Since it was released to the wider public in 2009, Airbnb has gone from strength to strength and has created a huge shift in the hospitality industry. It has given the public a whole other option in terms of accommodation and swathes of people have adapted to using it for leisure and business travel. It gives them an easy to use solution for when they wish to stay in a location and even more so should they wish to gain a real authentic and immersive experience in locations all over the globe. On the other side of things, it has provided an additional income option for home-owners and for people who wish to sub-lease (subject to their lease agreement) whereby they have a platform to promote spare space they have to offer. Airbnb as the intermediary has created this platform which creates a community and focuses on high quality customer service. The guys at EZ Living have put together this useful infographic which details how to make the most of an Airbnb listing from the supply side of things. It highlights what you need to consider before choosing to list your spare room(s) or property on Airbnb and it covers other issues like personal security also. Check out this infographic below for more information.
It was a great experience visiting Delhi. I have gone there for three days and I almost covered most of the important destinations. Truly speaking I had a very good time in Delhi, the environment was little bit hot just because it is summers now, but rainfall saves me to some extent.
I reached Delhi on Friday morning from Railway station (NDLS) I have taken the Metro for Old Delhi and reached Red Fort. I have taken the ticket and entered the Great Red Fort. This monument is really amazing to visit. It was the main headquarters of the emperors of the Mughal dynasty for nearly 200 years, until 1857. It was built from 12 May 1639 to 6 April 1648. It almost took 8 years 10 months & 25 days for this monument to built. The architecture was amazing and the red stonework was so beautiful. I had spent almost 4-5 hours and covered most part of the Red Fort.
After that, I went to the old Delhi famous market for food. The taste is really good at a very affordable cost. After taking the lunch I moved to the next destination i.e. Humayun’s Tomb. This is one of the most beautiful buildings I have seen in my life. This Mughal architecture is very beautiful and symmetrical in design. No matter you are seeing it from any side it will be same in design. It is the Tomb of the Mughal Emporer Humayun. It was built by Hamida Banu Begum. The architecture name was Mirak Mirza Ghiyath. I had a great time there. The entrance gate was soo beautiful. After entering from the gate you have to take some steps toward the great Tomb. Overall it was a great time there. I really enjoyed there and also recommend others to visit this monument.
After spending 2 hours there, I moved to my another destination and it was Zoo. It was very difficult to cover the Zoo trip within 2 hours because I reached there around 4:15 PM and you can only take tickets for Zoo up to 4:30 PM and Zoo closed at 6:30 PM in summers. Even after having very less time, I manage to cover every part. I have seen multiple types of animals there. The best part was viewing the Lion. You can also take the internal buses for visiting the Zoo. They will help you to see the Zoo within a limited time-frame. The Zoo is full of Deer, Peacock etc. It was a good experience there. There I get to know that it was opened on 1959 and the total area is 71 ha.
So on my first day, I have covered these three locations – Red Fort, Humayun’s Tomb and Zoo.
On the second day, I start from Qutub Minar. After entering from the gate the first view of the Qutub Minar was amazing. The architecture and work was fantastic. The height of this giant monument is 73 metres. It is located in Mehrauli. So overall it was worth going there. I have spent more than 4 hours there. Apart from Qutub Minar there are 4 Iron Pillars also. There is also one more stone structure which is very similar to Qutub Minar which is left half built. May be the Mughal emperor was trying to build one more Qutub Minar. The Minar style is basically Iranian, though likely patterned on Afghanistan’s Minaret of Jam.
I get to know many historical facts there. The Qutub Minar is divided into 5 superposed, tapering storeys. The starting 3 comprises fluted cylindrical shafts or columns of pale red sandstone, separated by flanges and by storeyed balconies, carried on Muqarnas corbels. The 4th column is of marble and is relatively plain. The 5th is of marble and sandstone. Before 1974 it was allowed to enter the internal stairs of the Qutub Minar and you can go on the top of it to have a view of Delhi. But after an incident that was happened On 4 December 1981 the stairs was closed for the visitors. The staircase lighting failed and around 400 visitors stampeded towards the exit, and 45 were killed in that incident and some were injured.
The garden of the Qutub Minar is also very good and green. I relaxed there for a couple of hours. At Qutub Minar, visitors from all over the world came and enjoy the beauty and architecture of this great tower. One of the best thing that I had experienced at all these Moghul monuments is all the remains cool, even in the month of June and July they remain cool. After having such an experience at Qutub Minar I moved back to my hotel.
Then in the evening I again start my travel journey and I visit India Gate. It was worth visiting. I really enjoyed there. The height of the India Gate is 42 m. There I get to know that it was opened on 12 February 1931. India Gate was architecture by Edwin Lutyens. It was a lifetime experience there. People came there with their families and enjoy this spot as a picnic point.
On my last day of the journey, the third day. I visit the markets like Connaught place, Lajpat Nagar and Sarojini Nagar. So it was a great trip to Delhi and I recommend everyone to visit Delhi and enjoy all these historical monuments. Surely you will love it.
Best of luck for your trip.
Do you have a desire to work in Canada? If you have then you have to migrate to that country so that you can work there. It may be a situation though you have such a wish you may be confused regarding the way to be in Canada in the most appropriate manner. If you have such confusion then you have landed on the right page, just continue reading and you will have your confusion cleared.
Who can apply for such migration to Canada?
It is prudent to know who is eligible to have Canada visa working holiday. It is good to know so that you do not waste your time applying when you may not be eligible for having such a visa. The eligibilities that you need to have are:
- The country that you have your citizenship from must have an agreement with the Canadian government that will allow you to apply for such a visa.
- Your age must be between 18 and 35 years when you apply for such kind of a visa.
- There should not be any criminal record in your name.
