Monthly Archives: January 2017

Upcoming Events and Festivals in South Africa

South Africa is a vibrant destination and turns all the more dynamic during the annual events and festivals, when the country’s colourful cultures, traditions, and customs dazzle one and all. We have mentioned a few of such celebrations below. Join them and have fun like never before!

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Up The Creek Festival

Up The Creek Festival is an enjoyable event in which bands play from a stage on the river banks. Some of the many performers playing this year round will be Dan Patlansky, The Black Cat Bones, Rubber Duc, Albert Frost, Ben Dey and the Concrete Lions, The Kiffness, and Gerald Clark. There’ll be three stages: Main Stage, River Stage, and Late-Night Stage. None of them display acts simultaneously. This means, the audience will not miss out on anything!

Date: 26th – 29th January, 2017

Cape Town Motor Show

Cape Town Motor Show brings together ‘a well-respected group of individuals with vast experience and knowledge across a plethora of media and events that includes outdoor adventure and travel, music festivals, business and entertainment.’ As the name suggests, this exposition showcases cars, motorcycles, trucks, and city emergency vehicles to the visitors. Cape Town Motor Show is not restricted to automobile enthusiasts and is open to people of all age groups.

Date: 27th – 29th January, 2017

Franschhoek Summer Wines

Get ready to check out some of the best wineries showcase their products! Winemakers such as Grande Provence, Haute Cabriere, Solms-Delta, Black Elephant, Bellingham, La Bri, Rupert Rothschild, and Boschendal will quench your thirst! The dress code of Franschhoek Summer Wines is white to signify elegance. Participants can pair their favourites with mouth-watering food from the rotisserie kitchen.

Date: 4th February, 2017

Cape Town Sixes Cricket & Culture Festival

The Cape Town Sixes Cricket & Culture Festival aims to take sporting events to greater heights by merging sport, music, food, and social development in the townships of the Western Cape. The music that’ll play here includes the country’s top and upcoming acts. For hunger pangs, ‘Food Village’ offers a world of choices. Needless to say, the well-stocked bar loaded with ice cold beer, cider, gin, and wine also await you!

Date: 18th February – 19th February, 2017

Cape Town Cycle Tour

Previously called the ‘Cape Argus Cycle Tour’, the Cape Town Cycle Tour is a globally famous bike race, which grabs the attention of cyclists as well as tourists. The race starts in City Bowl and after covering several points, ends at the Green Point Stadium. Thousands of volunteers ensure that Cape Town Cycle Tour runs successfully.

Date: 12th March, 2017

Top Hotels for a Luxurious Stay in Singapore

Who wouldn’t like to stay in a luxury hotel or resort abroad? If you are planning to visit Singapore and would like to stay in style, you have come to the right place.

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Here, we will introduce you to some sophisticated properties recognized for their comfortable rooms and appreciative service.  In their own way, they have made a mark in the travel industry. Let us get to know them now!

Hotel Vagabond

In the official website, the Hotel Vagabond states itself to be ‘an art and experience-driven luxury boutique hotel housed in a 1950s heritage Art Deco building.’ The rooms and suites are meticulously designed and elegant. The thoughtfully chosen amenities ensure occupants get what their heart truly desires! Hotspots such as Little India, Kampong Glam, and Marina Bay and Raffles Place are not far away.

Conrad Centennial Singapore

The award-winning Conrad Centennial Singapore is a top-notch destination with onsite amenities comprising of four unique restaurants and lounges, a 65-foot/20-metre pool, and luxurious spa facilities. There are 507 guestrooms, 25 suites, and 96 connecting rooms spanning over 31 floors. There are fine gift shops located just outside the Conrad Centennial Singapore.

The St. Regis Singapore

The St. Regis Singapore is an ideal point for tourists searching an opulent sanctuary to enjoy their dream stay. Based on availability, guests can pick from any of the rooms variants such as Executive Deluxe Rooms, Lady Astor Rooms, St. Regis Suites, Specialty Suites, King’s Cole Suite, and Presidential Suite etc. The most spacious amongst all of them is the Presidential Suite. You can admire spectacular vistas from its balcony.

Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore

Consistently voted as one of the best hotels in the world, the Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore takes you away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The legendary Asian hospitality will amaze one and all! Onsite facilities include complimentary Wi-Fi, business centre, butler service in suites, babysitting, and photo processing service. This hotel is also well equipped with all the facilities for corporate travellers!

Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel

Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel presents the perfect amalgamation of comfort, convenience, and lavishness. Apart from the lovely rooms and suites, the hotel has seven eating venues serving a wide range of cuisines, snacks, and beverages. These are Crossroads Cafe (International), Marriott Cafe (International), Pool Grill (Other), Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant (Chinese),  Lobby Lounge (Coffee House), Java + (Deli), and Ginza Sushi Ichi (Japanese).

Get Set for Fringe World Festival, Perth

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After the summer holidays, Fringe World keeps those warm summer vibes intact with month-long festivities and cultural events in the form of Fringe World Festival. The popular festival is held annually during the city’s buzzing summer festival period. If you are planning to visit the festival, here’s everything you should know about it.

What is Fringe World?

Fringe World is Western Australia’s largest annual event and the 3rd largest Fringe in the world. Clustered around different venues, the festival offers something for everyone. The 2017 Fringe World Festival is scheduled from 20th January to 19th February.

How do you book your tickets?

The annual program features a line up of numerous comedy, circus, theatre, music, dance, cabaret, and other entertainment shows performed by artists from across the world. The 2017 festival includes more than 700 events to be held at over 150 venues across the length and breadth of the city. Tickets can be booked from the official website or in case you prefer taking a hard copy, get your ticket delivered to your doorstep for free.

What should you expect at Fringe World?

Of course, entertainment! Fringe World is all about picking that perfect form of entertainment. Find that perfect show, which matches your tastes and preferences. The shows and performances at the Fringe are categorized on the basis of genre and filtered according to age groups. Although, sometimes things may seem to be a little vague, but with the popular Fringe UV Rating, you’ll end up attending only the shows, which are appropriate for you and your family.

Where should you attend the Fringe World?

Fringe Central at The Perth Cultural Centre is the best place to start your adventure. The festival spot is located a quick stroll away from the other 60 fringe venues and is the nucleus of the Fringe World universe. Popular event hubs include The Pleasure Garden, Northbridge, Cathedral Square, Perth CBD, The Gelo Company, The Flaming Locomotive, Hubbub, and Funtavia.

How do you filter the events?

Of course you can’t attend all of the 700 events. For your convenience, the ‘Filter Results’ option is available on the top left side corner of the website. Here you can search, find, select, and book shows suiting your tastes and preferences. You can also opt for the FRINGEFEED feature for all the latest news and other required tips about shows and events. An essential tip for all newbies; become a FRINGEWORLD friend and enjoy amazing tips and treats.

Barbados: Vital Tips for First-Time Travellers

Barbados, an eastern Caribbean island and an independent British Commonwealth nation, is a natural wonderland with myriad charms.

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Anyone planning to visit the destination, especially for the first time, should get a little familiar with it. That’s precisely why we have put together a little bit of vital information on Barbados.

Best Time to Visit

Planning to visit Barbados on a shoestring budget? July to November is the perfect time for you! The hotel tariffs drop significantly making your stay way more affordable, while frequent fun-filled parties keep you entertained. Nevertheless, one should be aware that fierce storms can hit the island any time of the year. The peak season is from December to April. Due to heavy tourist rush, hotel and resort tariffs increase manifolds during this period.

Foodscape

Foodies will be in for a treat. The must-have dishes include Cou cou, Flying fish, Salt bread, Fish cakes, Pudding and Souse, and Conkies. Cou cou, a staple dish of cornmeal and okra, can be added to almost any meat or fish dish. Another item called ‘Fish cakes’ are small rounds of delightful fish fritters served with hot pepper sauce.

Accommodation

Don’t compromise with luxury when you are in Barbados. There are many luxury hotels and resorts such as Colony Club Hotel, Cobblers Cove, Sandy Lane, and Hilton Barbados Resort. Furthermore, lots of mid-ranged and budget hotels provide absolute comfort and praise-worthy service. These are most popular among people who don’t have deep pockets but need a fairly decent place.

Public Transportation

Public transportation in Barbados is offered by the Barbados Transport Board – the state-owned transport authority. A ride in these buses costs only $2.00BDS. Non USD change is accepted for the convenience of the passengers. When you de-board to change the bus for another route, you need to pay a certain amount again. People can find bus schedules for several routes throughout Barbados on the official Transport Board website.

Things to See and Do

There are certain things that you must see and do in Barbados. These include walking tour of Bridgetown, visiting the Garrison Savannah, admiring the flora and fauna from the Andromeda Botanic Gardens, and also checking out the gigantic and magnificent Baobab Tree at Hunte’s Garden. Of course, there are many other attractions and activities.

