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Weekly Roundup – Eccentric Airports in the World

Eccentric Airports in the World

When landing at various airports around the world you will be surprised or shocked because air travel is full of wonderful and weird when it comes to landing or taking off. Here is the list of the most strangest airports in the world.
Kansai International Airport Osaka, Japan

Kansai International Airport is Japans second most important international airport located on the official island in the heart of Osaka Bay 38 kilometers Southwest of Osaka Stations. It serves as a hub for various airlines such as All Nippon Airways, Japan Airlines, and Nippon Cargo Airlines. The Airport has two terminals though is planning to build a third terminal. The first terminal services both domestic and international flights by regular airlines while second terminal also serves both domestic and international flights but by low cost airlines.
Due to land scarcity of land in Japan, engineers headed three miles into Osaka Bay to build this colossal structure, in their mind they had to account for the earthquakes that always hit Japan, dangerous cyclones and unstable seabed. Climate change and rising sea levels poses a threat to the airport existence.

Agatti Airport India

Agati Aerodrome is the only airstrip in Archipelage and it is located of the Southern Coast of India, sits on the island of Agatti. The airport is 4,000 foot long surrounded by the Indian Ocean. The runway appears to get lost in the sea. Flights operates to the island six times a week.

Gibraltar Airport, Gibraltar

Gibraltar Airport serves the British overseas territory of Gibraltar and it’s owned by the Ministry of Defense for use by United Kingdom’s Royal Air Force. The runway intersects Winston Churchill Avenue which is the busiest road in Gibraltar. Railroad-style crossing gates acts as a barrier holding cars back every time a plane lands or depart.

Courchevel Airport Courchevel, France

The airport has a short runway of only 525 meters located on the French Alps Mountains. The most surprising thing is the steep large hill on the runaway towards the middle of the strip which has 18.5% gradient. The Airport is considered dangerous because of its up slope runway. The hill is so steep that small planes could probably gain momentum rolling down it with their engines off.

Juancho E. Yrasquin Airport Saba, Netherlands Antilles

It is the only airport on the Caribbean Island of Saba. It’s known worldwide for its shortest Commercial runway. Winair is the current airline serving Yrausquin Airport. Due to its short runway, landing and taking off becomes a challenge.

Macau International Airport, Macau

It is situated at the Eastern end of Tapia Island, China. Due to scarcity of land and high population, Engineers like in Kansai Airport had to reclaim land from island to build this unique and eccentric airport. A set of highways links the runway to the surrounding.

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Weekly Roundup – Best Airlines in the World

Do you want to get the best Airlines that will make you feel confident, secure and safe? With many upcoming airlines all over the world, it is important for you to choose carefully the airlines that you will trust. Here are just a few of the best airlines in the world.

Emirates Airlines

Emirates is a global airline based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It is the largest airline in the Middle East and was ranked among the top 10 carriers worldwide and eighth by Air Transport World. Emirates has been named the best airlines in the world for 2013. The Emirates serves more than 120 destinations across the six continents.

Qatar Airways

Qatar Airways is the state-owned carrier of Qatar. It operates services across Africa, Central Asia, Europe, Far East, South Asia, Middle East, North America, South America and Oceania. It joined the One World Alliance on 30 Octomber2013.

Singapore Airlines

Singapore Airlines is a five-star airline and Singapore’s flag carrier. It operates from its hub at Changi Airport with its strong presence, mostly visible in the Southeast Asia, East Asia, South Asia and Kangaroo Route destinations.

Cathay Pacific

Cathay Pacific is the international flag carrier of Hong Kong. The Airline serves 168 destinations in more than 40 countries across Asia, The Pacific, Africa, Middle East and North America. Cathay Pacific offers up to four cabin classes on its long-haul international flights including First Class, Business Class, Premium Economy Class and Economy Class.

Etihad Airways

Etihad Airways is United Arab Emirates Flag carrier airline. Etihad was awarded the world’s leading airline for four consecutive years (2009 to 2012) by The Travel Awards. Etihad serves in all the six inhabited continents.

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Weekly Roundup – Stunning Tourism Spots in Africa

Stunning Tourism Destinations in Africa

With its splendid landscape, wild animals and diverse cultural heritage, the world’s second-biggest continent, Africa, has some of the best tourism spots. Here are few places I love, you may consider them too.

Great Pyramid of Giza, Egypt

The Great Pyramid of Giza is one of Egypt’s top tourist attractions. Also known as Pyramid of Khufu, its one of famous Seven Wonders of the Ancient World that still stands. It has three chambers; Lowest chamber, Queen’s Chamber and King’s Chamber.

Victoria Falls, Zambia-Zimbabwe Border

Victoria Falls is located in Southern Africa on the Zambezi River between the countries of Zambia and Zimbabwe. The fall is also known as Mosi-oa-Tunya (The Smoke That Thunders) by locals, its one of the greatest natural wonders of the world. The Victoria Falls is classified as the largest based on width of 1,708 meters (5, 604ft) and height of 108 meters(354ft)

Sossusvlei Dunes, Namibia

Situated in the Southern part of the Namibia Desert in the Namib-Naukluft National Park, the dunes are most spectacular sights in Namibia. Sunrise and sunset are definitely the best times to see this beautiful landscapes.

