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It is definitely more than possible for you to get to the top of Victoria Peak and see the entire Hong Kong Island without even breaking a single sweat. You can do this by simply taking a ride on the Peak Tramway.

Getting to the upper parts of this Chinese island is made easier and more convenient as travelers and locals start on the Central district, where their ride to Victoria Peak begins.

So don’t miss the excellent vistas offered on the Victoria Peak! Watch this video shot by Hong Kong Travel Videos, and see how a ride on the Hong Kong Peak Tram provides wonderful views of the country’s skylines and harbor!

The video’s user further shares,
 

At its most authentic, Hong Kong projects a vibrant duality, an ambition of opposites that work together in concert, which are the special ingredients of harmony. Here, views of steel and glass pointing to the future rest against low stone temples coiling with the incense of deeply rooted traditions. The peak tram, which trundles to the top of the highest point on Hong Kong Island, is an emblem of the city's blending of beauty and practicality, vision and deed.
 

Get started with your next trip to Hong Kong today!

Kilimanjaro's Kibo Peak

 

Tanzania’s Kilimanjaro offers three volcanic cones, namely Shira, Mawenzi and Kibo, and since it is the tallest peak not only in the country but in the entire Africa, it remains to be a popular trekking destination of many mountain climbers worldwide.

Located in the Kilimanjaro National Park, this inactive strato-volcano now promises a new reason for more travelers to check out the area through its paragliding activities.

Watch the video prepared by the Wings of Kilimanjaro, and have a new take on this newly-introduced adventure in Tanzania. The user shares,
 

Adventure sports and travel enthusiast, Adrian McRae is inviting 200 PILOTS to join him on a world-record-breaking first ever multi-pilot event to climb and fly from the "Roof of Africa" - Mt Kilimanjaro, the highest free-standing mountain on the planet, and in doing so will raise over one million dollars for charities in Africa.
 

So start planning your next adventure trip today!

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A Serene Scene of Zuring in the Evening

 

With the snow-capped Swiss Alps as a stunning background and a lake and a river flowing through the city, Zurich remains to be an enchanting place as it elegantly turned into an impressive urbanized area.

Unfortunately, along with modernization and thriving tourism industry come the consequences of steep prices and impossibly pricey costs for any traveler’s basic necessities.

No need to fret though as there are effective money-saving tips on how you could spend less in Zurich. Read on to learn how.

1. Cycling around Town

Of course you don’t need to bring your own bike just to enjoy free transportation around Zurich. The good news is you can borrow bikes, skateboards and the like for free between May and October from 7AM to 9:20 PM everyday in various places in the city and all year round if you borrow one from the central train station! This is indeed a great alternative to taxis, which are extremely costly – with its meter typically starting at about $6.

2. Take Advantage of the Zurich Card

If bicycles don’t suit you at all, then purchase a 10-franc Zurich card, which is valid for a day, or pay 40 francs for a 3-day free admission to almost all world-renowned museums, free rides on boats, trams, funiculars, trains and buses as well as reasonable discounts at various shops!

Overall, you can save huge amounts of cash in a city deemed expensive by many organizations – you just have to follow the simple tips mentioned above!
 

So start planning a cheap vacation in Zurich now!

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Top 2 Countries with the Best Gourmet Meals Want to experience the best gourmet meals in the world? Then you might want to consider the following countries for your next food trip! read more

 

Functioning as one of the most eclectic biological regions in the whole world, the Amazon and the rivers that flow into four other countries to meet the Atlantic Ocean are amazing in their own right.

This moist broadleaf forest shows that there are only few rainforests in the world as it already signifies more than 50% of the rainforests that are left behind on Earth.

See the importance of the Amazonia in this informative vid created by the Science Museum of Minnesota, in which the user shares,
 

Discover the wonders of the Amazon. Travel through a rainforest teeming with exotic animals like jaguars, pink dolphins, electric eels, and piranhas. Meet the Zoë, an indigenous tribe that makes their home in the rainforest, and learn about the medicinal qualities of native plants.
 

Get started with your next travel as soon as possible!

