Leh is located at about 3,500 meters above sea level in the corner of Northern India, to be precise in Ladakh near the Indus Valley. It's the most common and most beautiful entry point to the Ladakh region. It is one of the most popular Kashmir tour packages.

Surrounded by two of the world's largest mountain ranges and also surrounded by alpine desert; Leh's dry, barren landscape is rich in historic Buddhist monasteries that make it an incredible sight to behold. This guide will help plan your trip in a better way.

How Do You Get To Leh & Ladakh?

  1. Flights to Leh operate on a regular basis from Delhi. Flights are also available to Leh from Jammu and Srinagar.
  2. Roads to Leh are open in the summer when the snow melts for a few months. The highway from Manali to Leh is open from June to October. The road from Srinagar is open from June to November. Buses, jeeps, and taxi services are all available.

Note: The trip is around two days because of the difficult terrain. Travel by road if you have that kind of time and stamina to withstand the terrain. The view would be worth it!

Best Time To Visit Leh & Ladakh

The best time to visit Leh Ladhak is in the summer i.e. May to November. Since Ladhak does not experience rainfall like the other places in the country, it can be visited during the monsoons as well. Even in the summers though, it is a good idea to carry light woollens as the temperatures and weather here are unpredictable. Also be sure to carry sunscreen to protect from the sun.

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Iconic Attractions

Leh’s Buddhist historical monuments and monasteries are the biggest draws for visitors. The most imposing of all is the Shanti Stupa, which is situated just outside town. There is an 800 year old Kali Temple, on the mountain, which is home to a collection of masks.

You should definitely stop to spin a huge prayer wheel on your way. There is also a 17th century Leh Palace which is built in traditional Tibetan style which offers a captivating view of the town. Southeast of Leh is the Thiksey Monastery, which is the place for seeing amazing sunsets. The Hemis Monastery is the wealthiest and the oldest most important monastery in Ladakh.

Festivals in Ladakh

The Ladakh Festival is generally held during the month of September. It opens with a spectacular procession through the streets in Leh. Villagers get dressed in traditional costumes; they dance and sing folk songs which are also backed by an orchestra. The festival also features musical concerts wherein dances are performed by masked lamas from mock traditional marriage ceremonies and selected monasteries.

The Hemis Festival, which takes place in June or July for two days at the Hemis Gompa, is to commemorate the birth of Guru Padmasambhava, who was the founder of Tantric Buddhism in Tibet. There is also a fair full of beautiful handicrafts, music and a traditional colorful masked dances.

Leh Adventure Activities

Nature and adventure lovers will be thrilled with the excellent hiking and paragliding opportunities. There are various long trekking trails to choose from like the ones from Spituk to Markha Valley and Likir to Temisgam.

Mountain climbing trips are also booked to peaks like the Goleb (19,356 feet), Stok (20,177 feet), Matho West (19,520) and Kangyatse (20,997 feet) in the Zanskar Mountains.

White water rafting is also possible in August and July along the Indus River in the Leh area.

Other side trips

One of the most awaited and most beautiful side trips possible from Leh is a journey along the Zanskar River. You will be amazed to see green villages, hanging glaciers, huge Himalayan peaks, and Buddhist monasteries. The Nubra Valley situated on the Khardung La is the world’s highest road. The sights of wild yaks and horses, hairy double humped camels and Himalayan icicles, and reward of mountains, desert and water all in the one area is a natural gift.

Permit Requirements

From May 2014 on, all Indian citizens no longer need to obtain an Inner Liner Permit to visit most of the areas in Ladakh including Khardung La, Pangang Lake, Nubra Valley, Changthang and Tso Moirri. Instead of this an identification card like driver's license will suffice the need. Foreigners including OCI and PIO card holders still need a Protected Area Permit (PAP). Local sightseeing in Zanskar, Suru Valley or Leh, does not require permits.

Ladakh Trekking Home-Stays

A recommended alternative while trekking around Ladakh is to stay in people's houses in remote villages which are along the way. This provides the traveller insight into the life of Ladakhi farmers.

