Think Outside the Box and Save Big on Travel. By Jesse Clark

January 13, 2020

Whether you hop on a plane and trek across the globe, or rent an RV and drive across the
country, travel is a great way to experience new places. It allows you to explore new areas, meet interesting people, and get a better understanding of the world we live in. But don’t just take our word for it. Scientists have looked into the benefits of travel as well. According to a recent study, taking a trip abroad keeps you healthier and boosts your creativity! Travel is great. Who wouldn’t turn down the opportunity to drop everything and go on a trip? But even if you have the time to travel, there’s one reason people don’t travel more – cost. Travel can be restrictively expensive. So how do you trim the costs and make your dreams of getting away a reality? Take a look.
Travel off the beaten path We’d all love to spend three months in Italy, but for most people, it isn’t in the budget. Of course, that doesn’t mean you can’t have a great vacation. If you are looking to get the Italian vibe without the Italian price, Croatia is a much cheaper alternative. Similarly, almost anywhere in Eastern Europe is substantially less expensive than Western Europe.

Looking for a tropical location? Consider the Caribbean instead of Hawaii. While the Caribbean is not exactly “off the beaten path,” it can be a lot less expensive than Hawaii, especially if you are traveling from the East Coast.
Travel slow Thinking about taking an extended vacation? Instead of making a bunch of stops, consider staying longer in one location. With slow travel, you choose one home base and stay for an extended period of time. You can stay at more than one location, but you should aim to spend at least a week in each location.
There are many benefits to slow travel. For one, you are able to see the location in a deeper more intimate way. You can connect with the locals and visit the hidden spots that no one knows about. Another benefit – the cost. When you book a place to stay, you will likely see lower rates the longer you stay. Vacation rentals and hotels often offer lower rates for extended stays.
Choose the right phone plan No matter where you’re traveling, you’ll almost definitely be bringing your smartphone along whether you’re using it to stay in touch with people back home, to find places to eat or stay, or for GPS. And if you’re traveling internationally, you’ll want to avoid being charged overage fees by your provider. To avoid these charges and roaming fees, review unlimited phone plans to find one that can accommodate all the data you’re using.
Consider alternative accommodations If you’re used to staying at a hotel when you travel, it’s time to think outside the box. Hotels can be expensive, especially in hot tourist locations like New York and LA. There are sites that allow you to book apartments, houses, and even igloos at a greatly discounted price. In addition to saving money on your booking, these options typically come with some sort of kitchen, meaning
you can cook from “home” instead of eating out. Compare rates on Priceline
If you are planning on booking a flight or renting a car, it’s always a good idea to compare rates.
But why waste your time hopping from site to site when you can find all the information you need in one place? Priceline pulls rates from thousands of hotels making it easy to search online for the best deals, allowing you to choose the rate that’s best for you. Worried that you might miss out on a better deal somewhere else? One of the great things about Priceline is their price match guarantee. Find a better rate within 24 hours of booking, and they’ll refund 100 percent of the difference. You can save even more by using Priceline coupons and promo codes.

Travel can be expensive. We get it. But it doesn’t have to be prohibitively expensive. When you plan ahead, are flexible with where you want to go, and think outside the box, the price will drop dramatically. Don’t let costs get in the way of your travel dreams. The only question left is:”Where will you go?”


Foreign tourists spent a record 5.94 million nights at Israeli

July 31, 2018

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As reported in Ha’aretz, Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics reported that 2.18 million foreign visitors came to Israel in the first six months of the year, a 19% increase over the same period in 2017.

The Israel Hotel Association reports that foreign tourists spent a record 5.94 million nights at Israeli hotels during the first half of 2018, up about 13% over the first half of last year and 43% higher than in 2016.

The data also show that about half of all stays at Israeli hotels between January and June of this year were made by foreign visitors and half by Israelis.

Fully 34% of all foreign tourist hotel nights for first six months of this year were spent in Jerusalem, with another 24% in Tel Aviv.

Source I.T.N


Ethiopia Launches Online Entry Visa (E-Visa)

June 11, 2018

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The Ethiopian Immigration and Nationality Affairs Main Department, in collaboration with Ethiopian Airlines, has finalized preparations of the initial phase to commence an e-visa service for international visitors to Ethiopia.

The e- visa is processed and issued online on a single website where applicants apply, pay and secure their entry visa online. Once the online application is approved, applicants will receive an email authorizing them to travel to Ethiopia and they will get their passport stamped with the visa upon arrival in Addis Ababa.

