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From a girl’s night out to a West End show, a work party on a Thames cruise, or a chocolate trail with your partner, make this year’s Christmas night out a little bit different.

With an endless carousel of Christmas parties, it sometimes seems that the whole of December is taken up with drinking mulled wine and eating buffet food. Yet there are so many fabulous activities available to do at Christmas. It may be time to break with tradition, and take your office party to the next level. Have you thought about getting your colleagues to go along to a West End show together? Instead of spending another December weekend watching DVDs and eating mince pies in your slippers, is this the year you bundle your family onto the train and have an adventure together?

I was recently treated to a very special weekend in London by my partner. We won’t be seeing each other at Christmas as he is visiting his family abroad, so this was his way of celebrating Christmas with me. We had an amazing weekend, full of little adventures which he had planned for us. Everything we did felt so special and festive, they seemed like great ideas for people stuck for Christmas night out ideas.

On the Friday, he took me on a trip to a West End show. He chose Scrooge the musical, to get us in the Christmas spirit with one of my favourite classic stories. What an extravaganza! Tommy Steele was fantastic and so believable in his role as Scrooge, and little Tiny Tim had me in tears. I laughed and cried as the actors swept me through this timeless story, and hearing "Thank You Very Much" live was such a joy! My partner told me he nearly booked The Snowman, which is actually my favourite Christmas musical, and I would have loved to have seen it, but I will have to wait until next year.

The next day, he had decided we would try an experience day. He told me he had struggled to choose between a makeover photo shoot, a Champagne afternoon tea in a swish hotel or the Chocolate Walking Tour he finally settled on. Well, he knows me well! I am a complete chocoholic! On the tour we got to sample delicious pralines, sea-salted caramels, and the most exquisite Belgian truffles. Our guide took us around Chelsea’s finest boutique chocolatiers where we met the chocolate makers and learnt about the origins of chocolate making. We were taught how to 'taste' chocolate, and assess the 'snap' and appearance. If I wasn’t a chocolate snob before, I certainly am now!

That evening, my partner had booked another experience for us, a 2-hour trip down the Thames leaving from Westminster Pier. We had bubbly and canapés while a jazz band serenaded us. I have never seen London from the water: it was such a unique view and stunning view, I fell in love with London, and my partner, all the more! The staff were so good to us, it was simply the most romantic experience I’ve ever had. I also think it would make a great alternative Christmas works night out. I have already had the perfect Christmas. My partner’s choices were fantastic, but with so many West End shows, pre-theatre meals, experience days from spa retreats to indoor skydiving, there really is something for everyone looking for something a bit different.

Christmas Night Out Ideas

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From a girl’s night out to a West End show, a work party on a Thames cruise, or a chocolate trail with your partner, make this year’s Christmas night out a little bit different.

With an endless carousel of Christmas parties, it sometimes seems that the whole of December is taken up with drinking mulled wine and eating buffet food. Yet there are so many fabulous activities available to do at Christmas. It may be time to break with tradition, and take your office party to the next level. Have you thought about getting your colleagues to go along to a West End show together? Instead of spending another December weekend watching DVDs and eating mince pies in your slippers, is this the year you bundle your family onto the train and have an adventure together?

I was recently treated to a very special weekend in London by my partner. We won’t be seeing each other at Christmas as he is visiting his family abroad, so this was his way of celebrating Christmas with me. We had an amazing weekend, full of little adventures which he had planned for us. Everything we did felt so special and festive, they seemed like great ideas for people stuck for Christmas night out ideas.

On the Friday, he took me on a trip to a West End show. He chose Scrooge the musical, to get us in the Christmas spirit with one of my favourite classic stories. What an extravaganza! Tommy Steele was fantastic and so believable in his role as Scrooge, and little Tiny Tim had me in tears. I laughed and cried as the actors swept me through this timeless story, and hearing "Thank You Very Much" live was such a joy! My partner told me he nearly booked The Snowman, which is actually my favourite Christmas musical, and I would have loved to have seen it, but I will have to wait until next year.

The next day, he had decided we would try an experience day. He told me he had struggled to choose between a makeover photo shoot, a Champagne afternoon tea in a swish hotel or the Chocolate Walking Tour he finally settled on. Well, he knows me well! I am a complete chocoholic! On the tour we got to sample delicious pralines, sea-salted caramels, and the most exquisite Belgian truffles. Our guide took us around Chelsea’s finest boutique chocolatiers where we met the chocolate makers and learnt about the origins of chocolate making. We were taught how to 'taste' chocolate, and assess the 'snap' and appearance. If I wasn’t a chocolate snob before, I certainly am now!

That evening, my partner had booked another experience for us, a 2-hour trip down the Thames leaving from Westminster Pier. We had bubbly and canapés while a jazz band serenaded us. I have never seen London from the water: it was such a unique view and stunning view, I fell in love with London, and my partner, all the more! The staff were so good to us, it was simply the most romantic experience I’ve ever had. I also think it would make a great alternative Christmas works night out. I have already had the perfect Christmas. My partner’s choices were fantastic, but with so many West End shows, pre-theatre meals, experience days from spa retreats to indoor skydiving, there really is something for everyone looking for something a bit different.

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There are some pubs in London that truly appreciate man’s best friend.

The law on dogs in pubs and restaurants is very clear. Although dogs are not allowed where food is being prepared, in other areas it is at the proprietor’s discretion. If you can’t bear to leave your dog at home, then there are a number of pubs in Britain’s capital that are known for being canine friendly. Wherever you are in the city, you are never too far from a pub that will welcome your dog with open arms.

In the heart of Notting Hill lies the ‘Prince Bonaparte’, a pub that is known throughout the London dog community as a friendly place to go. The pub is popular in its own right, although it is a small, quaint place, and can therefore be busy at peak times. There is a pub section and a restaurant section, and the friendly bar staff will be more than happy to pour you a pint, and give you a bowl of water for your four-legged friend.

If you are based in North London, then the pubs of Angel, or Islington in general are likely to be tempting. Islington is home to some of the finest Georgian architecture in the city, and the pubs are no exception. ‘The Albion’ just off Upper Street is one of the most picturesque in the city, and is also one of the most dog friendly. During the summer months, the Albion’s beer garden is often full of people (and dogs) enjoying the sunshine, although it is equally tempting in the winter, with its roaring log fire and cosy interior.

One of London’s quirkiest pubs is located in the South East. ‘Simon the Tanner’ is a free house (i.e. an independent pub) just off Bermondsey Street. The pub is known for its excellent varieties on traditional lager, ale and porter, and is also extremely friendly. If you are looking for somewhere a little more ‘alternative’ but still dog-friendly, then this truly is one of the city’s hidden gems.

If these pubs have whet your appetite for London, then why not do some research online, and make a break of it with a deal on a London hotel. London is easily accessible from anywhere in the UK, and there are plenty of great offers on extended weekend breaks. Besides, if you have a dog, now that you know he or she can join in the fun, you’ve got no excuse!

Top 5 Dog Friendly London Pubs

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There are some pubs in London that truly appreciate man’s best friend.

The law on dogs in pubs and restaurants is very clear. Although dogs are not allowed where food is being prepared, in other areas it is at the proprietor’s discretion. If you can’t bear to leave your dog at home, then there are a number of pubs in Britain’s capital that are known for being canine friendly. Wherever you are in the city, you are never too far from a pub that will welcome your dog with open arms.

In the heart of Notting Hill lies the ‘Prince Bonaparte’, a pub that is known throughout the London dog community as a friendly place to go. The pub is popular in its own right, although it is a small, quaint place, and can therefore be busy at peak times. There is a pub section and a restaurant section, and the friendly bar staff will be more than happy to pour you a pint, and give you a bowl of water for your four-legged friend.

If you are based in North London, then the pubs of Angel, or Islington in general are likely to be tempting. Islington is home to some of the finest Georgian architecture in the city, and the pubs are no exception. ‘The Albion’ just off Upper Street is one of the most picturesque in the city, and is also one of the most dog friendly. During the summer months, the Albion’s beer garden is often full of people (and dogs) enjoying the sunshine, although it is equally tempting in the winter, with its roaring log fire and cosy interior.

One of London’s quirkiest pubs is located in the South East. ‘Simon the Tanner’ is a free house (i.e. an independent pub) just off Bermondsey Street. The pub is known for its excellent varieties on traditional lager, ale and porter, and is also extremely friendly. If you are looking for somewhere a little more ‘alternative’ but still dog-friendly, then this truly is one of the city’s hidden gems.

If these pubs have whet your appetite for London, then why not do some research online, and make a break of it with a deal on a London hotel. London is easily accessible from anywhere in the UK, and there are plenty of great offers on extended weekend breaks. Besides, if you have a dog, now that you know he or she can join in the fun, you’ve got no excuse!

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The next time you plan any kind of celebration, consider doing something adventurous instead of just having another party. Ideas are to go on safari or to take part in some exciting activities, perhaps in another country. Here are five ideas to consider for your next celebration.

Cycling holidays are a good choice if you have a sense of adventure. One of the advantages of this kind of activity is that you can determine the pace at which you travel, so it is suitable for people who are not extremely fit. Even if you travel in a group, you will usually be rated and divided into a slower group or at least compensated for. There are many tour operators in the UK doing this kind of tour, through beautiful areas like Wales and Cornwall. Backup teams travel along with the groups in case there are any repairs to be done. Accommodation is organised in extremely comfortable establishments and the scenery and fresh air are what make it all worth your while.

Going on safari
Another idea is to take part in one of the many safari holidays on offer. Travelling in South Africa in an SUV or other four-wheel drive vehicle gives you an exciting opportunity to spot wildlife such as the Big Five of Africa. These are the lion, elephant, leopard, rhino and Cape buffalo. Along the way, have a look at giraffe, springbuck and other gazelle. The campsites are often luxurious and extremely comfortable. Even the basic ones offer barbeques or "braais" under the stars and the sounds of wild animals in the night. Asian safaris will have you travelling through beautiful green countryside and observing an astounding array of bird and animal species.

Diving adventures
For those people who are water enthusiasts, scuba diving or snorkelling breaks are ideal. Apart from places like Mauritius, the Caribbean and the Maldives, Australia and South Africa both offer stunning opportunities for scuba diving. Snorkelling off the Great Barrier Reef gives you a stunning view of a hugely diverse set of sea creatures. Shark cage diving off the east coast of South Africa is a thrilling experience few others can match. If you time your cage diving towards the end of winter, you might even be lucky enough to spot some whales moving into shallow waters for the calving season near Hermanus, about 120 kilometres from Cape Town.

Take a hike
If you do not mind roughing it and are reasonably fit, you could go hiking, sleeping under the stars or on a deserted beach. You will get to know the people of the area and have a chance to savour the local cuisine. Portugal, Spain, France, Belgium and Germany are geared towards hikers. The formerly communist bloc countries in Eastern Europe, such as Rumania and Croatia, are also excellent choices. Australia is a very diverse country that offers plenty of opportunities for hikers to explore.

For a different kind of exciting holiday you could do a volunteer stint, building huts and toilets in remote African locations or volunteering on an organic farm in Portugal. You could travel to India to teach children English in remote rural schools or help to build an oven from clay in a tiny South American village. Apart from the priceless experiences you will have, you will also know that you are helping the poorest of the poor to improve their lives.
Adventure has never been so attainable. Every country in the world has its own excitement on offer. All you need is imagination and a sense of adventure to turn a celebration into a trip of a lifetime.


AUTHOR BIO:
Gilbert Roberts writes regularly on adventure travel for a range of travel websites and blogs. He has been on a variety of adventure holidays and is a keen cyclist, canoeist and hiker. His favourite trips are safari holidays to Africa and Asia.

Five ideas for adventure holidays for your celebration

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The next time you plan any kind of celebration, consider doing something adventurous instead of just having another party. Ideas are to go on safari or to take part in some exciting activities, perhaps in another country. Here are five ideas to consider for your next celebration.

Cycling holidays are a good choice if you have a sense of adventure. One of the advantages of this kind of activity is that you can determine the pace at which you travel, so it is suitable for people who are not extremely fit. Even if you travel in a group, you will usually be rated and divided into a slower group or at least compensated for. There are many tour operators in the UK doing this kind of tour, through beautiful areas like Wales and Cornwall. Backup teams travel along with the groups in case there are any repairs to be done. Accommodation is organised in extremely comfortable establishments and the scenery and fresh air are what make it all worth your while.

Going on safari
Another idea is to take part in one of the many safari holidays on offer. Travelling in South Africa in an SUV or other four-wheel drive vehicle gives you an exciting opportunity to spot wildlife such as the Big Five of Africa. These are the lion, elephant, leopard, rhino and Cape buffalo. Along the way, have a look at giraffe, springbuck and other gazelle. The campsites are often luxurious and extremely comfortable. Even the basic ones offer barbeques or "braais" under the stars and the sounds of wild animals in the night. Asian safaris will have you travelling through beautiful green countryside and observing an astounding array of bird and animal species.

Diving adventures
For those people who are water enthusiasts, scuba diving or snorkelling breaks are ideal. Apart from places like Mauritius, the Caribbean and the Maldives, Australia and South Africa both offer stunning opportunities for scuba diving. Snorkelling off the Great Barrier Reef gives you a stunning view of a hugely diverse set of sea creatures. Shark cage diving off the east coast of South Africa is a thrilling experience few others can match. If you time your cage diving towards the end of winter, you might even be lucky enough to spot some whales moving into shallow waters for the calving season near Hermanus, about 120 kilometres from Cape Town.

Take a hike
If you do not mind roughing it and are reasonably fit, you could go hiking, sleeping under the stars or on a deserted beach. You will get to know the people of the area and have a chance to savour the local cuisine. Portugal, Spain, France, Belgium and Germany are geared towards hikers. The formerly communist bloc countries in Eastern Europe, such as Rumania and Croatia, are also excellent choices. Australia is a very diverse country that offers plenty of opportunities for hikers to explore.

For a different kind of exciting holiday you could do a volunteer stint, building huts and toilets in remote African locations or volunteering on an organic farm in Portugal. You could travel to India to teach children English in remote rural schools or help to build an oven from clay in a tiny South American village. Apart from the priceless experiences you will have, you will also know that you are helping the poorest of the poor to improve their lives.
Adventure has never been so attainable. Every country in the world has its own excitement on offer. All you need is imagination and a sense of adventure to turn a celebration into a trip of a lifetime.


AUTHOR BIO:
Gilbert Roberts writes regularly on adventure travel for a range of travel websites and blogs. He has been on a variety of adventure holidays and is a keen cyclist, canoeist and hiker. His favourite trips are safari holidays to Africa and Asia.

