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Have grand plans to start the new year with a burst of optimistic energy? Let ‘Viva Magenta’, Pantone’s Colour Of The Year for 2023, energise you for the year ahead — and even guide you to some incredible destinations around the world.

Viva Magenta is said to signify courage, strength and power, encouraging experimentation and self-expression without restraint. Rooted in nature, the sight of this audacious hybrid shade of crimson, purple and pink brings vibrancy and excitement to anyone who views it.

Luxury travel operator Scott Dunn is well-versed in finding stunning locations around the world — and planning for exceptional journeys. Below, discover Scott Dunn’s top picks for where you can discover the incredible shade of Viva Magenta and more on your next adventure. 

Adventure through Mexico’s Ancient Yucatan Peninsula

Laguna Rosada is Yucatan’s beautiful, lesser-known pink lake 

Yucatan is known for its tropical rainforests and jungles, and for being home to the ancient Mayan people. These highlights come together in Scott Dunn’s paired tour of the Yucatan and Riviera Maya. Guests will be given insider access to famed archeological sites like the Chichen Itza, accessing areas of ancient Mayan structures and viewing remarkable restoration areas that are not open to the general public.

In the Yucatan Peninsula, guests will also discover the incredible pink lakes of Las Coloradas. Located at the tip of the Yucatan Peninsula, these lakes are an incredible, ethereal sight of brightly-coloured waters spanning across a dreamlike landscape.

Scott Dunn’s travel guides can also arrange for a unique way to experience the region: Visit another of Yucatan’s cenotes in a spectacular private horseback tour. Follow the traces of ancient narrow-gauge railroad tracks that covered Yucatan to reach Kankirixche cenote, where you can take a refreshing bath, or snorkel in its clear waters.

Witness a Brilliant Display of Birdlife in Kenya

Kenya, the iconic heartland of safari, is home to big cats, endangered rhinoceros and rare species of zebras. With its great plains and vast wildlife, magenta seems like an unlikely colour to encounter. But at Kenya’s very own Lake Nakuru, the most brilliant show of birdlife occurs as thousands of flamingos gather and the intense sea of fuchsia and magenta plumage contrasts against the deep blue alkaline waters. The flamingos feed on the abundant algae thriving in the warmth of the lake. Lake Nakuru National Park is also home to a whole array of wildlife including white rhinos, lions, giraffes, impalas and more.

With just nine rooms, Loldia House, one of Kenya’s oldest colonial farms, is situated on the lush green shores of Lake Naivasha in the Great Rift Valley. For proximity to Lake Nakuru, Loldia House is an excellent base: There, you get to observe The Great Migration of wildebeests in search of grazing, learn about the life of the Samburu tribe and have breakfast with giraffes.

Discover Monumental Natural Sculptures in Arizona 

America’s Southwest is a region of extraordinary landscapes, stunning national parks, Native American history, and Wild West folklore. In Arizona, discover Lake Powell’s magnificent Antelope Canyon — so named for the herds of pronghorn antelope that once roamed the area. 

At midday from March through October, the position of the sun creates light shafts that reach the canyon floor and illuminates the pink, red, orange and gold patterns on the canyon walls. Winter colours are more muted but no less spectacular. There are two parts to this monumental natural sculpture: the Upper Antelope Canyon which is easier to hike, and the Lower Antelope Canyon which attracts the more adventurous, requiring hikers to manoeuvre through stairways and ladders to get into the canyon. You may take a captained boat tour on Lake Powell, and get the opportunity to visit some of the unique slot canyons the area is famous for as well. 

For more incredible displays of nature, Scott Dunn’s travel experts can organise a full day guided tour that brings you to Arches National Park. Alternatively, kayak along the Lower Salt River for a beautiful view of the surrounding land. 

Bask in the Serene Majesty of Kyoto

Kyoto’s Daigoji Temple boasts a stunning red and magenta cloak come autumn

Come Autumn, discover the serene majesty of Kyoto, which promises a hallowed ensemble of gardens, shrines and temples, made all the more stunning by the autumn foliage in shades of magenta, red and gold. As the cultural heart of Japan, Kyoto’s temples number in the thousands. One of them is Daigoji Temple, a Shingon Buddhist temple with over 1,100 years of history and a designated world heritage site. The grounds include several buildings and an expansive Japanese garden. Savour a scrumptious dinner with seasonal and local ingredients as you indulge in a magnificent view of dramatic fall foliage and the temple grounds illuminated in the dark.

Warm autumn colours are one of the highlights of Kyoto during the year-end season, but the city offers much more than that. In Scott Dunn’s curated Ultimate Japan itinerary, guests will be taken through some of Japan’s most spectacular regions, including Kyoto — Scott Dunn’s experts are familiar with all the best dining spots and locations, many privy only to locals, and can put together a wonderfully intimate itinerary for guests to experience the traditional Japanese way of life — these experiences include taking a traditional tea ceremony at one of Kyoto’s traditional wooden townhouses, the Flower Teahouse, to experience the meditative, centuries-old art of a Japanese tea ceremony.

