Win A 7 Night Greek Sailing Adventure

Win A 7 Night Greek Sailing Adventure

WIN A SPOT ON GREECE’S #1 PARTY CRUISE
& EXPERIENCE GREECE LIKE NEVER BEFORE!

THIS COMPETITION HAS NOW CLOSED. WINNER TO BE ANNOUNCED VERY SOON!

We’re sure that the Greek Islands are somewhere on their bucket list for many travellers, so we’d love to give one lucky Travello user the chance to win a fun-filled 8 day sailing adventure across the Greek Islands thanks to our friends at Sail In Greece.
You’ll get to sail from Mykonos to Paros, Naxos, Ios & Santorini with plenty of fun on land in between!

The prize includes the following:

WHATS INCLUDED:

  • Prize if for ONE winner only
  • 7 nights accommodation on board
  • Buffet Breakfast daily
  • BBQ party
  • Boat parties, Beach parties
  • Experienced local tour manager
  • Guided pub crawls
  • Traditional ensuite ships
  • Free shots of OUZO
  • Free BYO onboard
  • Free 3G Wi-Fi onboard
  • Travel is for May-Oct

WHATS NOT INCLUDED:

  • Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Meals
  • Local transportation
  • Excursions

For Full Yolo Crusie Details – CLICK HERE

HOW TO ENTER:

  1. Click on the “Invite” button on the very top left of your Travello feed next to the nearby active users pictures

  2. Invite a friend to the Travello app who you would love to Sail in Greece with

  3. Post your favourite beach, island, sailing or sunset travel picture with the hashtags #letsgo #sailingreece & then your friend’s Travello @username.

Of course, if you don’t have the Travello App yet, you’ll need that first!

INSTALL TRAVELLO & ENTER NOW

COMPETITION TERMS & CONDITIONS

DISCLAIMER:

This competition is in no way associated, sponsored or administered by either Apple, Google, the App Store, Google Play or Facebook.


CONDITIONS OF ENTRY FOR:
“WIN A 7 NIGHT SAIL IN GREECE ADVENTURE ”

 

  1. The Promoter is Travello App trading as TRAVELLO PTY LTD 600 440 953. Prize is thanks to Sail In Greece
  2. Entry is free and open to entrants 18 years of age and older. Employees of the Promoter and their immediate families and the suppliers and agencies associated with this competition are ineligible to enter.
  3. This competition commences on 16th Feb 2018 and ends at 5pm AEST on 17th March 2018 (“Competition Period”). Entrants may enter as many times as they like on the feed. Late, incomplete, incorrectly submitted, delayed, illegible, corrupted or misdirected responses will be deemed invalid.
  4. To enter this competition, entrants must enter via the Travello feed in the app, as per the instructions above on the page.
  5. Each entry will be reviewed and judged by a panel of the Promoter’s marketing and communications personnel (“Panel”). The Panel will judge each response according to the entry expectations. All decisions of the Panel are final and no discussions or correspondence will be entered into.
  6. The winner will be drawn at 5:30pm AEST Monday 18th March 2018 at Travello headquarters in Brisbane, QLD. The winner will be notified via the Travello App And Email by a direct message before 11:59pm AEST Tuesday 20th March 2018 and will also be announced on the Travello Feed in the app at that time.
  7. There will be one (1) WINNER and one (1) place on the Sail In Greece Yolo Cruise of a date of the choice between the months of May and October.
  8. Subject to the Travello prize terms and conditions, the winner will receive one major prize. Prize includes 1 place on a 7 night Sail In Greece Yolo Cruise, of which full details of the cruise can be found here – https://sail-ingreece.com/tour/yolo-cruise/. The cruise is a 7 night/8 day Sail around the Greek Islands. Exact sailing routes are dependent on weather at the time of the trip, however the cruise takes in Mykonos, Paros, Naxos, IOS & Santorini. It includes daily breakfast and many beach and boat parties.
  9. Prize does NOT include flights to/from your location to Greece or your ferry out to the first island departure point, flight & ferry travel arrangements need to be covered by the eventual winner. Accommodation is also NOT included for stays outside of the 7 nights onboard the cruise, winner needs to arrange their own accommodation.
  10. The major prize is valued up to £$489 dependent on the time of year the winner will sail (high season versus low season).
  11. Once the winner has confirmed acceptance of their prize in a reply email, Travello will contact winner with instructions on how to claim prize.
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TRAVELLO LAUNCHES A DEDICATED LGBTQ+ TRAVEL GROUP

TRAVELLO LAUNCHES A DEDICATED LGBTQ+ TRAVEL GROUP

INTRODUCING OUR NEW LGBTQ+
TRAVEL GROUP ON TRAVELLO

Travello already caters for a range of travelling demographics in the app, including Travel bloggers, Solo-Travellers and Female Travellers, however, we now also cater to a huge sector of the travel market – the LGBTQ+ community.

So we are extremely proud to launch the new “Gaycation” group on Travello, a specific group for LGBTQ+ travellers, something that has actually been a much-requested group from many of our users.

This is going to allow those in the LGBTQ+ community to connect with other like-minded travellers without the dating expectations of other apps that they might be using on their travels. As many just want to meet new friends and share their travel adventures with someone new.

The group will allow the LGBTQ+ community to find others in the group that are nearby, or those in the destinations for which they have added a trip in Travello. Along with being able to post specifically to the group’s feed instead of the wider Travello feed, the group members can of course also follow other group members and also message them directly too.

