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Attractions Of London

London, the capital city of England and the United Kingdom isfilled with exciting places to visit. Every year, many tourists visit London. There are many beautiful places in London which are worth visiting. And which also makes it a spotlight.

 

 

The National Gallery, it is the nation’s most important repository of art. Four million visitors come yearly to admire its almost 2300-plus Western European paintings of old times, from the year 1250 to 1900.

 

 

The Tower Bridge is also in the list. London was still a thriving port in 1894 when elegant Tower Bridge was built. Designed to be raised to allow ships to go through, electricity has now taken over from the original steam engines. A lift leads up from the northern tower to the overpriced Tower Bridge Exhibition. The same ticket gets you into the engine rooms below the southern tower. Below the bridge on the City side is Dead Man’s Hole, where dead bodies that had made their way into the Thames (through suicide, murder or accident) were regularly retrieved

 

 

Most importantly, The Buckingham Palace which was Built in 1703 for the Duke of Buckingham, Buckingham Palace replaced St James’s Palace as the monarch’s official London residence in 1837. You can tour this palace by a purchasing a ticket called A Royal Day Out it is a combined ticket including the tour of State Rooms, Queen’s Gallery and Royal Mews

 

 

However, The Battersea Park, With its Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth sculptures, these 50 hectares of beautiful greenery lies between the Albert and Chelsea Bridges. The park’s tranquil appearance hides a bloody past: it was the site of an assassination attempt on King Charles II in 1671 and of a duel in 1829 between the Duke of Wellington and an opponent who accused him of treason.

 

 

Moreover, Madame Tussauds is a major tourist attraction located in Central London, housed in the former London Planetarium. It is famous for recreating famous people and celebrities, in wax. It is the original Madame Tussauds attraction, having been situated on Marylebone Road since 1884. It was set up by wax sculptor Marie Tussaud. Millions and millions of people have flocked through the doors of Madame Tussauds since they first opened over 200 years ago and it remains just as popular as it ever was.

 

 

Deciding to visit London on your next vocations would not be a bad idea.

 

 

 

 

 

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5 Things-to-do in Karachi

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Pakistan has attracted tourists to a great extent. Mostly, tourists remain confined to the uphill and northern mountainous areas of Pakistan. If you are also one of such tourists then you are seriously missing something incredibly innovative and entertaining in Pakistan – the city of Karachi!

Let’s see what is there for you to get pleasure from in Karachi:

  • Beaches – for all the water-lovers. The exotic beaches of Karachi have multiple aquatic recreational activities; the largely enjoyed of these is boating. Experience the thrill of boating in Karachi; leap into the waters to catch the escaping crabs and fishes and amuse yourself with soothing vista.
  • 3D Cinema – for the live-hearted ones.  Atrium Mall features a 3D Cinema is the spot that magnetizes all youth to itself. It also offers a high-quality shopping mall.
  • Do Darya – for the food junkies. Do Darya is a food street with around 50 spots. Every spot is located near the Arabian Sea shore. Eating seafood or desi karahi with waves stroking your feet very gently; the feel is just so tranquil!
  • Shopping – for the lavish ones. Shopping is an enjoyable experience as this city holds many shopping centers both traditional as well as contemporary. Zainab Market, Light House and Chawla Baazar portray the conventional old Karachi, while Park Towers, Dolmen Mall, Zam Zama and HyperStar are one of the most modern and advanced shopping malls of Asia.
  • Safari Park – time for some electrifying rides. A visit to the Safari Park is loved equally by both children and adults. It is a recreational adventure park with numerous exciting and heart-stopping rides. One corner has been dedicated to nature; represented by a mini zoo with a vast variety of animals and birds.
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Tips for Baby’s Safety on Airport Check

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Traveling with our baby is unavoidable especially when there is nobody to keep her at home. If you happen to be a mother of an infant, then you know for sure how complicated things will be because any baby in the world needs special attention on what she wears and brings. There are certain considerations prior to taking a baby into an airport because there will be checkups using X-ray and metal detector.

There will never be any problem in passing through such security systems on airports at highly developed countries because security of transportation administration can deal perfectly well with infants and kids. They have been trained to handle some cases when babies have to go through security checks. However, things may be somewhat complicated on some airports at third world countries where their airports are not that dependable to handle such situations.

