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Turkey's Aegean Sea
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Turkey’s Aegean Sea

The Aegean Sea is a stretch of water that lies between Greece and Turkey. It is a beautiful part of the Mediterranean area which is very popular for tourists from all over the world. The Greek islands probably get the most publicity, but you can have an equally good vacation on the Turkish side, and often pay a bit less for it as well.

Turkey's Aegean SeaThe largest Turkish city in the area is Izmir, which now has a population of about 4 million – a big increase from its ancient beginnings as the city of Smyrna. With history going back thousands of years, there is plenty of interest to see around Izmir – the local transport system is pretty good, or you can simply take a walking tour of the city.

Walking along the promenade, the Kordon, you can admire the apartments and palm trees on one side, and the beautiful Aegean Sea on the other. If you want to do a bit of shopping, head for the Kemeralti bazaar, where you’ll find lots of great shops, coffee houses, and craftsmen. A perfect place to find some local souvenirs, and then take a breather and soak up the atmosphere.

Kusadasi is a little bit south of Izmir, which has become the second-busiest port for cruise liners in Turkey after Istanbul. One big reason for this is the amazing historical site of Ephesus, which is not far from Kusadasi. The ancient remains make the site a really interesting destination for a day trip, or several days if you’re very keen on your history. It is probably the best site for Roman remains in the whole of Turkey. Also near Kusadasi is the Greek island of Samos, and there are regular daily ferry services.

Carry on further south: Bodrum is a popular resort which is also the site of an ancient city – Halikarnassus, famous for the tomb of Mausolus. Bodrum has attractions for different types of visitors; the castle and the other monuments will interest those who like history; the marina will please the sailing enthusiasts; and the beach with its bars will satisfy people who want to just enjoy themselves in the sunshine. Bodrum also has many accommodation options from cheap B&Bs to Luxury hotels.

Obviously these coastal resorts are very busy during the summer, but you don’t have to go very far to find a bit of peace and quiet. Dilek Peninsula National Park is only 30km (19 miles) from Kusadasi, from where you can catch a bus. The peninsula has lush forests, rare animals, and some quiet beaches. There is no accomodation or legal camping in the Park, but it makes a wonderful day trip, and a nice break from the built-up resorts and busy beaches.

The local airports of the Turkish Aegean have flights from some European cities, but travelers from further away will usually arrive in Istanbul or Antalya. Istanbul is a 10 hour drive from Izmir, but if you have the time, it’s a great way to see a bit more of this fascinating country on the edge of Asia.

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Top-rated Bicycle Rides For Vacationers

It is becoming more and more popular for people on vacation to look for places that they can stay where they can ride a bicycle to get places part of the time. Here are some of the best experiences possible for those that would like to get a work-out the next time that they travel:

The Big Bay Loop in San Diego:

A lot of people consider San Diego to be one of the premier ‘outdoor’ living cities in the United States. What they don’t always realize when they visit is that the city has set aside enough public roadway so that there is a very large loop ride around San Diego Bay open to bicyclists year-round. Starting South from the downtown area along Harbor Drive, visitors can tour the industrial National City and see the largest Navy base on the West Coast. Continuing on, there are plenty of natural wetlands to explore as you cycle towards the beaches and the Peninsula known as Coronado Island. Coronado is famous for the movie ‘Some Like it Hot’ and is one of the only places in Southern California to host an outdoor ice skating rink during the Christmas season. The loop length is over 20 miles and can take a few hours to complete.

Portland Downtown: For some people, the idea of riding a bicycle in a crowded downtown area seems to be an unnerving experience. In a city like Portland, with its wide open spaces and bike culture, it can be a pretty good experience. The city has a bike-sharing program that actually makes it easy to find a bicycle to ride around. Getting downtown to pick your starting place is also convenient because there is a light-rail line in almost every part of the city that will take you there. Even if you are flying in, the airport has a direct light-rail link to the downtown area, making it unnecessary to use a car at all. Once you are downtown and on a bicycle, you can choose to follow a travel guide but it makes a lot more sense for you to just explore and enjoy seeing what you want to see. The only thing that you need to remember is that the numbered streets get smaller as you approach the Willamette river.

Central Park, NYC: New York City rolled out the red carpet to tourists over a decade ago and hasn’t really looked back. The city’s pride in itself and its landmarks has allowed visitors to continue to enjoy one of the world’s largest urban areas on bicycle. Central Park is one of the most talked about parts of New York City and shouldn’t be missed. Central Park bike rental NYC is available and can help make your Central Park visit memorable. Unlike Portland or San Diego, it is a good idea to plan where you want to visit within the park before you leave so that you can maximize the amount of time that you have to spend at each attraction. is one place that you can visit that can provide both bicycles and popular routes within the park.

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The Olympics Can Improve Your Business

The Olympic Games are an event like no other – one that grabs the full, unwavering attention of the entire world, including many who aren’t interested in sports. Every four years, millions of people tune in to watch these incredible athletic events, fostering passion and love of country, as well as an inspiring a sense of unity and global cooperation. This feeling gives rise to a belief in humanity and the possibility of a better, more peaceful world. The Games give us a chance to throw our differences aside and wear our national pride on our sleeves, while also marveling at and cheering for the best athletes in the world. There is simply no grander or more inclusive display of unity and teambuilding.Continue reading

3 Fantastic Things To Do In New York City
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3 Fantastic Things To Do In New York City

There is something about New York City. It is one of the most memorable cities in the entire world. Known for its bright lights, vibrant energy, and the endless list of things to experience…there is a reason so many people long to visit. Is The Big Apple on your wish list? Have you been dreaming of an unforgettable vacation? Here are three fantastic things to do on a trip to New York City.

