Tips for Visiting the Singapore Zoo


If you travel with kids, then you know that planning is the key to enjoying any trip. That certainly includes making plans when you want to bring the kids to the world-famous Singapore Zoo. With over 2,500 animals that cover a little over 300 species, there is a lot to see here. But just because it is huge, and the open concept of the zoo means you get to see the animals in a more natural habitat, you will need a few tips to make the most of the trip. Here are some that are bound to improve the experience.

Get There Early


The zoo opens at 8:30 and you want to get there as close to opening as you can so you can have plenty of time to wander the zoo and enjoy it. It is also best to get there early so that you can avoid all the crowds that will arrive around noon. Another advantage, if are visiting the zoo in the summer, is that it can be scorching hot mid-day, so plan to visit the water park that is in the kid’s zoo section to keep your cool. Getting in early can also mean a chance to have breakfast with the resident orangutans, which will keep your kids chattering all day long. Get in early and head out as soon as the kids get cranky is always a good policy for places like the Singapore Zoo.

Do Feed the Animals


While many zoos and parks have signs, telling you not to feed the critters, this zoo plays it different. There are posted feeding times for many of the animals including the elephants and giraffes. When these times roll around, you can get in on the feeding fun by participating with the feeding. While the polar bear’s feeding schedule is posted, don’t expect to participate in this one. But watching these big creatures enjoy their fish snacks is reward enough. But check the feeding times; they do change with circumstances and the seasons.

Catch the Live Shows


Today’s modern zoos all have great live shows that help us to appreciate the animals we are seeing even more. There are two morning shows and two afternoon shows, and they are all worth planning to see. Whether you and the kids enjoy the antics of California sea lions or a playful game of catch with one of the resident elephants, it is all fun to watch.

There are also shows that highlight the jungle creatures such as lemurs and spider monkeys and a show with familiar pets performing such as dogs, cats and even parrots. Bringing the kids to these fun live shows gives them a context for all those great creatures they are viewing as they walk through the zoo as well.

Be Ready for the Weather


If you don’t live in the Singapore area, you might not be prepared for how much rain it gets all year around. Be sure to always pack rain gear, regardless of what the weather report says the night before. In addition, it can get quite hot walking around the zoo, so be sure to bring plenty of sunscreen, hats to keep those little heads shaded and maybe even a change of clothes for after the wacky antics in the water park.

So, no matter when you go, be prepared with these tips and you will enjoy the zoo and all its wonderful inhabitants when you head out. Your kids are going to get the trip of a lifetime, why not be prepared so everyone can get the most from it.

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Holy Holidays & Travel: What You Need to Know Before Visiting Israel

One of Israel’s busiest—and simultaneously slowest—times of the year is coming up. Starting with Rosh Hashanah on Sunday, October 2 (or the Shabbat the day before) through the end of Sukkot on Sunday, October 23, the nearly month-long celebration of holidays will bring long lines and large crowds to religious sites and pretty much all other commerce to a halt.


The Holidays


Rosh Hashanah, the start of the Jewish new year, runs from Sunday, October 2 through Tuesday, October 4. No work is permitted and most people will spend the days in observance of rest and prayer.

Yom Kippur is the Day of Atonement, beginning on Tuesday, October 11 and ending on Wednesday, October 12. No work is permitted and most people will spend the day in prayer as well as fasting.

Sukkot is the celebration of the Feast of Tabernacles and runs from Sunday, October 16 to Sunday, October 23. No work is permitted the first two days of the holiday week.

What to Expect


In 2016, the Jewish holy days stretch across nearly the entire month of October. While only a handful of the days require businesses to close and for religious rites to be observed, this time period is a notoriously difficult one for tourists who come unprepared. Here are some of the potential drawbacks when traveling during the holiday season:
● For any of the dates indicated as non-permitting of work, you can expect that most businesses will not be in operation.
● You can also expect the popular holy site destinations to operate with very limited hours.
● Prices for accommodation, food, and other tourist activities will be extremely high.
● If you’re not staying with friends or family, accommodations may be limited, so you’ll have to book early.
● If you plan for more typical tourist activities, you can expect longer lines and larger crowds wherever you go—and with increased crowds comes an increased risk of theft.
● Public transportation will have limited operability, so foot, bike, or rental car travel is suggested.
● Sukkot is a very popular vacation time for Israels who often choose to visit national parks and museums, so expect those to be extra busy during that week.

