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    Men’s Packing List for Europe

    Friday, March 13, 2015

    Most packing lists focus on women.  This is a man’s packing list.  This list has been compiled based on my experiences as outlined in in my previous sections…

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    Top 10 Reasons to Travel to Bangkok

    Friday, March 13, 2015

    As a city with over two decades of history, it is not impossible to get attracted with Bangkok. It flaunts off a vibrant environment which highlights the impressive…

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    Top 10 Beautiful Beaches in Asia

    Friday, March 13, 2015

    Below are Top Ten most beautiful beaches in Asia. Each possessing unique and stunning charms, these destinations will certainly take your breaths away. 1) Sipadan Beach Island (Malaysia)…

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    Top 10 Things to Know About Bhutan

    Friday, March 13, 2015

    When we travel, we always look for the unique things. After all, to find new discoveries and try new things are the main objectives of going to places….

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    Top 10 Destinations in Indonesia

    Friday, March 13, 2015

    Where to Go in Indonesia? It is a common knowledge that each Asian country possesses unique characteristics and heritage which appeals even to Asians themselves. That is why…

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    10 Most Popular Singapore Tourist Spots

    Friday, March 13, 2015

    There is no denying that Singapore is a very stunning country. Clean, disciplined, and brimming with beautiful places, the nation is definitely a favorite destination by many jetsetters….

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    A Hollywood Tradition — My Thanksgiving Tr...

    Friday, March 13, 2015

      The Thanksgiving holiday is the peak travel weekend of the year (in America. The rest of the world could give a rat’s ass about Thanksgiving.) So as…

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Men’s Packing List for Europe

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Most packing lists focus on women.  This is a man’s packing list.  This list has been compiled based on my experiences as outlined in in my previous sections – Packing – Clothing, Packing – Gadgets-Electronics  and Packing – Accessories.

I have created a guy’s packing checklist for Europe which can be found by clicking:
Ultimate Men’s Packing List for Europe.  Below is an annotated discussion of the checklist.

Packing light for your European odyssey is key.  I strongly recommend that you avoid checking any bags – carry-on only.  You can usually avoid baggage fees, having your luggage lost, and long lines through customs.  Carry-on-only allows you to be among the first through customs and allows you to retain control of your possessions.

Luggage:

  • Size-Compliant Rolling Suitcase or Backpack.  I prefer a rolling suitcase, but make sure whatever bag you choose meets the dimensional requirements of your airline(s) for their overhead compartments.
  • Day Bag.  This is your “personal item,” like a small backpack, computer case, or shoulder bag.  Choose this bag wisely – it will become your daypack during your explorations.  I have used a messenger bag and a small backpack (the kind kids use for school) – I prefer the small backpack.  Mine is from EMS and has a large main compartment with two smaller front zippered compartments and mesh bottle holders on the sides.  Your daypack should be capable of holding a sweater or light jacket, guidebook/materials, camera, a drink, lunch, and have room for some souvenirs or beer.
  • Packing Cubes – these are useful items to thoughtfully pack and organize your luggage.  They don’t add much weight, but they allow you to be more efficient in packing.  Tetris, anyone?

Clothing:

  • Jacket – a water-proof windbreaker is best.  The idea is to layer clothing for warmth and avoid really bulky coats.  I use a windbreaker from Columbia that packs into its own pocket – really compact and easy to pack, but it has served me well in European rains.  If you’re traveling in the dead of winter, then maybe upgrade to a nice leather jacket that you can layer with a sweater.
  • Hat – not widely used as an accessory in Europe.  If you choose to bring one, avoid a baseball cap.
  • Scarf – Europeans always wear scarves unless it’s summertime.  If you wear one, you’ll blend in better.  Can also be used as an eye-mask on the plane or on a train.
  • Underwear – three pair, including the pair you will wear on the plane.  Choose quick-drying undies and be prepared to rinse a pair each night in your hotel sink.  I really love the underwear offered by Ex-Officio, a travel outfitter.  Kind of pricey, but extremely comfortable, longwearing, easy to handwash, and quick-drying.
  • Socks – three pair, including the pair you will wear on the plane.  Don’t go cheap on your socks – go to your favorite sporting goods store and invest in thick-soled athletic or hiking socks.  Avoid socks with mostly cotton; if they get wet you’ll get cold, and they take forever to dry.
  • Shoes – two pair, including the pair you will wear on the plane.  Sneakers are becoming more common in Europe, but for a more versatile wardrobe I suggest a pair of black shoes that can be dressed-up, and a pair of brown utility shoes.  Find comfortable walking shoes in both colors.  I have found success and comfort with slip-on shoes from Clark’s.  If your travels are more outdoorsy and less city, then maybe a pair of hikers instead of the brown pair.
  • T-Shirts – three, including the one you will wear on the plane.  I typically pack a white t-shirt, a t-black shirt and an athletic grey t-shirt – each with a chest pocket in which you can store some larger bills or your passport under your top shirt.  These colors coordinate with just about anything
  • Long-Sleeved Shirts – three, including the one you will wear on the plane.  Button-down shirts are the most versatile, especially hiking or travel shirts like those you can buy at EMS, REI, Dick’s Sporting Goods, L.L. Bean, Columbia or any outdoor outfitter.  These shirts are comfortable, breathable, lightweight, wrinkle-resistant, quick-drying and they actually look decent.  They can go from day to night, unless you’re invited to tea with royalty.  Choose colors that coordinate with your pants (each shirt should be wearable with each pair of pants).
  • Long-Sleeved T-Shirts – one or two.  For layering when the weather is cooler, or for a more casual day-look.  Avoid logos or advertising.
  • Pants – three pair, including the pair you will wear on the plane.  Jeans are becoming common in Europe, but they’re heavy and take forever to dry – if you’re going to take a pair, wear it on the plane.  I have fallen in love with Ex-Officio’s line of Nomad travel pants – very lightweight, look great, wrinkle-resistant, quick-drying, stain resistant.  You might wish to include (in the Summer months) a pair of convertible pants that allow you to zip off the legs to create a pair of shorts.  Convertible pants are a dead giveaway that you’re a tourist, but they are comfortable and functional.  I usually travel with 4 pairs of pants, I admit – one pair of brown jeans, two pair of Ex-Officio Nomad pants, and one pair of convertible pants from EMS.  The Nomads are so light and compactible that I consider them a two-for-one deal.  The convertible pants can serve double-duty as a bathing suit. Choose colors that complement your shirts and can mix-and-match.
  • Belt – one.  Get one that is double-sided, brown/black.  Or, a quality fabric belt in neutral colors that coordinates with all of your pants and shoes.

Toiletries:

  • Bar Soap – your favorite brand in travel size, if possible (not necessary, as bar soap isn’t a “liquid” subject to security restrictions).  Having your usual bar soap gives you comfort on a subliminal level – you smell like you.
  • Shampoo – your favorite brand in a travel-sized container.
  • Razor(s) – disposal safety razors.  Optional – you can easily buy these overseas
  • Shaving Cream – travel size.  Optional – you can easily buy shaving cream overseas
  • Deodorant – travel size – your favorite brand, if possible.  Smelling like yourself makes you feel more comfortable.
  • Toothbrush – take a full-sized one.  Not much difference in space/weight vs. a travel brush, but much better at doing the job.
  • Toothpaste – travel size toothpaste tubes only last a few days.  You’ll end up buying a tube while overseas. Trash the remainder at the end of your trip after you squeeze the remaining European paste into your travel size tube for the return journey.  All major U.S. brands available.
  • Comb/Brush – believe it or not, many packing lists omit these items!
  • Condoms – hey, you never know….
  • Self-adhesive Bandages – like Band-Aids.  A few different sizes for nicks and scrapes.
  • Toenail clipper – legal to carry onboard a plane, they can be used to clip finger- and toenails, open plastic packages, and trim wayward threads on clothing.
  • Hand Sanitizer – travel size.  Use this on planes and trains to help avoid getting sick.  Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth at all times when on planes, trains, subways and buses.  Being sick on your expensive trip is no fun.
  • Tissues – travel/pocket packs.  I usually pack three pocket packs of Kleenex tissues – one in my daypack, one in my roller bag and one in my back pocket.  Also useful if the public bathroom you’re using can’t seem to spare a square.  On the go I always snag extra napkins at restaurants and paper towels in restrooms to supplement my tissue supply.

