Trip to Do on Bora Bora Island

unduhan-14Bora without a doubt is the honeymooning capital of the world, and in light of current circumstances. The immaculate, blue waters of the tidal pond, the white sand shorelines, alongside the sunny tropical climate make it a de-focusing on goal like no other.

Bora Bora does remind you of Oz in so many ways, when you see the most amazing shades of blue in the ocean, lined by the sparkling white sand, the bright hues of the tropical flowers, and the hulking presence of Mount Otemanu dominating the landscape.

Yes, you definitely are in paradise. Now, most of us may not want to do anything more than laze on the shore, sip a watermelon sangria, and soak in the marvelous sunshine. But for those of you looking for something beyond being a total slob, here’s a list.

10 Awesome Things to Do in Bora Bora

Try snorkeling

We’ve got to begin with the obvious, and that’s snorkeling, of course! It seems as if Bora Bora’s lagoons are made for snorkeling, with its perfectly warm water, and a plethora of sea dwellers to find. So, from butterflyfish to manta rays to parrotfish swimming among the delicately colored corals, you’ll find it all beneath the ocean’s surface right here. The best spot for snorkeling would be Anau, where the manta rays promise a spectacular show.

Meet the sharks

Yes, another obvious option makes a beeline. But seriously, can you escape the lure of the sea when you’re on an island as beautiful as this? For those interested in diving, awesome thrills await in the form of lemon sharks, blacktip reef sharks, and grey reef sharks. Diving off the coast of Bora Bora even suits beginners, owing to the clear and shallow waters of the lagoon. Head to any of the island’s diving centers to find instructors and equipment, and go straight for the dip.

Go jet-skiing

Adrenalin junkies will enjoy a superb jet-ski ride on the inner lagoons. Amazingly fast, these skis let you zoom over the waves with the cool water splashing all over, complete with wind-in-the-hair thrills.

Get high (up there)

For those of you dreading the creepy crawlies that inhabit the sea, parasailing is the perfect option. This is where you get to parachute over the ocean, gazing at the unending stretch of the water way below you. It is a dream-like thrill, especially towards the evening, as the sky gets a flaming glow, contrasting with the deep blue of the water. This is the best seat in the house, and you don’t get a drop of water on you!

Take a hike

Well, if you thought Bora Bora was all sun, sea, surf, and sand, you couldn’t be more wrong. Mt. Otemanu, along with Mt. Paihia are the island’s highest points, and a hike to these summits is an experience worth a million bucks. The hike is reportedly arduous and treacherous, so going along with a guide is definitely recommended. If you don’t fancy a hike, just take a walk along the easier pathways, as you observe the island’s greenery. As the mesmerizing ocean comes into view, you’re left dazzled to discover the many shades of turquoise you didn’t even know existed.

Enjoy a fantastic spread

A meal at Bloody Mary’s? You betcha! This restaurant is royalty in Bora Bora, so a visit is definitely in order. This is a place where the day’s catch is what’s for dinner, so there isn’t a formal menu to speak of. But the food is delicious, and so is the ambiance. Other gems in Bora Bora include the fancy Le Matira Beach Restaurant and the Aloe Cafe, for those with a sweet tooth. The local cuisine is an amazing confluence of Polynesian and French styles, which makes for some delicious meals indeed.

Hit the beach

You’re never too far from the sea when you’re in Bora Bora. And at most times, the seaside here is deserted, pristine, and inviting. So take a jog on the coast, or simply walk along, or just sink your bare toes in the soft sand; there is so much you can do when you’re by the sea.

Get a spa-licious massage

A seaweed massage may not mean a lot when we get one back home. But here, in any of Bora Bora’s seaside spas, it’s like you get transported to a whole new world to get that rejuvenated boost. Works wonders, and you’ll know it when you’ll get it done.

Stay in a hammock

All. Day. Long. Well, a racy paperback will provide excellent company, as will a cool cocktail.
Pay an ode to romance

Doesn’t matter if you’re here on a romantic trip or not, enjoying a gorgeous sunset is on everyone’s agenda. It may not be as dramatic as the one pictured here, but it’s sure to be amazing nevertheless.

The sun never sets on awesomeness here in Bora Bora, so if you’ve done something that’s not on this list, do drop a line to let us know. Until then, soak in the sunshine!

Tips Before You Plan a Round-the-world Trip

Going on a round-the-world (RTW) visit is something that every last voyaging devotee seeks of doing some time or another or the other. Circumnavigating the earth in one go is a genuinely entrancing background and gives the explorer a feeling of accomplishment and pride. The very sentiment having seen and encountered the temperaments and fancies of the world is enormously fulfilling and afterward, one can gladly tell individuals that he/she has “seen the world”. In any case, arranging such a long outing can appear to be energizing and overpowering, both in the meantime. While on one side, the voyager feels an adrenaline surge, he/she may likewise be confounded about the way in which the trek ought to be arranged, and what all may go into the arranging procedure. While you are amped up for your up and coming RTW trip, we have arranged an arrangement of some imperative tips, which will arrange your visit suitably.

Planning a World Tour

As amazing an experience it can be, planning a RTW trip, owing to the fact that it involves a large number of places in different countries and continents, can be an extremely tedious, and at times, a confusing process. While people rarely embark on such journeys on their own, it is more advisable to hire an experienced and a reputed tour operator who can help you out, especially with your visa and entry requirements. Here’s how you can go about planning your tour.

Booking Air Tickets

► A RTW tour is obviously going to be more expensive than a trip to a particular country or region. Owing to this, it is very important that you start thinking of saving money right from the very first stage of booking airline tickets.

► While your tour operator will be able to give the best possible deals, the real catch will be when you intend to travel independently. Your best resource then would be the Internet; however, asking people who have been on a world tour in the past (if you know any) is a great idea.

► Even while booking tickets on the Internet, do it via reputed websites such as Expedia, Orbitz, Travelocity, and so on. Do not get too excited if you think you have found a cheap deal on one website. Compare prices with other websites, and only then choose the deal which best suits your needs.
Note: Do not forget to check for any sort of hidden costs/surcharges/extra taxes. These might later cost you a hefty sum of money.

