Egypt Independent: Living-Main news http://www.egyptindependent.com//enhome_channel/Life%20Style/rss.xml en The world's most beautiful World Heritage Sites - photos http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2456616 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2015/08/28/43/ab64f600030904fcd51f2496457e4d4a.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p><span style="line-height: normal;">Every year, around 25 global sites deemed to have &quot;outstanding universal value&quot; are added to UNESCO&#39;s World Heritage list.</span></p><div>There are now more than 1,000 sites to visit all over the world.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Not bad, considering the original list, compiled in 1978, included only 12 entries.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>There are still a few months till the newest members of the prestigious list are announced in June, so here&#39;s a look back at 20 of the most beautiful -- and famous -- already on the list.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Site details in the gallery above, while info on getting to each is below.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>Angkor (Cambodia)</strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/ei/50b80bad59f46513d039ed3604012631.jpg" style="width: 534px; height: 300px;" /></strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The site is a 20-minute tuk-tuk ride from the city of Siem Reap.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The bulk of visitors come between November and February, when the weather is dry and temperatures are coolest (25-30 C).</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>To make the most of your visit to this incredible temple complex, a guide is essential.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>We recommend Tong Hann of the Anantara Angkor Resort &amp; Spa.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>His knowledge and respect for the sites and their history is phenomenal; he&#39;s particularly skilled at creating an itinerary that will keep you away from crowds and allow you to check out some lesser known but beautiful ruins.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>Acropolis (Greece)</strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/ei/130426143419-unesco-acropolis-horizontal-gallery.jpg" style="width: 534px; height: 300px;" /></strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>It&#39;s possible to take a tour to the site, or simply wander in from Athens on foot.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The route along Adrianou Street to the back entrance of the site is a gentler climb than the Dionysus Theatre entrance.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>Bagan (Myanmar)</strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/ei/77a3bfe25f0cf35a2f90a998c248e914.jpg" style="width: 534px; height: 300px;" /></strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Ok, so it&#39;s still on the tentative list.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>But we couldn&#39;t help but include this beautiful stretch of ruins on the Irawaddy River that dates to the 10th century.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Located in Myanmar&#39;s central west, Bagan is serviced by flights, buses and trains from Yangon.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Accommodation is centered in the surrounding villages of New Bagan and Nyaung Oo.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>Galapagos Islands (Ecuador)</strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/ei/screen_shot_2015-08-28_at_1.44.19_pm.png" style="width: 534px;" /></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Located nearly 1,000 kilometers from mainland Ecuador, the islands are serviced by flights from Quito and Guayaquil.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Multi-day boat cruises are generally the best way to explore the islands.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>For a truly rewarding experience, there&#39;s the National Geographic Galapagos Expedition.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Goreme National Park and the Rock Sites of Cappadocia (Turkey)</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Due to the remote nature of the site in central Anatolia, most visitors opt to fly in from Istanbul to visit the area on a tour.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Hotels cut out of the rock provide accommodation.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>Great Barrier Reef (Australia)</strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/ei/130426145256-unesco-great-barrier-reef-horizontal-large-gallery.jpg" style="width: 534px; height: 301px;" /></strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Larger islands are serviced by flights from mainland Australia.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>It&#39;s also possible to visit the reef via day trips from northern Queensland ports including Cairns and Port Douglas.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>Hampi (India)</strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/ei/130426145557-unesco-hampi-horizontal-large-gallery.jpg" style="width: 534px; height: 301px;" /></strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Hampi is serviced by overnight bus from Goa.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Trains run to nearby Hospet from Chennai, Mumbai, Bangalore, Delhi and Kolkata, and visitors will find a good range of low- to mid-range lodgings around Hampi village.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>Iguazu National Park (Brazil and Argentina)</strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/ei/screen_shot_2015-08-28_at_2.20.45_pm.png" style="width: 534px;" /></strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The less developed but refreshingly uncrowded Brazilian side of the falls is a half-hour bus ride from the city of Foz do Iguacu.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>It&#39;s the same distance to the falls from Puerto Iguazu on the Argentine side.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The two countries are connected via a bridge downriver of the falls.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>Los Glaciares National Park (Argentina)</strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/ei/f53a45ed447f569106b4848db2710b89.jpg" style="width: 534px; height: 300px;" /></strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Most visitors to this remote southern region of Argentina base themselves in El Calafate, the closest town to the park entrance.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>There are daily flights and buses from the capital, Buenos Aires.