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7 Things to Do in Meghalaya, India: The Scotland of the East

7 Things to Do in Meghalaya, India: The Scotland of the East

When the British first arrived in India in the 1850s, at the start of the British rule of the country, they had no idea what to expect. For them, this was uncharted territory.

What they found in some of the northeasternmost reaches of India was like stepping into a dream. There, they ascended into a world of hilly landscapes, misty mountains, cascading waterfalls, and lush, green valleys.

The people called this state Meghalaya, which translates to “abode of the clouds.” But to the British, it reminded them of another place, thousands of miles away, so they nicknamed it “Scotland of the East.”

India is like a microcosm of the world, and it is the unique topography that provides some of the best things to do in Meghalaya, which feels like a world within a world.

From the gorgeous natural beauty to the ingenious man-made marvels to the divine street food, I was in heaven from the moment I arrived to the day I left.

As of August of 2019, I’ve visited India three times, but even I was blown away by my experiences in northeast India. Thinking of visiting? These are the top 5 things to do in Meghalaya!

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Outrageous Things You Can Only Do in Dubai & Abu Dhabi

Outrageous Things You Can Only Do in Dubai & Abu Dhabi

There’s no doubt that the UAE is one of the most fascinating and interesting places in the world, but with a huge range of outrageous adventure activities, it is also one of the world’s most exciting.

The United Arab Emirates is a country that prides itself on being the best; they have the tallest skyscrapers, the biggest shopping malls, the most luxurious hotels (even creating an extra 2 stars for the iconic Burj Al Arab – the world’s only 7 star hotel).

Anything you can do elsewhere in the world, you can bet that the UAE can do it better! And when it comes to adrenaline pursuits, the rush is even more exhilarating, and even more intense!

Not to be outdone by any other destination, the following are outrageous things you can only do in Dubai and Abu Dhabi – each one is sure to get your blood pumping!

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The Laptop 30 from VARIDESK: A Compact Standing Desk You Can Travel With!

The Laptop 30 from VARIDESK: A Compact Standing Desk You Can Travel With!

The VARIDESK Laptop 30 is a height-adjustable workstation that turns any desk into a standing desk, meaning your work can be comfortable, productive and energizing again.

When you need to sit, you sit, when you need to stand, you stand. There are a range of different height settings, but best of all, it’s super easy; with the pull of a lever you go from sitting to standing, and vice versa, in three seconds flat.

It requires no assembly, is easy to adjust in height, and is portable and light enough to travel with. It’s essentially a desk converter, perfect for mobile minimalists like digital nomads!

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A Guide to the Different Types of Airport Parking

A Guide to the Different Types of Airport Parking

Airport parking has evolved over the last couple of years, and if you haven’t traveled for a while, it’s safe to say that it’s definitely not how you remember it!

No longer is there one set option for airport parking, where you rock up at the airport and park your car at the terminal, airports around the world now have a variety of options for you to choose from.

These options depend on the kind of parking you’re after, the extent of your budget, and how close you need you car to be to the gate. The closer you park to the airport the more expensive it gets (London Gatwick airport is a prime example!).

Whether your main priority is budget, or convenience, the following are the most common options for airport parking at most major international airports (always remember to check your options before you fly, as they obviously vary from airport to airport).

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Creative Ideas for Printing and Displaying Your Travel Photos

Creative Ideas for Printing and Displaying Your Travel Photos

There’s no doubt that these days, travel photos are the best souvenirs. A physical reminder of your trip, but, unlike the trinkets you buy from a busy tourist area, photos are cheap, last forever, and you can share them as freely as you want to.

Also, you can take thousands of photos every day if you’re so inclined, and they don’t take up any extra space in your luggage. It’s the best case scenario!

But are they actually a physical reminder? They used to be – back in the days before digital photography where you would get home, have them developed, and but them proudly into an album (granted, back then you wouldn’t be taking thousands!).

But these days we often get home, share them on our socials, and then store them away to be forgotten on a harddrive. Which is a shame. Because why would you want your memories of your most epic adventures to fade away?!

The great thing about photos these days is that they’re so versatile, and you can print them for use in so many ways. So, if you want to start displaying your travel photos, consider some of these ideas so you can actually see them everyday!

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Things to Know About Teaching English Abroad

Things to Know About Teaching English Abroad

A desk job isn’t for everyone. Indeed, if you’ve worked in an office environment for an extended period of time, it’s likely you’ve felt the desire to get out of your workspace and explore the world at large at least once or twice.

