There are risks worth taking and there are those that you need to avoid at all cost. Falling in love is a kind of risk that is worth getting into, while there are travel risks that are not covered by travel insurance for obvious reasons.
Traveling to unknown places is a risk in itself. But it is something worth taking because it takes you to different parts of the world and exposes you to different cultures, sceneries and activities. Sometimes though, activities that are being practiced in some places can be very risky for tourists.
Going Barefoot on the Beach
Island hopping is fun and swimming in pristine blue waters is something that gives fulfillment to most people. But going barefoot in the beach is something should be avoided because there is always the risk of stepping into something that may cause harm like broken glasses or deadly sea creatures.
Purchasing Illegal Drugs or Commodities
You will be the most stupid person is you decide to buy illegal drugs anywhere as consequences can be very severe when you get caught. Buying illegal commodities though may not be easily prevented as you may not even know what you are buying is illegal. Thus, it is important to always make a thorough research, or better yet, buy your holiday things only from legitimate stores. This means avoiding the black market at all cost.
Flaunting your Money
It is a fact that you can be robbed even in your own hometown, but being robbed in another country is something that you never desire. Therefore, it is better to bring your credit card and less cash as much as possible.
There are other travel risks that you need to keep note of like not buying travel insurance, talking to strangers, and riding motorcycles (they are not covered by travel insurance).
Going on a holiday takes a lot of planning and that includes finding the best vacation accommodation. It needs to be taken into consideration that your choice of hotel can make or break your entire vacation. A wrong choice can have you sleeping in a hotel miles and miles away from all the places you want to see and activities you want to get into. But, if you made the right choice, you will surely have the best vacation ever.
When looking for the right hotel if you are on a budget, the most important thing you can do is to shop around and compare prices. Going online is the best way to go because there are lots of websites that offer affordable hotel accommodation deals. If you are lucky enough you may even stumble on a package deal that includes hotel, flight fares and rental cars. It is also important to find a hotel near the places and tourist spots that you want to visit, in order for you to save money on transportation. When you are shopping around for the right hotel, you may also want to do a little research. Checking out hotel reviews and going to travel forums are the best things that you can do.
Consider Your Preferences
When considering a hotel, it is also important to decide on what hotel amenities and facilities you require. Some hotel accommodation packages include additional services such gym use, spa and meals. If you do not require these services, it is best to find another hotel package.
For over 400 years, the Robben Island, which is about 12 kilometers east of Cape Town, was well known to be a place for imprisonment, isolation, exile and banishment. It was in this island that the rulers were sent when regarded as social outcast, political troublemakers and the unwanted in the society. The island is well known for the imprisonment of Nelson Mandela who was the first president of the democratic South Africa.
The History of Robben Island
The Robben Island was initially used as a prison, defense and training ground during the Second World War and as an isolation center for patients with mental illness, chronic illness and leprosy. The island was chosen as a hospital for it has a good environment for curing and is secure for isolating dangerous illness. Today, the island stands out as a pillar of victory against apartheid and other human abuses meted by the colonialists. After being able to overcome the oppositions of the prison authorities, the prisoners were able to organize educational programmes, political debates, assert their rights to fair treatment as well as organize sporting events. This helped south Africa establish the strong foundation of their modern democracy.
The Robben Island Museum
The Robben Island has been a museum since 1997. This museum in the historic island that is a dynamic institution usually represents the focal point of the heritage of South Africa. The proceeds from the museums are used to run youths and adults programs, educational and school programs, facilitating tourism, funding ongoing research programs related to the island and also for maintaining the island’s facilities.
Where one would want to enjoy the rich history of South Africa’s democracy, the Robben Island is the place to be. It represents a place of great oppression of the founders of the nation as well as their triumph.
The Tadrart Acacus is found in the city of Ghat, which is to the west side of Libya. This is well known to be a desert tourist’s attraction site of Libya. The name of the site have been derived from the Arabic word ‘Tadrart’ to mean a mountain. This area has numerous mountains which have numerous pre-historic arts on the rocks.
