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Egypt’s Unique Tourist Attractions

Because of its very long history, it is quite natural that Egypt has so much to offer its visitors. But since many tourists only have a few days to see the country, they only end up seeing the most common sights like the Pyramids of Giza or the Sphinx. This great country has much more to offer if you take the time to explore and really immerse yourself in its unique culture.

Unique Destinations For Visitors To Egypt

1. The Alexandria Library

Though it was only built in 2002, The Alexandria Library has been designed with respect to its counterpart. For example, its exterior looks like the sunrise over the sea, exactly how the ancient library was depicted.

The new library is definitely a huge destination by itself, with a total of 4 museums, a children’s and teenager library, an open-air atrium, a digital exploration area, and a gift shop eating up your time.

2. The Egyptian Museum

Unless you want to crack open a history book before or during your holiday, the easiest way to truly understand and appreciate Egypt’s history and culture is to go to the museum. A lot of ancient artifacts, like Tutankamun’s exhibit, are on display here and you can learn the colorful history of this country.

You can check out the biggest collection of royal mummies, including that of King Tut. But there are also tons of other items and relics to accompany your journey into the past. If you take the time, you can truly improve your knowledge of Egypt’s history in a visual and engaging way.

3. Philae Temple

This temple is a unique destination in Egypt because it is located on an island found in the Nile River. The interesting story is, it used to be along the Nile but it was under threat due to the construction of dams. It, along with other historical sites, was moved into the island. The Philae Temple itself had already 75,000 pieces, so you can imagine how complicated this task was.

4. Hatshepsut Temple

This temple was designed by Hatshepsut herself, the second pharaoh and the longest-reigning female one in Egypt. She is popular due to her strong personality and inside this temple, you can read about her, as well as the gods and other pharaohs.

5. Mosque of Amr ibn al-As

This mosque is unique because it was the first that was built in Egypt and in the whole of Africa, thus, it is quite historical. If you want to learn about the Islamic culture in Egypt, then this is the place to go. Female visitors, however, will need to to be dressed properly and cover their hair.

6. Souq Al Goma’a and Khan El-Khalili Bazaars

For a different experience, try to navigate your way around the oldest and the biggest bazaars in the country. This is where you can buy Egyptian souvenirs and other traditional items. The Souq Al Goma’a and Khan El-Khalili Bazaars can get a bit busy and confusion, and you will need to watch out for thieves.

Egypt has many hidden or lesser-known destinations for you to explore, so make sure you take the time to visit sites other than the usual tourist spots.

Best Venezuela Tourist Itinerary

The diverse tourist destinations in Venezuela will make you appreciate the best of what nature has to offer, so make sure you have enough time to fully explore the country. Although the current situation prevents the usual tourist hordes, it is still possible to visit these wonderful destinations. The suggested itinerary below will take at least 2 weeks in order for you to enjoy the various corners of the country.

Day 1: Arrive And Travel To Los Roques

When you arrive, the best thing to do is to transfer to a local flight going to Los Roques. You can explore Caracas later and instead, you can start your holiday at sea.

Day 2: Beach And Island Hopping

You can spend the day at the beach, snorkeling and beachcombing. Just make sure you bring with you a lot of water and some food, as well as sunscreen to be able to spend the whole day under the sun. You can have a private boat rented out the whole day to check out different islands.

Day 3: Go To Canaima

Take a local flight from Los Roques to Canaima to go to Jungle Rudy Campamento. In the afternoon, you can go for a boat tour down the Canaima Lagoon, where you can enjoy the views overlooking Hacha, Golondrina, and Ucaima Falls. Do not miss out on the Makunaima Arte Indigena, a gift shop where you can find arts and crafts from the region.

Day 4: Visit Angel Falls

To visit Angel Falls, you need to allocate a full day so that you have enough time to spend at the foot of the falls. Going back, you can also check out Sapo Falls, where you can explore behind and under the falls.

Days 5 to 6: Wildlife in Los Llanos

To fly to Hato El Cedral, you need to first take a flight to Puerto Ordaz or Ciudad Bolivar and transfer there. Rest up a bit and get up early the next day for local wildlife viewing like anacondas, capybara, and caiman. There are also lots of exotic bird species you can see in the wild.

Days 7 to 10: Go Up The Mountains

From Los Llanos, you can travel by plane or car to Merida, where you can enjoy the beautiful mountains and the Venezuelan Andes. From here, there are tons of tour opportunities to explore what’s around. If you are fit and love adventure-filled trips, then you can try out a canyoning trip.

Days 11 to 12: Isla Margarita

From the cooler mountains, you can head back over to the coast. There are many flights to Isla Margarita on the Caribbean. Beyond spending time at the beach, try out the top restaurants Casa Caranta and Catabar, before going for a nightcap at Guayoyo Cafe.

Days 13 to 14: Caracas

For your last stop, you get to explore the capital city of Caracas. Top destinations include Iglesia de San Francisco and the Museo de Arte Contemploraneo. A trip to El Hatillo also includes shopping at the Hannsi Centro Artesanal. For a night out, go for a drink at 360°, where you have unparalleled views of the city from the rooftop bar.

This itinerary will allow you to visit all the highlights of Venezuela, from the beaches to high up in the mountains. Forget all these trips focused on the city or are too rushed. Instead, take the time to savor and enjoy the beauty and diversity of this country.

