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Travel and Usher in New Year in Style

Across the globe, people usher in the New Year in style. There is dancing, drinking, family gatherings, church-going and parties that take place. This is one of the best times that you can visit new destinations and experience how locals celebrate it. Every destination that you visit will give you a unique experience and it’s an amazing way to immerse yourself in varying traditions. 

London

If you are in London and you want to experience how Londoners usher in their New Year, you should head to the world-famous London Eye and Big Ben. Mostly this is where people gather including the Mayor of the City. Once Big Ben strikes at midnight, fireworks can be seen in the sky. It’s advisable to get your tickets in good time for the event.

Dubai

If you are in Dubai, you will have one of the most beautiful experiences. There is a light display that happens at Burj Khalifa at midnight with beautiful sights in the sky. For about 10 minutes, there are musical performances and there is a light show during the Light Up. This happens on a 109,252 square of this gigantic building. Dubai is a fun place to spend your New Year’s holiday. 

New York

When traveling to New York, head to the famous Times Square. The start of the year is marked by the ball dropping once its midnight. This is literally a ball dropping event where a ball is placed at the top of One Times Square and in 60 minutes, it drops 141ft in time for midnight. Once it drops, there are concerts, partying and entertainment. You have to be there by 5 PM so as not to miss out on anything. 

Sydney

Visiting Sydney? Head to the iconic Sydney Harbor where there are a lot of celebrations that are light by musically-choreographed twin fireworks. They are lit from the surrounding barges and the Harbor Bridge itself. It’s amazing to go on a cruise during these celebrations and appreciate the harbor as well as the city at night from a different angle. The harbor of Light Parade is mesmerizing.

As you ponder on where to spend your New Year, do your best to join the locals in iconic places to usher in the New Year. Sydney, Barcelona, London, New York, and Dubai are some of the destinations that should be on your list. You can never go wrong in these places. 

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Some of the Small Towns that Are a Must Visit in California

When you are in California and you would like to experience how locals live like, it would be best that you visit its many small towns. There are plenty of them and each offers a unique experience.

•          Explore the Village of Jenner

The village is small and calm making it a perfect destination to unwind on a weekend. Besides admiring the spectacular stunning vistas of the village, there are several other activities to engage in. Visit the Sonoma Coast State Park and enjoy a hike along the beach. When it’s time to eat, you should not worry about it. Enjoy some roasted organic coffee, clam chowder and taffy.

•          Witness thousands of Monarch Butterflies in Pacific Grove

When October finds you in California, you should visit the ‘Butterfly Town USA’. Why is October the best month to visit this small town? This is because it’s during this time of the year, monarch butterflies stop by as they head down to Mexico for winter. This small town otherwise known as Pacific Grove is dotted with butterflies of all colors and sizes.

•          Enjoy Beach Revelry at Hermosa Beach

If you are looking for a fun beach revelry, you should head to Hermosa Beach which is located at the Santa Monica Bay, California. The streets of the small town come to life with outdoor concerts and festivals often as well as live music on the beach. Other activities include; biking, walking, and surfing.

One of the most breathtaking experience is taking a walk along Pier Avenue as you watch the ocean. When it comes to food, there are plenty of options from seafood, Mexican cuisine, craft beer to tequila drinks, you will be spoilt for choice.

·         Experience the Life of Danish in Solvang

This is a double treat particularly to those that have always wanted to visit Denmark. Solvang is a small Danish town located in California that gives you an amazing experience to a point that there are buildings that resemble those in Copenhagen. You will also find windmills, a lot of kitsch and tulips.

For a diverse Danish experience, head to Solvang towards the third weekend of September when the locals have an annual festival. Don’t forget to try some Danish meatballs, duck-fat fries, ableskiver, and other pastries.

Small towns are more rewarding when you want to immerse yourself in the local culture. California is no exception as it offers plenty of small villages that you can visit. While you immerse yourself in the Danish culture in Solvang, you could later enjoy some beach revelry in Hermosa Beach.

