Thursday, June 15, 2017

The Delicious Delights of China

China is an extraordinary mix of landscapes and regional histories and cultures. No wonder there are so many distinct styles of cuisine to enjoy when you are traveling through the country! Historically, rice and noodles were the staples for most of the country. Typically, these are the dishes we still enjoy most today. And vegetarians are still very well catered for with a wide variety of meat-free and fish-free dishes. If you love food, then China should definitely be on your vacation list this year.

One of the best places to explore the widest variety of culinary delights is the city. Traditional ideas and dishes have traveled into the city with the workers, so you’re more likely to get a greater range of flavors in places like Hong Kong. Don’t feel that Hong Kong’s historic ties with the West have had a detrimental effect on the cuisine. On the contrary - The Chinese people have been traveling across the globe for centuries to source new foods and flavors. This eclectic mix is what gives the foods their character.


So what should you look for? Aside from the huge range of dishes and flavors, many of the recipes you can sample are prepared for their medicinal properties. Traditional Chinese gastronomy indicates that meals should incorporate each of the four natures or temperatures of serving. These would be hot, warm, cool, and cold. Dishes should also feature the sweet, sour, bitter, pungent and salty flavors too.

Eating in Hong Kong also gives you access to a wide range of international dishes, prepared with a distinctly Chinese flavor. Book into a hotel in Causeway Bay that can offer great restaurant service as well as easy access to this vibrant coastal area. When you’re this close to the Bay, you can get out on the water to help build up a much-needed appetite for some of the freshest cuisines you can find here.
 
Like most places, every region will have a signature dish. Is it worth traveling all over China to sample them? If you love your food, you’ll go in search of the best dishes! The climate does make an enormous difference to the kinds of ingredients that can be sourced freshly. Don’t forget, the cities are likely to be the only places where you can find the modern Chinese ‘fast food’ dishes. City life is fast-paced and modern dishes have been adapted to suit.

Don’t forget, you can visit places like Hong Kong and enjoy far more than just the food! There is a wealth of incredible shopping opportunities like markets, boutiques, and malls. You can’t go wrong if you’re looking for a new wardrobe in down! The air can be quite thick, so it’s nice to have a fresh outfit to change into after a long day out.

Whatever you come to China for, don’t miss out on the wide range of dishes that are on offer, especially in the cities. You can sample what you like, but make sure you can enjoy a full meal from your favorite region too.


Sunday, June 11, 2017

4 Things to Consider When Going Traveling

Booking a vacation is overwhelming and exciting all at once. You have the whole world laid about before you to choose from, but you can easily narrow down your choices with a lot of research and a little thought. You should first make a list of all the places you have previously visited, and all the places you’ve longed to visit. This can help you to narrow down the destination, then factoring in the time you have to take and how much money you have to spend is next.

When you need to decide a travel destination, you should always consider what you like. Do you like to rough it on hikes and climbs, or do you prefer to lounge on a beach holding a couple of cocktails? Do you enjoy the thrill of moving from hostel to hostel and experiencing a country in all its glorious culture? All of these questions will help you to make the decision toward where you want to travel. So, let’s look at the things you need to consider before you embark on your next adventure:

Budget. Unfortunately, you cannot travel without money. However, you do not need to have a huge amount of surplus cash to make a travel dream happen. Unless, of course, you are aiming for a month of five-star holiday on a beach! You can plan for a vacation in a thrifty way by teaming up with a good travel agent who can get you the best deals. You also have to consider the costs of the best travel insurance so that you can get a great deal and the best coverage. Once you’ve booked, think about your spending money! Take time to save up!

Time. Time is such a huge factor when you are choosing somewhere to visit. It’s not just the time you take off, whether it’s a weekend away or an entire month off. It’s the time you actually place the booking. You have to find the balance between booking close to the dates you want so you can get a great last-minute deal and ensuring you book with enough time to pay off your trip. Booking early allows you plenty of time to pay off your vacation and also save spending money, so make time a factor.


Documents. Wherever you choose to go, you need to check the documentation you need. Some areas require you to have shots, visas and even different levels of travel insurance. Hiking up the side of a mountain will require healthcare sign off and certain long-haul breaks will require visas that you need to get early. Vaccinations are never nice, but are a very real part of traveling.

Weather. Lastly, think about the weather! You want to enjoy where you’re going, so taking a week in a place that has torrential monsoons for a few weeks in the year is probably not a good idea. Always check the weather trends for where you are going before you book to avoid disappointment!


Sunday, May 21, 2017

6 Reasons to Visit Sweden for Your Next Holiday

Sweden, the country best known for Ikea, Volvo, beautiful blonde people and its Viking heritage. This Scandinavian country is best known for its jaw-dropping vistas, it’s amazing approach to the art of beer making and its historical and cultural significance in the world. For those who haven’t visited, Sweden holds an almost fairy-tale like quality. That assumption is even stronger for those who have visited.

Before booking your flights, be sure to familiarize yourself with the ETIAS legislation that will come in requiring citizens from other countries to fill out an application form before they arrive.
Sweden is an idyllic place, and well worthy of anyone’s holidaying time. Still not convinced? Well, let these ‘6 reasons to visit Sweden’ compound our point, and bite you with the Scandinavian traveling bug.
 

The Winters

Due to its northern location, Sweden receives some of the most beautiful snowfall to trim the landscapes with. It’s arguably due to the intense coldness that the people have such character and welcome tourists with open arms. If you’re into winter sports, there’s no better destination than Sweden to get your fix. Why not hire a jet ski and travel around the frozen lakes in a novel way? Then wash it down with a great Swedish jug of beer to truly do the destination proud.


Music Festivals

There are some brilliant music festivals in Sweden. One of the best is Way out West, in Gothenburg. This is held in Slottsskogen Park and is one of the biggest in Europe. Drawing some of the best acts from across the world, this is the best way to fuse the freedom loving spirit of a festival with the open and gorgeous climate of the Swedish landscape.

The Nature

Sweden is one of the more idyllic countries, with wide-ranging mountains, trees, lakes and wildlife. The cities and natural national parks are closely interlinked, so you’re never too far away from one to visit the other. This will be an awesome opportunity to reconnect with nature and explore your inner free Viking spirit.


The Northern Lights

The northern lights are the most observable and beautiful in Sweden. If you’ve only seen them in pictures or video, that doesn’t do it justice. Sitting and basking in cosmic awe as you rest in a beautiful natural environment is almost too amazing to fully absorb. You’ll be sure to remember the experience for the rest of your life.
 

Wildlife

Sweden has a beautiful array of varied wildlife, and the untouched natural landscapes only add to that. In fact, you can easily find wild reindeer in Sweden, which is sure to capture the imagination of your children if you take them.
 

Stockholm

Stockholm is the capital of Sweden and is rife with lakes, canals, islands and rich cultural diversity. It has historical architecture, huge and varied entertainment possibilities, and some of the best food in Scandinavia.


If you’ve never visited Scandinavia, Sweden is an excellent place to start. You’re sure to take more photo’s here than any other tourist destination thanks to the undoubtedly beautiful landscape and amazing, down-to-earth people.


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