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If you are planning on traveling to China anytime soon, I would strongly advise you learn a few common phrases which could be very helpful. (Notice I didn't bother to add tones to the pingyin, even without the exact tones Chinese will understand you.)

1. xiexie (Thank you): Probably the most important word in the Chinese language, if you want to be polite in China it is best to say thanks. (Thank you is definitely more important than please).

2. nihao (Hello): When you meet someone, say nihao. They will most likely reply with nihao!

3. bukeqi (You're welcome): another important Chinese courtesy and one you will hear very often.

4. wobuyao (I do not want) In China you will often be approached by hawkers trying to sell you anything from Maozedong t-shirts to Buddha statues. Sometimes these hawkers can be quite pushy and so it is best to say a frank and firm "wobuyao".

5. wotingbudong (I do not understand): Many Chinese don't speak more than a word or two of English and so it is vital that you can also make clear that you don't speak more than a word or two of Chinese.

6. wojiao.... (My name is...): No matter where you are in the world, it is always great if you can tell people your name.

7. wobuhuichila (I can't eat spicy): For those of us who can't stomach spicy food, it is best to be equipped with this phrase at all times. Chinese food ranges from mild to extremely spicy. By telling them you can't eat spicy food you can avoid much hassle.

8. woyaoqu.. (I want to go to...): If you get in a taxi, it is always best to have the name written in Chinese of the place you want to go. By saying 'woyaoqu' and then showing the name or saying it out loud, you should have a smoother journey.

9. geiwopianyi (Give me cheaper): In China, markets are a great place to bargain and if want the cheapest prices it is best you learn to say geiwopianyi!

10. zhongguohenhao (China is very good): Chinese are very proud of their country, history and culture. A great way to tell them that you enjoyed your visit is to praise their country. With that, you can't go wrong.

Author: Michael Cowan

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Everyone is always to gain the upper hand on everything around them in the hopes of acquiring, or experiencing, the so-called 'best'. The travel industry is no stranger to this, and for years, travelers of all kinds have done all they can to get the best lodging possible everywhere they go. The biggest problem with trying to get 'the best' of anything is trying to have an actual working definition of what that would be.

Going back to the issue of the 'best' lodging, it would seem that on the surface, being able to get the quintessential hotel room booked would be pretty easy to determine who won out on finding the best lodging possible. There's just one problem - hotels are not the only form of lodging available to travelers. It's an unending argument that does nothing more than spoil any good time you try to have while traveling because you are too busy trying to determine your level of awesomeness to others in a contest no one is having or cares about.

However, maybe you're still stuck on finding the 'best' lodging, and you really want to some inside intel on making it happen. The secret to finding the best lodging is... well, there is no secret. That's the kicker in all of this. Finding the best place to stay when you travel doesn't actually require a secret at all.

Here's all you need to get tremendous value on lodging for your next trip:

Compare Rates and Deals from Various Websites - This requires a bit of work on your part, but comparing the prices of lodging deals from one website to another may actually get you some pretty serious savings. Some websites have emerged in the last few years that actually make the comparisons for you, but there's nothing like putting in the work yourself.

Try Waiting Until the Last-Minute - Finding a place to stay when you travel can be necessary all of a sudden, with only a few hours notice. That said, there are a lot of great websites and apps that work for you in these situations. Moreover, even if you're actively choosing to wait for a deal, you still have tools at your disposal.

Consider Alternative Lodging Options - Vacation rentals, condos, hostels, and even privately rented rooms are all options depending on your needs & whether you're traveling alone, for work, or with your family.

Negotiate with the Hotel Directly - Go old-school and call the hotel you'd like to stay at & see if they can do some price-matching with deals you've found. This direct approach is championed by travel gurus as a highly successful way to score savings.

Lodging is really about what will make you feel the most comfortable when you travel. It's not about 'the best' of anything. So long as you have a firm understanding of the amenities you want versus those you need, it stands to reason you'll easily find the perfect place to call your "home away from home" on your next adventure out of town.

Author: Morris Raymond

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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.

