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Welcome to Rasdhoo Atoll – The heart of Maldives! Rasdhoo Atoll is the capital of the Alif Alif Atoll administrative division. The local island is majorly known for its local Maldivian culture and recreational watersports like scuba diving and snorkeling.
Top Things To Do In Rasdhoo:
- Go scuba diving.
- Go snorkeling.
- Taste the Maldivian staple food.
- Go night fishing.
- Visit the sandbank.
- Take drone shots/Underwater pictures.
- Visit the Bikini beach.
- Go shopping!!
Where To Stay and How to Reach Rasdhoo?
- Choose a local island to stay on.
- Choose the window seat on your plane.
- Enquire about transport from Male to your island.
I couldn’t ask for more during my first ever international trip – I saw a world that I never knew existed, became a PADI certified Open water diver, ate the traditional Maldivian cuisine, flew a drone, went fishing, and did so much more. Quickly jumping back to the list:
1.Choose A window seat on your plane:
Ensure you select a window seat at least once, either while traveling to the Maldives or traveling from the Maldives.
You don’t want to miss this!!
Where To Stay In Rasdhoo And How To Reach?
2.Choose a local island to stay on:
Two types of islands in the Maldives:
- Resort Islands
- Local Islands
These islands are exclusively dedicated to resorts. They have everything from alcohol to private swimming pools. I didn’t opt for these resorts as they are very costly. The per-night cost for these resorts, on average, starts from Rupees 1 lakh and above. I felt I could do a hell of a lot of things during traveling with the cash I can save just on my stay by opting out to stay in these resorts.
On local islands, you could stay in excellent hotels and experience the local Maldivian life. I choose to remain in the beautiful island, Rasdhoo- The heart of Maldives!
3.Enquire about transport from Male to your island:
Generally, the resort you book would book your transport from Velana International Airport to your resort. In my case, I stayed at Palm Residency, which my scuba diving center itself arranged, and they took care of my transport.
The time taken to reach Rasdhoo Island: 1.5 hours.
Water bottles, Sea-sickness bags
To know more about how to travel from Velena International airport, check out our blog here.
4.Go Scuba Diving!
Scuba diving is an underwater sport. With self-contained underwater breathing apparatus and some training, you can become one of the beautiful fishes and swim with them underwater.
I took my scuba diving session from Jerry through his PADI-certified scuba diving center called Jerry’s Dive Club. I am so grateful for them, as they took care of everything- from planning my dives to my accommodation. They also gave me a handsome discount on all my scuba dives. From sharks to Manta rays, I swam with them all!!!
Well, you must be thinking I am a swimming champion of some sort to pull off this kind of sport. But the truth is, I don’t even know how to swim correctly. Yes, you don’t need to know how to swim to become a scuba diver!
Today I am a super happy PADI Open water scuba diver.
5. Go Snorkelling!
Snorkeling is a water sport generally done in shallow lagoons. You will be on the surface but can see the beautiful underwater world staying right on the surface.
What all did I see snorkeling at Rasdhoo:
Thanks to Jerry and his team, they selected the right spot for snorkeling, where I could see tons and tons of different fishes, stingrays, and I even saw a grey reef shark.
6.Taste the Maldivian staple food:
If you are in the Maldives or planning to go to the Maldives, you must try their staple Mas huni. They serve a thin bread (Chapati) with their famous tuna salad mixed with coconut dash. I am sure you will be amazed by how well they go with each other. Thank me later, when the juicy explosion blends in your mouth.
You can go day fishing or night fishing based on your travel plan. With Jerry’s dive club- I opted for the night fishing activity. It was an unforgettable experience.
Here’s me with a big Tuna that my dive buddy caught!
If you get the chance to choose day or night- go for night fishing!
My experience while night fishing:
I am sitting amidst the blue bioluminescent water filled with glowing planktons and the sky filled with twinkling stars, just thinking how lucky and grateful I am to be here.
8.Visit The Sandbank
Walk, jump and dance on the water and nothing will happen to you here!
9.Take drone shots/Underwater pictures:
Make memories for a lifetime by taking photos at the world’s most picturesque location. What’s visiting the Maldives without actually taking a beautiful drone or an underwater picture!!
