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Top Wildlife Reserves in Africa for a Picture-Perfect Holiday

Africa, Travel Blog, Travel Tips - Ross French - August 12, 2018

Africa spoils its tourists when it comes to choosing which wildlife reserve to visit. Africa undoubtedly is one of the most spectacular tourist destinations in the world today and offers many exciting attractions ranging from adventures in Uganda to bungee jumping to having close encounters with wildlife in their natural habitat! We feel that nothing is as exciting as the view of the king of the jungle chasing its prey, mountain gorillas or the popular wildebeest migrations. It is not easy to decide which place to visit and thus we have compiled a list of the top wildlife reserves in Africa for a picture-perfect holiday:

1. Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

This reserve is as magical as you would expect it to be and much more! It is a pristine landscape dotted with Savannah, stunning acacias and roving herds. Serengeti is the recommended destination if you want to look at the Great Migration, which is the greatest spectacle of the animal species on earth with over 2 million zebras, gazelle and wildebeest changing their habitats! It is known as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and offers some of the most spectacular views in this region!

2. Kruger National Park

Think of wildlife in Africa, and Kruger will come to your mind! In fact, the number of animal species that one can sight here makes it one of the best national parks in the world! It is situated in South Africa and some of the most commonly sighted animals here include the hippo, giraffe, zebra, buffalo, lion, elephant, cheetah, leopard and rhino.

3. Volcanoes National Park

Another exciting and intriguing national park is the Volcanoes National Park located in Rwanda. It houses some of the most exotic and attractive animals, especially mountain gorillas that lure tourists from all around the world to Africa. Coming face to face with these vibrant apes and clicking a selfie with them is in the bucket list of many!

4. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

This is listed as a world heritage site and is located in Uganda. The abundance of mountain gorillas in this national park makes it one of the most popular national parks here. This reserve is set over a steep mountain rainforest and the latest count reflects approximately 35 gorillas in this park to today. It remains one of the most sought-after tourist destinations in Africa and you should definitely visit it during your time in Uganda.

5. Kidepo Valley National Park

While it might not be as well known as a few others in this list, it is the most beautiful park in Africa. It is set against the stunning mountains of Mount Morungole and the plains of Kidepo and Narus Valley. The most popular animals one can sight here are the voracious Kidepo lions.

We hope that the above list will help you decide which wildlife reserve to visit during your time in Africa! Pack your trekking shoes and sunglasses and embark on an adventure of a lifetime!

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6 Reasons Why You Need to Create Your Next Travel Guide with Tiplr

Travel Guides, Travel Tips - Ross French - August 3, 2018

Travel is that intangible, transformational experience that explorers all over the world lust after. We all travel for different reasons and our travel experiences change us each in a myriad of ways. The act of traveling is fundamental to our internal development and our understanding of the outside world. This we know as humans who love to travel, who adore exploring a new destination, who live for finding unknown spots, off the typical tourist path. But how do we get to experience travel in this way, as authentically and uniquely as possible? Tiplr is reimagining what travel guides are, with smart travel tips for today’s digital age. Read on to discover why you need to be a part of the revolution.

1. Planning Travel Can Be a Chore

Planning a trip can be exhilarating and exhausting. Many of us enjoy the research of investigating a new destination and devouring every ounce of travel information out there, and the worst possible feeling is discovering that this newfound knowledge is untrue, out of date, or biased in some way. Unfortunately, this happens far too often in the review based travel industry that has sprouted up in the last 20 years with the rise of Tripadvisor and Yelp. The evolution of technology has been a blessing and a curse. While it’s great that we can connect with people all around the world, in some instances, there’s a total oversaturation of bad travel information. Weeding through the muck and finding those special nuggets that will make all the difference in your travels is a necessary evil.
One pain point of travel planning is finding quality travel information and then having an easy method to save this information. If you’re a planner like me, I’m sure you’ve exhausted yourself with Google docs, emails, iPhone notes, reminders, and lists. Last year, while planning a two-week road trip through England and Scotland, I nearly lost my mind. Imagine having everything organized in one place before you even take off for the airport. Rejoice fellow type­as! With a tool like Tiplr, this phase of planning can be truly enjoyable. One platform for all of the travel tips you need.

