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Quick and Easy Violin Mute

One of the reasons I picked up the violin was because it was easier to travel with than a guitar (not that I haven’t found some nice travel guitars, but that’s another story). It fits in an airplane overhead and is easy to carry!

However, I want to be considerate of the folks in the rooms around me when I’m playing in my hotel room. I decided I needed a mute — there are a lot of gizmos you can attach easily (and not so easily) to your violin to reduce the sound. I wanted something simple and effective — it had to be easy to slip on and off and it had to work!
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Turns out it was really easy to find, too! Head to your laundry basket and grab a spring clothespin. Okay, go ahead and grab two — just in case. Slip the first clothespin onto the treble side of your violin bridge. Angle the pin downwards so it won’t interfere with your bow.

That’s it! Give it a try and you’ll be amazed at how the sound is muted. If you want even more muting, put the second pin on the bass side of the bridge. (When you do this, it looks like your violin is wearing a mustache!)

Doesn’t get much easier than this — plus there’s probably room in your case for the two clothespins. Simple, cheap, and effective (although it does look a little goofy).
Robina says she declined the request, took a screenshot and contacted both friends and the Transit Police.
The request was sent to her twice more before she got off the bus, she says.
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The transit police say they managed to get some surveillance material from the bus and the investigation is ongoing.
“It’s very unusual,” Const. Mike Jek told the Transit Police at Global News. “Our investigators have certain opportunities that they can use to investigate such situations.”

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Cheap Flights – Why Booking In Advance Give You Always Better Prices?

Well, out there you can find thousands of articles telling you that booking in advance is something that will always help you get cheapest flights. Completely agree. What I really would see no point in doing is to write another article telling you the same.
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Instead, I just wanted to write some quick notes for the curious ones on why this is a strategy that airlines use? Why do they benefit from this?

There are a few reasons that make it happen. To understand this, we need to figure out what will happen if this strategy was not in place. Of course, we humans love to do things at the very last moment, and a massive amount of people will get to book the flight on the last day. Why to book earlier? Imagine that for some reason you need to cancel it! Of course, we are not stupid, and we would do it the very last thing before departure.

You could tell me that some people would book earlier for the fear of running out of places. Could be, but if we take a look at the planes nowadays, you will realize that there is always some places left except in the major holiday dates. That would be another article, but here it comes one of the main reasons why extra-discounted tickets exist!

Why airlines are not interested in bookings happening at the last minute? Well, they need to plan in advance for many reasons. Knowing the occupancy of the planes will let them analyze the situation and vary the prices accordingly, they need to plan for the food that they will need for this flight, and also for the space required for baggage. If they knew an airplane is going to be nearly empty they are on time to make changes and select a smaller airplane to do the trip.

At same time, the people that normally book at the very last moment are the ones traveling for business reasons. As discussed in other article, business travelers are expected to pay more as their companies are the ones who pay the airfare, so the fares are planned according to their needs. What I mean is that a high fare will not scare any company, but it could scare lots of tourists. Better let tourists book before as they have reduced budget, and then the business travelers will have no problem in affording higher prices.

Short and easy. These are the reasons for airlines to have better prices for the first seats occupied.

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10 Steps for Traveling Europe Cheap

Chances are you searched for plane tickets on at least one occasion and thought I guess it will still be there when I’m 65 and retired. Don’t be discouraged! I am going to explain how you can travel to your European dream country for less than you imagined possible.
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Step 1. Forget about your exact travel plans

The quickest way to make your trip as expensive as possible is to narrow your search to something incredibly specific.
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For example, just because you have a four day weekend on Easter doesn’t mean its a good time to travel. Open yourself to being flexible on the dates you travel, the locations you travel to and what kind of places you stay at. The more flexible you are, the cheaper the travel will be.

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Step 2. Determine where it is that you really want to visit.

I know I just said to be flexible but that doesn’t mean you can’t choose where you want to visit, it means you have to be open to getting there ways you didn’t anticipate. If you want to visit Dublin more than anything, don’t search for flights from the US to Dublin only. Chances are you can find a plane ticket from the US to another European city for much much less. Then you can book another short flight to Dublin for less than $80 roundtrip. It’s a great way to see a bonus country as well!
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Step 3. Determine which city you will fly out of

Flights to Europe vary tremendously in price depending on which airport you’re flying to, leaving from and the dates of travel. So a good first step may be to determine which airport you are going to fly out of. If you live in a big city such as New York, Boston or Los Angeles, lucky you! You’ll find the cheapest flights to Europe from these cities. If you don’t live in these cities, chances are you’ll end up flying through them to get to Europe. So if you can drive to one of those cities, that may be a cheap option. Otherwise, consider booking a flight to one of those cities from your hometown. Although it seems strange, you may get cheaper flights by booking each leg individually rather than booking a ticket from your home to your destination.
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Step 4. Determine the cheapest European city to fly to

The easiest way to do this is to check websites that aggregate all of the cheapest airfares so you don’t have to search through hundreds of flights yourself. Some sites allow you to type United States or the city that you know you will be departing from in the “from” field. In the “to” field, try choosing “everywhere.” Then scroll down the resulting list looking for the first/cheapest country in Europe to fly to. If for example, Norway comes up at $340 and France comes up at $380, then it’s probably worth it to just choose France if that’s your desired destination; however, if the difference is more than $100 I would choose the cheapest airport first.
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The annoying thing about Skyscanner is that the deals are often no longer active and sometimes you also have to search through many dates looking for the cheapest to travel on. But, patience is key and it’s how you find the cheapest flights. Another word of advice is that sometimes the flights are through travel agencies and it is probably worth it to search for reviews on the agency before booking your ticket, keeping in mind that happy customers rarely write reviews. But if the agency has one out of five stars, that may be a clue to pass.
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Step 5. Find an inter-European flight to get you to your European dream destination

One thing most people don’t realize is that to fly from one country in Europe to another is dirt cheap.
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I have flown across Europe for $14 one way. No joke. I have never paid more than $60 for a flight within Europe. Use Kayak.com to find a flight to your actual destination from whatever country you ended up in booking the cheapest flight to Europe.
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Step 6. Now that you’ve arrived, find a cheap or free place to stay
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Everyone has their own idea of a dream vacation. If yours is staying in the Ritz, then I’m surprised you read this far through this article. For most of us, we just want to stay somewhere decent while enjoying everything Europe has to offer. I have never stayed in a dump in Europe. I don’t want to and I’m just not that desperate. Accommodations come down to four options: hotel, rental, hostel or Couchsurf.

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  • Hotel. Staying in a hotel is a safe way to go and if it’s your first time to Europe or you’re not much of a risk-taker, then this is probably the route you want to take. Hotels depending on where you are visiting range from $20-$200 per night so you might want to keep that in mind when choosing a destination. I wouldn’t advise staying in Monaco unless your oil company is seeing record first quarter profits but staying in nearby Nice might be an option. In other words, keep your options open.
  • Rental. Booking a rental room, apartment, villa or house is also a safe bet but can be a little more complicated than just checking into a hotel. Sites like Homeaway and Airbnb offer some really unique locations and I have to say, some of my favorite places I have stayed in Europe were rentals. From a villa on a winery in Tuscany to a secluded mother-in-law in a quiet neighborhood outside of London, I really enjoyed staying in rentals and the price is often much less than staying at a hotel if there is a group of you that can share the cost.
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  • Hostel. The word hostel brings up thoughts of scary movies but the reality is that the difference between a hostel and a hotel is sometimes indiscernible in Europe. Sure there are hostels where you get a bunk bed in a room with five other travelers and for some people this is exciting and interesting! But just because bunk beds aren’t your thing, doesn’t mean you should rule out everything that has the word hostel in the title. I have stayed at some “hostels” which were just as nice as a hotel.
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  • Couchsurf. If you are really on a tight budget or if meeting local people is really important to you, there’s no better way than to Couchsurf. If you have no idea what I am talking about, visit the Couchsurfing website. Essentially, the site lets you request to stay with someone who is wiling to host travelers at their home for free and vice versa. People leave reviews on the travelers and the hosts so you can have some assurance they are reputable. This of course comes with risk and safety precautions should be taken. In addition, you should always have a backup plan in case the situation doesn’t work out.

Step 7. Eat cheap.
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I’m focussing on the necessities of visiting Europe: travel, lodging and food. There are of course plenty of other ways to spend money but these are the things you have to spend money on, food being one.
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Food is amazing. I love food and the first couple times I went to Europe I was disappointed because I randomly wandered into restaurants and most were subpar. This all changed when I started checking TripAdvisor for restaurant reviews, that’s all it took to make every meal out amazing. This wasn’t so much a saving money tip as a general word of advice. However, TripAdvisor does let you search by general price of restaurants so $ is cheap $$ is moderate $$$ is getting expensive etc.
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Here’s a money saving tip: buying groceries in Europe is usually very inexpensive. So if you have booked an apartment with a kitchen, take advantage of it! Go shopping at a local market and buy some new strange foods to cook! If you’re on a road trip, get some sandwich stuff to save a few bucks.
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Step 8. Realize there are still more expenses