Join the new Gaycation Group on Travello to WIN 2 tickets to the ALMOST SOLD OUT 2018 Planetdwellers Sydney Mardi Gras Sunset Cruise & Mardi Gras Party Tickets

Join The Group On Travello App

For the launch of this new group, we’re partnering with Planetdwellers, a leading LGBTQ+ travel, tours & events website and also with GALTA, the Gay & Lesbian Tourism Association Australia.

Planetdwellers & Travello will be giving you the opportunity to WIN 2 tickets to Planetdwellers almost SOLD OUT 40th Sydney Mardi Gras Sunset Cruise as well as 2 tickets to the Mardi Gras Party.

Experience a summer Sydney party and cruise on the world’s most beautiful harbour with local and international friends. Enjoy a full service bar and complimentary canapés while you party through the evening with our host, James “Breko” Brechney. Watch the sun set beside two world-famous icons, the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Dance to super special DJ Amanda Louise. Watch as the city lights up and sparkles in her evening attire.

“As co-founder of Australia’s leading LGBT Travel and Tour operator in Plantedwellers and the current president of the 25 year old Gay and Lesbian Tourism Australia organisation, I am absolutely delighted to partner with Travello and be part of the most current way for LGBT travellers and friends to plan their getaways and meet up around the world. I am looking forward to seeing the “Gaycation” community thrive, grow and inspire many amazing travel experiences and stories.”

Mario Paez, President of Gay & Lesbian Tourism Australia & Co-Founder of Planetdwellers

HOW TO JOIN THE GROUP & ENTER THE COMPETITION

Join The Group On Travello App Here First

Then just post your favourite festival (any sort of festival) picture from your travels on the Travello feed or in the new Gaycation Group feed with the hashtag #planetdwellers

If you don’t join the group from the button link above then follow these instruction on how to join and then post your entry on the feed.

To post your entry on the Gaycation Group feed from the Home screen,
simply follow these simple steps.

COMPETITION TERMS & CONDITIONS

DISCLAIMER:

This competition is in no way associated, sponsored or administered by either Apple, Google, the App Store, Google Play or Facebook.


CONDITIONS OF ENTRY FOR:
“WIN 2 TICKETS TO THE SYDNEY MARDI GRAS & SUNSET CRUISE”

 

  1. The Promoter is Travello App trading as TRAVELLO PTY LTD 600 440 953. Prize is thanks to Planetdwellers
  2. Entry is free and open to entrants 18 years of age and older. Employees of the Promoter and their immediate families and the suppliers and agencies associated with this competition are ineligible to enter.
  3. This competition commences on 1st Feb 2018 and ends at 5pm AEST on 19th Feb 2018 (“Competition Period”). Entrants may enter as many times as they like on the feed. Late, incomplete, incorrectly submitted, delayed, illegible, corrupted or misdirected responses will be deemed invalid.
  4. To enter this competition, entrants must enter via the Travello feed or on the Gaycation Group Feed in the app:
    1. Step 1. Post a photo or video on the Travello App from your travels of your favourite festival moment, place, memory
    2. Step 2. Briefly say why it’s your favourite.
    3. Step 3: Include the following hashtag requirements: #planetdwellers
  5. Each entry will be reviewed and judged by a panel of the Promoter’s marketing and communications personnel (“Panel”). The Panel will judge each response according to the entry expectations. Number of ‘Likes’ and ‘Comments’ of the entries under the submissions will not determine the winners, but may influence the Panel’s decision when determining the winner. All decisions of the Panel are final and no discussions or correspondence will be entered into.
  6. The winner will be drawn at 5:30pm AEST Monday 19th Feb 2018 at Travello headquarters in Brisbane, QLD. The winner will be notified via the Travello App And Email by a direct message before 11:59pm AEST Tuesday 20th Feb 2018 and will also be announced on the Travello Feed in the app at that time.
  7. There will be one (1) WINNER who will then be able to nominate the family member or friend that the second pass will be for.
  8. Subject to the Travello prize terms and conditions, the winner will receive one major prize to be awarded to one person for them and one other. Prize includes 2 tickets on the Planetdwellers Sydney Mardi Gras Sunset Cruise on Thursday 1st March 2018 in Sydney. The cruise is a 4 Hour Sydney Harbour Cruise. Arrive by 5:45pm for a 6:00pm departure time. Late arrivals cannot be accommodated. Prize also includes 2 tickets to the Sydney Mardi Gras main event party too on Saturday March 3rd 2018.
  9. Prize does NOT include flights to/from Sydney, flight travel arrangements need to be covered by the eventual winner. Accommodation is also NOT included, winner needs to arrange their own accommodation.
  10. Once the winner has confirmed acceptance of their prize in a reply email, Travello will contact winner with instructions on how to claim prize.
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Install Travello To Win A $4,000 Travel Adventure To Europe Or Asia

Install Travello To Win A $4,000 Travel Adventure To Europe Or Asia

THIS COMPETITION HAS NOW CLOSED AND WINNER HAS BEEN ANNOUNCED ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE

Install the Travello App to enter.

Thanks to Travello & our partner

We’re giving away a Busabout adventure for
TWO friends to either Europe or Asia!

PLUS

WIN a bonus $200 each spending money from Travello by inviting 5 friends to Travello through our “invite Friends” function in the app. If all 5 create a profile you’ll also grab the spending money if you win the major prize!