 

Some people are of the view that the best beaches are those that haven’t been touched by any type of modernization, such as those that were not yet discovered by hotels or resorts.

So if you want to see the best beaches in the world, especially those that present a preserved scenery and pristine splendor, then you might check out those offered by Indonesia, Puerto Rico, Philippines, Thailand and the Dominican Republic.

Watch this nice vid uploaded by LoungeV Films, in which the user shares,
 

These beaches will remain unknown but you may recognize them if you are an experienced traveler. The film is good for creating a lounge atmosphere, play it on your home theater and it will add a natural spirit to your interior design. Best for romantic dining as a pleasant visual and audio background.
 

So start planning your next beach holiday today!
 

 

 

 

With 50 states comprising the United States of America, touring the majority of the country via a vehicle is feasible.
 
Many citizens travel from one state to another by car, and you don’t have to worry much about driving on your own as there are numerous gas stations that sell national and regional maps to passing travelers in addition to the online maps featured in useful websites like Google Maps and MapQuest.
 
Watch Young House Love as they travel to and from Dallas in this video they shot for us. They share, 
 
It took 41 hours of driving to make it through ten (count 'em ten) states on our way to and from our cousin's wedding in Dallas. But we've boiled it all down to 15 minutes so you can see a fifth of the country with us.
 

So start planning your next roadtrip today!

 

 

 

Pacha Ibiza is among the franchised nightclubs under the Pacha Group, specializing in house music and incorporating other styles of music in the five other rooms in the club.
 
Regarded as the best Pacha franchise nowadays, Pacha Ibiza presents wholesome, authentic and compelling music in its five rooms, which is uniquely connected by surreptitious access strips, doors and stairs. 
 
Watch how Terry Church and friends had a good time in a visit to Pacha Ibiza. In his video, he shares,
 
A mob of homeless travelers, gypsies and music troubadours whisk us off the streets of Ibiza town, into a dark, sweaty and magnificently decadent party in Pacha nightclub, leaving their leader Luciano to have his wicked house and techno way with us.
 

So start planning your next party today!

 

Five Flower Lake in Jiuzhaigou Nature Reserve

 

 

Known as the Nine Village Valley in English, the Jiuzhaigou Nature Reserve or Jiuzhai Valley is a premier national park situated in South Western China’s Mt. Min Shan. 
 
Because of the super clear lakes, one-of-a-kind wildlife, magnificent falls and land forms of narrow conic karst, the Jiuzhai Valley is now recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
 
Read on to know more about useful travel tips when visiting Jiuzhai Valley.
 
1. Clothes
 
Don’t be fooled by the warmth you enjoy during your day tour as the temperature will predictably drop at night. So you better pack up clothes to keep you warm as well as other necessary medications.
 
2. Protection
 
For some reason, you could expose yourself to too much UV rays when at the top, so make sure that you apply sunscreen and wear a hat or cap during your day tour. 
 
3. What to Include in the Tour
 
Make enough time to visit the entire valley to appreciate its real beauty. Although one- to two-day tours are available, three days allow you to check out the Shuzheng Quanhai Ditch and Zharu Temple in the first day. During your second day, you could check out Rizhe Ditch as well as the primitive forest, while spare the Zhezhawa Ditch, Long Sea and Huanglong Temple for your third day tour.
 
In general, visiting Sichuan province just to see the Jiuzhaigou Nature Reserve is a must-do activity when in China.
 

So start planning your trip to Jiuzhaigou Nature Reserve today!

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A View of Jimena de la Frontera from a Hill

 

 

Andalusia is an autonomous community in Spain that boasts of favorable climate during the cold seasons in the country, so it is not a surprise how a good number of travelers flee to this part of the nation and flock at its beaches. 
 
Although the coastal towns of Andalusia is starting to show a booming tourism industry, its inland towns, on the other hand, still remain idyllic and rather free from the usual throngs of travelers. So Daily Mail UK travel correspondent Liz Todd visited the historic Andalusian town, Jimena de la Frontera, steering clear of the famous ‘sun and sand’ tourism found in the community’s coastal areas (“Andalucian Idyll: Exchanging the Costas for Caves, Valleys and Pretty White Villages”). 
 
