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Getting the Most out of the West Coast

The West Coast of the U.S. is a place that nomads and road trippers alike flock to each and every summer. And when you consider the weather, the places to go and the things to see there, you don’t really have to ask why. It is a place that is brimming when roadtrip potential. Well, it has everything you could possible need on a road trip. It has some of the best places to visit in the world and long stretches of road that connect them. But, if you’re planning a road trip around the West Coast, then it’s imperative that you get the most out of it. And for advice on how to get the most out of it, make sure to read on.

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First of all, you have to choose your weapon of choice. No, this doesn’t mean an actual weapon; it means picking a vehicle. And when it comes to picking a vehicle you have to bare a few things in mind. It’s about picking a vehicle that will allow you to travel extensively. It’s about choosing a vehicle that you can easily get to grips with. And it’s about choosing a vehicle that will be able to house you comfortably at night — because you will have to stay and sleep in it! You’ll have to stay in it simply because of the fact that the distance between the places you will visit on your West Coast trip are so far apart. And even the most youthful and energetic of road trippers are going need to rest and sleep every now and again in order to get the most out of their trip. So, a vehicle such as campervan really should be chosen. It is a vehicle that is strong enough to travel extensively. It is a vehicle that is generally easy to drive because they are automatic. And, most importantly, it is a vehicle that offers sleeping options in the back of it. So, in order to to get the most out of the actual travelling part of your trip, as well as your accommodation, then make sure to rent a vehicle such as campervan.

And to get the very most that you can out of the places you visit on your trip, you really need to set yourself up an itinerary such as the one found here on roadtrippers.com. You need to ensure you don’t spend extensive amounts of time in one place just because it is popular place to visit, such as LA or Vegas. You must give attention to the more understated cities in this area of the U.S. also. When you do so you afford yourself the opportunity to really enrich yourself in the true customs and cultures found there. Places such as Sacramento, information on which can be found here: https://www.thecrazytourist.com/top-25-things-sacramento/, offer up a whole host of chances for you to learn about the rich history of this area. Whether it be the Old Sacramento State Historic Park that you visit. Or whether it be the California State Railroad Museum that you take a look around. You can be sure that you will learn loads about not only Sacramento, but the whole of the West Coast, upon a visit there. And that’s what travelling is about, isn’t it? Learning about the cultures and histories of different areas.

Whether it be a solo road trip that you take, or a family one, you need to ensure you get the most out of it. And to do so, you need a good vehicle to drive as well as a clear itinerary to guide you.

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Planning a Summer Adventure Excursion

With summer just around the corner, it’s time to start planning exactly how we’ll be spending those warm summer days. While it might be tempting to sit back in the garden and just watch the world slowly go by, you might find it more satisfying to head out into the great outdoors and have an adventure that tests you physically and mentally (…and is also fun at the same time!). However, it takes a lot more effort to have this type of getaway than it does two weeks next to a swimming pool. Here’s how you do it.

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What’s Your Plan?

First thing’s first, what is it you actually want to do? It’s always a good idea to think big; what would be the best possible adventure you could go on? It might be a long cycling trip, a hike through picturesque countryside, or a long rafting or kayaking trip. There are varying degrees of difficulty available for all activities; the right thing to do is review your fitness levels and pick a route that you think you’ll be able to do safely (though pushing yourself a little bit is recommended!).

Getting Prepared

If your trip is being planned for summer, it’s time to start preparing your body for it now. You’re probably going to be planning a trip that is a week or more, or at least a good few days, and you’ll be surprised how energy sapping it can be to be using your body every day. As such, it’s imperative that you start your training now. Look at the muscles you’ll be using as part of your activity and make sure the emphasis is on them. Start slow, gradually build up your performance, and you’ll be ready to go when the time comes.

Packing the Bags

You have to put a lot more thought into camping for an adventure trip than you would if you were going to a resort. You’ll likely be far away from shops and other conveniences, so you’ll need to have most everything you’ll need during your trip with you from the time you leave your home. If you’re camping, take a look at the essential camping items, as well as the necessities for your activity (for example, a bike repair kit if you’re cycling).

In Case Something Goes Wrong

There’s an inherent danger connected with most outdoor activities. Even if you’re not injured as part of your activity, you might just fall unwell and, because you’re out in nature, be far away from a doctor. This is where you’ll need to prepared. Make sure you have a device capable of receiving data so you can have a GP at hand should you need to talk with a medical professional. When abroad, ensure you have travel insurance and a basic understanding of where the nearest hospital from you is.

Have Fun

There’s a lot to prepare for an adventure holiday, but once it’s taken care of you’ll have the peace of mind you need to fully enjoy your activity filled trip away. Enjoy!

London: A Great Place For A Holiday

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Summer is on the way, and many of you will be considering where to go for a holiday. Instead of going abroad for sea, sun, and sand, you should think about visiting one of the greatest cities in the world, London. There are many things to do and enjoy in this culturally diverse city. Consider the following reasons why London could be your chosen destination this Summer holiday.

Great Places to Stay

There are many places to stay in London depending on your budget, from a super-luxury hotel overlooking Belgravia, one of the wealthiest districts in London, to bed and breakfasts and hostels for those on a lower budget.  For those of you looking for something a little bit different why not hire a narrowboat on the Thames or sleep near lions at one of London Zoo’s holiday lodges.

Famous Sights

Explore the history of London, with all its magnificent architecture, from its Roman beginnings to the age of Queen Victoria. If you don’t want to explore on your own, then consider one of the many sightseeing tours on a city cruise, London bus or with a personal tour guide. You could even sit atop the London Eye and see almost everything. There are so many places to see, from Big Ben and the Tower of London to the home of the Queen, Buckingham Palace. Don’t forget to curtsey if you see her.

Family Adventures

For the young and the young at heart, there are some terrific places to visit in London. Experience the magic of Harry Potter at Warner Bros studio tour. Feel the force at Madame Tussauds Star Wars Exhibition. Enter the fascinating underwater world of the Sea Life Aquarium. Don your capes and visit the Lego DC Superhero Exhibition. There is so much to see and do you will never be bored. Thankfully, not everything needs to cost money either as there are plenty of free places for your family to visit. These include the Natural History Museum which houses a terrific dinosaur exhibition or the home of the London Olympics, Queen Elizabeth Park, which has a huge adventure playground for your kids to explore while you sit and relax at the Timber Lodge Cafe.

West End Shows

After an exhausting day, there can be nothing better than visiting the West End for one of its many shows. There is something for all tastes, from the heart pounding The Lion King to the classic murder mystery, The Mousetrap, one of the longest-running shows in London. At the heart of the West End is The Comedy Store which hosts an array of up and coming comedians to established favorites such as John Bishop and Paul Merton.

And That’s Not All

Still not convinced? Don’t forget London’s famous shopping areas at Oxford Street and Carnaby Street. The nightlife is world class with classic pubs, rooftop bars, burlesque shows and great live music. Day or night, London has so much to offer. Perhaps now is the time to book your tickets.

Ideas For Weekends In The Sunshine

I’m so happy that the sun is finally showing its head. After all, it feels like we have had months of dull and dark days. And we have had to keep busy at weekends inside our home as we didn’t fancy braving the cold weather. But now we are getting some sunshine, it opens up more things we can do for the weekend! In fact, here are some ideas for weekends in the sun!

Head for a day at the seaside

I don’t know about you, but I’m missing the feeling of sand beneath my feet and the sound of waves crashing against the shore. But with holiday time still a good few months away, you could always spend the weekend at a beach in the UK. And while the beaches might not be as good as the ones abroad, it can still make for a great day out. Therefore, investigate where the local beach is, and then head there with your friends or family. And then you can have a great day tucking into an ice cream or two and walking along the sand on the front with a good pair of sunnies. You can also get a traditional fish and chips which you can enjoy while the sunsets. And don’t forget to spend your spare pennies in the amusements to finish off the perfect day.

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Visit one of the cities

The last thing you want to do in the cold months is visit a city. After all, a lot of the main sights are outside. However, now the sunshine is out, it’s a great time to visit one of the many beautiful cities we have in the UK. The obvious choice would be London as there is so much to see and do in the capital. For example, you could go shopping during the weekend at Oxford Street. Or for something a bit different, you could head to one of the many markets including Camden. You could also do the tourist thing and head for a cruise on the Thames. In fact, you can read more on this website about dining while soaking in all the top sights! And the parks are also fantastic at this time of the year. After all, you can take a picnic and enjoy the sun with your girls! And London isn’t the only city to visit; enjoy wonders like Oxford and Cambridge too during the sunny weather.

