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Explore the charm of Zhoucheng Bai People Village in Yunnan

Travel Articles - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 18:36
Zhoucheng is located in the north side of Dali Ancient city,covering an area of 4.7 square kilometers, is the largest Bai people village in Dali

5 Reasons Why You Should Never Give Back Vacation Days

Travel Tips and Destinations - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 10:16
As you may have heard America is ranked as one of the lowest countries in the world for vacation time taken. In fact, a recent survey shows that forty percent of Americans will not use all of their paid time off in a given year. Although you hoarde your vacation time all year long dreaming of the perfect vacation destinations, something inevitably comes up and you miss out. Here are five reasons why you should never miss out on taking your vacation days.

Travelling and Car Safety Tips

Travel Tips and Destinations - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 07:50
The holidays are approaching and many of us are planning our vacations. Where shall we go this year or what shall we do? The rest of us will be travelling across the country to visit family and friends who live far away from us. With the ever increasing costs of flights, it appears to be cheaper for a family to travel by car. Travelling by car has its own demands, which means that you need to think of your family's safety before and during your travels.

Melbourne - Australia's Dynamic Capital

Travel Tips and Destinations - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 07:19
Since childhood I always wanted to visit Australia and being a frequent traveler, this year I chose to travel to Melbourne the dynamic capital city of Australia. I love outdoor activities, wonderful entertainment, rich historical culture and fine arts; amazingly Melbourne has all of them.

3 Tips How To Learn a Foreign Language Fast

As We Travel via rss - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 06:00

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Learning a new language is a tough challenge while traveling, and it can easily get so overwhelming that you finally just give up. I don’t have a quick fix to learn a foreign language, there are no magic pills. I have traveled on business to many countries and being able to communicate, even at a simple level, is not only critical for your business, it’s polite.  I have had the opportunity to study many languages, and have found out what works and what doesn’t work for me and which way is the best to learn a foreign language.

To learn a foreign language fast you need 3 things:

Interest, Courage and a situation that forces you to learn.

If you’re not interested in learning you’ll never learn no matter how much someone tries to push it down your throat. But most importantly, you have to have some guts. I honestly believe that most of the people are simply too shy and too afraid of making a mistake, that they don’t even bother trying. Add a No Option Situation, and you’ll be guaranteed to learn fast!

I’ve used translation services when traveling to Central and South America both for business and personal needs while in country, and also prior.  A fellow business acquaintance has had great success using a company to translate and proofread for cultural and grammatical correctness, but nothing compares to learning Spanish and some of the culture yourself.

The No Option Way

We are phenomenal at finding ways to avoid complicated things, and it’s not until there is no other option, not until you’re actually forced to learn – that you will really get it. That’s why you need to create this situation for yourself. The absolute best situation to put yourself in is in the country where they speak the language you want to learn, in a place where everyone will speak to you in that language and most people barely understand English at all.

Germany, China, France, Italy are good examples of this.

Surround yourself with the language, completely immerse yourself in it – if everything you see and hear is in that language you will learn faster – simply because you have no other choice.

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My 3 Best Ways To Learn A Language:

Find a practice buddy

Is there someone you know who also wants to learn the language? Do it together, and practice with each other. Do the same language course, go out together and help each other. Be aware though, if you are close friends, it is very easy to give up and just start speaking your native language.

Go Out And Meet Local People

You don’t have to be fluent in a language before you can talk to someone. Practice a few phrases, even write them down on a piece of paper, go down to town and practice them with people in the shop or on the streets. Ask them relevant things like “how much is this?”, “How do I get to”, “What’s the time?” etc. If you already know the answer that’s great, it’s a way to learn how to say it. Nightclubs and pubs can also be a place to practice your language. There, people are already open and happy, and you can make a fun thing about it. Try to say a few things in their language, and then mix with your own etc. Often people find it a lot of fun teaching someone words and sentences. Perhaps they will teach you a few words you normally wouldn’t learn in language teaching books (come on, you know what I’m talking about!)

