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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.

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The Advantages Of Kruger Park Safaris

Kruger national park safari is one of the biggest national parks in Africa and is situated in South Africa and is more popular for the famous big five which include rhino’s leopard, elephant buffalo and the lions. The park is also known to provide a couple of packages to its customers and this includes a safari package, a honeymoon package for the newlyweds, fully guided safari and country and lodging hotel amongst other different packages offered. The entertainment focus is in like manner known to have unmistakable private delight holds which fuse the Sabi sands private redirection spare, Timbavati beguilement spare, Kapama private beguilement spare among other preoccupation spares open.

National stops, for the most part, give people and families a few advantages and are frequently considered as one of an ideal approaches to spending an occasion by most people and this is on the grounds that private stores are known to have less group and this implies people can have much time to see the creatures. National parks help in securing and saving wild animals as they give animals safe living conditions with the objective that they can have the ability to breed and assurance that the distinctive animal species don’t get wiped out. National parks are likewise known to protect history of the different creature species that got terminated over a timeframe and along these lines an understudy can have the capacity to concentrate on the different wiped out species furthermore get beat take in their diverse survival strategies.

A visit to the national stop is additionally a decent route for families to get to know each other particularly for families which both guardians take a shot at a full-time premise and they once in a while get the chance to invest energy with their kids, along these lines youngsters can likewise have the capacity to grow their insight on the diverse sorts of creatures and in the meantime have a fabulous time. National Parks lifts the state of mind of an individual this is a direct result of the marvels and encounters that the nature gives which are amazing and captivating and this, thus, helps in hoisting the disposition of a person which is a decent type of treatment particularly for people who are battling mental and enthusiastic conditions, for example, dejection.

Most national stops and diversion stores are typically situated close trees and trees give a decent wellspring of oxygen to people and this makes the body work viably because of stream of oxygen which is imperative for the ordinary working of the body. Most people and families ought to consider going on safari or visit a national stop as it is known to have several advantages to families and people.

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5 Takeaways That I Learned About Charters

Fishing Charters: Tips for the Rookie Planning your first fishing trip can be a hassle if you aren’t sure of what to do and where to start. On the other hand, fishing charters exist to help ease the burden and to show you the way. To give you a better idea on the aspects you should consider as you look around for the best fishing charters in your area, here are important tips that you should keep in mind:
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First of all, consider the location. Experts suggest that you pick a fishing charter that’s close to where you’re staying for your vacation. You don’t want to mess with your sleep and get up earlier than usual just so you can catch the big fish. You also need to determine which type of fishing experience you want. There are various types of fishing so you should discuss these with the providers so you won’t be stuck in a fishing spree that you don’t really like after all. The next thing is to consider if you want to go fishing on your own or with a group of people. You can choose from various options including a private charter or a shared charter. If you want to save a good amount and still enjoy your first fishing spree, experts suggest that you pick shared fishing charters. You should also decide on how long you want to go fishing. It is widely accepted that a longer stay on water will give you more chances of getting fish. Some people will want to focus on a specific species and if you’re one of them, you should discuss your thoughts with the captain of the fishing charter. Take note: not every species will be available all year long. The type of boat you want to use should also be a matter of consideration. Some fishing boats have certain restrictions so you should know all these. It is very important that you ask about the boat’s amenities before striking a deal. Some boats will have a comfortable bathroom, a kitchen area, and the necessary safety equipment and unfortunately, some boats will not have any of these. While these amenities may not sound so important at all at first, you will soon change your mind once you’re out in the seas. Probably the most important thing to consider when searching for fishing charters is to know about the charter’s conservation standards and practices. Some fish types are not allowed to be brought home no matter what you say. Be sure that you and the people you’re fishing with are well aware and respectful of the laws that the ocean has set for some of its species. While some people will not consider this, budget is actually an important aspect in fishing. It is a wise move to first make sure that the fishing charters you’re in contact with will provide the necessary service you’re willing to pay for. Finally, do consider reputation. Do some research about the provider’s history and customer service. There’s nothing more assuring than going to see with a team that’s honest, professional, and knowledgeable in fishing.

