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19 October 2019

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  • Royal Caribbean bans passenger for life for being stupid
    19 October 2019
    In what can only be called a decision wrapped in prudence, Royal Caribbean banned a passenger on the Allure of the Seas ship for life following her dangerous conduct.  Seems a passenger, in search of the ultimate selfie climbed over the railing of her cabin’s balcony and posed for a photo. Fellow passenger Peter Blosic, …
  • The Best Things To Do in Savannah, Georgia in 3 Days
    19 October 2019

    Savannah is one of our favorite destination in the South. It is a beautiful city with many green areas, historic vibes and delicious food. What we love the most about Savannah is its relaxing atmosphere. Our favorite thing to do in Savannah is just soak in the sun, walk around and enjoy the city. The quaint cobblestone streets of Savannah make it the perfect destination to explore by foot.

    Savannah is known for having many squares in its historic downtown, 22 to be exact. Each ones of the squares is uniquely designed with its own character. According to Visit Savannah its squares are the community’s most beloved icons.

    How long should I stay in Savannah?

    Savannah is perfect for a long weekend getaway, as two to three days is all you need to see the main highlights of the Savannah.

    A complete itinerary to spend 3 days in Savannah:

    Day One: Spend the day at the Beach

    Check in at your hotel, drop off your luggage and head towards the beach. On the way to the beach make a stop to one of the one of the oldest brick fortifications on the East Coast.

    Old Fort Jackson

    The Old Fort Jackson is a National Historic Landmark offering daily cannon firings. It is only 10 minutes away from historic downtown Savannah and 25 minutes from the beaches on Tybee Island. You will have unique views of Savannah’s riverfront.

    Tybee Island 

    Visit the North Beach and spend a relaxing afternoon relaxing on the sand or in the waves. Make sure to check out the Tybee Island Light Station as it is one of seven surviving colonial era lighthouses.

    Day Two: Explore the best of Historic Downtown Savannah

    The best way to explore Savannah is by foot or with the Hop On Hop Off Savannah with Old Town Trolley. We recommend walking in Savannah as between each attraction you will fall in love with its colonial vibes.

    Breakfast at The Collins Quarter

    The Collins Quarter is one of the most famous restaurants in town to grab breakfast, brunch or lunch. The food is amazing from the rich flavors to its thoughtful presentation.

    Old Savannah Tours Hop on/ Hop off

    The Old Savannah Tour offers a 90 minutes tour through the Historic Downtown Savannah. However, you do not need to complete the entire route at once as your ticket is good all day you can hop on/off at any of the 15 stops across the city.

    Savannah College of Art and Design

    Make sure to make a quick stop at the SCAD building located at 340 Bull St. It has great student exhibitions and beautiful paintings. It is free to the public and the entrance is one of the most Instagrammable spots in Savannah.   

    Explore Jones Street to Forsyth Park

    Some of the most breathtaking architecture in Savannah is located along Jones Street. The fountain at the Forsyth Park dates back to 1858 and is one of the most photographed landmarks of Savannah.

    Fun Fact: Every Saint Patricks day the fountain changes to green in celebration of Savannah’s deep Irish heritage.

    Visit the Colonial Park Cemetery

    At the Colonial Park Cemetery you will find many of the earliest citizens of the city. It is also a popular stop for local ghost tours.

    The Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist

    Without a doubt the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist makes the list of beautiful buildings in Savannah and you must stop by when exploring the city. It has previously been listed as one of the top 10 historic sites to visit in the country.

    Walk around Broughton Street

    Broughton street is the main commercial street in Savannah. Some of our favorite stores are The Paris Market, The Spice and Tea Exchange of Savannah, Chocolat, Leopold’s Ice Cream and A marche de Macarons. Here you will also find the iconic neon SCAD sign, which is perfect to photograph shining in the evening or with a cone of ice cream in your hand.

    Take a postcard photo in front of the City Hall of Savannah

    The City Hall building is an early 20th century Renaissance architecture with a 70-foot gold leaf dome & interior fountain. Go to Johnson Square and take a photo from there.

    Walk along the Riverfront

    A great way to spend the afternoon is by walking along the River street on the Savannah River. It is full of shops, bars and delicious waterfront restaurants.

    Dinner at the Olde Pink House

    When looking for the best restaurants in Savannah you will find The Olde Pink House at the top of the list, and for a good reason. In this historic home setting you can some fine dining with plenty of unique southern flavors.

    It is recommend to make a reservation advance if possible as prime dinner hours often fill up weeks in advance.

    Day Three: Visit the Wormsloe Historic Site, Tour a colonial house and take a river cruise

    Have breakfast at Clary’s Cafe

    Have breakfast at Clary’s Cafe. It is a typical American breakfast diner with delicious food at affordable prices. Try the Georgia Pecan Pancakes, they are delicious!

    Tour an old house of Savannah

    There are plenty of historic houses in Savannah that have been preserved as museums not only to highlight the amazing architecture, but the important stories of those who once lived there.

    The Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters is the top recommendation for its exemplary architecture. The house was built in the early 1800s and features the way of life from that time period, including the inhumane conditions the slaves endured.

    The Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace, the founder of the Girl Scouts led a very interesting life and built a beautiful home.

    Wormsloe State Historic Site

    The Wormsloe State Historic Site is home to one of the most iconic and photographed spots in Savannah. It is a beautiful avenue lined with live oaks and Spanish moss, native to the south.

    Riverboat Cruises

    Hop aboard an iconic paddle driven riverboat for a trip back in time down the Savannah River. The cruise options include sightseeing, sunset and catered options to fit with what you are looking for.

    Where to Stay in Savannah

    We recommend staying at the TRYP by Wyndham. It is a nice hotel on the west side of the historic district, but close to many of the attractions in the city. The downside is that it does not includes parking nor breakfast in the nightly rate, but it is cheaper compared to other hotels in downtown Savannah.

    How to get from Savannah Airport to Downtown Savannah?

    By bus: The 100X Airport Express bus provides nonstop service from the airport to Savannah’s downtown bus station. Tickets cost $5 USD one way and $8 USD roundtrip.

    By taxi: An Uber or taxi can cost anywhere between 20 USD to 40 USD.

    Some of the hotels the downtown district offer free shuttle from the airport, so make sure to check in advance if this is the case and make sure to let your hotel know the arrival time.

    More photos of beautiful Savannah

    The post The Best Things To Do in Savannah, Georgia in 3 Days appeared first on Travel to Blank.

  • 16 Best Things To Do In Newcastle, England
    18 October 2019
    Perched in the north of England, Newcastle is a city that’s well worth a visit, especially for all the history and experiences you can have here. After four visits, I’ve realised that it can actually be hard to whittle down a manageable list of the best things to do in Newcastle, especially if it’s your …
  • Is Halong Bay Cruise Worth It?: Day Trip from Hanoi, Vietnam
    18 October 2019

    A blog post by Ryazan Tristram

    Wondering if the Halong Bay cruise worth it? Here are some travel tips and guide based on my personal experience a perfect day trip from Hanoi, Vietnam.

    Thanks for reading Is Halong Bay Cruise Worth It?: Day Trip from Hanoi, Vietnam ! Read more of this post on Everything Zany .

  • Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL) Abeokuta – The First in Africa
    18 October 2019

    Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL) is the first Presidential Library in Africa and It is located in Nigeria, Abeokuta, Ogun State to be precise. The Presidential library was built by the former President of the federal republic of Nigeria and it was also named after him. The former president of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo was the first democratic president after the Military rule and he ruled Nigeria between 1999 and 2007.

    In case you are wondering why would you want to visit this library? It’s however not the regular type of library you are used to in school, it’s is an archive to document the life of the former President Of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo and some very important political documents. The Olusegun Obasanjo presidential library is a historical, academic and tourist attractions which serve as an archive for preserving the Nigerian National historical values. The library also serves as an archive for the past, present and future history of Nigeria and the former presidents of Nigeria.

    Also Read: Visit to Olumo Rock in Abeokuta

    The library provides visitors with an avenue to learn the Nigerian history from the pre-democratic era to the democratic era. The library allows visitors to learn about the history of Nigeria through the lens of President Olusegun Obasanjo. In summary, it is a library that is dedicated to the chronicles of the life and time of President Olusegun Obasanjo and gives a detailed review of the life of Olusegun Obasanjo as a father, soldier, farmer, public servant, politician, head of stated and president. The library is meant to promote the legacy and the vision of the former president of Nigeria.

    About The Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library

    The Olusegun Obasanjo library is located on 32 hectares of land in the heart of Abeokuta, Ogun State Nigeria. It is about one hour drive from the Central of excellency Lagos. 

    The building of the Olusegun Obasanjo presidential library was designed in the form of outstretched arms welcoming or embracing visitors. The building is a three-storey structure which features a museum, an art gallery, office spaces, hall, library etc

    History of the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library

    The idea of the Presidential Library was conceived in 1988 by Olusegun Obasanjo when he was a Military Head of State, OOPL was incorporated in November 2002 and came into reality in 2005 as the first presidential library in Africa and as at October 2019 remains the only presidential library in Nigeria. The Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library was modelled after the first Presidential Library in The United State of America which was modelled after President D. Roosevelt in 1939 after he donated all his official documents for national use in the presidential library.

    When was the OOPL Commissioned?

    Though the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library was built in 2005, It was however commissioned in 2017. The library was launched and commissioned In 2017 to Mark Olusegun Obasanjo 80th birthday. The mission of the Olusegun Obasanjo presidential Library (OOPL) is preserving the past, capturing the present and inspiring the future.

    The library showcases the life of president Olusegun Obasanjo from his birth to his military career, his family, his life in prison and every detail of him as a politician.

    Relics at the Presidential Library 

    The library is well equipped with over 4,000 artefact and different items belonging to the ex-president. Some of the items include:

    • Obasanjo’s first bicycle
    • Election materials
    • Photos of the Obasanjo family
    • Olusegun Obasanjo’s first car a Volkswagen beetle car
    • His official SUV car
    • Miniature warship
    • Helicopters used during the war
    • Obasanjo’s personal effects etc 
    Rounda Fun Spot

    The rounda Fun spot is an amusement park located inside OOPL. It is well equipped with different amenities for both children and adults. It has facilities such as basketball court, 350 seaters mini football pitch for kids, indoor sports and 4D graphical games and activities with an 18+ section.

    The Green Legacy Resort 

    The Green legacy resort is a four-star standard hotel located within the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, It is the perfect place for tourist and relaxation spot. It is a luxurious top of the range resort with world-class facilities. Some of the facilities include a swimming pool, a lounge, a restaurant, gym, spa, twenty-hour power supply etc. 

    The Green Legacy Resort Abeokuta comes in over 150 states of the art tastefully furnished rooms and suites. The following are the categories of rooms available at the Green Legacy Resort the Ambassadorial Suite, v, Deluxe Room, Standard Room, and the Superior Double Room.

    Facilities at The Green Legacy Resort

    Here are some of the facilities available at Green Legacy Resort, Abeokuta:

    • 5 Aside Soccer field 
    • Standard Swimming Pool
    • Badminton
    • Ultra Modern Gym
    • Kiddies Pool
    • Volleyball
    • Beauty Salon
    • Table Tennis
    • Snooker etc
    OOPL Wildlife Park – Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Zoo 

    The Olusegun Obasanjo Wildlife Park is another side attraction at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library. The Wildlife Park boasts of over 250 different species of animals some of which are Lion, Crocodile, Ape, Monkey, Monitor Lizard, Parrot, Camel, Horses, Ostrich etc The OOPL Wildlife Park is a well equipped and maintained zoo. 

    The OOPL Museum 

    The Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library features a museum that contains over 4,000 artefacts and relics of Olusegun Obasanjo’s past life. The Museum is divided into the following, the humble beginning, military career, Imprisonment and Politician, Stateman, mediator, 

    OOPL Books and Souvenir Shop

    OOPL also has a library and gift shop where you can buy books, souvenirs, gift items etc.

    The Multipurpose Hall

    The Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library also features a multi-purpose hall that can take about one thousand five hundred guests. It is a fully air-conditioned facility with a state of the facility. 

    Amphitheatre 

    The Amphiteatre is an open-air theatre with a big screen. The amphitheatre host a couple of events such as shows, cultural dances etc  

    OOPL Cinemas

    The Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library also has a Cinema where you can watch different kinds of Hollywood and Nollywood movies. The OOPL Cinema is also one of the few cinemas in Abeokuta.  

    Facilities at OOPL
    • A replica of the cell where he served his jail term
    • A replica of the Aso Rock Presidential Oval Office
    • The Adire and African Fabric centre
    • Rounda Fun Stop (OOPL Amusement park)
    • Tennis court
    • OOPL Arrival Pavilion
    • Gym and sauna
    • OOPL Rock of Inspiration
    • The OOPL Book, Gift and souvenir shop
    • OOPL Arrival Pavilion
    • Swimming Pool
    • Rock Cafe
    • Theatres
    • Cinema
    • Water Sports 
    • Museum
    • Library
    • Artificial lake
    • 4000 Artefacts
    • Amphitheatre
    • 1000 seat hall
    • A Resort
    • A 4-star Hotel
    • A restaurant
    • 153 room hotel
    •  Amusement Park A zoo
    • Mountain Top View
    • Bamboo Restaurant and bars
    When was OOPL Commissioned?

    The Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library was built in 2005 commissioned in 2007

    Opening and Closing time for Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL)

    The Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library OOPL is opened daily between 9 am and 5 pm daily Mondays to Saturdays and 10 am to 5 pm On Sundays. However, the Green Legacy Resort is opened 24 hours a day.

     Mondays to Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm

    Sundays 10 am to 5 pm

    Where is the Location of Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL)

    The Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library OOPL is located at the Presidential Boulevard Way, Oke Mosan, Abeokuta, Ogun State.

    Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library Complex, Presidential Boulevard Way, NNPC Bus Stop, Oke Mosan, Abeokuta, Ogun State, South-West, Nigeria.

    How to Get to the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library 

    Getting to the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library is easy it can easily be accessed from Lagos if you coming in from outside Nigeria. 

    Take a flight to Nigeria through the Murtala Muhammed International Airport Ikeja, Lagos State, Nigeria. From Ikeja, you will need to take a cab to Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria. Once you get to Abeokuta just after the Governors Office, you will find the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library. 

    Lists of Things to Do at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL)
  • This Cruise Passenger's Instagram Photoshoot Got Her Banned From Royal Caribbean for Life
    18 October 2019

    A passenger aboard a Royal Caribbean cruise has been banned for life after climbing over the railing of her balcony while posing for a photo.

    Another passenger on the Allure of the Seas, Peter Blosic, took a picture of the woman, who had climbed over her room’s balcony in her swimsuit to pose, and reported the incident.

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  • San Francisco Is Banning Cars From One of Its Busiest Streets — Here's What Visitors Need to Know
    18 October 2019

    One of the busiest streets of San Francisco will be closed to vehicles starting next year.

    Market Street in downtown San Fran will be closed to all private vehicles in an effort to increase the efficiency of the public transit system and increase the general safety of the area. 

    Buses and taxis will have access to the street while Lyft, Uber and other rideshare platforms will be banned. Passengers will have to walk to pick-up points at side streets to get their rides.

  • Thailand Island Hopping Getaway Travel Sweepstakes
    18 October 2019

    Travel Sweepstakes The Weekly Win Attempting to win our way around the world by entering Travel Sweepstakes! Did You Know? There are 1,403 islands across Thailand! You probably don’t have time to visit all of them, but you can hop … read more

    The post Thailand Island Hopping Getaway Travel Sweepstakes appeared first on TravelLatte.

  • 50 Best Beach Quotes for Instagram Captions
    18 October 2019

    A beach can be a place to escape. It’s a refuge for many. The rolling waves can be chaotic and calm. A haven for people just waiting to be discovered.  I collected some of the best beach quotes from short beach quotes to a more serious beach life quotes. Also...

    The post 50 Best Beach Quotes for Instagram Captions appeared first on Two Monkeys Travel Group.

  • 50 Best Adventure Quotes for Instagram Captions
    18 October 2019

    If you are looking for adventurous quotes either adventure alone, adventure with friends, adventure with a partner, adventure with family, life best adventure quotes, then doesn’t turn back and keep on scrolling down.  Do you ever have a feeling in your gut that when you post a picture, you must...

    The post 50 Best Adventure Quotes for Instagram Captions appeared first on Two Monkeys Travel Group.

Luxury Travel Blogs

19 October 2019

Luxury Travel Blogs
  • Top 10 Best Hotels In Monaco
    19 October 2019

    If you are a regular reader of Luxury Travel Diary, you will know that the tiny principality of Monaco is one of my favourite destinations. Monte-Carlo is glamorous, lively and bathed in the sunshine of the French Riviera. There are a number of top luxury hotels and this is my list of the top 10 best places to stay in Monaco.

    Continue reading Top 10 Best Hotels In Monaco on Luxury Travel Diary.

  • Top 10 Best Tours In The South Of France
    19 October 2019

    The South Of France is one of the world's top and most exclusive, luxury destinations. Enjoy sun-drenched bays, perched hilltop villages, stylish shopping, peaceful vineyards and fine cultural landmarks, it attracts celebrities and high society year-round. Get inspired with our insider's guide to ten of the best luxury tours on the French Riviera.

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  • Casa de Uco in Argentina Wine Country
    19 October 2019

    You can stay in Mendoza, Argentina and visit wineries during the day, but it can mean a lot of driving to get out and back to where the vineyards are. Fortunately there are several luxury wine lodges in the prime Malbec region of South America, including the latest one we have reviewed: Casa de Uco.

    The name, Casa de Uco Wine Resort & Vineyards, sums up what you'll fine there. An upscale resort for dining, sleeping, and lounging by a swimming pool. Then vineyards you can tour (or even buy a piece of) and a range of wine tasting opportunities.

    It was hard to choose photos for this one from our correspondent couple who visited. It's such a striking architectural piece, against an Andes Mountains backdrop, that you could take 100 great photos to post. Divided into two main structures, the design "mixes polished concrete, wood, leather, stone, metal, bamboo, and lots and lots of glass to ensure that views of vineyards and mountains are available at almost every turn."