Here’s a brief passage from her recent article:
 
 
Many of the pueblos blancos retain their Roman and Moorish fortifications, ruined castles from a time when defence was everything. It’s a steep climb to the top of Jimena and up through craggy rocks to the summit, but the views from the 13th century remains are wonderful. The massive rock of Gibraltar lies to the south… The town is surrounded by Los Alcornocales Natural Park, vast groves of cork oak trees that still produce much of the world’s cork supplies. They have smooth rusty red trunks to the bottom where the cork has been stripped off until at around head height there’s an abrupt cut off point. Up from there the remaining cork bark is thick and gnarly and it seems incredible they can survive such a brutal ‘haircut’. 
 
Catch the rest of her article here, and you’d be absolutely mesmerized by the picturesque towns only found in Andalusia.
 

So start planning your holiday trip to Andalusia, Spain today!

 

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Dubbed as ‘The Festival City’ due to the perennial festival schedules it has, the city of Edmonton also boasts a fair number of travel attractions that serve as magnets for travelers worldwide.
 
From West Edmonton Mall, the biggest mall in North America to the Fort Edmonton Park, the country’s biggest living history museum, Edmonton’s charm is definitely impressive. 
 
Catch the compilation of photos arranged by Zuzanna Musial, who shares,
 
 
Welcome to Edmonton the Province of Alberta Canada. In the video I have shown not only the city of Edmonton but also the Canadian Rocky Mountains that are located about 580 KM from our city...Hope you will enjoy viewing.
 

So start planning your trip to Edmonton today!

 

 

 

Festivals of sand sculptures are celebrated in countries like the US, Australia, UK, Canada and many more.
 
These sand festivals generally exhibit large sculptures that are made of sand, and you can only expect the most intricate and detailed of the sand subjects as festivals like this are celebrated with a competition.
 
The annual Sand Sculpture Festival in Balnkenberge, Belgium, for instance, was captured by FilipV, who shares,
 
 
With just some sand and water, artists from around the world create a fantasy world full of emotions and adventures. Discover the Magical Moments Festival of Disneyland Paris during this extraordinary exhibition.
In Rome, Include the Vatican Gardens to Your Trip to the Vatican City The Vatican City may be famous as the state where the Pope resides, but aside from this and the fact that great Catholic structures are scattered all over the city, do you know that a lovely garden is hidden somewhere in it? read more

 

What  really sets Copenhagen apart from other cities is that it has constantly been acknowledged as one of the cities in the planet that could provide an excellent quality of life because of the fact that it is an environmentally-friendly place.

Almost half of the Danes living in Copenhagen ride bicycles to work, and even its inner harbor water are considered safe for swimming activities.

Check out this short clip prepared by Blog the Glob, and see the stable cultural and city development that are happening in Copenhagen.

So book your trip to the charming city of Copenhagen today!

People who decide to leave the four walls of their home and the stable life they have worked hard for the last couple of years just so they could constantly travel the world and experience life in a whole new spectrum are simply courageous. read more
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Dominican Republic is home of the Americas’ most ancient European city, and this is known as Santo Domingo.

This capital city is included on the UNESCO World Heritage List, and it is the perfect place to learn and immerse oneself in the Spanish language.

Have a look at what more Santo Domingo boasts of in this video prepared by Tommy Rodriguez.

With the ancient Egyptian monuments of the Great Sphinx and Giza Pyramid complex as well as the archeological ruins in the Valley of Kings, Memphis and Karnak, it cannot be denied that Egypt’s tourism industry is booming.


Aside from these famous travel attractions though, the multi-cultural diversity of the people in Egypt is another thing that ought to be noted. This video prepared by Javier Morgade presents the local in this North African country as well as the locations he featured when he was “shooting a tourism program for a flight company in December 2009”.


Travelers who are more in the know of the best travel destinations in the country find themselves in freshwater lakes, unspoiled waterfalls and cliffs that are bordered by fossils.

