5 Reasons to Hire a Villa This Summer

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Summer is finally on its way, and if you haven’t already got something planned, you might be starting to think about your summer holiday. It’s a perfect time to get away with your family, taking a break from work and home stress, getting a chance to reconnect with those that you love away from distractions and commitments. It’s a wonderful chance to see a little more of the world, and it breaks the year up nicely, giving you something to look forward to in the middle of the year.

Our first thought is often a package deal. It can work out cheaper, it’s convenient, and there’s normally everything that you could need close at hand. But, hiring a villa can be the perfect alternative. Here are five reasons to consider hiring a villa this summer.

Luxury

A villa from Elegant Address offers you complete and utter luxury. It’s like a home away from home, but with plenty of added extras, glamorous additions and all of the home luxuries that you could want.

To Get the Family Together

Have you ever considered going away with your whole family? Packing up the kids, your siblings and parents and spending a few weeks relaxing together? It’s something that many of us would love to do, but flights and hotel rooms for such a big group can be expensive, and you might not be able to stay close together. Some might even have to stay in different hotels.

When you hire a villa, you hire a whole villa no matter how many people are staying in it. So, if you want to stay with a bigger group, find one with more bedrooms and go for it. Your family will get to spend time relaxing and enjoying each other’s company, without worrying about other guests or constantly battling for tables next to each other at dinner.

Privacy

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Perhaps one of the best things about staying in a villa is privacy. It’s exclusively yours. There’s no one else around. You don’t have to worry about who can see you or keeping your possessions safe around the poolside. This can be perfect for a couple on a romantic break, a large family get together or a family with kids, looking for safety and freedom. You might even be able to take a pet.

Space

Hotels rooms are never as spacious as you’d like. You have a bed, a small bathroom and perhaps one cupboard and a set of drawers. If you are staying in self-catering accommodation, you may have a tiny kitchen area with minimal facilities, but that will be it. In a villa, you’ve got much more space. There might be a large family bathroom and kitchen, a lounge and dining room and large bedrooms. You’ll have plenty of storage space and room to chill out.

You’ll Feel Like a Local

When you are in a hotel, you are a tourist. In a villa, you’ve got a great base to explore and a home to return to. You’ll have a chance to really relax and make yourself at home. You’ll also be able to buy and cook local cuisine and fully immerse yourself in local life.

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4 Great Reasons Why People Love To Travel

Travelling, regardless of whether you’re driving to the nearest seaside town, or flying halfway across the world, takes a lot of thought, planning, and money, and yet every single day of the year, people from all over the world leave their homes to visit somewhere different. If you don’t travel very much yourself, it can be difficult to understand why someone would choose to live out of a suitcase and never stay in the same for very long. To help you better understand such people, and let you in on what you’re missing out on, here are five reasons why people love to travel.

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1. It’s A Challenge

A lot of people start travelling as a way to get out of their comfort zones, especially when it comes to travelling alone. When you’re in a foreign country, something as simple as ordering a meal in a restaurant will be a huge challenge that you need to overcome. You’ll also have to navigate unfamiliar streets, which can be quite scary alone. When you return home (if you want to return home), you will be so proud of yourself, which will build your confidence.

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2. For Religious Reasons

Another huge reason that people travel is for religious and spiritual reasons. Depending on your religion, places like Jerusalem or Mecca might be at the very top of your bucket list. Just make sure that you do lots of research before jetting off, to make sure that you get the most out of your trip. Reading an article on The Do’s and Don’ts of Umrah, for example, could be incredibly helpful. You should also read up on any rules you have to follow and documents you need.

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3. As A Means Of Escape

Travelling to somewhere sunny and exciting is a great way to escape from the stress of a breakup, a tiring job, or the loss of a loved one. You might not be able to forget about your troubles while you’re away, but stepping away from them for a short while is beneficial, and will mean that, when you return home, you will be more at peace, feel refreshed, and will be able to tackle your emotions in a healthier way.

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4. To Learn Something New

You can learn a lot about the world from books and the internet, but until you see it for yourself, it can be difficult to truly appreciate it. Travelling gives you the chance to experience different cultures, foods, and see and do things that you simply wouldn’t be able to back home. Visiting a different country also gives you a reason to learn a new language, which could benefit your life in many different ways.

With the amount of planning and money required, it can be easy to talk yourself out of travelling the world, but you really shouldn’t do. Hopefully, one of these reasons will be enough to convince you to jet off somewhere new, but if they don’t, there are plenty more that you can consider.

