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Tips to remember for your next road trip adventure

by amit.uniyal 13. May 2015 04:56

Are you the one who more often hit the roads for a long haul fun and adventurous ride? For most of them, adventure is just another passion. The quintessential roadies simply love setting off on a sojourn to explore the uncharted territories. This is for sheer fun, new experiences and information. If the craving for adventure is getting the better of you then surely a road trip along with your kids and family is the best way to know the unknown and simultaneously have unlimited fun. Here are some valuable tips for all those who are preparing or ready to embark on a road trip involving several days.

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First things first! Now that you are all set to go on a memorable ride, what should be your first step that should go into your preparation? Whether you will use your recreational vehicle or a car for the road trip, you must ensure that it is perfect working order. An inspection shortly before your trip is a must to make sure that everything is functioning appropriately and in perfect order.

Keep navigation tools handy
Navigation tools are a prerequisite whether you hit out on the roads frequently or for the first time. You must buy a good paper map or make use of smartphone for downloading it. This is essential for finding your destination easily. There many mobile apps available these days that will let you know the interesting sites and the stops that you need to take along your route. Apart from using the maps and guidebooks, you should also make it a point to double check your path from a local. Technology is good, but a confirmation from a human being is surely the best. This is absolutely a good way to save yourself from frustration and wasting time.

Come well equipped with emergency needs
Just imagine a scenario that you are all alone fending for yourself with no help at hand on the route you are taking. If you are not well equipped for any eventuality that might come along your way, it’s simply frustrating. And, you will know this better than others. The best way, of course, is to come fully equipped with the emergency supplies such as a spare tire, extra fuses, at least a quart of motor oil, pillows and sleeping bags (just in case you want to set up camp during night), cell phone along with a charger, emergency tool kit (comprising of duct tape, tire sealant, a multipurpose tool, a flashlight, a knife and jumper cables), a first-aid kit, a credit card, and plenty of cash (in case you are unable to find an ATM on the route). These things are absolutely important to carry along with you to avoid untoward happenings and save from frustration.

Stock up snacks, meals, music and games

A long haul road trip should a pleasurable and memorable experience. So, while driving you should also simultaneously enjoy music, games, snacks and good meals as well. While setting off for your ride, do remember to stock up on meals, snacks and drinks. And, don’t forget to bring along with you travel games and some good music suiting everyone’s tastes. This will not only keep you entertained, but also help save money by choosing to eat your own meals and snacks instead of stopping at fast food joints along your way. A collapsible cooler filled with ice is also an important thing to carry along with you in order to keep your food fresh and beverages cold.

Lastly, here’s the most important thing that you should always take as a precaution. Try to be always realistic. Don’t put yourself in unnecessary stress. Do only as much driving that you can handle. If you think you should call it a day or night, then just don’t hesitate and do it anyway. These are some of the helpful tips that are going to help you prepare well for your road adventure trip and make it more fun and enjoyable.

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Galle -- The jewel of Sri Lanka’s southern coast

by amit.uniyal 12. May 2015 05:19

The capital of Sri Lanka’s southern province, the ocean facing the city of Galle has come into prominence once again. The devastating Asian Tsunami of December 2004 had all but destroyed this ancient trading city, founded by the Portuguese and developed by the Dutch colonists during the 16th century. Over the last ten years, the city has slowly been rebuilt with local and foreign aid. Today, this beautiful port city once again brims with stylish hotels, boutiques, cafes and restaurants especially within its fortified area and is firmly registered on the global travel radar.

Getting to Galle

The Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) is the primary access point for international travelers to Sri Lanka. Several local tour operators have kiosks at the airport. In order to get to Galle in relative comfort, you can hire a private car at the airport. The travel time to Galle from Colombo is approximately three hours depending on traffic conditions.

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However, if you are looking for a cheaper option to get to Galle, you could use the local train or express bus.

Express buses to Galle leave from Colombo’s Mahagrama bus station every twenty minutes from 5am onwards daily. This bus station is located to the southeast of Colombo city center. Travel by express bus to Galle from Colombo usually takes three hours as well.

To get to Galle by train from Colombo, you need to start your journey from Colombo’s Maradana Station. You’re more likely to secure a seat here than at Colombo Fort Station where the train usually arrives packed. Train tickets for this second-class train journey cannot be reserved in advance, so it makes sense to buy your ticket at Mardana Station, the starting point of this train trip.  There is also a first-class train service for which tickets can be reserved in advance, but this service operates only once a week on Thursdays and departs from Colombo at the ungodly hour of 6.30 AM.

