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Amazing Islands

Posted by admin on October 12, 2015
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Amazing Islands

Here is a look at some of the most amazing islands from around the world.

Guana Island, British Virgin Islandsguano island

The Guana Island is one of the few privately owned islands that remain in the British Virgin Islands. The 850 acres of land is highly undeveloped. There are seven white beaches and many trails through the tropical rainforest.

Fregate Island Private, Seychelles

The Fregate Island Private has just 16 private residences that each has their own pool, outdoor showers and many have a direct access to the beach. There are 2200 free roaming Giant Aldabra Tortoises and more than 100 species of tropical birds.

Parrot Cay by Como, Turks & Caicos

1000 acres and a mile long beach make up this island. Here you will experience 24/7 room service, private pools, dedicated butlers and direct access to the beach.

Lizard Island, Australia

This island can only be accessed by a private charter, as it is a highly remote destination. Here you can explore the island, go on nature walks travel in the national park and head to the beaches. You are also able to explore the Great Barrier Reef anytime on Lizard’s dive boat.

Little Palm Island Resort & Spa, Florida

The Little Palm Island Resort & spa is located on six private acres in the Florida Keys. Guests are able to explore the beaches, take part in water activities and seaplane tours of the islands and everglades.

Jumby Bay, Rosewood Resort, Antigua

This island can only be reached by boat and you will have the chance to getaway on pristine beaches, enjoy water sports and get loved up in romantic accommodation.

Dolphin Island, Fiji

This is a super secluded island that only allows 8 guests. Here you will stay at palm thatched roofed bures with outdoor showers, private verandas and pool. Spend your time jetsking, wakeboarding or taking a private picnic to the beach and more.

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Star Wars Land is Coming to Disney World and Disneyland

Posted by admin on August 28, 2015
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Star Wars Land is Coming to Disney World and Disneyland

Disney has announced that new Star Wars themed lands will be coming to Disneyland Resort and Disney World.

In 2012 Disney acquired Lucas film and since then Star Wars fans have been wondering what Disney has planned for the Star Wars franchise.star wars

The vision of Star Wars lands are grand as they plan to have 14 acres in Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando and at Disneyland Park in Anaheim dedicated to Star Wars. It is set to be the largest sole themed land expansions that Disney has undertaken.

So what can you expect from the Star Wars land?

Bob Iger, Disney CEO announced at the D23 Disney Fan Expo in 2015 that Star Wars land will just be as epic as the films.

There will be two signature attractions at each of the Star Wars lands. You can become the captain of the Millennium Falcon and you will be able to go on a Star Wars adventure that places you in the middle of an epic battle.

Not only will there be entertainment and attractions, the area will also be covered in droids and aliens. You will also get to go to a never before seen planet, you can explore a remote trading port, have a great meal at Cantina and see one of the last stops before wild space.

It is expected that Star Wars land will go under construction in 2017 and they should be open by 2019.

At the end of 2015, Disney will debut the Star Wars Launch Bay, which is an interactive experience that will take you inside Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie.

In 2016 a seasonal event called Season of the Force will begin.

 

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Dinosaur Attractions in the Beehive State

Posted by admin on June 22, 2015
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Dinosaur Attractions in the Beehive State

With the Jurassic Park movie being released, it has sparked a new interest in Dinosaurs. If you and your family love dinosaurs then here are some great places for your own dinosaur adventure in the Beehive State.

Dinosaur National Monument

Here you will be able to experience the famous dinosaur fossil quarry. It is  long sandbar that is 200 foot and is where you will be able to view more than 1500 dinosaur bones.

Ogden’s George S. Eccles Dinosaur Park

This is 8 acre outdoor museum that showcases predators, prehistoric crawlers, flying reptiles and marine creatures. There are more than 125 sculptures of dinosaurs that have all been based on the fossils of these creatures.

North American Museum of Ancient Lifenorth american museum  of ancient life

Here you will find the world’s largest collection of mounted dinosaur skeletons. There are thousands of fossils and more than 60 mounted dinosaur specimens. Kids have the chance to touch real fossils and also dinosaur eggs and bones.

College of Eastern Utah Prehistoric Museum

The CEU Prehistoric Museum has 8 skeletons that are all complete, dinosaur tracks that were removed from the local coal mines, fossils and dinosaur eggs. The CEU are best known for their discovery of the Utahraptor, which is also the star of the original Jurassic Park movie.

Cleveland Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry

The Cleveland Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry is a treasure trove of dinosaur bones as there are more bones per square yard then you will find anywhere else. They have excavated the bones of 74 dinosaurs. In total 12 000 bones have been found and there still thousands left to be uncovered.