► Many airlines around the world have alliances that offer round-the-world tour tickets at cheaper prices. This is, by far, the most economical way to take the world tour, wherein you purchase only one RTW ticket and travel by a single airline alliance. For instance, the Star Alliance involves 27 different airlines throughout the world, which fly to 185 countries and about 1185 airports. So, if you book with Star Alliance, your RTW ticket will come with a maximum of 15 stops.
Note: While booking with an airline alliance is the most economical way to travel around the world, there are certain rules that you will need to follow. For one, you will have to start and end your trip in the same country. Moreover, you will have to follow only one global direction (east to west or vice versa); if you happen to change the direction in the middle of your trip, your ticket will be automatically canceled. Also, all your flights must be booked well before the day of departure.

Duration of the Trip
► It really depends on you as to how long you intend to stretch your trip. It is always better to have a little flexibility with regards to your tour’s overall duration, considering things such as flight delays/cancellations, natural calamities, etc.

► Ideally, the total validity of your RTW ticket lasts from ten days to one year. So, depending on the time at your disposal, you can either rush through your itinerary or take your own sweet time to explore each and every destination.
Note: It is always better to discuss this aspect with your tour operator who will be able to design a feasible itinerary for you, in accordance to the amount of time you may have.

When to Go

► Your main consideration while planning a world tour should be the weather. Now again, because you will be traveling all around the world, you will be experiencing a different weather everywhere―favorable somewhere and unfavorable somewhere else. Don’t get confused by the situation.

► Figure out what you want to be the highlight of your trip. For instance, if you are interested more in snorkeling in Western Australia, see to it that you are there between the months of April and July, which are considered to be most favorable for the activity you are looking forward to. Similarly, if trekking the Himalayas interests you, ensure that you do not land up in India/Nepal during the monsoons.
Note: Narrowing down the list of your interests and then planning when to go will take you to your favored location(s) at the right time; however, you might also land on the other locations during the off-season. This can sometimes be a blessing in disguise as you might reap unexpected benefits in the off-season. For instance, you will be able to avoid large crowds of tourists, get cheaper hotel deals, and so on.

Planning an Itinerary

► While budget is a major issue while planning the overall RTW trip, it becomes more prominent when it comes to planning your itinerary. The reason for this is simple―the more elaborate your itinerary is, the more pricey your trip will be.

► If you are traveling on a tight budget, you can buy a basic RTW ticket, which will also be among the cheapest ones. It will include limited stops at a few big cities of the world, such as London, Paris, Los Angeles, Sydney, Beijing, etc. But then, your trip will be limited only to the cosmopolitan areas of different countries, and there won’t be any time to get the “real feel” of the world.

► If budget is not much of a constraint, you can add more destinations to your itinerary according to your choice; however, this will make the prices climb to a considerable extent.
Note: It is important to note that flying from point to point, even within the same country, will tilt your budget on the expensive side. So, consider traveling overland and by public transport, wherever possible.

► Again, if you are a budget traveler, plan your itinerary such that you can spend more time in countries which are relatively cheaper. For instance, consider spending more time in Southeast Asia, which is much less expensive than North America or Western Europe.

Note: Consult your tour operator regarding your total budget and your favored itinerary. He/she will be able to pick appropriately from the list of your favored destinations, according to your overall budget.

Where to Stay
► If you are traveling with a tour operator (and book an all-inclusive tour), your accommodation will be a part of your travel package, and therefore, will be automatically taken care of.
► If you are traveling independently, you will have to book your own accommodations. Ensure that you book well in advance.
► Travelers for whom budget is not an issue may book wherever they want. In fact, it will be a good idea to try out something new, like staying in a B&B instead of a hotel, etc. While this may or may not save money, it will be a nice, different experience.
► For people traveling on a fixed budget, there are a number of cheap accommodation options available in different parts of the world. They range from hostels, to guest houses, to motels, and so on.
► If you are arriving at some place in an off-season, the hotel rates will be low. Check with some good hotels, and you may actually end up enjoying lavish amenities at a cheaper rates.
► If certain off-beat locations are on your itinerary and you intend to spend a night there, there might not be many accommodation options available. In such cases, you may have to pay extravagant prices for really low-grade accommodations, especially in the absence of any other choice.
Note: No matter where you stay, do not ignore the safety aspect. The country and the place might be completely new for you, so inquire properly before you book an accommodation.

Packing Tips
► Travel as light as possible. Take only those items which are absolutely necessary and which you cannot do without. Leave out all the other unnecessary items, especially those which are available all across the world.

► Take all your necessary medicines, along with your doctor’s prescription. Also, carry documented proof of all the immunization shots you take before embarking on your journey.

► Do not unnecessarily carry more clothes, as you will be already carrying warm clothes, rainy gear, etc., which will add to the total volume of your luggage. Use laundry facilities wherever possible.

► Carry an extra pair of shoes, travel-sized toiletry bottles, mosquito repellents (depending on your itinerary), and so on.

► Carry all your travel documents including passports, visas, travel insurance papers, International Driving Permit, and so on. It is a good idea to keep the photocopies of these documents with you as well.

Cruising the World
Instead of an air travel, you can also opt for cruising around the world. While cruises are becoming popular ways of touring the world, you will then be able to take stops at some of the world’s major and most beautiful ports. The point to consider, however, is that because sailing is slower than flying, round-the-world cruises often take more time to reach from one port to the other. Nevertheless, if you love sailing and are ready to spend more time on sea, cruise around the world, and you’ll never forget the experience!
So, embark on a journey to circumnavigate the world, and make your dream come true!

Places in the World to Watch the Sunset and Soothe Your Soul Ideas

Indeed, dusks are intended to be seen that is the reason, not at all like dawns, they are at night. Nightfall! Do you have an exceptional spot set apart for this reason or would you say you are still looking for the best place to watch nightfall? Give us a chance to have a significance of best places on the planet to watch dusk from, in this post.

Nature has created such wonders that keep reminding human beings that man can develop as many new technologies as he can but, the best and the real art of creating wonders is still and will always be with nature itself. Sunset is one such beautiful creation. Everyone of us have special feelings associated with sunset. We all connect with it in unique ways.

