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Travel mistakes you must avoid

Travel mistakes you must avoid

Travelling can be fun and exciting, but there are some mistakes that can make your trip turn into a nightmare. Planning is very important especially if you don’t want any problem during your trip. In this article, we are going to be looking at some travel mistakes that can potentially ruin your trip.

Over-packing

It can be tempting to bring a good number of outfits when traveling. In other to carry more clothes, you are going to need a bigger luggage. Carry a bigger luggage comes with a lot of problems. For starters, you are going find it very difficult to move around while carrying a big luggage. Another challenge you may have to deal with when you carry a very large luggage is that you may have to pay extra fee especially when it exceeds the normal weight limit.

 

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In the end, you are going to find out that most of the things you packed are not really useful. So before you travel, do well to give a thought to each item you are carrying. If you feel an item is a dead load then let it go.

 

Not grabbing some local currency

Forgetting to grab some local currency while at the airport can make things very difficult for you. Of course, there are bound to be other ATM in the city you are visiting. But getting to these areas can very difficult especially if you don’t have cash on you. What you should do in order not to get into this tight situation is to get to some local currency when you get to the airport. The ATMs at the airport usually gives a better exchange rate, especially when compared to others you might find in the city. Another thing you need to have at the back of your mind is that there are some places in your travel location that don’t accept ATM, so ensure that you have cash on you at all times.

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Packing too many activities into one trip

One thing you should have in mind before traveling is that you cannot visit all the landmarks and exotic location in a single visit, especially if you don’t want to end up wasted and burned out. What you should do therefore is focus on one or two activities. Another thing you should do is to create time for your own relaxation.

Final note

Always remember that a good trip is a matter of planning on time, the right timing and after all your safety.  

 

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15 Destinations You Should Definitely Not Visit With Parents

15 Destinations You Should Definitely Not Visit With Parents

Some vacations are meant for a family to enjoy so that you can go on some adventures and reconnect. While others, well, not so much. There are some places in the world where taking your parents for a vacation would be the worst idea you have ever had! And if you plan a trip alone or with your friends, some amount of lying (especially if your parents have been there, done that) will be required. Here are some vacation destinations that your parents will not approve of:

15. Caracas, Venezuela

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Caracas’ chockablock traffic may make you pass it off as another crowded city. But like every coin has two sides, this city too has a side aloof from its rather unfavorable reputation. Referred to as the world’s most dangerous city, Caracas boasts of towering mountains covered in dense vegetation, yet making for the most adrenaline budging adventures. A blend of terrific adventure and a groovy nightlife, this place is best visited with similarly aged folks! 

14. Hamburg, Germany

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European cities apart from their beauty can also be a little overwhelming for parents. Hamburg cannot go unmentioned with mentioning the very popular entertainment area of the city, the Reeperbahn. Essentially a place, flanked by some serious adult entertainment on either side of the street, you definitely do not want to be in an awkward position with your parents here. 

13. Montreal, Canada

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Montreal a place that still retains the jazz culture very well may leave you amused you if you happen to visit with your parents. Additionally, an age limit of 18 for drinking, this place deserves some unrestricted fun, minus the parents! And if you do happen to be too wasted to go back, fret not. There are special public transports that run at peak hours of the night, into wee hours of the morning! 

12. Cancun, Mexico

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If you are someone whose idea of fun is partying the entire day, add in some insanely picturesque beaches and a great lineup of DJs then Cancun is the place to be. Not sure, if your parents would agree to the same! Perhaps, late-night entertainment is best experienced by some vigor and youth. Get intoxicated and let the place take over you, like a charm. 

11. Tirthan Valley, Himachal Pradesh

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Shimla-Manali has certainly been family destinations for time eternal. But if you wish Himachal Pradesh a little beyond that with the parents, it could perhaps turn out to be a not-so-favorable experience. Lately, it’s a trend that has been catching with youngsters to explore the mountains for various reasons, but Tirthan Valley remains untouched by this trend. A beautiful place to dwell in some solitude.  

10. Andaman Islands

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A place full of water sports, and lots of strolling around, Andaman’s also requires a rather overwhelming journey. Not only your parents get weary, you might just engulf them with something not so necessary. If you crave a fleet of adventure, scuba diving, and other water sports are big here, but chances are, the parents may just not allow you, forget them undertaking any. 

