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Places to visit on your Maldives holiday

Sailing through the unseen and unprecedented times of Pandemic followed by lockdown, life slowly started getting back to normal. Little did we know that Covid-19 would become a part of our lives, individuals had already gathered courage and pulled up their life gears to set the ball rolling. Having said so, how can the travel bug inside us stay silent? The Air Bubble arrangement by the Indian External Affairs Ministry has finally given wings to all the travel aspirations which had taken a back seat for a brief period.

Talking about the Maldives, it is one of the first International destinations to open up for tourism and is undoubtedly one of the most exotic islands to experience. The white sandy beaches, picturesque blue lagoons, spectacular marine life, and luxurious water villas simply make this archipelago look like a painted picture. Synonym to a honeymoon destination, Maldives has a changed perception now, which offers a complete package for families, adventure seekers, architecture enthusiasts, foodies, and shopaholics.

Here is a complete guide to making the most of the Maldives holiday and various places to visit.

International Airport: Velana International Airport
Travel Period: November to February
Currency: Maldivian Rufiyaa
Culture: Majorly Islam

Male:   
As soon as you land in Male, the pleasant sight of this capital city will embark you on a fun-filled holiday. Very different from the usual perception of Maldives, Male is a densely populated city surrounded by tall and colourful buildings on one side and turquoise blue water on the other. With the absence of swanky seaside resorts, infinity pools, etc., Male doesn't become unfavourable even a bit, on the contrary, it is one of the most visited places of Maldives. Visiting heritage museums, scenic parks, beautiful art galleries, and mosques will be one of the best experiences of Maldives. Another feather on the cap for the city is the artificial crescent-shaped beach which offers thrilling activities such as snorkeling, underwater scooter riding, kayaking, and lots more. Lastly, Male visit is incomplete without relishing the local food in some of the best restaurants and cafes in the city.

Places to visit: Friday Mosque, Tsunami Monument, National Museum, Sultan park

TIP: Visit Male before proceeding to your resort. One full day is enough to cover major attractions

Banana Reef:
To all the diving enthusiasts, head straight to Banana reef! It is considered as one of the first and best diving spots not only in the Maldives but also in the world. Not just this, adventure junkies can quench their thirst here by experiencing the thrill of scuba diving, snorkeling & jet skiing. The island which has a unique banana shape when seen from the top is blessed with rich marine life, amazing corals, and spectacular cliffs. Marine lovers, kids, and youngsters would be delighted to watch various colourful species of fish such as squirrelfish, bannerfish, grouper, sharks, barracudas, etc. In the evening simply take a stroll on the shore or laze around on the shacks, embracing the pleasant breeze alongside the calm and tranquil currents.


COMO Cocoa Island:
When in the Maldives, not visiting COMO Cocoa Island is equal to returning from a holiday without clicking any pictures. In short, one of the prettiest islands, COMO Cocoa is known for its swanky and luxurious water villas. Surrounded by 33 water villas and a series of resorts this can be an apt location for honeymoon couples, partygoers, baby boomers, and families looking for a quiet and serene atmosphere. While being submerged in experiencing the five-star treatment, do not forget to take a dip in the waters and trying snorkeling, scuba diving, and capturing your best moments at infinity-edge bathtubs. To sum up taking a stroll on the powdery cotton-like sand alongside the azure blue water, followed by a rejuvenating Spa retreat and sumptuous dinner will be a perfect thing to unwind.

Bioluminescent Beach:
In a bid to explore something new and uncommon in the Maldives, your encounter with the bioluminescent beach will be one of the most memorable ones. Having attained a lot of popularity due to its unique feature of glowing blue dots in the dark waters, visitors often throng here to get a glimpse of this Sea of Stars. While this may sound mystical, a marine microorganism named plankton is responsible for producing this vibrant blue light under the sky. As the sun sets in and the sky goes dark, these planktons gradually start settling themselves on the shore, making the shore glow like a diamond. This phenomenon may easily pass as magic for first-time visitors as if stars have made their way down the sea. It truly is a satisfying experience and a perfect place to spend overnight.

