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30 Best Travel Podcasts every time you travel – Part 2

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Did you find the first series of the blog on Best Travel Podcasts exciting? We hope you would have tried at least one of the 10 Podcasts listed on the blog.  Let’s explore another 10 podcasts in this blog that would titillate your senses and make you crave for more.

20. Tips For Travellers

This popular audio travel podcast started by Gary Bembridge, a seasoned traveller for 25 years, in 2005 and throws light on travel destinations around the globe, sprinkled with tips and advice based on his visits.

 

 

19.The Travellers

Whether you’re heading out to explore new frontiers or struggling to find your place in the world, this podcast, started by Nathaniel Boyle, is a weekly show on the ins and outs of travel.

 

 

18.Amateur Traveller

Looking to decide where to travel next? The podcast lists interview with a traveller who has travelled to the place recently or destination expert.

 

 

 

 

17. Travel with Rick Steves

If you are an American looking to experience affordable, fun and culturally broadening trips anywhere in Europe, then this podcast for you.

 

 

 

16. Travel Tales

 

Started by Comedian and TV host Mike Siegel, the podcast brings you some of the best and worst travel experiences in the form of a different guest sharing travel tales from lands far away.

 

 

 

 

15.Indie Travel Podcast

A fortnightly audio show that offers travel tips for independent travellers plus a global community of indie travellers all contributing amazing stories to the podcast.

 

 

 

 

14.Travels in Music

Travels in Music that dabbles with travel musicians telling stories on music from around the world; the podcast does its bit to turn the planet into a beautifully musical one.

 

 

 

 

13.This Week In Travel Podcast

A Semi-Weekly Podcast joined by traveloggers Gary Arndt, Jen Leo and Chris Christensen

 

 

 

12. Budget-Minded Traveller

Started in 2014, this podcast was the finalist for “Best Travel Podcast” in 2015 and “People’s Choice Podcast Awards 2016”. The podcast provides practical tips and hacks that make international travel accessible to every traveller.

 

 

 

11. Travel Writers Radio

An up and coming media outlet with global reach, imparting a unique local flavour. You need to become a member of the website to contribute reviews, news, culinary interview, travel experiences and tips for travellers.

 

 

 

The above podcasts are unique in one way or the other. They are almost guaranteed to make one an agile and intelligent traveller. We will follow the list up with the concluding post of the blog series.

 

30 Best Travel Podcasts every time you travel – Part 1

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This year, podcasts turned out to be sharper, wittier and funnier, and even more niche-based.  The social media team of Emperor Travels brings you 30 Best Travel Podcasts for the frequent traveller. Though we haven’t ranked the podcast, every podcast is unique in itself. We believe this 3-part blog series will titillate your senses when you are on the move.

30. Alone: A Love Story

A Love Story’ is scripted and narrated by Michelle Parise, a CBC producer since two decades. The podcast comes as a solace for people trying to cope with loneliness, despair, heartbreak, lust to eventually finding the courage to face the adversities of life.

 

 

29. The Bill Simmons Podcast

Started by Bill Simmons, the podcast features unbroken, long-form interview of celebrities and athletes that scarcely find place in the mainstream media.

 

 

 

 

28.Every Little Thing

Every Little Thing is a podcast created by Gimlet Media, an award-winning narrative podcasting company that helps people understand each other well.

 

 

 

 

27. This Is Actually Happening

A bi-weekly podcast that helps one discover the inner chaotic experience of the human mind and find out what actually happens when things change.

 

 

 

26.IVFML


Here is an interesting podcast that takes a frank and humorous route to discussing parenthood and the hilarity and humiliations of miscarriage, infertility and IVF, as comedy writer Simon Ganz and health reporter Anna Almendrala share their experiences.

 

 

25.DTR


This podcast is a collection of shows from profile pictures, dating someone out of your network, to opening lines. Every episode accounts for a hilariously weird aspect of dating in an Internet fad world.

 

 

24.Dirty John

A unique podcast comprising a network of storytellers that brings you wholesome entertainment and knowledge.

 

 

 

 

23. Pod Save America


A no-nonsense podcast on politics, hosted by Jon Favreau, Dan Pfeiffer, Jon Lovett and Tommy Vietor, that breaks down the week’s news and helps people dope out what matters and how to fix things.

 

 

 

22. Science Vs

The podcast is a musing on trends, fads and the blinkered mob to ascertain what the fact is and what isn’t and what’s somewhere lurking in between.

