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26 destinations you have to visit in your Lifetime

Josh okungbaiye

Are you confused where to go in your vacations?  Well, the top 26 destinations that you must visit in your lifetime are highlighted in this article. Pick any destination from the list, pack your bags and catch a flight.

1.   Matera, Italy

 It’s your time to experience life on the rocks. The Sassi di Matera is a hub of more than 1000 cave that are dwelled to living conditions.

The attractive hotels, boutique, clubs, and restaurants are built on limestone caves. The city of Italy’s elegant beauty and rock life is an amazing option to select for vacations.

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2.   Vevey, Switzerland

The generation festivals of Vevey attract you towards mesmerizing culture, tradition and wines.

 The festivals are famous for the wines of course. The most famous wine is made from Chasselas grape and is known as dry whites. The tourists or the attendees in the festival can ride to vineyards on northern shores of Lake Geneva.

Vevey is fabulous and is beautiful to relax and calm your soul.



3.   French Polynesia

 French Polynesia is a paradise. Your life gives you an amazing chance to experience eclipse in a paradise.

Get ready your swimsuit to dive into 118 small islands to experience heavens on Earth.



4.   Cairo, Egypt

The Grand Egypt Museum seeks your attention. The top 5000 ancient objects and 5000 artefacts invite you to pay a visit to have a splendid view of history.

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5.   Toronto Canada

A city of multicultural citizens and 200 different languages invite you to take a deep dive into its diversity.

6.   Galway Ireland

The art projects of the city with almost 80,000 populations generate big ideas. Galway is known for its oysters so pay a visit to Galway to explore big ideas.

7.   Oakland California

Oakland is basking into new east bay spotlight. So, visit the multicultural city today to explore more things.

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8.   Salvador, Brazil

 Music genres were born in the heart of Brazil. Samba, bossa nova, tropicalia echo in the city and provide a soothing environment to tourist.

9.   Bauhaus Trail, Germany

The revolutionary Bauhaus design is fabulous to visit in Germany. The destination is a stuff of life rather than intellectual or material design. Visit to explore more.

10.   Macedonia

Macedonia has tremendous lakes, waterfalls and mountains. Macedonia is landlocked by Greece, Bulgaria, Serbia, Kosovo, and Albania. The destination provides tremendous experience to visitors. 

11.   Perth, Australia

The world-class Perth beaches and urban chic hotels attract millions of tourists to the city.

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12.   Cano Cristales River Columbia

A rainbow river of Columbia blooms the aquatic plants. Cano Cristales shades of red, green, yellow, black and blue combines to give a rainbow view.

13.   Belize

Explore the marine life in a small country and visit the great sites like Caracol. The sites attract the tourist so decide to pay a visit to such beautiful country.

14.   Kansas City, Missouri

Where ever you go on the city, you feel like home. Kansas City’s stockyards and trains are the center of tourist’s attraction.

15.   Oman

Ride your horse and explore the Hajar mountains. Gallop your horse and enjoy the splendid views of nature in Wadi an Nakhur.

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16.   Greenland

Dogsledding, heli-skiing, sea-kayaking, icebergs, climbing and Artic adventures are amazing destinations to visit at least once in your lifetime.

17.   Hoang Lien Son, Vietnam

Tracking adventures and connection of cable cars provokes the tourism in the city. The city is attractive and famous for its hiking routes.

18.   Canterbury Region, New Zealand

The Godzone gives mountain biking, climbing, kayaking and splendid view of world’s great races.

19.   Dordogne, France

Felibree is an annual celebration that gives immense overview of culture. It includes music, dance, food and gathering of people belonging to different tribes.

20.   Dakar, Senegal

Sun-worshippers, professional wrestlers, lively beeches and traditional clothing styles are waiting for your attention in Dakar.

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21.   Fanjingshan, China

It is best place to climb through the wonder of clouds. A sacred place with 48 temples on mountains gives great experience of climbing.

22.   Peruvian Amazon

Enjoy the drive in low and high jungles, forests, waterfalls in Peruvian. Life is amazing on the hills so decide today and enjoy tomorrow.

23.   Mexico City, Mexico

Crouse the city’s best restaurants and enjoy the corn tortilla. Taste milkshakes made with corn and chocolate and give new taste to your buds.

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24.   Fairy Meadows, Pakistan

The grasslands are the base of camping for tourists. At an altitude of 3300 meters makes it more elegant for the tourists.

25.   Isla de los Estados, Argentina

This time get to the end of the world. The 206-square-mile island includes forests, mountains, beaches, and fjords. Pack your stuff to visit the adventure land of Argentina.  

26.   South Walton County, Florida            `          

The artificial reef system on the coast of 16 beach communities is tremendous. Visit the South Walton County and give new experience to life.

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5 Essential Tips to Keep Your Home Safe while on Vacation

Josh okungbaiye

While spending some time away on vacation sounds like a dream to most, in order to come back to a home with all your belongings as you left them, we must not forget to these simple tasks when planning days away from home. These tips are important to keep out any burglars from targeting your home.

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(1) Ask Someone to Check on Things

 

By mentioning to a trusted neighbour, friend or family member that your home will be vacant while you are away, they will be able to make sure the house looks as unempty as possible by collecting any mail left out or turning lights on when visiting.

 

(2) Install Timers

 

By installing timers on electronics within the house hold such as lights, TV’s and even sprinklers; the house will not look give off a sign that the occupants are away on vacation. By timing these to come on at different times of the day and night, if anyone were to be watching the house’s movements they would be unsure as to whether someone was actually in or not due to the irregularities.

 

(3) Lock Everything

 

Although this may be obvious, it is many times overlooked or forgotten when in a rush. Make sure to check and lock any doors or windows which are usually left open in order to prevent easy access.

