3 Things You Shouldn’t Forget When Going Fishing With Your Husband

Whether you’re into angling as well, or you’re just looking forward to your next fishing trip with your special someone, the fact is that you can’t leave home without putting together a list of things you should take with you. Let’s forget about the actual gear and tackle that anglers use regularly and that they make sure to pack whenever a fishing opportunity arises.

 

To make the most of your angling adventure, we’ve put together a list of three things you should never leave behind.

  • Safety-related items

If you intend to go boat fishing, you need to make sure that you have two things with you. One of them is a first-aid kit and the other is a marine fire extinguisher. Most people will be surprised, but the incidence of fires on boats is rather high, which is ironic in a way given that boats are surrounded by so much water. Nonetheless, fire extinguishers for marine use have special substances in them that can put out a fire way faster than water ever could.

As for first-aid kits, their presence on the boat is self-explanatory. Even when fly fishing, you need to ensure that you and your hubby’s skin is protected at all times, which is why we recommend keeping some sunscreen at hand. If you’re going fishing with the kids, make sure to bring along personal floatation devices or life vests for them.

  • Proper clothing

While some rookies might argue that there’s little to no point in investing in quality fishing clothes, this issue is still debatable. Sure, some things like fishing t-shirts might make little to no sense as they do not come with a good deal of pockets to store your gear in. However, a fishing vest or jacket can mean the world to an angler who wants to know that all the tackle is easily reachable.

If you want to stay close to your partner and assist him or her in their fishing endeavors, perhaps you need a pair of nice-looking fishing waders for women. These can be waist or chest-high, made from neoprene or rubber, and might come with integrated boots or not. Some fishers tend to think that those models made specifically for women have to be pink or brightly colored, but we’ve seen that the design matters less when it comes to getting a functional wader.

Hats and sunglasses are great, as well, especially if you’re going to spend a whole day under the sun.

  • Food and water

If you plan to spend a whole day on the water, it stands to reason that you should be properly hydrated and have enough nourishment with you. The least you could bring along is some beef jerky, chopped carrots, sunflower seeds, sandwiches, chips, or just some light snacks that can withstand the heat. In a worst case scenario, if you’re left with no water, we recommend getting a filter like LifeStraw, which is basically a portable bottle that can filter water from any potable source. Stream and river fishers are going to love this product, without a doubt.

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What To Do When You Are In Japan

Taking a trip to Japan was one of the most beautiful experiences of my life and it truly is a land filled with history, culture and everything that you could possibly want from a country. I love the culture especially and wanted to talk about a few of the things that you need to do whilst you are there.

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Japan

I hope you enjoy reading about it and I hope that you will love Japan as much as I do.

Eat sushi

Everyone knows and loves sushi, but the thing is that it isn’t something you can truly appreciate until you have actually been to Japan. The Japanese pride themselves on the finest fish and the most meticulous preparation to make sushi great. You will never try sushi as good as you can in Japan, so you absolutely need to eat as much sashimi, nori rolls and nigiri as possible.

Visit mount Fuji

Mount Fuji definitely is one of the most iconic sights of Japan that you could think of. It is a beautiful place and definitely something that you should see, even better is climbing the mountain and it may sound like a challenge at 3776 metres high, but it is relatively tame in comparison to other high mountains, especially due to the lack of actual climbing (with your hands and feet) and the good paths that exist on the mountain. The view from the top is amazing and is something that you truly will now forget. The mountain itself is seen to be rather holy in Japan and has been the site for pilgrimages for hundreds of years.

Visit the beautiful Kyoto

Kyoto is one of the most beautiful places that you could imagine, especially with the huge number of temples that you can visit there. If you have ever considered Japan road trips, Kyoto would likely be on the best places to put on your list. You could endlessly explore the area and go from temple to temple. Zen Buddhism is also very fascinating and you can naturally learn a lot about it in Kyoto.

Enjoy the atmosphere of karaoke

Karaoke is a fun pastime that we have all tried at one point or another, but wouldn’t it be great to try it in the place where is was invented? The Japanese truly love to sing and they are fanatics about karaoke. They love to have themed rooms that are so well designed and thought out that only the Japanese could have built them!

Enjoy the sights and sounds of Okinawa

Japan is an otherworldly kind of place and Okinawa is the most curious and interesting part of Japan in my mind. It really does not look or feel like anywhere else in Japan, especially due to its hot and tropical climate and stunning beaches. It is only when you hear the people speaking Japanese that you will realise that you are still in Japan. This is an amazing destination for diving and swimming and is a great way to catch some sunshine whilst in Japan.

