5 Benefits of Booking a Niagara Falls Hotel Package

Are you interested in visiting Niagara Falls in the near future? Will this be your first time to the area? Are you hoping to have the time of your life?

It doesn’t matter if you are visiting alone or with your family. It doesn’t matter if you are visiting for business or pleasure. There should only be one thing on your mind: having an enjoyable experience.

As you begin to research your trip, you’ll find that there are many hotels vying for your business. Some of them have even hired a marketing agency to give them the best possible chance to connect with their target audience.

The way you book your trip is your decision, but don’t overlook the many benefits of looking for Niagara Falls hotel packages online on a site like Expedia. Need more convincing? Here are 5 benefits of booking a hotel package for your next trip to Niagara Falls.

1. Easy to Find Online

There used to be a time when booking a Niagara Falls hotel package meant calling a travel agency, hearing about all your options, and attempting to make a decision without access to a lot of information.

Thanks to the internet, you no longer have to go down that path. You can now find a variety of Niagara Falls hotel packages online, ensuring that you’re in position to compare all your options.

2. Lower Price

You should always look to save money when taking a trip. Even if money is no object, nothing changes the fact that there are steps you can take to save a few dollars here and there.

When you book a Niagara Falls hotel package, everything is included in your price, but when you separately book different aspects of your trip, this isn’t the case. Subsequently, your costs can quickly rise.

3. Plenty of Options

Many people shy away from hotel packages because they don’t think they’ll have access to the best deals. You don’t want to get into this frame of mind. You can find plenty of options, as long as you search the internet with an open mind.

For example, there are travel packages for people on a budget. There are also travel packages for those traveling with children.

As long as you know what you want, you can find an option that suits your needs.

4. Customization

It goes without saying, that you’ll come across several Niagara Falls hotel packages. At first, you may not like what you see. However, remember this: most packages allow you to customize the details of your trip.

So, if you’re traveling with your children who enjoy webtoon comics, you can take this into consideration when comparing hotels. Maybe you’re traveling to Niagara Falls on your honeymoon. Once again, you can customize the trip to match the wants and needs of you and your partner.

5. Less Stress

There is never a good time to stress yourself out. This is particularly true when taking a trip. After all, this is supposed to be an enjoyable experience.

If you get stuck booking everything one piece at a time – such as your hotel, flights, and rental car – the stress of lining everything up can begin to bog you down.

With a Niagara Falls hotel package, you don’t have to worry about this. Once you choose your package, you know that everything you need will be waiting for you. Talk about a great way to reduce stress!

Read Online Reviews

As a final point of advice, it always makes sense to read online reviews before booking a hotel package. Sites like Oyster are dedicated to reviewing hotels, so take advantage of the time they’ve already spent! This will provide a clear view of what others think of the hotel, thus giving you an idea of what to do next.

You don’t have to believe everything you read, but you can pick up plenty of solid information by reading online reviews. You might as well take full advantage.

Final Thoughts

So, there you have it. These are just a few of the many benefits of a Niagara Falls hotel package.

If you want to visit the area in the future, this is one of the better ways to get all the necessary details in order.

Do you have any experience traveling to Niagara Falls? Did you ever book a hotel package? What were the pros and cons of doing so? Share your experience and advice in the comment section below.

7 Types of Tourists You’ll Encounter in Cape Town

There is something about summertime in Cape Town that is unlike any other destination on the globe. ‘The Mother City’ is dazzling all year round, but in summer you can’t help but feel like the world is singing to you when you’re in Cape Town -with indications everywhere that this is the most enchanting time of year. It is a combination of the fresh sea air that carries all the feels of exotic holiday experience, the 7000 plants of the Cape Floral Kingdom that bloom – and bring about an abundance of colours and sweet smells to every nook and cranny of the quaint city.  The natural and seductive array of sunsets and sunrises, with the warm summer sun on your winter-worn skin  – as well as the never-ending days; the bustling streets and of course the tourists – whose accents all add to the already vibey sounds of the full restaurants and bars that speckle the busy streets.

All iconic holiday spots offer a variety of different visitor throughout the year – but due to Cape Town’s diverse places, spaces and faces, she provides a particular, diverse array of tourists who all add to the already eclectic variety of urban wildlife Cape Town has to offer.

However, if you are a Capetonian who is familiar with the utopian city filled with art-house coffee shops, freelance creatives and trust fund kids, you can spot these visitors from miles away – and no it’s not because of their accents or their lack of first editions ‘Old Skool’ Vans. – Or from their coffee order – which isn’t a flat white but rather a…gasp… regular cappuccino. But rather, these new faces look familiar because you’ve properly seen them before or someone just like them the summer before. Due to Cape Towns renowned travel status thanks to Conde Nasts Traveller Magazine for being voted five consecutive years in a row as the best city to travel to, ensures Cape Town is constantly buzzing with tourists from all over the world. But, if you spend the majority of your summers at ‘Up Yours’ – Cape Town’s most infamous hot-spot, hanging out with the same eight people you’ve known since high school, then you might mistake what these ‘visitors’ look like.