Omo River Region, Ethiopia

Located in Africa’s Great Rift Valley, the region is known for its culture and diversity. It is home to more than 50 different tribes. If you love African culture, you should definitely visit this region due to its huge cultural heritage.

Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

Mt. Kilimanjaro is the highest point in Africa and the world highest free standing structure at an attitude of 5,896 meters (19,336ft) above the sea level. It has three amazing peaks; Mawenzi, Shira and Kibo the highest.

The Virunga Mountains

Famous for its over 700 Mountain Gorillas, Virunga Mountains are located along the Northern border of Rwanda, The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Uganda. The Mountain range consist of eight major Volcanic Peaks. You want to hunt Gorillas! This is the tourism place to be.

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Weekly Roundup – Vacation Destinations In Kenya

Visit These Popular Places In Kenya

Over the years, Kenya has been acclaimed as a major tourist destination. It is endowed with animal parks, scenic landscapes, beaches, attractive tourist site and rich culture. If you are planning a trip in Kenya, here are a few places you should visit.
Nairobi National Park

Nairobi National Park is a place worth your visit. Located approximately 7 kilometers (10 minute drive) south of center of Nairobi City, With the only electric fence separating the wildlife from metropolis, Nairobi National Park is home to Black rhinos, lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena, Buffalo, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, elands and diverse bird life with over 400 species recorded. It is one of Kenya’s most successful rhinoceros sanctuaries. With its many entrances, it is easily accessible from all over Nairobi whether from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport or traveling South from Nairobi City itself.

Mount Kenya

At 17,057 ft, Mount Kenya is the second Highest mountain in Africa after Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. Mount Kenya is an ancient extinct volcano that was active several million years ago. Its peak is covered with snow. Mount Kenya National Park was established in 1949 to protect the region surrounding the mountain. The South side of Mt. Kenya receives more sunshine in December to March. During this time, rock climbs are in condition and snow and ice climbs gradually deteriorate. In June to October, the north facing rock climbs are in the best condition. Mt. Kenya is about 150 kilometers Northeast of Nairobi and is accessible by road.

Maasai Mara National Reserve

Maasai Mara also Known as Masai Mara or Mara is one of the greatest Wildlife Reserves. It is named in honor of the Maasai Community, located in Southwest Kenya. It is famous for its wildebeest and zebra migrations (one of the Seven Wonders of the World) along Mara River, its big cats (lion, cheetah and leopard) and Maasai people.

Lake Nakuru National Park

Lake Nakuru is one of the Rift Valley Soda lakes located at Nakuru two hours drive from Nairobi City. Lake Nakuru National Park is home to million flamingos, black and white rhinos, warthogs, baboons among others.

Bomas of Kenya

Bomas of Kenya is a cultural Center at Langata, Nairobi near the main gate to Nairobi National Park. Bomas (homesteads) display traditional villages belonging to several Kenyan Tribes. A visit to Bomas of Kenya you will learn differences between Kenya’s major ethnic groups and enjoy traditional performances done by locals of different tribes

Hell’s Gate National Park

Hell’s Gate National Park lies South of Lake Naivasha Northwest of Nairobi. There are over 100 species of birds in the park including Vultures, Verreaux’s Eagles, Swifts etc. Zebra, eland, hartebeest, African bufallo, Thomson’s gazelle and baboons are also common. Hell’s Gate is named after a narrow break (a gate to hell) in the cliffs, once a tributary that fed humans in the Rift Valley Region

With my recommendation, you can now visit this beautiful country Kenya.

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Weekly Roundup – Long Road Trip Tips

Tips For A Long Road Trip

Driving on the road for long could be very tiring and if not carefully managed, can lead to a great disaster. Many people cause accidents on the road due to accumulated sleep, fatigue, lack of alertness among other reasons. To avoid this, here are few tips to consider while taking a long road trip.

Get enough Sleep
Sleeping while driving can lead to a very fatal and serious accident as one lacks concentration. To avoid this always ensure that you get enough sleep before hitting the road.

Have a spare tire
Ensure that you always have a spare tire in your car on a long road trip. Having a flat tire in the middle of nowhere can be frustrating and a time waster.

Take a break after a couple of hours
To refresh your alertness, take breaks after a couple of hours. Get fresh air, stretch your body, grab a snack or take a quick nap.

Never take drugs while driving
One beer many not intoxicate you but may slow down your alertness.

Keep your Energy Levels up
Take with you lot of water, juice, sandwiches and health snacks to keep you going.

Plan Long Road Trip Route
Carry with you a detailed map or a mapping app on your smartphone for better navigation.

Pump it up
On unfamiliar roads, you never know where the next gas station is. Always refill your tank as soon you hit quarter mark of the tank.

Traffic Updates
Keep posted on traffic. Get updates from traffic websites , radio ,television among others.

With those tips, hit the long road and enjoy!

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