Top WorldWide Destinations For a Stag Party

Stag parties have dramatically transformed from the old days when the groom would head out for a few light ales with his pals the night before his wedding to enjoy his last sense of freedom. These days a stag party lasts for a whole weekend, sometimes more, and such are the antics which take place and the debauchery which stag parties have become accustomed to, they usually take place some time before the wedding itself.

If you have been charged with best man duties then before you even think about what you are going to say in your speech, you need to think about where your groom will enjoy his epic stag party. We’ve put together a little list of some of the best places to host your stag weekend.

Budapest, Hungary

Beautiful women, bouncing night life and cheap beer, the three essentials to any stag party and Budapest has it in spades. Head to Budapest with your mates for a stag do and you will not regret it, by day you can live it up in the hot thermal springs in the city center, take a beer bike for a spin or head just outside of the city to fire off some shots with serious hardware like AK-47s. By night you can explore the incredible Hungarian nightlife and visit one of the many rock or dance clubs in the city or stay in and around the bars drinking some tasty local beer.

Las Vegas,US

Since ‘The Hangover‘ movie, more and more stag parties have looked to Vegas as the ultimate place of sinfulness for their weekend of mayhem. Gambling, girls, cocktails and a ‘live and let live’ attitude is what you will find in this chaotic city and it is the perfect place for you and the boys to let loose. It is worth noting that Vegas will not be cheap for anyone who goes on the weekender but if money is not object then get booked up into the best hotel that you can find and enjoy a non-stop, marathon weekend of madness in Vegas.

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Amsterdam’s libertarian attitudes towards, well pretty much anything, has made this beautiful and charming city, the perfect place for a stag weekend. You’ll find cheap flights to Amsterdam from all over Europe and the accommodation can be found in groups at great prices too. The city is really easy to get around and there is plenty of things for you and your boys to do.

The obvious place to head to on a night time is the Red Light District, the region where the city’s legal prostitutes ply their trade and where you will find some super cool bars and clubs. By day, you can relax in the cafes or coffee shops depending on your ‘hobbies’ or you can get active and take a beer museum tour, visit the sex museum, go and hit the racing track in go-karts or take a boozy canal-boat tour through the city. There’s plenty of options for mayhem in Amsterdam

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How to Prepare for Funeral Costs

It is something that very few of us want to think about or even consider preparing for but the truth of life is that we all must die some day and as much as we can fight this inevitable fact, it is still a fact. After a friend or loved one passes away you will naturally want to give them the best possible send off and give them a funeral that they would be happy with, this can often mean high expenditure and tough decisions in a time of great grief.

It is for these reasons that you ought to start thinking about how you can prepare for your own funeral costs and planning how it will take place. It will certainly check one’s morality to think of such things but should you do so now, you can make the lives of your friends and loved ones much easier after you have passed away. Let’s take a look at some of the ways in which you can prepare.

Paying Up In Advance

If you are in a position to do so then you can prepare and pay for your funeral whilst you are still alive, this will not only ensure that your relations and friends will not be faced with the sadness of planning your funeral, it will also give you the peace of mind that it will be done in the right way. You can decide if you want to be buried or cremated, you can decide on the songs at the service and you could even find yourself buying a headstone which will sit above your grave. This is an option with benefits but it isn’t a nice idea to plan your funeral whilst you are still alive.

Life Insurance

As you get older you should ensure that you are paying into a life insurance plan that will cover the costs of your funeral expenses. Not only will a strong policy give you and your family the money that they need to pay for the funeral, they will also receive either a lump sum or a monthly amount based on your policy.

Establish a Trust

Many banks offer things like Totten Trust which is essentially a savings account that can be controlled by a chosen person should you die. You can start putting money into this trust as early as you want and it will usually have a strong interest rate attached to it. In terms of the Totten Trusts which are available, you which receive a much better interest rate from your bank than from a funeral service and you will also have far more control over your cash such are the complexities of the rules regarding funeral services.