You will even be fed with traditional home cooked meals which are prepared by the farmer families. Local trekking experts organize such trips to places off the beaten path. Local guide Thinlas Chorol is the founder of the notable Ladakhi Women's Travel Company, which is the first female operated and owned travel company in Ladakh that uses only female guides.

Travel Tips

  Give yourself plenty of time to acclimatize after arriving in Leh because of altitude sickness; avoiding anything for the first two days and drinking plenty of water should help the best.
  Laptops do not appreciate the high altitude and hard drives also crash. Nights get chilly during the summer so don’t forget warm clothes to layer.
  Leaving Leh by flight is a lot more challenging than arriving. Demand for flights in this region is high in peak season, so it is better to book well in advance.

If you've always wanted to have a destination wedding, nothing should stop you from getting married in style. Even if budget woes are worrying you, you can exchange your vows in a beautiful location without breaking the bank.

Don't worry; a budget destination wedding doesn't have to look cheap just because you're putting in less money. Just like cheap wedding suits can ooze style when perfectly tailored, a budget destination wedding can look sophisticated when planned well.

The first thing you need to decide on when planning your destination wedding is obviously the location. Pick a place that you can get to easily and that will be scenic enough so you can save on wedding décor. What's more, such a location can also double up as your honeymoon spot!

If you don't know where to look, here are some places to consider:

Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic's stable government and thriving tourism industry have made this island a desirable destination wedding and honeymoon hot spot. Spanish colonial architecture lends the place an old world charm and is sure to make you fall in love with this Caribbean paradise instantly.

Here, you'll be able to find expansive and luxurious resorts and hotels that fit your budget. With flawless tropical scenery as the backdrop for your wedding images, you know you can't go wrong with this island.

With un-spoilt beaches, traditional merengue music playing all day long, and a host of activities like dolphin sightings, safari and dune adventures, zip lining, catamaran cruises, snorkeling, and more to indulge in, you don’t need think of other Caribbean destinations!

Belize

Situated on the eastern coast of Central America, Belize with its Caribbean shoreline and Mayan ruins is sure to entice you. The Belize Barrier Reef is the second longest in the world and is home to about 500 species of fish and over 100 types of corals.

The clear waters make snorkeling more enjoyable and if you're daring enough, you can also consider exploring underwater caves and the world-renowned Blue Hole. Those willing to remain above the surface of the water can indulge in kayaking, windsurfing, or sailing.

Belize has a vast network of wildlife sanctuaries and national parks that are home to several animals and birds. The country also has many archaeological sites and quite a few Mayan structures offer panoramic views of the jungles.

Belize is easy to get to from abroad and getting from one place to another within the country is just as easy. The people are friendly and you can be sure to feast on great food!

Romantic wedding travel destinations

South Africa

Though far-flung, South Africa is wildly interesting and if you manage to book cheap flights, you certainly won't exceed your budget.

South Africa has varied sights and experiences waiting for you -- crocodile-filled rivers, lush vineyards, splendid beaches dotted with penguins, safari tours, and much more. You can choose to sit and relax on the beaches, but with an endless to-do list, you'll certainly want to see all that South Africa has to offer.

Greece

You can have a budget wedding on any of the glorious Greek islands if having a luxury estate wedding is not going to be possible. All of the Greek islands have fabulous beaches and beautiful weather so you won't have to sacrifice on the view if you're on a low budget.

Greece is also a perfect place to spend your honeymoon. Lounge on the beaches, take in the architectural splendor of the country, or go wine sampling at local vineyards and you'll cherish each and every moment spent here for years to come.

Morocco

This North African country is only three hours away from the UK by flight. Morocco receives sun all through the year so you can travel here off-season for your wedding to save on costs. Whether you choose to have an intimate wedding or invite close family members and friends, a destination wedding here won't cost you a lot.

You can choose to have an English style wedding or a traditional Moroccan one. You'll also get to enjoy a completely different cultural experience while in Morocco.

Romantic wedding travel destinations

Conclusion

Having a destination wedding on a budget is neither impossible nor tough; you only need to plan it right. Be sure to make your reservations early. Book flight tickets early so you can get maximum discounts. And remember, traveling in the off-season can help you save a lot!