No matter which route you choose, your journey will take you through the lush Lankan countryside, along the coast while you traverse charming whitewashed villages, lush green fields, and dense coconut groves.

Best time to travel to Galle

Sri Lanka like neighboring India has a year round tropical climate with distinct dry and wet seasons. The Southwest monsoon arrives on the island of Sri Lanka during the months of June to September. This period is Sri Lanka’s wet season, a season when torrential rain showers are common. The best time to visit Galle is between December and February when average daily temperatures hover around 27 to 29 C (80 to 82F). During this time, the dry season rainfall is scarce, and breezes from the sea produce an air-conditioning effect on the island.

Attractions

Galle Fort

Galle Fort, a fortified city, built by the Portuguese and then enhanced by the Dutch in the 16th century is the most prominent attraction in Galle. The Fort is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that extends over 36 hectares and contains several ochre colored colonial era buildings that once housed administrative headquarters and homes of the Dutch colonists. Today many of these buildings have been restored and house stylish hotels, boutiques, and cafes. Thick, granite ramparts encircle the fort until today. These ramparts prevented it from being destroyed by the devastating Tsunami of 2004.

The Lighthouse

The Galle Fort lighthouse is one of the first structures that you will spot while exploring the fort city. The lighthouse is one of the fourteen lighthouses that remain in Sri Lanka and is the oldest one on the island. The Galle Fort lighthouse dates back to 1848 though a fire destroyed the original structure in 1936. Its replacement, which stands until today was built in 1949 and rises to a height of 26 meters. Visitors are not allowed to enter the lighthouse but can view it from the outside.  

Flag Rock

Flag Rock located at the southernmost end of the fort is a bastion, which was built on the top of a natural rock outcrop. The Portuguese and the Dutch used to signal approaching ships from this bastion. They used flags as signals during good visibility conditions and fired muskets from nearby Pigeon Island during times of reduced visibility. Today, Flag Rock is the favored locale for a sunset stroll and attracts locals (brave young lads today use flag rock as a diving platform) and tourists alike.

The Dutch Reformed Church

The Dutch Reformed Church is located near the new entrance to Galle Fort. This beautiful edifice dates back to 1754, and it stands on the site of an older church built by the Portuguese in 1640. The church is an architectural marvel as the building’s walls support its roof, as there are no pillars located inside the church. The caretaker of the church is often on hand and acts as a guide for sightseers offering insights about the construction of the church. For instance, gravestones from the old Dutch cemetery make up the floor of the church and the organ, is the original instrument that dates back to 1760.

The Dutch Hospital

This large, colonnaded structure, which once served as an infirmary for the European colonists ravaged by tropical diseases has recently been restored and is now a smart shopping and dining destination at Galle Fort.

Galle Cricket Ground

If you follow the game of cricket, you must know the historic Galle cricket ground that is located near Galle Fort. The ground is more than hundred years old, but the tsunami wrecked havoc on the field and surrounding stands and almost wiped them out completely. However, the grounds and stadium have now been restored and are ready to host games once again.

Sea Turtle Hatchery

The small but fascinating Sea Turtle Hatchery is a non-profit organization that works to protect Sri Lanka’s turtle population. Sri Lanka is home to five varieties of turtles, the Olive Ridley, the Loggerhead, the Hawksbill, the Green and the Leatherhead turtle. These turtles come to nest at various locations on the island including Galle. The hatchery aims to protect the turtles of Sri Lanka by collecting and securing the turtle eggs from fishermen and other residents of the area. The hatchery's staffs store the eggs in the hatchery’s onsite incubators and when the eggs hatch, the baby turtles are released into the wild. The hatchery aims to educate the local population who are prone to consuming these precious turtle eggs.

Where to stay

Accommodation choices are abundant in Galle. There are lodgings to suit every travel budget. The UNESCO recognized Galle Fort Hotel, the Amangalla, the Kahanda Kanda, the Fortress and the Fort Printers Hotel are some of the well-known luxury hotels located in Galle. Aside from conventional hotels, travelers can also choose to stay in fully staffed villas and boutique residences for a more intimate stay. Villa Indisch, the Frangipani Tree, and the Turtle Beach House are some of the well-known villa resorts of the Galle Area.

Eat, shop and play

Galle is a coastal city and is known for its beautiful beaches. No matter where you choose to stay, you should rent a tuk tuk and tour the area’s beaches such as Unawatuna, Weligama, Hikkaduwa, and Tangalle.

