• April 23, 2018 /  Holiday & Vacation
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    Dreaming to take an off to your favorite holiday spot but lack of proper finance is dragging your feet back? Why to worry as Holiday Loans have come to help you out in making your dreams come true. Only meant to provide you the financial assistance in catering your holiday dreams, these loans do not let you compromise your needs while choosing your beloved holiday spot.

    Good news for all those negative debtors who can not afford to plan a holiday for their favorite destination! Holiday Loans could also be availed by people with bad credit record such as arrears, late payments, CCJs. IVAs, defaults, Bankruptcy, Insolvency etc. Applying for the loans is very easy and convenient as users are just required to fill an online application form fulfilling certain terms and conditions.

    The loans are available in both secured and unsecured form. Secured Loans require you to pledge collateral or security deposit. These loans usually have a lower rate of interest for being secured. Unsecured Loans do not require you to mortgage your valuables in order to get the loans sanctioned. Being unsecured, these loans come with a comparatively higher rate of interest. Presence of a range of money lenders in the market has proved very beneficial for the customers as they get a variety of options to choose the best money lending association. The required amount is dropped into your bank account within few hours of getting the loan sanctioned. People can use the sum for a variety of leisure purposes during their holiday tour.

    These are generally short term loans that are passed as soon as you apply. Borrowers are required to repay the debt within the due date and if they fail to do so, a late payment fine is imposed on them. When you feel all lost with your monotonous life and want to plan for a holiday to your favorite destination but lack of financial support fades up your dream, then the best resolution is to apply for these amazing loans providing services specially meant for holiday purposes. These advances offer you the financial assistance to cover your all leisure and travel expenses while holidaying.

  • April 23, 2018 /  Holiday & Vacation
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    Spending holidays away from your home in a foreign land with friends and family is an essential part of our life because it provides a kind satisfaction to you and also acts as rejuvenation for work ahead. Cheap holiday travel insurance works as a tool of giving this chance to you.

    Cheap holiday travel insurance does the work of giving protection to you in foreign country so that you can spend your holidays away from all the tension of traveling. You can never predict that when the traveling undertaken to spend holidays in foreign land will prove the most disastrous moment of your life. The cover given by cheap holiday travel insurance help you to live well in such circumstances and come back safe to your home after spending holidays.

    Cheap holiday travel insurance covers you for the following:

    Trip cancellation and trip interruption: this coverage can protect your airline ticket investment. Some policies include coverage for terrorism and natural disasters.

    Trip delay: this coverage will reimburse you for the meal and hotel expenses when a trip is delayed. Emergency health and medical: cover necessary emergency medical costs incurred while traveling so that you do not have to take tension about the medical cost which might occur in foreign land. Emergency medical evacuation: covers for the emergency medical evacuation to an appropriate hospital or medical facility and include travel to return home when medically warranted. Lost, Stolen, Baggage and Personal Effects: Covers costs relating to items lost and stolen during your journey including baggage, personal effects, credit cards, passports, and travel documents. Apart from these covers if you pay extra premium then you can also get cover for third party damage if accidentally in foreign country you damage to any other person, in that situation your policy of cheap holiday travel insurance will cover for it.

    If you are planning for some holiday abroad and you want to buy a policy of cheap holiday travel insurance then you can check it online. Online you can compare different cost and coverage for cheap holiday travel insurance. Even if you have any confusion you can instantly solve it online and you can also get information online that which policy of cheap holiday travel insurance is most suitable for your type of trip. So now for what are you waiting for? Just be online and get the best cheap travel insurance policy for yourself to enjoy with your loved ones.

  • April 22, 2018 /  Holiday & Vacation
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    Long haul holidays offer something special to us Brits as we discover the beauty of a destination that is completely different to ours. We may be travelling to a tropical paradise for a wedding or honeymoon, or maybe for a romantic break to one of the world’s most luxurious resorts.

    But, when we have to choose the actual destination things start to get a little complicated. Consider arriving in the hurricane season for a honeymoon or making your wedding vows in the extreme humidity and heat of the Far East. Planning ahead is essential to successfully chose the right long haul destination and the weather and activities available need to be carefully researched.

    Some will have a fixed date of travel whilst others will have the flexibility to select a destination first and then decide on the best time of year to travel. Feeling a little overwhelmed already, then take a look at the handy charts below. Each month has recommended long haul holiday destinations taking into consideration low or moderate humidity, low chances of rainfall and temperature that will on average not exceed 30C.

    Once you have narrowed your possibilities you can also review some of the most popular activities in available to ensure the holiday you select matches your personality.

