Exploring the Wonders of Australia

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Whale Watching in WAExperience the diverse and magnificent landscapes of Western Australia (WA). The region will take you to some of the most extreme and fun-filled outdoor adventure, you’re yet to see. Be it in land, water or air, the region guarantees a one-of-a-kind tour for you.

If ever you’re wondering what places to visit, you better check out these suggestions to plan out the most perfect getaway:

Witness the Tidal Movements at Horizontal Falls

A scenic flight over the coastline of Talbot Bay in Buccaneer Archipelago and you know you’re off to a special adventure. Lying between the twin gaps of McLarty Ranges, the water passing through these two escarpments create huge tidal movements which is said to be the biggest in the world. It is said that it can reach up to 12 metres off the shore. On your visit you can experience the rushing tidal by riding on a jet boat.

Go Watch the Whale at WA’s Oceanfront

Follow the spectacular migration of whales which happens annually in a span of seven months. More than just its natural scenes, the region also brags about their enormous visitors. Whale watching in WA, according to All Sea Charters, is one of the most famous tourist attractions in all of the country. This phenomenon takes place between the months of May to December.

Bike Tour at the Rottnest Island

Rottnest Island is located off the coast of Western Australia. The area is most notably known for not having any cars going in and around the place. Tourists and locals alike travel around by riding or renting a bike. Thus, allowing people to take in the picturesque and charming beauty of the island in full bloom. You may also enjoy soaking in summer sun as there are nearby beaches you may visit around the area.

Enjoy the perfect getaway to Western Australia with these travel destinations. Try as many as adventure as you want to make the most out of your trip.

Four Preparations You Have to Do Before Hitting the Slope

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Skiing in VailHeading off to your first ever ski trip for the year? There are a few things you must prepare before you get into action. These will help make your ski vacation safe and more enjoyable. Below are some of the things you need to know:

Get Fit

Days or weeks before your trip, be sure you’re fit to go skiing. Whether you have plans on hitting the gym or workout at home, this will help prepare your body for the snow adventure you have in mind. You’ll also have to deal with altitude and low temperatures so be sure to take breathing exercises as well.

Ready the Gear

If you have your own gear, make sure they are serviced regularly. These include polishing, waxing, and sharpening of skis. However, if you don’t have one, there are a lot of ski rental shops in Vail, Colorado which provides high-quality snow gear, an expert from American Ski Exchange reminds.

Prep Up Your Clothes

A comfy and good ski suit can make a big difference to your ski experience. To perform well, your body needs to stay warm as you hit the slopes to avoid feeling the biting coldness of the winter. Today, you’ll see a more advanced clothing type to control the temperature in your body. While multi-layering can help do the job, it’ll be harder to move. So be sure to choose your apparel wisely to avoid discomfort.

Practice Beforehand

This is one of the most important things you should do right before you hit the snowy slopes. Indoor skiing will hone your skills in riding the skis. Along with that, it’s a great way to practice your balance as well as prep up your body for the physical activity you’re about to do.

The best way to make the most out of your ski adventure is to ready your body, equipment, and mind for it. Be sure to keep these reminders in mind to enjoy a safe and worthy winter vacation.

The Things Tattoo Artists Want You to Know

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Tattoo ArtistEven with the excitement of getting a tattoo, there are a few things that tattoo artists wish their clients knew. This article lists down some of them. 

1. Bring friends along

If it is the first time getting tattooed, you might feel intimidated. It is alright to go into the tattoo shop in Brisbane escorted by a few of your friends. It is a common thing to have a friend by your side. Coming with a whole group of friends, on the other hand, might not be the best thing. The group might distract the artist when working, especially if they are loud and touching things in the shop.

2. Exercise patience

It might sting and you wish you could get out of there as soon as possible. You can't do that. There are people who expect to get a massive artwork on their arm in just half an hour. The time you take on the seat will vary depending on the size you want, says SeventhCircle.com.au. There are some that require multiple sessions. Hurrying the artist does not make it better. Exercise some patience to get the best.

3. Quality comes at a price

You have to be ready to spend some money. Large tattoos and ones that are of great quality are never cheap. It can be compared to dining out, if you are sure you cannot afford it then do not do it. If you want a large piece, you will be charged by the hour. Save up enough to get something that looks great.

Keep these simple hacks in mind to avoid costly mistakes. Be sure that you are prepared. Also, remember to take good care of your tattoo, so it heals beautifully without infections. Do your research on the best tattoo artists and book an appointment. Look for design ideas on Instagram or Facebook.

Two Things You Should Never Miss When You Visit California’s Napa Valley

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Napa Valley entranceReady for a fun-filled vacation you won’t ever forget? Here are the top two recommendations for a fulfilling wine country vacation in California.

Indulge

Since the area enjoys a Mediterranean climate, there is nothing better for you to do than to indulge. The climate is so inviting even those who go there on business find it difficult to escape the laid-back vibe. It is not uncommon for non-locals who arrive for the purpose of exploring real estate options, such as those from GatesEstates.com, to delay urgent errands and give free rein to their craving for fine wine.

Three million visitors flock to the Valley annually, and most of them make the trip to enjoy the sun, the vines, and the wine, of course. There are more than 400 wineries here, so you should plan where to indulge your palate in advance. Although wine tasting, purchase, and consumption are the main activities visitors engage in, Napa is also home to luxurious spa retreats and world-class restaurants. If your idea of pleasure is to immerse in the beauty of nature, start with the breathtaking views while you drive from one point of interest to another.

Join the Harvest

Although most of the tourists schedule their vacations when it’s time to pick grapes from the vines, you must learn to tolerate the maddening crowds to experience the harvest that lasts roughly eight weeks. There is no other experience like it in the United States, and you must realize that thousands of other people would want to cross out ‘join the harvest’ from their bucket list. So, book your hotel reservation months early and prepare yourself for an unforgettable experience. When is the harvest? It varies, but it usually starts between late July and the tail end of August.

Although you have already planned your trip to Napa Valley, it is still advisable to make the county’s Tourist Information Center your first stop. They might have juicy bits of information that could brighten up your itinerary.

Top 4 Things that Attract People to Houston

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HoustonIt seems everyone is planning to or moving to Houston. Its population growth is intense with an estimate 6.18 million in 2013 and a staggering 6,490,180 as of July 1, 2014.

What is in Houston that attracted 50 percent of college graduates in the country between 2000 and 2012? Clearly, it has to be about the prime lifestyle factors, namely housing, education, employment and health.

Housing

Houston’s low-cost living is largely the result of low housing prices. It also has the lowest minimum salary required to purchase an average home at $31,298. Weichert, Realtors – InFocus, one of the most trusted local realtors, is suggesting the mix of urban living and rural sceneries that make it ideal for settling down and establishing families.

Education

The city also houses more than 40 colleges, university and institutions, like the Southern Ivy, Rice University, and the University of Houston, that offer higher education options to suit all interests. These universities are two of the country’s best research institutions, has advanced science and legal programs that can rival top Ivy Leagues.

Employment

The unemployment rate in Houston is significantly below the national level. Houston has recorded 309 percent job growth as of April 2014. It also topped among 20 most populous metro areas according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. When you adjust for cost of living, it has the highest pay in the country at $73, 418. It is also seen as self-sufficient with its IT jobs helping to increase other blue-collar jobs.

Health

One of the best features of the city, Houston hosts the world’s largest concentration of healthcare organization, with its scientists working hard to beat none other than one of the deadliest diseases in the world, cancer. The extremely wide Texas Medical Center is the largest single employer in the area, and the largest medical center in the world, with 21 eight academic, research institutions and hospitals that are all not-for-profit.

Indeed, Houston is packed with all the amenities many would love to have. If you are choosing a city to live in, try this city and experience incredible possibilities.

Eat and Ingest the Culture of Norway and Argentina

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NorwayFood represents culture in an outburst of flavour that people travel the world for in order to taste. From the Multekrem of Norway to Argentina’s asado, you’re sure to get the best taste of each culture in your travel.

Make Your Way to Norway

Once in Norway, people who fancy meat will find it hard to leave. Norwegian menus abound in fish and duck meat, which are smoked, grilled, cured, poached, fried, or salted and dried. Other more exotic ones like elk, reindeer, and seal serve as ingredients for the dishes you’re not likely to forget.

Their love for meat traces back to their traditional food. They consist mainly of materials found in bodies of waters and mountains, making game a center of native delicacies.

