26 Feb 2013

Places to Discover this 2013

As the new year begins, there are many people who are plotting their schedules well – trying to figure out when they could go on trips with families, friends, or special someones. Cheap tickets are booked as early as now to avoid hassles and annoyances which last-minute flight booking can give. But the question is "Which is the best place to visit this 2013?" Here are some exciting suggestions:

1. New Zealand
Be fascinated by the Waitomo Glow Worm Caves in New Zealand!

With its stunning natural glory, it is not a question why New Zealand made it to the list of places to visit on 2013. It is a land where mountains, beaches, and volcanic zones come in perfect harmony with buildings and monuments that symbolize the nation’s economic surge. It is a good tourist destination because there are lots of attractions in the country. Those who are in for some leisure trip will surely enjoy it here.

2. Greenland
A non-continental island located in the Arctic region, it can be expected that Greenland is more of cold than humid. It is a nice destination for people who wish to isolate themselves from too much crowd. The nation, which is actually part of the Kingdom of Denmark, is home to arctic mountains, fjords, and remote villages. Glaciers are usual sights in the place - complementing well the beauty of nature that is in there.

Image source: National Geographic: Photo by James Balog

3. Chile

 Artful hanging cars? Only in Chile!

What seemed to be a long stretch of island in the west coast of South America is actually a beautiful destination for a memorable experience. The Republic of Chile, as how it is officially known, is home to loads of street arts which enthusiasts will surely take pleasure on seeing. Furthermore, Chile has a very commendable heritage and is home to very hospitable and respectful people. It is generally a safe place to be in so touring will be doubly fun in there.

Image sources:
*Fresh Bump (by fashionmag): Colorful Art Cars Hanging Out in Chile
*Ginkopress: Street Art Chile

4. France

A renowned European city, France will never leave the list of top destinations in every year. Home to global icons spearheaded by the Eiffel Tower, this nation is surely one of the most romantic places to visit. It is a great place to start when going on a European escapade.

Image source: InternationalLiving

5. Costa Rica

Travelers who are into ecotourism will surely find Costa Rica a serene paradise. As a Caribbean nation, it boasts of a spectacular nature which mainly features the wildlife. There is a wide variety of flora and fauna in its parks and mountains. Nature photographers and enthusiasts will surely have an unforgettable experience here.

Image source: Tripbnb - Visiting Costa Rica

6. Kazakhstan

This 2013, it will be great to travel to the ninth biggest country in the world, Kazakhstan. Bordered by Russia, China and other Central Asian countries, this nation does not have any significant historical spots or imposing structures; however, its charm lies on the mysteriousness and emptiness of the place.

Image source: The Planetd - Kazakhstan a Country of Contrasts

7. Madagascar

If not contented with the film, then people should plan a trip to the real thing! Madagascar is the fourth largest island in the world and is located off the coast of Africa. It is a majorly tropical island that gives home to a widely varied wildlife. Lots of nature parks are perched in mountainous regions, fascinating trekkers and nature lovers undoubtedly.

Image source: Earth Island - Madagascar's Baobab Trees

8. Bhutan

Perched in the Himalayas region between Tibet and India, people can travel to Bhutan to find the perfect destination to experience something unique. Culturally and environmentally gorgeous, this small country flaunts an immaculate nature and astounding harmony among the kingdom. It is the only Vajrayana Buddhist nation in the world so even religion, itself, is unquestionably unique. With its imposing splendor, it is known as the ‘Last Shangri-La’.

Image source: C & E Holidays - Kurjey Tsechu in Bhutan

9. Peru

The main attraction in Peru is the Machu Picchu, the most imposing set of ruins in the world which is from the Incan Empire. It is perched on a mountain top, and therefore requires a bit of trekking to be reached. Nonetheless, it is a lovely destination that brings glory to Peru. Aside from this, there are more historical places to visit in the nation. A trip will surely be worth it.

Image source: Peru Machu Picchu

10. Tasmania

Yes, Tasmania is home to the Tasmania Devil; but that isn’t just the thing to look forward to about this Australian state. The unique lifestyle of the people and the stunning nature should also be anticipated. Historic edifices are in the island as well, providing people with some interesting pieces of information about the community’s past.

Image source: Outravel - Maria Tasmania Island

Listed above are just some of the top destinations to visit this 2013. There are more options – places which people can readily visit with cheap tickets available online.

13 Feb 2013

Top 10 Special: Where to Lock your Love Locks Around the World

It has been a cute practice of many couples to come to high places like rooftops of buildings or towers to lock locks then throw away the keys. This simple yet romantic act symbolizes an everlasting love and relationship.

Basically, it can be done everywhere. But it gets more fun when you and your loved one actually go to places where it is usually done. If clueless, here are the top destinations where this practice is definitely common:

1. Seoul

Seoul is basically known for cute things and this idea of love locks is one of them. You can buy those cheap tickets to Seoul and visit the 63 Building or Namsan Tower to lock your locks. Furthermore, there are lots of romantic cafés around so after locking the love, you can have a memorable date with your partner.

Image source: Mr Kate - Locks of Love

2. Rome

Inspired by the novel ‘I Want You’ by Federico Moccia, this has somehow been a tradition for many Italians. Interestingly, locks are locked in pathways and bridges like the Ponte Milvio, Ponte Vecchio, and Via Dell’Amore.

Image source: Tumblr

3. Paris

Like in Rome, couples affix their love locks in bridges in Paris. The most famous is the one in Pont de l’Archevêché Bridge. Actually, there also used to have some locks in other bridges but these were allegedly removed by the government because it poses threats to the architectural heritage of Paris.

