Single Travel Guides http://www.singletravelguide.com The Single Traveler's Guide to the World Wed, 01 May 2019 13:22:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.12 How a Popular Hotel in New York is Celebrating Its 100th Birthday /how-a-popular-hotel-in-new-york-is-celebrating-its-100th-birthday/ Wed, 01 May 2019 04:39:15 +0000 /?p=1101 A birthday celebration usually involves buying a gift, wrapping it up, and giving it to the birthday boy or girl to show your appreciation for that person. Well Hotel Penn is doing things a bit differently. This New York hotel is celebrating 100 years of existence by giving gifts rather than receiving them.  Hotel Pennsylvania […]

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A birthday celebration usually involves buying a gift, wrapping it up, and giving it to the birthday boy or girl to show your appreciation for that person. Well Hotel Penn is doing things a bit differently. This New York hotel is celebrating 100 years of existence by giving gifts rather than receiving them. 

Hotel Pennsylvania has decided that after 100 years of offering accommodations to its guests, it is time to give back even more. They already offer comfortable rooms for an incredible rate in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, so you’re probably wondering what more they could do. Well, they could celebrate by offering an unimaginably low rate, and that’s what they’ve decided to do. 

The “Opening Day” offer at Hotel Penn is offering rooms for the price of a room back in 1919 on their original opening day. Back then, guests could stay the night for $2.50. If you are one of the first 100 guests to book a room during this offer (starting on May 1st) you’ll be able to stay in one of the brand new rooms featured in the Penn Plaza Collection. 

If you don’t make the cut for the Opening Day special, you’ll still be guaranteed the best price in Manhattan. Hotel Penn has a policy that they actually stand by; if you find a lower price for the same type of accommodations in the area, they will lower the price of your room to match it. When you visit the website, be sure to click on the “Offers” tab to see if any promotions can be applied to your stay. 

You might be wondering what’s in it for Hotel Penn. They can’t be handing out rooms for less than 3 bucks just to celebrate the centennial anniversary, right? The hotel team does indeed have a few motives for this too-good-to-be-true promotion. They are hoping to showcase the renovated rooms, revamped hotel lobby, and newly-designed Hotel Penn website. 

The accommodations have recently undergone some pretty major renos and upgrades to hotel amenities. Everything throughout the building has been modernized. Every room now features a Smart TV and Bluetooth speakers where you can stream your own videos and music. Guests are even able to check in and check out using a self-service kiosk.

The website has also been completely altered to better fit into the modern world. You can easily book a room or suite in less than a minute, even from your smartphone. On top of improving the site’s functionality, the overall aesthetics make it fun to browse. There is even a blog section where you can read about tourist attractions in the area to visit and nearby restaurants to wine and dine. 

If you haven’t already figured it out, Hotel Penn’s main goal is to offer comfort at the best value possible. Not only do they accomplish this with affordable nightly rates, but they also provide guests with a complimentary continental breakfast each morning. You’ll also receive 10% off at any Pennsy dining spot across the street at Penn Station across the street. 

Even if Hotel Penn was not situated right in the thick of things, it would have no problem filling rooms with its low rates. Its prime location makes it an even more desirable place to stay. Your sightseeing itinerary probably includes hotspots like Times Square and Madison Square Garden. Hotel Penn is within a ten-minute walk to both, including many more attractions. 

The takeaway here is that Hotel Penn is the ultimate place to stay in Manhattan, no matter if you’re travelling to the city for business or pleasure. The unbeatable value and prime location will make any trip to NYC one for the record books. 

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Helpful Tips to Surviving Your Next Red Eye Flight /helpful-tips-to-surviving-your-next-red-eye-flight/ Thu, 11 Oct 2018 11:55:01 +0000 /?p=1097 If you are a well-seasoned traveler, chances are you’ve had to take a red eye flight or two. The coined term “red eye” makes so much sense once you have experienced flying overnight to your desired destination – you often depart the plane and walk out of the airport feeling groggy, sleep deprived, and with […]

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If you are a well-seasoned traveler, chances are you’ve had to take a red eye flight or two. The coined term “red eye” makes so much sense once you have experienced flying overnight to your desired destination – you often depart the plane and walk out of the airport feeling groggy, sleep deprived, and with tired red eyes that can’t wait to hit the pillow and catch some z’s. Although red eye flights pose some challenges when it comes to getting a restful night’s sleep, there are plenty of benefits to booking flights through the night.

The biggest pro to booking a red eye is that these flights tend to be much cheaper than your average daytime flights. So if you are one of those travelers who has no problem sleeping on airplanes or you are content losing one night’s sleep in order to save some money, consider booking one of the cheap red eye flights available with most airlines. Cheapfaremart is one of the leading travel booking websites for finding cheap red eye flights, so browse the site to find an amazing deal. If you are still unsure if you are up for flying through the evening, check out these helpful tips for surviving your next red eye flight.

Try to stay away from caffeine before boarding. If you are dead-set on trying to get some sleep while in the air, do your best to avoid that late-night cup of coffee or tea. As we all know, caffeine keeps our bodies and minds active and these side effects of caffeine are essential for helping many people get through the day. But if sleep is your main priority, there is no need for that Starbucks while you are waiting for your flight to depart. On the other hand, if you are hoping to get some work done during your airtime, sip on that dark roast coffee or cappuccino before and during your red eye flight!

Although it might be difficult, try to stick to your routine. Most people follow some sort of nightly routine before hitting the hay, so do your best to stick to this. Brush your teeth, wash your face, take your contact lenses out, and do whatever you typically do before bed each night. Obviously you might be a bit limited when it comes to accomplishing everything in the tiny airplane lavatory, but do whatever is possible.

