Amazing Places Around the World

Among the most delightful pleasures in life, traveling fights the battle for the first position on the list. From the moment we arrive at the airport it’s hard to think of any other experience that is capable of bringing so much excitement to ourselves as is it to travel.

Contemplating the Statue of Liberty for the first time, watching the Eiffel Tower shine in a cold night of December or admiring the Angkor Wat temples in Cambodia, are among the most amazing moments that you can add to your memories. Tasting the food from a place on the other side of the world, or dancing to the rhythm of the music that we had never heard of allows us to realize that the world can be a way more beautiful place, but only if we are willing to step out of our comfort zone into an adventure.

Unfortunately, every coin has another face and traveling it’s not the exception. In spite of being such a striking and colorful idea, it requires a precise planning to align our desires with our budget and time requirements. From the moment we choose to make our bags, crucial decisions need to be made: when do I leave? In which airline do I go? What season? And the most important question: where do I want to go? Choosing the right destiny is, without a doubt, the core and center of our trip.

If we want to live an amazing experience, we need an amazing destination

The main challenge doesn’t lie then in the search for a great destiny, but in choosing one among the endless possibilities that the world offers. And like selecting a movie from Netflix, this can be a colossal task. To decide between the view of New York City from the roof of the Empire State and the sound of the falling water in the Niagara Falls put things in perspective. At the end of the day, there is only one thing that matters: who we are.

Our final destination has to excite us. If you are an adventurous person, contemplating the roof repair of the Sistine Chapel maybe it’s not your thing, although for an art history teacher it can be a life-changing experience. Seeing the world isn’t just a matter of having a good time, but it’s more about putting in perspective our place here and making our lives an unforgettable journey.

Take a look at this video if you want to learn more about exciting places around the world:

Safety Tips for Female Travellers

Female Traveller

When women are travelling alone they are at a higher risk than when they are accompanied by their male companions or travelling in a group. This article will give you some tips that can help keep you safe during your travels.

  1. Stay confident

You should always ensure that you look confident even when you know that you are lost. Never let other people know that you are nervous as they are more likely to take advantage.

  1. Dress down

When you wear very short skirts and dresses you will attract the attention of men and not all of them are gentlemen. When choosing an outfit to go out, be it day or night, you should ensure you consider you environment and the norms of the people there. Choosing the right outfit will help you blend into your surroundings and not pull too much attention to you.

  1. Don’t over drink

It is fun to go out for drinks and bond with other travelers and locals but never overdo it. When you are intoxicated you are more vulnerable to danger especially if you are travelling alone. You should know your drink limit and don’t exceed your limit especially when in a foreign place. Most importantly never accept drinks from strangers because you can never know what is in it.

  1. Get fit

It is important to ensure that you start a workout regiment before you travel. Exercising will not only improver your travel experience as you will be able in more activities without getting tired, but you will also be able to ward of an attack in case it happens. It is also important to continue with your exercises even when you are on your travels.

  1. Avert attention

Avoid engaging in any action that will draw attention to you. Do not wear expensive jewelry or flashing too much cash when you are out and about. Try to maintain a low profile throughout your trip to reduce your risk factor.

  1. Wear a fake ring

When you get to some countries you realize that the men are quite aggressive and forward. As a female who is travelling alone you are at a higher risk of getting harassed. You can wear a fake wedding ring when you are out in town to discourage anyone who might want to hit on you as they will assume that you are probably there with your spouse.

  1. Stay alert

You should always be aware of your surroundings no matter where you are. This will help you sense when there is danger and also know how to avert them. You should always keep your belongings close to you and keep your valuables such as camera, phone and money hidden. As a single female traveler you will always be targeted.

  1. Group walk

When going out at night it is important to join a group of other visitors from your hotel. Never walk on the streets alone as your probability of getting attacked will be really high.

