Must-See Attractions In Malaysia

Malaysia is one of the most diverse countries in South East Asia, featuring vibrant cities, natural wonders and a rich history. If you are still in the process of planning your summer holiday, head to this delightful country which will also be quite easy on your pocket. Here are some of the must-see attractions and activities you can indulge in while you vacation in Malaysia:

Trek in Taman Negara National Park

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Taman Negara is the largest national park in Peninsular Malaysia, and a popular location for hikers looking to do some jungle trekking. Its walks pass through mountains, rivers and waterfalls, with the opportunity to see monkeys, bears, tapirs and water buffalos. Those daring enough can even cross the longest rope walkway in the world. You can take guided tours along stretches of the treks. There are, meanwhile, plenty of guesthouses in the Taman Negara area for spending the night here. Shuttle services from Kuala Lumpur may be the easiest way to get to this national park.

Spot An Orangutan In Sepilok

The small town of Sepilok is located in the depth of the Bornean rainforest. Its claim to fame is that it’s one of the world most popular sites for spotting wild orangutans. Although endangered, the locals here are trying their best to conserve the population. There’s even a rehabilitation centre here where you can see these apes up close. There are several accommodation options in Sepilok, including B&Bs and homestay options for savoring an authentic experience of rural Malaysia. To get to Sepilok, your best bet is to take a bus from Semporna.

See The City Sights In Kuala Lumpur

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Kuala Lumpur is the country’s capital, and the perfect place for seeing the urban side of Malaysia. It’s home to some incredible pieces of architecture, including the 451.9m tall Petronas Towers (once the tallest skyscraper in the world). Kuala Lumpur also has some incredible malls, including the Berjaya Times Square which features an indoor theme park, an IMAX cinema, a spa centre and a karaoke lounge. To top that, it’s the country’s hotspot for nightlife and dining. There’s no shortage of hotels in Kuala Lumpur. They also have a number of hostels for those on a budget. It could be worth exploring some of the neighbouring cities such as Selangor where you can find affordable apartments such as this Mentari Court development. You can get to Kuala Lumpur by flying straight into KL International Airport.

Marvel At The Historical Architecture In Malacca

Malacca River

Malacca offers a different kind of city feel from KL. It’s much more historical and traditional. Its past use as a colonial trading port had resulted in architectural influences from Europe, China, India and the Middle East. Some of its most iconic buildings include Christ Church and A’Famosa Fort. You’ll also find lots of galleries and museums here for delving further into the country’s history. The city has a number of boutique hotels that can be perfect for a romantic break. Malacca also has its own airport, making it easy to get to.

Visit The Beautiful Beaches Of Langkawi Island

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Langkawi Island is Malaysia’s top beach destination. Here, you’ll find white sands and crystal clear water. There are plenty of attractions here, including Eagle Square, Mahsuri Tomb and Museum and a large aquarium named Underwater World. There are also plenty of watersports to indulge in here, although you may prefer to lounge on the beach and grab a cocktail at one of the local beach bars. You can get to Langkawi by air or by taking a ferry – there are multiple options, depending on whether you want to explore the rest of Malaysia first. Langkawi has plenty of luxurious hotels as well as several cheaper accommodation options for backpackers.

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How To Budget For Your Long-Haul Trip

If you have been dreaming about going on a long-haul trip around the world or staying in one continent to give yourself enough time to explore the culture and maybe learn the language, you will need to find a way to fund your travel. Most people don’t go on holiday because they simply cannot afford to. Getting into debt over seeing the world is something you should avoid. Just imagine paying the high interest and feeling guilty over taking time off work and ruining your financial stability! Is it really worth it? Here are some creative ways to travel for long when you don’t have that kind of money:

Get Your Finances In Order

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Before you can start making plans about traveling the world and engaging in globetrotting, you will have to find a way to balance your books when it comes to your personal finances. If you are planning on staying out of the country for a couple of months, you can let your home out to friends or through an agency, maybe sign up for AirBnB, so you will have an income when you are not working. Consolidate your credit to reduce your monthly outgoings, and free up money for your getaway.

Create A Residual Income Stream

Whether you are running a freelance business or are a blogger, you will need to make the most out of your earnings. If you don’t know where your next paycheck is coming from, it might be time to take a step back from your business and find a way to generate some regular income that will give you a sense of security. There are several ways you can add a residual income stream to your business, such as starting affiliate marketing or CPA networks. You can also consider selling your advertising spaces to other businesses to have regular money coming in while you are away.

