The Road Trip Report

Beyond Booking: Australia and New Zealand

Down under, beneath the rest of earth lies two big countries made up completely of islands, one of which is considered to be its own continent. Many would like to head down here, but few do as they say because flights from North America or much longer to Australia and New Zealand than to anywhere else in the world. That’s why for this article I will be including notable flights operated from various locations across Canada and the United States as well as the five main categories from before. Hope you’re ready to experience life below as I will show you some of the best places to visit in Australia and New Zealand.

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Beyond Booking: Canada

Canada is the world’s second largest country, but is almost half empty. When most think of Canada they think of a place north of America with nothing that exciting. Well think again because Canada has loads to offer and is also my home country. If you’ve read some of my other posts you may learn I have not explored it much, but I have learned lots from freinds so here is my second article in my “beyond booking” series on my beautiful homeland of Canada.

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Beyond Booking: Italy

First off I would like to apologize on behalf of not posting anything in over a month. I have been on summer holidays taking courses, and going on trips, so I have not really had a lot of time but i’m back with a new series”beyond booking”

It’s focus is to go more in depth on the places to visit. Once you’ve booked a trip to a area, like say Italy,(which is what we will be discussing in this article) you know you’re going to the boot, but do you know what part of the boot. That’s what this article will focus so I will list around 5 different places in Italy(usually Cities) and be explaining five different categories about those places. If I have visited the place, I will put in asterisk beside the place name.

-How to get there

-Getting around the city

-attractions to do

-restaurants

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Top 100 places that will change your life(spirit)

As I continue my articles on National Geographic “100 places that will change your life” magazine recently I posted an article about great places to volunteer. Now I will be explaining the next 25 places from that magazine. Now we look at places where you can visit and reflect on your spirit. These places will involve lots of adventure and spiritual possibility.

Here is my list of the top 25 places that will change your life(spirit)

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25(75): Retreat to Esalen, California.

The Esalen Institute is a great place to retreat whether you want a vacation full of adventure, or relaxation. Located along California 1 between Los Angeles and San Francisco, the Esalen Institute is the perfect place to explore spiritual possibilities.

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24(74): Cruise the Nile.

Embark on a cruise that takes you to all the historical spots of ancient Egypt. From Tutankhamen’s tomb to the goddess of Isis, this cruise is sure to give you the perfect lesson on the Egyptians and their cultures.

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23(73):Pray in Taizé France.

Built during World War II to provide spiritual service to Europeans, Taizé is a small monastery near Dijon, which focuses on bringing young Christians to take religious school and pray. For clarification non-Christians aren’t allowed.

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22(72): Climb Virunga Volcanoes, Central Africa.

One of the only mountain ranges made completely of volcano’s, located at the border of three different countries. You can take a 2 hour long hike up Mount Karisimbi, and take the view in with you as you can see three countries above along with the other mountains.

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21(71):Be awed by Kakadu National Park, Australia.

The wild that has been inhabited by Humans for over 50,000 years? Located in the Northern Territory in Australia near Darwin, this park has many aboriginal paintings, made on rocks, this park is the exact place to enjoy the wilderness as well as learn the history of the area.

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20(70):Experience Victoria Falls, Zambia/Zimbabwe.

This location does not need much description, because most already know. It is simply the largest waterfall in the world, located on the border between the two countries that start with Z, and is referred to as the prettiest place in the world.Image result for cliff palace

 

19(69):Discover ancestral Puebloan ruins, Colorado

Ever wanted to learn about the lives of the Pueblo people? Cliff Palace in Colorado is the perfect place. Located in Mesa Verde National Park, the castle has a unique experience for learning about the ways of the Pueblo People from the early 1300s.

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18(68): Walk the Camino de santiago, Spain.

A long time ago pilgrims from all over Europe took the path to the city of Santiago de Compostella, to visit the cathedral. The path still remains today and most people start from the french border, and take the month long journey to, with many pilgrim hostels to stop at along the way.

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17(67):Be dazzled by ancient temples, Myanmar.

Myanmar(Burma) is home to over 2,000 temples and the city of Bagan is a perfect place to visit to learn Buddhist traditions. There are many great temples there with carved doorways, glinting altars and murals. Of all the temples though, Shwedagon Pagoda (pictured above)is the one that stands out most. It is considered to be the birthplace of the Buddha himself.

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16(66):Gaze upon the stars, Atacama Desert, Chile.

