Have you ever traveled luggage-class before? It’s like a billion times more awesome than first-class! These are just some of the reasons why.
First-class. The envy of all travelers everywhere. It’s how the rich get from point A to point B with complementary alcohol, ample legroom, legendary service, and plenty of privacy.
But hold on, there’s a new class in town.
I’m sure you all know someone who’s traveled first-class before. Maybe you’ve even been lucky enough to experience it for yourself. Yet how many people do you know who travel in luggage-class?
Yup. Waaaaay more exclusive.
Luggage Compartment Travel
If you don’t already know, long distance bus travel in Thailand can be very comfortable in first-class. The seats are big, have plenty of leg room, and often recline pretty far back.
A few snacks and drinks are handed out over the course of the journey. VIP class buses also include personal LCD screens with movies games.
Over the past few months I’ve traveled on quite a few of these buses. Sure they’ve been nice. But nothing mind-blowing.
Today I traveled in luggage-class for the first time. Underneath the bus, inside the luggage compartment full of bags.
I sincerely believe it’s the next best thing in luxury travel!
Come on, all of us were not born with the golden spoon and hence, when we do travel, saving a little bit of our hard earned money goes a long way towards having a balanced bank account. Read below as I give you the top 25 tips for travel which will help you keep your expenses under check.
1. Take a travel insurance policy
If you are planning to take a trip this holiday, it would be in your best interests to take a travel insurance policy that suits you. In case of any mishap during the course of your travel, your policy would cover any kind of loss and help you save a lot of money.
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Railay Beach, Thailand
My forearms were burning. Sweat streamed into my eyes. There were no safety ropes. Suddenly I lost my grip on the rock and plummeted 35 feet off a cliff.
It’s called Deep Water Soloing. Psycho Bouldering. Psicobloc. Basically you scale rocky cliffs over the ocean without using ropes. The deep water below acts as protection when you fall.
There are certain areas of the world where the sport is quite popular, like the islands around Railay Beach in Southern Thailand.
The landscape around Railay is covered with striking Karst limestone cliffs jutting out of the earth. Climbers from all over the world flock here to test improve their skills. It’s a rock climbing paradise.
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Everyone wants to ride elephants in Thailand. Including me. That was until I spent the day at an elephant sanctuary and learned the disturbing truth about this popular activity.
Just imagine how incredible it would be to sit atop a massive 9 foot tall, 4 ton beast while lumbering your way through deep rivers and pristine jungle.
This is an experience many dream about when planning a visit to Thailand.
I couldn’t wait to get my photo riding on top of a massive elephant!
However there’s a dark side to elephant tourism that many people just don’t seem to be aware of…
Pristine beaches, outback adventures, wildlife trips, hip cities – you name it and Australia has it. Thus it doesn’t come as a surprise that Australia is on most travelers’ wish list. Still in two minds about visiting Australia, then take a tour through our top 21 reasons to visit Australia. We are sure, by the end of it, you would have already planned your itinerary.
1. Ocean Road
The Great Ocean Road is a 250 km long stretch of road winding through some of the world’s most spectacular and diverse landscape. The breathtaking scenery is bound to sweep you off your feet. For a more enriching experience, walk the great ocean road where you get to experience the wonders of the region from a closer perspective.
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Boca de Cupe, Panama
After traveling through the Darien Gap by piragua canoe to visit a remote jungle village, I was forced to leave when security forces kicked me out.
The Darien is a swath of roadless wilderness between Panama Colombia that’s full of mystery intrigue. For years it’s been known as a haven for criminals, drug smugglers, and anti-government guerrilla groups.
Understandably most travelers decide to avoid the area, sailing around or flying over it instead.
But after speaking with a few individuals who had recently made the journey inside, I determined that it was safe enough to attempt a trip. Panama’s elite border security force Senafront has built up a strong presence in much of the region.
While the Darien Gap is by no means danger-free, it’s safer than it was just a few years ago.
My morning started in the village of El Real. I said goodbye to my Brazilian friend Gabriel as he hitched a ride to Yaviza via canoe to catch a local bus back to Panama City.
Unfortunately he did not have the proper permissions to continue further with me.
From here on it would just be myself and Isaac — a local guide from the Kuna indigenous tribe.
After a hike through the Guatemalan jungle, I found paradise. The natural limestone bridge turquoise blue pools of Semuc Champey had revealed themselves.
From the town of Lanquin, the national park of Semuc Champey is a bumpy and winding 30 minute pickup-truck ride into the jungle. Standing in the back of the truck, you get a great view of the scenery around you.
Then the Cahabòn River comes into view for the first time.
The color is incredible. A strong bright turquoise blue that sharply stands out from the surrounding green jungle.
Situated in the eastern edge of Southeast Asia, the Philippines is home to 7,107 islands, so it’s not surprising to know that the country is surrounded with stunning beach resort towns. If you are planning to have your vacation in this Asian country, then you will be spoiled for choices. In the Philippines, there are just so many things to see and do. You can soak at the pristine beaches with clear waters, trek through the Banaue rice terraces and admire its stunning views or climb through the chocolate colored hills in Bohol. So here are the 15 best tourist attractions that you should see when visiting the Philippines.
The Tubbataha Reef is located in the Sulu Sea. It is a marine sanctuary where divers can explore and witness the pulsating marine life underwater. The reef consists of two atolls, the South and North atoll, which was separated by a deep channel that is about 8 kilometers wide. It has become one of the most popular dive sites all over the country due to its beautiful coral walls. The marine park is open for diving excursions during the month of April until June where the waves are calmer.
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Nakhon Chai Si, Thailand
Hordes of screaming men possessed by their magic Sak Yant tattoos run wildly towards a shrine, crashing into the human shield of soldiers protecting it. Welcome to Thailand’s bizarre Wai Kru Festival.
Each year over 10,000 people gather at Wat Bang Phra, a large Buddhist temple about an hour outside Bangkok to recharge the magic of their sacred Sak Yant tattoos.
Sak Yants are traditional Thai tattoos etched into the skin by Buddhist monks for protection luck, blessed with magic powers. Often applied by hand using a long metal or bamboo rod with a needle attached to the end, dipped in special ink made from ingredients like charcoal snake venom.
However the supernatural power of these tattoos wears off over time, requiring them to be re-blessed and recharged. This is the purpose of the Wai Kru festival, paying respect to the teacher, and infusing new magic into thousands of Sak Yants at once.
The result can only be described as absolute mayhem.
With a kaleidoscope of enchanting scenic landscapes dotted with pristine lakes, mountain peaks covered with snow, cities and towns that bear testimony to a rich historical past, gorgeous cathedrals and charming villas to cute pizzerias and cafes that sell mouth watering pizzas and chocolates, Italy, the nation that resembles a boot on the world map is an ultimate traveler’s paradise. Lets take a look at the top 25 best places in Italy that range from scenic hamlets, museums, cities, lakes, monuments and fashionable streets. Visiting these places will definitely make you say it clear and loud – Italia e Bella, or Italy is beautiful!
1. Isola di Burano
Whats that one striking feature that looks attractive in Isola di Burano? Well, you guessed right my friends! Its the brightly painted houses here that catch your attention the moment you visit this beautiful island town. The town is nestled on the island Isola di Burano located in a lagoon and is world famous for its colorful rows of houses that can be seen from a long distance in the sea. Of all the houses, the most famous house is called “la Casa di Bepi Sua”. Its colorful and its facade resembles many a different shapes of geometry.
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