- If you see that your country is not listed on the approved list then you must contact a recognized organization who will help you to have such kind of a visa.
- You must be having a valid passport which is valid throughout the period of your stay in Canada.
- You must be having at least CAD$2,500 when you reach Canada so that you can meet up the initial expenses that you have to bear.
- Have a valid health insurance for the period that you stay at Canada.
- The ticket that you have must a two-way ticket which will allow you to return from Canada after your stay at Canada.
- You cannot be accompanied by anyone while you travel with such a visa.
- You must pay the appropriate fee that is required for applying to have such a visa.
Yes, the eligibility list is long. You must confirm all those prior to making the application so that your application does not get rejected.
How to apply for such kind of a visa
You may have checked all the eligibility criteria and found yourself to be suitable for applying for such a working holiday Canada visa. Yu may be now concerned how to apply for this visa. This program is managed by a Section of DFAIT which is called IEC. Every year they sanction a certain number of visa to those who apply. So, now how to apply? You can apply through the following ways:
- Apply directly to IEC: This is the most proper way to apply for having such a visa. Read through the instruction properly and you can apply for the visa.
- Apply through an agent: If you find the above process difficult or do not find time for applying on your own you can do so having the help of recognized agents. This is a costly way of applying as the agents will charge you for the service.
So, as you get the visa book your ticket and work in Canada for at least 12 months.
The mere mention of caravan trips fills up our mind with excitement. It is very true that a caravan trip with family members can be one of the best experiences. Therefore, the demand of family caravans always remains high, particularly during the vacation period. You can easily get a caravan on rent these days. Rental caravans offer much more advantages, as you do not have to spend a lot of money on them, or on their maintenance.
Nevertheless, there are many advantages associated with purchasing a caravan. If you want to hit the road with your family quite often then it is better to purchase a family caravan that can easily fulfill your requirements, which means comfort and the basic necessities. After all, a road trip should be adventurous and comfortable too. So, if you are planning to get a family caravan, check out the tips mentioned below.
How to get The Best Family Caravans?
- Berths– This is the first aspect you need to care about. The number of berths inside your caravan should depend on two factors; the first factor is the number of members in your family and the other is you should also focus on the functionality aspect. It is always better to choose a family caravan that offers at least four berths. Basically, having an extra berth can always prove to be useful in a number of ways. In some caravans, the berth can be folded or collapsed conveniently, which can be a good method to add more space.
- Layout– The interior design of the caravan should also be taken into consideration. For a couple, the design or layout might not matter a lot; but, if you have kids then it is vital that the caravan should have a separate bedroom for them. In this way, you and your kids will be able to feel more comfortable during the trip. They can play comfortably on their bed, and you will not be disturbed by them. So, choose the right layout as per your needs.
- Facilities– Bachelors usually do not need too many facilities inside a caravan when going on a road trip. But, for the families, it is important that the caravan should have a bathroom as well as a kitchen. Kids feel hungry quite often, and hence if the caravan is equipped with a kitchen where a small microwave oven can be placed then it can prove to be highly useful. And, if the temperature is quite hot outside and your caravan is not equipped with a powerful and efficient air conditioning system then you will not be able to enjoy your trip. In this case, a small toilet cum bathroom can also allow your kids to take a shower whenever they feel like.
- Storage– If you want a caravan mostly for quick getaways then the aspect of storage might not matter a lot. But, if you are a family of four, and the road trip is of three or four days then it is vital to make sure the caravan you are planning to purchase or hire has ample amount of storage space. Apart from the usual luggage, the caravan should also provide storage space for a small foldable table and a couple of chairs.
- Other factors- Price comparison is also a vital factor that should not be missed. In case you are looking to purchase a caravan, make sure the after sales service is good enough.
So, those were some of the points you need to remember when browsing through the options of family caravans.
Here is the list of top 10 hotels of United States of America (USA)
1. The Nantucket Hotel & Resort (Nantucket, Massachusetts)
2. The Charmant Hotel (La Crosse, Wisconsin)
3. The Oxford Hotel (Bend, Oregon)
4. Stephanie Inn (Cannon Beach, Oregon)
5. The Inn at Lost Creek (Telluride, Colorado)
6. French Quarter Inn (Charleston, South Carolina)
7. Icona Diamond Beach (Lower Township, New Jersey)
8. Rusty Parrot Lodge and Spa (Jackson, Wyoming)
9. Ambassador Hotel Tulsa, Autograph Collection (Tulsa, Oklahoma)
10. Hotel Emma (San Antonio, Texas)
You will have to take shopping seriously when you visit Dubai. With an amazing variety and global brands flocking the malls and other shopping destinations available in the retail capital of the Middle East, Dubai has become a popular destination for shopping addicts due to its grandeur and beauty. The Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) has further enhanced the quotient of glamour, grandiosity, and glitz of shopping in Dubai. Every mall in Dubai carries its own charm, charisma and oozing with capitalistic and tropical energy which makes stepping into these glamorous malls in Dubai an experience in itself. We have listed the top 5 shopping malls in Dubai which will sweep you off your feet with its charm and opulence.
- Dubai Mall
A gigantic retail hub placed in the heart of downtown Dubai which is loaded with the right amount of leisure and entertainment space. This is the largest and the most frequently visited mall in the world. Spread over an internal floor area of 5.9 million square feet and an annual visitor traffic of over 80 million visitors, this mall houses more than 1200 retail stores with almost every brand under the sun. You have flagship international brands like Gucci, Ralph Lauren, Valentino, Alexander McQueen, and much more.
Shopping in Dubai Mall is an international shopper’s dream come true and it makes up for a complete family holiday destination as there is something to indulge in across all age groups. The Dubai Mall houses the largest aquarium and aquatic zoo in the world. Indulge in this wonderful immersive experience of the deep sea and the amazing sea-life as you stroll through the 270° walk through the underwater tunnel of the Dubai Aquarium and the Underwater Zoo.
