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Avoid These Common Mistakes When Visiting Vietnam

If you’re taking a trip to Vietnam anytime soon, don’t make these rookie mistakes. 

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Not many people realize this, but Vietnam is actually a wonderful vacation destination. It’s a beautiful country with a lovely culture and lively cities. Not to mention the incredible history and amazing architecture. So if you’re adventurous, you definitely need to check out Vietnam. But if you do, make sure you don’t make these common rookie mistakes!

DON’T AVOID THE STREET FOOD

A lot of Westerners will go to Vietnam and just assume any street food is dangerous and not to be trusted. But in reality, it’s some of the best food in the country. And it’s the heart of Vietnam’s culinary culture. There are, of course, some stuff that should be avoided. But as long as you stick to sweets, breads, and anything hot, you’re good. Also, you can never go wrong by going wherever the crowds already are! And these places definitely get crowded as they’re always popular with the locals.

DON’T FORGET TO TAKE IN THE SCENERY

There are plenty of amazing cities like Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hoi An, and Hue that are definitely worthy of a visit. But while you should definitely check out at least one of them when you go to Vietnam, do not make the mistake of not checking out the countryside. There are beautiful mountain ranges, long, warm beaches, and, of course, the incredible Mekong River Delta. A vacation in Vietnam without a trip outside of the city should be a crime.

DON’T VISIT DURING TET

Get is the Vietnamese New Year. And while it can be an interesting time to visit the country, it’s probably not the best time. Why? Because almost everything shuts down during Tet. All of the lively markets, historic monuments, and breathtaking temples will likely be closed. So, unless you’re going to visit family or friends, Tet is the worst time of year to visit Vietnam.

The exact dates of Tet change year to year, as well. So just do a little research and make sure you take your trip before or after.

DON’T DRESS TOO CASUALLY WHEN VISITING MONUMENTS, SHRINES, AND TEMPLES

Vietnam has some wonderfully warm months and is a great place for a hot summer vacation filled with days lounging on the beach. But if you also plan on visiting some of the historic shrines, monuments, and temples in that same trip, don’t make the mistake of going in your bikini or board shorts. For the most part, it’s just plain disrespectful. But at some places, it’s downright against the rules and will get you kicked out.

So cover those shoulders, lose the hat, and be polite!

DON’T SKIP THE BEACHES!

The beaches in Vietnam are some of the most beautiful and relaxing in the entire world. And while there are the hotspots like Da Nang and Nha Trang, there are plenty of other amazing beaches in the country that are much quieter and peaceful. Some of the lesser-known but must-see beaches include Phu Quoc, Hue, and Hoi An.

And if you’re really adventurous, the dune-covered beaches of Mui Ne are a sight to be seen and the go-to waters for avid windsurfers.

DON’T IGNORE THE TROUBLING HISTORY

While Vietnam is quickly becoming a popular vacation destination with lively cities touting vibrant nighttime activities, there is still a complicated past to Vietnam. We’re all aware of the Vietnam War, but the Communist country has plenty of other troubling activity in their past. But, while we think we know all there is to know about America’s involvement with the country, there is a lot to be learned from the Vietnamese perspective.

So if you venture to this beautiful and complicated country, don’t be so foolish as to not take the time to learn about their own past, their own mistakes, their own tragedies. There are plenty of amazing museums and historical sites throughout the country that are worth a visit. So be sure to do a little research on wherever you end up and check out at least a few of them while you’re there.

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The Most Romantic Weekend Trips in North America

We found the most sensual and romantic weekend getaway spots all lovers should check out.

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Romantic getaways are important to keeping the fire in relationships burning bright so take our advice and add some romance into your life. Take your lover on a passionate adventure and keep your sensual juices flowing. Valentine’s Day isn’t the only time a year to show your love, so step your game up and treat your special someone to a week end they won’t soon forget. We found the most sensual and romantic weekend getaway spots all lovers should check out.

 

San Francisco

The city by the bay keeps lovers coming back with its foggy setting and breathtaking views. What’s more romantic than taking a stroll through Golden Gate park with your special someone, the distinctive skyline in the distance and a cool breeze in the air? The cities eateries are world class and the overall small size of the city makes it seem that much more romantic.

