Guest Post: Outdoor Fun in Bandung

The hustle & bustle of West Java's capital city: Bandung. Photo credit:
The hustle & bustle of West Java’s capital city: Bandung. Photo credit: Achmad Soerio Hutomo/Flickr/CC

By Jyotsna Ramani of Wander With Jo

Bandung, the capital of West Java, is nicknamed Paris of Java because of it is remarkably similar to both Paris and Europe. The city also enjoys another nickname – Flower City – as Bandung used to have many flowers. The city boasts of mild and year round pleasant weather and is equally popular with the local Jakartans who travel there for weekend trips and international travellers who trek there for short or long stays. For outdoor fun in Bandung, there are a lot of hotel options but one of the best is the Dago Highland Resort because of it’s access to local golf courses and cultural parks. So find out here what kind of outdoor fun you can have in Bandung and places like the Dago Highland.

Alun-alun is the city square in Bandung and is typically a square of grass fields with the major residence and a grand mosque that has undergone a major renovation and expansion. Tangkuban Perahu lies towards the northern side of Bandung and Lembang is the nearest city. Your trip to Bandung will not be complete without visiting the crater of an active volcanic mountain. Read more

Oh Canada – 149 Reasons to love The Truth North, Strong and Free

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Happy Canada day from the land of maple syrup, Bieber and beavers. To celebrate our Country’s 149th Canada I wanted to  share 149 things to love about travel, food and culture from Canada. If you live here, cheers! If you’re coming to visit, here’s 149 reasons you should.

1. Space to roam. We have big skies, big mountains, lots of rivers, oceanfront playgrounds and trees. We have only four people per square kilometre compared to 232 people per square kilometre in Germany. Now that’s elbow room. Read more

Layover at Gatwick? It’s not as Rough as it Sounds

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Fear not UK travellers, here are some tips from guest poster Alberta Dawson on how to make the best of a Gatwick layover…

Having to endure a long layover in London isn’t so bad after all. There may come an unexpected moment when you find yourself stuck inside Gatwick Airport looking for things to do to pass time. Lucky for you, the world’s most active single-use runway, according to travel website Panethos, has some equally world-class facilities in store. You can even go for a short commute to visit a couple of nearby tourist attractions.

First off, it’s important to understand to the exact location of London Gatwick. Contrary to its name, this Crawley, West Sussex airport is set 45.7 kilometres or 28.4 miles from downtown London. Read more

Pack your Ps and Qs: Bloggers share their mom’s travel advice

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Every time I’ve travelled everywhere my mom says the same two things: pack your Ps and Qs (pleases and thank-yous) and pack your common sense. Good manners and old fashioned common sense have helped me enjoy trips around the United Kingdom, Central America and Sub-Saharan Africa relatively incident free. Thanks mom! The last spot mumsy and I trekked to was the ultra-luxe Azuridge and where we hung out with my toddler, were served by butlers and gazed upon the Rocky Mountains. I can honestly say my mom is one of my favourite travel mates – I’m so thankful she’s nurtured my wanderlust and adaptability all these years. Thanks mom!

To celebrate Mother’s Day (in Canada) a bit early, I thought I would survey some of my blogger buds’ for their pearls of mom travel advice wisdom. There are some really sweet nuggets of advice after the jump. Happy Mother’s Day reading fellow travellers.  Read more