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Ensure a Good Road Trip Experience With These Suggestions

friends on a road tripAfter a long week at the office, you might need a splendid way to kick back, relax and recharge over the weekend. Embarking on a road trip with a couple of your friends is a great way to spend the weekend. With the help a reputable car hire firm in Auckland, you can take on any place that strikes your fancy.

Just be sure to take a few proactive measures for the best road trip experience.

Get a car that suits your needs

If embarking on a road trip, the last thing you need is a car that does not live up to your needs. If planning to hit some off-road trails, by no means should you get a town car. Doing so only dooms your trip from the onset. While larger SUVs and off-roads vehicle carry a pricier tag, they are worth every penny.

Using the wrong type of car not only ruins your trip but also saddles you with a hefty repair bill. For instance, suffering a breakdown in some deserted road would mean incurring extra charges on a tow truck. In the absence of insurance, you would have to pay for the damages out-of-pocket.

Have more than one driver

Time is of the essence when embarking on a road trip, especially when using a rental car. Having a co-driver ensures that you cover all stops without overexerting yourself of wasting time. Taking turns behind the wheel keeps you fresh and vigilant, which lets you enjoy every moment of your trip.

Other than keeping your party safe on the road, it also lets you keep the car in good shape. Besides, the shared experience will make great memories, and you can relive the adventure as over a drink or Sunday barbecue many years later.

Adequate preparation is key when embarking on a long road trip. Having the right car for the journey and another driver makes for a great experience.

Rockport Rising and Getting Back on Its Feet

Dock and a boat

Dock and a boatThe city of Rockport is sunny no matter how you look at it. It is a great destination for spring breaks and being on the Gulf of Mexico, it has a great wharfside view of the water.

If you own a boat in Rockport, putting up a pier is one way to better enjoy the waters.

Getting Up

As a relatively smaller town compared to Houston, Rockport did not get the media attention when Hurricane Harvey came ashore. Harvey damaged many properties. In the grand scheme of things, Rockport got off relatively easy. The damage to the houses and the trauma to the residents, however, is beyond numbers.

It is the pain felt by anyone whose house was tossed around like a rag doll, landing in numerous pieces. There is nowhere else to go but up. The city is rebuilding, and it may take a while to complete. The houses will be stronger. It’s a shame what happened to the RV parks, but the owners will remember the tragedy and will be very careful next time.

Moving Forward

When a tragedy strikes like a strong hurricane, the community moves on and rebuilds. The city is recovering, and it is going to take a while before the repairs are all done. It is still cleaning up, but the citizens are getting back on their feet. Damage to homes, piers and boats, and other properties will soon be fixed. FEMA set up a disaster recovery center in the town. It’s where people can file their documents and request for assistance.

Rockport is an enviable place, sitting on the edge of the Gulf of Mexico, with plenty of sunshine and easy access to the water. It is home to many recreational facilities and work opportunities. It is, therefore, necessary to bring it back to life.

When in Manila: Enjoy the Best Family Attractions in the Metro

An aerial view of Metro Manila

An aerial view of Metro ManilaManila is a good destination for traveling families. It has top-quality family attractions that are not only fun but also reasonably-priced and conveniently-accessed, especially for those on a shoestring holiday budget.

Here are additional reasons Manila should be your next top destination.

The MOA Amusement

The SM Mall of Asia, a huge commercial hub for locals and foreigners alike, is full of activities for families. Yes, you read that right. You need not go very far, really, because the action is here.

Inside, there is an IMAX theater, skating rink, interactive exhibit hub called Exploreum, bowling center, and countless of food vendors that offer anything from local delicacies to Matcha treats and everything in between. You will never get hungry or run out of things to do while you are inside the mall.

But wait, that is just the beginning. Outside the mall is an outdoor amusement park that offers various rides and attractions. There is the MOA Eye, which provides an overlooking view of the metro from the highest point.

Accessibility is Key

The trouble with kids on a trip is that you cannot just go anywhere. You need to plan your itinerary well because there are youngsters who can be a little unruly when bored or tired. That is why you need to book the hotels near SM MOA if you are after the thrilling family activities in the metro.

One such hotel is goldenphoenixhotelmanila.com, which is a good jump-off point to get to most, if not all, of the most popular family-friendly attractions.