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This September sees the iTunes Festival return to London for 30 nights of free live music, and there’s no better time to see the capital itself.

The iTunes Festival is something of an oddity in the festival calendar. But with 60 acts playing free gigs across 30 nights it’s more than a welcome one. Forget the high prices and muddy fields that are on offer elsewhere, this September London is the only place to be,offering plenty to make your stay for a celebration of all things musical.

The action begins at the start of September when Usher takes to the stage at The Roundhouse in Camden, with a diverse range of artists following him as the festival progresses. Ed Sheeran, deadmau5, David Guetta and Andrea Bocelli are among the acts confirmed so far with more to be announced in the coming weeks.

As for scooping up those tickets, unfortunately it isn’t just a case of turning up at the door. Apple, the event’s sponsors, are giving them away online through a series of competitions whilst also airing the shows on iTunes and Apple TV.

However for those fortunate enough to win, it’s the perfect opportunity to check out the best that London has to offer. Search online for the best London hotel deals and your stay needn’t be that expensive, leaving you with plenty of leftover cash to really treat yourself to a city break.

In keeping with the musical theme, you could head along to the British Music Experience, one of the city’s most anticipated new attractions. For decades the UK has produced some of the world’s most popular musicians – many of them who will be performing at the iTunes festival itself – and this new attraction charts the development of the British music industry from the early days of The Beatles right up to the present era.

After that, why not head over to Abbey Road to recreate that classic Beatles album cover? Yes, it’s silly, but everybody does it so there’s no need to feel embarrassed. Right next door is Abbey Road Studios, a must-see Mecca for any fan of British music.

Then there’s that other great London music scene, centred in the West End theatre heartland. The city is famous around the world for the quality of its shows, and when it comes to big budget productions there are plenty to choose from.

Fans of classic artists may want to hunt around for cheap theatre tickets to We Will Rock You, based on the music of Queen, or for Mamma Mia! which uses the music of Abba. Alternatively, why not celebrate the life of the King of Pop himself, Mr Michael Jackson, by going to see Thriller – Live?

 Other hot shows on the West End this year include a host of favourites, from The Lion King and Shrek to Les Misérables and Stomp. So don’t be shy, be sure to enter the iTunes Festival prize draw and see if London strikes the right note with you.

ITunes Festival in London

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This September sees the iTunes Festival return to London for 30 nights of free live music, and there’s no better time to see the capital itself.

The iTunes Festival is something of an oddity in the festival calendar. But with 60 acts playing free gigs across 30 nights it’s more than a welcome one. Forget the high prices and muddy fields that are on offer elsewhere, this September London is the only place to be,offering plenty to make your stay for a celebration of all things musical.

The action begins at the start of September when Usher takes to the stage at The Roundhouse in Camden, with a diverse range of artists following him as the festival progresses. Ed Sheeran, deadmau5, David Guetta and Andrea Bocelli are among the acts confirmed so far with more to be announced in the coming weeks.

As for scooping up those tickets, unfortunately it isn’t just a case of turning up at the door. Apple, the event’s sponsors, are giving them away online through a series of competitions whilst also airing the shows on iTunes and Apple TV.

However for those fortunate enough to win, it’s the perfect opportunity to check out the best that London has to offer. Search online for the best London hotel deals and your stay needn’t be that expensive, leaving you with plenty of leftover cash to really treat yourself to a city break.

In keeping with the musical theme, you could head along to the British Music Experience, one of the city’s most anticipated new attractions. For decades the UK has produced some of the world’s most popular musicians – many of them who will be performing at the iTunes festival itself – and this new attraction charts the development of the British music industry from the early days of The Beatles right up to the present era.

After that, why not head over to Abbey Road to recreate that classic Beatles album cover? Yes, it’s silly, but everybody does it so there’s no need to feel embarrassed. Right next door is Abbey Road Studios, a must-see Mecca for any fan of British music.

Then there’s that other great London music scene, centred in the West End theatre heartland. The city is famous around the world for the quality of its shows, and when it comes to big budget productions there are plenty to choose from.

Fans of classic artists may want to hunt around for cheap theatre tickets to We Will Rock You, based on the music of Queen, or for Mamma Mia! which uses the music of Abba. Alternatively, why not celebrate the life of the King of Pop himself, Mr Michael Jackson, by going to see Thriller – Live?

 Other hot shows on the West End this year include a host of favourites, from The Lion King and Shrek to Les Misérables and Stomp. So don’t be shy, be sure to enter the iTunes Festival prize draw and see if London strikes the right note with you.

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If you’re just at the stage of beginning to plan a holiday to Peru, you can be forgiven for wondering where to start. Sure, you’ll know that cheap flights to Lima are your best bet for arriving in the country, but where to go from there? Peru holidays offer something for everyone and your final choices will obviously be determined by your interests – do you want to track down wildlife, enjoy sophisticated cities, or get the most from Peru’s history and culture? However, whatever your tastes, there are five places that you simply have to see...

Spend some time in Lima

The Peruvian capital hasn’t had the best press in the past, and there’s no denying that with its traffic and urban sprawl it suffers from the same problems as large cities everywhere, but new public transport systems are improving the traffic, and its reputation is slowly improving along with the general upturn in Peruvian prosperity. By no means everyone in Lima can afford to sip a beer in one of the bars overlooking the Pacific cliffs, or to enjoy the new wave of sushi bars that have popped up everywhere, but the numbers are increasing, and eating out in Lima is certainly something you should enjoy on your Peru holidays as the buzz around food in Peru is reaching fever pitch.

Soak up the Culture in Cusco

Lima might be Peru’s modern capital but in the time of the Incas that honour went to Cusco, and you can still see Inca architecture all over the centre of this highland city, despite the best efforts of the conquistadores. Cusco is somewhere most people visit during their Peru holidays as it’s the base for Machu Picchu, but there’s far more to this intriguing city than the train station! With some of Peru’s best colonial architecture as well as the Inca remains, and as one of the strongest bastions of the indigenous Quechua culture, Cusco repays a few days of your holiday at the very least.

Trek the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

No surprises on this one, but then it is just hands-down one of the most amazing treks in the world. Setting off from Cusco, this four-day trek takes you along the original Inca Trail to the famous lost city of Machu Picchu. Famous it might be, but this amazing site still blows you away, no matter how many photos you might have seen before your Peru holidays. If you want to try something a little different, then some of the alternative Inca trails to Machu Picchu, such as the Salkantay trek, are a little tougher but will get you away from the crowds along the main route and also don’t require one of the special government permits that you need for the main Inca Trail.

Climb a Canopy Tower in the Amazon

A trip to the jungle is another must for most people on their holidays in Peru, and with regular flights from both Lima and Cusco, the Tambopata Reserve in the south of Peru’s Amazon basin is becoming the ungle destination of choice within Peru. There are a variety of jungle lodges to choose from, but if you want a truly exceptional experience, pick one with a canopy walk or canopy tower so that you can get right up into the tree-tops and enjoy a birds-eye view of the Amazon rainforest.

Visit the Pre-Inca North of Peru

Most people restrict their Peru holidays to the south of the country, and this is where all the places above are located, but there is an increasing awareness of the archaeological and natural wonders in the north of Peru as well, and so more and more holiday-makers are heading north for at least part of their holidays in Peru. With historic sites such as Kuelap that rival Machu Picchu, and with jungle areas around Iquitos and Tarapoto which offer amazing wildlife-spotting opportunities, it’s another area that shouldn’t be missed!

Dan Clarke works for Real Peru Holidays – the UK specialists in tailormade holidays in Peru, from Inca Trail treks to Machu Picchu, to tree-top adventures in the Amazon jungle.

Five Places You Must Visit On Your Peru Holidays

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If you’re just at the stage of beginning to plan a holiday to Peru, you can be forgiven for wondering where to start. Sure, you’ll know that cheap flights to Lima are your best bet for arriving in the country, but where to go from there? Peru holidays offer something for everyone and your final choices will obviously be determined by your interests – do you want to track down wildlife, enjoy sophisticated cities, or get the most from Peru’s history and culture? However, whatever your tastes, there are five places that you simply have to see...

Spend some time in Lima

The Peruvian capital hasn’t had the best press in the past, and there’s no denying that with its traffic and urban sprawl it suffers from the same problems as large cities everywhere, but new public transport systems are improving the traffic, and its reputation is slowly improving along with the general upturn in Peruvian prosperity. By no means everyone in Lima can afford to sip a beer in one of the bars overlooking the Pacific cliffs, or to enjoy the new wave of sushi bars that have popped up everywhere, but the numbers are increasing, and eating out in Lima is certainly something you should enjoy on your Peru holidays as the buzz around food in Peru is reaching fever pitch.

Soak up the Culture in Cusco

Lima might be Peru’s modern capital but in the time of the Incas that honour went to Cusco, and you can still see Inca architecture all over the centre of this highland city, despite the best efforts of the conquistadores. Cusco is somewhere most people visit during their Peru holidays as it’s the base for Machu Picchu, but there’s far more to this intriguing city than the train station! With some of Peru’s best colonial architecture as well as the Inca remains, and as one of the strongest bastions of the indigenous Quechua culture, Cusco repays a few days of your holiday at the very least.

Trek the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

No surprises on this one, but then it is just hands-down one of the most amazing treks in the world. Setting off from Cusco, this four-day trek takes you along the original Inca Trail to the famous lost city of Machu Picchu. Famous it might be, but this amazing site still blows you away, no matter how many photos you might have seen before your Peru holidays. If you want to try something a little different, then some of the alternative Inca trails to Machu Picchu, such as the Salkantay trek, are a little tougher but will get you away from the crowds along the main route and also don’t require one of the special government permits that you need for the main Inca Trail.

Climb a Canopy Tower in the Amazon

A trip to the jungle is another must for most people on their holidays in Peru, and with regular flights from both Lima and Cusco, the Tambopata Reserve in the south of Peru’s Amazon basin is becoming the ungle destination of choice within Peru. There are a variety of jungle lodges to choose from, but if you want a truly exceptional experience, pick one with a canopy walk or canopy tower so that you can get right up into the tree-tops and enjoy a birds-eye view of the Amazon rainforest.

Visit the Pre-Inca North of Peru

Most people restrict their Peru holidays to the south of the country, and this is where all the places above are located, but there is an increasing awareness of the archaeological and natural wonders in the north of Peru as well, and so more and more holiday-makers are heading north for at least part of their holidays in Peru. With historic sites such as Kuelap that rival Machu Picchu, and with jungle areas around Iquitos and Tarapoto which offer amazing wildlife-spotting opportunities, it’s another area that shouldn’t be missed!

Dan Clarke works for Real Peru Holidays – the UK specialists in tailormade holidays in Peru, from Inca Trail treks to Machu Picchu, to tree-top adventures in the Amazon jungle.

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There are plenty of opportunities to travel abroad whilst giving something back to the local community. This is your chance to experience different ways of life and put your skills to much needed use. Challenge yourself and enjoy the holiday of a lifetime.

It is a big world out there 

A huge range of cultures and continents are waiting to be explored, the biggest decision will be where to go. Many developing areas from Peru to India need basic help to improve their local communities. More developed countries such as Canada and New Zealand also need help with various conservation projects. Volunteer jobs are available in a wide range of countries.

If you travel as a tourist you will certainly see the sites, but if you choose volunteer work abroad you will experience the culture first hand. It is this immersion in the lives of the people you meet that will enrich your experience as much as theirs.

Travelling by its very nature takes you out of your comfort zone and challenges you to try new areas of work and learn about how others live in and see the world. Voluntary work abroad puts you at the centre of life-changing opportunities and provides people you meet with a window to your world. These experiences should also have helped you to develop a fresh outlook on life by the time you return home.

Choose a region you have always yearned to visit and think how your skills could help others, you may surprise yourself. Travelling abroad is not just for the young. The traditional gap year remains a great time to travel before career and responsibilities build up. However, travelling in later life can reinvigorate both your soul and your CV.

 Voluntary work abroad is a great way to meet travelling companions so can be a great option if you are setting out solo. Working together helps create and cement friendships that can last long after your trip has finished.


You can do it 

Put your CV to use in the real world. Volunteering can be a useful way to update your skills and should help you to stand out from the crowd when applying for a job on your return.

Teaching English can be incredibly rewarding and can be as simple as teaching nursery rhymes to infants in China or reading with school children in South Africa. No specialised teacher training is required, only your enthusiasm and willingness to try.

Imagine yourself taking part in important environmental work such as helping look after orangutans in Borneo or elephants in Sri Lanka. There also exists conservation work in more developed parts of the world such as Australia.

If you are practical and good with your hands, a construction project could be just the sort of break from the norm that you need. Help build a house for a family in Guatemala, no building experience required but you will certainly gain some.

Take the challenge and enjoy your holiday of a lifetime. Take part in the local community by participating in the lives of ordinary people. Return home reinvigorated, with cherished memories, a well-earned confidence in your own abilities and possibly some new friends too.

Author Bio: Frances Raine writes regularly on travel topics for a range of specialist websites and blogs. She is particularly interested in experiences of volunteer work abroad and sustainable tourism.

Get some idea of Volunteering and Traveling Abroad

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There are plenty of opportunities to travel abroad whilst giving something back to the local community. This is your chance to experience different ways of life and put your skills to much needed use. Challenge yourself and enjoy the holiday of a lifetime.

It is a big world out there 

A huge range of cultures and continents are waiting to be explored, the biggest decision will be where to go. Many developing areas from Peru to India need basic help to improve their local communities. More developed countries such as Canada and New Zealand also need help with various conservation projects. Volunteer jobs are available in a wide range of countries.

If you travel as a tourist you will certainly see the sites, but if you choose volunteer work abroad you will experience the culture first hand. It is this immersion in the lives of the people you meet that will enrich your experience as much as theirs.

Travelling by its very nature takes you out of your comfort zone and challenges you to try new areas of work and learn about how others live in and see the world. Voluntary work abroad puts you at the centre of life-changing opportunities and provides people you meet with a window to your world. These experiences should also have helped you to develop a fresh outlook on life by the time you return home.

Choose a region you have always yearned to visit and think how your skills could help others, you may surprise yourself. Travelling abroad is not just for the young. The traditional gap year remains a great time to travel before career and responsibilities build up. However, travelling in later life can reinvigorate both your soul and your CV.

 Voluntary work abroad is a great way to meet travelling companions so can be a great option if you are setting out solo. Working together helps create and cement friendships that can last long after your trip has finished.


You can do it 

Put your CV to use in the real world. Volunteering can be a useful way to update your skills and should help you to stand out from the crowd when applying for a job on your return.

