May 2013 archive

Medical Travel Insurance for Adrenaline Junkies

Getting travel insurance if you’re an adrenaline junkie is a bit more difficult than if you were a regular traveller. While some companies will not offer you travel insurance if you’re skydiving, bungee jumping, playing Polo or trekking, it’s just a matter of time until you’ll be able to find one that does.

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Getting a travel insurance plan

Being an adrenaline junkie is certainly great and if you have fun practising extreme sports, then it’s obvious travel insurance is one very important factor for you to consider.

There are plenty of very dangerous activities and sports which are not covered by some policies. Each sport will have a certain risks that are assessed carefully by each medical travel insurance company and listed in categories as below:

1. Low risk sports: Archery, badminton, tennis, cricket, basketball, golf, water polo, baseball and volleyball.

2. Sports involving more mobility and higher risks: Kayaking, scuba diving, gymnastics, rugby, swimming, canoeing, paintball, adventure racing and alpine skiing.

3. Sports that include action and elements of violence: Water skiing, mountain biking, water rafting, mountaineering, martial arts, bungee jumping, horseback riding, rock climbing, hockey, boxing and wrestling.

4. Very risky sports: Skydiving, paramotoring, parachuting and hang gliding.

You’ll need to read your policy very carefully to see if you are covered in case of injury in your sport of choice.

However, regardless of the type of travel insurance you’re going to get (whether it’s for extreme sports or not), you’ll need to keep a few other things in mind.

  1. First of all, you’ll have to inquire your current provider if the policy you have also covers other people like family members when you travel abroad.
  2. You should also assess your needs before you get supplemental traveller’s medical insurance. There are a few factors which will influence the type of plan you require like preexisting conditions, your overall health, high risk activities (scuba diving for instance), length of stay and travel destination and so on.
  3. Each plan needs to be carefully analysed before taking a decision. You need to understand the refund policies or exemption limits, the co-payments and deductibles involve and the exact amount of coverage you get.
  4. At this point, you’ll need to get the coverage from a reputable company, like AXA PPP International for instance.

You should know that based on the nature of your holiday, there are different policies you can consider, falling into a few main categories:

  • Short stay single trip
  • Long stay single trip
  • Annul multi trip

Remember to check the terms and conditions very well. You’ll find that some of the typical exclusions include:

  • people above a certain age cannot benefit from coverage;
  • performing sports in unauthorised areas;
  • injuries caused by drug abuse while performing sports activities;
  • preexisting medical conditions;

With that being said, all you have to do now is ensure you read the policy carefully and choose the one that suits your needs best.

India’s Most Implausible Adventure Travel Destinations

India the magnificent country offers implausible adventurous sites to travelers. People from all over the world travel to India to experience and embrace the beauty of this historic country. Visiting various places gives you magical experience, you can surely anticipate that when you visit India for vacation. The country offers amazingly beautiful sceneries, magnificent mountains, authentic cuisines, and gorgeous landscape and many more thrilling adventures.

Adventures at Manali

Manali is a popular destination that is located at a height of 6,726ft in the Valley of Beas River, it is a hill station huddled in the mountains of Himachal Pradesh, India near kullu valley at northern end.  Manali offers peaceful surrounding and also offers complete entertainment to visitors.  The beautiful Manali is filled with natural beauty and visitors can explore its natural scenic beauty.

The best time to visit Manali is in the month of March to October. During spring season you can witness the beautiful apple and orchards blossoming and the area is filled with clean and fresh air. Manali offers the best adventures and sport activities like skiing, paragliding, hiking and white water rafting not only that you can enjoy many other special activities in this outstanding tourist destination.

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Adventures at Ladakh and Leh

Ladakh is a county located in Jammu and Kashmir a State of India; it is squeezed between Himalayas towards south and Karakoram Mountain towards north, the portion of the Ladakh that is in India is composed of Kargil and Leh districts.  The Leh region is the largest region of India, which covers more than half the eastern part of the area of Jammu& Kashmir region.

The Ladakh adventure tourism started in 19th century, the British officials use to carry out the 14 stage trek to Leh from Srinagar during their annual vacation. The best time to travel to Leh is during months of May and in the month of September, in warm temperatures you can enjoy the surroundings. Ladakh also offers outstanding landscapes and beautiful trekking spots, paragliding and also visitors can enjoy white water rafting in the famous Indus River, Zanskar River, and Shayok River and many other adventures can be enjoyed in this magnificent area.

