Latest Travel Trends

Latest Travel Trends

Summertime! Time to head off to your favorite destination… will you embark on a ‘staycation’ traveling in your own country or will you fly away to some remote island or perhaps visit a bustling European city?

They say that “travel broadens the mind” and I think many would agree that exploring our wonderful and diverse planet can lead to greater understanding and sharing of knowledge between cultures. In short, travel is fantastic.” Tony Tyler CEO & DG of IATA.

The Evolution of Travel

65 billion passengers have flown in the past 100 years since the first scheduled flight to carry and paying passenger in 1914.

Air passenger numbers are 3+ billion annually now. It will take only 15 years to fly the next 65 billion passengers.

The global travel and tourism industry is now valued at $7.5 +trillion.

Low cost airlines increased industry competition and gave consumers greater choice and flexibility.

Mobile phone apps and Skype signified the end of international calling cards.

Itinerary alterations based on weather changes and local events feature in many apps.

The Smartphone camera has replaced the disposable camera. Holiday snaps are mostly shared on social media.

The Internet provides travellers with information and reviews on their chosen destinations.



NagaIndo Team

We started four years ago with three co-founders. Today NagaIndo has grown to a 12-man team and a full scale land developer.

NagaIndo is opening up a range of opportunities in Lombok for clients and investors – encouraging and supporting them in the challenge of turning their development visions into reality. Jean-Marc Reynier is the CEO and founder of NagaIndo and he is full of enthusiasm and positive energy as he talks about the company, about Lombok itself and how their futures are linked.

Hello Jean-Marc, tell us more about NagaIndo.
The word Naga means dragon. It’s a symbol of strength, so it’s a good choice for our company. The dragon is also on our logo, which goes from blue to green – the same colours you can see all around here in the vegetation and the sea. Indo is what the surfing world calls Indonesia and its thousands of surf breaks – so there’s another connection. NagaIndo encourages investment and development in Lombok.  There are plenty of opportunities for investors here but it’s important to know how to choose the best ones. We are a private equity company – performance oriented, and very efficient. We also have a strong commitment to

Sailing’s a cool way to enjoy the Alicante coast

Sailing's a cool way to enjoy the Alicante coast

“There is nothing like lying flat on your back on the deck, alone except for the helmsman aft at the wheel, silence except for the lapping of the sea against the side of the ship,”  keen sailor Errol Flynn said so eloquently,

And what could be finer than enjoying stunning scenery of golden beaches, picturesque coves, magnificent mountains and dramatic castles as you gently sail in the Alicante region of Spain?

There’s nearly 200 kilometres of coastline to discover after you fly in to Alicante airport and head for your beautiful sailing yacht. Sailing trips can be organised by the day, weekend, and a week or longer, depending on where you want to go. And with so many beautiful beaches and resorts to visit, you’ll need to plan wisely.

The fun starts when you board your boat and look back at Alicante to enjoy the views of the marina and the iconic Santa Barbara Castle. Look to the left side of the castle to see if you can spot the Moor’s face carved in the rock.

“You will see very dramatic views of Alicante from the sea,” said Steve Defries of Sailing

A comprehensive list of travel agents

However, there has been a sea change in the preparation scenario. Yes, gone are the days where you were required to make all your travel arrangements without adequate guidance.


Travel agents and efficient ones at that, are functioning across the globe. With many of them vying with each other to sign up a customer, there is a confusion that prevails among the travelers. Do I get the best deal? Am I dealing with a licensed travel agent? Will my tour be hassle free? These are some of the questions that are foremost in the minds of a traveler trying to book a travel agent.


All these questions will be satisfactorily resolved if you can get hold of a comprehensive travel agent guide. When you have comprehensive list of agents, you can check out each and everyone on the list by either calling them up or visiting their website to find out about the services rendered by them.


The World Wide Web is playing a very vital role in the life of every individual who has access to the internet. You can select a travel agent on the internet, check out their services, and book them online in a jiffy. And, interestingly you can

Visitor Information

The Grand Central Partnership (a business-improvement district) has installed a number of information booths in and around Grand Central Terminal (there’s one near Vanderbilt Avenue and East 43rd Street). They’re loaded with maps and helpful brochures on attractions throughout the city and staffed by friendly, knowledgeable, multilingual New Yorkers.

