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WHAT KIND OF LUXURY GETAWAY IS THE MOST AFFORDABLE? - Luxury getaways exist the world over. There are a lot of places you can visit during your travels that’ll have a glass of cool wine and a steaming bath waiting in your room, and they’re all well-reviewed and sort after in the tourism sector. Just think about it: taking a break from the back and forth of your own life by touching down in a sunny country, with sand between your toes, and an extensive shopping budget at your disposal! 

That really is the life, but it’s often a once in a lifetime plan, considering the cost of such travel. But that doesn’t mean you have to miss out! So, which luxury getaway is the most affordable? If you’re someone running on a strict travel budget, but you don’t want that to hold you back from seeing the world, what luxury trip would be the most accessible to you? Well, let’s examine that idea below!

A Cruise
There’s a lot of cruises out there, and they all have a pretty hefty price bill attached to them, don’t they? But when it comes to luxury travel, they’re one of the most affordable and accessible forms of holidaying for anyone who’s on a budget. After all, consider how often you’re going to be stopping off in a foreign country, to spend the day and pack your suitcase with souvenirs, you’re definitely getting value for your money! 

A Beach Holiday 
Beach holidays are popular with most tourists, and thus, they’re hot for competition in the package holiday sector. Travel companies can make a lot of money off of beach holiday deals, simply because the demand for them is so high, and that means they don’t have to charge you too much for the privilege! 

A Stately Home
Or a castle, if that’s what you really fancy! Stately homes are opening up all over the world to people who want to take a break from their lives, and pretend to be Victorian manor owners, looking out over their picturesque 100 acre back gardens. And even if you want to bring more than 2 people along, you can easily sleep 4 to a room for a low price. 

An Inner City Break
Finally, if you’re someone who likes to stay down to earth and connected to civilization, an inner city break can be very budget-friendly. In places like Paris and New York, you can book yourself into a central hotel without it costing you an arm and a leg. It’s a very competitive sector, after all, and budget travellers are well catered for because of it - for this option, you definitely need to stay on the beaten track to properly reap the savings rewards.

Luxury getaways are a big deal in the travel world, and for good reason! Make sure you’ve got some figures swirling in your mind if you’re planning an expensive trip away.

Does Instagram become one factor for you to choose where to go next on your bucket list? If it does, was it went well? or do you prefer to go somewhere totally off-beaten-path travel destinations, like Zanzibar or Easter Island? This data compiled by Wego, show you some of the most places that very popular on Instagram (but maybe because it's a major city and very popular among travelers). Perhaps it can be your future reference if you want to experience cultural, natural or city escape for your next vacation. Whether is just leisure time at the best luxury hotels & resorts in Bali, culinary adventure in Turkey or taste the city lifestyle in London.

Wego, the largest online travel marketplace in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), reveals the world’s most popular ‘Instagrammable’ holiday destinations and experiences for the summer of 2019, showing where millennials are heading and how Instagram and social media are influencing their choices.

When it comes to overall destinations, London and Dubai both appear in the top five. London won hands-down by a huge margin, with over 118 million hashtags, beating Paris with a margin of 17 million, #Paris’ was posted on Instagram 101 million times followed by Nice with 87 million, NewYork 83 million and Dubai coming in fifth with over 79 million hashtags. ‘Instagrammability’ is a crucial factor for millennials choosing where to go on holiday, more than 41% of people under the age of 33 prioritize ‘Insta-picture-worthiness’ when choosing their holidays.

 London and Dubai are among the top five destinations globally with 118 million and 79 million hashtags respectively

Other top hashtags include Istanbul, Jakarta, Los Angeles, Barcelona, Moscow, and Tokyo.

Mamoun Hmedan, Managing Director, MENA, and India, Wego said, “Instagram is now one of the most important influencers, not only for the destinations themselves but for specific kinds of activities from adventures to wellness retreats, nature, wildlife, cityscapes, culinary experiences, art and much more. Research shows those millennials spend more on travel, life is all about experiences.”

