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Monthly Archives: February 2017

Tips visit Far North Queensland

If you’ve never visited tropical Queensland before, the following tips might prove to be of real value.

  • Book your accommodation ahead, particularly if visiting outside of November to May.

In the peak holiday season, the best Cairns and Palm Cove apartment accommodation will be booked up fast. Yes, the old “book early to avoid disappointment” is something of a cliche but in this area it’s sound advice.

  • Watch out for ‘special deal’ offers – they can be great!

Some cynics will tell you that ‘special deals’ involve people trying to offload the holidays nobody else wants. That is NOT TRUE! Holiday providers may have many reasons for discounting holidays – for example, perhaps they just need to keep up their booking quotas for a given period. So, keep your eyes open and save dollars!

  • Don’t disregard the ‘rainy season’.

Running normally from about November to May, the wetter time of year is also the quieter period. Prices may be lower and the resorts a little quieter. In the minds of some, that more than compensates for hotter days and the chance of a tropical shower.

  • Remember to take precautions against the tropical sun

Tropical heat can be very deceptive. Dehydration can occur if you’re careless and the sun can be very strong even if cooled by sea breezes. So, remember the screen cream and don’t overdo the time in the sun – particularly in the first day or so of your holiday.

  • Explore the countryside.

Given the marvellous seas, beaches, the Great Barrier Reef and luxury accommodation with (usually) superb water features, it’s perhaps understandable that many visitors don’t leave the coast.

That would be a pity, as there’s so much else to see in the surrounding countryside. Just take the Daintree Rainforest as one example! So, try and make the effort to get out and about inland while you’re there.

  • Obey the local sea bathing safety instructions

Most locals will tell you that a lot of discussion about stingers and sharks is wildly exaggerated by those who have little real knowledge or experience of the area.

However, this region is nature as it was created and just like all such locations, there are local safety instructions that all visitors and locals should comply with. Don’t make the mistake of ignoring them because you have suddenly decided that you know better.

  • Try out Cairns’ cultural side.

There are a significant number of galleries, theatres, concert halls and other such venues in Cairns. The cultural scene here is often widely under-sold by locals and that’s a pity because it’s excellent.

It should be easy to find a programme of events for the days/weeks you’re visiting so get out and explore the town’s highbrow nightlife. It’s great!

  • Leave your ‘dressy’ wardrobe at home – unless you really want to make an effort.

Almost all social life in this part of the coast is VERY relaxed and laid-back. Virtually nowhere requires formal dress, so if you want to save space in your suitcases, leave the DJs, evening dresses and cocktail frocks at home. You won’t need them.

Reasons to Visit Havana

Here are some reasons why Havana is so incredible and unforgettable:

Old cars

Havana is very popular for the amazing colorful old American cars that you can find almost everywhere. No other city in the world can impress you with such a huge number of old vehicles. If you think that these cars are used as simply as trophies, you will be surprised to know that they are used by Cubans for their day-to-day means of transportation.

Retro charm

If you plan a trip to Havana, include a stop for ice cream at Coppelia in your list of must-see places. The charm of this spot is very special, as the retro ambiance makes you feel like you have traveled into the past. The ice-cream parlor chain was originally established in 1966, and it seems like it hasn’t changed since then.

Though the selection of flavors is not huge, the lines are long and the place is incredibly popular.

Coco-taxi

There is another interesting specialty in Cuba that will surprise you: the coco-taxi. These little yellow rickshaw-type vehicles can be seen only in Havana and Varadero. They have three seats, with the driver in the front and two passengers behind. They’re called coco-taxis because they look like a coconut with a roof combed over the top of the vehicle. You should try to catch a ride in this hilarious taxi and enjoy the amazing Cuban atmosphere.

Havana Vieja

Stroll along Havana Vieja (Old Havana) and enjoy the picturesque architecture, bright colors and vivid ambiance of the winding streets. Walk around Havana Vieja in the late evening, when it is particularly beautiful. Central Havana is very different from Havana Vieja, which is most tourists’ favorite place in the city. Take a walk along the main road called Prado, wide and long, with rich verdant trees along its spacious walkway. Take a picture near the National Capital Building and enjoy the stunning calm and pleasant vibe of Havana.

Revolution Museum

A creation of Cuban and Belgian architects, the Museum of the Revolution is one of the most important places to visit in Havana, and one of the most famous. An incredible mixture of Spanish, French and German architectural styles, the Museum was originally built in 1920.

The building was the main house of the Cuban government for 40 years. All the main political decisions which have had a great influence on the country’s destiny were made here. Each exhibit covers the rise of the Cuban nation to the present, including the history of Cuba, archeology, weapons, paintings and sculptures.

The Most Exciting Islands in The World

Islas Flotantes (floating islands)

The incredible Islas Flotantes (floating islands) in South America are Lake Titicaca’s main tourist attraction. Although their popularity has led to massive over-commercialization, there is still nothing quite like them anywhere else in the world. The biggest island has several buildings, including a school, post office and an overabundance of souvenir shops.

The locals of the islands are called Uros. There are about 2000 of them on the islands. The Islas Flotantes are protected within the Bay of Puno. For many years locals were separated and isolated from the world, which has influenced their life and traditions. Always a small tribe, the Uros now are one of the most famous populations in the world due to their unique floating home.

Their main activities are fishing and weaving and, as these islands have become extremely popular among tourists, now they are also involved in this activity. They also hunt birds such as seagulls, ducks and flamingos.

Easter Island

South America. Easter Island. Mountains. Statues.

Easter Island, a Chilean island in the southeastern Pacific Ocean, is one of the most incredible and popular islands in the world. It is extremely famous for its monumental statues, called moai. It’s creators, the Rapa Nui people, speak both the traditional Rapa Nui language and the first and main language of the island, Spanish.