Ear plugs are a necessity. There is nothing worse than getting to your seat at 17A, and realizing 17B is a mother and a crying baby. You might think in cases like these that you are doomed to a sleepless night, but this does not have to be the case – especially if you thought ahead and packed a quality pair of ear plugs. Keep out that annoying background noise by popping these in your ears, and even consider investing in an eye mask to keep out unwanted reading lights during your red eye flight.

Don’t be afraid to get comfortable. Just because cheap red eye flights offer significantly discounted prices, this does not mean you can’t do your best to get comfy. Pack a lightweight blanket and travel pillow to help you get some shut eye.

Eat a small, balanced dinner before you take off. As you are waiting for your boarding time to approach, you might be tempted to get that Big Mac from the airport McDonalds or sit down for a gourmet burger and craft beer at one of the many restaurants. But it turns out that a heavy meal before flying could prevent you from sleeping, and spicy foods should definitely be avoided. You are much better off eating a small well-balanced meal before flying.

If you follow these five easy tips, your next overnight flight will be a breeze. Who says you need to lose sleep when you choose to fly on a cheap red eye flight!?

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5 Tips to Make Your Long-Distance Travel Easier and Safer /5-tips-to-make-your-long-distance-travel-easier-and-safer/ Tue, 26 Jun 2018 01:44:55 +0000 /?p=1087 If you’re planning to go far away from home, all you need to do is to plan ahead. It is essential to put some things in place before you travel to ensure a safe and easy trip. Taking a long trip or travelling long distance and need to plan? Here are five tips on how […]

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If you’re planning to go far away from home, all you need to do is to plan ahead. It is essential to put some things in place before you travel to ensure a safe and easy trip. Taking a long trip or travelling long distance and need to plan? Here are five tips on how to practically prepare, keep yourself safe and have fun.

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1. Have a rough plan

Make your trip easier by planning your itinerary in advance. Knowing your timings and your itinerary, however vague, are a great start to make your travel easier. You won’t be spending so much of your time planning instead of enjoying yourself whilst on the road. Whether you make the plans yourself or if you are relying on a tour operator or travel agent. Make sure you know what you are doing before you set off. If you are travelling long distance from one place to the next, work out how you will be getting from the airport or station to your final destination. Planning your travel in advance, considering what luggage you are bringing with you, is essential for a smooth transition to your destination. 

If you are travelling more long term, then you should plan how long you are staying at each place and book some or all of your accommodation in advance. Knowing where you have to be when will take out some of the stress of travelling for a long time and give you more free time to enjoy each destination. If you are travelling alone it’s a good idea to let someone know where you will be or give a copy of your itinerary to a friend or family member. 

2. Pack right!

Whether you are taking just one long distance trip, or travelling long term from place to place, you need to get your packing right. Having the right luggage for your journey and packing that correctly will make your life so much easier. Check you have the right luggage set for you, whether that’s hard suitcases to keep everything safe or lighter fabric to reduce the weight. It also depends on what type of trip you are taking. Suitcases or backpacks can both be the best choice for different types of trips, so you should consider what you need and do research before you choose. Here are some of the best luggage sets you can choose from.  

When packing your hand luggage make sure that you have everything you need to hand for your flight, but also follow your airlines guidelines too. To pack smarter in all of your luggage a great tip is to use packing cubes. You can compartmentalise your luggage and keep items safe, clean and dry within your main case or backpack. Plus, you can keep your electronic chargers and the like in one place making it less likely to lose them and easier to find when you need them. 

3. Look after your essentials 

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What are the most important things you are bringing with you? Your passport and travel documents are of course, the items you need to look after the most. As well as any other valuables such as electronics. You should also keep any medication you need safe and to hand at all times. Passports need to be well looked after as it can be a pain and expensive to get a replacement whilst you are abroad. If you have a safe in your room and you are staying in a trusted establishment then use it. Don’t leave valuable items lying around in your accommodation or easily visible. When carrying important items with you make sure you keep them away secure in your bag or backpack. Don’t leave them on top where someone could pickpocket or stealthily take them from you.

You should also watch out for common scams for the place that you are visiting. Read up before you go and find out which areas to avoid and the type of scams that are popular at the moment. For example, there are some places where pickpockets are rife, or there are street seller ticket scams who will sell fake tickets or much overpriced. 

4. Take care of your health

Before travelling long distances, you should check the health advice for the place or places you are visiting. Do you need vaccinations before you go and are all your regular vaccinations up to date? Making sure you are healthy and have all the shots you need before you go will help keep you happy and healthy whilst travelling. Ensure you have any regular medication you need, including some extras just in case you are delayed or end up being away for longer than you initially intended.  Keep a basic first aid kit and sickness or allergy medications that you may need. 

Look after yourself whilst you are away too. Enjoy yourself but don’t take unnecessary risks that may result in injury or harm. Take care to avoid bites especially in disease prone areas and treat any bites or scrapes quickly to prevent infection. Travel insurance is essential in case the worst should happen. Check the policies and choose the right cover to suit you. Remembering some insurance companies will require you to make the initial pay out and claim the amount back from them.  

5. Be open minded

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When you travel to far flung destinations you will often find completely different cultures than you are used to. This is where travelling with an open mind is really important to fully experience and understand the new places you are exploring. Food and customs may be wildly different to what you expect at home, but this is all part of the fun. Travelling is about trying and seeing new things so see it as an adventure rather than a problem.

Learning about the culture and customs before you go is a good idea. It will give you some insight on what to expect and how to react. Language barriers are another common issue when travelling long distance. If you can, take the time to learn some key phrases in the local language. Other helpful language learning tools include apps such as translators or menu readers are great. Especially so you know what you are ordering in a restaurant!

Remember to enjoy yourself!

