Do you remember those dull family road trips that you took when you were a kid? You were stuffed in the back of a station wagon for days at a time, following your parents schedule. Now is your chance to redeem those miserable days and see the country on your own terms. The United States is an ideal land to travel across by motorcycle. You can be your own boss and choose your own adventures on bike holidays. You answer to no one on the open road with a heavy hog under you burning up the pavement. There is nothing between you and nature. With the sun on your face and the wind in your hair, you can have an intimacy with the landscape that you couldnt enjoy in a car, train, or plane. There are ample routes to take on a motorcycle in the American West especially.An extremely popular place to ride motorcycles is up and down the Pacific coast. You can start in the cool air of Oregon or Washington and make your way down the coast to California. The Pacific highway is gorgeous, overlooking ocean vistas. Just watch out for the drop there are some curvy parts of the road. From California you can bike across the desert to Las Vegas. The Las Vegas Strip is an ideal place to sightsee on a motorcycle. Parking is free and abundant whenever you want to get off your bike and try your luck in one of the citys many casinos.You can bike through New Mexico, taking in the vast plateaus and deserts from the back of your ride. You can visit Roswell, the town where a UFO is rumored to have landed in 1947. Check out the amazing restaurants in Albuquerque and Santa Fe. Park your bike and stop in a watering hole to absorb some local flavor and ingredients. The Mexican-influence cuisine can be spicy. New Mexico is also home to Lincoln County, famous for its affiliation with Billy the Kidd and his gang of marauders. There is plenty of picturesque camping in New Mexico, especially near Cloudcroft, where you can set up camp in the mountains and rest up for your next days travels. Camping is an ideal way to save on hotel fees. You can purchase a light tent and sleeping bag that can easily be strapped to your motorbike. Travel with bikes is also cheaper than travel in a car because of all the money you save on gas.If youre interested in the Civil War, there are plenty of battlegrounds to see on a motorcycle. You can drive across the Wilsons Creek, Pea Ridge, and the Westport battlegrounds in Arkansas and Missouri. If you are interested in staying on the East Coast of the United States, consider taking your bike north across the border. There are beautiful rides through Canada and Nova Scotia. Just be sure to go in the summer because the climate can be very cold up north in the winter. In summer the weather will be ideal not too hot but pleasant enough to spend days on the back of your bike, taking in the open air.
A business professional can lead a pretty hectic life if they are constantly on the go, from one business trip to the next, to the next, to the...you get the point! Companies rely on their businessmen to represent them on the road, whether pitching new products or enticing potential clients. One big concern however is the safety of these business professionals. Since they are going to unfamiliar territory, sometimes in other countries, it is especially important to keep a few safety precautions in mind. Here are some tips for a business traveler when traveling! Know the area! Sure, you are probably in a place youve never been before but you can still do a little research and find out enough information to keep you safe. There are always places you will want to stay away from and places that you should visit to stay safe. Know what you can expect from each place that you go! Dont dress up! Sure, you are probably going to be wearing business suits and dress clothes on your business trips but make sure you dress down your accessories such as watches, necklaces and rings. There is nothing more that will attract a thief in a foreign city then expensive flash! Act like you know the area! If you want to do your best to keep the bad guys away from you when youre on a business trip just try to act like you are a local. Tourists and travelers are often the first hit targets by criminals so if you pretend like you know the area and live around town you wont have as high of a chance of getting mugged or getting in trouble. Avoid bad areas! Every city, in the United States and overseas, has their bad areas. Whether this means certain streets or corners or different restaurants, you should stay away from them when on a business trip. Bad areas can get you in bad trouble and you cant guarantee your safety! Plus, your company would rather have you safe then sorry!Business professionals can have safer "business trips" if they can just concentrate on staying safe while on the road. They are often labeled road warriors but in order for these warriors to stay safe they need to follow these important reminders! Business trips can be fun, interesting and most importantly, effective- but only if you are safe!
The good news about traveling to Vietnam is that you wont have to be concerned with threats of terrorism or border wars. Vietnam has been there, and done that, and now the country is trying something new: it wants to attract foreigners and their money by becoming a tourist magnet.One way it has of achieving its goal is to guard its borders in a manner which makes most would-be subversives take their acts elsewhere. One sure-fire way for you to dodge the police in Vietnam is to avoid doing anything that might hint of clandestine espionage. When you decide to take photographs, clear them with whatever authority you can find. Dont even bother asking if you can shoot pictures of the Vietnamese government buildings, and ditto for the military establishments should you come near them.The guy in the tan uniform is a traffic cop, and the guy in the green uniform is with the tourist police. The tourist police are a fairly new addition to the Ho Chi Minh City police force, and their job is to help tourists cross the street if the Ho Chi Minh traffic police are failing to do their jobs. You shouldnt try to dodge the tourist police, because they will wonder why you are afraid to let them help you. Besides, reports are that they spend most of their time congregating on street corners and whistling at passing cars. Usually they are perfectly happy to ignore you if you ignore them.The traffic police in Vietnam are another matter. The traffic police have a reputation of finding reasons to fine the people they stop, and looking for reason to stop them so they can fine them. This is especially true for those traveling by motorbike.One way to dodge the traffic police in Vietnam is to eschew the motorbike rentals in favor of taxis. Your taxi driver will be in the loop as to where the speed traps have been set up, and will have the requisite skill for making fast U-turns in the middle of downtown Ho Chi Minh City if there is a police checkpoint ahead. Your taxi driver will also know alternate routes to get you to your destination when there is a policeman standing on a corner. But if you really want to add some spice to your visit, go ahead and rent the motor bike, and try to dodge the police by engaging in a few Evel Knievel moves of your own.If youre homosexual, the best way to dodge the police in Vietnam is to take your vacation in Thailand, where you will feel much more at home, blending in with local lady boys. Although homosexuality is not outlawed in Vietnam, there remain cultural taboos against it. While the gay scene in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City may be more relaxed, there was a recent incident in June 2007 where a gay sauna in Ho Chi Minh City was raided and closed. The customers themselves were not charged with anything fortunately.The best way to dodge the police in Vietnam, it seems, is to stay in your hotel room, but thats probably not why you made the trip. So practice your motor biking skills before you leave home, stay away from any place that appeals to homosexuality, watch what you photograph, and look both ways while you are crossing the street!
