Big bucket list adventures
Raft the Grand Canyon Arizona US
. Why? To see the great gorge from a completely different and rare angle. Looking down on the squiggle of the Colorado River from a mile up on the rocky rim it seems impossible that this river could have carved the gargantuan Grand Canyon. Of course it s had about two billion years to do so slowly slicing through the black red orange purple strata to create one of the natural wonders of the world. And this is why seeing the canyon from water level is the best way to appreciate it the experience offers a far more intimate encounter than peering in from the top as well as a close up of all that glorious geology. The official launch point for a full run is Lees Ferry at the north east of Grand Canyon National Park; the end is at Lake Mead 443km further on. En route are side canyons Puebloan sites swimming holes and sandy beaches not to mention plenty of wild water. So all good it s just getting authorisation to enter that s the problem. There s a weighted lottery? system with a waiting list of several years to secure a private rafting permit. Fortunately commercial tour op trips which range from one day to three week floats are available but even these need booking in advance if you want to guarantee your rendezvous with all this ancient rock.
See the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City Italy
. Why? Massive art small crowds. Damn Michelangelo for not picking a bigger room! The 40m long by 13m wide box squished into the Vatican Museum complex is woefully inadequate for the 25 000 odd people who now traipse through here every day. Yes the iconic ceiling and particularly the altar wall s Last Judgement are probably the most impressive paintings you ll ever see but that s only if you can see them over the heads of the rest of humanity. Fortunately there is another way. It s possible to book private tours of the site which take small groups (15 people) into Vatican rooms usually off limits and finish in the Sistine Chapel for an after hours viewing of Michelangelo s masterpieces without all the other people.
Sleep at Everest Base Camp Nepal
. Why? To complete an epic trek then snooze with the summiteers. The trek to Everest Base Camp a breathtaking 14 day out and back into Sagarmatha NP to the foot of the world s highest mountain is a classic. And after the tragic earthquakes in 2015 the surrounding communities need the support from tourists. But while the teahouse hospitality and Himalaya views en route are magnificent most treks are not actually allowed to stay at Everest Base Camp it requires specific permission. Most hikers visit their 5 340m goal for a been there photo op then descend to nearby Gorak Shep to sleep. However a few special departures do offer the chance to overnight at the iconic camp. Also these trips may be timed to coincide with peak summit attempt season when groups of climbers are also in residence. It s a unique opportunity to both sleep in the shadow of the mighty mountain and to speak to the brave/mad souls making their final preparations; you might even see teams setting off up the notorious Khumbu Ice Fall the start of their push for the top.
Trek to Machu Picchu Peru
. Why? It s more satisfying than the train and there are lots of options. It s virtually impossible to make a bucket list that doesn t include Machu Picchu. A secret city never found by those pesky conquistadores perched in the mountains swirled by mists and mysteries it s the stuff of travel legend. The trouble is when you ve seen so many many photos of the Inca citadel there s a danger it ll be a bit of a let down. And that s one reason why if you can you should go on foot. The city deserves the slow build the accumulated excitement that trekking there provides. Also deciding to lace up doesn t mean you have to hit the Inca Trail. There are plenty of alternatives to the classic: you can hike via the much less visited ruins of Choquequirao; head along the dramatic and diverse Salkantay Trail (with posh lodges en route); or tackle the tough Vilcabamba Traverse.
Hike the Milford Track New Zealand
. Why? Complete one of New Zealand s Great(est) Walks in great style. New Zealand has nine official Great Walks and the Milford Track is arguably the greatest of the lot. This four day 53.5km hike from Lake Te Anau to Milford Sound slices through the splendour of Fiordland National Park taking in lakes waterfalls ice fields forest and plenty of pioneer history and tops out at the panoramic Mackinnon Pass (1 154m). In the peak summer trekking months (November April) it s always oversubscribed; camping is not permitted and numbers are limited by the bunk space available in the three DOC lodges en route. That is unless you opt for an upgrade. Ultimate Hikes operates a series of private lodges (with both dorms and doubles) that enable hikers to tramp the track with a guide in a little more comfort. You still have to carry your own bag but unlike those in the DOC huts you get hot showers duvets drying rooms and hairdryers; breakfasts lunches and three course dinners are cooked up for you; each lodge even has a well stocked bar. Cheers to that: a Great Hike indeed.
