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Top Tips for First-time Travellers in Thailand

Top Tips for First-time Travellers in Thailand

With lush jungles, pristine islands, stunning beaches, colorful culture, amazing cuisine and cheap cost of living, it’s not a surprise why Thailand remains one of the most visited destinations in Asia Pacific. The country is a favorite for many honeymooners, backpackers, and tourists from all over the globe.

If you’re planning to visit, here are a few tips to ensure you’ll have an enjoyable and smooth-sailing trip to Thailand.

Top Thailand Travel Tips

Top Tips for First-time Travellers in Thailand

Visas

Before booking your flight, research and learn more about the Kingdom’s entry requirements on their Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ website. Make sure that your passport is valid for at least six months and proof that you have sufficient funds for your trip. Foreigners entering Thailand also need an onward or return ticket is it via air, sea or land travel. This serves as a guarantee that you will not be staying in the country later than the approved visa duration, which is usually 30 days. The country allows citizens from specific countries to enter without acquiring a visa as long as you’re staying for tourism purpose and not longer than 30 days.

Customs

Travellers who are arriving in Thailand must fill out Form No. 211 or Passenger Declaration Form and submit it to the Customs officer. Among the items that are prohibited are counterfeit goods, obscene publications, narcotics and protected wildlife. For a full list, visit the Thai customs website.

Money Matters

Baht is the official Thai currency. Take note that it is better to exchange your foreign currency in banks and authorized money changers. If you’re staying in major tourist spots, major credit cards are widely accepted.

Money Saving Tips

Live like a local – One of the easiest ways to save money while travelling in a new place is to go local. Opting for the local transport and taking buses, train and songthaews (shared taxis) can save you a lot. Eating out in Western restaurants and buying foreign food comes at a great expense because of the import fees. The Thais love to eat and you will find awesome places to eat even late at night.

Buy alcohol in supermarket – A night out drinking can get expensive really quick. Your wallet will thank you if you choose to buy your beer at the local supermarket or convenience stores. It will cost you a third of what you pay in bars. If you want to have a nice time drinking outside, take advantage of the happy hour where you can enjoy discounts and 2 for 1 specials.

Learn how to haggle – Bargaining is part of the shopping experience in Thailand. Feel free to ask sellers for a reasonable discount especially in popular shopping areas such as Silom, Chatuchak Market, and Khao San Road. Take your time looking around to compare prices so you can get a good bargain. Buying more can also help get you a better deal.

Laundry – Your weekly laundry expenses can add up. All you need is a place to wash your clothes and a pack of detergent.

Accommodation – There is a long list of affordable accommodation in Thailand since it’s a popular destination for young travellers and backpackers. You can stay in guesthouses, hostels or book through Airbnb.

Avoid scams – Tourists are easy prey for scammers. Before travelling, read up on other people’s experience of getting robbed or scammed in the area you’re planning to travel. When taking a taxi, make sure that the driver runs the meter. Before saying yes to a service, agree on a price first.

Travel Insurance

Whether you’re staying in a new country for a week or a month, having insurance gives you that sense of security. Thailand is an amazing place for new adventures and it’s hard to enjoy those if you are not covered by an insurance that matches your requirements.

Dining

Only drink bottled or sterilized water. If you’re buying bottled water, you’ll save more by getting the bigger bottles. If you have a sensitive stomach or if you have allergies, you may want to avoid sidewalk eateries. Although the food is affordable, tasty and tempting, there is no assurance of the hygienic standard of food preparation. A service charge is usually already reflected in the bill. Tipping servers is not required but always appreciated.

Friendly Reminders

Knowing a thing or two about the customs of the country you’re visiting always helps.

• Take note that the kingdom is a largely Buddhist country and images of Buddha are held sacred. Any sacrilegious act is punishable by law and it does not exempt foreign tourists.
• The Thais revere the Royal Family. Any display of disrespect such as hurling insults or threats towards the monarchy is an offence.
• When entering the temple or a local’s home, you are expected to remove your shoes.
• As we’re sure, you pack clothes based on your itinerary and activities while travelling. If you plan on visiting the many exquisite temples in Thailand, make sure to have modest clothing. You cannot enter the premises if you are wearing shorts, mini skirts or any other revealing garb.
• Treat monks with utmost respect wherever and whenever you encounter them.

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Top 6 Reasons Why You Should Visit Istanbul, Turkey

Top 6 Reasons Why You Should Visit Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul has been an energetic, busy metropolitan for centuries. Strategically situated at the meeting point of two continents, Istanbul continues to evolve as one of the most diverse cities in the world.

With a population of 15 million, Istanbul is culturally diverse. In this multiethnic city, people from different backgrounds, ethnicities and religions are able to live together in harmony. We rounded up the top reasons why you should visit this sprawling metropolis.

