Tricking Out Your Jeep

Tricking out your Jeep is easier than you might think. No matter your budget, there are a number of accessories and parts that you can purchase to trick out your Jeep the way you want it. From roof racks such as the Jeep jk roof rack, lighting, flares, engines, etc. you can have the Jeep More »

How to Carry Travel Gear on a Motorbike

There’s something about a great road trip that can make us feel truly free. A motorbike road trip, however, can really take the euphoric feelings of freedom to a whole new level. Feel the rush as you explore new terrain and take to the open road on your bike. Whether you’re going away for a More »

How to Survive While Driving in Exhausting Heat

Long and hot summer days are a perfect time for adventures, and your car is definitely in want of a cool drive. You’ve bought new summer tyres, planned your itinerary in details, and packed your belonging…but you still aren’t ready enough to hit the road. Travelling by car in a trying heat requires much more More »

Exploring the Best of Jordan

One of the most fascinating countries in the Middle East, Jordan has seen travellers come and go for centuries. Traversed by the great trade routes, Jordan has many wonderful things for visitors to see and do. Exploring Jordan you will return home with unforgettable experiences. Here are just a few.

Camp out in the Desert

If you were mesmerised by the red coloured rocks in Lawrence of Arabia then Wadi Rum is a must see destination in Jordan. Located deep in the Jordanian Desert, Wadi Rum is a beautiful place to explore with a guide. Camp out in a traditional Bedouin tent, ride a camel across the desert, and gaze up at the starry night after storytelling around a campfire.

Explore Petra

One of the most iconic sights in Jordan, no one forgets their first glimpse of Petra as they walk down the narrow Siq. Built by the Nabateans, the rose red city attracts visitors from all over the world who gaze at the magnificent Treasury. Take time to look closer at the other archaeological wonders in Petra too such as the Street of Facades, the High Place of Sacrifice, and the Sanctuary.

Visit Jerash

The Roman city of Jerash with its amphitheatre, colonnaded road, and arches is another stunning historic site in Jordan. Walk through the ancient ruins and watch the sunlight on the Temple of Artemis. You can wander through the Hippodrome too and the Cardo Maximus at this lesser known attraction during your Jordan holidays and tours.

Mosaics in Madaba

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When you get to Jordan you’ll see mosaics everywhere. Madaba is a small town at the centre of the mosaic making industry and a wander through the streets is a lovely way to meet the crafts people and see them at work. Don’t forget to visit the Church of the Virgin Mary here for one of the most detailed and famous mosaics in the Middle East.

Snorkel off Aqaba

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The Red Sea is famous for its diving and snorkelling sites and there are lots of small boats here you can go out and swim off the reefs. It is a wonderful way to see some of the fish and the vibrant colours underwater. Enjoy a day out on the water where you can see four countries from the sea- Israel, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and of course Jordan.

One of the best bits of Jordan are the people and there is nothing like local hospitality to make you feel most welcome in this beautiful country.

 

Florida’s Animal Sanctuaries

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To be sure, Florida has its fair share of wildlife. With plenty of native species like cougars, bobcats, panthers, armadillos, coatis, and of course that deadly creature that epitomizes Florida, the crocodile, the Sunshine State has a wealth of wildlife for any animal enthusiast. But it doesn’t just end there. Animal sanctuaries dot the state and add an exotic twist to complement an already stunning array of wildlife. Here are some places to check out on your next trip down south.

Big Cat Habitat & Gulf Coast Sanctuary

If one night you’re awoken by the sound of a lion’s roar, you’re probably not dreaming. Tucked away just a short distance from the swanky Florida holiday villas in Sarasota lies the Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary. Registered as a genuine charity since 2005, the sanctuary has been a labour of love for its founder —  animal lover and big cat rescuer Kay Rosaire. The large project, which consists of several indoor and outdoor buildings and habitats, occupies a sizeable patch of land and is home to tigers, lions, and ligers which are (you guessed it) a cross between a lion and a tiger. Bears, birds, and a large collection of rescued primates also call this habitat home. The sanctuary relies on donations and admission fees to feed, house, shelter, and rehabilitate the animals. 

Octagon Wildlife Sanctuary

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Another project with the mission to rehabilitate and provide a healthy environment and proper shelter for abandoned and abused exotic animals is the Octagon Wildlife Sanctuary. Located in the quaint city of Punta Gorda south of Sarasota, one of the newest draws here is Jake, a spotted hyena formerly owned by animal behaviourist Bryan Hawn. Thought untameable, Jake and the extraordinary bond that developed with his former owner was the subject of a National Geographic Wild episode in 2012.

McCarthy’s Wildlife Sanctuary

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Specializing in nurturing sick, abandoned, or abused animals and snakes back to health and releasing them back into the wild, McCarthy’s Wildlife Sanctuary has been one of the earliest pioneers in wildlife rehabilitation in Florida — they’ve been at this since the 1970s. There are over a hundred permanent residents in this West Palm Beach habitat, and many of them make their way  here after being donated by wildlife officers who have seized abused or illegal possessed animals. 

The Wild Side of Barbados

Known for its long sweeps of plentiful and pristine white sandy beaches, unparalleled peaceful tranquility, and lazy days of unabashed relaxation, you’d be hard pressed to believe that Barbados has a wild side. But it does. A very wild one.

The wild side we’re talking about here of course is its rich and diverse wildlife. And while it may not have the variety of animals of places like the Galapagos, or the sheer number of places like Costa Rica, Barbados holds its own among its Caribbean brothers. And with some planning, and a little luck, you may very well encounter any of these critters on your next beach holiday to the island that’s been nicknamed “Bim.”