But traditional jobs usually only offer 2-4 weeks of leave, and you can’t exactly ‘see the world’ in that amount of time. While we might dream of just taking off and leaving our boss behind, the one thing that usually prevents us from doing so is the money side. The answer? Live and work abroad!

One of the most common paths to living and working abroad is to find an overseas job teaching English as a second language (ESL). It’s the chance to experience different countries, meet new people, and make a lot of money. Considering teaching English abroad? The following are a couple of things you ought to know.

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Five Travel Tips to Know Before Visiting Milan

Five Travel Tips to Know Before Visiting Milan

Lying at the foot of the Alps, with a cultural feel that is somewhere inbetween Swiss and Italian, Italy’s second-largest city is a thriving metropolis that combines ancient architecture with modern artistic designs.

While most commonly known as a centre for fashion, finance and art, Milan is an exciting city with plenty of highlights, including great museums, churches, restaurants, and bars; notable attractions include the Duomo di Milano, an impressive Opera House, and a striking castle.

Milan has many identities; this is a city where skyscrapers sit next to historic palaces, and business deals go down by canals designed by Leonardo da Vinci. It is a mecca for designer shopping, a foodie paradise, and an open air museum of Italian design throughout the ages.

Milan is a diverse and varied city, but regardless of your reason for visiting, there are several tips you need to know before you arrive.

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Things to Know About Staying in a Ski Chalet

Things to Know About Staying in a Ski Chalet

Choosing the right accommodation on a ski holiday can be equally memorable as your time spent whizzing down the powdery slopes. The tough part however, is how to find the best place to stay from the thousands available online.

For the picture perfect ski holiday, you can’t beat a great in-house atmosphere, something which your friends and family will all enjoy. Though when you opt to reserve a few hotel rooms, it doesn’t really have that cohesive community feel.

Catered ski chalets are a favorite among groups and families, as they not only offer total privacy, but are also highly cost effective when you’re sharing between a couple of people – somewhere between the price of a hotel and a self-catered apartment.

Essentially, a ski chalet is booking your own private house – sometimes it’s even staffed for you with chefs, butlers, and housekeepers! (Chalet is the Swiss term for a wooden house with overhanging eaves, typically found in the Alps).

Thinking about a staying in a ski chalet for your next winter holiday? Here are a couple of things you should know about.

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The Best Apps For Staying in Touch With Family and Friends Overseas

The Best Apps For Staying in Touch With Family and Friends Overseas

Being away from home can be hard even if you’re having the time of your life traveling; whether you’re on holiday, taking a gap year, or have moved abroad permanently, sometimes all you want to do is chat with your friends and family.

Thankfully, these days we don’t have to rely on traditional snail mail and wait two weeks just to get a smiley face emoji, and the internet means that staying in touch is now easier than it has ever been.

From sending messages on social media and sharing photos of your adventures to audio and video calls, there are all sorts of apps that help you to stay in touch with your loved ones overseas and combat feelings of homesickness.

And most of the time, bar the cost of your WiFi connection, you can use the following apps to stay in touch for absolutely free.

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Safety Tips for Hiking in the Mountains

Safety Tips for Hiking in the Mountains

It’s one of my favorite outdoor activities; lacing up my boots for a bit of hiking; to fully immerse myself in the natural landscapes that range from the snow capped peaks of the Himalayas, to lush mountain gorilla habitat in Rwanda.

While many hiking adventures don’t require a great deal of planning or preparation, there are times when simply lacing up the hiking books and slinging a small backpack over the shoulder doesn’t quite cut it.

Hiking in mountains presents many potential dangers, and although it isn’t nearly as technical as full-on mountain climbing, you definitely have to be conscious of prioritizing your safety.

While basic mountain hiking generally doesn’t require equipment like helmets, ropes, carabiners, crampons, or ice axes, there are definitely still things you need to be aware of, and essential items you should include as part of your gear.

To keep you safe on your next adventure, follow this list of safety tips for hiking in the mountains. From knowing what to pack to what potential dangers you may face, these tips will go a long way to making your next hike much safer.

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Understanding Meteorology (and How it Relates to Travel)

Understanding Meteorology (and How it Relates to Travel)

If I asked you to name the single factor most likely to positively or negatively affect your travels, what would your answer be? Flight delays? Food poisoning?

While we can agree that neither of those are any fun, neither of them are the correct answer. Because the single factor most likely to affect your travels is the weather.

Checking the weather should be one of the most important parts of your travel planning, but all too often travelers take this for granted, and people quite often find themselves caught off guard. But what makes it actually possible for us to check the weather forecast? The answer is meteorology.

Has a weather forecast has ever saved you from being an unprepared, unhappy and very soggy traveler? If so, you’re about to learn a little bit more about meteorology, out of appreciation for the science!

