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What To Do During A Weekend In Connecticut

While most people don’t venture to Connecticut for a vacation as such, many readers might find themselves stopping off there for a few days during a long US trip. So, it seemed like a good idea to offer an insight into the New England state and some tips and tricks about what to do while you’re there. It’s a beautiful place with lots of attractions that are guaranteed to keep everyone entertained. You’ll encounter cliche New England weather and welcoming faces at every turn. With that in mind, use this guide to ensure you don’t overlook anything significant.

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Finding the best accommodation

There are thousands of hotels and places to stay in Connecticut, and so you just need to use a booking app on your smartphone to find the best deals. The Econo Lodge Inn and Suites Airport is always a top choice for people who need to rest their head as soon as they arrive. However, most of the hotels in the state meet high standards, and so you just need to read some reviews to sort the wheat from the chaff. Just bear in mind that Connecticut is a large place, and so you’ll probably want to hire a car if you arrived via a plane. While there is excellent public transport available, getting from A to B is much easier when you have a vehicle to use.

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Finding the best food

It’s always sensible to ask the staff at your hotel for local restaurant recommendations because Connecticut has some fantastic eateries. The issue is that most of them are dotted around different parts of the state. That is why some local knowledge is going to come in handy. There are also lots of street food vendors around during the evening time if you spend a few hours near districts with lots of pubs and bars. Just make sure you don’t overlook places like The Capital Grille, Millwright’s, and ON20. You’ll also want to stop off at one of the many cafes each morning to get a full American breakfast.

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Finding something to occupy your time

When it comes to attractions, Connecticut has much more than most people think, and it’s budget-friendly. For that reason, it’s always wise to perform some online research before you plan to arrive. However, the following list of places should point you in the right direction:

  • The Mystic Seaport
  • The Mystic Aquarium
  • Gillette Castle State Park
  • Mark Twain House
  • Lake Compounce
  • Submarine Force Library and Museum
  • Beardsley Zoo
  • Connecticut Science Center

 

Now you know how to have a brilliant time in Connecticut, nothing should stand in your way. As mentioned at the start of this post, it’s not the most popular vacation destination in the world, but it does offer a rare insight into New England culture and history. So, if you have interest in the way our country came into being, or even if you just want a relaxing few days away from the grind, Connecticut is an excellent choice. Just make sure you take a camera because you’re going to encounter many photograph opportunities!

 

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Forget Vacation, Go For A Relax-cation!

While a lot of people want their vacations to be adventurous, full of danger and excitement, or some people prefer to go on a backpacking vacation to explore themselves. Yet, some people are too busy in life to be running around in another country, and would much rather live by the pool, with a pile of books, in the glistening sunshine. Many people would much rather this, so here is a little guide to the most relaxing vacation destinations you can try right now.

 

Budapest, Hungary

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While Budapest is one of the grandest of capital cities, rife for adventure, there are plenty of opportunities to relax. There are many spars, which has water flowing from the subterranean springs. But if you are looking for a more cultured way of relaxing, you should go to one of the Art Nouveau Gellért Baths, which boasts stained glass as well as beautiful mosaics.

 

The Galapagos Islands

While you can venture on Santa Cruz Galapagos cruises, there are so many quiet beaches, as well as the island of Isabela. It’s a nice small town, it is very quiet, but there are plenty of things for you to relax and unwind if you find that you are spending too much time relaxing on the beach! Isabela also has authentic Ecuadorian food, plus lots cater for all types of dietary requirements, from gluten-free, to even vegan. However, if you are not fussy, you may want to just chow down with the seafood! The freshly caught lobster is to die for!

 

Portugal

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Apart from the beaches, there are some fantastic tranquillity spas, such as the Vilalara Longevity Thalassa and Medical Spa, which is located in a beautiful botanical garden, with fantastic views across the Atlantic. If you are looking for a way to rejuvenate, you can reap the benefits of the natural saltwater in the Thalassa therapy package. In addition to this, there are workshops in mindfulness, methods to reduce stress, as well as yoga, arguably the most restorative technique you can practice.

