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You Should Know All About the Best Sailing Basics Safely While Traveling

Cruising rudiments might be touted as simple and straightforward yet they are principal to figuring out how to cruise while traveling. A significant number of the individuals who cruise the untamed waters keep running into mischances since they neglect to take after the cruising essentials that they could realize when they were all the while having their cruising lessons.

Presumably of the considerable number of fundamentals of cruising, sailing security is one that is generally vital. In the event that you think it is not sheltered, then there is no point in cruising. Be that as it may, there are still the individuals who oppose this fundamental instructing.

To give you a summary of the cruising nuts and bolts of drifting, here is a portion of the things that you have to know by heart.

It is fundamental that any individual who conquers to cruise in untamed oceans must know how to swim. There are examples when your watercraft would tip over and it is to your best advantage that you know how to swim.

There is a reason why there is a day by day climate estimates. It is a standard methodology that you should know about the status of the climate before cruising.

No man is an island. So never cruise out all alone. You are not a one-man group.

Since mishaps are something that you anticipate, continually bring and wear life coats. Furthermore, it is a piece of the controls of the Coast Guard (it resembles the safety belt law). Continuously put it in ranges of simple availability. The life coat number ought to be 1:1.

Do not tell a shameful lie when you don’t perceive any wolf. This implies just a flag when you are in trouble. In the event that you lose radio get in touch with it, it is useful to realize that there are visual pain flags that are universally perceived.

National banners of vessels that are raised tops truly, which may either be full or half-pole

A square banner together with a ball or anything that resembles a ball

Communicating banners

Gestures, for example, standing up and thrashing your hands here and there gradually

Attaching a piece of attire to a paddle that you should hold uncertain

Cruising fundamentals is an absolute necessity to know for each mariner. It is for your security as well as for the wellbeing of those ready regarding you. Ensure that you brief all present in your sailboat of this cruising security with the goal that they would likewise recognize what they could do to help you. You can likewise get additionally cruising wellbeing tips and directions from the Coast Guard, and the Red Cross.

All cruising essentials are instructed in cruising classes and lessons. Ensure you give careful consideration to the subtle elements with the goal that you won’t succumb to obliviousness cruising securely likewise goes to state that you should take after the guidelines of cruising so that you and your team won’t meet any untoward mishaps while you cruise the vast oceans. Rules fluctuate from sailboats and powerboats. Know which class your sailboat has a place and take after the appropriate standards.

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The Getting Ripped Off and Why I Don’t Do Package Holidays While Traveling

Since this is my first ever post for “My Travel Wish list” I thought it would be quite fitting to write a post about my own philosophy to travel and why I love it so much…

I am in Morocco at the moment with my wife on our honeymoon if you’re interested

Now I may not be the most adventurous of travelers – I have certainly met a few who put me to shame:

This holiday isn’t the most adventurous either, I do love to travel, but this is a honeymoon after all, so we are currently at a very nice and slightly touristy hotel for the next couple of nights, after which we are going to stay in Marrakesh for a few more nights.

But however unadventurous such an itinerary may seem, this is not a package holiday – we booked flights and sourced 3 hotels ourselves, online. That’s all the planning we did really, we landed at the airport in Marrakesh and there was no rep to meet us, no coach, just Morocco, waiting to be explored.

Arriving In Marrakesh

So the first thing we did was getting some money out and jump in a Taxi ready to shoot off to the first hotel. We like to think of ourselves as being reasonably seasoned travelers, so we asked for a price before leaving and we attempt that price down to 66% of the original quote…

The result

 Well basically we were had – after we arrived at the hotel we realized it was much closer than the taxi driver had claimed and we had paid well over the odds, even with our hefty discount!

So what’s the lesson to be learned here?

This was a rookie mistake, and I am ashamed to be admitting to it, but what we should have done was figured out the conversion rate in advance so that we had a better grasp of what we are paying, found out how far the hotel was from the airport and figured out what we should be paying so that when the taxi driver quoted his extortionate price we would have known to just walk away.

It seems this con is pretty common actually, and whilst the ‘normal’ price to drive into the center of Marrakech is about 30-50MAD it is very common for drivers to charge tourists 500 or more.

