Why to visit Argentina?

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If you have a chance to visit Argentina and you are not sure if it is worth it, then read this article, and then make your final decision.

  • Tango – This dance is Argentina’s symbol and the passion of all the people living here.
  • Perito Moreno Glacier – It is one of the most incredible natural wonders in Argentina. The sight of this ice wall rising 74 meters out of the water is amazing. If you ever visit this country, you should not skip this place.
  • People are friendly – If you are looking for something or you do not speak their language, it is easy to find someone that will be happy to help you.
  • Iguazu falls – When Eleanor Roosevelt visited these, he said “Poor Niagara!” and there is a reason for that. These falls were established in 1984 as Natural World Heritage Site by UNESCO. This is one of the most frequented tourist sites in Argentina.
  • Festivals – This country has many wonderful festivals. The Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Film, Fashion Buenos Aires, La Rural are the few names of the many festivals that you can attend in this country.
  • Beef – This country has the world’s highest consumption rate of beef, at 65kg a year per capita.
  • Horses – Ponies actually have been a part of this country’s culture since the Argentine cowboys (gauchos) roamed the expansive fields of this country.

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Universal Studios Singapore

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Universal Studios Singapore is a theme park located within Resort World Sentosa in Sentosa Island, Singapore. It was a key component of Genting’s bid for the right to build a Singapore second integrated resort it is the second Universal Studio theme park in Asia (First in Japan), and the first in Southeast Asia. Universal Studios Singapore has since attracted more than 2 million visitors in the first 9 months from the opening.

Universal Studios Singapore is divided into 7 unique and fun zones, which are the Madagascar, the Palace of Far Far Away from the world of Shrek was the first in the world, The Lost World where you can find a world of Dinosaurs and Waterworld, Ancient Egypt – a world full of ancient Egyptian mummies, Sci-fi, a futuristic city and the last two zones are the famous city in America, Hollywood and New York. All these zones are equipped with amazing and interesting games, shows and ride. Besides, Universal Studios has prepared the amazing ‘Hollywood Breams Parade’ on every Saturdays, Sundays and selected holidays. Be amazed as the Hollywood Dreams blockbuster movie and beloved characters on magnificent floats that go beyond your imagination. There are a few packages for the entry to the theme park, you might want to check it out at the Universal Studios Singapore official website for more information. Anyway, it is SGD 74 for adult and SGD 54 for children from 4 to 12 years old for the One Day Pass. It might spend you a day to go through the whole theme park, so facilities, shopping and restaurants are well prepared in Universal Studios. There are more than 30 restaurants and food stores; gift and souvenir stores are located according to every theme in the park. Don’t forget to bring back some gift for your friends!

A taste of Thailand: experience the cuisine

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Thai cuisine needs no introduction, visit any town in the western world and you are likely to find a Thai restaurant within a short distance. Thai food in Thailand, however, is a whole new experience; as skilled as Thai chefs are in taking foreign food and putting a spin on it, traditional dishes are all about detail, balance and variety. The juxtaposition of hot, salty, sweet and sour flavors is what makes the food so special. As with many national dishes, Thai food reflects its country’s environment, culture and values. From street food to a la carte, the food of this Asian nation is full of flavor and ingenuity.

Back to basics

Traditional Thai cuisine is basic in terms of how quick and light preparation is, yet complex in terms of balancing the flavors. In most cases, the food has at least three or four elements of taste that come together to form a perfect blend to awaken the senses. Smell is just as important as taste and Thai dishes generally have a mild yet identifiable aroma which carries throughout the eating process and stays for some time after.

Thailand’s calling card to the rest of the world is Pad Thai. Though an infinite number of variations exist, the national dish comprises beansprouts, noodles, tofu and onion; the finishing touch is the sprinkling of peanuts that are ground almost to dust. Any other ingredients you decide to add, such as fish sauce, peanut sauce or chili oil, you can. The dish has raw ingredients not too dissimilar to those used in western dishes, but it is how they are cooked, the combination of flavors and the added extras, which transform the dish from toned-down to traditional Thai.

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Tom Yam Goong is the national aroma of Thailand due to the fragrant herbs used; lemongrass, lime leaves and shallots are the staple smells of the dish and chilies and fish sauce make the dish sing. Jumbo shrimp and mushrooms are the substance of the meal and the main tastes are hot and sour. Many Thai nationals have Tom Yam Goong as a starter, but it can also be served as a main dish if rice is added to bulk it up.

A quick and easy staple of the Thai eating experience is Kuay Tiew. No other dish will test you chopstick skills as much as noodle soup; slurping on the liquid broth is inevitable. There are countless ways in which noodle soup can be served, which makes it one of the most versatile of the more popular Thai dishes. The noodles are usually thin and broad and the substance of the dish is meat of any kind. The most popular meats are duck, chicken, beef, pork and seafood, not too different from the traditional meat staple foods of the western world.

Market meetings

No culinary-inspired trip to Thailand would be complete without a visit to one of their world renowned food markets. Talaats, as they are known, are a fundamental part of Thai life and families and friends gather here to purchase food, dine at their favorite vendor or just kick back and munch on a deep fried snack.

