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Things To Check Before Going On A Road Trip

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The Fall season is a good time to travel because of the beautiful foliage, the colorful sceneries, and the cool weather. It is a nice way to take a vacation, even if it just a weekender in a nearby county or a drive across a state to unwind. And in doing so, we need to also consider many things before we take the road trip.

Whether you are traveling nearby or taking a long road trip for your vacation or have been taking road trips regularly, it is still wise to check these things for your safety, security, and ensure your car’s road-worthiness to enjoy a fun time with your family or friends.

 

Schedule for a car check-up

Even if you are a pro in taking regular road trips near and far, it is imperative and smart to have your vehicle checked before the drive. Go to a reliable motor vehicle inspector and service unit to ensure everything in your car is in good condition, like the battery, tires, lights, and the brake is working properly.

 

Make it comfortable

Bringing small stuff toys and pillows for your kids can make a big difference in giving them comfort especially on a long drive. And as for the driver, a good back seat accessory to provide lumbar support is a perfect addition to keep you comfortable. And if you have toddlers traveling along, you may want to ensure they have proper car seats that is not only high-quality made but has met the highest standard in quality and safety.

 

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Bring your supplies

There is nothing wrong with being prepared. It is wise to carry first aid kit and some medications in case someone else falls ill and no immediate medical attention is at hand.  While it is understandable that a road trip will make people hungry, bring snacks like cut fruits, biscuits, and lots of water.

Also stock your vehicle with another kit that will be very useful in case emergency arises like a bag filled with spare batteries, flashlight, gloves, socks, blankets, and spare basic clothes.

 

Update your GPS

Make sure that your GPS system has been updated properly so you are on the right track. Set your GPS to pick up information on traffic congestions, road blocks/work/constructions, and even pit stops for those necessary potty breaks.

 

Insurance

It may just be a weekend getaway or maybe a longer one, no matter what the trip is and how long it will be, if you have the extra budget to cover yourself and family, do purchase an insurance coverage that will give you a piece of mind while on the road, and on your vacation.

 

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Luxurio-US: An Incredible All-American Vacation on a Budget

Vacations are a perfect time to get away from it all, and live a snapshot of a life we wouldn’t normally have. They interrupt the humdrum of the 9-5 and let us experience the freedoms and interests we can only otherwise day-dream of. The US, symbolic home of Hollywood lifestyles and sun-soaked inter-state travel, can help you live out this fantasy, whilst also seeing so much of the country. Sadly, the cost of luxury can soon pile up! Below are some more budget-friendly ways to explore and enjoy the US.

 

Stick with the Classic – the Great American Roadtrip!

An oldie, but a goodie. The open-road still has its allure! Source.

 

Long the stalwart of American cinema, folk-songs, and international envy, the great American roadtrip remains as viable in 2017 as it has ever been. You, some friends, a lovely cruiser and miles and miles of road. It’s what dreams, and great memories, are made of. Nowadays you can work with companies to arrange your roadtrip if you don’t fancy the planning yourself, but there’s nothing to stop you buying a map, hiring a car, and driving off into the sunset. If you plan your route strategically, you can tick off so many states whilst experiencing little snippets of their varied and intriguing histories!

 

(Just before you go, be sure to sort your epic soundtrack out, to really capture the moment!)

 

Twist it Up A Little – Travel by Train!

Trains, and public transport in general, in the US might not have the greatest reputation but this doesn’t mean you can’t use it to travel the States in comfort and style. The greatest complaint about roadtrips is the wearing nature of driving mile after mile, so why not have someone else cover that for you? You can use tricks to accomplish inter-state travel on a dirt cheap budget, so there’s nothing stopping you from emulating the Trans-Siberian whilst taking in so much of the US’s history and culture! You’re just a haversack, moonlit night and swelling soundtrack away from your own silver-screen experience.

 

Midnight train going anywhere, anyone? Source.

 

Really Go For It – Take Over the Seas!

Boats are one of the best symbols of living in the lap of luxury. By now we’ve all seen the iconic scene from Wolf of Wall Street (or similar films) where the boat is the ultimate status symbol. If you’re already planning on hitting up some of the US’s best beaches, why not go the whole-hog and hire yourself a boat? You can find out more here about one of the best ways to snare yourself that glam lifestyle on your break. Of course, if you’ve got a little more cash to splash with this (and the other tips) you can always escalate your expenditure to really get that VIP experience!

 

Mega-yacht, or classy cruiser? Source.