Sunset point is a highly romantic place for couples, on the other hand some feel saddened while watching it. But, arising of sad feelings associated with sunset in one, is a rare case. Generally, sunset can be best viewed from a beach. Maybe you like to observe it from other places, like mountains, historical places, from amongst the trees in a forest or even from the top of the sky-scrapers. Here are a few places short-listed for you to enjoy the sunset view, take a look at them.

Best Sunset Points

Grand Canyon, Arizona

Grand Canyon, Arizona is one of the seven wonders of the world. It is famous not only for its size, but also for the beautiful scenic views it offers. The views are so wonderful that they can leave you possessed for days. The month of May and October are the driest amongst all and are best to visit Grand Canyon. Three fantastic scenic view points are developed on the North Rim namely Cape Royal, Point Imperial and Point Sublime. The sunsets from these points are spectacular to watch. It is the time when the Grand Canyon shows the depth of nature’s beauty. Many people stand on the rim with their hands in the air, as if to offer a solemn salute to nature and surrendering to the ultimate power of Grand Canyon maker. These actions give a spiritual touch to the visit and make the Grand Canyon stand apart from other sunset spots.

Taj Mahal, India

The term Taj refers to the crown and Taj Mahal signifies it as the crowning glory of all the man-made structures. It is the exuberant monument of love and beauty. It is one of the seven wonders of the world and most visited places in Agra, India. It is also the most photographed monument. The movement of the Sun from east to west has several light effects on the Taj Mahal. It blushes in the rosy glow of the dawn and it appears pinkish orange in the dusk. But, the most breathtaking view of Taj is from an octagonal tower of the Red Fort across the river Jamuna.

Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town is the mother city of South Africa. It is located at the southern tip of the African continent. One of the best views of sunset in Cape Town is from the Table Mountain Silhouette. Table Mountain is one of the famous places to visit in Cape Town. The highest point of this range is Maclears Beacon. It is around 1,087m high. At the time of sunset, the viewer standing inland can experience the African landscape becoming golden. Also the sunset from the Dolphin beach in Blouberg gives you an opportunity to have an awesome view of the Table Mountain.
Silhouette of Buildings at Water Front, Singapore

The extravagant Twin Towers offer an awesome view of the vibrant city. It is situated in the heart of Singapore’s financial center. The architectural credit of silhouette of buildings goes to Carlos Otts. It is the perfect location for the people who want to enjoy life to the fullest as it offers a spectacular view of sunset.

Another best place to watch sunset, in Singapore, is the Sentosa Island. Out of the 63 islands, Sentosa Island is the 5th largest island located in Singapore. The name of the Island comes from the terms peace and quiet in Malaya dialect. On the contrary, in the past it was referred to as the Death Island. No one knows the exact reason behind it but, it was probably related to the pirates that sailed around. The sunset views from the beaches here will make you feel breathless for sure.

Santorini, Greece

Beaches are the perfect places to watch sunset. It offers you a look of the never ending sky, filled with extravagant shades of colors with the setting Sun showing its grandeur. Santorini Beaches possess typical beach characteristics of long stretches of black sand and small black pebbles. It is a unique feature for a beach to have and it is because of the volcanic origin of the island.

Other Greek islands like Naxos, Los and Mykonos have golden sand beaches. All the beaches are surrounded by spectacular rock arrangements. The Perissa and Kamari beaches are most famous beaches located in the eastern part of the Greece. Apart from these, there are two more interesting beaches, one is called Kokinni Ammos and the other is Aspri Ammos. Kokinni means red in Greek which complements the sand on this beach which is reddish in color, whereas Aspri means white and there are white cliffs from where you get the beach view. They are also called Red Beach and White Beach and are adjacent to each other.
Sunset! Though it is a daily happening, it looks different from every place on each day. Watching it gives so deep a pleasure that is not easily definable. Every one cherishes the sweet memories of such moments and steals a smile from them when the going is tough. I am sure, the above article will tempt you to visit a sunset point.

Tips Places to Go Deep Sea Fishing

Remote ocean angling is done in a detect that has a water profundity of no less than 30 meters. Here, we surrender you a round of a portion of the best places to dive deep ocean calculating.

Let’s begin with a good deed!
Although deep sea fishing can be an absolute thrill, do spare a thought for slow-reproducing species like sharks. Instead of going for the kill, you’d rather follow the catch and release method, and do your bit for these gorgeous sea creatures.
Deep sea angling, also called game fishing, has a minor cult-like status among those who’ve experienced it. To be in the middle of the deep sea, right among feared creatures, like sharks and whales, is itself a thrilling experience indeed.

As exciting as it may sound, you can’t expect your maiden voyage to the deep seas to be solitary. There are several charters available at all of these destinations, with experienced crew members who will accompany you and help you learn the ropes.

Also, keep in mind to give the highest regard to environment preservation, and try not to place your personal safety on the line. Fighting or wrestling with enormous species, like sharks, requires experience and agility, so do not attempt to pitch in if you aren’t up to it. So, with all the safety warnings behind us, here are the best spots in the world for deep sea fishing.
10 Amazing Places to Go Deep Sea Fishing

Maui, Hawaii
Hawaii is where you come to enjoy the sun, sea, surf, and sand, so it isn’t to surprising to see Maui making it to the list. Marlin, sailfish, ahi (yellowfin tuna), and mahimahi are the fish that you should look to catch while you’re here.

Phuket, Thailand
It’s probably the world’s most famous beach town, so Phuket’s place on the list is unquestionable. Barracuda, giant trevally, mackerel, mangrove red snapper, queenfish, and sea bass await those who sail in the deep waters here.

Madeira, Portugal
Madeira’s location in the northern Atlantic is what makes it perfect for deep sea angling. Just take a look at what’s in store for you―bluefin tuna, white marlin, blue marlin, albacore, bigeye tuna, spearfish, and skipjack tuna, to be fished in perfect sub-tropical weather. Tempted, aren’t you?

