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Posted on Oct 17, 2013 in Guest Posts, Travel |

A Quickie in the City: Transportation to Help you Get the Most out of Your Stay

There’s a lot of hype surrounding certain global cities, cities that you “must see before you die”—London, Paris, Tokyo, San Francisco. But oftentimes we find ourselves jetting in and out of these bustling metropolises in a matter of days due to scheduling or budget restraints. And getting around these places can be exceedingly difficult if you’re not familiar with them, leaving you unable to reap the rewards of having visited in the first place. We may spend hours scouring the streets by foot, only to find ourselves disappointed at day’s end with the amount of stuff we actually saw. That’s why it’s best to plan ahead when traveling, and to pay particularly close attention to how you plan on getting around the cities you visit. Wandering by foot around a new environment may provide a certain type of enjoyment for the vagabond adventurer within us, but it’s not particularly efficient. If you’re intent on seeing as many sights as possible, you may have to consider a few of these more mobile alternatives. Walking Tours If you are going to keep both feet planted on the ground, you would be wise to ensure that they are at least moving in the right direction. Walking tours have always been popular, and have only proliferated more in recent years due to their relative affordability and accessibility. It’s unlikely that you’ll have to book a walking tour in advance—there are plenty of local tour guides in cities who would be happy to show you around. And if you’re really savvy and outgoing, you don’t even need to hire a professional—just walk into a local pub, order a few rounds, and find yourself some new friends to help get you from one landmark to the next. Public Transportation This is an industry that is truly experiencing a revolutionary boon in the 21st century. Overall growth in government-funded public transportation is seen by many as a natural byproduct of increased global gas prices, from the development of high-speed rails to increased construction of inner-city transit. This is good news for the traveler, looking to save...

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Posted on Oct 11, 2013 in Guest Posts, Travel Destinations |

Top Ten Destinations for your Bucket List

What do you want to experience in your lifetime? If money was no object, travelling more would top a great many bucket lists. But strip away the excuses, and how many of us actually do it? One reason for this might be that with so much to see and do in the world, it’s hard to know where to start. The bright lights of New York City and sprawling Great Wall of China feature on a great many to-do list, but there’s so much to see and experience that some absolutely must-see gems go largely unacknowledged. We’ve narrowed down ten ultimate bucket list destinations… Witness the Northern Lights Nature’s own magnificent lightshow, the aurora borealis, is a treasure best experienced from the northerly coast of Norway. Set against a backdrop of snow-capped mountains, there’s no more humbling or mysterious sight than the gently twisting multi-coloured display. And as Senior NASA Scientists predict the current period of solar maximum activity will reach a new peak in December 2013, there’s no better time than this winter to witness this brilliant spectacle. Safari on Elephant-back Set in the shadow of the magnificent Himalayan Mountains, and home to eight of the world’s ten highest peaks, Nepal is a trekker’s haven. But it’s also home to subtropical lowlands; rich areas of forestry accommodating spectacular wildlife, from spotted dear and rare birds, to rhinos, leopards and tigers. Chitwan National Park runs elephant-back jungle safaris where travellers have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get up close and personal with these phenomenal jungle creatures. Fiddle, Feast, Dance & Drink “Fiddling, feasting, dancing, drinking, masking, and other things which may be had for asking” so Lord Byron described it. The annual Carnevale di Venezia, is an extravaganza of Venetian culture played out over seventeen days. A celebration of local historical tradition, the festival harks back to the 12th century and is characterised by fantastical masks and costumes, adopted to allow the Venetian people to assume a different persona. Most events take place in Piazza San Marco, from concerts to large masked balls building up to the grand dance on...

