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The Dominican Republic Travel Guide

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A tourist destination whose reputation made the tour of the world for obvious reasons, the Dominican Republic provides a bit of everything. This country bathed by the Atlantic Ocean in the North and the Caribbean Sea to the South was until not so long ago “the best-kept secret of the Caribbean”. Its popularity has been increasing steadily for several reasons: an enjoyable tropical climate with temperature averages of 25°C all year round, warm waters (never under 26°C and going up to 31°C during the summer) caressing its beaches, the charming mixture of Taino, European and Caribbean cultures, the varied nature and rich history.

Santo Domingo

Founded in 1496 by Christopher Columbus’ younger brother (Bartholomew) and considered the first town of the New World, Santo Domingo is a colorful, noisy and full of life city that welcomes its visitors with the typically Caribbean warmth and love for life. It buzzes with horns, loads of vendors and by walking along the streets of Ciudad Colonial, you will certainly discover its fascinating past.

The first paved street in the New World and nowadays the main trading avenue of the Dominican capital, Calle de las Damas will lead you through an impressive number of historical landmarks: Fortaleza Ozama (the oldest fort in America), Casa de Rodrigo de Bastida (the early 16th century residence of the second important family in the country, after the Columbus family, featured by an Andalusia style courtyard), Casa de Francia (previously known as Casa de Hernán Cortés). A symbol of the whole country, the 18th century National Pantheon was originally built as a Jesuit church. Overlooking the Ozama River, the 16th-century magnificent palace Alcázar de Colón is nowadays the home of Museo Alcázar de Diego Colón, which displays an important tapestry collection, among others.

Getting out of the city, you can visit Parque Mirador del Este – home of the spectacular caves of Los Tres Ojos. A holy site for native Taino Indians, the limestone cave encloses three lakes (Aguas Azufradas, Nevera and El Lago de las Mujeres). Their popularity increased with their selection as shooting setting for some Tarzan movies as well as for some scenes of the Jurassic Park. A historical landmark in their proximity is Faro a Colon – a towering lighthouse where the renowned explorer Christopher Columbus is buried.

La Romana

Undoubtedly one of the places in the Dominican Republic which attracts the most tourists, La Romana has amazing attractions, such as the village of Altos De Chavon – a recreation of a European medieval village completed in the mid-1970s. It features an amphitheater and a beautiful stone church named Iglesia San Estanislao de Cracovia, chosen by many couples as a wedding ceremony venue.

A popular stop with cruise ships, Catalina Island is one of the most idyllic spots of the Dominican Republic. With its quiet lagoon, its end of the world gentle atmosphere, its small fishing villages, its wide beaches surrounded by palm trees, Saona Island is the perfect venue for a farniente holiday.

Don’t miss the magic Arena Gorda beach. Visit Manati Park if you want to see crocodiles, dolphins, and toucans or Dolphin Park if swimming with these friendly marine mammals has been your dream. Try a safari trip if you want to discover the whole variety of the Dominican fauna and flora, to cross the sugar cane plantations or to climb the mountain on a horse’s back.

In La Romana, you can tour La Cueva de las Maravillas (Caves of Wonders, or Cave of Miracles, in English). The cave’s main attraction is represented by the ancient drawings you can admire on its walls.

Puerto Plata

The paradise city of Puerto Plata is a heaven for all types of tourists. Water sports enthusiasts find here the perfect conditions to fulfill their passion. Those who want to try their hands at am aquatic experience and explore the underground world will find in Puerto Plata professionally tailored tours.

Are you up for a deep-sea fishing excursion? Puerto Plata is the right place for it.

If you are looking for a relaxing spa day, book your spot with one of the wellness centers in Puerto Plata.

Punta Cana

Punta Cana is probably the hottest tourist spot in the country. The waves are ideal for surfers, the entertainment facilities attract golf lovers, party animals as well as families.
The things to do in Punta Cana range from horse riding adventures to pampering experiences in one of the numerous spas available in the area. If you are in for some gambling, try to win the big pot in one of their casinos. No matter what type of adventure you choose, you will certainly have fun.

