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The Beauty of Handcrafted Jewelry

The Beauty of Handcrafted Jewelry

People who travel to Asian or African countries are always dazzled by the beauty of the local handcrafted jewelry and handmade jewelry array and the low-cost at which these are available. Most Americans instantly fall in love with this type jewelry and they are hooked on it forever. Many times, people who are gifted such souvenirs become fans for life, too. Did you know that such jewelry is indeed a great thing to buy for many reasons? Here are the top five:

1. Unique and beautiful beyond any possible description in words – each of these handcrafted things are superb. You can see the love of the artisan reflecting in it. Each piece of jewelry is a celebration of life and is unique and heart touching beautiful. Every time you wear such jewelry you would love the admiring glances it would attract, which further goes to prove that you are wearing something too beautiful for words.

2. Match with anything and everything – you could wear such jewelry at office as you could wear it on formal occasions and at parties as well. There is no place or occasion where this type jewelry would not fit in perfectly. The elegance it exudes always adds a little grace and extra beauty to the apparel you are wearing.

3. Encourage artisans – the people who create these lovely pieces of jewelry in almost all cases, live in abject poverty. When you buy their work you support in your little way an artisan … Read the rest

Business Travel Hotels Plot their Comeback

Not nine months ago, business travel hotels, that have had a bruising three years through the recession, had nowhere to go, but up. Today, the economy is picking up again, and so is business travel. People who travel on business today are beginning to notice that things have changed at business travel hotels somewhat since the recession ended. Prices that were unrealistically low through the recession, have begun to seriously pick up. But hotels aren’t just raising prices for nothing given in return. Often, they are raising the quality of their offerings and the perks that go along with business travel, as well, hotels near airports are a great place to stay on business.

When business travel hotels raised their prices by a couple of percentage points toward the end of last year, it must have been a truly satisfying experience; after prices tumbled through the recession to levels that hadn’t been seen for seven years, this was the first chance they had had to raise prices a little bit. Prices are still unnaturally low today; but you really shouldn’t expect them to stay this way any longer. Demand for hotel rooms keeps rising month on month. And travelers on business can expect to pay up to 10% more for their hotel rooms this year. The hotel companies are being especially cautious; taking a page out of the airlines’playbook, they are either taking capacity off the market or not adding any. America hasn’t seen such a slow hotel construction market … Read the rest

Airfare Specials Are Almost Always Available

Airfare Specials Are Almost Always Available

As a frequent traveler, I am always looking for good deals on tickets. I get on a couple of different web sites and search for such deals, and am always happy to see that airfare specials are almost always available somewhere.

There are a number of web sites you can visit that will provide information on airfare specials that make traveling extremely affordable and convenient. The reality of the matter is that there are lot of times that most people just generally don’t want to travel. That is the best time to strike.

I don’t know how many times I have gone onto one of the discount travel web sites and seen tickets being offered for a fraction of what they would run at other times. For instance, cold weather months are generally not that popular for some places. As a native of Baltimore who now lives in Texas, I can attest to the fact I have bought many tickets in February for a very reasonable price.

Most of the times, they are direct flights on reputable airlines. The thing is, I don’t actually go in February. I will book in February, when there are sub-freezing temperatures and ice and snow, but actually go there in April, when the weather is much nicer. I think one of the things that a lot of people really don’t think about is that airfare specials don’t necessarily mean you have to travel at the time you purchase your tickets.

Another interesting way of … Read the rest

2018: The year for the best airfare deals? Could be, could be …

2018: The year for the best airfare deals? Could be, could be …

While Americans were being pinched in the pocketbook from every corner and beyond these last few years, the airlines were raising ticket prices, presumably due to the high cost of fuel. As the average citizen was trying to figure out how to put fuel in the car and food on the table, the idea of taking vacations by air kind of fell off the radar of most people’s wish lists.

Then the airlines announced that they were now charging a fee, typically between $20 and $50, for each extra piece of baggage. Years ago, you could check one piece of luggage and take a carry on at no additional cost. Today, the carry on is all you get with your ticket. No soda, no peanuts and certainly no in-flight meal – not for ‘free’ (that is, included in the price of your airline ticket), as used to be the case. Now we hear that you must also pay a fee for a blanket or pillow as well. The term, ‘discount air ticket’, became a joke when viewed through the haze of all these add-ons.

While everyone understands that businesses must make a profit to remain viable, these new costs to the air fare deals began to look a mite suspicious, as some major airlines began acquiring other major airlines and gobbling up smaller airlines, consolidating their lock on the flying public. The airlines may have taken their lust for excessive profits a tad too far. Which is exactly why 2018 … Read the rest

How To Find Cheap Skiing Equipment for Your Kids

How To Find Cheap Skiing Equipment for Your Kids

If you are trying to equip your family with cheap skis for a winter vacation on the slopes, there are all kinds of factors you need to keep in mind for a successful purchase. Your first consideration buying cheap skiing equipment is how your children are at an age when they quickly grow everything they get. If you buy skis too far in advance of a vacation, your children will outgrow them before they even have a chance to use them once. You could actually consider renting skis if you are on the lookout for cost savings. The only circumstances that you will actually need to buy your children their own skiing equipment is when they have a committed athletic interest in skiing, or if they are going out on a long ski trip.

Buying skiing equipment isn’t limited to just the skis alone of course. Your kids will need shoes, straps and all kinds of other accessories that could easily run need to about $250 each child you equip, and that is if you find equipment on sale. Most parents when they start to look at the long list of shopping they could need to do for what they thought would be a cheap skiing trip, decide instead to just rent the equipment they need. They just don’t have to worry about having a child really fit her skis this way. Skis are remarkably easy to break if a child isn’t careful. Any ski lodge you go to is … Read the rest

How To Plan The Perfect European Vacation

How To Plan The Perfect European Vacation

Have you always wanted to go on a European tour? This continent is never short of fascinating places and experiences and one of the best ways to see it is in an amazing converted campervan built by Vanguard Conversions. Unfortunately, you probably have a few days or weeks to spend on vacation. But this shouldn’t stop you from having fun! The following are some useful tips for making the most out of your European travel.