The main reason why tourists keep coming to this island are the 887 monumental statues. They are considered to be mysterious, as no one knows exactly how these large statues were made by the people who lived here without modern instruments and technology to create and transport the statues. The biggest one, called Paro, was about 10 metres (33 ft) high and weighed 82 tons. The statues represent human figures and were named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1995. However, the island has a lot more to offer for its tourists, including gorgeous beaches, rocky caves, beautiful volcanoes, archeology sites, and the main town of Easter Island, Hanga Roa.

Raja Ampat

Raja Ampat, meaning Four Kings, is an island in the heart of the Coral Triangle. It has the highest marine diversity in the world (data from Conservation International); 75% of the world’s coral species have been recorded here, along with 1,430 species of reef fish and six of the world’s seven marine turtle species.

Raja Ampat is known as one of the world’s last wild places. This tropical island has the most amazing fauna and flora in the world. Its marine nature is amazing and will astonish you with its diversity. An environmental paradise for numerous fish species that are threatened with extinction elsewhere on the planet, Raja Ampat is the ideal holiday destination to enjoy a tropical hideaway. Here you can experience an unforgettable cultural vacation at a reasonable price. Note that the local economy along with the traditional owners of Raja Ampat are intensifying their efforts to preserve their environment and cultural heritage and traditions.

Usedom, an Island of ‘Singing’ Sand

Germans are well-known for their perfectionism and obsession with everything being made to the highest standards. Their beaches and islands are not an exception. Searching for the perfect getaway, they tend to travel all over the world, forgetting that their own country has a perfect beach in a remote hideaway by the Baltic Sea. This European paradise is called Usedom, but is widely known as “Singing Island”. Its gorgeous sand is so fine that it squeals when you walk on it. This peaceful white-sand seaside is two and a half hours from Berlin.

With landscaped verdant promenades, sparkling beaches, royal history and multiple spas, Usedom has become a true tourist magnet in recent years, which is wonderful, as the idea of walking on a beach with “singing sand” is extremely fascinating.

Palm Jumeirah, Dubai

Palm Jumeirah are three artificial islands, Palm Jumeirah, Deira Island and Palm Jebel Ali, which are located in the territory of the United Arab Emirates. The islands were built beginning in June 2001, and now Palm Island is one of the most exciting artificial islands in the world, as it is made in the shape of a palm. This island has a tree trunk and a crown with 16 fronds. The island’s surface is five kilometers by five kilometers. Adding 78 kilometers to the Dubai coastline, this island looks incredible from overhead. The construction of Palm Jebel Ali started in October 2002 and was intended to finish in 2015.

Palm Jumeirah was constructed totally from sand and rocks (interestingly, concrete and steel were not used to make the island, which is incredible). The Palm Jumeirah is a project of the Prince of Dubai, as it was his idea and design.

La Isla de la Munecas, Mexico (Island of the Dolls)

Located south of Mexico City, this island wasn’t a major tourist destination, and it would never have become one but for one unexpected event. Over fifty years ago, Don Julian Santana left his wife and child and decided to live alone on the island on Teshuilo Lake in the Xochimilco canals. He once wasn’t able to save a young girl he saw drowning in the lake, and, feeling guilty, he put her doll on a tree to pay his respects for this girl. Some say the girl didn’t exist, and others insist that Don Julian Santana just imagined her in order to not feel lonely. In any case, since then, the island has become known as Isla de las Munecas (Island of the Dolls).

After the death of Don Julian Santana the island became extremely popular among tourists, who found hundreds of dolls on trees throughout the island. Many visitors come here with new dolls, though the old ones can look extremely terrifying, especially in the dark.

Advantages that Spending Holidays in Resorts

In this fast paced life when people hardly find time for themselves, it gets quite difficult to relax and enjoy. Planning a holiday to a hill station seems quite an arduous task as there is lack of time between weekends and no holiday can be enjoyed in one or two days. However, it has now become quite possible for people to take short getaways to resorts for spending their weekends. Anyone looking to spend a satisfying and pleasing time can look forward going to resorts in karjat and can enjoy in the best and most satisfying manner. Here are few advantages that spending holidays in resorts provide to you :

  • One of the most rewarding aspects of spending holidays in resorts is that you can take a trip to a resort in a quick time and it provides you with a hill station like feeling. You enjoy in the lap of nature and get the facility of relaxing in a perfect manner. The most important benefit is that the trip is short, yet it provides you with joy and satisfaction that one can associate with spending a holiday in a hill station.
  • Resorts near Karjat and inside it consist in plenty and when you decide to enjoy a picnic or short holiday in a resort, you get the benefit of availing the best satisfaction at nominal prices. Since, resorts consist in plenty; they face competition and offer packages at quite competitive prices. This serves you quite well and you end up selecting a package at quite nominal rates without spending exorbitant funds.
  • A particular benefit that you experience with resorts is that you get the opportunity to avail best facilities. Things like wifi, swimming pool, adventure rides, slides and adventure activities like rifle shooting, air crossing and zip lining are activities that you can enjoy and get greater satisfaction. All these facilities are often found at hill stations and that proves quite a suitable benefit.
  • Since, resorts are built with planning, you get the facility of accommodation which is top class and rated highly. You need not compromise with the quality of accommodation and you stand quite suitable chance of relaxing yourself in the best manner. Many resorts provide facilities like day spa and massage where you can opt for a therapy for invigorating yourself.
  • When you hire the services of a resort for spending your holidays, you can choose a package according to your budget. This helps you avail the facility of having lunch and dinner in the resort restaurant and you do not have to face the hassle of searching for food. This facility is quite handy and provides quite unmatched satisfaction.