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Great Destinations to Dive

the-gulf-of-aqaba# The Gulf of Aqaba, Jordan

Tucked between the arid lands of northern Africa and the Arabian Peninsula, the Red Sea is one of the world’s premier diving destinations, and leading off from its northern tip the Gulf of Aqaba boasts some of its best and least-damaged stretches of coral. The long Egyptian coastline is filled with brash, bustling and rather commercial resorts, and Israel’s slender coast around Eilat can get uncomfortably crowded, but the unsung Jordanian resort of Aqaba offers a tranquillity and lack of hustle that, for many, makes it top choice in these parts.

The water here is nearly always warm and the reefs exquisite. Wide fields of soft corals stretch off into the startlingly clear blue gulf, schools of anthias shimmering over the various fans, sea fingers and sea whips. Huge heads of stony, hard corals grow literally as big as a house, their limestone skeletons supporting an abundance of marine life, including turtles, rays and moray eels. Endless species of multicoloured fish goggle back at you from all sides.

# The great Sardine Run, South Africa

It may be a humble creature, but the sardine can put a pride of lions or a herd of buffalo to shame. Almost every year around June, enormous shoals of the fish, millions strong and kilometres long, swim up the South African coast towards Mozambique. It’s one of nature’s greatest spectacles.

Among the best places in the country to witness the Sardine Run is KwaZulu-Natal’s south coast, along which lies the scuba-diving town of Umkomaas. Once under water, it becomes apparent that the sardines have company. They have been tracked by thousands of hungry sharks, dolphins and game fish such as bluefish and tuna intent on gorging themselves silly on an incredibly easy target. The rare, once-in-a-lifetime highlight for the diver is when dolphins herd part of the shoal into a compact mass, known as a “bait ball”, pushing the fish towards the surface where they, along with their hungry co-predators, indulge in a feeding frenzy, darting towards the hapless sardines with gaping mouths.

# Palancar Reef, Mexico

Teeming with marine life, Palancar is just one small part of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, which stretches from Mexico to Honduras, but it is in a prime position to flourish. Just off the southwest corner of the island of Cozumel, and part of a larger ring of coral around much of the island, it is washed by slow, steady currents that keep the water clear and bear nutrients from nearby mangrove swamps.

Bumped by clumsy snorkellers, battered by hurricanes and boiled by freakish spikes in water temperature, Palancar not only survives but prospers as a fascinating and complex ecosystem. Any diver, novice or expert could explore this reef for hours – or, if you’re Jacques Cousteau, who put this place on divers’ maps in the 1960s, years.

Lobsters pick their way delicately along outcrops, feelers blown by the current, while blue-green parrotfish gnaw at the coral with their beaky mouths. Striped clownfish hide in the protective tentacles of an anemone, immune to its toxic sting; mellow turtles graze on algae; a graceful ray glides by.

# Bloody Bay Wall, Little Cayman

The reeftop is fairly flat and relatively shallow – around 8m deep – but when you swim to the edge you are looking into the abyss, 2000m straight down a vertical wall of coral.

Bloody Bay Wall is over 3km long and dotted with coral arches, chimneys and sand chutes. Giant barrel sponges as tall as a man cling to the wall, while barracuda, Nassau groupers and turtles patrol the wall. The waters around Little Cayman are among the clearest in the Caribbean, let alone the world, and floating over the drop-off is a unique experience – as close to skydiving under water as you can get.

# Tubbataha Reef, The Philippines

If you’re looking for some of the most adventurous and thrilling scuba diving in the world, Tubbataha Reef Marine Park in the Sulu Sea is the place to start. Well out of sight of land and almost 200km southeast of Puerto Princesa in Palawan, this World Heritage Site is only accessible on live-aboard boats when seas are favourable between March and June. Its very isolation means it’s not overrun by package-tour divers, and even during these peak months you’ll probably be on one of only a handful of small boats in the area.

Rise at dawn for a quick dive among the turtles and small sharks before breakfast. Afterwards there’s time for a visit to Shark Airport, where sharks “take off” from sandy ledges like planes, before it’s back to the boat for lunch and a snooze. You can do deep dives, night dives, drift dives, all kinds of dives. Or you can simply fossick gently along some of the shallower reefs, home to so many varieties of coral and fish that it’s hard to know where to look next. For a real buzz, dive deep over one of the many coral walls that seem to plunge into infinity, and hang out for a few minutes with giant manta rays, black-tip reef sharks and, just possibly, cruising hammerheads.

# The Indian Ocean, The Maldives

The brilliantly turquoise waters here  hold over two thousand species of fish, including serpent-like moray eels, bulbous napoleon wrasse and huge, elegant manta rays. With visibility of up to 40m, diving in this remote archipelago, 700km southwest of Sri Lanka, is understandably big business, and established dive centres at most resorts offer reef and drift diving, as well as the opportunity to dive at night.

Reef sharks are one of the main attractions in the Maldives and are reassuringly unlikely to be aggressive towards divers. Often sighted gracefully skimming the edges of the reef, the grey reef shark, distinguished by a lighter strip on its dorsal fin and a black flash across the edge of its tail, can reach up to two metres in length. Once immediate thoughts of Jaws have been banished, gliding through the sparkling Indian Ocean only metres from a great predator as it slinks its way around the coral is thrilling.

