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Zermatt is a municipality in the district of Visp in the German-speaking location of the Canton in Valais, Switzerland. The area has inhabitants of around six thousand. Zermatt is famous for skiing, mountaineering, and hiking. Before the 19th century, it is predominantly an agricultural town. As cliched as it might sound, there are very few words that can describe how beautiful this place is.

Currently, the main activity is tourism, and there are many tourist hotels and restaurants. Zermatt has over 400 kilometers of walking trails and around 250 kilometers of pistes for snowboarding and skiing. For Skiers and snowboarders, a good day on the slopes is something to appreciate and look forward to. But visiting ski areas has an environmental impact, and it’s often up to the skier to ensure theirs is as minimal as possible.

These locations are mainly located on the eastern side of the valley, and these can be easily accessed through gondolas, cable cars, and mountain railways.

The Zermatt valley on the western side offers a tranquil environment where you can relax and enjoy the fauna and flora in the area. Many visitors flock Zermatt for great shopping, culture, world-class restaurants, and spas. If you want to hike, ski, or enjoy mountaineering, then this is the right location to visit. The perfect time for you to visit the area for skiing is between May and November.

Zermatt is one of the best places to visit in Switzerland, and it offers unique and authentic swiss adventures that you can enjoy throughout the year, depending on the prevailing weather conditions.

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Here are the top things to do in Zermatt.

1. Explore Matterhorn Glacier Paradise


While scaling Matterhorn can be very tempting, it will not be the first activity in Zermatt. However, if you are seasoned mountaineer with years of experience, then it is a perfect location for mountaineering. You can take a gondola to the highest peak of the mountain and check out glacier paradise.

At the top of the mountain, you can have a panoramic view of the valley below. If you have a group that does not want to hike, then they can enjoy movies at the cinema or chill at the restaurants with unforgettable views. You can as well visit the Plateau Rosa and enjoy snow tubing during summer.

2. Take a trip to Gornergrat


You will never get enough of the region, and it is an excellent location to enjoy the beautiful view of Gornergrat. It is one of the most popular excursions that was open in the year 1898, and you can reach this location through Gornergrat Bahn.

The place is open all year round, and you can enjoy the exciting experience going through the tunnels, bridges, mountain lakes, and forests. The area is rich in activities that you can do, including sledding slopes, hiking paths, and mountaineering places. Don’t forget to check out a Gornergrat hiking guide while planning your next Swiss adventure.

3. Hike in Rothorn


Located above 3,100 meters, the Rothorn is a peak collection, and you can walk through the sculptures surrounding Zermatt and take the Alpine world within one visit. Rothorn is famous for adventurers who want challenging hikes and see the Alpine peaks.

You can go through the trails and paraglide if you're going to take your experience to the next level. Unique with adventures, you can take the skiing pistes and get to enjoy fun activities.

4. Enjoy your time in Sunnegga


The Matterhorn and surrounding peaks might not be the best places in Switzerland if you have small kids. However, Sunnegga gives every family member a chance to have something to be excited about. The funicular ride from Zermatt will take 5 minutes, and you can embark on the sunny platforms with direct views of the Matterhorn.

During the summer you can enjoy swimming activities at Leisee lake or watch marmots at the marmot station. There is a barbecue location as well as playgrounds for the kids. In the winter, multiple trails are safe for the kids, and you can park your automobile at the metered parking lot.

5. Visit Findeln village


Once you have finished having fun at Sunnegga, you can enjoy other fun activities by taking a four-seater chairlift to Findeln village. The village is 2,100 meters above sea level, and it is only inhabited during the summer period.

The villagers take cheese, grain, and milk to sell down the valley. Even if you do not visit the area during the summer, you can see the 17th-century chapels in the village at any time of the year.

6. Explore adventurous Schwarzsee


The Schwarzsee is a cable car station located in the upper region of the mountain. However, you can enjoy a more magnificent view of Zermatt at a higher level because you will see everything below. It is an accessible location for sightseeing, and you can also embark on a hike in the trails around the area. Boulders, lakes, and streams often characterize the trails.

7. Visit Matterhorn museum to know the history of Zermatt


When you know the history of Matterhorn, you will know the history of Zermatt. The museum is the best location where you can learn the ancient history Zermatt, understand its development as well as the changes that have occurred over time.

8. Strolling around Zermatt


Zermatt is a very popular ski town and the gateway to the Matterhorn. Naturally it is a little crowded, so strolling around the town in the evening, make your way up the hill along narrow, winding, cobblestone paths in search of a quiet place. The paths are lined with dark wooden chalets, that has snow-capped roofs and smoking chimneys.

As you reach the top, you can see the village bathed in the soft glow of yellow lights, contrasting beautifully with the darkened wood and snowy roofs of the buildings. Hear the muffled tolling of the church bells as they shatter the stillness of the wintry evenings. And towering in the background sits the magnificent Matterhorn, easily the most photogenic mountain in the world.
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Moving far away from home is a very big step. People move all around the world, sometimes to very new places which might differ from their own home. The most exhilarating factor about being in a new country is that you get to experience a whole new culture with different values and beliefs. Another aspect is also celebrating your own culture while being somewhere new.

If one of your favorite holidays happens to be Thanksgiving, here we'll provide you with a few tips and examples as to how you can make it feel like you're at home. Even when you are far from your hometown, continue your tradition of celebrating Thanksgiving when in France!

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Celebrating Thanksgiving - Is That a Thing in France?

Thanksgiving is not a holiday that French people are familiar with. Yes, they know that it is celebrated in the United States and Canada, however, they don't practice that tradition in France. Even though that's the case, it doesn't mean that celebrating Thanksgiving is something you should give up when you move. The opposite actually!

Embrace your culture and share it with your new friends in France. Most people would love to experience a new holiday and learn about your traditions. You might be starting over in another country, but you could also keep the good old traditions that you love.

Thanksgiving originated in 1621 when the American settlers had no option but to increase their food supplies. Their first harvest became the holiday we today call Thanksgiving. As it was primarily of importance here in the West, it wasn't very well known in Europe, hence its lack of popularity in France.

Thanksgiving 101

How and when do we celebrate Thanksgiving? In Canada, Thanksgiving is celebrated in the month of October while the Americans gather for Thanksgiving in November. Why you may wonder? People say that it is because harvest season begins at an earlier time in Canada as opposed to the United States.

Another popular aspect of Thanksgiving, and how many unfamiliar with it recognize it, is the turkey. Celebrating Thanksgiving involves a turkey dinner as back in the day it was popular to hunt turkeys and the bird is also characteristic for North America. Alongside eating turkey, other popular and traditional dishes for Thanksgiving include:

  • Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Carrots
  • Cranberry Sauce
  • Ham Stuffing
  • Cornbread Stuffing
  • Garlic Mashed Potatoes
  • Butternut Squash
  • Green Bean Casserole
  • Pumpkin Cheesecake
  • Apple Pie
  • Pecan Pie

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Thanksgiving Celebrations in France

Now that you are ready to awaken Thanksgiving traditions in France, it's time to create the best dinner yet. If this is your first Thanksgiving away from home, there are plenty of recipes available online to follow. The trickier part might be finding the ingredients you require for all of your favorite Thanksgiving dishes.

Our first suggestion is to either get familiar with the neighborhood you live in to know the best places for food or ask others for advice! Most locals will know 'the' places to go to so that you can get the best potatoes, apples, and most importantly fresh turkey! Furthermore, if you are unable to get all the ingredients, it's okay to improvise!

Make your own version of a Thanksgiving dinner and enjoy it! All in all, Thanksgiving is not about having the perfect dinner at the table, but about being thankful for the things that you do have. Therefore, be creative and have fun with it.

Thanksgiving-Voila!

Now that you are in France, invite your French friends over! Have them be part of your Thanksgiving celebration and dinner where you as a group can discuss all the different customs and holidays between the two cultures. It could be a night filled with delicious food but also a night to learn about new things and appreciate all our differences.

It is also fun and competitive if you organize games to play. For example, games such as pumpkin toss, mad libs, or football outside would be great time passers and bonding moments between your family, friends and you. In all essence, the important thing here is to make this day memorable for yourself and the people around you.

What Thanksgiving is All About...

No matter where you move to, where you move from, or whether your favorite holiday is Thanksgiving, Christmas or Easter, do it your way and surround yourself with people you love. Although we have discussed what to do in France during Thanksgiving throughout this article, the key to remember from this context is that life is all about spending time and making memories with our friends, family and new people we meet along the way.

Furthermore, people adapt, they absorb, and they share. Therefore, don't be skeptical about celebrating something in a place where people might be unfamiliar with it. For all you know, you could continue your own tradition and create some new ones down the road.

Thanksgiving in Canada and America is pretty much a day spent with family, a day where everyone is thankful for the surroundings, the food and the people around them. Although we spend basically every day with the people we love, we don't always stop to realize how important every moment truly is. We often get carried away with our busy schedules and worrying about the next day.

