Are you dreaming of escaping to an exotic location?
Are sandy beaches and warm nights by the water luring you to join the jet set crowd?
Maybe it’s time to consider a vacation.
Vacations can be exhilarating and refreshing, but sometimes your vacation can turn into a nightmare when it comes to packing. You don’t want to forget something or be stranded in a foreign country with one pair of pants and 12 shirts. Preparing for a vacation can be a dream when you learn a few packing tips.
If you have been planning that special beach destination or Sri Lanka escape, you will need some practical packing tips for your luggage.
Roll outfits together. Avoid folding your clothes, this will take up more room and leave you a wrinkled mess. Roll each day’s outfit, socks, and undergarments together. It will keep you organized and allow you to fit more essential items into that suitcase!
Limit the number of shoes you pack. Many people try to bring only the pair they are wearing. However, that doesn’t always work when you are traveling for work or to different climates. Try to pick one or two pairs that are versatile enough to coordinate with a variety of outfits. Then you can pack your shoes with smaller travel items to keep them from rolling around your luggage.
Take advantage of space saver bags. Use technology to your advantage and use every inch of precious space available. Many of these bags are able to remove the air from the garment and shrink them down to conserve space. These bags will also protect your clothing from liquids that might expand during your flights.
Utilize hotel laundry services. Whether you wash your clothes in a laundromat or have housekeeping deliver dry cleaning, you will save space by wearing outfits more than once. It doesn’t cost much to wash a load of laundry, and it is a lot cheaper than paying to check another bag with the airline.
Take advantage of your carry-on bag. Forgo the skimpy handbag, bring out a stylish tote or backpack. Make sure you carry all your medicines, valuables, and important documents with you. You run the risk of losing them when you check your luggage.
Make sure you know exactly what liquids are allowed on the plane. Call ahead or go online and double check what the current safety procedures allow. You don’t want to waste your expensive perfume, fancy hair gel, or a brand new bottle of shampoo because it was an ounce or two over the limits. If needed, purchase small bottles when you reach your destination.
Remember to leave room for souvenirs. Allow a little space in your checked luggage for purchases from your trip. If that doesn’t work, numerous people have been known to mail their souvenirs to save on space. Check into the cost of mailing versus checking another bag, you might be surprised!
Preparing to visit exotic destinations shouldn’t be stressful. Following these packing tips and preparing ahead of time will help ensure your trip is a success. The only thing you will need to worry about is how to say hello and order a refreshing cocktail by the beach.
What packing tips do you suggest to fellow travelers?
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Its name may not ring a bell to some people but Sri Lanka is a paradise waiting for you to discover it. From historical sites in ancient cities to nature preserves and pristine beaches, it has lots to offers its visitors wherever they may be coming from.
This country in Asia has gone through tough times in the past from its 26-year civil war to the 2004 tsunami in Indian Ocean that killed an estimated 25 million people in South Asia. But that was then and Sri Lanka has survived.
Today, this nation in the south of India is a popular tourist destination visited by hundreds of thousands of tourists each year.
In 2012 alone, Sri Lanka welcomed a million tourists and the tourism service providers look forward to receiving 2.5 million tourists in the coming years. More »
One area in Sri Lanka that’s best for a holiday is near the Trincomalee Harbor, a world renowned natural harbor.
Situated at the mout of the country’s longest river Mahaweli Ganga, visitors here can explore the Fort Fedrick featuring British built fortifications that are century and a half years old.
Beach lovers can stay at the Sober Island Resort which has a tropical beach, a jungle and historical landmarks in the surrounding areas. In place are six chalets building on two junior officer mess buildings. The sun decks on the slope provide a wonderful view of the harbor.
An old hospital’s outpatient ward in the resort now houses five luxury rooms, a spacious living room and bathrooms. The building is 70 years old and its walls have been well preserved.
When in Sri Lanka, visitors have a great choice with regards to experiencing a grand holiday with their loved ones. The beach area is one of the best places to relax and be close to nature.
With a clean and green surrounding plus the sea breeze to enjoy, a vacation in this country would surely one you can treasure for the rest of your life. Staying at a villa would be a great idea for a luxurious vacation.
Here are some beach resorts around Sri Lanka that we highly recommend. All provide a quiet environment and some of them even offer a private beach area.
Alpha Villa Thalpe
This is an elegant place to be in situated east of Galle. It has three villas with each them housing seven luxurious suites. Facilities in place are a jacuzzi and infinity pool. The golden sandy beach is one of the most beautiful in the country.
Bentota is one of the popular destinations in southern Sri Lanka if you’re looking for a great time near the water. The reason for this is that it is bordered by the Indian Ocean, a tropical lagoon, and the river Bentota, making for countless water-related activities. It also doesn’t hurt that the location boasts of s good number of 5 star hotels and luxury accommodations.
