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Best July 4th Rafting Tours at the Grand Canyon

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 06/24/2016 - 18:00
With the July 4th holiday week coming up, now's the time to book that Grand Canyon rafting tour. Especially if you are visiting the South Rim in Arizona. Learn more about these great trips. Read this article.

Enjoy Cheap Luxury Holidays in Bali With Your Loved Ones

Travel Tips and Destinations - Fri, 06/24/2016 - 12:44
If your family has been planning about an exquisite international holiday with their loved ones including you, then you can choose the best luxury holiday packages in Bali. Right from your departure from the airport to your arrival in Bali, you can hire the best travel partners to get the perfect accommodation and sight-seeing facilities.

Explore Heritage Forts in Rajasthan Tours

Travel Tips and Destinations - Fri, 06/24/2016 - 12:37
Some people call it princely states, some of them call it Royal State, land of bravery, Rajputana Land, etc, Rajasthan has a charisma of its own where people from across the globe come to explore its rich heritage, royal lifestyle, unique culture, its traditions and above all its architectural wonders that lie in its heritage forts, palaces and mansions (majority of them have been transformed into heritage hotels and resorts as well as UNESCO World Heritage Sites). Some of them are still privately owned and managed by royal families. Rajasthan tours are counted as incomplete without visiting these destinations.

Things Not to Miss While in Iceland

Travel Tips and Destinations - Fri, 06/24/2016 - 10:21
Iceland is a European country that consists of a number of islands situated in the Northern section of the Atlantic Ocean. The country has a population of around 350,000 inhabitants and a surface area of 103,000 square kilometers. The capital of the city is Reykjav?k and it is the largest city in the country that is often visited by many travelers who tour Iceland. Today we would be shedding some lights on the most important places to visit while in Iceland.

Devprayag: A Wonderful Place To Visit

Travel Tips and Destinations - Fri, 06/24/2016 - 05:48
This article is based on Devprayag. It is one of the best tourist spots in the Indian subcontinent.

Special offers for your perfect family day out during the summer school holidays

Travel Articles - Fri, 06/24/2016 - 04:28
If you are struggling to find a place to take your children for a family day out over the summer, why not think Lightwater Valley? Rides and attractions there for all the family.

The 8 Most Fun Destinations For Kids In Dubai

Travel Articles - Fri, 06/24/2016 - 03:31
Dubai, known as the Shopping Capital of the Middle East, might be all about the glitz, glamour and gold, but you'd be surprised at what the city has to offer for children. From adrenaline-pumping adventures like skydiving to tamer choices like pools and beaches, Dubai has something for kids of all ages and caters to all their whims and fancies.

Dandeli River Rafting-Delightful Attraction for Tourists of the Place!

Travel Articles - Fri, 06/24/2016 - 01:30
Rivers are beautiful backdrops which add beauty to a locale and make it more splendid to look. River Kali in Dandeli, Karnataka makes the place an ideal destination for tourists who want to enjoy the best of nature's treasures in her purest and wildest forms.

To Konstanz, Germany - Both Under & Over the Alps

Travel Tips and Destinations - Thu, 06/23/2016 - 06:21
Our "ultimate European road trip", started in Stuttgart, Germany after we picked up our brand-new Porsche Macan S from the factory, now heads north from Lake Lugano (Italy/Switzerland) back to Germany, at Lake Konstanz. The lake has many attractions, but the two most important to us was that the city of Konstanz is an excellent jumping off point for the final leg of our journey, and the city of Friedrichshafen is the birthplace of the Zeppelin airship as well as the base camp for Zeppelin sightseeing tours. The adventure continues with planes, trains, automobiles and now a Zeppelin!

From Surat to Silvassa- Put them on your travel list

Travel Articles - Thu, 06/23/2016 - 05:22
The state of Gujarat is known for its love and affection. It is also an excellent holiday destination, one that you need to explore by yourself.

Top 4 Best Dive Vacations in Indonesia

Travel Articles - Thu, 06/23/2016 - 03:57
Are you ready to dive in the world's best diving sites? Mermaid Liveaboard is a registered Indonesian company that offer affordable diving packages at world famous places include Kamodo, Banda Sea, Bali and the Misool of Raja Ampat.

