Things You Need To Know Before You Book A Hotel Online

hotel-bell-ipadDoes it seem as if every time you look around on the internet for a hotel room, you find more web sites that say you can get a hotel room for less?

Though it may sound enticing, online hotel booking has its own set of challenges. Continue reading “Things You Need To Know Before You Book A Hotel Online”

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Tricks for a Worthwhile Disney Travel

Disneyland
Disneyland

Disney travel entails careful planning. Whether it is your first time or you have been to Disney theme parks in the past, planning how you want to spend your vacation is very essential. If you want to make you and your family’s trip to Disney all worthwhile, then read on these suggestions on how to go about your Disney trip.

Plan Ahead of Time

There are a lot of things you need to plan before your magical Disney travel. If you are not a resident in the immediate vicinity of a theme park, then you need to have a place to stay for the duration of your vacation. There are various Disney and non-Disney hotels in the area and you just have to choose where your most preferred place to stay is.

Once you have decided where to stay, you can go buy your passes for the theme park. There are various ticket sellers and options that you can choose from. The best choice is to purchase tickets from Disney authorized sellers. You can also opt to buy through the concierge of your Disney resort or hotel. Tickets come in various types. Each ticket type correspond to which theme parks and rides you will have access and how many days will you be allowed entry to the theme parks. You just have to choose among the array and see which will work best for you and your budget.

Plan your itinerary once you are in the theme park. Make it simple. Make a list of a few must do’s so you will not be overwhelmed once you are in the theme park premises. Think of which rides and amusement centers you want to visit for the rest of the day.

Bare Essentials

It is highly advisable that you bring with you a bag that contains all your necessary belongings. Key items like wallet, cellular phone or passports has to be securely kept in your bag. As much as possible bring bottles of water and some snacks since the prices of these things are sky high once inside the theme park.

Also, do not forget to wear comfortable shoes and clothing. If you are with kids, then bring them a toy or two to make them feel at home and secured.

Recreation

Once you are in the theme park, do not get overwhelmed. Stick to your itinerary and let surprises come out on their own. As much as possible, you have to start enjoying rides which are in the farther part of the theme park. This saves you from the trouble of making your way out of throngs of people since most will definitely enjoy rides which are near the entrance.

Lines of people taking a Disney character’s signature will surely be long. If you are with a fellow adult then take turns in falling in line especially if you want to get an autograph of another character. This way, you will save much time and will get to see more of the theme parks attractions.

There are many things that you can do in Disney World thus making one day barely enough. Therefore, for you to ultimately enjoy your Disney travel, make plans in advance on how you want to spend your day.

HolidayIQ Indonesia, A Place Where I Can Learn Indonesia Better

For traveler, like me, collecting as many information as possible about the destination I’m about to visit is important. It can really help me enjoy my visit and sometimes even save from bad things. The internet has given enough spaces for travelers to help other by sharing their travel experiences and guides.

Right now I’m planning my 3rd visit to Indonesia, this time I will be visiting Yogyakarta. A cultural city, a place where the second Royal Wedding was held few months ago. A historical territory with active volcano and hundreds years old temple. And I have found the right places to learn about Yogyakarta, and other destinations in Indonesia.

HolidayIQ Indonesia
HolidayIQ Indonesia

HolidayIQ, was originally started in India. Now this traveler community has also launched their Indonesian site. Fun! Here I can found lots of information on Indonesian destinations, hotels, things to do and even weather. The awesome part of this site is actually their reviews, my Yogyakarta Hotel booking was based on the reviews I found on this site. So if you’re planning to travel to Indonesia, you might want to check HolidayIQ Indonesia for your references.

ps. the site is in Indonesian, you might need Google Translate 😀

Unforgetable Disneyland

Disneyland
Disneyland

“The thing will get more beautiful year after year. And it will get better as I find out what the public likes; I can’t do that with a picture it’s finished and unchangeable before I find out whether the public likes it or not.” – Walt Disney on Disneyland.

