Tips for Planning Your Serengeti Safari

1. Tipping is optional. 

St. Lucia doesn’t share a remarkable same tipping society as the U.S. Most eateries and bars will put 10% for administration on the bill — anything extra is dependent upon you. All things considered, St. Lucia is an island that depends vigorously on the travel industry, so go ahead and tip however much you might want on the off chance that you feel you’ve gotten excellent assistance from your cab driver, local area expert, or barkeep. 

2. The sea shores are generally open. 

In contrast to certain islands in the Caribbean, St. Lucia’s sea shores are generally open to general society. In this way, while there are a lot of beachside resorts, they don’t have selective admittance to the shore, which means you’ll never need to confront that horrible acknowledgment that the fantastic sea shore you’ve spotted is for resort visitors as it were. All things considered, a few retreats may limit non-visitors from utilizing their lawn chairs and sea shore bars. 

3. You can utilize U.S. dollars. 

St. Lucia has its own money, the Eastern Caribbean dollar, however that doesn’t mean you need to change over an indecent measure of money before you show up. Most places acknowledge U.S. dollars, however you may be given change in Eastern Caribbean dollars. Tip: Always convey some money on the grounds that the choice to pay via card isn’t generally accessible. 

4. Try not to hope to track down the quintessential white-sand Caribbean sea shore. 

With regards to sea shores, St Lucia is an irregularity. Indeed, they’re excellent and the water is spotless and welcoming, yet don’t anticipate seeing dazzling white sand. Being an enormous mass of volcanic activity, the sand in St. Lucia is a blend of orange and striking dark, with a couple of uncommon special cases. In any case, in case you’re frantic for a white-sand sea shore, head to Anse des Pitons. The man-made sea shore highlights perfect sand that is consistently imported. 

5. Friday night is road party night. 

A lot of Caribbean islands have week by week road limes (gatherings), and St. Lucia is the same. Each Friday night, local people and vacationers meet up to move, drink solid rum punch and super cold brew, and devour new grilled fish, crab, and lobster. Little, laid-back occasions are facilitated around the island, however the principle party is the Gros Islet Jump Up. The road party in the unassuming community of Gros Islet highlights Caribbean music, brew, lobster and first class people-watching.

Explore the Alluring Guatemala

Known for dynamic volcanoes, enchanting  medieval towns, energetic indigenous societies, and old remnants, Guatemala is a spot we’ve been tingling to go for quite a long time. Also, we’ve gotta state, it satisfied the mystical desires I’d developed in my mind, which isn’t a simple accomplishment. 

However, we need to be a bit straightforward: Guatemala is not without challenges. Albeit a beautiful country, many tours would remind you about the certain areas known for crime. And you need to be careful with the food you eat. 

Even so, we have created a list of safety tips when traveling to this wonderful country. 

 Safety Tips

• Don’t go alone. Even if you’re solo traveling, it is always safer to go with a group or find other travelers with the same destination so you can go together.

• As much as possible, do not go wandering after dark. Hire a trustworthy transportation or arrange a pickup service from and to your hotel.

• Listed to the local’s advice. Some of you will tell you to not wander around Lake Atitlan so if you want to be safe, you need to listen to them.

• Don’t wear attractive jewelries and wear simple clothes when you’re traveling to Guatemala.

• Always be alert and vigilant about your surroundings. Watch yourself and observe other people as well.

Where to go in Guatemala

Antigua – This is a great destination if you are planning to do the Acatenago trek, which usually takes one day and one night.

Lake Atitlan – You can definitely explore this wonderful side of Guatamela but of course with local’s advice.

Flores – See the ruins of Guatemala. Spare a day for your ride and another day to explore this wonderful sight.

Semuc Champey – The pools in Semuc Champey are really cool and awesome. You need to see them for yourself. It takes a day from Flores to reach here and another day to enjoy the place. 

Must Do Activities

• Ride the chicken buses which are brightly painted school buses and a kind of public transport.

• Explore the Mayan ruins of Tikal and take as far back in time as the Mayan civilization.

• Jump off a rope swing in a secluded bay on the lake. The water is really cool here and the place as well. You’ll find many other tourists taking turns on the swing.

