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6 Countries That are Home to Massive Reptiles

From snakes to lizards, harmless to venomous, there’s something fascinating about reptiles. Even more so, the giant reptiles around the world. Frequently used as man-eating monsters in Hollywood (Anaconda, Lake Placid), giant snakes, crocodiles, and lizards are feared by many. However, for the danger seekers, this list will take you through the countries with the biggest reptiles, whether to visit or simply to admire from afar. For clarity, many of these reptiles can be found in multiple countries and the countries may have other reptiles there, however for the sake of clarity I will be choosing the countries with the highest number of a specific species.

Mexico – Leatherback Turtle

While being a sea turtle that can travel hundreds of miles in the ocean, many Leatherback Turtle’s come to the shores of Mexico to lay their eggs. Weighing anywhere between 250 and 700kg, these heavy reptiles are quite a sight to see filling the Mexican beaches during their laying season.

Ecuador – Galapagos Tortoise

This gentle giant may not be the most dangerous massive reptile on the list, but what they lack in speed and fangs, they make up for in size. Adult Galapagos tortoises can weigh up to 417kg and can live up to 100 years old in the wild, with the oldest living to 170 in captivity.

Indonesia – Komodo Dragon

A large lizard with a deadly bite, the Komodo Dragon of Indonesia dominates the ecosystem of its home, killing and eating birds, invertebrates, and mammals. Not only is it a massive reptile on its own, but it’s also the largest species of lizards on the planet. Best known for having venomous saliva, the bite force of the Komodo Dragon is speculated to be strong enough to snap an adult’s leg in two, though I’m not sure anyone would volunteer to test that.

India – Reticulated Python

The longest snake in the world, the Reticulated Python eats anything it can get a hold of. There have been reports of them swallowing deer and even Sun Bears, which are known to be extremely aggressive. The snake has earned the title of longest snake due to its longest length of 21.3ft, a behemoth that could easily devour a human being. They make their kills not with venom, but rather by slowly squeezing their prey to death and swallowing them whole.

Bolivia – Green Anaconda

I remember watching the movie Anaconda when I was younger and being terrified by the giant snake that terrorized Jennifer Lopez and Ice Cube, but it was just a movie, right? Well, Green Anacondas are not a work of fiction and occupy slow-moving rivers and streams throughout South America. Though they aren’t as long as the Reticulated Python, the weight makes them the largest snakes in the world, weighing in at up to 500kg. While there have been reports of attacks on humans, Green Anacondas tend to eat mammals and fish, though they have been known to kill and eat fully grown Jaguars.

Australia – Saltwater Crocodile

Australia. Oh, Australia. Home to numerous horrific creatures, such as the Huntsman Spider, various snakes and lizards, and even giant pinecones that have been reported to kill people when they fall from trees, it’s no surprise that it’s home to the biggest reptile on the planet. The Saltwater Crocodile can grow up to 23ft and weigh 1,300kg. Over the years there have been photos and videos emerging of the Saltwater Crocodile killing bull sharks that swim up the Australian rivers and they also feast on cattle and buffalo, as well as a few unsuspecting humans. On average, there are 30 Saltwater Crocodile attacks on humans every year with 50% of those attacks being fatal.

So, with that list of the biggest reptiles and their countries, you know either where to avoid or where to visit to see these giant reptiles in action. To all snake and lizard enthusiasts out there, remember that these monsters are nothing like looking after your pet reptile, they are big, bad, and often dangerous wild animals. Some countries offer paid tours to be able to (safely) see these massive reptiles in the wild and I would recommend that if you wanted to see them up close.

The 7 Most Breathtaking Islands you Need to Visit

When choosing your next holiday destination you may find yourself torn between the many different options you have available, visiting an island promises to be a holiday to remember and the difference in the way of life on an island location is truly extraordinary. There are many great islands all over the world with so much to offer in terms of picturesque landscapes, unique wildlife, and amazing people, if you are looking for a different holiday destination this year then keep on reading for the seven best islands that you simply have to visit.

 

The Maldives

The isolated serenity of the Maldives has made this remote island one of the most popular holiday destinations in recent years, a trip to the Maldives is bound to be a relaxing experience, and thanks to the amazing pure blue sea views if you have the opportunity to holiday in the Maldives I would highly urge you to do so. One of the main selling points of this gorgeous island would have to be the private huts based right by the sea that can be rented for a very unique holiday experience.