Conclusion

Safety especially on travels is critical for everyone, but more so for women who are generally vulnerable and can make for easy targets. These tips should give you a head start for your safety as you travel the world to different locations and as you interact with varied cultures and people.

Scams to Avoid while Travelling

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The taxi overcharge

It starts right from the airport. The driver may give an excuse that the meter is defective or have one that is faster. Know the cost of travels so that you can use it as reference.

The shell game  

This may involve a street card game or hiding a ball in a cup and someone guessing where it is and winning money. The temptation to bet more money may result in huge losses.

The wrong change

Some countries’ currencies look the same. Given a bunch of similar colors it’s easy to mistake the currencies. Make sure you count your change immediately.

“Come in for tea and help me write a letter!”

Someone will entice you into their business premise then pressurize you to buy their goods since they have given you tea. Do not follow people into their premises.

Motorbike scam

Owners of rented bikes may demand payment for alleged damage on the bike. Capture using a photo the state of the bike before you start using it. Keep the bike safe.

The flirtatious woman

Such women will make you pay exaggerated bills or even orchestrate your drugging and robbing. Do not entertain such women.

Your attraction is closed for lunch

Someone will tell you that your preferred attraction is closed then directs you to an alternative place where you’ll be forced to pay highly. Ensure you know how the attraction operates.

The “found” ring

Someone will pick a ring on the ground, ask if it’s yours and when you say no they’ll try to sell it to you claiming it is gold. When you buy it and try to sell it back home you realise it’s actually fake. Do not buy the ring if the deal seems too good.

The drug deal gone bad

Someone may offer to sell you drugs; a cop appears and asks for a bribe to let you go. Don’t buy drugs in foreign lands.

The fake petition

Someone will come to you with a petition to sign, in the process they ask for cash. They may pick pocket you.  Ignore anyone coming to you to sign a petition.

The switcheroo

You purchase a designer item at a low price but just before it’s packed a switching is secretly done. Watch out always what’s being sold to you while avoiding deals that look too good.

Your accommodation is “closed”

The taxi driver may give this information or opt to take a longer route to your destination. Insist on going to your original destination; use your phone’s GPS/Google maps to identify the shortest routes.

Free bracelets/rosemary/anything they can put on you

Money will be demanded for the item and a scene created when you refuse so that you just pay to avoid embarrassment. Reject the items firmly and politely.

The spill on your clothes

Someone intentionally spills something on you, and then begins to clean it off apologetically aiming at pick pocketing you. Avoid very close contact with people. Insist on cleaning up yourself.

Conclusion

These are some of the most common scams targeted at visitors, tourists or travellers. Do not fall victim to these scams on your travels; always be on the lookout for people who are out to take advantage of you.

TRAVEL LOCATIONS WITH BEST MEALS

TRAVEL LOCATIONS WITH BEST MEALS

One of the best things about traveling to new places is the food you get to sample along the way. Nibbling snacks can quench the occasional hunger pang while on transit, but nothing satisfies the palate better than a local restaurant recipe that reminds you of a home-cooked meal. Traveling means among other things experiencing and interacting with the place you are visiting. Nothing gives one the true experience of a place than the local recipes.

Below is a list of the best food-joints in the world:

Istanbul, Turkey

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If you travel to Istanbul, make sure you stop by Zübeyir Ocakbaşı. It is a great grill and restaurant where they serve Adana Kebabs. These are a combination of lamb and lamb tail-fat, flame grilled with sumac and Aleppo pepper spices.

Bogor, Indonesia

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In Bogor Indonesia, the Sundanese feast is served on a mat of banana leaves placed on the ground. Rice is then piled in the center of the mat and finally, all the tangy, tasty dishes are carefully sprinkled around the rice. The meal is the traditional family meal that brings everyone together to the table- this is truly a home cooked meal.

Amman, Jordan

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Tawaheen Hawa is a restaurant in Jordan which serves the best Mansaf in the world. It is ideally a tasty blend of rice, lamb and fermented goat milk/ yogurt (jameed).

