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Six reasons to visit Mexico

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The fashion for exotic holidays do not decrease from year to year. Thailand, Goa, Bali – in a short time these places have become the most popular destinations among tourists. Recently, Mexico has become very popular as well. A country, which is familiar to us from films and books, seems mysterious and inaccessible. People are wondering about the Mexican way of life and about the most interesting activities, which you can take part in during the holiday. Therefore, here are six reasons why you should definitely go to Mexico!

  • Watch the Mexican Carnival

Calling the carnival week in Mexico ‘amazing’ means not to say anything. Starting about a week before the Catholic Lent (which was in February in this year), carnival days take place in an atmosphere of colorful and noisy street parades, incessant music, dances and fireworks.

During carnival days, many appear on the streets exclusively in masks, which, according to popular belief, are made for driving evil spirits away. Immediately after the end of the carnival, begins the Great Lent, and the carnival, thus, represents the “last chance” to plunge into the pleasures of worldly life.

To see this amazing carnival, you should go to one of the port cities. Best of all is to come to Mazatlan. You are able to reach this city on a rented car, which could be taken at the Enterprise car rental Guadalajara airport. More than 300 thousand people come to the carnival annually. This way it puts the Mexican carnival on a par with the largest carnivals in Rio de Janeiro and New Orleans.

  • Try local cuisine

The cuisine is rich in hot chili and tomato-based salsa sauces, which are served with meat, fish, and beans. National dishes cannot do without at least one of the three typical ingredients: corn tortillas, beans and hot chili peppers. Hot dishes are prepared from several varieties of meat.

  • Watch the most beautiful temples of ancient Maya

Mayan civilization, located mainly in the northern region of Central America, is one of the greatest pre-Columbian civilizations. By 250-900 BC, most Mayan city-states had reached their peak of development. An important evidence of this is the ancient Mayan temples, which were built in almost all Mayan cities. For reasons that are still not known, most Maya centers fell into decay over the following centuries and turned into ruins. However, some places are still very picturesque and you can visit them in Mexico.

  • Relax in top-notch Mexican resorts

Resorts in Mexico are the places, where you will definitely have a comfortable stay. Cancun, Mazatlan, Huatulco, Acapulco, Puerto Vallarta, Playa de Carmen, Cozumel resorts are among the best not only in America but also throughout the world. Cancun is one of the famous resorts located on the Yucatan Peninsula. It is known for its endless beaches, clear water and fairly close proximity to the monuments of Mayan civilization. Riviera Maya is a young resort located 50 kilometers from Cancun. It is a great place for family vacations. Most hotels offer an all-inclusive meal plan. The beach is famous for its white sand. Acapulco is a kind of “night capital” of the country, a city of entertainment with a great variety of shows, restaurants and casinos. This is the beachfront entertainment center of Mexico.

  • Taste real tequila

Of course, once in Mexico, you just need to taste the tequila! In Mexico, dozens of types of this blue agave drink are sold. The popular colorless tequila Blanco is intended exclusively for cocktails; yellowish, with the ‘Reposado’ inscription – more seasoned, which is drunk pure with salt and lime, and the most expensive – Anejo (its age is from 6 years), is a brown drink with a cognac hue in taste. By the way, during the initial processing of blue agave, a light alcoholic drink, pulque, is obtained. Another tequila-related drink is mezcal, which is also obtained by agave fermentation, but without added sugar. In bottles with mezcal often put the carcasses of caterpillars. It is believed that the one who got the caterpillar during bottling will be lucky for a whole year.

  • Take a train ride along the edge of the canyon

The Chihuahuaal Pacific railway is considered one of the most extreme in the world. Just imagine: the train rises to a height of 2400 m above sea level, passes through 37 bridges and 86 tunnels. A 13-hour journey can begin on the coast and then the train goes through waterfalls, deserts and mountains, plateaus and canyons. The steam engine passes through six Copper Canyons, which, if combined together, will be four times larger than the famous Grand Canyon. Tickets for the trip must be booked in advance, as the route is very popular.

