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With COVID-19 making many of us nervous about traveling to popular places, you might be looking for some crowded places to visit instead. Fortunately, many bucket list destinations around the world have neighboring neighbors who are just as fascinating and just as, if not more picturesque. A holiday in countries or regions with far fewer […]

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Where you can find authentic experiences and mass-free travel

With COVID-19 making many of us nervous about traveling to popular places, you might be looking for some crowded places to visit instead. Fortunately, many bucket list destinations around the world have neighboring neighbors who are just as fascinating and just as, if not more picturesque.

A holiday in countries or regions with far fewer visitors not only carries a lower risk, but can also be much more pleasant overall. Instead of queuing to take photos of monuments or missing something due to reduced capacity, why not go somewhere where you can have it all to yourself? Traveling to lesser-known places also gives you the chance to get in touch with the locals and even witness certain cultural practices that you may never see at a tourist hotspot.

If you’re looking for an authentic experience but want to avoid large crowds, we’ll show you our favorite travel destinations and accommodations that are a little off the beaten path.

Instead of Angkor Wat, drive to Borobudur

The archaeological site of Angkor Wat in Cambodia is not only the eighth wonder of the world, but also a destination on many people’s travel wish lists! However, its popularity makes it a challenge to travel safely with COVID-19.

If you’re still hoping to take in the views of incredible ancient ruins surrounded by lush jungle, Borobudur in Indonesia is a worthy alternative. The 9th century Buddhist temple is located in central Java and is nestled between two dramatic volcanic peaks.

In addition to exploring the sacred temple – the largest of its kind in the world – at your own pace, trips to Borobudur give you access to miles of serene jungle landscapes and various other ancient sites. Just like Angkor Wat, Borobudur is best found at dawn. Let our team organize a sunrise excursion for a guaranteed people-free travel moment.

Borobudur temple at sunrise

Swap the Taj Mahal for an overnight stay in a grand palace

The magnificent UNESCO Taj Mahal in Agra is another wonder of the world and a must see at some point in your life! If you’d rather postpone your visit until it is safer to travel to hotspots again, there is a simple compromise.

India is full of beautiful palaces with extraordinary architecture and fascinating history. In addition, many of them offer the option to stay overnight! Take a look at some of the best heritage hotels in India housed in some truly impressive buildings.

Sleep in the romantic Taj Lake Palace on the water in Udaipur or admire the unusual Venetian decor and luxurious marble surfaces in the Taj Falaknuma Palace in Hyderabad. There is also the option to book a stay at the Taj Rambagh Palace, a magnificent complex that used to be the seat of the Maharajas of Jaipur.

Taj Lake Palace in Udaipur

Mass free travel in the Grand Canyon? Book a helicopter ride over the South Rim

With its arid landscape and steep slopes, the Grand Canyon National Park is one of the most visited places in the United States. In fact, over 5 million people from around the world visit each year – a number that may seem overwhelming.

However, if you’re still dreaming of getting up close and personal with the canyon this year, there is a way to soak up its splendor without fighting the crowd. Instead of heading to the ever popular South Rim on a road trip in Utah, treat yourself to a helicopter ride.

You start in a nearby city like Las Vegas and glide through the canyon, enjoying uninterrupted views from your window. Some operators even offer you the option to land on the canyon floor so you can go outside and snap stunning photos.

Take a private helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon

Soak up the Tuscan sun outside of Florence

If your dream of a vacation in sun-drenched Tuscany, you might want to get off the beaten path instead of staying in bustling Florence. The capital of the Italian region is full of beautiful architecture, great restaurants, and several heritage sites, especially the magnificent cathedral. Still, all of these attractions can make it difficult to travel without the crowds.

A fantastic alternative is to stay outside the city limits in the stunning Tuscan countryside. The area is full of vineyards, many of which have properties to stay in. Spend your days admiring lush landscapes, enjoying delicious Tuscan cuisine, and enjoying la dulce vida in Italy at a slower pace.

Explore Vietnam’s Lan Ha Bay instead of busy Ha Long Bay

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Halong Bay, with its iconic limestone islands and green peaks, is for sure one of the most visited places in Vietnam. However, if you don’t want to crowd through the crowd to see the beaches and swimming spots, plan your crowded trip to Lan Ha Bay.

Lan Ha Bay is south of Ha Long and is a lesser-known place, but just as picturesque. It is located east of the island of Cat Ba and is therefore an ideal starting point for diving, snorkeling and climbing tours. It is also home to hundreds of limestone islands that plunge straight into the crystal clear sea. Lan Ha Bay is, to put it simply, the quieter neighbor of Ha Long Bay and a brilliant destination for safe travel with COVID-19.

Lan Ha Bay, Vietnam

Conquer the Salkantay Trek or Lares Trail instead of the Inca Trail in Peru

Another travel destination that tops many people’s travel bucket lists is Peru. In particular the Inca Trail, which winds its way up the Andes and through the lively cloud forest to the legendary Machu Picchu.

Nonetheless, the fame of the Inca Trail also keeps him busy, especially during the high season between May and September. Fortunately, there are two other trekking routes to Machu Picchu that are just as spectacular but much quieter: the Salkantay Trek and the Lares Trail.

Both alternative hiking routes start and end in Cusco and lead through a varied landscape. Hike in the shade of the snow-capped Humantay Mountains, soak up the sparkling shores of Humantay Lake, and warm up in the hot springs of Cocalmayo. You’ll also get in touch with friendly locals along the way and learn more about Peruvian culture and way of life.

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Pass by Croatia’s Plitvice Lakes to visit Krka National Park

Croatia is a hotspot for sunny vacations and here is also the very photogenic Plitvice Lakes National Park. Tucked away on the border with Bosnia and Herzegovina, the reserve is one of the country’s top attractions and ideal for hiking.

While many choose the Plitvice Lakes, there is another oasis in Croatia where you can enjoy the peaceful surroundings without having to share the view with too many fellow travelers. The Krka National Park is 150 km south near Split and is also worth a visit if you enjoy immersing yourself in nature.

Similar to Plitvice but smaller, Krka has a number of thundering waterfalls and a number of epic hiking trails that lead through beautiful gorges. The region is also home to several fascinating cultural heritage sites. These include castle ruins, the remains of some Roman catacombs and the magical 14th-century Krka Monastery, which sits enthroned on an island in Lake Viskovac.

Miss Milford Sound in New Zealand for Doubtful Sound

New Zealand is a nation with more than its fair share of picturesque scenery! The South Island in particular is blessed with several beautiful places where you can be one with nature.

