5 Things to do in Las Vegas

So it’s the taste of Sin City you’re after! The middle of Nevada’s Mojave Desert is your destination. Home to some of the world’s largest hotels, world renowned entertainment shows, the prestigious gambling tables of the most well known casinos, the dazzling strip and of course the jaw dropping Grand Canyon. If you’re somehow managing to contain your excitement its okay, that wont last much longer! Here are some suggestions of things to when visiting the city that, for those who haven’t been, is certain to be on many peoples bucket list:

Casinos – With the first casino built in 1931, Las Vegas has grown into the ‘Gambling Capital of the World’ with the largest strip of casinos in the world. The Annual World Series of Poker is played in the ‘City of Light’, which gives visitors the opportunity to see how the pros play. With many of the pros residing in the city, it isn’t unknown for visitors to have the chance to play against them.

Live Entertainment – Having plenty of live venues scattered in and around the strip, Vegas offers more than enough live entertainment for everyone. With music concerts, comedy shows, magic shows, Broadway and much more; all featuring some of the biggest stars, past and present, it is no wonder why most considerer it the new ‘Entertainment Capital of the World’.

Sport – Playing host to some of the greatest moments in boxing and UFC history there is always the chance to experience the next pivotal moment in sporting history. Also housing its own National Hockey League team, there is the opportunity to experience top-level ice hockey when taking a break from the tables. Or if it’s relaxing you’re after there are plenty of golf courses to choose from.

The Strip – The 4.2 mile stretch is one of the main features when visiting the ‘City of Light’. With most of the cities hotels and casinos, featuring blinding neon light billboards and breath-taking fountain choreography for all to see, there is never a dull moment. Featured as the set to countless great films, ‘Americas Playground’ offers you the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of some of your favorite actors and characters from your favorite films.

Resorts – Recognized the world over as a major resort city, Vegas contains 8 of the 10 largest hotels in the world. With most boasting their own casinos, arenas, restaurants and shops, there is no need to venture outside of the resort if you don’t want to.

Here’s How Airport Hotels Get Travel Off To The Right Start

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For some strange reason when we head off on holiday or any type of travel the start of our journey can be stressful. This is pretty much the opposite of what a holiday should be! We’ve all been there; scrambling around for a lost passport, getting stuck in traffic, missing the alarm clock and many other factors that make us even more stressed that we should be.

 

The whole idea of heading overseas is to escape the rat race, get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and relax. So we should be doing everything in our powers to get the trip off to the right start.

 

In recent years I think I have found the best thing you can do to get your trip off to the right start. The great thing is that it really couldn’t be easier – book an airport hotel the night before your flights! Yep, that’s as simple as it gets, just hop online and book a hotel. I guarantee that you will feel so relaxed when you travel it’s almost unbelievable.

 

Here are 3 reasons why I think we should all take advantage of the convenience these hotels have to offer.

 

No Stress

This is one of the main reasons for staying – there’s no stress. You’re not rushing to make your flight because you’re just a few minutes away from the airport eating dinner the night before you fly. You feel like you have so much more time to prepare, you’re not flying down the motorway, you go at a leisurely pace and everyone in the group is so much happier.

 

Use The Facilities

If you’re taking a long haul flight then you’re going be spending a lot of time on the plane. So make sure you take advantage of all the facilities at the hotel. I like to go for a light jog in the gym, do a few laps of the pool, relax in the sauna/steam room and finally get an hour long massage. Any of those or all of them, will leave your body in the best possible shape for your long flight.

 

The Morning of The Flight

Here’s where it’s the opposite of leaving from home. Wake up early, stroll down to the lavish breakfast buffet and eat in a leisurely fashion. On the way up to the room ask the concierge to come and collect your bags 10 mins before you leave and book the airport transfer for the group. That sounds like the perfect way to start a holiday for me!

