The Trip of a Lifetime at Ningaloo Reef

 

 

Everybody has an ambition that they want to achieve in their lifetime; it might be something practical such as having a child, or getting a job you deserve. Or, it could be something exciting and fun, such as visiting a particular place or enjoying a certain experience. As for places to visit, we are lucky to live on a planet with a massive amount of diversity in terms of landscapes, animals and other wildlife, and when you begin to think about it, a great deal of the most astonishing and amazing of our living creatures exist in the seas and oceans.

Seeing wild animals in a zoo or safari park setting is not the same as experiencing them in the wild, in their natural habitat. This is even more so when we consider the great creatures of the oceans, those that live beneath the surface and come up only occasionally. The chance to swim with some of these is something that you simply cannot miss, and it’s a very real opportunity if you visit the Ningaloo Reef, a stunning part of the Indian Ocean off the coast of Western Australia.

Swimming with Whale Sharks

Wouldn’t you love the opportunity to experience, up close and in their natural habitat, magnificent whale sharks that let you swim alongside? That’s just one of the many exciting things you can do if you take a trip to the Ningaloo Reef. If you check out the website https://www.ningaloowhalesharkndive.com.au/ you will find all the information you could possibly need on how you – and your family – can enjoy an experience that is quite unlike anything else.

Despite their name, whale sharks are a placid creature, posing no threat or harm to man, and those in the Ningaloo area are quite used to people swimming and diving among them. The younger ones can be quite playful, in fact, and these glorious, serene and intelligent fish – the biggest species of fish in the world – will provide you with endless entertainment. Put simply, if you can swim, you can take a trip on the Ningaloo Whaleshark-N-Dive boat, the Aliikai, and witness these quite spectacular creatures up close, and even the kids can swim with the whale sharks, so docile they are.

Enjoy the Experience

During your trip on the boat you will be accompanied by a Marine Biologist, who will educate and inform you about whale sharks, plus the many other wonderful sea creatures you may be able to watch. If in season, you may even see majestic humpbacked whales, amazing manta rays and playful dolphins, as well as the many turtles that inhabit the reef and surrounding area.

The Ningaloo Reef is genuinely unique, and few places in the world offer you such an opportunity to swim with creatures as astonishing as these. Check out the website now for more information on what you can see and do in the bay, and book yourself and your family a holiday that you will never forget.

Singapore Trip 10 things you can see only in Singapore

 

 

‘Singapore is a pretty fantastic place, and the race is always a challenge’ Romain Grosjean

Singapore has a special culture and stuff that you can’t discover anywhere else in the world. Are you interested to visit Singapore? Nowadays, it is simple to plan for a Singapore tourism especially when you purchase all inclusive tour packages. Apart from package booking, you should also know about the culture and lifestyle of Singapore before entering the city. Here in this blog, we have listed 10 special things you can see only in Singapore. It will be helpful for you to know more about the people and culture.

1) Tissue culture in food courts and hawker centers

Here, people book seats through tissues. Throughout lunch hour between 12.00 PM to 2 PM, in case you come off to be in hawker centre or food court, watch all over you. You will notice every lady will place a pack of tissue on the table. It appears that this is an unexpressed order that everyone adheres. Therefore if you next time while you are searching seat, if you notice a pack of tissue on the table, it indicates that the seat is preoccupied or taken and please do not take that seat.

2) Prohibiting of chewing gum

Chewing gum was prohibited in Singapore under the “Regulation of Imports and Exports (Chewing Gum) Regulations. This rule was created in 1992 for the reason that people disposed the gum wrongly. Some have attached them below walls, MRT chairs, keyholes, lift buttons or public areas. It had raised the preservation expenditure and also a horrible prospect. If you believe it is acceptable to carry chewing gum into Singapore for personal eat up, you are mistaken. Under the law, you are not authorized to do that.

3) Certificate of Entitlement

The certificate of entitlement is made by Singapore government to manage the number of cars on the road. If you wish to purchase a new car in Singapore, you are obliged to demand for the privilege to own a car. You can whether do it by yourself or through the car agents. Certificate of Entitlement bidding begins on the first and third Monday of the month.