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>Machu Picchu (Peru)</strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/ei/434ba70625c2440e94c1988baa4f27da.jpg" style="width: 534px; height: 300px;" /></strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Several multi-day treks terminate at Machu Picchu, but it&#39;s also possible to take a train from Cusco to Aguas Calientes, and climb a steep flight of stairs or bus up to the site.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Only the first 400 daily visitors are granted entry to Wayna Picchu, a separate set of ruins overlooking the main complex.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>Mont-Saint-Michel (France)</strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/ei/8fd1ef37b9ab8af48af73e48f899c11d.jpg" style="width: 534px; height: 300px;" /></strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Mont-Saint-Michel is serviced by buses/tours from Rennes and St-Malo, but it&#39;s also possible to stay in one of Mont Saint-Michel&#39;s small hotels.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>Petra (Jordan)</strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/ei/fdce2f1873e3007d27cac864dabbaf18.jpg" style="width: 534px; height: 801px;" /></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Buses and day/overnight tours run from Jordan&#39;s capital Amman and the port city of Aqaba.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>It&#39;s also possible to organize tours from Egypt, and the Israeli resort town of Eilat.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>For longer stays, you can bunk down in Wadi Musa, Petra&#39;s neighboring town.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>Pyramids of Giza (Egypt)</strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/ei/ab64f600030904fcd51f2496457e4d4a.jpg" style="width: 534px; height: 300px;" /></strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Just 25 kilometers southwest of Cairo along the Nile River, the complex is most easily visited on a day trip from Egypt&#39;s capital.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>Rapa Nui (Chile)</strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/ei/130426144450-unesco-easter-island-horizontal-large-gallery.jpg" style="width: 534px; height: 301px;" /></strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>While it&#39;s possible to access Easter Island by air from Tahiti, most visitors opt for the five-and-a-half hour flight from Santiago, Chile.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>Serengeti National Park (Tanzania)</strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/ei/31ec624370910e2940ee355b53de8be3.jpg" style="width: 534px; height: 300px;" /></strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The short October/November and March/April rainy seasons notwithstanding, the Serengeti, usually accessed via Kilimanjaro or Nairobi airports, offers great game viewing year-round.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>Sigiriya (Sri Lanka)</strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/ei/130426152308-unesco-sigiriya-horizontal-large-gallery.jpg" style="width: 534px; height: 301px;" /></strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The central Sri Lankan site is located two to three hours by local bus from the city of Kandy (via Dambulla, home to a massive cave temple complex).</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>It&#39;s also possible to organize a tour or personal driver from Kandy.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>Tulum (Mexico)</strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/ei/130426152530-unesco-tulum-horizontal-large-gallery.jpg" style="width: 534px; height: 301px;" /></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Located a few minutes drive from the small Yucatan Peninsula township of Tulum, the easily accessible ruins lie about 60 kilometers south of the larger township of Playa del Carmen, and a further 60 kilometers from Cancun.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>Valletta (Malta)</strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/ei/vat2.jpg" style="width: 534px; height: 300px;" /></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Just south of Sicily, Malta is connected by flights from across Europe.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>It&#39;s possible to stay in Valletta, but the bulk of visitors make for the tiny nation&#39;s beach resorts.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>Venice and its lagoon (Italy)</strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/ei/468611-thumb-300xauto-403792.jpg" style="width: 435px; height: 244px;" /></strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Venice is served by nearby Marco Polo and Treviso airports, while trains arrive at the Venezia Santa Lucia train station in the western part of the city.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>Yellowstone National Park (United States)</strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/ei/3c3c0630f9b0023a6d3517431d1caf1a.jpg" style="width: 534px; height: 300px;" /></strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Located around 100 kilometers from Jackson Hole, Wyoming, the closest major airport hub, the park has five main access points.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Most visitors choose to drive throughout the park, camping en route.</div><div>&nbsp;</div> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 11:04:00 +0000 CNN 2456616 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2015/08/28/43/ab64f600030904fcd51f2496457e4d4a.jpg 20 biggest travel mistakes http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2456585 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2015/07/02/501010/travel.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p>The CNN Travel staff has put in some hard miles.</p><p>Collectively, we&#39;ve touched down on every continent on earth and we&#39;re closing in on every country.</p><p>But we&#39;re nowhere near perfect travelers.&nbsp;</p><p>Every one of the travel chokes on this list comes from painful personal experience -- often multiple times repeating the same mistakes. (We&#39;re nothing if not persistent.)</p><p><strong>1. Overpacking&nbsp;</strong></p><p>At home, with your complete wardrobe available, there&#39;s no reason not to run through work, workout and working-the-clubs outfits in a single day.</p><p>But when your life is crammed into a couple bags, your fashion morality changes.&nbsp;</p><p>Those socks you wore on the plane should be good for another go.&nbsp;</p><p>The purple tee you slept in ought to be alright for a third wear.&nbsp;</p><p>Yesterday&#39;s undies? Well ...</p><p>According to a recent survey by Travelodge, two-thirds of travelers typically return from a trip with at least six unworn outfits.&nbsp;</p><p>The lesson: You don&#39;t need a new set of anything for each day of a trip. Figure on at least two wears for (almost) everything.