5 Places in Mumbai Every Vada Pav Lover Must Visit

5 Places in Mumbai Every Vada Pav Lover Must Visit

Vada Pav is life for many Mumbaikars while just a quick breakfast option for some. A delicious, spicy and reasonably priced snack, vada pav is stuffed with potato and served with green chilli and chutney. Everyone loves eating it. If you are coming from Bangalore to Mumbai, then you must try this lip-smacking snack. Book Bangalore to Mumbai cheap air tickets so that you don’t miss the opportunity to explore the madness that lies within the city. Here is a list of some places that have the best vada pavs. Vada Pav is the most sought food item for people in a fast-paced city.

 

  • Graduate Vada Pav, Outside Byculla West Station

 

The tiny stall is the best place for people getting late for their jobs. The joint has been here for 20 years now serving vada pav with a variation of chutneys. The owner operates from a small stall with an aim to feed the fast-moving crowd of the city. The special garlic sauce with samosa pav at the stall is a must try. The USP of the place is the freshly fried vadas which are served to around 2000 people every day. The owners continue to operate from a tiny stall and refuse to upgrade because, in turn, they might lose some valuable customers.

 

 

  • Ashok Vada Pav, Prabhadevi

 

This joint has been in operation for more than 30 years now and is well known for its lip smacking vada pavs. The taste of Vada Pav has been the same for these long years, and this is what attracts the customers. The place has been famous among the Bollywood celebrities who have been here to relish the delicious Vada Pavs. The owner of the place claims to use around 40 ingredients to make the dish along with some chutneys. Many domestic and international magazines have mentioned this joint as the best one.

 

 

  • Aram Vada Pav, Opp CST Station

 

Aram Vada Pav is located in the middle of the city and is a success among the commuters who flock in and out of the station. Rajiv Gandhi and Bal Thackeray are among those who have been treated with the scrumptious Vada Pav. It is the most iconic stall in the city selling mouth-watering vada pavs for over 60 years now. The taste is real and authentic which makes you eat it again and again. Schezwan cheese grill vada pav is a delightful explosion of cheese, vada and schezwan sauce in your mouth.

 

 

  • Anand Vada Pav, Opp Mithibai College

 

Anand Vada Pav has a fan following. The spicy and crispy dish served here is difficult to forget. Flooded with the crowd of the college all the time, the joint is the top one to grab humble street food. The Cheese Mayonnaise Vada Pav is an instant hit among the students and elders who swarm the place for this craving Vada Pav.

 

 

  • Jai Maharashtra Vada Pav, Apna Bazar

 

This stall has been dishing out delicious Vada Pavs for over 50 years now. The dish is unique and yummy because of the well-kept secret recipe of the owner’s grandmother. American Chef Mathews couldn’t resist featuring Jai Maharashtra Vada Pav in one of his videos. The remarkably unique Vada Pavs are sold more than 1000 in number daily.

Vada Pav is the first thing that pops into our mind when we think of Mumbai. In the past times, it was just poor man’s food, but now it has gained popularity. Everyone, be it rich or poor are now seen on the streets of Aamchi Mumbai enjoying Vada pav. Book Bangalore to Mumbai flight tickets so that you can bring your family here for this heavenly snack.

 

Top Sites To Visit In Canada

Canada is easily one of the best destinations in the world. I have been fortunate enough to visit this amazing country on several occasions, each time I go back I find myself loving the place even more.

I think that there’s no other way to have the full Canadian experience than by checking out the country’s most cultural and famous places. I always take a look at which landmarks are in the area before booking one of many mansions in Canada for our family holiday.

Here are the top 5 landmarks that we love to visit when we’re in Canada. Every single landmark on our top 5 list is an ideal destination for every type of holiday. I promise that when you learn more about the country you will fall in love with it just as I did.

Niagara Falls

I think it’s only fair that the most famous falls in the world gets to top the list. It’s located between the US and Canada, right on the border of both countries. I think that the Niagara Falls give every visitor the most jaw dropping views. Your experience of this impressive will depend on which season you visit. If you head there during the summer you will be able to enjoy many attractions in the city, our favourites are the boat tours and also the Skywheel. Don’t forget to pack a waterproof jacket if you hop on one of the boat tours because you’ll be super close to the falls. Head to the top of the sky tower to get beautiful views of the Niagara Falls. If you’re there in the winter months you might actually see the falls have frozen over. Which ever season you choose you are bound to have an amazing experience.

