track of the weather along your route and at your destination is another handy tip. It could go a long way in making that vacation a memorable one. With the monsoon being unpredictable, there could be a chance of cave-ins or traffic disruptions along your route. To avoid being stuck in traffic jams or having to turn back midway, monitor the news or use a weather app to track climate. It is also advisable to avoid accident-prone areas as far as possible.

Waterproof Luggage

Thinking of setting off on a monsoon trek, or visiting a waterfall? No matter what your activity or travel plan, ensure you have waterproof and quick drying clothing so you are comfortable throughout your trip. Trundling through a winding road dripping wet can ruin even the most diehard traveller's day.

So stock up on those quick drying clothes and invest in waterproof covers for your essentials and electronics. Look out for water resistant bags or covers for your regular luggage, if you are not looking at buying new gear. For those travelling with electronics, dry bags are an excellent way to keep electrical items safe and dry when on the road.

Pack for the Season

Seems like a no-brainer, but packing for the season and location is a must when you are looking at monsoon travel. Based on your planned location/locations and activities, packing appropriate clothing makes a world of a difference. You won't be lugging around huge suitcases, totes or backpacks, for one, and you will be prepared.

Wet weather usually entails a sticky, muggy climate and swarms of mosquitoes in most places. So keep those bug sprays and disinfectants at the ready. Another essential for monsoon travel is protective gear-raincoats, ponchos, and umbrellas. Keeping warm and dry is always preferable to getting soaked and spending the rest of your travels sniffling.

Handy Spares

Whether you are riding into the sunset or planning a drive, carrying along spares is a must. Since the season sees fewer travellers, finding help along the way might prove difficult. So remember to carry essentials wherever possible. Spark plugs, cables and a spare tyre for a four-wheel drive are some basic spares that will ensure you are not stranded in the middle of nowhere.

Make a checklist of supplies and spares that you would require so as to avoid missing out on anything. Rechargeable batteries and portable charging stations are also must-haves. It can be picked up at most electronic shops and added to your travel tool kit.

Sturdy Shoes

A wardrobe essential for monsoon travel, carrying or wearing a sturdy pair of shoes can make or break your trip, especially if you have activities planned. Flimsy flip-flops or fashionable boots should be left behind in favour of comfortable sandals or quick-drying shoes. With rain always on the horizon, surfaces will be slippery so ensure your shoes can grip slick surfaces.

Investing in a pair of rubber-soled shoes or sturdy rain shoes will tide you over for the duration of your trip and beyond. Carrying shoes based on the activities you have planned is also advisable. Planning a trek? Look for lightweight waterproof trekking boots that can double up as rainwear shoes as well.

Medical Kit

Another no-brainer, a first aid kit should be one of the first items you load up on that bike/car before you set out. It is advisable to take a fully stocked first aid kit and some seasonal additions in the form of insect repellent, seasonal medication in case of allergies and plenty of disinfectant for those errant scratches.

You can either buy a fully stocked medical kit or make up one based on your individual requirements. Remember to pack a spare flashlight/torch for emergency purposes, as well as a spare set of batteries. Keep these tips in mind and make the most of your monsoon break, without breaking the bank.

Kalyan Panja Kalyan Panja Author

Traveling offers you the chance to see the world, do things you have never done before, and, of course, get away from the stresses of work and everyday life. Unfortunately, as amazing as traveling can be, it can cause you a lot of stress itself.

Whether you realise it or not, going on vacation takes its toll, both physically and mentally, from the moment you start planning until way past you return home. This is especially true if you are not used to planning trips and traveling the world. Thankfully, you do not always have to deal with exhaustion, worries, and frustration. In fact, you can have uninterrupted fun and relaxation. To help you with that, read these useful tips for the budget traveller for a solo vacation to relieve stress.

Tips And Tricks To Help You Travel Without The Stress

1. Start Planning Right Away

As soon as you know that you want to go away for awhile, you should start to research and plan. You will feel more stressed the less time you have to get things done, so it is important that you start this process as soon as you possibly can. This way, you will be a lot more organised, and should avoid making any frustrating mistakes. Booking early also means that you will save money on flights and accommodation, so you will have a more flexible budget to work with.

2. Stick To Your Budget

Holidays can be incredibly expensive, and unless you are careful, you will end up massively overspending, leaving you without any cash to last you the rest of your time away. Because of this, it is crucial that you plan your budget carefully and try to stick to it your entire trip. There are going to be days where you spend a little more than you were supposed to, but that just means you will have to spend a little less the next day or dip into your emergency fund if you really need to.

3. Stay Somewhere Like Home

Simply being away from your home comforts is enough to put you on edge, so you should try to find accommodation that is like being at home. If possible, you might even want to consider buying a property abroad. This way, your apartment will be just how you like it. If your budget does not quite stretch to this, then make sure to bring some home comforts with you, like your favourite dressing gown and slippers.

4. Plan To Do Less

As you plan your holiday, you will probably start writing down a list of things you want to do while you are away. These could include places you want to visit, activities you want to try, or restaurants you want to eat at. Of course, you should try to do as many fun things as you can, but avoid putting too much on your plate. Cramming every day with back to back activities will exhaust you, and you won't enjoy your trip away. You need to give yourself some time off too.

