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10 Helpful Tips on How to Safeguard Your Luggage While Traveling

10 Helpful Tips on How to Safeguard Your Luggage While Traveling

Imagine that you have had a successful trip but you cannot trace your luggage. You will feel devastated. When it comes to you and your luggage, you might not be able to tell when the two of you will disconnect whether temporarily or permanently. It can either happen from the moment you leave your car to the plane seat and back again. The feeling can be quite overwhelming, and it's, of course, the last thing you want to encounter.

As a traveler, you should take some measures to prevent loss, theft, delay or vandalism of your luggage. You don't have to be restless every single moment of your journey. You might find it okay to trust people, but you should not give them the chance of taking advantage of you.  Here are insights about the precautions you should consider.
•  Don't store precious and fragile items inside checked luggage

 Many airlines always state clearly in their Contract for Cargo, that they do not allow fragile and precious things in the checked baggage unless you buy from them a different luggage insurance package for your luggage which is quite expensive. Gather all your valuable items in your backpack luggage to avoid them breaking or eventually losing them to thieves. Objects that you must use while traveling such as medication should always be readily reachable. Toiletries, wallets, cash and your identification documents should be in a clear bag where everyone can see them. Therefore, they will not have the guts to tamper with them because you will know if anything is missing when you get to the other machines.


• Place your travel plan on top of your possessions inside your luggage

If you are in the middle of many destination journeys and want your lost bag to be sent to your next stopping place, having your travel plan inside your belongings will help the airline to know where next to ship your luggage. The airline will be able to get in touch with you while you are still traveling and send your luggage to your next stop.


•  For short distance trips, just travel with your carry-on luggage

 By packing your items in your Carry-on bags, you will not have any checked baggage. Therefore, you will not have to worry about it getting stolen, lost, or destroyed due to improper handling, and you will also not experience any delay before you receive them.


•  Elaborate your luggage with vivid identifiers

 Bright ribbons or belts help in ensuring that your fellow traveler does not mistakenly take your luggage. They are eye-catching, and the luggage handler will not leave them in the luggage carrousel. This way, the airline will not misplace your luggage.


•  Travel with well-maintained luggage


 Before embarking on a journey, always ensure that your luggage is in excellent condition.

1. All the wheels, zippers, and closures should be functioning correctly. When settling on bags, opt for one with zippers, handles, weight, and a substantial measurement which includes width, length or height. In case of rough handling, your bags will not fail.


2.  It is also advisable to carry along a duct tape to fix any damage caused by rough handling. A well-maintained suitcase will ensure that your valuables remain secure inside your luggage.


•  Avoid four-wheeled and plastic luggage


 Plastic suitcases do not get designed for long distance journeys. Unless you are traveling in a private jet, keep them out of mind as they crack during cold weather and get damaged whenever pressure from all the other bags in the cargo pit gets exerted on them. The four-wheeled suitcases tend to come crashing from the cargo pit as the cargo handlers push them out as they can move at high speed. To avoid damage, keep off this kind of luggage while traveling for long journeys.


• Consider shipping your luggage


 Instead of having your bags checked, you can opt to export them as this process is less costly. You can either pack your belongings by yourself or have them wrapped at the post office carefully. It is advisable to have the post office staff pack your belongings because they only issue insurance if they pack the stuff themselves. However, this is to protect themselves from fake claims by untrustworthy clients. When your belongings get carefully packed, even the most fragile will arrive in perfect condition.


•  Purchase luggage protectors

Due to frequent mishandling of luggage by the handlers, investing in luggage protectors which are usually a clear plastic sleeve will help in keeping your bags free from damage. It keeps people away from tampering with your luggage, and you will also know if someone tried to open your luggage. Some airports offer professional wrapping services, but of course, you have to pay a fee for this. You can either wrap your bags at home or have it done at the airport.


•  Keep your luggage simple


To avoid frequent issues like theft, choose a simple bag which does not get highly noticed.  People tend to think that expensive bags contain expensive belongings and get always targeted by burglars. You are not keeping up with any celebrity though; to avoid the headache of missing luggage, purchase a regular suitcase.


• Use a luggage tag both inside and outside


 Even the most durable cards get torn during luggage handling. You should keep a duplicate copy of the label inside your luggage.  If it goes missing at the airport, you will get required to prove ownership.


•  An important reminder! You should never put your landline number or home address on luggage tags for safety reasons. Instead, put your email address and cell phone number.

Majority of airport and airline employees are dedicated to their jobs and are quite honest. They do not have it in mind to tamper with your luggage. These are not the people you are focusing on while safeguarding your luggage. Some people have already figured out how helpless you are while traveling. Above is just the general knowledge on safety measures to take on your luggage. Always remember to put your valuables in an undistinguished location to avoid theft. With this vital luggage security tips, you can now secure what is more valuable to you and enjoy your trips without worry.