• Hike to Indian Nose, which will only take 30 to 40 minutes. Reaching the top will reward you with an exciting view of the entire city and the beautiful Lake Atitlan.

How to Enjoy Guatemala

Guatemala is an appealing country for first-time backpackers as well as seasoned travelers and we’ve fell in love with it from the first time we set foot on its soil.

The country has a lot of natural beauty and culture to discover, but there are also a few things to consider before visiting this Central American destination.

You can drive like a mad man!

Some drivers will give you the idea that they are completely bananas! More then once we were on a bus, in a cab or even in a tuc-tuc where the chauffeur ignored happily every traffic rule ever written.

While speeding through some very nasty turns, you can see a golden cross with a motion-sick Jesus sweeping heavily from right to left. Who needs road etiquette when you are protected by the lord?

It is the home to many Mayan ruins

Mayan ruins can be found everywhere over the country. The ones you should definitely know about are Tikal, Yaxha and Uaxactun.

Tikal is far out the most popular site of them all. It is a Unesco world heritage site and it is used as a film location in Star Wars episode IV: a new hope. The downside of its popularity is that it can be packed with tourists.

Toilet paper goes in the bin, not in the toilet

On a trip to a country which doesn’t have the best plumbing system in the world, it can come as a surprise that you’re not allowed to throw your toilet paper in the toilet. Instead, you just put it in the bin provided next to the it. At first, this can be a bit weird but you’ll get used to it pretty fast. And it is a good habit to keep when you’re traveling to other countries in Central- and South America as well.

You will see a lot of dogs and cats on the streets

Walking around in Guatemala you will see a lot of dogs running around freely. It doesn’t have to be a problem. Most of them are pretty sweet or don’t pay you any attention at all. You will see a lot of, sometimes skinny and scruffy looking, cats running around the streets too.

In short, you will see a lot of stray animals and a lot of them will not look healthy nor happy. There might be a void in education or a lack of respect for animals, but the biggest issue is there just isn’t enough money to spend on the care of animals.

The Most Affordable Hotels in Berlin


Well, you’ve probably heard a lot of stories about Berlin and how this beautiful country has captivated millions of tourists around the globe. Obviously, there is a lot to love about Berlin. The tranquil setting, unique architecture, and the cobblestone pathways, you can name it all. But have you already decided which hotel to stay? If not, then you can use this article as a handy guide for the most affordable hotels you can stay while vacationing in this country.

The Student Hotel Berlin

 No this is not like the student lounge you have in your mind. The Student Hotel is an amazing hotel that offers affordable yet cozy accommodation in Berlin.  It features a contemporary concept, prime location, and a nice choice for tourists who need a good breakfast before going to their destination.

Hotel Indigo

 Hotel Indigo is a stylish hotel that lies between the Mercedes-Benz Arena and East Side Gallery.  It gives easy access to the Berlin Wall. This hotel offers an excellent accommodation with cozy rooms and friendly staff. The location is prime and definitely budget-friendly.

Motel One Berlin-Alexanderplatz

 Located in Mitte, this hotel is definitely a great option for tourists who only need to stay for a short while. It has great accommodation and cozy rooms. Each room features a satellite flat-screen TV – not something very luxurious like many other hotels but at least you can listen to news if you want to. The rooms are clean and the staff is friendly. This hotel is also close to the public transportation making it a good option.

Grimm’s Hotel

If you are looking for a hotel with a witness facility in Tiergaten then Grimm’s hotel will serve you well. This hotel offers a prime location in Berlin center. It has cozy rooms and courteous staff. You will get what you’ve paid for in this hotel. This is a good place to stay if you want to be near to some public parks and other tourist destinations such as the Brandenburg Gate and Checkpoint Charlie.

Planning a Trip to Hong Kong

When we think of Hong Kong the first thing that comes to our mind is Disneyland. However, there are more things that are worth discovering in this country than just staying in one place. So if you are only here for three days, here are some tips that you need to know.

1.   Ride the Airport Express

If you want to get to your destination faster, don’t be afraid to ride the Airport Express from the Hong Kong International Airport. It connects to neighboring cities such as Kowloon and Hong Kong Island and the ride only takes around 24 minutes.

