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There is no doubt that having a travel company cancel your holiday at short notice through circumstances beyond your control can be devastating. You may have saved money and made plans for months or even years for your dream break and suddenly, they tell you that you can’t go. It is particularly heart-breaking if the holiday marked a once in a lifetime opportunity, or an anniversary or if it was a planned honeymoon.

Reasons for cancellations can vary. The hotel you were heading for may have burnt down or gone bankrupt. The travel company itself may be in difficulties. War, revolution or terrorist alerts might have led to the cancellations of all travel to the country you hoped to visit.

The holiday company you booked your break with should be a registered accredited travel agency with an organization such as The Association Of British Travel Agents (ABTA) or you may get nothing back at all. An accredited company should have offered you an agreement to compensation and your travel insurance should help too. They will often cover you if your break is cancelled due to serious illness or bereavement too.

The main assistance you’ll get to future holidays is monies returned from your initial bookings and the travel agents may and should offer generous discounts on flights, cruises and hotels you may wish to consider for future Summer (or even Winter) breaks.

If the main problem is with your flights, you are almost certainly going to be covered by the Civil Aviation Authority CAA) If your holiday is scuppered by flight delays full compensation for the flight, including a return flight, should be covered.

Credit card companies also be obliged to offer compensation for monies you spent on your holiday preparation through their cards.

A travel company who have let down customers will be keen to make amends so barter with them for the best deal possible. You might have only been trying for a European vacation when things went pear shaped but try to negotiate for something more exotic, such as a trip to Australia. Be polite and patient while making it clear that you will complain through every channel necessary. Travel companies depend on traveller feedback and word of mouth, so negative feedback is bad for business. If they know they messed up they will go out of their way to make it up to you. Make the most of it.

If the holiday company offers you only a holiday of the same financial value as the one you were due to take it is worth holding out for a better deal. They could offer you a cheaper holiday and flight package than you initially wanted but if so you are entitled to the financial difference between the cancelled break and the replacement one. If the sum is substantial it could cover your spending money for the vacation too.

Don’t forget that as well as the holiday time itself, you may have spent money preparing for the holiday, buying a new camera, scuba gear, books on the region to visit, etc. You may be entitled to compensation there too. There may also be lost earnings as you planned your time off work around the vacation. Know your holiday contract. Know your insurance rights. Check consumer rights, advice bureau, relevant airline and legal, and travel operator rights websites thoroughly, ideally before booking your holiday.

For more information on cancellation holidays visit http://www.cheapbeachholidays.co.uk/holidays/cancellation-holidays

The trend of overseas travel has increased more than ever and so as the number of passport circulation. In 2010, more than one million passports were issued which is reason enough to define the scope of travel and must-have documents. Passports fall into four categories namely; regular, official, diplomatic and passport cards. The term “P-Type” isn’t a specific type but rather a document with letter “P” denoting “passport”.

Let’s have a look at different passports and required paperwork.

1. Regular

Regular passport is issued to the natives who at the time of application must present a certified copy of birth certificates bearing registrar’s seal of office and initials. Non-native candidates who are indeed citizens should cater naturalisation and citizenship certificates; a consular report of birth in a foreign land can be provided as well.

2. Official

This type of passport is best defined through the statement put forward by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security which is;

“Official passport is dispensed to a government employee or official,travelling offshore for business purpose”

Family members of the government personnel can also qualify for this P-type however they also need abiding to the detailed paperwork.

3. Diplomatic

Officers of the Foreign Service or other individuals travelling abroad to execute diplomatic duties for government are given these passports. Like “official”, diplomatic family members are also eligible following the common procedure.

4. Passport cards

Passport card isn’t a complete traveller’sdocument and bearerisn’t allowed moving internationally to most countries. If you’re a resident of the U.S. it’s only valid for domestic commuting and between Canada, Mexico, Bermuda and the Caribbean.

Finding the “P-Type

All of the above documents contain a specific data page that asks for a photograph, name, nationality, passport number, gender, birth place (city), endorsements, issuance and expiry dates. The page also highlights code and type which would define the “P”. You can easily spot it right under the country heading on the left side, next to the photograph.

 Essential Documents

Obtaining a passport is a gateway to a world of travel privileges. The process can be long and tiring as you need to understand about the required documents and how they can save a lot of time. Here’s a comprehensive checklist of required paperwork!

