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A Tourist’s Guide to Visiting Singapore

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Visiting Singapore

Visiting SingaporeSingapore may be smaller than its neighbouring countries, but do not let its size fool you. The city-state in Southeast Asia boasts many attractions and activities, enough to keep visitors busy for a week. If you are up for an adventure, here are a few destinations you can visit during your Singapore trip.


The island may be secluded from the rest of Singapore, but due to its easy access by boat, Batam has become an ideal destination even for the locals. You can find great spas, restaurants, bars and beaches there. In fact, you can find just about anything on the island. Before you visit, be sure to research on the famous attractions in the island. Read reviews about the best hotels in Batam to know where you will stay.


Another famous island, which is officially part of Singapore, is Sentosa. The island is comparable to Batam, except that it is smaller. Despite its size, you can find plenty of beaches, restaurants and world-famous attractions in Sentosa.

Theme Parks

Speaking of Sentosa, you can find Universal Studios right at the centre of the island. It is likewise home to a variety of rides and shows that can mesmerise both adults and children. It may take you a whole day to enjoy the entirety of the theme park, so it would be ideal to devote a separate day for it apart from your Sentosa island exploration.

Iconic Symbol

What better proof can you get that you visited Singapore than a picture of the iconic Merlion statue? You can take pictures of it and with it, as well as enjoy the magnificent views of the Marina Bay.

There are many other places to visit and activities to do in Singapore. You can explore museums, parks, temples, and even an observation wheel while you are there. Browse online to learn more about the other attractions and establishments not mentioned here. Book your trip soon and enjoy your stay in Singapore!

Beach Facts to Share For Your Next Vacation

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Jet Ski Experience in New Jersey

Jet Ski Experience in New JerseyWhen is a jet ski not a jet ski? Simple, when it’s made by another company. Following the same tradition as Xerox, Jacuzzi, and Scotch, Jet Ski is actually a brand that dominates its market so completely that it’s mistaken for the name of the object itself.

Water Craft Domination

The real name of the things that everyone calls jet skis is personal water craft (PWC), and jet skis is a model name for the PWC manufactured by Kawasaki. The brand became the first commercially successful PWC in America when it made its debut in 1972, and it hasn’t released its death grip on the top spot ever since.

The story of how Jet Ski eventually came to dominate the water craft world is fascinating, especially considering it came relatively late to the game. The first PWC first hit the water twenty years earlier with European brands like Vincent Amanda (UK) and Wave Roller (Germany). These two companies began exporting their models to the US, Australasia, and the rest of Europe in the 1950s.

The reason Kawasaki and Jet Ski were able to usurp the place of companies in that specific niche for more than a decade was design superiority. This of course doesn’t mean that Kawasaki had better technical engineers than their European counterparts. It’s just that they were able to recognize when they were supposed to veer off the standard path.

Independent Machines

The similarities between PWCs and motorcycles are obvious, and many of the designers during the early development of the technology fell into the trap of borrowing too much from the latter design. If we look at these two machines side-by-side, the only things they have in common are the seat and handlebars.

Everything from the motor to the very physics involved in the operation of these machines is different. Understanding that PWCs are their own machines, and not simply water motorcycles, was the first step in designing a more efficient and effective watercraft that you can now rent. And looking for one is the next step after finding your New Jersey rental home if you want to fully enjoy the water.

The story of Jet Ski is a simple one about doing one thing better than anyone else. This story serves as inspiration for aspiring engineers and entrepreneurs that success is possible – or a factoid to annoy your friends with at parties.

St. George, Utah: From Sandstone Mountains to Dinosaurs

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Snow Canyon in St. GeorgeJust south of Utah and less than 2 hours away by car from Las Vegas is a beautiful, vibrant city that’s teeming with history, outdoor activities, and nature: St. George, Utah.

St. George is a popular tourist destination. There, you can:

Enjoy the Beautiful Climate

The heart of Dixieland is well known for its temperate climate: not too hot, not too cold. Winters are usually mild, a great excuse to have fun, go out, and make the most of your trip in the city.

Play Several Grounds of Golf

Don’t be surprised if you’ll come across so many golf courses. That’s thanks to the beautiful climate and weather — and the stunning scenery where grass perfectly complements the red-colored mountains. With so many courses available too, you can be assured you’ll have plenty of time to tee and train.


The quaint city is such a gorgeous place to bike. Along the way, you’ll come across some of its heritage-listed buildings, some of which can be traced back to the time of the pioneers. On the other hand, if you’re crazy about off-roading, you can begin with easier tracks like the Gooseberry Mesa where the road is flat.

