Travel Tips from Around the World

AFRICAThe best adventure. The newest natural thrill available in South Africa is the underwater shark watching. Four shark spotters at one time can spend three hours in sturdy cages, watching the great whites circling in search of prey. Contact Exotic Drive Tours, 45 Rosmead Ave., Kenilworth, Cape Town 7700The best Java. Kenya produces the best coffee in the world and is one of the world’s leading exporters of Arabica coffee. The Coffee Board of Kenya, Mama Ngina Street, serves the most tempting coffee in town, as well as light snacks. A light snack consists of coffee, mandazi (fried dough) and samosa (meat pie in the Indian fashion as interpreted by Kenyan cooks). Coffee was introduced to Kenya by the French Holy Ghost Fathers (who liked a good cup of coffee) in the 1890s. It was developed in the region north of Nairobi. African farmers were forbidden to grow coffee until 1954. It is now Kenya’s main export crop (which causes problems when the coffee crop fails). The berries are handpicked twice a year. The second leading export crop is tea. Today the region around Limuru supports more than 100,000 African smallholders, who grow enough tea to make Kenya the third-largest producer in the world, after India and Sri Lanka.CENTRAL ASIAThe best travel tip of all for the countries ending in “stan” Don’t forget to carry a roll of toilet paper with you. It is not yet common in Central Asia. Bathrooms may be quite a shock. Potable water is also a problem in Kazahkstan. Don’t drink the tap water. And limit your locally bottled mineral water intake, because it can be very salty. Bottled soda and juices are your best bet; they’re plentiful. Drink boiled water when possible; carry a canteen with you and fill it with boiled water at every opportunity. Carry iodine tablets for when none of the above is available and Lomotil just in case.CHINAThe old Red Light district Until 1949, the area west of People’s Park, off Fuzhou Road, was the heart of Shanghai’s world-famous red-light district known as Blood Alley. Before it was cleared out, it was inhabited by thousand of opium addicts and prostitutes. Liberation Lane alone, then known as Meet-With-Happiness Lane, had 34 brothels worked by more than 1,000 women. From 1949 until 1954, the brothels and opium dens were closed, the prostitutes given new work and new identities and the addicts detoxified.MACAUThe best gambling tables in Asia-and the ugliest hotel in the world. Macau is famous for its casinos. The biggest is the Casino de Lisboa, avenida da Amizade, in the Lisboa Hotel. The Lisboa is probably the ugliest hotel in the world, designed to look like a roulette wheel, which it wears like a crown upon its head. The Macau Palace, known as the Floating Casino, is a more exotic place to gamble. This red and gilded Chinese boat is moored on the inner harbor off avenida de Almeida Riveiro. Games include both those familiar to Westerners, such as blackjack and Chinese games, such as dai-siu and keno. Slot machines are known locally as “hungry tigers”.The best place to honeymoon. Macau’s Pousada de Sao Tiago, avenida da Republica; became a hotel in 1980-it was built 350 years ago as a fortress (the Fortaleza da Barra). Every historical feature was preserved during the transformation, including the Portuguese marble, hand-painted tiles, ancient stonewalls, gentle cascades, hand-carved mahogany and even the trees that shade the multi-level terraces. Overlooking the South China Sea, enveloped in warm, salty breezes, the pousada is an ideal romantic hideaway, perfect for a honeymoon. You could have your wedding here too-small weddings can be arranged in the chapel (which holds only 15 people). The pousada is complete with restaurants, gardens, a pool and reading rooms-you never need to venture beyond its grounds. The pousada has 20 rooms and three suites, starting at $125 a night.MEXICOThe world’s grandest canyon-and most exciting train ride. Chihuahua’s Barranca del Cobre (Copper Canyon) is four times larger and 300 feet deeper than the U.S. Grand Canyon. Its mountain peaks rise 10,000 feet and its valleys drop 1,500 feet. Until 1961, when the Chihuahua al Pacifico train line opened, the canyon was inaccessible and known only to the isolated Tarahumara Indians living in caves. The train line climbs from sea level at Los Mochis on the Pacific to 8,000 feet before descending to Chihuahua. It passes the most spectacular scenery in Mexico-sheer cliffs that change color as the sun sets, giant rock formations, deep gorges and mountain peaks. You can catch the train every day in Chihuahua at 7 a.m. or in Los Mochis at 6 a.m. The cost of a one-way trip from start to finish is $80.The best place to stay in the canyon is the Hotel Cabanas Divisadero-Barrancas, in Divisadero, midway along the route. This rustic log-cabin hotel is perched on the rim of the canyon and affords dizzying views. Several Indian families live in caves nearby. These timid people sell handwoven baskets, wood carvings and necklaces. Surrounding the hotel are trails that the Indians follow to the bottom of the canyon, 5,000 feet below.The best place to hear the flutter of butterfly wings. A three-hour drive from San Miguel de Allende is the colorful old mining town of Angangueo. And only an hour from Angangueo, up a steep, unpaved road, is the Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary, now open to the public. The park’s 12,000 acres became a protected area in 1986 in response to warnings from conservation groups that the logging operations threatened to destroy the area’s unique butterfly habitat and migration site. The butterflies seclude themselves in the abies religiosas (a type of fir tree) at the summit of the 10,000 foot climb. When you climb to the top, you are overwhelmed by the noise created by the fluttering wings of 10 million butterflies.

