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What Not To Miss On A Short Trip To China

China - Ross French - October 19, 2017

One of the most significant problems with a short trip to China is deciding what you want to do and see on your holiday. There is a lot of choices available with modern, ancient, and also natural wonders abundant in this vast country as you can see by all of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites that are in China. However, with so much to see and do you can still have an action-packed short trip to China that will leave you wanting to go back for more.

Hong Kong For A Short Trip

A popular destination for a short trip is Hong Kong as it is a major transportation hub for cargo and passengers alike. There is a different feel to Hong Kong than when compared to mainland China, and there is a lot of its colonial past on show. There are lots to see and do in this vibrant city, and if you have the kids with you then you can take then to Disneyland to keep them entertained. Macau is also a short distance away if you wanted to do some adult entertainment in the casino. At night time, go somewhere high that has a view of the city skyline and see why so many people fall in love with the views.

Beijing Has Lots To See And Do

Another destination which has plenty to offer all types of tourists is Beijing, with plenty of history, culture, and beauty on offer. There are quite a number of attractions within Beijing or a short drive away such as;

• The Great Wall

• The Forbidden Palace

• The Summer Palace

• Ming Tombs

• Museums And Galleries

• Shopping

• Food And Entertainment

Beijing is an excellent place to spend a short trip to China and has lots to offer discerning travellers. You can book at The China Travel Company in the UK or from trusted tour providers, and choose the excursions you want to enjoy leaving you to sit back and have a good time taking all of the hassles away.

Enjoy The Scenery In Guilin

If you are looking for more views of nature, then Guilin may be the better choice for you with its dramatic limestone hills and landscapes. There are lots of things to see and do in the province around Guilin, so it is an excellent place to be based and enjoy the more relaxed pace of life. Explore Shan Lake or the Twin Pagodas, or take a look at the 1000-year-old village of Ji?ngtóuzh?u. You can also go hiking in Ti?nmén Mountain Park or B?ji?ozhài National Geopark and embrace some of the stunning natural beauty that is on offer. A trip to Guilin can show you a different side to the culture in China and taken in some spectacular scenery and interacting with the local people.

No matter where you decide to visit there are plenty of places in China that are suitable for short holidays. In fact, there are so many places that would be good to visit, your hardest choice will be where to go first!

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THREE MUST VISIT ATTRACTIONS IN JERSEY

Europe - Ross French - October 16, 2017

The largest island of the Channel Islands, Jersey is a perfect getaway for travellers who are looking for a perfect vacation among beautiful nature and landscapes. The Cliffside walking trails, the varied landscapes, the hidden coves and the breathtaking beaches make it a paradise for people looking for some serene beauty. From beaches full of golden sands to medieval castles, from magnificent clifftop views to secluded coves, there are a lot of good reasons for you to consider Jersey for your next holiday . And if you are planning your next trip to this beautiful island, here are the top three attractions which you must visit during your perfect getaway to Jersey.

Elizabeth Castle

Built in the 17th century, this beautiful castle has been an integral part of Jersey’s history. This castle served Jersey relentlessly since it was built, and seen a lot of military action. You can access this extremely important landmark of Jersey during low tide by a causeway, or you can take a ferry or boat ride during other times. You will get to enjoy some of the most remarkable views of the sea from the castle. There are a lot of exhibition rooms for you to explore. You can go for a guided tour of the castle, and enjoy the historical re-enactments which are performed regularly at the castle.

Jersey War Tunnels

Jersey has a lot of war history attached to it. The island was captured by the Germans in the year of 1940 until it finally got liberated in 1945. During the German occupation, several tunnels were constructed as a defensive measure which are now known as Jersey War Tunnels. These historic tunnels were built by slave workers and they stretch to over one kilometre in length. The tunnels now have been converted into historic exhibition space, where you can learn all about the history of Jersey and the Second World War. You will get to see several historic war equipment and learn about the dangers faced by the locals.