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Visit this majestic India and fulfill your dream, adventures and thrilling vacation.

Discover the Coast of Argentina

Argentina is 2nd largest country in Latin America as well as South America region.  The country is famous for its beautiful coast that stretches very long. The country offers countless opportunities for cool and fun activities to all the visitors who are visiting the country from all parts of the world.

Tierra del Fuego National Park

It is the most amazing place to visit; it is located on east-coast of Argentina which is also located southern side of South America which is also end of the globe.  This amazing National Park also offers many other outdoor activities and beautiful landscapes and also offers astounding wildlife.  Visitors have many things to explore on the coast of Argentina.

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Stroll with Penguins

Walk with Penguins, isn’t it cool!! Yes it is the coolest things that one can do when you visit the Shore of Argentina. Visit the Penguins colony at Patagonia region. Punto Tombo is the best spot to view penguins and the area is also filled with huge colony of different type of penguins called Magellanic penguins. Visit this awe-inspiring place and love the Mother Nature’s beauty.

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South America best sights

You can take tour, and book a terrific and planned tour to Tierra del Fuego National Par through the tour operators like Compa Tuismo or Ripio Turismo. You can also make arrangements for three day trip to National Park where you can also get a bus from Ushuaia and get accommodation in beautiful lodgings that are available inside the National Park.

Few tips on backpacking

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If you are more adventurous and ready for a trip that will demand more action from you, if you head somewhere with your backpack on, there are few thing you should know and do before and while doing it. Backpacking is one of the cheapest forms of tourism, combined with hitchhiking you can go visit the destination of your dreams on a really low budget. Once you have acquired a proper backpack and all the clothes and accessories that you will need you should head to the local insurance company and get insurance, be sure that the insurance covers your valuables and money.

Before you start your journey you should check the situation of the country you are visiting, check the political and economic situation, with so many tourist web sites and blogs you can also check the most popular tourist attractions and make a list to visit. Check the weather also, and know the time zone. When aiming for lower expenses it is your goal to find lower priced ticket, you can book your flight earlier so the price will be lower. Finding and booking hostels, hotels or other way of accommodation might also be a cheaper option. Although booking is good, there is also possibility to find cheaper accommodation once you have arrived. If you can find a camping zone it is also a very good and cheap option, especially if you are not staying for a longer period.

Once you have arrived and started roaming, you should be aware that in some countries crime occurs, so be sure not to roam alone at night, especially if you are in a bigger city, or in Africa or Latin America. There are many things to visit with you backpack on, just stay safe and enjoy your trip.

What to see when in Moscow

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Moscow is one of the largest cities on the Euro Asian Continent and it is a city worth visiting, Moscow offers many beautiful sites and places to go, it has grandiose architecture and great culture. The Kremlin, Tretyakov gallery, Bolshoi Ballet and Pushkin State Museum are some of the most popular places you can go and visit.

The Kremlin is famous and important historic complex, located in the heart of the city. This area is probably the most visited area in Moscow because of the many tourist spots here, such as The Red Square and the Saint Basil’s Cathedral and the Alexander Garden, on the southern side of the fort is the river Moskva. Today Kremlin is the official residence of the president. Other very popular and wonderful building on the Red Square is the Saint Basil’s Cathedral, it is building representing fire that goes to the skies, the building is colorful and an unforgettable sight. Once you have seen the main attractions on the Red Square, you can go in the park Alexander Garden and rest by the three beautiful gardens here.

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Moscow is one of the fanciest cities in Europe; there are many establishments, such as bars and restaurants, hotels, cinemas, art galleries, concert halls and museums and many more. Moscow offers from very affordable and plain to very luxurious and expensive establishments. You can go and visit the two biggest shopping malls in the city GUM and TSUM. GUM is at the Red Square, while Tsum is near the Karl Marx Place. As in the whole Moscow, here you can see and shop the latest fashion, while the interior of the shopping malls will give you pleasurable experience. Here you can rest in some of the cafes and enjoy the splendor and beauty of the Russian fanciness.

Entertainment in Oslo

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Far north on the Scandinavian Peninsula is the capital city of the Kingdom of Norway, Oslo. It is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe with many architectural sights to see and many museums displaying the life and the tradition of the old Norse people and the Viking culture. But also is also one of the most cultural cities on the Scandinavian Peninsula and it offers many fancy establishments to visit and many things to do.

