Your May Travel Guide Is Here

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on May 22, 2017

It’s not too early nor too late to plan your summer vacation! All you need is a good planning and some fabulous deals! All these you can get from your May Travel Guide from Tours4Fun.

 


 

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Pitch Perfect: Essential Supplies For Any Camping Trip!

Camping is one of the most fantastic ways to spend a vacation that there is. It’s a really great way to get away from all of the trapping of modern life and get back to basics for a little while. Of course, when it comes to getting away from it all, there’s a fine line between a pleasant break away from civilization, to being stuck in the wilderness. After all, unless you’re after a very specific kind of experience, you’re probably going to want at least a certain degree of comfort when you’re camping. With that in mind, here are some of the essential items that you need to take along on your camping trip.

Somewhere to sit

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One of the best things about camping is that it gives you the chance to spend your time taking things slow and relaxing. Of course, it’s going to be pretty hard to relax if you haven’t got anywhere to sit down. There are plenty of camping chairs and loungers available but if you want something a little more luxurious and unusual, check out this
bear butt hammock review. Having somewhere to sit back and relax after a long day of getting out into nature and enjoying yourself is essential to make any camping trip as enjoyable as possible.

 

Somewhere to cook

As much as you might like to think so, there’s only so long that you can survive on potato chips. Eventually, you’re going to want to eat some real food. Of course, you’re hardly going to be in a position to get into a kitchen, so you’ll want to find a decent balance while you’re camping. A single flame stove is a fantastic option since it doesn’t take up much room, doesn’t need to be plugged in to function, and often helps you cook up some surprisingly effective meals! From fried breakfasts to hot soup, there are plenty of options that can make a camping stove one of the most essential items you could possibly take with you. Not only that but it means that you’re able to boil water without a kettle allowing you to wake yourself up every morning with a nice hot cup of coffee.

 

Layers of clothing

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It doesn’t matter where you are or what time of year it is, at night your tent is going to get pretty cold. If you really want to stay warm and comfortable during the night then you’re going to want to back some warm, thermal clothes that will prevent your temperatures from dropping. You can also look at things like extra thick sleeping bags in order to help you get the best possible night’s sleep.

 

Something to read

One of the very best things about camping is that it gives you the chance to get away from all of the distractions of modern life. That being said, there’s a big difference between getting away from your smartphone for a while and giving up on modern life altogether. The majority of people are likely to start feeling a little bored sitting around in a tent waiting for something to happen. Because of that, you should make sure to bring something like a book with you, for your own entertainment. That way you can pass the time easily without having to resort to staring at a screen non-stop.

Up to 25% Memorial Day Sale! Find Inspiration and Tips for your Memorial Weekend Travels with Tours4Fun.com!

Posted in tour, tourism, tourist attractions, tours, Tours4Fun, travel
on May 20, 2017

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Review – Dumont Affinia NYC Hotel in Manhattan

Manhattan, my favorite city in the planet. And with that comes the number of times I book my and family’s stay in hotels in the city that never sleeps. And most of the times, my selection narrows down to areas that are walking distance to Times Square or at least near that area.

I have never booked our stay in Dumont Affinia NYC Hotel before. It was actually my husband who found the hotel in one of the famous travel sites. We booked the Junior Suite which is perfect for a small family. We were 3 so the whole room was really big for us.

What I like:

The hotel’s location is perfect. This is the first time we booked along 34th Street at Lexington (Kips Bay). It is walking distance to the Chrysler Building and a kilometer away from Times Square. It also near shops and major department stores.Other famous landmarks are within walking distance like the Grand Central Station, Madison Square Garden, Rockefeller, and many more.

Check in was fast and so is the checking out. It didn’t take us more than 5 minutes to complete the check in process.

Our room rate include $10 voucher per day per room which is consumable. We could pick up drinks and snacks in their small food kiosk near the concierge that will sum up to $10, any in excess is just billed to our room. How convenient when we get very hungry at night!

The room is huge! Like really huge! Of all the hotels I have been to, this is probably the 2nd or 3rd hotel my family and I have booked in that is really huge. It could pass for a small condominium unit. I kept telling my husband that I could actually live in that hotel and own that room, perhaps just put a partition to make it look like a 1-bedroom unit in a posh condominium.

It has a kitchen complete with gas range and oven, a toaster, a big refrigerator, a kitchen sink and full provisions of cutleries from pots, pans, forks and spoons, plates, saucers, cups, glasses, goblets, knives, bread knife, and even a sponge and dishwashing liquid detergent. I can see that this particular is perfect for business travelers who need to stay in the city for a long period of time as it has complete amenities of an acceptable residential unit.

The bed is huge with plenty of pillows to spare. I slept like a baby that I didn’t even want to go out anymore.

The room is bright with enough natural light seeping in the wide, glass windows.

There’s a big study area that can double as a dining counter as well if you have guests.

The price was right for this type of property. We paid approx. $240 without the daily city tax and another hotel facilities fee that we need to pay per day of stay. The latter 2 were not included in the rate.

The hot water was readily available. It quickly turned hot when you open the faucet in the hot mode.

There’s a pressing board so we managed to freshen up our clothes without having to go to the laundry.

Pets are allowed! Not that I have one at the moment but that is very well appreciated because I love pets and I appreciate properties that give importance to the other members of the family.

Free wifi and the connection was superb!

The sofa was big enough to accommodate another guest and double as another sleeping bed.

The staff are all friendly and helpful.

The  view from our room is ok. We can see a bit of Chrysler Building and the cityscape nearby.

There are plenty of groceries, delis, Duane Read pharmacy nearby.

 

What I don’t like:

The extra hotel facilities fees were $25 per day and I felt that was exorbitant. What facilities did we have to pay for exactly that wasn’t covered by the nightly hotel rate? I wonder.

The air condition unit was broken. It was in heater mode even if we were have set it for cool. I had to call for the technician. It was fixed the same day though. But our first night was a little uncomfortable because we didn’t know the a/c was not working properly until the next day.

 

Facilities:

  • iPod dock
  • Minibar
  • Air conditioning
  • Non-smoking throughout
  • Wake-up service
  • Heating
  • Gift shop
  • Facilities for disabled guests
  • Ironing Facilities
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Iron
  • Room service
  • Business centre
  • Meeting/banquet facilities
  • Concierge service
  • Luggage storage
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Fitness centre
  • Kitchenette
  • Seating Area
  • Desk
  • Toiletries

 

Nearby attractions:

  • Empire State Building
  • Grand Central Station
  • United Nations Headquarters
  • Madison Square Garden
  • Times Square
  • Rockefeller Center
  • Penn Station
  • St Patrick’s Cathedral
  • Museum of Modern Art
  • Central Park
  • Union Square
  • Fifth Avenue
  • Macy’s

 

My recommendation:  5 out of 5

I feel this hotel is perfect for business travelers and families as they have big suites perfect for such guests. The location is perfect and I can’t complain about it. I only wish the price is not so hefty, not to mention the additional facility fees which I seriously don’t understand. However, those are minor hiccups in our entire stay because I liked the property so much. It’s not so new but it is clean, the bed is comfortable, the whole Junior Suite is huge and view from our room is okay too. I do recommend this hotel.

 

If you’re looking for hotels in Manhattan or in other parts of New York, you may find more hotels from:


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First Aid Kit Must-haves for Your Travels

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Whenever you go traveling, you need to make sure that you’re going to be safe. Even if you’re going to a safe country, where you don’t need to worry about disease or dangerous animals, you should still think about how to stay healthy. You might only be walking around a safe city, but you could still fall over or get sunburn. There are lots of useful things you could pack into a first aid kit, but you don’t need to take too much with you. Even if you only want to take a small bag, you can fit a range of handy medications and supplies in it. You can start off by buying a ready-made first aid kit, but you might need to add some of the following things.

 

Supplies for Treating Injuries

 

There are lots of ways you can hurt yourself when you’re traveling, from sunburn to cuts, bruises and even sprains. Having a few basic supplies makes it easy to take care of simple things without having to search for someone to help you. For example, antiseptic wipes and band-aids will help you clean out a cut and keep it clean. A couple of different types of bandages can help with bigger wounds or perhaps with strains to joints or muscles. Remember to also pack a pair of small scissors so that you can cut things to size.

 

Preventative Medications

 

There are some important medications you might need to take to stop yourself getting sick. In some places, you might need to get a prescription for Malarone malaria tablets so you can reduce the risk of getting malaria. Destinations where there might be a risk include a number of countries, including some in South America, Asia and Africa. Another preventative medication you could need in some places is altitude sickness tablets. If you’re planning to climb any mountains, they can help to prevent the symptoms of altitude sickness by making it easier for your body to absorb oxygen. Don’t forget to take any usual medications you take too, such as asthma inhalers. Also, remember that anything that protects you from the sun (or the cold) will help to prevent illness and injury too.