Romantic and wild Co To Island

Travel Articles - Thu, 06/23/2016 - 02:03
When visiting Co To Island which is located in Co To district, Quang Ninh province, tourists will enjoy the wild and romantic atmosphere there. The island is quite wild with tourists because it has just explored and developed tourism.

5 Experiences that Make Sri Lanka Tours Unforgettable

Travel Articles - Wed, 06/22/2016 - 23:52
This tiny island nation is popular for its natural wonders, as well as, for the cultural richness of one of the most ancient civilisations of the world. Sri Lanka tours offer leisurely hours to be spent at pristine beaches, opportunities to witness the intrigue of the animal kingdom and marvel at the glory of nature at its finest

Heidelberg, Germany: Simple ways to save on your trip

EuroCheapo via rss - Wed, 06/22/2016 - 14:03

With a hilltop castle, charming old town and historic university – complete with a “prison” for misbehaving students, in use until 1914 – Heidelberg is truly the storybook European town of every tourist’s dream.

Unfortunately, the adorable town is also the most expensive tourist destination in Germany, even beating out the notoriously pricey Munich. To make sure this lovely city doesn’t take you from prince to pauper, we’ve gathered a few of our best tips for saving on your visit.

Getting around town

By foot

Obviously walking is always the cheapest option. Since Heidelberg is a small city, it also easily walkable. So slip on a pair of comfortable shoes and stretch your legs while you take it the “real” Disneyland flair of the place.

Take cheap rides around town on the VRN nextbike. Photo: pilot_michael

By bike

Like many cities in Europe, Heidelberg is a very bike-friendly town and cycling around is a great way to get to know the city while also squeezing in a healthy bit of exercise. VRNnextbike, a bicycle rental tied to the public transportation system, offers day rentals for €9 once you register (free of charge) on their site. Shorter rides are available, too, from the cheapo rate of €1 per 30 minutes.

There are also several bike rental shops throughout the city, with prices ranging between €12 to €15 for a day rental of a city bike with a cute little basket.


If you’ve come by car, whatever you do, don’t expect to drive your way around the old town: Parking is both hard to find and extremely expensive. A better choice, budget-wise, is to drop your things off at the hotel and then park outside the city center, taking the bus or train back into town.

The HeidebergBeWelcomeCARD covers public transit. Photo: byte

Save with the HeidelbergBeWelcomeCARD

If you’re not in the mood for any extra sportiness or plan to venture outside the city, you should definitely consider picking up HeidelbergBeWelcomeCARD. The card can be purchased as a 1 to 4-day pass (from €11 to €16) and covers your rides on all buses, trams and certain trains within the greater Heidelberg area and is also available as a family pass (€26 for 2 adults and 3 children up to 16).

Aside from transit, the card also grants you special discounts on many guided tours, museum entrance fees, selected restaurants, as well as other perks.

Deep thoughts and postcard views along the Philosophenweg. Photo: Ashley Van Haeften

Free thinking along the Philosophenweg

Luckily, one of the most spectacular things to do in Heidelberg is also absolutely free of charge: the Philosophenweg (Philosopher’s Walk) is a path through the vineyards once cherished by Romantic German poets, artists and philosophers for its beauty and solitude.

You can still follow the path where these learned souls once tread – now complete with gardens and informational plaques. Along the way, you’ll be rewarded for your efforts with gorgeous views over the Neckar river, Old Town and Heidelberg castle.

If you’re in the mood for a longer trek, you can venture further up Heiligenberg (the mountain) and check out the ruins there, including an 11th-century monastery and the remnants of a 4th-century Celtic hill fort.

Budget places to stay in Heidelberg

With so many tourists heading to Heidelberg, hotel rooms don’t usually come at bargain rates. However, there are a handful of budget-friendly places to stay, although many of them are outside the city center. Here are a few favorites:

The Zum Ritter St. Georg is located smack in the city center.

Near the city center

A comfortable hostel near most of Heidelberg’s main sites. Dorms, double and family rooms range in price from €23 to €36 a night.

Steffi’s Hostel Heidelberg
Hostel close to the main train stations. Prices range from €18 per person (10 bed dorm) to €45 (double room for one person). Family rooms available.