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>2. Not buying something you like as soon as you see it</strong></p><p>You think you&#39;re gonna circle back to that shop.&nbsp;</p><p>You think you&#39;ll see a cheaper, better version somewhere else.&nbsp;</p><p>You won&#39;t.&nbsp;</p><p>That evocative street painting or those Metallica nesting dolls you didn&#39;t buy? Now not having them will haunt you for the rest of your life.&nbsp;</p><p>When you see something you like, just buy it and live without regret.</p><p><strong>3. Not checking your phone plan before traveling abroad</strong></p><p>What you call &quot;international roaming&quot; your phone carrier calls &quot;shareholder dividend!&quot;</p><p>A week of texts from Singapore or St. Lucia shouldn&#39;t cost more and hurt worse than open heart surgery. But it happens all the time to travelers who fail to check their phone plans before departure.</p><p><strong>4. Trusting &quot;near city center&quot; descriptions</strong></p><div><div><div><img alt="Near? Far from it." data-demand-load="loaded" data-eq-pts="mini: 0, xsmall: 221, small: 308, medium: 461, large: 781" data-eq-state="xsmall" data-src-full16x9="http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/130711111912-travel-mistakes---city-center-horizontal-large-gallery.png" data-src-large="http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/130711111912-travel-mistakes---city-center-horizontal-large-gallery.png" data-src-medium="http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/130711111912-travel-mistakes---city-center-horizontal-large-gallery.png" data-src-mini="http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/130711111912-travel-mistakes---city-center-hp-video.png" data-src-mini1x1="http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/130711111912-travel-mistakes---city-center-topics.png" data-src-small="http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/130711111912-travel-mistakes---city-center-story-top.png" data-src-xsmall="http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/130711111912-travel-mistakes---city-center-story-body.png" src="http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/130711111912-travel-mistakes---city-center-story-body.png" /><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Near? Far from it.</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div></div></div></div><p>&quot;Near city center&quot; is like a Bible verse -- open to vast interpretation.</p><p><span style="font-size: 1em; line-height: 1.5em;">When you find the money you saved on your &quot;near city center&quot; hotel is being spent on 30-minute commutes and outrageous taxi fares, you know you&#39;ve committed one of the cardinal sins of travel.</span></p><p>Related note: Except by purely technical definition, if you&#39;re staying near the convention center in Portland, Oregon, you&#39;re decidedly not staying &quot;downtown&quot; (as is popularly advertised) by any local sensibility.</p><p><strong>5. Taking the &quot;super&quot; shuttle</strong></p><p>Wait on the curb for a ride in a sweat-soaked van and risk being the last one dropped off on a nine-hotel run, all in the name of saving a few bucks?&nbsp;</p><p>Your time is worth more than that.</p><p><a href="http://adamcarolla.com/" target="_blank">Adam Carolla</a>&nbsp;brilliantly sums up this classic travel blunder in his book, &quot;<a href="http://www.amazon.com/Fifty-Years-Well-All-Chicks/dp/0307717380" target="_blank">In Fifty Years We&#39;ll All Be Chicks</a>.&quot;</p><p>&quot;The shuttle is the worst US$20 you&#39;ll ever save. It adds 90 minutes to whatever a Town Car or cab would have been. You have the unenviable choice between being dropped off last or being dropped off first and having a bunch of losers who can&#39;t afford cab fare and have no friends or loved ones with cars knowing exactly where you live.&quot;</p><p><strong>6. Not tightening shampoo caps ... all the way</strong></p><div><div><div><img alt="Perfect way to ruin an arrival -- shampoo snot." data-demand-load="loaded" data-eq-pts="mini: 0, xsmall: 221, small: 308, medium: 461, large: 781" data-eq-state="xsmall" data-src-full16x9="http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/130709155429-travel-mistakes-shampoo-horizontal-large-gallery.jpg" data-src-large="http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/130709155429-travel-mistakes-shampoo-horizontal-large-gallery.jpg" data-src-medium="http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/130709155429-travel-mistakes-shampoo-horizontal-large-gallery.jpg" data-src-mini="http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/130709155429-travel-mistakes-shampoo-hp-video.jpg" data-src-mini1x1="http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/130709155429-travel-mistakes-shampoo-topics.jpg" data-src-small="http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/130709155429-travel-mistakes-shampoo-story-top.jpg" data-src-xsmall="http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/130709155429-travel-mistakes-shampoo-story-body.jpg" src="http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/130709155429-travel-mistakes-shampoo-story-body.jpg" style="height: 302px; width: 536px;" /><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Perfect way to ruin an arrival -- shampoo snot.</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div></div></div></div><p>Those cute, little trial-size shampoo and conditioner bottles are really handy -- until they magically burst open in-flight, spreading a layer of glycerol soap snot all over your bag.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>7. Thinking you know the perfect time to book a ticket</strong></p><p>There&#39;s an art to reading the tea leaves of the airlines&#39; protean pricing schemes, but there&#39;s some muddled science to it, as well.&nbsp;</p><p>According to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.travelerstoday.com/articles/5483/20130327/best-time-buy-airline-tickets.htm" target="_blank">Travelers Today</a>, research conducted by Kayak found the optimal timing for a cheap-ticket purchase is 21 and 34 days before domestic and international flights, respectively.&nbsp;</p><p>But&nbsp;<a href="http://www.cheapair.com/blog/travel-tips/how-far-in-advance-should-i-book-my-flight/" target="_blank">2012 analysis by CheapAir.com</a>&nbsp;concluded that on average the cheapest fares are found 49 days before a flight.</p><p>Meanwhile, researchers at&nbsp;<a href="http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/05/130522160301.htm" target="_blank">Texas A&amp;M University</a>&nbsp;simply found that Saturdays and Sundays are best for finding discount fares.</p><p>The golden rule?&nbsp;</p><p>There&#39;s no golden rule. Tickets are cheapest when they&#39;re cheapest.</p><p>Editor&#39;s note: The original version of this story reported that CheapAir.com claimed the optimal ticket-buying time is 79 or 81 days prior to a flight. The error has been corrected.