Middle East – Travel & Tea http://travelandtea.com Brits travelling the world, one sip at a time Sat, 18 Feb 2017 16:16:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.4.2 Forget the Tea for a Minute and Take a Coffee Break http://travelandtea.com/forget-tea-minute-take-coffee-break/ http://travelandtea.com/forget-tea-minute-take-coffee-break/#respond Mon, 06 Jan 2014 12:40:26 +0000 http://travelandtea.com/?p=2067 Some of the best travel memories you can build up are those where you sit back and sip a nice drink while enjoying watching the world go by. In the UK you might do this with a cup of tea but what if you go a country with a strong tradition of coffee drinking? There […]

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Some of the best travel memories you can build up are those where you sit back and sip a nice drink while enjoying watching the world go by. In the UK you might do this with a cup of tea but what if you go a country with a strong tradition of coffee drinking?

There are a great many places where you can enjoy a fantastic cup of coffee and really feel a part of the local culture. Here are a few of the best ones.

Colombia

You will find that even a humble looking restaurant or café here can serve you an amazing cup of coffee in Colombia. some of the finest coffee in the world is grown and served here. There are a number of tours of the country’s coffee growing region available and these are eye opening experiences. . If you are in neighbouring Ecuador then you will also enjoy some great coffee, although Colombia is where you should really take advantage of the national produce. Perhaps the biggest compliment we can pay to Colombian coffee is that you will probably starting looking out for in your local supermarket once you get back home.

Turkey

Contrary to what some people think, Turkish coffee is a way of preparing the drink rather than something made with special beans from the region. It can be made using any kind of coffee bean and is found in many of the countries around Turkey too. However, if you sit down in a café in Istanbul with a cup of this amazing drink you will feel as though you are really sampling the way of life. You might like it enough to try it at home. Basically, it involves grinding up the coffee beans very finely and adding them to boiling water. This results in a thick, creamy type of coffee with the ground beans settling at the bottom of the cup.

Finland

Maybe you wouldn’t automatically assume that Finland would be a good choice of destination for a coffee drinking holiday. However, there is a very good reason for including it here; it is the top country in the world in terms of coffee consumption. They drink 12 kg per person per year, which is a pretty staggering amount. In the UK we only consume 2.8 kg per person. After Finland the next highest placed countries are in the same part of the world; Norway, Iceland and Denmark.  Even in Colombia they only consume 1.8 kg per person per year. So what is so special about the coffee in Finland? Well, they certainly don’t grow the stuff here but it seems that drinking a cup of coffee or three is a huge part of the national culture. Apparently they like it very lightly roasted here and coffee breaks are a mandatory part of the day in Finnish work places. After spending some time here you might get so used to seeing Finns drink coffee that you end up addicted to the stuff as well.

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Amazing Architectures of Dubai http://travelandtea.com/amazing-architectures-of-dubai/ http://travelandtea.com/amazing-architectures-of-dubai/#respond Mon, 29 Apr 2013 00:00:27 +0000 http://travelandtea.com/?p=958 Dubai doesn’t have any natural wonders – no towering mountains, no picturesque lakes or waterfalls. What it does have, are man-made wonders that has never been seen before, let alone imagined, to exist anywhere else in the world. The engineering and architecture of this desert city is more than able to impress anyone from anywhere, […]

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Dubai doesn’t have any natural wonders – no towering mountains, no picturesque lakes or waterfalls. What it does have, are man-made wonders that has never been seen before, let alone imagined, to exist anywhere else in the world. The engineering and architecture of this desert city is more than able to impress anyone from anywhere, with megastructures that seem to have risen from a vast ocean of golden sand.

 Burj Khalifa

This is presently the tallest building and free standing structure of the world at a dizzying height of 2,716 feet – roughly about twice the size of the Empire State Building. Located along the Sheikh Zayed Road, the Burj Khalifa stands majestically among the other tall skyscrapers in Dubai. Given its height, the tower also holds a lot of “tall records” like the tallest service elevator and highest observation deck in the world. Another thing that makes this building great is the fountain landscape, so wide that it equals those that can be seen in the grand casinos of Las Vegas. The fountains shoot water as a high as a seven or ten-story building, illuminated by more than 6000 lights and 50 colored projectors and dancing to hypnotic Arabic music.