    There are two main structures. One houses 14 rooms, while another has the restaurant, spa, bar, and lounge room for reading and games.

    The original rooms are in three categories: seven Cordón del Plata rooms that are basically the standards, six Laguna Suites facing an artificial lagoon that the birds love, and Master Suites that have two baths, a larger balcony, and space for a third person to sleep in the living room. All come with robes, slippers, heated bathroom floors, and a view. Each room also comes with a bottle of wine from Uco.

    The latest addition to the property is a group of three blocky standalone villas that opened in 2018. Two of them are one-bedroom units larger than any of the regular suites and a two-bedroom, tw0-bath duplex one that's as large as a house at 1,600 square feet. This one has its own heated plunge pool, while the other two have Jacuzzis with a view on the roof deck.

    Meal time here is a real delight, run by a chef who worked under Francis Mallmann at one of Mendoza's best restaurants. There's a strong emphasis on local and organic ingredients and some aspects that are rather rare in Argentina, like real salads and legit croissants on the breakfast buffet. The property has its own vegetable garden, herb garden, and beehives for honey. The restaurant has won a Wine Spectator award for its wine offerings---it's own and some well-chosen offerings for things not produced in this region.

    You have access to the sauna and steam room even if you're not booking a spa session, though you might want to get a treatment involving wine or grape seeds for the novelty if nothing else. There's a small gym on site and you can take a ride through the countryside on furnished bikes. Other activities included in the rates are a horse ride through the vineyards and an archery class.

    A winery tour is also included, with a tasting at the end after gaining a deeper understanding of what work goes into the bottles. Other tours and activities are available for a fee, including longer horseback rides and trekking.

    If you want an Argentina winery experience that's a bit deeper and immersive than a brief tour, this luxury resort will sear plenty of Argentine wine country experiences into your memory.

    See our full review of Casa de Uco Wine Resort and Vineyards.

     

    The post Casa de Uco in Argentina Wine Country appeared first on Luxury Latin America Blog.

  • Hotel Check: Castello del Sole, Ascona
    19 October 2019
     

    As part of my trip to Switzerland, I was also staying at this beautifully located property on Lake Maggiore. Upon arriving by train in Locarno, I was picked up by a friendly bellman who took care of my suitcases. I didn‘t join him since I had arranged a meeting with a long-time-no-seen-friend who works in Ascona. Therefore I arrived at the property a bit after 5pm, where I was impressed by the vast grounds. A friendly and quick check-in later, the lady from the front desk showed me up to my incredible Junior Suite Deluxe. I was stunned by the fresh interior since I thought the entire property wasn‘t renovated since they redid the spa. I was actually wrong, and my suite was indeed brand new. Although Castello del Sole basically lies in the front row of the lake, the rooms have only partly lake view due to the trees on the lakeshore. While I could glimpse through the trees and see the lake, I spent most of the time enjoying the spacious layout of the suite itself.

     



    When entering the suite, there was a guest bathroom with walk-in shower, single vanity and toilet, followed by the main living room set up of an L-shaped sofa, two chairs and a desk as well as a cosy sitting corner in the lovely tower. The main bedroom was only semi-separated from the living room and had plenty of wardrobe space next to the comfortable double bed. I found the master bathroom to be a bit small with single vanity, an electronic Japanese spa toilet as well as a bathtub. Whenever I felt like taking a proper shower, I had to move to the guest bathroom. This was also the reason why I didn‘t really use the master bathroom. Housekeeping did an excellent job, and there were always plenty of towels available as well as toiletries, which were by hotel-based brand „The Living Circle. I found the smell to be lovely and liked the packaging a lot. Overall the suite had all the amenities I was expecting, and I appreciated the welcome gifts (pralines and fruit basket) along with the handwritten letter.

     



    Unfortunately, I was less impressed by the indoor pool. Looking very dated with the jacuzzi that didn‘t invite me at all, I just enjoyed the facilities on the next day when it was sunny and warm outside. The pool was simply too cold for a fresh fall day, so I wouldn‘t use the pool during the fall or winter season. They tried their best to make the pool area look stylish with beautiful cushions and fresh colours, which helps the environment not to look too outdated. Luckily, I found the brand new spa area that looks like out of a Hollywood movie. With a super-cool spa lobby, a beautiful sauna area as well as the uber nice hydrotherapy area - the spa was really my personal highlight in terms of facilities. I ended up spending most of the time in the hot pools whose design is really on par. Quickly after, I changed and went on for the ultimate dining experience at the Michelin-starred Barbarossa restaurant. Being welcomed in the most friendly way, the Maitre has already prepared the table for me.

     





    I decided to go for their special menu, which focuses one hundred per cent on products grown on their own land or close surroundings. Honestly, I found this approach to be a great thing supporting a short product supply chain and not..

  • Kick-Start Guide If You Want to Travel Full-Time
    19 October 2019

    Ready to quit the 9-to-5 rat race and embark on a full-time journey as you explore? While most people would call this an “unrealistic dream,” it turns out that traveling full time is possible – even for those with day jobs. Traveling non-stop may even cost less than your monthly mortgage and expenses combined. Having a tight […]

    The post Kick-Start Guide If You Want to Travel Full-Time appeared first on Holy Smithereens!.

  • Tally Review
    19 October 2019

    Tally promises to get you out of debt and save you money while doing it. Keep reading to see if this is a debt management advisor that lives up to its claims.

    What Is Tally?

    Tally is a free app that combines automated debt assistance and a line of credit to help individuals get out of debt.

    It continuously analyzes your credit card accounts to make sure your bill is paid on time. It also helps you figure out which cards should be paid first.

    Balances on your existing credit cards will be transferred to your Tally line of credit if they have a higher APR. This will help you save money on interest and will help you pay off your debt quicker.

    Think of Tally as the middleman between you and your credit card companies. It can help you:

    • Pay debts faster
    • Save money on interest
    • Avoid late fees
    • Manage your credit cards
    Who Would Benefit from Tally?
    Tally is best suited for individuals who struggle to get out of credit card debt. If you find it difficult to successfully pay off multiple cards with different balances, Tally may be right for you.
    Pros

    Tally Does the Number Crunching For You
    Tally will look at each card balance to figure out the optimal payment amount to make on each and which one to pay off first.

    Save Money With A Lower APR
    When you qualify, you can transfer any credit card balances to a Tally credit line (if the APR is lower). You'll save on interest charges this way to pay off your debt faster.

    No Overlimit Fees
    If you use your entire Tally credit line, Tally will still pay your credit cards' minimum payments without charging additional fees.

    In exchange, they require you to pay the amount they paid back plus interest by your next Tally credit line due date.

    Secure System
    Tally uses SSL encryption and doesn't store your usernames or passwords. They also never sell or share your personal information without your approval.

    Late Fee Protection
    If your credit line is in good standing, Tally will check all credit cards before their due date to make sure the minimum payments have been made.

    If you didn't make a payment, Tally uses funds from your credit line to make the minimum payment. If you prefer not to have this protection, you can cancel it in your preferences.

    You can contact Tally's customer support by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling (866)-50-TALLY Monday - Friday, 8AM to 5 PM PST.
    Cons

    Minimum Credit Score Of 660
    You'll need a decent credit history for approval. A few late payments or excessive credit card debt can cause your score to drop below this limit.

    Not Beneficial For All Users
    Tally only comes in handy for consumers who have high APRs on their credit cards. If you have promo rates or low APRs, you won't be saving any money on interest.

    Tally only operates in Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Washington, D.C., Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Idaho, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Mexico, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wisconsin.

    If you don't live in one of the above states, you can't take advantage of their service.

    Tally's Features

    Debt Advisor
    Tally Debt Advisor works as your automated assistant to determine the best monthly payments to make. With your payments optimized, you may be able to get out of debt faster.

    Tally Pays
    Tally offers a credit line to pay off your existing debt. You can make one payment rather than sending multiple payments to each creditor. Repayment must be made with your next monthly payment.

    If you use Tally Pays, you don't have to worry about late or over-the-limit fees.

    Credit Manager
    This tracks your APRs, due dates, and balances. It helps prevent the confusion of managing multiple cards from different issuers on your own.

    You Pay
    When choosing You Pay, you are required to send the payments to your credit cards on your own. Tally still sends you reminders of your due dates. You can also pay your credit cards through the Tally app to keep everything in one place.

    Disable Tally's Late Fee Protection to make payments on your own. But if Tally can't register that you made your payment within a few days of the due date, they may send another payment on your behalf to avoid a late fee.

    This will become a duplicate payment, and you would then owe Tally the amount they paid.

    Tally Debt Advisor
    Tally Advisor customizes your recommendations based on how you use your credit cards and your desired goals. You enter the date you want to be debt free and Tally Advisor tells you how to make that happen.

    Their algorithm calculates the perfect strategy to pay your debts off faster than just making the minimum payments.

    What Does Tally Cost?

    The Tally app is free to download and use. Tally also doesn't charge any of the following:

    • Annual Fee
    • Prepayment Fees
    • Origination Fee
    • Balance Transfer Fee
    • Late Fees
    • Over-the-Limit Fees

    You will pay interest on the line of credit. The APR can range between 7.9% and 25.9%. Your rate may also fluctuate with the prime rate, as credit card interest rates often do.

    The actual rate you receive depends on your credit score and qualifying factors. Keep reading to see how to qualify.

    How to Sign Up

    Using Tally is simple. Start with the following steps:

    1. Download the Tally app
    2. Scan your credit cards
    3. Enter your personal information for the line of credit approval

    Once you get approved, you can let Tally make your payments for you and save money on credit card interest and late payments.

    Tally looks at several factors when determining if you are eligible for a Tally line of credit, including your:
    • Credit card balances
    • Interest rates
    • Spending history
    • Credit score
    In most cases, you need a credit score of at least 660 to secure a Tally credit line.
    How It Compares

    Tally's main competition is a personal loan. Consumers with a credit score of at least 660 may also be eligible for a personal loan from their bank or an online lender.

    A personal loan typically offers:

    Lump Sum Payment
    A personal loan eliminates all or most of your credit card debt at once. This may help your credit score increase faster as your credit utilization rate declines quickly.

    Fixed Interest Rates
    While Tally's interest rates fluctuate with the market, personal loans typically offer a fixed interest rate for the term of the loan.

    Fixed Payoff Date
    If you make your payments on time, you'll know when your loan is paid off. With Tally, you may have an estimated payoff debt. But if plans change or you use your credit cards in the interim, the date changes.

    Fixed Credit Line
    Unlike your Tally credit line, a personal loan gives you one lump sum of money. Once you spend it, it's gone. Tally's credit line is available as long as you have an open account and you make your payments on time.

    If you plan on using your credit cards after paying them off, the open credit line may be a better choice.

    Bottom Line

    If you feel like you are in over your head in credit card debt, Tally can be a good solution. It essentially takes over your credit card management and pays the cards automatically.

    You'll still owe monthly payments, but it becomes one monthly payment to Tally with lower interest rates.

    However, if you don't carry credit card balances or have low APRs, you may be better off managing the debt yourself or consolidating it with a personal loan.

    Tally Review appeared first on CreditDonkey

  • Singapore Airlines: First Vs Business Class
    19 October 2019

    When flying on Singapore Airlines, is it worth paying to upgrade to First Class from Business Class on long-haul flights?

    The Singapore Airlines First Class cabin is exquisite. On the A380 it consists of only 6 suites, with 3 suites on each side of the aisle. That’s a downscale compared to SQ’s A380s with the old layout, which features 12 First Class suites.

    Continue reading Singapore Airlines: First Vs Business Class on Luxury Travel Diary.

  • Top 10 Best Honeymoon Hotels In Mauritius
    19 October 2019

    Mauritius is one of the top honeymoon destinations in the world because of its wonderful beaches. If your dream Honeymoon is spent lazing under a brolly, dipping your toes into a warm sea, and evening cocktails at the water's edge, look no further!

    Mauritius is all about the beaches.

    Continue reading Top 10 Best Honeymoon Hotels In Mauritius on Luxury Travel Diary.

  • The best dog-friendly restaurants in Carmel-by-the-Sea
    19 October 2019
    Visiting or passing through Carmel-by-the-Sea with your furry best pal? Then why not stop a while. One of the most dog-friendly cities in the USA, Carmel has an amazing array of things that you can do with your pooch in tow including visiting museums, shops, taking scenic walks and playing around on the beach. It...
  • Plan Your Endless Summer Getaway At Marriott Stanton South Beach
    19 October 2019

    Who says summer ever has to end? As the seasonal holidays are slowly but surely creeping upon us, not everyone is ready to unpack their bulky, winter wardrobe and give up their glowing, sun-kissed tan. Cue the redesigned and reimagined 

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Australia Travel Blog

19 October 2019

Australia Travel Blog
  • Exotic plant putting tired people to sleep
    19 October 2019
    A woman screams to her boyfriend from across the plane.
  • Tourist drowns at Queensland shipwreck
    19 October 2019
    An American tourist has drowned while swimming at a popular destination off Queensland’s Moreton Island.
  • How to barter prices in Bali
    18 October 2019
    Ah, the subtle art of bargaining.
  • Cruise ship passenger banned for dumb act
    18 October 2019
    A cruise ship passenger has been banned for life by Royal Caribbean after she climbed over her balcony railing to pose for a photo.
  • Riddle of man who fell from sky
    18 October 2019
    Police are still trying to identify a mysterious stowaway who plunged more than 1000m to his death from a Kenya Airways flight over south London four months ago.
  • Picton Road Trip: The drive to one of Australia’s most haunted towns
    18 October 2019

    As the hairs on the back of your neck begin to prickle, a shiver runs down your spine, and you suddenly get the feeling of being watched – you’ll know you’ve arrived in Picton. 

    This spooky location is one of the most haunted places in NSW, and it’s just a 1 hour drive from Sydney. That means it’s the perfect destination for a short road trip this Halloween! 

    Picton is the site of many tragic deaths in its dark history, many of which were centred around the town’s tunnel – but that’s not the only place that has a mysterious past, and a spine-chilling present. 

    While there used to be ghost tours available in Picton, the local council shut them down, so a car rental is your best way to see them all. Here are all the spooky activities and attractions to check out in Picton. 

    The Picton Tunnel

    The Picton Tunnel is the heart of the haunted sites in the area. While it was originally built as a rail tunnel, it was also used as a storage area during WWII for mustard gas and ammunition. 

    The most well known ghost in the tunnel is that of a woman named Emily Bollard, who was struck and killed by a train over 100 years ago. It is said that her ghost haunts the tunnel to this day. 

    RELATED: Terrifying road trips: Australia’s most haunted roads

    The Wollondilly Shire Council

    A council building is perhaps not the kind of place you would expect to be haunted, but the Wollondilly Shire Council is apparently not just haunted by one ghost – but three. 

    As darkness descends this October 31, take a stroll by the council building and see if you can spot a ghostly man dressed in a hat, or a small boy, or listen for the sounds of a small girl. 

    This creepy site is actually a beautiful old building as well, so be sure to take a look during daylight hours as well. 

    The Old Maternity Hospital

    The Old Maternity Hospital is located on the corner of Downing and Argyle Streets, and is said to be especially spooky. 

    The sounds of crying babies are common, but it’s the terrifying matron who truly scares those who come too close. The site is now a private residence, but stories abound of visitors who have woken in the night with the feeling of invisible hands at their throats. 

    The Imperial Hotel 

    Finally, The Imperial Hotel is where you can truly test your mettle and find out if ghosts exist once and for all. 

    Stop in for a meal, or push your limits and book a room for the night. Here, you might meet the presence that follows staff through the halls, or hear the Jukeboxes switched on and playing music – even when they’re not plugged in. Or in the quiet hours of the night, listen for the sounds of splashing from the nearby Stonequarry Creek, where many have drowned and are said to still make their presence heard. 

    So, are you scared of ghosts? Book your car rental in Sydney to take this drive, or check out our other Australian road trips on our blog if you’d rather something less creepy!

    The post Picton Road Trip: The drive to one of Australia’s most haunted towns appeared first on Thrifty Blog.

  • ‘It’s my culture too’: Aussies’ Uluru fight
    17 October 2019
    The air is hot and full of flies, it’s the desert, and the nearest decent town is a five-hour drive away, but there are thousands of tourists here.
  • HOT: Wizarding Room of Melbourne, North Melbourne
    17 October 2019

    Melbourne has truly gone Harry Potter mad!

    One of the many magical experiences you can book is the Wizarding Room of Melbourne, possibly the most spellbinding AirBnB apartment you’ll ever visit!

    The Wizarding Room of Melbourne is a modern two-bedroom apartment located in North Melbourne, just 5 minutes in the CBD.

    We don our Gryffindor robes and drive to the secret location – no flying Ford Anglia for us!

    We meet the KeyNinja at the entrance of the apartment block at the appointed meeting time (check-in is after 3pm). Sadly the KeyNinja is not Hagrid, Keeper of the Keys – rather it’s a human being with keys and instructions.

    While on the outside the Wizarding Room of Melbourne looks like every other apartment, inside you’ll find it bedecked by a true Harry Potter fan in all the HP paraphernalia you could ever imagine.

    The lounge room contains the Deathly Hallows, floating books, the Sorting Hat, wands and more magical props kept inside a locked glass cabinet.

     

    Open up the tiny suitcase in the hall and discover lots of Weasley’s Wizarding Wheezes!

    There is a pull out 3-seater sofa bed that sleeps 2 people and a single sofabed.

    There’s free unlimited wifi and a 55” Smart HDTV with Netflix. Perfect for a night in with a Harry Potter movie marathon! There’s also a collection of board games and heaps of Harry Potter books and other books to read.

    The two bedrooms are themed as the ‘Train Cabin’ and ‘Magical School Dorm’. The latter is guarded by a portrait of the Fat Lady so it’s pretty clear which house dorm we’re entering…

    Each has a very comfortable queen-size bed and lots of cool touches such as Harry Potter themed beddingcushions and broomsticks.

    Inside the wardrobes you’ll find robes, ties, beanies and scarves from all the different Hogwarts houses.

