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About The Travel Wench

Michelle Grabuski is travel blogger that is interested in seeing historical sites, especially castles, and nature and marine and wildlife related travel, including snorkeling and scuba diving. I enjoy trying local food and drinks when I am exploring another country.

Bangkok: Famous Tourist Destination on Thailand!

Guest post by Marc Plumlee.

16155079130_35b4e7001f_kPhoto by Fah Rojvithee via Flickr

Every once in a while you need a break from work, family, obligations and problems that you face day by day and can’t seem to get away from, no matter how hard you try. Among the most popular ways of regaining peace, besides staying at home, dedicating yourself to a hobby, spending quality time with friends and family, etc, is travelling and some of the frequently visited destinations are those that are far from your country and culture. Only in these can you completely forget about your problems and worries and truly relax. Being exotic, popular and vivid, Thailand gained much popularity over the past years, so, if you plan to visit this country, here are some guidelines about it. Continue reading

Top 5 Relaxing Activities In Sydney

Guest post by Oscar Waterworth.

Sydney is a great city, no question about it. It is a cultural and architectural center, full of interesting and original places to visit. This is a city where you can have fun at any time of day and night and you will never get bored, it will take a lifetime to try out everything Sydney has to offer nowadays, not to mention future construction plans and amenities. On the other hand, Sydney is also a great place if you are trying less dynamic fun, that is if your only goal is to relax and make your day last as long as possible. If this is your choice, we prepared top five relaxing activities you could try in Sydney.

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4 Sea-Inspired Paintings

Guest post by Rohit Agarwal.

Ever since the first marine creature grew legs and evolved into us land dwelling humans, the oceans have been a subject of curiosity and have been associated with several myths and human emotions. The seas have also been one of the most popular subjects for painters who have depicted the sea’s several moods and settings. Most people would agree with the fact that there is something really hypnotizing about the seas. Also known as Maritime art or Marine art, sea paintings have existed since 12,000 BC and have been depicted in the works of several notable artists. If you’re an art fan then here are some of the best maritime paintings in the world.

1. The Storm on the Sea of Galilee
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The Most Exotic Islands Of Thailand: Great Holiday Destinations!

Guest post by Marc Plumlee.

1Eastern and Southeastern Asia rank very high in most of the surveys and statistics data on the most propulsive areas in the world. While Eastern Asia is experiencing incredible economic growth, mostly based on newly formed generations of IT and industry experts, the southeastern part of the largest continent in the world mostly relies on tourism and the leading star of this economic branch is definitely Thailand. Being one of the most visited countries in the world, it offers a huge variety of tourist adventures. From luxurious hotels to traditional Thai bars, this outstanding place has a bright tourist future. And on top of all that, Thailand has a cluster of the most beautiful islands in the world. Continue reading

The Spiti Valley In The Himalaya – Explore One Of The Most Remote Places In The World

Guest post by Peter Smith.

Spiti Valley is home to Himalaya’s most beautiful open-air museums. It is bordered by Lahaul and Kulu, and it is separated by the Kunzum Pass. This mountainous path is actually the main route to Kaza, Spiti’s sub-divisional headquarters. If you’re hiking, make sure to include a trip to Moon Lake, too, which is positioned 9 km away from Spiti. The superb valley is remote and secluded from the rest of Himalaya, but it’s still a place of interest you cannot miss out on your unforgettable journey to Himachal Pradesh, India. Heavily worn by wind and snow, the mountains that surround Spiti Valley are completely nude. The scenery is breathtaking, considering this isolated valley is untouched by urbanism.

Cycling Toward Kunzum La

Cycling Towards Kunzum La, via Flickr by pwoolams

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Tips To Help You Enjoy The World’s Best Trip To Cape Town

Guest post by Peter Smith.

