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Amila Wickramarachchi is a Food & Travel blogger who writes both Food Corner and this travel blog.She resides in Singapore.

Top 5 National Parks of Karnataka

The landscape of Karnataka makes for a complete destination. From sandy beaches and pristine lakes, gushing rivers and waterfalls, to dense forests and rich wildlife, this southern state contributes to a holistic experience for the nature lover. The expansive forest cover and grasslands have given way to wildlife sanctuaries and national parks, which protect the varied species of flora and fauna. A destination for the adventurous soul, the national parks of Karnataka are a treasure trove of nature.

Here are top 5 national parks of Karnataka that you can put on your travel wish list:

Bandipur National Park

The most famous of all, Bandipur National Park is the highlight of the state’s natural spread. Stretching across a whopping area of 874.20 sq. km, Bandipur is home to the country’s rarest species, especially tigers. It is popular for being the National Tiger Reserve and is a major tourist destination for travelers from Ooty and Mysore. Declared as a ‘National Park’ in 1974, the wildlife reserve boasts various kinds of deciduous trees, grasslands, and biomes, and is a part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve.

If you are traveling from Bangalore to Mysore by car, then you can the NH212 ahead of Mysore from Gundlupet and head towards Bandipur. The best time to visit is from April to October.

Top 5 National Parks of Karnataka

Nagarhole National Park

Yet another natural reserve in the Mysore district, Nagarhole is endowed with dense forests of rosewood, teak, sandalwood and silver oak, exotic wildlife and natural water-bodies. Also called the Rajiv Gandhi National Park, Nagarhole was given the national park status in 1988. This natural sanctuary is popular for housing herds of elephants, tigers, leopards, different families of deer and monkeys, hornbills, ibis, eagles and more. For the itchy feet, there’s a scenic jungle trail to walk through and explore the wildlife and wilderness.

Top 5 National Parks of Karnataka

Kudremukh National Park

Located in the heart of Chikkamagaluru district, Kudremukh National Park was established in 1987. The second largest of all nature reserves in Karnataka, this Park stretches across 600.32 sq. km. of the area. With scenic mountain ranges and picturesque views of the surrounding peaks and hills, this national park boasts the 3rd highest peak of Karnataka – Kudremukh Peak. The mountain ranges and the hilly terrain is the highlight of this park and covers parts of Chikmagalur, Udupi and Dakshin Kannada, while also posing as a trekking zone for nature enthusiasts. The best time to visit is between the months of October to May.

Top 5 National Parks of Karnataka

Bannerghatta National Park

Barely at a distance of 104 Km from Bangalore, Bannerghatta National Park is a popular destination for a weekend getaway or an occasional escape in nature. With an in-house aquarium, a zoo, a butterfly conservatory and a snake house, Bannerghatta National Park are more of a recreational natural reserve. Being close to Bengaluru the weather of Bannerghatta is pleasant all the year round, which allows you to visit any time of the year. To drive down to Bannerghatta National Park, you can opt for plenty of taxi service in Bangalore.

Anshi National Park

A part of the Uttara Kannada district, the Anshi National Park spreads across 417 sq. km. of the area. This stretch of forested area is the natural habitat of prominent predators like the Bengal tigers, black panthers, and Indian leopards. The Anshi National Park along with the Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary is home to the Tiger Project and several dams and power stations.

How to reach

Most of these parks are well connected to the major cities of Karnataka. There are also train services to the nearest stations. However, to experience the changing landscape from urban skyline to the rolling hills, plan your journey by car and make it more enjoyable.

 

Transiting Through US; All You Need To Know

Transit traveling is a very necessary part of the aviation services; this as a result of the rigors of flying a single flight over long distances; such as intercontinental trips. Transit traveling involves traveling through a particular country (known as the connecting point); where there is a stopover to change flights. This change of flight could be immediate, or done after some time; this depending on pre-arrangement.

Transiting through a particular country entails some technicalities and requirements which often times varies from country to country. You, as a transit passenger, need to be familiar with the requirements and documentation needed for whichever country you are transiting through in order to get the best travel experience and avoid difficulties passing through.

