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Best Places To Visit In Africa

Tourist Attractions In Africa

Africa, the world’s second-largest continent, has magnificent places to visit.  With its amazing wildlife and expansive landscapes its best for safari lovers and photographers. There’s a lot to see and experience cultural, educational, etc. Choosing these places wasn’t an easy task since there are a lot of amazing places with unique features and beauty.

Here are 9 of the most amazing places and safest places to visit in Africa:

1. Serengeti National Park In Tanzania

Three Giraffe Under Gray Sky

3 giraffes in the serengeti national park

 

The Serengeti National Park is located in best countries to visit in africa, Tanzania. One of the most famous national parks in Africa. It is home to the greatest wildlife spectacle in the world.  The Serengeti National Park eco-system is the oldest on the planet, also is home to one of the world’s seven natural wonders. Serengeti is famous for the world’s largest movement of animals also known as the great wildebeest migration.  The great wildebeest migration usually is when 1.5 million wildebeest and thousands of zebra and gazelle, move each year around the same time from southern Serengeti in Tanzania and loops in a clockwise direction towards the Masai Mara reserve in Kenya. This migration is a natural phenomenon determined by the availability of grazing. During this migration tragic do happen, about 250,000 wildebeest die during the journey from Serengeti (Tanzania) to the Maasai Mara ( Kenya). The cause of death is usually from thirst, hunger, and exhaustion.

three gray elephants on ground during daytime

Elephants in the serengeti national park

You can visit the park all year round. The best time to visit is during the dry season (from late June to September) this time you can get the best wildlife viewing, in general. The timing of migration varies every year. The best chance of seeing it is during June and July. There’s a variety of accommodation available in Serengeti  Park from luxury lodges to mobile camps. There’s a lot of things to see and do in Serengeti National Park such as  Balloon Safari, visiting the Retina Hippo pool, visiting Maasai Village and many more. The park covers 5,700 sq miles, (14,763 sq km), it’s larger than Delaware and Rhode Island combined.

Also see where do hippos live

2. Victoria Falls- Zambia/Zimbabwe

Victoria Waterfalls Cascading Near Forest

The Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls is a waterfall in the Zambezi River at the border between  Zambia and Zimbabwe. It’s one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, it’s neither the highest nor the widest waterfall in the world, it is classified as the largest, based on its width of 1,708 meters (5,604 ft) and height of 108 meters (354 ft), resulting in the world’s largest sheet of falling water. 

You can get onto Victoria Falls through  Victoria Falls National Park that’s on the Zimbabwe side or the Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park that’s on the Zambia side, which means that for you to see the entire length of this the largest waterfall in the world, you will need to have access of these two countries. So if you choose to visit one country lets say Zimbabwe you will only see some part of the waterfall and you are going to miss the other part which is on the Zambia side. Most people will generally choose the entrance based on their port of entry, meaning the entrance will be based on the country they are staying in. The two entrance gates are close to the border and they are connected, with the Victoria Falls bridge. 

Victoria Falls bridge is another attraction,  it crosses the Zambezi River just below the Victoria Falls. It has a total length of  198 meters(650ft). There are some guided tours focusing on the construction of the Bridge, and which include a walking tour under the main deck. Also on the Zambian side, there is a small museum about the Bridge which is free to enter and has a cafe selling refreshments. You can buy some souvenirs while you are there.

Also located on the bridge is the Shearwater 111 meter (364 ft) bungee jump including a bungee swing and zip-line. There is also a railway museum in the city of Livingstone which is in  Zambia. There are several old steam trains and is a good source of information for railway enthusiasts.

The best time to visit the waterfalls depends on your preference.  You can choose a high water season that is around March-May. During this season there are hot days and warm nights with thunderstorms. When it comes to activities is a little dangerous since the water level is too high. Activities such as white water rafting or swimming at the Devil’s pool are not recommended.  Another option you can choose to go on low water season which is September-December. The Low Water Season is a fantastic time to photograph Victoria Falls, as the cliff face is most exposed and this spectacular geographical formation is revealed for all to see. While the Rain Forest isn’t so rainy, the site itself is a lot less crowded, the skies are always clear, and the sun shines all day.

 

3. Spitzkoppe- Namibia

bald granite peaks of Spitzkoppe

Bald granite peaks of Spitzkoppe, Namibia

 

The Spitzkoppe is a group of bald granite peaks located between Usakos and Swakopmund in the Namib desert,  Namibia. The Spitzkoppe has two separate mountains, the large Spitzkoppe which is 1728 meters high(5669 ft) and small  Spitzkoppe which is 1584meters high(5196 ft). These are the most photographed mountains in Namibia. The area has a long history of habitation. Also, the caves and rocks have numerous well-preserved examples of bushmen rock art to view. The  Spitzkoppe area is good for hikers’ and rock climbers’ and has a nice view from the top. For those visitors that are interested to learn about this place, there are organized guided walks tours that are available. There are knowledgeable, friendly guides who will take you to view some of the numerous rock art sites, explaining the stories captured in the ancient drawings. The area also has a restaurant and bar, on the foot of the sprawling granite formation, there is a wonderfully maintained campsite where you can pitch a tent and stay for the night. The campsite also has some special barbeque places consisting of several secluded camping sites all of which have braai facilities.  If you are an outdoor activities lover, by visiting Spitzkoppe you will enjoy hiking, rock climbing, magnificent views, wonderful photographic opportunities.

