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Chile set to amaze adventure-seekers with its myriad attractions

by amit.uniyal 30. July 2015 03:00
The beautifully landscaped Chile spanning into 2,670 miles from north to south and 271 miles from east to west offers a stunning array of man-made and natural wonders. The panoramic regions of this Latin American country are a veritable paradise for the tourists with its varied offerings such as 100-year-old finniculars, colourful historic houses, Valparaiso’s steep hillsides, islands of Patagonia, peninsulas, canals, inlets, and isolated and dream-like fjords.

These natural wonders are enough to prompt the adventure-seekers to go for a blissful sojourn in Chile. Whether you are visiting the central Andes region or the country’s mainland, get ready to be amazed with all that you will see and experience. Here are some of the reasons why you should consider spending your vacation in Chile.

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Intriguing attractions in Santiago’s neighbourhoods

You will come across myriad intriguing attractions when visiting many distinctive neighbourhoods of the pedestrian-friendly 
capital city of Santiago. Explore the Barrio de Lastarria district where you’ll come across antique manor homes and baroque balconies intertwined with bookstores and retail shops. The district is also home to a small hill Cerro Santa Lucia in the center of Santiago. The hill was formed by the remnant of a volcano and offers picturesque views of the city. The hill also has a fort Castillo Hidalgo, which was built in 1820. 

The sprawling Mercado Central market in Santiago is also worth exploring. The market is housed in a huge historic cast iron building. You can see Chileans of all hues buying daily essentials or enjoying delectable cuisines at the restaurants. While in Santiago, don’t miss out visiting ‘La Chascona’,  the home of the Nobel Prize-winning Chilean poet, diplomat and politician Pablo Neruda. It is situated in Barrio Bellevista, a bohemian neighbourhood at the foot of San Cristobal Hill.  

Visit UNESCO World Heritage city Valparaiso

Valparaiso, a UNESCO World Heritage city, provides yet another great reason to visit Chile. The historic coastal city is renowned world over for its 100-year-old finniculars. Valparaiso, which is also known by its nicknames “Jewel of the Pacific” and “San Francisco of the South”, has been built upon an extensive network of 42 steep hills prominently featuring brightly colored buildings spiralling upward from the shore. The city is a pedestrian’s paradise. While leisurely strolling through the town you will come across many restored Victorian-era buildings, trendy 
restaurants and small hotels overlooking the Pacific Ocean’s deep blue waters.

Valparaiso is renowned for other reasons as well. The historic city is also home to the oldest stock exchange of Latin America and the first public library of Chile. The oldest Spanish-language newspaper ‘El Mercurio de Valparaiso’ is also published from here. 

Tours of wine-making regions

Chile is presently the fifth-largest exporter and eighth-largest producer of wine in the world. It produces at least 10 times more wine when compared to neighboring Argentina. If you are planning to spend your holidays in Chile, then you can look forward to visiting the major wine-making regions in the country, which are accessible for personalized tours and within an hour of downtown 
Santiago. The Colchagua Valley is considered to be the premier wine-making region in Chile. It is home to 20 wineries, which together formed the base of the original wine route that came into being 15 years ago. Chile’s flagship varietal red wine Carmenere is produced in the Colchagua Valley. Other wine-making regions worth visiting in the country include San Antonio and Casa Marin.

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America’s Best Beach Towns

by amit.uniyal 28. July 2015 05:00
Who doesn’t love summer? Endless sun, refreshing swims, shorts and summer dresses, golden tans icy drinks, vacations and travel are just a few of the many pleasures of the summer season. 

America is home to several coastal cities and beach towns. These destinations are popular haunts during the summer months as they offer a plethora of warm weather delights. 

Carmel By the Sea, California

American Beaches     
The quaint and picturesque seaside town of Carmel by the Sea in Monterey County on the California Coast was established as a Spanish settlement in the late 18th Century.  Today, this delightful town is renowned for its beautiful beaches such as Carmel Beach, Carmel River State Beach and Monastery Beach. This exceptionally dog-friendly town is also home to a thriving arts community and features various points of interest in the form of charming cottages, plentiful browse-worthy art galleries, boutiques, and vineyards.

Edgartown, Massachusetts 


Located on the eastern end of Martha’s Vineyard, Edgartown is an immensely popular vacation destination. The many attractions on offer in this former whaling town include pristine beaches and water-based recreations, museums, historic homes, wine tours and exquisite restaurants.

