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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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5 Life-Changing Gap Year Ideas

Travel Tips - Ross French - September 28, 2017

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Sometimes it can feel like you took the wrong turn somewhere. Maybe you aren’t happy with the career path you have chosen, the degree that you studied, or you don’t like the place you are living in. A good way to assess your decisions and revamp your life is to take a gap year doing something out of the ordinary to help you set things back on track. Here are 5 life changing gap year ideas.

Trekking in Nepal

Nepal has 8 of the world’s 10 highest summits and it is a fantastic place to go trekking. You can plan your whole adventure before you get there or you can arrive with no plans and make it up as you go along. There are many different trails to try in Nepal that require different levels of fitness. Make sure that you are in really good shape before trying out any of the more challenging paths. Trekking in National Parks requires permits and there are many police check points along the path. Being caught without permits can be quite expensive so make sure you have all of the permits that you require.

Make a Difference

There are so many volunteer opportunities all over the world. If you are interested in animal conservation there are many great organizations that are doing great work. Working with bears in Romania, saving sea turtles in Costa Rica, and rainforest conservation in South America are just three of the many things that you can do. You can also help out in orphanages, help build infrastructure for poor villages, or provide medical skills if you are trained. There are so many options for volunteering and there are many great websites that will give you ideas.

Working Abroad

Working in a different country is a great way to spend a gap year and being immersed in a new culture is a great way to learn more about yourself. There are great opportunities to teach English in Asia that will change your life. Japan requires a university degree but there are many countries that do not. Many schools will provide housing for teachers as part of the deal so you can easily arrive and begin work right away. Depending on where you are from, Canada offers some great work visas that allow you to visit this beautiful country, work and travel as you get paid.

Become a Gaucho

Argentina is a beautiful country and a great way to explore the country is to work as a gaucho on a ranch. Many of the ranches require a time commitment so make sure that you can commit for the time required. If you have riding experience you can help herd cattle but you can also do other work like gardening, kitchen work or helping out on guest ranches. It is difficult to find a job that will pay you but there are many ranches that will provide free food and accommodation.

Explore the World By Sea

Getting a job on a cruise ship is a wonderful way to explore the world. There are many different employment opportunities that require skilled or unskilled labour. There are also many different cruise lines throughout the world that explore different routes. Choose a boat with the destinations that fascinate you the most and you can explore the ports when the ship docks.

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Beautiful Destinations for a Walking Holiday

Travel Blog, Travel Tips - Ross French - September 28, 2017

Walking Holiday

Walking is one of the best forms of exercise that there is and it is one of the best ways to reduce stress. Spending your holiday walking is a great way to get in shape and clear your head of the challenges of day to day life. It is also a great way to really pay attention to your surroundings and appreciate everything that is going on around you. Here are five beautiful destinations for a walking holiday.

Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina

Los Glaciares National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and it is home to more than three hundred glaciers. It is a great place for walking and you don’t need a guide. Make sure that you take the time to visit the famous Perito Moreno Glacier that is the only glacier in the world that still continues to grow. Make sure you take a break from walking long enough to take a boat cruise that will allow you to see the glaciers from the water.

Tibet

Tibet is in the Himalayas and it is a great place for a walking holiday. There are several paths to walk along where you can see stunning sights like Buddhist Monasteries, rare flora and fauna, and stunning views of some of the tallest peaks in the world. Tibet is known for the friendliness of its people so it is a great place to make new friends.

Atlas Mountains, Morocco

The mountains of Morocco are a great place for a walking holiday. The Jebel Toubkal Ascent is the highest peak in Northern Africa. The climb is challenging but it can be managed if you are in good shape. The walk is filled with stunning landscape and the pat will take you past Berber Villages where the villagers’ lifestyles have changed very little during the last several centuries. The view at the top is a panoramic view of the surroundings that will leave you awestruck.

Crete, Greece

Crete is the largest island in Greece and there are several walks that you can go on. Walk the circular route that takes you around the village of Palea Roumata and is about 5km. The walk takes about 2 hours and criss-crosses several times through the stream bed that is usually dry enough to navigate without getting wet. The Samaria Gorge is a 16km hike that takes you through the gorge where you can see different birds of prey, and view the ruins of several tiny villages and Byzantine chapels.

Blossom Trail in the Cotswolds, England

The Cotswolds are only an hour from London but you will feel like you have entered a different universe. You can rent a holiday cottage in the countryside and use it as a base to explore the network of paths that run through the surrounding areas. The Blossom Trail is a great route to walk and this 80 km trail winds its way through charming villages and has a series of bridges that will take you over the Avon River. The trail is lined with cherry, pear, and apple, trees that have stunning pink and white blossoms.

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