A magical family vacation awaits at Florida’s Space Coast
Jun12

A magical family vacation awaits at Florida’s Space Coast

When planning a Florida vacation for the entire family, two things typically first come to mind: winter getaway and busy theme park. Nothing wrong with that, but if you stop there, you’re limiting your possibilities. Along the state’s Atlantic coast, there’s another side of Florida that’s waiting to be discovered. With extensive waters, diverse wildlife, enthralling history and countless fun things to do, this is a unique area that will have everyone in the family catching the spirit of adventure. For a vacation that delivers hands-on, memorable experiences, why not pack up the family and explore Florida’s Space Coast? Captivating waters For starters, there are miles and miles of Atlantic shoreline to enjoy. Along the Space Coast, it’s always a perfect time of year to pass the day at the beach. Rent a beach umbrella near the historic Cocoa Beach Pier and relax with a frozen drink while the kids play in the sparkling surf. In the same area, you can also climb aboard for a two-hour boat tour operated by Island Boat Lines and piloted by a United States Coast Guard-certified captain. The tour winds through The Thousand Islands, which are a maze of trails and canals through mangrove islands and hidden hammocks. You’ll learn from a professional naturalist who will point out some of the dolphins, manatees and coastal birds that are among the numerous wild creatures making their home in and around these captivating waters. For something else that truly amazes, try a nighttime kayak tour on the Indian River Lagoon within the Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge. Dip your paddle, trail your fingers in the water or just watch for mullet swimming by — simple water movement activates a glow-in-the-dark trail of neon blue-green along the river surface. What you’re seeing is plankton magic, or, more scientifically, “bioluminescent dinoflagellates” defending themselves against potential predators. Between that astonishing glow and the extraordinary view of the night sky enveloping the undisturbed refuge, your family members will feel like they’ve entered a portal of enchantment. If you’re interested in observing more nature in action, the Space Coast is home to the second-largest loggerhead nesting area in the world, with more than 15,000 sea turtle nests. At Carr National Wildlife Refuge, visitors can take a turtle walk to observe the nesting of these beautiful creatures and learn valuable information about conservation efforts. Enter the cool zone The Space Coast also features plenty of entertaining museums and other indoor attractions and activities that will get you out of the sun, without sacrificing the fun. In Palm Shores, don’t miss the challenges and rollicking good times at Adventure HQ, which has tons...

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How to find a hotel that can cater to your technology demands
May20

How to find a hotel that can cater to your technology demands

8 questions that ensure technology needs are met while at a hotel You arrive at your hotel and pull out your smartphone. After an incredibly long sign-in process, you connect to the Internet. It works fine in the hallway but not in your room, so you go to the business center to check email and print tickets to tonight’s show. The center is packed, so you head back to your room to wait. Meanwhile, your kids are trying to stream a movie and the Internet connection is slow. Both business and leisure travelers rely on technology to stay connected and streamline to-do’s. However, poor Wi-Fi and minimal tech-focused amenities leave many travelers disappointed. That’s why before booking a hotel, you should always ask questions to ensure you get as much out of your technology while travelling as you do while at home. Ask these eight questions to make sure your technology needs are met while staying at any hotel, no matter how many devices you plan to use. Is the room suited for technology? Whether new or remodeled, modern hotels should feature room designs that support technology. For example, ask about easy access to outlets and charging stations while you’re in the room to ensure you can plug in your phone, charge your tablet and use your computer all at the same time. How reliable is the Internet? Fast, reliable Internet is critical for anyone traveling for business or pleasure. When you stay at IHG hotels, you can feel confident you get superior Internet service. IHG Connect provides advanced Wi-Fi technology with increased bandwidth to meet the demand and volume needs of guests. What is the login process? Lengthy login processes are a hassle, especially if you’re connecting multiple devices. Some hotels offer streamlined methods which is a big time-saver. Want to log in just once? IHG Rewards Club members log in and then they’ll be recognized and automatically connected at every IHG Connect-enabled hotel. How secure is the Wi-Fi network? Most hotels today offer Wi-Fi to guests, but it might not be a secure network. To ensure private information stays private, only stay at hotels with a private and secure Internet connection for guests. Is there an extra cost for Wi-Fi? Some hotels charge extra for fast Internet access. Ask about costs and look into membership perks that wave these fees. For example, IHG Rewards Club members receive free Wi-Fi at all IHG properties. What is available at the business center? A good hotel will have a business center available to all guests. Inquire as to what is included at the center to ensure your needs are met....

