Monthly Archives: February 2013

Tiger Airways Philippines Seat Sale Promo — Low Fares for Summer 2013

Summer months are just around the corner and it’s not too late yet to plan for any travel getaways as early as today. In fact, it is best to catch for the Tiger Airways Philippines Seat Sale Promo as they offer low fares for summer 2013 in selected local destinations.

Tiger Airways Philippines Seat Sale Promo -- Low Fares for Summer 2013

These local destinations include:

  • Manila to Kalibo (Boracay)
  • Manila to Tacloban
  • Manila to Puerto Princesa
  • Manila to Laoag
  • Manila to Cebu
  • Manila to Bacolod
  • Manila to Iloilo
  • Manila to Davao

The above mentioned fares is just for a one-way travel and it doesn’t include the fuel charges, 12% VAT and the domestic passenger service charges, baggage charges and booking fees.

This promo offers limited seats so it is better to check, book and buy now at the official website of Tiger Airways Philippines.

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Sights of the Australian Outback

Whilst Australia is a country well known for its clean beaches and quality surf, there’s more to the island than its much-loved coastline. For a real Oz adventure, it’s the Australian outback that holds the key.

In fact, the Australian outback, known as The Red Centre of Australia, has many a treasure to uncover and many special and spiritual spaces to experience. Here are five top spots for those looking to explore what this vast landscape and red sands have to offer:

1. Uluru

A natural and spectacular landmark, Uluru, otherwise known as Ayers Rock, is located in the southern extreme of the Northern Territory. A singular and breathtaking sandstone formation, it stands 3.6km long and an amazing 348m from land. A must-see site, especially in the glorious light of a sunset or sunrise, Ayers Rock will provide excellent photo opportunities and the chance to spot some of Australia’s unique wildlife.


2. Katherine Gorge

This area provides further evidence of Australia’s stunning landscape, with 13 sandstone gorges carved deep into the land by the snaking Katherine River. A popular tourist site, but yet one of the most breathtaking, the gorges provide a great day out, with the option to canoe or cruise the river when the waters and currents are right.


3. Litchfield National Park

Litchfield is the ideal place for bush walking and swimming with many an opportunity for camping. The waterfalls in the park are world-renowned and provide crystal clear water cascades that form a series of plunge pools. With 1,500 square km of parkland, including the wide sandstone plateau known as the Tabletop Range, this is the place to come for a safe and exciting adventure in the great outdoors.

4. The Olgas

The Olgas are situated to the west of Ayers Rock. A group of 36 domed formations nestled next to each other, weathered and etched into shape over millions of years, these rocks make a big visual statement. With Mount Olga boasting a height of 546m, climbing the rocks is not recommended. However, visitors can enjoy hiking through the grooves between the rocks or attempting the easier route on The Walpa Gorge walk.

5. Kings Canyon

One of the most visited sites of the Australian outback is the famed Kings Canyon. Part of the Watarrka National Park, the walls of this well known canyon sit at around 100 metres high. For those keen to take a hike, the Trail Walk and Rim Walk along the creek provide many breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape. In addition to the picturesque walks, visitors can also enjoy the Garden of Eden, which greets them with a natural spring waterhole and a range of exotic plants and wildlife.

With its bare, yet unique beauty the sights of the Australian outback are some of the most visually stunning in the world. It’s hardly surprising then that more and more visitors are going off road to explore the long developed and spiritual landscapes of this great country.

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Morocco: Tipping & Etiquette

1.   Visiting The Medina

A popular place to explore in Morocco, The Medina is somewhere you can easily get lost, making it a perfect spot for local “guides” to try and make some money. If you stop for more than a minute, you will likely be approached and offered the services of a guide to find your way around. Whilst most will do the job for just a few dirhams, you may be well served to simply hire a guide for the day instead. This will warn off other guides and leave you to just explore. It will often be far cheaper that way as well.

Even if you turn down the advances of all the guides, some may latch on anyway and expect payment. Just try to be clear straight away that you are not interested. Most are friendly enough and are simply trying to earn a living.

2.   Dining & Services

There is no general rule for the amount you should tip a waiter or bartender. Some Moroccans will only add a tip of a few dirhams on a bill of over one hundred. For many restaurants and bars that are regular tourist spots, a ten percent service charge is often added into the bill. A small tip of five to ten dirhams on top will make you a valued customer.

 For taxi fares, it is fine to simply round up to the nearest five dirhams, whilst a helpful hotel employee who carries all your heavy luggage would expect ten dirhams for his trouble.

3.   Dealing With Beggars

You will certainly encounter beggars in Morocco, so it is important to understand the culture towards them whilst you are there. Giving help to beggars is seen as something that will bring a blessing from God, known as “baraka” to Moroccans.

As such, a small donation of one to five dirhams will be seen as a generous act. Beggars are not permitted to harass you, so even if you would rather not pay, a simple smile or the phrase “Allah yasahel” (may God improve your situation) should see them move on to the next person.

4.   Respect The Cultural Climate

Morocco is a Muslim country and therefore has certain things which should be highly respected. Public displays of affection are frowned upon, so avoid even a small kiss if you can resist it. Modest clothing should also be worn at all times.

 There are plenty of online guides where you can see some examples. Public consumption of alcohol or other intoxicants is also behaviour deemed unacceptable. In the privacy of your suite you can be as drunk and as undressed as you please, but don’t act the fool in public.

5.   Go The Extra Mile

To be warmly embraced by the locals in Morocco, learn a few phrases and greetings in the native tongue. A simple “hello” in Moroccan Arabic will immediately show a level of respect towards your hosts.

If you are greeted by a Moroccan, a simple way to show you have done a little bit of homework is to place your right hand over your heart when you respond. This small gesture of sincerity and friendship will set anyone you meet at ease.

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