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Practical Packing        

Posted by: vacanza     
<span class="blogcontent" ><div style="margin-bottom: 17px; " class="paragraph" > In an age of increasing globalisation and subsequent increased air travel, as well as low-cost airlines that encourage us only to take hand luggage on flights, it is easy to put less thought in what to pack and to instead focus on travelling ‘light'.</div><div style="margin-bottom: 17px; " class="paragraph" > It is, of course, sensible to take only the amount of clothes, shoes and toiletries with you that you need, however, time and consideration should be spent on what to pack that will afford you practical protection against minor mishaps and inconveniences. Make sure you don't avoid any pitfalls whilst travelling, by following this guide:</div><div style="margin-bottom: 17px; " class="paragraph" >1. Pack a first aid kit. This may seem like something you were taught at Brownies or Scouts, but, should you find yourself somewhere remote or even somewhere where there is a pharmacy language barrier, you may find yourself coming stuck, thus potentially turning a small ailment in to something worse.</div><div style="margin-bottom: 17px; " class="paragraph" >2. Buy a phrase book. The more arrogant English-speaking holidaymakers may forgo this, but it is worth a small bit of investment. Firstly, to please the locals at your destination, and also to simply give yourself an easier time of it. It is good manners to greet and thank people in their own language, and will likely make them more receptive to any help you might need, even if you carry on the conversation in English. It's also possible you may meet a non-English speaker in a moment of need, thus making a phrase book essential.</div><div style="margin-bottom: 17px; " class="paragraph" >3. Destination details. This may seem obvious, but it is worth making it the number one thing to put on your pre-holiday list. It may be simple, but could so easily be missed, and ruin your holiday. Ideally, keep a piece of paper with all the details of your flights (in addition to the tickets, which it might be sensible to keep in a different pocket or bag), and all addresses and home numbers of places where you'll be staying. This is often a requirement to show custom officials when entering a foreign country anyway.</div><div class="paragraph2" >4. Plug adapters. It's all very well packing your phone, hairdryer and handheld games console, however, if you can't charge them it will make packing them pointless. Buy an adapter that has all plug styles, making it a worthwhile investment for all future trips abroad.</div></span>

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Visas Needed from the UK        

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It is important that before planning a long-haul trip you ensure you have the correct paperwork for the country you are visiting. You may think that all you need is your passports and tickets, well, think again.
Here is a list of countries that you need visas for if you are travelling from the UK (extra notes are given where necessary):
Afghanistan Australia – 3 months to 1 year Bangladesh – 30 days to 1 year Bhutan – pre-arranged travel itinerary is compulsory Cambodia – up to 30 days Cameroon Cuba Dominican Republic Egypt India Indonesia Kenya Laos – can be obtained on arrival Madagascar Maldives – can be obtained on arrival Mongolia – pre-arranged itinerary also required Myanmar – invitation and pre-arranged travel itinerary compulsory Nepal Pakistan Qatar Russia – invitation pre-arranged travel itinerary compulsory Suriname Tanzania Uganda USA – no visa needed however you must apply for an ESTA before travel Vietnam Zambia Zimbabwe
It is important when travelling to any of the above countries that you check with their embassies here and/or check online for advice about what you need to obtain and do before you travel. You should also find out if there are any danger warnings about travelling to a particular country; you can check this online with the Foreign Office, who release up to date information.
Many countries that aren’t listed here would require visas if you were intending on staying for a while, these are usually from 30 days to around 90, but sometimes up to a year. So if you are planning a longer trip, you should also investigate this.
Visas can take a while to obtain and process, so it is recommended that you explore what you need a good three months before you travel.

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Tolkien tourism         

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The trilogy of “The Lord of the Rings” was filmed on some locations that are today open to the public. This accessibility has caused a phenomenon called Tolkien tourism. Tolkien’s Fans from all over the planet explore the fictional universe of Middle Earth by travelling to sites of the film and book-related significant places.
New Zealand, that remote country at the end of the world, was barely present in the universal voyager’s mind until the movies came out. Once the trilogy of “The Lord of the Rings” started and the Tolkien revolution started, the country, site of the movie trilogy by Peter Jackson, raised the annual tourism numbers.
Based on the novel by J. R. R. Tolkien, the three films of “The Lord of the Rings”, “The Fellowship of the Ring”, “The Two Towers” and “The Return of the King” were shot in various locations throughout New Zealand. Many of these locations have been preserved and altered to encourage the tourism that constitutes a substantial portion of the country’s economy.
The experience in New Zealand is a real adventure in Tolkien’s world. Some tourist even travel dressed as characters from the films. Known as Tolkien tourists, these passionate travelers sightsee well-known and obscures locations related to the epic fantasy.
Since it featured in “The Fellowship of the Ring”, one spot that has become famous for Tolkien tourists is called Mount Olympus. In the scenery stand dramatic pillars of rock carved out by forces of nature and the logics of time; the site is located in a park called Karhurangi National Park located in an isolated corner of the South Island. Other striking locations have also become famous. The woods of Lothlorien, home to the elves in the trilogy, were filmed in a beech forest in Paradise near Queenstown, one of the most visited places by Tolkien tourists.
The new movie “The Hobbit”, prequel to “The Lord of the Rings” will also be filmed in New Zealand. As a result, many expect a new explosion of the Tolkien effect in the coming years.