Top Destinations for Beach Lovers in January 2017

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Each New Year should bring a new ‘to visit’ list with itself and we should all explore new places; living life to the fullest!

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If you are looking for new and unexplored territories, here are some amazing beach holiday destinations across the world that you can pack your bags to for the year 2017.

1.    Cape Verde

One of the least explored beach-vacation spots in the world, Cape Verde islands should definitely be on your beach travel list for 2017. This cluster of islands in Africa is among the most beautiful places you will ever visit in your life. The islands of Boa Vista and Sal are especially attractive and invite tourists throughout the year. If you are indeed looking for a place where to find solace in the lap of nature, this has to be it.

2.    St Barts

One of the lesser visited Caribbean islands, St Barts is the epitome of aesthetic excellence and you will have an amazing trip enjoying the sun, sand, and the surf as well as the colorful appeal of the glitzy and glamorous ambience created by frequent celebrity visitors. The place is a hit with Hollywood celebrities and this may also add to your ultimate holiday experience. Exotic food, perfect weather, and warm and friendly locals – it’s the perfect recipe for a memorable holiday.

3.    Nicaragua

Another lesser known gem of a place, Nicaragua in Central America is possibly one of the most underrated places in the world. The constant caress of the tropical breeze; the sun, sand, and the surf; the perfect temperature; and good down to earth hospitality – this is the place you need to head to!

4.    Belize

Another hidden treasure in the Caribbean, Belize is a great January holiday spot. Owing to its spectacular beaches with clear blue waters, mouthwatering delicious local food, and plenty of things to do; Belize is an amazing place. It you are actively looking for a place to spend your January vacation; this can be a great option!

5.    Gold Coast

There is no denying the fact that Australia boasts some of the most spectacular beaches in the world. Collect some amazing memories at the Byron Bay in the company of friends and family, while enjoying the perfect weather. From luxury yachts to private islands, you name it and they have it. This truly is a classic January vacation spot and if you are planning to visit, you shouldn’t waste any time!

Top Winter Events in Vancouver

Simply because the mercury has dipped and the mountains are covered with snow, doesn’t mean that Vancouver has become quiet and laid back.

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Winters in Vancouver, Canada’s brightest city, are special and packed with a series of festivities, snow activities, events, adventure sports, and lots more. So, warm up the winter season in Vancouver. Here’s how!

Winter Dine Out

Launched in 2002, Tourism Vancouver’s Dine Out has become one of the most popular winter dining events in Vancouver. In a city known for culinary delights, Winter Dine Out offers a wide range of discounted menus from 20th January to 5th February. The 17 day scheduled event provides diners and food enthusiasts the option to pick from hundreds of restaurants along with other guided dining adventures such as brunch crawls, cocktail master classes, wine debates, wine and beer tasting, street food markets, and much more. Surely, the event is not to be missed.

Skating in Robson Square

Nothing is more precious than freedom. Give yourself a treat this New Year with free ice skating at Robson Square. Located in the heart of downtown, Robson Square Ice Rink offers free ice skating from 1st January to 28th February. To qualify for the free session, all you need is to carry your own pair of skates. The rink also has a concession stand offering snacks and warm drinks to keep you active.

Snow Activities on Grouse Mountain

Winters in Grouse Mountain are packed with activities and events. Located 20 minutes north of downtown Vancouver, this mountain is no less than a mini epicentre for all snowy winter activities. The popular site hosts numerous year round activities such as skiing, ice skating, and hiking to name a few. Other winter activities here include snowshoe trials, illuminated Light Walk, and sleigh rides.

Winter Festivities

Be prepared to get surprised with never ending events and festivals lined up for this winter season in Vancouver. Celebrate New Year the royal way at top destinations in the city. Furthermore, enjoy the cultural extravaganza at the annual Chinese New Year parade. Over the years, the parade has become one of the most visited events in Vancouver. Enjoy extended New Year celebrations for your next holiday in this beautiful city.

Special Events

A plethora of festivities, activities, and events begin in January and last till the end of the season. Popular annual events in the city include Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge and Annual Polar Bear Swim. One of Vancouver’s signature festivals; PuSh International Performing Arts Festival is held every year in the month of January. The 20-day festivities include live music, theatre performances, dance, and other hybrid performances.

