Friday, June 14, 2013
Here's a piece of advice to those who wants to travel cheaply , without tours and ready for an adventure then i can tell you world venture isn't the total cheap deal.
WorldVentures is a United States privately-owned network marketing and lifestyle company, specializing in leisure discounts in means you have to pay some kind of membership fee and earn by enrolling friends/ others into it.
Well, for those whom prefer getting good deals for a 4 -5 star hotel, travel in a group of like 5 above , being inflexible ,fickle minded and have a comfortable vacation then you might not prefer my advice instead.
Also,If you are keen to make money while travelling with friends and keep up in those kind of marketing schemes, enjoying tours like how normal people do... see popular tourist attraction, relax in hotel, stay with the same group of friends or relatives without knowing how the true life of the people living in the country. Then my advice wouldn't be appropriate for you.Again, I cant claim it as a scam but as a personal opinion and being able to travel to many places, I realized that there are much cheaper ways of travels.
SO here's some of my tips to travel cheaper than what that would be able to offer you !!
TIPS 1 # How to BOOK CHEAP FLIGHTS
As for flights, if you want cheap flights,
1* Keep updated with all the cheap airlines- ( Cebu Pacific, JetStar,Malindo Air, Raynair,AirAsia etc)
2* Know when are the discounts and be ready to go through the night clicking like crazy times and willing to wait as the network page might be down or overloaded. ( of course, click the cheapest ! the cheapest we have was Cebu pacific during their sales for 1php and total Rm60 return KL - Philiphines)
3* Willing to plan it ahead a year - Bookings a year ahead and be sure you will definitely be free that period.
4*Lastly, make sure your credit card is still working and be sure the details you enter is confirmed !!!
TIPS 2# How to get CHEAP Accomodation
RESEARCH ONLINE !
I recommend Travel wikipedia ( it states the prices and discounts in much details)
As for accomodation ,
For well develop countries, Korea, Japan , Singapore ,Europe,Norway etc
Do some online research as there might be discounts for trains, hotels(agoda.com, etc), Hostels ( Hostel bookers.com)
or Try COUCHSURFING.COM( Whereby you get to meet hosts and make new friends abroad)- read here to know what couchsurfing is
( http://feliciazoe.blogspot.com/2013/05/couchsurfing-vs-backpacking.html )
-For instance, Korea tourism provides free buses from Seoul - Jeonju daily. Yet you have to book it online in advance and its not avail during public holidays.
-As for Japan, sometimes they do have bus discounts from Tokyo- Osaka which might be the same price from Gotemba to Nagoya which is a shorter distance.
As for cheap train tickets in the city, some places like Osaka- Namba they have shops that provide cheaper train discounts- about RM3 discount cheaper
-Norway's normal train ride from Oslo to Bergen would cost at least RM400 - However, if you have planned earlier, book it online and might get it 70percent discount cheaper. There are also discount for cruises from Oslo to Kjeil(Germany) sometimes which cost about RM200++ for 3 days 2 nights.
Now , as for those not develop countries... Indonesia, Vietnam etc.
You know how cheap these places can be but there isn't a fix price somehow and you always worry about being cheated ~
So, Just BARGAIN !!!!!
Most online tours are over highly charged as locals ( Indonesians) would not pay tours. For instance the hike to Lombok, Mt Rinjani costs us RM300 per person including accomodation etc but then , a local friend told us they only paid RM100 per person, Again , you might have to go through a crazy hassle to bargain with many of them or go through their poor public transport or rented motorbike.
Then again, its your choice to go through such adventure or just relax and let the tours handle as the feeling of bargaining and feeling cheated might be tiring for some others.
For accomodation in Lombok- Gilli trawangan, our most decent hostel ( it's actually a chalet, nice open air private bathroom and 2 bed cost RM30 per night ) After bargaining and that was the cheapest we could ever found though.
However in Ubud Bali, the cheapest was Rm15 per night ! Well, every places would surprise us. We had our indonesian friend to buy us 3 mangos and it costs Rm1.60 for all 3 ! ~
And from the lombak mainland to the gili island, I found out that locals pay RM3 per way for the ferry whereas we pay Rm30 inclusive ferry and van to Kuta Lombok~
*I suppose being with my Ang Moh bf would be the reason of being cheated all the time even though i could speak bahasa ~
Vietnam on the other hand was a total couchsurfing experience ! Thus, I had vietnamese hosts with me all the time to translate for me and it was a great experience as they ride me on their bike and fetch me whereever i wana go ! Btw I did a hair wash and treatment in a Vietnamese house for RM10 and had a tailor made gown for Rm150. Most of the further tourist location i went were bought through tours in vietnam itself costing about Rm25 ++ for the trip to Chuchi tunnel and their vase making factory.Whereas in Hanoi was Rm40++ for the trip to Hoa lu whereby the Vietnamese row the boats with their legs. Awesome experience !
* In Hoalu, I got ripped off RM50 for a can of redbull and some crackers as i was confused with the currency. So beware, at the end where they row, some lady in boats would try to sell you some stuff, give the minimum amount as they would not give change back nor tell you how much it costs* I complaint to my tour guide and he went to ask the boat ppl and he came back being yell and scold by those people. I felt so sorry for him though.
