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Ensuring Your Travel Pockets Stay Lined With Green

 

Travelling to an exotic location can be scary. But the experience can be absolutely terrifying if you run out of money! Therefore, check out our tips to help keep your pockets lined with the good stuff – money!

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     It may have taken some time to make your dream trip a reality. Now that it’s real, you need to enjoy every single moment! But wait, how much pocket money did you bring? Is it enough to enjoy every excursion or just last until the end of the trip?

No worries! Many destinations offer a wide array of affordable items, from souvenirs, clothing, to knick-knacks. One stroll past the shopping district and you are sure to backtrack and purchase your new future “want.”

Though spending (a lot) during travel is inevitable, there are still opportunities to save your money while enjoying your trip. Here are the top four killer tips to keep in mind to save money during your trip.

     Go Small Rather Than Big 

     Tourists immediately visit the Big Cities – obviously. However, this is actually one of the biggest money-saving mistakes… especially if you plan on traveling on a budget. Expenses in the big cities and tourist areas tend to be higher compared to small towns and provinces. Chances are, the cost of necessities in the big cities is already double compared to the cost of items in smaller towns.

     Find A Place That Feels Like HOME

     We mean, there’s no need to stay in some fancy hotel during your trip – largely just for the sake of finding a place to stay. Nowadays, travelers choose to stay in hostels or inns. Backpackers especially choose this route in order to save on lodging costs.

Staying in hostels is a great option especially if you only needed a place to sleep and rest after a tiresome day. Chances are. if you are planning to travel around, you won’t be staying in a hotel all day, so why waste the money? 

Hostels provide a place for backpackers to stay and refresh before they leave for another destination. To be frank, most hostels are more accommodating compared to those fancy hotels. You also get to experience the local culture more directly.

     Shop Wisely 

     Okay, this is the trickiest part. We understand the feeling of desiring a “thing.” Though numerous countries offer affordable gifts and souvenirs, you simply don’t need to bother.

     One of the best ways to save money when shopping is by visiting the local markets. It’s very likely that the item you saw in one of the malls is also being sold there for a much cheaper price! And the best thing about shopping in the local market is that you can throw in a bargain with the vendor. If your bargaining skills are pretty good, you might even get that product at half of its (already cheap) price! 

     Eating at restaurants might be a good option but keep in mind that it likely be costly. Some restaurants offer small meals while others offer tremendous values – perfect for leftovers. A lot of people take this opportunity to save money for their next meal. 

If eating at a restaurant is not your cup of tea, then it’s always better to try the small and local eateries that can be found around the area. You might be surprised at how delicious the street food options are. Be careful, though! Be aware of what you eat and drink. Ensure your binge-eating cleanly prepared food quality or you will end up having an upset stomach afterward. 

And lastly, just because the sight of a souvenir looks amazing does not mean that you need to buy it. Stroll around and check out other souvenir shops are selling. You’re most likely to find a much cheaper souvenir to buy for yourself and your friends and family back home.

     Be Smart

     By being smart, we mean you should be mindful of your expenses. Most tourists end up racking up a hell of a lot of bank fees because they’ve been using their credit cards for purchases. Please be aware that banks charge you if you use your cards abroad. 

     Another common mistake is exchanging your money for local currencies at the airport. Airport exchange rates are known to be bad and you’ll and up getting ripped off. Remember to bring your ATM cards since you’re most likely to get a better exchange rate when you use ATMs. 

     A trip doesn’t have to be expensive and you don’t really need to break the bank just to enjoy it. Being mindful of spending and savings is a great way to practice during travels. 


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Baby Boomers Have Their Own Form Of Travel

While hoteliers and attraction owners pay even closer attention to Millennials, Baby Boomers are still an important aspect of their revenue.

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     Millennials in their social media and influencer-prized generation are becoming the next generation of vacation high-spenders… or are they? Taking a look at AARP Travel’s “2019 Boomer Travel Trends” actually reveals that capable boomers were planning to take four to five “leisure” vacations during the year and expecting to spend over $6,600 – roughly more than 30% of the top-spending younger generations. This includes international destination travel as well!