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Online Business Welcomes All

The world has grown many folds. People, who were born about 50 years ago, can best agree with me, as they know how much evolution has taken place all over earth, in almost every aspect of life. You can look everywhere, and you will find things that no one might have even imagined of witnessing about a decade or two ago. Let’s take for example online business. Leave the business opportunities; no one even thought that internet would become so popular that people’s lives would be dependent on it, and now we have online business. If you read on, you will know what I’m trying to get at.People have come across many options of doing online business, such as the most famous ones like corporate website developing. These businesses allow people to use their help in getting their web portals made and uplinked to the internet, so that they market their products and services to the entire world, without bounds.Carrying on, one other very famous online business opportunity is web services, which includes media marketing, e-mailing, blogging, tweeting, and endless other facilities that you can avail through the web service providers. These businesses will also help you market your business by writing articles for your products and services.Who can forget the first of all online businesses, the online shopping sites? A large number of real world retailers have set their shops on the internet. They allow you to choose from a wide list of items, just like the traditional outlets and then, the exciting part, you can order the selected items, to be delivered to your home, for little charges, and at times, totally free. Interesting for those who haven’t shopped online yet, isn’t it?Now comes the most used online business, the information providing sites. Google, Wikipedia, Encyclopedia, and the list goes on and on. All these giant firms have revolutionized the world of internet and in turn the whole world too. You can get hold of any information; just go online and search through these mega portals. The funny thing is you might have come across this article through one of these sites too.Now for those who want to start an online business of their own, let me give you a few tips. You will have to look out for three major things before you can launch your online business, and if you carry them out perfectly, you might just become the next online sensation of the time. These things include:
Try to find problems that you can solve online. There are many people in the world, who use internet for even their common everyday problems, and you can use that to your benefit.
Figure out whether or not you can do that business online. There are many ideas, which just don’t suit the virtual world, so be very careful of that fact.
If you find an opening, just do it, what do you have at stake? If you succeed, you have endless opportunities; if you don’t, make another website.Welcome to the amazing world of online business.

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Personal Finance Tips For the Recession

With changing times and development of human minds and methods planning has become the hallmark of any change which could affect the humans and their life styles in total. Today the world and its related prospects revolve round the finances and the battle is the way to make both ends meet so in such an eventuality private finance management and the knowledge to control their life style spending is foremost responsibility which lies on all the individuals. In easier words the term private finance is accumulation of all finance related policies and information and its logical transformation of the individual to its own benefit and advantage. It involves and considers your savings the expenditures, what’s the total earning that is the net take home what all are the needs which are necessary and what all comes under the definition of bliss.The critical aspect in finance management is to take on the necessities and the luxuries and to strike a real balance between the 2. Parts of finance management is a diversified term which include savings account, cards, loans, social security benefits, retirement plans, insurance policies and tax management. Sometimes the finance management is a colourful and dynamic subject which is a 5 step chain process and is developed after lots of thorough thought. Thus in this 5 step process the essentially thing is Assessment and that’s making of the balance sheet which encompass the assets, liabilities and determining of the graph difference between the 2. Where the graph gets annoyed the finances will get out of control. To set goals for people is significant as it is a guarantee made inside one the target is to be met and if not then precise measures are taken and implemented.This setting of the goal comes under the broad heading of direct monetary planning and people then specify these as short term goals and long term goals keeping in view their fiscal condition. Consideration of the above 2 factors lead further in making of a plan where in one decide the terms a way to go about in achievement of the goal a way to reduce pointless bills and expenditures and the way to stop the additional expenditures.Next in the line is the Execution of the plan which is the significant aspect as it’ll identify the regulation of the finances and the way to maintain them it is here the graph will keep determining the average standard regulation of the finances. In any process the fact which becomes sensitive is the review and monitoring of a certain idea or a plan. This is presumably due to further development of the plans removal of any discrepancy which is noted and rehashing all together a different perspective keeping in view the already noted paradoxes. Money management is of doubt as it helps the individual to keep themselves abreast with the modern trends and changes which occur.The modern times demand basic acceptable info to be freely available to all spheres of society.

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