Image source: Daily Photo Stream - Pont de Larcheveche

4. Fengyuan

At the overpass at the train station can be seen lots of love locks. In this part of Taiwan, the common thing is to affix two locks together and wish that the couples who locked it will stay together. Locals believe that the magnetic energy produced by the passing trains below will in turn produce energy to make the wish come true.

Image source: Kaminoge - Fengyuan Love Locks

5. Moscow

As there are lots of iron trees in Moscow, Russia, people decided to affix their locks there. But usually, newly-wed couples who wish to last long lock theirs at the Luzhkov Bridge.

Image source: Other Moscow

6. Cologne

The idea of love locks had started in Cologne, Germany on 2009. It was first seen at the Hohenzollem Bridge. The operators opposed but eventually gave in because of public opposition. Then, the practice spread across other cities much to the lovers’ delight.

Image source: Panoramio

7. Huangshan

You will easily get amazed by the fact that almost all metal fences leading to the peak of Huangshan in China are clad with locks affixed by couples who wish for eternal love. It is believed that this practice symbolizing locking souls together started here. Most tours to China visit Huangshan so you may want to take advantage of that.

Image source: icePice - Love Lock Symbol of Love Luck


8. Prague

It is particularly famous in the Mala Strana District in Prague, Czechoslovakia. Locks are affixed at a small bridge near the Grand Priory Square. It is quite famous that the metal fences can no longer be seen. You will surely have fun attaching yours to it.

Image source: Maya Photography - Prague Locks of Love

9. Uruguay

Love locks has become a cultural tradition in Uruguay. In the fountain in Montevideo, - where couples usually go for this practice - is a sign stating a legend believing that if two love locks with the initials of the couple engraved on it will be affixed in the fountain, the two will forever be locked with each other.

Image source: Inspiring Travellers - Montevideo's Love Locks Fountain

10. Guam

When in Guam with your partner, make sure to drop by the Two Lovers’ Point to lock your locks. There is a deck there which overlooks the ocean where you can affix the metal locks. Sometimes, plastic bag tags are used.

Image source: Everything-Everywhere - Two Lover's Point in Guam

Definitely, there are other exciting things to do for the Valentines’ season. But perhaps, this love-locking practice is one of the most famous. So fly to your chosen destination now and secure your love.

5 Feb 2013

Top 10 Places to Spend Chinese New Year At

As Chinese New Year 2013  fast approaches, more and more people are now panicking to get those cheap air tickets to their desired destinations. Some haven’t decided where to go to yet, though. So to help, here are the top 10 cities where extravagance is the constant theme for the festivity:

1. Singapore

As the whole street of Chinatown gets lovely with the red and yellow lanterns hanging, it also gets lively as music booms aloud as dragon and lion dancers parade around. People are given two days of holidays so getting it on with the party is permissible. Drinks and food are overflowing during the celebration.

* Singapore Playground
* - Chinatown
* Asianewsnet

2. Beijing

Of course, nothing beats the original. As the capital city of China, many opt to come to the city in time for the Chinese New Year. The event is at its best at where it originated, after all. Dragon and lion dances are performed around the metropolis, as people come together to feast over good food and companies.

Sources :
* Saisnanjing

3. Hong Kong

You are in for some great fun when you buy Hong Kong air tickets in time for the CNY. The whole city is basically illuminated with fireworks to welcome the New Year, and music is loud – really loud. The festival lasts for 15 days. That’s exciting, right?

* Caffeinated Traveller - What to Expect This Chinese New Year in Hong Kong?

4. Vietnam

Instead of celebrating CNY, Vietnam holds the Lunar New Year – which is practically a version of the Chinese event. It lasts for 3-4 days as people come home to be with their families to have fun. Locals will then commonly clean houses and go for makeovers. It’s their way of starting anew, and that’s what New Year is all about for them. Vietnam tours offer spectacular experiences you may want to try.


5. Sydney

With its celebration centered on Chinatown and the Chinese Garden of Friendship in Darling Harbour, you can expect that the celebration is one of a kind in Sydney, Australia. Markets and food stalls are set up and parades are held to contribute to the festive atmosphere.


6. Paris

It might be quite surprising but yes, Paris celebrates the Chinese New Year. In fact, it is to be anticipated because the city lights up in color as people in colorful costumes parade around to distribute luck among everyone. The fireworks displays are superb too!

* - Chinese New Year Celebration in Paris Town Hall
* iFashion Blog

7. Los Angeles (USA)

This big city in California is home to many Chinese communities. Thus, it is of no wonder why Chinese New Year is greatly celebrated there. You should look forward to the Golden Dragon Parade which flaunts colorful floats and marching bands that certainly livens up the atmosphere. It runs along North Broadway to Chinatown.

* Just Luxe

8. Helsinki (Finland)

This city in Finland sure knows how to escalate the fun during the Chinese New Year. Having signed an agreement with Beijing, Helsinki shows traditional lion, dragon and butterfly dances on its streets. There are also operas depicting different battle scenes in the Chinese history. Lots of Chinese markets are organized too!

* Helsinkippusa
* CNY Stage Performance in Helsinki

9. London

In Leicester Square and Chinatown, people come together to witness acrobatic shows, dragon dances, and traditional performances from Chinese artists during the Chinese New Year. It is surely an interesting feat as it flaunts the majestic fusion of Oriental and European cultures.

* Visit London : Chinese New Year in London

10. San Francisco (USA)

It is almost two centuries ago since San Francisco included the Chinese New Year in its heritage. The celebration in the city is considered one of the longest in the world. Aside from the typical parade, San Francisco also holds the Chinese New Year Flower Fair and Chinatown Community Street Fair.

* Party Earth - Chinese New Year Parade & Festival
* BuiPhotos
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