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Tips for a Great Experience in Thailand

Thailand, a beautiful country and home to numerous beaches. For seafood lovers, you can never run out of options. There is plenty of street foods, clothes, handbags, attractions and things to do. While visiting Thailand, there are things that you should do and avoid if at all you are to have a great experience and avoid getting into trouble with the locals.

  • While Visiting Sacred Places

This takes religion seriously and thus you should avoid doing things that might anger them. For example, while visiting sacred places, you should remove your shoes just like everybody else and dress appropriately. If they don’t wear shorts or miniskirts, avoid them. Learn about common practices before visiting sacred places. 

  • Avoid Crossing Your Legs

You might be used to crossing your legs when you sit. Thais have a unique way of sitting and you will find them sitting on the floor comfortably something that many cannot hack. You should avoid crossing your legs if you visit monks or you are in the midst of elderly people as this is considered disrespectful. 

  • Be Respectful

Thais are respectful people thus you should not attempt to be disrespectful. Be respectful to their religion, Buddha images, to their culture and to all people in general. When it comes to Buddha images, you should be extra careful since if you are not, you could get into problems with the locals and the authorities. You do not want to be jailed in a foreign country. 

  • Learn Some Basic Words

Just like in any other destination, it helps to learn some few basic words. Locals will easily help you if proof that you are interested in their language and you have actually mastered some words. Learn to say hello, say thank you and goodbye among some other basic words. 

  • Be Careful on How you Point Things

You may be used to pointing to things with any of your hands and using one finger. This is an insult in Thailand and should be avoided by all means necessary. 

Learning what to do and not to do before getting into Thailand will make you feel more comfortable. These things should not make you uncomfortable or seem like there are too many restrictions in the country, but are only meant to guide you in having a stress-free experience in the country which has so much to offer.

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Avoiding Language Struggle When Traveling

Language barrier is one thing that can affect your experience in a foreign country. There are numerous languages and dialects in the worldAlthough you may not be able to be fluent in the language of your next destination, there are things you can do to avoid foreign language issues.

Enroll For Classes 

There are people who have learnt a foreign language online and have succeeded. You can learn online too but enrolling in a class will be faster and better. It will be easier to become a conversational expert when you enroll for classes. It’s best that you do so early before your trip. It should be at least 6 months to the trip. 

Write down the notes

You are in a foreign country and you would like to ask, recommend or order something. If you cannot do that in the local language, you can have a book in that language, a list or dictionary where you can get the words to right down. There are language books that translate into your own language. This way, you will communicate with those on the ground with ease. 

Hire a Tour Guide

You can look for a multi-lingual tour guide if not an interpreter. They should be able to speak not only your language, but the local language properly. When planning your trip, you can do your research and even contact several tour operators on the ground. It will come at a fee but the beauty of it is that you will prevent miscommunication or the frustrations of a language barrier. 

Use Visual Communication

Signs, cue cards and gestures can help with better communication. Using instructions and pictures when trying to pass a message helps. If you opt to communicate with your hands just be careful not to anger the locals. Research on signs that are not acceptable and those that are considered an insult to the local community. 

Learn On the Go

Technology has made things easy and this includes how you learn languages. If you have an unplanned trip to a foreign country and you can barely speak their national language, do not despair. With technology, you can download a language app where you can learn the language or refer to the app for clarification while on the go. 

Overcoming language barrier can be a challenge but when you know how to beat it, it will be easy. As you plan your trip to a foreign destination, remember that communication is an important aspect of your trip. 

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Ways That You Can Travel on Budget in summer

Some vacations can be quite pricey especially during summer when everyone wants to go somewhere. This does not mean that you cannot travel on a budget. Whether you want to cut down on your accommodation, gas or flight charges, it is possible to travel on a budget during summer. 

 

Go Where It’s not crowded

 

During the high seasons, there are destinations that are overcrowded simply because everyone prefers being there. You are on a budget thus you should avoid such places. You need to do your research properly when it comes to this. You can also get great summer discounts when you have options and you are not looking for a specific destination.

Save on Your Flights

 

There are online booking tools that you can use with some offering lower rates than others. Check whether there are airlines with an offer to a destination you are planning to travel to. The routes with the best fares are usually those that have connections or layovers. Another great way to save on your flight costs is by booking your flights for departure in mid-week instead of the weekends. 