Here to correct this wrongdoing, we have put together a comprehensive list of the seven tourists you’ll find roaming the streets of Cape Town this summer. Now there is no excuse for when you see them wandering around looking confused not to buy them a craft beer or educate them on the importance almond milk.

1. The Backpacker

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“The backpacker” is a tourist stable and is seen in almost every country around the globe, at any given time of the year. Most likely to be  on their second gap year and undoubtedly on a tight budget. These social nomads can often be found flitting from Observatory to Woodstock to Kloof Street and back again. He/She loves a good ‘Bezza’ with the lads and overuses words like ‘bru’ and ‘oath’. Is often seen sporting a vest and playing a ‘woke’ instrument like the ukulele or the triangle – this tourist is hard to miss.

Likes: to ‘squeak takkie’ and is regularly seen at places with buy one get one free drink specials. This tourist adds a whole lot of ‘extra’ to every and any situation they find themselves in. Often persuading a whole table at ‘Power & The Glory’ to play drinking games. The Pro. of any and all group photos which he shares enthusiastically on his ever-growing Instagram fan base – where he uses captions like #BoysOnTour or #Youknowyoulikeit. You should follow him immediately or prepare to hear “give us a follow there” at least six times a sitting. He loves doing shots and is the most likely person in the group to get alcohol poisoning, but not a hangover.

Visiting Cape Town: for its ‘wicked surf’ and ‘gnarly weather’ as well as “the chicks bru, have you seen the chicks”.

2. The Environmentalist

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Here to save the world and give back – and naturally, Africa fits the bill… Definitely a vegan and a natural at appropriating traditional proteins. They dress like a local Capetonian would for their monthly trance party – every day. They’re super ‘chilled’, so chilled you’d think they just woke up from the world’s longest nap – existing only on water and Mary Jane. These tourists are super vibey and a hit with the Capetonian vegan community, as they possess superior knowledge on how to decrease your carbon footprint. These people bring a calm and centred presence to any group and are good at making you feel like you could be a better person, as they’re frequently throwing out names of the fantastic charities and organisations that they are here to support. Here to bring peace and harmony, they are a delight to be around and might even be our favourite tourist type. As they only carry positive vibes, enlightening insight and tons of generosity. Unsure about the concept of WIFI and without any social media pages you can follow – no, not even one – they can often be found rolling cigarettes or floating around the dance floor anywhere from Caprice to Fiction. Oozing with a natural coolness that is impossible to imitate without feeling like a complete fraud.

3. The ‘It’s Just Business Tourist’

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As Cape Town is the number one city in Africa to do business, it’s no surprise that so many of its visitors are here to do ‘good business’. These tourists can often be seen sporting smart shoes and a collared shirt – which is popped – obviously. Best friends with his laptop and his cell phone which he is never seen without. Often labelled as somewhat unsociable as they are constantly fighting the desire to check their emails, download we-transfer links and read lengthy articles from magazines no one has heard of – or something easily as lofty. If you do manage to enter their circle of seriousness, brace yourself for lengthy concept pitches on their latest tech startup idea or an innovative App proposal. Will often be thrown impossibly hard questions to answer but never fear they are merely rhetorical and require very little response with the occasional nod or reassuring ‘hmm’ to suffice. “What do you do?” is a question that you will be asked and if the answer is deemed unsatisfactory, you will undoubtedly be judged. Frequently seen spending absurd amounts of money usually at places with a good internet connection or at events of the ‘rich and famous’ like Shimmy’s and the Grand. And although we’re pretty unsure of everything this tourist associates himself with, we appreciate his contribution to our country’s economy. Viva La Moola.

4. The Blogger

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The millennial celebrity with a know-how of all things Fashion related. Often seen walking around narrating their days to the front-way-camera on the latest iPhone. Seen only at spots that are Instagram worthy, where they’re frequently interrupting activities such as eating to take a few snaps in which they rearrange tables, decor and their outfits in hopes to rack in all those ‘likes’ -“if you didn’t Instagram it where you even there?” Sporting a curation of outfits that make their way online with the unavoidable #OOTD hashtag. They embody more confidence than Kanye with an unmissable air of “I’m cooler than you”. They epitomise the saying “fake it till you make it” and are only visiting to add more content to the ‘travel’ tab of their blog – “see link in bio.” They spend their ‘vacay’ days working out, eating smoothie bowls and drinking iced coffees or lunching and lounging on the beach with other social media elites – maybe even hitting the newest hot spot – of which Cape Town has many… All the while looking flawless with eyebrows that are #onfleek. These visitors are easy to spot but impossible to befriend unless your social media status reflects the same authority – but it never hurts to try.