Visit the Parks

For anybody who loves the outdoors, St. George should be an object of enduring affection. Visitors can choose among Gunlock, Quail Creek, or Snow Canyon, which are all state parks. However, the king of all parks, Clarion Suites Saint George claims, is Zion National Park.

The Zion National Park St George Utah is part of the Zion Canyon and spreads across three counties. The oldest national park in the state, it looks incredibly majestic with its arches, canyons, sandstone mountains, rivers, and trails. Aside from biking, visitors can explore the vast area aboard a 4×4, although hiking isn’t such a bad idea either. The park also has microbreweries, spa, and even a grocery.

Find Dinosaurs

The Dinosaur Site in Johnson Farm is probably the closest thing you’ll ever have to real-life Jurassic Park. No, there are no living dinosaurs in here, but several traces and fossils of them and other living things that date back to the Early Jurassic Period.

Relive the History

Sure, there are many old buildings, but the best way to tour them is through George Live where many residents act and dress up, bringing you back to the early days of the city. The entire tour lasts for around 2 hours, but it costs only $3 — not too shabby, right?

According to quantum theory, reality doesn’t exist until you take a look it. Well, in the case of St. George, you haven’t had fun until you have visited the area.

What to Expect When Touring on A Motorcycle

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MotorcycleTouring is always a fun experience, may it be a walk through or not—prepare to be in for an adventure.

Thanks to the booming and ever growing tourism and hospitality industry in the Philippines, a number of exciting activities have now turned into a tourist recreational activity.

Simple swimming and boat tours are famous in the provincial areas. Exciting and adrenaline-pumping ones, on the other hand, like motorcycle tours—the Philippines is also famous for it. Especially since you need not catch a connecting flight to enjoy a breezy bike ride through the city.

Expect the following to happen when you tour the urban streets of Manila on a motorcycle.

Food Stops

One of the things the Philippines takes great pride in is their delectable cuisine. Expect a number of food stops on the way to your next destination and a full stomach upon getting there. Don’t think it’s strange to be stopping every 20-30 minutes to grab a snack, it is part of the Filipino culture.

Friendly Locals

Do not be surprised when you drive past kids and adults waving at you—it’s normal. Filipinos enjoy the presence of other people and the fact that people from other countries come by to visit. In that sense, expect to not get lost in the midst of helpful locals who are always willing to go the extra mile to help you.

Serviced Gas Stations

One thing you might be surprised about is the country’s gas filling stations. As opposed to Western countries, where you fill your vehicle on your own, the Philippines has so-called “gas boys.” They will attend to your needs and you need not be shy or uneasy.

Overloaded Vehicles

Jeepneys and tricycles are the main modes of transportation. Being comfortable with these vehicles, locals have turned them into heavy duty modes to transfer people and goods. Your heart may jump a bit, but fear not—the locals know what they’re doing.

Get on that motored 2-wheel vehicle and drive through the busiest streets of Manila to its open spaces. Learn from your guide and tour the city. See it through the locals’ eyes with adrenaline pumping through your bloodstream and enjoy the ride.

A Day-to-Night Guide to Jakarta

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JakartaIf you want a unique, vibrant vacation experience the next time you travel, Jakarta is the place to be. With its balance of urban living and preserving its unique Asian heritage, the city is alive with so much color and activity. You’ll definitely have a great time if you decide to visit the city, even for a quick getaway. Even if you have just 48 hours to spend in Jakarta, says you’ll still be able to experience the best that the Indonesian capital has to offer.

Spend the morning at the beach

There’s nothing like waking up early and watching a beautiful sunrise at the shore of a lovely beach. Jakarta has a lot of beaches along its coastline, and you can choose to stay in resorts instead of opting to book a hotel room. That way, as soon as your day begins, you can spend it enjoying the sun and the sand. Also, these resorts are close to the heart of the city, so you won’t have to travel so far if you want to be at the metro.

Go for a tour in the afternoon

Whether you prefer going for an outdoor trek, or walking around museum strips, or simply taking a sightseeing stroll through parks and streets, this city has the right tour for you. There are many hiking trails that you can walk which go through the rainforests and end in spectacular views. Maybe you’d like to ride a boat and go island-hopping. Or you can go to the Kota Tua – the Old Town – to catch a glimpse of art and culture.

Have a taste of Indonesia’s unique cuisine for dinner

Indonesia features the best both in modern fine dining and in its local cuisine. If you want to splurge on dinner, you can book a reservation in one of the many restaurants in the metro. Whatever your taste might be – French, Italian, Turkish, fusion cooking – then there’s definitely a restaurant that can satisfy your cravings. If your budget’s tight, you can still have a great dining experience; go to any of the food stalls bordering the streets so that you can sample the local fare.