5. Sort Out Your Routine

Many people view a trip away as a chance to escape from their regular routines. They stay up late, sleep in, and eat whenever they feel like it. Unfortunately, while this does work for the few, most of us suffer when we try to do this. The body runs on cycles, and, as such, loves a regular schedule. Because of this, it is crucial that you sort out your routine and set regular times to sleep and eat. If you do not, you will end up tired and irritable, which could ruin your trip.

6. Packing Hacks

Packing is something that can cause you a lot of stress if you are not careful. You can pack way too much and way too little at the same time, leaving you with a bag of things you do not really need and a house full of things that you did. Because of this, it is important that you write a list. This way, you can check things off as you go, so that nothing vital is forgotten.

7. Make Luggage Stand Out

Everyone's heard the holiday horror stories, where entire families have gone on vacation together, and every single one of them has had their luggage lost or stolen. Unfortunately, there is not much that you can do about the airline losing your luggage, besides buying travel insurance for travellers, but you can keep people from taking your bags by accident. All you need to do is make it stand out some way, such as by adding a colourful bow or ribbon to the handle.

Tips And Tricks To Help You Travel Without The Stress

8. Rest The Night Before

Traveling can be an exhausting experience, which is why you need to make sure that you are properly rested before you go. There is no point in saying that you will sleep on the plane because, with turbulence, other passengers, and your family, this might not be possible. Instead of staying up all night packing, planning, and worrying, you need to get a good night's sleep. If you are struggling to do this, here are some tips to help you.

9. Lock Up Your Home

Nothing ruins the buzz of a vacation like coming back to a ransacked house. If you want to avoid this stress, then it is crucial that you lock your home up properly before you go. This means checking every single window and door. You should also ask someone you trust to check in on the property and ensure and looks lived in, by moving the post from behind the door, opening and closing the curtains, and turning lights off and on at different times throughout the day.

10. Give Plenty Of Time

The morning before your flight can be incredibly hectic, especially if you are traveling with kids, so it is vital that you give yourself plenty of time to get to the airport. Start getting ready at least half an hour before you think you need to and regularly check the news and radio for traffic updates. This might end up being completely unnecessary, but if something were to go wrong, you'd be glad that you were so prepared.

11. Keep Your Kids Entertained

Going on holiday with children can be incredibly rewarding, but only if they stay happy. A bored child can quickly turn into a wild, screaming beast, so it is crucial that you keep them entertained in the airport and on the flight. Thankfully, there are lots of ways you can do this. With little ones, you could give them a few toys or play a bit of 'I Spy'. For the bigger kids, you might want to play a board or card game or give them a tablet to watch some television or a movie.

Tips And Tricks To Help You Travel Without The Stress

12. Eat Well Every Day

Eating at restaurants and ordering takeaways is a popular and convenient option while you are traveling. Unfortunately, it is far from healthy. While you are away, you need to be eating nutritious foods, or you won't have the energy to get things done and enjoy your trip. Because of this, you might want to consider booking accommodation with a kitchen, so that you can cook your own meals each day. If this is not possible, then try to make sure that the food you order is healthy.

13. Find Time To Exercise

Exercise triggers the release of endorphins, which help to combat feelings of stress and anxiety and return your body to a calm and relaxed state. Because of this, you should make sure that you keep up with your physical exercise while you are on holiday. Of course, if many of your activities are quite physical, then this might not be necessary, but if you are a fan on lounging on the beach, then you should fit in a quick jog or session at the hotel gym first thing in the morning.

14. Spend Some Time Alone

Traveling with family, friends, or even just as a couple, if often fun and incredibly rewarding. However, spending every second of every day together can get pretty overwhelming, leaving you incredibly irritable. Unless you are careful, you could snap at your companions, making your trip tense and awkward. Because of this, it is important that you schedule some time to spend alone. A quick half an hour with a book is often enough to recharge your social batteries.

Tips And Tricks To Help You Travel Without The Stress

15. Look Forward To Something

You might survive your entire trip without feeling stressed, but coming home is sure to have this effect on you. As soon as it hits you that you have to pack, get to the airport, go home, and go back to work, you will start to feel cranky. Instead of ruining the end of what was a great vacation, you should plan something to look forward to when you get home. This way, you won't be completely miserable when you step off the plane at the end of your trip.

Traveling offers you the chance to relax and get away from everyday stresses. Unfortunately, if you are not careful, it can become a stress itself. If you want to go on vacation without the bother, then remember the tips and tricks listed above.

Kalyan Panja Kalyan Panja Author

Thinking of traveling to Singapore? Once a colonial trading post, this city-state has evolved into one of the world's greatest financial hubs. It is also fast becoming one of South East Asia's must-visit travel destinations. Whilst a lot more expensive than its neighbors, Singapore has a growing number of tourist attractions that have made it an exciting and unique metropolis.

Combined with a tropical climate, it is the perfect vacation spot. Here is a Singapore travel guide and blog with 7 cool things to do in Singapore.

1. Explore the Central Business District

Singapore's Central Business District is where most of the commerce goes on, but it is also a popular spot for tourism. It is here you will find some of the city's most impressive skyscrapers including the Marina Bay Sands Hotel - three skyscrapers with a ship on top! There are also a number of quirky things to do in Singapore including going around the Gardens By The Bay, a nature park with an impressive suspended walkway hanging over it.

