Posted: November 27th, 2012 | Author: TwB | Filed under: Travel | Tags: Belarus, Canada, Comoros, Kyrgyzstan, Lake Issyk-Kul, Nauru, Nepal, Peru | No Comments »
Where is that? That might be the exact words that will run across your mind when you hear of the countries on this list. Don’t worry, you have the same thought as everyone else. You maybe bad in geography but we are pretty sure even your teacher missed this during class.
This country in Africa is the gateway to every sea vessel heading to the Cape of Good Hope. It was a very important place during the time when ocean travel was the only choice to go to different lands. The tides changed for this small country when the Suez Canal was built. Today, Comoros only receives about 30,000 travelers every year. Comoros is situated just near Seychelles and Mauritius.
Belarus is not enjoying the influx of tourist enjoyed by other territories of the Soviet Republic. The country is the perfect place if you want to see how it is to live following the blue print created by Stalin. Those who love nature and wildlife can visit the UNESCO heritage site , Belavezhskaja just a few miles from the border of Poland.
No, this is not a place you have heard from fantasy movies. It is an island on the Pacific and was once among the richest countries on earth. Phospate made it a very important place but the mines have been used up and what remains are only memories of how mining destroyed this tropical paradise.
Think of Nepal, Canada, or Peru and somehow you can picture what it is like to go to Kyrgyzstan. The infrastructure in this country has not been developed yet but if you really want to visit, head to Lake Issyk-Kul, one of the highest lakes in the planet.
Posted: September 27th, 2012 | Author: TwB | Filed under: Travel | Tags: holiday, travel tips, Traveler's Diarrhea | No Comments »
You do not want TD or traveler’s diarrhea to ruin your holiday. TD is basically loose bowel movement that may last for several days. It is pretty rampant and has ruined countless of trips, but you can avoid getting it if you follow the following tips:
You need to make sure that you will be eating well-cooked dishes. If you are getting fruits in a foreign city, try to get something which you can peel. Vegetables might have been washed using tap water so make sure they are cooked well. You should research if the area you are going to is infamous for some health hazards and take all the necessary precautions.
Trying street foods is such an adventure when you are in another country but you want to make sure that every bite is safe. Survey the area and if you see a lot of flies, insect, and pests, then you are better off to get food in other locations. Clean food items can easily be contaminated by flies and other pest so you must be very wary.
When getting cooked food make sure they are served really hot. Any food that has been left out for a bit is a good host for bacteria. You will be in big trouble if these bacteria get into your tummy.
When diarrhea strikes
If you have contracted diarrhea, you might be given some medicines to control the bowel movement. Observe though if you will be getting fever, nausea, or headache since it might mean that you have something that is more than diarrhea. Be sure to get to a medical expert so you will be properly guided and treated.
Posted: June 26th, 2012 | Author: TwB | Filed under: London | Tags: 2012 Olympics, London, Olympic Games, Queen Elizabeth II, travel tips | No Comments »
London is ready and roaring for the 2012 Olympic games that will kick off before the end of July. This follows the celebration of Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee in June. So as you can expect, the place get pretty packed with travelers from all over. Here are some tips to help you survive London 2012:
The celebration of the 60th year of reign of the queen was done at the beginning of June while the London Olympics will run from 27 July thru 12 August. There will also be Paralympic Games from 29 August to 9 September.
The hotel rates at this time are very high. Authorities are actually negotiating with the hotel owners to keep the room rates down since it might have a long-term effect on the tourism industry of the city. According to news, there are still plenty of rooms available in the big hotels. If you want to save do not book hotels near the sports venues and get something that is just a train ride away. London has around 33 boroughs so staying out of Central London will be kinder to your wallet.
Instead of hotels, go for the apartments. These accommodations have their own kitchen so you can also cook your own food. You can also try alternative lodging like college halls or even camp sites.
According to the organizing committee, they will be releasing more tickets for some event where they expect more people to attend. These tickets will be released as soon as the seat plans for the venues are finalized. You can expect the tickets to be on sale a few days from now and until the days of the games.
Posted: March 19th, 2012 | Author: TwB | Filed under: Shopping, Travel | Tags: Avenches, Delage, Maison de Vacances, Mary Beyer, Palais Royal, Shopping Travel | No Comments »
The former palace of the royalties, center of nightlife, and now the hot spot for elite shoppers. Rick Owens, an American designer, pioneered the new venture back in 2006 and was followed by big names of the fashion industry and even French labels. Here are some of the best picks at Palais Royal:
Maison de Vacances
Here you can find rugs made from metallic leather, fur pillows, coverlets, and lamb poufs at the sleek shop of Maison de Vacances. The items here are very irresistable.
If you are looking for luxury bags and shoes fit for the royalties, this is the brand to look for. You can find pieces made from exotic skins like shark, crocodile, iguana, and baby kangaroo. The pieces are a perfect blend of old fashioned detailing and high end fashion. Everything you will find at Delage like a tote made from stingray or boots made from crocodile leather.
The pieces of jewelry you will find at Avenches are real works of art that are not only nice to wear but are also eye candies. The prices will be in the mid range but there are items which might be as good to ransom a king.
If you love the classic elegance of shawls and scarves, you can get the upscale version of these items at Epice. The shop offers opulent blends of silk, cotton, linen, wool, and cashmere that draw the high end clientele. They also offer a range of cool designs from stripes, sleek solids, florals, and stripes.
You can order at Mary Beyer customized gloves which will feel like your second skin. The materials may vary from goatskin, reptile, kid, boar plus a whole range of detailing.
