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7 Awesome Things to do in Malaysia that makes Malaysia a must visit destination

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A trip to Malaysia guarantees you lifetime of memories to cherish. There’s so much to see, do and enjoy that selecting the best is no mean task. Be it food, adventures, shopping, or entertainment, Malaysia has everything in abundance. Blessed with exceptional natural beauty, the island country beckons mountain hikers, nature lovers and laid- back holiday seekers alike.

Omitting the most famous touristy things to do, we have brought to you the list of 7 awesome things that you’ll best enjoy only in Malaysia.

1. Explore the best of Cameron Highlands

Yes, we all know Genting highlands. It’s very beautiful, but head up north from Genting to explore the mystic Cameron highlands which is in its full might and beauty between December and February. Greenery as far as you can see and luscious landscapes will captivate your senses. Enjoy jungle trekking, take a stroll in the sprawling tea plantations, or simply soak in the mesmerizing sights of the stunning viewpoints.

Traveler’s Tip: if you are not a crowd person, avoid the best time to visit Cameron highlands. Instead, go during the off season. The beauty is the same and you get all the required time and privacy for a personal rendezvous with nature.

2. Climb the Mount Murud

One of the last unspoiled places in Malaysia- Sarawak’s Kelabit highlands are full of rich flora and a beautiful climate that takes you away from all the worries of the world. The first ever climber on the mountain- Eric Mjoherg described the place as an unforgettable paradise. Going on a trek here is one of the nature’s most rewarding experiences ever.

Traveler’s Tip: to celebrate the grandeur of the place, every year an annual pilgrimage is taken to the mountain and therefore, there are various wooden houses built to accommodate over 1500 people. So in case you want to stay for the night, no problems!

3. Visit the amazing Batu Caves and have the best Chinese meal outside China

Just when you thought the iconic Batu Caves is the only good thing you should be looking forward to, you get the surprise of one of the best Chinese meals right at the foot of the Batu caves. Almost a legend, Pan Heong restaurant serves the most authentic and delicious Chinese meals. Take the trek of ardent 272 steep steps to Batu caves, admire the mesmerizing skyline from the top point and come back with a giant hunger to do complete justice to the sumptuous food at Pan Heong.

Traveler’s Tip: try the Chinese fried flat noodles. They call it Sang Har Kwey Teow. Its divine, and the quantity is good enough to satiate your giant appetite.

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4. Admire the shades of blue oceans at the Pulau Payar Marine Park

While on your visit to Langkawi, Pulau Payar Marine Park is one of the best things to do. It’s an amazing place to try the exciting water sports. The place has an exceptionally beautiful marine life and truly magnificent corals. Whether or not you are interested to dive into the water or test your guts with the adventure sports, you still have to visit the park to soak in the beauty of the place and the variety of different shades of blue waters that surrounds it.

Traveler’s Tip: the island is uninhabited and therefore, there are no hotels or resorts found. The nearest island is Langkawi which is an hour away, and you will have to take a speed boat ride to and fro from the island.

5. Take a river Safari at the Kinabatangan River in Sabah

Home to the world’s most diverse ecosystems and the longest river of Sabah, the Kinabatangan forest adjoining the river is one of the country’s most famous wildlife sanctuary and you can easily spot many exotic species like Asian elephants, Proboscis monkey, and Sumatran Rhinos. Take a river Safari to discover the astounding ecosystem of the place and the abundant wildlife.

Traveler’s Tip: go on a night safari. Its fun, its adventurous and you can spot many nocturnal animals in their natural habitat. Most of the good tour operators offer this as a part of itinerary in their Malaysia Holiday Packages. So, don’t forget to ask for it.

6. Take a walk in one of the world’s oldest and prehistoric Rainforest in Pehang

Estimated to be over 130 million years old, the Taman Negara national park is one of the world’s oldest rainforests. Discover the mind blowing landscapes, rich flora and fauna, and Mount Tahan- the highest mountain in Malaysian Peninsula. Enjoy a variety of eco- adventure activities such as rapid shooting, canoeing, mountain and jungle trekking. Explore ancient limestone caves and also visit the indigenous community settlement of Orang asli.

