Visit Grand Marais Minnesota For a Vacation That is Close to Nature

I’ve been going to Grand Marais, Minnesota since I can remember. I have many relatives living there so there were many reasons to visit including the beautiful scenery and activities that go along with it.

My two favorite things about Grand Marais are Lake Superior and the Superior National Forest. Minnesota is known as the Land of 10,000 Lakes, and many of them are near Grand Marais and are in the Superior National Forest, which is where the Boundary Waters Canoe Area is located.

If you like camping, hiking, fishing and canoeing, there is no better area in the United States. You can back country camp or camp at one of the many campgrounds just East of town, up the Gunflint Trail-a scenic road that travels 50 miles into the Superior National Forest.

In town there are a number of shops, galleries and restaurants to explore, including the Ben Franklin store that still has product and prices from the 1970’s. This is also where you will find the shore of Lake Superior, not that you would miss it. Since I was a little kid I have explored and wandered the breakwall and rock ledges that form the harbor. And if you want to take in a beautiful sunrise, this is the place to do it, watching the sun set behind the Sawtooth Mountains.

If you’re into ice fishing, snowmobiling or skiing this winter wonderland is an amazing place as well, but for me I try to stay away in the winter. It gets cold with lots of snow.

Adventure Travel to Wadi Rum

Claire’s friends told her that she had gone too far this time. At twenty-nine-years-old, Claire lived a life of mystery and suspense as an adventure traveler. Up until this trip, she had convinced friends to come with. Yet, friends had begun to drop away into a dull routine. Only a single friend had joined her on the previous adventure holiday. This time, for the first time, Claire traveled solo. From her window seat, she drank in as much of Amman, Jordan as her eyes could see on an Airbus 380 as it began final approach to Queen Alia International Airport.

Her friends were frightened about the ISIL fanatics nearby in Syria, but Claire would not listen. She countered their fear with facts: The Americans and their allies had crushed ISIL there, and therefore Jordan, one of the allies, had become safe for tourism. Still, none of them agreed to go with her, so she defied them by taking an Emerates Airline flight from London to Amman. The wheels touched down on the runway with a tiny jerk, and Claire had no regret about flying with the hospitable crew of the UAE airline. However, she did feel a bit scared about getting off the plane, a young, single British woman, alone in a sea of Arab culture. She recovered her bravado after she wheeled her luggage through Jordanian customs and out to the airport common area. A young Arab man stood, holding a placard of the tour company that she had booked. He wore a lily-white thobe, a red-checkered keffiyeh, and a finely-woven agal held his colorful head garment in place. As Claire walked toward him, the man smiled at her, and asked, “Miss Claire?” She introduced herself to Hashem, her guide. Adventure on!

Other tourists joined her, mostly a mix of British, other European, American, and Australians, twelve in all, and Claire felt welcome among them. Hashem drove a small tour bus as he told his guests how he would provide the best hospitality, and he promised that no one would want the fun and excitement of his tour to end. Thus began a middle eastern eight-day adventure of go, go, go!

Hashem remained in the lobby of the Jordan Tower Hotel while his tour group checked in and stowed their luggage. Then he led Claire and the others into a total Jordanian cultural immersion at the souk (markets) where he had made arrangements with various vendors to show them gold, precious gems and pearls, hand-weaved carpets, a glimpse here, a taste their, a spritz of fine perfume, and no one pushed Claire to buy any of it. If she chose to own something, an Arab vendor quickly closed the deal with a credit card, packaging, and a promise to speed her purchase home to arrive the day after she returned to London.

The pace slowed, and the mood changed to relaxation as the sun reddened and set, gaslights bathed the streets and houses in a soft red-gold, and Claire heard the Muslim call to prayer for the first time, a hauntingly beautiful song. Hashem excused himself as he threw down a prayer rug to join the faithful in prayer to God, something he did five times each day.

After only one night and a morning in Amman, Claire and the others were whisked away in three Land Rovers to the ancient Roman city of Gerasa, located by the modern city of Jerash, northwest of Amman, close to southern Syria and the Israeli West Bank. Claire and the others chattered like birds as they walked down ancient Roman streets to behold and photograph pillars, artwork and the remains of buildings erected sometime after 63 BC. A local guide filled the tourist’s minds with fascinating facts while they visually absorbed the mysteries of the ages all about them. After six hours of it, Hashem led his Land Rover caravan southwest to the storied Dead Sea.

