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Looking Beyond the Hype for the Real Expat Lifestyle

Looking Beyond the Hype for the Real Expat Lifestyle

“The times, they are a changin’.” The iconic lyrics from Bob Dylan have rang true over the years in more ways than one, in regards to both politics and finance as well as the state of the global economy and overall population on planet Earth. And if you are looking for a doorway into the reality of the current situation for expats around the world, those lyrics are the perfect description of the current reality.

Every year, more and more people are choosing to live abroad in other countries and the reasons are as varied as there are people on the planet. Yet despite this fact there is a singular reason that stands above all of the rest, which is simply that the times are changing, and with change comes a restructuring of elements that cause panic for some and peace of mind for others. For those who are stuck in the hamster wheel of economic duress, struggling to make ends meet in a reality where their jobs are paying less and less while the cost of living is going up and up, the situation seems dire. But for those of you who have chosen to look beyond your local areas for solutions the change is a positive one.

Once you change your mindset from local to global you will suddenly realize that there are literally millions of opportunities available for both financial independence as well as wealth and ‘s just that these things are no longer available in your home country. This is the reality for many an entrepreneurial expat, because they have chosen to substitute wage slavery in a country where the cost of living is beyond livable for a reality where they are paying a fraction of the costs in other countries. When you can keep your Western salary and trade it for a country where the cost of living is only $10,000 a year at most for all your basic amenities (compared to the U.S. where you need $30,000 to $50,000 a year to barely survive) you can find yourself riding high on the hog rather than living in abject poverty.

However, it does take a certain strength of mind to be able to transition into the expat lifestyle. It’s not something you can simply jump into on a whim and expect to see absolute results. If you want to truly change your life you have to be willing to go above and beyond the average individual’s capability of simply glancing at something and taking it for face value. Look at safety and security in foreign countries, for example. The vast majority of travelers take the State Department and Western media at their word when it comes to how dangerous countries around the world supposedly are, but the reality is that most countries around the world are as safe (if not safer than) the United States. Cancun, Mexico, for example, only has a murder rate of 2 in 100,000 compared to Washington D.C.’s 31 in 100,000 as of 2010 according to USA Today, so you have to be willing to look beyond the hype at the actual truth if you want to get the most benefits of living abroad as an expat.…

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Jaipur Tourism Offers Royal Attractions

Jaipur Tourism Offers Royal Attractions

Experience royalty to the hilt at one of the most enchanting cities of Rajasthan, Jaipur. It is a princely city where royalty, hospitality and luxury are found in plenty. It has rich history and glorious culture. Most of the city is painted in pink which gives it a wonderful look. It is the perfect place to see the charm of the bygone Rajput era. The city is famous for its stunning palaces, majestic forts, historic monuments, heritage hotels, handicrafts, semi-precious and precious stones.

Jaipur is also one of the destinations covered under Golden Triangle Tour. The other two destinations covered under this tour are Agra and Delhi. Jaipur city was founded by Maharaja Jai Singh II in the year 1727. It is a well planned city built according to the principles of Vaastu Shastra.

Major attractions of Jaipur are:

The City palace

It is a stunning palace reflecting the traditional Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. It is a seven-storied royal structure housing fascinating palaces, museum, temple, gardens and courtyards.

Jantar Mantar

It is an architectural wonder which is a must-see attraction of the city. It is an astrological stone observatory which was used to measure movements of the planets, stars and to measure other astronomical events. It was built by Sawai Jai Singh in 1716.

Amber Fort

It is a fascinating fort boasting of wonderful architecture and interiors. The intricate carvings and mirror work are the notable attractions of the fort. The fort is located on a hill and can be reached on an elephant. Surely you will enjoy the ride as it will give you a royal feel. Maotha Lake is located near the fort and can be seen from it.

Nahargarh Fort

Offering birds eye view of the surroundings, this fort was built by Maharaja Sawai Ram Singh II in 1734. It has nine wonderful apartments which were especially built by the king for his nine queens.