Vegetarians, on the other hand, may try to experience leafy paradise in just 48 hours in Oslo, but they’re bound to regret leaving too soon. Setting aside travel time for the purpose of enjoying food creates a tempting solution, especially because of the expenses. There are, nevertheless, plenty of inexpensive options for tourists to take to enjoy quality food on a budget.

Get Lost in Argentina

Food definitely tastes better when the price is right, and Argentina understands that logic well. The common parilla, pasta, and bodegones washed down with cool wine makes you feel right at home in a country with unique colors and traditions.

Asado or barbeque demands attention from first-timers, as a visit to Argentina is not complete without spending time by the grill. While you’re doing so, why not have a bite of Chimichurri? The fine blend of parsley, chili pepper flakes, vinegar, onion, and other ingredients complements meat like no other condiment can.

Another thing natives have to be grateful to cows for is the dulce de leche or milk jam. The caramel, thick and sweet, completes food like empanadas and alfajores. Instead of beer or wine, the yerba mate leaves a fine aftertaste for all the food and experiences earned in a trip to Argentina.

Norway and Argentina are but two of the countries food lovers and chefs should travel to for their food. Each place has its own specialty, and eating their food enables you to have a better grasp of what their culture is all about.

Colorado River Rafting 101: What You Need to Know When Planning a Trip

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River rafting 101For a safe and enjoyable rafting trip, you must choose the most appropriate trip type for you — solo or with your friends or family. It is also crucial that you understand your responsibilities and the potential risks involved. Here are some basic Colorado rafting tips from americanadventure.com to get you started.

The Essentials

Wear clothing made from materials that dry easily, such as polypropylene or nylon. Avoid going in your jeans and cotton shirt as these won’t keep you warm. Make sure to wear secure footwear and bring sunglasses, sunscreen, snacks, and drinking water. You may also want to consider bringing long pants and a warm hoodie as your change of clothing after rafting.

River Rafting Cost

The cost of river rafting varies from one outfitter to the next, and is based on which river you’re rafting and the duration of the trip. Usually, prepare to spend around $35 upwards for half day rafting trips. This includes lifejackets or personal flotation devices and helmets. You have to bring or rent your own booties or wetsuits if you’re going rafting during the cooler season. Multi-day rafting trips typically begin at $250 and come with rafting gear and meals. Consider giving a tip of 10% to 20% of the trip cost to your guides if you loved their service.

Alone or With an Outfitter?

If you’re rafting alone, make sure you’re aware of the restrictions on various rivers like the Yampa, where it’s virtually impossible to secure a permit without a licensed outfitter. Other Colorado rivers such as the Dolores won’t require a permit—just check yourself in at the put-in. On the other hand, going with experienced outfitters and their expert guides is your best bet if you’re a first-timer or if you don’t have the confidence yet to run the river alone. Whether you’re alone or with a guide, always keep in mind these Colorado rafting tips and your safety in the water.

Top 3 Reasons to Visit Alaska

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Kenai riverAlaska evokes cold nights, dark skies, and endless snow-capped mountains that do not elicit the same response as beaches in California or the entertainment in New York. This state has a raw appeal that attracts the adventurous traveller and piques the interest of casual holiday goers.

There are plenty of reasons to pack your bags and go to Alaska. CruiseLady.com shares some of them here.

Nature at Its Rawest

Alaska has stunning scenery from glaciers to towering mountains and serene lakes. Go on hikes or biking excursions through the lush countryside or mountainous vistas. The Kenai Fjords National Park is a must-visit destination worthy of inclusion in the places-to-visit-before-you-die list. This southern part of the state drifts into the Gulf of Alaska, where the land defies the sea with its razor-like peninsula and craggy headlands. The sea slithers inland with arm-like fjords between snow-capped mountains or glaciers.

Observe wildlife in their natural habitat. Take pictures of polar, black, or brown bears or sit back and listen to bison and moose as they wander in the wilderness. Go on a fishing tour or watch orcas as they swim and hunt in the Continental Shelf.

Photographers’ Heaven

People posing with peace signs will not interfere with a picture perfect moment on a trip to Alaska’s national parks. Hone your photography skills as you take photographs of moose in their natural environment or beautiful landscapes in the state’s many parks. Play with natural light or framing without the bothersome crowds.

