Unique & Bizarre Places to visit in Romania

Living Fires in Buzau

Living Fires Romania The story goes around that the Living Fires portect all animals and mircales happens. So when you visit the Tourch of Romania, make a wish.
The eternal flames are not such a big mistery for scientists.

The Church Under The Lake

The Church under the lake is only visible during the hot,low rainfall summers.
The Church is dated from the 19th century. The raison you must visit the Church, if you are lucky, is to see the paintings that decorate the ruins.
The Church is located in the Lake of Belis, in Gilau Mountains

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Church Under Water

The Living Stones

Locals say the stones are from supernatural origins, situated 130km from Bucharest, in the Costesti Village, nature did something incrediable. The stones are mand-sized and have bizarre shapes.

Living Stones in Romania

Transfagarasan Road

Also called the Kings Road, and it is te highest altitude road in Romania, which is accessibl by car.
Nobody knows why the road was build, Locals say the Germans buil it during the Word War I, only for military purpose.
I am sure Top Gear and other car/bike lovers would love to drive this road.

Kings Road Transfagarasan - Romania

 

 

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You have a Tattoo? Then you should visit Amsterdam and put your skin as an artwork on the wall.

They say tattoos last a lifetime and then some, now your tattoo can really be forever with the service Walls & Skin Tattoo shop in Amsterdam offers: to put your skin as an artwork on the wall (after you died of course).

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Proud of your tattoo? Proud of the moment it represents? Proud of the pain, time and money you put in the making of it and proud of the artist that made it for you? Plan a trip to Amsterdam ;)

There aim is to preserve master works done all over the world for later generations and make the world less discriminatory against people with tattoos.

A unique place in Amsterdam to visit and say hello to Peter :)

Website: http://www.wallsandskin.com/
Gift Vouchers to preserve your tattoo: http://Giftvoucherkiosk.com/Gifts/WallsAndSkinTattooShop/

Historic and ethnographic museum on Sulaiman-Too mountain in Osh, Kirghizia.

Historic and ethnographic museum on Sulaiman-Too mountain in Osh, Kirghizia.

The museum complex was built in 1978. Its structure represents a huge glassed concrete arch which in fact closes the entry to the cave. Initially they planned to use it for a restaurant but it never happened

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Musem_Sulaiman-Too

The Future of Travel Search (at least what we will try)

Who are we, a small start up in the Travel industry who wants to distirb the Travel search.
Who are we to compete with Booking.com, TripAdvisor.com, Expedia and many more.

Travel is big business and everyone wants to get the biggest part. And Yes we try it as well :)

What we have noticed, and this will bring us in a niche of travel search, is that all booking search engines starts the same beginning

- Where do you want to go
- When do you want to go there

But for me, this make not sense, at least not always.
I want to find out about new cool places and then see when I can go.

So at Yabbedoo.com we decided to go that direction. So no more asking for places, no more dates, this exploring the world.
And once you decided to go to a cool place, we bring you directly in contact with that place, no middle man.

Disrupting the Travel Search Experience

Do you think this could work? let us know :)

Meanwhile have a look at the pre-alpha version of the Yabbedoo.com website: http://travel.yabbedoo.com

Gift Voucher Kiosk – New Service

We are happy to announce that Gift Voucher Kiosk is live. You wander what Gift Voucher Kiosk has to do with Travel :)
Well many people in Geneva, travel a lot and they have friends all over the world. So offering a Gift Voucher is an ideal solution for Birthdays, Weddings,….

Gift Vouchers - Certificates in Geneva

Currently we started in Geneva, but the following Weeks we will open the Gift Voucher Kiosk in other regions.

No need to search for a gift, just select the category and choose from our partners.
Add a personal note, and tell us how you want to send the Gift certificate: By Post, By Email, …..

Enjoy, and remember, every time you need a gift (urgently), think of Yabbedoo and Gift Voucher Kiosk

Visit: http://GiftVouchers.Yabbedoo.com

A Refreshing New Bar in Geneva, Switzerland

When you move to Geneva, you hear a lot that Geneva is a boring place, I don’t agree.
For some reasons, some bars have the monopoly for Expats coming in and also tourists.
But there is no reason too,

Today I show you a new place in Geneva, with the standard of top hotels and bars in the world, it can compete with London, NY, …..
It is called N’Vy Bar (based at the N’Vy hotel).

M'Vy Bar - Geneva

The bar symbolizes the spirit of the establishment. Behind a long counter, the bartender (ask for Pierre) and mixologist prepares tasty cocktails with unique expertise where everything has its importance: the choice of the basic ingredients, the mixture of aromas, the ice block specially tailored for each beverage…

In a musical atmosphere created by the DJ, the N’vY Bar also offers original fusion cuisine. The cuisine is at acceptable Geneva prices, the staff is super friendly and the food is lovely.

Extra Tip They offer free parking, which is for me a unique feature in Geneva.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/NvY_hotel
Website: http://www.manotel.com/barsrestaurants/nvy-bar/

Budget Travel Tips When Visiting London

With an abundance of historical and infamous tourist attractions such as the iconic Clock Tower, aka Big Ben, London is one of the top travel destinations in the world. However, visiting this city, or any European spot in that manner, involves investing a lot of money from plane tickets, hotel, pocket money and more. To assist you in fulfilling your dreams of stepping foot in this wonderful city, we will be presenting you with budget tips you can take with you when you visit London.

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Stop international roaming, use a local SIM:
No Roaming Visit londonA common mistake of travelers is keeping their mobile phone under an international roaming plan. If you are visiting another country, might as well take advantage of the local network providers offering short plan such as O2’s 1 month contract SIM plan. They also offer flexible travel roaming plan service if you’re visiting other European cities. Make sure you have a local SIM card, so you can affordably call your family and friends while enjoying the beautiful city of London.


