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Traveling alone is probably one of the most popular entry on a person’s bucket list. There is a certain thrill to imagining the possibility of conquering an entirely new place alone. People who have done it can attest that it is indeed a remarkable experience, something that distinguishes itself from any other travel experience with friends of loved ones.

Visiting a new place alone gives a person more opportunity to really explore and meet new people. This is even a better experience to try in an area that has a completely different culture and practices than the traveler’s hometown. This experience is more than just capturing beautiful photos, it is more about finding oneself in the stories of different people and places.

While this seems to be a really worth trying adventure not all people are confident enough to take on a solo travel. Here are practical guidelines on how to survive your first travel alone may it be within the country or abroad.

Research about the place that your are about to visit – even the most veteran travelers take time to research about their next destinations. A thorough research about a place and its people will help you adjust even prior to setting foot in your destination. This helps reduce that normal jittery feeling brought about by the excitement and anxiety of visiting a new place alone. Make sure to bring a copy of your research with you. Internet may not always be readily accessible in some destinations.

  1. Pack Light – when you are alone and new to a place the first thing that you need is mobility. You do not have the luxury of leaving some things behind while you explore, or have a companion to assist you with the extra luggages. If possible, make sure to pack all your things in one bag to make hopping from one place to another a lot more convenient.
  2. Go where backpackers go – you can easily do this by doing the first tip. Find out which accommodation places are most famous among backpackers. By staying where they are, you will increase your chances of meeting brave souls like you. These fellow backpackers can also be one of the best few travel buddies that you can have along the way. You will be amazed with how many of them are also braving the new place alone just like you.
  3. Get rid of social media – although it can really be tempting to update people back home of your adventures through social media, you can use that time of updating by taking as many good photos as you can, and talking to the locals. Social media updates have been known to reduce the value of a travel experience, because some travelers tend to be too concerned about “what to post online” rather than focusing on the beauty and diversity that is right in front of them online.
  4. Do not fall for travel tours – the worst that you can do to yourself as a solo traveler is to join package tours. Not only will this reduce your travel experience to programmed site visits, but this may also reinforce loneliness as most of the people who avail these tour packages come in groups. Be assured of your own capability to explore the place.

They say once you survived your first travel alone, it’s hard not to want to do it again. The opportunity for reflection and escape is something that group travels may not necessarily offer. Go where your feet take you.

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October 30, 2013 Travel tips

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Located in the rocky place called Cappadocia, Turkey – Hotel YunakEvleri, with 5 stars it is consisted of 6 parts with 30 separated rooms, dating from 5-6 century. It is small enough to have privacy and big enough to offer you solitude. The name of the hotel comes from the district called Yunak, which was the center of the social life in turkey. The amazing rocky structures are precisely renewed in a style underlining the local traditions.

The interior is elegant and shows it’s unique and by hand produced furniture’s and antiques. In the stone villa you can visit the music room, where you can enjoy many different types of music, a hall with computers and wireless, DVD hall and a hall for meetings. You can enjoy the sunset, lying on the soft pillows next to the fireplace or you can have a romantic dinner with candles. Every room offers the guests a bathroom with everything in there, anti-allergic sheets, air conditioning, music system, minibar and a Jacuzzi.

Also the hotel has 2 restaurants, one is inside the hotel and the other is outside with an outstanding sight. In this place you can have walks with a balloon, ride a bike, riding horses and some other interesting attractions.

The place Cappadocia in Turkey is one of the most impressing places. The landscape is really unusual and formed from volcanic lava and that was millions of years ago. In Cappadocia there are many caves and underground cities, which were inhabited by Romans, Greeks etc.

Beside turkey there are many interesting luxury places to visit in Europe and those are Hotel Anassa in Cypress, the incredible park hotel EgernerHoeffel in Munich, Germany, The Grand hotel du lac in Switzerland, the hotel Et Spa De La Bretesche France and many other.

October 6, 2013 Luxury Travel

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Two waterfalls divided by an island, magnificently fly upon the foggy curtain of the foamed and dusty water. Niagara means “thundering water” this name was given to this waterfall by the American Indians, also Niagara is natural border that divides Canada and America. From the Erie the river of Niagara runs calmly for about 56 kilometers, but near the lake Ontario the lake changes its shape and it is transformed in too fast and Wild River that flows towards the cataract in to dusty water and because of that on sunny day hundreds of rainbows can be seen in to the river. After that there is a magnificent waterfall where the water falls in to abyss from about 55 meters and when the water hits the bottom disappears in to wild foam and the sound is like a thunder that never stops.