The Atacama desert is very mixed terrain. While there are very flat parts of it, there are also volcanoes that can go up to 20,000 feet. It is known for being one of the best spots to stargaze. It’s so good even NASA tests mars rovers on this area.

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15(65): Celebrate Easter in Lalibela, Ethiopia.

Lalibela is a small village in Ethiopia home to 11 orthodox churches, all from volcanic explosions. The churches are still being used by priests, nuns and worshipers especially on Easter,  when a massive feast takes place at all the churches to celebrate the risen Christ.

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14(64): Celebrate the spring equinox, Teotihuacan, Mexico.

The multitudes celebrate the sundown to celebrate the beginning of spring. You can join in on their festivities. Chant, sing, pray, whatever you like during this festival. The festival takes place in honor of the temple which rises above the rest of Teotihuacan and is to have been placed in its spot by the sun at its zenith.

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13(63): Encounter a pristine Marine Reserve, Pitcairn Islands.

This island is small, and so it;s no surprise most don’t even know it exists. Though many do know it for being home of descendants of the HMS bounty, a ship that was attacked and floated into this island. In 2015 National Geographic voted to create a no-take marine reserve around the four islands that make the Pitcairn archipelago. Thus protecting over 300,000 square miles off the surrounding reefs including 40-mile reef.

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12(62): Perform a Buddhist pilgrimage, Shikoku, Japan.

Travel back to the early ninth century to the time of monk, Kobo Daishi in 88 temples across the Island of Shikoku. And if your’e a true pilgrim, you would be willing to take the “walk of life” which takes you all around the island, and gives you a chance to see all of its mountainous regions.

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11(61): See the ohrid icons, Macedonia.

Lake Ohrid is know for its beaches and watersports, but many have taken trips there to visit the orthodox churches and Byzantine-style icons.

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10(60): Feel the magic of Milford Sound, New Zealand.

The beautiful land of Milford sound is full with waterfalls, rain forests, whales and penguins that some say magic created this natural landscape.

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9(59): Study Iyengar yoga in India.

The Ramamani Iyengar Memorial yoga institute in Pune, India,  accepts people from all over the world who spend long hours practicing Iyengar Yoga, a traditional excersize from India.

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8(58): Drink in Lourdes, France.

Roman catholics come from all over to the chapel pictured above, so that they can drink or bathe from the infamous grotto spring that is believed to heal you.

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7(57): Explore the temples of Angkor Wat, Cambodia.

This doesn’t need much explanation. You simply explore the famous temples from the 15th century that once ruled the Khmer empire.

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6(56): See the sun set in Isla de soL, Bolivia.

The inca people believe that the Isla de sol is home to their sun god. You can watch the sun set from the island on the Lighthouse as it goes sets beneath the Andes and Lake Titicaca.

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5(55): Marvel at Croatia’s Plitvice Lakes.

There might be any place that is more “fantastical”(as described by J.R.R Tolkein) in the world. It simply is a wonderland housing many waterfalls and lakes.

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4(54): Explore the Badlands, South Dakota.

The Badlands have been around for over a million years. While it was once a great sea it vanished away and created the badlands long before humans existed. The landscape is different from anywhere else in the world and that is why it has been attracting humans, espically during the night when you can see a full moon.

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3(53): Climb to the monasteries of Meteora, Greece.

Situated on pillars on top of a mountain the Eastern orthodox monasteries were built in the 14th and 16th century and serve as a big spot for Greek Pilgrims. Pilgrims from all over can go and climb up the hills to visit the few monasteries that remain standing today.

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2(52): Hike the Annapurna Circuit, Nepal.

Opened in 1977, this hike was meant for foreigners to enter Nepal, and has since become a spot for spectacular scenery. Prayer Flags, Hindu Temples, Buddhist monasteries, forests and hot springs are along this pathway making it the most entertaining of all the ones on this list.

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1(51):Marvel at the Makgadikgadi Pans, Botswana.

A lake once rumbled on this land, but dissolved millions of years ago.Now the Makgadikagadi Pans are just a flat desert with nothing but a few trees. Many adventures come here to explore the 6,000 square-mile area and to spot wildlife too, as well as the zebra migration in winter.

That’s part 2 of my list on the top 100 places that will change your life. Hope you enjoyed this article and that you would like to take one of these journeys.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top 100 places that will change your life(soul)

Recently National Geographic realized in one of their Magazines the top 100 places that will change your life. Of those 100 places NG split them up 4 sections of 25, each of which “change your life” for the same reasons. The 4 sections were: Mind, which were places where you can learn about things, you probably wouldn’t be able to learn any where else;Body, which are places that involve lots of physical adventure; Spirit, which are places you can participate in cultural events that probably don’t exist in your hometown, and Soul which is what this article will be about. It focuses on places where you can volunteer to help one another.