# Sipadan, Malaysia

Every diver who comes to Sipadan will see something that they haven’t seen before. Famous for its large resident population of green and hawksbill turtles as well as healthy numbers of reef sharks and magnificent coral, Sipadan is Malaysia’s only oceanic island. Sitting in the Sulu Sea off the northeastern coast of Borneo, it’s also a great base for exploring the nearby shoals of Kapalai and the island of Mabul, well-suited for voyeurs who are tantalized by the mating habits of mandarin fish and frogfish and other cryptic reef dwellers like sea-wasps. Above water, on Mabul you’ll also meet the indigenous “sea-gypsies” – the Badjao – who live either in stilt-houses perched over the lagoon or on their tiny fishing boats which ply the Sulu Sea as far as the Philippines.

# Pacific Harbour, Fiji

Most divers catch a glimpse of a shark in Fiji, usually a small blacktip or nurse shark prowling the edge of the reef. But to see the big boys – 4m tiger sharks or mean-looking bulls – you need to take a deep breath and head to Pacific Harbour on the south coast of Viti Levu. Just offshore is a stretch of water that offers the world’s ultimate shark diving experience – the chance to encounter up to eight species of the ocean’s top predators with no cage or chainmail to protect you. While this could be considered a novel method of suicide, the dive has a flawless safety record and is a great way to learn about these much-maligned creatures.

Having signed a form acknowledging that shark diving “is an inherently risky activity”, participants are given a detailed briefing (no swimming off on your own) before heading out to the Shark Reef Marine Reserve – a protected area funded by money raised from the dive. Here, experienced Fijian divers hand-feed the sharks, while you view the action from a reef-ledge “arena” a few metres below. It’s a bizarre sight: tuna heads and other scraps are served from a giant wheelie bin which soon attracts a swirling vortex of jacks, groupers and giant trevally.

# Poor Knights Islands, New Zealand

Jacques Cousteau championed the Poor Knights Islands as one of the top ten dive sites in the world. And with their warm currents, crystal-clear visibility and a host of undersea attractions his judgement is understandable.

Dive boats spread themselves over fifty recognized dive sites that jointly cover New Zealand’s most diverse range of sea life, including subtropical species such as Lord Howe coralfish and toadstool grouper, found nowhere else around the coast. Near-vertical rock faces drop 100m through a labyrinth of caves, fissures and rock arches teeming with rainbow-coloured fish, crabs, soft corals, kelp forests and shellfish. Blue, humpback, sei and minke whales also drop in from time to time, and dolphins are not uncommon.

A typical day might include an hour-long cruise out to the islands followed by a drift dive through a sandy-bottomed cave populated by stingrays and lit by shafts of sunlight. After lunch on board and perhaps some time paddling one of the boat’s kayaks you’ll head around the coast to a second dive spot, maybe working your way along a technicolor wall of soft corals and a few nudibranchs. As if that weren’t enough, the waters north and south of the reserve are home to two navy wrecks, both deliberately scuttled.

# The White Sea, Russia

How to go ice diving? 1. Fly to Moscow. 2. Board a 28-hour train north to Chupa, a polar station in the northernmost stretches of the European continent. 3. Head out by Chinese jeep to Polar Circle Lodge in the remote wilderness of northern Russia. 4. Zoom from the lodge out over the frozen White Sea by snowmobile. 5. Saw through the 1.5m-thick ice. 6. Jump in.

Russia’s far north is a landscape of wonder and wandering once the colder months settle in and the unforgiving landscape freezes over, and ice diving in the White Sea – an open body of water that freezes over completely in the wintertime – is probably the most memorable time you’ll ever spend under water. Although the winter air temperature in the Arctic can drop to an extremity-shrivelling –25°C, the water in the sea is thankfully a bit balmier: just below 0°C at ice level and only a few degrees colder towards the bottom.

With base layers, undersuit and dry suit on, the only part of your body to get cold will be your face, but make no mistake: it will be numb within seconds. Connected to the world above via a single safety rope, use your underwater torch to follow your guide down past ice hummocks, rifts, cavities and caves, minnowing under tall arches and vertical rocks overgrown with sea anemones and sponges. After you surface, let yourself be guided along the frozen land by the glimmering northern lights above as you retire to a Soviet-era cottage for some real Russian hospitality, comradeship and – if you’re lucky – a sauna in the buff.

Travel Alone?, Here Its Tips

travel-aloneTravelling alone can seem daunting from the comfort of home. What happens if you get stranded somewhere? Can you go out at night solo? Won’t it feel weird to eat in a restaurant alone?. Here are travel alone tips :

# Be aware of safety

Travelling solo can be both safe and rewarding, but be mindful of safety concerns as you would travelling in a group or couple. Take care in large cities at night, watch your drinks, be aware of any local scams and keep a close eye on your valuables.

# Know your strengths

Are you a sociable person who wants to be in the middle of everything? You might go crazy if you can’t communicate, so head for where you speak the language. Or, barring that go somewhere with very few tourists. If you’re more of an introvert and prefer to observe a culture, forget the language barrier and go for passive entertainment. Vibrant cities are perfect for this, especially ones with good café cultures. Parisis classic, but other former French colonies, such as Vietnam, are also great for sitting and people-watching, all for the price of a coffee.

# Just say no

Sometimes, especially in more hospitable and foreigner-fascinated cultures like Egypt, the attention you get travelling solo can be a little intense. Learn how to say “no, thank you” in the local language, as well as “absolutely not” – plus the local nonverbal gesture for no, which is often more effective than both. Also have local help numbers, such as the tourist police, programmed in your phone. You’ll probably never need them, but just knowing you have them can give you the confidence to deal with awkward situations.

# Pack a book

A good book, a magazine or even just postcards to write or your travel journal to jot in – are all legitimate activities at a bar or restaurant if you get to feeling a little bored/lonely/exposed, so carry one of them with you at all times. And as a last resort there’s always fiddling with your smartphone.