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Applying for an Indian Visa? Things you should know!

The charming and delightful India!  

India is a beautiful and fascinating country full of history and ethnic diversity. It is famous for its centuries-old temples, the remarkable Taj Mahal, and contemporary skyscrapers. Its geographical features consist of breathtaking hill resorts, majestic Himalayan mountains, frozen glaciers, fertile valleys and beautiful beaches. It has a rich history and a large number of historical sites dating back to the Mughal empire. The British rule also left an everlasting imprint on this great country. India’s fascinating cultural heritage and popular hill resorts make it one of the most popular tourist destinations. Apart from tourism, a large number of people visit India for numerous other reasons such as education, religious pilgrimage, business, and much more. Anyone who wishes to visit India is required to first apply and secure a valid Indian visa and have a valid passport of the country they belong to.

Requirements for Indian Visa

Generally, there are four main requirements for a valid Indian visa. You will need to complete the necessary documentation which includes a completed and signed application form, passport number, visa fee, and a recent photograph and submit the documents on time.

There are different types of visas and the applicant’s nature of the visit and the number of days the applicant will stay in India will determine the type of visa he or she requires. For example, a tourist visa can be valid for 6 months to 10 years, depending on the requirements of different visa applications. Student and business visas are both valid for a minimum of 1 year.

Steps for applying for an Indian visa

The first step when applying for an Indian visa application is to fill out the form. This form can be obtained from the Indian Consulate or the Indian Embassy. This form can also be obtained online but online applications can take more than 1 day to process. Indian visas are issued by the Visa and the Consular Passport Division of the Indian Ministry of External Affairs to tourists from different countries. Two passport size photos are also required. These photos should be colored, the applicant must be facing front and should have the photograph taken without wearing any glasses. The applicant must also complete other standard requirements, if any, and attach all the documents with the application.

You should also have a valid and current passport before applying for an Indian visa. The passport should have at least two or more blank pages where the visa can be stamped. A copy of your birth certificate should also be submitted with the application. This acts as confirmation of your nationality, date of birth and your parent’s name. In addition, a photocopy of your driver’s license, state identification card, or a current utility bill (water, electricity, gas, sewage). Visitors to India can get their visa extended for a further three months. For this purpose, you will need to visit a Foreigner’s Registration Office which can be easily located in all the major cities in India such as Calcutta, New Delhi, Chennai or Mumbai.

Feel Great Experience Vacation with Royal Caribbean Baltimore Cruising Program

The Royal Caribbean Baltimore offers cruise trip to the great Port Discovery, National Aquarium or Baltimore Zoo in the city, and the baseball adventure Inner Harbor.

royal Caribbean Baltimore If it is your first experience, having a journey on a cruise ship is indeed a popular option to spend the holiday time. People can enjoy their time at the sea and visit the most popular cities and destinations around the world. In this case, the royal Caribbean Baltimore is an option where people will be brought to the famous city of Baltimore in Maryland. The city has a lot of attractive things to explore.

There are many things to see and to do for those who join the royal Caribbean Baltimore. The city offers everyone in the family some attractive places to visit. The kids can enjoy their time in Port Discovery. They can also check out the amazing collection in National Aquarium in the city, or visit the Baltimore Zoo that has more than 2000 animals.
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ISLAND PALAU – South Pacific Island

Beleuu er a Belau or the Republic of Palau is an island nation that very few people have heard about. It is a chain of about two hundred islands, located in the Western Pacific Ocean about 650 kms to the Southeast of Philippines. Only about eight of the existing two hundred islands are populated. It is a constitutional republic and Babeldoab or Babelthuap is the capital city, having a population of about 12,000 people. It became a capital from Oreror or Koror in 2006. Administratively, the nation is divided into 16 states, and has a bicameral legislature or two houses of parliament.