</p><p><strong>8. Trying too hard to chisel out a bargain</strong></p><div><div><div><img alt="Congrats, you just saved 50 cents. Now go get your blood pressure checked." data-demand-load="loaded" data-eq-pts="mini: 0, xsmall: 221, small: 308, medium: 461, large: 781" data-eq-state="xsmall" data-src-full16x9="http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/130709155423-travel-mistakes-bargaining-horizontal-large-gallery.jpg" data-src-large="http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/130709155423-travel-mistakes-bargaining-horizontal-large-gallery.jpg" data-src-medium="http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/130709155423-travel-mistakes-bargaining-horizontal-large-gallery.jpg" data-src-mini="http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/130709155423-travel-mistakes-bargaining-hp-video.jpg" data-src-mini1x1="http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/130709155423-travel-mistakes-bargaining-topics.jpg" data-src-small="http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/130709155423-travel-mistakes-bargaining-story-top.jpg" data-src-xsmall="http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/130709155423-travel-mistakes-bargaining-story-body.jpg" src="http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/130709155423-travel-mistakes-bargaining-story-body.jpg" style="height: 302px; width: 536px;" /><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Congrats, you just saved 50 cents. Now go get your blood pressure checked.</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div></div></div></div><p>There&#39;s no faster way to become embittered with the locals than going toe-to-toe with a market full of hungry sales people and shopkeepers.&nbsp;</p><p>Yes, we understand there&#39;s principle involved, but do you really need to whittle the equivalent of fifty cents off the price of an embroidered handbag that&#39;s going to sit in the back of a closet anyway?</p><p>Just buy the damn thing and spare your heart the cortisol burst for when it actually needs it.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>9. Not changing money at the airport</strong></p><p>When traveling internationally, the conventional wisdom is that only amateurs change money at the airport, because the exchange rate for foreign currency will be better in town.</p><p>It usually is, but often not by that much.&nbsp;</p><p>A recent check of the dollar-to-pound exchange rate in London Heathrow was US$1.71 to &pound;1 (with no commission for changes more than US$300).&nbsp;</p><p>Near Oxford Circus the exchange rate was advertised at US$1.62 to &pound;1, also with no commission.&nbsp;</p><p>Using these rates, converting US$300 at the airport would get you &pound;175.43 as opposed to &pound;185.18 on the street.&nbsp;</p><p>So, you can hit the city like a cashless bumpkin and spend an hour hunting up an acceptable place to change money or, for less than &pound;10, arrive with some local coin in your pocket.</p><p>Convenience factor alone makes it worth changing at least a nominal amount of cash at the &quot;ripoff&quot; place at the airport.</p><p><strong>10. Underestimating the hell that is Heathrow</strong></p><div><div><div><img alt="On the plus side, you&amp;#39;re also getting in your day at the gym." data-demand-load="loaded" data-eq-pts="mini: 0, xsmall: 221, small: 308, medium: 461, large: 781" data-eq-state="xsmall" data-src-full16x9="http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/130709162446-travel-mistakes-heathrow-horizontal-large-gallery.jpg" data-src-large="http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/130709162446-travel-mistakes-heathrow-horizontal-large-gallery.jpg" data-src-medium="http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/130709162446-travel-mistakes-heathrow-horizontal-large-gallery.jpg" data-src-mini="http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/130709162446-travel-mistakes-heathrow-hp-video.jpg" data-src-mini1x1="http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/130709162446-travel-mistakes-heathrow-topics.jpg" data-src-small="http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/130709162446-travel-mistakes-heathrow-story-top.jpg" data-src-xsmall="http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/130709162446-travel-mistakes-heathrow-story-body.jpg" src="http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/130709162446-travel-mistakes-heathrow-story-body.jpg" style="height: 302px; width: 536px;" /><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>On the plus side, you&#39;re also getting in your day at the gym.</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div></div></div></div><p>Speaking of London, it&#39;s easy to underestimate the several hundred miles of concourse you&#39;ll likely be obliged to traverse and the time-consuming security searches that create jumbled queues and make travelers look more like internment camp refugees than cosmopolitan jet setters.&nbsp;</p><p>Arriving anything less than two hours before an international flight is risky, but even a longer cushion can get dicey.&nbsp;</p><p>Imagine walking across a football stadium and you start to get an idea of the Andean trek from the Heathrow Express station to the swarm of travelers clamoring to get on lifts that will take them merely to their start of the Oz-like journey through Terminal 1.</p><p><strong>11. Buying cheap flip-flops</strong></p><p>You think, &quot;I&#39;m only gonna wear &#39;em for a week, I might not even take &#39;em home, why buy the good ones?&quot;</p><p>The answer comes when you blow out a toe strap and shred the bottom of your foot a mile into a hike across the local lava beds.&nbsp;</p><p>And now you have to go back.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>12. Fearing street food</strong></p><p>No one wants to get sick on vacation, but why travel all the way to Thailand or Mexico and not eat the local grub?</p><p>The locals don&#39;t like food poisoning any more than you do. If they&#39;re in line, consider the place vetted and assume you&#39;re going to be fine.&nbsp;</p><p>(Cue angry commenters with the &quot;I almost died from a tainted falafel&quot; and &quot;the locals are immune to bacteria&quot; histrionics below.)</p><p><strong>13. Buying a drum on the first day of a three-month trek across Asia</strong></p><div><div><div><img alt="Buy a drum on your trip? Sounds dumb." data-demand-load="loaded" data-eq-pts="mini: 0, xsmall: 221, small: 308, medium: 461, large: 781" data-eq-state="xsmall" data-src-full16x9="http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/130711151322-mistakes-drum-horizontal-large-gallery.jpg" data-src-large="http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/130711151322-mistakes-drum-horizontal-large-gallery.jpg" data-src-medium="http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/130711151322-mistakes-drum-horizontal-large-gallery.jpg" data-src-mini="http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/130711151322-mistakes-drum-hp-video.jpg" data-src-mini1x1="http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/130711151322-mistakes-drum-topics.jpg" data-src-small="http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/130711151322-mistakes-drum-story-top.jpg" data-src-xsmall="http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/130711151322-mistakes-drum-story-body.jpg" src="http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/130711151322-mistakes-drum-story-body.jpg" style="height: 302px; width: 536px;" /><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Buy a drum on your trip? Sounds dumb.