The United States of America’s Department of Homeland Security, which is in charge of the nation’s Customs and Border Protection stipulates that a valid national passport and a transit visa or an approved Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA).

For transit passengers traveling on the Visa Waiver Program, are the two different kinds of requirements for passengers who have to use the United States of America as the connecting point to their destination. These requirements are strictly required and you definitely have to fulfill them before embarking on the journey.

What is ESTA?

Taking that you already have a valid passport, the next course of action is to either get a transit visa or obtain an ESTA approval. This choice is to be determined by your nationality. The United States of America has a Visa Waiver Program which enables nationals of countries under this program to travel into the country without the use of visas, rather all they require is an ESTA approval ( Info – https://usaestaonline.com ). This program allows the citizens 90 days in the United States and transiting through without needing a visa, provided they have an ESTA approval.

There are about 37 countries under this program, all selected on the criterion of having a high Human Development Index. These countries include South Korea. Andorra, France, Denmark, United Kingdom, Luxembourg, Austria, Australia, Belgium and Chile.

Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, both United States of America territories are also covered by this program. Citizens of these countries require little surveillance, hence the removal of barriers. However, being a citizen of any of these countries doesn’t guarantee entry into the territories of the United States of America, as the ESTA is subjected to approval by the Department of Homeland Security.

How to Apply?

The ESTA is to be applied for at least 72 hours before departure, as this is what enabled the authorities screen travelers before arrival. Some conditions might disqualify a traveler from enjoying the visa waiver even though the individual is a citizen of countries under the program. One of these conditions is if the transit passenger is traveling in an unapproved airline. Another condition that can disqualify a transit passenger from enjoying the visa waiver is if the passenger has visited Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan Syria or Yemen (all countries either blacklisted or under terrorist watch).

Intending travelers with dual nationalities of Iran, Iraq, Sudan or Syria also do not enjoy the benefits of this Visa Waiver Program.

Travelers with such conditions and those whose nationality does not fall under the countries covered by the program require a transit visa to go through the United States of America.

A transit visa is also known as C visa, this being the requirement for countries who do not fall under the waiver program; majorly the Third World countries of Africa, Asia and South America, whose citizens require more monitoring from the Department of States.

Different types of USA Visas 

There are three types of C visas. These are the C-1 Visa, C-2 Visa, and C-3 Visa, all of which is valid for a duration of 29 days. Each type of C visa applies to different statuses of travelers with specific reasons for transiting through the United States of America.

  • The C-1 visa is specifically for travelers on personal business who are simply passing through the United States of America.

 

  • The C-2 visa is for invitees, accredited pressmen, and delegates of nongovernmental organizations; and basically all representatives of Non-State entities who are traveling on official assignment to the United Nations headquarters for an official assignment. It is also used for United States officials who are transiting through the United States of America to another country on official missions.

 

  • The C-3 visa is used by officials of foreign governments who are transiting through the United States of America on official business. These officials are allowed to transit with their families and staff, however, each person is required to possess a C-3 passport.

As stated by the United States government, obtaining these visas involves some requirements which are peculiar to each type of visa. The fulfillment of these requirements determines whether these visas would be granted the traveler.

There are certain restrictions, which come with transit visas, and it is necessary for each traveler to know them, in order to avoid violating the law. Every traveler should know that there are no dependent C visas, every individual is required to own a visa even if it is a baby. It should also be noted that the C visa is a one-entry visa. After departure from the country, a new C visa is needed when transiting through the country on another occasion. AC visa can also not be used for work, study or application for a green card. It is strictly for transiting.

An approved ESTA on the other hand, is valid for two years, after which it can easily be updated. Also, the ESTA approval lasts for 90 days and is valid for more than just transiting. Activities such as tourism, business, visiting and even studying can be embarked upon, provided it is done within the timeframe.

Altogether, it is necessary to ensure that the right documents; be it transit visa or ESTA are processed and the restrictions on each of them duly considered in order to have a hitch-free transit travel through the United States of America.

