Finding a Home Away from Home

One of the most challenging tasks of migrating would be finding a place to stay. If you are travelling to a country whose culture drastically varies from your own, you may need to give a lot of thought into house hunting before you get there. This article provides you with a checklist that can be helpful if you plan on migrating abroad for academic or employment purposes.

Location Matters

Firstly, it is important that you consider the level of convenience of the chosen locations of stay to your university or office. It is not only the distance that matters but also the transportation facilities, time of travel and costs involved to and from the two destinations. If your place of work or study is situated in the city, the rent would be undoubtedly high. However, the costs can be slashed depending on whether you choose to live in a hostel or apartment or whether you live by yourself or with a couple of roommates. The facilities around the locality needs to be considered too. The distance to the closest supermarket, railway station, salon, laundry and so on. In short you need to bear in mind your needs and the best possible manner that you could tend to them at the most reasonable way.

Consider the Nature of the Place

You always have the option of obtaining accommodation at a hostel or dorm if you are a student, or you may also choose housing with a local family. In terms of costs, these options would come in handy as well as in terms of safety and security. Apartments and hotels can be other options which are on the high end of the spectrum, but if you plan on sharing it with a few others you can get it sorted out.

Independent Stay or Group Stay

This is where personality comes into play. You may be one of those who want your own space and hence would prefer renting out a room for oneself. This has its own advantages but can be a problem too, not only for safety and financial reasons but for cultural reasons as well. The experience that you may receive at a hostel or dorm or by sharing an apartment with a couple of colleagues would not be the same if you choose to stay independently. Sharing the place of Gisborne accommodation reduces the costs as well as provides you with the opportunity to interact with people from different cultures.

It is quite a challenging task to find a place away from home however it can be more difficult to set yourself up and get accustomed to the new home. Hence, depending on your preferences and lifestyle, pick a place that would suit you.

How To Surprise Your Sister With A Weekend Trip

Your sister has just being promoted to the position of manager in her office. You are thrilled at the news of your sister’s promotion because this was long overdue. Despite the many late hours of work and the responsibilities of overlooking an entire department your sister was not given her promotion for many years. But now the time has come to celebrate this much awaited promotion of your sister. Your family entrusts you with the job of finding a suitable place to take your sister for an unexpected vacation during the weekend. The vacation of course is a surprise and you have to make sure that you get everything planned as expected without your sister finding out about the vacation.

Close to nature

So you immediately get on the job. After browsing the internet you call a couple of hotels and ask them for details about their facilities and their extra activities offered at the site and of course if they are situated close to a jungle area because your sister is a strong environmentalist who loves to be close to nature. You hit the jackpot when you come across a hotel that has the ideal location for the vacation. This hotel is situated in the middle of the jungle and has trekking, bird watching and safari rides on offer for their customers. The hotel also offers luxury accommodation to their customers even though they are situated in the middle of a jungle. You are amazed when you see the facilities offered by this hotel and you cannot imagine going to any other hotel after you came across this one.

Make the reservations

On further inquiry you find out that this hotel also offers basic accommodation for their customers in case some of them cannot afford to pay high prices for sophisticated rooms. Your mother and father are in total agreement for this hotel and you go ahead and make the reservations. The weekend finally arrives and your sister is wondering what on earth is happening because everybody is packing their clothes. You ask her to pack her clothes because the family has to go on a sudden outing. Everybody is now ready to go.

Welcome and congratulations

All of you finally arrive at the hotel and your sister is aghast when she sees the surrounding in which the hotel is situated. She cannot believe what has just happened when she sees a board at the entrance that says welcome and congratulations. The hotel staff welcomes your sister with a welcome drink and it is only then that she realises that this was a surprise trip made just for her.

Why Choose Patong For Your Next Vacation

Patong is known as the beach and town of Phuket’s west coast. It is a high tourist attraction in whole of Thailand. Many people visit Patong every year for its fun activities and entertainment. Here are a few reasons why you should make your next trip to there.

1.    The Beach
The Patong beach stretches up to 3.5 kilometres. That is around 2.2 miles of white sand and clear blue sea. The beach is the main reason why thousands of tourists visit the place every year. Along this stretch you may find Freedom Beach, Paradise Beach and other mind blowing beaches. You can get involved in fun activities such as beach soccer, beach volleyball, snorkeling, sea kayaking etc. The beautiful coral reefs would surely catch your eye. Along the beach you can also find Patong restaurants, pubs, bars and even souvenir shops.

