Planning a trip to Amsterdam? A proposed tourist tax hike could make it more expensive

In an effort to attract big spenders and curb “falafel-eating” tourists, who spend most of their holiday loitering around the red-light district, Amsterdam’s city officials are considering a tourist tax hike that could make visits to the Dutch capital more expensive. Currently, visitors pay 5% of their room rate in the city centre, which is expected to rise to 6% next year. But if Alderman Udo Kock has his way, that could rise to as much as €10 per night in 2019, according to local newspaper Het Parool. Because while the…

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Planning your next holiday? Here are top 5 travel stories of the week to inspire you

Many of us are perpetually day dreaming about our next vacation. The research and planning that goes into it before actually taking off also lends itself a certain thrill. Whether you’re a nature lover, a culture vulture or looking for a digital detox, we’ve got you covered. Check out our best travel features from this week: 1) Find solitude in Kasar Devi and Binsar Valley in Uttarakhand If you’re looking to experience peace and silence, head to the lap of Uttrakhand. In Kasar Devi and Binsar Valley, explore old temples,…

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Planning a solo trip this monsoon? Check out these 8 tips before you head out

No doubt, travelling with the squad is great fun. But sometimes the best travel companion you can have is yourself. In fact, more and more Indian women have started undertaking solo trips. If you are a person who does not like following fixed itineraries, hate clicking selfies, love to sample local cuisines and enjoy backpacking, then travelling solo can be a rewarding experience for you. However, the monsoon can play spoilsport if the right precautions are not taken. So, before you pack your bags and get set for a vacation with yourself,…

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Planning a trip to Meghalaya? Maintain cleanliness to avoid being fined

Tourists visiting scenic Meghalaya could land themselves in jail if they are found littering the roads or tourists spots, according to an advisory from the state police. Citizens are to keep order on public roads, streets and all the tourist spots and desist from causing obstruction, injury or annoyance to passersby, or cause pollution and littering in any public roads and tourist spot, East Khasi Hills district superintendent of police Davis N R Marak said in a statement today. In fact, the state also has the distinction of having the cleanest…

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Planning a vacation? Here’s what you should keep in mind while booking a hotel

A holiday with your loved ones gives you the chance to great incredible memories. However, while planning a family vacation, multiple factors need to be considered – from managing the needs of all of your family members, to ensuring that the hotel fits in your budget. Saddam Zaroo, Managing Director of Hotel RK Sarovar Portico, Srinagar, and Puneet Jaggi, Managing Director of travel agency TravelDecorum.com, list down things one needs to keep in mind while booking a hotel for a family vacation: * Location of the hotel: One should select the hotel…

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Planning a vacation to London? Don’t forget to visit these 5 unusual museums

If you’re in the UK capital this summer and are looking for alternatives to the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey and Piccadilly Circus, take the opportunity to discover some of London’s smaller and lesser-known museums. 1) Pollock’s Toy Museum: You won’t need all day, but Pollock’s Toy Museum is still worth the detour into London’s Fitzrovia. All the family will enjoy the six small rooms full of dolls, puppets, bears and toys from around the world. The grandson of Marguerite Fawdry, who first started the museum initially in an attic room…

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Planning for Your Club’s Next Big Meet-Up: How to Make It Happen

For a lot of people, joining clubs is a great way to meet many like-minded individuals who can provide them with a sense of belongingness within an exclusive community. If you’re the leader of a successful club, you’re probably already aware of just how much a lot of your members look forward to meeting others within your community. That’s why meet-ups are a fantastic way to engage with your members and to have them forge stronger bonds among one another. How do you go about the business ofplanning for your…

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