Traveling the UAE in Style

When it comes to traveling, a lot of people think that it is best to set a meager budget and to stick to it. Although this is a good idea as traveling on a budget makes for a good experience and is an obvious way to save money for other traveling adventures, sometimes there is no harm in stretching the financial limit a bit further and going the whole hog. And where better place to go all out in regards to style and luxury than the United Arab Emirates?

The UAE is one of those places in the world that you can’t just travel to for a quick getaway: when you go there, you really have to go there. What this means is that, realistically, you can’t shirk on any expenses and you have to spend whatever it costs to be able to optimize fully your enjoyment whilst staying there. Continue reading “Traveling the UAE in Style”

Taiwan: Sample 3D2N Itinerary and Budget

Taiwan seems to be high on the list of most Filipino travelers right now, and for good reason.

It’s only a couple of hours away, and with low cost carriers flying the Manila – Taipei route daily and visa-free entry* (please check first if you’re eligible), it’s the perfect weekend getaway.

And did I mention it’s pretty affordable too? We spent a little over Php10,000.00 (USD200.00) each (exclusive of shopping/souvenirs), and this wasn’t even a budget trip. I traveled with senior citizens so comfort and convenience were priority.

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How to Get a Taiwan Travel Authorization Certificate

Visiting our East Asian neighbors have been a lot easier for Filipinos in the recent years with the relaxation on visa applications.

Sure, Japan and South Korea are now lenient, but Taiwan even made it easy as pie under certain conditions.

Citizens of India, Vietnam, Philippines, Indonesia, Myanmar, Cambodia, and Laos possessing a resident card, valid entry visa, or visa that has expired less than 10 years prior to arrival to Taiwan from any of the following countries: Australia, Canada, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, any of the Schengen countries, UK, or the United States are eligible for an (ROC) Taiwan Travel Authorization Certificate. The visas mentioned does not include work permits.

If you are eligible, simply go to https://niaspeedy.immigration.gov.tw/nia_southeast.

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Top Tips for Planning the Perfect History Tour of the USA

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When you consider historical holiday destinations, the USA probably isn’t the first country to come to mind, after all, it was only discovered by Westerners in 1492. But there is still plenty of history to discover – from the pueblos of the Amerindians in New Mexico and Arizona to the beautiful colonial architecture of New Orleans or New England.

Planning a holiday to take in particular historical sites is quite different to planning a trip to Orlando to visit Universal Studios and Disneyland – it requires a bit more personal planning and a whole lot more independence, but it can be really rewarding and totally fascinating. Here’s how to plan the perfect historical trip to the USA. Continue reading “Top Tips for Planning the Perfect History Tour of the USA”

Photo Essay: Salzburg Old Town

One of the downsides of traveling to Europe in autumn is that the weather can be unpredictable.

It was gloomy the whole time I was in Vienna as well as when I arrived in Salzburg.

My dorm mates said it rained the whole time the previous day, so I fervently wished that the skies would clear up the next day.

I guess Lady Luck was on my side because the sun was out the day I went to Salzburg’s Old Town (Altstadt).

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Autumn showing off

My hostel was just a few hundred meters from Salzburg Hauptbahnhof, so I decided to just walk to Salzburg Old Town. Actually, when I was in Europe, I would walk to get to my destination whenever I can.

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Hohensalzburg Castle in the distance as seen from Mirabell Gardens

Before heading to the Old Town, I spent some time at Mirabell Gardens admiring the fall foliage.

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Grand Tour of Schonbrunn Palace, Vienna

My first cross-border train ride in Europe was from Prague to Vienna, so I was very excited.

The train was modern, clean, very comfortable, and even had WiFi on board which made the 4-hour journey bearable. The scenery along the way was pretty, too.

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It was drizzling when I arrived in Vienna, so I didn’t push through with my original plan of going to the Old Town. I just went around the Westbahnhof area.

Next day’s agenda consist of only one thing: Schonbrunn Palace – the former imperial summer residence of the Habsburgs.

I inquired with the hostel’s front desk about the best way to get to Schonbrunn Palace and the receptionist said I could walk. I looked at the free map provided, and it looked like it was just down Mariahilfer Straße…and it was, only it was more than a 2-kilometer walk.

Ten minutes in, and I already regretted the decision.

But then shortly before reaching the palace, I passed by Auer-Welsbach Park, and was mesmerized with the beautiful fall colors. I spent a few minutes watching kids play football, and even tried to chase some squirrels. LOL

The palace offers several types of tours – some you can do on your own with a free audio guide, some with a palace guide for an additional fee.

I chose a guided Grand Tour of Schonbrunn and paid €19.40. Some may find the price steep, but I don’t mind paying that amount for an hour of being cultured. :p

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Kickass Reasons to Visit Singapore This Year

When it comes to Southeast Asia, there is so much choice to pick from in terms of countries. Obviously, you want to visit every single country because Asia is, well, Asia is Asia! But, for some, that isn’t possible. Not everyone can swan off for a year and take in the sights, sounds and tastes you know. If you are apart of this unlucky category, don’t worry because there is always a solution. In this case, the solution is to choose one country and go back to do the rest later in life. So, which one do you choose and why? The answer is Singapore and the why is spelled out below.

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