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Useful tips for traveling with kids

Useful tips for traveling with kids

Useful tips for traveling with kids

1. Take a stroller

Remember that you will be walking alot on your travels and unless your child is a strong walker, you should consider bringing a lightweight umbrella stroller.

2. Snacks & entertainment on flights

Be prepared to battle hunger, thirst and boredom on long flights. Once you get through security, Pack in some extra dry snacks and liquids, plus some small new toys and activities that your child will love. Take extra pairs of underwear, wipes and a spare set of clothes for you and your child and Remember to Charge up the iPad with new shows and games.

3. Choose when to fly 

day flight – if your child is easily entertained on planes and a terrible sleeper, plan your flights to arrive at your destination and then go straight to bed.

night flight – If you have a child who has no problems sleeping on a plane and who is not easily entertained, then a night flight is better for you.

4. Allocate down time

Try returning to the hotel or apartment after lunch for a rest before heading out for an early dinner.

5. Stay longer in less locations

Try not to see-and-do everything possible in a short period of time and rather focus more time on less locations.

6. Find fun for everyone

Plan activities that give everyone a chance to enjoy themselves.

Travel Tips for Booking a Cheap Orlando Vacation

Travel Tips for Booking a Cheap Orlando Vacation

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Orlando, Florida is a vacationer’s paradise. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to have children to enjoy the theme parks and attractions in Orlando, which include Disney World, Universal Studios, Epcot, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and the Disney’s Movie Studios.

One of the challenges that many people face is finding a cheap Orlando vacation. After all, airfare, hotel accommodations, meals, and theme park entrance fees can take a big bite out of your pocketbook. Here are some tips on booking an Orlando vacation at a bargain price.

 

1. Search with Traviway.com

Although some people are intent upon purchasing airfare, hotel accommodations, the truth is that you could get a much better deal if you search for the best offers. Traviway.com searches hundreds of travel websites to get the best rates and can pass those savings on to you. Although you may suspect that some deals are too good to be true, once you check out the reputation of the sellers, you are likely to find that the offers are legitimate.

 

2. Be flexible in your travel dates

The more flexible you are in your travel dates, the more likely you are to find a cheap Orlando vacation. If you’re insistent upon traveling during peak periods, you’re going to pay premium prices. If, on the other hand, you are able to travel in the non-peak season, you’ll find a plethora of bargains from which to choose.

 

3. Look for the extras in accommodations

Travel deals vary widely in the types and length of accommodations offered, as well as the tickets that are included. It pays to do your research and find the deals that offers you the biggest bang for your bucks. You may, for example, find a cheap Orlando vacation for only $249 per person, double occupancy. It could include such features as four nights of hotel accommodations near the Disney Main Gate plus two nights of hotel accommodations in Cocoa Beach, Florida.

 

4. Look for the extras in tickets

Some Orlando vacation deals offer an amazing array of tickets and passes, so be sure to find the one that best suits your interests and needs. For example, you may find a deals that’s discounted 65% from what you’d normally pay, and that still includes two one-day passes to Disney or Universal, two Kennedy Space Center tickets, Sterling Casino Day Cruise tickets, dinner theater tickets, and so forth.

5. Consider a timeshare

If you love all that Orlando has to offer, consider purchasing a timeshare in the area. A timeshare provides you with access to all of Orlando’s attractions while giving you a place to call “home.” As those who own timeshares can attest, it’s a great feeling to know that you have a place to stay while you’re in Orlando – particularly if that place is a resort. For those who are looking for a cheap Orlando deals and who don’t own a timeshare, there are resort companies that offer incredibly cheap Orlando vacations in exchange for listening to a sales presentation. You really can’t beat the prices when all you have to do in return is give up an hour or two of your time.

Don’t let cost keep you from visiting one of the most magical places in the United States. Find a cheap Orlando deals with traviway.com and enjoy all that the Sunshine State has to offer!

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How to Avoid Jet Lag

How to Avoid Jet Lag

Symptoms of jet lag include fatigue and general tiredness, inability to sleep at night, loss of concentration, headaches, malaise, and disorientation. It is caused by the disruption of biological rhythms as a result of rapid transitions across multiple time-zones. Such desynchronization of circadian rhythms also affects employees who transfer to night shifts.