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Posted on Oct 4, 2013 in Australia, Guest Posts, Travel |

Brisbane a completely transformed cosmopolitan city

Brisbane, the third largest city of Australia and capital of Queensland doesn’t have wild and untamed beauty, but it is still beautiful. The city is a treasure trove of culture, wining and dining, events which is a lively experience to uncover. From the few years Brisbane is completely transformed into a hot cosmopolitan city decked with some world class art galleries, booming music scene, fabulous café culture, some great museums, but still retains its laid-back, easy attitude of a small community which makes it an interesting city to visit and enjoy your holidays. The best way to explore beauty of city and uncover its rich cultural heritage is either jumping on a bicycle or on foot wandering around its streets and hitting its 1200 km of walkways and bridges that connects riverside inner-city precincts and provide its visitors an opportunity to enjoy wealth of natural wonders and mild climate. Make a plan and book low fare flight tickets to Brisbane, a futuristic city full of entrepreneurial zeal, cosmopolitan young people, bohemian nightclubs, high-end shopping, world-class restaurants, upscale hotels, funky eateries and thus locals affectionately call their home city BrisVegas. The Parklands of South Bank South Bank is a little piece of everything. It is a 17 hectares lush sub-tropical urban oasis is a great place to visit that celebrates modern life. Visit Australia’s only inner-city beach that offers panoramic views of city where you can enjoy a stroll through the award –wining harbour , go for rain-forest walks, visit its picturesque riverfront promenade, on which you can walk, run or cycle, or explore city from new heights on the Wheel of Brisbane. The South Bank provides an authentic experience that typifies the idyllic Queensland summer lifestyle which makes it even more worth visit. Magnificent Redland Bay Just 40 minutes from downtown Brisbane, is situated the Redlands region where all roads lead to Bay. The landscape is diverse ranging from glistering beaches to mountain tops is a home to close-knit resident population who welcomes visitors. The area offers range of activities from bay cruises and island hopping to guided heritage tours...

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Posted on Oct 3, 2013 in Guest Posts, Travel Destinations, United Kingdom |

Haunted Towers and Gloomy Dungeons: Discover London at Halloween

Do you fancy doing something out of the ordinary this Halloween? Ditch trick or treat for London’s gloomy dungeons and haunted towers. London has a dark and blood-soaked history, ripe for exploring at this spooky time of year. Whether you’re after chilling tales and terrifying gore, or something spook-tacular for the kids, London has a lot to offer. See London from a spookier perspective this October with eight of the best attractions for this Halloween: London Dungeons The London Dungeons may be spooky all year round, but at Halloween things get turned up a notch. Discover the horrors of London’s gory history down in the dark dungeons – what could be better at Halloween? Featuring live actors and special effects, the gruesome tales of the capital are brought to life in the grimy light of the dungeons. With Jack the Ripper and Sweeney Todd for company, you’re in for trick, rather than a treat. The London Dungeons have also rustled up something especially for Halloween, with dungeon brew, trick or treat lollies and a pumpkin-filled production of horrors. Hampton Court Palace This beautiful palace is another attraction brimming with tourists all year round, but beneath the splendour, is a dark past. Many believe the palace to be haunted – by not one, but five ghosts. The two most popular stories involve Henry VIII’s fifth wife, Catherine Howard and ‘skelator’, an eerie presence which stands at the entrance. The ghost of Catherine Howard is rumoured to haunt the gallery, where she was kept under house arrest shortly before her execution. Whether or not it is true, the eerie tale of her shrieking voice echoing through the corridor is a glimpse into the palace’s dark history. ‘Skelator’ is a more recent addition to ghostly inhabitants of the palace. The figure was first spotted on CCTV in 2003 and caused security guards to rush to the spot, only to find no one there. If you’re looking for chilling ghost stories, as well as a glimpse into the beauty and history of London, then Hampton Court Palace would be a spooky day out...

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Posted on Oct 2, 2013 in Australia, Guest Posts, Travel |

7 delightful beaches in Australia for travel snobs

Do you like to explore new places or are you adventurous then there is so much to see and experience in this world. Let go of the manmade beauties, Mother Nature herself has so much to offer that her creations can make us swoon over her powers to create such magnificent and breathtaking sights. There are so many such creations that an individual can’t help but go gaga over them with just one short visit. It is absolutely impossible to discuss about all the natures offerings at one go. So let us just concentrate on one particular continent and the various beaches it has to please the human mind and soul. Australia, here we come! The most famous attractions of Australia are the Great Barrier Reef, Sydney Opera House, The famous Kangaroo Island and many more. The other natural features worth discussing in Australia are its beautiful beaches. There are 7 most famous beaches worth a visit. 75 Mile Beach, Fraser Island: The first beach worth discussion is the 75 Mile Beach. It is named because of its length which spans approximately 75 miles along the east coast of island. It offers a variety of sands ranging from the light colored sands to the dark and the even darker sands. Hazardous currents and tiger sharks make it a dangerous place for swimming, however there are stunning attractions including Champagne Pools, Indian Head, the Wreck of the Maheno and Eli Creek. Bondi Beach, Sydney The Bondi Beach became famous for the world’s first Surf life Saver’s Club. It is characterized by stretches of sandy beaches and audacious surfing. If your routine sound likes an old broken record which keeps repeating, then Bondi beach is the best way to rejuvenate your senses. Nothing can give you more pleasure than enjoying a cool sea breeze brushing against your face when you stretch lazily under the umbrella. Lizard Island, Whitsundays The Lizard Island on the eastern coast is famous for its deep water diving activities as well as sky diving. It is a National Park covering 1000 hectares with 24 beaches and bays....

