14
May

These Apps are a Must Have for any Travel Enthusiast

Before traveling, there are a lot of things that you have to remember to do, such as planning activities, ensuring all your documents are up to date, and packing everything that you might need for your trip. If you are an avid traveler and often forget to do something essential, it might be time to consider doing something to make sure you are completely prepared for your trip. Whilst some people like to make lists, there are also some really great apps available that are a must-have for any travel enthusiast. Here are just a few that you should consider downloading:

LoungeBuddy

LoungeBuddy is the perfect app for travelers that like to do things on a budget. If you spend a lot of time in airports thanks to long layovers or flights that often get delayed, this app will make your flying experience so much more comfortable. All you have to do is enter your credit card details, airline status, and lounge memberships and the app will tell you which lounges in the airport will let you in for free, or which ones you can buy a cheap day pass for.

 

TransferWise

If you are tired of losing money thanks to unfair conversion rates when you transfer money whilst on holiday, then the transfer services for abroad by Transferwise will really improve your entire traveling experiences. This safe and easy app will allow you to transfer money up to eight times more cheaply than the back does thanks to thanks to it’s the system that bypasses expensive international payments.

 

Hostelworld

Hostelworld is a great app for when you are planning a backpacking trip with minimal costs. The app does exactly what you would expect from an accommodation app or website, however, the design of the website and the interactivity sets it apart as it allows you to see exactly where the hostel is in relation to where you want to visit and also shows you many reviews to make sure that you are staying somewhere clean and safe.

 

Skyscanner

Skyscanner is probably an app that you have already heard of, thanks to its great reputation for finding hundreds of flights at the cheapest possible price. With the app searching over 1,200 sources to find the best available option, you don’t have to look much further to be sure that there aren’t better cheap flights are out there. You can also keep tabs on your favorite flights and destinations, which allows the app to send notifications to your phone if the price changes at all.

 

TripIt

TripIt is the perfect app for you if planning your itinerary is the most stressful part of your trip. Making sure that your flights, transport, and hotel check-in times are all correct and line up can be difficult, however with TripIt, all you have to do is forward your flight, hotel and all booking confirmations to the app’s email address and the app will set up and show you a detailed itinerary. This takes the stress out of things completely on the day of travel itself so all you have to worry about is how you’re going to relax.

 

These apps are just a handful of the hundreds that are available to make your travel experience just slightly easier, whether that is with the actual planning of your trip or once you arrive at your holiday destination, there’s bound to be an app to help you with that. If you like the sound of these apps and want to find out about some more, just look for some on the app store or on the internet, see what else is out there.

 

 

 

30
Apr

Best Destinations for a Couples Holiday

Going on holiday with your significant other is always a fun experience, especially if the relationship is quite new and you have never traveled together before. It can allow the two of you to bond and get to know each other better, as well as have an amazing time together exploring new countries and new cultures. Although, it can be hard to decide on a destination that you both would enjoy, which would also have places and activities that appeals to both you and your partner. This is especially true if your tastes are quite different, they do say opposites attract after all! If you are struggling to think of the best destination for you and your partner, this list might be helpful for you:

Paris

I’m sure it is no surprise that Paris is on this list, as it isn’t famously known as The City of Love for nothing. Thanks to the food and wine, the beautiful sites, and the romantic language, Paris has become a very popular destination for couples holidays. Couples flock to the city on their honeymoons, to celebrate their anniversaries or just for romantic getaways. Whether you decide to take the guided tours available around the city, or just take your time getting to know it at your own pace, you are guaranteed to enjoy your time in Paris.

Venice

This famous city is one that everyone should visit if they get the chance, regardless of whether it is for a romantic couples holiday or not. The beautiful canals and small restaurants tucked away down side alleys, make you feel like you have been transported to an entirely new world. You or your partner can take a ride in a gondola, which may be pricey but are definitely worth it for the romance. With other must-see sights, such as the Rialto Bridge and St. Mark’s Square, you are unlikely to get bored, however, if you do and you’re looking for a fun activity to do with your partner as you sit on your Venetian balcony, check out ponly. Here you will find conversation and question games to play with your significant other, which will easily pass time in the evenings.

The Caribbean

A popular holiday destination, for families, friends, and couples, the Caribbean has many destinations that you and your partner will enjoy. Whether you stay in a hotel on a resort, in a private villa or cottage, or really anywhere else, you are bound to have a good time thanks to the huge difference in culture, the people you will meet and the gorgeous sights to see. There are also many cruises to take around the Caribbean, something that you and your partner should consider as it can be argued that everyone should go on a cruise at least once in their life.

