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How to travel like a boss on a budget in Vietnam

Have you ever wished that you could live the lifestyle of the rich and famous? Being able to visit the most sumptuous locales and enjoy the best facilities the Vietnam has to offer?

How to travel on a budget in Vietnam

How to travel on a budget in Vietnam

Well, pretty much everyone wishes they could be Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie for a day, but unfortunately, most of us don’t have the means to enjoy the jet set lifestyle. However, there are some ways that you enjoy a superstar holiday in Vietnam, but at a fraction of the price.

Most people associate private jets and charter flights with superstars and the jet set lifestyle. But did you know that it was actually possible for people like you and me to enjoy the benefits of a private flight at a reasonable cost? Prices on charter flights may vary between 800$ and 5000$ per hour, so depending on the quality and distance of the flight, it might actually be a good deal.

The secret is to book as a group instead of an individual. At the end of the day, if you live on the west coast and you wish to book a charter flight to a popular destination like Hanoi or Hochiminh City per instance, you could save tons of money if you book a group of 10 and more for the flight.

Since it is not a long distance and that you’ll be dividing the cost 10 ways, you could actually end up paying less than a regular flight without having to go through all the inconveniences of commercial airlines. That means no noisy passengers, no kids, and complete freedom and privacy for you and your group.

Here’s a nice tip to save money on your next flight and bypass baggage claim all together.  Lots of people make the mistake of bringing too much luggage with them. That makes the screening process that much more exhausting and inconvenient. But did you know that if you limit your luggage to one carry one bag only, you can save money on the checked baggage fee which will allow you to spend more on your trip?

Remember, the internet is your friend when it comes to finding hot deals on various amenities. A lot of people think that sites like voyagevietnam.co or Priceline are a waste of time and that you’ll end up in a subpar room in the middle of nowhere. But that couldn’t be further from the truth. You can sometimes find gems on these sites, so don’t overlook them next time you’re booking a flight or hotel room.

Superstar travels on a budget are possible if you know how to go about it. Consider booking a charter flight with a group of your friends, visit local travel agency site such as voyage vietnam to find deals and pack light if you want to save on baggage claim. This way, you should be able to enjoy 5 star travel in Vietnam with 3 star money.

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The Importance of Getting Travel Medical Insurance

The Importance of Getting Travel Medical Insurance

There are certain things when it comes to traveling, which are extremely important to utilize. One of these things is to get proper travel medical insurance before embarking on a vacation or business trip. Out of everything from booking the right hotel to making sure that you have the right travel planner, getting this insurance is the greatest in importance. This is because your life could very much depend on whether or not you have the right policy, and here is why.

Many travelers do not realize that healthcare in other countries are much different than in their home country. Indeed, many countries such as America and Australia have very good healthcare services and systems in place. However, this certainly isn’t the case in many third and second world countries. Even certain first world countries have staggeringly bad health care services, especially for foreigners. This is why it is a must that you have this when going traveling.

One of the main reasons is of course, the cost. Even in first world countries which have very highly advanced healthcare systems, without proper travel medical insurance, you are going to have to pay up the roof if you wish to be treated. Simple and common things such as coming down with a stomach bug during a vacation could potentially cost thousands without having the right insurance. Some countries will not treat foreigners who do not have it.

However, paying large amounts of money for mundane medical services would be the least of your worries if you were to become seriously injured or sick during your travels. In very serious and life threatening situations, certain countries will outright refuse to treat a foreigner if they do not have the proper insurance that they need. This certainly means the difference between life and death in some countries, as the wealthy are treated well while the value of life on the poor is nonexistent. In addition, you will not be able to return home to get proper treatment in such a circumstance without medical insurance.

With these two situations, it is very easy to see why you need the insurance. It is such an important thing to have during any type of traveling. It is something that is quite inexpensive when you look at the potential for it to save your life under certain circumstances. Even being able to see a doctor thanks to this insurance, even for minor to moderate incidences such as an infection could make the difference of having your vacation be slightly affected to having it outright ruined.

This is offered by hundreds of different companies in America. Almost all of the plans offered are relatively inexpensive and offer an entire range of benefits if you were to become sick or injured in a foreign country, whether it be a simple cold or a car accident.

You never know what will happen when traveling abroad, so it’s always important to have peace of mind knowing that if something does happen, you will be looked after. If you haven’t already, make sure that you go out and get yourself some quality insurance before the next time you go traveling.

