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Marvelous Destinations To Visit Before You Die!

Marvelous Destinations To Visit Before You Die!

As we all know, traveling is one of the most valuable things that we can do with our time and money. From celebrating the differences between cultures to challenging ourselves into self-development, there’s a reason why everyone loves to travel. In the spirit of experiencing all that the world has to offer, we have compiled a list of marvelous destinations to visit before you die which will, at the very least, inspire a sense of awe and wonderment.

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Supplements sorted and your bags packed, here is our list of must-see destinations!

Machu Picchu, Peru – The Incan City in The Sky

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Machu Picchu, meaning Old Mountain, is an Incan citadel built on a mountaintop in Aguas Calientes. Made up of a multitude of sprawling ruins; including a variety of temples, terraces and water channels, underground structures, and even a hidden museum. A UNESCO world heritage site, 1 of the new 7 wonders of the world, and thought to be a portal for the soul; the Incan city in the sky is a marvelous destination to visit.

While You’re There…

Be sure to check out:

  • Cusco and the Sacred Valley – Q’eswachaka Rope Bridge and the ancient hidden tunnels
  • The Amazon Rainforest
  • The Boiling River – of the Amazon
  • Kuélap Fortress
  • The Nazca Lines
  • Iquitos – for an ayahuasca retreat

Hang Son Doong, Vietnam – The Jungle Inside A Cave

Son Doong Cave, Vietnam
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Found in 1991 and explored in 2009, the Hang Son Doong cave is so large that it has its own forest and river inside of it! Estimated at 3 million years old, this ‘world within our world’ cave is 5 km long and up to 200 m tall in some places – making it one of the biggest caves known to man. This site (located in the Phong Nha-K? Bàng National Park, B? Tr?ch District, Qu?ng Bình Province of Vietnam) was opened up to tourists in 2013 and tours are only offered by 1 company. If it’s a little out of your price range or you can’t wait for a flight – check out the educational virtual reality tour of the cave here which includes audio.

While You’re There…

Be sure to check out:

  • The Golden Hand Bridge
  • Am Phu Cave
  • Ho Thuy Tien Park
  • Hang Sung Sot
  • Da Lat Crazy House
  • Suoi Tien Cultural Theme Park

Kyoto, Japan – The Place To Connect With The Elements

Kyoto, Japan
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Rich in Japanese heritage from Geisha’s to tea ceremonies, cherry trees to majestic mountains, ancient Buddhist temples to Shinto shrines; the peaceful city of Kyoto is overflowing with culture and awe. Located in a valley in the Kansai region of Japan, it’s said that by visiting the Guardian temples of the four quarters, you can connect with each element, balance out the power in your body, and become closer to nature.

While You’re There…

Be sure to check out:

  • Beppu
  • Cat Island
  • Ghibli Museum
  • Yakushima forest
  • Jigokudani Monkey Park
  • Gunkanjima Island
  • Shiratani Unsuikyo Ravine
  • Narusawa Hyoketsu (Ice Cave)

The Northern Lights – The Luminous Solar Wind

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Known as Aurora Borealis and thought to be the energy of the ascended masters, this display of magnificent lights is the result of excited solar particles colliding with atmospheric gases. They can be seen in the “auroral zone” at a latitude of 66 to 69 degrees north and can be seen from Alaska, Iceland, Northern Canada, Norway, Finland, Russia, and Sweden. These vibrant rays of lights at night are definitely a sight to be seen.

