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Pay your Argentina Reciprocity fee online

Are you about to travel to South America and are visiting Argentina?

Argentina is one of the most interesting countries in South America with a large amount of major tourist attractions

In Buenos Aires you can learn to tango, see a local football game or the polo and so many historic buildings to see.

And so many other places to see Patagonia, Bariloche you could spend months discovering this beautiful country.

But before you go you need there are things that you need to plan. Firstly of course you need a passport, but you also need to pay your Argentina Reciprocity Fee.

Argentina iVisa is an online visa service that will allow you to pay your Argentine Reciprocity fee easily with no hassles.

The benefits to paying it online include:

  • Accept Visa, Mastercard, Amex and PayPal
  • Saves time by paying online
  • Information can be translated to 20 different languages online
  • you can pay in most major currencies
  • Applications Checked for Errors

The cost of processing the fee is $20 and there is 24/7 customer service if there is a problem.

So if you’re travelling to Argentina you can save some of your precious time using Argentina iVisa

5 Adult things to do on The Gold Coast

When everyone thinks of the Gold Coast the first thing that springs to mind are the theme parks. But what about the adults, what do they do when they visit the Gold Coast?

There are plenty of adult  things to do away from the main theme park stretch of the Gold Coast nowhere near the screaming and tantrums of those little munchkins.

Most people will go to the Gold Coast for about 5-7 days so I’ve given a quick rundown of a few things to do in that time.

  1. The quest for the perfect photo.

Everyone wants to come back with the iconic photo looking down the coast beach one side high rise buildings the other. Here are 3 ways you can get some great shots.

Firstly the romantic way. Hot Air Gold Coast offer a range of champagne breakfast/balloon ride packages over the Gold Coast hinterland, a great way to get some fantastic photos and a great way to spend the morning.

Hot Air Gold Coast will pick you up from your Gold Coast Hotel.

If you’d like to do get in the air with a little more adrenaline maybe a helicopter ride or Tiger Moths maybe more appealing.

There are a number of companies offering 15 minute helicopter scenic flights over the Gold Coast. For then even more adventurous Tiger Moth Joy Flights operate out of an airfield in Pimpama.

If none of that appeals you can always get 360 degree views from the Q1 Observation Deck at the top of the Q1 building. You also have the option of the 90 minute Skypoint climb which is the highest external building climb in Australia.

   2. Meeting the wildlife

Experience Australian wildlife by feeding kangaroos and cuddling koalas. There are bird shows, sheep shearings, Aboriginal performances and treetop ropes courses at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. It’s a must for overseas visitors who’d like to see Australian wildlife up close.

You can see Pelican feeding daily at 1.30pm at Ian Dipple Lagoon, 371 Marine Pde Labrador. You should get there early to witness the pelicans gathering before feeding time. Pack your swimmers and a picnic lunch and make an afternoon of it.

3. Around the Water

As you can imagine Gold Coast life revolves around the sea, surf and beach.

There are a number of water based activities to try.

You can learn to surf – there are many surf schools along the Gold Coast where you can learn to hang 10 and allow the inner child to show through. If you like your surfing a little less wet you can go to the Surf World Museum at Currumbin.

For horse riders you can ride along the beach try Tassiriki Ranch for details.

Lastly for the adrenaline junkies there are the power boats. Paradise Jet Boating will give you an action packed ride over the water.

4. Food

Gold Coast boasts some great restaurants and also Jupiters Casino where you will find 5 different restaurants.

Ask your hotel concierge for a local recommendation.

5. Health and Fitness

If a relaxing holiday is more your forte then there are many options for you.

If pampering is what you need there are many day spas where you can find your peace and look your best.

For fitness and well being every Monday and Wednesday morning Tai Chi classes are held at Justin Park Burleigh Heads and Australian School of Meditation also hold free yoga classes you need to contact them for more details.

If golf is your thing there are many great course on the Gold Coast try the Emerald Lakes Golf Club or the Links Hope Island Resort there are may others though.

There are plenty of things for adults to do on the Gold Coast and every place you go doesn’t have to end in the name World

Action Slovenia

house in the mountains Slovenia

Action Slovenia specialises in multitude of activity holidays such as skiing, snow boarding, sledging, ice climbing in the Julian Alps, during the winter seasons. Fishing, hiking, kayaking, white water rafting and golf for the rest of the year

We are situated on the edge of the Triglav National Park alongside the beautiful Bohinska Sava River, boasting some of the best game trout fishing. There is, the river only a few feet away with it’s clear crystal waters, ideal for kayaking and white water rafting.

We specialise in fun sports based holidays for active people. By this we mean people who like the outdoor life and don’t necessarily want to spend their holidays tanning on a beach.

Now in our 5th year we have the best fun loving English speaking guides and instructors to ensure a great experience.