A Guide to getting to Ko Chang

A Guide to getting to Ko Chang

Ko Chang is situated in the Trat province in Eastern Thailand. 'Ko Chang' (also called Koh Chang) translates to 'Elephant island'. The island is named for the shape of its landmass, which resembles the head of an elephant. Also referred to as the 'Maldives' of Thailand, Ko Chang is one of Thailand's most beautiful islands. It is known for its sandy beaches and wildlife. Prior to World War II, Ko Chang was relatively unknown in the Western world and was largely uninhabited. The island remains a peaceful and quiet location to this day, despite its growing appeal to tourists.

Why visit Ko Chang?

Unlike Phuket or Ko Samui, the other popular island destinations in Thailand, which tend to be bustling year round, Ko Chang tends to be largely tranquil, even in peak season. If you wish to bask in the sun with a cool drink in the lap of nature, Ko Chang might be the place for you!

Ko Chang is renowned for its jungles. Just some of the things you can do in Ko Chang include diving, fishing, tree climbing, sailing, jungle trekking and snorkeling. Ever wanted to swim with an elephant? You can do that in Ko Chang! If you prefer your holidays a tad more educational, you can take a class to learn Thai cooking or traditional massage. If you're feeling adventurous, you can rent a kayak and paddle through the canals in the mangroves into the magnificent Salakkok Bay.

Ko Chang has a large number of waterfalls and beaches you can relax at. Speaking of relaxing, there are several spas and resorts that provide soothing massages.

You can experience delicious and authentic Thai food at Ko Chang's many resorts and at its many villages.

How do I get to Ko Chang?

Ko Chang has no airport, so you'll need to catch a ferry from Laem Ngob. There are three piers in Laem Ngob which offer ferries to Ko Chang. It is recommended that you travel to the Ao Thammachat pier(Ko Chang ferry) since it is the easiest to get to.

Alternatively you can take the Centrepoint ferry from the Dan Kao pier. The Ko Chang ferry costs 80 baht for a one way trip or 120 baht for a round trip. The Centrepoint ferry charges 70 baht one way, and 100 baht for a round trip. Ferries run to and from Ko Chang every hour from 6 am till 7 pm. The journey by ferry is pleasant and takes around 30 minutes. Snacks and beverages are available at all piers.

You have several options for travelling to Laem Ngob -

By Air

Bangkok Airways flies two or three times daily from Suvarnabhumi airport, Bangkok to Trat airport. A round trip costs anywhere from 3200-4000 baht, depending on the season. Trat airport is a bare-bones facility with a few conveniences and some taxis outside. The flight takes around an hour to reach Trat airport from Bangkok. This is the fastest means to reach Ko Chang, but isn't very economical. This may be your only option if you wish to avoid a five hour drive or bus trip.

Laem Ngob is situated around 20 km away from Trat airport. You can get there via songthaew for around 300 baht or 50 baht per person. A songthaew is a vehicle similar to a mini-truck used for public transport in Thailand. They run at regular intervals. Once you reach Laem Ngob, you can ride the ferry to Ko Chang. Your hotel or resort may provide a pick up service from the pier. Otherwise you may take a songthaew to your destination.

By Bus

Two first-class express buses travel to Ao Thammachat pier in Laem Ngob from Bangkok's eastern bus terminal, one at 7:45 am and another at 9:45 am. The journey takes about 5 hours and costs 275 baht. A bus returning to Bangkok's eastern bus terminal from Ao Thammachat is available at 2 pm.

Alternatively, buses run between Suvarnanbhumi airport and Ao Thammachat at regular intervals from 6:30 am till 6 pm. A round trip will cost you around 400 baht.

If you are going to be travelling later in the day, you can also elect to travel to Trat. Buses run from Bangkok's eastern bus terminal to Trat every hour between 5 am till 11:30 pm. Buses to Trat are also available from Ko Samet, Rayong, Nakhon Ratchasima and Pattaya. From Trat, you can take a songthaew to Ao Thammachat.

Minibuses to Survarnabhumi airport, Bangkok are available from Khlong Son on Ko Chang. They leave from the island at 7 am and 5 pm. Another minibus connects to a large first-class bus in Laem Ngop, which you can catch from Ko Chang at 1 pm. All of these cost 400 baht, and hotel pick-up services may be offered for 50 to 100 baht, depending on your hotel.

Getting around in Ko Chang

White songthaews are available on the island's main roads most of the time. They are by far the easiest means of travelling within Ko Chang. Songthaews can cost anywhere between 50-200 baht per person depending on your destination, although you can attempt to negotiate prices. Please note that most songthaews operate on a shared basis and may not leave until full.

Vehicles are available for rent. Motorbikes, in particular are readily available and are a wonderful way to experience Ko Chang. Note that part of the roads in Ko Chang are poorly developed. In addition, some stretches of the road are quite steep and windy. So, we recommend against travelling via motorbike unless you are an experienced rider. A motorbike can be rented for around 200 baht per day. Mountain bikes and scooters may also be rented for around 100 baht per day. Please make sure you are provided a helmet with the two wheeled vehicles, since you may be fined by a policeman otherwise.