Hotel Zum Ritter St. Georg

Located in the Altstadt along the famous pedestrian shopping strip, the St. Georg is a four-star hotel in a historic building, offering 37 very comfortable rooms that sometimes come down into surprisingly cheapo-friendly territory. Our searches brought up rooms during the summer for $111.

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The darling little Hotel Scheid.

Outside the city center

Hotel ISG
Located in the suburb Boxberg, Hotel ISG is a friendly budget hotel that features some trendy Bauhaus design touches. Prices for a double room range between €96 – €160, depending on the room and season.

Hotel Restaurant Schied
A nice, quiet hotel located on a hillside in the suburb of Schriesheim. (Note that the hotel is a 30-minute walk up from the tram stop Schriesheim Bahnhof, so the place might not ideal if you plan on hitting the pubs until the wee hours of the morning!) Prices for a double room range between €57 for a single room to €110 for a four-bed room

Ja, bitte. Eggs, bratkartoffeln and Käsespätzle at Brauhaus Vetter. Photo: pie4dan

Shopping, eating and drinking tips

Avoid tourist traps: If you’re hankering for a dirndl or black forest cuckoo clock to bring to the folks back home, whatever you do, don’t buy them on Hauptstraße in the Old Town — everything there is overpriced and sure to be stamped somewhere with “made in china.” You’ll have better luck finding that unforgettable souvenir if you venture off the beaten path to one the little side streets to the right and left of the main strip.

Do-it-yourself BBQ: In the summer, you should definitely consider having a little impromptu BBQ along the banks of the Neckar river. You can buy a cheap disposable grill at the hardware store Bauhaus, located at Kurfürsten-Anlage 11, just south of Bismarckplatz. From there, it’s an easy walk to Neckarwiese (Neckar meadow) on the northern bank of the river where you can set up the grill. Grill up those sausages and pop open a brewski while mingling with locals.

Everybody’s welcome at the student canteen: Another great tip is the Mensa in Marstallhof (Marstallhof 3), the most beautiful university canteen in Germany, replete with a beer garden! The Mensa is open to the public until 11 pm, and the bar, which boasts the cheapest beer prices in the city, is open until midnight.

And if you’d like to see where the local students get their groove on, check out Untere Strasse, a street that runs parallel to Hauptstrasse and the river. The street is pack with bars and pubs frequented by the university crowd, including Destille, a funky, authentic pub complete with a fake tree in the middle of the bar.

Your tips?

Have more tips about ways to save when visiting Heidelberg? Please leave a comment below!

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What it’s Like to Travel in Your Third Trimester

Twenty-Something Travel via rss - Wed, 06/22/2016 - 13:20

After such a carefree travel experience to Japan in my second trimester, I was feeling pretty invincible. I felt great! Almost normal. Traveling during pregnancy was a cinch and made for the cutest photos.

Then the third trimester hit and everything changed. It turns out carrying a wiggly, hungry bowling ball around in your abdomen can really slow you down. Like a lot. As I write this I still have a full two months until Baby Twenty-Something Travel’s due dat and it’s starting to feel like a challenge to get from the couch to the bathroom.

That’s not to say you can’t travel during your third trimester, there are just more logistics to consider. You need to be a lot pickier about where, when and how you go. A relaxing beach getaway at 28 weeks? Heavenly. A fast-paced sightseeing jaunt around Europe at 35 weeks? Probably not gonna work out.

I only traveled a little in the third trimester, most notably a cross-country week long trip to DC to attend a friend’s wedding. Nonetheless I think I can probably help out with a few helpful tips and things to consider when traveling this late in the game.

(Obligatory every person is different/ your mileage may vary/discuss your plans with your doctors preamble).

Medical Considerations

Partying in VA at 29 weeks.

Okay first things first. You obviously need to discuss any travel plans with your OB or midwife before you go. While technically you can fly up until you go into labor, different doctors have different policies for what they recommend. Some airlines require a note from a doctor after a certain point in your pregnancy so you want to make sure they are onboard with your plans. Mine discourages air travel after 34 weeks, sooner if you have a complicated pregnancy.


Flying, especially in coach, is just never going to be pleasant while your pregnant. The third trimester was definitely the least comfortable for dealing with a long flight though. You are much larger and more uncomfortable in general, and sitting in one position for a long time can be quite painful. Add in third trimester gassiness (Sorry, it’s true), overheating and sore feet and it’s kind of miserable. 6 hours was probably the limit for my personal sanity- I wouldn’t want to fly trans-pacific at this point in pregnancy.

