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Tunisia an african europe

Tunisia an African Europe

Tunisia: Sea, the Sahara, the secrets of ancient Carthage, thalassotherapy miraculous – all these accents every tourist attraction Tunisia ranks in accordance with their priorities. But, anyway, more people choose to vacation in this country.
The main resort area of Tunisia is located along the Mediterranean coast of Hammamet to the island of Djerba. These tourists are attracted by the beaches, covered with soft, powdery sand, the Sahara. Opposite from the capital Tunis side coast until Tabarka, which is practically on the border with Algeria, is not so popular, because the beaches are driven by rocks.
Zest of resorts in Tunisia is Thalassotherapy. Therapies based on the use of sea water and algae are distributed as in any other country. In addition, prices for Wellness course is two times lower than, for example, in France.
The country is not so great, so what would resort to relax you choose a set of tours will be everywhere the same: the ruins of Carthage, the largest Roman Coliseum in North Africa at El Jem, Kairouan holy city of Islam, with the oldest on the continent mosque and mausoleum, where he is buried “associate of the blessed Prophet.” In the same city in the desert go for rugs which are woven in Kairouan since medieval times. And the mass of various entertainment awaits tourists in the Sahara. For a small fee you let them into his guests live under the earth troglodytes. Berbera will of the oases in the desert treat grown fruits, tattooed with henna. And directly in the sand waiting for you air balloon, camel racing and horse riding, jeep safari. You can even leave the high dune on a snowboard.
This is one of the most popular resort among foreigners is removed from the capital to 60 km. Last but not least is the fact that here is the fourth largest in the world center of thalassotherapy Bio Azyur. Besides, the country of sand “garden city”, as called Hammamet, has special value. Hotels here for every taste and purse and book rooms in advance they should.
During the day, as usual, the people spend their time at sea as well as passing the evening, do not have to wonder: Hammamet – recognized as an international cultural center and all sorts of festivals, celebrations there is no shortage.
From El Kantavi to Sousa only 5 km. This is not only a major resort, but also the third largest city of Tunisia, who is older than Carthage. The local architecture does not accept any impurities – the only Arab.
Vacationers in Sousse not miss. If not the sea, then – museum of mosaic art, Christian catacombs, the old fortress. As for shopping, it often resorts offer only a small shop with souvenirs and beach items. In Sousse is full of shops, including fashion boutiques. Well, the marina with its restaurants – the usual spa attribute.

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How easy is it to get a temporary work visa

How Easy is it to Get a Temporary Work Visa 

Unfortunately, applying for a temporary work visa is one of the more complicated visa processes. Before an individual may submit an application for any type of work visa, they must have a copy of their employer’s approval letter. Employers who request the services of foreign workers submit a letter of request and an application. This application is reviewed by the Department of Homeland Security and the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS.) Either one can deny the request.

Qualifications: Since the number of temporary work visas is limited, professionals and highly skilled workers are given priority. Once your employer’s request has been approved, you may submit the visa application. Like any visa application, you must be in good health, free from communicable disease, capable of supporting yourself while in the United States and possess a valid passport. You must also be able to prove that you have strong ties to your home country.

Documentation: The basic documentation for a visa includes your birth certificate, a photo ID, vaccination record, proof of fiscal responsibility, and occasionally provide proof of accommodations. You must also have a copy of your employer’s approval letter attached to your visa application. If you plan to bring your family, each member must provide their own documentation.

Visa Length: The amount of time you will be permitted to stay in the United States will depend on which type of work visa that you get. Athletic groups and entertainers are usually limited to one year. Skilled and professional workers may be approved for a visa that with extensions could be valid for seven years. Most work visas are issued for a two-year stay.

Denial: The reason for most work visa applications denials are a lack of proof of home country ties. It is the individual’s responsibility to prove that they will want to return home. Even if an applicant is approved for a work visa, the Border and Customs Agent can deny entry upon arrival. The Border and Customs Agency has the final say in such matters.

Fees: The type of work visa you apply for will determine the fee. All fees must be submitted with your application and are non-refundable. Additional fees may include medical exams and fingerprinting. Private companies that help individuals through the application process charge an additional fee in addition to the work visa’s application fee. Contact the USCIS for a comprehensive list of all visa fees.

Working with your employer to navigate the complicated process may be less costly than attempting to acquire your temporary work visa on your own.

Holiday travel insurance – why you need it

Holiday Travel Insurance – Why You Need It

We have all faced the question, would you like to purchase holiday travel insurance? Many of us, myself included, are thinking well why would I want to spend more money on that? I know that I am travelling on this particular date, my vacation time is booked and there is nothing that is going to stop me.

Let’s think about this…

The thing about travel is that many times, no matter how far ahead we have booked or how well planned, there are many unexpected things that can occur, some may be minor things and some may not. Maybe you’ve experienced setbacks yourself.