A Rich History

Istanbul has a rich history. It is nearly impossible not to be drawn by its fascinating past. Standing in between Europe and Asia, the strategic location of Istanbul has enticed many pillaging armies and empires in the past centuries. In fact, the city has served as the capital of some of the biggest and most powerful empires—the Roman Empire, Byzantine Empire, Latin Empire and the Ottoman Empire. Today, the remnants of these empires still stand and are open to the public. You can take a walk around the Dolmabahçe Palaces in the Beşiktaş district, once the Ottoman Empire administrative centre, and be taken back to the time when sultans rule the city. There are guided tours in different languages so be sure to include the palace, among many other sites, in your itinerary.

A City of Contrasts

Top 6 Reasons Why You Should Visit Istanbul, Turkey

You’ve probably heard it before—Istanbul is a city of contrasts. When you visit, it will soon be apparent that this city has many sides to it. As the megalopolis links the West to the East via the Bosphorus Strait, the influences from both continents can be seen all around the city. Here, the remnants of the city’s past coexist with the more modern present featuring skyscrapers and busy streets.

One moment you are marvelling at palaces and mosques, another minute you may be gazing at impressive high-rise buildings. It is easy to develop an appreciation for Istanbul’s ancient architectural wonders. But modernization has allowed these places to have amenities for those that choose the city as their holiday destination.

Top 6 Reasons Why You Should Visit Istanbul, Turkey

A Gastronomic Experience

The unique mixture of cultures in Istanbul can be seen in its bustling food scene. If you are a tourist, expect to have a wealth of options when it comes to dishes. Of course, the typical Turkish tasty dishes should be a must on your list. From the classic shish kebab to the savoury flatbread Gözleme, flavorful apple tea, and sweet baklava, you will not run out of mouthwatering local dishes to try. Meanwhile, as a testament to its global city status, you can conveniently find restaurants serving Japanese, Indian, American, Thai or fusion cuisines. If you have the time, you can even take short-term cooking classes and learn how to prepare traditional home cooked Turkish dishes.

A Lively Nightlife Scene

If a well-spent day on a holiday for you involves fun partying at night, then you’ll feel at home in Istanbul. With a population of 15 million people and a constant influx of tourists from all over the world, the city is well equipped when it comes to entertainment. There is something for almost any taste—nightclubs, bars, pubs, restaurant lounges, private venues and more. There are also different hot spots for every season. If you are going to the city during summer, don’t miss out on rooftop bars overlooking the city. On the other hand, lively underground, intimate clubs replaces the open-air venues come wintertime. Either way, you can expect an excitable crowd, lively music and amazing atmosphere.

A Haven for Art Lovers

As you know, we at CLB Global Travel love to include museums and galleries on the list of places one must visit while travelling. Why? Because visiting these structures allows one to have a glimpse of a city or country’s history and culture. Istanbul serves as home to Turkey’s most important ancient artworks and artefacts. The city has once been deemed as the European Capital of Culture back in 2010.

Here is a list of the museums you should include in your itinerary if you’re an art enthusiast:

  • Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts located at Meydanı No. 46, Sultanahmet.
  • Istanbul Modern located at Meclis-i Mebusan Caddesi Antrepo No. 4, Karaköy.
  • Pera Museum located at Meşrutiyet Caddesi No. 141, Beyoğlu.
  • Sakıp Sabancı Museum located at Sakıp Sabancı Caddesi No. 42, Emirgan.
  • Istanbul Archeology Museum located at Alemdar Caddesi Osman Hamdi Bey Yokuşu Sokak, Sultanahmet.

A Shopper’s Dream Destination

Top 6 Reasons Why You Should Visit Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul has plenty to offer shoppers with different budgets. Want to splurge? Visit the Nişantaşı neighbourhood and purchase goods from luxury brands and well-established local designers. Are you looking to add a unique piece for your antique collection? Explore the streets of Çukurcuma Caddesi for a trip down memory lane and a possible score. Whatever your shopping desire is, your visit to Istanbul is not complete without visiting the streets of the famous Grand Bazaar, one of the world’s biggest covered markets.

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Must-Visit Spots in Mesmerizing Majorca, Spain

Majorca, also referred to as Mallorca, is the largest island of the Balearics. The charming island, positioned in the Mediterranean, has long been drawing travellers from Europe and across the world for its picturesque beaches, turquoise waters, sandy coves, islets, and a breathtaking mountain range.

With a steady growth of visitors since the 1950s, the island is largely dependent on the tourism industry revenue. This also means that it has a well-established tourist infrastructure and amenities, which also draw in visitors from nearby countries who are looking for some rest and relaxation.

The island has mild winters and warm summers. If you are looking to have a sunny summer escapade, it is best for you to visit from May until September.

Must-Visit Spots in Majorca

Must-Visit Spots in Mesmerizing Majorca, Spain

Magaluf

This resort situated on the southwest coast of the island is a well-known European destination thanks to its epic nightlife. Younger crowds who enjoy partying especially frequent the resort. Pair your chill day by the beach with a memorable night of drinks and dancing.

