Visiting China – do you have to spend a lot on your accommodation?

When traveling around China it will quickly become apparent that there simply is not enough hours in the day to fit in seeing everything of interest that there is to see, there is just so much!

Therefore it’s important to plan your days out to make the most of the time that you have there, as such you are unlikely to spend a lot of time in your hotel room, other than to sleep so provided the accommodation is clean and comfortable in my opinion there’s not a lot of point in paying over the odds for a room.

Usually when you pay extra it may be to include some of your meals, however it’s worth bearing in mind that if you are out and about sightseeing your unlikely to want to return to your hotel after a couple of hours just to have lunch.

The best place to find a budget hotel that is still clean and comfortable is to have a look around and read plenty of trip advisor reviews before booking.

Visiting Cambodia? The latest travel advice

The current travel advice issued by the government is that generally Cambodia is safe to travel to however as with travel to any foreign country there are a few points to make yourself aware of before your trip to ensure that everything goes smoothly during your stay.

Do not take photographs near any military bases or near any of the airports, this is strictly prohibited and can cause security issues. You should also always check before photographing any people particularly religious figures such as monks.

When visiting any of the beautiful Buddhist temples ensure that you dress appropriately and wear either a long skirt or trousers and a top with sleeves that covers you. It’s advisable to take a large scarf/wrap as well so that you can cover your hair as a sign of respect.

As with traveling anywhere you need to be aware that crime is present here and issues have been raised that when reporting a crime to the police some tourists are being charged a ‘report fee’ this should not ever carry a fee therefore if you are charged for such an event then you can email the British embassy to report this.

Choosing The Best Airline For Your Travel

Whether you are going on a family or a business trip, choosing the best airline comes handy. This is especially important to people who travel often. The number of airlines has doubled making it a daunting task for travellers to choose the best. Due to advertising hype, it is even harder to choose. Most people resolve to use the services of a travel agent to choose the best airline while others take recommendations from friends, workmates or relatives. Either way, you will get the best airline. However, there are times when you do not have the finances to hire a travel agent and no one you know can give you a recommendation. If you are travelling by plane for the first time, you need to do an in-depth research on a number of airlines to understand their services. The introduction of budget airlines made it even harder for people to choose between airlines. The budget airlines cut unnecessary luxuries from the plane such as baggage allowances and foods. Though most people can fly given the cheap travel expenses, it is important to understand that this lack of service impacts on your enjoyment in the plane. Budget airlines are advocated in business travel tips as they cut on costs for regular travellers. Continue reading

Traveling to India – Time to sample the world’s best curries

There are so many stunning things about India and one thing not to be over looked is the food. Often people think that the poor may not be hygienic or may all be too spicy but they really couldn’t be more wrong as India is home to some of the most beautiful curry dishes in the world!
Here’s some to sample during your stay-
Karahi – this is a beautiful dish that’s often served at a medium level of spicyness, it is often lamb or though can be chicken cooked in ginger, garlic, capsicum and peppers with fresh coriander. It smells and tastes divine if you’re after just a little chilli kick.
Pathia – this dish is sweet and sour with no real heat to it (perfect for those with a more delicate pallet) it’s made using mango chutney, garlic, onions and tomato so isn’t too rich but still tasty and is a great alternative to a korma style dish.
Balti Achar – this is quite an unusual dish with quite a deep complex taste cooked using coriander, methi seeds, aniseeds, mustard seeds and bay leaves so is quite hot and peppery. A great dish for those who like it hot!

Staying safe when travelling by car

Often people neglect to think about the safety issues when travelling to a destination by car. We are all aware of the need to wear a seat belt, not just for legal reasons, but that it may in fact save your life but do you consider other factors?

Tiredness is one of the biggest killers on our roads, you may think that once you start to drive you will wake up, but if you are feeling sleepy when you set off the chances are this will only get worse. Reaction times are a lot slower when you are tired so even if you are driving ok, you may find that you cannot brake in time to avoid an accident.

Taking regular 15 minute breaks and getting a coffee can be enough sometimes to recharge your batteries but if you are really tired then you need someone else to drive or find somewhere that you can sleep for a little while before commencing travelling again.

