Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Traveling and the Currency Exchange

When is the best time to exchange money?
Seasoned travelers use different strategies to exchange currency. Some travelers wait until they arrive at their destination before they even think about a currency exchange. On a two or three day trip that strategy might work, but for a holiday or an extended trip to another country that decision could be an expensive one. You usually have enough time to organize a trip and the exchange rate should be an important element in your plans. Waiting to exchange all your money at an airport location can create a number of surprises.

Let’s say you arrive in Delhi and want to exchange $1000 for Rupee. The last time you checked the exchange was favorable, but economic conditions have changed since then. The Dollar/Rupee trading pair moved 1300 points over the course of ten days and that change costs you an extra $130. Traveling internationally without exchanging money before your departure date could spell budget disaster. Exchanging small amounts of money while you’re planning the trip reduces the risk that is associated with a sudden shift in the exchange market. Averaging your exchanges also gives you an exact cost to use in your budget, so there are no surprises when you arrive at your destination. If you plan ahead you can avoid the stress that an unexpected currency rate shift can create and you’re able to implement a budget that is effective.

Where should I exchange money?
Most travelers assume that banks give the best rate of exchange. Banks charge a fee for every exchange and they may only post one rate a day and it may not be the current rate. Some travelers rely on credit cards to exchange money, which makes the credit card companies very happy. They use a their own rate which includes a profit and they add a surcharge on every travel purchase, so you never know how much you’re spending until you get the statement and by that time it’s too late to make adjustments. The best way to exchange money is through a reliable currency exchange broker. They can give you a real time rate, so you can average your trades and know up front how much each trade costs. Airport currency merchants can be used to exchange small amounts if the rate is in your favor, but it still may cost more than your average exchanges.

Other travel points
Some countries do put a limit on the cash you can carry. It’s a good idea to know that limit before you arrive. A random customs inspection may destroy the trip if custom officials confiscate your cash. Always carry cash in a hidden pocket or money belt that’s secure and out of sight. Purses and wallets should be used to carry small amounts for small purchases. Hotel safes and other security measures should be used when you arrive and common sense is your best security tool when you decide to use it.

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Monday, August 17, 2009

Bondi Beach

Australia trip is incomplete without a visit to Bondi beach.Bondi Beach is one of the Australia's most famous beach. It is about one kilometre long. It is situated in Sydney’s Eastern suburbs, in New South Wales on the East coast of Australia.The beach is divided into yellow and red flags for swimmers.It is one of the main tourist spot of Australia. It is a sandy beach and very popular among tourists. Bondi Beach is the third most visited site in Sydney after the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge. Bondi Beach was added to the Australian National Heritage list in 2008.

Bondi Beach is one of the best places for scuba diving. It is a series of steep cliff walls, which run along one of the best spots for scuba diving in Australia.

Bondi Beach is also well known area for surfing due to its waves.Generally surfing is done on the southern end of the beach. You should visit Bondi during the annual City of Surf Fun Run when thousands of runners reach to Bondi Beach. It is the most crowded event took place here and a large number of visitors come here to enjoy this amazing event.It is also a popular place amongst runners, skaters and cyclists. The beach is also a stunning place to walk during summer. Bondi has an relaxed atmosphere and ideal location for surfing. The water of the beach is so clear. The beach is moon shaped bay full of white sands which adds more to its beauty.

Bondi beach is one of the safest beach for swimming in Australia.The beach is delimited by the red and yellow ‘flags’.Swimmers should stay between those flags so they can be watched by the lifeguards.They provide full safety to the visitors. In Bondi beach you can also find a park, beach volley courts etc.

Bondi hosts many events and Festivals throughout the year. Some of them are Kite flying Festival, Sculptures by the Sea, End point of the City to Surf fun run and many more. So visiting during festival time you could understand the culture,people and festivals of Australia. This is the busiest time of the year.
It is also home of the famous Bondi Icebergs swimming club where some swimmers, swim in the chilly Bondi Baths on winter Sundays. It is a different experience for those who haven`t done it before.

The best way to reach bondi beach is through buses which you can easily get at a regular interval of 10 minutes.There are many seafood restaurants,cafes and clubs on the way to Bondi junction. So,Bondi is not only a beach but also a place of surfing,scuba-diving,beach of festivals and events,way full of restaurants,bars,clubs,a nice beach for experience sun and bath. Bondi offers many budget trip holidays.No one should miss it.

Visiting India`s Golden Triangle

Visiting India`s Golden Triangle

India`s famous `Golden Triangle` takes in three of the country`s most breathtaking and exciting cities - the capital, Delhi; along with Agra and Jaipir. Together, they form a rich and culturally diverse experience that takes in exquisitely-crafted architecture, fascinating history and culture, colourful wildlife and delicious cuisine. The cities all lie within a radius of 250 kilometers of one another and travelling between them provides and opportunity to take in the landscapes of this captivating country.

Buzzing Delhi is an explosion of sight and sound that combines fascinating local cultures with the sophistication of a modern metropolis. Split into New Delhi and Old Delhi, the city is home to sights such as the India Gatre, Red Fort and the Raj Ghat and boasts hotels and restaurant to suit every taste and every pocket. Less than 200 kilometers from here lies the Sariska Sanctuary, where jeep tours allow visitors to view all manner of beautiful birds and animal, including magnificent Indian tigers.

At Agra, meanwhile, visitors will find themselves in an opulent city that was the capital of the Mughal Emperors during the years 1526 to 16 58. The city is home to many spectacularly beautiful buildings, the most famous of which is the legendary Taj Mahal - one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Built for the emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife, it is undoubtedly one of the world`s best-known buildings. The city is home to many other architectural wonders, not the least of which are Fatehpur Sikri and Agra Fort, both of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Ask your tour guide or holiday operator for details of local festivals and events, as these are riots of music, costume and dance and will leave a lasting memory of your holiday in beautiful India.

The colourful city of Jaipur is a great place to soak up the local culture and will provide travel memories to last a lifetime. Here, visitors can stroll through beautifully designed and maintained parks and gardens, take in imposing forts and historic monuments and even take a ride on board an elephant or camel. Known as the `Pink City` in India, the city boasts striking coloured buildings many of which date back to 1727 - the year Jaipur was founded by the Maha Raja Sawai Jai Sing II. Among the sights that can`t be missed on a visit to Jaipur are the City Palace, Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar and the Hawa Mahal - or Palace of the Winds. The city`s bazaars are a right of colour, sound and smell and are a great way to pick up local handicrafts and artisan pieces as mementoes of your Golden Triangle adventure.

Take a rickshaw ride through the city during the afternoon or evening to see Jaipur at its liveliest, with street sellers hawking their colourful wares on every corner and the lively local shops and restaurants all open for business.

Nature lovers shouldn`t miss a visit to Bharatpur, which is home to Keoladeo Ghana Bird Sanctuary. The dense woodlands and shallow waters of this wildlife sanctuary are home to countless numbers of birds, many of which are native to India while others are migratory birds that have made their way here from Central Asia and Siberia.

With so much to take in by way of culture, architecture, tradition and wildlife, why not visit last minute holidays to book your Golden Triangle adventure?