1. Passport Application Form

The first and foremost step is to fill out the application form. If applicant is above 16 years, he’s eligible to fill it up individually or else parents/legal guardians must do the honor. With internet, it can now be filled online and hardly takes 30 minutes.

2. Citizenship Document

Applicant must also conjure citizenship documentation in the country where they’ve plans to move. Form of a previously issued and unspoiled passport, birth and naturalisation certificates would also suffice.

3. Government ID & Photographs

Many applicants go for a driver’s license or previously issued passports to save time, cost and effort. Military identification and naturalisation certificates are also acceptable. Make sure you’ve attached a fresh photograph with plain blue background and a clearly visible face.

Conclusion

In order to qualify for the U.K. residency or for any place else, the first step is obtaining a passport so you better understand the details as given.

 Author Bio:

Asghar Paracha is a digital marketing expert and a content writer from UAE. He has been writing content for different Niche content. He has written this article to provide information about citizenship, passport and residency programs for people who are looking to relocate to another country.

London

Part 2:

Hey lads, I’m back with my 2nd dish-out over holiday trips, destinations and vacationing ideas. Holiday trip is not all about fun, excitement and relaxation, a little of it hangs about traipsing around the retail outlets or exploring traditional bazaars. As I traveller, I adore shopping small bits to keep my travelling experience alive. I don’t miss to buy souvenirs and I love my souvenir gallery at my home. In fact, I would advise that souvenirs are the best gifts you could offer to your loved ones. Today I am continuing with the best travelling destinations across the globe.  However, there are countless out there, but some of the best that I’ve experienced are right below:

London – United Kingdom: London is one of the exceptional destinations that has kept history and present alive together. In London, you could tour in the past and you can live the present, thus, there is a beautiful collision between history and arts & crafts, fashion & food and good British ale.

From crown jewels to Buckingham Palace and Camden Market, a perfect plan for all, no matter what culture you belong to. Traditional or culture addicts should go to Tate Modern, Sherlock Holmes Museum and the Royal Opera House. For shopping, you could traipse down to Oxford Street Shops and food lovers can try Harrod’s or try some of the street stalls for London classic flavors.

Beijing – China: Beijing offers a perfect mix of urban and traditional beats. There is a wealth of history, both ancient and more recent ones, offering you places like the Hall of Preserving Harmony, Forbidden City and the Summer Palace to Tiananmen Square and Chairman Mao Memorial Hall.

Beijing National Stadium

For the most affordable market experience, stroll down to the Dirt Market and the touristy Silk Market. Don’t forget to drop your jaw at Beijing’s artistic parks and food streets.

Paris – France: Paris offers a perfect combination of leisure and liveliness. From exquisite meals and fining dining to a walk at Lourve, Paris is a place where you go good on toes, the much you walk, the more you like it.

de paris

Sightseeing and marveling at symbolic structures like Eiffel Tower or Arc de Triomphe, a bay walk along the Seine, you’ll be amazed to experience nature, history and architectural mastery walk hand in hand in Paris-France. For more, you could walk to Notre Dame, shop at Marché Biologique Rasp ail or go to Marché aux Puces de Montreuil for some bargain shopping.  Cap up your day with a risqué show at the Moulin Rouge.

Berlin – Germany: Berlin is a skittish city with a mix of fashion trends to architectural masterpieces and political history. But there’s a lot to explore and find out in Berlin, a cave to dig out more and more.

Berlin Germany

Berlin Wall is a must watch place in Berlin, reminding of its hyper-charged postwar environment and lifestyle with a bulk of graffiti art, thus a symbolic view to most of its tourists. No matter what you quit or skip in Berlin, don’t miss a visit at Weltzeituhr (world time) Clock, topped by a model of the solar system. Once you are done with your historical digs, pay a visit to a 16th century restaurant – Zur Letzten Instanz and treat yourself with some Berlin flavors.

Florence – Italy: Florence is famous for Michelangelo and the famous art works. The Galleria dell’ Academia dedicatedly exhibits state of art collection of Michelangelo, entombed within Basilica di Santa Croce.

Ponte Vecchio

If you love photography, go for Ponte Vecchio Bridge and if you are looking to shop a few gifts for your loved ones, window shop at Piazza Santo Spirito-if you like anything, grab it! Once you are in Florence, you would smell good food and spices most of the time. Olive oil and oregano bread works great in Florence.