Posted: December 1st, 2011 | Author: TwB | Filed under: Luxury Travel | Tags: ischia, Italy, mafia island, tanzania | No Comments »
There are the tried and tested for luxurious playgrounds like Capri and St. Barths but nowadays, fashionable travelers want to explore far destinations that have not yet been invaded by the crowds. Here are 10 luxury islands that make it to the new list of must go’s:
You might have fallen in love with the natural beauty of Capri but add to that some spa scene and you have the island of Ischia. You can hop to Ischai via a hydrofoil from Capri, Sorrento, or Naples. Enjoy the warm baths and volcanic mud which can help those aching muscles and joints.
Mafia Island in Tanzania
You can compare this island to Zanzibar for its gorgeous beaches and wonderful resorts. Mafia Island though boasts of miles of beaches that only receives about a thousand tourists each year. Aside from the waters, explore the ruins that date back to the 11th century. Shop for handmade goods and enjoy the warm hospitality of the locals.
Koh Surin Nua in Thailand
Instead of the quiet beaches of the Koh Phi Phi Le in Thailand try the island of Kuh Surin Nua that is part of the national park of Mu Koh Surin. Take a boat from Phuket to get to this island which is still not commercialized. Phi Phi Le was actually an unknown destination until popularized by the Hollywood film The Beach starring Leonardo di Caprio.
Patmos offers a Greek island life that you sought for. It is the northernmost chunk of island of the Dodecanese chain. Tourists though have been flocking to this island ever since Mamma Mia! was shot in Skiathos and at the nearby Skopelos island. Patmos offers a good dose of charm and wonderful sand beaches. It is a great place for a quiet retreat.
Reunion Island in France
If you enjoy the French vibe of St. Barths, then you will fall in love with Reunion Island just east of Madagascar. You can get a direct flight from the City of Lights to get there. Enjoy the perfect blend of Asian, African, and Indian influences on the island’s French cuisine.
Posted: October 3rd, 2011 | Author: TwB | Filed under: Travel | No Comments »
There are lots of different vacations that you can choose from, the world is a huge place with almost unlimited destinations. However there are basically three different ways that you can plan your trip. The one that you choose is going to depend in large part on how you are most comfortable with travelling.
The most common type of vacation is one in which you make all of the arrangements yourself. This means that you book the fight and the hotels separately and you make all of the other arrangements for the trip. This approach gives you the greatest amount of flexibility since it allows you as much or as little planning as you are comfortable with. If you just want to book a flight and then find a place to stay when you get there that is an option for example. This approach will also require the most effort on your part since you will have to do a fair amount of research on your destination.
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Posted: April 3rd, 2010 | Author: Heather | Filed under: Travel | Tags: currency, exchanging currency, how to exchange currency, traveling | No Comments »
One of the most overlooked things in the world whenever someone is traveling overseas is going to be the exchanging currencies. This is a very, very important step simply because you want to make sure that you know exactly how much money you need and how much money you are going to need to take overseas.
What this means is that you are going to want to make sure that whenever you are traveling overseas, before you get on that plane, you are doing the right research that you need to do in order to ensure that you get all of your money straight before you leave.
Currency is very, very important and you always want to ensure that you know what the exchange rate is before you board the plane to your destination!
Posted: March 19th, 2010 | Author: Heather | Filed under: Travel | Tags: dealing with jet lag, how to deal with jet lag, jet lag, lag, tips in traveling, travel tips | No Comments »
Jetlag is something that people who travel a lot constantly have to deal with – if you are constantly having to deal with jetlag, there are quite a few things that you can do to ensure that not only do you not have to deal with jetlag as bad, but you feel refreshed. One thing you need to make sure that you are doing is staying hydrated. This is a key point, as most people do not even think about drinking water on the plane.
Next, make sure that you change your clothes. If it will be morning when you arrive in your destination, you want to consider changing your clothes into something very comfortable and loungy so that way, you can feel comfortable.
You might also want to wash your face as well as a mask and a pillow for comfort, as these are things that will help you deal with the jetlag!
Posted: February 26th, 2010 | Author: Heather | Filed under: Airlines | Tags: Airlines, airplane seats, airplanes, flights, seats | No Comments »
Okay, so I have flown on a heck of a lot of flights recently and I can tell you for sure that there are a ton of different seats on the plane – but which is the best? Well, there are many different seats available that could be considered ‘the best’ but how do you get them? Well, that is what we are going to talk about now.
One thing that you can do is actually check in as early as the airline allows, which is about 24 hours before the flight. You can even research the plane itself on many different sites so that way you can choose the very best seat before you set on the plane itself.
You can also ask the staff and be polite. That is one of the best ways to ensure that you get the best seat on the plane.
Posted: February 13th, 2010 | Author: Heather | Filed under: Cruise | Tags: Celebrity Eclipse, Celebrity Eclipse ship, cruise ships, cruises, ships | No Comments »
Going on a cruise is by far one of those things that people love to do – but what about the cruise ship itself? Do you know some of the best ones out there? Well, there are many of them and you need to make sure that you choose one that is going to work for all of your needs and that has got to be the Celebrity Eclipse.
The Celebrity Eclipse actually has everything on it – so you almost never have to leave the ship … ever. It can hold up to 2,850 passengers, is huge, has a ton of cabins and truly is a sight in and of itself. The spa services are incredible and on the uppermost desk, there is a teens-only dance club and even a jogging track!
You want to have fun – the Celebrity Eclipse is the way that you can have fun! The Celebrity Eclipse does not – of course launch until April but you can definitely book your cruise early and save some cash!