Travel Guide to Bruges – the city of Flemish also known as Venice of the North


The medieval Flanders city of Bruges not only has a beautiful face, but is also very cultural. You may have heard it described as Venice of the North, or Belgium’s answer to Amsterdam.
Canal in Bruges with Belfry in the background
Canal in Bruges with Belfry in the background (c) pixabay / hansiline
Bruges is a pleasant place to visit and, fortunately, English is spoken along with their Dutch. At the heart of the city is the quaintly rocky main square, Markt or Grote Markt.

The square is used as an open air market for more than eight hundred years until 1983 and is also a place where demonstrators can be heard and where proclamations are held. These days the market square with its restaurants and bars, framed by the impressive Flemish building, remains equally attractive to modern visitors.

The best display
View of Bruges from Belfry
View of Bruges from Belfry (c) Donarreiskoffer
One of the landmarks is Belfry. The energetic can run 366 steps from the Belfort Tower to enjoy the beautiful views of the city from the eyes of birds. (Entries £ 1.60 per adult). After taking a breath after the excursion, get ready to be immediately taken back by the amazing Flemish architecture that encloses the neighboring square of Burg.

A place to see
The light that shines from the square is the 15th-century Gothic Hall of the Stadhuis, City Hall. The beautiful stone looks as smooth as lace and its grandeur continues inside with majestic …

Intrоduсtіоn tо Muay Thаі

Muау Thаі іѕ a hаrd tесhnіԛuе martial аrt frоm Thailand. Dеѕсеndеd from muау boran (аnсіеnt boxing), Muау Thаі іѕ Thаіlаnd’ѕ nаtіоnаl ѕроrt, also knоwn аѕ Thai bоxіng.

The word muау dеrіvеѕ frоm the Sаnѕkrіt mavya аnd Thai comes frоm the wоrd Tаі. Muay Thаі is referred tо аѕ thе “Art оf Eight Limbs” оr thе “Sсіеnсе оf Eіght Lіmbѕ” because the fighters use еіght ‘роіntѕ оf соntасt’; рunсhеѕ, kісkѕ, elbows аnd knее strikes. This іѕ dіffеrеnt tо “two роіntѕ” (fists) іn Western bоxіng аnd “four роіntѕ” (hаndѕ аnd fееt) used іn ѕроrt-оrіеntеd mаrtіаl arts. A рrасtіtіоnеr оf Muау Thаі іѕ known аѕ a nаk muау.

Thеrе аrе few wrіttеn records реrtаіnіng tо рrе-twеntіеth сеnturу Muay Thаі hіѕtоrу. Knowledge hаѕ bееn раѕѕеd dоwn bу оrаl trаdіtіоn, whісh makes it difficult to bе ѕurе оf the fасtѕ. However wе can bе sure thаt vаrіоuѕ forms оf kісkbоxіng hаvе lоng bееn practiced throughout mаіnlаnd Southeast Aѕіа.

Without gоіng into tоо much historic details, іt іѕ bеlіеvеd thаt in Thiland, Thаі bоxіng evolved frоm muауbоrаn (аnсіеnt bоxіng), аn unаrmеd combat method whісh would рrоbаblу hаvе bееn used bу Siamese ѕоldеrѕ after lоѕіng thеіr wеароnѕ іn bаttlе.

But еvеn іn tіmеѕ оf реасе ѕеlf-dеfеnсе tесhnіԛuеѕ have always bееn of great importance tо Thаі mіlіtаrу leaders аnd thе mоnаrсhу. Wе саn be ѕurе thаt Thаі ѕоldіеrѕ hаvе ѕtudіеd Thai bоxіng since early tіmеѕ.

Thаі bоxіng has most lіkеlу еаrnеd mоnеу fоr іtѕ competitors ѕіnсе thе Sukothai еrа (1238 – 1377). Durіng thіѕ tіmе Muау Thаі bоxіng …

Top Tips for Travelling to the USA

Top Tips for Travelling to the USA

The USA is an amazing country that offers something for every type of holidaymaker – from city breaks to historic sites and from sports holidays to amazing camping spots. While culturally, the USA is very similar to many of the countries of Europe, they do have some rules and regulations that are different to travelling around Europe. So here are some top tips to travelling to the USA to make your trip as enjoyable and problem-free as possible.

Preparing for your trip
Before you book your trip, consider the time of year, you are travelling and the part of the USA you are travelling to. Hurricane season runs from June to November and affects a large number of states across the centre and south of the country. If you have booked for this period of time and for an area affected by the hurricanes, you can monitor the situation ahead of the event via the National Hurricane Center’s website.

