Best things to see in the KZN Midlands

The KwaZulu-Natal Midlands is guaranteed to take your breath away with its beauty. Here are some of the best things to see in this majestic place.

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Nelson Mandela Capture Site

The Nelson Mandela Capture Site is one of South Africa’s more interesting historical sites. It was unveiled in 2012 by President Jacob Zuma, and is made up of steel columns, which represent Mandela’s imprisonment before being exiled to Robben Island. It is designed by artist Marco Cianfanelli. To gather more information about South Africa’s political history the site also features a museum.

Treetop Canopy Tours

If you love adventure Karkloof Forest Reserve situated 10 km outside of Howick is a must visit. Over the forest canopy you can go for long slides, enjoy a mesmerising 15-metre-high waterfall and view of the beautiful Karkloof valley. The canopies are the best way to enjoy the scenery.

Howick Falls

The Howick Falls is a popular tourist attraction and are located on the Umgeni River at 95 metres high. There are several shops selling souvenirs and curios, as well as restaurants. The legend is that a giant serpent-like creature called Inkanyamba resides at the pool at the bottom of the falls.

WESSA

A visit to WESSA (The Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa) is a bird lover’s paradise. The greater reserve is home to zebra, giraffe, and a variety of antelope as well as over 270 species of birds. Most of the reserve is located in the picturesque gorge below the Howick Falls.

Zulu Mpophomeni Township Experience

The award winning The Zulu Mpophomeni Tourism Experience (ZMTE) is a non-profit organisation. You will get to know the history of the area if you tour this picturesque township.

Drakensberg

The Drakensberg Mountains is stunningly beautiful. These famous peaks is a must visit though they’re not technically in the midlands. In 2000 the uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Many threatened species have been preserved here. This place is definitely not to be missed as there are more than 30000 San rock art images, rocky gorges, pristine steep-sided river valleys, and high-altitude grasslands.

Michaelhouse

Michaelhouse famous for its distinctive and beautiful architecture is one of South Africa’s most famous schools. Situated on a secure estate in the picturesque midlands it was founded in 1896.

Nottingham Road

You will easily miss this quaint little town of Nottingham Road if you don’t keep a close watch. The beautiful town has many interesting spots for visitors. If you love all things supernatural, a cosy pub at the Legendary Nottingham Road Hotel is a must visit. Locals believe that the Room no 10 in the pub is haunted by a lady ‘of loose morals’. Rawdon’s Hotel’s Nottingham Road Brewery is also a must visit when you are in town.

Chocolate and cheese tasting

Without a bit of cheese tasting at the family-run Swissland Cheesery a visit to the midlands wouldn’t be complete. Visitors can sample a range of goat’s cheese, including chevin and a mild blue cheese at the cheesery. It is also a great location where you will find grazing goats on lush green lawns. You can also learn about the traditional cheese-making practice that is followed here.

 

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Top Hill Stations in Kerala

Kerala is famous for its beaches and backwaters. But to enchant visitors the God’s Own Country offers other experiences and landscapes. These include mist clad hills, charming hill stations filled with expansive tea and coffee plantations, and unending spice gardens. The hill stations in Kerala provide plenty of opportunities for an unforgettable and exciting trip whether you are on a romantic escapade or family outing.

Here are the top hill stations in Kerala you should not miss:

1. Wayanad

Wayanad, with its mountainous rivers and mist clad mountains, is an idyllic destination for a weekend getaway. It also has a lot of adventure spots apart from spice plantations, thick rainforest, and dazzling waterfalls.

Time to Visit: October to May

Must-see spots

  1. To enjoy breathtaking views visit Chembra Peak. A wide variety of plant species, birds and animals can be seen in the deep caves of Pakshipathalam.
  2. Adventure lovers can do some rock climbing near the most beautiful Soochippara waterfalls.
  3. For picnic an ideal spot is the evergreen forest – Kuruva Island – on the tributaries of River Kabani.
  4. The biggest abode of elephants in India, Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary, is also a must visit.

