Travelling is not an exact science. There are no systems or standards behind a successful one but the good thing is that you learn. You have to know though that there are certain mistakes that you are making when travelling and if you avoid these mistakes, your travel will be smoother and a lot easier.

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You make mistakes when traveling and it is perfectly normal. The important thing here is you thought of something and correct it before it can totally destroy your vacation. If you are planning to travel outside of Singapore, you have to be conscious of some mistakes and try to correct it. Here are common mistakes you make when travelling:

1. Packing many shoes. There is nothing wrong if you want to look good outside but it is just wrong if you pack too many shoes. You only need two shoes when travelling – one casual and one fancy. You do not need to bring your rubber shoes, sneakers, stilettos and the like. Settle for at least two shoes.

2. Flying blind. Just like in school, when you anticipate an exam or quiz, you prepare beforehand so you will not get zero. Travelling is like that. You need to study before or you may fly blind. You are wasting your time if you are wandering around a neighbourhood because you do not know where to go. You have to make an itinerary and research on routes.

3. Changing money. Here in Singapore, ATM is everywhere so you can withdraw anywhere. If you are travelling outside, you have to know that most foreign countries do not have ATMs in every corner with your currency. You have to change money before embarking.


4. Not dressing properly. You do not climb Mt. Kilimanjaro or go on a safari wearing high heels. You wear proper clothing so you can travel comfortably. You have to research the proper attire if you must. Factor in the weather so you will not get too cold or too warm.

5. Forgetting your chargers and converters. If you want to stay connected while travelling, do not forget about your chargers and your converters. If you are confident that you can just buy a chargers in a market, you have to think twice. To be safe, do not forget to pack your chargers and your converters.

6. Forgetting the sunscreen. You can enjoy the rays by simply applying your sunscreen. Sometimes, umbrellas are too inconvenient while walking. If you want to enjoy the place as it is, you only need to apply sunscreen and just walk.


The New7Wonders Foundation is an initiative of Bernard Weber. The foundation was established in 2001. It seeks to protect the man-made and natural heritage of the planet. The foundation seeks to cultivate respect for the diversity. The New7Wonders has many campaigns to include New7Wonders Cities, New7Wonders of the World and New7Wonders of Nature.

For this specific period, the results for the New7Wonders Cities were announced. 7 cities were proclaimed magnificent cities in the world. Actually, there were 1200 nominees from across 220 countries but the list was narrowed to 28 cities. The qualified countries were carefully selected and online voting took place. It did not end there because of the 28 cities, only 7 were hailed the seven magnificent cities in the world. The results were announced by the founder, Bernard Weber in Dubai.

The seven magnificent cities in the world include:

  • La Paz: La Paz is in Bolivia and it is the third most populous city there. La Paz holds important cultural infrastructure in Bolivia. It has several cathedrals like San Francisco Cathedral and the Metropolitan Cathedral. Other attractions include museums, cultural centres and Murillo Square.
  • Havana: Havana is the capital city of Cuba. It is famous because it is located in the Caribbean region. Many people consider Havana because it is near United States. For more than twenty years, Havana has been a famous health tourism destination.
  • Beirut: Beirut is the capital city of Lebanon. It was considered one of the magnificent cities because of its education, culture, and heritage and of course, tourism. There are museums which speak of Lebanon’s history. In fact, Lebanon was considered top place to visit piled by The New York Times (2009) and Lonely Planet’s one of the ten liveliest cities in the world.
  • Doha: Doha is the capital city of Qatar. It is famous because it is located in the coast of Persian Gulf. In Doha, you will see different things from their culture to modern buildings like the Khalifa Stadium, Aspire Dome, Marina, Emiri Diwan, Centre Mall and many others.
  • Vigan: Vigan is in Philippines. Though it is not the capital of the Philippines, it offers many things. Vigan is in the province of Ilocos and it faces South China Sea. It is famous in the Philippines being a Hispanic town. The structures remained intact with cobblestone streets.
  • Durban: Durban is the largest city in South Africa. The city is known for its port. The city’s beaches and subtropical climate.
  • Kuala Lumpur: Kuala Lumpur is the capital of Malaysia. It is also the seat of power of Malaysia. Kuala Lumpur is considered the sixth most visited city in the world. The diverse culture, shopping experience and gastronomic treats entice many.

Singapore was not included but in the hearts of Singaporeans, the city-state is number one. If you want to know why these cities were chosen, you have to visit and see it for yourself.

For those who are familiar about the World Travel Awards (WTA), they have to know the 2014 award winners. For those who are not familiar about it, this is the perfect time to get to know the background of the awards. World Travel Awards was established in 1993. The awards seek to reward and give recognition to the tourism industry.

Today, WTA is recognized worldwide and it is the ultimate trademark of quality in the tourism industry. Every year, WTA graces the world with series of gala. On December 7, 2014, Grand Final Gala Ceremony 2014 was held. It was held at CusinArt Golf Resort & Spa, Anguilla. The winners for the WTA this year includes:

  • World’s Leading Airline: The World’s Leading Airline award went to Etihad Airways.
  • Leading Business Class: The Leading Business Class award went to Hainan Airlines.
  • Leading Economy Class: The Leading Economy Class award went to Oman Air.
  • Leading First Class: The Leading First Class award went to Etihad Airways.
  • Leading in-flight Entertainment: The Leading in-flight Entertainment award went to Virgin Atlantic Airways.
  • Leading Low-cost Airline: The Leading Low-cost Airline award went to AirAsia.
  • Leading Airport: The Leading Airport award went to Changi Airport in Singapore. Singaporeans are delighted of the news.
  • Leading hotel: The Leading Hotel award went to Ciragan Palace Kempinski Istanbul in Turkey.
  • Leading Boutique Hotel: The Leading Boutique Hotel award went to Saxon Hotel, Villas and Spa in South Africa.
  • Leading Beach Destination: The Leading Beach Destination award went to Turks and Caicos Islands.
  • Leading Culinary Destination: The Leading Culinary Destination award went to Peru.
  • Leading Luxury Hotel: The Leading Luxury Hotel went to Burj Al Arab in Dubai.
  • Most Romantic Resort: The Most Romantic Resort award went to Sandals Grande Antigua Resort and Spa in Antigua.
  • Leading Cruise Brand and Cruise Line: The Leading Cruise Brand and Cruise Line award went to Royal Caribbean International.
  • Leading Luxury Train: The Leading Luxury Train award went to Maharaja’s Express.
  • Leading Green Destination: The Leading Green Destination award went to Ecuador.
  • Leading Green Hotel: The Leading Green Hotel award went to Finch Bay Eco Hotel in Ecuador.
  • Leading Honeymoon Destination: The Leading Honeymoon Destination award went to Mauritius.
  • Leading Honeymoon Resort: The Leading Honeymoon Resort award went to Amanyara, Turks and Caicos.

If you want to know why these places or airlines were selected, you need to experience their service and see the difference. Changi Airport never went unnoticed. The efforts of the management to modernize the airport captured the attention of the international community and that is a great thing.