While traveling to Dubai, one can easily tire of all the high profile and expensive tourist attractions. When thinking of what to do it is good to remember that the best of a place can sometimes be free too. The fun and free things in Dubai have been enlisted below.
In the center of Dubai is the Dubai creek. Even though bridges are available to cross from one side to the other, but you should try riding an abra. It is not only fun but also very cheap, as it costs only 1 dirham. Located in the midst of the hustle and bustle of the city, this ride has its own charm and to enjoy your ride at the most, go there in evening to get an amazing view of sunset. It gives you a feel of being in UAE and you also get to meet the locals.
The most pleasant walk of the city is located around the Jumeirah beach residance or the JBR, for short. The area is located adjacent to the posh marina road and is scattered with pleasant little cafes and small and modern shopping areas. Being highly urbanized, this area has become a compulsory stop for all the tourists, exploring the area just to soak the environment. At the back of Jumeirah beach is Burj ul Arab, which gives an amazing backdrop.
Dubai Fountain Show
Out of all the places to see in Dubai, the Dubai fountain show is most unique. The famous fountain show is located at the base of Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Mall. There is a show daily, starting from 6 pm and repeating after every half hour. Considered as good as the fountain shows of Las Vegas, the show can be best enjoyed best while sitting on the terrace of any of the surrounding restaurants.
Located within the Al Fahidi fort, Dubai museum is an excellent opportunity to get to know about the development of Dubai. This building, being constructed in 1787, is the oldest construction in Dubai. Visitors enter a sandy courtyard and explore various rooms, each showcasing a different theme. It has also served as a prison. The entry fee is 3 Dirham, next to nothing.
The oldest and the most charming place of Dubai is a must visit for every tourist. Its old art galleries, ancient houses and narrow lanes provide a lifetime experience. You should go there if you wish to learn the history of Dubai and experience the real Dubai, amid all the skyscrapers of the city. The brunches of Bastakiya are especially very famous.
Sheikh Syed al Makhtoum House
Once the residence of the ruler sheikh Syed Makhtoum, this palace is now transferred into a museum, which shows transgression of Dubai from old age bedouin village to modern day city full of skyscrapers. There is also some interesting art collection of the royal family, giving an insight into their private lives. The entry fee of this palace is 2 Dirham.
In many respects, Mexico is one of most popular destinations where every type of holidaymaker is catered for. Sun seekers have vast stretches of beautiful coastline to take advantage of, the culture vultures can explore fascinating historical sites, while nature lovers are given the opportunity to traverse over some stunning terrain.
All the while, visitors to this remarkable country benefit from a climate and cuisine that shares the same characteristics as Mexico’s warm and passionate people. So, if this sounds like your kind of place, here are some examples of what you can do.
Visit archaeological sites
On the Yucatán Peninsula and in southeast Mexico, descendants of the Mayan civilisation are incredibly proud of their roots and archaeological evidence of this captivating period of history can still be found. The most famous is ChichénItzá, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.
While there are plenty of monuments, plazas and temples to marvel at, the main attraction is the Kukulkan, an imposing and impressive 365-stepped pyramid. Every spring and autumn equinox, a shadow of the Kukulkan snake can be seen going up the steps.
Embrace the great outdoors
Away from the holiday resorts and bustling cities, you’ll find endless landscapes packed full of breathtaking natural beauty. From rocky mountain ranges overlooking expansive deserts to extensive jungles laden with incredible wildlife, there is no excuse for not embracing the great outdoors.
Excursions include speeding through mangrove swamps on a boat, hiking in one of Mexico’s national parks or quad biking along rainforest paths. The choice is yours.
Sample the cuisine
Mexican food is famous the world over and even if you have sampled dishes such as quesadillas and tamales before, nothing will prepare you for the sensational flavours of the country’s authentic fare.
If you want to try something you’ve never eaten before, sample one of the regional specialities. CabritoAsado (roasted kid goat) can be found in the north of the country and is typically served on a bed of sizzling onions and cowboy beans. Alternatively, CochinitaPibil is Yucatán’s signature dish and comprises of marinated suckling pig wrapped in banana leaves.
Enjoy the beaches
Owing to the fact that Mexico’s coastline is awash with stunning beaches, simply relaxing on a sun lounger while looking out at the heavenly ocean is the perfect pastime for most people.
What’s more, there is no bad time of year to visit, as balmy yearlong climes can be enjoyed on both the Pacific and Caribbean sides of the country. Cancun boasts the biggest personality of Mexico’s beach resorts, but peace and exclusivity can be found in Playacar.
For these reasons, it is little wonder why Mexico holidays are so popular with every type of tourist and traveller looking for the right mix of relaxation and adventure. The only drawback is struggling to fit it all in.