Los Cabos, Mexico
Mexico is a hotbed for deep sea fishing, with the wahoo fish being a prized catch in the deep waters here. Fishing for the wahoo is on the to-do list of every thrill-seeking angler. While you’re here, you may also seek to catch some sailfish, marlin, tuna, bonito, and sharks.

Bodega Bay, California
California’s coastline does not need an introduction, so neither does Bodega Bay. The deep sea angling thrills here involve catching a massive king salmon fish, while you’re in the deep waters of the Pacific.

Alderney, Channel Islands
Alderney is quite close to the French coastline, and has quite the reputation for flat fish, along with turbot, brill, and undulate ray fish (an endangered species). You’ll also catch hold of some good quality wreckfish.

Victoria, Australia
The Australians are quite passionate about their seafood, as they are about angling. You know you’re about to have the time of your life when you look at the line up that includes bronze whalers, common threshers, hammerheads, gummy sharks, oceanic blue whalers, school sharks, shortfin makos, and dogfish sharks. All of which are to be fought and caught.

Florida
Florida is undoubtedly the deep sea fishing state of America, with the Key West gaining a special mention. Other avenues for game fishing in Florida include Miami, Daytona Beach, and Destin. You can expect to catch sailfish, tuna, wahoo, tarpon and snapper, especially while you’re sailing in the deep waters of the Keys.

Costa Rica
Limón, in eastern Costa Rica, is an amazing location to catch crevalle jack, mackerel, tarpon, and tripletail. The western side of Puntarenas, is where you’ll get the opportunity to wrestle with roosterfish, tuna, and wahoo.

St. Lucia
The Caribbean Sea is fantastic for deep sea angling, and you’re welcome to visit all year round. The species found off the coast of St. Lucia include blue and white marlin and sailfish, yellowfin tuna, dorado, barracuda, king mackerel, wahoo, and several more.

As far as fishing is concerned, nothing matters as long as you’re having fun. But when you are in the deep seas, do remember to follow all rules of safety, and respect the environment.

Places in the World to Watch the Glorious Sunrise

Seeing the Sun ascend in all its transcendence from into the great beyond is significantly more than only a remunerating knowledge; it is eminence reclassified! This post includes a portion of the best places far and wide to experience one of the best scenes of nature.

Sun, the giver of life and light, is one of the most incredible creations of nature. A silent witness to all happenings in the Universe, the mighty ball of fire quietly follows its path each day, rising from the east and setting in the west. When it sets each evening, it is certainly a sight to behold but then, the darkness of the night takes over, and life tends to come to a standstill. And then, it rises again the next morning, illuminating the world, bringing hope, and rejuvenating life.

It is absolutely divine to see the Sun rising over the horizon, and to see its first rays illuminate all that lies in seemingly uninterrupted darkness. It feels as if nature has suddenly given mankind, an open access to all her treasures.

World’s Best Sunrises
Seeing the Sun rise is truly enchanting and yes, romantic, if you are accompanied by a loved one. Many people from across the world are seen flocking to certain places, merely for experiencing the spectacle. If watching the sunrise early in the morning seems just as heavenly to you as well, you have landed on the right page. We, at Buzzle, have brought you a list of some of the best places in the world to watch the sunrise, which will set your spirits soaring.

Angkor Wat

Location: Siem Reap, Cambodia

The ancient Khmer temple of Angkor Wat has always been a symbol of power and might, but the early morning spectacle at the site is absolutely overwhelming. It is indeed very fascinating to watch this historic monument illuminate with the first rays of the Sun, and the still water of the lake in front of it getting colored with different beatific hues. Tourists trek to the temple early in the morning to watch the magic happen.

Ahu Tongariki

Location: Easter Island, Chile

The sensational Chilean site lined with 15 colossal statues of the maoi is famous all over the world. It is one of the most impressive sites on the Easter Island, and it is so for more reasons than one. One of the most breathtaking sunrises in the world can be seen at Ahu Tongariki, as the Sun’s first rays unhurriedly peek from behind the massive statues, and seem to unravel their mystery before the world.

Stonehenge

Location: Salisbury, England

One of the most magnificent astronomical edifices of the ancient world, the Stonehenge (according to research) was deliberately planned in such a way that the first rays of the midsummer morning’s Sun shone into the monument’s center, and illuminated the heel stone. And so it does, even today! Special tours are arranged to watch this spectacle come alive, and all visitors are truly mesmerized by the sight of the red rim of the Sun rising over the silhouetted horizon. It feels as if the mighty boulders have suddenly come to life!

Giza

Location: Al Omraneyah, Egypt

As majestic and timeless as the pyramids of Giza are, it is just as spellbinding to watch the Sun slowly creep upwards from behind their silhouetted forms. It is absolutely awe-inspiring to observe how the first rays of the heavenly ball of fire brighten the peaks of the mighty Egyptian pyramids, giving them a slightly golden hue before lighting up the immense desert landscape that lays ahead.

Surfers Paradise

Location: Gold Coast, Australia

Home to one of the most iconic beachfronts in Australia, the Surfers Paradise beach is also a great place to see the world come to life. Everything from the waters to the sky to the high-rise buildings lining the shore, suddenly take on bright shades of orange, yellow, and gold. Numerous tourists assemble on the beach early in the morning to say “hello” to the morning Sun.

Grand Canyon

Location: Arizona, USA

One of the most splendid sunrises in Continental United States can be seen across the Grand Canyon. When cool purples seem to melt into the warm shades of orange and red, all one can do is admire. It is utterly fantastic to see the valleys of the Canyon suddenly lighten up as the Sun’s rays make their way through them. Watching the breathtaking scenery coming into view is just heavenly.

Tower Bridge

Location: London, United Kingdom

When it comes to world’s most spectacular sunrises, London’s Tower Bridge certainly deserves a place. The silhouette of the bridge slowly starts glowing in the shades of bronze and red, and the water of the Thames also acquires similar hues, only to bewitch the human mind. One of the most picture-perfect locations in the world, the Tower Bridge seems even more enchanting at sunrise.