Go to a theme park

It’s always fun to go to a theme park during the summer months. After all, you are never too old for a thrilling rollercoaster or crazy waterslide. And we are lucky to have a few in the UK which have fans worldwide. Closer to home, Thorpe Park is only about an hour from the centre of London and has a wealth of rides including Stealth and Saw. Or you and your friends could head further afield to Alton Towers. Boasting a wealth of scary rides like Nemesis and Oblivion, the park is also nice to just have a walk around. After all, there is a beautiful castle and plenty of greenery where you can enjoy the sun!

And don’t forget to make the most of the garden at this time of the year. Organize a BBQ to make the most of the lovely weather!

The “Cliché Beach Holiday”: Reclaimed

If you’ve ever looked for holiday ideas and inspiration online, you’ve probably been relentlessly urged to do something different.

Don’t just go for the standard beach holiday! Try something different; break out of your comfort zone; a holiday is about an experience not just lazing on a beach somewhere!

And that’s all well and good. Valid advice. Except… what if you really like lazing on a beach somewhere, cocktail in hand, sun on your SPF-laden face, feeling like your life and its associated troubles are thousands of miles away from you? (It helps that they are, of course.) The reason most of us have a comfort zone is because we find it comforting. We like it. We’ll leave the “pushing yourself to the limit” to the people who want to do that and stick with the sun and fun if it’s all the same to you.

If you’re after a classic beach holiday, then the options are endless. Of course, there’s an edit coming of a few favourites – worth considering, whatever your budget. So stick with comfort and explore these paradises by the sea.

Barbados: The Classic

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If you think about the classic beach holiday, it’s inevitable that Barbados is going to be mentioned at some point. The island has got it all, from a climate to envy to beaches you will never want to leave. It’s a great starting point for the inexperienced traveller venturing outside of the usual European haunts for the first time.

Even on the days when you’re not sunning yourself, there’s plenty to see and do here. Caving is a surprisingly popular holiday excursion, with the delights of Harrison’s Cave awaiting you. Want to find out more about the history of the island? Barbados Museum and Historical Society have got you covered.

With cheap flights to Barbados you’ll be spending around nine hours in the air, which is fairly reasonable given the gifts the country has to offer once you arrive.

Mauritius: It Had To Be Included, Didn’t It

Well, look at it. Look at it. It’s irresistible; the jewel of the Indian Ocean, just waiting to be explored.

Mauritius is a former French colony, so your withered high school French might just find another use here. The small country features all the usual delights such as beaches that go on for miles and blissful white sand, but there’s a few other features to tempt you. If you’re a history buff, then the Blue Penny Museum will delight – and you can learn more about the now-extinct dodos that once roamed the Mauritian shores. If that gives you a taste for intriguing flora and fauna, the fun continues at La Vanille Nature Park, which is perfect if you’re a crocodile fan.

While it has a reputation for luxury, Mauritius is surprisingly easy to visit if you’re on a budget. With a 12-hour flight time from London it’s not a quick hop, but once you’re there, every moment you spent stuffed into an aircraft fuselage will feel worth it.

Awesome Trips For Solo Female Travellers

Whether you are in a group or alone, travelling can be an exciting and rewarding experience. But it is not without its hassles or even dangerous. That is why it is best to be clued up before you go, and have a plan for any sticky situations that you might get in. Read on to find out more.

Pre-Holiday Prep

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Sometimes it hard to be women. At least, there always seems more to do before a trip away than if you are a man. First of all, you need to get prepped with a tan. Use the fake stuff it’s much safer. Also if you are travelling for a long time consider getting your legs and underarms waxed. Then you won’t have the hassle of trying to shave them while you are away.

It can also be a not often an inconvenience if ‘Aunt Flow’ comes to visit while you are on your trip. If you don’t fancy having to deal with this in an unfamiliar place, then you will need to take some medication to prevent this from happening. Medicines like utovlan can be used to delay your period for up to 17 days so you can have a hassle-free holiday. You don’t even need a prescription to get some.

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It is very common for female travellers to go solo these days, but safety can still be a concern. But you shouldn’t let this stop you from fulfilling your dreams or seeing the places on your bucket list. If you are concerned about your safety, there are a few tips and tricks that you can do.

Firstly if you are worried about being hassled by strange men, wear a fake wedding ring. You can even have a fake picture of your husband in your wallet to get rid of unwanted admirers. If they persist, despite showing them this, then make your way to the nearest hotel desk and make the receptionist aware that they are hassling you. You can either wait there until they give up, get the concierge to call the police or to order a cab so you can use go straight to your accommodation.

