Unique Experiences in India for Every Type of Traveller

Unique Experiences in India for Every Type of Traveller

India is a great place to explore for every type of traveller. You can visit historical monuments and learn about the culture, have an active holiday, visit wild animals in their natural habitat, or enjoy sampling the local cuisine to your heart’s content. Whatever interests you, a trip to India will provide you with incredible memories.

 

Explore Palaces and Forts

Rajasthan is a state in northern India and it is the best area to head to if you want to explore the majestic palaces and forts of the country. It is a fascinating region and you can learn more about the stunning architecture, the exciting history, and immerse yourself in these cultural treasures. There are six hill forts in the area that are UNESCO World Heritage sites and must be explored.

They are Chittorgarh Fort, Kumbhalgarh Fort, Ranthambore Fort, Jaisalmer Fort, Gagron Fort and Amber Fort. There are more than fifty palaces to explore in the region so it is best to do some research unless you have a lot of time. Jal Mahal, Rambagh Palace, and City Palace are all located in Jaipur and they are places that must be visited. Some of the palaces have even been converted into hotels so you can live like royalty on your journey.

 

Enjoy a Round of Golf

If you enjoy golfing holidays, but also want to spend some time immersing yourself in a new culture, then a golfing holiday in India could be the perfect solution for you. The Western Ghats Golf Club has been voted one of the best international golf courses in the world and it is in Aamby Valley, Pune.

This 18-hole course is British PGA approved and it is a beautiful and challenging course. There is also a PGA training academy where you can get helpful coaching that will improve your game.

 

Relax on Palm Lined Beaches

India has fabulous beaches on both the west and east coast for you to explore. Goa is a state on the south west coast and it is a great place to head for the beach, also don’t miss Goa’s flea markets. There are plenty of fabulous accommodations to stay in and the area has a party atmosphere.

Lakshadweep is a stunning archipelago off the coast of Kerala that is also really beautiful and quite quiet. On the east coast you can head to Puducherry, formerly Pondicherry, or are the Andaman Islands to relax on the beach.

 

Watch Tigers on a Safari

Tigers are an endangered species but India is working on ensuring that this majestic cat survives. There are more than 30 tiger sanctuaries that are located in different areas of the country. You can take 4 wheel drive safaris, explore the jungle on guided treks, or ride an elephant to search for these elusive animals. You will also get the chance to view wild boars, leopards, deer, wild elephants, large snakes, cranes, peacocks, and many different kinds of arachnids and insects.

 

Sample the Delicious Food

There are 29 different states in India, and there are many different languages that are spoken throughout the country. The diversity in the culture carries through to the food and you will find completely different food in the south than you do in the north. Ask around to find the best restaurants in the area or just watch the restaurants to see which ones the locals prefer. Biryani is a treat throughout the country and all visitors should try this rice dish.

 

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Holiday Inspiration for Outdoorsy Couples

Holiday Inspiration for Outdoorsy Couples

Being trapped in an office Monday to Friday is difficult for everyone but it is especially challenging for those who love the outdoors. Planning a vacation involves looking at maps, buying gear and gadgets, and making sure that you have the right footwear. Here is some holiday inspiration for outdoorsy couples.

 

Explore Exciting Queenstown

There are many activities in Queenstown, New Zealand, so much so that it is known as the “Global Adventure Capital”. Bungee jumping, skydiving, trekking, and skiing are just a few of the awesome activities that you can enjoy. The Remarkables are stunning mountains that are waiting to be explored and Lake Wakitatipu is breathtaking.

 

Go Camping in France

France is a great place for camping and there are many organized campsites throughout the country. You can rent a tent when you get there, and in some campsites the tent will already have been erected for you. You can go on cycling tours that involve camping, or you can pick an area and enjoy exploring the town and the nearby attractions.

Each region is different culturally so it is best to do some research beforehand. Camping is really popular during the summer months so be sure to make your reservations before you arrive.

 

Dog Sledding in Finland

If you love animals and the outdoors then you should give dog sledding in Finland a try. You get your own team of dogs, training on how to run the sleigh and how to look after your own team. The adventure takes you above the Arctic Circle and you can experience the frozen beauty and serenity of this place that few people ever see.

 

Go Camel Riding in Dubai

There’s plenty to do in Dubai for outdoorsy couples. Take a safari out into the desert and you can see the glorious sights from the back of a camel. You can witness the Bedouin lifestyle first-hand, watch the sunset or sunrise, and learn more about the Arabic culture.

