I and my wife, age 82 and 80 years, will be in Singapore in February 2020. Please suggest some resorts where we can spend 4-5 days and then return to Singapore.
For a relaxing holiday close to Singapore, I would recommend Bintan which is a part of Indonesia but is less than an hour away by ferry from Singapore. In Bintan, you can visit one of the many nearby villages, interact with the locals, visit the 1000 Face Buddhist Temple or see the 300-year-old Snake River temple. Alternatively, you could choose to just sit back, relax and enjoy the beaches. Most resorts in Bintan have vegetarian options at their restaurant.
My partner and I plan to get married in December this year. We look forward to visiting Europe on for our honeymoon. We want to explore 2-3 places in a span of 12-14 days. Please recommend an itinerary.
If you plan on travelling during December or January, I would recommend heading straight to Portugal and Spain to enjoy sunnier locales during Europe’s winter season. Some of the popular destinations that you must visit include Madrid, Barcelona, Seville, Malaga, Granada, Toledo, Cordoba and Ronda. For a more romantic experience, opt for a self-driven trip. On the way you can explore beautiful castles around Northern Spain and the province of La Rioja which is famous for its traditional wineries. Spanish Paradors which offer an exotic and rustic stay experience would be my recommendation for honeymooners. In Portugal, you should visit the capital city of Lisbon located at the bank of Tagus River and famous for Portuguese historical imprints of the yesteryears. From there, you may plan short trips to Portuguese cities like Porto and Sintra. Don’t miss out on trying the wine in Porto!
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I am 66 years old and six years ago, I wanted to travel to US to visit my wife who had undergone a surgery there. My visa was rejected on the grounds that I will not return. I now plan to apply with wife. Should I mention in my application about my earlier rejection?
Yes, you must mention about your previous rejection along with the reason. You could also reach out to a reliable travel agency to help guide through the process.
Will right-side driving prove difficult for me during a selfdrive holiday in Europe?
As far as great holiday experiences go, self-driving in Europe, especially through the countryside, is right up there. Though right-side driving requires some getting used to, most people are able to pick it up soon. Of course, getting an automatic car helps because you have one less thing to worry about. Make an effort to read up on road signs and driving rules and regulations of the country you will be driving in. Most importantly, enjoy the drive!
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Most Powerful Passports Of 2019: India Loses Charm; Singapore, Japan Among Travel-Friendly …
The Passport Shuffle
The new Henley Passport Index is out, and there has been a major shuffle in the global ranking of the world’s passports. In the beginning of 2019, 27 countries were in the top 10 positions on the index, but this month 4 more countries were added to the list. Several countries climbed the list to have most powerful passports, while few slipped from their positions, including India. The ranking is determined on the number of destinations their holders can access without a prior visa. It is based on the exclusive data from the International Air Transport Association, which maintains the world’s largest and most accurate database of travel information. Here’s a look at all the top ranking passports of this year.
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