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Tips For Diving In Australia As A Beginner

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Being able to do diving during your spare time can be life-changing. There’s so much just waiting to discover in our oceans that it seems like a wasted opportunity to not explore it. Being above ground, we see the vast expanses of ocean, but many of us will never venture underneath to see the wonderful wildlife and nature that lives below. For anyone diving for the first time, the experience might seem a little daunting, however, once you know the basics, it gets easier. Here are some tips for diving in Australia as a beginner.

Do Your Research

Research is important, as it is when it comes to anything that’s new for you. It’s important to get an idea of what is expected of you as a first-time diver, the places that are available to dive and the dangers that come with it. For many, diving is something that is based on how healthy you are and how you perform underwater. If you’re afraid of vast open spaces, then perhaps diving in the deep end isn’t something you’d enjoy and so you’re probably going to prefer the shallow end. Think about what might pose as a health risk for you as an individual and whether it’s something that could endanger you or can be looked past if managed in the correct manner. Consider all these factors and do plenty of research before you start looking for companies or services that offer the diving experience.

Find A Good Location

A good location is essential for diving, and although you shouldn’t really be doing anything too daunting for your first time as a diver, there are still plenty of places that are iconic for their beautiful nature and wildlife underneath. When researching good locations, it might be worth starting off with HMAS Brisbane. They offer diving activities in a diving site called HMAS Brisbane, which is a sunken wreck. This unique type of diving experience is one that will definitely quench your thirst for diving, and you’ll soon find yourself wanting to explore other diving areas, whether that’s in Australia or throughout the rest of the world.

Always Listen To Your Instructor

When learning to dive for the first time, it is essential that you listen to the instructor and to not allow yourself to be distracted. Just like you would when doing a skydive or an extreme sport that requires you to learn the basics first, it’s important to pay attention. Otherwise, you might be putting yourself at risk and the risk of other people’s lives who are there to look after you. When it comes to diving, you are going to be underwater, and in some situations, it might be a place that’s significantly deep. Getting into air trouble, you want to know the relevant signals or procedures that the instructor has put in place for you. These rules and instructions are put in place to protect you, so take them seriously.

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Ease Yourself Into It

Diving isn’t as simple as the more basic of things that you learn in life, and so it’s good to ease yourself into it, rather than throwing yourself into the deep end (pun intended). It’s the pressure that you don’t want to put yourself under unless you feel confident enough to face that type of dive. Start in shallow waters first before venturing into the deeper parts of a dive site. Always proceed with caution and if you have any reservations about doing it, speak to your instructor. Panicking in these types of situations isn’t helpful for anyone, and you want to go into the dive feeling confident and knowing that this isn’t something that is going to feel out of your comfort zone.

Buy Yourself Your Own Equipment

When you’re skilled enough in diving, it might be worth getting some of your own basic diving equipment. This can provide for more opportunities to go diving alone or with family, but it’s something that you shouldn’t be doing until you’re more experienced. Having your own equipment can encourage you to do more of it, even if it’s as basic as a snorkel and goggles. It can be nice to have your own when it comes to diving and doing more of it.

Diving in Australia and beyond is something everyone should give a go, and it’s possible to pick up the skills quite quickly by using these tips. You’ll start off as a beginner, but you’ll soon find you become comfortable in the water after you get the help needed.

Cole is one half of New Zealand's leading adventure travel blogging couple who have been wearing out their jandals around the world since 2009. He loves any adventure activities and anything to do with the water whether it is Surfing, Diving, Swimming, Snorkeling or just lounging nearby on the beach. You can follow Cole on Google+. Or consider following us via RSS Feed, Twitter, Facebook and subscribe to our Newsletter.

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Best Countries to Visit for Gambling

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Gambling is a popular pastime all over the world, with casinos and sports betting, in particular, being enjoyed by millions. While millions of people enjoy gambling, not every country is as open to it as others. For that reason, countries that do offer safe and legal gambling often experience greater tourism, with curious travelers keen to play at real casinos. Lots of countries around the world feature land-based casinos, and many places have online casinos now too. If you’re short of time on your trip or are taking a long train journey, playing at an online casino is a great way to enjoy some gambling. Below, we’ll look at the best countries to visit if you love to gamble.

The USA

The USA is quite a unique place in that the laws on gambling depend on which state you’re in. If you’re traveling to the US for gambling, it’s definitely recommended that you check out Atlantic City in New Jersey and Las Vegas in Nevada. These cities are home to some of the biggest and most exciting land-based casinos in the world. Las Vegas is very famous for its mega-casinos which include the MGM Grand and the Encore and the Mandalay Bay. All of these casinos are packed with tables to play games like blackjack and roulette, plus there are plenty of slots.

