3 Romantic Destinations in The Caribbean Islands

We’ve been talking a lot about the Caribbean since last month. And why not? It’s one of the most mesmerizing travel destinations in the world. Those who have visited the Caribbean (or even seen photos of it), will agree. Those who haven’t visited it… well… it’s about time you do, especially if you have a partner whom you want to pamper.

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If you are inclined towards romance, the Caribbean offers a plethora of special places which are perfect for you, including hotels that have their own islands, quiet villages that let you unwind and enjoy some calm, or suites equipped with private pools. We have listed three of them below.

  1. Hermitage Bay, Antigua
    If money is no concern, this is the perfect place for you and your partner to spend quality time and soak in the beauty of surroundings. Couples barely emerge from their suites to experience the lovely surroundings, but who can blame them. If you stay in a hillside cottage surrounded by tropical greenery and have a private pool, verandah which offers a sensational view and room service which includes spas, it’s unlikely that you will leave your cottage too, right? To add to the cottages, there are also eight beachfront suites which are within touching distance of the gorgeous ocean.
  2. Laluna, Grenada
    Located in a secluded spot surrounded by the hillside and beaches on either side, Laluna is a favorite among honeymooners who visit Grenada. With just 16 non-luxurious cottage like rooms and small plunge pools for each, this place is intimate and gives out a relaxing vibe – something that is perfect if you want to get away from the everyday hustle and bustle. Laluna also has a good Italian beachfront restaurant, a Balinese-style spa, and a pavilion behind the beach for daily yoga and pilates sessions.
  3. Little Arches, Barbados
    There are just 10 houses in this small and cosy set-up, which is a big hit among youngish couples, most of whom yearn for the often-missing privacy from their daily lives. The beach across the road is frequented by locals, and the centre of Oistins, a fishing village famed for its fish fry weekly party, is a stroll away. There’s an excellent restaurant on the rooftop terrace of the hotel. Including return flights, you can enjoy seven nights at this location for just £1,299 – more than a bang for your buck.

When traveling to the Caribbean, do remember to purchase calling cards to keep in touch with loved ones back home. These calling cards can be purchased at the airport or online and let you make international calls to almost any destination globally. So you don’t need to worry about spending on international calls because you can do so at really low call rates. These calling cards are one of the most effective options to make international calls and stay connected with family and friends.

The Caribbean is a dream-like destination which is still not touched by lots of urbanization. A lot of hotels, however, have taken over small beaches and made them captive. So visit the place before the landscape changes further, not just because hotels are taking over, but to simply enjoy the thrilling beauty that the set of islands has to offer.

4 Amazing Places to Try Different Cuisines in USA

Whether you reside in the United States of America or are a visitor, you can enjoy various cuisines offered across the world in this country itself. It is not necessary to leave USA to sample the most delicious and renowned cuisines worldwide.

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Nat Geo believes that everyone loves food, and the less you know about what’s on offer in a place, the more locals want to help you. We tend to agree. A hungry person finds it easiest to break the ice and strike a conversation with locals, anywhere across the globe, including USA.

Here are 4 amazing places where you can enjoy the choicest eclectic cuisines within the United States:

  1. De Afghanan Cuisine
    Located in Fremont California, De Afghanan Cuisine is extremely popular for kebabs, lamb dishes and other middle eastern delicacies. The ambience, with Afghan carpets, interiors like sculptures and lanterns and more make you feel like you actually are dining in a fine Middle Eastern country.
  2. Chez Le Babe
    “They don’t mess with food around here”, said a delighted customer on this restaurant’s Facebook page. Food is incredible, and especially popular are the griot: fried pork in orange sauce, fried plantains and goat’s soup. Other restaurants in Little Haiti, where Chez Le Babe is situated, are also popular for Haitian food and cultural programs. It is a delight to visit this place and sample various delicacies and acquaint yourself with the culture.
  3. Punjabi Dhaba
    In India, a dhaba is a roadside stall frequented by truckers, with cots and wooden logs for chairs and tables respectively. This dhaba, located in Cambridge Massachusetts, maintains the no-frills tradition of a dhaba, yet is remarkably popular among youngsters, hipsters and the Indian families in Cambridge. It serves amazing North Indian food, 1 meal of which is enough to last you a whole day. The most popular dishes here are the chicken tikka masala, shahi paneer and stuffed aloo parathas. A must try if you are a foodie.
  4. Junoon
    It’s not often that an Indian restaurant can be described as sexy, but Junoon, located in New York City, manages to achieve that tag. With brilliantly planned and executed lighting and upholstery, beautiful pools with blossoming lotus flowers and more, this place is as elegant as it is tasty regarding the food served. Hyderabadi chicken korma, goat cheese and mango cheesecake are the most sought after dishes here, and the restaurant has a well-deserved Michelin star.

