Aspiring Backpacker - Just read up and set off! http://aspiringbackpacker.com Showing you how to backpack around the world. Thu, 28 Apr 2016 09:13:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.3.3 Bandung – A gem in Indonesia http://aspiringbackpacker.com/2016/04/bandung-gem-indonesia/ http://aspiringbackpacker.com/2016/04/bandung-gem-indonesia/#comments Mon, 25 Apr 2016 09:21:03 +0000 http://aspiringbackpacker.com/?p=4325 Bandung is a fantastic place to visit for a holiday, it is by far my favourite place in the beautiful country of Indonesia. Indonesia itself is an amazing country so for me to choose Bandung as the best place there is really saying something!

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Bandung is a place that you simply can’t fail to fall in love with. I have travelled all over the world but Bandung is one of the places that I always look forward to going back to. I have been fortunate enough to visit 4 times now within the last 3 years, so I thought I should really let all of you guys know just how special it is and why I love it so much!

The Food Is Amazing

Indonesian food is ridiculously good! Whatever diet or healthy eating plan you’ve been sticking to back home then leave it at the airport because you really need to eat as much food as possible. It would be a crime to head all the way to Bandung and not indulge in the delicious Indonesian cuisine. There are the favourites of Nasi Goreng and also Sambal. But don’t miss out on Gado-Gado and Tempeh!

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I Love The Climate

Due to the fact that Bandung is located and quite a high altitude, the climate is very cool and a lot less humid than most of the other locations in South East Asia. This is great for people like me that need to take a break from the scorching heat and also perfect for the greenery to flourish.

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There’s Accommodation For All Budgets

It’s a beautiful thing when you can head to an amazing place without having to stress about where you might stay. In Bandung you can go for basic backpacker dorms or even splash out on a luxurious 5-Star hotel. My personal favourite whenever I’m heading to Bandung is the impeccable V Hotel – Bandung. If you want to look for the your bed then find hotels here.

There really is no time like the present to be planning your trip to Bandung! If you’re still undecided about where to go on holiday this year then you should be already be booking your flights and accommodation in this fantastic city. There’s something there for every type of traveller; single, couples, family, groups and backpackers. There’s no where else I would rather be that eating the sumptuous cuisine, chatting to the overly friendly locals and enjoying the warm climate than Bandung. The best thing is that flights are so cheap now you will always be able to find a good deal, just don’t leave it too late. My best advice is to book your accommodation as soon as you can and then look to book your flights no later than 6 weeks before you plan to travel.

Have you been to Bandung? I would love to hear about your experiences and tips. It’s always great when we, as a travel community, can help each other out. I can’t wait to read your thoughts!

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4 Things To Do In Cornwall http://aspiringbackpacker.com/2016/04/4-things-to-do-in-cornwall/ http://aspiringbackpacker.com/2016/04/4-things-to-do-in-cornwall/#comments Wed, 20 Apr 2016 16:58:00 +0000 http://aspiringbackpacker.com/?p=4328 cornwall

Of course you have heard of London, but what about one of the gems of the UK that perhaps doesn’t get the attention that it deserves. Cornwall is a wonderful place to visit and the following article is going to go over just a few of the reasons why (there are many if you go looking), so sit back and enjoy reading more about the things to do in Cornwall.

The Eden Project

The Eden Project was opened in 2003 and is the home of very large enclosures in the form of domes, and these domes house thousands of plant species.The structures are a truly curious site to see, especially with the tall trees that almost reach the tops of the large domes in some parts. Each part has a different theme, for example the rainforests of South America and West Africa. Outside of the domes is a botanical garden that is dedicated to the native plant life of Cornwall and also other parts of the UK. The Eden Project is truly a world class tourist, educational and conservation project that you should visit.

Food and Drink

Cornwall is famous the world over for two thing: ale and pasties. This really is no coincidence, because the Cornish cuisine is probably one of the best regional cuisines in the United Kingdom. The Cornish are also famous for things like meat pies and various fish dishes, due to the close proximity of Cornwall to the sea.

Tintagel Castle

This case is the remains of a medieval fortification on Tintagel Island that has been a tourist attraction since the mid 19th century and was built by Richard, Earl of Cornwall in the 13th century. The castle offers stunning views of the coast, with its high elevation and steep cliffs that drop sharply to the Celtic Sea. One of the most famous things about the castle is its constant connection throughout history to being the castle of King Arthur, however this has been heavily debated!