Located at the foot of the South Island in Fiordland National Park, Milford Sound is popular for camping, hiking and sailing trips. Miter Peak lies in its heart, giving way to lush rainforest, while the sound itself is the natural habitat of many species of marine mammals. Despite all this beauty, it can become a busy travel destination during certain times of the year. For a crowded vacation in the New Zealand countryside, why not forego Milford Sound and visit Doubtful Sound instead?

Despite its name, there is no doubt that it is a beautiful place. Larger than Milford Sound but less popular, Doubtful Sound is made up of sheer cliffs, dense forest, and a vast body of water that is home to seals, penguins, and even whales! It is best to visit on a guided tour that takes you across the deep sound to various scenic locations along the coast.

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Study some of these sublime traditions to find inner peace and tranquility in spiritual Japan. 2 minutes Author: Akhil Ak Although known for advanced technological skills and modernity, Japan is also a country with spiritual traditions. Travel to Japan to explore this heritage, from sacred Shinto shrines to Zen Buddhist gardens, pilgrimage routes to hot […]

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Study some of these sublime traditions to find inner peace and tranquility in spiritual Japan.

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Although known for advanced technological skills and modernity, Japan is also a country with spiritual traditions. Travel to Japan to explore this heritage, from sacred Shinto shrines to Zen Buddhist gardens, pilgrimage routes to hot spring retreats.

meditation

Purifying the soul and finding balance is at the heart of Zazen meditation Courses offered in many Zen temples in Japan. At the Kuonji Temple in Tokyo, a two hour guided meditation session is a great way to begin a spiritual journey of healing and tranquility.

Japan Zen gardens, named karesansui, are quiet physical spaces designed to elevate mental processes to a higher level of consciousness. The simplicity and purity of the arid rocky landscape of these gardens lead to a state of contemplation and calm. Kyoto’s Tenryuji and Ryoanji temples, along with countless others across the country, have zen gardens that offer travelers the opportunity for deep reflection.

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Forest bathing

Forest bathing or Shinrin-Yoku is the Japanese concept of mixing and immersing yourself in the atmosphere of a forest with all five senses. Guides take visitors for a session that helps them focus on nature and absorb its calming aspects, resulting in a physical slowdown in breathing and heart rate. This experience of silence and mindfulness is known to have a therapeutic effect on physical and mental well-being. Forest bathing is possible all over Japan, from the ancient cedar forests of Yakushima National Park to towering bamboo groves of Sagano bamboo forest in Arashiyama.

Arashiyama Bamboo Forest

Hot Springs

There is a more literal bathing concept at Japan’s mineral-rich hot springs or onsen. However, unlike Western-style spas, Japanese onsen practice is rooted in spirituality and purifying the body and soul. At the traditional inns or ryokans, for example in Hakone and Yudanaka Onsen near Nagano, You can enjoy the healing properties of the water in public onsens or in your own private, steamy outdoor tub.

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Buddhist rituals

For another mystical adventure connected with nature, travel to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Mount Koyasan, the birthplace of Shingon Buddhism. Here, visitors hike mountain trails with breathtaking views, explore historical sites such as the Okunoin cemetery, or witness a ritual Shojingu ceremony. Part of the holistic spiritual experience includes staying in a Shukubo or Buddhist temple lodge. Guests sleep on modest tatami mats and enjoy temple cuisine or shojin ryori, simple, traditional vegetarian Buddhist dishes.

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Pilgrimage routes

For a more intense and haunting spiritual journey, explore the numerous short and long paths of the Kumano-koda pilgrimage by doing Kii Mountains. The sacred area has both large shrines that combine elements from Buddhist and Shinto religions, as well as small moss-covered oji shrines along the pilgrimage routes. Travelers stay in simple ryokans with onsens, which highlight traditional Japanese dishes made from fresh, local seasonal produce.

Whichever spiritual path you choose during your stay in Japan, an energetic forest hike or a peaceful temple meditation, it will be a time well spent to ponder and pursue a higher place.

Experience the spiritual traditions of Japan for yourself on a fully customized private tour. Contact us for your non-binding travel route.

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Our travel coordinators are professionals at booking safe trips to dream destinations around the globe.

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Planning your perfect vacation can be tricky, especially when you have a long list of things to see and do. Then there are all of the logistics to consider, from confirming transfers to finding the way from point A to point B in a new city.

Fortunately, this is where our travel coordinators come in. They are professionals at booking safe trips to destinations around the world and making sure your unique vacation goes smoothly. Our travel experts can also show you what you may never find on your own!

Whether you want to tick off extraordinary experiences in 2021 or embark on a sustainable journey, our team is at your side with words and deeds before and during your vacation. Your assigned travel coordinator will ensure you have the best time possible while navigating and solving any issues that may arise.

Our experts for safe travel

Would you like to know more about what our travel coordinators are doing? What could be nicer than hearing from them directly.

Catherine

“I am an Enchanting Travels travel coordinator for Africa. I help our guests to have experiences for life. I love helping our guests share the highlights of my country, including our diverse culture, breathtaking scenery and fantastic wildlife.

When you go on a personalized trip with Enchanting Travels, coordinators like me are on hand to help you prepare for your trip. The reality of traveling is that sometimes the unexpected happens: flights are canceled or passports are lost. I am here to resolve any problems you encounter so that you can keep enjoying your experience. “

Travel coordinator Suramya

Suramya

“I was excited to start at Enchanting Travels and I still can’t believe that I’ve been five years behind me! The trip so far has been really enriching. I think the role of a travel coordinator is selfless; We always go beyond our role to make our guests happy or to free our guests from difficult situations.

I remember one day when my guests were stuck in Udaipur, India. They had a flight from Udaipur to Delhi and then the next day at 2am an international flight from Delhi to Germany. Their first flight was delayed and they became unable to catch the international flight. While they were in the air, I rebooked their international flight for 4am. I was up all night and discussed things between the airline and the guests. I am still proud of myself that I went beyond my level of comfort in order to be there for my guests. “

Shivangi

“I am a travel coordinator for Asia. Whether you need advice on packing, a last minute restaurant reservation, or a major itinerary change, I’m here to make sure you have the best experience possible. My secret tip is to go slowly to enjoy the true essence of Asia. If you go on a personalized journey with us, coordinators like me are available for the whole. This excellent service and the personal touch make booking with us different than with any other travel company. “

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Nitika

“I started at Enchanting Travels in September 2014 as a German travel coordinator. Seeing how our guests are comfortable and having a wonderful time is the best part of my role. As travel coordinators, we ensure that guests can enjoy it to the full without having to worry about anything. It makes you feel like you’re in the right place and doing the right thing. “

Our travel experts go the extra mile

“I remember that in 2017 certain guests traveled with us to India. When they arrived at the airport to catch their flight, Lufthansa did not let them on board. They had refused one of the visas because their passport number was wrong.