 

Charleston

The old town feel, cobblestone streets and oak tree lined streets makes Charleston, South Carolina a dream location. Take a romantic horse drawn carriage ride after a nice dinner of soul food and look for shooting stars as you enjoy each other’s company. The southern charm of this city will rub off on you and your mate will take notice.

 

Sedona

A Sedona Arizona spa weekend getaway is the perfect way to say, “I love you,” to your special someone. The incredible views from everywhere will put you in the romantic mood pretty quick. Enjoy a nice glass of wine, a couple’s massage and the piece and quit this little town provides.

 

Poconos

Nature loving couples from all around flock to the Poconos mountains for weekend trips all year long. The region has some great wineries, hiking trails and cute little bed and breakfasts are scattered all over. Find a waterfall on a hike and have a romantic picnic next to it.

 

 

Napa

Get yourself two tickets to the Napa Valley Wine Train and call it a day. The train takes people on a 25-mile ride through the beautiful countryside and stops at numerous wineries for your alcohol consumption. What’s a better way to get your partner in the mood than a few bottles of wine?

 

New Orleans

New Orleans isn’t just a party city; it has romance pouring out of every building. The rich history combined with outstanding architecture makes walking around a dream. Enjoy a few cocktails; some amazing live jazz music and an excellent meal, without doing any research. The city is made for tourism and it features some really romantic spots.

 

The Keys

The Florida Keys are as far south in the US as you can go and it’s like visiting a deserted island in some spots. Feel like you and your liver are the only people on the planet and enjoy each other fully. The weather is great, the bars are eclectic and the seafood couldn’t be fresher.

 

Take care of your loved one and they will return the favor. Everyone likes to be wined and dined, so make the first move and book a trip today.

 

 

 

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Ukraine: An Underrated Tourist Destination In Europe

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When many people think of taking a European vacation they probably imagine strolling along the Seine with their lover, or seeing Michelangelo’s David in Florence. I mean, those are both two amazing things to do. However most people would even consider traveling to Ukraine. It is a country at war, the winters tend to be unbearable, and Eastern Europeans have a reputation of being unfriendly. All that being said, Ukraine is still an underrated tourist destination and one that should be on travelers radar.

What Is There To Do In Ukraine?

Ukraine is a large country. In fact, it’s the largest country entirely in Europe. This means that there is something for everyone! From adventure travelers to those just looking to relax, you can spend months exploring the country and still not tire of things to see and do.

If you are looking for a city break you can’t skip out on the capital of Kyiv, nor the cultural capital of Lviv. For adrenaline junkies you can go skiing in Bukovel, or white water rafting in Vorokhta. And if you are just a good old nature lover then camping by the sunken city of Bakota or the uninhabited Dzharylhach island could be for you.

5 Amazing Places To Visit In Ukraine

1. Lviv – A Beautiful City In Western Ukraine

The cultural capital of Lviv has a storied history. From being the capital of the kingdom of Rus to a part of Poland, the pearl of the Austrian Empire to the gem of an independent Ukraine. There are so many things to do in Lviv almost anyone can have a great time.

For dining I highly recommend a trip to the most popular restaurant in Lviv, Kryivka. This restaurant in a bunker under Rynok square is themed, but don’t let that put you off. The walls are papered with interesting artefacts from one of the most tumultous periods in Lviv history. Youc an see old military medals, propaganda posters, and plenty of old (non-functioning) weapons.

2. Bakota – A Less Than Easy Place To Go Camping Like A Local

The site of a submerged city, Bakota, is currently a reservoir connecting to the Bug river. This is a very popular camping spot for Ukrainians and there are plenty of activities you can do. I like to just relax and enjoy nature, but you can go boating, fishing, or hiking the cliffs around the area.

You will need a car to get there as public transportation doesn’t really exist, but that just means you’ll have to do a bit of car camping.

3. Dzharylhach Island – The Largest Island In The Black Sea

Dzharylhach Island is an uninhabited island in the Kherson region of Ukraine that is another beautiful place to camp. You can only get there by taking a ferry from the mainland, and there are no accommodations other than tents. Rest on the soft white sand or play with the dolphins that come very close to shore.