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Another great tip is to try not to look too much like a tourist. This may be hard if you are in small rural place. But can be a lot easier if you are in a big city, which a wide range of people.

Instead of carrying your trusty guide book with you everywhere, use apps on your phone like Google maps. Remember you can plug in your earphones, and your directions will interrupt any music that you are playing as and when you need them. To others is just looks like you are listening to your tunes, and you know where you’re going!

Making Friends

Who doesn’t love to come back from a trip without making a friend or two on holiday? It is always nice to meet someone new? But there are a few things you need to consider as a solo female traveler when making new friends.

The first is that once you join a group, it’s really easy to just go along with what they group wants. That is fine as long as they are seeing the sights that you want to and doing the stuff that is on your list. But if not you might want to think twice about being a member of the group.

Remember it would be a real shame to have come all that way to see certain things to end up looking around places that you are not that bothered about. Just to keep the group happy. Of course, sometimes it can work in your favour. As they know about a hidden treasure, you would have never of thought to look at yourself, which can turn out to be the highlight of your trip!

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You also need to be aware of the safety factor of meeting random people abroad or even using travelling meet up sites. There is no need to be paranoid, and most people are who they say they are and have honourable intentions. But there is that small percentage that aren’t, and you need to put a system in place to ensure that you are safe.

If you are meeting up with someone, you don’t know well, let someone at home know where you are going and who with. Send a picture of them if possible, so make sure you have data roaming. Also, let them know what time you will be home and that you will contact them when you get in. Then they will know to raise the alarm if they have not heard from you at the specific time.

The perfect combination between sports and travel

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Do you like playing sports, especially football? Do you like meeting new people and seeing new places? Well, now you can travel and play your favorite sport as well. This is possible with the help of sport tours, which means that you will travel in the country and abroad, and enjoy football competitions. Not as a spectator, of course, but as a player. If you have a young enthusiastic football player in the family, he will simply love such an opportunity. This way, school football tours will be more exciting and will be organized in the best possible conditions. Your little sportsperson will simply love the idea of participating at a football camp, where he can travel, play, practice, and have fun.

As a parent, you probably wonder why you should opt for such a football tour. First of all, encouraging the practice of sports is the best way to keep our children healthy. Who knows, maybe your boy will even end up making a career out of it. But, with the right travel agency, which is experienced in organizing such travel camps, you have nothing to worry about. The best arrangement and most modern facilities will be a part of these sport camps, for the safety and comfort of your young football player. Every child will have the opportunity to travel in his home country, or even abroad, to play football, have the best training sessions, and enjoy real football tournaments. He will feel like a genuine professional football player, seeing new places and meeting new people all the time.

Playing a sport like football can be incredible for the development of a child, both from a physical and mental point of view. When the child does it with passion as well, the feeling of accomplishment is even higher. Being a part of a team means to learn incredible social skills, communication skills, how to work as a team, and how to collaborate with the other team members. Also, practicing a sport means to be organized, disciplined, and respectful, all these skills being extremely useful in his adult life as well. So even if he will not turn out to become a successful football player, these football tours will help your child in a great manner, teaching him how to be successful as an adult, regardless what he will do in his life. You should allow your child to enjoy professionally organized school football tours, for the sake of doing physical movement and for the fun of playing his favorite sport. The young one will thank you for making such a choice, after he will return from his amazing football trip.

Tenerife – the perfect getaway

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Is your summer vacation coming soon and you have no idea where to go yet? Well, there is one suggestion that will stir your interest. If you haven’t visited Tenerife yet, perhaps you should do it this summer, as you will not feel sorry for making such a decision. This gorgeous destination is found in the Canary Islands, being an exotic place where the sun is at home, where palm trees decorate the surroundings, and where blue waters and waves are welcoming you murmuring easily. It is exactly what you need to relax, unwind, and enjoy the sun just enough to allow your skin to soak in some Vitamin D.

What can you do in Tenerife? First of all, you will love checking out the beaches on the island, because you will love sitting in the sun, relaxing, and swimming. The beaches in Tenerife offer stunning views in the back, with unique vegetation entwined with the image of the city, and bright blue waters in the front. In case you get enough of relaxing in the sun, you can always opt for a variety of water sports, for some excitement.

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You can also lounge on board of a sailboat, looking at the dolphins that will dancer around you in the water and, if you are lucky, you may even see some pilot whales. Such experiences will definitely offer you unforgettable memories. And, if you love snorkelling or plan on trying it, you can easily do it in Tenerife, the crystal clear waters and rich marine ecosystem providing the best backgrounds for such an activity.