Meanwhile, we don't often realize just how fortunate we might be and how we should cherish what we have. Time goes by, and these are the things we can't get back.

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Be You - Celebrating Thanksgiving

Celebrating Thanksgiving for you might be different from someone else's idea of the holiday. As we have emphasized the importance of being authentic, our final note is to just be you wherever you are. Carry your traditions and be proud of them even in new and unfamiliar places. Embrace it all while staying true to your own self, and everything else will fall into place.

Therefore, go grocery shopping, set the table for this festive day and make sure your turkey or other dishes don't burn. Eat and be merry!
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Calicut can act as a gateway to the pleasant Kerala region when we start a great trip through southern India and as a starting point for an expedition to Wayanad, further north. The only reason for my trip to Kozhikode was to experience authentic Malabar cuisine in the most authentic way. Local restaurants, although invariably full, are the best places to do this.

We arrived in Calicut at dawn, after a long train ride from Goa. We were welcomed by the sun and a brand new property on our great trip through India. I advise you to stay in Calicut at least one day to give you time to explore the neighborhood of the old mosques. The surroundings of the station do not have much interest, with its crowded streets and without small restaurants (not even bars) in which to eat.

What needs to be done is to move away a little towards the mosque district, to discover a very picturesque life in Kerala. Get on a rickshaw to tour the city and stop at the main points.

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The first stop was at the Rahmath Hotel for lunch, famous for its Biryani varieties; the slightly spicy Biryani meat is without a doubt the best bet here. A long but patient queue is the mark of this small and basic restaurant! But forget about the atmosphere and immerse yourself in the delicious Biryani.

Kozhikode beach is the ideal place to be during sunset. Because here is some fantastic street food from the mobile counters bordered by the pavement. Having Sulaimani black tea, and watching the sun go down is a great experience. Kaada Mutta (boiled quail eggs coated with chili) and Ari Kadukka (fried mussels with a layer of rice served with the shell) are recommended.

Adaminde Chayakkada, one of the most talked about additions and the latest additions to long list of restaurants in Kozhikode, was the destination for dinner. The atmosphere and decoration are, like the food they serve, tasteful and full of soul. Also, the local names of the dishes served will certainly bring a smile to your face!

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The next morning, I skipped the luxurious breakfast at the hotel and instead chose a heavy but delicious brunch at the iconic Paragon restaurant. Beware of its fluffy appams best accompanied by the magnificent Fish Mango Curry. And if you have room for more, try its characteristic Mutton Biryani marked by its unique aroma, flavor and short variety of rice used.

An older man made an impromptu guide when we arrived and made a visit to the main monuments, such as the wooden mosque of Kuttichira with more than 600 years old. Not far from there, the men come at dawn to bathe.

We finished our visit to Calicut by the water's edge , where we took the opportunity to take a picture with the most smiling fishermen in Kerala. It was time to resume our way to the jungle of Wayanad, located just an hour by bus from here.

Calicut or Kozhikode as it is called now is among the best cities for residing in India. Which technically means that it is the best city to reside in Kerala. This claim was substantiated by the research and data collected by Indicus Analytics, a reputed economics research firm, in the year 2007. Ironically, none of the cities lauded as the best places to earn a living, made it to the list of the best places for residing.

The metros were out of the list, and so were Gurugram, Bengaluru, Pune, Surat and a whole lot of other cities. Among the most preferred cities for residing, five were in Kerala. Calicut was one, and the others were Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram, Thrissur and Kannur. What made Calicut and the other cities favourite destinations in Kerala for staying?

The key factors that tipped the scales in favour of Calicut and the other cities were better education, environment, healthcare, safety, entertainment and civic amenities. Based on the results of the above analysis, Calicut grabbed the number two position for the best places in India, to reside.

Around the same period, ASSOCHAM published a report that placed Calicut at the 11th position, among the Tier-2 cities in India, in terms of generating employment. ASSOCHAM is a leading trade association in the country, and a validation from the organisation, classifying Calicut among the top employment generators points towards the city’s growth and development and its potential for further advancement and expansion.

Social Infrastructure

Kozhikode has since witnessed an evolution of a kind, growing into a self-contained city, with a great infrastructure and amenities. Today, it is recognised as a major economic centre in the state. The service sector is the mainstay of Kozhikode's economy, followed close on the heels by various industries.

The growth is evident, with the State Govt., pushing to create a Cyberpark for IT and ITES businesses. This would further enhance the city’s growth and employment quotient. Apart from that, other similar projects are on the anvil, such as the Birla IT Park.

Development is also accepted at Kinaloor, where the Malaysian Satellite City is set to come up, with the Kerala Industrial Infrastructure Development Corp., proposing to build a 400-acre Industrial Park. Put together, these new setups will generate more employment opportunities in Kozhikode.

The city is known to be a trading hub. The Valiyangadi (Big Marketplace) area was once the centre for trade. However, over the passage of time, with the growth of the city, the business areas moved and spread across the city. The old-style bazaars coexist with the new era shopping malls.

Interestingly, Kozhikode has the second-largest shopping mall in the state – the HiLITE Mall. There are other malls too, with retail outlets, entertainment and restaurants. In that aspect, Kozhikode is like any other big city.

The city is beautiful, with an old-world charm and yet, modern, ticking all the boxes in terms of infrastructure. It is nicknamed Shilpa Nagaram or City of Sculptures because of the many architectural sculptures that adorn the city.

The positive growth has boosted real estate development in the city. Major players in the real estate industry have ongoing projects. You can also avail Luxurious flats for sale in Kozhikode, by reputed builders in Calicut. Gated communities make living safe, comfortable and a pleasure.

Connectivity

Kozhikode is well-connected by road, rail and air. Private bus operators and the state-run transport corp., (KSRTC) run buses to different cities and towns within the state and the other Southern states. A fleet of luxury coaches owned by private bus operators plies between Kozhikode and cities like Bangalore, Chennai, Coimbatore, Ooty and Ernakulam and Thiruvananthapuram etc.

National Highways 66, NH766 and NH 966 connect Kozhikode to distant places, in neighbouring states. State Highway 29 cuts through Kozhikode and connects to NH 212.

The city’s railway station has train service linking the Kozhikode to cities such as New Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Vellore and Visakhapatnam, and many more.

The Calicut International Airport has flights operating to different airports within the country as well as to international destinations. The international flights are mainly to the Middle Eastern region, covering countries like Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Dammam, Doha, Dubai, Muscat, Riyadh, Salalah and Sharjah. Domestic sector flights operate between the city and Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, Mumbai and New Delhi.

Premier Educational Institutions

The city boasts of NITC (National Institute of Technology, Calicut) and an IIMK (Indian Institute of Management, Kozhikode). NITs across the country were formerly known as Regional Engineering College (REC). All NITs are recognised as Institutes of National Importance, by Govt. of India, and are among the most prestigious engineering institutes in the country.

Admission into NIT is based on JEE ranking, the Joint Entrance Examination. The Govt. proposes to add the IIMs to the list of institutions recognised as Institutes of National Importance. IIMs are the top B-schools of the country, and admission into these premier Business schools is based on CAT (Common Admission Results) exam.

Other leading educational institutions in the city are –

NIELIT – National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology

NIRDESH - National Institute for Research and Development in Defence Shipbuilding (NIRDESH)

IISR – Indian Institute of Spices Research

Calicut Medical College (has the distinction of being the second medical college in the state

University of Calicut
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On the eastern coast of the province of Las Palmas is the island of Gran Canaria. Located in the Atlantic Ocean approximately 150 kilometers off the coast of northwest Africa, it is the only independent island of Canary Islands in Spain. Gran Canaria has a diameter that spans about 50 km and it is the third largest and most populous island in the archipelago.

Gran Canaria is a beloved vacation destination due to its Mediterranean climate, its black lava and white sand beaches and its many recreational activities. Popular mainly during the summer months, Gran Canaria is also highly frequented during winter as the Canary Islands are the destination with the best climate in Europe during the cold winter months.

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Where To Stay In Gran Canaria

One of the best things about the island is that there are plenty of accommodation options to choose from. Depending on how you wish to enjoy your vacation, you can choose where on the island you stay and which type of accommodation matches your needs the most.

Best Resorts in Gran Canaria

One of the most-searched-for types of accommodation in Gran Canaria is resorts and they are mostly located in the southern part of the island - the most subtropical area where you get the best weather year-round. The key to choosing the right resort depends on whether you wish to have a relaxing holiday, one filled with activities, or maybe a mixture of both.

Resorts like the Radisson Blu Resort & Spa, Gran Canaria Mogan offer the best of both worlds featuring three on-site restaurants, a pool lounge and a bar. This luxury resort located in scenic Puerto de Mogan, a small charming fishing village also known as Little Venice, is filled with quaint hotels, shops and restaurants.