Mexico is not only beaches and the sea for tourists. This is also a rich story. Acquaintance with the country, as a rule, begins with its capital. Mexico City is one of the most densely populated megacities. However, in the midst of modern noise, if you listen carefully, you will hear the quiet rustle of distant eras. This can be told about the majority of Mexican cities. Build your route down the Mexico so that not to miss the most beautiful places and you will always remember this trip!

 

Why BIG Cars Are Good For Traveling

in Car n Bike

If you like adventures, you can go traveling whenever you have free time. Traveling by car is the best option for American students, families, and all adventure lovers. It doesn’t matter how long the trip will be. It rather matters which car you pick for a trip. Range Rover rental in Cleveland Ohio offers the best off-roaders that make any road trip successful. How about your favorite Honda Civic? Yu can take about 5-6 passengers and still have enough space for luggage. Sure enough, a big car is very comfortable for family travelers or friends hangouts. Traveling big, you shouldn’t worry about the road condition, weather, mess of luggage. But would it be cost effective? So, how to choose the right car?

2011 VW Amarok - SUV

 

CHOOSE YOUR CAR BY…

Mileage

All people want to rent a car with a good MPG. It is extremely important for a road trip vehicle. Car fuel is not cheap so you can save much money when your car takes minimum gasoline per mile. Also, fuel efficiency plays important role for a long distance trip.

Cargo Space

Traveling with your family or just driving long distances usually needs many useful things to take with you. It can be clothes, food and drinks, entertainments, furniture. Traveling with kids requires even more special gear like a baby seat, highchair, baby carriage, toys. Do you have enough space for all these things in your car? Don’t forget about the comfort of your passengers. Is there any space for them?

Specialty

What does it mean? Specialty of each car depends on where you go. Sometimes, you prefer value enjoyability to hauling cargo. There can be many criteria for defining what specialties you want to see in your car. List them all and call to the rental agency. They always have something to offer.

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BIG CAR ADVANTAGES

What do you think about the right car for your trip? Do you want to pick SUV car or truck? SUVs and other big cars can boast their off-road capabilities and much space for all passengers and their luggage. Is that enough to pick a big car for a trip?

  1. Off-road driving

Obviously, big cars are good for different types of roads. They are good for work and for traveling. For example, if you are a farmer and have to travel on fields and gravy roads, you badly need a big off-roader. Traveling to the mountains, to the beach or on a bad dirt trail, a model like Ranger or any other large car will be the best for you.

  1. Space

It is not a secret that large cars have much space inside. People often pick them for traveling because they are good for comfortable trip with enough room for luggage and passengers. Of course, small cars are also good enough for solo travelers. You don’t need so much free space traveling solo. But family travelers prefer large cars to small ones. But size means much, especially when you are not an experienced driver. It takes some time to get use to a new car of bigger size. It is longer, larger, and heavier. The back seats are also more comfortable in a bigger car.

2011 VW Amarok - SUV

 

  1. Safety

It is believed that big cars are safe. In case of an accident your changes to escape death are bigger when you are in a large car. It makes your traveling safer for a driver and passengers. Besides, if you are in crash with a car of smaller size, you have big chances to survive and have your car undamaged after all.

  1. Style

Is it important for you to drive a stylish car? How do you think? Is the large car stylish enough for you? Sure enough, big cars give you more opportunities for styling. They have more metal surface to be styles and shaped in different way. Also, you will have much room inside the car. That means that the car interior can be more extravagant, changeable. What about the small cars? Their small size often makes them boring and impossible to change over the years.

 

The size of a car you are going to take for rent has a big effect on the rental price. Sure enough, small cars are cheaper in price and easier in driving. A big car is good-styles and more expensive. You will never have problems to park a small car or leave it somewhere at the entrance of the restaurant. But bigger cars are always comfortable and suit your trip the most, especially if you are traveling in a group. Think about the road you are going to travel to and minimum space you need to feel comfortable during the trip. It will help you to decide and make the right choice! So, do you need a big or a small car?

