Villa or Hotel- Which One Will You Choose For Your Holiday?

Holidays are constantly on our mind as we decide where to visit. Once you have booked your flights, it’s now time to find suitable accommodation. It can be a hard decision when deciding whether to stay in a hotel or to look into hiring a villa. We discuss both here to help you choose which one’s the best for you and your family.

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Staying in a hotel will provide you with the ultimate relaxing break for you from your normal life. You won’t have to worry about bedding and towels as they will be changed for you. The hotel will have facilities for you which will keep everyone busy, including a pool. They often have an activity plan with many classes for you and your family. Depending on where you stay, they will also have playgrounds and games for your children.

As Saga Magazine explains, hotels are ideal for giving your holiday structure. The hotel has it all planned out for you, and they have entertainment to keep you busy every evening. And depending on your board, they will provide you with food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Eating at a hotel gives you plenty of choice of food, and means that you will not have to lift a finger.

Staying at a hotel will also make you feel safer, as you will be able to ask questions to a rep. There will also be reception staff on 24/7 that will be able to help you organise trips and taxis. Also, if any of you got poorly, they would be able to arrange a doctor or if more severe, help you find a local hospital. We talk more about arranging family vacations here.

Villa

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Staying at a villa can mean that you and your family can have a private holiday. It is more intimate as there will be no strangers about, and you won’t be rushing for a sunbed in the morning. Villas typically come with a pool which is perfect for all the family, and there are no rules about when you can use it. A nighttime swim might sound bliss for some holidaymakers.

A villa also gives you flexibility when it comes to food. You can buy food and make what you want when you want. Making your food means you don’t have to worry about what ingredients have been included.

A villa is also fab for the whole family as it will feel more homely. They often have more space, and with villas such as a Mykonos luxury villa, being as lovely as a hotel, you will feel like you are getting more for your money. Unlike hotels, you will be the only ones around your stuff which will make you feel safer, and the villa can also be cleaner than hotel rooms, due to fewer people using it regularly.

So a villa has more space, more flexibility and privacy, while a hotel can make you feel totally relaxed, and has facilities for the whole family. Which one will you choose?

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Italy: The Best Destinations To Visit

Italy is fast becoming a European holiday hotspot. With many destinations to marvel. A legendary cuisine and a beautiful lengthy coastline on the Mediterranean Sea. There is a lot than can be said for this wonderful country. You are spoilt for choice with destinations to visit in Italy. So here are the top picks of places to visit.

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Rome.

This is the capital city of Italy and is possibly the most well-known destinations in Italy. Boasting some of the most stunning architecture. Rome is a vast and complex city that is both historic and modern at the same time. I would say Rome is best known for religious monuments, Roman structures and the Vatican City. Rome has been an important center of culture, power and religion for 1000’s of years. There is so much to do in Rome that it would be safe to say that you won’t be able to see it all on your first visit.

The Italian lakes.

The Italian lakes stretch across the north of Italy. The lakes tend to be relatively flat in the southern region. Whereas the more north you go, the more mountainous the terrain gets as the lakes reach deep into The Alps. The lakes are popular with tourists. Mostly because of the stunning scenery and attractive weather. Lake Garda and Lake Como are the most well-known of the Italian lakes. You will find plenty to see and do around the Italian Lakes. It’s a destination that won’t disappoint.

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The Amalfi Coast.

The Amalfi Coast is situated in Italy’s southwestern region of Campania. This particular coast is known for its unique beauty which makes it a popular destination for tourists. The coast stretches 30 miles along the southern side of the Sorrento Peninsula. It’s prized for it’s picturesque coastline of beautiful bays, cliffs and stunning lemon tree gardens. You won’t be surprised to read that their are many glitzy and luxurious places to stay in this fabulous destination.

Venice.

Venice is by far one of the most unique destinations in Italy and is a very popular place to go. Venice is built on a lagoon surrounded by the Adriatic Sea. Located in the northeastern part of Italy. Venice is in effect 118 islands all connected by hundreds of bridges and canals. There is the main Grand Canal that divides the city into two sections. If the waterways aren’t enough for you, then you won’t be disappointed with the amount of museums and things to see and do in this wonderful city.

Milan.

Finally, no list would be complete without including one of Europe’s wealthiest cities. Milan, having nearly been destroyed in World War 2 is now an iconic fashion city. If it’s not the designer shops that make you want to visit it will be the surviving Leonardo Da Vinci paintings that do. A place worth visiting for sure.

