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We take a trip, we prepare, we check out, and afterwards we return and we create everything about it for you. Go Away Paris blog is a blog dedicated to all the travel junkies and backpackers out there. Take it from a guy that lived in the world’s most beautiful city, Paris. One day, he (me) decided that he hasn’t seen enough of the world, and off we go, go away Paris hello world!

Bye Bye Paris

Welcome to my private/travel blog. I have actually been lucky with a lot of chances to see much of Paris and I admit that I love the place, but my love for traveling is bigger. My passion has constantly had to do with the whole lot of travel excitement and experience. Having this blog while taking a trip around the world is somewhat a journal of experience that I had to share to all travelers and readers because for me, this was really living life. I have had numerous trips and interesting plans and strategies to blog all about them,  and i’m looking forward sharing this to all of you. Thanks a lot for your passion in my blog.

Your Choice: Japan or Korea Travel

Let’s say you were given the opportunity to choose between Japan or Korea to travel, which country would you choose? It may really be difficult to make a choice since both have impressive tourist spots, accommodating and friendly peoples, and an endearing culture that radiates warmth and hospitality in both cases.

In any case, let this guide help you make the right choice. It will definitely be worth the time and energy you spend to make sure that you won’t regret your decision later on. Hopefully it will help you decide which one is your choice: Japan or Korea travel?

Traveling to Japan? Here are some things you should make sure to experience while you’re there.

  • Watch a sumo wrestling tournament.

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The national sport of Japan, it is said to be ritualistic, strategic and traditional Japanese martial art. Get engrossed in the competition and you’ll surely find yourself getting more interested in learning the game.

  • Ride the bullet train. Only in Japan will you get to ride a train that goes up to 186 mph. It’s definitely an exclusive top-notch involvement that should not be missed.
  • Climb Mount Fuji. There’s only one Mt. Fuji, so it is advisable to include this in your “to-do list”. It is said to be a “doable” climb, and proof of this is that an estimated 200,000 people climb Mt. Fuji every year, 30% of whom are foreigners.
  • Visit temples, shrines, parks and gardens. Ueno park, Meiji Shrine, Himeji Castle, Imperial Palace grounds, and Koishikawa Korakuen Garden are just some of the more popular tourist attractions frequented by tourists in Japan.
  • Drop by Akibahara for Gadget Lovers and Techies. If you are a junkie for the latest technology, then this is where you should be. You’ll definitely find the latest gadgets here at very low prices.

For your North Korea travel, make certain to keep this list handy.

  • Visit Ancient Royal Mausoleums.

Ancient Royal Mausoleums

Dangun Mausoleum is one of them and is said to be a pyramid which could be about 5000 years old.

  • Check out Ancient Fortifications. Explore the ancient forts around Pyongyang which are said to be surrounded by walls going for several kilometers.
  • Natural Wonders. There are many waterfalls, caves and caverns said to give North Korea its own flock of tourists year after year. Some of these are: Kuryong Falls, Ryongyon Falls, Songam Caves and Ryongmun Cavern.
  • Kumsusan Palace of the Sun. This is also known as Kim Il-Sung Mausoleum, located in the city of Pyongyang.
  • Visit the Arch of Triumph. This arch is said to be commemorative of the Korean resistance to Japan from the period 1925 to 1945, and is said to be the world’s tallest triumphal arch.

If you think South Korea travel would be better for you, here’s a list of important places to consider on your next trip.

  • Cross the border. The Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) in South Korea has a town where one building is said to be situated in between the North and South Korean border. When inside the building, you can actually go and step on the North Korean side and have your picture taken, just to have proof that you were able to “cross the border”.
  • Stay in a Temple. If you want to learn more about the Buddhist culture or just try to see what kind of life a monk lives, then you can try this. It’s not for everybody, but who can dispute what an estimated 100,000 people do yearly now?
  • Ride a Cable Car. It’s not always that you get to see and ride a cable car, so if you’re given this chance, why not? The excellent view from the Namsan Mountain is also said to be exquisite.
  • Have a Cherry Blossom Overload.

Cherry Blossom

Flowering of Cherry Blossoms is said to be a much-awaited annual event. Check for weather conditions since schedules may be moved if you plan to travel.

