Top Tips for Booking Cheap Flights

What are the top tips for booking cheap flights?

We all want to save on flights but most of us could do with some help and advice to get us started.

You should already know to compare prices for everything you need from flights, travel insurance, hotels and more but these tips should help further.

Follow this tips for booking flights and you’re no doubt about to get the best deal.

Booking cheap flights
Booking cheap flights

Top Tips for Booking Cheap Flights

When is the best time to fly

Did you know the day of the week that you choose to travel can affect the price of your air ticket? Tuesdays and Wednesdays are generally the best days to fly if you like a bargain. Fridays and Sundays are the most popular so expect higher rates on these days. With Saturdays, it depends on the destination as the day is not liked by business travelers but is popular with one week package holidaymakers.

Even if you do need to travel on a high demand day, the time of day can still make a difference. Evening flights are wanted by business travelers so think about leaving at lunchtime instead. The overnight red-eye flights can have some great deals as can the early morning flights, especially with budget airlines.

When to book flights

If you are looking at a budget carrier then the earlier you book the better. Months before your departure date is when the bargains are to be found as prices go up as availability reduces.

Other airlines will also try to entice you with offers and deals when they first release tickets so, again, early planning can be best. If you have a preferred airline, sign up for their e-newsletter/Like them on Facebook/follow them on twitter, etc. as they often offer deals to subscribers first.

If planning so far ahead is not for you, the other time to get a great deal is a few days before the flight leaves. Last minute offers are there to try and fill up the remaining seats so if you can be flexible with when you can fly then try this option (read all about planning last minute vacations).

The time of day you look for an online fare also matters as strangely many have found the cheaper fares in the early hours of the morning, around 2-3am. Whether it’s in your time zone or the airline’s is not clear but bargain hunters could try both options.

Related Read: How to Find Cheap Airline Tickets Using a VPN

Where to book your flight

Online travel aggregators such as Expedia are a good place to start as you can compare rates with different airlines and they do bundled packages with accommodation.

Travel search engines such as Kayak are considered to be second generation travel aggregators and offer similar options.

Travel Agents can still be worth talking to as they are travel specialists but be aware they may have commission deals that suit them well but possibly not you.

Airline websites are the place for those last minute deals and to get an idea of routes and prices they can offer.

Finding the best airfares during peak season

So how do you find affordable flights to popular destinations during peak holiday season?

Here are some tips:

  1. Looking for airports close to your destination (for example Sharjah is an airport which is only a 30 minute drive from Dubai). Sharjah is the hub of Air Arabia, (one of the best low cost airlines in the Middle East). Check out these airports in California.
  2. Keeping an eye over airlines, especially national carriers, which provide affordable airfares to destinations as compared to other carriers.
  3. Being flexible with dates of travel (+/- 2-3 days). There are always chances of you getting affordable airfares for flights taking off during weekdays (Mondays to Thursdays) than weekends.
  4. Catching a red-eye (night) flight. While flying in odd hours or avoiding rush hours can be a bit tough it could be a lot easier on your wallet.
  5. Booking in advance (if possible, although I would recommend you to book flights only when your travel plans are confirmed as Air Tickets are usually non-refundable).
  6. Managing your Frequent Flier Miles to your benefit.
  7. Using internet tools for airfare tracking.


Top Costa Rica Travel Tips to Make the Most of your Trip

A popular destination for bird-watching, surfing and adventure sports, from white-water rafting to zip-liningCosta Rica is undeniably touristy, so unless you stay in the middle of nowhere, don’t expect to escape other visitors completely.

However, if you choose your time (don’t go over the Christmas holidays) and destination carefully, you can escape the crowds.

If you’re going to be heading to Costa Rica anytime soon, we’ve got the top Costa Rica travel tips to make the most of your trip to this adventurous country.

Related Read: Costa Rica 7 Day Itinerary

Costa Rica travel tips
Costa Rica travel tips

Top Costa Rica Travel Tips

Follow these top tips for Costa Rica travel to make sure that you have the most enjoyable and memorable trip to Costa Rica.

1. Make Manuel Antonio your home

The small southern Pacific Coast community of Manuel Antonio and the adjoining town of Quepos have an interesting population mix of expats, tourists and locals, making it a fascinating place to spend some time. It’s also very attractive, set amongst lush jungle and boasting alluring beaches.

2. Book a beach/tree house

We did both. We spent one week in a jaw-dropping villa without walls overlooking the jungle and another week at a house just steps from the sand. They were both wonderful, and aside from the luxuries of space and privacy, and the opportunity to cook our own food (we made local dish gallo pinto!), what we loved most were the friendly visits by locals who dropped in unannounced each day. Yes, I’m talking about the monkeys!

We love this Tree House Lodge in Puerto Viejo.

3. Use public transport

There’s no need to hire a 4WD, which is what many guidebooks tell you to do. After heavy rains some of the roads are impassable, so trust me, you don’t want to be behind the wheel – it’s best to be in the back seat of a vehicle driven by an experienced local.

Organize a transfer to your holiday rental, and then use the affordable local buses that frequently run between Quepos and Manuel Antonio National Park.

4. Shop the local markets

An excellent farmers market is held in Quepos, running parallel to the waterfront, where you’ll find plenty of fresh local produce for about the same price you’ll pay in the supermarket, only the quality is better. You’ll also find free-range eggs and baked breads and cakes.

5. Do as the locals do

There are all sorts of regular local events happening in Manuel Antonio and Quepos, from yoga classes and football matches to chess tournaments and movie nights, and the friendly locals are more than happy to welcome newcomers.

How much more authentic can travel get?

6. Hit the national parks

Costa Rica has 32 national parks and Manuel Antonio National Park is one of the most popular, with plenty of wildlife to see. On the morning we visited, we spotted sloths, agouti, tent-making bats, blue morpho butterflies, purple and orange tropical land crabs, red and black scarlet tanagers, a laughing falcon, vibrant toucans, glorious iguanas, cute raccoons, and a boa constrictor.

The locals love the wildlife as much as the tourists do, so go with a local, such as the excellent licensed guide we used.

Check out these tours to Manuel Antonio National Park.

Costa Rica travel tips
Visit the sloths in the Costa Rica National Parks

7. Spend time on the sand

The locals seem to live on the beach. It doesn’t matter where they come from but they all have deep dark tans. When we were here we would bump into people we met everyday at the beach – taking their daily walks, collecting seashells, reading a book, riding a horse, throwing a Frisbee, just watching the sunset, or enjoying a surf.

8. Learn to surf

Costa Rica is a popular surfing destination, for locals and visitors alike, so if you don’t surf and you want to do as the locals do, then you need to learn how. There are a couple of surfing schools, but individual instructors came more highly recommended to us by locals, such as long-time surfing teacher Ivan Castillo (batiquepos@hotmail.com) who can be found renting his boards out under a shady tree not far from the lifesavers’ stand.

