How to Have a Bleisure Holiday

How to Have a Bleisure Holiday

As business becomes ever more global and the world more interconnected, for many people going on business trips is a fact of life – and not necessarily a very pleasant one. Hotels and holiday accommodation designed with business travellers in mind often sacrifices comfort and aesthetics in favour of functionality, meaning that people fight shoddy Wi-Fi and jet-lag in less than inspiring surroundings. Furthermore, those travelling for business could also find themselves flying halfway around the world, only to find themselves back on a plane barely 36 hours later.

All this makes a pretty grim picture, and for business travellers much of the joy of travelling could be lost. But this has began to change with the emergence of “bleisure” travel, a mixture of business and leisure which turns work into an opportunity to relax and see somewhere new. If you find yourself regularly going on business trips, and think they are more of a drain than a perk of the job, here’s how to have a “bleisure” holiday.

Choose The Right Place to Stay.

Business travel brings in huge amounts of money to the travel industry, and services are increasingly making catering to business travellers a priority. This means that you don’t have to settle for a boxy room in a hotel that’s in sight of the airport and has a terrible restaurant. Many hotels now have everything a business traveller could need, from fast Wi-Fi to meeting rooms, as well as the advantage of swimming pools, delicious food and interesting decor. There’s also options such as renting a luxury city apartment in a central location – which offers both practical perks and beautiful surroundings.

An example of this is Virgin Hotels in Chicago designing a headboard perfect for working in bed – hinting at the convenience and luxury that business travellers want to enjoy. A pleasant and attractive place to stay can make all the difference when it comes to business travel, turning a routine trip into something a little more enjoyable. It may be that your company has already decided on accommodation, but if you find somewhere nicer for the same price or cheaper, there’s no reason why you can’t suggest it.

Book Holiday Days To Extend Your Trip.

Rushing from a plane, to your hotel, to meetings and then back to a plane can be stressful and exhausting. If you’re going somewhere you would like to explore more, then tagging a couple of days of holiday time onto a business trip can give you the time to actually get to know the area you’re visiting. This also gives you the advantage of flights that your employers have paid for, and means you’ll be refreshed when you return to work back home rather than washed out.

Some business travellers, for example, will go a couple of days early in order to immerse themselves in the culture, facilitating more understanding and better communication when it comes to working with overseas colleagues. Others will research where they’re visiting and save a day to go and visit a nearby attraction, or explore the local history. When you’ve done nothing but work or stay in your hotel, it can feel like you haven’t been away at all, but even extending your business trip by a day can give you the chance to experience something more interesting.

Bring Your Family or Friends With You.

With a few extra days to spend how to please, there’s no reason not to bring your family or even a friend along on your business trip. One of the disadvantages of frequently travelling for work is that it can make people feel as though they are spending too much time away from their loved ones. By organising a bleisure holiday, you can make sure that at least some of your trips involve the people you care about most.

So Many Things to Do In Melbourne.

Australia is a favorite vacation destination for families because there are so many things to do in Melbourne. Whether traveling alone, looking for a romantic couples retreat, or family fun that will provide memories that will last a lifetime, you have chosen the right place. Melbourne offers stunning architecture, extraordinary entertainment opportunities, and the wonders of the beautiful blue ocean waters. Some of the most delicious five star restaurants, phenomenally appointed luxury hotels, spa resorts and other high end offerings welcome the high dollar tourist with open arms, while still maintaining an environment rich with more rugged outdoors options for those seeking a more natural environmental vacation option.

There are so many things to do in Melbourne that appeal to every budget and taste that this vacation destination is sure to appease even the most difficult of teenage traveler in the family. Activities, experiences, and relaxation opportunities abound so you can easily pick and choose just the type of vacation experience you and your family desire. Some popular things to do in Melbourne include dinner cruises that take you through the bright lights and nearby countryside while offering you a taste of local cuisine and delicious wines and beers. The Eureka Sky Deck which offers unprecedented city views and some unique interactive activities that are sure to be fun for the whole family, and hot air balloon rides that can be scheduled over city lights, or expansive vineyards and coastal waters.

Melbourne is a really desirable location for travelers that enjoy wine tours, as well as those seeking animal adoring adventures. The wildlife of Melbourne is diverse and can easily be enjoyed at protected conservation parks and from vehicles, hot air balloons and boats during guided tours. There are also camping locations that put you right into the middle of a wildlife park where you can feel the wonder of the natural environment from simple accommodations. Whether you want to see penguins, koalas, or kangaroos, you have found the vacation destination for you.