The Hockey Hall of Fame

No trip to Canada would be complete without trying to learn about the national sport – Ice Hockey (Just ‘hockey’ if you’re in Canada). It’s a good idea to get to grips with it all because it means you’ll have a great time watching it live or in a bar with the locals. There is no better place to start than the Hockey Hall of Fame which is located in the downtown area of Toronto. It’s such an interesting place and it’s dedicated to remembering past stars and the rich history of hockey. I love walking in to the Great Hall here because it’s the place where the impressive major NHL trophies are kept on display. If you fancy trying your hand and playing the game for real, you will absolutely love your time in the Play Zone. The play zone gives you the opportunity to feel the thrill of being a goalie or you can play a virtual game where you have to beat a computer controlled goalie. Other parts of the museum you can’t miss are the Puck Wall of Fame and of course the replica of the Canadian Dressing Room.

The CN Tower

You might not know the name, but I think you’ll certainly recognise the most famous landmark in Toronto. The CN Tower should always be your first port of call when you’re discovering what Toronto has to offer. Not so long ago the tower was the tallest tower on the planet, it stands 553.33 meters tall. The ideal time to visit is sunset, this gives you the chance to see the city during daylight and watch it change into night when the lights illuminate the city. If you really want to push the boat out and spoil yourself then book a table at the 360 restaurant, there aren’t many places in the world that can rival the view whilst you dine.

The Canadian Rockies

How can this iconic place not make any top 5 list for Canada? You can visit the Rockies by car but I strongly recommend that you take the train, it is one of the best train journeys in the world. Located in British Columbia, the Rockies boast breathtaking views plus wildlife and the bluest lakes you’ll ever see. There are loads of activities and places to visit here, hiking and boating are some of my favourites but it’s impossible to list everything here because there are so many choices! If you’re a lover of breathtaking views then you MUST make sure you head to Jasper National park and hop on the brilliant Jasper Tramway to make it extra special.

Capilano Suspension Bridge

I have a real fear of heights so I was surprised how much I loved my time on the suspension bridge. Leave the fear at the door and head off on a super adventure through nature along the famous suspension bridge. As you make your way across the bridge you will find yourself standing high amongst the trees, at the same time listening to the soundtrack which is provided by the delightful sounds of the wild nature that surrounds you. Don’t forget to go for an adventure on both the treetop adventure and also the cliff walk. It’s great to be up in the treetops because it gives you a real insight into the lives of the animals in the rainforest.

Have you been lucky enough to visit Canada in the past? I would love to hear all about your experiences, tips and thoughts. Just pop your comment in the box below this article. I am really looking forward to reading everything you have to share, hoping to pick up a few tips too!

 

 

The Most Interesting Cities To Visit In The World

The world is full of many amazing cities to visit and you could endlessly travel in search of the perfect one. There is nothing wrong with searching for the right one, but you would really need to visit all of them to truly decide. To do this, you need a starting point and I made this guide to show you some very interesting places that you could potentially visit. I hope you enjoy reading about some places that I find to be fascinating./

Reykjavik, Iceland

Iceland is world famous as the capital of Iceland and it is naturally one of the most interesting cities on earth.There is a budding art scene there, a whole host of natural wonders at every turn and a cool bar scene to explore too. The city itself is also very beautiful with the traditional houses that have been painted in all sorts of colours, like blues, greens, red and yellows. If you are visiting Reykjavik you definitely need to experience something that every Icelander loves to do and that is enjoying time swimming in the hot springs that are dotted throughout the city.

Rishikesh, India

This fascinating place was made famous by the Beatles after they took a trip to India in order to discover spirituality. Many people have since made the pilgrimage here and followed in the Beatles’ footsteps and the tourism in the area has now become totally receptive and welcome to visitors. You can enjoy yoga, meditation and much more in the area and it is truly a magical place. There are a number of cheap hotel options in Rishikesh, as well as more expensive retreat style options, so there be something for everyone here, from the backpacker to the middle aged corporate looking for inner peace!

