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    Looking for a unique way to explore your next destination? Why not try a river cruise? Unlike a land tour where you have to pack up to move on to your next location, your ‘hotel’ will travel with you. There are many travel agents who specialize in river cruises and can help make sure you hit all the sites you want to see. With the number of river cruise tours and companies available there is something for everyone.

    Here are some popular rivers that offer a new way to explore each region:

    Irrawaddy River, Myanmar

    Myanmar, formerly named Burma, is a country in Southeast Asia on the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea. The largest river of Myanmar, the Irrawaddy River, is about 1,350 miles long. Its name is believed to be derived from the Sanskrit term airāvatī which means “elephant river” [3]. Lining the river you’ll find 2,000-year-old temples, remote villages, and important Buddhist sites rich with history and culture. Visit Yangon, the former colonial capital of Burma, and explore the hustle and bustle of the local markets.

    Po River, Italy

    The Po River is Italy’s longest river at 405 miles in length. The Po River runs along Italy’s western border and empties into the Adriatic Sea. A cruise along the Po River gives you access to the Po Valley which is an important agricultural region of Italy producing delicious local fruits, vegetables and grains. Visit sites varying from quaint fishing villages to large cultural cities like Venice and Verona. There are over 60 parks and wildlife reserves along the Po River making the tour a scenic one and providing one-of-a-kind land excursions [4].

    Nile River, Egypt

    Imagine floating down the Nile River, traveling the same route that ancient Pharaohs once traveled. A tour on the Nile River is an extraordinary way to experience Egypt. View rural Egypt, where people live much the same as they did thousands of years ago, in mud brick homes and tending their fields with wooden plows [5]. A cruise along the Nile is like watching 5,000 years of history and culture unfold before your eyes.

    Volga River, Russia

    The Volga River is the longest river in Europe and is the primary waterway of western Russia. The most popular route along the Volga River takes travelers between the country’s two largest cities: Moscow and St. Petersburg. The sites in-between these cities are sometimes the most exciting. Stop in Uglich, Russia’s second oldest city, visit Mondraga village, home to the Vodka Museum or investigate Goritza, a typical Russian village. The stark difference between Russia’s large cities and its rural river towns is apparent but both are filled to the brim with culture and history worth exploring.

    Amazon River, South America

    Macaws, black spider monkeys, sloths, and pink dolphins are just a few of the species likely to be seen on a cruise down the Amazon River. Since one fifth of all the world’s plants and birds and almost one tenth of all mammal species are found in the Amazon, you’re likely to see a whole lot more [6]. The Amazon River is the second largest river the world and it flows through 6 countries before emptying into the Atlantic Ocean.

    [1]: www.travelchinaguide.com/river
    [2]: www.chinahighlights.com/yangtzeriver/the-three-gorges.htm
    [3]: www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/294719/Irrawaddy-River
    [4]: www.visitporiver.it/l/ENG/Il-Fiume-Po/page/147/Fiume-Po.html
    [5]: www.touregypt.net/egyptnilecruises.htm
    [6]: relivearth.com/articles/nature-facts-articles/top-5-most-dense-forests-in-the-planet

    Tips for Traveling with Young Children

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    Summer is right around the corner and whether you’re planning a trip to see family or taking the grandkids on a long awaited vacation to the beach, traveling with young children can be chaotic. The very idea of taking kids on an airplane can scare off even the most experienced travelers. Being prepared is key. Take a look at these tips and tricks to consider when taking the kids.

    Bring something new.
    A new toy or book that a child has never seen before will keep their attention longer than something they’ve played with dozens of times before. Don’t bring the new toys out right away; wait until they start to get antsy and then bring out the new toy.

    Break your rules.
    If you typically hate the thought of plopping your kid in front of the TV for a few hours of distraction, it might be time to break that rule while traveling. Use technology available to you and entertain your child with their favorite characters for awhile. If you’re worried about packing headphones or that your child won’t keep them on – sometimes just the pictures will be enough to distract them depending on their age.

    Bring a change of clothes.
    You probably already know to bring an extra change of clothes (or two) for your kids for those inevitable messy moments. But it’s likely that the mess will end up all over you as well. Bring a change of clothes for yourself and breathe a sigh of relief when things get grubby.

    Keep a routine.
    If you travel to the same destination often visiting family or your favorite vacation spot, try to keep the route the same. It will help to develop a routine for your kids that they can become used to. Forming a routine will help put your own mind at ease as well. Your kids will provide you with enough to handle on your trip, if you know what to expect from the airport and airline you’ll have that much less to worry about.

    Travel over nap time.
    Try to schedule flights during your child’s normal nap time. If you can’t do that, in the weeks leading up to the flight see if it’s possible to adjust their nap time to coincide with the flight. If all else fails a sippy cup of milk and some soothing music combined with the rocking of take-off may put them to sleep.

    Consider the car seat.
    Traveling with younger kids means it’s likely that once you get off the plane you’ll need a car seat to travel at your destination. You can check the car seat, carry it on, or look into renting one. There are pros and cons to each so make sure you consider each carefully.

    Get them excited.
    In the weeks or even months leading up to your trip get your kids excited about airplanes. Watch videos that show airplanes taking off and landing. Learn the parts of an airplane. Having this background knowledge will make your child that much more excited to be seeing an airplane. They’ll be entertained just taking in the sights.

    Where in the World?

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    Where in the world can you find this stone bridge?

    You can find this bridge in Mostar, Bosnia and it is called Stari Most.

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