While it seemed only a photo-opportunity, Hashem placed them at a remote Dead Sea resort where everyone got extra attention with food and drink as they watched several tremendous storms fly across the water far away. Again, a local historian entertained the adventurers with tales of what had happened there long ago. Many stories complemented Biblical accounts. The group left early the next morning to travel to the most sought after destination in Jordan, the ancient Arab trading capital called Petra. Everyone in the tour group commented about how they were intrigued by Petra, first glimpsed as the setting of the final portion of the 1981 film: Raiders of the Lost Ark. Time and again, the group found hidden places within and about the front of an ancient building carved into a mountainside that they remembered as settings for actor Harrison Ford (Indiana Jones). While Hashem led the tour, the other drivers of the Land Rovers set up camp for the night. Claire camped under a moonlit sky in the desert!

The unforgettable experience, but a taste of the adventure to come, crept into the memories of the adventure travelers, people who want to drink life to the lees! The following day, Hashem led his expedition to Wadi Rum, located far to the south in Jordan, near the border with Saudi Arabia and the Red Sea port of Aqaba. Wadi Rum, a film location for Lawrence of Arabia in 1962, The Red Planet in 2000, Prometheus in 2012, The Martian in 2015, and Rogue One in 2016, promised to be the pinnacle of the trip. At Wadi Rum, the combined revenue of film production and tourism had tempted a normally nomadic Bedouin tribe to permanently settle there. The Bedouin became the hosts for Claire and the other tourists under Hashem’s care. They provided shelter in two of their traditional tents, authentic Bedouin meals, and they facilitated hikes, rock climbing, camel rides, and even ballooning! Wadi Rum, a gateway for travelers for thousands of years, bristled with memorable

Is It Nature’s Wonder Or Island Paradise? Paxos & Its Vacation Rentals For Holiday!

What would be your reaction when you find that there is a beautiful Island on the earth that can offer you the feeling of heaven? It will simply amaze you and you would love to plan a trip to discover the undiscovered beauty of this Island. It is Paxos, which is a Greek Ionian Island with small periphery of about seven by four miles.

This is the adorable place for all those people, seeking for the peaceful stay in the arms of natural beauty. So, if you are planning for a family trip or a romantic holiday, then give a try to this Island. Pebble beaches will definitely enchant you with its elegance; turquoise water will please you with its calmness; and olive groves embrace you with its beauty. Overall, you can find the tranquility everywhere in this island- from cliffs to olive trees, sea caves to shingled beaches, and from harbors to villa rentals.

More About the Island & the Vacation Rentals

The Island is still unspoilt due to its filtered tourist crowd. You will find a select crowd of people traversing here, especially those who look for some seclusion. Paxos is the best destination for families and couples with its tranquil approach and scenic beauty. If you are planning a trip for Paxos, then you will have to come by ferry from the Corfu. There is no airport, and this could be the reason of its unspoilt and tranquil beauty.

After arriving in this Island, you don’t need to worry about the stay. This small island has numbers of villa apartments with all luxury amenities. They can offer you the comfort and the freedom to spend quality time in proper seclusion with your partner. Additionally, you can experience the Greek Mediterranean life, staying at one of the villa rentals. Greek culture seems embossed on the interior and exterior of the rentals. White washed walls, stoneware, wooden beams, and stone furnishing is the perfect emblem of Greek culture.

These holiday rentals are designed to serve you the ecstasy and the serenity on the top with full comfort. Each villa is separated from the other and situated near the beaches. So, you can enjoy the beach view right from your rented place. You can also gaze at the scenic beauty right from the window of your room as you can find the surrounding of olive trees everywhere.

You will hardly find a hotel here to stay. It doesn’t mean that villas will cost you a lot. You can book any of the vacation rentals at a quite reasonable rate. You have a huge collection of villas. You can choose the one which can match with your requirement and can offer the luxury in your set budget.

No water park, no bar- only tranquility and wonderful scenery are there. However, you can find traditional tavernas there to try some Greek food. Its three main harbor villages- Lakka, Loggos, and Giaos are also there to show you the historical beauty at best.

So, if you are on a trip to this heavenly Island, then don’t forget to book vacation rentals at Glyfada in Paxos before the arrival. This can save you time and remove the hassle of manual searching and last-minute unavailability. So, travel hassle-free with prior bookings and enjoy a romantic holiday in Paxos.