</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div></div></div></div><p>We know, this is the antithesis of travel mistake number two, but there are some balls and chains you really don&#39;t want to lug around the subcontinent.</p><p>Not because you&#39;ll make instant enemies with everyone in your hostel when they spy you struggling top-heavily into the dorm, but because a) you&#39;ll never play the thing, and b) you&#39;ll get back home, walk into the new Authentic Beats music shop that replaced your favorite bookstore while you were away and find 10 superior examples of your exact instrument.</p><p><strong>14. Over-reliance on guidebooks</strong></p><p>Making a travel plan using only your guidebook is like making a plan to stand in line at the bank for a week.</p><p>Guidebooks are great -- we use them all the time -- but it&#39;s best to pull just one or two suggestions per day from a guide that thousands of like-minded travelers have read or downloaded.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>15. Not buying the full insurance policy</strong></p><p>We&#39;re not a bunch of free spenders -- except when the boss whips out the company credit card at the pub -- but a lot of the mistakes on this list come down to adding a significant amount of stress to your life in the name of saving a few bucks.</p><p>If you actually end up needing the travel insurance you purchased (a move a significant percentage of our staff thinks is silly in the first place), you&#39;re going to want the full coverage.</p><p>Just because you&#39;re in a country where the beer is cheap, it doesn&#39;t mean the healthcare is.&nbsp;</p><p>That bargain insurance policy might pay for your flight home when you crash your motor scooter on a winding road in some island paradise.&nbsp;</p><p>But it won&#39;t cover the US$5,000 in stitches and sponge baths you racked up during your three-day international hospital stay.</p><p><strong>16. Obsessive photography</strong></p><div><div><div><img alt="Pity the friends back home who&amp;#39;ll have to scroll through the lot of them. Assuming he has any." data-demand-load="loaded" data-eq-pts="mini: 0, xsmall: 221, small: 308, medium: 461, large: 781" data-eq-state="xsmall" data-src-full16x9="http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/130709165401-travel-mistakes-photography-horizontal-large-gallery.jpg" data-src-large="http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/130709165401-travel-mistakes-photography-horizontal-large-gallery.jpg" data-src-medium="http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/130709165401-travel-mistakes-photography-horizontal-large-gallery.jpg" data-src-mini="http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/130709165401-travel-mistakes-photography-hp-video.jpg" data-src-mini1x1="http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/130709165401-travel-mistakes-photography-topics.jpg" data-src-small="http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/130709165401-travel-mistakes-photography-story-top.jpg" data-src-xsmall="http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/130709165401-travel-mistakes-photography-story-body.jpg" src="http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/130709165401-travel-mistakes-photography-story-body.jpg" style="height: 302px; width: 536px;" /><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Pity the friends back home who&#39;ll have to scroll through the lot of them. Assuming he has any.</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div></div></div></div><p>The obsession/obligation to document every street scene, statue and starter course kills the spontaneity and visceral experience that should be the backbone of travel.</p><p>It&#39;s now so easy to take photos that one click leads to another.&nbsp;</p><p>Before you know it, you have 300 pictures on your phone comprising old buildings, blurry sunsets and plates of food.</p><p>Congratulations. Your trip is now defined by low-quality images on a handset that, trust us, nobody back home wants to spend 20 minutes scrolling through.</p><p><strong>17. Not checking visa requirements before departure</strong></p><p>Carnival Rio!</p><p>It&#39;s a nightmare come true when you get turned away at the ticket counter on departure day because you didn&#39;t realize Brazil requires citizens of your benighted country to secure a visa before travel.</p><p><strong>18. Attempting Berlin in a weekend</strong></p><p>At&nbsp;<a href="http://www.visitberlin.de/en/article/numbers-facts" target="_blank">344 square miles</a>, Berlin is a metropolitan Goliath, larger than New York City (<a href="http://www.nycgo.com/articles/nyc-statistics-page" target="_blank">301 square miles</a>), and, as the first-time visitor quickly learns, with just as many places to see, eat, drink, shop and get lost.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>19. Using a credit card to get cash</strong></p><p>This is the fastest way of paying through the nose for the privilege of paying through the nose.&nbsp;</p><p>Credit card companies charge a high transaction fee (up to 15 percetn) for using a card to get cash.</p><p>These special transactions also attract a higher associated fees than other purchases: the ATM-owning bank will charge a fee; if you&#39;re withdrawing a foreign currency the exchange rate will be miserly; and if you&#39;re not paying off your balance each month, credit card companies in some countries will apply your partial payments to normal purchases (with a lower interest rate, say 9 percent) before applying them to those cash advances (which have a much higher interest rate), milking your desperation for every pitiless penny.</p><p><strong>20. Not printing out reservation details</strong></p><div><div><div><img alt="&amp;quot;As I recall from the website, we were staying somewhere around here.