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Learn 5 Reasons You Should Take A Biking Holiday In The Philippines

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Are you in need of a vacation? Do you want to actually have an adventure while on vacation? Are you yearning for someplace far away and exotic? If you’ve answered yes to all three of these questions, then keep reading to learn 5 different reasons you should consider taking a biking holiday in the Philippines.

1) You’ll stay in shape are at least get into it: Cycling is great exercise. Your doctor will tell you that. It’s a solid cardio workout that won’t ruin your back, knees, or feet. Of course, kids will tell you that biking is fun too. You can feel the wind in your face and the sun on your skin. Do you dread taking a vacation because of how much time you’d spend on your rump before coming back five pounds heavier? That’s not likely to happen on a trip like this. Just keep in mind that you’re not likely going to be able to take your own ride with you, given the size, weight, and cost of international luggage or shipping. So be sure you look hard into your options in terms of what bike you can rent while there. In some cases, it might be cheaper to actually buy a bike locally and then just donate it to someone before you leave.

2) You’ll see a beautiful part of the world: The Philippines sit near the equator and enjoy a lush tropical climate with verdant plant life. Also, sitting on the edge of the Pacific Ocean means beautiful beaches, and given how many islands there are, you’re never far from lots and lots of beaches, all without the throbbing hordes of tourists that plague other places like Thailand.

3) There’s not so much of a language barrier: If you’re fluent in Spanish, you might think you’re ready to speak with the locals in this former part of the Spanish Empire. However, you’d be largely wrong. There’s still some local dialects of Spanish spoken here and there, but it’s been 12 decades since the Spanish left, and the language is dying fast here. Fortunately, most citizens are taught English alongside the native tongue of Filipino or Tagalog, so you’ll have little trouble conversing with citizens when you get out of the tourist areas and into the countryside.

4) People back home won’t bug you so much: Telephone and internet access and coverage are widespread in the archipelago, but not perhaps at the level you’re used to backing home. You’ll be connected just enough to stay in touch with loved ones back home, but you can also duck out enough that your boss or co-workers won’t bury you in emails or have your phone ringing all the time with messages and updates while you’re trying to enjoy yourself.

5) You won’t cross borders by accident: If you’re into hiking, jogging, running, or cycling, then you’ve likely heard the horror stories. Someone got really into their run, ride, or hike and lost track of where they were. Before they know it, they’re surrounded by soldiers or border agents because they innocently crossed an international boundary that wasn’t marked very well or at all where they were. This won’t happen in the Philippines because it’s a chain of more than seven thousand islands, none of whom share a border with another country.

Now that you’ve read this article, you know 5 great reasons to take a biking trip or vacation in the Philippines. Consider which ones on this list speak to you, and if they do, start looking into saving up, taking time off, making reservations, or consulting a travel agent to put together this bucket-list-worthy adventure.

Morocco – Land Of Mystery And Adventure

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Morocco has long been a source of wonder for tourists from all over the world. For generations, young men from Britain – at least those from well to do families – would include Morocco as part of their ‘Grand Tour.’ Here they set out to explore the world in preparation for settling down in business or taking their place in the military. They would dream of making their name in the colonies and return ‘home’ a gentleman.

Today Morocco holds just as much fascination as it did all those generations ago. However, today tourists from all over the world visit Morocco in search of adventure of many different types.

The Moroccan desert is a great place for active adventures
Desert activities and adventure in Morocco

For those in search of more active pursuits, Morocco is one of the most beautiful and exciting places to explore.

For those who want to reach for the sky, a hiking trip to the Atlas Mountains should be on the agenda. Numerous companies offer multi-day trips to this fascinating part of Morocco. Take a look at wanderlustvoyagestravel.com by the US company Wanderlust Voyages Travel.

One of the most exciting parts of a tour like this is the ascent of Jebel Toubkal. At 4,167 meters this is the highest peak in Morocco. Getting to the top is no mean feat, and active tourists in Morocco will relish the opportunity to test themselves against the mountain.

However, a visit to the Atlas Mountains would not be complete without exploring the alleyways and hidden secrets of Marrakesh. Here the visitor can look for bargains in the souqs and immerse themselves in Berber culture while hiking through villages where very little seems to have changed in thousands of years. The architecture of Marrakesh alone makes this a trip worth taking.

Joining a tour group hiking through the hinterlands and larger villages and cities in Morocco is one of the delights of modern adventuring. For the active explorer, the chance to really get under the skin of Morocco should not be missed. There are numerous tour operators who offer these sort of extended hikes. A typical itinerary might take in Casablanca, Meknes, Moulay Idriss, Fes, and Marrakesh. This allows the tourist to experience almost every aspect of Moroccan life, cuisine, and culture – and enjoy the famed hospitality of the Moroccan people.

View from the sea of Coastal Town in Morocc
Moroccan Coastal Town Seen From The Sea

It is on a trip such as this where the sheer beauty and majesty of Morocco become apparent. From the soaring minarets to the souqs and medina’s this is the way to understand why this country has so long fascinated travelers from all over the world. Trips like this will also visit the Atlas Mountains and travel somewhat off the beaten path which will expose travelers to a way of life in Morocco that has changed very little for countless generations.

These extended trips are not the only way to explore the wonders of Morocco. Several tour operators offer shorter excursions which nonetheless give an exceptional idea of what makes Morocco tick. For instance, a tour of the gardens, mosques and Medina’s paints a picture of a city that is modernizing – but still contains some havens where the old Morocco can be experienced.

One such place is the medieval city of Fez – which is a UNESCO world heritage site. This town forms a dividing line between the influences of traders who visited from the coastal areas and the spectacle of the intimidating kasbah’s which were fortresses on the edge of the dunes which protected Morocco from threats from the interior. Exploring Fez and the surrounding areas give the traveler an insight into the multitude of influences that made Morocco such a vibrant melting pot of cultures during its heyday as one of the most important trading destinations in the world.

active adventure in Marrakech
Active adventure in Marrakech.

For those who want to venture into the stark beauty of the Saharan desert, there are your companies that will make this dream come true. It is even possible to overnight amidst the dunes. Of course, no excursion of this type would be complete without employing the services of the ‘Ship of the Desert‘ – the camel to reach the location of the evenings camp.

Morocco is a mix of the old and the new – and is the perfect place for the active adventurer to test themselves against some of the harshest and most fascinating (and beautiful) places that this region of the world can off – get there today.

Guiding Kilwa

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As we are moving into the new year, we are also creating a new batch of content for our beloved website Kilwa Guide. So you can expect a new level of cutting edge information regarding the guiding on Kilwa and neighboring landscapes. It is truly an experience you don’t want to miss.

Please stick around for a better understanding of the background processes that led to these amazing features. At kilwa guide we pride ourselves on taking our work more serious than is probably good for us. And that means you get the most dry, up-to-date and extensive information you don’t think you need but actually really do.

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