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Tips for traveling to Mexico

Feb 27, 15 Tips for traveling to Mexico

When you are organizing your summer holiday, there are a few things you should handle to make sure nothing will ruin your fun. Sometimes, even though your destination is magnificent, certain details can make your stay unpleasant and leave you a bitter taste at the end of your holiday. This becomes even more important when you are traveling to a tropical destination such as Playa del Carmen and you want everything to be just perfect. To this extent, the first thing you should handle before going away on your trip is the transfer Cancun playa del Carmen. You might think that there will be busses at the airport, but chances are they will very crowded or that you will have to wait a lot of time for them.

 

If you hire your own shuttle to pick you and your friends up, you will start your holiday perfectly. A car with a professional driver will await you at the airport and will take you directly to your hotel. No more waiting in buss stations or crossing half the village with your luggage after you. The same shuttle will pick you up from your hotel once your holiday is finished and take you to the airport comfortably. You will not need to worry about losing your flight, as transfer services are very punctual and the driver will always be at your hotel at the hour you have requested. Another thing you should do before going on holiday is looking for local trips you can take while you are there and things you must see. Nothing can be more frustrating that coming home from a place and realizing that there was something very cool you could have visited and you did not know about it. Do your research about the area you are about to visit and see what can be visited in that area.

 

Last but not least, you should find someone to take care of your home if you are planning to stay a longer time away. Nothing can be more stressful than knowing all your house plants will dry out during your absence and you will find your home covered in dust and spider webs. Whether you speak with a friend to come over and open the windows once in a while or you hire a cleaning lady to take care of your home while you are away, you will have the peace of mind that nothing will go wrong during your holiday. When you take care of all these details before going on holiday, you can be sure that you will have a wonderful time during your stay and come home to the same house you love so much. When you visit such a beautiful place such as Playa del Carmen, it would be a shame not to enjoy its wonderful waters and breathtaking sceneries, because you neglected to handle a few details before you left home. Fortunately for tourists, there are many companies that provide transfer services and websites where they can find everything Playa del Carmen has to offer.

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How to spend a weekend in Toronto

Feb 27, 15 How to spend a weekend in Toronto

Toronto is a great city to live and a fun place to visit, but if you only have the weekend available for a city break, then you might have some trouble fitting all the attraction into three days. Here are some ways that can help you save time and some tips and tricks that will help you decide which local attractions are a must see and which can wait until your next visit. But first, here is an essential piece of advice for those who don’t want to be rushed when travelling in a hurry: book the best Toronto limousine service instead of getting by with public transport. Hopping on and off buses and subways can be a bit hectic, especially in a city as big as Toronto and by the time you arrive at the best museums and landmarks, you might be too tired to enjoy them. However, by travelling by limo, you will be able to enjoy some peace and quiet, have time to look for other attractions and, briefly, to relax.

 

If there’s one sport that Canada is famous for, that will definitely be hockey, so you should start your trip with the Hockey hall of Fame, a fantastic place with great hockey exhibits and plenty of things to do. You will have the chance to learn more about the history of hockey in Canada and, if you travel with kids, they’ll have fun too! If hockey is not your thing and you’d rather look for cultural attractions, then definitely check out the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO). Visiting it won’t take more than one or two hours and not only will you see amazing artworks, but also enjoy the architecture of the majestic building, which was renovated in 2008. Of course, you have to stop by the CN Tower, which is already known as a symbol of the city. You’re brave enough to climb all the way to the top, you’ll definitely love the Toronto skyline. While you’re there, you can have dinner in one of the fancy restaurants and even go shopping. Even though Toronto is mainly a modern city, that doesn’t mean fans of medieval architecture won’t find charming attractions. For example, the Casa Loma is a beautiful building with mysterious underground passages and secret tunnels that will take your breath away.