The reason you travel is to explore, discover and have a good time so make sure you enjoy yourself whilst you are away. There may be times that you need to plan and take care, but this shouldn’t take away from your fun. Planning ahead and putting things in place means you have more time to spend having a good time. Travelling safer and easier means more time to make the most of your holiday and really experience the destination or multiple destinations you are visiting.

Are you planning long distance travel? 

How do you feel about long-distance travel? If you are planning a trip, hopefully these tips have made you more confident about travelling safer and easier. Remembering to plan ahead, be safe and of course enjoy yourself will mean you’ll have a fabulous and memorable trip. 

 

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Everything You Need To Know About A Mountain Bike Holiday on The Alps /everything-you-need-to-know-about-a-mountain-bike-holiday-on-the-alps/ Sun, 20 May 2018 14:38:16 +0000 /?p=1082 When you hear about a trip to the Alps, you probably think about the good times you’ll have in the mountains there. Skiing, snowboarding, mountaineering, hiking, but have you ever thought about mountain biking on the Alps? Any thrill seeker is bound to get their heart racing just thinking about it! For travelers who have […]

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When you hear about a trip to the Alps, you probably think about the good times you’ll have in the mountains there. Skiing, snowboarding, mountaineering, hiking, but have you ever thought about mountain biking on the Alps? Any thrill seeker is bound to get their heart racing just thinking about it!

For travelers who have never been on a mountain biking holiday before, it really is a must. Every one of your senses will love experiencing the action and fun biking on the Alps will bring you. There are some basic information and quick tips to know when planning this holiday.

Can a beginner mountain bike on the Alps?

Yes! The trails available throughout the region are perfect for everyone from a novice biker to a really experienced one. If you’re the former, read these pro tips for beginners to get you started with what to expect on your holiday.

The experience level isn’t the only factor to consider when answering who can go mountain biking on the Alps. Age is another, and here’s the good part! A mountain biking holiday is perfect for a single ride, groups, and families, even those with young children.

It’s important to understand how different routes are colored, so you’re not caught off guard going down a run you’re not ready for. Green is ideal for beginners with their shallower descents and climbs, and blue is for those who have a moderate skill level. Red and black are reserved for more experienced riders because the trails can be up to one meter in width and present some technical challenges.

How can I be best prepared?

Whether you’re going slow or racing down the slopes on one wheel, you’ll want to make sure you’re protected. If you’re a true adrenaline seeker, you likely know that one wrong turn can mean the end of your holiday. Best to pack in a way to avoid keep injuries to a minimum.

Pack long pants and long-sleeved shirts that you won’t mind if they get dirty or torn up. These will save you from branches and gravel leaving their mark on your skin. You can opt for long shorts and long socks to protect your legs, too.

Close-toed shoes and socks are a must. Leave the heels and sandals at home to wear later when you celebrate your experience. A pair of gloves, similar to workout gloves, can help to prevent callouses on your hands when you’re gripping the handlebars, and they can help prevent your hands from getting torn up if you do take a fall.

Bring a helmet if you have one or rent one where you’re staying if they’re available. It might not be the coolest thing to wear, but better safe than sorry. No one cares what you look like when you are mountain biking, and dressing to protect yourself will keep your limbs and flirting game intact.

You’ll likely bring your own bike if you have one, but renting them is another option, just like helmets. Keep your budget in mind when deciding where to go mountain biking. Some places that host active family holidays might have free bikes for hire if you reserve a room with them.

Also, it’s a good idea to bring a backpack of some kind with you. A camelback, or another brand of hydration pack, is perfect for water while you’re out.

Consider bringing a few other items that can be handy like sun cream, snacks, a map of the area, and a lightweight jacket if it gets especially windy. A small first aid kit to put yourself together if needed and a basic repair kit for your bike aren’t bad ideas either.

Where should I go?

This is a little more difficult to answer because there are SO many amazing places to go mountain biking on the Alps. Here are some places to get you started.

Tignes, France

Home to some serious biking competitions, this area is sought after by mountain biking enthusiasts. With 24 ski lifts for bikers and 4 bike parks open, there’s something for everyone here. Lifts are typically open from June to September, so there’s a decent time frame to book your holiday.

If you head to Bikepark Tignes, the skill level is geared more for intermediate riders and up. There is a small selection of trails for beginners to choose from.

Another bike park to check out is Tignes-Val d’Isere Bike Park. The biggest perk of this park: life passes are free! Every rider will find something that suits them because this park offers a mix of cross-country trails and elite trails.

Crans-Montana, Switzerland

The advanced and elite riders may enjoy Crans-Montana’s trails in Switzerland. This area has two downhill tracks that cover 765 metres of vertical distance along with over 100 other trails for other skill levels.

Take in a mixture of landscapes on the Crans-Montana bike circuit. You can take a printout of the 48-kilometre circuit to follow or keep a lookout for markers to keep you on the right path. This venture is fairly physical but rewarding as your wind your way through villages, vineyards, forests, and more.

Sauze D’Oulx, Italy

Designed and structured perfectly for mountain biking, Sauze D’Oulx is a biker’s gravity-defying paradise. These trails were built with flow and purpose in mind, so riders can optimize their experience as they please. Appreciate the trail’s natural flow while taking in the picturesque views or catch some air on man-made jumps that are occasionally present in the trails.

There are two chairlifts available to take riders to the beginning of the 13 trails in this bike park. You can also choose to take a vehicle up the mountain in lieu of the chairlifts. Regardless of the path you take to the top of trails, most end in the center of the village, so returning to your place of stay shouldn’t prove difficult.

Morzine, France

For the true novice and lesser experienced riders, Morzine may be a better choice to plan your holiday. It’s a favorite for some celebrity riders to visit on their own holidays, so you never know who you’ll meet. Morzine is generally open for mountain biking from mid-June to mid-September like Tignes.

