Best Family Vacation Destinations

Traveling as a family can be a perfect way to relax. While this may sound like a joke to some, it is true that it is possible to go on a trip with the whole family and be an exciting experience for everyone, while not becoming a bummer. We recently spent some time in St George Utah traveling, and thoroughly enjoyed our stay there near Zion National Park.

The Beautiful BeachPhoto Credit: Luke Zeme Photography

After all, everyone wants to spend quality time with your loved ones and more if we are enjoying somewhere far away on an island or a quiet beach of golden sand. This is especially true for children waiting like crazy these trips. And so it is important that the site of holiday chosen fill of activities and sensations to smaller, they never get bored. And so, the first thing to decide is the fate of the holiday. Deciding on a destination vacation is a difficult task as there are too many options available, and safe to ride two or three sides, each with its proposal. Let’s explore some some good places for a good family holiday to try to help you choose.

Good family vacation ideas and spots

When choosing a destination for your vacation with your family, you have to think of one that offers something for every member of the family unit. For example, if you like to swim and your mother wants to try to learn paragliding, you have to find a place that allows both activities . Let’s talk about some ideal vacation spots for travel and offers attractions for all ages and both sexes.

The Bahamas

That is the ideal destination for an unforgettable experience not going to find here, but since it really worth going, we can not disregard. The Bahamas is an island country in the Atlantic Ocean, with about 30 islands and numerous islets, with a clear turquoise waters really incredible.
The island of Bimini, which is closest to Florida , and is the main tourist gateway to the Bahamas. The children will be able to swim with dolphins, and you, in addition to the natural charms, will enjoy its casinos, hotels and go spectacular shopping . Other attractions include local festivals such as the “Pineapple Festival” in Gregory Town or the curious and delicious “Crab Feast” on the island of Andros.

Paris

You already know that Paris is the most romantic city in the world, but also has much to offer tourists other, including families. First of all, make sure to climb the Eiffel Tower and spend some time in the gardens and parks around. And although it may sound to their children as “schoolwork”, see the smile of Mona Lisa in the Louvre is something that the family can enjoy double.

Surely you would also enjoy the finest French cuisine, but one day have to give in and take your kids to eat a hamburger and restaurants tem penthouses . Do not worry, it’s all there. And if not, can go one day at Euro Disney near Paris or in the city itself enjoy circuses, boat trips on the Seine, beautiful parks, museums and theaters …

Family Trip to Hawaii

Others of the vacation destination that will meet all your family needs is Hawaii, a paradise for tourists. The helicopter tours of the island of Kauai, diving or snorkeling on the island of Molokini, play golf on dream … And with some hotels that are world top quality products and services, with a food amazing …

In addition, Hawaii boasts some of the best beaches in the world, white sand beaches and blue waves. Other attractions include the Kilauea volcano on the Big Island, walks and cycling tours in Haleakala on Maui, Waimea Canyon in Kauai …

Switzerland: Family Travel

Whenever we think of Switzerland, we know that never fail to impress. Because it is a fascinating country which seduces with its beautiful scenery and landscapes that have seen both in ads and movies that seem to us to family.

If you are a family that I love skiing , do it in the Alps is an experience that your children will not forget in a while. The city of Bern, the capital, is also worth a visit for its charm and beautiful buildings with their architecture that confirm its long history . It is also an ideal place to go shopping or making numerous trips.

Italy as a destination for families

Aside from his fame as a romantic destination, Italy is also an ideal destination if you want to organize a cultural journey with historical background. Because Italy is much more than the land of pizza .

During a vacation in Italy, there is a gondola ride through the waters of Venice and visit the ruins of ancient Rome, including the Pantheon and the Colosseum in Rome. A visit to the many museums can enjoy the masterpieces of Renaissance art. You can also visit the beautiful city include Tuscany, on a hill, or attend an opera.

For the best experience shopping , visiting Milan, the world capital of fashion . A visit to the Vatican City should also be part of your travel plan. And you can not go without getting the typical photo at the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

New York for families

Needless to say, New York is a great idea when it comes to family holidays, offering all the attractions and possibilities.All that interests us, we’ll find here. You can visit Ellis Islands , the Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, the legendary Central Park and Washington Square Park.