Because Puerto de Mogan boasts 320 days of sunshine every year, its surroundings offer a wealth of recreational activities to choose from while on vacation. It also allows you take advantage of the nature that the island has to offer. Also, it is the perfect departure point for day trips as you can easily access other small villages in the surrounding area.

However, if you wish to spend a luxurious and exclusive weekend on the Canary Islands, you may want to opt for resorts like Radisson Blu Resort, Gran Canaria situated on the southern coast of the island on a prime coastal location, tucked away between two beaches. This resort is ideal for a romantic, worry-free holiday as offers first-class facilities including three swimming pools, a garden, tennis courts, a gym and a spa.

While these are just a couple of the many resorts you can select from, once you have chosen the right resort for you, there are also plenty of recreational activities to partake in the beautiful beaches with clear waters to choose from for a full day of fun in the sun. Gran Canaria has some of the best beaches on the chain of islands.

1. Maspalomas


There are man-made beaches like Anfi del Mar, family-friendly beaches like Amadores and even iconic part-desert/part-nudist beaches like Maspalomas which are a slice of paradise with white sand and crystal-clear water. If what you are looking instead is long-stretches of beach, throughout the island there are beaches that stretch for miles, such as 440-meters-long beaches like Tauro and 2,700-meters-long popular beaches like Playa del Ingles.

2. Bandama Caldera


The best place to start touring the island is to take in the natural sites, like the Bandama Caldera. This 1000-meter high volcanic crater boasts magnificent views of the valley below. You can spend a half-day or even a full day and visit the charming villages in the area, hike up the steep mountainside, visit vineyards and enjoy the panoramic views.

3. Roque Nublo


Other similar inland attractions include taking a tour to Roque Nublo and the Natural Dune Reserve of Maspalomas. Roque Nublo is a 67-meter volcanic rock considered one of the largest natural crags in the world. It is a significant site on the island because its natives considered it an ancient place of worship.

Since 1987, it has been deemed a natural reserve in which visitors often trek to get views of the Gran Canaria that are well worth the effort. On your way to the Roque, you can also pass by other similar natural monuments, like Roque de la Rana and Roque de EL Fraile.

4. Natural Dune Reserve of Maspalomas


Alternatively, the Natural Dune Reserve of Maspalomas are dunes on the south coast of the island which has also been declared a protected nature area since 1987. Although activities are limited here because of its sandy terrain, the impressive landscape makes for excellent photos.

5. Las Arenas


If you wish to spend some time indoors during the trip, you can visit the largest shopping center in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria called Las Arenas. For a more local experience, you can tour the many lively street markets in the villages all around the island where you can purchase a variety of products, from clothes and accessories to local produce, like fruits and vegetables.

Food in Gran Canaria

The best way to discover Gran Canaria is to eat like a local and explore life on the island through its traditional cuisine comprised mainly of grilled meat dishes, such as Cochino Negro Canario and Ropa vieja. Among the most typical and beloved dishes, you will also find plenty of fish, dishes like caldo de pescado and vieja sancochada are a crowd favorite together with zesty sauces like mojo and unique side dishes like papas arrugadas.

Gran Canaria offers visitors the best of Spanish culture together with the vibrant and tropical feel that comes from being on an island. Although the island has no official religion, most of the population is Roman Catholic and its cultural traditions mirror those of Spain. That being said, because of the huge influx of tourists coming in every year, it has become quite a melting pot of cultures and customs over the last several years.

Getting to Gran Canaria

As the second most visited island in the Canary Islands, there are a couple of ways to arrive in Gran Canaria. You can arrive by Sea as there are numerous to important ports currently operating in Gran Canaria. The main passenger port is the Port of La Luz and it operates a weekly ferry service to the Spanish mainland.

Additionally, you can reach the island by plane. You have the option to fly into the Gran Canaria Airport, also known as Las Palmas Airport - one of the busiest commercial airports in Spain that welcomes masses of tourists every year.

Interesting Reads: Best Places to Visit in Spain
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Everest view trek in Nepal is one of the wonderful trekking programs conducted by the many agencies in Nepal which is a life changing experience. In this trek you can see the highest mountain in the world through your naked eye from a close distance. In the Himalayas, it is the all-time favorite trek.

It has many of the things that attracts trekkers. Waterfalls, suspension bridges, yaks, glaciers, endless walls of rock and ice and views of some of the highest mountains in the world, including the protagonist, the highest mountain in the world, the Everest. This, for some like you around the globe, is an adventure of a lifetime and will never stop to leave from your memory.

Inhabited by the mighty Sherpas, Solukhumbu is home to Mt. Everest and its famous trekking trails. The inhabitants of this region have lived in harmony with their surroundings for hundreds of years and kept alive their age-old practices. Along with Mt. Everest, Solukhumbu region also boasts of other gigantic peaks such as Lhotse, Nuptse, Cho Oyu, Ama Dablam, Pumori, Kantega, and Thamserku.

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Day 1: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla, then walk to Phakding – 4 hours


Normally the route starts from Lukla, a town that is 2,640 meters high. The mini Everest trek takes about seven days to complete that starts from Kathmandu to Lukla after a 35 minutes flight.

Spend the night there and start walking the next day, or start the trek that same day. Most people walk to Phakding (3 hours) or Monjo and shorten the day of the climb to Namche.

Day 2: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar – 6 hours


Namche Bazaar is a city with lodges for all pockets, bars where you can have a coffee and a piece of cake, shops with anything you need for trekking, places to listen to music and drink until late at night.

Day 3: Acclimatization day


As the final destination on the Everest view trek is located at a very high altitude you need to spend a few days in the beginning while trekking and acclimatizing in this destination. In the Everest view trek, you will get an opportunity to see the best view in the Everest region from Syangboche.

You can see the Everest from the Everest View hotel which is a luxurious hotel situated on the way. You can even go to some local villages for sightseeing from this destination and get an opportunity to view Everest from the distance. In the same place, the people and community will help the tourists to get information about the old days as well as help to understand the ethnic group of people.

Sherpa's are also known as the strongest mountain people. It is because the place is being dominated by these people from many years ago. You can learn and explore places of sherpa culture and also get a special opportunity to get acquainted and attached with sherpa people living in this region.

This is ultimately a trekking activity which combines with the natural beauty and the vegetation of the culture in this region. The wonderful beauty of the Khumjung and a memorable meeting with the various legendary people like Sherpa will moreover make the trip very meaningful.

These people are really experts to climb the mountain and without those Sherpa's climbing to Mount Everest is almost impossible. These people are also known as the experts for genetic reasons as Sherpa's can easily adjust to such type of altitude.

Day 4: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche – 6 hours


After that, you will reach the maximum altitude places up to Tengboche Monastery where there is the best German bakery in the same destination.

After that, you have to spend several days passing through the various homelands and villages of Sherpa people. You can see the close-up view of different Himalayan ranges like Ama Dablam and Mount Everest which are considered as one of the most glorious mountains in Nepal along with different Buddhist monasteries.

Day 5: Trek from Tengboche to Namche Bazaar – 5 hours


Start with Syangboche so that the climb is more progressive. Many people only go up to the viewpoint on the way to Khumjung. Other options are to go to Thame and back or until Tengobche and return to Namche.

Day 6: Hike from Namche Bazaar to the airstrip at Lukla – 8 hours


After overcoming Phakding, at about 2600 meters, you have to recover altitude until Lukla.

Some of the other treks in Nepal in the Everest region are Pikey Peak Trek, Mera Peak Trek, Gokyo Chola Pass Everest Base Camp Trek, Everest Three Passes Trek etc.

We recommend having a trip to Everest during spring season from March to May and in the Autumn from September to November. If you don't have time then you can even do this trek in the winter season.
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Kochi also referred to as Cochin, is a city situated in the land knows for spices, Kerala. This city was an epicentre for the spice trade in India during the reign of kings and emperors. This city has undergone massive transformation at the beginning of the 21st century. It is one of the most populated cities of Kerala.

Despite undergoing massive transformation, this city never ceases to attract tourists from different parts of India. Every year or every season, tourists flock to this city to visit church, synagogue and shop for handicrafts.

But tourists worry about accommodation. Today Fort Kochi has made it possible for travellers to find budget hotels in Fort Kochi at affordable rates. But is this the only thing tourists worry about? Certainly not. Tourists also worry about finding places for sightseeing, restaurants for having meals etc.

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Here is a list of things that tourists like you should know if planning for Fort Kochi travel on a budget. The list is as follows:

1. Accommodation in Kochi


First thing that worries the tourist is accommodation. It's so because one cannot explore the entire Kochi city without taking a break. It would be just too much for anyone. You can find several homestays or hotels in Ernakulam district that fit in your budget. Wondering what homestay is?

Fort Kochi has witnessed an increase in the number of homestays in the area. They are cheaper and create the ambience of the home. Couples or families can easily book rooms or flats and stay for a weekend or stretch their vacation for a couple of weeks. Not only homestays but you can find many hotels in the area. These hotels offer all the luxury at affordable rates. So, you need not worry about spending on exorbitant accommodation charges.

