For Muslims, the holy month of Ramadhan marks the beginning of a 30-day fasting period. They abstain from food from sunrise to sundown, and for some this may be quite an arduous task. Nonetheless they persevere, and one advantage is that the locals get to enjoy a tempting variety of food when they attend “pasar Ramadhan” or food markets set up all over the country. These stalls sell mostly local food and other treats at very affordable prices. It is easy to be tempted to buy up everything in sight, so be sure to practice moderation when you purchase food and avoid wastage!
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Waiting in line and travel delays can give you so much time in your hands that you want to do some useful things. That means tapping on your phone is the next best thing to kill time. But that also means that you can easily run out of battery. To avoid the hassle of looking for plug-ins here are the tips on how you can save on your battery consumption.
Dim the screen
You sure love your phone’s vivid color display on a big screen. But don’t forget that the bigger the screen the bigger power consumption it takes as well. Make sure you check default brightness to save energy. Other phones feature auto-brightness that instantly adjusts brightness to adapt in the level of lighting in the surrounding. This feature significantly lessens the power consumption of your phone. However one thing that really helps is turning your phone’s brightness to the lowest level and leaves it there.
Planning on visiting China this year? Perhaps you already have a short list of the places you want to see like the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace, the world-famous Great Wall of China, and the Beijing Capital Museum. Well, before you head to the airport and fly to the land of the Forbidden City, here’s a short list of what not to do while you’re vacationing there.
Learn the Language
In some countries, either you speak their language or you back to where you came from. Now, they’re not really being nosy or stuck-up. They just respect their language that much. English might be the universal language but in some places in China, don’t expect them to adjust to your native tongue. It’s the other way around.
A London holiday is always on a traveller’s list but we can not deny that a London get away is expensive. The exchange rate makes the truth harder to accept but you really do not have to burn a hole in your pocket to enjoy London. Experts see the British pound to take a slight dip through April or May so you have a window for a London trip. London is a big place and of course you still have to pay for a place to stay, for places you visit, and for your dining and transportation, but here are some London travel tips to stretch your budget:
Don’t book a hotel in central London
A big chunk of your London holiday budget will be for your hotel accommodation. You can still find a cheap London hotel if you avoid the city center. A few nights just outside Central London will save you a lot of money with rooms going for around $105 per night and you are just twenty minutes from the heart of the action.
Let’s face it, no matter how much you love the holidays it can be the stressful time of the year, and by the time the end of December rolls around, you are probably ready to pull out your hair in frustration. From the crowded stores, to the sold out items, to the parties, to the preparation, it can be hard to keep up, and with all of that stress the last thing you want to be worried about is your bank account.
That’s why I have a few tips to help you to save a little of that hard earned cash during the holidays, and lessen the Christmas load.
For most travelers, cleanliness plays an important part when they are traveling across the world. I’ve heard of horror stories where travelers report that some hotels were so dirty, they had to resort to sleeping upon their own blankets because the sheets were too dirty. There were even rubbish strewn on the floor and leftover dinners in the microwave! I wonder if these hotels ever had chambermaids to take care of the hotel’s hygiene at all!
Here, we’ve compiled the top 5 best hotels to visit in Australia and New Zealand if you like your mode of accommodation as spotlessly clean as ever!
1. Lilianfels Blue Mountains Hotel (Blue Mountains, Australia)
This boutique hotel boast of 85 rooms so charmingly decorated that one would fall in love as soon as he or she steps into the room! The luxurious decor and clean interior draw many travelers all over the world, and most are repeat guests. Don’t forget to check out the immaculately clean restaurants and hotel grounds during your next visit!
Unhealthy eating is not just bad for your body but also bad for the environment. Take for example the burger you ate during lunch. We all know that the cholesterol from the patty and the oil can block your heart. But did you know that the act of raising the livestock where the meat for your burger came from, actually contributed greenhouse gases into the atmosphere? According to the UN Food and Agricultural Organization the entire act it takes to make a 500 oz burger from raising the cow to killing and cutting it releases greenhouse gasses equivalent to driving a car for 10 miles.
Enter Farm-to-Table Restaurants, eating places which utilize produce and livestock grown locally in the community where their operation is based. Since the ingredients can be found in their neighborhood, these establishments do not support the transport systems that transport imported food and lessening pollution in the process. The proximity of the producers guarantees the freshness of the items. Diners eat vegetable dishes handpicked from the nearby farm just two hours ago. As the restaurant grows, so do the local farmers who are the partners of such businesses.
When you are setting a budget for your holiday, it can be easy to forget that there can be lots of additional travel expenses as well as the usual accommodation, flights, food and drink, and this can mean that by the time you return home you may have spent far more that you originally intended. Here is a quick overview of some typical travel expenses and also how to save money on them: