Most Americans are confronted with a few numeric challenges
when traveling to South American countries, most of them related to money,
time, and distance. Here are some tips for making conversions on your Argentina
Brush up on your multiples of 4. In recent years, the exchange rate has floated around 4 Argentine Pesos to every 1 US Dollar. When figuring how much things cost in dollars, just divide by four. A whole pizza for example, would cost around 30 pesos, so between 7 and 8 USD. Four is a nice number, especially when dealing with 100s, and it makes the mental math involved in converting from pesos to dollars, or vice versa, a whole lot easier. A further note on prices: although the cost of living in Buenos Aires and other major Argentine destinations is relatively high, by American price standards you can get very good meals for prices cheaper than what you would pay in the U.S. For other purchases, such as cocktails, Americans will find that prices are pretty similar.
You’ll frequently find that hotels, restaurants, and other services use International Time and a 24-hour clock to indicate times for reservations, check in or check out times, etc. This does not present much of a problem from midnight to noon, but things can get a bit confusing after 1 p.m. – also known as 13:00 hours. Your 9 p.m. dinner reservation – Argentines eat late! – will be recorded as 21:00 hours. An easy way to translate is to subtract 12 from the international time. For example, if your tour is scheduled to start at 17:30 hours, subtract 12, and you get 3:30 p.m. Simple enough, no?
The metric system, in use throughout South America, presents an additional mental exercise if …
not pay through your nose to plan a vacation for your family. If you can, start
putting away a little money right from the beginning for your family and plans
with your family. If you can save enough money, you need not worry about the
expenses of the vacation. But if you haven’t saved, you can start planning a
trip that won’t cost you that much of a fortune but still you are able to enjoy
with your family and keep everyone happy. For planning a budget trip like that
you can choose to go to a place which is a less of a tourist spot and thus
ensure that the expenses will be less. In addition to that, the rush will be
even less and you can enjoy the beauties of the place without any disturbances.
Going on a
vacation with your family can be a great stress buster. Your family is the
group of people that know you and your habits better than anyone. But, due to
the increasing busy lifestyle that involves all of us, we are not able to spend
quality time with our loved ones. Going on a vacation gives you a chance to
re-bond with your family. A vacation can put back any quarrels that you have
with any of your family members and tell them how much you love them.
Almost all the people in a family work with a lot of stress and busy schedules. The younger ones have schools and colleges and the elder ones have jobs. Due to the increasing competition, you cannot afford to slow down even a little bit. Thus, a vacation for a family can be a change for everyone and lighten everybody’s spirit to go back and work even better and get better results …
Cappadocia boasts one of the most magical and breathtaking
dramatic landscapes in Turkey. The rocky
fairy chimneys attest to ancient volcanic eruptions and the ravages of sun,
frost, wind and rain. Cappadocia is a
region with its unique mix of natural geography, Anatolian history and vibrant
traditional Turkish culture. Following
are a few travel tips of things to see and do when visiting this amazing area
The open air museum of Goreme consist of steep cliffs and
many hidden churches dating from the second half of the 9th Century and
afterwards. This is a great place to start when you arrive in Cappadocia so
that you can learn the history of the area and tour some of the most well
preserved painted cave churches and their elaborate frescoes.
Beginning in the second century A.D., as successive armies
swept across Asia Minor, the residents of Cappadocia created uniquely
defensible communities by digging approximately eight stories down into the
volcanic tufa stone. You can tour Kaymakli Underground City seeing the stables,
churches, cellars and homes. You can
also explore Derinkuyu, which is another large underground city in the area.
Pasabag and Zelve
These natural sites are the perfect places to take photos of
the dramatic landscape of Cappadocia. If you are more on the adventurous side,
these sites allow you more freedom to climb around and explore the caves,
churches and homes that are hewn into the rock.
Uchisar is the name of a town and the fortress in the town.
This 60 meter-high fortress was not built but carved out of a natural hill
dominating the area with a breathtaking view of all the surrounding Cappadocia
Hot Air Balloon Ride
Early the in the morning you can depart for an unforgettable
balloon ride …
Best Family Vacation Destinations – Alsace’s
Route du Vin (Wine Route), spanning from Marlenheim near Strasbourg to Mulhouse
and boasting over 60 traditional wine-producing towns, is one of the most
charming regions in Western Europe. This 170 km strip, which runs along the
Vosges Mountains, offers visitors an authentic Alsace experience. Visitors are
drawn to the area not only for the villages, gorgeous houses and numerous
vineyards that offer free degustations, but also for the host of outdoor
activities on offer.
Situated in the heart of the Alsace vineyards,
Kaysersberg, in the Ribeauville-Riquewehr region of the Route is a veritable
feast for the eyes. The rustic beauty of its lush green landscapes, its rolling
hills and endless vineyards captivate and delight the senses. Considered one of
the most beautiful towns on the wine route, un-touristy Kaisersberg is picture
perfect. It’s half-timbered and stone buildings, magnificent churches, multi-
colored roofs, bridges over small streams and rivers, castle ruins, courtyards
with flowers, clean cobblestone streets and walls and gates and fountains –
it’s all here and just can’t be beat!
A former imperial town, Kaysersberg has
succeeded in retaining its medieval splendor and owes its distinctive
identification to the double-gabled, well-preserved Gothic houses and numerous
buildings dating from the 15th to 17th century.
History has certainly left is mark here – from
Dr. Albert Schweitzer, who was born here, and the museum in his name which
reminds us that the Nobel Peace prize started in Kaysersberg, to the town’s
leading grape variety, the Pinot Gris. Legend has it that the first vines were
brought here from Hungary by Lazare de Schwede who lived during Maxmillian’s
Situated in a historically strategic location,
Kaysersberg took on real importance in the middle Ages. The high fortress that
dominates the city serves as a reminder …
Travelers who are ignorant of their
surroundings can make easy targets for thieves because they stand out in a
crowd. They generally carry cash, credit cards and valuables like video
cameras, cameras and/or computers. By following a few safety tips tourists can
reduce the risk of being mugged or robbed. It is a good idea to research the
safety of your intended destination by consulting your travel agent, or see if
any of your friends have traveled to the same destination and discuss with them
their experiences while they were there.
General Safety Tips
Research your destination before
you get there.
Familiarize yourself with your
surroundings as quickly as possible as soon as you arrive.
Keep your travel plans and
accommodation details as discreet as possible.
Don’t hitch hike.
Avoid less attractive areas of the
cities you travel, especially at night.
Ask your hotel manager for advice
on the safe areas to visit.
City streets that include children
and women may suggest the area is safe for families.
Keep a photocopy of your passport
and all other important documents in a safe place.
Use ATMs during the day, when
there are people around.
Try to rely more on credit cards
and travelers cheques. Try not to use cash.
If you are mugged, don’t fight
back. Give them what they want, material things can be replaced.
Avoid incidents such as fights,
riots or any other disturbance, do not let your curiosity get the better of
If you were planning to move your family to
another neighborhood in your own country, there are certain safety tips that
you would follow or questions that you would ask yourself before you moved.