6 Best Places in the World to Go Bungee Jumping

If you’re one of those seeking that adrenaline rush, and haven’t tried bungee jumping yet, here’s something to help. We’ve shortlisted the 6 best places around the world that help you try your hand at it and experience the thrill.

Most of these places also offer beautiful views that you can relish on your way down (if you have your eyes open at all!).

 

Victoria Falls Bridge

This bridge is at around 365 feet in height, and while it may not be the highest bungee jump you could experience, it does have a certain thrill to it that sets it apart from the rest. Located at Zimbabwe, you can take your jump right into a rainbow, and with the lush greenery around and the Zambezi river below you, it can be one of the most freshest and exhilarating experiences you’ll ever have.

 

The Royal Gorge Bridge

Located in Colorado, this jump is believed to be among the few highest bungee jumps in the world. From the top, the river below looks like a tiny ribbon, and while the fall from the bridge lasts for around 15 seconds, it’ll definitely give you that rush you’re craving for.

 

Bloukrans Bridge

Located in South Africa, this bridge stands 700 feet tall and can be an intimidating sight for all those who’re scared of heights. After you’re done with your jump here, you can zip line through the jungle and head into the national park there.

 

Rio Grande Bridge

The Rio Grande Bridge, located in New Mexico, stands 680 feet tall and is probably the most popular bungee jump in the US, and for a good reason- it provides the highest active jump in the country. If you join the bungee jumping expedition there, you’ll get to experience the thrill at several locations which include the bridge, the Navajo bridge and many other places spread across western and Southwestern United States.

 

The Kawarau Bridge

Located in Queenstown, New Zealand, the Kawarau Bridge is often flocked by bungee jumping enthusiasts coming from all around the world. This bridge is supposedly where it all started- and where bungee jumping was first discovered. If you’ve got friends who aren’t really keen on jumping off from the bridge, they can get the chance to view you from the observation deck.

 

The Macau Tower

This one’s last, but is definitely not the least, because it has the record of the highest bungee jump in the world. As you go down, you can relish the gorgeous view of Macau city. The jump platform is said to be located at 764 feet above the city streets- which makes it the perfect place to experience the thrill to another level.

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7 Best Museums to Visit When in Chicago

Chicago is a great place to spend the weekend, but if it’s a family trip you’re planning, or you’re just in the mood for some intellectual stimulation, the museums here are worth a visit. To help you make your choice, here we’ve listed the best museums in Chicago- spend your time at any of these and you won’t go back disappointed.

Museum of Science & Industry
The Museum of Science & Industry has been, since the time of its inception, focused on imparting the knowledge of science and industry to the public. Here you’ll find everything from coal mine exhibits and the German submarine that was captured during world war II to special LEGO structures and the Apollo 8 module. Prepared to be fascinated when you’re here.

Shedd Aquarium
If you’re keen about exploring life under the water, Shedd Aquarium is a must visit. Enter here and you’ll find a different world altogether- discover more about coral reefs and aquatic life in general. There are tons of exhibits (read 32,000) here too. What’s best is that Shedd Aquarium takes pride in dedicating itself to the preservation of life under water and actively takes steps to protect endangered species.

University of Chicago Oriental Institute
This one’s built on the campus of University of Chicago and is a small teaching museum, but enough to keep your mind stimulated. Here you’ll find a rich collection of Egyptian artifacts- think mummies, carved tablets and human headed bulls.

Adler Planetarium
The Adler Planetarium was founded in the year 1930, which makes it the oldest one in America. It now boasts of having an extensive exhibit space and offers a breathtaking view of the skyline of the city. You can also get to be a part of the featured shows they have on everything space.

The Field Museum of Natural History
This one’s best known for its dinosaur displays, but there’s a lot more than just that to explore. This museum is also believed to hold more than 20 million objects- everything from priceless gems to Egyptian mummies.

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
This one attempts to bring nature a bit closer to you with its extensive exhibits on local birds and habitats. It also boasts of having archives dating back to the 19th century. This nature museum is also a home to more than 1000 butterflies and you’ll find everything from huge greenhouses to exotic birds here.

National Museum of Mexican Art
This museum is specifically dedicated to preserving and stimulating the Mexican culture and what it has to offer. Though it may not be as big as the other museums we’ve listed here, it has one of the largest collections of Latino art and everything from modern protest installations to pre Columbian art.

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The Future of Driving: What We Can Expect

What once seemed ridiculously futuristic is now becoming a reality, as the concept of driverless cars is becoming more and more prevalent. Indeed, whilst they are not perfect, as we know from stories relating to driverless car crashes driverless cars take away the most dangerous component of driving – the driver!

