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Travel Guide to United States of America

in North America

The United States of America is stretching from the Atlantic coast in the east to the Pacific Ocean in the west. Consequently, the regions are very different. Here is a simplified overview of the regions that are relevant to the traveler (starting on the East Coast). In the U.S. there are over 10,000 cities and towns. The following is a list of nine of the most important lists. Other cities can be found in the region articles.


Boston – The capital of Massachusetts retains many aspects of its colonial charm, but is still young by his many students.

Chicago – Chicago’s nickname is the “Windy City”. Bustling heart of the Midwest, transportation hub of the nation and known for its architectural marvels as well as for its massive skyscrapers.

Los Angeles – home of Hollywood and the film industries, with the palms blessed LA Mountains, beaches, sunshine, and almost everything that visitors from California dream.


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Miami – Miami in extending some of the largest beaches in the country, where sun lovers from the North to meet immigrants from Latin America and the Caribbean who are looking for a new perspective.

Milwaukee – The home of the Harley Davidson – Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The city is the closest Germany on the United States. Many immigrants come from Germany. Milwaukee is also ‘the’ beer city badly out with companies like Miller.

New Orleans – Despite the devastating hurricane is “the Big Easy” is still famous for its atmospheric parts of the city from the French period and held annually for the Mardi gras festival.

New York – The largest city in America with a world-class cuisine, unique art exhibitions, one in the world rarely found on such diverse population and many other great highlights. Both marked a national symbol as well as most international.

San Francisco – One of the most photogenic cities in the world. The peculiar attractions of San Francisco offer directions and are a popular starting point for trips along the coast or to the Yosemite National Park.

Seattle – The green and rainy city is known for its trend-setter scene and the presence of international high-tech giants.

Washington (DC) – The capital of the country, here are the most famous buildings in the country and a thriving multi-cultural scene.

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Each country and its people have special features, customs and practices that are consistent with the brewing, not always. Especially first-timers as you will arrive at more or less big stumbling blocks.

In the U.S. there is an exception for everything. In this article, there are only general rules and tips; you should inform themselves about certain places in the relevant special articles.


As diverse as the landscapes of the USA, so different are the temperatures. In the south it is naturally hotter than in the dense forests of national parks in the north. Generally, there is high humidity in the east and low in the west. In the high altitude national park in the Southwest and the Rocky Mountains of the United States, it may be cool to May and from September. A warm jacket or sweater is always in your luggage, if only because of the widely encountered air conditioners. One must be careful in states like California, Nevada and Arizona. While there are some areas in winter with little snow and ice, it can be 100 miles to be already dead of winter. The best example there is Los Angeles. Only 100 miles to the northeast lay the winter sports resort in Big Bear Lake in the San Bernardino Mountains. If you are not familiar landscape, one should say his car lender before, where to go, so we have not experienced a summer tire fiasco. Some routes will finish you with a good lender immediately if you want maybe in the winter from Los Angeles via the northern route to the Grand Canyon, if possible to call with the mobile home just one example.


For entry into the United States, two things for German citizens are generally required:

First A valid passport

Required is the burgundy red, machine-readable passport (with or without biometric data) – for both adults and children! Identity cards and temporary passports are generally NOT accepted for entry.




Since January 2009, travelers from Germany under the “Visa Waiver” program (entry without a visa) MANDATORY to late 72 hours before departure at the Electronic System for Travel Authorization ( “ESTA” sign) (a later registration may or may not ) tabs, and specify the required information and answer questions there. When you register, including a location (for example, the first hotel) and to specify the dates of the return flight. Then, normally electronically issued the necessary residence permit – the last word on the length of stay, however, the immigration officers on site (maximum 90 days). It is basically an expression of approval carry! If the authorization fails, then please contact prior to departure time at the U.S. Embassy! Since September 2010, the ESTA registration is officially charged (U.S. $ 14, valid for 2 years). The fee may be paid by credit card on the internet or through travel agencies elsewhere.