The narrow, winding streets and colonial edifices of the Galle Fort play host to several chic shops and restaurants. Visit stores like Barefoot and Odel LUV SL two homegrown lifestyle brands that offer stylish clothing, accessories, gift items, cosmetics, local foods and much more at reasonable prices.

Other stores worth perusing include Mimimango, Sithuvilli(artworks and artifacts), Souk 58 and the Dutch Gallery (curios and souvenirs) and Mansion Crafts(local handicrafts). Sri Lanka is famous for its gemstones and many small jewelry stores dot the streets of the Galle Fort. Laksana, Pedlar’s Inn Jewelers, and Jo Jo are some favorite haunts for jewelry shopping at the Galle Fort.  Also worth a visit is the Laksala store (the Government owned souvenir and gift boutique), which is located just outside the main gate of the Galle Fort.

If you need a respite from the relentless Lankan heat, head to the bars at the Amangalla and Galle Fort Hotels. Both these watering holes are favored pit spots during excursions of the Galle Fort Area. Try area restaurants like Mamas Roof  Café( Western and Sri Lankan cuisine), Pedlar’s Inn Café (coffee and casual fare), Serendipity Arts Café  or Nicos@Olanda if you need to grab a bite or want to stop for a coffee or tea.  If you rather eat on the beach, then the beachfront Wijeya Beach Hut, which serves a selection of western eats including wood-oven pizzas, is worth a visit.

 

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A Peek into some of the new and best hotels in the world

by Admin 11. May 2015 06:46

Are you a travel geek who loves visiting places around the world for sheer adventure or fun? No matter what’s in your mind for a fascinating holiday or wherever your travel might take you this summer, finding the right hotel for a hassle-free, luxurious vacation has always been a challenge. But not anymore now! We have just done the right thing for you and selected some of the new and best hotels in the world where you can stay during your vacations. Here’s a peek into some of these incredible hotels.

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21 Broad, Nantucket, MA
The 21 Broad hotel is situated in the buzzing centre of Nantucket town. It’s hip, stylish, historic, elegant, and refreshing indeed. With its designer guest lounge, spacious dining room and free-standing fireplace, the hotel exudes modern vibe. Visit the hotel during the summer and get ready to make your nights lively at the BYOB evening mixer bar. The visitors here can look forward to staying in one of its 27 well appointed rooms equipped with various kinds of amenities that you would want during your holidays. Among a host of amenities offered at the hotel include spa treatments, flat-screen cable TV, iPad/iPod docking station, a coffee machine and a refrigerator in each room, on-site meeting facilities, complimentary Wi-Fi access and a private bathroom with a vitamin C shower in each room. While staying at the hotel you can find easy access a major attraction in the city ‘The Whaling Museum’, which is only a 2-minute walk away. The 21 Broad hotel is beckoning you for a uniquely perfect escape.

Alila Jabal Akhdar, Nizwa, Oman
The Alila Jabal Akhdar, which opened in May 2014, is renowned for its dramatic location. It is perched on the top in the Hajar Mountains in Oman. The opening of the hotel in the spectacular Hajar mountain range in the ancient market city of Nizwa is being welcomed by scores of adventure travelers and nature lovers who now find it to be a best retreat to escape from the desert heat while exploring the beautiful Middle East Sultanate of Oman. The hotel offers 84 suites and two villas, which are contemporary, quite comfortable and decorated in the traditional Omani style. The restaurant here serves sumptuous Arabian and international cuisines. The hotel also offers a spa and both outdoor and indoor pools as well. The opening of the Alila Jabal Akhdar hotel has now made the Hajar Mountains a luxurious place to stay during the night while exploring the rugged landscape between Oman’s capital city of Muscat and the ancient market city of Nizwa.

The Beaumont, London
The Beaumont is a 5-star hotel renowned for its superb location on a quiet and peaceful garden square, situated nearby the boutiques, art galleries and museums of Mayfair, St. James’, Marylebone and the West End. This famous Mayfair hotel offers 10 suites, 13 studios and 50 well furnished rooms. This hotel is indeed welcoming, intimate and grand in style. Its design draws great inspiration from the great Art Deco hotels of the 1920s. The hotel offers various facilities to all those staying here with the most prominent among them being an elegant gym and spa, an exclusive residents’ lounge, a stylish American Bar,  and the glamorous Colony Grill Room restaurant. The Beaumont hotel is surely the best place in London to stay for all those looking for a luxurious acco0mmodation while enjoying their vacations.

