It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! The holiday lights are everywhere, the Christmas trees are all spruced up, and everyone greets you with a smile (well, okay not all). A lot of people are heading home to spend time with the family and enjoy some good holiday meal with their loved ones. We have to face the reality that the holidays might be the toughest time to travel, and experiencing some problems might spell disaster for the people expecting the gifts you are bringing them. Here are some tips and some things you might want to avoid when you travel this Yuletide season:
This is a guest post from Sam Jones, a travel writer for the HomeAway group.
The island of Cypress, set against the beguiling backdrop of the Eastern Mediterranean Sea, is said to be the birthplace of Aphrodite, the goddess of love. Renowned as a top international holiday destination, the Island is famed for its golden sandy beaches, idyllic scenery, cultural and historical interest, it’s fantastic climate and also for its lively resorts where the party starts late in the afternoon and continues until sunrise. Probably the best known of these is the resort of Ayia Napa, which along with Ibiza and Majorca, is considered one of the top party capitals of Europe. If you are wondering what else it has to offer you will be pleased to know that when you look beyond the party, Ayia Napa has so much more.
The list of beauty salons in Los Angeles maybe as long as the list of branches of Starbucks. If you are asking which ones are the best, we have rounded them up for you:
Santa Monica has Ouidad, perfect for anyone with a curly hair who is looking for a hairstylist to work his or her magic on them. The team at Ouidad knows how to make other people say wow when they see your curly hair. They also have a good line of products to keep the style intact.
In West Hollywood, the best place to get your makeup done by a professional is at this pink-and-white Blushington boutique. If you are preparing for a big event, you can never go wrong with the people here. They also conduct one-on-one class so you can learn how to do the perfect do yourself.
If you are planning to have a holiday in New Zealand and are looking to stay in a glamorous but green accommodation, then head to the South Island and stay at the Hapuku Lodges and Treehouses. The property is just two hours away from Christchurch and features sustainable living.
The treehouses and lodges are the creations of a family of designers and architects. The family aims to showcase the lovely environment of the region with their unique hotel.
The treehouses serving as the main accommodations hang about 30 feet from the ground, up on a Manuka grove. You do not have to be Indiana Jones to climb up to the luxurious eco-friendly rooms since there are ladders to use. Each treehouse has giant windows so guests can enjoy the great view of the mountains and the coastline. You also get to enjoy hand-crafted wood furniture done by the locals.
When you travel to Rome, one of the best experiences you can have is the gastronomical experience. After all, they do serve the tastiest dishes in the world, most of which have found its way to all parts of the world. From pasta to pizza to gelato, there’s really no excuse not to experience an authentic Roman meal when traveling to Rome. After all, food is one of the most famous lure of Roman.
There’s this saying “When in Rome, do as the Romans do”. So when traveling to Rome, eat what Romans do. When traveling, it is world-wise to try the dishes that are famous among the locals. Remember, most dish portions in Rome are good for two to three people so order wisely and make room for dessert. Take note that most servers are slightly grumpy and, unless you’re a local or a celebrity, they won’t tell you anything unless you ask. Insist on good service and you will win the server’s respect.
Are you traveling with the whole family but feel alone because your 9-year old is locked onto his PSP while your teenage daughter seems to be texting the whole world while listening to her favorite indie band. When you look at to your husband, he is on the iPad trying to check on some work stuff?
Are they doing this
Instead of doing this
Family travel should be family bonding time. Although gadgets can make life easier for us, there are times when they just simply get in the way. You might not have a magic wand to make these gadgets disappear but you might find our tips below useful to make the family unplug and gadget-free during your family getaway:
The iconic HOLLYWOOD sign gets a facelift after more than thirty decades since its last refurbishment. The 43-ft tall signage high above the capital of the movie industry spent two months and a week of rehabilitation in preparation for its 90th anniversary.
Each of the letter was stripped, treated for protection against corrosion and rust, and coated with white paint. The team used around 255 gallons in total to do the paint job.
The sign was put up by the publisher of the Los Angeles Times in 1923. It originally said Hollywoodland that referred to a land development below.
Eurostar will extend its services starting may to help travelers get to more destinations in France. Starting May 4, the line going to Avignon from St. Pancras will expand its rich and help travelers go to even more holiday destinations
Eurostar listened to the feedback of travelers so next summer, the service will test trips to Aix-en-Provence, Lyon, and Avignon. These are the most popular destinations located south of France.
Aix-en-Provence is the gateway to the region of Provence and is known as the home of famous French , post impressionist artist, Paul Cezanne.
Lyon is dotted with restaurants that are world renowned and awarded with Michelin stars. Holidaymakers also flock to Lyon for its electronic music festival and the Fete des Lumieres. Its old quarter has also been recognized by the UNESCO as a heritage site.