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5 Ways To Plan Ahead When Traveling

Travel Blog, Travel Tips - Ross French - June 22, 2018

You’re on one of your many travels away from home, you’re excited and are on a high of a different kind. You’re having a great time with friends/family but you somehow end up in an unfortunate situation and don’t know what to do. Here are 5 tips for you to plan a safe trip when traveling to any destination.

1. Packing

Before traveling, you need to pack. Pack light keeping all the essentials. You need to be minimalistic yet have everything important. It helps if you limit your outfits depending on your destination. It also helps to buy travel size toiletries. You can get them from literally anywhere, from supermarkets to your local pharmacy. Other very important thing to carry are identification card and passport.

2. Do your Research

I am pretty sure everyone knows this; before traveling, do your research! I know going with the flow seems more adventurous but having a clue and knowing where you’re heading is always helpful, especially if you end up in an unwanted situation. Remember, every place is unique in its own way and comes with their amazing attractions. Some places may not like the clothes you are accustomed to wearing. The locals who may seem friendly might get you into trouble, so knowing the place and its locals is a plus point.

3. Road Trip

A road trip is something everyone must do at least once in their life. No matter how old you are, it’s almost like a rite of passage toward the next phase of your life. But then again, you need to be even more attentive if you’re taking a road trip. It’s always a good idea to have a bit of legal support like car accident lawyers and expert insurance contacts on speed dial. It’s always nice to have a plan in the off chance of something going wrong.

4. Be Careful

While you are out and having fun, it’s inevitable to forget taking care of yourself and others you’re with. When you’re having a good time, the more serious things may slip away. This is why I cannot emphasize this enough; be aware and careful in whatever you do. If it seems a little bit suspicious, turn around and do something else. Every place you visit would have many different things to do during the day and at night. Try them out and if a plan falls through, don’t panic or get upset. Make a different one and go with that, be a little spontaneous.

5. Have Fun

Now pay attention because this is one of the most important parts of planning a trip, have fun! Lots of travelers may forget this when they try to make the trip perfect in every way. In my opinion, you cannot enjoy when you try to be perfect. So, let loose, make a killer playlist including these 40 songs and remember to have the best time of your life.

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The Amazing Beauty of Lancaster County, PA

Travel Blog, Travel Tips - Ross French - May 30, 2018

Lancaster County, PA is famous for being a part of Pennsylvania state. You can explore this beautiful city in this state. There are some Pennsylvania attractions, beautiful places to visit, and many more interesting things. Lancaster County PA does all things in this city to explore it more. You will know what you must do, find residences, shopping places, learning about Amish, get coupons, find more local agendas, and many more. Even, there is a special part for local services for citizen.

Attractions to Do in Lancaster County PA

Visiting to Pennsylvania is not complete without exploring Lancaster County PA. There are some attractions and fun things to do in all areas of Lancaster County. This area is the most interesting one for all ages with different interests. When you visit this place, you can enjoy some challenging and unique things. What are they? You can enjoy developing cultural show, performance, and agendas performed in this city. In addition, you can explore special agendas in this city. If you feel hungry, don’t worry because you can taste delicious foods in this city. In Lancaster County, you can spend your money by shopping in some fantastic shopping places. It supplies great quality items for you and your family. Those attractions are right to do for your family.

Agendas in Lancaster County PA

There are some agendas performed and scheduled in Lancaster County PA. A Memorial Weekend is the first agenda started in summer and start with a typical style in Lancaster. You can enjoy more shows, celebrations, carnivals, and special agendas in Lancaster County. You can celebrate your weekend and Independence Day in this city. Mud Sale Season is started in February every year. You should learn the further schedule of this celebration next year.
Amish exploration can be included to be another agenda while visiting to Lancaster. This is the oldest residence in United States. The community of Amish develops rapidly though it depends on the traditional transportations such as horses and carts refusing electricity supply. You can learn ethics, culture, and attitude of Amish people while you visit this place. The local Amish people are so amazing and perform some interesting attractions.