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Why Fitness-Oriented Travel is Important

Why Fitness-Oriented Travel is Important

It’s a common saying that I’m sure everyone at some point has uttered:

“Calories on vacation don’t count”.

Except, they do. And one of the challenges for people who are concerned with their fitness when they travel, is how to maintain their fitness routine and health, while having fun at the same time, and letting loose.

I mean, the whole point of traveling to Italy is to gorge out on pizza, pasta, wine and gelato! But the question is, how do you balance that out, so you don’t find yourself struggling to get back into a healthy routine once you’re home?

Active adventures have become a big trend in 2019, and many people are finding the same level of joy and excitement in fitness orientated itineraries.

Choosing Fitstays helps you to maintain a healthy lifestyle while on vacation, so without further ado, let’s jump straight into why fitness orientated travel is so important today.

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Ideas for Things to Do Overseas in Every Season

Ideas for Things to Do Overseas in Every Season

Many people travel to escape the seasons, but regardless of whether you find yourself overseas in summer, spring, winter, or fall, there are always exciting things to do regardless of destination.

Depending on where you’re traveling, you might find that some regions (namely the tropics) only experience two seasons: wet and dry season. Though for the majority of the world, you’ll find that there is beauty in all four.

If you find yourself traveling at a time of year you’ve not previously traveled before, the following should help you come up with ideas for things to do in each season.

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5 Tips for Planning the Perfect Honeymoon

5 Tips for Planning the Perfect Honeymoon

It’s meant to be the holiday of a lifetime, the trip that starts your marriage off with a bang. However, it’s these sorts of expectations that can wreak havoc on your honeymoon planning.

People often place far too much pressure on their honeymoon planning, which often means the trip will fail before it even begins. Yes, your honeymoon is important, but in reality it’s just another long holiday.

With this in mind, we’ve put together some tips for making your honeymoon a success before you fly off into the sunset, with advice for detaching yourself from huge expectations that may ruin the trip.

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Things to Do in Mumbai, India

Things to Do in Mumbai, India

Once known as Bombay, Mumbai is India’s second largest city with roughly 20 million people. The city is cosmopolitan and fast-paced, yet there are areas where you can easily escape the city to breathe in a bit of nature.

Mumbai was ruled by both the Portuguese and the British, both of whom left lasting impressions. And while there is much history to explore, the city also offers India’s Bollywood film industry, iconic landmarks, fascinating islands, and one of the most visited national parks in the world.

Mumbai is a fascinating city I encourage you to visit. To entice you further, I have chosen some of my favourite landmarks and attractions you should definitely squeeze into your next Mumbai itinerary.

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Things You Should Do Before Booking a Hotel Room

Things You Should Do Before Booking a Hotel Room

Many travelers are quite familiar with the process of booking a hotel room; it’s become something so common now that we even have apps on our phones to be able to book them on the move.

Though even for those of us who find ourselves making hotel bookings monthly, it’s quite easy to take it for granted that we have perfected the perfect routine.

Because booking a hotel isn’t just about making a reservation – there’s a lot more that goes into the process before you hit the ‘book’ button if you want to get a good deal on your room.

So, whether you’re new to hotel bookings or an age old veteran, the following are some of the most important things you should do before putting down your credit card and booking your room.

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Tips for Playing Online Games While Traveling

Tips for Playing Online Games While Traveling

From podcasts to Netflix, and reading a good old fashioned book, there are many ways to stay entertained while you’re traveling, though one of the most popular ways to pass the downtime is by playing online games.

The world is increasingly more connected, and now that many cities have WiFi on the streets, and you can even connect from the plane, more and more people are turning to online gaming for those moments you find yourself needing to kill time.

From playing Candy Crush while you’re sitting out an airport delay to hunting Pokemon across Venice, there are many reasons people log in to play. However, there are a couple of things you should keep in mind before you start your game.

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How Vane Pumps Work To Improve Air Travel

How Vane Pumps Work To Improve Air Travel

Vane pumps have been around since 1874, when they were invented by Charles C. Barnes of the USA. Though, for any-one not keenly interested in mechanics, they are one of those inventions that form an integral part of our daily lives, but that commonly go unnoticed.

And they do play an integral part in our daily lives.

Vane pumps are usually used as high-pressure hydraulic pumps for cars which allow for braking, supercharging, air-con and auto-transmission. Though there are also mid-range pressure pumps used for things like soft drink dispensers and espresso coffee machines.

That said, these pumps have also become an essential part of air travel, and without them, today’s modern airplanes simply wouldn’t operate.

