Cheap Holidays 24


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

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

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

The Season Is Perfect For A Holiday To Amsterdam

The Season Is Perfect For A Holiday To Amsterdam

The one thing you will find out about the Netherlands is that the country is filled with entertainment, food, history and some amazing culture. The shopping is said to be the best in Europe. However, the restaurants are amazing.

The cuisine is delightful and you will find a different taste in every restaurant you visit. Since there seems to be more water than land, you will find many bridges throughout Amsterdam. Canals are famous in the area and you will find that Amsterdam is actually ninety islands because of the canals. The islands are linked together with the bridges. It is an amazing place to see.

One great place to visit is Vondelpark. This is a unique park with ponds, trees and meadows. It is the most relaxing place in Amsterdam. You can walk, roller blade or even jog around the park. The meadows and the ponds are fascinating to sit and glaze at when you are there. The green meadows just seem to captivate all your thoughts. The canals are another fascinating sight to glaze at when you are in the city, and of course the city is famous for its diamond jewellery. The Singel, Keizersgracht, Herengracht and the Prinsengracht are the four popular canals to see.

If you are looking for some live entertainment, the Artis Zoo is a place you will see all the entertainment you need. The inhabitants seem to know what visitors like to see and can put on a comical show. You will … Read the rest