2.    Shopping
Patong is home to a large, fully air conditioned shopping mall known as Jungceylon. It features 200 shops selling a range of items from branded clothes, shoes, perfumes to electrical equipment, mobile phones, CDs etc. It also has a Big C supermarket, a 16 lane bowling alley and even a cinema. Foot rubs and facial massages are available too. This mall ideal for shopaholics as it can handle 45000 shoppers per day.

3.    Fun games and activities
If you are a person open to adventure, the ‘Flying Hanuman’ will be the best experience. It is a zip line, 40 metres above the forest which will guarantee you a fine adrenaline rush. You will find 28 stages, two 3 spiral staircases, sky bridges, a sky rail and also a 20 min walk in the wilderness. The Tiger Kingdom is another attraction that will get you up close and personal with tigers. There are mini golf courses, race tracks and not to forget the sea activities as boat rides, scuba diving, jet skiing etc.

4.    The food and nightlife
Patong will offer you their best cuisine, ranging from tasty street food to exquisite Patong restaurants. These can be found along the beach and even Bangla road, which is the main destination of nightlife. Bangla road’s action starts after sun set. It is filled with pubs, bars, night clubs, restaurants and of course, ground breaking music. It is the ultimate hub of parties and fun. However, this does not mean nightlife is only for the playful youth. There are family restaurants too ideal for families and couples.

5.    The spas and nature
This place is known for its exclusive spas. You can feel relaxed, away from your busy work schedule. They will provide you with full body massages, foot rubs, facials, manicures and pedicures, hair oiling etc. For nature lovers, other than the beautiful beaches, you can visit Kathu waterfall. It is not a very tall waterfall but with a series of drop pools, where you can even take a dip and cool off.

Apart from these, there is the Kathu mining museum; showcasing the historical equipment used in mining, Wat Patong, which is a Buddhist temple with beautiful architecture. So, make a trip to Patong to experience the ultimate Thailand.

Activities To Consider When Planning A Well-Earned Winter Trip To Hokkaido

The second largest island of Japan, Hokkaido, is very well known for its hot springs, volcanoes and ski resorts. The seasons of this island tend to change quickly and very easily so you have to be prepared when you want to travel here. One of the first things that should cross your mind when planning the trip is what you want to do there. This should be the leading essence of your whole plan.

For those who love snow

The winter season in Hokkaido is extremely cold and very snowy. For those who want to do snow sports and learn some skiing, going during the months from December until March will be the best. There are multiple ski resorts where you can go on the pro tracks and also learn from local and international professionals.

There are a plethora of snow and ice related activities in Hokkaido as well. You can go on ice slides, snow tubing, ice rafting, riding snow mobiles. But these activities are operated starting from end of December so plan your timing correctly.

Snow festivals

The Sapporo snow festival is one of the kind and is a popular attraction for those who want to enjoy the festival and also fun food and activities that come with it. The festival is held usually somewhere in early February and attracts a lot of people. So be prepared to meet hundreds of people like you who came to enjoy the place.

About 40 minutes by train from Sapporo is Otaru. And here the ‘Otaru Snow Light Path Festival’ by the canal is held annually. It is also held in the same timing as the Sapporo festival so you can enjoy two festivals in February.

Another festival that is held along this timeline is the ‘Asahikawa Winter Festival’ which can also be reached through the great local transport.


If cottage accommodation is not your thing then you can get to Lake Toya and enjoy the services of the Toyako Onsen located at the foot of ‘Mount Usu’ and enjoy daily gorgeous views and landscapes. Or you can get even higher quality hot spring joys at the hot spring resort Noboribetsu which is annually featured across world class accommodation magazines.

All the major cities in Hokkaido have hotels, hostels, bed and breakfast Launceston City Tasmania and home stays and other accommodations types. You can ask and book these for reasonable prices and even cheaper during off season months.

Hokkaido has multiple cities and each with their own unique winter traditions you can enjoy. The multiple snow and winter festivals are only the tip of the berg when it comes to snow and Hokkaido.