 

 

 

 

21.Maed in India

India’s first indie music podcast. Get the hottest and latest music from India and abroad, plus exclusive interviews and acoustic sessions of some of the best independent musicians in the country.

 

 

 

 

We won’t stop with this. We have more podcast collection for you. But that’s for another day. Until then, why don’t you take some time to download and listen to the podcasts on your next trip?

All about the Tipu Sultan palace in Bengaluru

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There is a slice of history embedded in the IT capital and electronic city of South India, Bengaluru, which will go down in history as the glorious era of Karnataka history: the Mysore Rule led by Hyder Ali and his son Tipu Sultan. The Tipu Sultan Palace in Bengaluru is housed near the bustling City Market at the junction of Krishna Rajendra and Albert Victor Road. The palace lies in the precincts of the fort.

The Tipu Sultan palace in Bengaluru was the summer retreat of the great Mysuru Ruler, who fondly termed it the “Rash-e-Jannat”, or “Envy of Haven” or “Abode of Happiness”. One can get to see this engraved on a window screen.  Splendid gardens all along the path, leading to the palace, along with sparkling fountains and lovely flower beds, will welcome you.

The place speaks volume about Tipu’s valiant attempt to protect Karnataka from British imperialism. That is why the Tipu Sultan palace should be tagged along the places to visit in Bengaluru. The place was opened to public view in 2005.

In 1537, Kempe Gowda, founder of Bengaluru, raised the fort. The extension was later carried out by Tipu Sultan. It is said that Hyder Ali put several British army officers including David Braid behind bars. The construction of the palace, which was started by Hyder Ali in 1781, was completed by Tipu in 1791. The place later came to be known as “Tipu’s Palace”.

The entire palace, styled on the Indo-Islamic art and architecture, is constructed of teak wood, stone, mortar and plaster. It is raised on a stone plinth. A striking feature is the intricately carved pillars that support the mammoth wooden beams throughout the palace.  A congregation of wooden pillars, which rests on the stone base, support the entire structure. The pillars are converged with brackets and cusped arches adorned with stunning carving accentuated in multi-colours. Every pillar’s base has the carvings designed as if they come out of flowers.  The ceilings and the walls boasts of madder-red surfaces decorated with floral motifs for an elegant look. Four staircases from the ground floor lead you to the first floor. There is a large hall on the first floor having four rooms, one at each corner. Known as the Zenana quarters, only the ladies of royal households had access to it. You can see two projecting balconies, one located on the east, another on the west side. It is believed that Durbars were held by the Sultan in the hall to run the administration matters of the state with the state officials in the balcony area, watching the proceedings.

The British later used the palace as their secretariat following the death of Tipu Sultan. The palace-turned museum showcases some of the artefacts of the ruler including the portraits of places and places of the bygone era, done by modern-day artists, and represents the grand lifestyle of the royals. The Sultan’s crown and his clothes are exhibited in silver and gold pedestals.  Among other prized possessions, silver vessels offered to Hyder Ali by a general are also on display.

There is a splendid and a well-preserved temple of Lord Ganesha, dating back to the1790s, close to the Tipu Sultan Palace in the fort enclosure, which stands as an embodiment of Tipu’s secular values and inclusiveness. The fort area also houses an art gallery that displays several paintings, pictures, fine carvings and photos of the Mysuru Sultanate era. The Tipu Sultan Palace, currently managed by the Archaeological Survey of India, not only draws tourists the year round but also remains a haven for archaeologists and historians. Carrying eatables or camera inside the palace is prohibited.

 

All about the Ajmer Sharif Dargah at Ajmer in Rajasthan

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ajmer sharif dargahIt is believed that a person who places utmost faith at the holy Ajmer Sharif get his or her vows fulfilled. The most famous and the most visited Sufi Shrine in the country, Ajmer Sharif is the resting place of the famous pious Persian Sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti. The Islamic Sufi saint, also known as “Sultan-e-Hind”, is popular for his secular preaching and Sufi teachings.  Legend has it that Moinuddin Chisti was Prophet of Islam Muhammad’s direct descendant and was asked by him—Muhammad came in his dream—to go to India and spread the Islamic message of peace, love and tolerance. The Sufi saint reached Ajmer in 1192 AD via Lahore (in modern day Pakistan) and breathed his last breath in 1236 AD.