    The Caribbean islands include Antigua, Barbados, the Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, British Virgin Islands, Cuba and St Lucia.

    The African continent includes holidays in Kenya, Botswana and South Africa.

    The Far East presents Vietnam and Thailand, which individually contain the popular resorts of Phi Phi, Phuket and Koh Samui.

    Popular honeymoon destinations include St Lucia, the Seychelles, Maldives, Hawaiian Islands and Mauritius.

    Other top long haul holiday destinations include Hawaii, Dubai, Oman, Mexico, Bali and Egypt Sharm El Sheikh

  • April 18, 2018 /  Holiday & Vacation
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    Cruise vacations offer ample opportunities for people to forge lasting friendships and meet new people while luxuriating in the rich ambience of a passenger ship.

    A cruise liner is a majestically built ship and resembles a luxury hotel with numerous decks, swimming pools, jacuzzis, theater, casino and dining rooms. It can carry up to 2500 or more passengers and around 1000 crewmembers. The staterooms are fairly large with enough closet space and an attached balcony with chairs. As expected the food is laid out in a buffet and is available round the clock besides the theme eateries like an Asian noodle shop or the delicatessen that serves sandwiches made to order. The dining rooms though, boast of a small menu have an extensive wine list from which one can order. Once the passengers have gorged the delectable food and drunk the best wines they need to work off those calories too! And for that the ship is equipped with a gym and there are special Yoga, Spinning and Pilates classes which can be quite full, so, either one has to book early or make do with the jogging track that is meant for the sheer pleasure of walking those calories off while luxuriating in the fresh sea breeze.

    The concept of having fun ` on a cruise lies with group activities, which are listed in the daily cruise newsletter. One can attend an art auction or a wine tasting session besides joining in group games and sing-along sessions at the bar. The night comes and the casino and the night clubs, pubs and bars come alive, you can hear the slot machines from the casino and jazz, hip hop and top forties belting out from the clubs. You can pub-crawl to your hearts content, as well.

    Not everything on a ship is for free, however. In general, the juice stations offer round the clock juice service, on the house, but often, soft drinks and ice cream have an extra charge attached to them. The rates of the spa treatment on the ship are pretty steep compared to what we pay ashore and telephone calls are very expensive so its always better to use the Internet cafes at the port of calls.

    Going on a cruise not only hones your traveling skills, but also provides you with new friends and memories you will cherish forever!

  • April 12, 2018 /  Holiday & Vacation
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    If you think that discount Disney World tickets are not worth fighting for, then you’re wrong. In fact, there are a lot of things that may interest you when you go to the theme park. Aside from the new attractions and the hidden Mickeys, there are things that people need to look out for in Disney. For sure, if you hear about it, you’d like to go to the park to check it out for yourself.

    Finding the right Disney World Prices for your vacation is not easy until you decide what type of vacation you want. Disney has enough theme parks, hotels, and restaurants to fill up several vacations. It’s not impossible to save money at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. Everyone knows that there are savings to be had if you bring your own food into the park. Don’t forget to bring your own water, too.

    Disney World may be fun and magical on the surface but underground, it’s a different place. Did you know that in order to get around the park, staff and personnel pass through underground tunnels? It’s pretty cool once you think about it. One minute you look at an empty space and the next, a Disney character is waving at you from that same direction. A Disney World vacation will probably involve buying tickets to one or more of their theme parks. Finding prices for Disney theme park tickets is not easy. Are you going to stay at a Disney World Hotel? You probably should. There are a lot of advantages. You can use Disney’s transportation system. Main Street may be one of the best places to be in this Disney paradise. But did you know that this street can play tricks on you? Notice that if you look towards the direction of the castle, it seems like the street is never ending. Well, it’s an optical illusion. You might say, “big deal!”. There are plenty of ticket kiosks in the Orlando area that claim to offer discount DisneyWorld tickets. But those poor souls that stand out in the Central Florida heat are not doing it because they want you to save money. The way to get discount DisneyWorld tickets is to pre-book your vacation. It’s not that hard, and it will save you so much money. Disney likes a well planned traveler. Actually, they like all travelers, but they reward the travelers that plan ahead. Just think, a huge percentage of your whole vacation budget will go to the tickets. Investing time in looking for discount admission resources will help you grasp numerous money saving opportunities when you go to the theme park.

    Your Disney vacation will not be cheap. Disney World prices have never been considered low, yet the value of the Disney experience has never been questioned. Plan ahead and get the most for your money.

