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5 Reasons It Is Helpful To Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro With A Guide

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travel, destination, Africa, Tanzania, travel tips, traveling activitiesIf you are new to the mountaineering scene and are just starting to dip your toes into the world of high altitude hiking, we would suggest you start your climb with Mount Kilimanjaro. Mount Kilimanjaro boasts of seven routes, varying according to the length of trek, difficulty, and scenic routes. Hence, you don’t need plenty of climbing experience to summit Mount Kilimanjaro. However, it is advisable for you to hire the services of a guide when climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro. Here are 5 reasons it is helpful to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro with a guide.

If you want to trek with a guide, you should climb with Kandoo Adventures. Kandoo specializes in high altitude trekking, taking weekend walkers to the world´s iconic destinations such as Mount Kilimanjaro.

Guides Are Skilled And Experienced

Contrary to popular opinion, it is not easy to become a guide. In order to become a certified guide, one has to take numerous classes, pass several exams with flying colors, read many books, and have the experience of climbing and hiking several mountainous trails. The extensive experience enables the guides to best guide you through difficult terrains. Therefore, if you get stuck or meet with an obstacle during your climb, you can bet your bottom dollar that the guide will know how to help you.

Guides Help Keep You Safe

Since the guides are well aware of the weather conditions and have extensive local terrain knowledge, they will know the safe routes towards the summit, therefore limiting your exposure to dangerous situations. In order to keep you safe, guides constantly assess the terrain and the risks associated with climbing. Continue reading

3 Reasons The Seminyak Private Villas Are The Best Place To Stay On Holiday

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In the Bali area in Indonesia, the Seminyak Private Villas are the most exquisite places to stay on a holiday. When it comes to luxury these villas are the place to be. Its beautiful location that allows interaction between the locals and tourist has proven to be an asset hence increasing the number of tourist in the place. The Seminyak villas vary from location and prices to the services they offer. Travel Freak gives you a chance to choose what is within their budget and also get to enjoy their stay in Bali.


The Seminyak villas give one room to enjoy the privacy and quietness of the place. They offer access to private pools and also personalized living areas. The rooms, lounge and living areas to the private villas are always suited to the clients wanting so as to enhance their experience at the villa. There is Wi-Fi in all the villas hence allowing one to go about with their holiday while also communicating with others. The private villas are also good for business retreats and due to its serene environment, one is able to host and coordinate a meeting while they are miles away. The structure of the villa allows one to enjoy their own personal space as if they are in their own home.

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Baby On Board: Travel Tips For Vacations With Young Children

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If you’re ready to take a vacation but worry about traveling with a young child, relax. Yes, going on a trip with little ones can be a challenge, but it doesn’t have to be stressful. In the interest of happy family travel, we are pleased to present a few tricks and tips to ensure a successful holiday, even when the kids tag along.

Before You Go

Prior to buying airline tickets and booking hotel rooms, make sure you’re going to a kid-friendly destination. No, you don’t have to build your entire trip around the kids, but the more there is for them to do, the more likely everyone will have a good vacation.

If your kids are old enough to walk, they are old enough to go through TSA security at the airport. Be sure to explain how this procedure helps to ensure safe travel without going into details. Kids older than 12 can walk through a security scanner alone, but they won’t be out of sight of their parent or guardian. Babies and toddlers may be carried through X-ray scanners in a parent’s arms.

While You’re Traveling

Take along a child-size carry-on bag for each kid in your family. Stuff it with a few favorite toys and plenty of healthful snacks. Eschew sugary treats in lieu of whole grain cereals, dried fruits, granola bars, and yummy trail mix.

Most airlines are willing to bend the liquid rules a bit when you travel with infants and small children. According to the TSA website, allowed items include breast milk and child-size containers of juice. Accessories to cool milk and juices are generally allowed, although they will be subject to screening. Gel-filled teething rings and unopened jars of baby food may also be allowed in carry-on bags. Continue reading

Postbox Cards From Japan

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It is always a delight to receive cards from Japan so imagine how happy I was to get a notice from the local Post Office that I got a parcel from Japan. I went to the post one morning to pick up my envelope, and as expected, it was such a treat!

Mommy Clang, one of my oldest postcrossing friends, sent me a couple of Postbox cards. I got one featuring Halloween and I love it because it is purple! ^_^ The other postbox card features a Japanese festival, Tanabata.

According to Wikipedia:

Tanabata {七夕, meaning “Evening of the seventh”}, also known as the Star Festival, is a Japanese festival originating from the Chinese Qixi Festival. It celebrates the meeting of the deities Orihime and Hikoboshi {represented by the stars Vega and Altair respectively}. According to legend, the Milky Way separates these lovers, and they are allowed to meet only once a year on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month of the lunisolar calendar. The date of Tanabata varies by region of the country, but the first festivities begin on 7 July of the Gregorian calendar. The celebration is held at various days between July and August.

I also got a cute little Fukushima gotochi card, which I love. Mommy Clang even sent me a couple of lovely washi tapes, which I will be adding to my growing collection! Thank you as always, Mommy Clang, I will be sending you an envelope from the Philippines very soon! ^_^