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Monday, October 18, 2010

Harrods Hotel! Sounds Amazing

The new owners Harrods are considering opening a hotel on the roof of the famous department store, the London Evening Standard reports.

The Qatari owners of the prestigious store think a luxury "Harrods Hotel" would be a hit with wealthy, foreign visitors who like staying in the swanky Knightsbridge district, the story says.

Read more of the Article Here: Harrods Hotel

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Random Travel Jokes

How is the summer treating you so far. Enjoying your summer travel? Here are some really fun travel jokes that I stumbled upon while surfing the endless world of 'INTERNET'.

A mother and her son were flying TWA from Kansas to Chicago. The son (who had been looking out the window) turned to his mother and said, “If big dogs have baby dogs and big cats have baby cats, why don’t big planes have baby planes?” The mother (who couldn’t think of an answer) told her son to ask the stewardess. So the boy asked the stewardess, “If big dogs have baby dogs and big cats have baby cats, why don’t big planes have baby planes?” The stewardess asked, “Did your mother tell you to ask me?” He said that she had. So she said, “Tell your mother that TWA always pulls out on time.”


From a Southwest Airlines employee…. “Welcome aboard Southwest Flight XXX, to YYY. To operate your seatbelt, insert the metal tab into the buckle, and pull tight. It works just like every other seatbelt, and if you don’t know how to operate one, you probably shouldn’t be out in public unsupervised. In the event of a sudden loss of cabin pressure, oxygen masks will descend from the ceiling. Stop screaming, grab the mask, and pull it over your face. If you have a small child traveling with you, secure your mask before assisting with theirs. If you are traveling with two small children, decide now which one you love more.”


An elderly couple was driving cross-country, and the woman was driving. She gets pulled over by the highway patrol. The officer says, “Ma’am, did you know you were speeding?” The woman turns to her husband and asks, “What did he say?” The old man yells, “HE SAYS YOU WERE SPEEDING.” The patrolman says, “May I see your license?” The woman turns to her husband and asks, “What did he say?” The old man yells, “HE WANTS TO SEE YOUR LICENSE.” The woman gives him her license. The patrolman says, “I see you are from Arkansas. I spent some time there once, had the worst sex with a woman I have ever had.” The woman turns to her husband and asks, “What did he say?” “HE THINKS HE KNOWS YOU,” the old man yells.


A group of Americans was touring Ireland. One of the women in the group was a real curmudgeon, constantly complaining. The bus seats are uncomfortable. The food is terrible. It’s too hot. It’s too cold. The accommodations are awful. The group arrived at the site of the famous Blarney Stone. “Good luck will be followin’ ya all your days if you kiss the Blarney Stone,” the guide said. “Unfortunately, it’s being cleaned today and so no one will be able to kiss it. Perhaps we can come back tomorrow.” “We can’t be here tomorrow,” the nasty woman shouted. “We have some other boring tour to go on. So I guess we can’t kiss the stupid stone.” “Well now,” the guide said, “it is said that if you kiss someone who has kissed the stone, you’ll have the same good fortune.” “AndI suppose you’ve kissed the stone,” the woman scoffed. “No, ma’am,” the frustrated guide said, “but I’ve sat on it.”

Monday, June 28, 2010

Pictures of Jaipur, India

Jaipur, also known as the Pink City is an exotic ancient city filled with century old palaces, forts, buzzing markets and restaurants. Situated in the North West of India, Jaipur lures thousands of vacation makers from every walk of life to enjoy its rich history, culture and traditions. If you are a history buff, Jaipur is a must visit for you.

Some cool pictures of Jaipur from my Trip:

Amer Fort also known as Amber Fort is located around 10 kilometers from Jaipur.

Inside Amer Fort

Amer Fort: Sort of a Court Yard. Where the King would address his subjects

The Kitchen Garden of Amer Fort (Below).

View of the area from the Hawa Palace (Air Palace): Built by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh in 1799. The design was inspired by the crown of Lord Krishna.

Jaipur City Palace: One of Jaipur’s most famous attraction, Jaipur City Palace is a fine example of Rajput’s art and architecture.

A snake Charmer Entertaining at the Entrance of Jaipur City Palace. The entrance is populated by hackler and tourist guides.

Jaipur truly is an extra-ordinary city. Even while strolling along the city’s bustling markets and neighborhoods, you can still sense the enchanting fragrances of its past. Apart from sightseeing, the city is also an amazing place to buy leather goods. The best time to visit Jaipur is during winters, from late-October to March. But if you are on a tight budget, come during the summers. This is the time when you will find everything from hotel rooms to restaurants the cheapest. If you are visiting Jaipur, don’t forget your sunscreen cause its pretty hot here.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Travel Tips for Vacation Makers

Summer is here! Where are you going this year? We all need vacations; we all need to recharge our batteries once in a while. Vacation undeniably is one of the best ways to release your stress. But before and while you are on vacation, one needs to be very careful especially if you are vacationing in a foreign country. Whether you are organizing your own trip or purchasing one of those vacation packages, right from the airport till you return home, we need to be very careful as even a slightest mistake can spoil your entire vacation.

Here are some simple and common yet very helpful tips to help you enjoy a hassle free vacation:

  1. Am pretty sure, I don’t have to add this on the list but let me just do it. Decide carefully on what kind of vacation you want. If you are looking for a stress free vacation, try to avoid hip and bustling cities such as New York City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Paris, Rome, Venice, London and Amsterdam. Because these are some of the most visited destinations and visiting any of these cities will just add more stress. Try one of the lesser known destinations. But if you want both the crowd plus relaxation, Bahamas and the Caribbean are a great option.
  2. Be wise in choosing the right travel agent. But instead of a regular travel agent, why don’t you go for an online travel websites. Am sure you will find these websites much cheaper. Expedia, Orbitz and Travelocity are some really awesome sites. Don’t forget to compare the rates using websites such as FareCompare and TripMama. Please before finalizing on anything, read the terms and conditions of the website, incase, in future, if you want any changes or cancelation. Just as they offer great airfare deals and vacation packages, they are also very good in ripping customers.
  3. It is always advisable to learn atleast some basic words, if you are traveling to a foreign country. It will help you greatly. If you are visiting a conservative country such as the countries in Middle East, India, Pakistan and so on, please dress as conservative as you can. Unless you enjoy unwanted attention! Don’t forget to take you vaccination as per the country. Collect your country embassy phone number, address and email in that particular city or area.
  4. While shopping, try to bargain as hard as you can. But also research before you head out where bargaining is allowed or not. In countries such as India, China, Thailand, Pakistan, Bargaining is a must in almost every shopping areas and bazaars, with exceptions in malls.
  5. It’s good to party really hard and get waste sometimes, but I would encourage you to do this only when you are with your closest buddies. But do you really want to spoil their night out taking care of you. Try to keep the alcohol intake to minimum or should I say in limit. Excessive alcohol use is a big NO for solo travelers, whether you are a guy or a girl. We all know that once we start drinking, it’s almost impossible to stop. For solo travelers, you have no one to take care of you. There have been many cases where travelers have been robbed while drunk and even sexually assaulted especially in India.
  6. Drugs are another big NO. No matter where you are going, try to avoid drugs and drug dealers. Am sure no one would like to land in a foreign jail especially in a third world country.
  7. These are some common things that you need to be careful while going on a vacation. But the most important of all is, don’t forget to have fun, after all you have worked really hard for this.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Hostels! For Youths Who Loves To Socialize

Are you young and adventurous? Well this vacation forget the conventional hotels, resorts or motels and stay in a hostel. If you have stayed in a youth hostel while traveling, am pretty sure you know why am encouraging youths to stay in a hostel. But if you haven’t, here are some reasons why you should stay in a hostel. First of all, hostels are way cheaper than hotels. No doubt hostels offers less amenities compared to hotels but if you choose your hostel carefully you will find almost everything you need such as TV, Internet Access, cafes, restaurants and even a library.

Besides saving your hard earned money, hotels are the best place where you can meet fellow young travelers from different parts of the globe. If you are single, you have very high chances of hooking up with someone. Hostels are fun but staying in a hostel also has its own share of disadvantage but I will be discussing about that in another post. For now, here are some hostels located indifferent parts of the globe, which are considered as some of the best as according to other fellow travelers. Next time if you are visiting any of these cities, you may want to check them out.

1. The Gershwin, New York, USA
2. HI Buffalo Niagara, Buffalo, USA
3. Casa Esmeralda, Buenos Aires, Argentina
4. Backpacker Hostel K’s House, Tokyo, Japan
5. Spicy Thai Backpackers, Chiang Mai, Thailand
6. Villa Saint Exupery, Nice, France
7. Cat’s Hostel, Madrid, Spain
8. Art Hostel, Sofia, Bulgaria
9. Long Street Backpackers, Cape Town, South Africa
10. Sleeping with the Enemy, Sydney, Australia

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Swapping Your Home? Here Are Some Tips

Are you planning to take a vacation but worried about the hotel rates and the restaurant bills. This vacation why dont you swap your home. Started somewhere in Europe, home swapping is a very popular trend which allows vacation makers to enjoy the comfort of home while away from home. In case if you have never heard about this term, well home swapping is a way through which vacationers swap their home with other vacationers. For example: You are staying in New York City and you are planning to visit London, with home swapping, you find another vacation maker from London who wants to visit New York City. Since both of you wants to visit each other cities, instead of staying in a hotel you swap your home with that person. Simple. The best part is, there are countless of home swapping websites such as the homeexchange, homeforexchange and homeswapper, which help travelers in finding the right partner.

Home swapping is an amazing way to save money on your hotel rates plus to experience the culture and lifestyle of that particular city at its best, but unfortunately, home swapping also has its share of disadvantage. Here are some simple and common how swapping tips that will help you avoid unwanted trouble while swapping your home.

1. The most important of all is finding the right partner with common interest such as if you are travelling with toddlers, find a partner who also has a toddler. That way you dont have to spend more money on basic stuffs such as toys, story books and so on.

2. If you are using a website to find a swap partner, please stick with a reputed website. You may have to pay a little extra bucks but its worth it.

3. Before finalizing anything, spend some time corresponding with your swap partner. After all you are about to hand over your beloved home to a stranger.
4. Request your partner to leave instructions and details for operating home appliances, including television, washing machine and so on. You too do the same for your partner.

5. Dont forget to ask your partner to leave details of the nearest super market, restaurants, local parks and gardens. Plus the emergency contact numbers such as police, ambulance. You must also leave all the emergency number of your city.

6. Do clean your home before you head out and dont forget to clean up his/ hers home before you move out. Do let them know where you are keeping your house keys, where they will be keeping their keys.

Funny Laws of Nevada, USA

Top notch casinos, over the top hotels, world class restaurants, mesmerizing sights and vibrant nightlife awaits you in Nevada. Home to the gambling capital of the world, Las Vegas, Nevada is an experience of a lifetime. Besides all these sights, attractions and activities, Nevada is also the home to some of the wackiest laws in the world. Sit back and enjoy these dumb laws that are supposed to protect its citizens.

1. In Nevada, no matter how rich you are, please don’t ride you camel on the high way, unless you want to be jailed.

2. Did someone shot your dog in your property! In Nevada you can hang that person because it is 100% legal! All dog shooters beware!

3. In Nevada don't go out without your mask as it its illegal to walk the streets without wearing a mask.

4. In Nevada you can be jailed for buying drinks for more than three people.