10 fun Singapore things!

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10 fun Singapore things!

10 fun Singapore things!

Over the past 2 decades, Singapore has metamorphosed itself from being a tiny island country to one of the top tourist destinations of the world. Not to mention a great place to live in!

A bustling cultural scene, high levels of safety, amazing infrastructure and hospitable locals make it a dream destination. In the past 5 years itself Singapore has added numerous new attractions that there’s so much more to see there. We give 10 fun Singapore things that will surprise you and make you pack your bags and travel there, pronto!


IT’S NOT ONE ISLAND, IT’S 63!

The land area of Singapore comprises of more than just one island, in fact it comprises of 63 islands, the largest being the very entertaining Sentosa. Some of the other prominent islands include: Sisters’ Islands, St. John’s Island and Palau Ubin.

NIGHT ZOO

If you are looking for a different kind of nightlife – you will definitely find it here, as Singapore is home to the world’s first Night Safari at the Night Zoo. A 35 hectare park, that houses more than 1000 animals, is a sure treat. Along with a 40-minute tram ride, the zoo also offers opportunity for walking with four interlinked walking trails within the zoo.

MAN-MADE WATERFALLS

The very first man-made waterfall was born in Jurong Bird Park in 1971. Dropping from a height of 30 metres, it is known to be the highest waterfall in an aviary.

Singapore is also home to the world’s tallest indoor waterfall at the Clouds Forest at Gardens by the Bay.  A taller one is poised to take its spot at the Jewel at Changi Airport – a 40 meter waterfall surrounded by a lush green garden.

THE LION CITY WAS INSPIRED BY A TIGER?

The Merlion is surely the most iconic symbol for Singapore. Legend has it that that the Sumatran prince spotted a creature that looked like a lion. Singapore got its name from that sight – Singapura, meaning City of Lions in Sanskrit. However, there is not evidence of lions being native to Singapore, and the creature may have actually been a tiger. Oops!

SINGLISH

Travel to Singapore and you are sure to hear ‘leh’ and ‘la’ as part of conversations. Singlish is widely spoken in Singapore and is a collection of colloquial catchphrases, which has been created on account of the multiculturalism widely prevalent in Singapore.

F1 NIGHT RACE

Singapore is known to be the pioneer of the F1 Night Race. It’s been held every year since 2008 and is an entertainment extravaganza for all those who visit. From racing to concerts to entertainment activities for adults and kids alike, it’s nothing like anything else. The star of the show – The Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix sets a record for being the world’s first ever Formula 1 Night Race.

UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE


The Singapore Botanic Gardens, more than 150 years was just awarded a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2015 and is a sure treat to visit. Spread over 74-hectares, the gardens are home to over 1000 plan varieties. It also offers venues for hire, to celebrate special occasions, and a string of restaurants and cafes that offer global cuisines.

GREEN

Singapore – also known as the city of skyscraper, is one of the greenest cities in the world. More than half of the land area is covered in greenery. Talk about progressing without disturbing Mother Nature!

OFFBEAT TRAILS! 

There are so many different things that you can do in Singapore. From exploring the unique cultures at China Town, Little India and Kampong, there is a lot more!

Besides the history-rich Chinatown, Kampong Glam and Little India cultural districts, there is so much more you can see and do in Singapore like Gardens by the Bay, Universal Studios, Sentosa Island, Night Safari, Singapore Zoo, Singapore Flyer, Jurong Bird Park, River Safari and lots, lots more!

CELEBRATE IN SINGAPORE

You will always find a reason to celebrate in Singapore! From major festivals to art events to cultural fests, the city is always buzzing with activities. All of them are multi-cultural, extremely well organized and very secure. From marina-facing restaurants and hotels to celebrations aboard luxury cruise liners – you have all the choices in the world!

 

So what are you waiting for? Whether it’s a short getaway, a cruise holiday or a long-haul stay, Singapore is perfect! Just tell us what you like and we will have the rest sorted!

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How to save so you can travel!

How to save so you can travel!

If you live to travel and to see the world, saving is a skill that you must pick up! After all, airfares, hotels, food and local travel all cost good money! As they say, a penny saved is a penny earned. Every holiday does not have to be extravagant, and even the ones that are, require one to be prudent. For instance, cutting down one dinner at a restaurant every month can help you save enough for airfare to Bali in just a few months!