And the moral of the story

Well, I didn’t actually bring this up to warn you all about Moroccan taxi drivers – Morocco is amazing and I recommend anyone to come here…

The point is that if you travel independently, no matter how much you do or don’t organize yourself, you will get ripped off – it’s sad, but that’s how the world is.

But I still wouldn’t want to go on a package holiday, because whilst I might avoid these annoyances I would also lose out on the experience. Travel is a learning curve and you’re never done learning, but the experiences, good and bad are what make it all worth it.

So when we go into Marrakesh in a couple of days, will we be conned again? Maybe, but will we be the wiser for this experience? Yep. And at the very least it is a story to tell.

So the moral of the story is this:

Travel with a sense of humor, accept that you will get ripped off; you will be irritated by foreign customs and discriminated against, but no matter what happens you will grow as a person and you will have a lot more fun doing so that you could ever have sat on the couch back home.

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The Best Tips for Finding Accommodation in South-east Asia While Traveling

Having spent the last six weeks traveling around Thailand and Malaysia, I have learned a few things about finding clean, comfortable, and affordable accommodation  Sometimes it hasn’t been the easiest lesson to learn so I feel it is my duty to help you learn the ‘less hard’ way.

First Things First…

Whatever you do, don’t book a hotel or hostel in advance. Shocking, I know… you will have always been told to be organized and plan ahead, but in my experience, it is really not a good idea in this case.

My husband and I arrived in Bangkok safe in the knowledge that we had somewhere to stay for the night… or so we thought! The hostel we booked online looked really clean, artistic, and trendy but in reality, it was the complete opposite: filthy, insecure, and with literally no bathroom facilities. Not a good start to cry like a baby and wish you were back at home on the first night of a four-month-long trip.

Needless to say, we left immediately after seeing the bathroom and ended up spending £60 for a night in a high-end hotel when our daily hotel budget was around £10. We felt a little out of our depth but strived to learn from our mistakes.

My advice is to attempt to arrive at your destination as early as possible, or at least before midafternoon, to allow yourself enough time to scope out suitable accommodation and compare cleanliness, comfort, and price.

Everything Is Negotiable…

…Especially in Asia; the longer you choose to stay somewhere the more negotiating power you have.

Whilst we were in Ao Nang, Thailand, we found a lovely little hotel which suited all our needs but was a little out of our price range. We had previously decided we wanted to spend two weeks there so we asked the hotel owner what their best price was if we stayed there for two weeks and we got a 100THB discount per night, and it was truly worth it!

On the whole, whatever price is given to you is usually slightly inflated. Try a counteroffer or let them know what your budget can allow, and you’ll usually get a discount. A cheeky wink and a bit of charm go a long way too.

Do your research!

I have certainly come to learn that researching hotel hotspots is very beneficial. For example, Khao San Road in Bangkok and Petaling Street in Kuala Lumpur are the best places to go if you’re looking for a selection of backpacker retreats to choose from.

Also, look at some reviews on Trip Advisor before you go, so you know which hotels to scope out first and which ones to avoid stepping in altogether.

There are some amazing hostels and hotels in this part of the world, with the friendliest people offering excellent travel advice and occasionally a half-decent cuppa! It just knows how to find them that is the challenge.

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You Should Know All About Before Travel to Colombia

The history of Colombia is far from dramatic and you should know all about Colombia before travel.

As the entrance to South America, Colombia is thought to have been pioneered by first human settlers on the continent, however, with few lasting monuments and artifacts, not much is known about these people.

Despite never having visited the country, Christopher Columbus played an important role in the establishment of the name, Colombia. A companion of the explorer, Alonso de Ojeda, ventured onto the foreign South American soil in 1499, after brief exploration he grew aware of the riches that the local tribes seemed to possess.

Their stories of riches hidden in a treasure trove awaiting discovery were the start of the myth of El Dorado. These stories captured the attention of the Spanish soon after they arrived, leading them to colonize quickly as they searched, tirelessly, for treasure. Soon, Colombia became a hot spot for Spanish mercenaries lured by tales of gold and emeralds.

In 1533 building began on Santa Marta, the first town, and Cartagena, the first center of trade, was founded. A battle for control ensued shortly after, but in 1550 King Carlos V of Spain managed to establish control of the colony via members of the Viceroyalty of Peru. This short battle for control resulted in the quick expansion and the establishment of many towns in a relatively short period of time.

