Choosing your Next Travel Destination

Choosing your Next Travel Destination

Traveling isn’t always possible, given your demanding work schedule. But whenever you get the chance to travel, be it a few days or weeks, you should make the most of it. You can make it a perfect getaway with proper planning.

An ideal vacation is one that is filled with activities you like doing, in a place you want to go and with people you want to be with. But with so many suggestions that you see online and with all the attractions you’ve seen on social media, it is not that easy to decide where to go. So how do you go about deciding your travel destination? There are a few questions you need to ask yourself first and from then, you will be able to identify the possible destinations that go well what your needs and of course, your budget.

  • What type of destinations do you prefer most? Are you a fan of nature and would rather go mountain climbing and hiking or being around rivers and seas? Or are you more interested of the hustle and bustle of big cities? If you are seeking for more relaxation and tranquility, you should to go places that offer you a chance to bond with nature. This will give you much privacy and quality time with the people you spend your vacation with.

If you’re the type who considers shopping as a great way to de-stress, you may choose cities that provide people with a vast variety of shopping opportunities.

No matter the type of destination you choose, if it can truly make you satisfied, always go for it.

  • What are the activities you enjoy doing? The activities that you look forward to do during your next vacation has a huge role to play in your choice of destination. Choose a place that allows you to do those activities you have been dying to try.
  • Are you a food buddy? Wherever in the world you travel, you can always expect great dining outlets. But if there’s a specific cuisine you want to try, that may also have an influence on your choice of travel destination.
  • Do you like staying in a nice resort or hotel? A luxury accommodation is not always necessary to have a great travel experience. But if it is what you are looking to experience and your budget allows it, then go ahead and book the hotel or resort you have been meaning to go. This type of accommodation allows you to experience utmost relaxation and great service and amenities that will make your vacation worthwhile.

Your choice of vacation destination all boils down to the activities that you want to do and the things you are looking to experience during your trip. Be smart in planning your next travel and consider the things that will give you the kind of relaxation you have been wanting to get.

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Travelling challenges

The hardest parts about traveling

Traveling is all about having fun and enjoying your time abroad. But sometimes, it’s not always rainbows. Traveling can be hard too. If you’re going backpacking for example for a longer time, it’s even harder because you’ll be away from family and friends for months. Every traveler goes through difficult times though, so it’s normal to have bad days. Here’s a list of some of the hardest parts about traveling.

Missing home

The most obvious thing is to miss home while you’re traveling. You miss how things work at home, you miss your bed, you miss knowing which buses to take and where they depart from, you miss your supermarket and you miss the people at home. It’s normal to feel this way, especially when you’re away for quite some time. But when you miss home, just remember that traveling is a beautiful time to remind yourself of what you have at home and how much you appreciate it. Those feelings will pass too, so keep yourself occupied, make new friends and remind yourself why you’re traveling again.

You miss the food at home

This all depends on where you go, sometimes the food is even better than at home! But if you’re somewhere where you don’t really like the food, it can be tough. Because food does play a huge part and if you don’t enjoy eating the food where you’re at, it can be tough. So you’re starting to think about all those times you had your mother’s home cooked meals, everything you can buy in the supermarkets, etc. But try to be open minded about the food when you’re traveling. Perhaps you just haven’t tried the one thing that’ll change your mind about the food.

Getting sick

It’s never fun to get sick but it sucks even more when you’re not at home. When we’re not feeling so good, the best thing is to bundle up at home and watch a movie. But that’s not always possible when we’re traveling. Instead, we have to settle with sharing a room with 10 others. It’s not always the most comfortable situation to stay in a hostel when you’re sick. So instead of staying in a cramped room, try to stay in a private room or go somewhere where you feel like you can rest. Your body, and mind, will thank you for this!

No one understands you

Perhaps you’re traveling to a country where no one can speak your language and the only way to get by is by body language or google translate. At first it can be fun, but after awhile, you miss having conversations where it just flows. You start getting frustrated because no one understands you and even the simplest things needs to be translated. But the only thing you can do is to learn some basic local words so you can get by. You’ll also notice how much the locals appreciates it and you might even be able to hold a conversation. It’s never a bad thing to learn a new language.

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Travelling while expecting.

Travelling while expecting.

Top travel destinations for couples who look to enjoy their babymoon

“Babymoon” is the practice of taking a vacation some place while bearing a child. It’s usually done in the second trimester of pregnancy.

Couples usually choose a tropical setting but some prefer a cozy hotel to hold their babymoon. The important thing is that it has the right offerings to cater to the mother’s pregnancy and health. 

Babymoons have experienced a recent surge in popularity. And honestly, what’s not to love? Offering the perfect opportunity to enjoy a luxurious holiday with your significant other—indulging in lazy beach days and spa sessions before sleepless nights and nappy changing take over—here are five of Asia’s best babymoon destinations:

Sofitel Philippine Plaza – Manila, Philippines

Vacation in the Philippines is always one of the top choices if you have a taste for luxury. It’s feasible currencies can give you instant five-star accommodations to its finest hotels.

One of the most luxurious hotels In the country is Sofitel Philippine Plaza. It probably is the most affordable among all Sofitels worldwide.

It celebrates local culture and tradition mixed with the French art de vivre. It also offers a perfect babymoon package of rest and pamper.