2. Traditional Guidebooks Don’t Cut it Anymore, Sorry Lonely Planet

Of course, you can always go the tried and true way of a travel guidebook. They’re written by talented, verified writers, who spend hours researching and experiencing their material firsthand. The downside, however, is unless you have the goal of carrying an extra bag for books, or you don’t mind using an edition from five years ago, guidebooks just aren’t as practical as they used to be. Not in the digital world anyway. Furthermore, highlighting and saving the travel tips that

you want from a book is not an easy task. Guidebooks can be fantastic resources but our society moves much faster than print media, and this traditional approach struggles to keep up.

3. The Oversaturation of Bad, Inaccurate, Biased, or Just Plain Boring Travel Content

How many times have you clicked on an article titled something like “The Coolest Things to do in New York City” and been let down? Do we need another reminder that you can ice skate at Rockefeller Center or spend an afternoon sunbathing in Central Park? Those types of travel tips are a dime a dozen, and we should expect, receive, and contribute, better.

Scrolling through Instagram can surely peak your wanderlust, but how many times do you come across an influencer staying at a hotel you could never afford to stay at? Or a beautiful photo with zero location information and a vague caption?

How about reviews that are completely misleading whether they mean to be or not? I’ll never forget reading about one hike in Arizona that I wanted to do with my sister. You would have thought we were climbing Everest by the way people wrote about it online. In truth, neither of us was in Ironman shape and we completely easily and totally enjoyed ourselves. These are not the tools we need to travel smarter and better.

4. You Want to be a Part of a Community

To expand on the last point, often you find travel tips online that are just not “you”. You find bloggers that are not your type of traveler. They’re being paid to write about the Ritz Carlton while you’re on a hostel or Airbnb budget. For one reason or another, many travel writers or authorities out there just aren’t relatable. Enter a community of smart travelers. This group of explorers thrives on traveling authentically and helping others do the same, whatever that means for them.

We’re all different travelers. Some of us wouldn’t be caught dead in a hostel, while others will try any foreign delicacy from any food cart. Tiplr can be the ultimate travel tool for both. This is because you become part of a diverse community filled with diverse travelers. You may relate to Laura, who graduated from college in the United Kingdom and spent the next year working and living abroad in New Zealand. You may love the content of Andre, who is originally from Brazil but has lived and traveled everywhere from South Africa to Russia. You may have a family of your own and relate to Crystal, who is now traveling with a toddler in tow. Whether you identify as a backpacker, budget traveler, solo traveler, a combination of all or somewhere in between, there’s content from other smart travelers to help.

While traveling, some of our best memories or experiences revolve around the people we meet, locals and other travelers alike. Those interactions and the travel tips shared are truly priceless. This community aspect is what drives Tiplr.

5. Do More Than Find Places to Eat and Sights to See

There are many sources for finding top sights and the hottest restaurants in town, but there’s more to travel than that. Not only can explorers find where to go and what to eat, but where to stay, how to get there, and what essentials they need to have a successful trip. What about the essential tips you need to understand the culture, prepare the proper documentation or find transportation? Sure, reading about booking a ferry isn’t as sexy as the newest celebrity eatery featured in Conde? Nast, but finding the right website to book that ferry will make all the difference while cruising around the Aegean Sea.

Tiplr has it all, from travel tips about secret swimming holes to tips on how to pack, to where to find the best pizza in town, and which hotel or rental property will give you the most bang for your buck

When you boil it down, the challenge is finding the best of what you come across on a blog, with reliable published travel information, and unique travel tips from fellow travelers like yourself, all in one place. Tiplr is that one place, packaging it all into one platform, accessible at the touch of a button, from anywhere in the world.