Teaching English can be incredibly rewarding and can be as simple as teaching nursery rhymes to infants in China or reading with school children in South Africa. No specialised teacher training is required, only your enthusiasm and willingness to try.

Imagine yourself taking part in important environmental work such as helping look after orangutans in Borneo or elephants in Sri Lanka. There also exists conservation work in more developed parts of the world such as Australia.

If you are practical and good with your hands, a construction project could be just the sort of break from the norm that you need. Help build a house for a family in Guatemala, no building experience required but you will certainly gain some.

Take the challenge and enjoy your holiday of a lifetime. Take part in the local community by participating in the lives of ordinary people. Return home reinvigorated, with cherished memories, a well-earned confidence in your own abilities and possibly some new friends too.

Author Bio: Frances Raine writes regularly on travel topics for a range of specialist websites and blogs. She is particularly interested in experiences of volunteer work abroad and sustainable tourism.

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College students have always enjoyed spring break. It is the time of year when every potential graduate wants to unwind from the previous year's classes. They only have one week to relax. However, because they are students without a career or high paying job just yet it can be difficult trying to find an inexpensive vacation trip to take. There are some tips and places that students can go which will not cost them a lot of money and ideas on ways to make the experience rewarding and cheap.


Go to the Beach
If you want to get away and are near a beach it can always be a quick and easy trip. You may be able to get a couple of your friends together to travel with you. Attending the beach is free as most are public locations. You may have to pay for parking, but this is relatively inexpensive.


Cabin or House Rental
If you enjoy staying in the mountains or want to go to a ski resort you may be able to rent a cabin or house. Most rental facilities will allow multiple people to stay inside the unit. This helps to keep your costs low. There are also normally exciting activities and tourist spots nearby that you can see.


Discounted Group Trips
One way that you can really travel cheaply is to get a few of your friends together to go on the same trip or event. Many tourist facilities or travel agencies allow for the person that brings it together a free trip. Most of these require that you have between eight and ten people. If you plan this in advance you can have this set up at no cost to you. Most allow a payment plan so that it meets your budget. Your friends will enjoy the trip and you might decide to try it again the following year.

Spring Break!!:


Working Vacations
You may not realize that there are some places that will not charge you to stay at their facility. You do a day's work in exchange for staying at the location. There are many such places all over that you can look up and try out. You only have to concern yourself with the cost of getting to the location. If you plan to look into this, make sure that you contact them in advance as spring break is a popular time.


Mexico
Even though the American dollar has dropped lately, you can still find bargains south of the border. Mexico has always been a perfect attraction for college students on spring break. Most even cater specifically to college students. They have many amenities and you do not even have to leave the premises to get everything you need. The cost is inexpensive and they are willing to bargain with you to get your business. The cultural experience is rewarding. You can eat cheaply, and most locations have someone available that speaks English. Tourism is one of their biggest means of income so make sure that you check this out.


Cheap Travel
Even if you find a great deal or vacation you still need to be able to get to the location. This often is a major problem for students, especially those that do not own a car. You can get college rates from different major airlines. You can also travel by train or bus to your vicinity. If any of your friends has a car and is going with you then it is often best to carpool with as many as possible to share on the cost of gas and car expenses.


Spring break is always a memorable experience. It does not have to be expensive to go to a nice location. Just because an advertised deal is cheap does not mean that it is not worth going to. You can come up with many ideas to make your time away from school enjoyable. You have many options even if you are low on funds. You can go to a local beach, take a cabin getaway, stay in Mexico, or even plan a working vacation. If you are ambitious enough you might even be able to travel for free.


Samantha Brown is a medical writer earning her mba healthcare management degree online.

Spring Break!!: How To Travel On A Budget

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College students have always enjoyed spring break. It is the time of year when every potential graduate wants to unwind from the previous year's classes. They only have one week to relax. However, because they are students without a career or high paying job just yet it can be difficult trying to find an inexpensive vacation trip to take. There are some tips and places that students can go which will not cost them a lot of money and ideas on ways to make the experience rewarding and cheap.


Go to the Beach
If you want to get away and are near a beach it can always be a quick and easy trip. You may be able to get a couple of your friends together to travel with you. Attending the beach is free as most are public locations. You may have to pay for parking, but this is relatively inexpensive.


Cabin or House Rental
If you enjoy staying in the mountains or want to go to a ski resort you may be able to rent a cabin or house. Most rental facilities will allow multiple people to stay inside the unit. This helps to keep your costs low. There are also normally exciting activities and tourist spots nearby that you can see.


Discounted Group Trips
One way that you can really travel cheaply is to get a few of your friends together to go on the same trip or event. Many tourist facilities or travel agencies allow for the person that brings it together a free trip. Most of these require that you have between eight and ten people. If you plan this in advance you can have this set up at no cost to you. Most allow a payment plan so that it meets your budget. Your friends will enjoy the trip and you might decide to try it again the following year.

Spring Break!!:


Working Vacations
You may not realize that there are some places that will not charge you to stay at their facility. You do a day's work in exchange for staying at the location. There are many such places all over that you can look up and try out. You only have to concern yourself with the cost of getting to the location. If you plan to look into this, make sure that you contact them in advance as spring break is a popular time.


Mexico
Even though the American dollar has dropped lately, you can still find bargains south of the border. Mexico has always been a perfect attraction for college students on spring break. Most even cater specifically to college students. They have many amenities and you do not even have to leave the premises to get everything you need. The cost is inexpensive and they are willing to bargain with you to get your business. The cultural experience is rewarding. You can eat cheaply, and most locations have someone available that speaks English. Tourism is one of their biggest means of income so make sure that you check this out.


Cheap Travel
Even if you find a great deal or vacation you still need to be able to get to the location. This often is a major problem for students, especially those that do not own a car. You can get college rates from different major airlines. You can also travel by train or bus to your vicinity. If any of your friends has a car and is going with you then it is often best to carpool with as many as possible to share on the cost of gas and car expenses.


Spring break is always a memorable experience. It does not have to be expensive to go to a nice location. Just because an advertised deal is cheap does not mean that it is not worth going to. You can come up with many ideas to make your time away from school enjoyable. You have many options even if you are low on funds. You can go to a local beach, take a cabin getaway, stay in Mexico, or even plan a working vacation. If you are ambitious enough you might even be able to travel for free.


Samantha Brown is a medical writer earning her mba healthcare management degree online.

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If you are looking for great holiday ideas, why not think of a tour of Scotland. With so much history, culture, and natural beauty, Scotland makes a fantastic holiday. Whether you are looking to camp, or plan of staying in some of the most luxurious hotels in the world, Scotland has everything you need for an amazing adventure.

When many travelers think of Scotland, the first thing that comes to mind is castles and Scotland definitely has its share of them. The most famous castle would have to be Edinburgh Castle. Towering over the city of Edinburgh, this impressive fortified castle was built as a primary defense for the area, as well as a palace for Scottish royalty. Visitors cannot help but be captivated by the history and wonder within the walls of the castle. Tours function daily, and lucky couples wishing to have an amazing wedding can even tie the knot in this beautiful
location. 

The photo above shows a panoramic view of Edinburgh Castle, seated above Edinburgh.
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Second to Edinburgh castle would have to be the impressive structure known as Stirling Castle. Built on the site of an extinct volcano, Stirling Castle towers over the city for which it is named. Once home to Mary, Queen of Scots, Stirling Castle has played host to princes, kings, and even had a part in several movies. Surrounded by the charming Scottish cottages and shops in the Stirling village, Stirling Castle should be on every holiday traveller’s must-see list. With 26 castles in Scotland, there is one waiting to inspire every visitor.

If castles aren’t what stir your soul on a holiday, Scotland still has many surprises for the adventure seeker. Head to the coast and check out one of the many lochs. Great for fishing, and the occasional sea monster sighting, lochs and the villages that surround them offer visitors a much-needed break from the hustle and bustle of city life. With camping available on many shores or the option of a quaint inn or hostel for comfort, these picturesque locations are great for relaxing, rejuvenating, or just getting away with the family for a few days.

Located on the Great Glen, Loch Ness is the most internationally recognized location in all of Scotland, mostly due to its most famous resident, the Loch Ness Monster. Boating, shopping, golf, and more await the traveller near Loch Ness. With plenty of restaurants and family friendly fun, a trip to the coast is a great way to spend time together.

Top attractions whilst touring Scotland

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If you are looking for great holiday ideas, why not think of a tour of Scotland. With so much history, culture, and natural beauty, Scotland makes a fantastic holiday. Whether you are looking to camp, or plan of staying in some of the most luxurious hotels in the world, Scotland has everything you need for an amazing adventure.

When many travelers think of Scotland, the first thing that comes to mind is castles and Scotland definitely has its share of them. The most famous castle would have to be Edinburgh Castle. Towering over the city of Edinburgh, this impressive fortified castle was built as a primary defense for the area, as well as a palace for Scottish royalty. Visitors cannot help but be captivated by the history and wonder within the walls of the castle. Tours function daily, and lucky couples wishing to have an amazing wedding can even tie the knot in this beautiful
location. 

The photo above shows a panoramic view of Edinburgh Castle, seated above Edinburgh.
Image Source: http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2690/4265264165_63cd31b7d0_m.jpg
Image Courtesy: http://www.flickr.com/photos/neil_roger/4265264165/










Second to Edinburgh castle would have to be the impressive structure known as Stirling Castle. Built on the site of an extinct volcano, Stirling Castle towers over the city for which it is named. Once home to Mary, Queen of Scots, Stirling Castle has played host to princes, kings, and even had a part in several movies. Surrounded by the charming Scottish cottages and shops in the Stirling village, Stirling Castle should be on every holiday traveller’s must-see list. With 26 castles in Scotland, there is one waiting to inspire every visitor.

If castles aren’t what stir your soul on a holiday, Scotland still has many surprises for the adventure seeker. Head to the coast and check out one of the many lochs. Great for fishing, and the occasional sea monster sighting, lochs and the villages that surround them offer visitors a much-needed break from the hustle and bustle of city life. With camping available on many shores or the option of a quaint inn or hostel for comfort, these picturesque locations are great for relaxing, rejuvenating, or just getting away with the family for a few days.

Located on the Great Glen, Loch Ness is the most internationally recognized location in all of Scotland, mostly due to its most famous resident, the Loch Ness Monster. Boating, shopping, golf, and more await the traveller near Loch Ness. With plenty of restaurants and family friendly fun, a trip to the coast is a great way to spend time together.

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Limassol in Cyprus is famous as the harbour where the two queens, Queen Joan of Sicily, sister to King Richard I the Lionhearted of England, and Berengia of Navarre, her future sister-in-law, took refuge from a storm during the Third Crusade. They foiled the Byzantine governor's plan to hold them for ransom, and the next year King Richard conquered Cyprus and was married there, then sold the island to the Knights Templar. Modern visitors may not have quite that exciting a time, but Limassol still offers plenty to see and do. Convenient Limassol villas provide a perfect headquarters for exploration.

Museums

Limassol Castle dates from 1000 AD and is now a museum. It was in the chapel of this castle that King Richard is said to have married Berengia. Medieval artwork, artefacts and weaponry are attractively displayed.
The photo above shows a view of Limassol Castle.
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Kolossi Castle, 15 kilometres from Limassol, is a thirteenth century tower that served first as the headquarters of the Knights Templar and later of the Hospitallers. Reached by a short drawbridge, the structure contains an interesting mural of the crucifixion. A nearby building originally held a sugar mill to process the sugar that was once the foundation of the island's economy.

The six-room Folk Art Museum holds items that offer insight into the popular culture of Cyprus over the last two centuries. The costume collection is particularly interesting. Jewellery, wooden chests and country tools are also on display.

The Archaeological Museum houses artefacts dating back to Neolithic times as well as more recent items all the way up to Roman times. From stone axes to Roman coins, the museum features an array of material from Limassol and the adjacent cities of Amathus and Curium.
Outdoor attractions

The Public Garden, situated on the Coast Road, provides a green place equipped with both domestic and exotic botanical specimens for visitors to study or simply enjoy. The garden also houses a garden theatre and a natural history museum. A zoo is located on the grounds where big cats, monkeys, exotic birds and other animals are housed.

The Promenade, built on reclaimed coastal land, features a series of sculptures. Extending 1.6 miles along the sea coast, the exhibit contains works from artists both domestic and international. Paved walks with plentiful seating offer views of harbour traffic and the antics of the resident cats.

The photo above shows a view of Limassol Promenade.
Image Source: http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3380/3570713660_760e06755f_m.jpg
Image Courtesy: http://www.flickr.com/photos/hewy/3570713660/
 
Lady Mile Beach is perfect for family relaxation. The water is quite shallow and the broad stretch of golden sand inviting, if sometimes crowded. Restaurants and tavernas dot the area just inland, and on the sands itself sea turtles have occasionally been reported.

The Donkey Sanctuary is a facility that houses and cares for donkeys. The staff is quite knowledgeable and very willing to share their expertise with visitors. The refuge offers donkey adoptions, allowing animal lovers to provide sponsorship for one of their residents.
Shopping

MyMall Limassol is Cyprus's largest shopping mall. In addition to shopping for more than 200 brands of high-quality merchandise, visitors can choose from a wide range of eating options. The mall also offers a playground for young children, a bowling alley, a video arcade and an ice rink.

Platres Chocolate Workshop offers home-made chocolates in an amazing variety. While the price is high, so is the quality, and the fillings are made from local ingredients often unique to the area. The Aphrodite Cream filling is especially well recommended. The shop also offers lessons for visitors with an interest in the process.

Limassol makes a great holiday destination. The beautiful
Cyprus villas in the Limassol area are suitable for family fun, intimate romantic getaways or even larger groups. Limassol villas are easily booked on-line or through a travel agent, and come in sizes and arrangements to suit any situation.

Ten things to see in Limassol, Cyprus

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Limassol in Cyprus is famous as the harbour where the two queens, Queen Joan of Sicily, sister to King Richard I the Lionhearted of England, and Berengia of Navarre, her future sister-in-law, took refuge from a storm during the Third Crusade. They foiled the Byzantine governor's plan to hold them for ransom, and the next year King Richard conquered Cyprus and was married there, then sold the island to the Knights Templar. Modern visitors may not have quite that exciting a time, but Limassol still offers plenty to see and do. Convenient Limassol villas provide a perfect headquarters for exploration.

Museums

Limassol Castle dates from 1000 AD and is now a museum. It was in the chapel of this castle that King Richard is said to have married Berengia. Medieval artwork, artefacts and weaponry are attractively displayed.
The photo above shows a view of Limassol Castle.
Image Source: http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2209/1601661008_7ec93180a7_m.jpg
Image Courtesy: http://www.flickr.com/photos/travelingotter/1601661008/
Kolossi Castle, 15 kilometres from Limassol, is a thirteenth century tower that served first as the headquarters of the Knights Templar and later of the Hospitallers. Reached by a short drawbridge, the structure contains an interesting mural of the crucifixion. A nearby building originally held a sugar mill to process the sugar that was once the foundation of the island's economy.

