Unless you are a full-blown homebody, chances are you like to go and travel when you get the opportunity.
With this in mind, are you one who is prone to worry that your travel itinerary will end up costing you too much money? If so, it can take the fun out of traveling. Be sure to note that there are ways around this.
So, what should you be doing to get more out of your travel experiences?
Find Deals so You Don’t Have to Empty Your Wallet
When wanting to travel but not see your bank account taking a major hit, know that there are deals.
So, if you go online and consult with outside family and friends who travel, chances are you score deals.
You should use the Internet to look at specific brands tied to your travel interests.
Among these would be:
- Destination or destinations you will visit
- Airlines if flying to get there
- Hotels if you need to stay in them
- Rental cars if you need transportation once at your destination
- Restaurants and other places you will need while on your trip
By doing Google searches and more, you can often come up with the travel savings you need. Besides, who wants to spend a ton of money when away from home if they do not have to?
You can also look into becoming a member of different brands. This can include you being eligible for frequent flyer miles, hotel stays and more. As the savings add up, your trips become even more enjoyable.
It all comes down to being a smart traveler and knowing where to find deals.
Don’t Let Crowds Turn You Away
If you do not care for being in the middle of crowds all that often, there are ways around this too.
For one, you can steer clear of Disneyland crowds or a lot of people at other venues you choose to visit. That is by knowing the best times to go. Having such info can help you avoid the busiest times of the year to go to your place or places on your trip.
Whether Christmas at Disneyland or another time of the year or other sites, crowds may seem like an issue. The best way to navigate them is by knowing when to go.
If you live in a cold-weather locale and want to get away to a warm place for spring break, expect there to be people. As such, you may not enjoy the getaway as much with all those people there. You may find it better to go when the crowds are a little smaller.
Another thing to keep in mind is the time of year you travel can also impact prices.
As mentioned earlier, if you are looking for travel savings, they are out there. It may mean that you travel at a certain time of year to get those savings.
At the end of the day, do your homework. Know what it will take to pull off an affordable and not overly crowded trip.
So, where might you be headed?
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There are many adrenaline junkies out there in the world today and just as many adrenaline-producing activities to keep them happy. One of the surefire ways to hype yourself up is taking your motorcycle on a road trip, but doing it the safe way, of course. There’s nothing like the wind in your face or feeling the power of the engine to make you feel alive. However, you need to be careful and when you’re going on a road trip with your bike. You need to take a few must-haves with you along for the ride.
It’s easy to find cheap motorcycle insurance online these days, so there’s really no excuse not to have it and it’s required by law as well. If you’re caught driving without insurance on your trip, you face fines, other consequences, and could possibly even face jail time, so before you head out on the open road, make sure you have your insurance and insurance papers in tow. You’ll be glad that you did.
A Motorcycle Tool Kit
No matter how good of a shape your bike is in, motorcycles break. It’s just a fact of life that you have to face. Make sure that you pack a motorcycle tool kit and keep it on your bike at all times, just in case the worst happens. Whether you’re on your bike all the time for work or traveling in deserts and deserted areas, either is a recipe for disaster, especially if you don’t have a tool kit to work on your ride if it malfunctions. There are many different tool kits out there, find one that is specific for your bike and you’ll be good to go in no time at all.
Pack Some Cash
Remember, even in today’s world there are some places that don’t accept credit cards as payment. Packing a little cash is essential when you’re on a road trip. For example, you don’t want to be in the middle of nowhere, need to fuel up, only to find that the out of the way store you chose only takes cash and you only have plastic, and worse, they don’t have an ATM in sight.
A Physical Map
Yes, the whole world knows what a GPS is and just about everyone has one on their phone. However, what if that GPS stops working in the middle of nowhere because you have no service? Then what do you do? If you have a good old-fashioned physical map in your saddle bags, then you’ll be able to find out where you are and where you’re going. Technology is good, but sometimes old-fashioned paper is the answer you’re looking for instead.
These are just a few of the must-have items you will want to have before heading out on your next motorcycle road trip. From extra cash to insurance, it just makes good common sense to have these things with you at all times.