 

Bora Bora

Bora Bora is another very popular holiday island location due to the wildlife-rich areas that you can visit; Bora Bora is a great location for someone who wants to see more of the world and for those of you who are interested in seeing the abundance of animals and wildlife that can be found here. This remote island is very popular amongst young travelers and backpackers due to the very unique holiday experience and the fact that there is such a variety of activities and attractions suitable for people of all ages and backgrounds.

 

Seychelles

Seychelles is an island located in the Indian Ocean close to Eastern Africa, if you have the opportunity to visit this amazing island then I’m sure it will not disappoint. Expect high temperatures and picturesque views in this amazing resort location. There are many different accommodation options with luxury hotels scattered all over the island, however, if you were looking for something with a little more natural flair and a rustic touch then why not stay in one of the wildlife cabin resorts where you could have the opportunity to see some amazing wildlife and animals in their natural habitat.

 

Santori

Santori is a classic-looking Greek island with rich blue, green waters and the classic landscape of those white Grecian buildings placed all over the island makes this a must-have holiday destination. If you have been thinking about taking a trip to Greece then I would urge you to look at Santori as an option, as it is very hard to find another location that perfectly sums up what a holiday in Greece is like. There is a lot to do here from water sports to nature hikes and with many tourist attractions featuring some classic Greek history, I would argue that this is one of the best islands to visit worldwide simply due to how many things there are to do here.

 

Bali

Bali is another very popular island holiday destination, and it would have to be one of the most exotic places you can visit. There is a strong community here and with a large number of visitors every year it is clear to see what makes this place so popular. From snorkeling to find your favorite aquatic wildlife to relaxing in one of the various beach bars, no matter what kind of holiday you look for I’m sure you will have a great time in Bali.

 

Borneo

Borneo is a large island located in SouthEast Asia, popular amongst travelers and backpackers this island is very well known for its huge amount of wildlife and the opportunity to see the native animals. With many recorded sightings of various species of monkeys and even the clouded leopard, this destination would be perfect for those of you looking for a more exciting holiday in comparison to a more relaxing location. Borneo is a very wildlife-orientated place soi if you are looking for a more commercial destination then I would maybe look elsewhere.

 

Ko Pha Ngan

The final island on this list is Ko Pha Ngan which is located in Thailand, this destination is pretty unique as itr hosts the monthly full moon parties which attract a large traveler crowd. With their quaint beach huts that are available at a pretty reasonable price, it is no wonder why so many people travel to join the festivities on a  monthly basis. This huge party is unlike anything you can find elsewhere and is definitely one that you shouldn’t miss out on if you ever get the chance to go and party hard in this amazing location.

5 Fantastic Games to Occupy Yourself while you Travel

Most people dream of saving enough money to go traveling. They dream of the long flights to exotic locations, the luxury hotels, the drinks by the pool, the hot weather, and the new relaxing lifestyle that’s so different from the standard 9-5 office job. One thing most people don’t think about when they’re planning on traveling is the other side of it, they think about all the amazing pro’s but don’t consider things like getting bored on the long flights or flight delays with hours in the airport with nothing to do. It is likely that at some point while you travel something will go wrong and you’ll be in a situation similar to this, to make these situations more bearable we recommend having some games to keep yourself occupied and help the time go quicker. This also goes for long car journeys and would be a great way to keep the kids occupied if you’re traveling as a family. We’ve found 5 fantastic games that you can occupy yourself with and they have game solutions online in case you get stuck.

 

Angry Birds

Angry Birds is an old game, it was released over a decade ago in 2009 but it’s still a super popular game. It’s a puzzle style game based on a group of birds that have had their eggs stolen by a group of pigs. The aim of the game is to use a slingshot to break the beams that the pigs are resting on to save the eggs of the birds. This game is so popular that it has been turned from a movie into a game.

 

Candy Crush Saga

Candy Crush Saga is a free app available on both apple and android. This is also a puzzle game and it’s highly addictive. There are many different types of candy on screen, the aim of the game is to match up three of the same candy type by shifting the position of other candies on the board. You can also match more than 3 to create a combo. It’s not just us that recommend this game as it is rated 4.7/5 on the app store.

 

Mario Kart

Everyone has played Mario Kart on the Wii, and as it is one of the most popular Nintendo games created, have enjoyed playing it. Mario Kart is a racing game with many of the most popular Nintendo characters to play as; Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, Yoshi, etc. There are 12 characters competing, 4 races in a tournament, and 8 different cups with 4 different racing tracks to choose from. This was made into a mobile game in September 2019 and has been popular since.

