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Snow in Miami! It is Winter Wonder in Jungle Island

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“Snow in Miami,” screamed the headline on The Miami News. It was 19th January 1977 when Miami saw its first snowfall ever in the recorded history. While most of the states in the United States are blessed with snowfall during winter, Florida, especially the southern part, has not been much lucky.

However, if you are in Miami or travelling to Miami and missing the snow, then you do not have to go anywhere far. Winter Wonder Island in the famous Jungle Island (Coupon Included) will help your wildest dreams come true! The special event will begin on 29th November until 5th January every night. It will be very special to visit with kids, family or your special one this Friday if you are not camping outside your nearest electronic store for Black Friday sale.

The place, where you can have photos done with Santa Claus amid the snow, will have holiday themed like lighting, laser show and a special screening of holiday movie. Take it out of your mind that Miami is hot, here you can play with snowballs and make your snowman.

Jungle Island, previously known as Parrot Jungle, is an interactive zoological park that can interest any kid or bring out the child in you. Some of the most beautiful, rarest and harmless birds fly freely here and you can have face-to-face encounter with them. Jungle Island is also home to many exotic animals from all over the world, which includes Tigers, Lions, Orangutans, Cassowary, Lemurs, Kangaroos, Penguins, reptiles and many more!

Apart from the regular animals, Jungle Island is also home to world’s largest living cat, Hercules. Hercules is a liger. Now what is that? Liger is the crossbreed between a male lion and a tigress. The Guinness Book of World Records recognizes Hercules as the largest living cat on Earth. Today Show, Good Morning America, Anderson Cooper 360, Inside Edition and an article in Maxim in 2005 have already featured this famous Liger.

Liger hercules Jungle Island

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Jungle island tiger

Photo by flickr/Bob B. Brown

Jungle island flamingos

Photo by flickr/Bob B. Brown

When I visited Florida on my educational trip, my friend offered me to visit this place with her, and I am glad I agreed. It was one of the best zoological park in my opinion, though the design of cages were not very creative. Sometimes I felt bad for the animals looking at the small size of the cage, but what made it the best park is the human-animal interaction. This was more like an educational park where you learn a lot about animals, their behaviour and nature. Even the fiercest animals can make you laugh and make your day! It is not a joke, a black leopard literally marked its territory on my friend by coming up to the fence and spraying its… you know!

Almost all the time the park is busy organizing shows exhibiting exotic animals, or live music, however I kept myself busy with the animals, though I would advise you to not to skip any shows. You can talk to parrots as much as you want, and it was very funny for me when parrots greeted “hello” and “bye”! I was flattered when a parrot called me “pretty bird”. You can buy handful of bird food for 25 cents and feed the parrots on the go.

Jungle island parrots

Flirtatious Parrots! Photo by flickr/Bob B. Brown

I paid extra $5 to enter the Kangaroo cage, I fed them and I could pet and cuddle with them. They were so soft, and did not kick me as I have seen in cartoons. I also tried to cuddle a penguin through the fence, but a worker stopped me. I could see that little baby penguin really wanted to hug me.

The place was not so big and required only 3-4 hours of a day to see most of the things. However, if you have really amalgamated in the environment with the animals then one day is not enough for you. It was the same case with me. The place was slightly pricey for a student like me, we had no knowledge of any discount coupons at that time, but now I know, and I have shared the link with you above. I really wanted to see the lemurs, but that required additional $79.95 plus taxes! I heard lemurs are very funny and love to play. You will be taken to a separate room where you can watch them play with each other and with you too.

You can take photos, but if you want to pose with the animals, then you will have to pay some money, which was costly. All you can do is take many pictures and get a CD done for you for $50. Which was relatively cheaper, but still costly.

Huge cost is understandable, as animals require a lot of attention and proper caring, we could see that well, as all the animals were in happy mood and they can make you laugh. I am sure if you were here once, you would definitely come again. I have made my mind that if I travel to Miami ever again; this is the place to visit. If you come to Miami often, I would suggest you to buy a yearly pass. While one day admission ticket will cost you $35.26 including tax for an adult, a yearly pass will cost you $48.10 just a bit more expensive, but worth. You will get additional discounts on various internal excursions like “The Lemur Experience” if you have a yearly pass.

If it was not the snow festival, Miami can be very hot otherwise. It is a “must-see” attraction in Miami. Let me know your opinion and experiences if you have been there, share your views in the comment box below or read my other travel experiences here.

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Cheapest place to buy a house abroad

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Buying a house or making investments in development projects was always a great way to access a better life. This can be seen in foreign lands, where families and investors find great opportunities to live or invest —and profit of—. The dominican republic real estate is one of the best ways to do so.

