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Preparing For a Hiking Tour of Simien Mountains National Park, Ethiopia

Preparing For a Hiking Tour of Simien Mountains National Park, Ethiopia

Stretching across northern Ethiopia, with a landscape formed over millions of years, is the UNESCO protected Simien Mountains National Park. It is truly a wonderous place with peaks reaching over 4000 meters, and wild, untamed natural scenery.

Simien National Park is a place unlike any other; jagged mountain peaks, deep valleys and sharp precipices dropping some 1,500 m make this one of the world’s most renowned trekking spots.

And even though tourism isn’t huge, you’re never alone when you’re hiking; the park is home to many globally threatened and exotic species including the Wallia Ibex (a wild mountain goat found nowhere else in the world), Ethiopian Wolves, and Gelada Gibbons.

Thinking of heading on a hiking adventure through Simien Mountains National Park? Let’s take a look at how you should prepare for this epic trip of a lifetime.

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Fill up in Florence: Food and Wine You NEED to Try in Tuscany

Fill up in Florence: Food and Wine You NEED to Try in Tuscany

The way to most travelers’ hearts is through their stomachs, and when it comes to Italy, this is one of the world’s most delicious food meccas! But not all Italian food is created equally.

From a mouth watering Florentine steak paired with a fine Chianti wine, to the heavenly bliss that is gelato, Florence offers a wide range of delicious flavors to tempt your taste buds, while providing the ideal base for exploring the greater food bowl that is Tuscany. And if you’re a serious foodie, trust me when I say that you want to spend time in Tuscany!

While Florence is the beating heart of the region, basing yourself here also makes it easy to arrange trips from Florence to Pisa or Florence to Siena to explore the culinary scenes offered by these Tuscan cities.

Hungry? Read on to discover some of the top foods and wines you NEED to try in Florence and greater Tuscany.

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When in Rome … Iconic Attractions You Absolutely Should Not Miss

When in Rome … Iconic Attractions You Absolutely Should Not Miss

We’ve all heard the saying. “When in Rome, do as the Romans do.” But what exactly do the Romans do?

Most people interpret the phrase to mean seeking out the local experience, but our interpretation is that it means not to leave without having experienced the heart and soul of the city. And while a case can be made for ‘living as a local’, if we’re being really honest, there’s no escaping that Rome is a touristy city.

It’s iconic.

So, in embracing the saying ‘when in Rome’, we have listed some of the biggest attractions in the city; five icons that you can’t return home having missed. These attractions are so central to Rome’s identity that they are often solely attributed as being the beating heart of the city.

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Exploring Indiana: The 5 Best Places to Visit in Indiana

Exploring Indiana: The 5 Best Places to Visit in Indiana

Did you know that over 77 million people visit Indiana each year?

If you’ve ever wondered what there is to do in Indiana, the State is perfect proof that the Midwest is home to much more than farms and tornadoes. The lifestyle here is often slow paced, but that doesn’t mean that it’s lacking in adventure!

Indiana is a fantastic opportunity to discover the heart and soul of America’s Midwest; nature lovers can spend full days paddling down winding rivers, foodies can enjoy homegrown produce from farmer’s markets, and wine connoisseur’s can stumble between award winning vineyards.

Indiana’s bustling cities have world class museums, entertainment, and the whole state revs up for high-energy sporting evens like the Indy 500. And then there’s Amish country for a completely different experience.

Indiana is an incredible State, with a wealth of things to do and places to visit. If you’re wondering why so many tourists visit each year, the following are 5 pretty incredible reasons.

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The Best Places to Visit in Israel

The Best Places to Visit in Israel

While Israel may look tiny on a map (the size of New Jersey in fact!), the history-rich Middle Eastern country has myriads of spectacular places to visit.

From ancient religious sites to world-famous cities and stunning beaches, there are enough attractions here to appeal to all interests and all religions, whether you’re Muslim, Jewish, or Christian.

Understandably, capturing all of the Holy Land’s marvels in a single post was never going to be easy, so we’ve narrowed down the list to those places you absolutely shouldn’t miss.

Planning a trip to Israel? Make sure you include the following incredible places in your itinerary; the best places to visit!