Located in the Northern side of the country, on the Atlantic coast, the Samana peninsula with its long white sand beaches, dense tropical vegetation like the Haitises National Park, scenic waterfalls with crystal clear waters like El Limon, perfectly suitable for a refreshing swimming break after having crossed the rainforest, picturesque fishing villages like Las Terrenas, small surrounding islands inhabited by humpback whales makes a fascinating discovery.

Mildred H. Hagberg is a coder by profession. But he loves kayaking a lot. He is an adventure junkie and has participated in so many whitewater kayaking competitions. He loves writing on kayaking related topics and currently he is a regular contributor at Kayak Manual.

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How to Avoid Immigration Lines in UK

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While travelling from one country to another keep in mind that you must have to face long queues at the airports. Because at the busiest airports there are so many people who will be travelling at one time. So, in that case, the processing uses to get slowed down most of the time due to which passengers will have to wait for hours by standing in the queues. Keep in mind that queues will not only be at the passport control infect you might have to wait for your turn at the baggage counter that might become the reason of delaying the progress and will make you wait at the airport. Here in this article, we are discussing tips and tricks that will help you to avoid immigration lines at the UK airport.

Opt to Departure from Local Airport:

The first thing that you actually can do to avoid the heavy traffic and immigration lines is to take your flights from the smaller or local airport. Keep in mind that most of the people opt to take their flights from the main and busiest airport in the country due to which these airports are crowded. Actually, by visiting the smaller airports you will get a chance to avoid having immigration lines. But even then there is a possibility that you have to face some of the traffic while passing through the immigration control. People who use to face any difficulty at the airport regarding Visa issues, immigration issues, or flight delay should prefer to contact Immigration Solicitors near you.

Prefer to Use a Biometric Passport:

Another way to avoid the immigration lines is to use a biometric passport. Keep in mind that this type of passport is recently introduced in the UK. That’s why few people will have it. And it will help you to do the investigation as quickly as possible by the immigration officer. Because all your information will be stored in the biometric chip that will be present on your passport.

Arrive at the Airport In the Midday:

Another trick that you can implement while travelling through an airport is to arrive in the middle of the day. Actually, this will help you to avoid facing immigration lines, especially at the passport counter. Actually, it will be better if you will book the return ticket, especially when you will be travelling through the major UK airport.  And make sure that you book the flight that will land at the airport between the times of 10 am to 4 pm. Actually, during these time periods, you have to face less traffic at the airport that will help you to prevent traffic.

Sit at the Front in the Waiting Area:

Another trick that you should prefer to implement for avoiding the immigration lines is to sit at the front in the waiting area. That will help you to avoid the immigration line. People who just can’t avoid arriving busy airport time should prefer to implement this trick.  This will help you to get ahead of other passengers and stand at the front of the row of immigration lines that will also help you to save much of your time.

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4 Flight Booking Secrets that Can Save You Money

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People who are planning to travel during this holiday season should know that actually there are so many online platforms from where they can get air tickets at very reasonable rates. Obviously buying a ticket will be the most expensive thing in your entire travel plan. So you should opt to find out ways that will help you to book the tickets at very affordable rates. So many people use to believe in the myths that are related to buying cheap air tickets so you should know that all the myths are actually not true. But yes, there are some authentic ways to get the cheapest air tickets. Here in this article, we are discussing flight booking secrets that will help you to save money.

1. Opt for Booking the Flight 47 Days Before

So the first trick that you can implement for booking the Cheap PIA flight from Manchester to Lahore is to book it almost 47 days before you travel. In this way, you can get the air ticket at the cheapest possible rates. Some people use to think that it’s an untrue myth, but they are wrong. Actually, this is not a myth, it’s a fact obviously when you will book an air ticket 47 days earlier in this way you will get the cheapest possible air ticket.  This trick is really helpful for people who are planning to travel on a limited budget. It will help them to save a huge amount of money.

