Is Turkey a Great Travel Destination?

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Turkey is a country rich in history, hospitality, gorgeous backdrops and beautiful beaches. It is home to some of the oldest cultures and civilizations in the world.

Beautiful Sunshine

Visiting this Eastern Europe country will allow you to enjoy as much sunshine as you want. The sun shines in Turkey almost every day of the year. This kind of environment allows both locals and tourists to enjoy basking on the sandy beaches. It also provides a playground for water sports like parasailing, windsurfing, snorkelling and windsurfing.

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Friendly People

When traveling, you want to feel comfortable and safe. Also, you may want to interact with the locals to learn more about your destination. The Turkish people offer hospitality to visitors. You won’t have to worry about finding directions because the majority of people in Turkey are always willing to offer help to tourists.

Good Shopping Experience

If you enjoy shopping, you might want to consider Turkey as your next travel destination. The country has multiple shopping malls and workshops that sell high-quality items. Turkish leather and carpets are world renowned for their durability and design.

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Amazing Geography

Turkey also has a diverse landscape that makes it a great place for outdoor activities like parachuting, hot air ballooning, camping, hiking and sightseeing. If you enjoy going on adventures, there’s no doubt that Turkey is the place for you.

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Old Montreal

Want the charm of Europe but close to home? If you live in Ontario then you are but a short train ride to Old Montreal.

For a girl’s three day getaway for my birthday we ventured off to Old Montreal in search of rest, shopping, great food, drink and lots of laughter. We definitely succeeded in accomplishing all. This beautiful place was more than I expected. With it ‘s European feel and French charm it found a little place in my heart. Great crepes, street music, quaint shops and a lovely evening horse and carriage ride. I knew I would be back again. Here are a few photos from our adventure. Merci beaucoup Montreal! by Adelka Molcan

To air bnb or not to air bnb

We all love to travel but the cost of hotels can be quite high so we thought we’d try out an air bnb and see what the pros and cons were. Our destination was old Montreal and the air bnb was a beautiful apartment with open concept kitchen and dining room and lots of windows. It had two bathrooms, two bedrooms and a couch that turned into a third bed. I have to say it was better than a hotel because of the abundance of space, luxurious bathrooms and the ability to hang out together while getting ready for our day or a night out. Another plus a pvr so I even got to record my shows to watch later.

So for me it’s a yes to air bnb. If you have groups of three or more it’s great on the wallet and sometimes, like for us, it can bring you closer to attractions. Adelka Molcan

 


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Traveling with pets.

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You love them so much that you can’t leave them at home. I, too have had my heart strings pulled so hard that my cat travelled with me across Canada to visit my family. (Once by car and once by plane) Here are a few tips for when your furry loved ones travel with you.

1. Make sure the carrier is the correct width and height for your pet’s comfort and safety. Your pet should be able to stand up in it comfortably. Bring your pet’s measurements to the store and they will help you find the right one.
2. Book your pet’s flight in advance as they get sold out fast due to limited space.
3. Have the proper paper work and updated shots from vet if travelling across the border.
4. Put their favourite toy and blanket in the carrier so they smell a bit of home. I also added a honeysuckle toy (wooden part of plant) for my cat that I got at the veterinarian’s.
5. If you have a really nervous pet your vet can recommend a light sedative in pill form to give your pet before the flight.
6. If travelling by car long distance be ready for a designated litter box area. Even if you get the smallest litter box you can find your cat will love you for it.
7. Always bring lots of water, appropriate amount of food and maybe a few treats for distraction.
8. Have a small pet? Then don’t forget the little doggie sweaters and coats. We all need to be ready for the weather when traveling.
9. If your pet is a home body and loves his routine then don’t feel guilty for leaving them behind while you travel. They do eventually forgive you for leaving them.
10. Most importantly whenever you do travel with your best friend on four legs have fun exploring new and old places together.

 

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Travel Language

When visiting a foreign country it is always polite to know a few words in their language. This not only shows respect but also gives you the opportunity to bond with people from all over the world. I’ve traveled a bit whether it was at an all inclusive, a backpack hitch hiking across Europe, a youth hostel experience or a plush hotel and all those experiences I’ve found joy in communicating with each culture and even tried a few foods I ordered incorrectly. So I thought I would share a few commonly used words and their translation. – Adelka Molcan.

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English                  French                             German                              

Hello.                        Bonjour.                             Hallo.

Good Bye.                Au revoir.                           Auf Wiedersehen.

Please.                     S’il vous plait.                   Bitte.