4) Singlish

Singlish is well-known as Singapore English. It is a blend of Malay, Hokkien and English. If you watch out, you will hear them very frequently. You may listen to it from the housewives, taxi drivers, hawker owners and students.

5) Shocking photographs on smoking boxes

To push people to give up smoking, Singapore government had enforced all cigarette boxes to show shocking photos of the injurious effects of smoking.

6) Parents volunteer work for Primary school education

It is an exclusive spectacle in Singapore for school to permit parents volunteer to carry out work in order to get a superior possibility for the child to go into the Primary school. In case it is a top school, several parents would struggle for a spot in a restricted group of volunteers. It is improbable you will stumble on this anywhere else in the world.

7) Singapore Sling

It is a cocktail that was created by Ngiam Tong Boon beneficial to the Long bar in Raffles Hotel in Singapore for a while between 1910 and 1915. This cocktail is offered on all Singapore Airlines flights and is complimentary on the entire categories of travel.

8) Interactive Toilets

Interactive toilets at Changi airport allow people to rate the toilet services (after use). You can rate the service by touching the rating symbol (excellent, good, average, poor and very poor) displayed on screen.

9) The highly active Air Force Marshalls

Here the Air Force Marshalls dance while giving instructions.

10) Businesses and shops with amazing names

Here the local shops, restaurants and bars have amazing names. The prices of food items are displayed extensively on all sides of shops. If you haven’t been to Singapore, now is the time to.

Amazing Escape Rooms Around the World

 

From having idolized characters like MacGyver, Sherlock Holmes and Velma Dinkley in our youth, it’s not surprising we all enjoy imagining ourselves as equally cunning, resourceful, clue-spotting mystery solvers. It is exactly for this reason that the sudden and widespread emergence of so-called ‘escape rooms’ around the world has been so successful.

If you haven’t yet tried an escape room, you will have at least heard of the underlying concept and the suspenseful fun it brings partakers. A theme is central to the experience – it helps set an immersive atmosphere and appeal to specific interests. The escape is all the more thrilling, after all, if one is transported to a particular time era or an exotic land. Here are some of the most popular escape room themes – and the locations that have pulled them off.

Bank Heist, London

London is full of escape rooms, and the bank robbery theme is one of the most popular amongst regular goers (the casino heist being a common variant). In London’s ‘Escape This Room’ take on the bank heist theme, the whole setting is totally immersive from the moment you enter. You will be greeted in character and briefed as part of the game. The goal? Get in and out with the cash before the cops come knocking. The venue is very natural without clues sticking out or looking too obvious – although critics say that the sense of immersion is broken in that one cannot move objects from one part of the room into another. If you want to fancy yourself the next Danny Ocean, then this bank heist escape room is the perfect cinematic experience.

Event Horizon, Salt Lake City

For sci-fi fans, this space adventure escape room is sure to satisfy. Loosely based on the 90s horror film of the same name, Event Horizon centres on the idea that all crewmembers on a space vessel have gone missing – and it is your task to figure out what terrible thing may have happened, while ensuring the spaceship does not drift into a white star and implode. Your end goal, besides solving the mystery and saving the ship, is to bring the vessels’s precious cargo safely to Starbase 3. Facing this challenge will require bravery, confidence and quick thinking.

Egyptian Adventure, Malta

This one’s for the Indiana Jones fans. The Egyptian-themed escape room will transport you to the beginning of the Second World War in Egypt. As a British troop, it is your duty to intercept secret messages from the enemy. Supposedly, there lays a hidden box filled with encrypted messages somewhere in Cairo. Each evening, the spies guarding the box exchange information – leaving a window of time in which to find the secret messages. This escape room is very puzzle-heavy, making it amongst one of the more difficult on the list. In fact, not even a bunch of world league poker players manage to escape this particular room in time…

Alice in Wonderland, Salt Lake City

From the same escape artists who bring you the Event Horizon puzzle room is an Alice in Wonderland-themed adventure. This colourful adventure room requires you to save Alice, who is being held hostage by the blood-thirsty Queen of Hearts, before it’s too late. The Queen kidnapped Alice under the impression that Alice had stolen her Royal Scepter. By finding the true location of the Royal Scepter, you might just convince the Queen to let her go…but finding this opulent ornament is easier said than done!