Please note that both of the piers that handle most of the ferry crossing traffic are on the east side of Ko Chang.

You can also rent a car or jeep for around 1500 to 2000 baht for one day, depending on the vehicle. Kayaks can be rented for 80 baht per hour or 400 baht per day. Most resorts or hotels in Ko Chang provide some sort of vehicle rental service.

Enjoy your trip to Ko Chang!


Planning Your Cruise – Infographic

A cruise holiday is a wonderful trip to choose as it allows a holidaymaker to see a number of destinations while also experiencing the unique pleasure of travel via ship. For some cruises, you get to travel to a number of countries but without the inconvenience of having to unpack and repack each time. For a cruise holiday, the time spent on the ship can be as exciting as the destinations so your holiday literally begins the minute you set foot onboard the ship. This contrasts with the stresses we experience at times when we go through an airport to get to a destination. Security lines, overcrowded gates and unappealing food can make a chaotic experience for the start of a vacation whereas once you step onto your cruise ship, you are in vacation mode.

The guys at The Water Filter Men have put together for us this infographic that details everything you need to know about going on a cruise. It breaks down what the different cruise companies have to offer; it details etiquette in terms of clothing; it explains how to choose a cruise to suit your needs and lots more! Check it out below.




5 Things to Know Before Trekking in Nepal


5 Things to Know Before Trekking in Nepal

Nepal is one of the popular destinations for trekking. Known for extreme diversity in landscape
and climate, Nepal has some of the unique and thrilling trekking circuits. Even though some of
the famous trekking circuits are resourceful and well-documented, most of the trekking route is
still rugged and isolated from the urban cities. Considering complexities of high altitude and
underdeveloped countryside you should be wary of some of the basic things before venturing on
the difficult terrain of Nepal.

Best Time to Go On a Trek
Timing is the first thing to consider while trekking in Nepal. Even though Nepal is a small
country, it hosts some of the extreme variations in weather. So, you should choose the right
time to embark on your journey. October to November is the best time to trek in Nepal. As the
rain of the monsoon will have cleared the sky and you will get excellent visibility of the mountain
range. You can also choose the time from February to April, but the visibility is not as clear as in
October – November. June to September is not the best time to go for the trek as during this
period it will be a monsoon.

Where to Go On a Trek
After selecting the best time for your trek, you can look for a suitable trek destination. You can
choose the trek circuit according to the level of difficulty and duration of the trek. There are
many popular trek destination like Everest base camp trek, Annapurna circuit Trek, Rara lake
Trek, Manaslu Trek, Langtang Valley Trek, Gokyo Ri Trek, Upper Mustang, Three Pass Trek,
Upper
Dolpo Trek, etc. If you have limited period, then you can choose short trek like
Annapurna Sunrise Trek, Mardi Himal Trek, Everest View trek, Ghorepani Poon Hill trekking,
Helambu
trek, etc.

Work Out Before Going On a Trek
Trekking in Nepal is exciting, but it comes with the fair share of challenges and difficulties. The
trail is filled with steep terrain making it must to work out beforehand. The trail can go up to a
high altitude of 6000 meters. At such high altitude, trekker may suffer from Acute Mountain sickness as the body is not correctly adapted to the lower oxygen levels. The illness can be fatal
if it doesn’t address in proper time. Therefore, it is recommended to work out before venturing in
high altitude. Beside trekkers need to be ready for acclimatization while ascending on the steep
mountains.

Always Plan for Contingency Days
Many people squeeze their time to fit trek for exact days’ mention in the itinerary, but they fail to
consider delay and cancelled time due to bad weather. The weather in the mountain region can
be unpredictable. Besides weather, you should also consider time for acclimatizing in high
altitude trek. Therefore it is always recommended to have some contingency days. By including
extra days into your trekking, you will always be ready for unknown.

Bring The Right Gear
Choosing the right gear for the trek should be one of your priority. A pair of good trekking boots,
comfortable backpack, and clothes for the season is the basic things to look for. Besides that, if
you are trekking in high altitude, you need to carry gears like trekking poles, ropes, sleeping
bag, etc. Most of the trail is isolated from the city area. Therefore, it is highly recommended to
carry a decent first aid kit and water purifications system like a bottle of chlorine drops. You may
want to carry some antibiotics for stomach illness and upper respiratory. Some of the rural areas
may not have electricity, so it is a good idea to carry an extra battery or solar charger for
electronic devices.

About The Author
Aksharika is an avid traveler who loves to travel and explore new places in Nepal. She also
works as a trekking guide for Green Society Adventure, and you can follow her adventures on
her blog.


