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Posted by on Mar 4, 2014 in Guest Post, Outdoor Nature Travel, Travel India |

Trekking at Chembra Peak, Wayanad

Trekking at Chembra Peak, Wayanad

For a traveler, every place is a bundle of unlimited possibilities. The adrenaline rush one feels when one discovers a new place, its culture and the interesting people one meets during the journey, is an unparallel feeling in itself. Every travel enthusiast will vouch for that. Don’t you think? The flipside, however to being a travel writer, I feel is the constant pressure to be in the next best place. All my expeditions to beautiful locales have majorly been a result of chance encounters with people who have either travelled a lot or are aware of a lot of places. But this time I decided on my destination in a slightly different manner. I glanced at my trekking boots. I had hung those boots on my last birthday with a promise that I would trek again. It was time to fulfill that promise. ( Image by by Krishna Srivatsa) Trekking @ Wayanad Kerala offers you many places where one can trek without a worry in the world. I wanted to...

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Posted by on Feb 25, 2014 in Extreme Travel, Guest Post, Luxury Travel, Only The Best |

Best Travelling Holidays

Best Travelling Holidays

Holidays. Everybody loves them. They come in different guises, at different times of the year, there are hundreds of reasons to go on them, from relaxation to culture to just plain ‘felt like it’, but for whatever reason, holidays are essential. For just a couple of days you don’t have to drive through traffic to reach an accountants desk,  or hoist a child on each hip while trying to figure out what setting the washing machine should be on for whites. Holidays are nature’s way of saying ‘forget about all that stuff, look a free cocktail bar, with chips!’ Depending on your preferred style of holiday, there might be a specific ‘holiday season’ for you. The general public do tend to go on a holiday in the ‘summer holidays’ as that is when the sun is out, but it is up to personal preference. As is your choice of transport. Some people love to travel for the entire duration of their holiday, campers, hikers, road trips or sailing holidays....

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Posted by on Feb 18, 2014 in Guest Post, Travel Insurance |

48 hours in Hong Kong

48 hours in Hong Kong

You’ve just landed at Hong Kong International Airport and have around 48 hours in which to explore the territory before your next flight takes off. It is unfortunately as true in Hong Kong as any other large city in the world that some of your passers-by will have the wandering hands of opportunistic thieves. Not only that, but you could fall ill or suffer an accident requiring urgent medical treatment. Your airline could go under, leaving you having to pay out to get home etc. ( image by Brett Butler ) That is why it may be important to ensure you arrange travel insurance before beginning your trip – you might do this through Bengo Travel or other such specialist providers. With that element of safety arranged, what can you do in Hong Kong? one of the most attractive options might be to make it a game of two halves – town and countryside; strange as it may seem for a place that bears some of highest population densities in the world,...

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Posted by on Feb 13, 2014 in Guest Post, Only The Best, World Culture and History |

8 Intriguing Good Luck Symbols From Around The Globe

8 Intriguing Good Luck Symbols From Around The Globe

The world is a wonderful place and as they say variety is the spice of life. This variety of course contributes to the variation of lucky charms and symbols around the world. While an item of image may be bad luck in one nation it can be a good luck charm elsewhere. So, let’s take a look at some of the more interesting symbols from around the globe. (image...

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Posted by on Jan 19, 2014 in Guest Post, Resorts and Hotels |

A guide to some of the best places to stay in Croatia

A guide to some of the best places to stay in Croatia

Choosing between the hundreds of beautiful hotels in Croatia can be enough to keep you tied up for hours on end, without even having reached a shortlist of 25. So with that in mind we’ve tried to make your life a little easier by writing a guide to shorten your list to just 5 of the best places that Croatia has to offer. Hotel Monte Mulini, SmaregliaRovinj The beautiful Hotel Monte Mulini is only meters away from the wondrous town of Rovinj and is set in a ground of a scenic, hundreds of year old, Nature Park. To top it all off you’ll be overlooking the bay from your room if you opt for a sea view. This hotel features balconies as standard and have sky TV, mini bars and luxurious bathrooms. ( Image by thetoptier) The Karmen Apartments, Dubrovnik Dubrovnik is very often referred to as the jewel in Croatia’s crown, and quite rightly so. So where better to stay than in a luxurious apartment that overlooks the beautiful...