That being said, Israel is a wonderful place to visit any time of year. If you’re traveling on a religious pilgrimage or to spend time with family during the holidays, the above will just be something you have to accept and prepare for. If you’re traveling to Israel simply for the sake of travel, you can still visit during the month of October. It’ll just be important to have a solid plan in place that accounts for the limitations during that time period.

Holiday Planning Tips


Regardless of your reasoning for an October trip to Israel, there are a number of tips and tricks that can help make your holiday season travels a little less stressful:
1. Plan and book your trip as early as possible. You’ll not only be competing with other tourists, but also with Israelis who travel during that month.
2. Always keep your passport on you at all times and make sure not to leave any bags unattended wherever you go.
3. If you have friends or family in Israel, plan to stay with them, when possible.
4. If you’re not visiting for the sake of the holidays, try to travel before or after them. The weather is better the later you get into the fall season, so you may want to plan for after Sukkot.
5. As many restaurants will be closed for Shabbat and the holidays, seek out local markets where you can purchase fresh produce and other foods that you can prepare on your own and ahead of time.
6. If your plan involves visiting religious sites during the holidays, make sure you’re prepared: bring water, wear layers, wear comfortable shoes, rent a car, carry sunblock, pack your passport, bring your mobile phone, download the Waze app, and bring your patience.
7. If you visit during Sukkot, take time to walk around the city to check out the sukkahs. These are the little wooden booths built in commemoration of the holiday and that serve as a physical representation of the booths Israelites used in the desert after their exodus out of Egypt. They’re quite a sight to see!
8. While Israel is rich in both historical and religious history, the country has so much more to offer. While visiting during the holiday season, consider opting out of the traditional religious sites and museums and instead visit some natural ones. The Dead Sea, Tel Aviv’s beaches, the Golan Heights, and the Negev Desert are just a few of the sites to consider.


If you’re planning a trip to Israel during the month of October, make sure to plan well in advance. There is a lot to be aware of (as evidenced by the above), and having the right preparations in place—and ahead of time—can help you set the right expectations and be ready for what’s to come.

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5 Trekking Routes to Try in Your Lifetime

There are treks that feel like a stroll in the woods, but there are those which also offer endless explorations, a great insight into this big, beautiful world. These adventures are an ideal way of ticking things off your thrill list and walking among treacherous slopes and dangerous heights amid the very best of nature and mountainside culture is a sure way to up the ante: both in terms of the eventual experience and also in terms of your heart rate.

The following trekking routes are like no other, for each offers something stunningly unique, something so spectacular that it has to be seen at least once in a lifetime:



Mount Kilimanjaro


It’s become incredibly popular now, but a Mount Kilimanjaro trek still counts as one of the greatest bucket list adventures today. Rising to a height of 19340 feet, Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest point of Africa, and the world’s highest free-standing mountain. Needless to say, anyone interested on conquering the greatest adventures on the continent will fall in love with a trek to Mt. Kilimanjaro. But you don’t have to be a seasoned pro to do this. There’s a reason why more than 20000 people climb this mountain each year. It’s not that hard, irrespective of your skill level. What awaits you in Mt. Kilimanjaro are 5 unique eco-zones that range from banana trees to massive glaciers. And once you climb to the very top, the gorgeous views of the surrounding savannah grasslands really make you fall in love with the continent. The wide range of climbing routes also ensures that there’s a perfect way to reach those mesmerizing views above the clouds. We recommend to check out the travel booking portal Bookmundi for price comparisons of different Mount Kilimanjaro treks.

Huayna Picchu


If you’re hoping to combine an archaeological experience with your trek, it doesn’t get better than Huayna Picchu. The legendary Inca Trail gets far more attention as the most celebrated route to Machu Picchu, the lost city of the Incas, but it’s Huayna Picchu that always promises a grander experience. The trek itself has been termed as one of the grandest hikes on the planet and catching a glimpse of the fabled city is surely a sight for sore eyes. The Inca Trail may ask you to navigate thousands of stone steps, but it really isn’t scary and it’s certainly not wild. Huayna Picchu surely is! The route takes you through exposed ledges rocks jutting out of the cliffs with nothing but a huge abyss below, slippery stone steps and cable handholds. You often wonder if it’s really worth all that risk, but as scary as it sounds, the trek is quite safe and the view above the ruins totally makes this experience worth it.

Grand Canyon Rim to Rim Hike


A Grand Canyon hike gives you an unparalleled insight into one of the greatest features on the planet. Considered to rank among the top 7 natural wonders of the world, the Grand Canyon bamboozles you with its sheer physicality, mesmerizing views and that jaw-dropping scenery. The best time to visit the Grand Canyon is between the months of March to May and September to November.