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Get a Fishing Experience with the Experts Fishing is one of the oldest activities that people are known to have engaged in for centuries driven by various reasons. In the twenty-first century, people have perfected the art of fishing due to improving technology that has lead to the development of various fishing gadget. Therefore, it is important to appreciate taking the right gadget for fishing and catching the fish is not assurance that you have perfected the art of fishing. Moreover, for people to be pro in fishing, one need to be determined to perform the art so as to ensure one is perfect in the art. To become a fishing pro, one need to spend most of the time in the activity or follow the simple rules provided by the various pros in the sector. Moreover, there are various platforms where one can learn more about fishing in the long run, in this case, one should consider services of the fishing guide available for example, Fishing Guide in Louisiana are best known for the goo work. Moreover, before engaging any fishing charter, it important to consider various online platform where pros meet to discuss on various challenges and measures in the sector of fishing; it important to adhere to their advice. On the online platform it is easy to follow the chart from various people, therefore, ending up having the right information on the fishing tips. The size of the boat does not matter for one to have fun in a fishing expedition, but the captain who understand his/her job well. People should consider doing a thorough research on various fishing charters available so as to ensure one has the best service provider. It is important to familiarize with the equipment of the fishing charter so as to minimize confusion during the process. There are various guidelines that regulate the way fishing charter operates, therefore, it is important to understand this guideline. Furthermore, for the fishing guide one needs to seek the services of the best guide who have experience on the job and is able to navigate well on the fishing grounds.
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With the availability of the internet, most of the fishing charter prefer to promote their product on the internet due to the convenience and wide audience, therefore, it is important to visit various sites. Fishing charters have perfected their service delivery mode through offering various amenities to their customers. Many people have diverse reason of engaging in a fishing expedition, in this case, most of the staffs in fishing charter are highly trained to handle various needs of people. References is very important on various service delivery available. It is important to explore various fishing charter available to ensure maximum fun.Practical and Helpful Tips: Charters

American Realty of Captiva Named Secluded Island’s Friendliest Rental Provider

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CAPTIVA, Fla. — Captiva Island is one of the nation’s best-kept vacation secrets, and visitors have named one local rental company the friendliest and best to work with. For over twenty five years, American Realty of Captiva has enabled access to many of the island’s most beautiful homes, cottages, and condos, while also providing the best in customer service. In online reviews and through independent assessments by groups like the Better Business Bureau, American Realty of Captiva stands out as the top choice for those planning an unforgettable beach vacation in Florida. The American Realty of Captiva website is full of photos and information about the secluded tropical paradise, including a current list of available rentals.

“Captiva Island truly is a beautiful little slice of paradise, and we always enjoy setting visitors up with the perfect accommodations for their needs,” said American Realty of Captiva representative Elaine Smith, “When you love your work as much as we do, it tends to show in the quality of service you deliver. We’re proud of the fact that Captiva Island visitors consistently name us the friendliest rental provider around. We invite all who are looking for a memorable vacation in a beautiful place to visit our website to learn more about the island and what we have to offer.”

Although Florida boasts 1,350 miles of coastline, a figure that ranks it only behind Alaska among the United States, many of the most appealing stretches are at least fairly well developed. Visitors to Florida who prefer serenity and seclusion in their beaches do have some excellent options, although finding them can require looking beyond the mainland.

Located in the Gulf of Mexico just north of Sanibel, Captiva Island is regarded by many as the state’s best-kept secret of this kind. With comfortable weather year round thanks to its southwestern Florida barrier-island situation, Captiva boasts dozens of quiet, peaceful, beautiful beaches that rank among the country’s best.

For over two decades, American Realty of Captiva has been helping visitors make the most of their time in this special place. With rental homes ranging from simple cottages and condos to seven-bedroom luxury homes, many with private pools, the company always provides service worthy of a uniquely beautiful vacation destination.

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The Most Reliable Smartphone Transportation Applications

The transport sector plays a very crucial role in moving goods and services from one place to another in a safer manner to meet daily requirements, needs and for efficient flow of activities such as business operations. Technological advancement has brought new changes in transport industry with the introduction of the best Uber and Lyft applications which bear unique features that allow the user to easily spot the best taxi as well as the preferred driver to encourage customer satisfaction. Thus, it is essentially good for all individuals who are willing to hire transport services but are far from the vicinity of taxi services to make a point of downloading the best Uber and Lyft application that will efficiently provide a good linkage to the desired driver.

The most reliable Uber & Lyft application makes it possible for the user to access faster and reliable rides within a short period of time enabling users to access the transport services at any convenient time for twenty-four hours. It is unbelievably true that the most assuring Smartphone transportation app enable the user to spot the location of the driver due to the availability of the tracking features that enable the user to access the driver’s picture for identification as well as well outlined vehicle details. The most important thing concerning the most encouraging Uber and Lyft is the truth that a wide range of alternatives are availed to the user in such a way one can view all the specifications of the vehicle making it possible to identify the one with desired seats, doors and seat inclination.