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Posted by on Jan 17, 2014 in Cruises, Guest Post, Travel Australia |

3 Great Activities to Kick off Your Retirement Vacation in Cairns

3 Great Activities to Kick off Your Retirement Vacation in Cairns

If you’ve decided to celebrate the joyous transition into retirement with a vacation in beautiful Cairns, you’ve made one great decision already. Choosing how to spend your valuable time in the beautiful Queensland area can be challenging, but it’s a good problem to have: the range of options ensures there’s something for everyone. Here’s a quick list of three great activities you can’t miss. They’re exciting but also relaxing, equally engaging and mesmerizing, and you’re sure to remember them for years to come. What better way to celebrate the most free and fun stage of your golden years? Outer Barrier Reef Cruises Offer Magical Glimpses of Rich Ocean Diversity There’s an endless range of ways to explore the diverse marine life of the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland, but Quicksilver Cruises lets you see the very outer edges in unrivalled comfort and luxury. Start out with an exhilarating journey on a catamaran. After a delicious tropical buffet lunch, visit an exclusive exploration platform above the Agincourt ribbon reef system...

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Posted by on Jan 14, 2014 in Guest Post, Only The Best, Outdoor Nature Travel, Travel Australia |

Only In Australia for a Few Months? 4 Places You HAVE to Visit

Only In Australia for a Few Months? 4 Places You HAVE to Visit

For many people, Australia is something of a once-in-a-lifetime experience. If you do get the opportunity to visit, there’s a very good chance you’re going to want to live in Australia! Now, you’ve done all the reading. You’ve surfed the net and made notes on the best places to go if you’ve only got a limited amount of time down under; Sydney, The Gold Coast, Ayres Rock, The Great Barrier Reef. These are the classics, and should be visited for sure. But Australia is much more than its main tourist attractions. Scratch the surface and you’re sure to find a few more things that are well worth tracking down if you happen to be in the area. Poruma Island Image by Matt & Michelle 2007 and beyond… Also known as ‘Coconut Island’, Poruma is a small place that is literally a paradise on Earth. Its limited size means there’s only a couple of places to stay, but if you’re lucky enough to get there, you’ll never regret it. Coconut trees line...

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Posted by on Jan 11, 2014 in Expats, Guest Post, Travel Canada, Travel Destinations, Travel North America, Travel Style, Travel USA |

Moving from Canada to the United States: What to Expect

Moving from Canada to the United States: What to Expect

Ah, Canada, land of maple syrup, hockey, and free health care. Why would you even want to leave in the first place? Well, it just so happens that if you are moving from Canada to the United States of America, you are guaranteed to expect a few new things. Of course, before you move to the United States, you will need to make sure you have packed properly and have all of your documentation. There are a few basic rules to packing, such as making sure you have labeled everything correctly and have placed your fragile items in tissue paper. Also, it’s always a good idea to fit smaller items into bigger items, such as a desk or a cabinet. This not only saves space, but it carries all of your personal belongings in a functional way. Additionally, you will want to make sure that you have your passport and immigration forms ready before you start the process. Here are just a few things you will need to cross...

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Posted by on Jan 6, 2014 in Extreme Travel, Guest Post, Travel Portugal |

A Closer Look at the Wonderful Reasons to stay in Portimão

A Closer Look at the Wonderful Reasons to stay in Portimão

Situated on the Southern coast of Portugal, Portimão is a naturally beautiful location and has become one of the country’s most popular holiday destinations this reason and a number besides. Portimão offers a range of different attractions that mean it provides innumerable different positives and draws for a wide range of tourist types. Whether it is land or water activities, golf, sunshine, great food or the pursuit of a nature holiday, Portimão and its surround area offers a lot. So, let’s take a look at some of the most sought after attractions the area has that the tourists tend to love. ( Image by aforker ) On The Beach Of course, sunshine and the beach have always been notable attractions for Portugal in general and Portimão has some, if not the best beaches in the country. The sun kissed sandy shores of the Praia da Rocha, Vau, Três Irmãos and Alvor beaches are a significant draw for tourists. These beaches are carved between magnificent cliffs and turquoise sea and are perfect for...

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Posted by on Jan 4, 2014 in Budget Travel, Family Travel, Guest Post, World Travel |

Cheap Summer Holiday Recreation

Cheap Summer Holiday Recreation

Keeping your family moving through summer holiday without incidents is a major accomplishment, especially when multiple children are part of the picture. Kids have different interests, so it can be difficult to get them all on the same page for leisure fun.  While some would just as soon stay home playing video games, others have loftier thoughts of how their summers will unfold.  As difficult as it can be to harness unity across families with wide age gaps between kids, the situation gets even more complicated when money issues are at play, behind the scenes.  The additional money required for activities may need to be sourced externally to tide you over this period. While harmony is closest when kids are well-entertained and occupied with fun activities, cash flow problems can limit your options.  The key to summer fun is creativity, drumming-up fresh low-budget fun your kids will embrace. Organized Summer Activities Seasoned parents know that the best way to take the pressure off providing entertainment for the kids is to get...