5. The Von Trapps

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As virtually everything in Cape Town is considered kid-friendly, it makes it ideal for a family vacation. These families are some of our favourite holidaymakers. Often seen sporting the infamous velcro strap shoes in all its sizes and carrying with them an aroma of sunscreen and insect repeller. Repeatedly spotted on the tops of the Red Bus Tours or with their noses buried in the Lonely Planet’s Guide to South Africa. They are always in groups of more than three, and they’re always speaking loudly in a language that is foreign from the eleven that speckle the streets of South Africa. Visiting Cape Town to pet a cheetah and go on an epic safari adventure, maybe even see an Elephant or one of the Big Five IRL. These tourists are never without a camera hanging from their necks, and if they corner you into a conversation, they will spill all the details of their lavish holiday up until this very point – in what can only see as an attempt to practice their English. Less than excited about being so close to the equator on account of the heat and often seen wearing local designs and prints that not even an actual local would ever wear. They never tip and despite the relentless explanations given to them still, struggle to grasp the concept of a ‘car guard’ fully. They travel with a somewhat envious polished militant precision that keeps all party members toeing the line – avoiding lost people, ID’s passports or itineraries.

6. The Newlyweds

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As the ultimate honeymoon destination, Cape Town personifies all things that make being in love the greatest feeling in the world thus, making it the favourite spot for newlyweds to start their first adventure together as married people. These tourists are often seen holding hands and staring dreamily at each other from across tables at the Twelve Apostles bar or bathing in the crystal waters of Beta Bay – using each other like a buoy to avoid drowning. They ooze a kind of atmosphere that’s hard to ignore – even if you are happily married too – one that inflicts a sense of jealousy and adoration all at the same time. Often seen sporting matching nautical outfits and projecting identical mannerisms. These two are as cute as they are overbearing. They spend their time posing for cute selfies at all the ‘famous’ Instagram spots Cape Town has to offer using hashtags like #dateyourbestfriend and #couplegoals. They sip champagne and share moments under the beautiful setting sun. They make it feel like it’s Sunday every day taking leisurely strolls wherever they are – despite the actual day of the week. They lack the concept of time and seem immune to the pulsating energy of the city. We wish we were them and spend a fair amount of time after encountering them talking about the prospects of true love; as they are the symbolic reminder that there is hope for us yet.

7. The Retired Senior Citizens

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Visiting for the excellent range of discounts on offer for the ‘mature’ traveller as well as the food – which they get discounts for too. Often seen being chaperoned in large groups to restaurants where the music isn’t too loud, and bathrooms are close by – somewhere where wifi is not a prerequisite and where the option of the desert is non-negotiable. They spend most of their holiday sightseeing, holding up lines for iconic sites, things like Table Mountain, Cape Point, The Jewish Holocaust Museum, The Castle of Good Hope, Zeit MOCCA and anything playing at the Fugard. They can often be spotted sipping tea and the Mount Nelson and judging the outfit choices of pretty much everyone who isn’t part of their age group. Finding joy in the simpler things like feeding the squirrels of Company Gardens or watching the waddling of the Penguins of Boulders Beach. Often seen wearing pastel colours and fanning themselves furiously with a tour pamphlet in hopes to generate a little cool air.

However, no matter how many times you cross paths with one of these dynamic individuals, remember that they are visitors in our home and should be treated with just as much respect, compassion and consideration as any other. They are here to add extra flavour to an already flavoursome melting pot of cultures, traditions and creativity. Embrace them and show them just how much we love our city and how lucky we are to call it home.

Top 5 Romantic Getaways in Africa

Africa is home to some of the world’s most emotive and beautiful destinations. It’s lined with gorgeous islands including Zanzibar and Seychelles. If it’s island romance you’re looking for, a great option can be found here. If you’re more into experiencing adventures in the great safari wilderness reserves, then you can choose from various tented camps complete with gourmet dining and hot baths. With all that it has to offer, it’s no wonder that many couples looking for the perfect romantic getaway flock to the continent.

Here are the top 5 most romantic getaways in Africa:

Belo Sur Mer (Madagascar)

Belo Sur Mer removes you from the rest of the world, so you and your loved one can enjoy privacy to the fullest. The village sits on the edge of a small lagoon and is 90 kilometers from Morondava. It is also cut off from the mainland. It is a quiet fishing village but has a lot to offer. You can explore parks, take a stroll on the gorgeous beach, and snorkel in the translucent waters.

Masai Mara National Park (Kenya)

If you’re both looking for a more adventurous trip, then travel to Kenya’s Masai Mara National Park. This safari park has vast plains and is home to a variety of wildlife including zebra, gazelles, and wildebeest. If you time your trip well, you might be able to witness the great migration, which is a sight to behold. While you’re here, you can also learn about the local culture. Other things you can enjoy include walking through the wilderness, staying at luxurious bush camps, and watching the sunset.