2.   Make sure you get the octopus card

Avoid fumbling with coins whenever you purchase tickets to ride the train.  The octopus card is basically like a prepaid debit card, which you simply swipe whenever you ride the subway train. The good news is that it works all over Hong Kong. In fact, you can also use it in 7-eleven, Peak Tram, Star Ferry, and McDonalds. You can save a lot of time using the Octopus card.

3.   Stay at a Central Hotel

Although there are hundreds of hotels in Hong Kong, staying central will give you access to nearby attractions. If you are in Hong Kong Island, you can stay at the Pottinger Hotel which is only a few-minute walk to the MTR station. There is also the Luxe Manor in Kalwoon which is just a walk away from another station.

4.   Try the local little places

If your stomach is getting hungry but you don’t want to spend more, you will want to visit the Dimsum Square on Hong Kong Island. Here you can find great meals  that will not break your budget such as barbeques, wonton noodle soups, and egg tarts. Make sure you also try the Hong Kong waffles as they are the best!

5.   Carry your umbrella at all times

Did you know Hong Kong has 101 rainy days in a year? Hong Kong has rainy weather and if you don’t want to get wet, it is wise t o bring an umbrella with you. Although the best time to visit in Hong Kong is summer, visiting here around September can still be great with the proper gears.

Hong Kong is definitely a great place to visit. Just a friendly warning – it is mostly crowded in Hong Kong even if it is not peak season. For a great Hong Kong vacation, always keep your cool and take time in every place you visit.

Hawaii is Awesome!

Most Visited Attractions in Hawaii

Looking for the best attractions to visit in Hawaii? This place is on nearly everyone’s travel bucket list, but every island has different, eye-catching and unique attractions. We’ve compiled our insider’s tips with the top places to explore.

Pu’uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park

Located on the west coast of Hawaii’s Big Island, it offers tourists a glimpse of ancient Hawaiian culture. The site was once a place of refuge for those who broke a “kapu,” or sacred law, where they could receive absolution from priests to rejoin their community. Today, it’s a 180-acre park where visitors can take a self-guided walking tour through the preserved rock walls, thatched huts and sacred temples that house the bones of ancient chiefs. 

Waimea Canyon

Waimea Canyon sprawls across western Kauai, creating a dramatic landscape reminiscent of Arizona’s Grand Canyon. The 14-mile-long and 3,600-foot-deep canyon awe visitors with its immense size and the vibrant color of its red stone walls. You can enjoy the canyon from one of its many scenic overlooks or they can explore the interior along with a series of hiking trails. A small fee is required for entry into the park, which includes restroom access and use of the picnic areas. 

Bishop Museum

Located on the island of Oahu, Bishop Museum houses one of the biggest collections of ancient Hawaiian cultural and natural artifacts in the world. The museum also offers a comprehensive exhibition of Hawaiian sports memorabilia, a science adventure center, planetarium, library and visitor’s center with a gift shop. 

Halawa Valley

The island of Molokai stands at the center of the Hawaiian island chain. Amongst the most picturesque and remote tourist attractions on Molokai is Halawa Valley, an old settlement website located on the eastern end of the island. The towering valley wall surfaces, countless waterfalls and also rich plants of Halawa Valley make it really beautiful, however, it is the “heiau,” or shrines, that make it an intriguing tourist attraction for tourists with a rate of interest in Hawaiian culture and history. Unlike many parks around Hawaii, Halawa Valley doesn’t currently charge for admission but check with the local park’s authority before visiting just in case.

Maui Ocean Center

The comprehensive and varied educational exhibits found at the Maui Ocean Center earned them the title of “Top-Rated Attraction in Hawaii” . The center offers aquarium tours, a shark dive and an on-site cafe, as well as seasonal whale-watching tours, guided snorkeling excursions, and overnight stays in the aquarium. Hours vary according to the season, but the center is open year-round with both online and on-site ticketing options available.