Sundries:

  • Reusable Shopping Bag – can be used for your trip to the beach, but is also really handy to go food shopping.  Most European stores charge for flimsy plastic bags.  In the alternative, remember to take the (free) plastic bag that came with your expensive souvenirs to the grocery store.
  • Bottle opener – twist-off caps are few and far between.  One of the most used items on my trips.  Mine is a freebie handout from Sam Adams.
  • Sink/tub Stopper – many European hotels lack a drain stopper to discourage hand washing in their sinks or tubs.
  • Cable Ties / Zip Ties – useful for securing bags, certain repairs, and jury-rigging clotheslines.  Can be cut using your toenail clippers.
  • Zipper-style storage bags – for your liquids through security, but also useful to pack a lunch, separate stinky laundry, or waterproof sensitive items on a wet day.  Bring a few each in snack, quart and gallon sizes.  The two-gallon size can also be used as packing cubes for shirts and pants.
  • Notebook/pen/pencil – for on-the-fly notes of all sorts.  I carry a Moleskin pocket notebook and I love it.
  • Luggage Lock – to secure your bag from casual inspection by chambermaids, or when you need to leave your bag at the hotel before checking in.  If you’re going to check your bag on the way home, make sure the lock is TSA compatible.
  • Hidden Money Belt – I admit that I don’t always use it, but I sure did on every train I took.
  • Travel Towel – a microfiber travel towel is incredibly compact and has many uses (think of a swimmer’s chamois).  Other than a towel if you need one, you can roll up your recently-handwashed clothing in the towel and wring to remove much of the moisture and accelerate the drying time for your clothes.  I have a medium-sized travel towel from McNett.  Can double as a picnic blanket or a small throw if you’re chilly.
  • Front-Pocket Wallet – have a wallet specifically for travel (after all, do you really need your library card in Lisbon?) A front-pocket wallet is usually slimmer than a typical man’s wallet and is harder for pickpockets to get at.
  • Travel Laundry Soap – I’ve used Woolite and Tide travel laundry soap.  I prefer Woolite.  Pack one packet of detergent for every three days of your trip.  You’ll end up with extra in all likelihood because you’ll decide during your travels that you can reuse an article of clothing without washing it first….

Electronics

  • Tablet/Laptop – I use an “old” but serviceable original iPad when I travel to blog, check email, look up destinations and upload photos (with a memory card adapter from Apple).  I also use my iPad as an e-book reader, and I store my travel guides on it. If you’re not traveling for business or you don’t plan to blog or manipulate photos, then I would consider leaving the tablet or laptop at home, especially if you have a smartphone to check email, prefer “real” books, and don’t plan much blogging/websurfing.  Don’t forget your charger!
  • Smartphone – I travel with an iPhone.  I’ve loaded it with travel-related apps like those from DB, Kayak, TripAdvisor and airlines.  Look for apps that can be used offline to save international data roaming charges while you’re out and about.  Also consider adding an international voice plan for a nominal charge to save versus standard international voice roaming rates – a few calls will pay for the cost of the add-on plan.  If you anticipate a lot of international calls, consider a more robust voice plan, or alternatives like Skype, Vonage or MagicJack.  If you’ll be making a lot of calls to numbers within Europe, consider buying a throwaway phone in Europe, or a SIM card for your unlocked phone.  International data plans are also available, but with care you can usually find free Wi-Fi at your hotel, and at certain public places (Starbucks, for example).  My iPad charger will also charge my iPhone, so one fewer charger to carry! Don’t forget your earbuds to use your phone as a music player when riding the rails.
  • Camera – I carry a Canon EOS Rebel T3-i DSLR and it takes great pictures.  I also carry a Canon PowerShot SX260 HS, a “travel-zoom” camera that fits neatly into your front pocket.  The DSLR is good for professional-quality pictures and hi-speed action, and the PowerShot is great when you’re wandering about without your daypack, at night, or in less upscale environs (pictures are good, too).  Memory cards are interchangeable between the cameras, and both will shoot HD video.  Don’t forget your memory cards, rechargeable battery packs and your chargers!
  • Compact Three-Outlet Power Strip – this is a travel version, rated for 110-240v 50-60 Hz, meaning that it can be used in the U.S. or in Europe.  Get a plug adapter for the cord and you can plug your U.S. appliances directly into the strip.