Visit free city attractions:
Before leaving home, you should research about the places you want to visit. If you think everything in London is expensive, then these free-entrance attractions will prove you wrong. First, visit the British Museum on Great Russell Street. You will see up-close some of the most famous objects such as the Rosetta stone and Egyptian mummies. Last year, the Museum of London hosted that “At Home with the Queen” exhibition to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. You can also download travel apps on your Smartphone or tablet to help you get around the city quickly.

Book a budget hotel room:
2-baggagemagazinedotcomDespite the simple room furniture, there’s nothing wrong with budget hotel rooms, especially if you’re a traveler. Since most of your day time will be spent outside the hotel, a simple bed will be enough to rest your head at night. However, one of the most important things you must consider when booking a hotel room, is its location. Is it accessible to famous stops such as the train station? Is it near a main street? Do other travelers recommend the hotel? This will help you assess whether the hotel is safe and worth the price.

Ride the train:
Train LondonInstead of riding a cab, why not try London’s railway. You can check information about rail services in the city through National Rail Enquiries. There are also railcards for discounted fares such as the Network Railcard for off-peak services in South East England and Young Persons Railcard for travelers aged 16 to 25. Both railcards cost £28 ($42.5).

Big Ben’s city attracts 15.3 million foreign visitors spending £9.4 billion ($14.3 billion) in the year 2011, based on a study. So, it wouldn’t be surprising to know if you decide to spend your holiday in London, just be sure to carry the tips presented above for a stress-free vacation.

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Unique & Affortable hotels in London

London stays 1 of the cities to visit in the world, with thousands of years of history, world class attractions, home of stars so which hotel to choose?
Staying in the right hotel is as important as knowing what to visit in the area.

The Yabbedoo team, big fan of London create a list of 5 different hotels for a perfect stay in the capital of Great Britain



THE AMPERSAND HOTEL

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Based in Kensington, the hotels are rooms are inspired by the local London neighbourhood, referencing 5 central concepts: botany, music, geometry, ornithology and astronomy. These are the Victorian values of discovery and wonder.

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citizenM HOTEL

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Welcome this new kind of hotel in London, Bankside. citizenM is a boutique hotel, they saw an evolution in travelling and saw a new type of traveller , they saw explorers, trekkers, shoppers and professionals.  They are independent, share respect for cultures and young at heart.  CitizenM create a hotel with affordable luxury and quality.

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THE HALKIN

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This London luxury hotel in the city’s Belgravia district, promises an elegant and discreet environment. They have many loyal regulars as a home away from home, you really can expect faultless service, very nice  cuisine within an  Asian-inflected style.

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THE ZETTER

The Zetter Hotel in London, Rooftop

The zetter, once the home of footbal pools company of the same name, this boutique hotel is a pearl in London.   The Observer even wrte “Decor is effortlesny cool” and was even voted for the top 50 coolest hotels in the world.  Do we have to say more?!

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Stokes Croft in Bristol – the area where art turns to life!

We’ve already told you about Bristol, the city where art, history and beauty come together.  It’s a must see place if you ever come to the United Kingdom or in London and stay for more than a few days.

Bristol is a very artsy city, so if you enjoy street art this is the place to be. You’ll be amazed by the interesting stencils and  graffiti on the walls of Nelson Street and those in Stokes Croft area.

The name Stokes Croft has come to refer to an area around the road as an informal district encompassing Jamaica Street, the junction of Picton Street and Ashley Road, and the southern part of Cheltenham Road.

The area (Stokes Croft)  is a centre of art, music and independent shops in Bristol, with clubs such as the Croft, Lakota and Blue Mountain; the nearby music college BIMM Bristol on King Square.

Moreover, the area’s character has given rise to a group of activists and artists calling themselves The People’s Republic of Stokes Croft (PRSC), who are seeking to revitalise the area through community action and public art.

Stokes Croft takes its name from John Stokes, a medieval inhabitant of Bristol who was mayor of the city in the late 14th century.

This part of the town is a very exciting place to visit – you will walk through underground passages transformed into galleries where you will find original and expressive graffiti.

Also, at the junction of Stokes Croft and Jamaica Street, it is a large mural,“The Mild Mild West”, painted some time ago in the 1990s by Banksy. It depicts teddybear lobbing a Molotov cocktail at three riot police. In 2007 the mural was voted Alternative Landmark of Bristol.

We warmly recommend this city and Stokes Croft area. It’s urban, amazing and genuine artistic, therefore if you enjoy subcultures you really should put Bristol on the list.

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Are you planning to visit America? Here’s a list of amazing affordable destinations!

America is a beautiful country that has a lot to offer. However, some of America’s most popular vacation destinations are also the country’s most expensive cities.  For example, New York is notoriously overpriced, even if it’s a great place to visit.

However, the United States are not all about New York, Los Angeles, Maui or Hollywood. If you are planning a trip to “The land of freedom” here’s a list of affordable vacation destinations:

1. Moab, Utah

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If you love nature this is the place to be. Arches National Park is just $10 per vehicle for a week of unlimited access. Better still, most of the hikes in the park can be done without a guide. The one guided hike, the Fiery Furnace, is only $10 for adults and $5 for kids. While you’re in Moab, you can also enjoy nearby Canyonlands National Park and Dead Horse Point State Park. Camping is available all over Moab, with prices starting as low as $17 a night.

2. Redondo Beach, California

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California is not cheap, but beach town 30 minutes west of Los Angeles offers surprisingly inexpensive options. You can get a hotel room for less than 100$ a night and you can watch the whales for only 25$. Also, you can have a wonderful time on the beach, eat fresh seafood and watch the sunset.

