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10 Best Cities for Freelancers

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Freelancing is hugely lucrative and liberating, especially when you get to work in an environment that provides inspiration and job opportunities. Below are the 10 top cities for freelancers.

Paris

Paris is well known for its art and fashion industry. Many aspiring models and artists flock to the European metropolis in the hopes of finding freelance job opportunities. Some relocate to the City of Love to draw inspiration from its multicultural characteristic, imbibing the age-old beauty of the majestic Eiffel Tower and the compelling impact of the Moulin Rouge.

Freelance work is definitely available in Paris, especially for artists, writers, models, and even programmers. Since the city is a mecca for fashion, art, and tourism, many job opportunities abound in the area. You can even peddle your skills in various online platforms dedicated to freelancing work, building your resume in the process, and allow would-be employers to find you.

New York

The location of the famous Statue of Liberty is another freelance work capital. Aside from the city’s Broadway and Theater District, the metropolis is also home to a multitude of corporate and industrial companies where freelancing may be offered. If you prefer to work-from-home, the city is also a superb location for writers, artists, and even stockbrokers due to its highly industrialized nature—an excellent area to find lucrative projects through various online freelancing platforms.

London

London is another freelancing center. Job opportunities in the area are crowding up various freelancing sites, especially for writers, programmers, and web developers. The city is an excellent inspiration, as well, primarily because of its numerous historic landmarks like the Big Ben and Trafalgar Square.

Singapore

Singapore is a highly industrialized Asian metropolis—another perfect spot for freelance work. Depending again on your skillset, you can find various freelancing jobs online. If you are into web development and content creation, you must know that Singapore is home to many companies that are looking for the same skills you have.

Hong Kong

Hong Kong isn’t merely famous for its Tian Tan Buddha and Temple Street Market. This Asian city is also a center for many international businesses and corporations that undoubtedly offer freelance work. You can even find various projects online, especially if you are good with computers and other equipment.

Los Angeles

The home of Hollywood, the City of Angels, is another throbbing metropolis for freelancers, including artists, writers, photographers, models, and musicians. If you aren’t into acting, singing, and modeling, you can still find several jobs that you can do. You can quickly grab a job doing computer editing work and other off-screen job opportunities all over the place.

Bangkok

This Southeast Asian city is another freelance capital. Aside from its many Buddhist temples and mouth-watering street food, the city offers various job opportunities, especially for skilled workers. The place is an inspiring location for artists and writers, especially because of its stunning cultural vibe, numerous beaches, and delicious Thai food.

Tokyo

If you are into Anime and electronics, Tokyo is another excellent destination. Freelance work is available, particularly for animators, web developers, programmers, and content creators. It would be best if you learned the local language. However, it will make it easier for you to communicate with your would-be Japanese employers.

New Delhi

New Delhi is best known for its cultural diversity and historical landmarks. Indians are friendly people. Their culture is heavily influenced by both their indigenous Hindu religion and British colonization. Many Indians speak fluent English, and you’ll be able to acculturate yourself easily. Freelance work isn’t lucrative since the salary may be little. However, if you want to find a truly inspirational and exciting location to do your work-from-home crunch, then New Delhi should be an excellent choice.

San Francisco

The location of the famous Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, is another center for big corporations and international businesses. You can easily find freelance jobs in the area, especially if you have excellent computer skills like programming, web development, and content creation.

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Best Time to Vacation in Vietnam

Asia’s not so little secret, Vietnam is one of the most beautiful and cheap places to visit. There are definitely better seasons than others, so here is a simple guide to Vietnam.

 

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Asia’s not so little secret, Vietnam is one of the most beautiful and cheap places to visit. Land of exotic beaches, dense and plentiful jungles and vast vistas, Vietnam has it all. With good weather almost all year round, you can visit this Southeast Asian country anytime. Vietnam is a long country ranging from north to south, so the weather can be very different in separate sections. There are definitely better seasons than others, so here is a simple guide to Vietnam.

 

Winter

Visit in the winter to beat the incredible summer heat. Also, you want to check out the Vietnamese New Year, Tet, and the country’s biggest party. The best time to visit is the dry season, ranging from October to March. The wet season can be crazy with typhoons wreaking havoc.   The temps range from 60s to 70s (Fahrenheit) so its great for backpackers and explorers.

Central Vietnam is monsoon season until December, so steer clear until then. No one wants to be wet their entire vacation, unless you are snorkeling. The temperatures will drop into the 60s so make sure you have a light jacket. The warm weather is there by February, so pack a swimsuit.

The southern tip of Vietnam is beach central, so bring sunscreen, SPF 30 or higher. Temps down south will sour to the upper 80s in the winter.

 

Spring

 

March through April in the north is dry and cool, great for venturing into the vast rice patties. Lower humidity makes the jungles accessible..

Central Vietnam is rainy in the spring, so pack a jacket and good shoes. Keep the materials light, as it is humid in the central parts.

You will see locals wearing thin plastic ponchos, which are great. Pick one up for cheap and save you gear from being damp. Down South, the weather is perfect, beach babes galore and beach parties into the night.

Summer

 

Think humidity is fun, try summer in southern Vietnam. You will sweat through any article of clothing, so tank tops, shorts and flip-flops are recommended. May to June is the most consistent weather in the North and Central regions. Rains constantly up north, so steer clear and the central areas are dry as a bone. You can visit the amazing cave systems in this area. Home to the largest caves in the world. Spelunkers unite here to explore and team up for safety.