Turtles

Barbados is a virtual haven for these loveable slow moving creatures. Both the Leatherback and Hawksbill varieties, as well as other types, make their home in the sheltered waters along the Barbados coastline. Many have become accustomed to humans, so swimming with them is a definite possibility. Feeding sea turtles is frowned upon however. Although you may have the best of intentions, feeding any wildlife disturbs the natural order of things. When animals grow to depend on human handouts, they can become aggressive and deemed a nuisance if they exhibit unnatural behaviour.

Green Monkeys

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You’ll have no trouble finding these cute but mischievous critters  — Green Monkeys are just about everywhere. Originating on ships arriving from West Africa over 300 years ago, many of the Green Monkeys of Barbados are used to interaction with humans. But as cute as they are, they are also just as clever. They will sometimes go to extremes to separate you from your snacks. Best to leave the food back at your hotel if you’re heading out in nature.

Mongoose

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The humble mongoose was introduced to Barbados as a means of coping with the rat problem which threatened the sugar cane industry. Some questioned the efficiency of the move since rats ate at night, and mongoose only hunted during the day. Whatever the reason, the mongoose thrived (the rats not so much.) Although they are rampant on the island, they are one of the more difficult creatures to spot.

If you’re staying at the Barbados Beach Club, staff there can arrange a trip to the local Wildlife Reserve, an island safari tour, and even snorkelling with turtles. Just remember to take your camera.

 

The Best Places to Stay in Prague

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Prague is a wonderfully beautiful and historic city, and it’s the perfect place to escape for the weekend with your loved one. From roaming canals and stunning bridges to amazing architecture and fantastic food, the people of Prague are very hospitable, and we have no doubt you’ll have an experience like no other when visiting the city. Millions of tourists flock here every year, exploring the historic Old Town while checking out the modern and sleek features of the New Town. Whether you’re visiting Prague for the ultimate shopping experience, or you’re looking for a historical adventure, you’re going to need a place to stay, so here are some of the best hotels on offer. 

Hotel Josef – For the ‘Hipsters’

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If you want to make an entrance in Prague, then this is the hotel to do it in. The orange and pink façade of Hotel Josef can’t be missed, and because it can be found in the historic Jewish Quarter in the city centre, it defines the boutique style immaculately. With cocktail bars and great restaurants all around, there’s more than enough to keep you entertained when staying at Hotel Jospeh, and with prices starting from around 149 euros, you won’t be breaking the budget either.

Dum u Velky Boty – An Intimate Setting

The owners of this house, Jan and Charlotte Rippl, have been welcoming guests to their wonderful hotel for over a decade, and there’s a reason by many of them choose to come back year after year. Not only does this hotel benefit from a solid reputation as a comfortable, warm and friendly establishment, but it’s also just around the corner from the Lesser Quarter, one of the most popular areas in the city.

Built in 1669, this huge house has seen various extensive restorations, and thankfully it still contains some of its 17th century flair which makes it so attractive to stay in. This house with its various rooms is an antique in itself, so if you’re looking to stay somewhere that is as intimate as it is historical, then this is the place for you and you should try looking online to compare and find low costing flights.

The Clown and Bard – Cheap and Cheerful

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If you’re only staying in Prague for the weekend, then you’ll surely be looking for something cheap and cheerful. The Clown and Bard can be found in the Zizkov District, one of the most popular up and coming areas of the city, and it’s a place where you can feel at home, no matter how short your stay. Although rooms are cheap, starting from as little as £7, that doesn’t mean you’re going to staying with all the riff-raff; in fact, stag and hen parties are barred from booking at the hotel.

One of the best things about the Clown and Bard is its evening entertainment. From live bands and themed nights to magic shows and other great forms of entertainment, you could easily spend and evening in the hotel, and with the great local food it serves, you won’t even have to leave the comfort of your bedroom! 

Offset Your Travel Costs By Renting Out Your Home

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If you enjoy traveling the world, but don’t have a huge budget, then you’re probably looking for any way you can to save money. Of course, you’re going to look for great deals when you are traveling, and maybe even thinking about doing something like staying in hostels. However, have you ever thought about actually making some money while you’re traveling?

There is one easy way that you can make money while you’re traveling, without doing any work at all. Here’s the thing – when you’re traveling, you’re not home. Yes, it seems pretty obvious, but think about it for a minute. Who is using your home when you’re away? No one. So, why don’t you rent it out?

Actually, more and more people are doing this. Other travelers are looking for places to stay, and if yours is in reasonable condition and in a decent location, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t as well. There are a lot of sites that allow you to post your home online for short-term rental, but the most reputable ones are VRBO and Airbnb.

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Of course, there are a number of things that you need to think about if you do let out your home. First of all, depending on where you live, you may need to get permission and even buy a license to be able to do this – especially if you live somewhere like New York City. Also, remember that if you’re renting your place, you will need to convince your landlord to let you sublet. If you own your home, you may still have to let your mortgage company know, depending on the terms of the agreement that you have with them.

You’re obviously going to want to leave furniture, dishes, pots and pans, and similar things in your home for your guests. However, there are probably a lot of things you don’t want them to touch. One good idea is to hire some storage while you’re away, so that you can keep these items safe. Storage in San Diego, Birmingham, Seattle and other places across the country is relatively inexpensive, and is certainly much less than you will get back in rent.

You also need to find someone that you can trust to be the local contact. There’s no point in renting your place out and going on vacation 5000 miles away, only to get a call asking you where the key is. Whoever you ask to act as your contact needs to be trustworthy and available, since they won’t just be letting in your guests. They’ll probably have to give cleaners access as well, and check your place when guests leave to make sure that there isn’t any damage.

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Finally, leave a guide for your guests, so that they know how to do things. This guide should include things like your home phone number, who to call when there is a problem, good local places to pick up things like groceries, and information on local transportation. This way, your guests will enjoy their stay, and may even recommend your place to their friends.