Barcelona – Spain: Barcelona is truly a dreamlike place, most suitable for romantic plus exciting couples. The city is rich in architecture as most of its areas are designed by Antoni Gaudi-one of the exceptional architectural designers in the world.

Park Güell

You would be amazed to find some interesting street performers with flamboyant costumes and props, offering entertainment along with the exciting Spanish dinner delights.  Fall through the looking glass to experience the enlightening Church of the Sacred Family.  Don’t skip a walk to Park Guell and a short day out at Las Ramblas.

St. Petersburg – Russia: St. Petersburg is the second largest state of Russia and is known as a cultural heart. With some of the famous architectural masterpieces and gems like the Kazan Cathedral and the Winter Palace, St. Petersburg has a lot to facilitate or engage travellers for weeks.

Church of the Savior on Blood

If you appreciate art, you must save time to explore the magnificent art collection of the Hermitage. St. Petersburg nightlife is thrilling with fine dining restaurants, pubs and other cultural spots.

Dubai – United Arab Emirates : Dubai is famous as both, a business destination and a tourist paradise, offering unlimited opportunities for entertainment, shopping, fine dining, historical attractions and much more. If you are a budget traveler and you are craving to make the most of your money, Dubai is one of the best tourist destinations in the world. From rugged mountains to never ending sand dunes, from sandy beaches & water splash to bustling nightlife, Dubai has almost everything to entertain you at your max!

Burj Khalifa

From latest architectural wonders to historical heritage and museums, Dubai is a land to nourish all age groups and taste!

As many think, there are best shopping malls in Dubai, but this isn’t it. There are a lot of places and malls in the world that you could try to feed your shopping crave. I hope you find my holiday roadmap interesting with a series of destinations across the globe. Happy Shopping!

Trevi Fountain Rome

Part 1

It’s time to pack your bags and set out for a family holiday trip! Summer vacations have started and it’s the best time to hang out with your friends and family together.  This time, make it different and explore some of the best places in the world. Beaches are not drying up, resorts are not running away-you can go there anytime, what’s important is to make this family trip as spectacular as possible. Discover the undiscovered. Today’s blog is all about different places that are worth visiting, at least once a lifetime.

Istanbul – Turkey: Asia and Europe coincides in Istanbul, sounds a little dramatic but it looks awesome with some of the breathtaking ancient architectural heritage coexists with an array of modern restaurants, street food-stalls and cafés. City’s mosque, hammams (Hot Turkish Baths) and shopping streets with Islamic cultural emphasis over each landmark is beyond words. These places keep you entirely engaged and occupied with its historical values. Don’t forget to miss out a visit to the Blue Mosque.

Grand Bazar Istanbul

Stroll down to the Grand Bazar, flooded with interesting artifacts, potteries, fragrances and souvenirs. Thus, Turkish sweets, spices and hot teas is a must try!

Rome – Italy: Rome is definitely not possible in a day or two! If are planning for a trip to Rome you must pack your things for a week to explore every inch of it. Rome is rich in preserving historical arts and crafts. This city is like an auditorium, exhibiting a collage of Piazzas, offering open markets with cultural food and handicraft stalls and showcasing a giant museum.

Trevi Fountain Rome

Thus, Rome is full of historical sites, making each of Dan Browns pieces true in shape. The most interesting are the walkways with mindboggling roadmaps as if laying treasure hunt. Don’t forget to toss a coin at Trevi Fountain! Pantheon, Colosseum and Campo de Fiori or Via Veneto are some of the must-go sites, you mustn’t miss in hurry.

Marrakech – Morocco: The Red City of Marrakech is famous for its magical landscape and scenic beauties, choked with markets, beautifully carved gardens, intricately designed palaces and culture-narrating mosques.

Marrakech

Route to courtyards and alleyways of the historic Medina can take up a day. If you need any spiritual uplifts, look up at Jardin Majorelle or at city’s historic mosques.

Prague – Czech Republic: If you are a beach-weary vacationer, Prague is the best destination for you! Its fairytale ambiance and bohemian allure makes it a perfect desto for beauty inhalers and culture appraisers.

Prague

Drop your jaw at Prague Castle- Prazsky hrad and have a dinner treat at Czech tavern. To experience some historical images and nooks, traipse around Old Town Square before getting to the Old Town Hall and Astronomical Clock. For some traditional tippling, touch pubs at wine cellars.

