Horse Riding On Your Holiday – Tips To Make It A Thrilling Adventure

Holidays can be thrilling, especially when they are well-planned. With so many holiday destinations across the globe, you will find a place to achieve your holiday goals or to experience the things you have always yearned to do while on a vacation. Horse riding on a beautiful coastal setting dotted with palm trees and turquoise…

Holidays can be thrilling, especially when they are well-planned. With so many holiday destinations across the globe, you will find a place to achieve your holiday goals or to experience the things you have always yearned to do while on a vacation. Horse riding on a beautiful coastal setting dotted with palm trees and turquoise waters can be the most rewarding. However, to enjoy such an experience, you will need to carefully select your destination and get it right with all the opportunities you put into the horse riding holiday.

  • When preparing for horse riding, ensure that you take the necessary gear for the experience. The right outfit and shoes, a camera and a hat will all make it all pleasant for you. Most of the tour companies will provide other equipment needed for the ride, but it helps to know what to carry with you.
  • Take the time to select your horse, especially if you want to handle your own riding. A cooperative horse and one you can get along easily is what you need to complete the experience. It can be very hard to control an agitated or wild horse so be sure that you can handle the horse you are going without help.
  • Get a few lessons before the ride. In most settings, the professional guides will start by assessing your riding experience. This way they will offer some additional briefing on how to control the horse. Remember that apart from enjoying the ride you will also be taking the time to explore and enjoy the beautiful settings. Here, you can not have the horse running all through. Knowing the basic controls is paramount in achieving a successful experience.
  • Consider a guide's company if you are not too sure of your riding or the riding trails. The benefit of having a guide is that he will guide you to all the hidden treasures on the ride and give you details of the features you come across during the tour.
  • Make the riding tour more adventurous by engaging in races with loved ones. This should only be done when those taking part in the race have what it takes to control and handle the horse to avoid any accidents. All necessary safety gears should also be in place for simple races. It helps to find out if your tour company or service provider allows such races before deciding that you can have a run together.
  • Choose a reasonable length for the rides. Half-day horse riding tours or tours taking only a few hours are most reasonable. The areas you wish to explore on horseback however can determine how long you take on the rides. Remember to consider your own renovation needs as well as that of the horse, especially if you know that you will be taking a little longer on the tour. The horse will need some time to relax too under demanding time frames so be considerate.

Buggy Adventures For An Exciting Holiday

If you love adventure and the thrill that you get from such dancing activities, buggy adventures are exciting choices you can make for your holidays. The best thing about buggy rides is that you can take control of your tours to explore the destination in a thrilling and adventurous manner. They are designed to handle…

If you love adventure and the thrill that you get from such dancing activities, buggy adventures are exciting choices you can make for your holidays. The best thing about buggy rides is that you can take control of your tours to explore the destination in a thrilling and adventurous manner. They are designed to handle challenging terrains and driving through the muddy patches and rocky areas complete the experience. To keep the buggy rides exciting during the holidays, you will need to make the right choices from the word go.

How safe are the buggies?

It is among the most important considerations to make if at all you are to enjoy safe and exciting riding. Buggies that are equipped with fire extinguishers, first-aid kits, mobile phones and radios can be most suitable especially when you are taking the adventures without a guide. Those with GPS tracking, cameras and communication devices should also make your experience safe and secure even when you have lost your way. The buggy should also be good enough to tackle the terrain you are headed for without any driving issues. When you take the time to look at the type of buggy you will be riding, you can be sure to select one that will not disappoint.

How is the riding terrain or route?

Some buggy adventures will be tackled in one setting with the trails dotted with challenging areas such as muddy tedious areas and rocky patches. Others may take you out and about to the nearby villages, agricultural lands, beaches and forests. Consider what settings or features you will be exposed to during the buggy rides and relate them with your personal expectations. The more challenging the terrain the more fulfilling the adventures will be and the more the features you can enjoy during the ride the more complete your experience will feel. You can choose a buggy adventure package to meet with your expectations.

How enjoyable are the buggies?

Apart from being safe, you want to ride a buggy that has your needs taken care of. For instance, a buggy that is convertible can be more enjoyable in giving the driver and the passenger the allowance to enjoy the surroundings. The same goes for one with enough storage space to keep personal belongings through. If you are taking longer adventures in the buggy, one fitted with a cooler to store soft drinks, mineral water and snacks can be most enjoyable for you.