Belle Mont Farm on Kittian Hill, St. Kitts & Nevis
The Belle Mont Farm hotel is situated over a tropical, ocean-overlooking perch on Kittitian Hill. The magnificent hotel in St. Kitts is a remarkable retreat for sun-worshippers, golfers and foodies. This blissful place to stay offers everything that you might be looking for in order to make your vacation quite memorable. The Belle Mont Farm hotel offers 12 villas, 7 farmhouses and 84 well appointed rooms for its visitors to stay. It also boasts of a 400-acre organic farm. Among various other amenities offered here include a spa and fitness center, a golf course, tennis courts, beach club and a pool. The Belle Mont Farm hotel is absolutely a fantastic place to stay for all those who want to soak up the lush beauty of St. Kitts, which is quite welcoming round the year.
 
Delano Las Vegas, NV
The Delano Las Vegas is an all-suite retreat situated on the Las Vegas Strip, only minutes away from the vibrancy, amenities and lively action of the expansive 120-acre Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. The resort exudes a renewed sense of discovery and sophistication aptly complementing the New Las Vegas experience to those lucky ones staying here. Delano Las Vegas is the epitome of high-end design concept and personalized service. This 43-story golden tower at the Mandalay Bay Resort Complex evokes luxury, sophistication and style bringing a world class resort experience to the discerning vacationers from across the globe at the famed Las Vegas Strip. It’s simply an exhilarating experience to enjoy sumptuous gourmet dishes at the Mix restaurant and lounge atop the resort while enjoying amazing views of the Strip. Staying here is undoubtedly a fabulous experience in itself.

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Mornington Peninsula, Australia - Stunning Victorian wine region

by amit.uniyal 8. May 2015 06:18

Wineries, cider tasting, delicious lunches and a home away from home.

Go on a weekend away in this stunning Victorian wine region, or stay longer and really immerse yourself. Whether you’re a local Aussie or a visiting traveler, this beautiful spot has got all you need for a chilled out break from city life.

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Use Airbnb to rent out a great house for an even better price. You can get stunning properties with swimming pools, Jacuzzis and more for an absolute steal. There are around 770 properties for rent in Mornington Peninsula on Airbnb so there are plenty of options out there to suit a variety of budgets and tastes.

Cider Tasting

Swing by Mock Red Hill’s Cider Lounge, which is a unique cellar space where you can taste a variety of fantastic homegrown ciders. And it’s not even only ciders on offer – there are juices, apple cider vinegar and some fresh produce that the dedicated team have grown themselves on site.

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The cider is light, clean and crisp in taste and made from bio-dynamically grown apples. If you fancy a bite to eat, you can order a cheese platter, which comes complete with homegrown produce, cheese and dried fruit. Before you leave, don’t forget to buy a few bottles of cider for the road!

Lunch at Foxys

Enjoy a light lunch in the cellar door at Foxys Hangout. Share some light bites and small plates that are designed to suit the wines that you’ll be sipping on at the same time.

The Foxys winemaker Tony Lee is himself a qualified chef so you know that he’s perfectly selected the wines and dishes to complement each other. Some of the herb-laden dishes include zucchini fritters with goat curd and basil, tomato salad with red wine vinegar, mint and feta, and barbecued quail served with a lemon wedge. To go all out, opt for the ‘chef’s menu’, which gets you a little plate of everything so you know you’re not missing out.

5-star Winery

Pop into Lindenderry’s cellar door to try some award-winning vintages. Named a 5-star winery in the James Halliday 2014 Wine Competition, you know you’ll be trying some decent vinos. The setting isn’t too shabby, either - it’s set into a 30-acre estate of gardens, lawns, vineyards and a lake. It’s a beautiful spot to kick back and crack open a bottle of your favorite variety.

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Optimal time to purchase your plane tickets

by amit.uniyal 7. May 2015 06:44

Are you a frequent traveler visiting places to clinch business deals or promote your business interests? Then, purchasing plane tickets, sometimes at short notice as well, might be a tedious task. After all, is there any best time to make your purchases and save some money in the process?

Recent studies in the aviation sector have suggested that an optimal time indeed exists for buying airplane tickets. The studies said that air travelers are either often confused or swapping theories about the right and/or wrong time for booking a flight ticket. Most of the times even you are likely to get a wise counsel from the fellow traveler guiding you the right time to make your bookings. Someone might suggest you to book on Tuesdays at 3 pm as you are most likely to get the lowest fares. Others would prompt you to make the bookings on Wednesdays at 1 am. There are few others who will go on to suggest purchasing your tickets at least two months in advance before your scheduled departure date. Then, there are some that will suggest you to look for a last minute flight deal and travel right away. There are several suggestions about the best time to make your air tickets purchases, based on varied experiences and online date. The question is: what after all is the right time to book your tickets.