 

Rocky Point, Mexico

Rocky Point is also known as Puerto Peñasco. This gorgeous area is closest to the states, only about an hour away from the border. What makes it so interesting is that even though it’s so close to the US, it’s a less popular vacation spot than Cancun or Cabo, which has preserved it. It holds on to a lot of authentic culture, and is complemented by gorgeous, tranquil beaches that are hardly ever overcrowded. This is a must-visit vacation spot!

Berlin, Germany

Germany’s capital is one of the most interesting and hip cities that you could ever visit. There are a large number of people from many different countries living here, all are attracted by the art and culture scene that is unrivalled in Germany. There is also abundant nightlife that makes it the party capital of the world. The bars stay open late and the clubs even later (many don’t actually close at point on the weekends). The food is great too with the large migrant Turkish and Vietnamese peoples living there, so you can be sure to have something great to eat too. Berlin is truly a city like no other that everyone should visit!

Seoul, South Korea

South Korea is home to one of the coolest cities going around: Seoul. Soul has hip cafes and Korean craft beer, something you probably wouldn’t expect. There are also many hidden bars and restaurants, which makes for an interesting adventure trying to find them! Korean food is naturally amazing and the Koreans love to experiment and take things to the extreme, whether it’s very spicy or super sweet, there is always something interesting to eat. Like Japan, Korea also has a number of cultural icons and movements, in particular in Gangnam (the home of the ultra cool in Seoul). Seoul is definitely one of my favourite cities in Asia that I would love to go back to as soon as I get the chance.

Sarajevo, Bosnia

Sarajevo doesn’t have the most beautiful buildings and isn’t the most pretty city that you will ever visit, but it certainly has soul and is one of the most unique places that you could ever visit. It will always be remembered as the place where the First World War started, after Franz Ferdinand (the heir to the Austro-Hungarian Empire) was assassinated in the middle of the city. The city’s history also continued in an interesting fashion as the host of the 1984 Winter Olympics and furthermore experienced a long civil war during the 90s. The city under siege from all sides for 3 years. The city has a very interesting culture and you can learn more about it in the various museums and sites of interest. I would highly recommend heading to Sarajevo if you get the chance.

Melbourne, Australia

There is nothing better than a multicultural city and Melbourne is one of my favourite, it has a beautiful mix of old and new architecture that makes it one of the most unique cities on the earth. It really is like the New York of Australia and I really enjoy the cafe culture there and all are in fierce competition to be the best, which can only mean great coffee for everyone. The food is also amazing, with a true melting pot of cuisines, such as Vietnamese, Chinese, Thai, Italian, Greek and so much more. The large migrant population is to thank for this and makes Melbourne the city that it is today.

Yurts Aren’t Only in Mongolia – Glamping in the States

Have you ever thought about staying in a yurt for your holiday? Well, in the past you’d probably have head all the way to Mongolia to get a unique yurt experience. Now it’s much easier, in fact yurt camping in the U.S.A. is all the rage these days. Just have a look at the Glamping Hub to see what’s on offer.

If you’re searching for something special to do this summer then living in a yurt will give you the most perfect glamping adventure. You might be used to camping but yurts will really raise the bar for camping enthusiasts.

If you think of experiencing nature in luxury, your mind will instantly think of a cabin or cottage. A yurt will give you a rustic experience, but not compromise on comfort or luxury.

Here’s why you should try this unique experience for your next summer holiday:

It’s affordable

More often than not, staying in a yurt is a lot cheaper than a cabin or hotel. You can find deals out there right now for as little as $100 per night – that’s not per person but for as many as 6 people! That will get you everything you need to have a great experience in a comfortable yurt.

Connect with nature

Sleeping outside under the stars is a nice experience, but there are certainly times when you need to have a roof over your head. Yurts offer the best way to combine open air camping and cabin living. You’ll have a solid roof to keep you dry, but you’ll still be able to hear the wildlife outside. Some will even have a skylight to let the sun shine in and see the stars at night.