  • Visit Jeju-do. This island is said to be a very popular tourist attraction and honeymoon destination due largely to its natural appeal which were created by volcanic eruptions.

Food Choices:

Both Korean and Japanese love to eat. Proof of this is the proliferation of street food stalls in both locations. There are a lot of food options to choose from, but generally, Korean food is still cheaper compared to Japanese.

Korean restaurants serve food that’s usually very inexpensive. When in Korea, don’t judge the restaurant by its looks. How the food tastes will still be the ultimate test of whether the price is worth it or not. Examples of Korean food that you should let your senses savor are: Kimchi, Bibimbap, Kimbap, Udon and Jjambbong.

In contrast, Japanese cuisine comes with a price that’s more costly, yet reasonable. You can check out sushi-conveyor establishments to find low-cost meals. Stand-and-eat noodle shops and curry houses will also offer other budget meals. The key thing to remember when traveling to Japan, just stick to your budget and you’ll be fine.

So there. Japan or Korea travel, have you made your choice yet? 

Tips on How to Travel Between Islands in Hawaii

If you are a lover of the sun and of the beach, there is one particular destination that will suit you perfectly ¾Hawaii. This sun-kissed paradise is a haven for beach lovers and people who just want to escape the stressful environs of their offices or the routines of their work schedules. It is known for its laid-back and relaxing atmosphere where you can experience the fullness of rest, and come back to your home completely rejuvenated and brimming with new energy. If you are ready to go on a paradise adventure, here are some ideas for your travel in between islands in Hawaii.

Travel options

Before you hop on a plane to Hawaii and start your journey, there are a few things that you need to decide on first to make sure that when you get there, you will be able to maximize your time and enjoy your travel fully. There are options that are open to you.

One of them is getting an experienced tour guide who will help you plan your vacation and make sure that all your accommodations are set and ready. The advantages of this option are that you will have nothing to worry about from the moment you hop on your plane to Hawaii to the time you go back home, because everything will be ready for you.

The downside of this however, is that you are left with very little adventure, in the sense that everything will be all set, and you will not get to discover things by yourself. If you are the type of person who likes surprises and who wants to learn things from him or herself, then this might not be a very tempting option for you. But if you want a hassle-free time, then this is the option to go for.

Of course, you may also have a tour guide to have everything planned out on your Hawaii travel. You may simply book a tour guide for specific times or days, and the rest of the time you may have to yourselves to do whatever you want and go wherever you want to go.

Choosing your destination

Because there are quite a number of islands in Hawaii, you will need to select which ones you will want to visit. Each island has its own highlights and tourist spots that people enjoy and love, and in order for you to pick the islands of choice, you need to know what each island has to offer. Whatever suits your taste best, there you go.

Here is a quick overview or guide in order for you to spot the best island in Hawaii.

  • Kauai Island

Kauai Island

Known as the Garden isle, boasts of the Waimea Canyon. This is popularly known as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific. Kauai is named the Garden Isle because of the beautiful nature that you will get to experience there, and because of its many lovely gardens. For those who love to go swimming, Kauai has one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, the Poipu Beach, where you can go snorkeling, diving, and even simply get a tan if you want to.

  • Maui Island or the Valley Isle

Maui Island

The second largest island in all of Hawaii and is also famous for its beautiful beaches. Many people enjoy doing relaxing activities such as driving around the Road to Hana, where the scenery is just breathtaking, very different from that which we see from the windows in many of our cities’ skyscrapers. The largest beach in Maui is the Makena Beach State Park, where you will find many people enjoying the water and the sun. For those who like going mountain climbing or trekking, Maui can also offer the Halekala National Park, where the island’s highest peak can be found.

The Big Island of Hawaii or the Orchid Isle is the biggest island of all. It is home to many of Hawaii’s most scenic locations. It has a number of waterfalls, rainforests, gardens, and for the curious to know, it even has the Kilauea, which is one of the world’s most active volcanoes. You can experience these and more when you travel between islands in Hawaii.

What Is The Best Way To Travel From Boston to NYC?