A few basic tips can help you save big. Even if some may seem obvious, it’s surprising how only a few people take the effort to go through it. Imagine, what you save today will leave you with more money for your next holiday!

With that motivation, let’s see what we can do to save money for travel!

TRAVEL FUND

Create a Travel Fund. Make sure that 10%, or how much ever you wish of your salary, is first put away in that fund, ensuring that you have enough to seek your passion and travel the world.

It also helps you stay committed to your passion, keeping you away from giving in to indulgences that are not half as good as traveling!

COOK!

If you are one of those who frequently eats out, at lunch during work or while watching some television at night, then try and cooking for a change. You’ll be really surprised how much you can save by just eating out far lesser! And we aren’t even talking about the health benefits yet.

Wake up slightly early, prepare a meal for yourself, it does not have to be extravagant, a simple meal will do. If you store your left overs from last night well, then you have a ready lunch waiting for you. Don’t get tempted by what co-workers are doing. They do not have the same dreams as you do.

TAKE THE BIKE TO WORK

If you do not live to far away from work, ditching the car, and even public transport may help you getting to work healthy and saved up with some money in your pocket.

It’s free exercise that also saves you money! Have you heard of a sweeter deal? You can use this money and park it in your travel fund.

HOW ABOUT SOME FREELANCING?

If you have talents that go beyond the office environs, then you could choose to take on some freelancing work and make some extra bucks.

Ask yourself if you can write, photograph, design or do anything else that can help you clock some extra hours for that extra money that’ll help you pay for a skydiving trip!

SELL THE OLD STUFF

Admit it – we are all hoarders. Our houses and full of things we don’t use. Get rid of that clutter and make money off it!


Sell your old clothes, furniture and electronics on the numerous reselling platforms that get you the best market rates. You will surely be happy as you add the earnings to your travel fund.

Are there more ways in which you save for travel? Tell us!

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10 Amazing Australia Facts

10 Amazing Australia Facts

Everybody loves Australia! Apart from being beautiful, it also has one of the most bountiful flora and fauna in the world. Let us take you through some of the most interesting facts on this island nation that will make you book your holiday right away!

DRY!

Australia is known to be the world’s driest inhabited continent. It lies between 10° and 39° South latitude, and the interiors of the continent receive one of the lowest rainfalls. About 3 quarters of the region is semi-arid or arid. However, the fertile regions that are well watered and provide bountiful resources for people the world over.

SIXTH IN LINE

In terms of land area, Australia is the sixth largest country in the world after Russia, Canada, China, USA and Brazil. The population, on the other hand, is relatively tiny. This is mainly because a large part of the country is dry with tough living conditions

A LONG DIVIDE

The world’s longest fence, known by many names such as the Dingo Fence, the Border Fence, Wild Dog Fence or Dog Fence, depending on which state you are in, is in Australia. It is about 5,164 KM long and runs from Jimbour (Queensland) in to South Australia at the Great Australian Bight. It is a pest-exclusion fence built in the 1880s to keep the dingoes out of the fertile land.

TO THE MOON AND BACK!

The very first pictures from the 1969 moon landing were beamed to the rest of the world from Canberra’s Honeysuckle Tracking Station!

PROGRESSIVE, AND HOW!

Australia was the second country in the world to allow women to vote! Recently, it also legalized same-sex marriage, becoming one of the handful of countries that have taken the big step!

KEEPING IT STRAIGHT!

Australia is home to the world’s longest Straight Section of Railway Track, stretching a distance of dead straightness of 478 KM in the Trans Australian Railway System.

THAT SOUNDS GREEK!

The world’s largest Greek population outside of Greece is in Melbourne, Victoria! It reflects in the vibrant social fabric, food, culture and lifestyle. Melbourne’s Greek Precinct is not to be missed during your holiday in Australia!

WHAT THEY SPEAK!

More than 200 dialects and languages are spoken in Australia, about 45 of them are indigenous. The most common amongst the non-English languages are: Vietnamese, Greek, Italian, Arabic, Cantonese and Mandarin.

LOVE FOR CATTLE


Australia’s love for cattle is well known and it is reinforced with Anna Creek Station, the world’s largest cattle station. Covering an area of almost 6,000,000 acres, it could be slightly larger than Israel.