Hanoi – Vietnam: Hanoi is an aged place in Vietnam, preserving more than you can imagine. The colonial architecture, while developed as a modern city alongside. Hanoi is famous for its breathtaking lakes, prehistoric temples & pagodas; scenic parks and shady boulevards add life to the entire taxi ride across Hanoi.

ho chi minh city Hanoi

Apart from family holiday trip, Hanoi is one of the ideal destinations for honeymoon couples. If you are craving for some scenic intake, you must pull up for Hanoi-Vietnam.

Above are some of the family vacation ideas and destinations that you could consider going for exploring history and ancient ideology in relevance to arts and crafts.

“Stay tune, there is a lot more in my traveling platter! My next edition is a definite feast for travelers. Pack your bags to travel beyond…“

Gibb River Road

If you want to travel Australia’s finest places, you need to be a real adventurous traveller. You have to take yourself through those road trips on your 4WD which will give you the real fun. These roads have quite a lot of things that will excite you, and you will enjoy every moment of your journey.

The 4WD road trips of Australia are full of fun, excitement, wildness that will make you go lost. Here, we will describe few such 4WD tracks that you can explore by your 4WD and get lost in these places altogether.

Take Yourself through the Birdsville Track

The Birdsville track is the most iconic 4WD road in Australia, and it was first carved out for moving cattle in the 1860’s. On your way to this track, you will get to see several historical sights. This track consists of medium difficulty tracks that include abandoned ruins, wetlands, and the vast Simpson Desert. The road has improved quite a lot but still, it is remote, and you will find only one place on this track for services and that is at the Mungerannie Hotel. The total distance to travel on this route is 655 km. So, you have to be sure to have your car well-maintained and prepared for rough patches of the track with spare tyres.

Drive to the Track of Gibb River Road

The Gibb River Road is one of the popular options that offers a full, adventurous drive to the Gibb River Road. It takes you through the vast Kimberley Region of Australia. Driving on this route will take you through Savannah grasslands, impressive rock formations, and freshwater oases. It covers up a total distance of 710km. You will get to see a large number of freshwater crocodiles in areas like Windjana Gorge, along with kangaroos and other native species. The most challenging adventure of this track is the Penecost River crossing.

The Track of Anne Beadell Highway

The main aim of building Anne Beadell Highway was to support British nuclear testing after World War II. This track passes through South Australia and Western Australia with over 1000 sand dunes along the way from Coober Pedy to Laverton. Because of the rough and hard track, you will be required to have a vehicle that is adaptable to every kind of road. The highlights of this track are the native wildlife and the stunning desert landscapes.

Driving Through the Binns Track

This track has a historical story linked to it. It is named after the famous Bill Binns, who provided his service to the NT Parks Service for about 32 years. This track covers a distance of 2,191km, and it requires a journey of about at least ten days. The highlights of this track are Gregory National Park, the Mac Clark Conservation Reserve and areas of the Simpson Desert on this path which gives you an incredible driving experience. The other highlights of the track include ancient rock carvings and the massive Victoria River Downs cattle station. Moreover, it is crucial for you to ensure the weather conditions in advance for your smooth drive.

The Track through the Corner Country

This track covers a distance of only 469km but, it goes through diverse regions including mountain gorges and the sand dunes of the Strzelecki Desert. At the intersection of New South Wales, Queensland, and South Australia, you will get to see highlights like homesteads, native dingoes, and salt bush plains before finishing at Cameron Corner. The best time to travel through this track is between April and October so as to avoid the wet weather that is slippery for your 4WD.

The Drive to the Victoria – The Alps

This track is not for the beginners. This track takes you into the Victorian High Country. Here, you get to explore the Alpine National Park which is high-altitude landscape from mountain peaks, and you get have panoramic views of grassy plains and water courses where people had once sought gold.

The Highlights of this track include the walking trails that vary from short to multi-day hikes, Mt Feathertop, Bogong and Howitt.

You require spending at two to three days for this drive, though a week would offer you more time to have good opportunities along the track to enjoy. We strongly recommend you to hire a vehicle that is snorkel for river crossings and utmost good tyres. The best time to travel through this track is between October and April.

The Famous Tasmania – Ocean Beach

This adventurous 4WD track goes through the Ocean Beach in Tasmania and is said to be the perfect track for your 4WD. This track takes you through the Ocean Beach Road at Strahan, an old fishing village 298km west of Hobart, the western-most point in Tasmania. The highlights of this track are the dunes, fast-moving tides, and huge battering waves.

