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Important Steps to Take Before Travelling

Packing up your bags and heading out for a well-deserved vacation is one of the greatest feelings in the world. We all deserve some stress-free vacationing from time to time, to unwind and recuperate after long months of hard work. Before you go though, there are some things that are important to consider, so that you know you won’t be worrying about them while you’re tanning on the white sandy beaches and trying to forget about real life. Here are some steps to take before your trip to help you avoid the need to worry about things back home.

Step Up the Security

Nobody wants to be lying in their hotel bed and worrying about their bedroom back home and wondering whether it and the valuables inside it are safe. Unfortunately, burglars often know exactly what they’re doing, and they notice homes that have been left vacant for a few days. This is why it’s important to install the best security automation system you can, to keep your home safe. Having a good system in place (preferably with surveillance cameras) will deter intruders and ensure that if someone does make a break-in attempt, you’ll be alerted immediately. 

Enlist Some Help

When you’re going to be away from home for a while, it’s always a good idea to ask a friend or family member to help you to take care of things. If you have pets, you’ll need to organise for someone to pet sit for you, unless they’re going to be booked in at a kennel. The same applies to any plants you might have – you’ll want someone to come round every few days to give them some water and make sure that everything is okay at home. Life and movement in a home is another important factor in deterring intruders, so having someone pop into your house on occasion and keep you updated will help you to rest at ease. 

Be Prepared

It’s always better to be over-prepared than under-prepared and this is a good philosophy in most aspects of life. When it comes to packing and preparing for a trip, double and triple-check that you have all your documents ready and in place and try to come up with a packing list that you can check off when your leave for your trip as well as when you come back, to help you make sure that you don’t leave anything behind. Arriving at the airport and realising you have forgotten important items can cause real travel nightmares you want to avoid.

Plan for Emergencies

Being prepared for an emergency is always a good thing too. By this, we simply mean that you should always have a few close friends or family members who are aware of where you’re going and have them saved as emergency contacts on your phone, and keep their details in your purse as an extra precaution. Keep these people up to date on your whereabouts too. A final emergency prep that you can make is to look up emergency contact numbers in the area where you’ll be staying. 

Is it Safe to Fly Anymore?

I remember distinctly dreaming about being a flight attendant. It seemed like the ultimate career full of glamour with unlimited exotic destinations. Years later my dream came true and while it was a great career, to say it lacked the glamour I had dreamed of would be an understatement. I flew for a low-fare air carrier that had no first class. My days consisted mostly of people complaining about various things about the carrier itself, the lack of good food, the small seats, the delays, etc. All of that was annoying, to say the least, but it seemed like a piece of cake to what the flight attendants face today.

It seems like every day there are videos and stories of violence on aircrafts and flight attendants are facing a whole new kind of fear while at work. When people find out I used to be a flight attendant most loved to say the same jokes to me, such as acting out how the flight attendants show where the emergency exits are or asking me to demonstrate how I pour a diet coke. 

Almost 20 years later people have the same impression of flight attendants, they are just there to push a cart full of drinks down the aisle or help you put your luggage in the overhead bin. People never seem to realize that flight attendants go through rigorous training to save people’s lives in case the plane has an emergency landing. Believe it or not, being a flight attendant is a tough job one that I still take great pride in today. Now to read all the stories of violence in the air and all the attacks on flight attendants I feel incredibly sad and scared for the flight crews. For instance, a flight attendant on a Southwest Airlines plane lost two teeth after allegedly being punched by a passenger who had “repeatedly ignored standard inflight instructions.”

The moment a Southwest Airlines passenger punched a flight attendant in the face, knocking 2 of her teeth out -Credit – businessinsider.com

Being part of the flight crew is stressful, every day you take a tin can crammed full of people into the air knowing that any moment you might be called into duty to save everyone’s lives. But now the crew must not only be prepared for a crash landing but inflight violence and other attacks. 

The most frustrating part of this whole thing is the lack of gratefulness, or the sense of entitlement people seem to feel when flying these days. My mom was also a flight attendant around the 1950’s. In those days only the wealthiest got to fly, it was considered a privilege, not a right. Now cheap airfares and competition has created air travel that resembles when you traveled by bus in my youth. Even during my time as a flight attendant, I remember having to constantly remind people that they bought a seat to fly, they do not own the plane.

So, this makes me think is this whole thing the airlines’ fault for creating cheap seats or is it just the people of today. Are we becoming more “entitled” thinking that we are owed something for everything we buy? Do we look at flying to get from place to place fast or do we think it is a place to show our political beliefs.

I think the reality is complicated. The world is wound up tighter than a virgin on her wedding night. Everyone has some cause or political agenda they feel a need to share loudly with everyone. People feel entitled because corporations and politicians made them that way. Airlines spend millions of dollars promoting cheap airfares along with images of happy travelers, while YouTube makes millions showing videos of young travelers seemly effortlessly jaunting across countries. At the same time news, politicians, and groups with social agendas are pushing people to speak up and speak loudly such as the anti-maskers, who feel flying in a plane is the perfect time to demonstrate their beliefs often violently.

Delta Passenger Smacks Flight Attendant Who Asked Her to Wear a Mask, Credit – gossiponthis.com

Although the FAA are imposing fines of up to $1500.00 and the airlines are placing people on do-not-fly lists it just doesn’t seem like it is helping. I don’t think there is any simple solution to what is happening, and I fear things might get worse before they get better, after all, it feels like we are living in a huge cesspool of human emotions. According to the Federal Aviation Administration, from Jan. 1 through May 24, there were roughly 2,500 reports of unruly behavior by passengers, including about 1,900 reports of people contradicting the federal mask mandate, which is still in place.

When things do change, I believe it’s going to take some major intervention in how we as the common people are advertised and what we are encouraged to do. 

Tips on What to Do NOW to Prepare Your Future for Long-Term Travel

Has it been on your mind to travel the world but never had the guts to actually do it? If you have, don’t be embarrassed… lots of people want to travel the world and see all that it has to offer but doing that requires some major life changes and it’s definitely something you want to give yourself enough time to plan for. It’s not like having to pack a bag for last minute trip to a city four or five hours away from you… it’s more so like packing up all of your belongings and never coming back or not coming back for a very, very long time.

The thought of it can seem exciting and terrifying all at the same time but if you know deep down that traveling long-term is something you want to do in the future, there are things you can start doing right now to make that dream a reality… you just have to be realistic with yourself about traveling long-term before actually doing it.