 9. Ladakh, Jammu, and Kashmir 

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Ladakh does boast of surreal landscapes of a desert in the mountains; however, there are a ton of reason why you should definitely not visit this place with your parents. Some include- low oxygen, rough terrains, extreme climatic conditions and very poor mobile network. Also, bear in mind that this is a major biker destination, so instead why not take on this adventure with a group of friends. 

8. Pushkar, Rajasthan

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This might come as a surprise, but Pushkar requires a lot of traveling. If your parents are grumpy on traveling, this is certainly not the best place. And its bohemian vibe can well be experienced with the gang-a-tang instead of parents. With several desert camps, this place is in fact, a must with friends. Don’t miss the camel fair, in case you do go here. 

7. San Pedro Sula, Honduras

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In your quest to travel to some offbeat place, you might come across Honduras, or more specifically San Pedra Sula. But give it some serious thought, given its reputation as one of the dangerous and criminal cities. Also, a lot of diseases like malaria are always on an epidemic here so you might want to skip this one for sure. 

6. Bir Billing, Himachal Pradesh

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This quaint Himalayan town perched in the Kangra district has recently begun garnering attention given the brilliant opportunities to carry out some heavy adventure works, including paragliding! Hiking follows up the adventure activities here. Before you even contemplate a travel here, question yourself, what will your parents do here?!  

5. Malana, India

If you don't know what Malana is, Google it now. For parents who know what their kids are up to, this place will sound alarmed bells like none other and get you grounded for weeks. If you still haven't Googled it, Malana is the best hashish in the world. Although besides that Malana has spectacular views to offer, but I don't think any parent would buy that you're going just for that. Good luck convincing them! 

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4. Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Its the partying capital of the world and for good reason. During the day, you have the option of just lying down on its beautiful beaches, but it's during the night that Rio de Janeiro truly comes alive, especially if you visit the famous Copacabana Beach. The hottest nightclubs, the hottest parties and the hottest people (you'll see a lot of topless women here), Rio de Janeiro has everything.

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3. Amsterdam, Netherlands

This one is an absolute no-brainer if you don't live under a rock somewhere! Or in a pineapple under the sea. Amsterdam is the place to head to if you're interested in a little taste of the high life (if you know what we mean). There's also its famous red light area with live sex shows and prostitutes displayed in glass windows (What they show in the movie Queen is absolute, 100 percent real). Don't tell your parents!

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2. Las Vegas, USA 

How could we not put Las Vegas in a list full of debauchery and decadence? Its the place to be when it comes to bachelor parties, getting broke at the casino, and drunken weddings (Remember Ross and Rachel in Friends?). Although prostitution is illegal here, escort services are plentiful. It is the original sin city and how! Whatever happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, right guys? Here's the best way to enjoy 3 days in Las Vegas.

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1. Pattaya, Thailand

Pattaya has something to offer you, whatever your preference. And we mean whatever. Cheap drinks are aplenty and so are brothels. You can even watch cabaret shows, some performed by ladyboys. If such nightlife is not for you, you can even go to one of the several massage parlors that provide, umm, extra services. Go figure!

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(source: www.triphobo.com)

Hidden in Antarctica 1.5 million penguins built a giant colony

Hidden in Antarctica 1.5 million penguins built a giant colony

Huge colonies of penguins have been discovered near an Antarctic peninsula where, according to preliminary estimates, more than 1.5 million birds are housed.

Hidden in Antarctica 1.5 million penguins built a giant colony

Researchers say this finding shows that the site is a vital refuge for climate change and human activities for wild creatures and should be protected. The huge numbers of Adélie penguins were found on the Danger Islands in the Weddell Sea, on the eastern side of the Antarctic Peninsula.

It is a place extremely remote and inaccessible and rarely even visited by scholars. But scientists identified something interesting when they examined satellite images and decided to organize a research mission.

Eventually, they returned after revealing 751,527 pairs of penguins. "This was an incredible experience - finding and counting as many penguins," said Tom Hart, of the University of Oxford and part of the international research team.

The size of these colonies makes them extremely important and underlines the need for better and wider protection of the WWF's WWF's WWF Rod Downie area, said: "This exciting discovery shows us how much more still to learn about this amazing kind.

However, it also strengthens the urgency of protecting Antarctic waters from the threats of overfishing and climate change. " The area proposed for protection is huge, almost five times the size of Germany, and it will prohibit fishing to protect species such as vows, blue whales, sea lions, and penguins.

