Month: April 2017 (page 1 of 2)

Tips for First Time Traveler to Koh Samui as a Digital Nomad

There is nothing better than working and traveling at the same time, without limits. Many digital nomads have this kind of lifestyle, which inspires people who work at a  office year round, and only two weeks for vacation. Digital Nomads have discovered the best way of living, they can travel and work anywhere there is an internet connection. Africa, America, Asia, even Thailand! Today we are speaking to those of you who have decided to travel to Koh Samui, Thailand. Our tips and advice will surely help you organize your adventure there perfectly.

Koh Samui Accommodations

So, the first thing to consider is the place where you plan to stay during your journey whether it’s a short-term or long-term. While some decide to spend just a few weeks on the Koh Samui island others fall in love with this wonderland from the first sight and decide to spend several years there. There are plenty of Koh Samui properties you can choose from according to your budget.

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How to Become a Travel Blogger- 9 First Steps

Travel stories, their tribulations, trials, and adventures are worth sharing. The best way for modern travelers and adventurers to share these stories is by establishing travel blogs. While starting a travel blog may seem like a daunting task, it doesn’t have to be something challenging. You just need a step-by-step guide to make the process easier for you.

Here are 9 steps that you should follow to become a travel blogger:

Step 1: Select a name for your travel blog

This is the most important and challenging step of the process of becoming a travel blogger. Basically, you should choose a name that encapsulates your message and brand. The name should be memorable and short. Remember that people will refer you with your blog name. They will also use it to find you online. A long-worded name is hard to remember. It also means you will have fewer organic searches, visits, and even shares. Therefore, don’t overuse words, numbers, and hyphens. Also think in long-term because changing a blog name is not fun or easy.

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Guide to Discovering Delhi’s Rich 1000-year Heritage

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In a city that has close to 22.2 million ‘Delhi-ites’, Delhi can surprise and delight you with its rich heritage, stunning architecture and diverse cultures. But, digging deeper into its gritty exterior, you will quickly discover a rich tapestry from the bygone era of the Mughals and beyond, leaving one mesmerized with its fascinating artifacts, archaeological monuments, minarets, museums and arts.

Delhi- A glorious future and rich history

Delhi has been the beneficiary of the cultural, social, political, religious and economic prosperity provided by various rulers and dynasties.

The city has been abundantly gifted with architecture as seen in the monuments, mosques and tombs. These are architectural wonders, some of which have become world heritage sites bring millions of international and national tourists to Delhi as they marvel at the city’s magnificent past. If you are a lover of history then Delhi beckons.

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To the uninitiated, Delhi was not the original capital of India during the time of the British Raj. The city became the capital when the British decided to move the seat of power from Calcutta to Delhi in 1911.

Delhi actually consists of two cities, the historic Old Delhi in the north and New Delhi situated in the south. It sits across the west bank of the River Yamuna; a tributary of the River Ganges and 160 kilometers south of the Himalayas.

The name ‘New Delhi’ was coined in 1927 and was made an important commercial hub. It officially became the capital when India gained independence on 15 August 1947.

Delhi’s must see top 10 historical sites

To experience Delhi is to appreciate its glorious past. Here are the top ten sites that you must visit.

India Gate

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The India Gate is a war memorial to honor the 82,000 fallen Indian soldiers during World War 1. It was built in 1931 and designed by the British architect, Sir Edwin Lutyens. The India Gate is very popular with locals and tourists alike during the summer and a favorite hot spot for picnics with the family.

Rashtrapati Bhavan

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The Rashtrapati Bhjavan was formerly known as the Viceroy House. It is the official residence of the President of India. The British architect, ‘Sir Edwin Lutyens’, designed the palace, which draws numerous tourists each year.

Every year on India’s Republic Day, 26th of January, the whole building gets illuminated and a parade to mark the occasion starts from the Bhavan.