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However, the recent studies are an eye opener. The studies have been conducted after analyzing data from various aviation industry sources. The studies have indicated a particular time frame suggest the best position for getting a good deal. The studies have also taken into account as to when the U.S. consumers typically book their domestic or international plane tickets.

According to a particular study titled “Preparing for Takeoff. Air Travel Trends 2015”, most of the surveyed consumers have at least agreed on one thing. Tuesdays seem to continue to remain as the best day of the week for finding low fares on airline tickets booked at least three weeks in advance.

The studies have concluded thus:
 
(1) The average purchase time for booking domestic flights in advance is currently 32 days.
(2.) For booking international flights the average advance purchase time is presently 59 days.
(3.) The ideal purchase time for booking domestic flights in advance should be 57 days in order to snag the lowest average airfare.
(4.) The ideal time for purchasing international flights in advance should be 171 days.

Whether you have decided your holidays, going on a spring break or want to enjoy your summer vacation, it’s never too early to begin your preparations for your next trip. The only concern should be when to book your airplane tickets. The secret to saving big is, getting to know the right time to make your ticket bookings!

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Things worth considering to prepare well for a long haul flight

by amit.uniyal 17. April 2015 07:14

Are you planning a long haul travel that will involve 8 hours and more? The very idea of a long haul air travel sends jitters down the spines because of the long, strenuous hours involved in the journey. But, you shouldn’t worry at all as your travel might even become luxurious and comfortable. For this you just need to consider some of the important things that would help you prepare well for your travel. You need to prepare for your comfort and entertainment. You should take all the steps required to stay healthy and fit on board the aircraft. Let us now discuss in detail these important things so that you are better equipped to handle a long haul air travel.

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How to make your travel comfortable
Clothes play a significant role in making your travel comfortable. The clothes that you wear may either add to your comfort or make you weary. Wearing tight, stiff or itchy clothes should be strictly avoided. If you do so then you will have to regret it later on. Don’t wear synthetic materials as well. The best thing is to wear loose fitting clothes that can be quite easily cleaned. You should also avoid wearing jewelry as it might pose hurdles at security checkpoints or attract attention of unwanted elements.
 
Some of the essential items that you should always remember to carry along with you during a long haul flight are sanitary wipes, eye mask and noise cancelling headphones or ear plugs. Sanitary wipes are important for keeping your hands and face clean. These can also be used to clean up your tray table as well. Carrying eye mask is always good. There are some airlines that provide eye masks, but there are some that don’t offer these. You will require them during the time of sleeping on an overnight flight. These provide extra protection for your eyes and help you doze off well. Similarly, ear plugs or noise cancelling headphones have their own utility. This will help you drown out the sounds on the aircraft while seek to take rest.

Carrying along with you toothpaste and toothbrush also helps. This is particularly important for all those who are in the habit of brushing their teeth after their meals or before going to sleep. Also do remember to bring some gum for keeping your teeth fresh. Chewing gum not only helps in refreshing your breath, but also helps avoid having your ears pop because of rapid change in pressure during takeoff or landing.

Keep fit and healthy while on board the flight
Staying healthy and fit on board the flight should be everybody’s concern. For this you need to take some precautions and heed to some valuable advice given here. Do remember to bring healthy snacks. This is essential for you to curb your hunger pangs in between the meals on your flight. Snacks not only satiate your hunger but also boost your energy as well. Some of the snacks that you should carry include dried mango or bananas, pretzels, yogurt-covered raisins, granola bar, trail mix, apples, and pistachios, cashews or almonds. Another way to keep fit is always keeping hydrated by drinking a lot of water. You should buy a bottle of water near the terminal before boarding the flight. Water is also available on the flight and you can simple press the call button and ask the stewardess for it.
 
Necessary medications are a vital part of your long haul flight preparation. Bring eye drops along with you. This will help your eyes being prevented from drying out during the flight. The container of eye drops should be small enough to pass through the security check easily. Keep yourself active on the flight. This is important to prevent deep vein thrombosis (DVT) from taking place. Try to walk down the aisles, and move, flex and stretch your legs to keep your blood flowing. You must carry medicines that you just might require such as sleep aids, pain relief pills and anti-nausea medication.

