Tips on Arranging Travel

Making travel arrangements for you and your companions can seem a little intimidating particularly if you are a first-timer. It involves choosing from thousands of possible destinations, looking for the perfect room to fit your needs, and planning what to do once you get there. Luckily, there are some tips that you can follow to make the planning easier and more organised.

Choose the place

The first thing you need to decide on is the destination. Which place do you want to visit? One of the main things to consider in this decision is your trip budget. Financial freedom, or constraints, can provide a direction in choosing the destination. Can you afford to fly? Then you can consider international travel. If not, then you might be content with sticking to local destinations.

Consider also whether you and your companions enjoy a cold or warm climate. Another thing to consider is the interests of the persons going on the trip. Do you and your companions enjoy relaxing on the sand, walking through ruins, seeing interesting items in museums, or gambling at a casino? These things can help a lot when it comes to deciding where you will travel next.

Choose the time

Once you have pegged your destination, the next thing that you need to decide on is the time. The destination can sometimes dictate when you will be able to travel. For example, if you are heading to Miami or Las Vegas on a budget, wintertime may not be an ideal time to go there because it is peak season there. However, if you are bringing your kids to Disney World, wintertime is the perfect time to go. So if budget is a huge factor, timing must be planned well.

Choose your accommodations and mode of transportation

Total cost of your transportation will depend on whether you will take a plane, the bus, the train, rent a car or drive your own.

A train ride is cheaper than flying but it will take you longer to get to your destination. This could be a problem if you only have a short time for your trip. You need to factor in the amount you will spend on gas if you are going to drive your own vehicle. As for trips involving riding a plane, you need to consider baggage charges.

After deciding on how you will get to your destination, you need to think about where you will stay. There are many types of accommodations. Your decision must be based on your budget, the size of your group, your interests, and your objective in going on the trip. If you want to relax and be pampered, it is best to stay in a hotel. However, if you want to immerse yourself in the culture of the place, it is best to stay at a local inn. Luckily, there are a lot of websites that can help you in deciding. It is necessary to reserve your rooms in advance to avoid any inconveniences.

Book the reservations

After deciding on where to go, how to get there, and where to stay, the next step is to book everything. It is best to make sure of your availability during the dates that you choose especially if you are availing of discounted options. Most of these promotions are non-refundable.

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Ways to Volunteer in Uganda

To many people the world over, Africa is where all sorts of problems are found. The international media has played the leading role in creating this problematic African image. To many, Africa is about conflicts, poverty, diseases, HIV/AIDS, famine, hunger, and epidemics to mention but a few. This image has created such a negative impact that some people believe African problems are insolvable.

Uganda being at the heart of Africa is obviously not spared from this negativity, if anything; it is actually one of the most affected. The dark past of civil wars and the HIV/AIDS epidemic still haunts Uganda, in spite of being one of the most naturally gifted countries on the African continent.

Far from the global mentality of hopelessness and failure, there is a lot of hope and so many success stories on ground in Africa and Uganda in particular. There are lots of projects and innovations that are working to rehabilitate the conflict affected areas, alleviate poverty and hunger, cater for orphaned kids and street children, avert epidemics and improve on the general welfare of the people, and create awareness among the masses to overcome social, economical and political challenges.

However challenges still exist and there is a need for increased logistical and human resource support. These projects and innovations need to be scaled up or replicated in order to continue to register undeterred progress. One of the ways one can contribute is through volunteering. Among the volunteer projects one can consider include:

  •          Child care volunteering
  •          Teaching volunteering
  •          Repair and construction
  •          Medical volunteers
  •          Work with the elderly
  •          Grass roots development
  •          Rehabilitating street children
  •          Sharing professional skills
  •          Social welfare development
  •          Sports coaching
  •          Environmental conservation

Uganda the Pearl of Africa is one of the most naturally gifted countries on the African continent. It is blessed with incredible natural scenery, a diversity of wildlife, and rich variety of tribes and cultures. It is Africa’s most appealing and friendly countries. Students and professionals looking to volunteer in Africa, Uganda should be your number one option. Your volunteer-ship shall be filled with lots of adventure and experiences that you shall forever cherish.

For adventure travelers looking to travel to Uganda, a volunteer-ship is a great way to contribute to the steady development of the country.

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Animal Numbers on the Decline as Lions, Ostriches and Zebras Face Extinction

An Ostrich in the Uganda Zoo
An Ostrich in the Uganda Zoo

A recent audit of the wildlife populations in Uganda’s game parks reveals a worrying trend of declining animal numbers. Some species such as lions, zebras and ostriches are in such decline raising fears of possible extinction.

“The population of some wild animals is declining”, said the Auditor General. “Mostly affected are the lions in Queen Elizabeth National Park, whose population has reduced by 81%, followed by ostriches (79%), Zebras (74%), and Uganda Kobs (69%), among others”

This worrying trend of deteriorating animal numbers has been partially attributed to illegal human activities within the protected areas such as increased encroachment, illegal harvesting and poaching. For instance East Madi Wildlife Reserve and the Mountain Elgon National Park have been heavily encroached. It is also estimated that Uganda loses about three elephants to poaching every year but last year alone saw a whooping 25 elephants killed by poachers.

“Some species such as the black and white rhino, Derbys and Oryx have since become extinct in Uganda.” Mr. Muwanga said.

The Roan and Bridget’s gazelle are some of the wild animals listed as endangered, with low populations since the last count in 1998. “These species, both combined, are less than 110 in number,” he said.

The latest findings by the Auditor General show that the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA), a statutory body mandated to protect flora and fauna across the country, is failing in the task of preserving the remnant of the country’s endangered species.

However the UWA executive director Andrew Sseguya blamed inadequate funding from government for UWA’s inefficiency. He reasoned that there was need for government to increase funding to UWA and also create a wildlife research body, independent of UWA to compliment and support the functions of UWA, as it is with other countries.

UWA requires about 3,300 rangers to adequately cover the entire wildlife estate in the country but at the moment has about 1,200. “UWA is currently overwhelmed by other wildlife management issues resulting in limited concentration on research as a function of management,” Dr Sseguya. “The Wildlife Protection policy under review has already identified this need and is providing for the creating of a Uganda Wildlife Research and Training Institute to address the wildlife research and training gaps in the sector”

Tourism contributes approximately 5.7 per cent of Uganda’s national GDP per annum and is expected to rise by 5.9 per cent per annum from Shs3.3 trillion, which is 7.6 per cent of GDP this year, to Shs5.8 trillion and 7.4 per cent GDP contribution by 2021.

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