The Best Countries for Rock Climbing

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rock-climbingWhat’s not to love about rock climbing? The physical and mental challenges, the buzz and the amazing sights you get to see are all among the many benefits of going on rock climbing holidays or traveling the world looking for somewhere to climb. Grab the right equipment from reviews on TheSmartLad.com and head out out on the trip of a lifetime…with rocks!

New Zealand – what isn’t to like about the country? One of the most beautiful places on earth with the geography which lends itself to some amazing rock climbing. Stunning cliffs near Queenstown provide some of the most beautiful sights you’ll ever see while climbing.

Yosemite National Park – famous for so many reasons, the landscape of Yosemite is truly amazing and though Americans may take it for granted, the rock climbing community certainly don’t and use the park again and again, never getting bored of the cliffs. This is even a great place to learn to climb as there is a school there.

Thailand – Asia is one of the jewels of the world, but you might not automatically associate it with climbing, however some of the regions are particularly great for those who want to climb in an exotic location.

Make sure you know what you’re doing and you can go out in groups and with guides in these places, your local gym will likely have somewhere you can learn the basics before you head out on the open road and go on the holiday of a lifetime climbing.

Things to Consider When Moving Abroad (Or Traveling for Extended Times)

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flightIt is easier than ever to travel abroad with cheap airline tickets and information at our fingertips, but there are a lot of things to consider, especially if you plan to move somewhere or just spend longer out there than a typical vacation.

Whether your are looking at staying in one fixed location or moving about different areas, you will require access to some sort of lodging whether a hotel or rented accommodation. How and where you discover this is totally subject to your needs and circumstances but airbnb is good to get you started, and there are lots of places online where you can look to find somewhere to stay.

In the event that you plan to move or spend long abroad, you will probably need to discover some sort of job to cover the living costs. Contingent upon the nation you are from and where you are heading out to, your capacity to work will differ, but applying for a visa is usually essential for this kind of thing and there is help out there to assist with applying for visas of different kinds and in different countries.

Learning the language – if you’re going to stay a long time in somewhere with a foreign language, learning at least the basics will help no end.

The culture change of moving abroad can be huge, and depending on what you’re used to, you may need to consider whether this will make you have second thoughts. If you’re certain that this exciting move is for you, the steps ahead will help you out.

Laos Caves – Some of Asia’s Travel Gems

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konglorAsia has long been, for tourists, one of the most interesting and beautiful areas on the planet for exploring, and though Laos is perhaps not the most high profile of the countries in Asia, it offers some truly beautiful sites, and in this article we are discussing the caves which can be found in various parts of the country. The mountainous nature of Laos makes for some really interesting geography and exciting places to explore. It doesn’t have a coastline, so beach holidays aren’t on offer here, but don’t let that put you off as the stunning landscapes more than make up for it.

Konglor Cave – this is an amazing cave in Laos which offers over 7 km of limestone tunnels to explore which can be done with local guides, the tourism industry has cottoned on and there are places to stay nearby which can help you with exploring this stunning area.

Tham Pa Fa – the Buddha cave – this is another brilliant place to visit, the buddha cave of course has cultural and spiritual meanings as well as being truly wonderful to look around.

Vieng Xai – this is one of the most interesting historically as it served as shelter during wars when the US were bombing Laos, this network of caves has become like an underground dwelling and has a fascinating history.

Laos is a beautiful country and there are so many reasons to visit, but the Caves truly stand out as some of the most stunning and interesting wonders to look at in South East Asia.

Stay Organized on the Go: Our Top Tips

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Screen Shot 2016-06-18 at 02.15.13Whether you’re always on the go for work or you are perpetually traveling either for work or travel, here are some enabling on the go ideas that I have put together to help you staying organized. You don’t need me to tell you how important it can be, and how much easier life can be if you are organised.

Everything that is in your bags and laptop case which isn’t essential speaks volumes about choices that have not been made. If you don’t need something, ditch it.

Arrange as much as you can ahead of time.

A couple of minutes of arranging and arrangement can spare hours, not to mention the hassle of something going wrong. Think ahead and make decisions… What will you require? What issues may come up? What do you know now that you could get out of the way and take care of before it turns into an issue? This is good for peace of mind too

When traveling, Bring a little diary, journal or folio out and about. These diaries aren’t only to write memories in, they are an awesome approach to catch, store and show things you might need later. Think business cards, receipts from your meals, tickets, and so forth. You can likewise scribble down notes you’d like to recollect.

Getting the right luggage is key and traveling with suitable bags and cases can be hugely helpful, making sure you have a place for everything and even use portfolios not only designed to contain your devices such as laptops or iPads but also well designed with holders for documents and everything else you could need. We love the luggage, bags and folios which can be found at icarryalls.com, great for business not only because they look good, but because the designs are so sensible and simple, plus they have variety so you can choose what suits you best.

It is important to get packing right too, especially if staying away from home.