As we mentioned before, nobody wants to think about these kind of things but if you imagine yourself in the position of someone who is grieving and then consider making decisions on things like funerals and planning their costs. You will see that it is much easier for you to prepare now then allow your family to do it in the future.

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10 Underrated Travel Destinations to Visit

Huangshan is one of the world's Underrated Travel Destinations
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When I hear somebody doesn’t like traveling, I just refuse to understand it. Some people do it because they long for adventures, or because of their business, or because they want to meet a Russian lady for marriage. Doesn’t matter. What I know for sure, certain gateways are famous while others remain unnoticed by most travelers. Let’s have a look at the top 10 unconventional places to see!

1. Huangshan, China

If you are a hiking- camping-addict or just in love with nature, this place is definitely worth the attention of travelers. A picturesque mountain range is found 300 km away from Shanghai, one of the most populous and lively cities of China so you can kill two birds with one stone.

2. Rumbur Valley, Pakistan

It is the smallest of three valleys populated by Kalash people, one of the ethnic minorities of Pakistan. You should prepare for challenges as this area offers almost no tourist amenities but you will be able to immerse in a unique local culture and marvel at wild landscapes instead.

3. Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, USA

The Sierra Nevada is a stunningly beautiful mountain range famous for its diverse wildlife. So we’ve got two great recreational areas. I genuinely don’t know any person who wouldn’t be excited about seeing giant sequoias; moreover, there are a great many other tree and animal species.

4. Ulan Bator, Mongolia

The capital city of Mongolia is surely not the world’s most romantic gateway nor is it the center of civilization. But is you want to explore the unknown parts of East Asia, why not take such a trip? This area is rich in ancient relics and architectural monuments and, of course, natural attractions.

5. Scottish Highlands

Braveheart (1995) isn’t historically accurate yet it makes you fall in love with the Highlands. Well, the region is too big to outline anything right now. There are rocks, there are old towns, there are lakes and a plenty of other great things. Choose what you want and move out!

6. Pyongyang, North Korea

North Korea seems to be a less popular destination than the neighboring countries. Its capital city has impressively long and eventful history and rapidly develops nowadays. Traditional buildings meet high-rises, new attractions appear, and more and more small restaurants open.

7. Zanzibar Island, Tanzania

Also called the Spice Island, this is the pearl of East Africa. Everything that other beach resorts have can be found here: snow-white sand, palm trees, turquoise ocean water, and lots of the sunlight. In addition, the island offers all possible kinds of amusements even if your budget is pretty low.

8. Reykjavik, Iceland

Iceland is splendid and Reykjavik provides access to major local attractions. It is also the northernmost capital in the world (if we speak about sovereign states). Whether you are attracted to studying cultures, spa resorts, nightlife, or hanging out in the wild, your expectations will be met.

9. Florence, Italy

I have to confess that it’s my favorite Italian city so I judge it to be unfair that tourists often choose more mainstream routes. Florence doesn’t offer any crazy activities – everything is soaked with sophistication here. If you want to take some Renaissance air, this is where I strongly recommend you going.

10. Kiso Valley, Japan

Japan has gone through westernization but there are still areas where its old aura preserved. The Kiso Valley is one of those: visitors just can’t stay indifferent to its lovely towns, hiking trails, sceneries, and excellent food.

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Experience Real Culture on East Coast Tours

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A lot of people go on vacations and other trips because they want to enjoy natural scenery, gaining a feeling of serenity. Natural wonders truly take your breath away, but that doesn’t mean nature is the only thing worth visiting. In fact, some say that it is exposure to culture and creations that will create true wisdom. This is why you may want to consider East Coast USA tours as well.

East Coast USA Tours

The East Coast has many beautiful and major cultural centers available. We have all hear of Philadelphia, Washington DC, and New York City, for instance, which are all part of good East Coast packages. In these cities, you will experience a unique opportunity to see how American history is mixed with the modern world.

While everybody has heard of America, not everybody has actually been there. It is a huge country, and it is unlikely that you will be able to see it all in a single vacation. Instead, it is recommended to focus on an area of the country at a time. In fact, people from within the USA, and some from Canada, do the same thing, enabling to experience the marvels of their own country or neighbor.

