Friday, 21 September 2018

Top Things to Do When Visiting the Philippines

The Philippines is one of the more expansive countries in Asia. Spread across over 7500 islands, the Philippines is famous for its tropical climate and beautiful sights. Since it is a tropical country, it's known by many foreigners as a great place to escape freezing winters of their home countries to enjoy the warm sun and clean beaches of the islands.

If you are visiting the Philippines, here are the top things that you can do:

1. Sagada

Sagada is located in a mountainous region of the Philippines. Because it is in the mountains, its climate is cooler than the other parts of the Philippines. The best attractions in Sagada are their hanging coffins, a traditional way of burying people that is still utilized today. Also, trek up Kiltepan Peak early in the morning to see the sea of clouds between the mountain ranges. Some people go to Sagada to enjoy and reflect on their life as this place is really peaceful. Sagada is a perfect place for those who don't mind a little isolation away from the crowds.

2. Boracay

Boracay is a small island is famous for its natural white sands and beautiful blue water. It has been named in several notable travel magazines as one of the best resort islands to visit in the world. Each year, over a million tourists visit Boracay for its tranquility, relaxation, and its emerging night life. It's definitely a must-visit destination when you go to the Philippines.

3. Manila

Manila is the capital of the Philippines and is full of history. Try a tour in Manila and visit beautiful historical sites in like Fort Santiago, Manila Bay, National Museum of the Philippines, and Luneta Park You'll be amazed by how the Philippines has improved and evolved as a nation.

4. Vigan

Vigan is a place that will take you to the past because it's one of the few places left in the Philippines where its colonial-era buildings still remain in fact. Its architecture mixes native Philippine, Asian, and colonial Spanish influences of the 16th century. In 1999, Vigan was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and later named as one of the New7Wonder Cities by the New7wonders Foundation in 2015 as one of the world's wonder cities.

5. Chocolate Hills in Bohol

The famous Chocolate Hills in Bohol are made up of over a thousand small rolling hills in a 20-square mile area. The hills are covered with grass and, during the winter, the grass turns brown giving the hills a milk chocolate color shaped like Hershey's Kisses. Hence its name, Chocolate Hills. People also visit Bohol to see tarsiers, which are small primates no bigger than a human fist. Because they live in trees and have large, distinctive round eyes, some people may initially mistake them for owls.

6. Mayon Volcano

The Mayon volcano is the most famous active volcano in the Philippines because of its perfectly symmetrical cone-shaped appearance. Its last eruption occurred in 2009 which resulted in the evacuation of thousands of townspeople living at the bottom of the volcano. Some activities you could do at the bottom of the volcano are ATV adventures and visiting the Cagsawa Ruins which was a town that was destroyed by an eruption in 1814.

7. Baguio

The Philippines is a tropical country so it is expected that the weather is hot. However, if you're looking for a place to cool down after touring in the busy streets of sunny Manila then Baguio is definitely the place to be. Baguio is located in the northern part of the Philippines and you can do a food trip. Baguio is famous for its fresh strawberries, Ube (a purple yam) jam, and lots of eateries called restos.

8. Zamboanga

Zamboanga is located at the bottom of the Philippine archipelago and it is a place famous for their vinta tradition where the locals set sail in small, but beautifully made boats with colorful sails. If you speak Spanish then you'll have no problems with language in Zamboanga because the locals speak Spanish but they call their language "Chavacano".

Author: Bob Tom


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Thursday, 20 September 2018

How to Keep Your Gadgets Safe While on an Adventure Trip

Taking an adventure trip can be amazing fun, full of excitement and adrenaline. The challenge is keeping your gadgets safe during this trip. There are so many ways in which your gadgets could be compromised - pickpockets, you drop it in a river, canyon, from a moving vehicle, and so on.

You could just leave without any of your gadgets and go completely off-grid, but that may not be such a good idea, especially if you're going on an adventure trip. These gadgets help you find hotels at short notice, making sense of the local public transportation system, translating languages to help you communicate better, money transfers, GPS, etc.

So, how do you ensure that these handy little devices are protected during your adventures? Here are a few tips to help you out.

Get Some Gadget Travel Insurance

Before you do anything else, get all your gadgets insured. Most good travel insurance policies will offer gadget travel insurance which will cover your gadgets. When you're on adventure trips, there are chances that your gadgets could be lost, stolen or damaged. However, if they are insured, it will take just a few days to have them replaced.