The city will also offer you a wide range of restaurants, bars, shops, swimming pools and lounge areas, so it is less likely to get bored here. But, most certainly you won’t end up spending too much time in the city, being called back by the serenity and tranquillity you find near the shoreline, on the beach, away from the town’s centre.

Are you wondering where to stay in Tenerife? Well, the area is filled with hotels, but probably you would enjoy more a chic and private villa in Tenerife. To find villas with the best prices and offers in the area, just check out Clickstay and find one that suits your preferences best. On this site, you will find accommodation that will have all the comfort you need, plus it will allow you to pick something that will fit your budget as well. So, having all these ingredients, you will definitely have an unforgettable vacation in Tenerife, just the way you wished it to be. Make the most of the dreamy Canary island whilst you have the chance!

London Hen-Party Night

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Did one of your girl friends announced the coming of a hen-party? Better yet, did she asked you to help her out with its organization? Well, then you know that a party to remember should be held in London. Here, you will have everything you need, from clubs to restaurants, anything you may want to do is available in London. You and your friends are outside of London? You shouldn’t worry, because you can find accommodation, according to budget and preferences, by simply visiting Travelstay. So don’t miss the opportunity to have an unforgettable hen-party, because now you know what to do for all of your friends involved.

Now that you have the accommodation covered, you will need to find a suitable location for the party. All the best venues have online sites and contacts, so it will be very easy to look at their offer or even give them a call to make the arrangements and discuss details, like booking a date. Of course, when considering the location, menu, drinks, prices, do have a general meeting before anything is settled.

This is a group party, so everybody’s opinion should be listened, if you want the party to be successful. After all, you are all friends, and you wouldn’t like to break this beautiful friendship relationship.

It is up to you, and the rest of the girl friends involved if the “hen” will be a part of organizing the party or it is going to be a total surprise. Still, either way, try not to do something that will embarrass the future bride. Since you are her friends, most certainly you will know what she enjoys and what she disapproves. You can do something out of the ordinary, but without making her live unwanted moments. It is her party, so it should be done according to her style as much as possible.

You can make it a themed party, or anything you will all enjoy, because the point of this party is quality time spent together with your best friends, before getting married. So that doesn’t mean you will just grab dinner and have some wine. It should be something fun, just like in the days you were young and restless, but without something too compromising.

 

The best honeymoon destinations

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The honeymoon is the best way to celebrate your new married status and enjoy some peace and relaxation, after the stress produced by organizing the perfect wedding. But, it is true that weddings don’t come cheap, so you probably don’t have left that much money to go on your dream honeymoon. You probably would like somewhere far away, on an exotic island, sipping cocktails and being shaded by a palm tree. Well, you deserve to go there and make your dream come true because only once in your lifetime you can enjoy a honeymoon. For this, you can access holiday loans offered for such purposes, so your dream honeymoon can become a reality. Now that we covered the financial issue let’s see what the best honeymoon destinations are.

The first choice in the list is Camino Real, Acapulco, for the incredible weather, warm throughout the year, perfect for snorkeling and swimming. John and Jackie Kennedy spent their honeymoon here back in the days, but the destination is as famous today for honeymoons as it was back then. Even if the views are stunning and beach nearby, Acapulco is an affordable destination, in comparison with others. Restaurants are available for exquisite dining and clubs for having fun after night falls. If you want to have breathtaking views during your honeymoon, visit Fairmont Chateau, at Lake Louise, Canada. The destination is perfect if you enjoy spending time up in the mountains and practicing winter sports. Lake Louise is fed by a glacier, so the temperatures here are chillier. But, the hotels has a spa for pampering, romantic sleigh rides into the nearby forests, and a setting you will never forget. Not to mention that you get to cuddle up near a fireplace in the evening.

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Do you want something more exotic? Then try Amankila, in Indonesia. The place is translated as being the “peaceful hill”, and it is, so it is perfect if you want to relax and enjoy your time. For an ultimate honeymoon experience, it is recommended to book the deluxe pool suite, if you wish to have a pool just for yourself and your lover. Besides this, you will love the culture and multiple temples of the area. If you want a luxurious and wild honeymoon at the same time, visit the Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa. All the bungalows are constructed on the water, so you will be able to see fishes swim under the glass panels of the bungalow’s floor. The views are simply stunning, activities charming and you get the chance to spoil yourself at the spa.

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