LET’S GO TO AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND

Auckland is one of the world’s most livable cities with almost 1.5 million people who call it home. It is the world’s largest Polynesian city characterized by gleaming white sails and ferries which commute to the outlying islands and the waterside suburbs.  A buddy of mine who does carpet cleaning Katy loves New Zealand. Heres some tips from him.

Although most travelers come to this colorful city for more than just twenty four hours, it is important to look at what one can do if he or she had only a day in New Zealand’s largest city. Start off your morning with a walk up to this dormant volcano before heading for breakfast. Isn’t it the best way to start your day as you build your appetite for breakfast? Yes. You only need about 30 minutes to reach the summit. Here you’ll get an incredible 360 degree view of the city and also have some adventure exploring the crater at the top. After this, head down for your breakfast at the Circus Circus Café.

The Auckland war memorial museum is the largest and oldest in Auckland. You can’t be in New Zealand and fail to have a taste of the country’s heritage with traditional war canoes. The Museum features new and exciting exhibition which will make your day memorable. Other attractions include the Auckland Domain, Sky Tower, Auckland zoo, the Star Dome Observatory, New Zealand National Maritime Museum, and the Museum of Transport and Technology.

Auckland differs from Sydney and Melbourne in the sense that it has plenty of Asian cuisines. The common flavors Indian, Korean, Japanese, Chinese and Thai. In the Central Business District is the Vulcan Lane and the historic High Street where you’ll find Britomart. Here, you can have some lunch at the alfresco cafes and restaurants and shopping from the boutiques.

The months between November and April offers the best weather for visitors in Auckland. Note that the currency used in this city is the New Zealand Dollar. The public transportation in Auckland is not really efficient hence the need to book a car early enough. It doesn’t matter whether you are living in the CBD or not. In fact the best shopping can only be found in the suburbs. If you love cricket and rugby catch a match at the Eden Park, New Zealand’s largest sports stadium.

TRAVEL DESTINATIONS IN TURKEY TO VISIT

Turkey is a country with a great history and travelers from all around the world come here to explore the fabulous Roman remains while enjoying their time in a diverse landscape as well as the friendly local residents. Turkey has countless destinations that you can explore. It will all depend on the amount of time you are willing to spend around.

The Black Sea Coast

Stretching from Istanbul to Georgia, the northern Black Sea Coast in Turkey offers a totally different feel as compared to the Turkish Riviera. At this coast, you’ll see ancient cities lining along the coastline which has huge mountains and old-grown forests. Apart from the many attractions around this area, most visitors spend time at the area between the cities of Sinop and Trebizond as they view the beautifuL scenery.

The Turkish Riviera.

The Turkish Riviera encompasses both the Aegean and Mediterranean coasts and makes the perfect destination to spend your holiday in Turkey. You shouldn’t worry about the nightlife since it’s all taken care of by the beachfront resorts at the Mediterranean cities such as Bodrum, Marmaris and Antalya. However, you can decide to paraglide in Oludeniz or hit the links at the Gloria Golf Resort in Belek.  Perhaps you’ve just read about the Roman city of Ephesus. It’s time you went to explore the ancient world by yourself.

Istanbul

Most tourists who visit Turkey arrive at this point. Istanbul introduces Turkey’s culture to travelers arriving here. You’ll have the opportunity to experience both the Middle Eastern and European culture at the same time. The streets of Istanbul feature historic mosques as well as fashionable cafes and shopping malls. Ride a ferry across Bosphorus or spend the day in a spa.

Cappadocia

Cappadocia is one of the most unique destinations in the world. Inside this city is a very unique landscape especially in Nevsehir, Urgup, and Avanos towns. Christians sought refuge in this region and therefore offers one the opportunity to explore the different religious sites present. You can as well explore the Giant rock “chimneys rising into the sky or visit a local winey.

