If you happen to be a person who is of the opinion that remaining single is nothing but a cruel punishment meted out by the Almighty, then I suggest that you immediately sign up for a singles’ backpacking junket. Even better, grab your overnight bag and head out into the countryside or to some unexplored destination. Very few people realize this, but traveling solo is often a great way of self-discovery, and it is also a good way to connect with different people.
It doesn’t matter whether you pack an overnight bag and head into the forest, or whether you grab your helmet and set out on an unplanned road trip to an unknown destination. With the freedom to do what you want, and when you want, you are always a free bird, both by body and soul. You are your best companion in such situations. Traveling alone gives a joy and bliss that need to be experienced, to be understood.
Singles’ Vacation Ideas
A couple of such ideas should be good enough for you to realize that being single does, in fact, have its fair share of benefits as well. So, on that note, let us look at some fascinating ideas for those flying solo. If you are under the impression that summer vacations are limited to only families, couples or kids, then you are wrong my friend. There are plenty of summer vacation options and ideas that are specially suited to single men and women. Listed below are a few of them:
A great summer vacation idea for singles as well as couples and families, visiting an animal safari is truly a one-of-a-kind experience. With the large number of state parks that dot the map of the United States, you shouldn’t have a problem finding a good park in your state, regardless of where you live. However, if you’re game enough for the ‘real thing’, then following are the places you should opt for.
-Masai Mara, Kenya (For Safari)
-Serengeti, Tanzania (For Safari)
-Madikwe, South Africa (For Safari)
-Borneo Island (For Safari)Climbing Expeditions
Summer is the perfect time to pack your climbing gear and head out into the mountains. If you happen to be among a group of fellow climbers (that too single climbers), then it’s even better! Scaling the rocky terrains of Rocky Mountain, Colorado can give a tremendous high, that is unparalleled and unmatched.
-Mt. Everest expedition (8,848 m)
-Ama Dablam expedition (6,812m)
-Baruntse expedition (7,129 m)
Singles’ Travel TourGather all your single friends, make a group, and head off to explore a new place, city or even a new country! Hitchhiking, staying in student hostels, roughing it out on the road, camping, etc., are certain things that you can experience and savor as long as you enjoy your ‘single’ status. Make the most of it!
-Asheville, North Carolina
It is famous for hitchhiking and fly fishing. A nature-loving person should surely pay a visit for its natural beauty.
-Inca Trail, Peru
You will see the ruins of Patallacta, the Incan tambo of Runkuraqay, and a view of Sayaqmarka with the beautiful scenery consisting of rivers and lakes.
Backpacking in Argentina would be a phenomenal experience, especially if you head to Perito Moreno, the world’s largest flowing glacier.
If you’re one among a band of boys who loves the sun, sand and the surf, then don’t waste another minute. Head out to the beach for some volleyball, waves and babes! You can rent a beach-side shack or a cottage for a couple of days. Grab hold of a chilled drink, set up a hammock under a tree and laze the day away. A beach vacation can be a fantastic idea, and is cheap, too.
It is a perfect place for those who wanna spend the nights (besides the beach), and those who wanna swim with fish alongside.
-Bora Bora, Tahiti-
Also known as the Romantic Island, this is the perfect place for the singles to find the love of their life!
-The Hamptons, New York
It is one of the loveliest beaches with windswept dunes, and waving grasses bordering the Atlantic Ocean.
Day Trip Quite often, it happens that we end up visiting faraway places and tourist destinations, but are yet to visit certain signature spots in our hometown itself. Why not do that for a change? Set aside a day to look into all such places in your city which you would normally recommend to guests, but haven’t been yourself. Examples could be the museum, art gallery, zoo, places of historical interest, etc.
Party Time If you are a party lover, looking for a bash in vacations or if you have been through a breakup or any emotional situation, then just put on some of your best wears, and get ready for the blast. This can surely let you forget all your wounds and get you engulfed in the night with music, dance and fun. Just groove to the music, and burn the dance floor as if you are the only one! Or you can just book a cottage for one, alongside a beach and chill out listening to the heavenly sounds of waves with :
-Miami, Florida, United States
Looking for a serious party? Then Miami is the place with a serious party and a music conference.
You’ll find the best DJs on earth here; a place to just rock and roll.
Scheduling a group trip with an organization or a travel service on different spots is also a good option. Here we tend to have a lot of new experiences with many new people. Getting to know people from different areas, their views, opinions is fun indeed, and can make your journey exciting and extravagant; and in the end, a few new friends to be in touch with.
The capital, Colombo is a popular place to visit. Also, there is Anuradhapura for the oldest living tree and Minneriya for hundreds of elephant gatherings.