 

 

Painkillers

 

A headache might not be the end of the world, but it can put a damper on your travels. If you want to treat aches and pains, it’s always useful to have painkillers on you. While you can pick them up in a pharmacy when you get to your destination, it’s easier to have them on you. Plus, you might be going somewhere more remote. Blister packs will keep each pill separate so that they’re less affected by moisture. Be careful in some Arab countries, as any painkillers containing codeine could get you in trouble with the law.

 

Digestive Medications

 

All kinds of things can go wrong with your digestion, especially when you’re traveling and eating unfamiliar foods. Whether you’re feeling nervous or you’ve eaten something you shouldn’t have, some handy medications to treat your tummy can help you feel better. Medicines for diarrhea and constipation are useful, as are medicines for heartburn and indigestion. It’s also a good idea to have something to help replace electrolytes if you lose fluids through vomiting or diarrhea.

 

Practising Safe Personal Intimacy

 

Traveling can mean meeting new people or perhaps traveling with your partner. Even if you’re not expecting to have intimacy with anyone on your travels, it pays to be cautious. You should take whatever precautions you do at home, from continuing the use of birth control medications to using condoms. It’s often a good idea to buy condoms at home so that you know they’re good quality. Condoms are the best way to prevent both pregnancy and STD, so make sure you pack some.
 

 

 

Water Purification Tablets

 

In many places around the world, the water in homes and other buildings is perfectly safe to drink. However, there are some places where you need to exercise more caution. You might decide to stick to drinking purchased bottled water. However, it’s also useful to have a water purification system or tablets with you. These can also be used if you’re camping or out in the wilderness and need to purify fresh water before drinking it. You can find them in pharmacies as well as outdoor stores. You can use iodine tablets, special filter devices, or chlorine tablets.

 

Taking your own first aid kit on your travels helps you to be more self-sufficient. You can take care of a range of problems on your own and help others too.
 
 

Getting Super Visa For Your Parents and Grandparents to Enter Canada

It is vacation time once again. Many of you may have planned to get your parents or grandparents to visit Canada for a spring or summer vacation or even a year-long stay to enjoy family time with you and your family.

Having your relatives around during vacation is a wonderful experience to be had as many families in Canada have relatives living abroad who cannot visit regularly due to many reasons such as visa requirements, and the cost of flying overseas.

Getting your family to come over will require thorough planning, budgeting,  and execution. You just do not let them apply for a visa, if they need it. They need to complete documentations as well to proceed with the visa application.  Aside from filling up forms, having photos taken, securing bank statements and other documents required in the visa application, a super visa insurance is also a necessity to ensure their safety, and coverage while staying with you in Canada.

What is a Super Visa?

Many wonder what a Super Visa is. To simply put it, a Super Visa is an option for parents and grandparents of permanent residents and Canadian citizens to visit their family in Canada and they are also eligible to say for 2 years without having to change their status of stay while in Canada.

What do you need to get a Super Visa?

Applicants must prepare proper documentations to apply for a Super Visa for their parents and grandparents.  Applicants who are parents or grandparents of a permanent resident or Canadian citizen must also meet several criteria to become eligible as applicants for the Super Visa category of entry to Canada.

Here are just some of the criteria you have to meet if you are considering to apply for a Super Visa:

  • Be the parent or grandparent of a permanent resident or Canadian Citizen in Canada
  • Be able to prove your ties to your home country
  • Be able to prove your purpose of visit
  • Your family member who is a permanent resident or Canadian citizen must meet the income threshold to be eligible to sponsor you to come to Canada
  • You must have a super visa insurance coverage issued by a Canadian insurance company for at least a year and that coverage must include hospitalization, repatriation, and healthcare

To read more in-depth information on Super Visa requirements, you may also visit the Government of Canada Immigration and Citizenship page.

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How to apply for this type of visa?

There are 2 ways to apply for this type of visa when entering Canada. You can either submit your application online or submit all your documents’ hard copies to the Canadian Embassy of Consulate in your country.

The Government of Canada’s official website will all have the specific details of both of these ways when applying for the Super Visa. I will highly recommend that you check all the information provided in their official site for other requirements which have to be fulfilled alongside the application of the super visa.

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Your April Travel Guide Is Here!

Yes, we have entered spring and yes, the weather is still a bit crazy but that shouldn’t dampen our mood for some great Spring Break plans!

I am happy to offer you the April Travel Guide filled with plenty of ideas for places to go to and tours to take with up to 25% off.

Save big time on your vacation and check out the Savings on Europe Tour Packages here in Tours4Fun. So, take advantage of the fabulous deals this April and enjoy your vacation!