Other Incredibly Noteworthy Destinations Include:

  • Giant Crystal Cave at Naica Mine, Mexico
  • Fly Geyser, Nevada
  • Atlantic Ocean Road, Norway
  • Salar De Uyuni in the Potosí and Oruro Departments, Bolivia
  • Hanging Temples of Hengshan, China
  • Marble Caves, Chile Chico
  • Lake Natron, Tanzania
  • Bohonagh (place of the fairies), Ireland
  • The Wave, Arizona
  • Fingal’s Cave, Ireland
  • The Devil’s Kettle, Minnesota
  • Mendenhall Ice Caves, Alaska
  • Cenotes in Riviera Maya, Mexico
  • Travertine Pools, Turkey

From ancient cities to hidden worlds, unique environments and incredible sky displays, to everything else in between, we have highlighted but a few of the amazing places that deserve a spot on your bucket list. The world is full of incredible destinations and we owe it to ourselves to try and see, as well as experience, as many of these marvels as possible.

Lacing Up for Katherine: Beautiful Trekking Territory

Lacing Up for Katherine: Beautiful Trekking Territory

Camping at Katherine Gorge

There are not too many people who have been on one of the many different hiking tours in and around Katherine in the Northern Territory, Australia that have come away feeling disappointed. On the contrary, most visitors to this region of the Territory are so impressed with the trekking trips they go on that they do not hesitate to recommend a visit to Katherine to friends and loved ones. However, in order to make the most of what should be a once in a lifetime experience hiking in Katherine, it is imperative to plan well before embarking on your trip.

And not only is it important to ensure we have packed our bags with all the essential hiking gear appropriate for Katherine terrain, but we should also start the day with an invigorating swill of tea or similarly refreshing beverage. Of course, by starting the day off in the right manner, we should be able to enjoy a successful walk around what can be a challenging area to trek in. There are lots of things that all hikers in the Northern Territory should adhere to in order to have a safe hiking trip including the ones listed here:

  1. Ensure to make check-lists
  2. Be equipped to source water in case of emergencies
  3. Keep a roll of duct tape for quick repairs
  4. Evenly distribute equipment and food on a group hike
  5. Carry extra boot laces

 

Booking Up

Katherine Gorge walk

Adventurous travellers looking forward to going on numerous hikes in and around Katherine would be wise to spend time searching for the more suitable accommodation for their trip.

Whether you plan to stay at Mataranka to experience the thermal pools there, or you fancy setting up camp in Nitmiluk National Park, it should not be difficult to source the kind of place you will find more appealing to get your head down at night. What some people looking for the better Katherine accommodation deals will do is take their time with booking up their place in order to avoid missing out on a particular hiking experience in this region of NT. One thing is for certain, lovers of the great outdoors who will be hiking around Katherine will be keen to stay at one of the many camping sites so they can experience real outback living.

By taking the opportunity to get closer to nature by choosing to camp out under the stars whilst on a hike in Katherine, travellers with this approach are bound to feel like they have truly achieved something quite special.

Travel Blogs

One way to document an adventurous hike over rough terrain in Katherine would be to start a travel blog. Indeed, even if we do not have the time to make an entry every day, it is still great fun to record the day-to-day activities we have undertaken regardless of when we are able to put our thoughts down in the form of an interesting blog. By taking the time to look at travel blogs for inspiration, hiking enthusiasts itching to experience the challenging walks in Katherine should feel like they have been there already.

Reading blogs written by people who have similar travel tastes to us will help us feel more empowered when we decide to plan our next trip to Northern Territory, Australia. Moreover, inexperienced hikers could end up with the kind of insight into this kind of activity that will help them avoid making silly mistakes. Fortunately, it really does not take too long to find well-written and informative travel blogs about hiking in Katherine, NT.

 

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How To Get Around New South Wales

How To Get Around New South Wales

New South Wales

NSW is by far the country’s most populous state and travelling from Sydney to any other places in NSW is a common occurrence. In this post, we look at several transport options worth considering.

Flying

Flying is probably the best way to cover the large distances in Australia in as short a time as possible. The country has a number of domestic airlines that serve all the capital cities along with several regional cities, making it a quick and favoured way to travel between the country’s many iconic destinations. Since competition is rife between domestic airlines, you can get great value fares, especially when booking in advance.