Ways to Handle a Long Airport Layover with Kids

Traveling with your kids can be a fun and exciting experience for the whole family, but flight delays and long airport layovers can make getting to your destination an experience that you’d rather forget. Airport layovers can be a drag at the best of times; factor in bored kids and delayed flights and most people would agree that you have a recipe for disaster. But, don’t worry! If your flight has been delayed and you’ve got a long airport layover to look forward to with your little ones in tow, it doesn’t have to be as bad as you might be expecting. Here are some of the best ways to deal with a long layover when flying with kids.

Ways to Handle a Long Airport Layover with Kids
At Changi Airport,Singapore

Tip #1. Have a Movie Marathon:

Although most families make the sensible decision to avoid spending too much time in front of a screen, making an exception can definitely be worth it if it’s to help make the travel experience a little easier for your family. Most airports now offer free Wi-fi, and once you’re connected, streaming sites are perfect for finding all their favorite movies and kids’ TV shows. Don’t forget to take along your iPad or tablet, headphone splitters, and a charger!

Tip #2. Have a Day Out:

If you’ve got an airport layover that’s going to be longer than a few hours, then it might be worth getting out of the airport and having a fun day out in another country. For example, if you are traveling to Dubai and want to connect in India, you can book Pune to Dubai ticket at low cost here and then spend your layover in Pune exploring attractions such as the Aga Khan Palace, Hindu temples, and Shaniwar Wada, an 18th-century fort with huge gates.

Tip #3. Choose a Kid-Friendly Airport:

Ways to Handle a Long Airport Layover with Kids
Our kid at the Singapore, Changi Airport play area

If you have a choice of airports when it comes to where you’re getting on your connecting flight, then it’s worth looking into your options and doing some research to find out which is the child-friendliest option. For example, some airports will offer a crèche or supervised child’s play area where you can leave your little ones to enjoy having fun and spending some time with other young travelers.

Tip #4. Nap Time:

Even if you’re not traveling during the night, airline travel can be exhausting, so a layover can be the perfect opportunity to get your little ones down for a nap. Ideally, your little one will sleep on the plane, but don’t be too surprised if this doesn’t happen thanks to the cramped environment and noisy atmosphere that comes with flying. If you have a couple of hours to spare, it might be worth thinking about packing a couple of sleeping bags or blankets. Find a quiet part of the airport with a row of seats and let your child catch some z’s.

Traveling long-distance with kids can be a very rewarding and hugely memorable experience, but long layovers can make getting there exhausting for the whole family. If these tips helped, we’d love to hear from you in the comments!

Booking a Houseboat in Alleppey

Houseboats in Kerala are an altogether different experience in Kerala, in comparison to the rest of the country of India. If you have visited the houseboats of Dal Lake in Jammu and Kashmir, you might think how different can the Kerala Alleppey houseboats can be! The fact is, they are absolutely different and the houseboats in Alleppey move. They actually roam about throughout the backwaters of Alleppey.

The intertwined canals, the lakes, rivers as well the villages that are located on the banks of the backwater canals – all can be visited and encountered by a houseboat ride in Alleppey. If you are thinking of experiencing this unique natural landscape and the life associated with it, you must book a houseboat in Alleppey. Though there are other entrances of the backwaters, Alleppey is the main entrance point. It is the place where most of the houseboats can be found and where maximum of the travellers come to start their joyride. So, booking a houseboat from here needs to be done carefully. Here are a few tips that will help you to book the best houseboat in Alleppey.

Booking a Houseboat in Alleppey

The intertwined canals, the lakes, rivers as well the villages that are located on the banks of the backwater canals – all can be visited and encountered by a houseboat ride in Alleppey. If you are thinking of experiencing this unique natural landscape and the life associated with it, you must book a houseboat in Alleppey. Though there are other entrances of the backwaters, Alleppey is the main entrance point. It is the place where most of the houseboats can be found and where maximum of the travellers come to start their joyride. So, booking a houseboat from here needs to be done carefully. Here are a few tips that will help you to book the best houseboat in Alleppey.

