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Thomson's Fall, Kenya

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In 1883 Joseph Thomson became the first European to reach Thomson’s Falls. He was a Scottish geologist and naturalist who was also the first European to walk between Mombasa and Lake Victoria, which he did in the early 1880s. He named Thomson’s Falls for his father. Long before Joseph Thomson arrived, the central highlands of Kenya was inhabited by the Kikuyu people. Kikuyus are the largest tribe of Kenya making up approximately 23 percent of the country’s population today. They are of Bantu origin (Bantus came from West Africa) and moved in from northern and eastern areas to settle in the Mount Kenya vicinity. The Kikuyus are known in Kenya as business people and good traders. They are pastoralists and prefer to settle an area than live the nomadic herdsman life of their neighbouring Maasai, Samburu and Turkana tribes. Bananas and coffee are the prevalent crops in the region. Living in Kenya’s central highlands means their traditional dress is almost reminiscent of Russia, with square woollen hats made from sheep’s skin. Where the Maasai robe themselves in brightly coloured, lightweight blankets, the Kikuyu have thick sheepskin draped around them. It is very rare these days to see Kikuyu dressing and living...
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The capital of the once mighty Kakatiya Dynasty is a history aficionado’s dream. The city is celebrated for its rich history, superlative fort, numerous places of worship and a royal hall that marks the first piece of Islamic architecture in the region. But a traveler must keep in mind that Warangal as a city does not does not have much to offer to non-history enthusiasts. We planned this trip for quite some time and were well prepared to finally visit the historical city of Warangal. We went via car on the newly opened National Highway 202 that took us to Warangal. It wasn’t fully constructed, so we constantly had to take detours and drive over sand piles – it made our journey much longer. The modern day Warangal is interlocked with 2 other cities known as Hanamkonda and Kazipet, all together collectively known as the tri-cities. The Highway passes through the 3 cities, so before entering Warangal we passed through Kazipet which is a major railway junction. Located right next to it is Hanamkonda a city famous for its places of worship and after a lengthened travel on the troublesome highway we finally reached Warangal. We were pretty surprised that when...
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What’s the right travel insurance plan for you and your trip? The one that gives you the coverage you need and pays your claims, of course. Yet unpaid travel insurance claims are one of the biggest point of contention travelers have about travel insurance. It’s understandable. You buy a plan and expect it to pay out when you run into trouble. The problem is this: most travelers don’t understand what they’re getting and they don’t read the exclusions. So, when they read that their plan has ‘trip cancellation’ they expect that to mean it will cover any trip cancellation. Unfortunately, this is a naive assumption. All insurance plans have exclusions. So, how do you know you’re getting the right travel insurance plan? Here are 4 steps: 1. Decide what travel insurance coverage you need If you don’t have a lot of pre-paid money tied up in your trip and you aren’t worried about cancellation, then you may not need trip cancellation coverage, for example. If you’re traveling outside your health insurance network, be sure to get travel medical coverage. What coverage you need depends entirely on your personal situation, your trip, what you plan to do on that trip, and who...
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Holidaying abroad without getting travel insurance is a big mistake! You never know when a calamity strikes that might lead to a medical emergency or even evacuation. Under such circumstances, travel insurance comes to your rescue. However, with a slew of options available, choosing the right travel insurance has become trickier. It is very important to understand your requirements and budget before shelling out money to purchase a plan only to realize it’s useless. So, here are some tips to help you make the right choice. High Coverage Limit Opt for plans having a coverage limit of at least $ 100,000 to cover high medical expenses if you get fatal injuries or sick. Plans with a coverage limit of $ 20,000 won’t help much in case of serious injuries where medical costs tend to shoot up considerably. Emergency Evacuation What if you break a leg while climbing a mountain or there’s a natural disaster forcing you to evacuate? Plans that cover emergency evacuation prove handy here. Such plans promise to cover expenses up to USD $ 3, 00,000. While buying a plan, double-check if it covers evacuation from the hospital to your country.   Compare policies There are countless websites that allow...
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We're looking into taking our kids on a cultural trip across teh UK for 3 months in the next year or so. Naturally, I want this trip to be enlightenening and informative. We'd like our kids to learn history and culutural from a variety of countries and figured the UK would be the best place to start for our kids to learn about their ancestry. So I've been scouring the internet to find places that we should add on to our list of must see places. One of particular intererst was the Battle of Britain Bunker. My grandfather fought in World War II and sometimes opens up the the kids and myself to discuss what happened. He has hundreds of stories and the children love asking him questions about one of the most tragic wars in history. I feel this would be a great place to add to the list of places to see and the kids will be able to relate, or atleast better understand WWII when their grand father talks about it. It's a good way to learn about history and instill an understanding about war and it's effects to our children. There are so many wonderful and some...