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5 Types of People You’ll Meet in Kerala; A Place That is #HumanByNature

5 Types of People You’ll Meet in Kerala; A Place That is #HumanByNature

We’re all warned from a very young age that it’s dangerous to talk to strangers. ‘Stranger danger’ is drilled into us throughout our childhood, that we shouldn’t trust, talk, walk, or accept anything from strangers.

But while this is great advice for children, it’s terrible advice for travelers. Especially when visiting a place with as fascinating a humanscape as Kerala.

Odds are that if you’ve traveled, you’ve returned home with incredible stories of having talked to strangers. Stories of the fascinating characters you met, of the locals who invited you into their home, of the remarkable human connections that you’ll never forget.

Because human interactions are some of the best, and most powerful parts of travel. As Anthony Bourdain said:

“To be treated well in places where you don’t expect to be treated well, to find things in common with people you thought previously you had very, very little in common with, that can’t be a bad thing.”

When you’re a traveller, strangers are just friends you haven’t met yet. And this is especially true in Kerala; a melting pot where the most diverse ideologies, faiths and cultures co-exist like no other place on the planet.

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The Best Places in California to Visit with Your Dog

The Best Places in California to Visit with Your Dog

It’s wonderful when you can travel with your dog, without being denied entry in most places. And, if you can’t fathom the thought of a vacation without your best friend, California is an ideal pet-friendly destination.

Many residents of California are already dog lovers themselves, so from hotels that cater to furry guests, to dog friendly beaches, parks, and nature trails, this is the place to be at!

But California is a huge State, so where are the best places to visit with your four legged friend? The following are the most pet friendly places in an already very pet friendly State.

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Hidden Secrets In and Around Amsterdam

Hidden Secrets In and Around Amsterdam

It’s no secret that Amsterdam is a beautiful city filled with unparalleled arts, culture, and night life. That’s why millions of tourists flock there every year, and ‘over-tourism’ is becoming a hot button issue.

However despite the recent surge in tourism, it’s still possible to experience Amsterdam without the crowds.

The trick to enjoying Amsterdam while avoiding hoards of other tourists is to learn from the locals and seek out their secret spots. So we’ve gathered a list of interesting off-the-beaten-path locations that locals love.

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The Top Five Treks Across Asia

The Top Five Treks Across Asia

What do you understand by the term trekking? People often use the words hiking, trekking, and mountain climbing interchangeably, and they’re definitely similar in that you spend time outdoors and walk in nature.

But they’re also very different.

Hiking is the easiest of the three; short 2 – 8 hr adventures where you finish on the same day you started. Mountaineeting on the other hand is challenging, technical, and you climb what is often dangerous terrain at high elevations.

But trekking? Trekking is somewhere inbetween; non technical, multi day hikes where you camp along the way and carry all your food and equipment with you; an exhilarating adventure sport that presents both a physical and mental challenge.

There’s nothing better than exploring the beauty of a place on foot, and trekking is a great way to go further, dig deeper and really immerse yourself in local culture, and remote landscapes that your everyday hiker wouldn’t normally get to.

When it comes to the best treks in the world, Asia is a fabulous region, with a high concentration of incredible, bucket-list worthy treks. So if you’re keen on trekking, check out this list of top treks across Asia, brought you by Sydney Edwards from Route Prints.

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Top 10 Best Glamping Spots in the US this Summer

Top 10 Best Glamping Spots in the US this Summer

If you’ve battled the elements trying to set up your tent on a rundown campsite but still want to be in the great outdoors, glamping is the answer!

There’s a real explosion of glamping in the US at the moment; luxury tents in picturesque natural surrounds. I’m talking tents with real beds, cozy decor, and all of the amenities of home.

Think sleeping under the stars, hearing the crickets chirping at night, and opening your eyes in the morning to stunning, secluded wilderness.

Once you realize that you can get all of the benefits of camping without any of the headaches, you’ll never go back to primitive camping again! The following are 10 of the best glamping spots across the US.

