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5 Intimate Romantic New Year Travel Resolutions

5 Intimate Romantic New Year Travel Resolutions

As the new year is rolling around again, it’s time for a fresh start, new traveling resolutions that will also keep you on budget. One good way to do that is for you and your partner to come up with some interesting new travel resolutions that you will promise to keep the next time you travel together, and throughout the year. Try to keep these in mind no matter how much, or how little time or money you have, but do keep your budget in mind. Try to put your old travel habits away and make way for something completely new and unique. Make this year the best year ever for travel. Do what you can to focus your travel on a new festive location, a wild new fantasy that you may share together, or just plain fun.

1.) Vow to do something completely out of the ordinary that neither of you has done before. Go crazy, just pick a wild and interesting new travel destination or activity that will be unique, fun and keep you both on your toes, here are some examples: Go for a ride in a hot air balloon (even though this can be expensive, it’s one way to really experience the countryside). Rent an RV for a week and travel to a new destination (sure to be fun, and take your pets along too). Take a weekend off and spend the night at a Bed & Breakfast that you’ve always wanted to visit (it could be local, or far away, pick a place that looks fun). Choose to learn to snorkel, or scuba dive (take lessons together and go on a dive or trip to an interesting looking destination.

2.) Promise that you will get your partner involved in the planning for once. Though you may one favorite partner that always does the planning, this time change it up, and let the other help you and plan everything together. Try to get the other person into the spirit of how much fun it can be anticipating your next journey. Go to a travel agent and gather your destination info, guidebooks, videos, or whatever you need and take it from there.

3.) Make and plan a real vacation that takes you away and let’s you forget the rest of the world. It may not be the most expensive globe hopping expedition, but choose to take some time and pick a place that you will both enjoy. Mark it on your calendar, and get ready to have some fun together. Plan this one for months ahead of time and you will see how excited both of you can get.

4.) Promise to go to a minimum of 3 festivals this year. Contact your local chamber of commerce and/or the tourist offices where you are planning to go and find out which festival events are the most fun for two. Choose at least 3 that will get both of you excited, choose fun activities or events such as: sand castle building contests, ice carving festivals, historical re enactments (anachronisms), country line-dancing celebration, etc. Try to pick events that are fairly close to home (stick within a one day drive if you can), or choose at least one that may be a weekend event for the two of you. There are tons of treat, fun events happening and you will both be sure to enjoy this.

5.) Vow to take 2 or 3 mini vacations every 3 months (shoot for at least one every month if you can). Even if you are only going away for a single night, try to plan for it ahead of time and you will add to the anticipation level for both of you. There is one little thing you must do. Promise each other that you will both ‘act’ like you are on vacation, in other words, no extra work gets taken along, or worked on, etc. These could be short little stays in a local motel or a budget bed and breakfast location of your choosing. Try to find the best, lowest rates by choosing non-peak days for this. Many hotels will have special rates on Monday through Thursday nights. Plan these out as romantic getaways for the two of you.

Tours in Kerala Holidays in Top Destination of Kerala

Tours in Kerala Holidays in Top Destination of Kerala

Kerala is situated on the southern tip of India which is globally popular for its beautiful and exotic tourist destinations. The fabulous beaches, awesome landscapes, lush surroundings, superb greenery, typical traditional villages, terrific temples, admirable historical monuments, sun kissed backwaters, luxury houseboats, exotic hill stations, lovely lakes, enchanting rivers, exotic wildlife & bird sanctuaries and lush plantations of tea, coffee, rubber and spices.

In short, Kerala tour has heart stealing and attention grabbing beauty, thus justifies as being god’s own country. There are many hearts throbbing travel destination in India, making you and your trip a memorable one.

Trivandrum – Referred by Mahatma Gandhi as “Evergreen City of India”
Thiruvananthapuram formally known as Trivandrum is the capital city of the state. Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple, Kowdiar Palace, NapierMuseum, etc are Major attractions in the city are:

Alleppey – The Venice of the East
Alleppey is perhaps the most popular destinations for houseboat tours in Kerala, which really attract the world tourist very much. Attractions of the city are backwaters, houseboats, nature beauty and locally made coir products.

Kovalam – A World Famous Beach Town
Kovalom is one of the most preferred holiday destinations in the world, located at the distance of 13 km from Trivandrum. It attracts a large number of visitors, visiting every year. Beach resorts, Ayurvedic parlors, Body massage centers, Ayurvedic salons, Light house; Jama Masjid, Muringa Vila, etc enrich Kovalam’s beauty and make it a world class holiday destination.

Varkala – A Word Famous Coastal Town
A fascinating holiday spot for tourist, Varkala is known for its beach tourism and also religious significance.The most famous tourist places are the Dakshin Kashi Benaras of South India’s main attractions are Janardana Swami Temple, Sivagiri Muttt, etc.

Kochi – Economical Capital of Kerala
Kochi is well-known as a port city in India so there are many major attractions. These are Backwaters, Beaches, Monuments, Temples, Museums, Chinese Fishing Nets, Spice Markets, Islands, Portuguese Buildings, etc are. Kochi is also known as the economical capital of Kerala.