Besides that, enjoy the typical street food-hot dog stands of the films -, amusement parks and other than it is one of the best destinations to go shopping shops in the world. Known as the city that never sleeps, New York never fails.

Travel to Egypt

The last thing we recommend for today is to know the land of the pyramids, Egypt, sure will be a great experience for the whole family. You can also enjoy good beaches, shopping at the bazaar in Khan El Khalili, or play golf in Cairo. A cruise on the Nile and a visit to the ancient temples along the river can be surprising. Mount Sinai, a pilgrimage center, is another place worth visiting. Needless to say, a trip to Egypt is incomplete without a visit to the pyramids.

Tips to Consider When Picking Pearl Jewelry

They say, it is a female’s first necklace! Exactly, am referring to a strand of pearls. Coming in huge colors and sizes, pearls complete your look – from being peppy to classic, flirty to exotic; they give you the apt look. I will take you through the variety of styles of pearl jewelry, their price decisive factors and a few more handy tips. This is actually what I learned after traveling recently to a jeweler in St George, and he taught me a lot about picking the right pearls.

Sheila Pearl BraceletPhoto Credit: Elaine Thornton

Necklace Types

Although the pearl jewelry pieces have ear tops and bracelets too, nothing is more sought-after than the necklace or strands. You have a great variety here:

·      Collar – it is 12 to 14 inches long and was in demand during Victorian period. It is worn like collar, on the neck.

·      Opera – it is an exceptionally long style of necklace especially for formal wear. However, you can convert it and give a more casual look by tying a knot.

·      Choker – it is similar to that of collar, just somewhat longer up to 16 inches.

·      Bib – it is a multi stranded neckpiece of varying lengths

·      Rope – as the name suggests, it is the longest pearl strand with more than 36 inches length. You can double or put a knot and mark your style quotient.

·      Matinee – it is 20 to 24 inches in length and goes along with formal or semi-formal attires perfectly.

·      Princess – it is typically 17 to 19 inches in length and can be paired with any type of dress. It is a classic versatile strand.

This equips you with the preliminary idea about the pearl necklaces available to match your style and occasion. Besides, youngsters can start with smaller pearl sizes (say 6 to 7 mm) strands and as they mature, allow the size of pearls to grow as well.

What about the cost

There are several factors to bear in mind while verifying the cost of your pearl jewelry, be it cultured or natural. Natural ones are always more expensive than the former. Here are the 4 S’s:

1. Shape: Rounder the pearl to perfection, greater is the cost. If they are oval or not exactly round, they will be quoted less.

2. Size: As it is said, size matters and with respect to pearls it does very much. We know that it takes considerable time for the creation of pearls. And bigger the size, more time they consume and so is the cost.

3. Surface: Another important aspect is a clean surface as this in turn affects the luster. Buyers generally prefer mirror-like luster and hence cleaner the surface, better is the luster.

4. Smoothness: Take the tooth-test to check if the pearl is a real one or imitation. It’s simple. Rub the pearl gently on the front side of a tooth. If it feels gritty then bingo! You have the real pearl in your hand else it is counterfeit.

Knowing these 4 S’s would indeed increase your probability of going for the fairest deal. Besides, you also need to ensure a few more things, which are:

·      Photos can be deceptive. Don’t go by the shine. The piece may appear different without those picture perfect effects. If you cannot visit the store yourself, ensure that your deal is backed with a good return policy.

·      You should know your vendor well. And your vendor should know the pearl jewelry even better. Most of the sellers sit with half knowledge about their products.

·      Explore before picking your perfect pearl jewelry.

There you have it, that’s how you pick the perfect pearl. And if you’re going to be doing any traveling to find the right pearl, make certain you follow these tips and you’ll find success.

Proper Care and Cleaning Tips for Jewelry

Caring for jewelry requires thorough cleaning in order to make it always ready to wear. Your jewelry is something that you treasure that is why I highly recommend that you take extra care with the materials you use for polishing and with chemicals for cleaning. Recently we had to do some traveling to find the right ring, but with St George diamond rings helping us out and then teaching us how to clean the jewelry afterwards we were pretty happy.