Jeonju, South Korea

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In Jeonju, Lonely Planet serves the best Makgeolli which is an alcoholic brew made using rice and is a Korean favorite. Once you order a kettle of the drink, the waiters serve braised pig feet and live octopus to with it.

Mumbai, India

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Gomantak Boarding House Restaurant in Mumbai is famous for Bombil fry. You will be surprised to discover that the famed Bombay Duck Fry is actually a lizardfish. It is best served with Malyani curries.

Singapore

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Daisy’s Dream Kitchen is a restaurant in Singapore offers food that is a combination of Chinese and Malays cooking recipes. The best meal on the menu features The Pangium Edule the locals call it babi buah kelauk. It is a nut cooked in pork that brings out the true flavors of the two cultures.

Muscat, Oman

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Mathabi Salah in Muscat is the place to visit if you enjoy camel meat and rice. It is usually served on a metal tray to serve four or five. The meat is cooked till tender and the camel hump will feel like silk in your mouth.

New York City, New York

Eat spicy cumin lamb noodles at Xi’an Famous Foods, located in the basement of the Golden Shopping Mall where they serve the most heavenly hand-pulled noodles. The thick noodles and lamb chops are served with a healthy amount of chili, cumin, and Sichuan pepper. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8GdYJIanFz4

Hong Kong City, Hong Kong

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Kau Kee restaurant is always packed and is famed for their prime brisket noodles and brisket tendon curry. They also serve roast goose that will leave your tastebuds wanting more.

Lisbon, Portugal

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Cervejaria Ramiro is renowned for its variety of seafood such as; crab, clam, prawn, oysters and goose barnacles. The restaurant also serves steak sandwiches if you are interested in going on feast-mode.

So there you have it, if you happen to be in one of these cities, make a point of sampling these foods for some of the best meals you will ever have for lasting travel memories.

Happy travels. 🙂

 

 

The ultimate checklist of things to do in Belgium

Belgium is one of the countries that are offering tourists a great experience. There are many things that you can do, and many places that you can go to, when you are touring through Belgium. However, there are a couple of things that you need to do when you are in Belgium. Without doing these things, you will not be able to have the full Belgium experience. This is the ultimate checklist of things to do in Belgium:

Eating Belgium chocolates

It doesn’t matter where in the world you are living. The one thing that everyone knows is that there isn’t another tastier chocolate than the Belgium chocolates.

And, when you are visiting Belgium, you have the best opportunity to taste these chocolates that are expensive in other countries. You will then agree that this type of chocolate is the best chocolate that you have ever tasted, and you will want to take some of these chocolates back home with you.

Drinking a variety of craft beer

Something that you might not know is that Belgium isn’t just popular for their chocolates. They are also popular for their variety of delicious craft beer. And, you need to make sure that you are going to taste as much variety as possible when you are visiting this country.

This is an experience that you will not get anywhere else, and you will be surprised about the different tastes these beers have. Many beer lovers are traveling to Belgium just for tasting different craft beer.

Canal cruise in Bruges

Something completely different than eating Belgium chocolates and drinking craft beer, you should make sure that you are going for a canal cruise in Bruges. Even, if this means that you should travel to get to Bruges. You will not regret the travel for taking a canal cruise.

This canal cruise is giving you an experience that you will not have anywhere else. There might be some other canal cruises that you have taken before, but when you are taking this cruise, you will realize that this is the best and most beautiful cruise that you will ever take. It is breathtaking and it is something that you just need to do when you are touring through Belgium or when you are on holiday there.

Belgium. They are offering you some things that you will not find anywhere else in the world. Their chocolates and their craft beer are just two examples of things that you just should taste when you are visiting this country. However, you should also make sure that you are going on a canal cruise in Bruges. This is going to be a cruise that you will never forget. This is worth the while to have these three things on your list of things to do when visiting Belgium.