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South East Asia – The Budget Traveler’s Paradise


Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

Southeast Asia is a vast and diverse sub-region of the Asia, which is famous for its wilderness, scenic beauty and a large number of varied cultures. Made up of many countries, cities and districts, the Southeast Asia is a hub of many destinations that are packed with adventure, thrill, picturesque landscapes and impeccable charm that could arise the feeling of wanderlust in any of the keen travelers. Also, it is not only an amazing region but highly affordable too. Well, if you are still wondering whether we are serious or not, here are the top destinations in the Southeast Asia that are not only a pleasure to explore but also easy on the pocket.

1. Thailand:

Bangkok, Thailand

On the top of our list is the Southeast Asian country Thailand, which is famous for its tropical beaches, royal palaces, ancient ruins and wide range of temples that attract many visitors from all over the world. Grand Palace, Wat Phra Kaew, Wat Pho, Wat Arun, Patong, Khao Yai National Park, Railay Beach, Jomtien Beach, Safari World, etc. are the major attractions of this awe-inspiring that you could add to your list while taking a trip.

2. Vietnam:

Halong Bay, Vietnam

The next destination that you can add to your route map is Vietnam as it is another gem that will make your trip an amazing one without making you worry about the budget. Bustling cities, exotic beaches and lively culture of this alluring country will make you fall in love with it. The major highlights of this country include the Cu Chi Tunnels, Imperial City, West Lake, Pham Ngu Lao Street, Elephant Falls, etc.

3. Cambodia:

Cambodia

Low-lying plains, lush mountains, amazing coastline and the flawless beauty of Cambodia has featured it in this list. This budget-friendly destination will not give you a single chance to feel bored. All you need to do is pack your bags and head straight to this wonderland and explore its hotspots, such as the Angkor Wat, Bayon, Preah Khan, Choeung Ek, Wat Ounalom, Banteay Kdei, Neak Pean, Beng Mealea, Srah Sarang, Bakong, Tonle Bati, etc.

4. Myanmar:

Myanmar

Myanmar is a beautiful and cultural rich that has been praised by many poets and artists. It is a favorite destination of many travelers and captivates the eyes of the visitors, leaving them in the state of awestruck. Shwedagon Pagoda, Taukkyan War Cemetery, Shwenandaw Monastery, Mahamuni Pagoda, Kuthodaw Pagoda, Sulamani Temple, Mandalay Hill, Inya Lake, Pindaya caves, etc. are the popular attractions of this beautiful country that should be on your list.

Now when you have a huge list of the best and budget friendly destinations, how about planning an excursion? Take your travel buddy along, get high on the spirit of travel and jet set for a fun-filled vacation. You can double up the fun of your vacation by booking a cheap flight to Southeast Asia with SmartFares. What’s the delay then? Strike off all the destinations from your list and delve into the magical charm of their majestic elegance.


Where to Travel In July


Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

With summer vacations coming up, July happens to be the perfect season to plan a trip. Travel around this Independence Day and enjoy quality summer time with your friends and family. Whether you are planning a quick getaway or a long break, here are some places that you should visit this July to break the monotony of your life and make memories that can be cherished for a long time. It’s time to relax and chill at the best vacation spots that have a great variety of things to offer you. Have a look at the top 5 destinations:
 
1. Pamplona, Spain:
 
Pamplona Bull Run
 
This historical capital city Of Navarre is famous worldwide for running of the bulls game at the San Fermin Festival, held annually from 6 to 14 July. Run on the streets and feel the adventure of being chased by thousands of angry bulls. Once you are done with the scary adventure, head to the local market or a nearby restaurant to enjoy lip-smacking Spanish dishes along with sangria.
 
2. Barbados:
 
Barbados
 
An independent island nation located in the eastern Caribbean, Barbados happens to be an amazing destination to spend a vacation. The celebration of the end of the sugar cane harvest, one of the many Caribbean Festivals and Events can be witnessed by visiting this beautiful place in July. Experience the colourful parades, vibrant markets, and the pleasure of drink till you drop in the 5-week festival that stretches from July to August.
 
3. Boston:
 
Boston
 
Being one of the oldest cities of the U.S, Boston happens to be a hub of various attractions, historic sites, seafood and is famous for its tea party museum. The best time to visit this alluring city is in July when the weather is perfect for the baseball games and outdoor concerts. Celebrate Independence Day and Boston HarborFest or take a ride to the Boston Harbor. Make the best of your trip as there is a lot more to do while being here.
 
4. Nice, France:
Nice, France
 
July is the peak season of tourists in Nice, the Mediterranean weather makes it all the more exciting and enjoyable. The Pink Parade and Nice Jazz Festival are the top attractions that will make your trip worthwhile being here. Apart from this, you can enjoy a date with your loved one on a private beach or cleanse yourself with a chocolate spa and much more. Book a flight soon and land to this fascinating destination to explore more.
 