Be Amazed by Australia’s Magenta-Coloured Lakes

Australia is known for its blue pacific waters for surfing and the colourful Great Barrier Reefs, one of the most complex ecosystems in the world. Unbeknownst to many, the island continent also possesses wondrous pink lakes. 

In Western Australia, the country’s largest state, lies the iconic Lake Hillier, Pink Lake and Hutt Lagoon. The Viva Magenta colouring of the water is often caused by the presence of salt-tolerant algae that produces carotenoids, usually in conjunction with specific bacteria, which may vary from lake to lake. While there, Scott Dunn’s seasoned experts can help to plan an adventure of a lifetime: There, you can take selfies with furry quokkas, hit the waves, swim with whale sharks, and snorkel through crystal clear waters. 

One such exhilarating itinerary that the Scott Dunn team can help to plan is the Exceptional Western Australia tour. You’ll get the chance to stay in luxurious homesteads by the beautiful Chamberlain River, offering a million acres of breathtaking, untouched scenery — there, head out on horseback to delve into the bush and spot rarely-seen wildlife like bustard birds, frill-necked lizards, and brolgas cranes.

So, wait no more & start planning your trip for an optimistic start to the new year!

We can all agree that when summer comes, it is vital to have some money in your pockets to enjoy it. The end of the summer term is the perfect time to start a summer job, especially if you wish to reduce codependency when it comes to money you can spend.

You will find numerous summer jobs that will offer you chances to boost your skills and earn money along the way. Of course, you will still have time left to enjoy the hot summer days, which is an important consideration. 

It does not matter if you wish to do it in the UK or to find Summer Jobs Abroad because, in both cases, you will have options available depending on your preferences and needs.

The main idea is to know when and where to look, and so, we have decided to provide you with this guide so that it will help you with the overall process.

The Process of Finding a Job

We all know that job hunting can be a daunting and lengthy process, especially if you do not know where to start. That is the main reason why you should follow these tips before you start:

  • CV – It is vital to create your CV from scratch. You can find numerous resources online that will help you create the best CV that would be fit for purpose. We recommend you to use an EU outline, which will help you fill it up with ease.  
  • Start Early – In the best-case scenario, you should start as soon as you can. If you wait until June, you may end up getting leftovers because the best positions will already be taken. Most companies start to recruit for summer at the start of the year, which is why you should think about it before the summer comes.
  • Online Resources – You can find numerous online resources that will help you find the best summer job. There are even some jobs where you can work virtually, such as writing or handling social media pages. We recommend that you check out websites created especially for Freelancers and based on your skills, you can then decide on the best possible choice for your summer job. On the other hand, you can also find a job by checking out the newspapers or ask someone you know for reference or advice. You should check here to learn the process of finding a summer job with ease. 
  • Apply In Person – If you wish to work in the retail sector, we recommend that you apply in person because that is the most effective way to get a retail position. The main idea is that you will try to take your time to talk with different employers, which helps in putting a face to the CV, and it will benefit you compared to online applicants. There are often numerous retail stores that put up recruitment ads on their shopfront, so be sure to look out for it whenever you’re out at the malls.
  • Networking – This is highly useful for both part-time and full-time employment because the process of networking will allow you to meet more people within a specific industry niche so that you can improve your chances of landing a full-time job after obtaining a degree. 

Leisure and Retail Jobs

Generally, most students nowadays choose this particular route, so the best way to start finding a retail job is to apply as early as possible because the positions are highly competitive.

Keep in mind that adverts will start popping up in April and May, especially since most retail shops will train their applicants before the summer season arrives. You can also check out large shopping malls or their websites for a higher chance of securing a summer job.

It would be best if you also tried shops that are close to airports and high street stores because they tend to employ seasonal staff to handle rushes that could happen during the summer season.

Festivals and Large Events

If you enjoy live music, get free food, and meet new people, among other things; you probably will enjoy working at a festival. If this is your thing, you should check out your favourite festivals and see whether they are recruiting for volunteers. 

Check out this site: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Part-time_job and you will learn everything about part-time opportunities in general. 

Of course, you can also apply to event staff agencies who are recruiting for part-time jobs at festivals and large events! 

For all you travel lovers and globetrotters, Decathlon has something special just for you! As part of the brand’s Back To Travel campaign, Decathlon Singapore will be running a photo contest in collaboration with Nikon Singapore. 100 lucky participants will be chosen to snap the best pictures or videos that feature themselves using the Forclaz Trekking 40L Backpack provided by the Decathlon team, to stand a chance in winning this exciting reward!