I hope this post has provided you with some inspiration to visit Italy soon.

Find The Best Skiing Of Your Life – Here’s How!

If your idea of a vacation is snuggling up under the blankets, drinking a cup of hot cocoa, and staring at snow out the window, then you might as well book a log cabin at stereotypical resort. But if you have a sense of adventure and want to experience the racing through the snow like never before, then a heli-skiing holiday is for you. Heli-skiing allows you to have the most visceral skiing experience imaginable. If you want to get the most out your heli-skiing experience, a small boutique heli-skiing operation is sure to offer the most thrilling skiing of your life!

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You want to select a boutique heli-skiing company that accommodates your needs and works around your schedule. By keeping their operations small, they can offer packages that are flexible, ranging from 2 to 6 night stays. You can also start your trip on any day of the week. Plenty of other companies subscribe to the one sizes fits all approach, where the length of your trip must begin on a designated day and end at a certain time. This approach best serves the needs of the company but not you – the thrill seeker. You spend the rest of the year adhering to a schedule predetermined by deadlines, why would you want to vacation in the same manner? When you’re on vacation you should be able to determine the day you arrive and the day you leave.

The entire package is built to satisfy your thirst for adventure. This experience is personalized and you can book packages that are small, accommodating only 4 people. Heli-skiing in small groups makes for an intimate and unforgettable trip. Imagine the beauty of the powdered snow of Revelstoke, British Columbia untouched and unadulterated. Now imagine cutting through it as you ski down the slope of powdery white with close family or friends.

To make sure you heli-skiing holiday goes off without a hitch, be sure to contact Great Canadian Heli-Skiing. Their dedicated team of customer service representatives, pilots, and skiing guides provide world famous heli skiing trips. With access to one of the most beautiful, remote areas on Earth, they’ll have you skiing faster than you ever have before. Surrounded by beautiful evergreens and unending vistas of mountains, you’ll return to further visual nourishments, as your lodgings are comfortable oases with all of the modern amenities.

So when you’re ready to actually do something this vacation, get out from under the blanket and hop off the couch. Book you and your friends’ a heli-skiing holiday and get ready to have the best skiing experience of your life.

My Guide to Seeing London Like a Londoner

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I love living in London, and I like that so many people want to come and explore the city for themselves. However, often when you go to a new place, you only see it through the eyes of a tourist. Anyone who comes to see Buckingham Palace and the Tower of London won’t see the London that I know. If you want to see the city like a local, you have to be prepared to go off the beaten track. Don’t spend too long visiting the usual sights when there are so many places to explore. Here’s my guide to enjoying London like a Londoner.

Stay in an Apartment

The first thing you must do is avoid hotels. You can’t see anywhere like a local if you base your stay from a hotel room. You will only be able to eat in restaurants, and you’ll be surrounded by other holidaymakers. You can feel comfortable in a hotel, but you won’t ever feel at home. A better option is to visit HouseTrip or a similar site to book an apartment. Not only will a flat save you money, but you’ll be more relaxed too. You can cook your own food and come and go as you please, without having to let anyone in to clean your room.

Give the Sightseeing a Miss

Whenever you visit any new city, the first thing you want to do is go to all the iconic landmarks. It’s understandable, as they’re some of the things that make the city so great. But there are lots of reasons not to bother. For one thing, they can be very expensive, and for another, they get extremely busy. The truth is, if you walk around the centre of London, you’re going to see a lot of the famous landmarks anyway. If you want to see the sights, take an open-top bus around the city for a couple of hours and then be done with it.

Go Wandering

A lot of people say that the best way to explore a city is to get lost. Of course, you don’t have to get so lost that you have no idea how to get back to your accommodation. But sometimes you have to take a chance and just start walking. Don’t plan your day and follow a map to where you’re going. Just leave your holiday apartment and go wherever looks interesting. You never know what you might stumble across. You could find an incredible restaurant, a beautiful park or something unexpected.

Eat Your Way Through London

London is a multicultural city, which means the food is multicultural too. From curries on Brick Lane to pop-up restaurants around the city, you could spend your whole holiday eating. Don’t just stick to restaurants and cafes, though. Explore the many markets on offer and keep an eye out for food trucks too.

