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  The Pros and Cons of a Bucket List

By Crystal Travel-Last Updated Wednesday , September 17, 2014
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Don't we love maintaining a notebook, a journal kind of thing and write each and everything down? Things we go through, our thoughts, our experiences, our dreams and goals - in simple words, manage a diary.

Speaking of dreams and goals, as we age, there are things we would love and long to do, plans we have hidden at the back of our head, places we want to go, crazy things we want to do and so on. I mean, I am talking about a Bucket List! Heard that term before?

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What is a Bucket List?

Well, a Bucket List is a traveller's list of goals, or anyone's list of goals they want to achieve. These are dreams that you want to fulfil and experiences you crave for, before you die.

What's the Need of a Bucket List?

Abiding by personal goals and plans need to be implemented by day to day living otherwise there will be a tendency to get caught up in web of day to day activities. What all can be accomplished? What are the goals for the next three months? Having a bucket list reminds you to work on the important things and act on them.

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A bucket list opens up forum views to set everything and anything you ever wanted. It's a plan that is prepared for your entire life. It's truly an incredible exercise, an enthusiasm that shows you a whole new layer of what lies ahead.

The main goal for creating the whole thing is not to cultivate some kind of race or escalate towards death. The whole point of creating your list is to expand every moment of our existence and live life to the fullest. It can be used as a constant reminder of the things we want to achieve in our time on earth. 

Create Your Bucket List

If you don't have a bucket list yet, its recommended that you create one soon. It won't cost anything and most probably it will take 30 minutes if you are really into writing. If you have a list, take this opportunity to review it and see if you can add new things. Just begin to write whatever comes to your mind.

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What if die tomorrow? What would you like to do before that?
What would you do if you fewer resources?
What have you always wanted to do, but couldn’t?
The places you want to visit?
Your biggest goals and dreams?
Things you want to see in person?
Achievements to accomplish?
Experiences do you want to have or feel?
Any special moments you want to witness?
What activities or skills you wish to learn?
The most important things you can ever do?
What would you like to do with you love/who are close?
Any specific person you want to meet?
What do you want to achieve in the different areas: 
Social, Love, Family, Career, Finance, Health (Your weight, Fitness level), and Spiritual?
What do you need to do to lead a meaningful life?

You can come up with many items you can. The items can be the things you haven't done yet. Don't limit yourself or constrain yourself. Feel free and release those shackles. Go on, fill up your bucket and accomplish everything you want to achieve.

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  Discovering Hidden Alleys and Laneways of Melbourne

By Crystal Travel-Last Updated Monday , September 15, 2014
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Melbourne, the hypnotising cultural capital exposes a sturdy sense of creative nature and ability to gratify visitors with best dining, live music. Apart from all this, Melbourne is home to various natural and man-made attractions with various captivating surroundings and nearby destinations that are easily reachable.

Discovering 'Hidden' Spots and Laneways

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Melbourne is undisputedly attractive by any transport that you take but, a stroll on foot is extremely worthwhile. Filled with strange alleys, hidden shops, theatres and art galleries, Melbourne definitely has earned its reputation as the rambling cultural capital of Australia. The city would have lost its name and fame if it were not for its alleys and laneways.

A Maze of Lanes

The city's most intriguing and impressive feature lies in the streets. A stroll in Melbourne through all the baffling arcades and lanes is simply overwhelming. There are walking tours that can be arranged for you to explore the maze of lanes and walk beside every attractive shop. Wine lovers can join the tour of wine tasting and spend an afternoon at one of the open-air restaurant, admire local art or shop.

Bicycle Tour

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Cycling is one of the most popular ways to capture the city. Grab a bike and move from point to point while inhaling fresh air of the city. 

Get drawn by Victorian horse carriage

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How about doing something different? Get on board a Victorian horse-drawn carriage. Being antique, this provides a classic feeling as you move around the city in a relaxed pace.

Shopping in Melbourne

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Shopping in the Melbourne city is a matter of pride. With numerous shopping opportunities and options for best bargains, you're sure to get a million dollar smile. Explore everything from thriving markets and petite boutiques to street hawkers and massive malls.

The Sporting City

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Melbourne has an overpowering sports background which means, sports lovers will surely be spoilt for choices. There are several venues that offer some action to everyone. To get a perspective, go behind few of the distinguished sporting venues dotted in the city and learn about the Australian sporting history.

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  Are You Aware of These Secret Places in the World

By Crystal Travel-Last Updated Saturday , September 13, 2014
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The Great Wall of China, the Colosseum, the Golden Gate Bridge and the Taj Mahal are spectacular in their own ways and rights, but there's something else we are taking you into. Come along; take a virtual journey to these secret places very much located on this earth.

Ristorante Grotta Palazzese, Italy

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If the roof tumbles down, it's definitely not Ristorante Grotta Palazzese because this restaurant nestles in the caves of Polignano a Mare beach. No wonder it is one of the greatest place to savour some ravishing Italian food in Italy. So, close your eyes and imagine yourself in a limestone vault surrounded with the sound of waves. Truly stupendous!