3. Reno, Nevada

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Maybe Reno doesn’t have the glamour of Las Vegas, but sure is cheaper. You can enjoy a day at the Spa Toscana in the Peppermill casino for only $60 and eat at a large number of restaurants for less than 20$ per person.  In the evening, if you want to have fun, you can head to one of the casinos, place your bets and win :)

4. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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This is a great big city that offers live theater, shopping, and the museums you’d expect on any cosmopolitan getaway. If you want some adventure you can hop in a kayak and float one of their three rivers if you need a moment with Mother Nature.

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Nepal – Birthplace of Buddha and Home of the imposing Mount Everest

Nepal

Ever thinking about taking an exotic break away from the noisy cities and the popular cliché destinations? We recommend you one of the most spiritual countries in the world, a country of love and peace, despite years of rulers and wars, Nepal.

Located in South Asia, this country where Buddha was born, will offer you  those grand experiences that you will love and remember until the last day of your life. Delimited by the lofty Himalayas, wooded forests, unspoiled natural backdrop, cool and charming ambiance, alpine villages, swift flowing rivers and the tempting sightseeing spots, Nepal has an awesome range of interesting tourist sites.

To understand a bit about the history of Nepal.The Mallas, the Ranas and the Shah ruled Nepal for hundreds of years. It was divided into small kingdoms ruled by influential rulers. However, it was difficult for the citizens of Nepal to live a peaceful life because of the threat from other neibhouring states.

Prithivi Narayan Shah from Shah Dynasty became a prominent figure from the Shah dynasty who conquered the entire small kingdom and unified it as one Nepal. He is also known as the father of Nation because of his love for his country and people. Although Nepal had been a Hindu country for hundreds of years, Buddhism has had a great influence in the lives of Nepalese people. Gautam Buddha was born in a place called Lumbini in Nepal. Non-violence and meaningful living have always been the motto of Nepalese people.

One of the most visited countries in Asia, Nepal is home to 8 out of the 10 highest mountains in the world. It is truly a paradise for mountain climbers and adventure seekers. Measuring the high and the low trekking trails in Nepal has its own special charm and this is one of the favorite tourist attractions that entices hundreds of thousands tourists from across the globe.

The country Nepal is rich in flora and fauna and has several numbers of exotic wildlife parks and sanctuaries as well as nati

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onal parks that are ideal for wildlife safaris and jungle trekking. The places named by the UNESCO as World Heritage Sites add another valuable attractions to the Nepal tourism making it an internationally renowned tourist destination

There is a modern transportation system that facilitates the people to travel around.

Nepal Tourism is highly supported by the adventure tourist potential and there are many reasons why Nepal is considered as a favorite place for the adventure enthusiasts.

Out of the world’s 10 highest peaks, 8 are here making it truly an ideal gateway to explore and experience the thrill and delights of mountain climbing, trekking, mountain biking and more importantly river rafting. The world’s highest mountain peak, Mount Everest, is also located in Nepal. It grabs the attention of thousands of mountain climbers from across the world.

Kathmandu is the capital city of Nepal and is home to some alluring tourist attractions that include the Kathmandu Durbar Square, Jagannath Temple, Kal Bhairav, Boudhnath Stupa, Swyambhunath Stupa also called Monkey Temple and Balaju Water Gardens.

Moreover, being a home to various ethnic groups, birth place of Lord Buddha, Sita ( Janaki’s wife of Lord Ram), brave Gorkhas and to  more than 900 species of birds, Nepal has to offer Mt.  Everest Flight (the only Highest Mountain Flight) in the world. Equally, over 104 high peaks over 6000 meters (approx.18000 feet) including Mt.Everest (8848 meters) and more than 105 virgin trekking trials are in operation for trekkers, which is most probably the highest record in the world.

Being a land of mystery, Nepal could be the perfect destination for those in love with nature, adventure, serenity and holiness.  It is a sovereign independent country with blend of ancient history, vibrant cultures & scenic grandeur, amazing extremes & historic cities, melting pot of Hinduism & Buddhism.

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Splendid Holidays Tours and Travels in Nepal can offer you excellent services,  unforgettable and life changing experiences in this spiritual and exotic country.  Their packages offer a unique combination of landscape and wilderness adventures, ranging from majestic peaks to deep forest in the plains. You can sleep under the stars and hike the rugged mountains.

The packages will provide you with the Nepal’s most unimaginable natural aquatic environment with culture, flora and fauna.

If it sounds appealing to you, pay a visit to our friends from  www.splendidholidaysnepal.com to discover and understand better the birth place of Lord Buddha, to enjoy and relax on the wonderful beaches of this country and, of course, to pump some adrenaline into your body by going wild in Nepal or Sri Lanka.

Contributing writer Rabi Sharma, Managing Director at Splendid Holidays Tours and Travels Pvt.Ltd..Nepal.

Email: splendidnepalholidays@gmil.com URL: http://www.splendidholidaysnepal.com

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Almost too good to be true! Places on Earth that look unreal! Have you seen some of them?

We love to travel and discover new places.  There’s more to this world than the great capitals or the known attractions. There’s beauty and wonder that will leave you breathless.

Moravia, Czech Republic

Moravia, Czech Republic

Lake Retba - Senegal

Lake Retba – Senegal

We want to see as much as we can of this amazing Planet and we still got shivers when we see pictures of unbelievable places that seem too exquisite to be real.

Tunnel of Love - Kleven, Ukraine

Tunnel of Love – Kleven, Ukraine

Iceland

Iceland

Every year we make a list of “new countries we want to visit” and we try to unmark at least 10% of them, and we are sure, you do the same.

Tulip fields - Lisse, Netherlands

Tulip fields – Lisse, Netherlands

Life is about love, friendship, achieving our goals and adventure. We may not be able to see all the attraction we want to see, but at least we’ve tried.

Namibia

Namibia

Lapland, Finland

Lapland, Finland

Nature is a powerful force that can create something beyond imagination. We should be grateful to her and we should never give up on our dreams.