HOW TO ENTER:

To enter, first download Travello if you have not done so yet.
Then post on the feed in the Travello App the following:

 

  1. Post a photo or video on the app from your travels that inspires you to travel more in 2018
  2. Briefly say why that image or video inspires you to travel more in 2018
  3. Along with the hashtags #busabout & either #takemetoeurope or #takemetoasia – the destination you want to go to. You can post an entry for both or enter as many times as you like.
  4. Don’t forget to invite 5 friends, if they create a profile and you win the major prize you also get $200 AUD spending money!
  5. The final 10 will then be chosen to go into a final public voting round on Facebook

There is no limit on the number of entries, so get creative and enter as many times as you like on the Travello feed!

PRIZE DETAILS:

PRIZE CHOICE 1:

  • 2 x Busabout Europe Hop-on-Hop-off passes
  • Choose from their 47 destinations (see below) across Europe! Choose as many or as little as you can fit it!
  • Unlimited travel from May until October 2018
  • Details about their Unlimited Europe Hop-On-Hop-Off Pass can be found here – http://www.busabout.com/hop-on-hop-off-europe
  • PRIZE VALUE IS $4,000 AUD

PRIZE CHOICE 2:

  • 2 x Busabout 9-Day Cambodia Adventure Pass
  • Spend 9 Days with Busabout across Cambodia, visiting Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Kampot, Sihanoukville, Battambang.
  • Details about their Cambodia Adventure Pass can be found here – http://www.busabout.com/trips/cambodia-adventure
  • PRIZE VALUE IS $1,918 AUD in total for the 2.

 

MORE EUROPE HOP-ON HOP-OFF INFO:

MORE CAMBODIA TRIP INFO:

COMPETITION TERMS & CONDITIONS

Disclaimer:

This competition is in no way associated, sponsored or administered by either Apple, Google, the App Store, Google Play or Facebook.


CONDITIONS OF ENTRY FOR:
“WIN A EUROPEAN OR ASIA BUSABOUT ADVENTURE”

 

  1. The Promoter is Travello App trading as TRAVELLO PTY LTD 600 440 953.
  2. Entry is free and open to entrants 18 years of age and older. Employees of the Promoter and their immediate families and the suppliers and agencies associated with this competition are ineligible to enter.
  3. This competition commences on 12th Dec 2017 and ends at 5pm AEST on 15th Jan 2018 (“Competition Period”). Entrants may enter as many times as they like on the feed. Late, incomplete, incorrectly submitted, delayed, illegible, corrupted or misdirected responses will be deemed invalid.
  4. To enter this competition, entrants must enter via the Travello feed in the app:
    1. Step 1. Post a photo or video on the Travello App from your travels that inspires you to travel even more in 2018
    2. Step 2. Briefly say why that image inspires you to travel more in 2018 again.
    3. Step 3: Also include the following hashtag requirements: #busabout & either #takemetoeurope or #takemetoasia –  the destination you want to go to.
  5. Each entry will be reviewed and judged by a panel of the Promoter’s marketing and communications personnel (“Panel”). The Panel will judge each response according to how relevant, creative and inspiring it is. Number of ‘Likes’ and ‘Comments’ of the entries under the submissions will not determine the winners, but may influence the Panel’s decision when determining the final 10 entrants that will go into the final voting round on Facebook where number of likes, comments and shares will determine our overall winner. All decisions of the Panel are final and no discussions or correspondence will be entered into.
  6. There will be a final list of 10 entries chosen by the Travello team that will then go on to be promoted onto Facebook. The eventual winner from those 10 will be chosen from a mix of engagement such as most likes/comments/shares etc for their entry from the Travello community! The final 10 will be drawn at 5:00pm AEST Monday 15th Jan 2018 at Travello headquarters in Brisbane, QLD. The final 10 will be notified via the Travello App And Email by a direct message before 11:59pm AEST Monday 15th Jan 2018 and will also be announced on the Travello Feed in the app at that time. From there the final 10 will be posted to our Facebook Feed and voting will commence. Voting of the final 10 on Facebook will close at 5pm AEST Monday 22nd Jan 2018.
  7. There will be one (1) WINNER who will then be able to nominate the family member or friend that the second pass will be for.
  8. The eventual winner will be contacted by Travello by January 23rd 2018.
  9. Subject to the Travello prize terms and conditions, the winner will receive one major prize to be awarded to one person for them and one other. Prize includes the choice of either Two (2) x Hop-on Hop-off Unlimited Passes for Europe – RRP $1999 each – total prize value $3998 with travel must being taken between May 2018 and October 2018, or Two (2) x Cambodia Adventure Passes – RRP Value $959 each = $1918 total with travel to be taken in 2018. Prize does NOT include flights from/to the destinations, flight travel arrangements need to be covered by the eventual winner.
  10. Once the winner has confirmed acceptance of their prize in a reply email, Travello will contact winner with instructions on how to claim prize.
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Win a $1,000 Student Flights Travel Voucher

Win a $1,000 Student Flights Travel Voucher

THIS COMPETITION HAS NOW CLOSED SORRY!

THIS COMPETITION HAS NOW CLOSED!

To Enter Simply:

It’s That Easy!

How Far Could $1,000 Take You On Your Travels?

WIN a Travel Voucher From Student Flights And Your Next Travel Adventure Could Be Closer Than You Thought!

Here are a list of just a few things to inspire you from Student Flights:

TERMS & CONDITIONS

CONDITIONS OF ENTRY – “Student Flights Travello Group Photo Competition”

  1. Information on how to enter and prizes form part of these Conditions of Entry.  Entry into this promotion is deemed acceptance of these Conditions of Entry by each entrant.
  2. Entry is open to all Travello users who are aged at least 18 years old. Entrant must be able to claim the prize within Australia by visiting a Student Flights store.
  3. Employees of Flight Centre Limited and Travello and their immediate families are not permitted to enter.