Even though travel, lodging and food are your main expenses, there are of course going to be others. Things to think about include, transportation once you arrive, fees for attractions and souvenirs.
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Options for transportation include taking public transit. Most European cities have fantastic and inexpensive public transportation that can be purchased using local currency or a debit card at a kiosk. Note that American credit cards often don’t work at these as you need a chip and pin number.
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Renting a car is a great option if you plan on traveling outside of the cities, it’s usually quite affordable and gives you ultimate freedom in mobility. Trains, although charming, are not usually a cheap way to travel across Europe. Flights are much less expensive and quicker. But if you are in love with the idea of seeing the country side by train, then it’s worth giving a try. Tickets can be purchased in advance on the Eurorail website for a fee. Or if you’re more flexible and feeling like it’s worth the risk, you can purchase them in person at the rail station for usually quite a bit less.
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Step 9. Travel light

Although you might not think that traveling light will save you money, believe me, it will. First of all, every airline is going to charge baggage fees. So each leg of your flight is going to cost you $25 to $100 for each bag. That adds up fast. Secondly, if you have two suitcases, you are going to fill up two suitcases full of stuff that you probably don’t need. Thirdly, taking cheap transportation like the metro becomes frustrating and impractical when you’re hauling around two unwieldy bags. Fourth of all, your bags have to be with you at all times or in a hotel, so if you plan on checking out in the morning and going to another city, you won’t be able to do anything until you get to your hotel and check your bags in. All in all, it’s just a huge pain to carry a bunch of stuff around Europe with you. My advice, and I can’t stress this enough, is to fit everything into one backpack. I have a 50L backpack and it had everything I needed for a month and a half in Europe. Yes, there are places to do laundry in Europe as well. If you’re saying, well you don’t understand because you’re a guy. I traveled with two young women and they both fit everything into a backpack. If you’re saying you don’t understand because you’re young, I traveled with my mother to Europe and she fit everything into a standard size school backpack! You can do it too!

Step 10. Always plan for the worst and hope for the best

Whenever I travel to Europe I plan out my expected expenses and round everything up. I also plan for at least $200 of unexpected expenses. In the end, my expenses are always well below this number but I don’t want to ever end up in the situation where I’m overwhelmed by the cost.

Conclusion

In 2,000 words I have given you the condensed Europe-on-a-budget-guide. There are of course lots of other things to think about when booking your Europe trip but the most important thing is to just do it! Find those cheap airline tickets to Europe and book them. You can fill in all the blanks later, don’t try to plan everything out before getting your tickets and don’t try and plan every second of everyday. Leave time to be spontaneous and immerse yourself in the European life.
With Greece’s unemployment rate at 17 percent and the current pandemic not looking like it will soon disappear magically, many Greeks are starting to look for alternatives to the current financial system. They continue to seek solace in digital currencies. There are Facebook groups like Bitcoin Community Greece and Cryptocurrency Greece that aim to educate the Greek people about ‘cryptocurrency investment opportunities’. These groups have become very popular, with Bitcoin Community Greece reaching almost 5,000 members so far.
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Finally, it shows that the Greeks take cryptocurrencies much more seriously, as it first became popular during the 2014 financial crisis. Could this lead to a potential cure for Greek debt diseases? The current rescue from the EU, combined with cryptocurrency, could potentially improve Greece’s financial and economic recovery over time.

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Homeowners Insurance: Does It Cover Bedbug Damages?

Since just a few years ago, bedbugs have become a real problem in commercial hotels, motels and residential homes. I personally know of someone who was a guest at a friend’s home. Little did the hosts know that they actually had a problem of bedbug infestation and neither did my buddy. Unfortunately for him, some of the pests actually hid themselves in his suitcase while he enjoyed his brief reprieve only to relocate to his mattress when he returned home.

Finally, when my friend experienced incessant long-term annoying itching, he began to notice a chain of bites on his arms. That was when he decided not to waste any more time in receiving medical attention. Jumping into his car, he drove to an after-hours medical center to be examined. The prognosis was clear as day although the hour was way past the sun’s setting: my friend’s itchiness and rash was professionally diagnosed as bedbug bites.

Lest you think his ordeal ended easily, allow me to enlighten you: this was far from the case. Not only did the bedbug liability include general aggravation, embarrassment and intense discomfort, it also involved a lofty expense for the exterminator – something he would learn through his insurance agency was not covered by his standard Homeowners Insurance policy.

My friend’s ordeal was a genuine learning experience – albeit a painful one. Though another person may have considered bringing a lawsuit against his hosts who had infected him with the little bugs that made him ultimately incur damages and losses, to him it was simply not an option because it ran counter to his ethical code in relation to friendships. What the matter taught him, however, was to pay close attention to all the fine points of coverage before deciding on one policy – and to weigh needs not just by comparison of quotes.

While a standard Homeowners Insurance policy usually covers:

• Fire

• Lightening

• Sudden and accidental smoke damage

• Burglary

• Vandalism

• Damage from aircraft, automobiles, trucks and other vehicles

• Windstorm damage

• Hail damage

• Sudden and accidental damage from water

• Damage from weighty ice, snow and sleet

• Damage from riots and social upheaval

It does not cover:

• Flood damage

• Earthquake damage

• Frozen pipes (unless under certain situations)

• Losses incurred when your home was left vacant (according to the terms of the policy)

• Wear and tear or termite and bedbug damage that could have been avoided by prompt attention and maintenance.