    The kids are freaked out by the Dementor in the corner of the (Slytherin-themed) Train Cabin and refuse to cross the threshold! The figure IS pretty creepy and there’s no way to hide it or dismantle the installation, so be warned.

    The master bedroom and lounge look out onto a narrow balcony with a Herbology department overflowing with Mandrakes.

    You can enjoy the sun in a swinging egg chair – perfect for cosying up with your favourite Harry Potter book.

    The fully-equipped kitchen is transformed completely into Honeydukes sweets shop!

    The pantry is very well-stocked including a ‘fake’ Bertie Botts Every Flavour Beans dispenser.

    There is lots of themed crockery in the cupboards as well as essential kitchen utensils and pots and pans.

    The kids particularly like the high dining table which doubles as a chessboard with pieces inside hidden drawers. Wizard Chess anyone?

    There are two themed bathrooms. One is the ensuite to the master bedroom featuring Moaning Myrtle…

    ….and the other bathroom has with direct access to the Ministry of Magic, guarded over by POP toys.

    Both bathrooms are stocked with miniature toiletries and fluffy white towels.

    There’s a European laundry with a washing machine and dryer and iron with an ironing board, very convenient for a longer stay.

    There’s free underground car parking on the premises for one car and the building has a common shared rooftop herb garden and barbecue in the next building which would be great on a sunny day.

    The Wizarding Room of Melbourne is a fun and unique experience for Harry Potter fans, whether you’re looking for a great overnight stay after seeing Harry Potter and the Cursed Child or just wanting a Harry Potter themed staycation.

    Don’t have an AirBnB account? Use this link to receive $55 credit off your first stay: https://www.airbnb.com.au/c/jwatts3

    Note The Wizarding Room of Melbourne is not affiliated or endorsed by Warner Brothers and the Harry Potter / related brands.

    Click here for the best Harry Potter experiences in Melbourne Click here for my review of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Click here to buy Harry Potter costume items from Costumesbox.com.au Click here for Amazon’s Harry Potter Store

    HOT Tips:

    • 2 Bedrooms, 3 SofaBeds, 2 Bathrooms, 1 Carpark;
    • Sleeps Maximum 4 adults & 3 children;
    • Fully equipped kitchen;
    • European laundry with washer, dryer and iron;
    • no cots or high chairs available;
    • Don’t have an AirBnB account? Use this link to receive $55 credit off your first stay: https://www.airbnb.com.au/c/jwatts3

    This post contains affiliate links. If you book using the links there is no extra cost to you and I earn a small commission that helps me to provide free, valuable and useful information for you! Thanks Joyce

     

     

     

  • Flights cancelled as Sydney cops strong winds
    17 October 2019
    Flights from Melbourne and Sydney have been cancelled because of strong winds at Sydney Airport.
  • Qantas days away from unthinkable flight
    17 October 2019
    In days, a group of human test subjects will board a Qantas Boeing Dreamliner in New York for a flight no airline has completed before.

Europe Travel blog

19 October 2019

Europe Travel blog
  • Elegant History in Cesky Krumlov
    19 October 2019

    Cesky Krumlov ( Český Krumlov) is located in the South Bohemia region of the Czech Republic and is renowned for its State Castle and Chateau that includes a castle, garden and baroque theater. The castle is also furnished with impressive art, tapestries and weapons. Influences of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architecture are abundant in this UNESCO World Heritage site. Located about an hour outside of Linz, Austria; Cesky Krumlov makes the perfect day trip!

    This week’s #g1photofriday was uploaded by user @matchangphotography using the hashtag #gate1travel. This over-head view was captured in Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic. Be sure to tag your photos on social media with #gate1travel or #g1photofriday to be featured. Check out Gate 1 Travel’s Danube River Cruise trips here

  • Protected: Bulgaria’s Rhodope Mountains witness historic European bison return
    18 October 2019
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  • Citizen scientists help Rewilding Europe analyse camera trap photos
    18 October 2019
    Wildlife enthusiasts can now contribute to rewilding efforts wherever they are. ZSL's (Zoological Society of London) groundbreaking 'Instant Wild' platform allows everyone to collectively identify animals in camera trap photos. A research partnership with Rewilding Europe has already seen a wide range of species tagged in imagery from the Central Apennines rewilding area.

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  • Bed and Breakfast Athens Greece – accommodation near Athens Airport
    18 October 2019
    Accommodation near Athens Airport

    Athens, Greece is not really popular for Bed and Breakfasts.  Hotels, yes – cozy boutique places, of course…but the concept of having a stranger pay to stay in one of your spare rooms in your home is a little strange to the Greek culture.

    Originally written in OCT14.  Revised and updated in OCT19

    However, St. Thomas’s B&B is a bed and breakfast in Athens, Greece located in a gorgeous rural location about a 10 minute drive or metro ride from Athens International Airport and run by English lady Janet Wilkinson, Greek husband Aris and her daughter Elizabeth.  This English influence is probably what encouraged the family to turn their beautiful home into a Bed and Breakfast near Athens airport, convenient for arriving or departing guests or even just to be in a rural location a train ride away from the city.

    I didn’t really know what to expect when I was offered the opportunity to stay at St. Thomas’s Bed and Breakfast.

    Accommodation near Athens airport – meet and greet

    Janet kindly met me – as she does all her guests if they need it…whether from the airport or the metro station (Peania/Kantza on the blue metro line).

    St. Thomas’s Bed and Breakfast Athens – A personal feel

    The first thing to make very clear – and what I immediately noted: if you’re looking for an impersonal hotel stay, don’t come to Janet and her husband Aris’s bed and breakfast in Athens.

    Bed and Breakfast in Athens Greece near airport – LifeBeyondBorders

    St. Thomas’s has four (delightful) rooms; you’ll eat breakfast in their kitchen with them in the morning, sit together in the evening around the wood burning stove and chat.  In fact, the family run business very proudly has a bevy of return guests from around the globe.

    The world’s come to me – I don’t need to go and see the world!

    Entrance to St. Thomas’Bed and Breakfast in Athens – St Thomas’s Rooms

    All four rooms are named after plants or flowers.

    • Olive Room with two single beds; private bathroom just literally outside the door
    • Wisteria Room downstairs with en-suite and double iron bed with sofa chaise – enough to accommodate a child
    • The Garden Suite downstairs in the basement is perfect for families as it offers two adjoining rooms: double bed and two singles, with en-suite

    I was placed in the Lavender Room on the first floor with gorgeous balcony and view of the back garden with large pool.  Yes, there is even a pool!

    Alas, Athens in October isn’t always kind and the night I was hosted by them, the weather wasn’t so kind.

    The Lavender Room at St. Thomas B&BView from my balcony at St. Thomas B&BBed and Breakfast in Athens – the area of Peania

    Mainly agricultural, it’s a good place to base yourself for two or three days being only a 30 min metro ride straight into the centre.  It’s near Mount Imitos (great hiking trails that Janet can point out), has a GREAT taverna/ouzeri nearby and the Vorres Museum should NOT be missed.  The family are happy to either take you places or arrange for you.

    Church in Peania town Facts
    • St. Thomas’ is located in Peania – the metro on the blue line stops here, about 30 mins from the centre.  One of the family will come and collect you.
    • They can also collect you from the airport, unless your flight arrives at stupid o’clock – ask for info.
    • They can drop you off at the metro or airport too – again unless your flight is at stupid o’clock, then a taxi is arranged to collect you from their front door.
    • Don’t stay at St. Thomas’ if you’re looking for an impersonal style place – Janet really opens up her home to you and makes you feel welcome.  BBQs in the summer by the pool are not unheard of.
    • Rooms from €65 a night depending on season/size of room – check their website for prices.

    I would like to extend my thanks to the Wilkinson family for their hospitality and warmth, and for helping me discover another side of Athens I didn’t know about.  St. Thomas’ makes a great alternative to hotel accommodation when going to the airport.  I will be back!

    PIN for later Where to Stay near Athens Airport – Greece. LifeBeyondBorders

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  • Strengthening community relations aids Marsican bear recovery
    18 October 2019
    By promoting harmonious relations between Marsican brown bears and humans, the bear ambassadors of the Central Apennines rewilding area in Italy are playing a vital role in the comeback of this iconic species.

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  • Take the AK 2019 Survey and Win a Postcard from Kate!
    17 October 2019

    It’s time for my annual reader survey! I would LOVE to hear from you!

    I’ve put together my 2019 reader survey. I’m doing this so I can have an updated audience profile for my marketing materials — and also decide what content to bring to you in 2020 and beyond.

    The survey is 100% anonymous and should take around 5-10 minutes.

    Click here to take the AK 2019 Reader Survey. Why are you doing a survey, Kate?

    Surveys are important in every business. They help you figure out who your customers are, how they use your business, and what they like and dislike about it. Here is what I’m specifically looking for in this survey:

    Who my current readers are. Age, gender, and nationality are huge factors when it comes to working on campaigns. This helps me put together an audience profile of my business.

    What you like and don’t like about the site. Specifically, the kinds of posts you enjoy the most and least. This helps me write content that you actually want to read.

    Where you’ve traveled because of me. This helps me build a list of “where I’ve sent the most readers” destinations and is especially valuable for doing repeated campaigns with destinations.

    What new businesses I should start next. I’ve got four options that I’m weighing and I want to hear your feedback on each of them.

    Wait, you’re starting new businesses?

    Yes! It’s very exciting! Honestly, I’m in the various stages of starting four different businesses, but each of them take a LOT of time and energy. I can only fully commit to one at a time, and it’s time to pick one.

    So I thought I would ask which ones you would be interested in the most.

    There may be clear results from the survey; there may not be. Either way, it will give me good direction and help keep me serving you.

    I’m giving away five postcards!

    Five survey participants will receive postcards from me on my travels. It’s my way of saying thanks.

    Don’t worry, even if you enter for a postcard, your survey will remain completely anonymous! The last page of the survey will give you a link to a different page on my site with a password. You can add your email address in a comment.

    I will choose five winners by using a random number generator and will notify the winners by November 20, 2019. The postcards will be sent out by April 1, 2020.

    Click here to take the AK 2019 Reader Survey.  Thank you so much!
     

    The post Take the AK 2019 Survey and Win a Postcard from Kate! appeared first on Adventurous Kate.

  • Traveling with Your Partner
    16 October 2019

    You could be the ideal travel companion. You could be compassionate, money-conscious, a sound sleeper and someone who is well-versed in all of the challenges you could face before and during a trip. Or, you and your partner could be first-time adventurers, not knowing who the better navigator is or who should be the last […]

    The post Traveling with Your Partner appeared first on Grand European Travel.

  • Italy in the Rain
    15 October 2019

    If Italian weather isn’t cooperating with your plans, there are countless options for plans B through Z. Whether visiting museums or some of Europe’s oldest cafes, we’ve got plenty of tips below to keep you more than occupied until the sun decides to return.

    Rome

    When the weather outside is frightful, just duck into a museum. If you have any interest in art, history, or both in the form of archaeology, and are anywhere near the center, then you’ll be in luck. A legend says that the Pantheon was built so that the hole at the top of the ceiling doesn’t let in water. See for yourself where the water goes.

    MAXXI may be an awkward acronym (somewhat standing for the “National Museum of XXI Century Arts”), but the museum itself is bold, beginning with the building itself, which won awards and acclaim for architect Zaha Hadid. Focusing on 20th century art and photography as well, this museums organizes workshops (some for kids), and has many activities. The coffee shop is also popular among college students.

    If you fancy classical art more, head to the Borghese Gallery, with works from Bernini, Caravaggio, Canova, and more. If the weather improves, feel free to take a break in the surrounding gardens, which compose one of Rome’s largest parks (and the largest in the city center). Carefully designed in the naturalistic 18th century English style, the gardens reward the curious.

    Another good option for a break, when the weather isn’t cooperating, is one of the city’s famed coffee bars. We especially recommend the Antico Caffe Greco, by the Spanish Steps. Usually referred to simply as “Caffe Greco,” this is Italy’s second oldest cafe. In the past 250 years, the cafe has hosted many regular, from Goethe and Keats, to Casanova, Wagner, Liszt, Gogol, Mendelssohn, Ibsen, Hans Christian Andersen, and Lord Byron. Despite its age, the cafe remains popular with today’s creative thinkers and VIPs.

    You’re likely to pass through Rome’s central Termini station sooner or later, so why not take advantage of its excellent new food market? Mercato Centrale has an excellent variety of food, from truffles (both sweet and fungal) to meat to an unusual variety of vegan and vegetarian fare. Indeed, you can find the best of Rome’s culinary specialties all here, amidst the 18 foot stands. The vaulted ceilings keep the market from feeling claustrophobic, and while there is plenty of table space, you can also head to the market to grab a bite to eat when changing subways below. Unusually for Italy, the market is open 365 days a year, from 8 AM to midnight. For a better idea of what to expect, see our video. If you enjoy the market, be sure to visit its sister location (which shares the same name) in Florence.

    Hot, cold, dry, or apocalyptic as it may be outside, the weather in Rome’s catacombs is always the same: cool and comfortable with pants and long sleeves. These ancient tunnels (over 40 different networks have been discovered) have been a burial site for nearly 2,000 years, and contain most examples of early Christian art, as many early martyrs were buried here. The Jewish catacombs are also worth a visit.

    Florence

    Palazzo Vecchio, Florence’s town hall, is a must-see, so use poor weather as an excuse to familiarize yourself with it. Overlooking the Piazza della Signoria (the city’s unofficial center and main square), this fortified 14th century structure is enhanced by its tall clock tower. While Michelangelo’s David no longer stands by the main entrance, the solid copy is still quite photogenic. The interior is no less beautiful, with chambers and rooms decorated by artists including Michelangelo and Da Vinci. You really should be sure to check out the main chamber, the Salone dei Cinquecento.

    To see Michelangelo’s original David, visit the Galleria dell’Accademia. We also recommend the Accademia’s rival, the Uffizi Gallery, which hosts many of the city’s most famous works. It’s best to focus on one per day, with a guide (which will let you skip lines). We can provide guides, with or without walking tours of the city center. Discover more about Da Vinci’s legacy in Florence here.

    Florence’s oldest coffee bar, Caffe Gilli is nearing its 250th birthday. Founded as a pastry shop by a Swiss family, constant success necessitated it move to larger locations until its final move to the Piazza della Repubblica, more than 100 years ago. As the name implies, the Piazza was built during Florence’s brief time as capital of a reunified Italy in the 19th century, and has the grand monuments and architecture to match.

    For a relaxing break, head to the Cinema Odeon, which is contained within the Renaissance Palazzo dello Strozzino. The cinema shows Italian classics, many shot in Florence, with English subtitles. This golden, gilded cinema has held onto its 1920s decor, making the theater itself worth a visit.

    Venice

    Venice has many features that makes it unique, and its traditional glass production is one of them. Head to Murano or Burano to watch glassblowers make art before your eyes, then head to the Museo del Vetro on Murano to delve into the history of glass, and just what it’s capable of as an art form, from Roman times to today. The museum will familiarize you with fashions and discoveries, amidst impressive works, including those made over the centuries by Barovier and Toso, one of the world’s oldest family businesses.

    Photo courtesy of Caffe Florian: https://www.caffeflorian.com/en/venice/caffe-florianin-venice-1720.html

    For something much more modern, take in the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, with its stunning displays of international 20th century avant-garde art. Located in an 18th century palazzo on the Grand Canal, this is an excellent way to familiarize yourself with Italian futurism, and everything that followed. Venice’s most popular art space, we recommend booking a ticket in advance.

    If you’re going to a cafe, you might as well go all-out and visit the second oldest in Europe, Caffe Florian. A symbol of the city, this San Marco landmark has attracted many greats since 1720, including Proust, Dickens, Lord Byron, and Goethe, making it the epitome of a grand cafe. The cafe’s popularity was boosted by its reputation as a place where different classes, and even unaccompanied women, could meet (which naturally attracted Casanova as well). The cafe’s popularity has continued since, thanks in part to its pastries and ample gallery space.

    Rain, shine, or something in between, we’ll be happy to keep you happy as you explore Italy. We offer a wide range of tours and excursions, indoors and out, alongside recommendations from our local staff. And, of course, we’ll have you met and stay in contact with one of our local employees, if you’d like advice, or something goes wrong.

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  • 24 Reasons Why You Should Travel to Georgia in 2020
    15 October 2019

     

    Travel to Georgia

    For the past few years, I’ve toasted the New Year with a glass of champagne and said, “This will be the year that I finally travel to Georgia.” For around a decade, Georgia has been at the absolute top of my travel wish list, and dreams of mountain peaks and khachapuri swirled in my head.

    So what took me so long? I don’t know. I think I was waiting for the perfect opportunity. And this summer, while drinking wine at a bar in Trento, Italy, the perfect opportunity arose.

    Lots of my friends were going to be in Georgia this summer, it turned out. And JayWay Travel wanted to run a blog trip to one of their newest destinations: Georgia. I knew I had to hop on to that!

    Within weeks, a trip was planned — six of my blogger friends and I would explore Georgia as JayWay Travel guests.

    I touched down in Tbilisi on my 35th birthday and spent the next two weeks exploring the country. We drank qvevri wine fermented on rooftops. We hiked through villages covered with ancient stone towers. We explored hidden architectural treasures behind unassuming doors. We stomped through a mud-drenched road.

    Did Georgia live up to my expectations? It absolutely did. I consider Georgia my favorite new country of 2019, and of the 82 I’ve visited, I think Georgia definitely merits a spot in the top 10.

    There are so many reasons. Tbilisi is such a unique city — I can see why so many people love it. And Svaneti brought epic scenery. I loved the churches and monasteries and natural wonders.

    But there is one factor where Georgia absolutely outdid itself, and it’s the food. Georgian food is EXCEPTIONALLY good, and inventive, and different from what you’ve had elsewhere. Georgian food is so good that I felt like every night, I was having one of the best meals of my life. I can’t believe it’s not more famous in the States.

    Let’s dive into what makes Georgia great.