 

Every major city has a noteworthy park and for Toronto is the High Park. Here, you can spend several hours looking at the animals, going on hikes and taking at walk inside the greenhouse. This park offers several activities as well, so if you are with children, ask about hiking and baseball. Last, but not least, it would be a pity to leave Toronto without walking its streets and taking in the vibe of the city. Forget about Chinatown and try the picturesque Kensington Market. Its quirky shops and restaurants will give you plenty of things to do and you will also get an idea about the lifestyle of the Toronto community. If you’re lucky, you might even get to see a festival while you’re there!

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Buying a second hand car: good or bad decision

Feb 27, 15 Buying a second hand car: good or bad decision

As you might have noticed, the car market has not been growing in terms of popularity at least. Even though the economic crisis has reached its end, people are still reluctant to spending a great sum of money on buying a car. Of course the alternative is to buy a second hand vehicle or none at all. It is true that as far as living in the city is concerned, the public transport services can replace a car. However, there is the aspect of holidays. Road trips are the best types of family activities. Jumping together with your children in the car and heading to interesting location seems like a real adventure. So what is there to do? Do you make a financial effort and buy a new car or collaborate with one of the many second hand car dealers in Ottawa? The decision is a bit tricky, simply because you can’t make up your mind based on the possibility of a road trip that may or may not happen any time soon. Thus, when thinking of whether or not to buy a second hand car, try to consider a few aspects like the ones that follow.

 

It is clear to everyone that second hand cars are first of all cheaper than the news one. If you are not very pretentious and you do not care about the maker or year of making, then you could find great offers. You might find it difficult to say no. However, when deciding to buy a second hand vehicle, you have to look at other aspects beside the financial bargains you are bound to discover. For instance, the state of the car should be of a great interest to you. It really isn’t an option if it breaks every once in a while, because it could happen to you when you are on that adventure, on your family road trip. Imagine that the vehicle doesn’t start and you are in the middle of nowhere, together with your family. It certainly won’t be a memory worth keeping. When buying a new one, the financial effort is greater. However, you are buying functional car, in a perfect functioning state or at least, you presume so. This false security that new cars are safer and better than old ones is really no aspect to rely upon.

 

The truth is that there is no guarantee. Even if you pay a large sum of money on the vehicle, there is no assurance that it will function properly, and that it will not break down just when you least expect it. The advantage of buying a second hand car is that you can buy two or three different vehicles at the price of a new one. So, even if one that doesn’t work, you can always replace it. Quite frankly, the dealer is the one that makes all the difference in the world. If you manage to locate a trustworthy dealer that respects all clients, then second hand car do appear to be a good, wise decision that few regret.

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How to organize the best bachelorette party in Toronto

Jan 31, 15 How to organize the best bachelorette party in Toronto

When you have to organize a bachelorette party for your girlfriend, you have to think of everything. After all, it is the final night when your friend will be single and it is the perfect opportunity to have a fun girls’ night out. For this to happen you need to plan ahead and think of everything you want to do in that night. For starters, you need to find suitable accessories for the bride and her brigade. There are so many fun things available out there that you should not have any problems in finding exactly what you needed to make this experience special. From printed T-shirts to personalized badges, you will surely find something to make everything more fun. After having chosen the accessories, the next thing you need to do is find a location for your party. If you are a large group of girls looking to make the night memorable, you can find one of the best Toronto party bus rentals and visit the entire city.

 

A party bus will allow you to travel all together and have loads of fun in the process. You can choose several clubs in Toronto or even visit its most famous attractions while having fun with your friends. The driver of your bus can take you anywhere you want and during your trip you can listen to any music you want. Whether you want to tour the clubs or you want to see something else, this is definitely something that will be the highlight of the bachelorette party. Just think about how excited your friend will be and the great memories you will make on your adventure. You should not worry about finding a party bus, because there are many vehicles available for rent of any size. And when you choose a professional company, one that can provide you with a luxurious bus, you can rest assured the party you organize will be a complete success.