Here are some tips that can help on proper caring for jewelry:

·   Do not use any material but one hundred percent cotton for your polishing cloth. Polyester, paper and other coarse fabrics may cause scratches on your jewelry, especially on your sterling silver pieces.

JewelryPhoto Credit: Svetlovskiy Alexandr

·   I also highly recommend to always use fresh clothes and never to reuse the one you have previously used. The reason for this is because grit and dirt left on the used cloth will just scrape your jewelry piece if you try to use that again.

·   Always gently wipe off your jewelry piece after every use, your skin’s natural oil and excess make up may stick to the metal and will cause fading in the long run.

·   Avoid using abrasive cleaners or toothpaste to clean stones or metal on your jewelry. Though some people recommend toothpaste because it provides shine and luster to jewelry, I strongly recommend against it. Toothpaste has abrasive properties that can cause damage to metal surface, which will require a professional refinish in order to get it back into its original form.

·   For sterling silver jewelry piece use warm soapy water; use mild soap and not detergent. Soak the piece for 2 to 3 minutes and then rinse well with clean water. Let the piece to dry out completely prior to storage in an air-tight bag. This cleaning method will effectively remove dirt, grease and fingerprints from your sterling silver jewelry.

·   To keep your sterling silver or gold jewelry shiny and sparklingly beautiful, wrap it up in a piece of jewelry tissue paper before placing on a zip lock bag.

·   Soaking cleaning method maybe good for some jewelry pieces but this is not the way to clean pieces that comes with stones like turquoise, and amber. For such pieces, you still need warm soapy water formulation, but instead of soaking the piece, you just use a soft bristled brush for cleaning, that way, the stones are not soaked for too long. Always wipe clean with soft cotton cloth, dry out before storage.

·   Always take your jewelry off when swimming in a chlorinated pool. The chlorine in the water will cause fading of the metals.

·   Avoid exposing your jewelry to excessive heat and lights.

What you shouldn’t use when cleaning your jewelry:

There are materials and chemical that you should never use for cleaning of your jewelry pieces and they are the following:

·   Polyester fabric

·   Regular tissue paper

·   Toothpaste

·   Chlorine bleach

·   Denatured alcohol

·   Ammonia

·   Turpentine

·   Acetone

·   Petroleum based products (not good for Ambers)

Do not let the shine go out of you precious jewelry. You should make it a point to check them out once in while. Your jewelry can serve you for a very long time and it can be passed on from one generation to the next. All you need to do now is to know the proper way in caring for jewelry. Make certain if you’re going to be traveling to take the necessary supplies so that you’ll be able to properly care for your jewelry.

Hiking Southern Utah

This articles title may seem like a mistake, you don’t travel to a hotel only to go hiking; but alas you can if you really want to have a good time. You see if you find a hotel southern Utah near a fabulous hike and you’ve got kids with you then traveling to it and then doing the hike from there is a great idea to spare some complaining.

So if you will be traveling in nature for a few days, then having a trail snack is important to maintain a supply of energy in your body. Here are some tips on what to bring to make it the most effective.

Hiking from a hotel southern utahPhoto Credit: Derek Hatfield

Supply of carbohydrates

Nutritionists have always reminded us that carbohydrates are important to ensure efficient and continuous supply of energy. Within a day of hiking, a body can lose as much as 50% of energy. Losing that much energy not only weakens you but also makes you feel colder during nighttime. That’s why it is important that you eat between rests in hiking to maintain your energy tank.

 Trail Snacks

How much you should bring depends on the temperature and the load of your baggage. But most of the time it should be enough to provide of your daily calorie intake. Needless to say, your trail snacks should contain a high level of carbohydrates. Sugar is also good because it can quickly reach your bloodstream. Minerals are also important because it replace the water that we lost through sweating.

What are the best trail snacks?

Dried fruits and granola are good but peanuts and chocolates should likewise not be forgotten. Therefore the best trail snack is probably the mixture of all of them. You may mix them depending on your taste or on the amount of calories needed for the hike. Also, you can add a cold or hot milk in the mix.

