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Category Archives: Travel

Best Time to Visit Istanbul

• From October to March it is pretty cold, but that’s nothing compared to eastern Turkey. Snow may fall from January to March, but actually never lasts long. People usually remain puzzled and ask Why to hire Istanbul Private Tours? These tours offer ample of benefits to the visitors such as luxurious stay, complete protection, guidance and a lot of enjoyment, fun, and entertainment during the trip.

• There are times when you can sit outside in shirt in December and the next day, the wind blowing may bring it down. So wear a coat, hat, and umbrella, because if it rains in this city, you believe that the world is running out. Temperature: 0 ° C to 14 ° C. Now you don’t have to ask yourself Why to hire Istanbul Private Tours while hanging out as they offer deluxe services along with complete guidance and protection to foreign visitors.

• Autumn (September / October) is a splendid time in Istanbul. Not being too hot or too cold really is the best summer. But still, prepare for both: warm days and cold days; because autumn is also the time of surprises. Watch the fishermen on the Galata Bridge, make a boat trip and join all the happy people on the streets, terraces and cafes. Temperature: 15º C to 25º C.

• The rain in Istanbul may be short-lived and very ugly, depending on the season. If you’re unlucky encounter heavy rains, take your time to look at the water floating through the streets, choking the sidewalks, the streets of the coast and some basements.

• Spring usually starts in May and attracts the first waves of tourists. Although you will not be able to – say -go to bathe the Princes ‘ Islands, have all the advantages of summer – long days, warm nights, sitting on the outside, with wonderful views without the possibility of a downpour surprises you – and. No crazy heat Temperature: 12º C to 25º C.

• If it is summer in this city, you better leave. The combination of traffic, people, heat and you will have a mess. Please, please do not visit Istanbul in July or August, because you’ll be jumping from one air conditioner to another.

Luxury Cruise Tours

The larger cruise ships usually have one or two organized shore excursions at each port of call. If there are two sightseeing excursion events scheduled the same day, one may take place early in the morning and the second one in the afternoon. Most morning shore excursions normally get back to the ship in time for the people to feast on a fantastic lunch buffet.

Sometimes, on a second excursion, you could arrive back at the cruise ship late in the afternoon or early evening. This may make you a bit late for dinner if you have opted for the first sitting. And don’t judge a port by the dock and its surrounding area. It is usually a freighter loading and unloading area and the major warehouse and industrial district of a city or town. You may have to travel out of the port area and into the city or town to really see the unique tourist attractions and historical sites as well as experience the local culture.

It is also your prerogative to explore the city, town, island, or tourist attractions and landmarks on your own. Just remember that you are responsible to get back on time or your cruise ship could sail without you. However, if you book a shore excursion through the cruise ship, they will not depart the port until everyone is back on board.

Take full advantage of the time you have in port by using it wisely. Some vacationers decide to disembark and go it alone by hiring a car and driver to take them to see and explore the sights. Usually taxi drivers charge by the carload and not per person so if you want to save some money you can split the cost with a few other fellow passengers. If you leave early in the morning you may be able to get back in time to enjoy the lunch buffet.

When you cruise you should bring a detailed guide book or books that cover each of the destinations you know that you will be visiting. Even if the weather is less than optimal for your shore excursion, always take your camera as the weather, if inclement, can improve very quickly.

Although they have similarities, there are major differences between these two types of sightseeing tours. Firstly, the ships that sail the rivers can accommodate approximately up to one hundred and eighty people, while barges usually only can accommodate five to twenty-five people.

The second big difference is that the river cruises can visit a number of countries and cities in a week, while barges travel on man-made canals from town to town moving at a much slower, walking pace, and can only cover approximately fifty miles in a week. Thirdly, river cruise ships have a restaurant, lounge, and entertainment, while barges are essentially first-class, floating hotels, and have a dining room and lounge as well as a sun deck. The most popular river cruises and barging tours are located in Europe.

A cruise tour package is similar to a regular cruise that stops for half-day or full day shore excursions but gives you the best of both a luxury cruise and a land holiday all wrapped up in one. The main differences between the two is that the land part of your vacation includes transportation by train or luxury motor coach travel to a centrally located quality hotel accommodation at your inland destination. You will be chaperoned by an expert tour guide for the land portion of your itinerary. These combo packages are generally longer, lasting from ten days to three weeks or even a month or more. On most cruise tours you can decide to take the land segment of your vacation either before or after your cruise.

Start Travel Journal

Start Travelling ASAP

In order to be able to maintain a travel journal, you will first have to start travelling. Pick up a destination and go there. If you have a busy life, dedicate a certain period of the year to your travels. If you don’t have money, you can save up and plan a trip on a budget. For instance, you can easily book cheap flights well in advance so that you save both money and time.

