Looking for the best hotels in Bagan? We asked top travel writers for their recommendations.
Bagan is synonymous with magic. This small community in Myanmar was once the capital of a mighty kingdom. Between the 11th and 13th centuries, over 10,000 pagodas, temples, and monasteries were built. Today, some 2,200 structures remain, the greatest concentration of religious sites in the world. It is an absolutely essential stop for all travelers in Myanmar and you'll never regret adding an extra day or two onto your Bagan itinerary.
Since our visit in 2013, the travel industry has grown exponentially in Bagan, with hostels, hotels, and guesthouses springing up seemingly overnight. Eager for my readers to have the best possible experience in Bagan, I asked my fellow travel writers to weigh in. Here you'll find their reviews of different properties - from $20 to $200 + a night - to help you make the best possible decision based on your travel style. It's time to pack your bags!
What makes a girls' getaway all the sweeter? Adding in a delicious dose of maple.
Can there ever be too much of a good thing? Not when it comes to maple! This classic Canadian flavor is so much more than a pancake topping. And when I had the opportunity to partner with Ford Canada for a girlfriends' wellness weekend in Montebello, Quebec, I knew that my favorite autumn flavor would only sweeten the experience.
I was excited to indulge in as much of Quebec's signature condiment as possible, and I soon learned that there was more to maple than meets the eye. Traditional pancakes, step aside! Here are my favourite Montebello maple moments.
Porter Airlines now flies to Orlando Melbourne International Airport - where kayaking and oceanfront adventures await.
Did you know that the trick to not spooking a pelican is to calmly talk to it... almost like it's a dog? I'm not entirely sure this information is completely accurate, but it worked for me as my kayak glided towards a mooring post in the lagoon of Indian River, part of Florida's Sebastian Inlet State Park.
The pelican - much larger and broader than I had imagined while on land - showed no signs of abandoning his perch as the boat drifted closer but he did fuss about nervously. "Good pelican" I purred. "Who's a good bird? You are. Yes you are. You're a good bird and you have very handsome feathers". The cooing and coaxing worked; the pelican settled down and relaxed, and I breathed a sigh of relief that I another travel day had passed free from animal attacks.
Agatha Christie, elephants, and a chance to WIN your very own amazing literary prize pack!
In 2003, I discovered a tiny bookstore in Cork, Ireland, called Mainly Murder. Well, when I say "discovered", what I really mean is that I followed the instructions in my Let's Go guidebook - and I was not at all disappointed with their recommendation.
The elderly proprietress really did look like she could be a character in an Agatha Christie plot, just like Let's Go had described. When I presented my insufferably vague query (I wanted something to read while I was backpacking... something "good"), she intuitively directed me towards the perfect author. That's how I discovered Minette Walters, whose novels really were the ideal companion to backpacking - paperback books, easy enough to find around the world, suspenseful but not too scary.
Mainly Murder has since closed but it will always have a special place in my heart. It launched my passion for discovering bookstores around the world. So when I had the chance to try out a Sweet Reads book box and saw an Agatha Christie quote on their stationary, I knew it was the very thing for me.
Every great trip starts with the right gear.
No doubt much if not all of your travel gear is going to be bought online, unless it’s something so obscure that only a specialist shop will stock it! That said, it’s easy to get lost online with the plethora of information available about travelling and everything related to travelling, so we’ve put together this helpful guide should give you some ideas to approach your spending with a solid plan that’ll help you spend less and stay on track with the task at hand.
It’s so easy to find advice online
Start off easy - there will be countless resources for the type of equipment you’re looking for, even if you think it’s quite niche. Google phrases like ‘best climbing socks for south america’ or ‘best waterproof backpacks under $100’ and there’ll likely be lots of lists for you to take a look at. Think about your budget and what you REALLY need the equipment for before narrowing your research. (If you’re not planning to be sleeping under the stars in freezing temperatures you probably won’t need a 5 season sleeping bag for example!). If you follow travel bloggers on social media, try reaching out to them in the comments for advice, especially if you’re travelling somewhere that they’ve been.