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Posted on Feb 5, 2013 in Guest Posts, New Zealand immigration, Travel Destinations |

Auckland – The Abridged Guide for First Timers

Auckland is known for its breathtaking views and rich culture that can fill up days’ worth of holiday travel. The largest metropolitan city in New Zealand has a lot to offer travellers of all ages. Here’s just a few tips and ideas to help make your first trip to New Zealand’s premier city one to remember for life. What To Bring When travelling to Auckland, there are articles of clothing and supplies that must be packed for ultimate travelling comfort and preparedness. Flights to Auckland tend to be long, regardless of where you are travelling from, so bring plenty of entertainment to stay entertained. For an idea of flight times, durations and prices, go here. Bring clothes for all seasons, as temperature and weather patterns can change on a whim. Use large pieces of luggage to easily hold the clothes for different climates, as well as all of the souvenirs that will be picked up on shopping excursions. Pack the usual toiletries such as soap, shampoo, and anything else you would normally bring on holiday. No additional supplies are required. Hiking boots and other outdoor gear are required for travellers who enjoy spending time in the outdoors, which is highly recommended. Where To Stay There are many hotels of all price ranges and classes to choose from in Auckland. Travellers who are seeking to spend quality time in their hotel on their holiday will want to choose a hotel that will provide an experience of its own. For those who will be using their accommodation strictly for sleeping, choosing a hotel made for business travel may be a good choice. For the more adventurous, there are many places to camp and enjoy the outdoors during the warmer months in and around New Zealand’s summer. Hotel prices vary in Auckland. They start as low as $45 dollars per night, as can be found at the Kiwi International Hotel, and can cost $501 dollar per night at a hotel such as Hotel DeBrett. The price of a hotel in Auckland will depend on the amenities and room features desired by the...

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Posted on Dec 19, 2012 in Travel Destinations |

5 Christmas Destinations for Honeymooners

A guest post by Cormac Reynolds The long Christmas break and the romantic and intimate feeling that’s associated with Christmas really makes the festive season the perfect one for both a wedding and honeymoon. Fortunately, thanks to modern travel you can decide on whether you wish to visit a destination that’s aptly seasonal or choose to go somewhere warm and sunny for your honeymoon. Some prefer the palm trees and sun, whereas some would be lost without the snow, warm clothes and the decorated pine trees. So, whether it’s for practical reasons or romantic ones, where are the most idyllic places to go for December or January honeymoons – here are some suggestions. New York It’s hard to think of a place that seems more Christmas like than the US’s most infamous city. We’ve all seen Home Alone, Miracle on 39th Street and the Santa Clause – so a New York Christmas is often the thing of childhood dreams. Whether you want to go skating in Central Park, relive those childhood film memories and visit FAO Schwarz or take a trip out to beautiful New York State, you’ll be more than delighted. Of course, take in all the usual stuff too, a limo from the airport, a yellow taxi ride and a trip to a Broadway show to ensure it’s a honeymoon never to forget. Iceland Another cold country and another one that has a certain magic at Christmas time; Iceland is the home of geothermal waters, geysers and a great place to see the Northern Lights from. Why not take a romantic husky ride and stay in some of the country’s grand hotels. It’s a wonderful place to visit at Christmas and most especially for a honeymoon. South Africa A little bit of heat is no harm during the winter and South Africa provides a comfortable degree of warmth with temperatures around the 20 degree Celsius mark. The country provides a whole host of wonderful thrills. Whether you wish to go on a safari, chill out beside your luxury hotel’s infinity pool, or take a trip to the...

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Posted on Dec 6, 2012 in Guest Posts, Travel, Travel Destinations |

The Seven Most Romantic Cities in the World

Sometimes, you just need a romantic getaway with your loved one. It allows you to escape the stresses of modern life and fall in love with each other all over again in an exciting locale. Many relationship experts consider romance the key to lasting happiness and the key to a successful long-term relationship. Nurture your relationship by planning a trip to one of the most romantic cities in the world. The Seven Most Romantic Cities Paris, France – With a language like silk, a fashionable culture and some of the most captivating architecture in the world, Paris is a hotspot for romance. “The City of Light” has fully embraced its romantic reputation, and many hotels in and around Paris are designed specifically for intimate getaways. A trip to this beautiful city provides numerous romantic New York City, New York – As one of the biggest cities in the world, New York has become famous for many different things. Some consider it the center of entertainment, others consider it the fashion capital — and some consider it one of the most romantic cities in the world. Between buggy rides, fine dining and romantic hotels, a trip to New York can be planned to create a romantic weekend to remember. Venice, Italy – This breathtaking, canal-laden city has become the epitome of romance. With a language that’s almost as intoxicating as the many wineries  found throughout the city, Venice has long been a retreat for lovebirds. If you’re looking to pop the big question, or celebrate a landmark anniversary, is there anything more romantic than a torch-lit tour in a gondola? A romantic trip to Venice will create lifelong memories. Ko Phi Phi, Thailand – “Sawasdee khap” — welcome to the Land of Smiles! Thailand has a well-earned reputation as a utopia. Ko Phi Phi is a lesser known beach in Southern Thailand that promises an opportunity for visitors to live out beach-filled, starry-night dreams. Don’t forget to sample the exotic and flavorful cuisine. If spicy foods aren’t for you, learn the phrase “mai ped,” which means “not spicy.” Honolulu, Hawaii...