Keep your trail snacks in the pockets of your jacket or of your pants or anywhere where you can easily reach them without having to stop hiking.

Prevent Summer Diseases

When we  think of traveling and seeing the world we don’t often think of the bad things that can happen. The things that if we’re not prepared for can ruin any vacation. I recently spent some time at a motel St George Utah, where I was informed about the necessity of preparation before traveling. And how you need to prevent summer diseases as you’re out and about seeing everything the world has to see.

It is to be assumed that the hype of diseases will be prevalent during summer. A consultant of the Department of Health says that if the weather is too hot, the body has a hard time to balance the normal temperature of the body which is 24-25 degrees. Because of the normal rise of temperature during hot weather, this is where a person has the tendency to have diseases.

Prevent summer diseases, motel st george utahPhoto Credit: Moyan Brenn

It is most common to have cough and colds during summer, as well as fever, sore eyes, measels, debgue, malaria, sunburn, and rashes. Food and water-borne diseases are also prevalent, such as typhoid, cholera, hepatitis A, food poisoning and diarrhea.

PREVENTION TO SUMMER DISEASES

Below are tips to prevent getting diseases this summer:

On Eating Habits

Make sure to cook food properly.
If possible, eat it right away while it is hot.
For left over foods, put it inside the refrigerator. Heat it before re-eating.
Wash hands before preparing the food and before eating.
If you are already sick, avoid being the one to prepare the food.
Make sure to drink lots of water, up to 8 to 10 glasses everyday.
Eat fruits and vegetables.

Beach and Resorts

Do not let children swim by themselves.
Avoid staying under the sun for too long, 3 hours or more.
Drink lots of water to avoid dehydration.
Wear comfortable and light clothes.

4 Tips for Effective Fishing

Cutthroat Trout Photo Credit: Roger Tabor (USFWS)Photo Credit:USFWS Pacific

Yes you can travel to go fishing, in fact many people do it to find that illusive fish you’ve never before caught. It really is a thrill to be wading through the water only to feel a pull on your line and then it’s go time. It is always important that you have as much information as possible about the art of fishing, not just in your area where you live and fish, but also fishing in general in all corners of the planet. I know more about the fishing itself, and although I have 25 years experience fishing in fresh and salt water, every day I try to learn something new to enrich my repertoire as an experienced fisherman. On a recent ATV Zion tour this is what I learned.

These 4 tips will assure that you will be better prepared to make good fishing. PUT INTO PRACTICE from today:

1 – How to fish more effectively: The Ballas if you do not know them, are quite similar to the bass, and although not very LARGE, reach weights if they are highly sought after by many anglers. The place where you can find better fishing spot is on the beaches, almost always lurking near the shore when the tide is high. The most convenient times are early in the morning or when evening is falling. The most efficient method to capture it with your spinning rod and bait minnows is using artificial holding. You find the resemblance to the mackerel or anchovies, they are the favorites.  It is important to note that you should try to collect the artificial ones so that when you come to be against the current, you will have SURPRISE catches.

2 – Lead more convenient for the currents: It is true that many times when you make your throw, your bait is washed up in a violent manner. That is why the role of LEADS when developing fisheries fund is so important. I recommend that when you notice before launching, the ocean current of where you are fishing is strong enough, immediately put some lead having much needed hooks so you can stick in the background and bear the brunt of the outlet. If you make what you say, you will see that the stings will increase dramatically because the shed and bait will be well supported by good choice of lead.

3 – Corchero at night: For me in particular, this technique has worked for me for a long time. There are fishermen who say it is not effective, but in my experience, it is quite the opposite. Now, it is important that you follow these tips: is the place you chose for corchero at night known to you beforehand? The cork in the evening is required to be almost static in a single fishing to make good catches, first because it is a bit dangerous to walk among the rocks of the shore at night, and secondly you must put yourself in a fish that you have reference in the daily schedule are good cut into the area. This will be the key to be able to mine the site of many species of fish, and finally attempt to use the floating buoy and phosphorescent color. A small hook to the buoy and you will be paralyzed when making a catch with your static buoy, just for the bright color you have.

