Is Your New Year’s Starting to Get Repetitive? Check Out South Beach This Year!

Celebrating the South Beach Way Are you excited for upcoming New Year which is just a few weeks away? Have you decided on how you’ll spend it? If you are like most people, you either plan to celebrate it by staying in your home and enjoying with your family or you go out in the streets and join the anticipated crowd as you wait for the exciting countdown and watch a beautiful fireworks display as the New Year hits.

However, if you live in Miami or at least by any chance decide to go to Miami this New Year, you are in for a treat that you simply can’t find anywhere else. With the nightlife so active, particularly in South Beach area, you may find your New Year’s celebration to be longer than 24 hours and in fact the nightlife simply never sleeps there.

South beach parties are abundant across the 23 blocks that it covers no matter what the occasion is. It’s even more of an impact if you witness the New Year’s parties in South Beach because you get all the fireworks and crowd elements mixed with the pleasure of beach parties and all of the beautiful elements in the Miami scenery.

After you had enough with the beach, head down Washington Avenue where you can see all the largest and most popular nightclubs. The events don’t hold back on impact when it comes to New Year celebrations. This is way many people find it worth the cost to travel just to celebrate their New Year’s carefree.

Travel to South America – How to Start

You set your mind and you’re ready to travel to South America, a magical place of immense beauty where myth and legend continue to walk hand in hand. I’ve traveled 18 months in South America and can give you some tips on how to prepare yourself for an unforgettable adventure.

Common Sense

We all hear the unpleasant stories and South America has a fame of being dangerous. I traveled thousands of miles traversing cities, jungles, islands and mountains. I survived 6 weeks in a street child care center in the favelas of Salvador da Bahía (Brazil) and had the party of a lifetime during carnival. Nothing, I repeat, nothing happened. Use your common sense. Avoid badly lit streets at night and if your sixth sense is giving you the “something is wrong” sign then take a taxi to your destination.

Travel Guide Book

The first thing that you will need is a travel guide book. It will be your best companion in your search for adventure. I can highly recommend Lonely Planet´s South America on a Shoestring
to get you started. The book covers all you need to know to get the most out of your trip and is ideal to plan your journey ahead. I’ve used the guide extensively during my 18 month adventure. They offer excellent separate travel guides of all the countries (besides using the Lonely Planet Shoestring I’ve used their separate travel guides of Peru and Brazil). Their guides are the most popular among backpackers.

Other popular guides are The Rough Guide to South America and the South American Handbook. Ideal, but not practical because you want to travel light, would be to enjoy the adventure with a Lonely Planet and either the Rough Guide or the Handbook.

Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese

The most rewarding thing for me was the fact that you can travel in a huge continent like South America with only 2 languages. Spanish and Portuguese. If you plan to travel just for a few weeks you can invest in a Spanish and/or Brazilian Portuguese Phrase Book. English is not widely spoken and even a basic knowledge of Spanish and/or Portuguese makes the trip so much more rewarding (they’re extremely willing to help you, so don’t worry, be happy).

If on the other hand you’re planning to travel for a few months I can highly recommend taking a language course. Ideal would be in a school in South America (I took lessons in Quito, Ecuador, and had a private teacher for $2.50/h).

Walking Shoes

South America’s nature is overwhelming. You’ll walk for many hours day after day. It would be a shame to walk in the footsteps of the Incas with blisters on your feet. My biggest recommendation is to invest in high quality walking shoes with Gore-Tex.

Health Vaccinations

Yellow Fever (if you plan to go to the Amazon Basin), Typhoid (consists of two injections taken 4 weeks apart), Diphtheria-Tetanus, Polio, Cholera (only when necessary), Smallpox
Medical Kit:

Depending on what you plan to do you can include the following:

Antiseptic cream, aspirin, lomotil for diarrhea, antibiotics, throat lozenges, ear and eye drops, antacid tablets, motion sickness medication, alcohol swabs, water purifier, lip salve, foot and groin powder, thermometer (in a case), surgical tape, assorted sticky plasters, gauze, bandages, butterfly closures, scissors and last but not least, first-aid booklet
Note: malaria pills are required in the amazon basin, please be aware that those pills are very strong and you should check with your doctor before departure

Traveling Gear

Backpack:

Obviously a high quality backpack is a must. Choose the type that has different compartments that can be opened separately. Very handy if you need something quickly. Travel as light as possible. A heavy backpack is destined to undermine your traveling pleasure.

Clothing:

Depends on where you go. If it’s the mountains and the jungle, get some quality clothing from home. If it’s the beach, buy your t-shirts there (cheap).
Camping and Climbing Gear:

You can rent camping and climbing material in South America but the quality may be questionable. Always check the material. Bring your own gear if possible. I traveled 18 months with my own tent and various camping utensils.

Photography

Pictures are something personal. Some people just want some snap shots, others want to publish in the National Geographic. All my pictures were taken with a cheap Nikon F50 camera.
I had two zoom lenses, a 35-80 mm. and a 70-210mm. I also dragged a tripod and an excellent flash with me. I used FUJI slides (100 ASA) but you definitely need 200 to 400 ASA if you plan to go to the jungle. A polarize filter enhances the colours tremendously on sunny days.

Conclusion

South America will embrace you with open arms. It’s nature, people and history are overwhelming. With the right preparation and set of mind you’re ready to travel South America and enjoy an unforgettable adventure.

Why Miami Beach Is For Paradise Lovers

We will tell you why Miami Beach is a paradise lovers dream come true! With over 7 miles of beaches, 20 parks and oodles of culture and art, what’s not to love! This awesome tropical place is where you can truly let your hair down and ditch the suit and tie. Full of nightly entertainment, pubs, clubs and dining, this island city is a favorite of many people of all ages.

Aside from being known as a tourist hot spot for years, Miami Beach has developed and expanded in a variety of ways. Visitors can now enjoy an espresso on Lincoln Road, a happy hour cocktail on South Beach, or dancing the night away at one of the many clubs on Washington Avenue. Collins Avenue is home to world-class international hotels and this famous avenue is also known as, “Millionaire’s Row”. Looking for some peace and quiet? Head to North Miami Beach and visit the beaches in the area.

Miami is an electric city! It’s an international melting pot that includes an exotic skyline and trend setters. Miami is known around the globe as the ‘Magic City’ and you can sense the Miami vibes as you feel the tropical weather, and as you view the breath taking ocean scenery. Whether you’re taking in the view of South Beach only a few miles from downtown, or sipping a strong cup of Cuban coffee in Miami’s Little Havana, you’ll understand why Miami is a truly a popular location for Europeans, South Americans, and pretty much anyone else looking to ride the waves and join in the fun.

You are guaranteed to have the time of your life when visiting Miami Beach! There are shops to visit, art and culture to experience, and taste bud tingling food to sample by world-famous chefs! Enjoy your vacation and drop us a note to tell us how your trip went in this fabulous city! Experience paradise!