Staying Safe In The Most Dangerous Countries In The World

Traveling to western countries is fairly safe. They have the same safety measures that you would have at home, and you know how everything works. That makes it far more difficult for people to take advantage of you. However, some of the more exotic countries in the world are wildly different to our own. Lots of them are also quite unstable politically which can pose a lot of dangers for travelers. One option is to avoid these countries altogether, but that would be a shame because they are some of the most beautiful places on the planet. Places like South America are considered risky places to go, but there are wonderful things to see there. Some parts of Africa have a similar reputation and there are a lot of risks involved in going there. Some people will shy away from those countries, but others are more adventurous than that. If that sounds like you, here are a few tips on staying safe when you’re traveling to dangerous countries.

 

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Secure Your Luggage

Theft is a massive risk in some countries. Tourists that don’t know the place very well are vulnerable and often become targets. You can avoid it to an extent by keeping your wits about you and doing some research on how these people operate. However, the best way to stop yourself getting robbed is to secure your luggage. That means you shouldn’t go for cheap suitcases that are easily broken into, make sure that you get the best luggage available. Having more secure luggage will likely put potential thieves off trying to steal from you because they are looking for easy targets. It also means that if people go into your room looking to steal from your case, they’ll have a hard time.

 

Plan Your Route Carefully

Kidnappings are another common danger in lots of countries. Criminals will take tourists and demand a ransom. If your family and friends haven’t got a clue whereabouts in the country you are, it will be difficult for them to find you. That’s why it’s important to plan your route carefully. You can avoid any of the highest risk areas to reduce the chance of anything happening in the first place. Having a carefully planned route also means that you can give an itinerary to friends and family so that if you do go missing, they’ll have an idea about where you are.

 

How Dangerous Is It?

While these countries are dangerous, you probably get a distorted view from the media. The reality is that usually there are certain areas that are very dangerous, while other parts of the country are fairly safe. By doing a bit of research beforehand, you can find out which parts of the country are very dangerous, and avoid those places.

 

Health Dangers

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Crime isn’t the only danger when you’re traveling to exotic countries. You also expose yourself to all sorts of diseases that you aren’t going to be immunized against. If you don’t do your homework then you could find your holiday being cut short by a serious illness. Go to see your doctor and they will be able to tell you exactly what jabs you’ll need and set up some appointments. You also need to make sure that you have health insurance because if you need to visit a hospital while you’re out there and you don’t have insurance to cover it, you could come back with a massive bill as well as a bag full of souvenirs.

 

Don’t Show Off

Thieves are going to be looking out for the people that have the best stuff to steal. That’s pretty obvious, but you’d be surprised how many people show off what they’ve got on them. Don’t do anything that can give away how much you’re carrying. Don’t carry all of your money with you in one place because if you get it out in public, people will see that pile of cash and you instantly become a target. You should also avoid wearing any expensive clothes or watches that might suggest that you’ve got a lot of money with you.

 

Don’t Drink Too Much

Everybody enjoys a drink or two while they’re on holiday and that’s fine. But if you have too much to drink, you make yourself a target. Criminals are constantly on the lookout for tourists that have had one too many. It makes you far easier to lead away to somewhere that you can be robbed, and you are far less aware of what is going on around you. While it’s ok to have a couple, make sure that you’re always aware of what’s going on.

 

 

Indulgent Travel: Simple Treats To Lap Up For A Luxury Trip

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on August 23, 2017

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When you first start to think about planning a trip, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? It’s usually something connected to the reason behind the trip! Because you’ll often find that you need a break, or you want to see a particular site, or you’re excited to experience a new culture. When it’s the first in the list, you’ll often find that adding a slice of luxury to your travels will really allow you to relax and unwind. Because there’s nothing quite like indulgent travel to make you feel like you’re having a break. So, to make sure you can kick back in style, here are the treats you should add to create the perfect luxury trip.

 

First Class Travel

It’s always nice to be able to kick your trip off in style, so you should aim to add your first simple treat to your choice of transport. Whether you’re taking the road or flying high, there are plenty of ways you can upgrade your travel. Flying business or hiring an executive car can not only make you feel more relaxed, but help you to relax and unwind in gorgeous surroundings that were made to make your life easier. And what could get you off to a better start more than that?