2. Restaurants in Kochi


Kerala is renowned for spices. Spices are nothing but taste enhancers used in food by the cooks while preparing different meals. Every spice has a different use. If you have always wanted to experience the famous cuisines of Kerala, this may be the perfect opportunity. You can visit different cafes dotting the areas.

Why not experiment with your taste buds when there is no dearth of options! You can try local cuisines, choose from an array of cafes and restaurants.

3. Sightseeing in Kochi


You should prepare a list of attractions when you are booking your tickets to Kochi. These attractions are going to leave you in awe and you may not want to leave this city for long. Wondering which places are worth visiting? Well, again there are plenty of sites that you have to visit if you want to make the best possible use of your vacation. Some of the places that you shift visit have been discussed as follows:

4. Backwaters of Kochi


If you are looking for something more out of the ordinary or a one day trip in Kerala, why not take a cruise along a river in Kerala from Ernakulam? Houseboat Tour in the backwaters of Kerala is the most unique and incredible experience you can have. You will set off in a thatched bamboo boat called a kettuvallam, complete with your very own captain, guide, and cook.

Kettuvalams in Kerala is a houseboat which is a wooden boat and is tied with coir knots. Kettuvalam is constructed with embellished natural products. It was used earlier as a transport medium for carrying huge amounts of merchandise and grains. To promote tourism, Kettuvalam was converted into a tourist boat and put up with modern facilities.

It is the most exclusive and luxury experience for travellers who offer convenience and comforts. Sit back and as you navigate the waterways and watch the world go by in the tourist places in Kochi for one day.

If you have always wanted to sail in the backwaters of Kerala, this will be your golden opportunity. You can visit the Vembanad Lake, the largest lake in Kerala and the whole of India. You can either book a houseboat or a boat cruise and sail on the waters with your spouse or family members.

5. Viewing the Chinese Fishing Nets


Without a doubt, Kochi's most popular sight is that of the Chinese fishing nets. These were introduced to the fishermen of Kerala in the 14th century and they bought them out from the court of the then Chinese emperor. You can purchase the fresh morning catch from the fishmongers and have it cooked. You can also enjoy a lavish seafood meal in the nearby shacks while taking in the breath-taking sunset.

6. Visiting the Mattancherry Palace


A fine mix of Kerala and colonial style of architecture, the Mattancherry Palace is set on the backwaters of Kochi. It speaks the tales of the lifestyle and grandeur of the royals in the bygone era. It also houses a temple that is dedicated to goddess Bhagwati and a famous museum that holds intricately detailed, ancient and exquisite Kerala murals for all visitors to see.

7. Enjoying a Kathakali Performance


Your trip to Kerala is incomplete without attending a cultural show and enjoying a dance show. Kerala has given birth to some of the most popular dance forms in India. One of them is Kathakali. It is a classical dance form of Kerala and has today become an iconic cultural symbol.

While visiting Kerala, you must attend a Kathakali performance, in which performers do not sing or speak but enact the stories through graceful gestures, postures, and facial expressions.

Other cultural performances including Bharatnatyam, Koothu, and Mohiniyattam you must need to see in Kerala. In the evening, enjoy a kathakali dance show. Devikulam is nothing less than a call for those who want to know why Kerala is called God's Own Country. The elaborate makeup, intricate eye and body details and bright costumes makes the performance even more lively.

8. Shopping at Princess Street


This pulsating street is the hangout place for all the social party-loving people and is one of the best places to visit in Kochi on the way to Munnar. It gives a European feel to the by-passers owing to the small houses built with French and Portuguese sensibilities. It is also dotted with coffee shops and quaint eateries that serve lip-smacking food and beverages.

9. Trying the Varied Cuisine in Kochi


The cuisine of Kochi is influenced by different ethnicities from across the world. Banana makes an integral part in its preparations and Pazham Pori, Kurukku kaalan, Appam and freshly fried banana chips in coconut oil are must-haves. Soft cotton like Appams and a creamy veg/meat stew makes for a wholesome breakfast.

10. Ayurvedic Massage in Kochi


Kerala is the land of Ayurveda where you can get a traditional oil massage at one of the many Ayurvedic massage centers and spas. The Ayurveda massages not only enhance your outer beauty, but they also cure various illnesses besides giving your mind relaxation and peace.

Take a break from the beach and head to the many shopping complexes and an Ayurvedic health center that abounds in the beach town or head out to sea in a kayak or on a surfboard, the choice is yours!

If you think this is all that the Kochi has to offer, you are in for a surprise. There are around more than forty places to visit in Kochi if you want to explore every nook and corner of Kochi. You can visit churches, synagogues, shopping centres, museums, lake and still not be done with. If you have been postponing the visit for quite some time, you should take the plunge. Book your tickets and experience all that this city has to offer.

Also, don’t worry about accommodation and food expenses and this city is not expensive. You can find hotels with budget-friendly rates and restaurants and cafes serving an assortment of dishes. Good Luck!
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The most awaited festival, Christmas is around the corner, and we can't keep calm. Do you know why? Because Christmas is a time for family and #friends, but that doesn't mean you have to celebrate at home. Visit a Christmas market, eat well, warm yourself at a spa or enjoy crispy ski turns on the slopes. And what are the best places in Europe to experience the Christmas carols? In Europe, Christmas is considered to be the most favourite time of the year.

Celebrating Christmas on the most celebrated destination can be an eye-opening way to experience how other countries and cultures celebrate one of the most treasured festivals. Treat yourself to a little time off before Christmas.

And with the arrival of Christmas in a few days, there are plenty of markets in Europe for Christmas that are decked in red and white colours, huge trees, with the prettiest decor. Now if you are visiting Europe on Europe honeymoon package, you must delve into a Christmas retreat and hear the carols in the air *happy sighs*!

Best Christmas Markets in Europe

On that note, we have scouted the best Christmas markets in Europe where you can witness and sample the sweet aroma of mulled wine and cinnamon spice, and experience the Christmas Carols. Take a look!

Best Christmas Markets in Europe

1. Budapest, Hungary


When - Between 22 November to 1 January

Make sure to visit the Advent Feast at the Basilica in Budapest which is listed amongst the finest markets for Christmas in Europe. You will get to witness the never seen charm of Christmas at this market since the organizers of the event go extra miles to make Christmas spirit sparks.

Advent Feast at the Basilica in Budapest is where Santa Claus himself goes shopping. From delightful gifts to drool-worthy Hungarian and international cuisine to flavoursome burgers, guests can have fixed their cravings. Also, if you have kids with you, make sure they have their hands-on ice skating, skateboarding in a central rink that surrounds a magical Christmas Tree.

Best Christmas Markets in Europe

2. Strasbourg, France


When - From 22nd November to 30th December

Voted as the most awesome European market for Christmas for decades, Strasbourg in France is also amongst the oldest one in Europe. The speciality of this market is that it is tucked in the heart of the Grandelle, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Make sure to check out the Strasbourg market on your France visit.

This place is also considered the birthplace for a marvellous Christmas celebration since ages. Pack your bags and hear Christmas carols and head to Strasbourg, France to discover the intriguing journey to marvel around 300 wooden chalets.

Best Christmas Markets in Europe

3. Vienna, Austria


When - From 15th November to 26th December

If you intend to visit a European destination with your family or friends or soulmate, then Vienna in Austria could be your Christmas base camp. Guest could witness the enchanting Christmas setting at the Vienna’s prettiest square or Vienna Magic of Advent. This market is known for offering guests the best experience and ambience, and you will spot plenty of Christmas trees, sweets, warm drinks and much more.

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Best Christmas Markets in Europe

4. Erfurt, Germany


When - Between 26th November to 22nd December

Erfurt, Germany is one of our favourite markets for Christmas in Germany and is situated in the medieval town of Erfurt. If you will visit this Christmas market in Germany, make sure to open the magical advent atmosphere at The Cathedral Square area where you would get access to fun attractions and amazing sights.

Also, you could shop till you drop and purchase the traditional handmade crafts, drool-worthy treats and fancy a selfie with the towering Candle-Lit Christmas Tree.

Best Christmas Markets in Europe

5. Krakow, Poland


When - Between 29th November to 26th December

Fabulous, beautiful and well preserved hospitable fairytale city of Krakow attracts more tourists than ever. Medieval architecture and classic cafes are crowded with a modern folklore. Pastel Renaissance buildings and Gothic masterpieces are vying for your attention. Add a large dose of the Christmas spirit and the experience is complete!

Best Christmas Markets in Europe

So, with the Christmas season in full swing, which Christmas market in Europe you will bookmark? We would like to hear from you in the comments.

Best Christmas Markets in Europe

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Though it's most prominent for its crazy love for football and dynamic music, Manchester in England is more than just what you heard from the news, watched from the television or what you already know about this abundant city.