    Tbilisi

    Tbilisi is one of the coolest capital cities I’ve discovered in recent years. Its beauty hits you in different ways — in its setting on the Vere River, cliffs rising up on either side. Tbilisi is a beguiling mix of centuries-old monasteries and modern architectural marvels, like the Peace Bridge, pictured above.

    Tbilisi is so unique that I’m having trouble comparing it to any other city. If we’re talking about looks, perhaps Istanbul comes the closest, if you swapped out the mosques for churches.

    Some of Tbilisi’s tree-lined streets remind me of the Vinohrady neighborhood in Prague or the Palermo Viejo neighborhood in Buenos Aires. And the orange roofs bring the Balkans to mind — maybe a bit of Albania mixed with Croatia. I feel echoes of Medellín in the wavy hills of the city.

    But how does Tbilisi feel? It’s a huge, sprawling city rife with endless possibilities. It’s filled with outstanding food for perplexingly cheap prices. It’s got nightlife into the early hours and people out on the streets. It’s got luxurious surprises tucked into unexpected places. And it’s a lot of fun — but could easily be a little too much fun. In that sense, Tbilisi is Bangkok!

    Tbilisi is toasting local orange wine on the rooftop of a restaurant against a blue-purple sunset.

    Tbilisi is the Baths District, where you can walk on ancient bridges and stroll past waterfalls before going for a soak in buildings that look straight out of Uzbekistan.

    Tbilisi is full of cats. Like in Istanbul, people take care of the strays. Meg from Food Fun Travel actually carries cat food in her purse to feed the Tbilisi kitties!

    Tbilisi is long blocks of crumbling gray buildings interspersed with bursts of color — like Pin Pon, a neon yellow and green coffeeshop.

    Tbilisi is a colorful riverfront, where cable cars zoom to the other side and monasteries watch from above.

    Tbilisi is bright yellow vans parked against mural-covered walls.

    And Tbilisi is on its way to becoming the new Digital Nomad Land. Yes, the work-online-and-travel set has discovered Tbilisi!

    A lot of my location independent friends have made Tbilisi their home, both temporarily and long-term. And for good reason — Tbilisi is cheap, fun, and has a thriving expat community.

    Fabrika is the center of this community — it considers itself an “urban hotspot and multifunctional place” and it’s part coworking space, part lounge, part hostel, part artist studio. I’m fairly sure that if I lived in Tbilisi, I’d work here all the time. Some of my friends chose their Tbilisi apartments based on proximity to Fabrika!

    But if you’re not living in Tbilisi long-term, it’s also a great place to stay..

  • The Ultimate Guide to Planning Your Dream Euro Trip
    15 October 2019
    Whether you’re an outdoor enthusiast, someone who lives for culinary delights or perhaps the type of person who pleasures in historical monuments, there are few, if any destinations that could offer a more luxurious experience than Europe. From the French... Read the rest

Dubai Travel Blogs

19 October 2019

Dubai Travel Blogs
  • Breakfast Buffet at Eat & Meat in The H Dubai
    18 October 2019

    Coming from a lovely dinner the previous night at Eat & Meat, we were glad to have woken up just in time before breakfast was to end. The breakfast buffet starts at 6:30 am and ends until 10:30 am. Eat & Meat offers an international dining menu and during our visit, standard breakfast options are there which include eggs, […]

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  • Dinner at Eat & Meat Restaurant in The H Hotel Dubai
    18 October 2019

    Our dinners during our staycation at The H Dubai were spent at their all-day dining restaurant, Eat & Meat. I have been to Eat & Meat before during their seafood night brunch. This time I brought my wife and we sampled their a la carte dishes for two nights. Located at the ground level of […]

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  • Paris is…
    17 October 2019

    Paris is the swirling madness surrounding the calm of the Seine; it’s the je ne sais quoi that runs through city veins.

    Paris is red lipstick with a spritz of French parfum; its a seductive ooh-la-la whose whisper echoes through a room.

    Paris is arches and bridges and cobble-stoned streets; it’s Romanesque architecture boasting ornate feats.

    Paris is the Notre-Dame, but it’s also don’t give a damn – unless you speak en Français; it’s a reserved politeness delivered in a distinctly Parisian way.

    Paris is the Eiffel Tower, but it’s also ‘I fell for you‘; it’s whimsically romantic but it’s cliché, too.

    Paris is the Arc de Triomphe, but it’s also triumphantly ironic; it pays tribute to the dead, yet Champs-Elysee‘s shops are more iconic.

    Paris is croissants, baguettes and boulangeries; it’s Croque Monsieur but also Crème Brülée.

    Paris is bicycles, scooters and European trains; it’s an overcrowded subway, but no-one complains.

    Paris is museums and galleries and fashionable boutiques; it’s aspiring artists, models and haute social cliques.

    Paris is a city sealed with a passionate French kiss; it’s rose-tinted reminiscence and a dreamer’s ‘What if…?’

    This is Paris – Paris to me.

    Prefer tips and itineraries to travel poetry? Check out these top destinations around the world instead.

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  • In Room Dining Experience at H Hotel Dubai
    17 October 2019

    During our second day of our staycation at The H Dubai, we ordered breakfast via their In-Room dining service. We were quite happy waking up to an amazing view of the Dubai skyline that we wanted to laze around and make the most of our time inside the room. The Room Service is available 24 […]

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  • 5 of the Best Things to Do in Marseilles
    15 October 2019

    There’s a certain scruffiness to Marseille, but it also exudes a grandeur and charm that make it curiously interesting to explore. While it may seem a little rough-around-the-edges, there’s no denying that this port city has reclaimed its trading roots and embraced a cultural confidence that shuts down a number of snobbish stereotypes surrounding it.

    Having flown from Abu Dhabi to Paris with Etihad, I hopped on a morning train from Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport and woke up in the south of France, at Marseilles St. Charles station, just four hours later. In a city that’s full of surprises, here are the best things to do in Marseille:

    1. Discover Parc National Des Calanques

    Parc National Des Calanques should top every list of best things to do in Marseille; it is breathtaking. You could very easily spend an entire day discovering the natural beauty of this national park along the coast of Southern France. The coast’s limestone cliffs and bays have created steep-walled inlets that have formed impressive calanques (coves) that form a sprawling, dramatic landscape.

    The towering calanques plunge into crystal blue waters where you can swim or chill for hours; it’s incredibly peaceful and feels like a world away from city life. Not one for sitting around? Fill a backpack with snacks and hike your way around the Calanques to bask in the beauty of this national park.

    Tip: visit on a weekday morning to get the Calanques to yourself. Technically, the Calanques are situated between Marseilles city and the university town of Cassis, but one metro ride from the harbour and a 40-minute bus journey will get you there.

    2. Wander the backstreets of La Panier

    The lazy backstreets of La Panier, Marseille’s old quarter, deserve at least an afternoon of your time. With its cobble-stones, colourful boutiques and cosy cafés, Rue Du Panier is easily my favourite street in Marseille; it’s also the main street in the La Panier neighborhood. The alleyways of La Panier are hide the history of the ancient greeks with distinctive houses that exude a village-like feel with their shuttered windows and hanging baskets (or clotheslines). The streets are narrow and steep; they also pop with an eclectic mix of street art.

    Tip: take yourself on a a self-guided street art and wine tour (make stops at multiple cafés) of La Panier to soak up its old-wordly charm. If ascending and existing La Panier from the bottom of the hills, find nearby 7VB and grab yourself a speciality coffee in the hipster basement.

    3. Explore MuCEM & Fort Saint-Jean
  • How I ‘hacked’ my way to Business Class flights…
    15 October 2019

    Spoiler alert: ‘Hacking’ your way to Business Class flights just isn’t a thing. Yes, there are happy accidents that result in last-minute flight upgrades. Yes, the odds are in your favour when you demonstrate loyalty to a specific airline. Yes, you can spend on bank cards and save up miles. But there is no such thing as this “works-every-time” hack that social hearsay would have you believe.

    In a world where people are selling you quick ‘hacks’ to happiness, getting rich, losing weight, success and… well, pretty much everything, just remember that the proliferation of this hack-and-hope culture has risen in correlation with the number of people living their ‘best life’ on social media. That is, to put it politely, there’s a lot of BS out there.

    My first (and only) free upgrade to Business Class

    The first-time I ever flew Business Class was on an Emirates flight from Dubai to Bangalore… and it was completely unexpected. You know, one of those surprise upgrades that we have all seen people bragging about on social media, which “always happen to everyone else – just not me”.

    It was a confusing experience; partly because I was under the impression that a successful man I (barely) knew had rang Emirates and upgraded me*, but also partly because nobody approached me with a bill for the handful of mojitos I drank while basking in all my business glory before I off-boarded the 4-hour flight. I had no idea how this ‘upgrade’ life worked, so leaving the plane and collecting my ‘priority’ luggage before strutting my tipsy self through fast-track security was the actual-factual dawning of my realization that flying Business Class was, as far as a frequent flyer is concerned, the absolute dream.

    *Note: following on from my ‘thank you!’ WhatsApp, I found out that the successful man I (barely) knew had not – as any normal person would have fathomed – played any role in the upgrade. Awks.

    Emirates upgrade to Business Class

    Following on from that first experience, I became a lot more comfortable with the idea of flying Business. So comfortable, in fact, that I spent my next Business Class experience (a return work flight from Dubai to San Francisco – 3 years later) sleeping for 14 of the 16 hours that we were onboard. Impressive, I know – especially since it was a brand-spanking new A380. That’s the double-decker airbus with an accompanying bar – a free bar, may I add.

    I could not get over the fact that while I had been brushing my knees off the economy seat in front of me for the last decade, there were people stretched out – horizontally – in a chair that had the ability to massage them. And I wanted a bit of that life… just a glimpse.

    That one flight bumped me up with enough points to attain and retain Silver Status for an entire year. Once you’re at Silver Status with Emirates, there’s a whole lot of benefits that you can take advantage of. For example:

    • You can make the most of a Business Class lounge before your flight – even if you’re economy (which was me, every time).
    • You also increase your probability of getting a free upgrade, which typically happens when a flight is overbooked in economy so the airline bumps people up to empty business class seats.
    • You can use your miles to purchase an instant upgrade at the airport so, essentially, it’s free.
    Upgrade to Etihad Business Class

    Okay, so if you live in the UAE then you already know that there’s a lot of cabin crew living in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. But there’s also a lot of other permanent airline staff, including engineers, pilots, check-in staff, office staff and more.

    Both Emirates and Etihad are huge airlines, and Etihad is the UAE’s national airline. Now, one of the major perks for working for the national airline is the heavily-discounted flights that are assigned to staff every year. This makes business class tickets extremely affordable.

    So, what’s that travel hack you came here for? If you know people working for Etihad (or Emirates), the chances are that they have plenty of tickets that may never be used. Yep, you read that correctly; there are likely thousands of discounted flights going to waste because your friend or acquaintance has too many to use up. If you spend a small fortune on flights, you may have just shed a small tear.

    Immoral moral of the story? Befriend someone who works for a big airline and gets heavily discounted tickets that often go to waste…

    This is my secret to frequent and affordable travel. Why? Because I’m willing to take the chances of flying standby with Etihad. This means I get placed on a standby booking, then I go to the airport and if there are available seats in business class (or economy), I can board. Some people hate the ‘risk’ involved with standby flights, but to-date, this risk has paid off for me every time.

    Maybe even marry them for unlimited access to aforementioned tickets? Just an idea…

    How to get a flight upgrade: increase your chances

    So you’re already high on the tiers of airline rewards and you’ve never had an upgrade? You know no airline staff and can’t imagine getting to know any without feeling like you have an ulterior motive? You are the unluckiest person in the world and the chances of you being selected for a surprise upgrade are negligible? Let’s finish with a handful of other ways that you can you can increase your chances of getting an airline upgrade:

    • Travel solo – if there’s one seat left in business and you’re flying on your own, then you are more likely to get selected than if you are traveling in a group
    • Politely inform check-in staff about your special occasion – we’ve all seen the ‘just married’ couple jetting off on honeymoon with their feet up and a champagne in hand. Don’t try to trick them by telling them it’s your birthday when it’s not; remember, they have your passport in front of them.
    • Volunteer to give up your seat. Airlines often overbook flights because the probability is that people won’t show up (I’ve never understood how so many people don’t show up for a flight, but it happens… like, all the time. If there is absolutely no seats on the plane and time is on your side, volunteer to go on the next flight – in business class.
    • Dress for business – if you look the part then you naturally increase your upgrade chances.
    • Chance your luck – it won’t hurt to ask, right? Who knows when it could be your lucky day.

    You may not be able to ‘hack’ your way to a free upgrade, but there are plenty of ways to increase your chances and to get your hands on cheaper Business Class tickets.

    Check out top destinations for your next getaway, and let me know if you get an upgrade somewhere along the way!

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  • Al Mamzar Beach Park
    14 October 2019

    Beaches are a prime attraction for visitors to the UAE, and the Al Mamzar Beach Park is a popular beach park. Located at a close distance from Dubai International Airport this beach park is an excellent place for tourists who wish to have a relaxing day. Those who are planning on a tour of Dubai …

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  • Legal Relationship Do’s & Don’ts for Tourists & Expats in Dubai
    13 October 2019

    Boasting state-of-the-art attractions, Dubai is a fun destination to be. With visitors from about 120 countries exploring this site, virtually the whole world read about Dubai or actually visit it. Dubai’s government, laws and customs are informed by Islam, although not in the sharia way. In this way, what is expected in or as a relationship in Dubai is quite different from other countries in the world, especially Western countries.

    What are some relationship rules for tourists and expats in Dubai? Or simply, what rules or do’s and don’ts on relationship should tourists and expats in Dubai observe?

    Please note if you would read through, do not miss the conclusion as it holds vital information.

    Law on Sex

    If you’re from a non-Islamic or Western country; you’re a full-grown adult and you’re not married, you should have taken a dip before; you should have made love with an unmarried adult without getting into trouble. In Dubai and all of the UAE, however, premarital as well as extramarital sex is unacceptable; it is illegal. People who are not married in Dubai — tourists, expatriates, Emiratis, Muslims or non-Muslims — are forbidden to have sex.

    And irrespective of whatever non-marital relationship you have with a person in the country you may be visiting Dubai from, if you’re not married but there’s evidence you had or have been having consensual sex in Dubai, you should get the punishment of a one-year detention, pursuant to Article 356 of the Penal Code.

    Barney Almazar, director at Gulf Law says expatriates usually seek assistance when an illegal affair has resulted in pregnancy. “If we will include marital disputes involving extramarital affairs or presence of third parties, I would [deal with] an average of ten [cases] a month,” says Almazar.

    “Most of the time, [the problem] will lead to a court case if the act resulted to pregnancy and the mother has to deliver here [in Dubai]. Other instances are when there are unexpected complications with pregnancy requiring medical attention–which means disclosing the fact of engaging in premarital sex. In some cases, the complication was due to induced abortion–majority are those left by their partners.”

    So, if an unmarried lady were discovered with pregnancy, she’d be in legal trouble as well as with the man responsible. As a matter of fact, the local laws doesn’t allow unmarried man and woman — in a relationship or not — to share a roof.

    In 2006, a couple, a 19-year-old female and a 20-year-old male, from Kazakhstan who were caught having a sexual intercourse in a vehicle in Shaikh Zayed Road were sentenced to three months in jail by the The Dubai Court of First Instance. This would be followed by deportation. They were caught by a police patrol and they confirmed it was true.

    In 2008, a British couple, Vince Acors and Michelle Palmer who were caught having extra-marital sex in public on a Dubai beach were sentenced on jail terms. On appeal, their terms were suspended with the clause that they’d get married on their return to England but the marriage didn’t happen especially because the man had a wife already.

    In 2012, a couple, Bangladeshi nationals, J.A, 32, and M.S, 21, were given a one-month imprisonment each for having consensual sex in a car, even though they claimed there were married and only ended up in the situation because they had no place to stay.

    In 2017, StepFeed.com reports that a British woman and a Pakistani man who through investigation were found to have had sex were promptly arrested and sentenced even though they pleaded not guilty. Also in the same year, a Japanese duo were reported to be deported from Dubai for having sex on the beach in Dubai.

    The no-sex-between-persons-not-married in Dubai includes rape. What this means is that if a woman were raped, for example, and she makes this known and the matter gets into the court, she’d not go without scot; she’d not go unpunished. In other words, some legal punishment would be meted on her over sex outside marriage.

    Closely related the thematic concern in this section is that same-sex marriage in Dubai is unrecognized and homosexuality is illegal.

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    Public Show of Affection

    In non-Muslim countries, the US as an example — no ill intended, you could find people holding hands, kissing and cuddling and even making out in public. In contrast, you can’t have a public display of affection in Dubai. You shouldn’t hold hands, hug or kiss in public and you dare not make out in public. Consider Vince Acors and Michelle Palmer’s case. This law is informed by the general prim characteristic of Islam.

    Attitude towards Ladies in Dubai

    The watchword’s chivalry. You should generally be courteous to ladies in Dubai. Foul languages are completely unacceptable. In the beach with a camera, mind how you use it. You don’t want to be charged with photographing or filming a lady’s body. You could, but not a lady you don’t know.

    Others Approaching A Lady in Dubai

    While Dubai is an Islamic domain, the city is heavily cosmopolitan with only about 10 percent of its population being locals (Emiratis). You’d find lots of ladies who are cosmopolitan; ladies who are rather Western. This means you could still excuse a lady in Dubai as you could in, say, the US.

    Muslim ladies in Dubai may evince much of the Islamic characteristic but it has been said that they go to Dubai to loosen up. You may ignore what a visitor in Dubai says, namely tangentially, that the Muslim ladies are like every other lady behind veils.

    Dressing

    Since you’re already here, let’s touch upon dressing. Dressing in Dubai should upon dressing. Dressing in Dubai should be modest — yes, honestly modest. While a non-Muslim woman may not necessarily wear the female Islamic dress — abaya and sheyla — they’re not allowed to dress inappropriately.

    Dressing well would save you a lot. I have seen an Emirati woman on a video aggressively abusing a woman for what she thought was an immodest dressing. A good suggestion would be that women should cover up to their elbows and knees, as well as cover their décolletage. And clothes mustn’t have things considered foul, sexually explicit or insulting to the government.