Can you enjoy assistance?

If you are not very comfortable taking the ride alone, you are best placed with a guide. The guide will be your driver and will take you through the tracks as you wish. It can be most exciting to take touring tours or private drives with a loved one, but assisted or guided adventures will ensure that you do not miss out on any important features along the way. The choice you make will depend on what your expectations are.

Island Excursions – Getting The Best Every Time

There are so many islands or shore excursions that you can enjoy on a vacation. They can include snorkeling, fishing, buggy riding and horse riding among many others. The choices you make in the end will depend on the individual preferences you have and the kind of holiday experience you are after. The secret in…

There are so many islands or shore excursions that you can enjoy on a vacation. They can include snorkeling, fishing, buggy riding and horse riding among many others. The choices you make in the end will depend on the individual preferences you have and the kind of holiday experience you are after. The secret in it all is to make every single second of the activities pleasurable and most memorable for you. This is not too hard to enjoy when you know what matters most to you. You can enjoy the very best of the excursions every holiday.

1. Choose A Good Destination

There are so many islands you can choose from to make your experience more rewarding. When choosing the destination, things such as travel time, weather conditions, travel and accommodation expenses should all influence the decision you make. It is advisable to work with a budget when planning for your excursions to make the right financial decisions and get the very best from your vacation. When you have the right destination, you can be sure to enjoy an amazing time in every sense.

2. Decide On Sightseeing Or Active Tours

The active tours are more adventurous since you have a chance of taking an active part in it all. For instance, tours giving you the chance to do some real fishing, horse riding or even snorkeling tend to be more enjoyable and pleasant. If you would rather relax and cool off, sightseeing kind of tours might be just what you need to make your vacation the best. Scenic areas, shopping areas and historical grounds are some of the features you can include in your sightseeing tour.

3. Decide On The Excursion Lengths

Some will take a whole day while some only go for half a day. The length of your island excursions can be determined by the kind of tours you have settled for. For instance, if you have selected private tours, you may have the liberty of taking as long as possible on the day excursions compared to scheduled trips with limited time frames to enjoy. A full day tour is more valuable since you have all the time to see and take part in activities you love the most.

4. Decide On-Depth Or Highlight Tours

Highlight tours will only give you a chance to see or take part in the excursions partially while the in-depth tours will offer you all the details regarding the features or activities you are most interested in during the holidays. For instance, do you just want to enjoy a horse ride or do you want to learn a little bit about riding so you can handle it by yourself? The holiday goals and expectations you have will help you make the right decision as to which tours are best suited for you. You can arrange the excursions in order of importance.

Journey Across Kenya and Uganda

In June 2014 Bev arrived in Nairobi to start a month-long journey through Kenya and Uganda. One of the main reasons for her visit was to meet Jared, a Ugandan university student who she had been sponsoring for the past 18 months. Bev's timing was perfect: the Lake Turkana Cultural Festival was to take place…

In June 2014 Bev arrived in Nairobi to start a month-long journey through Kenya and Uganda. One of the main reasons for her visit was to meet Jared, a Ugandan university student who she had been sponsoring for the past 18 months.

Bev's timing was perfect: the Lake Turkana Cultural Festival was to take place a couple of days after her arrival in Kenya and so that was the first destination. Moses and Laura, friends of OTA and owners of Mara Explorers camp in Maasai Mara, were in Nairobi and were cajoled into joining the trip north. They then invited Scott and Helene, a British couple driving their Land Rover around the continent while they figured out how to spend their retirement. And so our small band of intrepid travelers started the two-day journey to the far north-western corner of Kenya.

We interviewed a few skeptics who were dubious about the ability of the OTA van to get to Loiyangalani and to cross the desert to Marsabit. But Francis handled that Toyota like a true professional constantly the rain, mud, steep ascents and descents, loose stones and every other obstacle imaginable. In Maralal we had to find our police escorts to accompany us further north. There were only a couple of times when Bev found the need to gently push the young soldier's gun away from pointing directly at her – he was very relaxed about carrying such a weapon, but we would have had more comfortable had been a little more attentive.

