Archive | October 2012

Three Vital Facts for All Kinds Of Miami Trips

Miami is just like any other major city around the world. Traveling

Highway in Miami

Highway in Miami (Photo credit: Smart Destinations)

to this city needs a certain level of preparation and having background information about it shall help you in getting around. So because of that i want to share with you three things that you must keep in mind before planning out a Miami trips.

What You Can Expect

In short Miami is a potpourri of cultures and a hub for art. It is also renowned for its splendid beaches. Art connoisseurs shall love the many museums and art galleries here while beach travelers will marvel at the pristine condition of its trampled beaches.

Did you know that Miami was a swampland over a century ago? This bustling city was once nothing more than unoccupied swamps that over the years became the hub for diversity. Today, it echoes many flavors with buildings and monuments preserved from its glorious past, food fusion that describes the palate structure of its diverse population and entertainment that continues into the wee hours of the day. Miami trips are never complete without a full tour of its Caribbean flavors and a visit to the South Beach. Expect all entertainment spots to be concentrate in this region.

Some tips for budget travelers

The best money saving advice you shall get with regards to Miami is to travel during off-peak seasons. Hotel and travel rates skyrocket during the peak seasons so travel during Summer months for cheaper stay and entertainment. Furthermore, try to take up a place as far away from the beach as possible as the closer you get to the seashore, the costlier your stay becomes. Moreover, if you planning Miami trips during peak season then take up a place further inland as the beaches shall be packed to the brim.

Some things you should know about Miami’s Customs And Culture

Because Miami is so jam packed with different cultures and customs, be prepared to meet all kinds of people. In the night be dressed for the occasion if you are thinking of partying or dining out. If you want to head out to the Beach make sure that you go well equipped and at all times be open minded.

A large part of Miami population is Cuban and Puerto Rican so learning a little Spanish can go a long way in enriching your Miami experience. This is vital if you plan to head out to Little Havana for its delicacies. Also, remember that Miami being a coastal city will offer a wide variety of seafood. So, if you do not like seafood, then research beforehand places that offer good vegetarian or poultry cuisines.

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My Backpackers traveling tips C’est la vie

I decided i want to share with you, my way of traveling.  First i have to admit i didn’t invent anything of what you are about to read,

Backpacking

Backpacking (Photo credit: B-Nack)

but this is the lessons i learned at my own personal experience and from what i consider a decent research. if we were today in the middle ages, i would say its a pirate way of traveling, and what i mean is BACKPACKING. beside all the things that you learn while backpacking, about life and what’s really important, in order to backpack smartly, you need to go by a budget, that is what backpacking is all about, traveling light by load and by wallet!

So i suppose you are imagining a backpacker as a youth with one pair of jeans, and a student, but thats not entirely true. today you can find backpackers at all ages. from couples to good friends and small to big groups, everyone likes to travel, and maybe you just recently did a road trip. and if you are like me, than you like to travel backpacking. so what are the most important tips you need to know while backpacking?  here is a small list:

  1. Think spontaneously while you plan a trip, if you’ll do that and have your budget in mind, you might be able to lower your traveling cost. don’t stick to your original plan unless you have to.
  2.  Do plenty of walking, now if you have a health condition than i understand, but while you are in a different country, you should walk and experience the streets and the local life. If you are in a big city than you can take a metro to certain points but walk there if its close. walk around your hostel, feel the local life, you will learn allot more then looking through the window of a car or a bus.
  3. Budget accommodation , it is known that the price rates goes lower from hotels if you chose a hostel, and it is very cozy and nice, i find the people are allot more friendly in hostels. and there are allot of great hostels out there.
  4. Travel lite, it connects to the tip above, while you are traveling pack light, it will make your life easier, also do the shopping at your last destination, that way you will know how much you can spend, and you will not have to carry it on the entire trip.
  5. Travel with a partner, now this is not a must, and i say that from experience, it is much better to travel with a partner, it saves the cost of paying for the accommodation by yourself, it is not easy to find the perfect partner, and it also fun by yourself, but budget thinking it is better to travel with another person.
  6. Buy your food at the grocery shop I love eating at restaurants  but while i’m backpacking and i need to consider my budget  for the trip, i eat stuff that i cook. i buy my food at the grocery shop. it can save you allot of money, which you can use for more time somewhere else.

