Travelling On Board The Trans-Siberian

Posted in railway, Siberia, travel, travel ideas, travel info, travel tips
on October 19, 2017

 

The Trans-Siberian Railway covers around 6000 miles, multiple railway networks, and goes through 7 different time zones, as well many different cultures. The railway has connected Moscow to Vladivostok since 1916, and it also provides routes into Mongolia, China, and North Korea. Before planning your trip along this world famous railway, it is worth your time doing plenty of research on travel sites that can give you an insight into all of the destinations to which you will be travelling.

It Is Not Just For Tourists

Although the railway is becoming increasingly popular for tourists to use, the majority of the use is seen by the local population, as well as a lot of freight also being transported along the railway.

A Choice Of Destinations

The main route that you can take along the Trans-Siberian Railway is from Moscow to Vladivostok, but as well as a variety of stops between these two locations, you can also travel a different line to Mongolia, or to China and visit Beijing. There is so much to see and do along this railway that you will have to limit what you plan for your trip, so you have a chance to appreciate it properly and take everything on board.

Lots Of Different Tour Operators

The benefit of using a tour operator to book Moscow to Beijing train tours is that they can advise you on everything from visas to local customs and culture. You can not only book your travel through them but also your accommodation and even excursions. Using the services of a reputable tour company can save you a lot of hassle and help you to plan the trip of a lifetime along the Trans-Siberian Railway.

Different Class Tickets

You can spend a long time travelling on the train, and with so many of the local people using it you can immerse yourself in the local culture and get to know the people. There are three different classes of tickets available which are;

  • First Class – A private cabin which has two berths and shared washroom facilities.
  • Second Class – A cabin which has four berths and shared washroom facilities.
  • Third Class – A open plan dormitory style with 54 bunks per a carriage and shared washroom facilities.

You will also find that some of the trains have service wagons where you can find laundry, internet, and shower facilities. There are only a limited number of first class tickets, so these do sell quickly, so you made need to be flexible hen you book your trip.

The Restaurant Car

Just about all of the trains will have a restaurant car where you can buy inexpensive snacks and light meals, as well as drinks and other refreshments. The standard can vary quite considerably although usually, the food is quite edible but you may wish to take some of your own food on board with you, especially if you are a bit of a fussy eater. Whatever you end up eating, make sure not to miss some of the spectacular scenery outside of the window and enjoy your awesome adventure.

The Unexplored Benefits of Britain

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The UK doesn’t strike many as a particularly desirable vacation spot but if you’re looking for a sedate break that’s filled with understated charm, you could do far worse. For all its diminutive stature, Great Britain has a wealth of history and culture that encompasses ancient Celtic and Roman traditions as well as playing host to some of the most beautiful and cosmopolitan cities in the world. While the country has an unfortunate reputation for bad weather (and poor dentistry), it only takes a few hours in ol’ blighty to realize that there’s far more to this plucky little country than you realize.

 

Firstly… There’s more to the country than London

London is a magnet for overseas tourists but if you’ve visited the UK and only seen London, you haven’t really seen the country at all. There are a great many destinations across England, Scotland and Wales that offer great theatre, sumptuous food and historic architecture that eclipses anything you’ll find in the nation’s capital. Sure there’s The British Museum, Big Ben and Westminster Abbey, but there’s also huge lines, over-inflated prices and an unpleasantly aggressive bustle that’s really uncharacteristic of the country as a whole.

 

Messing About In Boats

The country is best explored by its historic waterways to which the country owed so much of its industrial success at the turn of the 20th century. Renting a canal boat and exploring the country allows you to travel uphill or downhill through historic locks and travel through picturesque glens. If you’re looking for a more sedate and rural holiday filled with history and scenery, you could do far worse. You can hire a luxurious boat in various locations by clicking here. As well as the act of boating, you’ll find that major tourist attractions are often situated close to waterways including a range of historic castles and stately homes.    