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5 Ways to Enjoy a Local Aussie Summer

5 Ways to Enjoy a Local Aussie Summer

There’s nothing like an Aussie summer. You might think it’s all about the sun, beaches and beers, however there is much more Australia can offer in the summer months!

Want to join in the fun? The following are 5 ways to feel like a local Aussie this coming summer!

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The Benefits of Medical Tourism in Turkey

The Benefits of Medical Tourism in Turkey

Do you ever wonder why medical tourism is suddenly the new black and stealing the spotlight from cultural tourism? Medical tourism is booming, and people from all over the world have started traveling overseas for medical care in another country.

Around 8 million patients each year in fact!

Of those 8 million people who travel for medical treatment, 700,000 alone travel to Turkey; an industry that earned the country a whopping $1.5 billion in 2018.

Turkey is a popular destination among tourists generally, and many European and American-trained doctors have taken up residence here, which appeals to medical tourists from these regions.

It has the most American-accredited hospitals of any other country, and with affordable healthcare, it is estimated that 32% of Turkey’s patients are medical tourists.

So, if you’re thinking of traveling for medical, what are the benefits of specifically choosing Turkey?

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Highlights of My Mekong River Cruise with Worldwide River Cruises (Vietnam & Cambodia)

Highlights of My Mekong River Cruise with Worldwide River Cruises (Vietnam & Cambodia)

Of the world’s many incredible journeys, sailing from Vietnam to Cambodia featured prominently on my list. And while floating up the Mekong River on a luxury ship might sound leisurely, there was still something truly adventurous about it.

Picture this: you’re aboard an exquisite colonial style wooden ship, sailing up one of the world’s longest rivers. While your final destination will be Cambodia, you know that if you keep following the river north, it’ll lead you all the way to China.

While you board in one of the most cosmopolitan and bustling cities in Asia, the landscape up river quickly changes. The skyscrapers of HCMC change into a countryside dotted by rice paddies, fish farms, and tropical fruit orchards.

Inbetween major ports, daily life comes alive in undeveloped and unexplored parts of the region that you wouldn’t have been able to access by land; remote, seemingly untouched villages, where locals may have never seen a foreign tourist, and rush to shake your hand.

There are many reasons to take a Mekong River Cruise, though today I want to dive into the specific highlights; individual experiences that are so full of magic, they become some of your most cherished moments.

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Things You Need To Know When Traveling To Maui

Things You Need To Know When Traveling To Maui

As far as tropical getaways go, you can’t beat a vacation to Hawaii. And, when it comes to choosing an island, if you’re after beaches, unspoiled nature, and a place to escape the crowds, you can’t beat the island of Maui.

Maui is the second largest island in the Hawaiian chain, and many believe it is home to some of the best beaches in the world. It has the advantage of being highly accessible, with great infrastructure, though with most people flocking to the Big Island, it’s not overly crowded.

What’s more, you can take a direct flight from mainland USA (California, Alaska, Colorado, Washington, Texas, and Arizona) to Maui (OGG airport in Kahului) without first landing in Oahu.

From sugary white beaches to Technicolor coral reefs, and a diverse range of hiking trails and volcanoes, Maui is an incredible choice of destination. But, before you travel, there are a couple of things you should know.

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The Green Cities Leading the Charge Against Plastic Pollution

The Green Cities Leading the Charge Against Plastic Pollution

As plastic pollution becomes a global environmental priority, governments and political establishments are working towards a greener way of life.

And as responsible travelers, we can show our support for the cities that prioritize responsible living by throwing our tourism dollars behind them, and visiting these destinations over destinations that continue to contribute to the problem.

Cities in USA, Scandinavia and Australia have introduced initiatives to motivate their citizens to start pursuing an environmentally friendly way of life in a sign of independent action against plastic pollution.

In the following article, Waterlogic covers a variety of urban initiatives aiming to overcome global warming. Why not consider your own independent action and install a bottleless water dispenser at home or at work?

Consider the following cities for your next vacation to show you support the fight against plastic pollution.

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Paradise Found: Five Pollution-Free Beaches Around The World

Paradise Found: Five Pollution-Free Beaches Around The World

We’ve all seen the images; what was once a pristine coastline, with sugary white sand, dazzling waters, and swaying palms, now littered beyond recognition.