Traveler’s Tip: take a walk along the world’s longest canopy to have the mesmerizingly beautiful view of the forest. Also, spend a night in the observation hide to catch a glimpse of the nocturnal animals in their habitat.

7. Visit Sarawak Cultural Village- the living Cultural Museum

Its hard to come across such a lively way of cultural explanation. Located in the foothills of the mighty Mount Santubong, the Sarawak Cultural Village is an award winning live display of the cultural heritage of Sarawak. Beautiful costumes, amazing handicrafts, traditional lifestyles and dwellings of the main communities showcasing their ethnic diversity; visiting the Sarawak Cultural Village is definitely one of the most awesome things to do in Malaysia. The place shows exceptional live performances by local artists and it also hosts the renowned international events such as World Harvest Festival and Rainforests World Music Festival.

Traveler’s Tip: spend time at the village to soak in the ethnicity. Visit the beautiful long houses and take a peek into the lives of different ethnic tribes. Don’t forget to take part in the interactive music workshop in the Rainforest Music House. The experience is every bit worth your time.

To completely experience the diversity of Malaysia, you have to travel it like a local and not as a tourist. Skip the regular attractions and go for the experiences that brings you closer to the roots of the country. Explore the abundant natural resources of this magnificent island and experience the tranquility of the soul of Malaysia.

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Travelling to Perth? Read this first.

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Perth is having a moment; there’s no way to deny it.

From the local brews to the hipster central hotspots, Perth is Australia’s new must-see destination and it’s not hard to see why. Awesome barrier reefs, expansive desert landscapes, wine country, white sand and blue water beaches, creative little creatures, and more are all rolled into one fantastic hotspot on Western Australia’s Coast and it’s a great place to vacation.

While I tend to take the road less travelled—beer tours! music festivals! fancy eats!—there’s a guide to getting the good stuff like a local as well, and this one is it. So sit back and relax; I’ve got suggestions to where to stay, where to play, and where to shop in an ultimate guide to living it up in Perth.  

Where to Stay

Perth is bursting with things to excite someone who really loves finding their niche in the travel market through accommodation; from great Airbnb rentals to state of the art boutique hotels, there’s plenty to excite a person who prides themselves on making a particularly excellent choice.

For lovers of the quiet B&B atmosphere I suggest Pension of Perth in Northbridge; with it’s classic, rustic-chic bed and breakfast style, it’s perfect for a couple taking a romantic getaway or for a writer’s retreat that ends with you writing the next screen adaptation for Australia. There’s private rooms and a townhouse, and it’s all minutes walk from Perth Central without being in the middle of the hustle and bustle—this means you get to eat, drink, be merry, and then come back home to relax.

Anywhere I go, I always suggest checking out Airbnb, especially if you’re looking for a local experience, or plan on going with a lot of people. There are some really great finds, from chic, luxe getaways close to the city and the beach, to huge Fremantle palaces to bring the whole family along, it’s hard to find something that won’t fit. Plus, you’re benefitting from the locals who are always inclined to give you good recommendations for eating, playing, and beaching!

And my ultimate recommendation for accommodation comes from personal experience at COMO The Treasury, and I’m fairly sure it’s the best place I’ve ever stayed (and there’s a lot of great options in Perth). Stark, modern interiors, specifically crafted restaurants and cafes, and a storied past (it used to be a government building), COMO by far is the coolest digs in Perth. If you’ve got the extra pocket change, splurge for a room here with modern art made by local and international artists on the wall, a meal at their rooftop hangout Wildflower, or a lazy day hanging around their in house library. Can you imagine anything more sumptuous than that?

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What to Do

Do. There’s plenty to play with in Perth; from the Kings Park (the largest city green space in the world) to Cottesloe Beach, taking a tour of Perth’ must-sees are super fun, sometimes off the map, and impossible to miss. For a look at the native creatures up close, check out Perth Zoo. For an overlooking view that makes for great panoramic shots, go with the Lotterywest Federation Walkway. For a history lesson, The Perth Mint is the oldest functioning mint in the world and the Old Mill is a quaint relic of life in the mid-19th century.