The Realities of Long-Term Travel

A lot of people will see travel bloggers on their social media pages taking pictures in front of majestic mountains in some of the world’s most beautiful countries. Looking at their pictures will make anyone want to drop the current life they lead and trade it all in for a walk on the wild side of life. The one thing those bloggers don’t caption under those beautiful pictures is how they’re really feeling. Sure, they’re smiling in all the breathtaking pictures, receiving all kinds of “likes” and comments about how lucky they are but are they still smiling once they’ve finished taking those pictures?

This is not meant to discourage you from traveling by any means but if you’re seriously considering making a huge life-changing event to travel long-term, you need to know what’s to come.

  • You will miss all things reminiscent of your home. That refers to family, friends, the pizza spot around the corner from your house, and even the loud sound your car used to make when you would start it up. The Huffington Post states that homesickness is a real sickness that can trigger a fight-or-flight mechanism in your body. Knowing that this feeling will come can help you better prepare for this lifestyle.
  • Adapt to the possibility of an unsteady income. Traveling long-term doesn’t allow you to stay in one location for too long because you’re going to be on the move. So, you’ll have to get used to the idea that you might make more money in one country than you did at another…

Now, there are jobs that allow you to travel and have a steady income such as being a flight attendant or traveling nurse, it just depends on what type of traveler you want to be: Do you want to have a job that allows you travel or do you want to travel and work while traveling? Because there is a huge difference between the two.

  • You probably won’t make real, long-lasting friendships. When traveling long-term, you’re going to make short-term friends… that’s just the name of the game. It’s very rare that you meet people on your travels and become life-long friends with them. It’s is possible to make connections like that with people on your travels but don’t set your heart on it, that’s all.

What You Can Do TODAY to Prepare for Your Long-Terms Travels for the Future

Save, Save, and Save Some More!!!!

In order to travel long-term, you’re going to need to have some money saved up, for sure! From needing money for plane tickets, gas, accommodations, and food, you’re going to want to make sure you have enough money saved up to travel at least somewhat comfortably, you know? So here are some things you can start doing now to earn extra money to save for.

  • Get a Part-Time Second Job: With a second job, the idea is to work smart, not hard. More than likely, you’re already working a full-time job and are probably tired by the time you get off, so the last thing you want to do is get off and go to another job but if you want to travel the world, this might be a sacrifice you need to be willing to take.

If you’re going to work a part-time second job, at least make it a job where you can benefit from it outside of work. Restaurants, hotels, and car rental companies all give you discounts on their products and services just for working there.

  • Start Your Own Business: Again, work smart, not hard. If you open up your own e-commerce shop online, you will have the luxury to work as little or as much as you want and still be able to make money even while you’re not actively working.

It makes all the difference in the world to get off from your full-time job and not have to clock in somewhere else. If you’re interested in starting your own online business, the very first thing you need to do is create your business name and get it registered online. Once you have that, you can put your website together and let your business take off!

Cut Back on Monthly Expenses

There are so many people who waste their money without even realizing it. People have gym memberships but never work out or have food in their refrigerators but are always eating out. With that situation, you’re wasting money eating out and you’re wasting money buying food to put in your home and letting it sit and go bad from eating out so much. This goes for cable too. Lots of people are dropping cable because you have all these channels that you never watch. If you can find any area to cut back in, do it! It will contribute greatly to your long-term travel funds.

Sell What You’re Not Using or Won’t Need

It’s very common for people who are embarking on a life of travel to sell their big-ticket items to put towards their trip. People will sell their homes and put that money in the bank and live with family until they leave. People will also sell their cars too as a way to get money for their trip.

If you think about it, it actually makes perfect sense to do those things. You’re not going to be in your home for an extended period of time, and depending on where you’re traveling to, you may not be able to carry your car with you, so it just makes sense to sell those items.

Still Want to Travel Long-Term?

You’ve seen the realities of long-term travel and you’ve also seen how to prepare for long-term travel now, so in knowing all of this, are you still considering it? If any of those considerations were a deal-breaker for you, then you definitely need to give this a little more thought, and that’s okay! It’s better to know what you’re getting into ahead of time before getting into it and regretting it. There no rush to do it, just really think about it before making any jump decisions.

10 Reasons to Fall in Love with Dubai

Dubai seems to be a place where all your wishes can come true. It’s a destination where you can experience all that’s possible under the sun – from being on top of the world to enjoying the suite life like a royal, right to making snow angels in a desert land. Dubai has time and again proved to conquer the attention of the world with elements of surprises and a variety of unique experiences, all of which will certainly make you fall in love with this Arabian city and leave you wanting for more.

1. The astonishing Dubai city skyline

burj-khalifa-dubaiThere aren’t many cities in the Middle East which can take your breath away with the mere sight of their cityscapes. The first thing that you’ll fall in love with in Dubai is its grand, glittering and structured skyline. You’ll be in awe by the amazing innovative skills and the city’s never-ending quest to outshine at engineering marvels beyond belief. Be it from above the ground or at eye level, the city will spellbind you in every aspect. The current tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa, is a spectacular addition to its skyline, and from its base you’ll wonder if you can capture the whole structure in one snapshot. If you’re awestruck by its sheer sight from below, wait until you reach the top. The 360-degree panorama of the city will blow your mind away. From the expansive arid desert to iconic landmarks and soaring skyscrapers—you’ll gaze upon a miniature version of Dubai’s true self.

2. The hidden underwater voyage at the Lost Chambers of Atlantis

Lost Chambers of AtlantisHave you ever dreamt of swimming with sharks? In Dubai, everything seems possible. Get set for an expedition to the ruins of the lost, submerged city of Atlantis at the Lost Chambers Aquarium at Atlantis the Palm Dubai. Here, you can take the plunge and come face to face while scuba diving amongst sharks, unique sea creatures and also hand feed giant rays.

3. Cruising on a silent Dubai Creek

Another way to witness the best sights of Dubai’s charm is by taking a cruise down the Dubai Creek to appreciate the contrasting blend of old and new. You’ll be amazed by how much Dubai has evolved since its days as a small fishing village.

