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A Hong Kong Trip Requires a Great Deal of Preparation

1365026_long_beach__tasmania_bay_of_firesWhenever you are planning to travel internationally, you need to plan for every scenario, before you can make your trip.  As a matter of fact, you may want to have everything ready, before you even finalize your travel plans.  If you are heading to Hong Kong, there will be a few things unique to that region, that you may not be familiar with, so do due diligence to research and you can avoid being hit with culture shock.  Not to mention, there is so much to do in Hong Kong, that you will want to make sure that you list everything and familiarize yourself with location, apparel to wear,  entry cost etc.

International Travel

When you are travelling internationally, there are plenty of hoops you will have to jump through.  As an example, you will have to make sure that your passport is completely in order before even attempting to travel out of the country.  Receiving a passport can take a bit of time and even if you complete your application and submit everything exactly as it should have been, you may still have a bit of red tape to get through.  Another thing to remember, while not nearly as essential, is that other countries may not have products that you are used to, such as a specific brand of soap, or deodorant, even specific brands of food or bottled water etc.  If you have specific needs, when it comes to these types of items, make sure to bring them along.  I have friends that even pack a suitcase with their favorite snack foods and as it empties, during the trip, they fill it with their purchases found along the way.

Plenty to Do

Hong Kong has plenty to do for everyone,, but customizing a vacation that is specific to your desires will be something you will want to do before you go.  For instance, you may want to visit the beaches of Discovery Bay in South Lantau Island to see why so many people flock there in the summer.  You may be planning on visiting Hong Kong Disneyland, so perhaps you want to know when the best time of the year to visit will be.  There is plenty to do in Hong Kong so make sure to get the most of your trip.

From researching attractions to applying for your passport, travelling to Hong Kong is going to take some planning.  Once you see the beauty of Hong Kong, and learn the history of this charming island.  It is a beautiful and mysterious place steeped in a long history and worth every single hoop you have to jump in order to get there.

Hotel Lobby Makes the First Impression

139818_us_grant_hotel_1Don’t judge a book by its cover, wise words in most cases, but sometimes it is a good rule of thumb to maybe not judge, but look closely at the cover.  In the case of picking a hotel the cover is the hotel lobby and if it is underwhelming, you can pretty much guess that the guest rooms are not going to measure up to par either.  The best four and five star hotels invest in their appearance.  Things like the furniture, artwork and over all décor are all well thought out, in the best hotels.  No one is saying that just by enjoying hotel art on the walls, you will also enjoy your stay but, you can pretty much assume that if the hotel puts effort in to the outward appearance, they also take that same approach with other aspects of their operation.

More than a Waiting Area

Beyond the appearance of the lobby, some hotels offer perks in their lobby area.  Free Wi-Fi is becoming an expectation of many travelers and many hotels offer free internet access, in their lobby area, even before you check in for your stay.  If you are working on your laptop in the lobby and you want a snack, you might just be in luck, because many hotels now have a full service food and beverage area.  Taking it to another level, Las Vegas has long been the leader in the hotel lobby becoming more of an experience and less of a waiting area.  In some Vegas hotels, the lobby in the main attraction or at least an interesting side attraction complete with casino games, but of course, it is Vegas.

Gathering Place

Most hotels are a little more on the tame side, when it comes to the activities they offer in the lobby.  Things like free espressos or other designer coffees are becoming common at hotel chains across the country.  More and more hotels are re-imagining their lobby area as a gathering place, rather than a place to pass through on check in and check out.  This idea is to entice people to leave their rooms and use the lobby as a congregating area.  This means many hotel lobbies are starting to look more like living rooms and less like hotel lobbies.

Packing Properly For A Trip To Costa Rica

1397457_untitledWhen deciding to pick up and haul the entire family and all your relations to Costa Rica, for that rural family reunion adventure, remember to let everyone know that this is the tropics folks.  What you pack can have a direct effect on just how much fun you can have together.

God Bless the Airlines in Their Infinite Wisdom

It would take too long to name all of the airlines that are now charging, not just extra for your second, but even charging for your first bag!  To my knowledge, Southwest Airlines is the only airline that is still allowing you at least one free bag, in the baggage compartment.  Considering that, the lighter you pack the less chance you will have of needing a large enough bag, for the baggage compartment, or going over the weight limit for that bag.  Remember, when packing, that you’re going to return home with, more likely than not, a lot more than you left with from home.  Souvenirs and other must-have items will be taking up room, that may not have been there before you traveled to Costa Rica.  Some people pack an extra bag, which can flatten out for the trip there and be utilized to carry extras on the way back.  Don’t forget that if you’re carrying it, it has to pass inspection.