Have you ever considered what would happen if;

1) My travel supplier just declared bankruptcy

Considering all the new travel companies that are popping up every day, not all of them are as financially stable as we think. Having trip cancellation travel insurance and trip interruption insurance can protect you and your vacation investment.

2) I’ve become ill and I’m too sick to travel

Many tickets and vacations are non-refundable. If you or another family member suddenly becomes ill, having trip cancellation travel insurance and trip interruption insurance allows you to be fully reimbursed should such a situation occur.

3) You’ve missed your flight connection due to flight delays

There are times (don’t I know it!) that you arrive at your connecting city but your connecting flight is long gone. You may need a hotel and meals for the night, or you’ve booked a cruise but your cruise ship has left, what do you do?! Having travel delay protection will cover the costs relating to your delay.

4) My wallet or purse has just been stolen

Here is a very real fear that most of us don’t like to think about but unfortunately, even in the best of places, theft can occur. Knowing that there are 24 hr emergency services on hand to assist with reporting lost cards and having emergency funds ready to transfer ensures that help is always just a phone call away.

5) Holiday Travel Insurance covers you where your Health Insurance may not
Medical emergencies can occur when you are visiting a foreign destination. Without travel health insurance coverage, you would be responsible for footing the bill, and chances are, it’s not going to be a small amount!

These are just some of the many reasons you may want to consider before declining that offer for holiday travel insurance. If you are booking online as many people are doing these days, take a look for an online travel insurance company that can offer you a solution. Make sure to look for travel insurance comparisons, you will be able to find cheap holiday travel insurance.

Always remember that travelling is one of the best things in the world, but as with all good things, there are always unexpected circumstances that can arise. Holiday travel insurance may be one of the best ways to protect yourself and your family. For a small fee and the right insurance travel plan products, you can be rest assured that you are completely covered to fully enjoy that vacation!

Retirement on the mexican riviera

Retirement on the Mexican Riviera

By: Jim Scherrer

Riviera; the word alone tends to conjure pleasant images of beautiful scenery, of calm serenity or relaxation, even of Paradise. By definition, Riviera is an Italian term originally from the Middle Ages for the coast of Liguria. The two divisions of the original Riviera, both of which border the Ligurian Sea, an arm of the Mediterranean Sea, are the Italian Riviera and the French Riviera. Retirement on either Riviera would be wonderful if you have seriously deep pockets, don’t mind the 10 hour transatlantic flight, and the possible language barrier when you’re there!

Today, the term is more generally applied worldwide to about a dozen warm coastal regions popular with tourists. Mexico is blessed with two such regions; the Riviera Maya and the Mexican Riviera.

The Riviera Maya consists of 80 miles of Caribbean coastline wrapping along the eastern side of the Yucatan Peninsula in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo. It includes the resort cities of Isla Mujeres, Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Cozumel, and Tulum. This region is a terrific area for visiting with its warm weather, sandy beaches, and historic archaeological sites; it may be a different matter when it comes to retirement. The average daily temperature for the “high season” of November through May along the Riviera Maya is 77°F however you can expect an average monthly rainfall during this season in excess of 3 inches. Also, the Yucatan area is threatened by hurricanes off the Caribbean Sea almost every year with Playa del Carmen and Chetumal being virtually wiped out a few years ago and Cancun devastated in 2005. The topography of the entire Yucatan peninsula is essentially flat with elevation variations of less than 500 feet thereby providing no scenic mountainside retirement communities. This flat topography results in the beautiful large beaches and shallow water that attract the younger generation for spring break vacations and other holidays with a very active night life.

The Mexican Riviera consists of more than 1,000 miles of Pacific Ocean coastline on the western side of Mexico stretching all the way from Ensenada in Baja California to Puerto Escondido and Huatulco in the state of Oaxaca. With the Sierra Madre Mountains running virtually the entire distance, this shoreline has to be considered one of the most scenic on the planet. First dubbed the Mexican Riviera by the American cruise industry, today this magnificent shoreline is the fourth most popular cruise destination in the world with approximately 300 cruises annually. The problem is that approximately 90% of this magnificent terrain is classified as ejido land and is not available for purchase by foreigners. This land was given to the Mexican citizens after the Mexican Revolution for the purpose of farming or working and has not yet been regularized or privatized. The small fraction of land that has been privatized lies in and around the resort destinations along the Mexican Riviera where foreigners can purchase property and hold the title, as an escritura, in a 50 year bank trust. Consequently, almost all retirement communities along the Mexican Riviera are located in the cities of Ensenada, Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan, Puerto Vallarta, Manzanillo, Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo, Acapulco, Puerto Escondido, and Huatulco.

For retirement consideration, let’s take a closer look at the resorts along this Riviera.