MONEY MATTERS

It may be small, but Australia’s economy has been growing leaps and bounds. It accounts for about 1.7% of the world’s economy with a GDP IS$ 1.57 trillion and total wealth of 6.4 trillion dollars.

Let us plan your trip to the vibrant and spectacular land of Australia. Keep these mind blowing facts in mind when you plan your trip and you will have a few things to talk about with the locals when you get there.

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How to be a traveler in your own hometown?

How to be a traveler in your own hometown?

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where outsiders have seen more places of interest in your city than you have?! Or no matter how much you see, you cannot seem to quench your thirst for your hometown? Don’t feel alone – you are in good company! Let us give you a few handy tips on how to make re-discovering your own town so much more fun! Throw away the ordinary and get adventurous!

LEAVE THE COMFORT OF YOUR HOME


Find an affordable place where you can stay for a couple of days. Do it through Air BnB, stay at a youth hostel, or check in to a nice hotel if you have the budget, but get out of your house, get out of your comfort zone. It may feel strange, but do it! And make sure to pick a place that’s far away from where you usually live. What’s the point, otherwise?

MAKE A PLAN


There may be a number of places around your hometown that are popular cultural attractions – museums, religious places of worship with years of history attached and other local attractions that you have never been to, because you simply never found the time. Read up – is there a new attraction at the local zoo, a fair at the town square, a local colony that dates back centuries? Make a list of places that you must visit and set an itinerary for yourself. Get a guidebook that gives you a brief insight in to these places before you make your way to them. You have little idea how much your town is going to surprise you!

PACK YOUR CAMERA!

Forget your smart phonethere is no better way to feel like a traveler than to have a camera handy. Click away, as many pictures as you can. Have a DSLR? Pull it out! Get a tripod. Ask people to click a photo for you the old fashioned way – no selfies! When you have a camera by your side, you will notice things that you had never noticed about your hometown before. After all, we all hunt for details when we want to capture them in a picture, don’t we?

BEFRIEND STRANGERS


Yes, you belong to the same town, but you do not know each other. Speak with someone on your bus or train ride, with the rickshaw or taxi driver and try and get something new about the city in your knowledge bank. Listen to their stories, observe their faces, and speak in the local tongue. All this may sound rather ordinary but ask yourself – when was the last you did it? In the rush of our daily lives, we grossly underestimate the value of the place we live in!

LOCAL CUISINE


Binge on local cuisine of your city. If the guy who makes the best local dish is really far away, travel to the place instead of making do with an easily accessible substitute! Traveling for food is an absolute adventure!

There you have it, a few quick ways to be a traveler in your hometown. Every small town and big city has secret gems that you did not know of or had not had the time to visit, but simply pass by on your everyday routine. Take our suggestion – pick a weekend and rediscover the place you call home. You’ll never regret it!

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Where to, next?

Where to, next?

If you are in the process of charting your travel calendar, don’t do so without reading this! Allow us to recommend some great places that you are sure to love over the next few months! Depending on whether you are travelling with family, kids, the love of your life or even solo, take your pick and enjoy the year ahead! 

CHILE

Isolated from the rest of South America and some say, from the rest of the world even, this beautiful country has to be on your list. With the Pacific Ocean to the West, the Andes to the East, dry desert Atacama to the north and Patagonia in its wildest glory to the south, the country has so much to offer!  2018 marks 200 years of its independence, and it is indeed going to be festivities all around from the trendy capital of Santiago to its modest interiors as well.

SOUTH KOREA

Asian modernity at its very best is what you will be witness to in South Korea. Seoul, with its futuristic high rises including the amazing Seoul-lo 7017, a high line park with libraries, bars, cafes along an elevated highway, make this city and country truly magnetic. The country is all set to host the Winter Olympics, so being there around the games will be exciting. Take in the incredible sights, sounds, shopping and food that South Korea has ample to offer of!

PORTUGAL


A dynamic centre for cuisine, art and culture, Portugal is an underrated treasure! The past two years have seen a number of museums come up, the micro-brewery scene is hot, and new age chefs are creating fabulous dishes all the way from Lisbon to Algarve. Its natural wonders and pocket-friendly travel, makes it a must on your travel list for 2018.