There’s Plenty of Shopping in Costa Rica

If you forget to pack some of your favorite items there is no shortage of places to shop in this lovely island paradise.  You can always take time out from your water adventures and volcanic tours, to take the entire family shopping.  Here are just a few suggestions: handicrafts at Sarchi’s Taller Eloy Alfaro;  Coffee Britt Chocolates are a huge deal already at the airport, but can be purchased throughout the city; fresh, tasty vegetables and fruit can be found in abundance, all over the place; San Jose’s Artesan Market; don’t worry if you lose your glasses, because you can pick some up at Cartago’s Supermas; if culture is your style there is art available from local artists, at Galeria Estudio, and finally Mercardo Artesania and Central in San Jose.

And don’t worry, there is always someone willing to sell you one-size-fits-all T-shirts and shorts.  Sandals can be found nearby and sunscreen is always available, somewhere.  Just because you forgot yours doesn’t mean that everyone else did, too.  Whoops, did I mention packing a swimsuit?  I’ll just bet you can buy one there!

Making Time For A Babymoon

Getting ready for a new baby is always going to be a wonderful experience for you and your family. If you are thinking about getting creative and doing a couple different things for your new baby then you always need to be sure that you have plenty of time to do all of these different projects. A new baby means you need to do several different things to prepare so that you are never caught off guard and don’t have something completed.
Due Date
When you first know you’re pregnant it is always a good idea that you calculate your due date. If you have been pregnant before you understand exactly how important this information is to know so that you are able to start working through each month, and getting different things done on time. In order for you to calculate your due date you should take some time on the computer and work on getting the perfect calculator for your due date.
Finding A Due Date Calculator
All you need to do when you are looking for your due date is, go to your favorite major search engine and type in the keywords calculate due date. From there you are going to get a huge list of different websites will be able to help you figure out when you are going to have your baby. That is the best way for you to get on top of things and you will be able to plan everything out accordingly.
Getting projects done before you have a baby is always highly recommended because once you have a baby all of your free time is gone because you will need to take care of the new bundle of joy in your family. Always be sure that you plan ahead when you’re pregnant.

969794_9_monthsGetting ready for a new baby is always going to be a wonderful experience for you and your family. If you are thinking about getting creative and doing a couple different things for your new baby then you always need to be sure that you have plenty of time to do all of these different projects. A new baby means you need to do several different things to prepare so that you are never caught off guard and don’t have something completed.

Due Date

When you first know you’re pregnant it is always a good idea that you calculate your due date. If you have been pregnant before you understand exactly how important this information is to know so that you are able to start working through each month, and getting different things done on time. In order for you to calculate your due date you should take some time on the computer and work on getting the perfect calculator for your due date.

Finding A Due Date Calculator

All you need to do when you are looking for your due date is, go to your favorite major search engine and type in the keywords calculate due date. From there you are going to get a huge list of different websites will be able to help you figure out when you are going to have your baby. That is the best way for you to get on top of things and you will be able to plan everything out accordingly.

Getting projects done before you have a baby is always highly recommended because once you have a baby all of your free time is gone because you will need to take care of the new bundle of joy in your family. Always be sure that you plan ahead when you’re pregnant.

Take a Vacation from Mortgage and Income Woes

1399004__travel_rest_from_work__When stressful situations arise, the solution to the problem is to take a mini vacation from the problem by getting away from your home or office for the day to re-evaluate the situation and approach with a fresh perspective. By taking a “mini-vacation” and taking more time for yourself, you will be able to make a more informed decision and save yourself the time, money and hassle of making a costly decision because, you didn’t take the time to evaluate it carefully.

Check Your Insurance Regularly

Before leaving your house on Monday for work, take the time to review your insurance and make sure that you have enough insurance for where you’re currently at in life. You should make sure that you have enough PPI, life, medical and auto insurance because insurance will be there to protect you during those times in life where you’re unable to work and you need it.

Take Care Of Your Body

As you grow older, don’t hesitate to take care of your body. Body maintenance is an important part of life especially as your life gets busier and due to trials at home or work you become more prone to stress.

Besides taking care of your body, it’s also important to take time for yourself by spending at least an hour or more per week doing something for yourself like going to the spa, gym or store to purchase something that you’ve been wanting for yourself. A little pampering each week won’t hurt you and it will also enable you to raise your self-esteem as well.