How to reach: The beach is a part of Vadhoo Island and around 8 km away from Male 

Hulhumale Island:
If the natural beauty of Maldives made you go awestruck, then hold your breath as there is tough competition from an artificial island too. To declutter the capital city Male, the authorities planned for this small island, which eventually became one of the most visited places of Maldives. Despite being artificial, the look and feel of the island is quite natural and has everything that a tourist looks for. With a decorated view of palm trees, tidy beaches, clear waters, and green architecture, Hulhumale is a perfect amalgamation of modern and island lifestyle. Located close to the airport, this can be a good option for a night stay either before or after the trip.

TIP:
1) Shopaholics can explore the Centro Mall, which has everything under one roof

2) It has a central park which can be a good bet if you are done with water and sand

3) Dolphin watching is an option that is a little away from the cost
Island follows strict guidelines for proper dressing and drinking is prohibited too on the island except inside the resorts.

Maafushi Island:
The beauty of Maafushi is so fascinating that the calm waters, sandy beaches, a variety of water sports, and the overall scenic view will coax you to stay there forever. Away from the hustle-bustle of the city life couple of days well spent in Maafushi will surely soothe your senses. Due to its unbeatable beauty and serene view, it is a favourite hotspot for couples and honeymooners. Moreover, if sunbathing and donning swimwear was on your agenda head straight to the Bikini beach which is away from all the commercial beaches that are usually loaded with many dos and don'ts. Ladies can flaunt their bikinis and men can go topless and simply lounge around on the beach. The island is also known for having various luxurious and swanky resorts that offer lip-smacking local cuisine.      

    

How to reach: Take ferryboat from Male. Takes approx. 90 mins to reach Maafushi             

Tips:

1)Drinking is prohibited on the island. For those who would like to indulge can take the floating bar that is like a boat ride away from the port
2)This island has turquoise blue water and water sports are quite fun here. Do take time out for sunbath, snorkeling, scuba, etc
3)Tourists can also experience fishing which would be a good stress-buster
                                                                                                                                                                  

Sun Island:
Commonly referred to as Nalaguraidhoo Island, Sun Island is one of the most visited places of Maldives. Embellished with lush greenery, sparkling blue waters, white powdery sand, and charming colourful flowers, words simply cannot describe this dreamland. Tourists come here to embrace the warmth of nature and experience its impeccable beauty. Not only this, the array of luxury resorts will spoil you with choices and will make this one of the most memorable visits to the Maldives. Photographers and videographers will simply go gaga over its beauty, as they take back some breath-taking pictures and videos, which can be cherished forever. Much like most of the islands adventure junkies can make the most of various water sports even here.

How to reach: Take a domestic flight from Male to Sun Island. Distance is around 100kms

TIP: Sun Island Resort is one of the biggest and best resorts in the country. Do plan a visit here to experience absolute bliss and pleasure. 

Emboodhu Finolhu Island:
The famous tag line of Maldives – The Sunny Side of life comes alive in Emboodhu Island. One of the most popular tourist attractions of Maldives, Emboodhu Island is famous for its water villas. These villas are uniquely arranged in the shape of a flower making them look simply stunning from a distance. If you want to get yourself pampered by outstanding hospitality then this is a perfect place to be.  To do so, delve into the utmost luxury of Tax Exotica and its royal ambiance. The view of the Indian Ocean right from your hotel room will be a treat for your eyes and Emboodhu Finolhu Island the most satisfying experience. Do not forget this luxury is incomplete unless you rejuvenate your soul with a relaxing spa massage.

Underwater Restaurants:
Maldives is one of the best destinations in the world to offer undersea dining options. The experience of witnessing colourful aquatic animals so close is simply remarkable. Made up of sparkling white glass these fine dine restaurants may dig a big hole in your pocket but are definitely worth the visit. From a five-course meal to an exotic breakfast to a lavish dinner offering classic cocktails these underwater restaurants will give you the best of culinary experience. Moreover, few of them even have an ambiance, which is themed on marine life. 

Below are a few of them to choose from:

1)Ithaa Restaurant
2)Undersea Restaurant
3)M6m
4)SEA

To sum up, Maldives is a perfect holiday destination for a short break and offers everything that a tourist would look for. For your next relaxation holiday head straight to Maldives and book in advance in order to take advantage of good rates. 