An art-loving person should surely enjoy a visit to Rajasthan, for its imperial artistry.
-Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
It is a famous place of visit for its natural beauties and not to forget, The Amazon Jungle.
Adventurous VenturesNow this is something for a just-do-it kind of a person, though a person afraid of heights, depths can also do it just to conquer his/her fears. If you are ready to explore the fascinating ventures of life, then sky is not the limit.
-Sky Diving, Switzerland
Experience the thrill of flying in the air here!
-Scuba Diving, Hawaii
Discover the beauties underwater!
Just get a ticket to your destination, and experience these fascinations yourself. (Note: All the sports mentioned above do have some risk factors. Do not opt for these sports without knowing them.)
Solo’s Tour (Exploring oneself)
Traveling in a group or in an organization perhaps, can’t be your take. Don’t worry! You can still spend your vacations making sand castles in the sand of Bali. Even going on a cruise is a good way to spend your 2-3 day holiday trip. Sometimes, it’s good to be in your own company. You come across the real you which might not happen, if not traveling alone.
Known as The Island of God, Bali is also famous for its beautiful nature and never-ending fascinations.
Best place for solo travelers, it is safe, too.
Knowledge-savvy people can take a flight to places that suit their interests. Traveling with any official volunteer service, for the purpose of learning, is the best way to connect with the people having a mind-set similar to you.
For an unimaginable experience in yoga
-Machu Picchu, Peru
Referred to as the City of the Incas, a good place to visit for history lovers.
Ideas for Other Seasons
In case you find yourself in the midst of the rainy season, do not fret. The rains will not wash away your vacation plan! Instead, they will only add to the beauty of it. Get hold of a couple of fellow single friends and head out for a long drive in the rains. Sipping on some hot soup and watching the rain pour all around you is a heavenly feeling.
If a four-day Christmas break is all you’ve got, then once again that’s not a cause for worry. Gather all your pals, load your car with a bunch-load of skiing equipment, and hit the slopes for a cool ski vacation!
Tips for Traveling Solo
Before going on a vacation, that too single, or with a travel service, you must research thoroughly about the place you are going to. Find out the cost of the trip, names of good hotels to stay, and if possible find out the taxi fares to various places you are going to pay a visit to.
Money is an important thing while going on a vacation. Check whether you have taken all your money and credit cards, and if there is sufficient amount of balance in it. Also your passport and documents for identification are necessary.
While packing a bag just see to it that you don’t have excess baggage. Pack outfits that can be used on several different wears, an easy way to reduce the luggage size.
Medication is the crucial and important item which you should not forget. Take all the necessary medicines with you, preferably those if you are undergoing a medical treatment.
-Other Basic Things
Other small but important things are sunscreen lotions, skin lotions, lip balms, face wash, toothbrush, extra camera batteries, mobile chargers, extra bag, winter wear (though not needed on a summer vacation) and feminine hygienic products.
When You Reach
Once you reach your destination, make sure you know the taxi fare and time to reach the destined place. Don’t let others know that you are alone while asking for directions. Be in contact with someone always through mobile phones or Internet cafes.
Esfahan is half the world, except for Tabriz. This is the famous Iranian saying that glorifies the importance of Esfahan, a significant touristic destination that is often included in travel packages to Iran.
Situated at the heart of the country, Esfahan is located around 414 kilometers to the South Of Tehran, the capital of the country. Due to the wonderful weather of Esfahan, many travelers who tour Iran spend a couple of nights at least exploring the wonders of the city.
The Northern section of Esfahan is featured with its cooler weather. While in the South and the West, many mountains surround the city and the Eastern and the Northern sections of the city are linked together through a number of plains. Several travel packages to Iran would sometimes include a visit to the natural regions of Esfahan.
UNESCO considered Esfahan among the seven historical cities of the world. The international organization asserted how important it is to maintain the architectural and building patterns and style of the city that amaze many travelers who tour Iran.
Historians noted that Esfahan was built as early as Tahmures, the builder of Merv was briefly the largest city in the world in the 12th century. Esfahan was an important transit point of several caravans. Today many tourists who travel to Iran would usually visit Esfahan.
The spread of Islam in Esfahan in the 8th century AD and the influence of the Islamic civilization formed one of the most marvelous cities in the world. Esfahan today has some amazing mosques, Islamic schools, and other interesting historical sites that are commonly included in several tours to Iran.
Among the most popular and interesting sections of Esfahan is the old market of the city that is situated in the Northern section of the Naqsh-e Jahan Square, one of the world heritage sites of the UNESCO. The old market of Esfahan is one of the most appealing in the whole world and it welcomes thousands of tourists who spend their vacations in Iran.