10.Visit the bikini beach
The bikini beach is serene isolated, and I want to go back there…
Maldivian authentic shopping is something you can do only if you choose to stay on a local island. A few shops in Rasdhoo offer beautiful handmade wooden carving, traditional Maldivian clothes, and home decor items.
Going on a sailing vacation is never really a breeze as you will be at the mercy of the elements of the sea. However, with careful planning you can make the most of your sea voyage to make it even more meaningful for you. Regardless of your intended destination, you’ll have a much better chance of ensuring the perfect sailing vacation if you adhere to these tips:
Book Your Trip Early
There are certain seasons of the year when yacht charters are fully booked. If you wait for the peak season to begin, there’s a really good chance that you might not be able to find a charter to your liking. As such, if you really want to ensure the perfect sailing vacation, you’d have to book really early. Choose a yacht charter that can give flexibility to your sailing schedule. Remember, if it turns out that there’s going to be a storm on the day of your trip, then you should have a contingency for that.
Get a Medical Checkup before Your Trip
Sure, sailing may not be as physically demanding as going to a winter mountain resort, but you’d still want to know if you’re physically fit to last several days in the open ocean. It is always worth remembering that you will be several miles away from land and from the nearest medical facility should anything happen to you. If you’ve got medications that you need to take, then bring these, too.
Bring Appropriate Clothes and Gear
Heading out to sea means you’ll be mostly basking in the sun. The wide open seas with its glittering waters can also reflect light back to you. It’s going to be quite hot out there in the sea so it’s best to bring appropriate clothes. If you’re averse to getting sunburn, wearing long sleeves and pants should do the trick. But if you’re looking for some good tan, then be prepared with your beachwear, even though you’re on board a yacht. It’s also wise to bring sunscreen, wide-brimmed hat, and polarized shades.
Check on the Weather before Sailing
As we mentioned above, you’re essentially at the mercy of the sea whenever you go on a sailing vacation. As such, it is important to have a clear understanding of the weather forecast for the next several days in the region where you will be spending your sailing vacation. While the captain and crew of your chartered yacht are fully knowledgeable about navigating over rough seas, it is always best to exercise caution to help avoid turning your dream vacation into a nightmare on the high seas.
Don’t Forget Your Travel Insurance
Whenever traveling, it is best to get an appropriate travel insurance. This should help cover for almost anything that you simply cannot predict while on vacation, especially on the seas. You’ll never know if you’ll be in need of medical attention because of sunstroke or severe sea sickness. It’s always best to stay prepared at all times.
Ensuring the perfect sailing vacation is relatively easy. Just adhere to these very simple tips and you’ll be on your way to a great holiday on the high seas.
The post is by Adam, a Content Manager at Perfect Yacht Charter and he has spent the last decade reading and writing on cruise experiences. He has written articles on topics such as ENTERPRISE, SUNSEEKER, JUST ENOUGH and COSTA MAGNA. He many years’ experience in writing. He always delivers great knowledge and facts with his articles.
If you’re traveling in a group, planning your transportation can be a hefty task. From booking said transportation to funding the trip and ensuring there’s ample room for your group and their belongings, planning group travel requires careful consideration. Traditionally, airplanes have been the preferred method of transportation for single travelers and groups alike. Many people don’t know of the benefits a charter bus can offer to a large traveling group. Discover what charter buses provide that airplanes can’t!
- Charter buses are more direct. Planes travel at a faster rate, but other factors cause the overall travel time to be longer. Traveling to and from the airport, checking in, and waiting to board and de-plane can add an extra 3-5 hours on to your trip, whereas taking a charter bus will arrange a convenient pickup location and drop you off at your final destination.
- Charter buses are more comfortab Airplanes are getting smaller and smaller these days. Some airlines even charge more per ticket if you want “extra leg room.” Charter buses typically have a leg room that spans 36” as opposed to the standard 30” or less leg room on a plane.
- Charter buses are more affordable. Airline ticket prices vary drastically depending on when you book. The closer you are to your travel date, the more your ticket is going to cost. While the cost of your travel depends on where you’re traveling to and from and the length of your stay, the average domestic airline ticket can cost $379 per person, whereas a charter bus ticket are nearly 40% of the cost.
- Charter buses make eating healthy easy. You’re not limited to what you can eat when you travel by bus. Charter buses allow you to bring your own food and beverage most of the time, and you can schedule pit stops as needed, putting you in control of what goes in to your body. With charter buses, it’s easier to avoid traditional fast-food airport options.
