This 73-day cruise is 12 countries and 39 ports of all-inclusive luxury
An unprecedented 73-day, 12-country voyage aboard Silversea’s new flagship Silver Muse next year is set to make a few bucket lists bulge.
The 7 golden rules of souq shopping
Souqs and markets are some of the most atmospheric and budget-friendly places to shop for souvenirs, as long as you remember a few golden rules before you go souq shopping. Do your research Many cities have several souqs and markets to shop at specialising in different things, from wet markets to flea markets to gold markets. Decide what you want to buy before setting out so you don’t waste time browsing fresh fish when you actually want to buy a carpet. Leave your credit card in the hotel safe Cash is king when it comes to markets so make sure you have plenty of it in small denominations. Have a look around Don’t be tempted to buy the first thing you see; do a walk through and make a mental note of the places you want to return to. Drive a hard bargain Haggling is one of the best parts of shopping in souqs and markets. Don’t be afraid to ask for a discount; 10-15 per cent is a standard discount from the stated starting price but it is fine to go for a larger discount (20-25 per cent); enjoy the negotiations but if the merchant eventually comes close to your price or meets it you really should buy what you have been bargaining over. Be polite Remember that the merchant is trying to make a living, so don’t throw out a ridiculously low price for something you know is worth more, never become aggressive in pursuit of a few dollars off and always show gratitude if you get your way. Caveat emptor Always check your purchases are in working order or good condition before you buy as there are no returns and often no receipts. Getting it from there to here Figure out how exactly you are going to get your purchase home before you buy; in bigger markets merchants offer shipping, and many hotels can also arrange transportation for you.
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Airbnb – the questions you need to ask before your book
When it comes to travel, you want the mystery to be in the destination - not your accommodation. We’ve compiled a few handy questions to ask before you book your next Airbnb, writes Nikki Wallman.
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Is travel killing our planet?
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The 6 hottest travel trends for 2019
Our desire for stronger connections with people and place is driving the hottest travel trends for 2019. Forget a simple cellar-door visit in France; travellers in 2018 want to cycle through vineyards and meet local winemakers before sampling a drop. We are also seeking to go beyond our comfort zones, want more flexibility with tours and are moving away from big-ticket attractions in favour of quirky travel finds. Forward-thinking hotels are adopting a ‘millennial mindset’ by offering more social spaces, and we're also continuing to think ‘green’. 1. Total immersion It's likely you've heard the term ‘experiential travel’ bandied around in hotel bars, but this year the new style of holidaying is expected to boom. All about getting off the well-trodden tourist trail, experiential travel is when we immerse ourselves in foreign cultures. Globus national marketing manager, Chris Fundell, says in 2019 we'll be moving away from bucket-list attractions so we can discover the unexpected and unusual.   "Aussies want to immerse themselves in a new culture and experience new destinations through the eyes of a local - away from the selfie-stick-clad tourists," Fundell says.   AccorHotels' Pacific CEO Simon McGrath agrees: "It isn’t just the millennial market that is attracted to this concept, it is the millennial-minded - those that are willing to try new things." 2. Flexibility Tours have always been a stress-free way to see a new city, but in 2019 we are expected to take a more hands-on role in the attractions we see. It's a mix between fully hosted tours and independent travel, and Globus's Fundell says the river-cruising sector is responding. The introduction of new tours that steer away from traditional sightseeing and the demand for more engaging travel experiences has seen the company offer more hands-on adventures, he says.   "This ability [for customers] to self-tailor and mould their traditional itineraries now allows Avalon Waterways to not only cater to its existing target market with this thirst for experiential travel, but also tap into a slightly younger market looking for a more flexible approach," Fundell says.   Travellers are looking for authentic experiences that allow them to escape the constraints of day-to-day life, but with the comfort and security of travelling with a local expert. 3. Social spaces When it comes to the accommodation industry, the next big trend is the creation of social spaces to allow for more mingling. McGrath describes this as having a "millennial mindset", with hotels being communal and personalised. In 2017, AccorHotels launched a lifestyle division focusing on experiential hotels and this is represented with the stylish and modern Jo&Joe, 25hours Hotels and Mama Shelter.   "These brands are pushing the boundaries with interactive and lively social spaces that are deeply connected to their destination and this concept is not only growing but here to stay," says McGrath. 