Preflight preparation is one of the most important aspects of combating jet lag. Before leaving, be sure you have all your affairs, personal and professional, in order. Avoid late farewell parties, so that you are not tired or hungover from a function the night before. Participate in regular exercise in the days prior to departure and if possible try to avoid exposure to people with flu or colds. Get a full night of sleep just prior to departure.

There is evidence that jet lag is less acute on eastward rather than westward flights, as it is easier to force oneself to stay up later than normal than it is to fall asleep earlier than normal. Daytime flights cause less jet lag than overnight flights, which is why the latter are called “red-eye” flights. Due to cramped seating and ambient noise, don’t expect to get a good night’s rest on one of these flights.

Drink plenty of non-alcoholic fluids, since the dry air in airplanes causes dehydration. Water is better than coffee, tea and fruit juices. Alcoholic drinks are a poor choice for combating dehydration and demonstrate a markedly greater intoxicating effect when consumed in the rarefied atmosphere of an airliner compared to ground level.

A blindfold, neck rest or blow-up pillow, and earplugs can help you get quality sleep while flying. If there are some spare seats on the flight, lay across them, since it is easier to fall asleep laying flat than sitting propped up.

Get up and exercise frequently. Walking up and down the aisle, standing for short periods, and doing twisting and stretching exercises in your seat reduce discomfort from swollen legs and feet and prevent potentially deadly Deep Vein Thrombosis. On long flights, get off the plane if possible at stopovers, and take a short walk around the airport. As far back as 1988, the Lancet report estimated “that over three years at Heathrow Airport, 18% of the 61 sudden deaths in long-distance passengers were caused by clots in the lungs.” These clots originate in leg veins where blood pools and coagulates due to passenger immobility.

There are many products purported to prevent or cure jet lag. One of them is melatonin, a hormone produced naturally by the body to produce sleepiness. Another product, No-Jet-Lag, has been proven effective in a scientific trial of round-the-world passengers and confirmed by long haul flight attendants in a test conducted in cooperation with their union. Since it is a homeopathic preparation using extremely low dosages, No-Jet-Lag has no side effects and is compatible with other medications.

If you plan to use melatonin, it is important to take it at the right time or it may make matters worse. When traveling east, on the day of the flight, take one dose of melatonin between 6 and 7 p.m. your time. On the day of arrival and for the next four days, take a dose of melatonin at bedtime (between 9 and 10 p.m.) local time of your new location. If you are on a stopover and will be traveling further east, take one dose of melatonin on the day before flying onward, again between 6 and 7 p.m. local time, instead of at bedtime). On the day of arrival at the final destination, take one dose of melatonin at bedtime (local time) and for the next four days.

For westward travel, melatonin will not help if you are going less than five time zones to the west. For distant westward travel, on the day of arrival, take one dose of melatonin at local time bedtime and continue to do so for the next four days. If you wake up before 4 a.m., take a little more melatonin (half a dose) to get a complete night’s sleep. Dissolve this dose under the tongue, if possible, so it will be more fast-acting.

Sleeping pills are not advisable, especially on the plane. They produce a drugged state which has little in common with natural sleep and suppresses natural body movement, not desirable in a cramped environment where the risk of DVTs is already high. Many over-the-counter sleeping pills are anti-histamines which tend to dehydrate the mucous membranes, creating a parched, sore throat when combined with the already dehydrating atmosphere inside the airplane.

Hopefully, these tips will help you arrive at your destination awake and energetic.

What Makes a Hotel Boutique?

What Makes a Hotel Boutique?

There are lots of companies that claim to specialize in boutique hotels. For many, a boutique hotel is simply one that’s not part of a national or international chain and that distinguishes itself by its design, location or additional features. Many hotels aspire to be a boutique hotel without actually achieving it. Overall, there are four main elements to the true boutique hotel:

 

Size

Large hotels can be cool, trendy and chic, but they can’t be boutique. Just as the word is used to describe small, design-led specialist shops, so it applies to hotels. Hotels that apply the term “boutique” to themselves or have it ascribed to them are usually small – certainly less than 50 rooms and in some cases with only one or two. Their size contributes to the atmosphere and service that characterizes a hotel with a difference. Whilst size might count in terms of the number of rooms, it doesn’t follow that those rooms must also be small. In fact, a hotel than could easily accommodate 20 rooms might choose instead to create just ten, but make them spacious and luxurious, catering to the boutique market.