The other important thing to remember about the USA regards medical insurance. The US doesn’t have a state system that is free the way that some countries do so medical costs can be quite expensive if something goes wrong. This is why travel insurance for the US is always the most expensive level but can be essential. If you aren’t correctly covered under the travel insurance, you personally will be liable for the costs of any medical treatment you need and this can easily …

Travel To The US For Your Next Vacation

From coast to coast, spanning several time zones and three thousand miles, which include different terrains and climates, the United States of America is a large and diverse country indeed. So where should you travel in the US?

America has so much on offer as a travel destination, that its various locales should be a part of the itinerary of every travel aficionado. The following are some of the major ones:

Alaska: Being the largest state, Alaska offers great stretches of wilderness. While it does have a few metropolitan areas like Anchorage and Juneau, it is not known for its bustling cities. It is the outdoors that is the best attraction of this state. If you want to immerse yourself into the bosom of Mother Nature, then Alaska is where you should head for. From hiking and fishing in the southlands to the frozen regions of Mt. McKinley and the Tundra, Alaska has something on offer for every nature enthusiast traveling to the U.S.

Nevada: Nevada is known for its famed city, Las Vegas. Although many people center their travel plans to the US on the basis of this city, there is more to the state. Blessed with picturesque landscape, hiking is a major attraction for visitors to the US.

Mount Charles and Lake Tahoe are favorite destinations amongst hikers. For those who prefer more isolated areas, there are trails to be found here that are totally off-the-beaten-track.

The history of Nevada is equally impressive, with mining towns that date …

If You Know Your Travel – Know Your Tourism

If You Know Your Travel – Know Your Tourism

Stringent airport security rules, influx of finally fit baby boomers who have just retired, changing security needs, and the constant growth of niche travel are some of the trends witnessed in the travel and tourism industry in 2007. The tourism industry in the United States is booming like never before owing to better infrastructure, increasing flight availability, and lowest airfares. Some of the prominent trends in the word of tourism have been listed below:

Financially strong baby boomers: Baby boomers, who have toiled through the years and have recently retired, are using this time to explore new travel destinations. Even those who may continue to be a part of the labor force even after retirement will occasionally travel to distant places to take some time off from their busy schedules and relax.

Baby boomers are particularly flocking to spas and prominent health resorts to enjoy a quiet and rejuvenating spa vacation. Number of chain hotels these days offer spa-like amenities coupled with interesting health programs like detoxification wraps, aromatherapy, salt baths and so on to lure this segment of travelers.

Cruises: A growing number of affluent travelers these days prefer to stay on the cruise to enjoy a long holiday loaded with fun and excitement. The cruise industry is currently involved in providing cruising opportunities to middle income groups as well through competitive holiday packages to nearby destinations.

For the boomer populations, cruising is synonymous with safety, affordability, entertainment, and adventure. …

Get Off Your Bum With Adventure Travel

Of late, regular travel has become predictable and boring. With falling airfares and the resulting increase of package tours becoming the most common way of vacationing, traveling has become uninspiring and monotonous.

That feeling of adventure that traveling is supposed to evoke has become jaded. This is what has given rise to a new form of travel these days – adventure travel! Adventure travel is not only popular with the adrenaline filled youth, but is increasingly being taken up by people of older generations too, because of greater fitness, health, leisure time and economic prosperity.

There really is very little else in the world that can be more thrilling than adventure travel, because it primarily involves risk taking. When you get out there, you finally start experiencing life at its edgiest – which is part of its excitement. It is not hard to figure out why.

This usually takes us into close proximity with Mother Nature at her rawest best. It also often introduces us to new peoples and cultures, thus broadening our perspective about the world we live in.

For those who really are into hardcore adventure travel at its adrenaline pumping best, there are many options, such as scaling the fourteen thousand feet craggy mountains of Colorado or the even loftier snow-capped peaks of the Himalayan range, bicycling along the route of Tour de France, or trying out a new heart-rate pumping adventure sport like white water rafting in treacherous, rolling icy waters.

You may choose to try …

Does Your Health Insurance Go The Extra Mile When You Travel

International travel can be an exciting adventure, provided you are aware of the need for travel health insurance. You need to be aware that travel can, and does throw up any number of unpredictable situations.

Probably the most serious risk is the chance of an accident or illness occurring while you are overseas. Requiring emergency medical care, while in another country can be not only inconvenient but extremely problematic as well, if you do not have the right cover.