2. Don’t Forget to Clear Your Browser’s Cookies

Another trick that you can implement while searching the cheapest air ticket price is to clear your browser’s cookies. Most people keep on refreshing their browser window while hoping that the prices of the air tickets will get low. So, in that case, you should know that for this you have to delete the browser cookies first after that you will get a chance to lower down the prices in your search. Actually, most of the Airline websites prefer to use browser cookies that will help them to overall track the search of the buyers. So if you want to get the lowest price of air tickets, then opt to clear browser cookies every time you search it.

3. Try to Fudge Your Location To Get Cheap Air Tickets

Another trick that you can implement while searching for the cheap air ticket is to fudge your location. Keep in mind that airlines use to have different rates for different regions or areas. So you should prefer to avail that opportunity and try to fudge your location to avail the minimum price of the air ticket. Actually, you should know that you can get the cheap International tickets by fudging your location and choosing the country that will be under development or that will have lower standards of living. This will be the best possible trick that you can implement while booking the cheap air ticket.

4. Try to Book the Flight At Off-Peak Hours

Other than that you should prefer to travel in the off-peak hours. Because in this way you will get a chance to buy a cheap air ticket. Actually, the best time of the day when you can get cheap air tickets is between 5 a.m. to 7 a.m., or that would be even after 8 p.m. so try this trick to get the cheapest air ticket and save a huge amount of money.

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8 Tips to Remain Physically Healthy While Traveling Abroad

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Traveling, especially abroad, can be both fun and exhausting. The experiences you gain and the memories you take with you are matchless, yet sometimes, because of physical exhaustion, several consecutive extreme adventures, and other external factors, you may get sick.

Getting sick while you travel abroad is probably one of the most annoying things that could happen. Because of illness, you are hindered to do certain things, to visit some places and to try delicious delicacies. That’s just frustrating, and there’s a lot that you’d miss. That is why it is indeed essential for you to care for your good and healthy physical condition while you travel.

To help you prepare yourself so you can enjoy your time, here are 8 travel tips on staying healthy while you travel abroad:

#1: PACK LIGHT

You probably did not expect this, but the things you carry might affect your health. If you carry around heavy bags, your body might easily get tired and painful too. If you know that you’ll be walking around some places with your stuff necessarily, make sure that you pack light or bring a personal bag that isn’t heavy.

Heavy bags might hurt your back, your shoulders, and your neck. You might not be able to endure carrying them for a long time. You will not be able to fully enjoy activities if you have sore portions of your body caused by bearing weighty bags on your back or on your hand.

#2: WRAP YOURSELF

When an unexpected weather is your opponent, it’s hard to win. It can be sunny, windy, freezing cold or a mixture of unexplained emotions of the weather. Especially if you aren’t sure about it or if it is reportedly changing from time to time, be certain to pack safe clothes that will cover you very well whatever the weather may be.

Bringing clothes that expose your skin is alright if the place is really warm or hot, however, don’t prioritize bringing too much of them because it is more necessary to protect your skin from the heat of the sun. When it’s cold, on the other hand, you have to wrap yourself as well to resist the icy cold air. It’s hard to go out if it’s very cold and you’re unprepared.

Hotel rooms can also be very cold even when you adjust the air conditioner and even when you have big blankets. Bring and wear clothes that’ll keep you safe and secure.

#3: HIDE UNDER A MASK

Traveling to a place surrounded by trees and mountains is truly refreshing. In cities and crowded people, however, pollution of all kinds is present due to transportation, commercial buildings, and residences. Wear a mouth mask to shield yourself from hazardous fumes and dirty smoke. Doing this, you will also be able to guard yourself against communicable illnesses that strangers you encounter might have.

