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8 Tips To Know Before You Leave For A Visit To Bali

December 14, 2019

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Have you been planning for a trip to Bali? If so, you may want to equip yourself with a couple of tricks so you can get the most out of your trip. Given below are 8 tips that can help you with your visit. Read on.

Expect crowds

Bali is on the list of the most popular islands in the world. So, it’s not an untouched paradise in Indonesia. It can be hard for you to escape the crowds of Ubud and south Bali, but if you are determined, you can find a lot of secluded corners so you can have a good time. We suggest that you leave for the west coasts or central mountains.

Choose the right hotel

It’s a good idea to choose your base carefully, as hot weather and heavy traffic may make it hard for you to wander about for hours. What you need to do is choose a hotel that is near the places that you want to visit in Bali.

Diet

You don’t have to go on a strict diet while staying in Bali. There was a time when you were not allowed to have cut fruit, salads, meats and ice cubes, but the standards of hygiene have got better across the island. Now, you can find quality organic food at most of kitchens on the Island.

Follow the dress code

You can’t do with beachwear in Bali as the majority of top clubs, restaurants and bars require that their customers follow a dress code. So, we suggest that you buy the right dresses before leaving for Bali.

Respect religious customs

In Bali, you are supposed to respect religious customs. If you are going to be there when a festival is going to happen, make sure you do things properly when visiting holy sites and temples. For instance, if Bali is going to celebrate Nyepi, you should get ready accordingly.

Price tags

If you are on a budget, you can still visit Bali by staying in cheap guesthouses and eating meals at warungs. Apart from this, you can save money by buying stuff at local markets. You may want to keep in mind that prices at high-end shopping malls and hotels are as high as in UK, US and Australia.

Wild and stray animals

You may want to steer clear of wild and stray animals during your stay in Bali. While the animals may look cute, they may carry dangerous diseases. Apart from this, monkeys may steal your stuff in the blink of an eye, so you may want to be careful.

Play by the rules

You may feel that the legal system of Indonesia is contradictory and confusing, but you had better not argue with the police if you get caught doing something that may be taken as a crime by the police. All you have to do is pay the fine. You won’t get any special treatment just because you are a foreigner.

So, these are a few things that you should keep in mind when going to Bali on a trip.


Weekend Getaways Guide – Affordable Places in the US You Must Visit

December 14, 2019

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If you want to go on a nice vacation for a few days but don’t have very much money, there are plenty of inexpensive weekend getaways across the US. You can enjoy iconic attractions, highly-rated restaurants that offer affordable meals, and cost-effective, yet nice hotel accommodations – all without spending much money.

Whether you’re traveling alone, with a significant other, with family or friends, here are some budget-friendly weekend getaways:

Sante Fe, NM

New Mexico’s artsy capital city has a lot to offer to every type of tourist. There is the Museum of contemporary Native Art which explores modern Native American culture, live music at the historic central Plaza, and made-to-order Mexican food from street vendors. Airfare to the Sante Fe Airport is pretty affordable from a number of US cities.

Milwaukee, WI

If you visit Brew City the first Thursday of the month, you can gain free admission to the Art Museum. Visit during baseball season and head to a Brewers game – it’s not uncommon to find day-of tickets at an extremely low price. There are plenty of free attractions to checkout throughout the city.

New Orleans, LA

For a southern experience, there is no city quite like New Orleans. There are always parties going on throughout the city – especially in the historic French Quarter. This is a popular destination for companies offering cheap vacation packages. You should be able to find a good deal that includes a stay at a budget hotel, airfare, and more.

Baltimore, MD

Weekend getaways in Baltimore are often cheaper than vacations in more popular New England destinations, such as NYC and Boston. Head to the Baltimore Museum of Art for classic American and European paintings and a landscaped garden full of sculptures. Other free or cheap places to visit include the Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum, Cylburn Arboretum, and Historic Ships in Baltimore.

Memphis, TN

The home of Graceland is another must-visit southern destination spot that offers a lot of affordable attractions and hotels. At Midtown’s Overton Park, there are some amazing free concerts (bluegrass, country, soul, and gospel). You’ll find some affordable cafes along Beale Street.

Big Bear Lake, CA

If you want a peaceful weekend getaway on the west coast, this breathtaking mountain destination is worth considering. The seven-mile lake offers a variety of water sports if you’re after excitement. You can rent a cabin or stay at an inn or lodge for under $80 a night. To get there, look for cheap airfare to Palm Springs.

These are just a few recommendations for weekend getaways in the US. Use travel discount sites to book your airfare and accommodation.