Shopping in Jaipur

It is a great pleasure to shop in the bustling bazaars of Jaipur. You will find a wide variety of handicrafts such as embroidered juttis, bags, blue pottery, jewellery, leather products, marble items, semi-precious and precious stones.

The best time to travel to Jaipur is from October to February as the climate remains pleasant during this time. And the perfect places to stay in the city are the heritage hotels. Falling into different categories like budget and luxury, the heritage hotels of Jaipur will surely make you feel like a king or queen.…

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Make Your Stay Comfortable at Rajasthan Wildlife Resorts

Make Your Stay Comfortable at Rajasthan Wildlife Resorts

Rajasthan, the largest state of India is globally known for its splendid mountains, beautiful forts, amazing palaces, terrific temples, gorgeous havelis, rippling sand dunes, rich culture & tradition, heritage hotels, etc. Besides these royal and imperial attractions, Rajasthan is also known for its thrilling wildlife destinations. Adventure lovers and nature enthusiasts from all over the world visit Rajasthan to explore its diverse wildlife sanctuaries and national parks. Let’s have a look at top wildlife destinations of Rajasthan that are popular amongst travelers and Adventure enthusiasts.

Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary: Also known as Keoladeo Ghana National Park, the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary in Bharatpur is a famous wildlife destination of Rajasthan. The compound exquisiteness of this unique & diverse avifauna makes this sanctuary a paradise for bird lovers & Ornithologist. Further, the park is the home to numerous bird species comprising local and migratory birds. Well! Thousands of migratory birds come to Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary in winters. One finds about 230 species of local birds, here. It is truly a major destination for bird watchers and nature lovers. Also, this famous bird park is a declared UNESCO world heritage site. Some of the famed animals found here are heron, stork, great cormorant, green sandpiper, white spoonbill, sarus crane, bulbul, etc.

Ranthambhore National Park: Ranthambhore is one of the most popular wildlife destinations of India. Situated in Sawai Madhopur district, the park is known for its large population of royal Bengal tigers. In fact, it is one of the famous places to catch tigers in their own home. Further, the park is a home to variety of diverse species of birds, animals, reptiles & vegetation. It is also a known site for world famous banyan trees in India. Famous animals found in this park are leopards, wild dogs, wild boar, hyenas, sambar, deer, sloth bear, spotted deer, nilgai, etc.

Sariska Tiger Reserve: Sariska Tiger Reserve is a popular national park situated in Alwar District of Rajasthan. Being one of the most beautiful national parks, Sariska Tiger Reserve attracts large number of vacationers, every year. Dhok is the dominant tree found in this thrilling wildlife sanctuary. Further, other trees found here are Salar, Kadaya, Dhak, Gol, Ber, Khair, Bargad and a lot more. The park also houses a lot of rare and endangered animals and birds such as royal Bengal tigers, jungle cats, leopards, striped hyenas, spotted deer, golden jackals, caracals, leopard cats, nilgai, sambar, Great Indian Horned Owls Tree Pie, Bush Quail, Golden Backed Wood Peckers, Grey Partridge, etc. It won’t be wrong to say that this appealing destination of Rajasthan is right place for wildlife viewing & bird watching.

So, if you are a true wildlife lover, then get your adored Rajasthan tours, and enjoy.…

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Get to Know Zimbabwe

Get to Know Zimbabwe

Having had various names in the past – Rhodesia, Southern Rhodesia, Zimbabwe-Rhodesia – Zimbabwe now goes only by this name. Having regained independence from the United Kingdom in April 1980, the country entered its still ongoing era of Robert Mugabe’s rule.

The controversial leader has been President since 1987, and has been criticised internationally as an unfair ruler, tolerating state-level corruption and torture. His main opponent is Morgan Tsvangirai, the leader of the Movement for Democratic Change.