 

Design

When the first boutique hotel was opened in New York in 1984, by hotel entrepreneurs Ian Schrager and Steve Rubell, it was praised for its original design and quirky nature. Designed for those who really wanted to participate in their travel rather than passively take it all in, Morgans, and those that followed it challenged the way we thought about hotels. Although Schrager would not now describe his hotels as a boutique, the name has been applied to those hotels who followed in his footsteps as far as design is concerned. From clean and contemporary to themed rooms and classic elegance, a boutique hotel must have a clear design theme and attention to detail.

 

Service

The hallmark of an excellent boutique hotel is its service. Whether the hotel chooses to assign a personal butler to each guest, or just hires and trains staff to anticipate your every need, the service at a boutique hotel is really what it should be at any hotel: ensuring that your stay goes without a hitch, that you can get transport, opera tickets or excellent meals when you want them and making you feel at home rather than feeling like you’re a nuisance.

Boutique hotels are scattered all over the world, from 24-hour cities like New York, London, and Rio De Janeiro to island havens in the Indian or Pacific Oceans. What often sets them apart are the buildings that contain them. From former plantation houses to old textile mills, towers and palazzos, the type of building often form the basis of the design and it is the blend of architecture, design, and service that turns what could be just another hotel into a boutique one.

The Luxuries of First Class Travel

The Luxuries of First Class Travel

The cost of first-class travel is more than the other classes available. It is because of the environment in which you travel and the facilities that are available for you to experience.

First-class travel is on a very comfortable seat that can be termed as the ‘Bed in the sky’. Yes, it is true! It is possible to recline that seat on all angles to give you the comfort needed while you sleep. The headrest can be tilted to various positions to suit your posture. You get more space and legroom while you travel in first class. A vertical partition is also available that gives you the privacy needed during your travel.

Sockets to attach your laptop and telephones with satellite connection are available to communicate with anybody you wish. Video monitors and video players with multiple channel options are available for first-class travelers.

Most of the international airlines provide these facilities for first-class travelers. The food that is served is also prepared by reputed chefs and is of international quality. Some airlines provide even pre-dining facilities so that you can have your dinner even before you board the flight so that you have a lot of time to sleep in the flight. This facility is available in the night flights.

Some of the airlines provide online check-in facility for first-class travel so that you can check in before you arrive at the airport. This avoids the need to stand in the queue to check-in. It saves a lot of time for you. First-class passengers are allowed to take more luggage. As a first-class passenger, you have a separate lounge which can be used before you board your flight and while you are waiting for your flight. Facilities to have a luxurious bath and have delicious cuisines are also available for the first-class passenger. Some lounges have even libraries to pass your time by reading through some latest books. For those who would like to have a drink, there are bars and some lounges even have massage parlors. Some of the bars also have wireless internet access so that you can browse or check your emails while you are at the bar.

To get more information on the facilities that are offered do check the website of the airlines. Why don’t you try this out at least once in your life?

Top 10 Tips for Visiting Egypt

Top 10 Tips for Visiting Egypt

1. Consider your dress

Egypt is a largely Muslim country and with this in mind, men and women should consider what they wear. You certainly do not have to be over the top, lets face it, it’s a hot climate. But you should avoid shorts and short sleeved shirts. Women may also want to consider taking a head scarf too, not for general use, but just in case they visit particularly important temples etc.

 

2. Pens

Offer a child an Egyptian pound or a pen and they will take the pen every time. Pens for children are like gold-dust. So if you want to give the kids a treat, pack a box of cheap pens and give them out whenever you get the chance. Do note though, that you need to do this not too openly as if you don’t you may have a very good natured riot on your hands as kids will appear out of nowhere when you start handing them out.