Burj Al Arab

This sail-shaped structure is cited as the only “seven star hotel” in the world, the Burj Al Arab boasts of halls and suites truly fitting of a crown prince. Everything here is drenched in rich drapes and fabric and warm colors. Each room has tall floor-to-ceiling windows which allow guests the fantastic view of the Arabian Gulf’s cool blue waters. The hotel is built upon an artificial island so it is no surprise that it has its own beach resort complete with every amenity that you will need and want. If you have $18000 to spare, you can stay in the Royal Suite and live like an Amir/King.

The Islands

It is said that the reason why the artificial islands of Dubai were made was because of the city’s lack of beaches and coastlines. Whatever the reason is, the creation of these islands has truly given a new meaning to land expansion. These islands are situated on the Persian Gulf and are composed of the Palm Islands and the Global or World Islands. The Palm Islands, as the name suggests, are shaped like palm trees with a crescent on top, while the World Islands are a group of islands arranged to mimic the continents of the world as seen from space. Most parts of the islands are liveable and are sold to the richest people around the world – for example, an island in the World sells as much as $38 billion depending on its size of course. You will need to buy an expensive yacht or your own private plane in order to get there though since roads connect the islands to the main land. Travellers can get to see this wonderful structure from bird’s eye view by renting one of the many aircraft tours available.

Dubai has risen from a desert into one of the richest and most developed places in the world. Some evidences of these are the new, modern and jaw-dropping architectures which are definitely must-see. Known as the gateway between the East and West, Dubai is also where Arabic traditions and modern industrializations meet and mingle into a powerhouse tourist destination.

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Antalya’s top beauty spots: cheap Turkey holidays http://travelandtea.com/antalyas-top-beauty-spots-cheap-turkey-holidays/ http://travelandtea.com/antalyas-top-beauty-spots-cheap-turkey-holidays/#respond Tue, 16 Apr 2013 04:00:49 +0000 http://travelandtea.com/?p=906 As Turkey’s most popular summer holiday spot – and, perhaps surprisingly, the fourth most visited city in the whole world – Antalya is perhaps best known for offering sun, sea and vibrant nightlife. However, away from the celebrated Konyaalti Beach, the city is home to a wealth of beauty spots, many of them giving harried […]

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As Turkey’s most popular summer holiday spot – and, perhaps surprisingly, the fourth most visited city in the whole world – Antalya is perhaps best known for offering sun, sea and vibrant nightlife.

However, away from the celebrated Konyaalti Beach, the city is home to a wealth of beauty spots, many of them giving harried tourists the chance to take a break from the crowds and reconnect with nature.

As well as secluded coves and quiet beaches, the area surrounding Antalya is also home to magnificent caves, awe-inspiring gorges and much, much more, with most natural highlights within easy distance of the city’s main hotels and holiday resorts.

Here are a few must-sees.

Karain Cave

Situated around half an hour’s drive from downtown Antalya, Karain Cave is a Paleolithic wonder. A site of huge archaeological significance, it is believed that humans first entered the cave around 200,000 years ago, with visitors able to see a wide range of ancient artefacts found in the area such as stone tools and spears and knives at a special museum.

Aside from their place in history, the chambers here are also celebrated for their natural beauty, with specially-designed lighting helping to accentuate the dramatic contours and the stalecmites and stalactites.

Beldibi Cave

Equally as fascinating and popular as Karain Cave is Beldibi Cave, located just south-west of Antalya. Since it was first excavated in the 1960s, the cave has revealed a wealth of secrets, pointing to it being used as a shelter by humans during the Paleolithic and Neolithic eras.

As with Karain, the site is home to a small museum, giving history-lovers taking cheap Turkey holidays the chance to learn more about the intriguing past of this part of the country.

Duden Waterfalls

For bathers tired of the sea, Antalya is also perfectly-placed for exploring some of Turkey’s most spectacular waterfalls. Arguably the best of them all are the Duden Waterfalls, situated just a few miles outside of the city centre.

