The Best Asian Travel Destinations for Summer 2017

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Asia is home to some of the most beautiful sights to be seen in the world. However, many people visit the continent during the winter months. Perhaps they are scared off during summer due to the potential for excessive temperatures and an impending rainy season. But that’s not enough reason to completely strike Asian travels from your list of potential summer trips. There are many beautiful parts that are at their peak from July to September, and it would be an awful shame to miss them. So here are a few different destinations you might like to check out in the summer of 2017.

Bali

Bali’s sees most of its visitors pass through from July through to August. Unlike many parts of Asia at this time of year, the region is dry during this time, making summer the ultimate season to visit. Because of its summertime popularity, you might want to avoid busier areas and tourist traps. Try seeking out the alternative side of Bali: trek rice terraces, seek out waterfalls and skirt the edges of temples. Head out early in the morning to secure good spots at beaches and book into restaurants you might like to try out early during your stay.

Hong Kong

Hong Kong is urban, making it suitable to visit at any time of the year. The bustling country has so much to offer. From historic sites and temples, such as Tian Tan Buddha and Wong Tai Sin Temple, to Disneyland. There’s something to suit everybody. We’d recommend, as with most urban city breaks, to book into a reputable hotel, such as hotel causeway bay. Hong Kong is a highly popular destination, and you don’t want to leave your accommodation down to chance once you get there, as all hotels in the local area may well be fully booked.

Malaysia

If you’re drawn to the sea and sand, Malaysia might well tick all of your boxes for the holiday of a lifetime. The Tioman and Perhentian islands are highly recommended during the summer months, as the islands’ climes during this period result in calmer seas, which allow for extraordinary snorkeling experiences. If you have your heart set on a more urban retreat, visit Kuala Lumpur, the country’s capital. Book day trips and excursions in advance to avoid disappointment on the day.

Ladakh

Ladakh is a Himalayan region located in North India. It is a summer favorite, with azure blue skies and beautiful weather throughout the summer months. Try exploring the stunning landscape and visiting Buddhist temples along the way. Roads in the region are closed from October to May, so make the most of them being open. Hire a vehicle and take a drive through one of the most spectacular mountain ranges known to man.

Koh Samui

If Thailand has captured your heart, you might fancy taking a trip to Koh Samui. Better known destinations, such as Phuket, are located in the Andaman Sea and experience wet seasons during summer. But Koh Samui lies in the Gulf of Thailand, which has sunny and dry weathers at this time of year.

Everyone Needs A Tech Free Vacation!

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Technology is amazing. There are very few people who would argue with that fact. Technology has improved so many aspects of many people’s lives that it’s amazing to look back on a time where we existed without it. Whether it’s communication, shopping, medicine, or work, there’s almost nothing that technology hasn’t made faster, easier, and more effective. However, does that mean that it’s always a good thing? As with anything else, it comes down to the way that it’s used and the problem many people have is that technology starts to become something of a barrier between them and the life that’s going on all around them. It’s so much easier to focus on the things happening on a screen that the sometimes confusing and messy things that happen in real life. Because of this, it’s important that everyone take the chance for a tech-free getaway every now and again to help them reconnect with the world around them. Here are some of the things that you need to do to take the perfect tech-free trip.

Let people know in advance

As romantic as the idea of suddenly going off the grid with no warning can be, it’s hardly the most realistic idea for the vast majority of people. In fact, it can make taking time away from tech downright stressful if you’re constantly worrying about people trying to get in touch with you. If you let people know what’s happening well in advance, then you can avoid them trying to get a hold of you when you’re trying to take some time for yourself. That way it makes the lives of the people around you easier, as well as making the entire experience much less stressful for you.

Have the right equipment

Just because you’re saying goodbye to a lot of technology for a little while, doesn’t mean that you suddenly have to start sleeping rough under a pile of leaves, unless that sounds like your ideal vacation! You should find a camping tent that’s going to be reliable, as well as things like a warm sleeping bag, and some way to cook food. Something simple like a single camping stove is fantastic for things like boiling water for coffee and heating up cans of soup for a quick and filling meal to give you plenty of energy.

Pick your spot

Remember, you can’t just park yourself anywhere if you want to take a tech-free holiday. Make sure that you’re actually legally allowed to be somewhere before you decide to set up camp. Not only that but be careful not to end up somewhere with too many technological temptations. You’re taking this trip to get away from all of that. If you can constantly hear the sounds of technology or cars rushing past, then it’s going to be that much harder to really unplug and get back to nature. Finding the right spot, or spots, for your trip can make all of the difference between an amazing time and a frustrating slog.

 

Do You Need Something Different From Your Next Trip?

Travel really is a wonderful thing. It broadens the mind and can open you up to new experiences that you’d never otherwise have. Which makes it all the more unusual how often people tend to get themselves stuck in something of a routine when they travel. Far too often people find a single travel destination that they fall in love with, and then they visit that place over and over again until it loses so much of what once made it so magical. It’s amazing that many people can take something as wonderful and exciting as travel, and actually find a way to make it boring! Of course, things don’t have to be that way! Here are a few ideas for some different things that you can do on your next trip.

Get off the grid

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One of the things about traveling is that it takes you out of your comfort zone a little bit. This can be one of the very best things about it. If you go back to the same hotels and resorts time after time that feeling can fade away, leaving things feeling stale and pedestrian. If you really want to turn that on its head then why not take a trip where you’re completely and totally off the grid. Strip yourself of all of the typical comforts that you associate with a vacation and get back to basics in a big way. Doing this allows you to learn more about survival, remind yourself that you don’t need to be glued to technology all the time, and remind yourself of how it feels to be alive when everything isn’t constantly provided for you. Sure it might not be the most relaxing trip, but it will certainly be one that you always remember.