    Funnily, men like woman are not allowed to be in public with sensitive parts of their bodies, say their chests, seen as may be customary especially in non-Islamic countries.

    Conclusion — Expectations, Actuality and Exemptions

    The talk so far on the law on sex outside marriage, covering up and doing so modestly, public show of affection are all largely only expectations — what’s expected of you. No one really goes around looking for unmarried couples making love. As a matter of fact, someone I know impersonally, who lives in Dubai and should be from Dubai, a really big YouTuber, publishes on YouTube a video with title like: picking my girl from school… We’ve deliberately made the foregoing statement vague since premarital sex in Dubai is illegal. We don’t want to cause anyone trouble, if this would cause them trouble.

    So, there’re actually many unmarried couples in Dubai dating. Independent.co.uk puts it, in 2017, that “In the UAE, all sex outside marriage is illegal, although in Dubai, a blind eye is usually turned to unmarried western couples who co-habit”. Trouble might only erupt over premarital sex when it results in pregnancy and the service of the hospital might be needed, which means it’d be made known with an evidence; or when an enemy testifies in court with concrete evidence such as a photograph or a video…

    Further, in Dubai, people hug, shake hands, and may hold hands. It all depends on where they do it. In the beach and bars, for example, you could completely hold hands, play and frolic. Places such as the beach and bars thus are more relaxed and informal and so the foregoing rules may not really apply stringently in them. As a rule of thumb, however, make out nowhere in public in Dubai.

    A woman who’s not married to you is pregnant for you? Well, an unmarried woman who gives birth in the UAE may encounter problems registering the birth of her child, according to advice from the British Government: “To get a birth certificate from the UAE authorities, you must provide a marriage certificate and the authorities may compare the date of the marriage against the estimated date of conception.”

    Given the conclusion, you could derive the expectations, the actuality and the exemptions on this topic in Dubai. Stay guided!

    References:
    Independent.co.uk
    BBC.com
    GulfNews.com
    Reuters.com
    EqualDex.com

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  • Urban Outfitters in The Dubai Mall: Buy Clothing and Homewares etc
    13 October 2019

    Urban Outfitters, a clothing and homeware shop, is now one of the retail outlets in The Dubai Mall. This presence has been anticipated since 2018. In May 2019, the talk on the opening of this American-born lifestyle brand in Dubai again saw a surge. Eventually, on 5th of September 2019, they finally launched and had their debut in Dubai.

    What Can I Buy at Urban Outfitters in Dubai?

    Urban Outfitters’ merchandise include men’s and women’s apparel and homewares. And the retailers aim to appeal and be relevant to the region given it characteristics. In the words of Stefan Laban, global head of Urban Outfitters, “Every single one of our stores is unique. We believe that it is key to make stores authentic to the region they are in and make a connection with the community.”

    That notwithstanding, the following are what to expect in the 10,000-square-meter Dubai Store.

    • Women: Dresses + Rompers, Tops, Jackets, Bottoms, Intimates, Swimwear, Vintage Beauty, Accessories and Shoes.
    • Men: Graphic Tees, Tops, Jackets, Bottoms, Shoes, Accessories, Socks + Underwear, Suiting, Vintage and Grooming
    • Homeware: On Campus, Bedding, Furniture, Art + Decor, Rugs + Curtains, Lighting, Kitchen + Bar Bath and Vintage.
    • Lifestyle: Vinyl + Cassettes, Audio, Cameras + Film, Phone + Tech, Books + Stationery, Fun + Games, Pets, Health + Welness and Skateboarding.
    • Beauty: Makeup, Skin Care, Perfume + Fragrance, Bath + Body, Hair, Nails, Health + Welness, Accessories, Men’s Grooming and Gifts Sets.

    The clothing on sale at Urban Outfitters is made up of a mix of globally recognized brands, Urban Outfitters’ own exclusive collections and its pioneering vintage section, called Urban Renewal. The vintage section mixes vintage originals and styles made from recycled or reclaimed materials. All three will be available at the Dubai store.

    Stefan Laban promises that in the Dubai store both the product offering and environment will continually change to ensure that there is always something novel.

    A Brief Overview on Urban Outfitters

    Founded by three students — Richard Hayne, Judy Wicks and Scott Belair — from the University of Pennsylvania, Urban Outfitters formerly called, Free People, was founded in the 1970s in Philadelphia. It was consequent upon an entrepreneurship class project, the first store opening directly opposite the university campus — a place where fellow students could shop.

    The name Urban Outfitters replaced Free People in the late 1970s. Free People however became a separate brand, operating under the same umbrella. Today, Urban Outfitters has more than 250 stores across the US, Canada and Europe.

    Many international shops, events, restaurants and other businesses — brands if you like — have had at least presence in Dubai. Thus, Urban Outfitters’ opening in Dubai on 5th of September is not entirely a thing of excitement but also of surprise as their opening in the city was tardy.

    It seems to be that the management of Urban Outfitters is very careful in expanding as success is paramount. This is manifest in the word of Laban: “We have been exploring Dubai and the UAE for many years, and have seen the consumer evolving;” “We’ve also analysed our e-commerce sales and social media following from the region and believe that now is the time [to have a presence in Dubai].”

    Reference:
    TheNational.ae
    UrbanOutfitters.com

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  • Using Uber in Dubai — All Relevant Specifics
    13 October 2019

    There’re many means to get around Dubai with. And of them, Uber is one. How do you use Uber in Dubai? This and other many Uber-related topics form the crux of this article.

    Other means besides Uber are the Dubai Taxi (goes round Dubai and beyond), the Dubai Bus (covers a really great deal of Dubai but is not flexible), the Dubai Metro (covers only two significant routes), and the Dubai Tram (covers the Dubai Marina area to Al Sufouh). Some more limited ones are the Palm Jumeirah Monorail and the Dubai Trolley. To learn meaningfully about them, see getting around Dubai.

    If you already use Uber in some city, then it may suffice that you’ve known Uber operates in Dubai. This answers the question of “Can I use Uber in Dubai?”

    A Brief Overview on Uber

    Needless to mention Uber is a transportation service. While they have other services such as Uber Eats (delivering food from your desired restaurant to you), Uber Drive (car driving opportunities for drivers), Uber Business, Uber Freight, Uber Air, this article focuses on Uber Ride — the service with which they convey you from one place to another.

    Serving over 700 cities and partnering with organizations, cities and transit systems, Uber is quite a top-notch transportation service predicated upon universally accepted standards. Whether you love you trip in a high-end car or in a luxury one, Uber is a good fit.

    Why Should I Travel with Uber? Credit: Medium.com

    Sequel to the foregoing paragraph, this section touches upon some specifics on why Uber should be the option.

    Is Uber Safe and Is It Safe in Dubai?

    We should say yes. Safety forms a significant part of Uber’s foundation. From the the cars through the app to the driver, they strive to ensure there’s safety for the passenger, such that customers have peace of mind as they travel.

    Through partnerships with leading organizations, they’re helping to make driving safer, preventing incidents on the road. Further, all potential Uber driver-partners are relevantly screened to see if they’re good fits for the job. They’re also educated on the warning signs of human trafficking.

    The Uber app boasts some indispensable features to ensure your safety such as an emergency assistance button, GPS tracking, and a trip sharing feature. The emergency assistance button enables you to call for help if you need it. Displaying your location, the app helps authorities to easily find you. By virtue of the GPS tracking, all Uber rides are tracked by GPS from start to finish. In this way, there’s a record of your trip should anything happen.

    The app’s trip sharing feature lets you set up Trusted Contacts and create reminders to share your trip status with friends and family in real time. Using the emergency assistance button should have powerful gains as the Uber customer support team is allegedly specially trained to respond to urgent safety issues.

    Smart Pickups

    When you request a ride, the app automatically suggests a convenient place where you should meet your driver. To adjust your location, tap Edit on the app and type in a new address or drag your pin on the map within the “gray circle” and tap Confirm to complete process. This is useful if you made a mistake or changed your mind.

    Real-time Upfront Pricing

    Before you confirm a trip, you can see price estimates. This way, you wouldn’t have to be in the clouds or guess inaccurately.

    Driver Profile

    By virtue of its app, Uber lets you learn about your driver. What can I learn about a driver in their profile? The language(s) they speak, their hobbies, their trip history, why they drive and their ratings and compliments. So how do I check the profile of my driver? You first have to request a ride as you normally would, once a driver accepts your trip, you’ll be able to scroll down to a card that opens their profile.

    How Does Dubai Taxi Compare with Uber Cars — Uber Alternative Credit: KhaleejTimes.com

    As regards cost-effectiveness, Dubai Taxi is generally more inexpensive than Uber’s most inexpensive cars — their high-end cars. Uber’s rides for up to four persons are premium with the least car being high-end and the better luxury. The Dubai Taxi may be as comfortable, safe and as fast as the Uber high-end cars. Learn about the Dubai Taxi. A possible edge of Uber’s cars over the Dubai Taxi is that Uber’s cars are ostensibly private.

    How To Book An Uber Ride Credit: knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu

    This process is quite easy.

    Create an account

    You need to create an account first. An email address and a phone number are required. You can request a ride on your browser or on the Uber app. To download the app, go to the App Store or Google Play.

    Enter your destination

    Open the app and enter where you’re going into the Where to? box. Tap to confirm your pickup location and tap Confirm again to be matched to a driver nearby.

    Meet your driver

    You can track their arrival on the map. See that you’re in the pickup location few minutes to the pickup.

    Important note:

    • Before entering the Uber car, please make sure you’re getting into the right car with the right driver by matching the license plate, car make and model, and driver photo with what’s provided in your app. So never get in a car where the vehicle or driver’s identity doesn’t match what’s displayed in your app.
    • You may also request a ride via VoiceOver or TalkBalk
    Payment

    When you’ve arrived, it’d be time to pay for the trip. Depending on your region, you have a couple of options. You could pay using cash or a payment method such as a credit card or Uber Cash balance. You could also use a voucher or Google Pay.

    Once you request a cash trip, you’ll be unable to switch to another payment method. It is recommended you review your fare estimate for various vehicle options before you request a ride. This is in order to ensure you’d have enough cash to pay for the trip. So, check to see you have enough money before you take your trip.

    You can add a credit card or other payment method to your account anytime. To do this, select PAYMENT from your app menu and tap ADD PAYMENT and follow the process through relevantly (see “To add Google Pay as a payment method” as an example).

    Should you no longer need a ride, you could cancel it. If you cancelled a trip, you’d be charged a cancellation fee. This fee is added to your next trip fare. It might form all of it or some of it.

    Paying with Google Pay

    Riders with Android devices can use Google Pay as a payment method to sign up and pay for their Uber rides. To add Google Pay as a payment method:

    1. Select “Payments” in the menu in your Uber app.
    2. Tap “Add Payment Method”.
    3. Tap “Google Pay”, then “Enable”.
    4. Follow the prompts in your app.

    To remove Google Pay, follow the steps above but select “Remove”.

    Please note:

    • You cannot switch your payment method to Google Pay after a trip has ended.
    • You can add up to 2 extra stops before or during your ride. Tap + next to the Where to? destination box to enter your address. Your price may be adjusted based on the time and distance of your destination.

    You can split/share your fare. You can do this for example when you travel with a friend or friends. With this feature in the app, you wouldn’t need to swap cash — just tell the app to calculate it for you and send you the bill.

    Rate your trip

    After payment, you should let Uber know about your driver’s performance, give the driver a compliment or a tip via/on the app.

    How To Get A Ride with Uber from The Airport Credit: TheVerge.com

    1. Open your app to request a ride
    To get a ride from the Airport, open your app to request a ride. Choose the option that suits your group size and luggage needs.

    2. Follow directions in the app
    You’d get directions about a pickup point directly in the app. Signs might also be available at the airport.

    3. Meet your driver
    Go to your assigned pickup location as specified by the app. Please note, this location may not always be at your nearest exit. If you can’t find your driver, contact them through the app.

    Please note: pickup timing may vary based on such factors as time of day, and the number of drivers on the road.

    Relevant Dubai Airport Services

    1. Wi-Fi at Dubai Airport
    You may leverage the free, unlimited, and high-speed Wi-Fi available across all areas of the Dubai Airport.

    2. Currency exchange
    A large number of currency exchange bureaus can be found throughout the DXB Airport. Each terminal features several exchanges.

    Car Options with Uber Credit: ParisInfo.com

    You have three cars options with Uber.

    1. A premium ride in a high-end car for up to 4 persons.
    2. A premium ride in a luxury car for up to four persons.
    3. An affordable ride for up to six persons.
    How Are The Uber Fares Calculated? Credit: new.panopticum.me

    Depending on the city where you ride with Uber, trip fares may be calculated upfront or immediately after rides end. Here’s how these two types of fares work.

    A. Upfront Fares

    With upfront pricing, you know the exact cost of your trip before requesting. This fare includes (but is not limited to):

    • A base rate
    • Rates for estimated time and distance of the route
    • The current demand for rides in the area
    • A booking fee and any applicable surcharges, fees, and tolls are also calculated and included.

    When you request a ride, you agree to be charged the upfront fare at the trip ends. Your fare may increase if you travel to a different destination or make extra stops along the route, or the trip takes much longer than expected.

    If an upfront fare is not honored, you will either be charged the minimum fare or a fare based on the measured time and distance for your trip, including any base fare, booking fee, surcharges, tolls, and other relevant factors such as a dynamic pricing charge.

    You’d always get a receipt for any trip fare. If your fare is different than the upfront fare you agreed to, your receipt will explain why. 

    B. Post-Trip Fares

    Some cities do not provide upfront fares. Instead, you’re charged either a minimum fare or a fare based on the time and distance for your trip’s route, including a base fare, booking fee, surcharges, tolls, and other relevant factors such as dynamic pricing when demand for rides is high in the area of the city where you’re requesting a ride. Fares may vary by location, the vehicle option you select, and other factors. 

    We understand that no specifics or sample was given on the Uber Dubai fares. Thus, we recommend your using the Uber price estimator to get approximate fare. All that’s needed is where your journey would start from and where it’d end.

    How Do I Create An Uber Account? Credit: YouTube.com

    Creating an Uber account with Uber requires a valid email address and phone number. You’d also need to create a password and agree to terms and conditions and Uber’s privacy statement.

    1. Fill in your first and last name, phone number, and preferred language. Once you complete this part of the signup process, you’d be sent a text SMS to verify your phone number.
    2. Next, enter your payment information. Adding a credit card or debit card number allows your trip fares to be automatically charged after each ride. Please note that Uber cannot accept prepaid cards.
    3. After you provide this information, you’ll be sent an email to confirm your account registration. Once you confirm, you’d be able to use your app to request a ride. 
    How To Download The Uber Rider App on Android

    You can download and install the Uber rider app on Android devices with operating system 4.0.3 and newer. Head to the Google Play store and follow these steps:

    1. Tap the Google Play icon.
    2. Tap the search bar, type Uber, then tap Search.
    3. Select the Uber icon and tap INSTALL.
    4. After app installation is complete, tap OPEN. 
    5. In the Uber app, tap SIGN IN if you have an account or tap REGISTER to create one.
    How To Download The Uber Rider App on iOS

    You can download and install the Uber rider app on devices with iOS 8 and newer. Using your mobile device, tap the App Store icon and follow these steps:

    1. Select Search from the menu, type Uber in the search bar, then tap Search.
    2. Select the Uber icon.
    3. Tap GET. Your device may require you to enter your App Store password.
    4. When downloading is complete, GET will change to INSTALL. Tap INSTALL.
    5. When the installation is complete, INSTALL will change to OPEN. Tap OPEN.
    6. In the Uber app, tap SIGN IN if you have an account or tap REGISTER to create.
    Can I use Uber without a smartphone?

    Yes, in certain contexts you could request a ride by signing in to m.uber.com.

    Conclusion

    The Dubai taxi service is quite good and may serve as good alternative to the Uber ride service. You could read about them here. And you can’t miss learning about getting around Dubai. Stay guided.

    References:
    Uber.com 2 & 3

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  • Seibido Inn Kyoto (review)
    18 October 2019

    On our first trip to Japan we also spent a few days in Kyoto. We explored the city and the surrounding area in detail and made many new experiences. One of them was to stay in a traditional style Japanese room.

    Review: Seibido Inn Kyoto

    The Seibido Inn in Kyoto kindly invited us to a stay. In this article we would like to give you some impressions and at the end of the review you will find out if we liked it.

    Check rates and availability at the Seibido Inn

    Location

    The Seibido Inn is located in a pleasant quiet side street, where you will also find a Family Mart nearby. The nearest bus station as well as a subway station (Kyoto Shiyakusho-mae) is only a few minutes walk away and you can also reach the center of Kyoto on foot within a few minutes. The popular district Gion is a 15-minute walk away. We liked the location of the Seibido Inn very much.

    Tip: Just across from the Family Mart there is a great little French bakery with the name Boulangerie Liberte, which offers delicious bread and rolls. You can also buy some baguettes in the morning to take away before exploring Kyoto, because the Seibido Inn itself does not offer any breakfast.

    The Seibido Inn

    Upon arrival at the Seibido Inn, which we found very quickly from the train station, we were greeted warmly at the front desk and the check-in went smoothly. The staff at the Seibido Inn speaks good English and will gladly help you with any questions. Kaoru and Giovanni were both always very friendly and helpful. Note that in every accommodation in Kyoto you have to pay an accommodation tax of currently 200 yen per night and per person – for us it was a total of 1200 yen for 3 nights.

    Reception and entrance area

    The reception area has a kitchen and a common area, which you can use without restriction. There is also a bar or fridge with cool drinks, including a small selection of beers. As mentioned earlier, no breakfast is offered, but you get free coffee and tea in the kitchen. A room with coin-operated washing machines and tumble dryers is also at guest’s disposal.

    The kitchen at the Seibido Inn

    Even though we did not use it ourselves, we think it is great that you can rent bikes for free. Thus, you can explore Kyoto wonderfully on 2 wheels. However, we preferred to walk or take public transport.

