Top Four Vacation Spots For The Organized Virgo

We recently covered top getaways for the glamorous Leo. It’s now time for you Virgos! Being a Virgo, you’re most likely organized in your approach; even on vacation. You’ll plan your vacation extensively and carry around a must-watch list at all times. Instead of a laid back vacation, you would instead prefer stimulation of some kind. So let’s take you through the four vacation spots where you’ll feel at home.

Berlin, Germany

Brandenburg Gate at Berlin in Germany

The largest city in Germany, Berlin is home to many media houses and cultural institutions. The city hosts many exciting festivals and has an exciting nightlife. Obviously, there’s a lot to see and do in Berlin.

Consider especially visiting Berlin’s largest forested area, Grunewald, the UNESCO’s world heritage site in the middle of the River Spree, the Museum Island, and the DDR Museum, which takes you through the old days of East Germany.

Rome, Italy

The Colosseum at Rome in Italy

Rome is regarded by many as the birthplace of western civilization, and has been home to a large number of poets, writers, architects, thinkers, and philosophers.

Rome’s music and entertainment scene is lively. It’s also the centre of Italian cinema. The places you’d like to visit in Rome include The Colosseum – once home to the gladiators, Palantine Hill – in which reside the glorious ancient sites, and the lesser known Ostia Antica, which preserves the remains of ancient Rome’s port.

Athens, Greece

Acropolis in night at Athens in Greece

Athens, one of the oldest cities of the world, and possibly the birthplace of democracy, will tickle your intellect. It’s a cultural hotbed, with much of the classical architecture still standing tall.

Visit Agora, the heart of public life in ancient Greece; the Acropolis, the Athenian “high city;” visit Benaki Museum for Athenian art; and reach for Mount Lycabettas at the twilight of the day for an amazing view.

Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands

illuminated canals at night at Amsterdam in Netherlands

The capital city of Netherlands, Amsterdam is an exciting place to visit, especially for youngsters. It’s home to a number of historic canals and the oldest stock exchange in the world, The Amsterdam Stock Exchange.

Among its other attractions are the Van Gogh Museum, the Rijksmuseum, cannabis cafes, and the red-light district. Visit the Heineken Music Hall if you’re into music.

Save up some money by using discounts and coupons from sites like Yatra, MakeMyTrip, and Expedia. And then pack your bags, pick up your coupon codes, and take the earliest flight to these destinations.

What other vacations spots would Virgos prefer? Tell us in a comment below.

Weekend Watch: Five Great Weekend Getaways Near Bangalore

31/08/2013 Travel

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Life in a fast-paced city like Bangalore can get exhausting at times. Luckily, Bangaloreans have a number of interesting places to escape to for the weekends. Here are five great weekend getaways near Bangalore to get you in the travelling mood.

Nandi Hills

Nandi hills in the clouds

Located just 60 km from Bangalore, Nandi Hills offers a refreshing and rejuvenating weekend at an elevation of 1,479 meters. The scenic slopes of Nandi Hills could be just what you need after a long and tiring week. You could either go around site seeing or engage in trekking and camping.

Bheemeshwari

Bheemeshwari

Situated about 100 km from Bangalore, Bheemeshwari Wildlife Sanctuary is an ideal weekend getaway destination for nature lovers. Surrounded by lush greenery and gorgeous waterfalls, the jungle lodges offer the solace and comfort of a quite weekend away from the traffic and pollution of the city. Bheemeshwari is also an excellent place for trekkers and adventure sports lovers with activities such as jumaring, obstacle courses and rafting

Shivanasamudra Waterfalls

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Located at a distance of 130 km from Bangalore, Shivanasamudra waterfalls are formed out of the bifurcation of the Cauvery River. Shivanasamudra falls is rife with scenic beauty in the form of pristine natural surrounding for nature lovers. For those who like a little action during the weekend, the terrain is perfect for trekking.

Coorg

coorg trail

If you don’t mind travelling a bit further away from Bangalore, Coorg is a great weekend destination, which lies about 240 km away. Coorg has a tranquil and serene atmosphere that will give you the peace of mind that you deserve. The quaint town is surrounded by lakes, streams and misty mountains. Adventure sports lovers will enjoy the dirt bike tracks, ATV rides, and the robust trekking experiences.