It also houses the exquisite Armani Café that is surrounded by paper butterflies. No matter how many days you visit this place, you will still not be able to cover up everything on offer. Other are several other attractions like the Ice Rink, numerous restaurants and cafes, Dubai Fountains, an indoor theme park, Kidzania, Reel Cinemas, and a tiny souk. The Hershey’s Chocolate World and the Candylicious is a true delight for all the chocolate and candy lovers.
The Mall is easily accessible via a direct cab or a metro to the Burj Khalifa Metro Station. There are shuttles bus or cab available which take to the entrance of the Dubai Mall from the Burj Khalifa Metro Station.
- Mall of the Emirates
The first shopping resort in the world, the Mall of the Emirates is spread lavishly over an area of 2.4 million square feet. With more than 630 high-end brands housing the mall’s Fashion Dome and Luxury Wing. Some of the top brands include DKNY, Apple store, Forever 21, CenterPoint, Kate Spade New York, and much more. You can shop till you drop with the endless variety on display. You have numerous activities to indulge here, be it enjoying games and entertaining yourself at the family theme park, the Magic Planet, or checking out the world-class indoor ski resort, Ski Dubai, where you can try your hand at tobogganing, snowboarding, skiing, or playing with the in-house penguins. You can also rent the required clothing and gear to experience the best of the indoor ski resort.
You can grab a quick bite at the various cafes and restaurants or just laze around at the Avalanche Café or the St. Moritz Café. Take a metro to the Mall of Emirates Metro station and then try a skywalk to enter the mall. You can alternatively also take a direct cab to reach the mall.
- Ibn Battuta Mall
This is the largest theme mall in the world which is inspired by a Moroccan explorer Ibn Battuta, one of the greatest explorers of all time. The mall celebrates the travel exploits in Africa, Middle East, Central & Southeast Asia, China, and Europe of this famous Arabic explorer. It houses six unique retail courts dying to be explored. Each retail court represents the area where Ibn has visited namely China, Tunisia, Egypt, India, Persia, and Andalusia. Some of the popular stores it houses are Marks & Spencer, Decathlon, Sharaf DG, Geant, and Debenhams. The mall houses individual shops which have been designed recreating the architecture found in respective countries and also the exhibits from these countries.
You can indulge in much cheaper shopping here as compared to other extravagant malls of Dubai. The mall is placed at the far end of the city, hence it is advisable to catch a metro to the Ibn Battuta Metro station. Once you step out of the Metro station, you can see the Ibn Battuta Mall on the opposite side of the road.
- Deira City Centre
One of the oldest malls in Dubai and at one time it was considered to be the largest mall here before the recent additions. Located on the waterfront, the Deira City Centre houses several classic local shops including jewelry, silk, cashmere, and oriental rugs, designer brand stores with good discounts, and electronic stores with fabulous deals. Don’t be surprised if you are greeted with a complimentary bottle and a warm smile by the staff. In total, there are 350+ stores to wander with diverse brands. There are 33 unique dedicated jewelry stores which are surely meet the design you are looking for.
Visited by 20 million visitors on an average each year, you can grab a meal from the 40 restaurants in the mall once you are done with shopping. You can also catch up a movie and keep your kids engaged at the Magic Planet. You also have an exclusive Toyota car showroom where you can check the latest designs and models. Hop on to a metro to the Deira City Centre Metro station and then take a cab till the Mall. You can alternatively take a direct cab till the Mall. You would also get shuttle buses from 11 major hotels in Dubai.
- BurJuman Centre
Launched in the year 1992 to the public by the Al Ghurair Group, this is one of the finest community malls in Dubai. Placed in the heart of the business and heritage districts of Dubai, you will be spoilt for choices considering the numerous brands and endless variety available at your disposal. There are more than 200+ stores including major international brands like Splash, H&M, and Forever 21. You can also enjoy a lavish meal with the wide selection of restaurants, cafes, and a food court.
This mall has redefined the retail space and status in Dubai and is supported by modern amenities like the Family Entertainment Centre, numerous fine dining options, leading retail outlets, and a state of the art cinema theater. The mall is easily accessible via the Dubai Metro and via major highways in Dubai which ensure easy and quick connectivity to the city.
Strolling on the streets of Dubai for 10 minutes and you are sure to come across a mall. These malls are so full of tropical and capitalistic energy that shopping is just one of the offerings of these malls. Each mall is overflowing with shopping cum entertainment cum sightseeing opportunities and a visit to one of these malls will surely give you memorable memories to cherish lifelong.
Cross-country road trips are the best. A car full of snacks, music, open road, and best friends are a recipe for the perfect adventure. However, road trips are not all fun and games. They require a lot of planning and preparation and on top of that, open roads have their dangers and driving for long hours demands a lot of attention and focus.
Sure, we might sound like old, joyless people, but don’t worry. All these safety issues have easy solutions and we are here to show them to you. So buckle up, pun intended, and let’s start right away with the most important one.
First, you will need to have a working car. No-brainer, right? Of course, you need to have a working car, but you won’t believe how many people neglect this part. Road trips are taxing on both the driver and the car. That is why you should both be in a top shape.
Most people make a mistake by thinking that their car runs perfectly, and maybe it does on short rides around the city, but driving for multiple hours is a completely different thing. Make sure that you do a complete car inspection before you hit the road or you will end up somewhere in the middle of nowhere with a busted engine or a flat tire.