Do Some Serious Shopping. There is one thing we all love to do on vacation: go souvenir shopping. It is exciting to bring unique gifts home for friends and family. Oh, and splurge on ourselves a bit, too! Not to worry. There is no shortage of great shopping in NYC. In fact, the shopping in New York is legendary. There is absolutely everything to choose from. Whether you have an unlimited budget, something more modest, or fall somewhere in between. You can find unbelievable places to get your shop on. The city is full of traditional souvenir shops as well as mid-range stores (think Forever 21, the Disney Store, and other Times Square drawing cards). Then there are the high-end shops. 5th Avenue has it all. Tiffany & Co., Louis Vuitton, Fendi, Armani, and Prada, to name a few! Whoever you are shopping for – and whatever your budget may be – New York City has what you want.3 Fantastic Things To Do In New York City 2

Go And See a Broadway Production. It simply isn’t a trip to The Big Apple without seeing a Broadway performance. It doesn’t matter if you choose a play or a musical…. the experience is one that cannot be missed. There are many different performances to choose from at the moment. (Hamilton is easily the most popular. Not to mention the hardest to get tickets for.) So take a look at the scheduled time of your trip. Then determine what is playing and book some tickets of your own. On a budget? That doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice your Broadway experience. Just head to one of the many discount ticket boots in the city. They sell cheap tickets for same day performances. The selection might be a tad limited but it’s a great way to save some cash.3 Fantastic Things To Do In New York City 3

Check Out The Iconic Sights. It doesn’t end there! Your trip to New York City should also be packed with things to see. There are so many incredible sights! Like the iconic Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, Times Square, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. There is even the famous restaurant exterior from Seinfeld. Yes, the city boasts architecture, history, entertainment, and so much more. That is what makes New York such an exciting city to visit. You can customize your trip to match your interests. Just be sure to add Central Park to your travel itinerary. It allows you to slow down a little. The expansive grounds, large trees, and breathtaking sights will add to your vacation. Not to mention the Central Park Zoo, the restaurants, and the John Lennon memorial. Walk around and fall in love with New York City.

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The Smarter Way to Travel

Whatever your summer travel plans are—whether it’s going to the beach, mountains, going to another state or even another country… chances are that you’ve considered staying at a hotel or rental agency location for your stay. But to get the most of your trip, peer-to-peer travel marketplaces may be the way to go. It’s actually revolutionizing how people travel.

Peer-to-peer marketplaces allow homeowners to temporarily rent out their houses, apartment and townhouses. While the concept has been around for a while (Couchsurfing began in 2004), the industry is quickly expanding. Today, it’s a $24 billion dollar industry.

Why is it so popular? Peer-to-peer travel marketplace rentals run cheaper than standard hotel rooms and rental agency locations. For instance, Airbnb, the largest of the peer-to-peer travel marketplaces (and the world’s third most valuable privately held startup) runs for an average of $80 per night; whereas a hotel room costs an average of $137 per night. That’s a considerable difference! And when you go somewhere for a few nights, a week or even longer, those costs quickly add up.

For homeowners who need some supplementary income, renting their properties is a practical option. Approximately 54 percent of homeowners who use HomeAway can pay off three-fourths of their mortgage by temporarily renting out their properties. And Airbnb hosts can make an average of $7,350 per year.

Want to explore the best peer-to-peer marketplaces? Airbnb, OneFineStay, FlipKey, HomeAway and Rent Like a Champion are the most popular

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Your Own Guide to Investing in Property in Singapore

Property investment is a great way to make a lot of money – if you know what you’re doing. Otherwise, it can be a very risky market, one fraught with legalities and nuances. But with the right guide and a good idea of the marketplace, you can well be on your way to building a proper portfolio. So let’s get you started.

The Basics

This is important, because the tenant’s contribution constitutes a major part of your investment returns, the other being the sale of the residence at a higher value.

How Prices Change

Next, it’s important to know how value usually changes in Singapore. Current metrics place the average investment price change at -3.67 percent in a single year. That may sound bad, but looking into the mid-term future, five years from your purchase, your value typically increases by 1.72 percent. Wait another five years, and in the right conditions your home’s value could increase as much as 67.57 percent — a perfect place to consider a sale.

How Ownership Works in Singapore

Your powers as a landlord aside, ownership here is manifold in its meaning and definitions. Freehold means that you, as the owner, have permanent rights to the residence. A leasehold, on the other hand, makes you owner for the period of the lease. It’s important to know the difference before you start making money, especially if you’re thinking of buying for inheritance purposes.

On Taxes

As far as tax rates go, Singapore is an attractive country for the financial investments from foreign entities and individuals. For those making their money through the country itself – like landlords – monthly incomes between US$1500 and US$12,000 have a flat rate of 15.1 percent.


The final and most important question is: where do you actually invest? Singapore isn’t a large country, but the value of property varies according to location. The primary form of housing here is the HDB apartment – a state-sponsored program for subsidized housing, utilized by most Singaporeans. The most expensive property sales are usually in Bukit Panjang.PGSG-Best-locations-for-property-investment-in-Singapore_V5-edited

“Infographic by PropertyGuru. Used with permission”