 

4. Majorelle Garden In Morocco

The Majorelle Garden in marrakech

Jardin Majorelle Gardens in Marrakech, Morocco

 

Majorelle garden also is known as the Jardin Majorelle in Marrakech, one of the most visited sites in  Marrakech, Morocco. It was created and designed by French painter Jacques Majorelle, who took him almost forty years of passion and dedication to create this enchanting garden. He started this in 1923 but was opened to the public in 1947. Jacques Majorelle resides in the garden until his divorce in the 1950s. In the 1980s  Yves Saint-Laurent and Pierre Bergè purchased the property, he owned the property until his death in 2008.

 

The garden covers nearly two and a half acres.  There are collections of cacti, exotic plants, and trees that are landscaped to emphasize each one’s unique beauty.  Another attraction is a Cubist Villa which was designed by famous French architect Paul Sinoir. The villa is known as Berber museum which features the collection of Majorelle’s paintings. There are also pools, streams, and fountains. While you are in the garden you can visit the Islamic Art Museum of Marrakech which used to be Majorelle’s workshop. You can also visit the Yves Saint Laurent Memorial which was open to the public in 2017.

 

5. The Ngorongoro Crater In Tanzania

Five Zebra Grazing on Grass Field

Zebras in Ngorongoro Crater

Ngorongoro Crater is the world’s largest inactive, unbroken, and unfilled volcanic caldera located in one of the most famous cities in Africa, Arusha. The caldera measures between 16 and 19 km (10 and 12 miles ) across and has an area of  264 square km(102 square miles). Its heavily forested rim rises 610 meters (2,000 feet) above the caldera’s floor to an elevation of 2,286 meters (7,500 feet ). Ngorongoro crater was formed about 2.5 million years ago from a large active volcano.  Ngorongoro Crater is also one of the most visited African attractions. It’s located in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area in Tanzania.

There are more than 20,000 large animals living in the crater, large animals such as black rhinos, African buffalo, Hippos, Grant’s Zebra, etc. The crater is also known for its densest population of lions. While you are in the area you can visit the Olduvai Gorge archaeological site,  the most important prehistoric site in the world. It is at Olduvai where remains of Zinjanthropus, the world’s first humans, were discovered by Dr. Louis and Mary Leakey over 50 years ago.

 

6. Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

Black Gorilla Close-up Photo

Gorilla in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is a national park in Uganda, which happens to be one of the cheap places to travel internationally. It was created in 1991 and covers an area of 33.9 km2 (13.1 sq mi) which makes it Uganda’s smallest national park. The park is famous for its Nyakagezi gorilla family and is part of the larger Virunga Conservation area that spreads over the three countries which are  Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. It also covers the northern slopes of the three northernmost Virunga Volcanoes: Mt. Muhavura, Mt. Gahinga, and Mt. Sabinyo. The Park is bordered to the south by the Volcanoes National Park of Rwanda and to the west by the  Virunga National Park of the Democratic Republic of Congo. So while you are there you might get into two other countries but you have to follow immigration rules and be careful if you consider entering  Virunga National Park of the Democratic Republic of Congo because it has been threatened with political conflicts.

 

There are a lot of things to do and see at  Mgahinga National Park. While you are at the park you can see endangered mountain gorillas, Virunga volcanoes golden monkeys, mount Sabyinyo, Mount  Gahinga, Mount Muhavura, etc. Things that you can do are Gorilla tracking, volcano hacking, Golden monkey tracking, Batwa trail, bird watching, Garama cave exploration and many more.

 

7. The Great Pyramid of Giza -Egypt

People Riding A Camel Near Pyramid of Giza Under Blue Sky

Pyramid of Giza, Egypt

The great pyramid of Giza is the last remaining wonder of the ancient world. It’s part of three large pyramids in the Giza Necropolis located in Cairo, Egypt. According to history, The Great Pyramid of Giza also known as Great Sphinx of Giza was built for the fourth Dynasty Pharaoh Khufu or Cheops. The area also contains 3 small pyramids that are believed to have been built for Khufu’s wives.  While you are there you will be able to see the three known chambers inside the Great Pyramid. First is the lowest chamber that has been cut into the bedrock which the pyramid was built and was unfinished. There’s also a Queen’s Chamber and King’s Chamber which are higher up within the pyramid. Around the pyramid area of  Giza complex two mortuary temples in honor of Khufu. One is close to the pyramid and one is near the Nile River.  There is also some guided tour in the pyramids.  

A lot of things to see around Giza, not only pyramids there are also some museums such as the Giza Museum, Solar boat museum, Egypt Papyrus Museum, Ramses Wissa Wassef Art Centre, Dr. Ragab’s Pharaonic Village and many more.

 

8. Fish River Canyon In Namibia

brown and gray rock formation

Fish River Canyon, Namibia

The Fish River Canyon is the second largest canyon in the world after the Grand Canyon in the U.S,  and the largest canyon in Africa located in Namibia. It’s the second most visited tourist attraction in Namibia. It features a gigantic ravine, in total about  160km (100 miles) long, up to 27 km (16.77 miles) wide and in places almost 550 meters(1804 ft) deep. The Fish River is the longest interior river in Namibia. It flows stronger early in the season and by September usually dries up to form a chain of stagnant pools. The river also flows into the Hardap Dam which is the largest water reservoir of Namibia.   Water is safe to drink, however, the use of water purifying tablets is recommended.