Melbourne, Australia is a beautiful, naturally diverse destination with a rich set of diverse cultures, ample city environments full of arts and entertainment options for every taste. There is something for everyone and lots of choices to keep even the pickiest travelers from being bored. It is a popular destination for travelers of all ages and provides budget friendly options while still providing a high degree of experiential value for your dollar. Discover your new favorite destination by exploring all the diverse things to do in Melbourne.

Be adventurous and find something unique and memorable in this diverse vacation destination. Whether you want to learn to scuba dive, fish off one of the fantastic charters, sleep under the stars or in one of the most luxurious hotels imaginable, eat and drink delicious offerings, or take a guided tour in a boat, bus, or even hot air balloon, Melbourne has you covered.

Where Can Guided Tours in Israel Take You?

When you travel to Israel, you can benefit from joining a guided tour that can be customized to your preferences and interests. Many people like to explore new places on their own, following a travel guide or mobile app, but there are many reasons to choose guided tours in Israel over self-guided travel.

Guided tours in Israel will let you discover city secrets

Tel Aviv and Jerusalem can be discovered on a short trip, and guided tours will let you visit these cities’ most popular attractions and landmarks. The visitors who opt for programs like these and use guided tours in Israel enjoy touring the cities with the assistance of a knowledgeable guide. You can customize the tour according to your interests or follow the recommendations of the guide. This way one can easily navigate city streets and discover new places.

In Tel Aviv, you will visit the Neve Tzedek neighborhood, a historical place that has many interesting stories and sights. If you like history and culture, you will appreciate Neve Tzedek, a UNESCO site (White City) and the Old Port of Jaffa. Here you can walk the narrow streets toward the Carmel Market and artisans’ shops. You can also stay on the waterfront to enjoy the beach lined up with palm trees.

When in Jerusalem, you will visit iconic places like the Garden of Gethsemane located at the Mount of Olives, the Wall surrounding the Old City, and Via Dolorosa. The guided tour will take you to the Church of Holy Sepulchre and the Hill of Calvary. Your guide will make sure you hear some informative stories about the city’s landmarks.

Guided Tours will bring you to historical and cultural sites without hassle

When your tour is booked for a certain time and day, you can be sure that you will see all the landmarks by the time you need to return to your hotel. A guided tour offers the convenience of transportation to the visited places in the city and outside the city. As you explore different attractions and travel from one place to another, you will have a chance to rest and converse with the guide.

While most attractions are found in the city, you may like to go to the Dead Sea, where visitors enjoy swimming and floating in the salty waters. Some tourists like desert safaris too. After visiting the main cultural and historical sites, you can choose to visit the sites outside the cities as well

Among top destinations for a day trip outside main cities is Bethlehem with its Manger Sucre and the Church of Nativity. You can visit Cardo, a main street of Jerusalem a thousand years who Cardo is also a departure point for the day trip to Bethlehem.

Special Guided Tours will take you to the road less traveled

Custom tours allow visitors to experience the less touristy sites. A popular choice is to visit Machane Yehuda, Jerusalem’s market. Here you can sample local foods such as pastries with cheese and spinach and Moroccan treats and kebabs.

The main advantage of guided tours in Israel is that one can travel at own pace and immerse in the sights, scenes and local experiences.

10 Beautiful Places in India where you can truly experience Mother Nature

10 Beautiful Places in India where you can truly experience Mother Nature

India has some of the most beautiful places that you must visit at some point in life. These places are closest to Mother Nature, can invoke the spirituality within you and make sure you go back home a refreshed and peaceful soul.  

Here are 10 places you would definitely love visiting:

1) Dudhsagar Waterfalls, Goa

Dudhsagar Waterfalls, Goa
[Image by Kumaresh Rajarajan via Flickr.]

The magnificence of the 4th largest waterfall in India is beyond one’s imagination. Perched high on the peaks of the lovely Western Ghats, it is no wonder how Dudhsagar Waterfalls got its name. Dudhsagar literally means “the sea of milk” in Konkani language and comes in three streams along a near vertical cliff to join a stunning green pool.

