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Why Having a Local Bucket List is a Good Idea

Regardless if you call it a bucket list or a to-do list, we all want to keep track of the things we want to do and see at some point in our lives – be it attending a colour fun festival or seeing Mount Fuji in person. Yet, not all worthwhile dreams and pursuits need to be far from home. While international trips are extremely fun, there’s also a lot to be said for touring your own city. If you’re still unconvinced, here are some reasons why having a local bucket list can be a good idea.

1. It Encourages You to Be Adventurous

It’s quite easy to say, “I’ll visit that soon,” if you live near a particular tourist spot, but this kind of mind-set is what actually causes you to never visit that particular sight. If you have a local bucket list, however, you’ll be required to get out and tour your own city – even if you are living in the place indefinitely. If you decide to move out eventually, that list will help you savour your last days in the city instead of forcing to visit the places you’ve put off in the last minute.

2. It Helps in Keeping Things Fresh

Most of us tend to fall into the habit of frequenting a particular coffee shop or restaurant, thus neglecting other potentially great places in the area. While it’s completely okay to support your favourite local shops in Singapore, you should also consider dining or visiting a new place each month. If you drink coffee on a daily basis, visit a new café once a week; if you tend to treat yourself less often, simply adjust your plan according to your schedule.

3. It Prompts You to Be Grateful

The world is a big and beautiful place, and enjoying a culture that’s nothing like your own will certainly be an invaluable experience. However, we often spend a lot of time dreaming about our next destination that we forget to appreciate the beauty that surrounds us. Creating a local bucket list is one way of correcting that and practising gratitude for all the great things that we have even without boarding a plane.

4. It Trains You to Be an Excellent Host

Creating (and completing) a local bucket list provides you with amazing ideas of the things to do when your family and friends visit you. While it’s fun to show your local favourites to your visitors, you can also use them as an excuse to try out something new. Also, if someone visits you quite often, then he or she would surely want to experience a little novelty every now and then.

Having a local bucket list is one of the best ways to discover new things about the place you’re living in, as well as to appreciate your own culture. So be sure to create and complete one before you start travelling internationally.

Two Tricks for Saving More on Plane Tickets  

 

As much as we want to travel often, the circumstances will not allow us – or so we thought. There are few Singaporeans who do not let circumstances hinder their inner “wanderlust”. There are many places to see and many things to experience. It would be a waste to just stay here in Singapore and be contented.

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The world is waiting. We have to honour it by traveling as often as we want. Traveling need not to be costly (if that is what we are after) for there are many ways we can maximize our money. We have to remember that the experience will be nothing compared to the monetary value we spent. So, what are we waiting for? The first step is to book plane tickets.

For seasoned travellers, there are some tricks for saving more on plane tickets. We just need to hear them out and hopefully we can get something from them. Seasoned travellers would always tell us that getting the best deals is all about timing. We have to know the right time so we can get the best deals. Thankfully timing is not that difficult if we know two tricks.

The two tricks for saving more on plane tickets are as follows:

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  • For nearby destinations: Booking as early as possible is the best thing that we can do. Now, the question is – how early? According to experts, for nearby destinations, the ideal time to book air tickets is forty six days (or one and a half months) before the travel date. If we practice this, we get at least 9% savings compared to flights when booked one month (or less) in advance. If we decide to go to Australia, we can get cheap airfares by booking at least two months before departure to get at least 18% savings in airfares.
  • For remote destinations: For remote destinations, we have to book our tickets at least two and a half months before our travel date. Remote destinations include Caribbean, Africa, Europe and the Americas. According to KAYAK.sg, if we book two and a half months in advance for a European tour, we save at least 13%. In the case of the Caribbean, if we book two and a half months in advance, we get at least 20% savings. This sounds promising, eh?

These tricks can help us with the booking. We have to remember that booking on the exact day of the travel is expensive and rash. Traveling needs careful thought and more importantly, timing. Enjoy booking and bon voyage!