The Canyon forms part of the state-run Ais-Ais Richtersveld Transfrontier Park. The Canyon hike is closed during the summer season(in Namibia) that is November-April due to the heat. The Fish River Hiking Trail can be done during the months of May- September and can be completed within 4 to 5 days, depending on how feet and fast you are.  Another important thing you will need a permit to hike in the Canyon.

 

9. Mount Kilimanjaro In Tanzania

mount kilimanjaro summit

Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa and the highest single free-standing mountain in the world, with its summit of 5,895 meters (19,341 ft) above sea level and at about 4,900 meters (16,100 ft) high from its plateau base. Kilimanjaro is also the fourth most topographically prominent peak on Earth. Mount Kilimanjaro is located in the Kilimanjaro region, Tanzania.  Mount Kilimanjaro has three volcanic cones, Mawenzi, Shira and Kibo. Mawenzi and Shira are extinct but Kibo, the highest peak, is dormant and could erupt again. According to  WWF, the most recent activity was about 200 years ago; the last major eruption was 360,000 years ago.

There are a lot of things to do and see on Mount Kilimanjaro. You can hike alone or using hiking tours(this is recommended or best option) that explore the lower levels of the mountain, around the Shira Plateau areas. These are not one-day hikes, they usually three days and require you to sleep in mountain camps. You have to be careful and prepared there’s a lot of steep trails and lots of climbing over rocks and tree roots, as these are not well maintained smooth trails.

The good thing about hiking it will take you to see amazing craters, giant ferns, wildlife and plenty of scenic views. Another thing you can visit around mount Kilimanjaro Park is Chala crater lake. Chala crater lake is one of the park’s most famous sights because of its incredible waters, which range in color from turquoise to emerald green depending on the time of the year. A good place to take photos and create memories. Another thing to do is wildlife watching but this will require you to get an armed park ranger or a tour guide to take you on this trek because there are some dangerous animals such as leopards, buffalos and other large animals. A trek will also allow you to see baboons, bush pigs, mongooses, elephants and a number of other animals. Even though the trek is at ground level, you’ll still be higher than sea level, so you might have some trouble breathing and adjusting to the altitude. 

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Traveling On a Budget – How To See and Enjoy Barcelona Without Breaking The Bank

What to do in Barcelona on a budget?

Sometimes we want to go to places we really love but we always think if we can afford, how expensive it is, and then we end up changing our mind and not going. The truth is you can make your dreams come true by visiting the place you love if you plan to do it on a budget.

Barcelona is one of my favorite cities located on the coast of northeastern Spain. Barcelona is one of the world’s leading tourists and culture centers. There are a lot of things to do in  Barcelona from sightseeing to entertainment. Barcelona has a lot of unique architecture, city parks, museums, and churches.  You can do all this and more on a budget and here are some tips to do it.

 

The  best time to  visit Barcelona

If you are on a budget the best time to visit Barcelona is between September-December. This time is good because the tourist season slows down and hotel rates are getting cheaper compared to   June-August. You don’t have to worry about the temperature they will still be in the high to low 70s. You can still go to the beach in early fall, but mid-October temperatures can be in the low 50s. If you don’t mind wearing coats/jackets and not being at the beach  January-April will be good for you. It’s a very low season due to weather of low 40s to 30s, everything is cheap from flight fare, etc. The temperature is rising up around March-April.

Aerial Photo of People Gathering in City

Accommodation

There is a lot of accommodation in Barcelona if you want to score some hotel deals you can search on the website like Hotwire, Priceline, etc. The good thing about hotwire if you know specific dates or estimates you can put an alert the will alert you if there is a price drop so you can book your hotel when you are ready for that price. Priceline also has good deals. They give you the option of express deals and bid your price you might be like and find amazing deals. Another option is Airbnb, this is a good option, on my trip to Barcelona I found out it was cheaper than hotels. I think it depends on the city, some cities are more expensive than hotels. For instance, when searching for accommodation in Rome, Airbnb was more expensive than hotels. In my opinion, Airbnb is good if you are not alone because you might book a house/room in an excluded neighborhood in a foreign country that can be scary.

 

Things to do in Barcelona

There’s a lot of things to do in this magnificent city of  Barcelona. You can enjoy a lot of things such as sightseeing, museums, city parks, restaurants, wine tasting, cooking classes and many more. Since you are on a budget you can take advantage of free stuff. Yes in Barcelona there are some places where you can visit for free.  But the best places you can do while you are in Barcelona are; first my favorite place La Sagrada Familia (Church of Sacred Family) this is the major attraction in Barcelona. A large unfinished Roman Catholic Basilica, construction started in 1882. If you like architecture you will enjoy the experience. The entrance fee for the basic tour is  20 euros or US$ 21.67. The basic tour does not include a tour guide. But there are different prices which are higher, for instance, you want a guided tour, going to the towers, going to the Gaudi Museum, etc.   Another option you can take a quick peek from outside for free. The church usually enforces the dress code and some ground rules entering Sagrada Familia. You can check them here so you can get well prepared.   

