Kamis, 30 Juni 2011

Travel Insurance Bargains for Brits

UK travel insurance options, in addition to full year UK travel insurance coverage, are numerous: one-trip or multiple-trip designs, extended stay, business travel designs, several designed for family travel, and even three that's focused on the needs of backpacking travelers.

If you are travelling in the UK, or a UK citizen travelling elsewhere, you have lots of options including full year travel insurance. While the occasional traveler such as a vacationer may not find full year travel insurance preferable to the one-trip options, business travelers or other frequent travelers may opt for full year travel insurance as the best time saving and money saving choice.

Instant quotes are available online. On three informative UK site your instant quote is given individually for your choice of single trip, annual (also known as multiple trip) or backpacker.

With about every plan lost luggage coverage can be included or deleted a la carte, since travelers may find that this protection is included in their homeowners' owner. Full year UK travel insurance, as well as three or multiple trip options, also includes medical coverage while participating in most sports, although you sometimes must choose this option for the coverage.

Let's take a look at the full year UK travel insurance quote.

For this quote you are asked to register and then choose destinations. The location choices for this full year UK travel insurance plan are for travel specific to the UK, travel within all of Europe, travel worldwide with the exception of the United States and the Caribbean, word travel that includes the U.S. and the Caribbean, or travel in Australia and/or New Zealand. they indicated that they're a couple - 45 and 43 years of age - with no children under 19 accompanying us, that they're travelling throughout all of Europe starting September 1st of 2005, and that they're going to participate in winter sports.

The highest premium full year UK travel insurance product, offered an amazingly high ceiling on medical coverage - over $17 million -included compensation for any loss of limbs, dental coverage, mountain search and rescue and repatriation for medical emergency.

The quotes, converted from British pounds to U.S. dollars, ranged between $92 and $255, depending on the extent of coverage. At the low end of the full year UK travel insurance coverage they found lower ceilings on medical coverage. These quotes also excluded lost baggage coverage and some sports coverage. An accident during a round of golf, for example, was not included in this quote.

Clearly, if you seek full year UK travel insurance, you'll find lots of options and something that will fit your wallet.

Rabu, 29 Juni 2011

Tips for Snorkeling

Copyright 2006 Rob Daniels

Snorkeling is a great way to introduce yourself to the ocean. But like any sport/activity, it is important to be aware of basic safety rules to ensure that your snorkeling experience is enjoyable.

Be Calm

Choose calm conditions to enjoy a safer snorkel. Make sure the water and weather conditions are safe. One day the waves can be a meter high, and the next day the water is still. Calm water will make the snorkeling experience more enjoyable especially for beginners. Typically, a morning snorkel is best, while afternoon snorkeling may have more of a current and sea breeze.

Well Fitting

It is important that the snorkeling equipment properly fits snorkelers. Choose a pair of swim fins that fit your feet comfortably and a snorkel that will fit easily in to your mouth. Fins that are too large will often slip off swimmers feet when they are swimming. Masks that do not properly fit will often allow water in.


The best thing anyone can do to stay safe around the water is to learn to swim. While non-swimmers can snorkel using a life vest, it is generally a better snorkeling trip when able to swim. While snorkeling, it is important to keep your bearings. Following fish can be a fun pursuit, but be careful not to swim to far from the shore or boat. It is also important to be aware of any current; if you feel yourself drifting to far from other snorkelers or the boat be sure to signal others.

Study the Site

Prior to diving find out the potential problems or conditions that surround a specific dive site. If the particular site is well-known for the waves, currents, shallow spots, difficult entries or exits be sure to wear a life jacket. Being aware of your environment prior to snorkeling will mean that you can focus on snorkeling when you are in the water.

Do Not Touch

Don't put bare hands into crevices or holes. Never touch, handle or feed marine life except under expert guidance and following locally-established guidelines. Where possible, walk on bare surfaces to avoid trampling marine life.

Learn the Basics

Learn how to clear water from the snorkel and learn how to put your mask back on when you tread water. It is important that even beginners know how to clear water at the surface and resume free breathing without removing snorkel their mouth.

Clean Up

Take your garbage home with you, especially things that require special disposal, such as batteries. Be respectful of the environment so that others to can continue to share the beauty and fascination of the underwater world.

Selasa, 28 Juni 2011

Nip/Tuck & Travel

Looking for an extreme makeover or just a little Nip/Tuck?

Are you aware of the growing trend of medical tourism? If not, consider this, have the vacation adventure of a lifetime in an exotic country, with sun, sea and pristine white beaches. Your personal assistant awaits you at the airport, accompanied by car and driver. You are whisked away to a luxury beach hotel where you are warmly greeted and everything has been made “just right” for your arrival. Sound great so far? Now add world class plastic surgery. Got your interest?

The kicker, the price tag! This “lifestyles of the rich and famous” treatment will run you half the cost of staying home and having just the surgery. Yes, you heard right half the cost of staying home and having just the surgery! Imagine all this and medical treatment or plastic surgery performed by some of most qualified surgeons in the world. No wonder hundreds of thousands of people annually are exploring the advantages of medical tourism.

A well-known Dallas socialite who travels every year to have "a little work done" said "Why in the world would I pay double the money for half the quality?" That's a good question. She went further adding, “I could never afford the top surgeon in Dallas, but abroad I can, and would I really want to trust my face or body to my second choice because my wallet couldn’t stretch far enough?

Plastic surgery and medical tourism trends continue to grow every year. Medical tourism is expected to be a global $2 billion dollar market by 2012. Countries where medical tourism is being actively promoted include South Africa, India, Malaysia, Philippines Singapore and South America. The latter, South America is known for being home to arguably the best plastic surgeons in the world.

There is no end in sight for the worldwide growth of medical tourism, in fact, Malaysian Airlines recently announced their plans to become the first airline to book medical holidays direct from their travel agents and ticket counters. The giant tour operator Thomas Cook has also announced plans to market medical holidays in the near future.

The worldwide demand for plastic surgery rises every year and as more individuals who desire a “Nip/Tuck” realize they can afford VIP treatment with a top surgeon in another country they’re packing their bags and heading to the airport.

Robert Strong

Senin, 27 Juni 2011

New Oregon Website Tells It All

"Oregon Coast Beach Connection" is the name of an enormous, comprehensive website launched by Newport-based tourism publication Beach Connection, featuring extensive virtual tours of the upper half of the coast and a myriad of other details useful to the visitor. It is found at

Oregon Coast Beach Connection contains archived content from the print publication, which distributes from Seaside to Florence and from Portland to Corvallis - about 160 miles of coastline. There's an up-to-date events calendar, news about new businesses and changes on the coast, a large amount of information on lodging and dining, as well as a guide to Lewis & Clark spots - but with a bit of a twist.

The virtual tour - while not entirely completed - features an average of 60 photos and stops for sections of the coast like Seaside, Cannon Beach, Newport or Nehalem Bay. Some areas have less, and some are not up yet. It is an extremely useful tool for the visitor-to-be or regular visitor to the coast; for those very familiar with the area who want to make more discoveries, or for those who want to explore ahead of time before coming out.

In many cases, the virtual tour moves the web surfer from beach spot to spot just a few feet at a time. Some parts of the tour are like standing in the same spot and looking north, west and south, occasionally in increments of several feet. Other sections show different moods and different sides to a particular beach, and give unique, detailed glimpses into what fun can be found on this especially pristine and notable section of U.S. coastline.

There's also a list of every bar and lounge on the upper half of Oregon's coast (

Coming soon will be a section on coastal geology, archived works from regular Beach Connection columnists (including former Oregon Coast Visitors Center executive director Guy DiTorrice), among other additions.