The six-room Folk Art Museum holds items that offer insight into the popular culture of Cyprus over the last two centuries. The costume collection is particularly interesting. Jewellery, wooden chests and country tools are also on display.

The Archaeological Museum houses artefacts dating back to Neolithic times as well as more recent items all the way up to Roman times. From stone axes to Roman coins, the museum features an array of material from Limassol and the adjacent cities of Amathus and Curium.
Outdoor attractions

The Public Garden, situated on the Coast Road, provides a green place equipped with both domestic and exotic botanical specimens for visitors to study or simply enjoy. The garden also houses a garden theatre and a natural history museum. A zoo is located on the grounds where big cats, monkeys, exotic birds and other animals are housed.

The Promenade, built on reclaimed coastal land, features a series of sculptures. Extending 1.6 miles along the sea coast, the exhibit contains works from artists both domestic and international. Paved walks with plentiful seating offer views of harbour traffic and the antics of the resident cats.

The photo above shows a view of Limassol Promenade.
Image Source: http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3380/3570713660_760e06755f_m.jpg
Image Courtesy: http://www.flickr.com/photos/hewy/3570713660/
 
Lady Mile Beach is perfect for family relaxation. The water is quite shallow and the broad stretch of golden sand inviting, if sometimes crowded. Restaurants and tavernas dot the area just inland, and on the sands itself sea turtles have occasionally been reported.

The Donkey Sanctuary is a facility that houses and cares for donkeys. The staff is quite knowledgeable and very willing to share their expertise with visitors. The refuge offers donkey adoptions, allowing animal lovers to provide sponsorship for one of their residents.
Shopping

MyMall Limassol is Cyprus's largest shopping mall. In addition to shopping for more than 200 brands of high-quality merchandise, visitors can choose from a wide range of eating options. The mall also offers a playground for young children, a bowling alley, a video arcade and an ice rink.

Platres Chocolate Workshop offers home-made chocolates in an amazing variety. While the price is high, so is the quality, and the fillings are made from local ingredients often unique to the area. The Aphrodite Cream filling is especially well recommended. The shop also offers lessons for visitors with an interest in the process.

Limassol makes a great holiday destination. The beautiful
Cyprus villas in the Limassol area are suitable for family fun, intimate romantic getaways or even larger groups. Limassol villas are easily booked on-line or through a travel agent, and come in sizes and arrangements to suit any situation.

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From wireless internet access to its proximity to the airport, there are many factors that govern the choice of a business trip hotel.
Travelling for your business can be arduous. Long journeys and lonely nights can build up to a
stressful and unsettling experience, especially if the hotels you stay at don't provide you with a
comfortable experience. That's why it's so important to do your research before booking a business
hotel, to ensure that you're staying in a place that's homely and offers you essential business
amenities. If you're not sure how to begin looking for a perfect business hotel, here are a few tips to
get you started.

Today, the most important business consideration when booking a hotel is internet access. Most
businesspeople assume that the hotel they'll be staying in will have internet access, but this isn't
always the case. Sometimes, a hotel will provide internet access only in its public areas - for example,
in the lobby, bar or restaurant - but not in its rooms. The best accommodation for business travellers
offer free wireless internet in all rooms, so look out for these hotels when booking your stay.

Next, you need to consider the location of your hotel. In some big cities like London, it can take
longer than expected to travel across town. For instance, if you have business in the city centre but
you're staying in Earl's Court in west London, it could take up to 40 minutes to travel between the
two locations on the tube. So it makes more sense to book a hotel near the location of your business
meetings, one that's either a short taxi ride away or within walking distance.

If you're arriving at your business destination early in the morning or late at night, this should also
have a bearing on the hotel that you choose. Airport hotels can be very convenient if you're flying
at awkward hours, and are often tailored particularly towards business travellers. If you choose an
airport hotel, ensure that it is located near quick transport links into the city. For example, if you're
staying at one of the many London hotels near Heathrow Airport, the Heathrow Express train will take you into the city centre in just 15 minutes.

For business travellers planning to stay in Last minute hotels for more than one or two nights, the business amenities available in your accommodation should be very influential when making your choice. If you plan to host meetings, for instance, you may wish to look for a hotel that has meeting rooms for hire. You may also require printing, copying and scanning facilities, so it's advisable to check exactly what business facilities are available - and how much they cost to use - before making a booking.

About the Author :  Javier Bravo writes for a digital marketing agency. This article has been commissioned by a client of said agency. This article is not designed to promote, but should be considered professional content.

What to look for from a hotel on a business trip

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From wireless internet access to its proximity to the airport, there are many factors that govern the choice of a business trip hotel.
Travelling for your business can be arduous. Long journeys and lonely nights can build up to a
stressful and unsettling experience, especially if the hotels you stay at don't provide you with a
comfortable experience. That's why it's so important to do your research before booking a business
hotel, to ensure that you're staying in a place that's homely and offers you essential business
amenities. If you're not sure how to begin looking for a perfect business hotel, here are a few tips to
get you started.

Today, the most important business consideration when booking a hotel is internet access. Most
businesspeople assume that the hotel they'll be staying in will have internet access, but this isn't
always the case. Sometimes, a hotel will provide internet access only in its public areas - for example,
in the lobby, bar or restaurant - but not in its rooms. The best accommodation for business travellers
offer free wireless internet in all rooms, so look out for these hotels when booking your stay.

Next, you need to consider the location of your hotel. In some big cities like London, it can take
longer than expected to travel across town. For instance, if you have business in the city centre but
you're staying in Earl's Court in west London, it could take up to 40 minutes to travel between the
two locations on the tube. So it makes more sense to book a hotel near the location of your business
meetings, one that's either a short taxi ride away or within walking distance.

If you're arriving at your business destination early in the morning or late at night, this should also
have a bearing on the hotel that you choose. Airport hotels can be very convenient if you're flying
at awkward hours, and are often tailored particularly towards business travellers. If you choose an
airport hotel, ensure that it is located near quick transport links into the city. For example, if you're
staying at one of the many London hotels near Heathrow Airport, the Heathrow Express train will take you into the city centre in just 15 minutes.

For business travellers planning to stay in Last minute hotels for more than one or two nights, the business amenities available in your accommodation should be very influential when making your choice. If you plan to host meetings, for instance, you may wish to look for a hotel that has meeting rooms for hire. You may also require printing, copying and scanning facilities, so it's advisable to check exactly what business facilities are available - and how much they cost to use - before making a booking.

About the Author :  Javier Bravo writes for a digital marketing agency. This article has been commissioned by a client of said agency. This article is not designed to promote, but should be considered professional content.

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The hot summer months in Barcelona are often spend along or in the water, and the long beach is a great way to spend the day. If you would like a more active day at the beach several water activities can be carried out to have an exciting day. What is a better activity for a hot summer day than one of the water sports Barcelona has to offer? A broad range of choices will give you something to your preferences.

First of all, surfing, a popular sport which is executed a lot in Barcelona. It of course depends on the waves and the weather but when walking along the beach the chance is big to spot a surfer. There are many places near Barceloneta where surfboards can be rented. The average renting price will be 20 Euro´s per hour. When surfing seems out of your league the stand-up-surf sport will be something for you. A paddle can be used to propel yourself trough the water. If you like water sports and are interested in trying something new this stand-up-surfing will be interesting for you. When interested in a more relaxing activity the popular kayaking is nice way to enjoy the sea. You can make a route along the beach costs or if you don´t feel like paddling you can be carried by the sea and have a look at the amazing view. Some routes even allow you to explorer the dark caves. The price of on average four hours will be around 50 Euros. The short but very exiting experiences that can be rented are jet skies and banana boats. These give the opportunity to go through the water very fast but they are however costly and therefore often purchased only once. The final proposition of water sports in Barcelona is Scuba diving. If you are interested in the sea and would like to discover it even more you can now see the breathtaking Mediterranean coast under water.

These activities allow you to experience the Barcelona sea and cool off during a warm summer day. Water sports can be both active and relaxing and the city offers you a variety of activities. When you have become more interested in Barcelona these vacation apartments Barcelona can offer you a comfortable stay. If you are interested in a current accommodation take a look at these properties in Spain. This article was written by a travel blogger for Apartime, Sanne.   

Barcelona´s water life

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The hot summer months in Barcelona are often spend along or in the water, and the long beach is a great way to spend the day. If you would like a more active day at the beach several water activities can be carried out to have an exciting day. What is a better activity for a hot summer day than one of the water sports Barcelona has to offer? A broad range of choices will give you something to your preferences.

First of all, surfing, a popular sport which is executed a lot in Barcelona. It of course depends on the waves and the weather but when walking along the beach the chance is big to spot a surfer. There are many places near Barceloneta where surfboards can be rented. The average renting price will be 20 Euro´s per hour. When surfing seems out of your league the stand-up-surf sport will be something for you. A paddle can be used to propel yourself trough the water. If you like water sports and are interested in trying something new this stand-up-surfing will be interesting for you. When interested in a more relaxing activity the popular kayaking is nice way to enjoy the sea. You can make a route along the beach costs or if you don´t feel like paddling you can be carried by the sea and have a look at the amazing view. Some routes even allow you to explorer the dark caves. The price of on average four hours will be around 50 Euros. The short but very exiting experiences that can be rented are jet skies and banana boats. These give the opportunity to go through the water very fast but they are however costly and therefore often purchased only once. The final proposition of water sports in Barcelona is Scuba diving. If you are interested in the sea and would like to discover it even more you can now see the breathtaking Mediterranean coast under water.

These activities allow you to experience the Barcelona sea and cool off during a warm summer day. Water sports can be both active and relaxing and the city offers you a variety of activities. When you have become more interested in Barcelona these vacation apartments Barcelona can offer you a comfortable stay. If you are interested in a current accommodation take a look at these properties in Spain. This article was written by a travel blogger for Apartime, Sanne.   

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Think winter sports and most people think of snowboarding and skiing. One or two might add
sledding or snowshoe walks to the list, but for years the snowsports world has been dominated
by those two activities. There are, however some great alternatives for those who are looking for
something a little different this season. Here are a few other options to think about:

-Ice climbing. Where skiing is all about coming down the mountain in style, ice climbing is all about
going up. Armed with a pair of ice axes and with spiked crampons on your boots, you'll make your
way up a spectacular frozen mountainside, or even climb a frozen waterfall.

You don't have to be an expert to give ice climbing a try. There are even a few indoor ice climbing
centers scattered around the world, so you can give it a go in a very controlled environment. Even if
you aren't going to be anywhere that offers indoor ice climbing, most Alpine and winter mountain
resorts are home to guides and instructors who will be more than happy to take you out and give
you a taste of this incredibly exciting sport.

-Snow holing and snow survival courses. Every kid wants to build an igloo at some point, and there
are plenty of adults who'd like to give it a try too. With expert instruction you can learn how to build
your very own igloo or snow hole home-away-from-home. Winter survival courses can also teach
you about assessing avalanche risk, how to move across snowy slopes safely, and a whole lot more.
They're ideal for people just starting out in the winter sports world but even the most experienced
mountaineer will probably learn something new.

-Ice diving. The tropical fish are nowhere to be seen but nevertheless, scuba divers are taking to the
icy waters around Canada, off Iceland, and in Russia's Lake Baikal in increasing numbers. The appeal
lies in exploring a strange and new underwater environment and seeing sights few people ever
dream of- very few ever see an iceberg from below. With the right training and the right equipment
it's even possible for recreational divers to get into the water underneath the North Pole.

-Dog sledding. One of the most popular of these winter alternatives, dog sledding trips are now run
from many of the biggest and most famous Scandinavian winter destinations and also in a number
of US states and Canadian provinces and territories. There are plenty of tour companies that offer
a one or two day dog sledding option too, so there is no need to spend a whole week on a sled. You
can either sit back and enjoy the ride, try handling the dogs yourself, or even join in dog sledding
race across the frozen countryside.

Jess Spate is a devotee of all kinds of winter sports. She writes for Appalachian Outdoors, one of
America's finest providers of winter sports clothing and equipment. They supply everything from North
Face Summit Series jackets
to backcountry ski accessories.

Other Winter adventures

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Think winter sports and most people think of snowboarding and skiing. One or two might add
sledding or snowshoe walks to the list, but for years the snowsports world has been dominated
by those two activities. There are, however some great alternatives for those who are looking for
something a little different this season. Here are a few other options to think about:

-Ice climbing. Where skiing is all about coming down the mountain in style, ice climbing is all about
going up. Armed with a pair of ice axes and with spiked crampons on your boots, you'll make your
way up a spectacular frozen mountainside, or even climb a frozen waterfall.

You don't have to be an expert to give ice climbing a try. There are even a few indoor ice climbing
centers scattered around the world, so you can give it a go in a very controlled environment. Even if
you aren't going to be anywhere that offers indoor ice climbing, most Alpine and winter mountain
resorts are home to guides and instructors who will be more than happy to take you out and give
you a taste of this incredibly exciting sport.

-Snow holing and snow survival courses. Every kid wants to build an igloo at some point, and there
are plenty of adults who'd like to give it a try too. With expert instruction you can learn how to build
your very own igloo or snow hole home-away-from-home. Winter survival courses can also teach
you about assessing avalanche risk, how to move across snowy slopes safely, and a whole lot more.
They're ideal for people just starting out in the winter sports world but even the most experienced
mountaineer will probably learn something new.

-Ice diving. The tropical fish are nowhere to be seen but nevertheless, scuba divers are taking to the
icy waters around Canada, off Iceland, and in Russia's Lake Baikal in increasing numbers. The appeal
lies in exploring a strange and new underwater environment and seeing sights few people ever
dream of- very few ever see an iceberg from below. With the right training and the right equipment
it's even possible for recreational divers to get into the water underneath the North Pole.

-Dog sledding. One of the most popular of these winter alternatives, dog sledding trips are now run
from many of the biggest and most famous Scandinavian winter destinations and also in a number
of US states and Canadian provinces and territories. There are plenty of tour companies that offer
a one or two day dog sledding option too, so there is no need to spend a whole week on a sled. You
can either sit back and enjoy the ride, try handling the dogs yourself, or even join in dog sledding
race across the frozen countryside.

Jess Spate is a devotee of all kinds of winter sports. She writes for Appalachian Outdoors, one of
America's finest providers of winter sports clothing and equipment. They supply everything from North
Face Summit Series jackets
to backcountry ski accessories.