The lively vibes of Dubai and its dynamism is what entices its guests, but the city shows you how to tune it down if you want to feel serenity amid the buzz of the city. Meander into silence with a Dhow Dinner Cruise on the Dubai Creek and feel the rushes of the city ebbing away into the sounds of slow ripples of water, tranquil ambiance and light merriment. What could be more enthralling than relishing a delicious dinner with live music aboard a dhow as it glides along on a moonlit night. The city dazzles in shades of multi-coloured lights, conjuring a different image than it showcased in the day.

4. Snow skiing in the desert

Ski DubaiWhere else but in Dubai will you find snow in the desert. Another impossible feat made possible, Dubai is the only desert land having snow all year around. With a determined goal to provide any kind of attraction to make Dubai a fun-filled holiday destination, Ski Dubai is one of the city’s outlandish attractions – an artificial winter wonderland amid a scorching desert. Ski Dubai is an indoor arena built within the Mall of The Emirates and is filled with snow throughout the year, whatever the temperature may be outside. As a great family attraction, you’ll enjoy a day of skiing on slopes of varied speeds, riding chairlifts, snow fights, making a snowman or simply watching the sights of waddling penguins at the Penguin Encounter.

5. Experience skydiving both indoor and outdoor

Skydiving DubaiWould you love to experience the delight of hurtling down to earth to feel what flying is like? You can have the real experience in Dubai. Venturing into adventure sports, Dubai offers skydiving for the daring souls who have a thing for adrenaline-rushing thrills. For those not so bold enough to try the real thing, IFly Dubai offers visitors an innovative design indoors that simulates the real deal in a vertical tube without actually having to jump out of a plane.

6. Watch a sunset over the desert

sunset in desertYou must have strolled along a beach and watched the sun set into the sea many times, but try experiencing the same in a desert, for it will leave you spellbound. The beauty of the desert sand dunes bathed in warm golden tones of the setting sun has an enchanting effect. It’s a perfect way to wind up an adventurous day and feel the tranquility of the evening, basking in the magical ambiance as the day fades into an Arabian night, complete with authentic Arabian food and entertainment.

7. Dine to your heart’s content

diningIf you’re a food lover, then Dubai is a paradise for you. Dubai has captured worldwide attention with its rapid urbanism and has allured international chefs, welcomin them to showcase their expertise in a kaleidoscope of sensational, epicurean experiences that fuse with the homely traditional culinary delights. Be it authentic Emirati cuisine, Indian, Japanese, Italian or more, there are plenty of options to choose from that suit all tastes and budgets. You can indulge in exclusive dining at award-winning, top-class restaurants, explore the streets of Dubai to sample the local cuisine, or opt for dining in unforgettable exotic settings.

8. Pamper yourself with unmatched luxury living

Burj Al ArabYou can literally live like a royal in Dubai. The hospitality scenario has changed by leaps and bounds, with numerous hotel chains setting up extra- ordinary leisure havens with facilities that are the best in the world, making Dubai the world’s premier destination for luxury living. Be it the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, the classy Armani Hotel at Burj Khalifa, or the surreal Atlantis the Palm Dubai, the city takes its lifestyle seriously and offers impeccable levels of service to ensure a comfortable lavish stay. Whether you’re travelling solo, with your loved one or as a family, Dubai has something to suit every genre of traveller who comes with an expectation of flair and sophistication.

9. Shopping!

The Burj KhalifaDubai is known for its shopping scene and is the place to be for shopaholics. You’ll fall in love with the city’s incredible array of malls, one of which is the biggest in the world – The Dubai Mall. The city gives you an incredible shopping experience right from grand, sprawling malls to the winding streets of Old Dubai’s traditional souks. Treat yourself to endless choices of shops and outlets when the city throws open its gates to welcome shopping enthusiasts to fill their heart’s desire during the Dubai Shopping Festival and at the Global Village.

10. Soak up the sun at fascinating water parks

Wild Wadi Waterpark in DubaiThe best way to escape the city heat and cool off is by splashing in water, or rather zooming down some thrilling water rides at the fabulous water parks of Dubai. A great way to spend some family fun time, the Aquaventure Water Park and the Wild Wadi Water Park are Dubai’s prime spots to indulge in great water activities. With countless swimming pools, towering water slides, children’s splash areas, along with adrenaline-pumping water rides, the thrill never ends here.

Dubai is also one of the safest destinations in the world and has a low crime rate, thanks to its strict regulation and laws for those who are found guilty of crossing the line, which is an added advantage for visitors who can travel and focus on enjoying the city rather than being overly worried about safety.

The city charms its way into the hearts of many, with its entwined panorama of old and the modern, its sophistication, mind-blowing landmarks and attractions like nowhere else on the planet.

UNCHARTED 101 – Bucket List of Destinations

 Have you ever told someone where to go—on vacation that is?

 There are countless places in our beautiful world that many consider must-sees in life. Therefore, we’re providing you—our readers—with the chance to suggest a destination your fellow travelers should include on their bucket lists for 2015.

 Tell us in a few sentences about one (yes, one) particular place that you’ve been to, and why you would recommend adding it to the “Uncharted 101 – Bucket List of Destinations”. Were you lucky to have stumbled upon a cultural festival in India? Maybe you’ve seen the sun rise over the Grand Canyon on New Year’s Day, or have gone on a bunker tour in Berlin—the possibilities are endless.

 Send in your entry via the website’s ‘ Comments‘ form by December 1, and we’ll announce the top “Bucket List of Destinations” in early January. Of course, if you tick an item or two off the list during 2015, we’d love to hear about it.

So, put your thinking caps on and tell everyone where to go!

“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but by the places and moments that take our breath away.”



5 Places You Should Visit in India

For those who love learning and enjoying, India is just the place for them to go on a vacation. India is a country which is diverse and huge. In fact, it is referred to as a continent often because of its diversity. Being the seventh largest and second most highly populated country in the world, the variety of the landscapes, places, cultures and monuments that India has to offer is almost endless. The country is so vast that even Indians do not get to see the whole of it so, if you are planning on a trip to India this year, here are the five best places that you shouldn’t dare miss!

5 places to visit in India

5 places to visit in India

Taj Mahal

It is one of the best known structures in the entire world. It is a really old monument and probably every traveler’s dream.

  • It was constructed by Shah Jahan for his third wife, Mumtaz.
  • The Taj Mahal took seventeen years to complete and more than 22,000 people are known to have worked on it.
  • It was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • It 561 feet in height and all its four sides are perfectly identical.

The Golden Temple

Amritsar Located in the holy state of Punjab, this beautiful work of Maharaja Ranjit Singh which is made of bronze, gold leaf and marble is a thrill to the eyes.