  1. Think Perth is just about the wine tours in Swan Valley? Think again. The microbrewery revolution in Perth has hit its stride and spending an afternoon tasting all the hops is certainly a great way to taste the flavor of WA. Check out favorites like Mash Brewing, Colonial Brewing Co., and Indian Ocean Co. for classic tastes that are always good, or strike out and make a date with Cheeky Monkey Brewery and Cidery and Feral Brewing Co.—either way you roll, you can’t go wrong.
  2.  Perth has a great many music festivals (that also happen to be conveniently located on their stunning beaches) that shouldn’t be missed. Sets on the Beach is Perth’s hottest beach party, both literally and figuratively. Featuring both local and international talent, Sets fest banks on the beautiful summer weather and killer beach sunsets, not to mention it’s awesome lineups,  to give you the best time around. For urban and underground music, check out The Origin (it’s Perth’s answer to the growing hip hop scene), and try St. Jerome’s Laneway for an international fest that hits up locations all over Australia and Southeast Asia, bringing some really big acts and a whole lot of jamming fun.
  3. Do you consider yourself to be a bit of a foodie? Then Perth is going to be your taste bud heaven. From one of a kind gourmet grilled cheeses at Toastface Grillah to streetside food trucks offering excellent bratwurst at Run Amuk, you’re going to go hungry and come back really full, really satisfied, and really in love. Hit up La Veen for a flat white, The Raw Kitchen as an ode to the clean living revolution, and Lot Twenty for some great outdoor vibes. For dinner, make sure you don’t miss No Mafia’s Australian-Italian menu or The Old Crow for a 5-course style eatery that mixes authentic gastronomy with local favorites and trendy dishes.

What to Buy

Anything Quokka. This fluffy marsupial always wears a happy smile and has been deemed the happiest animal on the planet (truth is, if I were this cute I’d be perpetually happy too), and is a much smarter find than going for the run-of-the-mill kangaroo. While we love our two-legged pouch friends, the quokka is the younger, more adorable cousin that makes for a perfect stuffed animal to take home to just about anyone. Don’t miss your chance, these furries are one of a kind.

Aboriginal Art. How can you go into a cultural mecca and not partake in the local arts? So when in Perth, grab some great Aboriginal pieces that won’t only be a talking point for all those dinners but also will enrich the community and keep the incredible artistry alive. Hit up galleries like Japingka and Creative Native Perth for some clever finds.  

  1. As a colony of Britain and just excellent located for some international trading, antiques are not hard to come by in Perth, and spending a day searching for treasure might just be your perfect answer for a rainy day plan. From awesome furniture finds to old fishing equipment, even if you don’t plan on taking anything home, it will certainly make you feel like you’ve just encountered old pirate’s booty after a day in Curio Warehouse or Bluebird Vintage.
  2. Okay, maybe this one is a bit of a stretch if you’re imagining the airfare it would take to book an extra street just for your new favorite instrument, but there’s no harm at all in going to Didgeridoo Breath and trying one out on your own. Grab a picture (and maybe a tiny souvenir from the shop) and turn that moment into a great postcard from Postagram or a magnet from Sticky9. It’s going to be way better than anything you imagined picking up at one of those tiny tourist shops.  

Any additional places, things, eateries, or stays that I missed in my list? Let me know what makes Perth your favorite place to visit, and I’ll be sure to check it out next time I’m there. Until then, bon voyage!

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6 Amazing Destinations In The US That Are Impressive During Any Season

6 Amazing Destinations In The US That Are Impressive During Any Season

Vacationing in your favorite destinations in the United States takes money and a lot of planning. Even then, securing the time off during the months you would like to travel can be difficult. Luckily, there are a number of scenic locations throughout the country that are great for vacationing regardless of the time of year you choose to visit.