There is diverse nightlife and various establishments to visit in Oslo, the Oslo Opera House is great for those who enjoy opera, ballet and concerts, the building itself is a popular attraction. Another popular building and a tourist site that also offers entertainment is the National theatre, it is Baroque – style building where you can buy a ticket and see a play. The National theatre is also host building to many art paintings from famous Norwegian painters and seeing these paintings comes free with the ticket.

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There is a huge selection of restaurants, bars and clubs in the city from quiet places where you can enjoy and rest, cocktail bars and places where you can dance until the morning to rock and metal clubs. Festivals are also very popular in Oslo; they are a way to combine entertainment and culture, especially during the summer months many festivals take place in Oslo. Most of the festivals are held at an old public park in central Oslo it is on a high hill. In Oslo jazz music is especially popular and there are many festivals and concerts where you can hear this musical style.

Norwegians enjoy wandering, so picnics in the park and hiking in the hills are one of their favorite things to do, it is a good way to relax but also explore and see the surrounding.

At the heart of the Balkans – Republic of Macedonia

At the center of the Balkans is the Republic of Macedonia, it location is a very strategic one and because of this many important roads have passed through the country, many civilization have left the marks on the land. The Republic of Macedonia has been under Ottoman occupation for 5 centuries and the Turkish influence can be easily seen, influences and remains from the Byzantine Empire, Roman and ancient Macedonian time can also be seen throughout the country.

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This is a small country found in a mountainous terrain with many hills and plains beneath, many rivers flow and several lakes are there to be visited. The three most popular lakes are the freshwater lakes of Prespa and Ohrid and the third and smallest the lake at the region of Dojran, where the waters are healing and there are natural mud bath spots too. Lake Ohrid is most popular for its clear waters and beautiful turquoise colors, and for the many beaches, it is also most visited tourist location in the country. The region of Prespa and the lake Prespa are also one of the tourist favorite spots in the country; there are many small villages in Prespa where locals offer accommodation and traditional food.

There are many mountains in the country, at the western part of the country is the Sar Mountain, there are ski centers and many paths to go hiking here, here you can see the herds of sheep and try the delicious dairy products of the region. Further down south is the city of Bitola, it is an old city with many cultural influences and beautiful architecture, the city is very lively and the night life is always active. By the city of Bitola are the remains of the ancient city Heraclea Lyncestis. There are many ancient remains and most of them are located near the present cities.

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The Motorcycle Tour Holiday Checklist

There is something special about motorcycle trips across the country that makes every adventure enthusiast want to try it out. Maybe, it is the freedom of exploring new places. Maybe, it is the lure of spending time in solitude. Maybe, it is the overall thrill you get when you venture out to obscure pathways, dirt roads, and slushy terrain. Or maybe, it is just that you love biking around.

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Whatever your motivation is, make sure you keep the following five considerations in mind before you go:

#1: Motorcycle Overhauls

A healthy bike does not pester you through your journey. Thus, make sure you repair and carry out a myriad of service checks on your bike before you start. Make sure your tires are inflated. Make sure the battery is charged to its maximum potential. Fill your gas tanks and check for fluid levels. Moreover, if you find dents, bruises, and other cosmetic damages, get it checked by a serviceman to ensure there is no hidden fault. You may want to check if your indicators and lights are working too.

#2: Insurance Coverage

While most bike insurances cover motorcycle tours and journeys, it is mandatory for you to consult with your insurance agency to verify the coverage statistics. Many countries in Europe (particularly those in the Euro Zone) allow you to drive freely from one country to another. However, there are a few countries, like France, that require you to have all your documentation verified before you enter them. Thus, ensure you have your insurance papers with you on the go.

#3: Light Packing

The light packers will only need maybe a bed roll, a couple of cigars and a change of clothing for a 3000 mile road trip. The heavier packers will need a truck to carry their stuff en route. Most of us fall somewhere in between. Pack light.

#4: Get Trained

Join a fitness club or practice driving longer distances until you feel you’re ready to go. Many motorcyclists claim to have spent years trying to develop fitness, skill, dexterity and panache that helped them go to some of the world’s most dangerous motorbike trips alone. You should try them too. Realistically ask yourself what kind of a rider you are. If you are a rookie, you will need a couple of driving lessons, short 50 mile excursions to boost your confidence and might want to travel with a set of experienced motorcyclists. On the other hand, people with years of tour experience just set off (sometimes with no plan in mind). Make sure you train yourself well before you set out on your bike.

#5: Expect Adventure

There are colourful anecdotes about motorcyclists losing their GPS systems during a tour and yet, finding their way through tricky terrain. You ride through rain, you get injured, you feel numbing cold, or you escape from a lethal crash. You can find much more information on this subject including safety tips, money saving deals and more on Motorcycle News.