There is also the option of hiring Sydney HeliTours helicopter charters. This is a fast and efficient way to travel around New South Wales and means that, via helicopter, you will arrive at your destination quicker, saving you a great deal of time. It also means you won’t have to rely on airline schedules – you get to fly off whenever you want to.

Getting Around by Bus

Bus and coach travel in the country is efficient, comfortable and not badly priced. The country’s long-distance coaches usually have air conditioning, adjustable seats, reading lights and in some cases, free Wi-Fi. Australia’s national coach operator also offers hop on hop off passes for the more popular routes, flexible passes and short trip passes – all based on the distance you want to travel.

Using a Car to Get Around

In Australia, there is a vast network of well-maintained roads and, perhaps, some of the most stunning road trips on our globe. While the drives vary in length, you can choose from an array of routes to get to your destination. Some routes may take several days, but you can enjoy beautiful attractions along the way, along with plenty of accommodation choices and loads to do in the villages and towns you pass through. Once you get to NSW, you can go on so many scenic drives, such as the 300km Snowy Valleys Way where you travel through the Snowy Mountains; or the 200km Waterfall Way. If you’re a foodie, you should travel along the Poachers Way, a stunning food and wine trail.

Getting Around by Train

Train travel in Australia is convenient and another scenic way to see the country. Services run between Sydney and other areas in New South Wales, as well as along the country’s east coast to Canberra, Brisbane and Melbourne.  There are even some sensational rail journeys such as the Indian Pacific and The Ghan that sweet right across the continent and offer a sense of romance and nostalgia.

Getting Around with a Disability

Ferries, buses, trains, airlines and helicopters in Australia are accessible to people using a mobility device or wheelchair. The airport alone provides services for those people with disabilities and there’s always someone on hand at helicopter charters to assist with getting on and off the aircraft.

Overall, if you’re looking for the fastest way to get around New South Wales, consider a helicopter charter. It’s affordable, scenic and incredibly quick!

10 travel hacks that every business traveler should know about

10 travel hacks that every business traveler should know about

Traveling can become more of a chore than something to savor, if it’s business related. You get to pass through towns and cities, but you do not get to see many of the sights. You are too busy meeting with clients, or trying to secure new business.

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The good news is that there are ways you can make traveling on business as stress free as possible. If you reduce the amount of stress and effort surrounding your travel, your business meetings are likely to be more productive. Experts like BlueOrangeTravel.com can help you to make this happen. Here are some of the travel hacks that they may urge you to think about.

Make sure you only have carry-on luggage

Having carry-on luggage only means that you can save time at any airport you travel through. This means that you have extra time to concentrate on business considerations, such as answering emails and taking phone calls.

Think about the benefits of a direct flight

If there is a direct flight which takes you straight to your destination, you should think about taking it. You can explain to the company you work for that although the flight is more expensive, it’s better value for money overall. If you only have one flight to deal with, you are less likely to be delayed. You will also arrive at your destination quicker, giving you more time for business activities.

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Make digital and paper copies of your documents

No matter how careful you are, it’s always possible to lose important documents such as your passport, while you are traveling. It’s a good idea to make digital and paper copies of passports, tickets and any other important travel documents, to save you time and stress if you are unfortunate enough to lose the originals.

Why checking in late may get you an upgrade

Getting an upgrade can be a huge advantage, when you travel for business on a regular basis. It can make the whole experience more comfortable. You should never request an upgrade; it’s more important to act professionally and respectfully. It can also be a good idea to check in at the last minute, after all premier passengers have already boarded.

Make sure to think about the small stuff

It’s easy to concentrate on the big issues when you are traveling. But, you should never ignore concerns such as do you have a mobile charger for your phone and do you have a small amount of currency with you for emergency provisions, if you are traveling overseas.

Check-in online from home

Checking in at the airport can be a tedious task. The good news is that you can often use online check-in from home. Doing so can greatly reduce the amount of stress you are under while you are traveling.

