Visit Singapore

Singapore is one of the most family and tourist-friendly destinations in Asia, not to mention ho green, clean and modern it looks there. In the past, some travelers criticized Singapore as a city that lacks passion and character unlike other cities in SE Asia. Now, the Lion City has changed, and it is now a center for fashion, art, culture and some big-name events.

Street vendors in Singapore line the roads selling ice cream, sandwiches, etc. when you visit Singapore, you’ll see that the fusion of the Malaysian, Chinese and Indian culture is really obvious and the people in the city are friendly.

With so much to do in this beautiful city, we’ve been able to narrow down the top-rated attractions that will definitely keep both adults and kids fully entertained.

Ethnic Quarters

The amalgamation of three ethnicities in the country brought about Singapore’s character. Therefore, wandering around Chinatown, Little India, and Kampong is totally unmissable. Though kids may find the furniture and antiques shops in Chinatowns boring, but they will fall in love with the traditional shophouses in different colors. Colors overflow in Little India also, from the jewel-colored saris to the red and gold colors of the spices laid outside in sacks. You can get wind-up toys for your kids in any of the shops in Kampong Glam.

Night Safari

Both adults and kids will fall in love with Singapore’s Night Safari; it takes guests in the city on a tram ride through a park consisting of just nocturnal animals living in their natural habitats. You’ll spot varieties of exotic creatures when you travel through the savannah, rainforest, and jungle.

Science Center

The Science Center is a museum that will entertain the kids. With 14 galleries of over 20,000 square feet, the Science Center is filled with interactive exhibits for the kids to get hands-on.

Jurong Bird Park

With 8,000 birds representing 600 different species in an area of 20.2 hectares, Jurong Bird Park is the right place for birdlife in the busy city. Some key attractions include the Bird Discovery Center, Lory Loft Aviary, African Waterfall Aviary, the award-winning African Wetlands, and the Southeast Asian Birds. The money paid for tickets is used to fund the avian hospital and the Breeding and Research Center for the welfare of birds across the world.

Botanic Gardens

The grounds of these gardens are a fabulous haven away from the busy life of the city. You can bring some bread to feed the fish, admire different species of trees, flowers, and plants, and even have a picnic lunch on one of the various lawns around.

Visit Arizona – In the Fall

Are you planning a long vacation or quick getaway? Arizona is the right place to go, it is the home to some of the most scenic places in the US. There are different attractions in Arizona that are popular all over the world, such as the Grand Canyon and Cathedral Rock. Here are some of the best places we’d want you to visit during your vacation in Arizona:

Cathedral Rock, Sedona

Cathedral Rock, Sedona is one of the most popular landmarks in the United States. It is situated in Yavapai County in the Coconino National Forest. The elevation of Cathedral Rock’s summit is 4,921ft, and getting to the summit is every hiker’s goal every year. It takes 1.5 miles to reach the summit and back the same way, and the incredible views during the hike (particularly at the top) make the task worthwhile. You shouldn’t miss this unique destination in Arizona.

Saguaro National Park

The giant saguaro plant which is a popular representation of the American West grows in very few places in the US. The Saguaro National Park was established to protect these gigantic and rare plants. The best time to visit this park is November through March when the weather is cooler. In February and March, the saguaro plant and some other desert plants display their colorful blooms. This park is a perfect location for pleasant hikes with families, for sport and it also allows for more interesting wilderness hikes and camping. Bikers will enjoy the Hope Camp Trail or the Cactus Forest Loop Drive.

Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon is a massive crack in the Earth that is visible from the space. Visiting this amazing natural formation is always on every visitor’s list. This canyon resulted from erosions by the waters of Colorado River millions of years of years ago. There are layers of red rock bands that indicate its history on the walls of the canyon.

Most visitors enjoy their visit to the canyon from its south rim, while more adventurous visitors prefer to take mule rides, hike the walls or even enjoy the white-water rafting on the mighty Colorado River.

Antelope Canyon, Monument Valley

Antelope Canyon is located on the Native American Navajo land, east of Page, Arizona. It comprises of two slot canyons, i.e. a deep and narrow canyon which is formed by running of water on several rocks such as basalt, limestone, sandstone, and granite.

The name of the canyon was derived from the fact that many pronghorn antelopes used to live in the canyon. Cattles also grazed here. The two slot canyons are called Upper Antelope Canyon or the Crack and the Antelope Canyon or the Corkscrew.