You won’t become a Londoner on your first visit, but you can begin to see the city through their eyes. Put down your map and camera and see London organically to have the best experience.

7 Exciting Things To See And Do When You Visit the United States

The United States has many unique tourist sites that attract people from all over the globe. From amazing natural landforms to great parks and museums, you may not be able to exhaust all the tourist sites if you keep travelling around the United States for several months. But if you are planning a short visit, these are some of the things you should do and see.

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Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon is an incredible natural wonder. Located in north-western part of Arizona, this huge colorful canyon, which has been eroded continuously by the Colorado river for many centuries, is over 275 miles long and 18 miles wide. At the deepest point, the river is up to one mile below the rim. It is divided into three major sections: the West Rim, North Rim, and South Rim. The Grand Canyon is widely regarded as the one the greatest natural wonders in North America and you can explore various sections of it by walking, taking a bus ride, or by helicopter.

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New York Central Park

New York’s Central Park is one of the most popular in the U.S. For over 150 years, visitors have come from various parts of the world to this 843-arce green park in Manhattan. The park is open every day from 6 am to 1 am. Various group and family activities take place here every week including: walking, biking, swimming, cross-country skiing, tennis, rock climbing, sightseeing, and even marriage ceremonies. You can explore the park through a Pedicab Tour, or on a private horse and carriage ride. Admission to the park is free.

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Metropolitan Museum of Art

While you are in New York, you should visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art – the most visited museum in New York. At the Met. Museum, the best of human creativity from all cultures around the globe has been put on display. The amazing collections here span over 5000 years of human existence from pre-historic times till the present. Visit this museum to catch a stunning view of the greatest art work. If you are a lover of art, this is one museum you should not miss.

Great Sporting Events

Americans are great sports lovers. From American football, to basketball, to soccer, baseball and hockey, you will discover that each of these sports has a well organized national league. The NBA, MLS, NHL, and NFL caters to the needs of basketball, soccer, hockey, and football fans. In every major city, there is at least one famous team with a dedicated fan base. You can other fans live every weekend during the main season for any of these sports and share the fun and excitement. Before you travel, it is better to buy your tickets in advance from a renowned ticket marketing company like Ticketbis. On their website you can choose the games you want to watch and pay for your tickets through their secure payment platform.

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View the Stunning Manhattan Skyline

Manhattan is one of the true world cities with a stunning skyline. It has a large collection of the world’s tallest buildings lined up very close a beautiful coast line. So any time you visit New York, you should take a trip to the Top of the Rock Observation Deck where you can see catch a superb birds-eye view of Manhattan from 70 stories above the ground level. You may even go higher to the observatory in the Empire State Building, and catch a beautiful panoramic view at a greater height of 86 stories.

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Universal Islands of Adventure

Seven spectacular themed islands were combined to provide fantastic rides and attractions that make most visitors decide to come back again. The islands are: Port of Entry, Seuss Landing, The Lost Continent, Jurassic Park, Toon Lagoon, Marvel Super Hero, and Wizarding World of Harry Potter. The last island is the most popular. If you have watched any of Harry Potter’s movies, you will appreciate how much effort has been put into creating the themed island and all its features.

Enjoy Great Food

All over the United States, you will see a great diversity of food. You will enjoy a multi-cultural experience as you travel across the country and taste different kinds of food brought in by migrants who have settled there over many decades. You can taste the Italian flavor in pizza in New York. In New Orleans, you can taste diverse types of dishes as you take a food walking tour in the French Quarter. In San Francisco, you can enjoy great food as you take a historic ferry building tour.

Conclusion

These are some of the interesting things you should do and see when you visit the U.S. However, because the U.S. is a very vast country, you should plan ahead so that you can visit sites that are close to each other first before you move to other regions. This will save you time and money and help you enjoy a more fulfilling trip.

Few helpful carry-along things that you should take on every flight

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We all surely cherish the old times when free peanut packets were distributed in flights and every seat had a fluffy blanket for the air traveller’s comfort. But unlike those times, now the flights often charges extra money for snacks, meals and even blankets and pillows. The flight delays are quite common to all. You may come across some adverse situations as well when in the flight, so it’s important to be prepared beforehand, whether you are flying for a short or long distance.

There are some air travel carry-on items that can make your flight journey actually comfortable.

