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The Country Of Northern Lights

If you have never heard of them, then worry not because we are here to explain what they are and why they are something you need to go see at least once in your life. These lights will leave your breathless and will make you want to stay in the moment forever. And they are the reason why you should grab an air Canada ticket and fly to Canada today.

1. What are the Northern Lights?
You might have seen the sky turn blue, black or yellow. But have you ever seen a green night sky? If not, then this is what the northern lights represent. Auroras or Northern Lights happen near the north pole and in reality are collisions between electrical charged particles from the sun that come all the way here and then enter the Earth’s atmosphere. They happen at the south pole as well but since that area of the Earth is practically inhabitable, most people turn towards countries such as Norway (near the North Pole) to go and see them. The auroras are called ‘Aurora Borealis’ in the North and ‘Aurora Austalis’ in the south.

2. What colors can we see the Auroras in?
Even though green is the only color that comes to mind when we think of Auroras, they are actually found in a lot of other colors as well. Pale green or Turquoise is the most common out of these. However, if you’re lucky you might even get to see Auroras in Pink, red, yellow, blue and even violet colors. Since it is the dispersion of light, you can find auroras in all the rainbow colors if you’re lucky enough. These lights do not have a defined form and may appear as patches or scattered colors across the sky. Sometimes they look like scattered cloud across the sky or like rays from the sun.

Auroras are a beautiful phenomena of nature and we should feel lucky to witness it. Now that you know what they are all about, we highly recommend that you add them to your bucket list.

Doesn’t reading about it make you want to go there yourself and see the miracle happen with your own eyes? If so, then we suggest that you get yourself a ticket from Air Canada and fly there today. You never know what life might have in store for you. Visit Norway to see this miracle and you might find the motivation that you have been looking for.

Get Fabulous January Umrah Packages to UK Muslims

This pilgrimage is not compulsory for every Muslim as compared to Hajj, which is an obligation and one of the five pillars of Islam. However, one Umrah is an expiation for the sins committed between it and the next one and has its own spiritual benefit for the pilgrim.

Today, Muslims residing in different corners of the world can make their journey to the holy city of Makkah and perform their ‘lesser pilgrimage’ with the help of umrah packages that include flights and hotel accommodations. They can also choose from a wide range of packages based on seasons and certain months of the year, which enables them to travel to the holy city and accomplish their pilgrimage according to their convenience. Here are some key considerations for choosing an ideal package:

Choose a suitable month: There are certain times of the year when schools in the United Kingdom (UK) are closed and the working class enjoy long weekends or holidays. One such month is December. The Christmas season brings plenty of opportunities for Muslims residing in the UK to visit Makkah to perform their Umrah. They can choose from the cost-effective December umrah packages that allow them to embark on a memorable journey to the holy city in Saudi Arabia to fulfil their lesser pilgrimage.

Book well in advance: There is a constant flow of pilgrims to Makkah. In the busier seasons, it becomes extremely difficult to get hotel accommodations and the prices of flight tickets go up significantly. It is, therefore, advisable for the Muslims living in the UK to plan their journey months in advance. If they are planning to go in the month of January, they can book their January umrah packages several months earlier. This would also help them secure some attractive discounts on such packages.

Stay close to Masjid Al-Haram: The pilgrims have the required convenience in reaching Masjid Al-Haram and performing the rituals of Umrah peacefully with an accommodation in any of the hotels close to the holy mosque. The heart-warming views of Kaabah and the feeling that one gets while being closer to the holy site is something beyond words. If one has to get the desired accommodation in such hotels, it is always advisable to check whether the package provides an accommodation in any of them and then book it in advance.

In recent times, one always comes across many travel portals and websites offering hajj and umrah packages while searching online. Some of them provide a limited number of packages, while others have a variety of them listed on their websites and classified according to the months and seasons, such as Ramadan.

 

Travel Is Reshaping the Fashion Industry

Today, a person’s social status is determined by their extravagant travels and experiences rather than the Jimmy Choos they wear or the bag they carry. It is all about opulent adventures in foreign countries and not how much you spend on your watches or clothes. There has been a break in the fashion industry that has brought about a shift in the way they do things now. Designers and brands worldwide are trying to modify themselves to be able to fit in the new demographic trends. That is how travel is changing the fashion industry.

