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Feel the magic of scuba diving in Thailand

Feel the magic of scuba diving in Thailand
Feel the magic of scuba diving in Thailand

The oceans stir the heart, inspires the imagination and brings eternal joy to the soul” – Wyland

Always wanted to know how it feels like to breathe under water?
Then surely scuba diving is the best activity to do as it makes youfeel totally weightless in open water while you observe the incredible beauty of marine life.

For many years, Thailand has been the most loved place for both hard-core divers and beginners who wish to add an unforgettable diving experience to their travel books. Similan islands, HinMuang, HinDaeng are some of the best jewels in the Thailand diving crown to try scuba diving at. Each location will surprise with a view you wouldn’t regret dying for. While exploring the colorful corals brimming with exotic marine life, you also get a chance to swim with whale and leopard sharks under safe conditions.One can never get bored in this beautiful land of smiles because it offers incredible scenic beauty in abundance.

BUT

Are you really prepared for scuba diving?
Know before you go so here is a list of few tips that will prepare you well for your first scuba dive –

  1. Practice yoga, as it will really help you focus on your breathing which is one of the most important elements of scuba diving. Yoga also improves your body flexibility and builds muscle strength.
  2. Don’t just plunge into the water if you have open wounds. Make sure that they are totally sealed with a waterproof tape to decrease the chances of infections.
  3. Listen carefully to the directions of your guide and stay close to them underwater especially if you are a beginner. Never be afraid to ask them questions no matter how silly they seem to you but don’t leave even an inch of space for confusion.
  4. Learning how to use hand signals is very important, as it’s the only way to communicate underwater.
  5. Don’t go too fast underwater as rapid movements burn more air due to increased resistance. Go slow and relax.
  6. Be very much sure of the equipment you should use without compromising with the quality.
  7. Drink plenty of water before and after dives to avoid dehydration.
  8. If you have a sinus infection or some other significant illness that compromises your health, better consult a doctor and go when you are feeling healthy.

Things to carry –

  •  Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Bathing suits
  • Towels
  • Toiletries

And last but no the least is CONFIDENCE

The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever. – Jacques Cousteau

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Discover the colors of thailand with zocales

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Discover the colors of thailand with zocales

To move, to breathe, to fly, to float, to roam the roads of land remote, to travel is to live.” – Hans Christian Andersen

Best known for the awe-inspiring beaches to relax, antique yet stunning temples to visit, thrilling wildlife to experience, delicious squid to taste, Thailand stands on the top position in the list of best tourist locations in South East Asia. One can never get bored in this beautiful country, which is often called the “Land of Smiles”. Thailand is filled with hundreds of pristine islands and national parks that it is next to impossible to experience the whole of Thailand in one go.

Here is a list of top 6 places you should not skip out at any cost on your next Thai adventure –

  1. Grand Palace 

Located at the heart of Bangkok, this is undoubtedly the most famous landmark to visit in Thailand. Spread across 218,400 sq. meters of area, this spectacular palace continues to awe visitors with its splendid architecture and intricate detailing that rightly reflect the craftsmanship of Thai people.

2. Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

A visit to Thailand’s floating markets is surely a great way to start your morning with. Arrive early to avoid boat traffic and bag the best bargains. Don’t worry about the breakfast, as you will get everything from delicious coconut pancakes to stir fried dishes, which you can eat on the long-tail boat as you see the market. You will be amazed to see the honesty of local people who works there with full zeal and enthusiasm.

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market in thailand
Damnoen Saduak Floating Market in thailand

3. Elephant Nature Park

Spend a day at the Elephant Nature Park, which is a rescue and rehabilitation center for abused, elderly and injured Asian elephants. Visitors are free to interact with these elephants and can bathe them in the river. One will surely leave this place with a newfound respect and unconditional love for these species.

Elephant nature park in thailand
Elephant nature park in thailand

4. Koh Lanta Island

Less than an hour’s boat ride from Krabi, Koh Lanta is actually made up of several little islands, the most famous of which is Koh Lanta Yai. This pristine island offers breath-taking scenic views and a laid back atmosphere with a beautiful lush forest backdrop.

An absolute heaven for beach lovers.

5. Long Neck Hill Tribe Villages

It’s really exciting to meet the women of Karen Long Neck Tribe who wear brass coils wrapped around their necks and try to sell you their crafts at very reasonable prices.

Long Neck Hill Tribe Villages in thailand
Long Neck Hill Tribe Villages in thailand

6. Khao Yai National Park

Home to rich diversity of animal species and several evergreen forests, this place is a must visit if you are a true nature lover. It is the second largest national park in Thailand blessed with scenic waterfalls, mountainous slopes and lush tropical rainforests.

Book your tickets today and get soaked in the magnificent views of Thailand.

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What makes a great travel partner

what makes a great travel partner
what makes a great travel partner

In Life, It’s Not Where You Go, It’s Who You Travel With– Charles Schulz

To travel is to live and it makes one a happy person while widening their perspectives in life.
Some people choose to travel aloneas they can solely decide what, when, where and how things are to be scheduled whereas few prefer to travel with their best buddy as it makes them embrace the unexpected adventure and try things which one may have not done solo.