Buying property oversea

Nowadays, many people find that the best way to invest in the real estate business is to look oversea; there are incredible countries and opportunities to get our money’s worth. Between the best places, we can mention the Caribbean shore and, in Europe, the Spanish peninsula —between many others—. These places are beautiful and the respective real estate markets are strong.

Nevertheless, the people who have most success in this area recommend getting a great assessor in property law & investment from the country in which we want to make our investment. The cost of doing so is marginal, but it can help us to avoid any inconvenient or delay in the process.

Which are the best options to buy abroad?

Spain

According to the specialists, Spain can be one of the most attractive places to live and invest. There, the opportunities are bigger and more lucrative, as this country contains some of the most exclusive cultural and historical sites in the world, and is one of the most selected destinations because of his great landscapes and beaches.

The real estate law is especially hard, and requires the listing of a professional that can resolve the different aspects of the purchase. Even more, if we want to invest in an urban project, they bring comfort and security to the process —they are guaranties of the success of our investment—.

Even though the spain real estate business can be complex and overwhelming for someone who doesn’t know the law —many taxes must be pay and there’s an abundance of documentation that must be presented to avoid any inconvenient—, it remains one of the best options to buy abroad.

The Caribbean shores and Dominican Republic

Across the Atlantic, one of the most lucrative and safer investments out there remain in the Caribbean shores; in the Dominican Republic real estate business. If we want to buy a house to live in or if we want to put our savings in a safe and profitable financial instrument, there’s no better place.

Effectively, this country is much cheaper than Spain. This is one of the most important reasons why so many people choose to live there. In the Caribbean, we can find many affordable properties and developments of ever-growing performance in a market of great demand.

There, we can find many properties close to the most incredible shores in the whole continent; even more, the prospect of growth in this market, over the years, will give us a profit over our investment that can’t be match.

Many specialists recommend investing in the Dominican Republic real estate. Then also indicate the benefits of hiring a property law advisor that can provide knowledge and experience in the matter. The cost of doing so is relatively low, and it betters our chances to buy a cheap house abroad.

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Yacht charter in Barcelona, the comfort and privacy you can’t get on land

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Traveling the coast of Barcelona in a luxury yacht is an unforgettable experience that everyone should experience sometime in their lives. It is the perfect trip for those who want to get away from the city and its noises, to relax in a peaceful atmosphere that can only be reached at sea.

Barcelona, located on the northeast coast of the Mediterranean Sea, is one of the most visited cities in Spain, even in Europe. It is the perfect place to enjoy the architectural, artistic, cultural and gastronomic diversity of the country, making it one of the favorite tourist destinations for millions of people around the world.

Among all the many attributes that the city of Barcelona has, one of the most outstanding is its beaches. Years ago the American magazine National Geographic named Barcelona as the best coastal city in the world.

There are 4 kilometers of sand in the Catalan capital available for the fans of maritime landscapes, finding beaches for any activity you could wish for during your holidays, either to relax, practice water sports and more. 

Among all the activities that have been on the rise in this paradise is the rental of luxury yachts. And nothing can compare to sailing along the beautiful coasts of Barcelona in one of these majestic vessels, which are at your disposal to discover the most beautiful landscapes.

Undoubtedly, touring these paradisiacal landscapes aboard Barcelona charters is the best way to get away from the noise of the city and just enjoy the feeling of freedom and calm that can only be achieved on the high seas.

Imagine living the pleasure of riding on a modern motor yacht with capacity for a dozen people traveling at speeds up to 25 knots; it would be, without a doubt, a unique experience! 

In the city of Barcelona there are prestigious agencies that rent these fast and elegant luxury boats for periods ranging from one hour to the whole day and even the weekend. 

These services are aimed at VIP clients and can be used for all kinds of events, such as corporate events, meetings and romantic dinners, including unforgettable tours along the coast of Barcelona and the Maresme. There is also the option of buying drinks on the boat and catering service. There are a lot of possibilities, and companies will always provide alternatives to suit the client’s needs.

Learn a little more about these boats

Luxury yachts fascinate those who seek privacy and comfort in its maximum expression, which is sometimes difficult to achieve on land. It is a pleasant way to get away from the world.

These boats can be quite amazing in terms of all the luxury features they offer. Specialized blogs have even made rankings of the 10 most expensive yachts in the world, which are a privilege that is only reserved for a very exclusive elite.

These yachts are considered by many as titans of floating vehicles. They are jewels of engineering equipped with the latest technology and elements for maximum comfort. 

The top 10 most expensive yachts are as follows: 

1.- History Supreme ($4.8 billion).

