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Island of Gods: Bali

bali islandBali, the famed Island of the Gods, with its varied landscape of hills and mountains, rugged coastlines and sandy beaches, the lush rice terraces and barren volcanic hillsides all providing a picturesque backdrop to its colorful, deeply spiritual and unique culture , stakes a claim to be serious a paradise on earth. With world-class surfing and diving, a large number of cultural attractions, historical and archaeological sites, and a huge range of accommodations, this is one of the most popular island destinations and one which consistently wins travel awards. Bali has something to offer a very broad market of visitors from young backpackers right through the super-rich.

Bali is one of more than 17,000 islands in the Indonesian archipelago and is located just over 2 kilometers (about 1.5 miles) from the eastern tip of the island of Java and west of the island of Lombok. The island, home to about 4 million people, about 144 kilometers (90 miles). From east to west and 80 kilometers (50 mi.) From north to south.

The word “paradise” is used a lot in Bali and not without reason. The combination of friendly and hospitable people, a magnificently visual culture infused with spirituality and (not least) spectacular beaches, surfing and diving have made Bali Indonesia unrivaled number one tourist attraction. Eighty percent of international visitors to Indonesia visit Bali and Bali alone.

The popularity is not without its flip sides like many places in the south of the island paradise once Kuta has degenerated into a congested maze of concrete, touts and scammers extracting life of overcharging tourists. Visibility of the island has also drawn unwanted attention of terrorists in 2002 and 2005, but Bali has managed to retain its magic. Bali is a perfect destination for everyone, and even with heavy traffic, it is still easy to find some peace and quiet, if desired. Avoid the south of the island, if you want a more traditional Balinese and genuine.

One consideration is the tourist season and Bali can be very busy in August and September and over Christmas and New Year. Australians also visit during school holidays in early April, late June and late September, while domestic tourists from elsewhere in Indonesia visit during national holidays. Outside these peak seasons, Bali can be surprisingly quiet and good discounts on accommodation are often available.

Mauritania

Wild Coast dunes of the Sahara is. That should be enough to lure you in Mauritania. If you still shy of a limited amount of hyperbole can have an echo to the dunes, magnificent ancient cities swept by sandstorms, deep canyons and plateaus rapidly amazing, seas of sand over more than a small European country and a phalanx of the oasis of charm.

Sure, you can find similar landscapes elsewhere in West Africa, but few are on the same scale as those of Mauritania. And few are as varied. Where else can you find an amazing game of the dunes and the ocean? If it is tranquility you are looking for, do not worry: unlike Senegal, Mauritania’s coast is completely unspoilt – There are kilometers of sandy beaches, without recourse to the eye. It will remain for ever: a vast expanse of ocean is protected, meeting National Park Banc d’Arguin as one of the best birding spots in the world – Nouadhibou, a fishing port on the Atlantic coast, is a good gateway to this region. Nouakchott will get you out after a season in the desert with abundant fresh seafood. For the types of outdoor adventure-, Mauritania offers a complete list of hiking options and exciting camel rides amidst surreal landscapes, not to mention balloons in the Adrar.

But not everything is about the nature, landscapes and adrenaline: Mauritania is also a strong historical interest, with a pinch of Heritage caravan cities, all evidence of ancient civilizations. Culturally, Mauritania is a place apart, people are divided about equally between Muslims of Arab and black African. It is a Muslim country with a touch of black African. This amazing combination is part of its appeal.
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If you’re more inclined to ecotourism to mass tourism, Mauritania is the Shangri-la.

Russia

For centuries the world has wondered what to believe about Russia. The country has been reported variously as a land of incredible wealth and poverty indescribable cruel tyrants and great minds, generous hospitality and meddlesome bureaucracy, beautiful ballets and industrial monsters, godly faith and unbridled hedonism. These eternal truths Russians live in equally diverse landscapes of the frozen tundra beaches and sun-kissed, silver birch and fir forests dense and deep, mysterious lakes, snow capped mountains and rolling meadows, those famous steppes. Factor of ancient fortresses, palaces, churches and luxurious swirly spire lost in time of the peoples of wood and you begin to see why Russia is simply amazing.

To get the most from Russia, is the head of the beaten track. After taking in the old favorites like the dynamics of Moscow, St. Petersburg historic and beautiful Lake Baikal dive deeper into the world’s largest country. Visit the sandy beaches and golden season of the old Prussian Kranz, now known as Zelenogradsk in the westernmost region of Kaliningrad, the charming village of Volga River Gorodets, home of popular artists and cake bakers honey Elista fascinating, unique in Europe Buddhist enclave and the location of the City Chess Crazy, mausoleums Dargavs 400 years, ‘City of the Dead’ in North Ossetia, or the hot springs of Kamchatka Nalychevo Valley in the Russian Far East.

Russia’s vast geographical distances and cultural differences mean that no tick of its most outstanding in the way you a smaller country, and the Russian Far East, for example, is the size of Europe. A more sensible approach is to see Russia as a set of countries, each deserves exploration. In a transit through Moscow, has direct flights to a regional center of Irkutsk, to have a vacation of Eastern Siberia, or in Yekaterinburg to explore the mountains of the Urals.
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If places of cultural and architectural interest are what you are looking for, stick to European Russia, which is all the country west of the Urals. If you do not mind occasionally rough and are looking for outdoor Russia, train the eye in the vast spaces of Siberia and the Far East. On the other hand, increase your adrenaline on the ski resorts of the country, best friends and the rivers of the raft. You can also get a bird’s eye view of everything from the cockpit of a MiG-25 unique experience or even from outer space, and getting beaten up in a horn (traditional steam bath).

Liberia

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office recommends that all nonessential travel to some areas may consult with their national government in the matter.

Travel Ideal Road Trip

After nearly two decades of war, Liberia, a country lush rainforested covered through the southern flank of West Africa – appears to have finally found a break. With the first woman president in Africa at the head, peace, while still fragile, is taking place and Liberians have been launched with enthusiasm to the task of rebuilding their shattered land.

If Liberia is stabilized and open for travel, intrepid adventurers who offer a fascinating insight into what was previously a wonderfully hospitable society, enigmatic and fascinating. The artistic traditions of Liberia – especially carved masks, dance and storytelling – rivaled those of any place on the continent, and traditional culture was strong. This was especially true in the interior, where initiation secret societies played a central role in growth, and still serve as important reservoirs of traditional knowledge and life skills. For now, most of this cultural wealth remains inaccessible to visitors, and travel independently outside the capital Monrovia in the country is not considered safe.

Dense forests of Liberia, wet, some of the largest in West Africa – are alive with the chirping and singing of hundreds of birds, which are maintained by the company of forest elephants, pygmy hippos and other species filling wildlife throughout the forest floor. Along the coast, deserted white sandy beaches alternate with river deltas and tidal wetlands quiet lagoons, while increasing the interior of the plateau green mountains on the border of Ivory Coast and Guinea.

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Although the situation is definitely looking up, it is advisable to obtain updated information on local security conditions before their plans.