Blog posted from Stonehenge, A344, Amesbury, Wiltshire SP4 7DE, UK View larger map
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Many travelers these days - like the readers here - are seeking something a little more adventurous when they travel. After all, travel is supposed to be about experiencing something out of the ordinary, right? Still, most of us can recognize that a day of rock climbing is a little more risky than say a day spent shopping. So, it’s easy to see why travel insurance companies isolate a whole list of activities and identify them as ‘hazardous’. Taking it one step further, travel insurance companies exclude those activities defined as hazardous and exclude them from nearly all travel insurance plans. So, what’s an adventure traveler to do? If you like to do things like: hang gliding SCUBA diving para-sailing bungee jumping white water rafting hiking skiing rock climbing and more You’re going to have to do a couple extra steps when insuring your trips: Determine what activities you will be doing on your trip, and Find a plan that specifically covers those activities Before you think that you can’t get coverage - stop. Adventure travelers can get coverage for their trips as long as they’re careful. Stop and Read the Travel Insurance Plan It sounds like a big pain in...
Blog posted from Rocky Mountains, San Isabel National Forest, Colorado 81211, USA View larger map
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I heard about a small town called Bidar in India, it was on the news as a Bollywood movie was being filmed there. After a bit of research I found out that it has so much to offer tourists,  although being a travel fanatic around India I never heard of it. So I decided to go there, a couple of friends tagged along and we set off via car for Bidar.   We did not have any other option as Bidar does not have an airport and a train journey is out of the cards; for a train ride in India, prior booking is a must for the sleeper coach. We set off from Hyderabad around 9 a.m. and reached Bidar by 11 a.m. - its only 130 kilometers from Hyderabad.   As soon as we arrived at Bidar, we headed straight to the old part of town where most of the tourist attractions are located. The old part of town was surrounded by thick seemingly impenetrable sandstone walls all around. Once in, we went towards the Chaubara - a huge clocktower in the middle of the city. We were left in awe by its massive size, it strikes out from the whole...
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If you have set your sights on a trip to Australia, you are going to experience some of the most incredible natural bio-diversity and geographic wonders of the world. The continent of Australia is fast becoming an affordable vacation option for travelers throughout the world and is thought of as one of the last great tourism frontiers. In the past flights were so expensive that it discouraged a lot of travelers from vacationing, however given the recent economic boom and increased service by major carriers it is possible to get cheap flights to Australia for your next vacation. Considering that for most departures the flight to Australia direct is about twenty-two (22) hours in duration or an itinerary that requires multiple connecting flights in Europe or Asia, it is not hard to understand why airlines have to charge what they do for the flight based on fuel expenses alone. However there are a number of tips and tricks to keeping your vacation in Australia affordable that can help make it reasonable without breaking your budget. Free Attractions If you are travelling while keeping expenses to a minimum, investigate the number of free tourist opportunities there are to take advantage of. For...
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Many travelers skip buying travel insurance because they see ‘trip cancellation’ and ‘baggage coverage’ on their credit card travel protection agreements, but what you may not know is that the limits of those protections. They don’t always stack up to what you can get with travel insurance. Here are some important differences between credit card travel protections and travel insurance. The reasons you can cancel your trip are strictly limited Trip cancellation protection through your credit card is typically limited to illness, injury, or death of you, a close family member, or your traveling companion. If your daughter-in-law is hospitalized and she needs you to cancel your trip and care for her children, that trip cancellation may not be a covered event. In addition to limited reasons for cancelling your trip, the maximum payout with your credit card travel protection is very limited as well - often as little as $500 or $1,000. The maximum trip payout for a travel insurance plan is determined by your total trip costs. Your annual fee is likely higher than travel insurance Of course, not all credit cards offer travel benefits, and those that do may require an annual fee that’s higher - some as high as $495 (Visa® Black CardTM)...
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Budget Tips for Travel Down Under

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Finding cheap flights to Australia requires a bit of patience and some good online web research in order to get a great deal on your airfare. With more travellers exploring Australia and tourism on the rise as well as growing professional opportunities for businesses, it's a great time to visit 'The Land Down Under'. Some of the most shocking high priced airfares can be on itineraries to Australia. The reason is simply distance. From the west coast and Los Angeles International Airport, a non-stop flight to Sydney will take a minimum of 14.5 hours in the air. From Toronto or New York, the flight typically takes twenty two hours or more and involves connecting flights. The bottom line is that the longer the distance the more costly it is for the airline to operate the schedule, and the higher the price of travel for the consumer. As more airlines have opened additional routes to Australia (in response to it's current social and economic boom) the availability of itineraries has lead to some great opportunities to save money. It is possible to find cheap flights to Australia if you know where and when to look.   Peak Season The high season...
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