 

Avoid Excess Baggage

 

With airlines, you will have to pay for your excess luggage. There are airlines that will give you the first piece free fore checked-in and some kilos inflight but its good you confirm in advance. Try to fit your essentials in the free baggage and if you have to pay, do it online. Since you have limited funds for your trip, try to avoid having excess luggage.

 

Choose Your Accommodation Wisely

 

Staying in a four or five star will definitely cost you a lot of money. Check the accommodation options in the destination and see what best suits you. You can actually find a studio room or an apartment with a kitchen that will make more economic sense than having a single room in a hotel. Lodging and hostels will also save you money but do not compromise on your safety and comfort.

Save on Food Costs

 

Despite having the urge to dine in an exotic restaurant, do not have all your meals there. You can sample the street foods, go to more affordable eateries or even make your own meals in your apartment. You can do some research on the web before embarking on your summer trip.

 

Summer is a peak season and you will find that traveling can be an expensive affair. The best thing is that you can never run out of the destinations that you can choose from and there are plenty of ways that you can make it affordable.

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Things to Know When Hiring a Car Abroad

When you travel abroad, you may need more convenience when moving from one point to the other than what you get when you pay for a cab. Hiring a car in your own country is easier than when hiring one abroad. There are things you should know before you opt to hire a car. 

 

  • Make Prior Arrangements

 

Making prior arrangements will save you time, the hassle, money, and disappointments from lack of available cars. Booking in advance is better than booking when you get there in terms of rates, convenience, and availability. 

Remember that in some countries you will experience a language barrier but you can communicate better online. Thus, make prior arrangements.

 

  • Be Clear on the Hiring Conditions

 

The terms of hiring a car could be totally different from what you are used to in your country. Ask about what time you should pick up the car and what time it should be returned. What are the penalties if you return the car later than agreed?

What is the age limit for hiring the car and what are the gas charges? It’s important that you have the total amount you are supposed to pay to avoid disappointments with hidden charges.  

 

  • Research if there are Special Discounts

 

Some car hires companies will offer discounts especially during the weekend and when it’s not busy. You can find such information from airlines that work with car hire companies and also from travel agents. You never know you would get a promo code to save you a good amount of money. 

 

  • Know the Rates

 

In some countries, hiring an automatic transmission car is more expensive than hiring a manual one. If you can drive both kinds of transmission, opt for a manual one. It will save you money that you can spend on something else. 

  • Have the Required Documents

 

One of the most important documents that are a must-have is a driving license. While some countries may accept your existing driver’s license if you come from some specific countries, others will ask for an international driving permit which must be issued from your country.

You should also have your local one. Know what is required of you in advance. 

 

  • Know About the Traffic Laws

 

In some countries, traffic laws must be followed to the letter while in some others, everyone is bound to break them. Don’t be tempted to break traffic laws just because everyone else is doing so.

Learn about what should be always in the car such as a breathalyzer in some countries among other things. The car hire company should provide this. 

 

Having insurance, the right documents, traffic laws information, which roads to avoid due to heavy traffic and knowing how the car hire company operates are some of the things that will give you peace of mind.

Driving a car abroad may be strenuous for you especially when you have to drive from the opposite side of the road. Ensure that you are comfortable with this. 

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Tips that will prevent you from getting mugged while traveling

Safety should be at the top of your priority when especially when you are traveling. It can be really difficult to make a comprehensive plan on how you can avoid being mugged or confronted during your travels.

In this article, we are going to be looking at some important steps you can take so that you will not be mugged.

Do your research

Ensure that you do a detailed research about the place you are going to be visiting. Be on the lookout for the area that is considered dangerous. If you are not able to find much information online, then you should ask the locals to mark out areas that are dangerous in your map.

Your appearance

Your choice of clothing and accessories can make you a potential target for muggers. This, of course, does not mean that you should dress shabbily; rather it means that you should avoid dressing extravagantly. Do not wear anything that will draw a lot of attention to you. Ensure that your valuable items are not visible for everyone to see.