Crystal Maze, London

The cult classic mystery escape game known as ‘Crystal Maze’ has become one of the most iconic staples of 90s TV.  Hosted by Richard O’Brien, members of two opposing teams were presented with daunting tasks and physical challenges throughout the futuristic maze’s many rooms. Now, in London and Manchester, fans can experience the Crystal Maze for themselves in the form of an enormous multi-room escape challenge. The concept has proven extremely successful, with both locations typically booked for several months in advance. The Crystal Maze can welcome several players in team-based challenges at once, making it the perfect escape room experience for larger groups. Helping to fuel the hype, the introduction of this escape room coincides with the comeback of the Crystal Maze TV game.

Alcatraz, Utah

Held on death row, you’re naturally eager to escape this terrifying prison. This place was thought to be escape-proof, but your contacts on the outside have placed a number of clues to help you escape. Overcome obstacles like laser security trip wires and serial killer inmates as you solve the puzzles that will lead to you to freedom. The prison theme escape room in Utah is highly immersive and impressively well designed.

The Basement, Los Angeles

Horror junkies rejoice – this might just be scariest escape room out there. Do not partake if you are faint-hearted, as there will be more than a few jump scares lurking in this dimly lit and blood-stained basement, where you must find a way out as quickly as possible in order to save yourself. Voted as one of the best escape rooms in America, The Basement is also amongst one of the more challenging ones.

The sudden escape room hype may seem to have come out of nowhere – but riddle masters, puzzle lovers and mystery solvers aren’t complaining. For all those who love taking on immersive challenges with friends, let’s hope the escape room trend continues!

Treat your family to a unique vacation in 2017

 

You have worked hard all year, you have saved your money and you are ready for a break away from the day to day. It’s vacation time again. But, which location should you choose, to make sure that you and your family have a great time? Why not choose somewhere a bit different for 2017, and make some excellent memories that you will never forget.

Take a look at our tips to help you decide which vacation destination is the best choice for you. We have also put together a short list of vacation ideas that should help to make this year’s trip extra special.

Taking a vacation – what you need to think about

A vacation is a precious thing. You spend most of the year juggling bills, your boss’ moods and the kids’ schedules. You need a break from the routine so that you can recharge your batteries, before you start back on the treadmill again.

But how can you ensure that you choose a vacation that suits all of the family? Here are some of the things you need to think about.

  • Budget – Before you decide on your dream vacation, you need to work out how much you can afford to spend. We do not want to spoil your fun, but it’s important to say that you should be sensible with your budget. There is no point spending a fortune on a fabulous vacation, if you put yourself in debt as a result.
  • The kids – If you have children, you need to think about keeping them entertained for the duration of the vacation. Vacations by the beach can be a good idea for younger kids; they love playing in the sand and water. Many companies also have kids’ clubs where your children can mix with others. This gives you chance to get some alone time.
  • Who is going – If you are vacationing with other people, you need to think about the interests of those who are going. It’s important that everyone enjoys the experience. You also need to think about and disabilities or health issues which may restrict your choice of destination.

Taking all of these points into consideration, take a look at some unusual and memorable vacation ideas.

Find a vacation with a difference

If you want to make 2017 the year when you take a vacation with a difference, here are a few ideas for you to consider.

  • Sailing on the Mississippi. Have you thought of taking to the water as an option for your vacation? You can take a river cruise along the famous Mississippi River, and enjoy excellent accommodations, as well as delicious local cuisine. Learn more about Mississippi river cruises and how to ensure you get an experience you will never forget.
  • Watching whales in Hawaii. The Hawaiian Islands can be the perfect place to take your children for a beach holiday with a difference. There is plenty of sand and water, as well as beautiful sights to see. If you go between November and May, you can also take the chance to look at the humpback whales.
  • Visiting Orangutans in Borneo – This is not a cheap vacation. You could be looking at upwards of $4,000 to travel to this impressive destination. Orangutans are not the only wildlife you can see in Borneo, you may also catch of glimpse of turtles, gibbons and pygmy elephants. If you can afford the investment, this is certainly the vacation of a lifetime.

All of these vacation suggestions can provide you with a truly unique experience.

This year, choose a vacation that is away from the norm and give you and your family the break that you need and memories that will last a lifetime.

Renting a Villa in Puerto Vallarta

 

There are many fantastic destinations for a vacation across the world, and as we are now in the age of genuinely cheap air travel, places that were once largely inaccessible are now regular tourist spots. The world has opened up a great deal in the past few decades – even cruises are now more affordable than ever – and we now travel to places that we might never have known existed before. While choosing a holiday is fun, the range of options nowadays makes deciding where to go even more difficult!

What do you want from your holiday? For some, a vacation is about taking in the sun on a glorious beach; for others, it’s about exploring new places and investigating local culture and history. Then there’s what to do in the evening – if you’re looking for nightlife, you want a town or city that offers you that opportunity. Puerto Vallarta, in Mexico, is a stunning place that offers you all of this and more, and the great thing is there is a wide choice of accommodation in the form of vacation rentals in Puerto Vallarta and the local area.

Located on the Bay of Banderas, a stunning stretch of coast on the Pacific Ocean, Puerto Vallarta has become established as one of the most prestigious and popular resorts in Mexico, yet you do not get the feeling of being over-run. This is a small city with a lovely, friendly atmosphere, and one with plenty to offer the visitor.

The Beaches of Puerto Vallarta

For many people, it is the beaches along the bay that make Puerto Vallarta very special; there are various sizes of beach to choose from, and some are secluded with quaint coves to explore. The main beach, the oddly named ‘Beach of the Dead’ – it comes from a legend about pirates and local fishermen – is a vast expanse of beautiful sand where you can relax and watch the world go by. In direct contrast is the almost totally private Playa Las Caletas, once the private retreat of John Huston, the film director, and now a beach and nature reserve that is as secluded as it gets.

Whichever beach is local to you, you will have the benefit of glorious clear waters, so swimming and diving are both a must. The spectacular rock formations that you see rising from the water provide a perfect habitat for a wide variety of sea creatures underneath, and there are loving reefs off many of the beaches so you can view the most exotic fish and other animals in the clear waters perfectly.

Fishing is also a popular pastime here – indeed, the local cuisine is largely seafood oriented – and you can try your hand if you wish on one of the many charter boats along the bay. Or, you could try one of the surfing spots, or watch the whales that visit the bay in the season. It’s a wonderful place to simply enjoy the coast, and a perfect place for both adults and children looking for a beach holiday.

Where to Eat

As with all of Mexico, food is a large part of life in Puerto Vallarta, and you will find good restaurants throughout the city, and along many of the beaches. Take a walk along the beautiful paved walkway, the Malecon, and you will see fine places to eat, and the Old Town of the city is also a great place to find local food. It’s not really where to eat that concerns you, but what you should eat when you get there!

Of course, you want to try the local specialities; have a look at any menu and you will undoubtedly be offered Ceviche; this is a raw fish dish, so may not be to everyone’s taste, but it is certainly worth a try. You get a selection of fish, plus scallops and shrimps, all served with onions and peppers, in a lime juice sauce. This gives the fish a chewy texture, and it is rather delicious too.

If raw fish doesn’t appeal, try the grilled red snapper, marinated in a sauce of peppers garlic and spices, or check out the local Mahi-mahi, which is a skewer of meat grilled over coals and served with a local hot sauce, and often sold by street and beach vendors. Also, pop into one of the local bars and sample the real tequila – you will enjoy it, perhaps too much!

Check Out the City

As much of Puerto Vallarta is dedicated to pedestrians, it is an easy city to explore on foot, and with plenty of interesting architecture – especially some very charming churches – there is much to see. There are also some fascinating galleries and museums, so you can catch up with the local history and culture, and you might want to sit down in a street café, and watch the world go by for a while. You should also visit the Plaza de Armas, the central square in the city, where you may be lucky enough to catch a live concert or simply enjoy the relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

After a fun day, you can retire to your luxury villa, where you may cook for yourself or, if you have chosen, have a meal made for you. With stunning furnishings, a pool and a relaxing outdoor area, you have a genuine home from home, so check out the available vacation rentals now, and you will be surprised how affordable it can be to book a family holiday or romantic break in this truly glorious city.

Preparing for Travel to the Middle East during Ramadan

 

If you are travelling to the Middle-East during Ramadan, you will notice many different daily routines and traditions adopted by Muslims in those countries. Charity, fasting and prayer all take an important role during this holy time, but there are many more cultural traditions practised by Muslims during Ramadan and many have their own unique way of celebrating.

Ramadan dates can vary from year to year, so it is important to check before travelling. It is seen as the most sacred month of the year and it is believed that during this month, God revealed the first verses of the Quran, Islam’s sacred text, to Prophet Muhammed (PBUH), on a night known as “The Night of Power”.

Fasting

During the entire month of Ramadan, Muslims fast every day from dawn to sunset. This means that travelling to the Middle-East during this time may mean you won’t get to experience the street food and markets usually set out.

The practice of fasting serves social and spiritual purposes; to remind Muslims of human frailty and dependence on God for sustenance and to show what it feels like to be hungry and thirsty to encourage compassion and the duty to help the poor. It also helps them to reduce the distractions in life so they can more clearly focus on their relationship with God.

In some Muslim countries, it is a crime to eat and drink in public during the day in the month Ramadan, even if you are not Muslim, so bear this in mind and check on the countries legal requirements.

You may also see people standing on the roadside just before sunset, giving dates and other dried fruits to drivers on their way home who may not make it in time for breaking the fast.

Eid Al Fitr

At the end of Ramadan, there is a three-day celebration which also has a public holiday, dates depend on the sighting of the moon and the length varies from country to country in the Middle-East. During this period, it is traditional to greet other people with “Eid Mubarak” which means “Blessed Eid”.

If you are in the Middle-East during Eid Al Fitr, expect many celebrations, festivals and feasts.  Traditionally, people will start with prayers, then visit relatives. Females will dress beautifully and apply henna on their hands and men will dress in new white outfits.

You will see fairs, special holiday shops, firework displays and many people dancing, singing and celebrating. If you want to you can indulge in the culture and join in the celebrations. It’s a great time of year to be in the Middle-East.

Zakat

Zakat is one of the Five Pillars of Islam and the principle is that people should contribute to poor and deprived individuals. It is obligatory to pay 2.5% of the wealth of any mature Muslim that they have made after a full lunar year.

Many Muslims will prefer to contribute their payment of Zakat during Ramadan. They also contribute to helping the poor by donating extra money to charity, sponsoring an orphan or contributing to development projects.

You may see families, friends and companies preparing Ramadan bags which are packages of staple foods that they distribute to the less fortunate.

Night prayers

Mosques all over the Middle-East will be full with faithful Muslims throughout the night, standing and prostrating in prayer as the imam recites long sections of the Qur’an.

Wherever you are in the Middle-East, there will be groups of Muslims fasting, worshipping and performing their Ramadan traditions. If you are in any of the countries, it is great to join in and take part in the activities. It is extremely enjoyable and a chance to live their culture and traditions.

Top 7 Packing Tips

 

Once you have all the RV accessories on your list, the hard part of packing presents itself. What do you really need and how much space do you have for that? It becomes even more difficult to know that, while you travel, you will not be able to carry with you all the items that make you comfortable. Fret not, for we have a list of the best tips for you.

  1. Have a packing list

The best way to avoid forgetting some items will be writing everything you need for your trip on a list. A random list is not a good idea. Rather, have the random one then start making priorities of what you need most. You will realize that you have quite a good list of essential items at the top of the list.

  1. Roll rather than ​fold clothes

The best thing to do with your clothes is to roll them and store them in vacuum packs. The first advantage with this is that it saves on lots of space. You can thus pack more of your favorite clothes. Secondly, you will have clothes that look less creased once you arrive at your destination.

  1. Avoid dead spaces

Dead spaces are the small spaces in corners, inside shoes and between items. The best way to make use of them would be using small items. You ​can roll up socks, ties, underwear, chargers and other little items and squeeze into them. Besides making use of all spaces, you will have a more solid pack that does not have items jumping to one side and the other as you move about.

  1. Employ ziplock bags

If you’ve been travelling through security for a while, there are chances that you will always have issues digging out small electronics such as cameras, chargers, toys and even medicines. Rather than go through all that hassle, why not put ziplock bags to use and have these items checked on this own? It would be easy going through the security and finding these items when you need them.

  1. Go minimalist

Most trips will need you to carry along a map, some cards and other items. If you have to do that (carry physical maps), then just photocopy certain needed pages. The best way, however, would be getting yourself apps that you can even interact with on a live basis. You will have less items to drag around and just focus on having fun.

  1. Use cling-film

You must have experienced leaked shampoo, shower gels and even lotions with some drinks getting popped open and baptizing your clothes in their sweet scent. To avoid suffering from this ordeal, open the liquids and lotions, add cling-film on the open ends and replace the tops. Finish that off with adding tape to seal off the joint between the cap and the bottle. You’re safe.

  1. Go light

Most of us get too excited for their travels so much that we want to pack the best of everything. The problem is that you will likely go for a heavy suitcase, thick coats and such. If you do your packing well, you will find out that you don’t need most of the things your dreamy self thinks you want. You can go for foldable bags and multipurpose items to save you money and space on your trip.

With these tips, you will be able to enjoy your trip more by spending less time cleaning up the clutter and by spending less. This time, you will recall the name of that tour guide since you worried less about your luggage and more on the experience.

 

Author bio: Rana Tarakji is an entrepreneur and a contributing writer at Stylerail, a lifestyle blog as well as Sataco, an electro mechanical company in Lebanon.

5 Tips for Fellow Travelers

 

The last few years have brought plenty of improvements for travel enthusiasts. Maybe you noticed as well how each year there is something new that can make your entire experience easier and more enjoyable. The things I want to focus on are simple, technology related, but can save you a lot of time and trouble. Traveling is meant to relax you, and you are supposed to have the time of your life while on your trip. Why bother with small, insignificant things, when there are easier ways to handle them?

Duolingo

Learning a new language can be challenging. The older you are, the more difficult the task. However, some developers created a fantastic app that can teach you the basics in just a month or so, depending on how much you choose to commit. There are countries where a lot of people know English. Take Sweden for example. English is the second language for approximately 85% of the population. However, you can’t say that about other countries. That is why it’s best if you learn the language at a conversational level. It’s easy to achieve, and you can say that you know how to speak a new language. You have only to gain out of it.

Online Visas

There are a few countries that you can get into using an e-visa. If you want to go to India, for example, you can apply online for an e-visa. It’s a simplified procedure that can spare you long hours sitting in line at the consulate. It’s affordable, you can do it from the comfort of your own home, and you can get the visa via e-mail in as little as 18 hours. It doesn’t get better than that.

Passport photos

When you need a passport, or you need to have the old one renewed, you first need photos. Usually, they can be done at a photo studio or a superstore. However, there is a more convenient way for you to get them. There is a website that can provide passport photos online. Just sit in front of your webcam and have your picture taken. It beats getting out of the house, and it’s cheap.

XE Currency

Whenever you visit a new country, you have this problem with money. You need to know the value of things, but maybe you do not do well with conversions. You don’t want to be cheated either. The XE Currency app will help you with that. It will show you exactly what you need to know, and it even works when you are offline saving the last updated rates, just in case you are in an area with low connectivity or you try to save on mobile data.

Tripit

Planning a trip requires a lot of information. You buy the tickets from one site, make the hotel bookings on another, and so on. Wouldn’t it be nice if you had all the information in one place? With Tripit you can have that. Just send all the confirmation e-mails to the app, and it will turn them into a single itinerary. That way you won’t forget a thing.

I bet that if you keep looking, you will find more tools that will help you along the way, both before your trip and during. Technology has advanced in every field. So why would traveling make an exception?