Serra de Tramuntana

An explorer’s dream, Serra de Tramuntana is a UNESCO World Heritage Site under the cultural landscape category. The unspoilt mountain range featuring dramatic landscapes was the first attraction that brought in visitors in the early 20th century. The landscape is perfect for walking, hiking and biking as it offers a picturesque view. You can spend a few days just discovering this side of Majorca because there’s a lot to see—villages, cliffs, landscapes, and beaches. You can also enjoy the natural beauty of the mountain range by joining tours or driving by if you are pressed for time. While its strong slopes pose as an inviting challenge for hikers, there are a lot more activities to take on from canyoneering to cliff diving.

Palma Cathedral Le Seu

The Roman Catholic cathedral, located in Palma, is an impressive landmark of the Balearic Islands. The 14th century structure features stunning Gothic architecture. Many refer to it as the ‘Cathedral of Light’ and for good reason. When you enter its premises, impressive stained-glass windows greet you. These windows turn the morning sunbeams into colourful light that flood the entire building. The cathedral is open to public from Mondays through Saturdays. You can take tour the Gothic cathedral with an audio guide that for an extra cost will allow you to find out more about its history.

Alcudia Old Town

North of Mallorca is the old town locals refer to as Port d’Alcudia. The walled town’s narrow streets are lined with quaint shops, plenty of restaurants, and lovely houses that feature amazing ancient architecture. It is located close to the centre so don’t hesitate to visit if you’re around the area. You can also head over to the busy market to buy homemade souvenirs and other goods.

All-inclusive Majorca Holiday

Must-Visit Spots in Mesmerizing Majorca, Spain

Have your eyes set on Majorca for your family outing? You’re in luck! Take advantage of our all-exclusive package so you don’t have anything else to worry about but packing. The 10-nights all-inclusive package includes accommodation and hotel transfers at £5179 per family of four. You will spend 7 nights at the 5-star Zafiro Alcudia & Spa, Majorca. It features several bars, a buffet restaurant, fitness centre, and outdoor and indoor pools. The hotel is at Port d’Alcudia, just a stone’s throw away from the beach.

You may find out more about this amazing deal at clbglobaltravel.com

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Discover The Top Activities You Must Do In Bora Bora

Discover The Top Activities You Must Do In Bora Bora

Situated in the French Polynesia northwest of Tahiti is the island of Bora Bora. Despite only spanning only six miles long,  this small island is overflowing with beauty so much so that many consider it to be one of the best islands in the world.

You’ve probably seen it before—the pristine turquoise lagoon water, soft white sands, the mountain peak backdrop, lush slopes, and romantic sunsets. Photos of Bora Bora are constantly being posted and shared on social media platforms as a travel bucket list destination. It’s an ideal spot for luxury travellers, newlyweds, and pretty much anyone who craves a little bit of paradise on earth. In Bora Bora, clear waters, breathtaking views, mouthwatering cuisine, excellent service, and legendary sunsets are the norm.

Each year, honeymooners from all over the world choose the lagoon island as the best place to start their new lives. The scenery in itself is quite romantic. Imagine lounging in an overwater villa and enjoy a great view of the Pacific Ocean, skyline, and colourful sea creatures. Many luxury resorts also offer all-inclusive packages perfectly suited for couples. You can tick off all the items on your checklist from private dinners in picturesque locations to photography packages, and more.

Take note, however, that visiting Bora Bora comes at a great price. The island is in a remote location and flights are limited. Accommodations are few, high-end and expensive. Most goods are shipped by plane or boat, which adds to the overall rates on the island. But if you are down the experience one of the best islands in the world, the cost is definitely worth it.

If you are planning a trip to Bora Bora, here are five activities you should never miss out on:

Climb Mount Otemanu

Discover The Top Activities You Must Do In Bora Bora

Want to get epic panoramic views of the island? Excited to get spectacular photos of Bora Bora? If so, get ready to climb the highest peak in Bora Bora—Mount Otemanu, an extinct volcano that rises up to 2,385 feet from the surface of a blue lagoon. Travellers with a heart for adventure can hike the mountain with the help of a veteran guide. Hiking alone is not advisable. Despite its beauty, the volcano has twisted paths and precarious rocks that make it too risky to fully surmount.

Note: If hiking is not your thing, you can always book a sightseeing tour to get a good view of the mountain. You can rent a yacht, board a catamaran, ride a motorboat, and even take a helicopter ride. Your Bora-Bora trip is not complete without seeing the majestic Mount Otemanu up close.

Spend time in Bora Bora’s best beach

Matira Beach is popularly regarded as the finest beach in all of Bora Bora. The beach is studded with palm trees, lined with soft, white sands cascading into clear turquoise blue waters. You can definitely spend hours lounging or taking leisurely strolls here. Since it’s near major resorts, the beach is quite accessible. Lounge while enjoying a nice meal, take a leisurely stroll, or simply sit back and relax.

Enjoy underwater activities

With waters as clear as beaches in Bora Bora, snorkelling is a must. The island has healthy reefs filled with colourful fishes. You don’t need to be a pro to explore coral gardens and enjoy awesome underwater views.