First of all, there is an unfamiliarity associated with being in a foreign country, with a completely different culture and a different medical system, which can intensify the already problematic issue of being in an accident or requiring any other kind of emergency medical help.
Trying to communicate with people in a different language is enough of an effort, without factoring in the currency conversions, international claims administration of the country of travel, and the time difference. If this is to be further complicated by a lack of insurance cover, one might find oneself totally lost, and “at sea”.

Whether you are residing in or visiting the US, your travel may throw up challenges for your existing healthcare cover. Both brief trips and extended vacations and relocation expose you to health risks not covered by your existing, domestic medical insurance.

Sometimes, tourists and immigrants, even regular business travelers, overlook the need for travel health insurance, simply assuming that their medical plan provides enough coverage. However, as a rule, never leave home …

What Travel Insurance Company Would Be The Best For You?

What Travel Insurance Company Would Be The Best For You?

Whenever you plan to travel abroad, travel insurance, from one of the reputed travel insurance companies, needs to be considered for the trip. Traveling anywhere outside your country of citizenship is not without risks. An easy way to offset some of this risk is through travel insurance.

Travel insurance may include an accidental death and dismemberment policy, a policy for repatriation of the remains, or medical emergency and emergency medical evacuation while you are on a trip outside the United States.

Depending on where you are going for your trip, and why, additional coverage like foreign commercial liability, foreign automobile liability or foreign workers compensation and sickness policies might become necessary.

Make sure that you check with your doctor or contact your insurance professional in order to discuss the details of your trip, and figure out your insurance needs.

Travel insurance from most travel insurance companies can be arranged a long time, even months, before the actual trip, and consists of a range of insurance coverage services safeguarding you throughout your trip, before, during, and after. In truth, accidents, emergencies, and unforeseen events can happen anywhere, and to anyone. Travel insurance companies, and their policies give you the peace of mind of having protected your investment and your health, as well as your belongings. It

Protects your investment if you have to cancel

Provides emergency medical referral and assistance

Reimburses unexpected expenses due to emergencies

Protects you during the medical

By And Large, Business Travel Is Not A Pleasurable Experience

By And Large, Business Travel Is Not A Pleasurable Experience

Business travel has become so common that a considerable proportion of the corporate world of America is spending more time in airplanes and hotels than on their couches or in their automobiles.

According to a recent estimate, about 40 million adults in the US travel on business at least once a year to a location about 50 miles from home. More than 20 percent of the trips made by African Americans, for instance, are related to their work.

Those who do not need to travel frequently on business consider business travel glamorous and exciting. However, in reality, business travel is often arduous.

It is tough physically, tough on the family, and especially tough on the pockets of businesspersons who do not have the luxury of generous expense accounts to take care of their travel expenses.

In addition, those who travel on business regularly, quickly wise up to the fact that a stress-free and safe journey requires the smooth functioning of a number of interconnected factors, which includes the vagaries of the weather.

According to a study conducted recently, monitoring business travel trends:

  • 58 percent of business travel is undertaken for association meetings and conferences,
  • 43 percent comprising of business travel made by individuals,
  • and 29 percent for corporate meetings.

The study also identified some of the most popular destinations within the US for business travel. They are:

  • Washington, D.C.,
  • New York,
  • Los Angeles/Long Beach,
  • Chicago,
  • Atlanta,
  • Boston,
  • Houston,
  • Minneapolis-St. Paul,

Checkout These Travel Services That May Benefit You

Travel services have become an integral part of the fast growing tourism industry in the United States. Travel agents can provide specialized services which are in demand like never before and play a vital role in helping travelers manage their travel needs.

There are number of reasons why travelers require travel services. Some of these include better hotel deals, package deals, hassle free vacations, itinerary planning, and advice. While domestic travel can be managed without the professional guidance of a good travel agent, you will need his services for a foreign trip.

Listed below are some of the important reasons why you must use the services of an agent for making your travel plans:

For local trips:

Many travelers use the services of an agent to plan their local trip to avail of the bulk airfare and cheap local tour packages they offer. For most travelers, it is the convenience that is most important when planning a trip. If you are managing everything independently, you will have to spend a great deal of time and energy booking your air tickets online, booking car rentals, making hotel reservations, and so on.

However when you work with a travel agent, he takes care of all your travel needs and ensures that he works out the best deal that fits your pocket. Generally, hotels tie up with prominent travel agencies to ensure clientele all throughout the year. They may offer discounts and package deals, which you can avail of only if you plan …