# Learn a little language

Make the effort to learn a few words and phrases before you go travelling. Just knowing how to introduce yourself, start a basic conversation, order a beer and count from 1–10 makes all the difference. People love to know you’re making an effort and doing your best to interact, even if you’re rubbish.

# Take photos

Making photography a mission, even if it’s just little odd details you notice about a place, gives a little structure to your day. And you will notice more odd details, because you’ll have the time and attention to look around. Your friends at home will appreciate your perspective and the story that comes with it.

# Eat big

You might be tempted to live on fast food, just to avoid awkward restaurant situations. Don’t. In fact, fancy establishments are fantastic places to dine alone. Waiters are happy to help solo diners who smile and say, “I made a special trip just to eat here. What do you recommend?” Social folks might want to eat at the bar, but there’s no shame in taking a table for two.

# Get an early start

If the thought of bar-hopping alone makes you die a little inside, just recast your day. Wake up early, enjoy a leisurely breakfast (when all the good stuff is still available on the hotel buffet) and head out for parks, museums and other daytime-only activities. If you pack your day full enough, you’ll be ready for bed by 9pm.

# Find your people

Use Facebook and Twitter to ask for connections where you’re travelling. Offer to take local friends of friends out for dinner, and you’ll be surprised how many people take you up on it – everyone likes to be tour guide for a night. Also seek out your interests in your destination – the fan club for the local football team, say, or the chess association.

# Revel in it

Even if you do get lonely, don’t lose sight of all the things you can do when travelling alone. Some of those perks are tiny – whether that means double-dipping your chips in the guacamole or changing your mind every hour, without worrying about driving anyone crazy. But the real bonus of solo travel is much larger: pure freedom. You can take the exact trip you want, and even if you’re not quite sure yet what that might be, you’ll have a great time figuring it out.

# Embrace technology and terrible films

Remember that it’s OK to spend the occasional night in watching terrible films on your guesthouse’s TV. You wouldn’t be out every night at home, it’d be exhausting, so why would you try and do it for several months abroad? And a smartphone or tablet is a must now that there is free wi-fi almost everywhere. Among many other things it means you can book your accommodation ahead and ensure a safe pick-up at your destination. If you’re feeling lonely you can connect with home, read the news and podcasts are great for passing time on long journeys.

# Explore the expat hub

Pretty much every major (and sometimes not so major) town and city across the world has some sort of expat or gringo hub. Go there, sit at the bar, nurse a beer and you’re likely to get chatting opportunities. That’s assuming you want company. Or head to backpacker hostel restaurant/bar areas and repeat the same. Sometimes they’re on the look out for non-guests in the evening, but if you go in the afternoon you should be alright.

# Sleep around

Look for room rentals in an apartment, which gives an automatic connection with residents when you’re travelling alone. Even if your landlord doesn’t take you out on the town, you’ll at least scoop up a few local tips. Try online bulletin boards in your destination, room-rental sites like Airbnb and crash-pad networks like Couchsurfing. Bonus: as a solo traveller, you have tons of options to choose from. Hostels are of course ready-made for solo travellers, but you might wind up spending more time with other tourists than with locals.

Top Destination Around The World

london-united-kingdom# London, United Kingdom

The crown jewels, Buckingham Palace, Camden Market…in London, history collides with art, fashion, food, and good British ale. A perfect day is different for everyone: culture aficionados shouldn’t miss the Tate Modern and the Royal Opera House. If you love fashion, Oxford Street has shopping galore. For foodies, cream tea at Harrod’s or crispy fish from a proper chippy offers classic London flavor. Music and book buffs will love seeing Abbey Road and the Sherlock Holmes Museum (at 221B Baker Street, of course).

# Istanbul, Turkey

The mosques, bazaars, and Turkish baths of Istanbul could keep you happily occupied for your entire trip: an eyeful of breathtaking architecture here, a good-natured haggle over a carpet there. Kick your trip off at the awe-inspiring Sultan Ahmet Camii (Blue Mosque), which is visible from many points of the city. Stroll the Galata Bridge and stop by the Miniaturk Park to see its tiny artifacts. The Grand Bazaar has thousands of shops to browse, while the Egyptian Bazaar is a fragrant trove of spices and fruits.

