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Home Buying Guide for Malaysian Property

Posted by on Apr 20, 2016

Wonderful sights, warm people and a relatively low-cost of living compared to Australia and Singapore makes Malaysia one of the best havens for retirees and expat families in the area looking to move. Whether for foreign or local buyers, though, properties across the country offer a lot of choices. And when it comes to price,the Global Property Guide says that one of the best qualities of Malaysia’s residential properties is the remarkable stability of its prices. Over the last few years, prices have either fallen by a few percent, or risen by 2 percent or 3 percent. The result? When the market booms or collapses, consumers aren’t in the least bit worried. They know the market will go right back up if it goes down. You can essentially take advantage of the same stable property market prices when you invest in a Malaysian home. Here are some essential tips you need to know as a homeowner: Property Types  Available housing options in the market include the following: Terraced Houses High-rise residential properties Detached houses Semi-detached houses  There’s also a difference between...

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Canada Cares: Youth Programs and the National Parks

Posted by on Oct 30, 2015

National parks are protected areas of stunning countryside that house a diverse mixture of flora and fauna. Canada currently has 37 national parks spread out over its 13 provinces with plans to add many more over the coming years. National parks are ideal places to take children whether for camping holidays or a short visit, and many parks offer games and activities that appeal to kids of all ages. Parks Canada has introduced a number of programs designed to get children interested in nature and encourage them to spend time in some of the most breathtakingly beautiful places the world has to offer. Learn to Camp Camping vacations are ideal ways to experience the great outdoors and teach children valuable skills that will last a lifetime. For families that have yet to experience the fun of a camping trip, Parks Canada offers camping lessons to help prepare children for their first outdoor adventures. Experienced guides are on hand to teach children how to put up a tent, how to cook outdoors and what equipment is necessary for a safe and enjoyable...

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How Can You Use Currency To Choose Your Summer Holiday Locations?

Posted by on Mar 28, 2016

With financial markets falling and the options for stimulating growth diminishing, several analysts believe that another global recession is just around the corner. While some investors may shift their attention to leveraged products such as CFD (what is CFD trading explained), others will look to take advantage of foreign exchange (FX) instead. Since the economic downturn of 2008, several central banks have attempted to boost inflation by driving down interest rates into negative territory, which has also helped lower the level of their respective currencies. As a result, investors are given ample opportunities to convert one currency to another and make lots of profit in the process. But what has this got to do with summer holiday locations? Well, if you identify a destination with a currency that is weaker than your own country’s currency, you will benefit from a cheaper deal and lots more spending money. How foreign exchange rates work The way foreign exchange figures get quoted may seem a little confusing, but they are essentially the value of one country’s currency against another. A strong dollar for instance...

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Backpacking Across Gozo And Malta

Posted by on May 23, 2015

I have gravely misjudged Malta. My picture of Malta has dependably been that of a bundle occasion end. An island packed with visitors searching for the heavenly trinity of sun, shabby lager and a sandy shoreline.Till this late spring, I had never felt that you could truly pander to free explorer voyagers. Other biased confusions? Being settled amidst the Mediterranean , I additionally had this thought of you being lavish and hard to reach.(Image by egonwegh) I am happy to report that this all so distant from reality. Malta is exceptionally available, plan neighborly and cooks well to both free explorers and also the individuals who still incline toward their occasions to be complete. This is a smaller than normal aide stuffed with fundamental tips of how you can knapsack in style crosswise over Malta and Gozo. When Is It Best To Visit Gozo And Malta? It is best to visit Malta and Gozo in April/May or September/October. Notwithstanding, as I blog about this, even in late November, temperatures are 22c which is very nearly spring like temperatures . So my...

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Why I Love Culture-Combined In Mexico?

Why I Love Culture-Combined In Mexico?