Bora Bora is also every diver’s paradise so certified scuba divers are in for a treat. Unlike other tropical destinations, Bora Bora is an amazing diving spot all year round. Divers can get a rare opportunity to swim alongside large marine species like sharks and manta rays. The island’s lagoon serves home to white tip sharks, hammerhead sharks, stingrays, and more so be ready to see them in your dive.

Stay in an overwater villa

Discover The Top Activities You Must Do In Bora Bora

Bora Bora is famous for its iconic but insanely expensive overwater villas. You’ve travelled this far, might as well get the full over the top luxury experience. Wake up to awesome views in your porch and take a plunge into the clear waters in no time.

Treat your palate

You can’t have a top notch holiday without delicious food. Drop by the famous Bloody Mary restaurant that’s often frequented by celebrities and luxury travellers. It offers an amazing array of dishes paired with a great atmosphere without the expensive price tag. Don’t forget to try their catch of the day meals.

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Travelling to Cancun? Add These Activities in Your Itinerary

Travelling to Cancun? Add These Activities in Your Itinerary

Imagine basking in the sun with a drink in your hand and a spectacular view of turquoise waters, fine white sand, and palm trees. Sounds like a perfect way to spend a holiday, right? Cancún, situated in the Yucatán Peninsula bordering the breathtaking Caribbean Sea, is a dreamy vacation spot for beach lovers, spring breakers, and luxury travellers.

This little slice of paradise was built from the ground up just a little more than a decade ago. Yet today, it is among the most popular destinations in Mexico for its outstanding tourist infrastructure drawing in millions of visitors annually and for good reason. Beyond the awe-inspiring beaches, rich coral reef, upscale resorts, high-rise hotels, exceptional dining options, and a vibrant nightlife, the modern city has a lot more to offer.

Swim in a Cenote

Travelling to Cancun? Add These Activities in Your Itinerary

You’ve probably seen the magical looking swimming holes on your Instagram timeline and wondered when you’d get to experience it. These swimming holes are called cenotes and they are all over Mexico. You will have to go on a two-hour drive from Cancun to reach the nearest Ik Kel cenote but the rewards for those who take the trip are plentiful. Be one with nature as you explore lush greenery, stunning caves and take a dip in the clear waters.

Witness the Museo Subacuático de Arte

When in Cancun, this is an experience you cannot miss: witness the monumental statues of MUSA, a phenomenal underwater contemporary museum of art. The museum features over 500 permanent life-size sculptures that have been underwater since 2009. Few things can compare to witnessing one of the most ambitious underwater art attractions across the globe. You may access the museum by booking a spot on a glass bottom boat, scuba diving or snorkelling. The reefs are brimming with colourful fishes and other sea creatures.

Visit Chichen Itza

Travelling to Cancun? Add These Activities in Your Itinerary

Mexico serves as home to important historical structures such as the Mayan ruins. Chichen Itza is known as one of the 7 New Wonders of the World. Why pass up on the opportunity to behold a vital piece of history? If you’re set on visiting Ik Kel cenote, you can squeeze in some time to visit as the ruins. Especially since they are just in the same vicinity.

Explore the El Rey Maya Ruins

If you ever manage to get yourself off of the inviting waters, do not miss the opportunity to visit El Rey Ruins. Step foot in the remaining traces of ancient Mayan city. As we mentioned in our post about Yaxchilan, the Mayan empire has significantly shaped the way future empires ruled. Not only those, the Mayans are also among the most dominant ethnic civilizations in Mexico and Central America.

Called Zona Arqueologica El Rey in the local language, the ruins feature the architectural brilliance of the Mayan people. The best part about visiting is the fact that you do not need to go very far just to get a glimpse of this historical structure. You can easily access the ruins in the Hotel Zone of Cancun.

Enjoy the Nightlife

Cancun is not all about relaxing. At night, the tranquil tropical paradise transforms into an outrageous party scene that does not stop until the sun comes up. From crowds of college students on their Spring Break to more mature partygoers, there is a spot that suits almost every musical taste.

Visit The Maya Museum

You probably notice that we include recommendations of museums to visit at almost any location we feature. That’s because we believe that any country’s culture, history and art are all important factors in fully appreciating the beauty of travelling to that spot.

Having said that, we’re including The Maya Museum on the list of things you need to visit in Cancún. The well-designed museum features important information and archaeological artefacts from the Mayan civilization. You can view three hundred fifty artefacts. These include skeletal remains dating back 14,000 years. You can also view the remains of the decade old artefact ‘Woman of the Palms.’

Take a Trip to Tulum

Situated in the south of Cancun, the resort town of Tulum serves as home to a walled Mayan archaeological site. The town overlooks an outstanding coastline. If you are staying in Cancun for a while, consider taking a trip down to this well preserved walled city. Here, you can go for cavern diving, swim in cenotes, snorkel inside caves. Need a break from the water activities? Explore the historic El Castillo, the Temple of the Descending God, and Temple of the Frescoes. At the city centre, you can stay in affordable lodgings and enjoy cheap authentic Mexican food. And if staying in the city is not your thing, you can always travel to the coast.

