Different Color Passports

Geographical Reasons – Countries might use a certain color due to their geographical location.

Political Motive – Passport colors might also be politically motivated.

Religion- The color green is very important to Islamic states. It is said that the Prophet Muhammad favored the color; therefore you will find that most countries in the Middle East and/or Islamic states have green passports.

National Identity – Other nations choose for styles that reflect their individual character and identity.

Representation of Passport Colors:

  • Blue: The American flag has a significant amount of the color blue in it, and so does the American passport. But only after 1976, before that they were black. It is further regarded as the color of the “new world,” our oceans, water and the sky – the best color for relaxation and meditation.
  • Green: The color green has special religious meaning to most Islamic states around the world; therefore most of the Islamic region passports consist of green color. But they are not the only ones; South Africa, Nigeria, and Senegal have green passports as well.
  • Red: Many of the Nordic countries have red passports, given the fact that red was a popular color during the Viking Age and can be found on many of the national flags. Passport for countries within the European Union also consists of a shade of burgundy.
  • Black: Black passports are the rarest of the bunch. African nations typically have black passports where black plays a prominent role. The black passport is the one used for people who are traveling on diplomatic missions. Just like the maroon ones, these passports are valid for five years.

Winter Travel Destination

  • Old Town:
    One of Europe’s longest surviving medieval towns has so many buildings and galleries waiting to be explored. In this melting pot of different architectural styles, you’ll see gothic, renaissance, baroque and neoclassical buildings standing side by side – a view that will take your breath away. With its twisting alleyways, cobblestone streets, countless cafes and brimming street market, you’ll find yourself easily spending a day or two exploring this historic center.
  • Soviet Bunker:
    If you’re interested in more recent history then Vilnius is just the place for you to live under Soviet rule! Visitors are taken to a forest where they’re “ambushed” by members of the Red Army. Captured and blindfolded, the prisoners are then taken to a bunker, 19ft below ground, where they’re Soviet prisoners for three hours! This is “1984: Survival Drama In A Soviet Bunker” – a three hour long, interactive, quasi theatrical experience in a real Soviet bunker in the middle of the Lithuanian forest! Complete with KGB officers, real dogs and blindfolds, this is a hit with tourists!
  • Gediminas’ Tower:
    It is the only remaining part of the Upper Castle in Vilnius. Legend has it that once upon a time, the Lithuanian Grand Duke Gediminas was hunting in the woods when he got tired and retired for a nap. He had a dream of a large wolf standing on top of a hill and howling out loud. The dream was interpreted to mean that a city should be built in that place. Gediminas then went on to build Vilnius and he put a castle in the center of the city. Today, Gediminas Tower is the only part of the castle that remains standing. It has become an important historic symbol of the Vilnius and Lithuania.

Romantic Getaway Las Vegas

ROOM: It’s HUGE! And the bed… OH THE KING SIZED BED! We slept for 12 hours straight. The nice thick mattress was like falling onto a cloud. The size of the suite was at least double what you would find elsewhere and includes a couch, a comfortable chair, a two-person working desk and flat screen TV.

Yes, there are some cons, which I will mention, but the pros of our room far outweigh the things that are easily overlooked.

Pros: Because we are artists, we noticed the wall art right away. The art is beautiful and restful. A watercolor of rolling hills and etheric sky hangs above the two person couch and is the first thing we see when waking. “Good morning world!”

Over the bed is a gold and soft purple image of a peaceful outdoor scene. Off the end of the bed and to the right was an enormous wooden TV cabinet and pay per use bar. Around the dividing wall and near the entry door we found a long storage unit and on top were a complimentary Keurig coffee maker and coffee items, drawers for clothing storage, a hair dryer, sink and a double glass mirrored sliding door with a mini frig inside. The bathroom included a toilet, of course, large tub/shower with curtain and another sink with lots of counter space. Four stylistic lamps, a large wall mirror made the choice of gentle lighting an easy one. Every suite has a view from its wall of windows. For us, when we look slightly up (11th floor) we can see many of the strip hotels – Whyndham, Trump, Encore, Wynn, Treasure Island, Palms and the Mirage. The room is wonderfully sound proof and the entire evening the only thing we could hear was the gentle humming of the beautifully chilled air conditioner. The room was immaculately cleaned and the tile floors polished to a high sheen. We even had a dressing table with chair and large mirror for easy make up application.