Trends for 2019 show that twenty-somethings are heading to places where they can capture unusual landscapes, cultural authenticity and culinary delights. When Wego drilled down into the specifics, Dubai is the most Instaworthy place on the planet for food where 26% of all Dubai hashtags include #food.

The most popular Instaworthy experiences that millennials are looking for this year include outdoor activities in a stunning setting like stand-up paddleboarding New Zealand’s lakes or snorkeling in the crystal-clear seas of Croatia especially now that smartphones can take great photos underwater.

Chiangmai in Thailand also scores highly for Instagrammability this year, thanks to its offbeat unspoiled jungles, elephants, wellness retreats and spectacular golden, silver and even blue Buddhist temples.

Wego’s research shows millennials are loving the ‘Instaworthiness’ of the stunning lunar-like landscapes of Cappadocia in Turkey, the extraordinary volcanic landscapes and wildernesses of Iceland and Hong Kong’s Peak Tram, which gives stunning views of the entire city and bay from the top of Victoria Peak. Further afield, the Hanging Gardens Infinity Pool in Bali in Indonesia has gained huge Insta-worthiness this year, as has Cape Town’s ‘Diving Board’ rock on Table Mountain.

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2019 BEST CITIES FOR GENERATION Z - Where's your dream city to live and pursue your dream? The world and society have become more complex than ever with digitalization, technology, new ideas to make this world a better place for every single individual. Study reveals the best international cities that support Generation Z’s values and vision by using data relating to advocacy, digitalization, livability, and business opportunities.

● Despite Brexit, London is the #1 city for Generation Z. With a focus on values, London’s overall compatibility with Gen Z principles, ability to meet educational needs, and strong business opportunities makes it the strongest-performing city in the index.
Berlin is the only city in the top 10, which does not fall into the top 50 cities with the highest cost of living. Nevertheless, the capacity of these cities to meet Gen Z’s values and expectations overall earned their place at the top 10.
Stockholm comes second for Gen Z-ers and is the #1 city for Digital Payment & Banking, Environmental Action, and the Right to Protest. Los Angeles ranks at #3, placing second for Esports and third for Education.
● Jakarta, Indonesia ranks #107 out of 110 for Generation Z worldwide.

A study revealing the best cities for Generation Z around the world has been released by on-demand housing platform, After examining the best cities for millennials, Nestpick wanted to shine a light on Generation Z who are starting to graduate from university this year, and are now entering the workforce. Alongside facing global crises such as climate change, this digitally connected age group will also have to tackle artificial intelligence replacing humans, meaning that Gen Z-ers must train in machine learning to stay ahead of the curve. This index aims to determine which cities around the world are meeting their needs, and how they are making themselves attractive destinations to appeal to the creators, advocates, and pioneers of tomorrow.

“Taking a values-centric approach to this study, we looked into which cities around the world best understand, advocate, and embody the principles Gen Z-ers prioritize,” comments ร–mer Kรผcรผkdere, Founder and CEO of “Interestingly, despite the uncertainty surrounding Brexit and the high costs of living, our research has found that London ranks first overall. Adding on to the advantages of a weakening pound, London has shown how it is at the forefront of digitalization, advocacy, entertainment, and business. Brexit or not, London has the foundations to continue magnetizing Generation Z in the long-term.”

How the study was conducted:

Generation Z was first defined and contextualized based on research by the Pew Research Center. Those born between 1997-2012 are considered to be a member of Gen Z due to common key social, political and technological circumstances. Born into the Fourth Industrial Revolution, a post-9/11 world, the climate crisis, and a global recession, Gen Z-ers are known to be digital natives who value security, diversity, and autonomy, and aim to achieve it through pragmatism and determination. A shortlist of prominent, international cities were selected based on their reputation as destinations to pursue work and education, as well as those who have shown initiative to act on the demands of previous generations such as Millennials and Generation X. Originally, 100 cities were chosen for the final index, however, 10 additional locations that are rising in economic strength were included in order to offer a more representative overview. The final selection of 110 cities is further based on the feasibility of collecting extensive, reliable data for the factors used to assess their livability, as well as inclusion at a global scale.