New Hotel Brands Are Reshaping the Travel Industry:

Nowadays, with the advent of travelers in every industry, it has become a new trend for big hotel companies to roll out new varieties in the hotel business. They are re branding existing hotels with new portfolios. It has become a new business strategy where they offer you captivating designs, intricate detail to the menus, striking artworks and emphasize on the local cultures. These new hotel brands offer a new way to experience your hotel stay. They all promise uniqueness while remaining consistent with their quality and service. Below is a list of such hotels that have attempted to bring a combination of reliable quality and exclusive experiences, together.

AC Hotels by Marriott:

They are a collection of hotels centered on design and such hotels provide their guests with energetic atmospheric lounges. They located in France, Spain, Portugal, and Italy, and very recently in New Orleans. It is mainly for travelers who want to stay at Cosmopolitan hotels in cities.

Canopy by Hilton:

They have combined the charms of newly built and renovated buildings. Their designs are locally influenced and hold classy significance. They have also signed up to be in the neighborhoods of Pearl District in Oregon, Portland, Ithaca Commons in Upstate New York and downtown Nashville. It is basically for travelers who wish to have a laid-back time, trying out beer and relaxing activities.

Cordis Hotels and Resorts:

They are a collection of upscale hotels with exceptional architecture and designs by the Langham Hospitality Group. They will, recently, have their opening this summer in The Langham Place Mongkok, Hong Kong. They are also planning to open in China, New York, San Francisco, Miami, Singapore, Dubai, Bangkok, Bali, Sri Lanka, Los Angles, London, and Orlando. It is intended for travelers who are away on business but want their bit of luxury, too!

Curio a collection by Hilton:

These are a range of five and four stars hotels with unique qualities all over the world. Curio attached hotels include places like SLS Las Vegas; Highland, Dallas; the Franklin Hotel, Chapel Hill, North Carolina; the Providence Biltmore, Rhode Island; and Diplomat Resort and Spa Hollywood, Florida. Next will be in Portland, Oregon; Sarasota, Florida; Houston and Doha, Qatar. It is intended for business travelers who want the luxury of Hilton along with the new uniqueness of luxury.

EVEN Hotels:

These hotels, by the Inter Continental Hotel Group, are made keeping health and wellness, in mind. They provide yoga mats inside your room, organic and fresh food, etc. Their locations are in Rockville, Maryland and Norwalk, Connecticut for now, but they will be opening soon in the Midtown East, Midtown West and Brooklyn areas of New York. These hotels are for those IHG high people who would, rather not be, in a drab looking place and expect the usual luxury and comfort.

Graduate Hotels:

These are stylish, unusual pieces of properties that provide sanctuary for the family and professors visiting colleges. They would found in the Graduate Tempe, Arizona, and The Graduate Athens near the University of Georgia. They will soon open in Oxford, Mississippi; Madison, Wisconsin; Lincoln, Nebraska; and Charlottesville, Virginia. It is a definite upgrade from hotels with poor services!

Oman

The other opportunity was to be Quality Manager on a cross-country pipeline in Saudi Arabia which would mean single status for a full year with a month vacation after 12 months worked, renewable. On the other hand, the Oman project was to assess and improve the Quality Management System in a facility manufacturing specialist pipes used to heat up oil down-hole thereby changing the viscosity making recovery far more efficient and profitable. It would be conducted with 5 weeks on 2 weeks off rotation over a 6 month period and the money was better.

The Saudi pipeline would have meant residential status. If the client was Saudi Aramco I would not be keen to be involved as I have had experiences with them as a company which I would not want to repeat.

I weighed the pros and cons between the two opportunities and had little problem coming down on the side of Oman, a country that until then I had not worked in. As things have turned out I believe my choice was right although having completed only 5 months of the 6 months due to a downturn in the Oil and Gas activity and subsequently for a year been searching my next contract which till now has not materialised.

As normal in these situations, the logistics of getting me to the workplace were subject to all the vagaries of international travel and logistics at the destination but after the contract had been signed by both parties I was on my to my next project.

Muscat is the capital of Oman and I had reached from Cape Town via Doha, Qatar. My arrival was just normal processing through passport control followed by me purchasing a visitors visa. The hotel driver collected me at the baggage reclaim and I was taken to my hotel a ride of approximately 30 minutes. As it was late in the evening I checked in and made my way to my room and bed without further ado.