Keep entertained with personal entertainment devices

A long haul flight might be boring. So what do you do to keep yourself entertained? Your personal electronic gadgets will help you out. Decide on the entertainment devices you want to carry along with you. You may consider bringing your iPod, Tablet, Smartphone, eReader or even a laptop. If you love reading then you should think about bringing a book, novel or magazine. Though there are many airlines that offer complimentary in-flight entertainment, but if you carry your own gadgets then these always help.

With all these valuable suggestions, you now know that long haul flight won’t be tiresome or boring at all. So, do remember to prepare well before taking a long haul air travel.

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Discovering best natural attractions in Costa Rica

by amit.uniyal 17. April 2015 04:29

Costa Rica is one of the hottest adventure travel and vacation destinations in Latin America. The country welcomes more than 2 million tourists from around the world every year. Despite being a popular Latin American destination, much remains to be unraveled in Costa Rica, particularly its biodiversity and abundant natural wonders.
 
The country is all set to welcome you with its miles and miles of unspoilt gorgeous beaches, awe-inspiring jungle rivers for kayaking and rafting, amazing rainforests and cloud forests offering fabulous opportunities for hiking and bird-watching, and beautiful small forest lodgings ready to attract you endlessly during your vacation stay. Apart from these, there are a wide range of spectacular boutique hotels, plush spas, golf courses and luxury resorts in this prominent eco and adventure tourism destination.

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Let us now explore the best natural attractions in Costa Rica, which yet remains to be rediscovered. These famous attractions include Tortuguero Village & Jungle Canals, Osa Peninsula, Manuel Antonio, Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, Arenal Volcano/Tabacón Hot Springs, Río Sarapiquí Region and Rincón de la Vieja National Park. An insight into some of these natural wonders beforehand will help you prepare well for your Costa Rica sojourn.

Tortuguero Village & Jungle Canals
Tortuguero Village is situated to the north of Limón, on the Caribbean coast. It’s a tiny collection of wooden shacks located on a narrow strip of land between a dense network of jungle canals and the Caribbean Sea. It is often called Costa Rica’s Venice, though it has more resemblance with the South American Amazon. It’s a visual treat seeing the caimans, three-toed sloth, three types of monkeys, different kinds of water birds, and a wide variety of herons, while exploring the narrow canals. The best time to visit here is between June and October to see astounding spectacle of a green turtle nesting.
 
Osa Peninsula
Osa Peninsula is located in the southern part of Costa Rica. It is the most biologically rich and remote region of the country. It is home to  Corcovado National Park. You will find many scarlet macaws, crocodiles and jaguars in the island. Whether you prefer camping in the park, staying outside of Puerto Jiménez or enjoying your stay in the luxurious nature lodge in Drake bay, you will find yourself surrounded by the lush, dense jungle that this beautiful country has to offer.

Manuel Antonio
Manuel Antonio is situated near Quepos on the central Pacific coast. The place is renowned for its monkeys. You will find plenty of them, and even the endangered squirrel monkeys, at the national park here. You will undoubtedly love visiting this place as it offers great opportunities to click postcard-perfect photos of soft, white sand beaches, uninhabited islands and steep jungle hills meeting the sea.

Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
The Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve is located in the mountains northwest of San José. A well-maintained network of trails can be found here. The community here is also passionately involved in conservation efforts. Walking around in the Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve during early morning mist surrounded by hanging vines and moss, flowering orchids, majestic trees hung heavy in broad bromeliads, and sweet, chirpy bird calls, is indeed a fascinating experience.

Arenal Volcano/Tabacón Hot Springs
The Arenal Volcano/Tabacón Hot Springs is situated near La Fortuna, northwest of San José. Get ready for a thrilling light show by the lava emitting Arenal Volcano, particularly when the skies are clear. You will also find earthshaking rumble exiting and frightening too. You can even enjoy the volcano’s light show while soaking in a natural hot spring or relishing a drink at the Tabacón Grand Spa Thermal Resort’s swim-up bar. You can also look forward to a massage here, which is incredibly inexpensive.

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Enjoying kayaking holiday in Goa

by amit.uniyal 16. April 2015 04:50

India’s smallest state Goa is renowned for its gorgeous beaches, and beautiful Mandovi and Zuari rivers, better known as its lifelines. The two rivers are also among the busiest in the country. The state is also famous for its mangroves and backwaters. A kayaking expedition is the best thing one would ever ask for while on holidays in this picturesque state.