Because my friend did not notice he had a bedbug problem immediately, the crisis intensified so much that it wrought damage that the insurance companies defined as something that could have been avoided with proper maintenance. Nonetheless, if he would have included a bedbug rider to his policy before the onset of the unwanted insects, he would have benefited from coverage.

You certainly live and learn. Now that the losses are a thing of the past, my friend knows always to discuss all aspects of personal and property coverage with his independent agent – and to be extra careful about where to set up temporary lodging!

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Your Bocas Del Toro Vacation and Accommodations

You are worthy of a break and selecting an affordable island vacation isn’t as difficult as you may have envisioned. Old-style Caribbean island destinations are hard to find, but taking oneself southerly to under the hurricane strip means that you can enjoy your island any time of the year and can safely enjoy it with all the family.

Bocas Del Toro is the best of all of the Caribbean destinations when it comes to experiencing the genuine Creole way of life mixed with other vivid, native tribes. The islands were found by pirates of which by far the most well-known being Captain Morgan and it has a rich tradition of trade and fishing.

Tips to Get To Bocas Del Toro

Flying from the US is easy and cost effective. Many people make use of the two closest Capitol cities of Panama City, Panama and San Jose, Costa Rica. Both cities then offer direct routes to Bocas Del Toro. The cost will range subject to what time of the year you go and where you are venturing from, but from The Florida Area, you will find a return flight to either capitol for approximately $350 and then its just a swift journey to the island itself.

European travellers ought to do some research to find excellent deals, but with some work, you can get some exceptional deals for less than 6-8 hundred pounds and you´ll be lying in a hammock and soaking up the sun.

What To Do When You Get Here

You’ll have a collection of diverse tropical islands to check out when you arrive, all with their own unique feel. You are able to make use of the boat taxi services which are cheap and operate regularly between the island destinations. The three primary islands are Isla Colon, Carenero and Bastimentos which have the largest collection of hotels offered, including backpackers to top end boutique accommodations.

The islands themselves deliver welcoming adventures both above and below the waterline with snorkelling tours, fishing outings, kayaking, diving spots to discover and surfing locations that are uncrowded. Bastimentos, the largest of the islands hosts the small poison dart frog along with a wonderful rainforest as well as one of the very best canopy tours that Central America has to offer. For anyone with a sweet tooth, don’t forget to take an organic chocolate tour and stock up for the trip home while visiting a local tribe community and discovering them creating some magnificent arts and crafts.

The area of Zapatilla Keys is a national reserve with the most extraordinary beaches, fauna and underwater landscapes and is a superb day trip. No trip to the islands is complete without going to a couple of beaches and finding your most-liked. Some beaches are calm and ideal for small children whilst others offer surf and barrelling waves. The islands certainly are a bird lovers paradise and the botanical gardens are an easy way to get to know the regional plants and flowers whilst a visit to the butterfly gardens normally takes your breath away.

Bocas Del Toro is definitely an excellent destination for anyone on the lookout for a low cost, yet spectacular getaway with a lot of hotel types for your needs and funds which includes self catering choices which are good for families and groups. You’ll be able to visit and see what every one of the islands have to offer whilst allotting time to enjoy a little hammock time and indulge in just a little Caribbean way of living.

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Is it Necessary to Engage the Service of a Wedding Planner?

I often hear people ask, “Is it necessary to engage the service of a wedding planner?” As a bride-to-be myself, I have asked that question too. After serious consideration and going through online research, I finally decided to hire one for the full planning and coordination for my wedding. I hope to share my experience here and help fellow bride-to-be make an informed decision.

As with engaging the service of all other professionals, the price tag a wedding planner does not come cheap. Typically, the fee for a full wedding planning package in Singapore is about $5,000 (Singapore dollars). Frankly, I do not think it is necessary to engage a wedding planner as many people are managing fine without one. However, I am glad I did.

Having a wedding planner really helps me to save the time in doing research as well as avoiding the trouble of contacting many hotels, restaurants, bridal studios, florists, photographers… and negotiating with each and every of them to get the best deals. This is what I appreciate most so far. I believe if we were to do it on our own, we won’t be able to confirm our banquet venue so fast (that is, 3 weeks after we decided to get married). Although we are not in a hurry, it is certainly a good relief to know that everything is in order. Also, with our planner fighting for our benefits during the negotiation process, we managed to secure more perks than the usual wedding package offered by the hotel.

