If things have been a little hectic and you feel like you need to get away from it all then why not consider a sailing holiday?Going out on your own surrounded by the vast open sea can really give you plenty of time to contemplate everything in you life. Sometimes you need to get away in order to think things through and decide what you are going to do and where you are heading in life. When you are surrounded by others it can sometimes be difficult to think straight and so going on a boat vacation could really help you to get the space that you need.The Cost of CruisingWhilst there are some definite advantages to cruising on the open water, there are also some disadvantages too and the main one is the cost of it all.It is not advisable to go sailing completely on your own and so this means that you will need to go on a cruise ship. This gives you the space that you need yet if you want some company the option is there also. However the cost of cruising differs and most of the time it can be quite expensive; especially if you are cruising on your own. One reason why cruising is mainly more expensive when traveling alone, is because you have to pay for a whole cabin to yourself. You also do not get to take advantage of the discounted offers such as two for one. So if you are looking for a double cabin then you should be prepared to pay a little bit extra. Of course there is an alternative which you may or may not like and that is to share a cabin with another single passenger. So in these circumstances the cruise line will try to find somebody for you to share with that is the same sex and roughly the same age too. If this does not sound like something that you would want to do then you can always look around at different cruise liners to see what the lowest fees are for double cabins. Prices will vary from cruise liner to cruise liner and so it is always worth shopping around before booking anything. Another way in which you can save money includes waiting until the last minute to book. This is because many cruise liners offer discounts closer to the time that the ship is due to sail off. This is because they need to fill any empty seats and they do this by attracting people with lower prices. So if you can plan everything in a short amount of time then last minute deals may be just what you need. Overall cruising can be fun and it can give you the time that you need to get away and think about things. Or you could simply just relax and let the world pass you by. There are plenty of activities to take part in and so you should never find yourself short of things to do. Just remember to take advantage of any offers open to you to avoid paying too much.
The Stratosphere is not the largest hotel, nor does it have the biggest casino. But it's got something that is nowhere else in Las Vegas or anywhere else: The Stratosphere Tower. The Tower, as it's known locally, is 1,149 feet high. At the top is the famed revolving restaurant and entrances to the rides. With both indoor and outdoor observation decks, the 100-story structure also offers a lounge, restaurants and, of course, a spectacular view. The windows come down to the floor at an angle so it's possible to look straight down and see what's below - nothing but air. In 30 seconds the double-decker elevator will rush to the top at 1,800 feet per minute or three floors a second. Naturally, you'll want to travel down a little more slowly. Apart from the observation deck itself there are several thrill rides that are enormously popular. The Big Shot, X-Scream and Insanity are all aptly named. Any one of them is enough to exhaust your adrenalin long before you start gambling. But then, gambling that you'll stay on is what these rides are all about.The Big Shot is almost 1,100 feet high and qualifies as the highest thrill ride in the world. The Insanity is less high (900ft), but by spinning riders at 40 miles per hour, it earns its name anyway. X-Scream is a 'mere' 866 feet, but by dropping riders over the edge it too is aptly named. For those who prefer to get married with a view, there's The Chapel in the Clouds. A large number of people every year still come to Vegas to get married and this choice is definitely better than the standard cheesy chapel off The Strip. But there are other forms of entertainment as well. The vampire-themed adult revue 'The Bite' could only have been conceived and executed in Las Vegas where the unusual is the norm. Then there's the American Superstars show where the celebrity look-alikes get a chance at stardom while you laugh.The hotel is located at the northern tip of the casino group on The Strip and is the only one actually located in the City of Las Vegas proper. The others are technically in the suburb of Paradise. With 2,444 rooms and an 80,000 square foot casino it's by no means the largest, but it might very well be the most unusual. Completed in 1996 it didn't do box-office business at first, but its location eventually proved to be an advantage. It's centrally located between The Strip and downtown, which is convenient for those who want to see it all, including Fremont Street. The rooms are inexpensive but adequate, and few go to Vegas to sleep anyway. On the other hand, there are plenty of games in the casino where you can spend a lot more money, so never fear. Save that for the rides.For cash back deals and free deals visit http://www.dragonrewards.com/browse/all/all/all
Twenty-three miles north of Miami on the subtropical Atlantic Coast, Fort Lauderdale is a sophisticated resort destination as well as the yachting and cruise capital of the world. There are numerous options for airfare to "Fort Lauderdale" with three major airports in the area that service the city: Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International, Miami International, and Palm Beach International.Fort Lauderdale is known as the Venice of America for its intricate network of canals and Floridas deepest port, Port Everglades, which makes this beach city a major hub for the boating industry. The canals offer a twist to sightseeing, with many water taxis and aquatic city tours. From the sea you can catch a glimpse of Floridas most beautiful waterfront mansions that line the bays and canals. Also, Fort Lauderdales proximity to the Bahamas and Caribbean makes tropical cruise travel extraordinarily convenient out of Port Everglades.Fort Lauderdales Fine and Funky EnclavesTravel to Fort Lauderdale is diverse and eclectic due to the citys various districts, each with its own personality and character. The Strip, or Fort Lauderdale Beach, was put on the map as a Spring Break mecca during the 1970s and 80s due to the film Where the Boys Are. Elbo Room, the famous spring break bar that was featured in the film, is still standing today at the corner of Las Olas Blvd. and A1A. That intersection may not be as wild today, but its ocean breeze and string of lively bars and restaurants still attracts spring breakers and local beach-goers alike.Further down Las Olas Blvd. in Downtown, the entertainment district has experienced a major rebirth, attracting waves of locals and visitors alike. Enjoy an evening at the Broward Center for the Performing arts and then wander by the many new restaurants and shops lining the boulevard. This area is also home to Fort Lauderdales museums, including the Museum of Art and the Museum of Discovery and Science as well as some historical exhibits covering the Native American and European settler history of [*_*]. Just to the north, Wilton Manors is a very popular gay and lesbian community within [*_*], packed with lively bars, blaring nightclubs and all inclusive resorts. Whatever your orientation may be, this place is certainly worth a visit.Get In and Get OutTravel to [*_*] and experience all of what the southeast Floridian coast has to offer. The city is conveniently close to Miamis South Beach resorts, clubs and restaurants and just a short drive to the expansive biodiversity of Floridas Everglades. Additionally, booking your "airfare to [*_*]" today will get you that much closer to a luxurious Bahamas or Florida Keys vacation. Treat yourself to a tropical getaway right here in the United States.