1. Look before you book

The first thing that needs to be assured is that you should not book the houseboat without looking the houseboat. There are many online booking platforms that will give you the chance of booking a houseboat, but without offering you the pictures of the houseboat. However, this might deceive you, as you get a less decorated houseboat while paying more for a luxury houseboat. So, it is always better to see the houseboat first and then book it. But of course, if you do not book in advance, it might be difficult for you to find any houseboat for that matter, especially in the peak seasons.

2. Book through a trusted platform

When you book a houseboat, you need to book the houseboat from a trusted platform. Either you visit the Alleppey entrance point for the houseboat ride, or you can book the houseboats online. There are many online platforms that are very popular and trusted. They offer the photographs of the houseboats and this will give you the option and freedom to choose the houseboat that you like most. Besides, good online platforms will give you the trustworthiness of getting in touch with an entity, if anything goes wrong.

You can also book the houseboat from a resort in Kerala. If you are planning for a long trip to Kerala, where you will stay in any of the resorts of Kerala, you can book a houseboat from them. In most cases, the best resorts of Kerala have their own houseboats.

Top Tips for Booking a houseboats in Alleppey
Beautiful Kerala
3. Look what you want

The luxury houseboat in Alleppey offers a great deal of décor options. You need to make sure that you get exactly what you want for your budget. You can look for the number of rooms in the houseboat and how many you want. Depending on your need and budget, you can choose the number of rooms in the houseboat. Either you can book the entire houseboat or you can choose to share with other parties.

4. Choose the time of start

Usually the Alleppey houseboats start in the noon and end their trips at 8 in the morning the next day. So, it is always a good choice that you reach the dock in the morning to start right on time and enjoy most of the trip. Since the boats do not ride past sunset, you should not be late before you start your ride.

5. Behaviour of the crew

Since the crew will be with you all the time when you enjoy your ride and stay in the houseboats of Kerala, it is a must that the crew is friendly and polite. When you talk with them, understand their behaviour.

Now that you have known about the factors and tips that will help you to book your houseboat in Alleppey, you need to choose the right Alleppey houseboat packages. These will offer a 2N and 3D package, 3N and 4D package and the like. Some also offer honeymoon packages especially meant for the couples. You will get food and drinks included in the package. The food is freshly cooked local delicacies and meals along with fruits and snacks that would be more than enough to cherish your time in the houseboat.

Quotes Inspire You To Explore The World

If you are like most Americans, you probably never leave your own neighborhood let alone go overseas. Like many of us, our to-do list has chained us to our local town and very few ever get out to explore and see the world. Yet with so many people confessing to the fact that traveling has made them a better person, why do so very few people never travel?

The most common excuses include lack of money, lack of time, no one to travel with, fear of safety, or fear of trying something new. Whatever the reason may be, the true reason is lack of resourcefulness. Most people who do not travel because they are not willing to be resourceful and make it a priority in their life.

Quotes Inspire You To Explore The World

Sadly, many of these same people are ones who have become complacent in life. They have either lost their passion or Joie de vivre, or they have allowed fear to completely take over their life. What many of these people do not realize is that life is short and you must make the most of it while you can.

So with this in mind, we have curated some inspiring quotes that we hope will help you remember that life is precious and that you must appreciate every moment you can while you still have time.

Quotes Inspire You To Explore The World

Go for it now. The future is promised to no one. – Wayne Dyer

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the things you did. – Mark Twain

Life is short and the older you get, the more you feel it. Indeed, the shorter it is. People lose their capacity to walk, run, travel, think, and experience life. I realize how important it is to use the time I have. – Viggo Mortensen

Don’t be fooled by the calendar. There are only as many days in the year as you make use of.  – Charles Richards

To know how to choose a path with heart is to learn how to follow intuitive feeling. Logic can tell you superficially where a path might lead to, but it cannot judge whether your heart will be in it. – Jean Shinoda Bolen

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. – Steve Jobs

Follow your heart, but be quiet for a while first. Ask questions, then feel the answer. Learn to trust your heart. – Carl W. Buechner

Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present. – Jim Rohn

You will never find time for anything. If you want time you must make it. – Charles Buxton

Somebody should tell us, right at the start of our lives, that we are dying. Then we might live life to the limit, every minute of every day. Do it! I say. Whatever you want to do, do it now! There are only so many tomorrows. – Pope Paul VI

So if you are reading this right now just remember, life is short and once you are at a certain age, it becomes much more difficult to explore the world.