Whether you want to stay in your #hotel room, roam around the city centre, be magnified by the scenic natural beauty, have a taste of the vibrant nightlife, dive deep down on the past, explore and learn the culture, or simply just cherish every moment in one place or the other, name it, Manchester can deliver the best dishes on your table.

And if you're starting to have a heart for visiting this ever-beautiful and magnificent city, there are simple tips that you might want to take with you on your entire visit. Well, it's a good thing because you don't need to shoot for the stars to find the tips because they’re already sitting pretty in the palm of your hands.

best things to do in Manchester

So, without further ado, come ride along with the following tips and have the most amazing experiences from your Manchester trip!

1. Currency in Manchester


Whenever you're travelling to a remote and much more different city or country like Manchester, it's necessary that you’re aware of its national currency. Of course, you wouldn't want to get stuck in a store staring at the loveliest souvenir you've ever seen in your life but couldn’t buy it just because you can't pay using their national currency.

So, if you're still clueless about it, the British Pound is Manchester's National Currency. With that, it’s best if you exchange your money first before your trip. It’s because though Manchester has local banks and exchange offices, your transaction will be charged with a certain fee.

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2. Transport in Manchester


You must know how hard it is to look for affordable yet comfortable transportation services when you’re in a remote or foreign place, right? And the situation could be much worse if you’re travelling with your whole pack whether with your family or with your friends.

But calm down your eyebrows, because, there are several choices of transportation sources in Manchester city which you can peacefully and joyfully choose from.

You have the taxi cab, the uber [of course], Metrolink, free bus ride, commercial bus, you can also roam around the place even by cycling or walking, and the most exciting part is that you can avail a coach hire in Manchester!

This type of transportation source, the coach hire in Manchester, is definitely every group traveler's wish list as it provides you with the most relaxing, most comfortable, and unforgettable ride while enjoying every corner of the fascinating city. So, don't hesitate to buckle up and ride on a coach hire because if you won't try, you're definitely missing half of your precious travelers life!

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3. Prices in Manchester


Whether you're doing a grocery or souvenir shopping in your place or somewhere else, you tend to look for what's cheaper or more affordable. Well, if you’re that kind of thrifty or sadly in a tight budget, you must know that the prices of the goods you may find in the city of Manchester are somewhat pricier compared in other European cities.

But the good thing is the prices are amazingly fixed from one shop to the other and you can also enjoy discounts or cuts on the original prices every sale season!

4. Rain in Manchester


There are lots [if not all] of European countries, cities, and counties that are surprisingly experiencing a constant change in climate or weather and the city of Manchester is one of them! Having that said, you're advised to carry with you your lovely and windproof umbrella when travelling to Manchester. It's because you might be enjoying the glimmering sun for a while and then woof! there goes the rain to end your sunny day!

5. Do not ask for doggie bags


Restaurants usually serve moderate portions that most people will be able to finish. If you are not sure about how much you can eat, order in steps. You may start ordering your primary (a pasta, a risotto or a soup, most commonly), then add some secondary (meat or fish, or also eggs) or vegetables. That is perfectly OK. But try to finish whatever you get served. Leaving any food is usually a message to the kitchen that their food is sub-par.

6. Do not expect shops to always accept larger bills and credit cards


By law all shops should now be equipped to accept ATM payment (debit card), but most shops are tiny, run by just one or two people, and banks do not work on business-friendly hours. This means that many smaller shops do not accept credit cards (especially American Express, which is the most costly) and often don’t have much change on hand. Be ready to use an ATM card or to pay cash trying to meet the exact price as closely as possible.

7. Getting Around Manchester


This tip may sound boring and old, but hey, this is so gold! A trip to Manchester shouldn't be belittled when it comes to planning and overall preparation. Why? Simply because this city has a bunch of crazy and mind-blowing offers waiting for you to try and see. And if you wouldn't plan and prepare for your Manchester trip carefully, for sure, you'll feel awful and very sorry.

So, to all our readers out there? What are your thoughts and additional tips, huh? Don’t wait for the moon to show up and run in front of our doors because we always love to hear and learn from you all too!

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AUTHOR BIO: Kath Ramirez embraced the dream of being a writer since she was in 4th grade. She took it seriously and she now writes for BelleVue Coach Hire Manchester, an award-winning business that’s quality branded in Manchester. Aside from writing, Kath also keeps herself busy spending time with her family, cherishing the role of a mom to 3 dogs and a puppy, reading random books, and diving into the world of photography. She’s not even a pro to whatever she's engaged into right now, but one thing she knows, she’s happy and that’s more than enough.
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Celebration on your mind? Party your way into 2020, and get ready to party year-round. With over 10 long weekends in the upcoming year, get ready to party like a pro. Enjoy the nightlife, hit the dance floor, go bar hopping, and live life to the fullest in the best party cities around the world.

best party cities in the world

If you're looking to have an unforgettable party experience, check out these amazing nightlife places from all over the world that are known for partying.

1. Las Vegas, USA


Known for its bars and casinos, Las Vegas is every party enthusiast's paradise. Though it has been voted as the place with the best nightlife, Las Vegas is equally buzzing during the day. For the best Vegas experience, book yourself the best hotel that gives you a 360-degree view of the city. Hit the bars, pubs, and casinos with your buddies, and party all night long. Don't forget to enjoy lip-smacking food and alcohol that Vegas has to offer.

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2. Amsterdam, Netherlands


With the best atmosphere to relax and chill, Amsterdam must be on top of the list of every party enthusiast. From clubs to cafes and museums to bookstores, Amsterdam has something or another in store for everyone. If you're looking to party all night long, Amsterdam is perfect as the bars and clubs are open until 3 am. So, put on your party face, and enjoy all night long in Amsterdam!

3. Mykonos, Greece


Known as the party hub of Greece, Mykonos is known for its bustling nightlife. With dance clubs and bars that open through the night, Mykonos also offers great food and alcohol for those looking for an ace gastronomic experience. Don't forget to party all night long.

Interesting Reads: Best Things To Do In Mykonos

4. Rio De Janeiro, Brazil


Hot climate. Delicious food. A giant Jesus statue. Festivals every year and incredible beaches, as well as being near to the famed Amazon Jungle. Home to the world’s most famous beach, Copacabana, Brazil attracts millions of tourists every year. One of the biggest reasons for the high influx of tourists here is the fantastic nightlife that Rio has to offer.

There are karaoke bars, discos, pubs, clubs and live shows happening everywhere you look. It is undoubtedly a paradise for everyone who loves a good party and must be visited with friends for maximum fun.

If you are a beach lover, the beaches in Rio will not disappoint. Offering kilometres and kilometres of beaches, you will certainly find one that is to your liking, either you prefer a calm beach, a beach where you can swim, or a beach where you can surf, you will find it in Rio. The climate in Rio is unbeatable. Although it isn’t like Northeastern Brazil where it is summer all year round, the winter is barely noticeable.

If you do not like extreme heat, visit the city from May to September, where temperatures lower to a maximum of 25 degrees and minimum of 19 degrees, but you can still enjoy the beach then. If you aren’t a fan of beaches, do not worry. Rio is home to the largest urban forest in the world, Floresta da Tijuca. Forests aren’t your thing either?

Rio is surrounded by several mountains and hills, that make the city’s skyline an unforgettable one: Morro Dois Irmãos, Pão de Açucar, Arpoador, etc. There are thousands of things and monuments to see and visit in Rio if nature is not what you like. One of the 7 World Wonders is located in Rio, Cristo Redentor.

Once you get up to the top of Corcovado and see the enormous sculpture, just turn around and behold the staggering view of Rio de Janeiro! That view is what sealed its place on this list. it’s definitely worth every bit of effort it takes to get there!

They also have Parque Lage, Jardim Botânico, Historical Centre, favelas (Rocinha, Vidigal and Morro da Babilônia are safe to visit).

Cariocas (people from Rio de Janeiro) truly know how to live life, and you can see that they really love life. They are always playing and joking around, in a genuine manner that comes naturally to them. They make anyone feel comfortable and at ease, and always have an interesting story to tell. The Carioca lifestyle is a very relaxed one.

Everyone walks around in their bikini and havaianas. There is music everywhere you go, people dancing, and a party to attend. During the day go to the beach area, Ipanema and Leblon always have something happening, as well as bars and restaurants that are open all day long with music and dancing. At night, head to Lapa. Although not the safest area in Rio, it is safe enough and you will have the time of your life.

A caipirinha is the typical drink Brazilians drink, made with cachaça, lime and a looooot of sugar. Picanha, feijoada, pão de queijo, açaí, tapioca are a few of the delicious foods you can eat all over Brazil. If you eat meat, if you are a pescatarian, vegetarian or vegan, you will find delicious food for you.

5. Ibiza, Spain


Home to as many clubs as beaches, Ibiza is a one-stop-shop if you're looking for a touristy, along with a party place. The clubs here are known to host the best DJs from around the world, making it a party heaven. You can also party at the beach, countless pubs, dance bars, literally anywhere in Ibiza. After all, Ibiza is rightly known as the clubbing capital of the world!