The Lizard

The Lizard is a peninsula in Southern Cornwall and is home to Lizard Point, which is the most southerly point of the British mainland. The peninsula is also well known for its unique geology and abundance of rare plants and is considered to be part of the Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), which is a high achievement for such a beautiful part of the world.

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4 Places To Visit In Vietnam http://aspiringbackpacker.com/2016/04/4-places-visit-vietnam/ http://aspiringbackpacker.com/2016/04/4-places-visit-vietnam/#comments Thu, 14 Apr 2016 14:10:32 +0000 http://aspiringbackpacker.com/?p=4320 vietnam

Vietnam is a place of rich culture, amazing landscapes and an interesting history to go with it all. This guide will talk a little bit more about some of the places that encompass all these amazing elements, so read on to find out a bit more about some great places to visit when you embark on a Vietnam tour.

Haolong Bay

This extensive bay in northern Vietnam, close to the Chinese border, is a true natural wonder of the word and has even been declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The bay is famous for its numerous limestone islands (over 1500 of these exist) and the image of the traditional junk boats that frequent the bay. Halong Bay is like something out of a movie set and is the perfect place to go and explore many of the islands and their natural wonders and biodiversity.

Chu Chi Tunnels

These tunnels were used as a living space by soldiers since 1948 and were extensively used by the Vietcong guerilla soldiers during the Vietnam war. The tunnels are located roughly 70 kilometres outside of Ho Chi Minh City to the northwest. The tunnels are a truly extensive network with about 120 kilometres of underground tunnels. These are very unique because they contain various buildings necessary for warfare and life, for example, living areas, kitchens, armouries and even hospitals!

Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, Hanoi

This is the mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh, the iconic leader of Vietnam, who was so popular that he was known by the people as “Uncle Ho”. Ho Chi Minh’s final resting place is a mausoleum built in a similar style to that of Lenin’s Mausoleum in Moscow. The body of Ho Chi Minh is also preserved so that it can be displayed, in the same way Lenin’s body is displayed. This is an interesting location to visit to see a person that shaped Vietnam’s history so much.

The Imperial Citadel, Hanoi

This UNESCO World Heritage Site was the political centre of Vietnam for about thirteen centuries and also served as the capital for eight of these. This citadel clearly forms an important part of Vietnam’s history and is a must visit location. The citadel is well known for its relics that were found in the area as the result of it being a political centre, as well as the stunning traditional architecture in a true asian style.

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3 Great Reasons to Use Online Casinos http://aspiringbackpacker.com/2016/04/3-great-reasons-online-casinos/ http://aspiringbackpacker.com/2016/04/3-great-reasons-online-casinos/#comments Mon, 11 Apr 2016 12:26:36 +0000 http://aspiringbackpacker.com/?p=4313 Online gaming has become increasingly popular in recent times. With the huge advance in technology and also creativity the world of online gaming has gone from strength to strength. I travel the world, so finding a way to pass that time when on a long bus journey, waiting for a flight or dealing with delays is essential.

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One of the best ways I found to do this was by trying my hand at online casinos. I am so glad I did it because instead of staring out of the window of a bus or complaining to ground staff when there are delays at the airport, I simply get my smart phone out and have some fun. I mean, what isn’t better than being entertained and at the same time winning a few dollars? In some cases it has even paid for my hotel room at my next destination or allowed me to upgrade to an even better room!

I was in the beautiful country of Kuwait when I fist created my account and started to win some money. Sitting in a restaurant in Al Ahmadi I used the free wifi to register my account and I was playing roulette in no time – it was at this moment I knew that have an online casino would be invaluable when I am on the road.

So why are online casinos so popular in Kuwait and why do I really think we should all give them a try? When I was travelling between Hawalli and As Salimiyah (or was it between Kuwait City and Al Ahmadi, I am not so sure!) I created my 3 great reasons to use online casinos.

1) Comfort

You can be anywhere you like when you’re having a flutter online in a casino. Gone are the days where you have to get dressed up, organise a taxi and work your way through the crowded casino floor. Now you can be sat at home on your sofa, in a coffee shop or in airport departures, as I usually am.

2) Amazing new games

The people who run the online casinos are certainly very creative people, always creating new and exciting games. Let’s face it, we want to be entertained and have fun. In order to have as much fun as possible we need to try new things, I am always seeing new video slots online which ensure my gambling experience is always top notch.

3) The bonuses

When it comes to bonuses online casinos are the place to be. You will get bonuses from the moment you sign up, make sure you take full advantage of any sign up bonuses that are on offer. If you like to play slots then the online casino will also give you free spins from time to time – there’s nothing better than winning money from a bonus that you obtained for free!