Don’t distracted

Muggers have a lot of tricks up their sleeves to distract their victims; they may have a female associate that may engage you in a discussion while the rest of their crew carefully steal your stuff. Being present at all times can help you spot muggers before they get to you. While making a phone call or texting, ensure that your valuables are in sight.

 

Drinking

It can be really nice to have a drink or two when traveling. But the problem with drinking is that it dulls your senses. When a mugger sees you drinking, he is likely going to view you as vulnerable and will be more likely to attack you.  Drinking too much will put you in a bad position, where you can be kidnapped or robbed.

Be attentive

Always be alert, watch closely the body language of people who are around you. Following your guts could also help you to in this regard. If you happen to notice something that is out of the ordinary in an area, leave there quickly.

Be confident

If you have the body language of a sheep, you will be preyed on. Be confident, let your body language show that you can and will fight back.

In the event that you are confronted by a mugger, don’t try to be a hero by fighting or arguing with them if you do this you might end up dead or seriously injured.

Things that you might not know about the Vikings

Who were the Vikings? Where did they come from? What was their way of life? There are tons of questions you might have about the Vikings, but many of these questions have already been answered. All you need to do is to make a little research.

Over the years, historians have been able to shed some light on the Vikings which help us understand more about them.

In this article, we are going to discuss some things you probably didn’t know about the Vikings.

Horned helmets

In some Vikings movies, books or costume, they are portrayed to be wearing a horned helmet. This is not entirely true because depiction dating back to the age of the Vikings, show that they did not wear a horned helmet as many of us have been led to believe. Perhaps it was believed that painters in the 19th century fabricated the descriptions of the Norsemen with horned helmet.  The only time that the Vikings did wear a horned helmet was when they were having a ceremony.

Hygiene

Many today bear the thought that Vikings were dirty and must have reeked off an offensive smell. But reports from historians show that the Vikings had very good hygiene. Back then, they had tools for cleaning themselves, like-razors, ear cleaner and even a comb that was made from the bones of animals. Even more, they took their bath more frequently when compared to the Europeans of their time. They also enjoyed having long dips in natural hot springs.

 Liquid and fire

Another thing you might not know about the Vikings is that they used liquid to start a fire. Although they were clean people, they used the human waste product in their quest of starting a fire with a liquid.  First, they collected a fungus known as touchwood from the bark of a tress and will boil it in urine for days. After which they will then pound it. The end product of their little project was a material that could smolder. What this means is that they could take fire with them where ever they went.

The way they buried their dead

 

Of course, we cannot deny the fact that Vikings love boats. So they considered it a great honor to be buried in one. The Vikings did not fear death, rather they embraced it. They have the belief that warriors go to a festive realm when they died. Fierce Vikings warriors were laid to rest on exotic ship, that is filled with weapon, valuable materials as well as slaves that have been sacrificed

Viking women

 

Back then Viking young girls got hitched and had the sole responsibility of caring for their homes while their husband sailed to distant lands to discover new things. That said, Viking women back then enjoyed some sort of freedom that was even more than what other women in their time enjoyed. Viking women had the right to inherit a property, request for a divorce and take back their dowries. Another interesting fact is that many drinking horns have been uncovered from the graves of viking women.

Final note

There are tons of things we do not know about the Norsemen, but from what has been discovered about them, we can come to a conclusion that they were great men who loved adventure.

Great New Mexico with marvelous scenario !

New Mexico is a huge state with many wonders to visit and not always known.

Entering from El Paso, Texas, and the first stop is the Carlsbad Caverns National Park, a World Heritage Site, they are caves that stretch up to 230 meters below the surface.

Arrived down there is the self-guided path along 1.6 km. A unique show, stalactites, and stalagmites at every corner seem to have ended up on the bottom of a fossilized prehistoric ocean.

Not every day you can visit this show because the caves are also the den of some fantastic animals, bats! When these little creatures go out in flight you cannot enter, on the other hand, you can attend a whole other show.

Next stop is the picturesque Roswell, twice named All-America city by the National Civic League, whose main attraction is the UFO Museum, a mecca for all the proponents of the extraterrestrial plot! Visitors can explore all the background of what happened in

Obviously, there is also a small store where you can find all the most absurd alien-themed things. Beyond this Roswell is a very welcoming town and the citizens are friendly and nice.

