Best Beaches in Phuket You Should Not Miss

If there’s one place which epitomizes the quote mentioned above, it’s got to be Phuket. Yes, I do know what you’re thinking―it’s too crowded and it’s rather uncouth. In pockets, it definitely is. But then again, we’re talking about a world-class destination, favored by the rich and famous for its luxurious living and fine dining.

Being abundantly blessed by Nature, the island’s USP lies in its wonderful beaches. Well, at least in some of them, if not all. The tourism boost has been a boon and a bane to the island; while the economy’s been smiling, the place is turning into a crime magnet at the same time.

But we’re not getting into all that at the moment. This piece is about Phuket’s best beaches, and that’s precisely what follows. However, keep in mind that Phuket’s nastiness in the form of pesky vendors and rogue taxi drivers may tag along as well.

Patong Beach
Patong Beach
Patong, located on the west coast, is synonymous with everything Phuket stands for―and we’re talking both, carnal and surreal. The area is abuzz with the ‘mai pen rai’ or ‘take it easy’ attitude, for when you’re in Patong, everything, and we mean everything, is easy to get. From a Pad Thai breakfast off the street, to a Thai cabaret show to round off the night, nothing is impossible when you’re here.

But amidst the neon lights, the souvenir shops, the sleazy ladyboy bars lies Patong’s super-popular beach. Stretching 3 km, the beach holds quite a reputation for its nightlife. Which doesn’t mean that families refrain from coming here. There are endless activities to indulge in, including jet-skiing, parasailing, swimming, or simply lazing on those inviting lounge chairs―you may even get a Thai massage, if you please.

If the main beach in Patong is too overwhelming for

7 Best Beaches in Mexico

Mexico is blessed with a coastline of 10,000 km along the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. As a result, it houses countless beach destinations that offer a variety of activities for tourists.

Mexico has gained a bit of a reputation as a vacation for the affluent, due to the rise of glitzy resorts such as Cancún and Acapulco. However, though that may well have been the case in the past, it is now accessible to tourists on every budget.

Here are Mexico’s best coastal resorts, the best of the gems that this wonderful country has to offer.

Mexico’s capital, Mexico City, is the ideal gateway into Mexico for most international travelers. Cities such as Mexico City, Cancún, Puerto Vallarta, Acapulco, and Playa del Carmen have hundreds of Couchsurfing and Airbnb hosts for budget travelers. For those on a more ‘vacation budget’, there is a wealth of countless seaside resorts in each of these coastal destinations.

Cancún
Cancun
Getting There: Various American cities, including major hubs such as New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles, are connected to Cancún by air. It is a major city in Mexico, and is connected to all other major Mexican cities.
➙ Starting off with the most Westernized, and consequently popular, of all of Mexico’s beach destinations, Cancún is one of the best beach vacation spots in the world. It has huge sandy beaches and crystal-clear waters, which have kept it high in the tourism lists for so many years. Being a tourism-centered city, it offers a variety of restaurants, resorts, and shopping centers for the typical tourist, and some of the best nightlife in Mexico.

➙ Apart from the seaside entertainment, it has two notable museums: the Museo Subacuático de Arte, an eccentric underwater museum consisting of 403 life-size sculptures, and the Museo

Secluded Beaches in Florida

Florida lies in the southeastern region of the United States. A large portion of this state is peninsular, with the Atlantic Ocean to its east and Gulf of Mexico to its west. Florida has a warm, subtropical climate and is covered with large stretches of sand and ocean. Due to its climatic conditions, the state is nicknamed the ‘Sunshine State’. It also has the longest coastline in the contiguous United States. With such a long coastline, the number of beaches is certainly not humble. What is scarce, however, are beaches that are nearly untouched as compared to others. And the best part is that they’re scarce but not impossible to find.