Earning Money with Your Drone

Do you see your love for drones just as a mode of entertainment? Do you hear suggestions for keeping aside your drone and getting serious about a job that can earn you money and some respect?

If the drone is your passion then keep piloting it to enhance your drone controlling skills because you can not only earn a decent living but can also attract fame with your passion.

Here we are sharing some of the professions you and your drone together can pursue.

Drone Cinematographer

If you try and take your videography skills to the next level, you can enter a more promising career. Drone cinematographers are in demand for movies and ad films. When you are confident of your skill you can also enter drone film festival for showing your skill literally to the whole world and earning a lot of fame. You can also participate in competitions other than film festival to get that fame and sometimes cash prize too!

Drone Inspector

The drones are way better in doing an inspection of a large working area than the humans. More and more companies are acknowledging the fact and hiring drones to inspect the area where construction or manufacturing work is going on over a large area. The drone inspectors are paid on hourly basis. You can easily take up the position to earn a decent sum while doing your favorite work – flying a drone.

Drone Coach

Earning Money with Your Drone

Drone is a new trend in the market so you have a lot of scope in using your entrepreneurial skills. More and more drone enthusiasts are popping up in the market. And, you can take benefit of this situation by launching your drone coaching center. Coach batches of students, organize their competition and you’ll earn money as well as fame in your locality at least.

Drone Photographer and Videographer

The days when people hired camerapersons for recording their memorable events are slowly fading away. Wherever people will get a chance to hire a traditional photographer or a drone photographer the later one will be chosen. Yes, you are on the current trend. So, utilize the opportunity to its full potentiality before the market gets saturated with drone photographers and videographers. You will need to learn some cinematography techniques to enhance the quality of footage and pictures you take. You can even sell your random photos and videos to stock websites and earn a royalty on them.

Drone News Reporter

No, I’m not telling that you can go live on TV with your drone. But, if you have a slight inclination towards photojournalism you can pursue the career in a more exciting way with your drone. Even if you don’t join an agency you can sell off your news photos to different reporter or news hunting companies.

Drone Delivery-Person

If you own a big drone that can carry some weights you can use it to deliver products. Companies like Amazon do hire drones for transporting goods from one place to the other. The drone delivery persons are also hired in the time of natural calamities or some man-made disasters to deliver packages with essential commodities.

Drone Agriculture-helper

The farmers need to inspect a very large area to check for the crop’s health. They need to spray fertilizers all over the field. And these tasks can be done easily with a drone. You just need to attach a camera that can capture specific wavelength of infrared lights and your drone is ready to detect color contrast between healthy and unhealthy crops. Add sprinkling equipment and you can use your drone to spray fertilizers in the field. In some parts of the world, drones are also being used to sow seeds in the fields.

Drone YouTuber

People are earning by monetizing their YouTube channel even with a few basic cat videos. Why can’t you earn with your stunning drone videos? Even A video of few minutes can earn you millions of likes and shares if it’s interesting for the viewers. Research online, to find, what type of videos would bring you more views. You can also launch a tutoring video channel about drones. This is an extension of your offline drone coaching classes.

Drone Racer

If videography and photography is not your cup of tea, you can become a professional drone racer. You didn’t know but FPV Drone Racing is already a sport now. There are many professional racers out there who are only playing with their drones day and night. Guess what… they have money and fame both!

Do you need still more options?