The island Goat is on the edge of the cascade and splits the river in two parts. The American waterfall on the east side falls in to a straight line and it is about 300 wide. The Canadian waterfall called horseshoe is twice wider than and the same name tells that it has a shape of a horseshoe. The sight is magnificent no matter from which side you see them, but the Canadian side gives you better sight of this waterfalls. Horseshoe can be watched with a small boat that sails in to the water dust.

It is estimated that Niagara falls were formed around 12 500 years or before the end of the last ice age. The water from the Lake Erie leaks on the north side and shapes the lake Ontario, the bottom is of this lake is 100 meters under the water. Before the comb from which the water falls was 11 kilometers on the north side and that is the place were todays Quinton is, but because of the water that goes every second on it, the comb moves for 1.2 meters and for some 25000 years it will get near the Lake Erie.

On my travels I met some really interesting Canadians. One group stood out in particular. They lived about 100kms from the falls. They were the nicest, coolest startup company in Kitchener Waterloo. I had a lot of fun with them as they showed me around the Niagara region. There area is known for Oktoberfest. The second largest outside of Germany!

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October 6, 2013 Destinations

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Kashmir is undoubtedly a paradise on Earth. The valley itself is lush green, with mesmerizing meadows and some of the most photogenic spots in the world.  Fruit, timber, minerals and herbs are found in abundance in Kashmir. Kashmir is the best place to visit after a tiresome season at work. It relaxes you to the depth of your soul.

Kashmir Valley

The incredibly splendid valley – Kashmir Valley is surrounded by the highest mountain ranges of the world. Nature lovers and adventure seekers always have the desire to explore Kashmir. Its snow capped silver mountains and wide varieties of flora and fauna are unique and exceptional.

Neelam Valley

Neelam valley has been formed by the Neelam River. The valley looks enchanting with grass covered hills and sparse trees. Neelam is a valley of fountains, springs, waterfalls and the most ideal for mountain tourism.

Nanga Parbat

Nanga Parbat is the second highest mountain peak of Himalaya range of Pakistan and the ninth highest of the world. This peak has a never ending list of human deaths and so it has been popularly termed as “Murder Mountains” by Germans. Nevertheless, the vista of Nanga Parbat is highly stunning and tranquil with the snow covered peaks and lush meadows. You may encounter one or two waterfalls if you are lucky.

Pari Mahal (The Fairies Abode)

Pari Mahal is a terraced garden which overlooks the entire city of Srinagar. The structural design is an interpretation of Islamic architecture. The Mahal is highly recommended for sightseeing.

October 1, 2013 Destinations, Luxury Travel

While a lot of Southeast Asia’s visitors flock to Thailand, not many people know where to go in Malaysia. Maybe that’s why Malaysia doesn’t seem to get as much attention and popularity as Thailand. Long-term budget travelers often shun Malaysia as being ‘too expensive’ while short-term vacationers in Southeast Asia skip Malaysia for lack of time.

 

There are many beautiful places in Malaysia. Kuala Lumpur, You’ll most likely fly into Kuala Lumpur, so this one’s a no-brainer. But unlike other big Asian cities where travelers arrive and head out of town as soon as possible, Kuala Lumpur is a worthwhile destination. The mix of Malay, Chinese, and Indian influence means that you’ll have no shortage of culinary exploits in Malaysia’s capital city. Interesting sights such as the Petronas Towers, the Perdana Lake Gardens, and Menara KL Tower provide plenty of enjoyable distractions before you head out to explore Malaysia.

 

However, another great place includes Malaysian Borne, The option to exchange dirty concrete for green rainforests and abundant wildlife is a cheap, quick flight away! Visitors to Malaysia often stick to the mainland and forget about the natural wonders on earth’s third-largest island only a short hop away. From endangered orangutans to rainforest canopy walks and some of the best diving in the world, Malaysian Borneo should definitely be a part of any trip to Malaysia.

Moreover, Penang, is also in the list. Malaysians are proud of their big island on the west coast — and they should be! The colonial city of Georgetown was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has plenty to offer in the way of museums, a fort, historic homes, and most importantly, famous food.Penang is considered one of the best places in Southeast Asia to sample incredible street food of all types. The waterfront esplanade known as Gurney Drive in Penang is lined with great places to sample local Malay, Chinese, and Indian treats.