&amp;quot;" data-demand-load="loaded" data-eq-pts="mini: 0, xsmall: 221, small: 308, medium: 461, large: 781" data-eq-state="xsmall" data-src-full16x9="http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/130709165350-travel-mistakes-berlin-horizontal-large-gallery.jpg" data-src-large="http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/130709165350-travel-mistakes-berlin-horizontal-large-gallery.jpg" data-src-medium="http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/130709165350-travel-mistakes-berlin-horizontal-large-gallery.jpg" data-src-mini="http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/130709165350-travel-mistakes-berlin-hp-video.jpg" data-src-mini1x1="http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/130709165350-travel-mistakes-berlin-topics.jpg" data-src-small="http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/130709165350-travel-mistakes-berlin-story-top.jpg" data-src-xsmall="http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/130709165350-travel-mistakes-berlin-story-body.jpg" src="http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/130709165350-travel-mistakes-berlin-story-body.jpg" style="height: 302px; width: 536px;" /><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>&quot;As I recall from the website, we were staying somewhere around here.&quot;</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div></div></div></div><p>They&#39;re already on your phone and computer, so why bother with hard copies of your hotel name and address?&nbsp;</p><p>Because your phone, computer, tablet and other electronics might not work with the local network as soon as you land, especially after crossing oceans.</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 14:10:00 +0000 CNN 2456585 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2015/07/02/501010/travel.jpg 5 outdoor exercises to tone your body http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2456543 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2014/11/27/43/download_1.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p><span style="line-height: normal;">Don&#39;t have the time or money to join a gym? That&#39;s okay, because exercising outdoors is the new big thing. Fitness coach Th├ętis Guimbioko has come up with five easy exercises you can do using what&#39;s around you.</span></p><div><strong>On the ground</strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Squats are a great way to strengthen your thighs and buttocks. Start in a standing position, with shoulders broad and back straight, feet at waist width and toes aiming slightly towards the outside. With your body weight on your heels, bend your knees and lower your body, making sure your knees do not pass your toes, until your legs form a 90-degree angle. Do five sets of 10 reps with a 30-second rest in between.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>On a chair</strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>This exercise is normally done standing up, but starting in a seated position is an alternative for beginners. While sitting in a chair, the goal is to work the oblique abdominal muscles. Place your hands behind your head and keep your knees at a 90-degree angle. Rotate your upper body to the left and then return to the middle before rotating to the right. Continue these rotations, at a comfortable rhythm for you, for three to five minutes. Inhale on one side and exhale on the other. This is an ideal exercise to slim the waist.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>On a bench</strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The starting position for this exercise will have your hands holding the bench behind you and supporting your body, straight and extended, at a 45-degree angle to the ground. Basically this is a mix of a reverse pushup and a dip. You&#39;ll want to lower your body until you touch the bench and then push yourself back up. There&#39;s no better way to strengthen the muscles on the back of your arm. Do five sets of 20 reps with a 30-second break in between.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>Against a fence</strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>If pushups are too difficult for you, this exercise using a fence is a great alternative. Lean into the fence at a 45-degree angle, in basic pushup position. Make sure your hands are holding the fence at shoulder height and then lower yourself until your chest touches it. Exhale on the way down and then inhale as you push yourself back up. Take care to keep your body straight throughout. Do five sets of 20 reps with a 30-second rest in between. Perfect for working the shoulders and arms.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>In a stairwell</strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>One of the best cardio exercises you can easily do is climbing stairs. Quick bursts up a set of stairs will burn calories and tone your buttocks, thighs and calves. Find a staircase that&#39;s not too long and, keeping your body as upright as possible, race up and then turn around and come back down. Do five sets of five with a break in between sets that lasts as long as the activity itself.</div> Wed, 26 Aug 2015 13:36:00 +0000 AFP 2456543 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2014/11/27/43/download_1.jpg 10 dream trips every traveler should experience http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2456535 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2015/05/12/501010/antarctica_05-12-15.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>There are two types of vacations.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The ones we take once or twice a year to recharge and reconnect with those close to us -- maybe a quick getaway to a resort somewhere hot or a road trip to Disney with the kids.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Then there are the ones you spend your whole life dreaming about, whether it&#39;s a luxury African safari or a road trip down Italy&#39;s Mediterranean coast.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The latter is the inspiration behind TripAdvisor&#39;s new list of 10 trips of a lifetime, compiled based on user votes.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Warning: Seasoned travelers will scoff at some of the picks.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;Santorini? Been there done that -- 20 years ago.&quot;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>1. See the Northern Lights</strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img alt="Akureyri, Iceland is one of many cool places to get a glimpse of the greatest show on earth, the Northern Lights. " src="http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/150825163142-4-dream-trips-northern-lights-exlarge-169.jpg" style="height: 301px; width: 536px;" /></div><div><em>Akureyri, Iceland is one of many cool places to get a glimpse of the greatest show on earth, the Northern Lights.&nbsp;</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The greatest light show on earth. Hands down.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>But before you get too lost in the beauty of the Northern Lights, it&#39;s worth remembering there are some pretty impressive forces at work behind the scenes.