Earn Experiences

There’s a reason why most people these days want to be travellers and not tourists. It’s because tourists go around a place, sightseeing the important monuments or historical landmarks. On the other hand, travellers explore the local culture and lifestyle of the people living there. So, while you are travelling, remember to not just see the important places but to also get a glimpse into the life and culture of the local people. This will instantly add a lot of value to your travel journal.

Eat a Variety of Delicious Dishes

One of the best things about travelling is that you will be able to try a variety of local dishes, that might not be available in your hometown. Try out local eateries and small places that make and sell authentic dishes. Before starting your journey, you can even do a little research about your destination to know about the best restaurants there.

Plan Trip For Team At Work

Pick a Place With Options for Outdoor Activities

Go to a place that allows your team to take part in group activities like adventure sports or a cricket match on the beach. These are great team bonding exercises and they will help your team coordinate with each other outside the compulsion of an office. You can even arrange a team lunch so that everyone eats and chills out together. However, ensure that you make these arrangements in advance so that there’s no last minute cancellations or trouble.

Go Sightseeing Together

There’s nothing like exploring a place with your colleagues and creating memories that will stay with you for a lifetime. If you are going to place that is best explored on your own, they all of you can rent bikes and go around the town. This way, you will be on your own but you will also be a part of the team.

Arrange a Bonfire Night

A team outing without a bonfire and some singing and dancing is incomplete. You can tell your hotel authorities to arrange one such bonfire night for your team so that all of you can sit around it and chit chat. If you know someone who can play a guitar or sing, ask them to show their talent. This way, your whole team will be able to connect with and know each other better.

Hunting Safari to South Africa

The seasons of hunting comes to when it is wet and when it is dry, this makes a big difference in hunting because of the watering hole aspect. Different styles for hunting can be used for both. Some hunters would like rather to use a bow but that would cut out the possibility of hunting thick skinned large animals such as elephant, white and black rhino, crocodile and so forth. Although some provinces do not allow bow hunting, the northern cape is one of the ones that do. Bows are usually more used when animals are gathered around the watering hole as it is easier to shoot from close range where the bow is most effective.

There are no automatic rifles allowed for hunting in South Africa as well as no weapon using a rim fire.22 or smaller caliber ammunition. No air guns are permitted for hunting with shotguns except in the case of birds. The minimum legal caliber to hunt South African dangerous game is 375, you are also allowed in most cases of big (dangerous) game you are to use other calibers that are larger. Always remember to in all instances to always make use of premium grade ammunition.

Endangered: Tsessebe, Black Rhinoceros, Mountain Zebra, African wild dog, Oribi

Vulnerable: Cheetah, Samango monkey, Bontebok, Roan antelope, Suni, Leopard, Blue duiker

Protected: White Rhinoceros, Black Wildebeest, Spotted Hyaena, Black-footed cat, Brown Hyaena, Serval, Elephant, Sharpe’s grysbok, Reedbuck, Cape fox.

Connect With Locals On Next Trip

Stay with a Host

Instead of staying in a hotel, you can choose to stay with a host. This way, you will be able to see how the people of a place live and also get a closer look at their culture. You can also taste the local delicacies. This will also help you talk to the locals and become a part of their lifestyle, even if for a small amount of time.

Make Use of Public Transportation

When you want to know more about the local culture of a place, always make use of the public transportation. Perhaps, you will catch a conversation on the bus or train ride and get to understand how people of that place think or live their lives. Or, you might meet someone who might give you a few insights into their culture and lives. Also, when you use the public transportation, you will become a part of their everyday lives.

Have a Local Meal

When you are travelling to a new place, don’t go to an international chain of restaurants to have a meal. Instead, opt for a local eatery. Maybe, you can take a meal at shack on the beach or a small cafe on the hilltop. This way, you will be able to taste local delicacies. You can even enquire about the recipes so that you can recreate them once you are back home.

Fraud Free Holiday

Plan Your Holiday Securely – When booking your flight and accommodation online, make sure you use only websites you know, and trust, and via a secure browser – look for an “s” after the “https” in the web page address or URL.

Get In Touch With Your Bank – Tell them where and when you will be travelling – this can help ensure that your card isn’t flagged or blocked for unusual activity.

Know The Emergency Contacts For Lost/Stolen Cards – Keep a record of your card details and customer service telephone numbers for reporting lost or stolen cards. Visa cardholder can call the toll-free number for getting assistance in the country you are visiting.

Exchange A Small Sum Of Cash In Advance – It’s best that you bring some exchange cash in the local currency of that destination so that you can pay for small expenses like the taxi fares.

While You Are There

Keep Your Information Secret – Do not volunteer any personal information when using your payment card and never disclose your PIN to anyone – no one from a financial institution, the police or a merchant should ask for your PIN.

Check Your Sales Receipts – Always double-check the information on the slips, including the currency you are being charged, before you make payment. And make sure you keep a copy of all receipts.

