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Tourist Locations and Delights Of Alappuzha May 09

Alappuzha, better known as the Venice of the East is an important tourist location in India; in fact a pearl in India’s tourist map. Rich in cultural history, Alappuzha even had trade relations with Greece and Rome in BC and in the Middle Ages. A land that veins itself with stretches of backwaters fringed by coconut palms; labyrinth of lakes, lagoons and freshwater rivers makes it an exotic tourist location.

The most delightful experience at Alappuzha is of course it houseboat cruises. The houseboats moving silent, un-disturbing the waters are the ones that evolved from the Kettuvallams of the olden times. The Kettuvallams (boats with knots) are nothing but boats held together with coir knots, they were used as rice barges capable to carry tonnes of rice or spices.

But now, these traditional barges have transformed to peaceful water-habitats with all the creature comforts of a nature inspired hotel that floats on water with facilities including furnished bedrooms, modern toilets, cozy living rooms, kitchen and balcony for angling.

Boating on these houseboats, one can enjoy a peaceful voyage along Kerala’s famed palm-lined backwaters through the quiet, water-bound villages and the state’s lush rice bowl, Kuttanad, is a peaceful dip along the simple lifestyle of the people here which is far cry away the busy crowds of the people in the cities of India. Top tourist attraction is the annual boat race, Nehru Trophy Boat Race featuring snake boats racing each other in the Punnamada lake. Read the rest of this entry »

The Best Vacation Spots to Take Your Yacht Nov 04

Taking a yacht into the open waters is one of the best ways to travel. Besides having a crew to take care of your every need, the greatest advantage is the freedom to explore places far from the focus of tourism on more exciting level.

Monaco is considered to be the unofficial capital of the international yachting community.  Nice and Canes are on the top of the list of the Hollywood jet set especially during the film festival. If you fancy something for the younger crowd you may start with Ibiza the clubbing capital of the world. If partying is not your thing, the island is full with beautiful historical places and eye catching scenery. Another great destination is Dubrovnik, a city on the cost of the Adriatic sea, offering a laid back atmosphere between the ancient walls.
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Tools on 18th Century Convict Ships Sep 20

18 century pleasure boatingBack in the middle of the 18th Century, the jails in Britain were absolutely overflowing, there were so many criminals locked up. Believe it or not, but roughly 150 different crimes could get you the death sentence back then, so there were more people waiting for the gallows than could actually be hanged!

You may have heard that Australia was used as almost a prison island – well, this is how that started. Because there simply wasn’t enough room for all the convicts, we started to ship them overseas in specialised “convict ships”. These ships had their own unique tools, which were of course rather different to what we’re used to nowadays. Here are some of the most commonly used ones.

Torture Devices

Yes, sadly, we were still into torturing prisoners in those days. A number of the bigger convict ships had a selection of different torture devices built in to them, and the ship masters were often all too keen to make good use of them while they could. Read the rest of this entry »

Best Sporting Goods Deals of the Fall Season Sep 10

Fall truly is the perfect season for outdoor sports and many brands are encouraging customers to stay out in the gorgeous weather by putting together attractive sporting goods deals that only a true couch potato could ignore. From boating and camping to fishing and hunting, sporting goods deals can turn anyone into the outdoorsy type for as little cash as possible.

Check out this list of the hottest sporting goods deals available right now and then get yourself outdoors for some fun while looking your very best! Read the rest of this entry »

Are Legends Born or Made? Sep 06

Are legends born, or made? To find out Heineken®, as part of its latest global campaign ‘Voyage’, is undertaking it’s most daring experiment yet.  It is testing what men are truly made of when taken out of their daily lives and dropped into the great unknown. Imagine the situation. You are a highly social character, out-going and confident. You get chosen to go on a legendary adventure – something you have never done before – a new experience that will test your resourcefulness. But then you find yourself in the freezing wilderness of Alaska – alone on a glacier, with nothing but a giant life-ring, a tuxedo and a plane ticket to get you home – and the airport is hundreds of miles away. Read the rest of this entry »

How to Buy Train Tickets Online Jun 28

Buying train tickets online, as with purchasing most things online, is easier than ever as companies compete with each other for your custom. Let’s face it; if it wasn’t an easy task then no one would do it so it is vital for the survival of online companies to ensure ease of use and understanding. In saying this, companies are also competing on price as well as ease of use; something definitely to be taken advantage of by the customer. As the internet gets easier to use and navigate, more and more people are shopping online.

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You can buy train tickets online from a few different, popular sites and find the best prices for your journey. The advantages of purchasing online include not having to wait around in that long queue to deal with a quick transaction. It is worth while looking around at these sites and shopping around for the nest deals and prices.

There are even comparison sites now although they are not advertised as the bigger named ones are. Many of the sites selling train tickets online take their prices from other sites, comparing deals and prices as they go, for your benefit. This saves you time whilst ensuring you are getting the best deal every time. If you use the most popular sites you will find advertising such as a saving of up to 80% on your tickets just by purchasing online! As we as this, look of for other special offers or offer codes. Try using your favourite search engine to have a look and see what you can find, this can be time consuming but if you can save money on tickets already reduced by 80% then it is well worth it.