NEW ZEALAND


A paradise untouched! Who doesn’t want to soak in New Zealand at least once in their lives? A self-drive across the picturesque country should appear on every bucket list. The great treks, camping in the wilderness, the wondrous topography and the local wines make New Zealand absolutely charismatic!

MALTA


So much history in this place that it will take you back in time. The fortifications, prehistoric temples, tunnels and stories in abundance throw you in to the glorious past. The country however, currently is in the process of being prepared for being crowned the European Capital of Culture for 2018, so you can look forward to pop and international film festivals, baroque and a whole lot of cultural extravaganza. The proximity to the warm sea ensures a truly relaxing holiday, so get set and enjoy the unlimited days of sunshine that this beautiful sea country enjoys.

So, what do you wish to tick off your list this year? Call us and let us help realize your dream!

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Why traveling solo is a good idea!

Why traveling solo is a good idea!

If you have contemplating taking that solo trip for a while now, now is as good a time as any! While there are a number of cities that you should tread through with care, there are a host of other cities all over the world where travelling alone is extremely safe. All it takes is basic precaution and you’re set. So first, pick a country you’d be happy to walk alone through, because we have many reasons why you should do that!

GET TO KNOW YOURSELF BETTER


When you travel alone, you are forced to confront your fears, to make difficult decisions and discover your true self. You understand your strengths, discover talents you did not believe you had and learn to trust your instincts. What’s better in the world that getting to know yourself?

GET OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE!

Travelling alone thrashes you out of your comfort zone. One, you are travelling alone, so you do not have anyone to fall back on in case you meet any hurdles along the way. Two, if you’re in a place where you don’t speak the local language, you re compelled to communicate with sign language and other means. And you have no idea how much fun that can be! Ever tried bargaining over calculators with local vendors in Vietnam? Try it and watch the fun unfold.

Pushing your comfort zone gives you the confidence to sail through any situation. And that’s always a big plus for life!

YOU CAN STICK TO A BUDGET

When you travel alone you do not have to put up with people’s whims and fancies. No more tagging along to expensive dinners and buying costly wines if you don’t want to. Eat where it suits you, travel how you want and even stay where you want, When you travel alone, you can stick to your budgets. And there’s nothing quite like managing a great trip within budget!

MAKE NEW FRIENDS

Even though you may not be an extremely friendly person,  when you travel alone, you will be forced to make new friends – and the best part is that you will truly enjoy this. As you wait for your food to arrive, you will make small talk with the vendor who has stories to tell, instead of rushing off to your friend for a chat. Through these interactions, you discover the world in an all new light. Isn’t that exactly why we travel anyway?

CHOOSE YOUR OWN TRAVEL PLAN


Often when you travel with a companion or a group of friends, you have to give in to where they want to go. When you travel alone, you can charter your own route, pick the attractions you want to see and do whatever you wish and want to. It’s OK to think about yourself. After all, you’ve worked hard to earn this holiday!

SELF- RELIANCE


In our view, this is the biggest advantage of going solo. When there is no one else to count on, you have no choice but to rely on yourself for everything. Yes, it is true that with the help of Social Media and mobile technology, you can get answers to your queries quickly, but when you are in remote, back of beyond places, mobile connectivity is going to be the last thing you find. So, you will have to start trusting your instincts and depend on no one but yourself to see yourself through.

So, where would you like to go solo? Ask us and we will tell you the exact place that’s waiting for you!    

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Diwali – The festival that makes India come alive!

Diwali – The festival that makes India come alive!

When it comes to Indian festivals, there’s nothing quite like Diwali. The entire country is lit up like in a fairy tale. From traditional diyas to fancy neon lights, the country is lit up in various hues. Families come together, eat big meals, homes are adorned with rangoli, special festive treats are prepared days in advance, gifts are exchanges and entire neighbourhoods light up with sheer joy. Diwali makes India truly come alive!

In every corner of India, people celebrate Diwali in their own special way. And it makes for a great experience to see how our countrymen across the nation like to ring in India’s favourite festival.

Here we bring you some of the major highlights of Diwali across India!

CELEBRATING DIWALI, TRULY NORTH STYLE


Diwali marks the return of Lord Rama along with his wife and brother Lakshman to Ayodhya after 14 years in exile, and after having killed Ravana. Their return was celebrated with fireworks, lights, bursting of crackers and much merriment by the joyous people of Ayodhya who are happy to have their King back.

