How To Stay Safe While Travelling The World

How To Stay Safe While Travelling The World

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When travelling the world – especially if you decide to go solo – it is so important that you know exactly what you’re doing, where you’re going, and what you need, as you may be putting yourself in rather vulnerable positions. It’s an incredible experience, and you shouldn’t be put off by the idea of venturing out alone, but you just need to familiarise yourself with as much as you can before you jet off.

Here’s how you can keep yourself safe while away.

Emergency fund

As well as all the money that you will need for transport, accommodation, and food and drinks, you should also make sure you have an emergency fund. This is so (God forbid) if anything happens, like you get injured, you lose something, or get into any other kind of trouble, you will need money to sort out the situation. If you’re already worried about not having enough in your budget, you may want to look at cash loans. These are great for giving you exactly what you need, when you need it. Just make sure that you are able to pay it all back within your next known payday; otherwise, the interest rates will become rather expensive.

Sleep safe

Regardless of where you sleep, you need to make sure that you’re safe and off the streets. It doesn’t matter whether you’re in a five-star hotel, or an independent b&b, just as long as you have somewhere to put your head down and get the rest you need to recharge, without worrying about any potential dangers. If you have your own vehicle with you, you may want to invest in a second lock so it’s extra secure. And if you’re backpacking, always be sure to find a hostel and check it out while the sun is still up. Never leave it too late because it’ll be dark, you’ll be exhausted, and may not make the best decision.

Don’t carry your valuables

If you are seen having fancy things, like a pretty watch, a phone, or jewellery, you are essentially just putting a bullseye on your back. Sure, there’s nothing wrong with having nice things, but you need to know that if they are out on show for everyone to see, someone may just come along and attempt to grab them. So before you leave the hotel, (or wherever you’re staying) think twice about wearing that Rolex.

Befriend the locals

When you arrive at your destination, it’s wise to get friendly with the locals, not only because it’s nice for your social life and you may learn more about the area you’re in, but because you’re less likely to be targeted by a criminal. A lot of thieves will pick out tourists to steal from because they’re seen as an easy target as they tend to be alone. So if you are seen speaking to the locals, they may just rethink who they’re messing with. Remember that sometimes it’s not about what you know – it’s who you know.

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Go East: The Further Afield Destinations Not To Be Missed

Go East: The Further Afield Destinations Not To Be Missed

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I often wonder whether there is going to be enough time to visit some of the places we put on our bucket lists. Many of us can have dreams and aspirations of seeing some of the most famous places on the plane,t but often we have to cherry pick due to commitments at home. I guess that is why so many students decide to take year ong excursions traveling over several different countries at once, so that they can really experience some of the beauty this world has to offer. However, not all of us can just do things like that, which is why we all have some form of bucket list and hope that one day we will get to tick the destinations off one by one.

It got me thinking about some of the popular destinations, or indeed some of the further Eastern points of the world that we may not necessarily get to frequent as often as we would like. I wanted to share with you some of the best destinations, offer insight on some pf the places to visit if your find yourself there. Who knows, maybe a few more places will be getting added to your bucket list come the end of this article.

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New Zealand

New Zealand is a country in the Southern Pacific ocean that is made up of two main islands. North island and South island. The capital city of New Zealand is Wellington, which is situated on the North island. Both islands have volcanoes which makes it quite the mountainous and green visual beauty. There are certainly plenty of things to do in this country. However, if you are fan of the Lord Of The Rings films, then you will know that some of the filming took place on the South Island. So much so, that you can still go and see some of the sets such as Hobbiton. You have plenty of other great sites and cities. Along with the capital city of Wellington you also have other popular destinations like Auckland. Some of the popular tourist highlights are the Milford Sound, Lake Tekapo, and the Waitomo caves. Wherever you are traveling from, New Zealand is one of the first countries to start their day, and quite often can be on the bucket list for many people to consider exploring in the future.

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Australia. Possibly one of the most popular bucket list destinations of all time. Australia is a vast country, with so many places to see that many travellers can spend months touring the country just to ensure that they take it all in. Different regions of Australia are different, and both seasons can be experienced at different times of the year due to how big it actually is. Melbourne is classed as one of the most popular destinations and actually has been named the most liveable city in all of the world. Known for its coffee culture and laidback city lifestyle Melbourne is quite the destination to visit. But let’s not forget some of the other iconic places such as Perth in Western Australia. With a great town and also some of the smaller more rustic places like Freemantle, there is a great laid back vibe in this region. Then you have iconic Sydney with possibly the most known sight of Australia the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Adelaide, Brisbane, The Gold Coast, Cairns, there really is much to see and do there. One of the most requested things to do would be to swim in the Great Barrier reef. However you choose to spend your time in Australia, it is clear to see that you won’t be disappointed with your time there.


