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Month: July 2016

Tips To Make It Fun When Travel

Despite the excitement it brings, many of the travelers think even leisure trips have become much more stressful. Somehow, the fun part seems to be missing from them badly. It’s one of those feelings that when you head back from a trip, you feel like you need another one.

Most of the people simply wish to getaway to more peaceful places when they travel. Sadly, the planning can sometimes become so overwhelming that the tourists hardly find an opportunity to get away from their stressful life. If you’re worried about fun lacking from your leisure trips, here are some things you need to do soon.

Booking Sensibly
Booking simply isn’t about getting the cheapest airfare available. It is beyond that. You can get very cheap fares even if you intend to fly last minute. To book right, you need to stay ahead of the time. Most of the airline seats are posted on the web 11 months in advance. This is ideally the time you should start looking for your flight options. Since they’ve been freshly posted, you have a chance to save more and travel at your own terms.

When it comes to selecting lodgings, you just don’t have to book hotels because everyone is going for them. Being creative with your lodgings can give a whole new feel to your trip and help you make significant savings. Instead of hotels, consider different options such as vacation rentals, villa breaks, camping or even cruising.

Probably what’s least exciting in your trips is flying itself. The anxiety flying brings to many makes them forget things and act in clumsy manner that isn’t too appealing to the airport security.

Airports aren’t that miserable, you simply need to be at your best when you make your way to the airport. There are couple of ways you can make peace with your airport stay. Arrive at the airport earlier so that you allow yourself enough time even when it’s a busy day ahead. Wear clothing that you make you swift through the airport security easily. If you can, checking in ahead of time would be a great option and save you from a lot of time. The never ending queue at the airport check-in counters these days can completely drive you crazy.

Less Complicated Travel Plans
When we travel to new destinations, we wish to make it more happening and make our trips more fulfilling. Doing so, we often end up fitting too many complicated plans in our travel itinerary. This way, you hardly enjoy any part of your trip because you’re too focused on finishing off with everything. When you travel, aim to make it more fulfilling and mindful. Focus more on the quality of your trip rather than simply ticking off places. From food to visiting attractions, everything should be simple fun. If you’re not the sort to enjoy overrated attractions, don’t bother queuing up for them!


Things You Should Bring For Your Trip In The Texas Hill Country

Putting together the ultimate river tubing trip in the Texas Hill Country should be a blast. With so much of our lives being surrounded by the hard concrete jungle of today’s major cities, being able to take a soothing trip down the river is a great way to recharge the batteries.

However, before you get out into the wild, it is important to think about what you will need to pack for your trip. You can’t take everything you want or need. Otherwise, you would be weighed down by all of the extra stuff. You can, however, take the right things with you to make sure you have a solid trip that keep the fun at the forefront. Here are five items that must be on your packing list as you get set to tubing in the Texas hill country:

1. Sunscreen – Sunlight causes serious damage to your skin if it’s not protected. For a few dollars, having a good sunscreen and reapplying during your tubing trip is a simple matter that pays for itself in terms of peace of mind. Don’t be caught in the grandeur of Garner State Park in Concan, TX with nothing protecting you.

2. Mosquito Spray – Tubing down the river can mean being exposed for a few hours, so being able to keep mosquitoes away is vital to a good time. Also, if you decide to take a post-tubing trip to Utopia Park in Utopia, TX for their annual 4th of July fireworks show, for example, keeping the mosquitoes at bay would be ideal while you enjoy a bright, beautiful Texas night.

3. First Aid Kit – More than likely, you’ll be traveling with family or friends. Designate someone to have a first aid kit available. You can even make one yourself and include basics such as bandages, alcohol wipes, antibiotic gel, and if possible, an emergency allergy shot.

4. Compass/Map/GPS – Depending on when you go on your trip, you may actually find a high amount of traffic which makes it far less likely to “get lost.” However, having a way to keep track of where you are can be important in the event that something happens. Another reason to know where you are may be related to being mindful of the land your on. The Lost Maples State Natural Area in Uvalde, TX is known for its beauty, but visitors are asked to stick to marked trails due to inherent dangers of rugged terrain. Walking in unprotected areas can also lead to damaging the maple trees that give the area its name.

5. Life Jacket – Perhaps the most important item to have with you is a life jacket. Everyone is worried about how it may give them an uneven tan. Others figure that the water isn’t that deep. The fact remains that life jackets save lives. The Uvalde County tourism site has a direct link to the United States Geological Survey site regarding water levels to check ahead of time. Sometimes being safe is more important than being cool.

A little common sense can go a long way when planning a river tubing trip in the Texas Hill Country. As with any outdoor type trip, plan smart and keep safety as your top priority.



Things You Should Know About a Cusco Peru Tour

Cusco or Qosco means “navel of the world” according to the legendary Incans who ruled this place. Before you head to Cusco to visit the fabled Machu Picchu and trek off along meandering paths there are some things you should know.