The Great Wall of China

Location: China

The Great Wall of China, one of the most iconic landmarks of China and the world, is spreads across numerous parts of modern-day China. An undisputed haven of hikers, it also boasts of having several spots from where tourists can have spectacular views of the sunrise and sunset. To watch the spectacle, people start climbing really early in the morning, when it is pitch dark, in order to reach the spot from where they can see the Sun rising upwards. The way in which the surrounding countryside lights up with the morning rays of the Sun is remarkable.

Nagarkot Village

Location: Bhaktapur District, Nepal

The mighty Himalayas have always been a subject of great curiosity and fascination, and if there is one place that offers glorious views of these imposing peaks in the early morning hours, it is unarguably, Nagarkot. A popular destination with honeymooners, the village boasts of one of the most romantic sunrises in the world. The first rays of the Sun lighting up the Himalayan peaks with tints of orange, red, and gold is a sight to behold. Simply mesmerizing.

River Ganges

Location: Varanasi, India

Unlike any other place on earth, Varanasi is a different world in itself. Among the world’s oldest continuously inhabited cities, Varanasi is closely hugged by Hinduism’s holiest river, the Ganges. The sunrise over the divine waters of the Ganges is spectacular in its own right. It livens up its banks, as people enter the waters to bathe and perform their first prayers, and boats start ferrying up and down the river. Unlike anywhere else in the world where sunrise might be viewed as a serene spectacle, this one is accompanied by early morning chants and prayers of people, an altogether different experience.

How to Plan the Berlin,Prague,Vienna,And Budapest Trip

A standout amongst the most prevalent European explorer circuits is an excursion through four of Eastern Europe’s greatest urban areas: Berlin, Vienna, Prague, and Budapest.

Europe has been the pioneer of the cultural, technological, and societal development of the world for a few centuries. The geopolitical and cultural history of the second smallest continent on earth invites travelers of all kinds. Eastern Europe, long hidden under the Iron Curtain, holds many spectacular examples of European heritage.

Berlin, the city that has had probably the most influence over the geopolitical evolution of Europe through the ages, is one of the largest cities in the continent, and the second most populous. It is the ideal city to start one of the most culturally enriching and deservedly popular travel routes in Europe: the Berlin-Prague-Vienna-Budapest journey.

The Eastern European Journey
This route is one of the most popular among travelers from Europe and elsewhere, and not without good reason! These cities are among the most advanced in Europe, and offer a standard of living seen in few places elsewhere. Behind their modern, sophisticated face, however, lies a treasure trove of wonders from times gone by. All three were crucial at various times in European history, and offer an irreplaceable glimpse into medieval times. Here are some handy tips that will enable you to enjoy this vacation as it should be.
When Should I Visit Eastern Europe?

Statue of Johann Strauss II

➙ The peak time for traveling in Europe is during the summer: Late June to October. Traveling during this duration will allow you to enjoy the full benefits of all travel-oriented facilities.
Traveling off-season is usually a useful tip to lower the costs of any trip, but braving the freezing winters or annoying rainfall just to save some bucks can be pointless in this case. Unlike most tourist hotspots, Berlin, Prague, Vienna, and Budapest are all bustling capital cities, and don’t rely extensively on tourism for generating income for the locals. Hence, the prices in such urban travel hotspots tend to not vary too much seasonally. But going off-season will ensure that you at least beat the rush, and still can sneak in a good deal or two. If you notice most of the rooms’ keys still on the racks, you can often bring the quoted price down to surprising amounts. Pretend to be a cash-strapped student or beleaguered artist, if you must!

➙ Going in the winter by design, to experience the Christmas and New Year celebrations, is another excellent option. This way, you can be prepared for the bracing cold, but still beat the peak-time rush of tourists. Off-season is also a better time to pursue artistic endeavors. Given the vibrant cultural and artistic background flaunted by cities like Prague and Vienna, dodging the rush of tourists is the way to go.

➙ All in all, going just before or just after the peak time, i.e., April-May or October-November, should work out well.

How Do I Move About?
➙ All four cities are connected to most major airports all over the world. Berlin, especially, will almost definitely be within your reach. If this trail is just one of many sections of your European vacation, the Eurail is the most convenient option. However, last minute reservations on the train can be expensive, and buses or low-cost airlines emerge as better options.

➙ As for traveling between the four cities, many tour operators offer an 8-night, two-nights-per-city package. If you are not the sort of traveler who likes having things done his own way, this is an excellent choice. Some operators also offer 11-day packages.

➙ If you plan to travel on your own, getting a Eurail pass is your best choice; most commercial operators also use the train. If you want to fly, try low-cost airlines such as Wizz Air.

➙ For visiting tourist sights in a city, use the local bus or tram network. This is more often than not the cheapest option, and will also allow you to experience day-to-day life in that city. In some cities, especially Berlin, you can also hire bicycles and explore the city’s myriad streets on your own.

Where Should I Stay?

➙ If you are a premium traveler, these cities will leave you spoiled for choice with their collection of high-end hotels and resorts. Being national capitals, all four contain countless high- and mid-range options for your stay.

➙ If you are traveling on a budget, couchsurfing can be a huge help, since it will cut down on the cost of accommodation altogether. If not couchsurfing, look for other options of homestays, which is quite popular in Europe. This will also reduce your cost of food quite drastically. Though some homeowners may charge a fee (which is not the norm, but is understandably common), it is much less than any hotel or even hostel.

➙ European hostels are an important part of the experience of traveling through this continent, and are a lot cheaper than hotels. Budget travel guru Nomadic Matt personally recommends hostels such as ‘Aboriginal’ in Budapest, and ‘Wombats’ in Berlin and Vienna.

How Much Will It Cost?

➙ Most commercial tour packages charge well below USD 2,000 per person for this sojourn. If you are traveling on your own, a standard 8-day itinerary will cost, according to your starting point in the U.S., up to USD 2,200.

➙ Cut down on needless, frivolous spending. Go to bars during happy hours, or buy your liquor in stores. Or else, just jump onto the wagon for the duration of your trip; your liver will thank you for that! Cut down on impulse buying. Put aside a certain amount of shopping money before leaving, and if you see something you really like, compensate elsewhere to make up the extra expense.

What Should I Beware Of?