It is possible to take a tour along the Singapore river in which you can learn about some of the landmarks along the way. There are various river tour companies to be found operating along the banks that focus on the CBD area. You can also take a walk along the riverside where you will find lots of street entertainment, particularly around the Marina Bay area.

One thing that shocks most people is how clean the pavements are around this area. Although this may have something to do with Singapore's zero tolerance approach to littering – you can get fined thousands! Hotel prices can be expensive in the Central Business District due to the views and attractions on one's doorstep.

If you are on a budget, you could be better off looking for accommodation on the outskirts and traveling in. Similarly, if you are traveling to the city for work and looking for a studio apartment for rent in Singapore, you might be better off looking for properties outside this area where you are likely to find more affordable rental rates.

Transport links into the Central Business District are very good and relatively cheap (so long as you stick to trains and buses - taxi fares can be steep).

2. Grab a bite in Chinatown

Singapore's Chinatown is a great mix of old and new and well worth a visit simply for the sights and sounds. However, if you want to make your visit to Chinatown complete, you will want to taste some of the local cuisine here which is renowned for being some of the best in the city. Many of the locals stick the Hawker Centres.

These huge food courts are great places to try cheap and wholesome street food. The biggest Hawker center is Maxwell Road Hawker Centre where there are over 100 stalls. Look out for the busiest stalls. Whilst you will have to wait a little longer to get your food, these stalls are often the busiest for the simple reason that they are the best!

If you are able to splash out on some fine dining, Chinatown also has some quirky bistros worth trying. Labyrinth is one such restaurant in which you can try unusual combinations such as Fish and Chips Soup and Chilli Crab with ice cream. Another must-visit bar/restaurant is The Tippling Club. This bistro pairs unusual dishes with unusual cocktails and has appeared in multiple lists of Asia's greatest restaurants.

In Singapore, eating is not cheap, but I've known Din Tai Fung for years but I have to say that the difference was noticeable especially in the portions. Every time that I tried Chinese food in my part I promised myself not to do it anymore. I was able to taste dumplings both of meat and vegetables and then rice with prawns although there were also vegetarian options at Din Tai Fung.

7 Super Things To Do In Singapore

3. Try a Singapore Sling in one of the city's many cool bars

On the topic of cocktails, Singapore has long been famous for its bar wizardry. One of its most signature beverages is the Singapore Sling - a gin-based cocktail which can be found across the city.

The Raffles Hotel, a historic hotel in the city, happens to be the birthplace of this cocktail. Most people go here to try an authentic sling. Unfortunately, The Raffles Hotel is currently under restoration until late 2018. So those visiting before then may miss out on the opportunity to try the drink in its original form.

That said, there are plenty of cool bars throughout the city where you can still taste this iconic cocktail. Smoke and Mirrors is one bar worth visiting situated atop the National Gallery with incredible views of Marina Bay. Another great bar worth visiting is Flagship. Whilst its traditional pub feel may make it the last place you would expect to get a cocktail, the bar actually serves a mean Singapore sling with its own unique addition of pineapple syrup.

4. Ride the Singapore Flyer

This giant Ferris wheel found in Marina Bay offers some of the best views of the city to be found. It was the largest observation wheel in the world, surpassed by Las Vegas High Roller. Its capsules are able to carry 27 people and are air-conditioned, making it a great escape from the muggy city heat. Operating until 10:30 pm, it is possible to even take in the city sights at night if you get a late night ticket.

You can buy tickets for the Singapore Flyer online or purchase them from the counter at the attraction. Combo tickets may include access to the Gardens By The Bay giving you two attractions for the price of one.

5. Drive the Formula 1 circuit

Racing enthusiasts may also want to pay a visit to the city's formula one track. First opened in 2008, the Marina Bay Street Circuit has been a fixture for every Grand Prix since renowned for being one of the most challenging city circuits (more so that Monaco according to many of the F1 drivers).

Throughout most of the year, it is possible to walk the circuit for free. However, for a more thrilling experience, you can also drive on the track in a supercar. Accompanied by a professional driver, it is possible to hire out a Ferrari, Mclaren or Lamborghini and drive around the track. You don't need any racing experience, although you will want to bring along your driving license and book at least 48 hours in advance.

6. Enjoy a day out at Universal Studios

The US isn't the only place where you can pay a visit to the Universal Studios theme park. Singapore has its very own version with 24 movie-themed rides and attractions to choose from. You can take a boat trip through Jurassic Park and ride a Transformers-themed roller coaster. It is the perfect attraction for thrill-seekers and movie buffs alike.

As with all big theme parks, you can expect long queues throughout most of the year (weekends are generally busier, as are bank holidays). It is worth paying extra for an express pass. These tickets allow you to enter a faster queue, which could allow you to get on more rides.

There are combo-ticket deals online that can allow you to also visit the Singapore Zoo and Wild Wild Wet Water Park. Hotels near Universal Studios can be more expensive, but the convenient access could be more worthwhile if you want to get the most out of your visit.

7 Super Things To Do In Singapore

7. Relax on the beaches at Sentosa

Many people are surprised to learn that Singapore has beaches. The truth is that few of Singapore's beaches are natural. Most were wiped out centuries ago with the construction of the city's harbors. However, there are still some beautiful man-made beaches to be found on the island of Sentosa that are perfect for soaking up the city's year-round sunshine.

