Penang – A Jewel in Malaysia’s Crown

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Malaysia is a fascinating and beautiful country split over multiple islands, one of which, Penang, we will be focusing on today. It has long been a popular destination as people from Australia (a relatively short plane ride away) and further afield head to the island. Whether you head to a chain hotel or for an authentic homestay in penang, there is so much to see and do.

  • Food – Penang has often been voted one of the best destinations in the world for food and street food, whether you have a sweet tooth and opt for the exotic fruits or you love curries and opt for the indian and asian fusion that is on offer, your taste buds will thank you!
  • Wildlife – you can head to the famous monkey beach and other sanctuaries or just enjoy the huge amount of wildlife around.
  • Beaches – Penang’s beaches are some of the most beautiful Asia has to offer, and there is a huge amount of coastline to explore, whether you want to go to an isolated and quiet beach or a busy bustling spot for water sports.
  • Weather – Malaysia is hot. There is a hurricane season but that is inevitable in such a tropical climate. If you want hot weather then somewhere like Penang is perfect.
  • Shopping – the night markets are amazing with locals selling their goods, and there are also lots of malls and world renowned brands and stores.

Malaysian accommodation is generally to a good standard and a lot of the homestays can be both affordable and provide a good base for your break in this beautiful island.

Benefits of a Private Tour

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group-366355_640Taking a tour when you’re in a new city or holiday destination isn’t a new concept, and can be an amazing way to explore a new place, but there are certain times when the standard ‘out of the box’ tour that you can take isn’t enough, and there are certainly a lot of benefits to taking a private tour. What taking a private tour entails is basically having your own tour guide and potentially driver, and going out in a small party to explore the new area, this means you can go as a couple or family group for instance.

Finding a tour guide who is up to the job can be a big part of it, but certain websites offering a private tours guide have been created to provide these tours in multiple cities, and can allow you to rest assured that you have a solid professional who knows exactly what they’re doing. A good tour guide can make all the difference, and allows you to see the area in an authentic light as shown by the locals, rather than a generic tourist spiel.

A big benefit of going with a private tour guide is the fact that things are a bit less busy. Depending on the tourist attraction (some will always be very busy) but going somewhere and not having to deal with 50 or 60 people getting off the same bus and trying to get to the same vantage points can be a big advantage, and some people really struggle with big crowds, making sure you don’t have to deal with this wherever it can be avoided is a big positive.

A private tour can be personalized too, which is a big positive, for instance if you have already visited an area of a city and don’t need it to be included in your tour, you can alter it to make sure you don’t go there, and spend more time elsewhere, or if certain things don’t appeal to you, just give them a miss. Talking to the tour guide and getting a truly personalized experience can make sure you get the most out of it.

Going private as opposed to on bigger group tours also often means you can fit things in a little faster, if you don’t have so much time, not having to wait for others to finish or for group toilet breaks etc can be very helpful, so on a time restricted break, this can be beneficial, too.

On top of all of these benefits of private tours, the luxury factor is huge. Often if you’ve saved for a holiday and want to go somewhere truly special then you don’t want to spend time on buses with a huge amount of people or doing walking tours where you have to keep up with the slowest member of the party! Going at your own pace, to see things you want to see, and often in a luxurious environment such as a private vehicle with driver, can be a wonderful way to see any city or holiday destination.

Top 5 Tips for Your Lares Trek

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Screen Shot 2017-01-28 at 13.37.17Lares treks can be one of the most fulfilling and amazing travel experiences you ever come across. An alternative route to the ‘inca trail’ most of us have heard of, a Lares trek takes you through amazing mountains and scenery within Peru. If you want an authentic views of the andean communities and some of the most breathtaking scenery imaginable, this is a trip not to be missed, but there are some recommendations and things to remember before you go.

  • Get used to altitude. Luckily we can use things like altitude masks these days, and there are other trips and techniques you can use in order to get used to being at altitude, which will likely help you a lot for your Lares trek.
  • Bring a camera and spare batteries. This should be obvious, but so many people don’t account for having to bring spare batteries to keep your camera going for what is a relatively long trek, some of the most amazing photo opportunities can be missed if you’re not prepared.
  • Be ready for rain. This is inevitable, so having all of your waterproof gear on you is essential.
  • Get fit and wear good shoes. It may not be the same as running a marathon, but a little bit of fitness training and the selection of good shoes for walking distances can make sure you’re not in discomfort and can enjoy the trip to the max.
  • Protect your tech. If you’re taking a phone and camera for instance, you don’t want them to get wet, so waterproof casings are a must.