  • The uniqueness of this temple is that it was built in a depression. It is said that this is done to bring a sense of humbleness in the visitors.
  • The temple has 4 entrances and the walls are beautifully inlaid with precious stones in glass work and floral patterns and is regarded as the most sacred place of worship for the Sikhs.
  • Also known as Harmandar Sahib or Darbar Sahib, the Golden Temple has an average of 35,000 people being fed for free at it.


Ladakh is yet another place which you shouldn’t miss while visiting India. Known as the ‘Land of High Passes’, Ladakh is a beautiful place to spend a holiday.

  • Ladakh is about three thousand meters above the sea level and it is the highest plateau of the Kashmir Valley.
  • It has more than 225 species of birds such as robins and finches which leave the tourists in awe.
  • Also, the highest salt water lake, Pangong is situated in its mountains.


Your trip to India would never be complete if you didn’t visit the top beach destination of India. Although it is the smallest state in India, it really is a wonderful place to visit.

  • The official languages of Goa are Marathi and Konkani and it is the only state in India to have two official languages.
  • The surrounding countryside is filled with luxurious estates and one couldn’t help but simply enjoy the view.
  • It is the perfect place for jet skiing and surfing and is undoubtedly one of the best destinations to spend a holiday.

Nandi Hills

Nandi Hills is an old hill fortress which is situated in the state of Karnataka, far away from all the fuss of life. This place is known for its amazing landscape and greenery.

  • Located in the Chikkaballapur district, Nandi Hills was earlier known as Ananda Gin, which literally means ‘the Hill of Happiness’.
  • It is known for its ‘Tippu Drop’, a 600 meter cliff, where the prisoners during King Tippu’s reign were pushed off it.
  • It has many scenic attractions to offer such as the Amruth Sarovar Lake, Horse Way and Brahrnashram. Also, it is a great place for trekking.

If you are planning on a trip to India this year, apply for an Indian Visa and had a great fun and discover more.

Adventure guide that can help you plan a perfect hike

A hike can be an epic adventure, covering thousands of miles on the Appalachian Trail. It can also be a simple stroll in the hills near your home. Hiking doesn’t need to be strenuous, and you don’t need to be deep in the wilderness.  Even on a short outing, hiking is good for your health.  It builds both strength and cardiovascular fitness.

Everyone should engage in such an adventurous trip at least once a year. The fresh air of the mountains, the people you’ll meet on the way, and traditional food, and the landscapes will certainly exceed your expectations. Plan a trip to the Himalayas and wonder through rocky Nepal, or visit the European mountains and gaze the abundant vegetation. Whatever your choice, hiking is all about enjoying the journey and not about the destination. Here are some tips to help you plan the perfect hike.

adventure trekHiking alone or with company

Many experienced hikers love to hike alone, feeling that it lets them connect with nature better than when they are chatting to a friend on the trail. However, solo hiking can be more dangerous, especially if you are on a rarely traveled trail, where you are unlikely to meet other people. It’s safest to hike with someone else, especially if you are not very experienced yourself.

Select an appropriate hike

Both printed and online trail guides will provide you with some indications of how hard a trail is – the length, the elevation gain, and often a rating such as “Strenuous” or “Moderate”. While you want to stretch your abilities, don’t be overambitious. If you’re not certain of your level, start with some easier hikes. As you gain experience, you can work your way up.

adventure trek1Watch the weather

Pay attention to the weather forecasts, and postpone your hike if it looks like there is threatening weather on the way. Getting caught out in a rainstorm can turn your hike soggy and uncomfortable, but if there’s a lightning storm, it could be downright dangerous. Snow storms or excessive heat can also be dangerous for hiking.

Carry a small daypack

For a hike that doesn’t involve camping overnight, you don’t need a full scale backpack, but you do want to have some essential items along. Carrying a daypack is the most convenient way to do this. If you’re shopping for one, look for something lightweight and comfortable. There’s no sense carrying a bunch of extra weight for the pack itself.

Pack the essentials

The most essential item is water – you always need to pack water and the hotter the weather, the more you need. Also, be sure to bring some food with you. Dried fruit, nuts, and jerky are all good choices. A hat to shield your head from the sun is a good idea, and sunscreen is an essential. A lightweight jacket is also good, in case the temperature fluctuates while you are out. Last but not least, have a small first-aid kit with you. Accidents can happen, so it’s best to be safe.

adventure trek2Have your phone charged 

You may not be able to get cell phone reception everywhere on the trail, but having a way to contact people is one of the best safety precautions you can have. Smart phones also have a GPS and compass, and some apps can show you maps of the hiking trail, or track your route. If you don’t want to carry a separate camera, your phone can also capture pictures. Make sure your phone is equipped with a solid case; purchase a weatherproof one just to keep it away from moisture, sun, and rain.

Always let someone know

If you’re hiking in a popular place, this is not as important, but if you are out in the wilderness, always let someone know your plans. If you are not back when you are expected, they can alert the proper authorities to start looking for you.  In case you suffered a broken leg or other injury, it is good to know that somebody will come looking for you.

Hiking is an amazing activity, even for the most inexperienced travelers. However, it’s important that you follow some basic rules to make your journey as comfortable as possible. Apart from a basic backpack and comfortable clothing, you should really invest in a pair of shoes made specifically for this kind of mountain activity.

Dream Vacation In Dubai For A Break Time

Dubai trip can be a dream of many who love to travel different places. The wonderful place knows how to fulfill the desires of its customers. The city is not a place of any single entertainment but has much to offer. Dubai is one of the most incredibly popular vacationer places in the planet. Stunning parties are organized in January and February. The city motivates a huge number of people for these spectacular places. In addition, the mesmerizing fireworks, fashion shows, shopping festivals and picture festivities include zest in the party time.

Get Shopping Experience In Dubai 

Dubai shopping is one fascinating thing that attracts many visitors due to its charm. People like to get shopping experience here because of several reasons like due to attractive shopping malls, low prices, good quality, tax free products and one significant is the comfortable environment during shopping. Dubai is the home of different international brands, so everything is easily available here. Dubai Fish tank & Marine Zoo is one excellent appeal that gives beautiful views of underwater creatures. The remarkable Dubai snow place inside the shopping mall lets its visitors to enjoy ice skating and make them cool in severe heat.


