Holiday & Travel Guide For Marrakech, Morocco

Sightseeing

Marrakech is a medieval city, with a historic palace and Saadian Tombs. You will be amazed by the architecture of the building that houses the Marrakech Museum, with beautiful works of art displayed in it. Take a bus tour stacking around the main sites of the city, such as the Koutoubia Mosque, built in the 12th century with beautiful gardens. Unfortunately there is no access to the mosque for non-Muslims. Marrakech is a busy and vibrant place, full of color and sound. It can be very busy so if you want to go away from it for a while go sightseeing to the beautiful Ouzoud Waterfall where you will meet lots of local monkeys. While relaxing with a drink at an outdoor restaurant, this is a great place for a photo opportunity or even to ride a camel into the desert and spend the night camping under the Moroccan stars. There are many smaller towns close by that will fill your days with some wonderful sights if you want to explore this charming country. An afternoon in the Square of the Dead is delightful, with snake charmers, musicians and story tellers to entertain all the family. Before you leave Marrakech, fly over the city in a hot air balloon, it’s a wonderful experience and very memorable with some fantastic views and plenty of photo opportunities.

Beaches

Marrakech isn’t a beach resort, but if you want to relax away from the bustling town then the harbour town of Essaouira is the nearest beach to Marrakech, where you can experience some great water sports like kite sailing and windsurfing along its broad sandy beach. It can be a little windy, but when the sun is hot, the breeze is more than welcoming, you can also try some horse riding along this …

Holiday & Travel Guide For Majorca, Spain

Majorca is the largest island in Spain and is located in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea. The original name of Majorca comes from the Latin for the Big Island. Majorca is a sunny island that has been a destination for British holidaymakers since holiday packages were reintroduced in the 1950s, and its popularity has continued to increase ever since. Some Brits liked the island so much that they decide to relocate there, ex-pats now make nearly 12% of Spain’s population.

Majorca

Majorca is divided up into fifty-three different municipalities and since tourism accounts for eighty percent of the annual income in Majorca, it gives this island an abundant amount of things which tourists can jump right into. Whether you like shopping or relaxing, Majorca has it all on one island.

Palma is the capital city

The capital city of Majorca, Palma, has a great atmosphere and is full of examples of exquisite architecture which would be the backdrop to any holiday snap which you can boast about back home. Palma, is situated on the south-west coast of the island, has the best of both worlds with the city supplying everything and anything which you could think of and being dominated by the huge Palma Cathedral with its Gothic style (dating back to 1601), to the beautiful sandy beaches just a stone’s throw away.

Magaluf

If you are not really into site seeing holidays then there is also Magaluf, one of the biggest resorts in the municipality of Calvi? situated right next to Palma. Here you can party all through the night and shop all through the day if you so wish, perfect for the younger tourists or for 20-somethings on a fun summer break. If you manage to drag yourself out of bed after clubbing, Magaluf also has two …

Absolutely Magical: The Day of the Dead in Oaxaca, Mexico

The day of the dead in Oaxaca, Mexico is the 1st and 2nd of November but for me it starts with the first cool breeze that descends from the northern mountains and brings to me feelings of inexplicable joy. I truly have no idea where these feelings come from. I have asked myself this question for years now and I have given up trying to find out. Magic, happiness and mystery fill the skies and the very air I breathe at this time of the year. It’s time to take a trip.

Riding out from Oaxaca City, where I live, to Tlacolula, where my extended family lives, becomes a crossing into another world at this time of year. I observe through half-closed eyes as the early morning sun rises over the mist covered mountains bathing the valley in diffused golden light. As I look to my sides I catch a glimpse of the marigolds in the open fields… the only time of year that you can see them. I open the window of my taxi and let the cool air invade my very being as I close my eyes and smell the Earth. The crispness, the freshness and a penetrating feeling of well-being make me think I am still in my bed dreaming. I want to jump out of the moving car and run up the mountains that are just a short distance from my outstretched arms. Overwhelmed by feelings, I sit back in my seat… just to be.

Sooner than I know it the 30 minute trip comes to it’s end and I ease out of the car onto the sidewalk, pay my 15 pesos and head into the heart of Tlacolula. The HEART of Tlacolula has a whole new and very real meaning this time of year because, …

Travel Writing to Breakthrough in Your Writing Career

You always travel to new places, discover new cultures and meet new people around the world. At the same time, you need to earn extra money to fund your travel. The truth is you already have the ideas and you just have to write it down and sell it to travel publishing company or travel sites that buy articles from a travel writer.

