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Posted on Jun 17, 2013 in Guest Posts, Travel Destinations |

Top 5 Vegas Activities for Summer 2013

Visiting Vegas this summer? You won’t want to miss these current and classic activities! These activities embody the spirit of Vegas and will give you the chance to get the “true” Las Vegas experience. See the Mystère Cirque du Soleil at Treasure Island June 2- July 3, 2013 When you visit Vegas this summer, you won’t want to miss one of the city’s classic shows – the Cirque du Soleil. The Mystère show is an abstract performance featuring the possible origins of Earth. The show mixes art, culture, and music from around the world into one awe-inspiring event that you will never forget. The Cirque du Soleil is a permanent feature in Las Vegas with one show or another, and once you see it you will know why. The best part about the Cirque du Soleil is that it is suitable for all ages and will inspire everyone with a sense of awe. Visit the Pool at The Beach at Mandalay Bay Hotel  Want the ultimate Vegas pool and beach experience? This classic beach contains sand, a wave pool, and a fully-functioning lazy river. For the total poolside Vegas party experience, don’t miss stopping by one day this summer! Attend Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp with YES at the MGM Grand Hotel July 14, 2013 – July 17, 2013 Do you love classic rock? Then how about the chance to play with rock and roll legends YES. YES was a progressive rock band from the 1970s and 80s, and nine of their albums made it to the top 10 charts in the United States and the UK. At Fantasy Camp, you can play the famous songs of YES right there with the original band members. The camp allows you to interact directly with the band and play some of their most-loved songs together with them. This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity will leave you with lasting memories and epic bragging rights when you return home. Swim with Sharks at the Shark Reef Aquarium Las Vegas has more to offer than hotels, drinking, and gambling. If you want adventure, Vegas has plenty of...

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Posted on Jun 17, 2013 in Guest Posts, Migration News, Travel Stories |

Who Wants to Eat Shrimp In Hawaii?

It has always been a dream of my families to go on a vacation to Hawaii. Last November we were fortunate enough to go to the Hawaiian island of Oahu. We spent most of our time on the north shore where we enjoyed the laid back and relaxed portion of the island. After relaxing in the morning we would go find a place to eat lunch. On the north shore of Oahu there are many small, family owned restaurants that have great food! One of the places that we went multiple times was Giovanni’s shrimp truck. We had heard about this Giovanni’s prior to us arriving in Hawaii, so we were excited to try their famous shrimp. The second day of our vacation our family of five climbed into our rented jeep and headed off to find a place to eat lunch. After a little debate we decided to go to Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck. When we got to Giovanni’s I wondered if we were in the right place. I had heard about their famous shrimp and here we were parked in front of what looked like a beat up ice cream truck with writing all over it. When we got up to the window to order they had four choices of food: the shrimp scampi (world famous dish), the “no refunds” hot & spicy shrimp, lemon butter shrimp, and a jumbo garlic hot dog. I got their supposedly “world famous” Shrimp Scampi because from what I heard it was really good and it was world famous! It was my first time eating shrimp that wasn’t either deep fried or from Wal-Mart so I was excited. The shrimp looked really good and I was hungry so I picked up a shrimp and took a bite. When I took that first bite I was extremely disappointed. As I chewed the shrimp it was crunchy, so crunchy that it was extremely uncomfortable in my mouth. I tried to keep chewing but there was hardly any taste and it was really hard to chew. At first I figured that this was just how...