Don’t be scared to mix English and the local language. If there is one word in the sentence that you have no idea how to say, then say everything else in the sentence and simply say that word in English. Chances are that they know that word in English, and can inform you of the real word, or just simply reply to your question. Nobody thinks it’s strange, they understand.

Hang out with a English speaking local

If you don’t want to force yourself totally yet and ONLY hang out with people who can’t speak English at all, then try something in between until you feel more confident. Hang out with someone who speaks both english and the language you want to learn, and meet their friends. Watch and learn, body language goes a long way in communication. When you don’t understand you have your friend who can explain to you.

Well there are a few tips to get you started on the road to language learning. There are many language courses and books to learn foreign language fast out there, but the truth is that if you really want to learn a language, learn from the people who speak it and interact with them in real life on a daily basis.

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Do Not Miss Workshop on Eco-Tourism at Jim Corbett National Park

Travel Articles - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 01:50
Jim Corbett is not just another wildlife destination it is a total relief for the visitors of different choices like adventure, religious attitude, nature lovers as well as those, who always crave for something new.

Get the advantage of highly extensive man and van removal services

Travel Articles - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 00:54
The following article is written to give comprehensive detail about the companies provide top quality house removal services at suitable cost

Gears of the Zytglogge Clock Tower in Bern, Switzerland

Everything Everywhere via rss - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 17:11

Gears of the Zytglogge Clock Tower in Bern, Switzerland

Have a Blast During Your Island Wedding Vacation!

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 17:00
Island weddings are certainly gaining in popularity and can be a rather economical approach to getting married. Instead of throwing a party for one hundred plus people, you can throw a party for yourself and your fiance!

Are You Making these 5 Biggest Mistakes when Choosing a Vacation Rental Home?

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 17:00
There are many vacation rental homes to consider when you are travelling to Florida on a holiday. Living in a vacation home is one of the best ways to enjoy your holiday. You'll get to experience the sunsets and spend your mornings walking down the extensive white beaches. You can relax completely when you get a vacation home that has all the amenities you expected.

Finding The Wine Trails In Your State

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 17:00
Forty-six different states in the country now have commercial wineries. While in several cases it may only be two or three wineries in a state, and no state comes close to the market share enjoyed by California wines, this just goes to show how much people all across the country are enjoying wine and making it part of their lifestyle.

Ways to Save on Your Next Island Vacation

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 17:00
When you plan an island vacation, you probably make some lists on what to bring. These lists should be referred to often to make sure you do not miss packing something very important such as your bathing suit or sun screen! Forgetting something crucial like that will only make your vacation more expensive in the long run.

Make The Most of Your Holiday Wine Gifts

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 17:00
One of the most popular gift ideas for the holiday season is a nice bottle of wine or two. Wine is something that people traditionally include in any celebratory event, it is something they enjoy sharing with friends and it is the perfect addition to almost any holiday party menu, whether it is a casual affair of appetizers or a sit down dinner.

Coming Attractions in Your California Wine Club

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 17:00
So many of the great wines being produced in the United States these days are being done on a small scale, so that, in many cases, they are not available at wine stores outside of their region. By joining a wine of the month club, it gives people the opportunity to experience these wines that otherwise they might not ever have.

Grand Canyon - Best Sunset Helicopter Rides from Las Vegas

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 17:00
Sunset Grand Canyon helicopter tours are an incredible way to experience the National Park. However, flights are limited so get yours early. Read this article for some how-to tips.

Who Owns the Ocean?

Travel Tips and Destinations - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 11:00
If you haven't decided yet, where to go for next year's vacation, this just might be the clue you are looking for. You have something available that is worth tens of millions of millions of dollars. And it's available to you, no matter what your income. Why not just be there?

London: Breaking down 3 popular discount offers

EuroCheapo via rss - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 09:32

While many of London’s most interesting sights, such as the national museums, are completely free to visit, there are still those “must-see” places that come with a hefty price tags.