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What You Must Know Before Travelling to Granada, Spain

What You Must Know Before Travelling to Granada, Spain

Situated in the southernmost region of soulful Spain is Granada. Dramatically set in the Sierra Nevada mountain foothills, the city is one of the popular tourist destinations in Spain and for good reason.

The setting in the middle of four rivers with the magnificent Sierra Nevada Mountains as backdrop is a sight to behold. When winter comes, the snowy mountain peaks boasts a majestic view while also serving as a haven for winter sports enthusiasts.

While Granada is primarily a Catholic town, it was once under Muslim rulers for eight centuries. Knowing about this captivating period in the region’s history not only provides a glimpse of the past but also explains the distinctive, harmonious mix of these two cultures and traditions featured in Granada.

What You Must Know Before Travelling to Granada, SpainGranada, globally known for its Moorish heritage, has an impressive display of Moorish architecture and art. Among the most well known is the romantic and historic fortress known as the Alhambra Palace where the Nazari Dynasty, last Spanish Muslim Kingdom rulers, once lived. The complex of palaces, set at the foot of the country’s highest mountain peaks, features dreamy sights of gardens, fountains, plains, and an overview of the entire city.

If you travel to the east of Alhambra, you will come across Palacio de Generalife. The former summer palace and residence of emirs in the 13th and 14th centuries is now home to glorious gardens and well-laid grounds perfect for a leisurely stroll.

What You Must Know Before Travelling to Granada, Spain

A visit to the residential district of Albaycín with its narrow meandering cobbled streets and alleys. Here, you can observe traditional Andalusian architecture harmoniously blending with Moorish architecture. Many have described the charming district as an outdoor museum.

All over Granada, there are many monuments and landmarks that are well worth visiting. Catedral de Granada, a Roman Catholic Church that spans 65 meters wide and stands 115 meters, is hard to miss. The Renaissance Cathedral boasts stunning architecture and history that makes it a must-see when you are in Granada. 

Tips to Travelling in Granada

Here are just a number of tips you should keep in mind:

Book Your Flights Early

If you are flying from across the world to Spain, it pays to book in advance. There are plenty of last minute travel deals that can be tempting but don’t bank on this if you are taking a transatlantic flight. Your best bet on getting the best price is booking well in advance especially if you’re choosing a budget airline.

Save Up On Accommodation

There are many places to stay in and around Granada for every budget. But if you are travelling alone or as a couple, an option you can explore to save up on accommodation is couch surfing or booking through Airbnb. There are plenty of locals who open up their homes to tourists for a price way lower than hotels would charge. Another perk of staying with a local host could is gaining insights about the city and getting tips that are not usually published online. You could also connect with other vacationers like you.

Do you prefer some privacy? Youth hostels are an option. You get your own private room for a small price. While these places are not equipped with anything luxurious, many offer free breakfast and WiFi. Since you will most likely be out and about all day, this

Prefer to stay at hotels? Booking early could save you a bit of cash especially if you’re planning to go during peak season. Booking in advance for a festival and other popular events also mean that you have more options. The closer you are to the actual event date, the more likely it is that your first few accommodation choices will be fully booked.

Go for Tapas

Tapas are a vital part of the Spanish life. When in Granada, do not miss out on enjoying free tapas when you order a round of alcoholic drinks from casual dining restaurants. The free small plate can range from a few olives and breadsticks to hamburgers to generous servings of paella. Now, this is something you can find in many areas of Spain but Granada is one of the best places you can enjoy free tapas.

Granada Walking Tours

Granada is oozing with cultural and historical spots that are best explored on foot. There are quite a number of free walking tours in Granada that will let you explore the most important landmarks in the city. Through the capable local guides who have intimate knowledge about the city, you can learn significant stories on the sites you will be visiting. Tips or donations are accepted at the end of these entertaining and educational walking tours.

Eat like a local

The Spanish usually eat a small breakfast and have a heavy, hearty lunch. A pastry and cup of coffee will be less than 2€. Meanwhile, a three-course menu of the day or ‘menu del dia’ can cost you around €6 to €15. Now you will have a lot of dining options in Granada. A good rule of thumb in choosing where to eat is to make sure the restaurant has patrons. Give it plus points if the people eating there are locals. If you come across an empty restaurant, it is best for you to walk away. Take note that eating out during evenings is considerably more expensive. So keep your belly filled during lunch to avoid splurging during dinner.

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Exploring Jamaica: All Inclusive Montego Bay Travel Package

Exploring Jamaica: All Inclusive Montego Bay Travel Package

There is nothing quite like going on a tropical holiday. If getting your regular dose of sun, sand and sea is a priority, surely the Caribbean is a dream destination. And what better way than to start your Caribbean adventure in Jamaica?

 

The island nation has long been a tourist favorite with its lush rainforests, pristine sandy beaches, natural falls, impressive mountain range, and intoxicating music scene. But with a growing number of incredible all-inclusive resorts that offer everything you could possibly need, more travellers are flocking to the island.