Florida Everglades

Within the country’s largest subtropical reserve you can find everything from alligators to pythons to endangered species such as the Florida manatee. Filled with local plants and animals, the Everglades combines Caribbean conditions with North American wildlife to create an ecosystem that operates independently of its surroundings with temperate conditions year round. The Everglades National Park itself consists of almost 1.5 million acres of protected land for visitors to explore. Lucky explorers may even catch sight of the rare Florida panther.

Acadia

Located at the coast of Maine, Acadia National Park is one of the most beautiful and oldest areas in the country. The coastal islands hold a multitude of plants and animals that thrive regardless of the time of year, while the nearby mountain is the tallest of its kind on the U.S. Atlantic coast. With various opportunities for hiking, biking or camping in this scenic location, Acadia remains one of the greatest areas to visit east of the Mississippi.

Redwood Forest

Though the term redwood is mostly associated with the tallest and oldest trees on the planet, the California native plants are also part of a larger park known as the Redwood Forest. Aside from the trees, Redwood Forest is also home to numerous wild rivers, oak woodlands and prairies. The nearby Pacific Ocean serves as a scenic backdrop to this area, which remains at a cool temperature year round.

Mammoth Cave

Nestled deep in Kentucky’s hills, Mammoth Cave stands as one of the few underground national parks in the country. The world’s longest human-explored cave system runs 400 miles beneath the surface, with five levels mapped out to date. With regular tours year round and no seasons 200 feet underground, Mammoth Cave National Park remains a great choice for any vacation.

Bryce Canyon

Home to some of the most beautiful hiking and biking trails in the world, Utah’s Bryce Canyon National Park carries a variety of terrains including everything from flatlands to slot canyons. Whether visiting to hike for a few hours or camp for a few days, there is more than enough scenery in Bryce Canyon to captivate you for the duration of your stay. Guided tours allow for cross-country skiing or snowshoeing in wintertime, while jeep and helicopter tours are available throughout the year making Bryce Canyon a premium destination no matter the season. Because of all the yearly activities and places to see, Bryce Canyon, Utah is a great destination for any season.

Yosemite Valley

There are few scenes as memorable as glimpsing a valley carved millions of years ago by glaciers. The eight mile long Yosemite Valley features ten 500-plus foot high waterfalls, along with 3,000-plus foot walls situated near yellow pine and oak forests. Open meadows on the valley floor round out this scenic location, which holds its beauty throughout the various seasons.

With these ideas, you can have plenty of options to choose from at any time of the year. Planning the perfect getaway can be stressful, but with locations like these, you can be sure to enjoy your visit.

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Ten Places to Visit After Retirement

Ten Places to Visit After Retirement

Are you ready to embrace a healthy and happy retirement? Though it may feel like the end, retirement is actually the beginning of a new life, where you don’t have to worry about time management and taking off work to live your dreams. It’s the perfect opportunity to travel to the places you’ve always wanted to see. These ten spots are great for any retiree looking for relaxation, adventure, and new experiences.

 

1. Greece

From major cities like Crete and Athens, to picturesque islands like Sartori and Mykonos, you won’t regret visiting any area of this beautiful, historic country.

2. Italy

Venice is a mere boat ride away from Greece, and it’s one of many exciting cities in a vibrant nation filled with great architecture and even better cuisine.

 

3. The Maldives

If you’ve never traveled to a tropical island paradise before, or even if you have, this idyllic island nation in the Indian Ocean is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

 

4. Bali

This Indonesian island offers volcanic mountains and coral reefs, and it’s the perfect place to get away if you want to meditate or go on a yoga retreat.

 

5. Mexico

Mexico is a treasure trove of cities. Cabo San Lucas and Puerto Vallarta offer beaches, while cities like Guadalajara offer museums and nightlife galore.

 

6. Iceland

This breathtaking country is home to whales, ice caves, giant waterfalls, and multicolored mountains. See the Northern Lights on a unique vacation to Reykjavik and beyond.

 

7. New Zealand

This stunning South Pacific island nation was the last significant land mass to be settled by people. It boasts amazing natural beauty and cities like Auckland and Wellington.