Bring Nature to You with These Garden Ideas

There are many options or ideas that can help you bring nature to your home, it is all about making use of the right garden ideas;

#1: Allow your lawn to grow wild

You cannot bring nature to you if you constantly mow your lawn, hence you need to leave a portion of the garden to grow wild if you want to create a natural attraction for nature. When you leave a corner of the lawn or a border to grow wild, you will not only encourage the growth of wildflowers, you will also attract butterflies and bees while the ground crawling insects will flourish thus creating a natural habitat that will attract all components of nature. You may want to rotate which area of the garden will be left to grow wild, from year to year.

#2: Bring nature with a part of your home

You can bring nature to you even with your house. The eaves of the house, for instance, can create some refuge for some wildlife components. You may want to create a green roof on top of your home to attract some natural growth but you need to ensure that the plants that grow will not cause leakages.

To attract garden nature through the eaves of your house, simply get some natural boxes, for different kinds of birds, a box with a 30-32mm entrance, for instance, can attract the likes of sparrows, while a larger box with 45mm entrance can attract species such as starlings. If you want to attract bats, you can also place their boxes near the eaves.

You should keep in mind that the eaves around the house can provide a much conducive atmosphere than trees, trees, for instance, can harbor hawks and some other large birds that eat bats. You may want to create different boxes facing a different direction and if you have a pond, you can create the nests nearby since bats prefer natural habitats such as ponds.

#3: Create a pond

Garden Ideas

If you don’t have a pond already in your home, you may want to create one and attract nature to you. A pond will provide drinking water to all kinds of animals, most especially birds and mammals. Ponds can also become a natural home to most insects and can also become a breeding area for toads, frogs, and newts. Make sure you create a standing water, no matter how small your garden space is, even if you can’t create a pond, you can get a large bucket of water somewhere near your patio and add some stones and brings into the bucket. There are discount pond liners who can help you make the right choices when it comes to designing your own pond to attract nature.

#4: Create a slow worm carpet

A small piece of fabric can be used to create slow worm carpet – reptiles that are often mistaken for snakes. Aside from slow worms, spreading a small, thick of fabric around specific parts of your garden can attract lizards and some other reptiles to take temporary shelters.

 

How to Start a Golf Business

Popular as the Golf Capital of the World, Myrtle Beach is the favourite destination for Golfers around the world. With so many golf courses available for all skill levels including beginners and seasoned scratches, Myrtle Beach is a perfect place for an unforgettable golf trip.

However, with many golf courses and different packages, it can be difficult to plan your Myrtle Beach golf trip if you are a first timer. You will find that there are lot of myrtle beach golf courses which offer different facilities and activities.With such golf courses near myrtle beach,it is always wise to book your vacation with proper planning and research.

How to Plan Your Golf Trip to Myrtle Beach?

In order to ease your planning, here are some helpful tips which will sure make your Myrtle Beach golf tour memorable!

Planning Your Golf Trip to Myrtle Beach

Select your location wisely

To enjoy your golf holiday you need to stay fresh and relaxed. So, try to find your accommodation and golf course in minimum driving distance. This will help you to enjoy most of your holiday in your golf course than driving for it. A resort with in-house golf packages may be a wise idea for a relaxing tour which saves you more time.

Book a golf vacation package

As the Golf Capital, Myrtle Beach is equipped with best golf package providers which will ease your task of planning the tour. Instead of planning your own golf tour from scratch, try to get the help of these tour providers. You can easily check different Myrtle Beach Golf Packages and book the best package that suits your needs.

Planning Your Golf Trip to Myrtle Beach

Decide the golf experience you are looking for

In order to enjoy your golf holiday, you need to define the reasons that you are planning such a trip. If you are a die-hard golfer who likes to play golf all the time, then you need to consider selecting a resort that allows you the facility of dining on site with nearby practice facilities and a place with minimum distractions. If you want mix of experiences including golf time and party time, then plan your golf tour which you can enjoy mix of activities. With nightlife activities and many popular attractions Myrtle Beach is a popular golf destination for every type of golfer!

Above are the top tips to help you to plan your golf trip to Myrtle Beach. When you are ready to book your golf tour, be sure to ready with below questions in order to make your booking process easy and smooth.