Do NOT Have too Many Gadgets

If you carry fewer gadgets, there are also fewer chances of damage, loss or theft. Having too many gadgets attracts attention, which means that there is a higher chance that your expensive devices could get stolen. It is also easier to lose track of them when you have too many gadgets. The best thing you can do is just keep one or two gadgets with you on your trip; usually, a smartphone and a camera are enough.

Use a Simple Over-the-Shoulder Bag to Store Your Gadgets

If you are carrying a fancy bag in which you have put your gadgets, you are inviting trouble. Instead, get a non-descript over-the-shoulder bag that you can clutch in front of you in a crowded area. You can even invest in one of those anti-theft bags that are available in the market today.

Change Your Camera Strap

Nothing invites more unwelcome attention than a camera strap that advertises the brand of your camera. Change your camera strap to something low-key and non-descript, so that even if the strap hangs out of your bag, no one will pay attention to it.

Make Use of the Hotel Safe

Most hotels provide a safe in their guest rooms. So use it. Your insurance company will not cover thefts from hotel rooms if the gadgets were not kept in a safe. And if you're going to be out the entire day participating in an adventure activity, then you don't want to be encumbered with too much baggage.


These ideas may sound like overkill, but remember those devices you have can cost a pretty penny when you add it all up. And don't forget, all people are not evil, you can get lucky and find a Good Samaritan who will locate your lost or stolen gadgets and return them to you.

Author: Neil Clymer


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Wednesday, 19 September 2018

10 Top-Rated Travel Attractions in Ontario, Canada

Ontario, Canada, home to 40% of Canada's population, has some of the top-rated tourist attractions in the world. Ontario has breathtaking views and sights through all four seasons. The province has several lakes, various architectural wonders, and is both the national and cosmopolitan capital of Canada. Here are top 10 tourist attractions in Ontario.

1. Parliament Hill

Designed with large archways, copper adorned turrets, and Gothic revival gargoyles, Parliament is another top destination in Canada. One of the main features of Parliament Hill is the Centre Block, the main building of the Canadian Parliament. In the middle of the Centre Block is the iconic Peace Tower. The clock and bell tower stands slightly over 300 feet and is covered with stone carvings of gargoyles. The Centre Block was developed in the mid-19th century and was one of the first homes of the Canadian government.

2. CN Tower

The CN Tower is the most iconic sight in Canada. It's a marvel of 1970's engineering and it always ranks as one of the top places to visit in every Canada travel guide. It has the appearance of a gigantic hypodermic needle but its main role is to act as a communications tower. It is one of the highest free-standing structures in the world that stretches to a height of 1,815 feet.

3. Killarney Provincial Park

Killarney is also referred to as the "crown jewel of Ontario parks", with one of the highest rated kayaking destinations in the world. At Killarney, people can spend days exploring the well-over 50 lakes and network of trails that provide spectacular vistas of the lakes and Georgian Bay.

4. Elgin & Winter Garden Theater

This is a restored work of art that is regarded as one of the last fully functional Edwardian double-decker theaters. The Winter Garden was initially developed as the flagship for a vaudeville chain that never got started while the downstairs was converted into a movie house. Tours of the theater run on Thursdays and Fridays.

5. Royal Ontario Museum

The Royal Ontario Museum celebrated its centennial in 2014 and is regarded as one of the largest natural history museums in North America. With the addition of "The Crystal" entrance on Bloor St. in 2007, the museum building combines the traditional heritage buildings with modern architecture with great effect (and controversy). It is a memorable destination to visit with friends.

6. 1000 Islands Tower

Found in the isle of Ivy Lea, approximately 20 kilometres from a place known as Gananoque, lies the 1000 Islands Tower. This 130-meter-high observation tower provides exceptional views of the archipelago from two open locations and has exceptional exhibits about the glass-enclosed deck design. Though it's a historical site, it has an elevator for convenience.

7. National Gallery of Canada

This location is more than just a tourist destination, it's also a work of art. It has a unique ensemble of glass spires and pink granite which complement the copper-topped towers of nearby Parliament. The interior section features vaulted galleries, a Canadian art exhibition, and various other notable American traditional forms of art.

8. Canadian Canoe Museum

Exhibiting one of the largest collections of kayaks and canoes, this museum is also a top-rated travel destination. It has an exceptional display of 150 canoes and it also documents the long history of water navigation that occurred in the country. This occurred in the 17th to 19th century, when North America was one of the top canoe destinations.