The site currently boasts upward of 300 pages, and is expected to contain more than 500 when the virtual tour is entirely finished. All photographs and text are the creation of editor Andre' Hagestedt, who is a former writer with Statesman Journal, KXL radio, The Oregonian, Eugene Weekly, The Rocket, Valley Business Weekly, among numerous others. He lives part time between Portland and Nehalem.

The publication is owned by Toledo/Newport graphic designer Karen Ware.

Minggu, 26 Juni 2011

Themed Boutique Hotels

If you really want to stay in a memorable hotel, choose one with a strong design theme. Far more than having room names with a common link, a strong design runs through everything the hotel does, and makes the whole guest experience more interesting. Choosing a definite theme can be a risk though and only those who have planned, researched and marketed properly pull it off.

The theme

A hotel can base its design around any theme, and most of the obvious ones have been done: books, music and artists, for example. Ideas for a theme need to be matched with a market for that theme, to ensure that the hotel can maintain profitable occupancy rates without having to compromise on its design principles. This is easier said than done, and some hotels have to tone down their original designs in order to attract a wider market.

The planning

Once a theme has been settled on, a great deal of planning is required in order to ensure that the design is properly thought through rather than just based on a couple of colours and a few pieces of artwork. Creating an individual hotel through themed design is a challenge and the planning process needs to be organised and well-managed to ensure that the eventual design runs clearly through all the hotel’s rooms and spaces.

The execution

Once the design has been approved, the project moves on to execution. This usually includes some architectural and building work as well as decoration, furnishings and fittings. For a themed design to work well, everything has to be from authentic sources, so hotel owners and designers often spend some time finding exactly the right furniture, art and accessories to create the themed look they are looking for. It is this attention to detail and finish that often distinguishes a boutique hotel from a run-of-the-mill hotel.

The marketing

Once the hotel is nearing completion, the owners need to market it. The best way to do this often depends on the theme, but a target market should have been established at the very beginning and this market now needs to know about the hotel and what it offers. From magazines to online advertising, the hotel needs to use its strong theme to attract attention and from that, to attract bookings.

A strongly-themed hotel usually narrows its market, but if the design and execution are properly planned and managed, the hotel can fill a niche and enjoy high occupancy rates.

Sabtu, 25 Juni 2011

Russian Romance – I Love You

Romance and Russia, the two words just go together. Unless, of course, you are trying to speak in Russian.

Russian Language

The Russian language is not one that is typically considered a romance language. Based on the Cyrillic alphabet, there are a lot of stops and starts not to mention the occasional harsh noise. Given the fact that I was from California and thus could barely speak proper English, it was all the more a challenge.

Russian Women

In that I was living in Russia for a year, it was inevitable I would pick up a Russian girlfriend. Hey, there had to be at least one crazy one in the city!

Russian women are much sought after for their beauty and grace. Indeed, 9 out of 10 desperate men prefer to order addresses from a Russian mail order bride web site versus all other nationalities. Okay, I made that up, but you get the idea.

In truth, I found Russian women to be all they are touted to be and excellent cooks. As a single male in Siberia sans microwave, the cooking part was critical. Due to the lack of Pepto in Siberia, poisoning oneself is not recommended.

Still, Russian women do suffer from one flaw inherent in all women. Upon finding a boyfriend lacking in certain areas, a Russian woman will endeavor to fix them. In my case, the improvement involved the Russian language and love.

Ya tyebya lyublyu! This is the Russian phrase for “I love you.” At no point in time could I pronounce it correctly. I could declare my love, but never in the right direction. Because of the nuances of the Russian language, my inability to profess my love would lead me to say the equivalent of:

“I love tree”

“I love door”

“I love dog”

Of course, I could cuss like a local, but that was frowned upon by the girlfriend.

After months of aggravation, my girlfriend became determined to resolve this flaw in my moral character. Practice was the key and practice I did. Like that odd person in the bookstore, I mumbled “Ya tyebya lyublyu!” everywhere I went. This often led to random Russian women smiling at me and less enthusiastic Russian men giving me harsh looks. I won’t even mention what the occasional dog tried to do to my leg. Despite my efforts, my immortal soul could not be fixed. We gave up. Still, she had the determined look in her eyes, so I knew I wasn’t out of the woods yet.

One fine Siberian winter morning, which is to say it was –30 degrees, I was groggily greeted by an excited Tatyana. I was ordered to say “yellow blue bus.” I did. I was told to say it faster. I did. A yelp of triumph was heard across the permafrost of Siberia.

I had learned how to say “I love you” in Russian.

The door to which I had professed my love so many times went into depression.

Jumat, 24 Juni 2011

How to Keep Food Fresh Naturally

How many times have we brought food and then forgotten about it only to remember it because it begins to stink? Against this, you cannot do anything, but you can ensure that your food lasts longer and keeps fresh.

There are many things you can do, such as regularly clean your refrigerator and regularly check the food in there and also that you keep in the cupboards or anywhere else. But its not just about checking them. This cannot prevent anything. All you will be doing is throwing away food items before they stink up the entire kitchen. So, what can you do to keep the food fresh?

Practical List of Tips for Ensuring Food is Cleaner and Fresher:
1) Spread some cloves on and around the marble surface of your kitchen, and also spread some cloves under the sink.
The Cloves keeps ants away.

2) Place some bay leaves inside your bags of dough, rice and the rest of the packs that insects prefer.
Bay leaves keep insects and other such lice away from food products. By placing bay leaves inside the packets, we ensure that insects do not reside there. But please remember to change the bay leaves once every three months.

3) Place half a potato in the refrigerator.
If there is any kind of bad smell from food or cooked items, the half potato will absorb it. To make sure that this works, remember to exchange the potato every three days.

4) Store eggs with the pointed side down.
Storing eggs with the pointed side down keeps them fresh for a longer period.

5) Place a few cubes of sugar in the jar where you store American cheese.
When you place two or three cubes of sugar with the American cheese in an air tight jar, the sugar absorbs the moisture and prevents the cheese from getting bad.

6) Do not store tomatoes and cucumbers in the same draw.
Tomatoes give out gases that cause cucumbers to rot faster so make sure that you keep these two apart.

7) Do not store apples along with the rest of the fruits and vegetables.
Apples give out certain gases that cause fruits and vegetables to rot.

8) Place slices of apples or raw potatoes in the bread compartment or jar.
By adding a few slices of raw potatoes or apples with the bread, you ensure that the bread remains fresh for longer than usual.

9) Store radish in a vessel along with some water.
You should store radish in a vessel along with water because water will keep the radish fresh and crisp for a long time. For the same reason, if the radishes have shriveled, place them in a jar of cold water. Water will restore the radish to its previous splendor.

Here, I have presented only a few of the more practical actions you should follow to ensure that the food you and your family consume remains fresh and tasty.

Kamis, 23 Juni 2011

How Horoscopes Help you Win

Many people believe that by using astrology you can tell your future, and maybe it can not, but by following the advice given in Horoscopes many people find great luck, so how else can it be explained.

This phenomenon can be explained by the fact that if you believe it is true that you will have good luck on a certain day you probably will.

This does not mean that the prediction was right, but if you believe good things are going to happen to you at work, in your personal life or in a casino, you will give off a positive energy that attracts other positive energies and this will help good things happen.

Some people do not believe this theory either. They feel that if you believe good things are going to happen and they do it is because you were in a better mood and making better decisions which will bring about better results.