Summer In Dubai

Dubai has only two season, summer and winter. Summer is long while winter is short with just few months. Both seasons are charming but here we will talk specifically about summer. Summer starts usually in April and remains till November. There is much to enjoy in summer during Dubai trip while the best escape from the heated summer is the Musandam Dibba tour. Although due to huge water storage the humidity level will be high but cold and fresh water will compensate it in a best way. To beat the heats enjoy scuba diving in the fresh water of Musandam that will be a nice present of nature.

Traditional Souks

The Arabian city has rich background and traditional lifestyles that distinguish it from other parts of the world. Similarly Dubai souks assure plenty of entertainment for customers on Dubai trip. The souks have something for every person. Food points, gold, silks and scents can be easily available. A trip to the souk at night would be extremely good to enjoy traditional shopping along with the amazing Dubai background. Gold Souk in Dubai is famous for its glowing jewelry. Most customers on holidays to Dubai come here for shopping.

Enjoy Sun

Dubai Yacht tour

Dubai Yacht tour

This place can be an ideal for you if you are from extreme cold areas where sun is a rare thing. So here in Dubai you can enjoy maximum sunlight and feel its warmth. This will be really good for your body. You can hire a best yacht in Dubai to get relax under the heated sun. On the sunbath mattresses you can have a soothing trip with the tweets of fly­­ing sea birds over your head. You will enjoy the luxury and nature together.

Author Bio:

Shezaa Nehal is a passionate writer and loves to write about unique travelling ideas and core areas of entertainment like outdoor fun activities, exciting safari tours, fishing and yachting journeys etc.

Discover Dubai With All Its Styles And Rich Traditions

Cruising Lady

Cruising Lady

A shocking Arabian culture will greet you at the doorstep soon after your arrival. Dubai is famous for its unbelievable art work and sophisticated look that keep its tourists busy to see this city. It has much to offer its guests throughout the season. So you can get in to discover its unique styles and rich traditions with complete satisfaction and relaxation.

To know more about this Arabian city the following text will help you. Might it will not sufficient in order to get detailed information but can give you some idea to plan a healthy Dubai trip.

Feel the Hospitality

Arab people are famous for their kindness and hospitality. Kindness performs a key part in Dubai lifestyle, especially to unknown people or newbie’s. Do not be amazed if you are welcomed to be part of some Emirati gathering for a meal and tea. You will be served traditional Arab food in a simple style along with the ideal floor setting. It is considered courteous to accept Dubai customs and its generosity with open heart and mind.

Dinner in Traditional Setting

Obviously you are looking for something extra ordinary. So in Dubai you can get much to make good memories. Your dinner over the luxury dhow cruise services in Dubai will give you a chance to spend some time with dark waters and deep cultures of this Arabian city. The traditional look of the city will tell you much about the rich culture of Dubai. Moreover the glowing views of the city life from the Creek will captivate you during the entire trip.

Different Styles of Dubai

This is not the city for Dubai citizens only but it is the place for multi ethnic and cultural variation people. Here you can find various styles, cultures and blend of flavors that are combined in Dubai itself. So now Dubai is not just depicting any single culture but its different colors made it more appealing and demanding. It is the city at the top of any vacationers list now.

Dubai Souks

The true and rich traditions of Arabia can be seen from Dubai souks. The enriched spices market at both sides provides you a rich variety of fragrant spices. You can roam around in the entire souk and choose product of your own desire. They are good in flavor while their fragrance is long lasting. The souk will remind you the old style traditional markets that you might observed in the old movies.

Try Ancient Arab Game in Waters

There are several fishing spots in Dubai that remain ever ready to welcome you on the water trip. You will certainly please to enjoy this water trip full of thrilling adventures and actions. This is an ancient sport of Arabs but now it is designed by using modern techniques and equipments. Dubai is an ideal place for fishing lovers due to its rich waters and plenty of seafood variety. So you can also try this old game with modern techniques.


How to Act When You’re In Peru

Traveling is exciting and interesting, but it can also be incredibly embarrassing when we accidentally offend or confuse people in the places that we visit. If you’re heading to Peru in the near future you’ll want to take a look at these tips on how to help you make a good impression.

Personal Space

The first thing you’ll notice when you get off the plane is that people stand closer together, and the first thing you’ll probably notice when you talk to someone is that they’ll appear to be staring. This is because people in Peru have smaller personal bubbles and tend to make more eye contact when talking than Americans. Don’t back up (they’ll follow to unconsciously get into what they consider normal conversation distance) and make an effort to look at your conversation partner a little more than you usually would.


Don’t use first names unless you’re asked to, instead address people by title and last name. Keep conversations warm and friendly, and avoid personal topics like politics or religion. Peru has had a difficult political history, and bringing it up in casual conversation is considered to be impolite. Peru, like most of South America is largely Catholic, and people take their religion seriously, also making it a topic typically reserved for closer friends and family.

Visiting People

Peru, Credit -farm1 staticflicker

Peru, Credit -farm1 staticflicker

If you’re invited to someone’s house it’s considered rude to decline unless you really must. When you go to visit someone it’s appropriate to dress well and bring a small gift. Make sure it’s not too expensive or they might feel pressured to respond in kind, and avoid odd numbers of things because they’re considered unlucky. People in Peru are not renowned for their punctuality and you might embarrass and confuse your hosts if you arrive too soon, make sure that you arrive at least half an hour later than the appointed time.


In general, you might as well leave your jeans, t-shirts, and shorts at home. In most places where you’ll interact with other people you’ll be expected to dress well (at least khakis and a button-down shirt for the guys or a nice dress for the ladies), and at a nice restaurant or event men shouldn’t hesitate to wear a jacket.

Eating Out

When visiting a restaurant you’ll again want to make sure that you’re well dressed. If you’re on a date, and want to impress, you’ll want to be formal and polite, and embrace cultural gender roles regarding the pulling out of chairs, holding open of doors, and eating with the proper utensils.

Most restaurants will include a ten percent gratuity in the bill, however you shouldn’t let that stop you from adding another ten percent on yourself. Adding more than that is, of course, highly appreciated and indicates excellent service.

Keep in mind that these tips are effective primarily in urban areas, and do not reflect the unique cultures of the various indigenous groups living in Peru. Be ready to adapt if you encounter other cultures!