 

The Seychelles

If you are looking for somewhere that is going to instantly unwind you in a tropical paradise, you cannot go far wrong with the Seychelles. There is silky soft sand, clear water, as well as restorative sunshine. You may be forgiven for thinking that it is extremely expensive, but you can actually stay in the Seychelles on a small budget. It all depends on what you intend on doing, but if you plan on relaxing, that luckily doesn’t cost that much!

 

St Lucia

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If you’re looking for a spa destination, in 2016 The Bodyholiday Destress was voted the world’s number 4 best destination spa. This spa implements a lot of ancient techniques as well as more modern therapies. In addition to this, you will be guided through tai chi, qi gong, as well as yoga to help de-stress yourself inside and out.

 

We all want something different out of our vacation destinations, but if you are looking to relax, you should try a few of these places. Not only will your body benefit from the break, but your mind will too!

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Packing Checklist For A Lady Of Leisure

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There is no greater way to spend your time than visiting other countries and seeing the world. However, your holiday can be less than relaxing if you get to the airport or even your accommodation and realise that you’ve forgotten something really important. The easiest way to avoid this is to write a checklist of everything that you need to take with you and tick it off as you go along. Luckily for you, I’ve already written down the basics, so you just need to remember the small stuff.

Passport & Boarding PassYou’re not going to go anywhere if you’ve forgotten your passport or boarding pass, so you need to be sure to check and double check that you’ve got it in your bag. These days you can often have your boarding pass saved on your phone, so be sure you do this and have a paper copy, just to be safe.

Large Handbag or BackpackAs well as a big suitcase, it’s likely that you’re going to want to take a large bag with you as carry on luggage. This bag should be filled with essentials for the plane, such as snacks, water, a book or kindle, your phone, your purse, and anything else you need. This bag can then be used during your holiday for days out and store snacks and essentials or can be doubled as a beach bag and look after your towel.

Phone & ChargerSome people use a holiday as a way to escape the stresses of everyday life, but this doesn’t mean that you have to leave your phone behind. Your phone can be used for a range of different things on your trip, such as for maps and directions, for music, as a translator, and to call the home or emergency services, just in case there is an emergency.

MoneyDon’t forget to exchange your currency before you go away. If you do it at the airport or when you get to your destination, it’s likely to cost you a lot more for the same amount of money. Shop around for the best rates a couple of weeks before you leave, and make sure you have this cash with you when you leave.

ClothesYour destination and the length of your trip is going to determine the type and number of clothing articles that you need to take with you. For example, if you’re going to The Caribbean for a week, then you’re going to need a floral dress or two, shorts, a swimming costume, and at least three t-shirts, whereas a weekend in Paris would require jeans and a comfortable jacket.

ToiletriesIf you’re only going away for a short while, then you should only need travel sized bottles of shower gel, shampoo, and conditioner. If you’re going away for a couple of weeks, it might make more sense to buy these things while you’re out there. You should also remember deodorant, sunblock, your toothbrush and toothpaste, razors, insect repellant, sanitary products, and plasters for blisters.

Travel AdaptorAs already mentioned, your phone is incredibly important, but it will be absolutely no use to you if you’ve forgotten that your travel adaptor. Not every country has the same plug type, so you need to ensure that you have an adaptor to be able to charge your phone (and any other electricals you decide to take with you). If you like to travel a lot, then a worldwide travel adapter may be the best option for you, as you then don’t have to buy new adapters whenever you go somewhere new.

EntertainmentYou may have chosen a destination specifically because of its amazing weather, but there’s always a chance that the weather is going to turn, and that you are going to get stuck in your hotel room with absolutely nothing to do. To avoid this, make sure that you pack something that can entertain you. If you’re going with your family or friends, then board games and card games are a great option. You could also download films, tv shows, and books onto a tablet, which is perfect for during your flight.

