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One of the biggest donations to BeWelcome ever

written by duesseldorf - 2017/01/14 00:12

I could hardly believe my eyes when I checked the incoming donations and found out that BeWelcome has just received one of the biggest donation in its history: Member saraedum donated 200 Euros - one tenth of our donation goal 2016/2017.

Big thank you from whole BeWelcome goes to Columbia where saraedum is travelling at the moment!

I asked him about his motivation to donate this much money. Here is his answer:

"I am travelling now full time for almost two years. Honestly I think it is a pity that I continue using CS because I like the democratic structures of BeWelcome so much better. But sadly BeWelcome (and also Servas) are not big enough and therefor no option for traveling in Latin America.
If I can support BeWelcome this way I am very happy."

This sums up so well the spirit of BeWelcome ... but also the challenges we are facing. We are still pretty much Europe-centered and did not reach the critical mass of members in other continents yet. If everyone continues spreading the word then BeWelcome will soon be a truely active global community.

 

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Top 5 Destinations in India for Solo Travel

written by chiragsharma - 2017/01/13 08:39

Top 5 Destinations in India for Solo Travel

 

Love to travel alone? Bored of everyday routine hectic life? Want to rejuvenate the soul through travelling solo, away from all the worries of life, away from the social dramas of everyone, getting out of the comfort zone to feel the nature and its wonders? If yes, must read ahead. In recent times solo travel is becoming much more popular among the wanderlust. Whether it is living a few days at one same place or wandering through the mountain valleys without any itinerary, every travel story has a depth of its own. The backpackers have not one but many reasons to wander solo across the country, it can be Soul-Searching or Self-Introspection, volunteering, making new friends along the way, meeting other travellers and share and learn or just to trek in the Himalayas or watch the sunrise view from the window. And there is no shortage of destinations neither adventures in our country, and more the adventurers and travellers, the more fascinating stories to share and connect. Let’s have a look at the top 5 places for solo travel in India.

Rishikesh:

When we say River Rafting, the first place which comes to our mind is Rishikesh. Famous for its Shivpuri River rafting, Rishikesh lies in the Himalayan Foothills along the Ganga River and has attracted many solo travellers for its scenic beauty. But rafting is not the only thing to enjoy in Rishikesh, trekking in hills, attending the Ganga Aarti, Bungee Jumping, Laxman Jhulla, Neergarh Waterfall or simply enjoying at the mesmerising shore of the Ganga are things to be explored by anyone who’s travelling alone.

Shimla:

The queen of hills! The capital city of Himachal Pradesh, one of the best hill stations in India and one of the most preferred destinations by families, groups or solo travellers. Surrounded by the foothills and enclosing one of the best mall roads in the country, it furnishes the pleasant and blossoming virtues of the valley. For Solo travellers Shimla provides long foothill ranges to trek, serene beauty of the valley to enjoy, visit different other districts at nearby distances such as Kasauli, Chail and Solan and the lavishness of Mall Road and Lakkar Market.

Kerala:

Not everything lies in the Northern part of India. The comforting presence of greenery in Kerala is one of the most highlighted beauties of South India. Kerala has always beckoned solo travellers because of its quietness, the calmness of the rich vegetation and diversity in the backwaters, beaches and canals. It’s refreshing and rejuvenating experience has always made the travellers to visit Kerala again and again. The rich and fertile valleys like Munnar and Thekkady and the picturesque canals as well as backwaters in Alleppey complete the voyager’s soul enthralling journey.

Mumbai:

Not every peace is attained in silence and calm. Some find their peace in the chaos and glitter of the city life. Although being a jam packed and crowded city, Mumbai has always attracted travellers from all around the world. Mumbai being a touristy city always offers its charm and attentiveness to everyone, consisting of many famous landmarks such as the Gateway of India, Elephanta Caves, Haji Ali Dargah and many more. The heart of the Bollywood Film industry city has always been one of the most enchanting places in the country.

Kasol:

Kasol now has become a destination to be on everyone’s wish list. Enclosed in the Parvati valley, Kasol is the most enchanting and enthralling beauty of the Himachal. It has attracted more foreigners than Indians but now it has become the first priority destination of Indian solo travellers whether it’s for trekking or for soul gazing. Its blissful and enchanting beauty is the main reason to mesmerise the travellers and make them visit again and again. 

About Writer: 

Content Writer at Internet Moguls, Content Contributor for Lemon Tree Hotels and a blogger by passion. With vast experience of writing on different spheres of life and business, I have contributed my expertise and write-ups for many verticals and subjects. I like sharing my views about places that I visit on Social media with the medium of blogs.

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5 tips for holidays in the United Kingdom

written by JaneAdams - 2017/01/11 14:10
tagged with:  Holidays  UK  trip  tips 

The UK is a great place to visit on holiday, with a lot of cultural and historic attractions for you to enjoy. Whether you want to marvel at Stonehenge, feel the rush of the city of London, or explore the rolling landscapes of the Peak District, there are some things to keep in mind. Follow these tips for a great United Kingdom holiday!

1. Know your transport

It’s worth taking a look at transport before you go. In bigger cities, you will have trains that can take you around, as well as the Underground (known locally as the Tube) in London. Buses also run in most areas, but the more rural your destination is, the less you can rely on public transport. Be aware that most train stations and Tube stations involve stairs, so they aren’t ideal for disabled or elderly passengers, or the very young. Taxis can be expensive, so if you intend to travel a lot and are outside of London, hiring a car is a good idea.