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Caused by collisions between gaseous particles in the Earth and sun&#39;s atmospheres, the Northern Lights commonly appear during the winter months in northern countries like Canada, Finland, Alaska, Greenland, Norway, Sweden and the place that seems to be on everyone&#39;s travel wish list right now, Iceland.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>That includes Akureyri, which topped Lonely Planet&#39;s &quot;10 Best Places in Europe&quot; list in June.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Less than 100 kilometers from the Arctic Circle, it&#39;s Iceland&#39;s second-largest city and a great spot to watch the aurora borealis dance through the sky.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><div><strong>2. Sleep in an overwater bungalow</strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img alt="The Four Seasons Bora Bora has 100 overwater bungalows. " src="http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/150825144051-1-tripadvisor-experiences-bora-bora-exlarge-169.jpg" style="height: 301px; width: 536px;" /></div></div><p><em>The Four Seasons Bora Bora has 100 overwater bungalows.&nbsp;</em></p><p><span style="line-height: normal;">Nothing says &quot;my vacation is way more awesome than yours&quot; quite like an Instagram photo taken from the edge of your overwater bungalow -- particularly when it&#39;s in Bora Bora, according to TripAdvisor&#39;s users.</span></p><div>Can&#39;t decide which resort to choose?</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The Four Seasons Bora Bora is consistently rated as one of the world&#39;s best overwater bungalow resorts.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Not hard to see why.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>It&#39;s made up of 100 overwater bungalows with traditional teak wood furnishings and roofs thatched with pandanus leaves that sit on stilts over a turquoise lagoon.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>3. Admire the sunset over Santorini</strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img alt="Open any Greece travel brochure and chances are you&amp;#39;ll see a shot of the famed blue and white domed houses of Santorini. But the island&amp;#39;s sunsets, which rank up there with some of the best in the world, are just as deserving of travelers&amp;#39; attention." src="http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/150826083938-6-dream-trips-santorini-exlarge-169.jpg" style="height: 301px; width: 536px;" /></div><div><em>Open any Greece travel brochure and chances are you&amp;#39;ll see a shot of the famed blue and white domed houses of Santorini. But the island&#39;s sunsets, which rank up there with some of the best in the world, are just as deserving of travelers&#39;s attention.</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Open any Greece travel brochure and chances are you&#39;ll see a shot of the famed blue and white domed houses of Santorini.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>But the island&#39;s sunsets, which rank up there with some of the best in the world, are just as deserving of travelers&#39; attention.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The village of Oia is where you&#39;ll find some of the best sunset views, whether you choose to take it all in from a restaurant or offshore on a boat.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>4. Trek the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu</strong></div><div><img alt="Start breaking in those hiking boots now. " src="http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/150825163021-3-dream-trips-mach-exlarge-169.jpg" style="height: 301px; width: 536px;" /></div><div><em>Start breaking in those hiking boots now.&nbsp;</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Archaeologists believe the Inca Trail was constructed as a holy pilgrimage to prepare visitors to enter Machu Picchu.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>There are a few route options, ranging from two to seven days. The most popular is a high-altitude 43-kilometer (27-mile) hike through some pretty rough -- but beautiful -- terrain that takes four days to complete.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The payoff is obviously worth it.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Doesn&#39;t matter how many photos you&#39;ve seen, there&#39;s nothing quite like laying your own eyes on the legendary &quot;Lost City of the Incas&quot; -- Machu Picchu.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>5. Explore the Galapagos Islands</strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img alt="For a full-on Galapagos experience, there&amp;#39;s the 10-day expedition with &amp;lt;a data-cke-saved-href=&amp;quot;http://www.expeditions.com/&amp;quot; href=&amp;quot;http://www.expeditions.com/&amp;quot; target=&amp;quot;_blank&amp;quot;&amp;gt;Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic Endeavour&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt;. The ship lets passengers connect with life both above and below the waves through kayak and Zodiac excursions. " src="http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/140821161115-galapagos-endeavour---sea-lion-horizontal-large-gallery.jpg" style="height: 302px; width: 536px;" /></div><div><em>For a full-on Galapagos experience, there&amp;#39;s the 10-day expedition with Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic Endeavour. The ship lets passengers connect with life both above and below the waves through kayak and Zodiac excursions.&nbsp;</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Given this wildlife-filled archipelago hundreds of miles off Ecuador&#39;s shores came out on top in Travel + Leisure&#39;s 2015 list of the world&#39;s best islands, it&#39;s no surprise it ranks highly among TripAdvisor users as well.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>For a full-on Galapagos experience there&#39;s the 10-day cruising expedition with conservation-focused Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic Endeavour.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The voyages have a strong photography slant, with most on-board naturalists certified by National Geographic as photo instructors too.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>6. Visit Italy&#39;s Amalfi Coast</strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img alt="The Amalfi Coast stretches 50 kilometers along the southern side of Italy&amp;#39;s Sorrentine Peninsula. It was added to the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1997. " src="http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/150826161745-dream-trips-amalfi-coast-exlarge-169.jpg" style="height: 301px; width: 536px;" /></div><div><em>The Amalfi Coast stretches 50 kilometers along the southern side of Italy&#39;s Sorrentine Peninsula. It was added to the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1997.