Wayanad

wayanad hanging bridge

Situated about 270 km from Bangalore at the foothills of the scenic Western Ghats, Wayanad is famous for its lush green forest covered slopes and numerous waterfalls. Wildlife and nature lovers would cherish their weekend here as well as adventure sports lovers. Wayanad offers splendid activities like kayaking, high rope traversing, jumaring, paintball games, rafting, and of course trekking.

So get your travel bags out and start planning that well deserved weekend getaway with your friends and your family. Make the most of it by engaging in some adventure sports or just sit back and enjoy the serenity and beauty of nature.

Know of other interesting weekend getaways near Bangalore? Tell us about them in the comments below!

Four Glitzy Getaways For The Glamorous Leo

17/08/2013 Horoscope, Leo, Travel

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If you’re a Leo, you’re sure to like it rich, royal, and glamorous – and being around people too. If you’ve been planning to travel to popular and swanky destinations to take some stress off and do your thing, you’ve come to the right place. So read on, make your choice, and reach for those travel deals.

Four Getaways For The Glamorous Leo

Las Vegas, Nevada, United States of America

Las Vegas is one place you’d not want to miss. With a sparkling nightlife, and a desert area sprinkled with casinos, hotels, and pubs, you’re definitely going to fit right in. Most of the city’s glamorous casinos are located downtown.

Las vegas in the night with a replica of Eiffel tower

With plenty of Vegas attractions on offer, the most impressive, or at least the most popular, include the Bellagio Fountains, the Cirque de Soliel, Breakfast Buffet at the Wynn, and the Shark Reef Aquarium.

Milan, Lombardy, Italy

Milan is a historical gem. It boasts a rich and royal heritage, and a strong culture that will pull you right in. Make sure you visit art galleries such as Pinacoteca di Brera and Pinacoteca del Castello Sforzesco, which host many of Italy’s art masterpieces.

Milan

The Milanese love their music. La Scala, one of the most prestigious opera-houses in the world, is in Milan. If you’re also into literature, fashion, cuisine, and sports, Milan is a treat.

New York City, New York, United States of America

New York City, regarded as the cultural capital of the world by few, is beautiful. Situated on River Hudson, NYC is a powerhouse. The city exerts its influence over art, commerce, finance, and entertainment.

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Besides the travel hotspots you already know, the city also hosts the pristine Central Park, the film fanatic’s Film Forum, the sumptuous Grimaldi’s Pizzeria, and the towering Empire State Building.

London, England, United Kingdom

London is a large metropolis that presents its visitors with a wide range of attractions. Great museums, cultural places, restaurants, and shops and markets are spread across London.

London

Some of the popular destinations you could visit in London are Tower of London, Madame Tussauds, National Gallery, British Museum, London Eye, and Natural History Museum.

With so many destinations to choose from, it’s time to stuff your backpack and book that first class ticket right now. And even though you live luxuriously, you could save up for more glamorous endeavours by opting for deals and discounts from MakeMyTrip, Yatra, and Expedia, among many others.

The Different Types Of Goibibo Discount Coupons

23/07/2013 Bus, Flight, Hotel, Travel

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Goibibo is one of the leading online travel sites on the web today, and you can plan an entire vacation simply by logging on and booking all the necessary tickets for flights (both domestic and international) and even buses too, thanks to this website.

If you need more than your travel arrangements figured out for you, the site also makes it simple to book your accommodations at a hotel of your choice. You can choose from among budget hotels and even top-class luxury hotels, when it comes to picking the right accommodation that fits your needs. You can even go the whole hog, and choose a structured holiday package for any occasion, right from a romantic outing to a pilgrimage.

To make things simpler, use a range of Goibibo discount coupon codes – these will help you save money and put a smile on your face!

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Value for Money With Goibibo Discount Coupons

With each Goibibo coupon you avail, you significantly cut costs on one or many aspects of your well-deserved holiday. There are a number of options to look forward to, so delve right in and start planning your cost-effective holiday. Here’s a look at the types of discounts and deals you can avail by using Goibibo coupons during your transactions.