No one can tell how exactly gambling horoscopes help a person win in a casino, but the fact remains that they do help people win all the time.

Studies have been done to try to show exactly how horoscopes work, but no one has ever been able to come up with an explanation that seems believable. All they have been able to show is that the more you believe the better and more accurate the predictions will be.

This may be because if you really believe in the accuracy of the gambling Horoscope you will find things that you rationalize to make fit into the horoscopes prediction.

No one has ever been able to find any reason any form of prognosticating works, but people do believe in it and it is that belief in it that seems to make the things come true.

Studies have been done in the past and have proven beyond doubt that a person who has a more positive outlook will tend to have better luck and will generally be a happier person; where as a person with a negative outlook will constantly have negative events take place around them.

The only explanation scientists have ever given for this is to say that the average human only uses 10% of the brain and that the explanation for these events is hidden in the 90% of the brain we do not use, and that maybe if and when we learn the secrete for unlocking these areas of the brain we will then be able to get a better understanding of how all types of psychic predictions work.

But until then all I can tell you is that if you believe that the prediction will come true then it will come true.

By reading your horoscope and waiting until it says you will have a good day, then going to the casino to do some gambling you will greatly increase your chances of having a winning day and the more you believe it will happen the more it increases your chances of being successful.

Rabu, 22 Juni 2011

Online Scams: How To Avoid Getting Fooled

Beware of the three ways of getting fooled into giving up your money through seemingly innocent money-making schemes. Scams are all around us and it can be found in every single area of life, but more so in such areas where the risk is greater such as when dealing with credit cards, bank accounts and other activities which involve sending or receiving money online.

The Bank/Credit Card Email Scam:
If you get an email asking you to sign up to your bank account or credit card through the email because your privacy is under danger or just to receive a free gift or something: BEWARE! Do not sign up through the internet address provided in the email. If the email does make you anxious, go to the bank or credit card site using the address you know already or through searching the search engines.
How Does This Scam Work?
The senders of the email know that only a very few will sign up but that is all they need. When you signed up to the bogus internet address, they got your user and password. Now its time for them to party!

The Missing Millionaire Scam:
If you receive an email saying that they represent a dead or missing former ruler, high-ranking official or businessman from an African, Gulf or even Russian: BEWARE! They offer you a chance to earn anything between one to five percent of ten to fifty million. And for your co-operation only. Don't get sucked into this, for though they speak of giving you money, they will receive cash and from your account.
How Does This Scam Work?
They will ask you for your bank details in order to transfer the cash and then they will use that to transfer a small amount. Now, once you trust them, they will ask you for more personal and secure details because they "need" that to transfer the entire sum in and out of your account. What they won't tell you is that they will transfer all the money out from your account: theirs and yours.

The Make Money Fast Scam:
This is the most innocent of the lot, but that is also why it is the most dangerous. These are so-called companies that advertise that if you only sign up and use their system, you will mint money. Please do not fall for such schemes. They will pay you some money but then once trust is built, they will fleece your bank account. Remember that quick money scams are the surest and fastest way to lose all your money!

Whatever you do online, always remember that the internet is not a safe place. Treat it like you would treat any other business venture and bring up your guard. If you play it safe and check out the companies before committing, you will be able to guard yourself against losing money to crooks.

Selasa, 21 Juni 2011

More Than Rooms And Food

In general, we have low expectations of our hotels. As long as the room is decent and the food’s OK, we won’t complain. Boutique hotels hope to change that attitude.

Hotel rooms aren’t cheap, so what do we get for our money? In many cases, it’s not much. A reasonable room that’s clean, a bathroom that’s functional and food that’s often not as good as it should be. These hotels should now expect to come under pressure from the smaller, boutique sector, where space, design and cuisine are all important.

The rooms

Unlike mainstream hotels, where every room in every hotel is the same, boutique hotels strive to create individuality through design. These hotels will usually be designed to a theme; in some places that theme will be obvious in the room names, the furnishings, the artwork and the finishing touches, and in others it might be very subtle, such as an Asian influence, or bringing the colours and textures of the landscape into the hotel.

Above all, it’s the attention to detail, comfort and style that differentiates a boutique room from other hotel rooms. Guests’ needs are carefully considered from start to finish, so there is often a range of exclusive toiletries in the bathroom which in turn is fitted with the latest shower or Jacuzzi bath. The room will be cleverly designed and functional so that there’s always somewhere to put your luggage, plenty of storage space and all the high-tech equipment you need to run your life during your stay. The superior levels of comfort and service at a boutique hotel is what makes it stand out.

The food

Although not all boutique hotels have a fully-operational restaurant on their premises, many have understood that the guest who likes a well-designed room will also appreciate good food and wine. Integrating an excellent restaurant into a small hotel is difficult, but if it is properly planned and executed, it can be an additional benefit to guests as well as establishing a reputation for the hotel within the local community. For guests to be staying in the hotel where all the locals go to eat is a real marketing coup – whether it’s a funky city centre brasserie, or a formal restaurant in a rural retreat. Many boutique hotels focus on the standard of their food – freshly prepared breakfasts, light lunches or formal dinners – precisely because it contributes to the overall experience of staying in a small hotel.

Senin, 20 Juni 2011

Life Advice: Looking Through a Window

Living in today's metropolitan world of cellular phones, mobile computers and other high-tech gadgets is not just hectic but very impersonal. We make money and then invest our time and effort in making more money. Does it end? Not usually because we are never satisfied. How many times have we convinced ourselves that if only we had some more money, life would be so sweet? But then, after receiving a substantial raise, we realize that it wasn't enough and that we need more?

What Should You Do?
I have read many books on life such as Robin Sharma's Monk says this and the monk says that, and they all seem to say that money is not necessary. But it is. Can you do without cash and a lot of it? I know I can't.

So, I went to the neighbourhood Rabbi and asked for advice that will help me find my true way in life.

The rabbi nodded and took me to the window. "What do you see?" he asked me.

Promptly, I answered, "I can see people walking to and fro and a blind man is begging for alms at the left corner."

The Rabbi nodded and guided me to a big mirror. "Now look and tell me what you see?"

"I can see myself," I man answered.

The Rabbi smiled. "Now you can't see anyone else. The mirror and the window are both created from the same raw material: glass, but because on one of them they have applied a thin layer of silver, when you look at it all you can see is your own reflection."

The Rabbi placed his arm on my shoulders. "Compare yourself to those two pieces of glass. Without the silver layer, you saw the other people and felt compassion for them. When you are covered with silver, you see only yourself."

I looked at the Rabbi and stared. "I don't understand."

The Rabbi continued. "You will become someone only if have the courage to remove the silver covering over your eyes in order to again see and love others." He patted me on my back and sent me on my way.

I have thought of what he said and come to the conclusion that he had a point. Yes. We need money and we should not aim to lead a moneyless existence; its pointless and will only cause us and our families many heartbreaks in the future.

Instead, I suggest that we should follow the advice the Rabbi gave me. When we approach life through a silver covering, all we are able to see is ourselves. But discard that covering, and you will be able to see and feel everyone else.

In life, we are allowed to and should be able to look at both kinds of mirrors, but we should remember that a mirror reflects only us; a window is the door to compassion, health and true wealth. In other words, seek wealth by all means, but don't let it dissuade you from life, people, children and the poor and needy.

Minggu, 19 Juni 2011

Landscapes Of England: Brean

As a child I can remember thinking of Brean as the most boring place on earth. The bright lights of Blackpool were much more exiting. Countless arcades and video games would ebb away your time, as well as your money. The possibilities were endless.