Before you turn down Morzine as a possibility because you’re more experienced, you should know that it is connected to five other bike parks through an interconnected lift system. Your lift pass from Morzine gains you entry to trails in Les Gets, Cal d’Illiez, and three parks.

Les Gets, France

Speaking of Les Gets, if you’re interested in trying your skills out on the 2004 World Cup route, this is the place to go. Open from June to September, this location is the training ground for world-class mountain bikers, including the French Mountain Biking team.

Just like other parks, there is a variety of trails for all skill levels. There’s even a kid zone for younger children as well as a jump area to get some serious air if you’re not afraid. Definitely be wearing all of your protective gear if you decide to take a turn in the jump area!

This is just the beginning of the many places you can mountain bike on the Alps. If you’ve only been a winter visitor to the Alps, now is the time to consider traveling there for your summer holiday too. If you’ve read this far, and mountain biking still doesn’t catch your fancy, here are some other high energy activities you can enjoy in the Alps that cover every season.

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La belle vie: Live it up in Quebec this summer /la-belle-vie-live-it-up-in-quebec-this-summer/ Wed, 16 May 2018 21:35:01 +0000 /?p=1075 Of all the provinces in Canada, Quebec is the most intriguing to many American youth and young travellers from around the world. Its two biggest cities are known for their carefree, European ambience, while its expansive wilderness holds limitless possibilities for outdoor recreation. Excited to experience this place yourself? We know exactly how you feel; […]

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Of all the provinces in Canada, Quebec is the most intriguing to many American youth and young travellers from around the world. Its two biggest cities are known for their carefree, European ambience, while its expansive wilderness holds limitless possibilities for outdoor recreation.

Excited to experience this place yourself? We know exactly how you feel; however, we need to talk about an important subject before we get into the details below. As a young traveller, you are probably aware of the impending legalization of marijuana in Canada.

In fact, some of you are planning trips north of the border to enjoy the awesome bud grown north of the border. With producers making medicinal marijuana with an acmpr grow license over the past several years, you can be assured there will be an adequate supply.

However, be aware of the restrictions which have been placed on consumption – with weed smoking being prohibited in places where cigarette smoking is banned, you will need to be careful where you choose to light up.

With that advisory out of the way, let’s talk about all the fun things you can get up to while travelling in Quebec.

Experience the festivals and nightlife of Montreal

A popular destination for college-aged travellers, Montreal has an open-minded, anything goes flair to it which makes it an awesome place to visit for the unattached.

During the summer months, this city is home to a variety of world-famous festivals – Juste Pour Rire (Just for Laughs), the Montreal International Fireworks Competition, and Montreal Pride are just a few of the events which further electrify a city known for its amazing atmosphere.

After enjoying these celebrations, hit the town hard – whether you are into pubs, sports bars, or nightclubs, you’ll find venues that will accommodate you, no matter your orientation or tastes.

Explore one of the most European cities in North America

After you have experienced everything Montreal, move on to Quebec City. More than just the capital of this province, this place is home to one of the few old colonial-era cities still left standing in the United States and Canada. While is home to one of the world’s best-known winter festivals, it is just as captivating in the summer as well.

The Lower Town is a place filled with cobblestone streets, European-style architecture, and unique restaurants, shops, and bars. In short, it is unlike any place you’ve been in North America. Don’t forget to try some poutine before leaving – the perfect cure for a hangover after a long night of partying.

Paddle on the waters of the Saguenay

Looking for outdoor adventure? If you love paddling, you’ll find some of this province’s best waterways in the Saguenay region. Defined by a long fjord jutting inland from the Gulf of St. Lawrence, you’ll feel small and insignificant passing beneath the tall cliffs which rise from either side of this body of water.

Just one note if you plan on visiting this region: virtually everybody in Saguenay speaks French exclusively, so brush up on what you learned in high school, and have Google Translate at the ready.

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14 Reasons That Will Urge You to Travel to Belize /14-reasons-that-will-urge-you-to-travel-to-belize/ Thu, 10 May 2018 04:24:55 +0000 /?p=1078 Belize is one of the world’s top travel destinations in the world that offers captivating and spectacular attractions and plenty of fun-filled adventure and activities. In this article, we’ll give you ten reasons why Belize should be on top of your travel bucket list. There are Plenty of Cool Places to Stay in Belize Aside […]

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Belize is one of the world’s top travel destinations in the world that offers captivating and spectacular attractions and plenty of fun-filled adventure and activities. In this article, we’ll give you ten reasons why Belize should be on top of your travel bucket list.

There are Plenty of Cool Places to Stay in Belize

Aside from trying so many exciting things to do in Belize, there are plenty of options for cool places to stay, too. You can choose from different options such as campgrounds, live-aboard vessels, guesthouses, Belize vacation rentals, condominiums, hotels, luxury resorts, and more. From north to south and east to west, here are some of the top best places to visit in Belize.

  • San Ignacio Town – An ideal base to explore ancient Maya cities such as Xunantunich, and Caracol. San Ignacio Town is the main town in the District of Cayo of western Belize. Hiking, bird watching, horseback riding, and kayaking are the top-rated outdoor activities in this town.
  • Caye Caulker – An ideal base for diving adventures and snorkeling. Caye Caulker is a small island off the coast of Belize.
  • Placencia – A perfect destination for fly-fishing, kayaking, snorkeling, and scuba diving. Placencia is located in the district of Stann Creek.
  • Ambergris Caye – Best place for snorkeling, deep-sea fishing, sail boating to other islands and for scuba diving. Ambergris Caye is the most popular island in the northern part of Belize.
  • Hopkins – This a great place for tourist and travelers who are looking to experience the unique culture and history of Belize.
  • South Water Caye – Located only 10 miles off the coast of Hopkins and Dangriga. South Water Caye is a great place for people who love diving, fishing, snorkeling and education activities.
  • Sarteneja – Quaint and picturesque Mestizo and Creole community that sits on a tropical bay setting in the North Eastern Sea point of Belize.