Cape Town, or the so-called ‘Tavern of the Seas’ is located on the beautiful coast of Table Bay, at the southernmost tip of South Africa, and it is the legislative capital and second most populous city in the country. The city’s multicultural harmony is often overlooked by the exquisite Table Mountain; thankfully, it is surrounded by the most appealing wonders of nature. Cape Town is unique, mysterious, busy, and ultimately, packed with the most spectacular hidden attractions. Often called ‘The Mother City’, traveling to this beautiful South African metropolis will leave you speechless.
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Top 5 Cities To Visit In Eastern Europe

Guest Post by Peter Smith.

There’s a lot more to Eastern Europe than meets the eye. Crammed with an exceptional history and lots of puzzling cities, traveling to this corner of the continent is like a dream come true. The sights are unbelievable, not to mention that the customs & traditions you’ll stumble upon will exceed all your expectations. Eastern Europe is unique, puzzling and mystifying. International travelers will taste unbelievable foods and they’ll gaze at sceneries they’ve never before. Here are five amazing cities you can’t miss out if you’re exploring Eastern Europe.

Stavropoleod Monastery, Bucharest via Flickr by fusion-of-horizons

Stavropoleod Monastery, Bucharest via Flickr by fusion-of-horizons

1. Bucharest: Romania’s main capital and largest city, Bucharest is such a mesmerizing place to see, explore and admire. With a staggering population of 2.3 million inhabitants, Bucharest prides itself with numerous parks, lakes and green areas. Cismigiu Garden, Herastrau Park, and Carol Park are just 3 of the main reserves you cannot miss out if you ever happen to in Bucharest. Cut in half by Dambovita River, Bucharest is also Romania’s most prosperous city, as well as main financial and economic hub. In terms of places of interest, check out the Old Center where you’ll come across tens of pubs, restaurants and entertainment venues.

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Top Budget Travel Destinations in 2015

Guest Post by Chetan Jadhav.

The New Year has begun and the hustle-bustle of your daily life has taken over, leading to monotony! It’s time to work on your resolution to explore some novel & interesting places this year. Worried about the big hole it will create in your savings? No worries, we have crafted here a list of top 12 budget travel destinations to visit in 2015. Here’s to a long and a happy holiday without glancing at your credit limit again and again!

  1. South Africa: The recent currency fluctuations & Ebola scare, despite of the proximity of affected areas being more with Europe and Brazil than Africa have ensured that this incredible country with its diverse landscapes is now in your budget. From its fantastically rich wildlife to the wide variety of options for adventure sports and some of the most surreal museums ever, South Africa promises a holiday of a lifetime. Add to it, the extremely cheap and tourist friendly public transport and reasonable cafes for repast, and this place becomes one of the most value adding travel destinations of all times.
  1. Hungary: Arguably the most affordable destination in Europe, because of its own currency other than euro, this tiny country has a lot to offer for an avid traveler. Its rich culture, scenic natural beauty, healing waters and yummy food ensure that this will be one vacation worth remembering. Budapest, the capital is a diverse location offering numerous experiences like a cruise along the blue waters of Danube to historical museums, galleries, magnificent castles. Outside summer, the hotel savings are also substantial, making this place top budget destination of Europe.

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  1. Bali: Bali has always stayed the backpacker’s value beach paradise with its reasonable beach side bungalows, food & transport at throw away prices. The famed beautiful beaches, spa treatments and the intriguing Balinese culture make sure it is irresistible go to destination this year.

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7 Interesting Places to Visit in Florida

Guest Post by Rohit Agarwal.

Located at a perennially sunny location between the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean, Florida is the 3rd most populous state in the US. With famous cities like Miami and Jacksonville, Florida is known for its warm and sunny climate and a fully beach influenced lifestyle. The state was one of the first in the history of continental America to be visited by the European settlers, when Spanish conquistadors came during the early 15th century. This is also one of the main reasons for the large Hispanic population in Florida as compared to other states in the US. It is also popular as a tourist destination owing to its history, flashy beaches, warm climate and a variety of iconic American wildlife species. Florida also sports the longest coastline in the United States which stretches to around 1,350 miles. The state was named ‘La Florida’ (The Flowery) by the Spanish when the landed here around Easter season when flowers are in full bloom in Florida. If you are looking for reasons to visit Florida, here are some interesting places that will make up your mind.