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A Nice Cup Of Java! Indonesia For Beginners

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For those who are looking to travel more and broaden your mind, as well as see more places, there are so many different choices available to you. Most people tend to go for the usual suspects, Australia, America, and possibly Europe, but lots of people don’t venture to Asia as much, because of the standard issue, money. But more deals are popping up all of the time, and now would be the best time to take advantage of the lower prices after Christmas. Indonesia is one of those nations that find itself eclipsed by Japan or China, but there are some fantastic reasons to go to Indonesia. One of the main reasons is that it’s got so many different islands, so much in fact, that you don’t know where to begin. But, here are some places for you, as a beginner to Indonesia, to try…

Bali

You cannot mention Indonesia without mentioning Bali. It’s probably one of the most beautiful islands you will ever see, period! Bali is probably best known for its beaches, and there are so many to choose from, but Kuta Beach is one of the most popular, but this is where everybody goes. If you looking for a party, this is definitely the place to go! But if you’re looking for some tranquility and real peace and quiet, Lovina is a beach located in the northern part of the island, and so very peaceful and sleepy. If you love the place as much as we think you will, there are opportunities to set up a long life for yourself there, sites like https://rumahdijual.com/kios-dijual provide many options to rent or buy properties on the island! Yes, it’s one of the most beautiful places in the world, but it’s a place where living the dream could be a reality!

Komodo Island

Of course, you might have heard of it after the Komodo dragon. These lizards are truly a sight to behold, and you need to see them in their natural habitat, but one of the other draws of Komodo Island is one of the beaches. There is a beach that actually has pink sand! It’s pink because of the mixture of white and red sand, but, in conjunction with the Komodo dragon, if you looking for two unique sites in the world, this island has both!

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Lombok

While most of the tourists go straight for Bali, you might be better off going to a little island located just 30 miles east of Bali. Lombok has fewer people, great beaches and plenty of opportunities to go surfing if that’s what you like doing! But if you like climbing mountains, the Gunung Rinjani is a feat of physical strength and is three days off amazing adventure! And this isn’t all; if you like your amazing views with a sprinkling of spirituality, the foothills of this mountain have many mosques.

Sumatra

Sumatra has the biggest volcano crater lake on the planet! This truly is a sight to behold, especially when you realize that inside the lake, there is a small island the size of Singapore. If size isn’t everything to you, you can head to Gunung Leuser National Park, which houses orangutans in the wild. In fact, Sumatra is full to the Brim with wildlife! You can see elephants, tigers, but if you are very lucky, you might catch a Sumatran rhinoceros, one of the rarest species of rhinoceros.

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Java

Based on the Western tip of Indonesia, Java is home to 120 million people. 10 million of these live in Jakarta (more of which later), but one of the biggest draws for tourists in Java is the Borobudur. This 8th-century Buddhist temple is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is located in between two amazing volcanoes. It is taught in local schools as one of the Seven Wonders of the World, and when you see it with your own two eyes, it’s not difficult to see why! Apart from the small matter of one of the most beautiful sights you’ll ever see, you can view the wonderful heartland, but also explore the Ujung Kulon National Park, not to mention the volcanic islands of Krakatoa. You can’t leave the island without heading to the city of Bandung. It’s a very trendy place and is a popular destination for Jakarta residents. But if you’re looking for something a bit more low-key, Yogyakarta is a cultural hub, but is arguably the best base to explore the Borobudur.

Sulawesi

Being the 11th largest island in the world, naturally, there are many things that you can do! You could head to the Wakatobi islands, and take advantage of the diving opportunities. You could head for the Lindu National Park in Palu, which is covered in beautiful rainforest. Or you could head to the capital city of the south of the island, Makassar, and sample some of the delights of South Sulawesi cuisine. The main meat consumed is seafood, and most foods are served with burasa, a dumpling made of coconut milk rice, and wrapped in a banana leaf. In fact, there are many fantastic food items to consume, and if you’ve got a sweet tooth, this will be right up your street!

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Jakarta

Jakarta needs to be mentioned, it’s the capital of Indonesia, and it’s probably the most chaotic of cities you will ever encounter! But venture beneath the hustle and bustle, and you’ve got so many fantastic eateries, bars, not to mention nightlife to choose from. http://www.jakarta100bars.com/2017/06/jakarta-nightlife.html gives a breakdown of the best bars to head to, but Domain is one of the most popular nightspots that needs to be sampled, and has had superstar DJs like Steve Aoki play! Honorable mentions go to the Dragonfly and Immigrant, two of the most thriving clubs in Jakarta. Depending on where you’re staying in Jakarta, you might want to pick Immigrant as your chosen nightspot, as it’s located directly in the middle, in the Plaza Indonesia Mall.

