Weekly Roundup – Spine Chilling Places in the World

Spine Chilling Places in the World

What an amazing world we have, from its splendid landscapes, wonderful people to its creepy haunted places. There are spine chilling places you need to know, explore or visit. Here is a list of few creepy places you may not want to visit.
The Sedlec Ossuary -Sedlec, Czech Republic

Sedlec ossuary also known “Bone Church” is a small chapel located in Sedlec Czech Republic. Abbot Henry brought back a jar of soil from Grave of the Lord of Jerusalem, Golgotha and scattered the soil accross the Sedlec cemetery. Soon people from the place and the surrounding countries desired to be buried in Sedlec Cemetery that was now believed to be a holly land. The number of burials outgrew the space available thus exhuming old remains and stored them in the Chapel.

Hill of Crosses, Lithuania

Hill of Crosses is located about 12 kilometers from the city of Siauliai northern Lithuania People began leaving crosses on the side of an old fort in commemoration and remembrance of those killed fighting for the independence in Lithuania. Over 10,000 crosses are crowded together in huge piles across the entire hillside.

Aokigahara Forest, Japan

Aokigahara Forest also Known as “Suicide Forest” is located Northwest base of Mount Fuji in Japan. It is believed over 100 people commit suicide in this forest every year. Government of Japan has been laying uplifting sign boards messages like ‘think of your family’ or ‘life is precious! please reconsider’ all over the forest. I believe here is scary especially the view of hanging bodies on trees across the forest.

Devil’s Kettle – Minnesota’s Judge Magney State Park, USA

Devils is located in Judge Magney State Park, Minnesota. Brule River splits twice down the fall with one section of the river down streaming normally while the other section vanished into a deep hole known as Devil’s Kettle. No one has ever discovered where the whole ends or water goes.

Island of Dolls, Mexico

The Island of Dolls is located in the Xochimilco Canal, near Mexico City. It has strange and terrifying dolls hanging on trees and also scattered along its floor. According to legend, a young girl drowned in canal and a man by name Julian Barrera found her doll floating in the nearby water. In memory of her, he tied the doll on a tree. He thereafter decorated the whole island with dolls which he collected from rubbish tips and around the canal as a memorial to the girl.

Have you ever visited strange, unusual, scariest place around the world? Share with us your experiences by leaving a comment.

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Things to Know About International Travel, Passports, and Customs

International Travel

International travel is very different from domestic travel. You’ll be required to have different documentation, jump through different hoops before entering and leaving a country, and deal with cultural barriers and even uncomfortable situations while traveling. The more prepared you are, the better equipped you will be to handle the unexpected while traveling abroad.

Acquiring a Passport

International travel requires a passport. A passport is a form of photo identification issued by your home country. It’s important to apply for passports well before your date of departure, as the process can take several weeks or even months.

Going Through Customs

When you enter and depart from a foreign country, you’ll be required to fill out customs information. Customs is a department in a country that monitors what items are being brought into and taken out of the country. You’ll get forms, either on the plane or in the airport, that allow you to itemize all of the items you purchased within the country.

Some items, like live animals, food products, and alcohol, are strictly regulated with regard to international transport. Be sure that your home country allows items from various countries to be transported across the border before you make a big purchase overseas. Most people, however, have no trouble getting through customs.

Avoid the Ugly American Scenario

There is a term often applied to American tourists who show little regard to foreign customs. “Ugly American” is a slang phrase used to describe a tourist who expects the foreign cultures of the world to accommodate his or her own personal world view. Foreign cultures are just that: foreign. This means that you should expect things to run a little differently when you are visiting a different culture.

Your food may not be prepared the way you’re used to. You might have to deal with language barriers, shopping differences, and even lodgings that aren’t up to your standards. Instead of fussing and stressing about these adjustments, you should do your best to remember that you are a guest in another country. Try to learn about a foreign culture and absorb the differences, and allow travel to broaden your world view.