➙ Get your mobile coverage and credit cards sorted out well in advance of your departure date. You don’t want to come home to see a huge mobile bill that you weren’t aware you were accruing, and you really don’t want to have any problems with your credit cards in a foreign country!

➙ In general, Europe is a very peaceful continent, and violent crimes are rare. But tourists are scammed quite often, and in ingenious ways. So, take some necessary precautions. Always order your cab from your hotel, or if you are staying with someone, ask them the rates. If a cabbie demands more than adequate, let him know that you know the correct rates; most cabbies gamble on travelers not knowing the correct charge. Another notorious scam is fake police demanding to check your money, and taking some without you being any wiser. If a suspiciously dressed or mannered cop does stop you and makes such a demand, politely ask for his ID. Explain that you aren’t making any accusations, but you are a tourist and really don’t know if he is a cop. Be pessimistic, and always assume that any spontaneous scuffle on the streets is meant as a ruse for pickpockets to get to work, and stay well away from such crowds. Even if you are not a ‘mark’, you don’t want to get caught up in matter you don’t understand, in a foreign country.

Why This Route?
Western Europe, particularly France and Italy, have become so popular among global tourists that the previously Soviet-aligned Eastern Europe remains criminally underrated. Berlin is, of course, one of the most influential cities in human history, having been a crucial junction in Charlemagne’s kingdom, Barbarossa’s Holy Roman Empire, and the Third Reich. It also houses the most notorious symbol of the Cold War: the Berlin Wall. In modern times, the city’s progress has gathered tremendous pace, and it now has one of the best standards of living in the world.

Fernsehturm TV Tower, Berlin
Prague, like Berlin, having played a vital role in the Holy Roman Empire and the Austro-Hungarian Empire, has been an important cultural and commercial center for centuries. It is one of the most attractive and appealing cities in Europe, and its city center is a UNESCO Heritage Site. Before the German annexation of Czechoslovakia, Prague was home to a flourishing Jewish community, and artifacts from the period have now become very popular tourist sites. It is also famous for its busy art scene.

Natural History Museum, Vienna
Vienna is an important nexus of Germanic and Western European cultures, and flaunts its Baroque past with pride. It has a long tradition of music, having been home to legendary musicians such as Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, and Strauss. Other performing arts, such as drama, are also held sacred in Vienna, with the city housing the oldest English-language theater outside the UK. Vienna’s cafes are also very popular.

If you are really intent on discovering more of Europe’s historic architecture and exploring another of its disparate cultures, you can take the Danube Express from Budapest to Istanbul―another bedazzling jewel in the wonder that is Europe.

So, when you plan your once-in-a-lifetime European vacation, don’t forget to include this stunning journey through the sands of time!

Tips to Destinations in Suriname

Secured with rich, green rainforests, Suriname is a genuine treat to anybody searching for the marvels that nature brings to the table. Be that as it may, other than nature, Suriname likewise brags a dynamic city brimming with the legacy, pioneer time Dutch structures. A music scene with a substantial Indo-Caribbean impact and including the one of a kind kaseko – a mix of European, American and African music customs. On the off chance that sustenance is your medication, then you will be astounded by the assortment and flavors this little nation brings to the table – with a sizable Indian (from India) populace and a substantial impact of African, Javanese and Chinese cooking, the nourishment however, is on the hot side.

Suriname has over 11 natural reserves created with the intent of protecting its diverse plant and animal life, ranging from sea turtles to ornate birds, to the brightly colored blue arrow poison arrow frog. Here are the best places to view its unspoiled beauty and have a great time.

Paramaribo
Paramaribo, affectionately called “Par’bo”, is the capital of Suriname and arguably, the only city in the country. It houses more than 50% of the country’s population and is well-connected to the interior. You can also book tours to all the best tourist destinations in Suriname from here.

Colonial Buildings, Paramaribo

Best known for
The inner city received the coveted UNESCO World Heritage Site status for its unique architecture – colonial Dutch building from the 17th century made with the local materials and exhibiting native elements. Also of note are the wilde bussen, the buses plying the streets of Par’bo, for their hand-painted designs and art work.
Must see

Paramaribo is famous for various historical and beautiful buildings including Jewish, Muslim and Hindu places of worship right next to each other. Here are some other famous places in the city.

Fort Zeelandia
The fort was the site of several significant historical events, including the December Murders and itself has a pretty interesting history. It houses a small museum, but is most famous for the fantastic view of the Suriname river it offers.

Fort Zeelandia
Saint Peter and Paul Cathedral
The biggest wooden structure in the Western Hemisphere, the Saint Peter and Paul Cathedral is a treat to the eyes with its massive spire and intricate woodwork.

Saint Peter and Paul Cathedral
The Independence Square
The square is just a short distance from Fort Zeelandia and houses the Presidential Palace and several other buildings from the colonial era. Also nearby is the Palm Garden – a popular place to relax in the cool, breezy shade of the palm trees.

Paramaribo Zoo
The only zoo in Suriname, is a small but well maintained zoo with plenty of animals including the spectacular cardinal ibis, various apes, anacondas and jaguars.
Central Suriname Nature Reserve
The Central Suriname Nature Reserve is a 1.6 million hectare pristine tropical forest in central Suriname around 200 km south of Paramaribo.

Two-Toed Sloth

Black Spider Monkey

Blue and Gold Macaws

Puma
Best known for
A huge number of animals, from colorful macaws to all the South American primate species, reside here. Due to the vast area of the reserve, a lot remains to be explored and discovered. A few of the known species in the reserve include:

Guianan Cock of the Rock

Red handed Tamarin

Weeper Capuchin

Giant Armadillo
Must see
The Raleigh Falls located on the Coppename river – one of the few uninhabited, unspoiled rivers in the world.

Raleigh Falls
Mount Voltzberg, a 245 m dome of granite to get a bird’s-eye view of the extensive forest.
Travel Essentials
● Good trekking shoes
● Insect-repellent
● An extra set of clothes, if planning to splash in the waterfall

Brownsberg Nature Park
One of the most popular tourist attractions of Suriname is the 12,000 hectare Brownsberg Nature Park, just 150 km from the bustling capital city of Paramaribo. The three-hour drive from the city is itself a rather exciting event, as the bus travels through the dense rainforests and mountains to the base camp. It also has basic accommodation huts for those wanting to spend a night.