A wedding is an important event for those involved, and you shouldn’t let the stress of a limited budget come in the way of your dreams. Now that you know of these wonderful budget destinations, you don’t have to give up on your dream of getting hitched abroad. Just finalize your budget and get started on planning where you’ll be going!

Do note that all countries have different legal requirements for couples planning to get married. So research well and be prepared in advance for everything. Happy planning!

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Buddhists have a sense of calm that seems ingrained, the gift of wisdom, and solace in a peaceful setting. Not everyone can commit fully to the Buddhist way of life, but a lot of people can learn from their practices.

Buddhist meditation

Meditation

While it’s not easy to get the hang of, once you have mastered meditation, it comes with many benefits. Not only does meditation help to calm the mind and ease emotional suffering, but it’s also been said to ease physical pain. Practice, patience, and hard work are required to reach that point. If you find it difficult to concentrate lately, consider taking a vacation. Nothing is quite as peaceful as Oklahoma cabin rental getaways.

Mindfulness

Used correctly, every thought can be a wonderful gift. Used incorrectly, though, thoughts can turn into destructive patterns, encouraging people to have poor self-talk. Being mindful means being aware and accepting of your feelings. When you accept what you’re feeling, you’re able to come up with solutions.

Buddhist food offering

Offer Your Food to Buddha

For non-Buddhists, this practice may take a little getting used to. First, imagine that the food you’re about to eat is made up of nectar that will increase your wisdom. Then, picture Buddha as the lightness in your heart. When you eat, offer your food to Buddha, and imagine that the nectar is nourishing your heart. Visualizing this will help you to eat mindfully. You’ll naturally eat slower, too, savoring every bite, and being grateful for the meal.

Positive Motivation

At the start of each day, take a few minutes to think about the positive outlooks you want to carry with you. Maybe you want to vow to remain kind in all interactions, to find the happiness in everything you do, or to be accepting of everyone you encounter. Whatever the day ahead brings, you’ll remain at peace.

Buddhist meditation

Look Back on the Day

Just as you begin each day with positive intent, you should look back on the day in order to be mindful of everything that occurred. By reflecting on your day, you can feel happy about the things that went well. At the same time, you can reflect on the blunders and mistakes, and figure out how to make the next day better.

If you’re feeling blue from the normal, everyday things life can hand you, these Buddhist techniques will help you rest and rejuvenate.

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Once you have decided to visit Raleigh, North Carolina, there is still more planning to do. There are common checklists that individuals have utilized over the years, however with the changing times there are some items and situations that may not be properly accounted for. Below are a few items and protocols that are essential for the new-age traveler.

Travel Documents

There are common travel documents that you should carry with you for travel period, but especially if you are traveling internationally. The most common documents include:

  • Driver’s license
  • Passport
  • Travel itinerary
  • Traveler’s checks

TIn the case that you lose these documents or any of your traveling material, you should carry at least two copies and store them in a safe location. A few other items that you should store copies of would be:

  • Airline ticket (if applicable)
  • Foreign Visa (if applicable)
  • Credit cards brought on trip
  • Hotel confirmation

Vaccinations

With the various outbreaks that are occurring across the world, it is important that you are properly vaccinated against any possible illnesses. Be sure to check with your doctor before travel to not only make sure that your shots are up to date, but that you have all the right vaccinations against any sickness that you may encounter while on your trip; certain areas are more susceptible to specific illnesses.

Money Stash

Though this may seem more like a travel amenity, having a proper money stash can be critical in high crime areas. There are a number of different money stash options that you can choose from, such as fanny packs, money belts and neck wallets. Whichever you choose, make sure that you keep it on your person at all times and hidden away when you are at your resting location. You also should not carry all of your money on you at one time; it is suggested that you have several different money stashes amongst your belongings, so that in the case that you lose some, you will not be left high and dry.

It is also important that you become familiar with the currencies that you will be encountering on your trip. If possible, convert a good amount of your money before arriving to your destination. This can help you to avoid high conversion rates and spending excessive amounts of money unnecessarily.