Kottayam – A Fascinating Backwater Destination
Kottayam is famous for its backwater destination. Apart from these another major attractions are backwater cruises, Chandragiri cruises, luxury houseboats, Vaikom Temple, Erumeli Mosque, and many magnificent churches.

Kumarakom – A Famous Destination for Houseboat Cruise
Kumarakom is popular for the backwater holidays. Its major attractions are beautiful backwater destination, houseboats, Ayurveda resorts & salons, Vembanad Lake, boat cruise, houseboat cruise and Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary. The sanctuary is home to birds like waterfowls, cuckoos, owls etc and migratory birds like Siberian Cranes.

Munnar – The Kashmir of South
Munnar is among of the most beautiful hill stations in South India. Munnar is famous for its scenic beauty, scenic landscapes, refreshing climate, lovely lakes, tea plantation, spice plantation, etc. With this, there is also a Tata Tea Museum in the town. For its scenic landscapes many people compare it with the Kashmir.

Wayanad – Nature at Her Best
Wayanand is blessed with unique special beauties, which is beyond description. Tree Houses, Home Stay, Trekking, Plantation, Rich Flora & Fauna, etc. enrich its beauty.visit this scenic place and experience the exceptional nature beauty.

The above destinations are really worthy to spend holidays. These are not the only destination which will enrich your mind some more destinations are there to make you delight like, Ponmudi, Palakkad, Kollam, Nilambur, Kannur, Kuttanad, Thiruvallam, Vagamon, Thekkady, Periyar, Thrissur, etc. Visit these destinations of Kerala and treasure a lifetime experience.

Travel Asia

Travel Asia

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Traveling Asia is something that everyone should experience at least once in their lifetime. When you travel to Asia, there are so many things to see and do; make sure that you plan your trip in advance. However, remember to leave some free time in you itinerary, because when you travel Asia, you want to make sure that you have the flexibility for an occasional adventure.

As the largest continent on earth, Asia offers travelers a huge variety of places to visit, things to do and, cultures to see. For first time visitors who travel Asia, we recommend the following:

Island Nations-

Indonesia:

One of the most diverse destinations for travelers to Asia, the Indonesian archipelago can provide enough exciting destinations for a complete trip. Whether you are seeking relaxation, natural beauty, cultural diversity or all of the above, Indonesia will show you an exciting and wonderful Asian travel destination.

Philippines:

Comprised of over 7000 islands, the Philippines has become on of Asia’s forgotten travel destinations. Due to a recent history that includes martial law and economic corruption, the Philippines has lost much of its previous tourist activity to its more stable neighbors. Those who do visit will enjoy beautiful spots like the Boracay beaches and Lake Sebu.

Japan:

For decades, the island nation of Japan has been a favorite destination for travelers to Asia. From amazing Zen temples to kitschy reproductions of western monuments like the Eiffel Tower, Japan has something for every traveler who visits. The hardest thing is fitting it all in.

Southeast Asia

Thailand:

The Kingdom of Thailand is the most popular tourist destination in Southeast Asia drawing more visitors than its neighbors. With both mountainous regions and a beautiful coastline dotted with amazing islands Thailand is one a must see for those who travel to Asia. The city of Bangkok, the largest in Thailand is one of the most popular in all of Asia, as well.

Vietnam:

A quickly emerging destination among travelers to Asia, Vietnam is reshaping its image among world travel destinations. From the beaches along the coast, to its soaring inland mountains, Vietnam offers travelers to Asia with a sublime experience.

Mainland Asia-

China:

Too vast for words alone, China is rapidly emerging as the top destination for travelers to Asia. As China continues to modernize both economically and socially, it is becoming easier for those who travel to Asia to visit one of the largest and most populous countries in the world. If you travel to China, follow a loose itinerary and try to see as much as you can.

Korea:

South Korea is one of the most westernized of all Asian nations. Travelers to Korea can enjoy the modernity of the capital city, Seoul; or they can try visiting beautiful natural wonders like Songnisan National Park.

Travel The Benefits of Exploring the World

Travel The Benefits of Exploring the World

What on earth is happening to the world?

The financial sectors are being brought down to their knees the world over, jobs are on the line, and we feel forced to watch this happen and feel powerless to do anything to stop it. But are we powerless? No. Good enough reason to want to survive this ruin. In fact, the key to surviving this difficult and unprecedented stage in our planet’s history is to take responsibility, alter our thought process altogether and change the way we see the world. Travel and the exploration of our world provides us with the perfect platform for this change to occur.

When approached with openness and humility, the benefits of Travel are endless. But for the sake of simplicity, I have broken them down to 5 points.

1. Travel gives us the opportunity to silence the mind.
2. Travel gives us the opportunity to be touched by beauty.
3. Travel encourages us to grow.
4. Travel fuels our imagination, and awakens a sense of lightness and joy.
5. Travel fulfills our yearning for Unity.