St Brelade’s Bay

No trip to Jersey will be complete without visiting one of its beautiful beaches, and St Brelade’s Bay is one of the best beaches in Jersey to spend some relaxing time. Located on the south coast of Jersey, this marvellous beach is full of beautiful sand, cafes and kiosks. The water is calm and refreshing, and it is a perfect place to go for a swim or just relax at the beach.

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Planning the Perfect Honeymoon in Singapore

Travel Blog, Travel Tips - Ross French - October 6, 2017

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Singapore is one of the major tourist hotspots in Southeast Asia. The Lion City apart from being an important commercial hub is also one of the most popular honeymoon destinations in Asia. Whether you are newly married or are looking for ways to rekindle romance in your relationship, consider planning a honeymoon trip to Singapore. Before you go all guns blazing, and get a Singapore tour package, follow the below tips to plan your trip better. Read on.

1. Create a Travel Itinerary

Make a list of places you and your better half would like to visit in the country. Make a travel timeline listing which place you would be visiting on each day. Collect all important info such as your flight number and hotel reservation details. Compile them in a file and mail a soft copy to yourself. The file must also contain the phone number and address of people who can be contacted in case of an emergency.

2. Learn Some Singlish Phrases and Words

Singlish is a mixture of four different official languages of Singapore: English, Malay, Tamil and Mandarin. Though considered to be many (including the government) as detrimental to Singapore’s global image, the language is still popular among the locals who use several phrases to communicate among themselves. To avoid confusion when talking to the locals, it is advisable that you two learn some Singlish phrases, some of the most common ones include: catch no ball, which translates to the speaker understands nothing, Shiok, which means great and Ang Moh, that translates to red hair in English.

3. Learn About the Things to do in the Country

Singapore has a number of romantic getaways for couples looking to spend romantic evenings in each other’s company. You can also plan a number of romantic things to do with your partner. For a serene and calming experience, take a picnic tour to Gardens by the Bay. If you two love cycling, rent a bike and ride along the country’s Eastern Coastal Park Connector Network. If your idea of a romantic date is to have dinner in a private cabin, while being perched at 300 plus feet above the ground, book one of the many cabins that take off from Mount Faber.

4. Research Accommodation Options

Singapore received a record 16.4 million tourists in 2016. While this is good news for the country’s tourist department, it also means booked hotels and resorts. To avoid inconvenience, book in advance. Some romantic hotels known for their soothing ambience and quality food are: Four Seasons Hotel, Mandarin Oriental, Wangz Hotel and Raffles Hotel.

Ready to Pack Your Bags and Leave?

Follow these tips to plan a perfect honeymoon tour in Singapore. Inform your close relatives about your travel plans and keep them posted throughout your trip. Learn about the laws of the land. Pack light and carry all your important documents such as your driving license, PAN card, passport and any other document can help prove your identity.

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Exotic Destinations for a Holiday Out of the Ordinary

Travel Tips - Ross French - September 28, 2017

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Looking for a holiday out of the ordinary? Travel to an exotic destination where you can experience sights, smells, and tastes that you have never experienced before. Here are some ideas for an exotic destination that is out of the ordinary.

Havana, Cuba

Havana is a bustling city known for its museums, forts and lively public squares. It has exquisite cafes and bohemian themed bars. Havana’s old town, called Habana Vieja, is known for its magnificent Baroque styled Catedral de San Cristobal, and the military fortress of Castillo de la Real Fuerza.

You can also visit El Morro, a fort at the bay of Havana, El Capitolio (the national capital building) Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (the national museum) and one of the world’s largest opera houses Gran Teatro de La Habana.

Rajasthan, India

Rajasthan has a range of exotic cities, palaces and forts, just waiting for curious travelers to explore. Jaipur, the capital city also known as the pink city, has a modernized business centre with rustic age old charm. Amber Palace, City Palace, Jantar Mantar and Hawa Mahal are a few destinations to visit. Jaisalmer, the golden city, is considered a gateway to the Thar Desert.

The prominent landmarks are the Jailsalmer Fort, Jain Temples and the Gadisar Lake. Jhalawar is an historical city which is also known for its vibrant flora and fauna. The Chandrabhaga Temple, the Sun Temple, Herbal Garden, Buddhist Caves and Stupas are some of the prominent destinations to visit.