Young Birders Trip to Mabira Forest

The trip to Mabira & Mpanga Forest

I must openly admit to you my dear readers that I missed the morning bus to connect me to the rest of the group but at last, I made it. For now, I will skip the bits about the journey focus directly on the experience… I agree to this day that the ride to Mabira took longer than anticipated (what can one get out of public means of course!) and I missed a great deal of activity. My friends had long arrived and indeed half way the experience… sad for me already, but still going strong (hey, I had packed a whole 2 pounds of courage and excitement with me!). So here I was, ready with my binoculars and the guide to ‘EAST AFRICAN BIRDS and with a checklist of close to 30 bird species (I wasn’t doing so badly!). It happened so fast, before I could take in the whole presence of this magnificent tropical rainforest, my guide quickly pointed out the yellow white eye, forest birders are very fast (or shy I think), but I was blessed with my first view of this little creature. Before I could take a closer look, however, it fly away… now I had to be quieter and more attentive to the guide’s whispers and directions.

I had encountered the African thrush numerous times but was more than excited to see it once again in Mabira forest eating little Uganda safari ants and hoping around. It was the Tinker bird that brought back all the excitement; we looked all corners of the forest and still could not trace the call. At this point, my guide suggested that we use the swamp tail and perhaps might encounter it… He was right indeed, we did have a chance at it as it flew past… it has the most vibrant sound yet so little. I was blessed with the breathtaking sight of the Blue breasted kingfisher… oh it was a real sight to behold. This is one of the most rare bird species in tropical Africa could at this point be located at Semliki and Queen Elizabeth National parks.

The trip to Mpanga forest: breeding month for the Black and White Casqued Horn bills (August)Our next birding destination was a small forest on the Masaka highway. It is just on the road and you just can’t miss it. It was the breeding season for the Horn bills. If you ever find need to watch a great number of horn bills, Mpanga forest is definitely the perfect spot as I later discovered. One too many times, I came up-close with the male Black and white Casqued hornbill gathering mud for the construction of the nest. My guide guided us further down the forest and we came to the bottom of the giant tree where the construction was going on. What sight we were blessed with was a magnificent piece of work… the creativity with which the nest is constructed is some thing to behold.

Presently, the Great Blue Turraco was at it too (dangerously hatching her little eggs… it is common practice for hornbills to steal and feast on the eggs of others), this time however, the nest is made out of small pieces of wood and soft tree bunches unlike the horn bill which focuses makes a ‘Muddy finishing’. The Great blue Turraco rises the nest at the highest and thickest end of the tree so as to be secure from predators and the harsh weather of course.

While I marveled at the beauty of such creation, a white chinned prinia graced us with her presence. Oh… it my very first time alright and I was mesmerized. This little bird (the prinia) has a sharp sense for recognizing her own sound. My guide proved this by replaying her recorded vocals from a distance away and behold, she (the prinia) was back again, flying about and probably wondering who was calling. She retaliated with similar sounds probably sending out a message of help or was it some kind of threat to any enemy (us)!

My checklist is presently at 100 and am still counting.

I really had a great time with the Tristar Africa Skimmer Safaris, the birding safari in Uganda in some of the largest forest made it more special and memorable and the fact Mabira hosts over a quarter of the 1040 bird species in Uganda made me more eager. Bird watching can be a really hard test but with good birders and the love i have for birds, it was always going to be a piece of cake for me.

The Spirit Bear Adventure Travel

British Adventure Traveler Claire boarded her scheduled Air Canada flight to Vancouver, British Columbia (BC). Twenty-nine-year-old Claire, who treats herself to one adventure trip each year, always tried to begin her adventure by flying an airline hosted by the country in which she would visit. She selected Vancouver in order to embark on a Royal Caribbean Cruise Line ship bound for Alaska. The ship’s route through the inward passage between channel islands, presented a great chance for her to see humpback whales and orcas who hunt in those channels. Perhaps she might see a bear on one of the islands.

As she planned her trip, Vancouver piqued her interest. Far more than merely a cruise port of embarkation, the diverse cosmopolitan city offered delicious dining choices, nightlife, and (most important to Claire) other adrenaline rush adventure opportunities. She planned to experience the city for a few days after hiking into the coastal rainforest on a photography tour to find and photograph the rare and elusive Spirit Bear.