From today to 30 September 2022, stand a chance to win either a Nikon Coolshot 200 GII worth S$248, a S$500 Decathlon Gift Card, or the grand prize of a Nikon Z30 worth S$1,679! As the lightest and most compact Z series to date, the Nikon Z30 is made for your inner videographer. From teasers and reels to stories and streams, stand a chance to win this reward and begin your content-creator journey with the Nikon Z30. What’s more? Chosen submissions will also be featured on Decathlon’s Back to Travel campaign across Decathlon’s marketing channels!

To join, simply follow the guidelines below:

  1. Complete this form and stand a chance to be part of the 100 selected participants.
  2. Upon being selected, a Decathlon Singapore representative will be in touch to help you with the facilitation of bag collection.
  3. Upon receiving the bag, participants will have to:

    a. Capture 3 visual content, photos or videos, and upload them on Instagram or TikTok with #DecathlonTogether, #nikonsg and tag @decathlonsg

    b. Shortlist 1 photo as your Key Visual for contest submission before 30 September 2022.

*Contest ends on 30 September 2022, 2359.

Submissions will be independently reviewed by Decathlon, Nikon, and The Secret Little Agency (TSLA) panel of judges. Winners will be announced on 7 October 2022, on Decathlon Singapore’s social media platforms.

Terms and conditions apply.* This contest is open to Singapore residents only.

Now that the world is reopening more widely, many have started to plan for upcoming adventures and journeys. Considering the idea of a winter getaway? We’re excited to share some highlights from Jean Tay, a travel specialist from Scott Dunn, who recently embarked on a thrilling adventure in March this year to experience the wintery magic of Sweden for herself: 

“My trip was truly epic and a great way to come out of two years of zero travel. It was such an incredible experience to finally see the elusive Northern Lights in person and while I’m no speed junkie, I had so much unexpected fun exploring the frozen wilderness on a husky sled and zipping through the frozen lakes on the snowmobile. I also had the opportunity to make my own candy canes, which I’m sure the little ones will appreciate and enjoy, and I learned a lot about Sami culture and their food. I got to sample really interesting local food, from moose meat to nettle soup, sweets made from local blueberries and dandelion honey! 

For those of you that are looking to catch the Northern Lights or are searching for a little more adventure for an upcoming winter getaway, there’s something for everyone here and I would highly recommend Sweden.”

Read on to find out more about Jean’s pick of stand-out properties as well as some highlight experiences that would make for a fantastic family adventure or romantic winter getaway. We’ve also included some insider tips that may come in helpful for those planning or considering a trip to Sweden in winter. 

Best Time to Visit

If you’re looking to catch the Northern Lights, the best time to visit would be from October to April. The shoulder season, either in March or at the end of September more specifically, is when the skies are clear allowing full visibility of the awe-inspiring display, and it is also not freezing cold. In winter, the temperatures could dip to –35°C. 

What to do in Sweden

If we’ve piqued your interest, here are some unique experiences that Scott Dunn can include in a carefully curated itinerary to Sweden just for you. 

  1. Ice Sculpting

Built to a new design each winter, Ice Hotel in Swedish Lapland is literally one of the coolest places to stay in the world – made entirely from snow and ice with every room flaunting its own unique theme and design. Inspired by the ice architecture of the hotel? Try creating your own ice sculpture out of pristine, natural ice that’s been harvested from Torne River. Guided by a skilled sculptor, this class educates guests on the origins of the crystal block, an introduction on how to use the tools, and the techniques of basic ice sculpting. It is actually quite a therapeutic experience!

Jean recommends: After ice sculpting, make time to visit the Ice Bar where the bar and seats including the cups are made of ice. Each drink comes with a time limit (approx 45 minutes) as the cup melts if you don’t finish your drink in time. More reason for a bottom’s up!

  1. Wilderness Ice Dining 

A truly romantic and one-of-a-kind dining experience, venture out onto a frozen lake under the moonlight by snowmobile to a tipi tent with its own fireplace right atop the frozen waters. Inside, you’ll be served a delicious three-course candlelight dinner with a fireplace to keep warm and. If you’re lucky, you may even catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights dancing in the skies above! 

  1. Sami Culture & Reindeer Visits

A kid friendly activity, learn more about Sami culture and the magical emblem of Lapland; the Reindeer. The Sami people are an indigenous group who can be found across the Northernmost regions of Sweden, Norway, Finland and Russia. The Sami people in Sweden centre their livelihood around reindeer herding and on this guided experience, you’ll understand how the deer are integral to their daily life.  As well as enjoying a cosy and delicious traditional lunch, you will also learn about the history and traditions of this formerly nomadic tribe.  

Where to Stay

Sweden specialises in building properties in harmony with the natural surroundings. For a truly unique experience, we suggest splitting a stay between properties as they complement each other with its distinctive characteristics and varied location – providing a great snapshot of this wonderful part of the world. Our travel specialists would be delighted to advise our guests on which accommodation to choose for the perfect holiday getaway. 