The nation has a high literacy rate of about 92% and the majority of the population is Roman Catholics, followed by Protestants. The people mostly are of the Palauan, Filipino, Chinese, Japanese, Carolinian or other Asian ethnicity. Babelthuap is the largest island and is very mountainous. Other important islands are Arakabesan, Malaka, Peleliu, Angaur to the South and Kayangel and Ngeruangel islands to the Northeast. The other islands are mostly coral islands encircled with barrier reefs. This island country is truly virgin and unspoilt. Continue reading ISLAND PALAU – South Pacific Island

Five Popular Music Festivals in Europe

We all know the popularity of Europe as a continent. The romantic cities, the beautiful beaches and delicious cuisine; but one thing that can really set Europe apart is the quality of its music festivals. As it’s such a diverse continent, you can be sure that this is reflected in some of its biggest festivals. Have a look at some of the most popular in Europe, get your festival gear packed and your foreign currency arranged.

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The Festival Internacional de Benicàssim, Spain

If you’re a serious music lover you’ve probably heard of this festival. Benicàssim is a small town located between Barcelona and Valencia and every year hosts one of the best festivals anywhere in the world. Taking place in mid-July, it predominantly hosts alternative rock and electronic artists and is well worth a visit.

Roskilde, Denmark

This is one of the biggest festivals anywhere in Europe and is one not to be missed. Running from June 30th, 2011, it is a non-profit event with the aim of developing music and culture in the region, and gives tourists a great reason to visit a usually expensive country. Every year it’s a favorite with visitors from all over the world and this year the headlining acts are the Arctic Monkeys, Iron Maiden and M.I.A.

Exit, Serbia

As one of the most interesting venues to hold a festival, Exit is held in the Petrovaradin Fortress of Novi Sad. Regarded as one of the jewels in the European festival scene, it runs for four days and has attracted a number of big names since 2005. Over the years it has often been used to get across political and social messages and even has its own record label which issues MP3 releases.

Oxegen, Ireland

Why not visit stunning Ireland as part of your European adventure and take in the country’s biggest festival, Oxegen? The four day festival is held at Punchestown Racecourse and hosts over 90,000 people each day. It’s seen as Ireland’s answer to Glastonbury and for some is regarded as a better festival. Some huge names have played here over the years like Green Day, Kings of Leon, Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Foo Fighters.

The Isle of Wight Festival, UK

In its original form, this festival attracted such legendary names as Bob Dylan, who played to an estimated 200,000 people in 1969; and The Doors, The Who and Jimi Hendrix the following year, where around 600,000 witnessed one of the best concerts ever held in Europe. These days the festival has been revamped and moved to a different site, but it’s still a great one to enjoy.

Have you decided? Are you going to one or all? Just make sure you book your ticket and get ready to party!

Cruise Ships; Home to Top Entertainment

There is much more to cruising than simply lazing on deck and hopping from one exotic destination to the next. Today’s modern cruise ships are equipped with a comprehensive range of quality entertainment and facilities, which are designed to appeal to all tastes and ages.

Daytime programme of events

Throughout the day modern cruise ships offer a programme of activities and events that are designed to appeal to a wide audience, so whether you are sporty, active and keen to join in the fun or just want to relax on deck, there will be something to suit you. From listening to steel bands by the pool that play a selection of reggae music to joining in with some energetic poolside games, you can take your pick from a host of activities that are included in the price of your cruise.

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cruise ship

For many people, cruising is all about joining in and making new friends and for this type of passenger the programme offers the opportunity to have fun at the same time. Games can be as vigorous or as cerebral as you want. Try your hand at a game of bingo or attend a lecture where guest speakers and trainers can instruct you in the fine art of napkin folding, or even wine tasting.

Shopping and spa treatments are always popular with passengers, while those wishing to be a little more active can choose from a range of sports on offer, from golf simulations to traditional deck games.

Evening entertainment

Passengers are spoilt for choice when evening descends on board ship. Most cruises offer a wide programme of evening events, meaning that there is always something to tempt you. For those who like to join in and have a go there are usually options such as a singing around a piano and the ever-popular karaoke nights.

For those holidaymakers who enjoy hitting the dance floor there is usually a wide choice of dance venues on board the ship, so whether you are a keen ballroom dancer, fancy throwing some shapes on the dance floor or hanker to try line dancing you should find something to suit you.

Most cruises feature special ‘show rooms’, which feature a regular programme of nightly entertainment, usually scheduled twice each evening to allow both late and early diners to benefit from the performance. You can choose from a variety of entertainment, from singers and comedians to jugglers and dancers. Every cruise will have at least one night of spectacular entertainment in the form of a Las Vegas-styled performance, which is usually an extremely popular choice with passengers.

If live shows and dancing do not tempt you, then you may prefer to try your luck in the on-board casino or maybe take in one of the films on offer before heading to one of the bars for a nightcap.

