Manila is a vibrant city where business and pleasure merge seamlessly.
As any Manila travel guide will tell you, shopping in Manila is one of the many
“must-dos” in this dynamic city. You can find just about anything and
everything here with its countless swanky malls, bargain centers, flea markets,
and trade expos. In Manila, shopping is both a necessity and a pastime.
Hundreds of thousands of Filipinos flock to the malls everyday to shop, relax,
dine, and play. It is no wonder then why 6 out of the 25 largest malls in the
world are found in the Philippines, 4 of which are located in Manila.
Shopping malls here are like miniature cities. They come complete with
supermarkets and department stores, theaters, spas and wellness hubs, amusement
complexes, churches and religious centers, and in some cases skating rinks, all
while being fully air-conditioned. The SM Group of Malls, a family-owned
conglomerate, currently holds the most number of malls in the Philippines.
Among its biggest are SM City North EDSA (currently the biggest in the country
and third in the world), Mall of Asia (located along the Manila Bay), and SM
Megamall (in Ortigas Center). Another family-owned chain of malls, the
Robinsons Malls, also has a handful all over Metro Manila, including Robinsons
Ermita (near Malate) and Robinsons Galleria (also in Ortigas). The Ayala family
has a number of malls in Manila as well, like the posh Greenbelt Center,
Glorietta Malls, and the Landmark (all in Ayala, Makati), as well as Market!
Market! (at The Fort, Taguig).
If malls are not your thing, you can always head out to Bonifacio High
Street in Taguig for an outdoor stroll, dining, and shopping experience.
Patterned after London’s High Streets, shops and restaurants are lined up in
rows. As an added bonus, kids, …
Every year, there are more than 16 million tourists who flock Greece. It
is not surprising that the tourism industry is accounting for 15% of this
European country’s economy. The nation has been a sought-after attraction for
offshore vacationers for its long history, rich culture and glorious
Mediterranean beaches and coastlines.
Geographically, Greece is situated in a juncture of Asia, Europe and
Africa. Greece was the site of some of the most influential empires in the
past, like the Byzantine and the Roman Empires. The country is also known as
the birthplace of Western philosophy, democracy, the Olympic Games, political
science, scientific principles, drama and historiography.
The country has always been a sought-after vacation destination.
However, in the recent years, it lagged behind other European destinations
because of undeveloped infrastructure. When the country’s capital, Athens in
2004 hosted the Olympic Games, Greece successfully and aggressively improved
its amenities and infrastructure.
Top vacation spots in
Athens is the capital and biggest city in Greece. The city’s recorded
history can be traced to as far back as 3,000 years ago, making it among the
world’s oldest existing cities. Athens has no doubt been a very popular tourism
destination since antiquity. It is home to about 150 theatrical stages, the
biggest volume in a single city in all of Europe. It has been a distinct
melting point of various architecture types, from Greco-Roman, to Neo-Classical
and even modern. Some of the most interesting and historic edifices in Athens
are the Athens City Hall, the Greek Parliament, the University of Athens,
Zappeion Hall, Old Parliament and Athens Academy. There are plenty of holiday
villas in Athens which allow you to go out and see this amazing city.
The city of Thessaloniki is the second biggest city in Greece. …
One of the increasing trends we
are seeing in today’s travel scene is the changes in spending patterns in
parents with young children. This article presents the case for increased
catering for children in luxury resorts and five and six star accommodation.
With shifting patterns of wealth,
demographics and social structure, we see a change in the holiday patterns of
young hip parents with little kids. No longer content with the standard
everyday budget motels and caravan parks their parents, the baby boomers, the
not-so-young gen X urban elite are taking to the skies and the resorts in
style, and bringing the kids!
Children are now the fashionable
accessory for the new wealthy urban elite dominated by the internet media. As
family size shrinks, divorce rates soar, and women have babies later, vacation
time is a precious commodity. While maintaining an ongoing high profile career,
the demands of time pressure mean that families have less time to holiday together,
more cash, and subsequently demand better service, higher level of facilities
and real quality in their travels.
This is a trend which Hoteliers,
marketers, airlines would be very courageous to ignore. Mothers days lunches in
leading luxury hotels in major cities such as the Four Seasons in Sydney are
hosting a childcare package with DVDS, kids’ party food, biscuit decorating in
a posh room adjacent to the main dining area where parents can happily quaff
expensive French Champagne for hours and hours while the kids are entertained.
Cost to implement- practically nothing. Price for the adults… anything you
want to charge them, the more the better… and they will tell their friends.
This is a point where price does not actually matter. How much would you pay
for the privilege?
Time starved, exhausted,
multitasking supermoms are not asking, but demanding a …
Internet has made our lives
easier than ever before. We have started to rely on this technology, because it
has really improved our way of life. Traveling has also been influenced with
this technology in a positive way. Now you can plan and arrange your whole trip
by just sitting inside your office or home. There is no need to go out and get
things done for yourself. Everything can be planned, even before stepping out
of your home, for your trip. Before starting your trip, you must choose a
destination, airline and hotel where you will stay. The Internet will help in
all these areas.