Digitalization was first measured through the integration of technology to everyday life such as e-governance, connectivity, and e-banking. The extent to which a city supports Gen Z values was then scored based on social equality, multiculturalism, and climate commitment. The prevalence of e gaming events and concerts was accounted for in a Leisure Score. Finally, a business score was evaluated based on the entrepreneurial spirit fostered by a city through factors such as affordability, the density of social enterprises and coworking spaces.

The final result is an index composed of 22 indicators ranking cities worldwide based on their recognition of, and initiatives to prepare for this new, up-and-coming generation. 

Please find the complete methodology and full data set on the results page:

Key Findings
  • London ranks highly for Gen Z values overall and standing out for Social Entrepreneurship, Concerts, and Co-Working Spaces (#1), as well as Education and the AI Industry (#2).
  • Copenhagen has the most advanced level of e-government development, followed by Australian cities in the index, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, and Perth.
  • Seoul is the highest-ranking Asian city for government digitalization (#6, 97.86), scoring higher than London (#7), Stockholm (#12), and Singapore (#16).
  • Singapore has the highest Connectivity/5G score, followed by Seoul and Stockholm.
  • Sweden is the best prepared for digital payments and banking, with Stockholm, Malmo, and Gothenburg achieving the highest possible score of 100 in the study. The highest usage of digitalized mobility services such as bike-sharing and ride-hailing goes to Paris (100.00), followed by Bern (89.11), Shanghai (75.73), Amsterdam (75.21), and Tel Aviv (74.85).
  • The cities with the highest percentage of users with digitalized social habits such as social media use and mobile applications for productivity and news are Doha, Manama, and Dubai.
  • Boston offers the best education for Generation Z-ers, followed by London, Los Angeles, Zurich, and Singapore.
  • Central and Eastern European residents benefit from the highest government commitment to user privacy and security in the study, with Athens, Prague, Brno, Tallinn, and Bucharest placing in the top 5.
  • Internet users in Shanghai and Beijing have the lowest Privacy & Security score, followed by Muscat, Jakarta, Lagos, and Casablanca.
  • Dubai has the highest percentage of foreign-born residents, making it the city with the highest concentration of internationals, followed by Manama and Doha.
  • Miami (#4) is the only U.S. city to rank in the top 10 international cities, based on the percentage of foreign-born residents living in the city.
  • Nordic countries have the most gender-equal societies, with Oslo, Bergen, Malmo, Gothenburg, Stockholm, and Helsinki ranking in the top six.
  • Manila has a Gender Equality score of 79.43, ranking at #9, scoring higher than cities in France, Germany, the UK, and Canada.
  • Madrid has the highest LGBT+ Equality score, followed by Helsinki, Barcelona, Amsterdam, and Copenhagen.
  • Stockholm takes the strongest stance against climate change, followed by Zurich and Gothenburg. On the other hand, New Delhi, Lagos, and Beijing show the weakest commitment to climate action.
  • Residents in Norway (Oslo, Bergen) have the most access to mental healthcare, followed by residents in Germany (Berlin, Hamburg, Frankfurt, Cologne, Stuttgart, Munich) and the UK (Glasgow, Manchester, Edinburgh, Bristol, London).
  • Similarly, Norwegian cities score highest for healthcare (Oslo, Bergen), followed by Dutch cities (Rotterdam, Utrecht, Amsterdam) and Australian cities (Brisbane, Perth, Melbourne).
  • Singapore has the highest Safety score, followed by Wellington and Osaka.
  • 13 cities have the highest achievable score for the Right to Protest (Wellington, Bern, Stockholm, Bergen, Geneva, Copenhagen, Lisbon, Zurich, Oslo, Auckland, Porto, Gothenburg, Malmo).
  • Seoul has the best Esports culture, followed by Los Angeles and London.
  • London has the highest Concerts score, followed by Tokyo, New York, Los Angeles, and Paris.
  • San Francisco is the most encouraging city for Entrepreneurial Spirit & Innovation, followed by Geneva, Bern, and Amsterdam.
  • London has the highest registered number of Co-Working spaces, followed by New York and New Delhi.
  • Bucharest is the most affordable city in the EU, followed by Warsaw and Budapest.
  • 14 of the top 20 cities for Generation Z are in the 50 least affordable cities in the index. The six cities which rank highly for both Gen Z and affordability are Berlin, Manchester, Montreal, Gothenburg, Frankfurt, and Malmo.
  • London has the highest Social Entrepreneurship score, with Toronto and New York making the top three. Berlin is the next leading European city (#14), followed by Paris (#15)
  • Three of the top five cities for Social Entrepreneurship are in the United States (New York, Washington, San Francisco).
  • San Francisco has the highest AI Industry score, followed by London, New York, Tel Aviv, and Paris.