 

Accommodation That Keeps On Giving

Going hand in hand with your choice of luxury transport should be the kind of accommodation that makes your experience effortless. And that doesn’t mean you have to stay in the most expensive of spots either. With stunning hotel rooms or a classy apartment service such as Studio Z Extended Stay Hotel & Lounge, you’ll have everything you need. Make sure you choose a spot with a pool for dipping in, endless room amenities and enough food and drinks to fuel you during your stay too.

 

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A Session In The Spa

For when you’re really in the mood to indulge yourself, you should think about heading to a spa. Even if you’re never one for a spa break, indulging in a few hours of blissful pampering at a nearby resort can help you to really switch off and unwind. Whether you opt for a massage or facial, you should find that it adds the perfect luxury touch no matter where you’re staying.

 

First Class Dining

With all this relaxation, you’re really going to work up an appetite. So, you’re going to want to make sure you’ve got somewhere to fill you up with the finest in food too. Whether you’re heading east or west, there are plenty of indulgent restaurants across the country that should tick all of your boxes and ensure your stay has a flawless finish.

 

A Private Pass

And of course you’re going to want to add a luxury touch to your cultural experiences too, right? So wherever you go, be sure to book a private tour or viewpoint for the most in-demand attractions and events. Whether it’s a private box at the ballet or an intimate tour of the vineyards, by ensuring that you have prime viewing and the most knowledgeable hosts, your experience will feel like it was curated especially for you.

 

 

Make a Trip Abroad As Stress-Free As Possible

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on August 22, 2017

When you plan a trip abroad, there are lots of different things to think about. As well as accommodation and places to go, you need to think about possibly speaking a foreign language, as well as what you might be eating and how you will travel around once you’re at your destination. So can you best prepare for your trip abroad? If you are going to be in a country where you know very little of the language, then it can feel quite daunting. So if you plan ahead, it will help things to run much more smoothly, especially if you run into an emergency. So here are some tips and tricks to prepare for a trip abroad, so that it makes things easier when you’re there.

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Get Apps That Will Help

In this day and age, there are so many apps that you can get on your smartphone or tablet to help you when you’re abroad. If you need a currency converter, so you can tell what price something is easily, then get a currency converter app. You could also get something like the Google Translate app, where you can record someone’s voice and it will translate it, or you can hold it over a menu, for example, and it will show you what the words are. It really is a nifty little app. So think about what apps you might need and download them before you go away.

 

Plan For Emergencies

In an ideal world, you will never need to use any emergency items. But it really is best to plan for them. So think about taking a small first aid kit with you, as well as things like aloe vera or after sun cream, because you’ll want to stay protected after sun burn. Otherwise, you’ll be in a lot of pain. If you think you’ll need painkillers for headaches, then take a few with you too. You should also think about making a note of the country’s emergency phone number. Would you know what it is and what to do when you’re there?

 

Get Currency Before You Go

If you’re going abroad, then the chances of needing to change money to a new currency are pretty high. But in order to get the best deal, you should think about getting it before you fly. It also makes sense to have some with you when you arrive, as you might need to get a taxi or buy something from a store. So having some cash to hand is always a good idea. It is a good idea to let your bank know that you’re going to be abroad too. If you try to use your card abroad and they don’t know about it, then they will probably stop the transaction. It only takes a couple of minutes to let them know but will save you some hassle when on your travels.

 

What other tips and tricks would you add to the list? What has helped you to have a stress-free trip?

 

More Travels For The Travel Bugs

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on August 21, 2017

Vacation time again! I know! I know. I just went on a long-haul trip last April and where in the world am I going again this time. Well, hubby and I are flying back to the US for a 12-day vacation. We will stay with relatives in California and will spend few days in Las Vegas to unwind.

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Year after year, I am more  excited in exploring new places even if it is a flight back to a country I am very familiar. I still consider it a great time to learn new things, visit new places, and get to know the locals.

I planned 3 trips this year but let’s see about the third one if time, leave allocation, and budget will permit. Hubby and I are planning to spend few days in Europe to experience the Christmas Market Village. However, it is still in the offing. If it doesn’t push through then I am still happy that I get to travel again.

As long as we can travel, as long as we can finance it, traveling will always be a part of our regular routine.

 

World’s Top Scary Cliffs

Are you afraid of heights or you’re the kind of adrenalin junkie who loves daring activities while on vacation? Well, if you belong to the latter then welcome to the world’s top scary cliffs. You may want to visit them and test your fear factor.

