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10 Crazy Driving Laws Around the World

Posted by on Aug 17, 2017 in Travel Tips | 4 comments

Driving abroad: check out these strange driving laws from around the world.

Have you ever wanted to drive around naked? Or perhaps, on the contrary, you dream of a world in which you never had to see another person sitting in their vehicle with no top on? Maybe your dog is always suggesting that you provide them with a seatbelt? Or perhaps you have recently found yourself fuming because a careless driver splattered you with puddle water on a rainy day and you wish that there was some legal outlet for your revenge? No matter what your weird and wonderful (or entirely reasonable) driving tastes and fantasies, there is sure to be a country that caters for them. So sit down, crack open a beer (which you can do at the wheel on one of the countries on this list) and read up on some of the weirdest driving rules in place in the world today. Where are you going to drive to?

10 crazy driving laws around the world! 

With driving laws becoming stricter in the UK, you might be refreshed to hear that some of our laws aren’t the most outright ludicrous. From drinking to nudity, here are some of the craziest driving laws from around the world!

  • In Japan, driving through puddles and splashing pedestrians is worthy of a hefty fine!
    You’re walking to work following the latest rainstorm and the next thing you know it… SPLASH! You’re now soaked. In the UK, the driver’s most probably laughing at your expense, but in Japan, laughing is the last thing they’d be doing!

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Sanzhi, Taiwan: Taiwan’s Beautiful North Coast City District

Posted by on Jul 31, 2017 in Destinations, Guest Posts, Sanzhi, Small Town Explorer | 1 comment

Sanzhi, Taiwan

Sanzhi, Taiwan’s Beautiful North Coast City District, written by my friend and fellow travel blogger Joy Harmon, is the second small town expose in the series  Small Town Explorer.  The villages and towns we visit in our travels are often the hidden gems of a country or region. Readers will be introduced to small centers around the globe, featuring their uniqueness, their history, what to see and do, and where to stay and where to dine. Come along as Joy introduces us to the charms of Sanzhi, Taiwan.

If you missed the first post in the Small Town Explore series you can find it here.

Get on the bus! Come on! Get off the Metro here. This is Danshui the last Metro stop on the north end of this island country. Turn right out the gate, run, run down to the bus line and get on next bus going along the north coast route.  Just in time! Now you can relax and enjoy the scenery. As you leave Danshui and head northeast along the coast, entering the Sanzhi district, the landscape becomes gradually more rugged. The town itself is some miles away, but you’ll know you’re in the Sanzhi district when you can see the ocean.

At first, everything looks abandoned, There’s an old American country western bar that just didn’t make the grade on the right, but it’s funny to see that cowboy sign in Taiwan. And just past there is my favorite, a chicken restaurant that has the ducks in the side yard. I’ve never seen a live chicken there!

We’re getting closer to the ocean, it’s just around this last turn and down hill. Why is the traffic so slow? It looks like there is nothing much here. It’s a weekend or a holiday and cars are lined up at least a quarter mile from the first seaside restaurant. What’s so special about this place? It is the first restaurant on the beach side of the highway, Sugar Villa. It’s Italian food and it’s good, but that’s not it. It is the special ambiance. Let’s get off and see! The restaurant, itself spreads out along the beach side with wide glass doors and windows facing the shore. The deck extends out over the sand on both sides and every table, both inside and out has a full view of the sea. There is a nice beach with a launch for the jet skis for rent. So, you can play hard and eat much. Or you can just sit back and enjoy watching the water sports. To top it off, the service is always prompt and friendly.

Taiwan dating tip: This spot is a popular getaway for Taipei residents on weekend afternoons. But it’s equally popular in the evening. One evening when I was here with a Taiwanese friend, we watched while a small group of young guys set up candles on the beach.

Sanzhi, Taiwan

A romantic evening near Qianshuiwan Beach Park

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Bourtange: Small Town in a Fortress

Posted by on Jul 25, 2017 in Bourtange, Small Town Explorer | 2 comments

Bourtange

Bourtange: Small Town in a Fortress, written by my friend and fellow travel blogger Rachel, is the first small town expose in the series  Small Town Explorer.  The villages and towns we visit in our travels are often the hidden gems of a country or region. Readers will be introduced to small centers around the globe, featuring their uniqueness, their history, what to see and do, and where to stay and where to dine.

On her blog, Rachel’s Ruminations, Rachel Heller writes about independent travel, sometimes solo, sometimes not, with an emphasis on historical and cultural sights/sites. She is a former American who has lived in the Netherlands for the last 20 years.

Imagine a cobblestone plaza. Trees around its edge throw dappled shadows. Nine streets radiate from the plaza, but you see no cars, only an occasional bicycle. Small houses – some red-brick, some white-painted brick – face the plaza, simply designed with little embellishment. The wind rustles the trees from time to time, and you hear children shouting, footsteps on the cobbles, low conversation.

You sit on a chair on the edge of the plaza, a café table in front of you, sipping a drink. A beer? A coffee? A soft drink? Your choice. You take it all in, relaxed.

This plaza is called Marktplein, and it sits at the exact center of the small village of Bourtange, population just under 500.

But Bourtange is more than just a village. It’s a fortress, and it’s a museum.

Bourtange

Bourtange from the fortress wall

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5 Tips for Maintaining a Weight Loss Regimen While on Vacation

Posted by on Jul 6, 2016 in Travel Tips | 10 comments

Planning a vacation is an exhilarating time, especially when it comes to anticipating all the freedom you will enjoy. However, too much freedom may derail certain lifestyle choices you have made, such as if you are trying to lose weight. An extended vacation may be great for the soul but tough on the waistline. However, whether you are following a diet low in carbs or are following one recommended to you by your doctor, there are several ways you can stick to your regimen and enjoy traveling at the same time.
 

Mahone Bay Churches Low Tide

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Tips to Take Manhattan

Posted by on Jul 31, 2015 in Travel Tips | 10 comments

There’s nothing like visiting New York City, but with so much to do spread out across one of the biggest cities in the world it can be exhausting trying to get around. The sheer size of the city can be overwhelming if you land without a plan, so here are a few tips to make the most of your trip while maintaining your mobility in Manhattan.

New York Taxicabs

New York Taxicabs

Get a MetroCard and Fill It Up

One of the first things anyone spending any amount of time in NYC needs to do is to get a MetroCard. The MetroCard is literally your ticket for the subway and public buses, so make sure you keep it filled. If you’re going to be in the city for a few days it’s absolutely worth it to go ahead and deposit $20 or $30 on your card in advance. For a more specific plan, Gothamist has a handy guide on the magic number to load up your card so you can have enough credits without leaving too much money on unused MetroCards.

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