    Bicycles for free rentOur room

    The Seibido Inn offers different room types, all interior in traditional Japanese style. Apart from dorm rooms, the categories are: Economy Room, Standard Room, Superior Room, Superior Family Room and Premium Room. We ourselves have stayed in the Standard Room and would like to limit ourselves to this room type only in our review.

    The room size is 15 square meters, which is a bit larger by Japanese standards. The nights before we had a normal hotel room in Tokyo and they were significantly smaller. There is enough room in the Standard Room for 3 people.

    Our room in traditional Japanese style

    Traditional Japanese futon bed

    What you will notice immediately is that there are no beds. At least not as you know them from other rooms. The traditional futon beds were more comfortable than we expected. Otherwise, the air-conditioned/heated room has a very minimalist setting. Nevertheless, there is a TV, a small low table, hair dryer, kettle and a fridge. The Wi-Fi in the room and in the common area is fast and worked perfectly – this is of course always very important to us.

    The bathroom is however quite small – this is often the case in Japan. Still, we would appreciate a bit more space here. As the Seibido Inn is eco-friendly, fresh towels are only available every 2 days. The housekeeping does not come daily, which is totally fine for us. Even garbage is always separated and the combination of sink and toilet flush is a good idea.

    Conclusion

    Our time in Kyoto was great and it was an interesting experience to stay in a room at the Seibido Inn. If you’re used to classic hotel rooms, you’re probably going to be a little surprised that you have to make your own bed. But on the classic futon beds we really had a good sleep and the minimalism in the room has probably also contributed to that.

    If you want to make a whole new experience on your trip to Japan, then we can definitely recommend this guesthouse. Not only because of the rooms, but also because of the pleasant and quiet location.

    Book the Seibido Inn here

    Advertising notice: We have been invited to stay at the Seibido Inn Kyoto. Opinions are freely written and, as always, our own. We only recommend hotels that we like!

  • Malaysia: The Asian Beauty
    18 October 2019

    Malaysia: The splendid country of Malaysia stores a rich stock of diversified heritage, traditions, and culture. The vivid mesh of different religious and racial backgrounds that feature the heritage of Asia in Malays, Chinese, and Indians and the cultural marks left by the Thai, Portuguese, Dutch, and English make Malaysia one of the most beautiful countries that celebrate plurality and diversity.

    Despite the differences, the people of Malaysia are the most gentle and most tolerant in the world. Each Malaysian promotes a sense of harmony and peace that emanates not only from within. In every place that tourists travel in this country, they find peace everywhere.

    Beach Resorts

    As you travel to Malaysia, you should not miss the best beach resorts it has to offer. The Emerald Bay for example is listed as the top ten of the world’s beaches and definitely one of the best in Malaysia. The bay is crescent in shape and has the identity of most Malaysia’s beaches which have emerald waters. This beach is highly exclusive but travel agents can make sure that everything will be in order when you go there.

    The Catai beach in Langkawi Island is another top beach. While most of the coves are privately owned, it still does not stop for tourists to enter this beach scene. The Datai beach is one of the best crescent beaches in Malaysia with excellent diving sites that rival the best beaches in Asia.

    Tioman Island is one beach that has still its conservative beauty. It is a very avid tourist spot especially for golfers, nature lovers, and skin divers looking for the best diving spots. Its golden beach at the front and a deep forest backed by a tropical jungle is a paradise for the tourist. Travel agents in Malaysia will tell you that it is best to go there during March to September.

    Sights in Kuala Lumpur

    Kuala Lumpur which is a city filled with skyscrapers houses the magnificent and modern Petronas Towers and other towers. However, much of Kuala Lumpur has its beauty in the old colonial building that symbolizes its rich heritage. The towers take the influence of Moorish, Islamic, and the Tudor tradition.

    The Kuala Lumpur Bird Park is one of the largest bird parks in South East Asia. Tourists to Malaysia that go to its capital marvel at the different display of birds in such an urban place. The National Mosque shows off the Islamic tradition of Malaysia to its Asian neighbours. It houses a grand hall that can accommodate a lot of Muslim worshippers, which is also a main reason for the influx of tourists.

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  • Things To Do In Naran Kaghan – Attractions and Must Visited Places
    18 October 2019
    Things To Do In Naran Naran Kaghan – Must Visit Places

    Naran & Kaghan are two beautiful towns located in Mansehra District, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan. This valley lies in the mighty lush green mountains of the Himalayas surrounded by the dark dense Alpine forest, makes it more interesting for the travelers to visit such destinations. There is no doubt that the Naran Kaghan valley has a number of beautiful and attractive places for visitors to visit.

    Naran is one of the most famous towns in the country because of its scenic views. Thousands of people including photographers, tourists, trekkers, nature-lovers visit this place of Pakistan annually. Whether you are planning to visit this iconic place with friends, family or someone special, you make many unforgettable memories here.

    We offer many excellent Naran Kaghan Tour Packages so you can enjoy the beautiful journey at the affordable pricing. Road to Naran Kaghan Valley gives a nice impact on its visitor’s heart with some beautiful views of Himalayan Mountains. It leads the journey by passing through beautiful water streams all the way till Naran Valley of Kaghan.

    Moreover, for the ease of travelers government built the new motorway to minimize the distance for Naran valley. However, the highway is till the Abbottabad right and still under construction for further distance to escape the traffic hurdle of Abbottabad market. Following are some of the most attractive and must-visit places of Naran Kaghan Valley, so let’s have a look on them!

    Lake Saif-ul-Malook

    According to a report, lake Saif-ul-Malook is considered the fifth-best tourist place in the country. The lake is flooded with a mesmerizing beauty, pleasant atmosphere, and lovely views. It attracts numerous tourists from all around the world every year. The best time to visit this place is from May to September.

    In Winter season, the lake is covered with snow and roads are blocked due to heavy snowfall. The lake also has brown trout fish, the iconic view of Malika Parbat – the highest peak of Kaghan Valley. Moreover, you can also do boating in daytime and camping at night under the beautiful blue sky, covered with millions of stars and bright moon making it shiny Milkyway.

    However, the lake is hidden in the mountains of mighty Himalaya with the sky-high elevation of 10,499 ft (3,224 m) above sea level. It can easily be reached by the jeep ride from Naran valley till Saif Ul Malook lake in 30 minutes with some pleasuring views of the valley and the avalanches on the way.

    Furthermore, one can trek to the lake as well for around 3 hours. After reaching and exploring the lake, the beauty of the lake and the views around can take one’s heart to another world making it one of the most famous tourist destination of the country.

    Lulusar Lake

    Another beautiful destination of Pakistan is Lulusar lake which is located in the Kaghan Valley. The place is a quite popular tourist attraction because of its highest mountain peaks. The high mountains are covered with snow, giveaway a breathtaking view for the visitors.

    The middle of the summer season is the perfect time to visit this place as there are less snow and more greenery. As the lake is situated in the national park of Lulusar Dudipatsar, animals like foxes, black bears, hawks, Himalayan snowcock, lynx, and marmots can be seen. Moreover, enthusiasts can experience hiking and can stay there for a night or so if they want to.

    You can hire people to set some camps for you and your mates. Road to reach this amazing destination is metaled and in quite a good condition. Furthermore, the way to this mighty lake gives some breathtaking views all the way till the destination, passing by some beautiful waterfalls and crossing some water streams coming from the glaciers.

    The lake located 3,410 m (11,190 ft) above the sea level with around 50 km away from Naran valley that can be covered in around 1 and a half-hour of the drive. Moreover, this mighty Lulusar Lake is the main water source for the river of Naran Valley, Kunhar river.

    Babusar Top

    The Babusar top is also known as Babusar Pass which is situated at the north of Kaghan Valley. Actually it is the Pass that connects Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan with Gilgit Baltistan region in Northern Pakistan. This is the highest place in the region which can be easily visited by cars and jeeps.

    Just like above-mentioned places, you can visit this place during the summer. The place offers mesmerizing and beautiful view during the summer season. But make sure to stay safe as the place is with high altitude and it gets colder above. As the Babusar Pass is situated at sky altitude of 4,173 m (13,700 ft) above sea level. Moreover, this is the last point of Naran Kaghan Valley.

    Lalazar

    The beautiful tourist destination is located near Naran in the Batakundi village of Kaghan Valley. The place is flooded with wildflowers, fir forest, and pine, making it a lush green meadow. On one side of the area is deep valley near to the Kunhar River. On the other side, you can enjoy the beautiful view of the hills with the dark alpine woods. People come here from across the globe to appreciate its beauty.

    Also, you can see “Falak-Sonia,” (snow-covered peak) from this place. One can go to see this astonishing destination by having a thrilling muddy jeep ride through small one jeep track. This road can be dangerous during the raining time as it will become slippery because of mud. We offer the best Naran Tour Packages so you can enjoy without any hassle.

    Ansoo Lake

    In the list for the next destination, we have Ansoo Lake to list on the best places to visit in Naran Kaghan Valley. This piece of nature, Ansoo lake is located sky high in the Himalayas with the elevation 4,250 m. One can reach this hidden gem of nature by having trekking adventure.

    The first traveler has to reach Saif Ul Malook lake by bumpy jeep ride and then 2 hours of horse riding in the upper Himalayan region. After that 1 hour trekking to the Lake Ansoo. Moreover, this name was given on the basis of the shape that the lake has. Ansoo means Tear as the lake is in Tear Shaped.

    One can have some breathtaking views from the lake and capture that in their heart for a lifetime. Furthermore, the best time to visit this lake is from June till August as in other months, the destination receives heavy snowfall that could be dangerous for trekkers. So get your trek lover friends to get on the journey in this part of Himalaya.

    Dudipatsar Lake

    Next, on the list, we got Dudipatsar lake for the adventure lover in the far north of Naran Kaghan valley. Dudipatsar means White Mountains Lake because of the peaks around the lake that are covered under the white shawl of snow all over the year.

    Moreover, this lake is famous as The Queen of Lakes in Pakistan because of it majestic beauty. One can travel to this destination by going through a drive till Jalkhad in Naran valley. After drive travel has to enjoy the trekking of 4-5 hours through breathtaking views.

    It is recommended to visit this piece of nature during June till august as the best time. Afterward, the destination receives heavy snowfall that can make a problem for the visitor and can be stuck over there. This lake has an elevation of 3800 m with the lush green pastures all around. To convince you, travel mates, to visit this majestic destination in the Naran Kaghan valley of Pakistan.

    Siri Paye Meadows

    In the Naran Kaghan tour packages 2019, we have some more to offer to the wanderers. Last but not least, we have Siri Paye meadows in the Shogran valley of Naran Kaghan region. Travelers can reach this beautiful destination by having a jeep ride of 1 hour from the famous Kewai waterfalls.

    The thrilling jeep passes all the way through the dense alpine woods with breathtaking and marvelous views that can leave a strong impact of nature. After this adventurous jeep ride, one has to walk for around 15 minutes to reach the plains with the lush green pasture as the feet of Makra peak. The lush green plateau has the height of 3,060 m from sea level. Nature lovers can have a camping night at the top to capture the shiny Milky Way with some best camping views.

    Except for then the meadows, one can also enjoy the beauty of Shogran valley. Explore the village with beautiful views around and get foggy at night that one cannot even see anything.

    So grab your backpack, convince your friends, workmates, or family to visit this variety of destinations in Naran Kaghan Valley of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Pakistan. We SEE Pakistan tours have a variety of Naran Kaghan tour packages 2019 in our list, so grab one and set the journey towards mountains of Himalayas to explore and feel the nature.

     

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  • Best Places To Visit In Lahore
    18 October 2019
    What To Do In Lahore? Attractions & Best Places To Visit In Lahore

    Pakistan is a country that is full of beautiful sights and historical places. Lahore is the city which holds the most historic and beautiful places to visit unlike any other city in Pakistan.

    Not only this, it is flooded with gardens, mosques, and Muslim culture as well. All over the year, millions of travelers come to explore the streets of Old historical walled city Lahore. In which wanderers can go to the old times of Mughals Empire.

    This city Lahore is the place that remains important in all of the eras whether it is Mughals or Sikh times. It was believed to be the capital of Sub-continent. Lahore has special importance in the life of Singh community as it has many cultural sights for the Sikhism. A huge number of Singh community comes to visit this city of wanders every year to experience and see the history of their ancestors. As many of the Singh community moved to India during Pakistan India Partition 1947.

    Moreover, except the Historical sights, Lahore has much to offer like Sozo Water park, Lahore Zoo, Lahore Museum, Food streets of Famous Anarkali and much more.

    Whether you are planning to visit this place with family, friends, or loved ones, you will have lots of fun and come to know more about the Places to Visit in Lahore.

    Best Places To Visit In Lahore

    Although the whole city is worth to visit because of its culture and traditional Punjabi food but there are some other places to visit in Lahore which are widely attractive to the tourists and visitors. Let’s explore.

    Badshahi Mosque

    No matter in what region of Pakistan you live, you must have heard about Badshahi Mosque (commonly known as Badshahi Masjid), a must-visit place in Lahore. You can’t miss it if you are on a trip to Lahore.

    The beautiful Mosque was completed in 1674 during Aurangzeb era. This is considered as one of the largest mosques in the world which gains a lot of attention of tourists and locals.

    Took almost two years to complete the construction of this marvelous piece of architecture, was one of the greatest at that era of Mughal. Right now it is considered at the second largest Mosque of Pakistan. After the Mughal empire, the Sikh empire used this great architecture as a garrison. Now located in the capital city of Punjab province Pakistan is one of the iconic sights to visit and know the reality of history behind this great Mosque.

    Data Ganj Bakhsh Hajveri Shrine

    Abdul Hasan Ali born in 1009 in the Ghazni that is known as Afghanistan right now, was famous as Data Ganj Bakhsh who wrote a book on mysticism.

    He was one of the most successful preachers on the subcontinent who is considered as an honorable Sufi saint in Pakistan today. Whoever visits Lahore never miss visiting this place. Data Ganj Bakhsh, later on, moved to Lahore city having a lot of troubles. He had been sent to prison here a couple of times. Later on, died here making a reputation of Great Sufi Saint. Thus, Shrine of Data Ganj Bakhsh makes itself an important place to visit in Lahore.

    Both Muslims and Non-Muslims are allowed to seek blessings of the famous Sufi saint. It is located west of Bhatti gate, near the old city. One should visit this great shrine when planning to visit Lahore city of Pakistan.

    Bagh-e-Jinnah – Lawerence Garden

    If you are a book lover, this place is perfect for you. Bagh-e-Jinnah normally known as Lawerence garden is a beautiful white palace which comprises of Jinnah Library that has an immense collection of books.

    This is a good place for a daylight picnic or to enjoy reading books. There are also tennis courts, a restaurant, Gymkhana Cricket ground for cricket lovers and an Open Air Theatre as well. One can have a peaceful time with their friends or families during sunrise and sunset time. So plan a journey to visit this place in Lahore city.

    Chughtai Museum

    The historical museum was opened in 1975, the year when Muhammad Abdul Rahman passed away.

    The place is situated in the northwest of Ferozpur Rd and Gulberg Main Blvd. Saying that he was one of the greatest and most talented painters of Pakistan wouldn’t be wrong.

    Mr. Chughtai (1897-1975) did some great work in Islamic art and created thousands of pencil sketches, 2000 watercolors, and 300 etchings. He also designed numerous coins and stamps for the country. An art lover must see this beautiful place during Lahore tour.

    Shalimar Garden – Shalimar Bagh

    The localists call it Shalimar Bagh which was built by the son of Jehangir, Shah Jahan in the 17th century. Mughal Empire built this beautiful lush green garden for their guest so that they get entertained. Took almost 18 months to complete, this Royal Garden was built in 1642. Built on the design of famous Persian style Charbagh “Paradise Garden”, this Mughal garden was for the entertainment and to show the reputation. Furthermore, this amazing Shalimar Gardens also received UNESCO World Heritage site award during the year of 1981.

    This is the only historical garden left from that time period. Although, the famous place is not as glorious as it used to, however, it still holds major importance. Plan up and visit this Royal place of Mughal empire in Lahore city of Pakistan.

    Lahore Fort

    The place was established, damaged, demolished, rebuilt, and finally restored before becoming its current form by Emperor Akbar in 1566.

    There is no doubt that Lahore Fort is the main attraction of this city. Later in 1618, the historical place was modified by Jehangir and was damaged by the British and Sikh the same year. On initial base, the fort was built by Akbar The Mughal Emperor, later it had a lot of addition with the changes of Mughal emperors. This great Fortress is opposite to the Great Badshahi Mosque. After the Mughal era, the Lahore Fort was destroyed by the Sikh and British. Later on, it was restored. Moreover, during 1981, this amazing Architecture of Mughal times had been described as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

    It was finally restored by the Mughal Emperors. The finest place is painted with authentic tile work, calligraphy, manuscripts, coins, mirrors, and much more. Inside the Fort, there is a point that is known as Sheesh Mehal. This Sheesh Mehal was a gift from the King to the Queen with amazing design that one can go mesmerized. One can have the best time getting to know the history of this Fort. So make a plan and explore the old era of history.

    To understand the history of this place, you can hire a guide for a minimum of 150 Pakistani Rupees.

    Wazir Khan Mosque

    Facing Wazir khan Chowk, a times square, Wazir Khan Mosque construction started in 1634 that took seven years to complete till 1641. The name of the Mosque was given on the name of Wazir Khan who gave orders for the construction of the Great Architecture. Wazir Khan was Chief Physician who later on became Viceroy of Punjab. He owned a lot of property where he gave the order to build this masterpiece in the Walled City of Lahore. Wazir Khan Mosque is a place worth to visit in Lahore city.

    This Mosque was restored by the Government of Pakistan, Norway, Germany and United States along with Agha Khan Trust for Cultural during 2009. Wazir Khan mosque typically supposed to the most beautiful and well-decorated Mosque during the Era of Mughals. Travel to this beautiful Mosque to witness the Mughals best architecture.