Fauna of Florida. Facts and Tips for Tourists’ safety

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First of all, the state of Florida is popular as a resort region, because of mild climate, the proximity of the Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico. Miami has several of the largest beaches: Miami Beach, South Beach, etc. Florida is a paradise for divers. In Biscayne, you can get acquainted with the beauties of the underwater world.

The state’s nature also deserves great attention: here you can admire the sunsets on the coast, watch orange trees, take a walk in the many national parks, inhabited by wild animals. Warm weather, nice water, and rich underwater world are pleasing. However, you can meet predators. There are four species of sharks on these coasts: big white shark, blue shark, tiger shark and bull shark. However, that is not all!

 

Fauna of Florida, which is better to avoid:

  1. Cyanea jellyfish

Jellyfish seem harmless until direct contact. The tentacles are dangerous. They leave a large burn on the body. There are several dangerous jellyfish on the coasts of Florida.

One of them is the Cyanea jellyfish (Lion’s mane). Poisonous tentacles, collected in eight bundles up to 30 meters long, complete the body, with a diameter of 2.5 meters. This jellyfish looks beautiful with its tentacles, resembling strands of matted hair or a lion’s mane, but its touch is painful.

  1. Portuguese man o’ war

They differ from jellyfish in the fact that they live in colonies, where each individual performs a specific role. Some are waiting for food, the second digest it, the third are responsible for the defense of the colony, and the fourth are responsible for reproduction. The swimming bubble of this creature looks like a sail of a medieval ship. It is bright red on top, blue from below and it shimmers from blue to purple. In contrast to common jellyfish, it is able to move against the wind. They are most similar to giant jellyfish with a fringe of long (up to 10 m) tentacles, which can cause very painful and often dangerous burns to health. This creature is considered one of the most dangerous on the Florida beaches. Its poison causes inflammation and swelling of the wound.

  1. Manatee

These are sea cows, which sometimes come to disport to the coast. In spite of the fact that manatees are peaceful animals, it is recommended for the swimmers to get out of the water, when you see them. Manatees are more likely to frighten by their size, as the length of adult animal could reach 3 meters. Sometimes, when you are driving along the coast, you can even see how people are helping the manatee to return to the water. It is possible that you will see it as well after ordering Jeep rental Ft Lauderdale, as these cars are making it possible to drive closer to the beach.

  1. Great white shark

People call Florida’s New Smyrna Beach the “world capital” of sharks. Great white sharks are commonly found at the coast of Florida and California, as well as in the northeast of the country, on the Atlantic coast. This shark is the most dangerous among all of the oceanic sharks. This predator grows up to 6 meter in length. For this shark, man is the same prey as any other mammal. Unfortunately, just one bite can be lethal.

  1. Brown hermit spider

This poisonous spider loves to relax in cool dark places, such as cardboard boxes, shoes and even in drawers, where you store clothes. You will not notice its bite at once, but after about 5 hours, everything significantly changes. Most deaths occur in people with a weak immune system.

Do not forget about rip current, when you are attending beach

Numerous placards, installed without exception on all the beaches of Florida, warn about the backflows. The most dangerous for people are undertows in shallow waters with many islands, sand spits and shallows. During low tide, water does not return to the sea immediately. It is like a river inside the sea. The speed of the river depends on the width of the spit. There is a channel of bubbling water, which is perpendicularly to the shore, or among the stormy waves, a strip of calm water. Usually the width of such a “river” is not more than 2-4 meters. Much less often, a flow up to 50 meters wide is formed.

Not only the beginners, but also even the experienced swimmers know that it is difficult to cope with the rapid sea current. The insidiousness of the breakdown currents is that they arise near the coast and catch those who simply stand or splash in the water and carry to the depths. It is recommended to choose only crowded beaches, as the lifeguards would definitely be there in case of danger.

 

 

What to do if you are in rip zone?

Do not resist the undertow, save strength. Until the flow weakens, hold on the surface of the water. Only the top layer of water moves quickly, it does not cover, but simply carries you.