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If it has been a while now since you got to enjoy a day trip, don’t you think it is time you changed that?
Too many individuals pass up opportunities to get away and enjoy life. As a result, they get stuck in a rut.
To avoid you becoming one of those people never getting away from it all, plan your next day trip starting today.
With that in mind, where are you thinking of going?
Plenty of Opportunities Await You
When trying to decide what day trip may best suit you, consider these options:
1. Theme park – If you like to have fun, a theme park can be one of your best options. That said have places such as Disneyland grabbed your interest in the past or in recent times? If so, you are like millions of others wanting to enjoy a day of fun and adventure. Best of all, if you like the fall, it is a great time of the year to grab some Disneyland Halloween tickets. A Halloween experience at this Southern California treasure means a great day. When you have children, the experience is even better. Treat your children to a day at Disneyland during the Halloween season. They will get to enjoy rides, shows, and seeing their favorite characters in costume. Also, look for them to get some Halloween candy to top off the day.
2. Beach – Whether you have children or not, a day trip to the beach can be quite fun too. After a long week of work, there can be nothing more relaxing than kicking your feet back in the sand or water. If going to the beach, be sure to pack the necessary items for a fun day. These would include things such as sunblock, water, music, and some reading material. If you are into water activities, you can do everything from swimming to surfing and more. Always be sure to make safety your top priority when entering the water. Last, don’t take any work with you when hitting the beach. Don’t be one of those individuals who have to take their laptop with them to get caught up on work emails and more. Remember, you are there to relax and nothing else.
3. Sporting event – If you have a love for sports, there can be nothing better than a day out. You can make it at the ballpark, arena, a stadium or wherever games are being held. That said you might even be a rabid fan of the home team or the team that is visiting your town. No matter the circumstances, always remember that it is still a game at the end of the day. Although it is fine to root for your team, keep things in perspective at all times. If you have children, taking them to a sporting event can be a lot of fun. You may want to go early enough to take in warm-ups and see if you can grab an autograph or two along the way.
Whether to keep your children busy or you need a day away from the grind, think where your next day trip should be.
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Embarking on a road tour is one of the beautiful experiences we give ourselves and our loved ones while we still walk this earth plane. Touring a beautiful place for adventure is a bliss everyone desires. The mesmerizing sights of beautiful ocean and the fascinating trips round a beautiful city are experiences that remain memorable.
Most tourists have come to the agreement that South Africa has some of those inviting sites that make a tour worthwhile. But great preparation should precede every good tour. There must be things one should acquaint himself with such as the topography, the laws, culture, and beliefs of the people. These among others have to be put into consideration before embarking on any tour.
Learning about other peoples’ culture, beliefs, and social lifestyles prior to embarking on any tour helps us to respect our hosts and thus create a connection between the adventurer and the host.
We could choose to savor great moments by the shorelines of great seas or we could choose to take motorcycle tours in South Africa deep into rocky sides of the hills. We could choose our adventure by touring wildlife reserves. Whatever we choose and wherever we choose to have this enchanting experience, South Africa has everything that grips our sight.
The tourists should check different locations and the rates of adjoining hotels. This will enable him to draw a budget around his proposed tour. He could check with tour organizers to be availed information on different places, laws guiding them and the costs. Again, the prospective tourist should have a foreknowledge of the safety measures to put in place. Safety is everything to a tourist. Though adventure-nuts say safety is in the hands of the adventurer. This is because sometimes, they like to bend the rules to explore the less-traveled path.
For instance, a motorcyclist tourist would want to explore farther by daring sites, locations, hills and landscapes that test his guts. Tourism is somehow a game of the gutsy minds. Recklessness has its damning consequences though.
In South Africa, an adventurer has a pool of exciting places to choose from. He could decide on a Safari tour. South Africa prides itself on many game reserves. Some are government-owned while others are private game reserves. The Aquila Private Game Reserve is one of the prominent private game reserves. There, a tourist catches sight of huge African elephants, buffalos, fierce-looking lions, leopards, rhinos among others. The place exudes an incredible scenery and enthralling landscape which grace the sight of a tourist as he drives around the game reserve.