Bhutan

Bhutan is known as Druk Yul which means Land of the Thunder Dragon. Bhutan is in the Himalaya Mountain Range and you can visit ancient Buddhist monasteries like Taktshang Monastery that is at an elevation of 3,988 metres and has stunning flora and fauna.

Ta Dzong is a museum that is located at 3,400 metres. The country is also famous for bird watching and Wangdue Phodrang Valley is a great place to go.

Dubai, UAE

Dubai offers a variety of attractions varying from mosques to shopping malls. Exotic places to visit would be the Jumeirah Mosque and Fahidi Fort which also houses the Dubai Museum. If you wish to access the tranquility of the desert you can head deep into the desert for a safari.

You can also ride a camel and relax in Bedu tents. Ski Dubai is an indoor Ski resort in Dubai for those who wish to enjoy skiing, snowboarding and is located in the Mall of the Emirates.

Cambodia

This beautiful country has a history of extreme violence and you can visit the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum in Phnom Penh to learn more about it. Angkor Wat is filled with temples that are a complex mixture of symmetry, symbolism, intricacy and epic proportions.

The Cardamom Mountain range is densely covered with lush virgin rainforest and it runs through south west Cambodia and eastern Thailand. Some of the rare species listed in these forests are the Malaysian sun bear, pileated gibbons and Siamese crocodiles. There are many beautiful resorts to stay in.

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6 Super Ideas for a Pet Friendly Holiday

Travel Tips - Ross French - September 28, 2017

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Cornwall, UK

Cornwall is a country that is located on the stunning Southwest coast of England and it is known for being very pet-friendly. You and your dog can travel along the South West Path that goes along the cliffs above the beaches and towns and has trails that take you down into the villages or through forests.

Many of the pubs, cafes, and restaurants will also allow you and your pet. There are many campgrounds, hotels, and other affordable options that are also quite pet-friendly.

Relax in Umbria’s Countryside

Umbria is a region in Italy known as “the green heart” and it is famous for its medieval towns, exquisite cuisine and tasty wines. In terms of accommodation, the best option is probably to stay in a dog-friendly villa, and there are plenty in Umbria.

Perugia is a pretty dog friendly place and there are several cafes, wine shops and even bars that allow them. Assisi has places that you can visit with your dog. The Abbey of Monte Casino is a rock terrain hilltop sanctuary where dogs are not allowed inside but the natural surroundings of the sanctuary are dog friendly.

You can take your dog anywhere in the town of Assisi including the Basilica of San Francesco. Don’t forget if you’re planning on taking your dog abroad that your four-legged friend needs to have a pet insurance policy which covers travel, the correct vaccinations and an up-to-date pet passport.

Explore the Channel Islands

The Channel Islands are comprised of five islands: Jersey, Guernsey, Sark, Herm and Alderney. There are dog friendly beaches and accommodations available so that your dog can be a part of your vacation. These islands are a walker’s paradise and there are many sandy beaches or open fields for your dog to play.

Trek In Yorkshire

Yorkshire is a pet friendly county in northern England that is filled with amazing scenery, small villages and it is filled with historical sites. You can take your dog to the Yorkshire Dales National Park on a leash as you explore the lush green meadows, plunging valleys, Viking heritage sites, Roman ruins, historic family estates and fortifications. There are plenty of accommodations that are pet friendly and you can easily rent cottages and villas with your pet.

Go on a Canal Journey

Canal Boating is a great way to travel with your dog and you can easily find boat rentals that allow pets. There are three thousand miles of waterways to explore in England. You could start in Cambridgeshire on the River Cam and then branch off into the smaller canals.

You can stop in historic towns like Bath, Avon or anywhere else that you can tie your boat up to. The boats come equipped with toilets, showers, sleeping cabins and you can even get kitchens on some of them.

Aberdeenshire, Scotland

Aberdeenshire, Scotland is the home of Castle Trail where there are plenty of pet friendly castles to visit. If you do not have your own vehicle you can rent a car and easily follow the trail which is about 500km long. You can also find lots of accommodation and restaurants that are pet friendly.

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