Cons: The carpet is old and needs replacing. The door to room 1187 does not close tightly. We returned from an evening out to find our door ajar. That Keurig coffee maker we mentioned earlier? You’ll pay $8 for a box of coffee pop-ins from the room bar (looks like there’s enough in there for about 3 cups of coffee). There’s also a Starbucks downstairs by your elevator in the Impanema tower. The flat screen TV is rather small. In some spots the wall paper is in need of repair or replacing. The mini frig was cool, but not cold enough and not adjustable. The view from the floor to ceiling windows with black-out curtains and sheers when looking down is of the industrial air conditioning units, the delivery bays, and asphalt, parking and industrial buildings. The bathroom, as with most hotels today does not have a vent, so when you shower the mirror gets steamed quickly and there are no windows in the room to vent the steam.

Ours was a working and together-time vacation so while working at the desk on our articles, we found the cold AC blowing on our backs both annoying and distracting, but where else were they going to place it? We just learned to work faster.

We waited for the Rio’s Semi-Annual Sale and our price for two nights, which included 12% sales tax and $25 per night resort fee (which is taxable, like the room), internet and free parking, was $154.56

We did wonder what the Resort Fee included and discovered it was for In-room Wi-Fi, Fitness center access, In-room local/tool-free calls and access to their Rio Spa and Salon. More about that in an upcoming article.

Be assured, the cons are not enough to keep us from returning or encouraging you to enjoy a restful, romantic getaway with your sweetheart at a very reasonable price.

Select an Ideal Cruise Cabin

The ocean view cabin is the next level higher to the inside cabin. Ocean view cabins are often bigger in size and they consist of a window or porthole in which you can view whatever it is on the outside. People who like sunlight or sightseeing without leaving the comfort of the cabin will find the ocean view appropriate to their needs.

The next step higher to the ocean view is the balcony cabin also known as veranda cabin. This type of cabin is slightly bigger than the standard ocean view and features a private balcony, which is accessible through a door from the cabin. There will be beautiful landscapes and scenery en route to your destination and if you are fond of sightseeing while on the ship, a balcony cabin will be the perfect room for you. Again, check the ship’s layout and the itinerary so your cabin will be facing the landscapes. Another benefit of a balconied cabin is that you can sleep while the sea breeze goes around your room when the balcony door is open.

The suite is the most expensive type of cabin in a cruise ship. They have the largest room space with various accompanying amenities and they are usually located at the upper deck of the ship. If you like cruising a lot then you ought to try a suite one time, as the benefits that come with it will make you feel like one of the royalties.

All-Inclusive Cruise Experience

Cruise lines are trying to book trips all year, which means they have to appeal to as many people as possible at all times. This includes providing package deals that are filled to the brim with services and amenities for prospective travelers. Of course, it is important for prospective travelers to be aware of what “all-inclusive” actually entails. This is perhaps the most divisive aspect of the cruise industry as what is included with “all” can vary. It takes a lot of work by the would-be traveler to figure exactly what is being offered before they book.

At its most basic, an all-inclusive cruise would provide the following: accommodations, food, non-alcoholic beverages, entertainment on the ship, and applicable taxes and fees. This isn’t too bad, but when you begin to investigate what other items have price tags, you realize that all is actually not completely included. For example, excursions off the ship can cost extra. Before you even get on the ship, there is a matter of traveling to the port from which you’ll be leaving. If you live any great distance away, you’ll have to drive or fly, and depending on when you get in, you may need to spend the night, which means an overnight stay. In some cases, what was once a pretty sweet cruise deal has now become a much larger financial investment.

You also need to be aware that all-inclusive cruises can be somewhat regimented and tend to adhere to strict schedules. This, for many travelers, is a deal-breaker. Whether it be meals or excursions, all-inclusive cruises have to keep schedules & movement on the ship tight, and that type of scheduling may not mesh with your idea of a vacation. Part of the fun during a vacation is that you can turn off the alarm clock, stash your watch, and just enjoy what the day brings your way. Having to maintain a schedule during your time off may not be the way to go.

So, what is a traveler to do? Become educated and do some research. Not only do you have the internet, but you can also reach out to stellar travel agents that can not only give you great insight into the all-inclusive cruise, but they may be able to help you book the ultimate all-inclusive cruise that is exactly what you want.