Assemble A Team

You don’t have to be in business for yourself to have a team, you can have your own team of trusted advisors, friends or relative that you will turn to when you need advice or help in time of need. For example: when you’re experiencing problems with taxes, it will pay off to have a friend or family member that you can call who is experienced in dealing with tax problems you can get the help that you nee instead of spending a lot of time searching for the answer to your problem on your own.

Top Ten US Skiing Destinations

1330828_mountain_elevatorOne of the best skiing destinations in the world is Gatlinburg, Tennessee, here you will find nine of the best trails you will ever get a chance to ski on which are great for experienced skiers or people learning to ski and thanks to their snow making techniques, you will never hit the trails and have a bad day on the slopes.

Oregon

Come to Mount Hood and experience world class trails that can’t be matched anywhere else in the United States; when you’re day on the slopes is over, spend your time at the Timberline Lodge with other skiers and outdoor lovers.

California & Nevada

Live in California or Nevada? Lake Tahoe is your skiing destination. What’s great about this ski spot is that it has almost 100 ski runs and one of the best vertical drops on the West Coast

Utah

If you’re a movie fan, you may be familiar with Park City Utah, this destination for the Sundance Film Festival is also the best place for some of the best skiing in the world because, it enjoys over 500 inches of snow per ski season.

New York

Never been to Lake Placid? You’re missing out, this destination is the place to be for skiers and snowboarders on the East Coast and it’s also been the site of some of the best Olympic Winter Games over the last 50 years as well.

Wyoming

Come to Jackson Wyoming if you’re looking for skiing terrain that’s steep and challenging; there are two peaks to choose from including the highest vertical drop in the U.S., which is over 4,000 feet.

Montana

Blue Sky, Montana may look like a sleep town during the rest of the year, but during the winter months it comes alive; this skiing destination is one of the best places for winter skiing in the United States and it’s signature spot, Lone Mountain, has the capacity to hold over 20,000 people in one hour which makes it ideal for the most experienced and dedicated skier.

Colorado

Aspen is a legendary ski destination, come here at least once in your life and you will never regret it.

Vermont

Never been to Stowe Vermont? Look it up on the map and come here for some of the best skiing in the United States; this destination enjoys over 20 feet of snow per year and this means lots of fun for any skier.

Colorado

Vail Colorado has been known as “America’s Ski Resort” since the 1960’s and it offers almost 200 marked trails plus plenty of great vertical jumps for skiers or snowboarders.

Castles Don’t Only Exist in Fairy Tales

photo_4456_20071212One of the best parts about traveling in Europe anytime of the year is visiting castles. If you haven’t visited a castle before, you owe it to yourself to travel to Europe, stay in one of the many holiday cottages in East Sussex and explore the iconic castles that the area has to offer.

Bodiam Castle

This castle was built by 1388 by a gentleman of the name Sir. Edward Dalyngrygge and although he was a private citizen, Sir. Dalyngrygge was one of the first people in Europe to have a castle built for his own enjoyment. It features rectangular designs that will remind any historian of castles that were built during previous centuries in Europe and for a castle that was built for a private citizen, it’s not lacking on details, this castle features a huge, artificial lake, wooden bridge and island that’s fortified and was at one point prepared for attack.

Although Dalyngrygge loved his castle, it wasn’t built to withstand attacks from invaders and it was attacked twice in its history, once in 1484 and again in 1643. After the attack in 1643, Parliament ordered the castle to be dismantled and it stayed in a bad state of disrepair until the mid 1800’s when it was purchased by a private citizen and it’s restoration was begun and eventually finished in the 1920’s.

Herstmonceux Castle

One of the most stately castles in England is Herstmonceux Castle; it was built in 1441 for Roger de Fennes, the treasurer for Henry VI and at first glance it fits the bill of what a castle should look like with it’s imposing towers, beautiful bridge and awesome lake.

Although it looks imposing, this castle has seen little to no military action over the years and that’s a good thing since its walls are too thin to withstand any military action.

Over the years it’s seen it’s high’s and lows, sadly, this castle almost didn’t make it through the 1700’s as area residents including Robert hare, a Reverend from a nearby church used it’s stoned to construct his new house.

Thanks to Sir. Claude Lowther, the castle was restored to its original grandeur and the blueprints were followed to insure that all of its details were recreated, as they were when it was first built.

Traveling Around The World For Free?