5 Must know things for a New Traveler



5 Must know things for a New Traveler

Maybe you are planning a trip to an exotic tropical country or you are already midway planning a trip to your nearest weekend getaway, you are already amazing! So sit down, breathe and relax rookie traveller. Here is everything you need to know before your first trip to basically anywhere.

Travel is an alluring idea. Who doesn't want to escape the humdrum of a boring life and take a break to go somewhere fun? New people, food, culture, it's all jazzy and exciting, isn't it? Well, the idea of spontaneous travelling and living out of a rucksack can seem lucrative at times but the real world comes without those pretty Instagram filters. It's not always La Vie En Rose for the first time traveller. But you see, that is the beauty of it! 

You can finally let your hair down and be yourself! Travel catches you off guard and that could be a fun experience, if only you keep in mind a few things.

Worry not. Here are 5 must-know things for a new traveller:
  1. Choose an easy destination:

 Let's get to the fun part first. You get to choose your own destination! Maybe you have always wanted a vacation in the Bahamas or visit the Red Square in Moscow, or plan a ski trip in the Alps. Let's admit it.  Given a choice, we will always reach for the difficult and improbable, first. The Bahamas and Moscow are drop dead gorgeous destinations however, feasibility should always be taken into consideration while planning a trip.

Start with someplace that vibes with you, that comes easy and natural to you. Planning a trip to the other end of the world sounds exciting but the entire experience could get quite overwhelming if, at all, you ever feel (or get!) stuck at a place.

  1. Documents and Insurance :

 This not so fun part, could actually be a lifesaver, at times. It is extremely important to have travel documents sorted and organized before you leave for your trip. Say for example it is wise to get your passport renewed at least before 6 months of expiry if you are planning to travel abroad. Visas are crucial to any trip abroad. Every country doesn't necessarily demand a visa for travel, but some countries wouldn't even allow you to step in without a visa. Make sure you get your Visas sorted months ahead of your travel date. Get photocopies of all important document, and leave a set at home for an emergency.

 Also, make sure you have your travel insurance and health insurance on fleek, just to stay on the safe side. Now, this might sound weird but, if you are planning to travel to a place that is susceptible to certain diseases, it is better to get vaccinated before your journey.

  1. Budget and Extra Cash!

 Travel and chaos theory are closely related. Budgets can get you organised and save extra expenses but, sadly and luckily travels don't always go as planned. Draw a budget and stick to it, however, carrying an extra wad of cash always comes in handy. A lot of fancy food all the time can get you sick. Try to strike a balance. Cereals and spreads are a great option for breakfast which you can carry along with you and save some cash.

 Make sure your cards are functional and let your bank know of your travel plans, just in case they decide to hold your card out of suspicion. Wallets have a tendency to run away from their owner. DO NOT have a codependent relationship with your wallet! Have some funds and cards kept somewhere, well...secret? So that even in case your wallet gets stolen, you always have a backup.

  1. Travel Light :

 Coming back to ground reality, you are going to get so exhausted at times, you WILL seriously consider ditching that huge suitcase and simply walking away. Pack just the essentials. You probably won't need those 20 pairs of clothes and 10 pairs of shoes. Like they say - While in Rome, do as the Romans do.

 Choose your outfits carefully keeping in mind the weather and place. There are certain outfits that suit every occasion and are quite weather friendly. Similarly moving around with tons of accessories is not a good idea. If you have chosen an off-road biker’s paradise, you don't carry a garage with you. Trust the internet! You can now get all your bike accessories with just a click. A lot of stuff can overwhelm you at times. The mantra to packing light?  Simple...bare...necessities.

  1. Connectivity and Safety :

 Stay connected to your people!

Make sure your phone actually works in a different country and calling facilities are not locked. Contact your operator for any international call plans and roaming facilities while planning a trip abroad. Local sim cards are a great option if you are planning a longer stay, but for short trip and weekend getaways, simply make sure you have 'a plan' and your phone is working.

 A few precautions can make you 'a 100 % theft prove'. Electronics, wallets and jewellery items are the most vulnerable to theft. Keep your luggage and electronics locked at all times and make sure your gadgets are password protected.

 Oh, by the way, a pepper spray is not a girly thing.

 You are all set for your journey. Explore the place and go with the flow. No guide book could give you what your senses and intuition could. Grab an 805 Beer, connect to new friends and make memories that will last you for a lifetime. Anyway, isn't it wonderful to get beautifully lost sometimes ...?


Bon voyage and au revoir!


 Author Bio -

 Rebecca has been closely studying the travel industry trends from quite some time. Intrigued by the booming growth of this sector, she takes interest in penning down her views providing quality insight on current travel trends and also likes to write about food and beverages, particularly wine.