 

Together these are three of the best ways to see the famous US of A, whilst keeping costs a little lower than they could be. As all of them involve travel themselves, you’re never stationary and are always finding new places, people and passions to indulge in!

 

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LEARN TO SKI ON THE SWISS ALPS THIS WINTER WITH ULTIMA GSTAAD’S SKI SCHOOL

Enjoy the peaceful low-key atmosphere, and the promise of adventure on the Swiss Alps this winter as Ultima Gstaad’s Ski School is set to provide you and your kids with the opportunity to learn or build on your existing skiing skills.

Skiing photo courtesy of Gstaad Tourism

Composed of four multilingual and certified instructors the Ski School is the ideal partner for you to explore the serene beauty of Gstaad, offering hourly, morning or afternoon and daily sessions for guests at the Swiss boutique hotel.

Ultima Gstaad’s private instructors will provide you with ski equipment rental, a daily pass for the resort, and transfers to and from the slopes. From one hour of lessons to a full day, the ski instructors will be at your disposal throughout the winter season.

Benjamin Abel, one of the four instructors at Ultima Ski School said, “In the Ultima Ski School, we guarantee the satisfaction and happiness of our guests. Our services are suitable for kids from the age of three, as well as adults who want to safely learn skiing and improve their skills.”

Little ones and grown-ups can enjoy the 220 km ski slopes located on the opposite side of the chalet hotel, and the Ultima Gstaad Ski School offers different exclusive benefits such as direct pick-ups at the hotel, personalized lessons accessible to all levels, private or group courses, and advice on the choice of equipment.

The Ultima Ski School offers different ranges of prices and services which vary according to your skill levels. For private lessons, you can choose from an hour session, a three hours morning or an afternoon session, a full day, five or six mornings or afternoons, or a full six or seven days of lessons.

 

Skiing photo courtesy of Gstaad Tourism

Those with an extended stay at the hotel can book six mornings or afternoons. However, if you are more enthusiastic and passionate, you can go for Heliski.

As well as providing tailored skiing and sports activities, the boutique hotel will also be your guide to an unforgettable stay in Gstaad.

 

Private Lessons (from 3 years old)

Duration

Price in AED per person

1h / person

565

1 day

3,955

1 week

18,455

AED +452 per additional person

 

Heliski

                                               Duration

Price in AED per person

1 day

3,955

+ 25% per additional person

 

 

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Go Amish For Halloween With These Haunted Lancaster Spots

If you don’t know what to be on Halloween, you might as well decide on where to go instead – namely, to the land of the Amish in Lancaster. If you happen to be in or around the area during the Halloween weekend, you’ll have a ton of options of haunted sites and creepy places to visit.

Some of these places have also been featured on ghost hunter TV, and it should be easy enough to scare yourself senseless while you’re there.

 

Image link: Pexels

 

It’s what the season is all about, after all. Here is a handful of the top places to visit when you’re in Lancaster – and particularly if you’re there in October.

 

Sign up for a ghost tour

We tend to associate old towns and historical places with a sense of creepiness, right? Ghost stories just sound so much better when they’re told during a stormy night in an old house which walls shriek and whisper at regular intervals; Lancaster is one of those houses, just a lot bigger – and not really a house at all.

There are so many ghostly sites to feast your imagination on that you might as well sign yourself up for a ghost tour – just remember to bring someone along you can cling to when it gets too scary.

This ghost tour site lures you with promises of exploring long-forgotten mysteries and over 300 years of haunted history, so it should be well worth the dollars you put into it.

 

Have a beer at Bube’s Brewery

This haunted pub is located within a building that dates back to the 1800’s, which you may visit for a beer and a chat with the staff. They have reported seeing a young woman quite regularly who wanders through the art gallery in a long gown, as well as a young man who pops up at intervals with a strong masculine energy.

You may even have seen the microbrewery on TV as it gained a lot of attention from the media; get there early this Halloween and secure one of their ghost tours. The building is over 150 years old so it should be able to give you the chills even if you don’t spot anything unusual.

 

Watch a play at Fulton Opera House

The fascinating thing about this opera house is that sights of restless spirits were reported even before the theatre was built – and the first reports go all the way back to 1700. It was built partly on the grounds of a jail, the old Lancaster jail, and it all links up with the massacre of the Conestoga Indians.

With so many great places to choose from, it’s a good idea to hunt down best hotels near Lancaster, PA, as soon as possible as it may be booked out during the creepy weekend. That way, you’ll have time to witness the opera house for yourself; audience and performers alike have reported hearing phantom applause when nobody is supposed to be in the building.