 

 

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15 things you should bring while on a Flight

If you’re packing for a trip, it can be tricky to try and remember everything you need. When you’re flying, it’s important to have a strategy in case your luggage gets lost, which happens all too often these days! Lost luggage is so frustrating, especially if it takes a couple of days to arrive or you are moving on to a destination that is away from your arrival airport.
Rest assured, if you pack your carry-on with essential items, you will be less stressed if your luggage goes missing for a day or two.
What to pack in your carry on? Here are some key things to take with you on the plane!
  1. Glasses and contact lenses
    If you aren’t wearing your glasses already, be sure to take them with you in your carry on. Also, pack your contact lenses and case including extra pairs if you use disposables.
  2. Sunglasses
    It’s important to protect your eyes and, especially for sunny destinations, you’ll be happy you have your sunglasses handy when you walk out of the airport!
  3. Clothes
    If your clothes are packed away in luggage that doesn’t arrive, you’ll be happy to have some extra clothes packed in your hand luggage. Have at least two easy outfits that will work for exploring your destination.
  4. Underwear and extra socks
    If the airline loses your luggage you’ll still want some clean underwear to change into. They don’t take up a lot of room and you’ll be happy you have them!
  5. Shoes
    Bring a pair of shoes to change into if you don’t want to spend the next day or two walking in the shoes you wore on the plane. For warm climates, you’ll likely want to pack your sandals or flip flops in your carry-on.
  6. Medication
    Be sure to bring your go-to pain medication such as Tylenol or Advil and any prescription meds you are currently taking.
  7. Toothbrush
    A toothbrush doesn’t take up a lot of room in your hand luggage. If your suitcase gets lost, you’ll appreciate still being able to brush your teeth after a long travel day. Better yet, take along a travel sized tube of toothpaste too!
  8. Deodorant
    Long days of travel and overnight flights can leave you feeling less than fresh. A travel sized deodorant will help fend off unwanted odors!
  9. Hand sanitizer or wipes
    Airports and planes are known for being the germiest public places. Stay healthy by keeping hand sanitizer and wipes handy in your carry-on luggage.
  10. Makeup
    For the ladies, remember to take the makeup items you can’t live without in your carry-on or purse! Whether it’s concealer, powder or your favorite lipstick, you’ll feel much better knowing you have them with you instead of tucked away in the suitcase that accidentally went to a different country! Sephora has a great selection of travel sized makeup products.
  11. Chapstick
    The air is so dry on a plane and having lip balm or chapstick handy will keep your lips moisturized.
  12. Important documents and money
    Don’t forget to pack your passport, ID, credit cards and money in your carry-on. Stay organized with a handy travel case or passport wallet that can keep it all in one spot.  
  13. Electronics
    Remember to take your phone or tablet in your carry on. Don’t forget your headphones!
  14. Sleeping mask and neck pillow
    For those long haul or overnight flights, you’ll be much more comfortable with a travel sleeping mask to block out unwanted light and neck pillow to take the edge off those uncomfortable airplane seats!
  15. Chewing Gum
    Gum helps with plugged ears and painful popping on take off and landing.

Knowing you have these important and helpful items in your carry on will help keep you feeling at ease when you are traveling. Ask any traveler about the time the airline lost their luggage and you will hear how much stress it caused when they didn’t have a back-up plan!
Every airline has different rules for carry on luggage weight and restrictions. Travel and Leisure has this great cheat sheet for carry on size and weights for many airlines. You should still be able to fit all of these items if you strategically pack them. The most important tip is to look for things that are lightweight and travel sized!
Author Bio: Jody Ninah from Work Travel Repeat.

Jody is a ‘travelholic’ who is always in pursuit of the next adventure! She spent many years with an annoying fear of flying, but vowed not to let it hold her back from seeing the world. She has many tips for fellow travelers on conquering travel fears, whether it’s airport anxiety, overcoming fears of getting on a plane or staying healthy when abroad.  She felt the need to collect all her advice, experience and conversations into one place, and created Work Travel Repeat. Work Travel Repeat is a down-to-earth travel community where fellow travel addicts, or people who are interested in travelling but not quite sure where to start, can share their practical travel advice, tips and inspiration for anything travel related.