In this world, people who live in wealthy countries don’t ever realize what the rest of the world could be like. Not only that, but Humans are destroying the environment, and some may have no idea. There are many Animal Species that are endangered, and need to be protected by humans, but also many humans are in need of basic resources that we use everyday. In this article well be taking a look at some of the places where you can help preserve wildlife, or give basic resources to the poor of the poor.

Here’s the top 24 places that need your help volunteering.

Courtesy: National Geographic

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25(100): Research Dolphins in Belize

Considered one of the most friendliest animals, Bottelnose Dolphins are very well known for their behavior around humans. But how about without us around them? Well you can find that out in Belize. Off the coast of Belize City, you can take a  night trip to study Dolphins with real aquatic researchers.

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24(99): Protect Biodiversity in Madagascar.

Who here has seen the movie named after the Country in which four animals escape central park zoo to go to what ends up as Madagascar, and the four soon find out that the lemurs on the island get hunted by the “foosa”. Well humans might be the real foosa. By partnering with local communities, you can take hikes to the rain forests, and help the wildlife by doing things like planting food, digging water holes, and learn how to farm without destroying their habitat.

 

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23(98): Rebuild Homes in Nepal.

In the Himalayan regions, earthquakes happen as much as rainfalls may in your hometown. While it is very uninhabited, peoples homes always get destroyed, and Habitat for Humanity needs your help to rebuild homes. You can volunteer and help clear ruble from the earthquake and rebuild homes in Nepal.

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22(97):Play host at Yellowstone National Park.

Yellowstone National Park is one of the largest National parks in the world, and will stay that way thanks to the Yellowstone Forever organization. Now you can volunteer to help be a guide and teach kids about the park. The program lasts from 1 day to three weeks, and sure to give kids their wild side.

21(96): Be a potter for peace in Nicaragua.

The charity organization Potters for Peace has been searching through rural Nicaragua to find every potter. Now you can join them. PFP will allow you to spend a day learning pottery with a local potter.  Sometimes you can also help dig up wells to provide water for the poor in Nicaragua.

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20(95): Swing a hammer for a better big easy.

New Orleans is a very famous, yet old city, but in 2003 Hurricane Katrina hit it, and the city is still recovering. Habitat for Humanity is allowing people to help volunteer and rebuild peoples houses. Please note that the head supervisors take this seriously, and expect you to play by the rules of a construction site.

19(94): Teach English in Romania.

Romania is a country that is still improving since its dictator days have ended.  You can volunteer to help teach English to kids in Brasov in the Transylvania Region, and also help the locals improve their language skills.

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18(93): Being a healthcare volunteer in Delhi India.

Delhi is the largest city in the world that is not on an island, with 24 million people. It is a very popular tourist destination,  with attractions like the Red Fort and Humayun’s Tomb. But what many don’t realize is that many of the citizens(specifically children)  don’t have good access to health care, and die at a really young age. Well now there are programs which you can volunteer to help provide health care to young children in Delhi.

17(92): Care for elephants in Chiang Mai.

Ever wanted to look after an elephant like your pet,  well know you can. At the Elephant Nature Park, 45 minutes north of Chiang Mai, you can volunteer to help preserve the Elephants in the area. Sometimes you can overnight on the reserve and get to hear the elephants blow their horns at dusk.

 

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16(91): Rehabilitate Primates in Indonesia

The island of Borneo is home to many Orangutans, and the Orangutan Foundation International(OFI) is allowing you to take tours and help save the Orangutans. You can foster parent a baby during your three month hike, and feed it and learn its characteristics. Long term volunteers can also help build nests for the primates, and carry them around.

15(90): Monitor Puffins in Maine

The Puffins were thought to have been wiped out off the Gulf of Maine, but came back 100 years later. Now the National Audubon society has started a campaign know as “Project Puffin” with a goal to preserve Puffins in the local Area. You can help volunteer in the summer, and look after a Puffin for three days.

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14(89): Restore trails in Torres del Paine National Park.

Torres del Paine National Park is one of the most visited National Parks in the world. However it is almost to visited that it needs care. You can help team up with the park rangers and fix up the eroded sections while enjoying Natures beauty.

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13(88): Teach Children in Nairobi.

