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Asia’s top 7 driving destinations

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It’s not the destination that matters, but rather the journey that you take. In an era where stepping on a plane has become commonplace, it can be quite easy to forget that sentimental feeling you get after a long day behind the wheel.

For the solitary types who prefer bikes and motorcycles, and those looking to spend an adventure with friends in their trusty mobiles, here are a few ideas for a memorable road trip.

But first, and more importantly, where to go? Well, why not pick one of the most diverse places on earth? Right. Guess that’s Asia then. A) It’s the largest continent in the world, so there probably won’t be any issues on running out of roads; and B) It’s sure to offer lots of beautiful not to mention varied scenery be it the sparkling blue waters of a coastal town, or the steep drop on a mountain road. Now that’s settled, pump up your tires, grab your gear and get going. Don’t forget your license, too.


10 Winter Festivals that must be on your list

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During the coldest of days, it is very tempting just be tucked in underneath the blanket. But instead of hibernating, why don’t you enjoy the best offerings of the season. Some of the best festivals celebrated across the globe happen during winter. Here are 8 reasons why you should start packing and make most of the winter:

Sapporo Winter Festival


Around 2 million people from different places flock to the island of Hokkaido in Japan for the annual Snow Festival in Sapporo. The tradition started in 1950 when some high school students made six statues from the surrounding snow. The people soon followed, building bigger and bigger snow statues and turning the festivities into an international contest by 1974.  Today, the snow sculptures take several weeks to complete and while the crowd waits, you can enjoy great food, ice mazes, ice slides, and live bands.


Top 8 New Gears You would love to Travel with

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The key to perfect traveling is keeping everything light and streamlined. The following gadgets can help you maintain the simplicity of backpacking without sacrificing the convenience of having all the necessary traveling tools around. For example, why should you pack all the adapters and chargers of your phone, laptop, and MP3 player when there’s a powermat which can charge everything for you?

Below are the most cost and space efficient gadgets you should invest on if you travel a lot.

Get Rid of Bacteria


Getting rid of bacteria is easy even while you’re traveling. The Adventurer Opti is probably the lightest and most portable water purifier in the market today. Imagine never having to worry about stomach aches whenever you travel to regions of the world where there are no portable water. The Adventurer Opti only weight 3.6 oz. and is also an LED flashlight.


Travel Guide: What to do in Rio de Janeiro if you only have 48 hours or less

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The Marvelous City of Rio de Janeiro is not Brazil’s capital but it is its soul where you can trace the roots of capoeira, bossa nova, and samba! One can only wish you can explore everything in your holiday destination but most often than not, we have very limited time. So what do you do if you only have 48 hours in Rio? Here is how we see it going:

 

First day in Rio de Janeiro

You can go to this wonderful city thru Rio de Janeiro Galeao International Airport. It is the main transport hub just a few minutes north of the downtown. From the airport, you can hire a cab and go to Ipanema, or Leblon, or the city center. The travel time from the airport will be around half an hour or longer depending on the time of the day.


Top 4 Auckland hotels

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Auckland is the international gateway to New Zealand, and has one of the most beautiful harbor areas in the world. Auckland is often referred to as the ‘City of Sails’, and has a rich history of fishing, pleasure sailing and commerce. It is also a stylish, informal city with plenty of things to see and do, and so it makes a perfect destination for a holiday.

If you are traveling there and seek best value for your money, there are several hotels in Auckland that provide decent cost but good quality accommodation.

Hyatt Regency

Hyatt Regency Hotel in Auckland

Hyatt Regency Hotel in Auckland


Walking Paths to Remember: 8 Unique Places to Visit

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A lot of people love to walk. We do it not just a means to get from point A to point B but we walk as a form of recreation, exercise, and relaxation.

We came up with a short list of the most unique and beautiful walking paths that you can go to in different parts of the globe.

Plitvice Lakes National Park (Croatia)

This UNESCO World Heritage site was once a battle field when Croatia was still fighting for its independence. It is a forestland with quite a number of waterfalls and 16 radiant lakes. The glow of the lakes come from the dissolved limestone deposited through its 10,000 years of history.

Nature lovers will enjoy the network of wooden boardwalks which cross through the waters. The tourism office designed the “H” itinerary of the walk and you will need about 5 hours to complete the enchanting walking path and seeing all of its wonderful features.


Manhattan highlights – The Hotel Lucerne

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Lucerne HotelManhattan is a lively part of New York City, famous for its chic, sophisticated urban lifestyle and makes an excellent base from which to explore the rest of this amazing city.

The Hotel Lucerne offers luxurious accommodation in the heart of one of Manhattan’s most sought after areas, the Upper West Side, and has a wonderful European style that offers spacious and modern rooms all housed in a historic building that dates back to 1904. The Lucerne offers the ideal base for both tourists and business travelers, and the luxurious rooms feature full size desks, high speed WiFi access, printing services and 24 hour room service. The hotel also has a renowned restaurant ‘Nice Matin’, which offers breakfast, lunch  and dinner, and is popular with both locals and tourists for its relaxing, sophisticated atmosphere and high class food and wine menus.


Travel tips: The no-guidebook guide to traveling

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Enter a bookstore or any travel kiosk at the airport and you’ll find a number of guidebooks in almost every country in the world. It seems that there is no valley left undiscovered, stone left unturned in any corner of the world that hasn’t made it into one or two guidebooks.

For some traveler, guidebooks can be pretty useful, giving you a checklist of the important things to remember, interesting places to visit, and unusual things you should do when you embark on your trip.

But rely too much on them and you end up going to a foreign place like you were simply going through the different sections of an obstacle game. True, guidebooks can  give you an overview of what you might expect in a different town or country, probably give you a couple of ideas on how you can plan your itinerary, but ideally speaking, they should just give you a head start on your trip, and leave the rest to your imagination. After all, it’s not just the destination that can be exciting during the holiday, but the journey you take as well.