If you do spend some time there you have to try the island specialty – stingray borsch! This soup is made daily by the shanty little cafe near the pier. And don’t forget to see the sunset by the famous Dzharylhach Lighthouse!

4. The Pink Lake – One Of The Most Unique Places In All Ukraine

Located on Arabatska Strilka, about 6 hours by bus from Kherson City, is one of my absolute favorite places in the whole country. Officially named Henichesk Lake, this natural pink lake is an amazing sight to behold.

The color is due to a non-harmful bacteria that thrives in the high salt content of the lake. Many people even take salt home to cook with it, I know I brought a few kilos back! Make sure to wade out as far as you can go so you can see the most naturally pink section.

5. Kyiv – The Capital Of Ukraine

No list about places to see in Ukraine would be complete without Kyiv. A capital going back all the way to Kievan Rus, the city is a mix of classic Eastern European architecture and ugly Soviet commie-blocks. However don’t let the ugliness deter you. The city is lively and fun if you know how to do it right.

Spend some time at the Bukta food center on the Dniper river, or hit up an amazing pool party in the warm months. Walk through beautifully manicured parks and see the Mariinsky Palace, or visit the Pechersk Lavra – an historic cave monastery filled with the bodies of Orthodox saints.

About the author:

Alona Tiunina is a travel blogger from Ukraine who has been to (almost) every region in the country. When she is not traveling she enjoys binge watching Netflix and scouring airline tickets for her next trip.

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Fun Filled Day Trips from Vegas

 From beautiful National Parks to driving racecars, these adventures are great alternatives to Las Vegas’ adult endeavors.

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Las Vegas isn’t only for gamblers, drinkers and partiers, there are some serious adventures waiting just outside the city limits. Next time you venture to Sin City, try one of these awesome day trips and skip the casino for a day. Your wallet may thank us for suggesting such fun filled day trips. From beautiful National Parks to driving racecars, these adventures are great alternatives to Las Vegas’ adult endeavors.

 

Grand Canyon

Everyone’s first day trip from Las Vegas should be the Grand Canyon. This incredible natural beauty is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World and is truly a magical place. Escape the neon overload of Vegas and visit one truly spectacular feast for the senses. The air is clean, the sites are amazing and the majesty will have you on a natural high for days. The Grand Canyon is a long five-hour drive from Sin City but its well worth it. If you really want a unique and memorable experience, you can get a helicopter tour form Vegas for around $300 a person.

 

Hoover Dam

Everyone’s second day trip from Vegas should be to the Hoover Dam. This massive man made dam is a marvel of modern day science and pretty cool up close. That’s not all the area has to offer, check out the Railroad museum or go zip lining in nearby Bootleg Canyon. I definitely recommend a tour of the facilities to really get a grip of how huge this dam really is. Luckily the dam is only a short 45-minute drive from Vegas.

 

Lake Mead

Maybe some water activities is more your speed, in that case, check out Lake Mead. A short 45-minute drive from Vegas, visitors can enjoy all the water sports to beat that incredible desert heat. Great fishing and boating on this lake and you can even try scuba diving here.

 

Red Rock Canyon

A short half-hour drive form Sin City is beautiful Red Rock Canyon, a destination that looks more like mars than the Nevada desert. Rock climbers and hikers are in heaven in this ever-expanding desert. Try and reach the 8,000-foot summit of the tallest mountain in the region, La Madre.

 

Zion National Park

If beauty is your goal, then Zion National Park is for you. A manageable 3-hour drive from Vegas is the heaven on Earth called Zion. From canyons to rivers and forests in between, Zion has a little of everything for the outdoorsy type. Hikers will be happy with hundreds of trails and over 280 types of wildlife roaming around. This is easily one of the greatest places I’ve ever been.

 

Pahrump

Pahrump is know for two things, a great winery scene and the Spring Mountain Motor Resort. I advise you don’t do both in the same day or at least do the raceway first. Try your hand at the official Corvette Academy, where adults can drive actual racecars on a closed track. Speed demons take notice; there is no speed limit here, so get your race fantasy out on a safe course. What other vacation destinations offer you this kind of opportunity?

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