Those seeking a dream holiday in Mauritius will want to take full advantage of the range of activities the island has to offer. You will be spoilt for choice whether you prefer to relax at world class hotels, indulge in spa treatments, play golf or go shopping. We have identified some of the top activities that will make your holiday even more special.SpasThe first step to be sure to get you in the mood for relaxation is to pay a visit to a spa. Put yourself in the soothing hands of an expert who will massage away your aches and pains. The most popular spas are One & Only Le Saint Gran, the Royal Palm, Hilton, Prince Maurice, Beau Rivage, Oberoi, The Residence, Sofitel Imperial and Dinarobin hotels which are a must have inclusion to your holiday itinerary.GolfThe island is the ideal destination to practice, perfect or improve your golf skills. Several of the hotels have first class golf courses such as the three 18 holes at Le Paradis at Le Morne Belle Mare Plage hotel, and One&Only Le Touessrok Golf Course, five 9 holes at Trou aux-Biches, Shandrani (Blue Bay), St Gran (Poste de Flacq), Maritim (Balaclava) and the Sofitel Imprial (Wolmar). There are also two championship golf courses at Belle Mare Plage: Legends and Links. By far the most popular and impressive golf course is the One&Only Le Touessrok Golf Course. Situated on its own paradise island surrounded by towering mountains and white sands, all 18 holes have spectacular views of the ocean. Designed by Bernard Langer for recreational and advanced players the One&Only Le Touessrok is the ultimate golf course.BeachesMauritius has miles and miles of some of the whitest beaches ever. Nautical activities include diving, deep sea fishing, sailing, windsurfing and waterskiing. A vantage point from the coast at Tamarin Bay on the west of the island provides a unique opportunity to spot long beaked dolphins and black dolphins. Take a trip deep sea fishing for blue/black marlin, sharks, yellow tuna or the barracuda species. On land Blue Bay beach located on the South West of the island is an ideal location for enjoying the Mauritius climate. The tiny island of Ile aux Cerfs has one of the best beaches in Mauritius where you can combine total relaxation with the fun of a range of watersports.Eating OutMauritians like to experiment and be adventurous with their food- this is surely testament to the diversity and culture of the islands roots. The island continues to serve visitors top quality cuisine such as Creole, Chinese and Indian food.ShoppingMauritius offers both diversity and quality in its shopping. There are a few duty-free shops exclusive to tourists. Leading brands of shirts, trousers and suits are reasonably priced whilst model ships, basketwork, pottery and specialty drinks and food jars make for delightful gifts. Coffret des Iles available to purchase from most hotels, selling a range of gift parcels that can be delivered to France, England and Germany within 72 hours.The natural beauty of a luxury holiday in Mauritius is made even more special by the hospitality and level of service the island offers.
Once a small coastal town, Benidorm is now one of the greatest tourist cities in Spains Alicante province. Protected by the Sierra Helada and Puig Campana Mountains, its climate is one of the major factors increasing its popularity as a vacation destination. Its growth began just a few decades ago and, since that time, there has been a constant demand for a variety of hotels and accommodations, family and adult entertainment and more car hire services. With the availability of such services now, those traveling to Benidorm can comfortably stay in the area and travel throughout the Costa Blanca region visiting surrounding towns such as Altea, Denia and Javea. Though rain is appreciated, tourists in Benidorm very much enjoy the constant sunshine, making it the perfect vacation for anytime of the year. Benidorm is best reached by the Alicante Airport only 43 kilometers away and finding great flights should be far from difficult with the convenience of the internet or local travel agencies. Benidorm was once a small fishing and no different than most of Spain with its history dating back to the Arabs. The Arabs not only gave the city its name but also left the winding, narrow streets which are very unique to the Arabs. The old part of Benidorm is in the center of two of its main beaches, the Levante and Poniente. From the so called Mediterranean Balcony, which was built over a castle, you can see this beautiful view of the beaches and sunset. Though the many restaurants and shops have overtaken the area somewhat, the enchantment and sightseeing delight remains. However, Benidorm is not typically visited for its history and museums, though a fascinating part of a vacation. At one time, a clever businessman realized everything this area has to offer with its beautiful surroundings, favorable climate and terrific location and began popularizing this small fishing village into a beach front get away. The beach front hotels and Spanish food was appealing to the retired locals and those from foreign countries, but soon families joined in and took advantage of the great vacation deals available. Families discovered the beautiful beaches both they and their children could enjoy and, soon, there was an entirely new group of tourists. To meet the demand, the local government began adding to its entertainment with theme parks, water parks and animal parks, such as the Mudomar Park offering a close up view of popular marine animals like dolphins or seals.Benidorm is likely one of the few places that offer so much entertainment for all ages and such a wide variety of restaurants and outright fun!