# Marrakech, Marocco

The “Red City” of Marrakesh is a magical place, brimming with markets, gardens, palaces, and mosques. Exploring the intimate courtyards and snaking alleyways of the historic Medina can easily eat up a day. Find inner peace at the serene Jardin Majorelle or take in the beauty of one of the city’s historic mosques (taking note that, unless you are Muslim, you are not allowed to enter).
# Paris, France
Lingering over pain au chocolat in a sidewalk café, relaxing after a day of strolling along the Seine and marveling at icons like the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe… the perfect Paris experience combines leisure and liveliness with enough time to savor both an exquisite meal and exhibits at the Louvre. Awaken your spirit at Notre Dame, bargain hunt at the Marché aux Puces de Montreuil or for goodies at the Marché Biologique Raspail, then cap it all off with a risqué show at the Moulin Rouge.
# Siem Reap, Cambodia
When the morning light washes over the overgrown temples and ruins of Angkor Wat, a simple Siem Reap sunrise becomes a profound event. The ancient structures are contained within one of the largest religious complexes in the world. The complex and the 12th century Angkor Thom royal city are considered the main reasons to visit Siem Reap. Get a lesson in national history at the Cambodian Cultural Village, and a lesson in bargaining at the Angkor Night Market, a bonanza of shopping stalls, food vendors, and bars.
# Prague, Czech Republic
The bohemian allure and fairytale features of Prague make it a perfect destination for beach-weary vacationers who want to immerse themselves in culture. You could devote an entire day to exploring Prazsky hrad (Prague Castle), then refueling over a hearty dinner at a classic Czech tavern. Spend some time wandering the Old Town Square before heading over to gape at The Old Town Hall and Astronomical Clock. Prague’s best bars are found in cellars, where historic pubs set the scene for a night of traditional tippling.
# Rome, Italy
Rome wasn’t built in a day–and you’ll need much more than a day to take in this timeless city. The city is a real-life collage of piazzas, open-air markets, and astonishing historic sites. Toss a coin into the Trevi Fountain, contemplate the Colosseum and the Pantheon, and sample a perfect espresso or gelato before spending an afternoon shopping at the Campo de’Fiori or Via Veneto. Enjoy some of the most memorable meals of your life here, too, from fresh pasta to succulent fried artichokes or a tender oxtail stew.
# Hanoi, Vietnam
The charming Vietnamese capital has aged well, preserving the Old Quarter, monuments and colonial architecture, while making room for modern developments alongside. Hanoi may have shrugged off several former names, including Thang Long, or “ascending dragon,” but it hasn’t forgotten its past, as sites such as Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum and Hoa Lo Prison attest. Lakes, parks, shady boulevards and more than 600 temples and pagodas add to the appeal of this city, which is easily explored by taxi.
# New York City
Conquering New York in one visit is impossible. Instead, hit the must-sees – the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, Central Park, the Metropolitan Museum of Art – and then explore off the beaten path with visits to The Cloisters or one of the city’s libraries. Indulge in the bohemian shops of the West Village or the fine dining of the Upper West Side. The bustling marketplace inside of Grand Central Station gives you a literal taste of the best the city has to offer.
# Ubud , Indonesia
The village cluster of Ubud is the ideal place to try a famed Balinese massage and soak up the ambiance of one of Asia’s top spa destinations. Acupressure, reflexology, stretching and aromatherapy star in the island’s distinctively firm massage treatments. Ubud is also the vivacious center of Bali’s arts scene, home to a small treasure trove of museums and galleries. Monkey around at nearby nature reserve Monkey Forest Park, home to hundreds of mischievous long-tailed macaques. Don’t miss the valley of tomb cloisters at Gunung Kawi.
# Barcelona, Spain
Barcelona feels a bit surreal – appropriate, since Salvador Dali spent time here and Spanish Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí designed several of the city’s buildings. Stepping into Gaudí’s Church of the Sacred Family is a bit like falling through the looking glass – a journey that you can continue with a visit to Park Güell. Sip sangria at a sidewalk café in Las Ramblas while watching flamboyant street performers, then create your own moveable feast by floating from tapas bar to tapas bar.
# Lisbon, Portugal
The museums of Lisbon celebrate the rich history and culture of this Portuguese capital city. The Maritime Museum is perfect for kids (and grown-ups!) who adore all things nautical, while the Casa-Museu Dr. Anastácio Gonçalves is a hidden gem of colorful artwork. To fully appreciate the city’s dramatic stone architecture you can take a guided walking tour, or customize your own tour, making sure to visit the Padrao dos Descobrimentos, the Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, and the UNESCO World Heritage site the Torre de Belem.
# Dubai, UAE
Dubai is a cosmopolitan oasis, a futuristic cityscape that towers over the Arabian Desert. This is a city of superlatives, home to the world’s largest dancing fountain; tallest building (Burj Khalifa); only 7-star hotel (the Burj al-Arab); largest artificial islands (the Palm Islands); and largest natural flower garden (the Miracle Garden). Rent a dune buggy for a desert adventure, bargain at the open-air market, or cheer on your favorite humped hoofer at the Camel Race Track.
# St. Petersburg, Russia
The second largest city in Russia, St. Petersburg is the country’s cultural heart. View splendid architectural gems like the Winter Palace and the Kazan Cathedral, and give yourself plenty of time to browse the world-renowned art collection of the Hermitage. Sprawling across the Neva River delta, St. Petersburg offers enough art, nightlife, fine dining and cultural destinations for many repeat visits.
# Bangkok, Thailand
Golden palaces, floating markets, majestic porcelain-laid spires…you’ve never seen a capital city quite like Bangkok. Visit Pratunam or Siam Square for premium shopping, then unwind in the European-style gardens of Dusit. Thon Buri is home to the awesome Wat Arun temple, and over in Phra Nakhon, you’ll find the Wat Pho temple of the Reclining Buddha. Savor mango sticky rice at a food stall before taking in the gilded splendor of the Grand Palace.
# Amsterdam, The Netherlands
This city, full of colorful homes, canals and bridges, is one of Europe’s most picturesque capitals. Must-sees on any visitor’s itinerary include the Anne Frank House, the Van Gogh Museum and the world’s only floating flower market. Rent a bike and join thousands of locals navigating Amsterdam’s labyrinthine streets, or just take in the sights on foot. For an unusual and memorable alternative to hotels, consider staying in a houseboat.
# Buenos Aires, Argentina
 The birthplace of the tango is, like the dance itself, captivating, seductive and bustling with excited energy. Atmospheric old neighborhoods are rife with romantic restaurants and thumping nightlife, and Buenos Aires’ European heritage is evident in its architecture, boulevards and parks. Cafe Tortoni, the city’s oldest bar, will transport you back to 1858, and the spectacular Teatro Colon impresses just as it did in 1908. Latin America’s shopping capital offers the promise of premium retail therapy along its grand, wide boulevards.
# Hong Kong, China
Delectable dim sum, floating islands, and a one-of-a-kind skyline are just some of Hong Kong’s unique features. Get an eyeful of traditional Chinese architecture in Ngong Ping village, then take the tram to the tippity-top of Victoria Peak for unparalleled views. The rocks and gentle hills of Nan Lian Garden will bring you inner peace, as will a calming cup of tea in a Stanley café. Become one with everything at the Chi Lin Nunnery, a serene Buddhist complex.
# Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Playa del Carmen is one of the top diving destinations in the world, thanks to vibrant sea life and dazzling underwater caverns. On dry land, Playa is a hipper and more modern version of the fishing village it once was. Spend some quality time on the golf course or wave hello to the playful spider monkeys at The Jungle Place sanctuary. Explore the ancient ruins of the Coba Mayan Village, or get in some quality people-watching as you shop and stroll along 5th Avenue.
# Cape Town Central, South Africa
Cape Town glistens at the southern toe of the African continent. Tourist brochure-views at Blaauwberg Beach and Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens are within easy driving distance of “The Mother City.” The Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve provides sweeping sea vistas, hiking trails and wildlife encounters. On a more somber note, travelers can visit Robben Island, the prison where Nelson Mandela was held for 27 years.
# Tokyo, Japan
Tradition collides with pop culture in Tokyo, where you can reverently wander ancient temples before rocking out at a karaoke bar. Wake up before the sun to catch the lively fish auction at the Tsukiji Market, then refresh with a walk beneath the cherry blossom trees that line the Sumida River. Spend some time in the beautiful East Gardens of the Imperial Palace, then brush up on your Japanese history at the Edo-Tokyo Museum. Don’t forget to eat as much sushi, udon noodles, and wagashi (Japanese sweets) as your belly can handle.
# Cusco, Peru
Incan majesty and Andean baroque exist side-by-side in Cusco’s stone streets, epitomized by the Qoriacancha palace and the church of Santo Domingo flanking the Plaza de Armas. In this high-altitude melting pot of Amerindian and mestizo culture, you’ll find extraordinary textiles, lively summer festivals and archeological wonders.
# Kathmandu, Nepal
Nepal’s capital is surrounded by a valley full of historic sites, ancient temples, shrines, and fascinating villages. Mingle with locals and animals amid Durbar Square’s monuments, or join mountain trekkers in the bustling Thamel District. Explore shops for exquisite work by local artisans—carpets and paper prints are specialties.
# Sidney, Australia
Sydney offers plenty of historical and contemporary Australian flavor. The marvelous Sydney Opera House looks like a great origami sailboat, floating peacefully in a harbor. Wander the narrow cobblestone streets of The Rocks and then take in a street performance on the Circular Quay before heading into the Museum of Contemporary Art. The views from the Sydney Tower Eye observatory are epic – use this chance to get to know the layout of the city from high above.
# Budapest, Hungaria
Over 15 million gallons of water bubble daily into Budapest’s 118 springs and boreholes. The city of spas offers an astounding array of baths, from the sparkling Gellert Baths to the vast 1913 neo-baroque Szechenyi Spa to Rudas Spa, a dramatic 16th-century Turkish pool with original Ottoman architecture. This Travelers’ Choice Destination, called the “Queen of the Danube,” is also steeped in history, culture and natural beauty. Get your camera ready for the Roman ruins of the Aquincum Museum, Heroes’ Square and Statue Park, and the 300-foot dome of St. Stephen’s Basilica.