Built using imported sand from Malaysia, Indonesia and Cambodia, these beaches are rival to other Southeast Asian shores if you can get past the fact that they are artificial. Here you will also find a number of luxury hotels and lively beach bars that could be perfect for a tropical beach holiday combined with a city break.

Palawan Beach is the most family-friendly strip featuring a pirate-themed waterpark and scenic suspension bridge. Siloso Beach meanwhile is the best beach for bars and watersports as well as being a popular picnic area. There is also Tanjong Beach, which is one of the more secluded spots on the island better suited for those that want to relax with a book.

All in all, there is plenty of opportunities to hit the beach in Singapore. You can even take a day trip to the nearby Indonesian island of Batam for some extra beach outings. Hope you find our Singapore visitors guide useful.

  •  
  •  
  •  
Kalyan Panja Kalyan Panja Author

When we plan to travel to Europe alone or with friends or family, every itinerary will share one common destination, and that is Rome. Rome is the capital of Italy, and it needs no introduction. It is one of the oldest city in Europe and is full of historical sites that date back to ancient Roman Civilization. But visiting Rome to see these magnificent historical sites is not the only reason to go there. You can enjoy different world famous cultural festivals in Rome that are celebrated all around the year.

Cultural Festivities in Rome

Romans are known to be exuberant and persistent fun-chasers. They do not need any excuse to be happy and celebrate each day. Apart from that, there are multiple things to do, foods to try at exotic restaurants, and different bars in the city. In ancient Rome, there were more than a hundred days in the year that were celebrated by the people.

Though some of the days are not celebrated now, and with time have perished with the fall of Roman Civilization. But some are still celebrated and have integrated with the modern society. People of Rome are very traditional, and although the total number of festivals have reduced with time, they still value their culture and traditions.

The importance of each festival depends on its significance. Religious festivities are considered important and the whole city celebrates them with a mandatory public holiday. The weather of the city also affects the festivities and their dates. For example, Rome experiences the perfect weather conditions between August and October.

For this reason, these dates have the most number of events, festivals, and cultural celebrations. If you plan your trip in these days, you will not only cover the magnificent landmarks this city is famous for in the whole world. You can also attend maximum festivals that Romans celebrate and get amazed at the landmarks, events, and cultural significance of Rome.

There are some festivals in the city of Rome that are attended by people from all over the world. Rome is also one of the most important Christian cities in the world, so it is visited by millions of people each year who want to do a pilgrimage in the Vatican City.

How to go to Rome?

Going to Rome has never been difficult at any time. But in modern times, traveling there has become so much easier. You can fly to Rome from anywhere in the world and reach in a few hours. Before embarking on your journey to this great city, we recommend you to book your airline tickets, hotel accommodation and other travel related details from a renowned travel agency in the UK, or anywhere you are coming from. In this way, you can enjoy a pre-planned trip, along with other savings.

5 Not-To-Miss Cultural Festivals and events in Rome

Are their cultural events in Rome? In order to guide our readers to the cultural events taking place in Rome, we have listed 5 cultural festivals that this city hosts. When you are visiting this ancient city, try not to miss these amazing festivals in Rome. They will make your trip even better, and you will leave this city with amazing memories.

1. Rome Fringe Festival

Rome Fringe is a festival that is celebrated on a national level. It is actually an international theater and performance festival that celebrates different performers, artists, and theaters. It takes places from 30th August to 23rd September, or around these dates, at Villa Merced Rome. You can attend it by buying a ticket for 6 euro per person.

Last year, more than 150 events were planned for this festival so you can expect around the same number of events for this year as well. You can also expect a fresh roster of shows as well. Enjoy this festival and make the most of it create wonderful memories for yourself.

2. A Taste of Roma

A Taste of Roma is a festival of food celebrated in Rome. It provides a great chance to local innovators, foodies, chefs, and organizers to take part in a celebration and promote themselves, their food recipes to not just the citizens of Rome, but all the people visiting from all over the world.

It is one of the biggest food festivals in the world and the whole city participates in it. Tickets cost 16 euro per person and it takes place over a 3 or 4 day time period. Last year, it took place from 21st to 24th September over the weekend. The foods presented and made at this festival are delicious, and you can enjoy yourself even more if you are a foodie.

3. Romaeuropa Festival

Not to miss in rome, Romaeuropa is a festival that is organized by Fondazione Romaeuropa. Considered as one of the most important and prestigious festivals of Rome, it promotes dance, arts, theaters, music, and other cultural foundations of this city. Although there are different tickets and passes available in multiple parts of the city, we recommend you to buy them in advance. People wait anxiously all year long to attend it and if you get late in acquiring them, you may get them later with extreme difficulty.

4. Testaccio Village

Testaccio is a well-organized festival that takes place in Testaccio Village, not far away from Rome. This festival takes place all over the summertime. People spend their time near slaughterhouses in purpose-built areas. People slaughter animals in this festival and make their barbecues, and other food items.

They dine and celebrate together and organize music nights, discos, and other social events. The theme is always different each year, so research a bit about the year you plan to visit this festival so that you can maximize fun and memories.

Cultural Festivals in Rome

5. Natale di Rome

Rome is a very special city in the world. It even has its very own birthday, and the whole city celebrates it. Rome was born around 753 BC. It is one of the oldest human settlements still in existence. Even the old city is preserved to some extent. A city with such historical and cultural significance is always important to the history of the world.