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Posted by on Jan 3, 2014 in Guest Post, Travel Asia, Travel Brazil, Travel Destinations, Travel Ecuador, Travel South America, Travel Style, World Travel | 2 comments

Where Your Itchy Feet Should Take You One Day

Where Your Itchy Feet Should Take You One Day

Do you have a bucket list? Even if you don’t have a bucket list, you most likely have watched an episode of the National Geographic so you probably have a good idea of places you would like to travel one day. With so many wonderful sights to view and things to do it is never too late to start building a bucket list and get travelling!  With this in mind, here it is a few suggestions of places to visit that I think should be on anybody’s bucket list: Galapagos Islands The Galapagos Islands will easily be the most enchanting islands you will ever visit. It may sound cliche but there’s quite simply no other place like it. The landscape, the wildlife and general atmosphere of the Galapagos is almost surreal. Some of the most famous animals found in the Galapagos Islands include giant tortoises, blue footed boobies, big iguanas, sea lions, penguins, and sea turtles. Another cool thing about the Galapagos Islands is that the animals there do not...

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Posted by on Jan 1, 2014 in Guest Post, Travel Europe, Travel UK |

5 Unique Luxury Villas For Sale On The Costa Brava

5 Unique Luxury Villas For Sale On The Costa Brava

The Costa Brava is an area of Spain renowned for both its natural beauty and luxury villas. Why the Costa Brava? This part of Spain is well-known for its rugged and beautiful coastlines, its close and convenient proximity to the French border and its excellent air services to the UK and other parts of Europe. ( Image by rsallo ) More importantly though, it is also a part of Catalonia that has worked hard to retain its traditional culture and has not succumbed to the temptation to sacrifice everything for the benefits of unbridled tourism. That’s why it continues to be popular with discerning property purchasers. Pricing Parts of North Eastern Spain have weathered  recent economic crises relatively well in terms of property prices, however, the last few years have seen a certain amount of  market adjustment which  means that prices continue to be attractive. Five luxury villa examples Here are just five examples of exclusive properties available at the current time on the Costa Brava: a stunning villa of...

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Posted by on Jan 1, 2014 in Guest Post, Only The Best, Travel Africa |

5 Reasons you need to Visit Marrakech

5 Reasons you need to Visit Marrakech

Marrakech is one of the most luxurious and on-trend places to visit in North Africa. It’s a place that’s got it all, from celeb chefs, to traditional experiences, luxurious boutique hotels and amazing hammams and spas. It’s a sophisticated place that offers so much in the way of an experience and is a fantastically enjoyable place to take a trip to. So, what are the must visit things to do when you get there? Djemaa el Fna Once almost lost to modernity, Djemaa el Fna is certainly a must visit on a trip to Marrakech. The square is home to all of the amazing human feats and activities you associate with Morocco and if you wish to experience the snake charmers, acrobat, spice cake sellers and musicians this is the place to go. It’s a bustling, frantic place, the like of which you’ll experience nowhere else on the planet. ( Image by harryrhysdavies ) Souks Alleys and alleys of craftsmen of all kinds and shapes exist in the souks of Marrakech...

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Posted by on Jan 1, 2014 in Guest Post, Travel Australia |

Top 5 Property Marketing Trends in Australia

Top 5 Property Marketing Trends in Australia

The Australian property market is experiencing a recovery from low house prices that dominated much of 2011 and 2012. More specifically, figures from the NAB Residential Property Index show that sentiment among homebuyers increased by 12.5% in the last quarter of 2013. In addition, NAB expects house prices to rise by about 2.9% in 2014. With this in mind, here are some of the top property marketing trends that are responsible for this recovery: Property Marketing Trend#1: A Good Investment Opportunity Real estate marketers are touting the surge in house prices as a good investment opportunity. For example, house prices in Melbourne, on average, increased by 3.25% in the month of January 2014. Other cities that experienced an increase in property prices include Perth, Brisbane, and Sydney. You can expect to see numerous real estate agents capitalising on the rising property prices to lure potential homebuyers across the country. Property Marketing Trend#2: High Net Worth Clients Currently, most of the homes available for sale in Australia have a median...

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Posted by on Jan 1, 2014 in Guest Post, Only The Best, Travel UK |

The Benefits of Living in Spain

The Benefits of Living in Spain

Spain is a country that continues to attract a wide range of tourists from all over the world. People tend to head south from the UK to bask in the glorious sunshine that seems ever-present in Costa del Sol, whilst there are all sorts of different Spanish customs and traditions that captivate the newcomers. Holidaying might be in your plans in the short term but why not consider making your trip to Spain a one-way flight? Here are a few reasons why people tend to stay in Spain once they arrive, from a more settled weather system all the way through to improved living standards. ( Image by ntalka) Investments Investing in Spanish property has been the rage for quite some time now thanks to the gradual increase in property values. The economy has always been relatively stable and a secure option for anyone looking to make their life in Spain financially beneficial in the long haul. What’s more, the delightful locations across the country make sales significantly easier than...

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