Bar Harbor, Maine

Bar Harbor, a town on Desert Island, in Hancock County, Maine is renowned for its stunning coastal beauty and beautiful sandy beaches. This historic town, which once welcomed tall ships and schooners sailing in from England and Europe is also within easy access of Acadia National Park.  Outdoorsy pursuits, cultural jaunts, great lobster based meals; Bar Harbor offers them all and more.
    
Watch Hill, Rhode Island
 
Situated on a peninsula in Westerly, Rhode Island, the tiny community of Watch Hill is famed for stunning beaches, East Beach and Napatree Point.  A favored holiday spot of America’s rich and famous Watch Hill offers several landmark attractions. The Watch Hill Lighthouse, the Flying Horse Carousel (one of America’s oldest), the Olympia Tea Room that dates back to 1916 and the Luxe Ocean House hotel, a restored Victorian-era hotel are its most famous sights.

St Augustine, Florida

The historic city of St Augustine, located on the northeastern coast of Florida dates back more than 450 years. Don Pedro Menendez de Aviles of Spain founded St Augustine in September 1565, and it continues to be the longest continually inhabited European-founded city in the US.  The city offers several points of interest including old churches, forts, museums and attractions such as Ponce de Leon’s Fountain of Youth, Castillo de San Marcos, St Augustine Lighthouse and Museum and the oldest wooden school house.  The city also boasts of a lively dining scene and offers easy access to several area beaches such as St Augustine Beach, Ponte Verde Beach, Crescent Beach, Anastasia State Park and others. 

Pawleys Island, South Carolina 

Pawleys Island is a small barrier island located at a distance of seventy miles from Charleston. A salt marsh separates the island from the mainland as two short causeways serve as the main conduit for the island. The Island, which once served as the summer getaway of the area’s rice farmers, is secluded and unspoiled. Lined with historic antebellum homes the island offers abundant opportunities for summertime outdoor pursuits such as swimming, beach combing, fishing, kayaking, biking and sunbathing.

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Best Yoga Retreats from around the world

by amit.uniyal 23. July 2015 02:59
The popularity of yoga as a fitness form and a holistic pursuit has increased tremendously during recent times. The fast-paced nature of modern life and the stresses and strains associated with it have contributed significantly to the growth of interest in yoga and other mind, body and spirit wellness activities. As a result, hotel and resorts around the world have yoga retreats and camps that cater to the rejuvenation of tired minds, bodies, and spirits.

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The Farm at San Benito, Batangas, Philippines

The Farm at San Benito is a wellness resort located at the base of Mount Malarayat on the outskirts of Lipa City in the Batangas province of the Philippines. Visitors can reach the resort via a two-hour drive from the 
capital city of the Philippines, Manila or then avail of the resort’s helicopter service. The resort is built around a 250-year old mango tree and is a tropical paradise that features lush coconut plantations, tumbling waterfalls and much native flora and fauna.  The resort offers both individual and group yoga sessions catering to all levels of yoga enthusiasts.  Accommodations at the Farm range include tastefully appointed rooms, suites, and villas.  The resort also has two on-site restaurants, a fitness center, swimming pool and a spa offering several detox and beauty treatments.

SwaSara, Gokarna, Karnataka, India

The secluded temple town of Gokarna is home to the SwaSara wellness resort. The resort, which lies within easy access to the town’s pristine Om beach, offers a program that features 
a mix of yoga, meditation, and Ayurveda treatments. These various treatments aim to provide mental, physical and spiritual benefits to participants. The resort’s restaurant serves healthy vegetarian meals prepared with the freshest local ingredients. The staff at the Swaswara resort also organizes and conducts excursions to the area’s many temples and markets for guests who enjoy soaking in the local atmosphere.

Samahita Retreat, Koh Samui, Thailand 

Set on the unspoiled Laem Sor beach on the south coast of the Thai island resort of Koh Samui, the Samahita Retreat is a yoga, detox and wellness center. Breathing exercises, restorative and de-stressing yoga sessions and meditation concourses are some of the many recuperative activities available at this palm tree speckled retreat surrounded by much tropical splendor.  The health food restaurant at Samahita dishes up delectable Thai cuisine prepared according to the principles of “Sattva” meaning the food is made with fresh locally sourced ingredients and is pure, light and easily digestible. The resort also offers yoga, Reiki, and personal training sessions and features a therapeutic salt-water swimming pool. Aside from healing and soothing therapies and programs, Samahita also organizes island and boat tours for guests who wish to leave the premises and explore the island.


