Monday, July 10, 2017

The 7 Best Places to Go This Summer That Don't Cost a Fortune

Bhutan

Beat the heat!


The scorching heat of the summer and humidity can be tiring for a person's mind and body. So why not plan a vacation, away from the hustle bustle of the city, in the serenity of the cooler parts of the world without creating a hole in your pocket. Traveling destinations are various but choosing the right option with the best deals is smartness.

Save the dent in your wallet!


Some of the cooler options away from the city are perhaps in the serenity of the hills. Whether it be in your own country, due to time constraints or abroad, there are various pocket friendly options for everybody.

Thailand will always remain a travelers paradise. This traveling destination boasts of cheap flight tickets as well as hotel and food options. One can visit the hilly areas and save on some money by exploring the adventurous aspects, they can indulge into hiking or perhaps camping. Thailand has various landscapes, from beaches to hills. A little in store for everybody.

The windy cold weather of Genting Highlands in Malaysia is one of the best places to visit on a budget tour this summer. The island consists of various stay options, from luxurious resorts to cheap AirBnB rooms. One can enjoy the chilly weather with extravagant food, cheap shopping options and a beautiful theme park to visit. Slurping on some Malay cuisine while enjoying the scenic hills is a must try.

Sri Lanka has been a tourist attraction for a while and it is an ideal travelling destination for many. The picturesque town of Kandy is well known for its temples, gardens and good Sri Lankan food and culture. It gives one a cooler option, away from the hustle of Colombo. It is competitively cheaper from other international travel destinations and will leave you craving for more.

An ideal holiday destination for every traveler, Nepal is the best place to visit this summer. The scenic landscapes with its glorious peaks and adventurous hikes brings out the adrenaline pumping side in you, that you never knew you had. Enjoy the scrumptious Tibetan cuisine and visit the monasteries - rich with culture and religion. Traveling from India is cheap and a road trip is a good idea too.

The 'land of the thunder dragons’- Bhutan is another traveling destination this summer. The pristine untouched natural beauty of this place is breath-taking. The hills offer a great variety of adventurous activities, monasteries, and various other tourist attractions with delicious local food and cheap lodging options for people on a budget.

If you are ready to shell out some dosh to travel a little further away, consider Lebanon as an option. It's rich cultural diversity is worth experiencing. There are various hostels which are available to save on some cash and have the true local experience of the country. Street foods will easily leave your mummy satisfied and your soul asking for more, again cheap.

Maldives are another picturesque traveling destinations with various options available for lodging. Needless to say, the beaches will leave you mesmerised and give you the sexiest tan you need this summer. Take back home a lot of memories at a low price, and leave your relatives and friends astonished.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Budget Travel: How To Visit Napa Valley On A Budget

Napa Valley

TRAVELING NAPA VALLEY WITHIN A BUDGET


Budget travel is a trend now specifically for solo travelers. It is a cheap way to explore a place with limited money and means. There are people who would love to see the world but may not be willing to spend more than a certain amount. Though it sounds like a dream but it can be made into reality by planning a little bit ahead the trip. One can cut down their expenses in different factors where accommodation and food tops the list.

VISITING NAPA VALLEY


A trip to Napa Valley is expensive but to go there within a budget is difficult but not impossible. The beautiful valley in California is one of the major wine producing region and millions of people visit the place every year due to this attraction. Sprawling acres of vineyards, comfortable climate and verdant hills, Napa Valley has all that needs tourist attraction. Along with wine producing it offers scenic views and spicy delicacies. But accommodation, food wineries can leave a hole on your wallet. The high prices however are a proof for the fact that people are willing to spend money to enjoy. But if you need to cut down your expenses, pre-planning and a few compromises and you will make your budget travel to Napa Valley a success.

There are certain aspects of the trip that one needs to keep in mind before visiting the place, one where expenses can be cut down. Here are some tips to keep in mind:

  • Visiting the Valley in winter and spring will help in the budget travel as these two seasons are considered off season. It is the cheapest time as the prices of the hotels drops by half making it easily affordable. Visiting in off season one may miss the grapes and making of wines but will find flowers forming a blanket over the hills giving a breath-taking view. At this time, the crowd is less and therefore more manageable making visit to the wineries more peaceful and exciting. 
  • To cut down the accommodation costs, try to stay further south in downtown Napa where you can get cheap and reasonable hotels to stay. If you are a solo traveller, camping is also an option but that would mean carrying all the equipment. Another way to avoid pricey hotels is to use Couch service which is a website connecting locals with travellers who need a shelter. 
  • Since Napa offers a lot of rich and tasty foods along with wine, one must avoid going to restaurants as they may add up really quick and you may miss your budget. Therefore, it is advisable to stick to food markets where there plenty and of course sandwich counters. 
  • Transportation can be of little problem if you don't have hired cars which is also costly. Renting a bike to explore the place is definitely an option other than shared cab rides or services. There are plenty of door to door cab services offered in the Valley. 
  • One of the major attractions is visiting the wineries and tasting wines. You may be charged accordingly or you can opt for tasting cards. Some wineries may give you free tasting if you buy a bottle or two from them.
Napa Valley is an incredible place with its own history and scenic beauty more than wineries and food. It can be a great experience but it is advisable not to visit the place alone as the costs cannot be split which is important in a budget travel.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Seychelles, A tropical Island Paradise

Seychelles is world renowned for its idyllic countless tropical islands, beautiful boulder-strewn beaches, thriving coral reefs, virgin jungle and its seabird colonies. It comprises over 115 islands scattered all over. The Seychelles lie east of Kenya, near the equator. The Seychelles beaches compete with the best in the world. Many of the islands and atolls are contained within marine sanctuaries .On land visitors can hike mountain trails, bask the ravishing beaches, rock climb, diving, snorkelling, surfing and sailing are all world class and the Seychelles boast some of the richest grounds in the world.

