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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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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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

Hold my hand darling, the world awaits!

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Fun Facts To Know Before You Go On Your Cruise

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A cruise to the Caribbean had been on my bucket list for awhile. So, on April 16, 2017, me and my hubs went on the Carnival Liberty Cruise Ship for the first time on our much needed vacation.

The room we purchased was one with a balcony that we was recommended by a friend. It was so worth it to upgrade to a balcony for an extra $300. I highly recommend it too. You have the balcony for privacy to sit to view the beautiful blue ocean in peace and quiet and to take it all in. It was so relaxing and just being there with my husband for some needed relaxation is just what we needed to escape life for a couple of days together. There no wifi out in the middle of the ocean unless you purchase a international wifi package between the United States waters and the Bahamas. It was so nice to us to unplug from the cellphones.

Facts to know about the ship:

  • wifi was $5 for the package
  • soda packages called bottomless bubbles can be purchased at the Lobby, Casino, and Pool Bars for $8.50 per day and kids are $5.95 a day
  • No plastic bottles allowed, only cans are allowed onboard
  • Spas & Hair Salons are additional packages that can be purchased
  • Fitness classes are additional packages
  • Gift shops are onboard to shop til you drop

We ported at Bahamas the next morning. There are many beaches to visit, and things to do and visit too, but we stayed downtown for the day. We had a fun day off the ship with a carriage ride around downtown of Nassau was perfect for sight seeing with my hubs. We bought my 25th year anniversary ring at the International Diamond store there. It’s a souvenir that I will cherish forever. At the Hard Rock Cafe, we ate lunch. It was time to board the Liberty ship again, we spent all day in downtown area.

Dinner time on the ship has so many choices to choose from from a burger stand, to a buffet line for fine dining. We ended up trying all them before we left the ship.

There is a big theatre screen on the upper deck, it was relaxing to watch a movie at night. So romantic LOL. We loved it

We shopped on board in the gift shops, went to an 80’s concert. We are 80’s kids that we grew up that era, so we loved it. Overall the cruise is just what we needed and encourage anyone to cruise once and see if it’s for you. Some do get sea sick, so pack some dramamine, just in case you need it. The ship did sway some and we had to adjust to it. Thankfully, we didn’t get sea sick.

It was an awesome cruise! I am now addicted to cruising. πŸ›³β€οΈ