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The vast lands encompassed by the boundaries of the South American continent represent an area of the richest and most diverse biodiverse region on Earth. The twelve independent nations and three dependent territories which make up South America have some of the best roads for taking the camper out and driving to one’s heart’s content. Here are a few of the roads which connect the northern tip of Columbia to the southern tip of Argentina and everything in between.

The Interoceanic Highway

Snaking along with the natural relief is a fully paved road which allows the South Atlantic Ocean to meet the South Pacific Ocean. This highway is meant to foster the linking of three ports in Peru to a number of Brazilian cities as such it is an easy drive. This route is for the lovers of smooth driving as the route will not introduce the diverse wildlife to the traffic of a highway. This is the highway to use for a city tour of Rio de Janeiro which has lots to see. Along the way, one can enjoy the natural scenery flanking the highway on both sides.

The Southern Patagonian Andes

Be sure to prepare the camper with the needed RV parts and supplies for this ten-day adventure in Argentina and Chile. For the off- roading lovers, the Southern Andes provides a breathtaking backdrop for two weeks off the grid while appreciating the Earth in all its splendor. This location has a well-highlighted backpacking trail which can be done in eight hours or in two days with an overnight camping experience being included for the latter. If camping is a bit too much, the town of El Chaltén has a few good hotels, bars and restaurants to pick from.

The Land of the Incas

On the other side of the Andes are Bolivia and Peru which share an ancient Inca population. The altiplano trip combines indigenous culture, cuisine, ancient ruins with a great outdoor adventure.

 

Author bio: Rana Tarakji is an entrepreneur and a contributing writer at Stylerail, a lifestyle blog as well as Sataco, an electro mechanical company in Lebanon.

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Traveling on a budget does not mean traveling totally broke, it means allocating proper resources to the activities you actually want to spend money on. Many tourist destinations have inflated prices with poor service because the general belief is that a tourist has an unlimited amount of cash and not much common sense. To avoid some of these account draining locations, consider visiting these hidden budget traveler gems and save money.

Take a Long Drive

It would be better to buy or rent a camper, load it up with RV supplies and drive from Washington DC to the Great Smoky Mountains. The journey will take you across two national parks and introduce the beautiful yet majestic Blue Ridge Parkway and its natural resources. When traveling between Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park and North Carolina’s Great Smoky Mountains National Park, one unique aspect that will jump out is that the road is seemingly unchanged from its 1935 origins. There are many 19th century farms and towns that seem to come straight from a postage stamp.

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Charleston is the more popular South Carolina hotspot, but it tends to have massive crowds and beachgoers. Visiting the quiet and pristine Litchfield beach or the four mile Pawleys Island stretch where a true taste of Southern food can be had, seems to be a much better place for any budget traveler.

Do not assume that there is little to do outside of sleeping and eating in Myrtle Beach, there are really active centers for water sports enthusiasts. Once the safety presentation is done, feel free to rent a jet ski or pontoon and ride to your heart’s content.

Charleston, South Carolina

Since you would have been in the area anyway, head up to Charleston where the food is just as good, but the music is better. For lovers of classical music, there are many annual orchestral concerts where both the masterworks of yesteryear and the pop sensations of today are played. If the music of the grand concert halls is not enough, try visiting the world renowned Gibbes Museum of Art where a string quartet plays music related to the art on display. If you are an activity driven traveler, set off to the Kiawah Island where there are many bike trails which merge with woodlands beaches and many waterways. If you are feeling the bug to be on the water, do not dismay as rented kayaks are available for further exploration.

Boston

Be sure to visit this historic city during the summer when most universities are on break; the city truly empties out and the traffic is lighter. The history of the American Revolution as it started in Boston can be found via the Freedom Trail which carries you through 16 significant and historic sites. There are also many river cruises offered in the city which will merge history and fine dining into one.