Party the night away

Because the city is abuzz with activity, it’s no surprise that it’s also a city that doesn’t sleep. The heart of Jakarta comes alive at night, where you can dance to the beat and have fun in one of the many local clubs all over the metro.

Even if you only have a short time for your vacation, you’ll still be able to make the most of it. If you plan everything right, especially if you talk to professional tourist guides who can help you plan your itinerary, then your days – or rather, day – in Jakarta will certainly be well spent.

Fire and Ice: Enjoy Australia in Summer or Winter

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Winter in Australia

Winter in AustraliaAustralia is one of the best places to have a holiday. It boasts some of the best beaches, cities and landscapes south of the equator. You’ll find that whether it’s summer or winter, Australia is the place to be.

If you are a novice traveller looking for your first memorable trip, or a veteran explorer who wants to add another destination to your list, here are a few reasons to visit Australia in summer or winter.

Summer: Fun Under the Sun

Summer, which takes place during the months of December to February, has already passed in Australia. There is always next year, though, so get clued in. There are many activities to enjoy during the sunniest season of the year.

For starters, you can go enjoy the beaches. People will be flocking to them to work on their tan, go for a dip, or even go surfing. While you at the beach, enjoy the seaside bars and restaurants so you can get the best of Australia’s flavours on the go. Perhaps you’d like to try horse-riding or go kayaking from the sea to the mountains at Gold Coast.

Winter: Enjoying the Slopes

“Winter is coming,” as the line from the popular show goes. That does not mean cold days and nights of inaction or idleness in Australia, though.

Winter only means a new set of activities to enjoy. Go for an extended vacation during the months of June to August. Select one of the many packages for ski holidays and book one for you and your family. From alpine skiing to snowboarding, there is no reason to let the cold stop you.

Enjoying what Australia has to offer in summer and winter will leave you with great memories and experiences. Whether you’re out for some fun in the sun or for cool excitement, there will always be something to do that’s just right for you.

Perth: Western Australia’s Gateway to Exciting

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car rentalPerth, Western Australia’s gateway, is popular for its perfectly blue skies and sunny days. It’s a great place to bring along your closest friends or the whole family and just explore its wondrous sights. What do you need to see in Perth and how to go about it? Read on to find out.

Getting Around

Exploring the city is quite easy, especially with all the new transportation methods. If you opt to get one of the many cars for hire in Perth, you can grab a map or use your smartphone to know directions. There are also public trains, buses, and ferries that operate regularly.

Food Trip

You’ll never run out of great restaurants to dine at and scrumptious food to try in Perth. In Northbridge’s Chinatown, you can taste authentic yum cha and other dishes made of quality local produce. Coffee is also popular here, so you can find delicious coffee and tea brews made by trained baristas in any laneway and street.

Bars and Drinks

Just recently, the bar scene in Perth exploded and there are now plenty of establishments popping up here and there. They come in different styles, including refreshing, quirky, and sophisticated bars for different personalities to enjoy. You can order fine wines, cool cocktails, and craft beers while loving the tapas style eats and local music.

Festivals and Shows

Perth is also a place full of cultural and artistic fun and excitement. The State Theatre Centre of Western Australia is not to miss because of their contemporary performing arts presentations. Other theatres offering distinct and one-of-a-kind plays and attractions include The Blue Room Theatre, The Perth Concert Hall, Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company, and His Majesty’s Theatre.

Perth is a treasure that you should explore. Preparing an exhaustive itinerary that includes your personal favourites is important so you could enjoy every minute of your visit.

Packing Checklist: What to Bring for Your Rafting Trip

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raftingColorado is home to rivers that make adrenaline junkies visit for an unforgettable water adventure. Whether with family or friends, many Americans go to this state to experience what its waters have to offer. If you’re planning to try whitewater rafting for the first time, preparation can go a long way. Apart from learning the basics, bringing the necessary items can help you make it more fun and exciting.

Here are some of the things you should bring when rafting at Breckenridge and other water adventure spots in Colorado:

Clothing and Footwear

Bring clothes made of quick-drying fabric, like nylon shorts and bathing suits. Don’t bring clothes made of cotton if the weather is cold because cotton doesn’t offer enough insulation. Cotton is ideal only during summer because it dries slowly, keeps you cool for a prolonged period, and can protect you from the harmful rays of the sun. If you have the budget, buying a waterproof paddle jacket, rain suit, or windbreaker is a good idea.

