29 Oct 2013

Ten Best Travel Advices and Quotes from Travel Bloggers (Batch 1)

Need some travel inspiration?

Here's my chosen 10 of the "Best Travel Advices/Quotes" from fellow travel bloggers around the world. No particular order :)

"You don’t need much to live and enjoy life."
- Nico Prins (A Travellers Journey)
Twitter: atravellersday

Excerpt from Three Simple Steps to Save Money for World Travel

"Every place holds huge memories, and mundane life becomes special.  The reasons we ended up where we did, how we found it and how much we paid; if we enjoyed the neighborhood, where we ate and played; whether we were able to work effectively all become part of our story of that place. But more often than not, each place is better defined by the people we meet."
- Mark (The Next Road)
Twitter: theNextRoad

Excerpt from Slow Travel

"Traveling solo does not always mean you’re alone. Most often, you meet marvelous people along the way and make connections that last a lifetime..."
- Jacqueline Boone (6 Months to Live)
Twitter: 6monthstolive

Excerpt from Why Women Should Travel

"The important thing is that you go out and experience something completely new. Being able to travel is more attainable than you think, if you just put your mind to it. Once you have had that first amazing experience, you will be hooked for life."
-Jana Irving (Fall Into Yesterday)
Twitter: wandering_jana

Excerpt from 6 Tips for Saving Up For Your Big Trip

"You don’t need to be rich and you don’t need to speak a dozen languages. You just need a passport."
- Peter Kenfield (Peter Travels)
Twitter: PeterKenfield

Excerpt from Change your life and travel the world – 5 easy steps to make it happen

"The happiness others have found in a stable life, I have found in travelling."
- Tiffany (World Meets Girl)
Twitter: tiffanywuest

Excerpt from Feeling at Home in Cape Town

"It’s an important part of the travel experience to understand what a country has gone through and how they trying to overcome their past problems."
- Marco Allegri (Thinking Nomads)
Twitter: thinkingnomads

Excerpt from What are you going to Cambodia for?

"I really enjoy getting of the beaten path, and finding the hard to get to destinations. There’s a certain adventure to it that cant be beat!"

- Jonny (Backpackingman)
Twitter: backpackingman

Excerpt from Backpackingman

"If you are planning that trip of a lifetime, longing to see the world. Don’t let things delay or stop you. For me the number one reason for travel is that you may not get the chance again."
- The Guy (Flights and Frustration)
Twitter: TheGuy37796972

Excerpt from The Number One Reason To Travel

"Traveling is about discovery, part of that is meeting new people, one of the biggest parts actually. No amount of Facebook or twitter in the lobby can replace real human interaction and having a shared new experience."
- Stephen Bischoff (Shameless Traveler)

Twitter: ShamelssTravelr

Excerpt from Travel Advice: Leave Your Ego at Home and Remember You’re Mortal

Thank you for reading.
Hope these quotes inspire you, the way it inspired me! :)

17 Oct 2013

World Events to Attend This October

October is one of the months when travelers take chance to unwind and rejuvenate as they travel to explore different places and indulge on various cultures. And as if as one to support this ideal, cities from all over the world hold colorful and spectacular festivals which travelers will surely enjoy. Some are as follows:

1. Haunted Pumpkin Garden (New York, USA)

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Running all month long, travelers can experience a different kind of art at the Haunted Pumpkin Garden at New York City. The Botanical Garden is transformed into a spooky place as different pumpkin sculptures from master carver Ray Villafane are displayed for everyone’s amusement.

2. Auckland Diwali Festival (New Zealand)
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Happening on October 19-20, the largest city of New Zealand turns into a huge bazaar as Indian residents celebrate the return from exile of Hindu God Rama. Streets are decorated with vibrant stalls selling crafts and Indian sweets. Bollywood dance performances and fireworks displays are also held.

3. Phuket Vegetarian Festival (Thailand)
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One of the highlights of most Phuket Thailand tours, the Phuket Vegetarian Festival is actually a period of ritual cleansing done by locals to ensure good health. During the festival which is happening on October 5-13, people abstain by meat. Other practices then include extreme body piercing, walking on coals barefooted, and climbing sword ladders.

4.  CowalFest (Scotland)
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Aside from the rolling hills, witness the extravagant CowelFest when you visit the Scottish Highlands on October 4-13. The said event is a 10-day festival which allows trekkers to venture through 80 themed walking tours led by professionals. It’s a total of 56 miles to walk on!

5. Arts Crush (Seattle, WA)

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 In Seattle, the month of October is exciting for the communities around the Puget Sound. Art events from music video shoots to kids’ art workshops are sponsored by these communities just to promote art to everyone.

6. International Guitar Festival of Seville (Spain)
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People are serenaded on October 15-19 at Andalusia, Spain as the city celebrates the International Guitar Festival of Seville. Romantic tunes are performed on concerts and classes in this city where folk music originated.

7. Baltic Herring Fair (Helsinki, Finland)
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On October 6-12, fly to Helsinki and visit the Market Square to take part in the Baltic Herring Fair. It marks the end of the fishing season since 1743 and it has been a tradition to celebrate the festival with songs, friendly cooking competitions and other festive activities.

8. Lords of Miracles (Peru)
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In Lima, one of the biggest processions in the world is held from October 18-28. It is the Lords of Miracles, where a two-ton mural depicting Christ on the cross is paraded. This mural appeared after an earthquake almost destroyed the city on 1746. Many devotees then come to the capital of Peru to see this ‘miracle’ every October.

9. Times Cheltenham Literature Festival (London)
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Paying tribute to the world of Literature, people who are into novels can fly to this city south of London to meet famous authors from October 4-13. It’s really a nice event held in a charming town!

10. Marwar Festival (India)

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See camels with tattoos at the Marwar Festival in Jodhpur. Witness the festival from October 17-18 and enjoy different activities including polo tournaments and folk dancing.

Listed above are just ten of the most famous festivals held on October. So what should you do? Check out the flight promos now and book for your tours. Don’t let the opportunity pass!

[1] 2012 Giant Pumpkin Carving Weekend. 2012. The New York Botanical Garden. Web. Oct 2013.
[2] Interesting Facts About Diwali Celebrations in 2013. 2013. Happy Diwali Wallpapers. Web. Oct 2013.
[3] AsiaWebDirect. Phuket Vegetarian Festival 2013. 2013. Phuket Hotels & Travel Guide. Web. Oct 2013.
[4] Cowal Fest Walkers. 2013. The Cowal Way. Web. Oct 2013.
[5] Arts Crush Kick Off Fair 2013. 2013. Arts Crush. Web. Oct 2013.
[6] Seville International Guitar Competition. 2013. Zap Travel. Web. Oct 2013.
[7] Helsinki Baltic Herring Fair 2013. 2013. Port of Helsinki. Web. Oct 2013.
[8] Castro-Mendivil, Enrique. The “Lord of the Miracles” procession in Lima. 18 Oct 2010. Peruvian Faithful Pay Homage to Lord of Miracles. Web. Oct 2013.
[9] The Times Cheltenham Literature Festival Gallery. Cheltenham Festivals. Web. Oct 2013.
[10] The Colorful Marwar festival in Jodhpur. 2013. Travel Trance. Web. Oct 2013.
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