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Australia is one of the great scuba diving destinations. Every stretch of coast has its own unique dive
sites. They vary dramatically from the warm, tropical waters of the north to the chillier Southern
Ocean dive sites along the opposite coast. No matter where you go on the Australian coast, there
will almost certainly be a new underwater world to explore, but the country also has a handful of
truly world class diving and snorkelling meccas.

By far the most famous is Queensland's Great Barrier Reef. Most visitors arrive at Cairns or another
coastal city, the reef is truly staggering in size. It runs for about 1600 miles down Australia's north
east coast. In fact, it's so big that it's clearly visible from space, and is widely regarded as the biggest
permanent structure made by living organisms.

Literally millions of visitors come to the Great Barrier Reef every year. They come to take boat tours,
to snorkel amongst a huge variety of tropical fish, to scuba dive, and even to hire tiny one-person
submersible crafts. The crowds are carefully managed to prevent the reef from being damaged but
there is no denying that you'll see a lot of people as well as a lot of fish!

On the north west coast, there is a less popular but maybe even more spectacular reef. Ningaloo
World Heritage area encompasses some of the most beautiful and most pristine reef on the globe.
About 450 different species of fish have been counted there, ranging from tiny, brightly coloured
tropical gems to the massive whale shark- a gentle creature that can be anything up to 40ft long.

Unlike the Great Barrier Reef, which sits just off more than one major Australian town, Ningaloo
is several hours from the nearest urban centre. It's a lot harder to get to than most other dive
resorts but many people argue that the combination of peace and quiet and a beautifully unspoiled
environment make the journey more than worthwhile.

There is also great diving to be had in the cooler southern waters. Drive south from Sydney and
you'll find a long chain of great dive sites, from the incredibly clear waters of Jervis Bay to the rocky
headlands and sandy beaches around Ulladulla, Batemen's Bay, and Moruya. The brightly coloured
tropical fish are less common, although a few do drift down from warmer waters in summer and
early autumn. There are, however, other attractions- cuttlefish and octopi, sharks, seals, and
stingrays for example.

Jess Spate is a keen diver who started out snorkelling along Australia's south east coast. She writes
for an underwater housing and camera company.

Australian scuba diving and snorkelling

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Australia is one of the great scuba diving destinations. Every stretch of coast has its own unique dive
sites. They vary dramatically from the warm, tropical waters of the north to the chillier Southern
Ocean dive sites along the opposite coast. No matter where you go on the Australian coast, there
will almost certainly be a new underwater world to explore, but the country also has a handful of
truly world class diving and snorkelling meccas.

By far the most famous is Queensland's Great Barrier Reef. Most visitors arrive at Cairns or another
coastal city, the reef is truly staggering in size. It runs for about 1600 miles down Australia's north
east coast. In fact, it's so big that it's clearly visible from space, and is widely regarded as the biggest
permanent structure made by living organisms.

Literally millions of visitors come to the Great Barrier Reef every year. They come to take boat tours,
to snorkel amongst a huge variety of tropical fish, to scuba dive, and even to hire tiny one-person
submersible crafts. The crowds are carefully managed to prevent the reef from being damaged but
there is no denying that you'll see a lot of people as well as a lot of fish!

On the north west coast, there is a less popular but maybe even more spectacular reef. Ningaloo
World Heritage area encompasses some of the most beautiful and most pristine reef on the globe.
About 450 different species of fish have been counted there, ranging from tiny, brightly coloured
tropical gems to the massive whale shark- a gentle creature that can be anything up to 40ft long.

Unlike the Great Barrier Reef, which sits just off more than one major Australian town, Ningaloo
is several hours from the nearest urban centre. It's a lot harder to get to than most other dive
resorts but many people argue that the combination of peace and quiet and a beautifully unspoiled
environment make the journey more than worthwhile.

There is also great diving to be had in the cooler southern waters. Drive south from Sydney and
you'll find a long chain of great dive sites, from the incredibly clear waters of Jervis Bay to the rocky
headlands and sandy beaches around Ulladulla, Batemen's Bay, and Moruya. The brightly coloured
tropical fish are less common, although a few do drift down from warmer waters in summer and
early autumn. There are, however, other attractions- cuttlefish and octopi, sharks, seals, and
stingrays for example.

Jess Spate is a keen diver who started out snorkelling along Australia's south east coast. She writes
for an underwater housing and camera company.

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Sticker shock is probably the biggest deterrent for people looking at vacations to New Zealand. It is true that a trip to New Zealand can be pricey compared to domestic vacation destinations. However, there are several ways you can make your New Zealand vacation more affordable.

Tip #1 – Use Your Frequent Flier Miles


If you want to go on a vacation to New Zealand your most expensive purchase will be your airfare. Fortunately, you can reduce the price of your ticket or even get it for free if you use your frequent flier miles.
To get the most value from your frequent flier miles program find a program that offers double or triple miles for special purchases. Then use your card for all of your purchases during the year. At the end of each month you can apply the money that you would normally spend on your monthly purchases to paying off your credit card bill. This will allow you to earn maximum miles without carrying a large balance on your credit card and without having to pay interest.

Tip #2 – Buy an Island Hopping Ticket


There are a lot of fabulous islands found near New Zealand. If you want to hop from island to island and explore this corner of the world, this type of ticket will provide you with the most value. It will also keep your travel expenses to a minimum.

Tip #3 – Earn Your Keep


If you want to spend an extended period of time in New Zealand you can save nearly 100% on your room and board by working for farmstays and homestays. It is called whooffing. Help in the kitchen, do some yard work, help harvest produce or help around the farm and you can earn your lodging and meals. This is a great way to shave $100 or more dollars a day off of your vacation cost.

Tip #4 – Travel by Bike


To save money on your travel expenses once you are in New Zealand consider renting or bringing a bicycle with you. If you travel by bike, you do not have to rent a car, pay for insurance or pay for gas. You can rent a bike for a few dollars a day, or you can bring your own bike with you and pay nothing. Biking through New Zealand is a great option.

Tip #5 – Food Festivals and Local Producers


To save money on food consider sampling local foods. Food festivals are a great option as a low entrance fee will give you access to a large selection of regional delicacies. Sometimes these events are even free.

Tip #6 - Stay at Hostels


New Zealand is quite different than many other countries. They have excellent hostels called, The BBC. Joining it is very inexpensive and you get free maps and a guide with your membership. Families and people of all ages stay at hostiles in NZ. My daughter and I loved taking with people from all over the world over breakfast or dinner. Many hostels also allow you to pitch a tent.

Tip #7 - Shop at the Food Warehouses


The have all name brands, fresh produce and you will find the prices just right. We carried a cooler in the care for perishables and a box filled with dry foods. Our name was on the box. Hostels allow you to put things in the refrig and have selves for food boxes.


Viist our New Zealand Vacation site for information on all the hostels we stayed at over a 6 month period. and for more tips go to New Zealand vacation blog to get more articles and interesting places to visit in NZ.

Tips for Making a New Zealand Vacation Affordable

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Sticker shock is probably the biggest deterrent for people looking at vacations to New Zealand. It is true that a trip to New Zealand can be pricey compared to domestic vacation destinations. However, there are several ways you can make your New Zealand vacation more affordable.

Tip #1 – Use Your Frequent Flier Miles


If you want to go on a vacation to New Zealand your most expensive purchase will be your airfare. Fortunately, you can reduce the price of your ticket or even get it for free if you use your frequent flier miles.
To get the most value from your frequent flier miles program find a program that offers double or triple miles for special purchases. Then use your card for all of your purchases during the year. At the end of each month you can apply the money that you would normally spend on your monthly purchases to paying off your credit card bill. This will allow you to earn maximum miles without carrying a large balance on your credit card and without having to pay interest.

Tip #2 – Buy an Island Hopping Ticket


There are a lot of fabulous islands found near New Zealand. If you want to hop from island to island and explore this corner of the world, this type of ticket will provide you with the most value. It will also keep your travel expenses to a minimum.

Tip #3 – Earn Your Keep


If you want to spend an extended period of time in New Zealand you can save nearly 100% on your room and board by working for farmstays and homestays. It is called whooffing. Help in the kitchen, do some yard work, help harvest produce or help around the farm and you can earn your lodging and meals. This is a great way to shave $100 or more dollars a day off of your vacation cost.

Tip #4 – Travel by Bike


To save money on your travel expenses once you are in New Zealand consider renting or bringing a bicycle with you. If you travel by bike, you do not have to rent a car, pay for insurance or pay for gas. You can rent a bike for a few dollars a day, or you can bring your own bike with you and pay nothing. Biking through New Zealand is a great option.

Tip #5 – Food Festivals and Local Producers


To save money on food consider sampling local foods. Food festivals are a great option as a low entrance fee will give you access to a large selection of regional delicacies. Sometimes these events are even free.

Tip #6 - Stay at Hostels


New Zealand is quite different than many other countries. They have excellent hostels called, The BBC. Joining it is very inexpensive and you get free maps and a guide with your membership. Families and people of all ages stay at hostiles in NZ. My daughter and I loved taking with people from all over the world over breakfast or dinner. Many hostels also allow you to pitch a tent.

Tip #7 - Shop at the Food Warehouses


The have all name brands, fresh produce and you will find the prices just right. We carried a cooler in the care for perishables and a box filled with dry foods. Our name was on the box. Hostels allow you to put things in the refrig and have selves for food boxes.


Viist our New Zealand Vacation site for information on all the hostels we stayed at over a 6 month period. and for more tips go to New Zealand vacation blog to get more articles and interesting places to visit in NZ.

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Oxford is an historic city that is steeped in the rich traditions of architecture and education. However, the city is also now bustling with a number of tourist’s attractions, shopping centres, and restaurants. A short break in Oxford is a memorable mini-holiday that has something of interest for everyone. Families, couples, and friends alike will all find festivals, points of interest, and gorgeous views that are sure to create fantastic memories.

A train ride from London to Oxford takes less than an hour, making it a quick and easy getaway destination. Once you have arrived, there is an array of accommodations to choose from such as hotels, bed and breakfasts, and camp sites. While some hotels are centrally located near the centre of the city, others are tucked away in more rural areas with gardens and sprawling grounds. Many hotels in Oxford also feature spa services and function rooms to host private events.

There are more than enough tourist attractions in Oxford to fill your time while on a short break. There are tours available in a variety of methods such as cycle tours, bus trips, and even ghost tours for a bit of the city's haunted history. Tours are a great way to view Oxford's landscape and architecture, including University Park, Cherwell Boathouse, and the Headington Shopping Area. The city is most well-known for its thirty-eight colleges that make up Oxford University. Founded in 1264, Oxford University at Merton College is among the oldest colleges in the city. Many of the colleges feature gorgeous architectural detailing such as the ornate drainpipes at St. John's and the stained glass windows in the chapel at Lincoln College.

In addition to its infamous university, Oxford is known for "The Boat Race" between Oxford University and Cambridge University. The rowing competition between the two boat clubs is now done on London's River Thames at the end of March or beginning of April. Hundreds of thousands of people gather to watch the four-mile race live and millions more watch the race on television. The race has had a long and rich history since the first competition in 1829.

Oxford also has many fine dining options as well as pubs and bars for a fun night out. In addition to restaurants that offer local dishes, there is also international cuisine at restaurants like Cafe Rouge, Saffron, and Bella Pasta. The bar and pub scene in Oxford is lively with local music and entertainment. The Pub Oxford, The Fox, and The Gloucester Arms are just a few of the dozens of places to grab a drink with friends for the evening.

Shopping is popular in the city as well and varies in experiences. Farmers markets offer excellent local produce, while Oxford's covered market has a number of specialty shops. High-end boutiques can be found at Henley on Thames and the designer retail outlet Bicester Village. Oxford is a great place to find unique and fashionable items.

Things To Do In Oxford

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Oxford is an historic city that is steeped in the rich traditions of architecture and education. However, the city is also now bustling with a number of tourist’s attractions, shopping centres, and restaurants. A short break in Oxford is a memorable mini-holiday that has something of interest for everyone. Families, couples, and friends alike will all find festivals, points of interest, and gorgeous views that are sure to create fantastic memories.

A train ride from London to Oxford takes less than an hour, making it a quick and easy getaway destination. Once you have arrived, there is an array of accommodations to choose from such as hotels, bed and breakfasts, and camp sites. While some hotels are centrally located near the centre of the city, others are tucked away in more rural areas with gardens and sprawling grounds. Many hotels in Oxford also feature spa services and function rooms to host private events.

There are more than enough tourist attractions in Oxford to fill your time while on a short break. There are tours available in a variety of methods such as cycle tours, bus trips, and even ghost tours for a bit of the city's haunted history. Tours are a great way to view Oxford's landscape and architecture, including University Park, Cherwell Boathouse, and the Headington Shopping Area. The city is most well-known for its thirty-eight colleges that make up Oxford University. Founded in 1264, Oxford University at Merton College is among the oldest colleges in the city. Many of the colleges feature gorgeous architectural detailing such as the ornate drainpipes at St. John's and the stained glass windows in the chapel at Lincoln College.

In addition to its infamous university, Oxford is known for "The Boat Race" between Oxford University and Cambridge University. The rowing competition between the two boat clubs is now done on London's River Thames at the end of March or beginning of April. Hundreds of thousands of people gather to watch the four-mile race live and millions more watch the race on television. The race has had a long and rich history since the first competition in 1829.

Oxford also has many fine dining options as well as pubs and bars for a fun night out. In addition to restaurants that offer local dishes, there is also international cuisine at restaurants like Cafe Rouge, Saffron, and Bella Pasta. The bar and pub scene in Oxford is lively with local music and entertainment. The Pub Oxford, The Fox, and The Gloucester Arms are just a few of the dozens of places to grab a drink with friends for the evening.

Shopping is popular in the city as well and varies in experiences. Farmers markets offer excellent local produce, while Oxford's covered market has a number of specialty shops. High-end boutiques can be found at Henley on Thames and the designer retail outlet Bicester Village. Oxford is a great place to find unique and fashionable items.

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Are you planning your next holiday to Tuscany, but are undecided where to stay? Arezzo is an often overlooked alternative. Among many reasons, the immediate surroundings of the city are literally filled with mansions and characteristic Tuscan villas to rent. Moreover, Arezzo is slightly off the charted tourist route, and this is a good thing. The city gets much of its business from fine jewelery making, while tourism accounts to a lesser amount of its wealth. This makes it a more authentic Tuscan town to be experienced easily without crowded places and museums.

