Month: July 2020

Cheapest Cities in Europe

Whoever told you that a Europe trip means a massive dent to your savings was only half right! Some destinations in Europe work out even cheaper than a Southeast Asian trip with the added benefit that most aren’t as hot and humid as Asian countries. If you are accustomed to a cool and comfortable environment made possible by Tri-County Heating and Air, you can find affordable accommodation in Europe at reasonable prices.

1. Prague

Prague is a haven for travelers because it has so much to offer from the Grand Prague Castle to the intriguing chapels, from some delicious local beers to fine wines from striking buildings to flowing rivers.

But more importantly, Prague works out to be very budget-friendly because there’s plenty of affordable accommodation, Backpackers hostels, roadside eateries, and low-cost walking tours available.

2. Tallinn

Unlike many of its European counterparts, Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, is not overrun by rowdy tourists. This charming city is a gorgeous blend of the urban landscape and gothic architecture dotted with pristine coastline. It also has a thriving nightlife and food scene. Add a dash of fun to your vacation.

3. Budapest

The capital city of Hungary, sitting majestic on the banks of River Danube, is one of Europe’s tourist hot spots. The Hungarian baths are definitely a sight to behold.

But what makes Budapest, so pocket friendly is its extensive and extremely value for money public transport system. You can take a day-long, all week-long pass, and explore the city to your heart’s content.

4. Zagreb

With cobblestone streets, grandiose architecture, and roadside cafes, Zagreb suddenly has the vibe of European cities like Rome or Paris. But since it is relatively unexplored by travelers, rates are much lower than anywhere else in Europe. While you are here in the Croatian capital, you must also check out the very intriguing Museum of Broken Relationships.

5. Saranda

Looking for some Mediterranean sun, the Albanian Riviera is every bit as beautiful as the French Riviera but much more untouched and definitely a lot cheaper. Splash in the aqua waters, get tanned on the sun-drenched beaches, and fill yourself with seafood for classic European sojourn.

5.Bansko

If skiing on the Swiss slopes is stretching your budget too far, Bansko is the perfect alternative for you. Nestled on the Pirin mountain range band, Bansko has serene, snowy vistas wherever you look. Once you have done racing down the slopes, throw back a few drinks at one of the towns many traditional pubs.

6. Malaga

Tourists in Spain often overlooked Malaga for Serbia and Granada. But that’s a serious mistake. With a budding art scene, a jaw-dropping coastline, and an electric atmosphere, M├ílaga definitely deserves a spot on your bucket list. If that’s not motivation enough, the food here is super cheap. Enjoy Spanish tapas to your heart’s content and feel your wallet smile.

7. Porto

Compare the prices in Porto and Lisbon, and you’ll be shocked at the difference.

It may be Portugal’s second-largest city, but it won’t blow a hole in your savings. There are plenty of cozy cafes offering affordable bikes and wine that’s almost as cheap as water. Voila, feel your expenses shrinking during your stay in Porto.…

4 Things to Eat in Bangkok

Next stop; Delicious! Today, we’re counting down our picks for the must try dishes in Bangkok.

We’re looking at some of the Bangkok’s most iconic, popular and mouthwatering dishes.

1. Som Tam

This spicy green papaya salad is technically Laotian in origin, but popular versions can be found all across Southeast Asia, including Cambodia and Vietnam. Thailand has very much made the dish their own. And that goes double in Bangkok, where food reigns supreme. When Westerners think of papaya, the fruit that comes to mind is usually soft, sweet and dark orange in color for some time.

However, the papaya is picked before it ripens so that its meat is firm. Light green in color and has a very neutral taste. Thin strips of tough green papaya are combined with fish sauce, lime chili and palm sugar, and then it all gets pounded together in a mortar and pestle. Despite appearances, the papaya holds up to the pulverising maintaining a satisfying crunch.

One of the things that really makes Bangkok sometimes stand out the heat. Bangkok cooks tend to be very liberal with the Bird’s Eye Chili.

2. Kway Teow Rua

Though the experience may be a little tourist saturated at this point, no trip to Bangkok is complete without a trip to one of the famous floating markets where vendors sell their wares from long, thin boats. Not only are these boats often piled impossibly high with produce, but in the case of food hawkers, they take it a step further by running a makeshift kitchen out of the boat as well. Kway Teow Rua translates quite simply to boat noodles and the dishes so named because it was traditionally served out of boats along the canals.

The dishes characterized by its strong flavor, which is achieved through the use of dark soy sauce, bean curd, various spices, and the inclusion of both beef and pork party filling and flavorful. It really hits the spot. Nowadays you can get a quality bowl of Kway Teow Rua while all around Bangkok. But why not lean into the experience and get your boat noodles from a boat like in the good old days.

