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  • Sweet Treats at Bacolod City’s Masskara Festival
     
    Sweet Treats at Bacolod City’s Masskara Festival October is a grand time for the Negrenses and a fabulous time for tourists to visit this charming province and be captivated by their warm smiles and delicious treats. As I join Bacolod City in their celebration of the famous MassKara Festival, allow me to share with you some of Bacolod’s well-loved sweet treats and Negrense delicacies. With the annual festival called Masskara, tourists - international and locals alike flock to the party streets of Bacolod City to witness the captivating smiles of the Negrenses. Iconic masks in a variety of colorful designs can be found all-over with numerous Masskara-making…
  • Enjoyable Activities For A Fun Swiss Adventure
     
    The many attractions of Switzerland make it an excellent destination for a European adventure. From the majestic beauty of mountain landscapes to the cultural attractions of some historic cities, there is much for visitors to enjoy on a trip to this landlocked country. Aside from the usual Swiss highlights, there are plenty of other things to see and do and the following are some to consider. Enter a Ski Marathon Switzerland has long been a popular destination for winter sports and there are plenty of resorts offering catered ski chalet holidays. This type of vacation provides access to the slopes…
  • DINING AT LILIW, LAGUNA
     
    DINING AT LILIW, LAGUNA I never thought that dining at Liliw, Laguna would be as pleasant as dining in a reputable restaurant in Manila but at an absolutely cheaper price tag for every dish in the menu. At first sight, I was intrigued with their appetizer Fried Tofu Teriyaki. I have always loved fried tofu but I usually dip tofu in my mom’s delicious blend of sauce – soy sauce, vinegar, sugar and lots of garlic. So it came as a surprise that it could be mixed with teriyaki sauce. Covered in layers of flour, eggs and breadcrumbs, the crisp fried tofu was topped…
  • LAGUNA'S PRIDE : ALING TALENG'S HALO-HALO
     
    LAGUNA'S PRIDE : ALING TALENG'S HALO-HALO It was not a case of serendipity when I checked out one of Laguna's pride - Aling Taleng's Halo-Halo. When my friend and talented photographer Mike Caballes pitched the Laguna topic to our 7107 magazine editor-in-chief, and upon learning our route, I instantly insisted of visiting one dining area - Aling Taleng's Halo Halo. Why wouldn't I insist when this is one of the oldest halo-halo serving establishments in the country today (originally established in 1933 by Editha dela Fuente). As I saw Aling Taleng's Halo-Halo signage, I was jumping for joy and my heart was pounding fast - alas!…
  • All Roads Lead from Cancun
     
    When you're looking for memorable experiences abroad, Cancun holidays are a dead cert to do the job for you, one of the finest trips you can make in all of Mexico and Central America. Providing alluring beaches punctuated by the inviting waters of the Gulf of Mexico, this paradise is indeed the ultimate travel destination for many. Still, there's much more to see in Mexico than the sights on this peninsula alone. One of the lesser-known facts is that in a very real sense, even though you've come to see Cancun, you're also at a "gateway" to the numerous other…
  • Tomatina……The funnest thing you’ll ever only want to do once
     
    Technology has totally reshaped the way we consume information. Facts and trivial knowledge are available at everybody’s fingertips in an instant. What used to be the meat and potatoes of our daily learning experience has been broken down into tidbits. These delicate morsels of info are leisurely shoveled into our brain mouths at our own individually fickle becks and calls. People read blog entries like these to share experiences, not facts. Am I right? You could easily google the fact that Tomatina started in 1945 and the true origin story is unknown. Everybody’s best guess places blame on Bunol youth…
  • The Langdale Valley, “Challenging” Some May Say
     
    The Langdale Valley, the real heart of the Lake District. Stunningly, scenic landscapes no matter when you look. The source of inspiration for artists and poets for hundreds of years and a place where people come to experience complete relaxation. But the Langdale Valley also appeals to another very different lot of people as Langdale is at the end of England’s steepest roads, Wrynose and Hardknott and surrounded by some of England’s highest mountains. So it is no wonder that Langdale is also quite popular with outdoor enthusiasts and those adventurous types. This coming weekend is the mighty Fred Whitton…
  • Starting off 2014 in the Lake District
     
    Starting off 2014 in the Lake District We didn't want to stay in this New Years Eve but we also didn't fancy a house full of people. You know the feeling where by NYE was great for a house full on New years Day, horrid and the wishing they weren't there. Really not a great start to a new year in my book. With the dogs booked already organised to stay in the middle of knowhere with friends (away from fireworks), we decided to book a bit of luxury and hopefully start 2014 as meant to go on. So we went full hog being as it was…
  • 7 Things To Do In Kuala Lumpur
     
