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Living in Valencia in Negros Occidental


I am thinking seriously of moving to Valencia and I have 2 questions about Valencia. What is the weather like there? Is it normally 80′s and 90′s or 70′s and 80′?

And are there many insects like knats and flies that can make picnics uncomfortable? I am from Florida and really dislike the extreme heat 80′s and high 90′s and 90% humidity and also the bugs here which makes for unpleasant times outdoors. Thank you, John

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Things to Look for – Medical travel insurance

When it comes to getting yourself ready for international tour, some outings are prepared meticulously during a period of months or years. At the same time, other journeys often take place rather sporadically: perhaps you experience a whole lot in the Sunday papers or on the internet and you impulsively purchase it.

In either case, in terms of organizing a trip, specific things should be taken into consideration. There is a routine, the reservations for your plane, train or ship, your luggage, clothing, and entertainment stuff like books or a Music player. And, for that savvy voyager who not like to leave out almost anything to chance: medical travel insurance.

Medical travel insurance is a thing which addresses your expenditures in case you have any sort of accident or get sick during your journey. The explanation for getting this sort of travel insurance is two-fold: doing this offers you the the reassurance of realizing that you aren’t jeopardizing yourself excessive from the financial standpoint, should something get wrong clinically. And, you have the substantially more crucial part: realizing that you’ll be provided every accessible possibility from a medical viewpoint to be effectively taken care of after experiencing this type of medical misfortune. Continue Reading

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Anthony Bordain’s Top Travel Tips For Holiday Travel

Timed to the launch of Travel Channel’s “No Reservations” Collection 6 Part 1 DVD and the busy holiday travel season, Anthony Bourdain, the chef, author and host offers his top 5 travel tips on how to survive travel nightmares and make the most of any trip.

Below please find Anthony’s TOP FIVE TIPS to make holiday travel less hassle, and more fun!

Eat like a local. Wherever you are, eat what the locals are good at or famous for, and eat where those locals like to eat it. Do not rely on your concierge for dining tips. He’s in the business of making tourists happy. You want the places that make locals happy. Seek out places crowded with locals. Avoid places where others of your kind are present. Continue Reading

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Holiday Extras Customer Awards Gather Momentum

I don’t know about you but when I book my holidays I can sometimes get bogged down by all the choice that I have when it comes to airlines, hotels, airports, parking and all the other bits and pieces that you have to consider when you book your fortnight way in the sun.

This is why Holiday Extras Customer Awards are such a great idea. They are run by the popular online travel company Holiday Extras. Their website offers a great place for travellers to find the best deals and the best companies who will offer all of those little necessary extras that are very important to your holiday, like airport parking and airport hotels.

For the last three years though Holiday Extras have been going that one extra step and have been allowing the users of their website to choose who they think are the best companies right now in the travel industry.

The winners are voted for by the customers of Holiday Extras and this is a great way to allow the public a platform to let others know who are the top performing companies in the industry at the moment. Continue Reading

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Things to do in Guangzhou China from Jetstar

As the Capital of Guangdong province, Guangzhou is the largest city in South China and one of its most prosperous. The urban and cosmopolitan image is only one facet of this Cantonese city famous for its business and foreign trade. A closer look will reveal a rich culture and history that lies beneath the infinite skyline of modern buildings and skyscrapers in this mega city of the Pearl River Delta.

Amongst the towering financial buildings and shiny high rises, Guangzhou is interspersed with museums, extensive flower parks, street markets and of course the famous Pearl River. Expect to be amazed by this modern city that still retains pockets of its character from an earlier period of China.

Low fares airline Jetstar will begin flying Singapore-Guangzhou from 22 December 2011* (subject to regulatory approval). Here are five recommendations from Jetstar on how to have a good time in Guangzhou: Continue Reading

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Tips for a money-smart holiday from Jetstar

Getting the most from hard-earned money is always a smart thing. Here are some quick tips for travelling more, for less, with Jetstar.


1)      Book early: The earlier you book, the more likely you are going to find special deals and affordable airfares as well as accommodation discounts.