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Johannesburg is a very vibrant, lively and fun city to visit but to find such fun things that won’t cost a cent is always a difficult task. But here in this article we have collected quite a few fun and free activities for you and your family that you can do in Johannesburg and won’t be above cross your budget.
11 Fun and Free Things to do in Johannesburg:
Museum Africa is situated in the Newtown Cultural District of Johannesburg. The museum has all the important historical artifacts, paintings, photographs, musical instruments and other archaeological items. Three other museums of the city have been incorporated in Museum Africa, with all their historical collection. The theme of the museum reflects the geological, social, economic and political history of the city.
Visit the Bunny Park
The Bunny Park in Benoni is a must fun place to visit with your family. You can enjoy a whole day in the sun, just bring some veggies along or you can also buy some from the stall there and feed the tame the animals like bunnies, goats, cows and donkeys. Also you can bring a lovely picnic basket filled with food and relax even more. While you enjoy a great outdoors experience, your little ones can also have fun tracking down bunnies, watching peacocks or ride a camel when it is available.
Emmarentia Dam is located at a distance of less than 6 kilometers from the city center of Johannesburg and just a few minutes away from Sandton. This makes it an ideal location for everyone who wants to see the natural landscape of the city. He dam offers an amazing retreat from the urban jungle. It is a perfect place for everyone whether you are watersports fan, love fishing or just want to relax in a peace and quiet place.
Melville Koppies Nature Reserve
Melville is a busy and vibrant center of Johannesburg with great restaurants and bars. It is also home to the beautiful Melville Koppies Nature reserve and a stroll through it is a must. Here, you can enjoy the beautiful landscape, enjoy the flora, small animals and many species of birds. You can also learn about the history of the area by visiting the archaeological sites with the help of a local guide.
Nan Hua Buddhist Temple
Nan Hua Buddhist Temple is the South African branch of the Humanistic Buddhist Order. When visiting Johannesburg, a drive to this beautiful temple is a must. Its architecture is simply divine and marvelous. Also take some time out to visit their museum and see the huge collection of Chinese artifacts. The white Temple Lions, that guard the temple and the exact replica of the antique Chinese Palace of the Han Dynasty should also be visited.
The Maboneng Precinct
The Maboneng Precinct is an example of Johannesburg’s urban renewal program. It is mainly focused around galleries, studios and offices of Arts. Many of the galleries are free for the public; they also give a very different glance into South Africa’s modern art scene. And every Sunday a typical South African fare is held by the Arts on Main, markets are set up where one can enjoy tasty food and drink of countries from around the world.
Parks and Picnic Spots
The main claim to fame of Johannesburg is that it boasts the biggest urban jungle of the world. Apart from the industrial center, you will find parks, gardens and many nature reserves, which will take your breath away. The city has wonderful natural attractions, which adds to the fascinating nature of Johannesburg. It has over 10 million trees, many gardens, 600 parks and lots of open spaces and suburbs. These places make the city a perfect place for picnic or just a casual stroll in the parks.
The Peacemakers Museum
The Peacemakers Museum in Nelson Mandela Square has exhibitions that represent the Nobel laureates who have devoted their lives to bring peace in the world and to make it a better safe place. The exhibition celebrates all the Nobel peace prizewinners but its main focus is on the laureates of South Africa such as Nelson Mandela, Albert Luthuli, Desmond Tutu and FW de Klerk. You can also find out about the history of the Peace Prize, its originator, and other laureates who got this prestigious award.
The Public art projects in Johannesburg hold new artistic forms, improve the environment and express a mixture of rational and modern thoughts. These projects use a wide range of forms, which include sculptures, hoardings, mosaics, wall paintings and performing art. This public art in Johannesburg is mainly found in the Newton Cultural Precinct. 560 carved woodenheads placed on pedestals are spread throughout the area that reflects African diversity. Also to celebrate the freedom of South Africa, the Banner of Hope, which is a steel sculpture of the country’s flag, is set in front of the Sci-Bono Discovery center. Moreover, Clive Van Den Berg’s Eland located in Braamfontein, William Kentridge and Gerhard Marx’s Firewalker located near Park Station and the Vilikazi Street sculptures in Soweto are rapidly becoming national cultural attractions.
Johannesburg is somewhat a young metropolis but there are many such monuments that remind the tourists of the country’s history. For the visitors who are interested in history the city has a lot to offer from the Oudstryders Monument, which honors the Boer soldiers, to the Julius Jeppe Monument, honoring the man who made the first stone house in the gold reef city. Also the National Museum of Military History reflects the history of South Africa.