Japan is a mecca of possibility out in the Pacific and it has dense cities, mountainous regions, many beautiful palaces and thousands of shrines. With a population of 127 million people, it’s easy to see why it could be a destination not to be missed for you in the future. Tokyo is Japan’s busy capital city and is bustling with the ultramodern which meets the traditional in regards to buildings and culture. It is an extremely metropolitan city, and technology is vast here. Tokyo is well-known for its skyscraper building and shopping culture. Japan, and Tokyo in particular, tends to be known for some of the most out there and modern technology pieces, with toilets that can talk to you and an AI culture that would certainly fascinate even the most scientific among you. Which lends itself to be the perfect destination for an extended holiday if this sort of field happens to be of interest. Japan is certainly a destination that wouldn’t be for someone who wants to just sit and relax, there is too much to explore and see. There are also the cities of Kyoto, Osaka and Hakone.


Indonesia is fast a region that is growing in popularity amongst people wanting to take advantage of some of the most unspoilt places in the world. Bali is actually a real popular destination and can be one of the best places to enjoy a relaxing holiday. Sitting on the beach taking in the beautiful surroundings of the ocean and beach, not to mention some of the most luxurious resorts available. There is Ubud, which is the cultural heart of Bali that will help you experience some of the more diver side of this place. However, Jakarta is the Indonesian capital and it is a great city to see and spend some time in. As a matter of fact, it can often be a destination where people choose to have extended holidays as they can see so many other places on this side of the world. Websites like can be useful when looking for places to stay or invest in while you are there. Indonesia is a great place, and often the regions sits on peoples bucket list just because there is such a diverse amount of things to do and see in the area.


China may already be on your bucket list, and I guarantee that is probably for one reason only. Walking the Great Wall Of China. One of the seven wonders of the world and something that can actually be seen from space, which is mind blowing on its own. While, of course, that is something worthy of your bucket list there are other factors to the country China that you should definitely consider adding to your trip. Of course, one main factor being the food. But other places to see would be the capital of Beijing. This is the place where you could witness the Forbidden City palace. However another city to see would be Shanghai, which also has many historical tourist sites that are worth a visit. China is vast, and happens to be one of the most populated places on earth. It is such a vast place, that there is often things to consider doing that perhaps will enable you to avoid the initial tourist hotspots. Perhaps venturing into smaller towns, or experience the true Chinese culture.


Thailand is definitely more well-known for its beaches and is certainly a destination that is popular with backpackers. With Bangkok being a real vibrant city, you also have some of the beautiful and unspoilt islands that will give youa true authentic and relaxing take on Thailand. One of the popular things to do while you are in Thailand is visit a Full Moon party. It is certainly one of the highlights of some of the backpackers and students that venture over their just for this event. Some of the best islands to see would be Koh Samui, Koh Phangan, and the Phi Phi islands. There are some famous beaches and one in particular is iconic film called The Beach which is located in Phi Phi Leh island near Phuket. Which is also another destination to see. You can find more online on websites like You can see why Thailand is on the bucket list for many people, and how you can really spend a great deal of your time exploring some of the beautiful islands.


Finally, India may not be seen as a huge holiday hotspot, but that doesn’t mean that you couldn’t consider a trip there as it definitely has much to offer. One of the big reasons to consider travelling to India would certainly be for the food. Indian food is loved by the whole food, but nothing could quite beat actually eating it authentically. Another reason would be to consider taking on a big challenge such as trekking the Himalayas. New Delhi is the capital, and it certainly is a city fit for anyone wanting to enjoy a real metropolitan and vibrant destination. Finally, one of the most famous sites would be the Taj Mahal, where you can have your photograph sat outside, just like some of the most famous people in the world have done.

I hope that this has inspired you to consider some of the Eastern destinations that are either on your bucket list or that need to be added to your bucket list pronto.