 

A world of art and culture

London has some great galleries, but they’re really just the tip of the iceberg. The Baltic Centre For Contemporary Art in Newcastle is a distinctive building on the banks of the river Tyne that plays host to a wide range of fascinating exhibits. Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology is a beautiful building that happens to be the oldest public museum in the UK and  Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is Scotland’s most popular museum, but the most popular museum in the UK outside of London.

 

Potter around

If you have a Harry Potter fan in your life then there’s far more to do than go searching around King’s Cross station looking for Platform 9 and three quarters. Indeed, if you plan far enough in advance you can catch a showing of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in London’s West End but tickets are extremely expensive and sell out fast. Travel a little outside the city and you’ll find the Warner Bros. studio tour in Watford which is jam packed with sets, costumes and memorabilia from the films, or you could travel right up to Alnwick Castle in Northumberland which (aside from being a site of great historical interest) doubled as Hogwarts in the first two films.

 

Experience the Halloween Tours in the US

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There are various tours you can do when you are in the US. You may have grown accustomed to the timeless drive-by types of tours or the hop-on and hop-off offers of many travel agencies and online tour operators. However, there are other tours out there that will make your hair rise, and let electricity run through your spine, and these are the Halloween tours! Are you brave enough to take some of these tours? Check them out!

 

Visit the Alcatraz Penitentiary Prison

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The Alcatraz is an island off the San Francisco Bay which housed the notorious criminals of the early 30s to the 1960s. Some operators offer a different kind of night tour for the daring. You catch the ferry off Fisherman’s Wharf late in the afternoon and  book tickets and day trips to Alcatraz  or take the night tour which is less crowded the the ones operated during the day. You will be going through areas that are usually not toured during the day.

 

Check out the Golden Stage Inn at Ludlow, Vermont

The Golden Stage Inn was once used as a stagecoach stop but was later converted into an Inn. However, owners would see a ghost in the attic who seem to be attached to the place. Previous owners of the Inn would experience uncanny things like some electrical appliances would go on and off.

 

Take a tour down Myrtles Plantation, St. Francisville, Louisiana

The famous Myrtles Plantation was build during the 1700s by General David Bradford and is one of the most well-known haunted places in the US. It is rumored that the house is built over an Indian burial  ground.  Many stories float around this area and one in particular is that of a slave named Chloe whose ear was cut-off by her master for eavesdropping. To revenge her fate, she poisoned the birthday cake that was served to the children of her master and 2 of the kids died. And because of that, she was hung by her fellow slaves. People say she still wanders the place wearing a turban to conceal her severed ear.

 

Visit the Gettysburg Battlefield, Pennsylvania

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If you know the US history then you should also know that the Gettysburg Battle was one of the bloodiest in American history with thousands of young men died over the course of three-days’ conflict. Since many of they brave, young men never received their proper burial, it is said that these soldiers still roam the field, looking for their weapons.

 

Try the Salem Witch Walk in Massachusetts

Salem has been known as the place of witches, and perhaps it is as there are plenty of stories around witchcraft in the area.  Visit enchanted sites and old cemeteries in Salem, and even join modern day rituals, and check out shops for some curious and oddities.

 

You can check out Viator for fun, spooky, educational, thrilling, and entertaining tours this Halloween!

 

Go Amish For Halloween With These Haunted Lancaster Spots

If you don’t know what to be on Halloween, you might as well decide on where to go instead – namely, to the land of the Amish in Lancaster. If you happen to be in or around the area during the Halloween weekend, you’ll have a ton of options of haunted sites and creepy places to visit.

Some of these places have also been featured on ghost hunter TV, and it should be easy enough to scare yourself senseless while you’re there.

 

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It’s what the season is all about, after all. Here is a handful of the top places to visit when you’re in Lancaster – and particularly if you’re there in October.

 

Sign up for a ghost tour

We tend to associate old towns and historical places with a sense of creepiness, right? Ghost stories just sound so much better when they’re told during a stormy night in an old house which walls shriek and whisper at regular intervals; Lancaster is one of those houses, just a lot bigger – and not really a house at all.