The next day I took a cab to the office where I gathered my instructions for the job in hand and a hire car which was to be my means of transport. I have to say it was a nice Nissan saloon which turned out to be a very comfortable drive. After the briefing, the project manager and I drove down to the location where the manufacturing facility was situated to get a feel for what was required. When I got out of the vehicle I got my first exposure to the searing 50-degree C heat in the blinding Omani sun. The rest of the day passed quite quickly with the normal introductions, an allocation of office for me and then the 80 km journey back to Muscat where my hotel was.

I ended up carrying out my work over the next 5 months on a 5 and 2 rotation until it ceased in December 2015 due to external oil and gas economic factors.

So the work in Oman was such that I had to draw on my experience and skills developed over 30 years of similar work. I left having completed my remit to the satisfaction of the client and it was a pleasant working experience for me, but also an enjoyable Arab exposure as Oman in my estimation is the best and most friendly Arab country I have worked in. A magical place which I would recommend to anyone wanting to sample the delights of the middle east.

Be a Digital Nomad in Australia

Perhaps the most important consideration for a nomad is a choice of destination.

So, what about Australia, a country well known for its tourist attractions? From lush rain forests to the barren outback, the timeless, seemingly endless landscape stretches beyond imagination. Well, for us, it is relevant that Australia has become a magnet for those who mean not only to enjoy but also work there. Yes, many nomads have already visited this vast country and some of them have decided to stay there indefinitely.

The Great Migration

The way we perceive work has changed dramatically. The digital revolutions engulf the world and fast internet speeds spread to its distant corners. These developments have facilitated the rise of digital nomads, remote workers, and freelancers. It is expected that by 2035, there will be 1 billion nomads in the world. Their example has captured the imagination of numerous working people who seek to escape the tedious 9-5 routine.

Namely, with the tech infrastructure in place, the world can be your oyster. The whole ocean of online possibilities unfolds before your eyes

The Cost Of Dreams

Let us now take a look at Australia. Namely, the Land Down Under offers nice weather, vibrant culture, great quality of life, flourishing economy and plenty of business opportunities. There is a wide range of activities to keep you busy, but more importantly, the necessary infrastructure (Wi-Fi) and other resources are present and certainly not in short supply. Also, for most nomads, the language barrier is non-existent.

It seems that there is something really tempting about leaving everything behind and going to the other side of the globe. It is a chance to turn a new leaf, and write a new exciting chapter of your life. So, it does not come as a surprise that people are flocking to this vast country in pursuit of their dreams. Not every nomad can afford to live there, though, as living costs can be as high as a kite.

Major Hubs & Work Spaces

Sydney is on the travel radar of numerous nomads and not just because of the things like legendary Bondi Beach. This burgeoning city is on top of the list due to appealing lifestyle, world-renowned attractions, friendly culture and thriving startup scene. Also, finding a co-working space in Sydney is a breeze. Numerous shared workspaces are popping up across the urban area and they accommodate a growing army of nomads.

These bustling hubs are places where they can meet like-minded people, share ideas and work their fingers to the bone if need be. Entrepreneurs, remote workers, creative individuals and nomads come together and disrupt traditional notions about doing business. What is more, finding a new gig is not hard.

Plan A Trip For Your Team At Work

Also, travelling together is one of the best ways to develop team bonding and understanding. So, if you are in charge of booking a trip for your team, here are some of the things you can do to make it one of the best tours ever.

Book the Trip in Advance

One of the biggest advantages of booking a trip in advance is that you will able to save money that can spend on other things during the tour. If you start early, you can get the lowest airfares out there. Some companies offer package deals for large groups travelling together. Once you have sort the tickets, start booking your accommodation. It’s very important that this is done in advance because getting rooms for a lot of people at the same place might be difficult at the last moment.

Pick a Place With Options for Outdoor Activities

Go to a place that allows your team to take part in group activities like adventure sports or a cricket match on the beach. These are great team bonding exercises and they will help your team coordinate with each other outside the compulsion of an office. You can even arrange a team lunch so that everyone eats and chills out together. However, ensure that you make these arrangements in advance so that there’s no last minute cancellations or trouble.