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2. Munnar

Munnar is a honeymooner’s paradise. It is also frequented by all types of travellers as it has something for everyone – verdant tea gardens, parks, dams, spots for trekking and more.

Time to Visit: October to November and January to May.

Must-see spots

  1. Anamudi, the highest peak in south India, is situated at the Eravikulam National Park in Munnar. The famous Nilgiri Tahr, wild balsams and epiphytic orchids, are highlights here.
  2. To taste a variety of teas and to learn about tea processing visit the TATA Tea Museum.
  3. If you want to spot wild elephants and to enjoy the serenity of nature visit Mattupetty Dam and lake.

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3. Vagamon

Vagamon is surrounded by three hills. It is a combination of forests, meadows and hills with breathtaking views. This hill station is filled with natural beauty. It is the best place to go for nature trails.

Time to Visit: March to May.

Must-see spots

  1. Managed by Kurisumala monks, Kurisumala Dairy Farm is untouched by city life and has the ambience of an idyllic country-side.
  2. To see the unique rock formations climb atop Thangal Para. There are many ancient caves to explore.

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4. Ponmudi

Ponmudi near Trivandrum is yet another beautiful hill station. A ride to Ponmudi is breathtaking with picturesque views along narrow winding pathways. With small rivulets, exotic butterflies and a beautiful array of mountain flowers, it is one of the best romantic destinations in Kerala.

Time to Visit: January to March.

Must-see spots

  1. For a leisurely picnic visit the Golden Valley and take a dip in the crystal clear waters of River Kallar.
  2. If you love adventure take a trek from Kallar to Meenmutty waterfalls. The trek through dense forests offers beautiful views. For tourists to reach the falls the Forest Department provides guides.
  3. For thrilling adventure sports like paragliding Mundakayam Ghat is the place.
  4. Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary is another place you should not miss. It has a variety of wild animals like Asian elephants, lion-tailed macaques, sambar, Malabar grey hornbills, etc.

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5. Silent Valley

Much of the natural charm is still well preserved in Silent Valley unlike many of the commercial hill stations. The Kurumbar Tribes are settled here. You can see rare species of birds and animals, and rich flora and fauna. Silent Valley National Park is one of the most ecologically diverse areas on the planet. But you need special permission from the Forest Department office at Mukkali to visit the park.

Time to Visit: December to April.

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6. Thekkady

This exotic hill station has rich flora and fauna and a lot more on offer.

Time to Visit: September to May.

Must-see spots

  1. The prime attraction is the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary where you can indulge in nature walk, bamboo rafting, and go on the tiger trail.
  2. Vandanmedu cardamom plantations and Murikkady cardamom, coffee and pepper plantations are ideal picnic spots in Thekkady.

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Why is train the most preferred mode of travel?

Taking the train has long been popular all over the world mainly because of its affordability. To budget-conscious travellers train travel is looking increasingly attractive with the economy still slumping. Another advantage is that a train ride can be a picnic all by itself.

Here are some of the reasons why train is the most preferred mode of travel.

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Stable Fares

The airlines’ pricing structures can be frustrating and anyone who’s agonized over when to purchase airfare knows this. Train fares on any particular route will be the same day after day. During festival season flight ticket rates will be too high. On the other hand, train fares remain the same.

Money Savings

When compared to planes trains are increasingly cost-effective. This is especially the case if you are going a relatively short distance. Railways also give discounts to seniors, children, students, military personnel and more.

Flexibility

To take a short train ride you don’t have to take reservations. Only long-haul trains require reservations. For a short journey you can grab a ticket for the next train without paying an exorbitant charge.

Less Hassle

To catch a flight you have to arrive two hours early, and wait in a long security line. It is a time consuming process. If you are travelling by train you can arrive at the platform 20 minutes ahead and needn’t go through any security checks.

More Baggage…

All the major airlines charge travellers a fee to check-in a bag or two. And if there is excess baggage you will have to pay heavy fines. On the other hand, to carry bags and baggage in a train you are not charged anything.