Metro - Stockholm, Sweden

Metro – Stockholm, Sweden

Chand Baori - Abhaneri, India

Chand Baori – Abhaneri, India

If you’ve been to one of these places, please do tell us all about it, in the comment section below.

Socotra, Yemen

Socotra, Yemen

Berry Head Arch - Newfoundland, Canada

Berry Head Arch – Newfoundland, Canada

Moreover, we invite you to visit yabbedoo.com, to see great deals and special offers that will certainly come handy when you decide to take a vacation, trust us :)

The Stone Forest - Yunnan, China

The Stone Forest – Yunnan, China

Door to Hell - Derweze, Turkmenistan

Door to Hell – Derweze, Turkmenistan

An interview with Cristy Elmendorp, former television host who organizes luxury tours to Asia’s most exotic destinations

Cristy Elmendorp is a former television host who has worked extensively in Eastern Europe and Southeast Asia in connection to humanitarian aid work. A passion for meeting new people and exploring foreign cultures, Cristy has met and collaborated with influential persons, including Anthony Robbins, H.R.H. Prince Michael of Greece and Denmark, and H.H. the Dalai Lama.

Catering to the conscious and informed traveler, Cristy has more than seven years of experience leading and organizing customized tours through the Himalayas and Central Asia. Passionate about creating once-in-a-life-time experiences that provide a personal sense of accomplishment while facilitating a broader connection and network with the world, Cristy founded Soma Journeys in 2012, a travel company that organizes luxury tours and exclusive travel to Asia’s most exotic destinations.

Tell us a little bit about yourself?
I love meeting new people and exploring new places. People fascinate me and I have met interesting people in some of the most random situations. Many of these people have become my closest friends. My curiosity for meeting new people and discovering new places is partly due to my parents’ own love of  travel. During school holidays my siblings and I were taken on road trips all over Europe, from travels to the Black Sea, to fishing trips in the Czech Republic, to camping trips in the Austrian Alps. Intrigued by new ways of thinking and living, I moved in my early teens to Bucharest, Romania, for a study abroad program where I also participated in volunteer work with local orphanages, children hospitals, and schools. By my late teens I wanted to see more of the world and moved to southern Thailand and immersed myself in Thai culture and language studies while continuing to participate in social programs and humanitarian work. Moving to Asia also gave me the opportunity to explore other countries in the region, such as Nepal, Cambodia, and China.

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What inspired you to start Soma Journeys and The Soma Society?
I started traveling at a very young age and always found it to be a source of fresh ideas and new perspectives. This inspired me to share my experiences with others and, now both through Soma Journeys and The Soma Society, to facilitate travel to cultures and environments that provide a space for reflection and inspire new ways of thinking and being.

How did you get involved in the travel industry?
In 2005, I co-founded an educationally oriented travel company with my partner, Ian Baker. For seven years we led trips, pilgrimages, and travel seminars in Tibet, Mongolia, Bhutan, and Myanmar. In 2012, Ian wanted to devote more time to his books and writing projects and I felt drawn to introduce a bit more luxury into the adventure travel experience. This is how Soma Journeys came to be.

Can you please recount one of your most memorable moments from one of your travels?
I will never forget the complete peace and connectedness that I felt while hiking over a fifteen-thousand foot pass between Nepal and Tibet. We had been trekking for six days to reach the Tibetan border and the last day was going to be particularly long so we had started at dawn. As we made our ascent towards the pass, a blizzard came from nowhere and I remember not being able to see more than a metre in front of me. All I could do was tell myself to simply put one foot in front of the other and not to think about how much further we still had to go. When we finally reached the top of the pass, the storm had subsided and I felt an inner peace and silence welled up within me. I do not know if part of it was simply relief that I had made it to the top, but I do know that whenever I am sad or I feel off centre I can revisit that space of complete serenity.

What does travel mean to you?
Travel for me is a process of personal growth and renewal. I feel that when I travel I have an opportunity to learn something new about myself as I reflect upon my new environment. Travel also allows me to press a reset button and I can let go of who I have been and develop new ways of being as I adapt to my new culture and surroundings.

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What have you found to be the greatest challenges in the travel industry?
One of the current challenges in the travel business is promoting travel experiences while maintaining a low carbon footprint. Sometimes I feel that everyone should just stay at home, myself included, since travel inevitably consumes un-renewable natural resources. At the same time travel and exposure to other cultures develops broader cross-cultural understanding and tolerance of divergent beliefs. It is human nature to fear what we don’t understand, travel provides the most effective bridge towards a deeper understanding of both others, and ultimately ourselves.

What do you love about your work?
I am passionate about creating once-in-a-lifetime experiences for fellow travelers. In the end, a journey is not so much about traveling to a new geographical destination or covering as much territory as possible, but about enriching the continual moment of the present. While there are many ways this can happen, Soma Journeys is a platform for actualizing this vision by providing a space for absorbing and integrating the experiences that arise by traveling beyond our familiar horizons. This is the aspect of my work that most excites me, and I equally love that I get to host fellow travelers and develop creative ways of providing travel experiences that go above and beyond their expectations.

What makes you smile?
Simple things make me smile. I love seeing people genuinely enjoying themselves, elderly couples holding hands, innocent laughter of mischievous children, great conversations with friends, and the ability to silently enjoy the presence of someone without always having to communicate through words.

What makes you sad?
I have always had a soft spot for the underdog, especially as I was a very awkward and shy child. I get sad when I see injustice, whether on a large scale between nations or on a more immediate level where people are marginalized and exploited due to gender, race or beliefs.

What would you regret not fully doing, being, or having in your life?
I would regret leaving this life with the feeling that I have not lived it to the fullest because of fear or self-limiting beliefs. I try to live my life always growing, always exploring, and always discovering all that I am and all that I can be.