The MPA already has the support of several countries, including the United Kingdom, and will go before a conference of the Antarctic nations in October. 

The 20 most dangerous countries in the world

The 20 most dangerous countries in the world

The World Economic Forum released its annual ranking of the safest and least safe countries. Here are the spots you should avoid 

Some countries are better suited for tourists than others.

The World Economic Forum recently released their Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report, which analyzes the state of the travel and tourism sectors in 136 countries around the globe.

As a part of this report, the WEF ranks the safety of each of those countries. To come up with this ranking, the forum “measures the extent to which a country exposes tourists and businesses to security risks mainly related to serious harm to people (violence and terrorism).” The ranking does not take petty crime into account.

We rounded up the 20 most dangerous countries from the report, based on safety and security.

Keep reading to see which countries you might want to avoid.

20. The Democratic Republic of the Congo

The Congolese armed forces, as well as other armed groups and bandits, are active in many parts of the country, and they are pretty violent. Because the Congolese military is in operation throughout the country, travelers are likely to come across troops, armored vehicles, and attack helicopters.

19. Thailand

The provinces of Yala, Pattani, Narathiwat, and Songkhla — all of which are in southern Thailand — are the most dangerous in the country. In the last 13 years, more than 6,500 deaths have occurred in these areas due to violence. There's also a martial law in effect in the region.

18. Jamaica

While there are currently no travel advisories for Jamaica, violent crime and shootings are still rampant in some parts of the country, like Kingston and Montego Bay. Even guests staying in resorts can be affected.

17. South Africa

High crime rates in South Africa have led many locals to hire private security guards to protect them. Rape and murder occur frequently, especially in the more remote townships and settlements.

16. Guatemala

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Guatemala's border with Mexico is one of the most dangerous parts of the country because of frequent drug and alien smuggling. The country also had the fifth highest homicide rate in Latin America and the Caribbean last year. Other common crimes include carjacking, armed robbery, and theft.

15. Chad

Isis, al-Qaeda, and Boko Haram are all active in Chad. In the past, attacks by these extremist groups have targeted not only civilians and security forces but also foreigners.

Border crossings can be dangerous too, due to minefields in those areas — specifically Chad's borders with Libya and Sudan.

14. Bangladesh

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Besides the threat of terrorist attacks, extreme weather also affects Bangladesh, putting the country at risk for a number of natural disasters. The Asian nation experiences tropical cyclones, flooding, and sometimes earthquakes.

13. Mali

The risk for terrorist attacks is high in Mali's capital, Bamako, as well as other parts of northern and central Mali. Hotels and restaurants are often the targets for these attacks; in November of 2015, a number of people were taken a hostage and killed at a Radisson Hotel in Bamako.

12. Lebanon

Because multiple extremist groups are active in Lebanon, terrorist attack such as bombings happens frequently. It's also typical for protests and smaller disputes between neighbors or families to escalate and turn violent, causing harm to bystanders.

11. Philippines

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In addition to the recent shooting and fire at a Manila Casino, kidnappings are common throughout the Sulu Archipelago and the southern Sulu Sea. Foreigners are often the targets of these kidnappings. 

10. Ukraine

Fighting between Ukrainian armed forces and Russian-backed armed separatists is common in both the eastern and southeastern regions of Ukraine, more specifically, the regions of Donetsk Oblast, Luhansk oblast, and Crimea. Civilians continue to get caught up in the fighting.

9. Honduras

Honduras is home to one of the world's highest murder rates. The department of Gracias a Dios, in particular, is plagued with crime and drug trafficking and also lacks police or military presence.

Tegucigalpa, San Pedro Sula, and La Ceiba are other dangerous areas; 70% of US citizen homicides in the last seven years happened in these districts. 

8. Kenya

While many terrorist attacks occur outside of Nairobi, the threat of terrorism is still high in the city. Grenades, shootings, and stabbings are common forms of attacks.

7. Egypt

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Isis and other extremist groups pose serious threats to public venues throughout Egypt, including tourist sites. The groups have also been known to target various modes of transportation.

6. Venezuela

Shortages of basic goods such as water, food, medicine, and electricity have to lead to much social unrest and crime throughout Venezuela. The country has one of the highest crime rates in the world; armed robbery, murder, kidnapping, and carjacking are all common forms of violence in much of the country. The US Department of State warns against travel to Venezuela.