Door-to- Door Convenience

Most major train stations unlike airports are located in the heart of cities. But airports are often in the suburbs. As a result you will have to take a taxi to reach airport for which you will have to spend more money.

Eco-Friendliness

When compared to cars and planes, trains are more energy-efficient and hence an eco friendly mode of transport. To the environment carbon emissions from trains are less damaging than those of airplanes.

Comfort and Relaxation

Airplane seats are very small and uncomfortable. But while travelling in a train there is much more space which allows you to relax. There is absolutely no stress at all. You can move around as you wish.

Old-Fashioned Charm

An overnight train journey has an old-fashioned charm. You will be served meals by uniformed staff or you can pack your favourite dishes and eat as a group. It is a lot of fun. You can also simply enjoy the scenery or read books or play cards with fellow travellers.

Beyond Just Transportation

As we mentioned earlier, a train journey itself is a vacation. If you are travelling to the US, take a train journey from Chicago to San Francisco. The ride is extremely scenic with breathtaking views.

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A peep into the “The City of a Thousand Temples” – Kanchipuram

The city of Kanchi, more popularly Kanchipuram (or Kancheepuram) is the ‘cradle of Tamil Dravidian tradition and culture’. Known in the world over for its delicate and intricate weaving style, the Conjeevaram or Kanjeevarum Sarees are woven from the purest mulberry silk. Several dynasties that ruled the region such as the Pallavas left an indelible mark in the construction of ‘world-famous’ temples of sound structure and rich architecture. Let us take a quick stroll along the city of temples which will transport you back to the era of the Tamil Kingdoms lost in the maze of time and history.

Kailasanathar

Kailasanathar Temple

This is a must-see temple, in that it is the oldest structure in Kanchipuram. Neither did the Cholas nor the Vijayanagar rulers improvise or build on its original architectural style. Known for its historical significance, the temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, one of the main Hindu Gods.

Ekambareswarar Temple

Ekambareswarar Temple forms one of the five important Shiva temples in the region, more popularly called Pancha Bootha Kshetrams (or five elements temples). Each temple signifies a natural element, with ‘Earth’ represented in this temple. Believed to be built around 600 AD, the Tamil poetry of the second century AD speaks volume of Kama kottam, and the Kumara kottam (presently the Subramanya temple and the Kamakashi Amman temple).

The Pallava rulers pulled down the existing temple structure then, and reconstructed the temple. The later Chola kings also made significant contributions to the construction of the temple. You can’t find any separate shine for Goddess Parvati here, unlike other temples dedicated to Lord Shiva in Kanchipuram. A small shrine, ‘Thiru Nilaaththingal Thundathan’ is dedicated to Lord Vishnu , who is worshipped as ‘Vamana Murthy’.

Varadaraja Perumal Temple

The Varadharaja Perumal Temple or Attiyuran or Hastagiri is dedicated to another important Hindu God, Lord Vishnu. Carved out of a single rock, the 100-pillared mandapam, or hall, that you can find in this temple, also known as the “Perumal Koil” is an architectural marvel. These pillars are delicately ornate with detailed carvings.

Vaikuntha Perumal Temple

The Vaikunta Perumal Temple is a temple dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu. Designing a flight of stairs leading from the ground floor that will take one all the way to the first floor for climbing up and down in this temple must be something unimaginable by any standards. Another interesting feature is that you can’t view it from the outside.

Explore the city of temples; get mesmerized by its sacred legends and remarkable beauty by reaching us out at Emperor Traveline for an unforgettable tour experience.

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9 Things to do in Jekyll Island, Georgia

Jekyll Island is probably the most popular and well-known among all of the islands off the coast of Georgia. It has lots to see and do whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway, family vacation, or a weekend of exploration.

Here are some of the top things to do when you visit Jekyll Island, Georgia.

Jekyll Island, Georgia

Visit Georgia Sea Turtle Center  

At the Georgia Sea Turtle Center on Jekyll Island you can watch experienced veterinarians treat injured sea turtles that are brought in for rehabilitation. The center is open for visitors daily from 9 am to 5 pm. There are programmes for all ages. The Tidelands Nature Center is another nice place for nature lovers. It offers tours and activities for kids and has a small collection of animals.