In consideration of how subject to error us humans are, the concept of having automated cars that drive themselves is actually a pretty good idea and whilst it might seem a little peculiar to us, just think about the last plane journey you took – as chances are, this was driven predominantly on autopilot rather than at the hands of a pilot.

The largest single factor in car crashes today, is human error, so if we can replace the need to concentrate on the road as we allow sophisticated sensors to monitor and respond to everything our freeways will become much safer places – in addition to being much more productive places, as you will be free to get on with other activities.

Today, if you want a car with sophisticated technology then the first thing you need to do is head to an auto finance calculator such as https://auto.loan/calculator/ in order to work out how much you can afford, before splashing out on a new hi-tech car.

Admittedly, we’re not quite there with driverless cars, certainly not for the masses – but with the inclusion of AEB (Autonomous Emergency Braking) becoming a staple of many new cars which uses sensors to detect when an obstacle is approaching and applies the brake if a driver is appearing not to respond, we are getting closer to the driverless transition that was once dreamed up in the sci-fi film iRobot.

The infrastructure required for driverless cars, in consideration of the vast amount of sensors required for each stretch of road and the inevitably protracted roll out of driverless vehicles means we are some time away from mainstream driverless cars, yet the possibility of driver-assisted cars is becoming more and more realistic.

Indeed, in the Volvo XC90, as far back as three years ago, it was employing autonomous safety systems to change lanes, keep the car within a lane (in the event a driver fell asleep) and keep the car driving at a set speed whilst autonomously braking and speeding up. Today, we have much more advanced technology being put in our cars, and not just the fancy cars, many cars are being fitted with devices that essentially employ an automated back seat driver who steps in should there be a need, like a lifesaver, that can seriously reduce the impact of a crash by reacting in a split second upon realising the driver is no longer in full control of the vehicle.

In summary, whilst driverless cars do seem to be in our future they seem a somewhat distant reality in terms of the mass market – but without a doubt, in a few decades time people will be nostalgically looking back at the “good old days” when they could drive their own car whilst the young people of tomorrow will be questioning how crazy the world must have been when people were in control of their own cars!

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Family Fun in Fort Wayne Indiana

A few weeks ago I had the privilege of visiting Fort Wayne Indiana for an overnight trip to see what the city had to offer – and we weren’t disappointed. There is a ton of family fun to be had in Fort Wayne, and I’m going to share the top sites you don’t want to miss on your next visit to the city.

Now I don’t know about you but the first thing on my list when checking out a new city is knowing where to stay. I’m pretty particular about our hotels – cleanliness is at the top of my checklist when reserving a room. When there is a Hilton, I know I’m going to get everything I need and want, so having a Hilton in downtown Fort Wayne was exactly what I needed. If you’ve never slept on a Hilton mattress – or let your head rest on one of their fabulous pillows, you are missing out! I melted right into the mattress and slept like a baby so we were refreshed and ready to go for our adventures the next day. (and I slept alone and yes I used all 4 of those pillows. It was amazing!) 

Now staying at the Hilton downtown had more than just the advantage of the comfy beds and gorgeous room – They have a restaurant in-house and wait for it.. a Starbucks! I may have or I may have not gotten my coffee in my pj’s.

In addition to all the amenities in the hotel itself, it’s also located right in the heart of downtown close to a lot of the wonderful thing Fort Wayne has to offer. There are a ton of restaurants to try out – some with a great night life, lots of music and dancing.

We called it early since we had an early morning plan to kayak at the beautiful Riverfront- when the weather is nice, kayaking is one of the most peaceful outdoor activities you can do; especially near the beautiful Fort Wayne Rivergreenway, a trail which is along the banks of where 3 rivers meet right in downtown Fort Wayne at the Water Filtration Plant. The St Joseph, St Mary’s and Maumee all cross paths. It’s a gorgeous 24 mile long trail that you can ride, walk or run on and of course gives the more adventurous types some great time on the water.

Another great family fun experience – and my favorite – is the Fort Wayne’s Children’s Zoo. Now don’t let the name fool you, this zoo is not just for the kids. In fact, my best friend and I had a blast visiting and we will definitely be back with both of our families! I was super surprised at how fun and interactive the zoo is!

There’s 2 really cool things about this zoo. One is, they have the animals separated by country. You can find rhinos and zebras in the African Journey, you can see a reef shark, a dingo and kangaroo in the Australian Adventure,or see a komodo dragon, a gibbon or a crocodile skink at the Indonesian Rain Forest.