Santorini

This Greek island is, according to some on the internet, one of the most romantic holiday destinations a couple can go on, thanks to the beautifully whitewashed town of Oia found on the island. The town has become a hugely popular destination for honeymoons thanks to the unique buildings built into the side of a cliff and breathtaking ocean views. The town is also very well known for the sunsets that can be seen there, provided perfect photo-ops to remember your holiday by. Whether you are going for your honeymoon or just a holiday away, definitely consider this Greek island, if not for the beautiful sights then the chance to discover and learn about a new and interesting culture.

Tokyo

If timed correctly, booking a holiday to visit this city or many other Japanese cities at the start of the year, you may get to see the famous cherry blossoms. This beautiful once a year occurrence is something that you are likely to remember for the rest of your life and will definitely make your holiday with your significant other extremely special. As well as this, the Japenese culture is hugely different from that of the western world, making it an ideal destination to go and learn about new foods and ways of life. Whilst often thought of as busy, you and your partner might just enjoy the hustle and bustle of Tokyo.

 

31
Mar

The 7 Most Luxurious Holidays On Earth

Stress is a factor in everyone’s life, but one of the best ways to take your mind of things and improve your life is to book a luxury holiday to a destination faraway from the anxieties of work and homelife.

This is because knowing you have a holiday coming up will bring more positive thoughts, and more positive thoughts means more positive experiences. This, of course, is the law of attraction, and while it may seem confusing, simply looking up a review of the manifestation magic course will help you understand why positive thoughts are so helpful and consequently, why booking a luxury holiday would be so beneficial!

1. Elounda, Crete

While Elounda is a cheap, don’t be fooled by the price. This once quiet fishing village is now a luxurious holiday destination with picturesque scenery and fantastic hotels.

2. Cascais, Portugal

Located just 20km from Lisbon, Cascais is full of incredible luxury restaurants and bars.

3. Limon, Costa Rica

Costa Rica is the perfect place for action packed adventure. Whether its zip-lining over the treetops of the Monteverde Cloud forest or white-water rafting down the Balsa river, if you if you have a family but still want luxury Limon is a perfect destination.

4. Pattaya City, Thailand

Filled with picturesque beaches, rich Buddhist history, and arguably the best nightlife in the world, Pattaya is a perfect luxury destination regardless of what you’re looking for.

5. Maldives

Comprised of over 1000 isles, the sea life here in almost beyond imagination. The luxury hotels here also usually have stilts above the water, meaning you can wake up and jump right in!

6. Tokyo, Japan

The epicenter of Japans renowned culture and geography lies in this bustling city, so it’s perfect for visiting one of Asia’s true gems.

  1. New York, USA

While Tokyo may be one of the epicenters of Asia, New Yok is the cultural equivalent in the Americas, essentially being the center of Western culture today. So if it’s relaxation rather than exploration you’re after, New York could be the perfect place.

 

9
Mar

Cycling Holidays in the Netherlands

While, the Netherlands is famous for many things, it’s low and flat landscape is one famous aspect that makes it perfect for cycling. In addition to this, almost a fifth of the country is made up canals, lakes, and rivers, making cycling extremely enjoyable. Consequently, there are actually more bikes in Holland than residents, and in cities like Amsterdam and the Hague around 7 out of 10 journeys are made by bicycle.

Why are there so many bikes?

Prior to WW2, journeys in the country were mostly made by bike, however car ownership skyrocketed in the 50’s and 60’s and this squeezed out cyclists. However, it also had the consequence of skyrocketing the number of deaths on the roads, with there being 450 children killed in 1971 alone. This led to a social movement named Stop the Child Murder calling for safer cycling conditions for children. In addition to this, around the same time oil-producing companies stopped exporting oil to Western Europe due to the Middle East oil crisis of 1973, and this made the Dutch question the sustainability of motor vehicles. These two combined factors led to the government massively investing in infrastructure for bikes, and this is why so many people cycle there today.

Why is cycling still so great today?

In most cities cycling paths are segregated from traffic, and where space is scarce and bikes and cars have to share, it is bikes who have priority. This is even true for roundabouts, as cars have to wait for cyclists to pass before they can go.

Cyclists are actually accommodated in the same way car-drivers are in other countries, with bike facilities being widespread across the country. There are parking facilities complete with electronic counters that register how many spots are still available.