Should you book on an East Coast tour, it is likely that you will visit:

  1. New York City, popularly described as the ‘Big Apple’. Here, you can see amazing things like the Empire State Building, Fifth Avenue, NBC Studios, the Rockefeller Center, Wall Street, and the Statue of Liberty. These are all representations of the strength of the American economy through the ages, and they have shaped the country as a whole.
  1. Washington DC, which is the country’s seat of the government. You don’t have to enjoy politics to enjoy Washington DC, however. Simply looking at Capitol Hill and the White House is impressive enough for many! Inside those walls are some of the greatest decision makers in the world, thinking and debating on how to make the country better than it already is for everybody involved. Washington DC also has fascinating war memorials, as well as reminders of former presidents of the country.
  1. Philadelphia, which is known for far more than the Fresh Prince of Bel Air! Most Americans see Philadelphia as the Mecca of liberty of this country. This is because it is home to the Independence Bell and the Liberty Bell. Respectively, they represent the American Constitution and the Declaration of Independence.

The above three examples truly show how exposure to man-made culture is fascinating, as well as important at the same time. Plus, you should not see these tours as visits to cities only. In upstate New York, for instance, you will find Niagara Falls, and you can’t get a more fantastic natural site than that. There is no reason why you couldn’t combine the two, enabling you to see both the man-made culture and the true wonders of nature, comparing the beauty of both.

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Best Motorcycle Road Trips in the USA

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Time to take a motorcycle trip! There is nothing like the great American road trip on a motorcycle; the perfect way to have a great time and experience the beauty and diversity of the country. Before you set out however, make sure you have some spare essential motorcycle parts with you in the case of an emergency.

When you are all set, these road trips offer ever-changing scenery along the way and a chance to see just how beautiful the US truly is. They are by no means untraveled roads, but these routes are worth the journey.

The Blue Ridge Parkway – North Carolina to Virginia

This drive is a breathtaking experience for anyone setting tire on the ground. Starting at the southern end of Shenandoah National Park and winding along the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains all the way to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the 469 miles of twisty and curvy road offers great driving at several elevations and views you can talk about all year. Lush green landscapes, old farmsteads, breathtaking vistas, and dozens of places to stop and visit, make this one of the most inviting and popular to ride.

Route 66 – Illinois to California

Since 1926, Route 66 has long been called The Main Street of America because it runs through so many inner city avenues and small-town main streets along its meandering length. In fact, the original route was a patchwork of existing roads, which ranged from brick streets and urban four lanes, to cattle paths cut across farms. There is no stretch of road more closely associated with Americana than Route 66 which covers more than 2,000 miles from Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, to Arizona and California. The miles contain a diversity of attractions including national parks, architectural landmarks roadside oddities (the world’s largest ketchup bottle, covered wagon, and rocking chair), countless billboards, motels, and dozens of greasy diners. And of course great roads to ride.

Road to Hana – Paia to Hana, Hawaii

Unspooling along 52 snakelike miles of Maui’s eastern coast, this route runs from Kahului to the town of Hana. The drive is a cliff hanger that strains many a driver’s equilibrium and often demands several stops to get your balance. Hairpin turns that wind over plunging cliffs and postcard-perfect waterfalls make this one of the most picturesque drives in the US. Without stops, and traffic pending, the trip takes around three hours, but plenty of lookouts, beaches, and other attractions along the way will likely have you making detours. The modern world seems distant, and as you ride your cares fade into a mustard colored sunset, and tensions get gently blown away in the trade winds. The road takes you to Hana’s famous black sand beaches and lava tubes.

Yes, that sound you hear is the open road calling you, and every motorcyclist needs to take a memorable trip, on an unforgettable road. And remember, taking these scenic and exhilarating drives is not about getting to the destination, it’s about the ride. So enjoy!

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4 Must-Visit Destinations in Port Vila

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Thinking where to spend your holiday can be both exciting and stressful. Since there are a lot of options available out there, you get overwhelmed by these. However, you need to consider numerous things before planning your trip as well. It is important that your destination is worthy of your time and money. So, better choose one that meets your budget and you will truly enjoy.