Remembering to pack everything you need for when you go away can be a difficult task, so there is always going to be something that you leave behind. If this happens, try not to stress; I’m sure you’ll be able to find somewhere that sells what you need. Regardless, this list should reduce your chances of forgetting anything, leaving you to relax.

 

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Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, But Plenty To Prepare For!

Posted in fun activities, lifestyle, outdoor activities, travel, travel tips
on November 14, 2017

Whether you are a beginner or an expert, there’s nothing quite like the rush of climbing a mountain. There isn’t a mountain out there that someone hasn’t wanted to conquer, and that’s for a good reason. The achievement of scaling the peaks of a mountain is one that is often unrepeated – unless of course you get the climbing bug!

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There are plenty of mountains to explore across the planet, with plenty of companies offering experiences and expeditions to get to their summits. The thing is, you can’t just pack up and head to Kilimanjaro for your latest adventure. Preparing for a climb takes a lot of time and not just in terms of what you need to pack: think water and Oxygen Plus just for starters! You need to think about conditioning yourself ready for you embark on your mountain climb. Experienced mountaineers are already aware of what they need to be totally ready for a new challenge, and it’s not a short process, either!

 

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Timing. When you’re going ahead with a mountain climb, you need to think about how early you should be starting with your training. Of course, it’s never too soon to start preparing yourself, but you should be conditioning your body for around a year before you actually head off on your expedition. The serious training should begin around four or five months before you plan to set off.

Outdoor. Your training – whether you live in a city or not – should be all outside! Your plan should be done in all terrains if possible and should be enough to literally kick your butt into shape. It’s all about pushing your own boundaries, because you’re soon going to be pushing them past your limits when you get climbing. Hiking with a pack on your back. Stairs should be taken as much as possible to train your legs. Mountain biking is another great option for outdoor training!

Indoor. While you would push your endurance levels outside, you should weight train inside. Bench pressing, leg and calf raises, and arm work can all help you to build your strength and get you used to pulling your own weight.

Diet. Swapping to a diet that is mainly protein based is going to get you where you need to go to pack on some muscle before you head off to an expedition. You should also – in the weeks prior to your trip – stock up on fatty and rich foods to build up some of the stores you’ll be burning mountainside.

Climbers go through a rigorous plan and training session before actually beginning their climb. Mountain climbing is about endurance, focus and hitting goals that you would never have anticipated hitting elsewhere. It’s a different kind of break from everyday life, but it is one that you absolutely should consider if you are wanting to find something different from the norm! Challenge yourself to climb to the highest peak – just make sure you’re physically and mentally ready to go!

 

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Staying Updated With Local Events In Your City

Posted in events, lifestyle
on November 11, 2017

The weekend is closing in and it’s time to line up a plan. Where do you search for information about exciting things to do? The New York Times? The Washington Post? Ironically, while there is a plentitude of major media available to people these days via Smart Phones and Tablets, the fact is that much of that media is communicating news of major world events. People today can easily learn in detail about what is happening in major cities from New York to Tokyo, but when someone wants to find out what’s happening in the local park, it’s best to follow a reputable local news source.

Without a doubt, the news that really affects most people is the news of what’s happening in a local neighborhood or town. Of course, news of global events is fascinating, which is why there is so much media attention given to it. But it can be hard for people today to sort out all the details of what is happening in big cities like New York and Paris, London and Berlin. Many of these worldwide events are interesting, but they don’t actually have an impact on our daily lives.

Stay Local and De-Stress

With so much world news so readily available to people today, the opportunity for heightened stress is a reality that can’t be discounted. Today many psychologists advise people who become over worried by exposure to the news to step back once in a while and totally unplug. That, and getting more involved in a local community is much more reassuring than getting caught up in every aspect of a local news cycle.