2)      Hunt for bargains: Jetstar’s Friday Fare Frenzy is a great time to purchase a holiday fare, with sale fares on selected routes available Friday from 11am to 6pm at


3)      Sign-up and be the first to know: The best way have an affordable holiday is to be among the first to find out about great sale fares. Subscribe to airline e-newsletters like Jetstar’s JetMail to ensure you never miss out on Jetstar’s low fares. Continue Reading

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The Top Five Exotic Travel Destinations Least Touched by Man

When one attempts to “get away from it all” one often finds that the task is a lot easier said than done. In fact the definition of “it all” probably varies from person to person. But if you mean “it all” quite literally, then of course you mean you want to vacate from civilization as fast as possible. Unfortunately mankind has left its imprint on just about every beautiful location on Earth. With that said, there linger a few opportunities to witness the world as it once was before the arrival of people. The following are five places you can still count on to provide you and yours with an authentic natural travel experience:


Located amidst a sequence of 115 archipelago islands in the Indian Ocean, Seychelles is 50% natural preserve. That means half the country is off limits to the influences of human industry, commercialization, and residency. Seychelles also features 305 miles of paradise-grade beaches, providing visitors with a classic tropical experience. Continue Reading

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2011 Golden Backpack Awards : Celebrating The Best In Adventure Travel, Transport & Tours

The UK version of the Golden Backpack Awards has finally arrived. Taking place on 12 October 2011 at the spectacular Shaka Zulu in London, the gala evening event will honour excellence in travel. The inaugural awards will recognise tour operators, airlines, accommodation and transport providers who have shown outstanding commitment to the adventure and youth travel market.

The nominees include an exciting line up of over 35 companies from well-known names such as British Airways, Contiki, Intrepid Travel and Thomas Cook to smaller niche companies and industry newcomers such as Wicked Campers and Balkan Road Trip. The 19 award categories range from Best Tour Operator and Best Tour Itinerary to Best Festival Tour Operator and are being judged by TNT readers via a two-month online campaign at

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United States, UK and Japan are Named Top Travel Destinations in Visa Global Travel Intentions Survey 2011

The United States, United Kingdom and Japan have been voted the top global travel destinations among 11,620 respondents from 23 countries and territories around the world, according to the Visa Global Travel Intentions Survey 2011.

One in five (20 percent) respondents surveyed said they are likely to travel to the United States for leisure in the next two years. The United Kingdom followed closely behind in second place with 19 percent, followed by Japan (16 percent) and France and Italy (both 15 percent).

Other key findings from the survey include:

  • Travel Spend
    • Global average spend for the last trip taken by respondents was US$1,481, and this is expected to increase to an average of US$1,895 on their next trip.
    • Highest spenders were respondents from Australia who spent an average of US$3,636 on their last trip, followed by the Saudi Arabian (US$3129) and Egyptian (US$3072) travelers.
  • The availability of good deals (70 percent), natural scenery (69 percent), political stability and good weather (both 66 percent), and new destinations (65 percent) emerged as top factors that influence travelers’ choice of destinations.
  • On average, respondents are planning to make four international trips in the next two years, with 11 percent more respondents intending to travel in the next two years, compared with the last two years.


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What is the best beach destination in Asia?

Im traveling in the next couple of months with my fiance and I am not yet decided where to go but I really want to go to the beach.

Do you have a specific recommendation as to the best beach in Asia?

I dont care about the cost and how far the location is, I just want a really relaxing environment and a place that is not that crowded.

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Visa and Lonely Planet Make Travel Planning a Breeze for Globetrotters

Lonely Planet and Visa have joined forces to create a travel microsite packed with expert information on destinations and the best way to access money abroad. Travelers thinking about planning their trip can now access essential information through one comprehensive resource which combines Lonely Planet and Visa’s specialist knowledge.

Travelers can access the specially designed microsite at where they will find expert destination advice and information on how to access their cash in 12 destinations around the world: Australia, China, Croatia, Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Thailand, the UAE and Ukraine.

The site is packed with essential travel services including an ATM locator, suggested trip itineraries and a calendar of events for each destination. Visitors to the site will also be able to ‘Ask the Expert’ questions regarding their trip and receive individual tailored responses from Lonely Planet.

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Amazing Thailand Grand Sale 2011

The Amazing Thailand Grand Sale 2011 began on a positive note with a spend of US$95.8 million by foreign Visa cardholders during the first weeks of the Grand Sale, a 62% increase on the same period in 2010.

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