There are so many ghostly sites to feast your imagination on that you might as well sign yourself up for a ghost tour – just remember to bring someone along you can cling to when it gets too scary.

This ghost tour site lures you with promises of exploring long-forgotten mysteries and over 300 years of haunted history, so it should be well worth the dollars you put into it.

 

Have a beer at Bube’s Brewery

This haunted pub is located within a building that dates back to the 1800’s, which you may visit for a beer and a chat with the staff. They have reported seeing a young woman quite regularly who wanders through the art gallery in a long gown, as well as a young man who pops up at intervals with a strong masculine energy.

You may even have seen the microbrewery on TV as it gained a lot of attention from the media; get there early this Halloween and secure one of their ghost tours. The building is over 150 years old so it should be able to give you the chills even if you don’t spot anything unusual.

 

Watch a play at Fulton Opera House

The fascinating thing about this opera house is that sights of restless spirits were reported even before the theatre was built – and the first reports go all the way back to 1700. It was built partly on the grounds of a jail, the old Lancaster jail, and it all links up with the massacre of the Conestoga Indians.

With so many great places to choose from, it’s a good idea to hunt down best hotels near Lancaster, PA, as soon as possible as it may be booked out during the creepy weekend. That way, you’ll have time to witness the opera house for yourself; audience and performers alike have reported hearing phantom applause when nobody is supposed to be in the building.

Others even claim to have heard the piano playing by itself. It’s the kind of ghost stories we always see in the movies, so get yourself over there and witness it for yourself this Halloween.

 

Tips for Planning Your First Hunting Trip

Posted in lifetstyle, outdoor activities
on October 13, 2017

Have you booked your first hunting trip to an exciting location but have no idea how to start planning for it? If so, then you have come to the right place. Today, we are going to learn some helpful tips that will get you started in the right direction. A hunting trip can be an enjoyable experience, but only if you make the proper preparations first.

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Practice Makes Perfect

Before you set off on your hunting trip, you will need to practice not only your shooting skills but also your hunting technics. To do this, you should set up some targets shaped like the game you are going to be hunting. You can buy these targets at most outfitter stores or shooting ranges. Practice your shooting skills daily for at least a few weeks before the big hunt. This will allow you to be accurate and make a clean kill.   Additionally, you will need to practice your stalking kills which will come in useful while out in the field or in the bush.

Get in a Work Out

Once you have practiced your shooting and hunting skills, you will need to get in shape for the big trip. Make sure that you hit the gym for at least a month before heading out. This will get you in shape and ready for the strenuous conditions that often come with big game hunting. The terrain you will face might be demanding and you will need to be able to keep up with your guide. You wouldn’t want to hold up the hunting party because you’ve been sitting on the sofa for the last month. Also, you may need to see your doctor and get a physical before you go. Remember to get enough medications to last you for your entire trip and tell your doctor what type of physical activity you are planning on doing.

Secure Travelers Insurance

If you are going abroad for your hunt, you will need to get some travel insurance to protect you. For instance, you may have to cancel your trip due to a family emergency. Having traveler’s insurance will mean that you will be reimbursed for the cost of your trip. Not having it may mean that you will lose not only the trip but the money you paid for your airline tickets and your guide fee. Traveler’s insurance will also cover things like lost or stolen items as well as some medical bills that might occur doing your time away from home. This will all depend on the policy you sign up for.

As you can see, getting prepared for a major hunt is a big deal. But if you are prepared for your trip things, will go much smoother. Remember that you will need to practice a lot before you get on the plane and you will also need to work out so that you are in perfect shape. Make sure that you get some travelers insurance so that your investment will be protected and you will get your money back if something does go wrong.