Ibiza is famous for its hot party scene, but the island offers so much more. Here you will find a hippie, yoga, bohemian vibe and pristine beaches. Ibiza is the adult playground - a perfect combination of relaxation, adventure, great restaurants and hip factor. Meet really cool people at your hostel there and go on a cruise to another island near Ibiza named Formentera.

6. Miami, USA


If you love to dress up to a party, Miami is the place for you. The clubs here don't grant access if you're not well dressed! The annual Ultra music festival is a major attraction here for the best party experience. Miami has a hardcore party culture and must be experienced. If you're lucky, you might get a chance to party with a celebrity or two!

7. Goa, India


How can one talk about partying and not mention Goa! The ultimate party hub of India and the world, the state of Goa, is synonymous with the party. With amazing crowd from all over the world, the club and beach parties of Goa will give you an experience of a lifetime! The best time to party in Goa is during the New Years' or when music festivals are happening around the State.

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8. Paris, France


The nightlife of the city of lights is mesmerizing and must be experienced. The sight of the lit-up Eiffel Tower at night, night tour rides of the city, clubs and bars, all shape up the amazing nightlife of Paris. Party with your loved ones at the elite clubs of Paris, and make your time memorable!

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9. Sydney, Australia


Party down under in the hustle-bustle of Sydney. Known for its fast-paced life, and ever-moving people, Sydney is also known as a party hub. It hosts several world-class clubs, dance bars, discos and karaoke cafes all over the city. Hop into any of those, and party your night away. To make your experience more memorable, the lip-smacking food in Australia adds a cherry on top of the party cake!

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10. Bangkok, Thailand


Party Asian style in Thailand! With cabaret shows, night clubs, live musical and dance performances, discos, and pubs, Bangkok promises the best party experience to all its tourists. The best group to visit Bangkok with is either your friends or your partner. Only then can you enjoy booze, and party like there's no tomorrow!

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So, what are you waiting for? Give yourself a break, and pick out a party destination that suits you best. Put on your favorite dress, and your dance shoes, and party the night away. Don't forget to tick all the best cities for partying off your bucket list soon!
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If you want to see nature in pure wild form, then you must visit Yosemite National Park in California, USA. So why should you consider it for your next big adventure? Are you a free spirit who wants to spend their days on the road but also wants to explore the mountains in California?

It will be an exotic and exhilarating experience for you. The park will astonish you with its majestic landscape, wildlife, pure air, and adventure situations. When you explore the park, then your mind will shift away from the stress of city life, and you will feel a strange relief.

This effect is attached to Yosemite National Park. We advise you to take dry food with you because you will never find anyone selling food there. You will be on all your own. Moreover, never take frozen food with you. Frozen food will rot when you camp in the park.

things to do in Yosemite National Park

What will you find in Yosemite National Park? Check out the best things to do in Yosemite.

1. Massive Desert Landscape in Yosemite National Park


A major part of Yosemite National park is composed of the desert. You will find sand dunes, desert flora, dry terrain, and desert animals like snakes, lizards, insects, and reptiles. You must carry enough water with you to cover your hydration needs. Other than food, you must also carry bottles of water with you.

2. High Mountains and Hills in Yosemite National Park


Other than desert terrain, the park has majestic mountains and hills. You can also try to climb mountains. But it will be risky, and you will not find any medical assistance for miles. That’s why always go with a professional mountain climber with all the accessories.

3. Plenty of Flora in Yosemite National Park


The hilly areas of Yosemite National park are entirely covered by trees and plant life. You can find plenty of rare species of plants there. Many people explore the park for rare orchids and mushrooms. You can also try wildflower hunting. The best piece of advice for you to stay away from wild berries because these will be poisonous. You must not try to eat them.

4. Wild Animals in Yosemite National Park


The park is the home of many wild species of animals. You can view boars, bears, reptiles, amphibians, anteaters, lions, tigers, and many other species of animals. We advise you to carry a shotgun for your safety and stay away from the dense forest. Moreover, you must also secure your food because animals will try to attack you. You should use lunch boxes for your trip to the park.

5. Bird Species in Yosemite National Park


The park is also the home of many bird species. You will find many colorful sparrows, crows, pigeons, parrots, cranes, and much other birdlife.

6. Insect Life in Yosemite National Park


The park has too many insects. Birds eat them, but you should try to stay away from the concentrated areas with insects. You can get bitten by insects.

What can you do in Yosemite National park? You can do the following activities in the park.

7. Camping in Yosemite National Park


You can put a tent in the park at a suitable place and stay there for a day or two. This activity will take you close to nature, and you will enjoy pure wild living in California. The best piece of advice is to carry all necessary things with you, which includes food, water bottles, shotgun, medical supplies, and camping accessories.

8. Photography in Yosemite National Park


You can take photos of the park with a high-end camera, and sell it to magazines, online publishers, and stock image sites.

9. Mountain climbing in Yosemite National Park


The park has plenty of hills to climb. You should select an easy one and make your mark on the top. It will also be a life-changing experience for you.

10. Bird watching in Yosemite National Park


You can do bird watching with full intensity. The park has many rare species of birds. It will be another great experience for you.

11. Orchid hunting in Yosemite National Park


The park has many rare species of plants. You can also hunt for rare flowers, which you can sell for a higher price in urban areas. Many people just visit the park to find special flowers.

12. Mushroom hunting in Yosemite National Park


There are many types of mushrooms that grow in the park. You will find mushrooms in the tree rich areas. Many people have a business to hunt mushrooms in Yosemite National park.

Wrap up

The Yosemite National park has wondered many. You should visit the park once in your lifetime if you live in the US. We guarantee that your thoughts will never remain the same after a tour of Yosemite National park.
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Sydney is a buzzing metropolis that is a treasure trove for all kinds of travelers – be it a solo adventurer, a family or a couple, it caters to all needs and offers countless opportunities for an unforgettable time. So, it's no wonder that both couples and those looking for romance decide to visit this amazing city that is dubbed the unofficial capital of Australia.

With its perfect location that ensures a sunny stay, proximity to impeccable beaches and even national parks at a stone's throw, Sydney is a top destination.

Best Things To Do In Sydney Australia

So, if you too are to savor the taste of Australia with your loved one or otherwise, here are some of the most romantic things to do in Sydney to make your stay even more colorful.

1. Cruise the Sydney Harbor


If you want to marvel at the most iconic sights of Sydney, such as the Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House, your best bet is taking a romantic cruise in the harbor. You can opt for a luxury cruise that will not only give you marvelous views of the Sydney skyline at night but will also serve you all kinds of delicious treats and drinks.

You will be able to sip sparkling wine with your significant other while enjoying the breeze of the warm night.

2. Take a Walk on the Sydney Beach


As mentioned, Sydney truly has some beautiful beaches that are right at your fingertips, so take some time to get away from the concrete and take a wonderful beach walk with your significant other. You can just go and explore the area yourself, or you can choose a walking trail such as the Bondi to Coogee walk.

This 6-km walk guarantees breathtaking views and the freedom to stop wherever you feel like to take a dip in the refreshing water. Don’t forget to pack some snacks and you’ll be able to have a romantic picnic on the beach as well!

3. Feel Like a Child at Luna Park


Even if your teenage years are behind the two of you, you can feel like children once again if you visit Sydney’s much-loved Luna Park and spend an evening of fun there, trying all the rides. Visiting this amusement park at night will guarantee a marvelous sight of bright, colorful lights, so make sure you take a ferry from Circular Quay and incorporate this place into your itinerary.

You can enjoy a romantic ride in the famous Ferris wheel and feel like you’re in the 80's movie!

4. Marvel at Flora and Relax


Another amazing day program would be visiting the Royal Botanic Gardens of Sydney, which is one of my personal favorite places in Sydney, especially during the Australian spring. It's an oasis in the middle of the metropolis with lots of greenery to relax you. So, if you want to spend a lazy day just strolling around, you will have a great time looking at all the different plant species this garden has.

5. Have Delicious Meals in Restaurants in Sydney


Gourmet travelers are always on the lookout for some of the best places to grab a bite during any trip. This becomes even more important if you want to make your stay extremely romantic. You will probably want to spend at least a few of your nights dining with a view, so be sure to make your reservations on time.

One of the most renowned restaurants for romantic dining is Quay – overlooking the Sydney Opera House, its views are hard to compete with. However, if you want to go a step further, you can also dine at the Opera House itself – make a reservation at Bennelong and the experience will be unforgettable.

6. Look At the Stars in the Sydney Night Sky


Is there anything more romantic than looking at the night sky with your loved one? If this is something that you’ve always wanted to do, you can head to the Sydney Observatory in Millers Point and explore the universe through the lens of a telescope. You can join night tours from 8.30 p.m. and enjoy views of the Moon and Mars, not to mention a nebula and countless shining stars.

