Tourists generally abstain from traveling in autumn because they think that the weather will not be ideal for their trip, preferring to save up their holidays until summer. It is not uncommon, however for European hostels (and those elsewhere around the world) to allow mixed genders to share a room. Make sure to ask about the policy of the hostel before you check in. I, as a woman traveling solo, have never encountered a problem with these arrangements, and I have stayed in hostels throughout Europe, including Rome, London and Amsterdam. Some visitors might be surprised or offended by these sleeping arrangements. We arrived at the first of the many hotels booked for this trip. We had driven straight from our port of entry, Ben Gurion Airport, Tel Aviv, Israel. It was the early morning of the 16th of December 2012, the day of our 17th anniversary. I could smell the ocean, and heard it beckoned. So we set our luggage down and made our way to the hotel lobby. Minutes after, we were walking down the streets to the shore of the Mediterranean Sea.

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.

Now that you have decided the place and trip length, you can understand the costs. Nail down the money required approximately, research costs arriving at the travel style required. This includes focusing mainly on the accommodation you are looking for is it a backpack or luxury hotels stay. The number of attractions in the place you wish to visit and the approximate money required for the trip. Thus, save accordingly for the trip. Filmmaker Debra Kaufman, travel insurance who sponsors a Nepali student, went to Nepal to meet the child, and it was then that she discovered how the Riverside School’s mission intersected with country’s fight for democracy and freedom. The school struggled to stay afloat during Nepal’s bloody, 10-year civil war, during which time the police accused the children of being Maoist rebels while the rebels themselves were forcibly drafting children over 12 years of age into their army.

We stayed for 4 days and began our first day by visiting Narikala Fortress, Holy Trinity Cathedral, Mother of Georgia and The Bridge of Peace Svetitskhoveli Cathedral. The feeling of visiting any holy place always gives me a sense of peace and calm. We felt as though we were meditating. All the churches and cathedrals here, had a story to tell and we were fascinated by the art and culture of the place which was so different and unique from what we experienced so far. LiveWorksPlayBLVR: Thanks for visiting, viewing, and commenting. Another nice thing about Disneyland is the close proximity to other theme parks – Universal Studios is just another, which I did not include, and of course it is well located in SoCal, near both LA and SD – Disneyland that is. It looks like they are expanding with more rides too, as the last time I was there, fairly recently, there was more construction in the California Adventure park.