So travel to Rome on 21st April and join different events and functions taking place all over the city to commemorate its birthday. You can enjoy historical enactments, plays, fireworks, gladiator fighting (acting), and much more.

  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
Kalyan Panja Kalyan Panja Author

Why do so many of us thirst for travel? Is it our desire to explore other cultures from the inside out or just to add another stamp in our passport? Is it to mingle with people from far away countries who may speak different languages? Is it to worship different gods and eat different foods but are just like us in so many ways?

Is it our yearning for novelty, and the desire to be surrounded with new and exciting sights, sounds tastes and smells? Or is it simply that we yearn for beauty and will travel far and wide to see it writ large in huge monuments of brick and stone built centuries ago, azure blue oceans and gorgeous, sprawling examples of nature's architecture?

Or perhaps there is something deep within us that far-flung destinations call to. It is a yearning of the soul that is nourished when we step outside of our comfort zone. Whatever it is that lures us overseas time and again, we are definitely in love with travel. Travel teaches us more about the world and about ourselves.

By removing ourselves from the familiar we think and behave in different ways. We learn more about who we are outside of the context of our studies, our jobs, and our social circles. That is why international travel is so incredibly important for young people.

While some may be content to travel to the same destinations year in and year out staying at the same hotels, eating the same foods and hobnobbing with the same people, for seasoned travel bugs familiarity is anathema. The more exotic and adventurous the better.

Life Changing Experiences In Southeast Asia

For those with exploration and adventure in their hearts, it is easy to understand the appeal of Southeast Asia. The region offers not only warm weather, friendly locals and pleasant conditions. It also offers some of the most extraordinary areas of natural beauty on the planet.

It boasts of some of the most diverse, fascinating and beautiful flora and fauna in the world. If you love animals, appreciate nature, crave adventure and yearn for a vacation that nourishes the mind and the soul, the region is an ideal choice for you.

That is why we have compiled this list of some life-changing experiences from across Southeast Asia. If you want a vacation that allows you to grow as a person and expands your mind even as you relax and unwind, you could do worse than add any of the following to your travel bucket list.

1. Malaysian Borneo with Gaya Island

In some islands bordering the coast, Gaya Island is the most imposing, allowing both to enjoy the beach and hiking in the interior jungle land for those who prefer to play sports to rest. You only need a few minutes to leave the urban environment of Kota Kinabalu to reach this preserved and relatively beautiful island. Do not hesitate to tour the island, instead of settling for the first beach you find when you arrive. Maybe you can find a small resting place for yourself. Rest on a white sand beach north of the island, not forgetting a little snorkeling.

Life Changing Experiences In Southeast Asia

2. See orangutans in their natural habitat in Borneo

Borneo is one of the most arboreally gorgeous places on the planet and is known for its diverse wildlife. For those who harbor a love of nature and exploration, there are few locations so perfect. While many locations in Borneo offer a chance to view the regions incredible animals, among the most fascinating, are the native orangutans.

These playful and intelligent primates give off a sense of serenity and wisdom and deserve to be treated with love and respect. This is especially as we are responsible for the widespread deforestation that has led to significant habitat loss for these noble creatures. Like Phuket Elephant Sanctuary, Camp Leakey Orangutan Rehabilitation Reserve was devised with the welfare of the animals rather than profits or tourism in mind.

Located just off the banks of the Sekonyer river inside Tanjung Puting National Park, the reserve has earned quite a reputation for itself since it was first founded in the 1970s. While it sees an influx of tourists, the facility is also an active research facility where scientists come together to protect and observe the orangutans.

The park itself is one of the most naturally beautiful of its kind with a wealth of beautiful and fascinating plant life. The orangutans here are treated with respect with minimal human interference, although in some cases tourists are invited to help feed some of the orangutans. But the park doesn't just stop at primates. It is also home to stunningly beautiful clouded leopards and Malaysian sun bears.

Aside from the life-affirming greatest adventures Southeast Asia also has a plethora of luxurious hotels, sumptuous Thai foods and no shortage of luxurious beaches. Here you can sun yourself, relax and recuperate. Make sure you add these destinations and activities to your bucket list. Your life will be all the richer for them.

3. Cruise on the Malacca River

Without a doubt, all cities open to the sea or with a river always have a special charm. Malacca could not be less. But do not be fooled, the Malacca River is much bigger than you might expect and it was much deeper that turned the city ​​into one of the largest ports in all of Southeast Asia. There passed all boats from Europe, Asia, China, India.

After the conquest of the city by the Portuguese, the Dutch arrived. They were there for 200 years and definitely left their mark in the center of the city. The so-called Red Square or Dutch Square is one of the most photographed places in Malacca with its simple and smooth reddish walls with shutters, its clock tower and even a mill next to the bridge that goes in the direction of Jodamer Street.

On Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock street you will find a famous craft shoe store. Today you can still buy hand-made nine-centimeter shoes. During the 19th century, for Chinese women, having small feet was synonymous with beauty. So the feet were bandaged from girls to stop their growth and to be able to wear those tiny shoes.

4. Base jumping in Kuala Lumpur

While Southeast Asia offers outstanding natural beauty, don't be fooled into thinking that the pleasures of the region are solely rural. Indeed, the area is also home to thriving cities that are teeming with activity virtually 24 hours a day. For the adventurous spirit, however, the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur has a whole lot to offer.