 

  • Plug Adapter – most of continental Europe uses a two-pronged plug with round prongs (except Britain, Ireland, Switzerland and parts of Italy).  With the universal power strip, above, I only need to bring one adapter.  Make sure, too, that the North American appliances/electronics you bring with you are dual voltage rated – they or their chargers should be marked “120-240v 50-60 Hz.”  Most modern electronics are dual voltage.  Some have a manual switch to change the voltage.

Last, But Not Least:

  • Passport – you’re not going anywhere without it.  Keep a separate copy of your passport in your luggage, and leave a copy of your passport at home to make it easier if you need to replace your passport while abroad.
  • Tickets / Reservation Confirmations – for your flights, your trains, your hotels and for any excursions you have pre-booked.  Email yourself a copy of all of your tickets and confirmations, and also bring good-old paper copies.  Consider preparing a master itinerary for yourself, which includes all of your reservation information in a handy summary.  Kayak.com offers a free service that allows you to email reservations to them (whether booked on Kayak or not) and Kayak will magically assemble an itinerary for you that you can save, email and print out.
  • Credit / Debit Cards – Bring only the cards you plan to use, but consider carefully the consequences if one won’t work overseas – this is particularly true for ATM cards.  Make sure you have a 4-digit pin to ensure the best chance of compatibility with European ATMs.  Keep in mind that European ATM cards have a smart chip embedded in them, and most retailers will not allow you to make a debit transaction (a/k/a point-of-sale (POS) purchase) with your ATM card if it does not have a chip.  Retailers will take U.S. credit cards without a chip (AMEX, Visa, MC, etc.), but investigate the foreign transactions fees your company will charge you.  Use cash for smaller purchases.  You typically get the best exchange rate by withdrawing cash from an ATM with your ATM card, anyway (and some banks do not charge a foreign transaction fee – look around and check with your bank).  Leave a copy of the front and back of your credit and ATM cards with a trusted relative or friend in case you lose your cards while abroad – this will make getting replacements easier.
  • Health Insurance Card
  • Prescription Medicine – bring enough for your trip, and a copy of your prescriptions.
  • Glasses/Contacts – consider bringing a spare pair or a copy of your prescription, just to be safe.

– See more at: http://traveltipsbyken.blogspot.com.tr/p/mens-packing-list-for-europe-ive.html#.VQJlDC7FXDc

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Top 10 Reasons to Travel to Bangkok

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As a city with over two decades of history, it is not impossible to get attracted with Bangkok. It flaunts off a vibrant environment which highlights the impressive fusion of different cultures, eras, and tastes. For this general reason, many people decide to travel to Bangkok; and here are the top 10 reasons why they should:1. Grand Palace

Visiting Bangkok will not be complete without a trip around the Grand Palace. Having served as the official residence of the King and his court, this royal complex is endowed with structures which showcase the grandiose Thai architecture. It is located at the banks of the Chao Phraya River.

2. WatArun

Bangkok is known for its temples, and one of the most stunning is the WatArun. Situated near the Chao Phraya River, this astounding temple is visited not just for its religious importance but because of its photogenic quality. Its spires are exceptionally beautiful when viewed during sunset.

3. Chao Phraya River

An important landmark of Bangkok is the Chao Phraya River. History-wise, it has played an important role so the city could achieve its present status. Tourism-wise, it is just so beautifully peaceful that it emanates a tranquil charm to everyone.

4. DamnoenSaduak Floating Market

One of the most fascinating features of Bangkokis the floating market. While on a boat, people can buy and haggle with vendors for the freshest fruits and vegetables. It is a way of living, a beautiful part of the city’s culture – and is thus important to be experienced by tourists.

5. Chinatown

For an exciting experience of going Chinese in Thailand, Chinatown is the place to be. It is brimming with Chinese stalls selling different items, medicines, and food. The area is basically famous for its exotic and colorful atmosphere. It is very lively during Chinese New Year.

6. Chatuchak Weekend Market

Probably one of the biggest weekend markets in the world, the Chatuchak Weekend Market brings shopping into a whole new level. Hundreds of stalls sell just about anything under the sun, for cheap prices. Haggling is even possible, and that doubles the fun.