5 UNDER THE RADAR ATTRACTIONS IN THE BALTIC STATES THIS FALL - This autumn, the Baltic States offer non-touristy activities and events for every type of traveler: flower and light festivals, a folk fair, hot-air balloon rides, and foraging for mushrooms

While the Baltic States of Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia keep travelers busy at any season, autumn is the best time to avoid crowds and discover seasonal attractions. This fall, those who want to enrich their Baltic trip with authentic experiences, can take part in a folk fair and a light festival in Tallinn, a flower festival in the 19th-century manor in northern Lithuania, enjoy a hot air balloon flight above the capital city Vilnius and mushroom hunting in vast Latvia’s forests.

1. St. Martin’s Fair in Tallinn

From the 7th to 10th of November, Estonia’s capital city is hosting the biggest annual folkloric lifestyle event in the country. The fair marks St. Martin’s Day holiday, a celebration of the end of preparation for winter. As one might guess, this event is the best opportunity to buy Estonia’s coziest handicraft items and to taste traditional seasonal food. Furthermore, visitors can participate in workshops for handicraft lovers and craft activities for children, as well as enjoy Estonian folk music. Craft schools, museums, and other local organizations walk visitors through the ethnic culture, including the oldest musical instruments, songs, dances, and traditional garments. The highlight of the fair, the Handicraft Night, takes place on Friday night and offers a special cultural program. To mention a few attractions, visitors can expect a folk fashion show, live bands, a lot of traditional food, drinks, and dancing.

2. Flower Festival in Manor of Pakruojis

Until the 15th of October, travelers will have an opportunity to participate in the biggest flower festival in Europe, happening at the 19th-century historical estate, Manor of Pakruojis. Renowned local artists have turned the manor’s grounds into a mysterious fairy tale by covering them with flower carpets, various floral compositions, and sculptures. Called Midsummer Night’s Dream, the Shakespeare-inspired festival features half a million blossom plants. The event also offers plenty of cultural and history-related activities. On weekends, guests are welcome to join the theatre performers and participate in live interpretations of scenes from Shakespeare's play. Guests can also join an excursion, try traditional food and drinks, visit a traditional 19th-century perfume making workshop, a honey bee farm, or a sewing atelier. The manor of Pakruojis is easy to get to from Vilnius by rental car (try CityBee) or by bus.

3. Foraging for Wild Mushrooms in Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia

Nature-lovers should try mushroom hunting, an ancient tradition in all the three Baltic states. The countries’ vast unspoiled forests are perfect for long walks, making foraging for mushrooms a fun way to enjoy autumn colors. Cooking and tasting forest-grown goods is an experience on its own. Since many traditional local recipes include mushrooms, tasting these regional dishes is a must while visiting. Those short on time to forage themselves can easily try the locally-picked mushrooms at one of the many restaurants. Great opportunity to do that is during the Riga Restaurant Week, lasting from the 7th to the 13th of October. This is the time when the city’s restaurants open their doors to guests seeking to try a wide spectrum of flavors for an especially affordable price of 15–20 euros for a three-course meal.