Buffalo

During the months of April to October, visit the Larkin Square on a Tuesday night. In addition to free parking and free concerts, there are up to 50 food trucks on location simply there for your enjoyment. In addition to great food, Buffalo has been leading the craft cocktail resurgence seen in the US in the past few years. So for all of the lovers of tasty beverages, be sure to drop in at happy hour to one of the “new Buffalo” type of drinking holes. Finally, the Albright- Knox Art Gallery is popular for having the iconic artworks of Picasso, Khalo, and O’Keeffe on display year-round.

 

Author bio: Rana Tarakji is an entrepreneur and a contributing writer at Stylerail, a lifestyle blog as well as Sataco, an electro mechanical company in Lebanon.

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There are many reasons that UK residents want to move countries and explore more of the world outside of yearly holidays. Some of these reasons, to name a few, are the weather, job opportunities and of course, simply a fresh start. Whatever reason you have, if you are considering moving, it is a big decision and a drastic lifestyle change. So, as experts in this area, have done extensive research using information from reputable intergovernmental organisations such as the UN, World Bank and OCED, to give us the most accurate findings and help see which nations are indeed the best for those looking to make the move and become expats.

What we Did

In order to narrow down our list, we had to decide on a specific data set. Our data set covered a variety of different aspects that may affect day-to-day life.

We narrowed down all the countries in the world to the 18 we felt were most popular with UK expats to start with. These 18 include Spain, Australia and the USA, as well as other locations like Mexico, Brazil and India.

In total, we looked at 11 different data sets for all 18 countries. These included: income tax levels, average net incomes, real wages, education ranking, property price to income ratio, crime and unemployment levels, healthcare efficiency, English proficiency and food costs. These stats gave us strong indications on a wide range of factors that directly affect quality of life.

After gathering the data, we began to analyse the stats to see which countries stood out and in which areas they performed strongest. We took what we found and compared it against the UK to see what the similarities and differences are between our nation and those overseas, to ultimately find the ideal location for potential UK expats to relocate to.

Finally, with a combination of these numbers and figures and our thorough research from sources including the OECD, United Nations, World Bank, Bloomberg and more, we ranked the data by the most favourable results.

 

What we Uncovered

Before we reveal which country hit the top spot, some of the more notable information that we discovered includes:

The USA has the lowest property price to income ratio, making US real estate much more affordable than that of the UK.

India’s food is the cheapest, it has the lowest cost of food per head in the average weekly shop equating to £86.62* for a family of four, compared to £174.74 in the UK

Singapore has the most efficient healthcare and the best education, meaning less waiting times and higher grades than in UK schools

Norway has the highest GDP per capita and the highest level of English proficiency out of the countries which don’t list English as an official language, with 68% of the population able to effectively read, write and hold a conversation in English

Ireland overall shares the most similarities to the UK, with similar income, temperature, healthcare and education rankings

The Results

Overall, Singapore was found to be the best option for UK expats, with the lowest crime rankings and most efficient healthcare. In last place was India, with low income and high crime.

  1. Singapore
  2. Canada
  3. Australia
  4. United Arab Emirates
  5. USA
  6. Norway
  7. Ireland
  8. Germany
  9. New Zealand
  10. Japan
  11. France
  12. Spain
  13. Russia
  14. China
  15. Brazil
  16. South Africa
  17. India

 

Author:

Jim Limerick

Bio:

1st Move international are an international removals company based in the UK

 

 

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There is no better way to explore new destinations than by motorbike. It’s the most raw, exciting and also convenient way to travel, and wherever you want to go, you will find that you get the full experience of being at one with nature, while also being able to get from place to place with ease. When planning a road trip, whether at home or abroad, it pays to make sure your bike is fully serviced and ready to go. If you service your own bike, we recommend you check out BikeBandit.com, the leading name in quality brand parts, accessories, gear and after-market parts, with excellent prices and quick delivery.

So, where do you go on your bike vacation? There is a whole world out there, and you may be surprised what you can find close to home!