In case you choose a sightseeing road tour, there are legendary sites around Johannesburg, Cape Town that soothe the cravings of nature lovers and culture enthusiasts. The sightseeing road tour is usually a hop-on-hop-off tour that offers a tourist the opportunity to relish the beautiful places of Cape Town. Victoria and Alfred Waterfront situated in the heart of the city are thrilling sites any tourist will not want to miss.
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Decades ago, cavemen did not go bungee jumping as their survival quest was enough to bring them a good dose of adrenaline rush. But, in our modern era, there are thrill-seekers who just want to escape their 8-hours daily shift by adventuring themselves into adrenaline rush activities. If you are one of them, why not try the below unusual sports at least once in a lifetime? At the same time, you can visit some gorgeous countries!
Cage of Death- Australia
If you are a feeble heart, then this activity is definitely not for you! In Australia, you can cage yourself for 15 minutes while facing the biggest saltwater crocodiles. Under the waters, just a few inches of glass, will separate you from the crocs! But, the cage can cater for two people at once, you can always have a hand to hold! Are you in to be a snack in a see-through wrapper?
Free Dive- Dean’s Blue Hole, Bahamas
Don’t get fooled by the Dean’s Blue Hole! Even if it appears poetic, this underwater hole is dark, deep and intimidating. But, if you are in for it, you are sure to discover the deepest blue water while learning to be a free diver. Until now, the only person who has been able to dive 100 meters deep is William Trubridge. It is less likely that you will conquer the 203 meters of the oxygen deprived sinkhole, but you’re sure to explore the clearest waters. If you’re not ready for this type of adrenaline rush, you can still seek adventure from your home by playing movie and adventure themed slots at Aspers Casino Online. Indeed, the feeling won’t be the same… but you will have a great dose of fun on online slots like Steam Tower slots, King of Macedonia slots and Amazon Queen slots.
Everest Skydive- Nepal
Climbing the world’s highest mountain is a dream for many adventure seekers, but what about skydiving past it? Instead of preparing yourself to climb Mount Everest, you can simply fly from a height of 29,500 feet! World’s most elite skydiving adventure is a self-proclaim company which lets thrill-seekers jump from a plane to float back to the base camp. Would you do it?
Insanity Ride- United States
Your heart will surely pound as you hover 270 meters above the ground and 20 meters around the edge of Las Vegas’ Stratosphere Tower. The Insanity Ride lives to its name: you are meters above ground strapped to spinning mechanical arms! This tower offers many other activities which are for brave hearts, but this ride is the tallest one. Time to question your sanity!
Wingsuit Flight- Switzerland
In 2011, an adventurer flew through a waterfall in just a wingsuit… and it is less likely that you would like to follow his steps! However, if you want to try a humanly activity which gives the thrill of a natural flight, you might consider wingsuit flying in Switzerland. To prepare yourself, you need to skydive… a lot! This is because the United States Parachute Association allows jumpers who have at least 200 freefall skydives to try this activity.
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As an avid skier I’m usually on the slopes at least once a year – more if I can find the time and money to get over to France and enjoy my favourite pastime. However, one thing I regularly find is that I have to explain why I choose to go skiing when I get a break, particularly over holidays in the sun. While my friends are all heading out to Spain or Cyprus and spending their time sunbathing or at the beach, I’m turning down the chance to join them in favour of another trip to the slopes.
But it seems no matter how much I try and convince some of my friends, they have these misconceptions about ski holidays that are hard to break. So to help convince some other sun-seekers of the benefits of a ski break, here are 5 of the most common misconceptions I hear about skiing:
- It’s too expensive
This is easily the argument I hear the most from friends and family – that skiing is simply too expensive. While it’s true that buying the latest Oakley goggles or getting custom made skis can cost quite a bit, you can easily hire all of this equipment, and there are a wealth of budget-friendly resorts available all over Europe, particularly in places like France. Skiing can be expensive, but so can any type of holiday if you’re booking five star and first class – shop around, book in advance and spend your money wisely and you can easily get a great deal on a fantastic ski trip.