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Top Family Destinations        

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Here are some ideas for enchanting, fun and unique places to visit with your family:
Guanacaste,Image By: vic15 Costa Rica
Known for its affordability, as well as tropical adventure, Costa Rica is a breath-taking place to take your family. Some of the elements include active volcanoes, cloud forests with fascinating wild life (think toucans, howler monkeys, etc.) Activities include: pony trekking, zip lining, white-water rafting, and enjoying the volcanic beaches.
Rovaniemi, Lapland
Make their Christmas dreams come alive any day of the year. It's almost like Santa's actual home with reindeer, elves, jingle bells and all. In winter families can enjoy activities such as snowmobiling, husky sleigh rides and more.
Salzburg, Austria
For lovers of the Sound of Music, this place is a must visit. Tour the city the way the Von Trapp family does with pedal tours. Visit the old fairy tale fortress, the Marionette Theatre, feed the sharks, enjoy the chocolaty treats and other old-world wonders in this enchanting city.
Gold Coast, Australia
Here you get a great mix of nature and engineered fun. The beaches are legendary, and there is the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary's rainforest and eucalyptus forest for encounters with crocodiles, kangaroos and koalas. If you want something besides nature, there are the theme parks Movie World and Dreamworld that will keep the fun coming.
Cape Cod
Cape Cod is great for families with whale-watching cruises, rock pools and great dunes for exploring. Kids can join in on numerous ranger-guided activities, such as canoe trips.
Cancun, Mexico
Cancun's all-inclusive resorts are great for families. Their dedicated kid's clubs allow parents to get a break too. Kids and parents can swim with dolphins, zip-line in the jungle or horse ride on the beach.

Tags: Family, Travel, Vacation, Fun, Amusement

Lost Cities You Can Find        

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Many travellers are enchanted with the idea of visiting some of the world's lost cities. The stories behind each of these places are fascinating. Each city was once lost; be it war, natural disasters, or simply abandoned. Here are a few of the world's most famous lost cities that you can visit. You can walk along the same paths ancient civilisations walked, and get a glimpse into their world.
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This Incan city was literally lost until its discovery in 1911. Located 7,000 feet above sea level in the Andean Mountain Range, it is believed by some that Machu Picchu was a retreat for Incan rulers. Visitors to the village are awed by the view, and the isolation and timelessness of the village.
Petra, Jordan
Nestled in the cliffs of South Jordan is the rock city of Petra. The 2000 year old city is carved into and out of the rose-red cliffs. The remains include Roman theatres, temples, monasteries, roads and houses. During the time of the Roman Empire the Nabataeans built Petra into a flourishing city. Their power came from their control over major trading routes with China, India, and Southern Arabia. Petra was discovered in 1812 by John Ludwig Burckhardt, the Swiss explorer.
Pompeii, Italy
This once prosperous Roman playground was destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. The eruption buried the city in ash, creating a time capsule of the city. Unlike other lost cities, this one contains art, textiles and many interesting details regarding Roman life at that time (79AD). The ruins were discovered in the 1600s. Since that time Pompeii has fascinated archaeologists and tourists alike. Many visitors to Pompeii say it is like “going back in time.”