Although they declared independence in 1810, Spain conquered Colombia again between 1815 and 1816. Three years later, the Spanish were defeated and the Republic of Colombia was formed, but it didn’t last long. Internal rifts caused the new Republic to dissolve after just eleven years, and Colombia cut ties with Venezuela and Ecuador.

During the 19th century, Colombia struggled to maintain peace. Plagued by civil wars and two parties from opposite ends of the political track, unrest ravaged the landscape. Coupled with a recession and furious drug trade, the future of Colombia was unclear right up until last year when the violence began to decline.

As their economy recovers from last year’s recession, and their land from the devastating flooding they experienced in the last year, the future for Colombia is looking bright, and tourism is growing rapidly – but you knew that, didn’t you?

There are a few options for accommodation in Colombia. The first (and best) option is always to stay with a friend or relative, so you can experience true Colombian hospitality and culture.

Failing that, there are a few other options you can try:

Hotels

Before you book a hotel in Colombia vary in size so it is advisable to check that what you’re getting is actually a hotel and not a guest house.

Speaking of Guest Houses, if you can find one that offers bed and breakfast, book it. Often these offer the best insight into Colombian culture as they are run in an extension of someone’s home – a sneak peek into the kitchen of a typical Colombian family is something you need to experience to appreciate.

If you really do prefer your own cooking, a self-catering place might be best for you – experience live a Colombian as you source ingredients to make your favorite dishes.

Of course, you could always go camping in Colombia, but it is not recommended in all areas due to safety concerns. Youth Hostels are an option for younger people, and then there is the option of staying (and/or working) on a farm.

Where do you like to stay in Colombia? Do you have an accommodation type preference or even a favorite spot?

you can keep it in your family. As long as you keep returning to Colombia, we don’t mind.

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What’s on Your Bucket List While You Are on Travel

If you’ve got a bucket list, chances are you can check off a lot of those things on the gorgeous island of Kauai while you are on travel.

Here are some common bucket list items you can do in Kauai:

Skydiving

Skydiving on Kauai is epic, to say the least! The views of the gorgeous green mountain in the middle of the ocean are breathtaking. If skydiving Kauai doesn’t make you feel alive, I don’t know what will!

Surfing In Hawaii

Now surfing may not be all that amazing of activity (unless you’re really into surfing) but there’s absolutely something unique and amazing about surfing in Kauai. Kauai is not as well known for surfing as the North Shore of Oahu but swells can get to 20 ft or more on big days and much more often 6-12 ft. depending on the season.

If you want to surf the big waves, this is one of the places to do it!

Scuba Diving

Kauai is one of the best places to scuba dive. Well, not Kauai exactly – Nihau. It’s the small island just a few miles off the coast of Kauai. It provides epic deep underwater cliffs right next to the coral reefs.

If you’ve never scuba diver before, Kauai is a great place to get your certification. The dive operators here are very experienced and have great safety records.

Swim with Dolphins and Turtles

Who doesn’t want to swim with dolphins and turtles?

Honestly, there’s nothing like swimming with dolphins. They’re so fun and playful and you can swim with them in the wild here if you know where to go (and what you’re doing!).

Just make sure to be safe and never go out alone

Locals will often go to Kalihiwai Bay early in the morning on a calm day and swim out to where the dolphins are feeding. If you’re lucky, you too can swim with the dolphins there. Again, just make sure to be safe, never go alone, and bring flippers and a snorkel if not a flotation device as well.

See The Rainiest Spot On Earth (Mount Wai’Ale’Ale)

Mount Waialeale averages more than 452 inches of rain a year! That makes it the rainiest place on Earth – and extraordinary sight to see. In the old days, you could take a helicopter and fly to the top of the mountain, land there and walk around. Today, the only way to get there is to hike for several days and it’s very dangerous and not recommended.

You can still take a helicopter ride up and see Mount WaiAleAle though – you just can’t land there. It’s definitely an extraordinary sight to behold on a clear day (which, of course, is few and far between). You can see Mount WaiAleAle from many parts of the island and you’ll often see it hidden behind rain clouds – working on a new world record for rainfall.