Papua

And for a slice of real nature, Lorentz National Park, another UNESCO World Heritage Site, houses many different species of birds, but also rainforest, glaciers, as well as alpine tundra. You could head to the Pantai Tablanusu beach and relax, or if you prefer, head to the Museum Loka Budaya and learn about native costumes, as well as look at photographs from yesteryear, or examine artifacts like Asmat carvings, so you can get a true appreciation of the island. Go from there to Jayapura, the capital city of Papua and head to the local market in Hamadi, and while the city isn’t particularly large, if you like your capital cities with a slower pace, then this is the city for you!

Indonesia is one of the places you need to go before your time runs out. Consisting of 18,307 islands, you could spend the rest of your life exploring the highs and lows, peaks and valleys, as well as examining all of the most beautiful wildlife, flora, and natural beauty the place has to offer. As a starting point, these islands have so many things to offer you, and to keep you busy for the rest of your life, so it’s unlikely you’ll get to see everything that Indonesia has to offer. But you can certainly make a very good go of it! From spirituality to hedonism, tranquility to hiking, there is something to cater for every person in this nation of wonderment! So, consider Indonesia as your next place to tick off the bucket list.

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Broaden Your Travelling Mind

There are the typical holidays that people go for. They’re usually the beach holiday and the city break. Both of which are perfect and can give you such a nice little break away from reality. But rather than just going for your standard holiday, you need to try and find ways in which you can make it better. Broaden that travelling mind and see where it gets you. There’s so many places in the world to discover that you might not usually have thought of. There’s going to be so many locations in the destinations you have thought of that you didn’t even know about as well. So, now we’re into the new year, you might as well try some new things. This article is here to show you how you can broaden your travelling mind.

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Unique Locations

There are some truly amazing locations listed around the world that will completely change your view on travelling. We all know the more traditional ones, but have you ever considered the follow ideas? There’s a few we’re sure you’ll love

South Korea- One of the most cultured countries you’ll ever go to. It is another world out there, and the economy is now growing so well due to tourism. You’ll find some amazing accommodation there, such as the Yeouido Park Centre Marriott Executive Apartments that offer that little bit of luxury during your stay. If you do chose to visit, the markets are one of the best places you can go to. You need to try and be a little bit adventurous with the foods you try. The don’t eat what we usually would, and some it you may find gross. But if you’re going to South Korea, you really do need to try them out.

Brunei- This is somewhere you need to go at least once in your lifetime. It is one of the islands of Borneo, and the population is pretty small. But it is so beautiful and relaxing, you’re bound to fall in love. There’s culture to be seen, and it even has its own waterpark if you’re looking to do something a bit more adventurous. But people often go there to relax and unwind, and to try the amazing foods that you’ll be able to find there. You can also get boats and visit the nearby islands if you’re looking to expand your trip further. All of the surrounding islands are just as beautiful as Brunei itself.

Never Stop Travelling

If you really want to let travel broaden your mind, you need to let it become your life. A lift full of travelling is what a lot of people would call a life lived well. It isn’t really too hard to do either. Your first option would be to go freelance. Whether it be writing, or photography etc. you just need to find something that you’re going to be able to do from all over the world. This freedom that you have is going to be so mentally freeing, but it is an opportunity that not a lot of people have. If you know you can’t go freelance, something that is very popular with the younger years is a gap year of travelling. But you don’t need to be young to do this. All you need to do is have good social skills, and have a passion for travelling. You’ll obviously need a bit of money saved up to begin with first. A lot of people like travelling around Thailand and spending as much money as possible, before heading onto Australia where they’ll have a working visa and end up with a full time job and the dream Aussie lifestyle. If this sounds appealing to you, it is easy enough to do. Just do your research and see where your new travelling lifestyle will take you.

Try Something New

People often don’t like to step out their comfort zones. But when the comfort zone is stepped outside of is when the most fun happens. There’s so many things in so many different holiday destinations for you to try that are going to give you a real adrenaline rush. Take kayaking for example. In some countries, such as Thailand, you will find the most idyllic of rivers to float down in your kayak. But in others you will be speeding down a river at high speeds white water rafting. It is about getting out there and doing the things that you wouldn’t usually do that really does broaden the mind.

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This Is How We Do It down in Puerto Rico… Top Things to Do in San Juan

If you’re a beach relaxer, a landmark lover or a nightlife partiers, then a trip to San Juan, Puerto Rico could be for you. Why? Well, because it has everything! To see exactly what it has and why you should be seriously considering booking a flight and heading there as soon as possible, make sure to read on.