5. Nigeria

Two extremist groups, Boko Haram, and Isis West Africa are responsible for much of the violence that occurs in Nigeria, and commonly target heavily populated areas like churches, schools, restaurants, hotels, and entertainment venues.

The US Department of State says visitors “should be vigilant at public gatherings and locations frequented by foreigners,” and to “Exercise extreme caution throughout the country due to the threat of indiscriminate violence.”

4. Pakistan

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Religious conflict has plagued Pakistan for years, and violence against certain religious groups is still common throughout the country.

Pakistan's government also greatly limits freedom of speech and forbids foreigners access to numerous places throughout the country.

3. El Salvador

Besides having one of the world's highest homicide levels, El Salvador is also known for its many gangs, which are known as maras. Gang violence includes everything from extortion to arms and drug trafficking.

2. Yemen

Rebel groups based in Yemen's capital, Sanaa, continue to both target and detain US citizens. Extremist groups such as al-Qaeda are also active in the country, and because of landmines and air strikes, much of Yemen's population lacks basic necessities like food, water, and medical assistance.

1. Colombia

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While Colombia isn't as dangerous as it once was — Medellin was named South America's best destination last year — visiting the country still poses quite a risk for foreign travelers.

BACRIM, armed gangs, are responsible for kidnappings, drug trafficking, and robberies that occur throughout the country, while acts of terrorism, like explosions, are common in many big cities like Bogota.

(source: independent.co.uk)

First-timer's guide to Gothenburg.

First-timer's guide to Gothenburg.

Gothenburg is Scandinavia’s largest port and sometimes lovingly referred to as Sweden’s ‘second city’. It’s best known for producing Volvos, but over the last couple of decades, it has managed to reinvent itself as a modern travel destination.

 

Nowadays, the cutting-edge design has replaced industrial grit in Gothenburg’s formerly run-down neighborhoods. Warehouses and industrial buildings have been turned into art galleries, Michelin-starred restaurants grace the local dining scene, and independent coffee shops dot the city. Add a lively night scene and a string of peaceful islands right on its doorstep, and it’s easy to understand why Gothenburg is giving Stockholm a run for its money.

The central canal (Stora Hamnkanalen) through downtown Gothenburg © Andreas Bitterer / Getty Images

The central canal (Stora Hamnkanalen) through downtown Gothenburg © Andreas Bitterer / Getty Images

Welcome to the neighborhood

Gothenburg is made up of a number of distinct neighborhoods, so it helps to get your bearings early on. Its historic city center is separated from the rest of town by a jagged moat. Vasastan is where you’ll find most of the art galleries. Gothenburg’s most important museums are found off Avenyn, the city’s main boulevard.

Trendy Magasingatan is the top spot for Swedish fashion brands, while the streets around Järntorget are filled with increasingly hip and ethnically diverse eateries. Of the city’s formerly hard-luck nooks, none have seen greater transformation than Haga, one Gothenburg’s oldest districts. Its cobbled streets are now lined with quirky shops and cafes and renovated wooden landshövdingehus houses.

Bordering Haga to the west is Linné; independent designer shops and al fresco patios are found all along Linnégatan boulevard. The adjoining ‘long streets’, such as Andra Långgatan have held onto their classic watering holes, which remain pleasantly down to earth.

Frihamnen, Gothenburg’s innermost harbor, and port area, is at the forefront of the city’s rebirth. Partially derelict since 2000, it is being turned into Jubileumsparken – a new leisure park that will be a major part of Gothenburg’s 400th anniversary in 2021. Its features will include a man-made beach, a floating pool and a spectacular sauna, designed by the award-winning architect group Raumlaborberlin.

Röda Sten Gothenburg SwedenRöda Sten © Dick Gillberg (Courtesy of Visit Sweden)

Art and design

Stockholm gets headlines for its all-enveloping design scene, but Gothenburg is no lightweight. The city boasts a treasure trove of trendy interior design shops in a compact area in the city center. Places like Artilleriett/Artilleriet Kitchen, Rum 21, Floramor & Krukatös and much more make for an unbeatable day of décor inspiration.

For contemporary Scandinavian art, it’s hard to beat Galleri Ferm,Galleri Thomassen, and Galleri Nils Åberg. Putting a defunct power station to good use, Röda Sten art center is the city’s top alternative art venue, staging everything from edgy Swedish photography exhibitions to live music nights. And though it’s currently closed for renovation through the fall of 2018, the Röhsska Museum is the best design and applied arts museum in Sweden.

