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Butterfly Centre in Bohol, Philippines

by on Feb.18, 2013, under Travel

When you think about a butterfly centre you might think it would be boring, but believe me this place was fantastic. A real surprise – you can visit a place called Flying Colours in Bohol in the Philippines.

It was my first time to visit a butterfly centre. So what actually happens here? First up the entry cost is 35 Philippine Pesos. Works out less than $1 US Dollar so paying it is not an issue. The price includes a guided tour – a lady basically tells you about butterflies, takes you round the sanctuary and helps you take photos.

First section you see a range of caterpillars and you can hold them. Despite having seen numerous caterpillars in my time, this was the first time to see a ‘big’ caterpillar. In glass boxes they have various stages of the caterpillar development – from being a caterpillar, to eating, to being housed in a cocoon to releasing themselves as butterflies! These were all live insects ready to become butterflies, the time it takes for the transformation varies but most of the ones we saw would take just over two weeks to go from caterpillar to butterfly.

After that you can see the biggest butterfly in the Philippines, which has been preserved in a box. It’s pretty big! Plus they have also preserved a moth, again photos are welcome and you can get fun ones taken to pretend you have butterfly wings!

The last section of your tour at the centre will be outside where you can see and hold lots of butterflies. Different colours are here too. This is a place worth seeing and the travelling lifestyle will make you enjoy it more.

So what is it? A butterfly farm!

Where can I find it? In Bohol in the Philippines

How to get there? Hire a car or bike might work out the best, but we got this visit included as part of a day long tour of Bohol.

Admission price – 35 Philippine Pesos

The people that work there are all local

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    Things To Do In St Lucia – Adventures and Excursions

    by on Feb.17, 2013, under Vacations

    Saint Lucia is considered by many site visitors to be a treasure of an island in the West Indies, aka the Caribbean, despite its dimension. It’s in fact situated in the Windward Islands, so named since these islands are prone to Atlantic Ocean winds on one side, and the Caribbean sea winds on the other side. This is one of the reasons numerous visitors to the island ensure they employ the services of a travelling business to find the very best spots to go, and positions to travel in St Lucia.

    Additionally, as a result of just the right proportion of white sanded beaches to falls, St Lucia has actually obtained popularity over times. Its attraction appears in the volume of novices and replay visitors that it gets all the time. The tropical rainforests, tranquil seas, refreshing falls, and plush picturesque pitons are likewise what tempt d people to book for an adventurous trip package deal upon going to St Lucia. Additionally, amongst the vacationers, the craze of selecting an all inclusive holiday package is on the surge.

    This fad is additionally attributable to the reality that package trips supply a hassle-free vacation planning option, as everything that needs to be arranged and reserved is already featured in the parcel, figuratively speaking. This implies that you will never have to think about overspending or overdue reservations because your tour package is already inclusive of hotel lodging. Other added products include tickets meals and drinks, day tours and some tasks.

    Keep in mind though, that there are some recreations or activities which are not covered in your trip package so prior to you leave for your St Lucia holidays, ensure that you know effectively exactly what is, and what isn’t consisted of in your package deal. But often, a feeling of experience and interest can be to a site visitor to the island of St Lucia’s conveniences, as the hotel’s packaged tours do not project into some of the more recent places such as freshly discovered waterfalls, waterways and rambling courses.

    Holiday company normally supply travel offers based upon the budget plan and demands of the clients. There are personalized deals in addition to taken care of tour offers. Now to ensure that you have a concept concerning which are the ideal trip bundles for you, here are a few of the most preferred trip packages for your vacation in St Lucia:. 1. Someday St Lucia Adventure Package.

    You and your group receive the possibility to spend an entire day on a 250 acre working ranch in Soufriere, to the south of the island. It is a day of fun and experience, stuffed with a variety of tasks to suit your power degrees. 2. Biking and Snorkeling Experiences.

    This is for the more active vacationer. Encounter a cycling trip through an aged however dynamic 18th century functioning ranch teeming with fruit trees and unusual fauna. If that really isn’t much of a challenge, then the “World’s Cycling Champ” path is sure to get your adrenaline pumping when you reach completion of the 1000 ft higher route which leaves you with a best sight of the twin tops, aka the Pitons, rising from the Caribbean sea. 3. Jungle, Piton & Waterfall Trip Package deals.

    These can easily be blended and matched. You can choose the arduous Gros – Piton Trip which is most definitely not for the faint of heart, and could last in the region of 2– 3 hours. There is additionally the alternative of the mineral falls trip, which lasts about an hour, yet ends in a quiet mineral falls, combined with a scorching soil pool. Or you can choose the revitalizing rainforest hike, where you have a range of picturesque tracks to pick from and a huge selection of animals and flora unique to the isle of St Lucia. St Lucia is a favored destination of couples, specifically the honeymooners. Couples commonly offer this isle a higher score when asked about their vacation experience. In fact, from the year 2002 to 2009, St Lucia was elected as one of the most charming spots for honeymoons in the entire tour sector. Something that draws couples to choose a holiday package to St Lucia is that the spot is situated deep within the Eastern edge of the Caribbean, and this secluded area along with the spectacular coastlines and spectacular sights make the area suitable for love and wedding events.