Consider a new way to explore the world in this vacation, if you are tired of traditional vacationing and lying on a chair along the swimming pool. You can start your vacation appreciating wildlife with a Tanzanian safari. If your closest coming across animals is in the zoo, here you will really appreciate the nature, the wild fields of unexplored land and the wild free-running animals. Tanzania safari is a total stimulation of the senses, thus taking your mind away from the mundane responsibilities and bringing you closer to nature. A safari is an entirely new way of vacationing and the deal here is total relaxation by means of doing nothing. If you go to Tanzania there will not be a minute of dullness. There is so much to see and so much to do there. It might just bring you back the enthusiasm in your vacation.

You will have the chance to be very close to such a live breathing wild dangerous animal that will certainly get your blood boiling. Through the Tanzania safari, you can learn about the habitat and history of the wild animals you see on documentaries. Since some of these animals are in declining numbers all over the world, it gives the exclusive chance to encounter these wild animals where you can go close to see them. Lions are very dangerous and their large size and aggressive demeanor pose a threat to cattle and smaller stock. They are one of the flagship animals for the country and are very valuable for Tanzania's tourism and research. They are also preying on zebras, hartebeest, and bongos. Large carnivores in Tanzania have reduced populations but they are still very dangerous for farmers and livestock.

Spotted hyenas are also one of the endangered and at the same time extremely dangerous animals to be seen in conservation. They can be seen in almost every Tanzania Park and are sometimes blamed for decreasing population in some rhino families. Being on this safari, you can get across a praying hyena. Another endangered animal you can spot during the safari is the cheetah - the fastest animal on earth. These beautiful creatures are diminishing in numbers and the loss of their habitat is the number one reason for that.

There are some popular wild African dogs and you can meet some of them along your exciting journey. They are also among the animals that experience a huge contraction to their geographical range.

Tanzania safari is the best way if you want to know about endangered animals. Through it, you can get information about their lifestyle. That is a great alternative for everyone.

Author: Mitchell Sue

Any plans of taking a break after a few months of stressful work? Then, travelling out of town might be a good idea. To ensure that the hard-earned money will go far, here are some of the budget travel tips to keep in mind:

• Call the hotel first before booking it through the Internet. Though it's convenient to make travel arrangements online, it doesn't guarantee to give travellers the best possible deals. It's recommended to call the hotel depending on the expected time of arrival and speak with a supervisor or manager on duty.

Ask if they can offer an affordable package during the stay. Normally, some hotels would give discounts to travellers who prefer rooms that aren't as coveted as the others. And for those who are celebrating their birthdays or anniversaries, some hotels offer complimentary upgrades for a night.

• Compare prices of airline tickets. People will prefer to purchase tickets online than over the phone because it's more convenient. However, it's essential to make a comparison first by calling the airline and check if the ticket price is similar to what is displayed on the Internet. When purchasing tickets, it's also recommended to consider the extra fees. Once all of this has been made, go for the one that offers a lower rate.

• Book everything alone. Third parties such as travel agents and booking websites offering services to arrange everything seldom work for free. Normally, there's an equivalent fee that will go to them. Travellers will save more money by booking each and every element separately through contacting their preferred hotel and airline. By doing so, they will also have the option to contact other choices for price comparison.

• Ask for repositioning cruises or flights. Airlines and cruise lines usually reposition their trips from time to time. it's cheaper than the traditional trips but also offers similar services to customers. One thing to note though, travel time for repositioned trips may take longer than the usual.

• Avoid travelling during peak seasons. As the number of tourists goes up, the travel cost also does. Though visiting a certain country during Christmas time is a perfect idea, travellers can save hundreds of dollars on flights and hotel accommodations if they can wait to visit once the season is over.

• Share a room with a friend. Stay at the hotel is another essential thing to consider on budget when travelling. There are hotels where room rates for a single person is also the same as the cost of rooms for two persons. Instead taking separate rooms for this situation, why not get a room for two? Aside from the saved money, this will also be a good time to spend bonding moments with a friend while on vacation. Forget about the loud snoring during bedtime though.

• Travel like the locals. As tourists, riding glitzy air-conditioned buses with movies on-board is a convenient option but often comes with a hefty price. Doing this might take away the money that should be spent on exploring other places around the area.

Travelling should not be expensive. All it takes is just the right preparation, timing and budgeting. By keeping all these budget travel tips in mind, everyone can have a wonderful vacation without shedding out too much money from their pockets.

Author: Terence Zweni