9. Boldt Castle

This lavish, traditional North American castle is found in the middle of St. Lawrence. The Boldt castle was developed by George C. Boldt, who was one of the developers of the notable Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York City. Several thousand tourists pass by this location each year to enjoy the scenic structures.

10. Ripley's Aquarium

This aquarium is located in Ontario and is one of the three aquariums owned by the Ripley Entertainment network. The aquarium holds 1.5 million gallons of water and exhibits marine life from all over the world. It is organized into nine galleries, showing a variety of fish, sea animals and marine habitats.

Author: Bob Tom



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Tuesday, 18 September 2018

A Perfect Day 1 in Paris: Arrive & Make It Yours

Imagine yourself on a great 5-day trip to Paris. How would you design your days to have the most engaging and captivating experience, while traveling independently and keeping to a budget of under $5000 for two? What will you do with your precious travel time? Why would you want to do these things and have these experiences? And how will you arrange them and accomplish them, with a maximum of enjoyment and a minimum of frustration or overload? What are the stories that bring to life the places you visit? How do you best immerse yourself so your experiences are absorbing and memorable?

Join us in your mind's eye on just such a remarkable 5-day trip to the "City of Lights." History to walk around in. Phenomenal food. Parks and cafés. People-watching opportunities. Eating outdoors, with views of cathedrals or rivers or palaces. Fountains and gardens, with benches for pausing. Outdoor markets. Charming shops. Unexpected encounters.

Start with a Perfect Day 1

Today you will arrive in Paris, after an overnight flight, in time to check in (or drop off your bags) and begin your walk-about before lunch. Your "home base" for the next five nights will be the Left Bank ("La Rive Gauche") of the Seine, historically known as the artistic part of the city. Your apartment or hotel will be located within a few blocks of the river on the Left Bank, or on Ile Saint-Louis, the smaller of the two islands in the middle of the river.

Learn Your Neighborhood

After checking in, take a walk-about to learn your new "neighborhood," locate your shops, and stock up on wine, cheese, bread and deli. Then head for the river and cross the bridge to Ile de la Cité ("Island of the City"). This larger island was the original seat of Paris, the birthplace of Roman river commerce, and the location of the 4th-century cathedral that was replaced by the 12th-century Notre-Dame.

Pass in Front of Notre Dame on Ile de la Cité and Note the Statues of Kings

As you pass in front of Notre-Dame, pause before the entrance to absorb its grandeur and to study the statues of kings above the door. The heads of these sculptures are replacements. Tragically, the original heads were lopped off during the Revolution by Parisian mobs that mistakenly took these to represent French monarchs, when actually they are the ancient kings of Judea and Israel.

Lunch with a View of the Notre Dame Buttresses

You will return later for a visit inside this magnificent cathedral. But, for the moment, walk on by on your way to lunch at an outdoor table at Brasserie Esmeralda, located at the end of the island, across from the cathedral buttresses. Since this will be your arrival lunch, make it a feast, and toast the start of your trip. From your table, look across to the smaller island, Ile Saint-Louis, to spot Le Flore en L'Ile, the restaurant where you will be having dinner later this evening.

Walk Around the Island

After lunch, take a walk around the island and orient yourself to the flow of the river. Stand with your back towards the smaller island. You are now facing downriver. From this vantage point, the Left Bank will be on your left and the Right Bank will be on your right.

Walk downriver, looking across the river towards the Right Bank ("La Rive Droite"). Take in the grand buildings across the river. The Right Bank is more tightly packed with impressive buildings than the left, including the City Hall (Hôtel de Ville), and, further downriver, the massive former palace that is now the Louvre, and the Grand Palais that was built as an exhibition hall for the Universal Exposition of 1900.

Wander Through the Flower Market

During your walk, watch for the Flower Market (Marché aux Fleurs) on your left. Take a few minutes to wander through this colorful maze of flowers and garden shops. You may decide to return later to spend more time at this lovely market.

Round the Tip of the Island, Heading for Sainte Chapelle

When you reach the end of the island, with views downriver toward the Louvre, walk through the park and back up the other side toward the incomparable Sainte-Chapelle, built in the 13th century to house Louis IX's collection of relics of Christ. This small chapel is remarkable and unique, with its exquisite 49-foot tall 13th-century stained glass windows, at their loveliest in the late afternoon. You may stop now to view the windows, or possibly return later for a memorable concert with the chapel as its setting (having purchased your tickets before your trip).

Pick up Your 4-Day Museum Pass to Skip the Lines

Stop to purchase your 4-day Museum Pass at the shop across the street from the Sainte-Chapelle entrance. This will save you from waiting in museum lines for the remainder of your stay in Paris.

