How to uncover the culture of Africa: 7 tips

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Traveling to another country isn’t all about spending hours lying in the sun and relaxing; it also offers up the chance to learn about a new culture. Africa is no exception. Thankfully, I have put together seven tips that will help you to uncover the culture of Africa on your next journey.

1. Head out on safari

When thinking about Africa, it can be easy to imagine all the animals living out there in the desert planes. So why not take a chance to experience them for yourself? Many companies offer up package deals that take the stress and worry out of organizing the tour yourself, and you could even learn some local tips and tricks from your local guide. After all, it’s their job to know all about the local area.

2. Take things slowly

It can be easy to get carried away when visiting another country, especially when trying to take in all that is on offer in Africa. Unfortunately, the faster you move, the more you could miss. Rather than scrambling around to see as much as you can before you go home, be sure to take the time to stop and look around, what are the locals doing? How does the wildlife sound? How does the sun feel on your skin? It’s the smaller things that will give you a better understanding of the culture of Africa.

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3. Visit the local bazaars

Over the years, I have been lucky enough to delve headfirst into many markets all around the world. Although many regions have their own take on the trade, Africa has perfected bazaars thanks to the variety of bargains on offer. The Khan-El-Khalili Bazaar in Egypt is one of the many I have got to browse through over the years, and these offer up the perfect way to chat with the locals and see life through their eyes.

4. Talk to the local residents

What better way to learn about the local area than by talking to the people that live there? Nearly everywhere I have been, there has been someone willing to offer up a secret vacation spot or snippet of information about the area that you would never learn unless you lived there. If you’re confused about how something works, be sure to ask. If you want to learn more about the history of the culture, get stuck in with some questions. You might even make some lifelong friends along the way.

5. Get on public transport

If you want to take a step deeper into uncovering the culture of Africa, then be sure to take a ride on their public transport. There are many variations of public transportation in Africa, with mini buses being one of the most popular. However, it might be best to opt for a shared taxi if you want a safer ride on your journey. The drivers of these vehicles tend to take things a little slower than their minibus rivals but will still get you there on time.

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6. Get your fork ready

Did you know that every country in Africa has its own specialty meal? While traveling around, you might come across kitfo in Ethiopia or mandazi in Kenya, and be sure not to let these opportunities pass you by. Enjoying mouthfuls of local offerings is a brilliant way to experience life in the local area as well as giving your taste buds the treat of a lifetime.

7. Learn some phrases

Before you head off on your next journey, do you know how to say “hello” and “goodbye” in the local language? It might be a small touch – and you might find many people speak English – but learning some simple words and phrases will show the locals how you’re willing to embrace their country. Plus, they could be more likely to help you uncover the culture if you’ve already made an effort before your plane lands.

Traveling through Africa is a perfect way to uncover the culture of the continent. However, if you have even more tips on how to learn about their ways of the world then be sure to let me know in the comments.

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6 Planning Tips For Your Vacation Abroad

Traveling to another country on vacation can be a wonderful experience.  Travel broadens the mind and refreshes the spirit.

Choose an interesting place to go. Rather than settling on a well-known holiday destination, think outside the box. For instance, if you want a seaside vacation, consider an exotic location like Larnaca, a 6,000-year-old seaport in Cyprus. Next, determine how much money you will need, hunt for travel deals, and work and save for the trip.

Some things that you should take care of well before your intended trip include making sure that you stock your wallet, get your passport renewed, apply for any necessary visas, and get an International Driver’s License (if you intend to rent a car). You may also want to consider whether you should get Traveler’s Insurance, if you need to get any health shots and if you have enough prescriptions meds with you.

1. Decide how you’ll stock your wallet

Although traveler’s checks used to be a go-to solution when traveling, they can be problematic if you go to a less developed country. Getting cash in the foreign currency might be a problem, too, because you might have to take a large stack of notes, which increases the risk of theft. You might be better off taking a credit card and informing the issuer which country you’ll be visiting. This way, your card won’t be denied for suspicious activity when you make purchases from a foreign country.

Additionally, you have to consider what to do if your wallet is stolen. One simple solution is to have a family member send you money. If, for instance, you live in Australia, you can ask them to sign up for a Ria Money Transfer Australia account. They can then use this service to send you the amount you need in an emergency.

2. Renew your passport and apply for any necessary visas

Make sure your passport is up-to-date, valid for 6 months after your date of return. Renew it, if it’s set to expire. Next, see whether you will need a visa and find out where to get one. Make a photocopy of everything. If your passport is ever stolen, file a police report, go to the nearest embassy or consulate and fill out a statement about the theft and apply for a new passport. Carry your photocopies with you in your carry-all.