The USA

There is so much diversity in the USA that it can be difficult to advise travellers where to visit! Any one of the magnificent states offers a great deal of interest, with stunning cities and beautiful sights, and there is so much in the way of diverse culture to enjoy, too. What about a road trip across the iconic Route 66, a favourite with bikers from across the world? There is little like this route, immortalised on the page and in film, and it takes you to some of the most amazing places in the US. Before you set out, make sure you check your bike is up to it; you can find, for example, a comprehensive range of tires for motorcycles at BikeBandit, with brands such as Pirelli and Bridgestone in stock, all at excellent prices and with fast delivery.

Europe

The European countries offer a wealth of diversity; from the superb country roads of the UK, to the magnificent Alpine sweeps on the continent, the latter being a biker’s dream. Nothing beats the thrill of negotiating, for example, the incredible Stelvio Pass, which has been featured on many a motoring and biking TV programme, so check it out and see what you’re missing. France, Germany, Italy and Spain are all great for on and off-road biking, so if you want to get your dirt bike up to scratch, check out the range of dirt bike parts for Honda models at BikeBandit.

Rest of the World

If you want to travel long-distance, why not head to Australia? This vast, sparse land is home to some of the most unique animals on the planet, and offers a chance to visit a land that is as ancient as any. Then there’s the Far East; Vietnam is fast becoming a favourite for bike holidays, thanks to its quite stunning scenery and wonderful people, and you might want to consider the wonders of Africa, where there are too many countries to mention in such a short piece. Wherever you choose to go, take the time to make sure your bike is up to scratch, and you will enjoy yourself to the full.

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Are you a regular traveller, either for business or pleasure? If so, you’ll know that there are many things you can do to make life easier on the move. Airports are a stressful place to be, and it seems that nothing ever goes smoothly! Let’s have a look at five ways you can make your life easier when on the move.

Plan Ahead

This is essential for both pleasure and business travel; know where you are going to stay when you reach each destination, and try to have it booked in advance. Make sure you have all your tickets in an easy to reach pocket, and in the right order. This way, you avoid the potential stress of not knowing where things are!

Pack Light

The added charges for heavy luggage on aircraft, for example, can be expensive, so pack as light as you can. If you’re heading on holiday to a popular resort, remember that it can be cheap to buy, say, t-shirts there, thus lightening your load when travelling abroad. Pack only what you need, with nothing superfluous.

Check the Weather

If you are planning on being outdoors when travelling, either at home or abroad, it pays to know what the weather forecast is wherever you are going to be. I have a handy tip for you here: I always use my weather station! What am I talking about? It’s a small, digital device that gives me up to date, accurate information on present and projected weather, and I find it absolutely essential. You can find out more about the top 10 weather stations at a great site called bestreviewer.co.uk, and they also have reviews of other essential travel items, so we recommend you check them out.

Be Safe

Safety is essential when you are in a place you are not familiar with. Don’t wear expensive jewellery or watches in crowded places, wear a money belt rather than carrying a bag or wallet and be vigilant. In the UK or abroad there are always undesirables who will take advantage of any lapses in security, so be aware of what is going on around you.

Enjoy Yourself!

This may seem like an obvious point, but it is sometimes too easy to let some of the above points worry you, and impact on your enjoyment of the trip. Whether travelling for business or pleasure, at home or abroad, remember that you are most likely heading somewhere with plenty to enjoy, so try and discover what is worth seeing and doing in the area, and enjoy your break to the full.

There’s five sensible pieces of advice that will help you have a stress-free time travelling, and we could find many more. To begin with, why not head to the website we mentioned above and check out their detailed reviews of weather stations? Seriously, these clever little things have made my travelling life a great deal easier, and for a very small outlay you can stay on top of the weather wherever you are.

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Travelling abroad can be one of the most liberating things you can do in your life. It is always exciting to see the other side of the world and discover new things about a certain place. Though it can also be scary at first, you will still love going places from time to time, especially when you are with the people you enjoy being with.

