Four of the best places in the world to go kayaking

If you are new to kayaking and you are looking for beautiful kayaking vacation spots to travel to, here are four of the very best kayaking spots around the world.

Milford Sound, New Zealand – Milford Sound is located deep in the south-west of New Zealand and is a popular kayaking spot because lush green peaks surround the entire area. Authors have described Milford Sound as one of the eighth wonders of the world. Charges range from NZ $ 100-120 per person for a tour.

Na Pali coast, Hawaii – If you have never been to Hawaii and want to experience the country in its natural beauty, visit the Na Pali coast in Kauai. You can only access this coastline by hiking, helicopter or boat. Na Pali is surrounded by green cliffs and cascading waterfalls, which is the perfect landscape for kayaking.

Vancouver Island, Canada – If you are looking to spot orcas but are new to kayaking, consider visiting Johnstone Strait situated in the Broughton Archipelago Marine Park. Your kayaking experience will be enhanced by ancient forests and stunningly beautiful mountains. Look at visiting the island from June to October, to see hundreds of orcas, black bears, bald eagles, Pacific white-sided dolphins and humpback whales.

Dalmatian Coast, Croatia – Croatia is stunning and is one of the most picturesque spots for kayaking. You will be able to enjoy crystal clear water, hot summers, historic architecture and hundreds of coves. Crystal Seas recommends speaking to a reputed kayaking tour operator who will be able to arrange excursions for beginners.

 

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3 Most Dangerous Airports in the World

No matter what you think, the first few hours of any trip sets the tone for the remainder. If everything goes well, then the trip might turn out that way too.

In other words, a lousy flight can spoil a trip, not unless you are game for a little adventure. Yes, there are a few airports that spell danger and that have caused travelers to postpone their trip indefinitely.

Here are 3 of the most dangerous airports in the world: (more…)

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Travelling to Portugal

In the past, Portugal, located at the southwestern tip of Europe,has remained somewhat isolated from Spain and has its own unique culture. Today, Portugal is a great value as a travel destination. The countryside is beautiful, the cities are lively, and the landscape is diverse thanks to its north to south location along the Iberian Peninsula’s western shore. One day trip takes you from the glamorous beaches near Algarve across the desert-like landscape in the Alentejo region and on to the lush green mountains in the north.

Portugal is a member of the Schengen Agreement, and no border patrols exist between them and any other European Union nations that have implemented the treaty. Be sure to check ahead, because not all EU members are a part of the treaty, and there may be spot customs checks. Non-EU citizens who are visa-exempt such as Australia and New Zealand, EEA, EU, and citizens of Switzerland only need a passport valid for their stay in Portugal. Other nationals requiring a visa must have a passport valid for three months beyond their stay.

You can get a flight from most any major airline to Portugal. Additionally, the country has its own airlines (TAP Portugal and SATA/Azores Airlines). A few no-frills airlines like Monarch and easyJet offer flights to Lisbon, Porto, and Faro at competitive prices. US residents can fly to Lisbon from Philadelphia, Boston, Oakland, and Providence with SATA International/Azores Airlines. United flies from Newark and Washington. TAP Portugal flies from Newark, New York, Miami, and Boston. All of these flights are seasonal.


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How to Shoot Better Vacation Photos

If you understand some of the basics of photography, you can use your camera’s automated settings to capture beautiful photographs almost every time. You can play with manual settings too, but they don’t always give the results you want within the timeframe you need. You should also know how to frame your shots, and how to use lighting to your advantage. All of these tips are simple to understand, difficult to master. Still, with this advice you’ll soon have friends complimenting your photographic eye as they take a visual journey through your vacation. (more…)

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Tips for getting started with Kayaking

Written1 by Crystal Seas

Going Kayaking can be daunting for beginners. It is however a stress free way of relaxing, getting some exercise and getting some fresh air all at once. Sure, it can be technical, but Kayaking is as difficult as someone wants it to be. With a few basic lessons, which can be leant in a matter of minutes you can paddle around at your leisure. Here are a few tips for when getting started:

Learn

Before you go Kayaking, get lessons from a proper certified instructor. There are outfitters with such instructors wherever Kayaking is popular. If going Kayaking is part of a holiday plan then check the phone book or Google for instructors at your destination.

Sizing

When yo
u get lessons you will also learn the right types and sizes of Kayaks and what suits you. As a beginner you will probably find that sea kayaks are better than the more tippy and shorter whitewater kayaks. You can then find your foot and seat peg settings that are just right for you.

Width

For beginners wider kayaks are better as they are more stable. In addition, they also have open cockpits which are easier to get in and out of. This feels safer for beginners even when heading out for washington kayak.

Flatwater

Beginners are always better off with flatwater. Examples are lakes or ponds that have no turbulence of any sort. Once you have some confidence in a kayak, then streams and rivers are the next followed possibly by sea kayaking tour.

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Deciding Whether Studying Abroad is Right For You

Written by: Omar Amanat

Summary: Abroad programs are an exciting way to learn everything there is to know about a foreign country and it’s identity.

One of the greatest learning experiences that you can partake in is studying abroad. Now, it takes an extremely decisive person to study abroad. There are thousands of abroad programs in hundreds of countries all over the world. So, how can you possible decide which program is right for you? Do you know which country you prefer to travel to? What universities have your major and will your credit be transferrable?

Start Preparing Early

The number of students that are willing to take the plunge and study abroad increases about 4% per year, and has become the new norm for American students. This means, you need to plan early in order to obtain the right program and prepare all the necessary documents to get the ball rolling. Talk to your university advisor and discuss whether or not studying abroad fits in with your schedule. This conversation needs to occur early on – possibly even in your first year. Remember, the earlier the better.