The tour of the city should start from Corso Italia, which leads up to the top of town. Arezzo is mainly flat, with the exception of its historic center, resting on a steep hill culminating with the Cathedral and the Duomo Square. Start walking along Corso Italia from the bastions. These are two imposing pieces of defensive city walls still standing after centuries. Shops of every kind are displayed on both sides. Here you can also get trendy Tuscany apartments near the center, great for weekly holiday rentals. This is the best place for your shopping sprees in Italy. However, if you love vintage goods, every second Sunday of the month you have to be here. You will find one of the largest antiquity open markets in Italy with hundreds of boots from all over the country and abroad, each literally overflown with every kind of items, from paraphernalia to valuable antiques. The market stretches all over the heart of town and is a must-see.

Any other day of the month Arezzo is way less busy, and can be browsed at ease. From Corso Italia turn left on Piazza San Francesco, where the church by the same name stands. This is also a nice nightlife spot to hang out in every season. From May until October the square offers live music too. Two bars, take much of the movida of this little square.

Back to Corso Italia, walk up to Piazza Grande, where the Saracino Joust takes place twice a year in June and September. The square's floor is strongly slanting towards the fountain set in the lower corner by the beautiful Santa Maria della Pieve church. All around, the square is surrounded by beautiful antique palaces. Here Vasari, from Arezzo, built his Logge della Mercanzia, a beautiful succession of loggias where once merchants used to carry on their businesses. Now this place is home to a nice restaurant.

Back to Corso Italia, turn right and continue on to reach the Duomo square, where the cathedral of Arezzo stands towering over the Province palace. Besides the cathedral is a panoramic park with centennial trees and eating joints to relax and have a quick meal. The view from here is absolutely fantastic, dominating over a great portion of the surrounding valleys.

Definitely visit Arezzo, especially during summertime. It is one of the neglected Tuscan towns, but it holds great treasures to be discovered in awe.

Touring Arezzo in Tuscany

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Are you planning your next holiday to Tuscany, but are undecided where to stay? Arezzo is an often overlooked alternative. Among many reasons, the immediate surroundings of the city are literally filled with mansions and characteristic Tuscan villas to rent. Moreover, Arezzo is slightly off the charted tourist route, and this is a good thing. The city gets much of its business from fine jewelery making, while tourism accounts to a lesser amount of its wealth. This makes it a more authentic Tuscan town to be experienced easily without crowded places and museums.

The tour of the city should start from Corso Italia, which leads up to the top of town. Arezzo is mainly flat, with the exception of its historic center, resting on a steep hill culminating with the Cathedral and the Duomo Square. Start walking along Corso Italia from the bastions. These are two imposing pieces of defensive city walls still standing after centuries. Shops of every kind are displayed on both sides. Here you can also get trendy Tuscany apartments near the center, great for weekly holiday rentals. This is the best place for your shopping sprees in Italy. However, if you love vintage goods, every second Sunday of the month you have to be here. You will find one of the largest antiquity open markets in Italy with hundreds of boots from all over the country and abroad, each literally overflown with every kind of items, from paraphernalia to valuable antiques. The market stretches all over the heart of town and is a must-see.

Any other day of the month Arezzo is way less busy, and can be browsed at ease. From Corso Italia turn left on Piazza San Francesco, where the church by the same name stands. This is also a nice nightlife spot to hang out in every season. From May until October the square offers live music too. Two bars, take much of the movida of this little square.

Back to Corso Italia, walk up to Piazza Grande, where the Saracino Joust takes place twice a year in June and September. The square's floor is strongly slanting towards the fountain set in the lower corner by the beautiful Santa Maria della Pieve church. All around, the square is surrounded by beautiful antique palaces. Here Vasari, from Arezzo, built his Logge della Mercanzia, a beautiful succession of loggias where once merchants used to carry on their businesses. Now this place is home to a nice restaurant.

Back to Corso Italia, turn right and continue on to reach the Duomo square, where the cathedral of Arezzo stands towering over the Province palace. Besides the cathedral is a panoramic park with centennial trees and eating joints to relax and have a quick meal. The view from here is absolutely fantastic, dominating over a great portion of the surrounding valleys.

Definitely visit Arezzo, especially during summertime. It is one of the neglected Tuscan towns, but it holds great treasures to be discovered in awe.

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Hotel accommodations can be very expensive especially when you’re on a tight budget. So if you want to be more practical when it comes to managing your expenses when you travel, make it a point to find means on how to save on hotel costs.
Here are three ways on how you can do this:

1.       Be updated with promos.
One of the surest ways to save on hotel costs is to keep yourself updated with the latest hotel promotions, deals, and discounts. You can ask some people around who are fond of traveling for tips on where to book for a hotel with special promotions so you can save money. Aside from asking people around, you can also go online and check hotel promos on your destination. You can look for websites that offer free coupons and discount sites that offer up to 50% off on hotels and restaurants. Another tip on how to keep yourself updated with hotel promos is to subscribe to mailing lists of various hotels. This way, you will receive email alerts or messages every time the hotel has a promo or discount. Just imagine how much money you can save when you do this- you can get as much as 50% of savings!

2.       Travel during off season.
One of the best ways to save money on hotel accommodations is to travel during the off season. Take note that off season dates vary depending on the country or place you’re visiting in. If possible, try to avoid traveling during peak season such as holidays, summer vacation, spring break, or during special events because room rates will likely remain the same or even increase. During off season, you can save as much as 30-50% off on hotel rates. You can also try to compare hotel rates during weekdays and weekends because they are also likely to vary. There are tourist oriented hotels that charge more during weekends since they have more customers. So if that’s the case, you can opt to stay during weekdays to save more money.

3.       Compare prices.
Another way to cut on hotel costs is to compare hotel rates. Doing some research by asking friends around or checking online sites can help you find the perfect hotel that would fit your budget. Once you find the perfect hotel accommodation, try to book early, even months in advance. Some hotels offer discounted rates when customers book earlier.


The next time you travel, try to follow these three tips and you are sure to save more money on your next hotel accommodation. 
www.FindSecuredCards.com, is a place for you to find the financial advice that will benefit you.

3 WAYS TO SAVE ON HOTEL COSTS

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Hotel accommodations can be very expensive especially when you’re on a tight budget. So if you want to be more practical when it comes to managing your expenses when you travel, make it a point to find means on how to save on hotel costs.
Here are three ways on how you can do this:

1.       Be updated with promos.
One of the surest ways to save on hotel costs is to keep yourself updated with the latest hotel promotions, deals, and discounts. You can ask some people around who are fond of traveling for tips on where to book for a hotel with special promotions so you can save money. Aside from asking people around, you can also go online and check hotel promos on your destination. You can look for websites that offer free coupons and discount sites that offer up to 50% off on hotels and restaurants. Another tip on how to keep yourself updated with hotel promos is to subscribe to mailing lists of various hotels. This way, you will receive email alerts or messages every time the hotel has a promo or discount. Just imagine how much money you can save when you do this- you can get as much as 50% of savings!

2.       Travel during off season.
One of the best ways to save money on hotel accommodations is to travel during the off season. Take note that off season dates vary depending on the country or place you’re visiting in. If possible, try to avoid traveling during peak season such as holidays, summer vacation, spring break, or during special events because room rates will likely remain the same or even increase. During off season, you can save as much as 30-50% off on hotel rates. You can also try to compare hotel rates during weekdays and weekends because they are also likely to vary. There are tourist oriented hotels that charge more during weekends since they have more customers. So if that’s the case, you can opt to stay during weekdays to save more money.

3.       Compare prices.
Another way to cut on hotel costs is to compare hotel rates. Doing some research by asking friends around or checking online sites can help you find the perfect hotel that would fit your budget. Once you find the perfect hotel accommodation, try to book early, even months in advance. Some hotels offer discounted rates when customers book earlier.


The next time you travel, try to follow these three tips and you are sure to save more money on your next hotel accommodation. 
www.FindSecuredCards.com, is a place for you to find the financial advice that will benefit you.

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All couples need a romantic getaway from time to time. As you have children, schedules can get busier and time can become impossibly tight. However, you can still surprise your loved one with a romantic getaway, even if you’re on a budget. Here are some of the best vacation deals around for you to treat your sweetheart to.

The Beach

Heading to the beach is incredibly affordable because most beaches are free to the public. Staying near the beach can be expensive, but there are ways to bring that cost down. If you have close friends, consider making it a group getaway and renting a beach house. These incredible vacation homes can be expensive, but splitting the price among a larger group can make them very affordable.

New Orleans

If you live close enough to drive to this destination, you will be in for an incredible treat. You don’t have to spend a fortune staying at a hotel near the quarter; you can choose a quaint Bed and Breakfast within easy driving distance. The entertainment is largely free, especially if you enjoy window-shopping. Be sure to visit Royal Street during business hours for a shopping extravaganza you will always remember.

Mexico

Travel deals and discounts are easy to find when you’re heading to Mexico and other Central American countries. Staying safe is no problem, as long as you stay in the resort areas and travel only with large groups. You can travel on zip lines, enjoy gorgeous beaches and reconnect with each other again.

Mountains

If you have a mountain range near you, consider looking for a Bed and Breakfast in some of the quaint towns of that area. You will be able to take in fabulous views and enjoy the incredible peace and quiet of the area. Look for one near a skiing area and you can even visit the slopes for a day. Gatlinburg has romantic cabin getaways that provide you with privacy, intimacy and the most memorable views.

Las Vegas

Sin City tried making themselves family-friendly a few years ago, but they are moving back to their roots and catering more to adults again. This makes Vegas a great vacation for a couple. Take in a few shows and spend some time at the tables. Limit your spending by setting a definite gambling budget, and make sure you stick to that budget while on vacation.

Santa Fe, New Mexico

There’s more to New Mexico than Spanish architecture and the desert. You can view the Cathedral of St. Francis of Assisi, built in 1869. Take in the amazing stained glass windows and beautiful bell towers as you tour the incredible city of Santa Fe. The art market is comparable to the one found in New York, but the weather in February is much more attractive than it is in New York. The dining is fantastic and the nightlife is sure to keep you entertained.

You don’t have to spend thousands of dollars on a romantic getaway. Local inns and cabins are ideal for a private retreat, and there are many cities in the United States that are worth visiting. From Santa Fe to New Orleans to the Rocky Mountains, there are countless weekend vacations waiting for you. You can also head to Mexico, the Outer Banks or California for a memorable and relaxing beach vacation.

UK resident, Mary Blanchard, is a stay-at-home parent who understands the importance of making her dollars stretch. She frequently visits the coupon croc website to access web discounts to stay within budget.

Romantic Getaways That Are Affordable And Fantastic

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All couples need a romantic getaway from time to time. As you have children, schedules can get busier and time can become impossibly tight. However, you can still surprise your loved one with a romantic getaway, even if you’re on a budget. Here are some of the best vacation deals around for you to treat your sweetheart to.

The Beach

Heading to the beach is incredibly affordable because most beaches are free to the public. Staying near the beach can be expensive, but there are ways to bring that cost down. If you have close friends, consider making it a group getaway and renting a beach house. These incredible vacation homes can be expensive, but splitting the price among a larger group can make them very affordable.

New Orleans

If you live close enough to drive to this destination, you will be in for an incredible treat. You don’t have to spend a fortune staying at a hotel near the quarter; you can choose a quaint Bed and Breakfast within easy driving distance. The entertainment is largely free, especially if you enjoy window-shopping. Be sure to visit Royal Street during business hours for a shopping extravaganza you will always remember.

Mexico

Travel deals and discounts are easy to find when you’re heading to Mexico and other Central American countries. Staying safe is no problem, as long as you stay in the resort areas and travel only with large groups. You can travel on zip lines, enjoy gorgeous beaches and reconnect with each other again.

Mountains

If you have a mountain range near you, consider looking for a Bed and Breakfast in some of the quaint towns of that area. You will be able to take in fabulous views and enjoy the incredible peace and quiet of the area. Look for one near a skiing area and you can even visit the slopes for a day. Gatlinburg has romantic cabin getaways that provide you with privacy, intimacy and the most memorable views.

Las Vegas

Sin City tried making themselves family-friendly a few years ago, but they are moving back to their roots and catering more to adults again. This makes Vegas a great vacation for a couple. Take in a few shows and spend some time at the tables. Limit your spending by setting a definite gambling budget, and make sure you stick to that budget while on vacation.

Santa Fe, New Mexico

There’s more to New Mexico than Spanish architecture and the desert. You can view the Cathedral of St. Francis of Assisi, built in 1869. Take in the amazing stained glass windows and beautiful bell towers as you tour the incredible city of Santa Fe. The art market is comparable to the one found in New York, but the weather in February is much more attractive than it is in New York. The dining is fantastic and the nightlife is sure to keep you entertained.

You don’t have to spend thousands of dollars on a romantic getaway. Local inns and cabins are ideal for a private retreat, and there are many cities in the United States that are worth visiting. From Santa Fe to New Orleans to the Rocky Mountains, there are countless weekend vacations waiting for you. You can also head to Mexico, the Outer Banks or California for a memorable and relaxing beach vacation.

UK resident, Mary Blanchard, is a stay-at-home parent who understands the importance of making her dollars stretch. She frequently visits the coupon croc website to access web discounts to stay within budget.

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Everyone needs a vacation at some point in time, and who doesn’t dream of travelling in the lap of luxury? For the average consumer, travelling in first class with five star hotels is merely a dream. It doesn’t have to be. Virtually everyone in today’s day and age has a credit card, and the points earned from the card can result in major upgrades for a luxury vacation. Frequent flyer miles and credit card points can both be converted into major rewards for the dream vacation.

Take Stock of Your Points: When planning a trip, the first thing to do is check how many credit card points and airline miles you own. Then see if your points will cover the cost of a ticket to your destination. It may be a good idea to call the Credit Card Company or airline for help booking a flight through points or miles. While using points is a great way to purchase an upgraded ticket, many passengers encounter difficulty with airline restrictions such as blackout dates and specific flights to which the points may be applied. A good way to get around this is to sell frequent flyer-miles. After selling Amex points or miles to an online buyer, the traveler can use the payout to purchase a ticket that will work with their itinerary. The payout is often significant, and a check is sent out promptly.

Be Flexible: While an entire vacation can be purchased based on rewards points, it is important to be flexible with the dates and destination. This is because, as mentioned earlier, there may be blackout times on dates and restrictions on specific flights. Also, many credit card companies hold promotions for limited times. It’s a good idea to cash in and travel when you’ll get the most value out of every point or mile. It is also important to check that your miles or points can be transferred between airlines for the airline of preference.