Kliptown Open Air Museum
The Kliptown Open Air Museum situated in Soweto’s Walter Sisulu Square of Dedication, represents the freedom struggle of South Africa. This historical site also symbolizes the people’s right to freedom. It tells the tale of the people who contributed in the making of the freedom charter, which was adopted on 26 June 1955. This historical museum incorporates shops, art galleries, a hotel, convention and conferencing facilities, restaurants and exhibition spaces.
Atlantis, The Palm
The most famous luxury resort of Dubai is the Atlantis, first hotel to be built on the Palm Island. The hotel has 1500 rooms and is based on Atlantis theme. There is a separate world within Atlantis itself, with its own vast water park, the Aquaventure, and a dolphin aquarium. The hotel also has the finest spa and fitness centers and its restaurants are the best in town. It is known to be the most expensive hotel of the world. People who have been there claim it to be worth their money.
Al Maha Desert Resort
Being located at the heart of the endless desert of Middle East, Al Maha is the only desert resort within the Dubai Desert Conservative Reserve. Its theme is based on the old Bedouin culture, which is prominent is the resorts atmosphere. Guests feel the thrill of desert adventure. You can overview the desert from within the hotel premises but if you want to step out and explore the wonderful dunes, the hotel offers you two complimentary desert activities per day. these activities include camel safari, wildlife safari, archery, falconry and sundowners.
Burj ul Arab
Burj ul Arab is popularly described as the only 7 star hotel in the world and is also the third tallest hotel. Though constructed on an artificial island, Burj ul Arab gives an experience beyond your expectations. Its building is an architectural wonder and has become a landmark of Dubai. The hotel include no more than 202 suites, but the luxury provided makes it one of the best places to stay in Dubai. Another famous feature of this hotel is its al mahara restaurant, which is built within an aquarium.
Within one kilometer of Jumeirah Beach is the Arabian Resort of Madinat. It consists of three boutique style hotels: Al Qasr, Mina as Salam and Dar al Masyaf, which is basically a courtyard filled with summerhouses. The resort encompasses complete facilities ranging from conference rooms, spas and dining facilities of more than 40 restaurants. Water canals link the various parts of the resort and guests travel via abras. The turtle sanctuary is also very famous. Madinat Jumeirah is a symbol of luxury hotels in Dubai.
Bab al Shams Desert Resort
The name of the hotel literally means “gateway to sun” and this is what this hotel actually is. Located on the outskirts of Dubai, this hotel gives a perfect combination of traditional and modern ambiance. The low rising dunes and the endless sand has been a prominent attraction for tourists around the world, who choose Bab al Shams for a memorable retreat to the desert. The hotel provides a wide range of supervised desert activities like camel safari, archery and desert camping, and there is also an Aladdin themed club for children.
In a place like Dubai, the most difficult task might be choosing what to eat from all the best restaurants in Dubai. To make your choice more accurate, we have provided 5 essential tips to help you.
Decide Your Budget
Dubai is not all about glitz and glamour. It has something for everybody. You can get a meal on any budget. From local shawarma, costing around 6 dirhams, to fancy meals, which will charge you up to 1000 dirhams per person, you are sure to find something that will suit your pocket. The first thing you need to decide is how much you want to spend on a meal and the picture becomes clearer to you. There are many Pakistani and Indian restaurant scattered around the city, which are also the cheapest among all types of food.
Explore Your Surroundings
Nobody wants to waste an entire day traveling from one part of city to another for the sake of food. You can find the best places to eat almost anywhere in the city. All you need to do is find out what places are located near to your location so you can head straight towards it. Pakistani restaurants like Ravi, Karachi Darbar and Barbeque Delights are located in multiple locations in the city. You just need to find the one closest to you or your Dubai hotel.
Try Different Foods
In a place like Dubai, one should definitely benefit from all the variety of food around you and give your taste buds a change by trying food of different countries. You can opt for spicy Lebanese food or the bland Flavor of Afghani meat in the famous Kabul Darbar. Visit the spice souk to indulge all you sense of taste and smell with the exotic variety of food. For a more diverse taste you may try the famous sushi in the Grand Hyatt hotel or the Steakhouse in JBR. The best of all is surely the local Arabian cuisine, served with a sheesha while you are made to sit on the floor.
The most sensible thing to do when you head out to eat something is to check reviews of the place you intend to visit. You can read the reviews online or try the first hand knowledge of people who have been there before. Sometimes these reviews save you a lot of time and wastage of money, not to mention a bad experience for a lifetime. It is always considered advisable to check what previous diners have experienced before you.
When In Doubt…..
If you are not comfortable with trying some particular food, to the extent that you feel that a bad food experience might ruin your trip, you should opt for the safer side. All international chains of restaurants are also present in Dubai, and fast food joints like Mcdonalds, Burger King, TGIF etc. are present in all food courts of all shopping malls. So be safe if you are not much of a risk taker.
