Unusual & Unique Need To Know Travel Facts

Traveling expands your mind and can lead you to new and exciting experiences. You have probably cultivated and idea of what your trip will be like based on reviews of travelers who have visited the area and viewing the websites of popular attractions. While these resources can yield helpful advice and information, there are some interesting facts and unusual customs that might not be readily known by the average traveler. Here are a few travel facts that can help you embrace the etiquette, explore like the locals, or maybe entertain a few people at your next dinner party.

  1. 60% of the World’s lakes are located in Canada

Canada is the second largest country in the world and an astounding 9% of its surface is covered by fresh water. The number of lakes exceeds 3 square kilometers is almost 32,000. These include lakes that disappear and reappear seasonally, lakes with mineral densities three times saltier that the ocean, and lakes located within larger lakes.

2. South Africa is home to the longest contionous wine route in the world

Stretching from the Cape Winelands to the Klein Karoo, this gorgeous route is one of South Africa’s most renowned attractions and an important aspect of their agricultural industry. Wine tasting along the route yields a varied array of wines and expansive vineyard views.

3. Over 30 million people in China live in caves

These caves have no indoor plumbing and cost around $30 US dollars per month to rent. Common in the dry climate of the Northwest China, these caves dwellings are categorized into three types: cliff caves, independent caves, and underground caves.

4. Travel is scientifically proven to make you happier

Within the first couple of days of traveling, 89% of people report significant drops in stress levels and couples report experiencing increased feelings of intimacy towards each other. As a result, travel has been linked to a decrease in the development of heart disease and other types of stress- related conditions.

5. The average person in Switzerland consumes 22 pounds of chocolate per year

A recent study of citizens in Switzerland an average of 22 pounds of chocolate every year, which surpasses every other country. They are also one of the world’s greatest exporters of chocolate.

7. Salting your food in Egypt is offensive

In Egypt, seasoning your food after it has been served to you is insulting to the chef or the hostess because it implies that it was not your liking as served. So, if you have a trip to Egypt planned in the near future, make sure to avoid the salt shaker when dining out.

8. Parts of the Great Wall Of China are made with sticky rice

Zhejiang University of China revealed that in some parts of the structure, sticky rice was added into the mortar. Further research discovered that the mortar made with sticky rice was stronger and could withstand more damage from earthquakes and other natural elements that the “riceless” mortar.

9. There is a free wine fountain in a small town in Italy

Located in the Dora Sarchese Vineyard in the small town of Caldari di Ortana, this wine fountain offers locally made wine at no cost. The fountain is open to all travelers and attracts visitors from around the country.

Traveling has varying meanings for different people. For some, it means adventuring a natural wonderland with family. For others, it means peacefully self-reflecting amidst ancient historical sites. But overall, traveling is known to be of the most effective ways to boost happiness and spark creativity. Research your destination beforehand to discover any quirky customs or unusual travel facts can help enhance your experience by inspiring your exploration or preparing you for the culture.

2019 Fall Bucket List

Ahhh Fall, one of my favorite seasons of the year. Excuse me while I do a little dance. Currently on countdown til the first day of autumn. I love the crisp cool air with fall festivals, hay rides, and painted pumpkins.

I love the time of the year when the leaves start to change to fall colors. I get to wear my hoodies or comfy sweaters with my favorite jeans and boots! Cozy up with a blanket, a hot mug of hot chocolate, and just savoring it in front of a fire. The days get shorter and it gets darker quicker too.Β 

2019 Fall bucket list

Things to do:

1. Do a photo session with my new handy dandy photography cameraΒ with cute pumpkins and different sizes too that is staged on hay bales of the grand kids in their adorable fall outfits. πŸŽƒ 🍁

2. Visit Niagara Falls to see the beautiful waterfalls for a awesome Fall road trip with my hubby and take some epic photos of nature ❀️

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3. Bonfires are my favorite thing to do in fall with the night cool air to be able to sit around the fire with the family with s’mores. πŸ˜‹ Telling spooky tales!

4. Go to Haunted Houses and get my spook on! πŸ‘»

5. Have movie night with eerie scary movies. πŸ¦‡

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6. Ride on a hay ride with my grands!Β 

7. Go to the pumpkin patch and pick out some different sized pumpkins πŸŽƒ

8. Visit some Fall festivals will be so much fun! 🍁🍁🍁

9. Host a haunted house party! Fun Fun! πŸŽƒ πŸ‘» πŸ¦‡

10. Craft day making wreaths, flower arrangements for tables, etc

I am a big kid around the holidays LOL. I love to decorate my home with holiday decor with pumpkins, with fun halloween decor also, inside and outside too.

It is a time to just have fun with your family! Enjoy each other. Life is beautiful!Β 

I am living life to the fullest each day! Blessed, Thankful and Grateful

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Travel Light Packing List

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Travel tips & essentials every traveler should pack

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One of the questions that I am asked most often on email or social media is for packing tips. The packing advice does change depending on the destination, here are a few items that we never leave our home without. The packing list of travel essentials includes items we recommend always having in your bag – especially your carry-on if you’re flying! (Some of the links below are affiliates)

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Carry On bag: Empty water bottle to refill for the flight, stay hydrated on and off the plane and save money. Most water bottles will cost you around $6 a pop. Refill your water bottle whenever you see a water fountain available. Portable cell phone charger, headphones, light rain jacket, sunglasses, passport/id and wallet. I always have an extra bag tucked away for souvenirs (or sometimes use it for dirty laundry)for the flight back home. I also carry a small purse that I can use for tours or the day trips. A mini umbrella, a hat, snack pack, and Wet-ones wipes. I also have the electronics bag in my carry-on to use on the flight as well.

