Spots You Can Only Reach On A Tour Not For Independent Travelers

A Tour Not For Independent TravellersYou may not like the idea of being on a tour. You may fancy yourself as an independent traveller, an adventurous soul who doesn’t need to rely on the services of a guide.

However, there are certain destinations, certain attractions, where you don’t have a choice. These are the places where independent travellers are banned; where a tour guide, or indeed an entire tour group, is not just necessary, but mandatory.

Tour Not For Independent Travelers

TIBET
TIBET - disputed Himalayan land
There are plenty of restrictions in place for those who want to visit this magical but disputed Himalayan land. You’ll need a special visa, and the only way to obtain that is to book yourself on a group tour.

KOREAN DMZ
border between North and South Korea

The border between North and South Korea, around the town of Panmunjeom, is a bizarre place where rival soldiers glare at each other, fixing for a fight, while an uneasy peace between governments persists. It’s possible for tourists to check this area out, but only as part of an organised tour.

ANTARCTICA
antarctica

You’d likely be declared clinically insane if you decided to jump in your tinny and point it south to Antarctica for a big adventure, you also wouldn’t be allowed to. Landing in the great southern continent is by permit only, and these are mostly held by the big tour operators.

CHERNOBYL
CHERNOBYL

It takes all kinds, as they say. If you’re the sort of person who considers a former nuclear disaster site a tourist attraction, then fill your boots. Chernobyl, in Ukraine, is open for business. However, the only way you’ll be able to see it is with a tour guide. And … Good luck.

HEARST CASTLE
HEARST CASTLE
Mostly, this is here because it amuses me to be able to place a Californian tourist attraction on a list between Chernobyl and North Korea; however, the fact remains that you can’t visit Hearst Castle, the former hilltop abode of media magnate William Randolph Hearst, unless you’re on a tour.

INCA TRAIL
Inca Trail s

Anyone who fancies the idea of strolling along this ancient pathway in their own solitary company will receive a rude shock on arrival. No, you can’t hike Peru’s famous Inca Trail without the services of an official guide, and if you hope to do a private tour rather than a group trip, it’s going to cost you a lot of money.

BWINDI IMPENETRABLE FOREST
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda

When you think about Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo on their own. This is the home of the endangered mountain gorillas, and it’s also been known to be the hideout for the other kind of guerrillas, too. Tours are essential if you want to see these amazing animals in the wild (and avoid the dangers).

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Amazing Swimming Pools Around The World That You Have To Visit!

Amazing Swimming Pools Around The World That You Have To Visit!Summer time’s here and you know what that means – POOL TIME! One of our favourite things to do whenever we visit anywhere warm is to figure out a way to spend some time in the pool! It’s all about blurring the line between man-made and natural, and few places have a more gorgeous contrast than these ten hotel pools.

If you’re a true pool enthusiast, an adventure that includes some of the most famous pools in the world should be on your list, and these destinations should definitely be at the top:

1 . The Joule Hotel, Dallas, USA
Amazing Swimming Pools Around The World

2 . Amirandes Grecotel Exclusive Resort, Crete, Greece
Amazing Swimming Pools Around The World

3 . Capella Pedregal Resort, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Capella Pedregal Resort, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

4 . Katikies Hotel, Santorini, Greece
Katikies Hotel, Santorini, Greece

5 . Mardan Palace, Antalya, Turkey
Mardan Palace, Antalya, Turkey

6 . Hotel Caruso, Ravello, Italy
Hotel Caruso, Ravello, Italy

7 . The Sarojin, Khao Lak, Thailand
Amazing Swimming Pools Around The World

8 . One&Only Reethi Rah, Maldives
Amazing Swimming Pools Around The World

9 . The Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur, India
Amazing Swimming Pools Around The World

10 . San Alfonso del Mar Resort, Algarrobo, Chile
Amazing Swimming Pools Around The World

It’s not even June and my gonads are already melting. And since I can’t be by the sea—working on a escape plan now—I wish I could be working by any of these amazing pools.