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Thailand – An Epic Party Destination

 

Thais certainly know how to have fun, and travellers from all over the world flock to its islands to dance, make new friends, enjoy a couple of shots, and just have fun ‘til dawn. Want to know where to experience great beach parties in Thailand? Look no further than these places.

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  1. Koh Phi Phi

This is the beach that was featured in the movie The Beach in 2000. Though it was ravaged by a tsunami in 2004, Koh Phi Phi remains a breathtakingly beautiful island. Once the sun sets in this island, the seaside heats up with fire jugglers, fire eaters, and fire dancers, as well as people sitting on low tables and sipping Thai whisky and cola. There’s no shortage of bars so you can bar hop each night of your visit?

  1. Koh Phangan

The full-moon parties of this island are legendary, attracting tourists and backpackers alike. The colourfully painted bars along the beachside rocks to the sound of trance, house, hip-hop, and drum n’ bass; and the party, it never stops until the sun comes up. Although it’s called “full-moon”, don’t think the partying is limited to only once a month as there are also half-moon and black-moon parties. Aside from such parties, every bar has their own event every night, so you can be certain there’s always fun anytime.

  1. Phuket

The nightlife in the island is centred at Patong Beach, where pubs, clubs, bars, and a restaurants borders the Bangla Road. Whether you’re looking for classy cocktails in a lounge or a cheap drink in a beer bar, Patong has it all for you. If you want to drink light, check out Baya beach; but if you want lots of alcohol and some serious partying, Tiger Club is pumping with great night events.

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  1. Koh Chang

Also called the “Elephant Island”, Koh Chang is a low-key destination for party-goers. In this island, it’s easy to find places away from the crowd, where you can have a quiet dinner by the beach with a couple of drinks after wards. The scene here is more about chilling with friends to some reggae beats than getting wild to hip-hop and trance music.

  1. Koh Samui

An island of opulence, Koh Samui is the place to go if you fancy partying in luxurious clubs and want to get close to some of the country’s A-listers. Though slowly becoming an expensive destination, you can still find affordable accommodations and party venues in the island. The Green Mango Club, a converted warehouse blaring out techno, house, and hip-hop music all night long, is the place to be if you want to get loose and dance the night away.

Not so many places can rival the legendary Thai beach parties—with its glorious beach views and notoriously epic nightlife. Dubbed as one of Asia’s prime destinations for party-goers, there’s no doubt Thailand is among the world’s best party destinations.

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The Best Airport for Flyers  

Airports can make a difference for flyers. It will distinguish our experience before and after the travel. We have to know that the Airports Council International (ACI) in Montreal surveyed 550,000 flyers in more than three hundred airports around the world. This is in search of the best airport in the world that provides total passenger satisfaction.

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ACI named the award Airport Service Quality (ASQ) Awards. According to the results, Incheon International Airport in South Korea got the highest score for passenger satisfaction. The criteria include check-in, access, dining, airport facilities, retail and many more. Here are the results of the survey:

  • Seoul Incheon
  • Singapore
  • Beijing
  • Shanghai Pudong
  • Hong Kong

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We saw that Changi airport took the second place. However, a similar survey conducted by The Guide to Sleeping in Airports revealed that based on factors like convenience, comfort and cleanliness, Changi Airport is the number one.

ASQ also gave commendations to other airports. In North America, best airports include Indianapolis, Tampa, Jacksonville, Sacramento and Ottawa. In Europe, best airports include Keflavik (Iceland), Moscow Sheremetyevo, Porto, Malta and Zurich. In Asia Pacific, best airports include Seoul Incheon, Singapore, Beijing, Haikou and New Delhi.

For land travellers, this seems not important but for frequent flyers, the airport can make or break their travel (apart from the airline of course). It is useful to know this so when it is time for us to travel, we will know what to expect and we will be excited about it. At the end of the day, what matters most is the place where we are going.

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