Lodhi Gardens

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Lodhi Gardens is the architectural work of the 15th century by Lodhis from the Afghan dynasty and contains the tombs of Mohammed Shah, Sikander Lodi, Sheesh Gumbad and Bara Gumbad.
It is an historical landmark and has a park spanning 90 acres. It is currently under the protection of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).

Red Fort (Lal Qila)

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The Red Fort or ‘Lal Qila’ built in 1648 was the second architectural accomplishment by the Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan after the Taj Mahal. The construction of the fort reflects that of Persian, Indian and European designs.
Whilst at the Red Fort, you can explore The Mumtaz Mahal, The Rang Mahal, The Khas Mahal, The Diwan-i-Am, The Diwan-i-Khas, The Hamam, and The Shah Burj.
Every year on 15th of August, the flag is raised at the Red Fort to mark India’s Independence Day. The sound and light show held every evening is one not to be missed as it showcases the grandeur of this glorious past.

Purana Qila

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Purana Qila is Delhi’s oldest fort and sources say it has connections with the fabled city of Indraprastha as told in the ancient Sanskit script of Mahabharata.
The fort is also known as ‘Qila-i-Kuhna Masjid’, which bears semblances of the Lodhi style architecture with influences from the Hindu, Afghan and Mughal designs.
There are three gates, Bada Darwaza (Big Door), Talaqi Darwaza (Forbidden Door) and Humayun Darwaza (Humayun’s Door) that provide access to the fort.
Like the Red Fort, the sound and light show is one spectacle not to be missed. Purana Qila is the sixth of the seven cites that make up New and Old Delhi, and the location of this majestic fort has various affordable budget hotels and service apartments around it,  one such option is the Perch Service Apartments stay options around it as well

Humayun Tomb

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The design of the Humayun Tomb was the stimulus for the creation of the Taj Mahal. Built in 1570, it was the first garden tomb built in the Mughal “Char Bagh” style or an ‘enclosed four part’ garden with pools joined by channels.
The design has its roots in the Quaranic Paradise Garden or also known as the ‘Universal Garden’ with strong inspiration from Persian architecture. The site was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993.

Jama Masjid

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Jama Masjid also known as Masjid-i Jahān-Numā carries the Persian meaning of ‘mosque commanding the view of the world’. It is the largest mosque located in the heart of Old Delhi and faces the famous Red Fort. Emperor Shah Jahan constructed it in 1656; it is built of sandstone and marble bearing designs of Indo-Islamic architecture and can accommodate up to 25,000 worshipers.

Qutab Minar

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Standing at 73 meters tall, the Qutb Minar is the tallest black minaret in the world and the second highest minar in India after Fateh Burj at Punjab, India.
Known as the ‘Tower of Victory’, its’ construction of the minaret marked the inception of the Muslim rule in India. It is located at Mehrauli where around 3.9 million people visit the minaret every year.
Qutb Minar is constructed of red sandstone and marble and has been designated as a UNESCO world heritage site.

Jantar Mantar

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One could be mistaken to view this as an abstract art gallery of sorts but Jantar Mantar is in fact an observatory built between 1699-1743 by the keen astronomer, Maharajah Sawai Jia Sigh II of Jaipur.
The main purpose of the masonry structure was to predict the times and movements of the sun, moon and planets.

Akshardham Temple

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‘Akshardham’ means the divine abode of God. It is a Hindu Temple in Delhi, which pays homage to the much-revered Bhagwan Swaminarayan (1781- 1830) as well as other great sages of India.
The inspiration for the design of the temple, delicately carved out of sandstone and marble came from His Holiness Yogiji Maharaj (1892 -1971CE) and was created by His Holiness Pramukh Swami Mahara.
It took 300,000 volunteers to build the temple and was opened in 2005. Visiting the Mandir is a spiritually uplifting experience and one not to be missed when visiting Delhi.

About the Author:

Shaurya Singh is a founding partner in successful real estate start-ups and in India. An MBA in marketing from the FT World ranked #26 –Indian School of Business, an avid traveller as well as a professional golfer and contributor to top Digital Marketing and Hospitality blogs.