When you plan an international trip with your family it will be easier to get sick when you are in a new environment. Your body should get adjusted to the new food, water and air. The stress and excitement of travel could make you more likely to get sick. Here are a few healthy tips for you to make your trip more enjoyable.The first thing you need is to find out what kinds of vaccinations needed in the country you plan to visit and other requirements.There are three most common health problems one will face during such travel. They are: Jet lag Altitude sickness DiarrhoeaTo overcome jet lag, if you are travelling from west to east you must stay out of the sun until the day after your arrival. If you travel from east to west, you go for a brisk walk sooner you arrive at the place of your visit.Dry air, decrease in oxygen and low barometric pressure due to altitude are the reasons for the altitude sickness. By gradually increasing the altitude this problem can be solved or a drug known as acetazolamide can give a relief from this sickness.Traveller's diarrhoea - turista occurs when foreign type bacteria enters the digestive tract when contaminated food or water is taken. By taking proper care in the food you eat and the water you drink this can be avoided.Water supplies in many developing countries are not treated, so it is better you drink only bottled water.You must carry inhalers, allergy medicines, insulin as well as contact lens cleaners and vitamins. It is always better to carry your medical history with you while on travel with the following information: Name, address and phone number of the contact person in case of emergency Blood group Immunization reports Doctor's name, address and telephone number Name and address of your health insurance carrier including your policy number A list of current medications you are taking, if anyWith the above precautions, you will surely have a memorable holiday abroad and share with us on your return.
Ive just spent the day removing the mud from between the stones of our house in Brittany. The mud stands in place of lime or cement mortar which were unavailable or unaffordable when the house was built.The process gave ample time for reflection on what should be done when an old house is modernised.Here in Brittany it is impossible to preserve a house in its original state if it is to be lived in. All the memories of those times mostly the memories have died with the people who lived then would be of bad weather, mud, cramped living space, the cold and privation. Today we can avoid these things but we risk losing the spirit of these old places.Ironically one of the features that we, and others like us, proudly retain is the dated front door lintel. But our French neighbours tell us that many such dated artefacts were actually looted from the local manoirs at the time of the revolution.The upper storey of old houses was always a grenier never lived in except by mice who feasted on whatever was stored there. These days the grenier becomes several bedrooms. They can boxed in as normal rooms or left open right up to the ridge 15 feet, which is what we have done in part.Next the walls would be as rough as the stone that made them, but possibly lime washed indoors every spring to control the population of bed bugs which spent part of their life in the walls. Nowadays we insulate them and cover them with plasterboard on the inside, and point them on the outside so that the whole house looks like a wedding cake. Weve avoided the wedding cake appearance on the outside leaving the belles pierres to speak for themselves. On the inside we try to preserve some of the unevenness of the walls and leave party walls with adjoining houses as they are - the rest covered in plasterboard that follows the contours of the walls.The rooves were nearly always slated in Brittany, but the old slates have almost disappeared. They were of poor quality for the most part, but even the smallest were used (near the ridge of the roof). Like nearly everybody else we replace with Spanish slates. French slates from the Monts dArree or Trelaze in Anjou are only for the very rich.As far as the floors are concerned we capitulate to modern practice, so tiled concrete replaces terre battue (=beaten earth) which was the traditional floor material. This lives on, by the way, in dances called pile menu which originally accompanied the actual process of consolidating the terre.So it is with water, gas, electricity and telephone: we have them all but we often think about the last farming family which lived here. All four daughters bettered themselves and the only remaining sign of farming is a plough and a harrow at the bottom of our garden..How can you reasonably honour such people who lived such hard lives ?