Short Course on Events – What You Need To Know

A Smarter Way to Organize Your Next Group Retreat Being the head of an organization can be a real challenge. It’s important to coordinate outreach, and you also need to manage your money well. Ultimately, though, nothing matters more than creating comity within your group. You talk to the people in your group on a daily basis. As a leader, it’s your job to make sure everyone feels motivated. You need to know that your employees feel heard. If people don’t feel engaged, they can lose their motivation. Fortunately, there is a way to create a memorable experience for your organization. By organizing a group retreat, you can make meaningful connections with your employees. As you may imagine, though, no two retreats are ever the same. It’s up to you to choose a retreat that will work for your company. To get the most out of your group retreat, you need to think about logistics. It’s a good idea to consider the number of people that are going to be in attendance. Once that is out of the way, consider your schedule. You may also need to think about price. Be aware that you don’t need to spend a great deal of money to find a good group retreat. If you do your research, you should find a group retreat that isn’t overly expensive. If you want to get the most out of your group retreat, it’s important to think about creativity. Your day to day life can be difficult and frustrating. To really be and successful, you occasionally need to take a break. A retreat allows you to really assess your priorities. It will be easier for you to take action if you actually have an idea of where you want to go. By organizing a group retreat, you can create real comity among your employees.
Smart Tips For Finding Events
In the twenty first century, your number one goal should be to find meaning in your work. Remember that every person can occasionally feel stuck. The people in your organization do everything that they can to improve the company. As a leader, you need to give this work meaning. Remember that your employees are the backbone of your organization. Your employees will not work effectively if they lack motivation. If you’re concerned about motivation, you need to think about your next group retreat. A group retreat allows you to interact with your employees and show them that you care.
Finding Ways To Keep Up With Events
In today’s business world, communication is undeniably valuable. Your employees need to feel comfortable if you expect them to communicate effectively. You’ll want to emphasize communication during your next group retreat. A group retreat gives you the chance to connect with your employees and get away from the stresses of everyday life.