    7 Things To Do In Kuala Lumpur Kuala Lumpur or fondly known as KL is a big city with an area of 94 square miles and a population of 1.3 millions. Being a big city, sometimes we wonder, what can we do in this city? Where to go or what to do? Here are my 7 suggestions based on my personal experience. 7 things that we can do while in Kuala Lumpur. 1. Batu Caves Batu Caves. Not exactly in Kuala Lumpur, but this place is located near to the border of Kuala Lumpur and the state of Selangor. Batu Caves is a limestone hill that has…
  • Goa- A Destination for Bikers too
     
    Hail to Goa and ride this beat to explore :) Royal Enfield, a part of the Eicher Motors has expanded its motorcycle range in the country with the launch of 535 cc Continental GT. Café racers of the 1960s and Royal Enfield’s own 1965 Continental GT—the first mass produced café racer of its time—have been the main design inspiration for the current Continental GT. RE is definately going to have a different league after the launch of Continental GT as an international product. It unveiled first in London in the end of August, priced at pounds 5200 in UK, euro…

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  • 10 Reasons To Drop Everything And Travel Right Now
     
    10 Reasons To Drop Everything And Travel Right Now Traveling is one of the most rewarding experiences you can ever have. Unfortunately, many people allow life's stresses to get in the way. Here's why you should drop everything right now and hit the road. 1. To Learn Something About Yourself Travel is all about throwing yourself into the unknown and experiencing new things. When you're faced with challenges like having to navigate foreign languages and transportation systems you learn more about yourself and what you're capable of. This is especially true if you're traveling solo, a truly empowering experience. 2. To Build Your Resume You're never too young or…
  • Top Tips For Better Instagram Photos [Infographic]
     
    Instagram is a handy tool for travelers wishing to document their journey. Long gone are the days of buying disposable cameras or dropping off film at the developer. However the ease of this app can often be taken for granted. After all let's be honest: We've all seen some crappy IG photos. Don't be that guy. When you do decide to share something on Instagram, make sure it is truly worthy of being shared. This infographic from dealchecker.co.uk demonstrates how you can capture the peripheral wonders of the cultures you are engrossed within to make the perfect holiday photo album,…
  • Headed to Mumbai? Keep Yourself Safe with These Tips from a Local
     
    (pic credits - http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/14/Mumbai_Skyline_at_Night.jpg) This coastal metropolis is India’s Gotham city. Home to more than fifteen million people, Mumbai shows extremes of both, debauchery and deprivation. Do not be surprised to find a custom-made Jaguar navigating its way through a street saturated with bicycles, foot-traffic and a variety of animals. The disparity of the city is as striking as it is omnipresent. Formerly known as Bombay, the city was rechristened with its original moniker of Mumbai, derived from the Hindu goddess Mumba Devi, a few years ago. Mumbai has a lot to offer for the eager traveler. The city is…
  • Five essentials to being a happy traveler
     
    Five essentials to being a happy traveler Traveling can be a wonderful experience. The planning before a trip gets you excited. You plan your every move right down to the restaurant you are going to eat on the third night of your trip. Everyone's going to be happy the whole time and there aren't going to be any delays or problems. First of the five essentials of being a happy traveler is that you cannot be hungry. This is a big one. Some people turn into different people, monsters really, when they get hungry. Have you seen those Snickers' commercials? I don´t suggest you get a Snickers…
  • Top 10 Tips for the Indian Backpacker Traveling through Vietnam
     
    (Image credit: upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/81/SaigonCollage.jpg) Vietnam is slowly but surely emerging as the preferred Southeast Asian destination for backpackers all over the globe. And why not? With so much to offer in terms of exotic street food, long pristine beaches with clear waters, ethnic people and lifestyles, ancient cities and monuments with rich history, breathtaking trekking locales, gorgeous landscapes and a vibrant nightlife, it truly does have all the ingredients that go into making a perfect holiday destination! Vietnam is increasingly finding favor among eager backpackers in South Asia as well. An increasing number of Indian backpackers head to Vietnam due to…
  • Five Traditional Alcoholic Beverages You Must Try
     
    Five Traditional Alcoholic Beverages You Must Try Do you love a swig of beer or a glass of wine? No, I'm not going to tell you to stop loving it! Drinking in moderation is actually good for health. But do you stick to your usual palate when you travel abroad? If you love travelling to new places and checking out what the local scene has to offer in terms of food, drinks and more, you are on the right track! However, if you stick to the usual wine and champagne, you will miss out not only on tasting new beverages but also on getting to know the…
  • Tripping down Asia's Memory Lane: top 10
     
