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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.