Pass by Crypt Archéologique

When you complete your full circuit of the island, you will find yourself back in front of Notre Dame. As you cross the square, spot the entrance to the Crypt Archéologique, located beneath the area in front of the cathedral. You may want to return later to explore these ancient archaeological remains, dating back to the Romans in 52 BC, that were discovered here during excavations in 1965.

Enter Notre Dame and Find a Seat

This time, venture inside the cathedral. As you move through the doorway, look up! Study the pictographic images overhead. Also, take a closer look at the kings above the doorway. You will have a chance to see the "real" heads of these statues later in your trip when you visit the Cluny Museum. Once inside, find a seat and sit awhile to look up and around and take it all in. If, by good fortune, you to arrive while the magnificent organ is thundering, seize the opportunity to stay awhile and listen.

Possibly Climb the Cathedral Tower

Back outside, check on the slow-moving line of people patiently waiting to climb the cathedral tower. If you aspire to going up the tower yourself, decide if the line is short enough to join it now, and climb up to see the stunning views and to make an up-close visit to the gargoyles. If the line is too long, come back early tomorrow, before the crowds gather.

Dinner with a View, Followed by an Evening Cruise of the Seine


Take a deep breath, and settle in for a relaxed dinner at an outdoor table at Le Flore en L'Ile on the little island, Ile Saint-Louis. You have arrived! And here you are in Paris as evening falls. After dinner, board an evening cruise down the Seine, from Notre Dame to the Eiffel Tower and back, enjoying the spectacle of Paris aglow at night.

Author: Carolee Duckworth


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Sunday, 16 September 2018

Must-Have Money Saving Travel Ideas

Planning a trip can be tricky. Before you know it, prices can add up and spill over your planned budget. However, there are budget travel ideas you can use when vacationing to save money here and there. These saved dollars will add up and enable you to feel more financially comfortable with your trip.

Go For the Bundle

Bundling your flight, lodgings and car rental is one way to save money while planning. The more business you conduct with the company, whether it's an airline or booking agency, the more likely they are to knock down your overall price. Even if your plans don't include a car rental, you'll likely still get a discount for booking a flight and hotel together. Shop around on different sites and with different airlines to find the best price for the longest stay time or the most convenient flight.

Flexible Booking

There are many factors that go into whether a particular flight is expensive or not. While scheduling and buying in advance will always help you save, there could be local events or holidays that increase popularity and tourism. For example, the Fourth of July could be a very popular event at your destination, which will drive up the price of flights significantly. When you're comparing prices, try to keep your dates as flexible as possible. Being able to fly during the week, or at a time that's not as popular, will save you a bundle.

Lodgings - Home Swap Sites

While hotels are the traditional choice for vacation lodgings, home swap sites are gaining more traction and becoming an affordable safe option among travel ideas. Many websites offer in-depth information about local available houses, ratings and direct contact information with the owner. Choosing to stay in a home rented out by a local instead of a hotel can save you big bucks. Plus, you'll increase your chances of staying close to a downtown area without paying extra.

Meals - Home Cooking and Picnics

Meals can absorb a large part of your budget. Although you may not feel like cooking on your vacation, it can be a great way to save money. If you happen to stay in lodgings that have a fully functional kitchen, don't be averse to using it. Additionally, visit the local grocery store for supplies like water and snacks. You'll find lower prices at local places rather than on the tourist boardwalks and hot spots. Instead of dining out, opt for a picnic with prepared food from a local mart. Another trick to saving is to make lunch your biggest meal of the day. Since lunch prices are typically lower than dinner prices, you can fill up earlier for a cheaper price and reduce your evening meal.

By utilizing budget travel ideas, you can save money that can be repurposed elsewhere during your trip. Don't be anxious about seeing the world on a tighter budget. From staying in a local home to comparing rates online, persistence can go a long way in saving.


Author: Antoinette Ayana



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Saturday, 15 September 2018

Here's 5 Reasons to Take a Holiday Right Now

Are you a leader in your business? Have you taken any holidays in the last 12 months? What's going on? Do you need a reason to take a holiday - here are 5 reasons to take a holiday now.

1. Clear your mind - from the grind

Holidays give you time to think. There will be very few day-to-day tasks to consider. No deadlines to meet and no business to satisfy, especially if you turn your phone off and don't look at emails. The main decisions of the day will be about what you eat and what you drink! And perhaps, when do you get up in the morning! Think about the future - what do you really want to do? If it is different, think about how the transition would occur.