Thirty-Eight Degrees North, Ibiza

The Balearic island of Ibiza is renowned as a party capital of Europe. However, Ibiza is not only about clubs and pubs, in fact, but the island like its fellow Balearic siblings is also several stunning beaches and quaint market towns. 

The Thirty-Eight Degrees North resort is located in the tranquil town of Santa Eulalia situated in the northeast half of the island within proximity to the airport, golf course and the historic town of Dalt Vila.

The Thirty-Eight Degrees North is a fitness and wellness resort that offers yoga, Pilates, meditation, detox and weight loss programs that aim to restore and balance optimal health and focus.

Florblanca, Costa Rica, America

The luxury Florblanca resort on Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast sits in the midst of virgin beaches and dense tropical jungles of the Nicoya Peninsula. The resort overlooks the famous surfing paradise of Playa Santa Teresa and offers professionally guided Pilates and Yoga programs suitable for all levels of enthusiasts. The resort also encompasses a restaurant and has a spa that offers an assortment of 
beauty, detox, and cleansing therapies. Aside from yoga, this luxurious tropical heaven provides opportunities for surfing, hiking, horseback riding and even zip-lining.

Parrot Cay Yoga and Pilates, Turks and Caicos, Caribbean
    

The stunningly beautiful Turks and Caicos Islands in the Caribbean have in recent years become a much sought-after vacation destination. The Parrot Cay resort is located on a private island accessible via a 35-minute boat transfer from the main island of Providenciales. The resort offers restful private and group yoga and Pilates sessions along with Pranayama and meditation programs. Other amenities available at this untouched sanctuary include three swimming pools, a fitness center, an 18-hole championship golf course and facilities for tennis, biking and kayaking.

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Maine - Enjoy Summer Holidays in fabled Vacationland State!

by amit.uniyal 16. July 2015 05:37

Maine is a wonderland for vacationers. The varied vacation options that this beautiful place offers has made it popular as the "Vacationland State". Whichever season you choose to spend your holidays, Maine forever remains to be a truly vacationland. You will find some great reasons to visit the state during summer for your vacations.

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Blissful vacation in Coastal Maine

Come summer season, and Maine Coast is transformed into a popular destination for plenty of vacationers from across the United States and other parts of the world. Its beaches, and seaside villages and towns, become instant attraction for the holidayers. The resort towns also become one of the preferred places to enjoy a weeklong vacation. You can indulge in various kinds of recreational activities. A vacation in the resort towns along the Maine Coast is yet another way to explore the diversity of this place and see varied tourist attractions along the way. Boating and kayaking are some of the popular recreational activities to indulge in during your holidays.

As you set to explore the coastal towns in Maine, you will find them to be quite unique when compared to inland towns. The coastal towns are rather small, with a slow-paced atmosphere and friendly people. These towns though may be small, but you will find a large number of restaurants, bars and boutique shops similar to those found in bigger towns. With many beachside bars, chic boutique stores, antique shops, and of course, yummy lobster rolls and fried clams at food shacks, a vacation in Maine during the summer is what you must be surely looking for.

Vacationing on the beach

Vacationing in Maine's coastal towns are simply not enough unless you visit the beach. It's absoultely the best thing during a vacation. Enjoy sunbathing, indulge in leisurely beachsport such as playing Frisbee or bocce ball, relish exotic seafood and snacks at beachside restaurants, buy souvenirs from beachside shops or simply swim in the refreshing waters of the Atlantic – all these activities will make your vacation enjoyable and memorable. Maine Beach offers oodles of fun during summertime. However, there are some vacationers who prefer exploring the beach during the winter. They consider it to be the best time as summer crowds are gone and the cold is tempered by the Atlantic Ocean.

Entertain with a Boating vacation

Your vacation in Maine during summer isn't complete unless you take a boating excursion along the coast. It is an entertaining activity, and offers a chance to all those who couldn't get out on the Atlantic Ocean. A boating tour along the Maine coast helps you to unwind, relax and discover the nature's bounty that this beautoful place has been gifted. The boating excursion will unravel long stretches of gorgeous sandy beaches along the coastline, bustling harbors, islands outlying the coast, lighthouses atop granite cliffs, and rivers emptying fresh water into the ocean. Apart from boating excursion, you can also consider taking a kayak tour for a more intimate views of hidden coves and inlets.

After all, a vacation in Maine during summer is a dream come true for all vacationers. So, the next time you think of spending your holidays, Maine is the place to visit.