Experience a glamping holiday

Glamping is camping but with an upgrade. Yurts will have beautiful hardwood floors, large beds, fridges, plenty of space and also a BBA area. You get all the comforts of home and still get the real experience of living in nature.

Brings everyone together

If you stay in a hotel or a cabin your group will be separated most of the time. In a large yurt a family can stay together, as one, very comfortably. When you all live in the same room you can play games, chat and have quality time together – this is something often lacking in our lives today. With your own BBQ area it’s also very easy for you to sit around creating special memories.

Explore with ease

When you’re in a new place, surrounded by nature you will always want to head out and explore. The yurt resorts will have lots of activities for you to try out and great recommendations for family hikes. It’s a great way for the family to bond before heading back to the campfire to chat about the adventure you all had.

Thailand Is Still One Of The Best Places For A Motorcycle Tour

If you’re looking for one of the most exotic locations in the world where you can enjoy the freedom of a motorcycle, the Thailand should certainly be near the top of any list. Surprisingly there are a lot of bikers out there who are not aware of how amazing motorcycle tours in Thailand truly are. Not only do you get to take in the beauty of this amazing country, but there are so many other things which make it a heaven for motorcyclists.

The quality of the roads are amazing

In Thailand the roads are fantastic for bikers, not only will you find the highways in pristine condition but even in rural areas the roads are in great condition. Of course riding on nice smooth roads is fun, but the experiences come from riding on the less travelled roads. These are roads such as countryside roads, paths through national parks and many other roads that reveal some of the Thailand’s hidden beauty. The one thing I like about the smaller roads is that it’s very rare to see large vehicles on them, such as lorries, this makes things even better and much safer.

Stunning Scenery

So the roads are motorcycle friendly which is great news, the other great news is that it allows you to be more comfortable when taking in the stunning scenery that Thailand has to offer. If you love natural beauty, mountains and jungle then head to the north of Thailand. Places such as Chiang Rai and Nan are blesses with some of the best scenery in the whole of South East Asia. If you listen to the locals or have a good guide, you’ll be able to pass by waterfalls, rivers and ride along beautiful winding roads. Stop off as much as you can to take pictures and just appreciate what is there in front of you – that’s the beauty of having a bike, the freedom to stop whenever you like.

Accommodation 

The accommodation in Thailand is absolutely fantastic no matter which part of the country you are in. There is something to fit every budget and every type of traveller. The best part is that the rates are superb, especially the more rural that you go. If you want you can have a bit of fun and not book anything in advance and just ride until you find something that suits you – again that feeling of freedom just adds to any biking trip!

Why I love my afro

My afro is amazing and has a mind of it’s own. She’s beautiful, wild and can be temperamental sometimes!

We haven’t always had the best relationship, but our love has grown since I had the big chop. I seem to learn more about her everyday and here’s what I love about her right now:

She’s not that difficult

I can still remember my mother telling me that having an afro would be a nightmare to manage. Well that’s because back then she was the one looking after my hair, now I am the sole keeper of my mane. It’s not as difficult to look after as you might think.

She knows her products

She certainly has a great taste in products and only ever wants the most gentle of products. She reacts beautifully to olive oil and will mold into any shape when shea butter is applied.

She takes different forms

It’s no big secret that natural hair will shrink, sometimes it can shrink upto 10 times its length – my mane is definitely no exception to that rule. I love watching my afro transform from it’s natural form after 7 days to instantly shriveling on wash day. It’s fascinating!

She loves to be styled

I love it when I put on my pom-poms. Other great additions are high buns and even faux bangs. Styling her is always an experiment and really exciting. But that’s not the only reason she loves to be styled, because it’s important to protect and maintain by limiting the chance of breakage.

She’s a plant

Well, she’s similar to a plant! Her roots are deep in my scalp, and she grows out like a myriad of leaves, transforming into this amazing and gorgeous bush of joy. Just like a plant, she needs to be watered regularly and nurtured so that she becomes the best form of herself she can be. She also loves to be around other afros, because then she feels at home in mass array of curls and coils.