Duration of Promotional Period

  1. The competition commences at 5:00pm AEST Thursday 20th May, 2017.
  2. The competition closes at 11:59pm AEST Sunday 7th May, 2017.

 How to Enter

  1. Eligible entrants can enter the promotion in any of the following way:
  1. Persons must join the Student Flights Group page on the Travello app via. https://app.travelloapp.com/groups/studentflights/join. You’ve got to have an active account and have the Travello app downloaded in order to join the Student Flights Travello Group page.
  2. Once the entrant has joined the Student Flights Travello Group page, entrant must upload their most memorable travel photo to the group page and describe in 25 words or less why it took out the top spot.

This will result in a maximum of one (1) “primary entry”.

  1. Entries will be deemed to be accepted at the time of receipt and not at the time of transmission. Entries received will be considered final by the Promoter. Incomplete, inaccurate, erroneous, illegible or incomprehensible entries will be deemed invalid. Entries must be received by the Promoter during the promotional period. The Promoter accepts no responsibility for late, lost or misdirected entries.
  2. Any costs associated with accessing the Promotional Websites remain the responsibility of each entrant and are dependent on the Internet Service Provider used.

Draw Details

  1. The competition will be drawn at random using an electronic drawing method.
  2. There will be one (1) Prize draw with one (1) Major Prize Winner at random from all eligible entries received.
  3. The major prize draw will take place at 3:00pm AEST Monday 8th May, 2017 at Flight Centre Head Office, Level 13, 275 Grey Street, Brisbane QLD 4101.
  4. The Major Prize Winners will be notified by a comment on their winning entry at 5:00pm AEST Monday 8th May, 2017 and the result will be published on http://www.studentflights.com.au/deals/winners 5:00pm AEST Monday 8th May, 2017.
  5. The Major Prize Winners have until 5:00pm AEST Monday 7th August, 2017 to claim the prize. Although every effort will be made to contact the prize winners, should an unclaimed prize draw be necessary, the draw will be held at 10:00am AEST Tuesday 8th August, 2017 at Flight Centre Head Office, Level 13, 275 Grey Street, South Brisbane QLD 4101.
  6. The Prize Winner of any unclaimed prize draw will be notified by a comment on their competition entry at 1:00pm AEST Tuesday 8th August, 2017 and the result will be published on http://www.studentflights.com.au/deals/winnersby 5:00pm AEST Tuesday 8th August, 2017.

 

Prize Details

  1. There will be one (1) major prize consisting of the following components:

– $1,000 Student Flights travel voucher.

– Voucher is only redeemable by physically going into a Student Flights Australia store, with photo identification.

– Voucher is valid for a period of 12 months from the date of issue.

Full voucher terms here http://www.studentflights.com.au/plan/gift-cards

TOTAL PRIZE VALUE TO $1,000  (equivalent to $1,000 AUD).

  1. The following are not included as part of the prizes: all other out of pocket expenses including travel insurance, additional meals, beverages, laundry services, spending money, transfers, optional excursions, tipping, passports, visas and all other ancillary costs not expressly provided, as well as the costs of obtaining any of these. These are the responsibility of the Prize Winner.
  2. Winners must take the prizes as offered. Prizes are non-transferable, non-refundable, cannot be sold or exchanged for cash, credit or foreign exchange and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer, discount or promotion. Negotiation with Student Flights will not be entered into.
  3. Any passes and tickets issued as part of the prize are subject to prevailing terms and conditions of use and any tickets or passes are only valid for use within the stated duration on the passes or tickets issued or the duration of the chosen prize, whichever is earlier.
  4. The Prize Winner consents to the use of their name, suburb of residence and image for promotional and marketing purposes.
  5. To the extent permitted by law, the Promoter is not responsible or liable for: inaccurate/incorrect transcription of entry information; purported entries that are not received for any reason, including because they are lost, misdirected or stolen, or that are received, but are late, illegible, incomplete, sent with insufficient postage (where entry is by post), or sent other than as directed in the entry instructions; any problems or technical failures of any kind, including malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer online systems or network, servers or providers, computer equipment, or software; the unavailability or inaccessibility of any service whether or not caused by traffic congestion on the Internet or at any website; unauthorised human intervention in any part of the competition; electronic or human error which may occur in the administration of the competition; any loss suffered or sustained, to person or property and including, but not limited to, consequential (including economic) loss by reason of any act or omission, deliberate or negligent, by the Promoter, or its servants or agents, in connection with the arrangement for supply, or the supply, of any goods or services by any person to a prize winner and, where applicable, to any family/persons accompanying a winner; or any injury or damage to persons or property, including to the participant’s or any other person’s computer related to, or resulting from, participation or downloading any materials in this competition.
  6. Neither the Promoter nor the operators of the Event will be liable for personal injury suffered during prize winnings.
  7. This condition does not affect, and is not intended to affect, any rights a consumer might have, which cannot be excluded under applicable consumer protection laws. To the fullest extent permitted by law, any liability of the Promoter or its servant or agents for breach of any such rights is limited to the payment of the cost of having the prize supplied again.
  8. The Promoter is Flight Centre Limited trading as Student Flights ABN 25 003 377 188 ACN 003 377 188 Travel Agent Licence Numbers ACT 18800224 NSW 2TA002719 NT 008 QLD TAG262 SA TTA254 TAS TAS031 VIC 31089 WA 9TA 00589. The personal information of entrants will be collected to enable the Promoter to administer and promote this competition. The Prize Winner may be used to market the Promoter’s services to the entrant. The personal information of the entrants will be held and used in accordance with the Promoter’s privacy policy which is available at http://www.studentflights.com.au/about-us/privacy. The personal information of winners may be provided to others assisting, including prize suppliers and deliverers, and to authorities that regulate this competition. If an entrant does not truthfully provide all requested personal information, the Promoter may determine that they are not eligible to win the prize.