Planning a Trip to Paraguay

Paraguay is perhaps not the most obvious tourist destination, but visiting it gives you the opportunity to experience authentic South America. Paraguay features a unique blend of European and Guarani cultures, colonial architecture and history, and natural landscapes. Here are the top 5 attractions that you should visit in Paraguay.

1. Asunción

Unlike other South American capitals, such as Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires to Montevideo, Asunción is not built for tourism. Still, there are a few sights in the city center that you can easily discover on foot around the barrio La Catedral, the neighborhood named after Asunción’s cathedral.

This barrio is home to the Panteón Nacional de Los Héroes, a small mausoleum where many of the national heroes rest, the Palacio de Los López and current seat of government, the iconic Hotel Guaraní, a symbol of Asunción since it first opened in 1961, and Casa de la Independencia, one of the few colonial buildings in Asunción, dating from 1772, where Paraguay’s independence was secretly planned in 1811.

The best of Paraguayan art can be seen at Museo del Barro set in an impressive new building. The museum has an interesting collection that includes a range of pre-Colombian ceramics, colonial Christian icons and statues, and contemporary paintings.

2. Areguá

Located about 30 kilometers/ 18 miles from Asunción, Areguá is a town on the shores of Lake Ypacaraí, known as the Paraguayan capital of pottery and strawberry. It’s on the Golden Circuit of historic towns around Asunción.

The main thing you will do is to wander through the colorful “Mercado de artesanías”, an entire street lined with craft shops selling bowls and pots, gnome-like figures, and other ceramic objects. You can also go for the colonial buildings on Avenida Mariscal Estigarribia leading up to the elegant Church of Areguá. The traditional Strawberry Festival takes place in August when you can sample several strawberry-based desserts and juices, including jam, ice cream, and pie.

There’s also the nearby Cerro Koi, a hill and natural attraction, featuring a unique formation of octagonal sandstone. Only in two other countries (South Africa and Canada) have been found similar rock formations, though not exactly the same. Koi Hill also offers sweeping views of Areguá and the lake.

3. Monday Falls

Monday Falls is one of the most famous natural wonders of Paraguay. These 40-meter-tall falls to feed the Monday River – Monday, pronounced monda-i in Guarani, literally means “water that steals”. The falls are breathtaking but perhaps suffer from their proximity to the neighboring Iguazu, less than 40 kilometers/ 25 miles away. The Monday Municipal Park preserves the natural forest around the falls, offering viewpoints, a system of trails and a restaurant.

4. Ciudad del Este

Thousands of Brazilian citizens cross the border daily into Paraguay to buy goods that are heavily taxed in Brazil. Here’s why Ciudad del Este is also known as a Supermarket in South America. Street bazaars and shopping malls sell electronics, clothing, toys, and every conceivable thing you might want. Besides bargain hunting, visitors can admire the Itaipu Dam, a huge hydroelectric power plant built jointly by Brazil and Paraguay. Ciudad del Este is also the gateway to the Iguazu Falls.

5. Jesuit Ruins

Not far from the town of Encarnación, the Jesuit missions of La Santísima Trinidad de Paraná and Jesús de Tavarangue were declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1993. The missions are reminders of the Christianization of the indigenous populations of South America during the 17th and 18th centuries.

You’ll find this hidden gem to be a great vacation experience. Take a few friends and family members with you. We went to Paraguay and Uruguay as part of a South American hiking trip with friends who helped us start up our new business (Chandler Painting Pros) a few years ago.

Have fun!

Guides to Explore Dark Hedges, Northern Ireland

The Dark Hedges is located in North Ireland. If traveling from Dublin you will certainly take the M50 to the N1 towards Ballymoney. The trip from Dublin to The Dark Hedges is approximately 3 hrs so depending upon your arrival time, you may stop in Belfast as well as remain the night near The Dark Hedges so you can arrive there early the next early morning. On our trip, we did simply that. We showed up in Dublin in the late afternoon as well as drove to Belfast where we ordered dinner as well as made our way to Coleraine to remain the evening.

If you have actually seen the Video Game of Thrones, you are possibly knowledgeable about the Dark Hedges. This location was featured plainly in the highly popular HBO collection. If you are a big follower of the program, or if you simply intend to see this amazing grove of trees in person for yourself, after that this is the overview for you.