9. Volunteer

The locals and expats are an active and altruistic bunch, devoting time to all sorts of causes, so why not volunteer a day or at the very least a few hours of your time while you’re there? We participated in a tree-planting event with local schools organized by the Titi Conservation Alliance, aimed at re-establishing a biological corridor for the endangered red backed squirrel monkeys.

When we visited they’d already planted 35,000 trees and planted 650 the day we joined them.

Related Read: Cultural greetings while volunteering in South America

10. Do very little

There’s no denying that it’s hot and humid here, so how do the locals always look as cool as cucumbers? By doing very little, that’s how. The locals have ‘the art of doing nothing’ down to a very fine art. How many destinations can you go to where you can live like locals and take a good old-fashioned lie-on-the-beach holiday at the same time? Manual Antonio, for one, Costa Rica for another.

Costa Rica beaches
The perfect spot to do nothing in Costa Rica

Here’s a few more Costa Rica travel tips


Top Places to Visit in Colombia

There are so many incredible places to visit in Colombia!

If you’re going to be visiting anytime soon, here’s a list of the must-do’s when you visit Colombia!

Related Read: Undiscovered EcoTourism Destinations in Colombia

Top Places to Visit in Colombia

1. Cabo de la Vela

Welcome to the “Wild West” of Colombia. Home of the Wayuu people, Cabo de la Vela is truly a unique and wonderful place to visit. This is where the desert meets the sea. Spend your days hiking to wild and unique beaches. Spend your evenings lounging under the star filled skies in a chinchorro (a large, comfortable hammock with a built in cover, made by local Wayuu women). Eat fresh, daily caught lobster and fish. Greet the goats, iguanas, lizards and crabs as you explore the beaches “Ojo de Agua,” “Pilon de Azucar” and rocky cliffs overlooking the expansive Caribbean Ocean at the northern edge of the South American continent.

Cabo de la Vela is one of those places to visit in Colombia that is well worth the journey.

2. Bahia Aguacate

Literally “Avocado Bay” this gem of a destination is truly where the jungle meets the sea. Set amidst palm trees and lush tropical forest, Bahia Aguacate offers amazing ocean views with craggy rock outcroppings against a backdrop of dazzling blue waters and bluer skies. Bahia Aguacate is a breathtaking hour walk from Capurgana, a small fishing village that boasts of a hopping nightlife on the weekends.

A short boat ride away from Capurgana is La Miel, the first successful European settlement on the mainland of the Americas, 1510. From there, take a 30 minute hike across to border back into Colombia, to the picturesque beach town of Sapzurro. This corner of the continent is reachable only by plane or speedboat, so this spot has retained its rugged beauty.

If you are looking to feel the sun, swim in crystal blue waters, and hear only the sounds of the waves and the ocean breeze, Bahia Aguacate is the destination for you!

3. Mesa de Los Santos

Located in the State or “Departamento” of Santander, about an hour south of Bucaramanga, Mesa de los Santos, “The Plateau of the Saints,” was once home to the Guane and is rich in history, culture and beauty. The Mesa butts up against the Chicamocha Canyon, the largest canyon in Colombia.

Hiking along the Mesa is like a journey back in time. Pre-Colombian petroglyphs, caves for spelunking and amazing views. One can almost imagine how it would feel to live here among the multicolored sand and rocks, stunning blue skies and yawning canyons as the Guane once did. Rock climb at perhaps one of the world’s best sites – La Mojarra – enjoy the sweetest pineapple you’ve ever had or just experience some of the most amazing topography in Colombia.

Whatever you brings you to Colombia, you must visit Mesa de Los Santos!

Places to visit in Colombia - Mesa de Los Santos
Mesa de Los Santos in Colombia

4. Palomino

Another one of the great places to visit in Colombia with a beach.

Palomino is a deserted beach, the deltas of two large and beautiful rivers surging with wildlife, a one of a kind mountain range, reflecting the morning sun. In Palomino, you will find all of this and more! A sleepy town northeast of Santa Marta, is where you can go for peace and relaxation.

Plan a day trip to hike part way up the Sierra Nevada and float down the lazy Palomino River always to the Caribbean Ocean. Stay at one of the all inclusive beachfront lodgings and enjoy nighttime walks along the beach where the sand “sparkles” with static electricity at every step! Or just enjoy solitude and sunshine on the beach.

If you are looking to “get away from it all” Palomino is the perfect place in Colombia to refresh your body and soul!

5. Barichara

Barichara is by far one of the most charming small towns or “pueblos” in Colombia. Located in the Santander region, Barichara’s white washed buildings with traditional rock “zocalos”, or baseboards, steps one back in time.

Men in traditional garb linger on park benches while children wander home from school, savoring afternoon ice cream.  Barichara, originally named “Barachalá” by the native Guane, meaning “a good place to rest” – an appropriate description of this lovely town. Don’t miss the “Camino Real Guane,” a path from Barichara to the very small pueblo of Guane.

In this case, the journey is the destination, as the views are incredible and the stone pathway is filled with age old fossils. Barichara is also home to the “Hormigas Culonas” or Big Booty Ants, a delicacy of the region. These ants are farmed locally and are eaten pan fried, as snacks, on steak, in a delicious sauce or just about any way. If you are looking to experience a small, colonial Colombian pueblo with lots of character, don’t miss Barichara!

6. Cartagena de Indias

Located on the Caribbean Colombian coast and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Cartagena de Indias, Cartagena for short, is most famous for its preserved downtown, the “ciudad amurallada” or walled city. With horse drawn carriages, colonial architecture, international cuisine and boutique hotels, Cartagena attracts tourists from all over the world.

Historically, Cartagena was the most important Spanish port in South America where all the gold was stored and later shipped to Spain. This lent to the fortification of the city, preventing invasion from English and French official and non-official attacks. Today, the city walls welcome countless national and international tourists making it the most popular tourist destination in Colombia. If you want unsurpassed history, a caribbean feel and a conglomeration of tastes, Cartagena travel delivers!

Places to visit in Colombia
Cartagena in Colombia

7. Coffee Triangle

Usually when one thinks of Colombia, two words come to mind: Coffee and that other “C” word.

The best coffee in the world is grown, handpicked, washed, roasted and packaged here in everything from giant, mass production operations to small, family owned farms. The coffee triangle or “Eje Cafetero” is a large area covering the middle of Colombia. Here the Andes Mountains provide the best topography for growing the many varieties of Arabica coffee. Enjoy a cultural coffee tour or take a tour through a large direct exporting operation, both providing a different look at the business of coffee.