Others even claim to have heard the piano playing by itself. It’s the kind of ghost stories we always see in the movies, so get yourself over there and witness it for yourself this Halloween.

 

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Tips On Customizing Your Cornhole Board

Posted in fun activities, fun things to do, lifestyle
on October 7, 2017

Cornhole is an “All-American” game that is loved by many. Although funnily enough, its origins remain unclear. While most people truly think that the game of cornhole originated in America by a farmer in Kentucky back in the early 1900s, others insist that it dates all the way back to 14th century Gemany. Either way, the game remains stunningly popular throughout America. This is why lovers of the game are always looking to customize their personal cornhole board. Luckily, this is very easy to do. In fact, there are even many ways to do this.

If the board is widely used by children, it may be fun to allow them to paint it. Not only does this make a great art project for the young ones to engage in, but it also brings the family closer together. Practically any design may be painted on the board, and for those with true artistic skill, cartoon characters or other such “fun” things may be painted on the cornhole board as well.

If a nice but plainer look is desired, the board can simply be lacquered. This still gives the cornhole board a sophisticated “smooth and shiny” look but also helps to protect the wood from the elements. Remember, always apply the lacquer either outside or at the very least, in a well-ventilated area. This is because breathing in fumes from the lacquer can be very dangerous, up to and including death. They can also be explosive in a poorly ventilated area.

 

(Photo credit: customcorntoss.com)

 

Another very easy way to instantly transform the cornhole board into any football lover’s dream is to adorn it with nfl cornhole decals. Decals of all variety are very easy to apply and incur no mess to deal with afterwards. Only the backing paper must thrown away in a responsible fashion.

No matter how you design it, have fun personalizing the cornhole board of your choice. Not only will it show off your personality, but it will bring all sorts of amusement when friends and family gather to play the great American game of cornhole.

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It’s A Wild Ride Going Up And Down The Colorado Mountains

Colorado is state of total natural beauty. The countryside differs so much from its southerly neighbors; you’d think you were in Canada. But perish the thought, because if you’re from Colorado that might seen as blasphemous. However, there’s no denying it, the mountainous passes, the fast-flowing and still lakes and rivers, are prime spots for sports fishing. Colorado’s landscape is perfect for going hiking, camping, kayaking, rock climbing and just about any natural activity you can think of. There’s only so much you can do on holiday before the time runs out. So here are some of the most popular things to do, if you want an unforgettable adventure, in the state that’s song, is ‘Rocky Mountain High.’

 

Snowbound

Vail Mountain Resort is great for a family trip or individuals looking to for an adrenaline fix; The mountain is distinctive in the fact that, rather than other skiing trips, the further south you go, the higher the peaks are. The town up north from the snowy peaks is like a miniature city, with every single thing relating to skiing and snowboarding being catered for. The great thing about so many small businesses offering you the best in safety and sporting equipment is that you don’t need to bring anything with you. VistaBahn Ski Rentals have greatly streamlined skis for the advanced, and wide, short skis for beginners. If you book in advance, you get a 20% discount and better still if you bring along your own boots, you’ll save a further $7. There’s are adult, kids, performance, sports and demo packages to choose from, and the minimum amount of time required before your discount is valid is a 24-hour booking in advance.

 

Image credit – Wesley Fryer

 

Flowing down the mountain

Departing from Durango, you will be guided north of the town where you’ll be standing at the lower part of Animas River. You’ll go through the safety precautions along with a first aid kit and how to use the items in it should something go wrong, and your guide will teach you how to paddle and how to sense which way the raft is heading. You’ll flow down class II and III+ style of rock formation, swerves, dips and slow and rapid flowing sections. You only need to be four years of age, and above to participate, so it’s great fun for the family or a group of friends. Halfway through the 4-hour course, you’ll stop off for a rest and a light picnic in the serene nature that surrounds you. Then it’s quickly back on the horse, and you’ll flow down towards the beautiful reservation lands of Southern Ute and returning to Durango.

 

Photo source – RobertKane123

 

Zip-line if you dare

Many zip-line tours in the world have a beginning and an end line fixed to a man-made platform. However, this particular zip-line is fixed to a 6500 feet high cliff, that peers over the vast dark green woodland. Somewhere in those trees, is the finish where you’ll whip past the leaves and branches and end up on a massive tree stump as your landing zone. Obviously, this isn’t for the faint of heart, but the local guides are there for support and will help to calm your nerves long enough to get fixed into the harness. It’s initially quite bizarre when you think of traveling over the landscape at almost 30mph after a 1.5-hour tour, but in the end, it’s an incredibly rewarding.

 

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