This is why so many people choose to go on cycling holidays to the Netherlands. It’s scenic, its flat and the Dutch have made it very easy to get around by investing greatly in infrastructure for cyclists. There are also many places where you can hire a bike from, with bike rental Amsterdam being particularly great for prices and bike options. So, if you’re looking to get away from the noise and stress that is usually impossible to get away from in places like the US and the UK, a cycling holiday in the Netherlands may the perfect way to do it.

 

6
Mar

The Most Fun Games to Play on an Aeroplane

Making a long flight enjoyable is a substantial task, we’ve all been there on those really long flights and time is going so slow, whether it be down to the excitement of getting away or down to something irritating you on the plane – the uncomfortable seats or that inevitable crying baby a good game can really help those flights to fly by! Especially if you are travelling with youngsters a board game can be a great way to keep children occupied and happy during an exhausting flight as posted on lifehacks those who are prepared with activities for their children say that the flight was calmer.

 

Blackjack.

This classic family game is a great way to keep you occupied on the plane, if you have a competitive streak then this would be perfect for you. The games can last a long time making it great for keeping everyone busy and this really is a classic card game that everyone should know how to play, it provides reliable fun and can be a great way of not only providing entertainment but encouraging your brain to do something a little more productive which can also encourage you to stay awake should you be running on little sleep.

 

Eye Spy.

Eye spy is that classic and reliable game that works great at keeping little ones entertained and calm, this game involves selecting an object in your surroundings and making the others player guess what it is based on the first letter. This game is a great way of entertaining your family young and old but it is especially great as it can encourage children who may be a little nervous flying to be comfortable with their surroundings, at the end of  the day the best way to have a good flight is to keep your children calm and happy and eye spy is a tried and tested way of achieving this.

 

Monopoly,

Another classic game that provides hours and hours and hours of entertainment would have to be monopoly, this classic property auction game is not only a solid entertainment tool but it is also great at teaching children things about money handling and property selling, although a little premature learning anything whilst having a good time is definitely a positive. Although, this game is great fun it can be extremely competitive so I would maybe avoid this one if you tend to row over things like this, nobody needs a fistfight on the plane.

 

Scrabble.

Scrabble is another great example of a game that makes you think, this is another tried and tested game that encourages you to use your brain which is great for easing the tension of a flight as well as helping to keep you awake if you haven’t gotten much sleep. This one is great for the kids as it encourages them to have fun whilst they are learning and expanding their vocabularies so it really does kill two birds with one stone in terms of keeping everyone occupied on the flights whilst teaching everyone a thing or two.

 

Pictionary.

Another classic game is pictionary, this game can be bought in a smaller, more convenient travel version that is great for just throwing in the hand luggage to be whipped out when something to do is required. This extremely fun and entertaining picture finding game is a hit with everyone and the competitive element means that the whole family can enjoy playing with each other for a good few hours. This game is another example of a game you can’t go wrong with in terms of entertainment and usefulness as it provides fun for the whole family and can really ease the stresses of flying.

 

Hangman.

Finally one of the simpler games on this list would have to be hangman, it’s simple, it doesn’t cost anything apart from maybe a pen and paper and can provide endless guessing fun for all the family. This really is a solid choice in terms of helping to ease the stresses of flying as it can be set up and started relatively quick and easily meaning that should a problem or conflict arise it can be resolved almost immediately.

5 Great Locations for a Boating Holiday

Llangollen Canal, North Wales

Now I know the first one on this list would have been expected to be somewhere hot and abroad, but a boating holiday in North Wales is not one to be missed. Travelling through miles and miles of breathtaking Welsh countryside and all of the quaint Welsh towns, it would be great for those wanting an extremely relaxed holiday away from the hustle and bustle of the city. My advice would be to sit back, enjoy the countryside and maybe a pint with a pub lunch

River Thames

Another great option would be a boat trip along the Thames, slap bang in the middle of what is arguably the most interesting city in England you won’t be short of things to do. Travelling down the Thames is a great way to see the city all in one trip and with the option to stop off around London why not see the sights and go for a drink or a bite to eat in the huge range of bars or restaurants that are available

Venice

An obvious choice for a boating holiday would definitely be Venice, this city is truly remarkable and how romantic would it be to travel down the lakes in a cozy little boat with a glass of wine. It really is the stuff of dreams and should the opportunity arise to go I would definitely take it

Amsterdam

Another great choice for a boating holiday would be Amsterdam, so much culture in such a unique city, the canals are a great way to travel and is definitely a place to go

France

Finally, one of the classier places for a boating holiday would have to be France, as a place in general France is an amazing place when it comes to the food and the wine and the views. When travelling by boat you are able to experience France in a whole new way