1134387_open_roadIt may seem extremely crazy however there is one unique individual that has done many different jobs in order to travel the world for free. Is this something you would ever do? Most people would rather just save up for a vacation and travel when they can. Traveling for free always has a price to pay and you can definitely tell that this unique individual has had to do some jobs that most people would never think about doing in their life. The cool thing about the man who traveled the world for free also videotaped his wonderful adventure and it will be on TV very soon in a television series. His videotapes were edited and became 30 min. segments.

Taking A Vacation Around The World

If you decided that you didn’t want to travel the world for free but you actually wanted to take a vacation then you need to do a few necessary things in order to determine where you plan on going. The first thing you need to do is figure out what parts of the world you would like to experience and when you would like to go. Always factor in different seasons because you do not want to plan a trip to Europe or to South America when the weather is bad so do some Internet research or contact a travel agent before you decide to book a flight. The other thing you need to do is you need to be sure that where you plan on staying does not have any customer complaints. Always read reviews when it comes to any hotel that you plan on staying especially if you are in a different country.

Preparing For A Trip Around The World

You will always need to have identification so be sure that you have your passport and any relevant information your travel agent advises you to carry. You then need to be sure that you have plenty of clothing and then you also have all your medication. You should check with your doctor to be sure that your vacation is going to be something that will not harm your health. That is a very important step to do.

Your vacation is going to be amazing around the world. It might not be as exciting as the man who traveled around the world for free, but you are also getting to see the world.

The Mayfair’s Luxurious New Suite

919450_hotel_bathroomIf you are ever traveling to London and then you definitely should take a look at a new suite. This suite offers several new amenities that are amazing and top-of-the-line. Planning a vacation to London is going to be a wonderful adventure for you and your partner. The first thing you need to do is determine what dates you will be traveling to London because you need to make a reservation at the Mayfair. It is very wise to book your vacation in advance because the Mayfair is one of London’s top hotels. And since the Mayfair has had an upgrade in its suite you need to take action immediately when you start to make your reservations.

Wonderful Upgrades

Having a Japanese bath as an upgrade in this remarkable hotel suite is going to be one of the best things you can do when you are relaxing after a long flight.  The soothing bath will make all of your sore muscles makes disappear so that you are able to enjoy London to its fullest. When you first land in London you should check into the hotel immediately and then go enjoy a nice warm bath. Then you will be able to decide what your next move will be when you decide to go out on the town. If you are struggling to figure out areas in London that you would like to check out then ask the front desk for information on all of the cool places to go.

Adventuring In London

Having a travel guide is always a wonderful way to learn all about London and all of the cool things that London has to offer you. You can experience all of the wonderful food and also check out the wonderful architecture. Then each night you can retire back to you luxurious suite at the Mayfair and relax in your Japanese bath. That is a wonderful way to spend a vacation when you have traveled a long distance. Good food, and great atmosphere, and a luxurious suite in a top-of-the-line hotel are one of the best ways to travel.

Every time you travel to London you should always try to spend a few nights at the Mayfair. You should also tell all of your friends and family about this amazing hotel so that in the event they decide to travel they can stay at the Mayfair and experience the luxurious suites just like you have.

Father’s Day Traditions around the World

1372591_christmas_elements_-_bauble_2There are Father’s Day celebrations in just about every part of the world all throughout the year. Many countries have at least some form of the holiday is not a nationally or publicly celebrated event.  Most countries have a Father’s Day holiday that takes place in June and the surrounding summer months. There are some countries with unique and culturally diverse celebrations for this special day. No matter where people live in the world, there is usually a time that calls for Fathers Day gift ideas.

Father’s Day around the World

Most of the countries around the world o not celebrate Father’s Day as a public holiday. Canada’s version of Father’s Day is similar to America’s except it is not a public holiday. Father’s Day in America was established in the early 1900s after a mining disaster in which over 200 miners died. Countries with heavy roots in Catholicism pay homage to Saint Joseph. Denmark celebrates the Constitution Day and Father’s Day on the same day.

Different Father’s Day Celebrations

In Germany, Father’s Day coincides with Ascension Day, many people celebrate the day by going ok long weekend to party and get drunk, while others spend the time at home with their families. Many people in Germany go on trips and go hiking with friends for the weekend. Pakistan celebrates Father’s Day much like Mother’s Day; it is celebrated in June with hugs and gifts are customary. All of the 27 countries in the European Union celebrate some form of Father’s Day.

China has a special day for fathers in August, while Thailand celebrates Father’s Day on the birthday of the king. People give their fathers masculine flowers called the Canna Flower and where colors to commemorate appreciation for the king. There are a many different types of Father’s Day celebrations all over the world.

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