 

 

 

September 22, 2013 Destinations, Luxury Travel

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I think it is Paris that receives the most number of tourists yearly. Well, Paris deserves it. With the most up to dates to the most out of dated monuments, Paris has it all to lure any sane man. Let’s take a look on 4 attractions of Paris.

Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower is the most famous attraction of this city. You can never say you visited Paris without seeing it. Well, no one can miss it because apparently is visible from every room’s window in Paris. There are 5 billion lights on the Eiffel Tower. Simply amazing! The Eiffel Tower weighs 10,000 tons.

Louvre Museum

Louvre Museum is one of the largest and important museums. The museum has a fabulous collection of works of art over 1 million. It originally was a Royal Palace. Collection includes Egyptian antiques, ancient Greek and Roman sculptures and old paintings, Simply WOW! It is one of the city’s biggest tourist attractions.

 Notre-Dame Cathedral

Notre-Dame Cathedral is the religious centre of the city, also among the famous of all Cathedrals of the world. It’s one of the first Gothic cathedrals ever built. From the lookout you have a just a superb view of city.

Champ Elysees

Champ Elysees is the famous avenue in Paris and possibly in the whole world. It is the same street where all celebrations are made. It beams with lightning as French celebrate New Year’s Eve, Christmas and all the military parades. It stretches all the way from the Place de la Concorde to the Arc de Triomphe.     

September 13, 2013 Destinations

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Karachi is the excellent example of cosmopolitan. Despite of the recent acts of violence, Karachi is well populated by foreign tourists for both recreational and knowledge purposes. At what places to pay a visit in Karachi? What to miss and not to? Where to go and where not go? Let’s check the three hard to skip destinations in Karachi.

Mazar-e-Quaid

Centrally located in Karachi, is the mausoleum of founder of Pakistan Muhammad Ali Jinnah. It is the essence and pride of Karachi. It is been converted to a recreational park with lush green meadows, shaded benches, numerous cafes and outlets of eatables and a laid ground. The mausoleum itself is a white-bricked building secured by navy-guards.

Sea View – Clifton Beach

If you miss Sea View, believe me, you have visited nothing in Karachi. It is the most beautiful and eye-catching public beach. It has sheltered areas and well-built huts to camp in and enjoy the beach vista in front especially the tranquil sunsets. Sea View also presents the 2nd highest jet fountain of the world. Boats are available to go deep in the sea and have a closer of the splendid fountain.

Manora

Visit to Manora Island in the harbor of Karachi, is an obligatory visit. Its military base is open for general public and tourists. The light house is amazing to see, which was built more than 100 years ago. You can rent a boat to sail in the deep waters, fares are very minimal here. The well-known Kemari Port is a 15 minute boat ride from Manora.

September 5, 2013 Destinations

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Jordan is one of the richest countries in the world and every corner of the country is full of lavishness. Every visitor will never have any shortage of luxury place to visit from vibrant restaurants and bars, luxury department stores for those rich women to shop, and top hotels for wealthy people to spend their great days during their visit. Despite of its location in the Middle East, this nation is liberal and modern as we can see through its amusement places and amenities.

Everyone can start one’s luxury travel in Jordan at Amman. This capital city never fails to have shortage of income because of its stable economic flow as well as the giant investment from other big countries. This metropolis city hosts fancy restaurants with elegant design, serving authentic, yet lavish cuisines of Middle East menus. Never miss the very popular kanafeh or mansaf that deliver the real culinary adventure of Middle East cuisines.

After exploring the vibrant metropolis city, it is the time to explore outer parts of Jordan which has the same luxury. Try visiting Petra. This is one of so many Seven Wonders of the World. It stands out because of the sheer rock carved the city in which everyone will be amazed on how the city has awe-inspiring natural beauty.

There are still so many other wonders that everyone can enjoy on their luxury travel to Jordan in which all of them still represent the majestic history of the country. We all might have heard about the floating sensation of the historical Dead Sea. Everyone can just forget how one scares of sharks to death. Wadi Rum Desert is another worth visiting historical place as everyone can just enjoy a camel ride while enjoying sunrise.

Finding other luxury amenities in Jordan like golfing will be the best thing to do. Ayla remains as the main destination for wealthy people who need to swing in the 18-hole golf course with luxury landscape.