Here, the Duden River goes through a series of stunning drops as it makes its way to the Mediterranean Sea. Most tourists flock to see Lower Duden Falls, where the river plunges into the sea in spectacular fashion, leaving the much more tranquil and picturesque Upper Duden Falls relatively free of crowds.

As well as the magnificent sight of the waterfalls, the area is rich with colourful flora and fauna – providing a peaceful break from the hustle and bustle of downtown Antalya.

Saklikent Valley

The longest and deepest gorge in the whole of Turkey, the Saklikent Valley offers a fascinating daytrip from Antalya.

Aside from the numerous natural caves in the gorge’s walls, it is also famous for a picturesque stream which, due to a lack of natural sunlight, remains cold all year round.

Just a couple of miles from Saklikent Valley lie the ancient ruins of Tios, where history-lovers can see the remains of settlements left by the Romans, the Byzantines and the Ottoman Turks.

While none of the above are ‘secret’ spots in the true sense of the word, they do still offer a much-needed respite from the chaos of Antalya in peak holiday season, and can also serve as excellent jumping-off points for truly getting off the beaten track.

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10 Reasons to Visit Turkey This Year http://travelandtea.com/10-reasons-to-visit-turkey-this-year/ http://travelandtea.com/10-reasons-to-visit-turkey-this-year/#respond Tue, 26 Mar 2013 01:54:58 +0000 http://travelandtea.com/?p=790 For years, Turkey has offered foreign visitors the perfect vacation, but since the world is full of beautiful places, a lot of people have a tough time deciding about their holiday destination. If you are wondering about why Turkey is a great tourist destination and a terrific country to visit this year, read on. 1. Sun […]

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For years, Turkey has offered foreign visitors the perfect vacation, but since the world is full of beautiful places, a lot of people have a tough time deciding about their holiday destination. If you are wondering about why Turkey is a great tourist destination and a terrific country to visit this year, read on.

1. Sun and Sea Galore

The Mediterranean climate, the abundant nature, and the plentiful sun, especially in Bodrum and Antalya, are the reason why beach lovers consider Turkey a paradise. In fact, a lot of people visit Turkey simply to enjoy the beauty of the turquoise sea and sandy beaches.

2. Mouth-watering Turkish Grub

Turkish grub such as kebab, lokum, doner, manti, kofte and other dishes are just some of the reasons why this country is becoming more popular to visit this year. Take note, aside from mouth-watering dishes you will also enjoy eating freshly baked sweets & desserts sold in many shops and side streets. Even better are the fresh fish and locally harvested fruits sold at the markets in town.

3. Colorful Turkish Culture and Tradition

If you find history, ancient buildings, and archaeological sites interesting then visiting Turkey is certainly a lovely idea. The country is rich in history and legends that will make your vacation extraordinary. Before you go, feel free to read more about the great scenery, tradition and culture you’ll find in Turkey.

4. Turkish Grand Bazaar

Turkey is a brilliant place to be when you love going to the local bazaar as the capital city is home one of the best bazaars in the world. The city of Istanbul is divided into two continents, so you will absolutely enjoy shopping and haggling in a bazaar that does not only offer unique Turkish products like pottery, and other beautiful decor but products from two continents. By the way, the bazaar in Turkey is full of a variety of bean shops, to the local restaurant vendors that line the streets.

5. Thrilling Activities

Turkey offers a lot of thrilling activities, suitable for those who enjoy fun and exciting sports. You can paraglide over the Olu Deniz, ride on a hot air balloon over the Cappadocia, go on a horse ride, or jeep safari ride for your daily adrenalin rush.

6. Legendary Ancient Ruins

Are you familiar with the story of Troy or Noah’s Ark? Well if you are, you’ll want to check out these places then visiting Turkey. It is imperative as the city of Troy and the site of the famous Trojan War is along the Aegean coast, while Mount Ararat, said to be resting place of Noah, is just east of Turkey.

7. Fabulous Shopping

Aside from the Grand Bazaar, Turkey has some fantastic and unique shopping opportunities. You can find some great deals from local vendors on goods such as beautiful carpets, interesting ceramics, and other elaborate decorations. The spices they have available are exquisite and you’ll definitely want to take some home with you. You’ll find elaborate fabrics and beautiful clothing options as well.