Walt Disney found different reasons to build his seventeen million dollar Magic Kingdom in Anaheim in 1955. The idea had originally stemmed from his dissatisfaction with Los Angeles amusement parks in the late 1930s. While his two young daughters would ride the merry-go-round Walt would look at the tawdry surroundings and wonder why the place couldn’t be better. Also he was receiving letters from people who wished to take tours of the Disney Studio- what would they see, guys bent over drawing boards? Walt had flirted with the idea of a small park across the street from the studio, and then put it aside bowing to opposition from the city of Burbank, plus financial setbacks largely due to the initial failures of Pinocchio, Fantasia and Bambi. On a personal note in 1948 Walt built his own personal miniature railroad in his backyard. The one-eighth scale Carolwood Pacific was a fun hobby that allowed Walt to escape business pressures, but his wife Lillian wasn’t thrilled with her grown husband spending long days riding on a choo choo train through her begonias. Disneyland would eventually provide him with a bigger train to ride in without the spousal disapproval. But perhaps most important to Walt, Disneyland gave him a unique opportunity for a never-ending project.

For a perfectionist like Walt Disney filmmaking was often a frustrating experience. Even when one Walt’s pictures did well he sometimes lamented that they could have been better if he hadn’t faced a deadline or had a chance for a do over. After the short cartoon The Three Little Pigs (1933) became an enormous hit Walt had been pressured by bankers and distributers into making sequels, which had not been nearly as successful. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) had made eight million dollars at a time when movies cost 25 cents for adults and a dime for kids, yet Walt fretted about a scene where the prince seemed to shimmy and years later complained about not being able to improve on it. Other features that Walt personally loved such as So Dear to My Heart (1946) and Pollyanna (1960) did not do well at the box office. Walt had taken a shot at an ongoing task with Fantasia in 1940, the multi-segmented classical music cartoon could have theoretically, if Disney had his way, played forever with new sequences replacing others every few months. But Fantasia bombed at the box office in it’s first release and plunged Walt into debt. As Walt’s enthusiasm for pictures diminished, the idea of Disneyland took on a greater allure. Continue reading “Unforgetable Disneyland”

Tallinn, Estonia

Tallinn is the capital and largest city of Estonia, furthermore, Tallinn is the oldest capital in Northern Europe being first marked on the world map in 1154 by an Arabian geographer called al-Idrisi. At the heart of Tallinn lies one of the most authentically preserved medieval city centers in Europe – the Old Town of Tallinn, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site.

The Old Town is rounded by a 2-kilometers-long route along the old city wall and its 26 watchtowers. The sights well worth visiting in the area are also a Dominican monastery built in 1246, the 600-year-old Gothic Town Hall Square and one of the oldest still active pharmacies in Europe found on the Town Hall Square in the center of the Old Town.

There is also numerous churches in the Old Town worth visiting. St. Olaf’s church, for example, with its 159m high spire was reportedly the tallest building in the world from the15th until the 16th century. To enjoy unforgettable and enchanting views of the Old Town visit the viewing platforms on top of St. Olaf’s church, the Town Hall building and the Toompea hill, all located in the very heart of the city. On the Toompea hill you’ll find the Toompea castle built from the 13th until the 14th century and on top of its turret known as the Tall Hermann you can see the “first” national flag of Estonia. The castle houses the Estonian parliament called “Riigikogu”.

For the whole family a fun and gripping day is guaranteed at the Rocca al Mare Open Air Museum where visitors can step back in time and take a look at ancient Estonian farm buildings and see what life was alike in local villages from the17th until the 20th century. At the museum visitors are welcome to try horseback riding on the village roads between old houses and windmills, learn something new at the Kuie village school and enjoy a hearty meal at the Kolu inn. Nearby the Open Air Museum you are welcome to visit the Tallinn Zoo to take a walk, enjoy the nature, take a closer look at various animals and participate in numerous events.

The sights also worth visiting are the Kumu Art Museum and the Kadriorg Palace and its beautiful Park with many sculptures and ponds. Fresh sea breeze can be enjoyed on Tallinn Song Festival Grounds and by walking by the Russalka monument to Pirita where you can look around at the local monastery complex, walk in the beautiful pine forest and stroll on the beach.

