How The Web Can Help You See The World

Do you love to travel? If so, are you taking advantage of the wonders of the World Wide Web? If you’re a globetrotter, it’s time to embrace technology, and learn all about how the web could help you see the big, wide world.

 

 

Booking flights and accommodation

If you’ve got the travel bug, you may want to jet off to exotic shores as frequently as possible, and the Internet can help you do this. Using a tablet or a phone to book flights and accommodation won’t just save you time and effort. It can also save you a huge amount of money. By booking online, you can take advantage of preferential rates, and you can also compare prices to find the best deals. Rather than calling airlines or travel agents, you can enter the destination and dates, and you’ll be presented with a list of carriers and prices. If you can be flexible with dates, you’ll save even more. It’s also worth signing up for mailing lists so that you receive details of flash sales and promotions.

 

Handy apps

Sometimes, traveling can be stressful, and there are loads of apps, which can make life easier. You can download apps to book your trip, but you can also use them to find restaurants while you’re on your travels, book car hire or find your nearest gas station if you’re embarking on a road trip. Apps can also enhance the adventure and enable you to get the best out of your trip. If you’re out on the water, for example, you can download a kayaking app to guide you and show you the best routes without having to worry about carrying maps. If you’re climbing a mountain, you can access the best hiking paths in the area at the click of a button. If you’re out in search of the Northern Lights, you can take improve the quality of your phone photos with an app. Whatever you want to do when you’re overseas, it’s likely that there’s an app for it.

 

Travel tips and recommendations

Often, when you’re traveling, it’s helpful to read about what other people have done or see where they’ve been. The Internet is a great resource for finding travel tips and reading reviews. You can find out everything from opening times for major attractions and the best ways to save money while abroad to reviews of hotels and tips to help you stay safe. When you’re reading reviews online, try and get a balanced view. Don’t just read one post. We’re all different, and one person’s experience may be very different to another’s.

 

If you’re a travel fan, there are so many ways in which the Internet can benefit you. It can save you money, which will enable you to travel more, treat you to all kinds of useful information and travel tips, and provide you with a range of handy apps and websites to help you plan your trip and make the most of your time away.

 

Forget Takeaway: Taste The Real China

China is a travel destination that despite being well known still holds a lot of mystery; it’s a country of vast diversity and culture. There’s a lot more to this vibrant country than meets the eye, and because of this, unless you have actually visited it, it’s impossible to get an authentic understanding of what China is like. So it’s time to forget your takeaway, regardless of how good it might taste, and head to China to get an authentic taste of what this intriguing country has to offer.

 

 

How long to go for

 

There’s no doubt about it, China is a big place, which is why when it comes to how long to visit for it depends on how much of the country you want to see. If you are just planning on visiting one area, then a few days to a week should be plenty of time. However, if you want to travel around and see more of this incredible country, then anything from two weeks to a few months could be a good amount of time to spend there – it all depends on what you plan on doing during your stay.

 

Where to stay

 

Like most places, China has a wide range of accommodation options, depending on where you choose to visit, that is. In urban areas, there is plenty of accommodation options, from fancy hotels to cheaper motel accommodation. In rural areas, the accommodation on offer is more limited, but there’s still some choice, so whatever your budget there’s sure to be somewhere that is suitable.

 

 

What to do

 

What you choose to do while in China will depend on a range of factors, from the time that you are there for to your budget and personal preferences. As well as exploring China’s main towns and cities, like the capital city of Beijing, there are also other sights and attractions to visit. These include the Great Wall of China, the country’s many temples, such as the Temple of Heaven, the Ming Tombs, and the wilder areas of the country, such as the wilderness surrounding Mount Everest. Obviously, if you are going to explore wild areas, it’s best to book a tour, such as one of these Tibet tour packages, to ensure that you stay safe while traveling. China is, on the whole, a safe place to travel, but out in the wilderness there are threats, such as getting lost, so visiting these areas as part of a tour group is the best option.