- Charter buses don’t come with baggage fees. You’re allowed to travel with two bags on a charter bus. There are no fees or rules associated with the bags, unlike an airline that will charge $25 for your first checked bag and additional fees for any bag after. Some airlines will even charge you for your carry-on.
- Charter buses are an eco-friendlier option than air travel. If you’re a consumer always looking for the environmentally friendly option, charter buses are the way to go. Buses emit the lowest levels of carbon dioxide per passenger mile than any other mode of transportation.
Next time you’re traveling in a large group, give charter buses a try! They offer a world of benefits and are ideal for group travel.
Traveling and winter do not go hand in hand. It is literally hard to travel peacefully during the winter season. With so much adversity in the climate, you are likely to face so many unexpected obstacles in your journey during the winter season. Traveling during winter is stressful but at the same time, you can make it enjoyable if you plan it ahead and considering certain factors.
Depending on the destination and the intensity of the winter season in that place, you can plan out your vacation to make it worth. So here we go with certain travel tips for the winter season so that your vacation doesn’t get spoiled.
- Carry Winter Clothes
Carry winter clothes when you travel during this period. It will make your body warm. Carrying essential winter clothes will save your time and money as well. It will help you survive the cold weather without falling ill. Prior to making your hotel reservation, it is good to check the facilities offered by them so that you can pack things accordingly.
- A medical visit before the trip
It is always good to go for a medical check-up before you start your trip. It helps you to have a healthy and safe journey throughout. If any precaution is needed, you can take a note on that. Carry necessary medicines along with you. If you are a person suffering from any ailments, consult a doctor advise before you begin.
- Eat Chocolates
Do you have a sweet tooth? If so, you will love winter as it is the season to eat more of chocolates! Not because it is winter but eating chocolates keep your body warm. Traveling makes you tired and the climate will not favour you much. So, you need to make yourself comfortable so that your body does not die out fast.
- Pack luggage wisely
No matter what climate or season or the destination you are off to, always make sure to pack your luggage wisely. Do not stuff your bag with too many clothes, food, electronic goods etc. Pack only the essential things which you think will help you throughout the journey. Arrange things depending on the necessity you might need without any alternatives.
- Book Early Flights
If you have already planned your trip, it will be good to pick the early flights. Weather is very much unpredictable during the winter season and the take-off can be delayed at times. So always plan your journey ahead and try to book early flights so that even when it is delayed, you will reach your destination on desired time.
- Check on the weather before every journey
Weather during the winter season is very much unpredictable. So, it is always better to take a precaution by checking the weather condition before you start the journey.
- Travel Insurance
Always make sure that you have taken the travel insurance. Any loss or theft or any mishap if happens during the journey will not let you go down if you have taken the insurance.
- Eat Healthily, Sleep Soundly
The season will make you feel hungry all the time and make you crave for food. Eat healthily and wisely during winter. Make sure you eat properly cooked hot food. It will keep your body warm as well as it will help your digestion smooth. Also, give your body the rest it needs. Halt at places after traveling quite a distance.
- Carry Winter essentials for skin
It is very much important to take care of your skin like the way you take care of other essentials for the travel. Your skin will become dry and patched during the cold season. Constant moisturizing is needed to make your skin become soft and supple. Pampering your skin with moisturizer and various essential oils will do the good.
- Carry medicine
Apart from the regular First Aid, make sure you carry medicines for any kind of allergy and for the illness that might attack you during the cold weather. Know your destination well, the facilities available and the make a note on the precautions you need to take while you halt at such places to stay away from any kind of physical ailment.
The Australian Outback offers backpackers, adventurers, and campers with numerous choices of activities such as trekking, hiking, wildlife watching, birdwatching, kayaking, or just breathing in the beauty and splendour of valleys, tropical beaches, gorges, rock formations, riversides, and creeks.
The vast continent features natural wonders such as the Ayers/Uluru Rock, Kalbarri, Bamurru Plains, Booderee National Park, Jervis Bay, and hundreds of other sites. You may want to plan camping or backpacking for your next vacation, but before you leave for the trip, make a list of the camping gear you will need.