Scientifically named “Kermode Bear,” native people in ancient times called the white ones Spirit Bears. Claire thought to improve her odds of seeing one by hiring a Kitasoo native guide to lead her into the rain forest. All Kermode Bears are Black Bears, however, many of the ones who live in the coastal rain forest sport white fur. Many folks mistake them for polar bears, but no wild polar bears live in the forest. The size, shape, and facial features of the Spirit Bear clearly reveal it as a black bear.

Science can provide no answer for the bear’s occasional white coat other than to state nature’s odd albino result. But, the natives explain it this way: The Spirit Bear reminds the people to show gratitude for the bounty that they have, for once all the land lay under crushing glaciers and fathomless snow. Claire hoped that she could photograph the bear, and perhaps the equally elusive cougar and coastal wolves that live in the rain forest. None of her friends had come with her on the trip. It saddened her that her friends chose to grow up stodgy and sensible like their parents. Perhaps the wildlife photos, her description of cruise ship fun, and her excitement at the telling of adventure in British Columbia and Alaska might tempt her friends to come with next time. #TAG1writer

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Mammoth Magic: California’s Mammoth Mountain

Mammoth Mountain is a stocky hulk of a volcano that stands apart from the Sierran peaks around it. Some 300 miles north of Los Angeles, California, along U.S. Highway 395, this 11,053-foot peak is the centerpiece of a year-round playground. Amidst this alpine region in the Inyo National Forest, numerous lakes and streams and geological wonders await the visitor and offer countless recreational opportunities. In the summer, backpacking, horseback riding, mountain biking, rock climbing, bouldering, boating and fishing top the list of activities enjoyed here. In spring and fall, seasonal beauty offers special allure for hikers, photographers and artists. In winter, a snowy cloak drapes the landscape, beckoning sports enthusiasts to the area’s world-famous Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort, and to nearby cross-country ski and snowmobiling trails. And numerous public and private campgrounds in the area offer year-round camping, making it a favorite destination of many RVers.

Depending on the visitor’s interests, an RV tour of Mammoth-Mono country can be approached from different locations and during any season. As a sample tour to introduce the area, begin your visit at the Inyo National Forest Mammoth Visitor Center, the first right as you’re coming into town on State Highway 203. The center has books, maps, leaflets, displays and helpful rangers to assist visitors in planning itineraries and to issue wilderness permits for overnight wilderness backpacking trips. The center also sponsors ranger-led hikes and evening programs.

Unless you’ll be camping in the Devil’s Postpile area, you’ll have to take a shuttle bus between 7:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. daily to get there. Instituted to alleviate traffic congestion in this very popular area, the bus cost $8 per adult or $4 per child ages 3-15, free for children under 2 years of age, round-trip service. Bus rides between stops in the canyon are free. If you’re going to camp in the Middle Fork Canyon of the San Joaquin River, you should know that the road from the Minaret Summit to Agnew Meadows is curvy, steep and scarcely more than one-lane wide. The shuttle is free after Labor Day into October.

The trailhead at Agnew Meadows are packed with the vehicles of hikers, and the meadow is even more packed with flowers. Horseback trips into the wilderness start at a pack station near here. Both hikers and riders visit such places as Shadow Lake, which the guidebook Mammoth Lakes Sierra called “one of the jewels of the Sierra, particularly because of its setting below the peaks of the Ritter Range.” It is a moderate 3-mile hike.

At Devil’s Postpile, you’ll see a jumble of talus of the Postpile (something like giant, polygonal Lincoln logs piled in the corner) made when basalt lava filled this place to a depth of 400 feet. As the basalt cooled, it cracked to form a honeycomb of columns – in fact, one of the best examples of columnar-jointed basalt in the world.

But volcanism was only one part of the story here and in the Mammoth-Mono area. Glaciers were another. After hiking to the top of the Postpile, you’ll see the tiled floor finish of the column tops. A glacier 4,000 feet thick left not only polish, but also parallel scratches called striations. The glacier also plucked 100 feet worth of basalt off of this formation, although the columns are still another 280 to 300 feet and go straight down.

From the Postpile you can reach the end of Highway 203 at Reds Meadow. The meadow is a resort with a general store, cafe, cabins and pack station offering horse or wagon rides. Just before reaching the resort, you can camp at a Forest Service campground and luxuriate in it’s free hot-spring-heated bathhouse.

Also in this area is the trailhead for Rainbow Falls. The hike is only 1-1/4 miles and re-enters the national monument. The San Joaquin River broadly plunges 101 feet over a lava ledge and partly atomizes into a spectral-colored mist, which is best seen at midday. The rainbow in the mist of the falls is a daily occurrence, as long as the sun is shining.

