When my husband and I were making plans to holiday in Vietnam many people commented on how brave (Or crazy) we were since Vietnam is a third world country and we would be travelling with our six month old baby daughter. Eilat, Israel is a beautiful city that our tour guide rightly referred to as the “Las Vegas of Israel” with all the lights and beautiful hotels and highlights, but without all the gambling. After travelling through the dusty Negev desert, the last thing I was expecting was to end up in a city of luscious beautiful landscape that sits right on the edge of the Red Sea. We had been told to ride the entire one hour boat trip around the city and then just like in Rome hop on or hop off where we needed to go. After riding the bus for two days, I’m still not sure if it is best to stand or sit. Inside it can be hot and stuffy. The seats offer a place to sit, but comfort was never part of their design specs. Handholds were never considered in the basic design for standees, however. Standing gets you fresh air, which can be a relief, but you end up stumbling around. The best place to sit is in the stern (about six seats) or the bow (again, about six seats). Whether you are boating through the canals or eating beside the Grand Canal (main street), it’s just plain interesting to watch the traffic.
The day after we got to Eilat, we visited the Underwater Observatory with the rest of our tour group. This Underwater Observatory is built into a coral reef, and is one of the largest seaquariums in the world. Through a glass type observatory built into the sea-bed, we were able to interact with the most beautiful and colorful sea creatures I’ve ever seen. Legal currency exchange outlets line the Ben Yehuda Street pedestrian mall, Jaffa Road, and King George Street (they offer slightly better rates than banks, will exchange money in less time, and charge no commission; they also have longer hours of operation). You don’t even have to shop around because they all offer the same rates. For those interested in ecotourism and wildlife, combining Manaus with a river trip is the perfect answer. The former provides an opportunity to really study the unusual Amazon species in depth and at a close range. Traveling on the river and trekking in the rainforest then provide a view of wildlife in their natural habitat but at a distance.
Cruises, for dinner, sailing, snorkeling tours, or whale watching are the most popular activities people pay for on the island. With good reason too. The clear, placid waters surrounding Maui are unparalleled across the globe. Every year, the magazine compiles a list of the 50 best places to visit, taking into account factors like tourism statistics, major events, flight routes, restaurant openings, travel insurance and hotel debuts, along with other things like available attractions and insight from travel agents and industry insiders. A winery and vineyard are only part of the appeal at this hotel on 11,000 acres in Chile’s picturesque Millahue Valley, two hours south of Santiago. The property doubles as an art gallery, showing off the spectacular contemporary collection of owners Alexander and Carrie Vik.
People think that visiting Maldives costs a lot of money. But the fact of the matter is that these islands can be visited even on a budget. If you take a flight from the United States for the Maldives, it will cost you 1000 dollars. However, if you go there via Asia or Europe, it will take you a couple of more days to reach the Maldives but it can be a quite cost-effective option. During the boat ride, our guides pointed out some off-shore landmarks that we were scheduled to visit. From the boat, we could see the place of the miracles of the bread and fish, and the Mount of Transfiguration. The portion of bible where Jesus walked on water was read as we moved further off-shore. Then one of the boat guides showed us how it was to fish on the boat back in Jesus’ days.