The Must-Do’s Of Malaysia

There is nothing better than planning a vacation. Sitting and trawling through the travel websites for the most far-flung places that offer the biggest adventures and cultural experiences is all part of the fun. If there is one place that should be on your list to visit, it’s Malaysia. It’s a beautiful place to visit and one that welcomes everyone with open arms, regardless of background and culture. If you’re going to travel to Malaysia, there are some must-do’s that absolutely have to be on your bucket list of places to visit, and we’re going to walk you through each of them in turn.

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Kuala Lumpur

Starting in the cultural melting pot capital, Kuala Lumpur, you’ll be wide-eyed and amazed with what you can find. You will be able to visit shopping malls that have so much more than just the standard shops and boutiques, but rollercoasters winding their way through them. You’ll walk down the street and see monkeys hanging around in the trees above you. Kuala Lumpur is a place you’ll find the Petronas Twin Towers, which has an amazing skybridge running right between the two giants. You can head to the top and go onto the bridge at certain times during the day, and you can read more about it here. The fact that all the shops and museums for the capital are all in the one area makes your days out so much simpler to plan. With everything so close it makes it so much easier to rent a house nearby for your whole stay. Hotels are wonderful, but seeing as Malaysia is food paradise, it can be easier to self-cater!

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Food Culture

One of the biggest reasons to visit the far corners of the world is the food. Most people expect restaurants abroad to be better when they’re pricier, but the thing about Malaysia is that the street food is just as glorious as the food you find in the best restaurants. Whether you’re hungry for traditional Malaysian cuisine, Chinese, Indian or Thai food, there are food courts that hold so much flavour you won’t be able to choose just the one dish. Head over to Penang; the south-east peninsula has the best food in the area. The amalgamation of different cultures means you have so much for your taste buds to discover.

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History & Culture

We mentioned earlier that Malaysia is a place that welcomes everyone, and it’s absolutely correct. The acceptance is immense, and you’ll find temples built beside mosques with churches on either side. You can head to Malaysia to experience Ramadan, the Indian Holi festival and even Christmas. The art scenes are vibrant, and Penang has so much to offer those who are seeking out a little culture and excitement.

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Beaches

It’s not all about the capital in Malaysia; Kuala Lumpur has so much going for it. Malaysia may not be known for the beaches it has to offer, but that’s what makes it so great. These little secret spots of tranquillity are simply breathtaking. Langkawi Island is in the Northern Malaysia region. It’s talked about as ‘the Jewel of Kedah’ and is something to be awed by. It is made up of nine different islands and it is covered in wildlife, so not only are you able to sit by the tranquil and clear oceans, you can enjoy animals in their natural habitat. If you want white sands, Perhentian Island is the place to visit for a truly awesome snorkelling experience. Get under the water and into the quiet and watch a whole world unfold before you, with ancient sea turtles and marine life of all colours.

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Cup Of Tea

Malaysia is one of the many places in the world that has famous tea plantations, and The Cameron Highlands is the place to go to enjoy some. The flora and fauna here are eye-wateringly beautiful, and you get the chance to try authentic tea right from the plant. It’s not an experience one should miss out on, and it can show you the sheer diversity of the landscape in Malaysia.

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Mountains

Kinabulu National Park is somewhere for the adventurers among you to sink your teeth into. It’s a UNESCO world heritage site, which means it’s a popular destination for visitors every year. You can climb the heady heights of Kinabulu, which has its peak at 4,095 meters high. There are over 6000 species of plants and almost 400 species of birds, so you bird-lovers out there should ensure you bring your binoculars with you!

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Caving

Malaysia is a place thriving with UNESCO sites, and you can see them all listed here. One of the places you should absolutely try to get to, is Gunung Mulu National Park. It’s in Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo and it’s got the largest cave chamber known to the world. It’s said you could fit over forty 747 aircraft in there. The natural beauty that are caves gives you the chance to view the world from a different angle, and the only way to get there is a short flight. Take yourself out of the malls and the built-up areas and get stuck into nature. Bring the right equipment and experience a once in a lifetime opportunity.