For quite some time for passengers to fill in ESTA eliminates the green entry form I-94 W. Travelers who are not approved for ESTA registration (these are usually all travel purposes other than pure vacation and stays over 90 days), definitely need a visa for entry and must be in accordance with the U.S. Embassy in Germany they have a link .

Upon entry principle biometric data is collected from all entering the country: it is made an iris scan (eyes) and electronic fingerprints taken of all 10 fingers.


Many cities in the USA can be reached from the German-speaking countries by direct flights, airports are important here, for example, New York-John F. Kennedy, Newark, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Dallas and Miami as well as Boston, Denver and Philadelphia.


For cost reasons, it may be helpful on the flight to the city you want to upgrade again. One should consider here is that the immigration formalities at the first place must be the one achieved in the USA or Canada, done. This can take up to three hours. This time you should take into account when the transfer time. Because of tight security on international flights should be at least two hours before departure at the airport and on flights within the U.S. have at least one hour before departure at the airport.

The through check luggage (automatic reloading when changes) in the U.S., regardless of the airline, upon arrival in principle not possible. At the first landing in the U.S. is the baggage pick up regularly to get through customs and baggage claim when DIRECTLY BEHIND Newcomers to release it again (it must be checked not new!).


Unlike earlier, the arrival of the ship a rather rare nowadays chosen path. Seven days takes the transatlantic voyage from Southampton to New York, a slow but unbeatable luxurious and relaxing form to reach America. The only ship that this route still runs today in the line service, provided in the 14-day intervals and circulating “Queen Mary 2″ of Conrad Line, which as a successor was “Queen Elizabeth 2″ taken only in 2004 and also the fourth largest passenger ship all time. Including the arrival of the travel costs, depending on cabin category from 1300 up to 30,000 €.


Meah State Park in Spanish Fort



In many areas of the U.S. can hardly get by without a car, because the cities vast and the distances are great. In many cities like New York, Chicago or San Francisco there is a well-developed, even for tourists attractive public transport system from S-Bah, bus, etc. In some others, however, including Los Angeles, a car is due to a less-developed public transport and great distances almost indispensable.


The easiest way to travel in the country is safe the car. For shorter stays, we recommend a rental car, you can hire the best at the airport. Every major airport has an area where rental cars can be picked up. These areas are located if outside of the airport, accessible via either monorail or free bus transfer.

While there are between Europe and the U.S. is not huge differences in the Road Traffic Act, but applies to the right of way at the same rank not receive the usual road from us right before left ( tips for road USA ).


Calico Ghost Town in California

Driving in the States is quite peaceful. Be on the highway or Interstate engage the cruise control and just roll.

But be careful, pay attention anytime, anywhere on the speed. The police officers in the field Speeding very active and in contrast to our practice is the testimony of a sheriff as evidence in court. It will therefore require no photos or other things. For this reason, discussions with the atomic power are also usually quite hopeless.

In most states there are no separate speed limits for trucks. These may take the Interstate up to 75 miles per hour. And of course also overhaul. So do not be alarmed if a big truck driving past the left or right. Almost everywhere in the U.S. it is illegal to overtake on the right, but many people do not notice this. One should be attentive!

Particular caution is advised in children. In the vicinity of schools often apply speed limits when the school children could be on the road. When school buses stop to allow school children to boarding or alighting, the traffic stops in all directions

Anyone who drives a car needs to refuel, and that goes a little differently than usual. Are at most gas pumps there is a lever, switch or refinance the one way valve, turn or must move so that the gas can flow. Almost all gas stations must pay before you fill up. Paid too much in advance will be refunded one back after refueling. Often you can also pay directly at the Zapfzäule (auto fuel) by credit card.


Kern County Museum in California

Interestingly, Americans give the distances to often in hours. Unusual, but pretty accurate.

Open alcoholic beverage may only be transported in the trunk.

United Kingdom

in Europe

The United Kingdom (short-UK), long-form United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (English United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland) is a sovereign state off the northwestern coast of continental Europe.