I called the Visa helpline and got someone on the line. I also called the guests and merged the calls. I explained it to the visa helpline person and he corrected the passport number in his system. I told the guest to inform the airlines. When he informed Lufthansa of this, they did not agree and wanted the same thing in writing. Unfortunately, the person could not do this and their flight took off.

The guests went home and it took three days to get the new visa. During those three days, I was in contact with them at least three times a day. After they finally got their visas, they inquired about international airfare. It was too high so the guests decided to book the flights themselves. I canceled your originally booked return flight and reimbursed the costs. At the same time, we made all changes and precautions.

After all these problems, the guests had a great time and appreciated my support. You have planned another trip with us in 2019! “

Safe travel is a priority for all of our travel professionals

If you have any concerns about booking safe travel during the COVID-19 pandemic, you’ll be pleased to know that our teams are constantly updated on the latest safety rules and regulations. They can even arrange for you to have a COVID-19 test before returning home.

For a firsthand experience of what it’s like to travel right now, read this latest 5-star guest review below or read a full guest story from Europe on the blog.

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I have just completed an 8 day safari in Northern Tanzania arranged by Enchanting Travels. The trip was spectacular. Accommodation was 5 star (Ngorongoro Farmhouse is a must). The travel coordinator (Ben Rolex in Nairobi) was great with all the changes due to the pandemic. The home office (Michelle) put together a great trip with lots of options to help me achieve my goals for the trip of a lifetime

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The most exclusive travel experiences can be booked years in advance. Plan ahead to make your travel dreams come true.

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It’s always unhappy to have your heart fixated on a particular place or experience only to find that all tickets have been booked for it. For example, only a small number of people can experience the winter solstice at the top of Machu Picchu or take a spectacular Arctic cruise. These are the types of trips that you need to book early. While you’re planning your next big adventure, check out these seven popular destinations and experiences to book months, if not years, in advance.

1 Go on an ice cold adventure on an Arctic cruise

North Pole The ultimate arctic adventure

When to book: At least one year before departure.

There was a time when the polar regions were only visited by the bravest and most skilled explorers. Now some of the greatest adventures are at your fingertips, like crossing the legendary Drake Passage in Antarctica or exploring Svalbard in Norway.

However, given the popularity of these trips and the relatively limited number of seats available, polar cruise tickets tend to sell out early. According to Business Insider, some tour operators have seen a 100% increase in sales for cruises in the Arctic.

So if you like a tour of the Arctic or Antarctic, book your trip to the polar region well in advance.

2 Winter solstice at Machu Picchu

Macchu Picchu

When to book: One year before your travel date.

Every winter solstice (June 21st) something very magical happens in the Inca mountain town of Machu Picchu. When the sun rises, a beam of light is thrown directly through a central window, illuminating a central pillar perfectly with almost mathematical precision. This is not a coincidence. The Incas who built Machu Picchu worshiped the sun as their god Inti and were able to follow the movements of the sun and stars with great precision. Just like today, hundreds flock to Machu Picchu every year to see the winter solstice. There are few places in the world where human ingenuity and the natural world work together so spectacularly. So it’s worth taking the time to book early to experience them, especially if you decide to pre-book a tour and hike the famous Inca Trail.

Just as fascinating is the experience of the winter solstice or the equinox in the Mayan city of Chichen Itza in Mexico.

3 Discover Patagonia

Lagoon in the Patagonia National Park of Torres del Paine

When to book: 7-12 months in advance, depending on the season.

The spectacular Patagonia region was once a relatively remote and inaccessible area of ​​Argentina and is now open to travelers around the world. In Patagonia, you can meet gauchos (Argentine cowboys) or hike past Mt. Fitz Roy in El Chalten. The region has something for everyone (you can even walk on the Perito Moreno Glacier in El Calafate), but the supply of accommodation cannot keep up with demand right now. So if you want to enjoy Patagonia, plan well ahead.

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4th See gorillas in their natural habitat

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When to book: 1-2 years in advance.

Did you know that gorillas were once considered a myth? It’s hard to imagine how well known gorillas are today. But in the 19th century, people were intrigued (and perhaps didn’t believe it) by reports from researchers writing about large, extremely muscular animals with human features. Today it is of course possible to visit gorillas in the zoo, but this is not comparable to seeing them in the wild. Since it is an endangered species, you can only book a gorilla trekking tour in Rwanda or Uganda with permission. There are only a certain number of permits per year. So book yours early.

5 See Japan’s iconic cherry blossoms in full bloom

Japan cherry blossom

When to book: 1 year in advance.

Japan is famous for its bright pink cherry blossoms (or sakura in Japanese). These beautiful trees can turn a simple walk in the park into a colorful experience. Just as the brightest flame burns the fastest, cherry blossoms only bloom for a month or two a year and are extremely climate-related. If you want to see them, book early to avoid disappointment. We recommend seeing cherry blossoms in Yoshino, where they cover the neighboring hills and valleys in bright pink.

6th Enjoy the best luxury hotels in Costa Rica

Arenal Nayara Costa Rica

When to book: 6 months in advance.

Costa Rica is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. A land of boundless natural splendor with its high mountains, spectacular waterfalls and lush green rainforests. Thanks to its natural wonders, friendly locals, and vibrant culture, it has become one of the world’s most popular travel destinations. This popularity can lead to the best hotels and special activities (e.g. hundreds of nesting green turtles in Tortuguero) being booked up. To ensure that you can enjoy your dream trip to Costa Rica, it is important to book early.

7th Stay at Kenya’s spectacular Giraffe Manor

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When to book: 2 years in advance.

Every year millions of travelers flock to Africa to enjoy a safari. Seeing the continent’s diverse wildlife in their natural habitat can be an impressive experience. What if we told you that there is a place where you can experience these close encounters while experiencing the comfort of a luxury hotel?

There’s a place outside of Nairobi, Kenya where visitors can comfortably live close to one of Africa’s most fascinating and friendliest animals, the giraffe. It’s probably one of the most unusual hotels in the world, it’s also one of the most exclusive as the hotel only has 12 rooms. So if you want to enjoy a trip to Africa like no other, book your stay at Giraffe Manor well in advance.

“It’s the only place in the world where you can share breakfast with a giraffe!”

If one of the above destinations or experiences appeals to you but you don’t know where to start, contact us today and let us help you plan your bucket list trip without compromise!

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If you can go, why not go to a country that needs your support?

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It’s no secret that tourism makes up a large part of the economies of many countries. Since travel is impossible for most people during the COVID-19 pandemic, so many nations around the world have lost essential income simply because of a lack of visitors.

