Dis-Crete Getaway

9 February 2017

Finding that special island paradise for a few weeks of RnR can be tricky but there are a few spots across the world that really deliver the whole package. One of the best destinations for real island living are the glorious Greek islands and the most pretty of all is arguably Crete.

Crete is steeped in history from the ancient greek gods to the second world war. It is a long thin island with beaches offering a variety of visual pleasures. From the pink sands of Elafonisi to the long stretching golden miles of Falasarna. Not a renowned noisy destination for global tourists, but the hot spot for greeks taking a break from the mainland, the northern city of Chania offers you something magnificent. The Venetian harbour could almost have you thinking you are in Italy, with its cobbled narrow streets and dozens of outdoor restaurants, this is a city for romance. Sitting outside surrounded by ancient ruins dotted in fairy lights you will realise this island paradise is more appealing than a tropical paradise.

The landscape is varied and what will strike you is just how mountainous the island is. Lush green gorges make this a hiking holiday dream and for those who love to forage you will be rewarded with wild capers and wild horta (A wild green which is native to Crete, packed with vitamins and served in almost every restaurant)

Beach life is incredible and due to the amount of fantastic quality sandy shores, you won’t be subjected to over-crowding or sunbed fights. Crime on the island is very low so you can slip off your thongs, abandon your towel and not be worried they will go missing whilst you take a dip in beautiful turquoise waters. Whilst there are resorts offering up a fantastic range of watersports, these tend to be focussed on the west side of the island. Head north-east for real idyllic time out and the craziest action you’ll get is someone mooching past on a pedalo.

Whilst Greece is known for the greasy kebab and does offer up a large variety of fried foods, head away from the photo card menus to the smaller, quieter eateries. Dakos is a must try and truly a unique fusion between meze and bruschetta. Served on a barley rusk instead of bread and drizzled in the famous olive oil, the crisp rusk soaks up the juices of tomato and saltiness of feta cheese. Almost every village in Crete has it’s own signature cheese so ask your waiter to bring you their local version. Try the wine, white is better, red is a little hit and miss but if you find a good one then you will experience a beautifully smooth, full bodied drink which will stay with you. The island diet is predominantly vegetarian however they do specialise in chicken and squid. Try the deep fried courgettes with a little squeeze of fresh lemon.

Crete is an island to fall in love with and will have you desperate to return again and again.

Pack Light For An Extended Trip With A Capsule Wardrobe

They say that once you’ve got the travel bug, you never can sit still again. Once you’ve been out there and seen what the world has to offer, even if just on a short break, you realize just how amazing our planet it and just how much there is to see and do in it. Once you've caught the travel bug, the chances are that sooner or later you are going to want to get out there and spend longer exploring the world - a two-week vacation only lets you see so much, whereas an extended trip gives you the chance to see the authentic side of a country.

Instead of talking about where you should go, what you should see, and who you should travel with, today I’m talking fashion and how to use a capsule wardrobe to pack light when heading off an extended trip. It’s not like you need the extra baggage charges, is it? So packing light is a must, especially if you plan on traveling around. To make packing the perfect capsule wardrobe easier, below are a few suggestions to take note of.

Take the climate into account

The first thing is to take the climate into account. Admittedly, if you are planning on traveling to more than one continent, this can be a little tricky. However, wherever you plan on going, make sure to take the climate into account when packing. As the last thing you want is to have to waste money on buying extra items of clothing.

Pick a basic color scheme

For capsule wardrobe success, it’s a good idea to pick a color scheme to work around. Take into account the types of items you plan on taking with you, as this may dictate your color scheme. Leggings are a must-have, which means that black needs to be part of your color scheme. A neutral color scheme made up of black, white, and gray clothing should work well, you can then pick pieces from your wardrobe or buy new pieces that will work with this color scheme.

Don’t forget plenty of accessories

To ensure that your capsule wardrobe doesn’t get boring, make sure to pack plenty of accessories. Ideally, you want these to be little things that you can use to jazz up each look. Think jewelry, bags, hats, scarves, and shoes.

Pick pieces that don’t need ironing

Don’t make the mistake of packing items that will need ironing, because you won’t have access to an iron. Pick pieces that you can wash, hang up, and that will dry crease-free. The last thing you want to have to waste your money on while traveling is a launderette.

Don’t plan for ‘what ifs'

Whatever you do, don’t make the mistake of planning for ‘what ifs’. The truth is if you pack items in case you need them, you are going to end up with far too many clothes in your suitcase. So, don’t think about what ifs, instead just pack items that you know are adaptable. Take leggings, for instance; they can be great for casually teaming with a cute tee when exploring or can be teamed with a dress for a night out - pick pieces that are adaptable.