Island of Zanzibar (Tanzania)

Zanzibar is an island paradise with white beaches, soft sand, and azure waters. What more can you ask for in a romantic holiday?  A honeymoon on this island might just be the best idea. There’s a lot of things you can do here. You can visit the UNESCO World Heritage site, the Stone Town, stroll around the romantic coastlines, witness blissful sunsets, swim in its shimmering waters, and explore ghost islands at low tide.

Obudu Mountain Resort (Nigeria)

When you’re looking for a place to relax with your loved one, then go to the countryside. Obudu Mountain Resort can be found on the Obudu Plateau. It was developed in 1951 to provide a place where explorers can camp on one of the mountain ranges. The great view paired with awesome facilities make the resort perfect for leisure. You can ride the longest cable line in Africa to get to the top of the mountain, where you’ll stay. If you want, you can also choose to drive and trek.

Praslin Island (Seychelles)

Who has not heard about Praslin island? It’s home to the most intimate resorts and hotels and the most fantastic beaches. You can laze around the beach, hang out on hammocks, or lie on the sand. However, if you want to be more active, you can try snorkeling, exploring palm forest, and hiking.

Final Thoughts

Africa seems to have it all– epic landscapes, iconic wildlife, a variety of cultures, and ancient wonders. You can find a lot of places in it that can make your romantic getaway something you will never forget.

Let’s Move to Buy the Best Travel Bag!

To travel is to give a new life to our boring schedule, and whether it is travelling for fun or for some business, it always proves to be one of the most admired modes of getting relaxed. When we plan to get out of our comfort zone or daily routine, we need to make a lot of arrangements. These arrangements include packing the stuff that we might need throughout the days we are away from home, this calls for a uniquely stylish travel bag that makes utmost comfort possible while always keeping luxury by your side. Now, what we are here for? Yes, we know you are thinking this! Well, we are here reading this article to let you know about how to find the best travel bag that fits in all travel purposes.

Factors that majorly contribute as parameters to find the best travel bag!

Well, a lot of options might prove to be worthy for your needs. Another fact, depending on different travel requirements, different bags may fit in the purpose efficiently. To keep your requirements in consideration is your responsibility, and through the points mentioned below, we will let you find the best bag amongst the whole lot.

Dimensions- Some of us might be short time travellers, but the frequent ones, while others might be planning to travel for months. In both of these cases the external dimensions of the bag must be chosen accordingly. Based on your requirements, choose a bag which fits in your purpose efficiently well. Thus, look out into the dimensions of the bag, and make comparisons amongst the various choices.

Ease of mobility– The luggage designers today have come up with really smart and expedient designs that not only let the travellers have enough storage space, but also the designs are made to let carriage be easy and comfortable. Focus on the ease of carrying and chose accordingly. A bag with wheels and comfortable handles doesn’t puts much load on your hands, thus providing you excessive comfort and space.

Weight– Light weight bags are leading the market, reason being the ease of carriage and mobility plus comfort. Check on the weight of the bag, for which you are paying as asked for.

Space efficiency and expandability– The best travel bag comes with enough space, where expandability options are also availed. This makes it dual purpose, where if you are travelling for a short span of time you can use the contracted version, while for the other case, the expanded area can be used for storage. These features reveal the efficiency of a bag, and you should be aware enough to take these in consideration and decide your choice accordingly.

Material– Water-proof, easy to clean, color perfect, and other similar factors need to be focused on. The material of the bag says a lot about its quality and durability. With new choices in market you have a lot to explore, but you should be aware about the features and specialities of different luggage materials. Check the reviews about this, and go for an option that has the most positive reviews.

Cost– The cost comes as the concluding factor and is one of the most important one. You should know the worth of what you are buying, and thus the cost be paid for what it’s worth for. Decent quality will definitely cost more, but yes, it should be decent quality.

Thus, if you are considering all the factors mentioned above, you are all set to make the smart buy move. To buy the best travel bag you can consider options online and offline, wait for the best deals and offers, this can bring immense buying benefits.

How To Prepare For An Amazing Coachella 2018

Though its first weekend may be in April, Coachella marks the unofficial start to summer. Acting as the starter’s pistol to the festival season, it’s one of many concert events scheduled for the upcoming months. But as the first, it’s always one of the biggest. This year, Beyoncé returns to headline with The Weeknd and Eminem to make good on her promise after her cancellation in 2017. Other notable performers on the lineup include SZA, Post Malone, and Grammy-nominated Cardi B.

You don’t need any reminders of the bill if you were lucky enough to snag tickets and a camping site to this year’s festival. What you may need help with is how to prepare for the biggest music event of the year. While the festival’s website has their official advice, you’ll want to keep reading to see these helpful tips.

Wear something fashionable yet sensible

 

Fashion is a top priority for most concert goers. That’s totally justifiable when you could be pushing up against some of the music industry’s and Hollywood’s biggest stars, all of whom are rocking the latest trends provided by the hottest designers. It’s better to face the facts now: you’re never going to go as hard as Rihanna when she wore her crystal Gucci bodysuit in 2017.