  1. For those looking to get off-the-grid in style: Loggers Lodge

Surrounded by scenic forests and completely off-the-beaten-track, Loggers Lodge offers the ultimate in terms of exclusivity and privacy making it a luxurious and cozy hideaway for two. Having recently undergone some renovations, the property now includes an additional glass cabin (for 2 more guests) that will provide incredible views of the snow-covered trees and breathtaking scenery. You’ll be well taken care of by private guides and will be able to tuck into traditional Lappish meals, made with local organic ingredients, courtesy of your private chef.

Insider tip: While here, sign up for front-row seats of the Northern Lights and admire the panoramic frozen vistas while seated in a state-of-the-art heated glass carriage pulled by a snowmobile. 

  1. For group-travellers or families: Brändön Lodge

Located on the Luleå archipelago, this cosy lodge is perfectly set up for families with private two-bedroom log cabins overlooking the sea. Brändön Lodge makes an ideal base to explore the Lappish wilderness anytime of the year – offering guests their own space and privacy with a plethora of extraordinary experiences such as guided foraging and seal safaris, ideal for bigger groups. 

Insider tip: For a truly unique experience, enjoy a hovercraft adventure across the frozen waters of the Luleå Archipelago. Encounter towering icebergs, fields of pack ice and incredible views as you journey across the frozen sea to the outermost islands.

  1. For those looking for wilderness adventures: Arctic Retreat

Hidden away deep in the forest, the exclusive and intimate Arctic Retreat is located in one of the most stunning spots in Swedish Lapland – offering 3 duplex log cabins with a truly exclusive, authentic, and personalised experience. Warm up in your private hot tub  while soaking up the incredible views of the Lappish wilderness. For the adventurous, experience everything this magnificent area has to offer including husky sledding, snowshoe walks, hiking, snowmobiling, ice fishing, and Nordic skiing. This great escape is the perfect location to enjoy the most relaxing experience with almost complete silence and serenity. 

Insider tip: Taking all 3 cabins would be perfect for a group or a large family travelling together – offering a completely exclusive experience.

Jean’s Top Tips:

  1. Immerse yourself in local culture as you mingle and dine with the local Sami. Sami, also known as Laplanders, is a local tribe in Finland and Norway whose typical livelihood involves reindeer herding. Through my journey in Sweden, I met Anna who is a reindeer herder, and Eva Gunnare who harvests and incorporates nature’s gifts such as flowers, vegetables, and herbs in her cooking. I highly recommend her nettle soup with dandelion honey, her candies which are made of blueberries, lygon berries, cloudberries as well as mushroom focaccia which was absolutely delicious. For the more adventurous meat eaters, I also recommend trying some moose meat delicacies which are especially delicious and nutritious owing to the mooses’ diet of nutritious forest plants.
  1. Bring a Swimsuit for the Sauna and Ice Dips. You never thought you would need a swimsuit in freezing cold Lapland. But you must try cold bathing, which involves ice dips along the coastlines and at the edges of inland lakes after a sauna. Cold bathing has been long thought to have healing abilities. In fact, the region is known for many health retreats. The Arctic Bath Hotel’s spa and ice bath is a must-visit for me.     
  1. Stay an Extra Night in Stockholm. Most travellers only stay one night in Stockholm on the way to Lapland. I think it is worth spending another night here to explore the numerous attractions, restaurants and (e.g. Mathias Dahlgren, a 2 Michelin stars modern gastronomic restaurant), cocktail bars (e.g. The Terrace Bar at Lydmar,  the perfect spot to enjoy cocktails and live music). 

For families, I would recommend including experiences such as a visit to a candy factory and checking out museums (e.g. ABBA The Museum or the VASA (ship) museum). If you’re visiting around late November to Christmas time, you’ll have the chance to wander round some of the most colourful Christmas markets and try Swedish delicacies from glögg, a spicy mulled wine, to traditional gingerbread and polkagriskola (peppermint toffee). 

  1. Opt for Aurora Wake Up Calls. Most hotels will alert their guests when the Northern Lights are visible. However, if you want to be extra vigilant, I recommend downloading the Aurora forecast app on your phone to determine the best daily timings to catch any light activities. 

Also, I’d like to add that the lights may not be very visible to the naked eye so I highly recommend taking along a professional camera to capture the lights well. The lights come in varying shades from yellowish green to blueish purple and can be very pretty to photograph. But it is quite a phenomenal experience to just settle beneath the ever-changing lights and watch the sky do its magic. 

From majestic temples to dazzling natural wonders, the world features over a thousand UNESCO World Heritage Sites spread across 160 countries. Exclusively granted to places deemed to be of outstanding importance to humanity, travellers from all over make their way to these famed locations to catch a glimpse of the glory.