Use The Hotel Safe Or Security Box – When sightseeing or going to the pool or beach, don’t take all your valuable with you. Also, never leave cards unattended.

Keep Your Credit Cards Safe – Avoid keeping all your cards in the same place – that way you won’t lose everything if lost or stolen. In crowded areas, hold bags or wallets close to your body and use a money belt to safeguard your possessions.

Contact Visa Immediately If Your Card Is Lost/ Stolen – Remember help is only a phone call away. Simply call the visa GCAS number provided in each country, and you will be linked to Visa customer care services that are available 24/7.

Hidden Treasures in Morocco

Built by the Marinid Dynasty in the middle of the 14th century, it was actually renovated by the Saadi Dynasty in 1565; the Ben Yusuf Islamic teaching school is one of the largest and most impressive in Morocco. The school or Madrassa is featured with its marvelous tiles’ decorations. it is considered one of the most wonderful examples of such constructions in Morocco.

The Museum of Marrakesh has a significant location situated near the Ibn Yusuf Madrassa and the Game’ El Fna Square. The building of the museum itself is quite remarkable. It was originally a palace that was built at the end of the 19th century before being transformed into a museum for the city in 1997.

The museum of Marrakesh is featured for displaying a large collection of exhibits including contemporary art portraits, ancient coins, historical books, traditional Moroccan pottery, and many more interesting collections. Many of the tourists who travel to Morocco would sometimes like to visit the different museums of the country.

Credited with the mission of establishing the city of Marrakesh, Almoravid constructed many notable Islamic structures in the city. The most ancient historical site in the city today is in fact the Almoravid Dome. Constructed in the beginning of the 12th century AD by Sultan Yusuf, the structure was actually established as an ablution area for the worshipers who are going to pray in the Yusuf Mosque.

The Dome is located at the ceiling of a large Sahn, open courtyard with 19 private places for ablution. The dome is 12 meters in height with a rectangle shaped dome that is 12 meters in length and 7 meters in width. The dome is one of the most impressive Almoravid monuments to be explored by travelers who spend their vacations in Morocco.

Travel Tricks And Hacks

Instead of hitting up all of the major attractions at your destination, check out these local resources for an educational, exciting and relaxing time for a smaller place.

Local Park Districts – Get into the local scene of your vacation destination with events like local concerts, ice rinks and zoos.

Cultural Events – From San Francisco’s Chinese New Year Parade to Pow Wows in New Mexico, cultural events are an easy way to see traditions you’ve never experienced before, wherever you go.

Smaller Historical Sites – See history reveal itself at smaller historical plantations, monuments and battlefields. They offer a similar experience for a fraction of the cost of larger sites.

Museums – There are museums around the world for every interest, so be sure to search for them on your next getaway for free or a small donation.

National Wildlife Refuges – Beautiful views and world-class recreation for a fraction less than national parks and monuments.

How To Catch Good Hotel Deals

Travel during the off-season this way you will get good deals that will fall easily into your budget. You can also join reward programs for different hotels they can offer you great deals. Keep following your hotel on different social media platforms to keep a check on their deals and offers.

Transportation Deals

Save The Date – Bear in mind that booking your flight for less-popular times or days of the week can usually save you money. Avoid travelling on Fridays and Sundays as these are the most expensive days.

Flying? Pack Light – The majority of airlines charge you to check baggage. The fees many not seem like a big deal, but they can build up and eat into a tight budget. The fewer bags you pack, the less it will cost.

Go Public – Public transportation is an inexpensive, efficient way to travel. Buying a weekly or 24-hour pass can save you big money if you’re staying for a couple of days or more.

Ride The Bus – Bus companies offer steep discounts getting you from city to city, some even as low as a few dollars. Go on their website 30 days before your trip for the best prices.

 

Availing Taxi Services

• Easy hiring- Unlike the earlier times, one does not have to wait for a long time to hire a taxi waving their arms. Much to the misfortune they were later found to be already taken. Now, it has become much simple and easy. The service providers have made use of the technology to launch their apps, through which a person can check the availability of the taxis nearby, connect to the drivers, and make quick bookings. The customers can also place a call to the customer care numbers to make sure that the bookings are done and the cab reaches them right on time.

• In emergency- In times when your car breaks down you can hire a taxi to reach you to the destination. Even when you know that your car will come after a few days you can take the help of the taxi service by booking one well in advance. If you are going out for grocery shopping you can get a cab that has a sizable trunk to fit in your shopping items.

• Better than a bus- Of course traveling by a bus is a lot affordable, but do you have any idea when you will be reaching to your destination? Buses take relatively longer time because it has to give a halt at every bus stop. The speed of the bus is also quite slow. Another aspect is that the bus will not drop you where you want to go and you still might have to walk after you get off a bus. If you are in a taxi you won’t have to face such things. The taxi will drop you right at your destination and without losing much of your precious time.