 

 

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The City of Saigon!

The City of Saigon!

If you want to experience the rush of standing in the middle of a racing river of scooters, taste the best Thai outside of Thailand, drink Champagne on a roof top terrace, and marvel at grand examples of French Colonial architecture, then Ho Chi Minh City is the place for you.

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We started our afternoon in Ho Chi Minh City, still referred to as Saigon by locals, with a late lunch at the Rex Hotel Rooftop Garden.

Although it started its life as a two story car dealership, it is now famed for its style, luxury shopping, and of course its heyday as the bar of choice for journalists and American officers during the Vietnam War.

If you can find a spot on the balcony, you will have an excellent view of the Ho Chi Minh Statue (sadly covered whilst we were there) and beautiful Memorial Gardens.

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View from the Rex Hotel.

Embracing the humidity, you can walk a few blocks and find the Saigon Notre Dame, conveniently located across the road from the Saigon Central Post Office. Pop inside the post office to view the ceiling, and sourvenir shops and then wander back past the cathedral to find the gardens that will lead you to the Reunification Palace.

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This city is a marvel for wandering (if you can handle the aforementioned humidity). Amidst the movement are tranquil gardens in front of colonial homes, hidden restaurants, and for those inclined – fantastic shopping.

If it’s shopping you are after, you can’t miss Ben Thanh Market. This bustling market place has been serving the locals of Saigon (over a few locations) since the 1800’s. Local cuisine, souvenirs, clothing and accessories are all available – with a little friendly haggling of course!

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Ben Thanh Market

If you head back towards Lam Son Square you will be hit with a magnitude of luxury brand boutiques one can expect in a city like Singapore or Sydney, but very unexpected in a main city of Vietnam. And yet, the French Colonial style of buildings, and hotels of Lam Son Square ensure you couldn’t picture the area without them. Lam Son Square is also home to the Caravelle, another famed hotel from the Saigon era. During the 1960’s, it was home to both the Australian and New Zealand embassies and like its rival the Rex Hotel, its rooftop bar, Saigon Saigon Bar, was another meeting place for journalists of the day.

Here, from the comfort of your chair and with a cold drink in hand, you can look out over the city and bask in the extraordinary sunset. Take your time to decide on where you’d like to head for dinner as you gaze over the city you just explored.

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Municipal Theatre (Saigon Opera House)

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Sun setting over Saigon

For an exceptional Thai meal, I highly recommend Tuk Tuk Thai Bistro. Fresh and full of flavour. So good, some of us went back the second night.

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SOUTH EAST ASIA TRIP – THAILAND

SOUTH EAST ASIA TRIP – THAILAND

Some of us are not super organised or planned our trips when we decide to pack our bags and head to a new country, but if you are lucky and meet really cool people on the way you could definitely end up doing the trip of your life. I decided to travel for a year around Asia with no agenda or plan except visiting China, Japan and Thailand. After a month in China I decided to head to the next country and made Bangkok my next stop.

I arrived to that huge and hectic place with only my hostel booked and no idea what was I going to encounter in this new city, luckily I ended up in a super cool hostel called “Siamaze” – not located in the heart of the city and is a bit far away from the heart of Bangkok but the services, facilities, staff and owner are superb-.

On my first night I met an Spanish traveller that spent the last 6 years travelling around Asia and knew the area from top to bottom, how lucky was I to meet such a traveller when I had no idea where to go next. He sat down with me for two days and with a map in hand he draw me the best route around South East Asia according to him, so I could visit the best spots and don’t miss out anything.

While I was following his route I decided to write down some tips and recommendations for other travellers around the world, so here is the first part of my trip.

I left Bangkok from Morchit bus station and head to the first place pointed in the map.

SUKHOTHAI

Sukhothai Historical Park

Sukhothai: Some people miss this little town that is around 7 hours and a half away from the capital, but is definitely worth stopping there. A ticket for this journey varies depending on the class and time you choose, but the range is between 13-20 AUD or 250-350 Bahts (local coin). There are 2 Historical Parks to visit in the area:

  • Sukhothai Historical Park is the closest one from the city and has various Buddhism and Hinduism monuments. You can get there taking a local bus. The admission fee is 100 Baht and you can visit the place by hiring a push-bike for the day or walk around the park. definitely a place to visit if you like ruins and sightseeing. Don’w worry if you forgot to buy some food or water before getting there, if you are hungry or thirsty you can buy what you need with the locals around the area.
  • Satchnalai Historical Park is a bit far away from the town and you will need to take a bus from the main station (ticket is around 50 Baht), and it takes about an hour and a half to get there. The admission fee to the park is 20 Baht. This park is bigger and would highly recommend hiring a push-bike to move around. You can also find food and drinks in the area if you need. The park is really big, so take a lot of water and some snacks if you can, there is more than enough space to have a small picnic around the area and if you are cycling you could see the rise feels and charm of the country side lifestyle.

You only need two full days to visit this lovely place and then you can head to your next destination.

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep Temple

Chiang Mai: A place well know for its party life, animal shows and temples. The best way to move around the city is with a moped (scooter). Mopeds are a great way to get around no matter what country you’re in, and you could look for a moped insurance quote if you are interested in getting one of your own. The price to rent one does not change too much from one place to the other, the price per day including insurance is between 7-10 AUD (200-250 Baht).