Countless, centenarian Haciendas dot the country side and the hills are lush with coffee, guayacan, mandarin and plantain trees. Starting from the northern most point of Manizales, down to Pereira and then swinging to the east to Armenia, the region hosts many localized customs, traditions and peoples.

Calling all coffee lovers! The coffee triangle is waiting for you! Don’t let it wait long!

8. Valle de Cocora

Wax Palm trees, check. Breathtaking views, check. Tourist trap, double check.

To be fair, Valle de Cocora doesn’t have to be tourist trap but it’s definitely a must places to visit in Colombia. This is why it attracts large flocks of national and international tourists all wanting to see the Colombian national tree and tallest palm trees in the world.

The best time to visit Salento, the jump off point to the valley, is during the week. However, if you’re a professional people watcher or enjoy shopping for handicraft souvenirs in very boutique type shops, Sunday is the day to show up.

The valley is best hiked and one should start early enough to not miss the return Jeeps to town. Head north once you’re at the top and come down the Valle de las Palmas or Valley of the Palms. As the name implies, this is where the majority of the wax palms will be found. The trek down is magnificent with breathtaking views of the entire valley, best to be done as the sun is close to setting. The wax palms shimmer and rustle in the wind. A river runs through the valley and adds a refreshing coldness in the heat of the valley.

Truly a unique place with an even more unique flora.

9. Santiago de Cali

Dubbed the Salsa Capital of the World, Santiago de Cali, Cali for short, is the third largest urban center in Colombia and sits snuggly in the Valle del Cauca, the largest valley in Colombia.

The Feria de Cali, held the last week of each year, is the main tourist attraction for the city with salsa concerts and “rumba” or partying being its main focus. Bull fights, parades and other shows round out the festivities. The nightlife in Cali is world famous and the main reason to come.

If you’re a salsa aficionado, interested in taking lessons from world champions or hanging out in a legendary salsa club, Cali is your go to destination. Every day of the week offers a club or two or more with booming sound systems playing Salsa, Reggeaton, Merengue and even Champeta.

Cali is also a great jump off point to visit Lago Calima, the top kite and windsurfing destination in Colombia and other points South, such as Popayan, San Augustin and Pasto.

With a tropical daytime heat and a cool nightly breeze, it’s a partier’s paradise.

10. Termales Santa Rosa del Cabal

Colombia’s unique geography gifts it with many thermal springs and this one is above and beyond the best places to visit in Colombia for a thermal spring experience. Termales Santa Rosa del Cabal are actually two sites: one more private with a hotel, and another one that is for day users.

Both source all of their water from thermal springs up high in the mountains where the water temperature is at a scorching 190 F/88 C degrees. The hot cascade then merges with  an ice cold waterfall, and is then routed to the baths. At the hotel site, there are private baths that accommodate up to four people, and an outdoor shower for those staying in the original part of the hotel.

The hottest section of the main pool is adjacent to the waterfall  at 100 F/37 C degrees. Pools further from the waterfall are progressively cooler. Next to the “coolest” pool is an ice cold waterfall, a lovely place to cool off and increase circulation after languishing in the warmth of the thermals.

With a full service food section, plenty of space to move around, and numerous pools of healing thermal water, Termales Santa Rosa del Cabal is a perfect way to add relaxation to your Colombia trip.


Top Koh Tao Diving Sites

Looking for the best Koh Tao diving sites?

Lucky for you, there’s a lot of them! It’s one of the top places to go scuba diving in Thailand.

This travel tip will probably make it harder for you to choose a diving spot… as there are so many. Best is to try them all!

Go scuba diving in Koh Tao with Nava Scuba Diving. They offer Discover Scuba Diving, 3-day PADI open water dive, 2-day PADI open water dive, refresher dives and fun dives. Book here.

Top Koh Tao Diving Sites
Top Koh Tao Diving Sites

Top Koh Tao Diving Sites

Mango Bay

Located to the north of Koh Tao the area around Mango Bay makes a nice relaxing dive. With depths ranging from 2 to 15 meters its ideal for beginners and snorkelers. Hard and soft coral formations here are plentiful along with a variety of sponges and clams. The bay is only accessible by boat and makes a popular snorkelers day trip. Drop in further around the northwestern tip of the island and drift into the bay area to avoid the crowds.

Sail Rock

One of the more famous Scuba diving sites in the Koh Samui archipelago. It is an iceberg shaped pinnacle that rises from the sandy sea floor at 40 metres and rises 15 metres above the surface. It is a suitable dive site for all levels of diver, from Discover Scuba up.

Its surface consists of small patches of hard and soft coral. Common fauna that may be seen include barracuda, batfish, jacks, occasional whale sharks, and many other species of tropical fish. The currents can vary considerably, but generally are mid to strong. Visibility is usually in the 10-30 meter range. For more advanced divers, there is a vertical ‘swim through’ on the northwest side of the rock. Commonly called “The Chimney”, it begins at a depth of 18 meters and exits the rock again at depths of 12 and 6 meters. There are no associated fees as yet with diving Sail Rock.

Chumphon Pinnacles

Widely regarded as the Gulf of Thailand’s premier dive sites, 5 km Northwest of Koh Tao. The site is comprised of one huge granite pinnacle with some smaller pinnacles rising from the bottom. 40 Meters. Bull Sharks, schooling Barracuda. Batfish, Giant Gropers, Pacific Lionfish, occasional Whalesharks.

Southwest Pinnacles

Consisting of seven granite pinnacles ranging from 5 to 30 metres deep and located around 12km off the south west coast of Koh Tao is one of the islands best dive sites. The shallower sections of the pinnacles are covered in anemones, whip corals and sea fans. Big groupers and barracudas can often be seen here and you may be lucky enough to spot even larger visitors.

Green Rock

Green Rock offers several small swim throughs, caves and crevices where marine life can be seen sheltering. The boulders range in depth from 5 metres down to around 32. There is often a strong current here that you can use to drift around the submerged pinnacles so its not really recommended for inexperienced divers. You will certainly encounter Yellow Margin and Titan Trigger fish here as it forms a popular breeding ground for them … so approach with caution.

White Rock

Two large granite boulders make up the White Rock dive site. An expansive coral garden can be found here at around 10 meters that’s teeming with schools of butterfly fish and angelfish. Blue spotted stingrays are also a common sight on this dive. White Rock is also a popular night dive spot where feather stars, and an array of crustaceans can been seen hunting for food.

Red Rock

This Koh Tao diving site is also referred to as Nang Yuan Pinnacle. It starts at around 2 metres and drops to 22. The pinnacle itself is nothing special and the main attractions to this site are the swim throughs. The entrance to the swim through can be found if you leave the pinnacle and head west towards Koh Nang Yuan. This is usually done as a drift dive down to Japanese Garden where you can relax for the safety stop.