Remember these are the same people who have unlimited access to VIP kept frosty by air conditioning. Many of them have handlers who keep them hydrated with ice-cold bottled water. They can get away with clothing choices that are a less than sensible for a weekend concert under the hot desert sun.

As for you and the regular attendees, you’re going to have temper your fun and stylish outfit with practical additions. Here are some tips:

  • Think about headgear.You’re going to be under the sun all day, so you’ll want to wear a hat. Baseball cap, sun hat, or student cap. It doesn’t matter as long as you stay away from tribal headdresses. Even Teen Vogue knows it’s culturally offensive.
  • Think layers.Coachella’s known for its bohemian festival looks. A bikini top covered by a flowy kimono, paired with short shorts, would tick all the fashion boxes and help to keep you cool.
  • Think footwear.Coachella is a festival where you’ll be dancing with thousands of other people. The grounds are going to get muddy, and people are going to step on your feet. Protect your them by wearing something comfortable and closed-toed, like boots or sneakers.

Protect your phone

 

Your phone plays an important part to your festival. It navigates your way to the site with step-by-step GPS instructions. It finds the friends you lost along the way with a quick text. It makes memories with its digital camera. (And after all the partying, you’ll be happy to have some kind of record for all the crazy things that happen).

If you expect your phone to be your Coachella multi-tool, it has to survive the weekend. Many of the festival’s biggest features — the mud, the heat, and the jostling — aren’t kind to your handset. One wrong move and your phone could find its way to the mud, where it’s trampled underfoot. That’s why you should kit it out with an Android or iPhone skin. It’s a grip-enhancing accessory that’s both grime- and scratch-free, so you’ll find it easier to keep in your hand — even if you find yourself in a mosh pit.

Not all skins are made with Coachella in mind. If you’re looking for an iPhone skin that will match your festival outfit, stop by dbrand and search through their selection. They have a huge following on Twitter and Instagram because of the premium styles they offer on a wide range of handsets. Whether you opt for a monochromatic color or a hardwood skin, you’ll find a design that matches your street style perfectly.

Bring sunscreen

Underneath the strong Californian sun, you won’t have to wait long to see a burn develop. Don’t make the mistake of getting sunburnt on the first day. Not only will it increase your chances of getting skin cancer, but it will also make the rest of the weekend incredibly painful. Pack a big bottle of sunscreen along with your toiletries. Make sure it’s at least 30 SPF — though the higher the SPF the better — and remember to apply it regularly.

Stay hydrated

 

If you didn’t know any better, it would be reasonable to think Coachella was designed to dehydrate its attendees. Indio, California in April is hot. And it doesn’t help that festival rests at the basin of the Coachella Valley, leaving little to obstruct the sun’s rays. If you do the festival’s 3Ds (dancing, drinking, and drugs) you’ll dehydrate even faster.

It’s important that you drink as much as possible as often as possible. You can buy bottled water, but it’s cheaper and more environmentally friendly to take advantage of the festival’s free water. A water bottle won’t cut it, unless you’re willing to refill every hour and risk missing an important set when you’re stuck in line.

Invest in something like a Camelbak. Fitting over your shoulders like a backpack, a Camelbak is easy to keep on you — even when you in the middle of a huge crowd. The average Camelbak has a 1.5-liter capacity, so you won’t have to leave often to fill it up.

Let’s be honest — it’s impossible to prepare yourself for the kind of fun you’ll have at the festival. Those experiences are just something you’ll have to live through to believe. But you can do your part to make sure you’re ready for the realities of Coachella, so you can make the most of your time at the festival. Take heed of the advice here and you’ll be well-equipped for your weekend of music.

Shelled Buildings and Ghosts Galore: Interesting Features to Make Your Virginia Vacation Fun

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If you want a variety of entertaining things to do a vacation trip to Virginia can tick all the right boxes.

The state of Virginia is packed with interesting historical sites and there are also plenty of ghostly tales to be told too, so here are some highlights to look out for when you come to visit.

Plenty of history to hear about in Fredericksburg

One of the most interesting and important places of historical importance in the state is Fredericksburg and there are some key Civil War battlefield sites and significant buildings to visit.

If you stay at accommodation such as the Courtyard Fredericksburg Historic District you will be able to explore all the historical sites and monuments in the immediate area with ease.

The Fredericksburg Battlefield Visitor Center would be a good place to visit and will give you a great insight into the historical importance of the area, plus some pointers on other places of interest to go and enjoy.

Historic Triangle site

Another must-see for your Virginia vacation is Colonial Williamsburg.

The Historic Triangle site consists of Williamsburg, Jamestown, and Yorktown. All of which played a significant role in the story of colonial America and these three places can all be viewed within easy reach of each other.

When you visit Colonial Williamsburg you will get a real feel for the past events that have gone on here, especially as there often period actors in the historic park to add a level of authenticity to the surroundings.

As well as all the buildings and the historic park to enjoy you will also find that you are close to a number of excellent shops and restaurants when you walk down Duke of Gloucester Street.