Must-See Attractions in Israel

Tel Aviv

Since the majority of flights to Israel arrive into Ben Gurion airport, near Tel Aviv, the ‘city that never sleeps’ is as good a place as any to start a tour of Israel. Tel Aviv is Israel’s vibrant, modern metropolis, renowned for its nightlife, sandy Mediterranean beaches and cultural attractions including the famous Bauhaus architecture of the White City district.



Next, no visit to Israel could miss out a tour of one of the world’s most historic and fascinating cities, Jerusalem. Jerusalem is Israel’s capital city, and packed full of breathtaking UNESCO World Heritage sites, many of them of great significance to followers of the main religious denominations. The museums are world-class, and the colorful markets provide an opportunity to buy authentic wares and sample local cuisine. Notable landmarks include the Mount of Olives, The Church of the Holy Sepulcher and Temple Mount, as well as the Wailing Wall, Dome of the Rock and Al Aqsa Mosque. Visitors are often surprised to find that Jerusalem also has a modern side to it and a range of luxury contemporary hotels.

The Dead Sea

The Dead Sea, which is actually a large lake, is another highlight of a tour of Israel. In fact many visitors book their flights to Israel just to vacation here. Its mineral-rich waters are known throughout the world for their therapeutic and beautifying properties. Not only do visitors come to bathe in the waters and mud, but the many luxury spas offer an invitation to enjoy a pampering treatment or two. The area around the Dead Sea is also worth exploring, with the Qumran Caves is highly recommended a visit, since it was here that the famous Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered.

The Sea of Galilee

The Sea of Galilee is of enormous religious significance for many – the lake is where Jesus is said to have delivered many sermons, and it is also believed to be the place of his baptism by John the Baptist. The lake is surrounded by many notable historical sites including Tiberias, the largest city in the region, home to important archeological sites and Hot Springs.


The Negev desert to the south of Israel takes up over half the country’s land area. Home to many notable historical sites, flocks of visitors arrive to explore the region’s unique geography, flora and fauna. When booking your flights to Israel check out the newly available eco-lodgings, perfect for a stopover in the region. Be’er Sheva is located at the gateway to the Negev, and is its capital, a city that dates back over 3700 years to the times of Abraham. As well as ancient remains to view, visitors shouldn’t miss a stroll around the famous Bedouin market. The Ramon Crater is another attraction to include on a trip here, one of the natural wonders of the world.


After a whirlwind of sightseeing you may want to relax and enjoy some beachside downtime. Eilat, situated at Israel’s southernmost tip fits the bill perfectly, with its glorious beaches and clear blue sea. It even has its very own Coral Reef making it a popular destination for novice and professional scuba divers alike. Dolphin Reef, the Underwater Observatory and The Kings City biblical theme park are all attractions on offer in Eilat if you tire of sunbathing. Close by, the desert and mountains provide the ideal ingredients for a day trip out, either by camel or jeep.

With so much to see and do, sunshine all year round, and plenty of convenient cost-effective flights to Israel, no wonder more and more people are opting for an Israeli holiday!

Istanbul, Things to Know Before You Go

Istanbul – the city that spans two continents, A wonderful place to visit, Istanbul is a very interesting and unique. Needless to say, it is always useful to know a few things about a place before you get there. Here are a few pointers that will make your trip to Turkey seamless and enjoyable.



  • A good time to visit Istanbul is in the spring, which means the months of April and May, as well as in autumn, which would take you to mid September and October.  The weather at these times is pleasant and especially great for walking around the city for your explorations.  The period of Ramadan/Ramzaan is an interesting time to visit because the specially organized fairs and festivals really add to the cultural atmosphere of the city.  But it can also be a hindrance since many establishments tend to be closed and the evening mealtime invariably causes traffic jams.  Keep all this in mind while choosing the time slot for your visit, and remember to check with the Istanbul, Turkey holiday guide for international events and Formula One schedules, since these tend to send hotel tariffs skyrocketing.
  • Ataturk International Airport is extremely foreigner friendly.  The staff is bilingual and ever ready to help.  It is also spacious, clean and easily maneuverable.  But it’s a different story at the domestic airport where guidance in case of any confusion is difficult to get, given the language barrier most of the staff faces.  So, get organized with all your papers before you arrive at the domestic airport, figure out your gate and head straight to your flight.
  • Travelers checks are not a good way to carry money in Turkey.  Most establishments do not accept them and those that do, charge exorbitant conversion rates.  Banks in most towns do not understand the concept and make you wait forever.  So just carry cash.
  • Once you arrive in the country, the cheapest and the most common mode of transport is by charter bus.  All routes are covered, getting a ticket is very easy, they are punctual and you can book longer distances in advance.
  • Even the most diligent packer sometimes misses out on packing in something essential.  Everything is available in Istanbul, but some essentials toiletries can be prohibitively expensive.  So recheck that packing list!
  • A good way to stay connected is by pay phone.  Turkey has a very efficient pay phone system where a traveler only has to buy an easily available phone card and use it every time you need to make a call.
  • The best way to explore the city especially the old city area is by walking.  Make sure you throw in a pair of comfortable walking shoes.  They will take you miles, literally!Quick bathroom breaks might not actually be quick unless you are in the habit of carrying change.  Many restrooms in Turkey are a paid convenience, and very often the attendants require you to pay before using the facilities, so keep those coins handy.
  • While visiting mosques, it is a good idea to cover up, especially if you are a woman.
  • Istanbul shopping is a lot of fun, and a part of the experience is the hunting and haggling.  But bargaining is appreciated in Sultanahmet only, not in markets in the other parts of town.
  • Beware of pickpockets.  It is best to use preventive measures like carrying cash and important papers on your person, preferably in a front pack money belt.

The Easiest Ways To Get From London To Paris



There are several options for people to get themselves from London to Paris. While driving is usually the most frequently chosen option there are others as well. Here are some of the easiest ways to travel from London into Paris.


The Eurostar train can get someone from London to Paris in 2 ½ hours. This train starts in the St. Pancras Station in London and its final destination is Paris’s Gare du Nord. With both train stations being in the heart of their respective cities, the Eurostar is a great way for tourists to see both. Any passenger taking this train must arrive 30 minutes prior to their train’s scheduled departure time and is required to have their luggage pass through a metal detector for security reasons. The streamlined shape of this train allows it to pass through the Eurotunnel at a speed of 100 miles per hour. The train provides a smooth ride free of the sound most other trains make while in motion.