Scuba diving in Koh Tao, Thailand
Scuba diving in Koh Tao, Thailand

Twin Pinnacles

On the far side of Koh Nang Yuan starting at around 5 meters below the surface and dropping to a depth of 18 metres is Twin Peaks or just “Twins”. This is an ideal site for beginners due to its depth and ease of navigation. The rocks are embedded into white sand and there is no shortage of marine life here. A friendly pair of rare saddleback clownfish and be found to the western side of the larger of the Twins.

Japanese Gardens 

This dive site is named after the ornate arrangement of coral boulders here. Situated on the east side of Koh Nang Yuan and with depths ranging from 2 to 12 meters it is suitable for snorkelers & beginners. Plenty of staghorn and plate coral can be observed in the shallows. A popular drift dive can be done from Red Rock through a series of swimthroughs and emerging into Japanese Gardens for a relaxing safety stop amongst the myriad coral formations.

Hin Wong Pinnacle 

Situated on the east side of Koh Tao is Hin Wong Pinnacle. This site comprises several large granite boulders covered with sea fans and whip corals, as well as filefish, shrimpfish, coral grouper and many other reef fish. You may encounter the resident Green Turtle if you’re lucky. The summit is a tabletop rock formation within about 10 meters of the surface and the maximum depth at Hin Wong is around 32 meters.

Laem Thien Pinnacle

Laem Thian Pinnacle is a great rocky dive site near Mao Bay full of swim throughs, caverns and small caves. There are a few steep walls with some predators hunting for smaller prey. Some excellent white soft coral and sea whips can be admired along the wall at depths between 18 and 5 meters. It is possible to combine this cave dive with the beauties of shallow reef diving inside Mao Bay or Aow Mao.

Shark Island

Named after its resemblance to a dorsal fin, Shark Island is a twin rock outcrop situated to the southeast of Koh Tao. Each side of the islet offers a different array of marine life and features making it almost two sites in one! On the east side you’ll find myriad soft corals, gorgonians and sponges while the west offers hard coral formations that are home to moray eels, nudibranchs, sting rays and the odd Leopard shark. Titan triggerfish can be very aggressive here so approach with caution. Maximum depth at this site is 25 metres.

Unicorn Wreck

It was rumored at the time of sinking in 1989 that the Unicorn was sunk on purpose as an insurance scam. The 60 meter long cargo vessel was reported to have a hold full of expensive tuna fish which turned out to be inexpensive dog food, hence the nickname it later acquired – the “dog food” wreck. Lying around 12km off Mango Bay and in 50 meters of water it is also a technical diving site. Still mostly intact with the majority of the obtrusive fishing nets now removed some penetration is possible. The wreck is now home to some big red snappers and patrolling groupers.

Torpedo Wreck

The Torpedo is a 70 meter Japanese cargo vessel sitting upright in around 55 meters of water an hour north of Koh Tao, she sank in the mid 1970’s. Due to the depths involved this has been classified a technical dive for experienced divers only. There are three areas of penetration however visibility is usually poor at depth. The deck is at 45 meters and the cargo holds are still full of teak logs, with a few scattered on the seabed.

Hin Ngam

Same wider bay as Aow Luek, shallow training or sheltered dive dive.

Hin Pee Wee

Next to White Rock, 30m.


Top Everest Trekking Package – Himalayan Asia Treks

Being Top Destination for Trekking and Hiking, People many have disarray which is the best travelling and climbing trail in Nepal so we are Trying to Explain here for your Top 3 Everest Trekking Packages.

This Top 3 Everest Trekking Packages as a result of Mountain see, Cultural and Natural magnificence, and to learn Nepalese ways of life in the Himalayas.

 

14 Days Everest Base Camp Trek

14 Days Everest Base Camp Trek is daring trip bundle schedule best in Khumbu Everest area which prompts Mt. Everest headquarters with both route trips with a helicopter with legitimate wellbeing back.

This Everest Base Camp Trek 14 days Itinerary goes through exciting antiquated travelling course followed by Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Sherpa. Everest Base Camp Trek 14 Days is arranged in the Khumbu district of Nepal where world-acclaimed Sherpa’s settlement with their credible way of life. It is one of the most well known and requesting travelling objections for the whole traveller all around the globe. This classical 14 days Everest Base Camp Trek is notable for its fabulous snow-topped mountains like Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Pumori, Ama Dablam, Island top, and great Khumbu icy mass and strong of pinnacles.

During 14 days Everest Base Camp Trek itinerary, you will get a plentiful chance to investigate snow-topped mountains, special scene, widely varied vegetation, the way of life of Mt. Everest climber’s, mountain towns, rich green backwoods, old Buddhist cloisters, etc. The conventions, culture, and accommodation of Sherpa’s is another significant feature that you can insight during a Trek to EBC.

Everest Base Camp Tours is essentially round year journey; in any case, March-May and September-November are the greatest months to travel. Everest Base Camp Trek 14 days is appropriate for any sorts of travellers yet ought to have a decent degree of physical wellness. This Everest Base Camp 14-day Trek schedule has been redone for novices to encounter adventurers which take you to the world most noteworthy Base Camp.

14 days Everest Base Camp Trek is an energizing excursion of a lifetime which starts with an energizing beautiful helicopter departure from Kathmandu to Lukla-entryway to the Everest area. At that point, the trip to Everest Base Camp takes you towards the well-known towns of Phakding, capital of Everest locale Namche Bazaar. Next, you move towards Tengboche which reflex the noticeable Sherpa culture and furthermore the most established and biggest Buddhist cloisters. Giving progression your trip, you journey towards Dingboche, Lobuche, Gorak Shep to your last objective Everest Base Camp. At that point you move to Kala Patthar-the most noteworthy purpose of a trip to investigate 360-degree all-encompassing perspectives on the world’s most noteworthy mountains with dynamic dawn and nightfalls. Your Everest headquarters journey course keeps on sliding towards Pheriche, Namche, and end your trip at Lukla. In conclusion, you make a return trip back to the capital city Kathmandu and investigate world legacy locales.

 

14 Days Everest Base Camp Trek Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu (1,320 m).

Day 02: Fly to Lukla (2,850 m) and Trek to Phakding (2,640 m) 4-5 hrs.

Day 03: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m/11,286 ft.) 6-7 hrs.

Day 04: Rest and Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar and journey 2-3 hrs.

Day 05: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3,870 m.) 5-6 hrs.

Day 06: Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche (4,410m) 5-6 hrs.

Day 07: Acclimatization day at Dingboche.

Day 08: Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche (4,940 m) 5-6 hrs.

