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Winter Escape: 25 Places to Warm Up in Southeast Asia

Do you hate the cold? Travel to tropical Southeast Asia on its best season. Here are 25 must-visit sites, cities, and islands.

  1. Kampot, Cambodia

Known as the favorite weekend getaway destination in Cambodia, Kampot is a worth reprieve from Phnom Penh’s chaos. Eco resorts such as Eden Eco Village and Ganesha line the river while secret waterfalls and lakes abound are suitable for early morning swimming and canoeing. Rent a motorbike and take a drive on the winding roads of Bokor Mountain or lead to the organic pepper farm of La Plantation.

  1. Koh Rong Sanloem, Cambodia

Near the border of Thailand, just off the coast of Cambodia, Kong Rong Sanloem is unaffected by the worries of city life. Staying at places like Saracen Bay Resort or Lazy Beach hotel gives you the chance to enjoy white sand beaches and a full view of the Gulf of Thailand. Try sunset cocktails for full vacation mode.

  1. Mondulkiri, Cambodia

Visit the Mondulkiri’s forest and experience a Cambodia which most travelers never know exists. This oasis is full of waterfalls, hikes, and winding paths for motor riding and is said to be one of the best-kept secrets of Cambodia up to now. The Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF) protects a substantial amount of the oasis and there are eco-accommodations such as Nature Lodge which make the environment here a priority.

  1. Siem Reap, Cambodia

Best-known for the temples of Angkor Wat, Siem Reap has quickly developed to be a bustling city. The famous pub street with its competing street parties attracts all sorts of visitors while the town’s edges are home to more docile retreats. Bees Unlimited, a guide to protecting the local bees and honey, and Artisans Angkor, a silk farm providing free tours and a social business concept, give the experience to explore modern Cambodia.


Top 6 Best Countries To Travel Alone In 2019

The dream to travel around the world always lingers in the mind of many people. Here are the best-traveling destinations based on some criteria such as culture, ease of transportation, safety, and suitable for traveling alone in 2019:

  1. Bali Island, Indonesia

Indonesia is one of the cheapest countries to visit. Staying in a comfortable room, being served three meals a day with a few beers for only $25 per day! Accommodation, service, food and drink are cheap everywhere, especially when you go further to the North.

  1. Scotland

Scotland is a popular destination famous for whiskey, wildlife, landscape,  and welcoming locals. Traveling here gives you the chance to engage with nature, watch the tumbling rivers, epic scenes, and wild camping.

  1. Italy

Italy is one of the most romantic traveling destinations in the world. It has many beautiful spots with hilltop towns, olive trees, and extensive beaches. Italy is also famous for the wine-cooked barbecues and abundant wine.

  1. Vietnam

Vietnam is a must-visit country in Asia with friendly locals, vibrant landscapes, affordable services, and cheap food (must try the Bun Cha). Cab services here are about $10 compared to cab services in the states which can get up to $30 for a couple of blocks away.

  1. France

People don’t talk about France without mentioning the Eiffel tower. It helps you get the most incredible view of France at night. Book your trip earlier in order to avoid the long lines to the tower.

The Notre Dame and its surrounding will intrigue Catholics or historians with its ancient mummified cats, while Les Invalides military shows all world war weapons types.

  1. South Africa

One of the main cities to visit in South Africa is Johannesburg, which is known as the City of Gold. It is also the heart of entertainment, shopping, and City adventure. The Kruger Park, 250 miles from the city, is one of the most significant game reserves in Africa.


8 Tips for Traveling With Baby

Traveling with baby is like traveling with a rock band: it’s all about tote and carries. So you have to prepare well. If you are prepared ahead of time, you and your child will be best suited for a successful travel experience.