 

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Traveling solo – An out-of-the-world experience!

by amit.uniyal 13. July 2015 03:56

Traveling to distant destinations is an exciting and exhilarating experience. But have you ever thought of traveling alone. If you haven't, then it will seem wierd to you. The very thought of being a solo traveler will send shivers down your spine. However, for most people solo travel is an adventure. It's simply an out-of-the-world experience. You need to try at least once and see what it would be really like.

If you get a travel companion, then you are fortunate. There will be at least someone to share your burden. But if you have decided to travel solo, there's a lot that will go into preparations. So go ahead and start putting your plans into practice. Here are some of the valuable tips that would be helpful to you as a solo traveler.

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Be an effective decision maker

Making a good and effective decision is one of the prerequisites for a solo traveler. You are the only one who will have to face obstacles or make your sojourn smooth. Your burdens and responsibilities will be of your own making and will be completely up to you. Just imagine you might have to travel to a remote area or who knows it might even be a dangerous place. Here your decision-making skills will come into play. Your decisions will be yours, whether it's right or wrong. So be strong enough. You got to be a good and effective decision maker.

Seek as much information you can

Traveling alone is a difficult thing, particularly for all those who are doing so for the first time. You might be unaware about the place heading for. Getting maximum information is the only way to make things easy for yourself. Do a lot of research on the internet. If possible, buy a handy book about the destination and be your self-guide. The best thing to get information about the place and know the experiences of solo travelers is to visit a lot of forums. You might come across people who would guide you. If you are lucky then you might also come across a potential travel companion as well.

You will become confident and more assertive

Solo travel comes with its own challenges. You will confront obstacles on your way and handle them with tact and ease. It will make you more confident than before. You won't feel shy. You will be prompted to take initiative and start communicating with strangers. You are even going to become more assertive and start tackling with problems and unforeseen situations. Traveling solo is a great opportunity to rediscover yourself and your hidden traits.

Great opportunity to meet diverse people

Those traveling solo can look forward to meet different people. It is a great opportunity to find out like-minded people and hang out with them. You will even be tempted to prolong your journey if you succeed in finding a travel companion of your choice. Traveling alone will not only boost your confidence, but will also make you more open to contact and meet with the locals and other travelers. There are great possibilities that some of the people you got in contact with might prove to be good friends in future.

Solo travel offers great flexibility

The decision to travel solo is completely yours. You are offered greater flexibility with your decisions – whether to change your travel plans or not. You are your own master. Who knows you might have thought of somewhere else, but landed at quite a different place. This is what flexibility offers. You also don't have to compromise anything as you don't have to discuss with your partner.

Traveling solo is indeed rewarding. It's a journey to rediscover yourself. You will get to know yourself more, realize your inherent potential, know your likes and dislikes, and develop your personal skills. You won't regret to be a solo traveler, after all!

 

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Affordable restaurants in Singapore

by amit.uniyal 6. July 2015 02:32
Singapore according to the various cost of living surveys is today one of the most expensive cities on earth. Nonetheless, this small S.East Asian city-state with its plethora of attractions and much lauded culinary scene continues to feature as a hot favourite on the travel circuit. 

Singapore’s gastronomic landscape is home to a wide array of restaurants and eateries. In fact, the city is known for its plentiful hawker centers and food courts which dish out multi-ethnic eats at extremely wallet-friendly prices. However, aside from these hawker centers, the city is also home to quite a few well-priced restaurants where you can enjoy a good meal without burning a hole in your wallet. 

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Little Diner
Little Diner, as its name suggests, is a cosy eatery located in the heart of Singapore’s lush Bukit Timah neighborhood. The owners of this all day dining cafe claim to draw inspiration from the diverse eateries of New York City’s Lower East Side. Little Diner offers a menu that features comfort and familiar western eats like burgers, Mac n Cheese and more. The restaurant is open for lunch, dinner, brunch and offers a kid’s menu apart from hosting ‘happy hour specials’. Little Diner is closed on Mondays.

Toss & Turn
Fresh and hearty salads are an ideal antidote for combating Singapore’s perennially muggy climate. Toss&Turn is housed in the luxe environs of the ION Orchard mall on Singapore’s main shopping drag, Orchard Road and it offers patrons a chance to design their custom leafy meals. You can do so by first choosing a salad base and then building your salad by adding two protein or deli selections and four vegetable or crunch additions. A choice of dressing then completes your salad.  Aside from salads, the eatery serves soups, sandwiches and wholesome dishes like Lasagne. 