Unsure about the best way to travel from Boston to NYC? Then this article for you. We will discuss the best and most efficient way for someone to hop from bean town to the big apple. There are differing schools of thought as to what the best way is to get from Boston to New York. Some will swear that taking the bus is the best way. Others scoff at the idea of taking a bus, and promote taking the train instead. Both have its pros and cons. Let’s discuss these pros and cons below.

Bus from Boston to NYC

Bus Boston to NYC

The Chinese Bus is the cheapest way to get from Boston to New York. These buses are actually different bus companies that ply routes between Boston China Town and New York China Town. The Chinese Bus is the best option for travelers on a tight budget. These buses’ travel time is more or less similar when driving. There are other bus companies you can choose from (there’s Mega Bus and Bolt Bus) but the Chinese Bus seems to be the most popular. On the negative side, it can get quite scary taking these buses. But if you can stand the risk then the Chinese Bus is your mode of transportation of choice.

Train from Boston to NYC

Train Boston to NYC

Amtrak’s Acela Express is the fastest way to get from Boston to New York (these trains can go up to 150 mph). By taking the Acela you bypass the traffic on the highways of Boston and New York. The train is the perfect way to travel if you happen to be traveling during rush hour. The Acela also gives you a view of NYC. You’ll get perfect views of the Manhattan skyline as you enter New York. And you can actually get cheaper rates (up to 25% off) if you book 2 weeks in advance. Train travel is quite safe and super fast, but costlier.

Traveling in Luxury

Traveling in Luxury

You can lounge in luxury when traveling from Boston to New York by taking the LimoLiner. This bus is packed with amenities that make land travel much more comfortable and enjoyable( making it very expensive). The LimoLiner is also quite fast, taking around four and a half hours to travel from Boston to New York City. LimoLiner provides passengers with gourmet food, high speed wifi, a flat screen TV, and reclining seats with leather upholstery. You’ll truly be travelling luxuriously when you’re riding the LimoLiner.

The three choices above give you the pros and cons so that you can hopefully come up with your decision as to which is the best way to travel from Boston to NYC. If you are up for the adventure (or short on cash), then take the bus. If you’re looking to get to New York fast then the Acela Express is your best choice. And if you have money to spend then take the most luxurious means of transportationand travel via the LimoLiner.

Best Restaurants in Sydney

So, this drifter ended up in Australia, and what better place to start your journey in, if not Sydney? But before we start with the city’s attractions and interesting places to visit, let’s talk  about something far more important, food. That’s right, food – the thing we all like and must have every now and then.

The Best Restaurants in Sydney

Tetsuya’s

Tetsuya

For all the fastidious and gourmet fans out there, you will be glad to know that S.Pellegrino chose Tetsuya’s as one of the best restaurants in the entire world. Tetsuya’s is a main attraction for gourmet eating, and people who like to have a long sit at a fancy and super delicious restaurant. The restaurant has an 11 course menu and serves food with a Japanese philosophy in mind. Highly recommend!

more information on : www.tetsuyas.com/index.html

Quay

Quay

Another must visit. Quay’s food is super healthy, and it said to use the best ingredients possible in every step of the way. The ingredients are super fresh and grow in an organic farm. S.Pellegrino also chose Quay as one of the best 50, and classified their food type as nature-based, one of great culinary delight and magnificent design. Also, highly recommended!

more information on : www.quay.com.au

Marque

Marque

Another exquisite restaurant with a classic French cuisine, but also a touch of Australian traditional food. Marque’s Chef, Mark Best is known for his creativity and innovation and knows how to spark up every dish to be a sight for soar eyes and a celebration for any stomach. Marque is awarded 3 hats by the Sydney Morning Herald’s Good Food Guide, and Mark Best was also “Chef of the Year” so be sure you are in good hands when going there. Another gem indeed!


Instagram Can Get you a Free Stay at a Lucrative Hotel

Everybody knows what Instagram is, and what it can do for your business. When i go traveling, i always use Instagram to share my experiences, and to show my close circles the world through my eyes. Little did i know that my Instagram account can grant me a free one night stay at a very lucrative hotel! Here is the deal – the 1888 Hotel has launched a cool promotion that shakes things up in the hoteliery world. Turns out, that if you have an Instagram account with more than 10,000 followers, you can one night at the 1888 for free!