The Dinosaur Museum

At the Dinosaur Museum, you will be able to find out how dinosaurs lived all over the world. There is also a hall of Hollywood dinosaur movie that contains all sorts of memorabilia.

St. George dinosaur Discovery Site at Johnson Farm

This is thought to be the most important dinosaur track site in North America. The Dinosaur Discovery Site has some of the oldest and the most well preserved footprints in the world. There are over 2000 tracks from all types of dinosaurs.

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Private and Secret Beaches in Mexico

Posted by admin on May 28, 2015
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Private and Secret Beaches in Mexico

In Mexico you will find 5700 miles of coastline and not all of it is huge resorts. There are some beautiful beaches in Mexico that are lesser known and make for a great breakaway from the busy tourist areas.

Isla Holbox, Yucatanholbox

The island of Holbox is 7 miles off the tip of the Yucatan Peninsula. The island is about 26 miles long and a mile wide and it is very remote even though it is just 100 miles from Cancun. Instead of massive hotels you will find rustic palapas on the beaches. Here you will be able to experience swimming with whale sharks.

Rincon de Guayabitos, Riviera Nayarit

Along the Pacific coast and north of Puerto Vallarta is Riviera Nayarit. This area has already been discovered by celebrities and could become the next hotspot in Mexico with the luxury Punta Mita resort, but if you a little more north you will find Rincon de Guayabitos, which is a small town with a great beach.

Mulege, Baja California Sur

In the Baja California Sur on the Sea of Cortes is a quiet town called Mulege. The town is friendly and is a great base to explore Bahia Concepcion a beautiful bay and beaches.

Xcalak, Costa Maya

Xcalak is close to the Belize border. The village is within the Xcalak National Reef Park, so you will find snorkelling, diving and fishing opportunities here.

San Agustinillo, Oaxaca

Oaxaca has beautiful beaches and you will also find a small fishing village called San Agustinillo. This town is between Zipolite and Mazunte beaches. The beach here is golden and the water is clear. You able to take a boat tour to see the sea life which includes turtles and crocodiles. There is small selection of hotels and a palapa style restaurant.

 

 

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How to Prepare for a Snow Trip

Posted by admin on February 06, 2015
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How to Prepare for a Snow Trip

Preparing for a winter trip is similar to that of preparing for a summer holiday, but the difference is that you will need a lot more gear, food and equipment for a winter getaway.

If you love the cold and the beauty of snowy wilderness then you can have the perfect trip through some extra preparation. Here are few tips that will make your winter holiday the best.

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Planning your Winter Trip

You should have a written plan of the route that you plan to take that also includes where you will spend each night. You should allocate extra time for trekking through snow, the shorter winter days and the exertion of winter hiking.

You will need to make a detailed list of how much food you will need as well as the kinds of foods that you need. Also include water and fuel that you will need for each day of the trip and then pack accordingly. It’s always a good idea bring a few extra rations just in case.

You need to pay attention to the weather forecasts for the areas that you are going to. If there is a chance of severe weather then its best to postpone the trip for another time. It’s a good idea to pack a portable battery operated or hand cranked weather radio so that you are able to stay on top of the latest weather conditions.

What to Take

If you plan on camping then you need a tent that is wind resistant, but is also less than 3 lbs., is either frame or dome shaped and also has a snow shedding fly.

The lightest and warmest sleeping bags are down sleeping bags. You need to get a sleeping bag that is rated for cold weather.

As you will need to cook on your winter holiday especially for camping then you will need a gasoline fuelled and lightweight stove that has a mini pump. It is a good idea to have an extra gasoline in an aluminium container.

You should have high energy and calorie packed foods that contain 40 percent protein, 40 percent fat and 20 percent carbohydrates. The food needs to be easy to prepare and will not spoil by freezing. Dehydrated foods like dried fruits are great snacks whilst hiking in the snow. Sardines, crackers, cheese, instant potatoes and rice, canned tuna, soup mix, dehydrated eggs and cereal are other ideas.

You need plenty of layers for winter hiking including long johns, undershirts and thermal sweaters and socks. You can keep your feet warmer with two pairs of thin socks. You should wear wool shirts and pants and a stocking style hat or balaclava. Your parka will need to cover your hips as well as have a hood and a wind proof face mask. Two piece mittens that are lined with wool and have an outer nylon shell.

Double boots are high top boots that has an inner liner made of felt are the best boots for winter hiking. If you are planning on going off trial with your hikes then you need snow shoes.

You will also need a lighter, matches or other fire starters.

Everything should be kept in a water resistant or water proof container.