So if you’re looking to explore the ruins of lost civilizations, looking to uncover the secrets of nature reserves and national parks or want to examine ancient monuments up close, here is a short guide from Scott Dunn on how best to explore and experience five UNESCO-designated sites in style.

1. Kilim Karst Geoforest, Langkawi

Essentially an archipelago of 99 beautiful islands in the northwest corner of Malaysia, Langkawi is a nature lover’s paradise. Traverse through the Kilim Karst Geoforest, Southeast Asia’s first ever UNESCO Global Geopark systems, that is sprawling with mangrove swamps and dramatic limestone cliffs teeming with local wildlife including macaques, otters, fish eagles and tree crabs. All sorts of other adventures await just round the corner – wander through bat caves to admire the stalagmites and stalactites formations, take a cable car to the island’s peak and enjoy superb panoramic views from the iconic Sky Bridge or hop on a boat out to snorkel around the surrounding islands and reefs. If you wish to relax, there are sweeping coves of silvery sand and year-round balmy seas to enjoy this tropical island paradise. 

Where to stay: Stay at The Datai Langkawi, a luxurious beach resort nestled between lush rainforests and one of SouthEast Asia’s most breathtaking beaches. In fact, the Datai Bay’s idyllic white sand beach has been awarded by National Geographic as one of the Top 10 beaches worldwide. 

Take this trip: A Short Getaway to Langkawi

When to go: November to April

Need to know: Malaysia-Singapore VTL in place

2. Medina of Marrakech, Morocco

Founded almost a thousand years ago, Marrakech, which is also known as the city of luxury, contains Morocco’s largest souk, where getting lost in the winding labyrinth of the UNESCO-listed medina is half the fun. Vibrant, colourful and with a chaotic charm, this city is like no other. Featured in an episode of Inventing Anna, follow the footsteps of Anna Delvey and her friends as you embark on an exclusive private tour of Yves St Laurent’s magical Marrakech home. While most visitors can only see the gardens, we’ll be able to secure exclusive access for you into his actual home. After your colourful adventures in Marrakech, head towards the Atlantic coast of Morocco and visit Oualidia that boasts peaceful beaches and an 11 km stretch of lagoon. Here you can learn to surf in the calm waters of the lagoon or harvest and taste locally grown oysters.

Where to Stay: La Sultana is a little gem of a hotel located in Marrakech. It is a luxury historical hotel featuring authentic Riad style architecture with intricately sculpted patios and a unique panoramic rooftop terrace overlooking the ancient Tombs of the Saadian Kings and out across to the beautiful Atlas Mountains in the distance. While visiting the rooftop, don’t miss out on trying the ‘Cocktail Yves Saint Laurent in Majorelle’ that was created by the La Sultana team to celebrate the opening of the Yves Saint Laurent Museum in 2017.  

Take this trip: Perfect Pairings : Marrakech & Oualidia

When best to visit: March to May, and September to November

VTL Status: Non-VTL: General Travel Category

3. Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Reserve, Canada

Be in awe of the UNESCO-designated Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Reserve, one of the last remaining ancient temperate rainforests in the world. Within the dense forests, sparkling inlets and snow-capped mountain peaks, the sights at the Reserve are one to behold. From watching bears swiping salmon from streams, spotting humpback whales out at sea, kayaking down the river or simply enjoying the dramatic landscapes, there is plenty to see and do throughout the seasons. Pair your visit with a short leg over in Vancouver where you can  find gourmet food markets and a distinct fusion of cultures, which makes way for an enticing gastronomic scene. 

Where to Stay: A stay at Clayoquot Wilderness Lodge is an assault on the senses. Set in a breathtaking location in the heart of the forest and within a stone’s throw of spectacular wildlife viewing, even arriving at the property is an adventure. Marvel over the stunning landscapes from a bird’s eye view on a 45 minute seaplane ride, before being transported by horse and cart to the heart of the resort. In the evenings, settle in by the fire with s’mores and stories of the day’s adventures. 

Take this trip: Ultimate West Coast Canada

When best to visit: June to September

VTL Status: Canada-Singapore VTL in place

4. Shrines and temples of Nikko, Japan

Spread across an expansive landscape in the Tochigi Prefecture, just north of Tokyo, the charming city of Nikko is a testament to one of the most important figures in Japan’s history and is home to an array of architectural and decorative masterpieces. A destination revered for its outstanding beauty and splendid architecture of its UNESCO-designated Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples, here you can wander and admire the intricate carvings displayed on the grounds of the shrine, cross the ancient Shinkyo Bridge and marvel at the haunted lantern of the Futarasan-jin Shrine. You can also spend your days hiking through idyllic marshlands, visiting waterfalls that change colours with the seasons or make your way to the scenic Lake Chuzenji to catch spectacular views of Mount Nantai. Soak away any tiredness at one of the natural onsens and you may also catch a glimpse of some wild monkeys taking a dip. 