When you’re ready to start planning your first post-COVID trip, choose a country that really needs you. Whether you want to laze around on the beach for some time or like the idea of ​​escaping the crowds to explore a lesser-known area, there are plenty of wonderful destinations with tourism industries that are in dire need of a boost. To inspire you, we’ve selected some of our top 2021 travel destinations that will not only amaze you, but also give you the opportunity to support local communities.

Spain

Spain is one of the European countries hardest hit by the low visitor numbers caused by the pandemic. The tourism industry accounts for 10 to 12 percent of total GDP. When you book a vacation to Spain later this year, not only will you get a firsthand experience of this beautiful nation, but you will also be able to support the local restaurants, hotels and hospitality workers.

If you want to avoid the crowds during your trip, avoid the busy cities and coastal areas by going off the beaten track to northern Spain. The beautiful region is blessed with a dramatic mountain backdrop and is known as the birthplace of delicious, full-bodied La Rioja wines. Spend your vacation peaceful walks in the wilderness or indulge in socially distant wine tasting tours. Enjoy some of the best Spanish wines in one of the many vineyards in the La Rioja region. There are several charming villages in the region such as San Millán de la Cogolla, and you can wander through numerous exquisite cathedrals.

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Croatia

Croatia is another European nation that relies on tourism for at least a tenth of its GDP. The sun-drenched country has a wide coastline and is dotted with fascinating cities, each with its own personality. Thanks to Croatia’s many beautiful inland and seaside landscapes, you will find it to be a top destination for COVID-19 friendly outdoor activities in 2021. Plitvice Lakes National Park, halfway between Zagreb and the coast, is known for its brilliant blue waters, waterfalls and lush forests that are home to all kinds of adorable wildlife.

Alternatively, the beautiful Goriska Brda wine region in neighboring Slovenia is known for its local gastronomy. The lush hills between the Alps and the Adriatic are dotted with vineyards and picturesque historic villages. Treat your palate to a glass of crispy Rebula wine paired with a rustic dish like Staqis – a traditional fish soup.

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Fiji

As one of the most beautiful beach destinations in the world, it’s no surprise that Fiji attracts tens of thousands of tourists every year! Unfortunately, the pandemic has prevented many visitors from getting to Fiji’s spectacular coastlines, meaning the economy has been particularly hard hit. After the past year, many of us are looking for a haven in a tropical paradise. If you want to support the local economy in Fiji while still keeping your distance from your fellow travelers, heading to one of the lesser-known, remote islands is a great solution.

The island of Taveuni is a true oasis due to its nutrient-rich volcanic soil and one of the most fertile places in the region. It is a hotspot for bird watching and trekking in the green countryside. Enjoy the scenery with a quiet stroll in Bouma National Heritage Park or challenge yourself with a dauntless hike to Mt. Uluiqalau or Des Voeux Peak – the two highest peaks in Fiji!

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Mauritius

Mauritius is another top 2021 travel destination blessed with golden sandy beaches, luxury hotels, and a truly welcoming culture. Like many countries in the Indian Ocean, tourism accounts for 6 to 10 percent of Mauritius’ total GDP. Post COVID-19, plan a COVID-19 trip to enjoy sun, sea, and relaxation.

The island is full of peaceful rural areas full of tropical flora and fauna. Stay on the coast or book an inland rainforest escape where you will find the Black River Gorges National Park, with its rolling hills and lush valleys. You can even combine your vacation in Mauritius with an unforgettable African safari. Observe the wildlife in their natural habitats in South Africa or Kenya before taking a direct flight to Mauritius for a few days in paradise.

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Mexico

Mexico is a country known for its vibrant culture, tempting cuisine, and miles of sandy beaches. It is consistently one of the top destinations for a sunny short vacation in 2021. It is also heavily dependent on tourism for a good part of its GDP. In fact, the industry in Mexico is estimated to employ nearly 2.3 million people! With many running out of valuable income in 2020, now is the time to support the national and local economies by planning an exciting vacation to Mexico. Why not go a little further instead of venturing to popular destinations like Cancun?

Located near the Mexican border with Guatemala, Palenque is a must-see for anyone fascinated by Mayan history. Nestled in the heart of the rainforest, it teems with beautiful UNESCO World Heritage temples, many of which have yet to be fully excavated. If you dream of a beach vacation, Campeche is a quieter, yet equally idyllic alternative to some of Mexico’s busiest resorts. In addition to gorgeous views over the turquoise Gulf of Mexico, the fortified coastal city is dotted with UNESCO landmarks, from pastel-colored mansions to a huge limestone cathedral.

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Let us help you help out with these top 2021 goals. Talk to one of our experts about booking your first big trip to a country in need of a tourism boost! For more information on how we support local communities, see our Responsible Travel Promise.

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Travel trends for 2021 https://fromnews.info/travel-trends-for-2021/ Sat, 01 May 2021 16:35:09 +0000 https://fromnews.info/?p=6970 One of the top travel trends of 2021 is to explore remote outdoor destinations like this one in Patagonia, Chile.

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One of the top travel trends of 2021 is to explore remote outdoor destinations like this one in Patagonia, Chile.

Our travel experts keep you up to date on the top travel trends for 2021. Find out the best way to plan your next trip.

7 min

Author: Lucia Novara

The dates are in: Everyone in the world wants to go somewhere.

While this may be a slight exaggeration, a recent report by American Express Travel found that 76% of people around the world are actively planning the trips they will take when they can.

“We know there will be incredible backlog when travel restrictions are lifted,” said Alex Metzler, CFO and co-founder of Enchanting Travels. “We assume that travel costs will gradually normalize in the second half of 2021.”

Over the past year, our leadership team at both Enchanting Travels and our parent company Travelopia have closely monitored the impact of COVID-19 on the travel industry. It was a very difficult time for this dense industry, with many layoffs and closed businesses. The good news is we took this time to group, customize, and even launch new destinations for our guests to explore in the post-COVID world. As vaccines become more widely available and restrictions wear off, we wanted to share the insights and travel trends for 2021 that we have gathered over the past few months.

Flexibility and support

Raise your hand if you’ve had a terrible time getting a refund on your canceled 2020 travel plans.

Too many of us have struggled with inflexible refund policies and overwhelmed customer service lines. Accordingly, the United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA) reports that the most frequently asked question from travelers who made new bookings last fall was about the cancellation or refund policy prior to health protocol questions. The entire travel industry has responded to these issues by moving to more flexible booking policies, better refund policies, and improved options for customer support.