Do you have an afro or do you just love the afro style? If you do have one tell me why you love it, how you maintain it and the love you’ve got from others about it. If you just simply love the afro style, please tell us all why you marvel at it. Comment below guys.

Best Bars in NYC

If you like to party or simply kick back with a great beer whilst reading the newspaper, then NYC is the place for you. The city has so many great bars to choose from, they are so diverse and varied that there is something for everyone and every taste.

I enjoyed researching for this article, as you can imagine it was fun heading around the big apple and having an obligatory drink in each bar.

Here are the bars that you need to check out when you hit NYC!

169 Bar – Chinatown

Everyone loves a good dive bar, but the 169 Soul Jazz Oyster Bar beats any other kind of dive bar you’ve seen. There are cheap drinks, a leopard print 8-ball table, and some interesting décor – this place is Chinatown staple.

7B – East Village

This bar is also known as the Horseshoe bar because of the shape of the awesome wooden bar. 7B is one of the last remaining relics of the grunge that used to dominate the east village.

ABC Beer Co. – Alphabet City

This is a bar and also a boutique beer shop, it’s a place where the low key beer lovers among us flock to. ABC is known for it’s well chosen 12 beers it has on tap, they regularly rotate so you’ll always have something new to try. They’ve got some great sandwiches and then there’s the mind blowing fridge stacked with beer! There’s free Wi-Fi too!

Angel’s Share – East Village

This Japanese cocktails lounge can be tricky to find, it’s hidden behind an unmarked door right in the back of the Village Yokocho restaurant. The place has been going for 25 years now and it’s popular for it’s extravagant drinks. Try out the cocktail Smoke Gets in Your Eyes if you want something special.

Bar Sixtyfive – Midtown

Even if you live in New York it’s still fun to try out the touristy things now and then. Bar SixtyFive is definitely one of those touristy things! It’s located, as it’s name suggests, on the 65th floor of the famous Rockefeller Center. As you can imagine, the prices are very high indeed, but the food is good, the cocktails great and the view is even better.

Come on New Yorkers, tell me which is your favourite watering hole in our great city. Where’s the best beer, cocktail or wine in NYC?

How to spend a weekend in NYC

If you’re planning to head to NYC but you’re not sure of what to see and where to go, then read on for the perfect guide to maximize your time in the big apple.

Here’s a 1 day itinerary that will give you the best weekend that NYC has to offer!

1 Day Whirlwind Tour Of NYC

Big Bus New York SightSeeing Tour

The best way to get around the city is by getting on one of the sightseeing buses, you can hop on and off the bus, allowing you to see everything NYC has to offer. The tour guide will also fill you in on all the important info as you travel around the city.

The Guggenheim Museum

Heading to one of the most iconic museums in the world is something all visitors should do. It’s just been renovated which makes it even better than before! Stroll around and marvel at the work of Calder, Picasso, Van Gogh and many others.

Lunch in Upper East Side

The Upper East Side is jam packed with amazing restaurants to choose from. You can’t really choose a bad one here, but if I had to recommend I would head to Candle Café or Le Pain Quotidien.

Central Park

You’ll be close to the most famous park in the world after lunch so you should explore the beautiful green space of NYC. I’d leave around 30 minutes to explore Central Park. If you fancy it, you could even bring a picnic and have lunch in the park.

Lady Liberty Cruise

Hop on Circle Line’s Lady Liberty Cruise, it’s the best way to see the most famous lady in NYC! You’ve seen it in the movies, on documentaries and on postcards, so now it’s time for you to check it out with your own eyes. The cruise will also take you past a number of other great sites.

 9/11 Memorial and Museum

Leaving an hour to see the 9/11 memorial and museum is very worth while. The images of that day are etched in everyone’s minds, so it’s an emotional visit. Many visitors see this as the most important part of their whole trip. 

Dine in Hell’s Kitchen

This neighbor hood was once relatively run down, but now it’s full of the best up and coming restaurants in the city. I would recommend 42nd Street Restaurant and Pizza for your authentic NYC pizza experience.