 

Fall

This is the perfect time to visit all parts of Vietnam. It’s not to dry and not to wet, you get a little of everything in the fall.

Check out the Mid-Autumn Festival where thousands of lanterns are released into the air and paper lions dance in the streets. Best time to eat traditional Vietnamese food is at this festival.. dates change every year so check that out when planning.

 

Vietnam has a little something for everyone. The weather changes a lot so map out your trip accordingly. The food is incredible, people are all so nice and the scenery is exquisite.

 

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Thai National Park Will Mail Back Litter to Visitors

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Varawut Silpa-archa tells tourists to avoid littering in the Khao Yai National Park. Offenders will receive their garbage back through mail.

The Khao Yai National Park aims to let visitors be accountable for their littering. Anyone who visits the area must remember that throwing garbage within the park is a major no-no. No one likes to have their garbage mailed back to them, right?

The Khao Yai National Park is a popular wildlife destination in Thailand. Situated near Bangkok, the Thai national park is known for its diverse, endemic wildlife and lush vegetation. Established in 1962, the park is home to diverse animal species including monkeys and elephants. The park covers a wide area of more than 700 square miles, as well. Visiting tourists are blamed for desecrating the protected location by leaving behind used cans, bottles, and other empty food receptacles.

Garbage Sent Back as Mail

To counter the problem, Varawut Silpa-archa, Thailand’s minister of natural resources and environment, announces that all garbage found to have been littered by visitors shall be sent back to them via mail. Violators shall also be banned from the place, registered with the Thai police, and be faced with a probable fine or 5-year stay in prison.

To make it more convenient for police to pinpoint offenders, all tourists are required to register their names and home addresses. “Your trash—we’ll send it back to you,” Mr Silpa-archa asserts as he reminds would-be visitors of the possible consequences of littering in the national park. In his Facebook post, he shares images showing the trash collected in the place and the consequent “trash package” to be sent back to the identified violator.

“I will pick up all of your garbage,” his message’s translation states. “Postage back …home as [a] souvenir,” the translation continues.

Reopening of Borders

In June 2020, Thailand approved its plan for the reopening of its borders to select foreign visitors. Consequently, the Southeast Asian nation began accepting international travellers from various countries in July. However, accepted tourists are sternly reminded to uphold the different guidelines imposed. The Khao Yai National Park, for instance, is home to a variety of animals and cleanliness must be strictly maintained. Garbage left by tourists can be highly dangerous to wildlife.

Besides harming the general environment, empty food packages, when not immediately found, are accidentally eaten by the animals. Thus, visitors are strictly forbidden to leave any garbage in the park and remember the consequences of such irreverent practice.  

Adherence to Guidelines

It is important for tourists to follow the guidelines imposed by the Thai government. Littering in the Khao Yai National Park is punishable by law. Aside from receiving their garbage once they get back to their home country, violators may be banned, fined, or imprisoned for 5 years.

Protecting the environment must be upheld, not only in Thailand, but all across the world. The issue of climate change is of major concern. Various natural disasters and emergency health concerns are directly related to the rapid degradation of our natural resources. The massive call for environmental protection and conservation should be answered by all.

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A Must See Desert Oasis In Southern California

Think of the desert and your mind conjures up images of dry dusty lands full of cactus and crawly things. But there is a desert oasis in Southern California that will completely transform your vision of what a desert setting looks like. At Whitewater Preserve you will find…

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Think of the desert and your mind conjures up images of dry dusty lands full of cactus and crawly things. But there is a desert oasis in Southern California that will completely transform your vision of what a desert setting looks like. At Whitewater Preserve you will find 2,851 acres of streams loaded with trout, untouched wilderness and winding trails leading you into the mountains. Just north of Palm Springs and surrounded by the San Gorgonio Wilderness this is one desert destination that you will want to add to your bucket list. The rich habitat hosts the endangered Southwest willow flycatcher and Bell’s vireo, and provides the opportunity to see migrating summer tanagers and vermilion flycatchers. The canyon, an important wildlife corridor between the San Bernardino and San Jacinto Mountains, has a robust wildlife population. 

 

 

This desert oasis is a perfect place for a nature adventure, whether by yourself or with the family. The Whitewater Trout Farm’s historic building has been transformed into a Ranger Station and Visitor Facility. This is the best place to start your adventure. Here you can get a trail map and checklists to help identify local flora and fauna. Although there are many hiking trails, some are not always safe to access. The Ranger Station will have information on any trails that have limited access. After you have spent some time exploring, enjoy the refreshing water at the shaded picnic area. 

 

 

Visitor facilities include individual and group picnic areas and camp grounds that sit in the shadow of steep cliffs where bighorn sheep are often spotted. Fishing is available, but limited to organized catch and release programs for children, in which all the equipment is supplied. There are a variety of hiking trails at Whitewater Preserve, you will find something for everyone. There are paver paths around the pond, perfect for the elderly, and a trailhead leading to the Pacific Crest Trail for the more experienced hiker. No matter what trail you take you will be out in the sun so make sure to bring a hat and use your sunscreen.

 

 

Whitewater Preserve is open daily year round from 8 am to 5 pm, closing only on certain holidays or in the event of dangerous weather conditions. Permits for camping, backcountry trip parking and after hour hiking are available at the Ranger Station during open hours. 

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