In the late 90s and early 2000s, the country started experiencing economic turmoil with many industrial firms forced to shut due to high real interest rates.

Elections in 2002 gained international attention as they were found to be rigged, and members of the opposition found to have been intimidated and suppressed. In 2008, Tsvangirai went as far as to withdraw his candidacy for presidency due to violence against his party members.

Since 2009, a coalition government has been in force, with Tsvangirai the Prime Minister. Many believe this is the long awaited start of political change.

Tourism

In light of the political goings-on and the Land Reform programme that was passed in 2000, quite a few international airlines have stopped serving Zimbabwe. Though this has made travelling to the South African country a tad more difficult, it doesn’t in any way imply it’s not worth the journey. In fact, the tourism industry is seeing a gradual revival with international tour operators beginning once more to offer package deals and tours.

Zimbabwe is well worth a visit. Its best known attraction is Victoria Falls, the world’s largest waterfall in terms of the overall size of its sheet of falling water. The falls are located on the river Zambezi, on the border with Zambia. Accommodation and amenities are available at the tourist towns nearby.

The Great Zimbabwe National Monument is the site of a ruined city, the ancient capital of the Kingdom of Zimbabwe. It was built from the 11th to the 14th Centuries. The ruins are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The capital city of Harare is definitely worth exploring. Inner city sights worth seeing are the National Gallery, Chapungu Sculpture Park, the National Botanic Garden, and Kopje hill for stunning views.

To ease your travels, look into a cheap calls to Zimbabwe service to book your accommodation and tours.

English is an official language in the country so foreign visitors can communicate very easily with the friendly locals. As a tourist, there’s no need to worry about the political situation unless you do something to provoke a reaction.…

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Tourism in Western Europe: A Collection of Case Histories

Tourism in Western Europe: A Collection of Case Histories

Richard Voase provides an interesting collection of case studies regarding Western European tourism development. The case studies are well organized in three thematic areas based on political, economic and socio-cultural contexts. The collection of stories communicates changes in tourism development and practices and reflects how tourism development seeks for new ways of tourism thinking. Voase concludes that tourism experiences, on the part of travelers, show signs of active decision making with passive consumption. This point prompts the reader to think that tourists choose “canned” experiences that are creatively constructed, however accessed through extensive information search and decision-making.

The case studies are authored by a variety of authors with strong local ties to the place they write about which enables extraordinary insight into issues the tourism industry faces in Europe and North America (although North America is not the focus of this book). This book can be used in a tourism development course to help students identify current issues in tourism (e.g., environmental challenges, sustainability, conservation approaches) and build upon definitions and theoretical models in tourism.

In his introduction, Voase conveys that the analysis or interpretation of the cases is based on political, economic, socio-cultural and technological environments. The analysis captures the multidimensionality of the tourism product and the cultural and social factors that relate to current ideologies, which affect how tourism evolves. Such ideologies are relating to prevalent postmodernism approaches that seem to affect those consumer behaviors, which capture experiential consumption rather than production processes of products or services.

The book consists of eleven chapters. The first four chapters are approached under the lenses of a political context analysis. The first chapter, by Meethan, presents the role of tourism marketing and public policy in the counties of Devon and Cornwall, England. Meethan concludes that for these two counties “marketing was one aspect of a wider integrated policy which aims to incorporate tourism more fully into the regional economy” and these programs would not have been possible without the funding from the European Union (EU). “The cases of Devon and Cornwall also demonstrate how new organizational forms emerge as a response to wider structural changes”.

Chapter 2, by Morpeth, focuses on the role of leisure and tourism as political instruments in Britain during the 1980s. Central and local governments used leisure and recreation policies as an extension of urban policy to balance the negative effects of unemployment and structural problems evident in England in the 1980s. Morpeth discusses the case of the city of Middlesbrough and the role of Thatcherism policies on the city, which focused on the generation of inner cities and the use of tourism as a tool for regeneration.

