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3 Fun Things to Do in Cornwall

Happy TouristsIt’s easy enough to pick out the best places to visit in famous places and cities around the world. With smaller, less popular spots, it might seem like a stretch to find fun places to visit. That’s not true, though, as the charm of less popular spots lies in the subtle and simpler joys they have on offer.

Cornwall is a deeply historical county with much to offer. From the architecture to haunted attractions in Cornwall such as Bodmin Jail, here are three great things to do in the county.

1. Architectural Tours

With a history going back as far as the Bronze Age and the Roman conquest of Britain, there’s a lot of beautiful architecture on display from the long history of the county. This includes oddities like The Egyptian House to the many Churches of the Anglican Church.

There are even medieval castles and fortresses as well as modern wonders like the Bude Tunnel. It’s easy to get lost in the buildings steeped in the history of the county.

2. Ghost Tours

There is many a haunted attraction in Cornwall for those who are looking for creepy, adrenaline-pumping thrills. These ghost walks usually feature comfortable strolls through sites known for their terrifying hauntings.

Apart from the chills brought about by the places themselves, there are also the stories of intrigue and tragedy that come with the tour. It’s certainly a unique perspective that goes off the beaten track in terms of tours.

3. Historical Tours

From Bronze Age to the time of the Britons, from the Roman occupation to the chaos of medieval times, and even the age of Cornish Piracy, many stories can be told of and about Cornwall. With an experienced and knowledgeable tour guide, you can immerse yourself in the fascinating history that shaped Cornwall is today.

There are even themed tours that meet anyone’s specific historical tastes – giving a great deal to do on subsequent visits.

If you want a fascinating, different, and affordable vacation, Cornwall holds enough history to fascinate anyone. These three certainly make the county worth a visit.

Missing Home? See How Food Helps You

Fried Chicken, Fries, and Onion RingsYour culture contributes to your personality. Wherever you go, you will always find people who act or speak like you, and it won’t be a surprise to know that they are from the same culture. When you travel to Singapore, for instance, it would be nice to experience the local cuisine, but some days you might crave for food that reminds you of home.

Here’s what you can do to satisfy that craving and banish your homesickness:

Look for an American Diner

This is the most straightforward answer to your cravings. Wherever you are, American food is bound to be there too. American food’s popularity has made it available wherever you are and has various incarnations. For example, you can look for a good American diner in Singapore and choose the biggest, juiciest burger with a side of fries.

Cook Your Favourite Comfort Food

Sometimes the craving just cannot be solved by a restaurant meal. Sometimes you have to do the cooking yourself to feel the comfort that home cooked meals bring. Invite your friends from different cultures. Make an activity out of it by asking everyone to participate. You’ll share your favourite meals growing up and learn about traditional dishes from other cultures.

Bring Food from Home

Especially for those who will be staying in a foreign country for a long time, packing up some goods from home is a great idea. There are nights when you want that dish your grandma used to make, but to cook it without the right ingredients might be impossible. Bring some ingredients from your country and make some at home when you feel a bit down.

Food bridges gaps, but when you’re travelling, it can be hard to find authentic dishes if you don’t know where to look. Try to do these suggestions to make your stay away from home as comfortable and enjoyable as possible.

3 Beautiful Places to Go Sunset Watching in Singapore

Beach in Sentosa islandThere is something stunning about watching the sun setting, as the red, orange, blue and purple hues deepen minutes before darkness sets in. The best part is that this magical phenomenon happens every day.

Despite the concrete jungle that is Singapore, there are many spots here where you can catch the magical moment in all its splendor, just in time for the festive National Day happening on August 9. Here are some of the best spots to witness the most beautiful time of the day, while enjoying the spectacular fireworks against the cityscape, sipping cocktails and impressing your date:

Sentosa Beaches

Sentosa – The State of Fun is not just home to some of the more thrilling activities and attractions in Singapore. It's also the site  of three magnificent beaches: Palawan Beach, Tanjong Beach and Siloso Beach, and they all make great spots to watch a sunset. Palawan Beach is the most peaceful of them all, and is only a short distance away from Siloso Beach. There are plenty of spaces to relax, do some reading and have some alone time while waiting for the sun to set. Alternatively, you can sit back with a cocktail or two in one of the coolest bars.