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All we sincerely hope to be able to provide interested information to travelers who are looking for tourist attractions in Bangkok as a travel guide – travel tips for visiting…

Top Travel in Bangkok is a website guiding trips and travelling routes of all the popular sightseeing attractions, including good quality hotel with low prices that have been specially selected by local people and tourists.

What to do Bangkok Thailand?

What to do Bangkok Thailand?

Suggestions

When you visit a Buddhist temple, you should get dressed simply and politely. Please do not reveal your shoulders and legs to honor the place. Some temples may not allow you to enter inside if you get dressed impolitely.

There are the shows of firecrackers, lion parades, live musics, many street lamps and a scent of incense through the air. Moreover, there are many restaurants on the roadsides with their super delicious food in Thai-Chinese tastes and appearances. Most people celebrate the festival by wearing in red simultaneously.

Wisut Kasat Intersection

Those who want to play splashing water together with making a merit, don’t miss here at Wisut Kasat Intersection. Because in every year, there will be Chak Phra Festival as well as setting birds and fish free from Wisut Kasat Intersection to Santi Prakarn Garden on the riverside. In other word, you will be able to experience the atmosphere of Songkran Festival and bring merit back as well.

Khaosan Road

On April 12 – 16, there will have Songkran Festival been organized here in every year. Sometimes, the amusement is quite increasing with more excitement until the travelers from everywhere had passed their experiences to others spread widely. Whoever had heard about Songkran Fesival will really want to play splashing water at Khaosarn Road. Thus, here is always being public favor and never lose popularity.As the result, it is not uncommon at all if Khaosarn Road will be dazzled with Thai and foreign travelers with all ages since children, teenagers, adults until old people actually.Moreover, there are so many places to play Songkran in Bangkok

Bangkok is the capital of Thailand. There are people living abundantly but having adequate tourist attractions and consumer goods. Bangkok is a pleasant city with various hotels which can meet your requirement. No matter who you are, a businessman who is requiring some 5 star luxurious hotel or a student who is seeking for some cheap guesthouse with an excellent standard, you can choose your best one from those various choices.
For example: the 3-star hotel with quality and comfort. All hotels in Bangkok nearby Victory Monument BTS station have fair room rates and full-service. You can rent an apartment weekly, monthly and yearly as needed.

If you are a businessman, there are various hotels in Bangkok that we would like to recommend, namely, Peninsula Bangkok Hotel. This hotel has been continuously ranked among the best hotels in the world, locates on the banks of Chao Phraya River to the central city center and has excellent views of the river and skyline while sunset.Bangkok have the average temperature in low to medium level at 30 degrees Celsius throughout year. There will have heavy rain in September and October. However, it occurs with all parts of Thailand. Although it rains heavily but we can still see sunlight. If travelers would like to see the sunlight, Bangkok, a city of blue sky, will give you the nice experience throughout year, except in the mentioned two month period. There are many skyscrapers, colorful street markets, many located shopping malls and vigorous nightspots.

Chinese New Year Festival 

a celebration of Thai-Chinese people in the area of Chinatown, which is the largest Chinatown in the world around the end of January or the beginning of February according to the first full moon period. Bangkok’s Chinatown or Yaowarat has been held the festival for about 2-4 days (the next Chinese New Year Festival in next year is on January 31, 2014).

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Today is our second wedding anniversary, and I can’t believe how fast the time has gone. Looking through our wedding pictures and receiving sweet notes from our families got me thinking about how crazy that time was before our wedding, and how I’m not exactly sure how I (we) got through it all. When we found out that Kevin had landed a job in the U.K,  we knew it meant we’d have to get married in a hurry if I was going to join him. We had been talking about marriage for a few months, but neither of us expected to have to pull a wedding together in 6 weeks. But somehow, we did it. And we had a lot of fun.

So, if you’re in a hurry to get hitched, or if you have an itty bitty budget, I have a little advice for you.

1. Get by with a little help from your friends (and family, and friends of friends).

If people offer to help, resist the urge to control everything, and let them. My mother in law set up the chairs for our ceremony. One of Kevin’s colleagues had a friend who offered up their backyard as a spot for our ceremony, and we made it work (free venue in Napa Valley!). A friend helped me get ready on the big day (after a hair tutorial from my stylist). We saved a ton of money on set up fees and avoided having to hire a planner.

