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5 Tips to Save Money while Traveling


Thursday, April 30th, 2015

Traveling is a wonderful experience as it gives you the chance of meeting new people, knowing new places and exploring yourself. Though it’s quite obvious that you need a budget before leaving for a trip, but at the same time you need to save yourself from getting bankrupt too. Here are some tips that will help you travel on a limited budget without comprising on the joy of traveling.
 

Travel Tips

 
1. Planning: Planning happens to be the most important part of a trip. The place to be visited, accommodation, budget and finding the best options to travel; everything needs to be planned in advance. The process shall get started as soon as you make up your mind for the trip. Advance booking of the flights, hotels and the destination which you are planning to visit will not only save last minute problems but will save money too. A thorough research will add to your savings and let you enjoy your trip.
 
2. Traveling in the Off-Season: No matter which country/place you are planning to visit, avoid a trip during the peak season. The peak season or the busiest time of the year will become a restraint in exploring all the popular sites as they will be crowded and you could hardly find time to spend leisure time there. Whereas, if you visit the place in the off-season, you can enjoy all the beautiful sights and also save huge amounts of money on food, lodging and traveling.
 
3. Travel to a less popular place: It might sound boring to you, but visiting a less popular place lets you discover new places. Another reason for traveling to this place is that it is comparatively cheaper and hence gives you the pleasure of enjoying your trip at a budget. You will definitely find a spot that would be much more beautiful than that of a popular tourist spot. Find a less traveled place and enjoy its unspoiled beauty.
 
4. Use Public Transport: The real essence of visiting a place lies in its journey. Whenever you are planning a trip to any destination, try to commute through the local/public transport. Doing this could save a good amount of money and meet the local people, which further would help you in your trip. It might take some time to deal with maps & directions, but that’s the fun of traveling.
 
5. Carry along food and Short-meals: Being on a vacation, you might have to walk few more miles for food and even pay higher amounts for the same food too. To save yourself from starving and the costly meals, carry some light snacks and short meals with you. This would not only help you from standing queues, but will add to your savings too. If you are having food at a tourist place, try to buy the exclusive meal deals, which you can save for your next hour.
 
Traveling could never get free, but following the tips may help you save money. No matter which place/country you travel to, saving while traveling is quite easy. Whether you are planning a long vacation or looking out for a weekend travel, keep these tips in mind and enjoy a budget-friendly trip.


The Must Visit American National Parks


Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

Mother Nature has a treasure of natural places which make a wonderful spot for a vacation. Exploring the beauty of nature can never be complete without visiting the fascinating National Parks. Though these parks are being preserved by human beings but they still have the charm of wooing us with their picturesque views and wildlife.
 
Here are the top National Parks in America that will compel you to visit them soon.
 

Yellowstone National Park

 
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, Montana: Founded in 1872, this park is located at the headwaters of the Yellowstone River. The park is a habitat for a large variety of wild animals, like the gray wolf, the threatened lynx, grizzly bears, etc. Spread in the area of 20 million acres, Yellowstone has a huge forest area with more than 1700 species of trees and plants. Thousands of years of volcanic activity has created the park’s geothermal hot spring system and famous towering geysers, resulting in an incredible area to explore. Visit the place to experience an extremely alluring and fascinating view of nature and wildlife.
 
Acadia National Park

 
Acadia National Park, Maine: Acadia National Park is the oldest national park located on the east of the Mississippi river. The park was founded in 1919 as Lafayette National Park. The stunning views of the mountains, abundant wildlife, trees, granite, and the thunder of crashing waves will leave you spellbound. It is a magical place that makes a perfect spot for an amazing holiday. The Mount Desert Island and its trek will altogether make you feel elated. The amazing sight of sea and mountains meeting each other will blow your mind away. Pay a visit to this park and experience an amazingly different level of natural beauty.
 
Yosemite National Park

 
Yosemite National Park, California: Designated as the World heritage Site by UNESCO, Yosemite happens to be the home to the world’s five highest waterfalls. The park supports a huge diversity of plants and animals and contains five major vegetation zones. The park encompasses an incredible 1,170 square mile area of breathtaking natural splendor. You can enjoy tour and trail rides to the Yosemite Valley and explore its beauty. It is a perfect spot for spending an exotic holiday with family or friends. You can reach the park by booking a cheap flight to the San Francisco, Los Angeles or the San Jose International airport.
 
Mount Rainer National Park

 
Mount Rainier National Park, Washington: Mount Rainier is the fifth national park in the U.S. which is covered by several glaciers and snowfields. Cougars and Black bears can be easily spotted in the park along with thousand-year-old trees and waterfalls. The major attractions of the park include Paradise and Longmire, both of these spots are frequently visited by tourists for their eternal beautiful scenes. While you visit the park, you can hike on the various routes and hear the sound of glaciers cracking down echo in the valley. To feel the adventures, you need to be here yourself.
 