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The months from October through May are the perfect time to visit the state for a kayaking expedition. Tourists from around the world are instantly attracted to Goa to enjoy kayaking because of its exotic beaches that are used as perfect bases to set off for paddling across the sea caves. During the process the tourists also indulge to snorkel the marine reserves and discover offshore islands.

For all those passionate about sea kayaking, the Dona Paula Beach is undoubtedly the perfect choice in the state. Kayaking is also organized by several popular clubs as well in Chicalim, Vasco Da Gama. The clubs here specialize in nature and ecotourism and can be used for multi-day kayaking trips, daily kayaking trips and other kayaking training trips. You can surely look forward to an unforgettable experience while on an exciting kayaking expedition in Goa.

If you are planning a kayaking holiday in this magnificent tiny state, you need to earmark at least one week or 7 days exclusively on the tour itinerary. There are many clubs and tour operators offering a fabulous experience. Just sample all that you expect to see and do during your 6 nights and 7 days excursion to Goa. Your trip will take you to Nerul River, Dona Paula Beach, Goan Backwaters, Benaulim and Sal Backwaters. Apart from the beaches and backwaters, you will get opportunity to see the Goa Chitra Museum, crocodiles and many species of fish and birds. There are many activities for you to indulge in during the week-long trip. These include snorkeling, scuba diving, Banana boat ride, parasailing and jet skiing.

Goa’s vast blue water bodies and alluring beaches are the ideal places for your kayaking expedition. While immersing in the adventure and fun of kayaking, you shouldn’t miss out visiting the historic museums and wonderful churches around the formerly Portuguese-ruled state. These will give you an insight into the vibrancy of the Goan people and their lifestyle. All along the kayaking tour you will also keep your taste buds tickling and hankering for more and more with the exotic and authentic Goan cuisines.
 
Here’s what a short itinerary on kayaking expedition to Goa will typically look like. After arriving in Goa’s capital city Panaji, spend the entire day relaxing and strolling in the streets. Set off for sailing in the Arabian Sea and kayaking in Sal backwaters on the second day. Your third day will be exciting as you can go for Banana boat ride, enjoy parasailing and jet skiing, head off for sightseeing at Goa Chitra Museum, and spend the remaining part of the hectic day shopping at the Colva Beach. On the fourth day of your stay, you can go for a short walking trip of Old Goa, participate in a scuba diving pool session, and go for a river cruise or a Crocodile Safari. Spend the entire fifth day snorkeling and scuba diving. Now you are into the final stage of your Goa sojourn. It is sixth day of your stay which you should entirely spend for kayaking in Nerul River. Your exciting holiday has come to an end and it’s time for you to depart from Goa taking back along with you the fabulous experience and memories of your enjoyable holidays.

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Enjoy summer vacation at some cleanest cities around the world

by amit.uniyal 15. April 2015 05:00

Have you started making plans for your summer vacation this year? Then staying healthy and fit in the host destination should be your prime concern. After all, your health really matters and will undoubtedly make your vacations quite enjoyable. So, what do you do now!

Why not think of visiting some of the cleanest cities in the world this summer? Consider visiting Honolulu, Great Falls, Helsinki, Tallinn, Stockholm and Cape Coral where you will find the cleanest air and unpolluted atmosphere. These places are among the cleanest in the world today to enjoy your holidays. Even the World Health Organization (WHO) has recommended these places for your summer sojourn. You can hope to breathe a bit easier if you choose to visit these beautiful destinations. Let’s see what all these places have to offer to you.

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Honolulu, Hawaii
Honolulu is the capital city of State of Hawaii. It is situated nearly 2,000 miles away from the U.S. mainland. The city receives plenty of rainfall and has astoundingly low levels of particle matter and ozone. The well-planned transit system with dedicated lanes for buses has significantly cut down on emissions thus making the air much cleaner and enabling the residents leave a relaxed life in complete harmony with nature. Honolulu has of late become one of the most visited tourist destinations in the world. The extremely clean air of this gorgeous island is a major attraction for health-conscious tourists. The pollutants are instantly carried away by the Pacific winds and the regular rainfall keeps the air free of dust and dirt. The famous tropical paradise of Honolulu is in fact renowned as the “Pearl of the Hawaii” and is definitely worth visiting.
 