3. Apply for an International Driver’s License

If you are planning on renting a car, then also consider getting an International Driver’s License.

4. Decide on Travel Insurance

Travel insurance can provide protection should you have a medical emergency or trip interruption. But before you apply for this, make sure that there are no travel warnings and advisories about the country you’re planning on visiting. If they are, then you may not be able to get travel insurance.

5. Find out about Vaccinations

Find out about any required vaccination shots at least six weeks before you leave. These may be necessary if you’re traveling to a country where a disease is widespread. Also, find out about any dangers associated with drinking the local water.

6. Fill your Prescriptions

Take photocopies of your prescriptions and pack them separately from your non-prescription meds. You may also have to check to see these prescription drugs are legal in the destination country. Usually, this is not a problem, but it’s best to make sure that it’s not on a confiscation of prescription drugs list.

And if you need to use a syringe, then get a letter from your doctor about why you need to inject yourself. As you go through customs, be sure to declare your syringe.

Finally, get enough medicine to last your whole trip as it might be difficult to get a prescription refill when you’re abroad.

Plan Early

By planning ahead, you’ll enjoy a safe time abroad. The earlier you take these six steps the better.  If there are any delays in getting the required paperwork, it won’t interfere with your flight plans.

How Safe Is Cozumel?

How Safe Is Cozumel?

Recently a travel advisory was issued about Cozumel. But how safe is Cozumel? Safest Place in Mexico. According to Dailene Erickson who has been a resident of the town for the past 17years, the travel advisory is not only unwarranted but taints a false and negative picture of a wonderful town.

She first arrived in the town for scuba diving in the year 1993 and immediately fell in love with the town. The culture and the scenery were some of her prime attractions. After making Cozumel her home in 2001 she has been able to work in various places and has even fortunate enough to raise her daughter.

Her view of the town

Knowing just basic Spanish when she moved to the town, she has been able to climb the ladder from a single lady looking for a job to a successful entrepreneur in Cozumel. Her previous jobs as a dive master and bartender have made her understand life in the town. This makes her opinion on town safety very reliable.

Cozumel is a hub of sporting activities. There are various sports such as windsurfing, paddle boarding, and even triathlons. The climate around the shores makes it very conducive to enjoy these games. The town has a 40mile bike track that snakes its way around the island. This is the prime spot for undertaking sporting activities such as bike riding or even hiking.

The town is rich in biodiversity. There is a lot of marine life that one gets to see. If one is lucky you even get to see an Eco-race when swimming in the cool ocean waters along the shore.

Safety. Being a person who loves running, Dalaine has been able to engage in the hobby at any time may it be day or night. Being a lady, she always takes the necessary precautions every time she hits the road. Over the years, she has however not experienced any form of insecurity.

What other people think of the town

Her love for sports has made her interact with quite a number of people who are curious about how safe it is for her to run around the town all by her self-considering she is a lady. From her experience, there is nothing to fear. If she has been able to even raise her daughter in Cozumel, there should be nothing stopping anyone else from enjoying a peaceful and fulfilling life in the town.

Get your facts right

If one relies on the news alone, you may get the wrong impression of Cozumel but in today’s world we are inundated with fake news that distorts the truth and this is being down by tourism centers trying to take business away from Cozumel by putting out fake news to say it isn’t safe when it clearly is. There are various Facebook posts that paint a very positive picture of the town. Very many tourists visit the island each year and have been able to establish how wonderful the place is not only as a tourist destination but a place to start a home.

Being the safest place in Mexico is an honor and there’s so many great resorts like this one from Royal Holiday Vacation Club the world’s best travel company according to Trip Advisor. Cozumel is an island that is worth paying a visit. There is a lot in store for you when it comes to sports and beautiful scenery. It is a safe place and you are bound to enjoy the experience.

Gear-Up Your Backpacking Adventure The Right Way

Carrying the right travel gears is imperative while going on an adventure trip as these gadgets make your journey easier and more fun. Here is the checklist that you must go through before embarking on your journey:

  1. Water Bottle: You do not want to get dehydrated while trekking or desert safari as it can lead to many health problems ultimately ruining your trip. However, avoid carrying regular plastic pet bottles as these do not maintain the temperature of water. Instead, buy a thermal bottle which can maintain the temperature so that it is consumable at all times.

2. Map & Compass: The hills or desert usually have very few sign boards, and it’s a fun experience in following a map with compass. You can buy an accurate mechanical compass or the apps on your phone might also serve the purpose, but it will drain the battery.