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A New View: Experience a Brand-New View with a Vacation Abroad

A New View: Experience a Brand-New View with a Vacation Abroad

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The Middle East State of Qatar found oil and wealth in the 1960s. Up to then, its capital, Doha, had been a modest port on the Persian Gulf, and its top product was pearls. Doha is now home to 50 percent of the nation’s residents, a futuristic city with educational, cultural, and recreational wonders.


A hot desert ecosystem, residents and tourists can enjoy its short but mild weather months from October through April. As Doha grows more influential, it has also become an exciting travel destination for those looking for a brand-new view with a vacation abroad.


The Washington Post reported that Carnegie Mellon, Cornell University, Northwestern, Texas A & M, and Virginia Commonwealth Universities have all accepted invitations and financial incentives to bring their stellar educational opportunities to Qatari citizens. Setting up quarters in Doha’s Education City, the universities offer degrees to residents who never have to leave the country.

Education City is a 2,500-acre campus at the edge of the city hosting the American schools, six French universities, and the University College London. The campus also houses students, faculty, support services, and more. Plans and development are underway on research centers, start-up laboratories, and housing and hotels. The strategy seeks to design functional public space, sports and recreation facilities, and community centers.



Tourists must respect Qatar’s Muslim roots and culture. You should seek advice on dressing, eating, and drinking in the State. But, Doha has made changes to meet expectations of its increasing expat population.

  • The Museum of Islamic Art perches off the Corniche that winds around Doha Bay. The I.M. Pie-designed, sand-colored juggernaut contains 1,400 years of Muslim art and documents.
  • Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, located at Education City, challenges bias against Arab contemporary thought. It has assembled a unique permanent collection of 20th and 21st century modern art from the Arab World, Middle East, and wider cultures historically tied to the Arab Peninsula.
  • The National Museum of Qatar should be complete for your 2018 visit. Designed by Jean Nouvel, the series of overlapping pavilions reminds locals of the petals of desert roses or fluttering tents of Bedouin ancestors.


Make a reservation at the Marriott Marquis City Center Doha, and you have an oasis in the city within easy distance of most of Doha’s sites.

  • Dining: American sports fan find themselves at home at Champions with ice-cold drinks, pub grub, and sports of countless big screen TVs.

New York Steakhouse offers steaks from Australia, France, and the U.S. But, you may also check out the daily specials and brunch.

Ipanema serves Brazilian food and music. The multiple award-winning restaurant offers authentic Brazilian Churrascaria and all you drink between 6pm and 8pm.

You’ll also find international menus, poolside bars, and Italian cuisine at other Marriott restaurants.

  • Shopping: The City Center Mall has familiar brands, but given the wealth of Qatar’s citizens, some stores will open your eyes. But, the Souq Waqif offers more authentic Bedouin deserts, foods, garments, souvenirs, and spices. A bustling open market, it presents all the colors and fragrances of this part of the world.

A New View

Vacationing abroad now longer means sticking with the European Grand Tour. New options, new flavors, and new experiences await vacationers in Doha.

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10 travel hacks that every business traveler should know about

10 travel hacks that every business traveler should know about

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Traveling can become more of a chore than something to savor, if it’s business related. You get to pass through towns and cities, but you do not get to see many of the sights. You are too busy meeting with clients, or trying to secure new business.

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The good news is that there are ways you can make traveling on business as stress free as possible. If you reduce the amount of stress and effort surrounding your travel, your business meetings are likely to be more productive. Experts like can help you to make this happen. Here are some of the travel hacks that they may urge you to think about.

Make sure you only have carry-on luggage

Having carry-on luggage only means that you can save time at any airport you travel through. This means that you have extra time to concentrate on business considerations, such as answering emails and taking phone calls.

Think about the benefits of a direct flight

If there is a direct flight which takes you straight to your destination, you should think about taking it. You can explain to the company you work for that although the flight is more expensive, it’s better value for money overall. If you only have one flight to deal with, you are less likely to be delayed. You will also arrive at your destination quicker, giving you more time for business activities.

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Make digital and paper copies of your documents

No matter how careful you are, it’s always possible to lose important documents such as your passport, while you are traveling. It’s a good idea to make digital and paper copies of passports, tickets and any other important travel documents, to save you time and stress if you are unfortunate enough to lose the originals.

Why checking in late may get you an upgrade

Getting an upgrade can be a huge advantage, when you travel for business on a regular basis. It can make the whole experience more comfortable. You should never request an upgrade; it’s more important to act professionally and respectfully. It can also be a good idea to check in at the last minute, after all premier passengers have already boarded.