Research shows that customers prioritize the companies that offer the most flexibility and support. According to a recent Travelopia survey, 60% of consumers value flexibility over price, which is a significant change from pre-pandemic times. At Enchanting Travels, we’ve responded to this postponement with our worry-free guarantee that allows you to rebook your trip up to 30 days before you travel for the same price as your original trip free of charge. If travel is not possible 30 days prior to departure due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, you can choose to rebook your trip for free or receive a full cash refund (some exclusions apply).

We have always supported our guests on site around the clock. Our travel coordinators are available 24/7 to resolve any issues that may arise on your trip, from lost passport to making dinner reservations. We are proud to now offer you the opportunity to arrange a COVID-19 test for you prior to your departure.

Meet Catherine, one of our travel coordinators in Africa.

Rising costs

Simple economic considerations indicate that travel costs will inevitably rise as more people around the world are vaccinated. The US Travel Association reports that 50% of American consumers have put money away this year and there is a travel savings dam that is about to explode. Jan Friday, national director for hospitality analytics, told CNN that hotel demand and occupancy will pick up again soon.

Other travel experts also told CNN that airlines are unlikely to return to all prepandemic routes immediately, so demand could outweigh supply and drive ticket costs higher. Many experts are forecasting tariffs to rise by 20 to 30%, with the pent-up demand leading to lower price sensitivity. Florian Keller, Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer of Enchanting Travels, recommends booking this spring to avoid rising airline and hotel prices in the fall and 2022.

We can confidently say that booking now will result in significant savings on hotel rates and airfare, and will allow you to take advantage of the more flexible policies many companies are currently offering.

Florian KellerCPO & Co-Founder, Enchanting Travels

Vaccination records

Many organizations and countries around the world are working on versions of a “vaccination pass”. These mostly digital applications aim to optimize health information so that it can be securely shared across borders. Some forms of electronic passport are in the works of the World Economic Forum and the International Air Transport Association. The European Commission has proposed a digital green certificate to allow movement within the EU. Countries like Iceland, Poland and Portugal are also working on vaccination certificates.

We hope that this goal can be achieved to improve rebounds while traveling and reduce the spread of the virus. However, there are a number of issues that need to be addressed. Counterfeiting could be widespread and restrict some populations, others could not cause equity problems, and health privacy laws would vary widely from country to country. For example, in Israel a health department “green passport” is required to participate in some everyday activities, but the idea has been heavily criticized in the US as an invasion of health care privacy.

We can confidently predict that there will be some form of COVID-19 vaccination documentation that will facilitate the return of international travel access. However, time will tell what this documentary looks like and what parts of the world it will completely take over.

Travel trends

On to the fun part: actually plan another trip!

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For our post-pandemic world, some very clear travel trends are emerging for 2021:

  • Car trips: More and more people are satisfying their wanderlust by getting into the car and driving onto the open road. One recently Airbnb survey shows that 56% of Americans prefer domestic or local destinations, compared with just 21% who want to visit an international and more distant location. Not only does a road trip remove buses, airports, and air travel from the safety equation, but it also provides a chance to explore at your own pace. Planning an exciting road trip can be tricky. We recommend working with a destination expert who can help you plan the best route and activities so you can get the most out of your trip.
  • Last-minute short breaks and short-haul escapes: We are seeing an increase in the number of last minute bookings as recently vaccinated people now decide it is time to pursue their travel dreams. We are also seeing a lot of new bookings in short haul destinations. For our European guests, this can mean a last minute weekend in Greece or an Icelandic adventure. In North America there is a huge demand for Mexico and Costa Rica which currently allow Americans to enter with a simple temperature check.
  • Group travel and private host families: The same Airbnb survey shows that visits with family and friends are the type of trips people have missed the most, and that this is the most important one for them right now. There is no doubt that there will be many joyful reunions in the future when family members are vaccinated. Many people choose to explore private villas for these excursions because they offer privacy from other guests, space to be together, and often excellent amenities such as personal chefs or on-site spa rooms. Explore our picks for some of the best luxury villas in the world.
  • Responsible travel: There’s a saying in the travel industry lately that we just love it: Better take it back. Rather than just trying to regain the prepandemic number, we are considering how we can more responsibly provide the same level of service and pricing and positively impact the communities in which we work. Responsible travel is more than a 2021 travel trend, whether it means carbon offsetting airline miles, promoting sustainable hotels, promoting wildlife conservation, or choosing destinations that prioritize the health and safety of locals. It is a whole philosophy for our team members to engage with it as we work to create trips for our guests for their lives.

Find inspiration in our Experience 2021 travel guide for authentic and responsible outdoor travel.

You can also watch this video from our Founder and CEO Parik Laxminarayan to see how we weathered the storm last year, where we started new goals and what to expect for the next year.

This year has taken a lot from us, from the people we love, spending time with family and friends, to the feeling of freedom. It has taken the livelihood of our partners around the world who rely on sustainable tourism for income. But it has also given us the opportunity to appreciate the world around us with fresh eyes and drink new experiences with a new sense of wonder. We can’t wait to feel that first breath of sea breeze, get lost in a new city and sit quietly with a friend and watch an elephant approach our camp at sunset.

We hope to see you out there too.

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Our preferred responsible and sustainable trips https://fromnews.info/our-preferred-responsible-and-sustainable-trips/ Thu, 29 Apr 2021 19:38:20 +0000 https://fromnews.info/?p=6954 Our preferred responsible and sustainable trips

With April 22nd, World Earth Day this year, there really isn’t a better time to start thinking about how to be more responsible when traveling. We know you care about the footprint you leave behind. So let us show you how to explore the world with a lighter touch. Sustainable travel is a priority for […]

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Our preferred responsible and sustainable trips

With April 22nd, World Earth Day this year, there really isn’t a better time to start thinking about how to be more responsible when traveling. We know you care about the footprint you leave behind. So let us show you how to explore the world with a lighter touch.

Sustainable travel is a priority for many people, especially when we book exciting vacations after a long time staying at home. Fortunately, you will discover numerous destinations where you can indulge in unique activities and sleep in sensational hotels – while minimizing your impact on Mother Earth. Whether you have a specific country or region in mind, or are open to eco-friendly suggestions, we’re here to show you our top locations for more sustainable vacations.

Responsible travel in incredible India

Wonderful wildlife and some of the most unique communities in Asia make India one of the best destinations for a responsible travel experience. When it comes to responsible lodging options in India, consider CGH Earth hotels, scattered from Kochi to Kumbakonam in the south. The family-run hotel group is known for its sustainable approach to protecting wildlife while preserving the traditions of the towns and villages in which the hotels are located.

