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Guide To Staying In A Hostel

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Hostels have become the popular choice for many travelers, thanks to backpackers and young people making them trendy. They are cheaper but staying in one is a completely different experience. Because you will essentially be sharing a room with other people, there are rules on etiquette that should be followed.

Some people are hugely disappointed or surprised during their stay simply because they have no idea what a hostel really is. When you book a room or a bed, it should come to you naturally to check out the place and what exactly you are booking. Plus, if you are paying such a low price, then it is irrational to expect your own room and other luxuries that five-star hotels offer. Still, there are other pluses to hostels, including having a shared kitchen (perfect if you prefer to prepare your own food), game or activity rooms where you can mingle with other guests and some also have washing machines available.

Rules of Etiquette

From making sure the reception is open when you check-in and out to asking about bed linen, make sure you know what to expect when you book. Hostels are all about savings and providing the basics, but if you are aware beforehand, you can adjust your expectations and still have a great time.

Do Socialize

If you prefer your own space and quiet when you travel, then a hostel will only work if you book your own room. Still, this is a place to make friends from all over the world, so leave that book at home and chat with others instead.

Do Take Care During The Night

If you have an early flight the next day or you are out partying, make sure that you are mindful of other peoples schedule when you are in the room. After all, if you are in the same situation, you would not want your sleep interrupted.

Do Ask For Recommendations Or Tips

Even if you have the latest travel guide of the city you are visiting, make sure to drop by the reception and get the locals tips and other recommendations. They know the city best and will also gladly help with transportation options, directions, as well as the shady areas to avoid.

Do Leave A Great Review

Not all hostels are wonderful but if you happen to have found one, do not keep it to yourself. There are tons of other travelers eager for recommendations and suggestions on hostels and your review can really help them end up with only the best one. Moreover, they do not bring some huge hotel chains name that can attract guests but with top reviews, people will be able to have the same great time as you did.

Hostels are no longer viewed as dangerous or risky, and while they do not offer privacy and luxury, they do offer something unique. Click here for more ideas. It is a place to connect and hang out with people, and through them, you get to know about the rest of the world.

Athens: Greek Yacht Charter Holidays – The Gateway To Greece

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I love everything about Greece. From the cerulean blue sea, the whitewashed buildings that cling to the cliffsides, the turquoise window boxes and pink geraniums, and the people, oh, those warm, vibrant, handsome people. Do they ever sleep?

Certainly not at night! Theyre too busy singing and dancing in the tavernas until the suns rays glint through the grape-vined trellises.

Your introduction to Greece will probably be through the stunning new Athens airport, completed in time for the 2004 Olympics. The highways into the city are broad and handsome, and the 45-minute taxi ride is an exciting introduction to this ancient city.

Towering above, and visible from all angles is the Acropolis with the recently revitalised Parthenon. Your hotel choice includes dazzling new hotels on the entry to the city centre, or charming ancient hotels nestled in the Plaka district at the foot of the Acropolis or others around the two main squares, Syntagma or Omonia. Your budget will govern your choice.
The highlights of this capital city (pop. 3,103,000) are, of course, the Acropolis, the Olympic Stadium, the Archeological Museum and the Parliament with the changing of the Evzone guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

Fun-seekers will head for the Plaka with its ubiquitous souvenir shops, quaint little churches, glittering gold jewellery shops, and tavernas with bearded bouzouki players entertaining until the wee small hours.

Shoppers will seek out Monastiraki Square and the Flea market on Pandrossou Street, while a restful afternoon can be spent in the National Garden with it swan lakes and duck ponds and terrace cafes with live orchestras.

Nighttime entertainment on a cultural level includes the Dora Stratou Dance Theatre, usually packaged with the Sound and Light Show at the Acropolis. Folk dances from villages throughout Greece are presented in costume.

If youre in Athens in the summertime, nothing could be more exciting than to hear a concert at the Herod Atticus Theater on the south slope of the Acropolis. Recent performers have included the popular Greek performer, Yanni, as well as Andrea Bocelli and opera highlights with Jessye Norman.

Of course, Athens is just the gateway to the rest of the Greek mainland and Piraeus with its daily departure of dozens of cruise ships to the Greek Islands. As Greek yacht charter specialists, we lead a tour of Athens, from the Sound and Light show at the Acropolis to bouzouki players in the Plaka’s tavernas.

Travel To Turkey To To Experience A Real-life Cotton Castle

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Not a lot of people go to Turkey. In fact, Turkey can be considered as one of the underrated countries to visit since they offer so many historical and cultural sites that aren’t even talked about on travel websites. So to stay away from the norm, here’s an article about Turkey’s “Cotton Castle” called Pamukkale.