Your first-ever international trip will be unforgettable as you will learn a lot from it. Being in a foreign land is an eye-opener since you will get to understand you capabilities and widen your horizon on different culture and tradition. There is more to see than your homeland, thus, it is best that you travel internationally when you have the time and money.

Listed below are some useful tips for those traveling abroad for the very first time:

Determine your budget

Knowing that you will be traveling abroad, you have to make it a point to have your budget set. You will be needing more money, so you have to prepare for it beforehand. It is important that you make a list of your expenses in order for you not to overspend during your whole trip. For example, you can set a daily food allowance, visit tourist attractions which are free of charge, or rent a vehicle instead of commuting. Apparently, there are cheap car hire in Australia and other countries that you can try to make your life more convenient and hassle-free when in abroad.

Prepare your passport

Of course, the most important thing that you should pack with you when travelling to another country is your passport. You have to ensure that your passport is always secured and that you bring it with you all the time. Never leave it in your hotel room or anywhere else as there might be instances you will need it when taking a tour of a particular city.

Do your research

Since it will be your first to go to a certain country, it is essential that you do your own research before your trip. You have to know the city’s do’s and don’ts as well as their customs so that you won’t get in any trouble once you are already there. Some countries are very strict about their rules and traditions, so be sure to know all about these things first.

Plan your itinerary

Make sure you have your itinerary planned when travelling overseas to make everything organised. It doesn’t have to be too detailed, rather create one that is flexible. Since not everything will go as planned, you have to learn how to be adaptable, too. Your itinerary will just be a guide of your trip, so be open to changes.

Your first international trip will be a memorable one. You will absolutely learn a lot from your first-ever travel abroad, even if you will encounter some unnecessary things along the way. These tips mentioned above will surely help you out in making your first overseas journey one for the books, so keep these in mind all the time.

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The demand for travel that combines physical activity, a connection to nature and immersive cultural experience has never been greater. And with the ‘softening’ of many types of adventure travel excursions, and the growing ability to customise all aspects of travel, adventure travel has never been more accessible.  

According to Shannon Stowell, president of Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA), “Adventure is moving towards the mainstream, and the mainstream is moving towards adventure”. Partly due to the rise in activity levels of baby boomers, he suggests that older generations are “adventure curious”, meaning they’re more and more willing to take on activities not generally expected from the ‘traditional’ retiree, like kayaking, horseback riding, and expedition cruising.

So big is this “adventure curious” notion, that travel companies all over the world are tapping into the market by offering “soft” adventures, specifically designed for those looking to combine comfort and adventure.

What is “soft adventure”?

Adventuring doesn’t have to mean “roughing it,” and it also doesn’t have to mean bungy jumping, white water rafting and snowboarding.

Soft adventure may mean that you can be active during the day and pampered at night. You might hike a treacherous trail in the morning only to return to the comforts of a nice hotel for a delicious meal and a soft, luxurious bed.

Soft adventure can also mean the opportunity to discover offbeat and exotic destinations, such as those offered in G Adventures’ Comfort range. Comfort trips open up the world’s incredible places, while at the same time offering certain conveniences from home. Adventurers can step out of their comfort zones in the great desert dunes of Erg Chegaga as part of a Morocco, Sahara and Beyond tour or take salsa dancing lessons in Antigua as part of a Central America Explorer tour. Each tour still offers the rawness, access, and authenticity that G Adventure’s tours are famous for, without skimping on the finer things.

Why is adventure so important?

Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience”. In other words, we become our best selves when we take advantage of new adventures, and the quest for new experience shouldn’t have a cut off age.  

When you embrace adventure, it changes the way in which you view time. The more familiar your world becomes, the less information your brain writes down, and the more quickly time seems to pass. A little adventure interrupts your everyday flow to slow life down and maintain positive feelings.

Research tells us that even as they age, most travelers want to experience self-fulfilling leisure activities, so long as they have good health and the physical ability to enjoy them. Particular motivations for travel include: education and learning, visiting friends and relatives, physical exercise and health, and rest and relaxation.