7. Go on a Wine Tasting Tour in Sydney


There is no doubt that some of the most exquisite drinks out there are wines. And lucky you, since Australia is actually one of the top wine producers in the world, boasting some of the best of this beverage all over the country. So, it would be a shame not to savor this when you're in Sydney. Even better, if you are still looking for the one, you might actually find them while sipping on some pinot noir.

You can turn to services for professional dating in Australia and who knows, you might find the perfect match who shares your taste and preferences.

8. Try Snorkeling in Sydney


Adventurous couples will probably find it boring to sit around all day and would rather try something exciting. Well, there is plenty of opportunity in Sydney to do exactly that, so if you find the idea of snorkeling enticing, you should definitely try it out.

You can go for an organized tour in Manly, for instance, since this is one of the best spots in Sydney for seeing interesting underwater life, with Shelly Beach being at the top of the list. Manly beach in Sydney is only a 30 minute ride by ferry to get there from the city centre and it’s only one of 100+ surf and non surf beaches in the Sydney metropolitan area.

The beaches are soft white sand, have free entry, and most are accessible by public transport. In other words, anyone can access them. Most have volunteer lifesavers (lifeguards) and are safe if you swim between the safety flags. This is replicated all over Australia. That’s why Australian beaches are so highly rated. Nevertheless, you can also head to Gordon's Bay or Bare Island, too.

9. Watch a Movie in Sydney


What's so special about that? you might be asking. Well, if you are visiting Sydney during the summer, you will have the chance to catch a movie at an outdoor cinema – a unique experience that will make you feel like you traveled back in time. And what's more, some of these venues boast amazing views – for instance, the St George Open Air Cinema overlooks the Sydney Harbour, which means that the atmosphere at its showings is nothing short of magical.

10. Stroll the Night Markets in Sydney


For a completely different vibe, you can head to Chinatown in Sydney and soak in some of the buzz and energy from their amazing night markets. Organized every Friday, this evening market has everything you can imagine from delicious street food to clothes and accessories, so it can be a fun evening program for the both of you.

Sydney is truly an amazing city where you won't be bored for a second. Try some of the aforementioned activities with your significant other and you’ll have the most romantic trip thus far!
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Everyone has a dream about travel, and the long dream must have a destination called Tibet. I would like to have a taste of the highland barley buttered tea, listen to the earnest debate of the lamas, take a pious turn of the path, and look at the blue sky with floating clouds. So, I said, I must go to Tibet once!

Love Trekking? Mountains and Monasteries? If your answer is yes then Tibet is definitely a place for your visit. It offers you breathtaking treks, monasteries and a different culture to live on your trip. You can experience spiritual nature of Tibet in the prayer halls of chanting monks plus the aroma of juniper incense and yak butter.

Best places to visit in Tibet

Combined with the choices of most people and my personal experience of traveling in Tibetan areas, here's the must-see attractions in Tibet that I recommend.

1. Lhasa


Visit the Potala Palace, where we can perceive the importance of religion in Tibet both in the day to day of the religious and in the daily life of the population. It is the Putuo in the hearts of local Tibetan Buddhism believers. In Tibetan, it is called "zam lim gyangi", which means the value is equal to half the world. The whole building is mainly composed of the red palace in the center and the White House on both sides, as well as ancillary buildings such as Syracuse and Zongjiao Lukang Park.

The palace, which I have seen countless times on TV and magazines, was shown before my eyes, which shocked me more than when I saw the Tienanmen rostrum when I was a child. The night scene of cloth palace also has glamour very much, below lamplight foil, it looks more amazing. The highlight of the palace is the spiritual pagoda of the Dalai Lama in the red palace.

Jokhang Temple is the oldest temple in Lhasa! Jokhang temple, called Qoikang in Tibetan, is the end of pilgrimage of Tibetan Buddhism followers. Jokhang temple is as sacred as Potala Palace and this monastery together with the Potala Palace are part of the World Heritage declared by UNESCO.

Sera Monastery located about 5 km north of the Jokhang is famous for the debates that monks perform among them outdoors, their gestures and shapes are worthy of admiration.

Drepung Monastery is the largest Buddhist Monastery in Tibet and one of the three pillars of the Tibetan State.

Located in the old town of Lhasa, Barkhor Street is a gathering place of religious, economy, and culture in Lhasa. It is a famous holy road around Jokhang Temple with the original Lhasa street style. You can explore Tibet and gather lasting memories by having a bottle of Lhasa Beer in Lhasa Teahouse, and the yak-butter tea. The Tibetan people with a great heart will make your traveling safe and most memorable in Tibet.

Tips: After arriving in Lhasa and check-in at hotel, do not be too excited and do not rush towards activities. To get used to the highland climate, you should know that you are at an altitude of 3,700 meters. Therefore, on the first day you arrive must take rest. It's definitely not a waste of time, because you have to be physically fit to go the rest of the way.

2. Gyantse County


Upon reaching Gyantse explore Kumbum Stupa and the Palkhor Choede Monastery, known for their ancient sculptures and paintings.

3. Shigatse


Continue towards Shigatse. Visit the Tashi Lhunpo Monastery and Sakya Monastery exploring the streets and the pilgrims. Tashilhunpo Monastery was built in 1447 by Gendun Drupa, who was the first Dalai Lama and disciple of Tsongkhapa. And it is one of the great six monasteries of the Gelug sect of Tibetan Buddhism. In August 2017, it was approved as a AAAAA tourist attraction of China.

4. Namtso


Namtso Lake which is one of the top three holy lakes in Tibet should not be missed by any tourists who travel in Tibet. In Tibetan, Namtso means Heavenly Lake. It's a holy lake for pilgrims. The color of the Namtso Lake is particularly rich. The blue color of the sky, the clear water, and the unique blue color of Tibet are one integrated mass. No one can resist such holy beauty!

5. Yamdrok Lake


Leave Lhasa in a westerly direction towards the Kampala Pass at 4700 meters of altitude. From here you will be able to observe the views of the Yamdrok Lake of a beautiful turquoise blue and the snowy mountain Nyenchen Khangsar. Cross Tibetan villages and beautiful valleys to reach the Karola Glacier (5150 m) to see the glacier of the sacred mountain Nyenchen Kangsar.

Gonbara Pass overlooks the Yamdrok Lake, which is illuminated at different times to reveal layers of extremely rich blue. The water comes from the snow water of the surrounding Nianqing Tanggula Mountains. The water of the lake changes with the light, evolving into a kaleidoscopic blue. There is a stretch of lakeside road not far from the snow mountain, where walking or camping on the lakeside is the best way to experience Yamdrok Lake.

6. Saga County


Spend the day driving from Saga to the Brahmaputra Valley. See spectacular views from the vehicle of the Himalayas to the south and the transhimalayas to the north. In this part of Tibet, the majority of inhabitants are still nomads who live following the same customs as hundreds of years ago.

7. Ngari Prefecture


Located in the western part of Tibet, the ancient Guge kingdom is a surprising place where a few visitors reach experience. It was established in the late 10th century and close to the modern town of Zanda country. Seven hundred years ago, Guge kingdom was a Buddhist religious center and an important trade hub between Tibet and Central Asia.

8. Lake Manasarovar


Cross sand dunes, mountains and sandy valleys before reaching Lake Manasarovar. This is one of the four sacred lakes of Tibet that receives thousands of pilgrims from Tibet, Russia and India.

From here move towards Darchen, a small nomadic town that is the departure point of the pilgrims. Leave from Darchen to begin the trekking in a clockwise direction around Mount Kailash at an average height of 4700 meters above sea level. Walk with the pilgrims who follow the same route.

After about 4 hours arrive at Tamdin (4780 m), and the Dirakpuk Monastery. Go through the controls of Dikpala (5000 m) and Dormala (5600 m) to get to see Mount Kailash and continue to Zultul Puk.

The visit to Mt Kailash is an essential part that attracts many tourists worldwide. The views of the spectacular mountains will surely win your heart.

Mount Kailash is one of the most famous Sacred Mountain and known as "Treasure or Saint on Snow Mountain" in Tibetan. It's located in far western Tibet's Ngari prefecture, more than 1200 kilometers from the Tibetan capital city of Lhasa. As it only rises to 6,714 meters, it is not particularly high as far as peaks in the Himalaya, but there are no other mountains in Tibet that are as holy as Kailash.

Interesting Reads: Kailash Mansarovar Yatra

9. Sagarmatha National Park


Mount Everest, lies along the border of Nepal and Tibet, is the highest peak in the world. As the highest point of the world, Mount Everest is covered with snow throughout the year. When the glaring sun comes out, the peak becomes very pure and beautiful.

EBC is one of the best places to view and photograph Mount Everest. It mainly provides accommodation for tourists, including the toilet and tent post office. It's very meaningful postcards to your family or friends on the highest Post office.

10. Nyingchi


Yarlung Zangbo Grand Canyon is the deepest and longest canyon in the world. Suosong village in Yarlung Zangbo Grand Canyon scenic spot is the best place to enjoy flowers in Mainling County. The peach blossom under the snow mountain is in full bloom, just like the cherry blossom of Mount Fuji. It is the most famous Tibet paradise.