So, there you have it, how to use a capsule wardrobe to pack light for an extended trip.

The Singapore Sling

4 February 2017

Asia is the biggest continent in the world and offers travellers a variety of scenery, culture and cuisine but if you are looking for a destination with incredible night life, you need look no further than Singapore.

Singapore is a modern and vibrant city which really comes alive at night. It is home to the singapore sling a fantastic cocktail of gin, cherry brandy, Cointreau, Dom Benedictine, Grenadine, mellowed with lime and pineapple juice. One of the best places to sample this is the iconic Raffles Hotel. In 1915 mixologists first created this cocktail right here, so heading to the hotels Long Bar is a must to kick start your evening.

If you like to take your parties outside the Tanjong Beach Club hold Full Steam Ahead three times a year. You’ll be barefooting under the full moon to some of the country’s best DJ’s all to the backdrop of Singapore’s magnificent skyline. Take this spiritual vibe a step further by slipping off to Going Om. There is a very tiny hippy community in Singapore and this amazing venue has been heavily influenced by Nepalese culture. You will be entertained by fire twirlers, dancers and acoustic performances. All from the comfort of giant pillows. Outside most of the seating is covered in foliage, bringing a real natural vibe to this modern party den. It may be worth considering these tips for staying safe when travelling alone if you want to take in the best of Singapore without getting into trouble.

If you really want to admire the panoramic views of singapore then head up to Ku De Ta. It is a super classy venue in Marina Bay Sands Skypark and sits 257m above sea level. After a bite to eat at the famous Cedele Bakery Cafe move your night up a notch and watch the sunset from the best view in Asia. If you need to come back to earth, you can do it gradually by hitting the highest bar in the world’s dance floor which enjoys unobstructed views of the city lights. The resident DJ is pretty well known in the city and apparently takes requests, just try not to cheese it up too much!

If you fancy a night out with a little bit of a health kick then try a TCM cocktail at Jekyll & Hyde. These guys have taken ingredients from traditional chinese medicine and mixed them up with a few ‘better for you’ spirits such as sake, white rum and vodka. We can’t guarantee the health benefits of using shiitake mushrooms in a cocktail but it’s has to be worth a try right?

Through the city there are plenty of other, less party, things to try. Singapore doesn’t shut down at 10pm. It keeps going as long as you do. It doesn’t matter what age you are, if you are travelling alone or on a romantic trip, Singapore really does have it all. Breathtaking views, incredible people and a soul that will leave you with memories to treasure for the rest of your life.

The Many Secrets Of A Private Holiday Home

If travelling is a wonderful thing, what makes it so is to be able to share perfect moments with the people you care the most about. It is about being able to take your family, or to go with your friends, and enjoy a peaceful break together, or maybe discover new horizons at the same time. However, when you choose to go on holiday, there are many options that you could choose from. Would you prefer to stay in a hotel? Would you rather pick a rental vacation? Both have their pros and cons, of course. But for today, what we want to look at, is why renting a private home is the best thing that could happen to you when your feet are feeling itchy with travel lust.

Cheaper For Holidaymakers

For a start, if you are planning a holiday with your friends or your family, or even both, you will soon find that the hotel costs can be very high. While travelling in numbers can be an advantageous experience when it comes to group tours and safety, it can also be quite an investment when you start considering hotel rooms and restaurants. Going private for your holiday plan and renting a home for your group can save up to 50% compared to hotel prices. Additionally, you will also see huge savings when it comes to food, as you can organize to cook a lot yourself. This means more money for all the other activities!

A Smart Investment To Attract Urban Holidaymakers

There’s another advantage that is worth considering for those who love to go back to the same region. Why don’t you consider buying a rental property so that you don’t need to look for a place to stay every year? If you think this sounds like a risky investment, think again! Holiday homes in peaceful retreats, such as the beautiful Catskill Mountains which attract VIPs looking for an incognito life, are becoming the next buy-to-let investment across the globe, with landlords making huge benefits on the renting of their properties. So maybe it’s worth looking for holiday properties to buy at a short distance of urban areas? You could get in touch with real estate agencies locations that are easy to reach and famously quiet, such as Windham NY real estate in the Catskills - an attractive world of celebrities only 2 hours of NYC - and discuss the different options that are available for your finances.

A Space To Call Your Own

Finally, a private home is a place where you make your own rule, whether you go as a holidaymaker and a landlord. There’s no room service to clean the room, but at the same time, there’s no room service to wake you up. If you wake up too late, you don’t have to skip breakfast because you’ve missed the buffet hours; you can simply open the fridge and pour yourself a glass of orange juice while you ponder whether to continue with cereals or a delicious croissant. You can enjoy the holiday at your own pace, and you can spend the evening chatting together without the hotel staff clearing up the bar area around you, or other guests frowning at you. And more importantly, if this is your property, you are free to decorate as you see fit. This means total freedom for a huge homely feeling.