8. Affordable Accommodation

Turkey has adequate and affordable accommodation all around. Depending on your preferences, you can find a beautiful and lavish hotel with sometimes affordable rates because of the stiff competition. Either way you’ll always find somewhere suitable to stay no matter what your tastes or budget.

9. Amazing Scenery

Turkey is one of the top destinations for this year because the country has many beautiful places to explore. From the beaches to the historical sites, Turkey is all-around great for photographs and unbeatable memories.

10. The Friendly Turkish People

Turkish people are known throughout the world as welcoming and good-natured. It is common to be welcomed by someone with a smile and open arms or be invited for a cup of coffee. You’ll continuously run into helpful strangers who love to accommodate and give proper advice to tourists.

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5 Must-Visit British Battlegrounds For The Traveling History Buff http://travelandtea.com/5-must-visit-british-battlegrounds-for-the-traveling-history-buff/ http://travelandtea.com/5-must-visit-british-battlegrounds-for-the-traveling-history-buff/#respond Mon, 17 Dec 2012 06:28:28 +0000 http://travelandtea.com/?p=395 England is the largest nation of the four nations that make Great Britain. It is one of the most economically stable countries in the world. This is evident from the previous engagements that England under the banner Great Britain have taken part in the past and won. Britain has always taken the bull by its […]

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England is the largest nation of the four nations that make Great Britain. It is one of the most economically stable countries in the world. This is evident from the previous engagements that England under the banner Great Britain have taken part in the past and won. Britain has always taken the bull by its horns; this is evident from the battles and wars that it has fought.

The Battle of Waterloo

For historians who want to know more about the battle of Waterloo they can visit England. While in England, they will have a chance to visit some historic sites where they can find more about the brave English soldiers. The Battle of Waterloo took place in 1815. It took place in Belgium south of Brussels. The armies involved were from Britain, Germany, Belgium, and Netherlands who were against the French army. The Generals of this army were The Prince of Orange, Marshal Blucher and the Duke of Wellington against Emperor Napoleon. The size of the armies involved were 23,000 British troops with 44,000 allied troops. The British had 160 guns who were against 74,000 French troops who had 250 guns. The winners of this war were the British and all their allied troops.

The Battle of Balaclava

People from Russia, France and Turkey can travel to England whenever they wish to learn about this battle. The war was called the Crimean war and started on the 25th October 1854. This army involved the British, French and Turkish troops who fought the Russian army.

The Battle of Colenso

England has a connection with Africa. Most countries in Africa were colonized by Great Britain hence speak the English language. Tourists from South Africa should visit England and get to know the details of this war. The Battle of Colenso started on the 15th of December 1899 at a place called the Colenso on the Tugela River in South Africa. It resulted in the Boer war. The people involved in this battle were the British who fought the Boers. The generals of these armies were General Botha and General Sir Redvers Bullers. The sizes of the armies were 12,000 Boers against 16,000 British.

The Jacobite Rebellion

This is the ideal place for the local tourists of Great Britain living in Scotland and England. This is one place the tourists from the two countries can visit when faced with a standoff. The Jacobite Rebellion took place between 1745 and 1746. These rebellions were aimed at James VII of Scotland and James II of England. The rebellion took the name Jacobus which means James in Latin.

The Battle of the Nile

Travelers from northern Africa can visit England so that they really understand the history of the Nile and how eventually it was named the Nile. The Battle of the Nile or the Aboukir Bay resulted in what is referred to as the Napoleonic war. The war commenced on the 1st August 1798. This battle took place in Egypt, east of Alexandria off Egypt coast. The combatants were the French navy against the British navy. The generals of this war were Admiral Brueys d’Aigalliers for the French fleet and Admiral Sir Horatio Nelson of the British army. The winners of this battle front were the British Fleet who won with resounding victory.

These are some of the rich historic happening that happened in Great Britain thus making English travel memorable.