When it comes to things to do in India, a tiger safari is definitely high on the list. The Ranthambore Tiger Reserve in Rajasthan is a prime place to spot these beautiful big cats in the wild. Despite its history as a former hunting ground for the Maharajas of Jaipur, it is now a haven for all types of creatures, from Royal Bengal Tigers to unusual species of birds. If you are looking for accommodation on the reserve, the eco-friendly SUJAN Sher Bagh is the ideal choice. The 12 luxury safari tents blend into the natural surroundings. You can also enjoy courtyard-to-table dining and private game drives.

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Sustainable travel in Central and South America

Huge expanses of wilderness and some of the most fertile areas in the world await when you book a vacation to Central America. The region stretches from Mexico to Panama and is home to some of our most popular sustainable tours. Here are some highlights:

Take a coffee tour of Antigua, Guatemala

Coffee lovers won’t want to miss a sustainable tour of the local coffee farms around Antigua, Guatemala. Starting in the village of San Miguel Escobar, meet some of the region’s coffee farmers before traveling to the foothills of the Volcán de Agua. The fertile soil of the volcano is littered with coffee crops and you will learn all about growing, harvesting and growing the crop. In addition, a member of the farming family will teach you a lesson in traditional methods of roasting and grinding the beans. You can even take home a bag of authentic Guatemalan coffee straight from the source as a souvenir!

Stay in a tropical getaway in Tenorio, Costa Rica

Costa Rica is blessed with a variety of wildlife, with sleepy sloths on most people’s bucket lists. Book a stay at the Rio Celeste Hideaway to see them and other wonderful species in their natural habitats. The eco-lodge is just a stone’s throw from Tenorio volcano and is surrounded on all sides by lush flora and fauna. Rio Celeste Hideaway is passionate about sustainability. The resort tries to keep its carbon footprint as low as possible by protecting and growing the rainforest. Almost 95% of their suppliers and tour operators are from the region. Additionally, Rio Celeste Hideaway is a member of ‘Pack for a Purpose’ – an initiative that visitors can use to help local communities by saving space in their luggage to bring essential items they may need.

Enjoy the lush landscape in the Ecuadorian Amazon

Although technically part of South America, Ecuador is near the tip of the continent and is a beautiful place to experience one of the most important landscapes in the world. Often referred to as the “lungs of the earth”, the Amazon rainforest is an important part of the global ecosystem. It extends over two million square miles!

Located in the Ecuadorian Amazon, the Napo Wildlife Center is a real adventure. Located in a remote part of Yasuní National Park – one of the most biodiverse regions in the world – the hotel offers eco-friendly lodges overlooking Lake Añangu. Typical activities include meeting wildlife up close and personal and meeting local Amazon communities. Alternatively, you can visit the Mashpi Reserve in the beautiful cloud forest of Ecuador. Here you live in a five-star lodge that supports the community with jobs and the procurement of food from local producers.

Eco-friendly accommodation in Asia

There are dozens of hotels across Asia that have put responsible practices in place, whether by becoming completely self-sustaining or simply making sure that they negatively impact the local community as little as possible. Here are some hotels with particularly admirable ideologies:

Rayavadee, Thailand

Rayavadee is located on the shores of southern Krabi and just minutes from idyllic Railay Beach. Rayavadee is a luxury beach resort with an eco-friendly ethos. Stay in luxurious pavilions or villas carefully built among the trees so as not to disturb the local wildlife habitats. Rayavadee also employs mostly locals to run the resort and regularly organizes eco-friendly projects like beach cleanings and wildlife protection trips.

Raya Heritage, Thailand

If you’d rather explore Thailand away from the sand, Raya Heritage is an excellent choice for a sustainable trip. The design of the Raya Heritage sits on the Ping River in Chiang Mai and is inspired by the simple and elegant legacy of the ancient Lanna Kingdom. You can find numerous natural materials that are used everywhere, as well as beautiful, unique furniture made by local artisans. All dishes in the Raya Heritage restaurant are sourced from sustainable sources. The resort also supports a variety of charitable causes.

98 Acres Resort and Spa, Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is no stranger to eco-friendly hotels. This includes the stunning 98 Acres Resort & Spa, which offers guests the chance to relax without harming the environment. The resort in beautiful Ella offers a selection of chalets, most of which are built from recycled materials. You can get around the resort on battery powered golf carts. You will also find that most of the furniture is handmade by local artisans.

Mai Chau Ecolodge, Vietnam

If peaceful Vietnam is your preferred travel destination, you can’t go wrong with a stay at the Mai Chau Ecolodge just outside Hanoi. Surrounded by lush rice fields, dramatic mountains, and wild rainforest, it is a nature lover’s paradise. The spacious accommodations at Mai Chau are run almost exclusively with renewable energies. Over 80% of the resort is outdoors, so you can make the most of its beautiful location. In addition, 90% of the workforce is hired locally, and the Ecolodge tries to buy materials – whether food or decor – only from regional suppliers.

Pool at the Rayavadee Hotel in Railay Beach, ThailandHotel Rayavadee98 Acres Resort & SpaMai Chau Eco-LodgeRailay Beach

Culture and nature protection in Africa

Whether you’ve always wanted to see a lion up close in its natural environment or are fascinated by indigenous ways of life, few places on earth offer as many awe-inspiring experiences as Africa. Sustainable travel is not just about being environmentally friendly. It’s also about preserving and respecting the traditions and cultures of the places you visit. Some of our favorite locations for responsible travel in Africa are:

Tanzania

Not only in Kenya you can meet the legendary Maasai. Neighboring Tanzania is also a prime place to learn about the cultures and customs of the ancient community, especially in places like the mountain. Kilimanjaro. Spotting the Big Five animals on safari is another top thing in Tanzania and an important part of our Zanzibar safari tour. Combining bushwalking in the Serengeti with beach time on the azure Indian Ocean is one of our favorite trips for responsible travel.

Namibia

For a vacation that focuses on protecting wildlife, Namibia is an excellent choice. This South African nation is home to numerous rare and protected species, from leopards to psoriasis. Enjoy a variety of wildlife encounters during a bush walk or private game drive in the Okonjima Nature Reserve. Located in the Omboroko Mountains, the park is designed to be in harmony with nature and offer visitors the opportunity to experience some of the most amazing species in the world without affecting their habitats.

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Celebrate Earth Day by planning a sustainable dream trip. Our experts are happy to help you create a responsible experience anywhere in our 70+ destinations around the world. You can also find out more about our responsible travel approach here!

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New UNESCO intangible cultural heritage list https://fromnews.info/new-unesco-intangible-cultural-heritage-list/ Mon, 19 Apr 2021 16:00:44 +0000 https://fromnews.info/?p=6713 New UNESCO intangible cultural heritage list

Experience some of the world’s most significant cultural practices before they are gone forever. 4 min Author: Marie A trip to UNESCO destinations around the world can be incredible, but how about a vacation where you can experience the heart and soul of a destination through its intangible cultural heritage? By “intangible cultural heritage” we […]

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New UNESCO intangible cultural heritage list

Experience some of the world’s most significant cultural practices before they are gone forever.