Have fun

Mike

Travel Thursday – Ghent, Belgium

Mikes road planner: What i love about Belgium, is that its a country for a vacation. i mean that its not too expensive compared to the UK or even France, and you may travel there at ease, for low budgets it gives you great places to visit, beautiful hotels. and so many restaurants that offers great local dishes, and all kind of delicacies from all over the world.

Amsterdam,second best destination 2013 Lonely Planet

Mikes road planner: I’m not much of a smoker (well not anymore anyway 🙂 but i find Amsterdam to be the city of freedom, while i was watching this Nike commercial i think i fell in love… There are hundreds of coffeeshops in this city. you can go into them and its legal to buy some cannabis or hash. ever since 1970s the restricted the amount and now its only 5 gm, all other drugs are illegal.

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The IAM1 Amsterdam Journey from Nalden on Vimeo.

Favorite destination for 2013 is San Francisco and after Amsterdam ; Hyderabad.

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SUNDAY POST: City

Mikes road planner: Lets talk a little more about Italy. You probably noticed it is one of my favourites trip itinerary. but i couldn’t help myself, i came across this wonderful pictures of the Vatican city and i got inspired… the last time i was there, i did not visit the Vatican, its always so crowded and i only had 3 days . But i still remember the first time i visited there, it felt like i was walking through a history of art, religion, and beauty. all the statues, and the affresco painting. While i was touring the Vatican city, i saw all the culture that shaped our ideas today, of art and beauty, ideals and life.

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Vatican City State

Views from atop The Vatican

Italy

This post is in response to Jake’s SUNDAY POST: City

 

 

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Israel as a traveling destination

Balcony view

Mikes road planner: I do believe its an interesting destination, traveling to Israel, will probably feel like going to a very far away country, that has desert, beaches and snow… i don’t know allot of countries especially so small that have all these. anyway i find the picture here  wonderfully portraying all of these climate. so whether you’re a summer or a winter person you’ll find what to do in Israel.

Mikes road planner: Once you find yourself in Sydney Australia, one of the popular routes to get on is the great ocean road, at the Victoria district. I did this road from Adelaide to Melbourne, and it took me 3 days, but you can do it the other way around. On our way we visited Mt Gambier, and Port Fairy, and on the third day we got to Port Campbell National Park. there you can see the Twelve Apostles. Now if i remember correctly sunday school, the twelve apostles were the followers of Jesus christ, and in this park you will find these amazing miocene limestone rock stacks, that were formed by the wheather in the southern ocean. even though there are only 9 of them, they still got the name… nature’s doing amazes me every time. by the way you can take a helicopter ride and see it all from above!

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London’s Street Art

Mikes road planner: When i get to London, one of the things i love to do is roaming around the streets of London. It is magical. Beside the history, the legend of knights and excalibur, and of course recently written great series of Harry Potter, London is street art heaven. It is a total culture made by very creative street art painters, doing remarkable graffiti and giving an extra touch and color to the urban life in London. So while your London trip planning, make sure you have enough time to tour the streets.

BRILLIANT LONDON

London has been a canvas for street artists for at least the last twenty-five years, and East London has become known for being the ‘spiritual home of street art’. The area has attracted artists from all over the world, and exploring its streets can be a constantly unique experience as new work can suddenly appear overnight while previous art can be painted over or removed at any given time. Most street artists choose to preserve their identity and work under pseudonyms. Probably the most famous London street artist is known as ‘Banksy’ whose sometimes controversial stencils include pictures of people and animals engaged in ‘unexpected’ behaviour.

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Mikes road planner: Buz Luhrman said in his fantastic song: SUNSCREEN: “Live in New York City once, but leave before it makes you hard; live in Northern California once, but leave before it makes you soft. Travel.” i love this song, almost as much as i love getting to California once in awhile. This post have allot to say of California, and the way there. it shares a great adventure, driving through Californias coastal, and shares great info.

coastal traveler

Making our way down the coast of northern California was hard to do in a hurry. Every lookout point, picturesque little town and beach beckons one to toss the schedule and stay a bit longer. But alas, we do have a schedule to maintain and this 255 mile section of our trip will be tough to cover in one day. We were doing ok until we made a wrong turn in Ferndale and got lost on The Lost Coast. Heading south on 101 from Eureka, we could have stayed on highway 1, gone through Fortuna, covered the Avenue of The Giants (HUGE Redwoods) before dark, and arrived at our destination of Point Cabrillo Lighthouse without a huff or a puff. But what fun would that have been? Having heard glowing tales from a friendly park ranger about The Lost Coast, along with his claims that we could do BOTH The…

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