 

3. Toilet paper

Toilet paper is often at a premium at historical sites and so it’s a really good idea to take a roll out of your hotel and take it in your back whenever you are out for the day. It should also be noted here that toilets at many historical sites are not of a “western standard” so arranging toilet visits in hotels, restaurant stops etc is not a bad idea.

 

4. Water

Like with any other hot climates, you should look to take plenty of water with you on your days out and make sure it’s sealed of course.

 

5. Avoid ice / salads etc

This related partly to number 4. People generally know not to drink non bottled water (to avoid possible upset stomachs), but often they over look that ice is frozen water and that salads have often been washed in water. Keep these things in mind when ordering food and drinks.

 

6. Take small notes

If you are going to tip, it’s a good idea and it avoids embarrassment to change up some bigger notes for a number of 1 LE (Egyptian Pound) notes

 

7. Be strong

This applies to people begging. Egypt is a relatively financially poor country and with that comes the fact that people (children and adults) will beg. This is obviously a very personal issue, but obviously it’s possible to personally sort out all of Egypts financial problems. So feel free to help out where you can and when you feel comfortable, but realise, it’s just not possible to give to everyone who asks.

 

8. When in rome

This again partly relates to tip 1. You are ultimately vacationing in a more reserved country and therefore you need to just think about things like public shows of affection. Obviously we want you to have a good time, just be respectful to a different culture and you’ll be just fine.

 

9. Haggle

As a tourist, when you buy almost anything, anywhere, the price will be marked up. You therefore HAVE to bargain your socks off. We generally suggest offering a maximum of 1/3 to 1/2 of the asking price and work up. If you can do it, you are even better to not offer a price at all, but just keep saying no and let them lower the price. The best tip is to just keep saying no until the person selling stops and lets you walk. At that point, you just won’t get a better price and then you have the option to go back and say – OK, I’ll take it at that price!

 

10. Baksheesh

If you do not know what this is, by the end of your holidays you will! Baksheesh is a tip in Egypt for just about anything. From carrying your bags at the airport to offering to have a picture with you or showing around a tomb. So just be aware. If you chose to pay (it’s completely optional) pay with the smallest bills / nots possible (1 LE will be just fine).

Five Tips for Low-Cost Vacations

Five Tips for Low-Cost Vacations

1. Fly from further afield

This may sound silly, but by widening your choice of departure airport, you could save a lot of money. The larger airports carry more flights and that allows airlines to keep prices low. By flying from a bigger airport you could save a lot of money on your flights.

 

2. Travel out of season

If you’re not bound by school holidays, take the opportunity to travel out of season and fly during the week rather than at weekends. Flights are often cheaper during these times in order to encourage travel, so think about leaving on a Thursday rather than a Friday and see what a difference it could make to the price.

 

3. Register for updates

Cheap discount vacation travel companies often operate newsletters or email updates to let you know about special offers and last minute deals. Registering for these communications gives you advance information about discount travel, allowing you to take advantage of offers that suit you.

 

4. Find hotel reviews

Cheap holiday hotels aren’t always good. It’s best to get as much information as you can from the travel company and to go online to look for reviews. This is a great way to find out if you’re booking a great little budget hotel or a place that could spoil your holiday.

 

5. Book online

You can often get discounts on flights, hotels, car hire and vacation packages if you book online. Make sure that the site you’re booking with has a secure payment system and that you print off your confirmation so that you can call the company with any queries or problems. Use reputable discount holiday travel sites and you could get your holiday for a much cheaper price than on the high street.

It is possible to get great cheap discount vacation with a little bit of research and a flexible approach to travel times.

Tired of the Same Old Hotels?

Tired of the Same Old Hotels?

Make note of any interesting hotels you come across while surfing the Web or watching TV. When traveling pick up any brochures of unique accommodations you find. Many times a hotel lobby will be filled with these little brochures all arranged in a nice little display rack.

Consider staying at a Bed and Breakfast. B & Bs are becoming increasingly popular as each one provides a unique experience over any standard hotel chain. From quiet often charming rooms to great homemade food these are many times cheaper than regular hotels and motels.

