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The Unexplored Benefits of Britain

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The UK doesn’t strike many as a particularly desirable vacation spot but if you’re looking for a sedate break that’s filled with understated charm, you could do far worse. For all its diminutive stature, Great Britain has a wealth of history and culture that encompasses ancient Celtic and Roman traditions as well as playing host to some of the most beautiful and cosmopolitan cities in the world. While the country has an unfortunate reputation for bad weather (and poor dentistry), it only takes a few hours in ol’ blighty to realize that there’s far more to this plucky little country than you realize.

 

Firstly… There’s more to the country than London

London is a magnet for overseas tourists but if you’ve visited the UK and only seen London, you haven’t really seen the country at all. There are a great many destinations across England, Scotland and Wales that offer great theatre, sumptuous food and historic architecture that eclipses anything you’ll find in the nation’s capital. Sure there’s The British Museum, Big Ben and Westminster Abbey, but there’s also huge lines, over-inflated prices and an unpleasantly aggressive bustle that’s really uncharacteristic of the country as a whole.

 

Messing About In Boats

The country is best explored by its historic waterways to which the country owed so much of its industrial success at the turn of the 20th century. Renting a canal boat and exploring the country allows you to travel uphill or downhill through historic locks and travel through picturesque glens. If you’re looking for a more sedate and rural holiday filled with history and scenery, you could do far worse. You can hire a luxurious boat in various locations by clicking here. As well as the act of boating, you’ll find that major tourist attractions are often situated close to waterways including a range of historic castles and stately homes.    

 

A world of art and culture

London has some great galleries, but they’re really just the tip of the iceberg. The Baltic Centre For Contemporary Art in Newcastle is a distinctive building on the banks of the river Tyne that plays host to a wide range of fascinating exhibits. Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology is a beautiful building that happens to be the oldest public museum in the UK and  Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is Scotland’s most popular museum, but the most popular museum in the UK outside of London.

 

Potter around

If you have a Harry Potter fan in your life then there’s far more to do than go searching around King’s Cross station looking for Platform 9 and three quarters. Indeed, if you plan far enough in advance you can catch a showing of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in London’s West End but tickets are extremely expensive and sell out fast. Travel a little outside the city and you’ll find the Warner Bros. studio tour in Watford which is jam packed with sets, costumes and memorabilia from the films, or you could travel right up to Alnwick Castle in Northumberland which (aside from being a site of great historical interest) doubled as Hogwarts in the first two films.

 

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Our US Summer Vacation 2017

Posted in personal, US trip, USA, vacation
on September 5, 2017

I told myself that I will not travel during summer time because it is very difficult to deal with the heat especially if I am already coming from a very hot and humid country. Last year, we also spent a brief summer vacation in the US, and this time again, we decided to stay in Riverside at my aunt’s place for almost two weeks. And yes, I travelled again this summer.

I am not sure why harsh weather conditions follow us. If you are following my blog, you’ll know we were stuck in New York for few days during Hurricane Sandy, and this time around, there was a heat wave during the whole time we were in LA. There was also Hurricane Katrina but it was in Texas. US is so big that you don’t feel the adverse weather conditions in Texas if you are in California because it was just hot, hot, hot! However, hubby and I still had fun with our relatives and friends in California. It was like a mini-reunion of sorts of family and friends from Dubai who are now in the US.

The vacation as a whole is really fun. We got to treat our dear Aunt to Las Vegas. It isn’t the first time for us to visit Las Vegas so there was certainly not walking along The Strip at night due to the very hot weather. We just stayed in the hotel most of the time, drove to Hoover Dam, played at the casino, and relaxed in the room.

The entire vacation was really what I wanted except for the weather. It would have been the perfect get-away it if wasn’t for the heat wave. I hope, the next vacation will be this Thanksgiving. It will be nice to celebrate it with family and friends.

Until next vacation!

 

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Stress-Free Vacation Checklist

Posted in checklist, travel, travel tips, vacation, vacation tips
on July 30, 2017

Sometimes a vacation can feel so exhausting that you need another vacation to recover from everything; it’s not that you didn’t enjoy your time away, but the travel, planning, and sub-par accommodations can sometimes sap you of all energy. However, you don’t want to feel drained after your vacation, you want to feel rejuvenated, refreshed, and ready to take on the challenges facing you at home. Here are a few ways you can take the stressed out of your vacation, and just focus on recharging your energy.

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Plan ahead

It might feel great getting a huge discount on a last minute vacation package, but last minute planning is extremely stressful and hectic, and not the best way to start you vacation. Book your flights well in advance, and then you can sort out time off, accommodation, and even do some research into your destination so you know what you might like to do when you arrive. The further you book your vacation in advance, the more time you have to sort out little things like budgets and packing, which means you’re less likely to get worked up before you even take off.

 

Use technology

Technology has a way of making things a little less stressful, and it’s no different when it comes to travel. Although you can’t put your passport on an app, you can check in online, download your plane tickets to your phone, and check all your reservations. It can significantly reduce stress if you know you have most of your travel documents in one safe location – you aren’t as likely to lose your phone – and checking in online means you can avoid a long queue if you’re not also checking in luggage.