This canyon is snowed in during the winter, but Mammoth Mountain is open all year. This inactive volcano is home to one of the country’s grandest downhill-ski areas. The skiing terrain is a healthy mix of 30% beginner, 40% intermediate and 30% advanced. Thirty-two lifts and 150 trails covering 3,100 vertical feet serve skiers of all abilities. For the borderline suicidal, there are advanced to expert runs (i.e., cliffs and near cliffs) from the summit, which a gondola reaches in 20 minutes. That gondola is also open for summer visitors who want to hike across the summit to enjoy the scenery from probably the best, most easily reached vantage point around.

Returning to the village, turn right on the Lake Mary Road to get to the Mammoth Lakes. The distinctive granite spire called Crystal Crag dominates this glacier-scoured basin. The cluster of lakes here is sprinkled with campgrounds. Mammoth Mountain RV Park is one of the most popular and is open year-round. In addition to camping, visitors can enjoy fishing, boating, horseback riding and hiking.

From Horseshoe Lake, the farthest one you can drive to, you can hike to McLeod Lake in a half-mile, then on over Mammoth Pass to Reds Meadow. For a memorable meal, picnic at the Twin Falls Overlook, where the outlet of Lake Mamie tumbles over volcanic boulders 300 feet to the Twin Lakes below.

Heading back to U.S. Highway 395 and turning right (south), you can visit more Mammoth attractions. Convict Lake, a 10-minute drive from Mammoth Lakes Village, offers camping, fishing, horseback riding and hiking, including a level, one-mile long trail around the north shore, and trails into the John Muir Wilderness. Mount Morrison looms over the southside of Convict Canyon, and aspens in the campground put on a show in the fall.

Farther south, Crowley Lake is heavily fished, which isn’t surprising, since the fishing is fantastic in the eastern Sierra. During the summer, it seems that every lake and stream has at least one angler on it everyday after brown, rainbow, golden or brook trout. The opening day of the trout season, in April, sees its share of eager anglers, too. You can get a copy of the fishing regulations and a fishing license from just about any store in the area.

Heading back north on U.S. Highway 395, the next road, mostly dirt, leads to the Hot Creek Fish Hatchery and the Hot Creek Geologic Site. The hot springs here provide the hatchery with ideally warm water for the incubation of trout eggs. It is one of the many hatcheries in the area that keep nibbles on the line throughout the season. Hot Creek is open to visitors daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The nearby geologic site, open for day use only, has boardwalks leading to steaming vents and boiling waters. Swimming is not recommended, partly because of inconsistent mixing of the heated water with the cold creek water.

Continuing northward, toward Mono Lake, you’ll turn onto the June Lake Loop. On your way to June Lake, you can climb an observation deck near Oh! Ridge, so named because of how suddenly you see the lake. The lake itself has one of the best sunbathing beaches in the area. All along the loop, numerous public and private campgrounds accommodate the RVer. Trails strike off from the road, inviting the hiker or horse packer to the higher country of the Ansel Adams (formerly the Minarets) Wilderness and the “back door” of Yosemite.

After passing Silver Lake, where the California record brook trout was caught, you’ll parallel the upper reaches of Rush Creek to Grant Lake. Grant is the main holding reservoir for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s diverted Mono Basin water. From this point, the water goes under the Mono Craters instead of to Mono Lake, to the Owens River. Below the dam, Los Angeles has kept lower Rush Creek – once the finest brown trout stream in the eastern Sierra – bone dry. That is, until three wet winters a few years ago swept trout over the dam. These fish actually re-established their own wild spawning population once again, though perhaps only temporarily. The creek would be dry through the summer, were it not for a temporary injunction brought on by fishermen’s groups and the Mono Lake Committee, which has been fighting to protect Mono Lake. The injunction requires Los Angeles to maintain a 19-cubic-feet-per-second minimum flow. Anglers have been treating the reborn creek as a wild catch-and-release trout stream.

