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10 Important Items You’ll Probably Forget on Your RTW Backpacking Trip

Alison Karlene Adventures

If you’re anything like me, you have a list of what to pack for your next world-wide adventure before your plane ticket is even purchased.  I always find myself double-checking my dental floss and extra underwear only to arrive kicking myself for forgetting woolen socks.  Although you can often buy forgotten items overseas, and the first rule of packing is LESS IS MORE, there is no point in spending your traveling precious cash on items you have lying around at home.

Remember: When you’re living in a hostel, you won’t have instant access to everything you’re used to having at home.  Simple items are often the most coveted.

Here are my Top Ten Important Items you DO NOT want to forget:

  1. Headlamp – Avoid pissing off your dorm roommates by keeping the main light off and your hands free to dig through your bag when you arrive (or leave)…

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A Travel Guide to Spain

I have explored some of the Spanish regions from a travel guide so that you can form your own travel options.

Northern Spain

The travel guide says that to access this region, the easiest way is by plane from one of the main airports of UK that flies directly to Bilbao or from the USA to Malaga and transferring there from to Bilbao. Connections with Iberia flights are possible for further connections athwart the North and the rest of Spain.

Sophisticated coach networks are available with Alsa and Eurolines and possibly you can travel whole ways transversely to Europe to Bilbao or San Sebastian and then choose rail connections or local coaches. Also you can sail from the UK’s Plymouth port to Santander with Brittany Ferries, or you are free to opt for the P & O route to Bilbao from Portsmouth.

Castile and La Rioja


As per the elucidation of the travel guide, in order to access these regions, the cheapest way possibly is flying to one of the main hubs of Spain – Bilbao, Madrid or Barcelona for instance, and then either get connecting flights or drive. With Iberia, you can connect for flights in La Rioja to Logrona or in Castile. Rioja to Valladolid, Navarre and Castile are services by an outstanding network of roads making you get something like trouble-free and once more, Alsa coaches connect you with all minor and major destinations athwart the regions and the whole nation.

Aragon, NavarreAragon, Navarre and the Pyrenees

The travel guide throws light on the accessibility of these regions by car or coach from Madrid due to which getting cheap flight to Madrid may be ideal and then driving the E90 to the region’s heart. Considerably you can get a connecting flight to Zaragoza in the midst of the region that forms a good point of jumping off for explorations in this stunning area of Spain. This region can be alternatively accessed by coach or rail. With Pamplona or Zaragoza Eurolines coaches connect you; From the UK to Paris, Eurostar rail conveys you and from Paris a high speed rail link can be caught overnight to Madrid. The options are variable from Madrid, i.e. from connections and local rail, care hire and flight connections locally with Iberia.

Costa Brava and Costa Dorada

The travel guide demonstration has proved that whilst moving east to the gorgeous Northern Catalonian coastal regions of Costa Dorada and Costa Brava, the accessibility thus enhances. For these regions the main airport is Barcelona airport welcoming UK and US flights. Then you can connect to Girona in the region of Costa Brava or Reus in the region of Costa Dorada. Barcelona has a network of underground train itself for access all the way through the city, and if you further want to travel afield the service of Spanish rail RENFE has much of mainline and local services in which both the regions are serviced. In Costa Brave the main coastal road is the A7, by way of the A2 conveying you from Barcelona the west way and C32 conveying you towards South from Barcelona into the Costa Dorada. With ferry services, Barcelona has a port to Genoa, Mallorca, Rome, Ibiza and Menorca.

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Srinagar-A Heaven on the earth

dal-lake-srinagarSrinagar is one of the most beautiful cities of India. Let us explore this heavenly place. This exploration will act as a travel guide to you if you are planning a tour to this beautiful place. Srinagar, which is the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir State of India, is located on the banks of beautiful Jhelum River. Many poets have penned down many romantic lines describing the beauty of this enigmatic place blessed with amazing natural beauty.

Tourist attractions in Srinagar: Situated at an altitude of 1730 meter above sea level, it is one of the most picturesque places on srinagarearth and is a tourist’s paradise. Embellished with magnificent hills, rivers and lakes, Srinagar is a dream destination in every aspect. This city is believed to have been founded by king Pravarasena some 2000 years ago. If you are looking for a travel guide to Srinagar, you are at the right place. Let’s have a look at various tourist attractions in Srinagar. The place is flanked with numerous tourist attractions which are marvelous. Some of the must visit picturesque to be included in your tour to this heavenly place are Dal Lake, Hazratbal Shrine, Khanqah-e-Molla, Wular lake and Shankaracharya temple. Some of the other tourist spots that worth to register a visit are Khir Bhawani Temple, Chatti Padshahi, Chashma Shahi and Pari Mahal, Nishat Garden and Shalimar Garden. Every year these spots attract many tourists.

srinagar1Essential facts to know: Srinagar is well connected with rest of country through bus and air link. Various airlines operate services to Srinagar from cities like Delhi, Chandigarh, etc.