Located on the Karnataka-Goa border, these waterfalls come cascading down from a height of 600 meters and falls right into the Mandovi river. The breath-taking scenery along the waterfalls is truly magical and is accentuated even further by the crescent shaped valley strewn magnificently with tropical trees and plants. Dudhsagar Falls is not to be missed if you are travelling between Karnataka and Goa. 

How to reach: Dudhsagar waterfalls can be reached through several routes. One route would be from Goa through the Collem route, another would be from Carambolim through Konkan Railways and through the National Highways NH-4A.

2) Mangroves of Sundarbans, West Bengal

Mangroves of Sundarbans, West Bengal

The Mangroves of Sundarbans is known simply as Sundarbans and plays an important role in protecting West Bengal from heavy winds and rains. Mangroves lie on the delta of Brahmaputra, Meghna and Ganges.

Sundarbans is well known for its exotic avian population, the Indian python, estuarine crocodile, Irawadi dolphins, endangered endemic river terrapin, and of course, the Bengal tiger.

Abundant natural resources can be found here, not to speak of the magnificent scenic beauty of the flora. Mangroves of Sundarbans come under the protection of UNESCO World.

How to reach: Sunderbans can be reached from Kolkata.

3) Umiam Lake, Meghalaya

Umiam Lake, Meghalaya
[Image by deepgoswami via Flickr]

The beauty of Shillong is best enjoyed when you visit Umiam Lake in Meghalaya. Literally ‘Umiam’ means ‘water of tears’. The lake was created by damming the Umiam river in 1960, with a catchment area of 220 sq.kms. It is so huge, and believed to be four times bigger than Bermuda and San Marino.

Surrounded by coniferous trees of utmost beauty, the legend goes that the river was created by the tears of a sister who got estranged from her sibling while descending from heaven.

Boat riding, kayaking, water-skiing are some of the activities enjoyed by visitors. The residents earn their living through fishing and tourism. 

How to reach: Umiam Lake is located 15 kilometers north of Shillong.

4) Backwaters of Kerala

Backwaters of Kerala

The chain of lovely lakes and brackish lagoons that lie in parallel with Arabian sea along the coast of Kerala is the most attractive aspect of the state. It is also the closest to Mother Nature that you can get. Every year millions of people go on backwater cruise along the network of 1500 kilometers of Kerala backwaters, consisting of 38 rivers, 5 huge lakes and several manmade and natural canals.

When you cruise along the tranquil backwaters, you can feast your eyes on the scintillating rolling hills, endemic wildlife and exotic bird population, observe the lifestyle of the friendly fisher folk and enjoy the magnificence of the dykes and bunds.

How to reach: Backwater cruises can be arranged from Alappuzha, Kottayam and Kochi. 

5) Coffee Plantations of Coorg, Karnataka

Coffee Plantations of Coorg, Karnataka

Coorg is well known all over India as the largest coffee plantation in the country. A walk along the alluring coffee plantations of Coorg is not to be missed. Along the way, you can enjoy the picturesque locales and some other attractions like Nagarhole National Park, Dubare Elephant Camp, Abbey Falls, Iruppu Falls, Namdroling Nyingmapa Monastery and many more. There are so many things to explore in Coorg, so you should definitely plan a trip there. 

How to reach: You can fly or drive to Coorg from Bengaluru (249 kilometers away) or get down at Mysore Railway station, 100 kilometers away.

6) Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh

Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh
[Image by kanglapass via Flickr.]

Spiti Valley in Himachal Pradesh is a desert mountain valley, untainted and unexplored. Nature is truly at its best here, probably because it is so far away from the crowded city. This is more of an adventure destination rather than a luxury tourism spot.

Spiti is bordered by Ladakh in the north, Kullu and Lahaul to the south, Kinnair to the south east, and Tibet in the east. It is a pure haven with monasteries, quaint old villages and mountains and glaciers.

How to reach: You can take the Delhi-Shimla route to reach Spiti Valley, this is the most popular route; takes around 8-12 hours depending on traffic.

7) Mount Abu, Rajasthan

Mount Abu, Rajasthan
[Image by Brahma Kumaris via Flickr.]

Everyone who loves hill stations would have heard of Mount Abu, located in the Sirohi district of Rajasthan state, along Gujarat border. It is a pristine, calm and serene place where you can enjoy spending time with your family. Its relatively cool climate is another attraction. You can head down to Nakki Lake for boating and taking nature photographs.

