Category: Travelling

The best small villages around the world

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A lot of people often travel to the cities, but did you know there are also many small town villages all over the world that are also worth the visit? Visiting a small town is great to see and have a feel of the authenticity of the country’s culture. Often the small villages have a more traditional feel compared to the city. No matter where you are planning to travel, whether its Asia, Europe or America, don’t forget to check out some of their beautiful small town villages. We’ve listed some of the best towns in the world below.

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Kawagoe, Japan

Kawagoe is known for having kept the old structures and buildings in Japan that were built back in 1638. It’s the only town in Japan that has some of the oldest buildings in the country. Many tourists will visit the town to see the oldest clock tower that was also rebuilt and known as Toki no Kane which is still intact and still being used in specific hours. Kawagoe is only 60 minutes away from Tokyo by train which isn’t too far to travel to.

Penestanan, Indonesia

Penestanan is home to some of the most famous painters in India. The town is also named as ‘Artists Village’ in India. The village is surrounded by a variety of traditional villas, landmarks and natural farming. It’s the perfect area where you can get away from the busy life of the city and enjoy the natural surroundings and relaxing atmosphere of Penestanan. You will find some cafes, stalls and large rice fields all around. It is the perfect countryside of India.

Guatape, Colombia

The small village called Guatape in Colombia is filled with bright and colourful buildings that surround the whole village. No matter where you go around the town, you will find some artistic paint and bright colours of almost everything! Their public motor transport are even painted with eye-popping colours! It’s a lively village that’s worth seeing.

Places to see in Laos

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Laos is the capital of Vientiane which is situated in Asia. Like many other places in Asia, Laos offers many historical and cultural areas which are visited by many travellers around the world. So if you happen to stop by in Laos or are planning to visit the city, why not check out our recommendations below.

Buddha Park

Buddha Park is filled with plenty of Buddha statues. It is one of the biggest parks in Laos as it has over 200 statues of Buddhas! So if you’re a big fan of Buddhism, you will definitely wouldn’t want to miss out. It’s a magnificent scenery for travellers who also love to take photographs and capture all the amazing sculptures and statues of Buddhas.

Night Market

If you have been around Asia, then you’re aware of the night markets. The whole places come alive at night with a variety of stalls that offers traditional foods and different kinds of goods. You can find almost anything by strolling around the night market. The market is located in Mekong River.

Wat That Luang

The Wat That Luang is a national monument of Laos. The building also symbolises the Buddhist religion. It is filled with golden temples and various sculptures of Buddha and surrounded by a stunning garden.

Mekong River

The Mekong River is perfect for any travellers that love the natural surroundings. You can walk alongside the river and enjoy the scenery. There are also a couple of cafes and stalls where you can have a snack or simply shop around.

Patuxai

The Patuxai is a war monument that resembles the Arc de Triomphe in France. Patuxai is the remembrance of those who fought against the French back in the war. You can also walk to the top of the monument and enjoy the beautiful panoramic view of Laos.

The Best European Countries For Road Trips

Europe is a fantastic, varied continent for exploring by road, so it’s no surprise that many people love to forget paying for expensive flights or trains and simply drive themselves around. This way, you get full control over your route and you can explore everything at your own pace, plus there’s almost no place on the continent you can’t reach by road (once you cross the English Channel, of course).

So what kind of trip are you looking for? Europe has everything, from rocky coastlines to sandy beaches, lush countryside to busy cities. Perhaps you’d like to see as much variation as possible? But in any case, you will need to plan a smart route. Here are some of the best countries for exploring by road, which might make your shortlist.

France – Pretty much the easiest continental country for UK residents to explore by road, France is just a short ferry journey away. Just remember to switch sides of the road when you arrive, and you’ll be able to explore whatever you like. Take a tour of the countryside in search of the finest French vineyards, drive up to some of the world’s favourite ski resorts, or take a tour of the glamorous holiday hotspots in the south.

Italy – With several famous, historic cities to visit, each packed with attractions both ancient and modern, Italy offers a great selection of man-made wonders. Its natural landscape is equally beautiful, though, varying from the snowy slopes in the north to the surprisingly green coastlines further south. Travelling by car is an ideal way to see it all.

Portugal – With a surprising history that most people know little of, Portugal has a huge amount to offer if you choose to explore it by road. Medieval wars, devastating earthquakes and the waves of the Atlantic Ocean have shaped both this country’s history and its geography. Beautiful architecture, delicious food and a friendly culture are all benefits of Portugal which you can experience for yourself on a road trip.

Britain – Of course, one option for Brits is to stay at home and enjoy everything the UK has to offer. What could be easier? Take a road trip to a part of the country you’ve never really seen, and find out what you’ve been missing all these years. You might be surprised how much natural beauty we really have, and there are many underrated towns and cities to visit across the country too.

Common European Tourism Mistakes to Avoid

If your European holiday is still in the planning stages, it’s the ideal time to sort out ways of saving money and planning for potential situations where things haven’t gone to plan. Just because circumstances are unforeseen, it doesn’t mean you can’t have some sort of knowledge and backup plan prepared in advance. There are plenty of stories out there which should give you a general idea of the possible problems you’ll face as a tourist and the most well-known pitfalls to dodge. Some of those include the following…

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1) Taking on too much

If you haven’t been to somewhere before (and perhaps you think you may only go once in your lifetime), it can sound like a good idea to cram in as many activities as possible. However, seeing everything in a short space of time will make everyone rush by in a costly blur at best, and if you’re not used to travelling there’s a high chance you’ll also be exhausted quickly. Schedule some downtime and you will enjoy everything more, even if you have to cut something impractical from your plans.

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2) Renting a car unnecessarily

Most European cities are surprisingly easy to get around, if you haven’t learned this for yourself. People who are used to driving everywhere may find it hard to adjust, especially those coming from America where many urban areas are on a larger scale. Generally things in Europe are simply more compact and there is little space for traffic, so everything is accessible by walking or local transport. If you rent a car, especially in a historic city, the chances are you won’t get to use it enough to make it worthwhile.

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3) Booking the first hotel that appears

Using a supposedly impartial comparison site to find your hotel will not always give you unbiased results. Paid listings can be confusing and make it look like you’re getting a good deal when it’s actually on the expensive side. Spend some time looking through the available options and focus more on the reviews for a place than where it appears in search results.

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4) Staying in an inconvenient place

Whilst it is good to save on hotel spending as we have established above, sometimes when you arrive you’ll wish you paid just a little more to be closer to the main attractions. If you have to spend time and money travelling to and from your hotel on the outskirts of your destination, you have not really saved any money at all.

 

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