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Dominican Republic Travel Tips

Best Dominican Republic Travel Tips

Both by area and population, the Dominican Republic is second only to Cuba in the Caribbean.  The Dominican Republic offers picturesque nature coupled with a warm and beautiful culture.  National parks and scientific reserves make up more than a quarter of the landscape where visitors can completely unplug. Still, not far are the city centers where visitors catch a future Major League Baseball player or learn to dance the merengue among the locals.

For an unforgettable trip, follow these top Dominican Republic travel tips:

Go for a Swim

Whether it’s in the Atlantic Ocean to the North or in the Caribbean Sea to the South, the Dominican Republic boasts some of the best swiming spots in the world.  Hailed as a haven for both divers and snorkelers, stunning reefs are often easily accessible from shore!  Don’t be surprised when nurse sharks and stingrays swim at your side, or when, in February and March, you may be lucky enough to catch humpback whales during their migrations.  Be sure to load up on plenty of sun screen and check out one of the best beaches in the Dominican Republic.

Speak Spanish

Spanish is by far the universal language of the island.  Even if your Spanish skills are fairly elementary, an effort to speak to locals in their native tongue will truly go a long way.  This simple act will usually encourage Dominicans to show their kind and hospitable nature to visitors.  Often, Dominicans will also jump at the chance to practice their English, and conversations can turn into an entertaining mix between the two languages (also known as Spanglish).  Even in the most rural areas, an attempt at speaking Spanish will often get you what you need, giving Dominicans a chance to show how they got their reputation for being incredibly accommodating.

Catch a Baseball Game

Baseball is sometimes touted as the Dominican Republic’s second religion.  Boasting the second-most current Major League Baseball players, the Dominican Republic is home to winter leagues that run from October to January each year.   While the winter leagues are primarily used to develop future Major League pros, many will participate to improve their skills during the MLB offseason.  Taking in a local game gives a glimpse into this diverse culture, where fans occasionally bring their own musical instruments and team flags to the ballpark, creating an incredible spectacle.

Learn to Dance Merengue

Dominican Republic Travel Tips

The Merengue is a beautiful and very quick dance performed to music with a tempo of between 110 to 160 beats per minute.  Folklore has it that the dance originated when enslaved laborers working in sugar beet fields were chained together at their ankles and had to walk in a manner that required them to drag one leg.  There is a wide variety of ways to learn merengue, from one-day courses to 8-week intensive programs, that will leave travelers with a wonderful skill to show off to their friends back home.

From the sands of pristine beaches to the dirt of the infield, the Dominican Republic offers a wonderful destination in the Caribbean for both adventurous and luxury travelers alike.

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Top 3 Perth Travel Tips

Australia’s sunniest city, Perth, is now one of the most visited destinations in the country. This vibrant capital of Western Australia boasts awe-inspiring gardens and parks, museums and galleries, and a whole lot of tourist attractions.

Traveling to this modern city is one great way to spend your holiday with your family or friends. There are tons of things to do in Perth, from catching an Australian Football match to seeing the quokkas on the car-free Rottnest Island. Perth is a dream destination for travellers from all across the globe. With its perfect weather, you can definitely enjoy a sunny day at a glorious beach or simply loosen up by witnessing the true beauty of its breathtaking landscapes with one of their wonderful cappuccinos.

Perth is also one of the most livable cities in Australia. In case you are thinking of moving to another place to plant roots, Perth is an ideal option. When you are looking for land for sale in Perth, you can do your own thorough research online or ask a trustworthy realtor for their advice. They’ll provide ideas about the lifestyle and all the things you need to know about this diverse city.

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Here are some essential Perth travel tips to consider:

Accommodation

The first thing that you have to take into consideration when traveling to Perth is, of course, your accommodation.  There is an assortment of desirable neighbourhoods to stay in, from history-packed Fremantle to culturally rich Northbridge. Although Perth is one of the most expensive cities in Australia, you can still find hotels or hostels that meet your budget if you plan far enough in advance or have some luck with a last-minute booking. With many visitors on business travel, prices mid-week can be highest, meaning those coming during weekends can sometimes catch a price break.

Transportation

The best way to explore the entire city of Perth is through its safe and convenient public transportation operated by Transperth. Tourist attractions within Perth, Freemantle, and the picturesque beach at Cottesloe are linked by bus, train, and ferry. Outside of those major areas, your best bet is usually an Uber or taxi. Perth also offers a free bus service around the central business district, which can help you save. Always remember that before using public transport, you’ll want to plan your journey ahead so you know where exactly to go and where to get off to avoid any hassle on your way.

Food and Wine

The multiculturalism of Perth is best explored through its vibrant food scene. There are a great number of restaurants here that offer a variety of cuisines, including local specialties like chilli mussels and western rock lobster. The Swan Valley, located in the hills outside of Perth, offers a wonderful opportunity for wine tasting or visiting some up-and-coming microbreweries in the area.  You can eat out and enjoy a sensational al fresco dining experience or take advantage of the wonderfully fresh produce and cook your own meals to save some cash. Either way, you will most certainly enjoy the delectable dishes and great-tasting wine of Perth.

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Each of these useful tips will give you an idea of the most important things that you need to know when visiting Perth.