  • April 12, 2018 /  Holiday & Vacation
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    Travellers planning to book 2012 Miami holidays in Fort Lauderdale now have the unique opportunity to enjoy a brief escape to the enchanting Caribbean island of Bahamas. Joint owners of the Balearia Bahamas Express-Spanish ferry operator Balearia and the Capo Group, have recently announced the launch of the first ever US-Bahamas ferry service.

    The Balearia Bahamas Express will be whisking passengers away from Fort Lauderdale, Miami to their budget Bahamas holidays experience in Grand Bahama. The newly launched ferry service means that travellers can enjoy town-centre holidays to the Bahamas and Miami at a bargain price making for a truly unforgettable holiday experience.

    The exciting new offer is currently being marketed as “an appealing alternative to air travel” with significant savings to be made over opting for a direct flight to the Bahamas from Miami. Travellers can choose between economy class and VIP/first class travel. An economy day trip starts at $49.50 per person while the first class day rate will cost upwards of $65 per person.

    Holidaymakers hoping to see a little bit more of the Bahamas can opt for an overnight stay which will cost approximately $25.5 per person on top of the day rates. All passengers are permitted two pieces of hand luggage at no extra cost; however, the prices listed do not include the departure tax of $18 and operational charge of $12.5.

    With the exception of Wednesdays the ferry, christened “Pinar del Rio”, will be running a daily service taking holidaymakers to their short stay Bahamas holidays departing from Port Everglades Terminal One in Fort Lauderdale at 10 am. Return trips are scheduled to depart for Fort Lauderdale at 7:30 pm. Travelling at a remarkable 32 knots the Balearia Bahamas Express boasts of making the 76 mile journey in a mere two and a half hours.

    Holidaymakers will have the opportunity to relax, enjoy the magnificent scenery and take in the calming sea breeze on the spacious decks. On board services include a cafe- bar, movie viewing facilities, baby changing stations and duty free shopping. Passengers are reminded that a valid passport is need for check in.

  • April 12, 2018 /  Holiday & Vacation
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    I have two childhood memories that center around Christmas cookies. My Mom’s no-bake cookies and my Aunt’s sugar cookies. I can still see my Mom stirring the cocoa for the no-bakes and can still smell their savory, sweet, aroma. I remember being just barely tall enough to peek up at the waxed paper-lined kitchen counter to sneak me a cookie while they were still warm.

    My Aunt made the best sugar cookies that I can remember. The shapes that I remember the most were the Christmas trees, the candy canes, and the wreaths. I like soft doughy cookies and my Aunt’s were the best. She lived just three blocks down from our house and I still remember walking to her house with my parents…visiting, and eating those cookies. Those were the good old days.

    What are the cookies that you remember as a child? Which ones were your favorites?

    If you’re like most people…you will come up with the following four

    *Sugar Cookies

    *Chocolate Chip Cookies

    *Peanut Butter Cookies

    *Gingerbread Cookies

    These four kinds of cookies are America’s top pick when it comes to holiday cookies. There are many variations of each kind. But my favorite…other than the cookies I mentioned at the beginning of this article, is chocolate chip cookies. Every Christmas, my Sister-In-Law brings everyone in the family a big bag of them. It’s a tradition with her. She enjoys baking chocolate chip cookies for us all.

    Below is my Sister-In-Law’s recipe

    (It’s actually the same recipe that is in the Betty Crocker cookbook)

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    Chocolate Chip Cookies

    Ingredients

    1/2 cup granulated sugar

    1/2 cup packed brown sugar

    1/3 cup margarine or butter, softened

    1/3 cup shortening

    1 egg

    1 teaspoon vanilla

    1 1/2 cups all-purpose or whole wheat flour

    1/2 teaspoon baking soda

    1/2 teaspoon salt

    1 package (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips

    (The original recipe calls for 1/2 cup chopped nuts, my Sister-In-Law doesn’t include nuts)

    Directions

    Heat oven to 375 degrees. Mix sugars, margarine, shortening, egg and vanilla. Stir in remaining ingredients Drop dough by rounded teaspoonfuls about 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake until light brown, 8 to 10 minutes.

    Cool slightly before removing from cookie sheet. Makes about 3 1/2 dozen cookies.

    I look forward to these every year. I too, have made them many times and they don’t last long around our house. My Husband loves them.

    Do you bake cookies for the holidays? Everyone has their personal favorites.

    If you’re baking cookies this Christmas, don’t forget to leave Santa a special plate full of them.

    Happy Holidays to all!