Get Creative: Sometimes it takes maneuvering and creativity to plan the perfect trip through points. For
example, you may come up just short of the amount of points needed for your flight. Aside from selling points, you can try to buy the difference from your credit card company, but be sure that you’re not paying for the price of the ticket. You may also want to try transferring points from a different credit card or mileage program, or asking a friend or relative to sell you some of their points to make up the difference. There are many ways that credit card points can be used, and by getting creative you can make the most out of your points or miles.

Get Confirmations: It’s always fun to book hotels that would otherwise be way above your means, and many people do this through the credit card company. Some of the hotels that participate in the membership reward points programs, however, don’t always honor the reservation unless you come with a hard copy of the reservation. Make sure to print out all reservations that you have booked, including car, hotel, and flight, before leaving on your getaway.

By using credit card points or airline miles for your vacation, you’re making your money go to work for you. A vacation purchased through points is one that is well deserved, and the upgrades will ensure that you travel in style.

Author Bio: Sean Miller is a travel guru and lover of great deals. He likes to sell American Express points to Sell Miles Now, as they offer high payouts and excellent service.

Travel By Way of Frequent Flyer Miles and Credit Card Points

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Everyone needs a vacation at some point in time, and who doesn’t dream of travelling in the lap of luxury? For the average consumer, travelling in first class with five star hotels is merely a dream. It doesn’t have to be. Virtually everyone in today’s day and age has a credit card, and the points earned from the card can result in major upgrades for a luxury vacation. Frequent flyer miles and credit card points can both be converted into major rewards for the dream vacation.

Take Stock of Your Points: When planning a trip, the first thing to do is check how many credit card points and airline miles you own. Then see if your points will cover the cost of a ticket to your destination. It may be a good idea to call the Credit Card Company or airline for help booking a flight through points or miles. While using points is a great way to purchase an upgraded ticket, many passengers encounter difficulty with airline restrictions such as blackout dates and specific flights to which the points may be applied. A good way to get around this is to sell frequent flyer-miles. After selling Amex points or miles to an online buyer, the traveler can use the payout to purchase a ticket that will work with their itinerary. The payout is often significant, and a check is sent out promptly.

Be Flexible: While an entire vacation can be purchased based on rewards points, it is important to be flexible with the dates and destination. This is because, as mentioned earlier, there may be blackout times on dates and restrictions on specific flights. Also, many credit card companies hold promotions for limited times. It’s a good idea to cash in and travel when you’ll get the most value out of every point or mile. It is also important to check that your miles or points can be transferred between airlines for the airline of preference.

Get Creative: Sometimes it takes maneuvering and creativity to plan the perfect trip through points. For
example, you may come up just short of the amount of points needed for your flight. Aside from selling points, you can try to buy the difference from your credit card company, but be sure that you’re not paying for the price of the ticket. You may also want to try transferring points from a different credit card or mileage program, or asking a friend or relative to sell you some of their points to make up the difference. There are many ways that credit card points can be used, and by getting creative you can make the most out of your points or miles.

Get Confirmations: It’s always fun to book hotels that would otherwise be way above your means, and many people do this through the credit card company. Some of the hotels that participate in the membership reward points programs, however, don’t always honor the reservation unless you come with a hard copy of the reservation. Make sure to print out all reservations that you have booked, including car, hotel, and flight, before leaving on your getaway.

By using credit card points or airline miles for your vacation, you’re making your money go to work for you. A vacation purchased through points is one that is well deserved, and the upgrades will ensure that you travel in style.

Author Bio: Sean Miller is a travel guru and lover of great deals. He likes to sell American Express points to Sell Miles Now, as they offer high payouts and excellent service.

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When you're taking a trip and are looking into renting a vehicle, there are certain things you need to look out for and remember:

If you're in a group of friends, renting a car (and splitting the price) can be a budget friendly option! Make sure you tally up what the price of the rental is and then decide how you're going to split the ices of petrol along the way. Remember, you'll need to fill the tank up when returning the car too - so include that in your estimations.

First of all remember is that hiring a car is a big responsibility to take on. Are you happy with all your friends driving the vehicle you've put a deposit on? If someone is a weak driver it might be worth keeping them off the insurance and letting them off driving duties for the week - it wouldn't be worth the hefty price tag if anything happened to the car. Make sure you choose safe places to park the car too (whilst you're out and about) - taking a smashed window or a stolen CD player back to the rental company will equal huge bills for you and your friends.

Secondly, remember to specify whether you want an automatic or stick car. If you're all used to driving automatic then hiring a car with clutch and gears will completely throw you off and could take away from the fun and enjoyment of driving. Another point to remember - if you passed your test in an automatic then definitely don't ask for a clutch car, because you'd be breaking the law by driving it. As a general rule, if you want to car for city driving then an automatic is your best bet. If you're heading out to the country, then choose clutch control.


Thirdly, try and choose a brand and a company that are well known and well established. If they have bases and offices around the country then you're safe to return the vehicle at any point if you're not happy with it. It also means you can pop in if you have any queries or questions about the vehicle - or if you simply want to drop it off somewhere different to where you picked it up.

A fourth thing to consider is the age of the driver. Usually, drivers over the age of 25 pay less for car rental than people under 25 (because they think the risk is higher for younger drivers). If your part of a couple and one of you falls over the age of 25 - then it might be worth that person being the sole driving, especially if you're trying to save money and keep to a budget.

About the Author: Eleanor is a big fan of travel and currently writes for Wish.co.uk – unique gifts. If you’d like to find some great gift ideas for a loved one, why not have a browse and see what’s on offer!

Things to Remember When Hiring a Car

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When you're taking a trip and are looking into renting a vehicle, there are certain things you need to look out for and remember:

If you're in a group of friends, renting a car (and splitting the price) can be a budget friendly option! Make sure you tally up what the price of the rental is and then decide how you're going to split the ices of petrol along the way. Remember, you'll need to fill the tank up when returning the car too - so include that in your estimations.

First of all remember is that hiring a car is a big responsibility to take on. Are you happy with all your friends driving the vehicle you've put a deposit on? If someone is a weak driver it might be worth keeping them off the insurance and letting them off driving duties for the week - it wouldn't be worth the hefty price tag if anything happened to the car. Make sure you choose safe places to park the car too (whilst you're out and about) - taking a smashed window or a stolen CD player back to the rental company will equal huge bills for you and your friends.

Secondly, remember to specify whether you want an automatic or stick car. If you're all used to driving automatic then hiring a car with clutch and gears will completely throw you off and could take away from the fun and enjoyment of driving. Another point to remember - if you passed your test in an automatic then definitely don't ask for a clutch car, because you'd be breaking the law by driving it. As a general rule, if you want to car for city driving then an automatic is your best bet. If you're heading out to the country, then choose clutch control.


Thirdly, try and choose a brand and a company that are well known and well established. If they have bases and offices around the country then you're safe to return the vehicle at any point if you're not happy with it. It also means you can pop in if you have any queries or questions about the vehicle - or if you simply want to drop it off somewhere different to where you picked it up.

A fourth thing to consider is the age of the driver. Usually, drivers over the age of 25 pay less for car rental than people under 25 (because they think the risk is higher for younger drivers). If your part of a couple and one of you falls over the age of 25 - then it might be worth that person being the sole driving, especially if you're trying to save money and keep to a budget.

About the Author: Eleanor is a big fan of travel and currently writes for Wish.co.uk – unique gifts. If you’d like to find some great gift ideas for a loved one, why not have a browse and see what’s on offer!

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Ever dreamed about walking along the sandy beaches of the Caribbean? Or seeing the fjords of Scandinavia? Or perhaps you would like to experience the historic ports of the Mediterranean? And if you are looking to come back from your vacation rested, instead of feeling the need for another one, then a cruise vacation is for you. And you can afford it too! There are offers available for every type of cruise, to every destination.

Entertainment On Board and at Port

Entertainment on board cruise ships varies depending on the line and the company. However you can expect to find:

-Swimming pools
-Day spas
-Kids clubs
-Shopping
-Casinos
-Restaurants, bars and lounges

Plus, you are not on board all the time, you can take any of the day excursions planned at any port of call or organize your own for a personal experience. You can enjoy snorkeling or hiking. Or if you prefer, stop off to see the Acropolis in Athens. The choice is yours. With all of this included, you would be forgiven for thinking this will burst your budget, but in fact, cheap cruises are easy to find .

Getting a Great Deal on a Cruise

If you are considering a cruise holiday, start looking at the deals that available. There are many great deals online or you can consult a travel agent. If you really want to take advantage of the best cruise deals, here are some tips to keeping you on budget while you relax.

- Before you ask for vacation time, have a look at what is available and when for the destination you would like to visit. Off-season prices are less expensive.

- Once a cruise is scheduled, it sails whether the rooms are fully booked or not. Inquire with your agent about likely capacity of certain ships. Liners that don't normally offer deals in advance may put some last-minute discounts on the market if their cabins are not full.

- Once you have chosen the cruise you want to take. Make sure you know what is included. Different companies carry different inclusions. Some agents and companies will offer an on board credit, take it if it is offered as you will use it.

- Set a daily budget either for each person and stick to it. Unless you are a whiz at black jack, don't plan on making any money on the ship. Save the on-board credits for the last day for a special treat.

- Find out what is on offer for the excursions in advance and make sure you plan for the ones you really want.

- Bring what you need instead of shopping on board. Rather spend your money on relaxing at the spa or enjoying one of the best meals you have ever experienced.

-Check the dress code of your cruise liner. Some are still considered quite formal and you may feel out-of-place in your sweat pants. Other liners offer a different sort of atmosphere with a relaxed, casual dress code.

Dreaming of a Cruise? You Can Afford It With These Tips

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Ever dreamed about walking along the sandy beaches of the Caribbean? Or seeing the fjords of Scandinavia? Or perhaps you would like to experience the historic ports of the Mediterranean? And if you are looking to come back from your vacation rested, instead of feeling the need for another one, then a cruise vacation is for you. And you can afford it too! There are offers available for every type of cruise, to every destination.

Entertainment On Board and at Port

Entertainment on board cruise ships varies depending on the line and the company. However you can expect to find:

-Swimming pools
-Day spas
-Kids clubs
-Shopping
-Casinos
-Restaurants, bars and lounges

Plus, you are not on board all the time, you can take any of the day excursions planned at any port of call or organize your own for a personal experience. You can enjoy snorkeling or hiking. Or if you prefer, stop off to see the Acropolis in Athens. The choice is yours. With all of this included, you would be forgiven for thinking this will burst your budget, but in fact, cheap cruises are easy to find .

Getting a Great Deal on a Cruise

If you are considering a cruise holiday, start looking at the deals that available. There are many great deals online or you can consult a travel agent. If you really want to take advantage of the best cruise deals, here are some tips to keeping you on budget while you relax.

- Before you ask for vacation time, have a look at what is available and when for the destination you would like to visit. Off-season prices are less expensive.

- Once a cruise is scheduled, it sails whether the rooms are fully booked or not. Inquire with your agent about likely capacity of certain ships. Liners that don't normally offer deals in advance may put some last-minute discounts on the market if their cabins are not full.

- Once you have chosen the cruise you want to take. Make sure you know what is included. Different companies carry different inclusions. Some agents and companies will offer an on board credit, take it if it is offered as you will use it.

- Set a daily budget either for each person and stick to it. Unless you are a whiz at black jack, don't plan on making any money on the ship. Save the on-board credits for the last day for a special treat.

- Find out what is on offer for the excursions in advance and make sure you plan for the ones you really want.

- Bring what you need instead of shopping on board. Rather spend your money on relaxing at the spa or enjoying one of the best meals you have ever experienced.

-Check the dress code of your cruise liner. Some are still considered quite formal and you may feel out-of-place in your sweat pants. Other liners offer a different sort of atmosphere with a relaxed, casual dress code.

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Bali is truly a paradise on Earth. Every time I go there I am sad when I leave. This is my favourite place in the world to go on holiday. Here are my recommendations for the best things to do during Bali holidays.

The best thing to do during a holiday in Bali is to hit up the beaches. The beaches in Bali are the best in the world. Kuta is a place that has wonderful beaches and a relaxed atmosphere. It is only fifteen minutes from the airport, so it makes a great first place to stop in Bali. There are lots of bars, restaurants and places to stay in Kuta, so I usually stay there for a couple of days.

For those who want to visit a beach in Bali that is a little safer for swimming, Jimbaran is a great beach to go to. It doesn’t have the high waves that are present at most of the beaches in Bali. This means that it is nice to take a float and relax on the water. Also, Jimbaran has a number of fantastic fried seafood restaurants, which is what it is most famous for.

Outside of the beaches, my favourite thing to do in Bali is to explore the jungle areas. The best place to do this is the Ubud area. Ubud is home to the famous Monkey Forest, which hosts in its heart one of Bali’s most sacred temples. The temple is surrounded by the most beautiful forest you will see anywhere in the world. Money Forest lives up to its name, because it is full of curious and friendly monkeys. You can actually get them to come up and eat fruit right out of your hand. Be careful when you are eating outside in the forest, because the monkeys are quite bold. They will try to steal food right off of your table if you are not careful.

Another spot tourists should add to their Bali holiday packages is a stop at Batur Lake. This area is also home to some of the most famous temples in Bali. There are a number of temples here that attract pilgrims from all over Indonesia. They are always a number of prayers pinned up on the temple walls, and it makes for a very picturesque scene.

Those traveling to Bali need to be aware of a few things. First, almost every traveller will need to get a visa to enter Bali. This can be purchased for around 25 USD after exiting the plane upon arrival in Bali. Also, visitors need to be aware of the chance of crime in Bali. Most areas are very safe, but do not get into taxis that are not officially licensed.

Finally, cheap Bali holidays are very easy to put together. Everything is very cheap in Bali, so it is possible to live like a king there for 20 USD a day. Just be sure to have an open mind and enjoy yourself, and you will have the trip of a lifetime.

Things to Do on Holiday in Bali

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Bali is truly a paradise on Earth. Every time I go there I am sad when I leave. This is my favourite place in the world to go on holiday. Here are my recommendations for the best things to do during Bali holidays.

The best thing to do during a holiday in Bali is to hit up the beaches. The beaches in Bali are the best in the world. Kuta is a place that has wonderful beaches and a relaxed atmosphere. It is only fifteen minutes from the airport, so it makes a great first place to stop in Bali. There are lots of bars, restaurants and places to stay in Kuta, so I usually stay there for a couple of days.

For those who want to visit a beach in Bali that is a little safer for swimming, Jimbaran is a great beach to go to. It doesn’t have the high waves that are present at most of the beaches in Bali. This means that it is nice to take a float and relax on the water. Also, Jimbaran has a number of fantastic fried seafood restaurants, which is what it is most famous for.