Get Away from it All

Staying away from the crowds in beaches or popular tourist destinations is easy in Alaska. The remoteness of the tourist destinations only appeals to the adventurous and nature lovers. Go on a hike with a small group and enjoy the beautiful glaciers and mountains that will greet you on your journey. Rent a cabin or camp out in one of Alaska’s parks or homey, small towns. Unplugging from the world is easy when you wake up to the sound of animals and rushing rivers, and lush forests.

Alaska offers majestic landscapes, breathtaking national parks, wildlife in their natural habitat, and the perfect place to disconnect from the world. There are plenty of reasons to visit this state on your next vacation.

The Journey, Not the Destination: Backpacking the Western Australia Stretch

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Backpacking is a truly enjoyable experience. It is a chance to break free from the daily grind of life. By travelling, you get to feel what it is like to be dynamic, free soul. And if ever you chance upon Western Australia as the next venue of your outdoor adventure, you have to prepare a few things. Here are some.

Travel Guide

car rentalTourists tend to get lost in foreign lands if they are uninformed, so it’s best to have someone who knows the place. Being a backpacker, you will surely want to experience the many aspects of Western Australia on your own, such as the food, nightlife, tourist spots and historical monuments, among others. The help of a local to point you in the right direction will certainly help a lot.

This guide need not be a personal friend of yours. He can be a known cultural sadvocate who know a thing or two about the history and culture of WA, or a prominent food blogger in the region who can point you to the best chowdown spots for any budget.

Mode of Transportation

Of course, knowing that you will be backpacking, you expect to go by foot. Go by foot, and just stay the local inn or hotel along the way on your travels. Though this can be fun and exciting in its way, it will probably save you more money when you plan your route. Being in Western Australia, you will probably start off in Perth, the capital of said region. You can choose to get around with usual taxi cabs or even go with bicycle rentals. If you want wheels though, there are many car rental services in the city such as Aries Car Rental. If in case you have friends going with you and you need more than a six-seater to accommodate you, that there are also vans for hire within the city. Once you have transport, you can go around the city in style, and from there on out, continue to Albany, Rockingham, and other towns in Western Australia.

Research on Local Customs and Laws

You do not want to be the tourist who walks into a bar and says or does something that puts a frown of disbelief on the faces of the bar’s patrons. Like going anywhere else, you have to know the norms of the place you will be visiting. Know the offensive expressions or gestures you should avoid. Also, give the region’s local law a quick read. Being a tourist is not an excuse to be ignorant of the law. Of course, though the locals might extend a certain berth of tolerance to foreigners, it is best to be informed.

Cities to Visit for Architectural Design Inspiration

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SydneyThe creation of a building design requires inspiration, like other forms of art. More than leaving an impression, the architect’s job requires checking both their design’s purpose and overall appearance. Over the years, the standards for functionality and aestheticism evolved as lifestyles changed. This is evident in the shifting trends in building and city structures. While some architecture influences remain, there are innovations as well. Here are only a few cities bearing remarkable architecture that may spark some inspiration:

Sydney, Australia

Famous for its distinct Opera House, Sydney offers more contemporary art influence. Australia’s escalating urban development provides other insights on modern structures, whether for residential or commercial use. Sydney’s Central Business District highlights ideas on stylish and elegant skyscrapers, like ANZ Bank Centre, Chifley Tower, and Deutsch Bank Place.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

A city where history and modernity beautifully combine, Dubai is a haven for architectural inspiration. The Burj Al Arab spearheads its long list of majestic buildings. In addition to that, the Arab architects are not stopping in developing new projects. People should watch out for the “Dynamic Tower,” a building project set to beat records for its unique design and construction speed.

St. Petersburg, Russia

This colourful city has a vast diversity of architectural influences, from Petrine baroque to the modern eclecticism. Tourists delight in the sight of various landmarks like the Palace of the Tsars, Smolny Cathedral, and Peter and Paul Fortress. The beautiful mixture of building designs makes St. Petersburg one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

Montreal, Canada

Another amalgamation of old and new architecture, Montreal buildings are either French, British, or modern-inspired. Take a cue from its famous churches like Mary, Queen of the World Cathedral, Saint Joseph’s Oratory, Notre-Dame Basilica, the Anglican Christ Church Cathedral, and Saint James United Church. Another astonishing landmark is the eerie but impressive apartment complex called Habitat 67.

Hundreds of cities in the world bear unique mixtures of architectural influences that a single article is not enough to mention and describe all of them. This article covers only a few cities, but these definitely make the cut of places to go to for architecture inspiration.