Spectacled Owls

Red Howler Monkey

White-faced Saki

Toucan
Best known for
Beautiful scenic walks and a multitude of pleasant little waterfalls to play in. Exotic creatures residing in the Park, like

Trumpet Birds

Red and green Macaw

Bearded Sakis
Must see
Brokopondo Reservoir, one of the largest reservoirs in the world, covering approximately 1% of the country is also a part of the Brownsberg Nature Park. Created in the 1960s by building the Afobaka dam it is quite a sight with tall, dead trees half-submerged in the huge expanse of calm waters.

Brokopondo Reservoir
Also visit Tonka island, a small island in the lake offering activities like swimming, fishing and boating.
Travel Essentials
● Good, comfortable walking shoes
● Long clothes
● Insect-repellant

Galibi Nature Reserve
The Galibi Nature Reserve is a 13 km strip of beach in the North-Eastern region of Suriname and can be reached by a boat from Albina.

Giant Leatherback Turtle

Scarlet Ibis

Best known for
The Giant leatherback turtle – the largest marine turtle in the world, they can grow up to 8 feet in girth and weigh over 900 kilograms. The reserve is also famous for being a nesting site of other amphibians and like

Hawksbill Turtle

Olive Ridley Turtles

Green Sea Turtle

Squirrel Monkey

Dolphins

Must see
Albina – an Amerindian fishing village, with its laid-back lifestyle and distinct Caribi people. Have a stroll through the village or stay for a couple of hours to know about the culture, traditions and lifestyle of the indigenous population, or just enjoy the beach.

Travel Essentials
● Comfortable, closed-toe shoes
● Binoculars
● Insect-repellent

Besides these, there are also little-known places where you may learn about the maroon (escaped slaves from Africa and America) and Amerindians in small village resorts like the Danpaati, Arapahu Island, Awarradam and Jodensavanne (where the ruins of the first Jewish synagogue in the Western Hemisphere are located).

Plan a Trip to the Charming Nation of Slovenia

Western Europe has been done to death by a great many vacationers going by it every year; after a seemingly endless amount of time. It is just recently that the world is opening up to the charms of nations in focal and eastern Europe. Slovenia happens to be one of them.

Want to sip on some aged wine?
Come to Maribor, Slovenia’s second-largest city, home to the oldest grapevine in the world. This 400-year-old vine with its Žametna Črnina grapes produces up to 25 liters of wine every year.

Until recently, the image of central Europe as a tourism hub had taken a certain beating, all thanks to the political instability in the region. It was a pity really, considering how beautiful these nations are, and what they can offer to tourists visiting them.

Slovenia is one such country that possibly has everything a tourist is looking for. Snow-capped mountains, dense forests, azure beaches, breathtaking architecture, wonderful cuisine, and friendly locals―you’ll find it all here in Slovenia. So, without further ado, here are some useful tips to help you plan your trip.

How to Plan a Trip to Slovenia

Documentation required

If you are a citizen of the U.S., Canada, the UK, Australia, and New Zealand, you will currently not require visas for stays of up to 90 days in Slovenia. However, it would be prudent to check the Slovenian tourist board’s website for any updates or changes in the visa regulations.

The currency used here is the Euro, so there won’t be too many hassles on this front. You can use your credit and debit cards to withdraw cash from ATMs around the country. Your bank will determine the exchange rate at the time of the transaction.

Getting there
You can fly into Slovenia from any international hub in Europe. There are a few direct flights from the United States that will bring you to the Slovene capital, Ljubljana. However, these may be expensive.

You may also hop on trains that run daily to Ljubljana from cities like Venice, Vienna, Budapest, or Zagreb.
Accommodation options

Like the rest of Europe, Slovenia too offers accommodation to suit every budget. From cozy B&Bs to dormitories, and from boutique hotels to 5-star chains, it is easy to find a room that everyone can afford. The peak season is summer, so expect most of these to be full, unless you’ve booked a room in advance. Similarly, the skiing season from December to February also sees a rise in the number of visitors, so prior booking is advised.

Getting around

If you have an international driving license, renting a car would be a fabulous option, especially if you’re interested in visiting destinations that veer off-track. Most gas stations across the country’s highways accept credit cards. All you need to do is grab a map, and get on the road.

Slovenia’s towns and villages are well-connected by rail and road, with buses having a more extensive reach than trains. The InterRail One Country Pass for Slovenia lets tourists travel across Slovenia at affordable rates. This pass can be used for the duration of a month. Bus services in Slovenia are efficient and convenient. They are also slightly more expensive than trains. You can travel to most towns and villages via buses, as the road network is spread out throughout the country.

Cycling is an interesting option for traveling within town limits or even outside, if you have the inclination.

Slovenian is the local language here, albeit you’ll be glad to know that a sizable chunk of Slovenia’s population is well-versed in a second or a third language. But it would be advisable to carry a translator app along, or a good old pocketbook to help you translate.

Interesting Places to Visit in Slovenia

For the nature fanatic

Slovenia is a country blessed by Mother Nature, and it will be evident once you set foot on this land. It ranks third among the most forested countries in Europe. Its rivers, streams, and springs are estimated to run a course of around 17,000 miles. Other places of interest include the Ljubljansko Barje Nature Park and the Sečovlje Salina Nature Park.

For the history seeker

Castles, museums, and monuments welcome history seekers to Slovenia. Prešeren Square is the main square in the capital city of Ljubljana, which is named after the famous Slovene poet, France Prešeren. Must-see places include Bled Castle, Ljubljana Castle, Predjama Castle, and Celje Old Castle. Those interested in archaeology can find traces from the early Triassic period, probably around 200 million years old, on Zalarjev Vrh near Idrija.

For the architecture aficionado

When it comes to Slovene architecture, the names that spring to mind are that of Jože Plečnik and Ivan Vurnik. You can see their imprint across Ljubljana in what is termed as the Slovene National Style. Don’t miss the beautiful castles and bridges that are spread throughout the country.