Vallee de mai nature reserve on Praslin Island is a famous park. This park is declared as UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE. The flora and fauna of this nature reserve draws thousands of visitors to this place. This is the only place in the world where you will find the rare coco de mer palm. This palm produces the largest nut in the world. The island features truly exquisite beaches such as Anse Lazio and Anse Georgette; both are the top ten beaches in the world. It provides a base for excursion to nearby islands.

La Digue is also known as Felicite island where time stands still and immemorial traditions like travel by ox cart and bicycle are still king. It is a fourth largest island in Seychelles. The picturesque islands around are the ideal for excursions to snorkelling and diving. It is a quiet place with lust tropical nature where one can relax and enjoy themselves. It is also known as the place for secret sex.

Anse Intendance is one of Mahe’s beautiful beaches. Mahe is the largest island with a backdrop of huge granite peaks. One can enjoy a day excursions to nearby islands and all other islands in Seychelles. It is blessed with white sand beaches and mountainous interior. This crescent sand island’s towards south coast is a favourite surfing spot because of its big swells and wild waves. The lack of protective reef makes swimming a little rough when trade winds blows from the southeast, but sunbathers, beachcombers and photographers will enjoy this picturesque, palm framed strand at any time of the year. Turtles nest along the powdery shores here.



If you are looking for an exciting nightlife in Seychelles, Mahe Island is the best place to be. Although there are night clubs, discotheques and casinos at Praslin Island and Beau Vallon Bay they are not as popular as the one in Mahe. Most of the well-known hotels are situated on this island as well. These hotels have night clubs, disco, bars and casinos.

Cousin Island is a designated nature reserve where one can catch the glimpse of the tatre Seychelles, warbler birds plus sea birds, lizards and hawksbill turtles at sea. Residents include the Seychelles magpie robin; the Seychelles brush warbler, turtledove and the Wedge tailed shear water.

The largest national park in the Seychelles is MORNE SEYCHELLOIS NATIONAL PARK. Hiking trails ascend into the park from the village of Danzil, passing through the plantation and offering spectacular views of the southwest coast of Mahe from the mountain slopes. While walking west through the park, hikers will reach the bnaie ternay and port launay marine parks.

ALDABRA IS THE WORLD LARGEST raised coral atoll. Tiger sharks and mantra rays often prowl the shallows and atoll is a home to thousands of birds. In addition to its rich avian life Aldabra is the habitat of 200000 giant lands tortoises, Five times as many as the Galapagos.

Seafood and steamed rice is the staple diet of Seychellois and the national favourite is grilled octopus with chillies, ginger and garlic, one can dine on mouth-watering Creole cuisine.

So don’t miss out on touring this renowned tropical island.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

The Best Scenic Drives in U.S.

US Highway
Previously we had a list of most unique roads of the world, but now to add to that we can elaborate more about the most beautiful drives as well. A road trip is nothing without roads. There is a saying BEAUTY IS IN THE EYES OF THE BEHOLDER. Some of them are coastline roads with a view of the ocean others are mountain passes with countless curves. These roads aren’t just a road to something beautiful they are jaw dropping on their own. Most of all they offer a wonderful experience.

While driving around the HAWAII BELT, you come in contact with lush jungles, farmlands, active lava flow, snow-white beaches, mountains and valleys. This HAWAII BELT is also called as HAWAIIAN ISLANDS. The complete route around this island is about 300 miles long; people thinking to enjoy this drive should split the journey across several days in order to enjoy the local scenery attraction.

US highway
THE FINGER LAKES are a chain of lakes linked together it is shaped like fingers. It consists of 11 lakes CANADAIGUA,KEUKA,SENECA,CAYUGA,SKANEATELES,OWASCO,OTISCO,HONEOYE,CAMADICE,HEMLOCK AD CONESUS.

It is formed by glaciers; the lake shores are dotted with bucolic farmland, quaint towns and hundreds of wineries. The drive is lovely any time of the year. Autumn trip is the best time to drive.

PACIFIC COAST HIGHWAY: This California route is one of the most scenic in the world. Hugging cliffs and coastlines, the pacific coast highway follows much than California coast. The road often takes hairpin turns with narrow shoulders and steep drop offs. The PCH also winds through wine country including Sonoma County.