Unlike beaches that remain crowded throughout the year, secluded beaches are isolated and calm. If you wish to spend some time on the beach sans the crowds, these beaches are the ideal spots. If you want solitude, the encompassing emptiness shall give you solace. If you want to travel only for a languid vacation, the beauty of these beaches shall offer you the much-needed respite. Secluded beaches of Florida are destinations for people in search of peace. The vacuum is enchanting, the sand and the soil is soothing, and the view of the ocean merging with the sky won’t allow you to take your gaze away from the horizon.

Dry Tortugas National Park
Dry Tortugas National Park
First on the list is the Dry Tortugas National Park – a national park comprising seven islands, lying approximately 70 miles to the west of Key West (the southernmost tip of the Florida Keys). Few are willing to make the 5-hour return trip, which ensures that these seven islands are secluded throughout the year. The USD 5 you pay as entrance fee, is nothing compared to

Costa Rica Beaches

Costa Rica beaches
Costa Rica literally means ‘Pure Life’ (pura vida)
Costa Rica has over 800 miles (1,200km) of shoreline on its Pacific and Caribbean coasts. But what sets the beaches of Costa Rica apart is the presence of rainforests, mountains and exotic wildlife in its surroundings. Costa Rica is one of the greenest countries in the world. Approximately 25% of Costa Rica’s land is dedicated to national parks, reserves and wildlife refuges. With nearly two-thirds of Costa Rica’s borders being coastline, there are many beaches to explore. You can certainly find an abundance of nature and marine life. Costa Rica is a beach lover’s dream, whether you love to collect seashells, go surfing, or just relax, the beaches here will never disappoint you.
Montezuma
Also known as the ‘backpacker’s paradise’, Montezuma is located at the southern end of the Nicoya peninsula. This laid-back beach town is a favorite among youths, surfers, and nature-lovers. Montezuma is a relatively untouched area of Costa Rica, and is filled with alternative thinkers. In fact, the whole town screams creativity, right from the local arts and crafts stalls to the artistic beach restaurants.
The beach also has rainforest in the vicinity which you can explore. Other attractions include yoga and massages on the beach, for the adventurous types, there are many activities like kayaking, snorkeling and zip-lining. However, this beach is mainly famous for its chilled-out atmosphere and vibrant nightlife. With its lively beach, forest waterfalls in the vicinity and the sensational waves, Playa Montezuma is undoubtedly one of the coolest beaches in Central America.
Manuel Antonio
Located in the Manuel Antonio National Park, Manuel Antonio is unique in its location, where the beach meets the lush rainforests and mountains of Costa Rica. Here, you can discover tropical wildlife like iguanas, sloths, crabs and squirrel monkeys

Best Adventure Vacations in US

We all seek for some adventure in life, and what makes us seek this adventure is our human nature, to just for some time, hit the off road. Adventure vacations help us to bring out the wild side in us, which normally is under the wraps in some corner of our homes and offices. These vacations help you to embrace life, just as it is, without any liabilities and commitments in that moment. This vacation, discover adventures at these best adventure vacations in the US, and discover a new ‘you’. Adventure in general is very important for us to make our lives a tad more interesting and lively. There is always a need to do something that is not done everyday, and this gets us closer to these vacations. Like Helen Keller said, “life is either a great adventure or nothing”.

Planning an Adventure Vacation in the US

The definition of adventure varies for all of us. For some, it’s nearing the supreme power through meditation, and for some, it’s the experience of the adrenaline rush. Whatever maybe our expectations from these adventure vacation ideas, these 5 destinations will surely get you close to them. Let’s check out what these best adventure vacations in US have in store for us!