One of the best travel destinations that you can visit on your vacation is Vanuatu. This 1,300-kilometer island nation in the South Pacific Ocean is composed of approximately 80 islands. It offers tons of things to do and see to visitors of all ages. Definitely, it is a must-visit place with your loved ones, so look for cheap flights to Vanuatu today and experience the ultimate island adventure.

Port Vila, its capital city, is home to great tourist attractions, which you should never miss while in the island. Hence, here are some of the amazing places you need to include in your itinerary when in Port Vila:

Mele Cascades

If you are in search of a stunning nature spot, then head to Mele Cascades. This photogenic swimming attraction is absolutely worth a visit, for it offers astounding views of clear aquamarine pools in a waterfall flowing into a natural pool. You will be able to see its tropical and lush rainforest as well as witness the local cultivation of vegetable gardens. Additionally, you can go for a dip for a refreshing swim or relax under the cool shade and simply enjoy the beautiful scenery.

National Museum of Vanuatu

Situated in the Vanuatu Cultural Centre, the National Museum of Vanuatu offers a combination of cultural and historical artefacts. This museum aims to develop, save, and protect the different aspects of Vanuatu’s cultural heritage. You will absolutely be amazed with its well-displayed collection of traditional works of art, such as pottery, photos, tamtam, ceremonial headdresses, jewelry, and a lot more.

Iririki

A favorite resort in Vanuatu, Iririki is a privately leased island located in the awe-inspiring tropical landscapes of Mele Bay. In case you are looking for a less-crowded destination, then this island resort is perfect for you and your loved ones. It is surely a place for convenience, relaxation, and peaceful seclusion. You can have a great time with its rejuvenating spa treatment, enjoy mouthwatering dishes, and experience the best water activities. More so, you will be provided with luxury accommodation and outstanding service like no other.

Vila Outdoor Market

Also known as the Mama’s Market, the Vila Outdoor Market is a colorful waterfront market. It is a 24-hour market open from Monday morning until noon of Saturday. You will find great shopping, and various items including souvenirs, flowers, fruits, vegetables, and delicacies served by the local women of Vanuatu.

All in all, there are so many places to visit while in Vanuatu, especially in Port Vila. These wonderful places mentioned above will totally complete your stay in this island nation. So, be sure to add these to your itinerary and have the best trip of your life.

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Tips to save big on your next trip

Eating big meals at lunch is one way to save big on your next trip
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Planning your next holiday soon, but want to keep your costs under control? These tips will help you save big on your next trip.

1) Make use of coupon codes

While there are deals available on flights, accommodations, rental cars, and activities, there are ways to save even more money on these travel costs.

Before you book anything online, be sure to search for a coupon code for whichever site you are using. For example, if you are reserving a room in a resort, checking for Hotels.com Coupons is strongly advised, as any codes that you might find there will save you more money than you ever thought possible.

2) Fly during the middle of the week

The heaviest travel times during the week are on Fridays and Mondays, when business travelers and weekend warriors set out to their respective destinations.

As such, airlines elevate their fares on these days, as it makes sense for them to make hay while the sun shines. The mid-week period is much quieter, leading them to slash fares in a bid to attract more passengers.

Plan your holidays in order to capture these savings, and you will find yourself saving hundreds of dollars in airfare costs.

3) Splurge during lunch, be frugal at dinner

Restaurants make the most of their money at dinner. As such, they charge higher prices to diners for the final meal of the day. However, many of the same entrees served at dinner are also available at lunch, and they are priced economically in order to attract more business at this time of day.

As such, you should plan most of your extravagant meals then. By doing that and ordering more modestly priced mains at dinner, you’ll be able to make the most of the money that you spend on food.

4) Opt for a walking tour

Instead of enlisting the services of a guided tour while on holiday, you should seriously consider seeing the sights with a guidebook and your own two feet.

With plenty of background information available from tourism boards at most destinations, you can read up on the sights as you see them, allowing you to save money on what you would have paid for a tour bus and a guide.