The old market of Esfahan is the largest in Iran and one of the biggest in the whole world. It begins with a central market and then many smaller markets emerged that sell specific goods and products including handcrafts, golden and silver jewelry, rugs and carpets, shoes, and many other products. Travelers who tour Iran spend many hours in the market.
The Zoroastrianism Temple is one of the most remarkable monuments of Esfahan. It is located at the top of the Atshkah Mountain, more than 1680 meters above sea level. Constructed in the 13th century, the temple was made out clay and sand layers in one of the most unparalleled buildings in the world. Many tours to Iran include a visit to this matchless temple.
Esfahan is also famous for many Islamic monuments. There is for example the Monar Jonban. This complex consists of two minarets and an Iwan, or an open courtyard. The complex was constructed in the 14th century when the Mongols ruled over the country. The complex is characterized that if one minaret shakes, the other minaret, and the whole complex shakes in a reaction. Included in almost all travel packages to Iran, it is one of the remarkable Islamic monuments in the world.
Esfahan is a must visit for any traveler touring Iran. The city has this special matchless blend of characteristics and traits that are difficult to be found anywhere else in the world.
Working hard for a lot of years had really taken a toll on me. I needed a break. But there was no time to take time off for any sort of vacation. I normally work six to seven days per week, and I felt that I didn’t even have time to get away for a weekend. I did not want my business to suffer. I was reading a site that I stumbled across and it said to click here for party buses so that I could read what they offer for partying in the city. I wondered if it was some sort of chartered party company, but I learned that what they offer is even better than that. They offer the chance to have your own dance club on wheels.
I remember partying really hard as a young person, and there were always fights involved. Not with me, but someone in my group who would get into fights with complete strangers. I never understood this. People bump into each other in a loud and crowded bar or club, and the next thing you know, fists are flying.
The Jordan Kingdom is the most important touristic destination in the Middle East. The country enjoys many magnificent historical monuments that attract tourists from all over the world to travel to Jordan like Petra, the most important historical site in Jordan.
One of the most famous natural areas of Jordan that is popular for its therapeutic effects is the Ma’In Hot Springs. Located around 58 kilometers to the South of Amman, the Jordanian capital, the area is 120 meters below sea level and it hosts more than 160 natural springs with various temperatures. Such natural areas attract many travelers from various regions in the world to spend their holidays in Jordan.
The natural hot water springs in Ma’in contain a high percentage of various important minerals like calcium, Sodium chloride, the Rado Gas, Hydrogen sulfide, and carbon dioxide. The temperature in some of the springs may reach up to 63 degree centigrade. Many tourists who travel to Jordan love to explore the natural treasures of the country.
While visiting the natural springs of Ain Ma’in, one views a large number of travelers who tour Jordan for therapeutic reasons as the water of these springs cure from various illnesses including skin diseases, circulatory diseases, bone and muscles’ aches, and several other health conditions.
In fact, the most popular area for therapeutic tourism in Jordan is surly the Dead Sea which is also quite favorite all around the world. The area of the Dead Sea enjoys some matchless climatic characteristics, as it is free of humidity.
The presence of sulfur springs that cure from various illnesses specially skin diseases and Rheumatism is among the most important features of the area. The Dead Sea is the lowest point on the planet and it is the saltiest sea in the whole globe as well. This fact attracts thousands of travellers to book their vacations in Jordan every year.
When the World Health Organization chose the Dead Sea as one of the best spots in the world for curing skin diseases in 2011 made an important landmark in the history and the development of the whole region.
Many of the resorts situated on the shores of the Dead Sea offer wonderful natural therapeutic services with no use of any chemicals or medications of any sorts. This is carried out following the most advanced standards of natural therapeutic treatments in the world. Such resorts have started being quite popular among travelers who tour Jordan during the past few decades.
Another magnificent area in Jordan that is famous for therapeutic tourism is the Afra water springs. Located in Southern section of the Jordanian Kingdom, the area has 15 natural water springs with the temperature ranging from 45 to 48 degree centigrade. Many travel packages to Jordan include a visit to the springs of Afra.
The water of the springs that is rich with minerals forms some wonderful waterfalls that are gathered at the end in lakes that are awesome to swim at. The therapeutic benefits of the springs of Afra include the help in curing illnesses including Infertility, hardening of the arteries, anemia, and rheumatism.
Travelling through Spain to the ferry port of Balboa I was surprised to see the ever-changing scenery. The terrain changed every few miles. With numerous places inviting you to stop for refreshments along the motorway; these are probably welcome in the heat of summer, but it is Spring now and the roads are pretty deserted. I do wonder how they make a living in winter.