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Author: Marie

A trip to UNESCO destinations around the world can be incredible, but how about a vacation where you can experience the heart and soul of a destination through its intangible cultural heritage?

By “intangible cultural heritage” we mean experiences and not just a building or monument. These can be skills or culinary practices that are an integral part of a nation’s cultural and historical identity. In addition to a list of significant landmarks known as World Heritage Sites, UNESCO created the Intangible Cultural Heritage List in 2008 in order to help preserve and raise awareness of certain traditions.

Many of the items found on UNESCO’s intangible cultural heritage list are in danger of disappearing, which makes it even more important to identify and search for them. Let’s take a look at some of the latest additions to the list, from dining experiences to old local handicrafts. All of these could add a whole new level of excitement to your next trip.

Familiarize yourself with the hawker food culture in Singapore

While Singapore is known for its clean streets and space age architecture, the city is also home to some of the best street foods in Asia. Hawker centers (or street vendors) are all over town and allow locals and visitors to dine together.

Singapore is home to over 100 hawker centers, including the world famous Maxwell Road, which has numerous stalls for delicious Asian dishes. The centers are an integral part of the area’s urban culture and provide space for people to eat, socialize, and enjoy entertainment such as chess games and live music.

Maxwell Food CenterSingapore LaksaKueh, a popular dessertChar Su, Asian grilled pork

Discover the art of mechanical watchmaking in Switzerland

Fans of chic watches will know that Switzerland has a reputation for making wonderful watches. Historically, entire families have learned this skill at one point and passed it on to their children and grandchildren. Some of the best watchmakers in the world can be found in this tiny European country, especially in the Jura Arc: a breathtaking region in the Alps between Basel and Geneva. The skills used in watchmaking and the manufacture of other tiny mechanical objects, be it music boxes or sculptures, are another new entry on UNESCO’s list of intangible cultural heritage. Visit the Jura Arch to see the artisans at work, or head to a watch shop in any Swiss city to admire exquisitely crafted timepieces.

Buy exquisite glass beads in Italy

Italy’s Murano Islands in Venice have long been known for their beautiful glass beads. Unsurprisingly, the country’s tradition of making glass beads combines a host of other experiences of UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage from Italy. The manufacture of glass beads is an ancient practice in Italy that has been passed down for generations. Once upon a time, they were even used as a form of currency! While Murano is the best place to see and buy these beautiful multicolored pearls, glass factories and craft shops can also be found throughout the Veneto region.

See old restored wooden structures in Japan

Osaka Castle

As a wooded country, it’s no surprise that so many of Japan’s spectacular buildings are made of wood. A new list for 2020 on UNESCO’s list of intangible cultural heritage was the traditional processing of the land and the careful preservation of its wooden architecture. You can use some of these skills in locations across the country, including the 1200-year-old Horyu-ji Temple (itself a UNESCO tourist destination) outside Osaka and the Tsuen Teahouse in Kyoto.

Enjoy a therapeutic sauna lesson in Finland

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Many countries in Europe are known for their sauna culture. Nonetheless, it is Finland’s historical links to practice that ultimately gave it UNESCO status. According to UNESCO, there are more than three million saunas in the country, where many families pass their sauna practices and routines on over several generations. While many locals have their own private saunas, Finnish cities have plenty of well-kept public saunas that are easily accessible to visitors. Embrace the peaceful and relaxing experience by booking a session while on vacation in this beautiful Nordic nation.

Venture to Colombia to admire handicrafts made from mopa-mopa

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Colombia is not only home to one of our top UNESCO World Heritage Sites for 2019, but it is also home to one of the new objects from the list of intangible cultural heritage. The recognized practice takes place in the green departments of Putumayo and Narino, where small groups of artisans harvest, process and manufacture mopa-mopa resin into beautiful works of art. The Mopa-Mopa is melted down before it is colored and stretched to create wonderful decorations. The endangered cultural practice is one of the few remaining Aboriginal handicrafts still seen in Colombia, and a wonderful testimonial when you embark on an adventure in the Amazon.

Watch a Budima dance performance in rural Zambia

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If you are new to safari, Zambia is a wonderful destination for that! In addition, it is one of the newest UNESCO travel destinations to be added to the list of intangible cultural heritage thanks to the Budima dance. This type of dancing is especially popular among the little people who live along the Zambezi. Usually performed on special occasions – weddings, funerals, or harvest festivals – this is an energetic dance where women wear brightly colored beaded costumes and men carry spears.

Do you want to add culturally significant activities to your next trip? Talk to our UNESCO specialists about the best ways to experience and preserve some of these wonderful heritage experiences.

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Pay your bills conveniently with the new BDO Pay Mobile Wallet app https://fromnews.info/pay-your-bills-conveniently-with-the-new-bdo-pay-mobile-wallet-app/ Fri, 09 Apr 2021 21:25:10 +0000 https://fromnews.info/?p=6472 How to Pay Bills using BDO Pay

How do I pay electricity bills with the BDO Pay mobile app? M.anila, Philippines – BDO Unibank Inc. recently launched its mobile wallet app called BDO Pay. Just like other mobile wallets, the app works pretty much like the mobile wallet leaders GCash and PayMaya. If you have a BDO Digital account, you can simply […]

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How to Pay Bills using BDO Pay

How do I pay electricity bills with the BDO Pay mobile app?

M.anila, Philippines – BDO Unibank Inc. recently launched its mobile wallet app called BDO Pay. Just like other mobile wallets, the app works pretty much like the mobile wallet leaders GCash and PayMaya.

If you have a BDO Digital account, you can simply download the app and link it to your BDO Pay to enjoy the convenience of using this latest mobile wallet app.

How to pay bills with BDO Pay

How do I log into BDO Pay?

You need a BDO Digital Banking account to register for BDO Pay. If you already have digital banking, follow these steps to log in:

  1. Download BDO Pay by clicking the button below.
  2. Open BDO Pay and log in with your BDO Digital Banking username and password.
  3. Select which BDO accounts you want to link to BDO Pay, then select your default account.
  4. Enter a 6-digit PIN or use your device biometrics to log in and confirm transactions.
  5. Register and use BDO Pay!