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Escaping The British Winter: Top Bargain Destinations http://travelandtea.com/escaping-the-british-winter-top-bargain-destinations/ http://travelandtea.com/escaping-the-british-winter-top-bargain-destinations/#respond Mon, 10 Dec 2012 09:21:09 +0000 http://travelandtea.com/?p=373 During the winter period in the U.K, days are usually quite cold, dull, grey and really wet. This translates to spending more time in-doors than one would like. But all is not lost as there is plenty of sunshine elsewhere around the globe. With a little bit of cash to spare, you and your family […]

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During the winter period in the U.K, days are usually quite cold, dull, grey and really wet. This translates to spending more time in-doors than one would like. But all is not lost as there is plenty of sunshine elsewhere around the globe. With a little bit of cash to spare, you and your family can escape all this dullness and satisfy that inner craving for some sunshine, courtesy of these affordable destinations.

1. Florida – USA

Thanks to the power of the British pound over the USD, you can take advantage of this and spend a couple of months over in one of the sun Cities in the country. This amazing state has the amenities to accommodate nearly everyone, along with their needs and taste, thus it does not matter whether you are alone or are travelling as a family. The best part is that they speak English, so no communication barriers.

2. Australia

Notably, this is the best place a Brit can go to in order to escape the winter chills. Why? This is due to the fact that Australian weather runs in opposite to that of the UK. This is the best time to pay a visit that long time cousin of yours you have not seems for some time. Although the flight may be a bit expensive, once again the power of the pound comes in handy.

3. Thailand

Picture this, palm trees beautifully lining the sandy beach as golden sparkling waters hit against your foot. The people are warm and welcoming, the food is mouth watering and delicious. This destination is a favorite to those running away from the chilly weather back home.

It’s full of sunlight, luxury and quite affordable. Temperatures are warm and the weather is pretty warm. For those seeking more than the warm sunlight, you have the option on going on an adventurous elephant trekking or a walk over the magnificent hills.

4. Egypt – Africa

Egypt is also known as the land of Kings. Located on the African planes, this destination is home to plenty of sunlight. In fact, it is home to one of their sun gods – Ra. The country is renowned for its pyramids, tombs and its bewitching hieroglyphs.

Temperatures are quite warm, the service is affordable and descent. Majority of the locals speak Arabic, but most also comprehend and speak basic English. Fun activities include, snorkeling, diving, desert tourism and so much more

5. South Africa

South Africa is a blend of inspiring scenery, diverse/multicultural cities and numerous game parks- home to the big five. It’s also renowned for its wine, food and hospitality. On average, it takes about 12 hours to fly from UK to Cape town.

There are numerous marvelous beaches stretched across the Garden route. Notably, Kruger Park stands out from all the national parks offering a perfect view of the flora and fauna.

6. Dubai

Dubai is famous for its up market resorts, malls and shopping centers. The night life is rather vibrant as this is the time when it’s mostly cool and most people come out into the open. The weather is generally great, with plenty of sunlight year round. If you can’t stand the heat, you may head out to the snow park situated in the Emirates mall.

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Accommodation Outside The Box: Why You Should Consider Timeshares http://travelandtea.com/accommodation-outside-the-box-why-you-should-consider-timeshares/ http://travelandtea.com/accommodation-outside-the-box-why-you-should-consider-timeshares/#respond Mon, 03 Dec 2012 17:04:49 +0000 http://travelandtea.com/?p=343 Most travellers associate travelling with expensive hotel rooms. However, thinking outside the box provides the budget traveller with some fantastic low-cost accommodation options, without having to sacrifice luxury. One such outside-the-box option is timeshare rentals and timeshare resales. The concept of a timeshare is the holiday maker purchasing the rights to make use of the […]

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Most travellers associate travelling with expensive hotel rooms. However, thinking outside the box provides the budget traveller with some fantastic low-cost accommodation options, without having to sacrifice luxury. One such outside-the-box option is timeshare rentals and timeshare resales.

The concept of a timeshare is the holiday maker purchasing the rights to make use of the timeshare unit for a fixed number of days in a year. Some timeshare owners can no longer use these days and look to resell, some decide to keep their units but rent them out when they can’t use them. Either way, such options may provide a good option for travellers, especially when they return to the same destination frequently.