     Time provided by retirement and those with healthy investments, boomers are opting to spend more on their trips in a variety of ways. For one, they’re choosing to stay out longer, upgrade to higher class accommodations and travel upgrades, and particularly enjoying themselves during extra-curricular excursions and shopping events. To summarize, our parents are active participants of “active relaxation.” In laymen’s terms, they’re spending the most on themselves through leisurely, more upscale events like golf outings and grand nights out.

     Speaking of time, they are most likely to stay disconnected from their lives back home. Rather then focus on staying current in their personal and business lives, boomers are seeking vacation time to reconnect with loved ones – sons and daughters across the country or connect with friends out of country. 92% of boomers will bring a phone on a domestic trip while only about 50% of those traveling out of country will bring a smartphone. Further, they won’t bother with anything more than a message or email.

Additionally, while this generation may be technologically proficient (or not), nearly 70% of boomers were not excited to partake in the next-generation of hotel experiences – AI-powered reservation systems, robotic assistants, and other related technologies. Unsurprisingly, Millennials were just a bit lower than 70% but in favor of these new and expected technologies.

Memorable

     As expected, boomers crave distinctive and memorable experiences which explains that nearly 80% of luxury travel spends are attributed to the old and wise. Fascinatingly, 57% mentions that budget comes into play when dealing with trip budgets. In other words, when these customers live life, they live life large.

     Whether baby boomers are traveling for leisure, exploration, food, culture, or other, the number one reason boomers travel is to check off their lifelong dream destinations. AKA – their bucket lists. They simply want to “see the world,” however real or unrealistic that claim may be. Nonetheless, with their upgraded travel and hotel accommodations, they are each seeing the world from their own point of view and expectations. For those in the travel industry, know that these are the people that are looking to spend their money.


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Yangshou: Living The Experience Of Traditional China

If you love Ancient Chinese culture from movies, Yangshou is the place to make those dreams a reality.

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     Located in the province of Guangxi, about 65km from Guilin lies the small town of Yangshuo. For the past few years, Yangshuo is slowly starting to get noticed by a lot of travelers and ex-pats alike, mostly due to its beautiful, scenic landscapes consisting of mountain peaks and countrysides, as well as its distinct and well-preserved cultural traditions and practices.

     These highlights bring Yangshuo into the spotlights of every traveler as well as on their lenses and social media feeds. One look at those breath-taking and surreal photos. Would make any wanderlust want to grab their camera and book the nearest flight to China.

     The well-preserved way of life of most of Yangshuo’s ethnic group is also a major attraction particularly those who wanted to experience a unique way of living, which includes some ancient practices. Seeing and experiencing these cultures also give slight on how different these ethnic groups are compared to how we generally view or see or expect or know about China.

Attractions

      The major natural material that can be found in Yangshuo is the limestone, in which most of its infrastructures are made of. The mountains in Yangshuo are rich in Limestones, forming most of its surreal landscapes from these natural minerals.

     Yangshuo is also the cradle of two of the famous rivers in China, the Li River, and the Yulong River. Since ancient times, these rivers serve as the lifestream of the locals living in Yangshuo, being the major line of transportation and business engagements, as well as a source of food and living. Nowadays, these rivers also serve as a tourist destination to a lot of visitors, therefore giving the locals another form of business in the form of river cruises.

     Another one of the famous attraction in Yangshuo is Chuanshan Park, that is considered as one of the most beautiful sceneries in Li River. Some of the must-visit sites in Chuanshan park is the Pagoda hill where tourist can see the seven-story Longevity pagoda; the Cockfighting Hill that looks like two fighting cocks ready to battle; and the famous Two Moons of Li river: the Moon cave that looks like the moon floating in the sky and the Water-Moon cave of Elephant Hill that looks like the moon floating in water.

     Another must-visit place in Yangshuo is the ancient town of Daxu. It is a place that seems like it came right out of history books, showcasing the lives during the Ming Dynasty. The well-preserved houses and workshops, as well as traditional skills of bamboo weaving and shoemaking,  are one of the major attractions in Daxu.

Best time to visit:

     Since river cruises and hiking are the major activities in Yangshuo, tourist is often advised to plan their visits during days that have warm and good weather, since river cruises are forbidden during heavy rains for safety reasons. Aside from rainy weather, it is also not advisable to go on a boat ride during the wintertime due to the cold winds that might cause freezing.

     The best time to visit Yangshuo is during the season of Spring or Autumn, as the temperature is very favorable and mild, as well as comfortable for such a long boat ride and hiking. The days between May to October are considered the best time to do a photography shoot since the daytimes are longer and the temperatures are warmer as well. Waking up early in the morning is also a great time to capture the famous Yangshuo sunrise, as well as capturing the warm sunset in the late afternoon.


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The Best Way To Enjoy The Liberty Tour

A trip to the US will never be complete, without a visit to the Statue of Lady Liberty. Here are some inside tips on how to enjoy your rendezvouz with lovely Liberty.

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     The Statue of Liberty has been a typical icon when the word America or New York is mentioned. Given that the statue is located on an island in Manhattan, New York, of course, it will be a staple of any American Tour. In order to fully enjoy the visit to the statue, it is often best to check out our tips and guidelines for the Statue of Liberty tours

What is a Statue of Liberty Tour?

     It is a tour around the vicinity of the Statue that involves not only a visit to the famous landmark but also a boat ride and a walking tour going up to the crown of the statue, that offers a panoramic and breathtaking view of the Manhattan Metropolis.

How Long Will It Take?

     Well, the length of your tour depends on how long you wish to stay on some of the attractions but visitors of Liberty’s crown are only allowed to stay for a couple of minutes. But don’t worry, aside from site-seeing atop the statue’s crown, you can also visit some of the attractions within Liberty Island.

Ferry Ride

     Start your tour with a ferry trip to Liberty Island. You can aboard the ferry from New York in the Battery Park or from New Jersey in Liberty State Park. The ferries depart from New York and New Jersey at 8:30 – 9:00 AM and 3:30 – 4:00 PM and back to the mainland at 5:00 – 5:45 PM. Statute Cruise is the sole accredited ferry company allowed to ferry tourists to and from Liberty Island. Though the Ferry trip has a schedule, the Liberty Island is open from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM, but also offer extended hours during peak seasons.

The cost for a ferry ticket is around $18 for adults and $9 for kids 4 to 12 years old, and a free ride for kids younger than 3 years old.

Liberty Island

     When you get to Liberty Island, you can stop first at the information center to get some brochures and tour schedules.

Next, you can explore the Statue of Liberty Museum to take a look around the history and background of the statue. It also safely keeps some of the statue’s historic artifacts like the original torch of the statue.

Then, get ready to go up the pedestal, which stands almost half of the statue’s total height. Though the trip up the pedestal might be a little tiring, it will be worth it as the climb to the pedestal allows you to have a breathtaking view fo both New York and New Jersey, as well as New York Harbor and Ellis Island.

The last stop of your visit will be the Crown of the statue. If you are brave of heart, you can venture to the crown through its double-helix staircase, which has exactly 162 steps. Keep in mind that there is no elevator in the statue so it is greatly advised that visitors with heart and respiratory problems to best avoid the climb to the crown. Once up at the crown, visitors are treated with a surreal, bird’s eye view of the New York Metropolis.

Tips to make your visit enjoyable:

  • Check first for all the list of things that are prohibited on Liberty islands such as large bags, strollers, food, and drinks.
  • Bring an ID along with you as you need to show an ID when you claim the ticket and visit the crown.
  • Reserve and Purchase in advance. Also, check of your ticker comes with free access to some of the attractions.

 

So, there you have it. Have a great visit to the Statue of Liberty! Excuse me as I pack my bag and purchase my ferry ticket. See you there!


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