If you are traveling abroad and seek a special kind of quiet try a convent or monastery for a truly unique experience. In many countries you can stay for far less than what a hotel would cost with some places only asking for a token offering. Just be prepared to give up some of the more traditional hotel amenities like TV for the peace and quiet.

If plan on traveling to one of the great parks in the United States check into staying at a nearby lodge or cabin. Many parks have on-site accommodations and of course you could always pitch a tent if you really wanted to rough it and save money.

When a friend of mine goes on vacations he looks for condos or homes for rent. This can be a great idea if you are traveling with your family as you get all the comforts of home and can save money buy cooking your own meals.

Many people will do a house swap with you as well but if you happen to live in a spot that might not be very popular with travelers it could be hard finding someone to swap with you.

Going to Europe and into backpacking? You might consider staying at a youth hostel during your continental travels. Many have a dormitory arrangement with shared baths and kitchens but they can be quite inexpensive and you get a great opportunity to meet some interesting people. Just be sure to use a little common sense if you plan on staying in a group environment.

These are just a few of the many options available to the traveler looking for a little more adventure. Keep your eyes and your mind open to new possibilities and you will be rewarded with rich memories for years to come.

Reasons Why You Should Visit Hawaii

Reasons Why You Should Visit Hawaii

Maui, Hawaii is one of the most traveled to and more popular islands. Accommodation is abundant on Maui, from bed and breakfasts to hotels and resorts, to vacation ownership, one could say that the island is indeed a fantastic place to stay. Some of the activities and attractions would include land adventures, sky adventures, water sports and play, and wellness and rejuvenation centers.

Outdoor adventures have to rank in the top things to do in Maui, Hawaii. There are tons of rainforests that people hike or take specially guided hiking tours through. Lounging on a secluded or public beach, just relaxing yourself in the sun and listening to the waves of the ocean would be an outdoor adventure, especially for anyone that works an inside type job. Probably one of the most interesting outdoor adventures to take there would be one of the many professionally guided tours through the volcanoes and mountains. A lot of people like to mountain bike through these regions because of the terrain, it helps keep their bodies in a more fit condition, allowing you exercise in one of the most grueling ways.

The island of Aloha offers a variety of things to do too. There are plenty of services that provide you with sailing trips around the island, or you can take a chance and go skiing on the slopes of the Mauna Kea Crater. Other popular activities on Aloha are snorkeling around all the coral reefs, hiking through the volcanic regions looking at all the ash scars, or just exploring the island in general.

One of the most popular activities among tourists is to take part in the traditional festivities of a Luau show. This is a show that is usually put on by Hawaiian natives which includes certain types of dancing in certain types of clothes or covers put together by the natives, and then a luau feast follows.

Hawaii is mostly known for its unique cultures, but over the years it has been gaining a more popular reputation for its hosting of Arts and Cultural events. Old World offers unique exhibits to look at and they occasionally take these exhibits around the world. They offer lots of cultural celebrations throughout the year, and one of the most popular is a Hula show. Another not to miss exhibit is the Monet which has been a permanent exhibit for years in Hawaii.

Among all the things to do in Hawaii, from going to one island to the next to see exhibits, their cultural diversity, exploring their regions and landmarks, or just to take a vacation and enjoy the sun, climate and sandy beaches, everyone would agree that it is one of the most sought after vacations to take. Family, friends, weddings and honeymoons, whatever the occasion may be, Hawaii offers some of the best features to treat you with a relaxing fun-filled environment.

Most people would think that having a pre-planned set of sights or things to do would be the best idea, but they often change their minds when they arrive there, due to the uncountable features that the islands have to offer. In any bet, a trip to the islands would be one of the most entertaining and unforgettable vacations any person would ever experience in their life.

Top 10 Romantic Vacation Destinations

Top 10 Romantic Vacation Destinations

No matter what anyone says, romance is not dead. More and more couples are choosing to take romantic weekends away in order to spend time together and keep their relationships healthy. Who can blame them when varied working hours and commitments prevent them from spending quality time together at home? There are many romantic locations around the world but very few have the complete package.

If you are looking for that perfect romantic weekend for two, look no further than the top ten romantic weekends away below!