Saudi Arabia is a holy and a precious place for Muslims all around the world. It is known to have magnificent construction sites and we see numerous large buildings which are not only worth looking at but for staying in as well. Saudi Arabia is also blessed with the beauty of nature. One can find a lot of places for a comfortable and luxurious stay. Hotels in Saudi Arabia are well built and have all kinds of amenities in cities including Jeddah, Makkah, Riyadh and Madinah. Below is a brief review of the rating and peculiar features so that you can decide and have a look at the best places to live in Saudi Arabia.
Clock Royal Tower, Makkah
A famous and one of the tallest hotels with around 76 floors is Clock Tower in Makkah. It takes its name from the huge royal clock on top that shows prayer time to Muslims. Every bit of the hotel from its interior to the rooms’ décor has been especially designed and is regarded as one of the luxury hotels in Saudi Arabia. It is widely chosen by religious tourists as it is very near to Masjid al Haram, a key worshipping place. Rooms are spacious and provide all kinds of accommodations for a luxurious and comfortable stay. Extensive quality dining options are also available in the Royal tower.
Dar Al Tawhid, Makkah
It is another 5-star hotel in Saudi Arabia near Al Haram. The hotel provides awe-inspiring views of the Holy Mosque from room windows. All the rooms are very finely furnished and travelers are facilitated with great hospitality. A wide range of options is provided so people can choose according to their needs and comfort. Dining options at Dar Al Tawhid are remarkable and delicious food is served to all. Al Rehab’s buffet deserves a special mention, in our opinion.
Ritz Carlton, Riyadh
It is a glorious hotel in Saudi Arabia for staying at when you are in the city of Riyadh. The look and interior is royal and grand. It is sure to be a luxurious stay along with VIP services of all kinds. Rooms are nicely designed, each with a large glass window. Beautiful views of palm trees and water fountains provide an essence of peace and calmness.
Rosewood Corniche, Jeddah
Jeddah’s renowned hotel for staying at is Rosewood Corniche which has attractive views of Red Sea. Stylish and classy guestrooms with a luxurious interior design and furniture are available at this locality. Each room has LCD, internet facility and other basic amenities.
Mövenpick Hotel, Madinah
Many people may prefer chain hotels like Mövenpick. It is also attractive because t is very near to Masjid-i-Nabwi, where most tourists go to pray. Mövenpick hotel is also found in Jeddah, Dhahran and Makkah. Deluxe air-conditioned bedrooms and suites are offered, each with TV, phone, internet and mini-fridge. The bathrooms are also clean and comfortable. Dining options include buffet and traditional cuisines with good service.
Hilton Hotel, Makkah
It is another high end, elegant hotel situated close to the Haram. Executive rooms, beautiful views, fine dining and provision of basic facilities make it a very good option for staying in Saudi Arabia. So book your room in Makkah Hilton Towers now.
South Africa is not only about safaris and national parks. It is the continent’s most modern country and the urban landscape is being modernized and transformed. New city centers are built and old townships are getting electricity and water supply. Also new airports, bus stations, roads and railway networks have made travel easier, faster and safer. Some of the best hotels and resorts are also present in the country from which travelers can choose from. Some of these resorts are situated in or near the national parks. The urban areas of the country have many luxury and boutique hotels. Some of the best hotels of the country are compiled.
Where to Stay in South Africa
Bankubung Bush Lodge Hotel
Located within the Pilanesberg National Park, Bakubung, this hotel is a very peaceful and quiet place to stay at. Also the location is easily accessible and convenient for both corporate and leisure travelers. The hotel also has meeting and banquet facilities. A restaurant is also found in the hotel. The services and facilities provided in the hotel are luxurious and up to date which make the hard day of sightseeing comfortable.
The Reef Hotel
Located within the financial district of Johannesburg and with views of a bustling city, the Reef Hotel provides modern and luxurious accommodation in 120 suites. The hotel provides all the basic amenities such as wifi, airport shuttle, room service, bars, restaurant, business center, meeting/conference facilities, banquets and no smoking rooms. Also the hotel is situated close to all the business centers, which make it a favorite option for socialites and businessmen.
Three Cities Riverside Hotel
The hotel is located very close to the city center of Durban and offers amazing views across a wonderful green belt that stretches from the Umgeni River to the Indian Ocean. The hotel has 169 luxurious bedrooms, eight conference venues and two restaurants that offer its guests a relaxed environment.
What to Eat
South Africa doesn’t have an indigenous cuisine, even though efforts have been made to bring Cape Cuisine to this status. But there is one thing that unites the country that is the love of meat. Also South Africa has a wide variety of seafood, which includes fish, lobster, oysters and mussels. There are a number of excellent restaurant where one can enjoy international as well as local food. Some of the restaurants are mentioned below.