People on Market

If you are a foodie or you just wondering where to eat in  Barcelona you can go to Mercat de la Boqueria(Boqueria Market). The famous market in Barcelona you can get a variety of foods, drinks, desserts, fruits, etc at very good prices and you don’t have to break your wallet. You can check more about this famous market here and get some inside scoop and decide for yourself. The amazing part about the Boqueria market is connected to another tourist attraction Las Ramblas.  La Ramblas is a  famous street in central  Barcelona. This is a tree-lined pedestrian street, it stretches for 1.2 km (0.75 mi). It’s also close to another tourist attraction  Barri Gòtic ( Gothic Quarter). There is a lot of tourists attraction such as live performances, artists that will draw your portrait or caricature, whatever you want it. 

There is also human statue art (street performance)if you don’t pay attention you will think you are posing with the statue of Galileo or  Christopher Columbus, but there is Christopher Columbus monument nearby. There are a lot of museums, a restaurant, etc. One thing to notice about this place, since there’s a lot of tourists sometimes prices tend to be higher than in other places. You can go there for the experience and taking pictures but you can dine in some local places or non-tourists places where food is the same or better at cheaper prices. I found out when traveling in different places non-tourist places are the best when you are on a budget.   You can get food, souvenir, etc for three times cheaper compared to tourist places. One thing I make for sure is to visit all these places and also hit the locals.

People on Park Passing Concrete Gate

 

Getting around  Barcelona.

Now you are in Barcelona, you’ll have to get around the city. There are several ways to get around the city of Barcelona by car, taxi, metro, and bus. The best I will recommend and it’s cheaper is Metro. You can buy a metro ticket for a single trip or depends on your duration of stay. There are several tickets, first is the T-Casual ticket, this will give you 10  trips on the metro, FGC. The T-Casual ticket costs  11.35 euros (US$12.29). It’s good for all the main city center routes and the airport. With a T-Casual ticket, you will save  12.35 euros (US$13.37) because if you buy a single metro ticket it costs 2.40 euros (US$2.60) per trip.

 

The second ticket option which I think has more benefit is the Barcelona Card. This is the official tourist pass of Barcelona. It can help you to save money because not only you can use it unlimited on the metro and other public transportation but also can be used to enter into  Barcelona´s best museums.   You can also get many deals and discounts on visits, tours, entertainment, shopping, dining, and nightlife. The Barcelona Card is available in different packages; there is a 72hrs package that costs   46 euros(US$49.81). A 96 hours package that costs 56 euros(US$60.64) and a 120 hours package that costs 61 euros (US$ 66.05). You can buy this package online. You can get more about the Barcelona card and its benefits here.

 

Now you know what to do when you want to visit  Barcelona, first the right time to visit, the time when accommodation and flights will be cheaper.  Second is things to do when you are in the city, there are a lot of things to do even if you are on a tight budget. Third, the best way to get around in Barcelona is through public transportation. There are several ways you can save in Barcelona by using public transportation.

 

 

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Where Do Hippos of Serengeti National Park In Northern Tanzania Live? | Photo of the Day

Hippos in Serengeti

Serengeti National Park in Northern Tanzania is one of the most popular safari destination for most travelers and tourists. It attracts all kind of wildlife animals and beautiful & colorful birds migrating from different parts of the world. Many herds cross to Serengeti looking for pastures and breeding grounds and it is during this migration animals have to cross crocodile infested rivers. It is in these rivers where you were find the largest residents, Hippopotamus of Serengeti  basking under the sun in this muddy waters flashing their powerful jaws keeping enemies at bay.

Quick Facts About Hippopotamus of Serengeti

Where do hippos live?

Hippos are live in Sub-Saharan African spending most of their days submerged in water keeping their skin cool and moist. According to National Geographic, Hippos spend upwards of 16 hrs per day in water. Majority of Hippos populations are in Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya, north through to Ethiopia, Somalia and Sudan, west to The Gambia, and south to South Africa.

Hippos are herbivores?

Hippos are considered to be herbivores consuming mainly plants. They will eat fruits if available, they do enjoy watermelons but for the most part their diet consists of short grass.

Are Hippos Endangered?

Yes, according to African Wildlife Foundation the conservation status of hippos is vulnerable being pushed to extinct because of rising demand of their teeth, skin, and meat. The unregulated hunting and poaching has driven the number of live hippos down to about 140,000.

How many babies do hippos have? 
Hippos have a gestation period of 8 months. Nomarly mother hippo gives birth to one baby at a time.

Are hippos dangerous?

Yes, hippos are dangerous and aggressive creatures with power jaws accompanied by very sharp teeth. Every year hippos are responsible for more than 3000 deaths.

What is hippos lifespan?

In the wild hippos live up to 40 – 50 years but in captivity hippos can live past 50 years. Donna the hippo was the oldest hippo know, she died at the age of 61 at the Mesker Park Zoo in Evansville, Indiana in 2012.

 

 

 

 

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When To Decide Between Beach Holidays and City Holidays

When do we decided between city or beach vacations?

At some point, everyone feels like they need to go on vacation. The fact is not everyone can plan or go on vacation due to time, money, responsibilities and life in general. When people plan on taking a vacation,  the main factors that they consider are where they want to go, what they want to do. Do they want to relieve some stress, or do they want to experience different environments and do different activities from their daily life? From there one can decide the best place to go according to what they want to do. The two types of vacation places people most consider to go are city vacation and beach vacation. 