Walking around is also a great way to get exercise, but if the thought of this makes your feet hurt, renting a bike to get around town will still allow you to see the area under your own power without placing undue pressure on your feet and joints.

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Visiting Philadelphia Soon? Don’t Miss out on These Experiences…

Looking to go on a memorable city break this Fall? Dropping by Philadelphia, which is the home city of Adrian Rubin, is one that will fill your weekend with excitement from the moment you arrive. During your time here, try to fit in the following experiences.

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The birthplace of a nation

Of all the reasons to visit Philadelphia, this is probably the biggest. Back in 1776, this city was where the Declaration of Independence was signed, making the United States of America a sovereign nation.

In order to keep that status however, a long bloody struggle with the British Empire ensued. Thanks to the bravery of many soldiers, tourists can come and view the Declaration of Independence for themselves in a country where human rights and freedom are respected.

The Liberty Bell is another symbol of American freedom can also be visited in Philadelphia. It is widely believed that it rang on the day that the founding fathers declared their autonomy from the British, despite the fact that there is no first-hand account of this occurring.

A five-sport town

If you are a sports fan, you will enjoy the time that you spend in Philadelphia, as all five major sports have professional representation in this city.

Summers belong to the Philadelphia Phillies of Major League Baseball (MLB), while the autumn is when the seasons of the Philadelphia Flyers (NHL), the Philadelphia Eagles (NFL), the Philadelphia Union (MLS) and the Philadelphia 76’ers (NBA) all begin.

There have been 16 championships won between all of these teams, so you can be sure that you will be subjected to a great game no matter which sports match you decide to take in here.

Philly cheese steaks and more

With a long history of immigration, it is no surprise that Philadelphia is a hotbed of culinary innovation.

The most famous dish that this city has produced is unquestionably the Philly cheese steak, which is made by lining a submarine sandwich roll with thinly sliced beef steak, and then covering it with a cheese sauce, and sliced onions.

Some shops use jars of cheese whiz for their sauce, but others insist on using slices of provolone or American cheese to top their sandwiches. Other foods that have their origin in Philadelphia include the hoagie sandwich, the funnel cake, and the soft pretzel.

Other attractions you shouldn’t miss

While most people think to visit the attractions surrounding America’s independence and make time to eat an authentic Philly cheese steak while in Philadelphia, there is more to see in Philadelphia than just these headline attractions.

Fans of culture will love what they find at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, as it contains over 200,000 works of art sourced from cultures all over the world.

Those traveling with families will enjoy exploring the Franklin Institute, as this historic science museum communicates concepts in a way that children can easily understand.

If you want to get a picture with an icon of modern art, dropping by Love Park will give you a chance to take a selfie with the infamous love sculpture.

With a dramatic fountain behind you, it will be one of the better photos that you will take with your travel companions this year.

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Five quick tips on how to prepare for worry free travel abroad

Worry free travel can be realized by thinking about a crucial few aspects beforehand
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Just the thought of going abroad for a vacation is exciting enough, but it’s the actual journey and destination where the fun is. However, to ensure a worry free travel experience, you need to follow some pre-travel tips and guidelines. Read on!

Familiarize yourself with your destination. Start by researching the norms, customs, rules and regulations of the country where you’re going. You can do this by simply surfing the web for information. Travel blogs (like this), buying good travel books and visiting online forums will help you get a feel of the local culture.

Make a list of landmarks and popular tourist locations, and make sure to visit some of these sites. Do not limit yourself to the web. Approach other tourists you know who have recently visited the place, and ask them to give you some tricks for a smooth trip.

Carry your camera and binoculars. Camera is a must, regardless if you own an SLR, a compact one, a sports cam, or even just your trusty smartphone. You are visiting a new locale and have a unique chance to capture the unforgettable moments for keeps. Binoculars may seem like an unnecessary accessory, but its benefit shines through when you really want to see a particular area without having to actually travel there.