You can enjoy a day of water slides and a whole lot of splashing at the Sunway Lagoon Theme Park. You can climb the Kuala Lumpur tower to see the city's incredible skyline from the greatest heights. Or you can surround yourself with fluttering beauty at the Butterfly Park. But for the true adrenaline junkie, the greatest challenge will be base jumping from the tallest towers in this sprawling city.

The Petronas Twin Towers stand at almost 1,500 feet. These giant monoliths are the most incredible place to see this beautiful city before you plummet down towards her busy streets. It doesn't get much more extreme than this. But if you are looking for a life-changing experience there are few that can match this adrenaline-soaked adventure. If you are feeling brave enough, you can book right here.

5. Meet the Goddess of Mercy in Penang

Malaysia certainly has a lot of luxury to offer tourists. From opulent hotels to an affordable but luxurious Penang apartment stay, the region has a lot to offer tourists who want to enjoy the champagne lifestyle while they travel. You can also quench your thirst for a meaningful experience.

But if you feel particularly blessed or lucky to be in this vibrant and beautiful city, it may be an idea to pay your respects to Guan Yin, the goddess of compassion and mercy. Located in the Kek Lok Si temple complex in George Town, you will find Guan Yin's statue. To be honest, it is pretty difficult to miss. She is rendered in bronze and stands a Pagoda of Ten Thousand Buddhas filled with alabaster and bronze Buddhas which can also be found at Kek Lok Si.

The temple complex is actually one of the largest in Malaysia and is well worth a visit whatever your faith if only for the majesty of its construction. It was built over the course of 40 years, beginning in 1830. It provides a humble and life-affirming testament to what can be created when one has devotion, dedication, love, passion, and skill.

6. Siem Reap and the Temples of Angkor Wat

Are you traveling to Cambodia on your own and still do not have a defined itinerary? How many days to dedicate to this country if you are traveling through Southeast Asia? If your plan is to travel Cambodia in 3 days and to visit only the Angkor temples, the organization of the itinerary is simple, and this post will not be of great help.

The base for visiting the famous temples of Angkor Wat is the city of Siem Reap, which is 6 km away. Many say that with 1 day is enough, and I think it depends on how much you like this type of places. The Bayon Temple is one of the wonders that can be found in the Angkor Thom complex. The Koh Ker site is dominated by the Prasat Thom, a 30-meter-high mountain temple rising above the plain and the surrounding forests.

It is said to have been created by Vishwakarma. At the top was a linga, a gigantic cylinder of stone over four meters high and one to two meters in diameter, a phallic symbol representing Shiva. Siem Reap is a quiet city, full of hotels, guesthouses, restaurants and agencies that sell tours.

Accommodation in Siem Reap is very economical like in the rest of Cambodia, but it has an advantage. The price to quality ratio seemed much higher than the other cities we visited. We stayed near the Siem Reap market, which had a bar on the terrace which was fine to rest after a day of walking temples like crazy. There are also things to do in siem reap besides angkor wat.

At night the most lively area is Pub Street, full of bars and restaurants. It will be the closest thing to the Khao San Road in Bangkok that you will find while traveling Cambodia. Read drunken foreigners, beer at ridiculous prices, music that is intermingled between different places, lights and prostitution. Everything has to be said.

7. Macau, the Asian Las Vegas

Without being Hong Kong or Shanghai, Macao has one of the most attractive skylines in the Far East. Constantly ferries from various companies leave from Hong Kong to Macau terminal in the central port. There are also boats to Macau that can be taken at the Hong Kong International Airport itself.

Macao is a place where fados are heard and Port wine is drunk while the incense flies over a Taoist temple on a mountain. This essential port in the spice route belonged to Portugal which now lives its own present keeping the traces of its history.

The Macao-Malacca-Goa axis was essential for the Lusitanian interests in the spice route. This Special Administrative Region also has something of Las Vegas with its clear commitment to casinos, five-star hotels, entertainment and a great offer of Asian luxury. Macau has become a wonderful option for those who travel from Hong Kong to Macau by ferry both on their own and in an organized way through a guided tour.

Macao, in addition to the peninsula, has two small islands joined by bridges such as Taipa and Coloane. In the merger of both in a land reclaimed from the sea and that already unites them completely, is the area of ​​Cotai. And it is there where the largest number of casinos and luxury hotels in the region is concentrated, being the reason why this place is called Las Vegas of the Orient.

The Venetian, for example, is to the largest hotel complex on the planet (has more than 3000 rooms), with a reproduction of the canals of Venice (there is even a gondola) and the most emblematic buildings of the Italian city in a commercial megacenter. But there is also a small Paris in The Parisian (with a Eiffel Tower half the size of the original) or a hotel-casino.

Whether you like the game or not, at least try playing a few patacas (official currency of Macao) at roulette. It is possible to have been minutes before visiting a Confucian temple and inhaling incense to later sit inside a typical Portuguese tavern to try a rice with seafood, bacalhau a brás (grilled cod), to bake in bread the sauce of delicious amêijoas (clams) and pair with an excellent Alentejo wine preserved in a typical adega (cellar).

Rua da Felicidade is the typical Chinese street with red windows and doors that has barely been touched in decades since it was part of the Macanese red light district.