Chapter 3, by Voase, discusses the influence of political, economic and social change in a mature tourist destination; the Isle of Thanet in southeast England. Voase concludes that the process of policy, planning and development of tourism in a mature destination is not always straightforward. The antagonistic politics among the stakeholders involved in tourism development led to inconsistencies regarding the development of the destination. Chapter 4, by Robledo and Batle, focuses on Mallorca as a case study for replanting tourism development for a mature destination using Butler’s (1980) product life cycle concept. As a mature destination, Mallorca needs a sustainable development strategy to survive in the future. This acknowledgement led the Tourism Ministry of the Balearics Island Government to establish a tourism supply-side regulation to protect the environment. This plan however, as Robledo and Bade identified, is an interesting case of struggle between different groups (i.e., government, ecological groups, councils, hoteliers, construction industry) defending their interests in tourism development. Voase identifies these first four chapters having three common factors: the role and interplay of local tiers of government in the formulation and implementation of policy, the role of politics as a vehicle for the promotion and management of economic interests, and the powerful influence of socio-cultural factors. While these common factors are not directly evident in the presented case studies, Voase fills that gap with his writings. These common factors can stimulate further discussion as to what is the role of politics in tourism and how policy can affect researchers …

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Tips on Travelling to Australia

Tips on Travelling to Australia

When you come to Australia, seven experiences showed in the following article is which you should not miss. I promise that you will regret if you don’t go to these places when travelling to Australia.

Pass through the Daintree Rainforest

Daintree Rainforest, one of the regionswith the world’s most diverse animal and plants, is a destination which you should not be missed when travl in north Queensland. At here, you can do many things such as hiking, boating in the morning, touring by four wheels and watching crocodiles.

Having a view of Great Ocean Road with helicopter

Firstly, I promise that it is an unforgettable experience because Great Ocean Road is a local landmark. There are many places such as the 12 disciples, Grand Knapp area, Adelaide Lake Gorge and and Gibson stage which is 70 meters that can hold your breath.

Taking boat from Cairns

Like most New Yorkers look forward to Hawaii, people in Australians aspire to Queensland which is in ‘s more, it is so wonderful that see the Great Barrier Reef or the Whitsunday Islands on a luxury yacht.

Taking a gamble at Crown Casino, Melbourne

If you want to take a look at the largest casino in Australia, it is likely to make you become pauper. In addition to the common roulette and 21 points, Crown Casino is also the place for international artists to perform. At the same time, 25 restaurants and 11 bars are 24-hour opening.

Swimming in LakeMcKenzie, Fraserisland

As is known to all, fraserisland is the largest sand island in the world. There is no doubt the most amazing scenery on the island is LakeMcKenzie. The blue water like crystal and the soft sandy beaches are surrounded by dense forests. By the way, The lake is located 100 meters above sea level, and the bottom of it is a dune.

Tasting the red wine at Hunter Valley

Hunter Valley, 2 hours away from the Sydney, is the oldest wine region in Australia. It is famous as the product called semillons and there are more than 100 wineries around the Valley. The best way to find vineyard and Olive Grove in Hunter Valley is to join touring party, which you can not only enjoy wine, but also taste the wine at each vineyard.

Climbing Sydney Harbour Bridge

You can climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge to see Sydney Harbour, Sydney Opera House and all the beauty of the city.…

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Discover Tasmania, an Often Overlooked Australian Paradise

Discover Tasmania, an Often Overlooked Australian Paradise

Discover a unique wilderness bursting with adventure and exuding exclusivity with a luxury Australian holiday at Cradle Mountain Lodge. Situated at the edge of Tasmania’s World Heritage Listed Cradle Mountain Lake St. Clair National Park, guests can enjoy breathtaking views and exciting adventures. Experience sensational local food and wine, indulgent spa treatments and beautiful accommodation all in the heart of magnificent wilderness.