Last tips ! # NEVER MISSS YOUR FLIGHT !
If you forgot to book your hotel / hostels its okay, as long you get there, survival skill is definitely needed !
Remember dont be afraid to ask and learn some of their language.
First thing first when you arrive either airport, train station, bus station, whatever location go to the TOURIST information centre ! Get their map and ask for advises then you are ready to go !
Dont worry about asking the locals, they are always nice and helpful if you have a smile on your face ;D
After all, it's the people that forms the country, try interacting with them and you might be surprise how humanity kindness could be ! They will be the ones that might make your travel much more meaningful !
If you have more questions, just comment below or find me on my facebook ! :D
SO WHAT? Start planning your next trip now !!
I would be going back to Norway soon and will be updating more then !
Other than that,do keep updated as later in September im heading to Phillipines, Taiwan and most likey Japan again ! - Okinawa Island !!!!!!
Monday, May 20, 2013
Hi Guys ! Here are some hairdesign and make over done during my work and would love to share with you~
These model has drastic differences so now you know what Make up can change most features of a women !
1# Annual dinner Makeup and Hairdo
6# Photoshoot concept of -Sexy Bikini Summer Look
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Hi GUYS !
If you have never heard of Couchsurfing , here's some info to let you know about this site which we truly recommend of if you want to meet locals and experience awesome stuff while you're travelling.
CLICK here for CouchSurfiing ( CS) webpage
So, this website would bring us to finding out who we would like to meet up or stay with when we travel out of our country. For instance, we had tried Couchsurfing in Norway ( Bergen and Stavanger), Korea ( Seoul, Gyeongju, Busan,Jeju island and Jeonju), Japan ( Osaka, Hokkaido, Tokyo , Kamakura, Gotemba, Nagoya, and Kyoto )
So, how do you start requesting to stay or meet up with your host?
Step 1: Create an Account ! Complete your profile details
Step 2 : Search for the location you are going to eg : Busan,Korea
Step 3 : Look for a host~ Read their profile ( Check for their positive /negative comments !)
- Most of all check their couch and availability for how many person !
Step 4: CLICK Send CouchRequest to XXX !
-Fill up the dates you're arriving and write down an Awesome introductory of yourself !
Introduce yourself and explain a bit about your trip:
I'm Felicia a special-effect Makeup Artist from Malaysia (Zombies!)! and I would be travelling with my boyfriend Christian- Journalist from Norway to JAPAN ! We will arrive in XXX around April 10 and plan to stay 1-2 nights. Christian has been to Japan 3 times before and Loves it so much he always keeps coming back! Yet, this would be my first time to Japan and it’s my dream come true !!!!
We are planning to stay Japan 4 weeks and will be visiting Osaka, Sapporo, Hakodate, Tokyo, Fuji/Hakone, Shizouka, and Kyoto! We are non-smokers, clean and tidy couple which respects all kinds of culture. Energizer bunny , That’s us ! Cause we would walk a lot or even hike to take awesome photos and will be still able to dance and sing( karaoke!!) to entertain you after that ! Nevertheless we would love to share our crazy travelling experiences as well as my Chinese Malaysian culture( Food!!!) that is in contrast with the Norwegian culture ! Most of all, we are super bubbly and friendly couple with a Bright smile always on our face that will light up your days ! You won’t regret hosting us !
Tell your host why you'd like to meet them:
( READ THEIR PROFILE Before writing this !!! )
EG : Hey HUGO !
I can't believe Norway would be your dream country to visit ! We would be extremely glad to share about Norway and parts to visit there or even Malaysia~ Don't worry about your dog~ We are animal lovers and wouldnt mind about it and most of all would love to spend time knowing you and hang out together ! Hope to hear from you soon !
Felicia and Christian.
Step 5:SEND ! And wait for reply ~
PS : Some would take weeks to reply you so please request for more hosts instead ~
Alright~ This thing we would usually send a month before our trip and would plan and organise our travel location beforehand.
Alright ~ Now let's compare Backpacking Alone Vs Couchsurfing ( CS)!
To Contribute something to the place to visit - CS
To build friendship with others - CS
To challenge my abilities Both
|To experience once in a lifetime activities CS|
|To attend special events CS|
|To gain experiences to share with family and friends||CS|
Bottom line, if you seek for self improvement, self knowing , independence and solitary , I would recommend backpacking ~
Instead for those whom are sociable and love culture, people and making friends ! Do join couchsurfing and even if you're not interested in surfing, you could just "PoP' up some event or meetings held in the particular country and make new friends and locals ! Who knows, you might even meet the love of your life !
Any questions regarding this ~ just pop a comment or msg me privately on my facebook page ~ :D All the best !
Couchsurfing has made all my travels amazingly awesome ! So much more to talk about our CS experience in Japan ! We got to stay in a traditional Ninja like house and even a restaurant behind a hidden wall !
So, stay tuned for my next update about our crazy adventure in Japan !
So sorry for the late update as I had been busy these weeks !
Here's some latest pic of my latest modelling update !
Friday, May 3, 2013
Monday, April 29, 2013
They even offered us to come in their house and have some drinks.