Monthly Archives: April 2016
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.