On this day, the northern states of Bihar, Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh celebrate the auspicious occasion by praying to Goddess Lakshmi, the symbol of wealth and prosperity and also to Lord Ganesha to gain blessings of wisdom for the new year.

Families come together and feast, friends get together and play card games through the night. There are special Diwali ppojas held in some temples, and public feasts are organized by some associations too. It’s a fabulous time to be in North India during Diwali, with special mithhais on offer everywhere you go! The nip in the air only adds to the charm of Diwali, with its warmth and diyas!

Diwali indeed is one of the most exciting festivals of the year, in places like Varanasi and Jaipur, the streets come alive and is a true sight to witness.

DIWALI IN THE EASTERN STATES

The eastern region of India, celebrate Diwali with equal fanfare. The day starts early, families get together, feasts are laid out and crackers light up the neighbourhood and sky. In Orissa, you will see oil lamps, candles and lanterns placed in rows outside homes.

While the celebrations are much like everywhere else in the country, there is one that involves burning of jute stems to light up a dark path, which leads the family’s forefathers to heaven. It is a primitive custom and practiced by some families. Doors are kept open and homes are brightly lit up to welcome the Goddess Lakshmi who brings prosperity in to the home.

DIWALI IN THE WEST


In the Western states of India, Diwali is celebrated for a period of 4 days, the preparations for which start way in advance. Markets are lit up and shopping frenzy reaches a new high. On the day before Diwali, Gujaratis decorate the verandahs of their homes with Rangoli, as an invitation to Goddess Laxmi.

On day one, which is Narakchaturdashi, fruits are smashed and crackers are burst to mark the killing of the evil demon Narkasaur. On the day of Lakshmi Puja, Day 2, Lord Ganesha and Goddess Laksmi are worshipped all over the country. The business coominities of Gujarat, Maharashtra and Rajasthan undertake the ‘Chopda Pujan’ or ‘Pooja of the Books’ where books of accounts are worshipped in a special ceremony, to pray to the Gods for prosperity in the business. The third day is a good day for a new beginning and is the day of shopping and lighting diyas. Day 4 is Bhau Beej, which celebrate the bond between brother and sister.

DIWALI IN THE SOUTH


In the southern region, Naraka Chaturdashi is the main day of Diwali celebration. In most homes, preparations begin a day before Diwali when the oven is cleaned, smeared with lime, religious symbols are drawn all around it and everyone prepares for an oil bath for the next day.

Kolam designs adorn homes, firecrackers and new clothes will be kept on a plate to be used on the day. Celebrations begin with an early morning oil bath before sunrise, sweets are eaten with much excitement and new clothes are then worn.

The festival of Diwali is celebrated in the Tamil month of Aipasi (Thulu month). Here, a unique custom requires a newly wed couple to spend their first Diwali after marriage in the bride’s parental home, where they take blessings from their elders, burst crackers, visit the temple and then are showered with gifts.

Diwali is a great time to visit many Indian cities, which come alive in all new light. With a sense of joie de vivre in the air and holidays in offices and schools, Diwali makes for the perfect time to explore our country.

Where would you like to be on Diwali? Let us know and we’ll take you there!

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Winter vacation? Don’t forget these things!

Winter vacation? Don’t forget these things!

It’s September end. And we know you’re already mentally in December, planning a lovely holiday somewhere far. Winter holidays are mesmerizing – the snow, the chill in the air and the absolutely amazing food!

But with winter, come a lot of precautions that become necessary, especially if one is traveling. Let us help you run through a must-carry list for your next winter holiday!


THERMALS

Make sure you have a warm base layer so that you stay comfortable while you are on holiday. A common advice is layer up when you are out in the cold, so that even if the temperature starts rising, you can remove one later after another to stay cool.

A variety of thermals are easily available at your nearest garment store and even online!


SOCKS

You need a good pair of woolen socks to keep you happy through your winter vacation. Warm feet ensure that your body stays warm and you stay comfortable. You’d also need them indoors, to remain comfortable.


SWEATERS – LIGHT AND WARM

Carry at least two warm woolen sweaters along with you on your winter vacation, those you can wear when you are indoors and those that you can wear underneath your coat as well. Light sweaters are very handy while commuting.