Atlantic City is also very popular among gamblers in the US, and New Jersey features legal online casinos too. This means that anyone over the age of twenty-one can legally sign up and play at a gambling site, enjoying a variety of games including live roulette and online slots. Online casinos make it easier than ever to enjoy casino gaming, and they’re a great way to pass the time if you’re waiting around or traveling.

Aside from the usual spots, the US has plenty of casinos throughout the country. In some states, there are tribal casinos available on tribal reservations, and many other states have legalized gambling in all areas. If you’re planning a road trip around the US, it’s definitely worth checking out a few of these on your way. You can stop off at all the major gambling states and have lots of fun along the way.

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The UK

The UK has had legal gambling throughout the country since the 2000s and offers both land-based and online gambling. Some of the oldest and most interesting casinos in the world can be found in London, with the West End being home to lots of exciting gambling spots. Aside from casinos, the UK also has a strong presence of sports betting shops, and bets can be placed on everything from the latest Premier League football to the winner of the Eurovision song contest.

Bingo is also very popular in the UK, and this game is typically played at bingo halls. If you’ve never played before, it’s definitely worth checking out if you’re traveling to the UK. All sorts of different people love to play bingo and it’s a fun way to spend an evening. Throughout the country, the legal age for gambling is eighteen, and most casinos will require you to verify your ID before you can enter.

Monaco

Monaco is a sovereign city-state located on the French Riviera. It’s one of the most glamorous destinations in Europe and frequently attracts high rollers from all over the world. As it’s not technically part of France, it sets its own laws, and gambling has been legal there for a long time.

Monte Carlo is the most famous area of Monaco due to its association with gambling, offering some of the most exciting land-based casinos. Here, gamblers can enjoy everything from blackjack and baccarat to the wheel of fortune, French roulette, and slots. When you’re not enjoying yourself at a land-based casino, you can head to the beach or take a trip out on a boat to enjoy the beautiful and warm Mediterranean sea.

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Visiting the Edinburgh Dungeons – Review and Giveaway

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If you have time to kill after spending 48 hours in Edinburgh and have encountered the typical wet Scottish weather, it might be worthwhile visiting the Edinburgh Dungeons. The Dungeons were not high on our list of things to do, but one drizzly summer afternoon, we decided to head along and check out what the fuss was all about.

Located in the heart of the capital near Waverley Train station, the Edinburgh Dungeons are conveniently located so that you can tick it off your list of things to do after visiting some of the other sights in the city center as well.

The attraction is run as a tour with groups of around 40 people lasting just over an hour. All the characters and guides are dressed in period costumes and play their roles very well. We were nearly the last ones to enter the first room, which is set out like a mock courtroom, and so, of course, we had the front row seats.

Sure enough, Adela was picked out by the “judge” who made her plead guilty to her crime of dancing atop Arthur’s Seat naked. It annoys me when you visit a place like this which is all about crowd interaction, and everyone is too scared to speak up or laugh. So make sure you get involved just like we did.

All the hallways are very dimly lit, and you spend the entire hour waiting for someone to jump out and scare the bejesus out of you, which does happen from time to time. I am not sure how some of the kids on our tour handled it because even I was afraid!

You are ushered into various rooms you are given an insight into what life was like in Scotland a few hundred years ago. Including the different torture devices used, William Wallace’s beheading, meeting Sawney Bean’s family of cannibals and watching a dissection occur.

Our favorite was saved to last when we went on the “Drop Ride to Doom!” Winched up several meters to the hangman’s noose, you are dropped into the pitch blackness to answer for your crimes. It makes for some classic photos they take just as you are released.

Disclaimer: We were provided with two tickets to the Edinburgh Dungeons, but as always, our thoughts and comments are our own.

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10 Dream Holiday Destinations For Couples

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Exploring new and exciting places with the person you love provides the most incredible life experiences you could ever ask for. However, while the right companion is the most critical factor, there is no doubt that the choice of destination can have a meaningful impact too.

No two couples are the same, so finding a destination that satisfies your requirements is critical. Ten perfect goals catered to different personalities, tastes, and budgets.

1| London, England

London is one of the greatest cities on the planet and is visited by millions every year. First and foremost, there are many things to see and do in London. As a tourist, though, it’s even more exciting to know that many of those attractions are near each other. The less time you spend traveling as a couple, the more time you can enjoy your break in the city.

While the attractions themselves will appeal to all, many are particularly suited to couples. Finding the romance with a walk along the Southbank, a river cruise, or meander through Hyde Park. Irrespective of the time of year you choose to visit, London is waiting to be explored by couples.

The multicultural DNA of the city ensures that finding food and entertainment that’s to your taste should be easy too.

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2| The Seven Seas

Taking a cruise is a bucket list item for everyone. However, taking a cruise with your lover can take this incredible experience to new heights. After all, there’s nothing quite like looking out across the water. Sunrises and sunsets are particularly romantic.

