Thursday, October 10, 2013

The Must Visit Attractions in Australia

Australia! The name fills our mind with dazzling sands, blue oceans, water sports, mouth watering sea food, bustling nightlife and flora and fauna that has the potential to mesmerize you. It is a perfect location to reinvigorate and relax. The city is a perfect vacation spot and is mostly covered with bright sunny weather around the year, except the duration from June to August when one can experience the cold winds. A low crime rate is another plus in making the place an ideal travel destination.
During your Australia trip planning, make sure to include the following places in your journey to live through these amusing places.
Sydney: the city is beautiful and engaging due its outlook and is one of the most favorable places to stay in Australia. The city is captivating and peculiar because of Sydney harbor, Sydney Harbor Bridge and Sydney opera house. Bondi, Whale and Manly beaches are perfect for sidewalks and surfing the ocean. One can commute between these beaches while enjoying the ferry ride. Other attractions include the Blue Mountains and the Royal National Park.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Travel Security - Just Think Ahead!

In this article I will discuss security when traveling outside the United States. Being aware of your surroundings is going to be the number one thing that you can do to protect yourself. Here are some suggestions that can help you stay secure and safe. Consider your passport, hotel, how you dress, money, jewelry and cell phone.
Your passport should have at least 6 months before it expires and it should have enough blank pages to handle the customs stamps for the countries you intend to visit. You should check the countries web sites to see if you will need a visa, if so, be sure to apply early. There are many webs sites that can do this for you. If you are traveling by cruise ship they will have visa and passport services. Before you leave, make at least three color copies of your passport and leave one at home, when arriving at your hotel or cruise ship lock your original passport in the safe. Carry a color passport with you. Always protect your original passport and keep it locked up as much as practical.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

How to Enjoy a Holiday Abroad the Right Way

We all dream of taking a villa break abroad to relax on a beach and allow the stresses of work just ebb away. The problem is that so many people find themselves disappointed after waiting months for their much longed for holiday. Don't let yourself fall into this trap - make sure to plan ahead and make your holiday truly memorable with these little tips.
Leave work behind
One of the worst mistakes you can make while on holiday is to bring your work with you. Cell phones, laptops and tablets can ruin many a villa break with urgent alerts from the office. This is why, unless they are absolutely necessary, you should bite the bullet and leave all your gadgets behind, or at the least turn them off. If you are worried about getting drowned with work when you come back, do what you can ahead of time and delegate the tasks to others in the office.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

4 Ways Educational Trips Awaken the Senses

School excursions can be a fountain of knowledge. Students are expected to not only enjoy themselves, but also drink from this fountain and absorb skills that can be assessed according to the standards of the curricula.
But knowledge is not simply the entry of data into the brain. It also includes the sensory absorption. This creates pedagogical experiences and builds the student's ability to connect with the world around them.
Sounds of South Africa
Some destinations seem to strike certain senses more than others. On educational trips to South Africa, students will no doubt listen to words of wisdom, but in particular their ears will be piqued to absorb the cultural and natural sounds humming around them. South Africa is famous for safaris, and the sounds of a safari are unlike any others. The roar of the lion, the bellow of the elephant, the howl of the hyena, the song of the wind sweeping across the plains - students' ears will drink in this sensory information and it will shape their understanding of these unique ecosystems.

Friday, August 30, 2013

Making a Travel Insurance Claim - Questions to Ask Yourself

Many single trip travel insurance providers walk the extra mile just to give their clients a hassle-free experience as far as making a claim is concerned - in fact, most claims are dealt with quickly and efficiently. However, as the client, you also have certain responsibilities to make sure you do have the right to make a claim and your situation is actually included in the terms and conditions stated in your policy. The following are just some of the important questions you should be asking yourself.
Define 'Close Relative'
It is common in many single trip travel insurance policies to provide cover in case you have to cancel your trip or you have to cut it short because a close relative has taken ill or has died. But there's the rub: 'close relative' may not include that beloved aunt or uncle simply because they are removed from you by a few degrees, regardless of how emotionally close you feel you are to them. That's why you should carefully check the terms of the insurer concerning what it considers among your 'close relatives'. Moreover, you may also have to declare any pre-existing medical condition that any of your close relatives have.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Top Tips for Safer Hikes and Long Walks

Walks in New Zealand can be a great way to enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the islands - and an especially attractive treat for the 'outdoorsy' tourist visiting for the first time. Safety must always come first, however, especially for long walks and hikes. While travelling with a group and experienced guide is your best bet to explore the Land of the Long White Cloud, it still pays to be prepared in case of any eventuality. These tips will help you out without hampering your experience:
Create an equipment and food checklist
The very first thing you may want to do to prepare for your hikes or walks in New Zealand, is to write up a checklist. This checklist will vary depending on the duration of your planned walks and whether you will be camping or lodging. Whatever your plans are, check with your tour leader or guide to make sure you have basics like maps, water, high-energy bars, first aid kits, raincoats, emergency blankets and waterproof matches. You may want to bring a satellite phone as well if you plan to trek deeper into the heart of the mountains and rainforests.
Take note of prominent landmarks
Many walks in New Zealand have directions along common paths, but it is still important for you to keep an eye out for major landmarks along the way - even while travelling with a guide. Mountains, rock formations, unique trees and other natural or geological features will be of immense help. Yes, you may have maps or GPS navigators but taking note of local landmarks will help reorient you should these tools fail you when you need them the most. This is especially important to remember when hiking through thick foliage.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

5 Reasons Why Study Abroad Brings Growth for a Lifetime

It takes a leap of faith to move to another country. The new country, though full of exquisite newness and exotic experiences, will always find you a stranger in its midst. You bring your own particular expectations and neuroses, and these can jar with the new world around you no matter how flexible you try to be. If you're young and inexperienced, this can be magnified. So why do students keep taking this brave leap? Because when, in the end, they land on their feet and return home, they have invariably flourished in a way they had never thought possible.
Deep friendships
Some people seek out good friends others have good friends thrust upon them. When you choose to study abroad, you will be at a stage in your life when most people around you have already solidified their close circle of friends, from school or from their youth. It can be hard, in your spare time, to find people truly open to making a new and deep connection. But the expatriate life puts you in a pool of strangers looking for support and locals looking to help out, and this relational cocktail is often an ideal brew to forge new, adult and lifelong friendships.