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What is your personal ‘mantra’ in life?
Treat successes and failures in your life equally.
Don’t do things because you seek the affirmation of others and don’t quit because your dreams might seem impossible to achieve. If you love something enough allow it to consume you. Give yourself the time to manifest whatever you are passionate about, simply because your life would not have been fully lived if you don’t.

Who or what has been the biggest influence on your life?
I have have been very fortunate to have met many inspiring people on my travels, but the biggest influence on the way that I live my life are my parents. Their emphasis on being kind and living life with gratitude and in moderation has always helped to keep me grounded and centered. Even though I come from a big family (six siblings!) we were all seen as unique individuals and loved for who we were not for what we did, while at the same time were always fully supported in whatever we set out to achieve in life.

If you had the opportunity to get a message across to a large number of people what would your message be?
Don’t underestimate the power of your innate wisdom. Everything about today’s society is about looking outside ourselves for a sense of belonging, and for the sources of lasting contentment. Yet we are already complete in ourselves and the wisdom of recognizing that is always readily available. There is great freedom in being truly comfortable with oneself, whether in active engagement with the world or in silence and self-reflection.

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Are you a travel addict or not? Take our test and find out for yourself!

If you read and visit this blog, it surely means that you love travel and you are constantly searching for new ideas where to spend your holidays.  However, if you are planning an escape every weekend you might be a travel addict.

Of course, this is a great thing and we applaud your enthusiasm and if you believe the same about yourself, check out these signs (thanks to tripbase.com) to see for sure if you are one of those people who live for new and exciting adventures.

We expect your answers in the comment section below and we are very curious about them :) And please, also visit yabbedoo.com to see our amazing deals that can be very useful in your vacation.

1.    Coming home is more like a vacation from traveling

2.    Once home, you’re already booking your next trip

3.    Staying in the same place for more than one week makes you fidgety

4.    Films make you want to travel

5.    Books make you want to travel

6.    Music makes you want to travel

7.    You work to fund your next trip

8.    9 to 5 makes you feel like you’re in prison

9.    You don’t wait around for people but take off on your own

10.    When you’re not traveling you fantasize about traveling

11.    Thinking about all the places you haven’t been makes you feel anxious

12.    You’re happiest on the road

13.    Booking flights gives you an amazing high

14.    You say you could stop traveling whenever you want

15.    You’ve tried living a stationary life many times but you always fall off the wagon

16.    You’re constantly counting countries and continents

 

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10 Unusual, Trendy, Cool restaurants in London

London is 1 of the most visited cities in the world, it is logic as it has a long history and it offers something for everyone, culture, food, royalty, architecture, history, future.

And in every category, a huge choice is available.  The following list shows you some cool, trendy, unusual restaurants in London.  Enjoy your food!

Circus

Restaurant Circus, LondonAddress + Reviews

Circus is an innovative combination of West End cocktail bar and cabaret restaurant set in vibrant Covent Garden, the heart of theatre-land.

The restaurant boasts a highly praised Pan Asian dinner menu, created and overseen by the highly revered chef Andrew Lassetter.

The stylish surrealist interior, formulated by  iconic British designer Tom Dixon, transports guests into a decadent world of glamour and escapism from the moment they enter. If you’re looking for a drinks or dinner venue in Covent Garden to escape the hustle and bustle of the outside world, then Circus is ideal, and the dinner menu is sure to please all tastes.

 

 

The Wapping Restaurant

Restaurant - The Wapping - LondonAddress + Reviews

Located in an old hydraulic power station on Wapping High Street (about a 15 minute walk from Tower Bridge), the Wapping Project’s basically just a crazy place to eat a meal. Great for Sunday brunch, there’s a large – and slightly spooky – exhibition space at the back, where a variety of installations and exhibitions are showcased each month..

 

 

 

Abracadabra

Restaurant - Abracadabra - LondonAddress + Reviews

Abracadabra Restaurant serves an authentic and eclectic menu of delicious and wholesome dishes from around the former Soviet Union and the West.

Abracadabra opened its doors in 2005 after a complete refurbishment which cost a cool £4.8 million and is located in the heart of the glamorous West End surrounded by Mayfair, Soho and St James. The restaurant offers an intimate location sheltered from the hustle and bustle of central London and is only a few minutes walk from both Green Park and Piccadilly Circus tube stations on the famous Jermyn Street

 

 

Archipelago

Restaurant - ARCHIPELAGO  - LondonAddress + Reviews

ARCHIPELAGO Restaurant invites you on a sensory dining journey amid the glow of golden Buddhas, dwarf palm trees and giant peacock feathers. The exotic tease of an undiscovered fragrance and the sensuous indulgence of tantalising global cuisine awaits you.

Our hallmark exotic dishes like crocodile, wildebeest and kangaroo feature comfortably alongside standard classics like chicken and fish and an array of inventive vegetarian options. This ensures ARCHIPELAGO’s pre-eminence as London’s culinary portal to world cuisine.

Whether it’s a memorable romantic night out or a fun and adventurous evening with friends, ARCHIPELAGO delivers an evening to remember

 

Sarastro

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Enter a world of drama, passion and excitement where exuberant colour, glittering display and joyous music meet exotic cuisine to create a truly unforgettable dining experience.

Undoubtedly the place to see and be seen in Drury Lane, Sarastro offers a unique and opulent carnival of the senses that gladdens the heart, delights the eye and captivates the soul. So why not visit Sarastro soon and experience its magic for yourself?

Remember, the only thing you can expect is the unexpected!

 

 

Meat Liquor

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There’s probably only one thing that’s more fun than witnessing fever-pitch levels of buzz build around the 11.11.11 launch of your first restaurant

But why shouldn’t Meat Liquor founder Yianni Papoutsis have a little fun: just over a year ago he was cooking burgers from a van (the “Meatwagon”).
Until it was stolen….