Age helps you appreciate the finer details in life. Suddenly Brean had become a beautiful stretch of coastline boasting windswept sand dunes and several miles of golden sands.

So the funfair may have grown and its visitors gotten younger, but Brean retains an inner calm, somewhere for the weekend to relax and recharge your batteries, run dangerously low by the rigours of city life.

And what a wonderful, panoramic view that unfolds before you. To the left, reaching out towards the horizon lies the rugged coastline of north Devon. Gazing straight ahead over the Bristol Channel, your eyes are drawn towards the south coast of Wales.

On a clear day, with the aid of binoculars, you can make out the Cardiff docks. Nearby is the magnificent Millennium Stadium, pride of the nation and home to the Welsh rugby team and many other great sporting events.

The summer months bring a large influx of tourists and are busy days for beach patrol. The flat sands leave a huge area of beach exposed at low tide, revealing dangerous mud flats.

The warning signs emphasize the danger of walking too far out towards the sea. Lives have been lost in the past, victims of the sinking mud and sand. The lifeguard’s jeep patrolling up and down the beach is a familiar sight in summer.

“Move inland away from the sea,” bellows the coastguard through the jeep’s loudspeakers. It’s incredible the number of people who ignore the warning signs, remaining oblivious to the dangers around them.

The receding tide has exposed a path of shells leading northwards along the shore to Brean Down, a narrow piece of land jutting out into the sea.

The one hundred or so steps to the top are a challenge. An ideal spot for binoculars, the summit of Brean Down casts its eye many miles. The coastlines of South Wales and southwest England feature predominantly in the skyline.

A clear day yields some memorable views. From up here, Brean appears to be carpeted with caravans spread as far as the eye can see. Holiday parks are everywhere; it’s easy to appreciate why Brean is so popular with caravan lovers.

Sabtu, 18 Juni 2011

Cool Hotels On A Budget

Whilst some boutique hotels are, by their nature, more expensive than regular hotels, it is possible to stay somewhere small and individual without breaking the bank.

Should good design and individuality only be available to the wealthy and privileged? Many boutique hotels want a wide range of guests to see what it’s like to have a completely different hotel experience and, whilst they may still be more expensive than a youth hostel or a regular guesthouse, you’ll be getting fantastic comfort and service for a great price.

Hollmann Beletage – Vienna

This hotel has just nine bedrooms, and it’s chic and trendy. Set in the heart of Vienna’s old town, it’s an ideal base for visitors, who can enjoy Vienna’s fabulous buildings and culture as soon as they step out of the front door. Designed to make you feel right at home, the public spaces are perfect for reading or chatting and the room price, which starts at just €130, includes an individual breakfast, tailored to your tastes.

Hotel Grimaldi – Cagnes sue Mer

This small hotel is set in a medieval village, not far from the sea, on France’s south coast between Nice and Antibes. Beautifully designed to let you experience life in a traditional French village, it uses light and natural materials to create a cool, relaxing environment. With only four double rooms and one suite, it’s the perfect getaway. Double rooms start at €115, with freshly-prepared breakfast just an additional €6.

Casa de Poema – Porto

A boutique bed and breakfast, the Casa de Poema is an elegantly-designed property, sitting in a residential part of Porto. With breakfast available on the terrace, with ocean views and an honesty bar in the drawing room, it’s a bed and breakfast with a difference. Double rooms are from €125 including breakfast.

Can Carreres – Barcelona

Ten luxury bedrooms, chic design and a great restaurant characterise Can Carerres. The perfect spot from which to explore Barcelona and the surrounding area, it provides a haven of calm and tranquillity. It is family friendly, providing babysitting services and a play area for children, but it doesn’t stint on hip decoration and fresh cuisine. Rooms start at €120, including breakfast.

It’s possible to have a fantastic long weekend away in these hotels and others without spending a fortune. Take the plunge and see what a difference a chic hotel could make to your next trip.

Jumat, 17 Juni 2011

Finding Discount Hotels Can Save You A Bundle

Whether it’s for business or a much needed family vacation, the cost of accommodations can add up quickly. Many travelers are constantly searching for discount hotels before they start out on their trip. The best way to find a bargain is to start early and plan your trip on a budget. This will allow you to get the most out your money and will even enable you to save a little along the way.

The majority of travelers turn to the world wide web in search of discount hotels. Early reservation discounts, special internet-only rates and instant confirmation of a reservation are just a few of the many benefits to booking discount hotels online. Saving money doesn’t mean that you are cutting the quality of your trip, but rather just the cost of it.

In general, individuals who are looking for discount hotels should probably avoid weekend travel. Most hotels are more expensive during this time because they realize it is a popular time for travelers. If a trip is planned during the week, the cost of accommodations can decrease dramatically than if those same accommodations were booked on a weekend. The same is true of holidays, which is a big travel time for everyone and the costs of hotels increase making it difficult to find discount hotels.

If at all possible, travelers should make their hotel reservations early. In most cases, the earlier travelers receive the lowest possible hotel rates and the best possible selection of accommodations (i.e., kitchenette, suite, etc.). In addition, it is always best to make reservations as early as possible to avoid a hotel becoming booked up and not being able to reserve a room.

Travelers who plan to reserve their discount hotels online may find themselves at the helm of various internet-only rates and other website promotions. One of the most important things to keep in mind, when shopping for discount hotels, is that some special discount pricing is not refundable. For this reason, it is best to read the hotel’s refund policy carefully and understand what it means for your accommodations. Some hotels will allow exchanges, but no refunds.

When shopping online, it is always best to use a credit card to secure instant payment and receive immediate confirmation of your discount hotels. But, most importantly - shop around for the best deal and you will find that discount hotels can save you big bucks when it matters the most.

Kamis, 16 Juni 2011

Do You Know How To Find The Best Air Fare Deals?

Sometimes travel is totally dependent on getting just the right air fare deal, which many times is dependent on the time of travel, especially if it is during a holiday or on short notice, etc.

Many times air fare deals with certain airlines are only posted online. If you can be flexible on travel times and dates, then by all means check out where you can get awesome cheap air fare deals to most any destination.

Are you looking for air fare deals for your next vacation? You can still consult with a travel agent of course, but your best bet is at the tips of your fingers. The internet is swarming with travel sites that offer great air fare deals, as well as hotel and resort accommodations, all inclusive deals, and cruise/air specials.

You can start by checking out,,,, or the websites of airlines that offer flights to where you want to go.

If you have to travel at the last minute it is still possible to get reasonable air fare deals; not all seats are filled on all flights, and if traveling alone or with another adult, chances are greater that there will be open seats still available, they may just not be together.

Why drive and spend all that time in your vehicle when you could already be there having fun? Timing is everything and the sooner you know your availability and other pertinent information the sooner you can take advantage of those great vacation packages including hotel and air fare deals for you and your whole family.

You really must be flexible and not restrict yourself to certain dates and times if you really want a good air fare deal. Last minute specials offered for online bookings are great if you can book immediately or travel at a moment’s notice. The greater your flexibility the greater your savings and the better the air fare deal.

Spring is a great time of year to make travel plans for those long awaited summer vacations and weekend getaways. There are many cheap air fare deals to be found online and out there just waiting for you and your family to discover.

If you are available for travel during the off season, there are numerous options available for quite a few popular destinations, most with cheap air fare deals to boot! You better get going – no fun having!!

Rabu, 15 Juni 2011

Travel in Egypt - Free guide of Luxor for families

Luxor is a city in Upper Egypt and the capital of the Al Uqsur governorate.