While the views are breathtaking from the cliff area, I know that no matter how beautiful mother nature is from where I will be standing; I guess I won’t have the guts to even go there. I’ll just be satisfied looking at their scenic vista through the internet.

Daring tourists and thrill seekers may find this list helpful. Go ahead, book your next trip to the world’s top scary cliffs.

Faro de Los Morrillos, Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico

Don’t be fooled by the beautiful white limestone cliffs of Faro de Los Morrillos. They may look solid but they could only be few inches and some may even have holes which can be very fragile. One step on the wrong limestone ledge and you will plunge to the ocean below and can become one of the many people who have perished in this place.

Preikestolen, Ryfylke, Norway 


This ledge is like a big squarish stone atop the mountain with no safety rails nor barriers to deter curious people from getting too close to the edge. The flat surface is almost 2,000 feet above the Lysefjord.

Chang Kong Cliff Road, Huashan Mountain, China 


Only wooden boards were nailed to the cliff for visitors to hold on to with added safety harness. Visitors are advised to think twice before ascending on the cliff to visit the temple attraction on the top as only one person is allowed to traverse it at a time.

Tianmen Mountain, Zhangjiajie, China 


Here is another scary cliff attraction in China. This attraction is a cliff walk that is attached 4,000 above sea level on Tianmen Mountain. The cliff walkway is a mere 2.5 inch thick glass and 3 ft. wide which separate you from the precarious fall below.

Slieve League Cliffs, Donegal, Ireland 


Reaching the Slieve League Cliffs will require visitors to traverse the One Man’s Path. It is aptly named because only one person can wal at a time in the narrow path. If you slip, a quick tumble of almost 2,000 feet awaits you down into the open ocean. Ireland is known to have wet weather most days in a year so it is very dangerous to go there because of the misty weather which makes walking very slippery.

Cliffs Of Moher, Galway, Ireland 


The narrow paths along the cliffs are very hazardous. Plenty of visitors choose to ignore the warnings and get close to the edges and are blown off and fall 700 feet into the open ocean. Bikers are not recommended to go here because some of the ledges are unstable and some have already collapsed. However, the bold and the daring will still find the Cliffs of Moher a must-see when in Ireland.

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Yee-Haw! The Best Cowboy Experiences In Texas

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on August 18, 2017

Well, howdy partner!

Think the Wild West is well and truly in the past? If so, you need to take a trip to Texas. Once you get to The Lone Star State, you’ll see that, in actual fact, cowboys are still very much alive and kicking! So, during your trip to Texas, you might as well experience life as a cowboy, right? Here are some of the best ways you can do just that.

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Buy Some Boots

A cowboy isn’t complete without a pair of Western boots. And you can buy your very own pair from the famous Lucchese bootmaker. They’ve been making boots since the 1860s and now count many big-name celebrities amongst their most loyal customers. You’ll need to book an appointment so that a shoemaking expert can measure up your feet and you can choose the kind of leather and design you want. Why not come up with your very own personal design?!

 

Get A Stetson

The Stetson hat is also a very important part of a cowboy’s outfit. You’ll find lots of hat shops all around Texas, all of which will have a great selection of Stetson hats for you to choose from.

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Visit The Rodeo

When a cowboy has some time to kick back and relax, there is nothing more he likes than to visit the local rodeo. If you are staying at Comfort Suites Waco, you won’t be too far from the very popular rodeo in Waco, Hot Fair. This is a large fair that also has its very own rodeo. So, when you’ve been on the big wheel, you can take your seat in the stadium and watch some of Waco’s finest try to stay on huge sheep and cattle!

 

Cowboy Cooking

You know what a cowboy’s favorite meal is, right?! That’s right – a big bowl of chilli! The state of Texas is well-known for its chilli and, if you fancy learning how to cook it just like they did back in the Wild West, you need to go to a Camp Cooking Weekend. These fun weekends give you the chance to take part in some cooking classes, where you will learn the art of barbecuing and some old-fashioned ranch-style cooking.

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Travel In Time

Of course, there is no better way to experience life as a cowboy in the Wild West than by traveling back to that point in time. And you can if you visit the Tyler County Dogwood Festival in the springtime. Around 2,000 modern cowboys and ranch owners visit the festival and take part in trail rides, rodeos, and parades. If you stay over, you’ll also be able to spend the evenings at community dances. Remember to spend some time at the nearby Heritage Village, where you will be able to see people in period dress and costumes living exactly as the forefathers did in the pioneer times.

