• Planning a road trip?

    Planning a road trip? Getting out on the highway for some back road adventures can be an incredible vacation experience that will take you to places you never imagined you might see. On a good road trip, you’ll meet fascinating people, eat delicious regional foods, see breathtaking sights, and experience this country in ways you never have before. When things go wrong on a road trip, though, it can be pretty rough. You’re miles away from home, cut off from resources, and in unfamiliar territory. The last thing you want is for an exciting road trip to get mired in problems and complications, so take some time before you leave to sort things out and fully prepare yourself. That’s the best way to make sure you have a great trip that everybody will enjoy! Here are few things to keep in mind as you’re planning your trip.

     

    1. Get your car serviced first

     

    Take your car to the shop before you leave to have your tires, oil, filters, cables, and everything else that might break down checked out. If everything looks good, then you’ve got less reason to worry about car trouble derailing your trip. Make sure you have a spare tire with you too!

     

    1. Line up some roadside assistance

     

    Your insurance company might offer roadside assistance coverage, or you can get it from an auto club like AAA. This way, if you do have a breakdown, you won’t have to worry about who to call to come to your rescue.

     

    1. Wander, but don’t get lost

     

    Exploring back roads and out of the way places can be among the most memorable parts of a road trip, but make sure you check the map and find “escape routes” to get you back on major roads in case any issues come up while you’re out in the boonies.

     

    1. Clean before you go

     

    Starting the trip with a freshly cleaned car, free of junk and trash, will make everybody enjoy the first leg of their trip a little better. Don’t forget to clean as you go, too!

     

    1. Make sure the kids are all right

     

    If you’re traveling with young children, make sure they have plenty of snacks, toys, books, and other things to keep them occupied on long drives, and that they can reach them without needing the driver’s help. Also, make sure any very young children are riding in properly installed car seats!

     

    1. Rest often

     

    Don’t be in a rush to get from place to place. Rest when you need to, nap if you have to, and stretch your legs when you can. Everybody will be happier, more comfortable, and get along better if they aren’t stuck in the car for too long at any given time.

     

    1. Make memories

     

    Give everybody a camera, take lots of pictures, let everybody pick some random interesting places to stop, and remember to have fun! Road trips can be tiring and stressful, so don’t forget to stay positive and make sure everybody has a chance to enjoy themselves.

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  • 4 Must-Visit Sites in Lisbon

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    Vibrant, cultural, and with a rich history, Lisbon has all it takes to attract visitors. It’s easily accessible and located only a few hours away from any given European capital, making it the perfect destination for an action-packed city break. If your time is restricted, though, you’re better off planning ahead because the city offers an abundance of things to see and do. To make your selection process easier, we have listed our top 4 picks of must-visit sites in Lisbon.

    1.      Jerónimos Monastery

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    The 500-year-old Jerónimos Monastery is an architectural masterpiece and a UNESCO World Heritage monument located in the riverside suburb of Belém. The monastery and church were built to honor the great Portuguese explorer Vasco de Gama who was the first European to have reached India by sea. Upon da Gama’s triumphant return from the Far East, King Manuel I, with the help of a myriad of architects, begun constructing the stunning Late Gothic monastery we are still able to admire today. Construction took nearly a century to complete but once finished, it became the archetype of Portugal’s Age of Discovery.

    The main attraction here is the highly ornate Gothic chapel leading to the monastery, which also serves as the final resting place to some of Portugal’s greatest historical figures, including that of da Gama. This sumptuous piece of history and architecture is without doubt Lisbon’s number one heart-stealer.

    2. Belém Tower

    This charming little fort was constructed to guard Lisbon from intruders from the sea. The lower and middle levels served as a prison an armory, while the top floors were royal residences. Although its role was mainly to protect, the tower was lavished with stunning architectural details that are best viewed from the banks of the Rio Tejo river. Definitely worth a look-see!

    3. The Chapel of St. John the Baptist, Igreja de São Roque

    From the outside, the Igreja de São Roque is remarkably plain – its simple sand-coloured facade towering over a small town square is hardly anything to write home about. The interior, on the other hand, is nothing short of impressive.