Which travel discount website is the best? Expedia is worth checking out, as you will find plenty of cheap weekend getaways, airfare, and price comparison tools. You can also look into cruises if you want an affordable getaway on the high seas. Use Expedia promo codes to save even more money.


Spring Break Destinations Ideas – Sunny Beaches, Big Cities, and Ski Trips

December 14, 2019

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It’s finally spring time again. When it comes to spring break destinations, Americans have always loved fun, sunny beach vacations. While beaches will always be popular, there are still a few other types of vacations that are appealing to spring break goers these days. Where are you planning to go? Are you trying to narrow down your list?

Here are a few ideas:

• Cancun – This really isn’t a surprise. Cancun is usually #1 on most lists. With its turquoise waters and pristine beaches, it’s no wonder why so many people flock to this Mexican destination every year. Airfare is usually cheap and there is no shortage of resorts offering discount rates. Hotels, restaurants, and bars really cater to spring breakers and party-goers.

• Miami – Those without passports can still enjoy similar weather in South Beach. You can relax under the sun during the day and party at night when the skyline neon-lights come on. The city has always been known for its reputation as a “nightlife haven”. Not only are there tons of resorts and hotels along South Beach, there are also many apartment and condo rental options.

• Jamaica – You get a few popular spring break destinations in this Caribbean island: Montego Bay, Negril, Kingston, and Ocho Rios. Jamaica isn’t all sand and water, either – there are rainforests and mountains. Head to Negril if you want to do some diving or snorkeling. In Montego Bay, there are many infamous all-inclusive resorts and British-colonial architecture. Kingston, the capital city, is notorious for reggae and the Bob Marley Museum.

• Las Vegas – If you’re not looking for a beach vacation this year, then head to Vegas. Just go on a road trip to Sin City or take advantage of discount airfare. There are plenty of things to do on a budget. Vegas is much more than just a city filled with casinos. The live entertainment is second to none.

• New Orleans – Interested in spring break destinations that offer a cultural experience? Just go down South to NOLA. It’s not just popular during Mardi gras season, it’s popular for spring break as well. This is a city that prides itself on culture and tradition, and you can experience everything it has to offer, from Creole food to ghost tours.

• Park City – Not everyone associated “spring break” with “ski resorts”, but if there is one destination that offers spring break goers a good time, it’s Park City, Utah. It’s especially appealing to families who want to spend spring break together. It’s not all about skiing either; there are plenty of other fun activities as well.

How to Pack Smarter and Lighter for Every Trip


Packing for a trip might seem like a simple task. However, if you have travelled severally, then you know packing mistakes can leave you with some dicey travel lessons. From forgetting some essentials for your trip to packing too much, there is so much that can go wrong when packing.

Here are some tips that will help you pack smarter so you have everything you need and lighter so you don’t have to haul heavy luggage with you on your trip.

  1. Check the weather

Before you start packing, know the weather of your destination. If you pack warm clothes only to find the weather is cold, you might spend money purchasing overpriced clothes to keep you warm. Knowing the weather for the entire duration you are hoping to stay will go a long way to ensure you are packing the right clothes.

You might be tempted to pick stuff as you throw into the suitcase but that will only lead to over-packing or leaving out some important essentials. Lay out everything you want to pack besides first so you have time to scrutinize and think about the role it will play in your trip. Pack only what you are sure you need and avoid the “just in case I need it” items.

  1. Coordinate your clothes

Clothes are the most important items you can carry with you on your trip. You want to look good, be comfortable and have enough clothes for your trip without carrying everything in your closet.

To ensure you only have the clothes you need, pack complete outfits and not individual items. For instance, if you are packing a shirt, make sure it is one you can wear with the trousers you are carrying. It is also recommended that you pack more tops than bottoms with only two pairs of shoes. Make sure you pack shoes that you can wear with different outfits.

  1. Roll your clothes when packing

Rolling the clothes when placing them in the suitcase will save space and prevent creasing. It also makes it easy to arrange them in the suitcase occupying all available spaces with ease. Also, put your socks inside shoes to save space in the suitcase.

  1. Visualize your Vacation before packing

It is important that you have a clear picture of what your trip will be like before you start packing. Are you for instance going to attend any special events? Will you be dining out or attending conferences? Having a clear picture of what you will be doing will help you choose relevant attire and must have items you need to pack.

  1. Buy a small suitcase

The bigger the suitcase, the more you will be able to carry. Having a small suitcase ensures that you only pack what is essential rather than things you will not use in the entire trip.

  1. Use Packing Cubes

Packing cubes keep your things organized and intact inside the suitcase. You can use color coded cubes to easily find your things without disorganizing the entire suitcase.

Give yourself enough time to pack so you don’t forget essential items. Try using these tips to pack light for your next trip or vacation.