The largest island nation in Europe is a union of formerly independent states England, Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland. The United Kingdom also has several overseas territories. The Kronbesitztümer the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands are the British crown assumed as independent countries, however, are not part of the United Kingdom. Their relationship with the United Kingdom can be explained by the concept of suzerainty describe. As a parliamentary monarchy, the country also maintains ties to fifteen Commonwealth realms, whose head of state is the British monarch.

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia

in Australia

The Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is a National Park in the Northern Territory , which at the UNESCO as a world natural heritage and culture heritage is listed. It is 1431 km south of Darwin and 440 kilometers southwest of Alice Springs along the Stuart and Lasseter Highways . The park covers 1326 square kilometers. Part of the park is the famous rock Uluru (Ayers Rock) and 40 km west of Kata Tjuta (Mount Olga). The main tourist settlement is Yulara .

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park


Uluru is the most famous natural landmark in Australia. This inselberg rises 348 m above the landscape. The word Kata Tjuta means “many heads” and describes a group of 36 rocks that are probably more than 500 million years old. Uluru and Kata Tjuta are the traditional inhabitants, the Anangu Aboriginal people , culturally significant. The traditional inhabitants organize guided walking tours today, where you can learn about flora, fauna and traditional bush food of the area known as the Aboriginal dreamtime stories can learn.


The Anangu Aboriginal people are the traditional owners of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. They believe that their culture has always existed in Central Australia and created at the beginning of the period of their ancestors were. In 1976, under the Aboriginal Land Rights recognized (Northern Territory) Act, the rights of Aboriginal and 9 years later, 1985, she received a Freehold title for the area of ​​the park. They leased the land back to the Australian government for 99 years. Since then, the Anangu and Parks Australia to work together under the “joint management”. The aim is to preserve the Anangu culture to preserve an ecological balance and to give visitors an insight into the culture and history of the park.


in Africa

Uganda – Uganda lies in Africa . Bordering countries are in the north of Sudan , in the west Democratic Republic of Congo , southern Rwanda and Tanzania and in eastern Kenya . Uganda has in the southern portion of the Lake Victoria , the largest lake in Africa. Uganda, officially the Republic of Uganda is a landlocked country in East Africa. Uganda is also known as the “Pearl of Africa”. It is on the east by Kenya, on the north by the southern Sudan to the west by the Democratic Republic of Congo, southwest by Rwanda, and in the south of Tanzania. The southern part of the country includes a substantial portion of Lake Victoria, shared by Kenya and Tanzania.

Uganda takes its name from the Buganda kingdom, which includes the far south, including the capital Kampala. The people of Uganda were hunter-gatherers until 1700-2300 years ago, migrated as a Bantu-speaking people in southern regions. Uganda independence from the United Kingdom 9 October 1962.

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The official languages ​​are English and Swahili, although several other languages ​​are spoken in the country.



Kampala – Capital


Other objects

Ssese Islands , 84 islands in Lake Victoria. The civil war has left no traces there, and the interested visitor gets to know a different side of Uganda. The few tourists who visit the islands, will be received by the people very friendly. Getting there: From the bus station in the bus to Kampala Masaka, from there the bus to the ferry at 14am and after Luku Kalangala.

Jinja, the source of the Nile. 80km from Kampala, is reachable by bus.

Getting there


The international airport at Entebbe will be direct flights from Europe by British Airways from London Heathrow, from SN Brussels Airlines from Brussels and KLM from Amsterdam. Much cheaper and more flexible (because daily connecting flights), however, are compounds of Cairo with Egypt Air , via Dubai with Emirates or Addis Ababa with Ethiopian . Germany offers the best connections from KLM, which flies direct from Amsterdam and Entebbe with Kenya Airways also maintains the connection Amsterdam-Nairobi-Entebbe. However, experience has shown that it can come with flights via Nairobi to hour-long delays in transferring. Tickets are on Ethiopian Air from 555 EUR (including, as of 05/2009), with Egypt Air from 640 EUR (incl.) and the other airlines from 800 EUR (incl.) are available (both as of November 2006).



Uganda Railways has stopped all passenger traffic, after several minor accidents and due to the unprofitable slow connections 2003rd The railway lines are only used for freight.