Electronics Bag:

Power adapter

Earbuds

Cellphone Handle

Camera/Go Pro

Selfie Stick

Portable Cellphone Charger

Waterproof case

Headphones x2

Toiletry Bag:

Shampoo/travel size/soap (everything under 3oz)

toothbrush and toothpaste travel size

mouthwash

make-up and make-up wipes

lotion

deodorant

Ibuprofen

Jewelry

sunscreen

perfume

first aid- bandaid, antibiotic cream, vaseline

Clothes:

Clothes should be packed into packing cubes and a medium sized carry-on bag is for carrying your electronics, adapters, cell phone charger, and headphones.

2-3 bathing suits

light jacket

1-2 cover ups (ideally these can be cute for shopping or going out)

one pair of sandals

one pair of tennis shoes

2-3 staple shirts

1-2 shorts

1 workout suit/sports bra

shower shoes

1 skirt

1-2 dresses

1-2 tank tops

Less is always better, bring a couple sets of clothes. If you forget something, you can always buy what you need.

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Oh, The Places We’ll Go

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Top 10 Cruise Essentials

Yay! You just booked your dream cruise! Now, what to pack? I have compiled a list that consists of the “must haves” to have in your bag for on the cruise ship, to ensure it is enjoyable. If you are like me, you want to make sure that you don’t forget anything, so that you don’t have to buy it, because it’s usually costs higher than your local store. But, if you do forget any items, don’t worry you can always get them in the gift shop on the cruise ship. Hopefully, this list will help make your next cruise the best cruise ever!

  1. Bug spray will make the cruise more enjoyable to get rid of those pesky flying bugs and believe me when I say you’ll need it and be glad that you brought it with you.
  2. Antibacterial wipes to wipe down remotes, handles, door knobs, etc. To ensure to don’t get any germs or viruses, so you can enjoy your cruise.
  3. Motion Sickness Medicine to keep you from getting sick from the waves on the cruise ship… surprisingly, We didn’t get sick on our cruise.
  4. Goggles for those fun excursions or pool time..LOL
  5. Febreze spray for those musty smells in your cabin room, bathroom, etc.
  6. Excursion printout to have with you for the time of paid excursion, so you don’t miss the FUN FUN diving activity you have planned!
  7. Thermos Bottle to keep cold water so you stay dehydrated on the ship or once you get off the ship when touring.
  8. Wrinkle release spray for your casual or dressy outfits for dining with your love, friends or whoever it may be.
  9. Well packed carry on bag for the cruise outfits, cell phone charger, earbuds, snacks, water bottle, and to well…carrry on all this list of items to ensure you have a nice relaxing cruise.
  10. Zip lock bags for the sea shells, souvenirs, snacks, etc.

I wish that I had researched and knew about this list before I went on my first cruise. I always bring this list with me now every time. It makes things so much more enjoyable. So we can have a great time together relaxing in the fun and sun.

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Tips to Know before you visit the Rattle Snake Saloon

This neat little restaurant is located in Tuscumbia, Alabama. The restaurant is inside a cave. A very unique place with a gift store to shop for souvenirs. It’s off the beaten path. A hidden gem.

Important facts to know before you venture to Rattle Snake Saloon:

1. Wear tennis shoes – there are very steep hills to climb and walk when getting to the restaurant. No heels needed! I don’t advice wearing them.

2. Identification– no matter how old you are, you will be asked to see your identification for a iced cold beer.

3. Alcohol – the night life scene starts at 5 pm when beer is served. The security guard will card you, so be nice to them. They are just doing their job. Seven Springs Lodge is located onsite. Know your limit! Don’t drink and drive. Tents are available, campsite also, and silo cabins too.

4. Winter – the saloon remains open during the winter months. The rock form faces north, it blocks the cold brutal winds. Heaters are placed and covers the exposed open area to block the harsh cold wind.

5. Grabbing Seats- The locals and tourists are usually in the crowd. I advice that you get there before 5 pm to before the night life begins. At 7 pm, it’s standing room only.

Top 10 Cheapiest Countries to Travel

Summer travels are in full swing this peak season at this time of the year. The beaches are very hard to resist. Whether it be to just relax and lay on the beach, water sports, or just enjoying nature.

Planning a summer getaway? Or maybe you’re in the middle of winter and feeling nostalgic about seeing the sun?Β 

Here are 10 countries with the most beautiful beaches around the world.

1. Indonesia

2. Mexico

3. Italy

4. South Africa

5. Turkey

6. Columbia

7. Cuba

8. Bulgaria

9. Thailand

10. Greece

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Gratitude and it’s Health Benefits

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Gratitude means thanks and appreciation…which rhymes with attitude and comes from the Latin word gratus , which means thankful, pleasing. When you feel gratitude, you’re pleased by what someone did for you and also by the results.

Did you know that studies have shown that Gratitude can make you happier and heal pain & illnesses in your body. It boots your immunity to anger, disappointment and frustrations. Improving relationships and your body. Thanksgiving is a good holiday to give thanks for everything, we should be grateful everyday, not just on the holiday.

Have a positive attitude toward life and what comes at you on a daily basis. Being thankful for all the things that you have, family, and good health. Thinking of things that you are grateful each day. Don’t dwell on any negative thoughts. Be grateful for those in your life and be sure to tell them. When you only focus on positivity, it will return to you. As a christian believer, I have studied gratitude in the bible, and there are over 40 verses teaching on being thankful.

You are what you attract! Love and health will get better by being grateful where you are at in life at this moment.