7. Jim Thompson’s House

A remarkable icon in Bangkok is the Jim Thompson’s House. More than its pleasantly-designed layout, the house is famous for being a museum which exhibits different kinds of Thai silk.

8. Khao San Road

The fusion of different cultures is made evident in Khao San Road. Exceptionally vibrant and truly attractive, the area is home to various bars and restaurants, and other commercial establishments, which highlight the impressive features of the east and the west. Tourists will surely feel at ease in the place.

9. Wat Pho



During your Bangkok tour, it is important to visit Wat Pho. Seeing it completes one’s tour around the city. It earned its fame by housing the largest reclining Buddha in the world. Furthermore, it also features a popular massage school.

10. Lumphini Park


To break from all the modernity and explore nature without living the city, visit the Lumphini Park. It is an exceptionally beautiful and huge park which features plants, trees and ponds, which serves as a breather to people throttled by life’s fast pace.

Above are just some of the famous attractions in the city, and indeed there are more to discover. Thus, booking those flights to Bangkok, Thailand would surely be worth it.

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Top 10 Beautiful Beaches in Asia

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Below are Top Ten most beautiful beaches in Asia. Each possessing unique and stunning charms, these destinations will certainly take your breaths away.

1) Sipadan Beach Island (Malaysia)

A spectacular diving destination, Sipadan Beach is renowned for its clear waters. The marine life is amazingly gorgeous that every diver should witness even just once in their diving careers. The island doesn’t feature hotels since 2004 though, to take care of the environment. Nearest accommodations are located in Mabul Island which is just minutes away.

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2) Lang Co Beach (Vietnam)


Situated between Da Nang and Hue, Lang Co Beach in Vietnam is an amazing stretch of peninsula that features white sand beach and lines of palm trees. It also boasts of a turquoise blue lagoon that assures a pleasant surprise to those who will travel to Vietnam for this summer destination. The beach fronts the Pacific Ocean.

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3) Koh Tao (Koh Samui, Thailand)



One of the most relaxing beaches in Koh Samui, Thailand is the Koh Tao. Home to a pristine nature that features a bed of soft white sand, turquoise water, and a spectacular underwater environment, it is definitely a perfect place to unwind and rejuvenate.

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4) The Maldives

It is not impossible not to love The Maldives. The nation is composed of so many atolls which give home to stunning beaches. Sandbars are also common sight in the country, providing more touristic opportunities to people. Islands can be rented for private occasions.

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5) Tubkaak Beach (Krabi, Thailand)



Tukbaak Beach is certainly a nice reason to visit Thailand. Located on a corner
of the province, this beach boasts of a bed of white sand. The beach is also famous among snorkelers; and earns so much praises for the stunning sunset view it offers.

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6) El Nido Beach (Palawan, Philippines)


Famed for its blue waters and white sand, El Nido Beach defines luxury vacation best. For many locals and tourists, it is a perfect destination to escape the tiring environment of the urban. Aside from swimming and snorkeling, you can also visit the caves around the area for some historical and cultural adventures.

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7) White Beach (Boracay, Philippines)

One of the most beautiful beaches in the world, you should never hesitate to visit White Beach in Boracay Island, Philippines. Aside from the luxurious vacations it offers, the area also guarantees extravagant nightlife courtesy of the beachfront commercial establishments.

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8) Padang Padang Beach (Bali, Indonesia)

You are guaranteed a very relaxing summer vacation in Padang Padang Beach. Located at the south of Bukit Peninsula, it has an environment perfect for some laid-back experiences. Amateur surfers also love the place because of the calm waves.

Image source: Bali Surf Advisor

9) TanjungRhu Beach (Langkawi, Malaysia)

A secluded beach, the spectacular TanjungRhu Beach in Langkawi is a perfect destination for those who wish to get away from the crowd. Fronting the Indian Ocean, it features shallow water which the whole family will greatly love. It also flaunts a scenic view, thanks to the impressive rock formations in the area.

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10) PhuQuoc Beach (Vietnam)

Located at Vietnam’s largest island, revealing the breathtaking Gulf of Thailand, the PhuQuoc Beach is a spectacle. The white sand is almost as white as sugar and the waters are crystal clear. It surely makes up a perfect destination for a real summer vacation in a tropical place.