You have to cautious about the quicksand around the Hently River mouth which is a trap for the new drivers. It is advisable to have another vehicle accompanying you on this track just in the case of any emergency condition. It is strongly advisable not to swim due strong undercurrents and rips. You get to see seals and sea lions resting on the beach which also include mutton birds. We recommend you to travel in during the time when the tide is low.

It is always an adventure to take a 4WD through the tracks mentioned above but, it is also necessary that you make sure your car is thoroughly serviced and the weather is suitable for your journey.

Connected Cars Will Change Our Lives | canariasetourism.net

The internet of things is a wonderful concept that aims to make everything around us connected to the World Wide Web. Google has already made a head start with self-driving cars – as in vehicles that are smart enough to go to the maintenance center for fine tuning according to the next appointment.

 

In this article, we are going to talk about how connected cars are paving the way for people in the years to come. So without further ado, let’s have a peek at some of the ways smart cars can aid us in our everyday lives.

 

  1. You’ll Get New Technology At Lower Prices

 

As we head out further into the future, technology continues to go through the cycle of innovation. There is the ability to stream data from the cloud in real time; the computing speed required to operate artificial intelligence and self-driving; the breakthrough of complex low-cost sensors that allow a car to know of its surroundings; and the software required to get all of this together.

 

Old and new automobile companies are now looking forward to investing in new technologies and services. It has been evident in the premium market, with companies like Tesla and BMW who are pushing technology beyond expectations.

 

Aside from this, other types of connected vehicles include low-cost urban pods, robot taxis, and 3D-printed buses.

 

  1. You’ll Enjoy Digital Lifestyles

 

There is no escaping the inevitable digital makeover that comes for society as we move on, but that doesn’t have to be a bad thing now does it? What the drivers of the new age can hope to look for are a computerized engine, satellite connectivity, and rear camera.

 

With that in mind, drivers can also expect to see downloadable apps that can be implemented with their vehicles to make the whole experience more intuitive and convenient. Given how fast product innovation is going to be, the only way to keep with the pace of the changes is to get a hold of instant upgrades.

 

  1. You’ll Have Omnipresent Routers

 

In the future, we can expect to see cars accurately perceive their surroundings. For example, it will recognize a traffic jam if there are slow-moving cars around. And how it can tell that there is a parking space if it sees a car moving out between two cars.

 

So far, the BMWi car is the first fully online electric vehicle to be marketed. The controls and connectivity that it comes with are designed to go well with the vehicle’s green usability.

 

By cross-referencing the battery power, traffic conditions collected from the internet and the information on the quality of the road surface, the BMW i3 gives the driver the exact picture of how far it can drive with its current charge, as well as recommendations for energy-efficient routes and driving styles.

 

It is also able to scan charging station networks and determine in real-time which of the stations are the closest to the driver’s planned route. If every other can have the same kind of function, wouldn’t that be a thing of beauty?

 

  1. You’ll Find That New High-Tech Entrants Drive Faster

 

Aspiring new unconventional tech companies have been turning a lot of heads lately. They offer new services as add-ons as well as gaining attention for making cars run on their own.

 

Various technologies include mobileye, which offers entire “system-on-a-chip” solutions for advanced driver assistance systems and Nvidia is involved in making systems for dashboard functions, autonomous driving, and mapping.

 

Apple on the other end has invested about $10 billion on an iCar, whereas Google is working on an entire operating system for connected and autonomous cars. As a matter of fact, Google’s own self-driving cars have driven 1.5 million miles. Let’s see what else the days to come have to offer us.

 

Author Bio:

Lara Collins is a Sub-Editor at a technology magazine and a blogging geek at Writing Service UK. She is fond of the tech and automobile industry and writes blogs about the latest and most advanced technology.

Tips For Storing Your RV

For RV owners who aren’t fortunate enough to travel full time the need to store your vehicle will eventually arise. If you don’t have a full sized RV garage built into your home, or extra space in your driveway, you’ll probably end up at a storage facility capable of storing your RV sooner or later. Although it may seem like you can just park your RV, lock it, and return many months later, there are a few steps you’ll want to take to ensure your RV is in top shape come next season.