What I Can Teach You About Directories

How to Get a Good Camping Ground For a long time people have been using campground directories but most of the directories are owned by companies that own camping parks thus most of the information is on only specific camp grounds that may not appeal to many readers especially after they have used the camping ground and most of the campsites were private and only offer discounts to members thus they are not a good choice for people that like to travel a lot. A known fact is that in some of the campsites that are reviewed the ratings do not match the reality on the ground thus can be a disappointment and it also seemed like campgrounds that had a bigger ads in the magazine always got good ratings even if they did not deserve them. Other campground directories do not provide a lot of information other than providing listings for private RV parks that can accommodate big RVs but they do not provide any vital opinions or ratings. Even though there are some downsides of campground directories there are others that offer rating based on beauty, privacy and spaciousness but lacked in updated information which is mostly found online. Campgrounds are a key component of having a good camping experience thus campers may spend hours upon hours to get the right camping ground and since most campers are not random parkers that juts pull off at the side of the road when they are tired and they choose camping grounds not from the basis of it being a good place to sleep but a good place to camp. Thus a majority of campers conduct online searches on good camping sites and if they cannot get a good camping site they plan ahead and know where they will be making a stop and if they do not make any reservations to avoid disappointments and end up canceling. This frees them from being tied down by reservation schedules and paying reservation fees or potential cancelation fees and they avoid this by travelling during the first three days of the week and making sure that they arrive early in the day so that they can get a spot as a walk-in but as measure of precaution it is vital to call ahead of time maybe a day before and have a backup plan if getting to the reservation proves to be a hurdle. Public camping grounds are the best and they include: national parks, state parks and national forests. After identifying what a camper needs the next thing is to have general idea of the direction they want to go and look around for 100-200 miles from where they are and in case there is no good camping ground they can move the search radius to 300 miles.What You Should Know About Events This Year

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The Beginners Guide To Charters (What You Need To Know To Get Started)

Pointers for Finding the Right Chartering Bus Service

Finding any company could be a struggle to accomplish. For many individuals, the wish for a trusted and safe company will be necessary. That knowledge will have to get into the process of selecting on the best coach renting organization for the next journey. You can find some key elements that you might want to take into account when searching for a rental bus service.

Perhaps the most critical consideration is the kind of image that the organization has. This implies what previous clients have said about company and this person. What lots of people wind up finding may be the proven fact that by selecting a business which provides quality support using the client as their primary emphasis can help their general knowledge to enhance.

Another facet that you might want to consider will be the price variations between your options. That which you are likely to discover is the fact that when you have concentrated the area right down to many choices, cost ought to be an issue. Saving money is an important factor to think about within this procedure, when you are likely aware and there’s no need to pay more than what might be absolutely necessary.

The age of equipment will be very important to contemplate as well. Even if you do not require to truly have a bus chartering organization that provides completely new vehicles, you’re likely to wish to select one which includes a dependable coach that’s likely to enable you to get for your location from your source. You should determine whether they are planning to keep you cozy along the way too and if they’re going to be dependable enough to create your situation if you find that the business has significantly older vehicles.

One last consideration that you will be likely to find is whether the company’s drivers have proper knowledge that is driving. Although anybody will have the ability to run a bus having an appropriate license, you’ll desire to be sure the organization does a comprehensive training curriculum to make sure that all of their individuals does an effective inspection and maintain you and people travelling along with you secure when you are touring in the future.

Remember that there are likely to be several facets that might be considered, which are likely to come right into play within this procedure. It’s necessary to invest some time to investigate all-the choices that are different that you are going to have for this bus renting organization. This way, you get having an optimistic encounter generally, and also you can prevent the complications and dreams that may happen should you were to select from a business that did not surpass what’s needed which are right here within this informative article.

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Finding the Right Charter Bus Rentals for You

For many other people, charter bus companies are rental companies that just provide buses without the convenience of facilities. But if you actually take a closer look at the depth of these rentals, you would find many car rentals companies that offer great buses from mini buses to luxury tour buses. Yes, these buses are actually equipped with the facilities that you would need according to your necessities. You just have to look for the right bus rental company for you and/or your family and friends.

There are more options for your next bus rental necessity. Depending on your liking, you can have as much choices as there are buses for you in California, Florida. You can have the most basic of buses up to the luxurious ones. More selections of charter buses are coming your way.

To help you sort the available selections for your next charter bus rental transactions, here are the following types of buses that are usually available for you brought to you by an array of charter bus companies: First, you have the mini-bus. Mini buses commonly do not have bathrooms aboard but these buses can very well assure you that it can accommodate fair amount of passengers on board.

The next option for your bus rental is the basic bus. Basic buses are standard charter bus rentals that have the same size and appearance as that of school buses. This type of bus takes pride in accommodating a large number of people. Professional drivers are usually provided by the company when you rent a basic bus. Thus, you won’t have to hassle yourself with looking for a bus driver. Business events, and school and/or church groups usually rent this type of charter bus because it don’t usually cost a fortune.

Double-decker charter buses are also a type of bus rentals to see. These buses are suggested for moving a large crowd of people or teams of players moving from place to place and event to another event.

These buses are a resemblance of the well-known British buses. Sometimes, double-deckers come with an on board lavatory.

Party buses is the next type of charter bus that is readily available in many cities you can imagine. Party buses usually host smaller engagements unlike the double-decker buses.

Tour bus is also another type of charter bus. The tour bus is common and present in many cities. These buses can very well provide you with as much comfort as you can have since it houses a television and dvd combination and bathroom facilities.

Next, there’s the limo buses, which are a bit smaller as compared to tour buses. These buses are quite plush in spite of its size. Parties for weddings and other related gatherings can be held in limo buses.

Charter bus companies have a lot of options for you. Finally, you can have as much choices as you want and you can now go to a charter bus company and take the luxury of choosing the best charter bus for you.

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The Different Kinds of Charter Buses

It is a fact that when we hear of a charter bus for rent, what would come into our minds would be an ordinary bus with no facilities. Actually, there are several options that are available and more choices than you can imagine are present in charter buses.