Returning to U.S. 395, head south, crossing Rush Creek, and turn left onto State Highway 120, east toward the Mono Craters, which tower 2600 feet above the surrounding plains. These volcanic craters are practically newborns in geologic terms. This is especially true of Panum Crater. You can take a short trip to the crater’s rim and take in the surroundings. Panum Crater was formed only 640 years ago when explosive eruptions piled up pumice to create the rim, set up by the oozing of a glassy, obsidian plug. To the west, Sierran canyons show the broad U-shape of glacier-carved valley. Mono Lake itself rests in a bathtub-shaped basin with the eastern Sierra as the wall, with faucets on one end and with volcanic highlands forming the rims, but this tub loses water only to evaporation. Today, it is drying up because of Los Angeles’ diversion of four of the five Sierran streams that flow toward Mono.

Return to Highway 120 and turn left. After about three miles, turn left onto a dirt road, then follow the left fork. This takes you to an interpretive trail at the South Tufa Grove. Tufa is one of the most peculiar products of the lake, owing its existence to Mono’s unusual chemistry. Mono’s water is three times as salty as the sea and about 80 times as alkaline, which makes it feel soapy. One type of these salts is carbonates – chemically related to baking soda – which react with the calcium in spring water as it wells up from the lake bottom. The result is tufa. The fragile, other-worldly sand tufa at the nearby Navy Beach was formed in the same way as the tufa towers, except that the calcium carbonate formed in sand. The hardened calcium carbonate holds the grains of sand together in fragile formations.

In spite of its “dead sea” appearance, Mono teems with life. It supports algae, brine shrimp and brine flies by the billions, which, in turn, support nesting gulls and millions of migrating shore birds. The fall migration is particularly heavy. The black, volcanic Negit Island was the main nesting colony for gulls until 1979, when the lake level dropped enough to expose a land bridge. Coyotes then crossed the island and routed the gulls. Thanks to those wet winters, Negit is an island, once again.

Traveling for Fun: 3 Tips for a Solo Adventurer

People mostly travel for fun, but have you ever thought about traveling on your own? According to most soloist travelers, traveling alone brings a lot of fun and boosts confidence.

One advantage is you can write your own itinerary and the other one is to not think too much of time compared with traveling with a companion.

If you have been traveling for a long time now and have not tried traveling alone yet, perhaps this is something you may want to consider in the future.

We know some of you might still feel scared at the thought of it, but it is actually not as scary as you think it would be, especially after you’ve done it.

Traveling on your own is still fun, although the fun it brings might somehow be different compared with traveling with a companion. If you want to be a solo adventurer next time, the first thing you need to do is to be prepared for it.

By saying prepared, this means there are some tips to follow. In this article, you would learn some of the tips shared by other solo adventurers that will help make the entire trip fun and memorable for you.

Bring everything you need

First things first – you need to make sure nothing is left behind before the date of departure. This means preparing everything you need to bring with you days ahead, and not cram, lest you travel in lack.

Some of the important things you need to bring with you are your documents, such as your passport, ID, and tickets, cash and credit card, cellphone and other gadgets you will be needing for documentation purposes, medicines, and toiletries.

It is better to be prepared than never. Always remember that you are traveling alone, therefore there is no one to easily ask help from incase something urgent comes up during the trip.

The good thing about this, though, is that it the experience itself will teach you to be responsible and independent. Traveling alone is not a joke, but because of the pressure and different emotions that will come out, you would have no other choice but take on the challenge. You could say it is a life changing event, you know!

Study the place and learn the culture

Part of the preparation process is to study the place where you are heading to. Study your hotel whereabouts, the delicious restaurants near your area, the food to try, and of course the culture!

It also pays a lot if you also know the weather of the place during the time of visit. This way, you can know what clothes to bring. If you are going there during winter time, then perhaps you could bring jackets, boots, and gloves. Likewise, you bring comfortable clothes if you are coming during summer time.

When it comes to the culture of the place, it is important to know it fully and adapt to it once you get there. Each place has a different culture, so expect that not everything would be as pleasant as what you were used to back home. However, learning a different culture is actually so much fun.

Especially if you are someone who has been traveling for a long time already, you know that the culture of a specific place adds up to the enjoyment of the entire trip. It wouldn’t be as exciting as you thought it would be if not for its unique and interesting culture, right?

For example, a lot of people go to Japan simply because they love to immerse in its culture. Tourists go there to eat Japanese cuisines, visit historical places that depict Japanese culture, and even wear Kimono to complete the enjoyment of their trip.

So, to make it more pleasant for you while traveling alone, try to learn the culture of the place first and once you are already there, immerse yourself in it – as if you are a part of it – and be really merry.

Be friendly

You are traveling on your own, so it would be a bit lonely at times. However, that shouldn’t always be the case if you just step out from own shyness and be amiable to anyone you meet down the road.