Orange Lantern
The Orange Lantern chain of Vietnamese restaurants offers traditional Vietnamese fare like pho(noodle soups), rice paper fresh rolls, mango salad, beef stew rice noodle and avocado shakes and more.  

Food for Thought Cafe
The Food for Thought chain of  casual dining eateries is housed in some of Singapore’s most well-known attractions like the Botanic Gardens, the National Museum and the Singapore Art Museum. The casual dining cafes serve a menu that feature a selection of comfort eats such as soups, salads, burgers along with an assortment of local dishes. 

Nakhon Kitchen
Nakhon Kitchen has been delighting diners with its authentic Thai fare for some years now. The restaurant operates from two locations in Singapore. One branch is located in the charming, expat-heavy enclave of  Holland Village while the other is in Hougang in the northern half of the city.  Enjoy Thai food staples like Tom Yum Soup, Green Curry, Pad Thai and Pandan Chicken at extremely wallet-friendly prices at Nakhon Kitchen.

Ananda Bhavan
Ananda Bhavan, which opened for business in 1924 on Selgie Road in the Little India enclave of Singapore, is the oldest Indian vegetarian restaurant in the city. In recent years, this popular restaurant has expanded and now operates from four locations. Three of these locations are within the Serangoon Road area while one outlet is situated at Terminal Two of Changi Airport.  On offer at Ananda Bhavan is a menu that features North Indian, South Indian and Indo-Chinese dishes. 

La Petite Cuisine 
La Petite Cuisine is a well-entrenched player on Singapore’s dining scene. This rather rustic French bistro is located on the lower level of Serene Centre on Jalan Serene near Orchard Road. The menu at La Petit Cuisine offers staples of French cuisine like duck confit, escargots, foie gras, chicken liver salad, beef steak and more. Portions at the restaurant are substantial, and you can expect to pay S$20 to S$30 per head for a good meal.

Bar Bar Black Sheep
Bar Bar Black Sheep is the name of a chain of casual dining cafes that operates from various locations around the island. These cafes offer an assortment of beers, wines and spirits along with well-mixed cocktails. The food menu at the cafe features North Indian, Japanese and Western dishes and ensures that the cafe caters to diverse tastes and preferences 

Flock Cafe     
Located in the trendy, hipster neighborhood of Tiong Bahru, this family-owned and stylish cafe is known for its reasonably priced eats. The menu offerings at Flock Cafe include all-day breakfast items, sandwiches, pasta and baked goods. Do try the highly recommended Pork Cheek Gruyere Sandwich and the Portobello Mushroom Salad

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Relax, unwind and rejuvenate yourself with trips of a lifetime

by amit.uniyal 26. June 2015 08:20
Life can sometimes become quite boring. The same old routine day after day makes one weary and instills an yearning for the ultimate bliss, quite far away from the maddening crowds of the city. Why not think of unwinding and rejuvenating yourself with trips of a lifetime? Let us discover the gems of the world that would set your heart fluttering and keep you mesmerized endlessly. Here are some of the amazing places in the world that you should consider visiting at least once. You will indeed treasure the golden moments of your blissful sojourn.

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India – A land of myriad hues

A trip to India is indeed a journey of a lifetime. It is a land of myriad people, cultures and festivals. This country of diverse landscapes is simply mesmerizing. Explore the entire country and you will be amazed by its natural wonders – the stunning backwaters of Kerala, captivating Thar Desert of Rajasthan, the dazzling snow-capped Himalayan ranges in Himachal Pradesh and the majestic rolling hills of North-East states, also popularly called India''s Seven Sisters. These are among the few important regions that should be visited. In fact, this majestic country has many beautiful attractions that seek your attention. India is a real feast for your senses.

Spain's undersung city Madrid great to explore

When it comes to assessing the great-but-strangely-undersung cities in the world, Spain's capital city Madrid is ranked high on the list. The city shouldn''t be missed out in any case while on your European sojourn. The world-class museums, up-to-the-minute boutique shopping, elegant plazas, rooftop nightlife and rejuvenated food scene – these and much more are all there for you to provide an exhilarating experience. The city is also a great starting point to soak up the beauty and natural wonders of the rest of Spain. Don''t forget to get experience of a lifetime when in Madrid!

