Lighter Side Of Wow

Brazil: Ditch the Drive, Time to Fly

Brazil is the fifth largest country in the world by area. Most people may not realize it is so big because the maps we have seen our entire life stretch everything in the north and south but places on the equator are just right. This means you are not going to fly in and drive around to all the sights in 10 days. From Rio de Janeiro to Salvador is just under 1700 km and will take 26 hours to drive. That will start to eat up those 10 days of vacation fast.

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Unless you plan on planting yourself in one place, this is a country that needs flying. Like the Frank Zappa quote goes “You can’t be a real country unless you have a beer and an airline – it helps if you have some kind of football team, or some nuclear weapons, but in the very least you need a beer.” Brazil has three of the four with several beers, a football team that has much to answer for after the 2014 world cup and a really good airline called TAM to reach all corners of Brazil.

TAM Airlines

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You can go beach hopping in the north from Natal to Salvador. Explore the Amazon basin from Manaus. Hit the city nightlife in Rio. Get soaked at Iquazu Falls or all of the above. If you ditch the driving fantasy and stick to the skies it is possible. Remember, big country, very far to drive, get on a plane!

Rio

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It won’t be everything in one trip. You will be back. The first time will only tantalize you to come back. You will come back because no one can resist the beauty.

It would be a lifetime to see everything in Brazil. Watching the seasons change in each of the unique regions. Sampling how Carnival in Rio is different from Salvador, Sao Paulo and Florianopolis will take at least four years alone. There is too much to see and experience to be wasting time driving. Flying around Brazil is the only way.

Carnival

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Seven Unusual Things To Do In Australia

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So, you’re planning a trip down under, but you have no idea what to do or where to go. You’d like something a little different to the run-of-the-mill activities, and most of the stuff you’ve found online doesn’t seem to be that adventurous. Well, fear not, as there are so many unforgettable things to do and see in Australia. Here we outline the top seven unique things to do:

Take a breather in Uluru

Everybody finds the need to escape now and then, and it’s often while traveling that one comes across these places of retreat and refuge. Uluru (also known as Ayers Rock) is a massive sandstone rock formation that is considered to be one of Australia’s most famous natural landmarks .This empty plain is the perfect place to reconnect with nature and to recover some inner peace. Filled with rock formations, it’s full of aboriginal history and culture, with rock caves and ancient paintings abounding. The rick was created over 600 million years ago, and is a 10 kilometre walk on a flat path.

Get an aerial view of white sandy beaches

Fly over serene waters and white sands, as you board a helicopter and take in aerial views of the most gorgeous beaches Australia has to offer. You’ll get to fly over Whitehaven beach, which stretches 7 kilometres along Whitsunday island. Famous for its white sands, this beach is the perfect spot for a romantic stroll or a leisurely picnic. An interesting fact is that the sand does not retain heat, so it won’t burn your feet on really hot days like regular beach sand does. The sand is made up of silica, which comes mostly from quartz (a type of rock).

Swim with dolphins

This is an utterly exhilarating experience, and one certainly not to be missed, as you’ll swim with bottlenose dolphins in their natural environment, the ocean. Alternatively, you can go whale-watching at Moreton Bay.

If you’re a water baby, there are so many other adventures to be had in Australia, like white water rafting, surfing, sailing, diving, snorkeling and tons more.

Tour an island…

Rottnest Island has a rather unfortunate name, but it’s a scenic little piece of heaven and is not to be missed. This quiet and secluded location is home to gorgeous, white sandy beaches and wildlife such as seals and quokka.

Go on a balloon flight at sunrise
Float over Melbourne as you take in the vibrant streets and buildings of the city, view the various parks, and watch the stunning rising of the sun.

Visit a theme park

For a day infused with marine-life, visit Sea World for non-stop rides and shows. There are so many things to keep you entertained, including Dinosaur Island, where you will get an interactive prehistoric experience. Encounter the King penguin, the world’s second largest penguin species, or take in the awe-inspiring view of Shark Bay. You can also see polar bears at the theme park’s Polar Bear Shores. Exciting rides include the Sea Viper, an exhilarating roller coaster ride, and Jet Rescue, where you can zoom around on a jet ski around rock pools.

Visit the Crown Casino in Melbourne

This is Australia’s largest casino and is open 24 hours a day, which ensures non-stop entertainment for all who visit. The casino, which is located on the south bank of the Yarra River, offers a multitude of games, including blackjack, craps, poker, baccarat and roulette. There are over 3,500 poker machines to play on, and once players grow tired of the games, they can always make their way to the many restaurants available. There’s a Groove Live Bar and Terrace with live acoustic music, as well as stand-up comedians. Indulge in cocktails at Lumia, or go to Crown Sports Bar to drink beer with friends.