 

Who to travel with

 

When it comes to who to travel with, that will most probably depend on two things: your personal preference and what you plan on doing. If you have a friend who loves the wilderness and adventure and you are planning on trekking to Mount Everest Base Camp, they could make the perfect travel companion. However, traveling with someone who’s out of shape or isn’t a keen adventurer could be a mistake. If there’s no one who fancies a trip to China with you, then you could, of course, opt to travel solo. It might sound daunting, but it’s not as scary as you think.

 

China is somewhere that every traveler should visit at one point or another in their lives, as it’s just such an incredible place.

 

The Best Ways To Travel On Holiday

As anyone who loves travelling will know, there are plenty of ways to get around. Here’s a list of some of the most common, along with some pros and cons that might just help you to make up your mind…

Flying

 

 

Pros: Flying is one of the most convenient ways to travel over long distances – if you want to get to the other side of the world then there really isn’t any point in going back in time and taking a boat trip that’s going to last for a couple of weeks unless you have a really intense phobia of flying. On a lot of good planes you can watch movies, eat decent food and relax until your trip really begins.

Cons: Flying can be very expensive, and also it isn’t necessarily the most enjoyable trip if you have to wait for a long time at the airport beforehand to check in and to go through security. In addition, planes really aren’t very good for the environment – if you fly regularly then your carbon footprint is probably getting pretty intense.

Hire A Car

 

Pros: One of the best things about hiring a car is that it really is an adventure – you can control exactly what you do and where you go, which means that you can make your trip into exactly what you want it to be. Driving also gives you an incredible sense of independence – you can explore the country you’re in to your heart’s content.

Cons: In order to drive, you have to be in a good mental state – you need to have got at least six hours sleep the previous night, and of course you need to make sure that you haven’t been drinking at all. Driving can be a big responsibility, and it can get boring when you’re driving for huge distances.

Take A Train Journey

 

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Pros: Train holidays are some of the most picturesque and beautiful vacations you can take, from the Trans-Siberian Railway from the train ride from Cusco in Peru to Aguas Calientes, from which you can visit Machu Picchu. They’re relaxing and calm, and you’ll get a little time to chill out before your next adventure.

Cons: Trains can get very crowded in some countries, and sleeper trains can be very bumpy and uncomfortable without great washing and toilet facilities.

Go On A Cruise

 

 

Pros: Cruises are one of the most relaxing ways that you can spend your time. Not only are you waited on hand and foot with an incredible selection of restaurants and activities, but all your day trips are also planned for you.

Cons: Cruises can often feel a little stifling – you don’t have much control over your trip and you’re stuck in a confined space with a lot of people that you don’t particularly know. It’s also hard to go home if you’re ill or if there’s a family emergency of some sort, as you might have your flight home already booked from where the ship docks at the end of the trip.

 

Take Your Holiday Fresh And On The Rocks

Australia is a big place that offers so much to see and discover for the tourists who want to experience a true sense of life down under. In fact, there is almost too much to see and to do in Australia for you to make the most of your holiday! Instead, you should stick to one area at a time and embrace its culture and history to the fullest. So if you are heading to Sydney, for a taste of urban life, you might want to make time to discover the historic area of the city center, The Rocks, which is adjacent to the first European settlement in Australia, dating back to 1788, Circular Quay. The Rocks was established shortly after the colony’s formation and has kept a rough reputation for centuries until a People’s Plan was developed in the 1970s to help the redevelopment of the then aging locality. Now, the Rocks is the home of several artists and history-enthusiasts who have made the place a pleasant and exciting area for tourists and locals. So if you are heading to The Rocks, here’s a little guide of where to stay and how to live like a local for your holiday.

 

Where To Stay

The Rocks offers a scenic view of the iconic Harbour Bridge which carries traffic above the harbour of Sydney and into the business district. You may even know its nickname, the Coathanger, because of its arch-based design. As a result, you will find a lot of independent hotels and Bed&Breakfast accommodations offering view of the harbour. Do take the advantage if you can and settle at the Harbour Rocks Hotel which is an intimate boutique hotel a few minutes’ walk from the Coathanger and the Opera House. This is the ideal location for tourists, and its quiet surroundings make it also a favorite of business travelers too.