1. Castillo de San Marco

Castillo de San Marcos
Castillo de San Marcos – Photo by National Park Service
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What To Do & Where To Go In Tahiti & French Polynesia?

Guest post by Vincent Simon.

In need of plain sun, sand beaches and warm water? Tahiti is a dream destination, and you’ll need to pinch yourself every now and then to make sure you’re not dreaming. It’s easy to prepare your vacation in Tahiti, and a lot of information can be found on the internet, for instance on the official website of the touristic organization. It’s not the point of this article to summarize the best things to do in French Polynesia (besides, I haven’t visited all of it), but to share a few advises and give you a few ideas of some must-be-seen spots and activities.

Tahiti Sunset

Tahiti Sunset by Jon Rawlinson via Flickr

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Great Tips For An Enjoyable Family Trip to Sydney

Guest Post by Erica Brooks.

Fondly named as the harbour city, Sydney is one iconic place to be with your family. Be it a much-needed break from the mundane routine, a well-planned getaway with kids or a romantic kick-start to the year, Sydney never fails to please its visitors. And while the list of attractions in Sydney is quiet exhaustive, here’s a pick of some enjoyable activities for making the trip memorable.

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Secret Cottage – Press Release

December 2014

TOTALLY NEW – This hasn’t been done before

A day tour of Cotswold villages that includes an invitation into this private home

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….for morning coffee, a buffet lunch and a traditional cream tea served inside Secret Cottage.

Every day throughout the Year.  A six hour guided day tour of Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire north Cotswold villages, combined with intervals at a private thatched cottage. Continue reading

Why You Shouldn’t Travel To India Without Travel Insurance.

Guest Post by Rohit Agarwal.

‘Insurance’ the word means Promise of reimbursement in case of loss. So when we have the risk management tool available for us; before and during our travel, why should one risk one’s life? While at home and within our own habitat, we secure our domestic stay with medical insurances, life insurances, property insurances and what not? Then how can we take a chance when we are out of our native surroundings, in foreign places, amongst the unknowns? Life is unpredictable and so is travel. There are many justifications for travelling with an insurance, but there is only one excuse for not availing it: ‘I love to put my loved ones and self at risk’. For every sound individual, risking life would be folly and so the following justifications give you substantial grounds for travelling to India with a valid Travel Insurance:
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Make the Whole Family Happy On These Great Family Travel Destinations

Guest post by April with The Cabins at Grand Mountain.

Table Rock Lake

Sunset Table Rock Lake via John Starnes

Each member of the family has things to do that would benefit the entire household. Parents go to work to bring income to the family while kids go to school in order to learn. During weekends, each member normally performs different household chores to keep the home intact. Although a healthy routine, these tasks can definitely stress out everyone. As such, it is important that you schedule a moment of bonding just to break the monotony in the family. And what better way to break monotony than to reward the entire family with an awesome family vacation. Continue reading

Top 5 Places To Visit In Turkey

Guest post by Pam at flipptravel.

The Modern Republic of Turkey is located at the region which is one of the oldest inhabited areas in the world and is known for its ancient history and historical and cultural heritage. Being Hellenized under the ancient Greek Kingdom of Alexander the great and the Byzantine Empire which was succeeded by the magnificent Ottoman Empire, Turkey became a major world power. It was under the reign of the Ottoman Empire did the history and the distinctive culture of Turkey saw its rise in the 16th and the 17th centuries. The tourist attractions largely consist of ancient and historical monuments and architecture and the coastal regions and ranks as the 6th best tourist destinations in the world. Here’s a list of the 5 must-visit places in Turkey

1. Cappadocia Underground Cities

Cappadocia Cappadocia – Image Credit @ Moyan Brenn Photography
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