Flashbooking is becoming a recognized source of information and services for who loves creating a trip by him/herself and book bed nights securely online, this issue: Travel in Luxor city of Egypt.

As the site of the ancient Egyptian city of Thebes, Luxor has frequently been characterised as the "world's greatest open air museum", the ruins of the temple complexes at Karnak and Luxor standing within the modern city.

Flashbooking is a growing cheap hostel Luxor and hotels directory specializing in budget accommodation for independent travellers, students, backpackers, families and all the ones that travel on a pocket.

Immediately opposite, across the Nile River, lie the monuments, temples and tombs on the West Bank Necropolis, which include the Valley of the Kings and Valley of the Queens.

Flashbooking is becoming a recognized source of information and services for who loves creating a trip by him/herself and book bed nights securely online.

Thousands of international tourists arrive each year to visit these monuments, their presence forming a large part of the economic basis for the modern city.

In particular Flashbooking provides a large selection of budget or low cost accommodation offers in Luxor where there are plenty of low cost solutions for backpackers in cheap youth hostels, bed and breakfast Luxor, family run guesthouses, cheap hotel deals.

In general, Flashbooking guides have been written for giving the essential information about the most visited cities in the world and in particular for any traveller or first-time visitor. For a short visit, a week-end, a city break, these free pocket guides are useful printable and downloadable tools available online.

As a result, Luxor represents an excellent base for touring Upper Egypt, and is a popular holiday destination, both in its own right and as a starting or finishing point for Nile cruises.

See Flashbooking database of selected accommodations worldwide and help us enlarging the hostel offer by reporting the contacts of some accommodations, lodgings, BandB, youth hostels and budget small hotels where you personally stayed. In fact, Flashbooking policy tends to privilege small and family-run hotels in order to promote an alternative tourism respectful of cultures and different societies.

Flashbooking policy tends to privilege small and family-run hotels in order to promote an alternative tourism respectful of cultures and different societies.

So mates, we are looking forward to finding you THE budget accommodation that meets your needs and pocket for your next trip!

Selasa, 14 Juni 2011

How to Secure Tailormade Honeymoon Packages for Tahiti, Moorea, Bora Bora, and Other Exotic Destinations

If you're dreaming of an exotic honeymoon, it may be just around the corner! Today, it's easier than ever to secure tailormade honeymoon packages for Tahiti, Moorea, Bora Bora, and other alluring destinations. There are so many easy-to-use Web resources for booking trips and packages that your dream honeymoon might be at your fingertips.

Securing Honeymoon Packages is Now Easier and More Affordable

Many newlywed couples settle for the same old vacation they are accustomed to -traveling only several hours from home to a family beach home or a nearby mountainous resort. Perhaps they're not savvy with booking flights, scheduling a prolonged vacation, or even finding honeymoon resources or concierge services for honeymoon packages. But nowadays, the Internet has changed all this.

Couples are finding that it's not as difficult as they thought to book a flight, secure hotel reservations and even line up a car rental at an exotic honeymoon destination. Tailormade honeymoon packages for Tahiti, Moorea, Bora Bora, and other fabulous places are readily available online and are more affordable than ever.

What is a Dream Honeymoon?

A dream honeymoon is just as it sounds - a honeymoon of your dreams! Where have you always wanted to go? Do you want the "norm," or do you want a honeymoon to remember? Dream honeymoons are vacations where there is total relaxation and enjoyment. During a Tahiti honeymoon, for instance, you can enjoy visiting one of the most romantic places in the world. Beautiful islands such as Moorea and Bora Bora offer tranquility, gorgeous weather, luxury resorts, spas, glistening sandy beaches, seclusion, and much more!

Using Online Honeymoon Resources

You can easily find the honeymoon package of your dream by searching online through the search engines or by visiting a dependable honeymoon travel site that offers helpful concierge services. Many honeymoon packages include hotel reservations, flight bookings, and a host of other helpful services or resources to make your honeymoon planning as simple as possible.

Tailormade honeymoon packages for places such as Tahiti, Moorea and Bora Bora are offered on the Web in a variety of ways to fit your schedule and budget. Whether you want a six-night honeymoon or a 10-night honeymoon, you can choose which is right for you.

Some websites also provide a honeymoon registry where your family and friends can share in your honeymoon expenses as their wedding gift to you. Eliminate honeymoon worries, and let an expert help you secure the honeymoon of your dreams.

Senin, 13 Juni 2011

It's Hurricane Season... But We Are Visiting Hilton Head Island

What if a storm hits Hilton Head Island before you get ready to go on vacation? The answer is simple... stay home!

But before you unpack, just check to make sure whether the Island has been affected. We have had many tropical storm warnings over the years, but unlike Florida we've been extremely fortunate. In our opinion, the best offense is defense. We recommend purchasing travel insurance. Even the most basic travel insurance will provide some compensation if flights are canceled or the island is closed down due to a hurricane.

In 2006, the National Hurricane Center is predicting a hurricane season with 8 to 10 named storms. As residents of Hilton Head Island, we always prepare the best we can. We are constantly planning ahead. You should do the same; you need to plan ahead. While we cannot forecast the weather day in and day out, the Internet can provide help in dealing with the variety of weather conditions vacationers may face that could take a toll on Hilton Head Island. The Weather Channel site and the National Hurricane Centers site are two excellent resources.

At Hilton Head Rentals we recommend the following. Use the services of a travel professional, especially if you will be vacationing during hurricane season. When buying vacation packages through a vacation rental property management company or a travel agency, it will reduce your stress because travel professionals are your advocates and are ready to help you through difficult travel scenarios. If a vacation is booked online it may be difficult to get through to one of their representatives.

Purchase Travel Insurance.

On Hilton Head Island there are a lot of different vacation companies that offer a variety of vacation insurance plans. If you book directly with a vacation rental management company that offers homes, villas and condos, they will in all likelihood have insurance plans to offer. If you're working with a travel agent, they can assist you in determining which plan provides the best coverage for the right price. Some even offer a "cancel for any reason" waiver, allowing you to see that a hurricane might be swirling for Hilton Head. With this type of plan, your travel professionals can quickly use their resources to find an alternate resort area so your vacation won't be sacrificed.

Minggu, 12 Juni 2011

Green Valley Spa

Green Valley Spa is the ultimate destination for eco-adventure travelers who want to exercise more than their major muscle groups. In addition to all the latest fitness techniques like Cardio La Cha Cha (a total body exercise derived from Latin Merengue, Salsa, and Samba dance moves); fitball; Pilates; and Tai Chi, Green Valley Spa takes guests on a spiritual workout.

Get started with an Aura & Chakra Field Analysis, which uses color therapy and energy medicine to measure, analyze and display an accurate representation of your emotional-energetic state, and aura and chakra energy centers. You'll get a 24-page report, complete with your aura and chakra photos, plus a detailed account of your current energetic state, and personal profile.

Energize your body and mind with a guided "spirit hike" among the red rocks, trees, water, and flowers of Southern Utah. After you're done getting all worked up, come back down to earth with Rapunzel's Secret Hot Oil Treat. Green Valley Spa do their treatments right; for this heavenly treatment you'll rest under a willow tree"that's right, a willow tree" while your head, neck, and shoulders are gently massaged with a special cream, scalp tenderly stimulated with fingertips, and a warm pack applied to the hair.