Keep in mind that you have a right to ask for proper treatment whenever you and your baby have to go through security checks at the airport in some countries. The first thing in mind is that it is strongly recommended to bring your baby instead of placing her in her carrier while going through an X-ray machine. You can just ask the security officer who is in charge for helping you in managing all your belongings and baby-related tool every time you need it. This is because you have to separate some stuff that are made of metals so that things will be through screening process smoother. The formula milk or breast milk will be inspected by using text liquid. You should not worry that there is no need to taste the milk or juice—both you and your baby.

So, it is best to make preparation in separating some stuffs before going through any security check up so that there will be faster screening process. It can bring comfort for both you and your infant, as well as other passengers.

How Online Travel Review Sites have Changed the Way People Plan Vacations

 

In the olden days, people planned their vacations by picking a country or city, buying a map, getting on a plane, and hoping for the best. These days however, vacationers can plan their trips right down to the cafe where they will be having their afternoon coffee on their third day in the city. Of course, they know exactly what to expect from all of the places, restaurants, and whatnots listed in their itineraries or at least they think they do.

 

Why?

 

Simply because they spent hours on end researching about the places to eat, shows to see, best hotels to stay in, and all the other activities that can be done in their choice of city. Now comes the question on how exactly were they able to learn so much without even speaking to anyone who as actually experienced the city. They read online travel reviews.

 

TripAdvisor, TravelPost, IgoUgo, and Many More

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Nowadays, if you want to learn anything about a certain city, hotel, or restaurant, all you have to do is visit TripAdvisor.com. This site hosts reviews written by real people. So how do sites like TripAdvisor.com affect the way people plan vacations?

 

First, since people now have a point of reference when it comes to choosing hotels, restaurants, etc, they can eliminate places that have received numerous bad reviews. This saves them a lot of time and money from having to try an establishment that just wasn’t worth it. However, this eliminates the element of surprise when it comes to taking a vacation. If  you already know what to expect, where’s the fun in that, right?

 

Next, people can now plan their budget (and actually stick to it) more effectively. Lastly, vacationers can maximize their time by planning ahead and making a list of the places they want to visit. This is perhaps the biggest advantage of all because they will be able to make the most out of their vacation and they can devote their time to rest and relaxation.

 

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How to Make the Most Out of Your Budget Vacation

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For most people, it takes years before they can actually take some time off from work and enjoy their hard earned cash Some simply cannot afford to take a vacation. This is mostly true for large families because expenses can definitely skyrocket when 5 people have to dine out every night during their vacation. However, taking a vacation does not necessarily mean that you would have to spend enormous amounts.

Here are some tips on how you can make the most out of your budget vacation:

  1. Watch out for free tourist attractions – Just because you’re on vacation does not mean that you would have to pay for your every single move. Do your research and make a list of free tourist attractions in the city that you’re visiting.
  2. Make the most out of your hotel’s free meals – Almost all hotel deals come with free daily breakfast buffet. Make sure that you wake up early to have your fill before you go out to explore the city. Besides, eating breakfast will help you curb your appetite thus minimizing the dining costs.
  3. Try the local cuisine – Restaurants that serve specialty cuisine will always be more expensive than those that serve local dishes. Since you’re on vacation, now would be the best time to step out of your comfort zone to become a bit more adventurous with your food choices.
  4. Walk – The best way to experience a city is by walking in the streets. Resist the urge to hail a cab and walk to your destination instead. This will give you more time to see the sights and take pictures.
  5. Make new friends – If you’re traveling alone, make friends with locals and other tourists. Becoming friends with a few locals will give you the opportunity to learn certain things about the city that aren’t listed in guidebooks. By making friends with other tourists, you not only gain company but you also have someone to slit the bill with.

 

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How to have better traveling experience?

If you are one of those people who long to travel and it has already become your lifestyle, than you probably know what is good for you, but if you are a travel enthusiast and a beginner than you can follow certain behavior in order to make your trip more enjoyable and unforgettable.

Many tourists nowadays the only goal in vacation is the sea and the beach, the swimming and the sunbathing, but if you want something more than this, you should always check your destination and the situation in the destination, because you go there to explore, not to stay safe in a hotel. So if you are going for a trip to a city or place for the architecture this location has, you should be sure that there won’t be big crowds there all the time. Imagine how it would be if you are going on a mountain hill with enormous crowd of people with you, that’s just not the dream of the hikers.