In addition, she provides useful tips and advice to help us with our decisions. For example, should we have separate days for solemnization and customary wedding? How to choose the wedding date? Which hotels or restaurants to consider given on our budget and their availability? Other useful advice include details such as, invitation of Justice of Peace to solemnise our wedding, venue decoration, preparing personalised vows, and other logistics issues.

If you intend to hire a wedding planner, do look out for discounts or promotions. For example, the package I signed up comes with a free wedding engagement (or Registration of Marriage, ROM) planning worth $800. My wedding planner even offers to help my husband-to-be plan a marriage proposal for free (but he was too shy to agree to it…Ha!)

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Cruising To Alaska From Vancouver? Three Secrets You Must Know

1.Arrive into Vancouver at least a day before your cruise sails. Of course I may be slightly biased, but Vancouver is going to be one of your top ports of call during this cruise. So often I’ve seen cruisers fly into Vancouver on the day their cruise departs and completely miss this wonderful city. In addition, the added stress level of making your ship on time is no way to start your vacation if all does not go according to plan. All it takes is one missed plane connection, a mechanical difficulty, a problem at the border, or bad weather and your entire vacation could be ruined. Trust me, the ship will not wait for you in Vancouver if you are late, and you are solely responsible for making it to the ship on time. Not only that, but the tides and currents sailing out of Vancouver make it so that the Captain in many cases must leave on time, or run the risk of being held in port for hours until it’s safe again to depart. There are incredible tours and sightseeing options in Vancouver and if you can swing the time it is definitely worth it. The same is true of your departure day – why end a perfectly good cruise vacation by stressing out on whether or not you will make it off the ship in time to make that ridiculously early flight home?

2. Getting to the ship. There are several ways to do this depending on whether or not you are going to totally disregard tip number one and try to go straight to the ship, or whether you are going to head straight to your hotel. 2015 marks the first season in a long time that only Canada Place will be used for cruise departures and thank God for that! Those of you who may have cruised from “the other” pier known as Ballantyne Pier in the past, will certainly agree with me that it was a disappointing start to your cruise to say the least. Ballantyne Pier is poorly located outside of the downtown core and far from the majority of hotels in the city. Fortunately for you, Canada Place is where your ships departure destination will almost certainly be this year. The cruise terminal is located at Canada Place which is very close to a multitude of hotels, taxis and the Canada Line; Vancouver’s fully automated rapid transit train line. Some cruise lines offer bus transfers to the ship or hotel however my recommendation is to do the math first. A taxi from Vancouver Airport to Canada Place with a 15% tip will run you around $35 to $45 dollars Canadian and takes around 30 minutes. Most ship purchased bus transfers will cost you around the same per person so they may not be the best deal unless you are travelling solo. If you don’t mind dragging all your luggage around and walking a few blocks the Canada Line train costs just under $10 per person and is around a 30 minute trip to the pier- not bad if you have a backpack, but with luggage I’d recommend against it. After you get off the train you have to walk to the ship which is around ten minutes from train to the ship luggage drop off point. My first choice would be to arrange a pick up from a pre cruise tour company or perhaps a private sedan to take you to your hotel. There are plenty of tours and luxury rides available online or at the airport and you should arrange this before you get on the plane. A private sedan or limousine will usually run you around $60-$80 Canadian plus gratuity. If you are coming in early be aware that most hotels check in time is between 3pm and 4pm, however any decent hotel will try to accommodate you early or at the very least offer to store your luggage upon arrival until your room is ready.

3. When is the best time to arrive at the ship? Well, if you like sitting around, standing in lines or waiting at immigration go first thing in the morning. If you’re like me and would prefer to spend your day enjoying Vancouver or sleeping in a bit you should think carefully about what time you arrive to the cruise terminal at Canada Place to board your ship. The time it takes you to board the ship from getting dropped off at the pier can vary anywhere from 20 minutes to 4 hours depending on when you arrive and how many ships are in port. Keep in mind that the ship is more than likely dropping off a few thousand guests who have just completed their cruise. It usually takes until at least 10am to clear out the ship from the departing guests, and another hour before they will allow newly arriving guests to start the check in process. If your first port of call is a Canadian port such as Victoria or Prince Rupert you will probably be spared going through United States Immigration at the pier in Canada Place. If your cruise is however like the majority of Alaskan cruises and your first port is in Alaska, you will more than likely go through the US immigration inspection just prior to the ships check in process at Canada Place which is why you need to have your passport handy. The procedure usually runs in this order; luggage drop off, security screening, US immigration processing, cruise line check in, and then, the moment you’ve been waiting all this time for-boarding the ship! Even if you are the first person onboard the ship at 11am, most of the ship including your staterooms won’t be accessible to you until around 1pm when the ships staff have finished cleaning and preparing everything for you. What this means is that the first two to three hours of check in you will be sitting or standing in a huge line, and then when you do get onboard, if it is before 1pm you will be forced to wait in a public area of the ship with your carry on luggage until they announce that your rooms are ready over the ship’s PA. My advice is enjoy Vancouver, and show up a bit later in the early afternoon for check in instead of trying to get to Canada Place at 9am so that you can stand in line with 2000 other guests. Having said that make very sure of course that you check your sail-away time and don’t leave it to the last minute either. You should be at the pier a minimum of 90 minutes before sail-away time at the very latest as the check in process is usually closed at least an hour before sail away.

