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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

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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.

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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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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.

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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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Staying Safe While You’re Abroad

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Going on holiday is a thrilling experience, there’s so much to see, discover, and feel, but you need to make sure that you’re safe while you’re away. Being so far from home can leave you vulnerable to a lot of different dangers, and you’re not going to be able to resolve them in the way that you usually would. You need to know how to look after yourself in the event that something should happen, and that way you can ensure that your time away ends as a positive experience. There’s a lot to explore, but new experiences can sometimes bring about a risk to your health and safety.

Keep your important belongings close to you

No matter where you’re going, if it’s somewhere that requires you to have important documents and money with you at all times, you should make sure you have a way to prevent that from getting lost or stolen. There are many ways you can do it, but finding a way to keep those important belongings close to you, without the chance of them going missing is very important. Some people even go the extra distance to bring extras of those documents, and it can ensure that it doesn’t hinder their ability to have a good time while they’re away. The last thing you want is to lose your passport when you need to get home.

Make sure to take medication

If you’re going somewhere where you’re at risk of getting a disease, you must find out about it before you get there. Being able to prepare the proper medication and prevent those diseases can be a real life-saver. Going to another country means exposing yourself to new elements, making you much more vulnerable to health risks. Knowing how to do things like preventing Malaria, or warding off bugs is important! You never know what might happen while you’re out there, but if you’re prepared you at least know that you’re safe.

Know how to avoid getting lost

If you’re going somewhere far from home, it’s only expected that you’re not going to know where you are at all times, especially if you’re not going with a group. If you are out and about exploring, you’re going to want to know how you can make sure finding your way home is possible. Being able to communicate with the locals can be very helpful when you need to ask for directions. Now, learning a whole other language for a vacation isn’t realistic, but there are words and phrases you can learn to take you that little bit further.

You should also consider buying a map of the area that you go to before you set out. It’s great to explore, but a map can mean that you avoid getting lost. You’re likely going to have to rely on yourself whenever you get into trouble, so knowing how to read a map and navigate is going to make all the difference. It’s an adventure, but your safety should be your top priority.

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