COAT

A good coat is absolutely necessary when you step out in the cold. The winds in some places can be quiet treacherous, so make sure you have a coat that blocks these winds and keeps you warm. You could choose to procure a coat that doubles up to protect you from the rain as well, because in certain places, the winter brings with it showers and some snowfall as well.

WINTER EARMUFFS

The winds can be piercing! Earmuffs greatly help in protecting oneself not just from the cold, but also from illnesses. Cold wind getting into the ears can lead to many infections. So whether you feel you need it or not, wear them!

BOOTS

A nice warm pair of strong boots will do you good on your winter holiday. If you are taking off to a place that is riddled with snow, then you need a good pair of waterproof boots that will allow you to enjoy to the fullest.

SUNGLASSES

Contrary to popular belief, sunglasses are not just for summers. They are essential for the winter light, which can be way harsher than you imagine when on the snow. And of course, they make for great photos too!

 

ACCESSORIES

These matter most. Make sure that you invest wisely in these. Buy a pair of good gloves to protect your hands, keep you warm and preferably those that are waterproof if you are up for playing in the snow. A good muffler, so that your neck and throat are kept warm. A warm hat to protect your head from gusty cold winds. Seems like a lot? You won’t think so when they all work together to keep you warm on your cold, cold winter holiday!

 

MEDICATION

Carry medication to treat the common cold, fever cough and cold. Of course, have nothing without consulting a doctor but safe over-the-counter medication should keep you in ship shape in case of emergencies. A lot of cold towns don’t have too many shops and the nearest city center may be very far from your property. As they say, better safe than sorry!

 

Now that you know how to prep for your winter holiday, call us and tell us where you want to go! We will get you there! 

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10 Best Shopping Destinations in the World!

10 Best Shopping Destinations in the World!

If shopping and travel are your two key passions, then it really helps in learning which destination across the world will give you a true bang for your buck. We have shortlisted ten of the best shopping destinations around the world that will make your dreams of a thrifty holiday come alive.

 

NEW YORK

With high-streets that offer the best brands to hidden havens for the fashion enthusiast you are sure to find everything in New York. The Manhattan strip is exciting, prices are reasonable and you can get clothes from all around the world in a one block radius. If you are a Bohemian soul, head to Brooklyn for some treasured finds.

PARIS

The very name exudes a penchant for fashion. From high end designer boutiques to tiny shops that ooze of Parisian charm, you can find all you need to come back a fashionista! Walk across Montmartre, and experience some beautiful boutiques that have an amazing history of style or delve into beautiful vintage finds from eras bygone.

SAN FRANCISCO

From malls to independent designers, you will find everything here. Make it to Westfield and find a mall with many floors that feature apparels from global designers. Take a walk across Filmore to get your fill of the best independent stores.

LONDON

Irrespective of whether you have a large budget or you are a bargain hunter, London is indeed where you will find it all. With its unique cultural blend of people, you will find some great markets, stores and fairs that offer great value and truly bespoke material.  Oxford street and Sloane Street are where the “It” stores are, whereas Portobello market and Camden markets offer great vintage finds and little trinkets.

MILAN

Being one of the biggest fashion capitals, people often associate Milan with a rich and glamorous lifestyle. And while there are high-end shops in almost every street, what visitors often don’t realize is that there are places to shop for any price point, style and preferences. When visiting Milan, make it a must to visit Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, La Rinascente and Quadrilatero d’Oro for high end designer pieces and true Italian architecture, but don’t miss out on the best bargains at street markets and factory outlets such as Navigli Canal antiques bazaar, Fidenza Village or Brera. This is a treasure-trove for the fashion forward brigade ad we can design the best suited holiday for you to enjoy the gems of this Italian city.

DUBAI

Popular for its annual Dubai Shopping Festival, Dubai is a haven for shoppers all year round. From its larger than life malls to its colorful souks, it indeed has a plethora to offer.

BARCELONA

Barcelona too is a shopper’s paradise. Make your way to a mall on the pier that is at the end of Las Ramblas, and here you will find clothing under any budget.

HONG KONG

Hong Kong Mall is your go to place when shopping in Hong Kong for International and as well as some local brands. Travel out to the really hip Fang Hong outlet to shop like the locals do.

TOKYO

The vast malls are truly brimming with all cultures from around the world. You will find decadent French pastries, placed next to German designer stores in the super large malls. The numerous malls and the colorful neon lit streets simply make the shopping experience very exciting. Do visit the many drugstores and pharmacies too, as Japanese products are unique and some of the best in the world.