Go Sightseeing Together

There’s nothing like exploring a place with your colleagues and creating memories that will stay with you for a lifetime. If you are going to place that is best explored on your own, they all of you can rent bikes and go around the town. This way, you will be on your own but you will also be a part of the team.

Arrange a Bonfire Night

A team outing without a bonfire and some singing and dancing is incomplete. You can tell your hotel authorities to arrange one such bonfire night for your team so that all of you can sit around it and chit chat. If you know someone who can play a guitar or sing, ask them to show their talent. This way, your whole team will be able to connect with and know each other better.

A team outing will not only help everyone relax and enjoy some time away from work but it will also help them become friends with their teammates. So, if you have been planning a team outing, do it now

Visit to Konya (Turkey)

The ancient city of Konya is the second most visited city of Turkey after Istanbul. Apart from its historic significance, Konya has become a pilgrimage city not only for Muslims but also for people of other religions who seek spiritual guidance from Rumi’s poetry and treat Rumi as their spiritual leader. Rumi spent most of his life in Konya and was buried there. In 1927, his monastery was converted into a museum named as Mevlana Meuseze or the Maulana Museum. Maulana is a religious title for respect. In the west Maulana is known as Rumi and the museum named after him as Rumi Museum.

Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi was born in Balkh (now Afghanistan) in 1207 and came to Konya alongwith his parents when he was only 12 years old. Rumi became a great religious scholar of his time and started teaching Koran and Islamic Sharia to his students. After meeting with Shams Tabriz at the age of 37 his whole life changed. He became a whirling dervish and followed the footsteps of his Murshed Shams.

Shams Tabriz filled Rumi’s heart with Divine spiritual enlightenment and taught him the knowledge what he could not learn from the books. After that Rumi started writing poetry. He wrote 70,000 verses in a period of 25 years. Rumi’s poetry, written in the Persian language, has been translated in all the prominent languages of the world, and thus Rumi has become the best known, most respected and the most read poet of the world.

Rumi Museum is opened daily from 10.00 am to 4.30 pm and the admission is free. Before entering the Rumi’s shrine, everyone is required to wear thin plastic covers on shoes as respect for the holy place. In the main room there are many tombs of Rumi’s family and followers. Rumi’s tomb is covered with a large thick cloth embroidered in gold with a big green turban placed on it. Besides his tomb there is the tomb of Rumi’s father, Maulana Bahauddin Valed.

In the next room, placed in the glass cases are the hand written books of Rumi’s poetry written in Persian language, hand written Holy Quran in various periods, clothing belonging to Rumi and his son Sultan Veled, caps belonging to Rumi and his Murshed Shams Tebriz, etc. The next is the prayer room for men and women. The main shrine was built by Seljuk emperors while the rooms in front of the main shrine were added in the times of Ottoman Sultans and became a part of the Rumi Museum.

Rumi left this world on 17 December 1273. This day is remembered every year as his leaving this world and “wedding with God”. Every year, on 17 December, pilgrims from all over the world come to Konya to pay their respects to the 13th century great poet and Sufi saint. They participate in religious ceremonies and witness the whirling dervishes performing live in front of the pilgrims.

Be A Traveller And Not A Tourist

If you have ever travelled to a new place, you might already know how liberating it can be. However, if you really want to enjoy the true benefits of travelling, be a traveller and not a tourist. Confused? Don’t worry! Here are some tips that will help you with this.

Explore the Hidden Places

A tourist is most likely to see the famous landmarks or monuments of a place. But, as a traveller, you should be exploring hidden gems in a city or country. It could be anything from quaint little cafes to forests on the countryside. To be able to do this, get in touch with like-minded people to know more about your destination. You can even run a Google search to do a little bit of research, while you are booking cheap flights, for instance. Additionally, you can contact travel agents or guides who have expertise in this area. They will be able to take you to places that aren’t visited by too many tourists.

Immerse Yourself in the Local Culture

When you are travelling to a new place, the best way to experience it is to become a part of the local population. You can start by dressing like them and enjoying their local delicacies instead of eating at food chains. Also, you can visit the place when they have a carnival or festival going on. That will truly enlighten you about the place. Which is why, it’s important to conduct a little research before starting your trip. Check out blogs and various travel sites to determine the best time to travel to a place.