What’s stopping adventure?

Still, there are many factors that restrict or prevent older people from participating in tourism and leisure activities, such as worrying about their health or lacking a travel companion. Perceived safety is also an issue, as is the giving up of home comforts and comfort zones.

So how do you stop fear taking hold?

For all the little fears that come with travelling, there are stronger reasons to jump head first into it. Travelling is an amazingly underrated investment in your older self; it exposes you to new people, cultures and lifestyles and with all this newness comes new insights, greater joy and more often than not, better health.

Smart shopping is the key, and that means researching your destination well and the safest ways in which to travel. Organised tours are a great way to go, as not only do they ensure you’ll see the best of your destination, they:

  • save you time and energy on planning
  • keep transportation simple
  • offer security in potentially dangerous areas
  • prevent problems caused by language barriers
  • offer insider knowledge and hidden gems
  • give more depth to your experience
  • add a social aspect to your travel – so even if you’re traveling solo, you won’t be alone

So what’s stopping adventure? You tell us!

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Moving house is always a stressful time; so much to organise and a great deal of responsibility, and the need to bring everything together at the right time. It’s not something you do every day, so you’ll be bound to come across problems along the way, so what can you do to reduce stress and ensure that everything goes smoothly? You could make sure that you hire a removals company with a reputation for excellent, professional service and excellent care and attention, and in the LA and Beverly Hills area, that means talking to Attention 2 Detail Moving, the leading name in quality removals.

Founded by a group of friends who were less than impressed by the service they received from other providers, Attention 2 Detail is no firmly established as the premier Beverly Hills Movers, and has a reputation for providing professional, courteous service at all times. The company bases its routine on aspects of the military training that some of the team have been through, and the result is a streamlined, precision service that really is second to none.

Long or Short Distance Movers

Operating primarily in and around the Beverly Hills area, Attention 2 Detail can handle long-distance moves as well as local ones, and are able same day movers who will attend to any of your particular requirements. If you have unusual or valuable items that you need moving they will be more than happy to accommodate you, and they have already helped many satisfied clients get the very best moving services in the region. Talk to them now if you have any questions, and you’ll find them approachable and easy to work with.

If you need to store items, perhaps between moves or on a longer term basis, you can take advantage of the excellent storage options they have to hand in and around the region, which are completely secure and affordable at excellent rates. They have a variety of options in convenient locations, so you can be certain they will look after your goods carefully throughout.

Removals Services for All

Attention 2 Detail take great pride in their ability to provide top quality, professional and carefully considered removals solutions, and they can also deal with corporate moves, so if you are changing offices, they are the people you need to get in touch with for the most efficient and effective service in the business. They will ensure that you get to your new address as and when it is needed, and that everything will be in perfect condition as you should expect.

If you need further information on their services, or wish to request a quote for your upcoming move, you should get in touch with www.AttentionToDetailMoving.com right away, and one of their friendly and helpful team will be more than happy to offer you advice and provide a quotation.

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Looking to escape the concrete jungle in favour of the great outdoors? Experience the best outdoor attractions and activities in Angeles City with Park Inn by Radisson Clark’s helpful guide. Whether you want to meet local critters in their native habitat or test your limits on a mountain trek, our tips on the top Philippines’ tourist attractions have got you covered.

Paradise Ranch

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The quintessential destination for eco-friendly fun in Angeles City, Paradise Ranch combines the best of education and entertainment with breathtaking panoramic views. Take in the sights of Mount Pinatubo and the Sacobia River as you make your way through this conservation park’s myriad of attractions, including a dinosaur-themed amusement park, a zip line and the largest butterfly garden in the Philippines.

ZooCobia Fun Zoo

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Conveniently located at the main gates of Paradise Ranch, ZooCobia Fun Zoo is the perfect place to continue your exploration of Pampanga’s spectacular flora and fauna. Offering more than your typical wildlife sanctuary, this interactive destination features a thrilling gravity car ride, a petting area and a garden maze guaranteed to keep visitors entertained for hours.