2. Have a map

No, we don’t mean to carry around a paper map! Those days are over, and now you can get maps on your phone which have lists of local bars and restaurants as well as other businesses which might be useful to you. Make sure you bookmark an online street map of the area before you go, so that you can find whatever you need easily. In London there are maps on the corners of big streets, but these don’t include many businesses, and aren’t normal in other areas of the country.

3. Be aware of weather

The cliché that you always need an umbrella in the UK is largely true, but be aware that other weather conditions can come into play. Strong winds can make an umbrella a big mistake, so take a waterproof coat with a hood. In the summer, there can also be dazzlingly hot days, so don’t forget to pack suntan lotion and a hat! Snow is largely relegated to late February, but cold temperatures will be felt from October through to April. Research the average climate in the area you will be visiting to understand what you need to pack.

4. Know the lingo

Especially if you speak American English, there can be a lot of confusing things about English spoken in the UK. A toilet is the best term for the bathroom, washroom, or restroom, and chips refer to fries rather than salty snacks (which are called crisps). A biscuit is a cookie, while what Americans call a biscuit is actually a scone in the UK. There can be regional variations, too, in what terms are used for foodstuffs in particular. If you aren’t sure about something, ask!

5. Save money

If you are going to be doing a lot of the same thing, normally you can save money by purchasing a card ahead of time. For example, if you want to take a lot of trains, a railcard or a travelcard will help you to save money by giving you a set price for each journey. An Oyster card is great for saving on Tube journeys. If you want to visit lots of monuments, an English Heritage membership can help you save, or a National Trust card depending on where you are going. You can also often save by having cash instead of a credit or debit card, as you may be charged conversion fees on each payment.

The UK has a very strong sense of culture, so it’s important to understand this before you travel. Once you get the idea, it will be plain sailing!

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Top 6 destinations to celebrate New Year's Eve in Europe

written by MaryFrenson - 2017/01/09 13:41
tagged with:  NYE 

Every December comes the time when many people wonder what would be the best place to celebrate the end of the year. To ease the search for the best destination for New Year's Eve celebrations we have crafted a list of top 6 European cities where New Year's Eve parties and festive atmosphere are beyond enjoyable.

 

6. London

Every year 250,000 people gather on the banks of the River Thames to join Big Ben counting down the last minutes of the old year. At midnight starts one of the most iconic firework shows you will ever see, with over 10 minutes of perfectly arranged fireworks lighting up the sky. If you are a bit overwhelmed by the crowds, head to one of London's iconic sky lounge bars and admire the view on the city skyline with a glass of champagne and your loved one by your side.

 

5. Lapland

Lapland may be the home of Santa, but after Christmas it turns into fun-filled and family-friendly destination. If you want to experience the magic of Finnish New Year's Eve celebrations, do head to the countryside just on the border of the Arctic Circle and take part in festivities taking place in snow bars and snow discos. Also, try out traditional fortune-telling and tin casting magic to start the new year on a high note.

 

4. Dubrovnik

Croatia is without a doubt favourite holiday destination for the summer, however celebrating New Year's Eve on the ancient streets of Dubrovnik is one-of-a-kind experience. On December 31st the streets of Dubrovnik are full of foreign travellers and locals raising glasses and wishing each other all the best for the upcoming year. The city organises numerous performances, but it is the friendliness of Croats what gives Dubrovnik street parties unforgettable atmosphere.

 

3. Paris

Is there a better place to celebrate the beginning of the new year with your loved one than the love capital of the world? For the New Year's Eve the city lights up with candles, street lights and fireworks. Even the Eiffel Tower, the iconic landmark of Paris is all dressed up in festive lighting. The city hosts outdoor events featuring French and international celebrities performing live on stage. Down by the river Seine you can enjoy live orchestra shows. If you don't want to crowd up in the city centre, head to Montmarte which boasts the most amazing views on city fireworks.

 

2. Amsterdam

Amsterdam has the reputation of a party capital with New Year's Celebrations being the culmination of multiple public and private events all over the city. When the evening comes, popular hotspots such as Rembrandtplein, Nieumarkt, Museumplein and Dam Square fill with people. You can take a romantic walk and admire fireworks lighting up the sky around midnight with a glass of champagne, mulled wine or delicious traditional sweet treats, or head directly to the clubs for an all-night rave.

 

1. Prague

The capital city of Czech Republic is said to be one of the most beautiful and romantic cities in Europe with its amazing architecture, magical urban legends and amazing landscapes. Around Christmas and New Year's Eve the city transforms into a fairy tale winter wonderland. Main celebrations take place on centrally located Wenceslas Square and Old Town Square, however smaller, but equally popular parties also take place at local pubs, clubs and theatres along the Vltava River.

 

That concludes our countdown of the best New Year's Eve destinations in Europe. Have you already picked the place where you will celebrate the dawn of the new year?

 

Mary Frenson is a Marketing Assistant at Checkdirector.co.uk, a new source of information on UK companies. Mary is always happy to share her marketing ideas and thoughts on business issues. In her free time she enjoys handicrafts.

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Around the world by bicycle

written by HannusGlobetrotter - 2017/01/09 00:54
tagged with:  cycling  cycling Trip  world travel  bicycle 

Check out our videoblog on www.globebiking.com

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