The Most Awesome Mountain Biking Trails in the World

Mountain biking is a sport on the rise and as such new trails are being blazed constantly, opening up the world of mountain biking to more and more people, worldwide. Every mountain biker can you his or her opinion of the most awesome mountain biking trails in the world, and in reality, they’re all right. Depending on your skill set, the time of year you visit, and the condition of the trail on any given day, each mountain biker will have his or her own personal experience on the trail. And that’s really the beauty of mountain biking. You never know what you’re going to get. From California to the Alps, Nepal to New Zealand, the world is being explored in new and exciting ways, atop a mountain bike.

Mountain Biking Trails

The French Alps are definitely at the top of any list of the most awesome mountain biking trails in the world. With a system of chairlifts throughout the area, there’s hardly any uphill biking, just kilometer after kilometer of extensive, and exhilarating downhill trails. The French Alps are a major destination for any mountain biker from anywhere in the world. Also high up on the list of ultimate mountain biking trails is Whistler, Canada. With over 120 miles of trails to explore the mountains of British Columbia Whistler also has many chairlifts that help skiers and snowboarding access runs during the winter months, but also can be used by mountain bikers in the warmer, less snowy months of the year.

If you’re looking for mountain biking trails, you’re going to want to look for the mountains. What better place to find truly epic trails than in the Himalayas. Nepal is home to the world’s tallest mountains, and logically speaking some of the sickest downhill trails ever. Accommodations while exploring these trails include camping for the truly brave willing to face extreme weather conditions, or staying in tea houses run by locals of the area. Mountain biking in Nepal is truly reaching the pinnacle of the most awesome trails in the world.

Take a plunge in the opposite direction of the Himalayas and explore the trails through Death Valley in California. Death Valley in the Mojave Desert is one of the hottest places in the world, with temperature reaching up to 134 °F (56.7 °C). With the lowest point of elevation in North America, Death Valley plummets to 86m (282ft) below sea level. This is not for the faint of heart, but it is home to some of the most dramatic landscapes in the world.

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Race at Wolf Mountain. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

For some more incredibly hot trails, visit Turpan, in the Gobi Desert, China. This is literally the hottest spot in China with temperatures exceeding 100 °F most days of the year. While this place is hot, its hills seem like they were created solely with the purpose of mountain bikers in mind. Once you’re tired of extreme heat in some of the world’s driest deserts, head down to New Zealand to explore the awesome trails in Rotorua, just a four hour drive from the Auckland. Rotorua boasts over 100 kilometers of riding trails, and hosted the 2006 World Championship of Mountain Biking. This is one place you don’t want to miss.

These are just some of the most awesome and extreme mountain bike trails to be found throughout the world, but there are plenty of others closer to and further from your home. What are you waiting for? Get out there and explore some trails. Start creating your very own list of the most awesome mountain biking trails around the world.

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International Pillow Fight Day

If you want to smile and have fun, then just don’t miss International Pillow fight day which is held on Saturday 6th April at Trafalgar Square in London. Thousands of people battered each other until feathers flew in Trafalgar Square from 3.00pm to 5.00pm. Bring all your friends because this is going to become a wonderful memory for you that you’ll cherish for the rest of your life.

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The fight starts at 3.00 pm and goes until your arms are too exhausted to continue. It is great fun and joy that you can have on a city square .It happens in hundreds of cities around the world and London is just one of more than 100 cities around the world to take part in this event. It is a great way to have fun and relieve your stress.

There are only two rules to be followed to take part in this event.

  • Don’t hit anyone with a camera
  • Don’t hit anyone without a Pillow

So come and take part in this unique event and its thrill.

Don’t hit anyone with a camera and don’t hit anyone without a pillow…

London was just one of more than 100 cities around the world to take part in the event.

Cebu Pacific Air launched two new international destinations

The Philippines leading airline, Cebu Pacific Air has launched two new international destinations on 30th March 2014 utilizing the airline’s brand-new Airbus A320 fleet. The airline became the first low-coast Philippine carrier to operate direct daily flights to Tokyo from Manila and four times weekly flights to Nagoya.

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Cebu Pacific Air Airbus A320 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

In the words of Candice Iyog, CEB vice president for marketing and distribution, Cebu Pacific is very excited to finally be able to offer lowest fares to these two new destinations in Japan. With the seat sales, seamless Manila airport terminal connection and extensive network will surely stimulate travel and bring Japanese tourist to various destinations in Philippines.