Places to Visit in Lancaster County

Lancaster County has more 8 million of visitors every year. They love sophisticated entertainment, family activities, and peaceful countryside. You can spend fun holiday in this place. You can explore some weird places in Lancaster such as Bird – in – Hand and Intercourse. It is very easy to relax in this city with beautiful farming field scenery and clip horn sound in country roads. Moreover, you can visit some restaurant places to taste delicious foods in Lancaster County. There are some simple and high end restaurants in this city to visit. When you visit Lancaster County, you can find some shopping places and high quality stores selling local handmade Amish products. You can get antique items from Amish people in Lancaster County PA. It is a capital of antique goods in the world. The buyers will bargain and love choices of premium outlets in Lancaster.

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Your 7 Days Itinerary for the Ultimate Leh Trip

Travel Blog, Travel Tips - Ross French - April 23, 2018

When was the last time you were almost 18,000 feet high, got some great and serious lessons in Buddhism or just experienced the beautiful silence while you could hear the breeze? Well if your answer is no, it is time you pay a visit to Leh!

Known for its Tibetan Buddhism, Leh is one of the most beautiful places in India. Filled with monasteries, incredible Pangong lake, century-old monasteries, serene stupas, valleys, magnificent palaces, river confluences and museums, Leh has got everything to charm the traveler in you. Leh tour packages are all you need to ensure you make the most of your visit to this stunning place.

Tourists from all over come here to explore and experience high altitude sand dunes in Nubra Valley. The ultimate Leh tour packages offer you more than what you can imagine. Apart from letting you witness the glorious landscapes in Leh Ladakh, but also let you get familiar with its tradition and culture. All thanks to their 7 days Leh itinerary that makes touring easy and hassle-free.

Best Time to Visit Leh:

The best time to visit and travel to Leh is from April to June. With the sun shining bright and temperatures being warm, one gets to see the best of Leh.

Here is a brief 7-days itinerary that can help you make the most of you Leh trip:

Day 1: Leh

Start your Leh trip by arriving at Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport. Do not waste much time, you have a long day ahead and make the most of it by heading to your hotel. You are advised to stay put in your hotel at least for a day. Comfortable accommodation is of paramount importance for your body, thus making it great for your trip. You are bound to be tempted to step out, but rope in that excitement just for a day. Ensure you have lots of liquids in order to avoid the mountain sickness many people suffer due to lack of oxygen in the air.

Day 2: Exploring Leh and its Monasteries

After a good night’s sleep, you are all set to explore what Leh has to offer. Get done with your breakfast and head out to explore the monasteries here. From Hemis Monastery that has a tall Buddha statue to Thiksey Monastery, which is the largest one in Ladakh, monasteries here will give you the perfect experience of traditional Tibetan architecture. You can also explore the stupas that are made of silver and gold with Tibetan thangkas. Spend the evening by visiting the Shanti Stupa. Head back to your hotel for a comfortable sleep.

Day 3: Cross Khardungla La Pass by Driving to Nubra Valley

The reason why you should cross Khardung La Pass (the highest motorable pass) through Nubra Valley is that the road here is well-maintained as compared to North Pullu checkpoint where the road is loose rock with occasional rivulets of snow and dirt. While you are here at Khardungla La, do not forget to drink a hot cup of tea accompanied with a plate of Maggi at the Highest Cafeteria in the World. Cross Khardung La Pass and towards Nubra Valley which goes all the way to Siachen Base Camp. However, civilians are allowed only till Panamik. This place is known for its hot water Sulphur springs.

Day 4: Sightseeing in Nubra Valley

You are bound to fall in love with this perfect postcard picture in Nubra Valley. If you are an adventurer, set off on a trek through the valley. Enjoy a beautiful and mesmerizing picnic by the flowing stream. While you are here, do not forget to try the authentic and Ladakhi favorite – Tigmo. It is basically a sweet and a spicy combo made of fermented bread.

Day 5: Drive to Pangong Tso

While the birds are chirping, enjoy the early morning sunrise. Embark on a wonderful drive to the famous Pangong Lake. This is the place where the climax scene of Bollywood movie, 3 Idiots was shot. It is no less than a heaven on earth. You should know, the lake changes its colors as and when the sun passes over it. This mesmerizing lake is spread across India and China. The brackish water of this lake offers as a perfect mirror thus reflecting the beauty of surrounding mountains. Enjoy a camp with your friends or family. Do not forget to buy mugs, T-shirts, hats, and caps from a souvenir shop located just at the entrance of the lake.