Try Different Belizean Delicacies

Because of its diverse culture, food is also a reflection of how diverse Belize is. It is reflected in their food and drinks, making Belize Central America’s most varied cuisine. When it comes to cuisine, Belize is both a literal and figurative melting pot, which is why you can stick around for more than a week and try new taste sensations without repeating your menu selections. You should include on your list of food to try in Belize these ten distinct ethnic dishes:

  • Tamales – Belize tamales don’t taste like those you’ve eaten elsewhere. Their tamales recipes often meet regional tastes, so menus may make reference to the variety of bollos, torteado, or collado.
  • Cow Foot Soup – This is one of the signature dishes in Belize. Usually served with habanero pepper sauce for more heat, white rice, and corn tortillas
  • Pibil – A dish marinated to park, buried to slow cook and wrapped in leaves. Usually served with tortillas.
  • Chimole – This is a main course soup that is made with spices, veggies, and chicken.
  • Sere – A flavorful fish soup with a blend of coconut milk, plantain, cassava, and fried fish.
  • Rice and Beans – This is not your typical rice and beans you tried elsewhere. Belize’s rice and beans is cooked in Creole style.

You can also try other famous Belizean delicacies such as Boil Up, Panades, and Salbutes.

Enjoy the Sub-Tropical Climate of Belize

The climate in Belize is sub-tropical, making it the best travel destination all throughout the year. The temperature ranges normally from 50 degrees to 95 degrees Fahrenheit. November to January are the coolest months of the year and the months of May to September are the warmest.

Experience Belize’s Mayan Ruins

In an ancient history, Belize was once home to over 2 million Mayas and is the heart of the famous Maya world. The civilization of Maya has left its permanent mark in the landscape of the country, leaving Maya’s legacy in numerous ancient structures like pyramids, agriculture, temples, mathematics, science, and palaces. Some of Belize’s famous Mayan sites are Nim Li Punit, Lubaantun, Cerros, Barton Creek Cave, Lamanai, Cahal Pech, Santa Rita, Caracol, Xunantunich, and Altun Ha.

Discover the Colorful Culture of Belize

Belize is a diverse in cultures, with a mixture of German, Mennonites, Indian, Spanish, Garinagu, Maya, and many other cultures like Lebanese and Chinese. You’ll definitely amaze with all these different cultures that can be found in Belize.

Take an Adventure in the most Extensive Cave System of Belize

Caves are part of the history of Belize as it is one of the fundamental parts of Mayan religion. Get amazed at some of the world’s most extensive cave systems with stunning lime rock formations beneath the country’s surface. You’ll notice some of the signs of previous visitations, activities, and relics that are still visible today. One of the famous caves that you should visit on your vacation in Belize is the Actun Tunichil Muknal.

Enjoy Belize Barrier Reef

The Mesoamerican Barrier Reef spans over 185 miles of Belize’s blue waters and it is a world heritage site and one of the largest barrier reefs in Western Hemisphere and Northern Hemisphere. Because of its barrier reef, a lot of visitors come to experience this reef, islands and Belize’s over 400 white sand beaches. It has over 100 varieties of fish species, corals, and other marine life.

Explore the Rainforest of Belize

Tourists come to see and venture inland flock to Belize and explore the rainforest, which is heavily populated with thousands variation of trees, flowers, and plants. Belize has 250 varieties of hibiscuses, colorful poinsettias, flowering aroids and bromeliads, orchids, and many other rare and unique trees and flowers.

Look for Belize Incredible Fauna

There are more than 543 varieties species of birds in Belize and you can found most of them in the rainforest. Most spotted animals in the forest of Belize are the pumas, ocelot, mountain cow, large rodents, monkeys, margay, and wildcats.

Experience the best Scuba Diving in the World

Belize is considered as one of the best scuba diving spots in the world. It is still very virgin when it comes to diving and is also shaping up to be an excellent diving and snorkeling spot. Its marine life is diverse and rich. Its rock formations and corals are excellent. And today, more and more diving spots are being discovered. The barrier reef offers an exceptional site for diving which includes Lighthouse Reef Atolls, Glover’s Reef Atoll, and Turneffe Island.

Great Snorkeling Spot for Families

Aside from one of the best scuba diving spots in the world, Belize is also considered as one of the best snorkeling travel destinations. You can choose from the variety of snorkeling spots like Shark-Ray Alley, Hol Chan Marine Reserve, and Caye Caulker. Since the climate in Belize is tropical and so constantly humid and hot, you can go snorkeling all through the year. During the rainy season, from June to November, the water can reduce its clearness and make outings a little bit tricky.

Cacao Harvesting and Chocolate Making at the Maya Communities in Toledo

Belize is also a great place to learn how to make your own chocolate from scratch. You can experience also how to harvest the raw cacao and make it a chocolate using the same procedure on how Mayan did it for more than a thousand year.

Stunning Remote Un-inhabited Islands

Belize is also a home to over 200 islands and most of them are uninhabited and untouched. Venture out these islands and experience the eternal deserted island fantasy.

Go to the Off-the-Beaten Track

Home of over 200 stunning islands, Belize is a great place to experience some of the uninhabited and untouched islands. Discover the country’s best-kept secret and venture these off the beaten track.

In conclusion, Belize is the perfect vacation place for everyone looking for a great adventure and attractions.