5. Glacier National Park, Montana:
 
Glacier National Park
 
Last but not the least, Glacier National Park is one of the top visited destinations in the month of July. The pristine forests, alpine meadows, rugged mountains, spectacular lakes, and known to be the hiker’s paradise; this place is a must visit in July. Explore the wilderness and the serenity of nature together while being here. To know more, plan a trip soon with your friends and family and feel the charm yourself.
 
Make the best of the vacations by visiting any of these beautiful destinations. You can find cheap airfares to almost all the destinations with SmartFares. Take advantage of our Summer Travel Deals and bag huge discounts on your travel.


5 Must have Travel Apps


Thursday, June 18th, 2015

Traveling is a pleasure that gives you an escape from the monotonous routines of your life and helps you appreciate the little things around you. Since taking a trip/vacation involves a lot of planning and efforts that can make you feel stressed, there are some apps that could become a savior for you during the trip. Simply download these apps on your SmartPhone and enjoy your vacation without many hassles. Here is a list of 5 travel apps which can be useful for you during your travel:
 

Travel Apps

 
1. Google Maps: Whether you are traveling to an entirely new destination or any nearby place, you might need to get directions to a nearby hotel, restaurant or even to the place which you have already visited earlier. Google Maps is an app that allows you to find the way and directions to any place in any part of the world. If you think you are lost in the middle of your journey, Google Maps will tell you your location and also help you to find the right direction for your destination. All you need to do is download the app on your smartphone and everything else is sorted.
 
2. TravelSafe Pro: No matter how prepared you are for your trip, there are chances that you forget to bring something important. Things get even worse when you are traveling abroad and you have no idea where to find the thing you want! Equipped with a database of emergency numbers for just about every country on the map, TravelSafe can be an absolute lifesaver when you’re pushed against the wall. The app has a database of all the important numbers of locals such as police, ambulance, embassy, etc. that can be used without the use of the internet.
 
3. Google Translate: If you are going on a trip and have no idea about the basic language of the place, then you need to have Google Translate on your smartphone and your problems are solved. Translate any language in your native language and vice-versa, and communicate without any barriers. You can change the language according to the region and select the one that suits you the best.
 

4. Yahoo Weather: Heading on a vacation to an entirely new place? Don’t know what kind of clothes and accessories to carry along? The answers to all these problems is Yahoo Weather, which allows to check the weather forecast of any country in the world. Download the app if you are packing your bags for your next vacation and know the exact temperature of the city/country you are traveling to.
 
5. Expense Manager: Traveling involves managing a lot of expenses. Doing the same is a big task that takes a lot of time and effort too. You might even forget to note down your expenses during your vacation, which eventually will affect your budget. To keep a track of all your money and itinerary, get the Expense Manager app and enjoy your trip without any worries.
 
Add these apps to your travel checklist to experience a convenient travel. Also, do not forget to check low cost flights and cheap hotels to travel at budget friendly prices. Make the best use of technology by adopting in your lifestyle.


Top National Parks to See in the Fall


Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

For lovers of the great outdoors, America offers many National Parks for visitors to explore the beauty of nature in fall season on their holidays to the USA. Discover glittering streams and waterfalls, see exotic birds and experience the majesty of a tropical jungle where the quiet is only broken by the sounds of nature, then you will enjoy the following must-see national parks in USA. The following are just a few of the many parks that you will find throughout the country, there are just far too many to mention them all.



Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park, Maine

The Acadia National Park is home to many plants and animals, and the tallest mountain on the U.S. Atlantic coast. Today visitors come to Acadia to hike granite peaks, bike historic carriage roads, or relax and enjoy the scenery. In Acadia National Park you will find granite cliffs side by side with sand and cobblestone beaches. Glacier-carved mountains rise from the sea, cupping deep lakes in their valleys. Here, too, are meadows and marshes and dense evergreen forests. Everywhere the ocean makes its presence felt, whether by sight, sound, or smell.



Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park

Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park, Texas

Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park tells the story of 36th President beginning with his ancestors until his final resting place on his beloved LBJ Ranch. This entire “circle of life” gives the visitor a unique perspective into one of America’s most noteworthy citizens by providing the most complete picture of an American president.



Mammoth Cave National Park

Mammoth Cave National Park, Kentucky

Mammoth Cave National Park is a U.S. National Park in central Kentucky, encompassing portions of Mammoth Cave. This is the world’s longest known cave system, with more than 400 miles explored. Early guide Stephen Bishop called the cave a “grand, gloomy and peculiar place,” but its vast chambers and complex labyrinths have earned its name – Mammoth.



Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Michigan

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is a United States National Lakeshore located along the northwest coast of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan in Leelanau County and Benzie County. It is peaceful and serene. A place where gazing out into the world, night or day, and realizing that the universe is truly a magical, majestic mystery and humans are just a very small part of it all.



Valley Forge National Historical Park

Valley Forge National Historical Park, Pennsylvania

Valley Forge National Historical Park is a peaceful reminder of freedom won by sacrifices long ago. It was here that General George Washington forged his Continental Army into a fighting force during the winter encampment of 1777-78.



Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, North Carolina and Tennessee

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a United States National Park and UNESCO World Heritage Site that straddles the ridgeline of the Great Smoky Mountains, part of the Blue Ridge Mountains, which are a division of the larger Appalachian Mountain chain. World renowned for its diversity of plant and animal life, the beauty of its ancient mountains, and the quality of its remnants of Southern Appalachian mountain culture, this is America’s most visited national park.


The Best Halloween Parties in Los Angeles


Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

Halloween Party



Let’s welcome last night of October, October 31st. The sky is darkening and the moon shines brightly on this cloudless night. You feel chill and ghostly horrors in the air. It’s a Halloween night and hope you have decided a hauntingly exciting Halloween party. Halloween parties are your best excuse to dress provocatively, drink excessively and be someone else for a night. Do you know some exclusive events to be organized in Los Angeles on 31st October? Don’t miss it, Get your costume, posse and designated driver in order, and take your pick from these top Halloween parties in LA.



Event 1: West Hollywood Halloween Costume Carnival

This Carnival is the largest Halloween street party in the world, the crowd is huge and a bit belligerent, but the amazing display of costumes and general merry-making spirit deem it at least a worthy stop, if not your main destination for the evening.



Event 2: Murder Ballads and Dark Songs

This Halloween, the Echo will be transformed into a haunted house, in which some of your favourite Folk Fest bands will join forces to form super groups of darkness and entertain us with their favourite tunes about wicked deeds and sinister fascinations. Murder ballads are always wickedly fun, especially so on Halloween.

Venue: Echo, 1822 W Sunset Blvd, Echo Park, Los Angeles



Event 3: Halloween House Party + Zombie Square Dance

Local folk and bluegrass bands the Dustbowl Revival and Triple Chicken Foot are hosting a backyard hootenanny on All Hallow’s Eve, with projections, bonfires, pretty lights and an undead square dance. There will also be beer and snacks on hand—the event is free, but donations are suggested.

Venue: Location T.B.A.



Event 4: SpectreFest Presents: A Stones Throw Halloween

Spend your Halloween with tricks, treats and tunes at record label Stones Throw’s Masquerade Beat-Ball. Don your finest costume and nod your head through a night of synths, beats and hypnotic rhymes.

Venue: Bootleg Theater, 2220 Beverly Blvd, Echo Park, Los Angeles




So, why are you waiting? Start planning to attend one of the above given events and make this Halloween unforgettable and enjoy with your family and friends.





Ahh Bucket


Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

How do you dream – big, small, wide, tall? Does it matter? The best part of dreams is their yours… and this why we believe everyone must sit down one day and begin to create their bucket list.

In case you have been living under a rock, the term bucket list descends from the term ‘to kick the bucket.’ So yes, you guessed it the final frontier – death. So the bucket list is all the places you want to see and things you have to accomplish before you go. But you don’t need to consider this a morbid exercise. It’s about identifying your personal goals, drives and passions in life. What makes you want to live a fulfilled life and how the heck do you plan to get there!

I am sure you have a list already stored in the back corner of your mind – perhaps it is longer than you think. The only way to ever know is to get the pen to paper and start dreaming!

• Hot air balloon ride

• Running with the bulls

• Scuba Dive the Great Barrier Reef

• Sunrise over a snowy mountain

• Cannon ball off a cliff


Make your bucket list and keep it close to you heart, this is how all good things conceived by your mind become reality. {And never stop adding to ‘the bucket’ because that means you’re in it!}



SmartFares – A Smarter Way to Travel


Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

Traveling on business seems soooo glamorous at first offer – Free Travel, time away from home!  But as soon as you begin to pack reality sets in.  Life out of a suitcase is much more appealing when your suitcase can be filled with bathing suites and sunblock.  The first hurdle in business travel is packing appropriately.  Dressing for work can be daunting enough when you have your full closet to work from.  Trying to get those same options into a single suitcase, and more often than not a carry on size suitcase, can be overwhelming.  A day of work finds you much more heavily dressed than a standard day of play, and for business men and women alike the standard suit really bulks up that bag.  So how do you make it work?  Packing light and looking right for everything and anything your business trip may require of you?  Here are a few tips we have gathered from our own experience and our trusted friends on the internet:

  1. Pack your best blacks – yes it may be boring, but New Yorkers and artists swear by it.  Wrinkles are less obvious, it’s easy to mix and match, and black attire can go from daytime to night without much fuss.
  2. Tuck & Roll – every wonder half way through packing where all the room went?  There is most certainly a method to the madness.  Get in there with Real Simple Magazine tips to fill every nook and cranny of that itty bitty roll-away!
  3. Combinations – stick to a common color scheme and in general pack 3 tops for every bottom – this will leave you with 3 outfits with 2 less articles of clothing, maybe outfits more if you can layer!

If you have any advice on how to keep your carry on light and your look right, please share!  A savvy traveler is a happy traveler.

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