While the marvelous ingredients work wonders, you get to bask in the warm breeze of the fresh outdoors. Supposedly when it's over you'll feel like a fairy godmother brushed you with her magic wand (maybe sitting under a willow tree has something to do with it?). Want something more substantial? Try a Painted Desert Clay treatment for enlivening dull skin. Allowed to dry and then brushed away, the clay reduces excess water weight and strengthens skin tone. When you're not getting rubbed down or worked out, spend time enjoying the views from your suite or learning something new. Sure, you're on vacation but why not broaden your horizons?

Learn to cook the "Green Valley Way" or take a golf lesson. Concerned about longevity? Of course you are! Why else would you be at a health spa in the middle of nowhere getting wrapped in clay? Take a class presented by Dr. Gordon Reynolds, where he'll share strategies for longer, healthier living. After such an amazing experience you can't go home empty handed. Take home a piece of Green Valley with the salt, clays, sand, and vegetation used in your treatments.

Sabtu, 11 Juni 2011

Playing Chess in Russia – The Agony of Victory

Russians have a thing for chess and, frankly, are very good at it. Being from San Diego, I thought chess was something you put photo albums in.

Playing Chess

Playing chess requires thinking ten or twelve steps ahead. If I wanted to understand the Russian mind, I had to learn to play chess. If nothing else, it would be a good way to pass the time. This I was told by Robert, an American living in the same town as me.

I wasn’t particularly excited about learning, but gave in one day after growing tired of staring out the window. I had seen the movie, “Searching for Bobby Fisher”. What more could I possibly need? How hard could it be?

After beginning the game, Robert took pity on me after I apparently made some moves that were questionable. He explained why he was making particular moves and the resulting implications for my king. The game proceeded slowly while he explained strategies to his inattentive student. Then the magic moment occurred.

I imagine every teacher suffers from the occasional embarrassment of being outdone by a student. I like to call it beginner’s luck and invoke the empirical evidence at horse racing tracks and Las Vegas casinos. If you’re a first timer, you will always win. It doesn’t matter if you’re betting on a horse because of the color scheme or hitting on black jack while already holding 19 in your hand. It just happens.

With our chess game, Robert had made a particular move and was in the process of explaining it. I sat staring at the board and thinking deep thoughts, which is to say I was wondering what was for dinner, etc. Just then, I noticed something on the board, moved my rook and declared, “Checkmate!”

Robert stared at the board. Then he started laughing. Then he wanted to play again. Being a good sport, I immediately announced my retirement as a chess player.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t leave my victory alone and gloated to a few people about it. Make no mistake, Robert would beat me a million times if we played a million games, but you have to live in the moment!

Within a few days, karma struck and I began to pay for my gloating. People would start showing up at my apartment with chessboards and, of course, vodka. The games were so laughably one-sided it was ridiculous. Typically, I would make two moves and then hear “Sah!” which I believe meant “check!” in Russian.

My humiliation occurred more or less every day for roughly a month. Some of the victorious would even come back for a second pounding. Finally, I had to take the dramatic step of refusing to answer the door.

In the end, I set the game of chess back a few hundred years and Robert had his vengeance.

Jumat, 10 Juni 2011

Dubai Holiday Apartments

Property investors have managed to make great premium on their property and are now considering putting the properties in the market to support the tourism boom which is about to hit the UAE by 2010 where Dubai will have the tallest skyscraper in the world, the largest manmade island on earth, by far bigger than Manhattan and the largest shopping malls in the globe.

Government figures show Dubai now has 7 million overnight guests per year and should achieve 15 million tourists per year by around 2015. Tourist from the United Kingdom and Germany prefer to stay in a Villa or an apartment.

If you are a Dubai home owners you notice that Jumeirah beach residence and Nakheel have started handing over thousands of apartments beach facing to land lords who have waited for this day hoping to start using their holiday home for their families and visitors and their retirement while they can drive income from their investment while they are away by short term furnished rentals Jumeirah beach residence a part of Dubai Properties Has announced on their web site that Minimum rental period furnished allowed is 6 month Homeowners and real estate agencies have not been aware of this policy The developer had no restrictions on how long a homeowner could let the unit for .

To Support the growth of tourism DTCM have initialed the process of licensing the Holiday Rental Companies Classifying and regulating holiday lets under hotel licenses, A as many short tern holiday rentals company in Dubai have acquired a large numbers of properties and they also have maximized on their marketing and sales targeting hi returns for their land lord and as long term rental rentals currently gives 7-8 % on their returns while short term rentals makes 13 - 15 % which landlords find as a good option to do on their property Individual home owners have bought properties in Dubai focusing on using it while visiting Dubai and renting it on short term while they are a way.

Short term letting have been most in demand by the corporate market as most of the executive who come to Dubai Can hardly find a hotel room as Dubai has the highest occupancy of room in the world which makes it hard to find the accommodation at the right area!

The holiday letting is becoming very popular by European families who wish to be in Dubai in their holiday having more privacy then a hotel, holiday apartments near beach are the most in demand for holiday makers as they have the privileges of all hotel amenities and services ant half prices on of that they get free airport transfer more privacy and much more privacy and a comfort which are 50% cheaper then Dubai Hotels and Hotel apartments.

Kamis, 09 Juni 2011

Memories of Canada

Back in 2003, I had cause to make several visits to Canada, mainly to the eastern side, including Montreal, Ottawa and Quebec. Since the visits, I have a desire to make the move across the Atlantic and start a new life there.

As a boy, my memories of growing up in the UK are of hot summers and cold winters. Something that seems to have changed beyond all recognition now. Perhaps it is a distorted memory, or at least the memory of a child, but the thought of going back to seasons that you have been brought up with, seems really appealing.

Although the winters I remember as a child seemed cold, they are nothing compared to the winters experienced by the Canadians. The times I spent in Canada were mostly during the winter and it was incredibly cold. Living in the UK, especially England, brings the same old problem each and every year. One cold snap and the whole country grinds to a halt. Although the conditions in Canada seem inhospitable compared to that of the UK, they seem to cope far better than we do. It also is far more appealing than that of the UK, especially with the Christmas Card scenes that are around every corner, thanks to the snow.

In stark contrast to the winter, the summers in Canada seem really hot. Perhaps there is no middle ground. Just winter and summer? That is what appeals to me most about Canada. Well, that, the people and the ability to breathe. I am not talking about breathing in a literal manner, more a manner of space to breathe. The UK is not one of the biggest places on Earth and space is becoming more and more limited. Take London for example. There is less and less space to live and people are crammed into flats and apartments the size of shoe boxes, just for the luxury of living in London. Sure, London is a great city, but the thought of having the room to breathe seems truly appealing.

This year I hope to go back to Canada and experience the openness of the country and of the people there. In all the visits I made there, I found the Canadians to be pleasant and very polite. That is such a nice thing to experience in today's "no time for anyone" society we live in. One thing that sticks in my mind about the Canadians, is the fact they are so proud to be Canadian. In my opinion it is justified and I can't wait to make the hop across the Atlantic and experience some more of that Canadian hospitality.

For any Canadians who visit this site, I would love to publish any thoughts you have about Canada and what is like to live there. Not only for me, but for anyone else who is looking at moving there.

Rabu, 08 Juni 2011

Paintball Stag Do in Nottingham

Are you looking for a novel idea for a stag do for your best mate? The typical stag do these days is more than just a night out on the town. With the average age at marriage rising, today's bride and groom - and their mates - tend to have a bit more disposable income - and a lot more reason to celebrate when one of their own decides to tie the proverbial knot. So when it's time to give one of the crew a memorable sendoff into married life, a lot of people are opting for more than the traditional evening of lap dancing and semi-nude girls. In fact, entire stag weekends packed with fun activities are gaining in popularity. If you live in or around Nottingham, one stag do activity that you might include in a stag weekend is a rousing afternoon of paintball.