Glacier National Park (2)

 
Glacier National Park, Montana: Known as the Hiker’s Paradise, Glacier National Park encircles two mountain ranges that provide a spectacular view to the visitors. Lakes, forests, and alpine meadows combine together to frame an astonishing view of this park. The park has more than 700 miles of trails and abundant wildlife. The dazzling landscapes are not less than any artist’s painted scenery. Mountain goat, bighorn sheep, moose, elks, mule deer, white-tailed wolves are the majorly found animals in the park. Plan a visit to this wonderful destination and fall in love with the natural scenic beauty.

 
There is so much to explore in the nature that you’ll always fall short of time. Don’t delay, book a cheap flight and land to any of these National Parks and peek-a-boo into the varied artistry of the nature.


Where to travel in May


Thursday, April 16th, 2015

May happens to be the perfect time to travel. Summers are around the corner, spring is in full blossom, temperatures are mild and there is plenty of sunshine. The crowds are just building up at this point of time, so the prices are not flying through the roof. Here is a list of selected few destinations that are as beautiful as it gets and should feature in your travel plans for May:
 

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Istanbul:The month of May is a perfect time to be in Turkey. The glittering mosques, breathtaking vistas, grand market, there is so much to explore in Istanbul. Though, Istanbul is not very warm in May with temperatures in mid-twenties, one can always go to the towns on the Mediterranean like Antalya. Antalya is warm at this time and its white sand beaches are not too crowded, which makes it a perfect place to be at. This alluring city is modern but has retained its historic charm very well.
 
Pyramids of Egypt

 
Cairo: Cairo is one of the most visited cities in Africa and attracts tourists from all over the world. Most tourists come to visit- the Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx. It is not an easy city to adjust, with its massive herds of people thronging the city, but once you have the feel of the city, Cairo grows on you. The pyramids form the major spot of attraction in Egypt. Just one thing about this place: Love the city and the city will love you back.
 
Rio de Janeiro

 
Rio de Janeiro: May is a good time to be in the Samba city of Rio de Janeiro. This party capital of Brazil remains warm at all times of the year, but in May, the rains have just subsided and the city is all green. Rio is well known for its golden beaches, warm people, hospitality, nightlife and football. The most important landmark of Rio is Christ the Redeemer,which happens to be the face of this city and the very famous Copacabana beach – the heart of Rio.
 
Bali, Indonesia

 
Bali: Just like Rio, Bali stays warm for most of the year and May marks the beginning of the tourist season. It is a happening destination with visitors from all over the world, seeking some fun on the perfect beaches of Bali. The place is less expensive when compared to the major tourist hubs around the world, but the offering of Bali are not less than any. Bali is well known for its nightlife and beach parties and its hospitality as it has the friendly locals.
 
Yellowstone National Park

 
Yellowstone: Yellowstone Park is a paradise for every adventurer, with many peaks, beautiful blue water lakes along with multicolored hot water springs and dense forests rich in wildlife. The place attracts more than 3 million tourists every year and offers something for all kinds of tourists. The park is perfect, pristine and has an abundant variety in both flora and fauna. May is a good time to be in Yellowstone as the weather is mild and the place is not that crowded too.
 
So, book a flight to the destination of your choice and get set to experience some of the most exotic places on the planet.


The Hawaii Travel Guide


Friday, April 10th, 2015

Hawaii needs no introduction. For so long, it has been the most loved beach destinations in the US. This beautiful state is located in the Pacific Ocean, west of California is surrounded by water in all directions. Hawaii is bursting with beauty – captivating sandy beaches are unparalleled and it’s just not the beaches that make it irresistible, but it’s the perfect blend of volcanic cliffs, rugged canyons and waterfalls. Hawaii has amazing weather with long days of sunshine and mild temperatures all year long which makes it everyone’s favorite. Hawaii consists of six main islands – Maui, Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Lanai and the Big Island. Honolulu is the capital city of Hawaii and lies on the Oahu Island.
 

Hawaii

 
Hawaii is well known for the adventure options it offers, its luxury resorts as well as the happening nightlife.
Here’s your guide for making your Hawaii visit more happening!
 

The Beaches: It’s not easy to select the top beaches since there are no bad beaches in Hawaii. But a few beaches really stand-out and just can’t be missed.
 

Waikiki Beach, Honolulu

 
Makapu’u Beach, Oahu offers the most scenic views of all beaches in Hawaii. This white-sand beach has a hiking trail near to it and is backed by sea cliffs. This beach is very popular among bodyboarders and bodysurfers. The width of the beach varies throughout the year.
Napili Beach, Maui is a crescent shaped beach which is equally popular among couples as well as adventure lovers. It’s a perfect beach for a swim, snorkeling and surfing, views of the sunset that will leave you awe-struck. It is known for its shimmering blue water and beautiful white sand.
Waikiki Beach, Oahu is one of the popular beaches in Hawaii and as the beach lies in the capital city of Honolulu, it is quite happening. The beach is full of surfers, canoe rides and snorkelers but if you are not in a mood for adventure you can be lazy and soak in the Vitamin D.
 