3. Power Bank: It is highly essential as your smartphone battery may not last for more than 24 hours, and in case your network keeps on switching access points then the battery drains even faster.

4. Apparel: Dressing the right way is essential as it involves protecting yourself from the weather. You might want to buy the right trekking jacket to protect yourself from chilling cold and wear proper shoes to prevent slipping in the mountains.

5. Rucksack: Avoid using cheap low quality rucksacks because it’s practically your only companion for the trip. High quality lightweight rucksacks prevent any muscle strain in your shoulders or back and are built to withstand extreme weather.

6. Skin Protection: You must use sunscreen, SPF-rated lip balm and wear sunglasses to protect yourself as you are constantly exposed to sunrays. Also, keep your head covered with winter caps to protect yourself from the cold.

7. First-Aid Kit: It becomes handy to carry a small pouch of Band-Aid, bandage, antiseptic cream, your medicines, etc. in case of any mishap.

8. Nutrition: It is even more important to have the right food during your adventure trip than normal days. Carry extra food as well because you burn a lot of calories on the way and your body requires fuel all the time. Avoid sugary food as it spikes insulin instead fast digesting food such as fruits are better because you don’t want food sitting on your stomach while trekking is causing stomach pain.

9. Tools: You might want to carry a knife, tactical pen or any other multi-tool for removing twigs, small branches on your way and help you make a fast move. Self-defense tools are also essential.

10. Flashlight: This goes without saying in case your trip extends till late evening flashlights are a big saver. Carry extra batteries too if required.

The list goes on depending on your requirements and the location you’re headed to. Navigation, skin protection, food, first-aid, multi tools, and hydration are some of the key factors to be considered while choosing the right gear for your adventure trip.

 

Unique Nomadic Experience: Explore Best 3 Luxurious Adventures in Thailand

People have their own reasons behind the act of traveling. Some are doing it for business, to meet more clients. Some are doing it for studies, to learn more about another culture. Some are doing it for fun. And, some are doing it for an extravagant and memorable experience to keep in memory. How about you? Why do you travel? And, how often do you travel?

If you want some real tropical experience with lots of green sceneries and blue waters, you can go to Thailand. Aside from the amazing sceneries, you can also enjoy mingling with their locals too. To learn about what makes people keep coming back to Thailand, you better check the reasons given below and click start here to move on.

Few of the reasons why people travel to Thailand are. . .

  • to experience luxury at an affordable price
  • to learn more about Thailand’s culture
  • to experience crystal-clear underwater adventures
  • to shop with good prices on different items
  • to experience nature adventures
  • to taste Thailand street foods
  • to swim and relax on beautiful white sand beaches

Of course, many are enticed to try all those things above. But, some individuals prefer to relax with what Thailand can offer. In case you’re also looking forward to some luxury experiences, you can

in preparing for the itinerary. The list below will walk you through the options available for a luxury adventure waiting in Thailand for you.

Top 3 Luxurious Adventures to Try in Thailand

  • River Cruise

Drink a glass of champagne with your favorite Thailand cuisine while traversing the Chao Phraya River. Aside from the city buildings, river, and good music, you’d also be having a taste with Thailand’s cuisine. Reserve a seat or go there early for an Evening Cocktail Cruise. Or, try to sign up for another Evening Champagne Cruise. Meet with other tourists and some locals while enjoying every sip of your favorite drink.

  • Floating Cineplex

Are you tired of the common cinema setup? Do you find it boring buying tickets and sitting with other people in a closed room? If you’re up for an extraordinary kind of movie watching, don’t forget to check the floating cinema. You can enjoy the floating-raft cinema in the incredible archipelago-lagoon of Buro Ole Scheeren. You can book a seat by asking a travel agency. Or, you can inquire from the locals on how to get there. Mae use of Thailand’s natural resources while mixing it with technology-induced entertainment.

  • Waterfall Chasing

Visit a UNESCO protected waterfalls in Tee Lor Su. Take a look at the Thung Yai Naresuan National Reserve and be amazed at the wildlife living in harmony. Grab your camera and witness the beauty water that drops on the stages of waterfalls. Are you fond of bringing home memories trapped in a vividly taken photograph? If so, you must not miss the chance of witnessing Thailand’s waterfalls.

Before you book a flight, make sure you’ve gathered enough information about the location first. Collect information from other travelers on different forum sites. Learn from the experiences of other nomads from travel blogs and video blogs. Take note of their helpful tips and include it in your traveler’s book.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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