Paintball as a stag do? But of course! Paintball may have started as an afternoon with a few nutters running around with marking guns, but since its inception in the early 1980s, there have been lots of little refinements that make paintball a perfect stag do activity. Here's a few ideas for ways to fit an energetic afternoon of paintball into your Nottingham stag weekend.

Scenario Paintball
Add a little spice to a game of paintball by making it more than a game. Instead of just playing a grownup version of Capture the Flag, let a professional tour operator set up a scenario for your stag do paintball game. Pit your pals against each other in an attempt to retrieve the kidnapped groom from the clutches of a brace of strippers who don't want to lose him to married life - or split them into teams to infiltrate 'enemy headquarters' in a daring WWII spy scenario.

Tournament Paintball
Another Nottingham stag do idea is to stage a paintball tournament. Let the entire crew battle it out to name the Grand Champion - and guarantee him a place of honor in the evening festivities right alongside the groom-to-be.

Chicks 'n' Stags Paintball
If you're planning a special weekend away for the entire wedding party, why not include a Chicks vs. Stags paintball game? Pit the guys against the gals in an afternoon of woodsball or speedball and play out the Battle of the Sexes in a Grand Melee on a Nottingham paintball court.

Paintball in Nottingham is just one example of a fun stag do activity that a professional tour operator can help you arrange. Other unusual and fun stag do activities include kayaking, orienteering, canyoning and of course, the perennial favorites - the Pub Crawl.

Selasa, 07 Juni 2011

Traveller's Journal: Snowdonia National Park - Day 5

If there was one thing I had noticed from my travels around Wales it was the extensive use of the Welsh language. The people of Wales are extremely proud of their country and rightly so. The language helps Wales keep its identity. Many are resentful of English domination and prefer the idea of more independence.

But one thing was for sure. No one could deny the natural beauty of their country and the warmth of its people. The A4086 to Betws-y-Coed may have been slow progress through the narrow twists and turns of the valley roads, but the sheer beauty of the region made the time irrelevant.

Another great aspect of the valley roads was the low volume of traffic. This was the Easter Bank Holiday weekend and any journey made in England would require a very early start. But with a population of little more than a million people, there's enough room for everyone.

Betws-y-Coed is a quaint little village just within the boundaries of Snowdonia National Park amongst the deep Welsh valleys. Commercial activity has led to the village outgrowing itself and it now bursts at the seams. Retail outlets fight for every square inch of space.

I decided to take advantage of this retail war and buy some new walking boots. After parking on this ridiculously steep hill I made my way to the action. My vulnerability to ingrowing toenails means having to buy at least a size bigger than I actually am to ensure enough space for comfort.

The big sale signs outside one store looked promising so I ventured in and soon found myself amongst the maps. There's something therapeutic about looking at maps. Maybe it's the natural human tendency to travel and explore.

The therapy however, only lasts for as long as you are left alone and out of the corner of my eye I spotted a shop assistant approaching in stealth-like fashion. I thought of making a dash to the other side of the bookshelf, but I had already fallen victim and had to admit defeat.

"The Ordinance Survey provides great detail in a 1:50000 scale as well as being weatherproof in its laminated cover," the man droned monotonously.

"Great," I replied, struggling to find any enthusiasm. "Where are the boots?"

Senin, 06 Juni 2011

Web Based - Travel Reservation Software

Attention Travel Agents and Operators

Do you or your company sell or deal with any of the following: Flights (airline tickets), hotel rooms, car rentals, travel packages, tours, restaurant reservations, attraction or special event tickets, ferries, travel insurance, cruises, public transportation, train tickets, or currency exchange? If you work in the travel industry then that was a pretty redundant question, but why am I asking it? I am not trying to waste your time, in fact I am trying to save you time. I will ask you one more question, and this time it is important. How many different pieces of software do you use to offer your services to you clients? Making multiple searches to find the best deals for your customers is now a thing of the past. There is a new piece of travel reservation software which provides an end to end solution for all types of travel companies: travel agencies, tour operators, inbound, outbound, charter operators, congress organizers and more.

Currently the hottest selling online travel reservation software is called Gilboa by Galor. Galor is one of the older travel agent management system producers. They have been around since 1989 and their travel reservation software is used by 700 clients and over 6000 users in over 22 countries. What makes Galor’s software so special is that it can interface with all of the Global Distribution Systems like Sabre, Amadeus, WorldSpan, and Galileo. It also integrates website and online bookings, comes with financial tools specific to the travel industry, and can handle wholesale, in-house and tailor made bookings.

This article is about informing you that there are other options out there for travel reservation software. There is no longer the need to rely on several systems, which waste valuable time with multiple searches. There is now travel reservation software that works with the GDS’s, and with the private charters and specials that you have worked out directly with other travel companies. You can throw away all your binders because the records you need can be found indexed and researched on your computer. These programs are scalable so that they can work with both small and large travel companies. If you are a small company looking to expand, this is the perfect answer because the software can help in expansion and you won’t have to find new software once your client base grows. If you are a large travel network or company, reducing your travel reservation software to one program is a great way to save time and money.

One piece of travel reservation software means less training and more uniformity no matter what size your business is. A little research today can help your travel business for years to come.

Minggu, 05 Juni 2011

Lavish Riad in the Fes Medina (Morocco): La Maison Bleue

La Maison Bleue

The main house of La Maison Bleue, considered one of the most luxurious places to stay in Fes, offers peace and beauty amidst the hustle and bustle of one of the oldest walled-in cities in the world.

The heart of La Maison Bleue is a courtyard surrounded by three Moroccan salons. It also has a roof top terrace, and a library with historical books, letters written in calligraphy, and beautiful oil paintings.

La Maison Bleue has five deluxe rooms and one single room. Each room is equipped with a bathroom, telephone, television, internet, air-conditioning, mini-bar and safe.

Enjoy delicious Moroccan breakfasts in the courtyard, and mouth-watering Moroccan cuisine in a candlelit salon for dinner. Each dish will be served by waiters in traditional Moroccan attire with all the traditional Moroccan trimmings such as Moroccan salad, pastries and mint tea.

Riad Maison Bleue

This 19th century house, located in one of the most historic neighborhoods the old medina, is a celebration of Arabo-Andalusion architecture. Historically the home of an important judge and professor of theology, Moulay Bel Arbi El Alaoui, it was also the birthplace of the famous Moroccan philosopher, Aziz Lahbabi.

The Riad Maison Bleue consists of three interconnecting courtyards. The main courtyard, which has a swimming pool and a garden, is surrounded by three deluxe rooms and a Moorish salon. The riad also has three terraces, each with stunning views.

Accommodation includes 11 deluxe rooms and 2 standard rooms. Each room is equipped with its own bathroom, air-conditioning, telephone, television, internet, mini bar, and safe.

Enjoy traditional home-cooked meals served on the lovely terraces when it is warm, or in the covered courtyard during the colder months.

Private Accommodation
The Riad Maison Bleue offers private accommodation, Pavillion de l’Astrolabe, which consists of 4 deluxe rooms and 1 standard room. These rooms, along with 2 Moorish salons, are centered around a private courtyard with a fountain.

The spa of La Maison Bleue offers traditional body treatments, hammam, massages, and aromatherapy. You can enjoy a range of massages and treatments for different health and relaxation benefits. Massages and treatments offered include toning massages, oriental foot massages, traditional soap scrub, body masks, clay and henna wraps, and much more.