 

These two major vacation places have some differences between them.  Most people would choose one over another, we will take a close look at what kinds of activities one can do while vacationing on these two different places. One thing I can say they are both good places for vacation but it all depends on your interest and what you want to do.

 

People Walking on Street Near Buildings

City vacationing

City vacation has numerous things to do and places to see. If you want to enjoy the city vacationing, being open-minded will be a good idea and it will really help. Because One of the main opportunities of city vacationing is that you will have the opportunity to fully immerse yourself in the culture of the city or place of which you are visiting. In cities, you will able to experience local culture, historic and non-historic architecture, art galleries,  local restaurants, etc. In some cities, you can also have an opportunity to get amazing city tours and learn more about the city’s history, culture, interesting facts and some myths or urban legends. For instance, if you take your vacation in New Orleans there are different tours available such as Ghost tour, Cemetary tours, Food walking tour, Katrina recovery tour and many more. With a little bit of research before you go on your vacation, you can explore a lot of ideas on what to do in your chosen city.

 

People Standing Near Flock of Birds

Beach vacationing

While beach vacation can be a great way to relax, and chill they can not be done any time of the year like city vacation. This means taking beach vacation can depend on season, most of the time can be done in summer, late spring and some late fall. designed. Usually, beach vacation are specifically cater to tourists, The beach has a relaxing, laid back atmosphere. There are many activities to do while you are on a beach vacation, activities such as water skiing, deep-sea fishing, sailing, diving, and much more. Another great thing about a beach vacation is seafood. If you like seafood you have tons of selection of the freshest seafood money can buy.  Most of the time you will be spending around the beaches, most of the activities will be around water, visiting restaurants and if you like nightlife maybe you can hoop in the bar/pub, live band, and some night club. Some beaches have actives or events that you can attend. For instance, if you go to Myrtle Beach they are tons of events and activities such as Myrtle Beach Jeep Jam, NASCAR race experience, Horry County Fair, Atlantic Beach  Bikefest and many more.

 

Green Trees Near Seashore Under Blue Sky

 

I prefer a city vacation because you are more likely to do a lot of activities all you need is time and be well prepared. The city vacation is ideal for anyone who likes to learn and explore different cultures, for people who like to see life from a different perspective. There is a lot of interaction with the locals. Unlike the beach vacation most people you going to meet will be the tourists and also most beaches are kind of excluded a little bit far from other areas.

Man and Woman Walks on Dock

 

There are advantages of city vacations they are affordable because there’s a lot of options on where to stay, where to eat and there is always public transportation which makes it easier to explore the city. In another hand, the beach vacation can be somehow expensive because most of the hotels and other accommodations around the area are expensive.

You can always decide where you want your destination to be. Whether it is a city vacation or beach vacation there are several things you have to consider. Those things are time, budget and what you want to do or what you want to get out of it. Of course, most of the time vacation’s purpose is to take a break from work and our busy exhausting routines, if that’s what you think, then you would think of a place where you can relax and just enjoy the view and whatever else there is to do.

 

 

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Travel Tips to European Countries: Spain

Spain is famous worldwide for its flamenco dancers and bullfights and the architecture style. Cave paintings, renaissance cathedrals, Moorish palaces prove the diversity of the country. Spring, fall and early summer are very pleasant here, though summers are hot.   Spain’s capital and largest city are Madrid.

Culture

Spanish is the regional language of Spain. English is spoken there. Over a period of time, Spanish people have become modern in order to gel with the changing times and are no longer conservative. But that hasn’t changed the values, traditions, manners, and customs of the locals. People here have two surnames(last names). The first surname/last name can be used to refer to the person. To greet someone, a handshake will do the job. It’s normal to take a small gift along when visiting someone’s house. Dinner is generally taken very late at the night most restaurants in Spain open late for dinner. People wear casual but not too casual compared to the U.S. most of the time. Men are expected to wear jackets at some restaurants. Swimsuits should be confined to the pools and beaches. Recently a ban has been applied to smoking in public places.

 

Shopping

Shops open quite early in the morning and stay open late in the evening. In the afternoon, they are closed for lunch or siesta. Porcelain and leather goods are famous and they will be good gifts for friends and family members back home. Bills are to be paid along with the service charges, so tipping is a matter of gratitude.

 

Electricity

Voltage is 220 volts and the frequency is 50 Hz

Transportation

IBERIA airline is the national airline of Spain. Many other low-cost airlines offer services in the country such as Air Europa, Wamos Air, Vueling Airlines, and Binter Canarias. There are nearly thirty international airports in Spain, out of which Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Alicante, and Malaga are famous. Duty-free shops, restaurants, banks, car hire, and tourism information are available at the airports. There is also railway transportation between Spain cities and nearby countries or Europe in general. Cities that you can get metro/rail system are Alicante, Barcelona, Bilbao, Granada, Madrid, Malaga, Murcia, Palma, Parla, Santa Cruz, Seville, Valencia, Velez Malaga, Vitoria-Gasteiz, and Zaragoza. Underground service also works to transport passengers to their destinations. Buses are available every 15 minutes and trains are available every 20 minutes. Bus fare and schedule and operations depend on the city you are. Taxis are available throughout the day. There is a good network of roads connecting Spain north to south. Toll booths are installed in some parts of the country. Carrying a few Euros will help smooth sailing at the toll booths. If driving one’s private car, it would be better if the travel insurance covers medical costs too. Carrying a medical kit can prove to be of some help.