This is a gold mine. Since you have been traveling, surely you have learned about the new places and cultures. However, other people don’t know what you have experienced. By telling your stories, you can earn extra money for your travel and at the same time, build up your own writing career. The earnings depend on your clients but overall, you can make good money if you can constantly contribute good content for your clients. You might contribute once a week or a few times a week if you have more information to share.

Travel writing is indeed a blooming industry. More and more people are jumping into the bandwagon. However, you need to know which locations can really make more money for you since not all locations are interesting. Do your research and check out some of the really interesting cities, beaches or mountains to explore.

You never know what the readers are expecting because you are feeding the readers with stories that only you know. They are getting more excited to read whatever you have to offer. Therefore, finding the right locations is really important. From time to time, your editors might tell you what the feedback from readers. From there, you can craft your next articles to suit the readers. Being a travel writer is indeed interesting. You get to see the world and tell people about it while earning a handsome income. Be …

Travel Experiences You Can Learn

Relaxation and entertainment have different forms for different people. While some go to movies or parties, others go for plays and music shows. However, there are some for whom relaxation holds a completely different meaning. Such people prefer to be in solitude or spend some quality time travelling with their family or friends. Travelling can be great experience as it can provide you with relaxation, entertainment and some valuable life experiences simultaneously. Travelling helps you mature as a person. It makes responsible men out of boys and helps you learn about the world. No wonder travelers always have a trove of great travel stories to tell.

Travelling can be a great fun. Visiting different well-known destinations and unknown places can be an enriching and educating experience. Many people have grown up reading and listening to exciting and adventurous travel stories. A lot has been written about destinations like the Rohtas Fort, Peer Sohawa, Murree and Lahore City in Pakistan; as well as other touring spots in Jamaica and Indonesia. However, there is a vast difference between reading about a place in a travel guide and actually having a first-hand experience of the place. These destinations offer a unique experience on their own. Anybody visiting these places has their own travel story to narrate. Such tales make for good nostalgic readings. It doesn’t just reflect on the historical background of these places, but also gives me an insight into the unrecorded history of the place, the people and the era. Many authors have made careers out of travel writings and have earned a massive fan following over the years.

Then, there are the new and interesting people you meet when you visit a tourist destination. These locals always have many different travel stories to tell. Most people, who are regular travelers …

Myths About Travel

You’ve heard it all before. Things like not being able to use your cellular phone in the time of flight and the other myth of cruises being “all inclusive”. These types of myths along with others have made travelers a little bit more cautious of the things they hear when they are traveling. Traveling is a fun thing that should not give you stress, but we all know that once we travel, we need a vacation from a vacation. There are other myths that you may have heard about or not. Some of these myths are:    

1. Hotel Key can steal your identity- This is an outrageous myth, but it is easy to see where it comes from. Your hotel key, most people think, has your name, address, and phone number listed on it. The only thing that the key has on it is the room information. The key number is registered to you, not your identity. That information is stored in the booking information.    

2. X-Ray Machines will erase your hard drive on your computer- This myth has scared many people when they travel with a laptop. The myth only is half true. No the x-ray machines will not erase your hard drive, but it will erase film from a 35mm camera. That is why they don’t have you scan the film. Always ask questions if you are unsure of what the procedures are. You don’t want to be in security check out for hours because you refuse to scan your computer. That will only cause you more problems to your travel. 

3. No need for insurance when you use a credit card to rent a car- You need to have insurance no matter what. Unless the car rental has a special in which using your credit card will …

Japanese Travel Proverbs – 3 Proverbs

Words of wisdom from people of past eras can nourish the soul and guide us on our way. One way to absorb this type of collective wisdom is through the reading of proverbs. Proverbs are ancient or old-time sayings that speak wisdom to us, often on many different levels at once.

If you have an interest in all-things-Japan, in travel, or in both, you may enjoy learning some Japanese travel proverbs. A good proverb yields insights not only about the subject of the proverb itself, but also about both the speaker (the creator of the proverb) and the listener/reader.

Here are 3 Japanese travel proverbs for you to ponder, learn from and enjoy:

1. The Philosophical:

Here is one attributed to the famous Japanese poet, Basho:

“Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the men of old; seek what they sought.” ~ Matsuo Basho

The meaning of this one is pretty clear. In the literal sense, it could be taken to mean that there are many ways to the same destination. In a more philosophical sense, it speaks to the idea of not just imitating the appearance or specific steps of another person’s journey, but rather to let their journey inspire your own unique path.