 

The final ingredient in obtaining the perfect bachelorette party is to make sure the bride agrees with everyone you are planning to invite. As much fun as certain movies can be regarding uninvited party guests, in real life these situations hardly seem funny. A real friend would never invite someone her friend does not wish to have on her side, so always double check with her the guests list. One thing to remember is to not get lost into organizational details and to enjoy the party just as much as the bride to be. It will be a success and it will be your merit. When you have the right outfits and the right party bus, there is nothing that can stop you from having fun together with your friends. A good piece of advice you should always remember is never to put the bachelorette party the evening before the wedding. You do not want the bride to have dark circles around her eyes and not enough energy to feel great at her own wedding. The party should be about a week before the wedding. This way everyone will have a chance to catch up with their sleep and look fresh on the big day.

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Travelling with style – renting a limousine in Toronto 

Jan 30, 15 Travelling with style – renting a limousine in Toronto 

Any excuse you can use to rent a limousine for yourself is a good enough excuse, especially when you are travelling and you are supposed to pamper yourself. However, when it comes to business travels, limousine rental is almost mandatory. It is important to make a big entrance when meeting with clients or business partners and there is nothing that will leave a greater impact than an elegant and luxurious limo. Studies show that people tend to respect more the opinion of those riding good cars, so there you have it, the perfect excuse to rent a limousine while away on business. If you are planning to make a business trip in Toronto, you should make sure that each day you spend in this beautiful city reflects heights of splendor. You can rent a limousine in Toronto for several days, if you want, and you can use it to go to work and meet important people, but also to relax around the city. Even though on business, you should take time to relax and maybe visit the city while you are there. Although meeting with clients, partners and branch managers involves a lot of work, you will not be working all the time, so you should take advantage of this occasion to visit some landmarks and touristic destinations.

 

The dream limo trip involves choosing the right type of limo and to do that, you need to know what you want. If you want to show your respectability and serious side to your clients, you will need to choose carefully, because a pink limo, the type you would choose for prom, would not do. A classical limousine or a very luxurious one, preferably black, will serve your purpose better. Another thing you should keep in mind when you rent a limousine in Toronto is the fact that you cannot decide on a limo based on the rental price alone. You must compare the type of limousine and the quality of the service with the price to ensure that you do not pay for less than you expected. You will not have troubles finding a reliable limousine rental provider that offers high quality services at affordable prices, because this type of service is in high demand in Toronto. The only challenge is identifying the right provider.

 

You can pick the perfect limousine to rent by making a quick online research beforehand. You should check out official websites and compare services and vehicles at first, then verify the reliability of the provider by reading reviews and testimonials. The last thing you want to do is to plan a big entrance and arrive too late at the meeting. That will surely leave a great impact, but also a bad impression. Before starting any business negotiations, you need to show your confidence. Renting a classic limousine will show your good taste and the fact that you respect yourself. This is why you should choose your limousine with great attention to every detail, especially when it comes to punctuality.

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The right car for traveling

Jan 29, 15 The right car for traveling

People have very different concepts and ideas of what constitutes a great vacation and while some people love sunbathing and exploring exotic islands, others enjoy visiting cultural cities with their museums, historic places and galleries. Similarly, there are also people who like taking road trips or traveling to many different places when on holiday, driving their car from one place to the next, so that they don’t depend on airplane tickets, flights or trains. This type of holiday can be truly exciting, but if you plan to take a long drive to different destination, then you need a reliable car for the job. Usually, this kind of vacations are planned for years, especially if you’re looking to traveling through different countries or states for weeks, so many people think about even buying a car for this purpose exactly. A reliable car that can handle such a trip doesn’t necessarily have to be a new one, but it has to be a good one. For instance, you can find a used Nissan in Ottawa that can make the perfect car for you to take for driving across the country or even across the US, as Nissan cars are reliable and offer great running costs.

 

If you are seriously planning such an extensive traveling project and you want to buy a car for your trip, then you need to carefully research the market and compare your options in detail, especially if you are not going on this road trip alone. In fact, this should be your first factor to consider when looking to buy a used Nissan in Ottawa or any other type of car for that matter, whether this is a family trip or more of an alone adventure. As you can imagine, if this is a family trip, then you need a more spacious car, maybe a 6 seat-er if you have a large family, the type of car where you can put a car baby seat and so on. On the other hand, if you are going on this holiday by yourself or just with your best friends, then all you need is a car that runs great, gives you great mileage and running costs and has a great service history. However, you should also take into account insurance costs, especially if you are on a budget with this trip.