Chichilianne, Rhone Alpes, France

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Rising like an impervious fort, the sight of a majestic mountain against petite city settlements is always breathtaking. The scenery here is somewhat similar. The glorious 7000 ft Mont Aiguille offers amazing views of the surrounding French Prealps. With more than 30 trekking routes, grading from the easiest to frightening, Mont Aiguille has something for aspiring climbers.

Aescher, Switzerland

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Boy! It's an eagle's nest lofted up on the mountains. Hotel Aescher is so high that visitors either hike or board a cable car to reach it. The hotel offers basic facilities and a hearty food, but the surrounding trails offer staggering adventures.

Haiku Stairs, Hawaii

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This hike is famed as 'Stairway to Heaven'. The Haiku Stairs in Hawaii consists of 4000 steps and the rest of the part is solid steel. This isn't the most frightening hike, but the views of the island are jaw-dropping. It's purely an unreal heaven.

Lord Howe Island, Australia

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Located 410 miles off the eastern coast of Australia, lays one of the greatest vacation destinations - The Lord Howe Island. This dazzling island is mostly unspoiled by man, with a petite native population and only a handful of visitors being allowed each year. 

The limit is in place to guard the remarkable background of the amazing Howe Island, which is the abode to a gorgeous lagoon and coral reef.

Listed were the top 5 Secret Places speckled throughout the earth. Stay tuned for the next 5 jaw-dropping places rarely visited by humans.

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  How to Keep Kids Entertained while Travelling

By Crystal Travel-Last Updated Wednesday , September 10, 2014
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Does travelling with toddlers and teenagers put you off in fear? Now there's no need to let anxiety reign while travelling on a long-haul trip with your kids. Whether it's a 6-8 hour road drive, or an overnight flight to your dream destination, taking your kids along is do-able, if you are prepared. 

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We have put together an amazing selection of games and activities to keep your kid engrossed and entertained.

Classic Goose Game

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Heard about the common Goose Game? This can easily come in your travel bag and can be played anywhere, by anyone! Since it's made of fabric, it's not that bulky to fit into any luggage.


There's Dobble, and Dobble comes in a little tin which is easy to pack and carry around. You won’t believe that this is such a fun game loved by the grown-ups too.


Uno is loved by all. It's the ultimate family-friendly card game and can be carried in your pockets easily.


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The handy game is really adorable and eco. It comprises of wooden pieces that can be played with. No wonder it's easy to tuck in a suitcase or travel bag.

Educational Games

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Don’t we love instructive games and storybook apps such as Peekaboo Barn for smaller kids? Here, the iPad comes in very handy. Bizzy Bear is one of the most common names, and so is. There are educational maths apps like Appracadabra and Park Math that can keep your kid busy.

Audio Books

Not to forget audio books prove to be a saving grace for road trips! Books, especially for kids and hi-teens that talk about fairy-tales and novels are a boon to them and to parents too!

Sticker books

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Sticker books are convenient when you’re flying and your kids are forced to sit still on their own. The restickable stickers are easy to handle and can be used over and over again. Books such as 'All around the World and Around the World with Mouk' are a favourite for many.

Smaller kids would love the fabulous Travel Bingo game.

Creating a dog-fish and dino-cars can be lot of fun. The innovative Deus Mix ‘n’ Match sketchbook has a perforated line so you can separate your sketches and create your art.

Games we have grown up with

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Lastly, there are games that can be played without any products! Most of such are age-old games that we have played as children, and our parents played before us. They're just too good while you're driving or merely relaxing on the grass. Refresh your memory, with these:

  • Animal, Vegetable, Mineral
  • I spy with my little eye: always a favourite!
  • Charades: requires paper, a pen and a strong imagination.
  • Rock-Paper-Scissors is an always exciting!
  • Knucklebones or ‘Five Stones’: All you need are five little stones.

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  Train Journeys To Die For across the World Part Two

By Crystal Travel-Last Updated Monday , September 08, 2014
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We bring to you the next 5 Train Journeys’ that have created a wave in the travel and tourism industry. Here they are:

Northern Belle, UK

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Travel back into time with Northern Belle Express awakening the charm and romance of the 1930s. As you move through your way amidst Britain's most beautiful countryside bridges and castles, each turn stirs up awe in the senses. 

Trans-Siberian Railway, Russia

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The Trans-Siberian Railway is a legendary journey of 6000 miles. It is a continuous stretch of rail line that connects Russia with Mongolia and China. The train purges through gleaming blue lakes, forests and the expanse of the Gobi Desert making its final stoppage in Beijing.

Denali Star, Alaska

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It's believed, touring Alaska by train keeps eyes and mouth wide open. Well, it can be true when you spot grizzlies and moose at the base of the snow-capped peaks situated at the edge of a lake. The sight of Mt. McKinley from the windows of Denali star is tremendously breathtaking.

Hiram Bingham, Peru

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Can you imagine travelling through the misty peaks of Peru towards the sites of Inca, through the countryside of Cusco? This epic journey is the perfect reality of what you just imagined. This seven hour route makes a winding journey through the Urubamba River Valley.

The Ghan, Australia

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The vast Australian Outback gives a better perspective of the expanded land of Ghan. This journey covers approximately 2000 miles and wades through the flourishing lands and greenery of Adelaide. The stops made are a great chance to get down and walk few steps to experience being in the open.

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