Basing from other’s experiences, meeting new people during the trip will add up to the fun and enjoyment traveling alone brings. Imagine learning a different language, copying their mannerism, going to beautiful places not yet heard or advertised, and eating exotic foods with them – it would be so much fun!

By being friendly, it wouldn’t seem like you are traveling on your own because of the new friends you will meet during your trip.

If you are not convinced yet, that is fine! However, try to read some blogs from solo adventurers and dig deeper into their travel experiences to know better. To conclude, traveling alone is not bad at all. In fact, it will give you lots of lessons learned in the end.

I am George Patt, passionate writer, photographer, traveler and technology addicted. Proud dad of three awesome boys.

Trip to Three Jewels of North India: Delhi, Jaipur and Agra

Are you completely exhausted physically and mentally running behind the harsh day-to-day routine? Do you want to release stress spending some time with family? Are you planning for a vacation trip to rejuvenate and return with stress-free body, mind, and soul? Then, the golden triangle tour might be your right choice. During a Delhi Agra Jaipur tour, you will be allured with the glimpses of fascinating art, the rich cultural heritage, and the lovable art of world monuments of different dynasties. Historical places of Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur and sightseeing in those places will enthral your entire journey. The trip usually takes 7 to 8 days in total starting and ending in Delhi. Flights, trains, luxury Volvo buses, hired cars, and hotels whatever may be your choices are included in the charges.

Delhi

The capital city of India, Delhi is a blend of rulers from many dynasties, particularly the Mughals made many historic forts, iconic monuments, and tombs. The places of Delhi sightseeing that may create your interest to visit are the Majestic Red Fort, the Qutub Minar, the Parliament House, the India gate, the Gandhi Smriti. You will be fascinated by exploring the Lotus Temple and Laxmi Narayan Temple. The crowning glory of New Delhi, the Rashtrapati Bhawan or the President Palace will magnetize you with charm. Don’t forget to visit the crowded colourful bazaars of Old Delhi.

Agra

Agra is the most wonderful destination of the tourists from all corner of the world due to the TajMahal, the iconic cenotaph of Mumtaj, the queen of famous Mughal Emperor Shahjahan. It is aptly regarded as the greatest wonder of the world and you will be wondered seeing its marble and enchanted watching the majestic grandeur on the marble. After visiting the TajMahal, it will be placed in your heart symbolizing and glorifying the eternal love. In the evening you can enjoy with your family the Mohabbat-e-Taj show describing the Mughal era. Visit other historical places of Agra, such as the Itmad-ud-Daula, the Tomb of Akbar the Great, and the Agra Fort. The Taj Hotel Agra is one of the famous hotels to stay in Agra.

Jaipur

Jaipur is the epitome of magnificence, the largest city of Rajasthan. The city is rich in majestic palaces, beautiful havelis, tranquil temples, and splendid fortresses. It is a versatile tourist destination captivating exquisite handicrafts and spectacular pieces of jewellery. Jaipur is renowned as the Pink City due to its picturesque view of pink houses. During your stay here you must visit Amer Fort, Nahargarh Fort, Jaigarh Fort, City Palace, HawaMahal, JalMahal, Jantar Mantar, and Abhaneri as part of Jaipur sightseeing.

South Carolina Adventure Travel

British Adventure Traveler Claire believed that she might enhance her adventure vacation by planning it with the help of someone who lived at her target destination. On previous trips, Claire either cooperated with a local tour company or she hired a local guide upon arrival. For her trip to South Carolina in the United States, she tried something different. Through BritishExpats.com, she made contact with countrymen who live in Charleston, South Carolina.

With their help, she determined to fly over for the final week of Charleston’s Spoleto Festival and one of the expats that she contacted offered to guide her while she vacationed in Charleston. She also suggested that Claire break up her trip, to experience “Chuck town,” (Charleston) on the front and back ends of her holiday by renting a car for a trip upstate to get at a Carolina peach, freshly harvested from the orchard.

The Carolinians consider the Spoleto festival as a kickoff to tourist season, and while many of the events directly connect with the Italian celebration of the same name, the festival means party long and well. For the well-heeled, Spoleto Charleston provides opera, Shakespearian plays, and opulent balls. For Claire, an open-air jazz festival, dirty dancing in the street, and fireworks juiced her interest in American pub-style fun. She booked her flights with Aer Lingus after she learned that she could get a seat on one of their flights mostly occupied by Spoleto-bound revelers. As she hoped, that group adopted her during the flight, welcoming her to join them to experience as many of the Charleston events that she wanted.