Tips For Storing Your RV

The Storage Space

The first step to successful RV storage is to find a good space. Generally speaking you’ll have two options available; open or enclosed spaces. Open spaces are best for people who live in warm, arid regions. The combination of warm weather and a lack of humidity create the perfect environment for storing your RV. However, if you live in an area that has damp, cold, or the possibility for extreme weather your best bet is an enclosed space. After additional security, one perk to enclosed spaces is the opportunity to have it climate controlled. A climate controlled space will reduce the amount of work you need to do to winterize your vehicle, as well as reduce the wear and tear on your RV by eliminating extreme temperature and humidity changes.

Clean the RV

Before placing your RV in storage you’ll want to clean the entire inside and outside. Follow normal vehicle washing procedures and include a UV protective car wax or other RV safe coating. This will reduce the opportunity for rust or other unwanted visitors like dust, or sunlight from damaging your paint job. Vacuum the carpets, scrub the shower, toilet, and counters. Take extra care to clean appliances like ovens, microwaves, and refrigerators. Additionally remove all food items as this will prevent odor buildup and reduce the likelihood that rodents will try to make their home in your RV.

No H2O

You’ll want to remove all the water from your RV’s pipes, tanks, and drains to prevent them from freezing or growing mildew. Use compressed air to clear pipes and water lines. Take extra caution for plastic, rubber, old, or weak water lines as the compressed air may damage them. Empty the water from fresh water tanks, as well as the water heater and toilet. To prevent any remaining water from freezing and damaging the lines you can flush RV safe anti-freeze through the lines and tanks. This isn’t the same stuff you put in your car so you’ll need to verify that it is RV safe (non-toxic and suitable for use in potable water supplies). To err on the safe side you can place about 1 cup of RV safe anti-freeze in every drain.

Engine and Battery Prep

In order to prevent damage to your engine or fuel system while the RV is in storage you’ll need to top off all the fluids. If you’ve just finished up traveling and plan to lock up your RV for a few months consider having the oil changed and all the fluids checked. Be sure to tell the mechanic that you’re planning on storing your RV for the off season so they can offer you the best products. To protect your battery you’ll want to have it fully charged before storing. Turn off the RV circuit breaker and all electrical systems and appliances before storing. This will prevent battery drain and prolong the life of your batter. If you live in extremely harsh conditions and don’t plan to put your RV in a climate controlled unit it may be best to keep the battery inside your garage. Follow storage and handling instructions printed on the battery for best results and safety.

Protect the Tires

Sitting for long periods of time can cause damage to your RV’s tires. To prevent this use your RV’s jacks to lift some of the weight from the tires (be sure to consult your owner’s manual about long term jack use first). If jacks aren’t an option you can return to your RV once a month and move your RV a half rotation each time to prevent the fullness of the RV’s weight from resting on the same spot. If your RV will be parked in direct sunlight use tire covers to prevent the sun from damaging the rubber while in storage.

Invest in a Full-Sized RV Cover

Purchasing a full-sized RV cover is one of the best ways you can protect your investment. A cover will prevent rain and hail from contacting the RV’s paint as well as protecting the plastic and rubber portions from encountering the sun’s damaging UV rays. For best results, put the cover on after you’ve washed the entirety of the RV’s outer surface.

Additional Concerns

Place a few open boxes of baking soda inside appliances like refrigerators, freezers, and microwaves to keep odors at bay. Close all blinds and window shades to prevent the sun from damaging furniture and carpet.  Empty all trash containers and remove all food items including crumbs and canned food to prevent rodents from entering your RV. Disconnect and store all liquid gas canisters as per local and storage facility regulations. If stored properly your RV will remain in top shape and be ready for use upon your return.

The Top 3 Benefits Of RV Travel

Now that I’m adult, I’ve found myself more accustomed to the seasons with more moderate temperatures, meaning fall and spring.  But when I was a young child, there were no three months in the calendar year better than the summer months.  This was mostly because of the lack of school.  When you’re a twelve year old, it doesn’t matter what the weather’s like outside, any time off of school is glorious.   Like many American families, mine took advantage of this time off by taking a little time to travel.  Our trips usually would last a week or so, and I hold many memories of these days dearly.  Our preferred method of travel was by plane, but every now and again we drove to our destination, depending on the distance.  I don’t think my parents ever considered an RV.  No one in my family had one.  I never even set foot inside an RV until I was 23.  This was when one of my best friends in college wanted to go for a road trip across the west coast–one of the great vacations of my life.  Dining on the exquisite San Franciscan food, exploring the behemoth beaches of southern California, watching a multitude of dynamic bands in Seattle’s ever-present alternative music scene, it was an extraordinary time.  But what was also great about the trip was that I learned about traveling in an RV; I realized the fantastic benefits that come with traveling in an RV.