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Posted on Nov 27, 2012 in Guest Posts, Travel, Travel Destinations |

Discover Best Things to Do in Toronto

Are you on the verge of planning your vacations to a fantastic place? If you’ve been thinking of a great vacation in a place that will leave you with memories you will cherish forever, then it’s time to embark on a trip to Toronto. Whether you visit the spectacular destination like Toronto with a group of friends or family members, Toronto is a perfect place for the avid traveler. The travelers are left in awe with the many activities and things that keep you entertained throughout your trip. Come; let’s explore some of the entertainment options and things you can indulge in during your visit to Toronto. Take pleasure in some of the best theatre performances and local events that take place during the festive season. Apart from this you can enjoy a trip to cultural museums and view the various historic attractions and awe-inspiring sporting events. Toronto offers the avid traveler some of the world’s best dining and sensational shopping options. Theaters  &  Entertainment Options Toronto is best known as being one of the best entertainment towns in North America. Right from Broadway-style spectaculars to thrilling theatre performances, various kinds of dances and ballet productions, Toronto offers a plethora of entertainment options. You will find innumerable theatres in Toronto where you can spend quality time with family and friends.  Some of the theatres you must check out during your trip include the Princess of Wales Theatre, Royal Alexander Theatre, and Roy Thomson Hall.  You must not miss out on the TIFF Bell Light box and the Sony Centre, which is renowned for Performing Arts.  Another great thing that should not be left out when you visit Toronto is the amazing sounds of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Sporting Events in Toronto – Perfect Entertainment Option for Sports Enthusiasts Popularly known as a sports fanatic’s paradise, Toronto is home to various sporting events. Five major sports events have gained popularity Toronto. You will find sports like professional hockey and baseball here. Basketball and football lovers can have an enjoyable time playing these games here. Lacrosse is yet another game that...

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Posted on Nov 23, 2012 in Guest Posts, Travel, Travel Destinations |

Ireland’s Best-Kept Secrets

Sometimes the most memorable trips are those you take in your own backyard—so long as you don’t walk the same worn path. Ireland is a short distance away from virtually anywhere in the U.K., and whether it’s your first trip or your 50th, it’s time you set your sights on what no one else is seeing: some of the best-kept secrets in Ireland. Plan your Ireland holidays a little off the beaten path and you will be rewarded. World-Class Ice Cream Ireland-bound travellers with an insatiable sweet tooth won’t want to pass up a chance to sample the bevy of delectable ice creams found in Northern Ireland. Located in cozy Castlerock, family-owned Braemar Farm Ice Cream provides visitors with a mouthwatering array of frozen treats made from the finest farm-fresh ingredients. Plus, visitors interested in seeing the inner workings of the farm are free to visit the cow-milking area. The Seaford Gardens Travellers with a deep appreciation for wildlife can’t leave Ireland without visiting the Seaford Gardens. This lush piece of nature is home to a world-renowned tropical butterfly house that houses hundreds of varieties of butterfly from all over. What’s more, the Seaford Gardens serves as host to a colourful assortment of exotic plant life, birds and reptiles. The Mac Theatre If you’re a patron of the arts who will soon be making a trek to Ireland, a trip to the Mac Theatre is an absolute must. The MAC, also known as the Metropolitan Arts Centre, frequently plays host to plays, concerts and other types of performances that are sure to satiate even the most discerning traveller’s hunger for culture. If you start feeling a tad peckish during your stay, pay a visit to the theatre’s four-star bar or café. The Ulster American Folk Park History buffs will enjoy feeding their intellectual curiosity with a trip to the historic Ulster American Folk Park. This Omagh-based open-air museum faithfully recreates a quaint 18th century Irish countryside town and features a classically trained array of costumed townspeople who lead guests in family-friendly activities, such as bread making.  Even if you’re...

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Posted on Oct 6, 2010 in Travel, Travel Destinations |

Visa First Now Processes Kyrgyz Tourist and Business Visas

Visa First recently started processing tourist and business visas for Kyrgyzstan. Kyrgyzstan is considered the highlight of Central Asia and here’s why: The country’s natives are famous with their hospitality – in fact, they are known as being the friendliest people in the Central Asian region. The country is easily accessible while, at the same time, it is still distant and unknown for countries outside Asia. Although the infrastructure is not well-developed, it is actually quite attractive for the adventure-thirsty travellers due to the picturesque lakes, mountains, grasslands, and more. You may even run into wild nomads who again, are extremely friendly. Getting a visa in Kyrgyzstan is quite easy compared to the other Stan-countries, and visa extensions are practicable. Sleeping in a yurt is an unique experience. A yurt is a wooden lattice-framed structure covered by felt, and is traditionally used by nomads in Central Asia. The Kyrgyz cuisine is quite unique as well. The preparation of the meat has been widely influenced by the nomadic way of life. The national dish, called besh barmak, is made of boiled horse meat and homemade noodles with parsley and coriander. The name is literary translated as five fingers because the meal is typically eaten with hands. And, men are considered better cooks than the women. 🙂 Accommodation is low-cost. CBT makes travellers’ life quite easy – the Community-Based Tourism is an agency established by several organisations, and is cheap and well-organized. The CBT makes is possible for tourists to blend in with the locals and get to know their culture deeper; they organize accommodation and transport, and provides guides. They can also arrange for you to stay in a yurt. If you want to get a feel of  Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan may be your safest bet – low-cost, easy to access, with an extraordinary way of life influenced by nomads, and beautiful nature. blog.visafirst.comMore...

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