Go somewhere where you don’t speak the language

Another way to really shake things up and sweep out the cobwebs is to go somewhere where everything is completely foreign to you. Of course, there are many destinations where English isn’t the dominant language, but many of those have dedicated tourist areas that make allowances for you. Instead, try going somewhere that doesn’t make those concessions. Take a phrasebook with you and really engross yourself in a culture that’s completely alien to you. It won’t take long before you come to understand it better and you’ll often come away with a much greater understanding of the world around you and the different cultures in it.

Choose the opposite to your normal destination

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If you want an immediate shake-up to your normal travel plans, but you don’t really know where to start, then start with what you’re used to, and flip it on its head. If usually travel in cities and enjoy a degree of luxury, take some time out in the wilderness, if camping is usually your thing then get stuck into the incredible energy and culture that cities have to offer. By going in the exact opposite direction to what you’re used to, you can discover a whole new world of possibilities that you might never have even considered before.

3 Travel Ideas For Animal Lovers

When choosing your next travel destination, there’s a few essentials that you have to keep in mind that influence your choice of location. Firstly, there’s your budget – which is always going to constrain what you might want to do. Secondly, you have to decide if you want to return to a much-loved existing destination, or if you want to try something different. Then there are other considerations such as the time you have available or who you might like to go with – but one thing has a tendency to be forgotten: the things you love when you’re at home.

The chances are, you’d consider yourself an animal lover. Most of us do, excusing the odd phobia and bad past experience. This love tends to manifest itself in the love we bestow upon our pets, but this is something we leave behind when we set off on our travels – the animal lover side of our personality stays firmly at home.

What if it didn’t have to, though? What if you could add another consideration to that long list of concerns – a consideration to find a place that allows you to see and experience animals in a totally different country?

Swim With Dolphins

Swimming with dolphins tends to appear high on many bucket lists, especially for those of us who consider ourselves animal lovers. The beauty of this goal is that it’s so attainable. From aquatic centers in Europe to the natural waters of Australia; swimming with dolphins is something you can incorporate into almost any holiday.

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However, it’s perhaps best experienced on coastal resorts in warm countries. Think the Caribbean over the landlocked European countries; aqua parks where the dolphins are kept in as natural a habitat as possible. The Dominican Republic and Jamaica both come highly recommended, so perhaps start your search there.
Volunteer With Conservation Projects

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If you don’t just want to experience different animals but actively help them, then offering your help with conservation projects can be a wonderful way of combining travel and your love of animals. You can largely choose any animal that you might wish to assist, with Africa being a prime destination to consider, especially if you’re considering working with elephants or any of the other famed “big five” animals. Namibia and Botswana should be at the top of your list as places to research.

Walk With The Monkeys

Finally, the above two options are wonderful in their own ways. However, they do somewhat separate animals from humans in how the interaction with the animals goes about. If you prefer the idea of a less forced separation, then the island of Gibraltar might be what you need.

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The famous local monkeys – Barbary apes, to be specific, but everyone refers to them as monkeys! – are a part of the local tradition and integrate with humanity in ways rarely seen anywhere else in the world. Tourists to the rock are nothing new to these animals, who have grown up seeing humans as a source of easy food and a nice fuss rather than anything to be feared. Gibraltar – a British overseas territory – is nice in and of itself, with a temperate climate and stunning views over the Atlantic Ocean.

 

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Dreaming Up the Luxury Holiday of a Lifetime

The majority of people will travel regularly throughout their lives. Many take annual vacations and the past decade has seen a large proportion of students take a gap year from their studies to discover the world. But there are certain destinations that are truly once in a lifetime trips. Some people will save this trip for their honeymoon. Others will wait until retirement. But there’s one thing we all have in common when it comes to that extra special trip: we want it to be perfect. So here are a few things to consider while you dream up your ultimate vacation.

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Where?

There are so many beautiful places on this planet that choosing an ultimate destination can be a tricky feat in itself. For your dream trip, the location should be somewhere distant. Somewhere exciting. Somewhere where you will feel as if you’re experiencing another world. Some top destinations include the Seychelles, Mauritius, the Caribbean Islands, and Hawaii. What have they in common? Pictures of paradise. White powder sands, tranquil, warm waters, and unfathomable cuisine. So get researching. Search online, visit your local travel agents and read travel guides until something catches your eye and your heart all at once. You’ll know the right place for you as soon as you see it.

When?

With these beautiful locations, it is important to know the best time to travel. Certain places will have monsoon seasons or rainy seasons. Get all of the advice you can on the best time to visit for the ultimate experience that you’ve been dreaming of. You may be able to save some hard earned cash by going out of season, but it’s usually worth forking out the extra for better weather and less chance of storms and heavy downpours.

Budget

Now you know the destination and the general dates you plan to visit, you can start working out a budget. Here’s where you decide whether to make it an extravagant affair or a more reasonable deal. Whether you splash out your savings on Air Charters and cruise lines or take a more modest approach with budget flights and rented accommodation, the trip is going to be wonderful. Work out where your priorities lie and budget accordingly. Don’t forget that you’ll need plenty of spending money if you like to bring back souvenirs, dine out in local restaurants and take part in excursions or day trips.

Take it Easy

Planning a holiday can be stressful work. But don’t let it get on top of you. This should be a fun and relaxing experience, from beginning to end. Pick up essentials like sunscreens and insect repellents well in advance and allow yourself plenty of time to pack. Plan transport to and from the airport beforehand, so you’re not anxiously waiting for a delayed taxi to drop you to the flight terminal on the day. Make a timetable for while you’re away but don’t stick to it too rigidly. Plans change, and you might find new exciting things to do that you hadn’t even considered before arriving at your destination.

 

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