4. Wandering Lights Festival in Kadriorg Park, Estonia

Those who are looking for a romantic getaway should visit Wandering Lights Festival on the 18th -19th of September in Estonia’s Kadriorg Park. Featuring thousands of candles and lighting installations, this free night festival is known as a celebration of fire, magic, and romance. Kadriorg Park, situated in Tallinn, is the most outstanding palatial park in Estonia. The magnificent architecture of the landscape and the palace, dating back to the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, creates a magical scenery for the festival. After taking a walk on the lighted paths surrounded by lush greenery, guests can enjoy the live music of the local artists.

5. Hot Air Balloon Flight Above Vilnius Old Town

Visitors can experience being in the sky while touching the colorful treetops with their hot air balloon. Vilnius is one of the few European cities allowing hot air balloon flights above its Old Town. Being a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the largest medieval old towns in Northern Europe, it is worth admiring from a different angle. Red tile roofs, Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance churches surrounded by treetops create a stunning view from above. A combination of the abundant lush greenery and the authenticity of the Old Town makes Vilnius an outstanding city for hot-air ballooning. During autumn, the capital’s parks, river valleys and rolling hills paint the scenery with the most beautiful colors. Companies to try are Hot Air Lines, or Smile Balloons.

EXPERIENCE DINNER AT THE KLIFF, SENGGIGI BEACH LOMBOKThe Kliff Bistro is located in the beautiful shore of Senggigi Beach, offer you a classic and fusion of Italian dining experience with a stunning view of Lombok straits and perfect sunset spot. With only a walking distance from Katamaran Resort lobby, a one-stop place to get it all finest Lombok experience at the beautiful Senggigi, Mangsit area.

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The concept of the restaurant is open space on the cliff, you can feel the ocean wind, but surprisingly it's not salty wind like I experience in one resort in Batam. Very casual and laid back, I mean look at the view especially during the sunset hour, the food is Italian food, so you can expect some nice pasta or pizza. Take the best seat and have a good time, because the restaurant is open before sunset and close at 11 PM.

Unfortunately, too bad for me, I was having late dinner that day, so I came around 9 PM. So I am sorry the video is obviously dark. But overall had a great time, the ambiance was gorgeous the food you will find have the same quality in most restaurants in Bali. The only regret I have, I was too full that day and not had an experience the most of The Kliff Bistro has to offer. I decided to order 1 drink, mocktail, of course, one appetizer, and fish for the main course, the Dori Risotto with a hint of tropical pickles that contain pineapple and my favorite cucumber that so fresh for my dinner. I believe the restaurant is one of the best in Senggigi, in term of the range of food, drink, and wine selection.

Don't forget to come early to enjoy magnificently sunset and view overlooking the Mount Agung in East Bali. Just straight heading to Katamaran Resort, and when you stay here, you don't really need to go anywhere to get the taste and amazing view.



HOW TO GET A FIRST CLASS EXPERIENCE - A vacation is supposed to be relaxing, but sometimes, travel can be stressful. After you’ve waited in a cold, boring airport, been packed into a too-small seat on a crowded flight with no leg room, by the time you arrive, you need a trip that’s twice as long just to unwind. Instead of dealing with the stress, make a few changes to the way you travel to get a more first-class experience.

The time of year you travel can make a big difference to your trip. Busier times, like during school holidays or overtimes like Christmas or Thanksgiving is always going to be a struggle. Airports and flights are busy, flights are full and hotels are pressed for space. Instead, especially if you don’t have children, travel during term time, for a quieter, calmer experience. With fewer people traveling, you’ll be able to get better seats on the plane and a better hotel room for a lower price too, and may even be able to score an upgrade. 

Choose your destination wisely. Stay away from the classic tourist traps, and instead opt for more up and coming destinations. With fewer tourists, the resort will be quieter and more relaxed. You’ll be able to book more luxe rooms for less, and day trips and restaurants will be cheaper too. This means you can have a high-end experience without spending a fortune while getting a more relaxed vibe without the crowds. 

For a really exclusive experience, look into membership only resorts. These resorts are only available to stay in if you join the membership club, and offer a top VIP experience, with quiet, private places to stay and amazing amenities. Try Lifestyle Holidays Vacation Club to get that high-end vacation without crowds of tourists ruining the luxe vibe. 