South Africa – the country of the moment in Dark Continent


South Africa is undoubtedly the country of the moment in the fabled Dark Continent. Some of its key cities such as Cape Town and Johannesburg are a must-visit for tourists from around the world. Cape Town is particularly enticing. The rapidly growing craft scene, the  Kirstenbosch Gardens, museums, markets and an enviable food culture – all these will keep you endlessly mesmerized. Above all, South Africa more than anything else abounds in nature''s bounty. Get ready to be amazed with the majestic Zambezi River, awe inspiring Victoria Falls, wildlife reserves, iconic lighthouses, gorgeous sand beaches, and or course, the Cape Winelands which keeps attracting millions of wine connoisseurs from world over.

Get fascinated with Brazil's great Amazonian rainforest

Brazil's key city Rio de Janeiro is on the wish list of all tourists from around the world. The city is renowned for its great Amazonian rainforest, where you will discover more species of flora and fauna than anywhere else in the world. The city is home to the endangered Amazonian dolphin and at least nine kinds of howler monkey. The rainforest-infested mountains and gorgeous beaches are also among the greatest attractions. Brazil forever remains one of the popular eco-tourism destinations in the planet.

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Make your trip affordable with simple travel hacks

by amit.uniyal 17. June 2015 04:45

Planning an adventure trip or a vacation involves lots of fine details, and sometimes seems to make your task difficult. But this can be overcome provided you make the best use of simple travel hacks to add the required fun to your sojourn. In fact, travel hacks are essentially meant to reduce your travel cost significantly. There are seldom few that actually use them to their advantage. So, the next time you start planning your vacation, do remember to the best advantage of these travel hacks.

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This information is particularly for all those going on holidays to an international destination for a month or more. Keeping the credit card always helps. It’s absolutely a vital thing for you. But make sure to carry the points credit card along with you. This is just right for you as it offers rewards. If you are having a cash-back card, it’s simply great as it will help you save on every purchase. 

Apart from the points card, you may also consider carrying right out-of-country travel credit card and debit card. This is though different from points card, but nevertheless good and important. This kind of credit card has quite a low or no foreign exchange fee and also helps you save up to 2.5 percent per transaction. You must open an account with a bank in your country which is a part of the Global ATM Alliance. In case you need to withdraw money, you won’t be charged for withdrawal and can save up to $5 per ATM withdrawal. Further, in some cases a generic loyalty card also helps. The accumulated points would help you in renting cars, buying train tickets and more.

Saving on your flights
There are travel hacks that will help save on your flight tickets. It would be a great idea to gain access to your preferred airline’s loyalty card. Even though you don’t fly frequently, keeping a loyalty card is always good as it can be used whenever you want. Future is always unpredictable, and you simply don’t know when this airline loyalty card will be of use to you.

Here’s yet another important point to consider. Always keep a tab on the cheapest airfares. Keep monitoring for fares for the desired destination you want to travel. The best thing would be to sign up for airline alerts to keep updated regarding discounted fares through emails. Book your tickets only when you get the cheapest fare alert in your email inbox.
 
Saving on sightseeing, food and hotel
If you are on a vacation and plan to visit famous attractions, then there are ways to save significantly. Look for discounts on entry tickets. There are many attractions offering discounts when you book online and in advance. If you remain alert and do the bookings prior to your visit, your trip will become hassle free and easy.

This is equally true with your hotel reservations as well. The moment you have planned your trip, it would be just great if you book your hotel room several weeks or months in advance. Who knows the hotel where you are planning to stay might just offer you a discount! Then, there are some famous restaurants that require you to book your tables in advance. So, it would be a great idea if you make your bookings beforehand.

These are just a few travel hacks that will add fun to your trip by making it easier and hassle free. Do remember to make best use of them and see how your travel costs are significantly lowered.

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Best Disneyland off-site hotels worth staying in Anaheim

by amit.uniyal 16. June 2015 07:37
Is Disneyland on your vacation itinerary this summer? It’s undoubtedly a must-see place for all those traveling to Southern California along with their kids. Why not make the most out for your vacation with your family here? Searching for suitable accommodations for your stay during the holidays wouldn’t be difficult at all. Here are some of the best Disneyland off-site hotels in Anaheim you should consider staying during your fun-filled vacation.