Follow the rules
Rules are there for your safety, especially when it comes to driving. Little things like putting on a seatbelt can drastically increase your safety if you are in an accident. We feel that this is repeated year after year, but many people still don’t take seatbelts seriously. Another no-brainer is the speed limit. Don’t rush and respect the rules of the road, otherwise, you are risking getting a ticket or even worse causing an accident.
Besides these two, you should also respect emergency rules. For example, if your car breaks down mark it properly so that someone else doesn’t run into you, especially if it’s night time. That means reflective triangles, reflective vest, all turn signals on, etc.
Prepare for emergencies
Even if you prepare for your road trip thoroughly and your car runs flawlessly, you should always prepare for any kind of emergencies. Cars have a lot of moving parts and anything can break down at any moment, but flat tires, busted engines, and running out of fuel are the most common ones. It will be your job to prepare for such situations.
For the flat tire, there’s an easy solution. Simply have a spare one. Broken engines and fuel shortage are a bit trickier. If your engine breaks down, your only way out is to call a towing service and hope that the malfunction isn’t serious. If you run out of fuel, you can walk to the nearest station if it’s in the reasonable walking distance or you can call an emergency petrol delivery. A lot of towing companies offer this service, so write down a couple of numbers and call them if something like this happens.
Lastly, for the safety of your passengers and your own safety make rest stops as often as you can. Don’t be one of those drivers that tries to cover as much distance as they can in one run. Make regular stops at petrol stations, fast food restaurants, etc. Even if you don’t feel tired you should stop every two or so hours to stretch your legs and get something to drink or eat. Additionally, if you plan to drive during the night make sure that you are well rested and stocked with snacks and drinks. It will make the drive a lot more enjoyable.
I know the windy weather of the UK is not always pleasant but yes it does come handy when you are a surfer. If you love surfing, then there are plenty of advantages to surfing in the UK. Even the smallest towns can give you an unforgettable surfing experience.
Moreover, surfing is not limited to one spot, instead, you can enjoy surfing all over the country. Make sure you enjoy surfing here as it is much cheaper here than travelling to some foreign land, you can also enjoy surfing here any time of the year. So, in case you are thinking about the best places to surf in the UK, then here are top 7 spots you can visit.
Watergate Bay, Cornwall
If you are a beginner and want to learn surfing, then this is the perfect spot. This gorgeous beach has two miles of beach and with low tide, learning surfing here is great fun. You have the option of hiring a board or you can choose to book a lesson at the local surf school, either way, you will be soon standing on the board independently and catching the small waves.
The beach also has lifeguard support and the best part is that you will be having company of all ages, so there is no question of feeling intimidated. The atmosphere of Watergate Bay is quite soothing and above all, you can share all your achievements with others present there.
The surfers come here from different parts of the world and irrespective of your experience, Croyde has so much to offer. You get to see lots of pro surfers towards the Down End at the southern reaches, filtering through the beginners right in the middle of the beach. If you are one of those athletic ones, then you will find a point break past the north end.
You will come across various shops from where you can also buy or rent apparels. This is the closest and best beaches for surfing near London, therefore expect lots of both novice and pro surfers here during the weekends. The coastal sand dune systems at Saunton Sands are also the best around as well.
Pease Bay, Scotland
This place offers the best break in Scotland and the best part is that it is at the heart of the increasing Scottish surf scenario. Since this beach offers more challenging reef, you will see more of professional surfers polishing their surfing skills. In the past couple of years, Pease Bay has gained immense popularity, so you will have an opportunity to learn along with the novice surfers.
Moreover, there are various other nearby places you can explore while you are here including – Myreton Motor Museum, The Scottish Archery Centre, National Museum of Flight, and more.
Sennen Cove, Cornwall
Sennen Cove is popular across the world as a mecca for the surfers. One thing that makes this place fascinating is the quality waves climbing all the way up the beach from Sennen Cove to Gwenver – it is easy to understand as for why the world’s best surfers converge here.
Irrespective of your standard – beginner, intermediate, or advanced – you are sure to find a peek to enjoy on this breathtaking beach. Without a doubt, this place is one of the best surf spots in the UK. Not only you get to enjoy high-quality waves here, but the water is also clear & clean. This place is frequently visited by kayakers, bodyboarders, longboarders, surfers, paddle boarders, and kneeboarders.
Being one of the South West’s popular beaches, this place attracts holidaymakers and locals alike. If you are an intermediate surfer then this is a paradise for you, but having said the waves do pose some challenges for the experts as well.
Owing to Atlantic breakers, golden sands, and close proximity to eight other beaches, this beach is visited by increasing number of surfers. There is a provision for surfing lessons for the families, individuals, and groups. For the families, the surfing classes will be of two hours and the payment will include all the equipment you need.
No matter when or how many people (in a group) are visiting, rest assured you will be provided with all the equipment and the classes are for two hours. As for the individuals, the two-hour session will include teaching you how to stand on the board and how to take control of the board while you are sailing on the waves. When you are done surfing, you can visit various shops and cafes, signifying the vibrant nightlife that this beach enjoys.
Stretching to 3-mile in length, it is one of the crowded beaches in the UK. The best thing about the beach is that it is suitable for all abilities. Whether you are a novice or intermediate surfer, you can always expect assistance from the local people. In addition to being a safe beach, you will certainly love its chilled out vibe, making it an ideal place if you are visiting with your friends.
What’s more, here you will find a number of surfing schools. Hillend campsite is a popular camping spot, if you are here for a day trip, then there is an impressive parking facility here. You will also find various pubs and restaurants; holiday cottages are the best option for accommodation.
Gower Peninsula, South Wales
Wander from Broughton Bay to Langland, you will find a variety of beaches, reefs, and points of high quality. Gower Peninsula has everything that caters both the first-timers and expert surfers. Well, if you are an expert then you will be disappointed as the waves are best-suited for the beginners and intermediate surfers.
London, as we already know, is one of the most popular cities in the British kingdom. It lies in the south-eastern portion of the kingdom and is also the capital of England. Since it lies pretty close to the rest of the continent, it has garnered itself with limelight for several centuries. The populous city has several records to its name including the highest population density in Britain and the world’s first underground railway route. If you’re a travelling enthusiast and have not yet visited London, then now is the perfect time to plan your visit. And just in case travelling is not your hobby, this article will make sure it becomes one. We list down 3 reasons why everyone must visit London once in their lifetime:
Reason No. 1 – The rich and glorious history.
London belongs to the British Empire which was once a global superpower. The mighty English empire ruled considerable parts of the world and was itself ruled by some famous kings and monarchs. As a result, it has some of the most vital historical buildings and artefacts to its name. Here’s a brief list of some significant historical spots:
- The Tower of London– Built in 1066, this tower is one of the most visited historic buildings in London and has been listed as one of UNESCO’s world heritage sites. This building was also used as a prison by the ancient ruling family. For superstitious reasons, the tower houses 6 ravens at all times!
- The Westminster Abbey– Another jewel of London which finds its place in UNESCO’s world heritage sites is the Westminster Abbey. It is said that each year around 1 million people visit this 1000 years old church from around the world. It has been the coronation church for the British monarch since 1066.
- The Windsor Castle– British history is incomplete without the mentioning of this epic piece of architecture. The castle is a royal residence in Berkshire located in Windsor. It is the oldest and the largest inhabited castle in the world. Henry, I was the first ruler to stay in this castle which was then passed on to the succeeding rulers who invested huge amounts of money in its upgradation. The cost of restoration of this castle after the great fire of 1992 is estimated to be about £40 million!
- The Buckingham Palace – Once known as the Buckingham House, it is the current residence of the reigning monarch of the United Kingdom. Located in Westminster, it is also the administrative headquarter of the ruling family and regularly holds several cultural ceremonies and functions.
Reason No. 2 – The fascinating present.
Taking a break from its rich and never-ending list of historical glory, we will now talk about some of the more recent marvels of London. Here are some of the symbolic structures which were built in the contemporary period:
- The London Eye– This famous tourist attraction located in the heart of London held the title of the largest Ferris wheel in the world until 2006. However, it is still the largest Ferris wheel in Europe. A tour in one of its 32 circular cars can give you a stunning view of almost the entire city of London in all directions.
- The Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum– Surely, one of your favourite celebrities or sports personalities might be striking a pose in this famous wax museum. The London branch of this museum is the first among many built around the world. Treat yourself with a tour of this museum by purchasing some amazing vouchers from Hot UK Savings with retailers like Attractiontix.
- The bridges – London is dotted with beautiful bridges across its span, quite literally. River crossings are those bridges that were built over the River Thames which cuts through the middle of the city. Some of the famous bridges include the Tower Bridge (AD 1894), the London Bridge (AD 1973, latest opening), Waterloo bridge (AED 1945), the Westminster Bridge (AD 1862) and the Millennium Bridge (AD 2002). Apart from the river crossings, London also has several railways, road and footbridges.
Reason Number 3 – Life in London.
This breathtaking city has more to it than just museums, palaces and bridges. It is one of those cities where both; the tourists and the locals have lots to do and explore. For example, a walk across the River Thames will give you an extended tour of some of the most famous landmarks of this city. You can also visit the famous Piccadilly Circus and hear the famous Big Ben clock strike the hour. If you’ve designated a day for some shopping, then Oxford Street is the place to be! You can wrap up your day by taking a ride on the renowned red double-decker. Apart from the travel, London also boasts of popular world-class concerts and a sparkling nightlife.
To sum it up in a single statement; visiting London is an absolute must for all classes and age groups of people. Even though it does not hold a good reputation for being friendly and showing warmth to its visitors; the travelling wonders within this city are too many that paying attention to anything else would be a waste of time. Oh, and did we forget to tell you about the historical black cabs? Do not leave London until you’ve taken a ride in one of those elegant black beauties!
India in Southeast Asia is one of the prime volunteer destinations which one should visit at least once in their lifetime. It is a vast country, with about twenty percent of the world’s population, and has a diverse history, culture and landscape. In my 15 years of volunteering across various nations, India has been a country that I’ve returned to thrice. Volunteer programs here offer a lot of opportunities for everyone, no matter what causes you want to support. I love the Indian people, the country’s various subcultures, and its amazing cuisine. Last year I embarked on my third Indian volunteer trip, and it was quite a memorable one too.
As a developing nation, India is a place of contrast. On one hand, you have the India that is achieving new milestones in technology, finances and other yardsticks that are recognized globally. On the other hand, it is a nation with one of the largest poor populations, who live in poverty and lack access to basic necessities like good food, clean water, education and even shelters. As a volunteer, I have always wanted to make a difference in the lives of the those in need. I am quite grateful that I have had the opportunities to do so, in India and other neighbouring countries within Southeast Asia.
Anyone Can Contribute to the Benefit of Indian Society
Volunteer travel in India is one of the causes that thousands of individuals from across Europe, North America and other parts of the world participate in. The country of more than 1.2 billion people has ample volunteer project options for everyone. It does not matter if you are a tourist who wants to volunteer, a gap year or exchange student who’s in India or a social worker. You will have an amazing experience as a volunteer there. Besides, finding volunteer programs online is quite easy.
All you need to do is look for the right volunteer organizations before you start on your trip. In case of India, there are quite a few reputed organizations that offer quality programs at very reasonable fees. It is up to you to do your research and find the best one for your needs. Book well ahead of your volunteering trip and you can find good deals on accommodation, food and local travel. All of these are generally included within the volunteer program fees itself.
Spending Some Good Time Helping Little Kids
In my experience, the education of children is one of the causes I felt the most for. There is a high illiteracy rate in rural and semi-urban society, as many children come from poor families and they can not gain admission to the better schools. I was keen to teach English at one of the primary schools at Dharamsala, where my volunteer centre was located. I had signed up with a different volunteer organization this time and enrolled in their teaching project for school kids.
It was great seeing the joy in the children’s faces and to my surprise, all of them were eager to learn whatever I was teaching. I later spoke to one of the program coordinators and learnt that the kids were generally receptive to foreign teachers, and quite excited each time someone visited them.
Volunteer Projects You Can Participate in To Help Kids
There are several other projects to help Indian kids which you can be a part of if English lessons are not your forte. For instance, you can teach them some basic computer skills, spend some time with them during art class, share your experiences and do much more. My program coordinator was quite helpful as was the translator guy.
Due to my prior visits, I do know some Hindi words and phrases that came in handy during my stay. Overall, the staff went out of their way to make us feel at home. In fact, I would say that this visit felt better than my past ones. The program just felt more organized this time. Volunteer work in India has been made easy by the advent of newer, more honest volunteer organizations. What these young men and women (the organizers, coordinators etc.) are doing is admirable. By choosing the right organization, you can be assured that your contributions are being put to good use.
Several Volunteer Projects To Contribute For
As a volunteer, you can participate in projects that contribute to different causes like, women empowerment, renovations, health-care and health awareness, summer camps for children, street children welfare projects and more. You can consult with past volunteers or read online reviews for various programs to make an informed decision.
Indian volunteer programs focus on improving the standard of livings for those in need. To think that many of these people even lack basic amenities that are abundant to us, saddens me a lot. I am convinced that I might want to visit Indian again, just to help out a little more. If you can bring a little joy and contentment to the lives of these unfortunate populations, I urge you to do so. Just a little bit of your time, dedication and effort can brighten their futures and bring a smile to their faces.
Please do share your Indian volunteer experiences with me below. If you have any questions or queries about volunteering in India, I can try to help you out.
Are you planning to visit China with your family during the summer time? Yes? That’s great! I personally love this country not just because it’s an amazing tourist spot, but also because of many other factors such as their flavoursome food, culture, vibrant festivals, peaceful Buddhist monasteries and of course, amazing shopping malls and other markets. Overall, I can bet you won’t see a country as vivacious as China.
Generally, when going for a vacation to China, most of the people have a tendency to stay in the capital city only, which is Beijing. And they also usually travel to the popular spots only such as The Great Wall, Forbidden City, the Bund and etc. But, I would say, instead of staying in Beijing or visiting these popular spots, you better visit Chengdu, which is the capital city of Sichuan province. This city is really energetic and you’ll get to see many amazing places in this city. In fact, I would say, the overall Sichuan province is amazing! So, wait no more; book your tickets and fly to Chengdu.
Now, one question that must be lingering in your mind is why choose Chengdu, when there are many other cities in other provinces of China, isn’t it? Well, to answer this question of yours, below I have jotted down four reasons to visit Chengdu, instead of the other posh cities in China.
Take a Look
The Golden Chariot:
Simply the flawless and delicate yet attractive violet and gold coaches of the magnificent train are sufficient to charge your heed. Golden Chariot gets its name from the Hampi ruins. Its classy décor is depicting South Indian engineering which is quite hypnotising. This honour winning train has a classy style displayed on Dravidian culture.
Golden Chariot train is the only train in India that navigates through the green valleys and landscapes of the Southern India.
Enjoy the immaculate warm services of the staff while benefiting each amenities of day to day life throughout the journey on board Golden Chariot. The culinary alternatives are no less, with an undeniable veggie lover and non-vegan menu, and the private cabins furnished with modern facilities and stunningly furniture. The stylish theme of a lounge bar, ‘Madira’, is inspired by Mysore palaces, and the coaches are designed unequivocally from Mysore and Hoysala architectures. Golden Chariot gives mind-boggling experience with intricate carvings decoration of the roofs and walls, making it to the rundown of most sumptuous trains in India.
The train has 2 schedules alternative given by the Indian Railways and the Karnataka State Tourism and Development Corporation (KSTDC) where you get the choice to explore different regions of India. Drawing a large portion of its travellers from around the globe, the Golden Chariot train is without a doubt brilliant open door for the individuals who need to traverse the best of South Indian legacy.
Golden Chariot – Places to Visit
“The Pride of the South” takes guests on the tour of Bangalore, Kabini, Mysore, Hassan, Hampi, Badami and Goa.
Maharajas Express Train:
Maharajas Express Train reproduces a time of legendary maharajas of India prestigious for their peculiar way of life and debauchery. The train already wins 2 back to back World Travel Awards in the classification of World’s the most Luxury Trains.
Maharajas Express train is possessed and run by Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) from its inception in March 2010. It’s sumptuous yet refined décor, best in class comforts like Wi-Fi, LCD TVs and suites with attached bathrooms are something noteworthy in any train journey.
Rediscover India as you go over the absolute most hypnotising destinations across India and get a celebrity welcome on board Maharaja Express.
Visit World Heritage Sites, wonders, clamouring bazaars, energetic local folks and cultural interactions offering you to travel in one of the most luxurious train travel across in India. It offers 5 various rail travels and set out on an adventure like no other.
Maharajas Express– Places to Visit
Maharajas Express Train presents five different journeys through India namely,
1) The Heritage of India, which covers Mumbai, Ajanta, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Bikaner, Jaipur, Ranthambore, Agra and Delhi.
2) The Indian Panorama, which covers Delhi, Jaipur, Ranthambore, Fatehpur Sikri, Agra, Gwalior, Orchha, Khajuraho, Varanasi and Lucknow.