    The Chapel of St. John the Baptist that sits within this late 16th century church is, in fact, the world’s most expensive chapel. With stunning inlays, mosaic panels and precious stones covering the entire chapel, it’s considered to be a masterpiece unique in European art. The chapel also holds an important part in the history of architecture as it introduced the rococo style into Portuguese architecture. In addition to its impressive decor, the chapel also has a rich collection of religious liturgical ornaments, vestments and documentation that can be viewed at the Museum of São Roque just next door to the church.

    4. Berardo Museum

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    The Berardo Museum is a must-see for art lovers. Located in the cultural center of Belém, it features stunning permanent displays of some of the world’s best modern and contemporary art. The Berardo Collection Museum contains a truly impressive collection of over a thousand pieces, including work of artists such as Dalí, Warhol, Miró and Lichtenstein. In addition to the remarkable permanent collection, the museum also offers a wide range of fantastic temporary exhibitions. Even better, admission to the museum is free.

    89This is a guest post sponsored by the Corinthia Hotel Lisbon and written by Steve Ewins. An avid traveller who has visited more than 80 countries.

     

     

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  • Corinthia Hotels 50% Off Annual Sale Is Here!

    No, I’m not kidding. Corinthia Hotels is back with their fantastic annual sale so if you are thinking about booking your next European getaway, look no more.

    If there is one chain of hotels in Europe that never fails to deliver a sense of luxury and divine comfort to its guests, it has to be Corinthia Hotels. Their hotel locations are in some of the most spectacular European cities and each one of them has it’s own unique look to it and impeccable hospitality. Whether you are traveling for business or pleasure, Corinthia Hotels will provide you with a stay to remember.

    Now, I want to show you how you can score a room for less than $100 in one of their fabulous five-star hotels.

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    Once you have your favorite Corinthia location figured out, head over to Corinthia.com and book your stay online, because like that you will be eligible for 50% off on all hotel rooms in most of our favorite European destinations (Corinthia Hotel London is the only exception, offering 30% off)! If you are still not convinced (which I cannot see why you wouldn’t be!), as part of this offer, Corinthia is also promising complimentary room upgrades, extended check-outs, and discounts in its restaurants and bars, available exclusively through their website.

    Below are the starting prices of each of Corinthia Hotels’ gorgeous destinations for 2017:

    • Corinthia Budapest: Rates start from €145 per room per night
    • Corinthia St George’s Bay (Malta): Rates start from €100 per room per night
    • Corinthia Lisbon: Rates start from €80 per room per night
    • Corinthia London: Rates starting from £495 per room per night
    • Corinthia Palace Hotel and Spa (Malta): Rates start from €90 per room per night
    • Corinthia Prague: Rates start from €85 per room per night
    • Corinthia St Petersburg: Rates start from 4975 RUB per room per night

    Don’t hold your thought for too long though as the discounted prices are only available until 28th February 2017. However, as long as you complete your booking on time, the timing of your stay can be anytime this year – until 31st December 2017. Visit http://www.corinthia.com/annualsale/ for Terms and Conditions and other important information about the offer

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  • Things I Love To Do: Antarctica

     

    There is no question that you are curious about visiting Antarctica and you probably wouldn’t be browsing this blog post if you weren’t. Antarctica Travel is one of the best things that I have ever done in my entire life and I wanted to talk more about some of the fun things that you can actually do there. So sit back, relax and enjoy reading about the things that I love doing in Antarctica.

    Kayaking

    One of the best things about Antarctica travel and visiting this frozen content is the kayaking and it is even more special because it is in one of the most unique places on earth. What I love about doing this is that you get to see Antarctica from sea level and then you start to get an idea of how big things actually are. Icebergs are one great example of this and kayaking in out of the ice and icebergs is such a cool experience. Kayaks also allowed me to get up close and personal with different kinds of animals like seals and penguins that were resting on the rocks.

    Jumping in

    This idea is not for the faint of heart because it is going to involve getting quite cold. The idea is at it suggests taking a dip in the sub zero waters of Antarctica. Once you survive this, you have the ultimate bragging rights. Nobody is going to be able to top your feat. Ever.

    Camping

    One thing that I tended to notice about Antarctica and the cruises there is that a lot of companies won’t let you off the ship. Well I was lucky enough to be on one that did and the best part was actually getting to sleep on the Antarctic mainland! This may not be the most comfortable experience of your life, but it is something that very few people will ever say they have done.