Research

As times have changed, so have policies and common procedures. Therefore, it is critical that you are aware of the way that you should conduct yourself in the specific regions that you visit. If you do not have a set itinerary, look up and map out a few safe destinations that you plan to visit. If you are traveling internationally, be sure to note where your home embassy is located in the area you are visiting. Taking time to learn these tidbits before your travel can save you possible headache or harm on your journey.

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By keeping these things and other common aspects of your traveler's checklist in mind, you can be sure to have a safe and enjoyable trip. For other details and resources, check with your travel agent in Raleigh or other local agents.

For some reason people tend to overlook Raleigh, North Carolina as a vacation destination but they really shouldn't. From music to nature, nightlife to history, there is something for everyone here!

Raleigh, North Carolina skyline
Raleigh skyline, as seen from South Saunders   (source)

Raleigh, North Carolina is a bicycle-friendly city
Raleigh is a very bicycle-friendly city   (source)

Charles Frazier House in Raleigh, North Carolina
Charles Frazier House, built in 1925 and on the National Register of Historic Places   (source)

Sun down, fun up in Raleigh, North Carolina
Sun down, fun up   (source)

Great live music in Raleigh, North Carolina
Lots of live music can be found in Raleigh   (source)

Old cottage on the outskirts of Raleigh, North Carolina
There is history in Raleigh too   (source)

Old cottage on the outskirts of Raleigh, North Carolina
Plenty of beautiful nature in Raleigh as well   (source)

Lake Raleigh, North Carolina
Raleigh Lake   (source)

Lake Johnson Park in Raleigh, North Carolina
Lake Johnson Park   (source)

But the very best part about Raleigh...

Old cottage on the outskirts of Raleigh, North Carolina
There is even a trolley pub!   (source)

So what are you waiting for? Get your trip started!

Having a great significance among the devotees of Hindu, Chardham Yatra is a famous Hindu pilgrimage tour in Uttarakhand. It is believed that the yatra washes away all the wrong doings and sins of the devotee and opens the door to salvation. It is certainly a must-visit destination for all the travelers who are spiritual at heart.

Large numbers of devotees frequent this holy and auspicious yatra and pay homage to these shrines every year from all round the globe. There is a belief among the devotees that visiting these shrines removes all the sins a person has committed, including even those of the past life as well. The Yatra renders the tourists a sense of belongingness, purity of heart, and act of self-realization in life.

Chardham Yatra in Uttarakhand comprises visiting four sacred pilgrimage sites including Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath. This yatra is highly popular and can be covered in 10-11 days. Let us give you the details and explain the importance these pilgrim sites commonly known as the Char Dham.

Yamunotri   Yamunotri is the originating point of the river Yamuna, which sanctifies scores of pilgrims and travelers who take a dip in its holy waters. It is positioned in Uttarkashi at an altitude of 3164 meters. Yamunotri is the place where a traveler can experience both hot and cold environment. The environment of Himalaya is purified and gets frozen because of the cold tides of the glaciers in the Yamuna River. The bordering sides of the region are kept warm by the thermal springs that are also known as Kunds of Goddess Shakti.

It takes a complete one-day tour from the major towns of Uttarakhand to reach Yamunotri. These major towns include Rishikesh, Dehradun and Haridwar. It is a 13km trek from the town of Hanuman Chatti to Yamunotri. Moreover, there is also a 6km walk from Janki Chatti. The months of September to November and then May to June are best for exploring this sacrosanct shrine.

Importance of Yamunotri   It is the originating point of the sacred Yamuna River. Moreover, the temple of Goddess Yamuna is also situated in Yamunotri.

Gangotri   Gangotri is the originating point of the holy River Ganga. It is believed that King Bagirath performed prayer to make Ganga come down to earth and bless humanity. Gangotri lies at an elevation of 3200 meters above sea level in the district of Uttarkashi. Hordes of Hindu devotees visit this place to wash their sins and acquire moksha. The sacred Gangotri Temple was built in the 18th century. This 20-feet long structure is made of white granite. The devotees can visit this pilgrimage during the months of September to October and May to June.