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Top 10 Things to Know About Bhutan

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When we travel, we always look for the unique things. After all, to find new discoveries and try new things are the main objectives of going to places. While there are many destinations around the world to serve the purpose, there is one place in Asia which extravagantly fulfills such aims.

Ladies and gentlemen, the Kingdom of Bhutan.

True enough, Bhutan is one of the most unique countries in the world. Here are some reasons why many adventure-seekers/culture-curious travelers are taking opportunities to take a tour to Bhutan:

1. Bhutan is the only Vajrayana Buddhist nation in the world. The locals regard its faith with utmost reverence; and there are many sacred dzongs in the country, including the Tiger’s Monastery which is distinctly perched on a mountain cliff.

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Tiger's Nest Monastery
Tiger’s Monastery / Taktsang Monastery

2. The currency used in Bhutan is Ngultrum (Nu.) but Indian Rupees are accepted as local tender, except the 500 and 1000 denominations.

3. It is in the constitution of Bhutan to keep 60% of the country forested. This is why high-rise buildings and industrial developments do not exist in the country. There aren’t any traffic lights in the country either.

4. Bhutan takes pride in being a carbon neutral country. Meaning, the air is completely unpopulated and is totally fresh.

5. The Bhutanese women run the family and business; while the men remain at home, maintaining the household.

Bhutanese women
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6. Every first Sunday of the month, Bhutan holds the ‘Pedestrian Day’. On this day, no one is allowed to use private vehicles.

Pedestrian Day in Bhutan
Pedestrian Day in Bhutan | Photo by: BBS

7. The use of plastic bags and selling of tobacco are strictly forbidden in Bhutan.

8. It is only on 1999 when Bhutan experiences television and internet connection. However, the latter doesn’t seem to have improved in time as fast connection cannot be expected even in hotels.

Buddhist monks during a computer class in Thimpu, Bhutan | Photo by: Stasiareport.com

9. English is taught in Bhutan schools and is used as the second language in the nation. Most people can then speak the tongue comfortably.

10. Only in 1974 when this conservative country decided to open its doors to tourism.

Basically, there are more things to discover about Bhutan; and these things can only be known when you go there yourself. So do not miss the opportunity and find the reasons. Savor the fun of being in a really exotic travel experience and create unforgettable memories.

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Top 10 Destinations in Indonesia

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Where to Go in Indonesia?
It is a common knowledge that each Asian country possesses unique characteristics and heritage which appeals even to Asians themselves. That is why many find cheap tickets to travel to different nations, and one of the most popular destinations is Indonesia.As the largest archipelago in the world, Indonesia is home to so many attractions in which travelers can experience what good life is. Here are the top 10:

1. Lombok Island

Photo Credit: Marie-Ange Ostré (source: Discover Lombok)
Travelers who are into the beach will surely find solace in Lombok Island. Tagged as one of the many paradises in Indonesia, it is a good venue not just for swimming but also for diving. The marine ecology composed mainly of colorful coral reefs and schools of unique fishes are spectacular to see.

2. Komodo Island

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With its magnificent environment and marine ecology, it is hard to let pass an opportunity to visit the Komodo Island. But it doesn’t end there; because this Indonesian isle has more than just unspoiled nature:  the Komodo Dragon, an endemic creature in Indonesia which is believed to be the closest specie to actual dragons.

3. Jakarta

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What trip to Indonesia will be complete without stopping by the capital city of Jakarta? As the political, financial and commercial center of the country, it plays hosts to so many modern buildings and attractions which will thrill everyone. Shopping malls, entertainment hubs, amusement parks, and many other establishments can be found there.

4. Borobodur

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Exuding the loveliest charm from thousands of years ago is the Mahayana Buddhist temple of Borobudur in Magelang, Central Java. It is the biggest Buddhist temple in the world, and constantly draws tourists for its intricate design which features more than 2000 relief panels and 504 Buddha statues. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

5. Mt. Kelimutu

 
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To those intending to take things into extremes, a trek to the craters of Mt. Kelimutu is recommended. It is a volcano which has three unique craters – unique because of its varying colors. Originally, the craters are said to be blue green, fiery green and red. But then it changed to different shades. Today, the craters are dark brown, red-brown, and turquoise.