Recommed:

  • Wat Phra That Doi Suthep Temple (Temple in the Mountain). The admission fee is 30 Baht. This is a really nice temple to visit, there is a lot to see. If you like meditation and looking for a place to do a retreat, this place offers this service to locals and foreigners.
  • Dinner at Night street markets. Look for the different night markets this city offers, they have food, handcrafts, drinks and much more to offer the visitors. The night markets are huge and you could spent hours shopping or looking around. Don’t leave Chiang Mai without spending a couple of hours enjoying the diversity and charm of the night markets.
  • The Elephant Jungle Sanctuary is an ethical and ecotourism park where you can spend time with this animals. They offer half day or full day visits to this place, the price for a half day visit is 65 AUD (1700 Baht) or 90 AUD (2400 Baht) for a full-day visit. Here the elephants are free and you have the opportunity to interact, bathe and see this animals in a safe and friendly environment.

Probably spend 3 nights in here to enjoy the nightlife this town offers, there are several bars and nightclubs to visit around the city centre. Great stop after the night markets.

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Pai

Pai: Another hidden gem, this secluded town in the middle of the forest should definitely be on your list. It is about 3 hours away from Chiang Mai and you can get there by mini-bus (just ask the staff at your hostel for a shuttle service). The road is a bit dodgy in certain parts, so just be patient and enjoy the ride.

Around the area there are several waterfalls to visit and the town offers a very relaxed and chilled vibe. Great place to rest after enjoying the hectic nightlife in Chiang Mai. There are some nice restaurants and bars in the centre, and if you still wanna dance a bit more, don’t worry because Pai has a great nightlife to offer.

Several hostels in the area have a swimming pool in their facilities, so you can spend a couple of days chilling by the pool and meeting other travellers like you.

After 2 or 3 days in there you are more than ready to head to your next stop.

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Church, White Temple

Chiang Rai: You need to visit the Wat Rong Khun Temple (White Temple), is definitely a place to ad to your to-do-list. If you don’t want to spend a lot of time there, you can always get a day trip from Chinag Mai and enjoy the beauty of the temple.

One day is more than enough in here and then time to head to LAOS. Ask the staff at your hostel or hotel if you can hire the slow boat service to Laos with them, I heard many dodgy stories about people doing the trip on their own because it is cheaper, but from what most people experienced is really not worth it.

The price of the trip with an agency or hotel is around 65 AUD (both offer almost the same price). They pick you up from your hotel at 6.00am, take you to Chiang Kong by mini-bus (2 hour trip) and then you cross the border to Laos. You have to go through immigration by yourself (visa on-arrival), but once you crossed they take you to Huay Xai by mini-bus and your trip in Laos begins.

See you on my next article with more tips and recommendations for the other countries in South East Asia.

High vibes.

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5 THINGS YOU MUST KNOW BEFORE TRAVELLING TO CHINA

5 THINGS YOU MUST KNOW BEFORE TRAVELLING TO CHINA

CHINA, such a mysterious country! Some of us could feel incredibly nervous when traveling to a country with such a big population, different language and culture, but believe me it’s worth it!

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If you are a solo traveller like me and want to embark yourself in a journey to that ancient land without speaking a single word of Chinese you are going to need these 5 tips:

I did a 1 month journey through Asia and I wish I had this list before my trip.

  1. Take with you a mobile with access to Wi-Fi. Even though most of the younger generations learn English at school, not all of them are able to communicate with foreigners and sometimes it could take a lot of time and effort to be able to communicate. Once you start traveling away from the main cities, less and less people speak English and there are small towns where finding an English speaking person would be a complete mission. Make sure you have access to translation tools on your phone, or ask any of the foreigners living in the area for the phone number for FREE translation services.
  2. Access to any navigation system. There are many small lanes; tiny alleys and the names of the streets are impossible to read if you don’t know the language. An online map could make a big difference when you are lost at night in a city where you can’t speak or understand the locals to ask for directions.
  3. Be careful with some young locals. Some young Chinese students work together with certain Tea Houses and target mainly solo tourist with the purpose of taking money from them. The students approach the travellers offering assistance or help if they are lost and can’t speak the language and then invite them to join them to a special Tea ceremony, once the ceremony and tasting is over they bring the bill and OMG!! Then you realise you are in trouble. The prices are out of this world for what you just experienced, so if you do go to a Tea ceremony are invited to one always make sure you can see the prices before hand.
  4. Double check when buying a train ticket. Even though in the train stations of the big cities there is a Speaking English window, be careful and confirm more than once that you have the right seat or bunk bed number, date and destination. Almost 90% of the information in the train tickets is in Mandarin so it’s literally impossible to read it if you don’t know the language. Some hostels have a picture of tickets on their noticeboards explaining in detail what to look when buying and make sure you have what you need.
  5. Be careful with taxis. This is generally a recommendation everywhere in the world, but here the ones in in small towns and outside the train station can be a nightmare. Language barrier is already an issue, but it could be worst when your taxi driver is also trying to sell you a tour. They could be really pushy and as a female solo traveller incredibly intimidating. So the moment they mention selling you a tour, leave the taxi straight away.

 

Locals are incredibly friendly and always willing to help if you are in trouble, so don’t hesitate to ask for help or assistance if you need to. Even when they don’t speak the language they will make a huge effort to try to understand. Just keep trying and don’t be shy.