  • Make a plan before you start. It doesn’t need to be excessive, yet a general framework of what you’ll need.
  • Roll your garments. You’ll fit a heck of a lot more stuff into your bag.
  • Bring additional plastic bag and you’ll be astounded at how frequently they prove to be useful
  • Decide what you’re wearing beforehand and avoid taking clothes which won’t be used.

Be sure to pack layered garments such as undershirts and outerwear. Odds are the temperature might change. You will need to shift your garments by how hot you are potentially a few times during the day. You may also need clothes for both business and leisure, so think ahead.

Keeping everything you need in an organized folder is a lifesaver, especially if you need things like travel documents. Organizers, bags and portfolios are amazing for business men and women, not only because of keeping life organized but lets face it, they look good, and give off the right image about being both in control and having a bit of style at the same time!

The Nightlife in Key Largo

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key largoWhen the sun sets the party begins. There are so many great places to go in Key Largo to enjoy the nightlife. You can find Pubs, Clubs and Grills full of good eats and live performances. Whether you are looking for something family friendly or hot and heavy, there’s something for everyone.

The Caribbean Club one of the last standing relics of Old Key Largo and one of the oldest bars in the Upper Keys. The club serves breakfast lunch and dinner. Come in for the daily happy hour specials or enjoy a romantic waterfront dinner. The place is even dog friendly. Aside the live music, they host karaoke, trivia night, fundraisers and special events. Jimmy Buffett gives it a thumbs up. The Caribbean Club is the film location for Netflix Original Series Bloodline .

Sharkey’s Pub & Grill located on Caribbean Drive is open from 7 am- 2 am. Their menu covers breakfast, lunch and dinner items. You can also stop in to the shop and buy a signature t-shirt or hat. The Brewpub offers a total of 32 selections of beer on tap, as well as, local specialties. There is a wide variety of mixed drinks available, tropical, frozen and specialty drinks. You can buy the mixed drinks by the glass or by the bait bucket for a crowd. The food menu is extensive containing American, Tropical, Mexican and Seafood Specials.

After an awesome meal head on down to Mallory Square for the Sunset Celebration. The celebration is full of live entertainment that begins 2 hours before sunset and runs late into the night. Participation from the audience is encouraged by the many street performers. You will see a variety of street artists, jugglers, magicians, clowns, local bands and vendors who will let you sample their goodies.

Snook’s Bayside Restaurant and Grand Tiki Bar is a bit more elegant. It is a great place for a romantic dinner for two and a place for the whole family. Enjoy waterfront dining for lunch or dinner. Snook’s will host your wedding or parties. Come in and enjoy happy hour and a plate of fresh caught local fish. There is prime Angus Beef, Chicken and Fish dishes along with a kids menu. Snook’s has a wide variety for your after dinner drinks for you to enjoy while you listen to live music and entertainment.

If you are looking for some comfort foods stop in to Shipwrecks Bar & Grill for some pub grub and brews. Enjoy some home cooked food in a relaxed and chill atmosphere. The Bar and Grill is open from 11 in the morning until 10 at night. Everything seems bigger at Shipwreck’s 2 appetizers is like a whole meal. Dine inside or enjoy eating outdoors. Happy hour is incredible and no matter how busy they are, the staff is always accommodating.

Whether you are looking for something funky and upbeat or somewhere chill you will find it in Key Largo. There is plenty of drinks and eats for everyone. Enjoy a romantic evening out or bring the whole family out to Mallory Square for the night of a lifetime.

How to Get to Your Accommodation in Tenerife from Tenerife Airport

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tenerifeFamous for its palm lined beaches, pristine seaside views, unique volcanic landscapes and rich cultural heritage, Tenerife continues to attract a large number of tourists throughout the year. The island has a number of villages providing different accommodation options. The southern villages of Tenerife are famous for their luxury resorts and beach side escapes, while northern towns like Santa Cruz and La Laguna also have a large number of economic hotels and guest houses.

Tenerife is well connected to the rest of the world through air and water, and hence getting to the islands is not a difficult task. However, tourists, especially those who are travelling to Tenerife for the first time, often wonder how best to reach their hotel or guest house from the Tenerife airport in a fast and hassle-free manner. Many people often think that airport taxi transfers are highly expensive and thus, if an airport transfer is not included in their hotel booking, find themselves stranded at the airport on arrival unable to decide how best to get to their destination.

Well, if you were wondering about the same thing, you have reason to rejoice. Professional Tenerife airport transfers are here to put an end to your worries. Contrary to popular myths, these services are highly reliable, economic and portray high standards of service. As long as the correct travel itinerary details are available with the airport transfer agency, they will ensure to track your flight status and be present at the airport at the correct time to take you to your hotel. A smooth ride to the hotel will ensure that you can have the comfort and privacy you deserve after a tiring flight. You can thus restore all your energy to make the most of your Tenerife vacation.

However, it is important to choose the appropriate taxi transfer company. There are several ways to carry out the initial research.

Check out online reviews of the service provider.