We left the flat countryside of San Pedro del Pinitar where the coastal sands meet the Mar Menor, and the shallow water’s of the inland sea. Here the mountains pop up almost vertically from the wide flat expanses where fruit trees grow amid dusty, stony soil. Golf urbanizations built for visitors line the coastal areas.
Soon before us are a craggy range of mountains, and isolated homesteads. Spain has half the inhabitants of the UK but is twice the size. Then for many miles the motorway winds through a mixture of small dusty towns and varied countryside.
Once Albacete is left behind Rhoda is the next large urbanization. Madrid was easily passed with the aid of the sat nav. and the landscape flattened once again with patches of forest along the way.
Eventually before us on the horizon were a range of snow-capped mountains. Here we pulled of the road into a very pretty village, la Cabrera. They must have a lot of visitors in the summer, possible from Madrid, as the whole village seemed to be catering for visitors, restaurants cafe’s and Hotels. We stayed at the delightful Hotel Mavi.
Next morning we were surprised to find the temperature was only 7 degrees, as the day before it had been 26 degrees, however we were in the mountains north of Madrid, sometimes driving through the clouds as the misty vapour encircled us..
We passed through a succession of mountainous areas which were very picturesque, some were covered in dense forest but as we neared the coast the land became greener with more broad-leaf trees and looked more like England, with fields of rape seed.
So pulling into Balboa ferry port we enjoyed the last few hours on Spanish soil. This was the end of wintering in the sun until the autumn when we will return to our house in Spain. What made us choose to winter in the sun? We had experienced enough cold wet icy winters and decided to change our lifestyle, so with the help of my online business, we experienced our first winter in Spain, which was delightfully warm and pleasant.
So if you are fed up with cold wet winters and are wondering how you can avoid them in future, let me recommend affiliate marketing as a means of a growing an income, and a very satisfying way of life. You will need the help and guidance of a good coach who will supply products to tempt and satisfy your customers, in a range to inspire them, plus excellent training in marketing and all areas of working online. With dedication you will soon be beginning to earn as you master the techniques.
Begin part-time and decide if working online is what you are looking for. Affiliate marketing is suitable for most people who are determined to succeed and are prepared to invest time and effort. You may be pleased to know only basic computer skills are required to start as you can soon learn other skills.
Trekking is one of the activities travelers who tour India may enjoy. Despite it is not as commercial and popular as other neighboring countries as Nepal; the country offers some of the most awesome trekking routs in the world.
The most amazing trekking spots explored by travelers who visit India include Ladakh and Zanskar Himalayas. The mountains here exceed 5000 meters with some of the routs being gentle and short and others that should only be explore by more armature trekkers.
It is recommended to have a guide escorting the travelers who tour India whenever this is possible. This is highly advisable especially in less visited trekking routs where guests can get lost or get out of supplies. This where having a guide really pays off. Many of the trekking tours in India begin in Himachal, as it is the easiest destination to begin trekking to difficult routs and for some of the gentle routs as well.
Equipment is of high importance in any trekking trip. Tourists who travel to India to go on trekking do not need a state of the art equipment. However, all the essentials that would a traveler comfortable should be with them.
Since the country hosts some of the highest and most adventurous mountains in the world, travelers who spend their vacations in India have the pleasure to mountaineering. However, it is totally another story away from simple trekking. It requires serious planning and organization of the trip in order to enjoy it and not to have any difficulties or hardships during the vacation.
The best advise to give to a mountain climber who wishes to enjoy his vacation in India; if you have never climbed a mountain before, never begin with the Himalayas. There are a number of organizations and institutions in India that offer wonderful training courses for beginners and more experienced mountaineers. The courses include the skills of ice and rock climbing in the most amazing atmosphere.
Despite the fact the Himalayas spread for a huge surface area, skiing is still much undeveloped in India. The only place where an enjoyable skiing holiday in India can be organized is the area of the Western Himalayas. However, there are also some other areas where tourists can enjoy skiing in India. These include Auli Himachal Pradesh where cheap skiing trips can be organized.
Rafting is surly underrated in India. The presence of Nepal, the neighbor of India, makes hard for the country to compete in this field. However, there are some wonderful river that would be the most excellent choice for rafting like the Chenab, Beas, Rangit, and Teesta that offer guests who travel to India with marvelous rafting opportunities.
For tourists who travel to India and are fond of exploring caves, India has some wonderful opportunities for caving. There is the area of Meghalaya that offers the best caving experience in the entire Indian lands.
Now for diving and snorkeling, due to the natural and geographical conditions of the country, India is not the most perfect choice for a vacation for those who are fond of the underwater treasures. However, there are a few locations where travelers who tour India can view coral reefs and some colorful fish.