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How to Become a Permanent Resident of a New Country /how-to-become-a-permanent-resident-of-a-new-country/ Thu, 03 May 2018 11:35:49 +0000 /?p=1071 If you caught the travel bug and want to take it a step further to become a permanent resident in a new country, the process can be long and complicated. You will need to reside in the country for at least a few years before you can apply for citizenship, but this entirely depends on […]

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If you caught the travel bug and want to take it a step further to become a permanent resident in a new country, the process can be long and complicated. You will need to reside in the country for at least a few years before you can apply for citizenship, but this entirely depends on which country it is. Some can take much longer and require lots more steps. For example, it takes 12 years to become a citizen of Malaysia as an immigrant.

Alternatively, if you plan to invest money and business into the country, the process can be sped up but is still tricky. Which passport you hold depends on where you can live, and invest. Don’t be put off though – if it is your dream to emigrate, make it happen! This ‘how-to’ guide will give you a brief overview of the steps necessary to become a legal citizen of a new country.

Apply for Visas 

This is the most important step you will need to take – you can’t emigrate without the appropriate visa and passport. USIF are a company who provide investment opportunities to foreign investors, and help them obtain the necessary visas and secure permanent residency in the US. If you or your family are looking to secure residency through investment, this is a worthwhile program to consider.

If you want to apply for a normal long-term residence visa (so you can stay for more than three months), your chosen country’s website will have all the information you need. The UK government website has a form to apply for a residence card, and the New Zealand government website lists all your visa options for permanent stays. Where ever you want to go, there are various options available to you.

Research Your Family Tree 

If you are looking to obtain dual citizenship but are not sure where, checking to see if you have family or ancestors descending from other countries is a great start. Getting dual citizenship in a place of your heritage is firstly good for connecting to your roots, but it may also speed up the residency process.

If your family descend from that country, even if they no longer live there or are alive, you could gain citizenship in a minimum of six months.

Open a Bank Account in Your New Country

To make sure everything is set up and ready for you to live in your new country, you’ll need a bank account to pay for your housing, bills, food, and get wages from your job paid into. Of course, if you aren’t transferring to the country with your current job, or you do not yet have a new one where you are moving to, you’ll need to get one, fast!

If you are moving as an investor, you will probably already know the banking system in the country, but it could be worthwhile contacting lawyers and accountants for expert direction.

There are many ways to transfer your cash to your new country – ask your current bank for help with this. There are now mobile apps and internet banking transfers that will make this step easy.

Learn the Language

A very important factor to becoming a resident of a new country is learning the language, if you don’t know it already. It will be much harder to fit into your new surroundings and culture without being able to read the street signs or talk with the locals.

Without being able to read labels in shops you can’t easily locate foods you need, and having a language barrier will hinder you from making new friends and a support network in your new home.

Important documents like bills and rental or mortgage agreements will be almost impossible to decipher. Make a real effort to learn the language and everyone there will be more than happy to help you do so.

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6 Tips and Tricks for Your Year Abroad in Thailand  /6-tips-and-tricks-for-your-year-abroad-in-thailand/ Mon, 30 Oct 2017 16:04:26 +0000 /?p=1064 Your tickets are booked. Your visas are sorted. And you’re about to embark on a year abroad to the glorious country of Thailand. Spending a year anywhere that isn’t your home requires a lot of preparation, planning, and education before setting off. We’ve put together a list of expert tips and tricks to help you […]

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Your tickets are booked. Your visas are sorted. And you’re about to embark on a year abroad to the glorious country of Thailand.

Spending a year anywhere that isn’t your home requires a lot of preparation, planning, and education before setting off. We’ve put together a list of expert tips and tricks to help you get ready for your time in Thailand.

Keep reading our six top tips so you’re more than prepared to begin your year abroad in Thailand!

Pick a Homebase

Whether you’re there to study or to travel and explore, you need to know first where you’re going to lay your roots. Basing yourself right in the hustle and bustle of Thailand’s capital city Bangkok means you’ll be instantly immersed in the culture. But if this doesn’t sound like it’s for you, there are still plenty of other areas that could be more appealing.

Chiang Mai offers a hub for many Westerners who are interested in technology and the advantageous components of the digital age while Chiang Rai, Kanchanaburi, Phuket, Sukhothai, and Nong Khai are smaller areas many love to call home.

What’s most important is that you establish your homebase from the beginning, giving you a place to come back to as you travel throughout the country for your year abroad. Not only is this more cost effective, but it will also give you the opportunity to really make lasting connections to your surroundings and the people there.

Pack Wisely

The art of packing for a long trip is one that very few of us get right the first time. It’s easy to think that because you’re traveling so far from home, you’ll need to take absolutely everything with you because you won’t find it there. This isn’t true for Thailand.

Thailand is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world– you can find most of your home comforts (like toiletries and clothing) there at relatively cheap prices, meaning you can go lighter on your packing. The weather’s warm which means you’ll need less bulky clothes, and there are plenty of markets where you can pick up some extra t-shirts or swimsuits if you need them.

The room you save in your suitcase from not taking endless pairs of shoes and tons of clothes could be filled with more meaningful things like your favorite food treats from home, gifts that you could give people you make connections with in the future, or even technological devices you may struggle to get your hands on in Thailand. Regardless of what you take, do your homework before leaving and be smart about what you bring from home.

Set Up a Local Bank Account

When you travel anywhere for a year to live, it is always important that you do your best to live like a local. One of the best ways to do this is by setting up a local bank account for yourself upon arriving. You are going to need easy access to local currency to fund your accommodation, food, shopping, and all the basic necessities.

Once you’ve set up your local Thailand bank account, you can use a service like Pangea Money Transfer to receive transfers from a bank account back home to your local Thai bank account. When you begin compiling all the ATM conversion fees and the back and forth between you and your home bank, you’ll be glad you’ve gone through the steps to set up your Thai bank account!

Make Friends with Locals

This seems like an obvious trope of traveling, but one that can be easily overlooked when there are so many Western travelers around you.