 

Discover Delicious Food

 

With a large variety of delicious restaurants and coffee shops, including great thai food The Rocks is the place to be for gourmets on the go. If you fancy something sweet after a long day, head to Guylian Belgian chocolate café that serves delicious cakes and decadent hot chocolates to take your sweet tooth on a one-way ticket to culinary heaven. All you need to do is to walk down the streets to discover independent gourmet choices from all around the world. If you need a break from your chain restaurant or coffee shop, The Rocks is a destination to remember.  

 

Tour Through The Iconic District

The Rocks, located on the harbourside of Sydney where the first European settlement began, has a rich history, paved with cobblestones and quirky cul-de-sacs to take you through the past. This history precinct holds some of the oldest pubs in Sydney and some of the best art museums too, so you can imagine that visitors and locals have all they need to remain endlessly entertained! Do stop at the bright and lively weekend markets to experience the real side of The Rocks.

 

China, Nepal And Singapore: Travelling To Asia – Part 2

  1. This is not the answer in The Hitchhicker’s Guide to the Galaxy – the answer to life is 42, not 48. This is the number of countries that make of Asia the world’s largest continent. It’s naturally difficult to choose which ones to visit first, and what to do in each place. You might take a pick and start discovering these cultural marvels, one after the others. Asia has so  much to offer to the world, and  especially to holidaymakers who come back with an open mind, and sometimes even a new faith. This post will only cover three out of the 48 countries, namely China, Nepal and Singapore.

 

China

From Shanghai to the Beijing, there are many worlds that coexist in China: An ancient culture and a modern high-tech industry. It’s impossible to visit China without spending some time exploring the glorious past of the country. If you go to Beijing, do stop at the Forbidden City, which will give you an insight into the life of an emperor in China, at least since the 15th century. A mere two-hour drive outside from Beijing, you’ll find one of the seven wonders of the world, that stretches over 6,000km of wall. If you want to make your journey count, join a Great Wall of China trek that will need 5 walking days. The trek is associated to a charity sponsorship so that you can walk to support a cause, such as cancer research for example. It’s a good way to make your visit to China count. Conclude your visit of ancient China with a trip to the terracotta army in Xi’an. Finally, return to modern life with a stay in Shanghai.

 

Nepal

Nepal is a small land that sits between the Himalaya Mountains and the Indian jungles where yetis, yaks and monasteries seem to be part of common life. You will find a lot to see and do in Nepal, especially if you are a sporty type. There are several trekking tours, from the Everest circuit to the Annapurna circuit, that attracts fitness enthusiasts who have a soft spot for stunning landscapes. Don’t be fooled by the words of experienced climbers, these circuits take in average between 16 and 31 days to complete and require additional permits too. So make sure to have everything you need if you want to go on a Nepali adventure.

 


Singapore

The Republic of Singapore has previously been a British colony and only gained independence in 1963. It became a sovereign nation in 1965. For almost 150 years, Singapore was a colony, and as a result, English has remained one of its many official languages. In fact, holidaymakers can easily step into the colonial past and stay in one of the Black and White houses on the island. These Tudor-style colonial houses, built in the 19th century, are luxury mansions that are available to rent when they are not already inhabited by wealthy families. The unique houses continue to attract the attention of history lovers who invest a lot in renovation works and maintenance: With the Tudor construction and the tropical garden that surrounds each house, there is indeed a lot to care for. You can find some houses open to visitors, so step inside and walk through the colonial-era of the country.

 

What’s Holding You Back From Traveling?…

 

Once you get past college age, it’s easy to let that carefree attitude to life slip away, and give in to the niggling voice of responsibility. While everyone needs to grow up some time, it’s a shame to see so many people lose out on great experiences simply because they think they’re too old for them. Here, I’ve listed some of the common, yet frequently false beliefs, that hold people back from their traveling dreams.

