Bucket List: The Ancient and Magical Kingdom of Morocco

There are so many amazing places to visit in the world, but just about everyone who travels to the ancient Kingdom of Morocco raves about their experience.

Morocco is a mix; it’s full of Roman ruins and World Heritage sites. It’s got thousands of miles of coastline along the Atlantic and Mediterranean. The High Atlas Mountains are a wild swath of rugged adventure land; the Berbers who are the indigenous people of North Africa have lived in those mountains for 10,000 years. And of course, there’s the mystical Sahara Desert… no-mans realm of nomads and spice traders.

It’s also completely modern with five star hotels, world famous restaurants, nightclubs, universities and endless shopping for magnificent, colorful, artful decorations.

15 years ago, the airports had squat toilets and the Berbers in the mountains had no running water or electricity, but all that has changed. Unless you travel far off-grid, you will experience the comfort of the Western world in regards to accommodations, food, entertainment and the necessities of life. That being said, you have myriad options to choose from; you will be welcomed to sleep and eat with a Berber family if you so desire, or you may opt to enjoy the comforts of countless gated golf resorts along the ocean.

There are activities for every personality. Golfing on exquisite courses… shopping in an ancient souk… trekking the Sahara on a camel… windsurfing… cooking classes… off-roading… mountain climbing… and so much more. Morocco has in fact become a sort of “playground of the wealthy” because it is relatively affordable and convenient to Europe, the Middle East and New York.

One of the reasons to visit Morocco is the incredible diversity of humanity that you encounter. As a flight hub for both Europe and Africa, there are sub-populations of West African, Chinese, Indian, French, middle Eastern, Jewish and increasingly American people. Casablanca and Marrakesh have become melting pots where it’s now just as convenient to get burgers, pizza and sushi as it is a chicken tagine or lamb couscous.

(Sometimes, while traveling, one gets tired of local food and craves a taste of home!)

The geography of Morocco is somewhat similar to California. The High Atlas Mountains, a natural barrier to European invaders, also acts as a barrier to the Sahara Desert. West of the mountains is pure agriculture, all the way to the ocean. Oranges, olives, almonds, grapes… it has literally become a food basket for Europe and more often the US (as the population rejects California radiation contaminated food). Moroccan wine is of the highest quality and there’s plenty of it! However it’s difficult to find Moroccan wine in other parts of the world; it’s said that this is because Moroccans drink it all!

A most excellent travel company to partner with is Marrakesh Voyage, with over 30 years of experience. Marrakesh Voyage works with its clients to design and experience an unforgettable Morocco vacation. On the website you will see pages and pages of testimonials from more-than-satisfied travelers.

 

Adventures Increase Long-Term Happiness

As humans, we strive for many things in life. Some people strive for materialistic things, such as cars, houses, and land. Others strive to have “successful” jobs such as being an actor/actress, or becoming a famous writer. But, regardless of what life path we decide to take, there is one thing that everyone equally strives for – happiness. One of the hardest things we encounter in our quest of positivity is finding ways to achieve happiness in the long run. And, in all honesty, the answer is all around us.

Adventuring has the power to change our entire lives. Not only is the feeling of conquering a daring mountain or travelling to a different country something beyond explainable, the experiences and memories we form are scientifically proven to create long-term happiness. In 2015, a US study showed that people who sought experiences and adventured into the world proved to be happier than people who hunted materialistic items.

The first story of Jo Piazza is an astounding one. When she was in her mid 30’s, she was diagnosed with a rare muscle disorder. It would stiffen her muscles leading to her suffering pain and difficulty with activities such as walking. She had recently married her husband, Nick, when the diagnoses happened. Despite her obvious physical restrictions, she was destined to accomplish something great. Jo felt that she was holding Nick back and tried to convince him to divorce her. She wanted him to live the best life he could and continue doing the things she wouldn’t allow him to do, such as biking, climbing, and hiking. But, despite her limitations, he stuck with her.