- Sun is better than snow
The other one I hear all the time is people asking ‘why would you swap the sun for snow?’ I’m not sure why people think the slopes can’t be sunny, but if you go in spring you’ll get snow on the ground and beautiful sun in the sky – it really is the best of both worlds!
- There’s nothing to do if you don’t want to ski
People always try and argue that there’s nothing to do on a ski trip if you don’t fancy hitting the slopes, and it couldn’t be further from the truth. For a start, there are a ton of other activities, from ice-skating to swimming, and if you don’t fancy the exercise, any half-decent resort will boast shopping, spas, restaurants, bars, cafes and lots of entertainment options. Ski holidays don’t have to be all about skiing!
- I can’t relax on a ski holiday
For some reason people think of ski holidays as being adrenaline-filled, all-action affairs, but there’s so much more to them than that. I’ve already mentioned the spas and pools on offer, and the sun in many cases (meaning you can sunbathe), but you’re also in one of the most beautiful spots and will be surrounded by scenic walks, yoga, bike trails and usually a huge health and wellness scene.
- I’m going to spend the whole time falling over
OK, if you’re not an experienced skier then there might be some truth to this one, but it’s not like it sounds. Falling over rarely hurts and it’s always a lot of fun, and once you start to make some progress you won’t be able to stop getting back up for another go.
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You’re probably stuck at your desk right now drowning in work and longing for escape. You should escape. You work hard and you deserve it. So, do yourself a favor and call your local mechanic right now to make an appointment to have your car road trip inspected. If you don’t have a regular mechanic, check Cars.com to locate a reputable service provider in your neighborhood. Get the all clear from the mechanic, request a few days off from the boss, leave all of your cares behind and hit the open road heading to one of these road trip-worthy scenic drives in the United States.
If you live in the Southwest, scenic drives aren’t hard to come by in your neck of the woods. They don’t get much more scenic than Highway 89A that runs north and south from Prescott, Ariz. to Flagstaff, Ariz. through Coconino National Forest. This is red rock country with all roads leading to the nature lover’s mecca that is Sedona, Ariz. The drive takes less than two hours one way, so take your time to drink in the natural splendor and feast your eyes on some of the most spectacular landscapes in the country.
If you call the Pacific Northwest home, you have your fair share of scenic drives in your region too. Consider checking out the historic Columbia River Highway in Oregon. The span treks through the Columbia River Gorge treating travelers to awe inspiring vistas and marvelous waterfalls. The trip is about 75 miles one way. Road trippers can also choose to extend their drive with the addition of the Mount Hood Scenic Loop for views of the state’s tallest mountain.
East Coasters enjoy the enormous benefit of proximity since the states of this region are relatively small and easily reachable in a short amount of time. This region of the country is also replete with gorgeous scenic drives especially when the crisp fall nights begin turning the foliage. Start your adventure on the Historic National Road in Baltimore, Md. and take in more than 150 miles of highway steeped in rich colonial history. The highway extends far into Pennsylvania and is dotted with inns, taverns, shops and antiques to enjoy along the way.
Another of the most scenic routes in the country is the Great River Road which travelers can hop on in Memphis, Tenn. and meander through all the way to New Orleans, La. The route follows the mighty Mississippi with hundreds of opulent plantations built along the road by wealthy landowners, many more than 200 years ago. The food is magnificent, the people are warm and the sun is almost always shining in this region of the country.
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The Grand National is one of the biggest horseracing events in the UK right after the Cheltenham Festival, and it may not be as famous as the first but it certainly in the most exiting horserace in the country for its level of difficulty and length.
16 obstacles with at least 5 that take down horses and sometimes lives, the course is so tuff that very few favorites even finish the race. Several horses have died trying to and one jockey, who will be the reigning champion for 2017?
Why is the Aintree Grand National so Popular?
The Grand National is a steeplechase taking place just outside of Liverpool on a urban area during the Grand National Festival that takes place between the 6th and 8th of April (the Grand National is the 8th). Although the original track is located exactly on the same spot and was a cross country race heading into the Leeds Canal and back.
The term steeplechase derives from Ireland where horses were raced from steeple to steeple in between church distances in the 18th century (the race began in 1830). The winner was referred to as “lottery” for the difficulty of winning guessing who could win the race, those odds remain even today making this one of the hardest races to handicap correctly.