Cutting-edge architecture is also part of Gothenburg’s appeal. Kuggen (Lindholmplatsen), resembling a red Colosseum, is a marvel of green engineering, while the distinctive red-and-white skyscraper Göteborgs-Utkiken (a.k.a. The Lipstick) towers over the harbor and offers tremendous views from the top.

Volvo Museum Gotheburg SwedenInside the Volvo Museum © Anna Jingrot/ Volvo Museum

City of culture

As Volvo’s home of manufacturing, Gothenburg has an enduring relationship with the car company. Visitors can both take a tour of the car factory itself and immerse themselves in all things Volvo-related at the Volvo Museum. But there is much more to the city than car culture, including several world-class museums.

Science and technology meet the rainforest at the incredible Universeum. Meanwhile, the Konstmuseum’s art collection, spanning from the 15th century to the present day, is one of the finest in Europe. Stadsmuseum is the only place in Sweden where you can see an original Viking longship, while Sjöfartsmuseet explores the city’s more recent maritime culture. And once you’re all museum-ed out, head to Liseberg, Sweden’s largest amusement park, to unwind.

Restaurant GabrielFresh oysters at Restaurang Gabriel © Lars Ardarve (Courtesy of Visit Sweden)

Where to eat

Gothenburg’s dining scene is defined by the abundance of fresh fish and seafood, caught off the west coast of Sweden. Swedish oysters, seasonal smoked prawns, grilled crayfish and catch of the day dominate the menu at local institution Restaurang Gabriel inside the legendary Feskekôrka (‘fish church’) fish market.

Other good places to sample the sea’s bounty include Fiskekrogen, locally beloved for over two decades for its shellfish platters, and Strömmingsluckan, a humble food truck at Magasinsgatan 17, serving nothing but freshly grilled herring with mash and lingonberries. The creative, seasonal menu at Michelin-stared Sjömagasinet focuses heavily on seafood, as do the multi-course tasting menus of its Michelin-anointed brethren, Koka and Thörnströms kök.

 

Seafood aside, Gothenburg’s diverse dining scene encompasses a multitude of world cuisines, from Thai and Ethiopian to gourmet hot dogs, with numerous chefs championing Sweden’s slow food movement as well. And if you’re looking to meet local foodies, visit the splendid Saluhallen (‘The Market Hall’) with some 40 delis and restaurants.

Bring on the night

From beer halls and wine bars to nightclubs and live music, Gothenburg takes its nightlife seriously. Neither has it escaped the craft beer explosion, with some of the bars and brewpubs found along Andra and Tredje Långgatan. Haket Pub represents most of the local microbreweries, Noba Nordic Bar, branches out into Norwegian, Danish and Icelandic brews, while creaky Ölhallen 7:an (Kungstorget 7) has been serving pints since 1900.

Mexican-brothel-inspired Puta Madre’s cocktails are as enticing as its crazy décor, while tiny Basque bar Juan Font pairs carefully selected wines with tapas. Going strong for years, Nefertiti is both a legendary jazz club and one of the city’s liveliest dance floors, while Lounge(s) has something for everyone on one of its many floors. For the underground music scene, check out illegalground.com to see what’s happening.

Gothenburg archipelagoThere's no shortage of incredible island escapes near Gothenburg © Steampipe Production Studio (Courtesy of Visit Sweden)

Island escape

If you get tired of the hustle and bustle of the city, catch tram 11 to Saltholmen boat terminal and take a boat to the southern archipelago – nine peaceful, car-free islands. Carved of granite and sparsely covered with greenery, they are ideal for long walks, bicycle rides, exploring villages and smokehouses or just sunbathing on the rocks. Brännö, Styrsö, and Vrångö have guesthouses. Vrångö also has good swimming spots, as does tiny Vinga.

Practicalities

Gothenburg Airport is served by flights from numerous European cities, including London, Frankfurt, Munich, Helsinki, Amsterdam, Brussels, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Malaga, Paris, Prague, and Istanbul. The city’s also reachable by train from Stockholm or Copenhagen (those rides are about three hours).

If you’re planning on doing a lot of sightseeing, it can be worth getting the Göteborg City Card, which gives you free entry to many attractions and includes bus, tram and boat travel. There’s a new Gothenburg Pass card available from 1 January 2018, though it doesn’t include public transportation.

 

(source: lonelyplanet.com)

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