    France Dover-ferry

France Dover-ferry

Those who are looking to have a long, leisurely trip to Paris from London can always take the ferry. This is a more expensive option than the Eurostar but is desirable to tourists who want to see as much of the area as possible. The journey is a very scenic experience and eliminates the need to travel through the underwater tunnel of the English Channel. From London it is necessary to take the train to the ferry in order to get to Paris.


If someone needs to get to Paris from London quickly they have the option of flying if they would rather not take the train. Many U.K. airlines offer cheap and frequent flights between London and Paris.

iDBUS London to Paris



Taking the iDBUS to get from London to Paris is an easy and popular choice. Passengers are able to choose the iDBUS coach travel they wish to take part in. These buses depart many times per day and run every day of the week. The bus ticket prices are fixed so whether a person buys their ticket days in advance or hours in advance they will pay the same amount of money. The price of a bus ticket is dependent upon when a person is looking to travel as opposed to where they are looking to travel to. Making reservations on this bus entitles passengers to check one bag and carry one bag with them on the bus. On-board services are available to passengers, such as power outlets and free wifi. The bus leaves from the Victoria Coach Station and travels to the Paris-Bercy Station.



No matter how an individual chooses to travel from London to Paris they will enjoy their commute. With so many transportation choices everyone can find the service that fits their needs the best. Having several different ways to get from London to Paris is very convenient for both locals and tourists from around the world.

Beaches At Larnacus: A Heaven Away From Grey Skies

Are you a beach bum and sun worshipper? Then Cyprus is an ideal vacation destination in the east Mediterranean Sea. The hidden seaside nooks and scenic beaches would be the best place for you to spend the day sunning and watching people. Below mentioned pick of best beaches would help you to lay back sojourn with book in your face and water at your toes:

  • Konnos Bay, Cape Greco: The nearest beach to Larnaca airport at Cyprus that delivers the perfect peaceful beach vibe is Konnos Bay. If you are the one who likes to walk along a craggy shoreline while playing volleyball over those chill beach bums then this secluded southeastern rocky coastline is the best place for you. So, put your foot ahead and explore the hidden sea caves.

Konnos Bay, Cape Greco

Konnos Bay, Cape Greco

  • Nissi Beach, Ayia Napa: It is a stretch of 75 meter coastline that caters pubs, water sport rentals, cafes and even spots for cliff jumping. It is a lively beach with loads of social opportunity that would let you to draw your swimsuits while grazing and grabbing between sunscreen applications.


Nissi Beach Ayia Napa

  • Escape Beach, Kyrenia: It is literary an Escape beach where you can have fun in the sun, enjoy the live music filters that would let you strut your stuff on the floor with a few alcoholic libations at the cafes and bars. You could either rent a paddle boat or canoe or go for a dip and dry off in the sun. And if you are good swimmer then you can have your onsite shower and change yourself for the evening festivities.

Escape Beach, Kyrenia

Escape Beach, Kyrenia

  • Coral Bay, Peyia: This beach is surrounded by stunning limestone cliffs that hug turquoise water and fine white shores. Coral Bay is a place where you could find the picturesque Mediterranean horseshoe shaped landscape covered with golden sand. In addition to this, it is perfect place for water skiing, swimming and scuba diving as it has calm and warm water. If you are at this beach then don’t forget to pop into bevy and trend cafes for a bite.

Coral Bay, Peyia

Coral Bay, Peyia

  • Lara Beach, Akamas Peninsula: 

Lara Beach, Akamas Peninsula

Lara Beach, Akamas Peninsula

  • Latchi Beach, Polis:This beach is located just outside Polis which is the home of most divine seafood restaurants in Cyprus. Its Mediterranean sunsets would be more memorable compared to those viewed from the soft sand on Latchi beach. Hence, get into the café along the water edge and watch the disappearing sun into the harbor.

Latchi Beach Polis

Latchi Beach Polis

Lastly, pack your bags and spend the romantic and fun loving holiday on the beaches of Mediterranean. Whether you go for a one or for all, the place would surely occupy an unforgettable memorable time span in your life.

World Trip working on Cruise Ships

Hubbard Glacier

Hubbard Glacier

I have been working 5 Times on Cruise ships and certainly came around like no other Human. I have visit lot of places, some are Beautiful some are nasty. Most interesting without a doubt are different Cultures regardless the country and Ethnicity.Every country has its beauty on its own. You see life and People in a different way when you working like me Compare to just make some Holidays. It is impossible to say what are actually the best place to be, you got to make your choice pretty much,

but let me recommend some: Sitka/Alaska in Summertime, I love the Cluster Islands, when the Sun is shining it feels like a Dream place! Laid back and perfect for chill out and relax in pure Nature.

Hubbard Glacier

Hubbard Glacier

Argentina/Brazil/Amazon: Exiting, Beautiful and Adventurous. I was very glad to had the opportunity to visit these country’s. For the most very far and where to go first. Got some friends in Chile,that would be another place to see for me.

South America is not as lost as the rest of the world may think, it is growing,a lot of improvement is and will be done. I have been in the Amazons for 2 weeks – till Manaus (Population 2 mill.) check it on your map!! a stand alone Metro-pole where you never exact that. Only smaller ships can get there. A interesting History surrounded by water and Rain Forrest.

Sail Away Seward

Sail Away Seward

Middle Sea/Mediterranean: I have been on most places there,hard to say which is best – but I think this is more a Budget issue ,-) anyway.

Asia: Japan/China/Vietnam/Thailand/Indonesia: Japan – I love the Japanese – most significant and friendliest people I ever met on Earth. We got there just before they got Hit by the Tsunami (3 month before) – same place btw.!! Lucky that I can write this here!!! Needless to say how much shocked I was when I saw the news!

Sail away Seward

Sail away Seward

My impression: it is a very organized Country, compare to all the Technique provided you actually don’t see that at all, you even look out for it but can’t find anything what looks very high tech or any SI/FI thing.

China and its Great Wall (Beijing/Tianjin) : Long story short to all of you: you know some of the History? Get on the Great Wall of China and Imagine/ Feel the Power of the Past. I don’t find many words to describe that, it is truly the most significant Building in History and what was going on during Building it!!



Shanghai: As a little kid I always dreamed of it to see the Futuristic looking TV tower: 2010 suddenly I faced my boy dreams. Pictured it alone with my mobile 50 times immediately.Shanghai is HUGE lots of changes,lots of shops,poor and rich together. Worth a trip.