 

All things taken into account, when it comes to traveling, an extensive road trip across the country or even further makes a great idea for a holiday and it can be both exciting and educational. It is important though to have the right car for the job, so you might want to consider buying a car specifically for the trip if you don’t have one that would be proper. As already said, the car doesn’t have to be new, just reliable and cost effective enough to be the right choice. You can start looking for a used Nissan in Ottawa or any other type of vehicle for that matter online, which will make the process significantly easier and faster.

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Improve your hiking experience with a Kirkland personal fitness coach

Dec 29, 14 Improve your hiking experience with a Kirkland personal fitness coach

All those who have ever gone on a hiking trip know how physically demanding it can be. No matter how easy a certain trail might be considered, if you do not have enough stamina, you will most likely not enjoy your time. The thing about hiking so many people appreciate is that they get to breathe fresh air and at the same time exercise in a healthy manner. However, to be able to enjoy your trip to the most and not miss anything on the way because you are too tired to look, having a Kirkland personal fitness coach is a great idea. As much as hiking is very physically demanding, it is also very rewarding. You get in touch with the nature, listen to the birds singing and at the end of your road, when you finally reach the top, you will feel like you have achieved one of the most important things in your life.

 

The mistake that most people make is thinking that they do not need to train with a Kirkland personal fitness coach and they can succeed without any help. While the fact that they can complete the hiking path is true, they will not enjoy it the least. It would be a shame to make such an effort and not ripe all the benefits. You will be too tired to listen to the sounds of nature, see how a bird builds her nest in a tree or take in the entire beauty of a waterfall. So if you are planning to go hiking this holiday, definitely make a few appointments with a personal fitness coach and you will not regret your decision. Some people think that they do not need to see a coach because they can exercise on their own. The problem is that they often quit after only having exercised once or twice.

 

Your coach will motivate you to return and complete your exercising routine successfully. When you feel like giving up, he will be the one to tell you that you can do another exercise and you can finish what you started. In addition, he can also offer you some advice regarding your nutrition, so soon enough you will be able to increase you levels of energy through the right food as well. A good personal fitness coach can change your entire lifestyle and make sure that you have everything you need to complete that hiking trail successfully once you have started it.

 

All in all, if you are tired of city breaks or summer holidays spent at the beach and you want to try something different, something more exciting like hiking is, the best thing to do is to book a few appointments with a personal fitness coach. You will soon start to have more energy, be in a better shape and have the stamina to complete your hiking trip and enjoy it to the fullest. Even if you may not think that a personal trainer will help, you will be surprised to see the significant improvements at the end of your training program.

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Travel souvenirs – make them meaningful!

Dec 17, 14 Travel souvenirs – make them meaningful!

Souvenir buying is a part of traveling, whether we talk about the things we purchase as little reminders for ourselves or about the gifts we bring back to our families and friends. Sometimes, if you are the first to travel to an exotic vacation, you will be asked to bring souvenirs even for acquaintances. Shopping has its own charm while travelling, because at a souvenir market you can see another side to the local people, not to mention that items on sale prepared for the tourists are always interesting and exciting. It might be difficult to find a dozen of different souvenirs for each and every person at home, but you can add some value to a simple magnet by wrapping it nicely. You can add some charm to any type of gift, as long as you wrap it up with some ribbons to show your dedication. With the theribbonroom.co.uk ribbon provider, you can even get the materials very cheaply. Truth be told, it is not only about lack of ideas, but also about lack of money, because souvenirs do not come cheap and we often spend all our money by the end of the trip when we remember that we still have some shopping to do.