Changi Point Sunset Walk

This 2.6-kilometre long walking path comprises of six sections—one takes you towards the beach where you can enjoy the sea and sand. Enjoy an over-the-water walk here and admire the beautiful hues of the sun as it sinks down.

After the walk, perhaps you can eat some Changi Nasi Lemak, scrumptious rice dish cooked in pandan leaf and coconut milk.

Punggol Point Park

Punggol is the jewel of all heartland estates in the city. It makes one of the best sites to watch the charm of the sun’s retreat. At one end of Punggol Waterway Park is Jewel Bridge, nestled in the north-eastern part of the island, which illuminates beautifully at sunset.

Do not miss the park’s four other bridges while you are here; these are the Wave Bridge, Adventure Bridge, Sunrise Bridge and Kelong Bridge.

So do yourself a favour when in Singapore—take some time off before evening draws near, visit these places and watch a breathtaking sunset. It will be a fitting end to a day that may have begun with thrilling fun in Sentosa.

Consider these Factors When Looking for the Right Ski Holiday Hotel

Father and son with ski gear in a ski resortGoing on a ski holiday is truly an experience to look forward to.

 Apart from the fun ski and snow activities, another thing to get excited about is finding a unique,comfortable place to stay in during your trip. Unlike booking for your other travels, however, there are certain things you need to consider when choosing where to stay during your ski holiday.

Browsing through the Internet, you’ll find that chalets and hotels are the most popular options. There are some that provide accommodation alone, while others serve breakfasts throughout your stay. Below are three factors to consider when choosing your ski holiday accommodations:

1. Budget

Mobile apps, travel websites and reliable travel agents such as Ski Line Limited make it very easy to see accommodation options depending on their budget. They help you set a realistic budget as well as know what to expect when you arrive.

2. Companions

Are you travelling alone or with a group of friends or family? There are various options for lodging out there, including those that offer services for backpackers or solo travellers as well as some that cater to honeymooning couples. Knowing if you’re travelling with company can help you filter your choices more easily.

3. Activities

What do you plan to do? Do you want to spend the whole vacation skiing or are you also interested in exploring other activities? By planning your activities for the trip ahead of time, you can choose the accommodation will let you carry out your holiday plans well.

Like with other types of accommodations, planning and booking your lodging for your ski holiday early will let you enjoy discounts and other perks. You only need to research well, use the resources available to you and work with the right person and company to be able to find the kind of accommodation that will let you and your companions enjoy your holiday to the fullest. 

Borrowing Money for Leisure: Is It Worth It?

Money for LeisureIn the past, going on a holiday was a luxury. The only people who could afford it were rich businessmen and adults in their 40s who saved up for it. These days, travelling is a necessity to unwind from a stressful workload. Holidays are practically within your reach.

The trend stemmed from the fact that airlines now provide seat sales for those who are patient enough to wait. The modes of transportation are more accessible as you can just rent a car or drive to a destination. The roads are probably easier to navigate as new routes have opened up. Even your GPS can save you from incoming traffic.

With new advancements at hand, travelling still requires money. Some people rely on the classic way and just save up. Meanwhile, there are others who file for a fast cash loan from companies such as Rapid Loans. Some like to think of it as saving backwards. But, you have to weigh all the options before making a decision.

Economical Choice

Holidays are more of a want than a need. Ask yourself if you really need to borrow. Borrowing for travel is usually for those who need the immediate cash or for those who cannot save up in the first place. If you don’t feel that you are responsible enough to save and often use it for other unnecessary items, then it’s best if you take out a loan. They are often more economical than any other types of ‘unsecured’ borrowing.

Financial Status

Before you take out a loan, ensure that you have the finances to pay it off. The advantage of getting a loan is you will know how to budget your expenses. The lender will inform you of the monthly payment rate and you can choose how long you want to pay it. Remember that the shorter the duration, the higher the payment. Budget your monthly expenses and know which you can afford.