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Sports

The sports enthusiasts among you will already be well-versed in the motorsport names that visit Malaysia every year, but for those of you who don’t you need to get your research done! F1 Grand Prix season sees Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso arrive in style. The weather may be unpredictable to track, but you can get yourself tickets to beside the track in March and watch some of the driving greats make a name for themselves up close and personal.

There’s nothing so beautiful as visiting a country as diverse as Malaysia. The sheer variety of things to do and places to see means that you could spend weeks there and never get bored. Get yourself online and start planning!

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How To Experience Your First Great European Adventure

Traveling to a new continent is always exciting. Expanding your perspective of the world by venturing to an entirely different landmass with its own customs, laws, and history is arguably one of the most humbling experiences you can embark on. It takes you far away from your comfort zone and thrusts you into a new mode of life. You’re sure to learn a lot.

If the continent in question is Europe though, all of this goes tenfold. Nowhere else in the world will you find a continent so varied in cultures, so historically and artistically rich, and home to some of the greatest inventions human beings have produced.

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If you’re either traveling alone or with a group of friends, it’s responsible for taking the time now to plan how you’re going to explore. It would take you several lifetimes to correctly explore Europe to it’s fullest potential, but you can get pretty close to some of the best methods of doing so.

Identify Your Culture Of Most Interest

If you’re not a fan of the scatter-gun approach to traveling, and instead prefer to settle in a culture to explore it fully and in-depth, you should first spend time assessing what culture you’d most enjoy being part of. Is great food your passion? Consider heading to Italy or France. Is nail-biting sport your preference? Consider England or Spain. Enjoy an amazing house clubbing scene? Germany is your best bet.

Taking a targeted approach in this way will help you best acclimate to traveling to Europe, getting in the country and finding the best ways to travel when within it. Just remember that despite being part of the EU, all the cultures are vastly different and will have varied interpersonal customs to keep in mind.

Interrailing

Interrailing has dramatically grown in popularity over the last ten years, and for good reason. For a low price, you can travel throughout 30 EU countries on the interlinked train system. That’s right, for the price of one ticket, you can do up to 30 countries.

If you enjoy traveling by train, that’s an amazing offer. It’s also a great way to do the ‘backpacking’ experience because staying in hostels around the area is a cheap and efficient way to take care of your washing, sleeping and resting needs. This lends itself well to solo travelers, but is also very popular among groups.

Driving

If you prefer traveling and a little more freedom of movement, driving the EU could be your best bet. This is an excellent way to experience varying road systems and the gorgeous landscapes thereof. Just be very mindful that you study what side of the road you drive on, as different EU countries have different rules.

Things To Keep In Mind

If traveling in or after 2020, ensure your ETIAS authorization applications are up-to-date and correct. For more information, check their website.

Also, if you’re traveling to the United Kingdom after the Brexit negotiations have been concluded and implemented, then be sure you do your research. Your initial traveling permissions might not be as valid as they once were.

To summarize, make the most of it! Europe is truly one of the most fascinating areas in the world, and a study of its cultures, geographies, and tourist offerings will surely keep you coming back time and time again.

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Saving Up In New York Staying In Affordable Hotels

New York is one of the cities in the world that frequently gets visitors. Not only because it is the center of business and fashion but it also houses the John F. Kennedy International Airport; known for being the 17th busiest airports in the world.

One day visit is for sure not enough but don’t worry because you would be scheduling up another visit anytime soon. Bear in mind that in order to fully explore its beauty, make sure you know how to budget your time and most importantly your money.

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Staying in New York might be costly but if you just know where to look, they also have several affordable hotels located near major establishments. Staying here would also mean learning to reach some of the destinations on your feet. Full-blooded New Yorkers know how to do the subway and can walk from several minutes without losing their poise.

Another way of keeping your New York visit at a lower cost would be booking your flights few months before your planned visit. It would also include booking at the affordable hotels in advance because in New York anytime can get busy thus anytime can become a peak season and you might end up having a hard time to look for a place to stay.

Since you’ve already saved up on staying in affordable hotels and booking your flights in advance, you will have enough budget to try out their sumptuous dishes. The city is known to be the melting pot of various international cuisines and this is something that you shouldn’t miss. Invest on their food and don’t forget to take pictures.

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