Importance of Gangotri   The Ganges is said to be the source of purity and thus, prior to visiting the shrine, devotees take a consecrated plunge in this great river.

Kedarnath   Kedarnath Temple is positioned in the Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand. It lies at an elevation of 3584 meters above sea level. The region is bordered by the Mandakini River. Kedarnath is said to be the most sacred abode of Lord Shiva. It is also among the 12 Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva. This Jyotirlinga were dropped at the Mandar Hills where the temple is perched.

The temple was built by Adi Shankaracharya and was named after King Kedar, who was the emperor in Satya Yug. The area experiences heavy rainfall during the winters and thus, the shrine is open only between the April-end and Kartik Purnima. The idols of Kedarnath Shrine are brought to Ukhimath during winters and these idols are worshipped in Ukhimonth for the next six months.

Importance of Kedarnath   The well-known Jyotirlinga shrines are must-visit places where Lord Shiva emerged as a blazing column of light. For this reason, scores of pilgrims visit this sacred place to look for blessings of Lord Shiva. This shrine of Lord Shiva is among the Panch Kedar shrines as well.

Badrinath   Badrinath Temple is certainly an ideal insignia of devotion of humankind and humanity. It is positioned at an elevation of 3415 meters in the Garhwal Hills on the shores of the river Alaknanda. This famous shrine of Char Dham is devoted to Lord Vishnu. As per mythology, Lord Vishnu meditated at this spot for thousands of years under the Badri tree. Thus, the place is given the name Badrinath.

The idol in this shrine is made of Shaligram Statue and is shown in a thoughtful pose. This pilgrimage destination is an ideal place for Vaishnavites. It is supposed that Adi Shankaracharya built this sacrosanct shrine in the 9th Century. The devotees can easily access this place from Rishikesh, Kotdwar and Haridwar.

Importance of Badrinath   The temple of Lord Vishnu, also known as Badri Vishal, is located in the region. The great saint Adi Shankaracharya attained moksha in this region. Thus, Badrinath holds great significance among the Hindu devotees.

An important pilgrimage circuit in Uttarakhand, Chardham holds a significant place among the Hindus. A trip to these shrines renders tourists a spiritual and tranquil experience and leads them to emancipation.

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Montreal is an amazing city and arguably the best in all of Canada (take that Toronto!) but it's also one of those cities that takes time to reveal herself to you. Unfortunately when passing through Montreal briefly for vacation or on a road trip, this type of deep understanding is not always possible.

To truly begin to grasp the magnificence of Montreal you must see her underbelly, live it like a local and experience it all. Here's are a few quick suggestions on how to experience Montreal like a local:

Eat Like A Local

Fairmount Bagel in Montreal, the best bagel in Canada

Montreal is known for its bagels and one of the oldest and most authentic local establishments to enjoy them is Fairmount Bagel. Dating back to 1919, Fairmount is known throughout Canada as the best bagels in the country. Just one bite and you will understand why. Order your personal favorite "all dressed" and then watch the workers hand make and bake more bagels while you wait for it to be served.

Poutine is Canadian comfort food

Poutine is a classic Canadian comfort food and there is no shortage of places to find this dish in Montreal. There is also no shortage of top five and top ten lists of the best poutine joints in Montreal scattered around the web. It's a longstanding debate that will never be settled, however my personal favorite is La Banquise. They don't just serve poutine they serve over thirty different varieties of poutine! My recommendation for all you meat lovers out there is the Three Meats (La Trois Viandes, with ground beef, pepperoni and bacon).

Explore Like A Local

Montreal, Canada is a big bicycle city. At least during the summer.

Montreal is a big bicycle city and a beautiful city to just wander around and randomly explore. But rather than doing this on foot why not rent a bicycle for the day and explore the city on two wheels. Montreal On Wheels rents bicycles and also organizes various tours, if free exploring isn't your cup of tea. They are all great people and have a very local and active community of bicycle enthusiasts supporting them. Always a good way to meet locals.

Montreal is also home to dozens of museums and anyone in the mood for museums should look into getting a Montreal museum pass. It allows for free entry into 35 of Montreal's best museums and is a great way to pack as much learning and culture as possible into a short trip.