Online travel booking will do
most of your work. There are so many websites over the Internet which will do
your booking online. Online booking airplane tickets means that you have your
tickets in advance and at the time you are going to begin your trip, you will
not have to be worried, if you will get the tickets or not.
There are many airlines, which
have been offering safe and comfortable journeys for many years. United
Airlines and Frontier Airlines are two of many. These airlines have many
discount package deals for the traveler. When it comes to best travel deals, then
the first thing you need to keep in your mind is that the best deal for you is
the one which suits your budget. There are many deals offered by airline
companies which can save your money, and can make you feel happier. Once you
are finished getting the best deal for yourself, then you are in need of
locating the best hotel for your stay.
Hotels booking worldwide over the
internet have sorted the things for you in this area as well. Find an easy to
navigate website and search …
With sweltering heat and high
triple digit temperatures in Phoenix, it’s the perfect time to head to up north
to get outdoors and experience Arizona’s beautiful and lush high mountain
forests and wilderness areas. For a wonderful and scenic day trip and easy
hike, take a journey to the top of Arizona by hiking the Kachina Trail, in the
Kachina Peaks Wilderness, Flagstaff, Arizona.
Located high up in the San
Francisco peaks, sits Arizona’s tallest peak, Mt. Humphreys which rises to an
elevation of 12, 643 feet which you can climb to the top of on the Mt.
Humphrey’s Trail, one of the most challenging hikes in all of Arizona. However,
if you’re up for more of an easier day hike instead, then I highly recommend
checking out the beautiful Kachina Trail, which is also located in the Kachina
Peaks Wilderness and like the Mt. Humphrey’s Trail, is also located at
Arizona’s Snow Bowl Ski Resort and if you’re up for the added adventure, you
can take a very scenic sky ride right up to the top of Arizona at elevation,
11,500 feet, for a spectacular and amazing panoramic view of all the
surrounding Flagstaff and Kachina Peaks Wilderness area, without having to
climb it yourself too!
To get to the Kachina Trail from
Phoenix you’ll want to head out of town on I-17 north to Flagstaff. We left
Phoenix at 9am on a Saturday morning and arrived in Flagstaff at around
11:30am. The drive from Phoenix to Flagstaff is roughly about 2.5 hours and 148
miles. Once you arrive in Flagstaff, the freeway ends and you will exit onto
89A north. Follow 89A through town till you come to route 180 north Snow Bowl
Ski Resort, then make a left. You’ll take route 180 for about another 30
I can’t wait for my
yearly vacation, I look forward to it all year long. Vacations have changed a
little over the years since I started my family, but one thing never changes; I
always go somewhere, even if the locations aren’t quite as exotic anymore.
When you choose a
vacation destination, you have several general choices. Do you go on a beach
type vacation? How about a National Park type vacation? There’s always the
theme park type vacation! And don’t forget the European vacation. Did I leave
Today I want to talk
about a beach type vacation, but it isn’t the same boring vacation you’ve
probably gone on a million times before.
When choosing a beach
vacation, most people stick to a few tried and true spots such as Florida, the
Bahamas, Hawaii, or Cancun; but if you’re looking for something a little out of
the ordinary, something that none of your friends have probably ever heard of
(let alone gone to) then Los Cabos may be exactly what you’re looking for.
First off, where
exactly is it? Los Cabos is in Mexico on the tip of the Baha Peninsula. It’s a
little bit South of Lapaz and sort of South-West of Tijuana.
I’m not sure there’s a
really “bad” time to go there, but the “best” times to go
are around January and February because you can often see gray whales near the
shore. Remember when I said it was a little less ordinary? You can’t beat whale
This is not just a
land of beautiful beaches (though there are amazing beaches!), there’s lots of
other fun things to do as well. There’s something for just about everyone, from
sport fishing and golf, to kayaking and diving. And don’t forget the whales!
It’s up to you and the
choice of hotel you make whether the time you spend abroad is stressful or
relaxing. Based on the accommodation you choose, you can feel as comfortable at
the hotel as you would at home.
The best location for
a hotel has to be central but not in a very crowded or noisy place. If you do
not select the hotel carefully, you might not be able to visit all the
important parts of the city, therefore the hotel has to have access to the
closest bus station.
A second factor
influencing your disposition during the travel is the behavior of the hotel
staffs. It may turn out difficult to communicate with people who do not speak
your language or any other international language, therefore you must make sure
that you choose a rather modern hotel where the employees know several
languages. During your stay at the hotel you will definitely need the support
of hotel staffs to get the information you need or to solve potential problems,
therefore it is important that hotel employees are always friendly.
Travelers tend to
wrongfully neglect the facilities that hotels offer them and it is to their
detriment because it is always useful to know what options you have. There is a
great chance that you might never use these options, nevertheless, it is good
to know whether you can or cannot use the hotel spa centre and gym, for
In spite of this small
attempt to find the best method by means of which to select your hotel,
travelers must know that there are no exact rules for that. There is no point
in asking other people for advice, either, as they will find it difficult to
agree whether a hotel is good or …