Accommodation at Cradle Mountain Lodge is made up of contemporary timber cabins styled with hand-made Tasmanian furnishings. For the ultimate in luxury wilderness accommodation, stay in one of the King Billy Suites. The contemporary and spacious suites consist of a separate living and sleeping area and include a double-sided wood fire, a king-sized bed and elegant bathroom with spa. After an exhilarating day exploring, guests can relax in their private outdoor hot tub before enjoying a fireside port and freshly made canap?�s.

The invigorating mountain escape boasts a range of exciting activities included fly fishing, mountain biking, tobogganing and canoeing. A highlight for many guests is exploring the stunning World Heritage listed environment at Cradle Mountain. The best way to explore this protected landscape is by a scenic walk. Activities staff at Cradle Mountain Lodge have helpfully labelled each route based on their difficulty so you can easily distinguish between a leisurely afternoon stroll and a serious hike. Either way you are sure to be inspired by the breathtaking scenery. Take the waterfalls walk and discover the cascading waterfalls and tranquil rivers that wind through this spectacular landscape. Follow the Dove Canyon Track to the Pencil Pine falls, and arrive at a popular swimming spot which promises an exhilarating swim. From the Pencil Pine falls, continue downstream to the beautiful Knyvet Falls. This walk has been labelled ‘easy’ which makes it perfect for a blissful afternoon walk. You can take a picnic hamper supplied by the lodge and enjoy scrumptious snacks as you sit by the waterfalls.

Guided tours are also available, where an experienced guide will inform you of the history of the area and the fascinating wildlife that inhabits it. The guided walks are longer and take you to the heart of this spectacular protected area. Take the Dove Lake circuit walk and explore the temperate rainforests and sub alpine plant communities surrounding Cradle Mountain. Your guide will point out unusual plant species and explain the action of past glaciers on the landscape.

Return from an exhilarating day exploring and dine at the exceptional Highland Restaurant. Recognised as one of Tasmania’s premier dining experiences, the restaurant serves freshly prepared Tasmania food and quality wine. Enjoy authentic cuisine in a beautiful setting and reminisce about the day’s adventure. For that added Australian luxury, experiment with a unique treatment at the Waldheim Alpine Spa. Choose from an extensive menu of signature treatments, many of which use Tasmanian Alpine ingredients. The spa is also home to ‘The Sanctuary’ where guests can make use of a steam room, sauna, large hot-tub and cool plunge pool. Waldheim Alpine Spa is dedicated to ensuring your relaxing and enhancing you luxury Australian experience.…

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What Glasgow Offers Culturally

What Glasgow Offers Culturally

The Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA), located right in the heart of Glasgow’s city centre, is an ideal place to start whilst visiting the city. It is one of the most popular contemporary art galleries in the whole of the UK, and you will not be disappointed by spending an hour or two taking in the magnificent exhibits displayed there.

Also whilst in the city centre, look out for one of the many Charles Rennie MacIntosh buildings dotted around. The Willow Tea Rooms on Sauchiehall Street, or the Scotland Street School Museum, are perfect examples of Charle’s extraordinary architectural elegance.

The Provands Lordship is another building, again in the city centre, that it is worth finding the time to visit. Dating back to the 1400s, this is the oldest building in the whole of Glasgow, and the beautiful medicinal garden at the back of it is an ideal spot to sit and relax for half an hour.

Those with a keen interest in history might like to take in the exhibitions on Glasgow’s social history (dating back to 1790) that can be found at the People’s Palace and Winter Gardens. After finding out how Glasgow and its people have changed over the years, you can then have some coffee and cake in the adjoined Victorian Glasshouse which looks out onto a park.

Moving on from the central area of the city, a trip to the west end is recommended. It is a pleasant walk there, and it gives you the opportunity to visit the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, which is on the way. Amongst the wide range of interesting artifacts and pieces of art on display there is the renowned ‘Christ Of St John of the Cross’ by Salvador Dali.…