Residence Inn Maingate Anaheim
The Residence Inn Maingate Anaheim is situated quite nearby iconic attractions such as Knott’s Berry Farm, Downtown Disney and Disneyland theme park. The location of this budget-friendly hotel is also best suited for visiting many other attractions such as the Angels Stadium, The Block at Orange, Arrowhead Pond and the Movieland Wax Museum. The hotel also offers various amenities to those staying here. These include complimentary buffet breakfast, a whirlpool, a kid-friendly pool, free Wi-Fi, coffee makers, cable, full kitchens, and beds with pillow-top mattresses. A coin operated laundry is also present on site. Pets are also welcome here. The hotel also offers complimentary grocery shopping services and free guest parking as well.

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Sheraton Hotel Anaheim
The Sheraton Hotel Anaheim is situated right in the heart of Orange County, adjacent to Disney’s California Adventure Park. The hotel is quite expansive and spread in 13 acres area. Staying at the hotel makes some attractions easily accessible. These include Disneyland Resort, Downtown Disney, the Orange County Fairgrounds, Anaheim Hills Golf Course, Chapman University, the Crystal Cathedral and the Angels Stadium. The castle-themed hotel offers a total of 489 guestrooms prominently featuring amenities such as granite-topped vanities, minibars, Sheraton Sweet Sleeper beds, coffeemakers with Starbucks coffee, refrigerators and free Wi-Fi.
  
Hilton Hotel Anaheim
The Hilton Hotel Anaheim is situated just one block from the Disneyland Resort. Staying here not only offers great value for your money, but also is best suited to visit Disney's California Adventure Park, the Crystal Cathedral and Knott’s Berry Farm. The hotel offers 96 luxurious studio suites and newly-renovated guestrooms. The visitors here are provided with various amenities such as Hilton Serenity Beds, cable TV, Cuisinart coffee makers, high-speed internet access, Health Club, and a fully-equipped fitness center. If you are staying along with your family, cribs or rollaway beds are also available on request.

Ayres Hotel Anaheim
The Ayres Hotel Anaheim is situated adjacent to the Honda Center. Its convenient location makes it easy to reach the Angels Stadium. Staying here at the 4-story kid-friendly hotel is simply great as you will get opportunity to visit Downtown Disney, California Adventure and Knott’s Berry Farm, which are only a short distance away from here. You can look forward to staying at one of the 133 deluxe guestrooms offering many amenities like TVs, mini-refrigerators, microwaves, hair dryers, desks, coffee makers, free Wi-Fi, two-poster beds and voicemail. The guests staying at the hotel are also offered complimentary hot and cold breakfast buffet, on-site laundry, a fitness center, whirlpool and a swimming pool.

Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel

The Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel is situated right in the heart of Anaheim. It is a family-friendly hotel. It is easy to see attractions such as Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure while staying here. Downtown Disney is also quite accessible and can be reached within 10 minutes. This budget-friendly hotel offers many facilities to all those staying here. These include on-site laundry, microwave, bunk beds, garden, game rooms for kids, water slides and pools, and free Wi-Fi.

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Best Golf Courses in Asia

by amit.uniyal 15. June 2015 08:44

The sport of golf enjoys worldwide appeal. In Asia, the sport’s popularity in recent years has been growing in leaps and bounds. As a result, several Asian countries now play host to several top-notch golf courses. While some of these golf courses are located within exclusive clubs, many are attached to luxurious resorts and welcome day visitors. So if you are visiting a destination in Asia and feel the urge to practice your swing, you may want to venture out to one of the public access courses mentioned on our list.

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Thailand

The ‘land of smiles’ Thailand is home to more than 250 golf courses. Spread over diverse terrains, in Thailand you can tee off in the hills or then soak in stunning water views as you practice your swing on a golf course within a beach resort.

Laguna Phuket Golf Club

The Laguna Phuket Golf Club is one of Thailand’s top golfing resorts. The resort is located on the stunning island of Phuket and is linked to six Laguna group hotels. However, this 18-hole, verdant course is open to day visitors as well. Aside from golf, the club also has tennis courts, a café, a Pro shop and training and practice facilities.

Chiangmai Highlands Golf and Spa Resort

The ancient city of Chiang Mai nestled in the foothills of Northern Thailand offers an 18-hole green course at its Chiang Mai Highlands Golf and Spa Resort.

The course at is open to hotel guests as well as day visitors. The course features firm and fast greens that run between 9.5 and 10.5 on the Stimpmeter(a device used to measure the speed of a golf course).  A Spa, Pro Shop, restaurant, a swimming pool and fitness center are also available at the resort, which features a range of luxurious villas as its accommodation options. Hotel guests enjoy a preferred green rate during their stay.