Claire got little sleep in the first few days of Spoleto. She enjoyed a sumptuous dinner before a street party every evening, followed by a main event and fireworks. Up early the following day for a grand southern American breakfast with lots of coffee, Claire toured old town Charleston by carriage and she traveled by boat to Fort Sumter in the harbor. Claire power-napped whenever she could to “recharge her batteries,” not wanting to miss anything. During her nap on the boat ride back from Fort Sumter, her sleepy head rocked over onto the shoulder of a British Navy Officer who had also traveled to Charleston on the Aer Lingus flight.

Gallantly, he did not wake her until the boat docked. After treating Claire to coffee, he invited her to join him for a tour of a visiting British warship at the Charleston Navy Base. At lunch aboard the ship with the officers and their wives, Claire mentioned her plan to go get a peach, and they all got into that too! Two days later, they whisked her away in a convoy of four cars as the British Navy Couples drove on a “staff ride” to the King’s Mountain Battlefield in upstate to pay their respects to Major Patrick Ferguson and his men, British casualties in the American Revolutionary War.

But, for Claire, their stop at a peach orchard in York set the stage for the high point of her holiday. There, for the first time in her life, Claire took a big bite into a dead ripe freestone peach. The incredibly sweet juice exploded in her mouth! It splashed onto her cheeks, dribbled down her chin, and onto her dress! Surrounded by cheers and the laughter of her newfound friends, Claire experienced the signature moment in her latest adventure travel. #TAG1writer

Waterfall Destinations Around The World

The chill of the high altitude, the fresheness in the air, the soothing green of the surrounding, and of course, the cascade of water torrenting down a rocky edge, but in a beautiful tranquil manner – everything makes waterfalls the ideal sightseeing scene. Though some of the below mentioned waterfalls may be less approachable than the others, you should know about them and chalk out a plan to take a trip there.

Gullfoss (Golden falls), Iceland

This is one of the most gorgeous waterfalls, especially during the winter. Gullfoss is particularly known for its shape, this wild waterfall tumbles on the Hvítá River in two tiers at 90 degree angles to each other. Due to a crevice, the river Hvítá seems to disappear into the abyss. Set in an environment of mystique, the allure of this waterfall is in its surrounding as well.

Niagra falls, USA and Canada

Spanning across the two countries of Canada and USA, Niagara Falls is one of the most well-known ones in the world. Owing to its popularity, the surroundings aren’t as naturesque as the others. But easy accessibility and numerous view points make it desirable. It is formed of two sections – the Horseshoe Falls on the Canadian side and the American Falls on the American side – that are separated by an island. The Horseshoe Falls are more impressive: water here drops 53 m, while the American Falls drop only 21-30 m.

Victoria falls, Zimbabwe

The largest singular waterfall in the world, Victoria Falls spreads out to 1.7km with an average flow of 1 million litres every second! If these figures don’t amaze you, then I don’t know what will. If you go travelling near it, you will have a hard time keeping yourself dry, thanks to all the mist around it. An UNESCO World Heritage site, it is one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Victoria falls is truly a work of sublime beauty.

Plitvice falls, Croatia

While most of the other waterfalls mentioned here are singular ones, Plitvice Falls is more like a network of falls, making it one of the most unique one. The many drops end in various hues of blue, ranging from clear to azure to turquoise. These finally extend onto a limestone canyon. Located within a national park, one can hike around and across them. The national park is also an UNESCO World Heritage site.

Angel falls, Venezuela

World’s highest uninterrupted, permanent waterfall deserved a place on this list. It falls mysteriously out of a tabletop mountain in Canaima National Park, in its full glory. Standing as tall as 979 metres, it’s a sight to behold. Though reaching it is a bit of a complicated affair, it hasn’t stopped the true lovers of nature. After reaching the national park, you need a river boat ride and a hike to reach the Angel Fall lookout.

Yosemite falls, USA

Located in Sierra Nevada, California, it is one of the highest falls in the USA (739 metres). Being easy to access, this is one of the most popular tourist destination. The fact that it’s located in the incomparably beautiful Yosemite Valley, too helps its case. The source of this waterfall is melting snow, which is why, sometimes the stream may cease due to a lesser amount of snow.