Top US Festivals You Must Attend

If you are looking for a unique experience in the US, whether you live here or you are coming for a visit, then you should head over to one of the best festivals in the country. The most popular and with the biggest crowds are, as you can imagine, Coachella and Mardi Gras, but in this big country, there are certainly more out there for you to join.

Whether you love music or food, there is the perfect festival for you. These events are the best chance for you to meet new people and have some fun. So plan your year around these dates and never miss out on the fun.

1. Jazz and Heritage Festival, New Orleans

Jazz lovers know to head to New Orlean’s for the best players, but there is nothing that can compare with this festival. During this event, you can enjoy the culture and the easygoing nature of the South. If you are planning to head over to the country’s most well-known jazz festival, then you should plan your holidays around April or May, when this event is normally held.

2. Burning Man, Nevada

As far as festivals go, Burning Man is one of the unique ones. It is not a foodie nor a musical event but instead, it is a festival that celebrates self-expression. Thousands of people join the whole week to participate and then leave as if nothing’s happened. To celebrate this event, a temporary city called Black Rock City is set up between the last week of August and the first week of September.

3. Boston Seafood Festival

In August of every year, Boston becomes the capital of all things seafood. Beyond just offering various food stalls that serve anything fish, crustacean, or chowder, there are contests and demonstrations. Moreover, the Boston Fish Pier becomes taken over by seafood on this day.

4. Sundance Film Festival, Utah

While the Oscars is a huge event in Hollywood, the biggest independent film festival in the country is held yearly in Utah. In January of every year, film buffs can enjoy the works of independent filmmakers all over the world. The Sundance Film Festival draws, naturally, the biggest stars although up-and-coming filmmakers share the spotlight. It is truly popular and almost half a million people attended the festival in the past few years.

5. Eat Drink SF

Food is also a true crowd-pleaser, especially when 120 restaurants from one of the country’s biggest cities participate in this yearly festival. San Francisco features their best dishes during this event, which is mostly happening at the Fort Mason Center. Besides food, wines from 70 Californian wineries are also on display. This event is usually held in the last week of August.

6. Great American Foodie Fest

Another must-see for foodies, this four-day bonanza will feature so many different dishes in the form of “food truck“ food. Visitors should go towards the Sunset Station for their fill of traditional and not-so-traditional, creative dishes. So if you are sick and tired of the casinos and clubs in Las Vegas, this is another highlight during your trip. Just make sure you keep your schedule free between October 6 and 9.

These festivals do not just showcase the best of what the host cities have to offer, but they are just like one huge party that you will never want to miss again. So get your calendar and plan those holidays ahead of time.

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Budget-Friendly Travel Destinations in 2018

Who says that only the rich can afford to travel the world? Satisfy your wanderlust this 2018 without spending beyond your budget. Discover places that are not yet blemished by modernization. Prices are amazingly low and you will be able to stick to your budget with a little extra to buy some souvenirs. Here are the best budget-friendly destinations in 2018.

Tallinn, Estonia

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If you are looking forward to enjoying Mother Nature, learning some history, staying in affordable accommodation, eating good food, and doing some exploration, then Tallinn must be your next travel destination. Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, is one of the oldest towns in Northern Europe. You can explore this town on foot, and do some sight-seeing along the way. Staying in dorms or private homes will cost you very little. Tallinn is famous for its tasty and affordable street food. For a few dollars, you can enjoy a hearty delicious meal. You can also enjoy food and cooking tours at reasonable prices.

In Tallinn, you can enjoy the panoramic view of the Baltic Sea, visit museums, and go on a bike tour. One popular attraction in Tallinn is the underground passages that date back from the 16th century. These tunnels were believed to be the hiding places of the soldiers and their ammunition every time Russian warriors would attack.

With everything that it offers at budget-friendly prices, Tallinn is an ideal travel destination for 2018.

Essaouira, Morocco

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Essaouira is a port city and resort found on the Atlantic coast of Morocco. While some tourists avoid it during the summer season because of the strong wind coming from the Atlantic, wind and kite surfers consider It a paradise as the rough sea becomes their playground. The best time of the year to visit is during autumn and spring. Food is very affordable and delicious, especially the seafood that has just been brought in from the sea. You can stay in the traditional Moroccan homes and palaces called “riads” and experience living in great comfort and luxury at very low rates.

The view is fantastic. The golden beaches and the crowded sea-colored boats make up its picturesque harbor. Explore Skala de la Ville, which is featured in the “Game of Thrones” as the Astapor. A visit to this lovely place will be within your budget.

Edinburgh, Scotland

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Edinburgh is a lovely city in Scotland. If you are a fan of the Harry Potter series, this is your chance to see the place where JK Rowling wove the tales about witches and wizards and about the magical school of Hogwarts, the Scottish castle where students study how to do magic.

Stroll the streets of West End and breathe in the bohemian atmosphere as you shop in one of its boutiques or have a cold drink in the numerous pubs and bars. If you know where to look, you can easily find a dorm or a private accommodation that will not exceed your budget. Food is budget-friendly at £5 for a hearty and delicious meal.

Consider these three affordable destinations in Europe if you are traveling on a tight budget. Accommodation and food are reasonably-priced and most tourist attractions offer free admission. For more inspiration read travel guide book Lonely Planet’s list of the top ten best value places to visit in 2018, or find some more great ideas in this video below: