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Perth, Australia Travel Guide

Across the vast Australian desert or the Indian Ocean is Perth. It is a city with about 2 million people and it is the capital of Western Australia. Perth is widely regarded as Australia’s friendliest metropolis and among the most livable cities in the world. The wealth of mineral resources and the surrounding nature attracts different people from across the world. Perth offers a coastline with clear water and pristine beaches.

Swan Bell Tower

The cityscape of Perth shows a mix of a variety styles from the Tudor inspired London court to the towering Art Deco, limestone facades, and glass offices reflect the earth, sky, past, and future of this city. For a wonderful view of all this, head to the iconic Swan Bell Tower.

King’s Park

This is where the first explorers found a natural spring and there are still a lot to discover here. This inner city is larger than New York Central Park and it is possible to spend a day here. You can also explore the Botanic Gardens and stop at remarkable trees and monuments.

Art Gallery

Browse through the Western Australia Art Gallery to witness the development of Perth through art from the days of wool trade and farming to the establishment of the Swan River Colony. The botanists in the early days grew grapes and Perth is now known as a wine region.

Swan Valley

If you have a nose for quality produce, take a day trip to the Swan Valley. This area is filled with boutique wineries, so take your time to find the best Pinot Noir or Chardonnay.

Royal Mint

In the late 19th century, many of Western Australia’s farmers caught gold fever. See the largest coin ever made at the Royal Mint and some of the region’s greatest gold nuggets.

Cottesole Beach

This is one of Perth’s present day treasures and the best thing about this beach is that it is right at the doorstep of the city. Join the locals on the near perfect waves by renting a board.

Western Australian Museum

Learn about the state’s amazing marine environment and archaeological treasures by visiting the Western Australian Museum. The Hilary Boat Harbour even offers more great views. A great place for the sunset dinner is the Sorrento Quay Board walk.

Rottnest Island

Take a ferry to Rottnest Island, from the Barracks downtown or the harbor. For many locals, Rotto is a favorite weekend getaway. Walk along the stunning coastline and snorkel in the warm Indian Ocean.

For those that love a little solitude, the sun, sand, and surf, Perth is waiting to be discovered.

Bangkok Travel Guide: 10 Places You Should Not Miss

Recently some acquaintances of mine who own a heating and cooling company traveled to Thailand for a two week vacation. During their trip they had a chance to take in a lot of the local scenery. If you are traveling to Bangkok, this article will help you plan the best vacation. Here is a list of Bangkok’s 10 must visit attractions.

The Grand Palace
The Royal Thai family used the grand palace for over 150 years. Once in the grand palace do not miss the Emerald Buddha statue.

The Floating Market
This is an authentic shopping experience which is extremely popular with locals and tourists.

Chinatown
The third attraction on our list is the exciting and chaotic Chinatown. Try to visit the area at night when Chinatown turns into a huge night market.

The Chao Phraya River
A great thing to do is to take a day cruise as well as a night one to get the real Bangkok experience. A cruise will also give you an opportunity to spot all the main attractions of the city from a new and relaxing angle.

The Chatuchak Market
This is another one-of-a-kind shopping experience at the Chatuchak market which opens on Saturday and Sunday. The market hosts over 9,000 stalls offering everything one could imagine from authentic Thai music instruments to colorful tropical fish. This is the place to get some of your gifts for family and friends back home.

Khao San Road
This is the most popular street in Bangkok. With its vibrant atmosphere, it is located not far away from the old city and with so many budget hotels it turned into the capital of the backpackers during the night. The place turns into one international party with many pubs, restaurants, and even a knife market near.

The Jim Thompson Museum
The Jim Thompson Museum was dedicated to the American soldier that came to Bangkok after the war and developed its international silk industries. The museum itself was built out of six different traditional houses from various parts of the country making it had hated for architecture fans.

The Roof Terrace
You can go up in the air to get a panoramic view of Bangkok by climbing to the top of the roof terrace and enjoy a breathtaking view day or night. Try the Banyan hotel or the state tower.

CM Paradise
The last attraction on this list is CM paradise for shopaholics. This area is just one big shopping mall next to the other start with a BK center which has over two thousand and five hundred stores or the CM Paragon which on top of its stores offers you the biggest aquarium in Southeast Asia.

There are many more attractions to visit in Bangkok, hopefully, this guide will help you plan your next vacation well.

How to prepare properly for a long distance flight

If you feel the itch to pack your bags and get out there but your dream destination simply won´t come closer to you it is time for a long distance flight. For most people this means – welcome to Economy and welcome to discomfort. But no need to grind your teeth! Here are a few easy tricks to make life, and long distance travel, easier.

Come prepared
You have checked all your boxes for travel preparation, your passport is still valid and in your pocket. It is time to pack your carry-on comfy-bags for the plane:

One of them holds an emergency set of clothes, most importantly fresh underwear and a shirt. This is in case your luggage arrives late or goes missing. Fingers crossed that doesn’t happen, however, some airports and airlines have a questionable reputation for losing or misplacing bags. It also turns out to be comfortable if you happen to get stuck at an airport for a little while, see if you can take a shower. You would not believe how much better you feel all clean with fresh clothes on. Pack a pair of support stockings to prevent your legs and feet from swelling up during the flight. Choose wide and flexible clothes for the journey.

Another bag is like a little travel pharmacy. Get some disinfecting tissues to wipe your hands and the armrests on the plane. Earplugs will help with airplane and passenger noises. Nasal spray gives relief when the pressure gets to your head. It is never wrong to have a few pills to help with stomach problems or a headache in your carry-on as well. A toothbrush and toothpaste as well as lip balm and moisturizing cream will freshen you up on the way!

The last little bag contains your personal on-board entertainment. Sometimes the film selection on a plane is all you can ask for. Sometimes it´s just not for you. Choose your toy, make sure your electronics are fully charged, just like your powerbank, maybe you even have noise-cancelling headphones. Get your travel pillow and you’re good to go!

Up in the air
There are two things you should keep an eye on whilst travelling long-distance. One of them is hydration and the other one is physical activity.

It is essential to drink enough water on a plane as air humidity is not at an ideal level of 40-60% but merely 15%. To keep your blood flowing and avoid clots you need to drink at least 250ml of water or juice an hour, avoid alcohol, and keep moving. This might be tricky, especially if you´re caught on the middle seat, but there is little exercises you can do even with limited space. So get yourself comfortable, take your shoes off and don´t cross your legs!

Oh the jet lag
Everyone should be trying to avoid a jet lag as it can make you feel tired and moody and make you lose appetite and concentration. Depending on the time zone your body might need up to 2 weeks to adjust. It is generally easier on your system to travel from East to West than the other way. But there is a few things you can do to help. Already at home you can try and go to bed early or late on the day before your flight, depending on the time zone you´re travelling to. Maybe you even manage to sleep on the plane when it´s night time in your destination. And once you and your luggage are finally there, take time to rest and use the first day for stress-free exploring out and about!

Koh Phi Phi Travel Guide

Koh Phi Phi is a beautiful Island located in Thailand that can be easily accessed through Phuket. It is great for those people that love doing boat trips during the day and partying at night. Friends of mine from Calgary who own a massage clinic there said that this place was definitely a must see adventure on their trip to Thailand. There aren’t any cars on the island and the main form of transportation aside from walking is to take a boat. The accommodation in Koh Phi Phi ranges from low-end hostels all the way up to high-end resorts and everything in between.

For the high-end resorts, however, you actually reach them by boat after you get off the main ferry. Since they are located on the North tip of the island, you can catch a long-tail boat. There is no shortage of things to do on this island and I will go over some of my favorite.

Day Trips
Day trips from Koh Phi Phi are a pretty popular thing to do here and the town is actually quite quiet in the afternoons because everyone is out on the water. You can organize day trips through your hotel or anywhere that sells boat tickets and a typical one costs around $11 a person. These boat tours often take you to places like Monkey Beach, Maya Bay, and other local Islands to go snorkeling.

Food
There’s definitely no shortage of restaurants in Koh Phi Phi and they include a ton of Western food options along with delicious Thai spots. The mini-marts have everything you would ever need in a place. Spending the day tanning at the beach or by your hotel pool is always a good way to relax and take in Koh Phi Phi. Most of the hostels don’t have their own pools, but you can pay a small fee to go lounge at a hotel pool close by.

Night Life
You can’t come to Koh Phi Phi and not enjoy a bucket or two and parting is a super fun part of the island and the beach parties at Slinkys and Stones go well into the evening. There is also the Moonlight bar which I feel has more of the vibe. If you feel like staying in a party place, you can go to Ibiza dorm Sunset. Now, this place is about twice as busy and twice as loud. Each bar actually turns into one another and their music all kind of just like mashes together. It is usually a lot of fun; make sure you check them out when you are in Koh Phi Phi.

After recovering from a night out, going for a quick massage to make yourself feel a little better is always a good idea. Other fun things I would recommend to do during your time here is to hike up to the Koh Phi Phi viewpoint, pet all the Wildcats on the island, and spend a bit of your money on cheap clothing.

How To Travel With Your Parents Without Completely Losing Your Mind?

So, you have finally found a good job and as a result of that, you now have a real-world paycheck, right? Do you feel the urge to repay decades of emotional debt by packing your stuff and going on a nice road trip with your parents? If you feel this way, then congratulations are in order for you, because you’ve got a heart of gold. However, the bad news is that you will probably lose your mind along the way, because traveling with parents can be pretty exhausting sometimes. Spending every single minute of a day together and staring at each other’s faces 24 hours a day will be a shock for everyone involved in the trip. This is especially true if you are not used to this kind of thing.

Keep in mind that you don’t necessarily have to take your parents on an overly expensive road trip. After all, it is not about how much money you spend during the trip – it is about how many fun memories you create with your loved ones. With this in mind, here are some tips that should help you have a great travel experience with your parents!

Get Some Sleep

Although there are many professional travelers and travel websites out there that recommend staying up when you arrive at your destination to adjust to the new time zone, that is a task that is not really easy to pull off when you are traveling with an aging parent. With this in mind, you should always listen to your body, and if it is begging you to get some sleep, then go and do just that.

Plan Activities On Your Own

Before you actually hit the road, make sure to do some research and plan out some activities that you and your parents will be able to do together, as well as some activities that you can do by yourself. This is very important because being in contact for 24 hours a day can damage even the best of relationships. For example, going to the gym is something that you can do solo.

Overbooking Is Not a Good Idea

When it comes to planning a trip with your parents, it is very important for you to resist the urge to schedule every single moment of every single day that you are going to be spending on the road. The main reason why this is so important is because no matter how good you are at planning, you will inevitably fall behind on something, which would leave everyone involved stressed out.

How To Visit Bosnia When You Are Low On Money

When it comes to Bosnia, there is absolutely no doubt that it is one of the most interesting, as well as one of the most unique countries in the world. That being said, if you are planning on visiting Bosnia anytime soon, we strongly encourage you to do so, because you won’t regret it. It is very important to note that Bosnia is not really the cheapest country in the world. But, it is not one of the most expensive countries in the world either. Simply put, the prices in Bosnia are somewhere between high and low – somewhere in the middle. Compared to some other parts of Europe, you can get more spending power with your money. But, if you are not really used to the way European countries work, chances are that you will find Bosnia to be just a bit too pricey. Ultimately, it all comes down to personal preference. With that said, there are some certain things that you need to know before you actually decide to hit the road and visit Bosnia for the very first time, especially if you are low on money. And now, here are some of those things!

The Cost of Living in Bosnia

When it comes to the cost of living in Bosnia, it is actually not too high. In fact, it is relatively low, which means that money shouldn’t be a problem if you are planning on visiting this beautiful country anytime soon. Just $50 a day is all you need to have a good exploration experience in Bosnia. And if you are planning on staying in one of Bosnia’s beautiful hotels, you should try to book a hotel room in advance. Due to the fact that Bosnia is not really the most efficient country in the world, failing to book a hotel room in advance might result in extra costs.

Food and Drinks

Bosnian food is not too expensive. Most bakeries sell spinach, cheese, and meat pies for about $1, which is a great price. It is very important to note that eating a single meat pie is like eating a meal.

Sightseeing

It is safe to say that Bosnia is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. When it comes to sightseeing, Bosnia has a whole lot of free tourist attractions, historic buildings, and landmarks. However, it is important to note that some museums come with a steep price, which means that you should know how to organize your money before you actually decide to visit one of those museums.