3. Ba Mee

In Bangkok, no two bowls of noodles are ever the same.

Many of the most popular noodle dishes in Thailand use rice noodles, but Ba Mee instead uses Chinese egg noodles or the less common wheat noodles. The red barbecue pork is also another element of the dish that borrows from Chinese cuisine; Cantonese to be specific. For this reason, though, quality bamboo can be found throughout the city. Most agree it’s best tasted in Bangkok’s Chinatown, where various food hawkers have been fine tuning their recipes for years, if not generations.

The dish is a modest one consisting of blanched greens, egg noodles, pork and sometimes wontons. But it’s one that really hits the spot. Bumi can be served in broth or dry. The latter is known as Bumi Hangu. Try both!

4. Satay

Speaking of simple dishes that are more than the sum of their parts, how about some meat on a stick? Yakitori in Japan, Bulgogi in Korea Name Nung in Vietnam, Taiwan and China. It seems that each culture has their own equivalent dish.

But you know what? Each of them has something unique to offer. Thailand Satay comes to the country by way of Malaysia and or Indonesia, but it has flourished in Bangkok words among the most popular street foods. What makes Thai Satay distinct is the use of more local ingredients in the marinade. Each vendor does their satay a little differently. So, we recommend trying as many as you can during your time in Bangkok.

We found this great recipe if you want to try making it at home.…

Top 4 Reasons Hawaii Should Be Your Next Trip

It’s time for a trip to paradise! We are looking at why you should be considering making 2021 the year you travel to Hawaii, whether it’s your first time or a return trip.

1. We Begin with Hawaii’s Picture-Perfect Sandy Shores

Now, to be clear, the beaches of Hawaii are by no means the destinations best asset for many travelers. They remain the primary draw. But heading into 2021, we don’t think their appeal is exactly news to most travelers. And so it would be best if we could get this wonderfully necessary acknowledgment out of the way to highlight the many other things that Hawaii has to offer because really the shores of Sunset Beach, Honolulu Bay, and Waikiki Beach sell themselves as soon as you lay eyes on pictures of them.

Hawaii is quite simply home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. For those looking for more specific recommendations, however, consider Portaloo Beach, which is set apart by its eye-catching Black Sands or Poley Harleigh Beach, which is only accessible by four-wheeler but is absolutely stunning. You can also camp there.

2. Watersports

Let’s be honest; there’s not much point in traveling to a Sunny Island destination if you don’t intend to get wet and you see everyone frolicking in the waves and participating in the wide variety of water activities available in Hawaii, even the most committed sunbather is likely to have fun.

Given the abundance of colorful sea creatures and coral in the waters, snorkeling and scuba diving are undeniably a major attraction for venturing into the depths. The waterline is truly a journey into another world. If you’re an adrenaline junkie, why not take the plunge and try swimming with the sharks? Well, there’s a lot to do, too. At the top of the waves, paddle boarding and fishing are popular activities for locals and travelers alike. Hawaii is also a great place to learn how to surf.

3. Weather

Unless you’re coming from a handful of truly idyllic places around the world, Hawaii is all but guaranteed to have better weather than back home. Summers are hot and dry, while winters do tend to get a decent amount of rainfall. But the temperature remains relatively stable regardless of when you choose to visit. And don’t worry if you’re concerned that Hawaii’s near-constant sun might make it too hot for you know that the island breeze tends to balance things out throughout the year.

The average temperature ranges from seventy-eight degrees in the wet season to eighty-eight degrees in the dry season because of Hawaii’s diverse geography. The islands are actually home to a number of microclimates, meaning that even the most weather-sensitive traveler should be able to find their own personal slice of paradise.

4. Flora and Fauna.

Calling Hawaii, a beautiful destination is the understatement of the century. Its lush tropical environment is amazing, colorful, and full of life. While you may be tempted to sit on the beach to enjoy the sand, sun, and waves, whenever you venture inland, you are sure to be blown away by Hawaiian nature.

Palm trees sway in the foreground while towering green monoliths rise in the distance. Even amidst the surreal black volcanic rock, vegetation has taken root, creating a striking visual contrast. The flowers that grow here are incredibly vivid, and each island seems different. And then there’s the wildlife. The island is home to a number of remarkable creatures, including a species of mongoose and a wide range of birds. Geckos are also very common. Of course, it’s the aquatic creatures like whales, monk seals, sea turtles and manta rays that remain the most attractive.

Don’t take our word for it. Check out this article from US News. https://travel.usnews.com/rankings/best-hawaiian-islands/