Going twice in the same place may be safer but what experience will you have the second time, the same as the first, for more new adventures always choose new place to visit, because you might have much greater experience there and learn something new. Once you are there, go to explore the location, see the culture and the customs of locals and understand their way of life; observe the surroundings and the behavior of the people. Forget about being lazy and shy, interact with the locals, make new friends, they may take you around and show you the real beauty of the place. Do not forget to take your camera and make many photos, of course don’t let taking photos consume all of your time. Never underestimate the beauty of small and unknown places.

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Budget Traveling in Asia

If you want to visit Asia and you are wondering how much it would cost you to go from one destination to another, then you will be glad to know that you can do this affordably if you are smart enough. Traveling around Asia can be down in a shoestring budget. All you need is to bee quipped with the knowledge on where to go, which airline to fly with, when to go and which accommodations to stay at.

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Where to Go

Asia is a continent that is composed of 48 countries (Russia and Turkey included). Among these countries, the 3 cheapest destinations are Vietnam, Thailand and Cambodia. Hanoi is the most recommended city when you are thinking of visiting Vietnam. If it is Thai culture you are aiming for, you would be better off flying to Chiang Mai. And of course Phnom Penh is that Cambodian city that you shouldn’t fail to visit.

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Which Airline to Fly With

When it comes to airlines that fly cheap to Asian cities, your choices include Air Asia, Jetstar, Nok Air, Cebu pacific Air and many. Air Asia is the most popular among these airlines as it flies to multiple destinations and it was named as the world’s best Low Cost Airline in 2009.

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When To Go

The time to go visiting one destination is usually done during holidays and summer vacations. But if you want to save many on everything including air fare and room accommodations is in between those times.

Which Accommodations to Stay at

If you really want to save money on your Asian escaped, there is no better way to go than backpacking. This means staying away from expensive hotel rooms and high cost beach resorts. You will have a more enjoyable time staying in tents or low-cost B&Bs.

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Know Budget-Friendly Accommodations

When traveling, one of the most important factors that you need to consider is the type of accommodation you will stay at. Depending on where you are going and how long your vacation is, you can easily determine the cost of your accommodations budget.

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Budget Hotels

Budget hotels can be found anywhere, and if you are going to a very popular destination, there is a big chance that you can get a good reservation from one of these accommodations. The bad part about staying in budget hotels in popular destinations is that you may have to book a few months prior to your arrival. You also need to be very thorough when you are doing your research about budget hotels. Read reviews and testimonials. You wouldn’t want to save money but be woken up in the middle of the night by bugs or share your bathroom with cockroaches, would you?

Hostels

A hostel is a good choice if you are really trying to squeeze in your budget. It is a good option if you do not mind sharing a room with a bunch of other people, and if you are only going to stay for a night or two. Hostels are usually chosen by professional backpackers, after going through nights sleeping in their cramped tents.

Low-Cost Apartments

These are the best option if you are planning to stay in one destination for at least a month. The best part about staying at apartments is that you do not have to share the room with a few other people. You also get to enjoy more freedom when it comes to relaxing and preparing your meals. Most tourist rental apartments come fully or semi furnished.

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Travel tips – how to stay safe

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Today, more and more countries are attractive to tourists, there are many financially poor countries but very rich in natural and tourist destinations and possess the great potential of attracting tourists. While these countries are much cheaper, they can provide less safety for foreign visitors and tourist; this is why you must take precaution and raise the level of your own safety.

Information is the key

Before going on a vacation in a country you are not familiar with, always check the country political and economical situation. Knowing what you can expect from the country makes your trip planning easier and can make your vacation much safer. Today there is plenty information on the internet, even by the host country itself.

Possessions – keep them safe

Whether you are sightseeing in a city, or visiting a bazaar and especially in overcrowded places, always keep your valuables at safe place, such as inner pockets of jacket, front pockets of you jeans etc.  If there is no possibility to avoid overcrowded places, know that while in crowd you should show your mobile phone the less you can, wear less gold you can so that thieves have no reason to believe you are worthy of robbing. Another safety tip is to keep valuable items in various clothes. Take money from a cash dispenser during the day and avoid doing it when it is darker.  When parking your car remember always to take you identification cards and vehicle documents etc.