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Flat Discounts

With Goibibo coupons you can get a flat discount on domestic, international and GoAir flights in amounts up to Rs. 8,000. The offer is valid on all flights except Indigo and Spicejet and only on roundtrip bookings, but the good part is that it has open-ended travel validity.

Easy Homecoming

It can often be very difficult to turn around and return home after an amazing vacation. Goibibo understands this and that’s why they offer special rate-cuts on return flight tickets. With the right coupons, you can get up to Rs. 600 off on all return flight tickets.

Travel Vouchers

You can redeem vouchers of amounts up to Rs. 10,000 on all forms of travel tickets. All you have to do is provide your basic information and you will receive a promo code in your email. The promo code you receive will be applicable on domestic flights, international flights, hotel bookings, bus bookings and holiday packages.

Promo codes are also available for Maestro/MasterCard users for amounts up to Rs. 3,500.

Bus Coupons

After the recent tie-up with redBus, Goibibo is already expanding upon its bus services with coupon codes that can get you flat discounts of up to Rs. 115 on a ticket. With these coupon codes, now you can opt for affordable local travel, even at the most basic level.

Goibibo ensures that all its offers are geared towards making your entire travel experience an easy and affordable one, so all that you need to do is choose the right coupons and pack your bags!

Have you used Goibibo recently? Tell us about your experience in the comments below.

MakeMyTrip Review – A Review Of India’s Favorite Travel Website

17/07/2013 Travel

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Having started all the way back in 2000, MakeMyTrip set out in a manner akin to RedBus, focusing on small key locations and building trust before expanding to greater heights. The company has grown beyond a simple travel website in terms of services and is popular for the many offers and discounts it provides for affordable travel, through its coupon codes. In this MakeMyTrip review, let’s take a look at what holding a market share of 50% in a saturated market means in terms of a brand’s evolution and what it means to the customers as well.

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Escalation

Over a decade from their commencement, MakeMyTrip now offers a plethora of services thanks to its position in the market. Where ticket booking and accommodation was once the main attraction, MakeMyTrip now provides services like car rentals, and even bus and railway tickets, along with complete holiday packages. Add to all this, the MakeMyTrip discount coupons that reach out across their many parallel services and you have a one-stop-shop for all your travel needs.

Savings

Other than the fair share of travel coupons, MakeMyTrip offers tons of ways to save your money with lowered rates on round-trip tickets. This means that if you choose to book your return tickets in advance, you won’t just save the time spent in booking them but also money on your air fare. That’s not all – you can book both your flight tickets as well as confirm your accommodation for a slashed rate.

My Trip Rewards

Remember how we said that the site passes on the benefit of their success to the end customer? We really meant it.

MakeMyTrip has partnered with Payback – India’s leading multi-partner reward program to create an invite-only reward structure for its loyal users. Once invited into the program, you can use and redeem Payback points that you earn during your online transactions.

Route Planner

The website comes integrated with a Route Planner that (true to its name) can help you plan your travel out efficiently. If you’re not familiar with traveling around the country, you can use this Route Planner to learn how to get from one destination to another, in a quick and cost effective way!

With its all round focus on making travel simpler, it’s no surprise that MakeMyTrip is one of the leading travel companies in India.

What do you think about MakeMyTrip.com? Share your experience with us, just leave a comment below!

The RedBus Saga – What’s Next After the Ibibo Takeover?

09/07/2013 Bus, Travel

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In a move that is sure to stir up the online travel market in India, Ibibo has acquired Bangalore-based online bus ticketing portal redBus. The firm has moved up the bus ticketing sphere in leaps and bounds from their roots all the way back in 2005. It can be said that such a takeover would be inevitable considering the success of the website, but now that the takeover has happened, there’s just one question that is ringing around online circles – what could be next on redBus’ itinerary?

We take a look.

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The Facts Behind The redBus Acquisition

Ibibo Group is an Indian subsidiary of South African media and the internet group Naspers. The online bus ticketing giant was being promoted by Pilani Soft Labs Pvt Ltd, a company that has now entered into a binding agreement with Ibibo group for this acquisition. The CEO of redBus, Phanindra Sama, has made a quote to the media stating that a deal such as this was inevitable because the company was funded by venture capital and needed to offer an exit strategy for its funders.