The first morning of the Turkana Festival was fantastic. Fourteen ethnic groups from northern Kenya gathered in Loiyangalani, each setting up a traditional house, donning traditional costumes, dancing traditional dances and singing traditional songs. The atmosphere was fun as each tribe tried to out-sing and out-dance each other. Unfortunately, this was the first year the Marsabit County Council was running the festival and it seemed that they did not take much advice or assistance from the organizations who had been involved previously. The program was ignored and we found ourselves doing the scheduled 8am hike up a mountain to see rock art in the heat of the midday sun.

The second day was even less organized as we all waited for Vice President Ruto to arrive before any activities could start. His scheduled arrival at 11am did not occur until 3pm and the scheduled activities turned out to be a political rally. This was great for the locals who do not often see their MPs, but for foreign tourists it was not the most exciting “cultural event”.

From Lake Turkana, we headed east to Marsabit where we had a slow accommodation disaster but a great food find. While Bev, Francis and Tracey headed into town for dinner, Scott cooked at camp for the rest of the group, including our police escorts. Pasta with vegetables – not quite what soldiers in northern Kenya are used to and they were a little nervous about this mzungu food.

Continuing south, the next stop was Archers Post where Bev spent some time at the Umoja School. It's a brand new school with only 14 students, and so Bev sent the morning teaching science to the whole school. They made rockets and learnt about air pressure. In the afternoon Francis took Bev into Samburu National Reserve where a lion walked not five meters past the vehicle!

We said good bye to Scott, Helene, Moses and Laura in Nairobi before traveling west to Busia. There we stayed with Chrisphine and spent half a day at the Blue Bells School, again dragging all the students outside for a science lesson. A lot of education throughout Africa is taught straight out of the text book, sitting in class and answering questions. So to get away from the desks and try things out for themselves was a bit of a novelty. Bev has plans to return to East Africa in the future and we hope that she will be able to spend more time with the teachers to show them different methods of teaching rather than just rote.

Crossing into Uganda was something of an event with Tracey nearly getting arrested thanks to the Kenyan insurance company failing to fill in the Comesa insurance certificate correctly. We still need to express our thanks to Amaco Insurance for putting us in that predicament! However, after a few hours we were able to clear the border and get to Jinja. After the stress of the border crossing, it would have been wonderful to get a good night of sleep, but it was not to be. Normally Tracey can sleep through anything, but a bagpiper wandering through the campsite at midnight managed to wake her. Sticking her head out the tent, she asked “Really?” and the bagpiper apologised … only to start up again !! Is it necessary to say that we may have lost our tempers a little bit?

The next day was much better though with a boozy lunch cruise on the Nile. The birdlife was spectacular and the new camera has proven itself to be an excellent purchase.

In Mbale, on our way to Sipi Falls, we finally met Jared. Bev and Jared had been communicating intensively via email for 18 months but this was the first time they were to meet in person, so it was very exciting. We got lunch and continued the journey to Sipi as the two chatted in the back of the vehicle. All seemed to be fine – which was a relief!

At Sipi Falls we met Punky the cheeky Toraco. At first we felt incredibly privileged to have this beautiful bird come so close. Then we realized that the only privilege was afforded us us that we had been able to eat the major of our breakfast before Punky came to greet us! Having fallen out of the nest as a chick, Punky has been raised by Minette and Andy (managers of Sipi River Lodge) but has freedom to fly away now he is fully grown. But it seems he has too much fun bullying the dogs and cat so he stays.

Jared, Francis and Tracey hiked two of the three waterfalls that make up Sipi Falls. The third involved ladders and steepness that we decided was not necessary – we got a fine view from where we were.

Across Uganda to Murchison Falls National Park where we enjoyed a cruise and a game drive. The Nile thrills itself through a 7 meter gorge, creating the most powerful waterfall in the world. And we saw it!

In western Uganda we spent a few nights in Fort Portal where we ate pizza and played cards. We also did a hike in the Rwenzori Mountains up to a school. The guides took a look at Bev and said the school was too far and we probably would not make it. But we did and kudos to Bev for pushing her comfort zone! We were trying to be quiet so as not to disturb the children in the classroom, but curiosity obviously got the better of them and just before finishing time, suddenly they all rushed out to greet us. Bev got bombarded with children wanting to shake her hand and just generally be near her.

The next day we went chimp trekking, but did not have much luck. Our guide was a little gung-ho in the beginning and the chimps were on the move rather than sitting somewhere convenient for us to take pictures. We saw three black blobs moving through the bush over the several hours we wandered in Kabale National Park. Once we told the guide we were OK with not seeing any chimps, he relaxed and even cracked a smile. He cracked more smiles as we approached the end: we asked how far we were from the road and he said “About 600 meters”. After about 2km, we asked again and he got the same answer. After a few repeats of the pattern we just had to laugh and ask him “So only 600 more metres?”

Driving south, we passed through Queen Elizabeth National Park and were quite shocked at the speed several police trucks were swinging themselves around an escarpment, especially as they passed by a school. We stopped at Uganda Lodge, a project started by a Ugandan man and British woman where there is a school and a new clinic. Bev taught a few more science classes and we went with some volunteers to deliver bananas to the children's ward at the nearby hospital. Jared is studying public health and was very keen to visit the hospital and ask lots of questions.

Finally we reached Kampala where Bev was to spend her last week seeing Jared's life. We dropped Jared at his home where his aunt gave us two of the biggest avocadoes you have ever seen and a bunch of sweet bananas. Then it was back to battle Kampala's peak hour traffic to get the hotel for a final dinner together. There we met Ishmael, who was to take over driving responsibilities for Bev's week in Kampala while we rushed back to Kenya. From all accounts, Ishmael became as much a part of Bev and Jared's week and we had been a part of their holiday. Jared showed Bev plenty of universities and hospitals, he invited her to his house for a meal, his family came to town for another meal and they went to a school sports day and cheered on the Parrots … Ishmael joined the cheering as well!

What a journey! Bev and Tracey had traveled together for five weeks in 2009 from Beijing to Istanbul and here again was another month of new experiences, incredible memories and plenty of laughter. Bev and Jared have cemented their mother-son relationship and Jared's university education is assured (so long as he keeps getting good grades!). And we all look forward to Bev's next visit … or will it be Jared, Francis and Tracey coming to Australia to visit Bev ?!

A Look Back at the 2014 Theme Park Highlights

For Orlando Theme Park fans, the Year 2014 is unique in many exciting ways. I think the world-famous Parks here had taken some impressive leaps in making our dream vacations even more special and memorable. 2014 is the Year when for the first time muggles at Universal Orlando were able to experience the iconic multi-park…

For Orlando Theme Park fans, the Year 2014 is unique in many exciting ways. I think the world-famous Parks here had taken some impressive leaps in making our dream vacations even more special and memorable. 2014 is the Year when for the first time muggles at Universal Orlando were able to experience the iconic multi-park ride-adventure onboard the famous Houghwart Express . And this is also the Year when visitors at WDW (Walt Disney World) had the opportunity to use the most magical wristbands offered by the Company as part of the billion dollar NextGen Theme Park Experience and Ride Reservation System .

Moreover, among the many great events and attractions that had joined the Parks in 2014, I think first it was the advent of The Disney Festival of Fantassy Parade that had changed the way we look at Disney Parades. The new Parade came as a replacement of the old Celebrate a Dream Come True Procession in Magic Kingdom and becomes the most watched-after attraction in no time, celebrating the stories and characters of New Fantasyland with the all new floats, costumes, music and much more. The family coaster-train Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is another unique New Fantasyland attraction that had unleashed an entirely new kind of ride experience for fans and families.

The phase-wise launched of MyMagic + and FastPass + Program is perhaps the biggest experience that WDW fans had come across in 2014. The new initiative is aimed at enhancing vacation experiences like never before. One of the most important components of the Program is the MagicBand which serves as your ticket, room keys, credit cards and more.

Another 2014 highlight is the Frozen attraction that had gripped almost all of WDW. Started just as a meet and greet prelude to the release of Disney's blockbuster animation, Frozen breaks all records in no time. And the excitement and popularity of Anna & Elsa is such that their presence becomes a craze everywhere across the Parks, be it at the Hollywood Studios, Magic Kingdom or at the Epcot for that matter.

Again at Universal Orlando Resort it was like the whole world is waiting for the birth of another most incredible theme park experience ever. And when Diagon Alley opens in the summer of 2014, fans' excitements touch a new height. And the record crowd as sighted around the new attraction since the launch tells it all.

Whether it's the grand opening of the most anticipated Diagon Alley with attractions such as The Harry Potter and Escape from Gringotts Ride or the completion of WDW's epic expansion of New Fantassyland with first of its kind dark-rides such as the legendary Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Ride as the last of the expansion activities or more, 2014 is a year full of great anticipations and surprises that brings to life a new era of theme park experience.

Travelling – An Important Part of Life

Traveling is loved by everyone I suppose. Every human being loves to explore new places and adapt to the various cultures that they possess. Considering the humungous area that the earth is covered into, there are so many beautiful places that you can visit and spend your time. Leave aside the fact that people are…

Traveling is loved by everyone I suppose. Every human being loves to explore new places and adapt to the various cultures that they possess. Considering the humungous area that the earth is covered into, there are so many beautiful places that you can visit and spend your time. Leave aside the fact that people are trying to reach the moon and other planets, I am very sure that the earth is still less traveled. There would still be thousands of unseen places which can take your breath away. Being at a place is not just about the location, it is about various other things that include the kind of people, the cultures that they adapt, the food that they eat, the traditions that they follow.

Traveling different destinations shares a completely different kind of joy when you see these locations and the diversities it has to offer. For me traveling is more than just passion. I love meeting new people, although many times, language can be a barrier but still. The way they reciprocate to everything that you say, although language being a barrier is just so overwhelming at times. A famous saying quotes “nature is your best friend” and I strongly agree to it. Nature specifies a few things without having to say anything. When a person is suffering from any kind of mental illness or we can say mainly depression due to some reason, doctors suggest taking them out on a vacation with a beautiful location. This is because nature provides a peace of mind. The beautiful flowers, the birds, mountains, the single ray of sun through the clouds, such small things when you feel them, you realize that these are not just mere creations. They all have life in it and you can communicate.

Imagine diving into the oceans, playing with the aquatic animals, imaginating climbing the snowy mountain peaks, such adventures will always give you joy. A holiday is meant to be sent with nature, rather than spending time in a mall and go shopping. Joy is defined differently for every individual and this joy depends from person to person. Nature has its own way of gifting things to mankind and it has always done so, but its humans who have damaged the system cycle. The beautiful part of Kashmir located in the country of India, once used to be the sublime example of the beauty of nature, but the terrorist activities and the communal disharmony between the two neighboring nations of India and Pakistan has replied in the decrease in tourism of Kashmir which was once considered to be among the most beautiful towns across the world, with the Himalayas located right in its arms. Same is the case with Lybia whose tourism board was enhancing its divine culture and class but the wars ruined it all. Regardless of how much you travel, you'll never be able to cover every location on this planet that you wish to. This is because of the area that the earth covers, and it has a wide variety of different beautiful places. Here, make a list of places that you wish to visit and make sure to follow the list, regardless of what life has to come up with. Because remember, you only live once, so make it count.

Things to Remember Before Going for a Cycling Trip

Cycling is one of the trendy adventure trips. Whenever you are feeling bad or boring, you can go out for solo cycling tours. There are also many tourist agencies that offer cycling tours to various countries. These trips make your mind fresh. You can explore the remote places and cities in your cycle. These tours…

Cycling is one of the trendy adventure trips. Whenever you are feeling bad or boring, you can go out for solo cycling tours. There are also many tourist agencies that offer cycling tours to various countries. These trips make your mind fresh. You can explore the remote places and cities in your cycle. These tours are wonderful and help you to gather information about the destinations. Group cycling tours gives you idea about the culture of the local people. You can visit the houses of the local people on cycle and talk with them.

You should take a few things before going out for cycling trips. These tours are quite different from the normal ones. You should carry some essential belongings as these tours are self-dependent. Let us see some of the important things you should consider before going for a cycle trip.

1. A Good Cycle

When you are thinking to go for a cycle trip to another country, you have to buy a cycle from a reputed company. Sports cycle is perfect. As you have to explore the tough terrains and roads, you need a strong and hard cycle with good quality tires. Before going out for trip, you must ride your cycle on a road near your locality or around your city.

