Budget city breaks – How not to break the bank

To say that city breaks have come into their own over the last few years would be a gross understatement. Once upon a time it was just about sun, sea and sand and while these getaways certainly haven’t died out, tourists are now looking for alternatives.

City breaks fill this gap and can provide something different for a weekend, or longer. Unfortunately, many of these destinations have caught on to the fact that tourists are now flocking in their millions, and before you know it a break of this ilk can really break the bank.

This is the reason we have put together today’s post. We are now going to look at some of the best ways to save money on a city break, whilst still having a great time.

Location, location, location

It’s one of the biggest clichés going in the travel world, but we really can’t emphasize location when it comes to a city break. There are some destinations out there which always capture the tourists, but always happen to capture the dollars as well. In other words, it’s impossible to do them on a budget. London can quite often fall into this category, while Paris isn’t far behind either.

However, there are some destinations which appeal to tourists, but aren’t overpriced. Belfast can be included here, and with hotels in the area being really good valuable it is places like this which should be worth considering.
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What to Do If Your Child Experiences a Dental Emergency While Traveling

Dr. David Hudnall (emergencydentist247.com)

 

Traveling is a fun activity that many families enjoy together. Whether it’s by car, plane, or boat, exploring new places as a family is a great way to make memories that last a lifetime. However, sometimes things happen while traveling that you may not be expecting, for instance, dental emergencies. Dental emergencies can be common in children so it’s important to know what to do if your child experiences one while traveling. I have been practicing dentistry for 18 years and have seen that one of the most common dental emergencies in children is a broken or chipped tooth. Here’s how you can help your child with through a dental emergency while traveling until you can get into a dental office.

 

  1. Immediate actions

 

If your child breaks or chips their tooth, it can be stressful and unexpected. The best thing you can do is remain calm, and try to alleviate any anxiety your child may be feeling. Broken and chipped teeth are common and can easily be fixed by a dentist. Once you realize that your child’s tooth is broken, attempt to locate the broken fragment. This will help the dentist repair your child’s tooth once they are at their appointment. Next, rinse your child’s mouth with warm water to eliminate as much bacteria as possible. If there is any blood from the broken or chipped tooth, locate some gauze to help minimize the bleeding. Keep rinsing your child’s mouth regularly until their dental appointment.
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3 Tips on Travelling with a Drone & Why You Need to Start Bringing Them on Vacation

Traveling is a great way to see new sights and meet new people. Experiencing new places can awaken the adventurer inside you and leave you with memories for a lifetime. A great way to enhance your travels even further is by bringing along a drone. Drones have the capability to take amazing aerial photos and videos, and most are easy to use, even for beginners. If you’ve ever considered taking a drone on vacation with you for capturing moments and memories, there’s no better time than now. Here are the the best tips for traveling with a drone and why you need to purchase one for all your future vacations.

 

  1. Purchasing a drone

 

If you’ve never flown a drone before, you may be overwhelmed by the selection of drones to choose from. The good news is that you don’t have to be. Many drone companies manufacture some great beginning drones. Check out the best beginner drones here to get you started. Beginner drones are often less expensive but still come with amazing and helpful features.

 

One tip when purchasing a drone for the first time is to find one with multiple flight modes. Flight modes such as return-to-home, altitude hold, and one-touch takeoff and landing will help you as you learn to fly. Practice flying your drone at home and learn all its features before you leave on a vacation. That way you can take to the skies as soon as you touch down and begin making memories.

 

  1. Traveling with a drone

 

Packing for a vacation can often be stressful. You may feel like you’re scrambling to remember everything you need. The hustle of airports can be overwhelming and busy interstate traffic can be daunting. You probably don’t even want to begin to think about how to travel with a bulky drone. However, traveling with a drone is much easier than you may think.
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5 Best Dog Friendly Cities in Europe

Europe is a dream travel destination for many people. While the same sentiment is expressed by people who love traveling with their dogs, they have to be a little more discerning when it comes to choosing specific countries in Europe that will be more welcoming of their pet. Here, we reveal five of the best cities in Europe where you and your dog will surely have the best time together.

Prepping for Your Trip

Before anything else, you have to plan very well for traveling with your pet. Wherever you’re coming from, it is likely that the best way to travel with a large dog or a small dog is by taking a plane. Research on the procedures and requirements of taking your pooch with you and you will have resolved a big chunk of the whole “travelling with a dog” challenge!

Dog-Friendly Cities to Visit

In no particular order, here are five European cities that are known for being very dog friendly:

  1. Berlin. A popular travel destination for art and culture, this German city is also one that is very friendly towards dogs. One of the best ways to get around with your dog is by joining a walking tour of the city’s top historical sites. Alternatively, a steamer cruise ship is a more relaxing way to get around – and one that welcomes dogs as well. The highlight of Berlin as a dog-friendly European country is the pet-friendly nature of its public transportation system. For as long as you get the right ticket, you’ll have no problem exploring around with your pet. The city also has many cafes and apartments that welcome dogs and go the extra mile to make them feel right at home.
  2. Amsterdam. You’ll immediately know that Amsterdam is pet-friendly once you realize that the city is practically teeming with dogs! The reason for this is probably because Amsterdam has so many beautiful parks that are perfect for sightseeing with a dog or two. Except for galleries and museums, dogs are pretty much allowed all over the city. Places that have no choice but to decline dogs as visitors have a sign that says ‘no dogs allowed’ for your information. They are also allowed to travel for free on public transportations, with the exception of trains that have a dog surcharge of 3 euros.
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Best countries for solo travel

Going on holiday by yourself can be a very unique experience, especially if you’re intentionally disconnecting from the urban world. Unfortunately, it’s getting harder and harder to find completely open areas you can roam through, which can really put a damper on your trip.