When she’s not travelling, she works as a marketing and social media manager for a number of clients in Western Canada.


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Places to visit in Georgia in December

Georgia is one of those rare places that has been blessed with exquisitely beautiful natural resources.
It is located on the crossroads of Asia and Europe and experiences 12 different kinds of microclimate
zones. There are snow-covered peaks, deserts, beaches of the Black Sea Coast, green mountains and
thickly forested national parks. In the winter season, the place becomes a magical wonderland with
snow all around. There are many places in Georgia that offer different kinds of winter tourism activities.
If you are planning to visit Georgia in winters, then read the following post to know more about the best
places to visit in Georgia in December. 
Before starting with the post, a quick tip -  Keep your tools ready for the early winters. There are many parts
of Georgia that are cut-off from the mainland owing to heavy snow and extreme weather conditions. 
The tourists usually stay at the winter resorts that open with the onset of the winter season. There are many
places for skiing and other winter tourist activities, such as Gudauri, Tetnuldi, Bakuriani, Goderdzi and
Mestia-Hatsvali. These are undoubtedly the best places to visit in Georgia in December.













Places to visit in Georgia in Winter:
#1 – Martkopi Monastery:
The Martkopi Monastery is located near Tbilisi and was founded by Father Anton of Martkopi. He is one of the 13 Assyrian fathers of the 6th Century. The monastery is located in the Gardabani municipality on the forest-covered hill slopes of Mount Ialno. Surrounded by breathtaking natural beauty, it transforms into a magical wonderland every winter.
It was functional till 1934 and was abolished by the communists later. From 1950 to 1960, it was being used as a shelter for homeless children. Finally, it was converted into an aviation plant resting house. The monastery life was restored in 1989. The tomb of Saint Anton of Martkopi is the most sacred part of the monastery, which is perfectly preserved. It attains ethereal beauty with the onset of the winter season with snow all around and is one of the best places to visit in Georgia in December. A trip to Tbilisi, Georgia will help you explore many more attractions other than Martkopi Monastery.
#2 – Juta:
Juta is a small village located in the scenic Kazbegi region. It is one of the most visited places in Georgia and experiences significant tourist traffic throughout the year. The village gets surrounded by snow-covered mountains in the winter season and seems straight out of the set from the movie ‘Frozen’. It is covered with snow for six months in a year and gives the feel of Swiss Alpine region. There is a small lake in the foot of the mountains and the village is the starting point of an amazing hiking route to Mount Chaukhi. The hiking track offers stunning views which keep on getting better as we reach the top of the mountain. Zeta Camping is another popular camping spot on the way that offers a resting area and traditional local cuisine of Georgia. This is one of the best places for adventure enthusiasts who come to Georgia for the professional climbing experience. It is one of the best places to visit in Georgia in December because the winter has just started and the scenery is just amazing.













#3 – Khulo:
The Adjara region of Western Georgia is one of the best places to visit in Georgia during Winter. It has a beautiful mountain ski resort at Goderdzi and an absolutely magnificent winter wonderland called Khulo. It is located at a height of 923 m above sea level and is home to various medieval historical constructions such as Khikhani Fortress and the Monastery of Skhalta Cathedral. The Beshumi Resort, Green Lake and the Goderdzi Pass are the other important tourist hotspots. Cable cars are the daily means of transport from Khulo to Tago village.
#4 – Shaori Reservoir or Shaori Lake:
Shaori Reservoir, a place where nature is untouched by humans, is located in the Racha-Lechkhumi and Kvemo areas in Ambrolauri is one of the top places in Georgia to visit during winter. The surrounding landscape becomes magical in the winter season and is considered as one of the most distinguished natural beauties of Georgia.  It is also famous as one of the most Instagrammed locations of Georgia. Every year, it is visited by millions of tourists who just can't stop themselves from clicking numerous shots here. The lake freezes in the winter and the plateaus of the region transform into the magical abode of snow goddess. Try to make the visit in the early time of the winter to avoid getting stuck here for the rest of the season.