The Lou Lim Ieoc Garden is undoubtedly the most Chinese of the gardens in Macao. It has the Suzhou style with pavilions, a pond and a bridge in the shape of a dragon tail. It is one of the favorite places for the locals to go out in the morning to do tai chi, practice the dance of the fans or sing popular songs or even of Chinese opera.

It is highly recommended to go to the other side of the bridge that crosses the Nam Van Lake, climb the Macau Tower when the afternoon falls or look for an elevated floor in one of the surrounding skyscrapers if you have the possibility.

Getting wifi in Macau is almost as easy as finding a signal with your mobile phone. If you are in Hong Kong and you do not want to go to Macao for free, it is possible to hire from there an organized excursion with a guide in your language.

Both Macao and its neighbor Hong Kong do not require entry visas for stays of less than 90 days. It is necessary to only be in possession of a passport with a minimum validity of six months. The Macao Tourism Office offers on its website a valuable information for travelers who wish to know not only its attractions but everything that is happening of interest in the region.

8. Taipei 101

Located in the north of the island of Taiwan, the capital of the country, Taipei, is today one of the most modern cities in Asia. Considered one of the five most famous museums in the world, National Palace Museum houses more than 650,000 works of art from almost all periods of China's five thousand-year history. The museum building is built in the style of the palaces of Beijing.

It has unique works of the Song, Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties, of painting, calligraphy, and all kinds of artistic objects that show the richness and beauty of Chinese culture and art. It is a sanctuary of art that has become a must for anyone traveling to Taipei. There are places of rest and coffee shops, as well as two old-style Zhishan and Zhide gardens that make the visitor appreciate even more the spirit of Chinese art.

The Taipei 101 skyscraper, until recently was the tallest building in the world. From the 85th floor observatory it offers an unparalleled panoramic view of Taipei and its surroundings. Despite its height, it gives the impression of great flexibility, and It is a harmonious blend of traditional Chinese architecture with typical elements of Taiwan.

The 101 skyscraper shopping center houses several banks, shops of the main international brands, bookstores, several Asian and Western restaurants, as well as small coffee shops and tapas and refreshment stands. It is located in the center of the commercial area of ​​Xinyi, and being surrounded by the World Exhibition Center, the International Congress Center, financial centers, five-star hotels, department stores, cinemas, nightclubs.

Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Building is a majestic construction built in memory of the late former president. The night markets have become the main attraction of tourists visiting Taiwan. Shilin night market is the largest of its kind and also the most visited by students to buy clothes and food at affordable prices in the city of Taipei. The temple of Confucius honors the most famous master of China.

The Jianguo Flower and Jade Market, located under the overpass of section 3 of Xinyi Avenue and Jinan Avenue, is only held on weekends and holidays. Yangmingshan National Park is located north of Taipei, in the central area of ​​Datun volcanic areas. Famous for its thermal springs, Beitou is an area north of the city of Taipei, surrounded by green hills and close to the Shamao Mountain.

9. Manila, the city of the seven deadly sins

Manila, capital of the Philippines, is located on the Luzon island. It is located in Manila Bay, in the South China Sea, and the Pasig River flows through the city. Metro Manila is the metropolitan area with the most population in the Philippines, placing in the tenth position in the world ranking. Within Metro Manila, Makati stands out.

Also Pasay City, bordering Makati City, is another of the cities that make up Metro Manila, and it should be noted for its convenience given its proximity to the International Airport of the capital. One of the tourist enclaves of the capital is Intramuros, a popular walled and restored area, which clearly combines this fusion of the classic and the modern.

From Manila you can make excursions to nearby places such as the town of Piñas, the Corregidor island or visit the Taal volcano in Tagaytay, where you can also find the deepest lake in the Philippines and taste the marang fruit. Batangas is famous for its white sand beaches, marine life and flora. Walk through the towns of Calayo in Nasugbu, Mabini, Lipa City and the city of Batangas. Anilao is one of the favorite destinations for underwater photographers from around the world who travel to meet the best macro shots.

Other tourist destinations in Luzon are Ifugao, where the magnificent Banaue rice terraces, Legazpi, on the west coast of the Philippines, or Puerto Galera, diving and resting destination located on the neighboring island of Mindoro or La Union, Kalanggaman Island, sipalay beaches, anawangin cove, Palawan, tukon, puerto princesa, bantayan island, vigan, pangasinan, Fortune Island in nasugbu, burot beach, beach resort at calatagan, laiya, masasa beach, zambales beach, verde island and siargao.

In its gastronomy it is remarkable the great variety of fruits and also the Philippino food. The food of the Philippines cuisine is a great mix of Spanish, Malay, Chinese, Japanese and American food so do not miss trying its culinary riches.

10. Boracay is Back

Boracay is an ideal destination if you travel to Philippines with children, friends or on a honeymoon in Philippines. If you travel to Philippines for honeymoon, it is the best island to throw the house out of the window, along with El Nido. One of the great attractions for many travelers who want to travel to Philippines is to see the Boracay island with the most luxury hotels.

Known throughout the world as the Ibiza of Asia because it is almost the only island destination in the country where there is nightlife. What will really make you fall in love with it is its fabulous White Beach, one of the best beaches in Philippines washed by crystal clear waters so calm that they often look like a swimming pool, especially during the dry season months, when the winds blow from the Amihan.