 

8. Japan

Tokyo is an unmatched wonder, but Osaka and Kyoto are great destinations, as well. Visit shrines, temples, and gardens before you take in the nightlife and fine dining.

 

9. Morocco

This North African country borders the Sahara Desert, where visitors can ride camels and camp along the dunes. Marrakesh and the famous Casablanca are filled with both modern and traditional architecture, food markets, and local storytellers.

 

10. Antarctica

For a real adventure, visit the world’s most remote continent. The sunshine lasts 24 hours in the summer, and tourists stay on ships where they can watch the migratory penguins and majestic South Pole landscape.

 

After your travels you may be ready for retiring in Sandy Springs and finding the right retirement home for you. However, make the most of your new-found time by taking an extraordinary trip. Retirement is the right time to create new memories.

Travel for a Living: 4 Keys to Wandering the World as Your Occupation

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Two weeks of vacation just isn’t enough. What if you could get paid to travel the world? You could spend your time wandering foreign, exotic cities and earning a paycheck at the same time. While it may seem like a pipe dream, thousands of people make a living doing just that. Here’s how.

1. Find a Location Independent Job

The first key to earning a living on the road is finding a job that can be done from anywhere in the globe. In the modern world, this most likely involves working online in some aspect. You could work as a freelance designer, writer, or in some other capacity. You could also perform consultation work over the phone. Explore the skills you already possess and think about any that could translate to the internet; if you find a skill that could possibly earn an income while traveling, think about how you can apply it.

2. Become a Travel Agent

If you aren’t interested in pursuing your current career any longer, consider becoming a travel agent. Not only do you become an expert on the various destinations you may visit, but you also get the chance to arrange vacations for other people, giving them the experience of a lifetime. When you know all of the secret locations, you can let travelers in on destination tips they may never have known otherwise. If you’re interested in career as a travel agent, Gateway Travel and similar organizations can help you get started.

3. Dedication

The one aspect of working abroad that isn’t talked about often is the amount of discipline required. You have to want it more than anything else. Because you don’t have a boss hanging over your shoulder, pushing you to work even when you don’t feel like it, it can be tough to finish all of the chores you need to finish.

The reason many people fail to work from home is because there are too many distractions; they don’t know how to isolate themselves and focus solely on what they need to do. Staying inside and working when you can hear a street festival right outside your window can be difficult to do, but it’s a necessary part of the life.

4. Find Work at Your Destination

Maybe you don’t necessarily want to work online. The good news is this: most anywhere in the world, you can find work as a teacher. As long as you have a few basic certifications (that can be acquired online), you can teach English as a second language. And because there is such a high demand for English as a language, teachers are needed in almost every non-English speaking country across the globe. Southeast Asia is the easiest place for beginning teachers to get their start.

By taking the right steps, you can work while you travel the world. If you are constantly bitten by the travel bug, you may want to merge your profession with your passion.

Travel Is For Everyone: How to See the World on a Shoestring Budget

Travel Is For Everyone - How to See the World on a Shoestring Budget

Traveling encompasses so much more than just flying or driving to a new place. It is experiencing cultures, eating new foods and getting to know new people. Traveling isn’t just for the upper class or retired people. It can be for everyone, even if you’re working with a shoestring budget. Here are some tips on how to do it:

Budget for It

There is a saying, “Show me where you spend your money and I’ll show you what your priorities are.” If traveling is a deep desire, budgeting is necessary. Break the money you will need up over 6 months – 1 year and save the money each month. Pick up a side gig that can be done at night from home, sell some things lying around or even take on another job. Another option is to cut back spending in other areas. Make coffee at home instead of buying it at a coffee shop and most of all cut down unnecessary spending.

Sign Up for Credit Cards

There are a lot of credit cards available that will earn miles for every purchase. There are some with annual fees and others that will earn double points on certain purchases or during a certain time period. Usually the miles are awarded after the first purchase or after the first so many dollars spent. Extra tip: there are some sites that you can complete surveys in exchange for frequent flier miles that are awarded immediately after completion.