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The Two Best Cities to Live in Australia
Nov08

The Two Best Cities to Live in Australia

Maybe your moving-to-Australia plan is the best thing you can do with your life, this plan need not necessarily be easy on your life. With the plan to move to Australia comes with the hardest choice to make for where to live in Australia. The choice is hard because the decision has to be made between the cities that are neck and neck in almost everything, whether it is visas, citizenship, infrastructure, culture, food, shopping, transport, safety, nightlife, accommodation, cost of living, cityscape, health care, locals, rules, weather, education, work culture, quality of life and so forth. And you cannot evade making this decision simply because it will have a huge impact on your future and will decide how comfortable you are going to feel in your surroundings. This article will try to help you out with making such a crucial decision. Read on! Option #1: Sydney No matter how aggressively other cities of Australia develop, Sydney is going to enjoy its top position forever. From the endearing sights of Sydney Harbour to the sands of Bondi Beach, Sydney is a metropolitan city of Australia that is tremendously famous all over the world for its impressiveness. It is one of the Australia’s largest and oldest cities which has caught the attention of the world mainly for its natural beauty and cultural diversity. It is also one of the busiest cities with the hectic pace like that of any other major metropolitan city, but with the overwhelming charm of iconic man-made landmarks that the entire world has ever seen. Sydney follows a set of seasons with the severity of Australian summer reported in the months from November to February. As far as transport is concerned, a poorly developed transportation system brings down the value of this city. Otherwise, economy-wise and education-wise, Sydney is abound with many great options. And remember to take into consideration that Sydney is the costliest city in Australia. Option #2: Melbourne After Sydney, Melbourne is considered as the Australia’s largest city. As it is brimming with one-of-a-kind sporting venues, there is no doubt that Melbourne is the country’s cultural and sporting hub. It is also known for bagging the title of “world’s most liveable city” for at least four consecutive years from 140 cities all over the world. Its residents are fond of both arts and sports and enjoy the finest nightlife ever. The dining options in Melbourne are also enormous and gratifying for all sorts of epicure. From weather point of view, Melbourne is less harsh as compared to Sydney. When it comes to transport, Melbourne showcases a systematically developed grid system which lets the...

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The Agony of Choice | Where to Look For Your Next Holiday
Oct10

The Agony of Choice | Where to Look For Your Next Holiday

Have you ever stood in the check-in hall of a major airport, just staring at the departures board in wonder at the seemingly limitless number of options for adventure and fun in this world of ours? I know that I have. It just serves to highlight how spoiled we are for choice when it comes to choosing our next holiday. From new to old, roughing it to being pampered, everyone can always find something that will perfectly suit their personality or mood. Bright Lights, Big City Few things can match the buzz of immersing oneself in one of the world’s great Cities. If it’s architecture, culture and a faster pace that you are after, Metropolises such as New York, Paris or London will get your adrenaline pumping. For more of the Eastern feel, hit up Tokyo, Shanghai or Seoul for an electrifying taste of the orient. Just wandering the streets of some of these great cities can inspire, educate, and amaze you with their sheer energy and diversity. Fun in the Sun Who doesn’t love to nestle into white sands with a great read in one hand and a cool, medicinal beverage in the other, as the warm waves lap at their feet? Nothing can deliver a more welcome and relaxing change of pace than your dream beach vacation. The only problem is; where do you go? The laid back atmosphere of the Caribbean might be your speed, or perhaps you want to catch some awesome surf in Costa Rica?  Bali tour packages from Travezl offer you the chance to relax and enjoy everything that the idyllic island has to offer, while for those who prefer to do things on the fly, simply rent a car or campervan and cruise up and down Australia’s almost 26,000km of coastline. Journeys Through Time Destinations rich in history can provide outstanding opportunities to combine the thrill of travel with education and learning. Walking the streets of Rome or Athens can leave you in awe at the rise of western civilisation, while the timeless pyramids and sphinx of Egypt stand today as testimony to mankind’s ingenuity and achievements. China’s great wall or Mayan ruins of Tikal and Chichen Itza offer the perfect opportunity to learn about the past and be inspired. Thrills and Spills Looking for some thrills? Bungee jumping in Queenstown, New Zealand or white water rafting down America’s majestic Colorado River could be just the answer to your need for speed. Zoom through the rainforest canopy with Peru’s Amazon Zipline, or scuba dive through the coral cities of the Great Barrier Reef to get your adrenaline fix. Delectable Delights Sampling the...