Meanwhile, if ever you yourself are already a bit sick, you will avoid spreading the illness to your loved ones as you wear a mouth mask. It will also help you avoid getting worse. It is better to be geared up and kept safe than defenseless.

#4: DRINK MEDICINES ON TIME

Drinking vitamins and multivitamins daily with proper diet is important for the body to remain in a good condition and to have excellent resistance from simple colds to severe illnesses. Bring your medicines when you travel. Don’t forget and don’t leave them at home because you’ll only be lucky if you can find and buy them in your place of travel. Especially, if your doctor has prescribed particular medications for specific health issues, be sure to consume them right on time.

#5: BE MINDFUL OF YOUR FOOD

When you travel to a specific country for the first time, you are excited to try a lot of new stuff and see beautiful places. You have the tendency to try a lot of foods and eat also even when your stomach is already full, and you call it a You-Only-Live-Once kind of thing.

Overeating is neither healthy nor practical. Make sure that you eat healthy and balanced even when you are enjoying a lot. Don’t be too reckless when choosing where to eat, and see to it that you take clean and nutritious foods that will give you energy throughout the whole travel and vacation. You won’t waste money if you buy foods which are good for you and that you will eat for real.

#6: EXERCISE IN A FOREIGN LAND

Just because you’re not at home or in a familiar place does not mean you cannot work your body out anymore. Surely, there are invigorating nature spots where you can jog, exercise and meditate while you breathe in awesome air of a foreign land.

Also, you can see and try how gyms there are different from your own land’s. Hotels have workout gyms too. If you don’t want to leave the hotel to exercise, you can just register and sweat off in their own gym.

The simplest thing you can do in your hotel room is to twist and stretch while looking outside your room’s window to see the spectacular overlooking view. It’s an even more motivating force for you to exercise.

If you want more extraordinary ways to exercise, go on adventures such as hiking, trekking, mountain climbing, swimming, and many others. Fall in love with the place and the extravagant nature as you have fun working out!

#7: MAINTAIN CLEANLINESS

Being healthy is also reflected by being clean. Maintain cleanliness everywhere you go and whatever you do. Be clean in the airplane, in the ship, and in wheeled vehicles. Be clean inside your hotel room, in museums, in malls, in parks and other places you visit. Don’t throw your trash just wherever; instead, learn to put them inside your bag or bring a portable trash bag with you or an alternative if there’s no trash bin present. This is for your good and in the same way, for others’.

When it comes to your body, observe proper hygiene. Take a bath well. Wash thoroughly before you go to bed from a long day of travel fun. Cleanliness is a shield against germs and dirty air too. Launder your clothes after and before using them again.

#8: SAVE ENERGY FOR THE NEXT DAY

Because being able to travel abroad is a significant event, you absolutely want to maximize your time and to make the most out of it. You are definitely willing to spend all your energy. While that’s great, you don’t really have to. You must save for the rest of your travel days.

Don’t exhaust yourself too much. Save some energy for tomorrow and the days after it. It won’t hurt if you rest when you’re already tired. You might regret being too hyped on the first few days if your body already feels worn out just on the fourth day of your 10-day travel.

You book a hotel room for a reason. Rest and take time to enjoy the soft and comfortable beds of your accommodation. Get enough proper sleep and recharge your whole body. An entire day of roaming around the city, visiting historic sites and watching cultural performances and many more is fulfilling and tiring without a doubt. How much more is a day of kayaking, surfing, caving, and other extreme adventures?! Tomorrow is certainly another day to travel and enjoy, so take care of yourself by not draining your body too much.

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TRAVEL & TAKE CARE!

When you visit other countries, there is a different atmosphere, different seasons, diverse people, innumerable places and many experiences to have. With all those is the risk for you to become sick since your body adjusts to the environment and weather or climate.

Prepare yourself and your things. Keep in mind these essential travel tips. Be responsible enough to look after your very own health so that you will enjoy your travel and spend an amazing time with yourself and with the people dear to you.

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