Check out the availability of perks

It’s always good to secure a perk that can make traveling a better experience; such as a free flight upgrade. Many credit card companies offer perks like this for frequent travelers, so it’s worth checking if this is the case, before you leave.

Try to get your rental car upgraded

When you arrive to pick up your rental car, always be polite. It helps to get into a conversation with the staff. You may want to talk about how much a better car would help; without asking for an upgrade outright. If there are higher class rentals which are just sitting on the lot, you may just be lucky enough to get an upgrade.

Use travel apps to make life easier

There are apps out there which make travel a lot easier. You can get help with everything from travel budgets to navigation. Take some of the pressure off your shoulders by making use of technology when you can.

Combine business with leisure

You may wish you could spend more time in a place; to simply explore and relax. It’s worth asking whether it would be feasible for you to stay at a venue after the business meetings have finished. You may be able to get a good deal on an extra couple of nights’ stay, which you can pay for yourself.

Business travel can be a headache if you let it. We have provided you with several hacks that can help to lessen, or remove, the headache and make sure your business trip is as successful as possible.

 

Destination Playa Blanca: Where Holidays are Fun and Relaxing

Destination Playa Blanca: Where Holidays are Fun and Relaxing

Playa Blanca

Let your holidays be warm and sunny this Christmas with a trip to Playa Blanca Spain. This quiet beach in Lanzarote Spain is one of the newest attractions in the island. Its secluded white beaches are known for their natural beauty and seemingly unique weather compared to the rest of the island. The naturally gorgeous beachscape and island attractions make the Playa Blanca villas a popular destination for those who want to have both fun and relaxation for their holidays. It definitely makes a good candidate for your holiday destination this season. Here are some more reasons to visit the island.

A perfect beach in more ways than one.

Flanking the Playa Blanca’s gorgeous white sand beaches are the Montana Roja and Femes mountains. Aside from adding beauty to the scenery, the Montana Roja also shields the beaches from the Atlantic winds. This makes the clear and shallow waters of the beach perfect for family swimming. Not to worry though, because there are also water activities for those who want some excitement. Playa Blanca is also known as the quietest beach in the area making it perfect for relaxation and sunbathing.

Underwater attractions.

One of the reasons why people go on an island tour or vacation is to get up close and personal with the marine life. Tourists can have their own underwater experience in three different ways. They can snorkel, dive, or go on a submarine tour. Whatever mode they choose, these underwater adventures are meant to be enjoyed.

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Museo Atlantico or Atlantic Museum.

This is the first underwater museum in Europe. It houses more that 300 sculptures made by Jason deCaires Taylor whose work aims to raise awareness on oceanic issues and help people understand the threats that our waters are facing. This alone is reason enough to put this museum in your must see list.

Sight-seeing adventures.

Your Playa Blanca trip will not be complete without experiencing its arts and culture. The best way to do this is to visit historic sites and museums. Aside from the Atlantic Museum, the Castillo de las Coloradas and Faro de Pechiguera lighthouse are also worth seeing. If you want to get an overlooking view of the coves and beaches, then take a hike to the top of Montana Roja.

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Unique tour experiences.

Tired of walking or riding the bus? Explore the island’s attraction using non-traditional modes like Segway, Quad Bike, and ATVs. This is definitely a refreshing and adventurous way to experience the island. First timers need not worry because there are instructors that can help you learn how to handle the vehicles. However, you should also consider your skills and physical condition before attempting these tours. Remember, always put safety first.

Shopping and Dining.

A visit at the Marina Rubicon gives you a feel of the life in Playa Blanca by observing the activities in the promenade. You can try the local cuisine at the restaurants or sample the street food from the stalls while people watching. Dine at the promenade restaurants to enjoy the view of spectacular yachts docked in the marina. As for shopping, there are designer shops that you can explore but don’t forget to visit the handicrafts stalls for your souvenirs.

 

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