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Must-not-do list essential before you embark for vacation

by amit.uniyal 29. September 2015 06:10

A vacation or an adventure trip is something everyone loves. Before embarking on your holidays making a must-do list might also be a priority for you. But, do you know that making a must-not-do list is also necessary too. If you still haven’t done so before then here are some of the cultural norms and laws that you need to know beforehand in order to avoid landing into trouble in the destination you are planning to visit.

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Avoid going in public in bathing suit only in Barcelona

There are two nude beaches in Barcelona. However, the laws in the city are quite stricter when it comes to exposing nudity. Whether you are in swim trunks or bikini, you must not venture in public at all wearing bathing suit only. The Spanish city treats it as illegal, and you might have to pay a fine when violating it. It will also attract looks from offended locals. Always remember to cover up properly before you decide to leave the beach, even though you are not in any nude beaches.

Don’t wear camouflage in Barbados

When you are vacationing in Barbados, make it a point to never wear a camouflage. It is strictly prohibited here as only the members of the military are permitted to do so. The government of Barbados had promulgated a ban in the 1980s for preventing gang members from robbing people or impersonating soldiers. Though this isn’t a problem these days but the offenders can be fined as the law still remains.

Carrying chewing gum to Singapore is illegal

Carrying chewing gum along with you from other country to Singapore is prohibited. The government of Singapore has made the import of chewing gum illegal since 1982 because of the extensive damage done to the public transit system. Before the ban was promulgated, the government had to spend millions of dollars for cleaning up the gum litter and damage. Those who are caught selling or importing chewing gum can be punished with a fine or even jail time. Some gum for “therapeutic” purposes are however permitted now.

Pigeon feeding in Venice is punishable

Tourists consider throwing birdseed in Venice's Piazza San Marco as an innocent pastime. However, the local government has banned the tourists from feeding the massive pigeon population in the city because of the constant damage being brought by them to the statues and also the need for regular cleanup. Those found feeding the pigeons can be punished with a fine.

Kissing and touching females forbidden in Dubai

If you are planning to visit Dubai and Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) along with your spouse or girlfriend, then you should be aware of the public decency laws prohibiting kissing and/or touching females publicly. The laws in the UAE are stricter than those in the Western countries. If you do so then you might have to pay hefty fines or even land up in jail.

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Important Myths to know about Adventure Travel

by amit.uniyal 21. September 2015 05:22

Have you ever been on an adventure travel? Those adventurous at heart are always upbeat about this. But those who haven’t done so before or been infrequent adventurers might feel hesitant on embarking on such a visit. Whether you want to go for hiking, biking, mountaineering or surfing the coast, here are some of the important myths you need to know before planning adventure travel.

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Adventure travel can be dangerous and risky

Most people think that adventure travel can be quite dangerous and risky. But this is farther from truth. The most difficult part that goes into the planning for adventure travel is training, safety and tour operator’s sill level. You need to ensure that you have made the right choice. The tour operator should be experienced and skilled in organizing a climbing expedition, bungee jump or river rafting. You need not worry. The only thing you are required to ensure that you have selected the perfect tour operator who adheres to stringent safety requirements when organizing adventure activities for you.

Too much expense is involved in adventure travel

Here’s yet another myth. Most of the people believe that adventure travel is an expensive proposition. This is also not at all true. You just need to be smart enough when it comes to spending money. Try to do a little research and you will find a host of adventure travel options. Some of these can be indeed quite affordable. The adventure travel comes in different hues. The time, place and activity can be different. The choice is completely yours to choose that is inexpensive or go for the luxurious and expensive option. Also, during your entire vacation period you can opt to stay in moderately priced hotels and eating at economical restaurants. This will help you in saving a good amount of money.

You are required to remain in shape for adventure travel

There are many people who believe that for taking an adventure activity such as a hiking or biking trip you are required to be in robust shape and undertake an exhaustive training regimen before going out. This is also not true in most cases. There some adventure activities that do require you to maintain fitness, but still there are most that remain accessible and want you to maintain a moderate level of fitness. Remember that there are good adventure providers that will first of all assess your fitness and accordingly provide only those activities that really suit you.

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Best last-minute Labor Day getaways in the United States

by amit.uniyal 2. September 2015 02:49
It will soon be curtains on the summer season. Labor Day is also round the corner. The first Monday of September is usually celebrated as Labor Day ever since 1882 in the United States. The celebration first started in New York City, and is now celebrated across the country after being declared an official holiday in honor of the labor groups by President Grover Cleveland. This year the Labor Day will be observed on Monday, September 7. With a long weekend ahead, why not say the last hurrah to summer with some great getaways to the destination of your choice in the country. Here are some of the popular destinations to enjoy your short vacation during the fantastic weekend.

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New York City

New York City is the most frequented tourism hotspot in the U.S. today. The city is home many famous attractions such as the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, Broadway shows, Times Square, museums and shopping plazas. There is lot to do in New York than in other parts of the country. New York City is also the birthplace of Labor Day. It is undoubtedly the perfect place to spend your weekend.

Boston

Boston is the most popular city getaways for families. The city revels in its history and rich heritage, and has some wonderful seafood to offer. If you enjoy eating lobsters then there are some great lobster stands for you throughout the city. If you want to explore Boston’s historical past consider visiting Faneuil Hall or taking the Freedom Trail. There’s lot more for your kids as well and will keep them engaged and happy. Take your kids to the Boston’s Children Museum or to the Museum of Science where there are 500 hands-on exhibits. So, make it a point to head to Boston for Labor Day.

Los Angeles

With its iconic attractions like Hollywood, Disneyland and Universal Studios, Los Angeles is the top weekend getaway in the U.S. This is surely the place to visit for Labor Day where you can get opportunity to catch a glimpse of your favourite movie star or TV celebrity. There is no better place to go in the country than Los Angeles to celebrate the Labor Day.

Orlando

The magical Disney World in Orlando is the perfect place to spend your Labor Day. With its two water parks, five theme parks, Downtown Disney and much more, this fantastic place may look a bit crowded, but you won’t remain empty handed because there’s something for everyone here. So, why not visit Orlando this year for Labor Day. 

Washington DC

With its incredible monuments such as the White House, the US Capitol and the Smithsonian museums, there’s no better place than Washington DC to spend your Labor Day. There’s a lot to do, see and enjoy in this capital city of the United States. Don’t miss out visiting this magnificent city.

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