The Test Kitchen
This restaurant is located in Cape Town and has local as well as international food. It is a favorite of all the food lovers and people even wait for months to book a table. Headed by Chef Luke Dale-Roberts, this hotel won the restaurant of the year award for the third time.
This Johannesburg hotel is famous for its outstanding technique and presentation. Chef David Higg has designed such a menu in which every ingredient shines and gives diners a fine dining experience.
This restaurant is located in Stellenbosch with Chef George Jardine as the head chef. The menu is such that it mesmerizes the diners with great flavors, textures and techniques. The food her is made with confidence and the result is delicious and beautiful food.
With all the modernization of Dubai, it is no wonder that it is rapidly becoming a famous adventure spot. It is no longer necessary to confine your stay in Dubai to shopping malls or tall sky scrappers. Catch a cheap flight to Dubai and get ready to explore all the famous adventure destinations. Out of all the famous Dubai tourist attractions, these 5 are worth setting out for.
The best way to view the amazing skyline of Dubai is to float across it. Jumping from an insane height at a speed of 210-km/ h is sure to give you a taste of adventure. Once the chute opens you can relax and enjoy the amazing views of the Palm Island, Jumeirah and Dubai Marina. Right now, Dubai skydiving is at the top of the list of all adventure explorers of the world, where you are strapped on with the trainers during the jump.
Some excellent waters for deep sea diving surround the Emirates. The Arabian Coast and the East Coast all are enriched with some mesmerizing underwater wildlife. Scuba diving is one of the most favorite sport of the Middle East and many schools are formed which offer special deals for tourists. Also many hotels can arrange day trip to the Fujairah state, which is known for its warm waters and excellent exploration underwater.
This is the trademark adventure of Middle East, which is at its best in Dubai. For all those who do not like to be confined in city limits can rent a 4-wheel drive and head towards their favorite dunes. Once outside the city you have the whole desert where you can set up your barbeque equipment and camp for the night. If you do not have the equipment you can always let some company like the Arabian Adventures make arrangements for you. They can give you all the guidance and make arrangements for you in the only safari national park of emirates: The Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve.
Wakeboarding and Kite Surfing
Out of all the places to visit in Dubai, you cannot ignore the opportunities of various water sports throughout the city. The best of these are the Burj ul Arab Water Sports and the Jumeirah Vittavelli. They offer best equipment and trainers and a number of attractions like the kite surfing, wakeboarding, jet skiing and many more. Tourists enjoy the combination of warm water and a hot ride on water, which is enough to give hem the thrill they seek.
Another way to enjoy the skyline of Dubai and the awesome view of all the sky scrappers and the waterline is the Dubai balloon ride. Just 30 minutes from the Burj Khalifa is the Dubai Balloon Adventure, which gives a majestic view of the deserts, and the Hajjar Mountains. Welcome the sunrise at the top of the world and you will surely feel like riding a magic carpet over the Arabian lands.
Tenerife has gorgeous beaches, year-round sunshine and a reputation as something of a party destination. The fact that it also boasts beautiful, rugged scenery and a wealth of activities for those with no interest in simply just soaking up the sun is often overlooked. Fancy doing something different this summer? Then look no further than our top tips for making the most of your holiday in Tenerife.
Teide National Park and Hiking
Comprising a 10-mile-wide volcanic crater, this UNESCO World Heritage site dominates the centre of the island. At its heart is Mount Teide, Spain’s highest peak. With its lunar landscapes and strange rock formations, there’s plenty for the eye to see. It’s a pretty decent climb too, measuring some 3,718 meters in total. Not that it’s the only place to go hiking on the island. Try the Masca Ravine for a spectacular three hour descent that culminates at the foot of the Los Gigantes Cliffs. The Anaga Mountains, meanwhile, situated in the north-east of the island, are regularly voted Tenerife’s most popular walking spot. Just don’t look down!
If you’ve booked flights to Tenerife with the family and hiking isn’t your thing, but you still seek adventure, then look no further than this Thai-themed aquatic theme park. With a range of water slides and heart-stopping adrenaline-pumping rides, it’s great for the kids – even if your adventuring days are behind you. LoroParque, Siam Park’s sister resort, is equally well-established and contains an awe-inspiring collection of parrots and its shows involve dolphins, orcas and sea-lions.
Garachico was once the richest town on the island. All this changed when it was engulfed in lava from a nearby eruption in 1706. However, it remains one of Tenerife’s most popular day-trip destinations – precisely because of its past. Swimming in the rock pools created by the lava is a totally unique experience. Not to be missed!