Then try to swim out of the harbor seiche, swim in parallel to the shore. After getting out of the tide, come back to the coast at a slight angle. If you immediately go to the shore, there is a risk of getting into rip again. Rescuers know about rip current and set red flags in places of formation. This is an additional identification mark: you should not enter the water and swim near the flags. Focus on waves with white lamb. They will direct you to the shore.

 

Florida’s nature is very rich and beautiful. However, do not forget about the dangers that may conceal new beaches and thickets. Carefully choose the places for swimming in Florida, since in some areas cold ocean currents often approach the shore, and the rocky shores are quite inconvenient for moving. Do not forget about our tips and let your stay be informative and relaxing.

 

Want to Make Friends in New City? Read HOW!

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Is it difficult for you to make new friends? It is not an easy thing to do, especially when you are 20 or 30. Does it feel like a kid on the playground? Add some stress and fear to feel how it is. By the way, being nervous is fine. Look around! Everyone is ready to help you to find a way or catch a bus. Whenever you go, to climb up the mountain in Colorado or learn surfing at Caribbean, Avis car rental in Denver, Barbados, or in any other part of the world will help you to feel more comfortable in the unknown place. One way or another, you can’t live without a friendly advice. Your GPS is nothing to what the real friend means. Are you ready to spend efforts and make friends?

 

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Stop nervous! The basic places for making friends are your work, internet, bars and cafes. Also, there can be some unexpected ways to make friends in a new place.

  1. Go to the shop

Of course, it is more comfortable to shop from your smartphone. Try to come out of your comfort zone and go shopping, especially if you are traveling through the new city. You can find some new stuff for your comfortable living and talk to people. Don’t be afraid to ask if you need a friendly advice about one or another thing you are going to buy. Feel free to ask about what is what in the shop and right direction. Ask about local food and popular ingredients, recipes.

Of course, a food shop is a unique place that is always full of people, but you can pick the shop according to your interests. Do you like reading? Welcome to the book store! Do you like sports? You can try to find friends in the sport shop.

  1. Take a break in the local cafe

Coffee shop or cafe can be a nice opportunity to make friends. If you are shy and don’t want to talk to people without any reason, try to read all those flyers and cards on the table. Nobody knows what will attract your attention. Coffee shop is a unique place and a source of information about local groups, popular events, clubs and meeting. Just read the flyers and try to join the city gardening club if you like gardening the most.

  1. Walk your dog

Do you know that walking your dog you can make new friends? Just take your dog, or your friend’s dog if you don’t have any, and go to the park. Dogs are always a good occasion to start conversation with the dog lovers. Definitely, you can always find a topic to discuss and put as many questions as you can.

Man's best friend

  1. Be active online

Why don’t you join the group in the internet? Everyone likes spending time there. You can find a lot of groups on different interests. You can join any of them and meet new friends. Also, you can use many different apps that facilitate new friendships. Try EatWith or OneTable! They help to find a friend for dinner and explore your new city’s cuisine altogether. What is more, most of the apps welcome locals to participate. It would be great to meet locals, ask about interesting places, city rules, and the way of life you should follow.

  1. Join faith group

This variant is good for religious people. Connecting with a faith group can be really helpful if you are going to stay in a new place for long. Often, religious organizations promote finding friends in a new city. You feel really comfortable and never afraid to ask your new friends about all trouble questions. As a rule, faith group helps people for free.

Yoga

  1. Visit social events

You can learn about all interesting events in the city from the touristic agency or locals. Don’t be afraid to go to the park to find a sport group or workout class. You can go to the beach to practice yoga outdoors. Even if you are not good at cooking, try to attend cooking classes or reading clubs. That’s really good idea to join people around the general idea. Shared problems, issues make communication easier. Don’t worry if you have no special gear to practice in the group. You should try first and then decide.

