Archive for November, 2009

Safety Issues When Travelling Alone

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

Travelling alone is a unique experience that can be a lot of fun, but it also poses some challenges especially when it comes to safety. 4Whether you are on a business trip or on vacation, it is important to keep in mind certain tips that will make your travels easier and problem free.

Do Your Homework and Learn About the Culture

Some countries have very different standards and views of what is appropriate behavior for women. While in America inviting a person of the opposite sex to your hotel room may not be considered as a double standard, in certain countries it can be illegal and result in detention. Something along the same lines happens when doing business. While in some South American countries discussing topics like football or weekend plans before a meeting is an important part of establishing a relationship, in Canada meetings go straight to the point. Going straight to the point in a South American country can cost you the deal as it is considered to be rude and impolite.

Leave Valuables at Home

Leaving valuables at home is the number one rule of traveling alone. Although it may seem like an obvious tip, it is always important to think twice whenever packing valuable objects. Don’t take unnecessary things like jewelry or even costume jewelry. Burglars won’t know it is fake until they have stolen it. Extra credit cards are another common unnecessary and risky travel item.

Be Always on Guard

Muggers always take advantage of distracted travelers to carry out their misdeeds. It is important to always be on guard, regardless if you are in an area that is considered to be safe. Thieves don’t always look like thieves and tourists are always an easy target. Be ready to react to unfamiliar situations and always be aware of your surroundings. Sometimes the most harmless looking people are the most dangerous. Avoid lonely streets and dead-end alleys and if you feel like you are being followed step into a store. When lost, ask for directions in safe and public places such as a supermarket or a hotel.

Confidence is the Key

Even if you are not sure of what you are doing, try to act as though you know your way around. Burglars can detect fear at miles of distance and demonstrating fear will make you a preferred target for them. Being confident or acting like it can help avoid potential danger.

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Mexico City: A Place that Never Sleeps

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

One of Latin America’s most prominent cities, Mexico city is a big metropolis full of attractions, things to do and Mexico City vacation rental options. It is the country’s capital and its economic, cultural and industrial center. It is also one of the largest and most populated cities in the world with more than eight million inhabitants. Visitors to Mexico City will see that it is officially divided into 16 districts or “delegaciones” which are further divided into “colonias” or neighborhoods. It is important to have a grasp of these colonias as almost all locals will know where a given colonia is, but keep in mind that some colonias have similar or duplicate names.

Things to do in Mexico City

Boredom is something you will never experience at Mexico city. There are numerous things to do and see while visiting a Mexico City vacation rental. Regardless if you are visiting with your friends, family or kids, there will always be an appropriate thing to do in this never-stopping city.

Things to See

Angel de La Independencia: One of the city’s most famous landmarks, the Angel de la Independencia is known by locals as simply “El Angel,” is an iconic monument located in Reforma Avenue and Florencia Street.

Plaza Garibaldi – Mariachi: A popular square surrounded by restaurants and cafes where groups of musicians known as mariachis play folk music. Beware though, that payment is expected every time they play a song.

Torre Latinoamericana: If looking for a great view of the city, the Torre Latinoamericana is the place to go. With a height of 597 ft and 45 stories, this building is another major landmark of the city.

Things to Do

National Museum of Anthropology: Recognized worldwide as one of the best museums of its kind, the National Museum of Anthropology was built in the late 1960’s and it gathers an impressive collection of jewels, sculptures and handcrafts of ancient Mexican cultures.

Palacio de Bellas Artes: Very popular among tourists, the Fine Arts Palace is a concert hall and arts center that features some of Mexico’s finest murals worth seeing.

Other things to do in Mexico include:
Zocalo
Guadalupe Basilica
Six Flags Mexico
La Feria de Chapultepec
Chapultepec Park and Zoo