Conclusion

International travel can be an incredible and educating experience. Many people assert that they hadn’t yet begun to live until they witnessed the daily lives of people in other cultures throughout the world. If you have credit card airline miles, using them to plan an overseas vacation is a great decision.

 

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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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5 Travel Tips that will Keep You and Your Family Safe on Vacation

Traveling as a family can be a great way to promote family togetherness and form unshakable family bonds that will last throughout a lifetime. With a credit card that offers the potential to accumulate airline miles, you can save a considerable amount of money on air travel.

Many families use their credit card miles to purchase airline tickets to destinations that they would be otherwise unable to afford. Even though traveling to exotic locations can be a fun-filled and educational experience, it can also present considerable risks to families that are not prepared.

Travel safety tips are incredibly important considerations for families, especially families that are not used to traveling to foreign countries. These five safety tips will help keep you and your family away from harm while you are enjoying a family vacation.

Choose Reputable Lodgings

Saving money on lodgings may be an important consideration when planning your family vacation, but it should not be the first consideration. Choosing reputable lodgings in a public part of the city will help to keep your family safe on vacation. Cheap hotels are often located in less reputable parts of town, and traveling to and from these cheaper hotels may put your family in unnecessary danger.

Protect Your Money and Credit Cards

Always wear a money belt while traveling to prevent pickpockets and thieves from having access to your personal documents, money, and credit cards. Money belts fit snugly around the waist, and the pouch that contains valuables can be tucked beneath the waist band of your pants.

Stay in Public Places

When traveling in foreign countries, it’s a good idea to stay in public places at all times. Your sightseeing ambitions may draw you away from public locations, but this can also expose you to dangers for which you will be unprepared. There is plenty of sightseeing to do in public, so try to stick to these areas when traveling.

Don’t Venture Out too Late

Even though you may want to enjoy the nightlife while vacationing, it’s a good idea to keep reasonable hours while on vacation. The later you stay out, the more likely you are to run into dangerous trouble while on vacation.

Stay Together

Above all, ensure that the members of your family stay together at all times. Separating into smaller groups will expose your family members to greater risk. Never, without exception, let a family member head off by themselves.

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Finding Vacation Accommodations For Your Next Vacation

If you have a credit card that offers airline miles in exchange for frequent credit card purchases, you may be looking at the opportunity to travel for free in a few short months, depending on how often you use your credit card. Airline miles are some of the most popular credit card benefits simply because people love to travel throughout the world.

Travel, however, can be quite expensive, and many people simply cannot afford to travel as frequently as they would like. If you can save money on airfare, the most expensive part of most journeys, you’ll have more money to devote to sightseeing, museums, theaters, concerts, restaurants, shopping, and accommodations when you arrive at your destination.

Vacation accommodations are typically the second most expensive part about planning a vacation or a sightseeing excursion. Depending on the types of accommodations you choose, you may be spending anywhere from a hundred dollars to several thousands of dollars on your next vacation. If you’re wondering what your vacation accommodation options are , here is a breakdown of some of the most popular options in order from least expensive to most expensive.

The European Hostel

The cheapest way, by far, to find vacation accommodations while traveling is to secure a hostel for the night. Hostels are very popular in Europe, but they can also be found in other locations throughout the world. Hostels have very few services, and they often feature large rooms with multiple beds. Also, there may be an age limit for individuals who can lodge in a hostel.

The Motel or Inn

A motel or inn is one step up from a hostel. These facilities provide guests with their own private living quarters, but they do not offer regular service to guests. So, you’ll be responsible for making your own bed, securing your own linens, and ensuring that your stay is comfortable.

The Hotel

At a hotel, a maid service is provided every day to keep the room fresh and well-stocked. Hotel rooms are usually larger and more accommodating than motel or inn rooms, as well.

The Bed and Breakfast Experience

If you want to truly experience luxury and charm, a bed and breakfast is a great way to enhance your vacation. Bed and Breakfast establishments are usually quaint and cozy. They may be run by a family, and you’ll likely be waited on hand and foot while you stay in these accommodations.

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