Make New Friends

Don’t let the opportunity of making new friends pass when you are travelling. You never know how that person might completely bring in a fresh perspective to your life. Mingle more with fellow travellers and locals alike to form bond with people who are from completely different background than yours. One way to make new friends would be to be bond over food and music. Ask them about it and share a meal with them. This way, when you return home, you will have a lot of good memories. Who knows your next trip might even be with someone you met on your previous journey?

Now that you know how to be a traveller and not a tourist, start planning your next vacation. Keep these points in mind while you are travelling and you will come with a priceless experience.

Plan The Best Food Vacation of Your Life

Below, we give you some tips on how to plan the ultimate food vacation that will satisfy both your inner wanderlust and foodie.

Decide what cuisine you want to explore

Before embarking on a food journey, it’s important to make sure that you know what you want. Whether you want Italian, Chinese, Indian, or Lebanese, it’s crucial to make the decision so you can prepare for the trip ahead. Once you have decided on the cuisine, start planning for your trip. Begin by budget flight tickets, cheap airfares, and affordable accommodation. This way, you will be able to save money that can be then spent on food.

Make a list of the places you want to visit

There are many apps these days that will give detailed information about restaurants in different countries. All you have to do is go through them and pick the few best ones. Read the reviews and understand what you would like to eat. Sometimes, it’s possible that you might have a penchant for an unpopular dish. This step is important because when you finally hit the road, you don’t have to waste time looking for places to eat. You just have to take out your list and follow it. You can also jot down the most popular dishes of the places you pick if you want to save further time.

Take care of your health beforehand

It’s important to ensure that you are in the best of your health before you begin your food vacation. Get tested for allergies to that you know what ingredients might harm you. Also, if you have digestion or any other problem that could be aggravated by food, then take proper medication for it. Carry your medicines with you so that you don’t face any difficulties in a new place. Sometimes, your body may take time to adjust to a new cuisine especially if it’s spicy or completely different from what you are used to eating. So, keep all the appropriate medicines in place before heading out.

While you follow the tips given above and go to all the restaurants you have earmarked, don’t forget to go to the small streetside place. There, you will not only find amazing food but will also get to hear wonderful local stories.Get in touch with us and book flights tickets at cheap airfares today or call us now 1300 837 920. Complete travel agent services for corporate travelers. The experienced business best travel agents at Fortune World Tour support in your business travel management needs.

Most Amazing Wonders of India

One of the most interesting sites travelers who visit India should explore is surely Hampi. Established in the 14th century AD, Hampi used to host the capital of the Vijayanagara Empire that flourished for more than 4 centuries. Today, the ruins and monuments of the city are spread over a huge surface area. Several travel packages to India include a visit to this distinctive historical site.

The most popular historical site of India is certainly Taj Mahal. The Crown of the Palace, this famous ivory white marble construction that was built by Shah Jahan to host the dead body of his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. Included in the UNESCO World Heritage sites in 1983, a visit to Taj Mahal, located in the city of Agra, is a must for tourists who travel to India, especially if it is their first time to the country as it is considered a highly important and significant highlight.

Considered as one of the best examples of the blend between Persian and Mongol architecture, the Tomb of Mumtaz Mahal is the center of the complex. It consists of a symmetrical structure with the tomb located just above the tomb. Almost all travel packages to India would include a visit to Taj Mahal.

Those who spend their vacations in India and love nature and wild life should never miss the chance to explore Bandhavgarh National Park. Officially announced as a protected area and a national park in 1968, Bandhavgarh has a surface area of more than 100 square kilometers. This park is famous for housing many tigers and leopards. This is in addition to a huge diversity in the nature, plants, birds, and many other wonderful features.

The Kaziranga National Park is yet another fabulous park located in India. Included in the World Heritage sites of the UNESCO, the park hosts one third of the one hornedrhinos. It also houses one of the largest numbers of tigers in the whole world. There are also many elephants, buffaloes, and deer. A visit to the Kaziranga National Park is highly recommended to travelers who travel to India and love the animals and the wildlife.

History and old architecture lovers would surely enjoy their visit to Amristar. This is the cult center of the Sikh religion and houses the famous Golden Temple. It is astonishing that this historical site attracts more tourists than Taj Mahal itself. These monuments grab the attention of numerous travelers from all over the world to spend their holidays in India.