Great Falls, Montana
Great Falls is situated in north-central Montana on the Missouri River among the five falls. It is also the third largest city in Montana. The stunning place boasts of abundant natural beauty with gorgeous nature refuges and hiking trails. The air is clean here and perfect for a healthy living. The numerous power plants and dams here have given Great Falls the epithet of “Electric City”. The landscape in the city is simply awesome. Mountains and buttes surround the city from three sides, while vast plains are to its north.  The picturesque valley and winding river gorge are all set to enthrall you whenever you choose to visit the splendid Great Falls.

Helsinki, Finland
Helsinki, the capital city of Finland, is one of the cleanest metropolises in Europe. The government and the people have made tremendous efforts to limit emissions strictly from the industry and vehicles. The wide streets in the city have also helped in significantly curbing traffic congestion thus making the air quality excellent. Helsinki has also been ranked as the 8th cleanest city in the world and also ranked as the world’s most livable city for 2011. Over one-third of the city comprises of parks, nature reserves and other green areas thus making it as one of the world’s greenest metropolises as well. With its clean air, streets and atmosphere, Helsinki is surely a pleasant destination to visit.

Tallinn, Estonia
The small Baltic country of Estonia has been ranked by World Health Organization (WHO) as having the best air quality in the world. Nearly half of the country’s land space is covered by trees. Moreover emissions level here has been kept significantly low because of an excellent public transit system. With its many beautiful marshes, lakes, islands, straits and gulfs, a large number of tourists from different parts of the world visit Tallinn, the capital city of Estonia, every year. The outstanding air quality has been a real treat for the health-conscious tourists from world over.

Stockholm, Sweden
Stockholm, the capital city of Sweden, is among the cleanest cities in the world. The Swedish capital is also renowned for the largest numbers of clean vehicles in Europe. Nearly 5 percent of the vehicles in the country are hybrids. The clean air and greenery all around makes the city a wonderful place to be explored by simply walking around or cycling. Stockholm is not only renowned as a green city, but has also emerged over the years as a major ecological technologies hub. This one of the greenest and cleanest capitals in the world is surely worth visiting.

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Desert Safari in Egypt – A Rewarding Experience!

by amit.uniyal 14. April 2015 05:28

Embarking on a desert safari in Egypt is a rewarding experience in several ways. It’s a fantastic opportunity for you to explore ancient ruins, see natural wonders and enjoy the calm of the desert. You can consider going on a desert safari lasting for few hours or even a day-long one or an overnight stay. It’s after all quite thrilling indeed.

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A long range desert safari in Egypt is simply the best when you are planning to get a fascinating insight into the deep desert. You may take the help of internationally recognized guides who will ably assist in exploring the Great Sand Sea and many other remote places in the country. You will however require military permits to undertake a deep desert safari. Your guide will be the best person to provide more information on this. Let’s take a look on the kinds of desert safari you should undertake and the places to explore.

Bedouin Village 4X4 Safari
Get a glimpse of the timeless lifestyle of people in Bedouin villages in the middle of the desert by going on a 4x4 drive. This will undoubtedly be an exhilarating experience on your sea and sun holiday to the resort destination of Sharm el-Sheikh. The welcoming tribes will be there to honor you, serve a herbal tea and even ask you to join them to share a shisha.

Bedouin Safari to explore Sinai desert
Exploring the magical landscapes in the Sinai Peninsula is simply awesome. Here you will find crystal clear waters, pristine beaches, deserts and mountains. The Dahab region is particularly great for sightseeing. You may also think of going on a Bedouin safari. This is surely the most exciting way to get an insight into the very heart of the Sinai desert. The excitement and joys of spending a night under the stars or the splendor of the color changing rocks during sunset will instill a feeling of romanticism.

Breathtaking views of desert oasis El Arag
The best thing to discover on a desert safari is an oasis. And, El Arag is one such uninhabited oasis waiting to be discovered in the midst of magnificent dunes. The charming spring in the middle of the oasis will be there for you to quench your thirst while on your way to conclude a long safari. The splendid views of the surrounding desert at El Arag will thrill you endlessly. The oasis is also home to two rock-cut tombs with spellbinding engravings, shards of pottery, artefacts and rich archaeological remains.

Visit Abu Ballas to see ancient pottery
Abu Ballas is yet another place to get a glimpse into the ancient past. This historical place in Egypt is situated nearly 64 km from Qasr el Sagha and can be reached after a desert safari in Gilf el Kebir. Here you will be able to see shards of pottery and thousands of ancient broken pots. The scattered pottery pieces mostly consist of Amphorae ceramics dating back to the Roman occupation of Egypt.

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