For people who live in the San Fernando Valley, san fernando valley events are what really matter. The same goes for residents of Malibu, Studio City or any of the other local communities in Southern California. In the final analysis, news of a local school district vote or a local carnival or robbery will impact a person’s life more than the latest news from Washington, D.C. Because of this, local news outlets are thriving, as people gravitate to what matters in their neighborhoods and communities.

 

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The Only Travel Backpack You’ll Ever Need

Posted in bags, lifestyle, travel, travel tips
on November 10, 2017

 

I have just bought a new smartphone and I was looking out for a wireless charger when I came across this backpack charger on one of the websites. This bag is kind of special because its outward appearance looks like a normal backpack but it is actually more than that. It is a power backpack made of good quality fabric with stainless steel zippers. It weighs about 4.5lb, together with the battery. This is a great bag for travellers.

Besides serving as a travel backpack, the bag is equipped with compartments and zippers. Some of the compartments are lined with protective padding. There is one special compartment built to manage all the special technical functions. You can keep your small MP3 player, a voice recorder and cables and other accessories.  The bag is designed with a charging port, to allow wiring and charging inside the pockets for charging your electronic devices, including your smartphone. You will not have to worry about not packing your charger or cable on your travel trip again. There is also a place to keep your wallet and important documents.

There is a place for your ipad and your laptop with strap to secure your devices. Looks like the bag is full of pockets and compartments with accessory features. There are two 3 inches wide shoulder straps with shoulder padding. You will need to refer to the owner’s manual to find your way through the many compartments and what they are for.

 

 

The amazing battery takes about 6-7 hours to charge. Charging cables are included when you buy this bag. The battery can be charged overnight without fear of it being damaged. This backpack charger bag has integrated wiring pockets to allow owner to customize the load out.  The included battery has enough power capacity and output to charge three devices at the same time. The bag works as a great organizer to carry whatever extra cables or cords and battery packs. This bag is equipped with enough space to carry an iPad or tablet, a laptop, phone, your wallet, passport or even books.

With this power bag, you can pack whatever you need to the office or when travelling and at the same time works as phone charging backpack or a charging stations for other electronic devices. It includes various USB ports to accommodate different charging hook ups. The pockets are water resistant to provide protection for your other smaller devices. This power bag is strong and spacious and the best part is that they will not encounter any problem with the security checkpoints since the bag is equipped with TSA-compliant laptop compartment.

 

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When To Travel In Style With A Limo

Posted in car rental, lifestyle, limousine service, travel, travel tips
on November 9, 2017

You see them driving all over the country. They’re those long, luxurious stretch limos that catch the eye of every car passing by. When people see a limo, they see luxury. But a limo rental is more than just impressing strangers on the road. It’s showing your guests that you are willing to go the extra mile for them. Common occasions like weddings, proms, and proposals are just a few of the things that people think of when they think of Chicago limo rental. There are lesser known ventures that might call for this type of service.

Let’s take business owners, for example, who want to draw in investors. A limo rental to a night on the town and dinner can show your prospective investors that you’re doing well in life. Even a rental of a car like this shows an excess of money that hints at prosperity. Second, it’s respectful. For guests that are already used to traveling in style, a limo is the only way to spend a night out on the town.

Respectful occasions also call for this type of service. If you’re going to have a serious conversation with someone, there’s no better place to have it than in a limousine. If you need to break bad or good news to someone, taking them out in a limo would help to soften or sweeten the news. Traveling with your family during a respectful dinner out is a great way to show them that you appreciate them. It’s amazing how many people use limo services these days for those little “any occasion” moments that let them know they’re special in life.

A limo will usually be used for something like a wedding, prom, or important date. For people with a little more money to spare, they can routinely take friends out in these amazing vehicles. Spouses who want to show appreciation will always find a warm, receptive audience in these vehicles. You get your very own driver, a bar, great lighting, and some VIP music in the back of a good limo. Whether it’s a formal occasion or an all out party, these vehicles have been creating memories for people for decades now, and the trend doesn’t show any signs of letting up. Few people would want to live in a world without these very important social vehicles.

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