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How to Travel in a More Ethically Conscious Way

Posted by on 10:09 pm in Blog, Eco Tourism | 1 comment

How to Travel in a More Ethically Conscious Way

Let’s be honest. Making ethical travel choices isn’t always easy. And it’s often the least sustainable means of travel which come in the cheapest, while companies who champion positive ethical values and responsible travel are slightly more expensive.

Responsible and ethical travel will require you to do your research before you visit a place. It will cost time, money and effort. But it doesn’t have to be overwhelming, and you can often make an individual impact by being willing to make a couple of simple lifestyle changes.

We can’t all live in the mountains and eat only what we have grown in our vegetable patches, however part of our duty as travellers is being aware that our decisions (yes, even on holiday!) have a significant impact on our natural surroundings.

I genuinely believe that we can explore the world and discover new cultures and places, while honouring and respecting the planet. Here are a few of my suggestions for how to travel in a more ethically conscious way.

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Top 10 Beaches to Visit in Malta

Posted by on 1:46 pm in Blog, Malta | 8 comments

Top 10 Beaches to Visit in Malta

For many travel enthusiasts, finding a perfect place to spend an unforgettable summer can be quite challenging. With so many famous tropical destinations out there, the choices seem to be endless.

An island nation that lies in the heart of the Mediterranean, one of the top picks when it comes to summer escapade is the beautiful island of Malta.

Aside from its rich history and stunning natural beauty, Malta’s weather is perfect beach weather; very mild winters and warm to hot summers. The seascapes here are among the most stunning in the Mediterranean, and the beaches radiate with golden sand.

Don’t let the title of the ‘Smallest Country in EU’ fool you; with such an incredible range of coastline to choose from, Malta Uncovered has put together a comprehensive list of the best beaches around the country.

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Budget Travel Hacks: 9 Ways to Save Money While Visiting Sydney

Posted by on 4:21 pm in Australia, Blog, Budget Travel, World | 12 comments

Budget Travel Hacks: 9 Ways to Save Money While Visiting Sydney

Sydney is one of the most amazing cities in the world, but it can also be one of the most expensive.

From a morning cup of coffee to a bunk in a hostel, the cost of visiting Sydney often catches travelers off guard, and might be a little bit higher than you were expecting.

However, you don’t have to let a trip to Sydney break the bank! Here are our top tips and tricks for saving money while visiting this incredible city.

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3 Ways to Prepare for Travel During the Hurricane Season

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3 Ways to Prepare for Travel During the Hurricane Season

With memories still relatively fresh from the catastrophic destruction meted out by Hurricanes Maria, Irma, Harvey and Nate, some people may understandably wonder how anyone would contemplate traveling at this time of the year.

Yet, there may be multiple reasons why someone may be compelled to travel to a different city, state or country during this time.

Whether it’s a business meeting that you have to attend or it’s taking advantage of a travel deal that isn’t available at any other time of the year, it is possible for you to travel during the hurricane season. It’s not an ordinary time though so things you would take for granted otherwise will take on enormous significance during the storm season.

While one option is to go somewhere where the probability of a hurricane is low you can apply the following tips to make your travel to hurricane-prone areas feasible.

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The Best Ways To Get Around When You Arrive

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The Best Ways To Get Around When You Arrive

Traveling to other countries is eminently exciting and will open up your mind to new cultures and your life to new experiences you’ll never forget.

But there’s more to traveling abroad than just getting there: you also have to think about how to get around once you do.

What makes a travel method “best?” As we explore some options below, we’ll consider speed, comfort, convenience, cost savings, and pure, full out fun as good reasons to include a travel option on our “best” list.

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Travel Apps You May Not Have Realized You Need

Posted by on 6:14 pm in Blog, Technology, Travel Tips | 20 comments

Travel Apps You May Not Have Realized You Need

When we think of useful travel apps we think of browsing the app store and downloading something useful to our phone.