In the vast territory, most of the time will be spent on the road in your Tibet tour but the scenery on the road is infinitely good. In Conclusion, if you are a travel lover then Tibet is a great place for spending your holidays.
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Who among us doesn't want to look good in our holiday travel pictures? When on vacation, you're exposing your skin to varied climates, disturbed sleep, and unfamiliar cuisine. So, it's essential to take the right care of your skin to look your best during vacation. Here are 12 tips to keep skin looking great during vacation:

travel skin care tips for vacation

1. Prepare in advance


Consider the mode of travel to your holiday destination, the climatic conditions of the place during your forthcoming vacation stay, your vacation itinerary, and, most importantly, your skin type. Before you set out for travel, make sure to exfoliate gently and moisturize at home. It’s a good idea to apply a coconut and honey hydrating mask after exfoliating.

This way you certainly can get your skin ready for an awesome look, a little ahead of your vacation travel.

2. Pack your everyday skin essentials carefully


Carry appropriate skin-care products in travel-friendly containers. Make sure to keep possibly irritating products such as harsh cleansers and peels back at home. One should consider reading a review and decide on which products to take and which one to drop while on vacation.

Take along your gentle facial cleanser, your routine body moisturizer, and a good-quality serum to counteract dryness. Also, don’t forget to pack in a mud mask for removing impurities, your favorite under-eye cream, and a hydrating face masks.

Interesting reads: Ultimate Travel Packing List for Vacation

3. Skip makeup on the day of your journey


Yes, you'll need to restrict your makeup to the least, whether you’re about to sit on a plane or travel by road, rail, or sea. Makeup settles into the skin’s pores and retains undesired microorganisms on it, thus not letting your skin breathe.

Also, uncertain weather causes skin break-outs. Foundations could dry your skin out, so limit your makeup to a day cream and sunscreen. If meeting with people as soon as you arrive is on the agenda, carry a small makeup pouch with your everyday essentials so that you can wear makeup in the washroom before reaching your destination.

4. Prevent travel dryness


A good-quality moisturizer helps to protect the skin against harsh weather, particularly, while vacationing in colder places. By keeping the skin hydrated, it prevents several skin issues ranging from breakouts to cracked heels.

Apply your natural body and face moisturizers thoroughly before leaving, and also carry a rejuvenating facial mist spray along. This fantastic skincare product is full of protective antioxidants, and retains your skin’s moisture in dry weather, giving you a vibrant look upon arriving as well as throughout the trip.

5. Sunscreen is a must


Don't ditch the Sun Protection Factor (SPF)! A good-quality sunscreen, full of vitamins and minerals, and with a minimum SPF of 30 is vital to resisting skin damage from ultraviolet (UV) rays of the sun. While vacationing, make sure to apply a sunscreen cream or lotion daily, irrespective of the kind of weather outside. Don’t go to the beach without carrying this must-have along.

So, whether you’re a keen sun-seeker or are prone to avoiding it anyway, make sunscreen your daily essential and don’t be stingy on it.

6. Pack in a few oil-blotting sheets


No more fretting during your holiday over oily skin around the T-zone! Oil-blotting or oil-absorbing sheets immediately absorb excess oil and remove the unwanted shine off your face. What’s more, the soft and silky sheets do their job without smearing your makeup and leaving residue on your face.

7. Don't touch your face with hands


While visiting public places, coming in contact with plenty of germs is inevitable. If we use our hands for touching our faces, we’re passing on the germs to the facial skin, subsequently causing problems such as pimples. If touching your face is a must, use an oil blotter to protect your skin from direct contact with your hands, thus minimizing breakouts. Also, use a medicated handwash for washing your hands or a sanitizer often.

8. Carry a few Sheet Masks along


Without occupying excess luggage space, sheet masks do a great job on your face, hands, and feet. A one-time treat, these presoaked, single-use fabrics are full of high-potency ingredients of a serum. The sheet masks pass through the skin much deeper than an ordinary cream, thus permitting a more focused cure. Also, this skin-care product needs no rinsing or clean-up at all.

9. Take additional care upon arriving at your vacation destination


With environmental elements accumulated on your skin’s surface while you enter your hotel room, your best bet would be to wash your face or take a bath immediately. Exfoliate to remove all the dirt accumulated from the journey, then apply your favorite moisturizer all over your body.

In case you don’t prefer to carry a facial cleanser while traveling, make sure to bring pre-moistened facial towelettes along. Also, don’t forget to pack in your eye cream to combat eye puffiness and under-eye redness.

10. Apply ice to the eyes


Making you look older than your age, under-eye circles can certainly dampen your vacation spirit. Gladly, though, a simple remedy can work wonders on this travel bane. Just wrap some crushed ice in a clean towel, and apply below your eyes. This process works well before bed, letting you wake up with a refreshed face. Repeat the process once the ice melts.

11. Think water while eating


When traveling, the skin dehydrates immensely. So, besides drinking sufficient water, eat juicy fruits like watermelon, pineapple and strawberries, and veggies like cucumbers, tomatoes, and fresh greens. Having soups is also a great idea to hydrate the skin from the inside out. Make sure to ditch sugary sodas as well as juices that do nothing but add pounds to your body weight.

12. Get Sufficient Sleep


Getting a peaceful sleep far from home is challenging for most of us. However, a lack of sleep while traveling makes our skin extremely vulnerable to issues like dehydration and breakouts. When traveling, carry useful sleep aids along, such as a sleep mask to hide the light, earplugs to block out a vehicle's noise, and your favorite blanket or pillow to feel at home. Also, try your best to adhere to your usual sleep schedule.

Conclusion

By following these simple and useful tips, you can be sure of making your skin happy, thus glowing all vacation-long.
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Fall on the East Coast of the USA offers some of the best camping opportunities of anywhere in the world at any time of the year. From Cape Cod Campresort & Cabins in Massachusetts to Bluewater Key RV Resort in Florida, now is a great time to see it all. Smaller crowds, great weather and a broad range of unique things to do await campers heading to this area in the Fall.

Here we will look at some of those things and why this is such a special time and place for a camping adventure.

During the fall, the major vacation season has ended. Most of the campgrounds can be fairly empty and the crowds at the major attractions will be much smaller to non-existent. This is particularly true during the week. In some cases, this can be a negative. If you want experience the theme parks or bustling beach boardwalks then you may be out of luck.

When the kids that staff these places head back to school in the fall many of them close up for the season, at least during the week. Many do open up for weekends so if you plan carefully you may still be able to enjoy those types of places. That's not to say a beach trip won't be enjoyable. With the smaller crowds visiting you'll have the opportunity to have a more peaceful visit.

best camping places on the east coast usa

Camping on the East Coast Beaches


The East Coast of course is along the gulf stream, which draws warm water up from the Gulf of Mexico so the waters along these beaches will still be please pleasant well into the fall. The further south you go, the further into Fall you can go with your beach trip.

The Fall along the east coast offers campers the best weather of the season. During the peak summer season, temperatures and humidity can be uncomfortably high all along the coast and almost unbearable in the southern states. During the fall, temperatures and humidity moderate making it much more comfortable all along the coast.

While the weather is moderate during this time of the year, as you get further into Fall the possibility of colder weather increases so it is important to be prepared. Make sure that all of the systems in your RV are working properly, and test them all out before leaving. Make sure your furnace is functional and your propane tanks are full.

Even though it may be warm during the day, temperatures can dip quickly at night. Also, cold fronts passing through during this time of the year have been known to drop temps by 60 degrees or more from one day to the next. The further north you are and the later you get into the fall the greater the possibility of freezing temps so make sure you know how to keep your pipes from freezing.

It only takes a few hours below freezing at night to cause problems with your outside water lines. Many RV parks in the northern states will start to close later in the Fall. Most parks in this region that close for the winter will do so on the weekend closest to October 15th. If you are planning a Fall trip around or after that date make sure that the park you plan to visit will be open.

Festivals on the East Coast


Another great part of fall camping along the east coast are all the festivals and fairs which happen around this time of the year. Some great examples include the Lobster Festival in Rockland, ME. And the Urbanna Oyster Festival in Urbanna, VA. These festivals are a great place to visit by RV but make sure you plan ahead.

For example, the Urbanna Oyster Festival is in a town of about 2,000 people. For the festival, the population swells to over 50,000 and the closest accommodations for the festival goers are all RV parks. The nearby Beth Page and Grey's Point RV Parks are outstanding. These campgrounds are typically packed solid for the event and are booked for months in advance.

Interesting Reads: New York Fall Events & Festivals

The Fall is a great time to camp along the US East Coast. The length of the coast and its north/south orientation provides a broad range of experiences from hot summer beaches in the south to cool fall weather with beautiful colors in the north. This is the time of the year when you can avoid the crowds and experience the coast in a whole new way.
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