2016 winner Aurora Encore won with odds of 66/1 and so have many others with odds above 20/1. In fact, only 30 favorites have won the race in over 80 years with Irish trained horses faring better. Aurora Encore did have a point to his favor after finishing second in the Scottish Grand National with a turf familiar to the horse.
The race is a handicap were horses are given a weight based on its form and proven ability on past races. The weight range is 10 stones to 11 stone 10 pounds with a horse at the bottom with 10 stone. Horse with weights outside of the minimum is said to be out of the handicap. While the weight of the highest performing horse frames the weights for the rest of the contenders.
The Aintree Racecourse is unique in terms of distance and number of obstacles with 16 and two laps. 5 of those obstacles are famous for their unique difficulty to jump and land. In the Turn horses meet a 90 degree turn facing the Leeds Channel, many ended up in the water. The Chair is special for its height and strange uneven landing along with the Brook. The run-in is the longest for any jump race in Britain and can see favorites lose against trailers.
Due to this characteristics the Grand National favors horses who can run up a stone better than in conventional races. The Aintree Factor is said to be the ability of the horse to perform better with each time it participates at the Grand National.
Ballabriggs, Seabass, State Of Play and Hedgehunter were all recent runners that outperformed themselves each year after. Red Rum is the most famous horse with the Aintree Factor by winning three Grand Nationals and two second place finishes. To view more details for possible Grand National Winners check Grand National Day 2017 Betting Odds from William Hill:
Vieux Lion Rouge 10/1
Definitly Red 12/1
One of Arthur 14/1
The Last Samuri 14/1
Cause of Causes 14/1
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One of the most important parts of attempting a long distance charity challenge cycling journey is to pace yourself. If you start cycling too quickly and intensely you will exhaust yourself and burn out long before the trip is over. If you do not ride fast enough, you will fall behind and not complete the journey in the allotted time. When you find the perfect pace you can keep riding to your ideal capacity and cover as much ground as possible.
Of course, finding your pace isn’t always that easy. Here are some important points to keep in mind when it comes to finding your cycling rhythm.
Research the Route
Take a look at the planned route for the charity challenge long distance cycling journey, whether it’s a ride to the next county or an epic London to Paris bike ride. The organisers will share the route with you so that you can see how many hills and elevation changes to expect. This information will help you know how to pace yourself. For example, if you know that there is a section of hills and climbs at the beginning of the route but a downhill section at the end, you will know that you can push yourself on the climbs and then recover afterward. If you see that the route is mostly the same the entire way, you can keep a steady pace.
When you start off on a long distance bike ride there is always a sense of excitement and urgency and it’s tempting to ride too quickly. However, if you are riding above your intended pace or heart rate you will be tiring yourself out for when the going really gets tough.
Instead, focus on keeping the intensity low for the first few miles so that you can avoid getting overtired. Once you have settled into a rhythm you will still have the option of pushing yourself a little further later on.
Heart Rate Pacing
One strategy for pacing yourself during a race is to use a heart-rate strap. You will need to take your average heart rate after a 30 minute maximal effort test, which will give you a good approximation of your threshold heart rate. This is the point at which the muscles will create too much lactic acid to shift. If you stay below this point throughout the ride you will be able to avoid pushing yourself too hard and burning out.
Take a Look at Your Own Data
If you use a GPS to track your cycling, take a look at some of the data from your longest distance previous ride. You will be able to see what your usual average speed is and how well you performed at different heights and elevations. This information will help you to be realistic in your expectations and mindful of what you will be able to achieve. Of course, depending on your energy levels, physical state and the wind and weather conditions on the day you might be able to achieve less or more – but the data should give you some sort of idea.
Listen to Your Body
It is very important to listen to your body when you are pacing yourself on a long bike ride. You don’t want to wait until you are paralyzed with a painful cramp before slowing down. You’ll feel a sting in your legs when lactic acid has built up, or a tightness in your back muscles that will tell you that you need to take a break and rest. Listen to the signals that your body is sending you so that you can work at the right intensity to keep yourself going.