Bring athletic shoes, wet suit booties, river shoes, or rugged sandals with secure straps around the ankle. Apart from protection, you need footwear that has good grip to avoid losing your balance. Make sure you’ve broken them in to avoid blisters. Avoid flip-flops and thongs, and don’t even try rafting with bare feet.

Sun Protection

The sun reflects off shallow water, making the river act like a mirror. There’s a high chance of getting sunburned because water reflects ultraviolet (UV) radiation. Whether the sun is shining brightly or not, you still need protection because UV rays can penetrate the clouds. Bring sunblock lotion with a PA+++ rating for UVA rays and high sun protection factor (SPF) for UVB rays. Bringing a hat or cap is advisable if you’re not planning to wear a helmet. Sunglasses are optional, but can also be useful.

Make the rafting experience more worth it by bringing the necessary items. Be sure to have a checklist, so you won’t forget anything when you pack for the trip.

Lost in London: Touring the City Affordably

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Travel to LondonThe Big Ben, the London Bridge, the red telephone boxes, and that distinct British accent—these are only some of the reasons people want to be in London even for a while. The cost of living in the city, however, can be pretty high. Nevertheless, that doesn’t mean you will have to shell out every resource you have to make the most of your stay.

There are many ways to save money during your sojourn in this superb English city. Read on to lessen that traveller’s anxiety brought about by your fear of going broke.


Instead of shelling out for private cabs and tourist buses, get yourself a visitor’s Oyster card. This is a great alternative to individual tickets. Your Oyster card will allow you to explore the wonders of London’s public transit system. More importantly, it can take you to key destinations in the city. You may choose an accommodation that is within walking distance of points of interest, as well.


Speaking of accommodation, you can find inns and hospitality establishments that are priced much lower than hotels. LHA London added that there are tourist-friendly accommodations throughout the city. It is advisable to go for inns that allow flexible arrangements in case you need to stay longer than planned.


If you have extra cash, you may go to the West End or the Royal Albert Hall for some entertainment. If you need more savings, you can always visit the most iconic museums around the city: The British Museum, The National Portrait Gallery, and The Natural History Museum. Some theatres have free concerts.


Ditch the hotels and fine dining restaurants. There are traditional cafeterias and supermarkets where you can get your English fix. You can go for ethnic dishes, such as those of Asian origin. If you want that authentic British feel, go to the nearest pubs.

London will only be a pricey city if you are looking to spend your money on costly finds. With these few tips, you surely will survive your first week without going broke.

Your Day Trip Guide to Exploring Fortitude Valley

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accommodationsMany backpackers look for the extraordinary when travelling. Sometimes, they end up looking at classic art in museums. Others hit a strip of super clubs and malls.

As the hub of music and entertainment, Fortitude Valley is home to different accommodations, cafes and restaurants. The local strip features a number of retail stores, nightclubs and live music venues.

The Food Fix for the day

Apart from being an entertainment hub, the valley is a food district with café culture on the side. Small alleys in the city would surprise you with vintage stores, boutiques and cafes. You can enjoy a morning snack at Flamingo, featuring a sweet selection of breakfast favourites, from toasties to scrambled eggs. You can also squeeze in fresh juices to get your energy boost for your day trip.

Stroll around the multicultural food hall with Malay-Chinese Old Town Kitchen and Indian curry for low-cost treats. You can also grab a treat in the sunken Brunswick St. corner, featuring the beer and dumpling bar Harajuku Gyoza.

For a hearty dinner, Moo Moo the Wine Bar & Grill offers your favourite prime steak cuts. Enjoy their signature dish, the Wagyu rump roast with parmesan salad potatoes and a selection of the chef’s sauce.

A Day of Spectacle

During the month of September, Australians celebrate the Brisbane festival. If you want your eyes to feast in alive spectacle, catch the performance of Grupo Puja!, an aerial group from Spain. Titled Do Do Land, the group’s performance would feature Alice in Wonderland in a 45-minute acrobat show. You can also go for walks around South Bank, which will be decorated with handmade ornaments and sparkling lights for the festival.

If you’ve decided on a mall tour, spot the recently renovated Brunswick Street Mall, a former shabby nightspot. Discover the fine treats that the transformation has to offer.

Reports said the mall revitalisation project hopes to turn the mall into an “upmarket inner-city daytime destination” for young professionals, especially during business hours. Of course, the backpackers and day trip travellers can visit for a tour.

A day trip is not enough to get the most out of Fortitude Valley. A lot of nightclubs and live music venues are waiting for you.