Outside of the beaches, my favourite thing to do in Bali is to explore the jungle areas. The best place to do this is the Ubud area. Ubud is home to the famous Monkey Forest, which hosts in its heart one of Bali’s most sacred temples. The temple is surrounded by the most beautiful forest you will see anywhere in the world. Money Forest lives up to its name, because it is full of curious and friendly monkeys. You can actually get them to come up and eat fruit right out of your hand. Be careful when you are eating outside in the forest, because the monkeys are quite bold. They will try to steal food right off of your table if you are not careful.

Another spot tourists should add to their Bali holiday packages is a stop at Batur Lake. This area is also home to some of the most famous temples in Bali. There are a number of temples here that attract pilgrims from all over Indonesia. They are always a number of prayers pinned up on the temple walls, and it makes for a very picturesque scene.

Those traveling to Bali need to be aware of a few things. First, almost every traveller will need to get a visa to enter Bali. This can be purchased for around 25 USD after exiting the plane upon arrival in Bali. Also, visitors need to be aware of the chance of crime in Bali. Most areas are very safe, but do not get into taxis that are not officially licensed.

Finally, cheap Bali holidays are very easy to put together. Everything is very cheap in Bali, so it is possible to live like a king there for 20 USD a day. Just be sure to have an open mind and enjoy yourself, and you will have the trip of a lifetime.

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Visiting New York City poses a challenge of how to make the most of your trip.  There are endless amounts of places to see and experience, the options are dizzying. You could spend days and even weeks in the city without covering all that New York City has to offer.  There are lots of reasons why New York City gets over forty million tourist each year. New York City is atop the 10 most visited cities in the United States.

In order to make the most of your New York City visit, do some advance planning so that you will not feel completely overwhelmed when you land in the City.  Start by finding a place to stay.  As with everything in Manhattan the choices are endless.  Make reservations ahead of time though, to avoid overpaying. There are so many great hotels throughout New York City.  However, they do come with a price tag.  If you are looking for an upscale hotel to stay at, you will have to plan on paying a pretty penny.  Your other options include staying at a location just outside the city, such as in SecaucusNJ hotels.  Hotels that are just outside of the city will be substantially less, yet they offer elegant and upscale suites and are still convenient enough to get to and from the city.

Next, plan your daily itinerary.  While you could still make some changes on the spur of the moment, there are many attractions that you will be better of with advance reservations. Seeing one of New York’s Broadway shows is a must!  Purchasing tickets in advance is recommended.  That way you will get the seats you want at the show that you really want to see.  As a side note, opting to see a matinee show during the week will be a whole lot cheaper than seeing a night show over the weekend. You may prefer going to a matinee show, as you can get a fantastic seat at much lower cost. Also it’s a good idea to purchase a City Pass.  A City Pass groups together a couple of highly popular attractions and offers it to you at a more discounted price.  By purchasing a City Pass you will also avoid long waiting time. A lot of the attractions that they group together are places you don’t want to miss.  For instance, no trip to New York City would be complete without seeing the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State building.  These attractions are discounted when you purchase the City Pass.  Also include is a significantly discounted Circle line cruise.  The circle line cruise offers a regularly scheduled 2‑Hour Semi-Circle Cruise, 2-Hour Harbor Lights Cruise, 75-min. Liberty Cruise or The Beast Speedboat Ride which are all really enjoyable and terrific fun and a great way to see fantastic views of the city.

Lastly, make sure to take advantage of all the great dining options.  Every section of the city offers so many different choices.  In order to experience the real NYC culture, try some of the different ethnic foods and restaurants throughout the city.  Walk the streets of New York and get a taste of the cities diversity.  Of course, you will want to do some shopping as well and boy does the city have a lot to offer in that department.  Upscale boutiques and department stores are plentiful as well as discounted shopping too.  There is so much to see and do in the city, that you can’t go wrong.  Take some time to plan out your trip in order to make the most of it and then most importantly, enjoy!

Keith Brown is a travel advisor for Meadowlands NJ Hotels.  He has traveled across the globe over the years and uses his expertise to advice people of all the great places to visit in NYC and across the world. In addition, he has written many travel related articled offering tips and advice for worldwide travel.

Visiting NYC, Make the Most of it!

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Visiting New York City poses a challenge of how to make the most of your trip.  There are endless amounts of places to see and experience, the options are dizzying. You could spend days and even weeks in the city without covering all that New York City has to offer.  There are lots of reasons why New York City gets over forty million tourist each year. New York City is atop the 10 most visited cities in the United States.

In order to make the most of your New York City visit, do some advance planning so that you will not feel completely overwhelmed when you land in the City.  Start by finding a place to stay.  As with everything in Manhattan the choices are endless.  Make reservations ahead of time though, to avoid overpaying. There are so many great hotels throughout New York City.  However, they do come with a price tag.  If you are looking for an upscale hotel to stay at, you will have to plan on paying a pretty penny.  Your other options include staying at a location just outside the city, such as in SecaucusNJ hotels.  Hotels that are just outside of the city will be substantially less, yet they offer elegant and upscale suites and are still convenient enough to get to and from the city.

Next, plan your daily itinerary.  While you could still make some changes on the spur of the moment, there are many attractions that you will be better of with advance reservations. Seeing one of New York’s Broadway shows is a must!  Purchasing tickets in advance is recommended.  That way you will get the seats you want at the show that you really want to see.  As a side note, opting to see a matinee show during the week will be a whole lot cheaper than seeing a night show over the weekend. You may prefer going to a matinee show, as you can get a fantastic seat at much lower cost. Also it’s a good idea to purchase a City Pass.  A City Pass groups together a couple of highly popular attractions and offers it to you at a more discounted price.  By purchasing a City Pass you will also avoid long waiting time. A lot of the attractions that they group together are places you don’t want to miss.  For instance, no trip to New York City would be complete without seeing the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State building.  These attractions are discounted when you purchase the City Pass.  Also include is a significantly discounted Circle line cruise.  The circle line cruise offers a regularly scheduled 2‑Hour Semi-Circle Cruise, 2-Hour Harbor Lights Cruise, 75-min. Liberty Cruise or The Beast Speedboat Ride which are all really enjoyable and terrific fun and a great way to see fantastic views of the city.

Lastly, make sure to take advantage of all the great dining options.  Every section of the city offers so many different choices.  In order to experience the real NYC culture, try some of the different ethnic foods and restaurants throughout the city.  Walk the streets of New York and get a taste of the cities diversity.  Of course, you will want to do some shopping as well and boy does the city have a lot to offer in that department.  Upscale boutiques and department stores are plentiful as well as discounted shopping too.  There is so much to see and do in the city, that you can’t go wrong.  Take some time to plan out your trip in order to make the most of it and then most importantly, enjoy!

Keith Brown is a travel advisor for Meadowlands NJ Hotels.  He has traveled across the globe over the years and uses his expertise to advice people of all the great places to visit in NYC and across the world. In addition, he has written many travel related articled offering tips and advice for worldwide travel.

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Staying in a beautiful hotel room does not need to be expensive. There are many amazing hotels that will set you back less than $100 per night! Whether you’re looking to get back to nature, enjoy the night-life of a bustling city, or experience a more exotic destination, the hotel you’re looking for is right here.

Stratosphere Hotel & Casino:

Hotels in Las Vegas are known for providing great value, but this one is hands-down the best we’ve heard about. The Stratosphere's 1,149-foot Tower is a well-known feature of the Las Vegas skyline, and is actually the tallest free-standing observation deck in the United States. Inside you’ll find a nightclub, a revolving restaurant with stunning 360-degree views of Las Vegas, and Sky Jump Las Vegas, where you can experience bungee jumping! The hotel has a state-of the art casino, two swimming pools, live entertainment, several bars and restaurants, shops, and a luxurious spa. Rooms start at $29.99 with unlimited access to the Tower, but you can upgrade to a room with a view of the Las Vegas strip for a whopping $41.25 per night!

Graycote Inn

For a relaxing retreat on the Eastern seaboard, this old country inn should probably cost a lot more. Located in Bar Harbor, Maine, you’ll be within walking distance of the picturesque New England seaport, where you can watch the fishing boats or book a whale watching tour. Local restaurants will feature the freshest seafood – the daily catch! And nature lovers will love exploring the Acadia National Park, which is only a five-minute drive away. The Inn is eco-friendly, employing composting, recycling, and water conservation practices. Each room is different, so yours may include a canopy bed, fireplace, balcony, or private sunroom. Graycote Inn even provides free WiFi and daily breakfast, which features organic coffee and local produce. Rooms start at only $85 per night!

Sawtooth Hotel

Get back to nature and book your stay at this historic, country log cabin in Stanley, Idaho. The picture-perfect Sawtooth Mountains create a breathtaking backdrop for this unusual hotel, which was established in 1931. So rugged was the climate, and so remote was its location, that it operated solely during the summer months until 1964. Today, you can book a room in this unique hotel and enjoy the great outdoors year-round. During the summertime, check out one of the local music festivals, or enjoy whitewater rafting, hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, fishing, or relaxing in the local hot springs. During the winter months, you can participate in Nordic or backcountry skiing, snowmobiling, ice-skating, or simply enjoy the warmth of Sawtooth Hotel’s crackling fireplace. Private rooms with heated floors and mountain views are only $95 per night.

Estalgem da Ponta do Soi

Planning a trip to Europe? Check out this budget-friendly hotel in Portugal. Built on top of a cliff overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and the fishing village of Ponta Do Sol, this hotel is said to be situated on the sunniest spot on the island of Madeira. The property is actually a completely renovated farmhouse. Your room, tastefully decorated with traditional blue tiles, local reclaimed wood and stone work, comes with access to the hotel's infinity pool overlooking the ocean, gym, spa, and sauna. It's hard to believe that rooms at Estalgem da Ponta do Soi start at only $71 per night.

Dream Hotel

Did you ever think you could stay at a five-star hotel for less than $100 per night? We didn’t think so either, until we heard about Dream Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand. Centrally located near many popular tourist attractions, a variety of shopping venues, restaurants, and nightlife, this hotel will wrap you in luxury while you enjoy the exotic “Land of Smiles.” Rooms feature 42” plasma TVs with DVD player, high-speed internet, a personal iPod Nano to use during your stay, a fully stocked mini-bar including Veuve-Clicquot Ponsardin Champagne, Egyptian cotton sheets, and allergen-free duvet covers. The hotel also offers a lavish rooftop swimming pool, gym, spa, valet parking, and butler service. Imagine having a butler at your service for only $75 per night!

Once you find the hotel of your dreams, you probably won’t want to come home! Extend your trip by securing an easy payday loan. We’ll have the funds in your bank account the following business day, enabling you to enjoy your vacation just a few days longer.

Author Thomas Hathaway is a financial consultant and content contributor to a payday loans site providing information and advances when you may need money before your regular paycheck arrives.

Five Amazing Hotels for Under $100

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Staying in a beautiful hotel room does not need to be expensive. There are many amazing hotels that will set you back less than $100 per night! Whether you’re looking to get back to nature, enjoy the night-life of a bustling city, or experience a more exotic destination, the hotel you’re looking for is right here.

Stratosphere Hotel & Casino:

Hotels in Las Vegas are known for providing great value, but this one is hands-down the best we’ve heard about. The Stratosphere's 1,149-foot Tower is a well-known feature of the Las Vegas skyline, and is actually the tallest free-standing observation deck in the United States. Inside you’ll find a nightclub, a revolving restaurant with stunning 360-degree views of Las Vegas, and Sky Jump Las Vegas, where you can experience bungee jumping! The hotel has a state-of the art casino, two swimming pools, live entertainment, several bars and restaurants, shops, and a luxurious spa. Rooms start at $29.99 with unlimited access to the Tower, but you can upgrade to a room with a view of the Las Vegas strip for a whopping $41.25 per night!

Graycote Inn

For a relaxing retreat on the Eastern seaboard, this old country inn should probably cost a lot more. Located in Bar Harbor, Maine, you’ll be within walking distance of the picturesque New England seaport, where you can watch the fishing boats or book a whale watching tour. Local restaurants will feature the freshest seafood – the daily catch! And nature lovers will love exploring the Acadia National Park, which is only a five-minute drive away. The Inn is eco-friendly, employing composting, recycling, and water conservation practices. Each room is different, so yours may include a canopy bed, fireplace, balcony, or private sunroom. Graycote Inn even provides free WiFi and daily breakfast, which features organic coffee and local produce. Rooms start at only $85 per night!

Sawtooth Hotel

Get back to nature and book your stay at this historic, country log cabin in Stanley, Idaho. The picture-perfect Sawtooth Mountains create a breathtaking backdrop for this unusual hotel, which was established in 1931. So rugged was the climate, and so remote was its location, that it operated solely during the summer months until 1964. Today, you can book a room in this unique hotel and enjoy the great outdoors year-round. During the summertime, check out one of the local music festivals, or enjoy whitewater rafting, hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, fishing, or relaxing in the local hot springs. During the winter months, you can participate in Nordic or backcountry skiing, snowmobiling, ice-skating, or simply enjoy the warmth of Sawtooth Hotel’s crackling fireplace. Private rooms with heated floors and mountain views are only $95 per night.

Estalgem da Ponta do Soi

Planning a trip to Europe? Check out this budget-friendly hotel in Portugal. Built on top of a cliff overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and the fishing village of Ponta Do Sol, this hotel is said to be situated on the sunniest spot on the island of Madeira. The property is actually a completely renovated farmhouse. Your room, tastefully decorated with traditional blue tiles, local reclaimed wood and stone work, comes with access to the hotel's infinity pool overlooking the ocean, gym, spa, and sauna. It's hard to believe that rooms at Estalgem da Ponta do Soi start at only $71 per night.

Dream Hotel

Did you ever think you could stay at a five-star hotel for less than $100 per night? We didn’t think so either, until we heard about Dream Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand. Centrally located near many popular tourist attractions, a variety of shopping venues, restaurants, and nightlife, this hotel will wrap you in luxury while you enjoy the exotic “Land of Smiles.” Rooms feature 42” plasma TVs with DVD player, high-speed internet, a personal iPod Nano to use during your stay, a fully stocked mini-bar including Veuve-Clicquot Ponsardin Champagne, Egyptian cotton sheets, and allergen-free duvet covers. The hotel also offers a lavish rooftop swimming pool, gym, spa, valet parking, and butler service. Imagine having a butler at your service for only $75 per night!

Once you find the hotel of your dreams, you probably won’t want to come home! Extend your trip by securing an easy payday loan. We’ll have the funds in your bank account the following business day, enabling you to enjoy your vacation just a few days longer.

Author Thomas Hathaway is a financial consultant and content contributor to a payday loans site providing information and advances when you may need money before your regular paycheck arrives.

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