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This promotions stirred up hype in the recently weeks and will probably start a new trend. Think about it – you wouldn’t have known that the 1888 hotel even existed if it wasn’t for their promotion. Now, travelers might even take a detour just to say: Hey, i stayed at a luxurious place for free just because i have followers on my Instagram account! Integrating socials leads from Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and the likes are always a good idea for a business. Think about how many people will drop by the Hotel, and take pictures and hype the place up!

About the 1888 Hotel

The hotel itself is located in Pyrmont, Sydney. A regular room costs roughly $150 for a night, and it can range up to $400 for the suites. The hotel itself is of the utmost quality, and is designed superbly with Photo sharing properties in mind. If you are not convinced just yet, take a look at this picture:

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Yes, to answer your next question, i did stay the the 1888 for a night. In fact, i stayed for 3 nights, because it was so damn good. If you are looking to travel to Australia, then you are most likely, and definitely should visit Sydney as well. It only makes sense that you stop by the 1888 if you happen to have an active Instagram account and a bunch of people who think you are interesting, god knows why. If you happen to visit Sydney, definitely check out the best restaurants in Sydney. You’re welcome!

Top 5 Europe Best Attractions list

Several European countries are highly visited by tourists from all over the world including Italy, France, Spain and United Kingdom. If travelling to europe, here are some of the best attractions to put on your must see list.

Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower is without a doubt one of the most popular attractions in Europe, specifically in Paris, France. It served as the World’s Fair’s entrance arch in 1889 and had since become a famous icon of Paris around the world.

Eiffel Tower

Colosseum

The Colosseum in Rome, Italy is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is the symbol of the Roman Empire and was used for gladiator combats. It is the biggest amphitheater in the world and could hold around 50,000 to 80,000 spectators. Concerts were hold in the modern days, though only hundreds of people could be accommodated because of the damage caused by earthquakes in the past years.

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Acropolis

The Acropolis of Athens in Greece is an old fortress where several ancient buildings can be found including the popular Parthenon, temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion and the Propylaia. It was included in the European Cultural Heritage list of monuments in 2007.

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National Gallery

This is a museum that can be found in London, England. It was built in 1824 and it offers free entrance to visitors. It is one of the most visited museums in the whole word and it houses more than 2,300 paintings including The Baptism of Christ by Piero della Francesca and Venus at Her Mirror by Diego Velázquez.

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Grand Canal

The Grand Canal of Venice or Canal Grande in Italy is a popular attraction to tourists. Enjoy the view of the city in a gondola, which is the traditional Venetian boat. You can also ride on vaporetto or private water buses, as well as private water taxis.

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Your First Trip To Europe

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Most people think they should visit all of Europe attractions in one go. This type of thinking puts pressure on you, and might stress you out during your vacation instead of enjoying the trip. Don’t just go to popular places you’ve seen on TV or heard from friends and families. You must visit the places that truly interest you.  If you miss something, remember that you can always visit those places the next time you come back to Europe.

Plan

Planning is integral so you won’t miss the best part of your trip. Make sure you have a logbook where you put your entire itinerary, so that you wouldn’t have to waste energy and time on just one place.

Communication

Remember that you will be going to a whole new place with different people, culture, and tradition. With this situation, it would be best if you know a little bit of the basic words with the languages of the countries in Europe that you will visit. At least learn “hello,” “goodbye,” “please,” and “thank you.”

Accommodation and dining

Make sure you wont stay in an American chain hotel. You did not travel that far to be at the same place. Experience the real hotels in Europe and get a feel of how it is to be in an old European hotel. IF you want to grab something to eat, do not eat in an American food chain as well. You must have a taste of the specialty in the country that you visit. Also, do not eat in restaurants that offers menu for tourists. They will charge bigger.

Other things to remember

Make sure you travel light and bring only the basic necessities, like clothes, clean under wears, etc. You can also bring your ATM or credit card.  Make sure you inform your bank that you will be using the ATM and credit card in another country. Do not forget your camera too, memories are very important.

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