Most expensive holiday destinations on the planet



Most expensive holiday destinations on the planet

Kavos in Corfu is the least expensive place to go for a school vacation family bundle escape this summer and Ibiza is the most costly - Research looked at costs of a 7 night bundle deal during school vacations - Cheap destinations contained Bulgaria, the Costa Brava also Neapolitan Riviera - One of the most costly places are Santorini, Marbella also Heraklion - Kavos in Corfu is where to go to from the United Kingdom for the lowest priced international package deal during the school vacations. That's according to new research that analyzed the cost of a seven night package vacation across countless offers for July 21.

The most expensive place to choose a package holiday is Ibiza Town, in accord with the study, with the cost per person per night over double that of Kavos. Kavos in Corfu, pictured, was named as having the lowest priced international bundle deals during the school vacations - The research has been completed by cost comparison website TravelSupermarket, which seemed at all searches created by British holidaymakers between May 1 and June 12 this season. The research reveals that if you're seeking the least expensive overseas family holidays throughout the college holidays, you should consider not just Corfu, however Bulgaria, Gran Canaria, the Neapolitan Riviera also the Costa Brava, also prevent too as Ibiza Santorini, Marbella on the Costa del Sol, Heraklion in Crete also the Dubrovnik Riviera.

For Kavos, the median cost is 56.25 per person per night, with an average 3 course meal there cost less than 15 each. The next least expensive destinations are the Bulgarian resorts at Golden Sands also Albena in 60.29pppn. Third cheapest is Spains Costa Brava in 61.30pppn, followed by Sidari, also on the island at Corfu, at 61.94pppn. Albena, pictured, in Bulgaria has been named as the second least expensive place to go for a package holiday from the United Kingdom - CHEAPEST SHORT HAUL PACKAGE HOLIDAYS FROM THE UK - 1. Kavos, Corfu, Greece 56.25 each night each person median - 2.

Golden Sands and Albena, Bulgaria 60.29pppn - 3. Costa Brava, Spain 61.30pppn - 4. Sidari, Corfu, Greece 61.94pppn - 5. Neapolitan Riviera, Italy 63.82pppn - 6. Puerto Rico, Gran Canaria, 64.08pppn - 7. Malia, Crete, 65.72pppn - 8. Valencia, Spain, 67.40pppn - 9. Bourgas, Bulgaria 67.50pppn - 10. Fuengirola, Costa del Sol, Spain 68.41pppn - 11. Laganas, Zante, Greece 68.61pppn - 12. Sicily, Italy 69.13pppn - 13. Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote, Canary Islands 69.64pppn - 14. Benidorm, Costa Blanca, Spain 69.73pppn - 15. Rhodes, Greece 70.14pppn - 16. Malta 70.17pppn - 17. Corfu Town, Greece 70.33pppn - 18. Cote DAzur, France 71.03pppn - 19. Lagos, The Algarve, Portugal 71.10pppn - 20. Nerja, Costa del Sol, Spain 71.21pppn - origin: TravelSupermarket - Rounding out the top 5 least expensive destinations is the Neapolitan Riviera in Italy, where the median cost is 63.82pppn. Other inexpensive destinations include Puerto Rico, Gran .

To make ITS ranking, Hoppa added up the total of six travel expenses - Including a 3-kilometer taxi journey, a night's stay at the hotel per person, and the meal - to find the average cost per person for a day trip in each destination .

The cost of a pint of beer, a cup of coffee, and a bottle of wine Also Were Taken into account.

Pricy destinations included both coastal locations in Central America as well as European capital cities.


World's most expensive holiday destinations - Business Insider
Apr 12, 2016 ... A new ranking from the airport transfer website Hoppa reveals the most expensive holiday destinations in the world.

What is the most expensive city in the world

Singapore is the most expensive city in the world, according to a survey conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit aimed at cities with the most expensive standard of living in 2016. This is the third consecutive year when Singapore is first in the top, reports CNN.

EIU Worldwide Cost of Living 2016: expensive cities - Business Insider
Mar 10, 2016 ... ... weakness caused by these falls has led to spiralling inflation." Business Insider took a look at the nine most expensive cities in the world.

Report annually which includes 133 cities and ranked according to cost of living standards, put Singapore in first place due to high transport costs and utilities.

"It is the most expensive place to buy and you drive a car," the report said. No public transport is not cheaper, being 2.7 times higher than in New York.

However, the cost of basic foods is low compared with its Asian neighbors: Seoul (33% higher), Hong Kong (28%) and Tokyo (26%).

On two places in the ranking are Zurich and Hong Kong, climbing seven places in the latest top compared to last year.

Of all the cities in the top 10, New York has the most spectacular growth, being up 42 places compared to 2011.

Regarding the place of top US cities New York and Los Angeles, EIC put the increase on "currency fluctuations and local prices less growth."