Housing Options

If there is a strict budget for travel, five star hotels are out of the price range. However, that does not mean travel is impossible. With the new websites and travel accommodations that are available across the world, a nice place to stay is attainable. For example, you can save on lodging across America by using Red Roof Inn coupons from discountrue.com. There are also hostels available in most popular cities. When deciding where to stay, keep in mind it is just a place to sleep. Traveling is for exploring, not for having a luxurious room to sleep in.

If traveling is a desire or a dream, start planning how to accomplish it! Prepare a budget and save the money necessary, look into ways to earn free plane tickets or food and look into creative places to stay instead of chain hotels. Most of all, enjoy every minute of the travel. They are memories that will not be forgotten!

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Top 3 Mediterranean cities for active family holiday

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The Mediterranean is one of the cleanest and most important seas of the world. Through history sailors have conquered the Mediterranean Sea, and linked the countries located on its shores. Spain, Croatia, Italy, Greece… it’s hard to choose which one of these amazing countries to visit, as they each have a lot to offer. Fine cuisine, sports, entertainment, breathtaking sites, bars… all of this and much more make the Mediterranean a top destination for your family vacation. Here are just 3 of the hundreds of locations you and your family can enjoy.

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Ibiza, Spain

Ibiza needs no introduction. This Spanish Island has a legendary reputation. It’s wild parties, luxury accomodation, music festivals are a thing to be experience, but Ibiza offers much more than that. Beyond all the parties, Ibiza is a great destination for your active vacation, as it has a ton of content catering to the more laid back type of people. People in Ibiza are all about eating right, fresh air and exercise. Doing yoga on a roof terrace, with the beautiful blue Mediterranean below you is a unique experience. And why stop at yoga? Paddle boating around the beautiful waters of the Mediterranean, hiking and exploring the nooks and crannies of the island, kickboxing and much more! If you get tired, you can always get a massage at one of the many hotels.

Ibiza is best reached by airplane or ship. The island’s road infrastructure is extremely well developed, and once you get there, you won’t have any problems getting around the island.

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Split, Croatia

This ancient town, located on the Adriatic Sea, is an up-and-coming tourist hotspot. Founded by the ancient Greeks, and ruled by the ancient Romans, Split has a ton of history behind it. Preserved remains of former times litter the town, such as the impressive Diocletian’s palace, several churches, statues and much more will keep you entertained. But there’s more. Besides the party scene, Split is host to many sports and cultural activities. Scuba diving, riding a boat, hiking, yachting, water polo and football are all sports that you can see every day in Split. The surrounding islands also make for cool trips too!

Getting to this coastal paradise isn’t a huge hassle, as Split has an active airport, and from there all that separates you from it is a short Split airport taxi ride to the city center.

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Amalfi, Italy

Nearby Naples, this beautiful Italian city is on many tourists’ “to-do” lists. The Amalfi coast is a 43 miles stretch of heaven. Tourists flock to the Amalfi region during the summer, but this town is also popular during the off season, as the weather never gets too cold.

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The beauty of Amalfi lies in its versatility. Your vacation can be as busy as you want it to be. If you want you can spend your days eating at one of the numerous restaurants, and relaxing on the beach, but if you want your vacation to be active, Amalfi is a great option. Its location offers a unique base to explore hills, romantic small villages, beaches and coves located all around Amalfi. Perfect for swimming, hiking and biking, this Italian town is also home to some of the most beautiful concerts of classical music in this part of Europe, which are held in a garden of a villa. Magical indeed!

Amalfi is well connected with the rest of Italy, and is accessible by boat, train, car, planes, ferries and much more.

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Most beautiful cycling routes in Australia

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Australia is indeed a land of many riches among which, some of the most beautiful cycling routes in the entire world. Both Australian roads and Australian landscapes are simply ideal for a lengthy excursion on your bike. Furthermore, the weather of this amazing continent is quite favorable for this sport which is why Australia has one of the greatest cycling communities in the world. Here are some of the favorite routes of Australian cyclists.

The Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia

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Any decent bucket list cannot be complete without visiting The Great Ocean Road at least once in your lifetime. Even though some people constantly stand amazed at the creation of man just one look at these incredible landscapes will be more than enough to prove them nothing in the face of the force of nature. A rich tapestry of life that can be seen here is simply amazing since this route consists of everything from seaside towns and dairy farms to wild rainforests beaming with all sorts of life. All else pales, in comparison to the dazzling beauty of these natural riches of Victoria.

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Temperate climate of this part of Australia is simply perfect for cycling. One more thing, this region represents a perfect combination between the first world touristic destination and a primal beauty of the newly discovered world. In other words, even though here you can see the most amazing wildlife, you also travel on some of the most quality roads in the world. These two notions are truly not one would expect to see in one place.

The Gap to Mt Glorious via Mt Nebo, Queensland

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Now for some of the most daring and adventure craving cyclists there is nothing that could top The Gap to Mt Glorious via Mt Nebo, Queensland. Even though its beauty is in no way inferior even to The Great Ocean Road, the most curious thing about this bike track is that is quite difficult to handle indeed.
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Unfortunately, this would have to exclude all but the most physically ready and experienced cyclist. That is, unless you are willing to get an electric bike. Not only would this allow one to enjoy this incredible bike route but also to go there without worries whether or not they will be able to carry on once they get tired. Your safest bet for getting a bike of an adequate quality would be from electric bikes retailers based in Australia.

Sydney and Blue Mountains, New South Wales

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Seeing how Sydney is the largest and most recognizable city in whole of Australia it is an obvious Touristic choice for tourists from all over the world. However, what most people don’t know about it is that it has some of the best places for urban cycling in the world. Entire city is incredibly bike friendly, but if you still don’t feel like going for a ride around such a crowded and hectic place you can always take a tour around Blue Mountains. Known as one of the most incredible places in whole of Australia, this is just yet another of this continent’s incredible natural landmarks that you simply cannot afford not to visit.
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There is nothing better than using your tour to see new places, witness new sights and expand your horizons. Still, if you want to break the common practice on going on same old, organized tours, you can come up with a plan of your own. Set your own destination and most important of all, plan your own mean of commute. If you ever wanted to go on a bike tour and visit some incredible landscapes, than Australia might be the place where your dream is going to come true. The world is your oyster!

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5 great, irresistible reasons to visit Belgrade

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While the Balkans might be a region known for its instability, and political dividedness, there is much more to it. More and more people discover that Balkans is an amazing and unique place to visit as the people there are unlike any other in the world. One of the most interesting destinations is Serbia’s capital city, Belgrade. It is one of the oldest cities in Europe but don’t be fooled – this city is modern and thriving with life.

There are many reasons why you should visit Belgrade, but we will name 5 the most irresistible ones.

The spirit of Belgrade

The atmosphere and spirit of Belgrade is something that sets it apart from other cities in Europe. Influenced by the east and the west, Belgrade’s charm lies in its relaxed diversity. At times the city reminds you of a buzzing metropolis, with tons of people around, and then at the next moment, they’re all sipping coffee at one of Belgrade’s’ many cafes. Most people agree, after spending some time in Belgrade, that it has a certain, as the French would say, je ne sais quoi – “I don’t know what” – that is easy to fall in love with.

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Never ending entertainment

Belgrade’s nightlife has become legendary in recent years. More and more tourists, especially from Western Europe are flocking to Belgrade to explore its vast nightlife. An amazing array of clubs, cafes, restaurants, and parties all over Belgrade will entertain you till the early morning hours. The area around Belgrade is also known for its crazy summer music festivals. Serbia is by no means a large country, so exploring some other, more rural places in the country is something that everyone should do.

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Delicious food

Another one of Belgrade’s specialties is its food. Balkan cuisine has been relatively undiscovered, but is now spreading fast, and becoming a specialty outside the Balkans. Try the famous cevapi, burek, sarma and other dishes that only the Balkans can offer. And it doesn’t end there! Belgrade has an amazing variety of drinks, especially alcoholic ones, just be careful not to get tipsy! Serbia’s specialty is rakija, a strong alcoholic drink that is mostly homemade and delicious too! Even fast food places are considered a delicacy, and the numerous restaurants will make sure your taste buds get the experience of a lifetime.