The central bus station in Kampala is the ideal starting point for destinations across the country. The “organized chaos” is an experience in itself.



The ferry routes to Kenya and Tanzania on Lake Victoria were set after the fall of the last remaining ferry 2004th There are occasional cargo ships that carry passengers on occasion. This should not claim to minimum standards of accommodation and sanitary facilities are provided.



Across the country, you can take great coaches. For shorter distances, there are minibuses (matatus), the drive only when they are fully occupied (meant for 14 people, mostly but not below 20) In addition, there are boda-bodas and Piki-Pikis, bicycles and mopeds, the one or two transport people to the desired location. Also you can go in taxis, regular cars with up to 7 passengers.



about 40 different languages. English as an official language alongside Kiswahili. African languages ​​are often to be found, such as Luganda and Kiswahili.



Owino market in Kampala, eyes and through, everything a person needs is offered at this incredibly huge market.



Wash hands before eating, because Uganda is eaten with the fingers. However, when you get a white or on request, often knife and fork. For the snack offered at the street or even on long bus rides: chapati, fried in oil, pancake-like flatbread, grilled meat skewers or samosa, which are usually cooked with meat-filled triangular pockets, also in bold. Otherwise, eat lots of rice, potatoes, cassava, sweet potatoes, yams, posho (maize porridge), but mainly matooke, which is a mash of plantains. This can eat meat: lamb, chicken, maybe even pork and beef. Often as a side dish of red beans and sauces or nuts (eg peanuts) are served. As a vegetable it from there and green beans, cabbage and pumpkin. Sometimes you get a dish and homemade French fries or spaghetti / noodles. Eggs are used as scrambled or hard boiled egg. Fresh fruits and vegetables are also available: pineapple, papaya, watermelon, jackfruit, avocados and bananas, of course. To drink is almost everywhere very cheap sodas (Coke, Fanta, Sprite, Mirinda), as well as water and juice of passion fruit. Alcohol: different kinds of beer, vodka, brandy.


Stay healthy

Who wants to travel to Uganda should inform themselves in detail before the trip about health care, best with a Tropical Institute. It is often found in urban health departments. Uganda is a beautiful country, its inhabitants but also from numerous diseases suffer from which you can protect yourself: The following immunizations may be necessary: ​​Hepatitis A and B, tetanus, typhoid, malaria prophylaxis, yellow fever (depending on region), rabies (for contact to animals) and diphtheria. Some of these vaccines also are useful in Germany. What vaccinations of individuals need to be determined in discussion with the expert. Not all vaccines can be administered together, some require multiple doses, so that early planning is called for.



In the tropical climate in the south and center of the country has an effect that Uganda is largely a plateau at 1,000 m above sea level. The climate is tropical and warm, but cooled considerably by the altitude. Therefore, it is neither too hot nor very cold. The temperatures vary between 25 and 30 ° C during the day, at night there are usually around 17 ° C. The extreme values ​​are between 10 and 35 ° C. The rainfall (1000-1500 mm) are distributed throughout the year, there are only two drier periods (December to February and June to August).

Turin, Italy

in Europe

Turin (Italian Torino, Latin Augusta Taurinorum, Piedmont Türin) is a city in northwest Italy, capital of the province of Turin and the region of Piedmont. Turin has 907 563 inhabitants in the metropolitan area and about 1.7 million inhabitants in the agglomeration (2006) and 2.2 million in the metropolitan area.


Turin is located at an altitude of 240 m and covers an area of 130 km². From France to the west and Switzerland to the north and from Milan to the east it is always a good 100 miles away. The plane is in Turin, in the west and north by the Alps and the south by the hills of Monferrato limited. The Dora Riparia, the Stura di Lanzo and Sangone lead in Turin in the river Po. Much of the city lies in the Po plain to the west span of the river, some small neighborhood on the hills east of the Po, which reach a height of 750 m.


The Turin speak Italian except a Gallo-Roman dialect, Piedmontese named. This dialect, sometimes Torinese called, is common throughout the Piedmont, but is generally identified with the city of Turin in Italy. Because of the large immigration in the past, the dialect in the city of Turin is much less common than in other Italian cities. The Piemontese is strongly influenced by the French language.