If you are already a BDO customer without digital banking, please proceed as follows to log in:

  1. Register for digital banking by visiting online.bdo.com.ph> Online banking login> Not registered yet? Register now!
  2. Download the BDO Pay app and log in with your digital banking username and password.
  3. Select which BDO accounts you want to link to BDO Pay, then select your default account.
  4. Enter a 6-digit PIN or use your device biometrics to log in and confirm transactions.
  5. Register and use BDO Pay!

If you don’t have a BDO account yet, follow these steps to log in:

  1. Open an account online at bdo.com.ph/online-account-opening. Choose Online Savings Account and submit your application and other requirements.
  2. Complete your application using the zoom button. Then make sure to fund your account within seven (7) banking days.
  3. Download the BDO Pay app and log in with the digital banking username and password you specified in step 1.
  4. Select which BDO accounts you want to link to BDO Pay, then select your default account.
  5. Enter a 6-digit PIN or use your device biometrics to log in and confirm transactions.
  6. Register and use BDO Pay!

What is the difference between the BDO Digital Banking App and the BDO Pay App?

With BDO Digital Banking you can increase your wealth and manage your BDO accounts at the same time. With this app, you can request checkbooks, invest online and immediately view the balance of each of your accounts – from your savings account to time deposit to your BDO loan.

BDO Pay, the new mobile wallet from BDO, makes daily payments quick, easy and fun! Send and request money, pay bills, scan to pay and share bills – directly from your BDO accounts. No cash-in, no hassle, there will be more in the future!

How can I pay my bills with BDO Pay?

You can pay for your utility and other personal bills by following these simple steps:

  1. Log in to BDO Pay and tap Pay> Pay Bills.
  2. Search for your biller or choose from the categories.
  3. Enter your billing information and the amount you would like to pay.
  4. Review and confirm your payment details.
  5. Save your favorite billers to make future payments easier. Just tap Save Invoice on the Transaction Success screen. Your saved billers will be at the top of the list when you reopen Pay Bills.

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The top eco lodges in Patagonia https://fromnews.info/the-top-eco-lodges-in-patagonia/ Tue, 06 Apr 2021 21:07:54 +0000 https://fromnews.info/?p=6385 The top eco lodges in Patagonia

Escape some of the most majestic landscapes on earth at a sustainable Patagonian eco-lodge. 4 min Author: Jemima Forbes Epic landscapes and healthy cuisine are just a few of the things to look forward to on a vacation in South America. One of the many fascinating places on the continent is Patagonia: a lush region […]

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The top eco lodges in Patagonia

Escape some of the most majestic landscapes on earth at a sustainable Patagonian eco-lodge.

4 min

Author: Jemima Forbes

Epic landscapes and healthy cuisine are just a few of the things to look forward to on a vacation in South America. One of the many fascinating places on the continent is Patagonia: a lush region between Chile and Argentina that stretches across the legendary Andes.

The remote southern tip of South America is peppered with dramatic peaks, glassy lakes, dense rainforest and vast deserts. It is also home to several unique experiences, from world class stargazing to wonderful wine tastings. You can even extend your Patagonia trip by jumping to nearby Polynesia for a relaxing beach vacation or a visit to enchanting Easter Island.

For those looking to protect the planet during their trip, Patagonia’s virgin landscape is a prime destination for a more sustainable vacation. One thing that definitely comes with sustainable travel in Patagonia is booking a stay at one of the stunning eco-lodges.

From luxurious campsites by the lake to cozy mountain villas with hot tubs and wood-burning stoves, we take a look at some of our most popular eco-lodges in Patagonia.

1Explore

Located in the Torres del Paine National Park on the Chilean side of Patagonia, the Explora is the ideal eco-hotel for peace and quiet. The reserve in which it is located is nearly 2,000 square kilometers and is dotted with glaciers, high peaks, and beautiful bodies of water that can be easily explored by boat or kayak.

At Explora Patagonia you have the choice between different suites, all of which are equipped with fine furniture and offer a breathtaking view of the majestic mountains. The serene decor is complimented by a lack of technology. The ethos behind the hotel is that you go there to switch off and be one with nature.

Explora also has a number of activity options for its guests. This includes horse trekking through golden grasslands, guided hikes to breathtaking viewpoints and excursions to the over 100 unique bird species of Torres del Paine.

Video Credit: Explora Patagonia

2country

Another green Patagonia hotel perfect for an eco-conscious escape is Tierra. It is also located in Torres del Paine and its harmonious design allows it to blend in with the dramatic landscape that surrounds it.

Tierra is ideal if you are looking for a luxurious, eco-friendly spa experience. Spend a day in the hotel’s Uma Spa, which has an indoor pool with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Paine massif. Sustainability is at the heart of the hotel and they make a significant contribution to environmental protection efforts in the national park.

When not at the spa, there are numerous excursions to choose from, from kayaking on the lake to biking in the wilderness. When night falls, dine in the hotel’s inviting restaurant, which serves hearty Patagonian cuisine.

Video Credit: Tierra Patagonia

3Patagonia Camp

If you want to go one step further than an eco-lodge in Patagonia, you should definitely book a stay at Patagonia Camp. The luxury campsite is located on the shores of Lake Toro in Torres del Paine and offers the option of staying in private Mongolian-style yurts.

Some of the yurts at Patagonia Camp have cozy decor and glass openings in the ceiling for star gazing. They also have outdoor hot tubs. The 20 yurts are connected by wooden walkways that meander through the forest. All have excellent views over Lake Toro.

Not only can you relax in your yurt and fall asleep to the soothing sounds of nature, but you can also take advantage of the camp’s guided excursions for all ages and abilities. Fans of unique cuisine will also love the Patagonia Camp’s outdoor gourmet cuisine, which uses local Chilean ingredients.

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Another green Patagonia hotel worth getting on your radar is Awasi. Another lodge in Torres del Paine is completely carbon neutral thanks to the hectares of native forest it protects and preserves.

Secluded and intimate, Awais offers just 12 traditional villas, each carefully designed to blend in with the rural setting. They are also hung on wooden stilts to limit the impact on the environment. Each has a wonderful view of Lake Sarmiento and the region’s famous pampas meadows. A larger lodge houses common areas and Awasi’s restaurant, which grows seasonal produce for all of the delicious local dishes.

Stay in a home away from home and enjoy outdoor adventures with a private guide on horseback, on foot, or by bike. Awasi truly is an oasis with zero neighbors alongside the exceptional local wildlife.

“Patagonia is amazing for the variety it offers. You can hike on your own in the shadow of Fitz Roy, see the incredible Perito Moreno Glacier, and admire the stunning landscapes and mountains of Torres del Paine National Park. It’s a long journey to get to the southern tip of the world – but it’s worth it. I’m looking forward to seeing you again. Additionally, there are amazing luxury properties and lodges to pamper yourself in after a day of sightseeing. “

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