September 1, 2013 Luxury Travel

When it comes to the best destinations worldwide, you will find abundant places and it is hard to decide which one is the best. Yet, if you are an exotic place aficionados, then go on reading this article to decide which place to visit before the year ends.

Caribbean Islands

It seems that no other place can beat this destination as there are abundant places for family vacation and beaches. Some recommended places include Aruba, the great place to enjoy pristine beach sands which are full of water sports activities or enjoying the warm sun for the whole day. As it is situated in the southern Caribbean mid, this is a strategic place to visit by families and solo vacationers. Beaches are only one alternative besides golf courses, casinos and surely fancy eating places.

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Bahia Balena, Costa Rica

Not many people have heard about this. This is why it remains as a ‘secret’ place to visit by some backpackers, who do not want to share their wonderful journeys to others. Yet, more and more people have noticed that this bay is become another gem of Costa Rica in which it borders the country’s marine park. With wonderful sceneries of Pacific beaches and mountains, Bahia Balena is unbeatable. There are villas with minimalist design which are best for enjoying the tropical cool breeze.

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Yangon, Myanmar

As the capital of Myanmar, this city surely hosts several places that charm every visitor. Though it has so many skyscrapers, Yangon still keeps cultural inheritance which represents the grandeur history of Myanmar. Check out the great Shwedagon Pagoda to witness the charm of ancient Myanmar. The beauty of native Myanmar can be seen through Yangon village and other villages which still maintain their native plants.

Rangoon, Burma

Those are only a few from several continents which can be the best alternative for everyone. Just choose the closest one to your country and you are able to enjoy the world’s total beauty.

September 1, 2013 Destinations

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Dubai is simply blossoming! With the top notch tourist attractions and easy accessibility, Dubai is the hub of luxurious backpackers. Tourists from all parts of the world pour in to take pleasure from the lavish pampering facilities Dubai offers. You also enjoy some treats from the naïve Muslim locals such as respect, kindness and munificence. The tourist resorts and hotel in Dubai are world-class, with services prior to most contemporary five-star hotels of Europe.

4 things you are not supposed to fail to notice when you visit Dubai else believe me, you’ve missed paradise!

THE BURJ KHALIFA

This tallest structure on the planet is designed like a giant needle shaped spacecraft. The opportunity to view the city from 134th floor should not be missed. It is a monument of contemporary technology and design.

DUBAI MALL

Dubai Mall is a huge shopping mall. When you visit shopping and eating will just be a ritual but the cinema with 22 screens is what brings in the public. Mall also has an indoor theme park called Sega World and also a world for children called Kidzania. A giant aquarium with an underwater zoo is most beautiful to see.

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Buy the purist gold in the world at Old Gold Market. Walking around the Gold Market you will be surprised to see stunning window displays of gold bricks.

BURJ UL ARAB

World’s only seven star hotel, Burj ul Arab, is totally a landmark! Despite many newer hotels, Burj ul Arab has maintained its charm and entice. It has a sky view bar and eye-catching view from its top.

 

September 1, 2013 Luxury Travel

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Swat is one of the most frequently visited valleys of Pakistan. Known as the “Switzerland of Pakistan”, the beauty of Swat is incredibly mesmerizing. It has always compelled its visitors to return back to this exquisite place. Its old name was “Udyana” – Land of Gardens. Located in the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the snow-masked hills and high peaks, flourishingly green pastures and the sparkling waters of lakes magnetize vacationers to tranquilize themselves and become lost in the serenity of this valley.

The city of Marghzar has a White Marble Palace, which augments the sumptuousness of this peaceful valley. The palace has now been converted into five star hotels with excellent luxurious facilities. While journeying Swat you will also find wildlife in forest of Islampur. It is mostly photographed by wildlife hunters and nature lovers.

Trip to Swat is simply partial without catching a sight of Malam-Jaba. This hill resort, offers deluxe and luxurious facilities to the travelers, an amazing view of soaring mountains and a beautiful landscape. Another highly regarded tourist resort of Swat is Miandam. Even in the hottest summers, Miandam is supposed to be the coolest place in entire Swat as its towering mountains do not allow sun to throw its rays. Official guest houses, army messes and hotels provide residence to its visitors.

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Kalam is the most picturesque town of Swat. The view of melting snow dripping from the Falaksair Peak is magnificent. The panoramic beauty is aggrandized by the famous Mahodand Lake which has vivid cobalt waters.

August 25, 2013 Destinations, Luxury Travel

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