Grand Canyon, Arizona
River rafting through the Grand Canyon can be one of the best adventure vacations for you this year. You must have already heard stories of people going rafting on the Colorado river, which flows through the Grand Canyon. The gigantic beauty of the Canyon makes this adventure not only adventurous but a memory you’re bound to cherish your whole life. While you’re at the Canyon, you can also check out other adventure sports, such as rafting and paragliding, which are again common at the Grand Canyon. While you’re there, make

What to Take on a Safari

A safari reminds us of the dense forests of Amazon, the deserts of Sahara and the grasslands of Savannah. Isn’t it? So can you afford to miss out any important thing on a safari? The answer is definitely no. Your expedition is a few more days to go and you are just about to start packing. All the necessities lying helter-skelter on the floor and you haven’t yet decided what to take and what not to take on the safari. Unlike short term fun holidays, a safari entails travel, adventure, excitement, fun and hassles as well. Therefore, you should be well equipped with all those items that are essential on a safari to make it an awesome experience.

The goods that you will be packing in your luggage will depend on the place where you are heading on to and the duration of your trip. People usually tend to stuff their backpacks with lot of unnecessary materials that contribute to increasing the load of their bags. Thus, you need to make a list, that will contain only those things which would prove useful to you. So what to take on safari holidays? We explain you over here.

» A Medicine Kit
Whether it’s a journey of a night or a few days trip, you should never step out of home without medicines. To be on the safe side, you should carry medicines for fever, pain, vomiting, dehydration and other minor health complications. Stuff your medicine kit with antiseptic lotions, rehydrate powder sachets, pain killers, paracetamols, insect bite creams, throat lozenges, etc. People usually take vaccinations, which is sometimes mandatory for traveling to different countries.

» Clothes and Accessories
Carrying too many clothes is not at all feasible on a safari. You can pack two clothes per day.

Bungee Jumping Locations

In bungee jumping, the thrill from the free fall, notwithstanding the elasticity of the cord, leads to a sort of rebound which adds to the fun. There are a number of locations around the world where this extreme sport can be experienced to its fullest. Let’s take a plunge into knowing where they are.

Idaho, Perrine Bridge
One of the most exciting bungee jumping spots, Perrine Bridge in Idaho, offers a 486 ft fall in the Snake river. This is the only man-made bridge in the USA where bungee jumping is allowed, throughout the year, that too without a permit.

Victoria Falls Bridge
Go east in Africa, and you have Zimbabwe offering a fabulous and breathtaking bungee jumping location. This is a 500 ft drop from the Victoria Falls bridge over the Zambezi river, connecting Zimbabwe and Zambia. The thrill of the jump, combined with a dreamy spray of waterfall. Wow, must go!

Grande Canyon, Arizona
This is another location in USA. Here, at the northern tip of the Grande Canyon, Marble Canyon, at Kuskulana Bridge, you can jump from a height of 470 ft.

Ticino, Switzerland
Yes, this is that famous dam from where ‘007 James Bond’ jumped in the movie Golden Eye. Verzasca dam is the name of the place in Switzerland, which has on offer a plunge from a 220 m high hydroelectric dam. Ticino valley is the place where it is located.

The Bridge to Nowhere, California
This jumping site is one of the most popular ones in USA. The bridge is located around 40 miles north of downtown Los Angeles, in the lovely Angeles National Forest.

Bhote Khosi Bungee, Kathmandu, Nepal
Eastern ecstasy is at its best in Nepal, a cozy country situated in the heart of the magnificent Himalayas, very close to India. The

The Rocky Mountains

The Rockies or the Rocky mountains are the largest mountain ranges in North America. They are situated in the west of North America and Canada. The ranges are not continuous, but, are segregated. All the peaks rise above 3000 m. Mt. Elbert (4401 m) is the highest peak, while, Mt. Massive (4398 m) and Mt. Harvard (4397 m) are the second and third highest peaks respectively. Mt. Robson (3955 m) is the highest peak in the mountain ranges in Canada.

Location
The mountain ranges cover a large area, from British Columbia to New Mexico. They stretch nearly 3000 miles, comprising American states like New Mexico, Wyoming, Utah, South Dakota, Idaho, Montana, and Colorado, as well as Canadian states like British Columbia and Alberta.

