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The Best Time to Travel to Europe, Asia and South America

Tuesday, August 15, 2017 Sofia Naznim 3 Comments


So, you have decided you want to travel but don’t know the right time to go or which continent to explore? Here is a comprehensive list of three stunning continents and the best time to travel to each of these majestic parts of the world.


Europe

There are 3 main seasons for travelling in Europe, which are high, low and shoulder. Every one of these seasons has its own benefits and drawbacks that will have an impact on your travelling experience.



June to August (High Season)

The peak of summer in Europe is from June to August and these months are called the high season. The weather is amazing, as Europe doesn’t get much rain during this time of the year. Al fresco dining is awesome during this time, even at night, so staying out late is a definite option. Long summer days also mean the sun doesn’t set till quite late at night, especially in Northern Europe. So, there is a lot of sightseeing that can be crammed in during the day before watching the sunset and enjoying your al fresco dinner on an European patio. A lot of popular tourist attractions are open throughout the season so you can see and do so much. Remember, with crowds of tourists and locals; always mind your social etiquettes. Last but not least, Europe hosts hundreds of outdoor music festivals during the summer because the weather is lovely.


November to April (Low Season)

With exception of the Alps where the high season is from late December to March because of skiers, low season in Europe takes place from November to April. Besides the Alps, Europe is home to a lot of great locations for winter sports and activities. Speaking of thrilling activities, it is a good idea to get a comprehensive travel insurance plan so that you can be easily reimbursed in the event of a calamity or accident. This is also the ideal time to travel to Europe for budget travellers, as prices drop as low as 30% less than the high season, so purchasing good travel insurance should be a cinch. It’s also a wonderful time to visit famous locations like the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, Louvre, the Tower of London, the Coliseum and St. Peter’s Basilica without the intense crowds of tourists during the high season. So, there is no need to wait in long lines and crowded trains.


April to June and September to November (Shoulder Season)

These are some of the best months to visit Europe. Spring is in full bloom from April to June and the ambush of seasonal travellers has not begun. Europe’s many parks and gardens will be blossoming with a plethora of vibrant flowers. September to November is great for travelling too because the weather is cool and you’ll see colorful autumn leaves everywhere. Prices also remain low during the shoulder season.


Asia

When you travel to this continent, take note of the weather, wildlife and events that are happening.



Weather

November through February is typically the best time to travel to Asia as its drier and cooler. Malaysia and Indonesia experience dry seasons from April to October. Wet monsoon rains fall from June to October in most countries, making it difficult to dive, surf, hike or sunbathe.


Wildlife

If you are an animal lover, Taman Negara National Park in Malaysia is a great place to see smaller “big” cats, bats, snakes and flying squirrels. The best time to visit is between February and September. The months of March till October are the perfect times to see the endangered orangutans of Borneo. If you are planning to visit Thailand, Khao Sok National Park in Southern Thailand is a perfect place to see leopards, sun bears, gibbons, tigers and elephants.


Events

It's recommended that you plan your travel around Thailand's Songkran festival from April 13 to 15th, when Thais celebrate their New Year by flooding the streets while wielding water guns, buckets of water and handfuls of talcum powder. In September, the Laos Dragon Boat Race is held in every riverside town. This race features vibrant costumes and a parade on water. If you want to travel to Laos in early November, head to the Pha That Luang temple in Vientiane where thousands of Buddhists gather. It’s truly an amazing sight to behold.


South America

Interestingly, South America’s seasons are opposite of North America’s seasons. So, when it’s summer in North America, Europe and Asia, it’s wintertime in South America. There’s also a good time to go to South America and there’s a great time to go to South America. Here are a few famous spots and the months when it’s a great time to go.



Argentina

Much like Europe, shoot for the shoulder season, which is during April and May. It’s when the cool, crystal clear air makes its way from the arctic, pushing off the tropical haze from the north. The Argentine summer is from December to March, and during this time, days are sunny and warm. This is the best time to visit Patagonia.


Brazil

Avoid Carnival, Easter, Christmas, New Year and the Brazilian summer from December to February because of the crowds. If you want to go during those months, just be sure to book your Brazilian vacation ahead of time. The Brazilian winter, from June to August allows coastal towns like Rio de Janeiro to still enjoy warm temperatures. If you want to see the Amazon Rainforest, go during the dry season, which is between June and December. There is less rain and fewer bugs. To see a myriad of wildlife, then battle the rainy season between January and May.


Colombia

The best time to go to this amazing part of South America is during December to March, when there are plenty of festivals to enjoy and partake in. The best time to soak up the sun is from July to August. Avoid April and May as it will be rainy in Colombia. If you don’t like crowds, don’t plan a trip during June to July and the holiday season in December.


Peru

The wonderful thing about Peru is that you can go there all year-round and have the best time. This is because Peru is situated close to the equator and has mild winters and summers. High in the Andes Mountains, in the Peruvian cloud forest is where the incredible Machu Picchu is located. Here, there are distinct wet and dry seasons. Typically, the rainy season is from November to February, so you might get wet if you plan on visiting Machu Picchu or hiking the Inca Trail. Bring a poncho or rain jacket along. Remember this important fact before planning a trip to Peru; the Inca Trail is closed every February for trail maintenance. The best time to go is April or May. Everything is lush and green. There are no clouds, less crowds and beautiful, deep blue skies.