Sleep under the stars in NamibRand Namibia
. Why? To experience some of the world s best celestial sights. Sure leave the big city and you can see stars almost anywhere. But the experience will be extra heavenly if you travel somewhere very dark very clear and very remote. Namibia s vast NamibRand Nature Reserve is one of only a few gold certified Dark Sky Reserves. Simply it has some of the world s best dark skies. There are no towns or settlements inside it or even nearby Namibia is one of the planet s most sparsely populated countries. And the dry climate means cloudless skies are the norm. By day explore NamibRand s ochre hued wilderness of dunes mountains and plains looking for oryx and Hartmann s zebra. Then after a blazing sunset it s time to turn your eyes skyward. Splurge on a stay at Sossusvlei Desert Lodge which has its own observatory and ten luxurious chalets each with a terrace telescope and skylight over the bed. Or join the Tok Tokkie Trails three day desert walk on which nights are spent sleeping on a canvas stretcher under the stars.
Swim with turtles in Ningaloo Western Australia
. Why? To take a dip with endangered species. Western Oz s Ningaloo Reef isn t as big as the Great Barrier on the opposite coast. But it s still comprises 250 types of coral and attracting 500 species of fish; best of all in parts it lays only 100m offshore making its underwater riches extremely accessible the snorkelling is superb too. Three of the world s seven species of marine turtles nest on beaches and islands near Ningaloo between November and April: green (listed as vulnerable) hawksbill (critically endangered) and loggerhead (the most endangered species). However turtles swim offshore year round their lumpen on land movements transformed into a graceful ballet once they re in the water. Good spots include Shark Bay the Muiron Islands and Turtle Bay on Dirk Hartog Island.
Visit an endangered tribe in the Amazon Ecuador
. Why? To glimpse a unique culture but to do it sensitively and responsibly. Understandably many struggling minority tribes don t want to be gawped at by tourists passing through the arrow firing Sentinelese of the Andaman Islands being a case in point. But for some such groups tourism is providing a cultural lifeline and travellers staying at lodges or booking tours owned and run by the tribes themselves are helping to keep endangered traditions alive (and protect their much threatened environment from developers) while also giving visitors an authentic insight into how the peoples have existed for centuries: everybody wins. The indigenous peoples of Ecuador s Oriente seem to have mastered this kind of community eco tourism; there are several well regarded options. For example the Cof?n one of the oldest Amazonian tribes now numbering just 2 000 have been running community based ecotourism in northern Ecuador since 1978. Trips here include canoeing and piranha fishing sleeping in traditional thatched huts and trekking into the wildlife dense rainforest with Cof?n guides with optional overnight camping trip for the adventurous minded.
Spot a snow leopard in Ladakh India
. Why? Few have seen this endangered cat. There are thought to be just 4 000 to 6 500 snow leopards left in the wild. Coupled with the fact that these charismatic big cats tend to live in cold inhospitable rocky clifftops at altitudes above 3 000m they re not that easy to spot. This makes a sighting very special and most trips that venture into their domain largely Tibet the Himalaya and the Stans make it clear that you d be fortunate to see even a paw print. However in recent years Ladakh s Hemis National Park has gained a reputation as the world s snow leopard capital with around 200 leopards and as time passes local guides gain an ever better understanding of their habits. There are still no guarantees but in Hemis s Husing Tarbuns and Rumbak Valleys sightings are relatively common; Husing is on a well known snow leopard corridor. Visit in winter when the snow brings the cats to lower ground and with the help of local knowledge trained trackers and spotting scopes you might be in luck.
Descend into a volcano Iceland
. Why? For a unique descent into the earth s belly. To inject some Jules Verne adventure into your bucket list you need to head to Iceland. It s a strange singular place; a newborn babe in geological terms you can virtually see it being formed before your eyes the land groans hisses and spews. This makes delving beneath the surface quite exciting indeed though something that s been easy to achieve since 2012 when commercial tours began plunging into Thrihnukagigur volcano. Clipped on to what s essentially a window cleaner s lift you re slowly lowered 120m into another world a magma chamber uniquely drained of its magma. Lights reveal a cavern of many colours bruise purples sulphur yellows blood reds. Water drip drips from above while breaking into song demonstrates the excellent acoustics. It is wonderful and very weird. Thrihnukagigur is dormant last erupting over 4 000 years ago. There s no sign that it s about to spring into life but tours are only announced on a year by year basis because well you never know...
Sail to St Helena South Atlantic
. Why? To cruise to one of the remotest islands aboard the last Royal Mail Ship? and before the first plane lands. The romance of a high seas voyage. A last of its kind journey. A fascinating far flung isle. The knowledge that it s all about to change... This may tick every bucket list box. St Helena is a worthy port of call in its own right: the South Atlantic speck is a crumple of glorious geomorphology small but riven with deep gullies gulches and volcanic after effects and swept with semi tropical lushness. The waters are brim full of dolphins and sometimes whales; the skies wheel with myriad birds. But it s the human story that is most fascinating around 4 000 people live on this lonely isle in settlements little changed since Georgian times. But how much longer St Helena will remain so unique remains unclear. For now a long trip from South Africa on the RMS St Helena is the only way to reach it but the long mooted airport is finally due for completion by early 2016.
Sleep on a private isle in Scotland
. Why? Who doesn t fancy an island to themselves? Sadly most of us don t have a Branson sized budget but that doesn t mean you can t claim your own patch of sea lapped solitude. Thanks to the fact that Scotland has almost 800 islands as well as a favourable attitude to wild camping it s possible to tick this must do off the list without spending a penny. Tiny Tanera Beag the second largest of the 20 odd north western Summer Isles has never been inhabited though you might be joined by a few sheep occasionally brought here to graze. You can sea kayak from the mainland over Badentarbet Bay and around larger (inhabited) Tanera Mor to reach Tanera Beag. Once you ve hauled ashore look out for seals in the lagoon by Eilean Flada Mor climb to the island s 83m high point for views over the nearby rock stacks and skerries and pitch your tent amid the heather to feel like a laird for the night.
Visit North Korea
. Why? Who knows what the future holds? The secretive nation is the ultimate destination for the world curious. Those who want boutique hotels or fancy cuisine look away now. Forget even the ability to chat to a local or take a detour down a side street just because you fancy it. This is totalitarian tourism freedom less but fascinating for the brief insight it gives into a country like no other. If you visit now you can (probably) expect to see the military machinations of the DMZ the massive bronzes of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il at Pyongyang s Mansudae Grand Monument a dazzling Mass Games and the natural beauty of Mount Myohyang. But maybe not. North Korea is a nation that might decide to ban all visitors if current dictator Kim Jong Un doesn t score a hole in one or something. Unpredictable edgy utterly unique.
Climb Kilimanjaro Tanzania
. Why? It s travel s greatest trekking summit and it could well be losing its snows. Tanzania s Mount Kilimanjaro deserves to be on every travel bucket list. No other mountain manages to combine such a wealth of wow factors to tick all those boxes: it s an aesthetically awesome monolith poking out of the African plains; it s a tough but achievable challenge; at 5 895m it s the roof of a continent; it s a climatological oddity proving snow can sit virtually on the equator. Tick tick tick tick. But just to add an extra bit of tock to all those ticks doom sayers predict that those snows might be gone by as early as 2022 all the more reason to tackle Kili quick.