Hokkaidō, Japan

Hokkaidō has a huge amount of open space, ranging from natural scenery to protected national parks. Hiking and skiing are not only allowed, but encouraged in certain areas, and there’s nothing pressuring you to rush through your trip and see everything at once. The cities are free of the industrial atmosphere you’ll find in other areas of Japan, making them much nicer if you’re hoping to spend your holiday surrounded by nature.

Ireland

Ireland isn’t a flashy destination that everybody would choose, but there’s plenty of flat fields and historic castle ruins to explore. There’s plenty of pubs and cafés to relax in if you’re starting to get tired, and none of the terrain will be too difficult or dangerous to explore, so camping and cycling are incredibly easy to arrange!

Vietnam

Vietnam is great for solo travellers as it’s easy to explore during your stay. You might need to bring some extra sunscreen, since the weather is usually really good, but other than that you can just take it easy and relax!
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Less Known Amazing Facts About Bucharest

 

When people say Romania, what is the first thing that pops to mind? Is it Dracula’s castle in Transylvania maybe? Gypsy music? Tacky pop hits? Or Olympic gymnast medalists? Well, all these have certainly originated in Romania but there is more to this nation than meets the eye. For starters, the country’s capital is brimming with all sorts of peculiarities that will amaze even the most demanding of tourists. If you aren’t thoroughly acquainted with this city, here is our selection of less known yet equally amazing facts about Bucharest…

The nightlife hustle and bustle

This city is one of Eastern Europe’s busiest nightlife destinations that is teeming with hot and urban nightclubs, attracting swarms of young party-goers from all over the continent. The reasons why Bucharest has such a formidable party reputation are numerous. For starters, this entire country is incredibly affordable, with your average evening drinks ranging between 1-3 Euros. Restaurants and public transport are also budget-friendly so you won’t have to spend your time like a vagabond here. Additionally, lots of neon-lit nightclubs have a high-end audio-visual production, the crowd is gorgeous and vibrant, and should you need to cure a hangover like royalty, the Therme Spa treatment center, the largest in Eastern Europe, is available at your leisure.

Fast Internet connection

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6 Cruises with An Active Twist

For some people, the thought of cruising from one destination to another is heaven, while for others the thought of being stuck on a boat for a week is hell. But maybe there is the option to please both.

 

I’m a very active guy. For a long time I was definitely one of those types that viewed cruise ships more like prisons than getaways. Yet after being cajoled into taking an expedition cruise to Antarctica, I was hooked!

 

So why was I hooked? The main reason was the type of cruise itself. It was an expedition-style cruise which is far different from standard mega cruise itineraries you would find on Royal Caribbean or P&O. Expedition cruises have a sharper focus on wildlife and active pursuits which I explain in this article.

 

For active people searching for the perfect getaway, these 6 cruises are sure to get your juices flowing.

 

Antarctica Basecamp Itinerary

 

I’ll start with my favourite. Antarctica is an alien landscape where icebergs the size of small cities dwarf your ship. The Basecamp itinerary has a particular focus on activities. During the cruise you’ll camp out on the ice for one night, go sea kayaking, snowshoeing, hiking and much more. You’ll see plenty of penguins, seals and whales along the way. If you want, you can also choose to do the ‘Polar Plunge’ and jump into the icy waters from your boat – cold but epic!

 

Galapagos Dive Cruise

 

The Galapagos Islands really need no introduction. The unique wildlife and landscapes make this archipelago completely captivating. Nothing can really prepare you for the close wildlife encounters. On almost every cruise itinerary you’ll swim with seals, sea turtles, sharks and marine iguanas. Special dive-focused cruises give passengers the chance to dive each day and also take regular snorkelling trips. This is a very active trip and you’ll be exhausted in your bed each night – well worth it though.
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The 10 Best Things to See and Do in Fresno

Whether you plan to visit or have just moved to Fresno and want to start exploring, California’s fifth largest city just behind San Francisco with a population of around 520,000, offers lots of options, but these are arguably the first you should check off your must-see and -do list.

 

Forestier Underground Gardens

 

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Forestiere Underground Gardens offers a unique view of ancient Roman architecture along with a variety of trees, vines and shrubs, some of which are nearly a century old. Built over 40 years by Sicilian immigrant Baldasare Forestiere, visitors walk through underground passages and rooms for a glimpse of the Mediterranean in the heart of California.

 

Fresno Art Museum

 

Established in 1940, this small but impressive museum offers a wide range of exhibits with works from nearly every culture and location around the world, from Peru and Mexico to the Punjab region of India. It also hosts artist talks, workshops and educational programs.

 

Fresno Chaffee Zoo

 

Popular with all ages, Fresno’s zoo is home to nearly 200 species of animals, about half of which are part of the Species Survival Plan that focuses on protecting and breeding rare creatures. Some of the highlights include the African Adventure in which visitors can view giraffes, elephants and cheetahs, a petting zoo and Stingray Bay which offers the chance to touch and feed stingrays.
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