Treviso, Italy

in Europe

Treviso, on Venetian Trevixo, is a city and administrative center of the province of Treviso in the region of Veneto in Italy. The city has 82,807 inhabitants (as of 31 December 2010) and lies approximately 40 kilometers northeast of Padua, and about 30 kilometers north of Venice. Treviso is situated at the confluence of Botteniga and Sile in the Venetian plain. The average height is about 15m asl.

The city Tarvisium was 49 BC, Roman municipium (recognition of city status). But already in prehistoric times was the same place a Bronze Age settlement. In the year 396 the first time the existence of the bishopric is mentioned. Among the Goths and later the Lombards, the Treviso made ​​a duchy, the city witnessed a first golden age. 539 succeeded in the Eastern Roman general Belisarius, the temporary reconquest of Treviso in the wake of the conquest of Ostgotenreichs, but already in 540 the Goths conquered it again. Even 568 or 569, the city was Lombard, as the majority of northern Italy. The diocese has 602 after the Lombards Padua had conquered, to extend its jurisdiction into the territory of Padua.


Under the Carolingians Treviso was in the 9th Century as the capital of a mark with its own Münzzeche. 777 has been Fortunatus of Trieste bishop, who stood on the side of the Franks and fought against the Byzantine influence. 815 is in a charter of Louis the Pious was first mentioned in a county of Treviso. She received the right of coinage, and was the county seat, but it has been reduced 828th The city has about 900 of Hungary, destroyed on 9 January was 905, the Bishop of Berengar I the right to levy customs duties and charges at the port. The seat of the county was Berengar after Verona moved.

Travel Guide to Yemen

In Asia

Travel Guide to Yemen – The Yemen is located in the Middle East . Bordering countries are Saudi Arabia and Oman .Yemen is reached by air quite well. Lufthansa and Egypt Air (every Thursday), Royal Jordanian, Emirates Airlines, Ethiopian Airlines and Yemenia flight to Sana’a Haupststadt from Frankfurt.

Travel in Yemen may be useful only in the car or put on a motorcycle. The organization of traveling companions / drivers is possible through local agencies. Individual travel is (not to mention the security aspect) is not easy to control as many checkpoints and permits are the papers and here – is likely to have significant difficulties – at least without good language skills.


Is the official language (Yemen) Arabic. You can communicate with English very well, at least in the larger cities and areas that are affected by tourism. In bigger cities there are many small restaurants. Are offered rice, chicken, fish, vegetables and soups. Typical of Yemen are offering many juice bars, the refreshing juices from lemons, melons, strawberries, guavas and other fruits. The Yemeni national drink is heavily sweetened black tea.


Travel Guide to Vacation in Paraguay

in South America

Paraguay is South America . Bordering countries are Argentina , Bolivia and Brazil . There is no continuous passenger flight from Europe to Asuncion. One must always in one of the hubs (usually Sao Paulo or Buenos Aires) change. Very good connections, for example, TAM offers, there are also charges of Iberia, TAP, Lufthansa, etc.

paraguay Travel Guide to Vacation in Paraguay

Paraguay was the first country in South America with a web connection, today, there are no international rail links and no Zuglinienverkehr. The only one still in Paraguay moving train, is an excursion train, which departs twice a month, across from the botanical garden in Asunción and up to Aregua and back moves. It is being maintained in the old passenger cars used by magicians and musicians. In addition, you can admire the old steam engine.

The current best way to travel by car from Europe, is a ride on a cargo ship (usually Grimaldi Lines). Auto (camper) plus 2 persons cost currently (March 2006) € 2,700. The route goes from Hamburg over West Africa to South America and will take about 30 days.

Car Rental are available from international companies (Alamo, Avis, Hertz, National, Europcar) and various local vendors.

paraguay culture Travel Guide to Vacation in Paraguay

In Paraguay, there are two river ships now offer the tourist trips: The MS Paraguay is a ship with 27 cabins and runs 2 routes, one with 2 nights from Asuncion to the Chaco, one of the 6 nights from Concepcion Pantanal.