And certainly, nowadays there are apps for just about everything; flight schedules, money journals, foreign language translations – there’s something to meet every traveler’s need.

There are many mainstream apps that almost everyone has; social media apps for staying connected, perhaps online banking to stay on top of your bills while you’re overseas. But by the same token, there are also a range of apps that will make your life easier, that you may not have realized you need!

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Malpensa Airport to Lugano: Reasons to Visit Switzerland While in Italy

Posted by on 10:33 am in Blog, Switzerland | 14 comments

Malpensa Airport to Lugano: Reasons to Visit Switzerland While in Italy

Europe is one of those very rare continents where you can land in Italy for breakfast, and be in Switzerland by lunch. And if there ever was a town worth crossing the border for, it would be the Swiss city of Lugano.

An hour drive from Milan’s Malpensa Airport, Lugano is the largest holiday town in the region of Ticino, and with a stunning selection of natural sites, historic buildings, and a distinct Mediterranean flair, there are many reasons to plan a visit during your trip to Italy.

Whether you plan to visit Lugano as a day trip from Milan, or use it as your springboard to start exploring Switzerland, it’s cheap and easy to organize a shuttle bus, train, or private transfer.

The following are reasons to make the trip from Malpensa Airport to Lugano, and visit Switzerland while you’re visiting Italy!

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3 Days in Bangkok Itinerary (Places to Visit & What to See)

Posted by on 11:14 am in Blog, Thailand | 36 comments

3 Days in Bangkok Itinerary (Places to Visit & What to See)

Bangkok’s reputation precedes itself, but however you feel about the Thai capital, it is safe to say that it’s definitely not a boring place.

For me, it was a struggle to like the city. On my first visit I loved it, on my second I hated it. On my third and fourth I was a bit indifferent, and on my latest visit, in February 2018, love blossomed again.

Having spent quite some time in ‘the Venice of the east’ I feel comfortable writing that if you visited Bangkok without liking it, you probably had the wrong guide.

So to help you avoid developing an unhealthy and complicated relationship with Bangkok, here are some tips to make sure your visit to ‘the Sin City of Asia’ (damn, so many nicknames) is going to be a spot on success.

You can also use our three day Bangkok itinerary as a guide for planning out your trip.

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Best Schoolies Week Destinations to Avoid the Gold Coast

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Best Schoolies Week Destinations to Avoid the Gold Coast

The end of the year is almost upon us and that can mean only one thing, Schoolies Week! Australian high school grads will soon be celebrating their long academic path to adulthood by taking a week long, well deserved pat-on-the-back holiday.

While Schoolies is a time for celebration and letting loose a bit, many grads are looking for a safer and more enjoyable experience. I have rounded up the top destinations across Australasia where you can ditch the drugs, binge drinking, and violence that often plagues the Gold Coast.

Whether you’re in the mood for an island getaway, fun-filled cruise, or international cultural getaway, Sure Thing Schoolies can help you arrange a safe and memorable Schoolies experience.

You can search destinations that offer verified Schoolies hotels that meet safety guidelines and offer official Schoolies events.

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Paris off the Beaten Path: Unique and Unusual Things to do in Paris

Posted by on 11:17 am in Blog, France | 33 comments

Paris off the Beaten Path: Unique and Unusual Things to do in Paris

Paris. Every superlative in the world has been used to describe Paris, and whether they’ve personally traveled or not, I would wager that every person on earth could reel off an impressive list of things to do.

Photographs of Paris are instantly recognizable, and if you’re traveling to snap a photo of the wrought iron Eiffel Tower, or gargoyled Notre Dame cathedral, let’s be honest, that’s not exactly new.

Paris is, after-all, the most visited city in Europe, and many, many, people have walked the lamplit bridges of the Seine before you.

But despite being one of the most travelled cities in the world, Paris manages to keep a few secrets. Beyond the grandoise palaces and boulevards, and behind the museums and historic facades, are cobbled backstreets with many lesser-known things to do.

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