Adventures: Hawaii isn’t about the beaches only, there are many more things to explore. Out of which, adventure activities are the most popular. Check out the popular ones.
 

Scuba Diving Hawaii

 
Snorkeling: Snorkeling at Shark’s Cave is a must for every adventure lover. This cave in Oahu opens only in the summers. But to get into the cave and swim in crystal clear waters with an amazing array of marine life alongside is something that cannot be put into words.
Surfing: It’s a true saying “When in Rome, do as the Romans do” and “When in Hawaii, Surf”. There is no better place for surfers as there is strong water current at almost all beaches and if you are not a pro at surfing, you can always learn.
Hiking: Olomona Trail in Oahu is one of the most popular hikes in Hawaii with some breathtaking views. The trek is not more than 2.5 miles, but is quite a challenging one. If you want to view the active volcanoes of Hawaii – Kilauea craters trail on The Big Island is a must for you.
 
Wedding in hawaii

 
Apart from adventure activities, Hawaii is a perfect romantic place to be with your loved one. “Love is in the air” holds true for Hawaii. Maybe, that’s the reason it is a popular destination for weddings & honeymooners. Whale watching is a must to do in Hawaii and so is exploring the local culture.
 
So, what’s the wait book your flights to Honolulu and set off for your dream vacation.


Top Treks in the World


Saturday, April 4th, 2015

“It had nothing to do with gear or footwear or the backpacking fads or philosophies of any particular era or even with getting from point A to point B.
 
“It had to do with how it felt to be in the wild. With what it was like to walk for miles with no reason other than to witness the accumulation of trees and meadows, mountains and deserts, streams and rocks, rivers and grasses, sunrises and sunsets. The experience was powerful and fundamental. It seemed to me that it had always felt like this to be a human in the wild, and as long as the wild existed it would always feel this way.” – Cheryl Strayed
 
Here are the top 5 treks in the world:
 
Mount Kailash Pilgrimage, Tibet
 

Mount kailash

 
Difficulty Level: Challenging
When to Go: April – September.

 
Mount Kailash is considered sacred to five religions and has remained unclimbed till date. The glacier is a source of four important rivers. While the mountain itself is forbidden, traversing 32 miles around the Kailash known as Kora, is an important ritual. After completing the Kora take a dip in the Lake Mansarovar, which is one of the highest lakes on Earth. The trek through the beautiful and might Himalayas is not the easiest one.
 
Inca Trail, Peru
 
Inca Trail, Machu Picchu

 
Difficulty Level: Moderate
When to Go: May – September.

 
Inca Trail is the most popular hiking trail in South America, features among the top 5 hikes in the world and is traversed by thousands every year. The final destination being the beautiful Machu Pichu makes this hike even more interesting. This 4 day hike passes through picturesque green mountains, crowded forests, ruins and tunnels . The trek requires a lot of strength and is not for novice hikers. The views are nothing less than awe-inspiring.
 
Everest Base Camp, Nepal:
 
Everest Base Camp

 
Difficulty Level: Ultimate.
When to Go: March to Mid-May and September to Mid-November.

 
The peaks of the Everest soar so high that it is an achievement to reach even its base. Everest base camp is one of the most grueling adventures. The trek starts in Kathmandu and ends at Kalla Pathar at a height of 17,590 foot. The trek is considered one of the toughest because of the hostile and unpredictable weather. The base camp trek is a dream for even the professional hikers and the views are unparalleled. One has to cross some amazing monasteries and soaring mountains to reach the base of the pinnacle.
 
GR 20, Corsica, France:

 
GR20, Corsica

 
Difficulty Level: Challenging.
Best Time: Mid June – Mid September.

 
GR 20 or Grand Randonnee is Europe’s most difficult walking trek and the most beautiful mountain trail. The trail traverses diagonally through Corsica from North to South. The GR20 is a 111 miles long with height variations around 10,000 foot. GR20 doesn’t require you to have hiking skills like most other treks but one has to pass through rugged treks, narrow ridges, loose rocks and needs very high levels of fitness. The trek usually last a duration of 15 days.
 
Grand Canyon, USA:
 
Grand Canyon Hike
 
Difficulty Level: Challenging.
Best Time: September to May.

 
Grand Canyon has more than one hiking routes. The various rim to river or rim to rim routes have difficulty level from easy to very tough but Nankoweap is the most challenging and the most beautiful. This 14 mile hike on the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park ends at the River Colorado with descend of 6000 foot in 14 miles. The trail is one of the toughest in Grand Canyon and is not for beginners and like most hikes, the most difficult hikes are the most rewarding ones and the same goes for Nankoweap.
 
So, book your plane tickets now and and fly to the destination of your favorite hike.

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