Cost Benefits

Timeshares, when purchased on the resale market, can be great investments for those that vacation frequently. In many cases you can find units for up to 70% off resort prices which will save you money in the long run. Many current owners rent out their units for the exact cost of their yearly maintenance fees, sometimes these fees are as low as $200, therefore it’s not uncommon to be able to find a 7 night stay at a quality resort for only $200, sometimes even lower than that. Even if the rates may seem on par with standard hotels rooms, the timeshare offers better conveniences, such as spacious indoors and outdoors, fully equipped kitchen and other facilities.

Resort-Like Experience

Unlike guesthouses, vacation homes or even hotel rooms, timeshares come attached to resorts and aim to pamper patrons with an exotic resort like atmosphere at affordable rates. The range of facilities available at a guesthouse of hotel is usually limited to a swimming pool, spa and a few other facilities. Resorts that sell timeshare generally offer a far extensive range of facilities such as water parks, children’s facilities, arcade game rooms, tennis and other games, and more.

Assurance

Renting hotel rooms, guesthouses or vacation rooms are a bit of hit and miss. Even with favourable reviews, good ratings and reputations, the option selected can be a bad choice. The odds of glitches such as confirmed reservations cancelled owing to some mix up or failure to process payment information, the room not being ready when the guests land up in the hotel and more are real. Since timeshare resorts serve many of the same people repeatedly, they strive to offer consistency of service. Again, unlike hotels that accept multiple short-term bookings and do not actually allocate a room until the guest reaches there, timeshare rentals are more definite and confirmed.

Assistance

When opting for a laid back or relaxed family vacation, timeshare resorts offer the best possible assistance. Among the alternatives to timeshares, holiday homes can have a glaring shortcoming of security and absence of staff to assist the holiday maker with their basic chores or offer guidance. Hotel rooms can sometimes overcome the shortcoming of security and assistance, but their staff is oriented to offer impersonal tourist-related information. The staff at a timeshare resort, accustomed, as they are to repeat guests, match the level of assistance offered by hotels and go beyond to offer a more personalized service. For instance, the staff at a timeshare may help in procuring groceries required for cooking food.

Conclusion

Timeshares are a fantastic accommodation alternative for those traveling in large groups, as they are a lot more spacious than other accommodations, or those looking for an added touch of luxury. There are many available out there at incredibly cheap rates, so they are a great option even for those with a tight budget. Be sure to research the many different timeshare resorts out there before your next vacation as there’s a timeshare resort in most countries and when purchased or rented from individual owners, can be a great deal!

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How To Stay In Touch With Friends And Family While You Travel http://travelandtea.com/how-to-stay-in-touch-with-friends-and-family-while-you-travel/ http://travelandtea.com/how-to-stay-in-touch-with-friends-and-family-while-you-travel/#respond Mon, 26 Nov 2012 03:29:28 +0000 http://travelandtea.com/?p=324 In the olden days, a postcard or a telephone was the only way to stay in touch with friends and family when travelling. Today, technology offers multiple channels, most of them much superior and much cheaper than the yesteryear alternatives. VoIP VoIP or Voice over Internet Protocol is the technology for making telephone calls over […]

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In the olden days, a postcard or a telephone was the only way to stay in touch with friends and family when travelling. Today, technology offers multiple channels, most of them much superior and much cheaper than the yesteryear alternatives.

VoIP

VoIP or Voice over Internet Protocol is the technology for making telephone calls over the Internet. The obvious advantage of choosing this method is the drastic reduction in costs, making it the best way to make cheap international phone calls. Normal international phone calls, even with discounted rates, are expensive, as the charge is per pulse or time-based. With VoIP, the only cost is that of the Internet connection, so you literally have free calling from anywhere in the world. Various VoIP based applications such as Skype, Google Talk, Viber and others facilitate voice calls among computers or smart phones, or even between a computer or smart phone to a conventional phone.

E-mail

Another popular alternative to VoIP and other cheap international phone calls is E-mail. The biggest advantage of email over voice mail is the ability to communicate without disturbances such as low voice quality, the ability to send pictures as attachments, and the ability to maintain a record of the conversation. Moreover, the recipient need not be present at the time of sending the email, something underestimated when communicating from distant places with significant time zone differences. Thanks to Internet becoming all-pervasive, even the most remote corner of the world has Internet connectivity. Most hotels have wi-fi enabled that allow sending emails through the mobile phone or laptop, but even when this is not an option, most tourist centres or the town centres have cyber cafes.