4 – Good size Sargos: And finally I want you to know what you should do to capture the larger bream found in the area. Almost always, the shoals of bream and crappie are very abundant, but the average size is small and therefore would play you find some rock away to observe some depth, but the key is presented on how well your bait attracts the largest. 2 or 3 shrimps in a single hook may be a good option, or a bunch of worms of good thickness could also give you very good results. When you manage to get the first good size, DO NOT LEAVE THE PLACE because there is a possibility to make several good catches there.

 

Put to the test those just mentioned. If you still do not make fisheries for these areas, you can also use these tips on the shores of your country of residence. I am equally sure that the results will be beneficial. So next time you think about taking some time off to travel, think about traveling to go fishing because you won’t be disappointed.

Traveling to Fly Fish

Bull Trout UnderwaterPhoto Credit:USFWS Mountain-Prairie

For those of you who think that the only traveling that can be done is to a hotel room and a shopping mall, you are missing out on so much of what life has to offer. I recently spent some time doing a Jeep tour near Zion in southern Utah where we actually we able to do some fly fishing. It was a wonderful experience where I learned so much about the perch, pike, and roach of fly fishing. No traveling isn’t just hotels and bars, it can very much be jeeps, fishing, and the stars.

Here are some tips for fly fishing that I learned.

Perch:

Perch fishing should operate in a limited spinners or Jig. Also, small lures can try to fool it. Groupers often thrive on tips, headlands, and bays close to the beach. Small perch often move in large flocks. Those about 15-20cm long usually move in flocks of 3-5 fishes. Perch are generally large and are individually lower bass deeper.

 Pike:

Pikes should use fish lure, spoon or large peak, although it might be that even large pike hit into a small box. The use of pike is encouraged to try to water the crop at the edges. You can even throw it in the middle of lumpeikkoa where the catch is always better. Pikes do not move in flocks.

 Roach:

If you really want to fish for roach, take a worm-fishing rod. It is close to the beach to fish worth. Roaches often move in large flocks, so you instantly get a lot of fish.Spin does not break a lot of time to try, even though it may come even if you have a very compact lure.

 Change:

Always get the fish you do not need back into the water where you got them. Do not ever take a small fish. It can still spawn and the water comes all the more fish for fishermen to enjoy. Smash hardly worth it just to keep in any case, because it is so bony that the right fit for food, at least not for humans.

 

Quick International Travel Tips

Here are best international travel tips; watch out for bag fees. Both international and US airlines are charging happy fees for those bags, don’t over packed either, 50 pounds or more will cost you hundreds.

Don’t forget to make sure that your passport is up to date and check your destination country’s consulate for unusual rules. Save money and use your frequent flyer miles for overseas trips.

This is ideal for times when your travel date can’t be flexible. Travel the tips even, summer is super expensive and winter is the cheapest. Fly to cheaper European cities like Dublin, once you arrived you can take a low cost airline like Orion Air to your favorite European destination.

Always do your research beforehand. Spend some time to figure out what you want to do before you get there. I wouldn’t have yourself so bogged down with appointments that you forget its a vacation, but having a lot of options of things to go and do and the information on them is invaluable when you’re traveling internationally.

Be aware of any local problems as well, sometimes something political or social is happening in an area that makes it much harder to have a safe and fun vacation. But as long as you are putting things together beforehand you should be fine.

Like is wonderful, lets get out and experience it more through traveling.

Need to Know When Traveling With an Infant

Air traveling can be stressful enough when you have to bring children or even one child, it could be a real challenge if you need to take an infant with you. There is limited space inside the plane and the air pressure will surely hurt the baby’s ears. Prior to boarding, the infant will have to deal with the crowd and the endless announcements from the loud speakers. These things are not normal for babies and may irritate them to no end. We had to deal with these issues with our baby when we did a photo tour of hwy 12 Utah photos.

Leaving Bryce, along Hwy 12

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If you think flying with children requires planning, flying with an infant requires double of that planning. Though airlines are said to be baby-friendly these days, there could still be some difficulties and instances that may turn a flight into a frustrating or even a disastrous one.