 

Gift shopping on vacation is a guilty pleasure, because we are given the chance to buy all those things we would normally avoid purchasing for ourselves, even though we would love to. This is why the souvenirs we buy and receive are generally quite interesting, if not plain weird. However, the most important thing about travel souvenirs is their meaning. That small object you get from your trip has to remind you about your experience and the exciting events you witnessed. The memories add value to any gift, so you should choose something you can say a few word about. For instance, you can buy a small soap from Greece and tell the receiver about its natural properties and the fact that it was handmade in the traditional style. If you wrap the little soap in an interesting wrapping paper with a big ribbon on top, your thoughts will surely reach through.

 

Giving someone a small ugly soap as it is, it will not be received with too much pleasure, but you will find the ones wrapped nicely being kept in a place where your friend or family member gathers souvenirs from around the world as a memento of your trip. If someone asks where they got that beautiful package, they would proudly boast about your trip and the meaning behind the gift. Therefore, a magnet, amulet, statue or even drink that has a story behind is preferable to expensive clothing, unless it has a message or picture related to the location you visited. The most important thing about a souvenir is its meaning, while the second most important thing is its wrappings. You will be amazed at the reactions you will get, if you will make an effort to add a small ribbon to the souvenirs you bring back to your family and friends.

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Why a limousine service in Ottawa is worth it

Nov 21, 14 Why a limousine service in Ottawa is worth it

Ottawa is a city that welcomes many, many travelers all year long. Apart from the fact that there are numerous stunning attractions to be seen and experienced in Ottawa, the city is also an important business center and many travelers arrive there on business. Regardless of the purpose of your trip to Ottawa, when it comes to transportation, you basically have two options: renting a car or using the public transportation. Most people choose to rent a car, because it’s faster, more comfortable and gives them increased flexibility, but if you want to enjoy all that plus travel in style, then you should seriously consider hiring an Ottawa limousine service. You may think that limos are just for weddings or prom nights or airport transfers for political figures and celebrities, but the truth is that anyone can rent a limo service and enjoy a high class trip, even within a certain budget.

 

Obviously, an Ottawa limousine service will be a bit more expensive than public transportation, but here is why it is all worth it. First of all, if you are traveling alone, then you don’t need a stretch limousine or a big, fancy, vintage limo for which to pay high rates, a simple Cadillac CTS or Chrysler 300 will do and the price won’t be all that expensive. Even if you travel in a small group, then you can opt for an SUV limo or the classic stretch Lincoln Town, but in this case you will be sharing the cost with the other, so it will still be a good bargain. In addition, there are numerous companies that provide limousine rentals in Ottawa, so if you take the time and research the market well, there are good chances for you to find an incredible deal. Secondly, a limousine is a much better choice than renting a car, because it comes with a driver. If you don’t know the city, this will come very in handy. And if you do know the city, then it’s still better to have someone else bother with the traffic and the driving, while you sit back and relax, enjoy the view or do some work.

 

Last, but not least, an Ottawa limousine service is totally worth the money because it provides you with comfort and convenience. Whether you are there on business or on vacation, how many times do you allow yourself to actually relax and get pampered? Choose to travel in style and luxury at least once and have other drive you around, open your door and carry your bags. It will definitely give you a different perspective on your trip and even on the city. Plus, the limo drivers always know the best places in town, the best restaurants, the trendiest clubs, the best hidden attractions and so on. Ottawa will be a totally different experience from the back of a limo, that’s for sure!

 

 

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Traveling, a way to understand cultures

Nov 21, 14 Traveling, a way to understand cultures

Everyone agrees upon the fact that the traveling truly is a way to relax one’s self, a way to get away from the fuss and troubles at home. Traveling has turned into a real passion and even a way of living for some individuals, as going from place to place is just a great to spend your free time and most importantly your youth. Traveling is definitely something for the young ones, because it requires having an adventure. Indeed, this is what traveling is actually all about. You have to make things a bit interesting to be sure that you are left with great memories as soon as the trip has ended. This is why for some people traveling is or should be an adventure. Just to be sure that you will be having an adventure, a trip worth remembering and speaking of, you have to be very careful when choosing the destination.