Located only 70 miles south of the US border, Ensenada, known as the “Cinderella of the Pacific”, is a very convenient drive from most of the western cities in the US and really not that far from western Canada. Ensenada now has a population of 450,000 inhabitants of which approximately 20,000 are North American retirees. With beautiful weather and rolling hillsides, the Ensenada area has become world class wine country. Along with the wine industry, Ensenada has a thriving fishing industry, agricultural business, a substantial gravel mining industry, six major maquiladora parks, and of course tourism. The only deep water port in Baja California is located in Ensenada and therefore global shipping of products manufactured in the area is another main source of revenue. The greater Ensenada area is quite large and basically flat with mountains generally in the background surrounding the city. Therefore, most retirees reside in communities lacking hillside views or are in beachfront condominiums. Because the region is more industrial than tourist based, the cost of living is quite attractive in the Ensenada area.

Mazatlan, the “Pearl of the Pacific”, has 500,000 inhabitants and is one of the largest working ports in Mexico. Fishing, agriculture, cotton textile spinning and weaving, sugar refining, breweries, coffee roasting plants, etc. are located in Mazatlan. Approximately 300 miles south of Mazatlan is Manzanillo, the “Sailfish Capital of the World”. It is substantially smaller than the other industrial cities on the western coast of Mexico; however it has become Mexico’s busiest port with a huge volume of containerized freight. Both Mazatlan and Manzanillo rely heavily on industry and much less on tourism. Both of these industrial cities have fine beaches, fine weather, reasonable costs of living, and facilities catering to tourists and retirees.

Acapulco is by far the largest city on the Mexican Riviera with a population exceeding 700,000 people. Due to its easy access from Mexico City, Acapulco was the first resort city to be built along the Mexican Riviera. This popular resort destination offers scenic terrain, beautiful beaches, warm climate, and all the amenities that any tourist would desire. It grew so rapidly that the infrastructure was unable to handle the population; consequently during the past decade the authorities in Acapulco have tried to upgrade the infrastructure, clean up the city and beaches, and return it to world class resort status.

Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo (Ixtapa is actually the resort area where the retirees are located), Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Escondido, and Huatulco are much smaller cities, each having populations of less than 70,000 people; Puerto Escondido and Huatulco, much less. These relatively new resort cities are built around fabulous beaches with magnificent surrounding mountainous terrain. They each have beautiful golf courses and other tourist related activities. They all have modern cruise boat terminals and “international” airports with 2-6 international flights daily. Being strictly resort areas, there are virtually no other industries and therefore most of the local citizens speak some degree of English. Since these resort areas are still quite young and relatively small, some of the amenities that retirees are accustomed to might be lacking. Having small North American communities may offer benefits to some and drawbacks to others. The cost of living in these relatively remote areas may be somewhat higher than in the more accessible, further developed areas. 

The last and probably the most popular resort destination, located in the center of the Mexican Riviera, is Puerto Vallarta; home of nearly 50,000 North Americans. Puerto Vallarta has easy access from Guadalajara, has nearly 50 international flights daily from the US and Canada (more than all the rest of the Mexican Riviera cities combined), and has a Maritime Terminal that was recently upgraded and tripled in size in order to accommodate three large cruise boats simultaneously.

Puerto Vallarta is situated on the shoreline of the 25 mile diameter Banderas Bay which is surrounded by the Sierra Madre Mountains. There are approximately 35 miles of coastal land, much of which has very scenic adjacent hillside property that has been privatized for foreign purchase. Retirement property ranges from beachfront condominium towers to mountainside villas, all of which have panoramic views of the city, the Pacific Ocean, and the Sierra Madres with their native fauna and flora.

This city of 350,000 inhabitants is large enough to support the “big box” stores such as Sam’s Club, Super Wal-Mart, Costco, Home Depot, Office Supply, Office Max, etc. as well as
many other mega modern supermarkets. High speed internet, VoIP telephone service, satellite TV, and all the other modern amenities are available in PV. Four new modern hospitals with sophisticated equipment and highly trained doctors are now in Vallarta as are a number of modern dental clinics. The area has always had world class sport fishing and now boasts 8 magnificent signature golf courses, a new convention center, botanical gardens, new parks, and numerous sites to visit. Since Vallarta’s only industry is tourism, communications are never a barrier.

The cost of living in Vallarta is about average for the Mexican Riviera but a fraction of that in Pebble Beach where the scenery might be comparable but the climate is not! Being on the same latitude as Maui, Hawaii, the average daily temperature in Vallarta during the winter months of November through May is 73°F with virtually no chance of rain; i.e., the weather is perfect for whatever activity pleases you and every activity imaginable is available!

As you can readily see, there’s a reason for Puerto Vallarta’s popularity; it basically has it all! So, whether you arrive via one of the 300 Mexican Riviera cruises or by one of the 50 daily flights, you really ought to consider Puerto Vallarta on the Mexican Riviera for your retirement residence. After all, not only is it a short 2-4 hours away but it’s probably the only Riviera you’ll ever be able to afford, except perhaps your dad’s old Buick!