Monday, February 18, 2013

Family Friendly Holiday Destinations in the Far East: Travel Blog plus 3 more

Family Friendly Holiday Destinations in the Far East: Travel Blog plus 3 more

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Family Friendly Holiday Destinations in the Far East

Posted: 18 Feb 2013 09:42 PM PST

While children gain a wealth of information in school, nothing replaces experiencing the cultures of far off places first hand. Luxury family holidays in the Far East offer a unique opportunity for visiting spectacular destinations where future memories last a lifetime. The Thai culture embraces youth and the people especially fawn over children from other countries. Being a family orientated culture, the country offers much in the way of activities. 


Thailand family holidays have something for everyone from youngsters to retired adults. The stunning beaches of Koh Samui draw guests from many international destinations. When looking for a place to spend a day of quality family time, guests hire a boat and venture to the Angthong National Marine Park. The location features an archipelago of more than 40 uninhabited islands boasting lush rainforests, soft sandy beaches and colourful coral reefs. Spend the day exploring an island filled with caves, rock formations and waterfalls. Discover the amazing world under the sea by snorkelling in the clear waters along the shore and float from one island to another on a kayak. 

Koh Samui

If planning to journey to Phuket, luxury family holidays may include unique nature safaris on the back of an elephant. These eco-friendly Thailand family holidays introduce members to the culture of the people living in the rainforest. Embark on a canoe ride to a local village and the location of an elephant camp. Learn about the conservation efforts, care and training these docile animals receive and the importance they play in the heritage of the people. Guests also have the rare chance to participate in the elephant feeding and bathing processes. Take a tour of the jungle while aboard one of these massive creatures and learn about the many animals and plants that reside here. 


Spending luxury family holidays close to Bangkok or other large cities almost guarantees plenty of activities appropriate for all ages. When tired of seeing museums and theme parks, Thailand family holidays might include a trip to the Bangkok Butterfly Garden and Insectariums. The destination offers brightly coloured flowers and plants along with huge shade trees. Mazes, ponds and architectural features along with ornamental landscaping give one the impression of experiencing an enchanted wonderland. Walk or cycle through the environment designed to support a number of exotic insects that include various species of butterflies. A fascinating indoor display explains the life cycle of the butterfly and provides illustrations of the species found in the insectariums. Pack a lunch and beverages and spend a pleasant afternoon in search of some of the most beautiful outdoor creatures.

Family Friendly Holiday Destinations in the Far East is a post from: - Travel Directory

Iceland – The Land Of Fire & Ice

Posted: 18 Feb 2013 09:32 PM PST

Iceland is an enchanting volcanic island filled with natural delights that every knowledgeable geography buff and all amateur geologists alike will be thrilled to visit. Iceland holidays offer some of the most extreme variances in landscape and exciting natural phenomena of any place in the world. From being able to go inside of a dormant volcano to the breathtaking glaciers that make up 11% of Iceland’s landscape, visitors to amazing Iceland often experience amazement and a sense of wonder.


Breathtaking Natural Hot Springs And Gorgeous Waterfalls

Iceland offers an amazing landscape that can’t be found any place else in the world. Visitors love to see the stunning Geysers area, the most famous of all hot springs. The Strokkur geyser is the most popular attraction here and thrills travellers about every five minutes with an exciting water spouting display.

Only a few miles from Geysers is the spectacular Gulfoss area. Here there are spectacular waterfalls that eventually come together and join in one huge waterfall, before they disappear over the edge of the canyon. If one is visiting when the sun is just right, they will often be mesmerised by the appearance of rainbows reflecting off the edge of the waterfall. 

Blue Lagoon And Whale Watching Excursions

One of the most popular attractions near Iceland’s largest city, Reykjavik, is the amazing Blue Lagoon. This huge geothermal area holds seawater kept at a warm temperature by a nearby geothermal plant. Said to have healing properties, people enjoy a long soak in its pristine waters. 

Hot springs/bath

Whale watching excursions also begin near Reykjavik and from the town of Husavik in the northern part of Iceland. Iceland holidays are spectacular but never more thrilling than when one can sail out on a combined whale watching and Northern Lights tour. One type of whale spotted on these amazing tours is the Minke whale. Tourists can also see harbor porpoises and white-beaked dolphins and occasionally, a Humpback whale.

Northern Lights Provide A Spectacular Natural Show

Another popular activity while on Iceland holidays is trips to see the incredible display that nature puts on known as the Northern Lights. Also known as Aurora Borealis, those lucky enough to see them are treated to a spectacular light show full of yellow and green streaks dancing throughout the night sky. 

Iceland holidays are unforgettable, breathtaking and offer fantastic learning experiences. Once the sights of Iceland permeate a person’s soul, they remain forever. Enchanting, beautiful and full of wonder, a trip to Iceland provides wonderful memories to be treasured.