Pace yourself and consider all the factors to ensure that you can pay it off. Borrowing money is easy; paying for it will be difficult if you’re not financially stable.

Sentosa Island: From Island of the Dead to Island of Peace and Tranquillity

Sentosa Island in SingaporeSingapore’s Sentosa Island has experienced several changes over the years. Before its current name, which translates to “peace and tranquility,” the island once held the name Palau Belakang Mati, which meant “island of the dead” or “behind the dead.”

One would wonder why someone would give such an unfavourable name for an island that offers many splendid attractions and heritage assets. It turns out that Sentosa Island got more than just a name change. The government deliberately altered the island and transformed it from being a dead island with a dark, mysterious past to an island of adventure, attractions and recreation.  

Island of the Dead

Singaporeans and historians have different interpretations of how the island came to acquire such an ominous name. One version narrates that the island is the material paradise of warrior spirits and another attributes it to the prevalence of murder and privacy in the island’s past.

From a nautical viewpoint, the name is attributed to the lack of fertile soil on the island. Since the island creates dead water behind it, it earned the name “dead back island.” Another version says that the island was home to original Bugis settlers who were wiped out during an outbreak of the disease called Blakang Mati Fever in the 1840s.

Island of Peace and Tranquillity

The development of attractions on the island started in the ‘80s and ‘90s, and from then on, Sentosa Island came to deserve the title “Island of Peace and Tranquillity.” Today, it is one of Asia’s most popular island resorts, receiving over five million local and international visitors annually. Many of the top places in Singapore are in Sentosa.com.sg. The island features astounding leisure architecture, various recreational activities and relaxation amenities.

Many Singaporeans were ambivalent towards developments on the island. Conservative critics expressed that resort developments and land reclamation projects would have a negative impact on the environment and alter the social fabric of the nation.

Pressured by public sentiments, the government launched programs to prevent such problems and still maintain the lush ecological environment of the island. The island promotes sustainable tourism through campaigns and educational talks. It hosts 30 heritage trees, 20 conserved colonial buildings and Green Mark-certified buildings and eco-hotels.

Sentosa is Singapore’s fourth largest island, 70% of which is covered with secondary rainforest where wildlife thrives. The rainforest is home to monitor lizards, monkeys, parrots, peacocks, as well as other native flora and fauna. The government ensures to keep 60% of the island green to preserve its heritage assets. At present, the island exhibits fascinating breakthroughs in leisure architecture and eco-tourism.

The Secrets to Finding Cheap Flights for Your Trip

Selecting an Affordable Flight

Selecting an Affordable Flight “Travel while you’re young and able. Experience is far more valuable than money will ever be.”

This popular saying emphasizes the unparalleled happiness traveling provides. Most people see traveling as “investing on experience” because there’s really nothing compared to exploring various destinations and experiencing cultures — even money.

This doesn’t mean you have to spend your life’s savings just to “invest on experience” though. What this means is you have to be extra money-savvy, so that you can make the most of your experience.

FlySBN.com explains that cheap flights and other deals are more accessible now, allowing you to save more and experience more. Here are their best tips for scoring cheap flight deals:

Book an Early Trip

Book your flight early, especially if you’re travelling during peak periods. Prices of airline tickets instantly spike two weeks before the flight, so you want to reserve your seat several months before your trip to avoid unnecessary expenses.

Check for Regular Updates

You should also check social media to stay updated with promos from airlines. Several airlines now post updates on social networking sites to inform interested travelers. Check the Internet regularly for deals and discounts posted by airline companies.

Shop Around

Check airline company sites and compare prices. You can also refer to online travel directories. By getting information from these sites, you’ll be able to identify airlines that offer flights to your destination, their rate, and restrictions.

Select a Date

Pick a date when flights are the cheapest. Fare predictions are relatively common nowadays to provide an overview of the trend in airfare prices in Indiana. Visual forecasts of how airfare would change use algorithms and mathematical models, so you can count on the relative accuracy of such tools.

Traveling gives you the opportunity to live your life to the fullest. Select an airline that offers top-quality services at affordable prices so you can enjoy every minute of your trip.