If you come to Jamaica for the beach life, expect to experience so much more. With a vibrant cultural heritage and multiethnic society, Jamaica thrives in its diversity. People from different nationalities have called this island their home for centuries. Music is an important aspect of Jamaican culture. Well-renowned artists have brought reggae and dub music into the international stage including the music powerhouse Bob Marley. This caused a surge in the popularity of the Rastafari culture so much so that many consider it synonymous with Jamaica. Surprisingly, less than 5% locals practice this lifestyle.

Exploring Jamaica: All Inclusive Montego Bay Travel Package

The locals, resilient survivors of oppression and enslavement in the past, are warm and welcoming in nature. They believe in the power of community and importance of strong family ties. With this, it is easy to feel at home on Jamaica’s shores. While English is the official language, you will encounter locals who stick to their own linguistic style—a mix of African, Spanish, Rastafarian and English.

The traditional wear, usually handmade clothing from calico cloth, oozes with vibrant colour. A headscarf used to keep hair in place is a vital part of the typical Jamaican ensemble.

You’re also in for a culinary adventure on this Caribbean island. The distinct flavorful cuisine incorporating Caribbean spices and influences from different ethnicities is another key aspect of Jamaican culture. The ‘jerk’ technique is probably the most popular method for food preparation. A must-try is the jerk chicken, a dish whose seasonings are distributed in various parts of the world.

There are three main areas that you can explore in Jamaica—Ocho Rios, Negril and Montego Bay. The port town of Ocho Rios is situated in the northern part of Jamaica with a cruise ship harbor and luxury resorts. Negril has the best beach among the three. Meanwhile, Montego Bay is the most accessible as it is nearest to the airport.

Exploring Jamaica: All Inclusive Montego Bay Travel Package

7 Nights including flights at the 5* Secrets Jamaica Wild Orchid

 

Kick off your adventure in Jamaica with this incredible all-inclusive offer. Indulge in seven nights within an adult-only resort at the Secrets Wild Orchid. The resort features an amazing range of amenities that are at your disposal. Boasting a modern and contemporary style, the suites are designed ultimately for your comfort, entertainment and relaxation. Each room has a full entertainment system and a whirlpool tub. Find out more about this special offer here while it lasts.

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Top Reasons to Visit A Club Med Resort This Summer

Top Reasons to Visit A Club Med Resort This Summer

With the busy demands of modern life, setting aside time for a quick getaway or an extended vacation can be helpful in relieving stress. There are many factors to consider in taking a trip though: your timeline, your destination, and your commitments. And that’s barely scratching the surface. Quite frankly, it can be hard to get excited for your well-deserved holiday with the amount of planning needed to ensure every aspect of your trip is covered from booking flights, choosing the best accommodation for your price point, and sorting out your travel fund to building your itinerary. Hiring a highly experienced travel consultant with access to exclusive offers like CLB Global Travel can solve all of these dilemmas. You can also go for an all-inclusive travel package so you have fewer decisions to make and more time to prepare for your trip.

Founded in 1950 with the vision of an all-inclusive vacation experience, Club Méditerranée or simply Club Med has grown into a global leader in its market. This unique selling point of an all-inclusive package incorporating all of the ingredients that make for a dream vacation is what made Club Med a standout. The French company now boasts an impressive 70 premium resorts that are located in stunning sites all over the world.

Whether you want to go on a solo break, relax with your partner or enjoy a holiday with the entire family, Club Med is an idyllic choice. Their distinctive offerings have all the ingredients for a relaxing and enjoyable stay.

Here are just some of the reasons why you should visit a Club Med resorts this summer:

Premium accommodation

You have a wide range of accommodation options from comfortable club rooms to luxurious suites. Designed by outstanding architects and designers, the accommodations are modern, contemporary and have a unique touch depending on the location you are in. But of course, there remains a common ground. Whatever type of accommodation you choose at any Club Med resort, you can rest assured that each room is designed with the guests’ comfort and well-being in mind. Sleep in after a day filled with great activities, take restorative naps in the middle of the day, or simply spend time in your own private space. Each room also features a modern, contemporary design.

Stress-free transportation

Your journey to a fun-filled vacation should be free from any hassles. By booking with Club Med, you do not have to worry about your transportation needs. Their team will take care of flights from regional airports as well as transfers to and from your resort of choice. All the documents and information will be promptly delivered to you. All you need to do is pack your bag and be on time for your flight departure.

An Epicurean Treat

Get ready for an amazing gourmet dining experience while staying at Club Med. With resident international chefs, you can enjoy a generous selection of delicious meals at all hours. Whatever time of the day, you can indulge in an open bar with a varied selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Start your morning with a good cup of coffee, sip refreshing juice by the pool, or a drink a glass of wine or cold beer by the beach.

Relaxation at its finest

One of the things many people look for in a vacation is the opportunity to unwind. Each Club Med resort has an amazing spa that seeks to help you relax and relieve stress while getting top notch beauty and massage services from world-renowned spa partners.

No Boring Day at Club Med

There are many activities to do at Club Med. Try out circus inspired activities and get an adrenaline rush from flying trapeze. Stay active while on vacation as Club Med resorts offer the space and equipment for your sports of choice. You can play tennis, golf, archery, volleyball, football, go mountain biking, and horse riding. You can also hit the gym to keep your fitness routines. There are also live bands, theatre shows, and more entertainment options for children and adults.