 

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Stay in a resort

Although hotels have amenities, and some come with meals included, there are often set times for meals, the pools are overcrowded, and they can be full of high-strung tourists. Instead, you should check out Resorts & Lodges for a more relaxing stay in your destination. A resort differs from a hotel in that it attempts to provide for most of its guests’ needs on its premises. Therefore, resorts typically not only offer lodging but also food, drink, sports, entertainment, and shopping onsite. There are many different types of resorts, from spa, golf, and ski resorts, to luxury and all-inclusive facilities. This is perfect if your aim is just to relax and recharge, but if you want to explore the sights, you’ll have to leave the premises.

 

Book a massage

Once you’ve arrived at your destination and settled in, check with your hotel or resort if there are any massage treatments available on site, or where the nearest spa is if not. Flying is uncomfortable, and it can add more tension to your body in addition to the tension you might have felt from work or from making your vacation plans. Taking the time to ease the tension at the start of your vacation means you’re better able to enjoy a stress-free vacation.

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Experience The Wild Side Of North Carolina

From the Appalachian mountains in the west to the rugged coastline of the east, North Carolina is a state of extremes and well worth exploring. Whichever season that you choose to visit, North Carolina will provide you with the most stunning vistas. The active holidaymaker has a wealth of options at their disposal including hiking, rock climbing, horseback riding or deep sea fishing to name but a few. If you’re after a vacation that will see you experiencing the joys of nature, take a look at these ideas that will get you experiencing the wild side of North Carolina.

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Walking Is The Best Mode Of Transport

There is no better way to experience the clean, fresh air of this southern state than to walk. Not only does this save you money but you get to venture into areas that are inaccessible by vehicle. Some of the hikes aren’t for faint hearted. You’ll need a solid pair of walking boots and an above average level of fitness to complete some of the challenging trails. Make sure you do your research beforehand and choose the walk that is right for you.

Embark on a hike within the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, and you’ll venture through oak forests with an abundance of flora and fauna. You’ll have the chance to spot wildlife native to the area, and at the end of your hike, you’ll be rewarded with the most incredible view of Blue Ridge Parkway waterfalls.

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Ocean Air

If the sea scented air is more your style, you could choose to hoist yourself up onto your trusty stallion and, depending on your level of skill, take a gentle wander down the beach or a thrill inducing gallop along the sand. There can’t be many life experiences that are more romantic than sunset horse ride along the coast.

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City Life

Although you’re keen to experience the lush forests, the historic national parks, and the striking mountain ranges, you need to think about where you will be basing yourself. For some of your vacation, it’s wise to think about resting your weary bones at a Comfort Inn based in town. This way, you’ll have a range of useful amenities on your doorstep and won’t be stuck for supplies, as well as being able to venture out into the wilds.

Don’t forget, within the more populated areas there are still some awesome sites of natural beauty. Airlie Gardens consists of a peaceful lake, giant oaks and seemingly neverending acres of relaxing walking opportunities. If you’re after something a little more laid back while still being outdoors, it’s a good idea to check out the green spaces that the town and cities have to offer.

 

So forget the lure of NYC and opt for the more adventurous NC to get your fix of the outdoor lifestyle. Pack your waterproofs, hiking boots, and rugged camera and start planning your trip to the beautiful state of North Carolina.

 

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Your June Travel Guide is Here From Tours4Fun

Posted in deals, fun activities, Tours4Fun, travel, travel tips, vacation
on June 1, 2017

This is your June travel guide – save up to 40% off with Tours4Fun valid through 6/28! Don’t miss out on these fabulous offers for you, the family, and even the whole gang! Enjoy your much deserved R & R and make it all worth your while with these fantastic June deals.

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Deciding on a Vacation Destination

Posted in deciding on destinations, destination, travel, travel tips, vacation
on February 13, 2017
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Do you want to take that special someone on a getaway that she will never forget? If this is the case, there are certainly many places that you can go. However, you should put some effort into your decision. Doing some planning in advance will make it much more likely that your vacation will turn out to be a smashing success.

There are a number of factors that you need to consider. Obviously, every vacation destination has its own set of variables that will become part of the equation. However, there are a few considerations that should remain constant regardless of where you are planning to go.

Here are some helpful hints that you can utilize during your quest to find the perfect place to take your vacation.

1. Will there be a lot of tourists?

People go on vacation for different reasons. For example, many people like to see famous landmarks and other tourist attractions that have a great historical significance. However, there are other people who do not want to deal with the large crowds that are inevitable when you go to see popular tourist attractions. These people simply want to relax and enjoy some peace and quiet. What type of vacation are you looking to have? Knowing the answer to this question will make it much easier for you to find the ideal location for you and your significant other to enjoy.

2. Do you want to take your vacation in an area that is surrounded by nature? 

Are you someone who enjoys nature and all of the beauty that goes along with it? There are obviously some vacation destinations that will provide you with a much greater nature experience than others. For example, Beavers Bend cabin lodging is in a scenic area that is peaceful and quiet.

3. What activities will be available to you during your stay?

You might be an avid skier. You might enjoy kayaking occasionally. You need to verify in advance that these activities will be available before you book any reservations. Get a complete list of all the activities that the vacation destination has available. These should be listed on their website. You can then determine if there will be enough activities to keep you occupied while you are there. If not, look for a place that has the activities that you are interested in doing.

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Your November Travel Guide for 2016 is Here

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