You will need to know your traveling dates, details of your group members including number of golfers and budget range you are looking for your golf package. When you know all these, it is time to book your most exciting golf tour to most popular golf destination in America, the Myrtle Beach! Don’t forget to pack everything you need to enjoy your Myrtle Beach golf tour including the travel essentials!

 

 

The Battlefields of Europe

The world today has been shaped by the battles of yesterday. The two greatest conflicts of the 20th century brought with them death, destruction and new beginnings too. As a war enthusiast, nothing can be more authentic experience than physically visiting some of the most sombre and historically important battlefields on the planet.

The Great War – Of Trenches and Stalemates

Between 1914 and 1919, there was a shift of the old world order. The first Great War changed the maps of Europe as the great Ottoman Empire first stumbled and fell away to be consigned to the pages of history. The Gallipoli Campaign was one of the most important chapters of the First World War, the only major victory for the Ottomans as they thwarted the Allied advance on the great city of Istanbul. A Gallipoli tour would include trips to Suvla Bay and the historic city of Troy.

The Battlefields of Europe

The Western Front of the WW1 spread across the countries of Belgium and France, as Allied and German forces attempted to outdo each other. The Vimy Ridge was the site of a famous Canadian assault. The Wellington Quarry is an underground museum dedicated to this unique chapter of the war, where a network of tunnels was maintained for shelter and transport of British and Commonwealth troops.

The Battles of the Somme claimed more than 70 thousand British and South African lives and remain to this day, one of the bloodiest conflicts in modern warfare. This was one of the biggest mobilizations of troops in the entire war. The trench warfare slowly turned into an irrevocable tragedy as casualties mounted every day in the thousands. Visit the Thiepval Memorial, an impressive structure designed by Edwin Lutyens built in tribute to the fallen of the Somme.

Anyone familiar with war history would know about the Last Post Ceremony. Travel to Ypres for this heart moving ritual at the Menin Gate, as the sound of the trumpet pierces the quiet West Flanders evening. While in Ypres you also should visit Hill 60, a scene of many WW1 battles and now a memorial.

A list of popular tours of WW1 battlefields would have to include a visit to Cambrai, Messines, Mons and Le Cateau. The latter two were the venues to some of the earliest battles of the conflict after the British had declared war on the Germans in support of Belgium.

World War Two Tours – Experiences of a Lifetime

The Battle of the Bulge was the German army’s last throw of the dice, an offensive that filled the forests of Belgium with the sounds of shellfire and the rumble of armoured divisions. The build-up to the offensive was a secret to most and the Battle of the Bulge resulted in immense casualties on both sides. In fact, the Americans lost more men in the Ardennes than in any other WW2 operation. A tour that follows this brutal chapter of WW2 would include visits to Stavelot and Trois Points on the Salm, Kampfgruppe, and Bastogne. One can still find the old trenches and foxholes of the battle, preserved now amidst nature. The war memorial at Mardasson is another important stop for those who engage in a Bulge tour.

The Battlefields of Europe

The horrors of World War 2 remain today as a lesson to humanity. A visit to the camps of the Holocaust is a pilgrimage that every human should take. A tour of Auschwitz-Birkenau will take you into the heart of evil, a place where an entire community was subjugated and dehumanized, murdered in cold efficiency.  No one walks out of the Holocaust sites without being moved. Some of the other related stops on this tour include the Schindler Museum, a heroic tale that showed the triumph of human kindness in these darkest of times. Krakow today still has many remnants of the old pre-war Jewish communities, and you can learn more while visiting Kazmirez and the ghetto from the times of German occupation.

It would take a lifetime and more to cover the different battlefield of WW2, but some are more accessible than the others. Dunkirk and Normandy are locations immortalized as brave chapters and turning points of the war. A visit to Berlin is recommended as you follow the trail of 1945 as the Nazis were felled.

You can sign up for bespoke battlefield tours for groups and soak up the immense history that is deceptively hidden in Europe’s countryside today. Explore the sites with a battlefield guide who is thoroughly familiar with the granular details of the local history. Battlefield tours also allow you to experience history in the most visceral way, as you stand on the very ground where the future was fought for those many years ago.