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Great hosts

The people from Balkans are widely known for their extreme hospitality. After just a couple of shots of rakija, anybody will treat you like family. Sharing everything you have with your guest is common practice, and be prepared for special treatment wherever you go. And good luck trying to leave someone’s house without taking a couple of unexpected items along!

Cheap prices

With all of this being said, Belgrade sounds like an amazing place, but an amazing place usually comes with an amazing price. Well, you’re in luck! Belgrade and Serbia are one of the cheapest places in Europe. The food, clubs, accommodation and drinks are all way cheaper than you’d expect from a city of such magnitude. Accommodation is of no problem, as the city has a ton of apartments, hotels and hostels at various locations, with some people even renting their own private apartments. There are a lot of couch surfing options too, which is a great way to meet some of the friendly locals, and be introduced to the town in general.

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With all of this and much more, Belgrade is the place to be. Fine cuisine, cheap prices and friendly people are more than enough of a reason to visit, but combine that with the party life, an excellent atmosphere and a unique experience all around, you’ll find that Belgrade finds a way to get in your heart, and make you want to visit it again and again.

What to Pack for an Australian Cruise

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Going on a cruise vacation is the smartest decision that any tourist can make today. The variety of different tourist and natural attractions that cruise vacations offer is incomparable to anything else. Also, cruises are a perfect chance to meet people from many different parts of the world and even become friends with them. If you have doubts about where to go on a cruise, think no more; choose Australia and its breath-taking sights. However, do not forget to pack the following essential items for a comfortable cruise.

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Bank Cards

The major thing that you really need to have a relaxed vacation is money. When you have enough cash with you and money in your bank accounts, you can buy whatever you want. But, be wise and scatter your money throughout several bank accounts. Also, ask for a bank card for each and every account. It is a proactive way of ensuring that you will be able to access your money, even if it happens that you lose some cash or one of your cards on vacation.

Passport

The second condition to be met for a careless vacation is bringing your passport. That little booklet is the first step in enabling you to get to Australia with ease. In addition to carrying your passport with you, you also need to check if you need to get a visa to get Down Under. Here you can find out more about a short-stay Australian visa.

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Power Transformers

If you’re coming from North America, you have to bring power transformers that will make your gadgets and chargers work in facilities you visit in Australian. On the other hand, when it comes to the cruise ship itself, you have to ask in advance about their power supply system.

Proper Clothing

Although the majority of tourist cruise ships have a casual dress code, there are always special night parties or events that require elegant gowns and suits. Make sure to ask the cruise manager or your tourist guide about such occasions before you come aboard. Also, since Australia is exposed to strong UV radiation, never leave your arms or legs uncovered during the hot hours. In addition, a hat and proper sunscreen should also be a part of your personal cruise kit.

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Bad Weather Gadgets

It is hard to believe that rain or a storm could spoil your Australian vacation, but it might happen, especially when your ship moves away from the coast. So, you might have to spend a whole day in the cabin or in the ship lounges. This is why you should pack as many gadgets as you can. For instance, listening to your favorite band or playing Sudoku games can be great fun on a rainy day.

Photo-Taking Devices
Having a close look at the Great Barrier Reef or the beauty of the Island of Tasmania is nothing if you do not have a camera to record those unique moments. Every tourist going on an Australian cruise should bring a camera and a photo-friendly smartphone, to take photos of all the beautiful areas along the Australian coast.

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Known as one of the most attractive and popular countries in the world over the last few decades, Australia is becoming a major destination for vacation cruises as well. So, get your visa, pack your things, and go on a life-changing Australian cruise.

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About the author

Marie Nieves, student of economics who loves unusual trips and have a plan to travel the whole world. She has always loved to travel, and she loves to talk about her experiences. On her travels she likes to read poetry and prose and loves to surf the Internet. An avid lover of photography and regular author on several blogs.

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