Take Photos at Driftwood Beach

Because of their unusual textures and twisting shapes these downed oak trees have been photographed countless times. It has a haunting beauty and an eerie vibe and is located on the northern end of the Island. Get amazing selfies as you stroll along the beach at sunrise or sunset.

Learn About Island History at the Jekyll Island Museum

To start your visit to the island Jekyll Island Museum is a great place. Here you can also learn more about the Island. And the entry is absolutely free. To get to know about the Island’s past there are several photographs and artefacts. You can book a tour on the historic tram to see the various parts of the island and learn more about the island’s history.

Check Out the Architecture of Faith Chapel

The architecture of Faith Chapel, built in 1904, is definitely worth seeing. With animal carvings, Armstrong stained glass windows, and gargoyles the chapel’s architectural design is stunning. The chapel is open to visitors daily between 8 am and 10 am.

Play a Game of Golf

On Jekyll Island there are four lovely golf courses. The Pine Lakes Course, the historic nine-hole Great Dunes Course, Oleander Course, and more are here for you to play.

Kayak through the Marshes

See a wide variety of animal species in the marshlands bordering this small Georgia Island. You can rent a kayak and paddle your way through the marshes to experience the nature. You can bring your boat out to try your luck if you’re into fishing.

See the Horton House Ruins

The Horton House used to be the centre of plantation life on Jekyll Island and it is a historical site. Built by Major William Horton, the ruins of the house still remains and the public can visit the place daily without any entry fee. To learn more about the site you can read the historical plaques and visit the DuBignon Cemetery on the other side of the road as well as markets.

Splash Around at Summer Waves Water Park

For families water parks are always a favourite summer activity. The Summer Waves Water Park on Jekyll Island has a lot of attractions like Shark Tooth Cove for young kids, the wave pool, a lazy river, and the splash zone.

Eat Seafood at the Island Restaurants

To enjoy a seafood dinner Jekyll Island is an excellent place. Courtyard at Crane, Zachry’s Riverhouse, Love Shack BBQ Shrimp & Yardbird, and Driftwood Bistro, are some of the top seafood restaurants to check out here. At the Jekyll Market you will find delicious ice cream treats.

 

 

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10 Places to Visit in Heilbronn

     1. Experimenta Heilbronn

Experimenta Science Center is an interactive learning centre for children. It is spread across 4 themed zones in a distinctive brick warehouse building. Children will enjoy the activities at this place. It is a great place, packed with popular science demo stations and quite a few tasks.

     2. Church of St. Kilian (Kilianskirche)

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Constructed from Heilbronner sand stone it is a Gothic hall church, whose origin dates back to the 11th century. This church is beautiful, inside out. And the most unusual feature is the exquisitely-carved Hans Seyffer wooden alter.

     3. Astronomical Clock

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It is an ultimate showpiece. The restoration of the astronomical clock, which is nearly 500 years old, and the whole building was done in 1944 after the flattening of Heilbron. It is a marvel when it chimes — the hour, figures, rams and cockerel all animated in all its glory.

     4. Pfuhlpark

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Here can walk in the summer or even winter on flat paths comfortably. There is a playground for children. The great bustard Lake is nearby with a horse-riding centre. The pillow park is accessible by light rail.

     5. Wertwiesenpark

The Wertwiesenpark is right along the Neckar River. It is the best place to have picnics, or play soccer as there are massive amounts of grassy area. Here you can also have BBQs. There is a great play area for the kids with water fountains, toys, massive climbing rope mountain and more. There is also a small golf course, which is not very expensive, and a giant pool area.

     6. Stadtgalerie Heilbronn

The shopping mall in Stadtgalerie Heilbronn is a must visit. It is small but you get to eat a variety of food here.

      7. Trappenseeschlosschen

Trappenseeschlosschen is a great place to stroll around the little lake or walk to the nearby park and playground. In the summer months there is also a great beer garden with pretty good food and beer. Just across the street is the entrance to a nice hiking trail that goes out into the woods with a nice loop with some wood sculptures on the loop back. It is a great peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of the downtown.