From Hawaii’s Kamilo Beach, to Kuta Beach in Bali, and El Gringo Beach which has been nicknamed the “Dominican Chernobyl”, irresponsible human behavior has turned some of the world’s most beautiful beaches into trash heaps.

If we don’t act soon to curb single-use plastics, we are in danger of losing our coastlines beneath a sea of waste. So Waterlogic has put together the following list of the world’s most idyllic and unspoiled beaches to showcase what we are putting at risk.

Whether you’re visiting for their turquoise waters, bleached-white sand, or mesmerizing marine life, each spot deserves protection. Read on to learn about five remarkably untouched destinations.

And, when you visit, please keep them that way.

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Countries That Have Most Influenced Pop Culture

Countries That Have Most Influenced Pop Culture

We often talk of the most powerful countries in the world in terms of their military, political or economic might, but some countries are powerful due to their influence over our daily lives.

Whether it’s an influence on food, fashion or entertainment, the following countries have a considerable hold on pop culture; they might not influence the world with their tankers or drones, but they do send cultural waves across the globe.

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Everything You Need to Know About Gorilla Trekking in Africa: Conservation, Packing & Best Countries

Everything You Need to Know About Gorilla Trekking in Africa: Conservation, Packing & Best Countries

They are some of our closest relatives, yet unlike humanity’s population, which has exploded to well over seven billion people, world gorilla numbers have been drastically declining.

Trekking through the mountainous jungles in search of wild gorillas in countries like Uganda and Rwanda is one of the most memorable travel experiences you can have; standing face to face with living creatures that resemble us in so many ways.

Though this opportunity, to seek out Mountain Gorillas in the wild, may not be possible in the very near future. The consequences of habitat destruction, poaching, human civil wars, and deadly viruses such as Ebola are wiping them out.

But, it’s not all doom and gloom!

Conservation efforts are under way to preserve this species, so in today’s post we plan to introduce you to the world of gorillas: where you can see them in the wild, and what’s being done to ensure these majestic creatures remain for future generations to come.

Read on for tips on what you can expect on a gorilla trekking experience, how to pack for the adventure, and ways to ensure your experience is a success: for both yourself, and the gorillas in the wild.

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Beautiful Places in the Caribbean

Beautiful Places in the Caribbean

When people dream of the Caribbean, they generally don’t think too hard about what that means; they think of a singular destination, as opposed to a collective region; a region of 28 island countries located in the Caribbean Sea.

28 might seem like a manageable enough number to choose between, though those 28 nations are home to some 7,000 plus islands; each with sugary white beaches, swaying palms, and shimmering reefs.

Combining adventure with relaxation, culture, and history, the Caribbean is a diverse region with something for every type of traveler. If you’re after a tropical vacation you can’t go wrong with one of these.

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How to Get From Beijing to Shanghai by Train

How to Get From Beijing to Shanghai by Train

Traveling on the Beijing to shanghai train is the quickest and most cost-efficient way to get between these two iconic mega-cities. Because China’s high-speed trains operate at a speed of 350 km/hr, you can travel 819 miles within 4.5 hours.

While this is of course longer than the time it takes to fly (2 hours), there are many perks to train travel, including easier security, the convenient location of stations, comfort of travel, and cheaper cost of ticket.

And, when you consider getting to the airport at least an hour before your flight, and the time it takes you to disembark, collect your bags, and then catch a taxi, train travel actually ends up being around the same amount of time.

So, you’ve decided the book the train between Beijing and Shanghai. What else do you need to know?

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Reasons to Take a Mekong River Cruise With Worldwide River Cruises (Vietnam & Cambodia)

Reasons to Take a Mekong River Cruise With Worldwide River Cruises (Vietnam & Cambodia)

I had never taken a river cruise, and, to be fair, this was my first trip to both Vietnam and Cambodia, though I was fairly certain that a river cruise was the best way to see each country. I had a feeling in my gut that traveling independently by land would mean missing out on half the adventure.