Social Media

The social media is fast soaring in popularity and is one of the best ways to remain in touch with friends and family, even when not on the move. Posting in popular social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter or PinInterest is a good way to share travel updates and other news and exchange pleasantries. As far as alternatives to cheap international phone calls go, e-mail works best for personal messages. When wanting to reach out to many friends or family members simultaneously, social media is the way to go. A single social post reaches all friends simultaneously, and interactive discussions are easy and seamless.

Blogging

An alternative way to stay in touch with friends and family when on the road is by blogging the travel experience. In many ways, blogging is similar to social media, but blogs provide more freedom than the social media. Twitter, for instance, restricts the number of characters per post. Many friends may not have subscribed to the social media channel. Conversely, countries such as China have blocked social media channels such as Facebook, making it difficult to post. Simply posting the blog makes it available to everyone or to all people who have rights to view the blog, without the hassle of trying email addresses or dialing numbers for cheap international phone calls. Moreover, it is possible to embed images and videos as part of the narrative, something difficult to do so in emails and social media. Blogger.com and many other Website allow people to set up their blogs free. What’s more, it is possible to monetise such blogs using Google AdSense or some other ad program and actually make money rather than spend money when communicating with friends and relatives when on the road.

Postcards

The technological innovations brought about by Internet and VoIP notwithstanding, the old postcard still has its place. There are still places in the world that does not have reliable telephone coverage, leave alone Internet. In such places, a postcard may be the only option to stay in touch with friends and family back home. In any case, a postcard beats the price of cheap international phone calls and is the best suited among all other mediums to send across a personal message that is easier to preserve, would last more than a lifetime and is instantly accessible without depending on any gadget.

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Go To The Source: Sample The World’s Best Tea In These 5 Countries http://travelandtea.com/go-to-the-source-sample-the-worlds-best-tea-in-these-5-countries/ http://travelandtea.com/go-to-the-source-sample-the-worlds-best-tea-in-these-5-countries/#respond Thu, 15 Nov 2012 09:03:21 +0000 http://travelandtea.com/?p=192 Apart from the rare and random person who grows their own tea, no one else fancies his or her tea more than we British do. Tea is a wicked nice beverage that is revered for its exquisite taste and energy-giving fantasticness. The best tea is no doubt a fountain of satisfaction for us Brits, and […]

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Apart from the rare and random person who grows their own tea, no one else fancies his or her tea more than we British do. Tea is a wicked nice beverage that is revered for its exquisite taste and energy-giving fantasticness. The best tea is no doubt a fountain of satisfaction for us Brits, and it’s no surprise with the low mortality rate that is linked to our tea-drinking habits.

Numerous travel destinations blend well with a wonderful tea experience and if you’re a fellow Brit, get ready to be gob-smacked by a worthwhile experience.

The five best tea-producing countries, as decided by Travel & Tea, are China, India, Kenya, Vietnam and Turkey. A few others produce good brands too, but no doubting that these five have an excellent record are the cat’s pajamas.

1. China

A getaway to the world’s most populated country is an unforgettable experience. Visiting China, you will be awed by the warmth, comfort and welcoming atmosphere from the moment you step off the plane. This country has a lot of respect and admiration for their tea, and they are not afraid to show it. That is why they produce the best teas that keep tourists coming back for more. One aspect that lingers after a visit to this country is the jovial mood of the people that lingers like the fresh aroma of a nice brew.

2. India

India is a country on its own level. One unique aspect about them is their love of cricket that is evident everywhere you go on the subcontinent. This love is also translated to the passion they have in producing their tea. Some of the best teas and cricket players in the world come from India, and if you’re a Brit with an infatuation for the game, visiting this beautiful nation you’ll get a chance to kill two birds with one stone. After a game, you can also have a taste of their spicy, mouth-watering dishes.