Aside from the usual tents and sleeping bags, you should also bring simple and portable cooking equipment which will help you whip up simple dishes to satisfy your hunger while in the wild.
Make a list of camping equipment to bring that includes cooking supplies such as the following:
- Chopping board;
- Portable stove with a Butane canister;
- A set of cooking saucepans;
- Mixing bowls;
- Paring knife;
- A set of cutleries;
- Travel picnic set;
- Large knife; and
- Dutch oven
Here are some simple recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner that you can make under 30 minutes on your next camping trip.
- Cooked bacon or ham;
- Filling (A choice of spread: Cheddar cheese, Dijon Mustard, or fruit jam);
- Slice the croissants in half.
- Add the cooked bacon or ham.
- Spread with a choice of filling.
- Cook over the coals until the cheese melts. Be careful not to burn the croissants.
- Add some greens if desired.
- 1 box of 500 grams of ready- to- use Pancake flour;
- 2 to 3 eggs;
- 1 bottle of maple syrup; and
- Canola oil;
- Mix the readymade Pancake flour.
- Add the egg.
- Whisk thoroughly until it reaches a thick consistency.
- Pour canola oil in a non-stick saucepan.
- Use a plastic measuring cup to portion the pancake mixture.
- Cook in moderate heat. Flip the pancakes when it turns slightly brown.
- 7 eggs;
- Salt and pepper;
- 1 tablespoon of chopped parsley;
- 50 grams of grated cheese; and
- 2 slices of tomatoes;
- Crack the eggs in a bottle and store for camp use.
- At the campsite, pour the ingredients in a microwave steam cooking bag. Use only cooking bags that have patented steam vents that allow the bag to maintain optimal steaming pressure so the food retains its moisture.
- Mix the ingredients.
- Put the bag in boiling water.
- Open the bag to release the steam.
- 1 teaspoon brown sugar;
- 1 crushed garlic clove;
- 500 grams of canned kidney beans;
- 1 tablespoon of brown sugar;
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano;
- 500 to 1000 grams of ground beef or pork;
- 400 grams of canned chickpeas;
- Olive oil;
- ½ teaspoon cumin;
- 1 to 2 beef bouillon cubes; and
- ¼ tsp chili powder
- Toast the cumin, crushed garlic, dried oregano and chili powder in a saucepan to extract their oils.
- Set aside for later use.
- Add the beef and sauté until they are brown and add the toasted spices, cumin, garlic and chili powder.
- Add the beef bouillon dissolved in water and sugar.
- Boil and simmer until the sauce gets thick.
- Adjust the flavour if desired such as by adding more water and spices.
- Add the can of kidney beans.
One pot macaroni with cheese
- 500 grams of Macaroni;
- 250 grams of Cheddar cheese;
- 1 can of evaporated milk;
- 1 cup of water;
- 1 chopped garlic and onions; and
- 1 chicken or beef bouillon cubes
- Boil the macaroni in water with olive or canola oil and a pinch of salt until it becomes al dente which is an Italian term meaning “cooked as to be still firm”. Pasta is usually cooked under eight minutes to be al dente.
- Rinse in cold water to avoid overcooking the pasta.
- Sauté the garlic and onions.
- Add a can of evaporated milk and the bouillon cube.
- Simmer and add salt to taste.
- Garnish with grated cheddar cheese.
Salad in a jar
- Chopped parsley;
- 1 sliced onion;
- Five cherry tomatoes (sliced in halves);
- 1 cup of corn;
- 1 red bell pepper (sliced);
- 1 romaine lettuce;
- 10 Olives (sliced in halves); and
- 1 cup of dressing (d lemon juice mixed with olive oil or balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper to taste)
- Place the ingredients layer by layer in a jar.
- Pour the dressing.
- Seal the jar and refrigerate in a portable cooler.
Note: You could add more ingredients such chicken or tuna flakes and change the dressing.
For the skewer
- ½ kilo chicken breasts (portioned and diced into medium cube pieces);
- 1 large onion (diced and separated into square and thin pieces);
- 1 can of pineapple titbits;
- 2 green and red bell peppers (thinly sliced and deseeded); and
- 2 large tomatoes (sliced in halves)
For the sauce or marinade
- ½ cup of ketchup;
- 2 teaspoons of sesame oil;
- ¼ cup of pineapple juice;
- 1 tablespoon rice vinegar;
- ½ cup of soy sauce;
- 2 pinches of salt and pepper;
- ½ cup of pineapple juice;
- 1 sliced lemon as a garnish; and
- Olive oil
- Skewer the chicken bell pepper, pineapples, onions, and tomatoes.