We offer:

Fully inclusive holidays,

  • Skiing and snow Boarding 3,5 and 7 nights.
  • Fully inclusive Learn to Ski/Snowboard Breaks which also includes lessons.
  • Winter Multi Activity Break that allows you to try out a host of winter sports and activities.
  • Learn to Kayak at Reka Hisa’s own Kayak School. We offer taster sessions as well as a whole range of fully accredited courses, for all ages and levels.
  • Fishing on one of Europe’s great fly fishing rivers.

Summer Multi Activity Breaks includes:

  • Canyoning, rafting, kayaking, biking ,hiking, horse riding, paragliding.
  • Hiking breaks in the Triglav National Park, spend 3 nights in Alpine huts and reach the summit of Triglav the highest peak in Slovenia, and walk the high level valley of the 7 lakes.We can also tailor holidays in Slovenia to suit everyone’s taste. Anything from sight-seeing and gentle walks in the Alps and the surrounding areas, mountaineering, white water rafting, game fishing, snow boarding, skiing and much more. We can tailor your holiday to suit you.For more information about Action Slovenia please go to their website

Responsible Adventures – Nepal

Himalaya Mountains

Responsible Adventures is an ecological trekking organization designed to improve, protect and preserve the environment of the Himalayan mountain ranges. An organization for the 21st century, we are leaders in the organisation of ecological mountain treks.

Responsible Adventures was created and developed by a group of young environmentally and culturally conscious former Trek leaders with more than 18 years of experience each in leading treks throughout the Himalaya, The Alps, Australia and The Rockies. All of the founding worked for some of the biggest and reputed adventure travel companies throughout their professional careers.

All employees of Responsible Adventures have many years of trekking and mountaineering experience and actively promote the protection and ecological use of the fragile environment of the Himalaya. The Himalaya is home to most of our team and they wish to share its natural beauty and culture with trekkers and other guests. We are striving to instill respect to these sacred mountain ranges, while helping to preserve their historic surroundings, people and culture. We aim to make a difference.

Nepal Luxury Trekking Packages

Responsible Adventures offers trekking in the comfort of luxury lodges in the Everest region. The luxury lodge treks are perfect for those who do not wish to do without the comforts of city hotel while enjoying some of the most beautiful mountain scenes, culture and expert guidance by our very experienced trek leaders. Make your vacation to the Himalaya an experience of lifetime with an Ethical Adventure Travel Company.

Grassroots Adventure

These packages are designed with the very basics included e.g. Accommodation on room only basis, Trek Leader, Guides, Porters and transportation. No meals, entry fees are included. These packages are designed for people on extended travel, students and people who have never travelled on organised tours/treks and are not sure if they want to spend a small fortune and perhaps not enjoy the tour/trek. We give you more for your money than anyone in the same field as our ethics is to cut out most of the unnecessary middlemen. Where most companies offering these kind of tours provide you with the services, Budget hotels/ guest houses or local busses, we will provide, 3 star accommodation in cities, tourist class transportation and if the group size is bigger than 6 then we will even splurge on private transport. We also provide you with a complimentary welcome dinner on your joining date with cultural entertainment where available.

Here’s what other travellers had to say about Responsible Adventures

I first met Raj Tamang during the Royal Navy Everest 2003 Expedition during which he worked as our liaison officer. He was hand picked for the position on our team and proved a considerable asset. I am very happy to give the following report on his performance and character.

A highly intelligent and well educated man, Mr Tamang has considerable experience in the field of trekking and tour operations throughout Nepal, India and Tibet. He put this knowledge to very good use during our expedition, regularly briefing the team on the local culture and history of the different areas as we moved through them. He has a ‘presence’ that equips him particularly well in his dealings with everyone from clients to authorities. He is a prescient judge of character and communicates well in a number of different languages both verbally and on paper.

Having done outstanding work with our main climbing team he then moved on to assist the trekking groups and to act as a personal guide to Mr Gerard Baker, the BBC Radio 4 presenter.

I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Raj Tamang to anyone, from prospective employer, through trekker to potential business partner, as a proactive and highly capable man.

Nick UK

The Facts: Getting the Right Travel Insurance

A lot of preparation can go into making sure you’re not one of those travellers that comes home with a woeful story of being ripped off or injured overseas. You can spend hours researching local scams, the best accommodation available and the locks you’ll get to protect the camera and phone tucked in your luggage. But there is one part of pre-travelling preparation which many travellers get wrong: travel insurance.

Fast Cover, a travel insurance company providing cover to Australians of any age, found through an independent survey of over 1000 Australians that 30.8% of travellers didn’t buy travel insurance. Of those people 17.2% of travellers don’t understand exactly what they have cover for. “Getting the wrong policy can in some cases be similar to having no policy,” said Fast Cover’s CEO Dean Van Es. If you get a policy that excludes a medical condition, activity or situation that applies to you, you might find yourself in a difficult situation or with one very large bill.