All Time Powerful Women In The World

All Time Powerful Women In The WorldWho are the world’s most powerful women? They are the smartest and toughest female business leaders, entrepreneurs, investors, scientists, philanthropists and CEOs making their mark in the world today.

Here are the most powerful women in the world:

Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany
Angela Merkel
Theresa May, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Theresa May

Hillary Clinton, Politician
Hillary Clinton
Aung San Suu Kyi, Stateswoman
Aung San Suu Kyi
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
Michelle Bachelet, President of Chile
Michelle Bachelet
Christine Lagarde, Lawyer and politician
Christine Lagarde
Janet Yellen, Economist
Janet Yellen
Irina Bokova, Director-general of UNESCO
Irina Bokova
Margaret Chan, Director-general World Health Organisation
Margaret Chan
The most impressive thing about these powerful women is that they gained power in a world set up against them, where they had to fight for their power, influence, and respect.

Where To Watch The Best Sunsets Around the World

Sunsets Around the WorldWherever you travel in the world—and no matter what your daily itinerary or budget may be—take advantage of the free show that plays out every night. In case you’re looking for some inspiration for your next sunset-spotting adventure, here are the best places to watch the sunset around the world.

IPANEMA BEACH — BRAZIL
IPANEMA BEACH — BRAZIL
KEY WEST — FLORIDA
KEY WEST — FLORIDA

QUEENSLAND — AUSTRALIA
QUEENSLAND — AUSTRALIA

EL PORTO — CALIFORNIA
EL PORTO — CALIFORNIA

SANTORINI — GREECE
SANTORINI — GREECE

THE MALDIVES
THE MALDIVES
THE GRAND CANYON — ARIZONA
THE GRAND CANYON — ARIZONA.jpg
BORA BORA — TAHITI
BORA BORA — TAHITI
DUBROVNIK — CROATIA
dubrovnik-croatia
BIG ISLAND — HAWAII
BIG ISLAND — HAWAII
AQUA EXPENITIONS — PERU
AQUA EXPENITIONS — PERU
The best thing about sunsets is that you’re never going to see two that are completely alike. Celebrate those differences by taking in as many sunsets as possible in different places around the world.

Ways To Celebrate International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day!March 8 is International Women’s Day – the one day of the year to celebrate us for just being us! It’s the week of International Women’s Day and the ribbons reflect the purple, white and green worn by the suffragettes a hundred years ago as they fought – and died – for the right to vote. Ever since, they’ve been associated with international campaigns to end violence against women.

We’ve come a long way, even if we are yet to achieve gender equality. But how does the rest of the world’s women and girls fare? How can you support women to be their best, to follow their dreams, to be free from violence and thrive at home, work and school – here and overseas?

HERE ARE THE THINGS YOU CAN DO TO CELEBRATE INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY:

1. Tell the first woman you meet in the morning how wonderful she is and give her a big smile. We all need a bit of positive reinforcement to be our best!

2. Wear a purple ribbon. Purple has been associated with women power ever since the suffragette movement. Show the world that you believe in the power of women by wearing a purple ribbon this week!

3. Be kind to yourself and to others. Take a moment to reflect on acts of kindness you’ve experienced or offered up to others. Celebrate them.

4. Get informed. Take time to learn about women and girls in other parts of the world. What are their lives like? What can you do about inequality, poverty and injustice? It is International Women’s Day after all. Check out this video as a start.

5. Give your time to a cause you care about that promotes women and girls. You’ve heard it before, but you can be the change you want to see in the world. Maybe you want to volunteer locally. Or you can fundraise for an organisation supporting women and girls overseas. Read up on a few great ideas and host your own morning tea, movie night, fun run or special event!

6. If you’re short on time, you can always donate to a cause you care about. Your investment supports UN Women projects helping women and girls go to school, get a job or escape from violence.

7. Follow UN Women on Twitter and spread the word about gender equality to your family and friends.

8. Women’s rights are recognized and protected by national and international laws. Never let anyone treat you less than you deserve. Be a UN woman! Happy International Women’s Day!