 

Flappy Bird

Flappy Bird is another old mobile game as it was initially released in 2013 but it has stood the test of time and is still extremely popular. When you play you control a bird, the bird is flying through green pipes of varying lengths, the aim of the game is to get as far as you can without crashing into one of these pipes. The highest score is 999, trying to get this far would be a great way to occupy yourself.

 

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp is a free to play version of the popular Nintendo game Animal Crossing but a slimmed-down version. The story of this game is that you live in a new town and you get to communicate with your neighbors, make friends, work, go fishing, etc. This is another highly rated game, it is rated 4.8/5 on the app store.

The Best Holiday Destinations for Photography Enthusiasts

There are hundreds of various photography styles and techniques that different photographers enjoy using. Some of the most popular styles used among photography enthusiasts include portrait photography, still life photography, landscape photography, wildlife photography, food photography, and sports photography. All of these different styles of photography would be best suited to different holiday destinations so you’d have to decide on your favorite style.

Photography enthusiasts will know that there are 8 different elements to ensuring you take that perfect picture every single time, the most important being light, subject, and composition. There are also a lot of photography techniques to master, the best way to see what fits your photography style is trial and error, give all of them a try and see what gives you the best result. Some of the most popular techniques include point-and-shoot, motion blur, high speed, and long-exposure. After finding your best technique and your favorite style of photography, it’s another difficult decision to choose the destination with the most picture-perfect sights and views for your needs. We’ve compiled a list of what we think are the best 4-holiday destinations to help you decide.

 

Iceland

Iceland is a very small country; it is an island in the North Atlantic Ocean, very close to the Arctic Circle. To put how small it is into perspective, the USA is more than 9000% larger than Iceland. Iceland however would be the perfect destination for any wildlife photography enthusiasts. Iceland has a vastly different climate to America and so is home to completely different wildlife. Some of the amazing wildlife you’d be able to snap photos of here include the arctic fox, mink, reindeer, puffins, and dolphins. In the winter Iceland is very snowy so you’d be able to get some great photos of these animals with the perfect background, it is also possible to see the Northern Lights in Iceland so if you’re really lucky you could even snap a photo with these illuminating the sky.

 

Italy

Italy is a country located in south-central Europe. There as many popular cities to choose from to visit in Italy including Rome (The Capital), Florence, Venice, Milan, and Pisa. The Italians are known worldwide for their outstanding food, specializing in pizza, pasta, and ice cream. It doesn’t matter what city you choose to visit, any city or town in Italy would be the perfect destination if you’re interested in food photography. Going in the summer would definitely be ideal as Italy is sunny during the summer months so the natural light with the incredible food would make your photos the best you’ve taken yet. If you want to enjoy the food as well as taking some great photos, the most popular pizza in Italy is from a restaurant called ‘L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele’ in Naples.

 

Israel

Israel is located in Asia and considered to be part of the Middle East region, it borders Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, and Egypt. Jerusalem is the capital of Israel and is home to one of the most widely known shrines – the Dome of the Rock. This is the perfect place if you’re interested in architectural photography. The Dome of the Rock is a shrine on the Temple Mount that is important to any followers of Islam. It is a UNESCO world heritage site and is one of the oldest works of Islam architecture that is still standing today making this one of the most popular and important architectural photography destinations in the world.

 

France

France is located in western Europe, it is bordered by Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany, Switzerland and Italy. Paris, the capital of France is known as one of the most fashionable cities in the world, alongside Milan and New York. If you’re interested in fashion then Paris would be the perfect holiday destination for you. Paris still attracts thousands of want to be fashion designers every year, hoping to move to Paris and learn from the best. The best time to visit to take the best fashion photos is usually the last week of February as this is when Paris fashion week takes place, the perfect event to fulfill your photography needs. Usually hosting at least 90 shows with more than 2500 guests this is definitely the ideal holiday destination for fashion photography.

4 Exotic and Exciting Places to go for a Family Summer Holiday

If you are someone with children, the yearly family holiday is something that you look forward to but also dread. Organizing anything with children can be extremely exhausting as it’s difficult to find a location that will be fun for them and yourself, as well as not breaking the bank.  However, no matter how stressful the initial planning process maybe, once you actually get to go on holiday, it is well worth it. One of the more difficult aspects of planning the holidays that you may find is picking the location itself.