    Lastly, the travel agencies making a reservation for the St Lucia trips bundle for family members and couples normally recommend the Treasure Tours company to publication journey and travelling plans for novices and returning site visitors to the island.

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      The Easy Way to get a Visa for China

      by on Jan.21, 2013, under China

      China is a must see country and I have become aware that a few travellers have found it difficult to obtain a visa, so I’m stepping in to tell you an easy way to get it – get yourself to Hong Kong. I will be heading to China again very soon and have recently had no problems getting my Chinese visas in Hong Kong. It borders China for a start!

      In terms of defining a country, as far as I’m concerned Hong Kong is one. It has it’s own currency, flag, visa regulations and national football team. It was also British for a while, and that ended back in 1997. These days, lots of nationalities can get to Hong Kong without a Visa. You will get a stamp on arrival at the airport. If you arrive on a UK passport you can stay for 180 days no problem! A lot of nationalities also get a 90 day entry stamp – check with your embassy.

      Hong Kong borders China, and there are about 5-6 different border entry points. I have passed through 4 of them in the last 12 months. But before you get there you will need a valid China Visa, unless you are Chinese or a nationality that doesn’t require one (possibly Cuba or other ‘Communist’ countries – check with your embassy).

      Seriously in Hong Kong there are lots of places to get a Chinese Visa. This has to be the easiest and best place to get a China visa in the world. You’re next door to the beast for a start! I did once get a Chinese visa in London (2007) but these days as a nomad, Hong Kong is the best place to do it!

      In Tsim Sha Tsui in Hong Kong there are countless guys on the streets who can all sort you out with a visa but while they may be legitimate, be careful. My advice is head to an agency and sort it out – there are loads of agencies and they will take you through the process.

      These days, I get double or multiple entry visas for China. But my first ever China Visa was a single entry, so do that for starters unless you are planning two trips. So where should I get the Visa done? Well as I mentioned there are countless agencies that do them in Hong Kong (and although it might be cheaper to go to the Embassy – DON’T). Use an agency. You’ll get your Visa easily, no problem, on time and can collect even after normal closing hours. They will even help you fill in the form and if you don’t have the things you need they will tell you what to do. These agencies often open all day Saturday, weekday nights and some even a half or part day Sunday. Yes, I know agencies charge a bit more and I’m a budget traveller but I also believe that “time is money” and these agencies are fast and helpful so they save you time. An agency I have used recently is China Travel Service (Hong Kong).

      There’s a host of these China Travel Services branches everywhere so you can’t miss them!

      The application for a China Visa is very straight forward and the process is a fast one in Hong Kong

      I’ll shorten it for you here to make it easy, these are the things you need:

      1. A passport, valid for at least another 6 months and with space for 2 pages in it

      2. A recent passport photo

      3. A completed Application Form, the key points are:

      – entry point to China – put Shenzhen as then they know you are crossing a land border HK to China. 1000s of tourists do this route every day.

      – They will ask for for expected date of travel – just make this up if you don’t know when you are heading – you will have three months (I think) from the date printed on the visa to enter. No big deal this question.

      – There is a section for hotel/where you are staying. I normally just write a hotel name in the city I’m visiting on that trip, or write – staying with friends. On none of my 4 recent trips have I actually stayed in the place I wrote on the form. They never check. If they do then you will need to book a hostel or hotel online and print it to show them (I’ve never heard of this actually happening though).

      – Have you got medical insurance? Always write no, believe me!

      – what type of visa are you getting – most likely a single entry but if you want more just take your pick! you won’t always guarantee to get your visa mind you.

      4. Payment (this varies depending on nationality – a single entry can be between 350 – 500 Hong Kong Dollars (less than 40 or $50 US).

      5. Hand the application in yourself.

      You also have the option of collecting it in a rush in ONE working day (for an extra cost), 2-3 working days (extra cost) or just what I do – regular 4 – 7 working days (the normal price).

      SO there you have it folks! It’s easy to get a China Visa in Hong Kong. What are you waiting for? Get out there and see it!! China is an amazing country and to be honest it’s one you should never neglect. I’ve been 6 times and counting! Here’s 3 top photo highlights so far to get you in the mood to do China!!

      A separate post will detail the border itself – not too tricky

      Have a great time doing China and enjoying a lifestyle of travel!

      Jonny Blair

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