The first thing you should do if you have to take you infant on a flight is to prepare yourself. If you are not ready, do not expect the child or everybody else to be. You are the one responsible for the baby’s welfare therefore you are the one to be extra ready for the worse.

Planning Stage
This starts with preparation of the required documents, flight booking, airfare payments, listing down what you need to bring, and stuffs you do before you go to the airport. At this stage, you also need to decide if you want to put the baby on your lap for the rest of the flight or you can buy a ticket and bring a car seat. There are strollers that can be convertible into car seat and you may already have them at home.

At the Airport
You have to be prepared on how you can easily navigate checking in, make sure the documents are easily accessible to you. Then you have to go through the security screening and the gate area. These can be very difficult for both you and the child, but if you come prepared the hassles will just pass through.

During the Flight
At the pre-boarding stage the child may start to whine, it is therefore ideal if you can put the baby to sleep. This may be hard especially since there will be a lot of people and napping may not be possible for the baby. Always have something for the baby to play with. And do not forget to keep the bottle formula handy at all times. Most times, the first few minutes on board are the hardest, usually though a child behaves as soon as he/she realized that everything will be fine after all. If the baby cried, do not be too upset, everyone on board will understand that even if some people will not probably like it. Just try to cajole the baby into good mood, you must know what makes your baby happy and quiet, so do your best trick here.

All in all, flying with an infant will never be an easy thing. There will be hassles no matter how well-behaved an infant is. The best thing to keep in mind is that the whole flying thing is not going to take a lifetime, in a few hours, everything will be back to normal.

Tips for Going Solo – Single Traveling

Traveling alone can have its benefits, of being able to enjoy new surroundings and indulge in new experiences on your own. But single traveling can have its perils as well. When you are alone in a new place that you’re visiting for the first time, issues such as loneliness and safety concerns can be paramount. Some common sense though with a little preparation can save you a lot of trouble and some money too but still allow you to do fantastic things like my recent Zion jeep tours trip to southern Utah.

Zion

Reasons Why People Travel Alone- There are many reasons why people travel alone and some of them include:

  • Business or Work-related reasons – if you are required to travel due to business or work-related reason then you have no choice but to go solo. Mostly, in cases like this, there is no need to worry about safety and loneliness because you will be busy with your traveling objectives.
  • Self-indulgence – there are just some people who have always dreamed of exploring a new destination on their own. This usually results in ideal self-discovery.
  • To experience new challenges – this is usually the ultimate reason. Nothing beats the thrill of getting over new challenges without any help from anyone. If you fail, no one is there to criticize you. If you succeed you know that you singly deserve every merit.

Benefits of Solo Traveling- If there are reasons to travel alone, it only means that there are benefits too like the following:

  • You will be in complete control – you can either set your travel itinerary or you can also ditch that and no one is going to be affected.
  • You also will be able to spend only what you want to spend. There will be no one to tell you not to buy this or to try that.
  • It is also easier to make new friends because there will be no one to tell you not to trust anyone.
  • You are also not answerable to anyone, you can eat whenever and wherever you like. You can even stay in bed the whole day if you want too.
  • You can also be more reflective and observant regarding all your new discoveries. No one is going to contradict you on all kinds of exciting insights about you will have about yourself and the new world you are discovering.
  • Finally, it is always a little more fulfilling to be able to come home and prove to everyone that you were able to pull it through.

There are a few safety measures to consider though if you are going to travel on your own:

  • Research well – do not embark on a new adventure on your own unless you know everything you need to know about the place you are visiting.
  • Try to look confident – if you start looking confused you will look obviously alone in a strange place.
  • Blend with the locals – this may not be easy if you are a Caucasian in an Asian country or vice-versa. But you can still do this by trying to look like you know where you are going all the time.
  • Ask for advice only from authorities – if you need to ask for directions, make sure you do it before you leave your hotel. Or if you got lost along the way, always look for police officers or establishment security guards.

Solo traveling is definitely not for everyone, but if you think you are ready for it, be sure that you know exactly what you are getting into.

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