Making friends is not an easy thing to do. No doubts about it! Whenever you go, there is always a way to make new friends. Try to find it! Of course, everything depends on what country you have picked for traveling or living. If it is a southern state, you should try luck in sport, surfing, beach clubs. European countries can boast shopping, museums, social events where you can always try to meet new people. It would be great to make friendship with locals. They can tell you a lot about their city over a cup

Airbag: Automorive Safety Innovations

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According to statistics, about half of all accidents occur in frontal collisions of cars. In a collision at high speed, drivers of vehicles, without special protective systems, have a low probability of staying alive, no matter how regrettable it may sound. One of the components of such systems is the airbag – a device that is designed to soften the hits taken by the driver and passengers in the event of a car colliding with other vehicles, fences, building walls, trees, etc. At the same time, for the entire existence of airbags, many types of them have been created. We will tell you about the classification of airbags and their modern variations. As a responsible motorist, you should choose the best options, when travelling by car. For example, in the USA, you can rent a manual car NYC.

Types of airbags

In modern cars, there are several airbags, and they are located in different parts of the cabin. Based on this, they are divided into the following:

  1. Frontal airbags

They ate used since 1981 in the Mercedes-Benz car brand. At the same time, there are two subtypes of frontal airbags: for the driver and for the passenger in the front.

As a rule, the second subtype airbag can be turned off. Frontal airbags can be called the most technologically advanced. They were first used as a two-stage and multi-stage operation. Structurally, part of the mechanism is located right in the steering wheel, and the second part is closer to the right edge of the front panel.

  1. Head airbags

Drivers often call them simply “curtains”. Designed to protect the heads of passengers who are both in the front and rear row of seats. The mechanism is usually installed in the rear and front parts of the roof and between the pillars.

  1. Side airbags

They provide additional protection in side collisions. They were first installed in 1994 in Volvo cars, but today they are found not only in vehicles of this brand. In the best airbags of this type, there are two cameras: one soft on top and one hard on the bottom. In some models, they are located on the back of the back seat, most of them in the back of the front seat.

  1. Knee airbags

In the overwhelming majority of cases, they are only in front of the driver, less often – under the glove compartment of the front passenger in the cabin.

  1. Central airbag

It provides even higher protection in side collisions. Thanks to this airbag, in a collision the passengers will not press each other down. The mechanism is located in the center of the back of the back row of seats and in the armrest between the passenger and the driver.

There are some very interesting solutions. Volvo is today a pioneer in external passive protection. Namely, it has created airbag specifically for pedestrians. In 2012, the Pedestrian Airbag System appeared, working in tandem with a video camera, a radar and seven collision sensors. The airbag itself is located under the hood.

Unusual airbag, patented by Porsche

A new type of protective device is able to compensate for the absence of upper curtains or to supplement them. This is an airbag in the front pillar of a convertible.

In the current cabriolets of this brand, head protection with a side impact is still there. This is part of the ‘Porsche Side Impact Protection System’ complex, consisting of bars in the doors, side airbags in the backs of the seats and head airbags, appearing from the top of the door upholstery.

In addition to the airbag, Porsche has patented an active diffuser with moving parts. Moreover, two (or more) of its parts can be adjusted separately, creating a different clamp on the right and left, for example, in turnings.

 

ZF external airbags

The security concept of the next generation is automotive side external airbags.

Engineers do not stop working on the invention of new safety technologies. The result of it was the creation of external side airbags by the specialists of the German ZF company. The company demonstrated the first prototype of this system at the Airbag 2018 symposium in Mannheim (Germany). The external airbags are placed in the vehicle’s steps. When deployed, one pillow in about 100 milliseconds is pumped up almost the size of the back of a sofa – 2 meters in length and 50 cm in height. Thanks to such dimensions, it closes almost the entire side of the car, creating reliable protection against impact.

Tests have demonstrated that external airbags, designed to be deployed at the last moment before the collision, reduce the severity of the accident and passenger injuries by at least 30%.

According to the developer, external airbags will be the first intellectual system of active security of the next generation. It is likely that they can be useful for unmanned vehicles.

 

After the traditional frontal airbags, appeared the side and curtain airbags, knee airbags and even the central airbags, between the driver and the front passenger. Designers have come up with traditional airbags, belts and airbags for pedestrians, airbags with a relief valve and internal flexible connections. The evolution of this system never stops and this is a reassuring fact.