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5 Choice Locations for the Melbourne Homebuyer
Sep05

5 Choice Locations for the Melbourne Homebuyer

Melbourne is an incredible city. It has a huge array of cafes, bars, restaurants and places to go. It also happens to be the most livable city in the world, which makes it a desired spot to set up a home for many people, and means that the housing market is diverse and plentiful. Buying a house in Melbourne is as simple as searching for Brighton Real Estate by Marshall White, and you’re one step closer to owning a beachside property that’s only 10 minutes from the CBD. As with any city, there are questionable suburbs, and there are higher-class suburbs, and it’s hard to see from the outsider’s perspective what would be considered a good place to put down roots. We’ve written up 5 choice locations for the Melbourne homebuyer as a way of giving you the inside knowledge of a wonderful city full of property that is just waiting to be occupied. Mount Waverley First up on the list is Mount Waverley. Mount Waverley is a south-eastern suburb that lies about 20-30 mins from the CBD, and boasts a network of public transport, a selection of schools, and a shopping area to suit just about every need. Mount Waverley has seen an increase in house prices recently, with a median house price of $1.27 million across the board, although cheaper buys do occasionally pop up. Mount Waverley is a family-oriented area, with a high level of safety and a low level of crime. Richmond Richmond is an inner-city suburb that is a short 5-10 minute tram ride from the CBD. It is surrounded on all sides by many  shops, different cuisines, bars, cafes, and other nightlife. A house in Richmond will be around the $1.11 million mark, and although it is cheaper than Mount Waverley and closer to the city, population density is much higher, crime rates are higher, and the average house size is much smaller. Keep these things in mind when purchasing in Richmond, but also remember to consider the purpose of your house. If you’re looking to relax, work, and enjoy your Friday nights and weekends with reckless abandon, Richmond might be the place for you. If you’re looking for more of a family house, another suburb might be a better option. Canterbury Canterbury is an older suburb in the south east of Melbourne, and is a wealthier suburb, too. It sits right on Canterbury road, and the streets are lined with huge trees whose canopies connect over the top of the road, making it a beautiful sight all year round. The houses in Canterbury are dignified and tend to either sport an older,...

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Top five 21st birthday party ideas for Sydneysiders
Oct14

Top five 21st birthday party ideas for Sydneysiders

The excitement of planning and reaching the ripe old age of 21 is like no other. Knowing you are officially an adult in the eyes of the world is an occasion not only to be celebrated, but it will be remembered for years to come. For me, it was the one huge party that I looked forward to from the age of 18 until the day of my 21st birthday, and I still look back fondly on now. With all your friends and family by your side rejoicing in your transition to adulthood, it is a once in a lifetime experience to be shared with your loved ones. Therefore, it is important to invest ample time in deciding on the right environment to host these revelations in style. I think with any important period in your life, with a little prior thought and planning, it most definitely makes for an exceptional event. Having planned my sister’s 21st recently, and seeing the pure happiness on her expressive face throughout the evening, I want nothing more than to share my top five 21st birthday party ideas in the hope that it will ignite your ruthless desire to research and plan a night to remember. Obviously, there are the standard points to consider, such as where your official birthday falls in the week, and which date is best to host your event on, who you want to invite, and how much notice you have to give everyone to RSVP. However, these five points were the creative aspects of my party planning, which really gave the event that something extra. The Venue When planning your event, choosing the right venue really does make a massive difference and it works to set the atmosphere right from the get go. It is a good idea to really research the area in which you want to hold you 21st, and consider the proximity from public transport, or the possible accessibility of obtaining a taxi because the last thing you want is to do is to have your 21st in a relatively remote venue, where everyone decides to drive (and then can’t drink and make merry with you). Once you have an idea of the general location, it is time to start shortlisting potential venues. I found calling them to discuss their event packages is a great way to drill down, reducing your list. Once you have a few choices, viewing the venues is a must. This will help you to visualise the space, and if it isn’t already decorated to your liking, taking photos and sharing these with your friends will allow your creative decorating ideas...