 

If you are planning to holiday in the summertime then you are instantly under the pressure of a time crunch. There will be millions of families rushing to book the best holiday destination at the most affordable price, so it’s important to act fast to ensure that you don’t miss out on some of the best deals out there. If you have already been to several locations and don’t want to repeat previous holidays that you have enjoyed, then you may be looking for some inspiration.

 

Here are our top 4 picks of the most exotic and exciting places that you can venture to with your family on your next summer holiday.

 

Disney World

Though when you first read the words ‘Disney World’ you may not automatically think ‘exotic’, there is no doubt that you feel excitement at the prospect of visiting. Disney World is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the world and is beloved by all ages. Even if you are someone that is a lot older than Disney’s target audience, there is no doubt that Disney has been a part of your life at some point.

 

There is a reason that Disney world is so popular and that is because you can visit 100 times and still not do everything that it has to offer. There are hundreds of rides to explore as well as plenty of arcades and other forms of entertainment. If you visit Disney World then you are bound to walk into one of the hundreds of actors that play the part of beloved characters and offer an interactive performance like no other.

 

The gift shops are what really appeal to a lot of the visitors of the park and there is a long selection of the besten geschenke für die schultüte jungs as well as gifts that you can take back to family members to enjoy. They say that you have to visit Disney World at one point in your life, and the reasons why are very obvious.

 

India

Now, this location won’t appeal to the desires of a lot of families out there, but if you are looking for an exotic trip to a hot country- India is perfect. One of the best things you could possibly do for your children is to allow them to experience rich cultures and explore new environments that differ from the ones that they are used to. Exploring the depths of India will give your children the opportunity to experience wonderful things that people double their age may not be able to imagine and it will leave a lasting effect on their lives.

 

This would also be an amazing experience for yourself as a parent as you will be able to bond with your children over amazing scenery and experiences.

 

Bali

If you are looking for a hot holiday that will allow you to access beaches and beautiful scenery, then Bali may be a good option for your next summer holiday. Bali is one of the most popular holiday destinations available right now and because of this, there are millions of resorts that welcome visitors to come to lie back and relax. If relaxing isn’t something that you like doing on holiday then fear not, as there are also thousands of outdoor activities that you can really sink your teeth into. Such as hiking, safari tours or even visiting some of the beautiful beaches available to the public.

 

France

France is never really considered to be an ideal holiday destination as it is considered to be mainly popular for romantic holidays, but if you travel further down south then you will be able to find amazing beach homes to escape to for the summer. Holidays to France are extremely affordable and offer the opportunity to get really immersed in a new culture. It is also really easy to travel around France, so nothing is stopping you from venturing to some of the popular cities.

A Foreigner’s Guide to Getting a Mortgage in Australia

Australia is one of the most picturesque paradises on the planet. Nowhere else can you find such a diverse biome of wildlife, both mammal and insect. Explore beautiful reefs and stunning white-sand beaches. Catch the most immense waves and enjoying a hearty BBQ right after.

The people of Australia are welcoming, kind, and strong-willed. They hold their countries’ culture close to their hearts and celebrate with pride all the things that make Australia so special. It is no wonder people from all over the world vision Australia as the perfect place to live. And the biggest reason of all. The sun.

Australia is one of the sunniest places on the planet. They have countless towns and states named after it. But for all its sunshine, Australia is also one of the stricter countries when it comes to immigration. So how does one go about moving to Australia? And more specifically, how does one get a mortgage while out there? This guide is going to give you all the information you need to secure your mortgage in Australia, from the perspective of someone who immigrated themselves.

 

The Immigration Process

We can’t talk about getting a mortgage in Australia without taking a quick look at the immigration process itself. Some countries are quick lax about their immigration processes. Australia isn’t. They operate on a strict, points-based system that is designed to limit how many people enter the country permanently.

The first step is to make sure you have researched employment opportunities. This is a big one. You need to be able to prove to the immigration officials that you have done significant research into finding a job and you have the skills and experience to actually secure a job while out there.

You also need to start looking for a place to live. This doesn’t mean you need to put down any deposits or know for certain exactly where you will be living. But you should have a good idea of the state and city and have done enough prior research to be able to prove you are seriously looking into it.

Then, you need to apply to the visa office. You can opt to get a visa nomination that allows a business or organization to vouch for your application giving you a better chance of getting approved. But, chances are that if you followed all the rules and guidelines you will get accepted.

The next step is to actually move out there and settle in. Which leads us to the big question. How can you get a mortgage to actually buy your own home?

