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Posted on Dec 21, 2012 in Guest Posts, Travel |

How to stay entertained on a long flight

Stepping onto an international flight, knowing that you’re going to be spending the good part of a day with your knees pressed against someone’s back and attempting to sleep upright isn’t the epitome of entertainment. Keeping yourself amused in the confines of a plane isn’t always easy but there are a few preparations you can make to attempt to keep boredom at bay. Filter through the in-flight entertainment. If your flight comes with screens for personal viewing, see what the on demand function is offering. Don’t watch films that you’ve seen before unless it’s your favourite or that have a boring start, these will just make you more conscious of time moving slowly. See if the entertainment system has music or audio books, these are more likely to help you zone out and might even send you to sleep. Be prepared for sleep. Many travellers find it difficult to have some shuteye whilst flying but if your journey is a long one, you’ll want to try and get your forty winks. Bring earplugs and eye masks to drown out your surroundings and invest in a neck pillow and blanket to try and make sleeping upright a slightly more comfortable experience. Try to avoid taking sleeping pills because if they don’t work you’ll be left feeling groggy and grouchy for not only the flight but after you touch down, which isn’t the best way to start your holiday. Keep your brain active. Staring at the ceiling or failing to sleep isn’t going to make time go any faster. Try to keep your brain active during flights by bringing some stimulating entertainment. Make sure you have a good mixture of books packed, which is easier than ever with an e-reader. Think about bringing some puzzles or a console with games, tasks that require a lot of attention will make the time fly. Make some new friends. On a long flight, you have a great opportunity to meet some characters. If you’re flying alone or are sitting with strangers, try to get some conversation going. For instance, if you’re on a direct...

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Posted on Dec 19, 2012 in Guest Posts, Travel |

The cheapest and healthy eating while traveling

Guest post by Paul Smith Traveling could be interesting and fascinating for tourists unless they start complaining about the high prices offered to the majority of them. Of course, as a tourist, you don’t need to spend money on food where prices can significantly vary and exceed your expectations. This article is aimed to share with you some tips that probably will change your attitude towards this issue. In order to save money on your food while traveling, you must be creative. I’ll tell you how. For instance, if you are traveling in a group of some people, you can eat a picnic food (in particular for energy which is required for traveling) that is much better for your health. Probably, there will be something found to keep your growling stomach full. If you are traveling alone, it would be great to find some suburb places where the food can be cheaper. Actually, if you are planning to travel, there are some tips to be considered: First of all, if you plan to stay at the hotel, make sure to book a room with free breakfasts. Perhaps they will offer you free lunch and dinner at reasonable prices. Keep in mind about “Happy Hours” Secondly, check with your hiring manager the possibility to score a bargain. Remember the golden rule – “junk” food is twice expensive that food made at home or bought in a supermarket. You can simply buy cheese, bread, and fruit. Sandwich is a great snack, by the way. So, check for the availability of the nearest supermarkets in the area you are going to travel to. If you would like to dine at a low cost, Open Table is a great resource to get acquainted with menus offered there. My Advice Never buy foods at the airports. The reason is simple: food is being sold at a super expensive cost, while its quality is incredibly poor. Bring your snacks. It won’t take too much of space in your backpack to put an apple or banana in it. Ice bucket. As it turned out, an ice...

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Posted on Dec 6, 2012 in Guest Posts, Travel, Travel Destinations |

The Seven Most Romantic Cities in the World

Sometimes, you just need a romantic getaway with your loved one. It allows you to escape the stresses of modern life and fall in love with each other all over again in an exciting locale. Many relationship experts consider romance the key to lasting happiness and the key to a successful long-term relationship. Nurture your relationship by planning a trip to one of the most romantic cities in the world. The Seven Most Romantic Cities Paris, France – With a language like silk, a fashionable culture and some of the most captivating architecture in the world, Paris is a hotspot for romance. “The City of Light” has fully embraced its romantic reputation, and many hotels in and around Paris are designed specifically for intimate getaways. A trip to this beautiful city provides numerous romantic New York City, New York – As one of the biggest cities in the world, New York has become famous for many different things. Some consider it the center of entertainment, others consider it the fashion capital — and some consider it one of the most romantic cities in the world. Between buggy rides, fine dining and romantic hotels, a trip to New York can be planned to create a romantic weekend to remember. Venice, Italy – This breathtaking, canal-laden city has become the epitome of romance. With a language that’s almost as intoxicating as the many wineries  found throughout the city, Venice has long been a retreat for lovebirds. If you’re looking to pop the big question, or celebrate a landmark anniversary, is there anything more romantic than a torch-lit tour in a gondola? A romantic trip to Venice will create lifelong memories. Ko Phi Phi, Thailand – “Sawasdee khap” — welcome to the Land of Smiles! Thailand has a well-earned reputation as a utopia. Ko Phi Phi is a lesser known beach in Southern Thailand that promises an opportunity for visitors to live out beach-filled, starry-night dreams. Don’t forget to sample the exotic and flavorful cuisine. If spicy foods aren’t for you, learn the phrase “mai ped,” which means “not spicy.” Honolulu, Hawaii...