Aside from the coziest rooms, the hotel’s wellness packages are top notch. Enjoy a trip down Le Spa where French elegance meets Filipino spirituality. Their spa rituals take you to a dimension of total relaxation.

Dining experience is also top notch and will surely activate your baby’s sense of taste early. “Spiral” is a high-end buffet with almost all kinds of cuisines while “La Veranda” is more on the poolside dining experience.

Kanuhura – Maldives

Newlywed couples think of either Bali or Maldives as a dream honeymoon destination. The latter usually becomes an option for those who like to splurge on memories.

Another reason Maldives is a more popular choice is because it is more babymoon-friendly rather than the busier Bali.

Kanuhura Maldives has the perfect beachside bungalows and villas that will make you want to sit on the porch all day.

The view of crystal-clear oceans and pristine white beaches while breathing fresh air is something healthy to share with the baby you carry.

It babymoon packages are surely going to ease out on all your tight points. Kanuhura’s wellness programs include mother and father-to-be massages, couple’s yoga, and healthy food trips.

They also have baby-related offerings such as baby food cooking class, gender reveal cake, and even tree planting in honor of your future offspring.

Lombok Lodge Boutique Hotel – Lombok, Indonesia

Yes its Indonesia but no its not Bali. Despite the relaxing and cleansing experience Bali offers, it has become a bit crowded in recent years due to the influx of tourists.

The Indonesian archipelago has nice beaches all over, particularly the one in Lombok. If you are into long naps when the air is fresh.

Lombok offers an entire four-night babymoon package in one of their luxury suites. The package includes a full breakfast and a romantic five-course dinner for two.

It also includes a wellness package of a pregnancy-safe bath ritual, massage and facial, and a pregnancy yoga class during your stay.

Island hopping and snorkeling are also offered as an add-on.

Fusion Resort  – Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam

Sometimes an hour of massage doesn’t feel enough. The rigors of our daily lives just makes us want to have more.

The Fusion Resort has unlimited pampering for soon-to-be parents. Their “all spa-inclusive” program provides guests with unlimited treatments during their entire stay.

Packages include include pregnancy-friendly massages and reflexology treatments. Skin care treatments such as scrubs and facials gives are offered as well.

The resort is perched atop a pristine sand dune facing the ocean. Its facilities are made from natural materials designed in a luxurious way.

Banyan Tree Club & Spa – Seoul, South Korea

The South Korean capital of Seoul has a number of resort-like accommodations in the middle of urbanization. The Banyan Tree Club & Spa in NamSan is one of those places.

The club is exclusive and requires a membership before you can use its facilities. It overlooks Mt. Namsan where greenery surrounds its building. Peeking outside its windows gives a view close to nature

Korean hospitality is displayed by the staff from check in to check out. They call their spa package “Banayan Signatures,” which combine meditation and holistic treatments.

Its dining options consist of Korean delicacies and modern European creations. The lounges also serve snacks and drinks if you are going for something light.

Amanemu – Shima-shi, Japan

Whenever we see classical Japanese aesthetic structures, it somehow paints a picture of peaceful surroundings.

The Amanemu Suites and Villas in Shima-shi is one of those places you just want to escape to if you are into these types of designs.

The place is built with a combination natural and modern materials. Its purpose is to make the place look as classic as possible.

Its spa has two large onsen bathing pavilions complemented by a pool for aquatic body work. They have four treatment suites.

The secret of the Japanese for their long life is their cuisine. The restaurant’s local produce are organically grown. Seafood is fresh and their Matsusaka Wagyu beef just melts in your mouth.

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Reasons why you should consider going overseas with a tour group

Reasons why you should consider going overseas with a tour group

Traveling solo or should you join a tour group? A really important question to ask when you are planning a trip, but you are alone and don’t have someone to go with you. The thing is that there are so many reasons and benefits on why you should consider going overseas with a tour group instead of touring alone. With these reasons, you will see that a tour group might be your best option:

There is someone that is showing you the way

The moment that you are going to a group, there is an experienced tour guide that is going with you to show you the way. Making sure that you and the rest of the tour group are going to see everything and not to get lost along the way.

When you are touring solo, there will not be anyone that is telling you that you are going to the wrong way or that you missed a great tourist attraction.

You are making some great friends

There is no better way to explore and to tour than with friends. The moment that you are going to join a tour group, you are going to meet some new, and even long-life friends.

You will be able to experience everything with someone you like and have someone to talk to. Traveling alone means that you will not have someone to talk to or to experience the travels with. Making it a bit lonely.

You know that you are going to see the best attractions

Something that is hard, is when you are traveling, you don’t always know where the best attractions are. You need to do research in order to know that you are going to see all the important attractions and that you don’t miss out on something.

The tour guide will take you to every attraction that you need to see in the area and in the country. Making your experience so much better.

It is a lot safer to travel in a group

Yes, there are some countries that are just unsafe to tour to. Especially, when you are touring alone. You can be a target if someone spots that you are touring alone. With a tour group, this isn’t something that you need to worry about. You and the rest of the tour group will be safe all the time. Making the experience unforgettable.

Touring alone or going with a tour group is the question that many are asking. With these reasons and benefits of joining a tour group, you might find your answer a lot sooner. If you know that this is something that you can’t do often, you want to make sure that you are choosing a tour group where you can get real value for money.