Do you play online casinos? If so, I would love to hear from you about your experiences, tips and also any major wins you may have had. I can’t wait to read all of your ideas. If you want to see my go to site for advice then just click here to play  Online Casino Kuwait , I promise you won’t be disappointed!

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5 Things To Do In Kuta, Bali http://aspiringbackpacker.com/2016/03/5-things-to-do-in-kuta-bali/ http://aspiringbackpacker.com/2016/03/5-things-to-do-in-kuta-bali/#comments Sun, 20 Mar 2016 13:14:47 +0000 http://aspiringbackpacker.com/?p=4304 kuta

Kuta is one of the gems of Bali and is a place that has so much to offer to travelers of all sorts. It really doesn’t matter whether you want to stay in the Sun Island Hotel Kuta or in a small backpackers accommodation, there really is something for everything in this wonderful place. Read on to find out a little bit more about what Kuta has to offer.

The Beach

Kuta is world famous for its beach and quality surf, that is frequented every year by thousands of tourists that are attracted to this alone. The high number of foreign expatriates that have settled here have really added something to the local culture and flair, and this has developed a truly unique art and surfing culture.

Uluwatu Temple

This is an ancient Hindu temple that sits on a 70 metre high cliff and provides an amazing view of the deep blue sea underneath it. To add to the mystical location the temple is inhabited by monkeys, which have been known to playfully take the possessions of visitors. The temple holds a very special significance as one of the six spiritual pillars of Bali and is a truly magical place to visit at sunset or sunrise.

Kuta Square

Kuta Square is the perfect mix of local and international shopping culture with its mix of large, big name surf brands and other smaller shops. This can be a fun location to barter with the locals in the smaller shops and there are also a number of bars and restaurants that line the square and is a really relaxed location to grab a drink while you shop.

Scuba Diving

Scuba diving and snorkelling are the perfect activities to be done in this part of the world and the reason is not hard to see, especially with the amazing beaches and crystal clear water that Kuta is known for. There are many large and small dive spots to take advantage and also a number of scuba diving rental locations that are fiercely competitive in terms of price.

Seminyak

Seminyak is another great place to venture and is situated in very close proximity to Kuta. It offers some of the best beaches in Bali with smooth sand and crystal clear waters. Seminyak is known as a luxury destination in Bali and there are a number of spas and boutiques to keep you busy, for a little while at least until the magical beaches call you back.

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5 Basic Travel Tips That You Must Know http://aspiringbackpacker.com/2016/03/5-basic-travel-tips/ http://aspiringbackpacker.com/2016/03/5-basic-travel-tips/#comments Thu, 17 Mar 2016 19:38:33 +0000 http://aspiringbackpacker.com/?p=4299 USA, New Jersey, Jersey City, Close up of woman's hand holding open passport

 

Travelling can be one of the most wonderfully enriching experiences that are possible in life, the most amazing thing is seeing new and different things as well as meeting people along the way (the best part in my eyes). Travel is something that can be made to be much more complicated if you are not experienced in it, so here are some great tips to know before you travel

Get the best deals

OK so you have decided to go travelling, which is a great first step for anyone, but what is the best way to find a discount holiday to Portugal. The answer is a lot of patience and some inside knowledge to help you. The first thing you need to do is to religiously keep an eye on prices, and subscribe to possibly every travel provider or airline company possible. This will give you a great perspective on prices and will allow you to know when is the right time to book.

Don’t plan to the T

One of the things that I have found about travelling is that planning too much can really wear you out. Planning is of course essential, but try to incorporate a period of your trip where you have some freedom to go anywhere you want. This is a great idea if you meet some interesting people and you decide you want to travel together, because these can be the best experiences.

Look after yourself

Going to new countries, for many people, means abusing your body a bit more than you should. The drinking, eating and lack of sleep can really get to you, but this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t do these things, but rather you should aim to have days to really care for your body so that you do not run yourself down or get sick. This is one of the keys to having a successful trip.

Say “Yes”

One of the best things about travelling is new experiences, but some people travel with the same attitudes and inhibitions that they would have in their everyday lives. Forget these things and say “yes” to almost everything. By doing this you are opening yourself to wonderful new experiences that you can remember for many years to come, but of course be careful and cautious with things that are too extreme.

Keep in contact

As I said before meeting new people is probably the best thing about travel, but make sure you keep in contact with these people. These people are as open minded and as free as you are and perhaps you can meet up again one day. The best thing is if you visit their country or city and you may be able to stay with them or they can possibly show you around their city. Remember that insider knowledge is better than any guidebook!

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