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Tips Visit in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is a country with beautiful beaches, tea estates in the high country, historic monuments and vast beautiful nature.

I recently took to the road to explore some of the country’s best-loved attractions. If you are planning a trip to Sri Lanka, here are my recommendations of some must-visit destinations:

The city of Negombo, which is located in close proximity to Bandaranaike International Airport, is the perfect place to begin your trip and to get stuck into the Sri Lankan way of life. Negombo is a city rich in history and is strongly influenced by the Catholic Church, which is reflected in the city’s old town. The city has a narrow beach with a beautiful lagoon, making it the perfect destination for both culture and nature.

Next on the list is Dambulla, a 134 km drive from Negombo. Dambulla is the site of five well-preserved caves housing ancient status of Buddha, making it a fascinating exploration of Sri Lanka’s spiritual history. Dambulla also boasts the largest rose quartz mountain range in South Asia.

Next up is Sigiriya, which is an ancient palace located a short 18km drive from Dambulla. Sigiriya is a world heritage site with a 5th century “Fortress in the Sky”, also known as ‘Lion Rock’ because of the huge lion sculpted rock that once stood at the entrance to the Palace. For those interested in archaeology, it is an absolute must-see.

For Sri Lanka’s rich tea history, I recommend taking a trip to Kandy, a world heritage site which is 89km south of Sigiriya. A mountainous area populated with tropical plantations (mainly tea) and antique tea factories; Kandy is the home to the Temple of the Tooth Relic – one of the most sacred places of worship in the Buddhist world.

Finally, the port city and capital of Colombo, which is 114km south west of Kandy. Colombo is a melting pot of colour, culture and colonial history, with modern architecture, colourful markets and malls, making it the perfect destination to end your trip before you depart for your journey home.

Tips for safely in Travelling

unduhan (7)There are always horror stories that make the rounds online about unwitting travellers being caught out in foreign countries. In almost all cases, the trouble comes down to a lack of preparation, insight and cultural sensitivity. Speaking to your personal travel manager is a foolproof way to make sure you know all the tips and tricks to stay safe on your next vacation. Here are some of our best tips for travellers about to embark on an epic journey.

Use Your Map Wisely

Nothing is more obvious than a lost traveller. A map in hand, a concerned and curious facial expression and constant glancing up from the map to the street, signal someone in dire need of help. While it can be a great opportunity to seek assistance from the scores of friendly locals, it can also be a beckoning call to the more dubious types. If you have to resort to pulling out a map, then we recommend getting off the street side and popping into a café, bar or restaurant to map out your next move.

Keep A Conversion Formula

A great part of the travel experience involves interacting with locals in the marketplace and bartering. A useful tip is to have a conversion of what one Australian dollar equals in the local currency written on a piece of paper. You won’t have to perform mathematical miracles in your head and it will help you reach a price much quicker. It’s also important to respect the socio economic situation of the country you’re visiting. While it can be fun to barter on price it’s important to make sure that both parties happily walk away from the transaction. A few cents off for you may mean the difference between eating or going hungry for a local.

Do As The Locals Do

Before heading off on your adventure, make sure you know the cultural customs of your destination’s inhabitants. Simple things such as kissing in public, taking photographs or “inappropriate” clothing can land tourists in very hot water. Make sure you are well versed on what is acceptable behaviour and mirror the dress and mannerisms of the locals.

Heed Locals Advice

While it can be a goal of many to get off the beaten track on a holiday, it’s important to listen to the warnings of locals. While that quiet little village or downbeat neighbourhood may sound appealing, the warning from a local should be taken on board. There is usually a very good reason why a local will deter you from a particular area or neighbourhood.

Check The Fine Print

Taking that scuba diving course, surfing lesson, or parasailing are all great experiences to have whilst on holiday but make sure you check the fine print. It’s important to know how certified and insured your guide or teacher is. It’s also worthwhile checking what your travel insurer will and won’t cover you for. Make sure you organise your activities with a reputable source through your personal travel manager.

A holiday is a great chance to gain new experiences, insights and even make life long friends. Using common sense and seeking the expert advice of others is the best way to ensure that your holiday is memorable for all the right reasons.

Tips to enjoyable in culinary cruises

For people with a love of travelling and food, a culinary cruise is an excellent way to visit new destinations and sample the cultural dishes of each. The joy of experiencing new cultures is made even more delightful by sampling the delicious cuisine of each. For many travellers, a culinary cruise is the perfect way to sample different countries and cuisines, while enjoying the comfort and luxury of a cruise liner. If a culinary cruise sounds like your ideal next trip, a personal travel manager can help to create a carefully tailored trip, to ensure that you experience the culinary feast that is perfect for you.

To get your taste buds tingling, we have compiled a list of the best culinary cruises around the world.

Silversea Food and Wine Cruises

As far as culinary cruises go, Silversea offers a fantastic way to entice your palate, broaden your culinary horizons and travel from destination to destination with ease. On these cruises, flavours, aromas, wine tasting and food preparation become as much of your trip as experiencing the sights and cultures. The Culinary Arts Voyage indulges foodies as world-renowned chefs join you and share their Michelin star expertise through special menus, cooking demonstrations and gourmet dinners that spotlight their most innovative dishes. Alternatively, the Wine Series Voyage is for the appreciator of fine wines with carefully matched pairings of wine and food. Enjoy tastings, lectures and private tours to internationally recgonised vineyards and world-class wineries. While on board, there is an extensive selection of fine red and white wines for you to enjoy, paired with both lunch and dinner.

Oceania Bon Appétit Culinary Centre Cruises

As the world’s only hands-on culinary studio at sea, the Bon Appétit Culinary Centre on board the Oceania Riviera Ship cruises elevates the on board gourmet experience while at sea, and offers a unique experiences that few cruise lines can match. With expert Master Chefs providing personal instruction in a professional kitchen atmosphere, you are able to expand your knowledge and appreciation of local and international cuisines while at sea. There are over twenty different culinary courses to choose from, ranging from a homemade pasta master class to modern Nordic and cooking the perfect French crepe.

Windstar Cruises

When looking for a personalised culinary cruising experience, there is no need to look further than Windstar cruises. They offer much more than just exquisite food, with massages, water sports, casino entertainment and a number of different dining venues to suit your mood. The dining and culinary experience is of the highest quality, ensuring each dish is prepared and served exactly to your liking. Each year, culinary focused voyages are launched to different parts of the world, incorporating world-renowned chefs sharing knowledge and expertise. Experiencing the cuisine of different cultures between food and tasting the varying flavours and aromas allows you to experience the destination in a new light. Windstar also offers on shore excursions of Walking and Wine Tastings in various different destinations around the world, particularly France, Italy and Spain. Enjoy local knowledge and produce, while sipping perfectly matched wines produced locally.