Tags: Travel, History, Vacation, Civilization

Europe’s Unique Dining        

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We usually think of Image By: Ewan-MEuropean dining as being traditional. After all, so many of the world's most loved dishes are European. While we can certainly appreciate the culinary wonders Europe is known for, there are a few places you can eat where it's not all about an exquisite three course meal. Check out these unusual dining spots:
Dans Le Noir-London, England
In this restaurant patrons are lead through the pitch dark restaurant by blind waiters and waitresses. The menu is mostly French-inspired. The idea of the darkness is to inspire the diners to re-experience taste without visual distractions, focusing on aromas and flavours.
Le Restophone-Montpellier, France
A truly social place to dine. Each table has an old style phone, and a phone number, to encourage communication between tables. This creates a great fun and interactive atmosphere where, truly, the ice is broken. Food-wise, it's a mix of traditional French cuisine, including beef tartar, and sports bar style with great burgers and fries.
Solo Per Due-Rieti, Italy
This place takes intimate dining to its highest level. The restaurant serves only two people at a time. The couple receives the undivided attention of the restaurant's staff, and the chef, of course. The menu, as well as the restaurant's décor, focuses on the seasons. In the winter months diners will find themselves warmed by winter colours and the crackling of logs in the fire place, in the summer seasons the view of the valley, and the abundance of exotic greenery will heighten the experience.
These are just a sampling of the most original dining experiences, but there are many more, including the cable restaurant, Gault-Millaut Restaurant Hirchen in Sattel, Switzerland, dining trams in Milan, Italy and Germany, and the Hospitalis in Riga, Latvia. With so many interesting places to eat, you never need to get bored.

Tags: Europe, Unique Restaurants, Dining, Fun, Travel

Hotel Keycard Collecting        

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What's it all about, we hear you ask? We humans, it seems, will collect anything. Stamps, coins, pins, dolls – you name it, someone's hoarding it somewhere. The prospect of collecting hotel keycards might sound baffling to some, but we assure you that it can be just as, if not more satisfying than collecting the more conventional things, such as stamps.
For a start, if you regularly stay in hotels, then this hobby is pretty much self-funding. Travelling around for work or pleasure can lead to the accumulation of dozens of keycards in a relatively short space of time if you're busy, or like to stay in lots of different places. And then there is the fact that many of the keycards are fairly attractive, usually carrying idyllic photos of the hotels themselves, or a swanky company logo. These are a work of art in themselves, as some of the designs are truly beautiful and inspiring.
The hobby also has something to behold for people who tend to stay in the same hotel, and thus rack up large numbers of the same keycard. Like anything collectable, keycards can be traded with other people interested in the hobby. This allows practically anyone to expand their collection, and more importantly, discuss the topic with others interested in the subject. In fact, some hotels have cottoned onto the hobby and now produce lines of keycards under the same theme or series.
And if you have acquired your keycard on your own whilst being away, there is another extra special aspect to the hobby. When you return home and place it in your collection, it is like you are building a photo album full of snapshots of your life. You can look back over your memories and think of that holiday to France, or that business trip to Japan that resulted in a promotion. Add this aspect to the attractiveness of the designs, and you realise that actually, it might not be such a mental thing to do after all.

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Wine Tasting Holidays        

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You needn't be a connoisseur or a sommelier to appreciate a wine-tasting holiday. Most vineyard tours cater to both experts and novices. Part and parcel of vineyard tours include beautiful scenery and fine cuisine.
You needn't be a connoisseur or a sommelier to appreciate a wine-tasting holiday. Most vineyard tours cater to both experts and novices. Part and parcel of vineyard tours include beautiful scenery and fine cuisine.
Old world wines
One automatically thinks of France when thinking of wine and rightly so. France produces some of the world's finest wines and the obvious place to start is the Champagne region. Champagne is synonymous with celebration, glitz and glamour. There are several vineyards in this small area so you will have the opportunity to try a great deal of champagne and gain a better understanding of the champagne process.
The Loire region of France is a slightly longer trip but it is home to some excellent wines, such as the crisp, citrus-scented Sancerre, or the lightly fruited Vouvray. However there are 67 different appellations - that is, distinct traditional wines from grapes that grow in particular areas.
Spain is going through a wine revolution and new skills are being introduced to traditional methods. There are many wine-producing regions in Spain, but topping the list is La Rioja, which is considered to be Spain's finest wine. Here the wine variations are many, from primitive to elegant and stylish
Italian food must be enjoyed with Italian wine. Grapes grow all over Italy so you will need to be selective when choosing a region. There is the relatively unknown but richly varied Puglia in the far south or Piedmont in the north, which gave birth to Barolo wine and is truly one of the world's best reds. It is one of the few things in the world that actually improves with age.
New world wines
These days, new world wines grace most people's dinner tables as they offer great value and flavour.
If you fancy exploring further afield, South Africa is a good choice, producing a good variety of wines such as sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, pinot noir, merlot and the native Pinotage.
Australian wines have taken the world by storm. Australia grows an enviable range of grapes and the lusciously dark Barossa Valley shiraz or the lemony Clare Valley Riesling can make one forget that old world wines exist.
New Zealand is a relative newcomer to wine production, but a few small producers started selling their sauvignon Blanc wines and suddenly the wine world stood up and took notice. Today, New Zealand's sauvignon Blancs are famous for their almost tropical taste.
Wines from South America come mainly from Chile and Argentina. The quality of their wine is improving all the time and the wine tasting world is watching and waiting with anticipation