First things first, what is Pamukkale? Literally translating to “Cotton Castle”, Pamukkale is a bunch of white terraces with water spilling from their rims. It’s white because of the kind of rock that has formed from the flowing water that passes through which is called travertine.

Aside from its picturesque and unique landscape, Pamukkale is also unique in history. During the Roman Era, this place was known to be a spa to many and on top of the terraces, there was a city called Hierapolis. Hierapolis was a thriving city all throughout history until it was abandoned in 1300 AD. It has experienced many renovations over the course of its life due to natural calamities.

Not until 1300 AD did it actually become ruins. However, as the years passed, the city of Hierapolis, or at least its memory, was never lost on Turkey. The ruins were converted into a tourist spot where visitors can see an amphitheater, the Nymphaeum fountain which distributes water all over Hierapolis, and a wide expanse of how life was back in the Roman Era.

In 1988, Pamukkale was considered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Together with this title comes preservation of the place’s ruins and culture. The hotels that were built were demolished as to respect and keep the area as it is. There were also pools that were closed for public use and instead, artificial ponds were created so they will all turn their attention there. As of today, Pamukkale enjoys a good number of tourists that reach around two million every year.

So how do you go to Pamukkale?

Pamukkale is found in Denizli Province in the southwestern part of Turkey. You can easily go here by booking day trips from Aegean resorts or by simply renting a car and driving over. There are amazing sea views and coastal scenery on the Turkish coast. It’s well worth the trip. Other sea view holiday ideas can be found on this post. If you’re coming from Antalya and Marmaris, the travel time is around four hours. If you are traveling from Kusadasi, it only takes three hours. There is also public transportation available and you can take the bus from Denizli’s bus station. 

Since you will be visiting water terraces, it would be best to bring a change of clothes and wear a swimsuit before you even go to the place. This makes your trip less of a hassle. At the same time, you won’t be able to wear shoes once you walk up the formations because it’s a way to avoid erosion and making the waters dirty.

The best time to visit Pamukkale is actually when there are not many people so that you will enjoy its serenity and the waters reflections of the sky. Since the bulk of tourists go by the afternoon or at lunchtime (the long drive makes this so), it would be best for you to already stay in Pamukkale the night before and just go there in the morning. You can also go there as early as 6 am and start wading in their pool at around 8 am.

Visit One Of Chinas Unusual Attractions: Tomb Of A Eunuch

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The Great Wall of China is the countrys most famous tourist attractions. Its probably on the top of your itinerary on vacation in China followed by a visit to the Forbidden City. But there is an unusual tomb that many foreigners have not even heard of. Its the mausoleum of Tian Yi, an imperial court eunuch.

About Tian Yis Tomb

Thousands of eunuchs like Tian Yi served during the Ming Dynasty. Nevertheless, the Chinese Emperor Wanli rewarded him with a royal tomb for his distinguished service. Over the years, the place has been looted and forgotten. Fortunately, it has been rediscovered and serves as a window to Chinas imperial past.

Unlike other Chinese tourist spots, you wont encounter a crowd in this place. If you will come visit the place, chances are youre the only ones there. Before it was open for public viewing, the mausoleum was closed and used as a school. Tian Yi was not royalty but they surely gave him a tomb fit for one.
What to See

The tombs wall carvings are well-preserved and one of the wall shows various big animals carved in stone. You can see two giant statue versions of Tian Yi. One shows him as a soldier while he is dressed as a scholar in the other. You have to walk through the Divine Path gate in order to reach his final resting place.

There is also a museum that demonstrates how the ancient Chinese do castration. There is a display room there that shows four human-like statues. One of them is lying down, obviously the volunteer for the eunuch position. One of the figures is holding him down while the other one is holding a tray. The third figure is the surgeon who will cut the patients genitals. A cabinet nearby shows the grisly tool they use in the operation.

The museum also features the mummified remains of a eunuch. No one knows his name but he is probably a monk based on his appearance. The mummy was discovered in 2006 but it is highly unlikely that its Tian Yi.

Location and How to Get There

Travel information for the Eunuch Tomb and museum. It is around 20 kilometers away from Beijing. You can visit the place any day you like as long as its between 9 AM to 4:30 PM. The exact address is 80 Mishikou Street in the Shijingshan District. You can take the train but you have to get off at the Pingguoyuan station. You have to pay a small entrance fee to get in.
Its a tourist attraction that many would rather skip. Its not exactly a place where you bring your family especially little kids. Its not that youre messing with their impressionable minds but get ready. They will ask a lot of questions that you rather not answer. It is a reminder that once upon a time, poor boys had to undergo castration just to serve royalties. On the other hand, if youre a history buff with macabre tastes, you need to go here.