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So you’re trying to choose your next travel destination. There are so many factors to consider. Weather, culture, safety, affordability. You want to be able to afford the trip without breaking the bank, but you also don’t want some bog standard trip that will leave you yawning. You’d like a break from the chill of home. You want to try out new foods. You want to be able to walk the streets without fear of harassment. So where do you head? Well, Malaysia would be a good place to start.

Malaysia is a cultural hub, with influences from cultures across the globe. There’s a range of delicious cuisine on offer here. Restaurants serve Mexican, Chinese, Continental and Malaysian dishes that will leave you full but still wanting more. Beyond delectable cuisine lies architectural genius and marvelous displays of historical artifacts. Beautiful churches and museums a plenty. Take time out to take a look at St Paul’s Church and the Sultanese Museum in particular.

Whether active or sedentary, there are places and activities that will fulfill all of your wishes. Vast areas showcase clean beaches, vibrant rainforests, impressive waterfalls and beautiful landscapes. If you’re on holiday to relax and recuperate, lie back in a hammock with a fruity cocktail. If you’re restless and always need to be doing something, there are plenty of alternative options to basking in the sun. Go on treks or try out snorkeling. Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the region.

Maybe you’re a shop-a-holic. If so, you’re in luck. Kuala Lumpur is one of the shopping capitals of the world. The city’s huge shopping complex offers everything. From designer brands to handmade trinkets. Amazing discounts, offers and sales are frequently available to travellers. If this sounds right up your street, book a hotel room in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Saving Money

Believe it or not, all of these things are relatively affordable. You just have to be smart with your spending and make choice purchases as you go. Here are a few tips and tricks to make great savings on your Malaysian holiday.

Book Accommodation Early

It’s frequently the case that the earlier you book, the greater savings and discounts you can get. Check out price comparison sites for good deals. Remember that you can often bargain. Prices are often negotiable and some hotels and rooms to let will negotiate prices. Especially if you are staying for a week or longer.

Indirect Flights

If you’re not in a rush, you might like to consider indirect flights. These are often cheaper. They might see you stopping over in a different location for a few hours as you change flights, but the saving is often worth it.

Peak Times

Avoid peak times. This is when prices go through the roof. If possible, don’t travel during school holidays, as the travel industry takes advantage of parents who only have select slots to get away for a summer break.

Cut Back On Excesses

Some things just aren’t necessary. Extra leg room might be more comfortable, but that money can be better spent somewhere else. Pack light to avoid excess baggage fees. Many of us overpack and realize we’ve barely touched some of the things we’ve taken on holiday with us.

Have you ever wanted to just stare at the most beautiful islands on Earth? Here they are, in their full glory.

 

Maui, Hawaii

 

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Maui is one of the most unusual islands in the world. It sits atop a 10,000-foot volcano, but don’t let that put you off. The island plays host to many of the traditional tourist attractions, including golf and scuba diving in its warm Pacific waters. The island is also a great place to hike, thanks to the elevation of the central volcanic mountain. Along the way, you’ll discover waterfalls, black sand beaches from the volcanic ash, and marine life. Many people who venture to the island also enjoy watersports, including surfing and windsurfing. There’s even some fashionable shops.

 

 

Andaman Nicobar, India

 

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The Andaman Nicobar Islands are a chain of more than 300 islands over 1,000 miles off the east coast of India. They’re famous for their dense tropic jungle and unique wildlife. In fact, the islands host some of the most unusual species in the world, being so far away from the nearest land.

 

 

Bora Bora, Pacific Ocean

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The island of Bora Bora is a tiny volcanic island in the middle of the Pacific ocean. It’s just six miles wide and two miles long. James Cook, the eighteenth-century British explorer, called the island the pearl of the Pacific. And he wasn’t joking. Here you’ll find warm waters and a lagoon that circumnavigates the island. The primary industry here is tourism. Here tourists get to enjoy some of the most magical island experiences in the world, including swimming with fish. But because Bora Bora is so isolated, it costs a lot of money to service it with supplies. As a result, the prices are high. If you want to go to this little spot of paradise, you’ll have to save your money.

 

 

Galapagos, Pacific Ocean

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The island of Galapagos isn’t just a beautiful tropical paradise. It’s also an island that had an enormous bearing on the future of science. It was here, more than 100 years ago, that Charles Darwin was inspired to think up the theory of evolution. Since then, his theory has stood the test of time. As you might expect, the wildlife of Galapagos is truly unique. It’s nothing like the life found throughout the rest of the world. It evolved separately, along its own path.

Galapagos is an island around 600 miles to the west of Ecuador in South America. There’s plenty of opportunities to enjoy the unique wildlife on the island at the Charles Darwin Research Station. There are also many white sand beaches teeming with island life. For the adventurous, a trip to the island’s Sierra Negra volcano is always a treat.

 

St. Martin, Caribbean

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No tour of the world’s best islands would be complete without a mention of the Caribbean. St Martin represents all we associate with the Caribbean: laid back lifestyle and wonderful weather. But it’s an island that also has it’s own interesting history. The island is carved up into two parts. The north is controlled by the French, the South by the Netherlands. In the north, you’ll find beautiful food and high cuisine. In the south, you’ll find casinos and a healthy nightlife.

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