Tour Havana in a classic car Cuba
. Why? Hop in an iconic vintage motor before they get scrapped. It s all change in Cuba. A gentle thaw in relations with their big neighbours to the north means that some travel to the island has become (slightly) easier for American citizens and some trade restrictions have been lifted. The result? A 95% increase in online Cuba searches. For now Cuba remains quite unique with an intoxicating je ne sais quoi that s strong of culture and loose of hips. Perhaps the most iconic Cuba image though is of a classic 1950s car bumping down a Havana backstreet. But for how long? The change in trade laws may facilitate an influx of cheaper imported cars; how much longer will Habaneros diligently buff their old Chevys if it s easier to buy a new Ford? So while you can take a tour in vintage motor listening to its retro roar as you glide by the capital s crumbly grandeur.
Cuddle a whale in Baja California Mexico
. Why? Closer encounters with massive mammals. You can see whales in lots of places but there are few spots where you can actually give one a hug. From December to April grey whales gather in Baja California s San Ignacio Lagoon to mate calve nurture their young and so it seems have a jolly old time with the weird human creatures that sail out to see them. Despite having been hunted to near extinction these greys bear no grudge; indeed they bump into boats and surface within touching distance inviting pats and strokes. However there s only a short window of opportunity to see the greys here each year with February March and April the best months and good trips sell out far often years in advance.
Capture the Northern Lights on camera
. Why? To record a spectacular photo of the northern lights that you saw. In this age of instant images and selfies it s not good enough anymore to just see the planet s most spectacular light show to hopefully be in the right place at the right time now you have to snap a frame worthy photo of it too. One way to increase your chances of filling that memory card is to join an aurora photography tour. You ll not only get tips from pros on how to snap the show sharpening up those DSLR skills for those future travels but they ll also be attuned to where those spectral waves are most likely to start pulsing through the night. Your daylight hours will then be spent exploring the wild Arctic terrains that best yield luminous results Finland Norway Sweden or Canada.
See an eclipse in Indonesia and the US
. Why? To be in the best place when the world goes weird. Total eclipses when the moon blocks out the sun basking the earth in an eerie glow happen roughly every 18 months. But you need to be in the right place ideally somewhere in the path of the solar maximum to fully appreciate the effect and you d have to wait an average of 375 years to see two total eclipses from the same spot. Sometimes being in the path of an eclipse is simple. On 21 August 2017 the total eclipse will swing right across the middle of the USA visible in states such as Wyoming Nebraska and South Carolina; its point of greatest eclipse will be just north west of Hopkinsville Kentucky where totality will last around two minutes and 40 seconds. Sometimes though it s a bit trickier the eclipse in March 2015 was best viewed in the snowy wilderness of Svalbard while in March 2016 you need to head to the remoter parts of Indonesia or Micronesia. Part of the battle is securing a place on a good expert led eclipse watching trip: these specialist departures can fill up well in advance.
Leaf peep on the Appalachian Trail US
. Why? See fall colours without the other people. The idea of visiting New England in autumn wending between comely white clapboard houses verges lined with pumpkins and forested hillsides completely aflame is a romantic notion. Now add in hiked prices and all the other cars and coaches trying to get to the same scenic lookArguably out and it isn t quite so dreamy. the best way to appreciate the glorious death of New England s trees is to stride among it camping out each night. So why not combine a smidgen of the Appalachian Trail the East Coast s seriously long long distance hike bucket list worthy in itself to see the leaves without the crowds. The 70km stretch between New Hampshire s White Mountains and the Vermont border is particularly renowned for its fabulous fall foliage think maples smoldering crimson dogwoods turning purple and birch trees burning gold.