Regarding the new service Group CEO Ethiopian Airlines Tewolde GebreMariam said, “Ethiopia, the oldest independent civilization in Africa and one of the oldest in the world, is endowed with historical places, natural beauty, colorful and diverse cultural activities and various endemic wild animals which are of great interest to international tourists. However; we have not made best use of these natural resources to attract large number of tourists. To this effect, this project is part of a new national initiative to transform the tourism sector in the country. The full commencement of the Online Visa application and issuance system will promote tourism, trade and investment to the country. It will save time, energy and cost for travelers to Ethiopia in addition to the simplicity and convenience that it facilitates. With direct flights to/from more than 95 destinations from all corners of the world operated by the most modern airplanes, we will continue to make travel to Ethiopia, dependable, easy, convenient and affordable. I will take this opportunity to thank our IT team and our colleagues at the Main Department for Immigration & Nationality Affairs for the commendable collaboration and the job well done.”


Visit Gateway to hell-Danakil Depression

May 19, 2018

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The Dallol region of Ethiopia is a cauldron of burning salt, volcanic rock and sulfuric acid and is officially the hottest place on the planet.

Near the southern end of the Red Sea an immense, triangular, depression descends far below sea level – some points near the ghost town of Dallol are nearly 120m below sea level). Known as the Danakil/Dallol Depression, the northern part is extremely hot and dry and an extension of the Great Rift Valley. In this seemingly inhospitable area live the nomadic Afar people who number about 3 million and largely disregard the notional borders between Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti and Somaliland.

The whole Afar Depression is a plate tectonic triple junction where the spreading submarine ridges that formed the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden emerge on land and meet the East African Rift. The Afar Depression is one of two places on Earth where a mid-ocean ridge can be studied on land, the other being Iceland. At present, the Afar is slowly being pulled apart at a rate of 1-2cm per year. The floor of the Afar Depression is composed mostly of basaltic lava. The Afar Depression and Triple Junction also mark the location of a mantle plume, a great uprising of the earth’s mantle that melts to yield basalt.

This place, which used to be part of the Red Sea, has kilometers of salt deposits. In some places the salt deposits are about 5km (3 mi) thick. Below many salt lakes are substantial sources of volcanic heat which causes hot water to rise through layers of salt and deposit anhydrites. Minerals also get dissolved and are deposited near the springs, and form shapes very much reminiscent (but smaller than) hornitos on basaltic lava flows. Sulphur, other minerals and possibly Thermopylae bacteria cause spectacular colors.

This is a vast expanse of blisteringly hot desert with lava flows and salt plains and lakes that lie below sea level. Active and extinct volcanoes lie along a south–north axis with the extremely salty Lake Afrera, at 120m below sea level, kept alive by the many thermal springs feeding it.

Dallol offers an opportunity to see the first signs of a new ocean basin forming. The Dallol volcano, the only volcanic crater below sea level on land, has remained dormant since 1926, as the seabed it will one day occupy gradually widens. South of Dallol, rectangular salt slabs are cut and transported up into the highlands in a near endless procession of camel caravans. The salt canyons south of Dallol Mountain are some of the most impressive geological features in the area. It looks like another planet because there are lots of colorful rocks in each meter of terrain. It looks like something out of a science fiction novel.

the Danakil Depression sits deep below sea level (more than 100 meters below at some of its lowest points) in northern Ethiopia’s Afar region. Not only is the depression one of the hottest places on the planet, it’s also one of the most geologically active: the depression is essentially a molten, acidic, and bubbling expanse of land unlike anything else you’ve ever seen.

The depression contains a mixed bag of minerals, salt, sulfur and dissolved iron, all of which manifest themselves in the vibrant combination of yellows, oranges, and reds that make the landscape look equal parts neon and deadly.

Some of the Danakil Depression’s pools boast a pH level below 1 (which in terms of acidity sits somewhere between battery and stomach acid), with thin salt crusts frequently disguising underlying pools of deadly acid. Life isn’t really a thing here, which means that Danakil is one of the most barren and desolate ecosystems in the world.

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The Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela

May 11, 2018

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Truly Amazing Places You Must Visit Before You Die

In a mountainous region in the heart of Ethiopia, some 700 km from Addis Ababa, eleven medieval monolithic churches were carved out of rock. Their building is attributed to King Lalibela who set out to construct in the 12th century a ‘New Jerusalem’, after Muslim conquests halted Christian pilgrimages to the holy Land.

Lalibela (ላሊበላ) is history and mystery frozen in stone, its soul alive with the rites and awe of Christianity at its most ancient and unbending. No matter what you’ve heard about Lalibela, no matter how many pictures you’ve seen of its breathtaking rock-hewn churches, nothing can prepare you for the reality of seeing it for yourself. It’s not only a World Heritage site, but truly a world wonder. Spending a night vigil here during one of the big religious festivals, when white-robed pilgrims in their hundreds crowd the courtyards of the churches, is to witness Christianity in its most raw and powerful form.

