America has always been a coveted destination by travellers, mainly because each area has something unique to offer. Some of the most famous travellers, whom we all admire, have explored and written about the greatest places in America, and it’s those writings that gave us the inspiration for this article. Here’s the ultimate guide to travelling America, from the people who did it best.
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The beat poet, author and traveller Jack Kerouac is probably best known for his journeys across America, which were documented in the book ‘On The Road’. Right at the beginning of the book, main character Sal meets the ‘excited with life’ Dean Moriarty, who both decide to take a trip to San Francisco. The pair are looking for a way to leave their normal hustle and bustle behind, which is the reason so many travellers pack up and head off. With just $50 to his name, Sal hitchhikes across America to reach his destination. If you want to experience the USA just like Kerouac did then consider overnight buses, a giant backpack of essentials and cheap hotels in San Francisco. If you’re anything like this hardened traveller, you may never want to return to normality again.
Rome is one of the cities where you can usually count on a good weather. To fully enjoy the immeasurable number of priceless works of art such as museums, churches, basilicas, temples, parks, garden, theatres, piazzas up to the extent of exploring the nooks of this ancient city is to walk. Being regarded as one of the world’s most beautiful ancient cities you need to keep your eyes open to totally experience and appreciate its timeless beauty and grandeur.
Most travelers say that it is in Rome where you’ll discover those unexpected finds as you stroll and wander the streets. Among the must-see places in Rome are as follows:
St Peter’s Basilica
St Peter’s Basilica is always the first stop among the Roman Catholics. It is a Late Renaissance church considered as the home of the Roman Catholic Church. This basilica found in Vatican City is one of the largest churches in the world and most renowned work of Renaissance architecture. Being regarded as one of the holiest Catholic sites it has become one of the most important centres for Christian pilgrimage.
Above all other continents, Africa is home to the world’s most magical, most beautiful and most awe-inspiring animals. Headed by the so-called Big Five – the African elephant, the lion, the Cape buffalo, the leopard and the rhinoceros – there is a long list of potential animals to be seen on an African Safari in amazing locations like Botswana’s Okavango Delta, Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve, the KrugerNational Park in South Africa and Tanzania’s SerengetiNational Park. For every animal on that list there will be many others that you have never heard of, so allow us to introduce five of Africa’s more unusual inhabitants, as weird-looking as they are wonderful to spot in the wild.
Lowland Streaked Tenrec
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A prickly-looking dishevelled little chap, the lowland streaked tenrec is native to the tropical rainforests of Madagascar. Feeding on a diet of earthworms and insects, you’re most likely to see a lowland streaked tenrec rummaging around on the ground looking for food (as its name suggests). While they look a little bit like they just got out of bed, that yellow tinged messy “hair” is the tenrec’s most valuable weapon against predators as it will drive those erect spikes into the path of their potential attacker. The lowland streaked tenrec is also a fascinating animal because it’s the only known mammal which uses stridulating – rubbing body parts together like crickets and grasshoppers do – to make sound.
Want to experience staying at a world-class beach destination? You need not look further than El Nido in the Philippines. This haven of secret beaches, abundant underwater life, beautiful lagoons and breathtaking limestone karsts promises to give tourists a sweet taste of paradise. While do-it-yourself trip to El Nido is possible, you can still opt for tour packages that are reasonably priced and can be customized to the activities you have in mind.
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Travel accessories are one of the things we don’t think about all that often, surprising given that they’re something we travel with from place to place and have to deal with all the time. If you’re going to be moving around through crowded areas and carrying things around you might as well look good and feel good doing it. The trends are toward lightweight, durable and good looking. If you’re going to be travelling light and looking good here are some of the latest things that you should be looking out for. Happy travelling.
This doesn’t exactly sound like something fashionable and quality but all it’s really missing is a nice name. This is a lightweight, ultra durable and rather sleek looking material that used to be used to make bicycle helmets bulletproof glass and riot shields. That should tell you about all you need to know on the subject of just how hard this is. Something like this doesn’t break under anything less than deliberate effort. It’s also lightweight enough that it should save you valuable money on the baggage check in. Also it shines, reflects light, it’s kind of cool looking if you’re into that sort of thing. Continue reading