Dubai: Luxury Travel Hotspot

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dubai-1227538_640Dubai has established itself over recent years as being one of the most popular luxury holiday destinations in the world. If you follow famous sports stars, musicians and other celebrities on social networks, the chances are at some point you’ll see them posting updates from a suave Dubai destinations, so what is so special about Dubai?

Well, for starters, the weather. If you want somewhere that is warm the whole year round, Dubai is perfect, the roasting heat is great for those wanting to get a tan and sunbathe by the pool, and makes it a great luxury winter break option.

The city has sprung up over the last 20 years, and now has one of the most amazing skylines in the world. On top of the amazing architecture, you can also visit the worlds tallest building, the Burj Khalifa! The city is also a shoppers paradise, and its luxury reputation has led to designer brands setting up shop there. There is a lot of money floating around the city, so be sure to prepare to spend a little cash on your wardrobe!

Perhaps the most exciting thing about a visit to Dubai, besides the stunning beaches and amazing city life, is the fact that the hotels are among the best in the world. Whether its the amazing palm island or the huge amount of top rated hotels including seven star rated lodgings, there are so many amazing places to stay, it would take years to name them all. You can even do a bit of celeb spotting whilst you’re there.

Things to Do in Savannah, GA

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savannahSavannah is a truly amazing part of America, with a rich history and loads to do whether you’re into living the high life or just exploring history and architecture. Savannah is a great place for taking a holiday, and whilst the pace of life is a little slower than some of America’s biggest cities, the climate and friendly nature of the people make it an amazing place to spend your time.

We’ve compiled a list of top things to do in Savannah, with options for whether you’re on your own, in a couple or group, or traveling as a family with kids.

Savannah Ghost tours. These are amazing for families as well as horror enthusiasts, and are designed to be family friendly ghost tours suitable for children as well. The history of the city helps add to the creepy atmosphere and this can provide a great thing to do of an evening. The walking tours and shows are truly amazing and interactive and the company providing them give a great experience which is almost theatrical in nature.

Cathedral of St John the Baptist. This is a very famous cathedral and as well as its impressive scale, the architecture is truly something to write home about. Even if you do not opt to spend long there or go for a tour, just spending a few minutes taking pictures and experiencing the beauty of the building, rebuilt in the 1900s, is worth spending a little time doing.

The Chippewa Square Bus Stop. I know what you’re thinking, why would I want to visit a bus stop? As well as being at the heart of Chippewa square, one of many impressive parks and recreational areas within the city, this is an iconic place due to being the location for the famous bench scenes throughout Forrest Gump, one of the most iconic scenes in one of the most iconic movies of all time. Have your picture taken at the very home of ‘life is like a box of chocolates’.

The Rest of the Squares. There are 22 amazing squares to visit in total, a great chance to sit back and relax, take photos or even enjoy a picnic or a drink in the sunshine.

Take a Pedicab. There are quite a lot of Pedicabs in Savannah and they give you a chance to soak up the beauty (and probably sunshine) in style, sit back, relax and let the driver take you to your destination!

Eat. You’re going to need to eat at some point while you’re in the city, so why not do it in style. There are many great places to eat including some options for fine dining, and even traditional southern restaurants where the proud history of the region is evident in the flavors and dining habits on offer.

If you’re looking for a place to visit with a rich history and a lot of culture, Savannah is a truly excellent option, from ghost tours to fine dining, nightlife to parklife, there really is something for everyone.

Finding Enchanting Luxury Holidays

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santorini-766677_640Once in a while, we’re lucky enough to head on the holiday of our dreams. The days of slumming it in hostels with a backpack are fine, but at some point you’ve just got to be pampered, and head to a destination where luxury is all around you, so where do you find the best luxury holiday ideas?

Instagram. Social media is great for holiday and trip inspiration, if you have a destination in mind and want to see what it is like, you can look for images taken in the area or just search through the relevant hash tags, you’ll quickly work out if the trip is for you. On top of this, some accounts are dedicated to bringing luxury holiday ideas to your feed every day! Facebook has similar capabilities and can be another place to follow luxury travel bloggers and websites.

Some websites are amazing for luxury holidays. There are a lot of generic travel blogs but there are also blogs and websites dedicated to enchanting luxury holidays, whether it be a luxurious city, an amazing resort or a stunning cruise.

Friends recommendations are always welcome. Most people in the 21st century are pretty fond of traveling and chatting to your friends about the breaks they decide to take, either on their own, as a couple or with their whole family, can be a great way to find out about lovely locations and holiday opportunities you didn’t even know existed!

There is more information available than ever before in 2017, and there are so many websites and other resources to help you to plan your ideal getaway!