Thank you.              Merci.                                 Danke.

How are you?          Comment allez-vous?   Wie geht es dir?

Have a nice day.     Bonne Journee.               Einen Shonen tag noch.

Where?                     Ou?                                     Woher?

Who?                        Qui?                                     Wer?

What?                       Quelle?                                Was?

When?                      Quand?                                Wann?

Why?                         Pour Quoi?                          Warum?

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English                   Spanish                            Italian                       

Hello.                        Hola.                                       Cia.

Good Bye.                Adios.                                     Addio.

Please.                     Por Favor.                              Per favore.

Thank you.              Gracias.                                 Grazie.

How are you?          Como Estas?                        Come va?

Have a nice day.     Que tengas un buen dia.    Buona Giornata.

Where?                     Donde?                                   Dove?

Who?                         Quien?                                    Chi?

What?                       Que?                                        Che cosa?

When?                      Cuando?                                 Quando?

Why?                         Por Que?                                 Perche?

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English                 Slovak                                     Filipino

Hello.                       Ahoj.                                           Kamusta.

Good Bye.               Zbohom.                                    Paalma.

Please.                     Prosim.                                      Pakiusap.

Thank you.              Dakujem                                   Salamat.

How are you?          Ako sa mas?                            Kamusta ka?

Have a nice day.     Pekny Den.                               Magandang araw.

Where?                     Kde.                                            Kung saan?

Who?                         Kto?                                           Sino?

What?                        Co?                                            Ano?

 When?                      Kedy?                                        Kailan?

Why?                         Preco?                                       Baki?

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Bangkok Holiday

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Thailand is a predominantly Buddhist country with about 90% of population subscribing to Buddhism. Their faith and the love for their King may be the reasons why Thais are generally honest, kind and disciplined.

Bangkok is like a big marketplace where you can buy almost anything. Their street economy provides employment to hundreds, if not thousands, of vendors. The advantage of Bangkok is the cost of living which is comparatively much cheaper than other Asian countries.

When going to Bangkok, it is recommended to book in a hotel located near the Baiyoke Tower because that is the most convenient area for a tourist. The streets are abuzz from morning until night with vendors and their wares ranging from food and drinks, clothing and footwear to souvenir items.

In the early morning, Buddhist monks from distant monasteries are roaming the area in search of food. Donors are not lacking because most of the faithful offer something to those barefooted monks. In return, donors receive prayers from the monks who are dressed in saffron robes.

Thai food is kind of unique. You can sample the dishes with noodles or fried rice that goes with beef or chicken. Just be warned that Thai food is usually spicy so be ready with a bottle of cold water.

The streets are full with all kinds of fruits in season, from dragon fruit to maprang, a yellow fruit that is a cross between mango and plum. A favourite is durian which is ready to eat in packs covered with cellophane. All fruits in Bangkok are of high quality and naturally sweet.

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At night, you can snack on their street food or challenge yourself to sample the fried insects sold in carts and know the taste of a scorpion or a beetle. Before bedtime, a good Thai massage can relax your tired body. Surely there’s a massage parlor near your hotel.

In going to tourist spots outside of Bangkok, it is best to arrange a packaged tour with the hotel concierge. The distance of most tourist spots from Bangkok requires a taxi which is very expensive as transportation.

Safari Zoo
Quite expensive entrance ticket, but it’s worth the visit to Kanchanaburi Safari Park Open Zoo. The van goes inside the open zoo where you see the multitude of birds and animals close up (you are not allowed to get out of the van though). Definitely your camera will be satisfied with the showcase of fauna.

A real theme park, the zoo also has some shows to offer. Catch the humour of the boxing orangutans that is rated H for hilarious. There’s also the cowboy show which is a live drama that is full of action like what you see in the movies. Do not miss the giraffe feeding area where you can buy plantain for those hungry long-necked creatures.

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Elephants
Not to be missed is the elephant show in Samphran Elephant Ground and Zoo. It is a live show with many elephants in participation to tell a bit of Thailand’s history.

In another section of the zoo is the crocodile show where 2 caretakers wrestle with live crocodiles. Undeniably thrilling, but surely dangerous particularly when one caretaker puts his head inside the open mouth of a crocodile. The performers earn not only applause but also tokens in cash from the audience.

The buffet lunch in Samphran is filling so take a little rest before proceeding to the elephant camp for the desired elephant ride. Just take note that the short elephant ride is a bit expensive but the once in a lifetime experience is worth cost.

