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A good question? Or a ridiculous question? Either way you look at it, many are asking it. Why should we save the Rhino? What has he done that deserves saving? Why not save the child, our own kind? Save the bee. After all they do more good for the environment, right? Hey, save the good ole cockroach. He has some environmentally friendly properties.
And, they would all be very good causes, for sure. But, let us think on these other facts for a moment.
There roams the rhino, and you can find them in game reserves like Thanda Safari, and further afield. But, wherever you go, you will be made very aware of the plight of one of our big five.
Reasons to Save the Rhino
The Human Factor
The reason the rhino is about to go extinct is because of humans, so it stands to reason that we should be the ones who should save them. Yes, you cannot paint all humans with the same brush, not all of us had a hand in the demise of the rhino, but we all can do something about it.
The heavy poaching that is going on across the world, for the sole aim of selling the rhino’s horns on for so called medical gain, is pretty much the main culprit.
Environmentally Friendly Little Guy
And, yes, like the bee and the cockroach, the rhino has its place in the environment too. They are good conservationists, in that they ensure the plant growth does not overgrow. By doing their walk around, depositing their seed-dispersing dung, they are assisting with the growth of further flora across the land.
Providing for his fellow beasts
Ever watched how a rhino digs around in the dirt with its horn? Ever wondered what he was doing? Well, he is foraging, and because of that he brings up some healthy minerals, which later will be utilised by other animals. In addition, he has symbiotic relationships with other life, such as the Egret bird. The Egret is as essential to the rhino as the rhino is to the Egret. The bird picks off ticks from the rhino’s skin, which he would not have been able to reach; and the rhino provides food for the Egret.
Tourism is a big income booster for South Africa and the rhino is a big draw card. Many folk from across the waters, not to mention many a South African, haven’t seen a rhino, and if they don’t hurry, they might never. There are many places within South Africa where one can go on a safari to see the majestic rhino and other Big Five animals. A tour operator, like Safari.com specializes in such packages.
So, while, yes, their horns are worth a pretty penny, the rhinos, as living animals are also worth a lot to the economy.
How can you Help to Save the Rhino?
You may not think that, without following a protest or strike, that you are pretty useless in the predicament of our tough beast, but you would be wrong.
There are many ways to get the message across to the nation and the world as a whole that we need to save our previous rhino.
And, here’s how …
- 1. Spread the Word and Educate
The myth attached to the rhino horn is just that – a myth. But the Asians need to understand and believe that, or they will keep with their poaching. If we can convince the source that its complete bogus, then the actual poachers on this side will not have a reason to poach. No need for the horn – no reason to hunt. You can do this by petitioning and sending your voice to the powers that be in Asia.
- 2. De-horn the Rhino
Not a favourite of mine, but it would discourage the poachers from poaching. Well, to some extent, because you cannot actually remove the entire horn form the rhino’s head. You have to leave the root in, which, according to the Asians, is where all the goodness lies. So, if the poacher decides that its too much trouble to remove just a wee part of the horn, then we have stopped one killing, but there are others that just don’t care, and will slaughter even for this small piece.
- 3. Protect Protect Protect
Upping our game in the light of protecting the rhino requires manpower as well as better equipment. There are quite a few anti-poaching rangers, but not enough. The poachers have become quite smart in their endeavours to get into the game reserves as well as when and how they manage to get to the rhinos. But, with better more technologically advanced equipment and apparatus, we can protect our rhino more efficiently. This requires funds; so if you see a fundraiser for this effort, please contribute.
- 4. Raise the Fine and Jail Time
The fine and jail time is steep, but it needs to be higher, and more dissuadable, enough to make them really think a few times before pulling that trigger.
With your help, you can raise awareness and push harder for higher jail time.
As, you can see, with some effort and voice, one can make a difference to our darling rhinoceros. Every little bit counts, so choose your method and help keep the rhino in our game reserves and in the African wild.
Travelling alone is a rewarding experience that everyone should try at least once in their lifetime, but it can also be lonely. But with new places comes new people, and meeting other travellers or locals while you’re flying solo on your holiday can be the perfect way to not only broaden your horizons, but to keep you socialising even while you’re away from your friends and family. We’ve pulled together a few tips on how to meet people while travelling alone to help even the most socially awkward amongst us, so grab your passport, renew your EHIC card at europeanhealthinsurancecard.org.uk and get to booking your holiday.