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Take a masterclass in rum at Casa Barcardí

If you’re a big rum drinker or just generally interested in learning about all of the history of everywhere you travel to, then taking a trip to the Casa Barcardí rum factory is something that you should be doing. This place, known as the ‘Cathedral of Rum’, is the flagship factory of the drink that is famous the world over and back, and has been since 1936 when the Barcardí family fled to it in 1936 from their homeland of Cuba. Since then, the factory has gone on to produce the famous rum drink and now offers three tours for those who want to see and learn everything about what goes on there: there is a historical tour which costs $12 and gets you a cocktail upon.arrival, there is the rum tasting tour which costs $45 and there is a mixology session tour which also costs $45. Whichever tour you decide to take, just know that it would be more than worth it!

Explore history at Museo de las Américas

If you love soaking in a bit of history on your travels, then heading to Museo de las Américas is something that you should be doing upon a trip to San Juan. Located in the old military barracks of the Old Town, this is a place that explores both Puerto Rico’s African heritage as well all of its rich pre-colonised Caribbean culture through artwork. You can learn everything you need to know about what indigenous life was like in this South American corner of the world right up to what life is like in modern day San Juan, too. Plus, you can study and listen to all of the music history that is stored here, including a whole and very large room that is dedicated to musicians from this part of the world as well as the localised instruments they would use. For only $6, this is well worth it.

Soak up the sun on Condado Beach

If you want to escape the hustle and bustle of the busy city that is San Juan, then the perfect place to head to is Condado Beach. In fact, if you want to set up base in an area that is as far away from the hustle and bustle in San Juan as you can get, then doing so and booking yourself a room in Holiday Inn Express San Juan Condado is well advised. You should do so because this is an area that is perfect for relaxation, and the beach here is to die for! It has everything you could possible want from a beach, and more: you can swim, you can surf, you can soak up the sun on the sands and you can head shopping in the nearby upmarket market.

If you’ve not yet found the travelling destination that best suits you, then make sure to take San Juan, Puerto Rico into account when it comes to organising your next holidaying experience. By doing so, you might just find your new top travelling destination!

 

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What’s Your Travel Personality? Top Destinations To Suit You

When trying to choose a holiday destination, it can be easy to be swayed by friends, family and random Facebook adds of where to go. However, if the destination isn’t going to suit your travel personality, you may find that you don’t have the best experience and could be wasting your time and money. If you want enriching culture and architecture, you may be a little upset to find yourself in Magaluf, so it’s important to do your research first. Here are the travel personalities – take a look, and you may find the perfect holiday for yourself and a loved one, or friends.

The Relaxer

Does the idea of delving into a good book, whilst the sun warms your back and the only audio to accompany you being the sound of waves crashing to the shore make you want to drift off into a daydream? Then you are “The Relaxer”.Just what it says on the label, The Relaxer goes on holiday for some much-needed R and R. Naps, good food, a sunny, relaxing beach and a sun lounger reserved just for them is their ultimate holiday. The jackpot being an all-inclusive sunny spa holiday with massages, hot tubs and mud masks – a vacay that replenishes them on the outside as well as the inside. Destinations like the Caribbean, the Canary Islands and the Maldives are a Relaxer’s dream.  

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The Thrill Seeker

If a holiday packed full of cliff diving, stomach-churning roller coasters and shark cage diving tours takes your fancy then you are “The Thrill Seeker”. They want a holiday that is fast paced, adrenaline packed and exhausting. Usually, a “Thrill Seeker” comes back from holiday only to feel like they need another one!  Activities like skydiving, paragliding, deep sea diving and snowboarding are what this type of traveller is looking for. Be on the lookout for beginner friendly experiences that allow you to rent specialised equipment and provide safe and qualified instruction. It is always good to do a little extra research on holidays like this, as pre-booking experiences can be cheaper, and some activities may require you to do some training before undertaking. Be sure to check out user reviews to ensure you’re getting the most out of your money and the experiences themselves. Destinations such as Florida, Australia and Lake Bled will feed the adrenaline craving you have.

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The Education Lover

If you are a lover of discovering enriching culture and really delving into all the country has to offer, then you are “The Education Lover”. Spending the day in a museum, or stumbling across an ancient monument sets The Education Lover’s heart racing a little with excitement. They want nothing more from their holiday but to see all of the famous landmarks and go back glowing with their new found worldly wisdom and full memory card of pictures and videos. Destinations like Paris, Berlin, and Rome will fulfill this type of traveller’s wishes.