NYC & Company runs Official NYC Information Centers at Macy’s as well as in Lower Manhattan at City Hall Park, South Street Seaport, and in Chinatown, at the triangle where Canal, Walker, and Baxter streets meet. Its official visitor guide and map, both downloadable from NYC & Company’s website as well as in hard copies available around town, are both very useful.

The Downtown Alliance has information on the area encompassing City Hall south to Battery Park, and from the East River to West Street. For a free booklet listing New York City attractions and tour packages, contact the New York State Division of Tourism.

Las Vegas Girls Only Hot Spot

I can’t sing. But here I am at a karaoke bar in Las Vegas with my normally reserved sister-in-law and her sister, belting out “Sweet Caroline” as fellow patrons wince and my bride-to-be niece, Carrie, squirms in embarrassment.


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Those of us at the microphone don’t care. We’re in Vegas, baby! Even my sister-in-law’s 80-something mom is letting loose. Earlier that day, she’d bought all of us tacky necklaces with flashing lights. And when we hit the casinos to play blackjack and roulette, we had a hard time pulling her away from the slot machines. In fact, she was the one who inspired this multigenerational, all-women family trip to celebrate Carrie’s upcoming wedding.

The spa at our resort, the upscale Bellagio, which is famed for its dancing fountains, curtains off an area in its salon for women celebrating special occasions. (You can sip champagne while getting manis and pedis.) For the female shopaholic, there’s everything from the high-end Shops at Crystals mall

Peer to peer accommodation services change travel patterns in many ways

Have you ever used Airbnb or other peer-to-peer accommodation services when travelling? If yes, you are likely to travel more than you used to, you choose your destination from among a wider set of alternatives, and you are more active in your destination.

Peer-to-peer accommodation services such as Airbnb have changed travel patterns in many ways, according to a recent study from the University of Eastern Finland and Washington State University. The study provides new insight into how the availability and use of peer-to-peer accommodation services affect travel patterns. The findings were published in Journal of Travel Research.

The study found that tourists are interested in peer-to-peer accommodation services due to social and financial reasons. Users of peer-to-peer accommodation services are often in social interaction with their hosts, and peer-to-peer accommodation services are a cost-effective alternative to, for example, hotels.

Financial savings achieved by using peer-to-peer accommodation services make it possible to broaden the selection of destinations and the number of trips, while the social aspects inspire people to travel more in general and to stay in their destination for a longer period of time. Financial savings — together with tips from hosts — also increase tourists’ activeness in their

Where to Get an American Thanksgiving Outside the U.S.

Traveling overseas come late November? Doesn’t mean you’ll miss a traditional turkey dinner.

Thanksgiving has long been one of the most celebrated American holidays: marked by everything from turkey to pumpkin pie, from football to the Macy’s Day Parade, and from being thankful to being stuffed, there’s something for everyone. While the day’s festivities can be hard to replicate outside of the U.S., certain restaurants around the world have taken it upon themselves to try—and its something we’re thankful for.

Read on for our ever-expanding list, or jump ahead to your city of interest: Beijing; Berlin; Cape Town; Copenhagen; London; Melbourne; Milan; Paris; Shanghai; Vancouver; Seoul; and Tokyo



If you think traveling in China means missing Thanksgiving, think again. The large number of American expats living in Beijing ensures that a surprising number of turkey dinners and promotions pop up every November at restaurants, hotels, and breweries. Here are 10 places to celebrate Thanksgiving there this year.

The Big Smoke Bistro

This popular Xingfucun brasserie is pulling out all the stops, serving a honey agave-glazed turkey with red wine gravy. Turkey portions are available for small tables of two or three people all the way up to groups of 14. Sides, like the portobello

Christmas and New Year at Vila Vita Parc

If you’re searching for an extraordinary destination to spend the festive season, or looking to find an exceptional restaurant for your special celebration meal, then read on….

The Five Star Vila Vita Parc Resort and Spa in Porches was built with supreme luxury in mind. Set on a clifftop, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, the Resort boasts an outstanding range of top class facilities and aims to provide its guests and visitors with the best possible experience.

This Christmas and New Year Vila Vita Parc has created an excellent programme of events, including a unique New Year Package, designed to be enjoyed by everyone. From hot chocolate by the fireplace and a special visit from Santa Claus on Christmas Eve, to the ultimate in gourmet dining experiences and a spectacular firework display to help you see in 2016.