At dusk, when the sky becomes epic and gives you one of the most photographed sunsets in Philippines, with the outline of the paraw, the typical boats of Boracay. It is usually quite quiet during the day, although at sunset, happy hours accumulate more people. You cannot smoke or eat or drink alcoholic beverages in White Beach. Here is Willy's Rock, a lineup that appears on almost any Boracay postcard.

Although it is not comparable to Coron or El Nido, it is a good option to get to know other parts of the island, nearby islands and, above all, to snorkel. Island hopping in Boracay often includes Crocodile Island, Tambisaan Beach, several snorkeling spots and other beaches such as Puka Beach. Here, as there are no hotels, only some reggae style stalls that put on sun beds and serve drinks, the atmosphere is usually more relaxed.

Can you do kitesurfing in the Philippines? Of course! Boracay is the best known destination for kitesurfing and Bulabog beach offers many opportunities for both beginners and advanced. There are several schools of kitesurfing where you can hire instructors and rent equipment. The best time to do kitesurfing in Boracay is during the Amihan. Even so, during the Habagat, it is possible to practice it on the other side of the island.

Of course, keep in mind that at Christmas in Philippines, Chinese New Year or Easter there will be many people. Include Ariel's Point in your list of things to do in Boracay. It is a point near White Beach with several platforms on which to jump several meters high. Diniwid Beach is one of our favorites, because it has a more backpacker atmosphere and is usually quieter.

We also recommend Ilig-Iligan, on the opposite side of Boracay. One of the best things to do in Boracay is to investigate its gastronomy. Here are some interesting places to eat in Boracay. D'Talipapa is an eminently seafood and fish market. The funny thing is that you can buy the food yourself and then you can go to one of the neighboring restaurants and choose between the cooking methods.

If you want to surprise someone, give them a helicopter ride over the island! And, eye, you can also get married in Boracay. There are many who visit Boracay with friends. These are some of the things to do in Boracay to increase your adrenaline. Fly Fish Ride is a huge inflatable boat that can fit several people, propelled by a jet ski. Of course, you will also find more light options, such as the typical "banana".

While Parasailing you can see Boracay from the heights with a friend while a jet ski boosts you. Zip line, zorb, quad rides are there in the surroundings of Mt. Luho, which offers the best views of Boracay. We are not the biggest fans of diving in Boracay, because if we compare it with these places to dive in Philippines, Boracay does not have the best seabed, but it is a good place to do a baptism or a couple of dives.

The easiest way to get to Boracay is with a flight to Caticlan, but there are cheaper options. Find out in advance about the state of the algae in White Beach. It is a natural phenomenon but many people are disappointed to not see such a beautiful thing. Thanks to Instagram you can see live images.

11. Swimming with Whale Sharks in Cebu

Located in the center of Cebu island, is the city of Cebu, which after the city of Manila is the most important. The best beaches near Cebu are located on Mactan Island. There are many hotels, resorts and chillouts where you can rest a few days sunbathing, snorkeling, learning to dive or doing many other activities that these centers offer.

The variety of reptiles and birds that live in Cebu Zoo located in the Beverly Hills neighborhood, east of Mandaue City stands out, although there is also room for many mammals from the Philippines and other Asian regions such as the Bohol Tarsiers, numerous species of monkeys from the Philippines or the Bengal tiger.

The whale sharks are the largest fish of our planet and if you travel to the Philippines, swim with them will surely be one of your most beautiful memories. There are several places to swim with the whale sharks. You can go to Donsol, but you can see them on the island of Cebu, specifically in Oslob. Whale sharks are seen in Tanawan, which is located after Oslob. The difference between Donsol and Oslob is that here you are 100% sure to see the whale sharks in Donsol while you have to have a little more luck.

Malapascua is a world-renowned destination for scuba diving. About 90 kilometers south of Cebu is Moalboal and Oslob, two of the best places for diving in the central Visayas. As it happens in Legazpi, in Moalboal and Oslob it is possible to carry out the sighting of a fish characteristic of the Philippines, the whale shark. It is also possible to see one of the most particular sharks of the animal kingdom, the thresher shark.

Imagine a bar that you can reach by sailing if the tide is high, or walking on the sand if the sea retires. But in both cases we speak of a unique natural space that at high tide resembles a gigantic natural pool, where the crystalline water will reach us little more than the waist for hundreds of meters. It's called Manjuyod White Sandbar and it's one of the most original bars in Southeast Asia in the Philippines.

The safe way to get to the bar is on a boat from the south bay of Bais, from where the excursions depart. For its part, Bais is a Filipino city in the province of Negros Oriental.

12. Breathtaking Batanes

Batanes Islands is the smallest province in the Philippines. The capital city, Basco, is north of Apari, Cagayan (the tip of Luzon Island), while it is south of Taiwan. Batanes consists of 10 tiny islands and islets namely Batan, Sabtang, Itbayat, Mavudis, Siayan, Diogo, North Island and Y'ami. Only the first three islands are inhabited.

But the most remarkable aspect of all is the architecture of the houses - the walls made by stones and thick roofs to withstand strong typhoon. The climate of Batanes is calm and windy. There are many things to do in Batanes, swim on the beach, see the fishing villages, churches and lighthouses, and the best of all, Batanes in Philippines is a place to reflect and admire nature.

  •  
  •  
Kalyan Panja Kalyan Panja Author