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  1. Holidaying In Singapore

    April 24, 2018 by barbara

    Experiencing the travel itch but not sure where to go?  Well, why not plan a trip to Singapore?  This modern city is a cosmopolitan society with a combination of Asian and European influences.   Why travel to Singapore?  Well here are some reasons why visiting Singapore should be on your travel bucket list and I am sure after reading this, you can’t wait to book your airline tickets.

    A Taste of Nature

    Despite having many skyscrapers, you will be surprised at the number of parks in this city.  The Singapore Botanic Gardens is the country’s first UNESCO World Heritage site and is the largest green space in the city.  It is home to the world’s most extensive orchid garden and 314 species of plants.   It is advisable to allocate a few hours to visit this attraction due to its size as there are many things to see.

    Another attraction that blends nature with cutting-edge architecture is The Gardens by the Bay.  This remarkable green space is filled with enormous biodomes and whimsical sculptures.  You may feel like you are in the movie Avatar because of the Supertree Grove which supports the OCBC Skyway which offers views of the surrounding gardens and Marina Bay.

    Family-Friendly Attraction

    If you are travelling with your family, your children will have loads of fun at the kids-friendly attractions such as Universal Studios, The Singapore Zoo and Night Safari. The highly popular Hollywood movies theme park, Universal Studios has a mix of attractions from stage shows to the thrilling Battlestar Gallactica roller-coaster ride. The Singapore Zoo is a great outing for the family.  This award-winning wildlife park has 11 different zones and 12 exhibits thus offering numerous opportunities to get up close with a diverse array of wildlife.  There is even a Zoo-rassic Park for the dinosaur enthusiasts.  Night Safari Singapore is the first nocturnal zoo in the world.  This entire open-air zoo is only open at night and houses over 2,500 animals.  Divided into seven geographical zones that can be explored either by foot via walking trails or by tram.

    Dining In Singapore

    Singapore is a food paradise.  There is no doubt about it that dining out in Singapore can be expensive.  However, if you know where to go, you won’t need to dig deep into your pocket. Some of the best cheap eats are available in food courts or hawker centers serving street food, from snacks to full meal.  There is the cheapest Michelin-starred eatery called Liao Fan Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle, fragrant Hainanese Chicken Rice, tasty Char Kuay Teow (fried flat noodles) and more.

    Shopping in Singapore

    Shopoholics are going to love Singapore’s main shopping street, Orchard Road.  The mile-long street is home to tons of eateries and has a whopping 47 shopping malls from designer brands to international high-street retailers such as H&M and Zara.  You can spend hours and hours shopping here and eating at the excellent and clean food courts in the malls.

    Convenience

    It is very convenient to go around Singapore.  Just hop on a subway or a bus as the transportation network is spread out to all corners of the island.

    Instead of driving 5 hours and getting annoyed at traffic, the quickest and most comfortable way to travel from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore is by plane.  The flight duration is about an hour.  There are also many flights from Singapore to Penang.

    It is sometimes hard to choose the perfect holiday spot for the family.  However, holidaying in Singapore is an amazing experience as it is clean, modern and safe.

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  2. Best Gift For Travelers

    December 18, 2017 by barbara

    Christmas is less than a week away.  Are you still looking the special gift for all the frequent fliers in your life? Finding gifts for travelers isn’t always easy and which is why we have searched around and found this perfect gift that is under $30.   Are you ready for it?

    The BEST GIFTS for travelers are the Scratch Off World Map and Scratch Off USA Map.

    The maps are a fun way to keep track of the travels, memories, inspire future adventures and to make life on the road easier and more enjoyable.   They are also great as a teaching tool for children to know more about the World and the US.  The Scratch off Map of the World and Map of USA are large and high-quality wall map which features a gold foil layer.  Just scratch off the places you have visited to reveal a whole new world below. They feature vibrant colors and geographical detail.   These 2 maps are totally unique and personalized.   Best of all, you get  2 maps for only $25.97.  An awesome deal right?

    The maps are packaged in a beautiful tube and you do not even need to gift wrap it.  Just put a bow on the tube and you are all set.  Whether it’s a gift for the holidays or a special occasion, the Scratch Off Map of the World and Scratch Off Map of US will make meaningful presents for your fellow world wanderers.  Click HERE to order one now.