2. Shoes And Sandals

When you are going out for cycling or biking adventures, you should wear sports shoes. As this footwear is long-lasting and strong, they can withstand constant pressure while cycling. Clip less and clip-in pedals are also suitable. You can take a break after cycling for a long time. It is the perfect way to rest your feet.

3. Lots of Money

Money is one of the important things that you should carry along with you. Shortage of money will cause problems for you. As you are traveling alone in a cycle, you should take enough money for your expenses. Making a budget before starting your trip is important. Most of the travel agencies organize night camp facilities for the cycling groups. This experience is nice. You may not find ATM facilities on the places where you will travel, so it is better to carry cash along with you.

4. Lots of Dry Fruit and Snacks

Carrying too many clothes in the adventure tours is not necessary. Rather you take lots of dry fruits and snacks with you. Continuous cycling is tiresome. You need to eat at intervals. Dry fruits, beverages, biscuits, snacks and lots of water are essential things to take.

Lots of Knowledge And Physical Fitness

If you are going out for solo tour, knowledge about various routes is important. You can carry a big map that shows various routes. If you are going with the tour agencies, then you do not have to bother about the routes as the tour operators offer guides.

Physical fitness is vital for adventure tours. If you are weak, you can not ride the cycle for long hours. Medical test is very much necessary before you are starting your journey. You have to carry some important medicines in your bag.

These tips will help you while packing your bags for cycling trips. You should know how to keep up your vehicle and repair it. Cycle jerseys and tracks are necessary to carry in adventure tours.

Important Factors That Make Cycling Tours Special

There are many who wish to travel off the track with an objective to give a new meaning to exploration. Challenging the conventionalorms of traveling and going beyond the limits is something that a true travel enthusiast desires. Unlike conformist traveling approaches that include sightseeing and trying out different activities, off the track traveling provides…

There are many who wish to travel off the track with an objective to give a new meaning to exploration. Challenging the conventionalorms of traveling and going beyond the limits is something that a true travel enthusiast desires. Unlike conformist traveling approaches that include sightseeing and trying out different activities, off the track traveling provides an entirely different outlook for a certain destination. It not only helps a tourist to experience the real visits of the place, but it also helps in infusing a nomadic appeal to the tour making it exceptional and memorable at the same time.

Mounting a bike and traveling is an incredible way to closely witness the diverse cultures, customs and landscapes of the nation. In fact, this mode of traveling brings a person in front of unique junctures that might be difficult to come across while opting for typical tour packages. Now, let us have a quick look at the distinct aspects that make cycling tours special and memorable.

• Gaining an Entirely Different Insight about a Destination

Traveling is not just about seeing new places, but it is actually about experiencing the real hits of it. And this thought gets truly justified when one starts to move around in a bicycle. Gaining a comprehensive insight about a place is easy with cycling tours because one can stop wherever required. In conventional package tours, the travel plan is often pre-planned. Thus, one does not have the liberty to break the chain. However, things are not the same with cycle tours. One can visit the preferred locations and do whatever the mind says. Since, it takes the travelers to the untouched regions of the country knowing the native cultures and customs become a lot easier

• Staying Close To the Nature

When it comes to experiencing the charm of the landscape from a close perspective, nothing works better than the cycling tours. It takes the travelers close to the nature. Without staying confined within the four walls of a bus a traveller gets to enjoy the fresh air, while enjoying a panoramic view of the landscape.

• Sinking into the World of Serenity

Most of the popular tourist destinations are full of tourists and as such, staying away from the hustle and bustle often becoming difficult for a traveller who is in pursuit of calmness and serenity. Bicycle tours are a great way to dive into the world of serenity as because they often take the tourists to untouched locations that are void of tourists.

Cycle tours have become a preference for the global tourists for the above-mentioned reasons. Before going for these tours, the travelers must consider various important aspects like packing important items.

Inspiration to Summit Mount Kilimanjaro – Interesting Facts

Are you searching for the inspiration to summit Mount Kilimanjaro? Then these interesting facts might just be the inspiration you need. Climbing any mountain is a challenge and Kilimanjaro is no different, but it is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Whether you are an avid mountain climber or a novice you should certainly consider…

Are you searching for the inspiration to summit Mount Kilimanjaro? Then these interesting facts might just be the inspiration you need. Climbing any mountain is a challenge and Kilimanjaro is no different, but it is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Whether you are an avid mountain climber or a novice you should certainly consider putting this adventure on your bucket list.