&nbsp;</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The best way to experience the beauty of Amalfi Coast, with its rugged cliffs and pastel hued villages that stretch 50 kilometers along the southern side of Italy&#39;s Sorrentine Peninsula?</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>From the passenger seat of a vintage convertible, naturally.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>It&#39;s considered one of the world&#39;s prettiest road trips, so we sympathize if you find yourself manning the wheel.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>You&#39;ll be too busy navigating those hairpin bends to really enjoy the views.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>If you&#39;re looking for a really special place to stay, the Monastero Santa Rosa, overlooking the Amalfi Coast, is a lavish hotel and spa in a former monastery.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>7. Photograph the &quot;Big Five&quot; on safari</strong></div><div><img alt="For those wanting to photograph the &amp;quot;Big Five,&amp;quot; -- plus a few extras -- there&amp;#39;s South Africa&amp;#39;s Kruger National Park. The largest game reserve in South Africa, it&amp;#39;s home to over 500 bird species, 100 reptiles and nearly 150 mammals. " src="http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/150825162652-2-dream-trips-big-five-exlarge-169.jpg" style="height: 301px; width: 536px;" /></div><div><em>For those wanting to photograph the &amp;quot;Big Five -- plus a few extras -- there&amp;#39;s South Africa&#39;s Kruger National Park. The largest game reserve in South Africa, it&#39;s home to over 500 bird species, 100 reptiles and nearly 150 mammals.&nbsp;</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Ready to fulfill your childhood NatGeo dreams and photograph the &quot;big five&quot; on an African safari?</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>South Africa&#39;s Kruger National Park&#39;s got the quintet you crave -- lions, leopards, elephants, buffaloes and rhinos. Plus a few extras.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The largest game reserve in South Africa, it&#39;s home to over 500 bird species, 100 reptiles and nearly 150 mammals.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>8. Take the ultimate road trip</strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img alt="Route 66 has been called &amp;quot;the most famous highway in the world,&amp;quot; and it remains the ultimate road trip. More than 2,000 of Route 66&amp;#39;s original 2,448 connected miles can still be driven. " src="http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/150825164344-5-dream-trips-route-66-exlarge-169.jpg" style="height: 301px; width: 536px;" /></div><div><em>Route 66 has been called &amp;quot;the most famous highway in the world and it remains the ultimate road trip. More than 2,000 of Route 66&#39;s original 2,448 connected miles can still be driven.&nbsp;</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Route 66 has been called &quot;the most famous highway in the world&quot; and remains the ultimate road trip.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>It was officially designated in 1926 and covers eight states -- Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>These days, more than 2,000 of Route 66&#39;s original 2,448 connected miles -- about 85% -- can still be driven.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Random tidbit: In 1937 while on a summer drive on the famous highway John Steinbeck conceived of &quot;The Grapes of Wrath.&quot;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>9. Set foot on Antarctica</strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img alt="Double the size of Australia, Antactica is the windiest place on the planet. " src="http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/150826084521-7-dream-trips-antarctica-exlarge-169.jpg" style="height: 301px; width: 536px;" /></div><div><em>Double the size of Australia, Antactica is the windiest place on the planet.&nbsp;</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Double the size of Australia, Antactica is the windiest place on the planet.</div><div>As any adventurer worth his or her worn-in &quot;bunny boots&quot; will agree, you ain&#39;t hardcore till your gnarled toes have made contact with the coldest place on the planet -- Antarctica.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>(Seeing it from a plane doesn&#39;t count.)</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>So how long have tourists been making the long, cold journey south?</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The year 2016 marks the 50th anniversary of commercial tourism to Antarctica.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>These days dozens of tour companies in Argentina, Australia, Chile and New Zealand offer expeditions to Antarctic stations from November to March.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>For a list of companies committed to safe and environmentally sound tourism practices, check out the International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators website.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>10. Ride the Trans-Siberian railway</strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img alt="TripAdvisor has compiled a new list of 10 trips of a lifetime. Bring on the vodka -- you&amp;#39;re going to need it if you plan to see the epic train journey in the number 10 slot though to completion. The Trans-Siberian Railway chugs its way across Russia over 9,300 kilometers (5,780 miles) of track, connecting Moscow to the far eastern port town of Vladivostok. " src="http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/150826090416-8-trans-siberian-exlarge-169.jpg" style="height: 301px; width: 536px;" /></div><div><em>TripAdvisor has compiled a new list of 10 trips of a lifetime. Bring on the vodka -- you&#39;re going to need it if you plan to see the epic train journey in the number 10 slot though to completion. The Trans-Siberian Railway chugs its way across Russia over 9,300 kilometers (5,780 miles) of track, connecting Moscow to the far eastern port town of Vladivostok.&nbsp;</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Bring on the vodka -- you&#39;re going to need it if you plan to see this epic train journey though to completion.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The Trans-Siberian Railway chugs its way across Russia over 9,300 kilometers of track, connecting Moscow to the far eastern port town of Vladivostok.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Though most people get off along the way to explore, riding the entire distance with no stops takes around seven full days.</div><div>&nbsp;</div> Wed, 26 Aug 2015 12:11:00 +0000 CNN 2456535 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2015/05/12/501010/antarctica_05-12-15.jpg