Day 09: Trek from Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5,170 m) and climb to Everest Base Camp (5,364m) and back to Gorak Shep. 6-8 hrs.

Day 10: Hike to Kalapathar (5,545 m) and a trip to Pheriche (4,371 m) 6-7 hrs.

Day 11: Trek from Pheriche to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m) 5-6 hrs.

Day 12: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,850 m) 6-7 hrs.

Day 13: Fly back to Kathmandu (1,320 m) 35 min. and transfer to the hotel.

Day 14: Departure

 

Everest Base Camp Gokyo Lake Trek

Everest Base Camp Gokyo Lake Trekking is for the individual who needs to travel high in height, see the greatest mountain on earth and can deal with this genuinely chilly atmosphere which exists at practically any season at this elevation.

Mt. Everest, also called Chomolungma (Tibetan, which means Goddess Mother Mountain) and Sagarmatha (Nepali, which means One Whose Forehead Touches the Sky), the most elevated heap of the world is a definitive dream, everything being equal, and mountain dwellers. Here we have a particularly planned this outing to carry you to Kalapattar-the best perspective and furthermore the headquarters. Everest Base Camp is surely the most cherished journeying objective of Nepal yet in wording adventurers’ traffic is the second as a result of its availability.

Following an amazing, brief departure from Kathmandu to Lukla in the Khumbu district, you land and eat at 9200 feet before starting your trip to the Everest headquarters. En route, you will be roused by magnificent perspectives on Mt Everest, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Lhotse, and Nuptse.

 

Everest Base Camp Gokyo Lake Trek Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1350m) Transfer to the Hotel.

Day 02: Drive to Manthali (5 Hrs.).

Day 03: Fly to Lukla (2,800m) and Trek to Phakding (2,652m-3 Hrs.).

Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440m-6 Hrs.).

Day 05: Explore Namche Bazaar and climb up Hotel Everest View for Everest Panorama.

Day 06: Trek to Dole (4,110m-6 Hrs.)

Day 07: Trek to Machherma (4,470m-5 Hrs.)

Day 08: Trek  to Gokyo Village (4800m-6 Hrs.)

Day 09: Explore Gokyo Valley and Lakes and Acclimatization day.

Day 10: Hike to Gokyo RI (5357m 3 Hrs.) and trek to Thaknak (4750m-3 Hrs.)

Day 11: Trek to  Cho-la Pass (5367m) to Lobuche (4940m-7 Hrs.)

Day 12: Trek to Gorak Shep (5170m-3 Hrs.), explore Everest Base Camp (5364m-3 Hrs.)

Day 13: Hike to Kala Pattar (5554m) for 360 deg. displays and trek to Pheriche (4280m-6 Hrs.)

Day 14: Trek to Pangboche (4050m) and Tengboche (3800m) to Namche Bazaar (7 Hrs.)

Day 15: Trek back from Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2800m-8 Hrs.)

Day 16: Fly to Manthali-drive back to Kathmandu, move to Hotel.

Day 17: Departure.

 

Everest 3 High Passes Trek

The 3 high goes of the Khumbu is an exploring trek into the recognizable wild over the treetops of the Everest district.

These 3 genuinely lumpy high ignores referred to the world as the Kongma La (5,535m), Cho La (5,420m) and Renjo La at (5,340m) of the better realized Khumbu zone are what thrill seeker climbers will need to do once in a blue moon in the light of its sheer excellence and the considerable difficulties it presents. The endeavour additionally covers notable path that incorporates EBC, the transcending Kalapathar and the quiet Gokyo valley with its emerald lakes.

The social parts of this excursion are basically astonishing as it gives you profound experiences of mountain customs and how mountain networks get by in these cruel zones, however yet save their comforting grins for guests notwithstanding the gnawing cold. Our excursion wanders into the virgin Nangpa la valley, a grand Sherpa town where adventurers relish the intensity of nature and this likewise covers the energetic town of Thame which is home to probably the greatest cloister in the Khumbu and the Himalayan perspectives from around here is supposed to be the absolute best on the planet.

Your 20 days Everest 3 High Passes Trek starts with an inquisitive recorded and social visit through the antiquated souks of the archaic Kathmandu valley and visit covers some world legacy destinations of gigantic intrigue. This follows with a beautiful trip to the Everest legend Hillary’s air terminal of Lukla, one of the most elevated on the planet and generally emotional.

At that point you start your mainstream climb through Phakding up the seething ‘Dudh Koshi’ [river of milk] on your approach to Namche and the world-well-known Sagarmatha National Park. In the wake of summiting your quick go at Kongma La, at that point you scramble toward the renowned Everest headquarters. You climb past the frightful Khumbu icefalls, the entryway to Everest from the western cwm. Cho La is the following test you defeat after which; your journey to the grand vantage purpose of Kalapatthar and afterwards, it’s an honoured descending path to the emerald pools of Gokyo. Appreciating heavenly perspectives from the fifth lake close to Gokyo Ri, you set out for the imposing last go of Renjo La. At the point when this is done, you take an old course utilized for quite a long time by Tibetan brokers by means of Nangpo La arrive at Thame and crash out in Marlung for the evening. Subsequent to setting your markers in the laps of Everest, you finish up your outing at Lukla to bounce your trip back to Kathmandu and a warm delicate bed at your inn.

 

Everest 3 High Passes Trek Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport. (1300m)

Day 2: City Excursion and Trek Preparation. (1300m)

Day 3: Kathmandu (1,300m) to Lukla(2,845m) to Phakding(2,610m) 3-4hrs journey.

Day 4: Trek to  Namche (3440 m) 6-7hrs.

Day 5: Acclimatization and Exploration day.

Day 6: Trek to Tengboche(3,870m) 6-7hrs.

Day 7: Trek to  Dingboche(4,410m) 6-7hrs .

Day 8: Trek  to Chhukung (4,730m) 3-4hrs.

Day 9: Rest and acclimatization day at Chhukung.

Day 10: Pass the Knogma La Pass (5,535m) and Trek to Lobuche(4,910m), 9-10hrs.

Day 11: Trek to Gorakshep(5,160m) – Everest Base Camp (5,364m) – Gorakshep 8-9hrs.

Day12: Trek from Gorakshep(5,160m) – Kalapatthar(5,550m)- Gorakshep – Dzonglha(4,830m) 6-7hrs.

Day13: Dzongla(4,830m) to Cho La Pass (5,420m) to Thangnak(4,700m) to Gokyo (4,800m) 9 – 10hrs.

Day 14: Acclimatization and exploration day at Gokyo valley:

Day 15: Gokyo(4,800m) to Renjo La (5,345m)to Marulung(4,210m) 8-9hrs

Day 16: Trek to Namche(3,440m), 7-8hrs

Day 17: Trek to Lukla2,845m)8-9hrs trk.

Day 18: Lukla (2,845m) to Kathmandu (1300m) flight (30-40 minutes flight)

Day 19: Departure

Top Heritage Hotels in Jodhpur

Vibrant Culture, colorful festivals, Rajputana architectural aesthetics and gracious people – these four elements describe Jodhpur in a nutshell.

One of the major tourist destinations in Rajasthan, Jodhpur will give you a sneak peek into the magnificent forts, royal palaces, revered temples, lip-smacking food and colorful festivals.

For those looking forward to experience luxury and lavishness from close quarters, staying at Jodhpur heritage hotels is a very good option.

 

In this article, you will find the list of top 7 Heritage Hotels in Jodhpur, each of which retains the soul of princely India.

Ranbanka Hotel

The only heritage hotel in Jodhpur to be recognized as a ‘Classic Heritage Hotel’ by the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India and the hotel has taken care of every meticulous detail to enter this prestigious category. The Palace was converted into a heritage hotel by Raj Kumar K.V. Singh. The hotel has derived its name from the famous battle cry of the Rathore Clan, Ranbanka Rathore. It features 71 fully quipped heritage rooms which include Courtyard Wing, Legacy Wing and Jodhana Win. On the dining front, the hotel has several multi-cuisine and al fresco dining venues to watch out for.

 

The Kothi Heritage

Built by Bachraj Ji Singhvi in 1888, The Kothi Heritage has been refurbished into a heritage hotel and gives the ultimate pleasure of a luxurious stay. As you will book your stay at this Heritage Hotel in Jodhpur, the spectacular blend of art and architecture is visible in every nook and corner of this hotel. The 30 feet long Central Hall in The Kothi Heritage, adorned with lattice work frescoes, adds splendor.

 

Haveli Inn Pal

A serene and beautiful place, known for its good ambience, Haveli Inn Pal was built by Thakur Umaid Karan Singh Ji. For many years, Haveli Inn Pal has been a private residence of the Pal family but now it has been converted into a cozy place to accommodate discerning travelers. There are 12 tastefully designed rooms in this hotel, each of which is equipped with an array of modern amenities. The Haveli Inn has a beautiful Garden Restaurant where you can savor breathtaking views of the Mehrangarh Fort along with lip-smacking Rajasthani food.

 

Ajit Bhawan, Jodhpur

If you are looking forward to plan your stay in the vicinity of Thar Desert, then Ajit Bhawan Palace is the best bet available for you. It is one of the top choices for both domestic and international tourists. The beautifully designed and decorated ambience will make you fell head over heels in love with this hotel. The accommodation options at Ajit Bhawan Palace are classified as Royal Suites, Luxury Suites, Luxury Rooms, Luxury Tents and Executive Rooms. Few facilities that you can enjoy in this hotel include swimming pool, spa, shopping arcade and conference facility among others.

 

Hotel Megh Niwas

Built by Colonel Megh Singh, an army veteran of World War II, Hotel Megh Niwas has been converted into a luxurious boutique hotel and offers an exciting mix of traditional hospitality and classic ambience. All the rooms are air-conditioned with amenities such as telephone, bath tubs and 24 hours running hot and cold water. There is a rooftop restaurant having a seating capacity of 80 to 90 people and offer panoramic views of Mehrangarh Fort and Umaid Bhawan Palace.

 

Balsamand Lake Palace

Situated on the banks of Balsamand Lake, The Balsamand Lake Palace heritage hotel is built entirely of red sand stone. The hotel offers accommodation in terms of 10 plush suites and 26 other rooms, each of which is surrounded by lush green and manicured gardens. The open-air multi-cuisine restaurant at Balsamand Palace offers delectable variety of Indian, Continental and Chinese cuisines.

 

Taj Umaid Bhawan Palace

Set amidst 26 acres of sprawling greens, Umaid Bhawan Palace is one of the most beautiful palaces in India. The hotel is built entirely out of yellow sandstone in fashionable Art-Deco style. With its 64 well-furnished rooms categorized as Maharani Suite, Maharaja Suite, Royal Suite, Regal Suite and Deluxe Rooms. Besides accommodation, the dining options offer a wide assortment to choose from.

Croatia restaurant

Top Places in Croatia | Traveldudes.org

 

It’s difficult to know where to start, but these are my top 3 places in Croatia – posted online in the hope that others find this useful.

They are in no particular order, but I’d strongly advise you to visit them all!

I was only in the area for a week, and these are all easily accessible from Split, which was my nominal base for the week (I moved around a fair bit but flew in and out of Split International airport).

1. Hvar

This is a beautiful little island with everything you would expect for a tine place tht has been inhabited since Roman time – cute little squares, tiny walkways through castle-like walls.  It has fantastic views (especially from up high, if you make the slog up the hill to the fort), with 360 degrees of sea.

The best bit about Hvar is the food though – with tens of hte very best restaurants in the Med clammering your your attention (and your wallet!).  It’s not a cheap place to eat, but I would definitley recommend Agava, amongst others.  It is THE standout restaurant.

2. Trogir

I loved the feel of Trogir.  There is an old town that is literally on its own island (and a UNESCO-heritage site), brilliant beaches, and a nightlife that keeps you up until way past your bedtime – especially if you’re a fan of euro-trance like I am!

3. Krka

I’ve seen lots of waterfalls in my time, but with these tehre is so much going on – it’s basically 7 different waterfalls piled on top of each other.  The approach by boat from Skradin is also nice, as is the fact that instead of piling to see them all and pushing through the crowd, you can just head up to them on your boat. 🙂

 

Mozambique tropical fruits

Top 10 Things to Eat and Drink in Mozambique

 

Mozambique is Southern Africa’s answer to tropical paradise: with gorgeous beaches, turquoise sea, beautiful islands and a palm-fringed coastline, it’s the stuff travel brochures are made of.

Many African countries are not known for their gourmet offerings, but Mozambique is one of the exceptions. Five hundred years of Portuguese influence, tropical fruit and plentiful fish and seafood mean that Mozambique is a foodie’s heaven.

Here are some dishes (and drinks) you should try on your next trip:

1. Prawns

All the seafood you’ll eat in Mozambique is delicious, but prawns are definitely the highlight: juicy and flavourful, they’re served grilled or fried, with French fries or rice. Prawns in Mozambique are juicy and delicious. They’re served grilled on the barbecue or fried and are slathered in either fiery peri peri sauce or lashings of garlic.

2. Matapa

This tasty traditional dish is not something you’ll always find on the menu at tourist restaurants – you’re more likely to get it if you end up staying with locals. It’s made from stewed cassava leaves (similar to spinach), ground peanuts, garlic and coconut milk. It’s either eaten on its own or with rice and prawns.