Niagara Falls, Canada

No longer your grandmother’s fondest-recalled honeymoon destination, Niagara Falls Canada has something modern and unique to offer to every visitor, from the savvy single to the travelling couple. Ontario Travel makes your next trip nothing short of spectacular, with access to travel accommodations and activity planning and recommendations in one place.

With so much to do on a trip to Niagara Falls Canada, you may not know where to start.

Whether you’re taking a romantic getaway weekend, or planning a honeymoon, there are plenty of things to do on a trip to Niagara Falls! Spend an afternoon wandering through Clifton Hill, visiting Ripley’s Believe It Or Not, testing your nerves in the Haunted House, checking out the Guinness World Records museum, or grabbing a bite to eat. Explore the whimsy and beauty of Niagara Falls Canada while holding hands on a trip through the Butterfly Conservatory, or marvel at the amazing avian population at Bird Kingdom. Finish off your day in Niagara Falls with a few hours at one of the several indoor water parks!

Make New Memories on a Trip to Niagara Falls

You can’t visit without really seeing the falls! Hop aboard the Maid of the Mist for an unforgettably close view, or take a Journey Behind The Falls for a different perspective. Don’t forget to take photos of yourselves as you’re experiencing one of the best couple’s getaway locations in the world. Take an exhilarating helicopter ride to get stunning aerial views, or get the most thrilling version on a high-speed Whirlpool Jet Boat Tour. The hour long adrenaline rush offers visitors the ‘wet’ or ‘dry’ option, just in case you weren’t planning to get soaked! And you’ve just got to include a romantic meal at the Skylon Revolving Dining Room, 775 feet above the falls. Your trip wouldn’t be complete without it!

Gourmet restaurants, exciting nightlife, or nightly shows guarantee you won’t be heading to bed early! Take a tour of Ontario wineries just a few minutes away in Niagara-On-The-Lake, or practice your swing on one of over 40 Ontario golf courses in the area. Indulge in a couples spa treatment and leave your worries behind. Feeling a bit more daring? Take your chances at one of two top-notch casinos, or at the Fort Erie Racetrack. Marineland offers visitors the chance to see marine life with the fun of an amusement midway. There truly is something for everyone on a trip to Niagara Falls.

Christmas Travelling in London

The English capital is the largest city in Europe and a major tourist hotspot. With thousands of visitors arriving every day in London from different parts of the world, its streets bustle with visitor activity daily. Thanks to the excellent infrastructure of London, visitors can easily and safely get around the city. The impressive public transportation system offers immense convenience to visitors ensuring that they reach their destination in time. However, visitors must do some research in advance to get apprised with the public transportation system of London so that they do not have to waste time searching their destination. This is especially important during the festival season in the Christmas week when visitor activity remains at its peak.

The yuletide season has already kicked off in London. Christmas lights have been switched on at the various high streets of West End and the whole city is basking in the festive glow. Festivals and fairs are taking place at several places in the city including Royal parks, museums and cultural venues. Music concerts, theatre shows and ice skating are widely taking place around the city due to which all the streets are witnessing a huge rush throughout the day. In these times, the Tube (London’s underground metro railway system) comes as a huge respite for locals and visitors alike. Due to excellent tube connections in central London, visitors can get to their destination easily and on time. However, considering they have to travel to and fro many times a day given their tight schedule of activities and length of their stay, they must get a travel card.

A travel card offers great convenience to visitors as it relieves them of the hassle of standing in the long queues at the tube station ticket windows. Depending upon the length of your stay, get a travel card for three, four or seven days to save money on travelling. In fact, if you are on a long holiday in the city, buy a travel card that offers you unlimited traveling by both bus and tube. You will be able to use this card while travelling in any zone in the city also for the Docklands Light Railway. Your travel card can be your great companion helping you explore the British capital inexpensively.

As your main medium of transportation will be tube, you must always carry a tube map with you. This way, you will not have to waste time asking people about which tube to get and from where to reach a particular place. In fact, buy an A-to-Z London guide as soon as you reach the city.

Even after you travel by tube, you will have to walk a lot to reach the venue of celebration. So, it is advised that you come to London with a lot of enthusiasm to walk around the city. Equally important is to carry a pair or two of comfortable shoes to be able to walk miles in the city.