The Top 3 Benefits Of RV Travel

Camp Inside

I’ve always been something of an outdoorsman.  However, there are friends and family of mine that are anything but.  Indeed, I call these people “indoor cats.”  Traveling in an RV is perfect for those who love to hike, camp, fish etc.  You can drive up to the site you need to be for these activities, and you have the option to set up camp.  But for “indoor cats,” who don’t really enjoy sleeping in tents, RVs offer most of the conveniences of a modern home, including a comfortable bed.  One can even take a hot shower in the morning and use a bathroom that isn’t a nearby bush.  Traveling in an RV is ideal for a camping trip.  Those who enjoy sleeping in tents can stick to the outside, while older travelers can secure themselves inside.

The Top 3 Benefits Of RV Travel

Save Money

Traveling in an RV is also a great way to save money.  RVs themselves can be on the expensive side, sure.  But with the money you have the potential to save over several years of vacationing, an RV pays for itself and more.  Finding a campground for an RV is far cheaper than trying to book a hotel room, about $100 cheaper on average.  Since RVs come equipped with kitchens as well, there’s no need to spend an exorbitant amount of money on eating out every meal of every day;  one can buy groceries and prepare meals just like at home.  Traveling in an RV is definitely better than paying for airfare, which seems to go up year after year, even though the quality of the service seems to do the exact opposite.

The Top 3 Benefits Of RV Travel

Bond at the Campgrounds

The campground experience is unique to traveling in an RV.  Campgrounds, at least the better ones, offer many of the same amenities of a modern hotel, including pools, gift shops and playgrounds for the children.  They also provide some electrical services.  But where the campground experience differs from the hotel experience is the socialization.  In a hotel, visitors tend to lock themselves in their room and throw on the television.  At a campground, there are no walls to separate travelers.  It’s a far more communal experience that provides for the opportunity to meet interesting fellow travelers.  Indeed, many campgrounds encourage this kind of fraternization by sponsoring group activities and special events.

RVs are not for everyone.  I get that.  I didn’t think they were for me when I was younger.  But after experiencing the wonderful benefits that RV travel allows for opposed to other forms of travel, I’ve never gone back.

A Traveler’s Guide To 7 Of The Most Adventurous Places To See Nature In Action!

Following are some of the best places to see the wildlife, so let’s jump right in.

1.     Kalahari Desert, Namibia

Kalahari Desert

Deserts are known for some of the unforgettable wildlife experiences. In Kalahari, you will find big cats and meerkats. Amidst red sand dunes, golden grass, and dried rivers the sight is one to behold! However, when the desert is wet, water start to form a pool and rivers begin to flow.

You’d notice even before any sign of water, antelope and elephants arrive and they just sense it that water will be here sooner than later. River flowing out of the desert is no short of a miracle and meerkats escaped to higher ground or at times down. Predators soon followed as a result.

2.     The Danum Valley, Borneo

Danum Valley

With hot humid weather and with the tallest rainforest canopy in the world, Danum Valley is home to orangutans and gibbons. If you stood there with patience, you will also see flying squirrels and gliding snakes. All in all, this Borneo valley houses some of the endangered species.

Sumatran rhino and clouded leopard are examples. A rare treat would be spotting an orangutan with her little one, aggressively shaking tree branches, and that would be a signal to leave the vicinity.

3.     Shark Bay, Western Australia

Shark Bay

Famous for its marine life, dolphins of the Shark Bay are the main attraction. It is one of the few places on the planet where you get to see the wild dolphins, without difficulty. You will also find that the marine reserve at Shark Bay houses turtles, dugongs, rays and sea snakes.

These dolphins come to the beach on a daily basis, and if you are lucky enough to follow them, you can catch a sneak peak of female dolphins catching other fish. From atop (cliff), you can spot dugongs too.

4.     Yellowstone National Park, US

Yellowstone National Park

Some of the epic views of wildlife can be found in Yellowstone. Huge outdoors, this park is renowned for moose, grizzlies, and now wolves as well. You can check out the view on a horseback or via a ride while rafting.

5.     Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda

Queen Elizabeth National Park

East Africa’s best? Well, you have come to the right place. One of the famous safari parks of all time and its beauty is akin to none! It is said a quarter of Africa’s bird species are found here and so are tree-climbing lions (and no, not the quarter of their species, that’d be silly).

In addition to the above, you will also spot elephants, hippos, mongoose, chimpanzees, flamingoes etc. Hippos and elephants can be seen romping in the waters. Plus, although a rarity, you can also catch a preview of mountain gorillas.

6.     West Coast of Scotland

West Coast of Scotland

The coast alongside the Isle of Mull can be termed as heaven. Memorable wilderness and few of the largest seabird settlements in Europe sums this place up. Be on the lookout for white-tailed sea and golden eagles, basking sharks and seals when you visit.

7.     Al Hajar Mountains, Oman

Al Hajar Mountains

The mountain life is superb! Breathtaking views of the ‘wadis’ and especially, the ‘Green Mountains’, Al Jebel al Akhdar is the highlight of the region. Villagers live on the mountainside and water flows in the form of countless channels to facilitate gardens of grapes, pomegranates, apricots, and walnuts.

Specific to Al Hajar are its mountain goat (a rare breed), nimble mountain gazelles, sunbirds, Indian rollers and Nubian vultures – an endangered species.

So should you decide to travel and are interested in wildlife, be sure to check out aforementioned places. Add these to your to-do list.

About Writer: Scarlett Erin is a Wildlife Photographer and Freelance Blogger at Assignment Star. She has made several documentaries on wildlife and travels around the world for adventure trips.

4 Best Places For Street Photography!

Street photography is all about being able to capture different expressions of emotion of different people or other subjects. This particular captured moment tells us what people and places are like at a particular time. You get to see the various outlooks on life, culture, surrounding, and situations. It’s much life watching a lifelike movie or a colorful picture book.

Street photography has one major element in common with all of the photographs – the location that has been chosen. Where do you think that the most interesting scene will be captured? The busy bustling city? Or the quiet suburbs? Shots filled with people on the street or close-ups of individuals? The variety of ideas and subjects are endless, think of all the stories you could tell!

Here is a list of the top four cities you may want to try as a street photographer. All of them offer a unique perspective, vast opportunities and inspired artistic outlooks for you – the choice is all yours.

1. Paris

4 Best Places For Street Photography!

Also known as The City of Light is known for its romantic overture, fashion, the hub of food, breathtaking architecture, and of course mesmerizing culture. The streets of Paris are filled with so much life, be it day or night. These streets are filled with all sorts of people, with different dispositions and personalities; male, female, old, young.

Let’s not forget the gorgeous buildings and monuments that would make a glamorous backdrop for the setting. The Eiffel Tower perhaps? Paris is a street photographer’s creative portal. Everything that surrounds them while unfolding amazing opportunities, is absolutely mind blowing.

2. New York

4 Best Places For Street Photography!

“New York is New York”, there are various things in this place that will tempt you press the “Capture” button of your camera. Broadway, Times Square and the list is endless. On a daily basis a few thousand people from all walks of life, pass each other on the streets. Pretty amazing thought, isn’t it?

New York, has a way of showing you how the fast paced life works, it helps paint a picture of reality. Tall skyscrapers, bustling busy street, people who have seen it all, a street photographer’s treat.

3. London

4 Best Places For Street Photography!

A mix of old and new school, with sophistication and grace everywhere – London is a place where you will find the best of the best. DoubleDeckers, old phone booths, historical buildings, or any contemporary architecture,the street life of London is filled with people, the view of the Big Ben, London Eye, the Palace and museums, Harrods and Piccadilly Square.

All in all, London is an ever bustling city and a street photographer’s delight.

4. Rome

4 Best Places For Street Photography!

Intricately designed structures and well- known old buildings, a day spent in the Vatican City would be quite an experience for a street photographer. Rome has so much history, and at the same time so many advances, that a plethora of stories at one’s disposal to capture.

From culture to fashion and food, you will encounter all sorts of people just in one day. Think of the people you could capture making a wish at the fountains or trying to visualize the Colosseum at its glory days.

It wouldn’t be just a street photography session; it would be an adventure with a camera!

Author Bio:
Catherine Daisy is a well-known photographer with over 20 years of experience. When she isn’t taking snaps, she takes up assignment writing UAE to assist needy students in completing their papers. She also seeks blogging to inform the readers about various aspects of photography.