If you still think Tenerife is all about sun, sea and sangria, then La Laguna may just the place that changes your mind. Formerly the capital of the island, this university city is another World Heritage Site and, alongside its wonderfully preserved mansions (some of which date back as far as the 16th century), you’ll find an impressive array of tapas joints, bookshops and antique stores.
Puerto de la Cruz BotanicalGardens
Set on the hills above Puerto de la Cruz and encompassing some 215,000 square feet, the gardens contain a wide variety of tropical plants from the mainland, as well as guided paths which allow tourists to structure their visit as best they see fit.
It’s definitely worth taking the trouble to explore Tenerife beyond its beaches and resorts. You won’t regret it!
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Tourism in South Africa is full of wild choices to explore. We have a short-listed review on all the best tourist spots, keeping in mind if you are on a one-week stay.
The first day is obviously of your arrival in Cape Town. You can get some really cheap tickets to South Africa via Cape Town. You can roam around the colorful city and maybe follow the wine route to the world’s best wine yards, which are a must-see for every tourist. Make sure you end up tasting the best wines, sherries and brandies along with their mouth watering cuisine.
An entire day is needed to explore the Table Mountain National Park. Its peak, at the height of 1086 meters above sea level, overlooks Cape Town and Robben Islands. It is accessible by cable cars, which give a rotating 360 degrees view of the surroundings from above. The National Park is famous for its wild collection of flora and fauna and includes a wide range of activities like mountain biking, caving, hiking and rock climbing.
From Table Mountain head towards the Garden Route, which stretches across the Indian Ocean and covers a vast land including forests, beaches, lakes and mountains. Get ready for a day long road trip on this beautiful route and you can make stops along your way to experience all sorts of outdoor activities, restaurants or some peaceful leisurely trolling, based on your interests. The most famous is the whale watching along the shores.
Krugar National Park
Out of all the places to visit in South Africa, visiting a safari is a must, and Krugar provides the best safari experience with its self-driven transport concept and a wide range of wild animals. You can also find residence within the park, or just pull up a tent if you like.
Hluhluwe Game Reserve
Another thrilling safari, Hluhluwe is best for enjoying wild life in its natural habitat. Lions, elephants, rhinoceros, buffaloes and leopards; Hluhluwe is a paradise for wild life lovers, where you can enjoy native plants and animals. One can surely not miss the chance to experience Africa in its true colors.
If wilderness could be objectified, it would be in the form of Wild Coast. You are sure to have never seen such beauty before. Many small rivers empty into sea just in front of this coastline. You do not need to stay much longer but a short stay will make you fall in love with the heartening view of all untamed and wild beauty it has to offer. With all its deserted beaches, horse riding trails and forests full of animal species unknown to humans, you must not miss the opportunity.
Last but not the least, take a stop at Johannesburg for all the fun of city life. Known as the ‘City of Gold’ this is officially the pleasure kingdom of South Africa. Full of casinos, clubs, shopping and eateries, this place is sure to make you exit South Africa in style.
When we think of traveling to the Middle East, the first place that comes to mind is Dubai and its huge sky scrappers. Go beyond the usual and explore the hidden treasures of the place. You might even surprise yourself by getting cheap tickets to UAE while traveling to these areas.
Yas Island is a man made island that can be easily described as a world within itself. It has the most beautiful beaches, luxury hotels, shopping centers and the finest restaurants. It is famous for being the host to formula 1 races and has a complete Ferrari themed park for thrill seekers. Another most famous feature of this island is its water world, which has been awarded as the second-best water park in the world.
Located in Abu Dhabi, the largest park of UAE is a true depiction of Arabic culture. Fun-filled and full of entertainment, this park is a treat for kids and mothers alike. There are various rides and the time tunnel ride features a train that travels through a tunnel depicting history of the emirates. A large amphitheater holds parades and circus. Moreover, you will witness beautiful fireworks and occasional food festivals.
The history of UAE can be traced back to the 3rd century and you can catch a glimpse into it in the Heritage Village, Abu Dhabi. With the help of artificial desert, sand, camels and campfire, you are sure to be transported into another world. There is even a small shop with handicrafts and other local items, perfect to buy a souvenir from.
This is the most charming area of Dubai. Built in the early 19th century, it is like stepping into history itself. Enjoy narrow lanes, traditional food and merchant houses. Make sure you visit a few exhibitions and also roam around a few mosques.
The youngest state of the UAE is believed to be the most blessed one with natural beauty. It is known for its beautiful beaches and there is also a tiny adjacent island where you can explore deep underwater coral reefs. Another famous attraction of this town is the bull fighting within the town. Many of the cheap hotels in UAE are located in this place.
Dibba al Fujairah
Dibba is the largest town in the northern part of UAE. It has a diverse range of mountains and beaches. This area is known for its snorkeling, fishing and diving facilities. It is most convenient for a one-day tour while residing in Fujairah.