So to that end, today you’ll learn a little more about vane pumps; a hommage to the mechanical genius that allows us to fly from country to country, and recognition for a piece of engineering that has had a huge impact on our lives, whether or not we know it.

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Tips for Bargaining and Bartering in Vietnam

Tips for Bargaining and Bartering in Vietnam

Vietnam is home to hundreds of markets, and bartering is common practice when shopping almost anywhere in the country.

At first, this can seem daunting for travellers who aren’t used to negotiating for every purchase they make. But bartering and visiting markets in Vietnam is a great way to immerse yourself in the culture.

It’s also a fantastic way to score a few bargains – and one of the best ways to avoid getting ripped off! Follow these tips and you’ll be a pro at bartering before even setting foot in Vietnam!

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The Three Biggest Casinos in Asia (Hint: They’re All in Macau!)

The Three Biggest Casinos in Asia (Hint: They’re All in Macau!)

Gambling is one of the oldest leisure activities in human history; dating back to the Paleolithic period, before written history.

It was first invented in Mesopotamia, a historical region of Western Asia, where the Chinese invented a game of chance using tiles. This was back in 3,000 BC, though some 5,000 years later, Asia’s gambling game has stayed strong.

Whether it’s the thrill of the tumbling dice, the suspense of the spinning wheel, or the charm of how the cards might turn, gambling has become one of the most popular pastimes in Asia for both locals and tourists alike.

There’s no better place to experience the thrill of the casino than in the region that gambling was first invented, and for travelers interested in rolling the dice, you’ll be pleased to learn that the three biggest casinos in Asia are all in Macau. They don’t call it the ‘Las Vegas of Asia’ for nothing!

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Tips for Planning a Family / Group Vacation on a Budget

Tips for Planning a Family / Group Vacation on a Budget

According to a study done in 2018, the average cost per person was just over $1,000 when planning vacations. This may be fine if you’re traveling solo, or as a couple, but can become quite expensive for the whole family or a group of people.

Taking family vacations, or traveling with a group, can be a great way to break up your daily routine, and these types of trips have invaluable benefits when it comes to bonding.

But many people hold back because of the money.

So, whether you’re a couple with three kids, dreaming of a Eurotrip with your 5 best girlfriends, or planning a full scale family reunion, the following are our best tips for planning a budget friendly group vacation.

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Why the Lake District is THE Place to Visit this Autumn

Why the Lake District is THE Place to Visit this Autumn

Whilst UK Autumn may not officially start until the 23 rd September, Summer is most certainly drawing to a close, with nights drawing in and the air growing crisper by the day.

Certain destinations are almost definitely at their best throughout the summer months, though other places bask in the warm-hued glow of Autumn, and the Lake District is most definitely one of them.

From spectacular scenery to cosy weather, and a range of seasonal events, here are 5 reasons why the Lake District is THE place to be this Autumn!

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The Best Way to Save and Share Your Files While Traveling

The Best Way to Save and Share Your Files While Traveling

Whether you’re snapping pics to post on social media, or shooting new material for your professional portfolio, taking pictures is a part of travel. As the number of stamps in your passport grows, so too does the documented footage of your adventures around the world.

No matter how much you might cherish each one of these photos, there’s no denying that they’re taking up space on your computer and overwhelming your emails attachments.

Sure, USBs can get the job done if you want to share your photos with a family member or travel partner – you know, and not blow up their inbox because of the size limit on email attachments – or are trying to transfer all your photos from your laptop to your desktop.

But what if we told you that there’s an easier, faster way to do it?

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6 Tips for Your First Time Flying with Children

6 Tips for Your First Time Flying with Children

Flying with children may be new for you, but it doesn’t have to be stressful. Children can travel at virtually any age, which means you don’t have to wait until they’re adolescents to put them on a plane.

Choose a destination, pack your luggage, and enjoy a safe and memorable flight by checking out these six tips for flying with kids.

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Reasons to Choose Vietnam For Your Next Vacation

Reasons to Choose Vietnam For Your Next Vacation

Despite a recently tumultuous history, Vietnam today is one of Southeast Asia’s most beautiful countries, and unforgettable experiences run up and down the length of this incredible nation.

A resilient country who bounced back from a war torn 20th century, today Vietnam is known for a patchwork of emerald rice paddies, white sand beaches, full tilt cities, venerable pagodas, vast caves, craggy mountains, smiling villages, and vertical limestone islands rising dramatically out of the sea.

From the chaos of Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), to the trekking opportunities and outdoor adventure, and relaxed flow of the Mekong Delta, there is no shortage of reasons Vietnam should be at the top of the list for your next vacation.

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