Where to Stay: Stay at the Ritz-Carlton Nikko, a pristine haven in the historic mountain region. Taking cues from its picturesque surroundings, graceful modernised Japanese design permeates throughout to bring the natural beauty of Nikko indoors. Guests can experience and immerse themselves in local culture through a variety of experiences from learning the Japanese skill of furoshiki wrapping to enjoying the sounds of drums and Japanese flute music at a sacred ceremonial dance. 

Take this trip: Scenic Nikko

When best to visit: October to first half of November

VTL Status: Non-VTL: General Travel Category

5. Val d’Orcia, Italy

Discover the cultural, gastronomic and scenic delights of Tuscany and its capital Florence. Scattered with villas, farmhouses and castles nestled deep in the heart of the countryside, with olive groves and vineyards across rolling hills. Cycle through the heart of the UNESCO-listed Val d’Orcia and admire the valley’s landscapes which was the subject of many Renaissance paintings, especially by the painters of the Scuola Senese, The Siena School, mentioned in the Val d’ Orcia’s UNESCO nomination. If you can, time your visit to coincide with Il Palio, and you make some time in Siena for the build up and see the actual race. A centuries-old tradition, rival parts of the city race their horses bareback around the beautiful Campo.

Where to Stay: Experience the Italian countryside way of life in true luxury at the Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco which offers luxurious suites and villas with private heated pools, exceptional cuisine and an array of outdoor activities all set against the magnificent backdrop of the Val d’Orcia. The property also has its own vineyards and winery onsite where guests can book tours and partake in tastings. 

Take this trip: Extraordinary Florence & Tuscany

When best to visit: June to September

VTL Status: Italy-Singapore VTL in place

Driving in a foreign country can be scary, even if it’s just for the day. If you’re planning on driving in a different country, there are some things you should know. You may not know the road rules, or the signs may be all in another language. Here are five helpful tips to remember when driving abroad so you’ll feel more comfortable and confident behind the wheel.

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Learn what different road signs mean

It’s important to know what the different road signs mean, especially if you’re driving in a country where English is not the primary language. When it comes to roads and traffic, there are international symbols that all drivers should be aware of. For example, a stop sign means “stop” or “arret” in French, and a yield sign is “cédez le passage“. Knowing what these symbols mean will help you feel more confident on a foreign country’s roads.

Not only do you need to know how to read the signs, but you also need to know what they mean.

Drive a car you are comfortable with 

If you’re used to driving a smaller car in the US for example, it would be best to rent a smaller car in France. If you’re used to driving a large SUV in the US, it would be best to rent an SUV when in France. This is because cars in Europe tend to be smaller and more compact than cars in America. The roads are also narrower and curvy, so it’s good to have a vehicle with enough width and power to manoeuvre these roads easily.

An excellent way to find an appropriate car is to hire a local outlet to know the correct type of car for the area, such as sydneyutehire.com.au. You can find a vehicle you are more comfortable with and withstand your activities.

Know speed limits and driving laws

Before getting in the car, familiarise yourself with speed limits and driving laws. Knowing the speed limit helps a lot when you’re driving in a foreign country because you know whether or not you’re going too fast. You might also want to learn some of the road signs in advance to help you read them when they come up.

Consider an advanced driving course.

Even if you’re a good driver, it’s always a good idea to brush up on your skills before driving abroad. The road rules can vary from country to country, and you may not be familiar with the signs or what they mean. Taking an advanced driving course can help you learn about any specific rules and signs so you’ll know what to do when you’re behind the wheel. Remember that speed limits can be in kilometres per hour instead of miles per hour, so if you haven’t taken a course on kilometres, now is a good time.

Stay in the slow lanes.

First, keep in the slow lane. This will prevent you from getting in trouble with cars that are going faster than you in the fast lane. It’s also a good idea to stay towards the centre of your lane when driving on a two-lane highway with a centre divider. When passing slower vehicles, use caution and only do so when it is safe to do so.

Road trips are one of the ways many of us enjoy getting away from it all for a vacation. While they may seem simple, road trips can be fraught with hazards that can put your safety or the safety of others at risk.

What might seem like a harmless diversion can cause severe injury or death to others, making you need the services of diligent car accident lawyers. Therefore, it is essential to be aware of the potential hazards as you drive to ensure that your road trip is as safe and carefree as possible. Here is a list of 3 common risks you should avoid on your next road trip.

A Toddler Climbing Out of A Car-seat

The problem is that the child feels confined in the car seat. As a toddler grows, it’s challenging to keep them in because they feel like they are suffocating. A toddler will attempt to climb out of the car seat, making it difficult for an adult to keep track of them.

To avoid this problem, you should stop your car every two hours and take your child out of the car seat for a few minutes. It allows the child to move around and get rid of excess energy. If you feel your child is old enough, you can also install a video game or DVD player in the back of your vehicle. It will allow the child to be more comfortable while still allowing them to be entertained.

Not Using The Proper Tire Pressure

Maintaining the proper tire pressure in your car is crucial because it helps keep your car safe on the road and prolongs its life. Too much or too little tire pressure can cause problems for your car.

For example, with too little air in your tires, they will wear more quickly and generate irregular wear patterns on the treads. Too much air pressure can cause accidents because it affects how well your vehicle can handle bumps in the road. To check your tire pressure, you should use a tire gauge.

Not Paying Attention To Road Signs

Many road accidents happen because drivers either miss or ignore the road signs. Driving while paying attention to the road signs is an excellent way to keep yourself and your loved ones safe and reduce your risk of crashing.

It’s important to always pay attention to what the road signs say and obey them. For example, if a sign indicates that you must turn left in coming up ahead, you should start slowing down and turn when it is time to do so. If you’re unsure, you can always pull over and recheck the signs.

Conclusion

Safe driving requires drivers to be aware of their surroundings and actively avoid any dangers. Road trip hazards can appear seemingly out of nowhere and put the safety of everyone in the car at risk. To reduce your risk of crashing and enjoying your vacation, you should remain alert and avoid taking unnecessary risks.

It is also essential to plan ahead of your road trip to avoid any potential hazards that may happen along the way. With a bit of foresight, you can make sure that your road trip is a safe and enjoyable one.

Travelling has not been high on anyone’s to-do list over the last 18 months or so. But now, the world is starting to reopen again. We can’t travel the way that we used to but we can get out and about. One of the best ways to stretch your legs at the moment is by taking a road trip. Here are some ideas about how to plan the perfect road trip.

Know Where You are Going

As tempting as it is to throw caution to the wind, you still need to plan your trip a little bit. You can easily plan your journey out online and work out the best way to travel and the best places to stop along the way. This is important for a number of reasons. For one, it can help you plan out a timeframe and manage expectations about what you can do. For example, you could travel around a lot of Ireland in 7 days. In comparison, 7 days in Texas would be nothing. So, with this in mind, remember that a little bit of planning can go a long way.

Plan for the Unexpected

There is always a chance that something will break, a battery will die, or a GPS will go crazy. This is why you should always have a backup plan, some basic tools, and a paper copy of the map. You should try and plan for accidents and breakdowns. You can attempt to prevent breakdowns by servicing your car before you leave. As for accidents, you can be vigilant while driving, and if you have an accident, contact some top car accident attorneys afterwards.

Be Slightly Spontaneous

If you have made a plan, you might be tempted to stick to it no matter what happens. However, you should allow for a little bit of spontaneity. There is no point in driving down the road, seeing something wonderful that should be explored, and driving on because it is not on the list. When it comes to exploring, it pays to have some wriggle room. Even if you get to check it out briefly, you could add it to your must-visit list for the next road trip. And, if it makes you feel any better for changing the plan, some of the best memories are made when you go off-script.

Have Plenty of Space

When you are travelling, the space that you have can make a difference to the journey. If you have ever made a trans-Atlantic flight in economy seating, you will know what we are talking about. The same rule applies to a road trip. Don’t fill your car with unnecessary things because you can. Travel light and make sure that you have plenty of room to spread out. Plus, where else are you supposed to put all of your souvenirs if the car is jam-packed before you leave?

No Snacks

Ok, maybe some snacks, but lay off the sugar. Filling yourself full of sugar while you are driving can have some terrible effects on your stomach. The sugar and the motion can create a recipe for disaster. That last thing anyone needs is for someone to feel sick or throw up in the car. You should eat but it should be low in sugar and high in protein. Nuts and seeds are a great driving food that will keep you full and blood sugars low. So make sure you pack a big bag of healthy treats to keep your mind off the sweets.

Have a Budget

As part of your plan, you should make a budget. We are not including it in the plan section because this deserves a full entry of its own. Having a road trip budget is essential because, without it, you can be stranded. If you spend too much money, you could go into debt trying to put some fuel in your car to get home. You may end up going over your budget but if you have one in place, you could save yourself a lot of heartache and wallet worry.

Take Some Breaks

Driving all day can be tough and it is important to take regular breaks. Not only is this essential for your circulation, but it is also necessary to prevent accidents. Even professional heavy goods vehicle (HGV) drivers have to stop and take a break. Although you are not bound by the same rules, it is a good idea to keep them in mind when you are driving. Take regular breaks, rest, and don’t overdo it.

Malaysia is a great place to travel to. With a rich history, a beautiful climate, and quick links to neighbouring countries Singapore and Thailand, it’s an excellent destination for anyone wanting to travel. 

When choosing somewhere to stay, your budget will be a big deciding factor. 

For those on a lower budget, hostels are a safe choice. These low-cost living spaces offer you a bed – and not too much else. But, if you are an adventurous person who likes to spend all day exploring, all you really need is a bed. 