Duty-Free Items

  1. 200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos 50 cigars or 250g tobacco (300 cigarettes, 150 cigarillos, 70 cigars and 400g of tobacco for EU nationals)
  2. 1litre of spirits if exceeding 22 percent volume or 2 liters of alcoholic beverage not exceeding 22 percent volume and 2 liters of wine (1.5 liters exceeding 22 percent and 3 liters of up to 22 percent and 5 liters of wine for EU nationals)
  3. 250ml eau de toilette and 50g of perfume
  4. 500g of coffee or 200g of coffee extract (1000g of coffee and 4000g of coffee extract for EU nationals)
  5. 100g of tea or 40g of tea extract
  6. Gifts up to the value of approximately €37.26. (the U.S $ 41.58).

Places to Visit in Spain.

1: Barcelona.

Brown Painted Infrastructure Beside Trees

Barcelona is my favorite city in  Spain. There are a lot of things to do and a lot to experience in this magnificent city. You can do a lot of things from sightseeing to cooking classes. My  must-see /visit or do while you are in Barca(as I like to call it, and yes I’m a soccer fan) are;

  • La Sagrada Familia
  • Park Guell
  • Las Ramblas
  • Camp Nou Stadium(again soccer fan)
  • La Boqueria (Boqueria Market)

There is a lot to do, and for beach lovers, there are tons and tons of beaches in Barcelona.

 

2:Madrid

People Gathering Near Plaza

Madrid is the largest and capital city of Spain.  If you like the sound of Spanish guitar, the swish of flamenco this is your place to be. A lot of food, dancing and partying all day and all night in this beautiful city. My pick for must-do/see or visit while in  Madrid are ;

  • Prado Museum
  • Plaza Mayor
  • The Palacio Real
  • El Rastro flea market
  • Puerta del Sol

There is a lot to do in this city, you can hop on bus tours which they provide a lot of activities to do from wine tasting to cooking classes.

 

3: Valencia.

Reflection of Cityscape in Sea at Night

If you like to be outdoor or on the beaches, Valencia is your place.  You can visit the beach with golden sand and have a  very wonderful view of the Mediterranean.  My pick for Valencia are :

  • Mercado Central
  • Plaza Ayuntamiento
  • City of Art and Science
  • Valencia beaches

There are tons of things to see and do in Valencia. In general, Spain is a very beautiful country there are a lot of places to visit such as Seville, Granada, Ibiza, San Sebastian, Canary Islands, etc.

 

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5 Most Stylish Anti-theft Backpack For Women

How to Select Stylish Anti-theft Bags For Women

Backpacks have become the most popular and most important product for school, work and traveling. Not only that, but it also has become a fashion statement. Nowadays, backpacks have different features, styles, sizes, and functions there are different options depends on what you really want.

Anti theft crossbody bag

 For women, backpacks are more than just the school bag, or travel bag it’s an accessory. Recently women have been carrying backpacks when they travel, to work, running errands, casual outings, etc.  This is because they are useful to carry things such as laptops, books, and other electronic devices and also you can carry many things in one place. Backpacks are comfortable to carry compare to regular handbags. They have been designed to put the load or weight equally into your body compare to handbags, which are designed to pull the weight on one side of your body. Also we are starting to see more anti theft crossbody bags come to style. 

How anti theft bag works

Recently the bar was raised high when comes to backpacks and we were introduced to Anti-theft backpacks.   Anti-theft backpacks have some features, which prevent criminals from stealing inside your bag. Some of the anti-theft backpacks features are RFID jammers, slash-proof straps, hidden compartments, and concealed zippers. These anti-theft backpacks are available in different styles and sizes that cater to every woman. Whether you are looking for traveling backpacks, sports activities, work, etc. there is always a style and size for you.  After doing a little research we find some most  5 stylish and trendy anti-theft backpacks for women;

 

1.TUCCH  – Anti Theft Backpack Purse.

TUCCH  Anti Theft Backpack Purse

 

This stylish backpack purse is good for casual outings, work/business, college,  and traveling. It’s a lightweight water-resistant. With a perfect size of 15L and weighs 1.26 lb. only, so it’s not heavy especially when you have to walk around with it for a long time. It has double zippers design and it’s easy to open and close.  This backpack is a must-have because of its several features;

Anti-theft Design

Has a back opening with two zippers, which protects things inside such as wallet, laptop, smartphone, tablets, etc. The design makes it’s harder for thieves to open the backpack because the main zipper is against your back. So there’s no way someone can try to open it without tour knowledge.

TUCCH Women Laptop Backpack, 14 Inch Business Travel College School Backpack with Luggage Belt,TUCCH  Anti Theft Backpack Purse for women TUCCH  Anti Theft Backpack Purse for women

 

Made of high-quality water repellent nylon material with stylish metal zippers and well stitching. Complete with adjustable shoulder straps to ease pressure on the neck and shoulders, ensure a daily comfortable and long-lasting usage.

 Has one main compartment fits daily essentials like wallet/ smartphone/  tablet, one inner pocket without zipper for passport or ID, and two additional zippered pockets, one is front pocket and another one is inner pocket for small items like keys, pens, charger, etc., which makes your items organized and easier to find.