3) Indian Splendour, which covers Delhi, Agra, Ranthambore, Jaipur, Bikaner, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Balasinor and Mumbai.
4) Gems of India, which covers Delhi, Agra, Ranthambore, and Jaipur.
5) Treasure of India, which covers Delhi, Agra, Ranthambore and Jaipur.
The royal, the majestic, the plush and the extravagant, that’s how one can describe the grandeur of the royal state of Rajasthan. Filled with many brave stories of Rajput warriors, kings and queens Rajasthan holds a significant position in India Tourism. One of the most amazing cities that still hold the same charm and aura of Rajputi aura is Jodhpur.
Jodhpur is also called the Blue City because the houses, alleys and all the things here are coloured in the hues of blue. Popularly also known as the Sun City, the city of Jodhpur is listed as the second largest city of Rajasthan. Established in year 1459 AD, the city was named after its founder King RaoJodha. Here in this post, we are going to discuss the best places in Jodhpur that one can visit during their Rajasthan Tourism.
1. Mehrangarh Fort
The majestic fort of Mehrangarh is one of the largest forts in India. People from all over the world come to see the grandeur of this majestic palace. The fort of Mehrangarh is situated at the height of 400 feet above the city. In the year 1459 when the city was established, the foundation of the fort was also established by the king RaoJodha. The fortification took place for many centuries but when the fort was completed it has become one of the wonders of Rajasthan. One can simply see the signs of various centuries in the architectural style of the fort. In terms of tourism, the fort holds a significant position.
2. Jaswant Thada
It is a beautiful palace, one of its kinds and listed as one of the major tourist attractions of the city. Jodhpur is the house of many beautiful heritage sites and monuments which makes it a perfect tourist hub. Jaswant Thada is one such place which enhances the beauty of the city. Jaswant Thada in Jodhpur is a cenotaph which was built in the year 1899 in the honour of Mahraja Jaswant Singh. One can find many portraits of Rajputi rulers inside the port along with many other artistic marvels inside the palace. Jaswant Thada is located near the Mehrangarh Fort which makes this place a perfect tourist spot and gives the palace a bigger and better picture of majestic Mehrangarh Fort.
3. Balsamand Lake
Christened after the name of its constructor BalakRaoParihar, BalsamandSamnad Lake is featuring as a major tourist spot in the Jodhpur. The lake was founded in 1159 AD is supposed to be one of the most beautiful artificial lake of Rajasthan. The Lake is lying on the route of Jodhpur –Mandore and has served as the water reservoir for the village of Mandore earlier. Today this lake has now been transformed into an artificial lake. You will love watching lush green lawns and garden with birds and peacocks roaming their indulged in their daily activities.
4. Ummaid Bhawan Palace
A beautiful and grand palace that keeps a prominent position in Jodhpur Tourism, Ummaid Bhawan Palace is believed to be one of the newest and last constructed palaces in India. The architecture and design of the palace are great attraction which attracts the travellers from all across the globe. The palace is divided into three parts one of which is still held by the royal family of Jodhpur. The other part is now been converted into the Heritage Hotel and the last and third part is now converted into the museum that is compact with royal art pieces of the bygone Rajputi era. Constructed in the year 1929, the fort was completed in the year 1943 and is featuring as the major Jodhpur tourist attractions.
5. GhantaGhar (The Clock Tower)
Located next to the very famous Sardar Market, the Clock Tower (GhantaGhar) is one of the most amazing tourist spots in Jodhpur. It is also a prominent landmark of the Sun City. This amazing tourist spot is a tall colossal tower and was built by Maharaja Sardar Singh in the year between 1880 and 1911. The close proximity of the tower with the major market of the city adds the value to this place. One can find a wide range of handicrafts, antiques, miniature elephants and many other things including silvery jewellery and much more.
All these places that we discussed above are some of the most amazing tourist attractions. Along with this, you can also going to visit the very famous Mandore Gardens, RaoJodha Desert Rock Park, Kailana Lake and many more places which will give you a fine idea about the best and regal lifestyle of Jodhpur city. A visit to Jodhpur will be a pleasant and memorable visit of your life.
There aren’t too many things in life as luxurious as going on a cruise. Equipped with anything that comes to mind, a modern cruise ship is a true mobile five-star hotel. However, you’d be wrong to think that every cruise is alike; the ship, the ocean, the route, the onboard experience all create a unique experience. With this in mind, we’ve picked ten gorgeous cruises for your convenience.
Regent Seven Seas Cruises
This choice may well be the most inclusive one. As much as 98% of suites come with balconies, pre- and post-cruise tours and hotel stays, as well as shore excursions, gratuities and all kinds of food and beverages. The ships carry between 500 and 750 passengers each and cabins are quite spacious.
Disney Cruise Line
Certainly a bit wacky-sounding, this cruise is fantastic for families with small children. Everything is included, from entertainment and dining to childcare (nurseries for toddlers with water-play areas). The best part about this cruise line is the fact that it features signature Disney characters, from Mickey, Goofy and Cinderella, to Darth Vader and the Stormtroopers. Naturally, the play areas feature themes from popular Pixar, Disney, Star Wars and Marvel movies.
Norwegian Cruise Line
The first thing that comes to mind when one thinks “cruise” is probably the Pacific, or more specifically the Caribbean. This might be the most likely destination in general, but it’s the Norwegian cruise ships that offer the biggest amounts of entertainment on their ships – from musical events, to comedy and improv shows.
Now this type of a cruise is likely to be favored by adventurers. Exotic itineraries such as the Arctic, Galapagos, Amazon and Antarctica might not be the most popular tourist choice, but definitely offer otherworldly experiences. These polar voyages are embarked on aboard ice-class vessels that are made for seamlessly slipping through frozen passageways full of polar wildlife.