The shortstop in the jewel of the state, Santa Fè! The old capital, very typical, takes us back to the days of the far west, with its adobe buildings in the center that serves as an open-air museum. A lot of space is given to the local art of the Native Americans which also includes a museum and a special space in the main square used for the sale of jewelry and handicrafts. There are many churches including the cathedral of San Francesco. The first house and the first church built in the city are very informative and beautiful to see.

Rio Grande Mountains is another heritage of humanity, is located in Taos Pueblo. Considered the uninterruptedly inhabited community of the oldest United States. With paid entry, which helps to preserve the village, a guide from the tribe takes visitors around and explains the history and the ancient and current customs. Before leaving us, the girl also taught us some words in their mother tongue Tiwa.

The last stop Chaco Culture Historical National Park. Ruins of an ancient community that are divided between the top and the bottom of the canyon (so comfortable shoes and backpack on the shoulder), reachable in half an hour of the dirt road in the car (not always feasible). Very impressive, especially seen from the top of the canyon. At the visitor center the rangers involve visitors with practical explanations of what was the Chaco culture, it is possible to weave fabrics and sharpen arrowheads.

 

 

 

What to Do with a Broken Windscreen when Travelling Australia

When travelling in Australia it is common practice to buy a car to travel up and down the East or West coast. This is because the distances are so far and as a traveller you often want to pull in and stop along the way. Having your own car allows you to do this whereas the bus or train will just continue on till the next stop.

However when travelling long distances you may run into a spot of bother. Car windscreens or windshields are somewhat harder and tougher than the plain glass, but it may get nicked, scratched or completely damaged because of a lot of driving of about hundreds and thousands of miles.

It’s always seemed to be protecting us, so if it does need to be replaced, it must be done in a way safe for you. You really have two choices here. You could contact a windscreen replacement specialist or you could take the risk and try to tackle the task solo. If you are going to replace it yourself you are at the best place to be facilitated, you just need to follow the directions provided here.

Removing an Old Windscreen

Most vehicles have some sort of moldings or trim that encompass the windscreen. Firstly you will have to remove moldings, by carefully removing the clips holding those moldings. These clips can be detached in many simple ways like by pulling straight out, removing the middle first or by pushing in from either side.

Now take off the rear view mirror and registration carefully.  By analyzing the best angle to separate the windscreen from the pinch-weld, you will need a cold knife or a razor. Take your time with the entire windscreen, cut through the urethane bead by using a cold knife or a razor. Urethane is a strong, but flexible, polymer based adhesive. As it is very strong you may have to do this from inside.

Now a detachment of the windscreen can be done with the help of two people. One will push upward away from the pinch-weld and the other will get a hold of the glass from the outside. Once the windscreen is free, use suction cup handles to hoist it up.

Preparing The Pinch-Weld

Scrape off any visible dirt or contaminants as they will reduce the adhesion between windscreen and urethane. The pinch-weld mostly has old urethane which must be dropped down leaving behind a fairly thin layer of about 3 mm because new layer will adhere to the old urethane more effectively.

Sand back any rusty area to bare metal to remove rust. Now cover the non-rusty areas of the car with some tape and sheets of paper or plastic.  Now apply the primer paint which avoids rust forming over time. This will help adhesion with urethane too.

Installation of the New Windscreen

Apply the primer to the frit band which will open the molecules of the urethane increasing the adhesion between urethane and the frit band.

Using an electric caulking gun apply the urethane over the entire space, overlapping the ends once you’ve done a lap. It’s difficult for the bead to remain consistent, so check for any gaps before going further. Take your time but not too much. Any longer than 15 mins can result in setting starting to take place and if you are not done this will cause a bad join and non secure windscreen.

Carefully align the top bottom and sides of the windscreen. Set the windscreen on the right position by using suction cup handles. When u are fully satisfied with the position then damp it down with a little pressure.

Now replace the trim and moldings that have been removed earlier. Give final touch to the scratches (if present) with paint.

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