With most of the larger cruise ships offering a choice of up to a dozen or so alternatives for your evening entertainment, there is sure to be an activity, entertainer or event that you will want to return to again and again.

A Comprehensive Guide to your Lake District Trip

The UK is often derided as a holiday resort, but the fact remains that it is home to some of the most fascinating locations in the whole of Europe. Take the Lake District, for example, which features spectacular mountain scenery and a number of waterways that provide the ideal backdrop for a relaxing summer getaway.

Lake District Trip
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In total there are more than 100 mountainous peaks and 16 individual lakes within the region, each of which has a unique narrative and numerous highlights to explore. In fact, the hardest part of your trip to the Lake District will be creating an itinerary that allows you to take in everything that the area has to offer.

A Guide to the Lake District: 5 Must See Locations

With this in mind, what are 5 of the must see locations that help to distinguish the Lake District from other British resorts? Consider the following: –

The Gingerbread Shop in Grasmere: If you are visiting with family, a trip to the renowned Gingerbread Shop is a sensational way to spend an afternoon. Home to some of the most delicious gingerbread in the UK, it has been baking since 1854 and remains popular with both locals and tourists alike. The quaint village of Grasmere is also a hidden delight on the Lake District landscape, with a range of unique gift shops and tea rooms accessible to keen explorers.

The Lakeland Segway in Graythwaite: The self-balanced, battery powered segway is considered to be a futuristic method of travelling, and visitors to Graythwaite in the Lake District can enjoy this unique experience in the most scenic location. There is no finer way to enjoy the lush greenery, and after some expert tuition you will be able to navigate the mountainous landscape and see the region in a whole new light.

Derwent Water in Keswick: For those with more conservative tastes, a trip to Derwent Water in Keswick provides the ideal alternative. One of the most popular lakes in the region, it is not only picturesque but also surrounded by beautiful nature trails and quaint coffee shops. You can even hire a boat to traverse the tranquil waters, which allows you to see more of the area and enjoy and splendid afternoon in the sun.

Go Ape in Keswick: At the opposite end of the scale is the ‘Go Ape’ treetop climbing challenge in Keswick, which remains popular with everyone from young children to thrill seeking adults. Featuring numerous treetop courses to challenge individuals of all ages and experience, it is renowned as a family friendly resort that offers spectacular day out. If you are a beginner, you can even rely on experienced instructors to help guide you through the experience.

Theatre by the Lake in Keswick: The Lake District is not readily associated with the theatre, but visitors to Keswick can take in a variety of shows during their holiday. The Theatre by the Lake is one of Keswick’s most famous landmarks, and an entity that combines drama with breathtaking scenery like no other entertainment facility. At the end of a long hike or afternoon bike ride, there really is no finer way to spend a balmy, sun-kissed evening.

Get Out There! Fun and Adventurous Day Trips from Manchester

Whether you are living in Manchester or just visiting, this city makes an ideal base for exploring the fascinating northwest of England. There are so many excellent destinations within a short distance from Manchester, giving you the opportunity to explore everything from cities to historic castles to beautiful English countryside to world-class shopping and dining.

Day Trips from Manchester
Day Trips from Manchester

If you don’t have a car, you can always get a taxi from Manchester directly to any of these destinations, or take public transit if you have more time.

Chill Factore

Perhaps you want to experience the thrill of skiing or snowboarding, but you don’t have the time or the budget to go on a holiday to the Swiss Alps. Chill Factor is the longest indoor snowboarding and skiing slope in the UK and it will give you the opportunity to enjoy an indoor winter wonderland just outside of Manchester. You can even take lessons on the 180 metre long snow slope in order to improve your technique. There is also shopping and dining along Alpine Street and other activities including luging, tubing, indoor climbing and fitness classes.

Liverpool

Liverpool is less than an hour away from Manchester, so why not head over and check out this diverse and artistic city? It was voted the 2008 Capital of Culture and there are a number of interesting art galleries, museums, boutiques and cafes to visit.

Of course, Liverpool is known for being the home of one of the most famous bands of all time – The Beatles. You can learn more about the legendary rockers at “The Beatles Story” museum located on Albert Dock. Also, you could take a tour of the city in an amphibious vehicle known as the “duck” which converts from a bus to a boat to take visitors around the streets and the harbour.