Regardless of how long one of your fellow Westerners has been in Thailand, they’ll never know all the hidden spots the locals do or the language as well.

Be brave and introduce yourself – people will be glad you’ve made the effort to learn some basic Thai and will help you with it, and in return will be happy to test out their English with you. If you really want to understand Thai culture from an authentic vantage point, then get to know the locals.

Get Around Cheaply 

Taking a tuk tuk is a must-do experience when in Thailand, but not all are as cheap as others. Tuk tuks with white and black or red and black number plates are government sponsored and will be up to 10 times cheaper than the tourist-targeting yellow number plated tuk tuks, which can cost you up to 200 baht (just over $6, or about £4.50). Also remember you can barter – this is common practice in practically all shops, stalls, markets and transport around Thailand.

Dig into the Local Cuisine

Thai food is amazing, and is best eaten from the many street stalls there, made by locals from traditional family recipes. Along with pad thai (Thai fried noodles), you’ll find amazing khao pad (fried rice), tom yum goong (spicy shrimp soup), and som tum (spicy green papaya salad).

Most of Thai food is based around shrimp, pork and beef, and is often spicy, but there are plenty of vegetarian and milder options too. When eating and drinking, the most important thing to remember is to not drink tap water, which can upset your stomach. Stick with bottled and filtered water.

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7 Tips For Staying Active This Summer  /7-tips-for-staying-active-this-summer/ Wed, 11 Oct 2017 04:15:58 +0000 /?p=1059 While you may have spent the last few months stressing about getting your body beach-ready, it’s easy to let all that hard work slip once the sun heats up and the ice cream starts filling up your freezer. Summer can actually be a great time to improve your fitness and increase your activity levels, and […]

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While you may have spent the last few months stressing about getting your body beach-ready, it’s easy to let all that hard work slip once the sun heats up and the ice cream starts filling up your freezer. Summer can actually be a great time to improve your fitness and increase your activity levels, and that doesn’t necessarily mean slaving away in the gym. There are plenty of fun ways to enjoy fitness during the summer months; you may just need to think outside the box.

1 – Book a fitness-friendly vacation. Not every summer holiday needs to involve lazing around all day with cocktails and seaside snacks. There are places where you can relax, see some beautiful sights, and keep your body moving. Check out bali villas for rent and spend your holiday swimming in your own personal pool and hitting the beach for fun summer activities that the whole family will enjoy.

2 – Get walking. Even if you’ve never been one for exercise, there are things you can do to step up your fitness level this summer. Now that the weather is warm, it’s easier than ever to get outdoors and enjoy the summer sun. Set yourself a distance goal for each day and aim to improve it by the end of the summer.

3 – Find an activity that you love. It’s difficult to get yourself in the mood for exercising if you don’t enjoy the activity you’ve planned. Some people hate treadmills but love running on the beach, while others feel their best playing team sports. Find a pastime that you genuinely enjoy and schedule it into your summer days so that you’ll begin to look forward to exercise.

4 – Don’t neglect your health on vacation. If you are travelling overseas for your holiday this year, aim to keep your fitness routine going wherever you are. Whether it’s the hotel gym, some laps in the pool or a jog around a new city, make fitness part of your holiday regimen.

5 – Get an exercise buddy. It’s always easier to stay on top of your fitness when you have a friend to be accountable to. Find a friend with similar health goals to you and make a plan to be active together this summer. This will give you the chance to catch up regularly and maintain your friendship while helping each other to stay fit. Plan new activities regularly together so you never have a chance to get bored.

6 – Go sightseeing. Sightseeing is a major calorie-burner, especially if you’re walking around museums and city streets. Even if you’re not going away this summer, take the time to become a tourist in your own city. Visit your local museums and take a walking tour through some interesting neighbourhoods – you’ll learn something new while improving your health.

7 – Set yourself a solid fitness goal. It’s easier to stay on track with your activity levels if you have a particular event or goal that you’re working towards. Consider setting a specific date to work toward. This may mean booking yourself into a half-marathon in six months time, or simply setting a clear step goal to reach by the time the temperature starts to drop. Make sure it’s both achievable and realistic and then spend your summer making it happen.

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5 best ways to save money on your foreign travels /5-best-ways-to-save-money-on-your-foreign-travels/ Thu, 07 Sep 2017 10:42:49 +0000 /?p=1051  Have you always wanted to travel?Have you always wanted to explore the world? Do you want to save money while on your travels abroad? With the peak travelling season approaching, it is the right time for you to start getting ready and getting in the groove! It is now time to begin contemplating how to […]

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 Have you always wanted to travel?Have you always wanted to explore the world? Do you want to save money while on your travels abroad?

With the peak travelling season approaching, it is the right time for you to start getting ready and getting in the groove! It is now time to begin contemplating how to minimize vacation expenses while maximizing your opportunities.

Who would not want to travel the world? But the idea of all those exorbitant expenses deters one from planning a trip! What if there was a way to explore this beautiful planet of ours and roam the globe without breaking the bank? What if we told you there was a way to achieve your dreams without spending half your life’s savings? What if there was a way you could visit your favoured destinations?

What if we told you, that you could save money while travelling the world?

Travel the World and Save Money!

Travelling is a passion for a lot of people! The opportunity to see different places, cities, destinations and cultures is more than they can resist. But with this inflated economy a lot of people’s dream never get realized. And so, to help you out we have found some brilliant ways for you to save money while you are globetrotting! The top 5 ways to do this are:

Save Money, Eat Local!

We will start this list with the most simplistic of ways of cutting back on your expenses and slowly build towards the most complex ones. Starting with the most simplistic one, this is also the most common mistake people make when they travel, which eventually leads them to return back home with wallets much lighter than they would have liked!