There are also the two wonderful tropical islands that are situated near the Indian borders and offers some wonderful diving experiences for tourists who enjoy their holidays in India. There is the Andman Island in particular where many recommended diving centers are situated.
Cuba has been on my bucket list for years. I’ve always wanted to see the country as it is now, frozen in the 1950’s, unchanged while the rest of the world moved forward. My husband, Barry, didn’t want to go so my best friend Pat and I booked a trip with the League of Women Voters before President Obama’s visit. Unfortunately, it was cancelled because regulations had suddenly changed, a typical problem when dealing with the Cuban government. When we were notified that the problems were resolved and a trip was scheduled for May, we didn’t hesitate. In fact, we may have been the first travelers to send in our registration.
This is not the first time a planned trip was cancelled. Many years ago, Barry and I were all set to leave for Israel with a tour group when one of the many wars broke out between Israel and Palestine. A couple of years ago, we had to cancel an Eastern European River Cruise when I broke my heel (I tripped over a computer cord) and wouldn’t be out of the cast in time for the trip. Thank goodness we had trip insurance and were able to reschedule for another time. It was a marvelous experience traveling down the Blue Danube River (it wasn’t very blue) and seeing the Eastern European cities which were still recovering from years under Russian rule.
It’s a good thing I buy trip insurance because I had to use it to cancel a trip and get a refund for a cruise to Greece and the Greek Islands. This was another trip that Pat (who I have known since we were nine years old) and I were planning together. I was leaving from the Rochester airport because we were living at our cottage on one of the Finger Lakes for the summer. My suitcase was half packed and I was counting down the last 48 hours before it was time to leave when I decided to water a plant hanging outside the front door at ten o’clock at night. I reached up with the watering can and started to pour when, suddenly, a bat flew out of the plant, the tip of its winging scratching the right side of my cheek. And, you guessed it; I had to get rabies shots over a period of weeks, which meant I wasn’t going to see Greece this time.
Breaking bones is also something I do on a regular basis. Years ago, Barry and I escaped a Rochester, New York winter with a week’s vacation on St. John’s Island. We had a wonderful, restful week in the sun and on the beaches until the very last night. We went for dinner and walked home in the dark over a cobblestone sidewalk. I caught my shoe on something and fell forward, breaking the little finger on my left hand and bashing the left side of my face into the cobblestones.
We decided to visit the St. John’s emergency room where a doctor took an ex-ray, held it up to the overhead light and affirmed what we already knew; the finger was broken. He said I’d need surgery on it but we decided to go home and see the doctor in Rochester. He gave me a horse pill for pain that we thought we might be able to sell on the street for a good sum (I was afraid to take it). By the next morning, I had a black eye and swollen purple bruises across the left side of my face. We took the scheduled plane home later that morning and Barry stayed at least three feet in front of me, afraid he would be blamed for my beat-up appearance. Our first stop after the plane landed in Rochester was the hospital emergency room. I didn’t need surgery but it was a close call.
Pat and I have traveled together before; once to Antigua, Guatemala where we were immersed in Spanish lessons. She studied all day but I took the afternoons off to roam the city. I made the mistake of showing an interest in the young women who were selling woven table runners, tablecloths, blankets and placemats so I had an entourage following me everywhere I went. Finally I purchased something from each of them so they would go away. The only mishap we had in Antigua was the eruption of the local volcano which was about a half-hour drive from the city. Fortunately, the lava only went down the sides of the mountain so we were safe. It was an amazing site from the roof of a local restaurant. We were actually in more danger on New Year’s Eve when the local citizens all gathered right outside our B & B window to celebrate. That’s when we realized we were right in the middle of the city and there were no regulations on fireworks! We joined the crowd for a short time but left after several fireworks went off within two feet of our feet. Explosions and small fires continued until the wee hours.
Pat also joined Barry and I and another friend on my dream trip, an African animal safari. Except for a few days of traveler’s disease, I didn’t get sick. Barry, on the other hand, developed a major case of what he called “risk desensitization”. The first risk situation was immediately after our arrival when we were told our post trip to Madagascar had been cancelled because Americans were being kidnapped. The second risk desensitization came when our guide stopped in the middle of a heavily forested area to view a lion. We had been swatting away flies for ten minutes when the guide said we probably better go since those were tsetse flies which carry sleeping sickness. Barry’s eyes widened and his mouth fell open. For a change, I knew enough to keep my mouth shut.
By the time we encountered the third risk, Barry was pretty desensitized. At our second hotel stop, we went for a walk before dinner, admiring the herds of zebras and elephants at a watering hole far below us. Then we came to a small post that was about four feet high. In the middle of the post was a button and the words printed above it were Panic Button. It didn’t take much imagination to know what this meant. Barry shrugged his shoulders and looked pretty calm. I, on the other hand, kept turning around to be sure we weren’t being stalked by some hungry animal.