- Marinade the skewer.
- Grill the skewer for five minutes on each side.
- Garnish with olive oil and lemon wedges.
How can OutbaxCamping help?
Outbax Camping can help you find outdoor gear and camping accessories which include handy cooking equipment like a camping grill and other cooking tools. Since 2012, Outbax has been providing campers everything they need to enjoy a hassle-free visit to the Outback. For more details, visit outbaxcamping.com.au.
Need a break from hues and cries of everyday life? Feel like taking a break to sit back and relax? Then what is better than a good long vacation? But to make it worthwhile, plan a vacation where one can truly savior the meaning of enjoyment and unwind the tensed nerves with cheap air tickets. And what is better than the land of dreams and success “the USA”, with the help of US visas for a safe and distress-free travel. To get a Visa, one can fill the Visa application and wait few days for it to be approved and soar to land of spectacle. There are several places to visit in this cherished land to suit every person’s or family’s penchant, but here are top 7 attractions that have not failed to pull in tourists worldwide.
Busiest city renowned for its brightly illuminated bridges and eye-popping skyscrapers, this is the most populous place in the country. It is best suited for people who often work in a quiet and secluded environment with limited interactions. Some of the famed places in this city are the statue of liberty, the Brooklyn Bridge, Times Square, UN headquarters, and well noted art galleries and parks.
Locally termed as “the city of angels”, it hosts different celebrities worldwide and is entertainment capital of the country. People who dreamed of meeting celebrities can fulfill that if their vacation is in this city with the biggest Hollywood sign. Check out the picturesque view of downtown Los Angeles, or high and mighty Griffith observatory.
The windy city constructed with brilliant infrastructure is a chosen place for people who like it calm and with low humidity. To appreciate the most outstanding architecture, as well as enjoy the serene view of the Buckingham fountain or its vibrant colored parks, Chicago is the place to be.
Seated on the Atlantic coast of South Florida this place is bliss for people to chill out and enjoy Cuban and Caribbean cuisines. People who desire for beach parties and cool night-outs, Florida sure is a magic city. Visited by many domestic and international tourists, this places is the “America’s cleanest city”.
The place is an appropriate choice for lovers of art and culture. This city presents the grandest historical representation like the declaration of independence or the liberty bell. This city has emblematic cuisine of cheesesteak and soft pretzel. Shopping freaks can surely go crazy here.
The most visited city with 35 million visitors every year this place, this place houses grandest of museums, parks, memorial sites, aquarium, science centers, etc. The yearly held festivals are the pride of the city. A must for people who plan total recreation during their vacation and several airways are offering cheap air tickets to visit the popular destinations.
If one wants to know more about the country then visiting the capital of the country would serve purpose. This city offers many historical sites and monuments. Be it the white house or Howard University or the very old local newspaper, Washington has it.
Mexico is one destination that you should add to the top of your camping list.
There’s nothing more romantic than rolling in the white sand beach in a carriage van, staring at the stars at night over your head and waking up to the sound of surfers cruising. Pack your bags and get ready to explore the exotic beaches of Mexico with a lemonade in your hand and the sun setting in the water.
But what about your camping gear? What precautions do you need to take while camping in Mexico? Is it safe to travel in a caravan? The best place to set up your camp? Is it worth it? Shouldn’t something be said about the weather? Continue reading this informative blog to get answers to all your queries before heading for Mexico.
What is The Best Way of Camping in Mexico?
The most simple and safest approach to find the best camping destination in Mexico is by booking a caravan and driving yourself from campgrounds to beaches to mountains. Along these lines, you’re in full control of where you’re going. You can look into spots to camp before you arrive to guarantee they’re sheltered, and they’re generally far more comfortable choices for resting, too.
On the other hand, you can lease a standard car and pack your tent in the storage compartment for nights. You’ll be significantly more open to the weather for this situation, and safety can also be an issue here sometimes. However, you’ll also be much more endorsed in your surroundings.
Where to Camp in Mexico?