Jammu and Kashmir tourism department have offices in Srinagar, Jammu and New Delhi. Official website of state tourism department is quite useful. Bharat Darshan is an independent guide to Srinagar tour.

I hope this travel guide would help you plan your tour to this beautiful place.

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The Easy Travel Guide of the Beautiful Barcelona City



IMAGE21La Rambla

According to the Travel Guide information, this is a tree-lined pedestrian avenue comprising buskers, mimes, living statues and traveling sales personnel selling everything from lottery tickets to jewelry. Craftwork being sold by the pavement cafes and stands, curious onlookers surrounding the street performers, bird market full of noise, Palau de la Virreina, a grand rococo mansion of the 18th-century, the Gran Teatre del Liceu, the famous opera house of the 19th-century – all these are colorful parts of the mosaic of La Rambla. At the lofty Monument, La Rambla ends a Colom (Monument to Columbus) and the harbor.

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Aka Gothic Quarter, it forms the city’s ancient part. The Travel Guide further elaborates that Picasso dwelled and operated in Barri Gotic from 1895 to 1904 and Joan Miro was born and dwelled here during his early stages. On the right hand side of the La Rambla is Gothic Quarter situated as is inclusive of a focus of tall Gothic buildings of medieval age (14-15th century) on contracted cobbled streets and presently is the home place of much of the nightlife of the city.

La Sagrada Familia

IMAGE23This is one of the most magnificent and famous one among the landmarks of Barcelona. The Travel Guide highlights the lifetime work of the famous architect of Barcelona, Antoni Gaudi, the unfinished cathedral’s magnificient spires imprint themselves courageously against the sky with swollen outlines motivated by the holy mountain Montserrat. There are four towers above each façade, in total 12, dedicated to the Apostles. The tallest tower of all in the center at 170 m. is dedicated to Jesus Christ. There are towers of the four Evangelists around these, and the one over the apse is in the dedication to the Virgin. With a tangle of sculptures, they are encrusted that appear to breathe life within the stone. In 1926, Gaudi passed away prior to his completed masterwork, and since then, continually the controversy has dogged the program of the building. However, almost the southwestern (Passion) façade is done, and the nave that commenced in 1978, is in the progress.

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An apartment building of Casa Mila (Mila House) is the last example of Gaudi’s civil architecture as demonstrated by the Travel Guide. It is one of the most ambitious and finest creations, innovative in its constructive, functional, and ornamental aspects, extraordinarily. Visitors can go up to the roof after touring the effigy, where Barcelona’s spectacular views can be seen. Below the roof is a floor that is a museum modestly dedicated to the work of Gaudi.


fonts-de-montjuic-barcelonaThis is the most enormous candid space in the city; the Olympic installations, the hilltop fortress and the Spanish Village are its main attractions. The inscription of the Travel Guide proves that the hill of Montjuic that overlooks the city center from the southwest provides a home for some fine art galleries, soothing parks, leisure attractions and the main 1992 Olympic sites group. The ornamental gardens having water features cover up Montjuic and thus it is the most renowned destination ofBarcelona420x0 Barcelona during the Sundays.


As per the Travel Guide elucidation, this is the highest hill in the wooded range forming Barcelona’s backdrop. There are stunning views on the outright Barcelona, an amazing cathedral, along with a fun family park Parc d’Atraccions having old-style rides to provide views that are breathtaking. At the park, a glass lift goes 115m (383 ft) up to the observation area of a visitor at the tower to Torre de Collserola telecommunications.

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A Visit to Hong Kong – Free And Easy Travel Guide

Day 1:

temple-street-night-marketLadies Market

While being in Hong Kong, the key to a successful and enjoyable trip is held by shopping and bargaining. And both these you can get at the Ladies Market. Virtually, you can buy anything and everything here under the sun – clothes both for men and women, fake goods, accessories and other stuffs are available extensively.


The Travel Guide says you need to get on the MTR and at the Mongkok station, you need to stop off. And for getting to the Ladies Market, you need to walk for two blocks along Nelson Street.

Temple Street Market

At the dusk of the day, the time is to hop off to another well-known market in the situation of Mongkok that is the Temple Street Market. This is the right place for you if you are fond of electronic goods. To this market, many open air hawker stalls lend a flavor certainly that you could be hardly put to come across anywhere else.


As per the Travel Guide, on the MTR the Jordan Station will be leading you to the Temple Street Market.

Day 2:

Harbor City Mallharborcity

Being fed up of the outdoors’ hustle and bustle? Now it’s time for you to enjoy your shopping in the coolest atmosphere of an enclave which is air-conditioned. It is in fact the largest mall of Hong Kong and international and standard brands of products are sold here. Also you have the choice of resting your feet while catching up at Harbor City on the latest movies.