Though no official statement has been made as to the value of the deal in question, experts have estimated it to be worth over $100 million.

However, the takeover does not mean redBus will be merging with GoIbibo or TravelBoutiqueOnline.com, which are both travel assets that belong to Ibibo Group. In a statement issued by the firm, this deal will give impetus to its existing travel sites and redBus will continue to operate independently with its core team in place.

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What’s Next On The List?

A firm so obsessed with looking at the minor details before moving on to the bigger picture like redBus has a reputation for covering all bases before expanding further.

It’s safe to say that with this recent takeover solidifying their top-spot in the bus-ticketing sector and with no venture-capitalist influence to affect decision-making, the founders can move forward with penetrating the online space of the industry as a whole. As stated by the CEO of Ibibo Group, Ashish Kashyap, online penetration for bus-ticketing struggles at 5.7% while air travel soars at 28%. This validates the need for the industry leader to push the overall concept forward through service innovation and some increased marketing.

It could also be assumed that like Via and other competitors in the online travel space, redBus will look to expand on another form of road-travel – car based travel. This can be built mainly around cabs and can be tied in with sightseeing at holiday destinations. The bus ticketing experts could use their experience in building a distribution system for an unorganized sector of travel and do the same with the many scattered cab and car rental companies across India. These are just some of the speculated theories of what redBus might get into next.

Whatever their next move is, we’re sure that redBus will continue to make a name for itself as a market leader in the travel space. And with cost-effective discount coupons in the form of travel coupons having been introduced, the whole of India will soon jump on board.

What do you think redBus will do next? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

An In-Depth Review of RedBus

01/07/2013 Bus, Travel

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If there’s one website that’s revolutionized bus travel and bookings in India, it definitely has to be RedBus. One of the initial companies to tap into the online ticket booking space, RedBus has paved the way for making the process of booking bus tickets simpler and way more convenient. The option of using discount coupons while booking tickets adds to the convenience factor too.

So what exactly is RedBus doing right? How does the website retain its strong user base?

Here’s a quick review of some of the key features of RedBus to help you out.

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The Sheer Size and Scale

The first thing that you’re bound to notice when you book your tickets in RedBus is the sheer choice that you have and the multiple options. The website hosts bookings for more than 700 bus operators, which is a huge number. Compare this with other normal booking websites where you’re sure to be stuck with minimal options, and you’ll get the picture.

Thanks to the wide number of options available per route, RedBus allows its users to make a more informed decision when it comes to choosing the right operator for their travel. RedBus is also comprehensive in terms of the number of bus routes covered – it provides bus ticket options across more than 12000 routes in India.

This again makes booking extremely convenient, especially if you’re from Tier 1 or Tier 2 cities like New Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Mumbai, Bangalore, Kochi, Ahmedabad, Surat, and Pune.

Easy To Use Interface

RedBus’ interface is simple, straightforward, and very easy to use – a factor that works heavily in its favour. The website is accessed by people from different backgrounds and cities, which necessitates that it should be highly usable and easy to figure out. The booking process is as easy as it can get – you enter the boarding point, the destination, the date of the journey and hit search – simple as that!

You can even filter your buses out on the basis of the features that you want. For example, AC, Non AC, and Sleeper buses from multiple operators are all listed out initially – and you can choose the ‘type’ of buses you prefer through a simple dropdown list.

A Brand New Concept Called Bus Reviews

RedBus is one-of-its-kind as its users can write bus reviews to provide their onboard experiences. This brings in enormous credibility to the operators in the website, and helps the site’s patrons make the right choice while booking tickets. This unique factor works a lot in RedBus’ favour and is one of the key reasons behind its popularity.

With such features and a smooth payment process (credit, debit cards, or even COD), it’s no wonder that RedBus is one of the pioneers in its space. The easy availability of travel coupons from Redbus is a definite plus too.

Add to this the fact that there are no extra or hidden charges, and you know that you have a winner!