So there you have it, the first of many tips for this years Alaskan Cruise Season. Don’t miss next time when I will tell you all about what to expect on your first day onboard, from how to get room upgrades, to what needs to be done the first day of the cruise, and what can wait until day two. Until then, thanks for reading and Bon Voyage!

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Weekend Getaways From Delhi Within 300 Km

A melting point of vibrant cultures, Delhi is an incredible city in itself and offers respite to its inhabitants in the form of abounding outings within the city. But unlike most of the cities, the folks in Delhi have a plethora of options when it comes to weekend getaways.

Also, since most of us are wary of spending our hard-earned money and deserving weekends on nonessential tourist-flooded destinations and long travel hours, weekend getaways from Delhi becomes all the more important.

Be it hill stations, adventure sites, religious shrines or commonplace tourist destinations, there are numerous getaways from Delhi at a stone’s throw.

Mentioned below is the ultimate list of weekend getaways near Delhi that would turn your monotonous weekend into a mini vacation and get in you in just the right mood to face the upcoming week.

1. Sariska, Rajasthan: Sariska rose to popularity due to Sariska Tiger Reserve. A successfully relocated home to Royal Bengal Tigers, the reserve is located in the Alwar district and is considered to be one of the best getaways from Delhi for its thriving wildlife.

Distance from Delhi: 215 km

Best time to visit: Throughout the year except May, June, July and August

Famous for: Rich flora and fauna including tigers, wild boar, antelopes and leopards

2. Kasauli, Himachal Pradesh: This quaint hamlet in Himachal Pradesh is one of the most charismatic hill stations in India. Narrow roads moving past undulated vistas take one back to the 19th century. The placid hill station is blessed with exotic surroundings and is a preferred weekend destination from Delhi.

Distance from Delhi: 285 km

Best time to visit: March to November

Famous for: Hill station, alluring landscapes, altars

3. Rishikesh, Uttarakhand: One of the holiest Indian cities, Rishikesh is not just the spiritual capital of India but its adventure capital too. Even the globally known band The Beatles couldn’t keep itself from visiting the sacred destination back in 1968.

Distance from Delhi: 230 km

Best time to visit: Throughout the year, peak summers can be a bit harsh though

Famous for: Adventure sports, yoga, spirituality

4. Mandawa, Rajasthan: Mandawa was founded in 18th century by rich merchant families and is known for its splendid mansions and havelis. It’s an aesthetically pleasing hamlet and attracts numerous tourists from nearby cities and is locally known as Rajasthan’s open art gallery.

Distance from Delhi: 260 km

Best time to visit: October to March

Famous for: Heritage, palaces, forts, camel rides and shopping

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Top 10 Places in Britain For a Spa Day

1. Best for spa days in Scotland

Glasgow: Spa in the City

Guaranteed to find a spa treatment to suit you, this day spa will cater for your every need. If you are unsure of what spa treatment to have let your beauty therapist recommend the perfect spa treatment for your lifestyle. Using only the finest ESPA products, the team of expert therapists offer luxurious spa treatments in a relaxed and friendly environment.

Edinburgh: Norton House Hotel

Part of Hand Picked Hotels, Norton House is a sanctuary of tranquillity and harmony. The day spa, which has been carefully designed to create a sense of warmth and blissful relaxation, boosts a luxurious pool, therapeutic hydrotherapy pool, sauna and steam rooms innovative fitness suite and studio, and Rasul mud room, as well as a range of holistic spa treatments.

Aberdeen: Saks Hair and Beauty

The award winning salon offers every spa treatment that you would expect from the Nationwide Salon Group of the Year. Whether it’s cut, colour, hair-cut, extensions or a spa treatment, Saks offers it all.

2. Best for spa days in the South East

London: Six Senses Spa at Pan Peninsula

An ideal base to escape from the hustle and bustle of the capital, Six Senses Spa at Pan Peninsula offers every spa treatment you can imagine for a relaxing spa day. Featuring eight luxurious treatment rooms, two couple’s treatment rooms, bio-thermal circuit with chromotherapy steam cabin, crystal laconium, and traditional dry sauna, this day spa is the perfect place to relax for hours.

Kent: Brandshatch Place

Set in twelve and a half acres of lush country side, this hotel spa is the perfect retreat for a spa day. It features everything you could possibly need, including a swimming pool, squash court, state of the art gym, tennis courts, as well as treatments rooms where you can enjoy a variety of spa therapies. What more could you want?