Flying during the third trimester was also the first time I experienced swelling in my feet. Although I drank a ton of water and tried to move around at least every hour, I still arrived in DC with water balloons for feet. On the way back I used compression socks which helped quite a bit, so if you’ve been waiting to break those out, now is the time.

TIP: Avoid the redeye and spring for the direct flight if at all possible. Beg, borrow or steal (or you know, just pay extra) so that you can have an aisle seat and move around every 45 minutes or so.

You Probably Can’t Eat as Much

Sadly, this is not the time to plan a culinary adventure, unless you enjoy feeling overfull and frustrated. Sometime around week 26 the baby got so big that she took possession of all my stomach overflow space. Even normal sized meals can leave me feeling bloated and nauseous.

Heartburn is also a major issue during the third trimester. Fortunately (or unfortunately) I found that what I chose to eat had no direct effect on how bad the heartburn got. Talk to your doctor, but Zantac was a life saver for me.

TIP: Small, frequent meals are the way to go at this point. Plan your travel days accordingly.

Cut Down on the Walking

Walking has been my primary form of exercise all pregnancy. Living in an urban area with no cars means I pretty much walk everywhere. During our trip to Japan in the second trimester we walked so much that I actually lost weight despite being 20 weeks pregnant and eating everything in sight.

Third trimester though, things get way harder. I could still walk quite a bit but not nearly as far as before. Stairs would knock the wind out of me (and could sometimes cause painful charlie horses) and long walks could lead to back pain and foot pain. Add in the leg and foot swelling that’s common third trimester and you will not be a happy camper at the end of a long day of sightseeing.

TIP: Take frequent breaks, drink lots of water and make your travel partner give you a nightly foot massage.

Bathroom Urgency

Access to the bathroom is an issue all through pregnancy and yup, it only gets worse.

TIP: Pee at every opportunity. Don’t hesitate to use your giant pregnant lady status to extort bathroom privileges when necessary.

Hopefully this didn’t come out entirely negative. I did enjoy the chance to visit family and celebrate a friend’s wedding. Traveling, particularly early in the third trimester is possible, and while the actual journey might not be enjoyable, the destination surely will. I for one though, am happy to be homebound for the next couple months.

Where you will find us

This is part 3 of a 3 part series. Read:

What it’s Like to Travel in Your First Trimester

What it’s Like to Travel in Your Second Trimester

What it’s Like to Travel in Your Third Trimester is a post from Twenty-Something Travel

Bordighera: Gardens Of Villa Hanbury

Travel Tips and Destinations - Wed, 06/22/2016 - 11:34
In Bordighera, the Gardens of Villa Hanbury created by Thomas Hanbury (a Londoner who made his fortune in Shanghai and fell in love with this part of the coast and its truly unique climate), sweep across the promontory of Mortola just a stone's throw from the hamlet of Latte di Ventimiglia. Their wholly strategic position is enhanced by the exceptionally varied panoramas set amidst lush green vegetation.

Taj Mahal

Travel Tips and Destinations - Wed, 06/22/2016 - 09:45
The Taj Mahal, an epitome of love, in Agra is among the Seven Wonders of the World. The ambience around the beautiful edifice reverberates about the story of the inseparable companionship of Shah Jahan and his beloved wife. Standing magnificently at the bank of Yamuna River this symbol of love has been enticing couples from around the world from ages.

The Best Places to See in Mauritius

Travel Articles - Wed, 06/22/2016 - 06:32
If ever there is a paradise on earth, it must be at Mauritius. This beautiful picture-postcard-pretty island nation in the Indian Ocean is a holiday spot that beckons vacationers from all over the world.

Best Places to Visit in Udaipur

Travel Articles - Wed, 06/22/2016 - 06:15
Home to palaces, lakes, parks and temples, Udaipur is bound to cast a spell on any visitor.

Planning Your Museum Visits in New York City

Travel Articles - Wed, 06/22/2016 - 05:10
A visit to the Big Apple has so many different possibilities when it comes to attractions. With towering skyscrapers, world-class international cuisine and Broadway shows vying for your time and money, it can be easy to overlook a day at the museum, but you would be doing yourself a disservice.