Three Travel Ideas for the Comfort Seeking Cancerians

If Cancer is your sun sign, you’re likely to prefer staying in the comfort of your home rather than setting out to explore the endless road. But hey, it’s a wonderful world out there and what’s more – there are many destinations that are sure to appeal to the romantic in you!

Nothing can beat a Cancerian’s penchant for passion, and those who fall under this sun sign are highly romantic and passionate by nature. If you’re one of them, we’ve singled out three travel destinations that are just about right for your dream romantic getaway.

So pack your bags, grab your discount coupons, and book your tickets – because here they are!

Three Dreamy Destinations for Cancerians

Venice, Italy

Think Venice, and you’ll immediately picture colorful houses, water taxis, gondolas, and calming views. This destination is often rated as one of the most beautiful tourist hotspots in the world, and is highly preferred by couples who plan to spend time alone in a fairytale setting.

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There are quite a lot of sights to see in Venice, including Palazzo Ducale (Doge’s Palace), where you will specifically be able to see where Casanova was once imprisoned. The Bell Tower of St. Mark is yet another relic that has stood the test of time since 1912, and it offers an amazing view of Venice from the top. You can also visit the Scuola Grande di San Rocco and the Jewish Ghetto of Venice during your trip.

Enjoy a ride in a gondola with your partner at sunset – this is an experience that you’ll cherish for the rest of your days!

Cancun, Mexico

If spending time on the beach sounds like a good idea, then Cancun is where you should be. Located right on the edge of the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico, Cancun is replete with pristine white beaches and turquoise waters that attract tourists from across the world.

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Pamper your senses by staying in one of the resorts in Cancun. The town is also known for being the gateway for everything that’s Mayan, so you’ll have the chance to visit Mayan temples, observe their rituals, and unwind between the jungle and the sea. You can even take a jeep safari, water tour, or hire your own boat and drive through lagoons!

Mallorca, Spain

Imagine an island with amazing landscapes, imposing mountains, sunny beaches, and all the Mediterranean food that you can taste, and that’s Mallorca for you in a nutshell. The beaches in Mallorca are right for a romantic vacation, with white sands and crystal clear waters adding a magical touch to the place.

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You can take a guided tour through the towns in Mallorca, and spend time alone in a quiet and secluded beach among the countless ones in the island. Some of the must visit beaches here are Cala Murta, Cala Sant Vicenc, Es Carbo Beach, and Magaluf Beach.

These three destinations are tailor-made for Cancerians, and they provide solitude and a sense of belonging, aspects that make the Cancerian in you feel right at home. And with discounts in the form of coupons from Yatra, MakeMyTrip and Expedia, you can now plan your travel and expenses better, so the time is right to pack your bags and hit the road!

Why You Should Book Your Bus Tickets Online

07/06/2013 Bus, Travel

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Online bus ticket booking is catching up, thanks to some user-friendly websites that are defining the standards for now. These websites bring together a host of features, plus make the entire process of booking extremely convenient for everyone.

When it comes to booking bus tickets online, you’ll have the option of either going for bus-only websites like RedBus or multi-booking sites like MakeMyTrip, where you can do a lot more than just book bus tickets – right from planning the rest of your travel and accommodation out to checking out alternate modes of travel.

So why exactly should you start booking your bus tickets online? Here are a couple of reasons that we’ve compiled for you.

Three Reasons To Book Your Bus Tickets Online

Simpler Reservation Process

Booking tickets offline is a hassle – you’ll have to find the nearest bus ticket provider and go through the bustling traffic to ensure that you’re there on time. Some of the vendors might not accept cards, which will necessitate a trip to the ATM. Towards the end, you’ll end up losing a lot of your time and patience in getting a simple bus ticket.

This is where online bus ticket booking scores – all you need to do is log in from the comfort of your home, enter your details, book your ticket, and voila – you’re done!

More Payment And Refund Options

While booking your bus tickets online, you can choose from multiple payment options, depending on what you find convenient. Most websites, like RedBus and TravelYaari, accept credit and debit cards while booking bus tickets.

In some cases (like RedBus), you can even carry out a cash payment once the ticket has been delivered to you. Based on the operator you’ve chosen, you’ll also get a quick refund once you cancel a bus tickets, within days.