Planning for a Disability-Friendly Trip

 

Booking a holiday or a short trip can be stressful, especially when you have accessibility requirements to take into account. There’s so many things to consider when you’re planning a disability-friendly trip, including accessible travel options, hotels, and activities.

Here are three tips where planning ahead can mean you’ll enjoy a stress-free, disability-friendly trip with all the family:

Do Your Homework

Whether you’re planning a summer holiday break or a day trip, research is the key factor to ensure an enjoyable break where no one is left out. Your trip doesn’t have to be stressful and it’s likely that the more homework you do, the more accessible your trip will be. If there are any challenges, then you’ll already be prepared to face them.

If you’re heading somewhere new, try using Google Maps’ Street View to get a better idea of the most disability-friendly routes you can take. That way, you can avoid any difficult routes with steep hills, stairs, or cobblestones.

Book in Advance

Hotels are always cheaper to book in advance and if you have any accessibility requirements, it’s helpful to contact them prior to booking to make sure they have everything that you’ll need for a disability-friendly stay.

Here’s where your forward planning and research will come in handy. When booking a day out or a trip, let people know in advance that you’ll be coming. Most theatres, tourist attractions or tours will be able to accommodate wheelchairs or any other requirements – just let them know so that they’re prepared for your arrival. The same also applies to any restaurants or cafes that you plan to visit.

How to Get Around

Accessible ways to get around is something to consider prior to your trip. If you’re flying, it’s advised that you tell your airline about your disability at least 48 hours before departure. Then, you can check if the airline or airport has all the facilities you’ll need and what mobility equipment you can take (you’re allowed up to two items free of charge).

For a day trip within the UK, you may want to book a train, bus, or coach to get to your destination – the law says that disabled people should receive reasonable assistance on public transport. However, if you’d prefer to avoid any hassle or stress, take a look at disability vehicles, such as those available at Allied Mobility. You’ll be able to find adapted vehicles for disabled passengers and drivers – letting you take day trips with ease.

Don’t miss out when booking a disability-friendly holiday or a day trip. Planning ahead when it comes to places to stay, how to get there and things to do will help you make sure that no one’s left out – so you can enjoy a stress-free and accessible break.

Three of the Best Off the Beaten Track Cruise Holidays

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Think of a cruise holiday and what comes to mind? Unlimited cocktails, fine dining and laying back on a sun lounger whilst admiring all of the incredible views? Well, if you’re a bit more of an adventurous type and looking for something that offers a bit more than the standard cruising holiday does, then you’re in the right place to find it. Here are three of the best off the beaten track cruise holidays designed for those who love to explore:

Arctic Cruises

Be warned, these type of cruises are certainly not for the faint hearted. Arctic expedition cruises head to some of the most beautiful untouched and enchanting areas of the world giving visitors a unique chance to see isolated regions and fascinating wildlife species up close. With rugged landscapes, breathtaking views and temperatures well below 0 degrees, these cruises, like the ones at Bolsover Cruise Club, are designed for adventurers and not for those who envisaged relaxing and soaking up the rays on their cruising holiday.

South Africa

Those looking for a cruising holiday which offers endless opportunities to see wildlife must go on a cruise to South Africa. What with lions, tigers, leopards and elephants roaming free in the savannah, there’s nothing quite like it. From the cruise deck, you’ll be able to admire the incredible Table Mountain views as you head in to Cape Town and from there you’ll be able to explore some of South Africa’s most fascinating nature reserves including Addo Elephant Park.

Galapagos Islands

If you’re a wildlife enthusiast who wants to get close to some more exotic animals, then the Galapagos Islands are the only place for you. From watching gigantic tortoises float around in the crystal-clear waters to marine iguanas and sea turtles, there’s a wonderful array of amazing animals residing here as a result of the tropical climate. Cruises to the Galapagos Islands give you an incredible opportunity to island hop between the different places making the most of such an incredible place.

So, explorers rejoice, there are so many cruising holidays out there for you no matter how off the beaten track you like your holidays to be. From getting to see incredible animals to beautiful places and remote areas of the world, with all these unique and exciting destinations to choose from, the real question is which one should you book first?