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Northern Lights by Cruise

Why You Should See the Northern Lights by Cruise

The Northern Lights are possibly one of the most sought-after attractions. The phenomenon is also called Aurora Borealis in the northern hemisphere after the Roman Goddess Aurora. They make bucket lists all over the world, attracting youth and adults alike. They take place via a collision between charged particles from the sun and molecules that live way up in the atmosphere. When the two meet, it causes them to glow beautiful shades of greens and blues inspiring some of the most stunning photographs.

The good news is that you can see them from a number of destinations, including Norway, Iceland, Canada, and Alaska, just to name a few. Because they take place in an Aural Zone, there is typically a better time of year to visit no matter which place you choose to see them.

In general, the best seasons in which to catch the Northern Lights are winter and spring. This is because summer is often too bright to see them clearly and autumn can bring more clouds. For that reason, the best trips are scheduled between December and April. Whenever you go, what you may not know is that seeing the Northern Lights by cruise can be the best method of travel.

Northern Lights by Cruise

Cruises, especially to see the Northern Lights, are great for a number of reasons. The first is that they appeal to all ages. Whether you are traveling with children, or are over 50 and looking for easy travel, cruises are relaxing and enjoyable for everyone. Another reason is the isolation. The Northern Lights can be fleeting, and are subject to light pollution. Taking a cruise takes you outside the hustle and bustle of the roads and cities, giving you a clear glimpse of the magical attraction with less light pollution.

Where taking a quick trip to a Northern Lights destination would give you a brief chance to see them, taking a 15-day cruise from Southampton to Alta gives you several chances to bask in them. Actually, this kind of trip won’t be short of any impressive sights, as you’ll pass through the Arctic Circle and see Norway from a new perspective.

If you have always wanted to see the Northern Lights, it’s not too late. You can relax and take your time with a cruise to the majestic display. Plus, if you’re feeling extra adventurous, you’ll have the chance to try dog-sledding or snowmobiling! Adventure is calling!

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The Checklist: Travel Planning Made Easy

If you hadn’t already noticed, we talk a lot about travel planning. Mostly because, though it isn’t the most glamorous part of traveling, it is absolutely essential to a successful trip. Sometimes, especially for couples or friends who travel together, just planning the planning can be a point of contention because everyone has a different approach.

Justin, for example, isn’t overly excited about planning a trip. He likes to get the basics down, sure, like where he wants to go and why and how best to get there. But beyond that, he likes his spontaneity. He likes to show up at a hostel after arriving and barter for a bed. He likes to ask locals about where he should go rather than book tours before leaving home. While I admit there is an air of charm and adventure to his style, I have a hard time even leaving the house without considering my next meal.

I am a planner, sometimes annoyingly, and we’ve had to work to find a happy medium that would satisfy us both. Because I also like a little bit of spontaneity, we have figured out how to plan practically the bare minimum and then deviate from that where we need to. It makes me feel comfortable knowing that there is plan to follow so that we won’t get stranded anywhere foreign, but it also leaves a little room for what he likes to call the magic.

It works for us, because the truth is that you can’t get very far without planning at least a little bit. You’ll need to know how to get around, what you need to get a phone number, how to get the local currency and whether you need a visa or vaccinations. Perhaps the easiest way to make sure you’ve arranged everything you need, is to create your own personal travel checklist. Consider all the things you need to know before you go, and check them off as you figure them out.

We’ve got a checklist from Storebox to get you started, and we encourage you to continue adding your own items as your planning evolves. That way you’re sure nothing is left unattended and you can simply enjoy yourself on the road!

Travel Planning Checklist

 

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Mallorca by the Mile: Why You Should Drive the Island

Every place you travel has something special to offer. No matter where you go, each destination has something that makes it unique, whether it’s the food, the people, the culture, or something else entirely. Some places are even lucky enough to have more than one thing that attracts visitors to them, like Mallorca. The small Spanish island is one of those places that seems to have it all. Despite its small size, Mallorca boasts a wide range of attractions, from adventure to leisure, and all with stunning Mediterranean beaches.

It’s easily accessible from Spain, as well as many other European locations, and ferries make other nearby destinations like Ibiza just a short trip away. The island is divided roughly into three geographic regions: the Serra de Tramuntana, the Serra de Llevant and the central plain. Here, even the prices range enough to fit any budget. The coastal towns, of course, are more expensive, but every KM into the central region will bring more budget-friendly options.

While most major locations are reachable by bus or train, renting a car and driving yourself is also a great option. Outside of high season, reservations aren’t necessary, though on-the-spot rentals can be more expensive than booking in advance. This way, you can visit all the must-see sites in Mallorca, like the Serra de Tramuntana (also known as the Spanish Grand Canyon), the Castell de Bellver, or the Coves de Campanet, all on your own time.

Then, when you tire of hiking, cave-diving, or shopping, you’ll find plenty of places to relax in Puerto de Soller or take in the views at Punta de N’Amer, where the you can visit the natural park and museum free of charge. Whatever you’re looking for on your next vacation, Mallorca is sure to have it – all within close proximity. In fact, according to Book Mallorca, it takes less than 12 hours to drive the entire island – which is exactly why you should book your car and hit the road ASAP.

Mallorca Attractions

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