There are many interesting facts about Mount Kilimanjaro that you might not be aware of. One of the most interesting facts is that it does not matter how old or how young you are, you can still summit Mount Kilimanjaro. The oldest person to ever summit Kilimanjaro was Valtee Daniel a Frenchman who was 87 at the time. This should be enough of an inspiration to anyone that is considering taking on this climb. If an 87 year old man can do it than so can you. The other extremely inspiring fact about Kilimanjaro is that health has no bounds either. Bernard Goosen has scaled the mountain twice. Climbing this mountain twice is a feet on its own, but when you add into equation the fact that Goosen has cerebral palsy and requires a wheelchair it becomes that much more inspirational. To climb the mountain Goosen used a modified wheelchair and did so without much assistance. Both of these men have proven that if you want it badly enough you can achieve your goals and summit Mount Kilimanjaro is definitely an awesome goal to have.

There are 6 routes that you can choose from, when climbing Mount Kilimanjaro:

· Marangu Route

· Machame Route

· Lemosho Route

· Shira Route

· Rongai Route

· Umbwe Route

Majority of these routes will take a minimum of 6 days to climb. They have varying levels of difficulty but have a good to excellent success rate. It all depends on what you want to achieve and which route you would like to conquer. The Machame route is certainly one of the most popular ones. This is partly due to the fact that it is slightly easier to climb than some of the other routes. This is definitely the best route to choose if you are a novice. However, if you are an experience climber the Umbwe Route will provide you with the challenge you need.

While you are hiking up Kilimanjaro you will be amazed at the scenery around you. Almost every kind of ecological system is found on the mountain, rain forest, alpine desert and of course an arctic summit to name but a few. Unfortunately, despite being the tallest mountain on the African continent, the snow caps are diminishing. In fact it is believed that within the next 20 years they will be completely ice free. Which means that depending on what time of year you go, you might not experience any snow at all. If you want to experience this mountain in all its glory, you need to book a trip today!

Things That You Must Do Before Your Next International Trip

The best way to enjoy a hassle-free trip abroad is staying ready. Before you take your flight to some far away countries, make sure that you arranged everything properly. Excitement would be at its peak, when you know that your days for vacation are near. But this exception should not divert you from packing your…

The best way to enjoy a hassle-free trip abroad is staying ready. Before you take your flight to some far away countries, make sure that you arranged everything properly.

Excitement would be at its peak, when you know that your days for vacation are near. But this exception should not divert you from packing your luggage properly. In order to enjoy a stress-free time in your vacation, invest a little time for packing your bags.

Here is a checklist that will help you make sure that everything is at the right place, and you are all set to head out for an adventurous vacation.

Check That All Your Visa and Passport Are Up-To-Date

Visa and passport rule vary from one country to the other. Most countries demand that your passport is valid for at least six months after your date of return. Passport departments of most countries say that one should renew his passport before nine months of its expire date. So, check the expiration date of your passport now, and if it requires a renewal, pay an urgent visit to the official website of the state's passport department.

Check If There Is Any Travel Warning

Checking the travel warnings is a must before heading out for a vacation. Warnings help you to know why traveling at that point is dangerous. And most importantly, it saves you from every type of life risks that could have occurred because of disobeying or not considering the travel warnings. The biggest disadvantage of not considering these travel risks is that your insurance policies will also not cover you when you are traveling under “travel warning”.

Registering About Your Trip to the Government of the State

When you are traveling somewhere abroad, especially when it is a remote area, do not forget to register about your trip with the government. You can do this registration online. Registering is very important because, at the time of emergency, the government would know about your place and where to contact you. If you specify that your family and friends can share this information, then they can take the help of this department for locating you. The best thing about this is that the registration process is totally free of cost.

Stock Enough Money in Your Wallet

Not just cash is enough for your trip. Make sure that you are carrying at least two credit cards with you in the trip. But before you leave, do not forget to tell the credit card issuer about your visit to some other country. Otherwise, you may face a denial on using your credit card because your bank will take this as a suspicious international activity.

Traveling to a new country for vacation may sound exciting and interesting, but you should also be careful about all the above-mentioned points.