The spa of La Maison Bleue includes a treatment room, a fitness room, and a relaxation room (with wonderful views over Fes).

Sabtu, 04 Juni 2011

How to Start Your Own Small Business

Opening your own business can be a real big gamble. If you do not do your research well, you will wind up like most small businesses, and that is out of business in less then 6 months.

The most important thing to remember when opening up new business is the location. When doing your research for your new business you want to make sure you are the only business of your time in the area. If you are opening a video store you do not want to open near another video store. Remember if you are exclusive to the area, you will automatically get the business of those living in that area.

The next most important thing about opening a small business is you supplier. Do not have just one place to get supplies from, you should have several. By having more then one you can assure yourself that you are getting the lowest prices from them. And if they know about each other they will try to outdo each other to get your business.

Make sure that the products or services that you will be offering are desired, do not just decide to open up a store with out doing any market research is like playing craps, dangerous unless you really know what you are doing.

Advertising is important. Remember just like a casino you are trying to make money and not lose it. By spending some money on advertising you will increase your sales from your opening day. It is best to have a professional help you with your advertising rather then dong it yourself, there is no point in spending money on advertising if no one in your target demographic is going to see it. An example of this would be like using facial expressions to bluff in a poker game against blind players.

When picking your stock it is sometime better to have a better selection of items and maybe not so many of each item, this way you can see which items sell best and order more of those more popular items, and less of the less desired ones.

In business you should not try to open a business unless you already have experience running a related business. You may think you know how to, but to do it correctly you really need experience, after all if you were in a casino and looking to play poker you would not want a roulette dealer who is trying to figure out the rules as he goes would you? Chances are you would want an experienced poker dealer.

Depending on the type of business you are opening try keep your staff as small as possible, and if it is possible try to get friends and family to help you out. This will allow you to keep your costs low until you can really get a good idea of if you are making money or not. Once you are making money you can go out and hire people.

Jumat, 03 Juni 2011

How To Find The Perfect Hotel Using The Internet

So you know you're going on vacation. You know you need to find a good hotel that isn't going to break the bank. You figure that you can use the internet to find that perfect hotel choice, but what's the best way to go about finding it online? Read on for some tips for making your online research most profitable.

In the first place, I am assuming you've chosen a destination for your vacation. Unless the price of the hotel will be one of the factors that will help you choose between two vacation alternatives, you'll most likely know where you are going. With this information, you'll want to start your search at one of the main search engines online. Your choices will be either Google, Yahoo or MSN.

The most basic hotel search you could do would be to enter your destination along with either the keyword hotel or motel. So if you are going to Orlando, Florida, you'd enter a search like 'Orlando Florida Hotel'. This kind of search will give you a list of websites that either are hotels or are listing hotels worth checking out.

When making a search, it is important to be creative with your keyword selections. Instead of simply typing in something like 'Orlando Florida Hotel', you will want to try other combinations. One good way to get a quality list of hotels is to type in the name of some of the attractions you plan on visiting in the city you've chosen. To continue with our example of Orlando, you could use 'Universal Studios Orlando Hotel'. This will help you to find listings that are near Universal Studios.

Don't be afraid of using Hotel directories to help you scope out a good potential match. For our example city, using an Orlando hotel directory could yield just the right hotel for your needs. Many of these directories include either reviews and maps on their site or easy to find links to these kinds of resources.

Finally, when doing searches with a search engine, try to think of different ways you can say the same thing. Don't just search for Orlando hotel but search for Orlando motel, Orlando accommodation, Orlando vacation spot and so on. Substitute your intended city destination for Orlando in these example.

Using these techniques and a little time to explore the hotel websites, there is no reason that you can't find that perfect hotel at the price you expect.

Kamis, 02 Juni 2011

Do You Know The Way Around Airport Parking Luton

Located about 30 miles outside of Central London, Luton airport serves scheduled and charter flights to destinations all over the U.K. and Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa.

Airport parking Luton is not a problem for both the traveler on vacation or the businessperson on the road.

Three options are available when you need to park at Luton Airport.

The Short Term Parking lot is considered the premium product. The lot is situated adjacent to the Luton terminal and is suited to executive stays and meeting and greeting passengers.

You will pay by the hour up to the maximum of a six-hour stay to take advantage of the daily executive rate for in this lot for airport parking Luton.

Some people want the advantage of being parked very close to the terminal even if they are going be away for some time. You may park at the short term lot for almost as long as you want.

Convenience is the by word when airport parking Luton. The airport recommends that for speed and convenience you insert your credit card into car park entry barrier. This opens the gate.

You can then park and lock your car and make your way to the terminal. Otherwise, obtain your entrance ticket from the barrier. Park and secure your car and make your way to the terminal.

And if you paid with credit card, when you return, just drive out without having to deal with the cashier. Follow the gold signs to get to the short term lot.

For longer team and less expensive parking, you may use the Mid Term airport parking Luton airport. This lot is designed primarily for longer trips.

Free fully accessible shuttle buses service the car park with drivers that are fully competent to help disabled customers to board or disembark the buses.

There is even a Special Assistance intercom enabling disabled customers to call for free assistance to their check-in desk.

For five days or even more, the Mid Term lot is the best for airport parking Luton. Follow the green signs and here again, use your credit card to make it easier and quicker to get in and out of the lot.

If you are taking an extended trip and need airport parking Luton, follow the pink signs to the Long Term parking facility. Parking rates are very much less expensive and the shuttle bus ride is a breeze.

And by the way, parking for motorcycles is available free of charge in the Short Term Car Park for airport parking Luton.

Rabu, 01 Juni 2011

Senior Citizen Travel Insurance UK

Seniors looking out travel abroad, relax, online travel options have specially designed travel packages for elderly citizens combined with insurance package to safeguard you from any unforeseen occurrence. This is useful for retired persons with holiday homes abroad for example spending the winter in Europe or Spain, covers all senior citizens up to the age of 99.

Online senior citizen travel insurance is tailored to your unique circumstances so you only pay for the travel insurance that you need. Such travel insurance for senior citizens will have the following features and benefits. Some of the travel agents will find you travel insurance which combines great value cover with high level.
• Sports and activities option if you require it
• £10 million medical protection as standard.
• £3,000 cancellation cover.
• £25,000 personal accident and legal expenses cover

How does Senior Citizen Travel Insurance help us?
You are protected against any cancellation fine, lost or delayed luggage, cash and passports plus emergency dental treatment and £10 million medical cover. This means you can enjoy your holiday safe in the knowledge that you are fully covered in case anything goes wrong. Not only that, you also have an option of choosing from a wide array of sports activities.

Choose the place you want to travel, and travel insurance agent can provide you sound advice with the most flexible packages for you. If you prefer to choose a multi-pack travel insurance you have the advantage of getting covered for several trips in a year or if it’s a single trip, then you can opt for single trip senior citizen travel insurance. The choice is yours and the travel insurance providers are at your disposal.

Your travel insurance policy can be split into three Areas Europe, Australia/New Zealand and Worldwide. It’s advisable to cross check with your provider as some of them do cover pre-existing medical conditions with an additional cost. However, there are some policies which may not provide cover in respect of any pre-existing medical condition that you are aware of at the time of arranging the insurance.

You're not sure who to speak to or where to go without paying a small fortune for cover. Find discount senior citizen packages for yourself. Uncover all the best deals and cheap travel insurance for senior citizens. But, just don’t settle down with the lowest insurance cover you bump into, as it need not be the right cover or best Senior citizen travel insurance cover for you. So, study online and find the most reliable one or reach out to experts.