Trawling through travel insurance policies to find the right one doesn’t have to be an ordeal. When you know what you’re looking for, finding the right policy is simple.

The right destination coverage

It sounds like something you can’t possibly get wrong, right? But if you’re rushing to buy a policy online it is possible to get a travel insurance policy for the wrong region. Many travel insurers create policies that provide cover for a whole geographic region. But some countries are classified under a different region due to the high cost of medical cover in that country. For example, Japan and Dubai are often not classified in the Asia region.

You also need to consider all your stops. If you stay in Hawaii for three days before heading to Europe for the remainder of your trip, you’ll need cover for your time in America.

A lot of medical cover

Some of the worst travel stories are those of travellers who need emergency medical treatment overseas and who don’t have travel insurance that provides cover for the medical costs. Medical emergencies can be unexpected and hugely expensive. Traveller reported the case of one woman who suffered a brain aneurysm while in the United States and had bills exceeding $1 million. Some insurers such as Fast Cover provide unlimited medical cover, while other insurers will cap the amount, so consider whether an insurer will cover the costs should the worst happen.

Pre-existing conditions

Fast Cover provides cover for a range of pre-existing conditions including diabetes and high blood pressure. Other insurers will also provide cover for various medical conditions. It is important to find out if your insurer will provide cover for your condition so you know whether or not you can make a successful claim for medical expenses or unexpected cancellations resulting from the condition.

Cancellation cover

It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of travel planning and forget that something could happen to you or a relative which means you have to cancel your trip. Without travel insurance that provides cover for cancellations you may lose the deposits you’ve made towards your tour, cruise, flight or accommodation. The earlier you get travel insurance, may be better option for you!

Valuable items

Many people don’t realise that the cover provided for valuable electronic items including phones and laptops is capped. If you have expensive camera gear or are taking highly valuable electronics be sure to check they are completely covered.

Cover for activities

Not all activities are automatically covered by your travel insurer. If you are going to scuba dive, go horse riding or hire a motorcycle it is worth checking with your insurer if they provide cover for those activities. If they don’t and you are injured doing the activity, you’ll be responsible for paying any medical bills.

Being reckless is not covered

If you break your leg in an alcohol-fueled quad bike race, it’s safe to assume you’re insurer won’t approve your claim for medical expenses or any expenses for that matter. Generally, travel insurers won’t provide you with cover if you’ve been drinking excessively. They will also not provide cover for while you’re doing something illegal, such as taking illicit drugs or driving a motorbike without the correct license.

Making sense of travel insurance policies doesn’t have to feel like you’re being forced to do rocket science. Now you know what to look for to get the right travel insurance for you for your next trip!

Villa in Sicily

infinity pool

Renting a luxury villa in Sicily can open up a world of opportunities and experiences that you would not normally get from staying in a large hotel. If you want to find a villa that is right for you and your family, you need the right agent who not only understands the area but also the needs of the customer.

Villas offer the unrivalled experience of living like a local, so that you can enjoy the luxurious surroundings of a character property in a relaxing pool, surrounded by lush landscapes and breathtaking sea views.

Finding the right villa in Sicily for your holiday can be a daunting task, particularly when there is a language barrier. There are plenty of websites for renting villas, but sometimes it is just easier to give the difficult task of finding a villa to an agent.

The best agents will have personal knowledge of Sicily and will be able to offer advice about location, customs and even excursions. They should also be able to answer any questions about the finer details of renting the property before you choose to go ahead.

When dealing with a rental property, especially a luxury villa with a pool, it is always best to prepare for the unexpected. Like any other holiday property, you will probably find something that you didn’t expect, whether it is the situation of the villa, the decorative features or the proximity to neighbours, but it is important to keep an open mind. Your own personal idea of what luxury villas should look like may be very different to the opinions and tastes of a local, so it is essential to keep this in perspective. No matter what property you choose, your villa will always offer more space and freedom than a large luxury hotel.

Benefits of renting a villa

The best part of renting a villa is the freedom it can bring to you and your family. If you love to see all of the local attractions, then you certainly have the opportunity to see them at your own pace. Sometimes the best moments are spent enjoying all the facilities that the villa has to offer. This is especially true for children, who will love to run around freely or splash about in the pool. It’s also the perfect opportunity to explore the local area, get to know the owners or the neighbours and really immerse yourself in authentic Sicilian culture. Sicily has a long and fascinating history that has been shaped by its ancient Phoenician, Greek and Roman influences. To explore all the wonderful historic sites of this fascinating island, like Syracuse and Catania, there’s no better choice than spending your holiday in a luxury Sicilian villa.