1) Prepare your travel documents

Regardless of what country in Europe you want to visit, you need to have a valid passport. Getting a new passport can take 4 to 6 weeks, so make the necessary preparations well ahead of your target date. Also, check whether the country denies entry for passengers whose passports expire within 6 months. And if you want to rent a car in Europe, you need a valid driver’s license. Take note that an international driver’s license is sometimes required by car rental companies, so don’t forget to do your homework.

2) Choose your travel date

This decision largely revolves around the things you want to do in Europe. Do you only want to wander around museums or you plan on attending festivals? Your itinerary should be planned around unmovable dates. The music festival you’ve always wanted to go to probably happens once a year, so you can’t afford to miss the specific date. From there, you can plan the rest of your itinerary, ensuring that you get the most … Read the rest

Tips To Help The Flight Go Smoother

Tips To Help The Flight Go Smoother

Many travelers immediately get stressed out just by thinking of the idea of flying. If you’re the type who’s not very comfortable in the idea of air travel, the tips provided below can help make your journey run smoother. If this is your first time riding an airplane, these pieces of advice will surely come in handy.

Check in online

Not only will checking in online allow you to avoid the long lines at the airport–you will also get to have access to the best seats. By simply going online (this is usually 24 hours prior to the flight, but check your ticket just to be sure), you can easily choose your seats and print out other essential documents that you need to present to the counter.

Take pictures of your luggage before you check-in.

It is not uncommon to misplace your luggage during a flight. In case this unfortunate incident happens to you, you will have to wait for hours or even a day or two for it to reach you. One way to speed up the process is by providing the authorities a photo–this will be a very helpful aid when they’re retrieving your bag in case it gets lost along the way.

Check behind you before you recline your seat.

A few minutes after the plane takes off, passengers will be allowed to recline their seats. If you’re in a long flight, this will be something that will be necessary. Before you do it, however, you need … Read the rest

Choosing the Best Resorts In Mexico

Choosing the Best Resorts In Mexico

Vacations are more of a luxury than ever before for most of the working class. Families or couples that use to have one or even two a year have to cut down and make changes in where they can go and how much they can spend. If you want to go out of the country to experience a great vacation the cost goes up dramatically from a domestic vacation. Many families like to find the best resorts in Mexico because it does not take long to get there, the weather is nice almost all year around, and there are some great options for those vacationing alone, as a couple, or as a family.

Choosing the best resorts in Mexico may start with safety. Traveling to Mexico can be safe and enjoyable, but there are some troubling things that happen when you are not within the bounds of the US borders. What you want to do is to find resorts that have a high safety rating both within the resort, in surrounding areas, and even getting too and from that resort itself. This is especially important if you have children going with you or if they are waiting at home for your safe return.

Next, choosing the best resorts in Mexico comes down to what you want to do. Do you want to spend time lying on a beach or surfing? If so, you obviously want something along the shore. Many great resorts in Mexico have this, but there are some … Read the rest

A Visit to Stone Barns Centre

A Visit to Stone Barns Centre

Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture is located in Pocantico Hills, NY.  This beautiful not-for-profit farm and education center offers the opportunity to learn about agriculture firsthand on a working farm and build connections about the food we eat.

Many family activities are offered throughout the year for a fee (usually ranging from $7-$12 per person), including egg collecting, livestock tours, animal feeding, and cooking classes.  For a list of upcoming events, click HERE.  We decided to go and try our hand at egg collecting.

The hens live in mobile coops that are regularly rotated throughout the fields.  The hens get plenty of fresh air, green grass, bugs and worms to eat.  They are very healthy and happy!   The guide taught us that a small feather behind the hen’s ear determines what color the eggs will be.

After carefully collecting the eggs into little baskets, we gave them a soapy bath and rinse, and then packaged them to take home.

So much fun and so delicious to eat!

Some useful tips if you go:  Stone Barns Center is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10:00am-5:00pm.  There is a small coffee bar/cafe on the premises that serves coffees, baked goods, and light fare (in addition to the more formal and expensive Blue Hill restaurant on the premises).  The cafe is open Wednesday through Thursday from 10:30-4:30pm.  There is no seating in the cafe, but the outdoor terrace has tables and chairs.  We were charged a parking fee of $5.00 which was … Read the rest

Holidays To Portugal For Golf

Holidays To Portugal For Golf

When you are thinking about the best golf resorts to enjoy your cheap holidays to Portugal, you should think about the Algarve area. There are over twenty-five golf courses in the area where you can play on some of the most exotic course around. The pros even travel to this area for some golf during the off-season, as do business people and casual golfers alike. My friend Ian from Ashgrove Trading went recently and had nothing but praise for the experience.

Depending on the area you decide to stay in, you might find more than one course to play. You could find as many as three golf courses in one area. That means that you can experience the different challenges the course each offer.

Cheap holidays to Portugal do not have to be just about golf. You can take some time to see the attractions in the area as well. You might enjoy a day at the beach or doing some water sports. Fishing in the Algarve’s is just as exciting as the golf. You can golf on the trophy course and fish for some trophy fish. You will find that the area is relaxing and the entire family will find something to do. The days are sunny and warm no matter what time of year you go. In the spring months, you can see the ground covered in almond tree blossoms. It looks like it had snowed.

If you enjoy the beaches, you are going to enjoy the white … Read the rest