Mount Pinatubo

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More than just a mountain trek, this active stratovolcano is the ideal outdoor destination for adrenaline junkies looking for things to do in Angeles City. Standing at a towering 1,486 metres above sea level, this living giant is best explored in the company of an experienced guide, who will take you and your fellow hikers to new heights on a riveting 4-hour return journey.

Puning Hot Springs

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Looking for a more leisure-based activity in Angeles City? Opt for an afternoon of invigorating spa treatments at Puning Hot Springs. Located a mere 30-minutes from Park Inn by Radisson Clark, this secluded tropical paradise is the perfect fusion of relaxation and adventure, with an exciting 4×4 excursion leading to the tranquil pools. After you’ve had an opportunity to soak in this naturally heated oasis, a wide array of services is available to enhance your experience, from hot sand skin treatments to rejuvenating mud baths.

Fontana Leisure Park
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A one-stop destination for city dwellers and nature lovers alike, this multi-faceted leisure park has something everyone. Beat the heat at Fontana’s Water Theme Park, complete with giant water slides and an Olympic-sized swimming pool, or practice your swing on the 9 Hole Pitch and Putt, designed by professional golfer, Graham Marsh. Once you’ve had your fill of outdoor fun, a world of indoor activities awaits, with a dynamic offering of restaurants and a full-service casino located on-site.

Ready to get out and about in Pampanga? Book your room or suite at Park Inn by Radisson Clark and start planning your dream holiday today. With lush tropical gardens and a refreshing swimming pool, your outdoor adventures in Angeles City start right on your doorstep at Park Inn by Radisson Clark.

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If you are on the brink of retirement and contemplating buying that nice little cottage in the Cotswolds, consider the alternatives before making any decisions. A holiday home doesn’t necessarily have to be in bricks and mortar, and with modern motorhomes, the family has all the mod cons to enjoy the camping experience. There are advantages to buying a bricks and mortar second home, yet a mobile solution offers you a different holiday every time, and with the added excitement of fending for yourself, it is an attractive proposition.

The Benefits of a Motorhome

They are indeed many, with the main one being that your transport is also your accommodation, which is not only a lot cheaper, it is far more convenient. Buying a second home involves a very substantial amount of money, yet if you buy a used motorhome, you not only have that second home, but it has cost much less than a house and land.

Holiday Freedom

Owning your own motorhome is akin to owning every holiday you will take from that moment on, and with so many interesting places to experience, each trip will be unique in some way. Camping has always been popular in Britain, so expect to find many modern campsites, which are evenly spread across the country, so finding a suitable place to park for the night is never an issue. Those who are already hooked on self-driving holidays would be quick to explain how many friends they have made since they began to holiday in this fashion, and with so many other families having similar experiences, you are bound to connect.

Luxury Lifestyle

Camping has long been associated with discomfort and improvising, however, modern motorhomes are equipped with everything you could possibly need, and a little more, to make that touring experience a special one.

Buy Used

If you buy a new motorhome, the depreciation will be mainly over the first year or two, so invest in a quality used unit, and it will hold its price until you are ready for an upgrade. A second hand dealer would give a good warranty, and would only sell quality vehicles, and an established supplier would have a wide range of sizes that accommodate from 2-6 people.

Equity Release

Many semi-retired people are taking advantage of equity release programs and investing in a motorhome, in which they can travel anywhere they choose, and without having to book flights and accommodation, it is ideal for those who have the time and the inclination to just get up and go. This is a tax-free sum that is paid out when the lifetime mortgage begins, and it allows a person who is 55 or over, to release a portion of their equity. This money can be used to buy a second hand campervan, and then your holidays are secured for life, and with the freedom to go when and where you like, it makes for an ideal retirement.

So, if you are looking for a holiday home, make sure it is mobile, then you have the ultimate holiday experience.

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  The vast lands encompassed by the boundaries of the South American continent represent an area of the richest and most diverse biodiverse region on...