Hidden for centuries in the remote highlands, about 700 kilometers north of Addis Ababa, the magnificent rock-hewn churches of Lalibela are not to be missed by today’s visitor. This group of eleven monolithic and semi-monolithic structures was carved directly into the stone of the mountainside at least 800 years ago. With the largest monolithic church in the world; a maze of passageways and tunnels; intricately carved reliefs; and fabulous examples of icon paintings; the Lalibela churches were built by carving a massive rectangular trench around a solid stone block.  This solid block was then hollowed out, leaving interior columns, windows, reliefs, etc.  Other churches were carved in a similar fashion but leaving either one side or the roof attached to the surrounding stone.  Not only the craftsmanship but also the sheer size of the churches is stunning.  Medhane Alem, the largest, sits on 800 square meters and St. George is 15 meters deep.


Killings continue but travel agents keep selling trips to Cancun

April 26, 2018

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Canadians travel to Mexico more than any other country except the United States. But many visitors may be unaware of the growing violence in a main city that was once hailed as one of the country’s safest: Cancun.This week, five people were found dead near the public prosecutor’s office in the city on the Yucatán Peninsula, bringing the death toll by violence in the beach city to more than 100 since the beginning of the year.Story continues belowDrug cartels are operating in the region more openly. While tourists have not been the targets of violence so far, killings are starting to take place closer to destinations popular with visitors.The Government of Canada has a general travel advisory for Mexico but has not advised Canadians against planning travel to Cancun or the surrounding areas, including Playa del Carmen, another popular beach location. More than 100 people have now been killed in the popular beach resort since the start of 2018.

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Forensic doctors carry the body of a Canadian woman found with multiple stab wounds in Cancun last month

Drug-related violence in Mexico has increased massively in recent years with murders now commonplace. Morgues even closed down in the Mexican state of  Guerrero after they were deluged with gangland victims.

Cops are trying to protect tourist destinations like Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Cozumel, Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta, Acapulco and Nuevo Vallarta.

However, in the first three months of 2018 more than 100 people were killed in Cancun alone.

In one 36-hour spell in April 2018 NINE PEOPLE were murdered.

Source: Travelwire News


Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro

April 23, 2018

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Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa and the tallest freestanding mountain on earth. Crowned with an everlasting snow-cap, this majestic mountain can be found inside the Kilimanjaro National Park of Tanzania, at 005.00 degrees south, 036 degrees east, 5895 meters or   19,340 feet above sea level. It is the tallest freestanding mountain (not part of a mountain range) in the world. The nickname for Mount Kilimanjaro is the Roof of Africa.

Mount Kilimanjaro is a dormant volcano comprised of three cones – Kibo, Mawenzi and Shira. The summit is on the Kibo cone, and is named Uhuru, which means freedom in Swahili. The mountain is 750,000 years old. The last major eruption was 350,000 years ago.

Despite its massive size and height, climbing Kilimanjaro is a very achievable feat by even novice hikers. Mount Kilimanjaro is a major tourist attraction bringing thousands of participants from all over the world. It has become the mountain of choice for charity climbs, first time hikers, and celebrity adventures.

Kilimanjaro is known as a “walk-up” mountain. No technical skills are required and no mountaineering equipment (ice axes, crampons, rope and harnesses) is needed. However, it should not be underestimated as altitude sickness is a real danger when traveling to extreme elevation. More than 50% of all climbers fail to reach the summit.

It is fundamental to hire a guide or guide service when climbing Kilimanjaro. It is illegal to do so without one. There are hundreds of operators that serve Kilimanjaro, however more than 90% are poorly run local companies who do not have the appropriate standards in place to safely lead tourists on the mountain. Be selective when choosing your operator as the decision is crucial. The best operators, such as Ultimate Kilimanjaro, have many years of experience, thousands of clients, the best guides, established safety protocols, quality name brand camping equipment, nutritious meals, and are Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project (KPAP) members.

To visit Mount Kilimanjaro, the most convenient way is to fly into Kilimanjaro International Airport, and then travel to Arusha or Moshi, Kilimanjaro’s gateway towns, by vehicle. Both cities are approximately 40 minutes away from the airport and taxi services are readily available.

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https://www.climbingkilimanjaro.com/

https://www.rmiguides.com/kilimanjaro

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https://www.tanzaniaodyssey.com/tanzania/kilimanjaro

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