Day 6: Explore the History of Leh

After having scrumptious breakfast at the hotel, make your way to some of the top spots of Leh that let you experience its rich history. Delve deep into the history of this place by visiting the famous Leh Palace, Zorawar Fort, and Raisi Fort.

Day 7: It’s Time to Bid Adieu to Leh!

It is time for you to say your goodbye to the beauty of Leh. Have a hearty breakfast and leave for the airport.

Thanks to the Leh tour packages, you can explore and experience the beauty of Leh in seven days without any discomfort and trouble. So, book one for yourself now and get ready for an enthralling trip ahead.

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10 Reasons Iceland Needs to Be on Your Travel List

Travel Blog - Ross French - April 19, 2018

In the 800s, Vikings arrived in Iceland from Norway and established the land on which now is home to numerous UNESCO World Heritage Sites. If that isn’t a good enough reason to visit the eco-friendly “Land of Fire,” travel to Iceland to discover a preserved language and forest-free zones.

There is a bit of something for everyone in Iceland, and it’s a great destination for a peaceful getaway. Use sites like Expedia to find the cheapest flights to Iceland and start planning your itinerary!

A Striking Country with a Viking History

Iceland is a forest-free zone, you ask? That’s right. The Nordic island nation sits on the surface of tectonic plates. It was these tectonic plates that collided to form the treeless landscape, where volcanic eruptions prevent vegetation from flourishing. This doesn’t mean that the landscape is not visually appealing, however. Quite the opposite actually.

Home to Europe’s first parliament grounds, Iceland is an enchanting place where the locals have been known to put a halt to building projects, should they believe elves to reside in the construction area. Showing off swathes of agriculture, pristine coastline and snow-capped mountain peaks, the glacial-filled region is a utopia for nature lovers.

  1. Active Volcanoes and Volcanic Rivers – A volcanic eruption that occurred some 4,000 years ago created Selvallavatn – one of approximately 60 lakes around the country. Notable lakes include Mývatn, Hálslón and Kvíslavatn, and the Volcanic Fishing Lakes, better known as Veidivötn. Since there are 130 active volcanoes scattered around Iceland, is there any wonder why it is a tree-less utopia?
  2. Solitude and Empty Roads – If you like to wander, you’ve probably pictured yourself strolling along an empty road at night, gazing up at the stars. This is something that you can do when you visit Iceland. One such place that entices peace-seekers is the Westfjords region. With its flat terrain, Iceland’s secluded roads are ideal for road-tripping!
  3. Northern Lights – The Northern Lights in Iceland are a prime motive for curious explorers who are keen to witness the dancing of green and white lights. The “Aurora Borealis” occurs when atoms collide with Planet Earth’s atmosphere. The natural spectacle is best viewed on clear nights. A night huddled beneath the astonishing night sky in high-latitude areas of Iceland is a great opportunity to create amazing video content for your blog.
  4. Natural Spas – Water sprouts from a depth in excess of 2,000 meters beneath the surface of Planet Earth to produce healing hot springs that are even being used to produce skincare products! Consider the hot springs around Iceland a natural spa, because the warm water is full of minerals that can treat skin conditions like psoriasis. The Laugarvatn Fontana Geothermal Baths, Mývatn Nature Baths and Seljavallalaug are some examples of Iceland’s best hot springs.
  5. Waterfalls and Beaches – Lovers of the coast will fall deeply in love with Iceland, where over 10,000 waterfalls dot the fairytale-like landscape. Let’s not forget about the sublime shorelines, such as Nauthólsvík, Djúpalónssandur and Borgarfjörður. Perhaps the prettiest stretches of beach can be found in the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. Make your way to the East Fjords during your trip and seek out the beach at the bottom of Mount Vestrahorn, where the ever-changing landscape is home to a shipwreck, lighthouse and an abandoned Viking village film set.
  6. Rock Formations and Hiking Trips – Over a long period of time, basaltic lava lowers in temperature. When this happens, jaw-dropping geometric formations creep to astounding heights around Iceland, some of which reach higher than 2,000 meters, including Hvannadalshnjukur in Oraefajokull glacier, (2,111 meters) and Bardarbunga in Vatnajokull glacier (2,009 meters). A hiking haven, the Nordic island nation of Iceland boasts some of the best hiking trails, not to mention some of the most challenging mountain hiking routes.
  7. Glaciers and Ice Caves – You can easily book an ice cave tour in Iceland, where glaciers like Vatnajökull, Hofsjökull and Langjökull give the country its nickname – ‘The Land of Fire and Ice’. A natural phenomenon, new ice caves develop all of the time, adding to the wintery beauty of Iceland.
  8. Traditional Food – Feast on the foods of Iceland to treat your taste buds to a mouthwatering combination of flavors, most of which are plucked from the ocean in the form of seared minke whale, fermented shark, fresh tuna and perfectly pink salmon. Not everything is about seafood in Iceland, however. Famous dishes include Slátur (Liver Sausage and Blood Pudding), Hangikjöt (Smoked Lamb) and “Ein með öllu” – a lamb-based traditional Icelandic hot dog smothered in onions, herbs, carrots… the list goes on.
  9. Historic Sights – Iceland is an enchanting place steeped in history. Known in English as the “Church of Iceland”, Hallgrímskirkja stands tall at 74.5 meters. Blending expressionist architecture with a Gothic Revival design, Iceland’s tallest building is one of numerous historic sights that pepper the landscape. Others include Einar Jonsson Museum (Listasafn Einars Jonssonar), Hofdi House (Reykjavik) and the age-old cabins by Þingvallavatn Lake.
  10. Wildlife – Ever seen a puffin bird up-close? You stand a good chance at crossing this one off your bucket list if you book cheap flights to Iceland, where a whopping 8-10 million Atlantic Puffin birds paint the landscape. The fertile environment is a haven for a vast range of wild mammals, such as reindeer, rabbits and the Arctic Fox. Marine life is equally as diverse. Spend an afternoon cruising along Icelandic waters to catch sight of dolphins, whales and slippery seals!
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The Quintessential Northeastern United States Road Trip