How to reach: Mount Abu is 475 kilometers from Jaipur. You have to reach Aravalli range in Sirohi.

8) Tea Gardens of Munnar, Kerala

Tea Gardens of Munnar, Kerala
[Image by Bimal K C via Wikimedia.]

The verdant tea estates of Munnar attract millions of people every year. Thanks to its undulating terrain, you can see acres and acres of luscious green tea estates. The view is incredible during sunrise, and you shouldn’t miss the refreshing aroma of fresh leaves in the morning dew.

There are several spots in Munnar where you can spend solo time with nature without bothered about being near crowds of people. While Eravikulam and Mattupetty are places you shouldn’t miss, Kolukkumalai is a place near Munnar that would take you closer to nature.

How to reach: Munnar can be reached via bus or road travel. It is just 125 kilometers away from Nedumbassery airport. 

9) Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand

Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand
[Image by Alosh Bennett via Flickr.]

The picturesque and serene valley of flowers with its incredible collection of exotic flora and fauna at Uttarakhand at an elevation of about 3,658 meters above sea level is a sight to behold. The National Park is situated on the second core zone of Uttarakhand’s Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve

How to reach: Head to Bhyundar Valley at Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve at Govindghat near Alakananda River; a little trekking is required.

10) Malshej Ghat, Maharashtra

Malshej Ghat, Maharashtra
[Image by Aditya Patawari via Flickr.]

This mountain pass in Western Ghats region lying along the Pune district of Maharashtra is as picturesque a place as you can wish for. This pass is a haven for trekkers and mountain bikers.

How to reach: Malshej Ghat is well connected by rail and road. You can get down at Kalyan Railway Station at Malshej Ghat, 85 kilometers away. 

These are just some of the places in India where you can explore Mother Nature. If you are an avid traveler, you can traverse the length and breadth of the country and visit places that are brimming with beautiful greenery and landscapes!

Author Bio:

Sunu Phililp is the Inbound Marketing and Creative Head for Paradise Holidays, Cochin – a Kerala based tour operator. She loves reading, exploring new places and trying out different cuisines!

Up to 66% of young Britons have drank underage abroad says new survey

Results have recently been released from a survey taken of young adults that suggests 12 years old is the first time that many have become ‘intoxicated’ with alcohol. Following the research it emerged that a stunning 66% of those who had confessed to underage drinking, first sampled alcohol abroad with Spain being the most popular country.

The research, carried out by sunshine.co.uk, asked 2,113 people from the UK aged between 18-21 about the first time they touched alcohol. The survey was kept anonymous to encourage more truthful answers. The survey also asked both male and females from locations across the country in order to get the most accurate data.

The data that was received following the poll unearthed some surprising truths about the nature of underage drinking abroad. In response to the question ‘How old were you when you first became intoxicated (tipsy or drunk) after drinking alcohol?’ The average result from the answers to this question was 12 years of age, a worrying statistic given that those of this age will almost always be with families.

The following question asked was where the youngsters first got their hands on the alcohol, this is where we see the huge number of first-timers that took their first sip abroad. The staggeringly high percentage of those who first drank abroad sits at 66% whilst the other percentages came from at home (11%,) at a friend’s house (10%,) in a park (7%,) and at a wedding/special occasion (3%). Managing Director of sunshine.co.uk, Chris Clarkson spoke about the 66% of young Britons who’d drank underage abroad:

“It’s fair to say that alcohol is more freely available to young people when they’re on holiday abroad, because other countries can be more lenient with their alcohol laws and policies…”

Those surveyed were asked what the tipple of choice had been for the underage drinkers, alcopops came out top at 31% with cider second at 25%, these results are somewhat less surprising given the sweetness in flavor and marketing campaigns that are generally aimed at youth.

To further compound the figures of young drinkers, 59% of those who confessed to underage drinking answered ‘yes’ when asked if their parents were aware or had been present at the time of drinking. This figure is very troubling when we consider that the first question on the poll was not ‘when did you first taste alcohol,’ it was ‘when did you first become intoxicated by alcohol’ Whilst it is naturally safer that something like this would occur with parents being nearby, it is worrying to think that it is occurring at all, Sunshine’s Clarkson went on to say:

“I was shocked that young people are 12 years old, on average, when they first get drunk. It’s one thing letting a youngster have a sip of your champagne on New Year’s Eve, but it’s another matter entirely allowing them to end up drunk; not to mention dangerous!”

