Ever thought of walking away from your daily work schedule, mails and meetings? The Hotel Tropical’s zoo, with 22 species, was smaller but fit into the eco-resort’s lush 400 square meters of foliage set on the banks of the Rio Negro. It, too, was a rescue facility certified by the Brazilian government. The resident biologist, Dayse Campista, and her co-worker, Andre, very kindly spent substantial time with me so that I could learn more about the unique rainforest inhabitants. They included an endangered White Bellied Spider Monkey, Nina. A true celebrity she starred as Zuzu in a feature film, Taina 2 an Adventure in the Amazon. As a new mother, Nina very cautiously hid her young baby underneath her paws to protect it from visitors’ intruding eyes. I was delighted when Dayse was able to coax Nina into showing off her new, as yet unnamed, offspring. I was intrigued also by the Collared Peccaries. Like miniature Wild Boars, they reminded me of my time as a German exchange student watching “Hans” and “Sissy”, a full-size version, run around the local castle moat.

Our main visit to Eilat was to have a free day of relaxation. After days of walking through desert sites, exploring ancient excavation sites, riding camels, and climbing mountains, a day in Eilat was a much needed stop on our tour of Israel. Interlaken offers all classic winter activities. One can also engage in skydiving, hiking, boat cruising, train riding, night sledding, etc. Other than that, its visitors are usually enchanted with sightseeing, and especially with the beautiful Interlaken lakes, which are astounding. Moreover, no one should miss playing on the Vertical Rush—a forest adventure of wooden bridges, Tarzan swings and zip lines of varying difficulty and height. I love the road. I wish sometime in my life I get an RV to live in and travel with. The tips section is a really useful addition.

When it comes to traveling across Europe, many people assume that such an adventure is beyond their modest means. However, the legions of college students and others on shoestring budgets that descend on Europe every summer undermine this assumption. If these budget travelers can make Europe affordable, there is no reason you cannot as well. Visiting an affordable country means you will enjoy wonderful meals, stay in unique and interesting places, and meet wonderful people you will never forget, all for far less than you would spend at home. In many European locations and elsewhere around the world, however, many hostel rooms have mixed genders sharing a room. If this is a concern, be sure to ask about it. I, as a man traveling alone, have personally never encountered a problem with these arrangements, and I have stayed in hostels throughout Europe, including Rome, London and Amsterdam. Some visitors, however, are surprised at these arrangements.

Back on the road, our special train horn, which we installed in Coimbatore, was coming in handy. Stupid cows and Ox driven carts took no notice of the standard car horn, but moved swiftly out of our way with a few nuclear blasts from latest piece of equipment. We drove through Bangalore onwards to Madras. Once we arrived there, we checked into the Ashoka Hotel. From there we would go sightseeing 60 kilometers away to to the ruins of Mahabalipuram a Port city built around 600-750 AD. Hadimba Devi temple is very old in Manali. It dates back to the time of Mahabharata in 1533 A.D. This temple is surrounded by at least 2.5 kms of wooden deodar forest which is maintained by travel and tourism of Himachal Pradesh. As time was getting on and we had to get to our campsite before the Storm we headed off to the see the Mermaid of the North There wasn’t a designated car park or anything but it was easily accessible especially with the tide going out. We parked up at the side of the road when we spotted the sign and walked down the beach. I know many people who have climbed up to get pictures with her but I wasn’t up to it.

We arrived close to 9:00am, and the parking lot was already full! We had to park on the road quite a walk away. Go as early as you can. It’s an amazing hike, filled with beautiful glacier blue rivers and waterfalls. One of the city’s most iconic hotels, this is the place for those who want to follow in the footsteps of past guests, who include Beyoncé and Andy Warhol. Sunday brunch at the hotel’s Clipper Lounge is legendary; rooms and suites have incredible views of the city’s skyscrapers and Victoria Harbour. The best aspect of autumn travel travel insurance is the fact that almost all mainstream travel destinations in America offer considerable discounts. They do this because of lower tourist volume and also because they want to spice up the business before the relatively busy winter season. This is especially true of places that host ski resorts and where people do not visit in large numbers before the onset of snow. These places are located in the lush green valleys of the Rocky Mountains and other locations and offer great hiking and trekking options for people traveling in autumn.