The backpack is perfect for day-to-day use for professional business, casual daypack, travel and even for college.

To buy: amazon.com

 

2.Travelon Anti-theft Signature Slim Backpack

Travelon Anti-theft Signature Slim Backpack

This  Travelon  Anti-theft Slim Backpack has a roomy main compartment that has a smart organization and is large enough to carry an iPad/tablet. This bag can help you to be organized and keep your thing safe

Anti-theft design

The backpack has slash & cut-resistant straps and panels, locking zippers, RFID protected card slots and an RFID Passport pocket which makes you worry-free about losing your things or get stolen. It has a deep main compartment. Front slash pocket holds small things such as smartphones, sunglasses, keys, little hand sanitizer or hand lotion. Front zippered pocket locks for added security.

The backpack’s interior has 2 zippered wall pockets and a drop pocket that is perfect for quick-grab items. Has adjustable straps that allow you to find your perfect fit depends on your size etc.  There’s a top grab handle for easy lifting or hanging and a magnetic front flap closure. Well crafted from durable water and stain-resistant nylon material an accented in stylish antique brass finished hardware. 

This backpack is good for Corporate/Professional casual, business casual.

To buy: amazon.com

 

3. S-ZONE Women Genuine Leather Backpack Purse Anti-theft Travel Rucksack Convertible Shoulder Bag.

S-ZONE Women Genuine Leather Backpack Purse Anti-theft Travel Rucksack Convertible Shoulder Bag

This beautiful and well-designed backpack is handcrafted with high-quality genuine leather. It has a top grain leather is made of the first layer leather which seems more shiny or glossy. Naturally soft, anti-scratch and durability are the major characteristics of this backpack. With water-resistant material and anti-theft performance,  and very roomy. This amazing backpack can be used as a school rucksack, travel daypack, diaper bag, shopping bag and etc. The backpack comes with two zip pockets outside at both ends, two sides open pockets for umbrella; Inside: one zipper pocket for small private objects, two holder pockets for phone and cards and the main pocket.

Anti-theft design

The backpack has an interior zipper pocket with anti-theft design, the side zipper pocket is the best place to protect your cellphone from thieves. The adjustable buckle has been tested and updated repeatedly before the sale to make sure will not slip easily. Also designed with detachable strap, combining the leather with braided tape. Has the shirt strap is indispensable to make the backpack to be a shoulder bag. What makes it better and superb is the convince of disassembling it whenever you want. There’s a strong hook that doesn’t break at all. You will not encounter the broken hook issues when you carry this bag.

S-ZONE Women Genuine Leather Backpack Purse Anti-theft Travel Rucksack Convertible Shoulder Bag Adjustable BukcleDetachable StrapStrong Hook

To buy: amazon.com

4. YTONET  Backpack for Women, RFID Anti-Theft Business Travel Backpack with USB Charging Port, Water Resistant.

YTONET  Backpack for Women, RFID Anti-Theft Business Travel Backpack with USB Charging Port, Water Resistant.

 

This is very stylish some sort of high tech anti-theft backpack. It can carry a 15.6-inch laptop and keep all of your belongings safe.

Anti-theft Backpack For Women Design

This backpack has RFID security technology unique metal composites designed specifically to block RFID signals up to 13 56 MHz or higher and protect your valuable information such as passport credit cards debit & ATM cards driver’s licenses transit cards from unauthorized Scan Please note that some ID cards access cards and hotel room cards (work at 125KHz) cannot be blocked by this wallet.

It has external USB charging and built-in charging cable design great convenience for charging your electronic devices via connecting your own power bank, unfortunately, the power bank is not included.

RFID Blocking PocketUSB Charging Port

A special feature available if you want to travel with this backpack,  a luggage strap that allows your lightweight backpack hook to luggage/suitcase slide over the luggage upright handle tube for easier carrying which also comes with one Anti Theft Pocket. This also helps to keep safe your important stuff such as cell phone, wallet, passport, etc and prevent stolen making your traveling more convenient.

Fully Unfoldable CompartmentLuggage StrapDurable Handle

The backpack is large with a lot of storage and pockets. There is one big wide and deep main compartment and 15 organizer compartments .

It’s very durable and comfortable with reinforced edges and the steel frame of the main compartment which keeps the perfect shape of the daypack. The waterproof nylon fiber and Smooth Double Zippers is durable of usage Ergonomic black laptop backpack shape design with thicker sponge & softer padded shoulder straps can relieve the fatigue from your shoulder. 

This backpack is good for school, business, work, casual and travel.

To buy: amazon.com

 

5. PINCNEL Women Backpack Purse PU Leather Anti-theft Backpack Casual Satchel Shoulder Bag.

PINCNEL Women Backpack Purse PU Leather Anti-theft BackpackPINCNEL Women Backpack Purse PU Leather Anti-theft Backpack

 

This anti-theft stylish backpack has a fashionable and simple design, very soft and lightweight which is very perfect for fashionable women.  Made with soft and glossy PU leather, high-quality metal buckles and very smooth sturdy zipper.

Anti-theft design

Designed with anti-theft back zipper. This backpack can be switched to a shoulder bag with one detachable shoulder strap or you can keep it as a backpack with two inseparable shoulder straps.  This two ways carrying feature makes you safer and comfortable during traveling etc.