Also what is also really cool things about the zoo is the rides. Yup, rides! There is the Z.O.&O Railroad, the Endangered Species Carousel, the Crocodile Creek Adventure Ride and the Sky Safari Ride.

I really loved the Sky Safari- I was able to get sky view of the African Journey area, which houses one of my favorites – ZEBRAS!

The Zoo also offered some delicious food options as well. This is definitely not a zoo where you want to pack your lunch!
And the best part? THEY HAVE DOLE WHIPS! Yes, I’m talking like Disney-Dole Whips. No need to travel to Florida or Cali – you can get them right here in the Midwest, in Indiana! They were so delish, and definitely a nice cool treat on a hot day.
Obviously I am a big fan of the Children’s Zoo. I think the Zoo itself is worth the trip, but there is even more that Ft. Wayne has to offer.
Science Central Science Central is a regional resource that provides inspiring and fun hands-on science education for all people of all ages. Explore 200 permanent hands-on exhibits and national touring exhibitions.

BOTANICAL CONSERVATORY Always in Season: Surround yourself with nature at the Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory ~ an oasis in the heart of downtown Fort Wayne Indiana. Visit the Showcase Garden with its lush seasonal displays, wander through the Tropical Garden where orchids and palms thrive in the shadows of a cascading waterfall, or retreat to the quiet beauty of the Desert Garden.


FORT WAYNE MUSEUM OF ART American Art Museum offers diverse exhibitions of contemporary and historical art. Activities include tours, lectures, workshops and parties. The Paradigm Gallery has fine art and craft for sale and the Early Learning Center offers hands-on fun for youngsters.

TIN CAPS – MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALLThe Fort Wayne TinCaps are a Class A Minor League Baseball team based in Fort Wayne, Indiana, who are affiliated with the San Diego Padres, and play in the Midwest League. If you’ve never been to a minor league baseball game – you are missing out! Catching a game at the stadium (which is just around the corner from the Hilton) is definitely a wonderful experience. Be sure to check them out if you are ever in town during ball season.

 

Fort Wayne offers a plethora of fine and casual dining – keep an eye out for another post with all the great foodie stops in Fort Wayne!

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5 Step Wig Maintenance Regiment

Buying a wig is not as easy as throwing on the nearest wig that you find. You need to spend a good amount of time trying to find a wig that suits you. There are many different materials, colour, design and lengths that you can choose from. This makes getting a wig a rather time-consuming activity.

A good wig is never cheap. If you choose human hair wigs then you need to spend more than just a couple of hundred bucks. Natural hair wigs are of far superior to synthetic ones. Natural-looking lace front wigs need a good amount of money. Human hair wigs also need to be maintained regularly.

Without regular maintenance, the wigs are bound to not last you long. To increase the life expectancy of your wig here are a few maintenance steps you must follow.

Untangle Before You Start

Human hair wigs have the tendency to bundle up and get tangled frequently. Once you are done wearing it, you need to comb it. Regular combings prevent dangerous tangles from tearing away the tresses. Combing the wig before you wash it ensures that you wash every strand.

Shampoo for a Shine

You do not shampoo your wig as you would your own hair. Use a mild shampoo. Wet the hair of the wig and not the scalp region. Comb the shampoo through the hair softly without tugging at the strands of hair too hard. The scalp needs to be rinsed with soapy water before being rinsed with lukewarm water. Wash the wig gently with lukewarm water. Scrubbing the wig is not an option. Do not treat the wig lie an extension of your head. Shampoo the wig with care.

Condition with Care

You can use your regular conditioner or special wig conditioners on your wig. Use the conditioners on the bottoms of the hairs. Do not use conditioner on the cap region of the wig. By conditioning the scalp area of the wig, you make the knots of the wig come loose. This means that the hair might start falling out if you condition the wrong areas of the wig. Once you apply the conditioner in the right part of the hair leave it on for 3-4 minutes. Run the conditioned portions of the wig under a running tap to get rid of the conditioner.

Dry it Diligently

After shampooing and conditioning the wig, it is time to dry it up. Gently squeeze out the excess water from the wig first. Blot it dry with a towel and then leave it to air dry. By using a hair blower when the wig is wet you run the risk of drying and damaging the wig. Once the wig is dry you can use a blow dryer to style it.

Untangle After

Having given the wig time to dry out, you need to untangle any knots. Run a comb through the dry wig softly. This step is important since allowing the knot to remain after a wash damages the wig.

You can style your freshly washed wig just how you want it.

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