Montreal Underground City

Don't forget Montreal's Underground City, built to serve as a warm weather lifeline during those cold Quebec winters. It is composed of over 20 miles of pedestrian tunnels connecting metro stations and apartment complexes to everything from stories, restaurants, movie theatres, banks, offices and more.

Sleep Like A Local

Okay, sleeping like a local might be the trickiest part...namely because visitors don't have a home there, obviously. But to find a temporary home for your Montreal trip then consider checking Airbnb or save time (and a few dollars) by searching the web.

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What other local tips would you suggest for visitors to Montreal?

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Find it hard to leave your favorite furry friend behind when you travel? Have no fear; thankfully, Houston has a vast selection of pet-friendly hotels in locations all around the city. Regardless of your budget or which amenities you crave, Houston has something for you. So, the next time you find yourself planning a trip to Space City, make sure to check out these amazing pet-friendly Houston hotels.

Hotel ZaZa Houston

Summed up in one word, Hotel ZaZa is simply amazing! Located in the museum district, the hotel is near tons of things to see and do only a few minutes away. Of course, there is no guarantee that you will even be able to leave your hotel once you see how nice the rooms are here. There are seven different options, each distinctly themed and exquisitely furnished. However, they also have a $150 pet fee.

Hotel ICON Autograph Collection

Few Houston hotels can compare to the elegance and sheer style of Hotel Icon. The building dates back to 1911 and was originally a bank. Traces of this history can still be seen in the lobby arches and giant stone pillars. However, the entire building has been extensively remodeled and furnished in nothing but the best modern amenities. Stylish rooms, an impressive wine vault, a private dining room, and a friendly staff make this one of Houston's premiere hotels. Their pet fee is only $20.

La Quinta

With several locations around town -- all of which allow pets -- La Quinta is the budget choice for a pet-friendly Houston hotel. Every location also has free breakfast, free Wi-Fi, a pool, and zero pet fees. However, my personal favorite is the La Quinta Inn and Suites Houston Galleria because of the location and the fact that they also have a fitness center.

Royal Sonesta Hotel

If you're in the mood for an elegant, modern pet-friendly hotel, look no further than the Royal Sonesta Hotel. Strategically located in west Houston near the Galleria, the hotel is surrounded by plenty of dining, shopping, and entertainment options. The hotel itself features jaw-dropping architecture, impeccable rooms, and a top-notch staff willing to cater to your every whim.

Hotel Derek Houston Galleria

Last but not least is the Hotel Derek -- and no, I did not include it on this list specifically because we share the same name. But that was the reason I decided to stay there for two nights last year when I was passing through Houston. And what I found definitely impressed me.

The entire hotel features a contemporary yet colorful design. For example, the furniture in my room was purple, orange, and grey. Colors that ordinarily might clash have been perfectly blended by a master designer. The same colorful sense of style is evident throughout the hotel, from the lobby to the restaurant to the pool.

As far as animals are concerned, Hotel Derek has a $100 pet fee with 10% of that being donated to the local SPCA.

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Let's be honest. Food can get boring. Day in and day out, week after week and year after year. Such routine. Such hassle. It's time to make things more interesting. And what better place to do that than in London, England's most diverse and interesting city.

London is an impressive city with hundreds, if not thousands, of hidden nooks and crannies to explore. Food in the city is the same way. There are always exciting new restaurants opening up that are doing something different. So come with me and let's see what kind of quirky restaurant bars we can find.

Bunga Bunga

Bunga Bunga restaurant and bar in London, England

Most restaurants have entrances, usually composed of a door. Boring! It's the places where the entrance is hidden or through the kitchen -- or in this case through a phone both -- that really captivate me before I've seen the inside. Thankfully, I was so impressed by the food here that I had to list Bunga Bunga first. Order the My Little Porcellino, or for a delicious vegetarian pizza, try the Burratina.

La Bodega Negra

La Bodega Negra restaurant and bar in London, England

Much like Bunga Bunga, prospective patrons of La Bodega must pass through a raunchy-looking adult sex shop to gain access to the restaurant within. Don't let that scare you away though -- inside you will find what is arguably the best Mexican food in all of London and drinks that are dangerously easy to down. The Pork Belly Carnitas here are my personal recommendation...but then again I've always been a sucker for pigs.