Family Attractions Everywhere

If you think the Mall of Asia is not enough to give you a good fill of the family fun, you may go to the other attractions that are just nearby. There is the Manila Ocean Park, which houses species after species of sea creatures displayed in an aquarium tunnel.

Also, there is the historic walled city of Intramuros, which is a delightful sight for its rich history, along with the Museong Pambata, which is a children-oriented museum featuring interactive exhibits that will delight the senses of your kids.

What are you waiting for? Book that Manila vacation holiday now.

From Auckland to Cape Reinga: Exploring the North Island of New Zealand

Skyline of Auckland A road trip across New Zealand is a grand quest that would take you along rocky coastlines, winding mountains, and rolling hills. Fortunately for you, some of the country’s finest landscapes could be found north of Auckland.

Moreover, you don’t need to commute if you dread the hassle of changing modes of transportation. Metropolitan Rentals noted that there are many rentals out there. Get in your van hire and go to Ninety Mile Beach up to Cape Reinga, which is at the top of all of New Zealand.

Where First?

Drive to north of Auckland and go to Paihia, a seaside town known to be the jump off point to The Bay of Islands. About 144 islands make up the Bay of Islands — think Whitsundays, crystal clear cerulean waters, coastal roads, and greener than green countryside.

Paihia is an exceptional place to discover the Waitangi Treaty Grounds (the birthplace of the country’s founding document), swim with the dolphins, sail around, and explore the Hole in the Rock. You could likewise ride a ferry to the island town of Russell for some beach bumming.

Where Next?

After exploring Paihia, you could then go to Cape Reinga and Ninety Mile Beach. Cape Reinga, the topmost place of New Zealand, is a remarkable spot for sand boarding, visiting the famous lighthouse, and looking out into the vast Pacific Ocean. Cape Reinga is sacred to the Maori people. Once they die, they believe that their spirits go down the Pohutukawa tree to get to the ocean, ascend on the horizon at Three Kings Islands, and say goodbye to Aotearoa before going back to their sacred ancestral lands.

Where to End?

You could end your trip at Spirits Bay (also called Tapotupotu Bay) where there’s a campsite by the Department of Conservation, which is located right on an immaculate sandy cove’s edge. In addition, you could go inland and trek the Kauri Forests and its many waterfalls. Lots of natural rock jump-off points and pools also just a short distance away from Paihia.

A road trip north of Auckland is undoubtedly the best way to experience New Zealand. The country encourages camping, so it’s free pretty much anywhere (except in places with no camping or parking signs, of course.). So plan your trip and get ready for the road of a lifetime.

Travelling Singaporeans: Indonesia Among the Top Destinations for Chinese New Year

Indonesia travelSingaporeans who wanted to spend the Year of the Fire Rooster searched for places in Indonesia with more people looking into Jakarta compared to the previous year.

Malaysia and London were some of the top destinations for outbound tourists from the Lion City. While Indonesia and Malaysia are nearby countries, it is particularly noticeable that Singaporeans considered travelling to a European city even if the holidays are only going to last for a few days.

Archipelago Appeal

Indonesia is the biggest archipelago in the world that features some of the best beaches, wildlife reserves and other outdoor scenery. Even if more Singaporean thought of planning a trip to London, some of the other choices are now located closer to the city-state.

Batam Island is one of them. In 2015, the area’s port had the third highest traffic of tourists coming into Indonesia with more than 1.5 million people, according to Statistics Indonesia.

If you are curious what the place has to offer, finding an online Batam travel guide or portal is easy. Google and other search engines are also there if you want further research.

In terms of foreign tourist arrivals, the number of people coming into the country constantly rose between January and October 2016.

Closer to Home

Singaporeans have mostly favoured travelling to Asian countries due to their proximity. In 2016, the top three searches for tourists comprised Hong Kong, Bangkok and Taipei.

The recent list this year remains largely unchanged, although the inclusion of London indicated that some are already considering distant cities that are as popular tourism areas.

Chinese New Year is always a much-awaited holiday for many countries in Asia. As online portals make it easier for us to plan trips, more people are given the chance to pick better places and look for bargain deals because your next vacation should not be that expensive to make it memorable and worthwhile.