 

Safari in South Africa

Kruger National Park is a great place for outdoorsy couples looking for a fabulous vacation. It is only a five-hour drive from Johannesburg and you can expect to encounter giraffes, wild buffalo, leopards, lions, elephants, and rhinoceros.

You can drive around or you can join guided tours in 4 wheel drives with experts who know the locations of the animals. There are plenty of accommodations and you can stay in everything from a simple tent to a five star villa.

 

Surfing in Morocco

Morocco is a great place to surf whether you are a seasoned pro or a total novice. You can also combine yoga and surfing to truly experience relaxation, and have the best of both worlds. Taghazout and Mirleft are great places to head and you can rent surfboards and take lessons if you need them.

 

Relax in The Cotswolds

The Cotswolds covers a large and beautiful area of the UK, and is known as an AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty). Whichever part of the Cotswolds you visit, you’re guaranteed to be surrounded by beautiful countryside with endless options for walks and other outdoor pursuits.

You can rent a rural cottage and spend your days hiking the trails or bird watching. The surrounding area is teeming with fascinating small towns that are filled with historical architecture, monuments, and exciting festivals and events.

 

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Family Holiday Ideas that Everyone Will Love

Family Holiday Ideas that Everyone Will Love

The most difficult part of a family holiday is keeping everybody happy because everyone has different ideas about what they want to do. You can make life easier for yourself by planning a schedule, but keep it flexible in case ideas change along the way. You may decide to spend less time in one place or more in another. The good news is there are lots of places and activities out there to keep even the most hard-to-please children happy. Here some holiday ideas that everyone will love.

 

Volunteer with Elephants

Volunteering with elephants is a great way to bond together as a family. People of all ages will enjoy spending time with these gentle giants, and kids will love being able to boast to their classmates that they’ve spent their summer looking after elephants. There are many conservation projects in the world that will let you help feed, prepare meals, clean up after, and interact with these intelligent creatures that have been used as beasts of burden for far too long.

There are opportunities to help elephants in Cambodia, Thailand, South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Sri Lanka. It is also a great way to make friends with other families and learn about the local culture.

 

Road Trip in Spain

You can either take your own car across to Spain on the ferry, or you can rent a car when you get there. Spain is a great place to hit the open road, there is so much to see and do, and plenty of fun activities for children. Plan your route ahead of time to make sure that you can see as much as possible.

Barcelona is a great place to start and you can visit the Picasso museum and see the impressive architecture of Antoni Gaudi. Be sure to stop in the capital city of Madrid to explore the many beautiful parks and sample fabulous tapas, paella, and locally made wine.

 

Cycle Around Lake Como

Lake Como is a stunning lake in Lombardy, Italy that has been the playground for celebrities for years. You can easily rent bicycles and cycle around this scenic area that is nestled in the foothills of the Alps and full of breath-taking views.

You can join guided tours, take self-guided tours, or combine kayaking and bicycling tours that will allow you to explore the beautiful lake as well. You’ll certainly be able to get some amazing family photos here.

 

Visit Croatia

Everyone in the family will love visiting Croatia. Dubrovnik is the capital city and this historical walled city is filled with stunning views, spectacular tours, and great places to eat. This is the setting of King’s Landing on the hit series Game of Thrones so you may just run into the film crew!

If you are looking for a break from the city you can charter a sailboat or take one of the ferries to cruise the coast. You can also try island hopping and head to Susak where you will find Spiaza Beach that has been listed as one of the top ten beaches in all of Europe.

 

Explore The Algarve

The Algarve is a region in southern Portugal that is known for its fabulous weather, great beaches and lots of activities for people of all ages. Close to Faro airport is Tavira; an authentic town with lots of great Portuguese restaurants that your family will love. Renting a boat and exploring the coast is a great way to spend quality time together as a family.

Praia da Marinha and Salema are great beaches to explore with the family. If you’ve got a car, you can benefit from staying in unique family friendly resorts away from the hustle and bustle of tourist hotspots. There are also plenty of great golf courses, theme parks, and festivals to enjoy. Make sure you do your research in advance so you don’t miss out on the many great events available throughout the summer.

 

 

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One Day in San Francisco – Things to do

One Day in San Francisco – Things to do

One Day in San Francisco is a guest post that has been written by Shelley Pittman. She blogs about her journey at www.a-toast-to-life.com.