Sep 27, 2014

Mexico is where one can find the traditional Mexican culture combined with the elements of North American and Spanish perfectly. I love this country because it’s one of the most vibrant and colorful countries I have ever visited. The addition of Mexico into my travel itinerary never make me regret my decision. From the seediness of Tijuana, the lively nightclubs in Cancun, Mayan ruins and even the rainforests filled with howler monkeys and parrots, Mexico is not just culture-combined but beyond that. Let’s take a look at the costs of traveling there then. Cost of Accommodation Mexico is pretty popular among tourists. It’s not a surprise to find most of the hostels in the city can be around USD15 per night, but in smaller cities, the rate can be as low as USD10 for each night. If you’re looking for budget hotels in Mexico, expect to pay for about USD60 per night. This is for a double-occupancy room. If you manage to find some homestays or couchsurfing opportunities, that would be better. It means you’ll be saving more on your budget. Although Mexico is relatively cheap in term of budgeting. (image by :University of Nottingham ) Cost of Mexican Food I love Mexican food. It’s the second thing I love after Chinese, I suppose. Besides, eating out in Mexico is very affordable with local markets and street vendors everywhere. I spent only about USD15 per day when I bought food from these food-dealers. Sometimes I would be spending lesser than that. But if you’re heading to some of the tourist areas with nice sit-down restaurants, the cost for food is about USD25 per meal. The best part about Mexico is I could get cheap bad-ass tequila for only USD15! Cost of Transportation and Activities For longer journeys by buses, the fares for tickets vary according to the distance and popularity of the destination and route taken. I paid USD30 for a ride from 5.5 hour journey from Puerto Vallarta to Guadalajara. In most major cities, the taxi will charge starting from USD1 per ride. As for the activities in Mexico, diving is probably the most expensive activity in Mexico. The cost of a day-trip...

The Wild Miami City of Florida

The Wild Miami City of Florida

Sep 24, 2014

If you’re looking for Cubans, beautiful people, South Beach, cruises and a lot of parties, Miami is just for you. It is a wild city and this is where you go to worship the sun. Although it’s not one of the most cheapest cities in the States, Miami is definitely a fun place to visit. I loved relaxing in Miami, watching different kinds of tourists and locals all enjoying the culture and lifestyle of the city. So, how much does the city cost for budget travelers like us? Cost of  Accommodation I paid about USD20 per night for a hostel dorm room per night in Miami, but if you need a private double room, the price is a lot more pricey at USD120. As for cheap hotels, the lowest rate start at USD65 and it can go up to USD100. Shop around for a place to stay before you agree to pay for the rates. I’m pretty sure there are still a lot of other places where you can easily get cheaper rates. Other than that, there are a lot of home owners who are willing to let travelers to house-sit their places. I believe Couchsurfing is pretty easy to find too. (image by : Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group) Cost of Food and Transportation As for the food, paying USD20 per meal in South Beach area or any other restaurants along the coastline is considered the standard rate. I would say if you want to get a fraction of the price you pay, stay away from the main area in the city. There are a lot of fast food options in Miami, just like in the rest of America. You can get this for less than USD7. If you plan to cook your own food, expect to spend USD40-USD50 per week for groceries shopping. For delicious Cuban-style food, go to Little Havana where you can buy the food for less than USD10. As for the transportation, a single journey on bus or metro rail will cost you about USD2.25. Tips On Money Saving If you’re planning to go to Miami, there are tons of packages available for flights and hotels. I would recommend for...

The Picture-Perfect Beaches of Bahamas

The Picture-Perfect Beaches of Bahamas

Sep 21, 2014

Every year, millions of tourists head to the picture-perfect beaches of Bahamas for a holiday retreat. Bahamas welcomes cruise ship visitors, Americans and all vacationers of different nationalities. What actually made Bahamas a hotspot among travelers are the natural attractions and a huge range of cultural and historical sites. Bahamas is not a cheap destination, just like any other islands in the Caribbean. I went to Bahamas without expecting anything cheap, but still, I tried to keep to my own maximum budget. Truth is, no matter how expensive a place is, if you do it right, you can still enjoy the trip as cheap as you do it. Cost of Accommodation and Food To find a cheap accommodation in Bahamas is pretty hard because lodging is expensive there. Hostels are hard to find but there are a number of guest houses with reasonable prices around Bahamas. Budget hotels can be found for USD75 per night with ensuite rooms. As for the food, I paid a meal of fish, dessert and side dish for USD8. However, most of the restaurants around Bahamas specialized in British and American meals which usually cost between USD17 to USD25 per plate of serving. And don’t ever be surprised if you need to pay 15% of the compulsory service charge on your bill. (image by : candia_maris) Cost of Transportation in Bahamas The cheapest travel option for those staying in Nassau or Freeport is by a minibus for about USD1.25 per ticket. However, this service usually stop at 6pm. Apart from that, the most popular way to get around is via the water-taxis, operating every hour, which cost USD6 for a return ticket to Paradise Island from Nassau. If you’re planning to travel between islands, the mail boats frequently run from Nassau to the other Islands with cost of each way about USD45. However, bear in mind, mail boats operate long-hour sometimes from 12 to 48 hours. They offer the least of modern conveniences needed. That is why I suggest for you take the inter-island flights especially the Bahamas Air. I didn’t break my bank even when I took these flights.   Activities and Tips On Money Saving Activities such...