Drive through Glacier National Park US
. Why? See retreating ice from a capricious drive. The Going to the Sun Road somehow carves an 80km long furrow through the mountains of north west Montana. It s also notoriously difficult to clear of winter snows. Portions of it remain open year round but the very earliest in the season that the entire length might be accessible is mid June. Then by late September parts are off limits all over again leaving a brief window for a traverse. It s worth trying though: the road slices through the parks most dramatic sections with hair raising hairpins and a haul over 2 026m Logan Pass. You can also see the park s rapidly retreating Jackson Glacier from the tarmac which you should certainly pull over for it s estimated that Glacier NP may be entirely glacier free by 2030.
See a spirit bear in British Columbia Canada
. Why? These rare bears roam only here. Even for a country big on big empty Canada s Great Bear Rainforest takes some beating. What the GBR does have though is lots of lovely wildlife: grey wolves grizzlies cougars orca sea otters humpback whales and uniquely Kermode or spirit bears. These unusual ursines are black bears with a recessive gene which renders about 10% of them creamy pale. Like spirits though they re tricky to spot only around 1 200 are thought to exist and fewer than 200 of those are white. But if you head to the right part of this roadless fjord cut river riven rainforest you might be in luck. The area around Klemtu is a known Kermode hang out and lodges accessible only by floatplane have guides expert in tracking them down.
Ride the Trans Siberian Russia China
. Why? To take the slow route across Siberia. What s the old adage? It s better to travel than to arrive? Could have been written for the Trans Siberian train journey. If you were that desperate to get between Moscow and Beijing (the route of the network s Trans Mongolian branch arguably the most interesting) you could fly it in under eight hours. But no it s this six night 7 621km train that is slow travel at its most atmospheric an unhurried spooling of endless birch trees Lake Baikal shimmer grassy steppe Gobi Desert yurt camps camel herds and station traders selling sweets and sausages. The train provides a cosy confinement within that vastness where your cabin mates could be Buddhist monks or Russian businessmen where vodka flows freely and the hot water samovar is always steaming ready to make a brew. Plans have been mooted to build a high speed line from Moscow to Beijing slashing the journey time from seven days to two. Progress perhaps but what s the rush?
Raft the Zambezi River Zambia
. Why? Run the great river while you can. The Zambezi is one of the world s most iconic waterways slicing its way through south eastern Africa and famously plunging over Victoria Falls. Rafting it whether you choose a short trip from Livingstone or a multi day beach camping expedition is up there with the world s greatest river journeys. You ll tackle hair raising rapids called things like Oblivion and The Devil s Toilet Bowl. You ll might spot hippos lazing in the channels and even crocs on the banks. But there s also a sense of urgency here. Plans are afoot to build a dam that will greatly effect the Zambezi s flow disrupting its natural ecosystems and wiping out its rapids (and therefore rafting industry). If the dam gets the go ahead it is due to be completed by 2025
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. The Spaniards arent necessarily known for making superexotic and ridiculously rapid sports cars. Step forward the Tramontana 720hp from its 5.5litre twinturbo V12 means 202mph despite an aerodynamic profile as subtle as a bewinged house brick.
Single Leg Glute Bridge
. Lie on the floor with your hands at your side. Bend one leg and keep one straight. Perform the bridging movement by pushing through the heel on the floor and squeezing your glutes.