Ras al Khaima
The many different states of UAE have made UAE tourism most diverse so far. Ras al Khaima is one of them. Though many people still consider it a small fishing village, truth is that it has not been explored as much as it deserves to. There are many tourist activities like snorkeling, scuba diving and even mountain hiking and camping. The most attractive so far is the polar themed water park. The natural beauty of this place has been much neglected over the years.
Monaco is an exclusive place and Monaco holidays tour often cost an arm and a leg. That common concept aside, there are many events that do not even cost a bit. People can enjoy many things like music festivals and the summer firework festival entirely for free. There are a lot more fun filled free things to do in Monaco out of which the 7 of the best are stated below.
The Palais Princier that is popularly known as Prince’s Palace is a historically built palace in old Monaco-Ville. The palace gives magnificent panoramic views and every morning at noon, a guard ceremony is performed at the main entrance of the palace by the Carabiniers, who are in charge of Prince’s security and also pays the guard of honor. You will be mesmerized by the military band performance.
Marlborough Fine Arts Gallery
The entrance to the Marlborough Fine Arts Gallery is also free. The gallery is famous for keeping a wide range of art pieces. It has beautiful pieces by world popular artists like Pablo Picasso, David Hockney, Jules Brassai and many more. The gallery has many showrooms in various parts of the world and is a real pleasure for all art lovers.
The Monaco Cathedral is one of the popular cathedrals of the Roman Catholic Bishopric located in Monaco-Ville, Monaco. The huge grand cathedral was built in 1875, and dedicated to Saint Nicholas. Magnificent events are held here on some of the religious festivals.
La Condamine is one of the oldest districts in Monaco. This place is famous for its luxurious cruise ships and yachts which make this city worth a visit. You can take a stroll on the harbors for free which are beautifully decorated with many deluxe yachts and cruise ships along the waterfront in the marina. Just visit that district and enjoy landscaped areas and newly built modern buildings.
One of the best places to visit in Monaco is the Larvotto beach which is open for public and has a free entrance. It was artificially built by man, a long time ago and is still in a pretty good condition. It is beautifully protected and you can swim and relax on the beach and have loads of fun by observing people playing volleyball and watersports like flying on parachute, windsurf and jet ski.
Princess Grace Rose Garden
Princess Grace Rose Garden is a famous municipal park in the district of Fontvieille, Monaco. The park opens daily and has free entrance. The rose garden was created in 1984 and there are many sculptures in the park including the famous statue of Princess Grace of Monaco.
The Japanese garden
The Japanese Garden is a public park scattered over 7 hectares in the Larvotto ward of Monaco. The park opens daily and closes with sunset. The garden features beautiful waterfalls, gigantic mountains, and hills with a Zen garden for meditation.
As one of the most fascinating and vibrant continents on earth, South America offers endless wonders for any visitor to enjoy.From the tropical regions of the north to the frozen glaciers of the Andes, not to mention the vast metropolises of Brazil and Argentina. Book a trip with Saga Travel and find out why South America is often called the world’s most exciting continent.
Spanish or Portuguese?
The primary language of all but one of South America’s countries is Spanish. However this gives a slightly distorted picture of the linguistic makeup of the region. This is due to the sole Lusophone (Portuguese speaking) country being by far the biggest. Brazil is home to over 200 million people, and takes up a whopping eight and a half million square kilometres. So speaking either Spanish or Portuguese will stand you in good stead.
When visiting Brazil, a trip to Rio de Janeiro should be top of your list. Few cities match the beauty and vivacity of Rio. From the views of Sugarloaf Mountain from Copacabana Beach, to watching the sunset over Christ the Redeemer, your memories of this place will last a lifetime.
Far from the image of the Amazon rainforests are the pampas of Patagonia. Take in the sights of the beautiful Lake District in the north, the stunning craggy peaks of Mount Fitzroy and Cueva de las Mons in Southern Patagonia.
Famed the world over for its mix of history and jaw-dropping scenery is Peru’s Machu Picchu. It may be an arduous hike, but the once-in-a-lifetime views you’ll see when you get to the Incan citadel are sure to be worth it.
Discover the islands that inspired Charles Darwin’s theory of Evolution. The beautiful landscape of the Galapagos Islands and the amazing ecosystem that you will encounter make this one of South America’s must-visit destinations.
Be in awe of the colour and passion of Colombia’s capital Bogota. While this city of seven million can be a little overwhelming at first, you’ll see a truly global city located eight thousand feet above sea level. Be sure to take in the joys of the galleries and restaurants of the city’s art district La Macarena when you visit.
For an unforgettable glimpse into the wilderness visit Chile’s spectacular Torres del Paine National Park. The Torres del Paine themselves, are the three distinct granite peaks that make up the front of the Cuernos del Paine mountain range. As well as stunning peaks, the park boasts valleys, lakes, and glaciers that will leave you in wonderment at the beauty of Chile’s amazing landscape.
Treat yourself to an adventure this year, and head south of the equator for a trip you will never forget!
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Monaco is an exotic place to visit and you are definitely going to cherish and have a pleasurable experience if you are planning your holiday there. Monaco, the second smallest European country, has always attracted people, in particular the famous and wealthier, as it has got many historical sites, museums and palaces worth seeing. Although Monaco seems very interesting to the rich, people still try to find cheap flights to Monaco, which are affordable. As France is very near, to maintain your budget smartly, you can grab a flight to Nice, France being the nearest.
The most appealing features of Monaco tourism are the Monte Carlo Casino as an amazing gambling zone, modish and tasteful restaurants, lavishing cruises at harbor and historical towns and palaces. There are many tourist attractions in Monaco and to have a stroll around trip, you can visit them one after the other. Here is a review of where to start and go according to your mood and wish. The visitors who want to explore the ancient regions can visit the Prince’s Palace at the Monaco Ville along with old edifices. There is a fixed time for the special, Changing of the Guard, event here. Palace has also got a realm throne room depicting the magnificence of old times.
You can also stop over to see the Monaco Cathedral, which is a dreary white colored place, built in 1875. It is known that some monarchs and crowned heads like Prince Rainier and Princess Grace are buried here. Oceanographic Museum of Monaco, built with great efforts is worth visiting as it has got marine displays gathered by Prince Albert I. It includes aquatic plants, diving tools and navigating equipments from his time. It has got a library with books and documentaries of aquatic knowledge. The opera house in Monte Carlo, constructed in 1893, is also an entertaining place and one of the most popular tourist attractions in Monaco. You can also have a look at its beautiful marbled interior and eye-catching monuments and carvings.
The Casino of Monte Carlo acts as a magnet for people, especially wealthy men, and so is a highlighted feature of Monaco tourism. People gamble here to their heart’s content. For a leisurely walk, the harbor in Monte Carlo is the best place as there are attractive yachts and cruises along the waterfront. If there is Formula 1 racing going on in town and you are lucky enough to get a ticket, it will add on to your holiday trip. In Fontevielle, there is a collection by Monaco Prince’s of archetypal cars which strike tourist sight.
For shopping, get into the Le Metropole Shopping Center and you will find all kinds of stuff. You can also have a look at the beautiful floral gardens of the area. Larvotto beach is also an interesting area to go for a dip. In between your stroll around trip, whenever you get hungry, you can find classy restaurants. Mo
naco has got a wide range of eating places including Mediterranean and gourmet cuisines.
I’m not going to try and tell you that you’re going to be in infinite comfort whilst you’re flying, not in economy class anyway, but there are a few ways you can enjoy your flight in relative comfort, if you know the tricks of the trade.
If you’re flying business class or something equally as fancy, you won’t have a comfort problem, however if like me you’re a forever economy flier, then you have to be a little clever and think ahead. Do you always get stuck behind someone who thinks it’s acceptable to recline their chair all the way back, leaving you squashed for most of your journey? I am! I personally never recline my chair, I just think it’s rude, but anyway, I digress.
The best starting point for a comfortable onwards journey is to make sure you’re not adding extra hours onto an already tiring travel day. Long-winded coaches and trains can add quite a bit of time onto your journey to the airport, so instead I’d always be looking to drive myself and book a parking space with Airparks.co.uk. Why? Well, you get to travel in the comfort of your own car, stopping whenever you want, and taking your own sweet time! I always do this, and I book parking at Stansted on a regular basis, however you will find facilities at most large airports too, so certainly check this out for yourself.
Once you’re at the airport, you could consider joining the relaxed travellers in the airport lounge. This is generally a service that is best pre-booked, and once you’re in there you will enjoy a bit of sanctuary within the airport, with complimentary snacks and refreshments whilst you wait for your flight to be called. If this isn’t for you, head to a restaurant and enjoy your wait with a nice meal instead.
Now, the flight itself is always going to have a minor degree of discomfort, simply because you can’t lay down and relax like you really want to. Buy a travel neck pillow, wear comfortable clothes, wear socks so you can slip off your shoes, and take some earphones, and even an eye mask if you want total privacy. Keep wiggling your legs, get up for a wander every now and then, and make sure you keep hydrated to starve off that travel headache. Take a few nibbles for the plane and try and become engrossed in a book or a film. Comfortable travel really is about the preparation.
So, unless you bag yourself a free upgrade, or you’re lucky enough to afford business class travel, look to these economy class tips for a more comfortable and serene journey – you’ll be at your destination before you know it.