She further added that with these new services offered by Cebu Pacific, Japan is now more accessible and more affordable. These two new destinations will enable many Filipinos to explore Japan for both leisure as well as business.

Sri Lanka thrash India to win World T20 title

Sri Lankan supporters can finally smiles as the country has won the 2014 T20 World Cup after defeating India by six wickets in the final. The legends of Sri Lankan team Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene were playing their last game of the shorter format and finished their T20 career on a high. The highly action-packed final was held at Sher-e-Bangla National stadium on 6th of April.

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Earlier, the game began 40 minutes late after a sharp shower delayed proceedings. Lasith Malinga won the toss elected to bowl first. India after being put in to bat, score just 130 runs for 4 despite a firing inning from Virat Kohli. In reply to the chase of 131 runs, Sri Lanka lost their opener Kusal Perera early in the inning but their star batsman Sangakkara built steady partnership with first Tillakaratne Dilshan and then Jayawardene, keeping his team’s noses in front. Sangakkara and Thisara Perera finished the match with three boundaries in 18th over, sealing a landmark victory of their country.  Sangakkara remains unbeaten till the end with a great knock of 52 runs while Perera scored 23 off 17 balls.

Sangakkara named Man of the Match while Virat Kohli won the Man of the Tournament honors.

Singapore Airline’s A380 to debut in India

Singapore Airline, the flag carrier of Singapore will be the first to fly the Airbus A380 to India. The A380 will start flying to India from 30th May, about seven years after the aircraft made its entry into commercial service. Daily the airline will fly the A380 to Mumbai and New Delhi, replacing the smaller Boeing 777s. Another daily flight will, however continue its operation through B777s.

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Overall 14 flights will serve each city every week. With the introduction of Airbus A380, the airline will save on operating costs and the move will also see more capacity reduction on the route. The Mumbai and Delhi Airports have welcomed the Singapore Airlines announcement saying, this was demonstration of world-class facilities at the airport. Currently Singapore Airline and its regional airline Silk Air fly 107 flights to India a week.

How to Stay Productive During Business Travel

If you have to travel for business, you may be forced to spend many hours in a plane or a train. While you may assume that you won’t be able to do anything other than sit and watch the scenery, there are many ways that you can stay productive while traveling to your next business meeting or conference. What are some things that you can do to stay productive while traveling for business?

Pick a Carrier That Provides WiFi 

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Krystal restaurant wi-fi poster in Birmingham, Alabama. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The best thing that you can do for yourself is to pick a transportation provider that provides you with an opportunity to use the Internet. When you have access to the Internet, you can stay in touch with those back at the office. This allows you to chat with your boss before a big presentation or review important files that you may need to help secure a new client account. On the way back to the office, you can submit a report or update senior management as to how the meeting went.

What Should You Do When You Cannot Access the Internet?

If you cannot access the Internet, you still have an opportunity to get work done while traveling for business. If you have your laptop with you, you can still type up a document or create a list of important points that you want to discuss with your team when you get back home. Even if you don’t have a computer, you should be able to obtain a pen and some paper to help you organize and write down your thoughts.

Create a Hot Spot

Those who have a smartphone or a tablet may be able to to create a hotspot. A hotspot is a place where devices can connect to the Internet even if there is no Internet access in the airport or in the train that you are on. In minutes, you can send, receive and download important files and documents that you can use to get work done after closing your hotspot. If you are going to make a hotspot, make sure that it is properly secured before using it. A hacker or identity thief could use it to get private information about yourself or your colleagues if you aren’t careful.

Is a Video Conference Possible?

If you or your company wants to look into aircraft charter or private jet charter, it may be possible to find a jet that has videoconferencing capabilities. This allows you to talk to those back home while flying on the plane. When looking for a private jet charter service to use, make it a priority to find a service that provides you and your employees with everything that they would need to get work done while they are in the air.

Don’t Forget About Your Phone

Your phone does have the ability to put you in touch with anyone you need to talk to even if there is no Internet surrounding you. Relying on basic functions such as sending text messages or talking to someone over the phone could help you get work done even if you don’t have any fancy technology while you are traveling. Depending on where you are traveling, you may only be able to use your phone to make phone calls for a limited amount of time.