The rock arts
The mountains in the Tadrart Acacus have numerous engravings, galleries and paintings which are dated back in the period of 12000 BC and that of 100 AD. The area around the Tadrart is thought to be the first area where the settlers first settled when they came to Libya. All the arts in this area have been given due respect and graded as some of the finest in the world. The paintings and engravings in this area stand out as a clear indication of the Tadrart Acacus cultural and the natural changes. The paintings are of animal carvings of ostriches, camels, elephants, camels and horses. The paintings also represent the lifestyle of the people who lived in the area like making music and dancing.
The key sceneries
There are numerous sceneries that are found in the Tadrart Acacus ranges which range from the mountains, arches, rocks and gorges. The most popular places are the Afzejare arches and the Tin Khlega arches. The land is filled with numerous vegetation and callotropis plants that are famous here.
When looking for a place to tour in Libya, the Tadrart Acacus should be on the top of the list. Due to the fame of the area for the presence of the rock arts, it has been included among the world heritage sites by UNESCO.
Munich is the capital city of the largest federal state in Germany, Bavaria, it is a city of great history and culture and there are many tourist attractions you can go and visit here, magnificent castles and mix of old and modern architecture, great Bavarian food and even better beers brewed in this region for centuries long. Thus it is no wonder that Munich is host of the most famous festival honoring the beer – Oktoberfest or known amongst Germans as ‘die Wiesn’.
Oktoberfest is German annual festival held in Munich in the Bavarian region of Germany, beginning in the late of September and lasts till the first weekend of October; it is 16 day festival celebrating beer. Oktoberfest is one of the most popular events in Germany, even in Europe, with visitors exceeding the number of 6 million. The festival is important part of the Bavarian culture and tradition, it’s been held for more than 200 years.
During Oktoberfest only German beer is served, actually only Bavarian beer following certain specifications, such as beers must have over 6 % alcohol and must be brewed within the city of Munich. Six major breweries from Munich are supplying beer for the festival, the variety of beer the offer is great, some of the beers served on Oktoberfest are brewed only for the time of the festival. Here you can try traditional Bavarian cuisine, many sausages, such as currywurst, bratwurst, you can also have a German pretzel.
There are many hotels in Munich that are near Oktoberfest, but you must book a room in advance, at least few months before the start of the festival. There are souvenir shops in Munich, where you can buy a traditional costume, a proper outfit for your visit to the festival .
Republic of Macedonia is a country located in south-east Europe on the Balkan Peninsula, north of Greece. It is a small country with somewhere around 2 million inhabitants. It is a perfect country for people who like backpacking traveling, because it is cheap, you can find very cheap hotels, food and drinks are also very cheap you can spend a day with few bucks and Macedonia it`s not only a small boring country but it has very rich ancient history. First you can start with Skopje, the capital city of Macedonia located in the north part, near the border with Serbia. Skopje is a beautiful city, now after the city square is restored, hundreds of new monuments and building can be seen, and this city is like a living museum. Other place that attracts most of the tourists in Skopje is the fortress or so called “Skopsko Kale”. The fortress was built in the period between the 10 the 11th century.
A very interesting place to visit in Macedonia is Ohrid, a small town but one of the most interesting places in Europe. This town lies on a lake called Ohrid Lake and it is said that it is one the oldest and the deepest lakes in Europe. In summer the town is crowded with tourists from all around the world best months to visit is the period between July and September.
People who like mountains can visit “Baba Mountain”, it is a national park near a city named Bitola, also known since the ottoman empire as the “City of Consuls” which is also very attractive place to visit. The most interesting place in Bitola is the city street “Marshal Tito”, this street is always alive until dawn and thousands of people walk and drink coffee in the coffee shops in the street. Macedonia is unforgettable experience for backpacking traveling, cheap hotels, cheap food and best of all a great country.
Scuba diving is a way of diving under water, with special scuba set, which allows you to breathe under water; divers have a source of compressed air so there have more freedom while diving and can stay and go further down than with breath holding. Usual destinations for scuba diving are Caribbean islands, Hawaii, Honduras and few other locations.