For families wanting somewhere safe to bed down, with enough space for children, renting a house or apartment for the period of time you are there is the best way forward. When it comes to apartments, Malaysia offers two options – condominiums and serviced apartments. Condominiums provide full facilities, security, and parking. Serviced apartments offer the same, plus housekeeping facilities, bellboy services, and room service, just like a hotel. 

For those looking for more luxury, a penthouse, loft, or duplex can be a great choice. Penthouses are the top unit of a residential high-rise. For this reason, a penthouse will offer you beautiful views. They often take up the whole or half of the floor, affording you space and privacy. Plus, you get to feel super unique, as there is only one penthouse in any high-rise. Lofts and duplexes are similar but are often two-story living spaces in a high-rise. To visualize the difference between these housing forms, check out the infographic below.

Travel can significantly improve your health. From eliminating work pressures to relieving any stresses of illnesses that can affect your daily lives, not only are the lifestyle advantages numerous but also the medical ones. Click here to know more about the benefits of travelling and how it can improve your general wellbeing.

You can either remain seated in the workplace throughout the day and just let the day pass by, or you can opt for a weekend getaway. The latter can improve your health and quality of life. For some people, travelling abroad is an excellent cure for mental health problems, and it is considered a quick fix for some people because it makes them feel good, both physically and mentally. 

Venturing out more often will likely affect your psychological wellness, especially if you are not doing things outside of your comfort zone. Trust me: travel more, and your doctor and gym will be glad. 

Do not forget to connect or make a call with your general practitioner before leaving, as they may recommend you to take some vaccinations or medications, especially for destinations that might be riskier.

Going to Places Lets You Disconnect from Your Daily Life 

If we are stagnant at where we are right now, there will be no changes that we can see within ourselves. An example of this is when you are being glued to your desk, and your work seems to take centre stage in your life. Another is when your children are driving you nuts, or perhaps you need to multitask while fighting fire (hypothetically), and everyone in your friends and family circle is asking you for too much of your time.

It is advisable to take some time off, take a full breath and have the best time of your life through travelling. This is definitely a great way to relax and unwind.

Remember to pack light and always do some research to find out more about the attractions that are relevant to your itinerary. Always travel with a goal in mind so that you will create great memories on your trip. If you’re planning to fly, you should check what flights are available and remember to book your tickets early. 

Traveling Can Make You More Practical and Smarter 

Becoming accustomed to getting new words in a different language from yours each time you travel can enhance your brain capacity. It can help you connect with other people and understand their way of life.

Significantly more than “just” the dialects that you can learn from when you travel, journeying from various places can help you understand more about yourself. You may encounter situations that will unexpectedly test your cognitive thinking skills. We are certain that you will eventually build up a new set of abilities that you didn’t know that you have.

It Can Help You Understand Other Cultures 

The reason why we travel may vary, yet folks who are journeying constantly create empathy and a more reflective understanding of different cultures, ideologies, and societies. 

Being knowledgeable about a culture that is different from our own is essential to becoming a more rational and intelligent person. Also, you can think of it as an advantage when you mingle with others and build relationships.

Without a doubt, you can feel the excitement when you travel and try things that are considered new to you and falls outside of your comfort zone. You become more acquainted with more individuals from different walks of life and better comprehend their beliefs and principles in life. 

Here are some of the hotels and amenities you can visit in Tasmania, Australia:

Seaplane Experience with Your Loved One

There is only one seaplane operation in Tasmania, and it is based in the heart of Hobart’s trendy waterfront. It offers many scenic flights, luxury transfers from one place to another, and custom charters that you can avail of with a great effect of letting you feel recharged, inspired, happy, enriched, and connected again with your inner self.

As we all know, Tasmania is known for its natural landscapes and spectacular areas that you can explore with family and friends. Whether in the land, air, or water, there are various options and rare opportunities to experience this remarkable island and some spectacular locations.

Many travel companies and local guides take great pride in showing off their beautiful island to visitors and residents alike. It is indeed a great experience that will provide tourists with an experience that they will never forget.

Luxury Hotels in Hobart

Hotel options may vary depending on your budget and needs. They usually accommodate groups, families, and even couples. One of the best hotels you can try is the MACq 01 Hotel Hobart TAS; it has great reviews, and tourists also recommend this place. Always remember to check out the best room rate for you and your loved ones.

E-Bike Adventure

Tasmanian E-bike Adventures’ goal is to provide guests and tourists with an exceptional and one-of-a-kind encounter with the nature and wilderness in Tasmania. Tourists can book private tours, and they can also customize the tours based on their needs and preferences.

This e-bike experience will let tourists become sportier. Exploring this type of activity helps tourists gain riding confidence with e-bike technology, and it is also a great way to promote a healthy and more active lifestyle.