But

Finding the perfect travel buddy who is as curious about anything and everything existing in the world as you are can be a tough and challenging task but certainly not the impossible one. No one would like to travel with the person they don’t like and spoil their trip by clashing on petty things and comes back home with not so pleasant memories.

So let’s see what actually makes a great travel partner-

  1. Travel with one who really helps in organizing the whole trip and respects your decisions. Two people cannot want the same things at the same time so it’s better to communicate your desires and mutually decide which way to go instead of disrespecting your partner’s needs.
  2. Money becomes an issue even with the best of friends so make sure that you both have the same budgets before you decide to travel together. Nothing is worse than a partner who always compromise on quality to save on their wallets or drags you to ‘over your budget’ places so better to settle on these things before heading for the trip.
  3. Choose someone whose interests and energy level match yours to create some unforgettable memories. An adventurer won’t be happy lazing around on beaches or in the resorts. He/she will always look for something exciting to do, so make sure that you both are on the same page and wish to fulfill same kind of activities.
  4. Missed a flight? Started raining when it was supposed to be a sunny day? Don’t panic, as it never helps in solving the problem but look for the best possible alternatives with your partner. Travel with someone who is flexible and easygoing when plans don’t sail smoothly as you expected them to be.Well, unplanned things always end up creating the best of memories.
  5. Being with someone who finds enjoyment and beauty even in the smallest of things is simply just awesome.
  6. If the person can make you smile in the darkest situations, have always been by your side through thick and thin, stay calm and positive whatever the situation be,willing to try new things, then you have definitely got yourself a great travel buddy.

Drop all your work for a while; pack up your bags and head out into the unknown to explore the farthest reaches of the worldwith a great partner who wants to travel as much as you do.

No road is long and no journey is tiring if you have a good company to travel with.

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Let’s learn some camping tips

Let’s learn some camping tips
Let’s learn some camping tips

Cold air

Dark night

Warm fire

Bright stars

Camping is the art of getting closer to nature while getting farther away from the cold beverages or your most loved Italian dishes, hot steamy showers and flush toilets.Camping lets you talk with the nature and a great way to get some fresh air. Sit around a roaring bonfire, laugh out at the silliest jokes, share the deepest secrets with your close friends, tell ghost stories, marvel at the glorious beauty of shimmering stars, listen to soft music and say bye to the luxuries of your life for a day.

Let’s look at some camping tips to help your journey go as smoothly as possible –

  • Do a thorough research about the place you are going to visit before making any reservations and check the camping rules about what you can and cannot do. Don’t forget to check the weather forecast as well because you surely won’t be pleased if heavy rains or scorching heat welcomes you with wide-open arms. Things may not go as you planned,as nature is always known for unexpected surprises so better be prepared for the worst and pack accordingly.
  • Make sure that you have all the required equipment and tools to fix the tent. Practice to set up your tent in the backyard a few times to check if everything goes all right as nothing worse than getting to a campsite, and finding out that you missed one tool at home. Practicing at home will ensure you on how to put up and take down the tent with ease.
  • Your camping night could turn to a nightmare if all of a sudden, flashlight batteries die or you are left with nothing to eat so it’s always better to double up your essentials that include water, non-perishable food, toilet paper, batteries, blankets etc.
  • Wrong bedding is going to make your camp night miserable so don’t commit this mistake and buy appropriate sleeping bags with no hurries.

Things to pack –

  1. Bug spray
  2. Flashlights to help you get through woods in dark.
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Simple road trip hacks you need to know

Simple road trip hacks you need to know
Simple road trip hacks you need to know – Zocales

Because the greatest part of a road trip isn’t about arriving at your destination. It’s all  the wild stuff that happens along the way.” –Emma Chase

Isn’t it exciting to drive on the open roads with your closest friends with no map in the hands and destination remains unfixed till the end?

Sounds crazy.

A road trip surely create life-lasting memories and brings adventure by forcing people to experience uncommon things that come their way like sudden snack breaks at roadside food joints, crazy drive moments, getting lost in unfamiliar roads.

Of course any vacation, be it a small road trip or a day off to some hilly areas demands a lot of preparation so that no unwanted trouble comes your way and makes the journey difficult.

Let’s look at some simple yet useful tips up your sleeves for an amazing road trip

  1. Finding the perfect wheels to travel on is the most important and time-consuming task that must be fulfilled with utmost attention. You definitely need a vehicle in a good enough condition to go thousands of miles with no stops, big enough to occupy all the travellers with their luggage and economic enough in terms of fuel consumption. Take your vehicle for a small test-drive and check if it functions smoothly.
  2. Travel light and pack things that are required instead of stuffing your suitcases with unnecessary supplies. Save car space for passengers, not suitcases.
  3. As you won’t be having enough time to see everything along the route, make a flexible itinerary with all the possible worth going places covered so that you don’t miss out on anything.
  4. To avoid making your car look like a total mess even after you have spend good number of hours with no stops, bring along cleaning wipes in bundle and keep a small dustbin to collect the trash.
  5. It’s better to unplug all your electronic devices and just enjoy the scenic beauty of nature during your road trip but if one is not ready to go off the grid due to social commitments or out of habit, keep a multi-charger or a fully charged power bank so that your phone doesn’t run out of battery.
  6. Make sure you have curated a playlist with all your most loved songs well in advance, as it’s no surprise if your cellular services show thumbs down at any moment. Download the required mobile applications ahead of time to avoid eating into your data plan.
  7. Does car travelling makes you go green with nausea? Motion sickness is no surprise but can make your trip a disaster so avoid succumbing to it and take precautions well in advance.
  • Look for snacks that contain ginger or peppermint.
  • Take frequent breaks
  • Distractions are a great way to decrease car sickness so take your mind off by listening to music or playing fun games with your friends.