     8. Botanischen Obstgarten

You can go for cycling trip through vineyards. It is an Ideal place to be in summer when the apple orchards will be in full bloom.

     9. South German Railway Museum

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The railway museum was founded in 1998. Here you can ride on the historical steam locomotives. If you love history this is a must visit. The old buildings and railroads will evoke nostalgia. It also provides a lot of photo opportunities.

     10. Haus der Stadtgeschichte

This museum tells the history of Heilbronn from medieval times to the present. Even if you don’t know German you can still go through the museum and look at pictures and get some feel for the history. There is no entry fee. There is also a theatre that runs films about the town’s history in German. If you know only English you can request films in English.

 

 

 

 

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5 best places to visit near Sujangarh, India

Alwar

Alwar is 239 kms away from Sujangarh. It offers you a mix of architecture, history, and nature, and is a perfect weekend getaway. It is home to the grand City Palace, the wonderful Sariska Tiger Reserve, the stunning Siliserh Lake, and also the Government Museum. You can book a safari in the Sariska Tiger Reserve. The reserve is home to the Bengal Tiger, Indian Jackal, Indian Leopard, Wild Boars and Sambhar. Another lovely spot is the Siliserh Lake where you can enjoy a lovely boat ride.

Pushkar

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Pushkar is 139 kms away from Sujangarh. It is full of culture, colour, joy and warmth! The colourful streets lined with small shops are the first thing that attracts one to Pushkar.  There are lovely markets, numerous temples and a serene lake. The best time to visit the Pushkar Lake is during the evenings. Next to the lake there is also a small temple. You can explore the market next to the temple, and also the lake. At the market you will get stunning silver jewellery apart from salwaar suits and saris.

 

Bundi

Bundi

The City of Rajputs, Bundi, is 284 kms away from Sujangarh. It is a captivating city that is home to a number of forts and palaces, and surrounded by hills on three sides. The Garh Palace is a must visit. It is a monument that has stood the test of time. The manicured gardens and walls with contemporary paintings make the fort or palace a spectacle in itself. The strong engineering skills from centuries ago are well displayed in the many stepwells, which was built for harvesting rainwater. There are many tall pillars, colossal forts and more to visit in Bundi. The Bundi Palace is also a must visit. It houses many frescoes and murals. If you want a royal stay at Bundi, Nawal Sagar Palace is perfect. This quaint town is just right for a relaxing getaway as it is not very crowded like other cities.

Bikaner

Bikaner

To enjoy the true spirit of Rajasthan you must visit Bikaner (132 kms away from Sujangarh). This medieval city is outlined by a maze of fort walls, narrow streets, and old Havelis. The holiest temple here is the Karni Mata Temple where rats are fed and worshipped. In this desert city with palaces, forts, and temples built with yellow and red sandstone Rajput art and architecture shines in all its glory. Some of the heritage hotels are palaces for eg. the Laxmi Niwas Palace and Lallgarh Palace. The Junagarh Fort is a must visit. The grandiose lifestyle of the past Maharanas is preserved in the many museums here. There are also a couple of notable Jain temples to visit. You can have authentic Rajastini delights, go for dune camping and even camel rides in Bikaner.

Ajmer

ajmer

Ajmer is 141 kms from Sujangarh, and is surrounded by the Aravali hills. The shrine of Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti is a very popular tourist attraction here. The city presents a mix of Islamic and Rajput architecture. A must-see is the splendid Taragarh fort located on the top of the Taragarh Hill. The tomb of Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti – the Ajmer Sharif Dargah – is at the foot of this hill. You can also visit the Akbar Fort and Museum, and several Islamic, Hindu, and Jain religious sites. For shopping visit the women’s market.

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Best time to visit Digha beach

For tourists visiting West Bengal, Digha beach is a major attraction. What makes Digha beach unique is that it is spread over a large area and it is hard and flat. It is one of the widest beaches all over the world.