Bunga Bunga

Restaurant - Bunga Bunga - London - ItalianAddress + Reviews + More Info

The pizzeria at Bunga Bunga serves simple and authentic Italian cuisine including antipasti, salads and metro pizzas. Guests sit at informal wooden trestle tables surrounded by Italian memorabilia such as upside down Vespa helmets and postcards, pictures and paintings of iconic Italian images.

Those with a big appetite and sense of humour can order amusingly named Pizzas from the ‘Julius Cheeser’ to the ‘Artichoke Heart Steeler’.

 

La Bodega Negra

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La Bodega NegraLA BODEGA NEGRA SERVES MEXICAN FOOD
STREET, BEACH AND FREE STYLE IN TWO LOCATIONS

First head to a colourful street-level café and tacqueria called “La Bodega Negra” on Moor Street in Soho.

Ignore that, and tiptoe around the corner to Old Compton Street instead.

There you’ll find the illuminated entrance to a seedy-looking sex shop: an entrance so raw, authentic and unforgiving as to give you no reassurance whatsoever that it’s not exactly what it appears to be

 

Sketch Gallery

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A unique and vibrant gastro-brasserie lies at the heart of sketch. Conceived by Turner Prize winning artist Martin Creed and exemplary of the logical and welcoming systems that recur throughout his work, the floor, walls and furniture take the form of artworks inspired by the boundaries of art and functionality.

The imaginative menu devised by French Master Chef Pierre Gagnaire, award-winning wines and fabulous service will ensure a magical dining experience.

 

 

 

Dans le Noir

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WELCOME TO A TRULY HUMAN AND SENSORY CULINARY EXPERIENCE
You are about to live an unbelievable experience: eating and drinking in the pitch darkness.

This idea might seem a little strange at first, but by suppressing the dominant sense of sight, you will enter a world in which one is uncertain of surroundings and experiences.
With the help of our blind guides you are going to completely re-evaluate the notions of taste and smell through our gastronomic and pedagogical process.
 

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Top 10 most expensive cities in the world!

Swiss bank UBS made a list of the world’s costliest cities. The prices of 122 goods and services were compared amongst 72 cities in 58 countries for the survey of the most expensive places in the world, released September 14.

According to cnngo.com, the top 3 are: Oslo, Zurich and Tokyo.

Oslo

Although Oslo is the most expensive place to live, its residents are not necessarily rich. The city only ranks fourth when it comes to average wages and purchasing power.

Zurich is the highest ranked in consumer purchasing power, followed by Sydney and Luxembourg, which means the net hourly wage in these cities can buy the most goods and services.

A worker in Zurich can buy an iPhone after working for 22 hours,” UBS reported. “In Manila it takes around 20 times more.

In contrast, the cities with the lowest cost of living are Delhi and Mumbai.

Top 10 most expensive cities in the world

1. Oslo, Norway

2. Zurich, Switzerland

3. Tokyo, Japan

4. Geneva, Switzerland

5. Copenhagen, Denmark

6. New York City, United States

7. Luxembourg

8. Stockholm, Sweden

9. Caracas, Venezuela

10. London, England

Before visiting one of these cities, don’t forget to check out our amazing travel deals on yabbedoo.com

Wandering Earl: “For me, home is wherever I can lay my head at night”

St. Augustine said: “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page”.

We travel to see the world, to meet new people, new traditions, to forget all about our worries or maybe to discover ourselves.  Either way, we all have in common that feeling that we need to know more about the world that we live in.

We admire the people who embrace traveling as part of their existence. It takes a lot of courage to leave all behind and start following your journey. It’s never easy, but somehow, for some people, their soul never completely rests until they are on the road.

Earl is one of those people.  He’s a 34 year-old-guy from Boston, USA, who made possible a life of a constant travel. He left home in 1999 for a 3 month trip to Asia that has gone on ever since, teaching him various lessons and letting him discover on his own the wonders of this big and sometimes scary world.

Until now, he visited 83 countries and he’s still full of energy and enjoying every single part of his journey.

Earl is a permanent nomad and a very interesting person. Although he shares his experiences on his blog, we wanted to know more about him and the lessons he learned along the way.

How it all started

It takes a lot of courage to leave all behind and focus your life on travelling around the globe. When and how did you realise that this is your journey in life?

It all happened one week into my very first solo backpacking trip when I decided to celebrate the Millennium at the fascinating temple complex of Angkor Wat in the jungles of Cambodia.

On December 31, 1999 I was sitting on a temple wall just before midnight, surrounded by impressive temples rising above the jungle, watching the Buddhist monks release lanterns in the sky, eating and drinking with the local Cambodians around me, and joining in all the festivities with 40,000 others.

And right there, as I looked around me, I realized that I was learning more every single day of this trip than I had ever learned during school.

That realization simply made me want to travel for as long as I possibly could, to see more of the world, to learn more, to meet people that I would otherwise never meet. That’s when I realized that travel was going to play a major role in my life from that point on.

“In order to truly understand something, you need to see it with your own eyes”

You say that these days your focus is not so much on the sights you see but on the life changing lessons learned along the way. Can you please tell us one important lesson that you’ve learned on the road, and try to explain us how did it change you?

The biggest lesson I’ve learned is that in order to truly understand something, you need to see it with your own eyes. It’s as simple as that. I made this realization after visiting so many countries where my preconceived notions were proven not just wrong, but completely wrong.

Places that we think are dangerous are, in fact, very safe. People that we think hate us, actually like us very much. And the list goes on and on. Of course, this lesson has changed my life in major ways as I now choose not to believe what I read or hear about something or some country or a particular group of people until I experience that very thing or meet those very people myself.