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The Most Important Sections of a Real Estate Development Agreement

The real estate development agreement is said to be an agreement that is made between a construction company and an individual, a commercial builder, and a city and a business organization and a city. It assists in buying and selling real estate property and is an agreement to develop an area of land for the purpose of commercial use.

The real estate development agreement has no legal regulation and so they are affected by the local laws and the contract laws. It is advisable that you take the help of the proper real estate guidance so that you can buy and sell the real estate property in the right way.

Sections of a real estate development agreement

You need to expand your knowledge about the real estate development agreement. You can go through this article to know about the 6 sections of a real estate development agreement.

First section

The first section of the agreement consists of the basic information about the agreement such as the name of the person who is associated with this agreement. It also includes the location as to where the property will be developed, the date when the agreement was signed, and the date of the beginning of the agreement.

The second section

The second section consists of the terms and conditions of the agreement. In case the agreement is only of construction of a simple home, it will only have 2 to 3 definitions and with the help of real estate guidance, your work will become much easy.

The third section

The third section highlight the plan of the project which includes the ground rules and property limits of the project. With the help of proper real estate guidance, you will get a clear picture of the plan of the project.

Fourth section

The fourth section is said to be the improvement section and it contains all the details of the improvement section.

Fifth section

The fifth section is said to be the witnessed section which clearly states all the necessary things that the real estate builder needs to follow so that the development agreement gets approved by the city. Before the approval of the agreement, it is the work of the city authorities to find out whether or not your plot is sectored for the property the real estate builder will intend to do.

Sixth section

The sixth and the final section stresses the landscaping rules, parking rules, and the other rules for the construction of the plot in the future. The time limit to complete the project is also given in this section of the agreement.

It is very important that you follow the six sections of a real estate development agreement properly. A real estate development agreement is said to be the most difficult agreement that you make in your life. You will find many of the forms of the agreement consist of one or two pages. However, these forms can be read and filled out in a very short time.

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Do You Need a Real Estate Agent to Sell Your Home

The housing market is finally on the upswing again. But does that mean that you can strike it out alone and try to sell your home? Although this might seem like an appealing option, it might actually be a huge mistake.

Here, we will tell you the reality of whether you need a real estate agent or not to sell your home. We can tell you the many ways that it can help you when it comes to the whole process. The answer might just surprise you.

Save Money

Most real estate agents have the experience and community connections that you need to help you save money. When your house is sold faster, you can save serious money on the upkeep of your home while you are no longer actively living there.

Having a professional on your side during the negotiation process allows you to also get a better overall price for your home. Not only do you save money, but you will also earn more! They may also be able to put you into contact with local contractors who can help you with improvements you need for a lower price.

Save Time

Time is money (or so the old cliche goes). Selling a home can sometimes take months. Do you seriously have hours and hours to sink into selling your own home? We did not think so. But when you have a real estate agent who can take care of things like inspections and filling out paperwork, you can save lots of time.

You can use this time to do things like spend more time with your family, focus on more important work, or even use some of this time to complete projects to raise the value of your home.

Final Verdict

Selling a home can be a huge task. Clearly, a real estate agent is a great idea, no matter where you are selling. If you are not sure how to contact a trusted, local agent, simply do a quick online search. Or look in the yellow pages of your local phonebook.

Chances are there are more than a few around. A real estate agent can help you to save time, money, make you more money, and will give you valuable, instant connections in the community. How can you really say no to that entire in one package?

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You Can Make in Real Estate When Selling Your Home

If you’re ready to put your home on the market you need to ensure that it’s in good repair and that it looks appealing to potential buyers. The real estate market is very competitive in most areas right now, so your home must stand out from the crowd.

Be warned however that not all home improvement projects will actually increase the resale value of your home or appeal to all buyers, so consider the best projects you might take on when selling.

Kitchens and Bathrooms

It’s said that kitchens and bathrooms sell a house, probably because most home buyers know how much money and time it takes to remodel and renovate these rooms. Homebuyers prefer the work to be done before they move in.

You don’t need to put inexpensive appliances or fancy fixtures in a bathroom and in some cases, these can be too personal and may not appeal to every buyer, but updated cupboards in the kitchen along with simple energy-saving appliances can be a great choice.