Surrey: Nutfield Priory

Situated high on a thickly wooded ridge next to the extravagant architecture of Nutfield Priory Hotel, this hotel spa provides the perfect tranquil setting for a relaxing pamper day. Using Espa, Clarins and Essie it offers a range of spa treatments, all carried out by experienced therapists.

3. Best for spa days in the North West

Manchester: The Spa Co Urban Oasis at Debenhams City Centre

With a warm and welcoming atmosphere this spa provides the perfect setting for a spa day. Boasting private treatment rooms and an open plan area where individuals and groups can enjoy a range of spa treatments together, it’s a great spot for city pampering.

Cheshire: Rookery Hall Hotel

At this hotel spa you can enjoy a relaxing spa day amid acres of parkland and woodland. Offering eight treatment rooms, a relaxation room, glass roofed indoor pool, fully-equipped gym and brassiere, there really is something for everyone.

Lancashire: Dove Spa at re-aqua Ormskirk

Dove Spa at re-aqua Ormskirk offers a range of spa treatments to cater for your every beauty need. So whether it be a manicures, facial or massage this day spa makes the perfect place to get groomed and gorgeous.

4. Best for spa days in the South West

Somerset: Green Street House

Nestled in the heart of Bath, this day spa is makes for a luxurious pamper day. It’s peaceful and tranquil surroundings and range of holistic spa treatments will help to encourage relaxation. The perfect antidote to nourish the mind, body and soul.

Devon: Neal’s Yard Therapy Rooms – Exeter

Offering a variety of spa treatments from acupuncture to shiatsu, Neal’s Yard Therapy Rooms is the ideal place to relax and unwind with some much needed me-time.

Bristol: Pure Face Works

Focusing on the health and vitality of your skin, Pure Face Works aims to help your skin look and feel it’s best whatever your age. Offering a variety of relaxing spa treatments from facials to massages, it’s a great retreat where your face is under focus.

5. Best for spa days in North East

West Yorkshire: Waterfall Spa

A ladies-only day spa offering luxury spa facilities and spa treatments in the heart of the city centre. It’s the perfect place for busy ladies with little time on their hands to unwind and catch up over a little pampering.

North Yorkshire: The Devonshire Health Spa

Housed in a converted barn, the Health Spa is a haven for relaxation and rejuvenation. With experienced and friendly staff to attend to your every need, this day spa will make you leave as a fresh and happy new you.

County Durham: Broom Mill Day Spa

With views over tranquil meadows it’s hard to find a better setting for a relaxing day out. Its purpose built treatment suite, thermal suite, swimming pool and relaxation area provides the all you need to sit back and put your spa-slippered feet up.

6. Best for spa days in East of England

Hertfordshire: Dove Spa Chorleywood

Offering an array of spa treatments including customised facials, massages, manicures and pedicures to name just a few, this well known spa aims to make women feel more beautiful every day by inspiring them to take great care of themselves. Sounds good to us!

Essex: You Spa at The Radisson SAS Hotel

You Spa brings together the perfect combination of integrated spa treatments and signature therapies for you to enjoy – a great choice for any avid spa-goer

Cambridgeshire: Amanda Allport in Huntingdon

Armed with years of spa experience, this spa offers exclusive spa treatments for you to enjoy. Catering not just for the skin, but also for the mind, body and soul, this day spa is the place to be for bespoke pampering

7. Best for spa days in East Midlands

Nottinghamshire: Eden Day Spa

This beautifully designed haven is the perfect retreat for a spa day to melt away all your cases and stresses of modern life. Their friendly professionals are ready and waiting to energize your mind and body with a range of pampering spa treatments.

Leicestershire: Ragdale Hall Health Hydro and Thermal Spa

Combining state-of-the-art facilities with the charm of traditional Victorian architecture, Ragdale Hall Health Hydro and Thermal Spa is the perfect place for a pamper day. Providing traditional spa treatments, and extensive spa facilities it is an ideal base for you to relax.

Northamptonshire: Rushton Hall Stableyard at Rushton Hall

Feel refreshed and rejuvenated with a relaxing spa day at this hotel spa. Surrounded by tranquil countryside, awaken your senses with fresh air and top treatments.

8. Best for spa days in the West Midlands

West Midlands: New Hall Hotel and Spa

Hidden away in the grounds of a hotel this spa offers the ultimate pamper day in a welcoming environment. Make the most of your spa day and treat yourself to one of its many spa treatments or relax in its extensive facilities.

Staffordshire: Eden Day Spa at Hoar Cross Hall

Unwind and relax in this impressive hotel spa with a luxurious treatment. And if that’s not enough, this hotel spa has a salt water pool, steam, sauna and saunarium, Jacuzzi, and gym to keep you occupied.