Shop Around For Deals

It is crucial that you don’t stretch your holiday budget further than you need to. If you have a location in mind and know what you would like to learn or do while you are traveling the world, you should start shopping around for deals. Package deals might not be an option if you are working with a limited budget, but you can certainly find separate offers for a hotel, apartment, and plane that will work for your goals. Research across various travel websites, so you can get alerts on price reductions and deals.

Find Cheap Flights

When you’re planning a long-haul holiday, the sooner you buy your flight tickets, the better price you are likely to get, unless you’re looking for some last minute inspiration. You will have to take advantage of the discount club offers, and maybe join a loyalty program to make the most out of your budget. Check whether your credit card offers a discount or not, and download various apps that will let you know about the best time to book.

Make The Most Of The Exchange Rates

When you are traveling abroad, the money you get for your currency will determine how far you can go, and make the difference between a three-star and a five-star accommodation. You have to give your bank a call to find out whether or not you will get charged every time you take money out, and explore the different travelers’ check options available in the country. Avoid changing your money at the airport and in busy tourist hubs, as you are likely to lose out.

Long Term Rental

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When you have the budget and time to stay longer than a couple of weeks, perhaps if you’ve found a job or an apprenticeship, you will need to consider the option of renting an apartment in a residential area, instead of staying in the popular tourist locations. For instance, if you are looking to explore Singapore, you can find an HDB 3 room rental price guide online and find a way to work out whether or not you can make substantial savings on your travel.

Bring A Friend Along

To reduce the cost of travel and stay, you can also ask some of your friends to go and stay with you. Even if they cannot afford to stay for the entire time, you can share the cost of accommodation and food, and this will help you manage your budget better. Planning a long-haul vacation is not without challenges. You will need to make the most of your budget by exploring alternative ways of traveling, choosing locations, and creating a residual income to keep you going.

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Geneva On A Budget

The challenge with travel is that there are always some areas that you have to spend extra on, whether that’s flights, accommodation or living expenses. There are ways of saving, of course, but some countries are still quite expensive to visit unless you’re visiting or staying with a community such as wheelersangel.com, or something similar. Today, we’ll explore one such city which while incredibly popular to visit, has a reputation of being very pricey. Take a look at the top budgeting tips while you visit Geneva in Switzerland.

Use Trams for Transportation

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The impressive tram system is by far the best way to get to know the city, and if you’re staying longer than a week, it’s worth getting a weekly pass. Some hotels will arrange this for you or let you have the free weekend travel passes. Snap this offer up. While this is not expensive, you’ll find yourself wanting to save as much money as possible. Trams and buses are incredibly efficient in the city of Geneva, and will take you all the way from one side of the city to the other and right up to several border crossings into France.

Shop for Groceries in France

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If you’re self-catering and have a car, then the very best way of saving money is to head to France to do your grocery shopping. There are supermarkets just across most sides of the borders and no more than a 20-minute drive from each border post. There, you’ll find cheaper cheese, veggies and things to drink. Just be aware that there are limits on how much you can take back into Switzerland, and carry your passport with you, just in case you are stopped by the border guards.

Explore Paquis on the Outskirts

Bains des Pâquis (Courtesy: Guilhem Vellut)

While there’s no getting away from the fact that eating out in Geneva is expensive, there are areas that make it a little more affordable. Head down to Paquis and especially the Bains Des Paquis for an evening out. The area is a little rough around the edges but like most other major cities, houses the best bars and eateries. The Bains Des Paquis is a popular destination for people looking to enjoy a dip in the lake, a relaxing session in a steam room or sauna and massage followed by a drink and some snacks in the evening. It’s located on a jetty structure and is open all year round. Popular with locals and visitors alike, it’s fun, busy and a great place for people watching.

Head to the High Street

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If you’re looking for souvenirs or to do a little shopping on a budget, avoid the main shopping area in the city. This road or two of shops is littered with designer brands and high-end names. Explore Geneva to find pockets of commercial areas that are far less expensive, such as the many markets to be found in Plainpalais and Carouge.

Don’t Be Afraid of the Cost

Saleve (Courtesy: Guilhem Vellut)

Expensive? Yes, but also beautiful, vibrant and fun. Explore Geneva by tram, shop in France and check out some of the sightseer destinations and the beautiful lake that make Geneva such a popular city all year round. Just an hour from the Alps and even closer to the Saleve Mountain Range, Geneva is a fascinating mix of countryside and urban landscape.

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3 Of The Best Luxury European Cruise Destinations

Taking a cruise is such an amazing way to travel. You don’t have to worry about waiting in line at the airport for ages or organizing transport to your hotel on the other side. You can just sit back and enjoy the beautiful views of the water while you make your way to your destination. Most cruises are quite cheap and you get to see a few different places along the way as well. Places like the Caribbean are very popular cruise destinations, but there are plenty of other countries around the world where you can have a great cruise experience, especially in Europe. If you want a unique travel experience, you should consider one of these great European cruise destinations.