The fourth event happened towards the end of the trip when we were about to get on a small plane to fly to a new destination. Pat noticed an information plate on the side of the plane and commented that she had read about these planes in a tourist book; they had been manufactured in Czechoslovakia and the book warned tourists to avoid them because they were prone to mishaps. By this time, Barry was risk desensitized and I was in a panic. I have a bit of a fear of airplanes anyway and this set me off. Barry and Pat walked up the planes steps ahead of me, laughing, and I could barely get my legs to work. The plane was full, about thirty passengers and the entire back of the passenger cabin was filled with suitcases. I sat next to a German woman who didn’t speak any English. She took one look at my face and kept patting my arm and telling me everything was fine (in German). Obviously, we made it and since then, I have become risk desensitized to airplanes.
And now I am off again to a destination I have waited years to see. Pat and I are certain this will be a memorable trip. We are going to see old and new Havana, Hemingway’s home, the village of Viñuales Valley, and much more.
Choose accommodation wisely.
Check all the hotel options, location, services they provide and type of rooms. Try to avoid hostels.
Protect your money and documents.
As your packing and luggage, you need to travel light and avoid carrying many handbags and stuff with you. A good tip is to get a money belt, you can find it easily, it is cheap and you can use it under your clothes.
Visit public and safe places.
Avoid walking alone especially at night and in dark places. Try to visit popular places and if you need something or get some information avoid asking a stranger, you better go to a coffee shop, restaurant or store and ask an employee. You can also have with you a pepper spray.
Avoid Taxi Cabs.
Taxis are not always the best option, you don’t know if they’re completely safe or which route they can take. You don’t need to be looking for a taxi standing alone at street, there are some private transportation agencies like Uber or any airport shuttle that will provide you the whole information of your ride like the type of car, driver’s name, routes, and timing information. You can also ask for a woman driver if you want to!
Bring some medication or your personal “first aid kit”.
You know your body and which medications you need at specific situations. Consider that it might be difficult to find some medications in other countries, cities or places so, you better bring them with you (medications for headache, stomachache, pain, antibacterial gel, contraceptives, etc.).
Be careful of what you eat and drink.
Don’t eat or drink too much, know your limits. You can use websites like trip advisor and search for the most recommended places. Try to avoid eating at street and if you want to have fun and take a couple drinks do it with moderation. If you meet people at restaurants and bars don’t let them know you’re traveling alone and don’t give them specific information. You never know people’s intentions and who you’re talking to.
Learn the basics of the local language.
If you’re traveling to another country with another language you should learn all the words and meanings you could need (like restrooms, banks, hotel, restaurants, food, hospitals, transportation services, etc.) or you can also bring a dictionary with you. This way people will understand you easily.
Trust and listen your instinct, take care of yourself and have an amazing travel.
Here are some general guidelines that can help you when going on safaris:
1. Personal safety – in any place that you travel to, you must ensure your personal safety.
• Do not bring huge amounts of cash.
• Your passport, cash, and other travel documents should be in a pouch under your shirt or stuffed in your daypack or camera bag.
• Watch your personal bags closely while walking in jam-packed places, such as on the streets, restaurants, markets, and airports.
• Do not walk alone in the evening.
• When going out, consider your cash, passport, and airline tickets in the lodge or hotel safe.
• Do not bring any jewelry during your travel. It is best to leave them at home.
• Valuables, such as your camera, handbag, wallet pouch, and mobile phones, should be kept hidden, and definitely not in your car hire, tour bus, or back seat. Make sure also that you do not leave them in your room at safari lodges or camps.
2. Travel insurance – obtain travel insurance as soon as your travel plans are confirmed so that you will be covered if there is an unexpected or unfortunate event that happens before your safari trip.
3. Reminder to your Credit Card Company and bank – most credit card providers and banks encourage you to inform than before travelling abroad so that their monitoring systems will not suspend your credit card when they discover any strange purchases (paying for flights, rental cars, and hotels) that happen on holidays. Sometimes, these purchases could trigger your credit card suspension and result in embarrassing moments.
Be careful when providing your credit card information while you are on a trip as well. It is unfortunate that other people can obtain your credit card number without your knowledge (when paying for accommodation at hotel desks, rental companies, shops, etc.). When you pay your bill, do not let your credit card out of your view.
4. Water – remember to only drink bottled water because water from other sources may not be safe. You can obtain bottled water in all your safari lodges and camps. On all of your tours, make sure that you have bottled water with you. When you feel uneasy about the quality of water in the place you are staying in, you can ask any of the staff. For emergency use, you can also bring along water purification tablets with you.