Be prepared. Let’s start with a simple advice. Traveling abroad almost always come with a long and tiring flight. Ensure that you embark on your journey prepared with some kind of entertainment, so that you won’t get bored during the trip. Bring along your gaming device or your favorite collection of music to listen to or a great book to read on the flight.

Put your safety first. It wouldn’t be much of a holiday vacation if you get sick or got into an accident, would it? Therefore, your health is of utmost importance. Keep these tips in mind before you fly:

  • If you’re traveling to sunny regions (Australia) for example, then pack a LOT of sunscreen. 15-30 SPF is the current recommended amount. If you suffer from food or environmental allergies, then be sure to pack the necessary prescriptions in your carry bag.

  • Next is food. There’s no doubt that you’ll want to try out most local cuisine you’ll get your hands on, but remember that many ingredients may not agree with your stomach and may end up falling ill. Find out the list of popular foods beforehand and check their ingredients. See if you’re allergic to anything and avoid it.

  • Always stay in a safe and secure location to avoid the risks of burglary or theft. There are many ideal guesthouses, hotels, and holiday apartments available, which will enhance the quality of your stay.

Choosing a travel insurance. Many people, even frequent travelers ask if it’s really necessary. Quick answer: Yes.

With a relatively small fee, you’ll benefit from a safer and insured travel. To know its initial cost, simply get an instant quote online with travel insurance Singapore. Travel insurance, for example covers medical evacuation, which means you won’t need to pay any medical emergency transportation. It also protects you against trip cancellation, interruption, etc.

Following the tips above will give you a worry-free travel regardless of your destination. Have fun!

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Confessions of a Solo Traveller!

The average Solo Traveller has much wisdom to impart to first timers...
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“Not all those who wander are lost.”

― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring.

To the ones that arrive at it, travelling is contagious! Once you’ve made friends with your inner globe trotter, there’s no saying “No” to travel – which even includes discovering a lost structure in your own city! I have often seen people that don’t travel or travel less wonder what’s the fuel that keeps every traveller moving? There are great travel offers that tempt one to travel a little more now a days. We seem not to stop. At all. I say, it’s “Curiosity” – The curiosity to stretch the vision and discover what lies beyond that big old oak tree that is stationed at the backyard. Not many would be interested, but the traveller. I love travelling and exploring!

So when did I touch base with my inner voyageur? Back during my school days when I used to come back home alone! My school bus used to drop me to a nearby by juncture. From there to my house, it was a solo walk that I had. And on my way sometimes I would traverse to the narrow lanes of my locality and sit beside a rivulet. And on other times I would wander about in a temple shrine, tea stall and even an old English watch shop that was located in an extreme corner of a lane. In retrospect I realize, that was the time when I had made a secret pact with the Universe that someday I would travel alone.

On My Travelling Alone

Sometimes I see people coming up with an eyebrow raising reaction on the aspect of travelling alone! Most are scared or I should say inhibited to take that leap! But when you travel alone an entire new world opens up for you. I can say this with confidence today, because I have been on a solo tour to Istanbul and explored places like Marrakesh and Morocco. That first trip as a solo traveller was one to remember.

There’s no denying that I love to travel and experience new cultures! That’s the reason I chose Istanbul. The oriental world that throws images of “Arabian Nights” with its streets selling the Moroccan lamps, Turkish rugs and jewelleries and other accessories stirs the soul. I always felt that maybe walking into a vast ancient building or monument whilst travelling alone might make me feel really isolated and lonely. To my surprise it was quite the opposite. On my solo tour to Istanbul and Turkey as I walked into the great, grand hall of Hagia Sophia, I felt connected to the whole space around me. I recalled a quote by my favourite poet Rumi that says “Wherever you stand, be the soul of the place”. It was here in Hagia Sophia that I could feel the real essence of the line. The overwhelming ceiling and golden vault of this basilica, mosque and museum atop me made feel that I am not alone. I never was, even when I used to wander on the streets of my locality.

To travel alone means to travel with freedom! You seem to break free from your inner confinements of letting society judge you. Travelling gives perspective, pleasure and confidence to finally become the real version of who you are! It made me carefree and a wanderer – that’s what I am.

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