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Travelling from Melbourne to Sydney by Car May 14

The drive from Melbourne to Sydney is a fabulous one, though only if you take your time and go the long way. This stretch of coastline offers some of Australia’s most magnificent scenery, wildlife, towns and people, and it is worth taking your time to see it properly. The following are some of the stand-out places that you should be sure to stop at along the way.

Wilson’s Prom

The southernmost point of mainland Australia is well worth a visit, even though it is a little far. The drive from Melbourne is spectacular, especially once you get to Leongatha, as you wind your way down through beautiful rolling hills before entering the National Park at Wilson’s Promontory. If you have time, it is absolutely worth spending a night or two here, as there are a number of gorgeous cabins to rent, and between the wildlife and the hiking there is plenty to see and do.

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Lake’s Entrance

The drive up to the Lake’s Entrance from ‘the Prom’ is absolutely gorgeous, and the Lake’s Entrance makes for the perfect spot to take a break, get a bite to eat and enjoy stunning views of the ocean.

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Travelling by Boat in Vietnam Apr 23

The sights you’ll see looking out of your Vietnam hotel room window will be vastly different to the view you’ll get when experiencing this beautiful country by boat. In fact, taking a boat ride in Vietnam is really a must. Just like when you are staying in Gold Coast apartments with beach views and a ride on the Aquaduck is a prerequisite for your holiday, so too a boat ride in Vietnam.

There are plenty of boat services which run between the mainland and the islands in Vietnam. Getting around from one place to another by boat is also rather cheap too. If you want to take a less scenic approach to your boat ride, take the express boat service between Vung Tao and Con Dao and between Rach Gia and Phu Quoc.

Ha Long Bay

Take a glimpse at the nature limestone wonders of Ha Long Bay. It’s full of limestone karsts and islands, each ranging in size and shape. Take a tour by boat and experience sandy beaches, freshwater swamp forests and freshwater lakes. There are plenty of tours you can take by boat which will ensure you don’t miss out on any of the beautiful sights here in one of the most popular spots to visit in Vietnam.

Travelling by Boat in Vietnam

Travel Along the Mekong River

Running through Vietnam, China, Thailand, Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia the Mekong River is the longest in south-east Asia. It’s simply brimming with history, culture and opulent natural beauty. There are many different tours you can take, starting at Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam for instance, to enjoy a portion of what the river has to offer. Take a ferry, small boat, raft or cruiser depending on the type of experience you want to have. Here is what you can expect:

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A Seafaring History of Portland, Victoria Apr 18

The city of Portland is home to the only deep-water port between Melbourne and Adelaide. It is located on the far south-west coast of Victoria, midway between Port Fairy and the small town of Nelson, which is near the state border with South Australia. It is also the international gateway for the Green Triangle region.

The port handles bulk commodities in agricultural, forestry, mining, aluminium and fertiliser products. It also exports grain, woodchips, logs, aluminium ingots, livestock and timber products. Imports include alumina, liquid pitch, petroleum coke, sulphuric acid and fertiliser products.

Today, Portland is also known as Victoria’s second fishing port with professional fishing fleets and vessels. Locals and many of the tourists who stay at a Portland hotel also fish for King George whiting, snapper, kingfish, flathead, morwong and bluefin tuna.

Portland, Victoria

Naming the Port

The port’s history started in 1800 when Lieutenant James Grant sailed the Lady Nelson there. He named it Portland Bay in honour of His Grace, the Duke of Portland. By the early 1800s, whalers and dealers took anchorage shelter in Portland while working the strong waters of Bass Strait.

The First Settler

A British man called Edward Henty, who migrated to Western Australia with his family in 1829, arrived at Portland Bay in 1834 during his 34-day voyage of the Thistle. He became the first permanent settler in the Port Phillip district, which was later known as Victoria. His brother, Francis, later joined him to ferry additional stocks and supplies. Soon after, they established a landing place at Portland Bay, which eventually became the town of Portland. Whaling captain, William Dutton, was also a resident.

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Staying In Touch on Holidays Apr 12

While enjoying holidays, most people at some point want to contact home to tell friends and family that everything is going well. Fortunately, there is a myriad of ways that people can communicate with each other these days, and staying in touch is easier than ever. The following are the best ways that you can touch base with friends and family while you’re on holidays.

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Postcards and Letters

Sending and receiving letters or a postcard is an old-fashioned style of communication but for many it is still the best way of generating and maintaining a closer relationship with someone. Postcards are great for on-the-go travelers who don’t have a lot of time to write a long letter, but they still give people at home a good idea of the fun you are having on your trip. Writing letters is the ultimate way to send someone a thoughtful and personal message, and there is nothing better than receiving a letter from a loved one in the mail.



There was a time when calling home from overseas wasn’t a viable option simply because of connectivity and cost concerns. Nowadays, however, calling home on the phone is a great option for travellers wanting to catch up with friends and family no matter where they are in the world. Thanks to the many international calling services that are now available, people can catch up quickly and enjoy hearing a familiar voice on the line.

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