    Take a Zodiac tour

    A Zodiac is a small rubber boat that is named after the brand itself and is a great way to experience the Antarctic seascape. Just like kayaking you get to see things from sea level and you get to see the massive scale of the ice around you. It’s also a great way to interact with wildlife that may be hiding away on a piece of ice. This is always a great change up when you spend most of your time on the cruise ship itself.


    Send a letter

    Yes, it is actually possible to send a letter from Port Lockroy. Of course, the mail will be very slow to reach its final destination, but imagine the surprise of somebody when they receive a letter with a postmark from Antarctica! Port Lockroy is an English research station and you tend to meet other tour groups here, so it is a great chance to share your experiences with these people.

    Penguins

    Penguins are without a doubt my favourite animal when it comes to visiting Antarctica. They are so cute and you could simply watch them all day. They are also quite curious creatures, especially when they live on the most isolated place on earth, and they will approach you to inspect you more closely. They also love playing, which is something that is great to watch. There are few other places on earth where you can do this.

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  • Thinking Of A Family Holiday

     

    Going on a holiday as a family is not always the easiest decision to make in the world, especially when getting 3 or more people to go somewhere at the same time. Here are some tips for thinking ahead on your next family holiday, so sit back and enjoy some great ways to get the perfect holiday.

    Think of logistics

    Getting many people to go to the one place can be a hard challenge, but if you think of something close by you can easily reduce a lot of stress of a family holiday. You might be pleasantly surprised how close some really great holiday destinations are. You can also save a lot of money by doing this too, especially if you have a big family.

    Do your research

    There is nothing worse than not doing your research when it comes to a family holiday.  So it is best to look into all the facilities that your family wants and needs. Write down all the things that you couldn’t live without on your next holiday and then you can decide much more easily where you want to go. Sometimes a holiday may sound like a good option, but in reality it may be severely lacking if it doesn’t have all the non negotiables.

    Find variety

    No family wants to be limited by what they want to do and the best thing is to find a place that will encourage many different activities. Not only can your kids get a taste for something that they have never tried before, but they can also find out what they don’t like. This is good for planning your future holidays and eventually getting it right.

    Think of something new

    One thing that families need is definitely variety and providing a new experience for your family is the perfect way to spend time together. Because everyone will be in a completely new setting with something to do it will be a relaxed and fun atmosphere. Something new is also a great way to keep your family engaged and is a great way to keep them looking forward to great holidays with the family, rather than the same thing year in year out.

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  • Essential Tashkent Travel Tips

    Tashkent is the capital city of Uzbekistan, and the largest city in the country. The word Tashkent directly translates to ‘stone city.’ One of my favourite things about the city are the museums and marvellous Soviet monuments. These include; Palace of Prince Romanov, a plethora or museums and theatres, Chorsu Bazaar and much more.

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    It really isn’t a difficult choice choosing Tashkent as a destination for a greta holiday. The flights are cheap and you can shop around to get a great bargain at this time of year. The other fantastic pat of the city is that there is accommodation to match any budget, finding Tashkent hotels is not a difficult task. If you’re backpacking then you’ll easily be able to find a budget hostel or even splash out and stay in a top 5 star hotel.

    So once you’ve made the decision to head to to Tashkent it’s time to do your research and plan the perfect trip.

    Visas

    Most European countries are granted a one month visa which they must apply for before they arrive. If you are from a neighbouring country then you will more often than not be able to get a visa on arrival. As with all visa issues it’s always best to give the embassy in your country a call to make sure you’re fully prepared.

    Currency

    The local currency used in Tashkent is know as the Sum (UZS). If you want the most up to date info about the exchange rate then take a look at reputable sites such as XE. I always recommend chafing your money when you arrive in Tashkent as you will usually get the best rate on the ground.

    Time Zone

    The local time in Tashkent is 5 hours ahead of GMT, so make sure you wind your watch forward 5 hours if you’re arriving from the UK.

    Climate

    Tashkent is bless with a very comfortable Mediterranean climates. In the summer you will be able to enjoy long, sunny and dry days, which are perfect for exploring the city. If you’re heading there in the winter then be sure to wrap up warm because the weather can be very cold and often snowy – personally I think every winter season should have snow and is perfect for a white christmas!