3. Paõ

Found in any Mozambican market, paõ  (pronounced pow) are Portuguese white bread rolls baked in wood-fired ovens in villages.

4. Peri peri chicken

You’ll find peri peri chicken all over Mozambique, as well as further north in Tanzania and west in Angola (another southern African country colonised by the Portuguese). The dish consists of chicken marinated in lemon juice, garlic and a healthy douse of peri peri sauce, usually eaten with French fries.

5. Prego roll

There’s nothing better for a roadside snack in Mozambique than a lip-smacking prego roll: a steak covered in peri peri sauce (a fiery red sauce made with chillies, garlic and vinegar) in paõ. Simple and delicious!

6. Cashews

Mozambique was once the world’s largest producer of cashews, and even though they’re not being farmed on such a wide scale anymore, there are nuts trees growing all over the place. You’ll see people selling bags of cashews on the side of the road for peanuts (excuse the pun) and on the beach. While plain cashews are great, the roasted peri peri ones are even more tasty.

7. Fish

Buy fresh fish right off the boats on the beach all along the coast in Mozambique. It’s best to grill fish on a barbecue and eat it on the beach if possible – the ultimate seaside meal!

8. Tropical fruit

With Mozambique’s warm, humid climate, delicious tropical fruit grows everywhere. There are papayas, coconuts, avocados and my favourite – small, sweet mangoes. Buy fruit at village markets or on the side of the road – a big bucket of about forty mangoes goes for around 5MTs (15 US cents).

9. 2M

Laurentina is a great Mozambican beer, by my favourite is 2M (pronounced doish-em). There’s nothing like a few of these drunk at sunset after a perfect day on the beach.

10. Tipo Tinto

If you’re backpacking in Mozambique, you’re likely to suffer more than a few headaches from Tipo Tinto, the national rum. Don’t try and drink this neat! It’s best with a mixer – the local favourite is a berry-flavoured soda called Sparberry.

 

Shark Cage Diving

Top Five Shark Cage Diving Hotspots in the World

 

Shark cage diving is the exhilarating experience of diving with the ocean’s apex predators with the protection of a steel cage.

There are only a handful of places where you can reliably see the most infamous predator of them all, the great white shark.

Here are the top five places to dive with great whites in the world.

Top five great white shark diving hotspots

Gansbaai, South Africa

Dubbed the ‘great white capital of the world’, Gansbaai’s large population of sharks congregate between Dyer Island and Geyser rock, creating an ideal situation for those willing to brave the cold waters and come face-to-face with a number of shark species.

In addition to great whites, Mako, tiger, black-tip and blue sharks can all be found in Gansbaai. The local cape fur seal colony provides the sharks with a perfect place to hunt for food, making it arguably the best location for shark cage diving in the world.

Isla de Guadelupe, Mexico

Located roughly 240km off the west coast of Mexico, Isla de Guadelupe is a popular eco-tourism destination because of its diverse marine life and visibility unrivalled by any other location on the list.

Guadelupe Island is the main dive spot to see great whites off the Mexican coast, while the Rivelligegedo Archipelago further up the coast is a hotspot for dolphins, manta rays, humpback whales and a number of shark species.

False Bay, South Africa

False Bay is without a doubt the best place to witness great whites ‘breaching’, the unique hunting technique where they use the element of surprise to catch seals with such force from below that they fly out of the water.

Shark cage diving is popular in the bay, and many operators offer the opportunity to scuba dive within the cage, allowing divers to observe sharks at greater depths for a greater length of time.

Neptune Islands, Australia

Neptune Islands Conservation Park is a safe haven for great whites, who continually face challenges worldwide for survival due to human factors such as shark nets, overfishing and habitat destruction. This is the only place in Australia where shark cage diving is permitted.

Split up into two sets of islands, the Neptunes are characterized by rocky terrain and are home to the largest colony of fur seals in the country. In addition to the impressive ocean life, the islands are also well-known for their terrestrial flora and fauna and include an impressive array of mammals, reptiles and birds.

Farallon islands, United States

Just 30kms from San Francisco’s iconic Golden Gate Bridge, the Farallon Islands are a group of islands in the Pacific Ocean. Known as the ‘Islands of the Dead’ by Native Americans, they have remained largely uninhabited for most of their history, but marine and weather researchers maintain have recently established a small presence.

The islands are closed to the public but the surrounding waters are an excellent place to view great whites due to the large elephant seal colony scattered around its shores, which provide an excellent food source.

 

Kenya play music

Top Cultural Festivals to Attend in Kenya

 

Do you enjoy experiencing diverse cultures? Festivals are a great place to start and this article will sample four festivals that should be in your bucket list.

Top four cultural Festivals to attend in Kenya after the Coronavirus pandemic

Kenya is well known for its breathtaking sandy beaches and wildlife.

Little is known about its cultural diversity.

The Maasai people are worldwide known, nonetheless, we have 41 other tribes in Kenya. These tribes have cultural festivals that they celebrate annually. Attending festivals is a great

way to connect with the local communities, contribute to the preservation of culture and get to experience a different way of life.

However, today I will highlight the top four cultural festivals that you must attend in your lifetime.

Rusinga Island Festival

Rusinga Island is one of the gems of the Great Lake Victoria. It lies on the Eastern side of the lake and it has the most stunning views of the sunsets.

Rusinga Island Festival is among the famous events in the Western region of Kenya. It is usually held annually on the last Thursday and Friday before Christmas.

If you want to experience the authentic culture and traditions of the Suba community, this is a perfect place to start.

Here you get to experience two days of:

● traditional music and dance

The traditional dancers usually exhibit their passion and skills by dancing their waists and hearts out. You will get to feel the thundering beatings of the drums, echoed by voices that seem to appease the gods.

● Art and Fashion

Unique art and fashion pieces are visible on their traditional attire, the jewellery that adores their bodies, the pottery and not forgetting the carvings. You can’t miss a beautiful and valuable souvenir for friends and families back home.

● food delicacies

The staple food of the suba community is “kuon anang’ a”(traditional ugali prepared using ghee) with fish I.e Nile perch or Tilapia(omena & Mbuta). This is a delicacy.

A visit to the lakeside is not complete without devouring the fresh savoury fish.

● sports

There are different sports activities to participate in during this festival. We have a tag of wars, whereby different groups test their strength and resilience.

The Luo and Suba community had a significant cultural sport of wrestling. It allowed the young, we’ll build and able fishermen to earn bragging rights in the community.

The match is not violent. It’s purely meant for entertainment purposes and a great chance for the young men to attract suitors.

● Boat races and Fishing

The people in the Island are super friendly. Occasionally you will find them fishing, drying their fish(dagaa, omena) and going about their business.