Get Everything in Order

First off, you’ll want to speak with your parents/guardians. Are they willing to financially support this trip? Will they be okay sending you off for half a year or so? Be prepared to show them everything about the program so they feel like they’re in the loop. Parents, needless to say, want to know every ounce of detail so they can feel confident knowing that you’re enrolling in an accredited program that will keep you safe. You’ll also want to be confident in the program of your choice. Once you begin your adventure, there’s no turning back! It may be difficult parting your home for an extended period of time, but it’s also an opportunity to broaden your horizons (as cliché as that sounds). You’ll learn a new language, meet new people, and discover an exotic and foreign culture!

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Vacationing in Napa Valley

If you’re heading to California, no matter what time of year, Napa Valley is an incredible place to lose yourself. Napa is colloquially known as California wine country, and it’s where many popular wine brands (both in the supermarket and specialty brands for restaurants and wine stores) are made there. There are many wineries to tour, and the Napa Valley Wine Train is an excellent way to get there.

Take the Train

The Napa Valley Wine Train isn’t just a train, it’s a restaurant that provides a memorable tour through the countryside. It offers a multi-course meal and 25 miles of track that snake through the heart of Napa. The Pullman rail cars have been lovingly restored for an incredible and modern experience. The site for the wine train also has some advice on how to get to Napa Valley without using a car. You can do the entire trip without renting or owning a car.

Booking Wineries

Most wineries entertain fairly large groups, so they’ll expect you to book your trip in advance. Some will have waiting lists, others just want the advance notice so they know what to provide. Call the wineries you plan to see before you leave for the trip, and make sure your appointments are booked. If you fail to book a winery appointment, don’t fret. There are still some wineries that will take walk ins, and most wineries will accept walk ins if they aren’t very busy that day.


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How to Deal With Car Rental Agencies And Their Agreements

Don’t overlook the agreement form, scan it carefully before you sign on the dotted line.

car-rental-agreementCar rentals in Jordan are common for travelers looking to tour the beautiful landscape on their time without having to deal with the hassle of hailing down a taxi or a bus. There are certain factors that you should consider when dealing with a car rental company in Jordan. Here are some tips that will help you get through this process as smoothly as possible.

Check the Insurance Policies

Although it’s not mandatory to obtain insurance on a rental car, it’s important that you have a solid understanding of what the company’s insurance policy is before you make any decision. Insurance policies tend to differ from one agency to another. Ask about the age limit, comprehensive insurance, and the driving license limitations beforehand so you know what’s covered and what’s not. Note that some agencies will look to convince you into buying insurance just to make extra money.

Reading the Agreement About Security Deposits

A long term car rental in Amman Jordan comes with an agreement that you’ll have to sign prior to obtaining the rental car. Read this thoroughly and carefully. When it comes to the section about security deposits, learn about what affects the security deposit, the prices, and the return date. For instance, if there is a specific time that the agency will want the car back, jot it down or obtain a copy of the agreement so you won’t end up losing the deposit over a 5 minute delay. One of the best ways to go about handling a security deposit, if you want to be safe, is to pay in cash. This way, you won’t allow the company to have access to your credit card. This isn’t to say that all agencies will steal from you, it’s just what many tourists like to do to make sure that they’re safe from fraud.


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Four expert tips for beginner sea kayakers

crystalseas1Written by Crystal Seas

Kayaking is an adventure sport that can take a kayaker from serene to extreme in a matter of minutes. If you’re planning on a relaxing tour kayaking with orcas, you should still be prepared for not so calm weather. Here are four expert tips for beginners.

Take a lesson – Look at scheduling lessons with experienced trainers, who will give you the fundamental skills needed to stay out of trouble. You should start with a relatively simple lesson and progress on to more intensive courses if you are serious about your hobby.

Know the basics – Here are some standard basic skills you should master.

Hold the paddle with a light grip. – This helps for flexibility and reduces muscle straining.

Stay in a rhythmic motion when paddling.

Sweep strokes – Should be wider than your forward strokes.

Stick to your own style, pace, and range

Keep your upper body at a balanced and the center of gravity

Practice the basics – practice your basics on the ground and then move on to the water. When you move on to water, make sure you are in shallow, calm waters with a group. You should then progress on to open waters to gain more experience.

Pick your route and check the weather – Before you attempt your sea kayaking tour, you should be familiar with the area you are paddling in. Remember to check the marine weather forecast before you get into the water.

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Why Public Transportation Can be a Tourist’s Worst Nightmare

abu-dhabi-busIf you are looking to visit Abu Dhabi, consider renting a car.

Abu Dhabi has long been known as one of the most captivating and storied tourist destinations in the entire world. In other words, it’s a traveler’s dream come true. However, one thing that could be a nightmare for incoming visitors is the transportation system. While it may be worth the adventure to try out the bus or taxi system, it could also backfire on you. This why a short term or monthly car rental in Abu Dhabi is one of the most efficient ways to maximize your vacation.

The Cons of Public Transportation

Just like any large populated city, public transportation can be a nuisance. You have pushy residents, irregular schedules, and the always worrisome pickpockets. The only positive thing that you can take out of taking the bus is that you’re getting from one destination to the other. It could become quite difficult for you to enjoy the scenic view when you have a crowded bus with barely enough room to breathe. Well, that was pure exaggeration but you get the gist.

The Bottom Line

All in all, it might be well worth your money to try and go for a long term car rental in Abu Dhabi if you’re planning a visit. And always be sure that you are looking carefully into the car rental company that you are planning to use. Be sure that they are a trustworthy business so you don’t end up having random fees show up on your next statement.


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