  • April 8, 2018 /  Holiday & Vacation
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    Book a barge holiday in France and experience the stunning French countryside at a leisurely pace and in absolute comfort. There are so many beautiful canals winding their way through the gorgeous French countryside and exposing the rural heart of our continental neighbour. The vessels travelling on the waterways are essentially floating hotels, complete with all the expected services and added extras. The cabins are spacious with ample storage, en suite facilities and luxurious bed linen and towels. There is a professional, friendly and efficient staff on board at all times and everything you need is at your disposal. Wonderful food is served in the onboard dining room and is complemented with regional wines of exceptional standard. There is a well stocked bar and ample opportunity to sample all manner of local specialities.

    Travel the Canal de Garonne On a Barge Holiday In France

    The Canal de Garonne and The Canal du Midi converge to form the canal of two seas, the Atlantic and the Mediterranean. Stretching 193 kilometres from Toulouse in the Languedoc region to Castets in Aquitaine, it takes you through one of the most splendid regions of the country. For hundreds of years the stunning scenery in the area has been the inspiration for local artwork and has attracted swathes of visitors. Cruising along the canal you pass beautiful rural towns and charming villages inhabited by the people who work the fertile lands and contribute to the production of some world famous wines.

    Food and wine is synonymous with the country, and on a barge holiday in France so close to Bordeaux there is plenty of opportunity to indulge. Enjoy some of the famous Sauternes, the slightly sweet wine, traditionally served with fois gras, and follow it with a local Merlot or Cabernet, perfect with red meats and rich sauces. You will be able to spend time during the day visiting local towns and attractions, such as the medieval town of Sarlat or Mont de Marsan. The latter city is perfectly located at the crossroads of Toulouse, Bayonne and Bordeaux and showcases a rich fusion of the food, tradition and culture from each region. The Basque regions proximity means that there is a strong Spanish connection and, particularly during the summer, Spanish fiestas are held throughout the area.

    You can spend your days wandering local villages, exploring cobbled streets and discovering the local arts and crafts. Take a break for a pastry and coffee, visit the colourful markets and take in the stunning views that dominate every aspect.

    There is no doubt that a barge holiday in France is one of the most relaxing ways to get a real feel for the country. Travelling out of the main tourist areas and absorbing the rhythm of daily rural life while being taken care of by a professional staff is, for the discerning traveller, the perfect way to do it.

  • April 7, 2018 /  Holiday & Vacation
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  • April 7, 2018 /  Holiday & Vacation
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    When you are planning a Norfolk Broads boating holiday one of the main components of your planning is to plan the route you wish to travel. Take a look at the possibilities.

    Before we start the journey we need to focus on the origin first. Even though the broads look totally natural it is actually mostly man made and the result of years of peat digging. Funny though it took until the 1950’s to be discovered that this was due to digging and not natural when a doctor doing research on the lakes found that the sides where vertical. The other obvious clue is the name, most natural lakes and river systems have names that stems from historical languages or names, with the broads this is not the case. This is some interesting facts you can use as a taster while you are planning your Norfolk Broads boating holiday.

    The broads consists of almost 300 km of free flowing rivers that provide the perfect opportunity for a grand adventure. The Broads are normally divided in the Northern and Southern parts.

    Activities around the Broads

    1) Cycling. cycling gives you the ability to explore and breathe in your surrounds as you travel through the landscape. One of the benefits of a boating holiday is that you can rent bicycles that you can take on board and use them for cycle routes. There are three cycle routes you can enjoy on your Norfolk Broads boating holiday. One of those are the Sustrans National cycling network, that includes the child friendly Marriott’s Way and the more advanced Peddars Way

    2) Golf. Golf is a fun way, to create a great family experience while on holiday, not only is it relaxing it is healthy too. Most golfclubs have rental golf sets available that means you do not have to take it along on your boat. With loads of golf courses to choose from for every skillset you are sure to add an unforgettable experience to your

    Norfolk Broads boating holiday.

    3) Walking.Having no less that four different types of landscapes to boast with makes the broads an excellent area for walking and hiking. You will find Fen, Forrest Country and coast all wrapped up in a single package. Hiking routes in the broads can be anything from 1 to 78 miles long challenging walkers of any age and fitness.

    4) Fishing. Fishing is a favoured activity in the broads, you can sit on the deck of your boat with a long drink in one hand while you reel the big ones in. other than fishing from your boat there are also day fishing spots available in the smaller rivers where you will even be able to hook some Bass. Reeling in the big one will leave you with a great story to tell of your Norfolk Broads boating holiday.