You said that human interaction is very important for you in your travelling. Have you met people or made friends that made you stay longer in a certain country?

This happens all the time. I never know who I’m going to meet each day and sometimes, I do meet people who influence my decision to stay in a particular country for a longer period than I had originally planned.

This has happened to me in Mexico, Australia, Thailand, India, Syria and here in Romania as well. And making such friends is definitely one of the most rewarding aspects of my adventures and one of the main reasons I’ve continued to travel for so long.

Experiences along the way

You visited 83 countries on 6 continents. Can you share with us a list of your top 10 favourites? Can you please describe these countries (Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, Albania, Macedonia and Romania) using just one word for each?

Top 10: India, Mexico, Indonesia, Pakistan, Thailand, St. Kitts & Nevis, Slovenia, Romania, Turkey, South Africa.

Austria – organized / Slovenia – laid-back / Croatia – touristy / Bosnia & Herzegovina – complicated / Serbia – angry / Montenegro – beautiful / Albania – surprising / Macedonia – pleasant / Romania – wonderful

We are sure you also had some fantastic experiences along the way – for example teaching English in Asia. Can you share with us some great memories that make your journey worth fighting for?

There are so many memories from every country I’ve visited! But some of the highlights include spending time with the Maninjau people who live on a volcanic lake on the Indonesian island of Sumatra and visiting countries/regions such as Pakistan, Afghanistan, Syria and Iraqi Kurdistan and discovering that the people who live there just want to live a simple, happy life like everyone else on the planet.

Other highlights include going on safari in South Africa and being two meters away from a lion, volunteering with Tibetan refugees in Northern India, visiting Pacific islands such as Kiribati and Hawaii while working on board cruise ships, living in Mexico and my current eight-month stay in Romania!

On your blog, you mentioned something about a two-days kidnapping and being placed on the “US terror watch list”. Please describe for our readers these not so pleasant experiences.

The kidnapping took place in Dhaka, Bangladesh when my flight from Bangkok arrived late at night and I walked out of the airport.

I was immediately approached by a group of taxi drivers and to make a long story short, they ended up putting me into a car and holding me hostage for a couple of days as they tried to force me to give them money. But luckily, they were not the most experienced of kidnappers so they didn’t get much from me at all and in the end, I managed to escape after a couple of nights.

You can read more about that incident in this post: Thank You to the Militant Who Stole My Car

As for the US Watch List, that happened after I returned from a backpacking trip around Pakistan and Afghanistan. When I came back to the US, I was naturally stopped my US Customs officials who, after inspecting all of my possessions, found some items that they felt were quite suspicious but which I had taken as souvenirs.

I was questioned for quite a while, yelled at by the officers and while they did let me go eventually, I was placed on a list where every time I came in or out of the US, I was subjected to extra, and very thorough, screenings, including having my computer turned on and all the files inspected.

Living life as a nomad

You are e permanent nomad, on the road since 99. What does home mean to you?

For me, home is ever-changing, it is wherever I am at the moment, wherever I can lay my head at night.  Sure, I’m originally from the US, so that is technically still my home, but I prefer to think of every country I visit as my home, at least for the period of time I am there.

People ask how you can afford your nomad life. You have the answers on your blog, but how do you find the time and the inspiration to write all this?

Blogging is now my full time job so, just like with any job, I have work to do and I need to make sure I get it done. And writing posts is the most important part of my job!

It also helps that I travel quite slowly these days in order to make sure that I have time to both work and explore the destinations I’m visiting. It would be impossible to complete all of my work if I was constantly moving around from town to town every couple of days.

Travelling is many people’s dream. However, how do you deal with homesick and the comfort of a steady life?

These days I don’t get homesick at all because I’ve spent so much time over the years away from home. But I do keep in touch with all of my friends and family back home, both through frequent emails and Skype calls.

And I do go back to the US to visit everyone two or three times per year and many of my friends and family come and visit me somewhere in the world once or twice per year as well.

And as for a steady life, it all depends on the person I think. Some people want a steady life, but for me, I’m quite happy with the life I’m living. I always say that if I wake up tomorrow and suddenly decide that it’s time for me to ‘settle down’, then that’s what I’ll do. Until that happens, I’m quite comfortable with this lifestyle and shall continue to live the life that makes me the happiest, which of course is a life of travel.

You said that human interaction is very important for you in your travelling. Have you met people or made friends that made you stay longer in a certain country?

This happens all the time. I never know who I’m going to meet each day and sometimes, I do meet people who influence my decision to stay in a particular country for a longer period than I had originally planned.

This has happened to me in Mexico, Australia, Thailand, India, Syria and here in Romania as well. And making such friends is definitely one of the most rewarding aspects of my adventures and one of the main reasons I’ve continued to travel for so long.

What is travelling to you?

It’s going beyond your comfort zone, challenging yourself to experience and learn from this world with your own eyes.

And it doesn’t matter if you backpack all over the world, take one luxury trip per year or you just travel around your own country or even hometown…as long as you keep an open mind and are ready to learn from the places and people you encounter, you’re traveling.

If you want to learn more about Earl and his adventures, you can always visit his website

Related:

‘Wandering Earl’ or how to become a permanent nomad

An inspiring nomadic experience: an interview with Brad Florescu, travel journalist and photographer

Review by Tnooz.com: Yabbedoo seeks to disrupt with local deals and travel news service

We’re proud to have our name published on tnooz.com, which is one of the top websites in the travel and technology industry.

You can read about us, our values and our mission to disrupt the travel industry.  Moreover, tnooz.com made a poll about our business and you are all invited to answer it :)

So, why not check out what they think about us and an in depth interview with our CEO!

Disruption in the daily deals sector is a tall order indeed and this company admits it has competition from all avenues from the likes of hotels.com, booking.com and Groupon to the wealth of travel information services out there.