It is unbelievably true that the most remarkable Smartphone transportation app avails special unique features that allow the user to link with others who are willing to travel through the same route making it possible to move together in the same vehicle to reduce the costs and make the journey more enjoyable. The highly accessible Smartphone transportation application matches the user with the best drivers who are fully licensed and registered with necessary taxi companies to assure legal operation while their services are regularly scrutinized for quality assurance. Furthermore, highly beneficial Smartphone transportation app often links the user with highly qualified drivers who hold vast driving experience coupled expertise in handling customers professionally for customer satisfaction.

The most encouraging thing about the most caring Uber and Lyft is the truth that the available methods of payment can be easily accessed by the user knowing very well that the user is allowed to pay either by credit or cash. In addition, the most appealing Uber and Lyft app avails features for making fare estimation to make instant payments where one finally receives the receipt through the email creating mutual trust between the driver and the app user. Lastly, the most promising Uber and Lyft app is developed by companies that constitutes of well-developed websites with customized features that allow the user to download the app after making fixed payments online.

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Find Out Exactly What Men Desire As Well As Discover Exactly How To Get An Ex To Come Back

Breakups can be unavoidable in numerous relationships, however that doesn’t mean they’re usually permanent. Actually, it really is possible for a couple to get back together again following a period of separating, yet it’s unlikely to work effectively in case they will not be willing to communicate to make the relationship better. When somebody desires to understand how to get my ex back, they need to understand that nothing is guaranteed, but there are a few things they can focus on until they plan to consider the partnership yet again. This could assist in making the connection better in the future.

The individual ought to attempt to discover just what men need in a relationship and also attempt to provide that for them. Men desire respect, approval, and encouragement. They want to recognize their particular partner supports them in their goals as well as actually believes in them. This could help supply their confidence and help demonstrate they really are vital to their own partner. It furthermore helps make them really feel much more valued and also cherished. Exhibiting all of this can certainly significantly change the relationship and help it to strengthen quickly so the couple may progress and also be good as a couple.

Someone who actually wants to learn much more about precisely how to get their own ex back might wish to look into a get my ex boyfriend back quiz. This kind of quiz could let them answer several queries about their relationship to be able to figure out precisely what went drastically wrong as well as just how it can be resolved. These kinds of quizzes may be extremely informative as well as may allow them to have much more information on exactly what they’re able to implement to get back together again with their ex. Amongst the points listed above and just what they understand on the quiz, the connection may be good if perhaps they reconcile along with their particular ex.

In case you’re looking for methods to get my ex boyfriend back, the guidelines above ought to provide you with a perception of just what to focus on. Make sure you take the get my ex back quiz right now so you’re able to discover much more regarding your connection and just what could be done to fix it. After that, you are able to make use of just what you’ve learned to be able to get back together again with your ex and also help make the partnership work better.

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Key Points Every First Time Transportation App User Should Know

One of the best way in order for you to get a ride whenever you don’t feel like you cannot get one is to use a transportation app. Before you avail of the services that they offer, there are things and factors that you need to consider. You have to make sure that you will know the different pros and cons of these transportation apps. This is also one way of knowing then bets time to call of their service.

Let us first understand what are these transportation apps. By utilizing your smartphone, you will be able to contact any registered driver for them to take you almost anywhere. You can get the services of transportation app anywhere in the world. By using your GPS location, the driver will be able to locate you but first, you need to download the app in your phone. You have to be 18 years of age for you to use this application. You can also find transportation apps that provide free rides. By sung their very own invite codes, they should invite friends into using the apps for them to get the free ride. It is only by using the personal account that you have can you use the codes that s given. The moment that you will spam invites using social media sites, your personal account will be suspended and the credits that you have cannot be used anymore.

We will now be taking a look at how these transportation apps really work. Once you have already downloaded the app, your location will tell the driver where to pick you. It is in some transportation apps that you will be able to choose the type of car and the different charges that they give you. When you use these apps, the way that you can pay them is via your credit card that you have indicated in your account. There are certain additional fees like toll fees, surcharges and cleaning fees once you will make a mess of their vehicle. Most of the apps will you a fare estimate so that you will know how much will you be paying.