In addition there are the simpler riverboat Santa Filomena, serving from Concepcion various trips (including day trips)

The official languages ​​are Spanish and Guarani. Field way too German, Italian and Japanese are spoken.

Thus, among other things, in the Colonia Independencia in the state Gaira also spoke German.

paraguay foods Travel Guide to Vacation in Paraguay


The paraguyische kitchen is actually almost a pure carnivore cuisine, although many people who are not very high meat prices in the country can afford. More and more can now be fed just like in all other South American countries also vegetarian.

paraguay tourism Travel Guide to Vacation in Paraguay

Due to the ongoing economic crisis and poverty in recent years the security situation deteriorates. The number of robberies on the street, at cross-country trips and public transport (buses) has increased. The criminals do frequently also from minor events of the weapon. Particularly dangerous are Ciudad del Este and the border area with Brazil and Argentina. Nevertheless it must be mentioned here that there are proportionately fewer severely Paraguay crimes and crimes with the use of weapons, as in the Federal Republic of Germany.

Travel Guide to Vacation in Paraguay

Roaming works, but is very expensive. A cheaper alternative is to purchase a SIM card from one of the four mobile phone operators (Tigo, personnel, Vox, Claro). Foreigners must present their passport for registration. The card itself is free, only the starting balance must be paid. The credit can be charged, except in the official shops in almost every “mom and pop store”, is only effective limited validity. Older phones may work in Paraguay (not Quadband!).

Travel Guide to Vacation in Jamaica

in North America

The Caribbean island of Jamaica lies south of Cuba and west of Hispaniola. Jamaica consists of the three counties of Cornwall, Middlesex and Surrey. These are in turn subdivided into 14 parishes. Montego Bay – Travel Guide. Clarendon, May Pen’s headquarters, Hanover, Lucea is the administrative seat, Kingston, also called KSAc – Kingston-Saint Andrew Corporation, Manchester, Mandeville’s headquarters, Portland, administrative headquarters is in Port Antonio, Saint Andrew, this is the southernmost part of the capital, Kingston, Saint Ann, administrative headquarters is in St. Ann’s Bay, Saint Catherine, Spanish Town is the administrative seat, Saint Elizabeth, the administrative seat is Black River, Saint James, Montego Bay is the administrative seat, Saint Mary, seat of government is Port Maria, Saint Thomas, the administrative seat is Morant Bay, Trelawny, head office is Falmoth, Westmoreland is Savanna-La headquarters-Mar.


Some Jamaican tourists prefer vacation resorts. Quite a few of these departments have an all-inclusive program. This means that you pay only for the room as well as for food, drink and entertainment in advance.
The tourist areas are next to Montego Bay, particularly Negril , but also in Ocho Rios , Runaway Bay and Port Antonio . In addition, the region sought to Treasure Beach with individual, small hotels and guesthouses to accommodate tourists.

The island was developed by Columbus on his second voyage on 5th Discovered in May 1494 and named Santiago. On his fourth voyage in 1503, he suffered shipwreck on the coast and the Indians led by a lunar eclipse prediction to support him with food. 1509, the island was captured by the Spaniards in possession, and in 1560 was already exterminated the native population almost entirely. Jamaica was taken in 1655 and 1659 by the British formally ceded to them. 1962 was given the island its independence. Deteriorating economic conditions in the 1970s led to an increase in crime rate and a decline in tourist arrivals. After the dismissal of the Socialists in 1980, subsequent governments attempted to open up the country economically. In the nineties, especially corruption interfered with the democratic process in the country.


dominican republic beaches

Aufgund dependence on the former colonial power Britain and the still ongoing membership of the Commonwealth, the Head of State Queen Elizabeth II. The north east coast is steep, the southern coast of varied designs and surrounded by reefs. The interior is a picturesque hill country, which reaches into the densely forested Blue Mountains an altitude of 2,256 m. In between, there are also always open plains with agriculture.