    Shahi Hammam

    Next, on the list, we have the most impressing Mughals Royal Bath, normally known as the Shahi Hammam, a must-visit place in Lahore. This Shahi Hammam is typically the last royal bath in Walled city of Lahore from the era of Mughals. Shahi Hammam (Royal Bath) was built during the year of 1635 by Illam Ud Din Ansari, Chief physician of court. He was normally titled as Wazir Khan.

    Royal Hammam was restored from 2013 to 2015 to its old reputation. After that, it was listed in the UNESCO World Heritage sites in 2016. Whenever planning to do things in Lahore, make sure to visit this Shahi Hammam of Mughals royalty.

    Tomb of Jahangir

    Built-in 1637, the Tomb of Jahangir was for the remembrance of the great Mughal Emperor Jahangir who ruled the Mughal Empire from 1605 to 1627. Emperor Jahangir died in Rajauri of Kashmir in 1627. The plan for building a Tomb was given by the son of Jahangir, Emperor Shah Jahan that took 10 years for the construction of this beautiful Tomb. The tomb was built on the location of DilKusha Garden as this was the most favorite place of Jahangir and his queen Nur Jahan in the city of Lahore.

    Tomb itself is proof of great dynasty of the Mughal Empire with enchanting architecture. Tomb of Emperor Jahangir is the reality of tales written in history and indeed the best place to visit in Lahore.

    Wagah Border 

    Going on for the last 60 years, from 1959 it started to have Wagah Attari border ceremony between two rival countries Pakistan and India. Every evening thousands of visitors come to witness the Border ceremony parade and passion about their countries. The ceremony starts just before the sunset every evening for Lowering of the Countries Flags. Before Lowering the Flags, it used to have Parade of Pakistani Rangers. In which on both sides, they used to raise their legs as higher they can to show the Rivalry symbol. Must visit place in Lahore to the witness the Rivalry between Pakistan and India at Wagah Attari Border.

    These were some of the best places to visit in Lahore that one can visit while having a journey towards this astonishing historical rich city of Lahore. Pick you back to backpack, make a plan and get ready for a trip to history and the times of Mughals with your family or friends. See Pakistan tours have some of the best One days, two days and 3 Days Lahore City tour plans for the travelers who want to wander in the old streets of Lahore.

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  • Mountaineering, Trekking and Hiking In Pakistan
    18 October 2019
    Mountaineering, Trekking, and Hiking Places in Pakistan

    Pakistan has been blessed with a huge number of traveling sights, Pakistan has been receiving millions of tourists throughout the year from all around the globe. Although the country is famous all around the world because of its picturesque landscape, culture, traditions, and hospitality of locals. Especially the county is known for its sky-high mountains and stunning hiking and trekking trails.

    As the country host the World second highest mountain, K2 (8,611 m) and some of the world most famous peaks like Nanga Parbat (8,126 m), Trango Towers (6,286 m), Broad Peak (8,047 m), Gasherbrum 1 (8,080 m) and many more. Still, on the northern side of Pakistan, there are huge mountains still unclimbed and unnamed. Every year thousands of climbers and mountaineers visit Pakistan to conquer the mighty peaks.

    Pakistan should be on the list of trek lover to have some of the best ever trekking experience with some astonishing views around. Today we have some of the best hiking and trekking trails in the northern areas of Pakistan to witness the exceptional landscape of nature away from the rough urban life to have a peaceful time. So without wasting more time, let check out some best trekking and hiking trails in Pakistan.

    • Snow Lake or Lukpe Lawo
    • K2 Base Camp
    • Fairy Meadows
    • Rush Lake
    • Karambar Lake
    • Rakaposhi Base Camp
    Snow Lake or Lukpe Lawo

    Not actually a lake, Lukpe Lawo or Snow Lake, a high-altitude glacial basin situated in the mountainous range of the Karakorum in Northern part of Pakistan. This is one of the toughest and longest treks in Pakistan with breathtaking views everywhere.

    The best trek in the northern side of Pakistan, Snow lake or Lukpe Lawo has receives a small number of wanderers for trekking in this part of Pakistan. With the average of 200 travelers per year, the name of Snow Lake locally known as Lukpe Lawo was given by Martin Convey in 1892 after becoming the first to explore this piece of heaven for trekkers.

    To reach the astonishing destination, One need to go towards Skardu valley and take the thrilling jeep ride passing over Braldu River reaching the last car point, Askole. From Askole the mesmerizing trek starts towards the Sky high glacial basin of Lukpe Lawo or Snow Lake. Snow Lake lies at the mountainous heights of 4,877 m.

    However, the Snow Lake situated at the heads of two of mighty glaciers, Hispar and Biafo. Travelers usually start the trek from Askole and reach Snow Lake after that continues their journey towards Hispar in Nagar Valley. The trek is also known in the travelers as Biafo Hispar la trek. So this year plan your trek towards this less explored piece to sit alone and enjoy the serenity of nature far from the world.

    K2 Base Camp or Concordia Trek

    Well, the mountain of Godwin-Austen (Chhogori) is well known around the mountaineers and climbers in the globe as K2 (8,611 m). Being the second highest peak in the world after Mount Everest, every year many climbers and mountaineers from all around the world come to try summit this most dangerous peak.

    One of the most loved treks in the northern corner of Pakistan with the Worlds mighty peaks in surroundings, K2 Base Camp or Concordia Trek, offers some of the stunning views of world eight-thousanders along with the breathtaking views of Chhogori (K2). To start this tremendous journey for the Base camp of Mount Godwin-Austen, one needs to reach Skardu Valley and then have to take jeep ride for Askole valley.

    From Askole, the marvelous Concordia trek starts for the base camp of K2, moreover one can reach other destinations as well through this trekking route. The base camp of the deadly Mount Godwin-Austen (K2) lies at heights of 5,400 m. Because of that much height and glacier all around, the weather of the base camp (K2) remains negative most of the times. Although one has to cross one of the largest glacier, Baltoro Glacier. So get ready and plan your journey for the trek towards “Throne room of the mountains Gods” or Concordia Trek.

    Fairy Meadows

    Lies under the shadows of Nanga Parbat in the mighty Himalayan Mountain range, Fairy meadows is a most famous traveling destination in the northern mountains of Pakistan. However, the Nanga Parbat Mountain is the second highest peak in Pakistan and Ninth Highest in the world with the sky touching elevation of 8,126 m.

    Moreover, it is well known as The Killer Mountain. To reach this amazing destination, one should reach Raikot Bridge near Chillas and hire a jeep to have an adventurous Jeep Ride on the World most dangerous road. After that, travelers have the trekking through the dark alpine forest with some majestic views of mighty Nanga Parbat.

    After the long and beautiful trekking of 4 hours, wanderers reach a destination that takes one out of this world to heaven. So grab your backpack and get ready for this amazing journey of Fairy meadows to witness the beauty of nature.

    Rush Lake Trek

    One of Highest altitude Lake in World, Rush lake lies at the elevation of 4,694m needs some long and easy trekking for beginners. The marvelous lake situated in the Nagar Valley of Gilgit Baltistan Pakistan and can easily accessible through Hopar Valley of Nagar.

    The trek offers some amazing views of the landscape around to the travelers and requires two days to reach the beautiful Rush Lake. The trek for this lake starts from the Hopar Valley. One can easily reach Hopar valley of Nagar in Gilgit Baltistan Pakistan by car.

    Rush Lake is surrounded by the lush green meadows and some mighty peaks that provide some stunning images of landscape to the heart of travelers. One can have views of mighty Spantik (Golden) Peak, Miar Peak, Ultar Sar Peak and many more. So grab your friends for this long but easy trekking to reach one of highest altitude lake, Rush Lake.

    Karambar Lake

    With the altitude of 4,304 m touching the clouds, lies the mesmerizing trekking route to the marvelous Karambar Lake. The lake is one of the highest lakes in Pakistan with some of the best views in the surrounding. Locally known as Qurumbar Lake, lies up in the mountains of Ishkomen valley of Ghizer in the far northern side of Pakistan. Normally travelers can reach this amazing destination by trekking through Broghil Valley of Chitral. But there is one other adventurous and long way through Darkot village of Yasin valley in Gilgit Baltistan of Pakistan. This year grab your friends on this trekking to explore and spend some lonely and peaceful time in mesmerizing Karambar Lake of Northern Pakistan.

    Rakaposhi Base Camp

    Last but not the least, we got trek towards Rakaposhi Base Camp in the Nagar Valley of Gilgit Baltistan, Pakistan. Normally one of the easy one day trek to the most beautiful location under the shadows of mighty Rakaposhi Peak (7788 m). It needs around 6 hours of trekking from the peaceful main village of Nagar valley.

    Normally known as Tagafiri, has the most beautiful campsite for the trekkers to explore and stay a night there with the Rakaposhi and some other famous peaks like Diran at the backdrop. On the way to the Base camp, one can have some beautiful views from the Hapakun meadows of the valley.

    Rakaposhi base camp lies at the elevation of around 3,500 m and some of the most stunning views around to make someone fall in love with. So get your backpack ready for the journey to do the trek with your loved ones to explore this land of nature in Pakistan.

    Not only these, but there are also a lot more of trek and hiking sights in Pakistan along with the hundreds of mountains to be climbed yet. One can wander in the northern side of Pakistan, piece of Nature to discover and explore much more to the world.

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  • Lake Saif Ul Malook: Learn Everything before Making a Trip
    18 October 2019
    About Lake Saif Ul Malook

    High up in the mountains of Himalayas, lies the marvelous Lake Saif Ul Malook in the Naran Valley of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pakistan. The beauty of Saif Ul Malook Lake has been described in different ways by the travelers, but the truth is when you visit it you will have no words to explain the beauty in this art of nature. Saif Ul Malook Lake Pakistan is one of the most famous tourist sights in the country. Millions of tourists visit Lake Saif-Ul-Malook (Jheel Saif Ul Malook) situated under the shadows of mighty Malika Parbat (5,290 m) throughout the year.

    There are many facts and stories about the Saif Ul Malook Lake normally known as Jheel Saif Ul Malook. For such stories about the fairies regarding the lake, this piece of nature has a title of Fairy Lake situated at the sky-high elevation of 10,577 ft (3,224 m).

    However, it depends what time you are choosing to visit the lake as Saif Ul Malook lake in Winter season remains closed from October till the end of April for the travelers because of the heavy snowfall. Lake Saif Ul Malook weather remains quite pleasant during summer season making it best summer destination for a peaceful time away from urban life.

    Saif Ul Malook Lake depth and water condition

    According to the storytellers of the Jheel Saif Ul Malook, the depth of the lake has never been known. But the research shows that the Lake Saif ul Malook depth has a maximum of around 34 m (113 ft). Saif- Ul-Malook lake covers the surface area of 2.75 km2. The water temperature of the lake remains down the 10 degrees as it receives glacial waters mostly.

    Saif Ul Malook Lake at Night

    This masterpiece of nature look mesmerizing in the shiny daylight, moreover, it put a delightful impact on travelers under the shiny stars as well. During the night time, tourist prefers to have camped on the bank of the lake with the billions stars Milkyway sky. One can have the best night by capturing the shiny Milkyway over the lake.

    Myths Of Fairies Lake Saif Ul Malook

    This fairytale lake has a lot of stories about the lakes. One of the most famous Lake Saif Ul Malook stories is about the love story of Prince Saif-ul-Malook and a Fairy Badi-Ul-Jamal. Lake got the name from this famous tale of Saif ul Malook. The prince was from Egypt who came to this point and found the Fairy Queen.

    According to the tale he fell in love with the Fairy queen and fought with the Giant for the fairy who captured her for 10 long years. Saif ul Malook Lake is also known around the world for its famous love story.

    How to Reach Saif Ul Malook Lake

    To reach this marvelous lake one has to reach the beautiful capital city Islamabad of Pakistan. From Islamabad, the traveler can go on the journey by the local transport in very low budget. Starting the journey on Hazara Motorway, one will reach Abbottabad and then Mansehra city.

    Form Mansehra city on Karakoram Highway one has to take the Naran Babusar top road that will lead straight towards the valley of Naran Kaghan Via Balakot. After Naran valley, tourists can visit the lake Saif ul Malook by hike and by Jeeps.

    There is curvy adventurous jeep track for 30 minutes of drive from the Naran valley to the lake. After jeep ride, there is a walk for a couple of minutes to reach near the lake Saif ul Malook. Wanderers can have a marvelous journey in the Himalayan mountain range of Pakistan.

    How to spend the best time at Lake Saif Ul Malook

    There are a lot of things to do to have the best time at the Lake Saif Ul Malook. Some of the most interesting ones are waters sports, camping adventure, walk around the lake, horse or pony riding, Snow sliding on the glacier, food adventure and much more.

    Travelers can enjoy the boating on the crystal clear water of the lake. Camping adventure over the lake is most recommended one to have different views of the lake from sunny to shinny Milkyway over the mighty lake with Malika Parbat at the backdrop.

    For food travelers, the lake has a lot of restaurants with a beautiful view of Saif ul Malook lake. One can enjoy the local cuisine over there. After the food adventure, we have a horse or pony riding on our list. Travelers can enjoy horse or pony riding around this mighty lake and capture some beautiful views of the lake the mountains around.

    Moreover one can have a peaceful walk around the lake or to the mountains to have some smooth time with nature. One can also enjoy the snow sliding from the glaciers around the lake to have some adventure and unforgettable memories for a lifetime.

    There are a lot more that one can do at this amazing touristic sight Lake Saif Ul Malook.

    For sightseeing around the lake, there are caves that one can find after a few walks. Moreover one can also trek to the sky touching Ansoo Lake (Tear Shaped Lake) that needs around one hour trek after the two hours of horse riding. The trek for this Ansoo Lake starts from Lake Saif Ul Malook.

    Now you have everything to plan and start an unforgettable journey around the Himalayan Mountains. So grab your backpack and set your journey to make some best memories with your loved ones.

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  • Is It Safe To Travel To Pakistan?
    18 October 2019
    Is Pakistan Safe To Travel? As Foreign Travellers Wonder To Ask

     

    The answer is yes. Pakistan is safe to travel as compared to the past decade. Lawfulness circumstance in Pakistan is far superior to 10 years prior. Pakistan battles hard to finish of psychological warfare in its district thus far Pakistan is prevailing in such manner. Pakistan is loaded with the stunning area. It is appropriately stated, huge dangers are legitimately proportioned to a major reward.

    As Pakistan has removed all the hurdles and restrictions for the tourists from all over the world to flourish the travel industry to promote tourism in Pakistan, you should explore more of Pakistan tour packages 2019 through See Pakistan Tours.

    On the off chance that you need to venture to every part of the wonderful valleys of Pakistan or even archeological locales, visit Pakistan gives you a total rundown of its astounding spots. From where you can think about the where it counts substances of Pakistan. Karakoram Highway (KKH) is one of the world’s most prominent access course and the essential street to all northern Pakistan.

    Above all, if you are a nature aficionado, at that point three noteworthy mountain reaches are looking for your way. “Himalaya“, “Karakoram” and the “Hindu Kush” give you the most all-encompassing perspectives on nature. Overall these massive extents encompass the superb lakes that in the long run do magic in first sight.

    Other than common scene, the remarkable human advancement that lies in “Mohenjo Daro”, “Harappa”, “Rani Kot” thus numerous different places moreover.

    Northern Areas of Pakistan is viewed as a paradise for a trekker. The pilgrim finds a concealed world in the lap of colossal mountains. From north to south, each quarter is loaded up with incalculable spots that need to investigate.

    Here in this article, we will make a point to furnish you with the total details if Pakistan is safe for Travelers?

    Without a single doubt, the answer is YES! There are so many things you can do while taking any tour to Pakistan. Some of the things are listed below from the amazing food eateries to panoramic landscape, have a look!

    Travel Safely To Pakistan And Explore The Amazing Spots

    First and the premier is the antiquated city Taxila. Taxila being the capital of Gandharan Empire give the gigantic Buddhist archeological site. The city is neighboring to Islamabad and considered as a significant milestone in history.

    Second on the rundown is the Trek to Hunza Valley, a place that is known for huge pinnacles. Explorers love the spots with most brave treks.

    The third is the popular drive on Karakorum Highway that gives incalculable various perspectives on impacting huge pinnacles of the Hindu Kush, Karakoram, and Himalaya.

    Kalash Valley, being on the fourth however an absolute necessity visits the valley. The fascinating customs of Pakistan minority is an unquestionable requirement have involvement.

    The list never arrives at an end, yet attempt to witness the multi-shaded bazaars of Lahore, the nightlife of Karachi, the delegacy of Multan, the way of life of Peshawar.

    Every place in Pakistan discloses to you a completely extraordinary story of it’s at various times.

    Watch the world’s most dumbfounding polo coordinate, happened between the towns of Chitral and Gilgit.

    A Taste To Recall While Investigating Pakistan

    Each area of Pakistan has its own taste. Like, the sweets produced using Apricot are the forte in Northern Pakistan. Lahoris Breakfast will include some divine Halwa puri or Siri paye, all the desi things. The well-known biryani of Karachi. The Sohan halwa of Multan. Each cooking in special and gives you a definitive encounter.

    Best Time to Visit Pakistan

    On the off chance that you are arranging your trip to Northern Pakistan, at that point, the best time to visit is April to October. A portion of the spots in outrageous north begins to snowfall even in July particularly “Skardu” and “Deosai“. Besides, if you will likely visit the south piece of the “interior Sindh” or “Lahore” at that point come in winters or spring. You will tremendous shades of the way of life here.

    Convenience In Pakistan

    Convenience in Pakistan thoroughly relies upon your financial limit, everyone in fluctuated from standard to special. While Traveling Safe in Northern Areas of Pakistan, on the off chance that you need to remain in lodging or a camp, the particular visit aides furnish you with the most ideal remain. Most importantly, the lodgings and resorts the executives give all the hardware that is required for climbing or investigating the land.

    Health Is Important Too

    Keep yourself hydrated. Drink cleaned water as conceivable as possible. Keep medical aid box with you to handle any terrible circumstance.

    More critically, take money with you and stay away from plastic cash. As there are fewer odds of outsider trade in Northern Pakistan.