With international travel becoming more accessible, you might still find a couple of cities in the world which will cost a fairly cent to visit. The most expensive cities on earth have formally been named in order of their expense heres the list! - Singapore - The city of Singapore became probably the most famous stopover cities on the continent over latest years, as a result of a big influx of wealth within the nation that has resulted in considerable development at infrastructure and a buzzing foodie civilization. The latest launch of Crazy Rich Asians has also had an extremely positive effect on tourism in Singapore, that has led to it becoming possibly the most expensive cities on earth.

Paris, France - It must come as no real surprise that the worlds most romantic town remains as popular as specifically for couples, honeymooners and people looking for love Paris has been likely that the most expensive cities in that the world and particularly so if you're visiting in the months of Apr through end of August. Hong Kong - Since the first city I visited globally, Hong Kong has always been one of my favorite cities to explore. The distinctive blend of East meets West is unlike any other town in Asia, which makes endless actions be they old or new, civilization filled or on trend.

Zurich, Switzerland - As probably the most beautiful Swiss cities, Zurich well and really earns its place as probably the most expensive, too. Zurich is that the perfect starting point for the Swiss adventure, but if you are attempting to spending budget, just a night or two is necessary! - Geneva, Switzerland - Right behind Zurich is Geneva, another of Switzerlands bucket listing cities to go to at least once in your lifetime. Located on that the edge of Lake Geneva, this town is a global hub for banks and diplomacy, which has understandably influenced the wealth of the city! - Osaka, Japan - As my favorite city in Japan Osaka quickly gained a rapid reputation for being the coolest cousin of the capital. Osaka is full of culture and entertainment on each corner and has that the added bonus of being much smaller compared to Tokyo. Best of all: it's only a 15 minute train ride to historic Kyoto! - Seoul, South Korea - Quicker than ever before, Seoul is becoming the latest must visit capital city in Asia. Numbeo estimates the average price of living at Copenhagen to be over $1, 000 USD per month without rent! - NY, United States - As one of that the worlds most favored destinations to visit and an equally prevalent selection for expats, it's no real surprise New York remains one of that the worlds most expensive cities to go to live.

European Cities, African and Asian cities dominate the most expensive for expats, according to a study by Mercer. In addition to cities in England western European cities have dropped in the rankings, mainly if the weakening of local currencies against the US dollar. While London (12) retain their position. As a result of the weakening of local currencies against the US dollar, most cities in Central and Eastern Europe also fell in the rankings. Prague (142), Budapest (170) and Minsk (200) decreased by 50, 35 and 9 respectively seats, although the price remained rents in these localities.

19 most expensive cities in the world - Business Insider
Jun 21, 2016 ... The investment consultancy firm Mercer has ranked the world's most expensive cities to live in as part of its annual Cost of Living Survey.


"As the world economy becomes increasingly interconnected, 75% of companies expect the number of expatriate employees to remain stable or increase over the next two years to meet the needs of business." Said Ilya Bonic, President and Senior Partner, Mercer Talent.

"Sending employees abroad is needed to compete in the market and retain the most talented employees and employers need a full and accurate understanding of the cost involved."
According to the study, Asian and European cities, namely Hong Kong (2 ), Zurich (3), Singapore (4) and Geneva (5), dominates most expensive cities for expats.

The first place is, however, for the third consecutive year, Luanda, Angola's capital.Although this city is not perceived as an expensive city, goods imported and conditions of safety and comfort for expats are available at high prices. Other cities that appear in the top 10 are Shanghai (6), Beijing (7) and Seoul (8) Asia, Bern (9) in Europe and N'Djamena (10) of Africa. The cheapest cities for expats are Bishkek, the capital Kirghizistan (207), Windhoek, capital of Namibia (206) and Karachi, Pakistan (205). The survey covers 207 cities across five continents and measures the comparative cost of over 200 items and services each of these localities. These include costs related to transportation, housing, food, clothes, household appliances and entertainment services. Europe, Middle East and Africa Three European cities are in the top 10 most expensive cities for expats. Zurich (3), the most expensive European city, followed by Geneva (5) and Bern (9). Switzerland remains one of the most expensive countries for expatriates, due to the major growth of the Swiss franc against the euro.

Moscow (50) and St. Petersburg (152) decreased by 41 and 117 positions as a result of the significant depreciation of the Russian ruble against the US dollar. Tel Aviv (18) and this year the most expensive city in the Middle East, followed by Dubai (23) .  America  Cities in the United States massively scale up the most expensive cities in the world due to the appreciation of the US dollar against other major currencies. While New York (16) best placed city in the region, has maintained the same position as last year, on the west coast cities, including Los Angeles (36) and Seattle (106) climbed 26 respectively 27 seats.Cleveland (133) and Winston Salem (157) are the cheapest cities for expats in the US.  In South America, Buenos Aires is the most expensive city, climbed 67 places and occupying position 19. The ascent this year it is due to growth Strong price of goods and services. The capital is followed by Sao Paolo Argentina (40) and Rio de Janeiro (67). Asia Pacific Five of the top 10 cities in the rankings this year are in Asia. Hong Kong (2) is the most expensive city due to its currency anchored to the US dollar and rising cost of living locally. The global financial center is followed by Singapore (4), Shanghai (6), Beijing (7) and Seoul (8) - all came up in the rankings, with the exception of Singapore which has remained on a steady position.Tokyo (11) fell four places.