The Sim Card Shuffle: How to Travel and Stay Connected

A smartphone is fast becoming the most versatile machine a traveler can own. It is our telephone, stereo, messenger, high resolution camera, and POS system. And in a turn that makes the smartphone even more valuable to our everyday functioning, even mythically-so, there’s this: it’s not constrained by nationality.

From buying a local SIM card, to signing up for an international mobile plan, to wifi hopping, there are all sorts of ways to use your smartphone to stay connected when traveling around the world.

Local SIM Cards

A SIM card, short for subscriber identity module card, is that square plastic wafer nestled inside your smartphone. Its job is to store information and connect the device to the carrier network.

The thing that makes a SIM card so great for travel is that it’s entirely interchangeable. If you’re taking a vacation to Italy and want your phone to put on a fancy Italian jacket and speak to all the right Italian cell towers, you can simply buy a local SIM card and for all intents and purpose it will be an Italian phone. Yes, you’ll even get a new, local phone number.

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Frugal Vacation: 3 Ways To Cut Costs On Your Next Road Trip

With summer around the corner, many families are considering their next vacation. Vacation can be a wonderful time to get away from work and hectic schedules and to bond as a family. They can also be money traps that can get hard-working individuals far off their budgets and even into debt. However, the family that plans ahead can find frugal ways to cut costs on their next road trip without cutting out fun.

Beware of Food Traps

Food seems very insignificant to the person planning a trip. In fact, for most, it is only an afterthought. However, when one considers three meals a day plus a couple of snacks, all of which are eaten out, the costs can skyrocket for a family. Eating at a sit-down restaurant can increase costs further when one adds on a tip. Consider saving money on two smaller meals each day as well as on snacks, and only eat out for dinner. Breakfast can be easily managed with cold cereal, yogurt or oatmeal for families who have access to a microwave or mini fridge in their hotel rooms. For those without these conveniences, a breakfast bar and juice box can do the trick. Peanut butter and honey sandwiches or prepackaged tuna salad on bread or crackers can make a tasty and nutritious lunch. Bags of popped chips, whole wheat crackers, 100% fruit snacks or nuts can make delicious snacks and can be paired with a dark chocolate candy bar for those with a sweet tooth.

Choose Reliable Personal Transportation

Because the gas price has gone down compared to a few summers ago, many families are opting for car trips rather than air travel. Therefore, families going on road trips need to consider the best routes and times to travel to avoid excessive traffic jams and congestion, which can significantly pull down gas mileage. In addition, one should have the family vehicle fully checked over before heading out for a long trip. Small problems can turn into significant costs when they are not taken care of immediately. For example, driving with a dirty air filter can shave 10% off the gas mileage. In addition, driving on tires that are not filled to the correct pressure can decrease gas mileage. Individuals should also check tire tread, fluid levels, headlights, brake lights and transmission fluid levels. Individuals who do not have a reliable family car should consider visiting professional like those at this St George KIA dealership, and investing in a new one for overall savings over time.

Get Deals on Hotels and Attractions

Families should be sure to book hotels and entertainment ahead of time to avoid terrible rates on last-minute sales. Most families can find great rates on their own by visiting popular websites, such as Priceline, Expedia and Travelocity. For some major trips, a travel agent can actually be worthwhile because he or she will able to find the best overall deals and can often find all-inclusive options. To save on entertainment, a simple online search for the attraction with the word “discount” attached can unlock great savings, or Groupon is another great option. Local visitor’s bureaus may offer coupons for popular area attractions as well.

Families should be setting money aside all year long to spend on a vacation and should be careful to stay on budget while away from home. A prepaid credit card can be a great way to ensure that costs do not exceed the planned amount. With a little extra research and some hands-on preparation, families planning road trips can shave costs from food, travel, lodging and entertainment.


About the Author:

Emma is a freelance writer currently living in Boston, MA. She writes most often on education and business. To see more from Emma, say hi on Twitter @EmmaSturgis2

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