The most valuable suggestion you’ll find on this page is to first request permission before camping on private grounds. If you ask professionals campers, they’ll suggest you to first gain permission to camp at local places in Mexico.
Setting up your outfitter tent for free is definitely a great opportunity for most. But it holds its downfalls as well. If you’re camping in the middle of the night on a private land, you may become a victim of trespassing. If you’re hanging around aimlessly on a deserted beach, you could become the victim of harmful predators. Avoid keeping expensive items in your luggage, such as smartphones, jewelry or a large amount of cash, to be safe.
Where Can You Find Places To Set Your Camp?
Let’s consider you’re traveling in your own automobile and choose to stay at your campground. In case that is the situation, make sure to check out online guides for some of the best campgrounds in the country.
Indeed, some of them are nice to the point that they’re practically resorts. The best thing about free online guides are the extended descriptions of the areas, including the campground information. So regardless of whether you have no desire to remain in the campground itself, the descriptions are useful for campers.
Get ready to Camp in Many Conditions
Mexico is a beautiful and diverse country- that is the thing that makes it so fascinating to camp in. However, it implies that you must get ready for a wide range of weather. The unpredictable climate ensures you pack garments for both hot and cold temperatures, and get ready for frequent sandstorms, and snowfall. Camping at the beach itself is a unique experience that will allow you to engulf in the beauty of nature. The beaches of Mexico are filled with natural beauty, exotic seafood restaurants and lots of activities to make the most of your camping trip.
Tips for Driving in Mexico
Before heading for your trip read a guide online for careful driving in Mexico. The guide will inform you about safety, Mexican borders and the fascinating guidelines of the Mexican street.
Consider hiring a local guide to Mexican Camping, it will give you a decent overview before you depart. It covers guidelines about camping in Mexico and has a long list of campgrounds, locations, vehicles and activities to do during your stay in the country.
The post is by Judy Robinson, a passionate health and lifestyle blogger. She loves to write on healthy lifestyle, travel, fitness 101 and DIY related topics. Follow @judyrobinson for more updates.
If the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the word “vacation” is coast, you need to branch out! Campervan vacationing is an excellent alternative here – it can be a very exciting, educational and fun experience. However, going from the habit of enjoying relaxing beach or resort vacations to all the challenges of outdoor tourism is quite a leap forward, so you should definitely get familiarized with a couple of essential tips before making the decision. We’re going to use Australia as our campervan adventure destination due to its vastness, variety and beauty.
Selecting the van
Unlike the traditional vacation types, your campervan is literally going to be your home for the duration of your excursion, so picking the perfect one is of the absolute essence. Start researching, get familiarized with various vehicle models and their amenities and add-ons. For instance, a mini fridge, running water and a gas stove are absolutely necessary. On the other hand, depending on the size of your family, you might need a rooftop sleeper. As a rule of thumb, the bigger the van, the more gas it will guzzle, especially on camping trips, so carefully consider how much space you need – camping trips weren’t made for luxury; on the contrary, you’re supposed to reimagine your life in the humble confines of nature.
Pick your destination
The very point of your campervan trip is being mobile, and it would be a shame (and very boring) if you were to stay in a single spot during the entirety of your vacation. Driving a campervan across Australia is a unique experience; there’s a reason why every year, thousands of STA travelers explore the Aussie land using vans as their homes. Here’s a list of neat locations to get lost in if you decide to take your camping vacation to this gorgeous continent.
- Grampians National Park, Victoria – If breathtaking views of towering summits, mighty waterfalls and vast forests are your thing (of course they are), there is no place like the Grampians National Park. Some three hours’ worth of driving north of Melbourne, this national park offers you a chance to park your van and take a walk around, soaking in all the gorgeous sights that surround you.
- Coober Pedy, South Australia – If you and your family are history enthusiasts, then you’ll love visiting this 80-million-years-old view. This historic opal-mining center offers awesome desert landscapes, but its main feature is quite a strange one. This town is mostly situated underground!
- Cape Le Grand National Park, Western Australia – What good would an Australian camping vacation be if you weren’t able to catch some sun on this continent’s gorgeous sandy beaches. If you happen to find yourself anywhere near Esperance, take a 45-minute drive to the Cape Le Grand. Set up camp at the Lucky Bay to go snorkeling and swimming, and perhaps even see a kangaroo or two!