Here’s what’s in store

Guaranteed to put a smile on young faces (and some older ones too) Santa Claus will be visiting Vila Vita Parc at 4pm on Christmas Eve, with a sack full of surprises, plus hot chocolate and cake will be served by the fireplace. But don’t overdo the cake! Christmas dinner is at 7pm in the Bela Vita Restaurant, or you can opt for


Far down in the heart of the Southern Africa lies the Caprivi region – a unique, enchanting and inspiring destination that will make you forget about your daily worries. Hazel, a recent visitor on the Chobe Princess houseboat, formerly known as the Pride of the Zambezi, docked on the Chobe River, describes her river safari experience best when she says, “The world and its problems were not our concern for four fabulous days – it was just us and Africa as it should be experienced!”

What makes the Caprivi such a special place?

An avid birder will certainly be astounded by the abundance and variety of birdlife in the Caprivi region. The twitching and chirping that can be heard in the air mixed with a selection of colours, shapes and sizes, can only be described with one word; bewildering.“The Caprivi is a total paradise!  I am a devout twitcher (birder) so five lifers (birds I have never identified before) in four days was just the ultimate,” Hazel explains. The Caprivi birdlife ranges from the grand Fish Eagle to the elegant Giant Kingsfisher and anything in between.

Fish Eagle

However, birds are not the only aspect that astonishes a visitor in this Southern

Our Top 10 Montenegro experiences for 2015

White Water Rafting on Tara River

The River Tara is the longest and most beautiful river in Montenegro. Its canyon is world famous being the second deepest in the world after The Grand Canyon!  It is also known throughout Montenegro as ‘The Pearl of the Mountains’ with water that is drinkable along its entire flow.

Tara is also really interesting for its extreme sports. First of all rafting! Rafting is really popular as for the locals same for the tourists. There are plenty of companies and agencies who can offer you to go rafting, but the main and the most important thing for you to know is who are the professionals. You can not go with anybody, because this could be dangerous, and in that case you would prefer to have a pro next to you. Advice, for choosing the agency to go rafting with, you can get from the Local Tourism Boards, when you are in Montenegro, or you can contact us. There are different kinds of offer, and those mostly depend on the length of the rafting. There are:one-day rafting (12 or 30 km long) from 9:30 am – 2 pm or from 2 pm – 5 pm

Lekki Leisure Lake

Have you ever found yourself with time on your hands, and wondering what do to with yourself over the weekend in Lagos? Maybe you havent mapped out what kind of activities you would be involved in? Well if you are outdoors type who doesnt mind getting a little wet then look no further.

The Lekki Leisure Lake situated along the Lekki Peninsular in Lagos,  is where you want to be. This is a family oriented resort located beside the Vantage beach Hotel, and packed  with very exciting activities.

Courtesy Lekki Leisure Lake

To give you a little idea..

  • There are the Quad Bikes that navigates you through a designated beach track. These bikes are open for use for anyone above age 12. The dirt tracks are safe enough to race on with family and friends which can be a great laugh.
  • Pedal Boats on the lake are a great way for families, or couples to bask in the sun while having fun also. Pedal Boats allow at maximum of 4 persons or a minimum of 2.
  • Pontoon Boat allows you a closer view of the beautiful yet natural lekki penisular and its environs in the compnay loved ones or goups and is a great  way

Come Compete In Rote Surfing Rote Island to come alive with surfers

The government of Rote Ndao district in East Nusa Tenggara has confirmed the participation of surfers from 18 countries in an international surfing event at Nembrala Beach in Rote Island in November this year. At least 100 surfers are expected take part in the event, many with families or partners in tow.

Bo’a-Nembrala Development Committee decided that the surfing event will take place in the second or third week of November.

“Surfers and tourists from 18 countries in Asia, Europe, and America will come to Rote Island for the international surfing event in November, and this is an opportunity for us to introduce Indonesian tourism.

Arrangements have been coordinated with the East Nusa Tenggara Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency to ensure favorable weather and perfect waves for the international surfing event in Rote Island will be occurring.

“We are going to hold another meeting in August to prepare for this international event, and therefore, we have handed over the task to the Bo’a-Nembrala Development Committee to make the best possible preparations.”

In the meantime, East Nusa Tenggara Provincial Tourism Office Chief Marius Ardu Jelamu expressed his complete support for the international surfing event at Nembrala Beach in Rote Island.

“We must be ready from now on