1. Sorrento

Located on the Bay of Naples, Sorrento is a haven for couples that want to inject a bit of romance back into their lives. It is a popular location for couples choosing to get married abroad, which exemplifies the loving atmosphere of the city. There are quaint restaurants, guided tours and architectural gems to visit. Bellevue Syrene Hotel Sorrento has excellent facilities and unbridled luxury for couples wanting a special weekend away together.

2. Hawaii

Hawaii is an extremely beautiful state of America, with plenty to see and do. The culture is different, lifestyle is extremely relaxed, and most tourists are drawn into this lazy atmosphere. The fantastic little eateries combined traditional Hawaiian food with modern delights – perfect for a romantic dinner for two! The Maui Seaside Hotel is just one of the great places you can stay, and the restaurant in that hotel is a delight for the senses!

3. Monaco

Unlike other romantic weekend breaks, the romantic air around Monaco is concentrated on glamour and money. The air of opulence inspires romance due to activities such as boat trips in the harbour, shopping in exclusive boutiques and sunbathing on beautiful beaches. The hotels mirror the wealth of the country too. Columbus Hotel Monaco is just one of them that provide top quality facilities that allow you to live in the lap of luxury for the weekend.

4. Venice

There is nothing like taking a gondola on the canals of Venice to inject romance and passion into a relationship. Venice is a beautiful city that offers excellent facilities to shop and sightsee. There are also many cafes and restaurants that provide excellent food and romantic candlelit meals for two. It is a popular destination with couples for that reason. The San Clemente Palace specializes in romantic weekends with great hospitality and luxurious suites for couples.

5. Paris

Paris is the capital of romance largely as a result of the French attitude to love. For example, the Four Seasons Hotel George V offers luxury suites designed for romancing your partner and will book tours and restaurants for couples wanting the best out of their romantic weekend. The whole city has an air of romance that is very rare and is a favourite resort for lovers as a result. A couple can eat in the best restaurants, takes boat trips on the Seine, visit museums and take strolls through the city. There is plenty to do, but every activity only seems to be worthwhile if you share it with a loved one.

6. Madrid

As a city dominated by the Renaissance, Madrid is extremely romantic. There are gorgeous old buildings with breathtaking architecture to feast your eyes on and explore. It is also a centre for the arts, especially the opera and poetry, which is enough to ignite anyone’s passions. The Vincci Soho Hotel is just one of the many hotels you can choose from, most of which actually offer high quality service whilst respecting your privacy.

7. Malta

Malta is an extremely old country with much of its original architecture intact. It has a host of markets, parades and eating places to help you sample the culture. The natural beauty of the country combined with its rural, friendly nature gives love a chance to blossom without distractions. The Corinthia Marina Hotel in St George’s Bay has a view of the sea and exhibits that beauty perfectly.

8. Killarney

Killarney in Ireland may not sound romantic but is the perfect setting for a romantic weekend for two. It is labelled the most beautiful region in Ireland because it offers spectacular natural scenery that should be enjoyed with a loved one. It is a quaint area, unlike the bustling city of Dublin, that allows you to focus your attentions on the one you are with when you visit. A stay at the Victoria House Hotel will you give you the best of both worlds – nature on one side and the city on the other.

9. Marseille

Located in the South of France, Marseille effectively combines the old with the new generation societies. There are beaches, tours of the city and excellent little cafes to sample. The city is a haven for romance because the lifestyle is unhurried and the relaxing atmosphere gives you time to bask in the attentions of your partner. Hotels offering apartments rather than rooms, like the Citadines Prado Castelanne Apart Hotel, also give you the privacy you need to enjoy the break.

10. Florence

As far as culture is concerned, Florence has it all. The architecture, art and opera all serve to heighten your passionate stay. Little cafes litter the streets and provide good food for any couple to enjoy, and the specialist shops serve to make the city appear exclusive to its visitors. The President Hotel, for example, can also give you that impression. It is luxurious, which is just what you need when going on a romantic weekend for two!

Any of the places listed above can help to inject a little romance into your life. They all allow you to relax and rediscover what is really important. So can you really afford to miss out on a perfect romantic weekend for two?