San Francisco is a city full of exciting choices. Chinatown, Height Ashbury, Fishermans Wharf, cable cars, theaters, operas, a gastronomy paradise, or shop to you drop, how is one to choose? Or more importantly, with millions of tourists each year, where can you go that is not filled with long lines or crowds of people?

If you just have one day in San Fransisco and are looking for a list of things to do in this city, you have come to the right place. For your benefit, we have divided this list in 3 sections, with information about Golden gate park museums, gardens and lake. For information about hotels in san Fransisco and where to eat, you can scroll towards the bottom of this article.

San Fransisco Drone shot - Skyline at Sunset - Panorama

San Fransisco Drone shot – Skyline at Sunset – Panorama Photo by derviki [CCO] via Pixabay

One Day in San Francisco –

Visiting Golden Gate Park Museums in San Fransisco:

The Golden Gate Park is the perfect place to relax and reconnect with natures beauty and serenity It’s a day filled wonders, amazing art, breathtaking flora, quiet moments, unique creatures, and all in the middle of a big city. Bring a picnic to appreciate nature in it’s entirely and explore like a local. Your camera is a MUST.

California Academy of Sciences

The California Academy of Sciences is a captivating science museum complex that is home the San Francisco aquarium, a planetarium, a rain forest and other captivating and numerous fascinating displays to play with and learn from. Remember to visit their ‘ Living Roof’ that offers an excellent view of some of the park. This place is fantastic. You’ll want to spend the whole day there but save time for some of the other choices.

DeYoung Museum

Directly across the street from the California Academy of Sciences is this favorite art museum. This museum showcases a mix of contemporary art, History Sciences and a few pieces of Fine Art. They also have “guest” displays that change seasonally. Even if you do not have time to check out the exhibits, you should take the time to ride up to the top floor gift where an observation deck shows you an even better view of Golden Gate Park, at no charge.

How to Get to Golden Gate Park

Golden Gate Park is located in the western half of the city, bordered on the north by Fulton Street and on the south by Lincoln Way. You can get there using several MUNI buses including the 5 on Fulton and the 71 on Lincoln (both of which you can catch near Union Square if you are staying at a centrally-located hotel). You can also take the underground MUNI N line to get quickly from downtown to just a few blocks away from the park. If you are driving then, you can look for street parking in or around the park or pay to park in the Music Concourse Garage located between the DeYoung and California Academy of Science museums.

 

Visiting San Fransisco’s Gardens

Japanese Tea Garden

There are more than fifty acres of exotic plants here from all around the world that have been organized by region. These five acres of lovely gardens, Buddhist statuary, replicas of old temple houses, lily ponds, half moon wooden bridges, and offer a serene place to sit down and drink a cup of tea. There’s a nominal entrance fee, and you can purchase tea and snacks inside of the garden.

Tulip Garden

On the west end of the park is a giant old windmill and a beautiful tulip garden. Check out the northern windmill here as well, which is one of two windmills established in 1903 that initially fed water to landscape the park.

Rose Garden

The Golden Gate Park rose garden is another popular spot with visitors. Late spring through early fall offer the best rose displays although a pruning demonstration each January is also interesting. Besides its beauty, this place is a wonderment of fragrant scents that instantly calms the mind.

Garden of Shakespeare’s Flowers

This beautiful area is covered with more than 200 different flowers varieties which are adorned with quotes from the famous plays and poems of Shakespeare. A perfect spot to test your knowledge.

Conservatory of Flowers

This is one of the world’s largest indoor greenhouses built entirely out of wood and glass and both the exterior and interior of the building area eye-catching. This place is like visiting a tropical Island. You absolutely shouldn’t miss this indoor garden, especially if you like orchids.

Visiting San Fransisco’s Lakes

Stow Lake

Come take a paddleboat ride at this lake and feed the ducks. It’s a picture perfect backdrop. This lake is in the center of the park.

Spreckels Lake

On the north side of the park is where the model yacht clubs meets. If you are lucky, you may witness to them showing off their stuff when you visit. Sailboats in the park and in the bay.

Where to stay in San Fransisco

The streets of San Fransisco

The streets of San Fransisco by suyashdixit [CCO] via Pixabay

I have stayed at the Best Western Tuscany Hotel, now Hotel Zoe, numerous times and have always been delighted by their hospitality, cleanliness, convenient location and helpful concierge. Your front door opens onto a large sitting room before your sleeping area.