  3. The Complete Guide To A Sunny Week In San Diego

    November 29, 2016 by barbara

    With all the cold weather that’s been around lately, you might find yourself dreaming of a vacation full of sunshine for next year. After months spent indoors and wrapped up in multiple duvets and blankets every night, it’s only natural that we end up craving that vitamin D as soon as Christmas is over! With the British summer usually being less than fruitful, you may want to get away as soon as possible. Most of us have managed to build our bank accounts back up from the festive period at around March/April. Plus, going away at this time of year means that you avoid high summer fares, and everywhere being busy with families. Take a couple of weeks off work (you deserve it!) and jet off to visit our transatlantic cousins in the good old US of A. If you’re looking for a warm climate, rich history and plenty of great eateries, look no further than San Diego.

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    Getting there

    San Diego is on the Western side of the continent, meaning that it’s a much further flight than if you were visiting Florida or New York. But, it is possible to do it directly. British Airways offer a direct flight going from Heathrow in London. However, with other airlines you may need to stop off somewhere. Once you arrive, though, the airport is a mere ten minute cab ride out of town, so you won’t need to trek to your accommodation.

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    Putting your head down

    After that long flight, you’re probably ready for a good night’s sleep before you even think about exploring the city! San Diego is home to a multitude of neighbourhoods, all of which have something different to offer. If you’re hoping to stay right in the midst of all the action, and love to spend a night out partying, you may want to stay in the Gaslamp Quarter. Or, perhaps you want to take advantage of the fact that San Diego offers an eclectic mix of both North American and Mexican cultures. In that case, a resort such as Ensenada is sure to keep you entertained. Whatever takes your fancy, you can search for san diego vacation rental online to find your perfect fit.

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    What to do

    It’s no surprise that San Diego is known as California’s beach city. It boasts an astonishing 70 miles of beaches and offers a range of seaside activities – there’s something to suit everyone. If you’re an adrenaline junkie, make sure you head to Black’s Beach. It’s said to have some of the best surfing waves in the whole of California. If you’re after something a bit more relaxing, Coronado beach features miles of beautiful white sand. In fact, due to some of the minerals in the sand, it quite literally sparkles in the moonlight! Another popular San Diego must-visit is at least one of the 100 breweries it is home to. Craft beer has exploded in the city over the past few years, so why not take a tour and learn all about it? There are also plenty of live music venues and museums too, so any culture vultures will be able to easily get their fix.


  4. The Must-Have Accessories For Winter

    November 19, 2016 by barbara

    Depending on where you are in the world it might still be looking a lot like fall. Other areas will look and feel like the full throws of winter. But with colder temperatures, comes different fashion and accessories. It is great to be able to bundle up in chunky knit sweaters, leggings and ankle booties. But what else should we be styling ourselves in this winter? Here are some of the must-have accessories for the season.

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    Hat or Beanie

    It is incredibly important to keep your head warm in winter. We lose a lot of heat through our heads, so it is good to cover up. The best thing is, though, there are so many stylish options when it comes to headwear. You could go for a slouchy beanie hat, on the days when you are a little more dressed down. Pom pom beanies are still a big trend in headwear this winter. So you could get a brand like Pomskii this year. Fedora hats are a big trend too (a woollen one, rather than a straw one). Style with a long coat and boots and you will look good as well as be keeping warm.

    Elegant Jewelry

    Summer is the best time for statement jewellery. In winter, you are covered up more and use layers. So a bold necklace can get lost when wearing a scarf, for example. So keep your jewellery elegant and simple this winter. Long pendant necklaces are a good look, as they can peek through when wearing a scarf. Keep rings straightforward too. Too many gems on a ring can get caught when putting on gloves. So choose a ring with just one or two stones, much like the Tacori rings range.

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    Socks Full of Color

    When you have been out in the rain or snow, you will be taking your boots or shoes off when you are at home. So having some bright and fun winter socks will be really neat. Everyone will see them, so it is better to have some bright ones. Somewhere like Forever 21 does a great range of socks.

    Stylish Sunglasses

    Don’t be fooled by the word winter. You can still get plenty of bright sunny days in winter. So having a stylish pair of sunglasses is a must. It can help you when driving in the sun, as well as just walking out and about. If there is ice and snow, the sun can seem even brighter. So it is safer when driving to have sunglasses on.

    Protective Gloves

    Our hands can really feel the cold in winter. The blood flows to our major organs to keep them warm when it is cold outside. So our extremities can feel the coldest. So it is important to keep them warm with gloves. It is a good idea to moisturize your hands before putting your gloves on. Then they will stay hydrated, rather than getting cracked or sore. It might even be worth investing in a pair of designer gloves, as better material will protect the delicate skin.