Stay in a hostel
Even if dorms aren’t your thing, a hostel can be a great way to meet new people. Most hostels have private rooms for far less than a hotel would charge, so not only will you be part of the social aspect of staying in a hostel while still having your privacy, but you’ll be saving money at the same time. Whether you bond over the breakfast bar in the mornings, or you hang out in the hostel bar in the evenings, you’re guaranteed to meet someone during your stay. No one expects you to make lifelong friends, but other guests in hostels are often in the same position as you – travelling alone or in small groups, and who knows – maybe you could be looking to go to the same places and go together.
Learn the language of the place you’re visiting
Now, no one is expecting you to learn an entire language overnight, and if you go to a tourist-heavy city, you can probably get around without having to speak a word of anything but English and some broken, questionable hand movements. But if you truly want to meet people – namely the locals – then it’s worth learning at least a little of their language. You don’t need to become best friends with everyone that you meet while you’re on holiday, and so short conversations with a local might give you a better, more authentic feel for the country while helping you brush up on your language skills – which can look good on a CV!
Volunteering while Travelling
While this one is more of a change in the style of your trip, volunteering while you’re on holiday can be an enlightening, enriching and amazing experience, and you’ll get to meet people too. There are all kinds of volunteering services that will either find you volunteering while you’re away, or to use a company that runs holidays specifically for volunteering such as workaway.info and volunteerhq.org. These breaks can take you all over the world to projects that need your help. Whether you want to teach in Africa or China, or help at a conservation project for your favourite animals, there are hundreds of opportunities worldwide, and you’ll almost always be in a team. Meeting people through volunteering can help you meet life-long friends. After all, what better bonding experience is there than cleaning up after a baby Elephant?
Many think that destination weddings are simple to plan since they look at everything as being just a vacation in another country. Unfortunately, planning a trip to any country is dozens of times faster and easier than organizing a wedding there. Here are some of the really common challenges you will want to remember, according to professional tips offered by specialists, no matter where your dream wedding is going to take place.
Exchange rates are fluctuating and you need to keep an eye on this. Your wedding budget is going to be highly affected by this. A really good idea is to create your budget directly in the currency of the country where the wedding is going to take place. This means you get quotes that are much easier to manage. Whenever you plan a wedding it is the budget that is the foundation of everything and if you do not take currencies into account it is a certainty problems are going to appear.
When you organize a wedding in a seafront villa in Siracusa, there won’t be many problems in terms of language but if you go to a remote location in Norway, you will find it difficult to find people that you can properly communicate with. Do not assume that everyone speaks English. This can be a fatal mistake. If you have people that do not talk your language and that you have to talk to you can be faced with the immediate need to hire translators.
One hidden cost that people tend to overlook is related to tipping culture. This is one of the event management tips rarely considered. Tipping is approach differently around the world. You would normally tip around 15% at restaurants in US but at an Italy café you may be expected to leave a different amount. Tipping amounts expected will vary from one country to the next so you need to talk to a local wedding planner or coordinator to know what is custom while being able to figure out if other cultural expectations that would exist.
Making The Marriage Legal
The fact that the special one says “I Do” does not make the marriage legal in the country where you live. Getting married in the US for instance requires visiting the local court house, a marriage certificate and go through a strict procedure. In other countries processes can be quite different, as you can see in the EU. You want to do your research and you want to see if there are not some rules that exist and that would make marriage impossible.
Most couples forget about this hidden wedding cost. When you get married in your country it is easy to store everything but when you are in another country and you want to send something back home, the budget is going to be impacted. Shipping items for the venue automatically means you will need to have finances prepared for that. Also, it is normally better to ship everything in one go to save money as multiple shipping trips would cost more.
There are a lot of definitions of “luxury” travel.
We’re going to go with the idea that any trip that you take can be made as luxurious as you want it to be.
You get to decide what luxury is to you!
Whether you’re staying in an OBX rental or you’re flying to Sardinia, you can benefit from these tips for luxury accommodations on a budget.
Mix up where you stay
If you’re going on a trip for longer than a week, try staying at a few different kinds of places.
For example, stay a couple nights at a budget-friendly spot, a few nights in mid-range accommodations, and some more in luxury lodging.
This allows you to spend a few nights in luxury without going over your budget.
Go directly to the source
In other words, talk to the hotel directly about what kind of a deal they can give you. They may be able to offer you a discount that you wouldn’t have been able to get any other way.
Consider a home exchange
Just like it sounds, you stay in someone else’s home and they stay in yours. It can really save you money in accommodations and you get to have the “local” experience.
Keep in mind that it doesn’t have to be a single swap. For example, you could stay in someone’s home in Maine while a person from San Diego stays at your house.