Northern Lights

Iceland – The Land Of Fire & Ice is a post from: - Travel Directory

Nightmare Hostel Stories, Every Backpacker Has One

Posted: 18 Feb 2013 05:32 PM PST

Hostels. They are cheap (most of the time) and cheerful (maybe less often), and despite a raft of nightmare stories, backpackers seem to love them. On one hand, it's easy to see why they are popular – they are generally cheaper than hotels, and they have common areas that are perfect for meeting other travellers.

However, hostels have their downsides as well. For one thing, you could be staying in a room with 20 other people. Smelly people, obnoxious people, loud people, drunken people, people who lack certain common courtesies and social etiquette.

Then there can be problems with shared bathrooms, shared kitchens, dirty rooms, dirty sheets, mice, rats, cockroaches, bed bugs, windows painted shut, windows painted open, no windows at all… The list goes on.


One of the most common stories hostel-goers come back with are those of couples getting amorous in shared dorm rooms. While most people would be keen to keep their bedroom activities under wraps, it seems there is something about a shared hostel dorm that brings out the exhibitionist in people.

There's not much worse than waking up to your bunk bed rocking, and strange noises coming from the upstairs bunk. You can choose to ignore it, throw a shoe at it, or confront it. Sometimes it will be a drunk couple who don't know any better, at other times (particularly in Bangkok, it seems), it will be a hostel-goer enjoying the services of a prostitute.


Leaving stories of Amsterdam aside, it's perhaps best to concentrate on the legal stuff – alcohol. Alcohol is one of the main causes of shenanigans in hostels, making people act in the worst possible ways.

A common complaint is the complete obliviousness of a drunken person to his poor room mates. Lights being switched on in the room at 3am, crashing around for half an hour before going to bed, waking up innocent bystanders to have random conversations about the meaning of life, and loss of control of bodily functions…

Rock and Roll

It's no secret that many backpackers like to party, which is why many hostels are found near – or on top of – pubs and clubs. While this can be great when you are partying, it's not so great when you are trying to sleep. If you don't like the music, you better buy some earplugs!

While hostels have their upsides, they most definitely have their downsides too. If you want less of an adventure and more of an experience, it can be a better idea to stay in a hotel! Think about the peace and quiet, the clean sheets, having your own bathroom, and having a whole bedroom to yourself!

If you're travelling to Sydney, it's worth checking out hotels in Darling Harbour. As part of the thriving tourist district, Darling Harbour is an awesome choice for travellers – and accommodation doesn't have to be expensive either!

Nightmare Hostel Stories, Every Backpacker Has One is a post from: - Travel Directory

How to make the most of indirect flights

Posted: 18 Feb 2013 05:09 AM PST

Indirect flights were one of the best kept travel secrets of the frequent world traveller, but they have now also become a mainstream strategy for any savvy holidaymaker.

It's easy to see why. While it may take time and effort to find them, the rewards can be considerable. Saving money may be the main reason that some people opt for an indirect flight, but there are a myriad of benefits associated with indirect travel.

Cost efficient

The number one cited reason why people opt for an indirect flight is to save money. Even though worldwide flights are significantly cheaper than they once were, booking an indirect flight can still save you hundreds of pounds, if you're willing to put a little effort into find them.

This is money that you can use towards enjoying your holiday that little more, whether it's taking a life-changing day trip, treating your other half to a meal in a luxurious setting, or treating the kids to a day out that they will cherish forever.


Long haul flights can be tiresome at the best of times, but if you're looking at a jaunt from London to Sydney, for example, breaking up your flight with a stopover in an exotic Asian location could add an extra unforgettable experience to your trip.

While some flights may only allow for a stopover of a few hours, only enough time to wander around the airport and take in a meal, increasingly many airlines offer the option for a half day stopover, or more. This gives you more than enough time to take the train into such exotic city-centre locations as downtown Bangkok, Hong Kong or Singapore, if you're taking the London to Sydney flight.

While you may not have time to fully explore the city, the enforced stopover will at least give you an insight into local culture and a chance to sample the local cuisine. This is a priceless experience and could whet the appetite for a more comprehensive trip next time you travel.

Relax and unwind

Many of the exotic locales that are frequent stopover locations for indirect flights also have rather remarkable airports in their own right. While a good meal and a drink may be all that's on your mind, many of these airports, especially in Asian countries, also offer travellers access to relaxing massage therapies, or comfy seats, to help relieve back pain.

In addition, these spacious airports offer an opportunity for accompanying children to stretch their legs a little on what can sometimes be a long and arduous trip. Once you have had a chance to unwind, taking a saunter around the shopping centres of these exotic airports can be an experience in its own right, as well as providing you with the opportunity to make any last minute purchases, at greatly discounted rates, in Duty Free.

How to make the most of indirect flights is a post from: - Travel Directory