In addition, the offbeat urban lifestyle and amazing building structures in the country is simply exceptional. This is particularly shared in this video uploaded by Lewis de Mesa, in which she shares:

“My goal was simply to explore and look for interesting unique sceneries around the UAE, and capture its beauty with time-lapse photography. Winter season plays a big part of my journey, as it's the best time to chase visible fluffy clouds with a true blue sky that only exist to the human eye at this time of the year.

I've seen so many beautiful places here in the UAE, plus I enjoyed all the long drives as well as being close to nature and far away from city for awhile. I'm hoping to find more time and discover new places and capture it again on video.”
 

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View of Vyšehrad Castle from the Vltava River

Prague is home to a large number of famous cultural attractions, boasting more than ten major museums, along with countless theatres, galleries, cinemas and other historical exhibits. Plus, the entire city is connected by way of a modern public transportation system, meaning you can easily and inexpensively see everything you want to.

But what to see?

As for anywhere you travel, there are inevitably going to be tourist traps that could put a damper on your trip. Our goal is to help create the most perfect trip possible for you, which is why we're with you every step of the way. So when you go to Prague, be sure to contact of one our expert travel consultants to help you plan and book. 

You should also check out this article by Audrey Scott of UncorneredMarket.com: "Insider's Prague: Tourist Traps to Avoid, What To Do, Where To Eat."

This super thorough guide has a ton of great information about the city - as she describes it, "some ideas on how to minimize the tourist schlock, what to replace it with, and what to eat at the end of the day."

Here's an excerpt from "The Good Stuff":

1) Vyšehrad: An Alternative Castle

"Just down the Vlatava River from Prague Castle is the lesser-known 10th century castle of Vyšehrad. In addition to offering great views of the Vltava River and the city, Vyšehrad features grassy grounds stocked full of locals having picnics with family and friends. The cemetery at Vyšehrad is also home to many of Czech greats of art and music, including Alphonse Mucha and Antonín Dvořák. The Peter and Paul church is also worth a look – neo-gothic on the outside, but Mucha-inspired art nouveau murals on the inside."

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I've known a lot of people who share my passion for traveling but have felt restricted due to their Asthma. The stress of navigating from one foreign place to another can be worrisome; the risk of an unexpected, unwanted environmental change can trigger a flare up in an area when proper medical assistance might not be readily available. 

However, there are steps you can take to cut down these risk and enjoy your traveing without being hampered by excessive sneezing, coughing and wheezing. 

Before You Go

Consult your doctor. If your asthma is well controlled then you're fit to take the trip. But if you've lately experienced flare-ups, your doctor can adjust your medication. 

Pack all of your maintenance drugs for asthma as well as your rescue and controller meds. Keep these within easy reach. If you're planning to travel abroad, you might need to ask for an endorsement letter from your physician, with the details of your medical condition and your medications. This will be helpful when dealing with airport security and immigration. A healthy insurance card might also come in handy.

On The Road

If you're traveling by car, turn on the A/C or heater with the windows open for at least 10 minutes to cut down dust mites and mold lurking in your car.

Furthermore, according to KidsHealth.org:

"If pollen or air pollution triggers your asthma and counts are high during your trip, travel with the windows clothes and the air conditioner on."

Up in the Air

Most airlines prohibit smoking but in the event that you board a charter flight that allows passengers to smoke, speak up and explain your condition. Insist to be seated in an area where you won't be affected. 

Have your medications ready and drink lots of water while on the plane, as the cabin air is super dry and can trigger an asthma attack. 

Comfort Zone Away From Home

Sometimes you'll be limited in your power to change your environment when you travel, but by being aware and speaking out you can have a positive effect.

If you discover pollens, dust mites, animal dander, cigarette smoke or any other allergen that you have a sensitivity to in your hotel room, ask to be moved. Opt for a sunny, dry and well ventilated room far from the pool.

 Basking Happily and Safely 

To enjoy your vacation to the fullest, write an Asthma Action Plan that you can follow for the trip. Generally there are no restrictions as long as your asthma is well controlled. Check with your doctor first if you're going be really exerting yourself at any point (hiking, climbing, etc.). 

Follow these steps and you can travel stress-free. Your health always comes first so wherever you are, carefully plan your trip.