Ghostly stories

If you are someone who likes the idea of a scare or two there are a quite a few ghost stories to hear about when darkness falls in Williamsburg.

Ghost-hunting tours are really popular in the area and it can be a fun way to learn some local stories provided you are not of a nervous disposition.

Whether you choose the Dead of Night ghost tour or one of the others that run regularly in Williamsburg, it can be a hair-raising but fun way to end an enjoyable day in the area.

Don’t forget Yorktown

If you are going to visit the Historic Triangle it makes sense to include Yorktown in your itinerary, as it was a pivotal site for both the Civil War and the American Revolution.

The updated American Revolution Museum in Yorktown will provide you with an interactive history lesson and the Yorktown Battlefield would be a good port of call afterward, as it is only a short hop from the museum.

Virginia will provide you with plenty of entertainment and education in equal measure and is a great place to spend a vacation, so plan your trip and even include a few ghostly tales in your trip to add to the fun during your time in this historic state.

Float Along on a Flotilla – A Perfect Family Holiday

Want a holiday where you can sail the seas without any hassle, you’ll find exactly that on a flotilla. Tour a destination on one of these entertaining and exciting expeditions. You can take in various sites; wander along the seas of a beautiful destination while being the captain of your own ship. You don’t have to feel sped up or restricted by a cruise ship tour. On your own yacht adventure you can go at your own pace, and follow a group of sailors on a guided route, so that you can sale the waves without a worry in the world.

So what are some of the benefits of going on a flotilla as opposed to any normal boating holiday? Here are some things to consider.

Anybody can do it

It doesn’t matter if you know the ins and outs of sailing and can brave the seas on your own, or if you’ve never set sail before and you’re an amateur at this sort of adventure, it’s something that anyone can take part in no matter your skills.

You can get the help needed during the journey if you feel a little bit uneasy along the way. If you’re a pro, you can have as much independence as you would like during the trip, so that you don’t feel the boundaries of other cruising trips, or group voyages.

Everything you need is provided

Sometimes one of the main setbacks to going on a sailing trip is that you haven’t got all the necessities you need to set sail. With a flotilla, you’ll be provided with all the things you need, so that you can sally along without any hassle or hindrances.

Need a yacht? Well, a fully equipped one is always provided on these. You’ll have all that you require for the journey, with the yachts on a flotilla, there’s all the safety, navigation and equipment on board. You’ll have all the necessary training needed to commence confidently. Don’t worry, these trips also ensure that the yacht you’re given is easy to handle so that you won’t be drifting about disastrously.

Don’t fear the possibility of running out of gas when you set sail, the yachts have their engines filled, and are filled with water, to keep them going for a while. You can coast and it won’t cost you your time with an engine that turns off spontaneously because it’s low in fuel.

With a day’s itinerary provided for the period of travelling, you don’t have to feel lost at sea. The whole journey is planned out for you, so you can follow a structured plan but at the same time not be pestered to pick up the pace.

You don’t have to travel in the most shabby looking sail boat, with flotillas, you can choose from a wide selection of yachts that suit your taste, and that you’d actually like to be seen in. Get one that provides seating and tables inside so you can float along in a leisurely way. Have a shower on deck: these yachts include this too, so you can feel refreshed and well pampered every step of the way. It’s all about traveling in comfort and with class.

Fun for all the family

Want a trip that is different but that everybody in your family can enjoy? You can get that with a flotilla. Bring everyone along for the ride whether young or old, and watch all alike smile from ear to ear as they sail along and see all the beautiful sites a flotilla holiday can provide. It’s a perfect family beach holiday.

Your kids don’t have to feel alone on the trip either, with a flotilla there’s plenty of other travellers involved, and a fleet of yachts where your kids can make some friendships. Let them spread their social wings and enjoy the company of meeting up with other children. Feel the joys that come with any other holiday, when you meet great people, but even more, you get to go on an exciting expedition with them.

There’s a host of social events and activities that take place on a flotilla too. You can keep the whole family entertained with one of the many past times that are provided on a pleasurable holiday. Fancy a fun regatta at the end of an amusing adventure at sea? Get your competitive heads on a challenge your flotilla companions to a race.

Why not get involved in some of activities when you come off board and behold the varying beach clubs. Downgrade to a dinghy for a short period but don’t feel the loss, with all the enjoyment you can have on one of them: these inflatable rubber boats can have you making some magical family memories together. Or have a go at windsurfing and feel the freedom of wind whooshing through your hair while the sun kisses your skin.

You also have the luxurious option of stopping off somewhere; at a beach hotel, and being pampered for a night or two to set you up for your next few days of yachting. Have a few cheeky cocktails and recline alongside a plush pool and chill.

Wherever, Whenever and whatever

Your choice of location for this sort of tremendous trip is endless. Pick wherever it is you want to go, whatever month you want to go in, and then pack your bags and go. This isn’t a journey that happens just once a year but you can search for a date that suits you and your whole family. Whether school holiday, summer break, or a winter cruise, go at a time that’s right for you.