Temples
For a cultural walk, you can visit the temples starting with Wat Pho to see the giant reclining Buddha that is made of brass. A long walk will bring you to a boat ride to reach Wat Arun, another Buddhist temple with antique displays. If you have the budget, you can buy a ticket entrance to the Grand Palace which is magnificent.

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Floating Market
There are several floating markets and you can just let your tour guide pick the best place for you. The floating market looks like a flooded road with a scattering of small boats that sell food and other flea market items. It is another unique experience so do not miss this.

Bangkok is a city that comes complete with everything. An enjoyable stay is guaranteed!

 

 


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Useful travel accessories

Modo Bag

This rideable carry on luggage not only gets you to the airport faster than walking but it also has two USB ports, and app controlled tracking. One other great feature is the proximity alert which lets you know when your bag is being moved away from you. Approximate cost $1,295.00 www.modobag.com

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Nifty Mobile Charger

With five hours charge time and the ability to charge two items at once (like a smartphone or laptop) this sleak but powerful charger is a great travel accessories. Approximate cost $80.00 amazon.com

Passport Holder

Sometimes simple is best. The Zoppen Multi-purpose Rfid Blocking Travel Wallet keeps money, travel documents, credit cards and passport all in one organized place . Approximate cost $15.00 amazon.com

Linner Ear Buds

Small enough to travel with and cancels out 97% of surrounding noise. Nine hours with noise cancellation and sweat proof. Approximate cost $58.00amazon.com

TRTL Travel Pillow

Easy to transport and use. This must have travel accessory is one I won’t travel without. For long or short trips a comfortable nap is always a bonus. Approximate cost $40.00 www.trtl.com

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5 Important Things to Know Before Your Next Vacation

The best bonding time for family and friends is during a vacation. It is all about quality of life and finding a happy balance between work, friends and family. We all have that vacation itch to take a break from our everyday lives. The checklist below outlines what to do before your next getaway.

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1. Transport

Book your travel in advance to avoid last minute havoc. Be it a taxi to the airport or a flight to your chosen destination. The advantage of booking earlier is that the price is always low.

2. Travel vaccines

Once you are sure of where you want to spend your vacation, book an appointment with your doctor to discuss vaccines. Each country has its recommended injections depending on the area you are going to stay. Health is wealth, so do not risk your health on a fantastic trip.

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3. Packing list

Self-organization saves time. Write down a packing list of everything that you would need. Starting from clothes, shoes, toiletries, accessories to medication. Don’t forget your chargers and adapter plugs. By making a list you are certain that you have every important item you will require.

4. Documents

Save yourself from unnecessary headaches over travel documents. It is very confusing to start sifting through your email inbox at the check-in counter. Arrange all important documents in one folder. Better yet, get an app called Trip-It. It will gather all your travel information and compile it into a single itinerary.

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5. Confirm your reservations

Double-check your reservations: The hotel, flight, taxi and any other services you had booked in advance. Last minute surprises can ruin your holiday good mood so stay prepared and re-confirm.

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Short Trip Getaway in Ontario

With having a busy schedule, sometimes it is hard to get away for a long time. This is where a short local travel trip is in order. You need the getaway from the every day, the every week,…the every month of the same old routine. Here are a few photos of our little 2 day getaway to Niagara Falls. – Adelka Molcan

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Have Fun Traveling Locally

One of the most exciting things you can do with your time is travel. Unfortunately, traveling can become fairly expensive, and not everyone has the time to take prolonged vacations. That’s why traveling locally is a popular and fun pastime. There are certain things you need to consider when planning for local travel so that you can have an enjoyable trip.

When it comes to travel, you can help maximize the fun you have on your trip by thinking of previous vacations. What made your favourite vacation memories so cherished? Did you go with a close group of friends you hadn’t seen in a while? Was it a fun trip with close family members? Some say that it’s the people around you who make a trip special. Or maybe your favourite trip was a solo adventure where you explored somewhere new and enjoyed your independence. Having an idea of what you enjoy in a vacation will make planning your trip much easier.

Once you’ve figured out who you’re traveling with, or if you’re traveling alone, you can better pick a location that fits the vibe you want to create. The best part of traveling locally is the flexibility. It’s easier to grab a few friends and take a trip when you’re traveling nearby. Or if you like traveling alone, you can be spontaneous and go wherever, whenever you want. The best part of traveling locally is that you can fit in more trips because of the convenience. Alternating solo trips with group trips are an excellent way to keep things fresh when taking a vacation. Take this into account when planning your next trip and have a blast!


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