 

Traveling: A Journey Of The Self

For a lot of people, traveling is about discovering something new about the planet they live on, coming across a new town, a new culture, a new language. But what a lot of people don’t realize is that traveling is also a journey of self-discovery. Not only does it give you the best opportunity to leave your worries and fast-paced life behind for the duration of a holiday break, but it also takes you through a journey where you can find your true self and learn more about who you really are or want to be.

Know yourself, Lao Tzu

 

You come back richer from your travels

Traveling gives you a change of scenery and lifestyle. But what you don’t realize is that the transformation is much deeper than that. When you travel you make new experiences that stay with you forever. Whether it’s discovering the wonders of a new place, or learning new skills on the road — you’ll be amazed to know how many people have developed life-changing skills such as a sense of orientation, budgeting, or self-confidence during their travel adventures —, you always bring back more with you than you put in your bag when you left.

 

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You can recenter yourself

Traveling also gives you more time to think about your life and to relax away from the everyday stress. As a result, it’s not uncommon to use your travel experience as a way to recenter yourself around your primary life element. For those who enjoy the peacefulness of the water element, they know that they can find here a new approach to release their tensions. If you’re an air type, you’ll naturally choose holidays in mountainous regions where you can enjoy fresh air and breath-taking sceneries. Whatever your type, travel helps you to find your balance.

 

You may find your soulmate

As surprising as it might sound, you can find the love of your life during your next trip. Some travelers even report that they’ve been struck by a love at first sight moment when they least expected it, while they were visiting a foreign country. Needless to say that it’s changed their life. What if you don’t find your future love? Valerie Lewis reckons that traveling gives you the opportunity to meet several soulmates. She says that even though there can’t be a powerful love story due to the distance and the back to reality moment at the end of your holiday, the sweet taste of happiness you get is worth the journey. And who knows? You may get luckier next time!

 

Find love away

 

You find inspiration

For Ernest Hemingway, his inspiration came from the time he spent in France and Spain. Mark Twain echoed the thought by considering that travel enhances the mind and destroys narrow-mindedness and prejudice. In a word, traveling inspire you to find new and better ideas and also to become a better person. The discovery of new experiences — sounds, tastes; sights — creates new connections in your brain and sparkles new ways of thinking. The more you travel, the more creative your brain becomes.

 

If you feel lost and don’t know the way, all you need is to book a trip to anywhere to embark on a journey to self-discovery and self-growth. Become a traveler, make yourself a better person.

 

Tips On Customizing Your Cornhole Board

Posted in fun activities, fun things to do, lifestyle
on October 7, 2017

Cornhole is an “All-American” game that is loved by many. Although funnily enough, its origins remain unclear. While most people truly think that the game of cornhole originated in America by a farmer in Kentucky back in the early 1900s, others insist that it dates all the way back to 14th century Gemany. Either way, the game remains stunningly popular throughout America. This is why lovers of the game are always looking to customize their personal cornhole board. Luckily, this is very easy to do. In fact, there are even many ways to do this.

If the board is widely used by children, it may be fun to allow them to paint it. Not only does this make a great art project for the young ones to engage in, but it also brings the family closer together. Practically any design may be painted on the board, and for those with true artistic skill, cartoon characters or other such “fun” things may be painted on the cornhole board as well.

If a nice but plainer look is desired, the board can simply be lacquered. This still gives the cornhole board a sophisticated “smooth and shiny” look but also helps to protect the wood from the elements. Remember, always apply the lacquer either outside or at the very least, in a well-ventilated area. This is because breathing in fumes from the lacquer can be very dangerous, up to and including death. They can also be explosive in a poorly ventilated area.

 

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Another very easy way to instantly transform the cornhole board into any football lover’s dream is to adorn it with nfl cornhole decals. Decals of all variety are very easy to apply and incur no mess to deal with afterwards. Only the backing paper must thrown away in a responsible fashion.

No matter how you design it, have fun personalizing the cornhole board of your choice. Not only will it show off your personality, but it will bring all sorts of amusement when friends and family gather to play the great American game of cornhole.