The shrine was constructed by Humayun, the Mughal Emperor. Entering the dargah may require walking through a series of massive silver doors with intricately designed beautiful carvings.  The courtyard welcomes you with the tomb of Moinuddin Chishti, which is carved out of polished marble. With gold plating on top, the tomb is well sealed by a silver railing and marble screen.

You can find many mosques once you’re inside the shrine complex, built by the famous Mughal emperors Akbar and Shah Jahan, who used to pay respect to the Sufi Saint at least once every year.

The shrine, undoubtedly, is an architectural and structural marvel, and is the perfect Sufi retreat to connect with your inner self. The place is open to people of all religions and faiths and one doesn’t have to be religious to enter the shrine. You can be at complete peace with the oneness of God at the Ajmer Sharif dargah— this is something you can’t really buy elsewhere.  The annual Urs Sharif at the dargah is world-famous that draws crowds in large numbers.

There are a quite a lot of shops outside the dargah selling silver jewellery, bangles, jodhpuri jutis and embroidered dupatta, which is a must-visit for any shopaholic traveller. The Dargah is open from 6:00AM to 9:00PM and remains closed from 3:00PM – 4:00PM. There isn’t any entrance fee to visit the place as it is a Sufi shrine.  Winter is the most recommended time to visit Ajmer. While you are at the Dargah, you shouldn’t miss out on the heavenly and traditional Sufi Qawali music performed by local artists, particularly during the months of November – March. You can also plan to visit the place during the holy month of Ramadhan.

10 Apps to keep you safe while travelling – Part 1

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Though no app in the world can give you 100% security, there are a few travel safety apps that offer you a whole lot of benefits. What’s better than keeping your kith and kin informed of your location and alerting them if you get to face any problem during the course of your trip. There are a host of other useful apps that notifies traveller of inclement weather, security, disease or any other unforeseen circumstances on your trip. Just ensure you have an affordable and reliable mobile connection throughout the trip. Here are some of the best travel safety apps online for your kind reference:

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1.StaySafe

StaySafe is the perfect GPS tracker app for both personal as well as lone worker’s security and protection. The iPhone and Android version-app comes secured with a GPS tracker that automatically texts or emails your contacts (marked as emergency) if you do not check-in safely when you are a lone traveller. The app is most useful when your exact GPS location is made known to your contacts for them to locate you quickly.

2.Official State Department App

The free to download US State Department App, available for both iPhone as well as Android users, is the official State Department app when you are travelling in the US. The app is highly useful in that the travellers gain access to updated travel warnings, travel alerts, country info, US embassy locations, maps and several other essential features. 

3.CDC Apps

The CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) gives you a range of apps featuring as a perfect companion to CDC’s trusted website. (www.cdc.gov). There is a wealth of information you can access such as popular journals, health articles, social media information and timely health updates.

4.CDC TravWell App

This app helps you plans safely during international travel. Get access to vaccine recommendations that are destination-specific., a comprehensive checklist of the essentials of travel planning, vaccination recommendations that are destination-specific and tailored healthy travel packing list. You can also maintain a record of your immunization and medications, store travel document, set alerts and reminders on vaccine shots and keep a note of what to take as medicines while you are on the go.

5.TravelSafe Pro

This app provides you with country or regional specific critical information and ensures safety and security in a particular region. Built with up to 12 languages (at the time of writing), TravelSafe Pro features emergency numbers of all the countries, in addition to vital embassy info of your country for the touring destination or location.

Designed with a location-sensitive emergency service databases, the App rightly connects you to the assistance service you’re looking for, and more importantly when you need the most. Whether you’re planning a road trip with your friends or out on the roads for some milk, to Mexico for the vacation or just out boozing late, this app does a remarkably good job in providing you access to fire, police and ambulance services, your partner, your parents or your best buddy — just a single tap away all from one single interface. The app is a bag of mixed user reviews in the past; therefore do check the most recent reviews to know how it can actually prove useful to you.

 

 

 

How do you choose the right travel backpack for your next trip?

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Travelling around the world can be one of the finest experiences for most people, be it leisure, business or a combination of business and leisure lately known as ‘bleasure’.  For most people it is all about passion and the thrill that comes out of their travel experience. Whatever, no bit of travel can be an ‘experience’ without planning it out well, and the even the best of the travel requires the right travel backpack, if not a lavishly expensive one.  Here’s a quick few tips of things you should be aware in order to pick the right travel backpack:

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Type:

There are tens of thousands of backpack models and types available in the marketplace to choose from.  Whether you choose a traditional backpack or a travel backpack with wheels for mobility is up to you and your specific travel needs.