3. Kenya

Kenya is a country full of people with big hearts. Even though it’s a third world country with its fair share of problems, you can always expect a wonderful time. The people work diligently, and this can be seen from the quality of tea they produce. Kenya is a small country, but the people who occupy it have made it a great nation, known all around the world. One of the top reasons to visit this country is a rare chance to see top class athletes famous for breaking records. Moreover, you get a chance to taste the best tea from the region and enjoy its remarkable taste.

4. Turkey

This country produces two unique tea brands, Rize and Cay, both of which are produced near the Black Sea. The beautiful landscape of Turkey is a sight to see and complements the wonderful treatment from residents.

5. Vietnam

Vietnam is a well-known tea-drinking nation and with their quality tea, it’s not hard to see why. Visiting this country, you will be fancied by the great attention you get from the residents.

So that’ll do it. How about a cuppa?

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The 6 Most Popular Travel Destinations For Pommies http://travelandtea.com/the-6-most-popular-travel-destinations-for-pommies/ http://travelandtea.com/the-6-most-popular-travel-destinations-for-pommies/#respond Mon, 29 Oct 2012 09:30:53 +0000 http://travelandtea.com/?p=202 British people have a craving for travelling. A survey by Expedia in the UK showed that Brits have one of the highest holiday allowances globally. Even with the recession, Brits are still looking for travel destinations. A majority of Brits go on holidays in the months of July and August with seaside destinations being their […]

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British people have a craving for travelling. A survey by Expedia in the UK showed that Brits have one of the highest holiday allowances globally. Even with the recession, Brits are still looking for travel destinations.

A majority of Brits go on holidays in the months of July and August with seaside destinations being their favorite spots. Europe remains an attractive travel destination for most English people, with Spain being the favorite country. Visits to USA have also been on the rise.

Below is a list of the top six travel destinations for Brits…

1. Spain

Spain is the Brits’ favorite travel destination and as usual, the beaches are the favorite spots. One can hang out at the any of the Canary Islands like Tenerife, La Gomera, Gran Canaria and La Palma. Tenerife, located in the Atlantic Ocean, is popular with tourists, not only from Britain, but from other parts of the world, too. Meanwhile, Gran Canaria is popular for family holidays. The nightlife is also thrilling in Ibiza, another favorite spot due to its long sandy beaches. Catalonia is another popular beach site besides those on the Canary Islands, as is Costa de la Luz.

Away from the beaches, the northern part of Spain offers walking and cycling opportunity to enthusiasts.

2. Cyprus

Second to Spain as the Brits’ favorite holiday spot is Cyprus. The city of Paphos is an especially hot spot for a holiday. Another favorite spot is Limassol, for mates who love shopping. Cyprus gets around 400,000 searches as a travel destination every month by the Brits.

3. Turkey

Turkey combines European taste with Asian flavor. The city of Istanbul, the capital, is a majestic city where anyone on holiday can enjoy the sultan treatment. Not only does Turkey provide sunny beaches, it also provides snow-capped mountains for anyone with exquisite holiday tastes. It’s the Brits’ third most favorite holiday destination.

4. Greece

Brits are attracted to the country by the villas, the blue seas, the culture, and of course the food. The island of Crete, where Greek gods rest, is the place where Asia, Europe and Africa meet. Even with the economic hardships facing Greece today, the quality of services at the villas and suites still keep the Brits coming back.

5. Britain

Brits love their own country and include travel destinations within the country in their holiday plans. The favorite places for Brits to holiday include Yorkshire Dales, Devon, Dorset, Isle of Wright and the Lake District. From Wales, Northern Ireland to Scotland, Brits are spoilt for choice on where to holiday within their own lands. There are many rivers and canals that one can canoe or take a boating trip. Scotland is ideal for whiskey enthusiasts.

6. Egypt

The ancient sites in Egypt make it the sixth most popular holiday destination for Brits. One can take a walk in the sand dunes, see the ancient pyramids and mingle with the culture. Mount Sinai as well as the Red sea are also favorite spots within Egypt, as is the River Nile. At the capital, Cairo is Egyptian Museum where ancient artwork is displayed including a golden death mask belonging to King Tutankhamen.

Beyond the above destinations, there are many others within Europe, like Italy and France, as well as outside Europe, like the USA, that many Brits go on holiday to.

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