jamaica beaches

The climate is characterized by uniformity. In Kingston the mean temperature of 26 ° C year with a difference of 3.1 degrees between the coldest and warmest month. In Newcastle, 1.211m above sea level. NN., The respective figures 19.4 ° and 3.9 ° C. Ice is formed only on the highest peaks, and only very rarely. The annual rainfall is 1,220 mm in Kingston, Newcastle 900 mm and is the most considerable in May and October. In Jamaica, from June to November hurricane season. It has to be reckoned with tropical storms, heavy rains and possibly also with landslides. Travelers should follow regional weather forecasts and follow the instructions of local security authorities.


jamaica hotels

Both at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston and the Donald Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, the daily number of international flights. The airport in the capital of Kingston is primarily used by business travelers. The airport on the north coast of Montego Bay is the hub for tourism. There are smaller airports in Westkingston, Negril, Ocho Rios and Port Antonio. These are used by smaller planes like the served by Air Jamaica and also serve as a landing place for small private aircraft or rental.


The ports of Montego Bay and Ocho Rios, Port Antonio, and very occasionally be visited by cruise ships. In Montego Bay, it can be during the season several vessels in the week in Ocho Rios to be three ships a day. The Port of Kinston is a pure cargo port.


jamaica islands

In Jamaica, on the left. The principal means of transportation in Jamaica are bus and minibus. These vehicles are often in poor technical condition. Traveling with an official authorized taxi (vehicle with a red license plate PP) is more likely to recommend, the price should be negotiated in any case before departure. If you travel by car you only need an international driver’s license. Cars can be rented since 2008 but only with automatic transmission. Driving on the highway should be avoided at all costs after dark. Rental car to get in Montego Bay and Kingston at the airport include Avis, Budget, Hertz, and Iceland Car Rental.


montego bay jamaica

The speed limit in towns is 50 km / h (30 mph) and 80 km / h (50 mph) outside. Caution: Jamaican cars are not supported by TUV shall review, as in Germany, it may be possible to turn signals and brake lights are broken. Warning: it can happen again and again, that goat, donkey or cow along laufern on the road, especially in rural areas. Last note, the Jamaican police regularly (!) By roadside checks, it is not only the vehicle documents are checked. For speed control radar guns are used. Frenzied native drivers should not be a role model.


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In Jamaica is English and Patois (a creole) spoken. English is official language, patois, the unofficial language of Jamaicans. Tourists have to assume that spoken on the island and most hotels no German or understood.
The Jamaicans distinguishes between the “Oxford English” popularly known as Queen’s language and called Jamaican language . In addition to many language quirks and peculiarities which are known in the patois, there are also unmistakable. The Germans are unpopular with “th” is referred to in Jamaica as a simple “t”. The second feature is the “a” in the English spoken language, it sounds like “ä”, the Jamaicans say the “a” is like a “a”.

The Jamaican cuisine is shaped by many influences. It found both African, Indian and Chinese and British influences in it again. Generally, we like to eat “hot”, and typically in the preparation of food is the use of coconuts. A special culinary specialty is “ackee”, a tree fruit, the yellow flesh with salt fish, onions, spices and tomatoes stewed with “fried dumplings” or “johnnycakes” (fried dumplings) and fried plantains are eaten primarily for breakfast. “Ackee and Salt Fish” is something like the national dish of Jamaica. In each lunch there is “patties” to buy puff pastry with various fillings sharp. At the roadside offer improvised kitchens stews like “chicken foot soup”, “pepperpot” goat curry “rice and peas” (rice with red beans) and the popular “chicken jerk” and “jerk pork” (spicy marinated chicken and pork in the oil drum grilled) on. The “jerk” is then the purchase with an ax chopped, including skin and bone. The diet of many Jamaicans is in large part from so-called food, making jam, sweet potatoes are boiled green bananas and dumplings meant. A special treat is the fried breadfruit. Among the fruits there are different mango varieties including, papayas, pineapples, avocados, Soursap, oranges, limes, lemons and tamarind. Sugar cane can be bought piecemeal and sucking out the sweet juice from the woody fibers. An important role is played by fish of all kinds. On the beaches frequented by locals all the fried fish with “festival”, a delicious pastry of fried Maismehlteig be offered. During the fishing season (the months with R – September to April) there can be partially favorable to the American lobster “lobster” to eat. A special drink is “berry punch”, a mix of Guinness beer and sweet milk. The beer brewed in Jamaica is called “red stripe”. Popular soft drinks are “went strawberry” and various Fruchtlimonden and frozen fruit drinks, which are primarily offered by hawkers in buses.