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Posted on Jun 17, 2013 in Guest Posts, Living Abroad |

Jobs and Moving Abroad – How to Think Ahead

In many cases people tend to relocate on a permanent basis, whether it their target is a city or a foreign land. There are many reasons for such a move, such as work, love and a desire to travel among others. For most people however, the main reason for a move is mostly made for work reasons and lucrative, new job opportunities. If that is the case, then you will need to consider the details surrounding the job well before making your move and accepting the offer you are given. The following article aims to help you with these small details that might be overlooked during your intent and action. We begin with the following: The importance of friends and family You must take their opinions into consideration before you make a move. You must ensure you have their support, as you may need it in the future times ahead. You must admit that the help and support of those close to you will be crucial, regardless of what you believe. Many of them may help with jobs, residence and other details when you need them. The cost of living That is something you will not have a chance to elude, as the most important aspect of your future life will be the ratio of your expenses to your income. You must make a careful plan which takes all your expenses into account, so you can keep close track of how much you’ll be able to work with. Even though your pay may be large enough, you should still work on this so you could be aware of your limitations at all times. Taxes and other payments This particular part of our tips is closely related to our previous category. Moving abroad means you will need to get familiarized with the way taxes are done in your target country and how much of your income they will be in the end. Some countries may handle all of your tax details for you, unlike it is done in the US and some other countries, so keep that in mind when...

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Posted on Jun 12, 2013 in Australia, Australian Immigration, Guest Posts |

Moving from the UK to Australia – What you need to know

Changing the dreary weather conditions of England with its gale-force wind-swept beaches for the golden beaches of Australia with clear blue water and hot weather can seem like a no-brainer. The outdoors lifestyle and beautiful scenery offered by Australia has meant that the number of people making the move from the UK to Australia has been a regular occurrence. However, before you move Down Under, here are a few points on the most important things you need to know before going. Finances Having a healthy credit rating is important as you begin to start your new life abroad, although it is important to check with your card provider if your credit rating will follow you abroad. To check your credit rating go on to your banks website, or alternatively check it out here. Research international credit cards which allow free cash withdrawals abroad or consult your bank in the UK who might be able to advise you or provide information on the services they offer in Australia. Your credit rating and history can often be required as evidence when applying for your visa and therefore ensure that it is as healthy as possible. Prepare a Budget Prepare a budget and pay off any of your existing debts, making sure to arrive in Australia with money in your back pocket. Moving to the other side of the world and setting up your new life will incur a heavy initial cost as you pay deposits on your accommodation, kit out your apartment or house and generally get settled, not forgetting the cost of a one-way airfare to Australia. Visas Investigate your visa options and begin preparing your application process earlier rather than later as some visas can take up to 2 years to be granted. There are a variety of visas available for people moving to Australia permanently with the main categories being skilled independent migration, employer nomination scheme, business migration and retirement visas. Accommodation Whether you investigate housing or rental prices online or whilst on one of your scouting trips to Australia, make sure to check out the market thoroughly....

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Posted on Jun 10, 2013 in Guest Posts, Travel |

How to Get Physically Fit Before a High-Altitude Trek

Mountaineers and sports physiologists have different definitions of “high altitude.” Some set limits as low as 6,500 feet (2,000 meters), while others don’t acknowledge altitude until 8,000 feet (2,400 meters). However, everyone agrees that as you go higher into the atmosphere, oxygen becomes less dense. The concentration of oxygen is the same, but the gas is spread out over a larger area. Lower levels of oxygen can have different effects on your body. One of the first effects that people notice is accelerated respiration and heart rate. Sometimes, people experience shortness of breath and coughing. Others notice poor sleep, including vivid dreams, feelings of suffocation and sleep apnea. High altitude conditions expose the body to more ultraviolet radiation, which can cause sunburn and dehydration. You may remember every piece of equipment that you need for a high-altitude trek. You’ve considered satellite phone rentals, you’ve packed plenty of water and you’ve layered clothing for different temperatures. If you don’t prepare your body, however, then none of your equipment will make the trip enjoyable. Instead of enjoying splendid views from high altitudes, you’ll be calling for medical attention. Physical Training You should never embark on a trek if you aren’t in decent physical shape. In high-altitude conditions, treks often ascend to great heights before descending to lower levels within short spans of time. Start a fitness regimen including aerobic exercises like running, swimming, cycling or stair climbing at least two to three months before your trek. Many scientists recommend a regimen of “live high, train low.” In addition to building your fitness before you leave for your trek, try arriving a week or two early if you can. Practice living and sleeping at higher elevations while training at a lower elevation. Living up high will increase your red blood cell count, which will help your cells to process oxygen more efficiently. If you can’t “live high,” you can invest in a high-altitude sleeping chamber, although these tools are costly. If “live high, train low” isn’t practical for you, then do just some of your training at a higher altitude. Doctors at...