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Familiarizing yourself with the definition of a time-out
Sep29

Familiarizing yourself with the definition of a time-out

With today’s busy lifestyles of working hard, and playing hard, it is sometimes hard to remember to take time for yourself and relax. I know with the rise in social media I always have the fear of missing out (FOMO), therefore I try to cram in as much as I possibly can into my week, whether that be socialising with friends mid-week or heading out on the weekends. That said, there is nothing more luxurious than having a weekend to focus on me, myself and I. The free weekend might come around once in a blue moon, but when it does, there is nothing better. Having a free Friday night to come home to an empty house and enjoy a long hot bubble bath whilst reading that book that’s been with you since the end of time, it can give you nothing but great pleasure to just chill and enjoy some quiet time, engulfed in bubbles and candle light. Being weightless really invigorates you, I always feel a million dollars getting out of a long bubble bath, and knowing I have fresh clean sheets to jump into.   image courtesy https://www.facebook.com/ozmattress.com.au As I’ve moved houses a few times, last year I went to a mattress sale in melbourne and treated myself to a new mattress, and oh my god – was it the best purchase of my life thus far. I hadn’t realised how bad my previous mattresses had been until I got my new mattress. It is literally like sleeping on clouds of heaven. There is nothing like not setting your alarm on the weekend, and having a big old lie in; waking up to the light filling your room, flipping over your pillow to the cold side and slipping back into a deep sleep. It really is a favourite pastime of mine, knowing that today I don’t have to do anything or be anywhere until I am ready. image courtesy https://www.facebook.com/ozmattress.com.au Speaking of mattresses, having a good mattress really does help my back. As someone whose job generally involves being hunched over a laptop, you really notice your posture after a hard slog at the office. Teaming a good mattress with treating yourself to a massage on your down time is just wonderful. I never really realised the stress and tension my body holds until I walk out of a massage salon feeling 100% lighter. Massages really should be mandatory, as they can really reset all your buttons in just a one hour time slot.   image courtesy https://www.facebook.com/ozmattress.com.au Of recent months I’ve been trying to get out of the city on at least one weekend a...

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7 European Places You Must Visit This Fall
Sep25

7 European Places You Must Visit This Fall

The arrival of fall is marking the nature lively palette of warm yellow, orange and red hues that further embellish the sight of certain towns . If you are planning a short trip this fall certainly visit some of these breathtaking places. Some people have flexible enough jobs and lifestyles to cherry-pick when to take their vacations, but many others have less choice. Fortunately, Europe welcomes visitors 365 days a year — and each season offers a different ambiance and experience.   Cumbria, England Image via tocka.com Bruges, Belgium Image via tocka.com Oslo, Norway Image via tocka.com Prague, Czech Republic Image via tocka.com Budapest, Hungary Image via tocka.com Piedmont, Italy Image via tocka.com Bled, Slovenia Image via tocka.com...