Some vital medications and toiletries

You must include few vital things in your carry-on like medications with prescriptions in original packaging, antiseptic creams, moisturisers and lip balms. These kind of items are essential because you may need them when flight delays are long or your checked bag is lost. But for doing so, you would also need to abide by the flight security rules and regulations. If you are carrying liquid prescription medications, there are also separate norms that must be followed.

Snacks and foods

Now-a-days snacks are rarely offered for free so it’s a good idea to carry something to eat. But while picking the bring-along food be a little careful not to choose smelly foods that may irritate your co-travellers. Even be cautious about avoiding items that may not be permitted in your destination. Some food items like gums, candies and lozenges can even help you head-off ear popping during take-off and landing of flights.

Items for entertainment

The types of entertainment or time-pass activity in a flight varies from traveller to traveller, some like to take a nap, some would listen to music and some other would prefer reading. So taking your own entertainment stuff can be useful. If you are looking forward to listen to music, carry your earphones which would save you from purchasing a new one in the airport. You must also get your gadgets fully charged before boarding a flight so that it doesn’t run out of life. Carry books, magazines or newspapers on hand as most of the airlines no longer offer them for free.

Cosy comforters

You may need something to wrap around when the in-flight temperatures drop, and the atmosphere gets quite chilly. So taking along a sweater, a jacket or a wrap in the carry-on bag would surely keep you warm. The traveller neck pillows are also very useful if you are going for a long flight trip.

Credit Cards and other plastic money

Sometimes you may feel like having a bottle of water or a drink or watch some movie during the flight. So carry your credit cards and other forms of plastic money to purchase what you desire for. Even there are several airlines who refuse to take cash and only accepts credit card payment for food, drinks, entertainment and even Wi-Fi.

So just getting the destination planned properly and grabbing the tickets of flight is not enough for a traveller to have a decent, peaceful and comfortable flight journey. Knowing about the in-flight carry-along essentials are equally important.

When in Rome: Food and Wine Tours to Eat Like an Italian

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As the famous birthplace of pizza, pasta and of course the mouthwatering gelato, some people travel to here simply for the food: Discover some of the best food tours off the beaten path in Italy.

If Italy is your next travel destination, then you have chosen well: amazing landscape, stunning seasides, extravagant Italian villa accommodations and, what else, the food. Italy is a culture that is proud of its heritage, and its passion for food is no exception. They often say that eating is not just defined as breakfast, lunch and dinner, but it’s an experience. One of the biggest problems when visiting Italy, is getting stuck in those tourist traps: high priced restaurants with mediocre food. So on your next trip to the old country, check out some of these luxury food and wine tours in Italy.

Not only are Italians dedicated to cooking divine dishes, but they take much pride in the local origin of their products. It is something that defines Italian food culture, and that not many tourists know about. A popular choice for holiday-makers is therefore visiting a biodynamic Olive Oil farm. One particular tour takes you to a property that was originally a Medici Hunting Lodge and boasts beautiful Italian gardens along with vineyards and olive groves. You will have the opportunity to meet the owners of the farm and hear their many stories not only about oil production, but history, culture and everything in between. Enjoy chatting while tasting divine extra virgin olive oil on bread toasted over a wood fire, and finishing it off with a refreshing desert wine.

When people think of chocolate, they automatically think of Switzerland or Belgium, but actually, Italy is one of the biggest chocolate producing nations. For all of those travellers with a bit of a sweet tooth, take a delightful stroll to visit three local Chocolate Artisans in the Piazza Beccaria district of Florence. There’s even the possibility to start the tour at Gelato Guru Simone Bonini’s laboratory to see how the product is made and taste amazing gelato from the very best. From there, meander on to some chocolate boutiques under the guidance of an expert private tour leader.

One cannot go to Italy without indulging in a little wine. The best area to visit for this would be Tuscany, rich with some of the best wines in the country, not to mention the most breathtaking view. Check out the Consuma mountain range while travelling to the beautiful Chianti Ruffina Wine Zone. Visit the castle while you’re at it and take a tour of the private wine cellars of the Marchesi Frescobaldi. The best part will be tasting these marvellous Tuscan wines, coupled with meats and cheeses from the region that will pair nicely.

This is just a small fraction of the variety available, with cities such as Rome, Venice and Naples offering a wealth of food based activities, and each region specializing in their own dish. So whether it be truffle-hunting in Tuscany or high-end wine tastings in Milan, make the most of your time in this wonderful country and eat to your heart’s desire.