Visiting local objects and social events

It is said that safety is in numbers, so when going in local clubs or parties take at least one friend with you. If you must go somewhere alone always inform your friends where you plan to go. If an odd situation appears, stay calm and leave as soon as possible. Stay aware and travel safe.

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The 4 key Tips for a Successful Summer Holiday

One of the bet seasons of the year to enjoy with the family is the summer. There are so many options for a summer holiday that can be considered. One could decide to go on a road trip, outdoors adventures or even rent cottages. Planning for the holiday will make it more memorable. The following are some tips that can help in planning the best summer holiday.

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1.      The allocated holiday times

It is important to consider the time that the holiday will take. This will help in making plans for essentials like car rentals, flights, accommodation and make budget estimates.

2.      The partners on vacation

The other key determinant of the destination is the partner to take with for the holiday. The partner can help in determining the destination. When going with the family, the beaches would be most ideal for the children. The partner would help in determining whether the activities they want to do will be at the destination.

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3.    Means to get to destination

After considering the destination, it is also imperative to choose the mean to get there. The means could be driving there, taking flights or taking a train. When going near home, driving would be most appropriate as it helps in saving cost and time.

4.  The budget for the trip

The other key factor to consider is the budget. One could compare the different packages offered by the travel agents and determine the most appropriate which meets their need and pocket. Consider all the activities before drawing the final budget.

Holidays are the best way to help in relaxing and rejuvenate the mind. They are also useful in helping stress reduction in order to improve the body and mind performance. Planning is important to get all the goals set right.

 

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Know Budget Friendly Travel Deals

Traveling requires money, and that is a fact. You need funds to sustain the several payments that you need to accomplish before, during and after every trip. The good news here is that it is very much possible to travel cheaply if you know how to be a wise traveler. The trick is to learn how, where and when to book flights, accommodations and car hire service. Knowing the cheapest destinations is also an ideal thing to do.

 

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Air Fare Basics

Saving money on air fares is possible even if you are planning to visit half way across the globe. One of the best trick is to find the best air fare deals online and then to book months in advance. If you are not much in a hurry to travel, a good option is to register to travel websites so that you get regular updates on their discounted flight tickets and travelling packages.

Connecting Flights Tips

Aside from booking in advance, another way to get cheaper flight tickets is to opt for connecting flights. Some people may prefer direct flights as these are the faster way to reach their destinations, but people on a budget would surely appreciate this kind of flight option.

Travel on the Light Side

Another way to save money when traveling is to travel light. It should be known by many most discounted flight packages have baggage limits and once you go beyond you will have to pay for excess baggage.

 

Get Round Trip Tickets

By buying round trip tickets, you eliminate the need to worry about your booking your flight back home. This also gives you the chance to avail of discounted fares as round trip tickets cost cheaper than one-way tickets.

 

 

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Travel Light, Travel Easy

Traveling is fun, but traveling with heavy baggage can be a strenuous and frustrating. That is why traveling light is always recommended.

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One Bag Traveling

Here is one good tip to really travel light and travel easy; pick the one bag that can carry all your essentials and more. This is quite possible and you do not even have to buy a huge bag that will not fit on the plane’s overhead bin.

Essentially a carry-all bag that measures 9 x 22 x 14 inches is the best option. It may sound weird but even a woman can travel with just that one bag. All it takes is a little resourcefulness and the idea of taking only what’s important.

Do Not Bring What You Can Buy

The best trick in traveling light and easy is to avoid packing things that you will be able to buy or avail on your destination. For instance, soap, shampoo and toothpaste will be included in your hotel room accommodation, so do not include them with your essentials. In case you are very specific in the brands that you use, you can buy them on your destination. If you plan to buy some souvenir shirts from your, then you should lessen the number of tops that you will bring.

Roll the Clothes

The best way to be able to fit all your clothes into your one bag is to roll them rather than fold them. Rolling the clothes will squeeze the air away and there will be more room in the bag for the exact number of items that you need to bring. You can also use a clothes compressor or a Flat pack to keep the clothes well-organized and tightly packed. If you are worried about wrinkles on your clothes, choose ones that do not wrinkle easily.

 

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