Top Activities to Enjoy in Hong Kong in January

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With the New Year marching in, our calendars are filled with a whole new set of festivals, events, and holiday packages. If you are hunting for a holiday destination, we suggest that you visit Hong Kong in January. It is the driest month of the year in Hong Kong and you will have a whale of a time visiting the local attractions. Also, here are the top activities to indulge in during the winter season in Hong Kong.

Enjoy Winter Food

Food is common to mankind. Just the ingredients and dishes differ from one region to the other. Hong Kong has cuisines and dishes for each season. The famous Hong Kong style barbecue, the exotic snake soup, and clay pot rice are best enjoyed during the winter season. Restaurants offer authentic delicacies across the length and breadth of the city for you to experience the best of everything while on a holiday.

Winter Festivals

An important traditional festival is the Chinese New Year, which involves a series of cultural activities including temple fairs, dragon dances, and lion dances. Be prepared to cut the winter chill with a whole lot of bright and colourful events during winters in Hong Kong. For your next holiday, make sure you witness these events and festivals for an ultimate traditional experience.

Ice-skating in the Snow

The age old ice-skating festival is one of the best ways to enjoy the winter chill in Hong Kong. Numerous artificially snow covered skating rinks are created in different parts of the destination for the residents and tourists to enjoy skating and other water sports. Jump into the frozen ice rink and enjoy some trilling rides under the winter sun. In a city that does not get snowfall, these ice-skating rinks sure do appear surreal.

Local Sightseeing

Be it any season; holidays are incomplete without local sightseeing. Blessed with numerous attractions, the idea of sightseeing in the beautiful city holds utmost importance. For a complete understanding of the destination, you simply have to explore the popular structures and monuments. Just one of the most popular tourist attractions is the Museum of History.

Explore Lantau Island

The largest island in Hong Kong, Lantau Island has numerous parklands and theme parks. Besides regular sightseeing, visitors can enjoy several outdoor adventures. Popular attractions here include the famous Disneyland, Po Lin Monastery, Tai O, and Ngong Ping 360. Also, pay homage to Hong Kong’s best known film stars at the popular Avenue of stars.

Amazing Places to Check Out in New Zealand in 2017

The dream destination of many, New Zealand reflects rare, untouched natural beauty, which can be experienced by way of different outdoor activities. The country is full of wild and gorgeous natural wonders and exploring them all on one visit is impossible. If you are making a list of destinations to visit in 2017, you should definitely include New Zealand. Read on to know about some of must-visit destinations in New Zealand in 2017.

Rotorua

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Visit the steaming geysers and learn about the exotic Maori culture at Rotorua in New Zealand. The sulphur-rich region’s thermal area houses spraying geysers, hot springs, and exploding mud pools. One of the other big attractions of the region is the cultural performances and lifestyle of the local Maori populations. Already a popular attraction, visiting this amazing destination next year is a must.

Milford Sound

Explore the stunning surroundings of the Fiordland – the Milford Sound, located in the South East corner of New Zealand in 2017 to discover the new meaning of virginal ‘natural beauty’.

Milford-Sound

A nature lover’s paradise, this place will exhilarate you with nature’s stunning creations as you explore its jagged cliffs, cascading waterfalls, and spy upon sunbathing seals. Cruise through The Sound for a mesmerising experience close to nature.

Bay of Islands

Outdoor enthusiasts should include the ‘Bay of Islands’ as one of the must-visit places in New Zealand in 2017. The destination offers plenty of water sports. Bay of Islands is also one of the best places to go fishing, sailing, and scuba diving. Get underwater to explore the vibrant sea world and enjoy close encounters with the marine life here.

Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers

For some extreme fun, head up straight to the Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers at Westland Tai Poutini National Park in South Island, New Zealand. The place is counted among one of the world’s most accessible glaciers. Explore the Franz Josef glacier on foot by going on guided trekking expeditions. You will be amazed by the sight of frozen landscapes, including ice caves and pinnacles.

Waitakere Beaches

This offbeat place is a must-visit destination for a New Zealand tour in 2017. The three stunning beaches here, namely Muriwai Beach, Anawhata Beach, and the Karekare Beach are blessed with pristine natural beauty. The Muriwai Beach is also a great place for bird watching as it hosts countless migratory birds called Ganets.

Cathedral Cove

Talking of beaches, the Cathedral Cove is a popular beach and a marine reserve, which is located on the Coromandel peninsula. Enjoy a short hike up to the beach, which runs through native bush and cliffs. A hike, some sunbathing, swimming in cool waters, and relaxing by the soft sand beach – isn’t it one of the things that you want for a holiday in 2017?