At present, there are actually many charter bus rentals that are available around cities like in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Florida. People who are in need of charter bus rentals can find several selections, from the basic and stripped down type, to the glamorous and decked if they want to. Depending on the company you have in mind or your personal needs, your choices of the charter bus rentals have also the standard selections available for your consideration.

The first type of charter bus rental is the basic bus, which is like a standard bus that resemble school buses in size and appearance. Available with the service is a professional driver and great for moving large group of people, are the characteristics of this type of charter bus rental. This type of charter bus rental does not cost a fortune in its rent, but its basic features are enough to satisfy the needs of some like church, school and business activities.

Another type of charter bus rental is the double-decker buses that are available in many large metro areas and it resembles a British double-decker. Some of these buses include lavatory features and is inclined to be the favourite for private city and country tours. For moving large groups of people and moving from them from one area to the next and to other events, this kind of charter bus rental is also favoured.

The next kind of charter bus rental is the party bus which is readily available in any city for that matter. These party buses are favoured by smaller groups for their events.

The next kind of charter bus rental are the tour buses which are decked out and are also readily available in many cities. This type of charter bus rental almost always features bathroom facilities and also some sort of onboard entertainment like television or DVD combination.

The slightly smaller version of a tour bus is the limo bus which is our next type of charter bus rental. This type of charter bus rental may or may not offer bathroom facilities but it is typically plush and is great for large wedding parties and other similar occasions.

Another type of charter bus rental is the mini-bus which can seat a fairly good number of passengers but do not typically have bathroom facilities, and is widely rented out in cities.

A step above the normal tour buses are the luxury tour buses, another charter bus rental that features everything like kitchen sink, cooking and bathing facilities and bunking areas, considering it is designed for long travels.

Source: http://www.charlotteanne.net/2017/01/when-traveling-can-become-your-job.html

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Charter Bus Rentals And The Many Options It Has

When many people think of charter bus rentals,
coming to mind are images of public buses with no facilities. The options that are actually available tend to astound and there are more choices than many realize.

Actually, charter bus rentals run the gamut in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and many other locales. As basic and stripped down or as glamorous and decked out as they want is how people who need charter bus rentals find their selection. Depending on the company looked at and personal requirements are choices in California, Florida and elsewhere on the charter bus rental front, but many shoppers are likely to find the following selections available which are listed below.

Standard charter bus rentals tend to resemble school buses in size and appearance making them excellent for moving a large group of people and they also almost always come with professional driver service. Although the service meets the needs of many, the frills included with these charter bus rentals tend to be rather basic. This type of charter bus rental, from church and school groups to business events, can work quite well and not necessarily cost a fortune in the process.

Bus rentals that resemble British double-decked buses are something that many large metro areas, including some in California, offer. Sometimes including lavatory accommodations and tends to be a favorite for private city and country tours are these buses but aside from those, they also work very well for moving large groups of people from place to place for games and other events.

A type of charter bus rental which is available in just about every city imaginable is a party bus. For smaller group engagements and from Los Angeles to Las Vegas and beyond, party buses are favored by many and they are also often used when adults might not necessarily be safe behind the wheel.

Also a tour bus which is a slightly smaller version is what a limo bus is and although these may or may not offer bathroom facilities, they are typically quite plush. For large wedding parties and other similar uses, they are fantastic to use.

Mini-buses are widely used in cities all over the country from Los Angeles and Las Vegas to New York and beyond even though they do not typically have bathrooms on board, they can seat a fair amount of people.

Since anyone who needs to accommodate more than a few people will find there are a variety of options at their disposal, charter bus rentals are not considered to be one size fits all kind of proposition. Charter bus rentals are available to meet the needs of almost any group from tiny mini-buses to deluxe tour buses.

Source: http://www.charlotteanne.net/2017/01/when-traveling-can-become-your-job.html

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How To Find the Best Charter Bus Company

If you are planning to go to Florida or wherever you may wish to, making sure that you are aware of the very things that you need to know about when it comes to hiring a charter bus company is very important. Basically speaking, if you are planning to charter a bus for your personal use, achieving quality results at the end will definitely be achieved, which is why you should consider one ahead. Technically speaking, the very aspects that we have should then guide you effectively in a way that you will then be able to have a great experience throughout.

Of all the things that you should check and look out for, it will definitely be best that you will have to check and look into the overall charter bus company safety records. Having this very specifics checked will then give you the idea of making sure that you will have quality investment and selection at the end of the day. Make sure that you will choose one with a satisfactory rating from the U.S Department of Transportation should give you a heads up in achieving quality selection at the end of the day.

Keep in mind that it will definitely be best that you will also look into the type of equipment they have and what vehicles they have in store. Basically speaking, you want to make sure that the vehicle is up to date and that this should be among the latest types of vehicles. Its quality and overall size should also meet the needs that you have. Bear in mind that you will also have to be aware of your numbers in general because there are buses that is able to carry about 40 heads while there also are others that carry 60 heads. See to it though that you will also have to make sure that you will be opting for one that specifically meets the number of heads you have so as to not invest more or less.

Bear in mind though that these companies will only work and drive during specific working hours, reason why you should opt to make sure that you will schedule ahead accordingly. Keep in mind that it will definitely be in your best interest to consider one as well that has a restroom facility included inside as well to catch up with long distance travels.

Keep in mind that they should also have licenses and whatnot. Bear in mind that the bus also is clean inside to make sure that you will travel safely.