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8 Money Safety Tips While Travelling

Monday, August 14, 2017 Sofia Naznim 2 Comments


Before you leave for your next exciting international trip, take a moment to think about the ringgits and cents, or should we say pounds and pesos? Carrying currency on a holiday is a delicate balancing act between utility and safety. The key is to make your money difficult to access so that it deters thieves and pickpockets. Gone were the days of carrying traveller’s checks around. Today, all of us are more likely to use cash from ATM withdrawals and credit or debit cards, which usually offer better exchange rates and lower fees than traveller’s checks. All you need are some tips and tricks to avoid losing money on a vacation. To give yourself additional peace of mind, purchase an all-inclusive travel insurance plan so that you will be reimbursed in the event of an abhorred calamity. Once you have done that, keep these tricks up your sleeve so that you keep the pesky thieves away.



1. Split Your Money

Whenever you can, divvy up your travel cash as well as credit cards into a few safe spots. When all your money is in one spot, it makes it easier for a thief to take all of it at once. For instance, keep some money on your person and some in your bag. In the event your bag gets lost or snatched, you still have another stash to tie you through till you get to a police station or back to your hotel.

2. Prioritize On Your Person Storage

There are many under clothing storage accessories today that are much more effective than neck pouches and money belts. Though these classics still can get the job done, the newer options are more discreet like bra, long johns, and underwear as well as under shirts that have built-in pockets for secure storage. These on body storage accessories are especially useful if you’re sleeping somewhere that doesn’t have a secure place for cash and other valuables. Also, not forgetting when you accidentally fall asleep at airports or on trains and buses.

3. Keep Small Bills

As there are many virtues of dividing money, there are also many advantages of carrying smaller denominations of currency that is easily accessible when you are out and about. Albeit, changing or withdrawing large amounts of money reduces the fees, it also means that you’ll be travelling with far more cash and larger bills. With smaller notes, you’ll avoid pulling out the local equivalent of a $100-dollar bill when you want to buy something for 30 cents. Always make sure you’ve got a variety of small bills and coins ready for small purchases like souvenirs, food and any local attraction entry tickets. One of the best money safety tips is to stash away the larger bills in your under clothing storage pocket or tuck them into a secure part of your wallet or bag and stick to small bills.



4. Invest In An Anti-Theft Bag

Some bags are just tougher than others and this applies to all travel purses, backpacks and bags. There are bags today that are specifically designed with travel safety in mind. These bags have features like steel-cable-reinforced shoulder straps, slash-proof fabric, and locking zippers and are even cut-proof. Qualities like these slow down thieves and deter opportunistic pickpockets.

5. Keep A Dummy Wallet and Keep Your Real Wallet Trim

If you are planning a vacation to a place that is known for muggings or pickpocketing, contemplate getting a cheap wallet and keep smalls bills and sample cards in it to make it look real. Hopefully, a dummy wallet will stop pickpockets from getting to your real wallet. It’s also something for you throw and run in the case of an actual mugging. It will buy you time to escape safely with your real wallet. Speaking of your real wallet, you aren’t going to need that restaurant discount card or your library card when you are 6,000 miles away from home. Before your holiday, vet through your wallet and remove everything except the bare necessities like your international credit card, back up credit cards, your ID and insurance card. Not only are you less likely to lose the things in your wallet, it will help you travel lighter. If your wallet does get stolen or lost, you’ll have less to replace.

6. Buy A Travel Wallet

Besides getting a dummy wallet, you may also want to consider a wallet that is designed specifically for travel. If you are the kind of person whose everyday wallet is choc full of cards like gym memberships, library cards, pre-paid coffee cards and frequent buyer cards, the pockets of your wallet are more often than not, stretched out. The pockets will be loose when you minimize the contents before you travel. By buying a travel-only wallet, your essential cards will have snug pockets and they can’t slip out accidentally. As you check off all the countries on your travel bucket list, you won’t have to unpack and repack your day-to-day wallet. All you need to do is switch out what you need according to your next destination.


7. Money Alternatives

Amongst all the money safety tips, this one is probably the easiest to do. If you are visiting a metropolitan city, get yourself a multi-use ticket or a travel pass so you can forgo your cash or credit card when you hop from buses to trains. Most cities’ public transportation system offers multi-use cards like London’s Oyster card or San Francisco’s Clipper card. Paris offers a “carnet” on its metro, which gets you 10 single-ride tickets for one discounted price. Take advantage of these facilities so that you can reduce your chances of losing your wallet by simply retrieving and stowing it fewer times.
8. Stow Securely

Speaking of stowing your wallet, sometimes the best way to protect your money is to not carry it all. Most hotels’ in-room safes are pretty secure. If you have a wad of cash or an item that you’re particularly anxious about, check with the concierge if the hotel has a safe-deposit box behind the desk. If you do decide to use the hotels behind the desk safe, just remember to collect your items before you leave. When you are packing and leaving in a hurry, you can easily forget your items. As the saying goes, “out of sight, out of mind.” Leave a colorful post-it note in your room or on your suitcase as a reminder to retrieve your things at the concierge.

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Contributor Profile
M.J. George
Menaka George is a professional copywriter with a Masters in Business Administration. She has written weekly blogs for Malaysia’s Largest Online Wine Shop, WineTalk and over 1000 product descriptions for EBay. She currently contributes digital articles to various commercial and corporate giants.

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