5. Tipping – this is a common dilemma for a lot of tourists in a foreign country, including safari trips, business travel and cruises. Tipping is not expected if you are going on a safari trip in Africa, but it has become conventional. The gratuity to safari camp staff and guides is not part of your total tour price and it is also completely optional.
Keep in mind that what might be a small amount to you could be substantial to a local staff and it will be definitely taken with gratitude.
Most safari camps have a tip box located at the reception area, which covers the unnoticed services, such as for the people who work in the kitchen and person who cleans your room.
When tipping, do it moderately and according to the quality and level of service given and, of course, only if you are happy with the service that you get. Here is your guide, which is an accepted practice in general:
• Transportation/Driver – US $10 and above per day
• Private safari guide – US $25 and above per day
• Camp staff – US $10-$20 per day (this will be shared among waiters, bartenders, housekeepers, etc.
If you spend more time with a guide, you can increase the amount of your tip.
Rabat hosts some of the most magnificent historical sites that are commonly included in several travel packages to Morocco. Today we will be highlighting some of the most interesting monuments of the Moroccan capital.
No traveler who tours Morocco can pass by Rabat and not visit Challah, as it is considered the most amazing historical site of the city and a place of special magic due to its significant history and marvelous location situated on the shores of the Bou Regreg River that separates Rabat from the neighboring city of Sale.
Challah was established as early as the 6th century BC as a small town and then it witnessed many renovations and alternations in various periods of history. It became a royal necropolis and then a simple lake for fishing. The city flourished during the ruling period of Moorish as many buildings were constructed in the city. Today many travelers who tour Morocco are keen to visit Challah.
The city of Challah saw an important turning point in its history when the Romans took control of the region in 40 AD. Many constructions were added to the city including the main temple, some baths, and large fortified walls. Another stronger wall was added to the city in 144 AD before the fall of the Romans at the beginning of the 5th century. Added to many travel packages to Morocco, a visit to Challah is quite remarkable.
During the period from the 5th to the 10th century Challah was largely deserted. Afterwards the Marinid Sultan Abu Yusuf El Yaaqub made it a necropsies to burry the nobles of the Marinid dynasty. This was the beginning of a large complex that included a mosque and many other structures. Some of these establishments are still available until today and amaze travelers who spend their vacations in Morocco.
Challah today is one of the most favorite sites for tourists and locals in Rabat. People enjoy its amazing architectural elements. This is in addition to the wonderful views of the city of Rabat and the River of Bou Regreg that the town offers.
Another important historical site that are often explored by tourists who spend their holiday in Morocco is the Mausoleum of Mohamed V. Constructed in 1961, King Hassan II built a mausoleum for his father, King Mohamed V in this location near the towering minaret of Hassan.
The reason why he chose that specific location is that this was where Mohamed V carried out the Friday prayer in 1955 after he came back from an exile that remained for more than 32 years. A large number of tourists who travel to Morocco would usually pay the mausoleum a visit.
The mausoleum of Mohamed V is featured with its amazing white marble coating. This is in addition to its ceiling that is characterized with its wooden works that were all produced in the city of Meknes. There are also a number of magnificent domes and some wonderful decorations and ornaments. All tourists who travel to Morocco and pay the mausoleum a visit admire these architectural features.
Although Rabat is not as popular among tourists as cities like Marrakesh, Casablanca, Fes, and Meknes, the city welcomes hundreds of travelers who enjoy their holidays in Morocco. There are some remarkable historical sites that are recommended for any tourists who are fond of the Moroccan history and architecture.
Road transportation is an integral ingredient of urban life and the Internet has forever altered the dynamics of taxi travel. To travel within a city, you have the options of hiring ‘For Hire’ taxi from the curbside, making reservations on the telephone or on the internet. Besides, there is a choice of travelling by publicly licensed taxi, private tourist taxi or taxi affiliated to taxi aggregators who can provide cool app based functionalities. But, at the end, every rider looks for certain basic and essential qualities in local taxi services.
A safe journey should invariably top the list of critical factors that a customer should weigh up. After all, his focus is on arriving at his destination, not at the nearest hospital. The track record of the taxi service, the age of the taxi fleet and the experience of the pool of drivers are all indicators of the importance attached to safe travel by the taxi company.
Of course, this data accumulation and assessment is not possible if you are hiring a cruising taxi, but these taxis are regulated by local Government that prescribes an upper limit on the age of the vehicle being plied and suspends licences of drivers for offences including those that are not related to traffic violations – discourteous behaviour, fare refusals, etc.