6. Bangka Belitung Island

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Off the coast of Sumatra, it is a great alternative for people who wish to escape the crowd in Bali. It is a beach island, renowned for its white shore. Furthermore, it has a spectacular nature, making island hopping, diving and snorkeling great activities to do. As it is a commercialized island already, accommodation, dining and shopping facilities are available.

7. Yogyakarta

Indonesia has a very interesting culture; and for those who wish to explore it more, a visit to Yogyakarta is necessary. As one of the oldest cities in the country, it is home to cultural attractions detailing how unique Indonesian heritage is. Start the tour with a visit to Taman Sari, the renowned water castle.

8. Bunaken Marine Park

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Marine ecology in Indonesia is definitely fantastic! It is proven true by the Bunaken Marine Park in Sulawesi Island. It is home to almost 400 species of unique coral reefs, as well as different schools of marine creatures. It is a national park, and is highly regarded among nature lovers.

9. Raja Ampat, Papua

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Proving further that the marine ecology of Indonesia is one of a kind is the Raja Ampat in Papua. Marine biodiversity is truly superb with its colorful and unspoiled reefs. With its name taken from a local mythology story, the place sure feels like created, designed and maintained with magic.

10. Bali

When we talk about Indonesia, Bali often comes to mind first. Why not? It is the most popular beach island in Indonesia, and is a favorite destination for many tourists. It is densely commercialized yet preservation of its nature and heritage are evident. Aside from the beaches, cultural and historical places may be found here.

Indonesia is one exciting country which will surely satiate travelers’ needs for good experience. It is the perfect getaway as it is easily accessed from most parts of Asia. Thus, people need not to hesitate in coming there. It is a nice place, a paradise even.

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10 Most Popular Singapore Tourist Spots

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There is no denying that Singapore is a very stunning country. Clean, disciplined, and brimming with beautiful places, the nation is definitely a favorite destination by many jetsetters. There are lots to do when there.

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A Hollywood Tradition — My Thanksgiving Travel Tips

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The Thanksgiving holiday is the peak travel weekend of the year (in America. The rest of the world could give a rat’s ass about Thanksgiving.) So as a public service, here again — and with a few additions — are some travel tips:

Leave for the airport NOW.

Bring no luggage. Wearing the same clothes for a week is a small price to pay. Plus, the airlines now charge you for check-in luggage AND blankets. Pretty soon pressurized air will also be extra.

Southwest has no reserved seating. Get in one of the latter groups boarding. You don’t want to be one of the first to sit then watch as fifty people glance at the empty seat next to you, then to you, and decide to sit somewhere else. Even in the last row.

If you have children under the age of five tell your relatives one has an earache and make everyone come to YOU.

Those people in the Stand-By line – those are the same people who think they can get rich selling Amway products, and the Tooth Fairy really exists. Don’t fly Stand-By unless you like sleeping in airport terminals for five days.

If you rent from Hertz plan on a two hour wait just to get your car. Unless you’re one of their “preferred” customers in which case allow only one hour.

When rental car companies recommend you use premium gasoline put in regular. It’s cheaper, it’ll run just fine, and it’s not your car.

Before you pull off the road to a Chuck E. Cheese for lunch, remember their namesake is a rat.

Air travelers: avoid O’Hare. Better to land in Dallas, even if your destination is Chicago.

If you’re dropping someone off at the airport don’t even think you’ll be able to stop. Have your travelers practice the tuck and roll from a moving car. The first couple of times they’ll bounce but by the fourth or fifth try they should have it down.

Watch the DVD of HOSTEL on your laptop. The bigger the screen, the better.

There’s more legroom in Exit rows. When the flight attendants ask if you are willing to help out in case of emergency just say yes. Like it’s going to make a big difference anyway if you crash.

There are NO bargains in the Sky Mall magazine.

When you’re stuck in St. Louis and all flights are grounded (and trust me, you WILL be), grab lunch at JBucks.

Never pay to see an in-flight movie starring Debra Messing.

Put a big strip of duct tape on your luggage so you’ll recognize it easily. And it makes a nice fashion statement.

If you’re flying with small children see if there’s such a thing as “Flintstones Valium”.

In-flight alcoholic beverages are expensive. Better to drink heavily at the airport before boarding.

And finally, watch PLANES, TRAINS, & AUTOMOBILES again and think of it as a “best” case scenario.

Happy trails to you all.

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