For the religiously inclined

Slovenia has one of the highest number of religious buildings per capita in Europe, which include around 3,000 churches, chapels, and religious monuments. Don’t miss the monastery at Stična which has been functional for almost 900 years, along with the pilgrimage church dedicated to the Assumption of Mary built on Bled Island.

Things you need to know and learn about Slovenia don’t end here, of course. The rest is for when you get there and begin your own exploration and have your own experiences. Have a fabulous trip!

Budget Plan for Mini Vacation

When was the last time you planned a weekend getaway without dreading the expenditure? Take a look at various budget plans to ensure you have a great time outdoors without burning a hole in your wallet.

Vacation time is a time to enjoy and relax. While some prefer to go on long breaks there are a few who prefer mini vacations! These holidyas completely refresh a person and make him/her feel geared up for work as well. However, frequent trips may sometimes cause a hole in the wallet! Therefore having a budget plan is of utmost importance. A travel budget helps a person to manage the finance and end up with savings! And if you see the brighter side, you can even end up with more savings. Planning for cheap holidays is not really as difficult as it may seem.

Off-Season Trips
Weekend getaways can be planned during off-season time. This is the time when travel agents can offer better deals for airfare and package tours and hotel rates would also be cheaper. This situation will prove to be advantageous to you as you can opt to book your hotel room for a lesser price. This will subsequently save you a lot of money.

Camping
You can camp with your entire family at a nearby location and connect with nature. This is surely an idea that will not burn a hole in your wallet. Instead, this will help you to spend quality time with your family enjoying a panoramic view of the mountains. You can walk through the trails, cook food and enjoy freedom in the woods.

Explore Your Locality
You can also explore an area in your own neighborhood with friends. Visit all those places you have never seen before. Bring out the map and rent a car and go all around the countryside. The joy of discovering new destinations closer to your home will give you many more options for your travel later on.

Visit the Beach
When was the last time you went on a picnic? If you are fortunate enough to stay near a beach, you can call up your friends and pack some good food. Have fun in the sun, surfing on the waves. Gorge on food beneath a clear sky! It’s not about how much money you spend to have a great time outdoors; it’s only about quality time, which does not need a lot of money! A trip of this manner will leave you with beautiful memories with your loved ones.

House Swap
If you have a friend on the other side of the town, you can even swap homes! Move in with your family into your friend’s house and vice versa. This will save you money that is spent on hotels and rental apartments. Since you can opt for home-cooked meals, a lot of money can be saved and spent on travel and other fun-related activities.

Spas
A change can help any person feel recharged, and sometimes, you need not travel too far. Look up spas in your locality and book yourself there for the weekend. You can enjoy the beauty and splendor of the spa and relax your mind and body by trying out the various packages available. There are many spas that have special discount offers. Wouldn’t it be economical to pamper yourself at a destination close-by in luxury, rather than traveling far and opting for a mediocre hotel? When you return, you will feel completely relaxed and refreshed and such an inexpensive holiday can be planned even at a short notice!

Low-Cost Airlines
You can even check out the deals online for cheap airfare. If you plan this in advance, you can have tickets to some good travel destinations without really spending more than required. With the money saved, you are free to spend it on other new things you would like to discover!

These plans can help you to devote your time completely to yourself and your family without feeling the pinch. Isn’t it time for you to pack your bags and enjoy a much-deserved weekend?

Tips to Fun Weekend Getaways

Is it true that you are looking for a couple fun weekend getaways? In the event that yes, then you have gone to the perfect place as here you will locate some cool thoughts, which are certain to make your weekend noteworthy.

You must have spent Wednesday mornings dreaming about the relaxing lazy weekends, which seem so far away! There are many plans at the back of your head, but when the weekend actually comes, we waste our time thinking about getaways and end up going nowhere! So, if you wish to go somewhere, plan for it beforehand. Make a list of places where you can actually go, and it is sure to be a big list, as fun weekend getaways for kids are quite different from that of the elders! After about a week’s discussion you are sure to reach a common idea!

A Weekend with the Dolphins: What can be better than a relaxing beach with lots of dolphins to play with? All you need to do is pack your swimsuits and hit the bay! There are many dolphin bays, which have exclusive resorts to stay. Choose a resort which provides the usual beach facilities along with a spa. So, on the first day you can have fun with the dolphins, play volleyball on the beach, get tanned and on the second day relax completely with a nice soothing massage! There are many spas which use essential oils, which not only provide relaxation, but even many other benefits. If you are going with only your partner, you could give each other massages instead of getting a massage! This will surely be a great idea, especially if you try something like a yum chocolate massage.

A Classic Weekend Getaway: If you do not have much time or not interested in going anywhere outside the city, you can still spend your weekend in a fun way. All you need to do is grab your wallet, your partner, and get out of the house! Most of the time one shops from the shopping malls, this time shop from the streets or small shops instead. Clothes are the most common thing to shop for. For a change, shop for something different like junk jewelry or some trivial things that are cheap, but can be used for home decor, etc. You are sure to enjoy this shopping spree, without spending much! When you are tired of shopping, go to a classy restaurant and have dinner. Do not order the usual things, try out some different dishes, and you will certainly enjoy the experience. After that, if you have any energy left, go to a discotheque and have the time of your life dancing to the rocking tunes! You will be very tired at the end of this, which will ensure a nice calm sleep. The next day you can simply relax at home watching your favorite movie, after all the fatigue of such a tiring day won’t go so easily!

Something Adventurous: If you want to try something different, go for an adventurous sport. What the sport should be, depends on your hobbies and choice. If you are a mountain lover, rock climbing or a trek of the most steep mountain in your locality is the right choice for you. If you are sea lover like me, there is nothing better than scuba diving! What can make water freaks like us more happy than a dip into the deepest layers of the sea, watching the exotic, picturesque underwater scenery! And if you don’t like either of these sports, you could simply go skydiving, the feeling of falling from the sky gently, is sure to be a lifetime experience!

These were some of the fun weekend getaway ideas. So, now that you have so many choices at your bidding, forget all your tensions and get ready for a joyride! Have fun!