Tsui Hang Village

Coming here is worth since you are getting to munch on the delicacies of Hong Kong at a price that doesn’t slay your wallet! This place has a situation on Nathan Road at Miramar Shopping Center.


According to the Travel Guide, you need to go through Exit A1 from the Tsim Tsa Chui MTR station and you then head towards the mall.

Day 3:

festivalwalkFestival Walk

You are welcome here to look at the décor based on the principles of feng shui, or hike around the boutiques myriad that sell many diverse products. You will be hard pressed either way to hit upon another mall in Hong Kong that is as interesting or as convenient (located at the Kowloon Tong MTR station) like this one!


As inscribed in the Travel Guide and mentioned above, this shopping mall of amazing kind is situated at the Kowloon Tong MTR station.

Day 4:

Causeway Bay

A whole day can be dedicated to this amusing place since it is filled with abundance of diverse places for you to do shopping at.Causeway_Bay The main Causeway Bay shopping mall happens to be none other than Time Square. Conversely, more of you who are adventurous would love probably to wander around the close by areas and gaze at the things on sale in the little curio shops that are spread around. If you are keen to check out what intentions the designers have, then why not proceed to the Fashion Walk. On the other hand, if you have more curiosity for bargain hunting then move ahead to Jardine’s Cresent and Jardine’s Bazaar.

cakeshopDenmark Cake Shop

Whilst present at Causeway Bay, make an attempt to locate Denmark Cake Shop to sample their popular cheeseburger version. You need to go to the Leighton Road to visit this cake shop.


The Travel Guide demonstrates you to get on the subway of the MTR. Causeway Blue stands on the Island line (blue).

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The Essential 6 Month Travel Guide – When and Where?


Esencia – Mexico

January is the great time to go to Mexico’s Carribean coast, which is the home to some actually romantic beach hideways. According to the Travel Guide, One of our favorites is Esencia set on a stunning white sand beach. Among lush tropical gardens, it has just got 29 white, minimalist rooms set. Spa is meant for relaxation, beaches for snorkeling off, Mayan Ruins are meant for exploration nearby or you can sip tequila in Playa del Carmen at one of the stylish bars.


Explora Easter Island – Chile

One of the most remote places on earth is Easter Island, or Rapa Nui. The islanders hold their annual Tapati festival in the month of February – which includes song celebration, IMAGE2parades, dance and competitions for two weeks. The Travel Guide says that by far, Explora is the most lavish accommodation on the island along with its 30 room brand new property that has been opened in January 2008. Meanwhile, guests were housed in local comfortable houses outright with hot tub. Out of this world is trekking to the Moai statues followed by Pisco Sour cocktail on the beach. Explora begins from £200 per individual every night that is inclusive of all excursions and meals.


Villa St Lucy – Barbados

A lovely seven bedroom villa that is perfectly suitable for a family holiday over Easter is Villa St Lucy. Endless things are there for the IMAGE3whole family to do herein as of world class golf (villa is situated on the Royal Westmoreland golf course’s 18th hole), a spa that is a brand new one, ping-pong, swimming and white sand beaches at a distance of just 10 minutes away. Also the Travel Guide demonstrates that there’s a kid’s club at the time of school holidays in addition to the villa having its own oval infinity pool of 17m. The villa is available with a housekeeper and there can be an arrangement of a private cook if it seems self-catering is too much tedious. Over Easter, the rental starts from £9, 625 per week for 14 people.


Palacio Duhau – Park Hyatt Buenos Aires – Argentina

A great time of visiting Buenos Aires, when the weather is cooled into autumn is the month of April, according to the Travel Guide. In the street you can dance tango, of the size of your handbag you can eat a steak, into the early hours you can sip IMAGE5Malbec or at the growing number of designer boutiques you can snap up bargains. A stunning new hotel of Palacio Duhau – Park Hyatt Buenos Aires combines a restored 1932 palace with a modernized building. This elegant hotel includes some of the elegant features of excellent spa facilities, a lust tree-lined garden and an underground art gallery.


Hermitage Bay – Antigua

May is the best month to head to Antigua to witness some of the finest custom-made yachts of the world in Antigua Race Week. As inscribed in the Travel Guide, the hub of the action is Nelson’s Dockyard where parties and live bands play into the night. This brand new IMAGE6boutique hotels set is situated on the island’s west coast. A luxurious retreat is offered when you’ve had your Race Week fun fill. 25 suits are hidden in the midst of huge tropical gardens. Plunge pools are all there in the Hillside Suites and the Beach Suites from the ocean are just steps away.


Almyra – Cyprus

Especially if you are having young children, the Travel Guide highlights that the month of June is the greatest time of visiting the Almyra. Without being overly hot, the weather is lovely and warm. A fantastic ‘Baby Go Lightly’ service is available with the hotel where you can book all the food, nappies and your other required baby paraphernalia in advance. Also now there is a new crèche accepting children six months old onwards.

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