When traveling to USA on a vacation, ensure that you carry a calling card along. A calling card let you make cheap international calls to almost any destination across the globe. And since most travelers to USA these days are from India and China, calling cards offer great plans for these tourists too. People can make unlimited calls to India and China back home and stay connected with family and friends easily. The best thing is that you don’t even need the internet to make these cheap international calls. Thus, calling cards are more reliable and better for making unlimited calls to India, China and other locations across the world.

Why this is the best time for US residents to travel the world

If you have harbored the desire to travel and the economy has repeatedly forced your plans to be delayed, don’t worry. Everything happens for a reason. Now, for instance, the stronger dollar means that you can enjoy traveling to Europe and other parts of the world without having to spend much.

“A stronger dollar has reduced the price of everything right from the cost of a hotel room to a glass of beer”, says David Koenig. “This is one of the best time in years for Americans to travel”, says ‘How to Travel the World on $50 a Day’ author Matt Kepnes.

While China is slowing down, developed economies like Europe and Japan are barely growing. And the recent decision of Bank of Japan to increase quantitative easing is a signal for another currency war, which will further strengthen the US dollar. Economists also forecast that consistent growth of the US economy will compel the Federal Reserve to increase interest rates. This move will encourage investment in the dollar and selling of other currencies, which will make the dollar even stronger. And a stronger dollar spells good news for you if you live in USA.

With the pound on the decline, the United Kingdom is substantially cheaper than it was a year ago. But the Euro’s decline has been even more spectacular, making a vacation in Europe a bargain right now. Prices in Italy, Germany, Austria, Iceland, France and other countries are substantially lower, meaning that you will get more bang for your buck on a vacation.

What the decline of the pound, the Euro and Rupee, flight tickets will also become cheaper. We know this doesn’t sound like it’s related, but go with us on this. With the decline in other currencies and strengthening of the Dollar, flight tickets to USA will become more expensive for residents of other countries. This may lead to them traveling to and from USA lesser, which means freeing up of seats in airplanes. Airlines, to increase occupancy, may bring down their flight rates, which will further make traveling cheaper for you.

So if you want to visit Europe, Japan, China or India, this is the best time. When you travel internationally, make sure you have purchased a prepaid calling card at the destination. These prepaid calling cards are available at airports and local mobile stores. They offer remarkably low international calling rates. Thus, you don’t have to worry when you make international calls to stay connected with family and friends. The low international calling rates ensure that you spend lesser than the allotted budget, thus getting to enjoy a great vacation within your preset budget. In fact, we believe that you will get more than what you bargained for.

So when and where are you planning to take your next vacation?

Are You Insured Before Embarking On An International Trip With Your Family?

Travel insurance has become mandatory for international travelers today. Whether they are traveling solo, with a spouse, friends or family, this is an aspect which cannot (and should not) be ignored. As you know, travel insurance is insurance aimed at covering medical expenses, financial default of travel suppliers and other losses which may be incurred when traveling within your own or to another country.

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There are some common risks that most travel insurance plans cover. They are:

  1. Medical emergency
  2. Emergency evacuation
  3. Trip cancellation or interruption
  4. Accidental death, injury or disablement
  5. Lost, stolen or damaged personal belongings and/or travel documents
  6. Delayed baggage or travel delays due to airline schedule or weather
  7. Hi-jacking and more.

If you purchase travel insurance for international trips, you have to buy it through an insurer in your country of residence. You can obtain travel insurance through your travel agent, regular insurers or a specialist travel insurer, the number of whom today is high. Bear in mind that different travel policies have different prices for depending on where you are going in the world. The cover for USA is generally quite high to cover for medical expenses there.

Just like regular insurance, there is no specific company which is leaps and bounds better than the others. So shop around. Ask a few friends, browse the web a little. Aggregator sites like Brokerfish are useful for directing you to appropriate travel insurers and also give you the convenience of comparing travel insurance prices before choosing one. Other popular and reputed companies which offer better packages are Travelex and Trawick International.

It makes sense to purchase and use a cheap calling card when traveling to an international destination. Apart from the convenience to make international calls to family and friends, it also lets you get in touch with your travel insurance company in case you need to make a claim. Cheap international call rates ensure that you can call anywhere across the globe using these cheap calling cards without burning a hole in your pocket. Plus, they are extremely handy if you want to make international calls or local calls in case of emergencies.

Whenever you make an international trip, ensure to keep a copy of your travel insurance along with your travel documents. Share the policy details and relatives or friends back in your country of residence. If you are traveling to a remote location, keep a copy (or at least share basic information) with the manager of the hotel where you are staying for back up. In case your are incapacitated, the localite or hotel manager may have to make international calls and interact with your family or the travel insurer. So it is important for you to share basic information with reliable people. And above all, travel safe. Nothing comes above your own life. You owe safety not just to yourself but to your family and people who depend on you.