Everest Base Camp Trek


If you’re searching for a grand adventure, a trekking route that gives you bragging rights wherever you go, look no further than the Everest Base Camp trek. Coming close to the highest mountain on the planet without having to navigate its horrors and treacherous routes is surely an experience worth savoring. The Everest Base Camp Trek takes you to Kala Pattar, a place known to offer the best view of Mt. Everest on the planet. The route itself is an experience in itself as you pass through terraced villages, beautiful cultures, stunning rivers and majestic suspension bridges. You’re accompanied by the legendary Sherpas on your journey and despite the apparent dangers and gravity-defying feats, you’re always in safe and experienced hands, so the only thing you need to work about is basking in the beautiful scenery.

Tour du Mont Blanc


Tour du Mont Blanc not only lets you trek through three countries, but also presents unique alpine meadows, majestic mountain passes and glacial valleys that need to be seen to be believed. Stretching over 170 kms in Switzerland, Italy and France, this incredible journey offers trekkers a great adventure amid mind-blowing scenery. The region is also known for its exotic species and wild alpine goats aren’t the only creatures you get to see. This high altitude trail also presents all kinds of snakes, lizards and jumping fish and more marmots than you can possibly count. The best time to go for this adventure is between the months of July to September.

If you’re desperate for a vacation and need to leave everyday stressors behind, if you’re feeling a bit like Ash after all those Pokemon Go trials and tribulations, it is perhaps time to embark on an epic hiking trail. Bon Voyage.

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The 5 Best Outdoor Activities in Steamboat Springs

A favorite Colorado resort town, in part, because it’s a real town in addition to being a resort, Steamboat Springs fuses two very different worlds - a state-of-the-art ski village and a genuine Western ranching center.

So apart from what you might already suspect to be amazing Colorado vacation rentals, Steamboat Springs also boasts wondrous outdoor activities that will invigorate even the most overworked of us.

Let's see some of the very best activities you can enjoy in this pretty resort town.




Strings Music Festival

Summer is a magical time in Steamboat Springs. Strings Music Festival offers an incredible array of musical programs, including classical, jazz, blues, and family-friendly music.

Pack your lunch for Strings’ Music on the Green at the Music Festival Park at Yampa River Botanic Park - the gardens are a stirring backdrop for a concert each Thursday at 12:15pm in summer. It’s a lovely way to spend your lunchtime, and many locals agree, so get there early to snag one of the free umbrellas to keep the hot sun off your head.

Instead of extensive program notes, nuggets of information about the music and composer are presented before each piece by a commentator. Should jazz, country, bluegrass, or pops be the music that thrills your soul, Friday night is the night.

If chamber music is your choice, don’t miss the Wednesday and Saturday evening concerts. The choices are diverse - the evening might start with a gentle Chopin nocturne and move to a Schumann piano quartet, then finish off with Brahms.


Hot Air Balloon Rodeo

Summer is the time of the year when a multitude of colorful balloons rises over Yampa Valley.

During the Hot Air Balloon Rodeo, more than 100 colorful hot-air balloons launch from Memorial Park, making this one of the largest balloon rallies in the country. Don't miss the Art in the Park arts and crafts fair and the brilliant performances, while you stuff your mouth with delicious crepes and sip a cup of coffee.

While it might be fun to witness it all from ground level, you can also take a hot-air balloon ride yourself. The most awe-inspiring scenery is, of course, over the Rocky Mountains, but you can take a ride virtually anywhere in the state.


Hike to the scenic Fish Creek Falls

Fish Creek Falls, one of the top waterfalls in Colorado, is just 4 miles from downtown Steamboat Springs in Routt National Forest.

A footpath leads to a historic bridge at the base of this breathtaking 283-foot waterfall and there’s also an overlook with a short trail and ramp designed for those with disabilities, as well as a picnic area and hiking trails.

The falls can be easily reached by foot, but some of the trails are also fit for bikes and even ATVs. The area offers pristine views of the Roky Mountains so just put your hiking boots on and have some fun in the great outdoors.


Summer Rodeo

Greeley’s Stampede comes to town for 2 weeks, starting in late June, and boasts the world’s largest Fourth of July Rodeo.

Hundreds of professional cowboys and cowgirls compete for over $400,000 in prizes at Greeley’s Island Grove Regional Park, with bareback bronc riding, calf roping, saddle bronc riding, team roping, steer racing, barrel racing, and bull riding.

Festivities include country and classic rock concerts, art shows, a carnival, a children’s rodeo, fun-runs, a demolition derby, barbecues, a parade and colorful fireworks.