The Dark Hedges is just one of the most photogenic locations I have shot in quite some time. I had the privilege to visit a couple of years ago, and also I extensively enjoyed recording these exciting surroundings. If you want to visit as well as photograph the Dark Hedges yourself, right here are some tips that I can provide you:

Avoid the Crowds— Make sure you prepare sufficient time to spend at the Dark Hedges since the crowds can be quite thick at times. The Video Game of Thrones has made this website popular and at times it can be virtually impossible to obtain a great shot without individuals in it.

Visit at Sunrise or Sunset— The Dark Hedges goes to its ideal when the light is softer as well as dimmer. Do not get me incorrect, the hedge is an amazing place to visit any time. Nonetheless, if your goal is to photograph it, you will certainly want to visit very early or late in the day.

Bring a Tripod— If you do visit either very early or late in the day, you are going to require to utilize a longer direct exposure to correctly record the details in the darkness of the tree. Consequently, a tripod is a necessary tool that you will certainly want to have with you.

Bring a Wide Angle Lens— You are most likely to intend to have a wide-angle lens with you when you visit the Dark Hedges. To obtain the best shots, you are most likely to wish to be near the bushes, if not inside the start of the row of hedges.

The Dark Hedges lies near the North coast of North Ireland, about 49 miles North of the city of Belfast. The Dark Hedges lies near a number of other wonderful attractions that get on the shore of North Ireland.

5 Things to Know Before Visiting Washington DC

The United States Capitol building.

Washington DC boasts of cutting-edge dining scene, educational entertainment, historic buildings, scenic landscapes, marble monuments, idyllic moonlight views and much more. A visit to the nation’s capital is nothing short of exciting and fascinating. If you’re planning your first visit to Washington DC, you’re probably looking forward to exploring the city’s remarkable sights and attractions and even learning more about the country’s history. Like any other destination, planning for your Washington DC trip and vacation can be overwhelming. Here’s what you need to know before you visit America’s capital city. 

It’s best to Visit in spring or fall

There’s always a better time to visit any destination. If you’re looking be part of the city’s festivals and events like the National Cathedral Flower Mart, Cherry Blossom Festival, White House Easter Egg Roll, Mount Vernon’s Wine Festival & Sunset Tours, National Asian Heritage Festival – Fiesta Asia, and Vintage Virginia Wine Festival, consider visiting in spring. Most of the city’s events take place during this time. Furthermore, Washington DC experiences mild weather in spring and fall. The flowers across the city are usually in bloom. You now see what spring is a favorite time to visit for many? 

All The Smithsonian Museums are Free

Well, everyone seems to get surprised upon learning that visitors get free admission at all the nineteen of the museums within Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC. Why would you fail to take advantage of the impressive venues at this site? Learn some American history and other important things at the Smithsonian Castle, the Natural History Museum, the Air and Space Museum, and more. 

You don’t have to drive in Washington DC

Don’t worry about renting a car for local transportation. The nation’s capital is one of most walkable cities in the United States. So, spare yourself from traffic and walk around the city while seeing different sights. Note that Washington DC doesn’t experience heavy traffic, especially in the district. If you have to more from one point to the other across the city, consider using the Trolley Tour or public transit. 

Get your Tickets in Advance

If you’re planning to visit popular sights like the White House, you better get your tickets early. It is best you book them long before your trip to the city. If you’re a citizen of a foreign country, you’re required to contact your embassy in Washington DC several months in advance. American citizens should get in touch with their member of congress early enough as well. That’s just one of the sights that will require advance booking. Do your research and get tickets to all the popular sights you might want to visit before you start your vacation. 

Be Hotel Smart

Check out for accommodation options in nearby towns like Alexandria, Bethesda, and Arlington since downtown Washington D.C can be expensive when it comes to accommodation. Hotel rates in Washington DC tend to drop on weekends, though. Take your time to find accommodation in a town nearby the attractions you intend to visit. Avoid towns like Vienna and Gaithersburg as they are far from downtown DC. If you don’t have a car, make sure your hotel room is close to the Metro line.