Moreover, this is the perfect way to explore multiple locations and countries in a short space of time. Given that synching up your holiday time can often be very difficult, this opportunity to squeeze more into the break is beautiful indeed.

3| The Maldives

If the idea of getting away from it all to enjoy a short break of private luxury appeals, Maldives is ideal. Sun, sea, and sand are guaranteed, while the islands provide a slice of the excellent life unlike any place on earth. You’ve almost certainly seen pictures and videos. Even those images fail to do it justice.

The quiet is the perfect way to break away from the hectic nature of modern life. The food and drink are exceptional too. Combining this trip with visits to neighboring destinations such as Sri Lanka is also very possible. You will love it. This is a trendy destination for married couples, including those on their honeymoon.

This is paradise. And there’s no better way to enjoy it than with your significant other.

4| Miami, Florida

The United States of America is home to many couple-friendly destinations. Miami, Florida, offers a little bit of everything. From the Everglades to Ocean Drive, every excursion is one that you’ll cherish forever. This is the ultimate holiday destination in the USA.

There are some genuinely excellent short-term rental opportunities on Airbnb too. Better still, when you travel at the right time of the year, great weather will be virtually guaranteed. If you stay a little longer, trips to Orlando’s many theme parks can take the adventures to a new level.

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5| Paris, France

The city of love is one of the top destinations on vacation wish lists of couples around the world. Therefore, it should be on the bucket list if you’ve yet to go. Not only is it one of those things that every couple should do. More importantly, it is a romantic city blessed with great food, stunning backdrops, and cultural significance at every turn.

Paris is blessed with many attractions that everyone should see at least once. The Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, and Louvre are all significant sights. Meanwhile, Notre Dame will be a must-see after it is refurbished. The gothic architecture is also supported by a tourist-friendly city with street artists and performances. The public is very welcoming too.

The romantic venues are ideal for lovers while it’s also a great choice of venue for a proposal.

6| Riviera Maya, Mexico

Several items will be on the checklist when taking a romantic trip with your partner. If spending time in a venue exclusive to adults, saving you from screaming kids, Riviera Maya in Mexico is ideal. Many of the popular destinations’ top hotels offer this feature.

A few relaxed days can be coupled with a trip to Chichen Itza. You can take a long-haul holiday to learn how much a private jet costs to fly. Get it right, and you’ll be set for the trip of a lifetime. Seeing a Wonder of the World with your lover is a memorable experience.

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7| Iceland

Iceland is a small country but with a big reputation. It is a welcoming destination for solo travelers, couples, and groups alike. The combination of natural beauty, friendly locals, and weather are particularly suited to a romantic holiday. This is especially true when you cozy up in a hotel pod under the stars.

The small island country boasts some truly stunning sceneries and natural features. From visiting the blue lagoons to seeing the northern lights, the experiences gained in Iceland are unique. The romantic backdrops are supported by accommodation facilities that support those sentiments. A week should be long enough to explore the island nation in style.

Frankly, every couple should visit at least once in their lifetime. It’s too beautiful to miss out.

8| Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Amsterdam is known for its liberal approach to sex and drugs. However, it offers so much more. Its culture is heavily influenced by music, fashion, and sport. Meanwhile, the canals and stunning architecture provide a romantic setting for couples, especially at mealtimes.

The country’s small size means that you can easily explore other places like Eindhoven, Groningen, and Rotterdam. Even if you stay in the capital city, boredom isn’t an option. Whether you want to visit the red light district, Amsterdam has plenty for couples to enjoy.

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9| Kho Phangan, Thailand

Thailand is another destination that is known for liberal thoughts. While there are many beautiful places to explore across the country, Kho Phangan is one best. You can live and explore the area at a pace that suits you. So whether you’re a couple that loves the fast life or prefers a calmer vacation, this destination is ideal for starting any trip to Asia.

A quick search of things to do in Kho Phangan will open your eyes to many different ideas. While you could undoubtedly tour the whole of Thailand, this region alone will have more than enough to keep you satisfied for the duration of your stay. Exploring by foot or bicycle is very fun, while the fact that many people don’t even know about this hidden gem is vital to remember.

Whether it’s a solo destination or part of an Asian tour, this is a beautiful part of the world to visit.

The island is full of hundreds of options for accommodation, but if you’re looking for a great Koh Phangan hostel, you should check out Mad Monkey Koh Phangan.

10| Home

Life is about creating magical memories with the people you love. While traveling the globe is a great way to celebrate this, simply spending time together is the greatest gift. Modern life encourages couples to forget this, but taking time off for a staycation will change this.

By exploring the local attractions, you can rediscover a love of your hometown and your partner. It’s cheaper, involves less travel, and can genuinely promote a greater appreciation of each other. Best of all, minimal planning other than booking time off of work is required.

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