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    Menorca, The Low Key Celebrity Alternative

    The Holiday Taxis team love Menorca! For too long it has been the overlooked member of the Balearic Islands. Ibiza has its cool party vibe and Majorca has its resorts and high rises, but Menorca? It doesn’t spring to mind; and in essence that is the nub of its low key charm and the reason why it is picking up a celebrity following. In recent times celebs such as Rachel Weisz, Cesc Fabregas and Doutzen Kroes have all been spotted holidaying on its beaches, and a brief stay there makes it easy to understand why it is gaining such a following. 


    In contrast to the bigger Islands of the Balearics, Menorca has retained an authentic and traditional feel; a mix of the blessing and curse of its history. Key to this was its support for the republicans during the Spanish civil war – Menorca was the last place in Spain to fall to General Franco- and as a result he refused to allow it funding for public buildings during his reign. The result is a quiet, peaceful place that has escaped the worst excesses of hyper-tourism. Instead of the high rises seen along the Costas, Menorca is home to pretty cities where time has almost stood still.

    The mellow vibe that this brings has obvious appeal to the celebrity trying to escape the limelight and recharge their batteries. Instead of the busy nightlife elsewhere, Menorca offers more beaches than Ibiza and Majorca put together, a retreat from the world and an opportunity to watch the sun rise before the rest of Spain sees it. Being off the beaten track gives it peace and privacy, whilst its unique history and architecture make it well worth the visit.

    Its history of conquest gives Menorca a different story to the islands around it. Although authentically Catalan in language, food and culture, Menorca has been invaded by the Vandals, the Moors, the Spanish and the British. This has left it with a unique mix of cultures. In the principle town Mao (Mahon in Spanish) there are authentic Georgian buildings in amongst the more typically Spanish ones- the only examples of Georgian architecture in the whole of Spain. Today there is more regeneration and redevelopment, but it continues to be overshadowed by the rustic and the traditional, giving Ciutadella and Mahon especially a timeless, sun kissed beauty. Away from the limelight of the bigger islands, people here are happy to let the world waltz past – on Menorca there are more important things to concentrate on.

    So don’t be surprised if you hear of celebs enjoying the beaches on Menorca – and more to the point don’t be surprised if you don’t see Doutzen, Rachel, Cesc et al enjoying the opportunity to unwind out of the spotlight. Because that is the point of Menorca – a place to hide away from the stresses of the world and to simply enjoy the good things in life.

     

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  • Travel Guide: Machu Picchu

     

    When you want to go somewhere in South America, it is only natural to think of Machu Picchu when it comes to any South America Travel. There are so many things to do and see at this incredible citadel that is over 500 years old! In this article we will talk a little bit more about Machu Picchu and enjoying your first trip there and how you can make it as special as the place itself.

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    History

    One of the reasons that Machu Picchu is so famous is due to it being the lost city of the Inca empire. The reason it is known as this is because it was completely untouched by the Spanish when they occupied Peru, therefore it presents some very good examples of intact Inca architecture. Machu Picchu is also the most magnificent Inca ruin of all and this is reflected by the huge number of visitors each year and its status as one of the wonders of the world.

    When to go

    No matter how hard you try it will be very difficult to avoid some form of wet weather when visiting Machu Picchu, especially with damp and foggy conditions that are typical of such high altitudes. The peak tourist season runs from the end of may until August. Typically July and August are the drier months of the year and between January and February are the wettest.

    In terms of picking a time of day to see Machu Picchu, it is advisable to try and get there as early as possible. This is great, not only for avoiding the bulk of the tourists, but also for catching the most amazing sunrise you will see in your life. Any time after lunch time is when the most tourists will be arriving, so if you have anything that you really want to take some time to look at then it is best to plan your visit around this.

    Options

    The most popular options for getting to the citadel are the two day or four day trail. The four day trail is much more challenging and runs for just over 40km, but is very up and down and is recommended for hikers with some experience. Of course this journey can be made much easier by employing the help of porters to help carry your things.

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    What to see

    • Temple of the Sun –  This semicircular temple is an amazing way to experience the views of the Sacred Valley. The temple is thought to house
    • Inti Watana – This unusual, multi tiered stone was believed to tether the sun in the sky in its path each day by the Incas, and was therefore very important to the sun worshipping Inca people.
    • Terraces – Machu Picchu is home to hundreds of terraces that were used for agriculture, which is quite a unique and ingenious invention given the terrain of the high mountains. These terraces have their own complex irrigation system that was typical of the Inca people.
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  • Getting The Right Hotel For Your Visit to Jakarta

    Indonesia’s Capital City Jakarta has a reputation of being busy and chaotic, in a good way. Which means you shouldn’t shy away from the exciting and thriving city. With great food, friendly people and a huge amount of culture and architecture, it’s worth spending a day or more to check out what Jakarta has to offer.