TWENTY FOUR HOURS IN HONG KONG

From Shopping malls to skyscrapers to temples, Hong Kong is a city with a rich cultural heritage and every other thing you’d want to experience on a vacation. The reality is that you can’t do justice to this great city by visiting just for a single day. However, if your intention and plan is to spend just a day in Hong Kong because you are on your way to Bali or somewhere else, here are major tourist hot spots you can spend some time during the day.

  • Take you Breakfast at a cha chaan teng

Enjoy a hearty early morning tea at Hong Kong’s “tea restaurants” also known as cha chaan teng. You’ll find these restaurants on every block in each of the districts in Hong Kong. The Items on the menu are more or less of the Western dishes except for the distinctly Asian flair. Try Kong Kong-style milk tea also known as lai cha and other cheap but cheerful eateries.

  • Start your Morning strolling through Sheung Wan

Sheung Wan is one neighborhood that offers unexpected surprises from its curios, art galleries, temples and traditional medicine shops. If you want a taste of the old and new combines stroll through this neighborhood in the morning hours starting along Dried Seafood street then head to Cat Street. Along these streets you’ll find traditional stalls and stores with different medicinal ingredients as well as antique shops and stalls selling second hand items.

  • Head to the Central-Mid-Levels escalator (World’s longest)

From Sheung Wan, head to the longest outdoor escalator in the world-the Central-Mid-Levels escalator. The escalator links Hong Kong’s financial hub with a neighborhood located along the mountainside. Going to the top, you’ll find the oldest mosque in Hong Kong which dates back to 1890 (Jamia Mosque).

  • Enjoy some lunch with the Locals

Your trip to Hong Kong is incomplete if you don’t sample out some traditional yum cha. You can take your lunch at one of the world’s cheapest Michelin-starred restaurants (Tim Ho Wan at IFC Mall in Central).

  • Hop on the Peak Tram

After having some time on your foot, it’s time you enjoyed the stunning harbor views while on the Peak Tram. You’ll certainly be impressed by the breathtaking skyline view from the Peak. You may as well stroll around the Harlech Road and Lugard Road circuit. Hike through the vegetation down the hillside and have some adventure.

  • Head to Ozone and wrap up the day with a fancy cocktail

You can’t miss the view at Ozone, the world’s highest bar. You can have the best view of the neon skyline and put into perspective the existing divide between the poor and the rich in the city.

TOP FIVE DESTINATION FOR VOLUNTEERING

Going for a trip abroad offers an opportunity to not only see the world and have some adventure but is a great way to volunteer and help the less fortunate. Travelers are usually provided with food, accommodation, and transportation by the host organization. You may be required to pay some fee as you spend time volunteering on different causes. Despite the fact that volunteering opportunities are all over the world, popular destinations include:

  • South Africa

Are you looking for a destination where you can volunteer and work with organizations that deal with wildlife? South Africa is one of the best choice if you are passionate for wildlife. Here, you’ll find many Non-governmental organizations which work with monkeys, sharks, and lions. It’s an exciting experience in itself.

  • România

When looking for a destination where you can volunteer, it is essential to focus on your area of interest. What are you passionate about? There are those who love working with wildlife while other are passionate about children and marginalized areas. In Romania, you’ll find many opportunities where you can work with children as well as animals. Most of the volunteering opportunities can be found in the picturesque region of Transylvania.

  • Nepal

If you are the kind that loves helping underprivileged children, Nepal could be the best place to head to and spend some time. Volunteers from all over the world travel to Nepal to work with orphanages and teach the children English while helping in other upkeep activities.

  • Costa Rica

Volunteers travel to this destination throughout the year to work for charity organizations that deal with wildlife conservation. Some of the volunteering activities include sea turtle conservation. Your time in Costa Rica will involve spending time on the Pacific-coast as you patrol the beaches at night to ensure baby turtles being hatched are safe.

  • China

China offers various volunteering opportunities though the most common activity is working with children while teaching them English. The small schools located in rural areas offer such opportunities where you can spend several weeks helping children to better their language. Don’t forget that this could be a great chance to improve your own Mandarin-language skills while on your volunteering trip in China.