Whether you’ve got your heart set on sailing over the city at the London Eye, delving into its gory depths at the London Dungeon or getting to grips with its history at the Tower of London, you’ll quickly find yourself out of pocket after one or two entrance fees.

Here, we break down the best money saving options for different types of visitors coming to London.

London Pass: For the diehard tourist

London Pass Website

The most comprehensive discount card on offer in the city, the London Pass, is available for one, two, three, six and ten day trips. It’s not cheap—with adult passes costing £49 for one day pass and going up to £199 for ten days, including unlimited travel on public transport. But once you have your card, you will get free entry to around 60 attractions, as well as queue jumping at certain places. The attractions featured on the pass are pretty extensive, ranging from the Tower of London (normally £20), Westminster Abbey (normally £18) and Hampton Court Palace (normally £16.50), to Thames River Cruises (normally £18), Arsenal Stadium Tours (normally £18) and even free cinema tickets, ice skating or bowling.

Our verdict? It’s only worth the investment if you plan your time carefully and cram in as much as possible. If it’s your first time in London, and you plan on doing a lot of sightseeing then you’ll find you make your money back fairly quickly. Sometimes you can even get a discount on the discounts, so check the website for offers and buy in advance as the card can be activated up to 12 months after purchase.

The Time Out Card gets you discounts across London. Photo: Courtesy of Time Out

Time Out Card: For the tourist in denial

Time Out Website

If you plan to combine sightseeing with plenty of eating, drinking and merrymaking then this could be the option for you. Normally priced at £49 for a year, the Time Out Card is currently on sale for just £24.50, making it a truly excellent option for visitors and Londoners alike. While it won’t offer you totally free entry to things, it will offer you discounts on most attractions—between 10% and 60% off, 2for1 or “benefits” (basically little freebies to make your experience even better). When night falls the card will also save you money on bars and restaurants, theater, cinema, live music and all sorts of city tours and classes. It will also send you weekly emails with invites to exclusive events, launches and pop ups that you wouldn’t otherwise have heard about.

Our verdict? If you want to balance your London experience between culture and nightlife, then you’re sure to see the benefits from this card. Ideal for those planning a longer stay in the city who wish to delve into the hidden gems as opposed to just the big names, this card will give you more of a Londoner’s view of the city.

Pick up a travel card from National Rail at Paddington Station (among other places) for 2for1 discounts. Photo: Matt Buck

2FOR1 Offers with National Rail: For the relaxed visitor

2for1 Offers Website

Another way to get money off top attractions is with a travelcard issued by National Rail. The premise here is that you are day tripping to London, so the discount isn’t valid with an Oyster card, but if you purchase a travelcard from any National Rail station (e.g. St Pancras, Victoria, Paddington or Euston), you will be issued with a paper ticket which you can use to redeem 2FOR1 entry at over 150 landmarks and attractions in the city. These include the London Dungeon, Madame Tussauds, the London Eye and the Tower of London, as well as theater tickets and deals at shops and restaurants.

Our verdict? A great option for those who wish to sightsee at a leisurely pace without making any large investments in advance. However, the discounts don’t work for solo travelers as you need to be traveling in a pair to benefit. Making the most of the deal also requires a bit of forward planning—in addition to presenting your travelcard on entry, you need to have printed off a 2FOR1 voucher for your chosen attraction from the Days Out Guide website. So, get organized!

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Enjoying Your Stay In Jamaica: Jamaica Travel Guide

Travel Tips and Destinations - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 04:57
Jamaica is a beautiful island in the Caribbean whose natives speak English. Travel to Jamaica might "mek yu go crazy," but the perfect weather year round and gorgeous beaches and water falls will keep you coming back for years.

10 Things to Remember When Renting Villas in Tuscany

Travel Tips and Destinations - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 04:52
Villas in Tuscany are the perfect way to experience the rich natural and cultural beauty of the province. Follow these tips and end up with your perfect villa.

Fantastic Hajj Experience

Travel Articles - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 04:13
You need to join the line and have to wait for your turn because patience is the major key here. When you lose patience then there are chances that you won't be able to actually come closer to the god.