It’s Too Dangerous

It’s natural to be suspicious of anything that’s unfamiliar to you. Every animal experiences this, and it’s one of the many instinctive things that help keep us alive. While it’s true that certain places in the world are more dangerous than others, most countries are no more dangerous than your typical US city. You should exercise the same degree of caution while you’re visiting them. Being aware of your surroundings, not being too obvious about the valuables you have on you, and not walking alone at night are all solid rules to stick to, no matter how far away from home you are. Follow these, and you’re highly unlikely to run into any kind of trouble.

You Can’t Afford It

 

 

Traveling the world isn’t exactly the cheapest thing in the world. However, if you can afford some of the luxuries that most of us enjoy in our day-to-day life, you can almost certainly afford to travel. Saving up for a trip, even when you’re traveling on a budget, is all a matter of prioritizing your want to see the world over anything else you’d typically spend your “play money” on. Yes, that new iced coffee may look gorgeous on the poster you just passed. However, wouldn’t you rather enjoy it in a pavement café in Rome basking in the sunlight? If this is the case, hold onto your money, go home and stick with your freeze-dried instant. We all have various fiscal constraints and responsibilities we need to stick to, but you should still look at your personal finances and see how much wiggling room you have. Set out a savings plan, and stick to it. If you ever feel like slipping out of the schedule, look up some videos that will remind you what it’s all for!

Your Career is More Important

Yes, no employer likes to see a particularly big gap in a candidate’s CV. However, it’s a big mistake to assume that if you leave your job now, you won’t be able to find a new one when you get back. Traveling the world shows independence, broadened knowledge, and an ability to get along with people. Even if none of these things are true about you, it’s still something potential employers will draw from seeing that you’ve gone traveling. Furthermore, as international travel has become more and more accessible, it’s become more common for people like you to put their career on hold in order to see the world. This levels out the playing field considerably, and means that people who stay are really no more desirable than people who go.

 

Camping WIth Non-Campers: How To Help Them Love It

I’ve always loved camping – it’s an excellent way of see the world and costs the fraction of the price of a hotel vacation. Not to mention the fact that I remember many of my camping trips a lot more than a bog-standard resort break.

 

However, I do understand that many people out there don’t feel the same way, and some cannot think of anything worse than pitching up a tent and sleeping on nature’s doorstep. And when it comes to arranging a camping breakaway, it’s these people who are the hardest to please,. Even when you persuade them to come, they can often spend the entire trip away either in abject fear or in endless moaning mode.

 

The good news is there are a few things you can do to help these non-campers enjoy the experience a lot more – perhaps even love it! Here’s my guide to organizing a camping trip to ensure everyone has a great time – including the non-campers.

 

 

Choose a site with good bathrooms

 

I’ll be honest, it’s always hard to persuade the camping haters to join you on a trip to the wilderness. You are far better off going down the campsite route, and choose one which has plenty of facilities and is a little closer in nature to a hotel experience. The one key area to check out is the bathroom facilities – it’s always the biggest complaint from non-campers. Are there clean showers and washing facilities? Are the toilets acceptable, modern, and well-maintained, rather than just a hole in the ground?

 

Buy a better tent

 

Many non-campers fail to realize just how amazing modern tents are. Their memories of camping 15-20 years ago are likely to involve a tatty, tiny tent full of holes – so bring them along and show them what’s on offer. If you go to this site here, you’ll see that there is a huge array of tents, all of which have unique features. And, you could even go down the glamping route with a bell tent or teepee which adds that extra layer of comfort.

 

Invest in camping beds

 

Another big complaint from non-campers is that they are always too uncomfortable to sleep at night. If I’m honest, I totally understand this point – a perfect night’s sleep when camping is a rare thing indeed, especially if you suffer from back problems. However, there are plenty of solutions. Inflatable mattresses are a reasonable starting point, and sleeping bag pads offer a comfortable layer to sleep on. There are some incredible camping beds out there if you are willing to splash the cash, too – camping cots and airbeds are all viable options.

 

Eat – and drink – well

 

Finally, if someone isn’t well fed and watered, they are going to complain about everything all the time. So, always bring enough food to eat plenty of healthy and tasty foods while camping. The difference a full stomach can make to a bad mood is amazing – and there are some incredible camping recipes out there that you – and your non-camping friends – will love.