Le Meridien Suvarnabhumi Bangkok Golf Resort and Spa

Occupying a convenient location near Bangkok’s international airport, the Le Meridien Suvarnabhumi Bangkok Golf Resort and Spa encompasses a scenic Nick Faldo designed 18-hole golf course.  This golf resort has facilities for day and night golfing sessions and the course is suitable for golfers of all levels. The hotel offers all the trimmings of a five starred hotel property and features facilities such as a well-equipped fitness center, a swimming pool, and a full-service spa. The property is an ideal locale for a golfing vacation with family, for it is also within easy access to the city center and a large shopping mall. So if you are busy with a golf session, your fellow vacationers can easily occupy themselves.

Indonesia

Ria Bintan Golf Club

Bintan, the Indonesian resort island lies within easy access of Singapore. Regular ferry services, which traverse the Singapore Strait, transport day tripping golfers from Singapore to the northwest coast of Bintan Island, home to a clutch of resorts. Ria Bintan Golf Club is one such popular golfing haunt. The club offers Gary Player designed 27-hole championship golf course that is made up of an 18-hole Ocean course and a 9-hole Forest course. The club also has a driving range and offers other facilities such as a relaxing spa, a restaurant, a Pro Shop and function rooms. The club’s on-site lodge also has accommodation facilities in case you want to stay for a night or two.

Bali National Golf Club

The Bali National Golf Club is located in the pristine, oceanfront, luxe resort area of the island of Bali. Surrounded by coconut groves and a lush, tropical forest, the Bali National Club offers a recently, renovated verdant 18-hole course.  The famed firm, Nelson, Haworth Golf Course Architects has designed the layout of the course whose 17th hole almost plays out to the surrounding azure waters of the Indian Ocean. The club also features a luxurious clubhouse, a Pro shop, bars and restaurants and villas for hire. Day visitors can hire golf clubs and golfing shoes at the club. The Bali National Golf Club is the host club of many a prestigious golfing tournament all year round.

Malaysia

Malaysia like Thailand abounds with first-rate golf courses where tee times and golfing rates are affordable.  

Mines Resort and Golf Club

Located close to the capital city, Kuala Lumpur, the extravagant Mines Resort and Golf Club features a Robert Trent Jones Jr. designed 18-hole championship course occupying a space that once was a working mine. The course is built around a large man-made lake, which along with the lush, green surroundings plays host to many exotic species of birds. The resort also has a grand clubhouse, a driving range, and a restaurant with a terrace. A variety of accommodation options are available at the Palace of Golden Horses Hotel and the Mines Wellness Hotel located close-by.

Saujana Golf and Country Club

The Saujana Golf and Country Club located just outside Kuala Lumpur city features two award-winning 18-hole golf courses. The Palm Course and the Bunga Raya course both these courses have been designed by famed golf course architect, Ronald Fream. While the Palm course has been fashioned out of a Palm oil plantation and features a craggy landscape, the Bunga Raya course features expansive water bodies set amongst the greens.

Singapore

Marina Bay Golf Course

The Marina Bay Golf Course is Singapore’s only 18-hole public access golf course. Nestled in the shadow of the city-state’s landmark attractions like the Marina Bay Sands complex, the course offers panoramic views of the Singapore skyline. The course has facilities for golfing by day and at night. The complex offers additional on-site amenities like a café, lockers for hire, a Pro shop, a golfing academy, a Spa and oddly enough even a car-detailing center.

Hong Kong

The Kau Sai Chau Golf Course

The Kau Sai Chau golf course operated by the Hong Kong Jockey Club is the only public access golf course in Hong Kong. Located on the islet of Kau Sai Chau and accessible by ferry from Sai Kung in the New Territories region of Hong Kong, the club offers three 18-hole golf courses. The Garry Player designed North and South Courses and the Nelson and Haworth designed East Course all offer stunning views of the leafy landscape of Sai Kung and the South China Sea. Other facilities at the club include a floodlit driving range, a practice area, a Pro shop and a café.
    
China

Mission Hills Golf Club

Golf is immensely popular in China. In fact, China is home to the world’s biggest golfing facility, the Mission Hills Golf Club that extends over 80,000 square meters in Shenzhen, a town on the border with Hong Kong. This huge facility also extends into the neighboring areas of Dongguan and Haikou. Mission Hills along with its myriad accommodation and entertainment facilities offers a dozen 18-hole championship golf courses designed by many of the leading lights of the golfing world like Nick Faldo, Vijay Singh, and others.

 

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