Do it in the time scale that you desire too. You don’t have to be on a flotilla for a full week. If you would just like a few days, you can have it your way.

Whether gallivanting in Greece, and taking in all the glories it displays, or trekking along the seas of Turkey, wherever your journey takes you, you can make the most of it and soak up the beauties of these destinations while meandering along the marine.

Must Visit Places in Australia

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When you hear Australia, the first thing that comes to mind are kangaroos, koalas, and the Outback. It is true that the country is rich in wildlife and the open roads just make it even more tempting to explore. But where do you start?

Must Visit Australian Destinations

Australia is a must visit destination for serious travelers who want to see more than what the world has to offer. And if you’re already planning your trip and booking your flights, remember to also consider getting a reliable car hire service to get around in comfort and style. Once you’ve done all that, it is now time to review where to go on your trip. Here are a few places to choose from:

Mitchell Falls [Western Australia]

If you think that Niagara Falls is the best natural body of water on this planet, then be ready to be blown away by Mitchell Falls. It may not be as big as the aforementioned body of water, but it does have its unique properties. It features a four-tiered waterfall that thunders down from Mitchell Plateau, giving off the most energetic vibe in the area. There is hardly anyone who isn’t blown away just at the mere sight of the falls to this day.

Kakadu National Park [Northern Territory]

Another place that is worth a visit is the Kakadu National Park. Here you can see where culture and nature collide with prolific art sites from people long gone which you can see together with billabongs, waterfalls and gorges among others. It makes for a great nature walk with your friends and older family members, and if you decide to take your children, they can certainly learn a bit more about the wildlife, as the park is teeming with them.

Wilsons Promontory [Victoria]

If you enjoy hanging out at the beach and camping, then the Wilsons Promontory, or the “Prom” as it is more commonly called, is the place for you. Visitors can camp in the wilderness all while staying close to the best beaches in the area. It’s a great way to spend a summer evening, with a bonfire and some barbies to end the perfect day by the beach.

Flinders Ranges [South Australia]

At first glance, Flinders Ranges is nothing more than just a large rock formation. But it is much more than that. From here, you can see the breathtaking Wilpena Pound and the Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary. The area boasts a timeless landscape that will have you staring into the horizon and just taking in everything within your sights. The best part about visiting Flinders Ranges is how you can see the sun lights up the rocks at different parts of the day. It’s nothing like you’ve ever seen, and that alone makes the visit all the worthwhile.

Freycinet National Park [Tasmania]

Picture this: a perfectly blue sky, the sun is lighting up the pink rocks, and the air is filled with fresh air. That is what it’s like in Freycinet National Park in Tasmania. It is the perfect escape for those who love to be one with nature and explore new places in the process. Other things you can do in Freycinet National Park include kayaking in Coles Bay and hiking.

These are just some of the places you should check out when you come to visit Australia. There is plenty to see and plenty more to do when you arrive, and you might end up planning your next trip back. Alpha Car Hire can help you get to these places in style and comfort, and you will never have to worry about missing a bus schedule for your entire stay.

Top Travel Emergencies and How to Deal With Them

You are through with your passport renewal, luggage packed and flight tickets in your hand. You are already boiling with excitement, ready to go on that trip you have been planning for years. At this time, the last thing on your mind is a travel emergency while you are in a foreign land. It is not the time to think about losing your passport, falling sick or getting into trouble with the law enforcers in another country.

In as much as you desire to have a very smooth trip, sometimes emergencies do occur, and it is imperative to learn how to deal with them before they confront you. To help you out, we take a look at the top travel emergencies encountered by travelers all over the world and how you can deal with them each time they come your way.

Losing your passport

 

It can’t be emphasized enough that your passport should always be on your person every time you travel. It means that your passport should not get separated from your body. But even with that, lost passports is the number one emergency millions of travelers have to deal with annually. It can be very frustrating to lose your passport in a foreign land, but if it gets lost, you don’t have to panic.

If you find yourself in such an unfortunate situation, report the loss to the nearest police station using your original identification cards or certified copies if you carried any. Once you report the incident, proceed to your consulate or embassy with the police report so that you can apply for an emergency travel document commonly known as Document of Identity. This is the document you will need to travel back home safely.

Missed flight

 

You are ready for the trip, and you are sitting in the traffic wondering if you will make it to the airport, clear with the security and be in time for the boarding. But then, the traffic seems to be at a standstill, or there is an accident which will take time to clear, thus increasing the stakes for you missing your flight. There are various ways you can handle such a travel emergency.

The first would be to call the airline and let them know you may not make it in time. In such a case, it could be possible to reschedule your flight for an extra fee and fair adjustment. But if you don’t let them know, you may end up losing your entire fare. There are some airlines with unwritten “flat tire rule” which you can use to fly standby for the next flight, provided that you make it to the airport two hours before the departure time.