Digha

In Digha summers are hot with the temperature rising up to 37 degrees Celsius. Since it is really hot, summers are not the best time to visit Digha. Bringing relief from soaring temperature the monsoon hits the city in July. However, tourists stay away during the monsoon because of the high level of humidity. Mercury starts dropping from October onwards. The ideal time to enjoy the beauty of beaches in Digha is the winters and travellers come here in hoards.

Summer (March – June): The mercury starts soaring from March onwards. However, the temperature never crosses 40 degree Celsius. Even though the weather will be hot in summer months, the cool sea breeze brings a little comfort. However, during this season it is not advisable to visit Digha as you will not be able to relax and enjoy on the beaches in the scorching heat.

Monsoon (July – September): From July the monsoon starts and it will go on till September. The mercury level dips in this season and Digha witness average rainfall. In monsoon you can visit the place but the humidity is high and during monsoon not many tourists prefer to plan a trip here.

Winter (October – February): The winter season is witnessed in Digha from October to February. The temperature ranges between 3 to 24 degrees Celsius. The best time to visit Digha is winter as the weather is pleasantly cool. You can enjoy swimming, surfing, scuba-diving, jet-skiing and all other beach activities. Make sure to book your hotels in advance if you are planning to visit the place during this season because there will be rush as many tourists prefer winters.

You would also be able to see the famous Durga Puja of Bengal if you plan a trip to Digha around the month of October.

Other Attractions

New Digha

New Digha is the new attractive town. Apart from some of the best hotels and beaches, there is also the Science Centre, which was established by the National Council of Science Museums. It is a major tourist attraction. To measure the height of tourists individually there is a fun glass in the centre.

There are facilities for boat riding in the small lake and park in New Digha. There is also a snake farm.

Shankarpur

Shankarpur beach is one of the other recent discoveries. It is 14 km away from Digha and has several hotels. Tourists also visit the Shankarpur Fishing Harbour Project on this beach.

Junput

Another beach resort is Junput. But only when the tide ebbs the beach gets exposed. It is an unspoilt beach that lies 40 km away from Digha beach. Buses ply from Digha beach to Junput regularly.

 

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How to travel while you are pregnant?

On for a romantic pre-baby holiday or need to grapple with a vital business trip? Whatever be the situation, the very thought of going on a trip while pregnant can be scary. But there, there – fasten your seat belt and you can still travel comfortably and safely by taking to heart the simple tips given below.

pregnantThere are three things that pop up when you decide whether or not to travel abroad during pregnancy – medical history, any increased risks involved and antenatal checks.

It is important that you discuss any complications related to your pregnancy or health issues with your doctor prior to chalking out a travel plan, as in some cases it may be not advisable to travel at all. In case of high risk pregnancies, appropriate medical clearance should be sought before travel.

When it comes to planning your trip, make it around your second trimester. With nausea and tiredness more common in the first trimester (week 1-12), there is the highest risk of miscarriage. In the third trimester week (week 29-40), women are more prone to pregnancy induced conditions. Therefore, the second trimester week (13-28) is the period when the preterm labour or the risk of miscarriage is lower.

Pregnant women should avoid travelling to countries where there is high risk of malaria, dengue or other mosquito-transmitted diseases. Pregnant women are more vulnerable to malaria, which is a highly serious condition associated with premature delivery, miscarriage, low birth weight and even death.

Whatever be the trimester period or travel destination, make sure you talk with your doctor or midwife before booking your trip. It is advisable to bring an approval note, delivery due date, medication details you’re currently on, and any risks or complications to avoid details, particularly if you are over 28 weeks.  Note that there are some airlines, cruise and boat services which require your doctor to sign a pre-written precaution note. It is also handy to carry your pregnancy note along with any insurance documents, relevant medical records, prescriptions and medications you are in.

When it comes to your travel insurance, ensure you are covered for eventualities like premature birth; labour medical care; new-born baby care and cost of change of return trip date, if any.