Warwickshire: Pure Bliss

This day spa lets you choose where you would like to enjoy your spa treatments. So whether you want your spa treatments in the comfort of you own home or in the tranquil settings of the day spa there is something for everyone.

9. Best for day spas in Wales

Cardiff: Derma Skin Clinic

This specialist non-surgical day spa offers all the latest spa treatments, including Botox and fillers to leave you feeling great about yourself and looking ten years younger. What’s not to love?

Clyd: Glow

It’s not just the name that will bring sunshine into your life, at this day spa you’re guaranteed to leave feeling happy and refreshed. The spa’s comfortable surroundings and luxurious spa treatments make for a great spa day.

Dyfed: St Brides Spa Hotel

At St Brides Spa Hotel, you will feel like you have just stepped onto the beach. This day spa has been specifically designed to reflect its seaside location, with spectacular views from its cliff top setting.

10. Best for day spas in Northern Ireland

Dublin: French Beauty Day Spa

You’ve guessed it. This French day spa offers every French spa treatment you could imagine. Trained to the highest standards, in France, this day spa’s therapists will leave you feel invigorated and de-stressed after a much needed pamper day. Parfait!

County Carlow: AromaSpa at Kilgraney House

Situated in a restored apple storehouse this aromatherapy centre offers a variety of spa treatments for both men and women. As well as enjoying a relaxing spa treatment why not make the most of your spa day and indulge in their aromatherapy inspired experiences?

Cork: Beauty Regain Clinic

An award winning day spa, for the last 7 years, this day spa sets itself apart by offering new types of spa treatments. Through constant research and investigation, it is able to invite customers to try out the very latest pampering spa treatments.

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Oahu, Hawaii – Things To Do

Oahu, Hawaii, is one of the world’s most favorite places to vacation. Great weather, great food, and, of course, great things to do. From luaus and sailing to snorkeling and bus tours, Oahu’s got it all.

Luaus

If you’ve never done a luau, now’s the time. Oahu is famous for them, with the ones that stand out the best being the Polynesian Cultural Center and Germaine’s.

These venues are in and of themselves an Island paradise. Each features lush gardens, waterfalls and sandy beaches. The entertainment is extraordinary and the live shows in particular rival what you’d see in Las Vegas or New York City.

But the real deal about Luaus is the food. Most are buffet style and feature Kalua Pig, island fish, Chicken Long Rice and More. Exotic drinks, too, are to be had, ranging from the famous Mai Tai to the Lava Flow!

Water Sports

Oahu is about water so expect to get wet. Of course, there’s surfing, but that takes a level of skill to really enjoy. Instead, consider paddle boarding or snorkeling, both of which can be mastered quite quickly.

The water off the Oahu shore is ideal for sailing. There’s a constant, steady wind, so you can be assured you’ll have an awesome day on the water. I do suggest starting out with “cat,” which means catamaran. They are bigger, wider and more stable than a conventional sailboat.

Then there’s swimming with the dolphins. These mammals are beloved by all and are very friendly. Kids and adults alike will totally enjoy mingling with these playful, gentle fish. Many say this is the highlight of their Hawaiian vacation.

Tours

Oahu is loaded with day trips. For nature enthusiasts, there are jungle treks and waterfall hikes. Military buffs will enjoy Pearl Harbor, which includes the Pacific Aviation Museum, the USS Arizona Memorial and the USS Bowfin Submarine.

Other sights you’ll want to experience include Waikiki Beach, Diamond Head, the Dole Pineapple Plantation, the rugged beauty of the North Short, and the beautiful City of Honolulu (great shopping!).

Oahu is the third-largest island in the Hawaiian archipelago, measuring 44 miles long, 30 miles wide and 112 miles round. It hosts the ONLY royal palace (Iolani Palace) in the United States.

Waikiki is Oahu’s main tourist attraction. It attracts some 72,000 visitors a day, which accounts for nearly 45 percent of all visitors visiting the Hawaiian Islands. Equally fascinating is that Honolulu is the second most expensive city in the U.S. right after Anchorage, AK.

Budget

Which brings me to my final point: Plan out your trip to Oahu or you’ll go over budget. Hotels aren’t cheap so it’s usually best to get a package deal. Personally, I find rental cars a bargain — it’s the price of gas that gets you (but that’s splitting hairs because Oahu is small).

Airfare is best purchased online via a reputable travel website. I’ve heard that late Sunday night is the best time to search for fares. You are going to want to assume that you’re going to do a number of tours and attractions. If you go the “a la carte” route, you’ll pay through the nose. Avoid this by pre-purchasing a card that bundles activities in a way that gets you through the “gate” at up to 55 percent off retail. That will allow you to use the savings for other things like another serving of savory pulled pork for dinner!