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Buying souvenirs from vacations

Oct 30, 14 Buying souvenirs from vacations

It is a known fact that when people are leaving for their vacations, their friends and family members expect to get souvenirs on their return. We’ve all been there, taking stores and local boutiques by storm trying to find the right gift for every single person back home. In fact, this process has taken such amplitude that it has become more of a burden than a pleasure. But if you know where to look and what to look for, as well as some tips and trick about vacation souvenirs, then you can take care of this issue quickly and spend your holiday stress free, which is the whole purpose of a vacation in the first place. For instance, you should know that packaging is worth a hundred gifts when it comes to souvenirs and if you pay attention to how you wrap the souvenirs, you can impress your recipients even before they open the gift. This is very easy, as you can find cheap ribbons at various stores, regardless of what your holiday destination is.

 

It’s true what they say, that you shouldn’t judge a book by its covers, but when it comes to souvenirs, it is always wise to pay attention to the wrapping process. A nicely wrapped souvenir has the power of showing the recipient that you put some thought into that gift, regardless of what’s inside. It is a gracious touch that won’t cost you too much, as you can achieve a beautiful wrap even with plain paper and cheap ribbons. For a dash of customisation, you can choose the ribbons in the favourite colours of the recipients, which will surely knock them off their feet before even tearing the paper. In addition, if you do this type of customisation with the wrapping of the gift, you won’t have to spend too much time thinking what to get each and every person back home, in the sense of getting personalised gifts. You can simply buy local souvenirs that wear the specific mark of the country or region your are visiting, which you can get from local boutiques and which are not very expensive and then simply wrap them nicely.

 

A good and custom gift wrap can also help you in the event you forget buying presents for one or more persons and you see yourself in the position of buying something from the duty free shop. Whatever you do, stay away from duty free shop bags, as they really send the wrong message. But, if you buy something from the duty free shops and then wrap it in a beautiful box and tie it up with a nice ribbon, then you can get away with that. You can find cheap ribbons virtually everywhere or you can even order them online and do all the wrapping back home, before starting the sharing of gifts process.

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Choosing the right traveling agency

Oct 24, 14 Choosing the right traveling agency

There are many individuals out there who find that traveling is a lovely, popular activity. Traveling is a sure way to get to know the world, to explore it and earn all about the cultures that exist. When discussing with friends and family about a future trip you are considering, you might hear positive, as well as negative stories. The truth is that when it is not properly organized a trip could very well turn into a gamble. You might have the great fortune of going on an excellent journey, of enjoying yourself and coming back only with lovely memories or you could be very disappointed and instead of really appreciating the traveling experience, all you can hope for is to return home faster. Of course, you might wonder how in the world some people succeed in having only successful, great journeys. Well, the answer is simple, organization.

 

Planning a trip is not as difficult as you might imagine, if you pay attention to a very important aspect. Wherever you might wish to travel, you have to choose your partner adequately. In traveling, the partner you will have the agency you will collaborate with. It is upon this aspect that the success of your trip rests.  Unless you make an adequate, appropriate decision, you will not be able to really enjoy the experience. Thus, consider the features mentioned above and understand where the difference between a professional agency and a less trustworthy one rests. So, always start with experience. It is of a great importance to collaborate with an agency that has years and years of experience on the dedicated field. An agency of this kind will know exactly which are the finest hotels, the best plane tickets and will even recommend you a destination, if you should not know exactly what you desire. Secondly, reputation is an aspect of a great importance. A traveling agency that enjoys the appreciation of a great number of clients is one that can be trusted to deliver professional services at all times. Thus, always look for reputation and positive reviews from former clients.