One of the favorites accommodations of vacationers looking for some luxurious pampering at Bentota is the Saman Villas. Having the distinction of being the first boutique resort to open in Sri Lanka it is known for being one of the best boutique hotels in the country. In fact, it has been awarded the ‘Best Boutique Hotel in Sri Lanka’ for three consecutive years at the Travel & Tourism Awards and been inducted in the ‘Hall of Fame’. Today it continues to offer a unique and beautiful escape to its guests.
Tranquil atmosphere at the Saman Villas.
One of the best things about Saman Villas is its location, located in the outskirts of Bentota guests are always sure that they will have the most tranquil of stays. The luxe accommodations (26 luxury suites and 1 duplex villa) is also, according to many, not the main draw of the place with their Sahana Spa offering a good number of beauty treatments, massages, and Ayurveda treatments that will guarantee your total relaxation.
The Saman Villas is also pretty complete when it comes to amenities with everything you might want during a vacation, from an infinity pool to a gym. Even better, couples looking for the perfect destination wedding location would be happy to know that the Samsn Villas offer wedding packages that will mean a romantic, and more importantly worry-free , wedding.
Photo via SamanVilla
Sri Lanka boasts of numerous beachfront properties that will suit just about anyone’s taste. You’ll find quaint boutique hotels to fully serviced busy luxury hotels, all offering great access to one of Sri Lanka’s beautiful beaches. If you have made your rounds of the various beachfront properties in Sri Lanka though, you might have noticed that one thing that’s usually true for most is the lack of a sprawling garden. This is not a real disadvantage, given that most stay in beachfront properties to obviously stroll on the beach, but having one sure is nice.
The Mirissa Beach is 2 minutes from Talaramba Reef by tuktuk.
Talaramba Reef is one of the rare beachfront vacation rental properties you will find that has a huge tropical garden featuring local tree species. The garden is a really nice quiet place to meditate and is the perfect setting for the two villas – Villa Sulanga and Villa Vatura – located in the property. Both villas can accommodate a large group of people with 4 bedrooms each, featuring fourr-poster beds and en-suite bathrooms. The villas are both designed to let the light and the air in, with meals taken in a verandah overlooking the garden, and huge lounge areas that con comfortably seat a huge crowd. Beautiful french doors and Sri Lankan furniture and art pieces complete the simple yet luxurious feel of the villas.
Garden and Pool Outside Villa Sulanga and Villa Vatura
The main difference of the two villas is perhaps in the target market, with Villa Vatura being more child-friendly with a TV room and a pool specially designed with a shallow end for toddlers. Villa Sulanga’s pool is deeper, and with a bar area in the living room, obviously focuses more on catering to the needs of adults on vacation.
Note that if you interested in staying in Talaramba Reef for your vacation, it will set you back anywhere from $400 to $1500 per night, depending on how many villas you rent (Yes, you can rent just one or both.) and the season when you book it.
Photos via Talaramba Reef Website
The whole world may be aware of the famous Buckingham Palace in London, but what many do not realize is that there is another Buckingham that would satisfy your travel cravings half a world away at Tangalle, Sri Lanka.
The Buckingham Place in Sri Lanka may sound like old-world grand but it is actually the opposite being contemporary in design. This is not surprising since the hotel is named not after the Buckingham Palace, but after owner/manager Nick Buckingham. Although the hotel is not as grand as the palace itself, it does not mean that it does not deliver in terms of luxury.
A tuktuk at the entrance of the Buckingham Place
The hotel is a pretty exclusive place, featuring just 11 bedrooms and suites all with its own balcony/veranda, bathtub (only 2 rooms do not have a tub), 6ft x 6ft double beds with sprung mattresses and high quality linen, mini-fridges, and picnic menus. Choice suites also feature open air bathrooms and a satellite TV.
Open air bathroom in one of the suites
The atmosphere of the Buckingham Place is also truly tranquil, appearing idyllic even, with a view of Rekawa Beach’s lagoon. The beach right in front of the hotel, is however, more pretty than swimmer-friendly due to big waves and unpredictable currents. Despite this, swimmers need not go too far to get wet since the hotel has its own pool. If you wish to swim on the beach though, you’ll need to walk for about 15 minutes to get to a safer beach.
With the hotel getting rave reviews for excellent service, my only real beef about the hotel resort is that they have a 10 year-old and above policy, which means that it will be a full decade before our family will be welcome in the place. The policy is something that any guest who relishes the peace and quiet that only resort hotels like this provide, will truly appreciate.
Photos courtesy of the Buckingham Place