You can’t get more of an authentic Thai food experience than visiting the country’s largest and most famous market, Damnoen Saduak. Though the prices are higher than elsewhere and the place is flooded with tourists and locals alike by the time it opens its gates, the floating market gives a fantastic taste of the old river life and a chance to pick up some great souvenirs. As well as being faced with a magnificent array of fabulous new foods, you are encouraged to hire a sampan to explore the surrounding canals.

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The Railway Track Market in Samut Songkhram is definitely worth a visit. A 40 minute drive south-west of Bangkok, this crazy and chaotic market straddles a working rail track and stalls are rolled out of harm’s way eight times a day. You can find every type of Thai food here and are able to hire a guide to ensure you make the most of the experience.

On the streets

Thailand is well known for its street food and many who visit return home with stories to tell about what exotic item they have purchased and eaten from a road vendor. Most new experiences will invariably involve an insect of some kind; many street vendors sell deep fried locusts, bamboo worms and even snake heads. Finger food in Thailand isn’t all about insect eating however, there are many foods sold on the street that are more acceptable to the western pallet.

Som Tam (papaya salad) is one of the most popular street food dishes. Fresh, flavorsome and most importantly, fast; Som Tam is a sweet, sour, salty and spicy concoction of shredded papaya, tomatoes, shrimp, garlic, peanuts and chili peppers. The flavor combination may well be like nothing you have tasted before, but it is refreshing and will leave you wanting more. The majority of Thais’ like their Som Tam extremely spicy, so ask for a milder version if you are new to this delicacy.

Moo Ping is a grilled pork skewer that is widely available from street food vendors. Grilled meats in general are popular and you will often find chicken is available as well as the more adventurous varieties, such as buffalo. Each vendor will have their own type of marinade, but it is usually sweet and garlic tasting. Again, the raw ingredients themselves are common in the western world; it is how they are cooked, served and seasoned that makes them truly Thai.

Cooking schools are popular in Thailand with both locals and tourists who are eager to create their own unique dishes. Pattaya is a large city and offers many culinary classes, some of which are overseen by the top chefs in the country. Be sure to make time for a stopover in Pattaya for a food festival or a cooking class and then travel on to one of the smaller towns for an authentic dining experience. Sitting on the floor and eating with your right hand is the traditional Thai way.

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Thai food is well worthy of its reputation as one of the world’s greatest cuisines. Intricacy, texture, color and taste are vital components of any Thai dish and, much more than this, many of the ingredients are used for medicinal purposes in addition to the flavor they bring. Whatever your taste, be sure not to miss sampling at least one or two traditional dishes on your next visit to Thailand.


Netherlands, Worth to visit

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This is the country of Van Gogh, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Hals. If you can afford to visit this country, wait no more. Here is a list of reasons why you should visit it:

1. Amsterdam. The capital city of this country has certainly a lot to offer. You can learn a lot about this country’s history by taking a tour of the Begijnhof, the Oede Kerk and the Royal Palace. You can also learn a lot about the other cultures by visiting Fo Guang Shan Buddhist temple and the Portuguese Synagogue. You can visit the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum and Stedelijk Museum. You can find the Anne Frank House, the NEMO Science Museum housed in a sheep and the Bijbels Museum which is focused on the Bible. These are just some of the many things you can see in Netherland’s capital city.

2. Food and beer – You should sample the Dutch specialties and the Dutch beer. You can find diverse range of food available, including Surinam and Indonesian, Spanish, Turkish and many others.

3. Old towns. If you like history, you should visit the old towns of Delft and Leiden. They have stunning views of the old days just like the paintings by Johannes Vermeer.

4. Parks. You can find many wide open spaces in this country to rest from the long walks. Vondelpark is one of the most popular parks in this country located in Amsterdam.

Why to visit Germany

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Germany is a country with rich history and a country that has a lot of things worth visiting. This country is the home of Beethoven and Back and it boasts around 300 theatres, 630 art museums and 130 professional orchestras. If you are art-lover, then this is the country you should visit.

German is the primary language but a lot of the population speak English as-well which makes it easy for the visitors to communicate. The Germans are friendly and they will answer all of your questions. Germany is divided into 16 diverse states and each region has different food and drink specialties. This is great place to experience adrenaline rush since this country is the home of the high performance cars. You can rent a car for a drive on the autobahn, where there are no speed limits.

One of the most popular events in Europe is Oktoberfest which is held in Munich. If you attend this beer fest you will meet people from all over the world. The food you get in Germany is different than the food in many other countries. You get served a huge plate full of food and not some stylishly decorated little morsel. There is something interesting for everyone, if you are going here with kids, or even if you are going alone, you should take a look at Europa Park which is the 2nd most popular theme park resort in Europe after Disneyland in Paris.

