Monthly Archives: June 2013

Things to Remember when Travelling to Asia | Away Holidays

Throughout the 21st century the globe seems to have shrunk. We can reach distant and exotic lands more easily than ever; locations our ancestors didn’t even believe existed are now only a matter of a few hours travel away.

Even though visiting countries around Asia may seem closer to us now than they ever have, arranging a visit can still take a lot of organisation. There are many things that travellers need to remember, ranging from the most basic travel and sleeping arrangements, to organising the right inoculations and even taking into account varying laws between different nations.

-       Flights and Lodging

Arranging flights and lodgings is the first port of call to any prospective traveller. The first thing a potential traveller will notice is how many travel companies there actually are. The holiday market is littered with companies competing for your business and so it’s important to find the right one to suit your needs Away Holidays is a useful company, particularly when visiting countries throughout Asia. Away Holidays are highly experienced, serve thousands of customers every year and have unsurpassed experience in the Asian holiday market. From the Middle East and all the way across to the Far East, Away Holidays staff possess uniquely detailed knowledge about global destinations.

-       Currency

Holiday makers don’t need to just have their cash exchanged into that of the local currency, they will also need to acquire a detailed knowledge of the currency’s value and arrange their own security abroad. It’s advisable for travellers to take the time to understand exchange values to avoid spending more than they intended abroad without realising. It’s also essential to keep money safe, this involves buying money pouches that are secured to your own body, traveller’s cheques and bank arrangements that allow you to withdraw money abroad.

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-       Inoculations and Local Traditions

Exotic countries also come complete with their own array of exotic creatures and diseases. Before travelling people are advised to consult with their doctors about how best to stay safe. Travellers also need to be aware of potential dangers in local water or local foods that may not suit westerners. It’s also worth checking out the local laws, for example many Arabic nations have strict laws regarding drinking and physical exposure that travellers will need to bear in mind.

Luxury Trips to Bali | Away Holidays

Bali luxury travelBali is once again a luxury holiday destination of choice for travellers from all over the world. If you love peace and tranquillity you may not find a better place on the planet to plan your trip. Visitors report that even traffic jams can be peaceful in Bali.

The main tourist area is a three-mile coastal strip that reaches from Kuta to Seminyak. Along that strip the streets are alive with visitors. There shops selling local crafts which are squashed up against stalls selling mobile phones and other stores with designer goods. The cafes are buzzing and the modern hotels sit side by side with hindu temples and street food vendors. And amid all that buzz – everyone seems to have a smile on their face.

A short distance from the traditional hot spots in Bali there are more and more stylish properties popping up. This is a long cry from the tourism dip the country suffered a decade or so ago, and the fact that these properties are flourishing now is a sign that Bali is back in business. Some of the most inviting hotels can be found on the south of the island. You will find beautiful buildings set on the cliff tops, with infinity pools that give the feeling of floating out into the clouds and light and airy architecture that matches the peace and quiet of Bali life.

These new luxury hotels are the kinds of places you may never want to leave. Even the westerners among the staff are said to seek out Indonesian women for their wives, so that they can spend their down time in the hammocks, staring at the stars and drinking a splash of whiskey. One chef described his life in this way, before showing off the local markets where he buys his produce. Although some of the tranquillity is going to be a little buried in a fish market – even at the market though, life is relatively unhurried.

If you have been wondering where to book your next luxury holiday then Bali should be moving quietly up that list.

This article about the beautiful luxury holiday destination of Bali was produced by Away Holidays. The team at Away Holidays offers luxury vacations to some of the most stunning properties, cities and countries around the world. Their website offers monthly deals to five star hotels in Asia, Africa, the USA and Australia.

Luxury Travel Trends in 2013 | Away Holidays

Luxury TravelThe face of luxury travel in 2013 is changing. Companies are using travel data and logistics strategies to improve the travelling experience, and reduce the time and stress caused by long haul trips. The buzzword this year is “effortless” travel.

Effortless Travel

Technology has raised the expectations of travellers. They now demand a level of personalisation to their hotel and package choices. Travel agencies that are ahead of the game are able to take advantage of the improvements in data collection and data sharing to tailor the experiences they offer to their clients.

For example, an airline company recently announced that they are developing what is to be called the ‘Know Me’ program. It might sound a bit like big brother, but they will be using online image tools to identify VIP passengers before they arrive – so that they can be greeted by name at the terminal. Their staff will have access to tablet computers which can give them information about meal preferences, previous flights with the company and onward plans for their trip. It is hoped that this level of bespoke travel experience will add to the satisfaction of luxury travellers.

Maximal Experience

Now that there are so many destinations – and so many restaurants, hotels and bars at those destinations – that are able to offer a luxury experience in 2013, it is becoming more and more difficult for travellers to differentiate. There are more ways to have an unforgettable time, but this leads to a paradox of choices where people on holiday worry about maximising their experiences.

A solution to this new issue is to increase the speed, variety and intensity of the experiences on offer. Rather than a holiday maker having to commit to one specific part of a trip, many exciting mini-experiences can be strung together throughout the vacation. A  Finnish entrepreneur reportedly combines fine dining with a trip down a mine shaft. His pop-up restaurant is found 80 metres below the ground, but diners can order a four-course meal which will set them back close to 130 euros. This gives travellers the thrill of new experience, without missing out on the luxuries they are accustomed to.

This report on the luxury holiday trends of 2013 is brought to you by Away Holidays. Away Holidays arrange luxury trips to destinations such as Dubai, the Maldives and Mauritius. They offer special deals to five luxury hotels, at a variety of destinations, every month.