Make sure to think about the small stuff

It’s easy to concentrate on the big issues when you are traveling. But, you should never ignore concerns such as do you have a mobile charger for your phone and do you have a small amount of currency with you for emergency provisions, if you are traveling overseas.

Check-in online from home

Checking in at the airport can be a tedious task. The good news is that you can often use online check-in from home. Doing so can greatly reduce the amount of stress you are under while you are traveling.

Check out the availability of perks

It’s always good to secure a perk that can make traveling a better experience; such as a free flight upgrade. Many credit card companies offer perks like this for frequent travelers, so it’s worth checking if this is the case, before you leave.

Try to get your rental car upgraded

When you arrive to pick up your rental car, always be polite. It helps to get into a conversation with the staff. You may want to talk about how much a better car would help; without asking for an upgrade outright. If there are higher class rentals which are just sitting on the lot, you may just be lucky enough to get an upgrade.

Use travel apps to make life easier

There are apps out there which make travel a lot easier. You can get help with everything from travel budgets to navigation. Take some of the pressure off your shoulders by making use of technology when you can.

Combine business with leisure

You may wish you could spend more time in a place; to simply explore and relax. It’s worth asking whether it would be feasible for you to stay at a venue after the business meetings have finished. You may be able to get a good deal on an extra couple of nights’ stay, which you can pay for yourself.

Business travel can be a headache if you let it. We have provided you with several hacks that can help to lessen, or remove, the headache and make sure your business trip is as successful as possible.


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Destination Playa Blanca: Where Holidays are Fun and Relaxing

Destination Playa Blanca: Where Holidays are Fun and Relaxing

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Let your holidays be warm and sunny this Christmas with a trip to Playa Blanca Spain. This quiet beach in Lanzarote Spain is one of the newest attractions in the island. Its secluded white beaches are known for their natural beauty and seemingly unique weather compared to the rest of the island. The naturally gorgeous beachscape and island attractions make the Playa Blanca villas a popular destination for those who want to have both fun and relaxation for their holidays. It definitely makes a good candidate for your holiday destination this season. Here are some more reasons to visit the island.

A perfect beach in more ways than one.

Flanking the Playa Blanca’s gorgeous white sand beaches are the Montana Roja and Femes mountains. Aside from adding beauty to the scenery, the Montana Roja also shields the beaches from the Atlantic winds. This makes the clear and shallow waters of the beach perfect for family swimming. Not to worry though, because there are also water activities for those who want some excitement. Playa Blanca is also known as the quietest beach in the area making it perfect for relaxation and sunbathing.

Underwater attractions.

One of the reasons why people go on an island tour or vacation is to get up close and personal with the marine life. Tourists can have their own underwater experience in three different ways. They can snorkel, dive, or go on a submarine tour. Whatever mode they choose, these underwater adventures are meant to be enjoyed.

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Museo Atlantico or Atlantic Museum.

This is the first underwater museum in Europe. It houses more that 300 sculptures made by Jason deCaires Taylor whose work aims to raise awareness on oceanic issues and help people understand the threats that our waters are facing. This alone is reason enough to put this museum in your must see list.

Sight-seeing adventures.

Your Playa Blanca trip will not be complete without experiencing its arts and culture. The best way to do this is to visit historic sites and museums. Aside from the Atlantic Museum, the Castillo de las Coloradas and Faro de Pechiguera lighthouse are also worth seeing. If you want to get an overlooking view of the coves and beaches, then take a hike to the top of Montana Roja.

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Unique tour experiences.

Tired of walking or riding the bus? Explore the island’s attraction using non-traditional modes like Segway, Quad Bike, and ATVs. This is definitely a refreshing and adventurous way to experience the island. First timers need not worry because there are instructors that can help you learn how to handle the vehicles. However, you should also consider your skills and physical condition before attempting these tours. Remember, always put safety first.

Shopping and Dining.

A visit at the Marina Rubicon gives you a feel of the life in Playa Blanca by observing the activities in the promenade. You can try the local cuisine at the restaurants or sample the street food from the stalls while people watching. Dine at the promenade restaurants to enjoy the view of spectacular yachts docked in the marina. As for shopping, there are designer shops that you can explore but don’t forget to visit the handicrafts stalls for your souvenirs.


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