The Most Expensive Cities In The World - Forbes
Jul 10, 2014 ... If summer travels leave you feeling like you might want to live in one of the cities you visited, check your bank balance and do your homework.

Top 10 most expensive cities in the world in 2016
1. Singapore
2. Zurich, Switzerland
2. Hong Kong
4. Geneva, Switzerland
5. Paris
6. London
7. New York
8. Copenhagen, Denmark
8. Seoul, South Korea
8. Los Angeles

Asia has six of the cheapest cities in the top 133, four of them in India: New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Chennai. Lusaka, capital of Zambia, is the cheapest city on the list.

The cheapest cities in 2016

124. Damascus, Syria
124. Caracas, Venezuela
126. New Delhi, India
127. Almaty, Kazakhstan
127. Algiers, Algeria
127. Chennai, India
127. Karachi, Pakistan
131. Mumbai, India
132. Bangalore, India
133. Lusaka, Zambia


List of most expensive cities for expatriate employees - Wikipedia ...
These are lists of the world's most expensive cities for expatriate employees (not residents), according to the MercerECA International and Xpatulator.com ...

Here is the 15 most expensive cities to visit, along with a breakdown of travel expenses in each place.

World's most expensive holiday destinations - Business Insider
Apr 12, 2016 ... A new ranking from the airport transfer website Hoppa reveals the most expensive holiday destinations in the world.

15. Los Angeles — £138.91 ($198.13)

Taxi£5.63 ($8.03)

Hotel£90.78 ($129.48)

Meal: £38.45 ($54.84)

Pint of beer: £3.72 ($5.31)

Cup of coffee£1.99 ($2.84)

Bottle of wine: £8.64 ($12.32)

14. Punta Cana, Dominican Republic — £139.78 ($199.38)

Taxi£6.75 ($9.63)

Hotel£109.12 ($155.64)

Meal: £28.71 ($40.95)

Pint of beer: £1.33 ($1.90)

Cup of coffee£1.08 ($1.54)

Bottle of wine: £5.90 ($8.42)

13. Rome — £152.14 ($217)

Taxi£7.60 ($10.84)

Hotel£125.06 ($178.38)

Meal: £22.84 ($32.58)

Pint of beer: £4.24 ($6.05)

Cup of coffee£0.97 ($1.38)

Bottle of wine: £4.95 ($7.06)

12. Paris — £153.38 ($218.77)

Taxi£8.14 ($11.61)

Hotel£140.41 ($200.27)

Meal: £38.06 ($54.29)

Pint of beer: £5.93 ($8.46)

Cup of coffee£3.10 ($4.42)

Bottle of wine: £5.66 ($8.07)

11. Dublin — £156.15 ($222.72)
Taxi£10.26 ($14.63)

Hotel£102.64 ($146.40)

Meal: £45.67 ($65.14)

Pint of beer: £4.18 ($5.96)

Cup of coffee£2.27 ($3.24)

Bottle of wine: £9.20 ($13.12)

10. Lima, Peru — £158.90 ($226.65)
Taxi£3.37 ($4.81)

Hotel£139.74 ($199.32)

Meal: £15.74 ($22.45)

Pint of beer: £1 ($1.43)

Cup of coffee: £1.91 ($2.72)

Bottle of wine: £7 ($9.98)

9. Cancun, Mexico — £172.79 ($246.46)

Taxi£4.12 ($5.88)

Hotel£106.11 ($151.35)

Meal: £22.64 ($32.29)

Pint of beer: £2.35 ($3.35)

Cup of coffee: £1.65 ($2.35)

Bottle of wine: £4.54 ($6.48)

8. Caracas, Venezuela — £172.79 ($246.46)

Taxi£2.04 ($2.91)

Hotel£95 ($135.50)

Meal: £29.18 ($41.62)

Pint of beer: £1.01 ($1.44)

Cup of coffee: £2.73 ($3.89)

Bottle of wine: £3.88 ($5.53)



7. Singapore — £183.87 ($262.26)

Taxi£3.43 ($4.89)

Hotel£127.90 ($182.43)

Meal: £29.14 ($41.56)

Pint of beer: £5.66 ($8.07)

Cup of coffee: £3 ($4.28)

Bottle of wine: £16.99 ($24.23)




6. London — £191.50 ($273.15)

Taxi£8.71 ($12.42)

Hotel£127 ($181.15)

Meal: £50 ($71.32)

Pint of beer: £3.80 ($5.42)

Cup of coffee: £2.99 ($4.26)

Bottle of wine: £9 ($12.84)