Circus

Circus restaurant and bar in London, England

I despise the circus (clowns are evil, just trust me on this one) but Circus is amazing! Guests are visually entertained by talented acrobatics and magic tricks while they devour their food and indulge in their drinks. Circus is a bit more expensive than the other establishments on this list, but to be fair you are also paying for the show. Definitely something that every visitor to London should experience at least once.

Meat Liquor

Meat Liquor restaurant and bar in London, England

Admit it: you already want to visit here just having heard the name. It's okay, I had a similar reaction. Turns out that Meat Liquor is the best burger joint in all of London, albeit a bit hippie-esque. Personally I never thought "chicken" and "burger" went together until I tried their Buffalo Chicken Burger. Simply amazing!

Shaka Zulu

Shaka Zulu restaurant and bar in London, England

London's largest and most well-known restaurant bar combination is Shaka Zulu. The restaurant recently re-opened last year following a 5.5 million pound renovation after acquiring the next door bar, Gilgamesh. The place supposedly is now even bigger and better, although I have yet the see the improvements firsthand.

Of course it's no secret that eating out in London and enjoying the city's nightlife is anything but cheap. There are ways to be thrifty. So make sure to check out my guide to cheap London hotels on Hipmunk to save some cash -- cash which can then be spent on some unforgettable food and drinks!

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What are your favorite London restaurant bars?

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Eager to take a long overdue romantic getaway to Miami? It's no problem finding someone to watch over the kids for a weekend but what about your favorite four-legged friend? Obviously they have to come with! Thankfully there are plenty of charming great pet-friendly hotels in Miami Beach.

EPIC

The view from the pool at EPIC hotel in Miami
The view from the EPIC pool

Plush carpet. Spacious bathrooms. Sparkling fixtures and furniture. The name of this downtown Miami hotel describes it in one word: EPIC. I am nervous just wearing my shoes or drinking wine over the carpet around friends' places this nice; I would certainly never think it acceptable to bring a pet somewhere like this. However the EPIC not only is allows pets they even encourage them by never charging a pet fee or size limitation. Add in an amazing view and delicious restaurant and it's a wonder that EPIC is so aptly named.

Sofitel

Located right on the highway outside the airport, Sofitel is the perfect pet-friendly hotel for anyone in transit. However it by no means looks or feels like an airport hotel. Instead Sofitel exudes a unique charm thanks to it's stylish design that features just a touch of that modern Paris feel. Plus what they lack in beachfront view they more than make up for with their jaw-dropping view of the downtown Miami skyline. Although they do charge a $300 deposit per pet, it is 100% refundable as long as Fido doesn't destroy the place.

Fortune House

Another option for visitors that prefer the calm and quite located a few miles south of the heart of Miami is Fortune House. The hotel has an amazing few and rooms with balconies, if so desired. They are the perfect place to enjoy a bottle of wine while watching basking in the sun set. Fortune House is one of the best options for longer vacations thanks to their extended stay discount and tranquil surroundings.

Viceroy

The Viceroy Hotel in Miami, Florida

When nothing but the absolute best will do for you and your furry family members, the Viceroy is the only hotel in Miami to consider. Impeccable style, impressive views and an infinity pool -- all three of which can be enjoyed simultaneously on the 15th floor -- are just a few of the many things that the Viceroy has to brag about. A world class spa, top-notch dining with a seemingly endless wine choices and delectable cocktails, the hardest thing about staying at the Viceroy is leaving. However if you have to enquire as to what their pet fee is, this might not be the best hotel for you.

The Most Affordable Options

For the budget conscious traveler, Miami also have several pet-friendly options that will give you everything you need to feel at home on the road without any of those excess frills. Red South Beach is located just across the causeway in Miami Beach and their prices cannot be beat. Definitely the best pet-friendly lodging and an ocean view within twenty miles. Extended Stay America also has a Miami location that is perfect for the family on the road.

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