Tips to succeed in online Learning
Log on to your course every day
. Make sure to check your course a minimum of 4 5 days a week. Once you get into the online discussions, you will want to see who has commented on your postings and read the instructors feedback. If you let too many days go by, you will get behind and
Rivers of India
. The Kolong River is a tributary of the Brahmaputra River, which divert out from the Brahamputra river in Hatimura region of Jakhalabandha (Nagaon district, Assam, India), and meets the same at Kolongpar near Guwahati. The tributary is approx. 250 km
Lower Trunk Flexor Stretch Front Lying Position
. Lower-Trunk Stretches: Method:Lie facedown on the floor. Place both hands palms down; fingers point forward by each hip. Slowly arch the back, contracting the buttocks. Continue arching the back and lift your head and chest off the floor.Affected Bod
Myth about Aging
Moisturizing Products Reverse Skin Aging
. There are presently no topically applied products available on the market that actually allow your skin cells to time travel to the past Rather, what the best moisturizers and serums do is increase your cell turnover rate so that the upper layer of
Benefits of Celery
It contains good salts
. Celery does contain sodium, but it is not the same thing as table salt. The salt in celery is organic, natural and essential for your health. Chinese celery or oriental variety features thin, hollow, succulent stalks. Its leaves and stalks carry more
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S O PAULO CATHEDRAL
. Considered to be the 4th largest neogothic cathedral in the world, it took four decades to complete and is adorned with neogothic exteriors, stainedglass windows and 800 tons of rare marble.
Benefits of Watermelons
. Its cleansing and natural diuretic effect is totally healing for kidney and bladder problems. Watermelon seeds prevent signs of ageing because they contain antioxidants and oils which make your skin look younger, healthier and more vibrant. These ben
The Kinds of Stringed Instruments
. Musical Instruments: Stringed instruments may be grouped in the following three classes: - a. Instruments in which the strings are set into motion by hammers - piano. b. Instruments in which the strings are set into motion by bowing - violin, viola,
Benefits of Basil
. Basil has strengthening effect on the kidney. In case of renal stone the juice of basil leaves and honey, if taken regularly for 6 months it will expel them via the urinary tract.
. The plant here figured, and very generally known to the Nurserymen, in the neighbourhood of London, by the name of Glycine rubicunda, is a native of New South Wales, and was introduced to this country about the same time as the Glycine bimaculata alr
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. As muse to Givenchy designer Riccardo Tisci, Roldan features prominently in the brands distinctive imagery and its multiethnic fashion show casts. When he isnt making his way down a runway, Roldan acts as a menswear buyer for the Toronto store Nomad.
Benefits of Pineapple
. Macular degeneration is a condition in which adults lose their vision, making difficult for them to read and recognize things properly. Betacarotene present in pineapples empowers vision and should be consumed regularly for eye health.
Benefits of Saffron
. The saffron extract supplement has no calories. However, Dr. Oz noted that prospective users must look for a special blend called Satiereal. This particular variation was used in the studies Dr. Oz looked at. Those studies called for 88-90 mg, twice
. Born in Bologna, Italy, in 1874, Guglielmo Marconi was a Nobel Prizewinning physicist and inventor credited with the groundbreaking work necessary for all future radio technology. Through his experiments in wireless telegraphy, Marconi developed the
Tips for Perfect Reception Party
Arrange for a Backup
. Planning an outdoor reception.You cant count on sunshine, so either reserve a tent or opt for a location with an indoor alternative in the event of inclement weather.
Benefits of Dill Seeds
Provides zinc iron vitamin A and vitamin C
. Fresh dill provides zinc iron vitamin A and vitamin C which are all beneficial for breastfeeding mothers. Zinc helps to ensure proper release of prolactin the hormone which regulates milk production in the breasts. A healthy iron intake is necessa
Tips to Decorate your BedRoom
. Personality is what makes a space great. Make your own statement and have fun. The more you try, the more you will begin to see what works and what does not. Incorporate unexpected elements for drama. The unconventional ottoman seats, library style b
Benefits of Mushroom
Crimini mushrooms boast
. Crimini mushrooms boast an unusual array of phytonutrients that can be difficult to obtain from other foods. These phytonutrients include special types of carbs (for example, the polysaccharidelike molecules betaDglucans or fucogalactans) and special
Precautions while using Mobile Phones
Dont make calls when youre enclosed in metal
. Dont make calls when youre enclosed in metal, such as inside the car or an elevator. The metal causes the radiation to reflect back on all occupants (the Faraday Cage effect). When possible communicate via text messaging rather than making a call, li