2. Keep it small.

One of the best ways to get your wedding costs (and stress) under control is to keep your guest list short. We started with a list of 120 and narrowed it down to only 45, and it was the best decision we made. The small guest list reduced our hassle and expense, but it also allowed us to enjoy quality time with everyone who attended. We emailed the friends and family who weren’t invited and told them the truth-that we love and appreciate them, but that we could neither afford nor manage a big wedding. The responses were overwhelmingly kind and supportive.

3. Be resourceful.

I hired one of my former students (who is now studying photography) to be our photographer. I cared about getting great candid shots more than portraits, and I knew she could handle it. Her services for the evening cost us all of $200. Kevin’s best friend played his guitar at our ceremony. His services were free. For our reception we brought our iPod with a pre-planned playlist and Bose speakers, and saved ourselves the cost of a DJ or band (as well as awful requests like the Hokey Pokey).

4. Throw tradition out the window.

Given the size of our wedding, we decided not to have a wedding party. When you only have 35 in attendance, it feels like one big, unofficial wedding party, except no one had to spend money on matching outfits. One of our closest friends officiated the wedding, which allowed us to personalize the ceremony as much as we wanted to (we kept it short and sweet at 8 minutes long). We didn’t care much about having a traditional cake, so we saved a lot of money by letting our guests order dessert off the menu at the restaurant that hosted our reception.

5. Prioritize.

In the age of Pinterest and a gazillion wedding blogs, it’s easy to get carried away with the planning and spend hours (if not days) agonizing over decor and favors. Do you remember the favors from weddings you went to 5 years ago? Or what colors the flowers were? Neither do I. People remember who they met, how much they drank and danced, and whether or not it was a fun wedding. We decided to put the bulk of our budget towards food and booze, and our guests seemed pretty pleased with that decision.

6. Don’t waste time organizing things that don’t need to be organized.

I sat down to organize a seating chart, agonized over it for a few hours, then gave up. I realized that our guests are adults who are perfectly capable of picking a chair, sitting in it, and enjoying their evening. It wasn’t necessary for me to micromanage the experience. Everyone made new friends and the seating chart ended up being a non-issue.

*I did create a seating chart for the “head table” so we could sit with friends who had participated in the ceremony.

7. Remember that it’s your wedding.

Kevin and I decided from day 1 of planning that we were willing to hear advice and input from family and friends, but that ultimately our wedding would be about, well,us. Guests were going to have to choose between a vegetarian and a meat option because I’m a vegetarian. Meat eaters would have to either enjoy their steak dinner or try something new. We walked down the aisle together, hand in hand, because we were starting our life together. My dad didn’t give me away because, well, that’s just antiquated nonsense. Obviously every couple and every family is different (ours kept pretty quiet about their opinions and let us do as we pleased), but it’s really important to filter out the noise and plan the wedding you would enjoy the most.

8. Don’t fall into the wedding markup trap.

Venues and vendors mark up their rates significantly for weddings. Whenever you can get away with it-lie your ass off. We told the restaurant that we were renting the space for a going away party, we told the chair vendor that we were renting for a garden party, and so on. They’re not going to come after you for the secret markup if they find out you’re lying! Another secret: use small or lesser known vendors whenever possible. We found our amazingly talented and affordable florist on Yelp. She does flowers for parties and weddings as a hobby, which meant she was really flexible (we hired her 2 weeks before the event) and easy to work with. And did I mention talented?

9. Make it a multi-day affair.

We were living in California wine country when we got married, so we invited everyone to come for a three-day weekend and enjoy everything Napa Valley has to offer. We set up an itinerary on our wedding site and let people choose which activities they’d like to do with us, as well as other options if they wanted to go their own way. We had a really fun wine tasting caravan the day before our wedding, and it allowed us to spend quality time with everyone, which left us feeling relaxed before the big day.

10. Enjoy the process and the day.

Don’t let anyone tell you that nonsense about how you won’t spend time with your spouse at the reception, and you won’t have time to eat, blah blah blah. Make time for what is important. Enjoy yourself, and don’t succumb to the cultural pressure to have the BIGGEST MOST MEMORABLE WEDDING EVER. Focus on having fun and appreciate the special moments. You only get to do this once.
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