If you’re looking for something really different try SEWARD HIGHWAY in Alaska. Seward Highway has three different routes. They are USDA forest service scenic byway, Alaska Scenic Byway and All American Road. In addition to gorgeous waterfalls and glaciers, tourist might see sheep’s eagles, moose and even beluga whales, the rest of the drive winds up down and around the wilds of Alaska. You can even stop off a place called Crow Creek Mine to pan for gold.

SAN JUAN SKYWAY COLORADO: The road to the sky provides views of the San Juan Mountains; quaint town’s adjacent to Native American Pueblo Ruins. The drive features steep cliffs, alpine forests, camp ground and plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities. Mountain biking, hiking and skiing are popular pastimes in the surrounding area. In spring, waterfalls crash down the mountains as the snow melts from higher up.

HISTORIC COLUMBIA RIVER HIGHWAY OREGON: Along this incredible stretch of road that begins just east of Portland there is waterfall after waterfall like the La Tourell Falls, the Multnomah Falls. The road is particularly narrow and features beautiful foliage tunnels and trees dripping with moss. This drive is incredibly a green drive.

THEY DON’T CALL ITS AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL FOR NOTHING. ROLL DOWN THE WINDOW AND FEAST YOUR EYES.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Five Wonderful Days in Barcelona!

 Barcelona

If you’re looking for a destination that has it all, Barcelona is the place for you. Not only does it have a great seaside right at the edge of the city (with metro stops right in front of it too), but with the delicious food, culture, history, and city in itself, Barcelona is a holiday that will leave you feeling relaxed and enriched. If you’re set on going but are still unsure on where to go, when, or how, here is an exemplary 5-day travelling plan that I would personally use, and take advantage of. Have fun andadios!

Day 1

With lots of sightseeing to be done in Barcelona, a smart way of coordinating your trip is to organize the first day by dedicating it to visiting and exploring the city’s historic background. Barcelona can vouch for many different landmarks, and also shows you how important architecture can be! Using a site like Musement.com to snap up some skip the line tickets for possibly the most famous landmark in Barcelona- the Sagrada Familia,will allow you toavoid spending a large chunk of your holiday time in line. Also, keep in mind that the weather is unpredictable, so a small backpack with all the necessities is the way to go. Perhaps on day one you should focus more on visiting the sites and less finding places to eat- so why not visit a local supermarket to buy some food you can eat as you go and keep in your knapsack. After the Sagrada Familia there are many sites you can squeeze into your first day- Casa Batllò (another of Gaudi’s masterpieces) is just one of them!

Barcelona _1


Day 2 

An important reminder for your second day plan- which in reality will be present throughout your whole trip- is food, food, and food. As Barcelona is in Spain, there are a few unspoken rules that relate to the meals you should know; rules that mainly involve the times one usually eats at. In fact, to make things easier just add about 2 hours to the normal time you would have lunch or dinner at back home, and you’ll be dining with the locals during your Barcelona residency. Also, don’t forget that Thursday is paella day, so you should definitely take advantage of the dish’s notoriety and taste the delicious rice on that day! Barcelona is the capital city of Catalonia, meaning you will find specific Catalan dishes here that you might not find in other areas of Spain. Be sure to try some of the traditional tapas, and of course Crema Catalan for dessert! After a long day on your feet visiting historical sites on your first day, day two might be the right time to sit on a café and people watch with some delicious local dishes to fill you up.

Day 3

With the seaside right there, and only a few public transport stops away, it would be a shame if you didn’t at least take a stroll near the water. With the promenade being so beautiful, and adorned by little cafès, restaurants, and clubs, you will definitely find that place you’ll talk about non-stop when you’re back home. As a day three plan, letting yourself relax at the beach is a smart way of catching your breath after all the different adventures you’ve been having so far. Also, keep in mind that the beach is one of the main party centrals in Barcelona, and that there are clubs right on the beach for you to dance at! If you go during peak times the beach will be very busy- isolated paradise it is not… however, getting some sea air, and dipping your toes in the waves will give you a really nice experience away from the hustle and bustle of the small city streets. There are a number of beaches to choose from depending on how far you want to travel from the city centre.

Barcelona _3


Day 4

One of the most fun and entertaining activities for you on the fourth day, is taking a stroll down the Ramblas! LaRambla is one of the most central streets in the Spanish city, where you will find many shops, cafés, and lots of living statues! Lined by trees and benches, the Rambla is a stroll that will lead you from Plaça de Catalunya all the way to the Christopher Columbus Monument found in Barcelona’s port. You may find the crowds a little overwhelming, so I would advice walking through the street and stopping to take a look at the different items on offer there, but finding a slightly more secluded spot to eat or do your main souvenir shopping.

Day 5

If you’re into football- or have a travelling companion that is- visiting FC Barcelona’s stadium is a definite must. Camp Nou, meaning “New Camp” was finished in 1957, and can hold up to more than 90,000 people. With a bus that will take you there from the city centre, or even by train, the stadium is not far from the city and is definitely worth a visit if you want to see something a little more modern, which holds great importance to the locals of Barcelona.

In Barcelona you can find things to do for a much longer trip, but you can also enjoy a long weekend, it just takes a bit of preplanning, there is so much to see do and eat you can never be bored there and may find yourself checking the prices of flights for a return trip sooner than you expected!