Book an Alaskan Cruise

  • Research online about the weather and events in Alaska. The wildlife and cold weather are two reasons why people want to visit Alaska. Another great reason is for a chance to see the Northern Lights. Even during the summer months, temperatures in Alaska are only between 40 and 60 degrees. There have been a few years on record where the temperatures were much higher. Due to icebergs and the exceptionally cold weather, Alaskan tours are not offered all year round.
  • Compare and contrast the different cruises available. Scrutinize the amenities that are offered with each cruise and determine which is a better option for you. Some companies are better suited for adults-only while others are best suited for children. Each ship has its own entertainment and amenities which make it special.
  • Contact the cruise company of your choice and ask about any specials. When there are vacancies on a cruise ship, there is likely to be special deals available that are not listed on the website. Due to the cost of sailing a ship, most companies are willing to strike a deal to fill in those last empty rooms before a ship departs.
  • Reserve your cruise on a major credit card. It will be necessary to pay a portion or all of the cruise cost up front. You can reserve a cruise online using a major credit card but will need to call in person to use a debit card. If you are using a debit card you may also be subject to additional fees as a deposit that is used to ensure there is no damage to the suite.
  • Pick your room carefully. On all cruise ships, there are three or four different options for rooms. The smaller rooms are on the lower levels of the boat and only offer an under the sea view. You can also choose between larger rooms with balconies or at last those with a large picture window to get a better view of the oceanic surroundings. The nicer and larger the room, the more expensive it will be.
  • Book your airfare. If you do not live in one of the departure areas then you will need to plan on the extra cost of airfare for your Alaskan cruise. The cost of flying has greatly increased in the last year. You should plan to spend an extra $500+ on a round trip flight per person with your Alaskan cruise trip.

Places to Visit In Africa

Victoria Falls, Zambia-Zimbabwe Border

This is a waterfall that is situated on the Zambezi River at the Zambia-Zimbabwe border and is well known for being the largest waterfall on earth. Surely The Victoria Falls is one of the most beautiful sites in Africa that you must see before you die not only because of its beauty but also because of its unusual fall and the diversity of the wildlife around it. It is possible to swim safely in the pools at the top of the falls on the Zambian side.

Pyramids of Giza-Egypt

There are over 100 pyramids in Egypt and most of them build as tombs to preserve the bodies of the dead pharaohs. In these tombs the pharaohs’ bodies will continue receiving food offerings long after their death. The greatest of these pyramids is the tomb of pharaoh that is in Giza.

Etosha National Park in Namibia

It is one of the most important and best game reserves in Africa, it houses a wide variety of mammal, bird, reptile and amphibian species. Tourists can camp here and enjoy a wonderful game viewing even at night, bird watching and also enjoy game drives.

Chode National Park

Chode National Park supports a large variety of wildlife which can only be found in this park and nowhere else in this world and it also has one of the Africa’s amazing rivers. Visitors can take a river cruise; undergo extra ordinary bird watching of over 400 bird species and also encounter different type of animals in their safari trip.

Virunga Mountains in Uganda/ Rwanda/ DRC borders

This is a chain of volcanic mountains found along the borders of Uganda, DRC and Rwanda. Apart from their beauty, the forests of the Virunga Mountains are the only remaining homes of the endangered gorillas. Visitors will also find some other interesting animals like chimpanzees, the okapi and the forest elephants.

Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa and also the world’s tallest standing free mountain. The area around Mount Kilimanjaro is a home to some of the Africa’s premier wildlife parks and reserves. This is why Mount Kilimanjaro is a must place to visit in Africa.

About Eateries of Turkey

  1. Turkish Delight
    • The locals call this Lokum, is something you might have never tried before.
    • It is a combination of chopped dates, pistachios, hazelnuts which come in various colors and flavors to suit any taste bud.
  2. Iskender Kebab
    • Do not leave Turkey without trying one of the best and the most popular dish of Turkey – Iskender Kebab.
    • It consists of thinly sliced lamb that is served with traditional Turkish bread, which is heavily topped with yogurt and butter.
  3. Manti
    • Something known as The Turkish Ravioli, can make any pasta-lover go crazy. Surprisingly, Turkey has its own version of Ravioli which is tempting!
    • They’re a small handmade dumplings filled with lamb or beef served with creamy yogurt.
  4. Baklava
    • Too sweet, and even more richer is the famous Turkey dessert – Baklava.
    • Layers of flaky pastry that is finely chopped with nuts.
    • Originated from the Ottoman Empire, this dish is now widely sold on every street of Turkey. It is taste scrumptious.
  5. Mezze
    • You cannot probably leave any Turkish restaurant without being served Mezze.
    • It is a small selection of dishes that is served with drink, probably before or after a meal.
    • It merely consists of yogurt, herbs, hummus, vine leaves, meatballs, eggplant salad and white cheese. It is nothing, but eye-satisfying and mouth-wateringly delicious.