Size:

A travel backpack with a capacity of 40-80L will just do the thing if you’re plotting a 3-7 days personal or business trip.

Water-Resistant/Waterproof:

Check if your travel backpack comes with a water-resistant or waterproof material to save your valuable contents from the effects of water, snow, or rain.

Multiple Compartments:

Going for a backpack with multiple compartments helps to keep your contents organized, secure and prevent overflowing during travel.

Front-loading Compartment:

Those who do a lot of travel may well tell you that having a front-loading compartment in your backpack can help you access your contents quickly and easily, especially when you are on the move.

Straps:

Check for backpacks that are provided with chest straps, padded shoulder straps and waist strips for higher level of comfort and greater convenience.

Laptop & Tablet compartment:

Any business traveller or tech-savvy traveller would tell you how important it’s to have a compartment with sufficient padding and foam support for laptop, notebook, tablet PC, chunky smartphones and other electronic devices.

Weight:

Empty backpack that weighs 2-4 pounds is good enough to carry reasonably huge contents. If the weight is too heavy, the backpack can actually pull you backwards, and this isn’t good news.

Raw Materials:

There is a good choice of materials for backpack to choose from depending upon your budget. But Polyester and Nylon are found to be lightweight and highly water-resistant.

Price:

The price of any backpack may depend upon what your choice of brand is, functionality and quality it delivers. Therefore, the price range of an average quality backpack may fall between $50 and $100; if you are looking for premium quality backpacks, you may have to shell out anything between $100 and $300.

You may add a few points to the ones listed above. However, if you consider these factors, then you can get a reasonably priced travel backpack with satisfactory quality. Remember that quality always has a price tag attached and premium quality backpacks may burn your pockets.

How will choose you the best honeymoon package?

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The wedding season is on and you are about to taste its flavour soon. What next? Honeymoon? There can be no denying that. A lot has been already discussed on the choice of honeymoon destinations, but how one chooses the right honeymoon package obviously drives other things in place. There are a lot of options on cards and honeymooners, no doubt, latch on the first available package they find, either online or offline. Remember honeymoon is something that must be remembered for the right reasons.  Some of the initial questions that need to be answered in the planning phase: what type of travel do you prefer? What destinations suit you genre? What is your budget? What hotel or resort falls within your considerations and budget? If you can answer these questions, you are well on your way to your dream honeymoon.

Honymoon packagesWhat do you want out of your honeymoon?

From Europe to Hawaii, the Caribbean Islands to Las Vegas, there are a whole lot of honeymoon destinations to pick from. You need to decide first on the type of travel, what you want out of your honeymoon trip, then the rest of the things will fall in place. It must be noted that every destination will offer its unique feature: history, mysticism romance, adventure, thrill and other travel genres; sometimes a combination of one or two travel genres will turn out to be really cool.

In general, go for something that will offer varied travel experiences for your honeymoon vacation.

Destinations that’ll match your interest

Now that you have some idea on the type of honeymoon you are looking for, let us be more specific on the selecting the specific destination that will match your interest.  While there are some European vacations that offer the ability to travel multiple countries in a single trip, most travel packages are single-country or single-location based.  If you’ve decided to honeymoon on an island, research a bit on the local attractions around, traditional culture, language, foods and information on the beaches and the type of activities the place offers such as fishing, diving, sailing, or chilling on a lounge chair around the pool, enjoying the sun, etc.   There may be a few more questions, but let’s narrow down our focus to the basics.

How much is your travel spend?

Like most things in life, travel is decided on the basis of budget. How much are you willing to spend on your honeymoon trip? How many days have you planned to cover in your trip? This, more often than not, isn’t a difficult one as there are several resorts, hotels, tour operators, travel websites and app platforms all competing for some business space. All you need to do is refine your search a bit, either online or offline, and match your needs with the budget. Look for discounts and offers and check if the available packages cover meals, transportation, and entertainment at the hotel or resort. Some extra bucks will probably allow you to spend outside the all-inclusive travel package that you’ve selected.