5. Sydney — £203.06 ($289.63)

Taxi£8.03 ($11.45)

Hotel£169.94 ($242.39)

Meal: £39.37 ($56.16)

Pint of beer: £3.60 ($5.13)

Cup of coffee: £1.96 ($2.80)

Bottle of wine: £9.20 ($13.12)


4. Marrakesh, Morocco — £223.44 ($318.70)

Taxi£1.69 ($2.41)

Hotel£155.27 ($221.47)

Meal: £10.18 ($14.52)

Pint of beer: £3 ($4.28)

Cup of coffee: £1.21 ($1.73)

Bottle of wine: £7.06 ($10.07)

3. Botswana, Africa — £225.07 ($321.03)

Taxi£0.73 ($1.04)

Hotel£210.30 ($299.96)

Meal: £15.22 ($21.71)

Pint of beer: £1.26 ($1.80)

Cup of coffee: £1.33 ($1.90)

Bottle of wine: £5.66 ($8.07)

2. New York City — £256.80 ($366.29)

Taxi: £6.29 ($8.97)

Hotel£198.78 ($283.53)

Meal: £54.93 ($78.35)

Pint of beer: £3.98 ($5.68)

Cup of coffee: £2.66 ($3.79)

Bottle of wine: £11.30 ($16.12)

1. Dubai, United Arab Emirates — £278.92 ($397.84)

Taxi: £1.80 ($2.57)

Hotel: £214.81 ($306.39)

Meal: £28.04 ($39.99)

Pint of beer: £6 ($8.56)

Cup of coffee: £3.82 ($5.45)

Bottle of wine: £17.47 ($24.92)

11 most expensive holiday destinations - The Express Tribune
Apr 15, 2016 ... Here's a look at the world's most expensive holiday destinations: 11. Dublin. PHOTO: 4CORNERS via TRIPADVISOR. 10. Lima. PHOTO: ...

How much you should tip on your holiday


How much you should tip on your holiday

Unwritten laws of the tippers vary according to country, situation and quality of service. A momondo guide shows what percentage you can leave at the restaurant, hotel and taxi in 32 countries of the world, the most sought-after holiday destinations.

In Europe, there are rare occasions when locals and even tourists prefer to leave a few coins on the table when they feel they have been treated properly. Either way, keep me: when it comes to a tip in Europe, it's always preferable to use cash in the local currency rather than asking for your card to be withdrawn. But in areas like Scandinavia, things are different. Here the prices are anyway at a few feet above the usual ones, and the tip is not even at home. Especially because it is often included in the payment note anyway (so no matter how aggressive you are after a few glasses of wine, try to look carefully at the receipt). Do not rule out the possibility of a small heart attack after seeing a total of a few and a few beers; the secret is to take responsibility for them before you launch into endless commands.

Asia and Oceania Though Bangkok's taxi drivers in their modesty will not wait for a tip, if you feel comfortable, you can sneak a few bahti at the end of the trip. "Tourists look like a huge scratch on the tip of a nose when they leave a tip in Hong Kong. Why? Well that's not a local tradition. In the Philippines and Indonesia, for example, you do not really see a tip on restaurant meals, but it's no more normal than to be in the pockets of taxi drivers, guides or security guards, ". In Thailand, the payment notes generally include the tip and you will not get any nasty look if you pay exactly how it is written. However, it is too likely to meet certain waiters that familiarity with tourists often helps to suggest, more subtly or less, leaving some extra money. Yes, he is just as rude as your home, and the best thing you can do is smile politely and surely if you do not want to leave anything over. With Australians things are simpler than the perfect - if you want to give, if not, health and Lord! You are under no obligation to force your boundaries of generosity, and no one will look ugly behind you if you choose to pay exactly as you write black on white. However, no one will blame you if your heart was melted by impeccable kindness, and you want to communicate this with a few extra dollars. Be sure they will be more than appreciated. North America For Americans, try them like the air. Anywhere: in the taxi, at the hairdresser, at the hotel entrance or where it is best. Most of the jobs in the service sector are quite poorly paid, and employees rely on backpacks to ensure a decent living. So if you do not want to attract thoughtless thoughts about you and talk about being a rude tourist, do well and leave at least 15% in restaurants and bars, $ 1 per baggage porter and 2-3 $ per night cleaning staff or a $ 5 at the end of your stay.

Losing tips in South America is much more relaxed than in the US or Canada. Pay attention, however! Not that it's something you're not used to at home, but taxi drivers are also used to charging you with the amount they consider to be "mandatory". In this case, you only have to be polite and offer only just how much it makes you feel comfortable.

In the Middle East, while locals tend to ease between 5-15% of the final mark, most tourists leave somewhere at 15%. It is not uncommon for hotel service charges to go exclusively to the hotel and not to staff; so if you feel you enjoyed impeccable treatment, do well and squeeze a direct attention into the pocket of the person who made you happy.





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