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Posted on Sep 16, 2013 in Guest Posts, Tips and Tricks, United Kingdom |

Online Investigations for Your Travel to London

Before planning a trip abroad, you must always do your homework. From checking visa requirements to flights and booking an accommodation, it important to have, everything planned ahead of time. If you search the web, you will get all information about your travel in detail. I first visited London in 2008, with a lot of planning and homework. While doing my online investigation, I came across few websites that help every traveller coming to the capital. These websites will make your travel smooth and successful. On these sites, you will find details about visa, flights, accommodation, sightseeing, and food in London. Here is a detailed list, where you can investigate online: Visa Enquiry The first step for any holiday is to get your visa. If you are travelling to London, then make sure you contact UK embassy or consulate in your country for visa. If you want to visit London on a holiday, or just want to visit a friend, you must apply as a general visitor. To visit a member from your family, you can apply visa as a family visitor. For further details about how and where you can apply for an UK visa, please visit VisaFirst website. Flight Information No matter from where you travel, it is always important to find an online source to book cheap flight tickets. Skyscanner.netis one such destination, where you can easily book your flight tickets to reach London’s major international airports – Heathrow, City, Gatwick, and Stansted. On this site, you will get cheap deals and offers to book a flight of your choice. Make your bookings in advance and avail special discounts offered here. Airport Transfer Transportation in London is quite easy and comfortable for travellers. I prefer tubes, as they are the most convenient means to travel within the city. For getting around in London from the airports, you can take buses, taxis, local trains, DLR, tubes, or even car rentals. If you visit http://www.tfl.gov.uk/, you will get detailed information about transportation in London. London Accommodation When I visit London, I usually book my accommodation through www.londonhotels4u.com, a...

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Posted on Sep 13, 2013 in Guest Posts, Tips and Tricks, Working Abroad |

Working Long Hours: 5 Ways to Improve Your Sleeping Habits as a Travel Nurse

In the medical field, work never stops. Hospitals, ERs and care facilities are open around the clock, and as a travel nurse, you’re probably asked to work swing shifts, night shifts and long shifts, different from week to week and place to place. All these long and shifting hours can wreak havoc on your sleep cycle, which is essential for keeping you healthy and alert on the job. Work the best you can with the schedule you have and improve your sleeping habits with a few lifestyle adjustments. It may take some time getting used to the changes, but the results are worth the effort. 1. Earn an Advanced Degree Adding more work to your already-packed travel nurse schedule may seem counterproductive, but earning an advanced degree or enrolling in an RN to MSN bridge program offered online – discover more here – will give you more clout wherever you work. If you have an advanced degree, you’re not only more likely to earn a promotion or raise, you can also request better hours or transfer to a stable position with more regular daytime hours. If you choose a specialization, you’re even more likely to be attractive to potential employers. Being in demand gives you the ability to pick and choose where and when you work, as a travel nurse or as a nurse with a permanent position. Plus, opting for online courses means you can study when you have the time, no matter the hour. Study on the plane or train. If you stick to your steady sleep schedule, you’ll have plenty of time to study at night on your days off when most colleges are closed. 2. Keep a Steady Sleep Schedule If you regularly work at night, continue to stay awake at night even when you have time off. Staying awake at night is less preferable than staying awake during the day, as the body’s natural rhythms are naturally attuned to sleeping at night. However, changing when you sleep is even more destructive to a sleep cycle than sleeping during the day regularly. If you work...

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