Cusco is located at a height of about 3399 meters. The atmosphere will be rarefied and it is best to arrive here and acclimatize yourself for at least a day or two. It goes without saying that if you plan to trek you must be physically fit.

Once you arrive at Cusco find out a nice and neat local Hopedale. These are usually family run and are quite affordable.

If you can, go off on your own and explore the Inca Trail and dozens of other options for trekking such as the Jungle Trek, the Sacred Valley trek (it takes all of one day) and the Santa Theresa trek or the Ausangate and Choquequirao trek. However, if you are here for a short stay then it is wise to join guided local tours in Cusco Peru offered by a local tour company. Make sure you buy the tourist ticket costing $ 45 valid for 5 days and it will give you entry to all the museums, ruins and shows. Along with the museums, you can plan to visit the church of San Blas, Plaza de Armas or the main town square, the historic ruins of Sacsayhuaman the one-time fortress of the Incas from where you have a breathtaking view of the lovely city. There are plenty of places to see so you should plan to stay a few days at the least.

Do not forget to sample vegetarian meals in the city. It is a refreshing change. Of course, there is plenty of international food as well. By some trinkets from artisans but steer clear of alpaca and help yourself to a coffee at any of the small cafes while you are here. You will be amazed by the neatness of this quaint little town that thrives solely on tourism.

Then there are small but important matters. Always carry your passport and important documents along with you instead of leaving them with your luggage. Carry woolens along with you and keep handy some sunscreen cream, sunglasses and rain gear in your backpack. It rains from April to November and December to March. Do not forget to carry a bottle of water and to put on comfortable but tough walking shoes.

As for places of interest they are strewn in all four directions. Pikillacta is one of the relics of the Inca empire, a one-time metropolis said to have been home to over 10000 people. Of more interest is the living village of Andahuaylillas on the way to Puno where you must visit the San Pedro Church said to date back to the 16th or early 17th century. The walls inside carry fabulous painting. Close by is the small town of Huara. It is believed wizards used to inhabit this place so some of the magic of the Incas may still be there.



Try Something Different On Sabine River

Have you ever drove through a town, one you’ve been driving through for most of your life and felt like you were someplace else? Did it seem somewhat different for some reason or another? Maybe they’ve added a new store or shut down an existing one. Recently, the old bridge in town has been torn down and a new one has replaced it, along with a new highway and route in and out of town; that’s exactly how I felt on several occasions driving through town lately. Construction is still under way and before long, we’ll have two bridges, one East bound and the other West bound. Strange as it seems it’s the same town with the same handful of shops and people in it. Nothing much has changed except the new bridge and reroute through town.

The town of Logansport is a small with 1500 plus people if that. Here, there is a beautiful public library, a doctor’s office, a couple of dollar stores, a school, a drug store and a handful of shops, a truck stop, car dealership, and several restaurants. What makes Logansport so unique is that it sits on the riverbank of the Sabine River, better known as the mouth of Toledo Bend. For years people have come here for relaxation and fishing. We do not have a motel or bed and breakfast, but there are a couple of RV parks in town for like minded people. Across the river about a mile on the Texas side, there is a motel, a grocery story, a truck stop and several restaurants for your perusal.

When you cross over the bridge you’re on Texas soil. Although the town is small in comparison to places like Shreveport or Dallas, there are some remarkable festivities throughout the year. The Logansport Chamber of Commerce has provided readers with the following information regarding annual festivals and events in Logansport.

Mardi Gras Ball: Every year, we have a Mardi Gras Ball to honor the King and Queen, members, and sponsors. There is always live entertainment.

Mardi Gras Parade: The streets are lined with people waiting for the parade every year. Beads and trinkets are tossed to the onlookers.

Sand Bass Tournament: The annual Sand Bass Tournament is held on the Sabine River at the beginning of The Toledo Bend Reservoir.

River City Fest: River City Fest is held on the banks of the Sabine River in the Dennis Freeman Riverfront Memorial Park usually the first weekend of May.

July 4th Celebration: Come out or stay the day for the best free fireworks show over the Sabine River in DeSoto Parish. You can come out early or stay the day! Take time for a picnic, a cruise on the river and an evening of fireworks.

River City Christmas Festival and Parade

If you like to fish, you don’t have to wait for the Bass Tournament to throw out your hooks. There is a bait store down by the riverfront for your fishing needs. A quiet afternoon on the riverbank or a stroll in the park is just what the doctor ordered for some of you so come on down and enjoy yourself. Bring a picnic lunch or eat at one of the local restaurants.

Stroll through the shops downtown or go by the library, pick up a good book and sit by the fireplace for a spell. Relax and enjoy…

Small towns have festivities to offer. Sometimes, you can have the best time in a small town setting.