If you’re hoping for a free upgrade at the hotel, be smart about it. If you’ve asked for something specific when you book, you’re more likely to be allocated a specific room in advance. Instead, just book a room with no requirements or requests and that way you’re likely to be assigned a room when you arrive and have a better shot of being bumped up. Check-in after 6pm when more rooms are available and the hotel has a better idea of which rooms are going to stay empty for the night.

Don’t arrive too late though, as those with the power to grant upgrades may have already left for the day. You’ve got a better shot at getting an upgrade if you’re only staying for a short period, as the hotel will want to try and get full price for the room as soon as possible. When you check-in, be polite and friendly and ask about possible upgrades. If you don’t ask, you don’t get. If you’re traveling for a special occasion, like a birthday, anniversary or honeymoon, make sure you mention it when you book and again when you check-in. Many hotels will give you an upgrade to help you celebrate.

STUNNING SPA WITH A VIEW AT PADMA SPA BY PLATARAN MENJANGAN - What a perfect way to end the day after hours snorkeling, free diving, and canoeing at beautiful bay on a backyard of Plataran Menjangan? Yes the answer is to eat, but how about pampering yourself first and recharge your body and release your body tension with some good massage?

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Padma spa offers you a stunning ambiance of blue sea that surrounded by mangroves that's pretty stunning at all time, especially during the sunset. You can watch the sunset on the 2nd floor at Padma Spa while waiting for your time to experience the spa, you also can watch a bunch of Menjangan (deers) seeking for food while the tide already low. Overall, it was a very good experience, beautiful view and it's good for you well being.

This is a perfect setting to have a nice Balinese massage and a good time for sure... enjoy your day, always...



TOP FESTIVALS IN KENT - When going on holiday it is always a good idea to take a look at an events calendar before you actually book your vacation. If you are flexible with regards to dates then you will be able to coincide your trip with some events that are going on. If you are visiting Kent then you are assured to be in luck. This is an area that is constantly putting on some fantastic entertainment. There are always fun-filled festivals taking place in the popular county. These mark events of great enjoyment for locals and visitors alike. If you are planning on visiting the Garden of England anytime soon make sure you consider the following festivals…

Medway Festival of Steam and Transport
This festival is a brilliant celebration of classic vintage vehicles. It is something all ages can enjoy; from the older adults who are interested in the history of it all to the younger children who are simply amazed by the moving vehicles on display. The festival takes place next year in April. You will get to witness everything from steam and diesel trains, to vintage buses, to road rollers, to steam-powered traction engines, to motorcycles, to classic vehicles. Maybe you could even show off your own motorcycle? SoloMotoParts can help vehicles to get ready for a showcase like this.

Broadstairs Food Festival 
This three-day food festival takes place in October. You have plenty of time to indulge in all of the delicious food that is going to be on offer! The local treats you will get to try to include everything from pastries and cakes, to cheeses, to pickles, to meats, to artisan bread. Don’t worry; you will have plenty of ale, cider, and wine to wash the food down with as well! 

Tenterden Folk Festival 
Are you a lover of folk music? If so, this festival is just for you! It takes place in October. Thus you have plenty of time to plan your vacation. From barn dances to folk clubs, to workshops, to concerts, to craft stalls, to music sessions; there is so much to enjoy. 

Folkestone Tea Festival 
Let’s be honest… Who doesn’t love a good cup of tea in England? This festival celebrates one of the things we love the most. However, it adds a fun and quirky side with an array of wonderful but somewhat weird medicinal teas as well. Don’t forget to indulge in the sweet treats as well! The Folkestone Tea Festival takes place in July of next year. 

Easter Beer Festival 
This is one of the leading beer festivals in the South East. If you are looking to treat that lucky man in your life this is definitely the place you should take him. The event takes place just before the Medway Festival of Steam and Transport. So, if you are planning on visiting Kent this month you can be assured of a jam-packed week. This beer festival attracts brewers from all over the world. Not to be missed!