Preparation is essential
The preparations are just as important for a camping trip as for any other type of trip. Your itinerary is most likely to include wildlands and, especially in Australia, this means potentially hundreds of miles without a living soul around.
Every good preparation process starts with making a list long before setting off. Imagine your journey – think about everything from the bare necessities such as food, water, money, medicine, warm/light clothing, maps, flashlights and devices, to cards and board games for when the weather turns treacherous. Even a DVD player might not be such a bad idea!
If you’re planning on visiting national parks and other vehicle-inaccessible sites (which Australia is full of), think about bringing along bicycles, especially if you have enough space to store them!
Here’s a pro tip: the pros at Shimano offer high-quality spare parts and maintenance equipment that might turn out essential for your biking excursions.
The campervan experience offers a unique opportunity for cooking while on the road. On the other hand, the fact that you’re frequently moving around means that you should definitely not miss out on some of the local delicacies. The trick is walking the fine line between the two. Oh, and steer clear of high-sugar snack foods, take advantage of the local markets and make sure that each family member plays their part in meal preparation.
An Aussie campervan adventure offers a myriad of interesting opportunities, and without proper research and preparation, you might miss out on a whole lot! Although selecting the perfect van is the most important factor, there is a lot more ground to be covered – from packing and destination picking, to eating and having fun inside the campervan. Prepare yourself properly and you’re in for an unforgettable experience!
Bangkok is one of the most visited, preferred and singled out tourist destinations amid travelers around the world. Bangkok is the capital and most populous city of Thailand. Bangkok used to receive more visitors than any other city in the world due to its diverse attractions. If you are in Bangkok, it will not take long time to realize why more and more tourists are interested to visit this charming city. The city is packed with both old-world charisma and modern attractions. It is a beautiful city that can is alive with noisy, crowded, bright, exhilarating, and funny. Here are top 5 attractions in the city that let the visitors to experience Bangkok completely:
Visitors can experience the splendor of Bangkok by visiting the temples of the city. The temples in the city help the tourists to understand the religion, culture, traditions, beliefs, customs as well as architecture of the city. You can witness many temples right through the city including Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of Emerald Buddha), Wat Pho (Temple of the Reclining Buddha), Wat Arun (the most iconic temple of Bangkok), Wat Saket, Wat Traimit, Loha Prasat, Wat Mahatat, Wat Suthat, Wat Benjamabhopit (Wat Benja), Wat Prayoon, etc.
- The Grand Palace
One of the most effective ways to explore or experience the beauty of Bangkok is visiting The Grand Palace. The visitors are always enthralled by the opulence of the architecture and the exquisiteness of these sites. Grand Palace is certainly the city’s most famous landmark. It was built in 1782 and it reveals the creativity and craftsmanship of Thai people. At present, the complex is the spiritual heart of the Thai Kingdom.
- Khao San Road
Another great means for the visitors to explore and experience Bangkok is walking through Khao San Road. Khao San Road is a short and just 410 meter long. It is Bangkok’s backpacker hub and you should visit the site in order to experience the actual local life of Bangkok. Khao San Road is packed out, noisy and filled with a lot of fun. At Khao San Road, every tourist can find numerous budget guesthouses, mid-range hotels, internet cafes, travel agents, bookshops, market stalls, swanky bars and clubs, restaurants, massage parlors, tattoo shops, etc. The region is globally famous as a hub of dancing, partying, the traditional Thai New Year (Songkran festival) of 13–15 April and water splashing.
Bangkok’s Chinatown presents a spectacular experience to the travelers. Chinatown is in one of the oldest spots of Bangkok. Yaowarat Road in Samphanthawong district is the center of Bangkok’s Chinatown. Chinatown’s Sam Pheng Market is an old business hub. Current Chinatown now includes a huge area around Yaowarat and Charoen Krung Road. Well-known for its markets and many gold shops, Chinatown is alive with the local population, many busy, more or less hectic market areas consisted of a chain of roads, alleys and small streets. As a result of the blend of Chinese and Thai cultures, Bangkok’s Chinatown is unique and charming.