Finding a pet friendly holiday

There is a huge percentage of the population that own a dog and many of them could not bear to go on holiday with out it. If you are going abroad, this can be extremely difficult and expensive as the dog will have to be in quarantine for a number of months prior to travelling and this alone can be distressful on the animal let alone the actual travelling.

If you are holidaying in the UK and are driving to your destination then you will need to ensure you have regular breaks where you can get the dog out of the car for a short while and have a drink before returning to the road. There are some dog friendly camping sites and even hotels dotted throughout the UK. You may still have to pay an additional fee to have a dog so always make sure that you specify this when booking.

You need to consider what you will do with the dog whilst you are out. It may be that you want to go out for an evening meal where you cannot take the pet and in this case need to be sure that the dog will not start chewing the furniture or spend the whole time barking while you are away.

Yellowstone National Park

Widely regarded as the world’s first national park, and certainly its most famous, The USA’s Yellowstone National Park encompasses nearly 3500 miles of stunning and varied scenery. Established in 1872, it’s mainly situated in the state of Wyoming, spreading over the borders into Montana and Idaho. The park is teeming with wildlife and is home to packs of wolves and grizzly bears. Hiking and camping are great activities for getting in touch with nature and the great outdoors.
The landscape varies from rugged mountains, through sweeping pine forests to the world renowned hot springs and geysers. These are one of the premiere attractions and draw crowds of tourists every year. The most famous geyser is Old Faithful, so named for the regularity of its eruptions. The source of these geological marvels is the Yellowstone caldera, a vast underground magma chamber that heats the rocks below the park and forces hot water and gases up through the ground.
Being such a long established and popular park, Yellowstone has an excellent infrastructure, with a high quality road network to provide access to the most popular sites. The park is a must for those seeking a glimpse of America’s rich natural history.

Luxury accommodation in India

Finding the best accommodation in India is quite a challenge, there are so many stunning hotels ideal for every kind of budget, providing everything you could ever want from a break away.

The luxury style accommodation is simply out of this world with stunning hotels such as the Ananda in the Himalayas that looks like a beautiful castle from the outside surrounded by lush forests and boasts an enormous spa that offers over 80 different relaxing treatments. Le Meridien Pune is an incredible hotel set out like an Indian palace with floor to ceiling white marble, it is huge with 177 rooms as well as a spar tennis courts and 6 restaurants and bars all on site, you’d never even need to leave the hotel grounds!

If you have money to spend on a luxury trip then India should definitely be a consideration with fabulous culture, food and sites to see it’s the perfect destination for a once in a lifetime trip.

Things to do in Thailand

Thailand is a great place to visit with many amazing things to see and do, why not start by visiting one of the infamous floating markets? Local market traders sell their wares from little rickety wooden boats, its truly brilliant to see and worth getting a picture of.

The Golden Triangle is very popular with tourists, you can stand on the river bank and peruse the market stalls here as well as learn the drug growing history of the area at the Hall of Opium.

Going elephant trekking is a great experience whilst in Thailand, the elephant is Thailand’s national symbol and they are greatly respected by the Thai people. Trekking is a great way to see an area and be able to get involved with bathing and caring for the elephants.

Places to visit in East Asia

When travelling to East Asia there can be so many places to go and things to see that it’s hard to know where to start. Places such as Bangkok are always popular with tourists, this capital city of Thailand is a buzzing place with lots to see but can be extremely busy and feel quite hectic so you possibly wouldn’t want to spend a long time there.

Beijing in China is also very popular amongst tourists, you can go and see the Forbidden City as well as the Great Wall of China and really immerse yourself in the Chinese culture.

If you’re looking for somewhere truly beautiful and rich in culture then Burma is a great option, its rich in Buddhist beliefs with beautiful temples to see and breath taking mountain top monasteries to discover.

If you travel into India then a must see place to go would have to be Bandhavgarh National Park, with their leopards, tigers and exotic bird life, you can really get a good taste of Asia there.

With so much to see and do your only problem will be fitting it all in!