6. Create Your Own Travel Guides!

With Tiplr, planning and executing the perfect trip does not have to be painful. All of the travel tips you find can be easily saved and organized, unburdening you from shared docs and maps. Search for all of the essentials you need, the restaurants you can’t wait to try, and the places you plan to stay, then save them with one click.

Once you’ve searched to your heart’s content, you can create your very own guidebook. Forget buying PDFs of digital guides or highlighting and dog-earring guidebooks, you are fully in charge. No longer do you have to weed through hundreds of reviews to find the few sentences that will help your experience. Save a travel tip from your friend who just came from Iceland, one from a blogger you love, and a few from a professional Bradt writer. Next thing you know, you’ll be relaxing in a hidden hotpot or gazing up at the Northern Lights.

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Best Retreat Centers for Christian Community

Travel Tips - Ross French - July 26, 2018

It is normal to hold retreat. Even, it is not just a common activity. It can be called as an important activity. Retreat is needed to take a deep break from the busy days and workloads. In the daily activity, people may still be able to pray and communicate with God, but it will never be quality time. There is limited time for praying and worshiping Almighty God. That is why it is important to have retreat. It Is not only for the spiritual aspect of life, but it is also for the mental and physical aspect of life. These three points should be in balance, and of course daily activities may break the balance, while retreat can be a good way to recover the balance. As how the body needs to sleep, our soul also needs special time to see the Source of Life. That is why retreat is necessary.

Nowadays, it may not be difficult to find Christian retreat centers. In many places, there are retreat centers dedicated for group or community of Christians who look for the silence and retreat. Although there can be many retreat centers and other kinds of place for this purpose, it does not mean that all of these places are the great choice of Christian retreat centers places. Some places may have good accommodation and environment, but they have limited facilities to fully enjoy the retreat. In the other sides, there are good facilities, but it is not supported by the environment. When you and your community need the perfect place for retreat, then Alton Bay Christian Conference Center can be good place to go. This place is more than just a great place to have retreat and other spiritual activities. This place can provide all kinds of things to fulfil what you and your team’s need. This place has become great choice and many communities have come to this place. There are youth groups and even communities of pastors who come to this place to seek silence and quality time with God.

There are many things provided by this retreat center. In case of lodging options, it is very possible to choose some options based on the price. This place does not make price as the obstacles for people to have quality time with God, that is why there are many packages provided by this retreat center and your community can choose the suitable packages based on what your group need. Even, when it is needed, the whole retreat center and its facilities can be booked as long as there are more than 100 participants in the retreat. There are also staffs that will always be ready to provide helps for all of your group members. Then, you can have many kinds of activities and you will not find any kinds of problems. There are facilities for Bible studies, worship services, and even facilities for water skiing. These are possible to do. All of the facilities and staffs are ready to provide helps whenever you and your groups need quality time with God. These all are prepared specially for those who want to see God in special moment and silence, so after finishing the retreat, people can find comfort in life, whether it is in physical, mental, and spiritual life. For further information, it can be found in https://altonbay.org/group-retreats.

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5 Places to Enjoy A Budget Vacation in the UK

Travel Tips, United Kingdom - Ross French - July 17, 2018

They say if you want to enjoy a good vacation, you should make a rough draft, and then double the budget and halve the time. Heartbreaking, is it not? Nevertheless, the idea of a budget vacation is always attractive, especially when you are just starting out in life. And while you may not think of Britain as an inexpensive tourist destination, we are here to burst that myth for you. Let’s talk about five great places in the United Kingdom and help you find a cheap break to go on for you next vacation.

1. York

This charming city in northern England is everything you would imagine of an English town. Filled with medieval castles built around an intersection of two rivers, York used to be England’s passage to Scotland. You can stay at decent bed and breakfast places around the King’s College for mere £20 a night. Food is cheap too, and we suggest you try the local specialties like chips and steak at Cafe No.8 Bistro.

2. Bath

Located less than a hundred miles from London, this city oozes culture. It is a World Heritage Site, and that is obvious when you take the city tour (Bath has two for one city tours, great for your budget trip). The city is dotted with museums and theatres. Lodging is cheap as this is a university town, and you can get a dorm room for as little as £30 a night. If you are travelling in a group, getting a farmhouse B&B is just as cheap per person. There are also many eateries in Bath where you can eat for under £10 a meal.