Hopefully, this list helps you discover which type of holiday destination will best suit you, and give you some ideas on where to look for inspiration.

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6 Reasons To Visit Singapore Next Year

The Island nation of Singapore is one of the most thriving and bustling countries in Asia. It’s not far from Malaysia, and lots of people enjoy visiting both places during the same journey. However, there are many more travellers who never try Singapore because they don’t know enough about the country. With that in mind, this article will highlight six top reasons why all readers should visit Singapore at some point in the future. We’re approaching the end of 2017, and it can take a while to plan the perfect venture. So, this advice will come in handy if you plan to fly over to the nation next year. Best of all? It doesn’t matter when you fly because the climate in Singapore is nearly always favourable.

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#1: The Street Food

If you love walking down winding streets and checking out some authentic food traders, then Singapore is not going to disappoint. Like many countries in that part of the world, Singapore has a thriving street food industry where you can try local cuisines and exciting dishes. Some people say that’s the best way to immerse yourself in the culture. In most instances, there is no need to stress about bugs and infections like you might in other parts of the world. People in Singapore hold cleanliness in high esteem, and they’re unlikely ever to sell you anything that’s undercooked or dangerous. Still, those who prefer to spend their time in restaurants will discover a vast selection of eateries guaranteed to tickle their taste buds.  

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#2: The Retail Therapy

When people think of Asian countries outside of China and Japan, they tend to image locations that are slightly less luxurious when compared to those for which they have become accustomed. However, nobody ever feels like that when spending time in Singapore because it’s one of the most forward-thinking and upmarket places in the world. You’ll find many skyscrapers just like you would in New York, and there are hundreds of multi-million-pound businesses all over the island. So, it should come as no surprise that Singapore is also home to some of the world’s biggest and best brands and stores. If you’re the type of person who enjoys shopping until they drop, look no further. This country has everything you could ever want.

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#3: The Opportunities

There is no getting away from the fact that people tend to find a lot of new opportunities when they spend time in Singapore. Indeed, there are many tales about individuals who visited the country on holiday and then ended up starting a business and moving their lives. HDB flat rental in Singapore is not as expensive as you might think, and that helps to encourage a lot of folks to migrate over there after falling in love with the place. There are also lots of Western people who end up finding a new life partner or falling in love when they visit Singapore often enough. That tends to happen because the local people are very welcoming, and so it doesn’t take long for visitors to make some friends. Regardless of your situation, there are always some excellent opportunities available in that country.

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#4: The Incredible Views

If you’re the type of person who loves photography, you might think about taking a decent camera for your Singapore trip. That is the because there are some stunning views and sights all over the island that you won’t want to miss. The city skyline is comparable to that of New York and other thriving global locations. You can also take a turn on the Singapore Flyer. That is a 165-meter tall observation wheel that enables travellers to take in the best views the country has to offer. Also, it’s possible to take helicopter rides and lots of different things like that those ideas appeal. Those who travel outside of the city will get lots of photo opportunities when they meet local people and spend time in their towns and villages. However, as most people know, Singapore is more city than countryside these days.

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#5: The Arts and Architecture

Singapore has a long history of producing excellent artists and artwork. Indeed, that is why there are lots of galleries and places you can visit in the city. Many modern artists choose to spend time in Singapore, and so you could see some of the world’s newest creations of household talent. People also spent a lot of time working on the design of Singapore, and there are hundreds of beautiful buildings and hotels as far as the eye can see. If you have interest in the architectural side of Singapore, it’s wise to ask a local taxi driver to ferry you around for an afternoon visiting all the best sights. Taxis don’t cost the earth in this country, and it’s always handy to make a local friend.

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#6: The Events and Attractions

Some of the most popular events and attractions in Singapore include:

  • Art of Popiah Skin Making
  • Singapore River Festival
  • The Sound of Music
  • Christmas on A Great Street
  • Music Concerts Live in Singapore
  • Twilight Encounters
  • Singapore International Film Festival

However, there are lots of other events you might like to consider. So, people who plan to visit Singapore should always check online and take a look at events calendars before leaving home. That way, you can arrange your stay around some of the most exciting festivities.

You now know about six top reasons why you should visit Singapore next year. Hopefully, that should encourage more of you to take a leap of faith and book those tickets. When it comes to getting the cheapest flights, you should always make arrangements at least a few months in advance. While it’s possible to get some fantastic last minute deals, that is not a reliable enough strategy to employ. The last thing you want is to pay over the odds for the plane tickets and leave yourself with less cash to enjoy the experience. Finally, remember to get some suitable travel insurance before you fly!

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