Travel Blog, Travel Tips - Ross French - April 11, 2018

The northeast coast of the United States of America features some of the oldest cities in the country. These places are rich with historical landmarks and also modern attractions. This mix of places to see combined with the countryside makes the region a good choice for a road trip. This article will look several locations someone on an American road trip across the northeastern United States would have to check out. The trip will start in Boston and end in Washington D.C., spanning a good portion of the region. Just make sure to have up-to-date liability insurance for your car, as the traffic in these cities can get a little hairy.

Boston

Boston was a major location for colonial America. There are several historic sites from the past as well as statues and monuments to honor the history. This includes places like the Plimoth Plantation, the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museums, and the Freedom Trail. Each of these locations is sure to enrich your understanding of American history for both children and adults alike. The city of Boston is just a beautiful place to explore. Its olden style is very appealing. From here, the next stop on your road trip will be to the big apple, otherwise known as New York City.

New York City

Compared to many of the other cities in the northeast, New York City is much more sprawling and stunning. It features skyscrapers that extend out for miles and miles. The inner city is divided up into various subsections, each with a unique name and culture in their own right. The Brooklyn Bridge, Empire State Building, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Statue of Liberty are great choices for big tourist attractions of the Big Apple among countless others. One suggestion though: park the car for a few days and ride the New York subway. Not only will it prevent unnecessary headaches behind the wheel, riding the NYC subway is an iconic experience of American urban life.

Philadelphia

The next stop on this northeast adventure is through Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It can’t be understated how important this city was to the American Revolution. The Liberty Bell, President’s House, and the National Constitution Center are just handful of historical sites worth checking out. However, history might not be for everyone or maybe you need a break, in which case grab a cheesesteak sandwich and head down to one of the many things to do in Philadelphia which don’t involve history

Washington, D.C.

The final destination on this trip is, of course, Washington D.C., the capital of the United States. Getting an up and close view of the White House and the Lincoln Memorial are life-changing experiences. It shows just how far the country has come and yet stands a symbol pointing towards the future. There are other places to visit in the surrounding area as well, including George Washington’s home of Mount Vernon in Virginia as well as Rock Creek Park in Maryland.

At last, the American road trip over the northeastern United States is complete. From Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., and all the places in between, this trip quite the journey. There are countless historical sites along the way, with each one showing us specific events from the past. There are several landmarks to remind us to protect the future as well. Along the there are a few entertainment detours such as downtown New York and sports events. Regardless, there’s much to explore on this road trip. Make it a fun time.

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