Hong Kong:  pact with Skyscrapers, Expensive Shopping – you really find most named shops there, a City which never sleeps and only stops on a Red Light! People are friendly haven’t see too much – like another big city though.

Somewhere Alaska

Somewhere Alaska

Ha Long Bay: The tiny town is pretty poor, far away from everything basically. The Bay itself astonishing a must see once in a LIFETIME.

Hanoi we had to skip because of an upcoming Taifun.

Ho chi Minh City:2 overnights, Vietnam people are very friendly but certainly having bit hard time with English.Shopping is very cheap for all your needs. Traffic is horrible. Big City which expands to a Huge Potential.

Hubbard Glacier - Breaking Ice

Hubbard Glacier – Breaking Ice

Thailand: Beautiful Hot Country,people are nice, depending on area can’t trust them all.However, I have been Married to a Thai woman, lived there for 1 1/2 Years. I really enjoyed that, have seen a lot – Gold finger Island ,-), The Beach, and more. Thailand is working to achieve a lot Beautiful Places but forgetting to take care of there people too much. After all it is not as cheap as most people saying or simply believing it!! For a standard living you need easily 1000 Euros per Month!! BKK and elsehwere!



Indonesia: Me and some friends had someone who was actually from there,so we experienced things bit easier! Bali night life “Amazing”, your wildest dreams come true ,-)) lol

Komodo Island: Stunning scenery all around, couldn’t get of the ship because of a Decease that time.

Australia:Darwin got Very Rainy when we got there, but Beautiful Place, loved it.

With Sunday Island/Great Barrier Reef: Any Questions? Really? You have money,get there. Good place to get old though ,-))

NYC 2012

NYC 2012

Sydney: Port between Opera House and the Bridge,couldn’t be better for my Camera I bought in Hong Kong.

Expensive,yes, spoke to a few people and watched life a bit, don’t expect it too easy.

and yes I have been other places,Gulf of Mexico, Canada,NYC, and many more…..Thanks for reading hope you can take some out of it for your Journey’s ,-))) all the best





The Wonders of Aysen, Chilean Patagonia

    Puyuhuapi Hot Springs, Credit-termasdupuyuhuapi.com

Puyuhuapi Hot Springs, Credit-termasdupuyuhuapi.com

Ecotourism and Adventure tourism lovers will find in the most southerly regions of Chile an spectacular, untouched Nature that will give them a magnificent scenery to achieve their goals.  The Patagonia, Chilean side, is made up by the Regions of Aysen  (a deformation of the English words “Ice End”)  and the Region de Magallanes y Antartica Chilena.

Chile’s XI th region of Aysen is a territory that covers an area of 108,494 Km2 of a wild geography, full of fascinating landscapes, with too little human intervention, almost in natural state, besides being a paradise for rafting and recreational fishing lovers. The most common access is by plane through Balmaceda’s airport,  55 Km. away from Coyhaique, the regional capital.  You can also reach Aysen by land from the North, from the neighbouring X th Region of Los Lagos or from Argentina through any the existing border passes (Coyhaique Alto, Balmaceda, Jeinimeni, etc.). Another option to get here is through the port of Chacabuco,  which is connected by paved road with the regional capital.

The “Carretera Austral” (Austral Road), considered one of the most lovely roads in the World  because of its extraordinary scenic beauty, with more than 1,200 Km. trajectory crosses almost entirely the Region, offering gorgeous views from Puerto Montt on the North  down to the village of Villa O’ Higgins, gateway to the South Ice Fields. The route is sometimes rough, sometimes smooth but, fascinating from beginning to end. The road begins its journey in Puerto Montt, capital of Chile’s X th Region, standing out as main attractions, just for mentioning some places: the village of Hornopiren, near the volcano of the same name, emerging tourist center from where you can visit several hot springs such as  Llancahue, Pichicolo, Cahuelmo and  Termas de Porcelana (Porcelain Hot Springs ), name derived from the kaolin deposits existing in the area, going to the South you will reach Parque Pumalin, the largest private Natural Park in Chile, with millenary larch woods and plenty of incredible natural beauties, the Puyuhuapi and Ventisquero hot springs complexes,  Queulat National Park, of a wild geography and mostly virgin, Lake Elizalde, the region’s most well known, paradise for anglers because of  the surrounding beauty and great abundance of Trout, the Catedral de Marmol (Marble Cathedral), an aquatic wonder that Nature has carved at Lake General Carrera.

Marble Cathedral

Marble Cathedral, Credit- Patagoniatips.cl

There are also many other attractions for the Nature-loving tourist, however stands out the Parque Nacional Laguna San Rafael, south from Puerto Aysen and Coyhaique, the region’s main cities. This is the region’s largest National Park, within a coastal area of 1,742,000 Hs., that includes part of the  Campo de Hielo Patagonico Norte (North Ice Fields), a huge glacial ice-cap of approximately 120 Km long by 50 Km wide, without a doubt one of the most beautiful places on Earth. Also within the Park limits is located Laguna  San Rafael, a small inlet of the Pacific Ocean that gives name to the Park. Here, a great Glacier, formed at least 30,000 years ago, meets the shore. The view of the Glacier, the ever-green forests, the flora and fauna and the surrounding luminosity make of the area a wonderful postcard. Other smaller National Parks and not for that less beautiful are  Isla Magdalena (157,616 Hs.), Queulat (154,093 Hs.), Isla Guamblin (10,625 Hs.). It is also worth mentioning that in Aysen is located part of Bernardo O’ Higgins  Park, Chile’s largest National Park, with a surface area of 3,524,648 Hs., whose major part lies southwards, in the Region de Magallanes y Antartica Chilena. Here, the Campo de Hielo Sur (South Ice Field),  with its 13,000 Km2 constitute one of the the largest ice masses after the Antarctic Continent.

A vast array of rivers and lakes has also turned this region into a major attraction center for sport fishing lovers that come from all over the globe. The Baker River stands out as Chile’s mightiest river as well as Simpson, Aysen, Palena, Lakes Riesco, Los Palos, General Carrera, etc. The most well-known species are Fario, Rainbow, and Brown Trout, Steelhead, Silver,  Chinook and Atlantic Salmon. It is necessary a Fishing License granted by the Chilean authority. The turbulent waters of River Baker with its exciting rapids also make of it one of the most privileged places for the practice of rafting and kayak.