Be sure to take your credit card with, as this will allow you to enjoy the same level of secure banking at Euro Palace

Top 10: Brisbane

 

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Brisbane is a diverse city that can offer you with so many things which can make your trip to this location great. There are so many great activities in which you can engage in Brisbane. There are many popular activities in which you can get engaged if you are getting a chance to visit this amazing place. Understand these activities and try to choose so that you can make your trip to Brisbane memorable.

Climbing Brisbane Story Bridge

The Story Bridge of Brisbane may not be as popular as Harbor bridge of Sydney but it obviously provides you a great spot for viewing the city in a beautiful perspective. This is a bridge which is built over Brisbane river connection CBD to Southbank district. It is one among three bridges in the world which has got an option for climbing. You can enjoy climbing at Dawn, Day, Twilight and at night. Climbing is not a huge adventure, it is made very simple so that people of all ages and with various fitness levels can climb this bridge. 

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The Best Places To Visit In Dubai

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Dubai, which is located in the United Arab Emirate, has the glitziest, widest and the tallest building on earth called Burj Khalifa. Here, you will find the world’s fastest lift. You can carry your camera and take the spectacular view during sunset where you get to see the city both at night and day from the top of the building. From manmade islands, underwater hotels to buildings artistically structured, Dubai is the ideal city for travelers looking for a luxurious vacation.

Stop at Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding and eat a great breakfast or brunch with a twist. It’s an amazing place for cross-cultural understanding just like the name suggests. If you have any questions about Islam, this is the right place to get the correct answers. You also have a chance to buy a camel chocolate on your way out.

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Motorcycle Vietnam – The Great Four Passes in the North

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“The Great Four Passes” is the name adventurous travellers in Vietnam called for the four most dangerous but full of wild beauty passes in the west north of Vietnam. They are: Ma Pi Leng Pass, Pha Din Pass, O Quy Ho Pass, Khau Pha Pass. These are “the most wanted to conquer passes” of motorcycle travellers seeking for adventure in Vietnam. These passes were famous for not only the spectacular beauty but also the high challenges, and even the tragic accident.

Mã Pí Lèng Pass

Mã Pí Lèng is a mountain pass connecting between Dong Van and Meo Vac town in Ha Giang Province, with the length approximates to 20 kilometers, at an altitude of above 1,500 meters compared with sea level. The pass has many twists and turns, with high cliffs on one side, steep abyss river were right next to the other side of the road. Dangerous, but the pass is also full of dramatic landscape. The time for the trip should be around September when rice terraces in ripen season or in late October to early November when “tam giac mach” flowers blooming all over the fields make a beautiful scenery.

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Get Your Ducks in a Row: 3 Tips for Canadians Travelling to the United States

The United States is a close neighbour and likely travel destination for Canadians. Knowing the border entry basics is important to avoid delays or denial. Nothing ruins a holiday like being told you aren’t welcome in the country.

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#1 Get Your Passport

First thing is to make sure you have a valid Canadian passport. There was a time when Canadian could enter the US with just your driver’s license. Those days are long gone. Everyone needs a passport. Making sure it is still valid is something to check into while you still have a chance to renew or reapply if it expired a few years ago. Be careful too, it is expiring soon. Most countries don’t like people travelling on passports that have less than 6 months remaining before they expire.

Getting a passport for Canadians isn’t as difficult at it use to be. Line ups aren’t nearly as long and the processing requirements are less. If you don’t live in a major city you will probable need to mail in your paperwork so allow extra time in the application process. Don’t forget to look suitably miserable for your passport picture, everyone else does.

#2 Know Your Past

Not everyone has lived a squeaky clean life. Minor talks with the police may have left a mark on your permanent record. At the border, they will be checking. What may seem like a minor incident here in Canada can be viewed as a reason to deny you at the border. If you know there is something on your record or aren’t sure, don’t use the border as a way to find out for sure. Ending up on a no entry list will stick with you for a long time.

Check before you go. If there is something from your past you may be able to get a US entry waiver. This will smooth over the border process. It may not be possible to clear your record but your vacation plans won’t be ruined.

#3 Are Those Your Kids?

The family vacation includes the kids. Crossing the border can have some sticky bits. Border protection watches for children that shouldn’t be crossing the border especially if they are travelling with only one parent. If you have custody arrangements that are informal or formal or even if only one of you is travelling it is good to have all your paperwork with you. Contact information for the other parent and make sure they know where you are going with the kids is also a good idea. This can seem excessive but it is to protect children as you would want your protected in an emergency.

Bonus Tip: People are Doing Their Job

Busy holiday times can make the waits at border long. The people working at the border are doing their job and they are protecting their country. They want to do it right. This can take time and they probably aren’t picking on you specifically. Be patient. Have your paperwork ready and keep things simple. You want to get to the good part of the holiday not take extra time at the border.