York

York is another ideal day trip destination from Manchester. It is located about an hour and 20 minutes away and it is very different than modern and stylish Manchester. York was a medieval walled city and you can still take a walk along the stone fortification walls along the city. During your trip, be sure to visit the stunningly beautiful York Minster, with its soaring ceilings and impressive stained glass windows. You can take the steep spiral staircase up to the top and enjoy an amazing view over the city. If you want to imagine what shopping would have been like during the Middle Ages, take a walk down “The Shambles” which is a street lined with overhanging timber framed buildings which date back as far as the 14th century. York is also a great starting point for some lovely walks in the surrounding countryside.

Old Trafford

Are you a Manchester United Football fan? If so, take the opportunity to visit the famous Old Trafford stadium and watch the boys in red play a football match. While you are there, you can take a look at the Old Trafford Museum and Tour Centre, which tells the story of Manchester United throughout the years. If you want to make your visit even more special, you can even book a tour. This would make a great day out for a young child who is an avid football fan.

Arndale Centre

If you are in the mood for some retail therapy, head out to the Arndale Shopping Centre for the day so that you can shop until you drop. No matter what you are looking for, whether it is fashions, household items or beauty accessories, you are sure to find some great bargains. There is even a Branded Clearance shop where you will be able to find the top clothing brands at discount prices. There are over 80 stores here as well as several great cafes and bakeries where you can grab a bite to eat.

These are just a few of the many great day trips that you can enjoy from the city of Manchester. If you are visiting, why not take a day out of your trip and explore further afield? If you live here, you will have plenty of fun trips to enjoy every weekend, so get out there and explore!

About the author

Max Wheeler is a travel writer and blogger who is based in Manchester. He likes to take day trips around the area and recently treated his girlfriend to a surprise trip to Chill Factore. 

 

A Guide to Tahiti’s Unmissable Natural Attractions

Tahiti has long had a reputation for being a tropical paradise – and it’s easy to see why. Made up of some 18 islands Tahiti boasts lagoons of turquoise blue, coral reefs, mountains, and white sandy beaches overlooked by palm trees. Whether it’s soaking up the sun, exploring coral reefs, or going on a hike through challenging terrain, Tahiti offers something for the traveller who is in search of the truly exotic.

View From Room 282, Intercontinental Hotel Tahiti
Tahiti

The Waterfall Valleys Of Tahiti

Set in basalt peaks surrounded by ferns, Tahiti’s waterfall valleys are a treat for the eyes – if somewhat off the beaten track. Here you’ll find the mysterious lava tubes of Hitiia and the spectacular Fautaua Waterfall. At a height of nearly a thousand feet Fautaua Waterfall is one of the tallest waterfalls on Earth. The volcanic backdrop helps to make this waterfall in particular one of the most notable places to visit in Tahiti. However, if you want to discover the Fautaua Valley without any guides you’ll have to get an access permit. There are tours available to the crater lake Lake Vaihiria, and these will also travel through valleys of major archaeological significance.

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The Lagoon Sanctuary, Bora Bora

ANZCRO are a travel company that offer Tahiti Holidays that will allow you to take in all aspects of Tahiti. These include being able to visit Bora Bora, which is considered one of the world’s most romantic locations. Bora Bora is also one of the most famous of Tahiti’s islands, and US News has called it “the best island in the world”. The Lagoon Sanctuary on Bora Bora is suitable for the whole family and is home to over a hundred eye-catching marine species, including rays, fish and octopuses. You’ll also be able to see other marine creatures that live in the area. Snorkelling tours of the lagoon can be undertaken while assisted by a guide, with one tailored for children, and one for adults. There is also the chance to feed the fish or octopuses, and look at coral grafting exhibits. The Lagoon Sanctuary is open for people to visit throughout the year.

InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa seen from a kite
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Great Diving Opportunities On Tahiti Nui And Tahiti Iti

Tahiti is a great place for divers to enjoy viewing colourful sea life close up. The waters around Tahiti Nui and Tahiti Iti are especially good for diving, and some of the best sites include Papa Whiskey, St. Etienne Drop-Off, Tetopa Grotto and Lagoon Hole. Papa Whiskey is an area rich in damselfish, while moray eels can be seen with an array of small, colourful fish at St Etienne Drop-Off. Tetopa Grotto is alive with crustaceans, pufferish and coral, while leopard rays are among the magical sights to be seen at Lagoon Hole.

Stone fishing, an Xtreme KAP session…
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