3. Belfast

If you do not live in the UK, visiting Belfast is a must for an Irish experience. This city has excellent places to shop cheap, delicious cuisine and its own unique place in history. Have coffee and enjoy modern architecture for breakfast at City Hall or go to the medieval Belfast Castle. There are plenty of great fast food options and healthier options around the city where you can eat for £5-8 a meal.

4. Dorset

This south-west coastal English town is a hidden gem. It has been named an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty by the government, and for good reason. The cliffs of Dorset along the English Channel are full of fossils and are reputedly as old as dinosaurs. Dorset offers the perfect getaway for nature lovers, and you can book four-star hotels offering as low a tariff as £20/night some parts of the year.

5. Liverpool

The only real city on our list, Liverpool is a must-see if you are a Beatles (or football) fan. And for all the city’s culture and beautiful architecture, it is still cheap to stay at (unlike London). You can find cottages for £80 a night that house as many as seven. Also, Liverpool’s pubs are the cheapest, so, if you are a party person, your vacation just got a lot of fun.

These places are definitely magical, and with the right planning, you can have the best British experience at a fraction of the expected cost. Time to pack your bags and start making your bookings then!

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10 Things to Know About When Visiting Nevada, Las Vegas

Travel Blog, Travel Tips - Ross French - July 2, 2018

Known as the entertainment capital of the country, Nevada is home to some of the best tourist attractions in the U.S. It is unacceptable to visit North America and not go to Las Vegas. Here are a few things you should know before you visit the Sin City.

1.     Safety Rankings

Las Vegas is safer than it seems. Much like the rest of the U.S, this city is overall low on all the risk factors combined. The standard rules apply when traveling alone or even with others. In case of an unfortunate event, I advise you to consult a personal injury lawyer in Nevada straightaway.

2.     If you’ve been here already…

If you have been to the Sin City before, don’t count on it being the same as before. The city is constantly changing in regards to infrastructure and attractions. Many new add up and many old disappear.

3.     Carry Cash

Since this is the vacation destination of choice, charges on your regular ATM card will be very high. Other than that, when paying cab drivers and giving your waiter a tip, using your credit card won’t be feasible. Just pay them with cash.

4.     Proper Attire

Whatever you choose to wear is no one’s business but most restaurants and casinos have specific dress codes for entry. Some places require men to wear dinner jackets. Pools in Vegas are open all year round, so do not forget to pack a bathing suit.

5.     Free Drinks

A majority of places offer free drinks to players using slot machines or a poker table. Don’t be surprised or worried when waiters keep bringing you refills for your drinks. They’re on the house as long as you are gambling with a minimum amount.

6.     Budget Yourself!

It is easy to get carried away by the seemingly endless fun you’ll be having in the city, but don’t be. Make a budget and do not lose your way unless you want to be bankrupt by the time you get home.

7.     Avoid Visiting During Peak Times

This is understandable! Don’t plan a trip in the height of the season if you want to avoid large crowds and long lines. This city is just as glamorous during Christmas as it is during the summers. Except you will have more of the city to yourself in the fall rather than in the summers.

8.     Transportation

Unless you have your own car, the best way to get around is using a cab. Remember though, you can’t hail a cab just anywhere, it’s illegal to do so in some places. And again, have cash ready to pay the driver. There are numerous taxi services available all over the city, so you don’t have to worry about getting around.

9.     Get Your Bargain Game On

To get the right bargain, you need to know where to look. In most places, you will either find the next best and cheaper alternative or be able to bargain down to a price more suitable for you.

10.  Not Everything is About the Strip

One of the most visited places in Vegas is the Las Vegas Strip. Most tourists primarily visit the strip and end their trip there as well. Well, we’re here to tell you, there is SO much more to Vegas than just that one strip. You can eat, see and be entertained by similar places away from it and at cheaper rates as well.

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