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Ilocos Norte is one of the famous and highly-visited provinces in the Philippines which offers a very satisfying vacation for both local and international tourists and travelers. It doesn’t only offers sumptuous foods, but it also explains some histories of the country and also provides exciting and momentous adventures.
Bangui Wind Farm in Ilocos Norte (image from tourism-philippines.com)
Ilocos Norte is located almost at the topmost of the Philippines, specifically in the Northwest area of the country. And since I am just here in Metro Manila, some of my close friends planned, though no definite dates mentioned yet, to have us a road trip to Ilocos Norte which is just more or less 8-hour drive from the metropolitan.
So, as early as now, I am already thinking of what to bring since they asked me to list down what we need to prepare like foods, stuff to enjoy along the way, and everything we could carry on. One thing which reminds me of road trips is song-trips as well. In this circle of friends, we all love music, we all love to sing though songs don’t obviously love us. Off course, we won’t be too trying hard to impress everybody on the road having a microphone, mic stand and all the musical instruments to pack our enjoyment. Maybe, we’ll just make use of iPods, iPads or any musical gadgets that are just handy.
But again, as I have said earlier, these are not yet well-planned and well-decided so things might changed in a wink, who knows. However, we still all hoping and trying our best to have this road trip to Ilocos Norte realized.
1. Visiting The Medina
A popular place to explore in Morocco, The Medina is somewhere you can easily get lost, making it a perfect spot for local “guides” to try and make some money. If you stop for more than a minute, you will likely be approached and offered the services of a guide to find your way around. Whilst most will do the job for just a few dirhams, you may be well served to simply hire a guide for the day instead. This will warn off other guides and leave you to just explore. It will often be far cheaper that way as well.
Even if you turn down the advances of all the guides, some may latch on anyway and expect payment. Just try to be clear straight away that you are not interested. Most are friendly enough and are simply trying to earn a living.
2. Dining & Services
There is no general rule for the amount you should tip a waiter or bartender. Some Moroccans will only add a tip of a few dirhams on a bill of over one hundred. For many restaurants and bars that are regular tourist spots, a ten percent service charge is often added into the bill. A small tip of five to ten dirhams on top will make you a valued customer.
For taxi fares, it is fine to simply round up to the nearest five dirhams, whilst a helpful hotel employee who carries all your heavy luggage would expect ten dirhams for his trouble.
3. Dealing With Beggars
You will certainly encounter beggars in Morocco, so it is important to understand the culture towards them whilst you are there. Giving help to beggars is seen as something that will bring a blessing from God, known as “baraka” to Moroccans.
As such, a small donation of one to five dirhams will be seen as a generous act. Beggars are not permitted to harass you, so even if you would rather not pay, a simple smile or the phrase “Allah yasahel” (may God improve your situation) should see them move on to the next person.
4. Respect The Cultural Climate
Morocco is a Muslim country and therefore has certain things which should be highly respected. Public displays of affection are frowned upon, so avoid even a small kiss if you can resist it. Modest clothing should also be worn at all times.
There are plenty of online guides where you can see some examples. Public consumption of alcohol or other intoxicants is also behaviour deemed unacceptable. In the privacy of your suite you can be as drunk and as undressed as you please, but don’t act the fool in public.
5. Go The Extra Mile
To be warmly embraced by the locals in Morocco, learn a few phrases and greetings in the native tongue. A simple “hello” in Moroccan Arabic will immediately show a level of respect towards your hosts.
If you are greeted by a Moroccan, a simple way to show you have done a little bit of homework is to place your right hand over your heart when you respond. This small gesture of sincerity and friendship will set anyone you meet at ease.
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Being happy, for me and as of this very moment, is simply to travel to places I never been to. And since I am feeling blue today, I tried looking for the World’s Happiest Countries where I can spend some time with family and friends — experiencing all the things that could make us happy. Here’s what I found from Travel.Yahoo.com earlier today, The World’s Happiest Countries.
5. New Zealand
8. The Netherlands
Some of the things I want to do on these countries above that could make me happy are to shop, to eat, to relax, road trips, having with me and my travel-mates the ultrasone headphones at musicians friend which is very good for road-tripping, and of course, to party all night. Isn’t that great experience? It is!
The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) for 2013 held in Sin City on January 8 up to January 11, 2013 showcased the Best Travel Gadgets of 2013.
- Y-cam Home MonitorBasically, a good security monitoring device to tract the traveler from home.
- Polaroid iM1836This is the world’s first Android-powered smart camera with interchangeable lenses which perhaps lessens the bulk of having tons of baggage during backpacking with camera lenses. And it’s very handy too.
- Fitbug OrbFor health conscious travelers, this gadget should be included in their list. Fitbug Orb could track health data.
- Spare OneSpare One helps in providing a cost-saving calls.
- Martian voice command watchesShould I say, this one’s a smart watch which enables the traveler to receive and send SMS and as well as calls.
I haven’t seen even one (1) in person from the above mentioned gadgets. But I’ve seen some of them on movies as well as minute jack screws for the watches. LOL!
I used to attend travel trade shows since then. Of course, as a trying hard traveler, I want to check personally myself the latest travel deals that each travel agency, which attended the trade show, is showcasing.
Some of the things I always make sure to have me updated for are the year-round discounted offers on hotels and accommodation offered in any local resorts in the country. It is not necessary for me to stay in not-so familiar and not numbered-star hotels but for as long as it could provide the comfort, ease and satisfaction I always expect for a vacation, I always grab that such opportunity to fly and travel then.
Included also in the above mentioned staycations are discounted fare rates to avail at and other perks in traveling like the newest local travel destinations and fun spots.
Not just the travel details I am checking for but I also keep an eye on how each travel agencies showcase their deals including their fitted table covers for trade shows if it fits on the agency’s invites for people to patronise them.
Fitted Table Covers For Travel Trade Shows (image from stitchylizard.com
The fitted table covers for travel trade shows are what I usually take an eye at so to see how presentable, customer-friendly and inviting travel agencies are. Do you?