Planning your Ibiza 2015 Calendar? Pacha Info & Tickets here!

David Guetta

Let's beat those blues today with Ibiza residency info! 
Welcoming the 2015 season, here are some Pacha highlights we can expect:

David Guetta back for another F*** Me I'M Famous Season

He opens on the 28th May and continues every Thursday until 1st October! sort out your tickets for this right now. Check out this link > TICKETS & INFO

Remember if you book a voyage with the Pacha 67 Sailboat, you can choose entry to this event as your complimentary club night!


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Steve Aoki 

Steve Aoki's Playhouse at Pacha 

Steve Aoki returns to Pacha for a second year running for a 19 week residency! From 25th May 2015 to 28th September. For more information and to grab some tickets to make your grey mornings that much brighter. Check out this link > TICKETS & INFO


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Bob Sinclar

Bob Sinclar returns to Pure Pacha 

Bob Sinclar will headline Pure Pacha every Saturday as from 23rd May and closing on the 3rd October! Start getting excited now! Check out this link > TICKETS & INFO



Get excited for Ibiza 2015 with us!



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We got Mail! - Interview with Natalie from Cosmos Mariners

Jekyll Island, Georgia (2011). Natalie with her husband Landon. 

Postcard Snapshot: 

When did you first start traveling? When I was 2, I took a road trip from South Carolina to Florida to go to Walt Disney World.
How many countries visited? 11
Favourite Country? the UK
Best travel advice ever received? No matter if your experience is good or bad, you’ll still have some great stories!
Where are you now? Charleston, South Carolina

In-depth with Cosmos Mariners: 

Please tell us a bit about who you are, what made you love travel?

I grew up traveling with my family—whenever my parents had a long weekend off from work, we were off some place! My parents carried my sister and I all over the place, so by the time I graduated from high school, I’d gone as far north as Prince Edward Island, Canada, as far south as the Yucatan peninsula in Mexico, as far east as England, and as far west as California. I also moved around a lot during elementary school because of my dad’s job, and I loved the adventure of a new house, a new school, and new friends.

Fresh Creek, Andros, Bahamas (2007). Natalie with her sister Amber.

As an adult, I travel part-time since my husband has a location-based job in finance that he loves. I have a background in teaching literature at the college level, though I left that three years ago to pursue my loves of freelance writing and travel blogging. I get restless if I don’t have new trips planned, so my travel blogging helps temper the wanderlust enough that my husband can deal with me when I’m not away!

How did you bring about Cosmos Mariners? What is it all about and to what type of traveller is it dedicated to? 

Originally, Cosmos Mariners was started back in 2010 as a way to share my newlywed life with our family and friends who lived all over. I wrote about our travels, but it was just one of many things I talked about. In November 2013, I rebranded with the new Cosmos Mariners name and a more serious approach to blogging. By May 2014, I realized that I loved my travel posts more than any of the other lifestyle stuff I was writing, so I made the switch to strictly travel blogging—and I haven’t looked back! 

Cosmos Mariners is a travel blog that combines my love of learning with my love of exploring the world. I tried very hard to be a professional student for a long time and went to law school and grad school before I figured I should do something with my life. Through my travel blog, I want to share the rich history, literary backgrounds, and culture of the places I visit—though, as I learned when I was teaching college Literature—it’s a thin line between sharing knowledge and boring people to death. Because of this, I don’t just list out facts and figures, and I try to infuse my literary and historical knowledge with humor and relevance. I hope that my readers are travelers who also want to learn!

From your favourite country mentioned above, what top experiences would you suggest cannot be missed? Either for the country as a whole or a town / city within it.

I’ve been to the UK 5 times in 10 years, and to say that I’m an Anglophile is putting it mildly. A study abroad stint in London was a major factor in my decision to get a graduate degree in British Literature. 

Trafalgar Square, London (2005)

If you’re visiting the UK, I’d highly recommend going to more than one area in it. The culture of Wales is vastly different than that in Scotland, and London has its own charms and traditions. People who aren’t from the UK are quick to lump all of it together, but doing so really undermines the history and social fabric there! Definitely spend time in the big cities like London, Liverpool, and Edinburgh, but get out into the country to explore the castles, abbeys, and gorgeous scenery, too.

Two / Three hints or tips for travellers wanting to travel to your favourite destination? 

Make use of the public transportation. Like much of Europe, the UK has a great train system, and London’s Tube is very reliable. I didn’t have a car during my study abroad session—I exclusively used the bus, train, and Tube—and I never missed access to an automobile.

Do the touristy stuff. I know so many travelers shy away from doing the Top 10 type places when traveling, but the UK is packed with these culturally and historically important places—it would be a shame to miss out on visiting Hampton Court Palace, Edinburgh Castle, or the Tower of London just because they’re popular. Particularly in western history and literature, the UK has shaped our modern culture from the works of Shakespeare to the way we speak modern English (you can thank the Great Vowel Shift for that).

What's your funniest / most embarrassing thing that's happened to you while traveling? 

When I was coming back from my study abroad experience in London, I was getting over a bad cold and couldn’t wait to get home. I decided to get a hotel room attached to the airport so I could get up very early for my flight and not worry about transportation. The hotel handed out a card to my room to other guests, so I had people try to come into my room at 3 the morning of my 6:45 AM flight. Needless to say, I didn’t go back to sleep! I made my way down to the boarding area, only to find that there was mass chaos since my flight was overbooked. The airline attendants tried to bump me, but I refused since I wanted to go home RIGHT THEN. When I got up to the counter, I was told that my suitcase was over the kilo limit, but I had no clue what that meant (thanks America for not teaching the metric system like everyone else!). I got out of line, had to buy a new suitcase, and then had to transfer part of my clothes into a new bag in front of the other 400 people waiting in line. By the time I got on the plane, I was exhausted, stressed out, sick, and thinking, “What else could possibly go wrong!?!?!"