That said, Yabbedoo’s strategy of providing a platform to help businesses take back control of their marketing and helping them build trust with travellers by providing the official information while opening up the channels of communication is an interesting one.

The zero commission will appeal to many hotels, restaurants and spa owners/operators with limited budgets while the lead-in annual membership of EUR 95 is probably low enough to entice many to take the plunge.

One element worth noting is that the startup has already tweaked its model from a platform to help hotels gain bookings akin to much of what is already out there, to one helping travellers to think about and research trips differently.

One challenge the startup faces is getting to all those small and independent businesses who would consider using the platform but don’t know it exists.”

Read the rest of the article here

Holidays are coming: Visit Stunning Historical Christmas Markets in Europe

Christmas is just around the corner and you can feel it in the air. It’s a time about family, love, peace, friends, presents, carols and joy.

However, if you are planning a vacation for this time of year, you should definitely visit one of the most spectacular Christmas markets in Europe.

These places can bring the romance of the holidays to life. Additionally,  you can experience the artisan crafts of a country and be delighted by the cheeriness that happens mostly in this Christmas time.

The interesting part is that some of these famous markets have been running since the Middle Ages, and nowadays they attract more than two million visitors during December.

You’ll fall in love immediately with the smell of gingerbread and roasting sausages in the cold air, handmade ornaments and the stress-free shopping in a traditional, festive environment. Don’t forget to enjoy all of this with a few mugs of mulled wine!

Brussels Christmas Market (Late Nov. – Jan. 1)

This place has been around since 2002 and takes over the Grand-Place, Brussels’ commercial hub. You will surely find here some good food stalls – don’t forget you are in a city famous for its cuisine and piles of Belgian chocolates.

The Christmas spirit will be brought to you by the lights, jugglers, street musicians and carols, which are filtered through loudspeakers.

At the end of your Christmas shopping, stop at the Fish market which is transformed annually into a long ice-skating rink.

Vienna Christmas Market (Mid Nov. – 24 Dec.)

Vienna’s venerable Christkindlmarkt is one of the most visited and best-known in Europe, attracting millions of visitors each year for beeswax candles, wooden toys, and glass ornaments.

Vienna Xmas Market

Vienna Xmas Market

Also, the tourists snack on cream-filled pastries, candied fruit, roasted chestnuts, and Weihnachtspunsch,a spiced “Christmas punch” of wine, brandy, or schnapps sweetened with warm fruit juices.

The market starts from mid-November and is one of the oldest in the world, dating back over seven hundred years. Another attraction is the park surrounding the market, with its trees decorated with themed lights, shaped like hearts or gingerbread men.

Vienna Christmas Market is definitely the place to be this season.

Prague Christmas Markets (Early Dec. – early Jan.)

If you didn’t know, you may as well find out that the Czechs take Christmas seriously and their Vanocni trh (Christmas markets) are family friendly and low-key. Although, several are dotted around town, the biggest is held in Old Town Square.

Prague Christmas Market

Prague Christmas Market

Visitors can buy here a large range of items, from the decorated stalls, wooden toys and Bohemian crystal to handmade jewelry and classic Czech marionettes.

And that’s not all – they can also find plenty of sweets – honeyed gingerbread, vánocvka (a braided pastry studded with raisins), and vosí hnízda’ (“wasps nests,” nutty cookies heavy with rum).

Kids can also enjoy the market, as they can play with ponies, goats and sheep in the central petting zoo, while their parents listen to the daily carol singers and music bands playing seasonal tunes.

Stuttgart Christmas Market (Late Nov. – Dec. 23)

This 318year-old market lies between the Gothic cathedral of the city and ivy-clad castle. Tourists can buy arts and crafts (glass baubles, wooden toys, nutcrackers) from the 270 stalls and eat waffles, roasted almonds, and gingerbread.

In the evening, they can warm up with some cinnamon and vanilla wine and visit the Old Castle’s Renaissance courtyard for the daily Christmas concert.

Nuremberg Christmas Market (Late Nov. – Dec. 24)

This market, which dates back from 1628 (original known as a regional centre for trading handmade wood figurines), is one of the famous Christmas markets in Europe.

Although it is neither the largest nor oldest, two million shoppers visit this place every year to enjoy the ornaments, crafts and toys found at almost 200 stalls.

Nuremberg Christmas Market

Nuremberg Christmas Market

Nowadays, Nuremberg market is best known for its food, gingerbread, and sweet with honey. In the evening, the place is lit with hundreds of lights and the musical bands would delight the visitors and locals.

Munich Christmas Market

Is set in the heart of the old centre, is filled with hundreds of stalls and dates back to the 17th century.

Munich Christmas Market

Munich Christmas Market

The market is opened on the Friday before the first Advent, when thousands gather in the square to watch the thirty metre-high Christmas tree light up for the first time. Here, visitors can buy decorations, jewellery, arts and crafts.

Salzburg Christmas Market (Late Nov. – Dec. 26)

Documents from the 15th century were found about this market, where crafts were being sold by elderly women in front of the Salzburg cathedral during Advent season.

Salzburg Christmas Market

Salzburg Christmas Market

This market is more intimate and smaller than others, but this doesn’t mean that tourists can’t enjoy roasted chestnuts and almonds, sausages, and sweet mulled wine. Just like the big, famous markets, the one in Salzburg thrills its tourists and locals with decorations, lights and carols.

Dresden Christmas Market (End Nov – Dec. 24)

This is the oldest market in Germany – its first mention was in 1434 and the locals are very proud and fond of their Striezelmarkt, named after the local ‘Striezel’ or Stollen, a sweet fruitcake baked in the shape of a loaf and dusted with icing sugar.

Dresden market has around 250 stalls selling strictly traditional wares and people say the shopping is better here than elsewhere.

If you know other interesting markets in Europe, we would love to hear about them.