Unique Experience: 7 Less-Known Sights in Las Vegas

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Las Vegas is a city that has become the epicenter of fun. Everyone thinks that there are only casinos, slot machines and other entertainment, forcing wealthy tourists to spend their millions.

However, don’t forget that this city was previously one of the most important strategic sites in the middle of the desert, and the sights of which it can boast are not only casinos and expensive penthouses. Las Vegas itself and its surroundings keep many unique places for travelers. After arriving in the city, pick up airport van rental in Las Vegas and start your adventure immediately by visiting the following amazing places…

Hoover Dam

Hoover Dam and Power House

One of the most beautiful dams in the world is located in the heart of the arid valleys of Nevada near Las Vegas. Its construction was completed in 1935 and since then it has become not only an important object for the state, but also a tourist attraction.

Firstly, Lake Mead was formed thanks to this dam – this is a favorite vacation spot of many travelers and locals. Secondly, the dam is surrounded by bridges and roads, thus everyone can enjoy mind-blowing landscapes while driving a car, or strolling along the bridge. This is exactly what many people who got to this wonderful place do.

 

Discovery Children’s Museum

DISCOVERY Children's Museum, Las Vegas, NV

Discovery Channel is known to everyone since long time ago, but sometimes everything that is told on it – is not entirely clear even to an adult.

Not far from Las Vegas, the local authorities created a children’s museum, which presents all things and phenomena in nature and science in the most simple and understandable way. Undoubtedly, this is a very interesting place, since the kids simply don’t want to leave it. The museum’s exhibits can be touched, moved, and explored.

 

TopGolf Las Vegas

Top Golf

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Golf is a game that for many decades has been the most favorite activity of many people. But, alas, not everyone could afford to play it, and feel comfortable at the same time.

However, TopGolf Las Vegas proved that nothing is impossible. This is just something unreal that a very impressive in size golf course is located on the top floor of a skyscraper. While hitting golf balls on the grass, you can enjoy a gorgeous view of Las Vegas and be completely independent of weather conditions. Also, the complex features a bar, several lounge areas, a swimming pool and other amenities that are valued by travelers.

 

The Mob Museum

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In the world capital of the casino there’s another uncommon museum, which should be visited anyway. It focuses almost everything that’s related to the Mafia of the 30s, whose activities flourished in the United States.

Newspaper clippings, weapons, clothing, items found in the homes and offices of the main Mafiosi – all this is available now to public. Sometimes thematic evenings are held in the museum, where you can reincarnate either as a cop or a criminal and feel the retro atmosphere.

 

Red Rock Canyon

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The nature of Nevada is unique – it has no analogues all over the world. Many people dream that someday they will be able to walk along the canyons of the Grand Canyon, but this is an expensive pleasure.

If you don’t take into account the popular route, and go to the Red Rock Canyon, which surrounds Las Vegas, then you’ll get the same amazing impressions. This is an awesome place, albeit very hot. There are both hiking trails, which are used for guided tours, and highways for those who wish to explore the canyon in a more comfortable way.

 

Pinball Hall of Fame

Pinball Hall of Fame - new machine row

The creator of this establishment was just a fan of this simple game. He set his records for a long time, competed with the opponents, and at a mature age he decided to open a real museum, where anyone can also play this game.

The hall is full of pinball machines: the oldest one, released many decades ago opens the list of and the newest model closes it. This entertainment is quite affordable, plus, you cannot even play, but just look at this miracle – the entrance to the hall is absolutely free of charge. However, the fans of the game regularly spend most of their time there and organize tournaments where you can also take part.

 

‘Dig This’ Experience

Dig This! Las Vegas sooooo fun!!

In childhood, many boys dreamed of going behind the wheel of an excavator. Not everyone’s dream came true and this entertainment was created in order to understand what it was like to be an excavator driver. Modern excavators are placed on a huge area and, having rented one of them, you can drive on it, dig the ground, tear down the walls and do whatever your heart desires.

By the way, there are several smaller landfills nearby for younger visitors – they feature electric excavators. Quite often contests, races and other events are held there, and you can participate and get a lot of new impressions.

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