  5. Escape The Stress This Christmas With A Holiday To Remember

    October 27, 2016 by barbara

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    With Christmas fast approaching, you’re probably starting to feel the pressure to make plans. Around now is often the time when Christmas becomes more of a stress than a joy. There are so many loved ones to see; we can often feel torn into pieces. Do you go to his parents for lunch, or to yours? Where would it be best to spend the evening? And there’s no chance of actually getting any romantic time for just the two of you. Or is there? If you feel like throwing caution to those Christmas politics this year, why not do something outlandish? Why not try a Christmas holiday? It might seem a strange concept if you’ve never considered it before, but it’s amazing how much more relaxing it can be! We’ve already looked into skiing holidays for this winter, but what other destinations are calling you this December?

    While going away is a tempting idea, it can always be a worrying decision. Will your loved ones understand? Of course, they may be a bit upset about not being able to spend that time with you, but they’ll soon forgive you. After all, they would probably like to do the same. You don’t even have to worry about not being able to give them their gifts. It’s true that you could do the rounds before you go, but isn’t this all about getting away from that kind of stress? Why not let a christmas hamper delivery sort all that out for you. That way, you won’t even be left doing any wrapping!

    LAPLAND

    Lapland could be perfect for your first holiday away at Christmas, because it’s still nice and Christmassy! In fact, you won’t find a much more Christmassy place. We all dream of a white Christmas, and you’re guaranteed to find one on this trip. Even better, there are many Christmassy activities to choose from. From rides in reindeer sleighs to meeting Santa, you’ll be spoilt for choice. This can be an excellent option if it’s a family holiday you’re after. The kids will adore the magical Christmas vibes.

    NEW YORK

    It might be the inspiration from films like Home Alone, but there’s something magical about the idea of New York at Christmas time. With outdoor skating rinks and Christmas parades galore, the city is sure not to disappoint. If you’ve always wanted to visit The Big Apple, this might just be your perfect opportunity. Imagine all those skyscrapers, covered in Christmas lights and towering above you. It’d be just like in the movies.

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    THE CHRISTMAS CRUISE

    A list for getting away at Christmas wouldn’t be complete without the mention of a cruise. There seems to be something appealing about the idea of a cruise at Christmas time. Maybe it’s the fact that you can still get into that Christmas spirit onboard, then step out into a gloriously sunny destination. With so many destinations to pick – from the Mediterranean to Africa, why not take to the seas this holiday season?


  6. Fancy Hitting The Ski Slopes This Winter? Then Head To The US!

    October 20, 2016 by barbara

    Although summer is over, that doesn’t mean that we have to wait until next year to get away. There are plenty of destinations that offer the most amazing winter breaks. Of course, the most popular winter break is skiing. Something that has gained more and more popularity over the past few years.

    Even if you’ve never hit the slopes before, skiing can make a fantastic winter break. It may be somewhat daunting putting on skies for the first time. However, skiing really is a lot of fun and is something that everyone should try at some point or another. If you’re going to go skiing, the best place to go has to be the US, as it has so many different skiing resorts to choose from.

    If the idea of going skiing sounds like it could be fun, here’s what you’ll need to do to prepare for your trip.

    Pick your travel buddies


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    The first thing that you need to do is decide who you want to go with. It might be that you want to make it a romantic trip for yourself and your partner, or perhaps you’d prefer to travel as part of a larger group. If you decide to travel as part of a larger group, make sure to be choosy about who you invite. The last thing you want is clashing personalities ruining the trip for everyone. So make sure that everyone who wants to come along gets on well with each other.

    Book your plane ticket and get your travel documents in order

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    Once you’ve decided which ski resort is best, the next step is to book your plane tickets and get your travel documents in order. Check that your passport is in date and has at least six months left on it – if not you will need to renew it. It’s also important to get to grips with the US entry requirements. While you may not need a visa to get into the country, you may need an ESTA. To find out more about the American ESTA requirements, take the time to do your research. This is important, as without the right documentation, you won’t be able to enter the country. It’s a good idea to also check that everyone that you’re traveling with has also got the right documentation in place.

    Research all the best resorts

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    Once you’ve chosen your travel buddies, the next step is to research all the best resorts. The US has some amazing skiing resorts, it’s just a case of finding the one that is best suited to your budget and needs. Four of the most popular skiing destinations in the US are Lake Tahoe, Aspen, Vail, and Park City. Take a look at the facilities on offer at each resort, as well as the prices. This should give you an idea of which resort is best suited to you. Don’t forget to take the types of slopes they have into account – ideally, you want to choose a resort that has a mixture of slopes. As that way, everyone is happy.