Check all the details of the nearest hospital location, healthcare facilities and emergency numbers, just in case, especially if you are travelling abroad.  It is also important to keep yourself really comfy. Drink plenty of water and avoid aerated drinks, and too much of alcohol and caffeine. If you are flying, going for an aisle seat will enhance mobility. Wearing loose clothes and comfortable footwear will ensure smooth travel.

Do some exercises and take sufficient breaks when you are pregnant and 6 weeks afterwards, as you would be prone to DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis). In the case of DVT, go for a heparin shot only on the advice of a qualified doctor. Take regular walks around the plane. Doing in-seats exercise every half an hour and wearing the correct type and size of graduated elastic compression stockings are a must-to-do, especially, during air travel.

Once at your destination, you should be selective and rather sensible about what you eat.  Taking bottled water may protect you from causing stomach disorder and diarrhoea. Avoiding foods that may have adverse effects is necessary, and you can seek the assistance of a midwife to know about such foods.  If you fall ill, keep yourself hydrated, and continue eating for your baby’s health, even if you aren’t hungry.

Keep physically active and ensure you put your feet up and schedule regular breaks. Relax and don’t involve in any risky tasks or activities.  Avoid using thermal pools, steam rooms and saunas. In case of extreme weather conditions, stay indoors, and, if at all, you need to go out, use a suitable high factor sun cream as and when required.

Make a note of all the things you have just read, and prepare a quick checklist of must-to-do before planning your next trip, in case, when you are pregnant. Rest assured, have a great trip and awesome fun!

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Kid-friendly budget travel destinations

Picking the right destination is very important while travelling with toddlers, tweens, and teens.

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Kids are quite impatient so the trick is to choose destinations that will arouse their curiosity. Places with inspiring history, animals and those that offer hands-on activities are best suited for kids.

Here are a few travel hotspots in the U.S. and Europe that won’t break your bank.

 

WASHINGTON, DC
The National Mall in D.C. is a must visit. But how about riding in a boat on wheels? Take D.C. duck tour (90 minutes), and experience both land and sea. It will take you to the history-packed National Mall, which covers the Capitol building, the Lincoln Memorial, and the Smithsonian museums, and then go for a scenic river trip.

COLONIAL WILLIAMSBURG, VA
Everyone loves to play dress-up. A stash of old-timey accessories awaits you at the Great Hopes Plantation, where the original 1700s farm has been recreated. Wearing mop caps (for girls) and hats (for boys) and other costumes kids can perform 18th century household chores in the field.

LONDON
London is associated with mystery and discovery, thanks to a number of classics based in this city. And the city doesn’t disappoint. Along the muddy banks of the River Thames you can go on two-hour trawls. The Tower of London is an unforgettable experience for young history buffs. Also, take a Yeoman Warder tour, which is filled with hair-raising adventures!

SAN DIEGO
The San Diego Zoo with more than 5,000 rare and endangered animals is one of the most diverse in America. The Polar Bear Plunge is the highlight of the zoo. You can burrow into a snow den, climb in the cockpit of a helicopter that was used on actual Arctic explorations, and let the bears sniff you through the wire mesh from the Experience Wall. Your kids can also interact with Dolphins, enjoy thrilling rides, watch Shark Encounters and the parks legendary sea mammal shows.

BERLIN
Berlin has a vibrant art and food scene. You can tour the entire city on bikes with rear baskets which are available on rent. Even the kids can get a set of wheels, with child seats and trailers, and helmets for all. You can also visit the 168-year- old Zoological Garden, Germany’s first zoo and watch zoo keepers feeding pandas and penguins.

NIAGARA FALLS, NY
The Cave of the Winds tour will be a delightful experience for the kids. To reach the Niagara Gorge you will have to take an elevator 175 feet down and stand on the Hurricane Deck, where the water from 181-foot Bridal Veil Falls will drench you with the tropical- storm-like spray.

BARCELONA
Barcelona has a made-for- children, fairytale quality about it. And those who have visited the city will vouch for it. One of the most popular attractions is La Sagrada Família, the basilica built by the famous architect Antoni Gaudí. You can visit Museu Picasso, in the La Ribera neighbourhood, among other delightful things.

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