Yes, it’s a thing and it’s called “glamping.”
There are even opportunities for glamping all around the world! You might be surprised by how much you love this option!
What about activities? Read on!
“Borrow” a luxury hotel
Did you know that you don’t have to actually be a guest at a luxury hotel in order to use their bar, have an afternoon tea, or book some spa time?
Getting a little taste of luxury without the hefty price tag is a win-win!
Hit the fancy restaurant after hours
Exclusive restaurants are hard to get into and can be ridiculously expensive.
If you go after normal dinner hours, you can usually stop in for a coffee and some dessert with no problem.
It’s a perfect way to get some luxury cuisine and experience without having to shell out big bucks for a whole meal.
The trip offers you will find on Groupon are totally legitimate and can really save you a ton of money for a luxury trip.
Here are some other tips that can make your luxury trip doable!
Tips and Tricks
Check out these additional ideas to make your travels less expensive, more convenient, and more luxurious, too!
- If you end up with a flight that has been overbooked, don’t volunteer for a later flight. Wait and see what the airline offers you. You may end up with a nice upgrade!
- Hotels and airlines are able to greatly reduce their prices during the off-season. Plan your travels to coincide to nail down the lowest rates.
- Look for promo codes online for airlines, hotels, and even activities that you may want to participate in once you get to your destination.
- Sign up for newsletters from “daily deals” sites. You never know when it might be your lucky day!
You should be well on your way to enjoying your kind of luxury vacation!
Every big city referenced to you has a lot to enjoy. And surely the best way to do it is on your feet. Don’t hide away from everything you can see inside a taxi or a bus. Get your gear on and go find the smallest streets, the most traditional venues right alongside the postal card monuments and museums.
When you plan to go discover a city get these first: a map and guide of the city, a backpack (water and other hydrating fluids, healthy snacks, some currency money and your mobile contact), the most comfortable clothing you have for the weather conditions and the right shoes and socks.
Exploring a big city by foot is not for everyone – it will leave you exhausted by the end of the day but the treasures you can find when opting to lose yourself a bit are really worth it.
Shoes and socks are one of the most important things to choose from when trying to hit pavement on a city unknown to you.
We recommend that the shoe is fitting *you*. No brand or type of shoe is a guarantee of comfort. The flexibility of the sole, the support the shoe offers and it’s cushioning must fit your foot because no one’s feet is the same – don’t go by the advice of a brand or model unless you’ve tried it out for yourself.
Do you need to compensate for any particular stride issues you have? Having a more flatted foot or, on the other hand, an extreme curvature on the palm are things you must resolve before starting off – usually a doctor will indicate to you the best insole you can get to compensate for any problem you might have. Please take the time to care of these issues because they will help you in the long run, way after any traveling and beyond – and, in case you have an issue on your feet shape, it’s not recommended you walk without any type of additional support besides what the shoe has to offer – no matter how comfortable they might feel.
That first challenge hit, find shoes that are comfortable and never tight – your feet will swell a bit after a couple hours of walking, imagine how they will be in the end of the day! It’s always better to use a comfortable shoe on the verge of fitting loose than a tight fit or with no margin for the feel to swell. These can be in the form of boots or sneakers. Either way, you need to verify if the stitching of the sole is perfected, if you leave quite a bit of room for your toes (no toes touching the front of the shoe) and check out the materials – washable, breathable fabric and preferably, a waterproofed finishing (you can add this waterproof layer yourself easily with one canister of the product).
You have to consider, as well, space inside for adequate socks. This is the fabric that will either help you walk or destroy your feet due to heat, perspiration and friction.
The socks should be more on the loose fit. These should be higher than the top of your shoe – by the ankle, never less. The socks that only embrace the bottom of the foot are prone to slip away from the heel, leaving your skin prone to abrasion from the shoe itself, creating hurtful steps!
Socks made of 100% cotton are the best, you can choose from a variety of models and thicknesses. This fabric is also breathable and will prevent your feet from over heating.
A good option is to have some sort of sandals in your backpack – in the most hot days, it’ll be useful to change your shoes to something refreshing for a couple of minutes while having lunch while watching the sight.
Now that you have everything you need for comfortable globetrotting, pack up and walk on!
Writing from Copenhagen, Denmark, Jane is an entrepreneur, wife and ultramarathon distance runner. She spends most of her time on nicershoes.com, monicashealthmag.com & runnerclick.com and she has been featured on popular running and fitness blogs all over the world.
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