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Holiday Accommodation: Exploring My Options
Sep23

Holiday Accommodation: Exploring My Options

A trip to Australia is very exciting. There are so many things to do in Australia, it is certainly wise to create a list of the places you’d like to see and the activities that tickle your fancy! When you are planning a holiday, one of the first items on the agenda is accommodation.  There are a few different types of places to stay depending on the individual’s budget. Hostels When traveling to Australia, there are so many things to do. When a person is planning a vacation on a budget, they do not want to blow their whole budget on accommodation. They would rather spend the money on activities. When a person is traveling on a budget, a hostel is a great place to stay. They are also known as backpack hostels. A hostel often consists of a bed, typically a bunk bed, in a dormitory. Hostels have shared bathrooms, lounges, and some hostels have a shared kitchen. When it comes to the rooming situation, travelers can find a hostel with single sex, mixed sex, or private rooms. The hostel that they choose depends on their specific rooming needs. Typically, the staff at a hostel lives on the premises. Many of the employees at hostels live there for free in exchange for doing work at the front desk or for housekeeping. image courtesy http://www.hotelmanagement.com.au/ Serviced Apartments Serviced apartments in Melbourne are fully furnished apartments available for travelers. They often include soft furnishings and cooking utensils so that guests do not need to worry about packing these things themselves. Serviced apartments in Melbourne are great for people who are planning a long stay, as they are much cheaper than most hotels. Families traveling together can also benefit from staying in serviced apartments. There is more privacy in this type of lodging and guests have a kitchen to cook meals in. This can save a great deal of money because they do not need to eat out everyday like they would in a hotel. Serviced apartments in Melbourne offer many of the amenities that hotels offer, such as housekeeping, front office, and parking. image courtesy http://www.exploreaustralia.net.au/ Hotel A hotel is a great place to stay on a trip if the traveler has the money to spend. If they are only planning a short visit, a hotel is feasible on a moderate budget. If they are planning a long trip, a hotel stay can become very expensive. When planning a trip which includes a stay in a hotel, travelers should consider the cost of meals in either the hotel restaurant or nearby restaurants. This can become quite pricey, making a hotel an expensive option. image...

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10 Ideal Countries to Travel Alone
May21

10 Ideal Countries to Travel Alone

Many people like to travel alone. They say that because they can get to know the world and themselves. And besides, no need for anyone to adjust: you want the whole day lain on the beach and do not go – please, suddenly decided to go explore the ruins – but at least right now! The main thing is to make your trip just left a good impression and were safe. That is why in this collection are 10 countries with the highest rates of the Global Index of peace and international index of happiness.   Norway The best way to get acquainted with Norway – is a ride aboard one of the ships that sail along the coast of the country, passing through some of the most beautiful fjords and stopping in dozens of seaports along the way. Or go on a multi-day hike along the fjords, stopping at hotels and mountain huts. Northern Lights is a bonus. source: inthesky Switzerland Arm yourself with good hiking boots and head out to explore the vastness of Switzerland. Fortunately, it is very well developed transport structure, so to every interesting place is the tram, train or boat. Visit Zurich and then go south to the shores of Lake Geneva, Montreux and Lausanne, where you will find plenty of entertainment: restaurants, nightclubs and luxury hotels. source: dsb Vietnam Vietnam – a colorful city, rich markets and smiling locals. Combine a beach holiday with cognitive possible in Phan Thiet. This resort – one of the most attractive in Asia. But for the entertainment is better to go to Hanoi source: nsktur New Zealand Inspiring scenery, glaciers, rainforests, mountains – this place is just magical. Fabulous scenery though retouched in Photoshop. You go and you do not believe that all this is real. Active guests can try bungee jumping, boating and hiking on the legendary Milford Track – the most popular tour of New Zealand’s nine Great Walks. source: round-the-world Austria Small and compact, Vienna is one of the most suitable European city for a single journey. Many concert halls, dozens of museums and cafes where you should stay. Salzburg, where he once lived Wolfgang Amadeus, even less, but no less worthy of a visit. And to clean lakes and hot springs go into a charming Carinthia. source: galion-tours Japan Spend a few days in the fascinating metropolis of Tokyo, a ride on a high-speed train passing Mount Fuji and enjoy the tranquility of the old Kyoto. As for the number of attractions and museums – this is okay: Japan find something to surprise even the most experienced travelers. source: businessinsider Chile Chileans...

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