Finding the right resort

If you have managed to answer the first three questions, then finding the best resort, hotel or accommodation is only a cinch. As we discussed earlier, it’s always considered a great idea to participate in social media interactions, travel forums, travel blogs, and other social networking sites to say what others have to say about a particular resort or hotel. Find out how from the experience of previous honeymooners on particular destinations; this will go a long way in helping you make the right decision and spice up your honeymoon trip.

 

 

 

How do you choose the right travel backpack for your next trip?

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tour operators in coimbatoreTravelling around the world can be one of the finest experiences for most people, be it leisure, business or a combination of business and leisure lately known as ‘bleasure’. For most people it is all about passion and the thrill that comes out of their travel experience. Whatever, no bit of travel can be an ‘experience’ without planning it out well, and the even the best of the travel requires the right travel backpack, if not a lavishly expensive one. Here’s a quick few tips of things you should be aware in order to pick the right travel backpack:

 

Type:

There are tens of thousands of backpack models and types available in the marketplace
to choose from. Whether you choose a traditional backpack or a travel backpack with
wheels for mobility is up to you and your specific travel needs.

Size:

A travel backpack with a capacity of 40-80L will just do the thing if you’re plotting a 3-7
days personal or business trip.

Water-Resistant/Waterproof:

Check if your travel backpack comes with a water-resistant or waterproof material to
save your valuable contents from the effects of water, snow, or rain.

Multiple Compartments:

Going for a backpack with multiple compartments helps to keep your contents
organized, secure and prevent overflowing during travel.

Front-loading Compartment:

Those who do a lot of travel may well tell you that having a front-loading compartment in
your backpack can help you access your contents quickly and easily, especially when
you are on the move.

Straps:

Check for backpacks that are provided with chest straps, padded shoulder straps and
waist strips for higher level of comfort and greater convenience.

Laptop & Tablet compartment:

Any business traveller or tech-savvy traveller would tell you how important it’s to have a
compartment with sufficient padding and foam support for laptop, notebook, tablet PC,
chunky smartphones and other electronic devices.

Weight:

Empty backpack that weighs 2-4 pounds is good enough to carry reasonably huge
contents. If the weight is too heavy, the backpack can actually pull you backwards, and
this isn’t good news.

Raw Materials:

There is a good choice of materials for backpack to choose from depending upon your
budget. But Polyester and Nylon are found to be lightweight and highly water-resistant.

Price:

The price of any backpack may depend upon what your choice of brand is, functionality
and quality it delivers. Therefore, the price range of an average quality backpack may
fall between $50 and $100; if you are looking for premium quality backpacks, you may
have to shell out anything between $100 and $300.

You may add a few points to the ones listed above. However, if you consider these
factors, then you can get a reasonably priced travel backpack with satisfactory quality.
Remember that quality always has a price tag attached and premium quality backpacks
may burn your pockets.

Ten biggest travel mistakes and how to avoid them

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Whether you are a frequent flyer, globetrotter, business traveller or on a bon voyage, there are a few mistakes that can happen, either intentionally or deliberately, which may put you on a spot. Check out these 10 big travel mistakes you may commit, and learn how you can avoid them from happening in the first place.

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Overstuffing your travel bag

Does this seem tempting to you? Yes, for all reasons, it may. But think of carrying and hauling your luggage around you, and the frightening weight limit haunts you forever. Be judicious, and plan your outfit accordingly — as simple as that! Ask yourself if you are going to wear them all. If not, go out and do some laundry you find on the road.

Failing to check your mobile plan

How often do we do that? Have you any measure of your data roaming fees? Does your mobile plan cover data roaming? Do you forget to turn off your data before getting on the plane?  Is your phone set on airplane mode? If data is of utmost importance to you, you need to check international plans or go for a local SIM card at your destination.

Failing to have enough buffer time in between flights for booking

Nothing can get so unpredictable as the flight conditions or your flight booking status. If your flight is delayed, your Adrenaline rushes, and you might not make it in time to catch the connecting flight. Sounds familiar? The point is to exercise precaution, and have a cosy buffer in between. It is advisable that you plan with a buffer time of minimum 2 hours every time, lest you need to go through endless security measures while moving from one flight to another.

Not having enough local currency

Have some local currency and cash on hand to avail for public transportation or for taking a cab once you arrive at your destination.  Don’t be of the idea that every little shop in the planet accepts Credit card. Most don’t, therefore, you will find that airport ATMs offer better exchange rates. Take out cash as required, and maybe, even a wee extra during emergency situations.