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Posted on May 30, 2013 in Guest Posts, Travel Destinations |

Hit the Beach! Tips for Beachgoers in Chennai

Chennai’s beaches are one of the city’s top attractions. Long expanses of sand, cool waters combined with plentiful food and drink on the shore make them a grand destination for the whole family. Read on for some tips about which beaches to visit and what to do when you go there. Marina Beach Marina Beach is one of Chennai’s gems. A lengthy expanse of sand and sea, it is popular with foreign and domestic tourists, and locals who enjoy dipping their toes in the Bay of Bengal or simply walking beside its waters. While many people enjoy the beach for playing volleyball, beach cricket and other sports, swimming in the sea is prohibited at Marina Beach because of the strong undertow. To cool down, many people choose to visit one of the two swimming pools along Marina Beach instead. While beautiful, the beach is not peaceful — as one of the longest urban beaches in the world, it is often crowded. Even visitors who aren’t looking for beach activities may find themselves at the waterfront while seeking other landmarks: Marina Beach Drive is the location of the Senate House, the Ice House and Anna Square. Because the focus at Marina Beach can swiftly change into long hours of people-watching and making new friends, bring your camera, a beach towel or other cloth for sitting on the sand and chatting, and a hat or umbrella for your personal shade. If you like to keep moving along the beach, stroll in the tideline or walk along the promenade. If you do the latter, enjoy the greenery and keep an eye out for stone statues of local or legendary heroes that dot the sides of the drive. As crowded as they are, Marina Beach and the other beaches of Chennai are not only playgrounds for holidaymakers. Fishermen set off at daybreak to seek their day’s catch in gaily painted boats, a sight worth watching if you’re an early riser. Of the beaches near Chennai, Marina Beach has the most developed attractions for visitors, but it’s not the only option for enjoying sea...

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Posted on May 30, 2013 in Guest Posts, Travel Destinations |

Best Countries to Retire and Move to Worldwide

What are the best spots for retirement around the world? That greatly depends on your personal preferences, however there are many options and interesting chances to explore different cultures and lands during that time of our lives. Living and retiring abroad can allow you a much more calm and uplifting retirement than it would in your home country if you choose right. The following choices are merely a few of the possibly interesting and captivating locations around the globe. They will offer you their own lifestyle choices and different standards of living, so choose wisely. We begin with the following: Ecuador Offering a chance to live at relatively reasonable prices for rent including other expenses each month is something you could afford here. You can even buy a condo or a house near the ocean to enjoy the local views and it could cost you much less than it would if you wanted to live out the rest of your days in the US or other western countries. Making your move lets you keep and import most of your household goods with a duty-free pass, thanks to a simpler visa process. This, combined with its lovely climate, beaches and proximity to the Andes makes Ecuador one of the most sought-after destinations for retirement worldwide. Panama This country will provide you with all the amenities of a large city, great healthcare, local cuisine and activities you can enjoy on a daily basis. You can allow yourself a pretty good life here based on a middle class salary equivalent, giving you a chance to enjoy eating out on a regular basis, having housekeeping clean and tidy up your place several times a week as well as social entertainment to your tastes as well. The major draw which pulls people toward Panama is the excellent Pensionado visa, which allows the retirees who answer the qualifications to get a relatively quick residence status. This program allows the visa holders medical treatment discounts, as well as such on dining and other aspects of social life. You will experience many interesting things here, ranging from...

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