There is a destination that is making its way into the scuba diving tourism, and this is the Adriatic country of Croatia. The Croatian coasts are usually crowded with tourists during summer, but nowadays many are those who go and dive in the clear waters of the Adriatic Sea near the coast, here are many archeological sites, but also many remnants of the past wars. The Ministry of culture in Croatia states that there are more than 400 archeological sites by the coast of Croatia, 200 of which are from prehistoric times. Diving as an individual is not allowed, but as groups you can do it.
BarunGautch is the most popular site, it is an Austro Hungarian passenger ship, destroyed during the Great War, and it is located under the waters of Rovinj. Many Italian ships were sunk near the KaprijeIsland; there is a German torpedo boat, freighter and many other vessels. Another great thing to explore underwater is the marine life; there are many plants and gorgonian coral reefs. At the island of Brac is Lucica cave, consisting of 5 minor caves it offers wonderful diving experience, which will make you come back for more. There is enough light during the day, with one exception of the tunnel where diving lights need to be used. In Croatia there are organized diving trips as well as diving courses.
Canberra is the capital city of Australia and the biggest city in the central part of the continent. It is located 300 kilometers south from Sydney and 650 kilometers north-east of Melbourne. Tourists can enjoy many different attractions in Canberra such as galleries and museums built around a beautiful lake in magnificent nature. The heart of the Australian history, culture and the way of life is reflected into the architecture and other national monuments of the Australian civilization. The country institutions are situated in the middle of the town and are opened for visitors; they are always part of the tourist trips.
The Australian parliament is one of the most authentic buildings in the world; it is very impressive because of the extraordinary architectural style, colorful gardens and collections of the modern Australian art. When there is a country political gathering everybody is invited to attend on it.
The Australian war memorial raised in memory of the victims who have died in the Second World War is also a very interesting place to visit; also it is one of the biggest war museums in the world. It is created by the idea of Charles Bean, official Australian war correspondent and historic from the time of the First World War. This museum attracts the attention at the entrance where visitors can see the Gallipoli boat. It is one of the boats with which the Australians land in to Gallipoli in 1915.
The national science and technology center Questacon is a must visit place. Here tourists can experience many incredible things, you can fall of 6 meter height, you can experience earthquake, you can have virtual walk in space and lightning bolts can struck in front of the visitors eyes. Other attractions in cambers are the national museum, national portrait gallery, national Library, the zoo, the aquarium and the national museum of the dinosaurs.
The city of Las Vegas is easily recognizable as a as one of the world’s best locations for casinos. In fact, some of the most luxurious casinos in the world can be visited while on holiday in Vegas. While casinos are located all over the city, many of them are concentrated in one particular area. Known as the Vegas strip, iconic names in casino gaming can be found here. Many people preparing to take a holiday may consider some of these casinos as potential destinations for their trip.
If looking for a holiday location that includes casino gaming, then perhaps the country of South Africa could be an option for you. Two luxury casinos found within a few hours of each other are the Sun City Casino and the Rio Casino.
Both locations are served by the Johannesburg airport and can be the accessed by a short car ride. Both casinos offer visitors the choice of playing table games or slot machines. Players can simply visit the casinos themselves or elect to stay at the resorts these casinos are in. Either way, players can expect a nice selection of casino games including poker, punto banco, American Roulette and blackjack.
Some travelers like to try new casino games while on holiday. One of this might be punto banco. Closely related to baccarat, which is massively popular at online casinos like www.casinoonline.co.nz and also in Macau, punto banco’s main difference is that there are no optional plays.
A specified set of rules is used when cards are dealt out. Punto banco is played on two types of table. Some casinos will use a table similar to one used for blackjack with a single dealer. The other table can be a large kidney shaped table. This version of the game can have as many as 12 players and 3 dealers. Players make wagers on which hand they believe will win either the player or the bank.
Maribor is the second biggest city in Slovenia and the capital city of the Shtiria Province. Near Maribor there is a small and beautiful resort situated in Pohorie. From one side the city is surrounded with grape fields and the other side with the Drava River stretched beside the city.