Source: http://www.thiswasforever.com/2016/12/long-guest-list-heres-how-to-plan-for-a-large-wedding.html

A 10-Point Plan for Camping (Without Being Overwhelmed)

What Camping Gears You Need During Outdoor Trips When you are planning for a relaxing outdoor trip or planning for a rough outdoor activity, bringing the right camping hiking gears will make a big difference that will decide if you had a fun-filled outdoor holiday or not. The most important step to do when planning for an outdoor holiday is to choose and buy the perfect camping hiking gear for your needs, for this will determine how successful and enjoyable your vacation will be. When you choose the area for your hiking trails, it is advisable that your hiking gear is fit to your planned activity and scope. The following camping gears are appropriate or enough if you are planning for easy camping holidays, and these are the portable shower, camp-stove, water cooler, easy to setup tents, and sleeping bags that are very comfortable. If you are one of the more adventurous campers that like the rough-it type of camping hiking holidays, which would mean opting for demanding terrains and cooking or sustaining themselves out there, then you would need the fundamental camper’s kit. A fundamental camper’s kit is both functional and easy to carry, that this camping hiking gear will not bog you down as your carry this load. In pre-planning on when you intend to go camping and buying your camping hiking gear, you have to consider several factors that are crucial to your trip, such as the season of the year when you are planning to go out, the climate of the camping grounds, the availability of water in the area, the inhabitants of the camping site and the geographical conditions of the area. If you plan to setup a stationary camp, it is good to learn some tips to safeguard yourselves against encountering wildlife. The first tip for your safety against wild animals is to store your food in locked containers and never leave your food remains outside since these are invitation for these animals to come to your grounds.
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The weight of camping hiking gear can be lightweight for adventure camper that weighs less than 5 pounds containing 2 portable tents and extra pair of nature fiber socks that are best for outer wear.
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It is preferable that you use hiking shoes that have been broken in so that they will become a dependable camping hiking gear, and on top of that it won’t give you blisters and awkwardness in walking. When you prepare for your hiking gear equipment, it is better that you divide equally the load to avoid bringing the same stuffs that will just overburden both of you and your hiking partner. Packaged food items like ready to eat canned meals are best to bring so you can minimize the load that you are carrying. Learn about the necessary camping hiking gear to make your tasks easier if you want to become a new camping enthusiast.

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What You Should Look Into When Looking For Luxury Resort Rentals

It is by saving money that some people will be able to give the dream vacation to their loved ones. The vacation of your dreams can be done in luxury resorts. By having these resorts all by yourself, you can definitely say that it is a dream come true. All of these things doesn’t have to remain as a dream. It is because of all over the world, you may be able to find luxury resorts that are for rent. But before making any rentals, it is important to know the things that you should consider when looking for luxury resorts.

The very first thing that you need to consider is the resort’s great location. Every luxury resort that you will visit will certainly have its very own charm. But besides this one, you should choose the one that has a natural beauty and grandeur. This will definitely make your stay worthwhile.

The world class features and amenities is the next factor that you should be looking into. It is very important for a luxury resort to have the best features and amenities. It is best if the luxury resort will have certain features like exotic swimming pools and world-class golf courses. It is also important that the resort will have different tie ups with the best clubs.

You should make sure that the resort will be able to provide endless luxury. With luxury resorts, you will be able to enjoy the best luxury service there is . The things that you need will be provided by the butler who will be with you the whole time of your stay in the resort.

The luxury resort should also have their very own spa and wellness center. You will be at awe with theses extra service that the luxury resort provides.

It is also in a luxury resort that you will experience dining events and activities. You should be able to experience exotic food that is the specialty of the place in which the resort is located. It is also the resort that will provide the different cuisines that the world has to offer. You will have a good time trying out these different food items as the resort will make it as festive as possible.

Doing your research before making any reservations can help you a lot. Make sure that you will go through the different things that these resorts have to offer. You can now go ahead and make your reservations the moment that you will find the resort that will provide the things that you need and more. You also have to make sure that you can find a good agency that will be able to guide you in what to do.

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How People Can Look For A Good Bed And Breakfast When Traveling There are a big number of people today which loves to travel, they might have a work which would require them to travel often and they would want to search for the best deals that they can due to limited budget. Even if people want to travel on a budget, they still need to look for quality accommodations where they can sleep in comfort and want to also eat good foods when they and stay on a hotel. But people today are now tired on the same kind of hotels they are staying, they don’t give their guests the require personal attention and are also very expensive which can dent their total budget. People nowadays would rather stay at a truly good bed and breakfast that can be found on the internet at a really decent price which can easily offer personalized service to their clients to make sure they are satisfied. Most of the time these bed and breakfast would have a number of attractions that is near them so that people can also find a good way to spend their free time while they are traveling on business or for pleasure. A number of people really enjoy the atmosphere at these bed and breakfast establishments as they truly make people really enjoy the atmosphere because it makes people welcome and also get to enjoy their time staying there with the services that they can offer. If people love home cooking, they can expect to eat a number of different foods at most bed and breakfast establishments where they can have the pleasure of meeting some truly good people that are working in these establishments and also guests.
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People also enjoy going on a bed and breakfast establishments more due to the fact that the owner and also workers love what they do and they are proud of working there and want to provide good service. But people must also do their own research on which bed and breakfast that they can go to, they need to make sure that they can get to enjoy their time when they go and travel and try to sleep comfortably and eat good foods.
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People must have a very pleasant experience with these bed and breakfast establishments, they need to go to a new place and explore the areas surrounding it and try to sleep in a comfortable manner after. People can also get to utilize the internet to look for good reviews from people that have stayed on these bed and breakfast establishments, they need to read through on what their overall experience when staying there to easily enjoy when they visit a new place.