2. The Romantic:

Here is a Japanese travel proverb that has a romantic undertone:

“Who travels for love finds a thousand miles not longer than one.” ~ Traditional Proverb

From a literal perspective, this proverb tells us that a love of the journey may be just as important as arriving. More figuratively, it tells us that anything that we set out to do with love and passion will be an infinitely easier task than something that lacks such passion.

3. On Being A Fish Out Of Water:

This one talks about human folly …

India Exotic Tourism Destination

Seen as a country of snake charmers, magicians and naked fakirs India has for centuries intrigued the outsiders. Subject of much conquest, the Golden Bird has a torturous history, the invasions and occupation has left an indelible but colorful mark in the countries tapestry.

It is no more somebody’s cup of imagination the country is on road to fast progress and becoming an economic super power. But the exotic remains now mingled with ultra modern surprising the inquisitive visitors. Side by side luxury sedans and bullock carts roll in India’s busy streets. A jet flies overhead a cluster laid back villages still stuck to their past.

India is a land of delight and despair and both make the tourists exult in bewilderment. The diversity is mind boggling and so is harmony in existence. India changes every short distance people, landscape, dialect, ethnicity and color. The landmark culture is ancient going back to five thousand years. The subsequent development of fine arts, performing arts, rites and rituals and classical music is a testimony to the age of India.

The state rejoices in colorful festivities, rituals and ceremonies – religious and social. The colors have a profound effect upon the visitors and coupled with the sights and smells India appears an amazing pool of exotic. Indians have faith in spirituality an amalgamation of inner self with external World. Religion dominates in all colors of identity an expression of free belief and practice is evident in public life in this highly pluralistic society.

The jewels of India are Taj Mahal, Tiger and Temples the very hallmark essence of a bewildering cultural pot pouri. The mainstay of tourism in India is cultural tours but nevertheless wildlife is essential to traveling in India. Hence tiger tourism is one way of realizing this diverse country. Tiger …

Early Time Travel Stories

The idea of traveling through time is one which is natural to our modern sensibilities. While there is some debate as to how possible such an exercise may be, most everyone at least acknowledges it as a popular concept in fictional literature.

However the idea of time travel as a plot possibility is one which is not found much in human culture throughout the ages. We have a few ancient stories that have a rough inclination towards traveling forward in time, but there are no recorded mentions of even a vague idea of backward time travel found in any written form until at least the 1700’s.

One of the earliest mentions we have of time travel at all comes from an ancient Hindu text called the Mahabharatha. This story dates back to around 700 BCE – 300 CE and involves King Revaita traveling to heaven to meet Brahma. Upon returning home he finds that several hundred years have passed.

In 720 CE we see the tale of Urashima Taro described in the Nihongi, which describes the adventure of a fisherman who travels to an undersea palace for three days. When he returns home he finds that 300 years have actually passed, and his house has collapsed and his family has all passed and everything he owned in life is gone. This is quite similar to Washington Irving’s story Rip Van Winkle.

A more modern version of the time travel story comes from Louis-Sebastien Mercien’s book “The Year 2440, A Dream If Ever There Were One”. This extremely popular book depicts the tale of a man who has a fight with a philosopher friend of his about the problems with Parisian society. He then falls asleep, and when he awakes he is in a Paris of the future. While the story …

The Amazing Galapagos Island National Park

The Ecuadorian government declared the Galapagos Islands as a national park in 1959, which provides fantastic opportunities for tourists to see nature in its most original places. These small equatorial islands have become extraordinary because this is where Charles Darwin found evidence to prove his theory of Evolution. Some of the rarest, endangered and unique wildlife in the world today makes it home to him, these islands now play an important role in helping us understand how our planet develops.

Nature Lovers

The Galapagos Islands are excellent as extraordinary vacation destinations for nature lovers and naturalists, which allow you to come face to face with nature. The animals are not afraid of humans and in fact, are more curious to see their visitors who are often fascinated by these islands. Located about 1000 km from Ecuador in the Pacific Ocean, this volcanic island chain consists of more than 123 islands and islands.

Galapagos Islands History

An interesting aspect of the Galapagos is that these islands were never part of the mainland, which formed more than four million years ago. Rather they were formed by marine volcanoes erupting and rising to the surface of the water. A relatively young archipelago in terms of how old the earth is, the Galapagos today sits apart as a distinct World Heritage Site.

The Galapagos was used as a prison colony for many years and officially claimed by Ecuador in 1832. However, by 1934 the importance of these islands was recognized and they have declared wildlife sanctuaries. The Charles Darwin Research Station was set up on Isla Santa Cruz after it was made a national park and began to extensively investigate and research the giant Galapagos Tortoises. The national park service began operating in 1968 and by 1986 the government gave the islands increased protection …