Why to visit Switzerland

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Switzerland is known for the banks but there are many other reasons why you should visit this country. If you want to explore something new and have fun, then you should visit it. There are many snow-capped mountains and the Swiss Alps are the most famous mountains in Switzerland. If you visit this country during the winter, this is the place you should go to. There are 16 lakes that you can visit during any time of the year. All of them are looking great and the view is amazing. There are also rivers that have bathing spots. Punting is popular in Bern and Basel with Many locals commuting to work this way.

The most visited place in Switzerland is Rhine Falls. It is Europe’s largest waterfall. It is 75ft high and is a sight you should not miss fi you visit Switzerland, especially in the summer. It is recommended to visit the 36.000 square foot Masoala Rainforest Hall in Zurich. It is recreation of a real rainforest in Madagascar, where you can see wildlife, ferns, insects, rubber trees and even fish you would find on the small island off the coast of Africa. This country does not have a lot of history but there are many different buildings that you can visit and find amazing. Their technology is up to date so you can feel the difference when you are there.

Preparing to Travel Abroad

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Traveling abroad is an exciting adventure that many people don’t get a chance to experience. However, your dream vacation can quickly turn into a nightmare if you don’t properly prepare for your international trip. Thankfully, the following tips will help ensure your travel goes as smoothly as possible.

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• Ensure your passport is up-to-date and not expired. Most countries will not allow you in if your passport is expired. Since a passport can take months to renew, take care of it as soon as possible or your trip aboard my need to be postponed.

• Choose reputable and trusted accommodation, such as PPA villa holiday properties. Make sure to read reviews from previous customers. This will help you determine which place you should stay as well as ge a good idea of what to expect during your stay.

• Make sure your vaccines are up-to-date. Some countries will refuse entry if you don’t have proof of proper immunization against various diseases like malaria and yellow fever. It’s a good idea to verify which vaccinations are necessary for the location you are traveling too. If you are not sure about what shots you have received, consult with your doctor.

• Contact your credit card company and bank. Some financial institutes become suspicious when credit or debit cards are used overseas and will freeze your account. And nothing can ruin your vacation worse than not having access to your funds. That is why it is important that you notify your financial institutes of where and when you will be traveling.

• Make copies of important documents, especially your passport. This is simply a precaution in case something happens to your identification and passport. That way you’ll have some documentation that identifies yourself. Keep the copies in your suitcase.

• Create an itinerary and share it with your family back home. This will give them a good idea of when and where you are. That way, if there is an emergency they can more easily get a hold of you. Also, if a catastrophe happens at the destination you are traveling to, it can ease the minds of your family knowing that you are not in the middle of the devastation.

• Take and protect your photos. Photos is a great way to document your adventure and will allow you to look back on them fondly for years to come. However, things can happen — such as a lost camera or damaged memory card — that could result in complete loss of the irreplaceable photos. If, however, you get a free or paid account with a online photo gallery, you can periodically transfer your photos there where they will be safe until you can retrieve them.

Why to visit Austria?

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The unique thing that you can hear here is yodeling. It is unique form of singing that everyone finds interesting. The earliest yodel was recorded in the middle of 16th century and this tradition continues to this day. If you are interested in Mozart, Schubert, Strauss or Beethoven, then you can learn a lot more about them in this country. If you are big fan of classical music, then you already know that the best orchestra in the entire world is the Vienna Philharmonic.

You cannot miss the Alps if you ever visit this country. The Austrian Alps are the country’s most popular tourist destination and the main reason why tourists come here. That is why there are more visitors during the winter.

The Austrian food is something you have to taste if you ever visit this country. It is a lot more than just wiener schnitzels and apple strudels, even they are both delicious. There are many delicacies that you should try and if you like eating sweets, then you should try the delicious type of chocolate cake – Sarchertorte. Austrians are making wine and brewing beer for a very long time and some of the traditional coffee houses in Vienna are some of the oldest in the world. Viennese coffee is something very delicious, made of two shots of espresso, whipped cream and chocolate sprinkles.

Top places to visit in America

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America is one of the richest continents and probably the most developed compared to all others since most of the technology is made there. But besides that, America has a lot of nice places that traveler addicts should visit. The Americans have heard of all these, but the other people probably not. Here is a list of some great places that everyone should visit whenever there is a chance to do so.

  1. Yosemite National Park, California. It is celebrating its 150th birthday this year. This park was originally protected by President Abraham Lincoln’s signing in 1864. It became a national park in 1890.
  2. Jersey Shore. The Sandy Castle project started as an idea in February to help Point Pleasant Beach and the greater Jersey Shore community recovers from the effects of Superstorm Sandy.
  3. Las Vegas. A city built on gambling and entertainment. It is expanding into other activities designed to attract visitors. Though it may not be ideal for those seeking an enriching cultural experience, Sin City is a great getaway if you’re looking to escape the real world — however innocently or as excessively as you choose.
  4. New York City. Museum-strolling, opera-watching, bar-hopping — the sheer number of things to do in the Big Apple puts most of its U.S. peers to shame.
  5. Jackson Hole. It is perfect place for the nature-lovers. Whether you’re skiing at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort or snapping photos of the residents at the National Elk Refuge, you’ll be in awe of what this destination has to offer.