There is a lot that you can get done while traveling to and from a meeting. If you want to ensure that you have time to work while traveling, use an aircraft charter company that will provide you and your employees with all the technology that they will need to hold a conference, make phone calls with ease and have access to all the documents that they will need to be productive while on the go.

Top Things You Shouldn’t Miss While Travelling in Japan

It is not new for anyone that Japan is a wonderful “Land of Rising Sun”, has an unlimited number of fabulous museums, temples and shrines. It is crammed with high tech innovations and has a great history that all Japanese people really appreciate, strongly follow and respect its traditions. When you fist come in Japan you would like to visit most of famous and interested places that most magazines, websites and tutorials recommend you. But besides museums, gardens, famous sights, shrines and parks there are a bunch of other things that you shouldn’t miss as you can be immersed into the unfamiliar and the new what makes your life experience more colorful and enormous. Let’s take a look at the best things you should really do in Japan.

  1. 1.     Eat an amazing and unusual Japanese food

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I guess you have head a lot about Japanese food such as sushi, sake, fish and others. Its traditional food adds Japan a touch of an elemental expression and and unforgettable feeling of originality and delicacy. What really made me astonished is their breakfasts and in the restaurants you have such a feeling you are at home as everybody is welcoming and everything is home-cooking though. Their green been and meatloaf look kind of different. Its traditional breakfast includes a rolled omelet, miso soup, rice, grilled fish, soy beans, dried seaweeds and for sure tea. Don’t you think it is yummy?!J

  1. 2.     Sit on the toilet

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Japan is an extremely advanced country in technology and electronics. But Japanese toilets in public places are that what you should try. As we know in public places we never sit on the toilets but in Japan it is worthy to try their robot toilets that offer many services such as a warm seat, bidet feature, fake flushing and a timer. I should notice this kind of toilets is located in many public places, homes and department stores. But concerning old buildings, subway stations, schools you will just find “squat” toilets. They are ordinary equipped with a handle in order to keep your balance.

  1. 3.     Visit incredible pet shops

If you love animals and you want to buy something for your cat or dog, Japanese pet shops and stores are king of amazing to visit. You will find almost everything there for your pets. I find there a slew of animals that I can’t even imagine to see such as monkeys, owls, flying squirrels, wallabies, goats, ducks and many other ones. They have a bunch of exotic animals and other things for puppies, cats, rats, hamsters and etc.

  1. 4.     Take a trip on high-speed bullet trains

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Transportation system in Japan is amazing. It is really worthy to take a trip on high-speed bullet train at speeds close to 300 km/h (186mph). It is better to buy a ticket in advance at a ticket agency, travel agent and self-served machines that are located in lots of big stations. A pass is quite convenient and you can just show your pass to the station attendant and you are welcome to make a good trip.

  1. 5.     Go karaoke and enjoy Japanese leisure

Japan is quite known for its great leisure activities. You can visit Smash Hits in Hiroo or Lovenet and sign to a full audience of strangers from a Jacuzzi. You can sign karaoke up to 4 a.m and sleep in the booth until dawn. You can sleep at Starbucks and nobody will tell anything. You can bathe under the stars at an outdoor hot spring. You can find lots of fun at the department stores like batting cages, arcade photo booths and etc. Spending a night in well-known capsule hotels will make you feel like you sleep in a coffin. There are much interesting and surprising in it from a climate control, TV and etc.

You can dip into a hot spring pool at a communal bath. Usually Japanese bath in the evening, but some communal baths are open in the mornings. You shouldn’t worry about taking any washing things as all these things are provided there. It is quite relaxing and a cool way to plunge into Japanese culture.

  1. 6.     Yawp at the spectacular view of Tokyo form 750 feet in the sky

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Tokyo is enough immense and fabulous in the evening. You can gaze this incredible view from 750 feet in the sky. It is worthy to spend 20$ for a cocktail and behold night blinking lights that make you show how Tokyo is breathing. It is really meditative and a fantastic feeling.

I feel kind giddy and exited when I talk about voyage Japon. This country gives you big expectations and possibilities that you never try at any other place. It offers you to visit a beautiful Zen garden, go to sumo tournament (the atmosphere is quite energetic and heated there), view Mt. Fuji at a distance or you can even climb the mount if you are so adventurous, visit Tsukiji fish market in the morning (the biggest fish and seafood in the world) and lots of other things.