Bali Golf Vacations – Golfing in Bali

The island of Bali in the Coral Triangle offers a beautiful landscape to those who visit, with its coral reefs, verdant mountains — and handful of creative golf courses. Though Bali might not be the first place that comes to mind when it comes to a golf vacation, the lovely courses available on the island are the perfect places for partaking in the sport while living in paradise.

A great place to begin is at the Nirwana Bali Golf Club, above North Kuta and on the sprawling tropical coast of the Indian Ocean. There you will be surrounded by crystal blue beach, flowering gardens and terraced Balinese rice paddies. The luxury course is designed by the legendary Australian golfer Greg Norman and features holes along the ocean, cliffs, and rice fields, with Par 3’s seventh hole looking over the Tanah Lot Temple, built on an offshore rock amidst the ocean. After a long day of golf, stay at the Nirwana Bali Resort and enjoy the window view of the ocean and temple.

Then head down into South Kuta’s peninsula to visit the Bali National Golf Club. Close to a recently opened international airport, BNGC was also redesigned and reconstructed by Nelson to International standards. From the courses you can see the Indian Ocean and towering Gunung Agung, a stratovolcano and highest point on the island of Bali. Golf amidst a tropical forest and coconut groves over a brilliant green fairway. Then afterwards, try a cocktail and relax in one of resort’s lounge facilities for an overall heavenly experience.

If that isn’t enough, on the Western end of the peninsula is the luxurious and coastal New Kuta Golf. Though still fairly new, this course hosted the Indonesian Open 2009. It was an excellent selection for the event, with its expansive ornamental horticulture and Kapok trees and challenging holes, such as “The Cliffhanger” above the roaring sounds of the Indian Ocean. New Kuta Golf was awarded “Indonesia’s Leading Golf Resort” in 2014 by Indonesia Travel and Tourism Awards, as well as the “Top-Three Asia’s Best Maintained Course in Asia Pacific” by Asian Pacific Golf Summit that same year.

The last notable Bali golf vacation destination is located far North in the central highlands of the island, in between Lake Buyan and Lake Beratan and built within an extinct volcano’s crater. In 1974, Handara Golf & Resort Bali was the first golf and country club resort in Bali. Unlike the other aforementioned golf courses, Handara has a cooler climate with breezy mountain air. Cottages and bungalows surround the course, where you can relax on a balcony and take in the beautiful views, such as the scenic crater lakes and surrounding rain forest. Golf Magazine even voted this course “One of the 50 Greatest Golf Courses in the World.”

The tropical island of Bali offers a wide range of golf destinations throughout a variety of settings: well-maintained greens amidst backdrops of mountains, ocean coastlines, rain forests, and rice paddies. When considering your next golf vacation, be sure to not forget Bali.

Yacht ownership – Sailing destinations around the world

There are plenty of amazing locations in the world where you can enjoy great sailing and exciting foods and entertainment. If you want to experience something new, sailing the seven seas is definitely an adventure you will remember for the rest of your life.

Yacht ownership comes with many perks, one being that you can choose where to sail, either via an exchange program or by physically transporting your yacht to a new location. Let’s explore some amazing sailing locations around the world.

Greece

An amazing archipelago, azure waters, warm breezes and delicious food and drinks. Visiting the islands of Mykonos, Kos or Santorini with their whitewashed and picturesque villages will make you feel like you stepped into a postcard, and if you are a history buff, then your interests will be fulfilled even further.

Sailing conditions are usually great, with bad weather rare and a pleasant breeze filling sails at most times. In the high season (summer months) there is a general warning to stay away from the Aegean Sea due to strong winds (Meltemi), which applies to sailors of all levels of expertise.

Croatia

This gem of a destination is growing more and more popular for sailors; seize the opportunity of exploring the coast of Croatia before it’s too late. With rich history in the UNESCO World Heritage sites like Dubrovnik and Hvar, activities like cave exploring or hiking and pristine beaches, Croatia’s coast has something to offer for everyone.

Best time to sail the coast of Croatia is early spring (April/May) and early fall (September/October) due to there being less tourists, mild weather and calm seas. If you want to go in the summer months, there’ll be more people in your favourite town (so normally a good atmosphere) and warmer water for swimming.