Best Museums In The World

The best museums from around the world. They show very different exhibits but they all have one thing in common – they are all definitely worth your time! The list was chosen by the very knowledgeable guys over at National Geographic.

Smithsonian Institution, United States:

Smithsonian InstitutionThe Smithsonian is the world’s largest research and museum complex

Le Louvre, France:

Le Louvre, FranceThe most famous attraction is without a doubt Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa”

The Acropolis Museum, Greece:

the-acropolis-museum-greeceThe Acropolis Museum is an archaeological museum focused on the findings of the archaeological site of the Acropolis of Athens.

State Hermitage, Russia:

state-hermitage-russiaIt is one of the largest and oldest museums in the world.

The British Museum, England:

The British Museum, EnglandThe largest museum in Britain. It holds more than 8 million objects from different eras.

The Prado, Spain:

The Prado, SpainSpanish national art museum. One of the world’s finest collections of European art, from the 12th century to the early 19th century

Metropolitan Museum of Art, United States:

Metropolitan Museum of Art, United StatesThe Metropolitan Museum of Art is the largest museum in the Western Hemisphere. Its collection of more than two million items from all over the world and from all eras is incredible.

Vatican Museums, Italy:

Vatican Museums, ItalyIt was founded in the early 16th century. The Vatican Museums broke attendance records in 2011 with just over 5 million people.

Uffizi Gallery, Italy:

Uffizi Gallery, ItalyThe Uffizi is one of the oldest and most famous art museums of the Western world.

Rijksmuseum, Netherlands:

Rijksmuseum, NetherlandsDutch national museum dedicated to arts and history. Their total collection of 1 million objects from the years 1200–2000, among which are some masterpieces by Rembrandt, Frans Hals, and Johannes Vermeer

Top 10 Greatest Leaders of All Time

leaderThe world changes every day. People are born and people die everything and yet, life goes on. But in this everyday normal things of life, sometimes, people who have a different flair and ability to influence a whole lot of other people are born.

Alexander The Great

Alexander III of Macedon, commonly known as Alexander the Great, was a King of the Ancient Greek kingdom of Macedon and a member of the Argead dynasty.

Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr.It all started with a dream, like it always does. A dream for change and a dream for better tomorrow. Martin Luther King Jr. was an activist and a leader in the civil rights movement of USA.

Adolf Hitler

Adolf HitlerAdolf Hitler was a German politician who was the leader of the Nazi Party, Chancellor of Germany from 1933 to 1945, and Führer of Nazi Germany from 1934 to 1945. As dictator of Nazi Germany, he initiated World War II in Europe with the invasion of Poland in September 1939 and was a central figure of the Holocaust.

Napoléon Bonaparte

napoleonNapoléon Bonaparte was a French military and political leader who rose to prominence during the French Revolution and led several successful campaigns during the Revolutionary Wars.

Julius Ceasar

julius-ceasarHe helped make the western culture what it is today. France would not exist without the founder of the Roman empire.

George Washington

george-washingtonGeorge Washington was the first President of the United States, the Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War, and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States.

Winston Churchill

winston-churchillSir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill was a British statesman who was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945 and again from 1951 to 1955. Churchill was also an officer in the British Army, a historian, and a writer.

Abraham Lincoln

abraham-lincolnAbraham Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States, serving from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865 . Lincoln led the United States through its Civil War – its bloodiest war and its greatest moral, constitutional, and political crisis .

Mahatma Gandhi

Mahatma GandhiMohandas Karamchand Gandhi was the preeminent leader of the Indian independence movement in British-ruled India.

Thomas Jefferson

thomas-jeffersonThomas Jefferson was an American Founding Father who was principal author of the Declaration of Independence.

These are some gems because of their sheer presence and charisma and whether or not these people use their talent for good things has always been a nature vs nurture debate. But the world has seen many great leaders in all the parts of the world but some of the leaders have had not only an influence on their own countries but on the world. Now of course, such a list is always subjective. We take into consideration here, only the fact that these few were great leaders and not whether for good or bad.