2.- Eclipse ($1.5 billion).

3.- Streets of Monaco (1.1 billion dollars).

4.- Topaz (527 million dollars).

5.- Motor Yacht A ($440 million).

6.- Dubai (350 million dollars).

Sailing Yacht A (US$323 million).

8.- Al Said (300 million dollars).

9.- Dilbar (256 million dollars).

10.- Lady Moura (210 million dollars).

We encourage you to review the features of these amazing vessels in specialized portals, among which we can mention, heated swimming pools, heliports, basketball courts, concert halls and more. The wealthy owners of these “mega yachts” spare no expenses to make these vehicles with all the comforts that anyone could imagine.

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Planning to Travel? Here Are the Do’s to Observe

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Traveling abroad isn’t just a matter of packing and leaving; there several significant aspects of your journey that you need to be on top of before you embark on your journey. For a safe, peaceful, and enjoyable stay at your travel destination, your health should top the list from your travel plans.

It would be best to consider a thorough health checkup for vital health concerns like vaccination, blood test, malaria, urine test, and dental checkup.

Why Is a Dental Checkup Important?

If you plan to have an extended stay, you should tend to broken fillings, decayed teeth, or any dental issues to minimize dental emergencies. It’s prudent to also have the necessary treatment before leaving.

The standards of dental care worldwide vary widely and the certainty of getting dental supplies from a trusted and certified dental supplier isn’t assured. The cost may also become cumbersome given that your destination of choice may not have dental care coverage for kids.

Depending on where you’re traveling, either in developing, developed, or remote areas, leaving your dental health to chance can be uncomfortable if not dangerous. Your chosen destination may lack the resources, dental supplies, and equipment to cater to your dental needs.

Air travel causes specific pressure changes, affecting your root canal, causing pain and potential infections. Therefore, it’s advisable to ensure that you complete all your treatment before traveling or consider paste filling to minimize the risks.

Pericoronitis is an infection caused by food trapped through the flesh covering your teeth. The condition can spread to parts of your neck and head; to avoid this outcome, consider removing lower wisdom teeth that are partially exposed.

The other thing you should look out for is if you have gum (periodontal) disease, it’s essential to have your teeth cleaned by a hygienist or a dentist.

Checklist Before Travel

As stated earlier, the most vital thing is you and your health, so here are some things you should consider.

Travel Insurance

Probably, the health care insurance coverage that you have at the moment will not cover the scope of international travel. After you’ve assessed the situation keenly, consider opting for emergency medical insurance and medical evacuation.

The majority of options and plans offered by travel insurance providers occasionally cover trip cancellation, lost luggage, plus medical emergency and evacuation.

Get the Right Visa

Do thorough research on the kind of visa you need. This is a critical but overlooked aspect by many travelers. Any mixup can turn your trip into a disaster, as this little mistake could mean you’ll get turned away from the said country.

To make matters worse, you won’t even be allowed to leave the airport, which should serve as a motivation to be extra keen. Find out the visa you qualify for and apply early in advance.

Pre-Book Accommodations

You wouldn’t want to deal with the stressors involved in getting an instant spot without prior arrangements. Start on the right foot by booking a one-night accommodation in advance, ensuring you aren’t anxious through your journey.

You can have a fun-filled day exploring the area after a comfortable night’s sleep. To prepare for any eventualities, ensure that you also have a hard copy of your accommodation reservation besides having a soft copy.

Travel Advisory

Before you decide your destination, it’s vital to cross-reference through the government state department website to see if the country you wish to travel to poses a threat (short or long term) to travelers. You’ll find a list of countries with a travel warning. This is critical because travel insurance does not cover countries under a travel warning.

Vaccination

Scour through to find the health information of the country you’ll be traveling to and whether you’ll need to be vaccinated. Finding out nations that pose a risk to your health are highlighted on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.

This mainly applies if you’re traveling to third-world countries and the vaccination may vary, including yellow fever, Zika virus, malaria, cholera, etc. Also, get enough supplements to last you the entire trip if you aren’t sure you’ll be able to supplement your fill abroad.

To avoid security hiccups, find out which drug prescriptions are not illegal in your destination or countries you’ll pass through. It’s essential to bring along photocopies of your prescription and always carry the medicine in its prescribed bottle.

Suppose your medical condition requires you to have syringes, relay the information before security checks. Take your vaccination six weeks before departure, as vaccines take a couple of weeks before they can kick in.

Enjoy Your Stay

We didn’t delve deeper into aspects including culture shock, travel deals, packaging, payment methods, etc., adhering to those mentioned above essential will keep your mind at ease. What remains is to enjoy your exploration.

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