Why Get Married in the Caribbean

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weddingCaribbean weddings are the stuff of fairytales. Whether you live in America, Europe or elsewhere. There are pros and cons to any type of wedding and a destination wedding to the caribbean is no exception, so in this article we’re looking at some of the benefits of heading to the Dominican Republic or one of its neighbors in the search for the wedding of your dreams.

The wedding ceremony itself can be like something from a film if you go to the Caribbean, picture the beach wedding ceremony from the movies, with clear blue skies and blazing sunshine. Because so many people opt for this kind of wedding, there are lots of companies out there helping with wedding planning in the Dominican Republic for instance. They can help you get everything in place for the wedding ceremony and even things like referring photographers.

The only downside I can easily think of is getting people there, and it may be tough for some people to head to another country to attend a wedding, but that said, it is much easier to persuade people when they find out they’re going somewhere tropical.

There is a hurricane season, and this is best avoided, but the companies who help with planning can usually help you with your booking to make sure you don’t end up with a washout.

Lets face it if you go to the Caribbean you’re also pretty much already in your honeymoon destination too, so you can kill two birds with one stone and head to the amazing resorts afterwards.

How Machu Picchu Can Be a Once in a Lifetime Trip

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machu-pichu-1531780_640Machu Picchu is a landmark that most of us are familiar with in one way or another. Archaeologists are pretty much agreed that it was built for an ancient Inca emperor in the 1400s and has been referred to as the “Lost City of the Incas”. It was actually abandoned about 100 years after being built and shows an amazing part of the past in this amazing South American region.

Visiting Machu Picchu can be a really rewarding and almost spiritual experience for some, and getting your Machu Picchu Tickets should be done with a company who can help you to plan your trip as you will be at a high climate, in an area where it can be tough to reach, and having a tour operator help with your trip is vital.

Once you have made it up to Machu Picchu, the views are breathtaking, and it shows a glimpse of what the world looked like in a totally different culture, hundreds of years ago. At 8000 feet above sea level the views are always going to be pretty spectacular, but in a humbling and amazing setting such as this you will truly experience something that is once in a lifetime.

If you are ambitious, you can take the inca trail with guides and experience an even more amazing and authentic way to reach Machu Picchu. Either way, the amount of people visiting is limited and you need to book well in advance. There is a reason this was voted one of the seven new wonders of the world and is well worth a visit.

Facts About Javea, Spain

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screen-shot-2017-01-11-at-00-48-15Javea is an amazing place to live, along the costa blanca in Spain, it offers an amazing history, a thriving tourism industry and lots of expats and Spanish locals choosing to move there. Plenty of companies such as http://www.inmobiliariajavea.es/ are able to help you to relocate to the Town if you are planning on a longer stay, and can show some of the most amazing properties available in the area.

  • Javea is situated 4,300 km north of the equator and is warm, though not scorchingly hot, most of the year.
  • It is around 80km from both Alicante and Valencia airports and can be easily reached from either.
  • It has been inhabited since prehistoric times with cave dwellers reportedly living in nearby mountain ranges.
  • A port in Javea was used a lot by the Roman empire and it is the oldest port known to have been used by the Romans along this coast of Spain.
  • The amazing harbour has a history dating all the way back to the 1500s.
  • The town is home to 33,149 people and a large percentage of these are expats with a thriving community of people who have moved from elsewhere in Europe and beyond.
  • Known by the locals as Xàbia.

As you can see from the above, this is a really interesting town and coast, and there is lots to see and do, be it modern or historical! You can kick back and relax by the beach or explore nearby mountains and historical sites, depending on what you’re interested in. Moving to Javea is something many people dream of and there are many experts out there who can help.

Simple Guide to Costa Blanca

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screen-shot-2017-01-11-at-00-31-32Today we’re providing a brief guide to the Costa Blanca, a holiday destination in Spain, the “white coast”, so called because of its beautiful beaches, can be brilliant for a short break or a longer stay.

The Costa Blanca has warm temperatures for most of the year, and stays temperate without reaching the humidity of some of the southern coasts and other Mediterranean countries.

There is so much to see along the costa blanca with over 100 km of beaches and some beautiful mountains to explore, great for climbing or simply marvelling at from afar.

Towns such as Benidorm are known for having a lot of British people and other expats either living in them or visiting regularly. Other towns and cities along the coast have a lot to offer and there are some great costa blanca property deals out there for those who want to live in Spain or relocate to the coast.

The area is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the whole of Europe, and there is always plenty to do on the coast, whether you want to explore historical monuments, go on nature walks or just soak up the suns rays in a luxury hotel. Served by numerous airports, Spain is easy to travel around and hiring a car and heading along the coastline is one of the best ways to experience everything that is on offer at your own pace, you won’t be short of activities or places to stay in a bustling hive of activity.

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