The Caribbean

It should not come as a surprise that this tropical paradise is ranked as one of the best vacation spots in the world. Warm climate, cold drinks, perfect beaches and a great variety of activities; the Caribbean islands have everything you could ever want on a sailing holiday. Anything from the British Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Antigua or even Mexico. Choose your itinerary and set sail.

Summer and early fall is usually the hurricane season, where rain and strong winds can be present, while the winter months offer slightly cooler weather and less stormy weather.

Yacht ownership can give the chance to travel to all these locations. Place your yacht in a charter program and enjoy the benefits of being able to choose where to go!

Top 10 Best Places to Visit in Beijing

China is not entitled “the cradle of civilization” for nothing: even thousands of years ago, its cultural progress was the driving force behind the human development. Along with our peers from cheapfirstclass.com where you can find best business class deals to Beijing, we are about to guide you through the top 10 attractions to see in the heart of this outstanding country.

1. Forbidden City

Built in the 15th century, this grand complex includes over 800 buildings comprising more than 9,000 chambers. Once you get enough of Chinese sophistication, go north to discover the Jingshan Park situated on the hilltop, from where you will enjoy the panorama of the Forbidden City.

2. Great Wall

Hiking the Qin Shi Huang`s heritage is certainly a must-do thing! Choose any of eight sections stretching across Beijing in nearly 600 km of total length and enjoy the spectacular view. We personally suggest you visit the Jiankou, Mutianyu, and Jinshanling sections.

3. Temple of Heaven

This is actually the complex of stunning halls and altars, where the Ming dynasty emperors used to worship their ancestors and plead for a good harvest, encircled by a beautiful park. The design is full of symbolism, as it depicts the Chinese cosmogonic myths.

4. Beijing Opera

The history of the Chinese art reckons more than 5000 years. Visiting the national opera is the solid way to immerse yourself in Asian peculiarity. The top three venues to do this in Beijing are The National Grand Theatre, the Red Theatre, and the Poly Theatre.

5. Lama Temple

Also known as Yonghegong, this Tibetan Buddhist holy place was once the residence of Emperor Yongzheng of the Qing dynasty. The main attraction here is the statue of Buddha, which is considered to be the world`s biggest Buddha idol (26 meters in height), made of a single sandalwood piece.

6. Summer Palace

Located in the suburbs of the city, the Summer Palace holds two titles at once: the world`s best-preserved and the Chinese largest imperial garden. Its territory extends up to 70 thousand m² and incorporates more than 3000 splendidly decorated buildings; many of those are open to the public.

7. Beihai Park

The history of the park dates back to the 11th century when Emperor Zhangzong of the Jin dynasty founded his winter residence north from the Forbidden City. Nowadays, this area combines the number of architecture and gardening masterpieces like the Taihu Lake, the Jade Flower Island, the Five-Dragon Pavilions, the Round City, and others.

8. Hutongs

If you dream about a trip to the past, this option is right for you. In Chinese, hutong simply means an alley. Wandering about these old twisted lanes representing the traditional Beijing culture may take you the whole day unless you order a pedicab tour.

9. Tiananmen Square

This is the major Beijing gathering place, which covers 440 thousand m² and holds some essential national landmarks (like the Monument of the National Heroes, the Mausoleum of Mao Zedong, and the National Museum of China).

10. Ming Tombs

This Ming Dynasty burial complex situated nearby the Great Wall is typically a part of combined tours. It includes mausoleums of 13 emperors. Yet the main interest here is drawn not to tombs, but to The Sacred Way, a 7-kilometer-length path decorated with weird stone animal figures.

Experiencing Paris like a Parisian Local

Even if you’re just visiting Paris for a short amount of time, having some genuine recommendations from locals can be a great way to experience hidden gems that are well and truly off the tourist track.

We’ve spoken to the travel experts at AutoClick and asked them to tell us about their favourite secret locations in Paris, which we’re hoping will bridge the gap between visitor and local.

Hidden Parisian Gems

Parc des Buttes Chaumont
This park is known for being a summer hangout for many locals looking to escape the heat of the city on a summers evening. Picnics are the order of the day, and you’ll often find couples walking arm in arm looking for a quiet spot to enjoy their dinner.

Top Tip: Visit the park as the evening draws in, for beautiful views of the sunset.