    Pakistan travel guide gives motivation to Travel Safe in Pakistan which incorporates the guide of Pakistan. All the more significantly, gives you the top Pakistan travel encounters to all the northern regions of Pakistan. It is critical to take tips for movement in Pakistan, so you can have an extreme encounter on the best Himalayan treks, Karakorum Treks, and numerous others.

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  • 5 Amazing Places To Visit In Northern Areas Of Pakistan
    18 October 2019
    Places To Visit In Northern Areas Of Pakistan 2019

    The travelers from all around the world love to visit northern areas of Pakistan. Govt. has lifted all the travel hurdles for visitors from all around the globe. As a result, for summer 2019, a huge number of wanderers from around the world are coming to travel the most friendliness country, blessed with the heavenly landscape. During 2017 and 2018, British Backpackers society listed the country with the best travel destinations in the World. Also, Pakistan was listed in the list of best travel destinations to travel in 2019 by the Forbes magazines. As it was the whole country listed for Best travel sites, here we have some of the most beautiful places to visit in northern areas of Pakistan.

    • Naran Kaghan
    • Hunza Valley
    • Skardu Valley
    • Fairy Meadows
    • Naltar Valley
    Naran Kaghan

    On the top of the list for the best places in northern areas of Pakistan, we have Naran Kaghan valley in the Himalayan Mountains of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pakistan. Naran valleys stay open for few months to delivers some of the marvelous views from nature. As the valley remains closed during winters from October till April due to heavy snowfall in northern areas of Pakistan. As the road leading towards the valley gets block due to avalanches coming from the mountains. However, Naran valley is one of the most famous traveling places in northern areas of Pakistan amongst the local travelers. Every year, a huge number of visitors travel to this site with their friends, families and loved ones to capture the best memories.

    The Valley surrounded by the lush green mountains and deep alpine forest giving a beautiful impact on travelers about Himalayan valleys. In the valley of Naran, there are a lot more to discover like the fairy tale Saif Ul Malook Lake, Hike towards the Ansoo Lake, Lulusar lake, The Queen Dudipatsar Lake and lastly Babusar Top (4,173 m). SO make a plan this summers 2019 and get on the journey to explore Naran valley among other best places in northern Pakistan.

    Hunza Valley

    Lies in the mountains of Northern Pakistan, the gigantic and colorful Hunza Valley far in the Gilgit Baltistan region near to China border. Hunza Valley is one of the most beautiful places to visit in the northern areas of Pakistan. For a lot of years now, Hunza valley has been offering its wanderers the history and culture along with their colorful traditions. Moreover to historical and traditional expects, Hunza valley is famous all around the globe among the travelers for its immense natural landscape that can put a strong impact on the mind of travelers. However, the valley has a lot more to discover.

    Places To Visit In Hunza

    Some of the best travel destinations to visit in Hunza Valley are Ganesh Historical settlement, Baltit, Altit Fort, Attahbad Lake, Shimshal Valley, Passu cones and glacier, Khunjerab Pass (Pak-China Border) and much more.

    Ganesh village is a historical Silk Route settlement around 1000 years old, supposed to be the First Silk Route settlement. Furthermore, Hunza valley is supposed to be the only destination in the world from where one can witness the beauty of Four mighty Seven Thousanders peaks along with some famous peaks like Ladyfinger peak (Bublimating – 6000 m) and Hunza Peak (6,270 m).

    In Hunza Valley, there are many of the beautiful trekking routes that can take travelers to another world. Some of the most beautiful trekking routes are Shimshal pass, Patundas trek, Batura Glacier trek and many more.

    So make sure this summer 2019 to travel for the exploring of this amazing place of Northern areas of Pakistan with your friends or someone special to spend some amazing time.

    Skardu Valley

    Here we go with the Gateway to the Karakorum mountain range on this list. Skardu valley lies in the Karakorum Range of Gilgit Baltistan in far northern Pakistan. Being my most favorite destination in the mountainous region of Pakistan, Skardu valley offers a lot to the wanderers that one can never expect and ever forget after visiting such places in northern areas of Pakistan. The road leading towards Skardu valley supposed to be the Eight wonder of World, as the way offer some breathtaking views along with the danger of huge landslide every time it receives rain. The valley has a rich culture and history with beautiful traditions. Likewise, culture and traditions are similar to Tibet. However, Skardu is the Baltistan in Gilgit Baltistan region, which is known as the Little Tibet.

    Best Places To Visit In Skardu

    Skardu valley has a lot to offer for the travelers to wander in the mountains to explore as many of the places has still not been visited. From the mighty mountains to the world highest desert, Skardu has everything for its lovers. Some of the best places to visit in Skardu valley are:

    • Shangrila (Lower Kachura) Lake
    • Upper Kachura Lake
    • Kharpocho Fort
    • Katpana Cold desert and Lake
    • Shiger Cold Desert
    • Shiger Valley and Fort
    • Khaplu Valley and Palace
    • Chaqchan Mosque
    • Deosai National Park

    However as the Skardu valley is Gateway to Karakorum Mountains, it has many of the world most beautiful and astonishing trekking routes. Some most amazing ones are Snow Lake (Lukpe Lawo) trek, K2 Base Camp (Concordia) trek, Banak La trek and much more. Furthermore, Skardu host the K2 (8,611 m), the second-highest peak of world, Broad peak (8,047 m), Gasherbrum 1 (8,080 m), Gasherbrum 2 (8,035 m) and many more mighty and famous peaks. With all these mighty peaks in Skardu, it becomes the dream for the mountaineers to conquer. Every year thousands of mountaineers come to Pakistan to try climbing these mighty peaks in Skardu valley. So make sure to have a journey in this place to visit northern areas of Pakistan this summer.

    Fairy Meadows

    Name given on the heavenly beauty in this piece of land, Fairy meadows lie in the Far Himalayan mountains of Gilgit Baltistan in the northern areas of Pakistan. The destination is famous because of the dark alpine forest in the surrounding, lush green meadows in the center with the marvelous mighty Nanga Parbat peak (8,126 m) at the front make this on of the best places to visit in northern areas of Pakistan.

    Nanga Parbat is known as The Killer Mountain with the name listed on the Second in Highest peak of Pakistan. On the other hand, the peak is the Ninth Largest in the world. In the Fairy meadows, one can explore some beautiful regions by trekking towards Biyal Camp and Base camp of Nanga Parbat.

    Biyal Camp is known to be the first camp of Killer Mountain. To reach this Fairyland of Pakistan, one has to take the adventurous Jeep ride on the World most Dangerous Jeep track and then trek for around 3 hours through dense woods. The destinations get close during winters because of the heavy snowfall making it difficult to live there. This summer, put this destination on your travel list among other best places to visit in northern areas of Pakistan.

    Naltar Valley

    Lastly, we got a Ski resort, Naltar valley in the Gilgit Baltistan of Northern Pakistan. The valley is full of lush greenery all around with astonishing views. One can visit this destination by taking a jeep ride from Normal village for around 45 minutes. However, the weather remains cold in Naltar valley as it has an elevation of 9,700 ft. It offers some beautiful destinations for travelers to visit. Some of the best to explore are Naltar lake 1 (Satrangi), Pari lake, Blue Lake and much more. In summer, a huge number of travelers come to visit such destination to record in their memory. Furthermore, In winters, travelers enjoy the International Ski Festival in the valley. Get this amazing destiny on your list of travel for summer 2019.

     

    These were some of the most famous and best travel destinations in northern Pakistan that travelers should visit this summer of 2019. So set your backpack ready for 2019 and get on the journey towards these marvelous destinations of astonishing Landscapes in Northern areas of Pakistan.

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  • UNESCO Heritage Sites In Pakistan: Cultural Heritage Places To Visit In Pakistan
    18 October 2019

    Pakistan has been famous all around the world for its immense natural travel sites and mountainous regions. Except than Natural traveling sites, Pakistan represents some of the most amazing colors of history, traditions and rich culture in every corner of the country. There are some of the best Cultural Heritage Places that can only be witnessed in Pakistan which are also UNESCO international heritage sites in Pakistan.

    Whether, from the hot weather of Karachi in South to the Cold breeze in the mountains of Gilgit Baltistan in Northern areas of Pakistan, travelers can wander and explore the colorful traditions, history and cultural sites with gigantic views in the surrounding.

    Historical And Cultural Heritage Sites In Pakistan

    Today we shall discuss some of the best Historical and Cultural heritage sites to visit in Pakistan. Although there are a lot of cultural places to see. Some of the most famous ones are:

    • Mohenjo-Daro
    • Taxila
    • Takht-i-Bahi
    • Lahore Fort
    • Rohtas Fort
    • ShahiHammam (Royal Bath)
    • Baltit Fort
    • Ganesh 1000-Year-Old historical Settlement
    • Chaqchan Mosque

     

    However, there are a lot more to see and discover while on the road in Pakistan. So let’s get straight to the details of some of the best historical and cultural sights to get witnessed and acknowledged in Pakistan.

    Mohenjo-Daro

     

    Found in the Larkana District of Sindh Province in South of Pakistan, Mohenjo-Daro firstly came to appearance during 1921. The largest and one of the oldest Civilization of Ancient Indus Valley, Mohenjo-Daro was built around 2500 BCE.

    Mohenjo-Daro abandoned after the old Ancient Indus valley declined during the 1900 BCE. In 1921, Ancient Indus Valley City came to the records of the world however the excavation completed till the year of 1965 and found the 5000 years old most urbanized civilization of Asia.

    After the discovery, the people of Sindh gave the name to the valley of “Mohenjo-Daro” which means “Mounds of the dead Men”. However, the real name of the old Ancient Civilization is still unknown to the Globe. Moreover, during the excavation of Ancient valley civilization in 1926, a 10.5 cm Small statue of “Naked Dancing Girl” was found from the HR Area in Mohenjo-Daro.

    Mortimer Wheeler, a British Archaeologist during 1973, described this “Dancing Girl” statue as his favorite item. A big number of local and foreign travelers are getting to this point for many years to see the 5000 years old Ancient Indus valley civilization. After these interesting details on Mohenjo-Daro, grab your friends and loved ones who like to explore historical sights and explore the civilization of Mohenjo-Daro.

     

    Taxila Ruins

    3000 years old ruins nearby to the capital of Pakistan, Islamabad, Taxila is one of the oldest and best historical and cultural sites in Buddhism religion.

    Just one hour drive from the Islamabad, Taxila city still has ruins in different places. Some of the famous Buddha statues have been taken to Taxila Museum. One can witness the ancient Dharmarajika Stupa, One of the World’s Oldest Julian University and ruins of Sirkap settlement, which can take one back to the era of Gandhara.

    Millions of local and the foreigner travelers visit these ruins of Taxila every year, especially from Thailand and other Asian countries. Moreover, Taxila is the Holy place for the Buddhism religion and have huge importance from Hindu and Buddhist people. One should travel to this important site of Buddhist to see and understand the history and their culture.

    Takht-i-Bahi

    Dating back to the era of 1st century CE, Takht-i-Bahi is the throne of Buddhist religion near to the amazing Switzerland of Pakistan, Swat Valley.

    Swat valley was once believed to be the center of the Buddhist religion. Around 16 Km from the city of Mardan, Takht-i-Bahi lies on the top of the hill with an elevation of 152 meters above sea level. Takht-i-Bahi means to be “The Throne of the spring” or “The Throne of Origin”.

    This famous place of the Buddhist culture was listed as one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites because the destination is still in the best condition. A big number of tourists from all around the globe comes to this visit this cultural heritage site in the mountains of Pakistan.

    Lahore Fort

    Going back to the dates of 17th Century, when the construction was done for this splendor Lahore Fort started and become one of the best building during the Mughal Empire.

    The construction of this amazing Fort started in the 16th Century from 1566 and after it took many additions and year to completely build this masterpiece of Architecture. The Fort was completely done till the year of 1642 in the great Mughal era of King Shah Jahan.

    The Lahore Fort is located in the Walled City of Famous Historical Lahore. Alongside the Lahore Fort, there are the beautiful and famous Shalimar Gardens. These gardens were built during the time period of King Shah Jahan. Based on the designs of Islamic and Persian style, these gardens are a famous example of Mughal gardens, which took the land area of around 16 hectares.

    With the Fort, during the Mughal era of Emperor Aurangzeb, who built this unique Badshahi Mosque right in front of the Lahore Fort from 1671 to 1673. This Mosque is an example of Mughal architecture and design and also the second-largest Mosque in Pakistan. So take your next journey towards Lahore to witness these Masterpieces of Historical and cultural sites at one spot.

    Rohtas Fort

    Near the city of Jhelum in the Punjab province of Pakistan, lies the marvelous Muslim Architecture in the shape of famous Rohtas Fort. Born as Farid Khan, famously known as Sher Shah Suri an Afghan Pashtun, who built this amazing fortress during the years if 1541 till 1548.

    The fort was built on the design of Muslim architecture with the glimpse Persian and Turkey style. The fort was built on the hilltop to defend Sur dynasty from the Gakhar tribes. This mighty Fort has never been stormed by the enemies because of its unique defensive design and huge walls.

    Yet the Fort stands still attracting millions of visitors. During 1997, the Rohtas Fort was listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites and declared it as “Best Example in South and Central Asia of Muslim Military Architecture”.

    Also, this is one of the largest Fort in the world and supposed to be the largest in Pakistan. So move towards this destination and witness the best Muslim Military design this year.

    Baltit Fort

    Lies up in the far northern areas of Pakistan, Hunza Valley near to the Pakistan China International border in Gilgit Baltistan region host this amazing Baltit Fort. Baltit Fort is in the famous Karimabad village of Hunza valley under the shadows of mighty UltarSar peak (7388 m).

    However, Hunza is the only valley in the world in Gilgit Baltistan region of Northern Pakistan from where one can witness five peaks higher than 7000 meters and some famous peaks like Rakaposhi (7788 m) and Lady Finger (6000 m). The Fort is built on the perfect location in Hunza Valley from where travelers can have the best view all around the valley and the mighty peaks.

    This impressive Fort was built around 700 years ago, but according to locals, the fort is about 800 years old. However, this Fort was a gift as a Dowry to the princess of Baltistan, who got married to the Prince of Hunza valley.

    Later on, this fort was described in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The design and location of the fort make it one of the most famous touristic site in northern areas of Pakistan. So grab your friends and families to witness the culture and history of this amazing fort along with the mesmerizing landscape of Hunza valley in Gilgit Baltistan Pakistan.

    Ganesh Old Historical Silk Route Settlement

    Hunza Valley has a lot to offer to the travelers and wanders far in the Northern areas of Pakistan. Ganesh is a historical village in Hunza valley near to Karimabad of Gilgit Baltistan Pakistan.

    The village is supposed to be the first Historical settlement on the Ancient Silk Route. Ganesh village is around 1000 years old settlement, which still have the people living over there from that time. One can wander in the historical streets of silk route settlement and witness the culture of Ganesh in Hunza valley of Pakistan.

    Chaqchan Mosque

    High in the mountains of Skardu Valley of Pakistan, lies one of the oldest mosques of Gilgit Baltistan region, Pakistan with the name of Chaqchan Mosque. “Miraculous Mosque” meaning of the name Chaqchan Mosque was built during the year of 1370. At that time the religion of people was Buddhism.

    Mosque was built after the King and majority population of valley converted to Islam. The design is taken from the famous Kashmiri style and Mosque was built on the top of temple. One should witness this mesmerizing piece of History while traveling towards Skardu valley of Pakistan.

    Moreover, there are a lot more to discover and fall in love with cultural sites here. These were some of the best Historical and Cultural heritage places to visit in Pakistan. Some of the above are the located in the northern areas of Pakistan with the astonishing landscape in surroundings. So don’t waste time and plan a journey to witness these destinations and picture it in your memories.

     

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  • Pakistan: A Next Big Thing for Tourism
    18 October 2019
    Why Tourism Is Boosting In Pakistan?

    In accordance with the newspaper, for the country, it was once known to be classic “overland” or “hippie trail” route to the Far East from Europe for western youth.  However, At that time it was not only supposed to best safe in Lahore and Peshawar but also considered to be best to spend some time in economical hotels.

    To boost up the tourism industry of Pakistan, Several steps had been taken by the Government. In recent times, for foreign nationals visa-on-arrival facility started for 55 countries along with online visa for 190 countries. These were inaugurated by Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan.

    According to the new policy by Government, China, Turkey, United kingdom, Malaysia and the United Arab Emirates will be the first Five countries to get E-visa facility. At the Fee of 8$, the citizens of the above countries can apply via email for a Pakistani visa.

    One of the some UK tour operators to provide Pakistan tours, WILD Frontiers, run by Jane Westwood, appreciated the efforts taken in Tourism Industry of Pakistan.

    “It was complicated in Old visa system”, She said. “Before it normally took two weeks or more for the whole process after providing documents of both tour operators and travelers. Now it can only take a few days for the process. Along with this, it changed the price too cheap rates of £46 (60$) from £134 as well.”

    Furthermore, New No Objection Certificate (NOC) system was also praised by Westwood. Under new policies, except some border areas, travelers can now visit every part of Pakistan without Special permission. Parts of Gilgit-Baltistan, Chitral along with Kashmir are now open with this move.

    Pakistan – The Most Welcoming Country For Tourists

    Westwood said, “this is the most welcoming and most beautiful country.” furthermore added, “The mountainous landscape is astonishing and amazing for trekking. Along with this cities are fascinating too. Islamabad with wide boulevards, is green and leafy. Moreover, Lahore has museums, garden, Forts and much more, making it remarkable Old City. Then there comes the Kalasha Valleys, which has traditional lifestyle, festivals and dress for their unique pagan culture.”

    For the past two or three years, she noted the increase in bookings for Pakistan tours. However, it proved by the official tourism statistics too.

    Around 563,000 tourists were welcomed in Pakistan during 2015. The number increased in 2016 to 965,000. Furthermore it increased to 1.6 m and 1.9 m respectively in 2017 and 2018. In accordance with these increasing numbers in tourists, there is no doubt that Pakistan is going to become the next big thing for tourism.

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