It has exterior and interior pockets that can comfortably hold a phone, cosmetics, umbrella, glasses case, water bottle, keys, and tablets/iPad.

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It’s suitable to carry it in daily use, such as shopping. dating, working, traveling, etc.

To buy: amazon.com

 

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3 Adventure Travel Safety Tips

3 Adventure Travel Safety Tips

Thousands of people throughout the world today are considering adventure travel for several good reasons. Most of them want to simply discover the hidden secrets of a certain place, while others want to experience a new taste of culture and beliefs. They want to meet new people, learn a new language, or simply see the exotic flora and fauna of a certain place. There are others also who engage in adventure travel to discover themselves, their capabilities, and their limitations.

Although the reasons for considering adventure travel are good, we can deny the fact that tours and trips to mountains, rainforests, rivers, and even on-air are dangerous to some extent. Yes, they are exciting, but they can be dangerous as you have no control as to what will happen while on travel. Because of such fact, some sorts of safety preparations must be considered before the traveler departs from home. Doing some kind of homework before you leave can be a great move to take as it can help lessen the chances of mishaps to occur.

So when considering adventure travel with your peers, make sure that you are prepared enough for whatever is involved. Know the destination, the guides, and what you are about to do. Most of all, make sure that you know yourself.

 

Consider the Safety of Your Trip

When choosing adventure travel, one of the most important things that every traveler can to do to avoid dangers along the way is to research the destination and the trip. Know the level of your adventure, whether it is extreme or unusual, and think about the possible dangers associated with this kind of activity. Also, consider the tour guides but don’t think that because you have a tour guide, you’re safe. Well, that doesn’t apply all the time. Having a guide doesn’t eliminate the risk.

Understand that there several unexpected situations that your guides can’t control, no matter how powerful and strong they are don’t easily think that because you will be part of a group, you will be safe. Again, that’s not always true. So the best thing you can do now is to carefully research the company you will be dealing with, including their tour guides. Make sure that the company is responsible enough to handle every adventure. If you are not planning to use a tour guide or company make sure you do your research and be careful with your surroundings.

 

Know What to Do and What to Expect from Your Travel

Adventure travel is very demanding investment. So before you leave, be sure to know what to expect and what to do on your trip. You can ask about the foods and accommodations, the gender, age and interests of your fellow adventurers. Also, assess your skills. Also, make sure that you are physically and mentally ready for your adventure travel.

 

Know Yourself

Knowing oneself is by far the best thing that every person can do when considering adventure travel. So ask yourself if the activity you are considering is what you want. Also know your condition, whether you are fit enough or unfit for the adventure travel. Well, the best way to know your condition is to get medical advice from your doctor. Simply find out if adventure travel is best for you or not. If not, then look for an alternative, something that your health can tolerate.

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How to Plan for Adventure Travel Tours

Planning is the first major step to take when considering adventure travel tours. Its importance basically lies in the fact that the way you plan determines the outcome of your experience. So if you plan your adventure travel tours properly and ahead of time, the result would be great and truly memorable. So, how to plan properly for adventure travel tours?

There are a lot of basic ideas to note when planning for your adventure travel tours. A few steps are mentioned below. If you want to know how you can obtain an ultimate adventure experience, then take note of the following:

 

Know what you want

Deciding on adventure travel tours can be one of the biggest decisions you can ever make in your whole life. So it is better to be sure and certain as to what you want or desire for your adventure travel tours. The key here is to know your desires. Ask yourself some questions. Think about your dreams, and how to make them happen. You might think of visiting Aspen and engage in its world-class skiing, or you might just want to stand in a line for a couple of hours just to see the Mona Lisa in Paris. The idea of a cruise to the Caribbean might also appeal to you, or you might want to whale watch in Maui, Hawaii or sightseeing in Barcelona. Indeed there are a lot of options available for your adventure travel tours and what you really desire is what will basically determine the outcome of your adventure. So simply know what you want and base your decision on that.

 

Do a Research

Photo of a Woman Thinking

If a trip to the Caribbean is the fulfillment of your dream, then there’s a possibility that you’ve been thinking about the place for a long time. Well, now is the right time to make it happen. But before you go for your adventure travel tours, try to do research about your trip first. This will surely prepare you and give you ideas ahead of time of what adventure travel tours can offer. Ask for recommendations, read magazines and books, or go online and ask the Chamber of Commerce of the place you are considering. Those basically are the right moves to take.

 

Think About the Budget

Black Calculator Near Ballpoint Pen on White Printed Paper

Your adventure travel tours can be expensive. So, before you engage in one, make sure that your pocket is big enough for the money challenge. Budget your adventure travel tours in advance and balance everything that is involved. Don’t forget to include travel insurance, gasoline costs, auto repairs, and other possible expenses to your budget.

 

Avoid Over Planning

Over planning means doing things that are not included in your original plan. Well, for some, this just imposes additional efforts and additional budget, which may ruin your entire adventure travel tours. So, before you go for your adventure travel tours, think about some possible extra activities that you might encounter in the way, like having a drinking spree with a couple you just met.

 

Enjoy and Relax

Person Laying On Sand

Adventure travel tours are designed for people to enjoy. So once you are on your way to an adventurous undertaking, then just enjoy the moment. Don’t pressure yourself. Do what you can only do and have a good time.