Travel Guide to United Arab Emirates

in Asia

Travel Guide to United Arab Emirates – The United Arab Emirates are in the Middle East .The only way to reach the emirate, as long as you do not want to spend very much time there, by plane. There are flight connections, among others, Frankfurt, Hamburg and Munich to Dubai and from Berlin and Dusseldorf to Abu Dhabi.

A visa is not for German and other Western foreigners needed. When the territory is indeed granted a visa, but there is only one entry stamp, entitled to a stay of up to 30 days in the United Arab Emirates. There is no fee and no forms must also be completed. Full details and entry procedures for eligible countries see . Currently (as of 01/2008) can be tolerated, according to request from the consular section of the UAE embassy passports with Israeli entry stamp. Since the change may, however, one should seek for a trip a relevant information, otherwise the entry will be denied.


There are some bus services between major cities and Oman should still be the normal tourist, if he wants to see something of the country, rent a car. The traffic in Dubai and the surrounding area is very dense, it can be expected very long journeys. Once you leave this field he is very thin jeodch. The highways are mostly four lanes. The Emiratis usually go relatively civilized, but there are more frequent than in Europe reckless road users. So it can happen that one is quite outdated at night without a light on the right car at high speed. Fuel is very cheap. Gasoline is sold mostly per gallon. The allowable Höchtgeschwindigkeit is 120 km / h – the car most have a built-in alarm bell that rings any greater unmistakable. Otherwise, it is wise anyway to comply with the limits for radars there is much more common than in Germany. For car rentals in all emirates except Dubai need an international driver’s license.




The official language is Arabic. The Emirates is a very international country. Auxiliary, temporary workers and professionals from abroad make up about 70% of the population (80% of Dubai). A communication in English is almost always in the cities, mostly in rural areas possible. At least on the coast to get by with English throughout the day.


The kitchen in the UAE is very versatile. Especially in Dubai and Abu Dhabi will find a variety of different international restaurants. Most are housed in hotels and therefore more expensive than regular restaurants. This also usually applies a special dress code, meaning no open shoes for men and no shorts or sneakers. Highly recommended is a visit to the Lebanese that you can end it comfortably with a hookah. The Emiraties are also pronounced coffee drinkers. Sun chains such as Starbucks are so omnipresent, especially in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.


The Vereinigeten Arab Emirates is a desert region. Therefore prevail there also (especially in the summer) temperatures over 40 degrees. During the winter months it is more pleasant. Contrary to many expectations, the air along the coast in summer is very humid. From what little precipitation 70-80% fall in winter, the rest falling in summer evaporates, often on the way to the ground.


During the winter months the temperatures keep in a frame of 10 to 30 ° C, mid-value of 20 ° C. In certain regions, one can easily swim in the winter because the water temperature there ranges from 25 to 29 degrees holds. In summer the heat in combination with high relative humidity almost unbearable (approximately 38 ° C at 80% humidity). On the west coast, the temperature drops at night but not below 26 degrees, it is usually around 30 degrees. During the day heats up the coast to 38 – to 45 degrees, teiwleise about it. The humidity is quite high, the weather feels moist (humid) on. The east coast is very humid and stuffy in the summer. At night there is often no less than 30 degrees, the temperature during the day leigt usually 35-40 degrees. The air here is much more humid than in the Persian Gulf. In the desert, is the temperature in summer rarely below 20 degrees (excluding high-altitude regions of times), the day the temperatures usually move at 45 degrees or above. The humidity is relatively low, so this comes up is usually no humidity. Water temperature in the winter months: minimum 20 ° C, maximum 30 ° C. Average of 25 ° C.

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