Conversions for Time, Distance, and Money on Your Argentina Trip

Conversions for Time, Distance, and Money on Your Argentina Trip

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 vacation.

Conversions for Time, Distance, and Money on Your Argentina Trip

1. Currency.

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.

2. Time.

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?

3. Distance.

The metric system, in use throughout South America, presents an additional mental exercise if you’re trying to keep track of distances. Ever run a 10K race? Then you know that that distance is approximately 6 miles. Another handy benchmark is 50 kilometers, which is about 31 miles. A marathon – 26.2 miles for us Americans – is commonly known around the world as 42 kilometers. When it comes to distances, rough estimations are usually sufficient, so rounding up or down is really convenient.

4. Weight.

When buying fruits or cheese or nuts in bulk at the grocery store, Americans are used to dealing with pounds. However, everything is in kilos in the Argentine market. …

Vacation with Your Family

Vacation with Your Family

You need 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 at what they are working.

You can decide the place, the means of commuting and budget according to the number of family member that accompany you. If it’s the whole of the family, then you can make bulk reservations, and get yourself discounts with food, stay and almost everywhere. But, if you are travelling with your own core family members, you can spill out some extra cash as it is once in a while that you take such vacations. …

Tour Turkey: Six Places to See When Touring the Magical Land of Cappadocia

Tour Turkey: Six Places to See When Touring the Magical Land of Cappadocia

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 of Turkey.

Tour Turkey: Six Places to See When Touring the Magical Land of Cappadocia

Goreme

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.

Underground Cities

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 Fortress

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 formations.

Hot Air Balloon Ride

Early the in the morning you can depart for an unforgettable balloon ride over Cappadocia. You will drift down through the canyons and float high in the air to view the extraordinary landscapes. You will brush through the treetops and explore the areas hidden treasures.

Avanos Hand Craft Center

Avanos is a small town famous for its pottery and carpets. It is built along the banks of Kizilirmak River, the longest river originating and ending within the borders of Turkey. At a local hand-craft center, you can learn all major aspects of carpet-weaving and how to make your own pottery.

Cappadocia is a wonderland of unusual and magnificent geographic formations sprinkled with green …

Best Family Vacation Destinations on the Alsace Wine Route

Best Family Vacation Destinations on the Alsace Wine Route

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 time.

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 of its past. The name Kaysersberg (emperors mount) comes from the fortress, acquired by the Roman Empire in 1227. The town developed around the fortress and became an imperial city with walls and towers. Today Kaysersberg seems more appropriate as the perfect setting for an Alsatian festival with its medieval atmosphere and charm.

Although over 50 varieties of “grand cru” wines are produced in the area, the Tokay wine is Kaysersberg specialty. The village is perfect for visiting any time but is at its most attractive in September when the harvest is under way.

Tucked between green mountains, the surrounding …

Safety Tips – Enjoy Your Holiday

Don’t be a victim when you travel!

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 you.

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.

Safety Tips or Questions

  • What is the neighborhood like,
  • Is it safe for my family,
  • Are their recreation facilities for my family to enjoy,
  • What are the schools like,
  • What are the people like that are in the neighborhood.

Traveling to another country to vacation with your family is like moving to another neighborhood in your own country. Research your destination before you leave making sure that it is safe for your family. Also, make sure that there is enough recreation for every member of your family to enjoy that is close to the hotel. This way your family does not have to stray too far from your hotel. Familiarize your self with your …