There are many other considerations you’ll have to remember as you get ready for your bike voyage across Europe. Would you like to add some to our list? We’d love to know what you have in mind.

Happy biking!

Singapore’s Delicious Exploration

Singapore is one of the most visited countries in South East Asia because it has some of the most advanced and recently built attractions in all of Asian countries. It may be a small country, but what it lack in size, it compensates with everything else. It is actually called as Asia’s Life and one can never find a cleaner and more welcoming place like Singapore in Asian region.

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Fine Dining and Hawker Centers

Singaporeans are very serious about their food and they take pride in their local cuisines. That is why every visitor can be assured that every restaurant – either for fine dining or street food eating – serve superb food. One thing is definite, no bad restaurant survive in Singapore for long.

Good restaurants are all around this magical city. If you have the funds, you can try the five-star dining options and get to taste the best luxury in taste and service. On the other hand, if you want to really get the taste of Singaporean dishes, you should try eating street food found in hawker centers.

Hawker centers are open-air food courts where everyone has plenty of food options to choose from. Aside from the local dishes, stall owners also prepare Chinese noodles, Indian roti and Malaysian curries. If you are worried about hygiene, you should know that the Singaporean government is very strict when it comes to health and hygiene regulations. This means that no one is expected to be sick from eating in these food courts.

The Best of Singapore Cuisine

Some of the best and must0try Singaporean dishes include: chili crab (considered as a national dish), chicken rice (unofficial national dish), Choy Sum (Chinese vegetable dish), Laksa (fish soup), Char kway teow (rice noddle dish), and the Kaya toast (national breakfast food).

 

USA Trip Planning

There is no doubt that the United States is still one of the most famous destination countries in the world. It is highly advanced in everything and it also offers some of the most spectacular natural and man-made tourist spots in the world. It is also a simple fact that many people from across the globe will do almost anything just to be able to set foot on The Land of the Free. Before you can start to dream about where to go and what to do when you arrive in the US, it is important to know how to get there first.

 

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What You Need

After the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the US, entering the Land of the Free is not that easy anymore. Entry is no longer free and there are documents and requirements needed. Canadian citizens and those from countries under the Visa Waiver Program do not need visas. But citizens of other countries will need non-immigrant visas along with their passports.

 

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Where to Go

Most tourists in the US have their itineraries set long before their scheduled flights. This step is very important as you need to be sure that your US trip will be a, enjoyable and fulfilling one. Keep in mind that there are 50 states and you should be able to take your pick before you arrange for your flight.

Some of the Most Visited US Destinations

As mentioned, there are 50 states and each one has its own pride when it comes to tourist attractions. New York has the Statue of Liberty, California has Hollywood, South Dakota has Mount Rushmore, the District of Columbia has the White House, and so on and so forth.

If you are planning to visit the US of A, make sure that you have all the needed documents and of course also make sure that you have everything accurately planned out.

 

 

Travel Tips to Australia

Australia is the perfect destination for independent, adventurous journey and it offers the most exciting time not just an ordinary holiday.  The visitors can enjoy the trekking in dense rainforests, or spending momentous time just by gazing stars sitting next to roaring campfires, or snorkel through colorful coral reefs or just shop around and stroll through the trendy Australian Cities.

If you are traveling to Australia for a wonderful holiday then you can look forward to have a fabulous time.  Plan it in a way that you can get most out of your short trip.  Australia is huge and world’s biggest Island.  Australia the powerful continent offers a lot to visitors, there is so much to explore and it is impossible to see just the important places of the country in just for few weeks’ vacation.

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Use Cost Comparison Websites

When planning to visit Australia then be wise, plan for a holiday budget wisely, use the best ways to spend quality time in your favorite destination and also save money, the best way to do this is through Cost Comparison Websites.  These websites can help you find best deal on hotel rooms, flights and for surfing lessons and also on grand ocean road tours.  Make use of this internet facility to find the best deals and enjoy the elegant trip to Australia with friends and family.

Plan for a Comfortable Journey

When you are planning to visit exotic countries like Australia, make sure that you plan it in a way where you will get comfortable feeling. It is simply wise to travel with light luggage.  Comfortable means not just having luxurious comforts, especially when you are travelling don’t anticipate for comforts, sometimes ruggedness is also enjoyable so instead carry less language and enjoy the momentous journey.

 

 

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