 

Last but not least is the staff working at the traveling agency in question. You have to communicate easily with the team working there, otherwise you might risk compromising the trip. In all honesty, an adequate communication is the reason for which some people choose to collaborate with an Indian travel agency. Individuals working in agency of this kind are very helpful, eager to fulfill the requests clients might have. On top of everything else, the advantage of knowing the language is rather important, especially if you are considering visiting the spectacular country of India. The success of a trip does rest upon your decision of a traveling agency. It is essential to include the following aspects in your research along with diversity in price offers and destinations. The world truly is grand and there are so many places worth discovering. So, if possible, make all efforts to locate the very best traveling agency there is and start collaborating with the staff.

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Route 66 – the best of USA road trips

Oct 04, 14 Route 66 – the best of USA road trips

The United States of America are a destination that many tourists dream of. Apart from the stunning metropolitan cities that have so much to offer to the eye, such as New York, Washington DC, Philadelphia or San Francisco, and the great beach destinations, such as Miami, LA or Hawaii, the US is famous for its road trips opportunities. Due to the fact that the country is so stretched from the East Coast to the West Coast, USA road trips throughout the country are incredible adventures that allow travellers to view stunning sights and explore impressive cities.  Of all the itineraries you can choose for a road trip in the US, Route 66, also known as the Mother Road, is the best choice. It is one of the oldest highways in the States, being part of the original highway system developed in US in the 1920s, and it offers great sights, an exciting adventure and bustling cities to explore along the way.

 

Route 66, the mother of USA road trips, starts in Chicago, Illinois and takes you all the way to Los Angeles, California. Of course, before getting behind the wheel, it would be a great idea to take a couple of days and explore the windy city. There is plenty to see and do in Chicago, before driving along the Main Street of America. After you leave Chicago, make sure you stop in Springfield, Illinois, the hometown of Abraham Lincoln and check the several museums that remember him. Also, it would be fun to stop at the Route 66 Drive-In Theatre and catch a movie, along with a taste of 1950s America. Springfield is followed by St Louis, Missouri, where you can see the impressive Gateway Arch, the artistic Citygarden, the Butterfly House and lively shows, as St Louis is known for its rich community of performing arts. Next stop should be Springfield, Missouri, the place where Route 66 got its name in 1926. You can visit the Fantastic Caverns and taste the delicious dishes of the local restaurants. If you would like to experience a bit of the cowboys’ life, then be sure to stop in Oklahoma City and if you are a fan of antique shops and cafes, then don’t pass through Amarillo, in Texas. Here, you can also stop and graffiti paint buried Cadillac cars.

 

As you can see, it’s not for nothing that Route 66 is considered the best of USA road trips and we are merely half way through the itinerary. If you are one of the many, many fans of Breaking Bad, then you will surely want to stop in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where you can take a bus tour of the filming locations. As you pass through Arizona, you will drive along the Navajo Indian county, which gives you the chance to explore the great Indian heritage, before stopping at the breath taking Grand Canyon. Take a walk around the rim or even the helicopter tour, as it’s all worth it. It’s more than obvious that after the Grand Canyon, Las Vegas is next and you don’t need to be told what you can see or do in Vegas, that’s for sure. Route 66 ends in the sunshine city of Los Angeles, the home of celebrities, Beverly Hills and Hollywood. As you pull up your car, you will certainly get the feeling that you’ve taken the best drive of your life.

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Road trip with toddlers – what to expect

Oct 03, 14 Road trip with toddlers – what to expect

My husband and I love to travel with the whole family and show our kids awesome places around the world. Most parents I know avoid travelling too far from home or stop travelling altogether when their children are too small to stay put in the car or in the airplane seat. It is true that car trips with toddlers are a mess most of the times, but I would never give up the opportunity to visit as many places as possible, just because I have a toddler to take care of, not to mention that with good planning, there is no way things can go terribly wrong, you can get out of every nasty situation with a bit of help and laugh about it later on. We have three kids and we take them with us everywhere we go, we even made a couple of trips abroad. Of course, flights are easier for parents, because you only have to get them something to do for a couple of hours, but car rides are difficult to manage. As long as you understand that the reason your kids behave like that is the fact that they get bored to sit on the back of the car doing nothing, as a parent I am sure that you will find a solution to this problem. Parents know best how to keep their kids occupied, because we use tricks all the time to get some peace around the house. Besides the time when we had to struggle with a little lost van keys incident, I never had problems with my children on the road.