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Wacky Holiday Fun In America        

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Belly-Floppin’ Fun: Summer Redneck Games — July, Dublin, Georgia
Ever done Bobbin’ for Pig’s Feet on your holiday? If you like the wacky and weird, the Redneck Games could be perfect for you. It is one day of fun, comprising of a mud pit belly-flop contest, watermelon seed spitting contest, armpit serenade and Redneck Horseshoes, using toilet seats. Winners get to take home a half crushed, empty, mounted beer can.
Mashed Madness: Barnesville Potato Days — August, Barnesville, Minnesota
If you love potatoes, you will love this annual celebration. While you are feasting on potato produce, you can watch mashed potato wrestling, a potato peeling competition, mashed potato eating and a potato sculpturing contest. Are you looking for a perfect little number to wear to your next party? Then be sure to check out some of the designs in the potato sack fashion show.
Beauty and the Beach: Mid-Atlantic Hermit Crab Challenge — July Virginia Beach, Virginia
Beauty is definitely in the eye of the beholder. At the Miss Curvaceous Crustacean Beauty Pageant the spotlight shines on a different type of beauty altogether. Hermit crabs compete in various categories including the Friendliest Crab, Most Unique Crab Display, Shyest Crab and more. If that doesn’t get your juices flowing then check out the racing scene at the Crustacean 500 race-track, in which hundreds of crabs “race” on an eight-foot track
Poultry Party: The Wayne Chicken Show — July, Wayne, Nebraska
Life wouldn’t be the same without chickens. The fine folk of Wayne, Nebraska recognise this and so they celebrate our feathered friends during a three day festival in July. Visitors to the festival are invited to indulge in all things poultry. There are events including: the National Cluck Off, the world’s largest chicken dance and the best chicken legs competition. There is some “chicken’s revenge” for those who bravely participate in the saucy hot wing eating contest or its hardboiled egg counterpart. Fashionistas can show off their designing talents by creating the best looking chicken hat.
Flinging Fiesta in Wisconsin: State Cow Chip Throw — September 3 – 4, Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Cow chips, or dried cow dung, were once used as a source of fuel by the early American settlers. With the advent of electricity cow chips were no longer needed as a source of fuel which led to a surplus of dry dung. The good citizens of Wisconsin hate to see waste so they organised the annual cow chip throw. Participants compete to secure the longest throw in the Chip Chuckin’ competition. Once all the chips are down, visitors can enjoy clog dancing, live music, a fun run and more.

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Tips for Cycling Holidays        

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Cycling holidays are the ideal way to see things which are often bypassed when in a car, such as stunning landscapes, historic buildings, out of the way restaurants and secluded waterfalls. Another benefit is that you keep fit and healthy, and biking is also environmentally friendly.
Planning a cycling holiday may be a little daunting at first but if you follow the guidelines your holiday will be so much more enjoyable.
• Map out your entire route and calculate how long you have and plan your daily routes accordingly.
• Check from which direction the prevailing winds come. Heading into the wind can slow you down considerably.
• If you plan to camp, ensure that there are no restrictions to setting up a tent and that the area is safe.
• Service your bicycle thoroughly before the trip. You will have quite a load in terms of luggage so ensure that your brakes can handle the extra weight. The best way to check is do a few trial rides with the bicycle fully laden some weeks before the holiday commences.
• Your luggage shouldn’t exceed 15 kilograms. Distribute the weight between two or four cycle bags. Cycling with a pack on your back is not advisable as it affects your balance.
• Ascertain what problems you may encounter and pack the necessary tools in your luggage. You should also include sun cream, first aid kit, rain-cape, insulating tape, string and water bottles.
Other important considerations include the following:
• Every member of the group MUST wear a helmet at all times during the trip.
• Ensure that each member of the group is able to do basic bicycle repairs such has fixing punctures, adjusting brakes or saddles etc.
• Calculating short breaks into your trip – the average cyclist cycles approx. 10 km an hour.
• Identify the weakest cyclist in the group and plan the length of each leg according to his or her pace.
• Never plan sections that are too long and make time to enjoy the unexpected on the way.
• Keep a check on your tyre pressure as you will have fewer punctures if the tyres are fully inflated.
• Layer your clothing so that you can remove layers as the weather changes but your rain cape should be packed where it is easily accessible.
• Heavy meals will make you sluggish so keep your food packs light and remember to drink lots of fluid at regular intervals.
• Most churches will allow you to use their amenities.
• Stretch before and after each day's ride. You will be grateful the following day.

Tags: Cycling, Bicycle, Holiday, Accommodation, Camping

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