Failing to inform your credit card company of your travel plans before hand

This can get serious when your credit card company may well flag foreign transactions, and consequently freeze your account. Now what? Ensure you inform your company before hand of your travel plans, and check out if you are charged anything for foreign transactions.  This may not surprise you later!

Don’t have Travel Insurance?

There are times when you don’t hit your vacation or business trip, as expected. If you are covered by travel insurance, it will help your running out of hundreds of dollars. Check if your plan also covers contingency medical expenses, supposing your health insurance plan fails to offer coverage outside your country.

Not Checking Visa Requirements

We have seen, on numerous occasions, of travellers being whooshed away at checkpoints overseas on account of incompliance to visa requirements.  This is rather time-consuming, off-putting, and expensive, and could play spoilsport of what would have been a memorable trip. There are a host of websites online that elucidates travel visa requirements for several countries. Google, and find them out;  don’t be in for any surprises.

Jam-packed schedule

Scheduling an overseas trip shouldn’t be like overstuffing your belly or over-packing your travel luggage. Trust the locals, Google and find out the must-visit touring spots, and give quality travel time in visiting those places to make the most of your trip. More importantly, relax and enjoy the moment as it comes along.

Failing to keeping track of your reservation details

‘Go digital’ is today’s mantra, and go for web and mobile travel apps that can help plan your itinerary, or online reminder apps. Business travellers are more agile and dynamic in their approach towards itinerary planning. It pays to be a bit tech savvy? Isn’t it

Failing to keep your valuables safe

The last thing you would want in a travel is theft of your valuables, cash or electronic gadgets. Therefore, avoid carrying too much cash, and again — take the digital payment way. Anti-theft bags may help; but then, it is your safety that matters most.

 

 

Kid-friendly budget travel destinations

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Picking the right destination is very important while travelling with toddlers, tweens, and teens.

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Kids are quite impatient so the trick is to choose destinations that will arouse their curiosity. Places with inspiring history, animals and those that offer hands-on activities are best suited for kids.

Here are a few travel hotspots in the U.S. and Europe that won’t break your bank.

 

WASHINGTON, DC
The National Mall in D.C. is a must visit. But how about riding in a boat on wheels? Take D.C. duck tour (90 minutes), and experience both land and sea. It will take you to the history-packed National Mall, which covers the Capitol building, the Lincoln Memorial, and the Smithsonian museums, and then go for a scenic river trip.

COLONIAL WILLIAMSBURG, VA
Everyone loves to play dress-up. A stash of old-timey accessories awaits you at the Great Hopes Plantation, where the original 1700s farm has been recreated. Wearing mop caps (for girls) and hats (for boys) and other costumes kids can perform 18th century household chores in the field.

LONDON
London is associated with mystery and discovery, thanks to a number of classics based in this city. And the city doesn’t disappoint. Along the muddy banks of the River Thames you can go on two-hour trawls. The Tower of London is an unforgettable experience for young history buffs. Also, take a Yeoman Warder tour, which is filled with hair-raising adventures!

SAN DIEGO
The San Diego Zoo with more than 5,000 rare and endangered animals is one of the most diverse in America. The Polar Bear Plunge is the highlight of the zoo. You can burrow into a snow den, climb in the cockpit of a helicopter that was used on actual Arctic explorations, and let the bears sniff you through the wire mesh from the Experience Wall. Your kids can also interact with Dolphins, enjoy thrilling rides, watch Shark Encounters and the parks legendary sea mammal shows.

BERLIN
Berlin has a vibrant art and food scene. You can tour the entire city on bikes with rear baskets which are available on rent. Even the kids can get a set of wheels, with child seats and trailers, and helmets for all. You can also visit the 168-year- old Zoological Garden, Germany’s first zoo and watch zoo keepers feeding pandas and penguins.

NIAGARA FALLS, NY
The Cave of the Winds tour will be a delightful experience for the kids. To reach the Niagara Gorge you will have to take an elevator 175 feet down and stand on the Hurricane Deck, where the water from 181-foot Bridal Veil Falls will drench you with the tropical- storm-like spray.

BARCELONA
Barcelona has a made-for- children, fairytale quality about it. And those who have visited the city will vouch for it. One of the most popular attractions is La Sagrada Família, the basilica built by the famous architect Antoni Gaudí. You can visit Museu Picasso, in the La Ribera neighbourhood, among other delightful things.