  1. If you travel by plane, book a seat that has a bassinet connection, and another separate seat for your older child, if needed. During the pre-boarding phase, pre-board the bassinet, then de-board until it’s closer to take-off time. This way, the bassinet is ready to go, you and your child can use the extra 30 minutes walking around instead of seating on the crowded plane.
  2. Bring some non-perishable snacks and fluids with you. Keep baby hydrated because airplanes are dry. You should also bring a sippy cup or bottle in order to suck on to help relieve air pressure for your baby, especially during take-off and landing.
  3. Bring lots of extra clothing and diapers. Dress your baby in layers that can be taken off easily if your child gets hot, or layered back on if he gets cold. Whether you travel by plane or by car, messes can happen, so always have extra outfits and diapers easily accessible.
  4. Bring favorite sleeping items of your child, maybe his favorite toy, favorite blanket, or favorite pillow, anything that makes him comfortable and cozy. If traveling by car, you can use sun shades to block light out from the windows. All of these things can help your baby calm down and go to sleep.
  5. Bring wrapped toys, treats, or activities. I usually wrap up toys for my children, so that it takes time for them to open and keeps them occupied. This can be an exciting activity for a toddler, who will focus on whatever is hidden in a surprise package. Give him these toys when he starts getting tired or cranky so that you will have something exciting to distract him and pique his interest.
  6. Tell your baby stories about the countries or states you will visit. Pack a portable DVD or load apps or games on your smartphone. Thus, a family trip can also become a teachable moment.
  7. Don’t take trips that are longer than 6 hours. It’s unhealthy for Children to sit in a particular spot for long periods of time. If you travel by car, try to plan stops along the way that are safe, and allow you to walk around a bit.
  8. Always sit beside your baby. You are home to him, parents are everything. So if you travel by car, have one parent drive while the other one sits in the backseat with your child.

Five Best Places to Travel in Asia

From vast, islands, sprawling cities to ancient temples, Asia is one of the top travel spots in the world. With low visiting costs and an expanding tourism infrastructure, Asia has become a hot-spot destination for travelers from all over the world. Here are some of the best places to travel in Asia in no particular order.

  1. SEOUL

If you’re looking for a city that perfectly merges the old and the new, Seoul should be at the top of your list. The capital of South Korea is a smooth blend of contradictions by having both the modern streets and towering skyscrapers and ancient temples, shrines, and villages.

Seoul’s shopping districts stretch for miles and miles, with hot nightclubs in between. Besides, if you want to discover the country’s history, old Seoul is just a few paces away. You could spend hours touring the city’s five large palaces to see some more traditional wooden homes.


Hong Kong was a British colony up until 1997 when it was returned to China. It is not quite China and not quite British, that make the city blends both cultures to create a hub that is eastern but with roots deeply influenced by the west. Hong Kong has both sprawling, vibrant metropolis, and sandy beaches with plenty of fresh air. There are also some great museums, and plenty of bustling street markets to wander.

  1. TOKYO

If there is a word that describing Tokyo the best, it must be “animated”. Japan’s capital is constantly buzzing with movement – feet clacking down sidewalks, cars zooming along streets, subway trains humming below ground, ships cruising in and out. Visitors may hardly keep up with its bright lights, loud signs, and crowded streets. But travelers should enjoy Tokyo’s energy and unrivaled shopping scene, not to mention the world’s best sushi. On the other hand, one of the greatest things about staying in Tokyo is that many of the best sightseeing hotspots are free and cheap. Besides, the museums and historical sites in Tokyo are world-class.


The city of Singapore, perhaps best known for its cleanliness, is the perfect place to take a relaxing holiday. The city maintains a remarkable balance of green space and skyscrapers, which has brought to this former British colony something special.

With clean streets and a dedication to preserving its traditions and connections to the world (like Chinatown, Little India, and some distinctly British-Colonial style architecture), Singapore is perfect for the trendy, culture-loving traveler. In addition, remember to spend your time exploring the city’s green spaces, like the Gardens by the Bay and the Singapore Botanic Gardens. The city also has some great shopping centers, especially on Orchard Road.


Miles from civilization in the Indian Ocean, this far destination is made up of about 1,200 islands with unparalleled white sand beaches, crystal blue waters, beautiful coral reefs,  and spectacular sunsets dipping into the horizon. The beauty of Maldives is something you can’t quite understand until you’re there yourself.

The Maldives is popular with both honeymooners, travelers seeking relaxation and adventurers who want to explore the depths of the sea. However, getting to and staying in this tropical paradise requires a big budget.