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(4) Keep Valuables in a Safe

 

When leaving any valuables including money, jewellery, electronics at home while on vacation, the best place to store them is out of sight, avoiding obvious hiding places such as in a drawer under clothes. Using a safe means that even if anyone is to break in, at least the most valuable items are stored safely out of reach.

 

(5) Don't Broadcast your Absence

 

In this social media age, it is very easy to broadcast to the World that you are going away on vacation. Be mindful that by telling everyone you are away on vacation, the word may spread to unwanted visitors. Only tell those you trust before you leave or once you have returned. Social media can wait!

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Written by Nicole Fernandez Medina

 

 

 

 

 

The Ultimate Guide To Prevent Pickpocketing

Josh okungbaiye

Travel is a beautiful thing and exploring other countries is a wonderful way to open our eyes and learn about the World in a fun and exciting way. In addition to enjoying the sights and immersing yourself in culture it is really important to make sure your stuff stays safe from pickpockets. Pickpocketing is a major petty crime that affects people across the world, particularly tourists. Pickpockets ruin people’s holidays so to help out we put together an Ultimate Guide on how to protect yourself from pickpockets. All the tips are below. Happy Travelling. Enjoy!

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(1) Stay vigilant in crowds and stay away from commotions

Whenever there is any type of commotion or a sudden surge of crowds, BE ALERT as it is the perfect situation for pickpockets to create a distraction for their target. It can happen very quickly, so make sure you keep an eye on your belongings.

(2) Spread your valuables instead of keeping them in once place

Put your money, valuables and important documents in different compartments and pockets. This is so it decreases the chance of all your valuables being taken away at once.

(3) Watch your bags and luggage on trains

Keep a close eye and hold onto your bags and luggage on the train/bus. Also check they are not accessible through open windows or train/bus doors because thieves will reach through and grab items as quickly as they can.

(4) Avoid rummaging through your wallet or counting money in public

This is important, so you don’t make yourself more visible to be targeted by pickpockets. If you feel you need to count your money and sort out stuff in your wallet or bag, make sure to do it in the safety of your hotel room.

(5) Keep purses/backpacks strapped tightly to your body

Tighten the straps of your bag to your shoulders or arms, this will ensure extra safety with your possessions as it will be easier to detect any tampering and it will be harder for thieves to snatch your bag away.

(6) Secure your bag to an immovable object 

When you are at a restaurant or cafe, loop your bag’s strap around the leg of your chair, the leg of your table or your leg. This ensures that thieves can’t come by and quickly snatch your bag. 

(7) Keep your phone off the table

Smartphones and tablets are very popular for pickpockets to steal. Many people leave their devices on the table while they’re socialising and eating, which makes it easy for a thief to snatch it and run away.

(8) Limit what you carry

When sightseeing you do not have to carry a lot of stuff. It is advised to not carry a lot of cash or valuables on you at any given time during your vacation. It will be much safer leaving it in your hotel room.

(9) If you have a heavy coat you are at more risk

BE AWARE because it will be a lot easier for a thief to insert his or her hand in your pocket without you feeling anything. In order to increase protection of your stuff, make sure you put your things inside hidden pockets and compartments. This is very useful for tourists that will be travelling to colder destinations.

(10) Put both hands in your pockets when in highly crowded areas

Keep your hands covering critical pockets such as your front pockets when in crowds to prevent external access to your contents such as wallets, cash or ID.

(11) Don't carry your wallet or smartphone in your back pocket

By putting your wallet or smartphone in your back pocket, it leaves you open to be an easy target for pickpockets. Keep these high valued items concealed and out of sight completely.

(12) Be wary of any strangers approaching you

Ignore beggars and random individuals that approach you. It is more than likely they know you are a tourist and their approach will create a smokescreen leaving you vulnerable to being a victim. Please be aware that pickpockets can sometimes work in twos or threes against a target. So if you are approached, please ignore them and keep going.

(13) Leave your passport at the hotel

Your passport is the single most important document you will carry on your vacation, so if you don’t need to carry it everywhere with you, just leave it in your hotel room.

Just for extra pre-caution, you can create photocopies of your passport and keep them in various bags and pockets.

(14) Keep your hands in your pockets when walking through large crowds.

Putting your hands in your pockets when you are walking through large crowds creates a blockage to prevent any pickpockets from slipping their hands into your pockets to take your small valuable items.

(15) Do not speak with anyone while using the ATM/Cash machine

While withdrawing cash do not accept anyone's help in making a withdrawal. Whilst typing in your PIN number cover the keypad with your free hand so the PIN cannot be viewed. Also, watch out for an extra card reader at the front of the machine or where you swipe your card. These card readers are called skimmers and can capture the information from your credit card if you swipe or insert it. In order to ensure safety, go to a bank and withdraw cash from the check-in section or get assistance from the bank employee.

 

(16) Carry your theft-proof bag

Pickpockets like to target people that clearly look and dress like tourists. One of the telltale signs that make a tourist a target is when they wear their backpack on their front. That lets pickpockets know that you are a tourist and you are unfamiliar with your current environment. In order to avoid this, you should get a theft-proof bag that has hidden anti-theft zips that enables you to wear your backpack on your back without worrying about being a victim of pickpocketing. The bags are also made of strong sturdy material that prevents slashing. Here is the link http://www.highspiritbags.com/shop

(17) Final Tip

Most people assume pickpockets are dodgy looking men, but a large number of pickpockets are actually young girls and boys — usually around 10-18 years old. Most tourists don’t suspect that a young child would steal from them, so they’re less defensive around them. Sometimes, pickpockets are well dressed and you’d never expect them to be thieves. So as you are enjoying your holiday, just try to stay vigilant and aware and you will be totally fine.