The mountains are classified into Southern Rocky Mountains, Middle and Northern Rockies, the Rocky mountain system in Canada, and the Brook range in Alaska. Canadian mountains are the largest ranges and stretch along nearly 900 miles. Sawatch Range, Sangre de Cristo, San Juan Mountains, Gore Ranges, Wasatch Range, Park Range, and Mosquito Range, etc., are the major mountain ranges.

Formation
The process of mountain formation is known as Orogeny. The formation of mountains in the world began in Paleozoic era (300-250 million years ago). The ancient Rockies were formed in this era. Followed by it was the Mesozoic era or the age of dinosaurs (249-200 million years ago). Tectonics and sedimentation took place in North America in the mesozoic era. In both these eras, huge sediments from the oceans were deposited on land due to invasion of the oceans. At the end of mesozoic era, these mountains were formed due to plate tectonic activity. The outermost layer of the Earth’s interior is called Lithosphere. It is broken into several plates. These plates are present

Family Adventure Vacations

If you realize that it has been long since you have been on a holiday with your family, here’s something for you. If you and your family members are of the adventurous type, an adventure outing could be a good choice for your vacation. You might like to go hiking to someplace less visited, or engage in extreme sports. You might want to enjoy a forest trail and explore the wild, or go family camping by the riverside. The options are plenty. It’s you who makes the choice.

Trekking

If hiking in the hilly regions and walking in the wilds is something you enjoy doing, go trekking. Weather conditions and topography must be taken into account before planning a trek. If you are a trekker, you will love to explore the Himalayan regions in India. The Andes in South America is another popular destination for trekking. Alaska’s autumn forests, the rainforests of Australia and Africa, and the Kilimanjaro range in Africa offer some of the top trekking destinations. The Ladakh range in India, High Sierra in California, Mount Kenya, and the Swiss Alps are some other tourist destinations that are largely visited by trekkers from around the world. There are several walking and climbing routes in Mount Kenya that are used by hikers coming on an adventure tour to this region. The Alps of Switzerland is one of the most-visited tourist spots in the world. Construction of tourist facilities such as hotels and mountain huts began in the mid-nineteenth century and the Swiss Alps became a popular choice for trekking.

Sailing

Some enjoy sailing to marinas, which provide tourists with convenient docks and easy access to restaurants. Some prefer to visit sheltered bays and calm waters, while others may like to sail on a yacht to the high seas of Goa. If you enjoy

Taking to the Skies in Style: Hot Air Ballooning

In 1967, the Fifth Dimension asked the musical question, “Would you like to ride in my beautiful balloon?” The song, which was written by Jimmy Webb, was called Up, Up, & Away. Hot air ballooning began in 1783, with a sheep, a duck, and a rooster as the first passengers. The first human passengers took a ride two months later, on November 21st. While helium and hydrogen balloons were later used by the military, such as in World War I, according to the Aerostar company, which makes hot air balloons and equipment, little progress was made on the development of hot air balloons until the 1960s. Ballooning, as a sport and recreational activity, has been increasing in popularity since then, especially in the United States. There are now over 3,500 balloons in the US and about another 1,000 in other countries.

Hot air balloons are based on a simple concept, hot air is lighter than cold air, and therefore, it rises. Modern balloons have three basic components―a lightweight fabric envelope or balloon, a burner, and a basket to ride in. Usually, the envelope is first inflated by a fan. Then the air inside the envelope is heated with a burner, burning a fuel such as propane. Eventually, as the air inside the balloon gets hotter, it overcomes the weight of the basket and passengers, and you have lift-off. The size and shape (and color) of these three components vary greatly, with some balloons being capable of carrying fifteen or more passengers.

Just as with an airplane, in order to fly a balloon in the US, you have to be licensed by the FAA. In addition to written and orals tests, the requirements for a private pilot’s license include at least 10 hours of training, including 6

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