Montezuma Castle National Monument

Montezuma Castle National Monument is about 50 miles from Flagstaff, it tells the story of the resilient, and intelligent people who built it thousands of years ago. The castle consists of twenty well-preserved rooms which were built with fieldstone glued with mud and clay mortar.

 

Exploring Toronto Canada in the Summer

Summer begins in May in Toronto, and it continues through August. It is however not unusual to have warm weather in September or even October sometimes. Most of the times, it rains in summer, so it is advisable to prepare for different types of weather and temperature.

WHAT YOU WILL NEED

  • Suitcase
  • Passport
  • Tickets

TIPS TO TAKE NOTE OF WHEN PLANNING A TRIP TO TORONTO

Tip 1

Review your traveling plans. Firstly, you have to determine the activities you hope to engage in when you get there. There are varieties of attractions in Toronto, both indoors and outdoors. So, your list of things to pack must entail what you will need while you are there. A nice outfit is needed if you’ll be visiting a theatre or going out to a fancy restaurant, yeah? If you’ll be hiking the Don Valley, you’ll need shorts or pants, hiking boots or any other good walking shoes. If you are planning to spend some time at the beach, want to go boating or canoeing, make sure you don’t forget your bathing suit.

Tip 2

Toronto is very walk-able, so you can come along with a few pairs of shoes, high-heels will most likely not do the trick. Although, you could wear the heels or dressy flats at night, just in case you want to be more classy or fancier at night. We traveled with some local friends, neighbors, and entrepreneurs from our hometown in Arizona.  My family was celebrating 10 years in business at www.MesaTowingServices.com.

Tip 3

Make plans to relish the outdoors and the varieties of available recreational activities. You can walk in any of the parks, follow the riding path along the lake on roller blades, bike on a trail or even play golf.

Tip 4

Don’t forget your passport! All visitors are going to Canada, even residents of the United States must present their passport when crossing the border by train, car or plane. Without your passport, you won’t be allowed into the country. Residents of some country may require a visa as well.

TOP ATTRACTIONS IN TORONTO

The centre of the city is quite easy to navigate, most of the attractions are even situated within walking distance of each other, and a subway system is used to cover the long journeys.

  • CN Tower
  • Royal Ontario Museum
  • Rogers Centre
  • Art Gallery of Ontario
  • Casa Loma
  • Toronto Zoo
  • St. Lawrence Market

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Resorts that aren’t recommended at all

There are some resorts that aren’t recommended at all. Meaning that there are some better resorts in the area that are going to give you more value for money. However, to find these resorts can be hard and tricky. This is because there are too many resorts that are trying to make money, without considering that the tourist or guest should have the best experience ever. If you are worried that you might have made a booking at a resort that isn’t recommended at all, then these tips and tricks will let you find out if they are giving you value for money or not.

What are the reviews saying?

The first thing that you need to know is what are the reviews saying about the resort? If you didn’t read a review yet, then it might be time to start reading reviews, before you are making any bookings.

Normally, people are telling the truth when it comes to resorts. And, you can trust what most of the reviews are saying. If they say that this is the worst resort they have ever visited, then it might be a great idea to rather start looking for another resort. Don’t make a booking at any resort without reading a couple of reviews.

Consider 4-star or 5 -star resorts

If you are going to visit a foreign country, you should not make a booking to resorts that have fewer stars than a 4 star. This is going to lower the quality of the resort, and you might just find yourself in a resort that is really the worst resort in the world.

It is more recommended that you are considering 4-star resorts or 5-star resorts if you are looking for a resort that is going to give you value for money.

Is the resort a lot cheaper than other resorts?

Another thing that you can look for, is if the resort is a lot cheaper than other resorts. If this is the case, then you should make sure that you don’t make the booking at the resort without doing further investigation. Investigation about the type of resort and what people are saying about the resort.

It is sometimes a great idea to make a booking at a cheap resort, but you don’t want to stay at one of the worst resorts in the country. You are normally getting what you paid for.

Do they have space available, even on short notice?

High-quality resorts are fully booked in advance. If you can get accommodation on a very short notice and they are saying that there are a lot of available space, you should see this as a red light. Why are there so many bookings at the resort? Even if this is the time when everyone is looking for accommodation.

The last thing that you want is to stay at one of the worst resorts in the world. And, if you aren’t going to do your homework before you are making the bookings, this is exactly what you might get. Too many people are making the mistake of booking at resorts without doing research beforehand. You don’t want to end up with a holiday that you want to rather forget.