Taxi travel becomes a handy service during an emergency or when the time of arrival at the destination is of the high essence. Reliability of the service, therefore, becomes critical. The taxicab should arrive at the designated pickup point on schedule and reach the destination on time. Whatever be the hour, whatever be the weather, a 24-hour taxi service should deliver a vehicle for the customer.
For any customer, reaching to his destination on time is hardly to be emphasized. Whether it is a head honcho’s conference, a wedding ceremony, to board an International flight or a special date, the customer should not be embarrassed or for that matter, put to a loss, by late arrival.
Comprehensive knowledge of the local terrain and topography and sublime driving skills are the attributes of professional & experienced drivers. These drivers have an innate ability to manoeuvre their taxis through congested roads without violating traffic rules, without indulging in a rash or negligent driving and without compromising on passenger comfort. With advanced app facilities, the app also tells you the ideal time to start a journey so you can reach on time without any hassles, factoring in the traffic, weather and special conditions like festival time etc.
Today, the taxi riders want the power to choose between a hatchback, a sedan, an SUV, an MUV, a limousine or what have you!
Of course, the class of car required would also depend on the number of travellers. The writing is on the wall for every taxi company. Customers will not be prepared to compromise on their demands, so the fleet composition should cater to every class of customer. Whether the requirement is limited comfort with the economy or a luxurious ride, the taxi company should have the resources to satisfy the customer.
If you’re ready to take the ultimate getaway, then it’s time to visit the Grand Canyon And the best way to see this massive natural wonderland is on an air tour. Helicopter and airplane tours depart right from Vegas, and if you use these 5 tips, you’ll be able to book the best tour for you.
Tip One – Buying Your Tour Online Is Best
There is a very easy and convenient way to book your tour. Just go online to look for the tour options, pick out your tour, and then book it instantly. Buy your tour from your home computer or even do it when you’re in Vegas, but by buying online, you get to use the low Internet rate and bypass added commissions. However, to get to use the discounted Internet rate, you have to use your credit card and pay for your tour online.
Tip Two – Buy Your Tour In Advance
These fun air tours of the Canyon and National Park are in great demand with visitors to Vegas. The seats sell out fast all seasons of the year. For that reason, plan to book your tour at least a couple of weeks ahead of time. As long as you buy your tour online with your credit card, your seats will be confirmed and reserved instantly. If you wait until your tour date approaches, the seats will probably be gone, but if you find open seats, you’ll be charged a premium price for them.
Tip Three – Choose The Extended Tour If You Go To The South Rim
The South Rim is completely different from the West Rim, and it is less busy there too. There are two helicopter tours of the South Rim, and to take one, you must first fly from Vegas to the airport in Tusayan, Arizona, which is at the South Rim. Book the extended tour if you can. This 50-minute flight goes from the South Rim to the North Rim and over to the eastern edge of the National Park. You’ll see many wonderful sights on this tour as it flies over 75 percent of the National Park grounds, and you won’t find that on any other air tour.
Tip Four – Take A Bottom Landing Tour If You Go To The West Rim
A helicopter flyover of the West Rim is an amazing experience, especially if you combine the flight with a landing tour. A very popular West Rim landing tour is the one that goes down to the Canyon floor where you can take a float trip along the Colorado River or enjoy a Champagne picnic on the shores. That landing tour lets you see the Canyon from the air and from the ground too, which is a very unique experience to have in one day.
Tip Five – Go For The Deluxe Option
The deluxe upgrade is the best option because it comes with great perks such as free limousine transportation to and from your Vegas hotel to the helipad. The deluxe tours offer the most convenience too when it comes to departure points since they lift off from the Vegas Strip. But the biggest benefit of taking a deluxe tour is that you’ll fly on the best helicopter that is made for sightseeing. The deluxe helicopters have huge viewing windows and the seats are situated so there are no bad views, and also, the cabins are roomier and quieter than the basic helicopters.
Bonus Tip – An Airplane Tour Is Budget Friendly
Airplane tours are ideal if you will travel with a big group, and since they are less expensive than helicopter tours, it is easier to fit one of these air tours into your vacation budget. Airplanes fly at a higher altitude than the tour helicopters, but you’ll still have fantastic views on the sightseeing planes since they have large windows and wings that are mounted out of the line of view. So if your budget is tight, book an airplane tour to get a lower rate. Also, you should try to book a window seat. It is definitely worth the $10 extra cost.
Just follow the tips above and you’ll be on your way to booking the perfect tour that fits your budget. Since you can fly to the South Rim or the West Rim from Vegas, you’ll have several tour choices. If you have further questions about touring the Canyon, then come to my website for the answers. I even have a chat function you can use if you want to talk to me personally. I can help make sure you pick a great tour for an experience you’ll never forget. It’s time to start planning your tour to America’s most loved scenic wonder.