Now that you have an idea of how the apps work, let us now take a look at some of the considerations that you need to know. You will not have an idea if a car is for hire as they are owned by private persons. The moment that the car arrived, you have to make sure that it is the right car that you have hired. You also have to know that there are times that the rates will vary depending on the time of day.

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Should You Give Tips When Using Ridesharing Apps?

With the use of ridesharing services, thousands of people were able to get to and from places. Through our smart phones, ridesharing services become so accessible, making it convenient to use. It’s quite a new concept to pay for the trip using credit card on your device. On the other hand, it’s somewhat hard to imagine to live without on-app payments. Whether they should tip their ride or not is the question that many ridesharing users do.

Many who are hailing a ride via this app think of this. People are tipping their waitresses, valets, baristas and taxi drivers so why not on the ridesharing drivers?

There are many commuters who get confused with regards to the concept of ridesharing as well as tipping. Most don’t have much idea on how the payment process works. The truth is, people don’t have much idea with the payment procedures on the ridesharing companies. Because of this, it is worth to mention that it is straight from the application where the payment procedures takes place. With this in mind, passengers often assume that the tip is already included in their fare price. Others however don’t have ideas that they’re allowed to tip. It is true that tips are not a mandatory from the passengers but it’s welcome and truth is, it has the ability of making or breaking the driver’s income.

But some of the ridesharing apps didn’t indicate their policy for tips. This is basically where confusion of the passengers enter. Because of the fact that the service charge is included already and the site isn’t mentioning to tip, people don’t know if the driver expects a tip from them.

In addition to that, it is worth to mention that tip is already calculated in the final bill, like what mentioned earlier. Commuters think that part of their bill stands as tip that will go directly to the driver. There are a number of real life exchanges between the drivers and passengers just underscore this argument that many is confused to whether the matter of tipping included, appropriate or required. As you are about to pay for your ride, you must clarify your final bill and to what comes with it.

Regardless, these drivers are real professional and will take no hard feelings in case you don’t give any, so whether you tip or not, that won’t be an issue. Obviously, it’ll make their day better if you do. These ridesharing apps can give you a more convenient trip to and from your desired destination while staying away from traffics as these drivers are well aware of the road and know the fastest route to get to wherever you want to be.

Source: http://www.oneincomedollar.com/2016/11/cut-down-on-those-ridiculous-transport.html

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Shifting How the Taxi Business Works with Smart Transportation

The taxi business has transformed in the past few years. The smart transportation organizations rule the U. S. taxi market and have made the local cab organizations have a run for their money, getting several of them to the brink of insolvency.

In only a brief period of 4-5 years, smart transportation firms have grown from nothing to today multi-billionaire businesses. The fast and more economical support they provide offers them an upper hand with the traditional taxi service and contains as effect totally changed the principles of cab riding. Local motorists utilize a traditional approach as it pertains to supplying services, which we can state, is outdated today. That is where the smart transportation organizations win the match, by supplying a wallet-friendly option using technologies for their businesses.

For starters, the smart transportation companies are playing their game in the right way. They understand what the customers want. Emphasizing security, dependability and a trouble free experience are only some of the things which smart transport companies understand properly. They understand the best way to bring more local drivers to their businesses. With a good-managed program to supply service which aids the drivers handle time better, these businesses are the hot favorites cab app motorists.

At the end of the evening, a smart transportation motorist often takes home more money than local drivers. Where fulltime drivers bring in around $39k per annum, the local ones can only make $36k. Local taxi drivers also must confront several additional burdens unlike the transportation drivers. They’re taken as separate contractors and have to look after all of those other costs like gasoline, permit, and motor insurance. These expenses which total up to about $200 weekly make an important part of the income earned by drivers. Smart transportation drivers are single contractors and need to purchase gasoline and license but the companies’ addresses the motor insurance and they do not spend on car registration payment.

A focus on the fundamentals is what’s much loved. Often, cabs utilized by the local drivers are poorly maintained. Taxi companies which use smart phone transportation apps ensure that the autos that are being used are cleaned often, together with regular motor check-up and overhauling. Air conditioned automobiles are an extra advantage of smart transportation services during the summers. This really is something you’ll enjoy by utilizing smartphone transportation apps.

Drivers in addition perform an important part in improving the entire user-experience all through the journey, which, in turn, aids the business in general. Smart transportation businesses test their drivers for good manners and make sure they maintain decorum. This will aid enhance client satisfaction and develop brand loyalty. Download smartphone transportation app for quality, convenient, and the best travelling experience.

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