A Luxury Experience For Less

Book an affordable all-inclusive holiday and save up to 20% with the Club Med All Inclusive Summer Sale available at selected premium resorts. Yes, you can have a luxurious summer without breaking the bank! This fantastic deal is available from the 13th to 30th June.

Find out about the Club Med Sale here.

 

The Masai Mara Wildlife in Kenya

The Masai Mara Wildlife in Kenya

Imagine an open savannah with constellations of acacia trees, meandering Mara and Talek rivers, and a wide expanse of small hills with gentle slopes all packed with wildlife. Well renowned for its unmatched plains scenery, abundant safari activities, and a remarkably diverse wildlife, Masai Mara in Kenya is among the most exceptional reserves in Africa and an outstanding option for African adventure holidays. While the land only comprises a meager 0.1% of the continent, it has one of the highest wildlife density regions when it comes to predatory animals. Nearly forty percent of the larger mammals thrive here.

The Masai Mara Wildlife in Kenya

The Masai Mara Game Reserve is top notch location for wildlife viewing all year round. Those who visit are able to observe not only The Big Five—elephants, lions, leopards, rhinos, and buffalo—in their natural habitats but also zebras, antelope, hyenas, giraffes, gazelles, warthogs, hartebeests, hippopotamus, crocodiles, and more. The birdlife is also bountiful with over four hundred different bird species that call Masai Mara home.

The reserve generally has a damp climate and features a more moderate temperature than the vast majority of Kenya. At most, you can get a 30°C temperature in the mornings. The temperature can drop to 15°C in the evenings though.

Watch out for the months of March to May and November to December when frequent rainfalls occur which could make navigation difficult during these times. The best time to visit the Masai Mara reserve in the months of July to October and December to March.

Masai Mara National Reserve: Migration

The Masai Mara Wildlife in Kenya

Masai Mara is the best location to witness The Great Migration—the largest and only surviving multispecies migration all throughout the world.

During the months of July to September, the Savannah is dotted brown and black as more than 1.5 million wildebeest, zebra, and antelopes migrate from Serengeti to Mara for sustenance. The movement is centred on the wildebeest migration. During the dry period in Tanzania, these creatures travel far and wide along with zebras and antelopes in search for food and water. These creatures travel back in the month of December.

The Great Wildebeest Migration undoubtedly belongs to the list of astonishing natural spectacles around the globe. It makes the already magnificent Masai Mara even more wonderful.

Where to Stay at Masai Mara

Travellers can choose from a wide array of accommodation options depending on their safari budget and personal preference. There are accommodations in various parks, reserves, and wildernesses across the Northern, Eastern Southern, Western, and Central regions of the Masai Mara Reserve.

Safari holidays can be quite expensive so plenty of lodges and camps cater to the more upscale travellers. The popular eco-lodges Base Camp Masai Mara and Ilkeliani Luxury Tented Camp are great locations to stay for high-end visitors.

For budget travellers and those who are seeking a more traditional lodging, there are campsites all throughout the park including Olpert Elongo Camp, Mara Springs Camp, Simba Camp, Olpert Riverside Camp, and Oloolaimutiek Campsite.

Staying outside the camp means that you will spend less and only spend on days that you actually visit the safari. This is a great option if you are on a more moderate budget. If you were in this part of the world to observe wildlife and explore everything Masai Mara has to offer, then you would not be spending much time in your indoors anyway.

Africa Holidays All Inclusive

What’s on your wishlist? We, at CLB Global Travel, will create a holiday that is tailored fit for you while keeping in mind every destination, sights and experiences you are looking forward to. Send an email at [email protected] or call +44 (0) 7484 703 647 to get your Africa holidays off to a perfect start.

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A Weekend Break in Copenhagen, Denmark

A Weekend Break in Copenhagen, Denmark

Creative, culturally rich, and cosmopolitan, Copenhagen is easily one of the top travel destinations across the world. From breathtaking natural beauty to enchanting castles, there are countless reasons to visit the Danish capital.

As the centre of the Danish colonial empire, the capital city has a long and impressive history. The first settlement dates back to the eleventh century. The city is filled with cobblestone narrow streets, timeworn timbered houses, prehistoric palaces, and ancient castles. The majority of the historic sites can be found at the ‘museum island’ of Slotsholmen, nestled around energetic shopping streets, surrounded by waterways, and linked to the Indre Byen by nine bridges. Here in this little islet are the ancestries of the city and the current power base of the nation. The parliament of Denmark and the original ruins of Absalon’s Castle are located here along with the stunning Thorvaldsens Museum.

Copenhagen has grown from a humble fishing town to the centre of Denmark. The city strikes a great balance between being historic and modern. Nowadays, it is known as a cultural centre, a design hub, and a dream destination for foodies. It is also regularly ranked as one of the most livable cities in the world and the happiest city globally.