2. Time to grow your mind by reading

Read a book. Perhaps there is some skill that you wish to improve or blogs to write on some topic. Be inspired by reading biographies, autobiographies, life stories on video and great movies that inspire.

3. Clearer perspective

Sit back and think about the big picture. See the trees and not the forest! Perhaps contemplate your product lines and why some are better earners than others. Think about your staff and the encouragement you can give them on your return. What can be done in a better way to meet the customer's needs? Holidays are a great mulling time!

4. Become more creative

Escaping normal life and experiencing new markets, tastes, smells, sounds and other senses enhances creativity. A new perspective can form which may help create a new way, new products etc. Take what you see and use it wisely.

5. Refresh

Holidays help people recover from the daily grind of hard work. Long hours each week are difficult to sustain. Catch up on your sleep and rest. Get back to the "top of your game" during the break.

If you have not taken a holiday in some time, consider taking one right now. The benefits to you and your business can be enormous. Once a decision has been made to take a holiday, hold yourself to the decision so that it is not lost in the indispensability myth!


Travel somewhere new and experience a new culture. Observe how people work live and play and grab the bits that make sense and bring them back. You never know - it could be the best decision of your life!


Author: David Nivala


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Friday, 14 September 2018

The Hilltop Town of Ronda: One Place You Should Definitely Visit in Andalucia

Ronda is a city which is famous for its Mondragón Palace. However, there is more to the city which you should not miss during your visit to this autonomous community of Andalusia. Ronda is in the Spanish province of Málaga and you should take a flight to the Málaga airport to visit this city. Take a car/taxi and travel for about 109 KM to reach the beautiful city of Ronda.

Gibraltar airport (109 KM), Jerez airport (122 KM) and Tangier airport in Morocco (130 KM) are other airports which you can choose in order to visit Ronda. Before reaching the city, you should do your advanced bookings in the hotels to avoid any disappointment. There are luxurious hotels like Hotel Rural Molino del Puente Ronda, Finca Los Pastores, Hotel Rural El Cortijo etc. There are more than 100 hotels to choose from. If you are on a budget, then you may even choose furnished apartments for your short trip to Ronda.

Ronda tops the list of many tourist guides and you might be wondering why. Here are some of the places you must visit during your trip to Ronda.

1) Alameda Park- Rent a bicycle and enjoy the picturesque surroundings. Take pictures with the meadows filled with wildflowers and walk through the olive groves. Take some pictures when you pass through the white-walled villages and enjoy a small picnic in Alameda Park. On your way back to your hotel, enjoy the blue hazy mountains surrounding this captivating small Spanish town. When you are in the park, do not miss the best viewing platform of El Balcon del Cono. Enjoy the panoramic countryside which you miss in your city life every day.

2) Bullrings- The ones who have been mesmerised by the matadors and bullfights in movies can fulfil their fantasy here. One of the oldest bullrings owned by the Romero family in Spain is located in Ronda and you can think about visiting the place if you have the guts. Plaza de Toros de Ronda is the oldest bullfighting ring in Spain which was built in 1784. Architect José Martin de Aldehuela designed this building in the Neoclassical style and it can hold over 5000 spectators. The festival of 'Corrida Goyesca' is a unique and historical bullfight festival which is similar to the ones which you might have watched in movies. It takes place once a year in Ronda and if you are an enthusiast, then do not miss it.

3) The Palacio of the Marqués de Salvatierra- This is a small museum of Renaissance art and artefacts and you may choose to visit it for a few hours. If you are a fan of Madonna, then you may want to visit this place. Her music video ''Take a Bow'' was shot in the palace of the Marquis of Salvatierra.

4) Bridges- There are three bridges in this beautiful white city which you should not miss- Puente Romano, Puente Viejo and Puente Nuevo. The architecture of these bridges is interesting to watch. Even though ''Puente Nuevo'' which means ''new bridge'' was constructed in 1793, it is still a very sturdy structure.

This city of Ronda is full of beautiful buildings like Plaza del Socorro, and many others. This building is the political center of this city and the Andalusian flag was first hoisted in this building in 1918. This city is the third most visited city in Andalucia. So spend a few days in this magnificent city, and you will feel like buying a villa here and settling down.

Top Things to Do When Visiting the Philippines

The Philippines is one of the more expansive countries in Asia. Spread across over 7500 islands, the Philippines is famous for its tropic...