Spain

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Spain is a hugely popular destination for travellers who are looking for sun, sea, and sand. Regions like Costa Del Sol attract many visitors who want to enjoy the beautiful weather and the laid back atmosphere. But if you’re looking for a more cultural Spanish travel experience, you might prefer to head to Barcelona instead. This amazing city, known for its impressive architecture, luxury shopping options, and incredible food, has something for everybody. Taking a cruise is one of the best ways to see the gorgeous beaches and impressive skyline of Barcelona, and it’s usually cheaper than flying as well. You can stop off in Barcelona for a day or two and do some sightseeing before you continue your trip around the coast to see some of the other great Spanish coastal resorts.

Croatia

Dubrovnik from the Adriatic Sea in Croatia

Croatia has become an incredibly popular travel destination in the last decade. The coastal city of Dubrovnik, in particular, attracts a lot of sightseers every year. This unbelievable medieval town is filled with quaint cobbled streets and a rich cultural and historical heritage. There are also some beautiful beaches nearby. Even though Croatia is becoming more popular, you can still find some great discount cruises in the area, so it’s ideal if you’re looking to travel on a budget. There are some great guided tours of the old town where you can learn about the history of the place or if you’re looking for something a bit more exciting, there are plenty of adventure activities like sea kayaking that you can do on the beach.

Greece

The Acropolis as viewed from the Mouseion Hill in Greece (Courtesy: Wikimedia Commons)

Athens is one of the most popular vacation destinations in Europe because it has a great mixture of luxury beaches and cultural sights to see. You can delve into the history of Greece when you visit the Acropolis or Delphi or you can just sit back and relax on the beaches. Athens has one of the most amazing coastlines in the entire world, so there’s no better way to see it than from the water. There are some great cruises that will take you on a tour around lots of different Greek islands, so you can pack plenty into your trip.

If you thought that cruises were just for the Caribbean, think again. These European countries are some of the best places in the world to take a cruise.

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Need Some Ideas To Fund Your Globetrotting?

After almost 20 months of my new life as a full-time travel writer, I’ve realized how fortunate I am to be able to live my dreams. When I speak to my friends, I sense that I often take for granted this privilege of having the freedom to travel whenever I like. If you don’t get paid to travel, seeing the world is an expensive affair. For many people, that’s fine. If you’re only going to take a two-week trip every summer, then the expense is worth it. But if you love going to new places and want to travel more often, then the cost can quickly become a financial burden. If you need some ideas to fund your globetrotting, then the suggestions in this article could help you earn a little more money.

Make Some Investments


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One smart way to fund your globetrotting is to start making some investments. Your full-time job might help to cover your bills but not always the excess expenses such as flights and accommodation in foreign destinations. That’s why you should aim to increase your wealth outside of your job. Increase your earning potential by putting your disposable income to use. Don’t just let your income gather dust in a checking or savings account. It’s time to start investing. You might want to look into the stock market if you’re keen to make money through trading. Just make sure you do your research to understand how the industry works. You could also invest in real estate. Buying properties to sell or lease can provide a huge ROI, so it’s a great way to raise the funds necessary to go globetrotting. In fact, even if you’re not keen on the idea of becoming an investor, that idea leads on to the next one.

Rent Out Your Property

Many people fund their travels by house-swapping. You find a likeminded individual in another country and agree to swap houses for a fixed amount of time so that you can save money on accommodation. That’s one way to make it a little cheaper to explore the world. But you could raise even more money for your next trip by taking more of a business-minded approach. If you want to start globetrotting for weeks or months at a time, then you could fund those extended trips by renting out your property whilst you’re away from home. Using services such as Airbnb could really help you to bring in a big profit. You might want to look into Airbnb management services to help you arrange the entire thing. It’s important to approach property management like a small business. If you do, then you could really grow your wealth.

Earn Money Online

So many digital nomads fund their travels by earning money online. The internet has opened up new possibilities for people who love to explore the world. The ability to work remotely gives you the opportunity to earn a living in any destination with a WiFi connection. You could find freelance work online, for instance. Whatever your skill set, there’s usually a way to sell your services to clients online. If you’re a wordsmith then you could write marketing copy, if you’re artistic then you could design graphics for businesses, and so on. You don’t have to quit your current job. You could use sites such as Fiverr in your spare time or whilst you’re on the move. Sellers on that site earn their dough from things as simple as playing video games with people. There are plenty of ways to earn online and fund your globetrotting.

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