If a classy experience is what you’re looking for, the Cunard line will make you feel like a true Oxford don! On this type of a cruise, you can listen to speeches made by experts on everything from climate change and journalism to national security and politics. If you want to be treated like a true celebrity, cruise ship transfers will be perfect for you – you will start your trip feeling relaxed and calm, with a chauffeur there to pick you up from the door, provide luggage assistance and drive you to the terminal.
Fine dining rooms and famous chefs, such as Jacques Pepin are the names of the game when it comes to Oceania Cruises. This cruise line can brag about its main dining rooms that offer high-quality fare in an open-seating plan, but also about relaxing buffets and poolside grill fares.
Carnival Cruise Line
If you want a fun experience that features popular destinations, such as the Bahamas, the Caribbean and Mexico, that won’t put a huge dent in your pocket, the Carnival cruise line will deliver. The price ranges start at about $80 per person, per night, which is more than reasonable.
Royal Caribbean International
Perfect for families with teens or tweens, this cruise features energetic experiences, such as climbing walls, ziplines, ice and inline skating and even surf and skydiving simulators. Everything is split into appropriate age groups and you can rest assured that even you, as a parent, will find relaxation around every corner.
Holland America Line
As a single senior your search ends here; cocktail parties and games will give you plenty of time to connect with other singles on the cruise!
Paul Gauguin Cruises
Finally, Paul Gaugin Cruises are perfect for romantic vacations, from honeymoons to anniversaries. You can expect queen-sized beds, private balconies and top-of-the-line room service onboard!
You’ll find a cruise that fits your exact needs on this list, whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway, an adventurous experience, relaxed vacation with your kids, or a budget way to relax while travelling the seven seas. Everyone should go through a cruise ship experience, so book your perfect holiday as soon as possible!
Are you a foreign individual who is keen on visiting India this summer? In that case, you can enroll in a volunteer program. As a volunteer myself, I have felt that the country has a huge unprivileged population, especially in the rural areas. India is one of the most popular volunteer destinations for backpackers, tourists and gap year students and professionals. Every year, millions of individuals come down to Southeast Asia, to participate in various programs. Most of these focus on improving the living standards of the poor and needy masses.
You can help women and children get access to basic amenities like food, water and shelter. Some projects involve spreading basic education for rural children, building or renovating shelters and schools and helping out in extracurricular activities. Other volunteer projects deal with purposes such as women empowerment, computer education, basic healthcare training, skills development and more. If you are interested in contributing as a volunteer in India, there are ample options for you.
Here are some things to keep in mind before your proceed on your Indian volunteering journey.
1. India is culturally more diverse than a lot of other countries and it might take you a little while to get used to the norms there.
2. Apart from volunteering during the weekdays, you can go on sightseeing tours on your weekends there. You should always inform your program coordinator before your trip, due to security reasons.
3. You can also choose add-on tour packages that are offered by the volunteer organizations themselves.
4. Dharamsala in Northern India is one of the most popular volunteer destinations for volunteers. You can look online and find volunteering opportunities in other parts of the country too.
5. Volunteer program coordinators can suggest the best food and accommodation options according to your budget. However, you can choose your own, provided that it is not too far from your volunteer center.
6.Remember that the fees you have paid to an organization include the costs of food, accommodation and transportation. Be wary of any significant extra costs in these aspects as you shouldn’t have to pay more for these amenities.
7. It is crucial to choose only reputed volunteer organizations for a smooth, honest and hassle-free volunteer experience. See what other volunteers are saying online about a particular volunteer program or organization.
8.Program itineraries are pre-planned and most volunteer coordinators provide information beforehand. It is advised that you book your travel and accommodation options beforehand.
9. There are options for you to extend your stay, beyond the specified duration of your chosen volunteer programs. For this, you need to pay on a daily or weekly basis.
10. Stay friendly with the local people and do not dress or behave in a manner that gets you too much attention. Locals can help you prevent getting duped by local transport providers or shop owners.
11. Remember that India is a tropical country and that temperatures might soar well above 30 degrees Celsius at times. Things to carry include water bottles, sun protection, mosquito repellents and basic medication.
12. Take the appropriate vaccinations required for first-time travellers to India. This will help to protect you from the most common diseases and ailments faced by most volunteers. Do ensure that you have taken vaccines for Hepatitis A & B, Yellow fever, Tuberculosis, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Malaria and Rabies.
13. Health-care is available and emergency situations can be handled by volunteer program coordinators. If you are suffering from any chronic illnesses or get sudden attacks or bouts, do inform them beforehand.
14. Some of the key projects that you can participate include –
* Women empowerment
* English lessons
* Basic computer lessons
* Street children welfare
* Renovation projects
* Summer camp activities
15. Learning some basic Hindi words can help you communicate better during your stay, as it is the most widely spoken language in major volunteering locations.
If you are considering coming down to India for volunteering, getting in touch with reputed volunteer India organizations is your best option. You can find all necessary information about program details, schedules and more. Most of these organizations ask volunteers to deposit fees prior to visits. This is done in order the ensure that the travel and transport options are ready when a volunteer touches down in India.
Volunteer While Also Enjoying Indian Culture & History
There are quite a few add-on tour options for volunteers during their stay in India. By participating in these, you can explore the important landmarks and natural beauty of India. You can take trips to locations like the Taj Mahal, go trekking in the picturesque Himalayan mountains, go on an adventure in Manali, visit the historical city of Jaipur, and do more. It can be the experience of a lifetime. So, you can make a marked difference in the lives of Indians, while having an amazing time. Are you interested in volunteering in India? Well, this guest post will be quite helping hand for you.