BERLIN

Berlin has a mix of some great independent designers as well as high end brands from around the world. You are sure to find truly unique outfits here, and it is a great place to buy an outfit for a very special occasion.

So, if you are looking to take off on a holiday that offers the best of both worlds combining shopping and great scenes, call us and we will be happy to help!

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Top 10 Backpacking Destinations

Top 10 Backpacking Destinations

If a backpacking trip is more your style than a holiday that is dictated by the suitcases you carry, then we have curated the perfect list for you. Choose from the destinations highlighted below to ensure that you have the best backpacking trip for your next getaway!

THAILAND

Yes, Thailand may have reached the status of the go to holiday destinations with its all inclusive resorts, but even today, it’s a true haven for those who are traveling on a shoe string budget.

There are a number of destinations that are still untouched, that are away from heavy crowds and can get you by on a chilled out drink without being too pricy, at the same time, offering you the beauty that Thailand is so famous for.

Travel the northern regions and inlands of Thailand. Here, you will find a truly exotic oasis.  There is a lot that one can do if you get away from the beaches. Dorm rooms are available by the dozen, so if you do not mind shacking up with someone else to help you save some money, choose this option.

Thai food is not very expensive, especially when you buy it off the street. An authentic Pad Thai can be super filling and will not drill a hole in your pocket.

ALBANIA

Are you looking for views that are truly Mediterranean, insightful architecture and cultural stories that are not as expensive as those you will find in Greece or Italy, then you must head to Albania. It has so many gorgeous beaches, museums and cities – all of which you can enjoy at practically half the cost of any other European holiday.

NICARAGUA

If you have been harboring a desire to travel to Costa Rica but are now worried about the surging prices, then may be you should consider traveling to its friendly neighbour – Nicarcagua. Filled with the same Central American spirit that you hope for, but at a reduced price.

COLOMBIA

While it may be on a Travel Advisory list of many, it is one of the most beautiful locations for backpackers. So, use your head wisely and be safe in your travels and you will not have to worry about a thing. The number of tourists it attracts is far lesser, as the perception is that of danger, so use this to your advantage, and discover a place that seems to be long forgotten.

NEPAL

Not too far away from home, the gorgeous land of Nepal has truly so much beauty to offer, especially to a backpacker. Thousands of miles of backpacking trails, and some of the world’s highest peaks, it is true paradise for those traveling on a budget. The trails are filled with temples, houses and lodges that offer accommodation that will suit the budget. Kathmandu is known to be home to the world’s second cheapest hostel, so go ahead and make that backpacking adventure count.

MALAWI

While it may take you some amount of money to get to Malawi, however, when you get there, you can survive at practically nothing. The country does not have a tourist industry and has a very poor economy and hence surviving here is relatively easily as you enjoy your holiday.

While getting here is the hard part, getting around at low costs is easy.  Accommodation arrangements can prove to be quiet an adventure, and traveling in packed buses can give you a sure thrill as well. Water skiing is an attraction, and you can devour it here for less than half the price, compared to any other tourist destination in the world.

TURKEY

If you are looking for an experience that is combination of west and east, then head to Turkey. Dorm rooms are cheap in Istanbul and Turkish cuisine at its traditional best when eaten at the right places.

Turkish markets are a great place to get your palates racing and enjoy truly local cuisine. Getting there is not very expensive and traveling around is not going to cause you any unhappiness too money wise.

VIETNAM

Vietnam is a great place to visit when you are backpacking. Not just in terms of accommodation and food, but also in terms of the great number of activities and sights that are there in plenty for you to enjoy with no dent in your pocket.

BOLIVIA

With its growing popularity, South America is not as cheap as it once used to be. However, there are still a few spots that you will find that can be explored easily within your budget. You can find cheap accommodation and meals to sustain your travels across this beautiful land they call Bolivia at prices that are conducive to you.

NEW ZEALAND

If you are taking off for a back packing holiday in a group – then you should travel to New Zealand. The best way to travel across New Zealand, is to do so in a campervan. There are number of great campgrounds across both the islands that offer a brilliant experience.

If you have a budget in mind for your travels, speak to us and we will help you plan a great holiday that is easy on your pocket.

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