    However, because the city is a tad frantic it’s nice to get your travel arrangements and hotel planned before hand. This way when you arrive at the airport you can be comforted knowing you won’t have to rush around the streets looking for accommodation or ask a tout at the airport where a good place to stay is. This often causes frustration and will, more times than not, lead to spending a lot more than you would have had you booked in advance.

    The fastest and most efficient way of finding a hotel is using an online database that sources the best hotels based on your preferences. Taveloka has some of the largest selections of hotels in Indonesia and is a trusted resource for booking hotels online. In fact, they have over 500 hotels and reviews for Jakarta.

    Things you’ll want to consider when booking a hotel online.

    Accessibility  to/from Airport

    If you are coming in late at night or leaving early in the morning, you’re likely going to want to find a hotel that is either very close to the airport or can be reached easily. Leaving excessively early to the airport so you can sit in the back of a cab stuck traffic in traffic is nobody idea of a good time. Browsing online will help to gauge on a map how far the hotel is from the airport, many hotels will also list online whether they offer a shuttle service. Some offer this service for free and others will charge a fee.

    Nearby Attractions

    Like I said before, there is, in fact, a lot to do and see in the Capital. Visits to the National Monument or National Museum you’ll want to stay in the heart of the city. Online reviews of hotels will give their nearby attractions, districts and places to shop and eat. This is great for planning a day out around your hotel room.

    Neighbourhood

    Typically hotels aren’t set up in dodgy neighbourhoods but nothing is ever one hundred percent. This is why viewing a hotel online and researching the neighbourhood, before you g0, could have great benefits. User reviews will rate the location of the hotel and often comment on how they felt about the hotels location. 

    Price

    With a huge spread of hotel prices in  Jakarta, being able to check and compare prices is important for any budget conscious traveller. Keeping the cost down on your room means more shopping, eating and entertainment. Browsing online will help you compare a range of star ratings in different locations, narrowing down the best price. you’ll also be able to see what amenities the hotel offers such as, wifi, laundry service and a pool or gym.

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  • For The Never Ending Love Of Pizza!

    Hello users! If there is something that comes along with the awesomeness of festival season and long weekend, it’s none but pizza feast. And not to mention some drool-worthy Dominos offers on pizza that we thought we will talk about them in this article.

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    Go check out what’s the best offer available at Dominos today and believe us you will thank us later because it’s so nice to enjoy pizza, especially in those days when there is flat 60% discount on final bill, or BOGO (Buy One Get One Free). Imagine the combination of a cheese burst pizza slice and your favorite drink together, good heavens!

    Pizza Mania

    While there is a bunch of other pizza chains that have promotions on pizzas and other sides, what’s so special about Dominos that we have picked here? Yes, sure we’ll answer to this question. There is not one but a plethora of reasons that says why Doiminos, but one of the dominant reasons is – the fresh pan pizza price starting at Rs 49 only. Compared to other pizza aggregators like Pizza Hut, Papa Johns in India, Domino’s Pizza is ahead in sales and the number of loyal users; this is because of its mouth-watering deals. So what’s the trick to order pizza for half the price or buy 1 pizza and get 1 pizza free… Don’t worry, read the rest of this article, you’ll come to know.

    Celebration without a pizza is incomplete

    Why would you wait for a reason when an offer like this hits? Even if you are celebrating a special occasion, without pizza the celebration would be incomplete. Goodness and awesomeness of Domino’s pizza mania should never be untold. Because, you see a flavour of choices for all your pizza obsessions right here, ranging from veg extravaganza, chef’s veg wonder, cloud 9, exotic Italian varieties, veg treat choices, cheese bursts, feast pizzas on non-veg and more. Of course, there are sides as well like a lot of options in beverages, dips, breads, pasta and more.

    Would you like to get alerts on pizza offers or would like to know the latest offerings from your favorite restaurants without even browsing the web? Sign-up for buzz notification at GrabOn. This coupons and deals website lets you explore a wide range of amazing discounts on everything that you shop online.

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