About Luxurious Travel Guide for Iceland

Firstly, it is always best to prepare before the trip. This should be everyone’s first step to enjoy a hassle-free experience amidst the scenic heritage of the world’s most peaceful country. Due to the inflating amount of tourists every single thing ranging from hotels to flights and transport services gets flooded and so instant bookings become a vague possibility.

Consulting a travel guide and tour operator would be the most effective thing to do because such agencies can help fix accommodations, flight bookings and tour packages at affordable rates. If the traveler pursues his/her journey by pre-booking all the necessities there will be no hindrances in the future.

Such measures are suitable especially during holiday seasons such as Christmas, when millions of tourists flood the entire country to enjoy invigorating moments. It even becomes impossible to get instant bookings for holiday activities like taking a fresh dip in the Blue Lagoon.

One of the best tours for Iceland would be around the Golden Circle. This part of Iceland encompasses volcanic terrain, glaciers, beautiful farmhouses for leisurely stops, an earthquake exhibition center, the Thingvellir National Park and the highly renowned Gulfross Waterfall.

One will have several options to learn about the Icelandic culture and geography, witness nature, venture into thrilling parts such as volcanic craters or perhaps ice-formed caves and altogether obtain spiritual bliss amidst the breath-taking falls.

Other popular destinations include a tour to the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis), which is also a very occasional event and the Southern Coast. The southern Icelandic parts also include popular tourist destinations such as hot water springs and the world famous black beaches (coastal regions shrouded by black sand).

It’s safe to say that one single visit to Iceland is not enough to fulfill a traveler’s wanderlust. The country has so many naturally enriched destinations, adventure-filled spots and a colorful city like Reykjavik that it indeed lures people back again.

The tourism industry has progressively expanded with a significant rise in international visits every year. This in-turn has solved various regional as well as economical issues of the country. The amount of tourists has reached thrice as higher than the native population and is likely to grow even more due to the distinctive features which this beautiful snow-capped country offers.

With pre-booking methods and help from significant operators tourists will have all the comfort they need during the trip. Such agencies suitably arrange mini-bus tours, accommodations and also include extra-tour-breaks for the leisurely delight of visitors. Hence, over-crowded places can be avoided and people can travel in luxury, altogether enjoying the sublimity of the Icelandic heritage without having to go through a scarcity of hotels.

Places to Visit Before You Die

Before knowing about the place let’s look at few basics which you ought to follow while traveling. Pack as less luggage as possible and be prepared for the unforeseen. Plan your trip with sufficient rest time as too much traveling would lead to many problems later. Plan your trip well before and organize everything accordingly. Now as you are ready for the trip, let’s look at top 5 places that must be visited before you die as per the latest survey.

Kauai, Hawaii: If you want to visit heaven on earth, then you must visit this place. This place is nicknamed as ‘Garden Island’ famous for its greenery and scenic view. Though there are 8 other islands in Hawaii, Kauai is a hot cake island as it is the oldest of all 8 and has many cliffs at its heart, peaks and the scenic Wailua River. All these geological spectacles have made Hawaii a paradise on the earth.

Wengen, Switzerland: If you are tired of busy urban life, then you must visit Wengen, Switzerland. A city where no cars are being used in last 100 years and are surrounded by alpine mountains, grassy hills is a spectacular tourist spot. The city is known for its finest ski slopes on the earth and is the only place which is clean and unpolluted all across the globe.

Santorini, Greece: A place which is unique and beautiful along a cliff of volcanic rocks. It’s the only place which is surrounded with world’s largest volcanic eruptions. The white washed houses with a coat of volcanic ashes make them distinct and give them a pearl color which makes the place more attractive.

Mount Fuji, Japan: Japan’s highest peak and is one of the sacred locations which is also the most popular spot for artists and tourists. Amazing architecture, rich cultural experience, blooming lakes all together will surely make your visit much exciting. Mount Fuji is one of the world’s best natural destinations.

Cinque Terre, Italy: A town located in Northern Italy and a picturesque town with atop cliffs, mountains. A place known for finest dessert wine while enjoying the stay at the shores of Mediterranean Sea makes your trip much fun filled.