If you had just won the lottery, where would you travel to tomorrow or what travel experience would you try? 

Oh, this is SO hard because I have a ton of places that I want to go! I’d love to do a literary-based road trip around the UK, take a cruise to Antarctica, visit the French Polynesia, or see Eastern Europe. I’d also love to buy a condo on that cruise ship that continually circles the globe, so I could hop on and off whenever I wanted!


Meet Natalie from Cosmos Mariners! - Zip lining in St. Maarten (2010)


For fellow bloggers/writers out there: 
What advice would you give to start up bloggers? 

Be patient. From the time that I got serious about blogging (in November 2013) to now has been a long, slow road, and I’m just beginning to see a substantial following and community grow up around my blog. There were nights where I thought I was just talking to myself and got very discouraged. Just know that with perseverance, patience, and consistence, your blog WILL grow!


We would like to thank Natalie for her time with this interview and you can catch more from her and her travels right here >
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The Cost of Travelling Singapore for 4 Days

So you are travelling through Koh Phi Phi, sat on a tug boat with twenty other travellers and you hear them mention Singapore. First thing I hear is that they spent nearly all of their time in McDonalds because everything was just too expensive... We freaked!

Nevertheless, we had heard good things about the place and couldn't resist going, so glad we did!































Here is our complete day by day breakdown of what we spent and we managed to do a bit of everything, including Universal Studios and the Singapore Night Zoo!  


Four days in Singapore on a budget included: 

Hotel: Bunc @ Radius Little India

We stayed in Little India as it was the most economical hostel we could find at the time for June and we could not complain one bit as it was perfectly located in the heart of the city. It was one of the few hostels we stayed at during our time and the experience was great! The only thing we didn't quite like was the gentleman we had to room with couldn't stop snoring and that's obviously nothing to do with the amenities or quality of the hostel. 

There were several types of rooms and we chose the one that housed about 30 people (16 bed), mixed gender. The great thing about this place was that we could purchase a double bed bunk, which mean't we didn't have to sleep far away from each other, great for first time hostel guests. 


 

Our stay here included continental breakfast that you could have in a dorm-recreational type reception. Mainly toast and cereal on the menu, but great for the price we paid in what is mean't to be one of the most expensive cities in the world. 

Four (4) nights B&B at Bunc @ Radius Little India = £89.00 for 2 people. 
Doesn't include the $20 (Singapore dollars) deposit we needed to give for our keys (we got them back though!) 


Food - Lunches, Dinners and Snacks!
(Singapore Dollars - for 2 people)

Day 1 - $35.00 
Dinner 
Coffee at the famous Arab Street 
Snacks for the room

Day 2 - $115.00
Lunch at the well known Maxwell Hawker stall (great cheap vibrant place!)
Tea at High Society Cafe in Marina Bay Sands 
Dinner at Hooters (after months of Asian food, we fancied some Western when we saw it!)

Day 3 - $93.00
Light Lunch 
Snacks for Universal Studios 
Dinner within Universal Studios park 

Day 4 - £65.00 
McDonalds Lunch (we had to!) 
Dinner at Bongo Burger within Singapore Night Safari 

This brings our food to a total of $308.00 for two people. Roughly totaling £150.00 for two people, £18.75 per person per day. Not bad at all! This could have been cheaper if we had not eaten in so many restaurant chains. Hawker stalls are plenty throughout Singapore too! 















Activities - Museums, Zoo's & Universal Studios! 

We were not going to go to Singapore and not enjoy the various attractions, so here is a list of places we went to and how much each cost us: 

Singapore Museum: $20.00
Universal Studios : $146.00
Cinema : $29.00
Night Safari : $90.00 (including transport)
Arcade : $5.00 

Finally, Marina Bay Sands Observation Deck, something truly spectacular happened here, we were just about to buy our tickets, when a mother and her two sands were walking out of the information booth. She turned to us and happily gave us her unused tickets to go up! We had never been so thankful and kept a smile on our faces the whole day. 




  

All this totalled $290.00 - Roughly £140.00 for us both. Considering we spent four whole days, we were never bored and managed to do a bit of everything from cultural museums to turning into a kid again and visiting the zoo!


The Final Tally

After four days in Singapore the total spent was: 

Hotel: £89.00 
Food: £150.00 
Activities: £140.00 

Total: £379.00 - just under £100.00 a day for us both! 
We then spent about £16.00 to get from the Hotel to the Airport on our final day, so much more convenient than getting public transport.

If you'd like to travel Southeast Asia, but don't want to do it alone, G Adventures create amazing packages. We actually went with them throughout Vietnam and can say it was one of the best experiences we had in those two weeks, the amount of friends we made in such a short time is something we will cherish forever. 


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Colourful capitals, traditional culture and tropical natural wondersthis adventure is seasoned with all the spice you would expect from these exotic regions. Savour the jumble of Melaka's colonial past by digging into local delicacies, cool off at a tea plantation in the Cameron Highlands or hike through peaceful rainforest. With hotels, transport and a number of included activities arranged by our expert CEOs, this adventure offers up a great combination of must-see highlights and free time to explore on your own.