1. Travel gives us the opportunity to silence the mind. Silence, which has been grossly underrated by modern society, creates a nourishing environment for contemplation and the appearance of inspiration. Yet, we find it extremely challenging to silence the mind in the midst of our everyday routine. This is where stepping outside of our comfort zone and exploring unfamiliar lands can play a very important part. It becomes easier for us to focus our undivided attention on a chosen object, such as a sunset, a beautiful landscape or a work of art, when we are outside of our normal environment. We allow ourselves to experience that sense of wonder and rapturous amazement at the harmony of natural laws, and feelings such as exhilaration, joy and peace are triggered. Time seems to stand still. Our intuitive capacity is increased, leading us to reach the Self and contact it fully. This is called an insight or “Illumination”, that “AHA” moment, where we arrive at a new level of awareness. And when an insight or illumination does appear, it sometimes reveals something that may have even been staring at us in the face all along.

The opportunity to silence the mind during my own personal travels has enabled me to find practical solutions to problems, the courage to change direction in my life at pivotal moments, and has provided me with the fertile grounds to think creatively. I have also observed that insights come as “feelings”, and so the insights vanish when the feeling vanishes. I have found that registering the insight on a mental level, like recording it into a diary, journal or workbook, fully assimilates the insights on a mental level. By recording insights, it anchors your thoughts, and thus forms the beginning of a gradual unfolding.

2. Travel gives us the opportunity to be touched by beauty.
Beauty can be described as a certain visual harmony, a spontaneous aesthetic experience. It is elusive, highly personal, it’s impact unpredictable, and yet is as integral to our human survival as Oxygen. Beauty is healing, regenerative, uplifting. Beauty allows us to put our pains and problems aside and helps us succeed in forgetting ourselves. It reveals unknown worlds and nameless possibilities. Beauty lightens our greed. As human beings, we have the choice to increase our aptitude in the art of appreciating beauty by opening ourselves to it and making ourselves available to experience it. Travel and exploring the world provides us with that opportunity in spades. After all, planet Earth is the “paradise planet” of the universe.

3. Travel encourages us to grow.
Growth is understanding what we have not previously been able to conceive. It is feeling what we have never felt, or doing what we have never done before. It obliges us to leave our comfort zone and progress into the unknown. Growth can sometimes be a joy, and sometimes it can be uncomfortable or even downright painful. But one thing is for certain. The personal growth experienced through travel and the exploration of the world results in a far greater sensitivity to the pain of human beings in general. And through this, we begin to see our own life in perspective, which in turn gives us a greater sense of purpose.

4. Travel fuels our imagination, and awakens a sense of lightness and joy.
What has happened to our imagination? Have our life experiences, schooling and conditioning discouraged us so much from using our imagination that we now view it as a frivolous word? Take a look at the eyes of a child. That look reminds us of a time when anything and everything was possible, unobstructed by past experiences and without exclusions. Travel reminds us not to take things quite so seriously in our lives. It awakens a sense of lightness and joy, and the realization that life is a dance. And dance, though powerful, is also a great pleasure.

5. Travel fulfills our yearning for Unity.
It is instinctive for human beings to naturally seek union with larger units, as we wish to share and participate in something that we regard as being greater than our individual selves. It is only natural. Travel encourages a sense of unity with all beings everywhere. Through travel we acquire a sense that we all share in the same destiny. So rather than confining ourselves to our own local communities and remaining in a stagnant mindset about the world, now more than ever, it makes so much sense to explore our wonderful world and travel more. The planet is in dire need for human beings to start resonating with each other, despite our cultural differences. No man is an island, as we have seen from the more recent financial meltdown. What has happened in Wall Street has affected us all on a global scale. We now have the opportunity to raise awareness and reverse the process through the art of travel.

Our outer world is simply a reflection of our own inner process. As without, so within. And as wonderful as the world is, it is no match for the beauty and depths of our imagination and own soul. And yet we can reach those depths via the richness of our world. The colours, languages, peoples, cultures, sounds, smells, taste sensations, art, all are part of a rich tapestry that forms our world heritage, and it’s just waiting for us to discover and enjoy it.

So act now and book that honeymoon travel destination, or that Summer holiday to somewhere that you haven’t been to before. Bring your diary, journal or workbook to record all those great insights and ideas that will come to you along the way, and don’t forget your camera so that you can capture the beauty around you.

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Victoria Ugarte was born in Manila, Philippines to parents of Spanish heritage and received a unique Spanish-Filipino upbringing. She was bitten by the travel bug at just eight years of age when she travelled to Madrid with her parents, and where she lived for a short time. Much later in her life, fashion and travel became synonymous with Victoria’s career. A member of the Australian “ragtrade” for over 20 years, she flew all over Australia and the world, dipping into wonderful and exotic places, as well as more traditional destinations. Her flair for seeking out special places to add color to her travel itinerary, plus her skills in pulling together a suitable travel wardrobe within a limited timeframe, developed rapidly. With much work-related travel in the areas of fashion buying, merchandising, marketing and trend research, Victoria was in a wonderful position of being able to learn from local business contacts where to eat, where to shop, what to see, opening many avenues for great experiences. Inspired by her hero and muse, Amelia “Millie” Earhart, Victoria continues to channel her passion for style, travel and writing into the launch of her website, “Postcards from Millie”.