Now that we have such an amazing App as @travelloapp. You can connect with other locals in the area and ask for their advice and help in case you need it. Download the app before you start any trip and ask other travellers for recommendation and tips.

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Things to Do When Travelling to Leicester, England

Things to Do When Travelling to Leicester, England

The whole world is just a couple of weeks removed from Leicester City’s historic and somewhat miraculous run in the Premier League, wherein they went from being relative unknowns to taking sports immortality in a span of nine months. At the start of the season, this unlikely scenario encouraged bookmakers to peg the club a 5,000-1 underdogs to win the title. As a matter of fact, according to The Telegraph, this number is akin to finding Elvis Presley alive this year.

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To put things in perspective, Leicester City’s astonishing campaign has already led various entities to prematurely predict possible underdog stories for next season. Betfair even has a football article that talks about the manager roulette within the league and the likelihood of some clubs to duplicate City’s stellar run. In Alex Keble’s piece on the website, he focused on English clubs that have made significant coaching and player changes, as well as the odds of winning the title next season and doing ‘a Leicester’.

This is just proof of Leicester City’s influence in the whole sporting landscape. But if you’re not a big fan of football – or sports in general – you can’t help but root for a true-to-life underdog story. Who knows, maybe subconsciously, you’re feet are beginning to have that itch to discover the fascination behind this celebrated city. Lucky for you, here are some suggestions on how to enjoy Leicester away from the bright lights of the King Power Stadium.

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Explore the Beauty of Nature

Amidst the bustling streets and the busy airports, England offers an abundance of calming green spaces; and Leicester is no exception. Here you can explore over 130 parks and open spaces across the city, where natural beauty spread out to present tourists with viable options. From wildlife areas and waterways, to flower gardens and ancient ruins, each has a distinct set of features that capture the essence of Leicester. Among the tourist favorites are Bradgate Park and Tropical Birdland.

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Go on a Cultural Experience

For a more cultural experience, you can visit Leicester City Museums that have a vast collection of artifacts such as the world-famous Charnia fossil and the rare Victorian beam steam engines. The city also has the UK’s largest dedicated space exploration and science establishment in the presence of the National Space Centre. Furthermore, the New Walk Museum and Art Gallery will feature Fearless Foxes, an event that celebrates the remarkable rise of their beloved football club to global stardom. Best of all, this exhibition will be free to the public as soon as it opens in June.

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Shop Until You Drop

Of course, your UK trip wouldn’t be complete without going on a shopping adventure, as Leicester offers plenty of boutiques, markets, and specialty stores throughout the area. There’s Highcross, where some of the biggest fashion brands converge under one roof. You’ll also find a four-story John Lewis branch here. On the other hand, Haymarket Shopping Centre presents you with an alternative on how to look like a royal icon without spending a fortune. The place is situated beside the Clock Tower and has a range of reasonably priced fashion finds of different styles and sizes.

Altogether, Leicester is more than just a place that houses a phenomenal football club, it’s a city where tourists and locals can truly enjoy the natural, cultural, and aesthetic benefits of travelling.

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Experiencing Costa Rica: The Ultimate Guide

Experiencing Costa Rica: The Ultimate Guide

 

Deep inside the lush rainforests of Central America lies a country full of amazing experiences and adventures any serious traveler has to consider – Costa Rica. This tiny country has so much on offer it will prove to be a welcome destination not just for serious travelers, but couples, families, and adventure junkies alike. With vivid Technicolor sights, fragrant smells, and tropical sounds, recognizing the beauty of Costa Rica will be like taking a walk in the rainforest! But before you go, here are a couple to get your imagination running, and to help you on your way…
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Plan Way Ahead
Most guides tell you to “always plan ahead”, but when visiting Costa Rica it really does matter. Do the necessary research in advance, so you arrive prepared. Your travel experience can be heavily influenced by the weather. So, book your trip during the dry verano (December to April), rather than wet invierno (May to November), it really does make a difference. Also, due to the immense moisture, there are plenty of mosquitos. Check with your doctor if you need to receive any shots, and bring plenty of repellent. Additionally, your bag should contain sunscreen, sunglasses, an umbrella, comfortable shoes and clothing, with a warmer alternative. And for help on the go, be sure to stack up on travel apps. You never know!
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Book Accommodations in Advance
In recent years, Costa Rica has managed to draw more and more tourists each year, and since, has become a tourist hot spot. The season peaks around Christmas and New Year, making rooms in hotels of San Jose, Cartago, Santa Cruz, Liberia, and Limon hard to come by. If you are looking for a tropical holiday getaway you should try booking at least a couple of months ahead. Albeit, if you are traveling with your family, or a bit more friends, and you want to balance out price and bed numbers, consider checking out property rental accommodations in Costa Rica. Also, if peace is what you crave, look towards towns in the more remote places like Puerto Viejo, Uvita, or Naranjo, where you can find amazing affordable lodging. Keep in mind though that decent Wi-Fi might be hard to get a hold of, which to some may prove to be a big plus.
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When in Costa Rica…
The main attraction of Costa Rica are, of course, the natural splendor hidden beneath the rainforest. One of the most beautiful forests in the world is found in Costa Rica – the Monteverde Cloud Forest. As spectacular as it sounds, it is famous for its bird watching experiences, but will leave you breathless in its own right. Costa Rica also has access to both the Pacific and the Atlantic, and has some gorgeous beaches. Manuel Antonio National Park is a rainforest-fringed beach paradise, ideal for families and couples, while Tamarindo’s notorious surf attracts adrenaline junkies all over the globe. And if you are interested in a hike of a lifetime, look no further than La Fortuna Waterfall. The trail is hidden among the lush volcanic slopes, and is as challenging as it is rewarding.
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A Unique Travel Experience
What sets Costa Rica apart from any other destination in the world are the unique travel tour offers. If you are looking for something amazing than you might consider the Canopy Tour. High above the treetops of the rainforest, you can zip line, just like a spider monkey, from one platform to the next and take in the most of the nature and its wildlife. Amazing vistas of a sun rising, or setting over the endless forests is a sight from fairy tales. Once you get back down, you can seek out the White Water Rafting Tour. Zig-zagging through the meandering life-line of the forest – the Celeste River, you bounce through the wet slopes and enjoy the most thrilling ride in Costa Rica.
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The Taste of Costa Rica
Any great travel experience comes with a sensational taste, and Costa Rica is full of them. A tip that will really get your taste-buds kicked into overdrive are the local foods and ingredients. Because of its tropical location, fruit, veg, and spices are colorful and oh so fragrant. Fruit is in natural abundance, and anona, grandilla, guava and rose-apples are unavoidable. When looking for the best food in Costa Rica, take to the streets and the many street vendors and hidden dinners. Costa Rica is also culinary diverse, and each region has its own twist on the classics like Tamales and Empanadas. Other must-tries include the national dish Casado, as well as Ceviche, Gallo Pinto and Sopa de Mariscos.
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With such a multitude of sensations, words can only start to awaken the beauty and adventure that is hidden away in Costa Rica! For a true experience add this amazing country to your travel plans, pack your bags, and head to this dream destination. Vaya con Dios!