Road trips is no easy task as you are going to hit traffic jams, car break down, speed bumps but it all makes worth when you end up having incredible views seized in your eyes and some great memories of a lifetime with the ones you love.

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Space saving hacks for packing your suitcase

Space saving hacks for packing your suitcase
Space saving hacks for packing your suitcase

Let your memory be your travel bag – Alexander Solzhenitsyna

Packing is never an effortless task rather a cumbersome and time-consuming chore that demands utmost patience while thinking how to fit your stuff efficiently in a small suitcase.

In excitement of the trip, one tends to over pack and keeps extra outfits just to be safe and ends up having no space for their essentials like toiletry, accessories and shoes. It’s advisable to approach logical and rational packing instead of indulging in emotions and pack outfits more than the required.

Be a smart traveller and follow these space saving hacks while packing your suitcase for your next trip.

  1. Make a packing list and itemize everything you need to bring. Next is to keep a note of which set of clothes to pack and which should be resting in your cupboard. Rolling your t-shirts and denims tightly instead of folding them will help you save a lot of space in your travel bag.  Start with placing your rolled clothes vertically then store folded clothes on top of them.
  2. To keep your travel clothes clean and safe from the shoe dust, it’s better to store the shoes in shower caps and stuff your socks in them.
  3. Instead of carrying whole pack of shampoos, lotions and conditioners, buy small but airtight containers and pour out the required quantity in them. Placing a label on the containers will make your trip much easier and fun.
  4. Don’t let your charger cables and earpieces twist into knots so keep them in your sunglasses cases.
  5. You would definitely hate looking for your earrings lying in the hidden corners of the suitcase. So attach earrings to buttons and keep all the parts together as seen in the picture.
  6. No need to carry the entire bottle of foundation and concealer but fill both sides of an old contact case and you are all set to go. Just carry what you need and save space in your luggage.
  7. Nothing worse than finding the perfume bottle broken in your luggage with a sticky mess all around. Cushion your perfume bottles with socks or thick sweaters around them from any breakage.
  8. Hats are always difficult to fold and pack in travel bag so keep them in hand.
  9. Keeping cotton pads in your powder-based makeup will prevent it from breaking up and spreading all over.

Never leave packing to the last minute as in such scenario, you will always end up packing wrong stuff using majority of the space in your suitcase.

TO TRAVEL IS TO LIVE

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A solo’s traveller guide on how to meet locals while travelling

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A solo’s traveller guide on how to meet locals while travelling – Zocales

One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” -Henry Miller

Travelling means breathing a new culture even though for a few days with new faces and things around. Opening your perspective to new lifestyles and cultures surely mold one’s personality on a better note.

During your journey to new places, locals can definitely help to a great extent in making your trip more fun and interesting while offering you comfort in the land of strangers.

As a solo traveller, it seems to be a hard task to shake hands with locals and taste the flavors of their culture but soon you will realize that being friendswith strangers during your trip can actually be a super fun and thrilling experience. When you travel solo, you pay more focus on everything around you instead of who is with you.

Let’s look at these tips on how to meet locals while travelling and create life-lasting memories to be cherished in future.

  1. Never make a strict itinerary with schedule of every single hour but let your plans be loose. Once you reached the destination, you will realize that there is a lot more to explore and experience than what is mentioned in the travel guides or various websites. Wander through the unknown streets, markets with no maps in hand and hang out with the locals to feel like one. Take active participation in local festivals and exhibitions,as it is the perfect opportunity to scout out new friends on the go.
  2. When visiting a foreign country, language can be a barrier in forming new friendships with locals. Fumbling on words while speaking local language is perfectly fine but at least make an effort to learn new words. Don’t seal off the adventure of meeting all kinds of interesting people by staying aloof but strike up conversations with as many people as you can. Be open to new experiences.
  3. Prick the moony bubble of your comfort and live the way the locals do, as it will surely create a life-changing experience in your travel book. Ask around for the best local dishes and dress as per their traditions to discover the true lifestyle of a place. Be flexible with your plans and have little adventure wherever you go.
  4. Download apps like Backpackr that helps you connect with like-minded travellers around the world in the most painless way. You can easily search for nearby backpackrs and interact with those who have similar travel plans.
  5. It can be sheer fun to be a part of a travel group and follow their itinerary wherever you go. Hassle of organizing everything by yourself can be easily erased by travelling in groups.

Travel as much as you can. As far as you can. Life is not meant to live in one place.