In the bathroom, storage is key so a new vanity around the sink and shelves where they fit can be a good option. A low-flow toilet can also save the homeowner money on their water bill and this too might appeal to buyers. In both rooms, new flooring and a fresh coat of paint can also make space look more inviting.

Repairs and Replacements

Other home improvement projects that are good for when you want to sell your home may include replacing your old windows with new vinyl windows that have an upgraded energy efficiency rating. These can save homebuyer money on their utilities and are always appreciated in new homes. A new roof or repairs to a roof along with new gutters and downspouts will protect home and a homebuyer will typically be concerned with the condition of the roof before buying.

An energy-efficient hot water heater, new furnace, and a new central air conditioner should also be considered if yours are years old. These too can save homebuyer money on utilities and they will know that they won’t need to worry about repair or replacement of these when they’re brand new.

These are the best home improvement projects you can consider when putting your home on the market. Ask your real estate agent for additional suggestions on how to improve your home as well.

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The Best Time to Purchase a Home in Real Estate

Oddly enough there is a better time to purchase a home than others. Even if you put aside the buyers’ market/sellers’ market information (by the way you do want to buy a home when it is a buyers’ market) there are times of the month and year when you can make out better financially if you buy a home.

Buying a home during the holidays like Christmas is a great opportunity to buy. The prices are typically lower during the holidays although closings can take longer because so many people are out for the holidays so it can be a slower process but a better financial deal for you.

As a matter of fact buying in the winter, in general, is a better way to buy. No one buys houses in the winter. Everyone likes to move in the spring or summer when the kids are out of school by winter every one wants to stay put until the spring or summer so you may find a better deal in the winter.

In addition to the limited buyers out there let’s face facts a seller that is trying to sell their home during the holidays is a motivated seller. No agent would advise their client to list their house during the holidays unless they knew that this house had to be sold. Motivated seller, fewer buyers equals a great deal for you!

Let’s Talk About Rates

If someone would have said 30 years ago that mortgage interest rates were going to be less than 5% for people with good credit, people in the industry would have laughed. At one point in time, the mortgage interest rates in the 1980′s were as high as 13% and that was for people with decent credit!

The rates are low! Should that push you to buy? YES! If you can find a home that you want now while the rates are historically low than that is exactly what you should be doing. Get a 30 year fixed rate loan at those low rates and you will be set for life.

Frankly, it is a gamble to wait to see if the rates fall even lower. You can always refinance down the road if the rates do come down even more. The time to buy is when the rates are reaching historic lows because typically there is only one place to go up from the historic lows and that is up!

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What to Do When Your Home Does Not Sell in Real Estate

If your house has been on the real estate market for quite a few months without any real offers, it might be time to take a new approach. If you are having trouble selling your home, it is easy to start feeling overwhelmed. However, there are a few things that you can do to try and sell your home once and for all.

Why is Your Home Not Selling?

There are a variety of reasons why your home may not have sold in a timely manner. You might have your home priced too high or it might just not be a house that shows well. No matter what the reason is behind the problem, you can do a few things to try and spark interest and get your home sold fast.

Temporarily Leave the Market

It is easy for listings to grow stale over a short period of time. This means that potential buyers might start overlooking your property. If you have not been able to sell your home in 90 days, you might want to try taking a break from the market.

Potential buyers start to examine why your home hasn’t sold yet and it makes your home not seem as desirable as other properties. Try taking your home off the market for 2 months and see if the new pool of buyers shows more interest. A fresh start might be just what you need to finally sell your home.

Lower You’re Asking Price

This might not be your favorite way to fix your problem, but it might just be the best solution. If you are not getting a lot of offers on your home, it might be time to reconsider your asking price. Listing your property at a slightly reduced price should attract more interest. This will help you sell your property faster and keep you from having to sit on it for a year or more. Adjusting your price slightly can often make a huge difference.

Give Your Property a New Look

Not selling your property doesn’t always have everything to do with price. You might need to freshen up the look of your home a bit to attract potential buyers. Making some fast and affordable changes to the look of your home can make a big difference.

The best part is that you oftentimes don’t have to invest a lot of money in your home. A fresh coat of paint or simply staging your home can be the change that helps you finally make a sale.