A Day at Changi Beach Park : Singapore

We spent a day in one of the oldest coastal parks of Singapore! That is Changi Beach Park. With beautiful sandy beaches, blessings of greenery and facilities to entertainment, Changi Beach Park is one of the best places to spend a family day while enjoying the sea views.

A Day at Changi Beach Park : Singapore

In 2017 we travelled more. We travelled to Sri Lanka 2 times within the year and I spent more than one month with the kid while husband returned to Singapore after a short holiday. We also had a trip to Cambodia during the Chinese New Year. In between we visited Johor Bahru, Malaysia several times. But, it seems we didn’t visit much places in Singapore during the year 2017 after our 5 days itinerary around Singapore with kids.

A Day at Changi Beach Park : Singapore

When it is time to plan our Christmas weekend, at first we thought of a overseas trip. But, kid and I were just returned from Sri Lanka after a long holiday. Instead of another oversea trip, we wanted to spend a family day without many activities. A beach day is the perfect idea for such a relaxing time. So, we planned a day at the Changi Beach Park!

I’ve visited Changi Beach Park many times before the kid’s arrival. However this was the first time we visited the beach park with the kid. So, he was really happy to spend a day at the beach with her favourite sand play toys.

Changi Beach Park

A Day at Changi Beach Park : Singapore

Changi Beach park is an ideal location in Singapore for family day, picnic or to experience the sea breeze. It stretches around 3.3km long from Changi Point to Changi Ferry terminal. If you plan a visit to Pulau Ubin which is the last Kampong of Singapore, then you need to get a boat from Changi Ferry Terminal which is near to the Changi Beach Park.

A Day at Changi Beach Park : Singapore
Changi Ferry Terminal

Things to do at the Changi Beach Park

As of in any beach, Changi Beach Park is also a perfect place to spend a relaxing day with fun beach activities. Usually most of the Singapore beach parks such as East Coast Park are crowded during the holidays and weekends. But, this park is not crowded and still it retains the Kampong atmosphere and the mood.

A Day at Changi Beach Park : Singapore

Below are some of the things to do in Changi Beach Park.

  • Enjoy BBQ at the Changi Beach Park with your family and friends. However you need to book a BBQ pit in advance. Check more details at Singapore National Parks website.
  • Playground is there for the kids.

A Day at Changi Beach Park : Singapore

  • Sports and activities such as cycling and skating
  • Beach activities with kids (Sand play,collecting seashells,play with waves and many more)

A Day at Changi Beach Park : Singapore

  • Fishing
  • Dining – There are food outlets nearby which you can easily enjoy food.
A Day at Changi Beach Park : Singapore
Hawker Centre near the Changi Beach Park (At Changi Village)

A Day at Changi Beach Park : Singapore

  • Enjoy the natural views and relax

A Day at Changi Beach Park : Singapore

  • Photograph the beauty of the Changi Beach – If you visit at the evening, it is a great place to photograph the sunset. Other than sunset captures, you will find many beautiful moments in Changi Beach Park which are worth to capture in a photograph.

A Day at Changi Beach Park : Singapore

We spent a relaxing day at the Changi beach and returned home after having our dinner at a nearby dining place in Changi Village. It was a day worth to pen down as a blog post and kid enjoyed beach activities although there is a children playground which he could play.

Important Information to Plan your trip to Changi Beach Park

How to get to Changi Beach Park

Located in one end of Singapore, it takes more than 40 minutes to reach the beach park if you visit from Central locations of Singapore. You need to plan your trip to Changi Village in order to reach the Beach Park.

Some of the bus numbers are: 19, 2, 3, 89

Otherwise, you can easily hire a taxi to reach Changi Village and Changi Beach Park

Park lighting hours: 7:00pm to 7:00am

Admission: Free

Location: Along Nicoll Drive and Changi Coast Road

Things to Note:

Camping is not allowed in Changi Beach Park

As found in nparks.gov.sg , there are chances to encounter crocodiles who swim freely in Straits of Johor. If you found a crocodile, do not approach. Stay calm and slowly back away.

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