One of the world’s longest rivers, covering 4,000 km from its source high on the Tibetan Plateau, the Mekong River is the lifeblood of Southeast Asia. It flows from China to Vietnam through six countries (China, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam), and is key to the survival of some 300 million people.

From fishing boats to floating markets, river life along the Mekong is vibrant, and has been for thousands of years. And it captures a diversity that you wouldn’t experience by land; a juxtaposition of ancient temples with modern palaces, of imperial cities with traditional villages.

I didn’t want an incomplete picture of from my trip to Vietnam and Cambodia. I wanted to see the major tourist sites, sure, but I also wanted to see daily life come alive in undeveloped and unexplored parts of the region. I wanted to immerse myself in new languages and lifestyles, to shake hands with locals who had never seen a foreign tourist, and really witness local life as we drifted along the Mekong Delta to Cambodia.

And one company stood out in particular.

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Miami International Airport: the Parking Crisis

Miami International Airport: the Parking Crisis

Miami International Airport is Miami’s most important source of revenue. It generates billions of dollars every year by catering to the needs of millions of travelers.

Being that MIA is one of the busiest airports in the world, the fact that they are expanding shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. The plan is to spend the next five – fifteen years carrying out renovations that will make the airport leaner, more efficient to travel through.

The city’s aim is to prepare the airport for a time when MIA will contend with over 70 million travelers and four million tons of freight, numbers they could achieve as early as 2040.

But it appears that they haven’t dedicated much of their redevelopment plans to airport parking.

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The Best Beaches in the Seychelles: Your Ultimate Travel Guide to Seychelles Beaches

The Best Beaches in the Seychelles: Your Ultimate Travel Guide to Seychelles Beaches

An archipelago made up of 115 islands set in the Indian Ocean, the Seychelles just might be the most relaxing beachside getaway in the world. And all it takes is a quick Google image search for “tropical paradise” before you’re inundated with images of the Seychelles’ many idyllic islands.

Picture this: gently swaying palms, pure white powdery sand, and unrealistic blue seas. Better yet, one of the best things about Seychelles beaches is that they’ve all been made public!

Once a popular hideaway for pirates, where treasure is still said to be buried, many travelers visit the Seychelles to escape reality and lounge on the the world’s most picturesque beaches.

The following is a guide to three of the best, on each of Seychelles’ top 3 islands. I’ll introduce you to the nation’s most popular beaches, as well as those that offer a bit more seclusion.

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3 Things to Incorporate into Every Croatia Trip

3 Things to Incorporate into Every Croatia Trip

Once upon a time, Croatia was on very few people’s radars. Now, it would be fair to say that the jewel of the Adriatic is well and truly grabbing headlines when it comes to travel – and for all the right reasons.

Tourism to Croatia is booming, though it isn’t very surprising that Croatia travel guides are flying off the shelves; this is a country home to more than 1,000 islands, all with amazing beaches, historic ruins, and Game of Thrones style medieval scenery.

Of course, connecting them all is the dazzling sapphire water of the Adriatic Sea; so mezermizing that it ‘sparkles with a jewel-like intensity’.

Croatia is a real treat for history buffs and nature lovers, but rather than focus on individual attractions the country has to offer, this article will look at three areas that the country really excels.

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Hidden Secrets of Florence: Things to Do That Most Tourists Don’t Know About!

Hidden Secrets of Florence: Things to Do That Most Tourists Don’t Know About!

For a city that receives around 10 million tourists annually, you would think that Florence no longer holds any secrets. But this isn’t actually true.

While it’s no doubt difficult for travelers to find hidden gems that are off the main tourist trail, there are a few places and attractions where you can find a bit of respite from the crowds.

Overcrowding of Florence’s main attractions is not something you can avoid these days, especially during peak season (April to October). Tourist numbers at this time of year can easily outnumber the local resident population.

While the key highlights of Florence are not to be missed, you may wish to explore beyond the guidebooks in order to really dive beneath the surface of what this exceptionally beautiful city has to offer.

So, after an obligatory visit to Galleria dell’Accademia to view Michelangelo’s David, and the fine art of the Uffizi, take some time to blaze your own trail by checking out these often overlooked sights, these secrets of Florence.

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