The variety of things you can do makes Maribor the main tourist attraction in Slovenia. This old city promises you unforgettable memories. You can walk on the quay of Drava or you can visit the frequent squares and streets where history and traditions are mixed with the dynamics of the present. You will be charmed, walking next to the old grapevine which is actually the oldest grapevine in the world. You can see middle-aged towers and the left-overs of the city walls, squares, city community, the castle, the Jewish synagogue, the old art gallery or the theater. These are only few of the thing you can visit in Maribor.
All streets in town lead to one of the best city parks in Slovenia and if you climb on the places called “Piramida” and “Kalvarija” in front of you extraordinary sights will be revealed. Here you can visit one of the oldest and the biggest wine houses in Europe.
Traveling to the green resort Pohorie is ideal for bicyclist`s which seek adrenaline and excitement as for the lovers of the village live and sights. Here you can find everything you need. When you need to rest you can pick between the city and the mountains or you can go into one of the many wellness centers. In winter when Pohorie is covered or sometimes even buried in snow it is one of the most attractive skiing centers on the Balkan Peninsula.
Maribor andPohorie will offer you unforgettable experiences, no matter you visit it for one hour, day or week because it is a place you will never forget.
Belgium is one of the most active countries in the politics of the European Union; it was one of the founding countries of the European Union. Brussels is considered to be the capital of Belgium but it is also considered to be the unofficial capital of the EU. There are many important structures of the EU located in Brussels and Belgium.
But despite all the political engagement Belgium, as most of the Western European countries, is famous for its breweries and for its beer. There are more than 450 different kinds of beer and more than 170 breweries, for Belgium beer is not only a cold beverage, it is culture. Most of the breweries have developed special glasses with their logo and believe that the design of the glass even improves the taste of the beer.
Production of beer in this region dates from the period when Belgium was not even independent country. Long time ago Trappist beer was brewed by monks in monasteries, it was produced for the monks and it is said that it was “dark and sweet“. Today there are six monasteries in Belgium that produce Trappist beer, every one of them is opened for visitors, and here you can hear about the history of the monasteries, the French invasion and of course the beers.
There are many varieties of beer nowadays in Belgium such are: white and golden, brown and red beers, Lambic, Kriek, Faro and many more, some are still made by the original recipe, which is almost ancient. With such dedication and love for the beer, there is no wonder that Belgium has many festivals honoring the world’s third most popular drink, there is a beer festival in Bruges called BAB, The Belgian Beer Weekend in Brussels, The Beer Passion weekend in Antwerp and many more. There are specialist beer bars in Belgium where the variety of beers goes up to 1000. Many tours on the subject of beer are organized in Belgium through the whole year.
The Virunga Mountains are made up of a chain of volcanic peaks from the north of the Lake Kivu in the Democratic and extends for around 50 miles along the DRC border, Uganda and Rwanda. These range usually run perpendicularly to the great rift where Lake Edward and Kivu are located.
Major volcano peaks
The Virunga mountain range has eight major volcanoes. Many of the volcanoes are usually dormant with an exemption of Mount Nyamuragira and Mount Nyiragongo that are 10, 049 ft and 11,358 ft above the sea level respectively and are both found in the DRC. The most recent eruptions were in 2006 and in 2010. The oldest of the volcanoes is mount Sabyinyo which is 11,923 ft above sea level. Mount Karisimbi is the highest mountain that is 1,787 ft above the sea level.
Wildlife Attraction at Virunga Mountains
Apart from offering a spectacular site, the Virunga Mountains also boasts for its large rain forest which is a home for the mountain gorillas which has been listed as endangered species due to the diseases, war, and poaching as well as habitat loss. Between mount Bisoke and Mount Karisimbi is Karisoke research center that studies Gorillas in their native habitat. The other interesting animals that are also found in the forest are the Okapi, the forest elephants and the chimpanzees.
The Volcanic National Park of Rwanda has some of the most beautiful sites like the Ngezi and Visoke crater lakes, the Sbinyo, Muhavura and Gahinga Mountains, in the DRC, the Virunga national park is one of the oldest wildlife parks around Africa with sites such as Rutshuru waterfalls, Maji ya Moto hot springs and the Djomba gorilla sanctuary. There has also been established a gorilla sanctuary in the southwest Uganda.