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Posted on Nov 27, 2012 in Guest Posts, Travel, Travel Destinations |

Discover Best Things to Do in Toronto

Are you on the verge of planning your vacations to a fantastic place? If you’ve been thinking of a great vacation in a place that will leave you with memories you will cherish forever, then it’s time to embark on a trip to Toronto. Whether you visit the spectacular destination like Toronto with a group of friends or family members, Toronto is a perfect place for the avid traveler. The travelers are left in awe with the many activities and things that keep you entertained throughout your trip. Come; let’s explore some of the entertainment options and things you can indulge in during your visit to Toronto. Take pleasure in some of the best theatre performances and local events that take place during the festive season. Apart from this you can enjoy a trip to cultural museums and view the various historic attractions and awe-inspiring sporting events. Toronto offers the avid traveler some of the world’s best dining and sensational shopping options. Theaters  &  Entertainment Options Toronto is best known as being one of the best entertainment towns in North America. Right from Broadway-style spectaculars to thrilling theatre performances, various kinds of dances and ballet productions, Toronto offers a plethora of entertainment options. You will find innumerable theatres in Toronto where you can spend quality time with family and friends.  Some of the theatres you must check out during your trip include the Princess of Wales Theatre, Royal Alexander Theatre, and Roy Thomson Hall.  You must not miss out on the TIFF Bell Light box and the Sony Centre, which is renowned for Performing Arts.  Another great thing that should not be left out when you visit Toronto is the amazing sounds of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Sporting Events in Toronto – Perfect Entertainment Option for Sports Enthusiasts Popularly known as a sports fanatic’s paradise, Toronto is home to various sporting events. Five major sports events have gained popularity Toronto. You will find sports like professional hockey and baseball here. Basketball and football lovers can have an enjoyable time playing these games here. Lacrosse is yet another game that...

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Posted on Nov 23, 2012 in Guest Posts, Travel, Travel Destinations |

Ireland’s Best-Kept Secrets

Sometimes the most memorable trips are those you take in your own backyard—so long as you don’t walk the same worn path. Ireland is a short distance away from virtually anywhere in the U.K., and whether it’s your first trip or your 50th, it’s time you set your sights on what no one else is seeing: some of the best-kept secrets in Ireland. Plan your Ireland holidays a little off the beaten path and you will be rewarded. World-Class Ice Cream Ireland-bound travellers with an insatiable sweet tooth won’t want to pass up a chance to sample the bevy of delectable ice creams found in Northern Ireland. Located in cozy Castlerock, family-owned Braemar Farm Ice Cream provides visitors with a mouthwatering array of frozen treats made from the finest farm-fresh ingredients. Plus, visitors interested in seeing the inner workings of the farm are free to visit the cow-milking area. The Seaford Gardens Travellers with a deep appreciation for wildlife can’t leave Ireland without visiting the Seaford Gardens. This lush piece of nature is home to a world-renowned tropical butterfly house that houses hundreds of varieties of butterfly from all over. What’s more, the Seaford Gardens serves as host to a colourful assortment of exotic plant life, birds and reptiles. The Mac Theatre If you’re a patron of the arts who will soon be making a trek to Ireland, a trip to the Mac Theatre is an absolute must. The MAC, also known as the Metropolitan Arts Centre, frequently plays host to plays, concerts and other types of performances that are sure to satiate even the most discerning traveller’s hunger for culture. If you start feeling a tad peckish during your stay, pay a visit to the theatre’s four-star bar or café. The Ulster American Folk Park History buffs will enjoy feeding their intellectual curiosity with a trip to the historic Ulster American Folk Park. This Omagh-based open-air museum faithfully recreates a quaint 18th century Irish countryside town and features a classically trained array of costumed townspeople who lead guests in family-friendly activities, such as bread making.  Even if you’re...

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Posted on Nov 8, 2012 in Guest Posts, Travel |

Planking it is…

A guest post by Denis Roberts I bet you have already heard of planking. No?! Here’s the story behind this fun activity… Planking is known as “playing dead” in South Korea, “on one’s belly” in France, “Extreme lying down” in Australasia, “facedowns” in USA and Ireland, and “planking” in Australia and New Zealand. Planking was first introduced by the comedian Tom Green in 1994, or at least that’s what he claims. He was caught by cameras lying face down in incongruous locations in different states in the U.S. Planking quickly turned into a trend gaining popularity first in North East England and then spreading out to the rest of the world. The game is especially popular in Australia mainly because it received huge media coverage. People pose lying face down in the weirdest places and then post them on social networks such as Facebook. Planking, however, is considered dangerous at times as some people are way too careless and strive to get that one shot of unique planking regardless of how dangerous it is. Death cases have been reported already, and even the Australian prime-minister, Julia Gillard, has agitated for an end to this activity after a man died in an attempt to plank on his balcony on the seventh floor after which he fell. “There’s a difference between a harmless bit of fun done somewhere that’s really safe and taking a risk with your life,” Gillard said.”Everybody likes a bit of fun, but focus has to be on keeping yourself safe first.” Regardless of its dangerous side, however, planking is gaining even more popularity nowadays as people massively seem to love it.   blog.visafirst.comMore...

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