And, after some time of talking, the two decided to summit Mount Kilimanjaro, a volcano located in Tanzania (as well as the highest point in Africa). Over the course of the climb, their relationship was strained. Jo felt like her deteriorating health held Nick back, and Nick blamed himself for not helping her more. However, despite their clear issues, the two made it up most of the mountain. On the third day of climbing, Nick sustained an injury, causing them to descend down the mountain. Jo was suffering from a disability that put her body and relationship under the most stress they’d ever been in. When she descended down the mountain, she didn’t feel defeated- she felt happier and stronger than ever. She was able to prove to herself that she was capable of so much more than she’d thought before, and was happy to say that her relationship with Nick had never been better. Click here to read more.

Another story is the one of Royce Hardman. Royce was an Australian soldier who served in Afghanistan in 2009. Upon his return home from deployment, he was diagnosed with PTSD. Because of this illness, he would often suffer flashbacks and fall victim to mental outbursts. He started to isolate himself from others and face symptoms similar to that of deep depressions. It wasn’t before long that he felt he needed to do something about it. His solution was to help himself, as well as any other veterans with PTSD, by walking across Australia with his dog, Trigger.

He started walking across the country, starting in Perth. Everyday, for 12 hours, he would walk with his dog and gain as much ground as he could. His story was shared across social media and he formed quite an online following. But, despite the support, his body caught up with him. He started enduring many injuries and physical and mental struggles, resulting in his journey being halted numerous times. And, in 2016, he had to call his journey off. Despite the intense pain and numerous obstacles he had to overcome, Royce didn’t feel like he failed himself or others. He explained that the trip not only showed him how strong the mind and body really are, but it gave him a new purpose. After leaving the military, he struggled to find something that made him happy. It wasn’t before long that he found it in his adventure across Australia and through the help he provided to thousands of other veterans suffering from PTSD.

 

Holiday Trip, Make the Process Easier With This Guide Plan

Planning a trip is always a daunting task, especially a long one. Getting overwhelmed is step one, but you fail to understand where to begin, and this is more if this is your first holiday trip. Now, you may consider this guide to plan your holiday trip so that breaking the process becomes less overwhelming and easier.

Decide the place to go

Deciding a place to go sets a goal. Planning to go on a trip is usually vague, until you decide the place to go. It is immensely important to pick a destination, even if offers you a goal. It is easier to get behind mentally so that your planning becomes easier.

Decide your trip length

The trip cost you depends on the length of the trip. Deciding on the destination and the trip length helps in figuring the travel cost. Likewise, you can save on it.

Research the costs

Now that you have decided the place and trip length, you can understand the costs. Nail down the money required approximately, research costs arriving at the travel style required. This includes focusing mainly on the accommodation you are looking for is it a backpack or luxury hotels stay. The number of attractions in the place you wish to visit and the approximate money required for the trip. Thus, save accordingly for the trip.

Start saving

Start saving by writing the current expenses and determine the money you wish to spend. People every day require a lot of money and this includes purchasing water bottle to the extra coffee or the snack. Having a breakdown created lets you know that you require to cut and save. Calculate every day requirement and try to save and here are easy tips for wins:

  • Cut the coffee. If you are spending on coffee for 3 -4 cups daily, try to cut it to two daily and save the money.
  • Learn to cook. If you know cooking, you are saved. If not, learn cooking and you will see that even cutting per week two times ensures you save a lot. Another idea is to cook a big dinner and keep the leftovers for next day lunch and to save money. Follow the principle of eat out less, cook more and save.
  • Cut cable. There is free streaming of TV and internet available, that you can cut cable charges per month and save the same.

Get No-Fee ATM Cards

Save extra dollars by using no-fee atm cards and in this way avoid giving banks extra money. Check for such local banks and use their cards.

Book Your Flight

On using the travel credit card you can book flight and use travel miles saved, if any. The fact cannot be denied that nowadays using miles is difficult owing to less availability, so booking early is a must to get your choice of flight.

Plan Your Activities

Sketch you activities, their cost and last-minute adjustments. Ensure to have more money than required. Check for the reservations done and keep your closest people informed about your trip and leave the important documents set of copies with them, it may help you in need.

 

Earn Lifelong Memories by Taking Trips to Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu is one of the oldest towns in the history of Peru where the famous Inca Civilization use to flourish. The ancient history of the town is quite fascinating that adds up to the location on the hill. The town is more than 6 centuries old and holds the valuable history of Inca which is why it is the most preserved villages in the South American continent.