Nairobi has an estimated quarter of a million people, and the majority of those people live in shacks. Many of those people don’t have a good education, and overcrowded classrooms can result in people quiting. Two organizations allow people(mostly qualified teachers) to go down to Kenya and teach the kids.

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12(87): Promote HIV/AIDS Awareness in Cambodia.

In Cambodia HIV/AIDS is a very sensitive topic in Cambodia. Global Service Corps, a Charity is sending people to Cambodia to train teachers to teach kids about the disease in the country so that more people can be aware of it.

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11(86): Track Hawks in San Francisco California

In the marin headlands near San Francisco, you can assist the Golden Gate raptor observatory in counting, banding and measuring raptors during their migration.

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10(85): Farm in Rural Australia.

Ever wondered what its like farming in a really rural area, well now’s your chance. For 4-6 hours a day, you can help with weeding, fencing and cheesemaking for lodging and meals on a ranch in the outback in Australia.

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9(84): Further Science in the Galapagos Islands.

Charles Darwin had always stated the Galapagos Islands were the best place to visit in the world. They still are today, and you can help preserve the wildlife there by doing many things from studying the behavior of species on the island to fund scientific research.

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8(83): Monitor Whale Sharks in Baja California.

Help us to preserve the world’s largest fish in the Gulf of California. The Baja California is a hot spot for Biodiversity, and has more Whale Sharks than any other area in the world. Therfore this a great experience to learn about marine life along with exploring the big blue sea.

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7(82): Volunteer at the Cheetah conservation fund, Namibia.

Cheetahs are Africa’s most endangered cat, and need to be preserved. In Otjiwarango, Namibia the Cheetah Conservation Fund is allowing people to volunteer to go on a reserve and help preserve the Cheetahs.

6(81): Conserve Coral Reefs, Mauritius.

At both Blue Bay Marine Park and Pointe d’ensy Lagoon in Mauritius, could use a hand. You can take a trip to the Island and help with many, from cleaning beaches to monitoring mangroves, there is a lot you can do on these trips that last from 1 week to 6 months.

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580): Help Conserve Marine Life in Plettenberg Bay, South Africa.

Located Between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth, Plettenberg Bay is known for it’s beautiful beaches and marine life consisting of Dolphins, Humpback Whales, Southern Right Whales and Great White Sharks. You can volunteer to help conserve these animals by fish tagging, fin profiling, and removing alien species from ocean research. This is yet another great to learn about marine life along with helping conserve them.

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4(79): Track Koalas in the bush in Victoria, Australia.

Otway National Park in Australia is Koala Country. Though many trees in their forests are being cut down, pushing them into smaller spaces, which can lead to dangerous overgrazing of the native tree species. You can help scientists gather information on Koala behavior by tracking the little Marsupials and measuring the health of the forest.

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3(78): Rescue Sea Turtles in Costa Rica.

Commercial fishing, coastal development and humans harvesting eggs are just some of the many threats to Sea Turtles. Very few Sea Turtles manage to live a full life because of pollution. You can help to volunteer to save these Sea Turtles. Conduct with nightly patrols along the beaches of Tortugero National Park, one of the most important turtle nesting sites in North America.

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2(77): Save the Cross River Gorillas in Cameroon.

The cross river Gorillas population has been threatened by many human activities, and could be extinct sometime soon. Visit the Lebialem Highlands and help with the conservation staff in surveying, monitoring and spreading the word about the situation these apes are facing along with their primate cousin the Nigeria-Cameroon Chimpanzee.

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1(76): Volunteer among Giants in Northern California.

Visiting the Redwoods is one thing, but helping to take care of them is another. From roving park trails, to answering visitor questions to field studies, there are many different ways you can volunteer at this area to help preserve Northern California’s beauty and make sure they don’t get polluted.

That’s National Geographic’s list of the the first 25 places that will change your life. What do you think, would you wanna volunteer at any of these places. Please leave a comment on which journey you think would be the best. Thanks for reading and we’ll see you next time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top 10 places that i’d like to visit

In life there`s so much you can do. But just how much is there? When we look at all the places out there, we tend to ask ourselves where we’d like to go. Recently, I posted the top 10 places i’ve already been too, and after reading that article and seeing all the amazing places iv’e been to, you may wonder wheres next. Well the answers are right hear. Before we start, i’ll give a shoutout to my twitter account. Be sure to follow it for daily sports updates. So without further to do, here’s my article on the top 10 places I would like to visit but have not.

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