Their refined, elegant rooms and suites offer free Wi-Fi, desks, 40-inch flat screens, as well as minibars, mini-fridges, and coffeemakers. The only downfall can be when you are on the street-side rooms; it can be noisy from the traffic, so either get a room higher up or away from the streets.

Free perks include daily morning tea/coffee in the lobby, evening fireside wine receptions, and an area shuttle. The cost for parking overnight is $42.00 and is an additional charge if you use this service. This traditional downtown boutique hotel is 0.2 miles from both the Fisherman’s Wharf and North Beach and 6.5 miles from Golden Gate Park.

FYI: San Fransisco is very Uber friendly.

Where to eat in San Fransisco

Pescatore is a Tuscan-American restaurant influenced fare restaurant is bright, airy, open kitchen concept, a wood burning pizza oven, and has a beautiful bar area. I have eaten here many times, and their steaks were always perfectly prepared. Rustic yet chic is their decor. They have delicious Martini’s too! Their wine list offers a enticing bottle selection and a variety offered daily by the glass.

Their full breakfast offerings are varied, delicious, filling, and cooked to order. If you need to shop for that picnic basket, Traders Joe’s is located right behind the hotel.

The Franciscan Crab Restaurant is the place to go if you are in the mood for seafood. My favorite is to sit in the bar area, enjoy their specialty of the day and watch the boats go by. The whole restaurants seating has been designed so every table has a breathtaking view of the bay. And is within easy walking distance from the Hotel Zoe. Now you are in the Fishermans Wharf area, so stroll along the boulevard and witness the traveling musicians, Mimesters, freshly caught seafood in enormous bins, chocolate shops, Jelly Bellies, souvenirs, and characters of every variety.

Come experience San Francisco like a local. Visit a captivating park filled to the brim with beauty at its finest, eye opening insights into different worlds, abundance of calmness and a little oasis that is steps from the marine side of San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf, where seafood is the game. It’s a perfect to spend 24 hours in San Francisco!

Cover picture: by tbsdave [CCO Public] via Pixabay

How to Idiot-proof your phone before traveling

How to Idiot-proof your phone before traveling

How to Idiot-proof your phone before traveling is a guest post by Andrey Golub and is about how you can keep your phone safe with an iPhone 7 Plus or iPhone 7 case.

About to set off on an new adventure? Congrats! There’s nothing more exciting than setting your sights on the horizon, knowing you’re going to take in more of the world. Seeing new places, meeting new people, exploring new cultures, and breaking out of familiarity. Who wouldn’t want that?

So you’ve bought your tickets, you’ve packed your bags, you’re all set to go and adventure. But are you? One thing people often overlook is protection for their phone. And, when you think about it, your phone is one of the most crucial things you’re going to take with you. You’ll want to take pictures of that gorgeous sunset scene at the beach. You’ll feel like shooting a video as you watch a dolphin dive out of the ocean. You’ll want to Skype your friends back home, check up on your email, check your flight times… the list goes on.

Imagine this – you’re in the middle of a lush rainforest, with birdsong and bright flowers and the sound of a running river. When you get to the river, you decide to take a video of the scenery. So you whip out your phone, but then your traveling partner bumps into you, and whoosh! Your phone drops in the shallows of the river, submerged as the clear water runs over it. You rush over to it and scoop it up as quickly as you can… but it’s too late. The screen has gone black and now your phone is dead.

Or maybe you dropped your iPhone on the rocks, and the screen smashed. Now it won’t turn back on. Where on earth are you going to get it fixed, when you’re in the middle of nature? You might even have to head to the nearest town or city to get a repair, or worse, a replacement. Think of all that traveling time you’d have wasted. How much money you’d have spent. 

Wouldn’t it just be easier to get an iPhone 7 Plus or iPhone 7 case case before you leave? We certainly think so. Considering the fact that an iPhone is one of the most expensive phones and can also break, this is the least you can do to protect and idiot-proof your phone!

Check out these 3 cases, and see which one would be best for you when you next go on your travels:

01 | Punkcase Studstar (cost is around INR 2666 or $39)

Punkcase Studstar - how to protect your phone

Punkcase Studstar – how to protect your phone

What this case does best: Color. The Studstar comes in a huge range of color options, with black, white, blue, green, pink, purple, red and teal to choose from. They’re all bold and vibrant, and will make your phone stand out. The bright colors are great for keeping your phone visible in dark places, depending on where your travels take you.