Steamboat Ski Resort and Howelsen Hill

Steamboat Ski Resort and Howelsen Hill is a continuously used ski area in Colorado and home to nearly 90 Winter Olympians.

The most popular winter sport in Colorado is downhill skiing. Since the state’s first resort, Howelsen Hill in Steamboat Springs, opened in 1915, Colorado has been synonymous with skiing in the western United States - it attracts more skiers per day than any other Western state, and its resorts continue to win accolades.

The snowboarding craze hit Colorado just as hard as other winter-sports destinations and, after some initial resistance, has been welcomed with open arms. Nowadays, many resorts have snowboarding parks and offer lessons and rentals.

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Top 5 Beaches in Europe to Explore

Europe has been always the top destination for tourists to explore. Whether it is exploring the ancient architectural work, the lifestyle or the bylanes of the cities, European countries offer many things that are worth exploring. From beaches to islands, there is no dearth of places to explore in European countries. If you love exploring beaches and have chosen Europe then there are some top 5 beaches you should not miss to explore.


Sicily, Italy: This is the largest island in the Mediterranean and is blessed with some amazingly designed Greek Temples, Norman Churches, and Baroque Palazzos. Also known as the Riserva di Toree Guaceto, the beach has protected marine life and is the most active nature reserves. This clean beach has diving center, hiking excursions and snorkelling. Bike rentals are also offered to explore the place around.

Ramla I-Hamara- Gozo: Also called as Red Beach, it is located in Malta and is the largest sandy beach in Europe. It has bright orange-red colored sand and is blessed with crystal clear beach. The entire region is virgin with having beautiful looking curving bay with rocky cliffs. The place is widely known for snorkeling and other water adventure. In the year 1981, the statue of Virgin Mary was erected which still stands high. If you love hiking, then visit Calypso Cave which is located on the cliffs. Standing on this cliff, one can get the best view of the beach and surroundings.

Vik, Iceland: Visit Reynisfjara shore close to Vik, Iceland and get enthralled with the beauty it offers. The beach is famous for its black pebble sand and features some amazing cliff which is naturally made up of basalt columns. Along with this, there are some amazingly looking basalt sea stacks and is blessed with rich birdlife that makes this place worth visiting. One has to be careful while visiting this place as the waves are quite strong and unpredictable.

Praia da Cova Redonda- Portugal: This is the real paradise that attracts tourists towards it. The bay here is not the large one but has enough space with full of sheltered nooks and crannies. Its quite extraordinary shape that has been formed in the cliffs due to the erosion looks amazing. Tourist coming from far countries do enjoy visit this place. There are flights from all countries flying down here. Tourists can enjoy cheap tickets offered to fly down to Portugal and get blessed with this amazing beach view.

Virgin Island's Creek- Brittany, France: There is no doubt that France is the top tourist destination and is blessed with some amazing beaches. One of the worth visiting is the Virgin's Island that has Mediterranean beach like setting and has natural cave of lle Vierge which is known as Point of Saint Hernot. It is also the most unusual place in Brittany. There are a number of water sports activities including snorkeling and kayaking that can be enjoyed.

There are many more beautiful beaches in Europe that attract tourists from across the world. If you're planning for long Europe trip then make sure that you visit any of the above-mentioned beaches and enjoy the best moment.

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Being A Travel Master - Hunting Cheap Flight Promos Is Very Easy!

Everybody should be happy if can fly on the plane every time they travel. Traveling by airplane offers a lot of benefits. Airplane gives you shorter travel time, resulting in more time to spend at the destination. During the flight, you will be immersed in a comfortable cabin plus the great service from professional crews. Besides, ride on the airplane also feels more elegant and high class. Isn't it?

Back in the past, the airplanes are presented in high prices. Only certain people with higher social economic status can afford to take a trip on a plane. However, the reality is now evolving to the other side.


Nowadays, everyone can afford to buy the flight tickets. It is supported more by the presence of budget airlines that grow so fast these days.

Not only the budget airlines, but the price competition also makes everybody can fly now. The competition directs each airline from each class competing with others to offer the cheaper airfare in order attracting more passengers. As a result, we can see there's plenty special promo is offered by the airlines.

But again. Is everyone can enjoy the promo? Of course, you are, as long as you know the right way to do it.

Already eager to be a travel master? These 7 tricks will show you how easy peasy to always get the cheap flights promotion. You can do each of them one at the time or separately some of them.