Cancelled flight

 

A canceled flight is entirely out of your control, and there is nothing you can do about it, except wait for the airline to resolve the issue and put you on the next flight to your destination. In most cases, the airline will take care of your extra expenses necessitated by the cancellation and these may include hotel or accommodation vouchers as well as transportation to and from the hotel and the airport.

The duration of the cancellation will be dependent upon the reason for cancelation, and it may sometimes vary from a few hours to several hours or days. For instance, mechanical failure can lead to cancellation for a few hours while political turmoil in the destination country may make flight grounded indefinitely.

Falling sick or getting an injury

 

The worst emergency you can expect while on foreign land is to get sick or sustain a severe injury. Depending on where the injury or sickness happens, quick action is vital for you to get the medical assistance you may require. If it happens in a hotel or at a tourist attraction center, get in touch with employees nearby so that they can direct you to the nearest hospital or clinic. You should also contact your insurance company about the necessary steps required to make a claim as soon as possible.

If you are involved in a serious car accident, you should report the accident to police as soon as you are safe and able to do so. This should be followed by proper documentation, including snapshots of the identification cards of the involved drivers, damages to the cars, hospital bills and the actual medical report. It is also advisable that ones you are out of danger, you should get in touch with the car rental company whose vehicle got involved in the accident and your embassy or consulate to help you out with the administrative issues.

Losing your baggage

 

Losing luggage is a very common travel emergency, and it is one whose source can be traced back to the time of checking in the bag. Ideally, everyone should travel light, with just a carry-on bag, but this is not possible given the dynamic nature of flying, leading to increased cases of lost luggage.

To begin with, you should consider having a distinctive luggage that will stand out from the rest, thus making it easily identifiable in case you are looking for it. You should also know the extent of the airline’s financially liability on lost luggage to get reimbursed should you lose your items. But most importantly, you will have a period of 24 hours to file a lost luggage claim. You will then leave your contact address with the airline so that you can be reunited with your luggage once it is located.

Losing your wallet

 

You will most likely have your cards and cash in your wallet or purse and losing them can be very traumatizing. However, if that happens, the last thing you should do is panic since the longer you wait, the more time you allow the culprits to wreak havoc if they can do so. Of course, you may not get your money back, but for the cards, it is essential to call your bank immediately to report the loss and have the cards deactivated from carrying out any transactions.

The bank will also advise on how you can have access to extra cash to use in the meantime. Meanwhile, you should report the loss to the police where you will file a report to help you with claiming from your insurance company any other valuable you may have lost.

How to Find Affordable Melbourne Accommodation

If you’re about to embark on an exciting trip to Melbourne, the question of where you should stay has probably crossed your mind. Unfortunately, accommodation can quickly get expensive, especially if it’s left to the last minute – and without careful research, you can end up in accommodation that you hate.

To avoid spending more than you need to or ending up disappointed with your chosen accommodation, here’s how to conduct the smartest and most effective accommodation search possible.

Keep Your Eyes Peeled

Hotel deals and accommodation packages are forever coming up, so make sure you look out for them and get on to them early. As certain seasons will offer more deals than others, take note of the dates when you see deals come about. If you have a particular accommodation type on your mind, be sure to keep your eye on it in case the price drops. You might also be able to score a better deal by simply calling the provider and seeing what they can offer you directly. For example, some hotels will offer you a complimentary breakfast, while serviced apartments in Melbourne may drop the price for longer visits.

 

Compare Top Contenders

When searching through the variety of accommodation types that Melbourne has available, it’s recommended that you note down some of the ones that catch your eye in terms of convenience and price. This will give you the opportunity to compare the best types. Consider the pros and cons of hotels, private rooms, bed and breakfasts and serviced apartments in Melbourne. Having their features laid out in front of you is the perfect way to ensure you’re choosing the best accommodation that matches what you need and what you want to pay.

Identify What You Need

Even though cheap accommodation is tempting, it makes sense to choose an accommodation type that suits the nature of your visit. Every type of accommodation provides something different. If you’re looking for a more comfortable and equipped stay, consider serviced apartments in Melbourne. For something simple and quick, a bed and breakfast or a hostel is a good way to go. It really comes down to what you need from your accommodation and how fussy you are about where you stay. Some people need comfort, while others just need a bed. Identify the nature and length of your trip so that you can carefully consider this throughout your search for accommodation.

Consider Serviced Apartments

People often don’t realise how inexpensive serviced apartments in Melbourne can be. However, a quick look into this type of accommodation will prove that it definitely offers value for money. When you opt for serviced apartments, you’ll be paying for comfort and a luxurious stay. With kitchen and laundry facilities, fully furnished rooms, serviced cleans and more, it’s no wonder why serviced apartments in Melbourne continue to be a popular choice. As they’re scattered all over Melbourne’s city, finding one in a central location won’t be difficult. They also tend to go down in price the longer you stay. Simply call the provider and ask what they can do for you.