#5 – Mestia:
Svaneti is one of the unaltered, original places of beauty in Georgia that still retains its centuries-old customs and traditions. Mestia, located in the Svaneti region is an integral part of a tourist’s itinerary and one of the most important tourist destinations of this region. It becomes a beautiful and charming destination in the winters. This is arguably the best of all the places to visit in Georgia in December.
Even though the region has a lot of medieval monuments, it is actually a small town with very less population. It is, however, the main service centre for the Svaneti region and has all the basic modern infrastructure. Mestia has 10 rustic villages which still house the famous Svan Towers. With breathtakingly beautiful, snow-covered landscapes with churches, medieval monuments, and age-old constructions, it is a UNESCO recognised World Heritage Site.
#6 – Tusheti:
Tusheti is the protected region of Georgia that is visited by tourists all around the year. The highlands of Tusheti house some of the most exotic and rare species of the Georgian flora and fauna. It is one of the gems of northeastern Georgia. It is just like a movie scene or scenery from your dreams, in fact, a more beautiful rendition of all those combined. It is covered with snow for 5 to 6 months in a year.
There are 10 villages under Tusheti of which the Omalo Village is the centre of all activities.
Well, which ones are you planning to visit this December?? If you have already made your mind, make sure to choose the best tour packages from USA, India, UK, UAE or any other countries- that would help you enjoy your tour to its fullest even on a shoe-string. Take care!

Author Bio:
Tony John from IndiaTravelBlog.com - an Indian travel website by a group of travel enthusiasts to share their travel experiences, with the goal of providing unbiased and first-hand information about the travel destinations and accommodation in various tourist destinations.
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London’s Top 5 Instagramable spots!

Bored taking same selfies on the mountains, valleys, cliffs, beaches, around lush greenery, etc? Have you had enough of these in your previous holidays? Looking for a destination that is trendy, chic, and upmarket, has none of the clichés, and yet becomes a preferred holiday destination? If you nodded positively, you simply have to head to London on your next holiday and get clicked at some of the best tourist attractions.


Some icing on the cake, these attractions are completely FREE! Imagine planning a holiday at one of the most expensive tourist destinations, getting sublime selfies, which then becomes your next Instagram story. This certainly will be your most memorable holiday.


Remember this is just a small Instagramable guide of London. The city has a lot more to offer its tourists. London is quite rich in history, architecture, shopping, and food, and night life. To know the complete guide of the city read Places to visit in London. One can even club Scotland along with the London holiday. To plan your Scotland holiday read Scotland's heavenly beauty.


Here is a guide for the Top 5 Instagram spots of London.

     1) Big Ben: This is one of the oldest and iconic towers of London.  A very popular tourist attraction, it is usually very crowded and has a lot of hustle-bustle around it. There is a huge giant like a bell inside and the clock outside the tower right at the top is quite a highlight point.  Not to forget a lot of popular Hollywood and Bollywood movies have been shot here. Isn’t it a good selfie point?


Photo Credit: Lonely Planet

2) Tower Bridge: Yet another iconic piece of London and a popular spot for movies. This artistic bridge looks incredible from a distance, especially at night. It overlooks the Themes River. The bridge opens up when a big vessel passes through it, it’s an amazing sight. You can simply take a walk on the bridge in the evening and admire its beauty. One of the most admired location for taking selfies




3) London Eye: Closer to Big Ben and near Thames River, the London Eye is a giant like a wheel which rotates very slowly giving a 360 view of the city. It rises above the skyline and one can get its mesmerizing views even from a few miles away. This is a paid ride, however for you to get clicked in the front of the ride, doesn’t require any penny.

Photo Courtesy: Shutterstock.com

4) Buckingham Palace: This is the most famous address of London for centuries. The palace is home to the 'Queen of London'. The best attraction is the change of Guard which happens daily in summers around 11.30 am. The view of the parade is simply remarkable. Tourists throng here in huge numbers just to get a glimpse. Situated off Hyde Park, one can spend some time there before proceeding to the next location.



5) Oxford Street: It is the most popular shopping street in UK. It houses some of the best flagship brands, huge departmental stores, and cheap shopping all in one place. Thousands of locals and tourists horde here daily to satisfy their shopping needs. The locality is nicely decorated during winters, especially during Christmas. All the more reason for you to get a selfie here!


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