It’s Not a Race
You are attempting a long distance ride and not a race, so don’t worry too much about whether you are surpassing the people around you. When you get competitive and you try to surge forward to beat the others, you can tire yourself out which will result in problems at the end of the race.
Remember that the only person you are racing against in this situation is yourself. Don’t worry about the others, just keep a good pace and try to perform at your best.
With these tips you will be able to pace yourself, find your cycling rhythm and make the most of your next long distance cycling journey.
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Whilst it’s not known as a popular tourist destination, Wrexham boasts a host of landmarks and activities worthy of attention.Easily accessible from all of Wales, or from across the border in Cheshire, there’s plenty to draw the discerning tourist – and there’s plenty for locals to distract themselves with, too.
In this article, we’ll take a look through them.
Designed by Thomas Telford and finally built in 1805, this wonder of 19th century engineering remains the longest and tallest aqueduct in the country (that’s Britain, not Wales).It’s just over three hundred metres long, spanned by a cast-iron trough a metre or so deep and was designed to carry water over the river Dee, thirty-eight metres below.
The aqueduct is supported by a series of arched ribs – each of which is carried by a pair of stone pillars.During construction, there was widespread scepticism among the public over whether Telford’s design would work, but he persevered; his work stands to this day, as testament not only to his genius, but to his faith in his own abilities.After all, it takes genius to continue with a good plan even in the knowledge that everyone thinks it’s a terrible plan.Take a walk on the Pontcysylite Aqueduct and you’ll have all the time in the world to reflect on that!
On the outskirts of Wrexham lies Erddig, an expansive property whose grounds cover more than twelve-hundred acres.The estate is dominated by a hugely impressive 18th century house, which the National Trust’s website describes as ‘fascinating yet unpretentious’ – two qualities that are hugely desirable in any historical day out.
There’s a strong upstairs-downstairs vibe within the walls of Erddig hall – and in some respects this divide can still be keenly appreciated.In the upper floors of the manse, guests can expect to find all of the fine period furniture and decorations that the Georgian aristocracy would have enjoyed.The downstairs portion is not without its charm, too, being home to a collection of portraits of the household servants. Outside the walls of the hall, there are several outbuildings, including a stables, a sawmill, a joiner’s shop and a blacksmith’s. What more could one ask for in a country estate?
Valle Crucis Abbey
If you’re prepared to venture a little further from Wrexham into the Welsh countryside, you’ll find Llangollen.Llangollen is notable in that it is home to the ruins of Valle Crucis Abbey.Founded at the turn of the 13th century as a colony for twelve monks, the original wooden building was replaced with a much larger stone structure which could house up to sixty.
The Welsh countryside was seen as an ideal place for a monastic retreat.In the 13th century, it offered just the right amount of remoteness from civilisation.Many monks would live out their days in the Abbey without a thought for the rest of the world.
Visitors to the ruin might be surprised to see that many details of the construction remain intact.For example, the west front still carries an inscription from the 14th century, dedicated to the Abbot who oversaw its construction.The east side, on the other hand, is home to the very same fishpond from which the monks used to catch their dinner.
Admission to the ruin is fairly cheap at £3.50 per adult and £2.65 for children.Alternatively, for £10.50 an entire family can get in. Unfortunately, the Abbey is only open during the summer months (between April and October), and so those planning a winter break will have to occupy themselves elsewhere!
Golf at Carden Park
Just a short trip across the Anglo-Welsh border lies Carden Park, one of the grandest of Chester hotels. It’s situated in the heart of Cheshire’s countryside and, if you’re looking to enjoy a spot of golf, it’s an ideal retreat. Within its grounds there are two sprawling golf courses – one of which was designed by the legendary Jack Nicklaus.If you’re looking to spend an afternoon or two whacking small balls across acres of lush greenery, then there are few better places to do it.
As well as the golf itself, the grounds is also home to a spa, swimming baths and smattering of high-quality restaurants and bars.If you’re looking for some post-round refreshment, then you’ll find it amply supplied.Moreover, CardenPark is also one of the foremost meeting venues in Cheshire, making it an ideal location for any Wrexham-based firm planning a corporate retreat.
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