Tips for Travelling Around Copenhagen

A Weekend Break in Copenhagen, Denmark

Get on a bike

Copenhagen is one of the most cycling-friendly cities in Europe. There are nearly 350 kilometres of safe bicycle lanes following the roads in the city. Each lane built above the road level as an added protective measure for cyclists. You will definitely encounter more locals biking than driving cars in the city streets.

While public transportation is efficient, cycling is one of the best ways to explore the charming city. Tourists can easily rent a bike since there are rental shops all over the city. Pro-tip: you can hire motor-powered electric bikes fitted with GPS tables for easier navigation.

Bring a water bottle

Stay environment-friendly while saving cash by not buying bottled water everywhere you go. The water in Denmark is held to the highest standards and is potable. Just refill whenever you can to stay hydrated while touring the city!

Walk

Copenhagen is a highly walkable city. Not only is walking great for the body but also for the pocket especially since taxis can be quite expensive. Many attractions and main accommodations are within reasonable distance. If you ever find yourself in need to pass time, just take a leisurely walk along the canals and parks.

Book an Airbnb or Couchsurf

The city is expensive. There is no denying that. If you want to spend more on experiences over a five-star accommodation, you may want to consider booking through an Airbnb. You can also stay with a local by couch surfing. Of course, if you follow this course to cut your expenses, make sure to plan and book way ahead of your trip dates.

Spending A Weekend in Copenhagen

A Weekend Break in Copenhagen, Denmark

If you only have a couple days to spend in Copenhagen, here are the things you must try!

Take a free walking tour

Apart from being free, these tours are an insightful way to get introduced and acquainted with a new city. The local guides are knowledgeable and personable. They can point out the main attractions along with its history and background. They may even give you tips on what street food to try or where to get drinks. There are no set fees but the guides earn from tips given by tourists.

The size of Copenhagen makes it easy to explore by foot. But if you are pressed for time, joining a guided walking tour ensures you get to see the most significant sights while knowing the stories behind them.

A grand tour of Copenhagen gives visitors a glimpse of the key landmarks, which often include the following: The City Hall, Christiansborg Palace, Nyhavn Harbour, The Royal Opera, The Royal Palace of Amalienborg, and more.

There are also free walking tours of Christianshavn. Just make sure to book ahead to make the most out of your weekend.

A Weekend Break in Copenhagen, Denmark

Spot The Little Mermaid

You cannot miss seeing one of the most recognised statues in the world. The ‘Little Mermaid’, created by Edvard Eriksen, is the main tourist attraction in Copenhagen. More than a decade old, the more than a decade-old sculpture lies atop a rock by the Langelinie promenade. Ride your bike from the city centre or take the canal cruise.

Nyhavn

The rows of vibrant and colourful buildings in Nyhavn are iconic. Nyhavn literally translates to ‘New Harbour’, is one of the most well-known areas and probably the most photographed spot in Copenhagen. The 17th-century waterfront is an entertainment district. The streets are lined with quaint cafes where you can relax and great restaurants where you can order a hearty seafood meal. In Nyhavn, anyone from locals to excited travellers can have a great time. This is also where you can book a scenic and fascinating boat tours along the canals.

Food

The Kompagnistraede and Laederstraede, known as Copenhagen’s “food street”, has a number of good restaurants where a hearty meal with a beer will not break the bank. Want to sample some street food? Head on to Paper Island which houses a large warehouse where you can find dozens of stalls selling a wide variety of cuisines including Danish and Asian food. Going fancy? Book months ahead to get a seat at Nobu—a gastronomic mecca considered as one of the world’s best restaurants. Renowned chef René Redzepi runs the two Michelin star restaurant.

Oh, and whatever you do, don’t forget to try Smørrebrød, a traditional dish similar to an open-faced sandwich. The buttered rye bread is topped with a combination of seafood, meats, cheese or cold cuts.

Go up the Rundetårn

The Rundetårn or round tower in English is a 17th-century tower set in central Copenhagen. Considered the oldest functioning observatory in Europe, the historical monument provides the best sprawling views of the city. You’ll have to go through a long, tiring walk through the spiral stairs leading to the top though but the reward of stunning vistas is worth it.

Roam around Christianshavn

Explore the Freetown of Christiania, one of the most distinctive parts of Copenhagen. The story behind it is quite interesting. Established in 1971 by a group of hippies, the first settlers set their own rules completely independent from the government of Denmark. There is a mishmash of homes, art shops, galleries, music venues, workshops, and organic restaurants. From here, you can take the metro to Norreport and another connection straight to the central train station.

Experience the nightlife

Spend at least a night out in the city! Danes love to drink and have a tendency to stay out in bars until the wee hours. Copenhagen has many pubs, lounges, and trendy clubs. Whether you want to dance your heart out or have cocktails with your friends, you won’t run out of choices for places to go.

Denmark All Inclusive Trip

CLB Global Travel will create a holiday that is tailored fit for you with every destination, sights and experiences you are looking forward to. Email [email protected] or call +44 (0) 7484 703 647 to get your trip off to a perfect start