In terms of protection, the Studstar has you and your iPhone 7 or 7 Plus covered. You’ll get waterproofing up to 6.6ft, and dropproofing up to 6.6ft. Pretty impressive. The waterproofing is achieved with advanced sealing protection. This is a special kind of protection that blocks out a whole lot more than just water. Snow, ice, sand, dust, dirt and mud are kept out, too. So wherever your adventures lead, you know your phone will be there by your side every step of the way.

 

02 | Ghostek Atomic 3 (cost is around INR 4000 or $59)

Ghostek Atomic - how to protect your phone

Ghostek Atomic – how to protect your phone

What this case does best: Drop proofing. The hefty bumper crafted from aluminum alloy sees to that. It’s thick, mean, heavy and resilient. You can chuck your phone from long distances onto hard surfaces, and it’ll probably still stay intact – not that we recommend it! The transparent back cover shows your Apple logo, and is made from TPU, so helps absorb harmful shock and keep it away from your phone.

When it comes to other types of protection, the Atomic 3 is awesome, too. It’s waterproof to 4ft, and it can keep out snow, ice, dirt, dust, mud and sand, too. In fact, we’d say it’s one of the best options if you’re looking for a clear iPhone 7 Plus or iPhone case.

 

03 | Punkcase Crystal (cost is around INR 2666 or $39)

Punkcase Crystal - how to protect your phone

Punkcase Crystal – how to protect your phone

The last but not least on our list is the Punkcase Crystal.

What this case does best: Being the best of both worlds! With the Crystal, you get the transparent good looks of the Atomic 3, along with the waterproofing depth of the Studstar at 6.6ft. You’ll also get sand, mud, dirt, dust, ice and snowproofing, so you can be confident about adventuring to even the most exotic of locations.

The Crystal also has a massive color range, so you can look through and pick the case that best suits your taste.

So, that brings us to the end of our list. We think having an iPhone 7 Plus or iPhone case is an absolute essential when you’re out exploring the world – what do you think?

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Andre is a freelance marketing specialist. Reader by night and phone case tester by day. He likes innovation in everything. Loathe to discuss himself in the third person but persuaded from time to time.

Andrey Golub

How To Maximise Your Holiday Experience

How To Maximise Your Holiday Experience

This is a guest post from Seb from Aspiring backpacker dot com

Travel can be an absolute joy, but you can always make it better and that is something that we all aspire to do. Of course, this generally means that you need to spend a lot more money to have the amazing experiences that you read about in magazines or see on TV, but it doesn’t always have to be this way. There are a few different ways to really get more out of your travel experience that I have learnt on the road and I have decided to write this blog post to help you get that little bit extra out of your holiday.

Start it early

I think one of the best ways to maximise your holiday experience is to hack it a little and start it early. For example, if you are going away for a weekend, why not start your holiday directly after work on Friday? I did this recently when I used airporthotels.com to book one of the Stansted airport hotels, which was a great experience for me. I remember waking up and being totally relaxed and I didn’t have to wait in the terminal for many hours before my flight. It was great to get something nice to eat at the hotel restaurant and then I took the shuttle bus directly to the airport, which took only a few minutes.

Research before you get there

One thing that I know about traveling is that I want to be doing just that and not wasting time on doing other unnecessary things, therefore I like to research where I am going a bit beforehand. Of course you don’t have to do extensive research, just a basic outline of a few things that you want to see and then let the rest flow. The less time you spend researching whilst you are on holiday, the more time you can actually spend getting out there and actually enjoying it!

Plan some rest

Of course maximising your holiday is about using the time that you have the best that you can, but this doesn’t mean that you should be trying to get something out of every waking second! Travel is tiring (in the best way possible), so taking some time out can actually to help you enjoy taking everything in. There are many ways to relax on holiday, but I like to plan a rest day in the middle of my shorter trips and for my longer trips I always think it is important to have a break every two weeks or so. By being properly rested you will be raring to go for your next adventure and it will give you some time to reflect on some of the amazing things that you have already done.

Get into the local culture

One of the biggest mistakes and problems that locals have with tourists is that they are generally not very receptive to the local culture and don’t usually have culturally different experiences other than those that they are used to. For example, people eating McDonalds in Thailand when there is amazing Thai street food everywhere (it’s cheap too). Why would you do this when there are so many amazing places to explore? I, personally, like to get amongst the local culture and this involves things like wandering out of the centre of a town or city, eating where the locals eat, or learning a few words of the local language. I think that you can get so much more out of your experience by doing this. Even just the joys of watching people going about their normal lives in an area without tourists is very interesting.

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