Maldives: The Good and Bad

Many travel sites have been suggesting that the Maldives is one of the “in” places to spend a tropical vacation. One travel blogger from BoardingArea.com spends some time in the Maldives after numerous suggestions from readers and she has these to say: The superficial – “The Maldives… is a bit like most Miss America contestants–absolutely stunning on the outside, though not a wh

Tipping Etiquette Basics

Tipping is usually experienced by most people by dining out in restaurants. But that is just not where tipping is also practiced.  For a frequent traveler, tipping is usually involved in almost all manner of activity during a trip. The most important thing is that the traveler knows the right way of tipping. Here are some tipping etiquette basics that most travelers should know. Tipping On Rides When you ride a ta

The Essence Of Being A Tour Guide

For people who are contemplating a different career, going into a route where ones passions reside would be the right direction to go. If it is travel and a passion for history that one’s interests lay, being a tour guide may be a good option to take advantage of such interests in having a fulfilling job. But being a tour guide is something more than just having a love for travel and history. Here are some th

Choosing the Right Scuba Instructor

In your training to become a certified scuba diver, the first–and crucial–step is to choose a good scuba instructor. The local dive shops are often the best places to find them, although storefront dive shops that only rent and sell equipment also have their affiliated instructors and scuba classes. However, do not take classes right away. You need to ask your prospective instructor about his credenti

Scuba Certification Tips

Scuba diving is one training-intensive hobby. Having a scuba certification card from a reputable scuba association assures the people manning different dive shops that you have been trained to dive safely and responsibly. Dive shops will require you to present your scuba certification card before arranging a chartered diving expedition. It is not just because they are concerned for your safety, but because inexp

Top 5 Camping States in the US

The United States is blessed with acres upon acres of beautiful camping and outdoor destinations. Tourists and residents can choose from a variety of national, state, and regional parks, as well as many wilderness areas and preserves. Although each state has a unique appeal, readers of About.com were polled and revealed their favorite camping states. Colorado – The natural beauty, breathtaking landscape, and

Four Wheel Pop-Up Camper, Hawk Model

Camping trailers can be really expensive, but there is an alternative way to camp out on wheels. Pop-up campers, for instance, can be placed on top of pick-up trucks, converting your vehicle into a mobile trailer for a fraction of a price of traditional trailers. Four Wheel is one of the most popular pop-up camper companies with its variety of sizes and features that are affordable to most mobile campers. The Haw

How to Call Home From Abroad

If you are set for a multi-day vacation spree outside the country, finding a way to call home could be a struggle if you are not prepared. Many countries still do not have widespread Internet access, sometimes even no Internet (or phones) at all. There are many ways to call loved ones at home while you are out of the country that are not only convenient, but also cost close to free. Skype – This software can

Avoiding Getting Your Backpack Lost

A traveler’s worst nightmare is to have his luggage lost and there are many ways to lose the baggage and the precious belongings that go with it. Whether it is a bulky luggage or a heavy backpack, keeping an eye on your bags should never waver the whole trip. Your bag could get mishandled or, worse, stolen. The general rule of thumb is to avoid attraction. Travelers should not appear “rich” in

How to Deal with Border Officers

The last thing a jolly traveler wants is to be refused entry to his destination. There are a variety of reasons why you would be turned away by an immigation officer or border police. Even a simple miscalculated move of tweeting about “destroying America” before arriving in the US could get you into trouble. However, you are not alone. Even the most experienced tourists feel a bit apprehensive as the