Trust word of mouth. If any of your friends or colleagues has been to Tenerife, ask them for their opinions.

Make sure that you read through and understand the outlined terms and conditions.

Once you have chosen a professional Tenerife airport taxi transfer, you can rest assured that you will be off to a great start to your holidays. Fret not, because the sand and the surf and the sun are calling you.

Scuba, beaches and coconuts of the gorgeous islands in Thailand

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thaiSouth East Asia is one of the most beautiful destinations in the world. Fact. In my travels around the area I have seen some of the most amazing sights that the area has to offer, and there is very little else in the world that can take your breath away like the Thai scenery.

A normal day for me in Thailand whilst I was there involved a morning stroll down to the beach, food throughout the day from the beautiful hawker stands, iced coffee in the cafes and of course more chilling out on the beaches watching the coconuts above (and drinking from them!) The beaches are perfect, it is clear to see why so many of the films which require beach shots choose to head to south east asia and some of the perfect beach scenes you’ve seen are probably filmed around the many islands of Thailand. The most amazing experiences I had were some of the scuba diving and boat tours I went on, where the sealife is truly incredible.

You can get around the islands on local boats and tours and it isn’t difficult (nor is it expensive as the cost of living is relatively low. This list of the great islands in Thailand shows some of the most sought after islands to hop over to, and has something for everyone whether you’re going for the scuba diving, for the parties or just to chill out on a quiet beach with your friends, partner or your family.

London Rickshaw Tours: A Great Way to See the City

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ldnRickshaws are maybe something you’d associate more with a bustling Asian city, but let me assure you, they’re all the rage in London! One of the world’s most beautiful and historical cities, providing a wonderful experience as you glide through the streets which are so rich in history and check out everything this beautiful city has to offer from the comfort of a rickshaw.

Unlike in some places in the world, you can’t necessarily hail down a rickshaw and have to give it a bit more thought, but you can absolutely go ahead and book a rickshaw tour with certain companies such as this exceptional London Rickshaw Tours company who offer a great experience and contact numbers so you can book your rickshaw. The tours are well thought out and you can see everything from the west end to the famous eateries and pubs of the city and even the sherlock holmes tour, these are a great way to take in the markets as well.

These rickshaw tours even offer drinks and snacks if you so wish, so they’re a relaxing experience, great for snapping photos, getting from a to b and seeing the sights. You can book a tour really easily with all the info you need on their site. It is eco friendly so you don’t need to worry about that and the company have worked with some huge brands, if you’re in advertising you can even look into advertising your brand on rickshaws in London to get your name out. A unique way to see the capital of England.

Private and Shared Transfer from Cesky Krumlov to Prague

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praguePrague is one of the most beautiful and interesting cities that the whole of Europe has to offer. The capital of the Czech Republic and historically it was the capital of bohemia. With bustling nightlife, truly beautiful architecture (they call it the city of a hundred spires), parks, museums and absolutely loads to do (as well as some wonderful food and drink, too) it is easy to see why this is such a popular destination for people traveling around Europe or those already in the country looking for a trip. It is also a business destination, and the reasons for getting there are endless.

Transfers from one of the countries other popular cities, Cesky Krumlov, to Prague, are in high demand, and we’re looking today at a Shuttle bus from Cesky Krumlov to Prague, a service which takes the travel out of your hands, makes more economical sense (both more affordable and using less fuel) and is a speedy and efficient way to make the trip. It is about 100 miles (160 KM) from one to the other, which can be a tough drive if you’re tired after a flight, or are unsure of driving in a new country, or simply don’t have access to a vehicle.

Czech Shuttle let you pay on the day of travel and have a team of committed drivers who are dedicated to making your journey as comfortable as possible and accommodating all of your needs while you sit back, relax and enjoy the sights of the beautiful Czech Republic.

Finding Furnished Apartments in Melbourne, Australia

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Melbourne is an amazing part of the world, both culturally and literally. As Australia becomes a more and more popular place to life, and Melbourne is one of its hotspots, a true hive of activity, property is in high demand. We’ve put together a few tips for finding long term apartments or a short term rental Melbourne

The shortest term rentals are normally a large chunk (at least half) of a year or more frequently one year (for a home)

Before you lease you should pay a deposit, this is usually demanded and generally equivalent to 4 weeks full rental, if the rental is AUD 1000 then you’re looking at a 4000 deposit, for example. There are websites out there also offering short term leases for vacations or longer trips to the area.

Organizing rental in Australia is moderately tough matter and you are emphatically encouraged to visit the rented condo/house in individual before agreeing to a lease arrangement. It requires some investment to a find reasonable spot, you should check the conditions and the local area.

You can find listings on noticeboards and newspapers, but realistically, the best places to find a home, housemates and look through listings is online, with websites such as the one mentioned above providing a great place to see exactly what is on offer and to filter and sort by prices, areas and more. Create a shortlist before heading to visit places and seeing the logistics of the deal and if it works out. You can also find out info such as price, facilities and even make enquiries.