 

Getting a Mortgage

In the UK and USA, the Mortgage process has been streamlined. These countries are very much capitalist societies are their fullest. So they have made sure any system of banks making money is at its best. This isn’t the case in Australia.

The Mortgage Process isn’t as tight as it is over in the UK or the USA. The process takes a lot longer and requires a significant amount of documentation. And this is particularly true form immigrants to Australia.

But, as an immigrant to the country, there is a set criterion you need to meet to get approved. We spoke to blutin mortgage advisors to find out exactly what this criterion is and some tips to help you prepare.

 

The Criteria

The biggest two are serviceability and employment.

Serviceability is your ability to repay your mortgage. It is worked out by looking at factors such as your current savings, your income (Or expected income if you have yet to start work), and also they will look at your history of debt repayment, such as previous mortgages. If you fail at this step to prove you can adequately repay the mortgage, chances are you won’t get approved.

Employment is simple. You need to prove to the bank you are employed, going to be employed, or are looking for work. If you are looking for work, you will need to prove you are qualified for the jobs you are applying for and prove you stand a good chance of getting them.

Of course, these aren’t the only two factors considered.

There is also the matter of security. This essentially means how much value the property you are looking at has in terms of resale value. This is important to the bank as they need to know that if you fail to make payments on the property, they can recoup their losses by selling the property.

You need to make sure your visa status is also properly sorted and all the relevant documentation can be produced. And it is vital you have done this step correctly. If you have the incorrect visa type you could be denied your mortgage right out of the gate.

 

Helpful Tips

There are a lot of things you can do in preparation for both your move to Australia and before you apply for a mortgage to make extra certain you will be approved.

First, make sure you have no outstanding debts that could seriously hinder your chances. If you have excessive loans to pay off, we recommend sorting that before you consider immigrating.

Secondly, keep good relations with your real estate agents and banker. It never hurts to be polite, inquisitive, and ask the right questions. But make sure you also do your research. If you are clued up on everything they will respond to you in a more positive manner.

 

Hostel Living: The Travellers Guide to Hostel Hopping

At one point in all of our lives, we have dreamed of packing up a backpack and traveling the world to escape the daily stresses. For most of us that remain a desk daydream fantasy, however, there are thousands of people jetting off every day in search of new adventures. If you’re someone who wants to visit lots of locations around the world but is deterred by the lack of finances that you have to support this venture, then you could always try crashing at a hostel as opposed to an expensive hotel.

 

For those of you that haven’t really experienced hostel life, you may recoil at the idea. However, staying in hostels isn’t even too bad, in fact, it can be an amazing experience- if you choose the right one. If you are new to the idea of staying in a hostel you might not know where to start or what to look for, so here are our travelers guide to hostel hopping.

 

Check online reviews

If you look at any hostel booking page, they are bound to brag about how good their location is, but that is not an accurate depiction of what the hostel is really like. There are plenty of review sites that allow hostel hoppers to write their honest opinions about the places that they have stayed in and these opinions are way more reliable than those of the hostel owner. Make sure you look at several reviews before you even think about booking a hostel because you don’t want to make yourself suffer from poor living conditions if you don’t have to.

 

Travel in groups

One of the main aspects of hostel living that really puts people off is the idea of sharing a room with a lot of people. For one we think that this aspect of hostel living can be really interesting as it gives you the chance to meet people you would have never have come across in the everyday world. However, we do understand that not everyone enjoys this side of hostel hopping. For this, we recommend that you travel with a group of friends as it means that you can occupy a large part of whatever room you are put in, which will make the experience way less overwhelming.

 

Check out the hostel in person

Pictures online can be deceiving, so if you get the chance, be sure to check out the hostel location in person. This doesn’t even require you to enter the hostel, as you can get a good idea of what the inside will be like just from looking at the entrance. Make sure the outside of the hostel looks clean and there’s no trash everywhere because you’re not going to have a good time if you have a problem with pests during your stay. Follow your gut feeling, if a hostel doesn’t feel like it will be up to scratch, don’t stay there.

 

Make sure your items are secure

Though more often than not, the security of your items won’t be an issue when staying at a hostel, it should always be something that you think about. You are going to be staying with a bunch of people that you don’t know personally, so it is very possible that one of these people may enjoy some light theft. Make sure you have all of your valuable items securely locked away, a good hostel will provide you with a locker to allow you to do this. We recommend investing in some quality locks to place on your bags, just for the extra security.