Barbados has two distinct barrier reefs running along the west and south coasts. Visibility up to 90 or 100 feet makes these waters a pleasure to explore. Although it can be crowded during tourist season, Barbados’ coral reefs are appropriate for beginning to experienced divers.

Popular dive sites are:

Bell Buoy is one of Barbados’ most popular dive sites, a massive coral reef shaped like a bell. These forests of brown coral, which are near Rockely Beach, are home to angel fish, parrot fish and chromis, and it is known as a prime spot for underwater photography due to premium lighting conditions. Good for beginners and intermediate divers.

dive-barbadosBright Ledge has arguably the greatest variety of marine life on the island, including nurse sharks, manta rays, moray eels, jacks and French angel fish. The visibility is great here, and there is even a chance of seeing a Hawksbill turtle. For intermediate and advanced divers.

Dottins Reef, off of Holetown Coast, is home to many varieties of tropical fish and turtles. It is particularly known as a habitat for barracudas. Good for beginners and intermediate divers.

Maycocks Bay, off the northwest coast near Checker Hall is the only reef in the area that runs east to west; this site is home to beautiful coral formations, barracuda, parrot fish, creole wrasse and trigger fish.  For intermediate and advanced divers.

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You want a nice hotel room, and you want it cheap. Two opposite ideas? Not really. The most important thing to remember when finding hotel rooms is this: an empty room means loss of profit to a hotel owner.

When a room is empty, the hotel owner still has to pay to heat/cool it. Still has to pay for the maid to be at the Hotel for eight hours. The owner’s expenses stay almost the same whether the room is empty or full. For this reason, you can get a hotel room cheap if you are able to play the game.

Great-Hotel-Room-ViewWe’ll hopefully go over some less intense methods later, but for now remember that you can walk away and if you do the Hotel loses. They need you to stay in their room more than you need the room.

I visited a city where I needed hotel. I stopped in a nice place and said, “I checked with the <other hotel> down the street… they were $48 a night. I’d rather stay here, ’cause I like your place but honestly I can’t justify it if you can’t get me close to that rate.” Then I shut up. Didn’t say another word for about five minutes, while the attendant talk and talked. At first, they said, my idea was ridiculous. Then they admitted the other hotel was cheaper… $100/night is expensive. Pretty soon they told me, “I do have better rates… $70/night.” … keep waiting. Pretty soon the attendant is desperately doing anything she could to find better rates because my silence told her she was losing. How fun!If you can wait until the day you need the room simply show up and follow these steps:

  1. Check the local rates for hotels that are acceptable, but definitely cheaper than where you want to stay.
  2. Ask for the best rate possible explaining the other Hotel’s price but that “I prefer to stay here, but I can’t justify the price when there is a Hotel right there for cheaper.”
  3. Be quiet.
  4. Listen… but stay quiet.
  5. If they aren’t budging at all, take a step away from the desk and say, “Well, I wish I could but… actually, can you check one more time see if there is any way to do $XX/night? Maybe call the manager, ’cause you are doing great, but I know they can fudge the price a little more.”
  6. Be quiet
  7. Wait
  8. Be willing to walk away

That’s it. Follow those eight simple steps and 90% of the time you’ll get a better rate than you could’ve online!

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Today I’m starting a new article series here on Around The World Travels. It’s a way to motivate both myself and you, my readers. I’m going to offer you wallpapers, beautiful pictures that should help you towards your goal of making more room in your life for traveling.

Fiji is the first topic of this series, and I’ll probably continue to select different topics and focus solely on them in the future. I might do another tropical island next, or I might choose some Paris wallpapers.

Next, we have another image from Fiji, a beach wallpaper, which was shot during the night. That’s the kind of view you can expect to have if you go during your honeymoon to Fiji.
Fiji Travel Wallpaper

And the last image for the day, a picture of the bungalows you can expect to rent in Fiji. Right near the beach, and gorgeous.

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The fascination of people with Australia is not something new. Ever since its conception some billion years ago, the place has held all those visiting it and those staying there captive. Covering an area of 7.68 million sq. km with 19.5 million population the place because of its natural beauty is a major tourist attraction in present times. You can also witness this beauty on Travel to Australia states.

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One of the most popular and biggest cities in the world, New York is also an expensive place to visit. In 2010 alone, almost 50 million visitors have been in this city and the occupancy rate of hotels here is much higher than in other places. Generally, you will pay over $200 for a hotel room even with the crisis, though it was even higher than that before. You can stay in New York on a budget, though the kind of hotels considered cheap here would be considered luxury prices in other cities. With such a large city and so many hotels at your disposal, finding a good deal is possible, though a bit of research will be needed.

ny-hotelThe first step when you’re preparing for a trip to New York is getting there. Finding cheap airfare is the easier part, since there are sites out there which show you the best deals on airfare from all the major and minor airlines.

The more expensive part is the hotel. New York is an expensive city to travel to and even when you spend a few hundred dollars per night for a room, you don’t always get a lot in return. There are many hotels which are extremely expensive and there are also many hotels which are just extremely overpriced for what they offer. If you do a bit of research, you can still find some good deals, thanks to all the reviews offered by other people.

If hotels are not your thing, you can also check out B&B’s or guesthouses, which are usually cheaper than hotels. Some of them offer you your own bathroom, while others have one which is shared with others. If you’d like to feel like a local, a guesthouse will give you a better ambiance and it will usually be placed in a residential area.

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Africa is probably the less visited continent, known for its many civil wars and political instability, or for its wild animal safaris. There is another side to Africa though, a land where you can find beaches, parks or forests, as well as ancient monuments which you can visit. If you’re looking to travel a bit off the beaten path, Africa can be a great place to take a vacation. While not every country in Africa is recommended for travelers, there are plenty that will offer you a great experience.

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In this guide we shall look at the town of Lewisboro in New York state as well as provide you with some important community info.

Location of Lewisboro

Lewisboro is a town situated in Westchester County in the south-east of New York State. The east of the town lies on the Connecticut border. The town is 29.1 square miles in size of which 4.36 percent of it is water.

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After an 8 hour trip with a car, I finally got to the airport, a few good hours before the airplane left, leaving me with a lot of time to kill on my hands. The big downside with living in a small town is the amount of time I have to spend in a car in order to get to an international airport. At the time, that was my only option, though these days there are some options that are closer. Read more on Arriving in Paris & My First Beer There (Paris 2008)…

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I was 26 years old when I first left my country. It’s not something I’m proud of to be honest, and I’m pissed right now that I didn’t do it sooner. Nothing I can do about it now though, and I’m hugely grateful that a friend of mine was looking for someone to go with him to Paris for one week. It was a bit of an accident, since he was supposed to go with his sister, and she changed her mind two weeks before they were supposed to leave. The result was my first trip abroad and the first time I traveled on an airplane, so I’m happy that my appetite for travels was awakened, accident or not. Read more on My First Trip To A Foreign Country–Paris, France 2008…

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While the final itinerary of a RTW trip will depend a lot on what I’ll read in the next couple of years, on the time at my disposal and most importantly, on the budget at my disposal, below are some of the cities and countries I’d like to see right now. To be heavily modified in the future … Read more on RTW Itinerary (First Draft)…

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