    If you’re planning to head to the US this winter for a skiing trip, the tips above should help to make the planning process a little easier.


  7. Top Places To Visit In India For An Unforgettable Shopping Break!

    October 11, 2016 by barbara

    As you may know, I love shopping! Therefore, I love going on weekends to amazing new places and visiting all their unique shops. And I often choose vacations based on the shops that are situated in the country! One country you can expect to go and experience beautiful and unique shops is India. In fact, it’s a shopper’s paradise with so many street markets selling beautiful items at low prices. Handmade shoes, jewelry, and shawls are often the top items you can buy at a cheap rate. However, a lot of people don’t know where to head to in Italy to experience fantastic shopping opportunities. Therefore, here are the top places to visit in India for an unforgettable shopping break.

    Mumbai  

    If you want to find the heart of the fashion world of India, you need to head to Mumbai. As this article says, it’s often named the fashion capital of the nation. The large city has great shopping areas such as Colaba Causeway. It is the home to various stalls selling unique trinkets you will want to show off when you get home. There is also a lot of vintage clothes and high-end brands such as Ralph Lauren which is situated in Chor Bazaar. As well as shopping, the city has many hidden temples to explore. And as it’s home to the Bollywood industry, you might see the likes of stars such as Aishwarya Rai wandering around giving you style envy!

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    Manali

    One place you may not have heard of in India for its shopping is Manali. The beautiful town is known more for its stunning views and winter sports. But it has amazing street market stretches selling everything from unique souvenirs to handmade shawls. The heart of the town, the Mall Road, is the best place to go to for your street shopping. The busy centre has something for everyone with wooden furniture, books, and clothes stalls. You can find more shopping opportunities in the area in this article. And after you have shopped till you drop in Manali, you can head on an adventure from Manali to Leh for more fabulous shops and sights in the capital of Ladakh.

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    Bangalore

    The beautiful city of Bangalore is popular with young people as it’s the center of the high-tech industry. Therefore, if you want to hunt down the top gadgets for a low-price, this is where you need to go! As for clothes, you will find areas such as Commercial Street selling trendy tops and jeans for low prices. You can also find many shoe stalls where you can pick up a bargain on a great new pair of heels!

    Delhi

    You might have heard of Delhi; it’s the capital of beautiful India. It is home to famous landmarks such as Humayun’s tomb. But you might have not realised it’s a shopper’s paradise. There are so many vibrant bazaars filled with great stalls selling unique items. For example, you might want to head to Janpath Market where you can find handicrafts and hippie clothing! Therefore, you should take a break from sightseeing and head to the markets for some great trinkets!

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    Remember to buy a large case to take with you so that you have plenty of space for all your new clothes and trinkets!


  8. Gift Idea For A Football Lover

    November 17, 2012 by barbara

    Oh I am still in my holiday mode eventhough we have been back for a couple of days.  Please bear with me, ok?   During our vacation, we also managed to celebrate the birthday of my brother-in-law who was also on holiday with us.  We had a seafood dinner on his birthday and the restaurant is situated on a cliff, overlooking the sea.  The view was just spectacular.  Located next to the restaurant is a trendy beach front bar.  Right after dinner, we proceeded to the bar for some drinks and music.  Everyone had a great time and we thoroughly enjoyed the live music.  There were 2 entertainers as well as live bands delivering the best music on their korg kronos 88 Keyboard Workstation.  My brother-in-law received a Desktop Table Football from all of us since he is an ardent fan of football.

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  9. Mini Hair Dryer For Travel

    February 6, 2012 by barbara

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    This mini vintage hairy dryer from Corioliss is too cute. It is a powerful 800w A/C dryer that is ergonomic, lightweight and quiet.   This hair dryer features 2 speed setting and dual voltage circuitry.  This mini vintage dryer is suitable for global travel and comes with its own vintage travel bag in a matching colour.  Great for those who want to travel in style.  Available in blue or black Floral print.


  10. VW Camper Tent

    July 26, 2011 by barbara

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    If  you love camping, then this hippie VW Camper Van Tent may interest you.  This tent is a full-size replica of the iconic 1965 VW Camper Van.   I love its  blue, black and white shade.  Available at Firebox.com.  Say goodbye to the conventional tent.  Have some camping fun this summer with this VW Camper Van Tent.  I bet you’ll be the talk of the campsite 🙂