Machu Picchu is also known as the ‘Lost City’ and so far the heritage sites in this village describe the extinct civilization very well. Probably no other place could mesmerize a history buff like this city. The old village has been declared a historic heritage site by the government and a tourist destination where people from all over the world flock in to witness the Inca remnants. The trips to Machu Picchu organized by various tourism service providers will take you to the best locations in the village where you will be able to find the classic style of Incan construction that was started in 1500 AD. The city was doomed and left by the then Incan population due to the rampant Spanish invasion.

Things to keep in mind

All you have to do before indulging in visiting this exotic historic location South America is to check for the availability of accommodation. The destination is very famous and stays busy most of the year. The bookings for the hotels and tours are not always available due to the heavy footsteps in Machu Picchu.

The reservations for the trips to Machu Picchu and the hotels to stay must be done beforehand with the aid of reputed tourism service providers so that the holidays become hassle-free.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu is considered as the paradise destination for hiking. The hikers from all over the world gather here to challenge their capabilities and enjoy the panoramic views. As mentioned earlier, the historic village is situated at the top of a hill. There are several means of transport to take you there but the best way to taste the thrill and absorb the topographical bliss is by foot.

If you want to check out all the artifacts and well-preserved remnants of the civilization, all you have to do is to pack your bag and start walking under the supervision of a local tour guide and then only you can experience the real Machu Picchu deeply.

A train will take you to Ollantaytambo from the capital city of Peru. You need to find the right gears to climb the hills and enjoy the Incan ruins. Gather walking sticks, caps, goggles, and a backpack to keep your essentials. There are no means of transport to the top of the hills via the mountains. Only a few buses are available that will take you to the foothill of Machu Picchu. The rest of the journey demands a 1000 meters climb to the top of the hill. Summer is the ideal and safe time to visit this enchanting place. enjoy the best time of your life by taking part in a historic trip to Machu Picchu.

 

There’s a Lot to Like About DisneyQuest

Disney had given up DisneyQuest for the new NBA Experience. But the sweet memories of this first ever VR (Virtual Reality) attraction by the company will never cease to exist. The one of a kind indoor interactive attraction stood witnessed to an era of unforgettable gaming experiences in the history of virtual reality. Conceived and built as part of the plan to create a new kind of indoor interactive theme park attraction, DisneyQuest was loaded with an array of never-before gaming experiences.

For the first time ever DisneyQuest guests had the opportunity to get acquainted with the power of cutting-edge computer graphics, including simulator platforms, head-mounted displays and other unique entertainment offerings based on the immersive technology. Popular attractions include the design-your-own-roller-coaster ride, Virtual Jungle Cruise, CyberSpace Mountain, and Pirates of the Caribbean: Battle for Buccaneer Gold. The list also includes Aladdin’s Magic Carpet Ride – the longest continuously operated VR attractions in the industry’s history, and the Mighty Ducks Pinball Slam. The Facility offered many other arcade video games as well.

DisneyQuest was one of the most exciting projects of its kind. It was a part of the once planned – worldwide chain of 20 VR centres. But only the Orlando attraction had lived up to the expectations. The unique attraction received a warm welcome when first opened in 1998, in Disney World’s Downtown Disney area now Disney Springs. And for Orlando locals and other holiday-makers the site proved to be a favourite all-weather entertainment venue. Imagine the huge five – story arcade with a whole range of video and virtual games. Imagine a place that allows you to play games all day long for a one-time fee. Truly, a favourite fun destination that had ruled imaginations across all ages. Moreover, its inclusion as an add-on to park tickets often ended up pulling more visitors with time.

However, lack of new plans and re-investments had led to the downfall. The popular facility started losing its charm and support. Things begun to look old and dated and there is no such actions and effort from the management side to revive the age-old glory. Major VR attractions were closed one after another. And finally, the entire facility closes on July 2, 2017.

The new NBA Experience that replaces DisneyQuest is a unique basketball-based attraction, aimed at offering the most immersive NBA experience. It puts you right in the middle of an NBA game action. Here guests will come across immersive video productions, interactive experiences and a retail outlet and a restaurant as well.