What’s more, you can also get discounts through coupons like RedBus, Makemytrip, and Goibibo while making your payment online, helping you save an additional hole in your wallet!

Pick And Choose From The Best

With more than 700 operators present in such websites across 12000-13000 routes, you’ll have the freedom to choose the exact amenities you require during your travel. Just enter the boarding/destination details and click on search to see a whole list of options for you to choose from. You can filter the results as per your requirements and choose the best available option.

With so many advantages associated with booking bus tickets online, it’s hardly a surprise that more websites are cropping up to compete with the existing ones in the web. The clear winner here is the user, who is sure to be spoilt for choice!

Five Travel Destinations for the Lively Gemini

Geminis are known for their dual nature, and this specifically applies to their travel preferences as well. While they might be the life of the party at night, you’ll typically find them enjoying some time alone in peace the next morning, detached from the worries of the outside world.

It’s fitting that Gemini men and women love travelling, as their footloose nature is sure to take them all across the world, helping them experience the best that earth has to offer.

If you’re a Gemini, the best thing that you can do is pick a travel destination that gives you a fine mix of both peace and revelry, with plenty of activities thrown in to keep your mind occupied. Visiting major cities is always a good idea – the more cultural experiences that are in store, the happier you’re bound to be.

You can also try visiting beaches every once in a while to get away from the concrete jungle, specifically beaches that have more to offer than just sun and sand. Moreover, when you can save money during your travel through travel discount coupons and other offers, do you even need a second reason?

Five Destinations For The Gemini

Sydney, Australia

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If there’s a city that can keep you on your toes, it has to be Sydney!

This beautiful Australian city has a lot to offer, so spend your time exploring the beaches and the famed harbor. There are many options for sightseeing as well, so a visit to the Harbour Bridge and Opera House should surely be in the cards. What’s more, Sydney has some amazing kayaking spots, so you can try your hand at that too!

A ferry ride to Manly, across the harbor, is also something that you should take up.

Goa, India

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Goa, the quintessential hippie paradise, is sure to enchant with all that it has to offer. Famed for its beaches, churches, and unique Portuguese architecture (in India, of all places!), this destination is just about right for you.  Party through the night with people from all over the world, and when the sun rises back up again, retire to the beach and let the waves soothe your mind.

The beaches in North Goa, especially Vagator, Anjuna, and Candolim are where the action is centered. If your plan is to get away from civilization and just laze in the beach, try Bogmalo, Benaulim, and Palolem, three popular beaches from South Goa.

Rome, Italy

Colosseum in night

One of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, Rome is one place that you wouldn’t want to leave. The sheer list of places to see can excite you, right from the Catacombs and the Colosseum to the fountains, aqueducts, palaces, churches, and museums that dot the landscape.

While you’re there, try the renowned Italian food as well!

Paris, France

Eiffel tower

Paris is associated with everything that’s at once beautiful and elegant, and the experiences that this city has to offer can keep you enthralled for long. A visit to the famous Eiffel Tower is of course on top of the list, followed by visits to the Louvre, Notre Dame de Paris, the Arc de Triomphe, and the Champs Elysees.

You can also visit the Palace of Versailles to get a taste of the former kingdom, and the Chateau de Vincennes, a medieval castle that can throw some light into older times.

Istanbul, Turkey

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The cultural center of Turkey, Istanbul is fast rising as one of the most preferred and visited destinations in the world. The city offers a mix of religious and historical places for you to visit, all dating back to the Ottoman, Byzantine, or Roman era. Places that you should surely visit include the Basilica Cistern, the Hagia Sophia, the Sultanahmet Mosque, and Topkapi Palace.

To soothe your eyes with the sight of pine groves and wooden mansions, visit the Princes’ Islands, located in the south-eastern part of the city.

These destinations are ideal for every Gemini to visit, and even though the plans might seem expensive at first, you can save money in your travel expenses through deals and coupons like MakeMyTrip, ClearTrip, and Yatra.

Now that you’ve got the checklist (again, a Gemini essential), pack your bags and catch up with other cultures!

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