 

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Preparing for a Long Flight

Posted by admin on January 09, 2015
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Preparing for a Long Flight

If you have an upcoming flight coming then you need to know how to prepare for it so there is no last minute panic.

long flight

Preparation

  1. it’s important to look at the airlines regulations as different airlines will have different rules in regards to what you are able to bring on board. Liquid items will need to be placed in your carry-on luggage, but bear in mind how much and what regulations are enforced with liquid items. Many airlines will have an ml allowance. Anything that is not allowed in carry-on luggage will need to go in your hold luggage.
  2. Go through your suitcase and ensure that you have everything that you need from shoes to extra pairs of underwear. You should think if you have missed anything.
  3. Have a look at your clothes and see if you are able to pair clothes into outfits. If let’s say you are on vacation for 15 days then you need make sure that you are able to make 15 outfits. It’s also wise to take to extra outfits for formal wear and an outfit for water activities.
  4. Next is to go through your luggage and ensure you do not have anything illegal. If you are unsure about an item then look at the airline regulations.
  5. It is a good idea to weigh your bag at home. Place your bag evenly on a scale then round this up to the nearest 10th. You will be able to find a baggage allowance on your airlines site to check how much you are able to have.
  6. Check that you have all your items in order like tickets, passport, ID, credit and debit cards and other important items. Place these in a zip case that you can have with you at all times.
  7. Have entertainment with you like eReaders, tablets, iPods and other entertainment items. These entertainment items will ensure that you have plenty of entertainment for your flight.

Tips

  • Toiletries should be travel sized
  • If you are travelling during the busy season make sure to get to the airport at least 4 hours in advance.
  • Look at your destinations weather forecast so you know what clothes you will need.

 

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Are We Almost There Yet? Surviving the Family Road Trip

Posted by admin on November 27, 2011
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The moment we got everything packed up inside the car and put the kids in their car seats, the Little man popped up the question “Are we almost there, Mommy?” This is always their question every time they’re in the car and husband and I usually answered it with “Yes, we’re almost there….” to avoid arguments and tantrums.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, travel is increasing every year and it is predicted that even more people will be on the road this year. I expected we were not the only ones being in the road during that time. Each one of us have its own outlook with regards to traveling. For some, Traveling with the family perhaps can be a great way to spend quality time together but that is not always applicable to others. Long hours road trip is always a stressful and tiring for my husband but he has no choice because he is the only one who can drive. He even don’t like to travel by plane which is extremely opposite to me.

I guess, one way to survive he family road trip is to keep the children occupied and entertained. But I would not say this will work for your kids or my kids. I have two toddler traveling with us and one of them was all cool during the whole trip as long as he has his favorite toy in hand. However, the little Miss was quiet a complainer. I need different approach for this girl because she don’t like the toy or anything, she just don’t like the car motion. Below is the article I found online that you guys might find interesting and useful for your family road trips.

Increase your chances of a fun, stress-free and safe vacation by following these simple tips:

Beat boredom with child’s play. “Are we there yet?” What is it about these words that go straight to a parent’s spine? Keep kids entertained with some great car games that make getting where you’re going half the fun. Magnetic board games, portable video games and classics such as the license plate game, “I Spy” and the alphabet game will keep energetic kids in good spirits and actively engaged no matter how long the journey.

Stop smart. When stopping at rest stops, make sure it’s just your kids getting back in the car and not the bacteria and germs they pick up in the bathroom. Bring products that keep your family healthy, such as hand sanitizer and Lysol Disinfectant Spray, to kill rest stop germs that can be transferred from the rest room to the surfaces in your car. To prepare for those inevitable spills and “oops” moments, keep paper towels or wet wipes handy.

Eat right. Sure, you can stop at the rest stop for food-along with the thousands of other people on the road. But roadside dining doesn’t always offer the healthiest choices. Instead, keep your family’s bellies full with snacks that you can eat right in the car, such as trail mix, string cheese, fruit roll-ups, bottles of water, and fruit. These easy, convenient snacks are yummy (for them) and healthy (for you).

Keep everyone happy. Pick a destination that has fun activities for all ages. While it’s tempting to head for the place that the kids will love, make sure there’s something for mom, dad and grandma to do as well. Some top family vacation spots that offer something for everyone include Orlando, Fla., Anaheim, Calif., Williamsburg, Va., Hershey, Pa. and Yellowstone National Park.

Family vacations can be chaotic but immensely rewarding. And if you keep these tips in mind, you can help ensure safe and happy travels-at least until you get there.

When stopping at rest stops, make sure it’s just your kids getting back in the car and not germs they pick up in the bathroom.

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