4. Accepting a challenge This year, many of us will push beyond our comfort zones by trying something new while on vacation, according to Wotif's Wot's Your Journey? Report (2017). It’s found that adventure travel is on the rise, with 76 per cent of us keen to try things on holidays that we’d never contemplate at home.   This eagerness to go beyond our norm also translates to culinary experiences. Wotif travel specialist Amanda Behre says that while Australians have long been described as a nation of food lovers, trying foreign cuisine is the number one passion influencing where we holiday. "As our desire to try new cuisines and food experiences grows, we’re increasingly being led by our bellies on our travels,” says Behre. 5. Cultural connections No longer does hoeing into nasi goreng in Bali constitute as a cultural experience; we want to delve deeper into foreign traditions and connect to a place and people through local stories. McGrath says AccorHotels connects guests with indigenous employees for storytelling, while also introducing travellers to indigenous ingredients in the company's restaurants, as well as to traditional art.   "We are seeing a strong trend of Australians wanting to see more of their own country and learn more about indigenous culture," McGrath says, "which is why cultural tourism is forming a key part of the welcome ritual and general experiences within our hotels." 6. Conscious travel Lastly, the environment will continue to be a pressing topic, and the hotel industry is responding. Not only is it now common for hotels to request we re-use bathroom towels, but more are going a step above by offering environmentally responsible experiences.   The Fairmont Waterfront in Vancouver, for example, has an apiary and ‘bee butler’ who runs daily tours about the importance of the world-wide honey-bee population. You can even enjoy a pollinator menu based on ingredients that require pollination.   According to an AccorHotels' report into guest behaviour in 2016, we're also keen to reduce energy consumption, and reduce and sort our waste while travelling - habits that point to a better 2019 footprint.
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Rock Bar at Ayana Resort, Bali.
The 5 best bars with a spectacular view around the world
If you like your Pina Coladas with a side of OMG, then you should definitely try out these incredible bars when ordering your next holiday cocktail. 1. Rock Bar, Ayana Resort Bali Ayana’s open-air Rock Bar sets the benchmark for establishments in which you can drink in the view along with your tipple, perched as it is on a natural rock formation 14 metres above the waves of Jimbaran Bay.   With accolades such as the 'Best Bar in Bali' flowing freely, it's not surprising things get busy here, especially at sunset, but guests of the resort get priority access to the inclinator which delivers them to the best tables in the joint. 2. Luna Rooftop Tapas Bar [caption id="attachment_16179" align="alignnone" width="896"] Luna Rooftop Tapas Bar in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.[/caption] San Miguel de Allende, Mexico The picture-postcard central Mexican town of San Miguel de Allende is a riot of Colonial and Spanish architecture.   There is an abundance of rooftop bars and restaurants offering alfresco dining and drinking, including this one at the Ayana’s open-air Rock Bar   Sitting here with an icy margarita in hand looking out over the terracotta rooftops to the pointy spires of the Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel is holiday bliss. 3. Flair, Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, China With the iconic Oriental Pearl Tower almost close enough to touch, it's safe to say that Flair has some of the best views in all of Shanghai.   Occupying the 58th floor of the Ritz-Carlton, the open-air terrace has views past the tower’s red ball, over the Huangpu River to the historical Bund.   Sitting shoulder-to-shoulder with the city's hipster set, you can order up trendy cocktails and 'Asian tapas' and partake in the highest alfresco dining in China. 4. Top Mountain Star [caption id="attachment_42711" align="alignnone" width="1500"] Top Mountain Star, Hochgurgl-Obergurgl, Austria[/caption] Hochgurgl-Obergurgl, Austria Located a mind-boggling 3080 metres above sea level, Top Mountain Star is a bar, viewing platform and architectural wonder all in one.   The wood, glass and metal structure is in the highest ski resort in the Austrian alps, and is reached by cable car, affording views of the savage snow-drenched peaks that surround it.   If you can pick your jaw off the floor for long enough, indulge in something warm and strong before heading back out into the elements. 5. Aer, Four Seasons [caption id="attachment_16175" align="alignnone" width="1500"] Aer at Four SeasonsMumbai, India.[/caption] Mumbai, India Aer is spread across an entire rooftop of the luxe Four Seasons Hotel and boasts expansive views across the chaotic city of Mumbai to the calm waters of the sea beyond.   There's a resident DJ spinning everything, from jazz to house to '80s retro every night, even in the monsoon season when a clear canopy is erected so the party can continue rain, hail or shine.   (Access is free for guests; non-residents pay a cover charge on Friday and Saturday night.)