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Mozambique: Go before the crowds

Mozambique: Go before the crowds

 

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Blessed by a pleasant tropical climate, warm ocean waters, exotic wildlife, scenic beaches, and great diving point breaks, Mozambique will soon make it to the list of top holiday destinations in Africa. Unlike other more touristy countries on the continent, this south-east African pearl is still unblemished by the negative side-effects of mass tourism: tourist crowds are few, beaches are clean and inviting, accommodation is decent and available for travelers of all budgets, and local culture has preserved much of its unique spirit despite globalization trends. If you want to visit Mozambique, the best time to go is now – and here are only a few reasons why you may want to explore this fascinating country before it turns into a large-scale tourist hub.

Holiday at the beach: Bazaruto and Quirimbas

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Though Mozambique inland has its charms, most holiday makers and honeymooners are drawn to the country’s coastline and neighboring archipelagos. Who would not be, after all? Stretching 1,500 miles along the Indian Ocean, local beaches are a true tropical paradise. Two most popular summer destinations include the archipelagos of Bazaruto and Quirimbas, both of them ideal for divers, snorkeling fans, and other water sports enthusiasts.

• Quirimbas Archipelago is mostly uninhabited, except for a few private islands with luxury resort facilities. Gathering over 30 small islands, the archipelago is popular among hard core divers across the globe: here, you can see impressive coral reef formations, over 350 species of reef fish, humpback whales, whale sharks, dugongs, and turtles.

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• Bazaruto Archipelago is another secret ocean gem of Mozambique. Unlike Quirimbas, though, Bazaruto comprises only six large islands soaked in warm and clean ocean waters. In addition to its vibrant marine diversity (in the mood for a quick race with dolphins?), Bazaruto is also home to Nile crocs, pink flamingos, suni antelopes, red duikers, samango monkeys, rare butterfly species, and over 150 bird species.

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Feel the positive vibes of Maputo

Mozambique’s main business and cultural hub, Maputo, takes pride in a unique mix of modern and quaint vibes. In the streets, you can see pieces of colonial architecture peacefully coexisting with 21st-century malls, flea markets, street vendors, and skyscrapers. Landmark historical and cultural sites every Maputo visitor should see include Cathedral of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, Fisheries Museum, Louis Tregardt Memorial Garden, National Art Museum, Museum of the Revolution, Central Train Station, Natural History Museum, Mesquita da Baixa, and Iglesia de San Antonio de la Polana.

As far as accommodation in Maputo is concerned, hostels and hotels are a go-to for tourists staying in the city for a few days. For longer stays, however, property rentals are a more affordable option.

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Gorongosa: Where wild creatures thrive

Though not blessed by multitude of wildlife resorts such as Kenya, Tanzania, or South Africa, Mozambique still has a few national parks up its sleeve. Apart from the protected wildlife areas in Bazaruto and Quirimbas, Gorongosa National Park has been popular among western tourists ever since the ‘60s: even John Wayne, Joan Crawford, and Gregory Peck checked it out! The park boasts impressive biodiversity, including populations of rhinos, elephants, buffalos, waterbucks, antelopes, zebras, hippos, lions, crocodiles, and over 500 exotic bird species.

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Make merry with the locals

Although its history is written in blood and tears, Mozambique is home to positive, friendly people who cherish a deep connection with their ethnic roots and their natural environment. The positive mindset of Mozambique locals is best reflected in numerous festivals that take place throughout the country on a monthly basis. If you are visiting Maputo in May, you may get a chance to take part in the three-day AZGO music festival. STRAB Festival is organized in Ponta Malongane in May, gathering over 20 R&B bands. Independence Day Festivities are staged in Maputo every June, while July is a month of music and arts, with FORR music festival in Ponta Malongane and TAMBO International Art Camp in Pemba featuring music, theatre and dance workshops and performances.

Are you ready to take a plunge into the lap of nature and freedom? In Mozambique, your wildest holiday dreams will come true, so make sure you explore this colorful country before throngs of tourists overtake its streets!

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