Fishing is the primary source of livelihood for the community. The festival also organises boat races among the local people. They get to compete on which team will win the race

Most hotels and lodges along the Island arrange for boat rides and fishing on request.

I found this interesting enough to try, I hope you will too

Literature

You will get to hear interesting stories, folklores and conversations that take you back in time into the wealth of the Abasuba culture.

The festival is run by different themes each year. In 2019 the theme was “The Island Remembers”. This made us remember, reminiscent and connect with the Island through culture, art and

celebrating heritage. The festival unites people from different worlds to appreciate and enjoy the heritage of the Suba people.

Maralal International Camel Derby

Kenya’s Northern Frontier is a wild and untamed region.

The locals have retained their traditions.

Most of them are pastoralists, with Camels being an important element of their wealth. Maralal Camel Derby is one of the most celebrated events in Kenya. It takes place in the Yare Camel Club In Maralal Town, Samburu County.

The derby involves cycling, Camel racing and cultural performance from the Samburu people. Both the communities and visitors join in the festivities and races.

● Sports

The Camel Derby is graced by both amateurs and professional Camel racers. Most amateurs are usually first-time foreigners who have never taken part in the Camel races.

You will definitely have a fun laugh at the amateurs who can’t control the camels. Most times the camels move in whichever direction away from the race. A funny scenario it is. Watching the races struggling to steer the camels to the right path.

However, this gives room for the professional racers to get to the finish line first.

There are also bicycle races. For those who prefer this, they get an opportunity of challenging themselves. Some cyclists, who are greenhorn, don’t get to finish the race. It is a demanding task.

The two races usually start in Maralal town, and they take place co-currently.

● Music and Dance

The mood in Maralal town during the early is usually electric and fun. The music and dances from the Samburu people lighten the atmosphere.

● Art and Fashion

If you are a lover of art, fashion and handicrafts, there are curio stalls where these artefacts are displayed. You have a lot of choices to choose a souvenir from.

Maralal Camel Derby is not just a competitive race but brings this desert town to life and showcases its cultural heritage.

Kilifi New Year Festival

Kilifi New year festival is held annually from 30th December to 2nd January.

This festival is perfect for all those who are lovers of contemporary, African and electronic music. It is a melting pot of varied cultures and allows for freedom of expression.

The music festival is held under the shade of thousand-year-old baobab trees. It is set on a 20-acre field, home to wild orange and lemon orchids and bamboo forest in

Takaungu creak of the Indian Ocean.

The aim of this festival is supporting conscious living and sustainability while appreciating different cultures. Blending creativity with nature to show a connection with each other, the environment and the community.

Everyone is free-spirited expressing themselves through fashion, dance, art and music. The die to moment happens when a huge wooden sculpture is set ablaze symbolising new beginnings and shared hope for a promising future.

During the 2019 festival, a huge sculpture was burnt in honour of the last male Northern White Rhino – Sudan. A symbol that species extinction is a reality and it is up to the human race to value and protect its wildlife.

● Camping

Camping buddies, this is a great festival for you.

You are allowed to carry your own camping gear. The 20-acre piece of land has enough spaces for pitching tents.

There is also adequate space for parking vehicles, enough showers, toilets and shade to relax and unwind.

There is ample security for all those in attendance.

Moreover, boutique camping is also available during the four days of stay. You will just have to arrange for the bookings earlier enough.

● Beach Activities

There is a beautiful coastline a few meters away. You can go for an early morning jog, a swim, yoga or participate in beach ball games.

The refreshing breeze, combined with spectacular sunsets and free spirit around, makes this festival a bucket list.

Moreover, you can also plan to go for a boat ride on Watamu beach after the festival. Here you can do for snorkelling, explore the bottom world of the ocean.

You will discover colourful fish species, turtles and seagrass. With the help of trained tour guides, you can sail deeper to get a glimpse of the whales.

This is a fantastic way to end your new year celebration in Kilifi.

Lamu cultural festival

Lamu cultural festival is held in Lamu Island, a world heritage site.

This old town has retained it’s Swahili culture over the years not giving in to pressures of the modern culture. The town is characterised by narrow streets, while its main transport means are donkeys.

The three-day festival is meant to give visitors a taste of the Swahili culture and lifestyle.

During the Lamu Cultural Festival, you get to experience dhow race, donkey races, competitive bao games, Swahili Henna paintings and traditional artefacts.

The bao games have existed for years in the East African region. Archaeological evidence shows that it has been played for thousands of years.

The dhow sailing races are executed by the locals. The racers are usually well prepared ready to showcase their skills in manoeuvring through the tides.

On the other hand, other people prepare to take part in a swimming competition. They will have to face the rough waters steering towards the other Island known as Shela and then swim back. With the scorching sun, Swimming race is ideal and a big relief.

The highlight of the festival is the donkey races. Residents, as well as the visitors, can participate. This sport is fun to watch. Steering a donkey needs natural talent, practice and skill. For

amateurs, some end up going towards the opposite direction from where the race is. Donkeys are the main means of transport owing to the city’s narrow and meandering streets. Donkeys have been used for ages by the residents.

For those who thrill in a shopping spree, there are lots of products to choose from. Toys, jewellery, clothes, toys and artefacts. You will find unique Swahili pieces to add on to your adventure collection.

● Street Food

What a better way of knowing a towns delicacies than sampling the street foods. Lamu has a vibrant, welcoming relaxed old town vibes. Like most Coastal towns, the street food culture is active.

You will find an array of street foods lined up on the streets early in the morning and in the evenings at around 4:00 pm.

There is a variety of finger-licking snacks and drinks to choose from. Most of them are Swahili dishes prepared from coconut milk, flour and with lots of sugar and spice. They include bhajia, vitumbua, jalebi, mitai, kaimati, mkate was Sinia, Mahari and mbaazi ya nazi. I know these are foreign names but when you get there you can surprise the locals a bit.

If you are a foodie this would be paradise.

It is good for one to loosen up once in a while and enjoy the abundance of life

Conclusion

Life is full of abundance. If you don’t travel and experience what other places have to offer then you are missing a lot.

“The World is a book and those who do not travel read only a page.” -Saint Augustine.

I hope these four incredible festivals in Kenya have inspired you to travel, explore alien culture, interact with different people and live a free life.

For each time we travel we see the world with a set of new eyes, become more conscious about our relationship with nature and fellow human beings.

Travel tip written and shared by Delinah Mijide

Delinah is a champion for sustainable tourism and conservation practices. She has the passion to highlight businesses and brands that support community empowerment, environmental and

culture preservation. Let’s travel,be responsible and have fun.

Wants to know more about sustainable tourism visit The Eco-traveller.

 

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