Yee-haw, partner! Why not start booking your trip to Texas right now so that you can get a taste of cowboy life!

What To See Around The Pest Side of Budapest

 

It’s been several months since I visited Budapest in Hungary but the beauty of that place still lingers in my mind like it was just yesterday.  I have expected most of Europe to be similar in terms of architecture and design but somehow, I have been taken by Budapest’s beauty.

I have seen various old towns and cities of other European countries. Their beauty varies from one another. Budapest in Hungary is like a gem tucked in the Central part of Europe. Budapest has been cited as one of the beautiful cities in the world and a top travel destination by a famous travel magazine.

Budapest is the combination of 2 cities, the Buda and Pest side. These 2 are separated by several bridges and one of that is the famous Chain Bridge.

If you are visiting Budapest anytime soon, take note of these places when you are in the Pest side.

 

Andrassy Avenue

The Andrassy Avenue is touted as the Champs Elysees of Budapest. Museums, theaters and opera house line up along this grand Avenue. You can also visit the House of Terror which shows the horrors of what Hungary had experienced during the 20th century.

 

Danube Promenade / Danube Bank

The Danube river bank serves as the promenade of many locals and tourists alike. Here, you can find the Memorial of the Shoes. These shoes are bronze replicas of the Jews who were executed by the Arrow Crosses. They were made to remove their shoes by the bank before they were shot, and their bodies fell and drifted along the River Danube. It is a very poignant memorial to honor those who have perished during the ugly face of World War II.

 

Vaci Utca

This is a famous shopping area in Budapest. It is lined with shops and eateries with beautiful, ornate facade. You can stroll here and enjoy the atmosphere or just sit back in one of the coffee shops and people watch.

 

Hungarian National Parliament

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Nestled in front of the Danube River, the Hungarian National Parliament is a prominent Neo-Gothic architectural structure in the Pest side of Budapest. It is easy to see this place from various trams plying through the area. Tourists can easily walk to the building from the Chain Bridge and traverse the lovely cobble stone street of Pest.

 

St. Stephen’s Basilica

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I was very lucky to have stayed near the Istvan Basilica (St. Stephen’s Basilica) during my vacation in Budapest, Hungary last year. The view from my room was the dome of this beautiful Basilica. Regular mass is still being held in the Basilica. You can also tour the inside of the Basilica for free but take note of the timing as it is not open throughout the day. You can also climb up in the bell tower for a fee for a breath-taking view of Budapest.

The basilica is the largest in the city and can hold around 8,000 plus people. It also houses the relic of St. Stephen’s right hand which is also open for the public to view.

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Széchenyi Baths

This is a huge bath complex in the whole of Europe.  It is relatively cheap to enjoy a good bath in this huge complex that is open until night time.

 

Great Market Hall

This place is located at the end of Szabadsag Bridge. It is also known as the Central Market Hall. It has 3 levels. The market sells a wide variety of goods from the famous paprika spice of Hungary, to the many tasty sausages and salamis, local produce, and other dry goods such as Hungarian embroidery and fabrics, and other arts and crafts. You can also grab some ready to eat food here or sample their local cuisine in the food stalls inside the market.

 

The Chain Bridge

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The famous beautiful bridge that spans between the Buda and Pest sides of Budapest across the Danube River is called The Chain Bridge. I managed to cross the bridge on foot to reach the Buda side and the view is spectacular! I highly recommend this to visitors in Budapest. There is a pathway on each side of the bridge for pedestrians and bicycle access as well. And once you reach the middle part, take a good look of the beautiful scene in front of you. You get to see Buda and Pest!

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The Great Synagogue

This Synagogue is the largest built in the entire of Europe around 1854-1859 in a Moorish style architecture. Next to it is the Jewish Museum which features their tradition, culture, costumes, and history.

 

Vajdahunyad Castle

Vajdahunyad Castle is located inside the city park near the Széchenyi Baths. It was built during 1896 for the Millennial Exhibition in Hungary, and it also houses the Museum of Agriculture.

 

Let me share this brief video I have taken from the Buda Hill and it shows the marvelous vista of Pest.

Panoramic view of Pest from the Buda Hill

 

There are more to see in the Pest side of Budapest that I haven’t included here. If you have been to Budapest, you can share more places of interest by leaving a comment in this post.

I hope you will consider these places of interest when you plan your vacation to Budapest.