Travel In Numbers: Any Excuse For A Group Trip!

28 January 2017

Travel is one of the most beautiful gifts the modern age has given us. Nowadays, you can travel the entire world in a matter of weeks. And, you can do it all at once, if you want to. This has built a massive industry. But, travel comes with it’s drawbacks. The biggest of all is the people you care about. Leaving friends and family behind is never easy. So, why not just take them with you? This post is going to go through some of the reasons you should consider this sort of trip for your own clan!

When travelling in a group, you have a host of benefits. People always have the chance to go off and do their own thing, without feeling bad that they’re leaving people behind. And, you have the bonus of safety in numbers. Of course, you have to be careful, still. But, being in a group seriously limits your chances of danger. You will be able to book things cheaper if you plan ahead. Most hotels will give big discounts for bulk bookings and early reservations. And, that’s not it. You’ll also have the chance to experience the world with people that you’ve never traveled with before. This will open up your mind and the way that you see different places. So, it’s a great way to get more from your holiday than you would with just the closest family.

Of course, being in a big group will pose some limitations. You won’t be able to do certain things as a group, simply because of space. But, there is still loads that can be done. Hiring things like boats or cars becomes a lot cheaper, with more people. And, if you want to take a tour, you might be able to book the whole thing. This will help to make sure that you avoid having to mingle with strangers. Of course, this isn’t a problem for some. But, being able to enjoy things with just your close ones is a great treat. You may also be able to book entire catering venues for your group. This will help to keep your experience as close as possible.

Moving around the world with this many people isn’t going to be easy, though. You need to plan ahead. For traveling overseas, planes are by far the best option. But, when traveling in numbers, you need to book the tickets well in advance. Otherwise, you may not be able to get enough for the group. If you’re traveling inland, though, you have more options. Charter buses are one of the best ways to see your own country. They’re as comfortable as planes and can be hired by one large group. So, you won’t have to travel with strangers. You should always look at reviews for these companies, though. Pages like will give you a good idea of the stranding of different companies.

Hopefully, this will inspire you to stop your lone wandering, and see some of the World with different people. Traveling with outers will always make the experience more rich. You will see things that you would’ve otherwise ignored. And, you’ll never be lonely. Ultimately, for some, this is the very best way to travel.

Trouble Free Travels! How To Stay Safe Out While On Your Travelling On Your Own

25 January 2017

Like the old song goes "there's no cure like travel." Few things are better for giving you a fresh perspective, opening your mind and just brushing away the cobwebs like traveling the world. This can be especially true when you're traveling alone. There's nothing quite like getting the chance to get away from it all and really reconnect with yourself without having to worry about all of the noise and distractions of your daily life. But that's not to say that traveling alone doesn't come with its share of risks. In fact, despite how incredible solo travel can be, it can also make you pretty vulnerable as well. To make sure that nothing happens to spoil your personal journey, here are a few ways to make sure that you stay safe on your travels.

Mind your belongings

Pickpockets and thieves can spot travelers a mile away, not only that but they're particularly on the lookout for people traveling on their own. You don't want to spend your entire trip looking over your shoulder or treating every person you meet with suspicion, but it's a good idea to keep an eye out and make sure that you know where your valuables are at any given time. Make sure to keep things like money and ID as close to your body as you can, that way if anyone tries to take them, you're that much more likely to notice. Of course, you're never going to be able to fit everything in your pockets, and if it's hot then bulky pocketed clothes aren't really going to be an option, so you should make sure that you invest in a good anti theft cross body bag as well.

Watch what you're eating

One of the best things about traveling to a new place is getting to sample all of the wonderful, exotic food. But be careful, your stomach might not be all that well adapted to the kinds of cuisine that are being served in certain places around the world. This goes double for markets and street food. If you're the kind of person with a slightly more delicate constitution, then it's probably a good idea to only eat at places you're sure you can trust. At the very least you should pack some indigestion and nausea tablets. The last thing you want is to spend the majority of the trip stuck in the bathroom.

Dress for the occasion

Before you set off anywhere, make sure that you know what the climate is going to be like. Far too many people have had their trips cut short because they didn't pack the right clothes for where they were going. Whether it's heatstroke or frostbite, a lot of problems can be avoided with the right choice of wardrobe. When you're traveling alone, this is doubly important since you won't have anyone to lend you clothes or look after you. You should also think about footwear; you don't want to end up trying to climb a mountain in your smartest shoes or wandering through a sweltering market in leather boots.

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