Most people go abroad and end up dining at extremely expensive fast food chains. Not only is trying out new cuisines part of the thrill of travelling, but you are also likely to eat far better. Find a street food stall for some savoury local snacks, or hit the morning markets for fresh fruits and veggies and cook something yourself!

Travelers can buy an assortment of cheap snacks that you they can enjoy as incredible fresh meals. They can also get a feel for what the local people eat, giving them a more realistic experience of their destination. It is a wonderful way of taking in the pulse of a new place and enjoying their culture first hand.

Travel During the Off – Seasons

Another mistake that most travel enthusiasts make, is that they tend to travel the peak tourist times because they think they will miss out on a certain experience. However, that is not the case! In fact, by travelling during the tourist season you will be in contact with more tourists throughout your stay than with the actual locals.

For example, travelling to Europe for Christmas, America for the New Year or Australia for the summer is not a wise decision. Rather travel during the off – season and you are sure to find everything at a better bargained price. This means everything from hotel rooms, intracity travel, flight tickets and even local food stalls will have a much more reduced rate for whatever they are selling.

Not only does this help you save a tremendous amount of money, but it makes a lot of sense as well! By going a little earlier or a little later than the peak season, you beat the crowd. Travels can get a taste of the local culture of their destination before it gets infested with a thousand tourists. They can experience all the brilliant aspects in a more real manner, without missing out on a lot. For instance, much of Europe will still have beautiful weather come January – but with kids back at school the flights will be cheaper and your destination a lot less crowded.

Save Money, Share a Cab

Another major drainage of money while traveling is the cost and expense of moving around in the city. This expense is only augmented if you are in a city which has a higher exchange rate than your currency, because that would mean you will be spending a lot more. There are two ways to tackle this problem: Travellers can either choose to rent a car, or they can choose to share a ride using apps like Ola or Uber while traveling.

Using an app like Ola or Uber to order for a sharing a cab is a great option if you are on touristic vacation instead of a leisure and relaxing one – the kind where you leave your room at 8 am in the morning, stay out sight-seeing and discovering the cityscape, and return only late at night. Why this works so well is because, you get to share the cab fare with others, and this causes a split expensive which is much cheaper than if you were to charter a whole cab to yourself. Moreover, it can also make you meet new people and possible help make friends!

Car rentals as an option makes sense if you are a large group, like a family or a bunch of friends. In this case getting a sharing cab would be futile. Instead, coming together and pithing in to rent a car seems most feasible. This is because it will be cheaper on the whole group, plus travellers also have the option to leave and go wherever they wish to whenever they wish to! This makes life much easier on you and your wallet!

Fly to New Heights of Saving Money

Coming to more complex ways of saving money during your travels, this method helps you save a lot of money in the future. One important thing to keep in mind while travelling is to book the right flight. And to do this, you must do sufficient research first. This may sound like an easy task, but it is something a lot of people tend to overlook.

Some things to look into which can help you save money are:

  • Check multiple airlines for the cheapest fares
  • Check different dates for the best rates and prices of tickets
  • Checking the amount of baggage that you can carry (even whether check in baggage is allowed or not should be taken into consideration)
  • Book as early as possible- last minute flights are always more expensive
  • Clear cookies before booking your flights, or use the incognito mode- flight fares increase if you visit the same page repeatedly
  • Flights during Holiday seasons will be more expensive than off – season tickets

These are some of the things that travellers can look into to ensure that not only do they save some money but also have a safe and carefree comfortable flight!

Moreover, there some things that you need to keep in mind that can help you save even more money. Travellers should try and make a booking for flights back to the same airport. Flying in and out of the same airport is almost always cheaper. Travellers should always look for connecting flights. Yes, they take a little longer and you may have to deal with the stop over, but they save a great deal of money – some of which you can use during your stay in your destination.

Home is Where the Heart Is

This is fifth and last way to save money on this list, and it could be the clincher! What amounts to the most expenses when you travel is the lodging and boarding. Period.

Having to pay for the hotel rooms, the breakfast, lunch and dinner, and all other in room services – not to mention the taxes! These all can rack up quite a bill, which can do a real number on your wallet and savings.

A better way to manage your money would be to rent a guest house or finder cheaper, less pricey accommodation for you and your family.

One way to do this is by finding a “home exchange”. This is a very popular method, especially for backpackers in Europe. What happens here is, locals rent out a room for you the visitor to stay in, and at the same time, you help them out with their household work and daily chores!

This is a brilliant way to interact with the locals first hand, get to know their lives, their culture, heritage, traditions, rituals and all other such intricacies first hand! So, if you are adventure type then choose this option. It is extremely cost effective and you get to stay with some wonderful people!

Another way is to stay in backpacker hotels. These are hostels especially made for the thrill seeker in you. Made only for backpacker, this is once again a fantastic way to meet other fellow travellers since all of you guys stay under the same roof. This is more for a solo traveller however. For travellers who have family accompanying them, they can choose a regular hostel.

A guest house or a hostel is a fabulous option for those who want to stay together as family but do not want to shell out the exorbitant amounts of money for staying in a hotel. Another advantage of guest houses is that there are no restriction and you can do whatever you want, at whatever time. So, if you are a partying animal who wants to play music and make merry deep into the night, then a guest house is the way to go!

Arrivederci

And so there you have it. 5 awesome ways that you can save money while travelling the world and having the time of your life. And now with the emergence of the internet and online web stores like Make My Trip, Yatra, Go ibibio and Clear Trip, users can get some incredible discount rates as well. Users can make use of online deals running on travel sites like yatra offers to enhance their experience! So, now you can save money not just while travelling but also while making arrangements for the same.

So, as use these techniques and go where ever your heart desires. After all, life is short so live it to the fullest and make your dreams come true. And remember:

“Travel far enough and you will meet yourself!”

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