Le Marché des Enfants Rouges
Perhaps you’re staying in an apartment with a kitchen, which means you can do some food shopping at the city’s oldest food market. Although the market is often very busy, you’ll see fantastic tables of fruit and vegetables.

Even if you’re staying in a hotel, the beautiful produce displays will be a real eye opening and a very different experience to the Supermarché!

Vintage Shopping
Paris is known for being home to famous luxurious fashion brands, but just off the beaten track you’ll find some treasures in vintage clothing shops. Be prepared to look through piles of clothes and if you’re after a bargain, then these are the best places to look.

Secret Bistros
There’s more to Paris than expensive bars and restaurants. You might have to travel a little further out to find them (which is where hiring a car in Paris could come in handy) but when you do stumble upon a hidden gem you’ll be pleased you made the journey.

Visit the Temple of Love
Of course, Paris is the most romantic city in the world – but instead of gazing across the city from the top of the Eiffel Tower, or putting a lock on Love-Locks bridge, why not visit the hidden Temple of Love, which is in the middle of a lake in the Bois de Vincennes park.

The Temple of Love is much less well known than some of the other romantic attractions boasted by Paris, so you’re unlikely to be sharing your romantic moment with a crowd.

The lake has rowing boats available to hire, which adds to the adventure.

Eat Oysters!
Paris and France may be well known for Escargot, but if that’s not really your thing, then Huitres (oysters) might be more suitable.

Visit the south of the city to find beautiful seafood bistros, with rickety tables outside.

Top Tip: Get to the restaurant at around 7pm to avoid disappointment and always ask to see the specials menu!

Enjoy a boat tour on Canal Saint Martin
Canal Saint Martin is lined with cafes, galleries and bars, so enjoying a boat tour along here means you might find even more hidden gems to visit later in the day. Choosing the canal over the Seine, means that you’ll avoid crowds (and queues!).

5 Great Places to Visit in Thailand

Thailand is a unique and truly beautiful country that offers everything from busy, modern cities to ancient ruins and Buddhist temples, gorgeous natural landscapes and villages, and fantastic beaches. With so many different activities and places to enjoy, it’s no wonder that Thailand is one of Southeast Asia’s best travel destinations. To plan an unforgettable trip, check out the five places to visit in Thailand below.

5 Great Places to Visit in Thailand

Pattaya Beach

Pattaya Beach is a hugely popular beach in Thailand, featuring 2.5 miles of gorgeous sand and loads of exciting water sports, from paragliding and wind surfing, to jet skis, and more. Although this beach is typically very busy and not the secluded hideout you might be searching for, it’s a great spot for renting a lounge chair and enjoying a Thai massage.

Bangkok

Bangkok is Thailand’s capital, as well as the biggest city in the entire country. It features amazing palaces, breathtaking high-rise buildings, fun nightclubs, busy markets, streets that are lined with vendors selling food and souvenirs, and ancient temples. Despite being a bustling center filled with traffic and quite a bit of noise, you can also find some green spaces. And you definitely don’t want to miss out on seeing the Wat Phra Kaew temple, where you’ll find the Emerald Buddha.

Phuket

The most famous beach, and the most developed and largest island of all of the country’s islands, is Phuket. This incredible island is easy to get to because it’s connected to the country’s mainland with two bridges, and it’s known for its impressive and exciting nightlife, where you’ll find plenty of alcohol, cabaret shows, and bars. By day, you can enjoy some of Thailand’s best beaches in Phang Nga Bay for some fun in the sun. You can easily search for a long term rental Phuket if you decide to extend your stay.

Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai is yet another city in Thailand that’s a very popular tourist destination. Once there, you’ll notice that it’s surrounded by the majestic mountains of the northern part of the country, and you’ll also likely encounter plenty of backpackers who are ready to explore the hill tribes and the lush landscape. Outdoor adventurers will feel right at home, but you will also find modern architecture, as well as historical elements, throughout the city, including many beautiful Buddhist temples, the most famous of which is Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep.

Kanchanaburi

Kanchanaburi is found in the western part of Thailand, and it is an area that is revered for its natural beauty. You will be able to easily access breathtaking waterfalls and natural parks from here, such as the Srinakarind and Erawan national parks. If you are an outdoor enthusiast, this is definitely a spot that you should add to your itinerary.

As you plan your next trip to Thailand, keep the above five places in mind. With so many amazing places to see throughout the country, it may be difficult to squeeze everything in, but it will be worth every second.