 

The first rule is of course to make sure that you keep anything important out of their reach. If they happen to toss your phone out of the window, you can do nothing but watch as it goes. As mentioned above, we had an incident with the van cars one as well. I refused to give my boy a toy and hid it as punishment because he made a mess with his milk, but I soon regretted that decision. Never take a toy from a child. I was to learn this rule the hard way. At a stop for food, he took the van keys and hid them in the bathroom of the restaurant, so we discovered one hour later that we could not go in. We did not suspect anything and had to call a locksmith because of the lost van keys and delayed our trip with five full hours. In the meanwhile dark had fallen and we had to get accommodation at a model nearby, which was awful. He told me where he had hidden the key after I gave him back the teddy bear. Keep this in mind and get a spare key or at least get the phone number of a locksmith down for emergencies, because not having access to the luggage when you are on a trip with small kids is a nightmare.

 

Another important rule is to offer them as much space as possible, because you will need to bring toys, DVD’s and picture books after you to ensure they will have an occupation all the time. You also need that space to put everything you need like wipers, medicine, water bottles, plastic bags, clothes and so on at hand’s reach. Another thing we learned through trial and error is the fact that fewer, but longer stops are better than many stops on the way. Kids have more energy than adults and you will need to give them an hour to burn that energy before strapping them on the back seat again. Making them go back into the car after a five minutes stop will be a battle that you will definitely lose. After leaving them to play for half an hour, they might even be in the mood for a nap and you can enjoy a quite two or three hours’ drive. When you calculate the time needed to reach a destination, take into account the fact that you will stop more often than you would normally do and I recommend you to do so, because sitting in a chair all day long will make them sore and grumpy, not to mention that it will be bad for their health.

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Tips and insight regarding the China Crew visa

Oct 02, 14 Tips and insight regarding the China Crew visa

The China Crew visa or China C visa, as it is also known, is perhaps the most important document which any crew member needs before travelling to this country on a work related purpose. It is absolutely necessary for anyone who wants to enter the territory of China as part of the job function that he or she has at the moment. This type of visa is requested of all personnel members working in the transportation sector, regardless if they are a part of the shipping companies, international airlines, continental trains or other delivery firm which is allowed to operate on a global scale. There are certain requirements which need to be fulfilled before receiving the Crew visa and there are many documents and papers which have to be compiled, verified and sent for approval. This is time consuming task and you best not handle it on your own.

 

A very valuable tip would be to try and speed the process up so that every legal issue regarding the permission to enter the country can be resolved in a timely manner. It is very important to know that all of the interested persons can also resort to a Chinese visa express service. This service is provided in exchange of a fee by companies which are specialized in the field of obtaining visas for China and it has the benefit of being quicker than the ordinary process, lasting no longer than 2 or 3 days in general. You can see the amount of money required for the fee and other expenditures if you pay a visit to the official web platforms of these dedicated and proficient companies.

 

Further advice includes using the same firms which provide the above mentioned services in order to assist you throughout the process. You can have them handle the entire application procedure on your behalf, organizing and gathering the paperwork which needs to be filed, waiting in line when necessary, collecting the approved Chinese visa permit and finally sending it to your desired address. The less time you spend worrying about the application, the more precious moments you will have with your loved ones or simply to rest before the departure to China. Not to mention that you will not feel any of the harmful effects of stressing over an issue, since there are professionals taking care of the paperwork for you.

 

For more tips and insight regarding the China Crew visa, please contact one of the representatives of the firms which offer consultancy in the field and assistance with obtaining the visa. You can also use their official websites to send details of your Chinese visa needs and they will reply by proving you with comprehensive lists of the paperwork which you must have and a document check list for reference. This is also a great tip which few persons take advantage of from lack of knowledge and information. As a matter of fact, it is highly advisable that you find such an offer and benefit from it, since the best companies in the field offer this service for free and with no obligation.

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