1. Follow the airlines social media, especially your favorite one
Besides the official website, social media is one of the most active and responsive sources of information. The entire worlds' popular airlines must have the official social media account. Keep up to date with any newest news about the airlines each time you access your account. The airlines always share the special promo via social media pages. You can also win the interesting price if you actively join the games of the quiz they held. From the social media, the airline company can direct you towards much useful travel news, even to their own blog, official website, and secret pages!

2. Use online travel agent to search and book flight tickets
An online travel agent may become the next primary player in the travel industry. This is one stop solution to book cheap flights after you have been served by detailed and useful infos from the complete list of flights schedule and airlines.

The OTA usually holds their specific special promo. It means, booking a flight on this site directing you to get double deals (one from the official airlines and one specifically from the agencies). You can enjoy the special promo from any airlines just by visiting one website only! No need to take more time browsing!

3. Be a member of the online travel agencies
Enlarge your possibility to earn more special promo by registering as a member of your favorite OTA. As the registered member, you will get more personal and useful update from it. The more you use the OTA, it will offer you more benefit.

4. Subscribe to travel newsletters from airlines and online travel agencies
If you are not feeling secure or willing to be a member, you can choose to just subscribe to the newsletter. Simply give your email to the airline company or the OTA so they can send you the newsletter regularly. Newsletters are filled with more detail travel info and updates, including more specific special promos you can enjoy.

5. Join as frequent flyer miles
If you have favorite airlines and frequently fly with it, consider joining in miles program. It's the priority membership program. This exclusive membership not only promises you more special ticket price, but also many personal benefits. As the miles holder, you can grant the access to the executive lounge, more baggage capacity, and prior check in.

6. Using credit cards as a payment method
Though credit card is risky; we can't deny that this magic card is being the primary payment tool in travel because it's accepted globally. Furthermore, the airlines and affiliate merchant also often hold the special promo for certain credit card holder.

7. Always visit the travel fair in town
Another promo source can be found on the travel fair event. The bigger and more trustable the fair, the bigger and more tempting its promo.

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Have You Booked a Cheap Holiday Deal with a1travel.com to Prague? Here’s What You Need to Know

Prague is the largest and capital city of Czech Republic located in Central Europe. Outstanding architecture, mesmerizing history, scrumptious food, and affordable prices, is exactly what this place offers to the tourists. Prague is a unique city as it is made up of ten different districts and a number of neighborhoods within the districts. It is an ideal place for a weekend getaway. So, if you are planning to spend some quality time alone or with loved ones, but have a tight budget to follow, then here’s all the information you need about what to do and see after you’ve booked a cheap holiday deal with a1travel.com to Prague.



Historical Landmarks


Prague Castle is the oldest landmark overlooking the entire city and famous for its architecture. Additionally, there is also a 14th century bridge which consists of a religious statue called Charles Bridge. The Astronomical Clock and Old Town Prague’s Square on the other hand, are situated on the ancient street and are renowned among the tourists as well. Other historical sites are; St. Nicholas Church, State Opera, Spanish Synagogue, Kostel Panny Marie Pred Tynem, Petrin Hill, and many more.

Nightlife


Just because the place has a rich history doesn’t make it a boring place. Prague also offers a great night for all those whose favorite subject has never been history. The bar and club culture is popular among all age groups. From great music to good-quality beer, there is a lot more fun packed for you here. Some famous bar and clubs are Hemingway Bar, Cloud 9, Absintherie, Ice Pub, Reduta Jazz Club, Chapeau Rouge, Rudolfinum U Zlaheto Tygra, AnonymouS Bar, M1 Lounge Bar & Club, AghaRTA, and a lot more. All these offer exceptional music and themes, which gives the tourist a wide varieties of choices.

Landscapes


What is the best way to explore the city if not walking? Walk around Prague and enjoy the green and beautiful sceneries along the way. Landscapes are the natural beauty of the city which portray its rawness and wild side. Petrin Hill, Vysehrad Park and St. Peter & Paul Church, Letna Park, Vysehrad Park, Collina di Petrin, Slovansky Ostrov-Zofin, The Vrtba Garden, and Divoka Sarka are a few places to name.

Landscapes and Historical Landmarks are free for all, for which you are not required to pay a ticket. You can then make an in-the-budget plan for the nightlife spending and save yourself a great deal of post-holiday blues.

Prague is home to beautiful churches, Charles Bridge, Castle, St. Vitus Cathedral, Dancing House, Theater, Lennon Wall, and so much more. If you have booked a cheap holiday deal with a1travel.com, you will be able to spend more on exploration and food, and less on hotels, which will allow you to visit as many places as your budget allows!

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