    Tripping down Asia's Memory Lane: top 10 I have never understood how anyone can like January. The sad, sinking feeling caused by limp, leftover tinsel hanging in shops, braving the dreary weather without any promise of a mulled wine stop, realising that everyone you know has vowed to lose weight, save money or quit drinking- it is a real slog of a 31 day month. For me, the January Blues are hitting particularly hard this year (can you tell?) Having spent Christmas on holiday in India, flying back to reality on New Years Day has left me longing for backpacking adventures again. So, before I get a…
  • Treat Yourself to a Luxury Escape
     
    Only one thing beats a holiday: a holiday of a lifetime! You know the one. It's the holiday you can never forget, because everything fell into place and you created the type of memories that have continued to live with you long after you returned home. Some may think it is entirely possible to have more than one holiday of a lifetime - as these are the types of holidays that are rarely repeated. It could be because you holidayed with your best friends and had a truly great time. Or you went to a location you'll never have the…
  • Why it's so easy to travel the world
     
    Do you want to travel the world? And don't know how? Did you know that it's pretty simple actually. When I tell people, who I just met or even some family members, about my trips around the world, they are surprised and ask me if it's not dangerous. "But, what about your job? or your home? You don't have any security..." There's that word again "security". A reason why a lot of people are afraid to travel around the world. Not knowing where your are going to sleep or eat the next day. You know what? That's what I love…
  • 10 secrets to get away with extra baggage fees at the airport
     
    Paying extra baggage fees at the airport is pretty common these days. In fact, airlines continue to rely on baggage fees and similar other charges to improve their profitability. In 2012, airlines in US collected about $ 3.5 billion as baggage fees. Most passengers end up shelling extra bucks either due to improper packing or sheer bad luck. However, with thoughtful consideration you can avoid paying those hefty fees. Here are some tips to help save a ton of money. 1. Choose your airline carefully. Different airlines impose different restrictions. For instance, SouthWest allows you to carry two bags free…


Greetings, glad to have you here. The HoliDaze is my little pet project, an attempt at forming a knowledgable travel community with only a budget of $6/month for hosting and whatever free time I have in between my travels. Not only can we all swap our experiences and stories with each other, but also as a result inspire a new wave of travelers. After all, it is one thing to recite something that you saw on the television news but it is an entirely different thing to be able to say "yes, I went there and sure they had this-this-and-this correct, but they had this-and-this wrong and they totally left out this."

The primary reason behind HoliDaze was the seeming absence of a travel web site for people who want to travel and see the world but do not want be seen as tourists or do the same stereotypical thing as everyone else. 'Cultural enthusiast' is the term I use, although others may see themselves more as vagabonds, backpackers, expats, or sufferers of wanderlust.

Sure, there are some travel guide companies like Frommer’s, Lonely Planet, Fodor’s, and others which have online forums, but have you ever tried looking in those forums or reading the “real” reviews. It’s all so disappointing, maybe a couple stereotypical comments or observations, but usually hardly any useful information. And then you have sites like TripAdvisor, currently being investigated of hosting fake reviews (read the article).

Some People Eat, Others Try Therapy. We Travel. ~The HoliDaze

In order to find the best and most recent information many people have come to rely on blogs. This has become even more important in the travel sector as tourism differs from every other multi-billion dollar industry in that everything is based off one single thing: people's opinions. You cannot say that about the automotive or electronic industries, which rely primarily on research and cold hard facts.

That having been said, a good travel blogger's keyboard is more than worth its weight in gold.

The only problem was there was no one site linking all the good travel blogs. Sure, most blogs have a link page or blogroll, but in browsing thousands of them I have found many that were full of out-of-date blogs or dead links. There was not one site that linked to all the worthy blogs I eventually managed to find. What do I mean by a 'worthy blog'? One that embodies some of the following characteristics: well-written, catchy and interesting, up-to-date, expansive or long-running, more interested in giving you information than selling you anything, etc.

I kept thinking it would be so much easier if there was just one site that compiled all the random information which we — and other travel addicts like us — are searching for. Truth be told, I was a little surprised no one else had thought up a social travel site, especially with all backpackers and hostels scattered around the world and the massive loads of information out there on the web. So I've decided I'm going to give it a go.

In closing, thanks for stopping by and taking the time to read this message. Feel free to contact me with any questions or comments you might have. Oh and please let me know if you have any suggestions for the HoliDaze. Thanks again and best wishes!

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