- Parks, Beaches and Museums
Parks, Beaches and Museums in Bankok help the tourists to experience the diversity of Bangkok. There are in fact several parks situated around the city and it provides the visitors to the Bangkok with pure air and many outdoor activities in green, landscaped places. Some of the famous parks in Bangkok include Benjakitti Park, Benjasiri Park, Chatuchak Park, Lumpini Park, Queen Sirikit Park, Rama IX Park, Romaneenart Park, Rot Fai Park, Sanam Luang Park (The Royal Field), Santichaiprakarn Park, Santiphap Park, etc.
There are many beaches to choose from in Thailand, and many of them are near to Bangkok. Here are a few beaches that are closer to Bangkok, such as, Hua Hin, Koh Samet, Ko Lipe, Pattaya, Pranburi, Cha-Am, etc.
You can find a number of Museums in Bangkok and it can offer you a premier and complete look into Thai culture. Here are some of the museums in Bangkok that display the most transcendent, and strangest, collections of remnants such as the Bangkok National Museum, Museum of Siam, MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art), Bangkokian Museum, Vimanmek Mansion Museum, Jim Thompson House, Erawan Museum, Bangkok Doll Museum, Bang Khun Thien Museum, Bangkok Art and Culture Centre, Bangkok Corrections Museum, Bangkok Folk Museum, etc.
The post is by Susan Taylor, a freelance writer and she retired from position as a professor in order to continue freelance writing career. She currently working for a professional thesis writing service online and it lets her to aid students around the world with solving their academic paper writing troubles.
As a diving instructor living in Indonesia, one of the best diving spots in the entire world, I meet lots of people who would love to go on a dive but are nervous about the health and safety aspects. I meet even more people, unfortunately, who are so keen to start diving that they completely ignore the health and safety aspects, potentially putting themselves in danger.
My job isn’t just to take people on the trip of a lifetime – it’s also to imbue them with a healthy respect for the ocean and everything that lives within it. Here’s my advice, one that I dispense daily in the course of my work, written down to help out beginners to the wonderful world of diving.
Find a quiet spot to dive
If you’re a beginner diver, you don’t want to be overwhelmed with crowds the first times you dive. Those same crowds might also scare off the marine life, therefore cancelling out the very thing you came for.
My favourite diving spots of all time are Padang Bay which has amazing dive sites, and Nusa Dua which is great for those who love isolation. Moreover, those amazing locations are just scratching the surface of all Bali has to offer – but you really should do some research before you book your diving trip.
To be a diver, you really have to be quite physically fit. Cardiac-related deaths make up at least a quarter of all diving deaths, so please don’t become a part of the statistic.
Undergo a physical examination before taking up diving as a serious hobby, and absolutely ask your doctor if there’s anything at all in your health records that could make diving an overly dangerous experience for you. Even if you’re given an absolute all-clear and told you’re healthy, you still have to listen to your body at all times and never get complacent in your health. If you have a cold or the flu or are even just tired from partying, don’t dive. And don’t dive if you’ve been drinking. Just don’t risk it.
However, bear in mind that it’s not impossible to scuba dive if you’re disabled. There are many centers and resources for disabled people who want to try diving.
Plan ahead and stick with your buddy
Before you go diving, you should have planned out every last detail, including how deep you’ll go and how much air you’ll have in your tank when you ascend. If there’s anything you’re unsure about, ask your diving instructor. Never be afraid to ask us questions in fact – it’s what we’re here for.
You should have a diving buddy who goes under with you (It’s best if this is someone you already know, but it doesn’t have to be). You should pre-arrange hand signals with them beforehand, as obviously you won’t be able to converse underwater. Keep your diving buddy in sight at all times; don’t swim off the second you spot something interesting. If you do lose them, slowly ascend to the surface to regroup.
Go slowly and relax
It can be scary diving for the first time, but you simply have to relax your body and, if needs be, remind yourself that diving accidents are incredibly rare. If for any reason you start to panic, alert your buddy and your dive instructor and slowly start ascending. That ‘slowly’ is very important when it comes to diving – ascend too quickly and the nitrogen bubbles forming in your blood will make you sick with decompression illness or ‘the bends’. That’s one thing you absolutely, definitely do not want.
Ascend at 30 feet per minute max, and you should be fine. Then, take some time to rest before diving again.
Diving is fun, the best kind of fun in the world in my opinion, but it’s not a sport for the careless or arrogant. Always follow your instructor’s advice – it’ll save you ruining your holiday with a spell in hospital instead of underwater.