THREE REASONS TO BOOK A SERVICED APARTMENT FOR YOUR NEXT TRIP
Dec10

THREE REASONS TO BOOK A SERVICED APARTMENT FOR YOUR NEXT TRIP

The travel industry is changing. And one of the main ways through which the industry is taking a new shape is through the choice of accommodation travellers are opting for. From sharing rooms at private houses to local homestays, from budget hostel dorms to renovated luxurious heritage buildings, the choice of accommodation is not limited to simple hotel rooms anymore. And one of the major and most popular options in accommodation these days are serviced apartments. Serviced apartments bring you the best of the both worlds. They have the luxury and brilliant service of hotels, as well as the comfort and privacy of your own house. This is the main reason staying in serviced apartments has become a popular option among travellers. And if you are planning your next business tour or vacation, here are the top three reasons why you should book a serviced apartment for your trip. Comforts of home The main reason travellers love serviced apartments is they provide the privacy and comforts of your very own home, even when you are far away from it. You do not need to worry about annoying housekeeping stuff or other people; you won’t have to worry about getting a small room or not being able to entertain guests without inviting them to your bedroom. Most of the serviced apartments come with separate living room and bedroom spaces, so that you can keep your sleeping space private. A fully equipped kitchen is also provided, so that you can cook yourself a homely meal if you want. The size of these apartments can be one bedroom, two bedrooms, three bedrooms and even more than that. So no matter how big a group you are travelling with, you can be sure that all your family and friends can spend their time together. Service of hotels The best part of staying in a serviced apartment is, while you enjoy the privacy and comfort of your home, the level of service these apartments provide is on par with top of the line hotels. You get to enjoy the best of both worlds when you book your stay in one of these apartments. From cleaning of your apartment to cleaning the linen, from laundry service to any other housekeeping needs, everything is handled professionally. The round the clock service ensures that you get to have a relaxing and comfortable stay during your holiday or business trip. Much better value And the most interesting part of your stay in a serviced apartment will be, although you will have a much more comfortable and private stay without compromising on anything, you will get to enjoy this...

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Unleash Your Inner Artist in Downtown Minneapolis
Sep08

Unleash Your Inner Artist in Downtown Minneapolis

Rich with artistic opportunities and attractions, Minneapolis is the place to immerse yourself in culture. Whether you like to sketch in galleries, indulge in photography, or watch live theatre, this city has something for you. Fly into the Minneapolis – St. Paul International Airport and catch a taxi downtown, the cultural hub of the Twin Cities. Sit Back and Enjoy the Show With so many performing arts venues in downtown Minneapolis, there’s a show every night. One of the most respected theatres in the state, the impressive Guthrie Theatre features three stages, a restaurant, several bars, and stunning views of the city. Buy tickets online to get the best possible seats to one of the theatre’s plays, musicals, or Shakespeare productions. While the MacPhail Center for Music is mostly an education facility, the center frequently hosts concerts and performances by its students. The ornate State Theatre is a significant Minneapolis landmark. Built in 1921, the original painted murals and chandeliers remain, and the theatre hosts Broadway productions and movie viewings. Want easy walking distance to these venues? Stay at the modern and chic Aloft Minneapolis. This aesthetically pleasing hotel in the trendy waterfront Mill district offers an indoor pool, a lounge, and spacious rooms with walk-in showers. Stop and Stare Image via Flickr by Darren and Brad The many art galleries in downtown Minneapolis help keep the city’s vibrant arts culture alive. Don’t miss the exhibits at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Featuring sculpture, ancient works, and contemporary art, be prepared to stay awhile. With free admission, museum guests have extra cash to buy handcrafted souvenirs from the gift shop. The Walker Art Center, next to the Guthrie Theatre, not only features traditional works of art, but also performance and film art. Saving your pennies? Admission is free on the first Saturday of every month and every Tuesday night. If you prefer to get your hands dirty, sign up for a workshop or class at the MacRostie Art Center. This nonprofit art center also features an extensive selection of local art, both on display and for sale. Shoot the View Image via Flickr by Old dog 507 You definitely don’t want to forget your camera at home when visiting Minneapolis. With modern buildings and historic architecture nestled together along the sparkling Mississippi River, there are ample opportunities to satisfy shutterbugs of all skill levels. Walk to the waterfront for shots of the Stone Arch Bridge. Head to the Mill City Museum for a more industrial photography subject and take the elevator to the ninth floor observatory for views of St. Anthony Falls and the Mississippi River. You might need an extra SD card to capture...

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Plan Here your Next Vacation to Cultural Paris
Aug26

Plan Here your Next Vacation to Cultural Paris

Paris is a wonderful capital city with something for everyone, regardless of age, gender or interests, and while it is very much associated with romantic breaks for couples, families and groups of friends can have an amazing time there too. It has many famous landmarks and is a place many people feel that they know quite a lot about before they even go, but there are some things many people forget to consider when they go to Paris. Planning ahead To ensure you have a great time, it is well worth planning ahead and being prepared. Although it initially might not seem like much fun having a schedule and your plans set out for each day, to get the best out of Paris and make sure you can see and do as much as you can in the time you’re there, you need to plan things out in advance. Part of your preparations should always include arranging some cheap travel insurance to make sure you’re covered for all eventualities. It’s also best to work out how much currency you will need and shop around for it before you go, as you’ll get a far better deal this way than if you have to exchange money at a tourist hotspot once you’re there.(Image by L.G.J) Free activities Everybody knows the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and the Musée d’Orsay, but it is also well worth making the most of all the free attractions that Paris has to offer (and there are plenty). Notre Dame Cathedral is a must-see, and is free besides optional extras such as a climb up the 387 steps to the top of the Cathedral Tower. The less well known but equally spectacular Sainte-Chapelle also offers free entry to all EU citizens under the age of 26, children on family visits and disabled people plus their care givers, which is worth bearing in mind.     For a relaxing picnic in the sunshine, you can’t beat the Jardin du Luxembourg with its spectacular formal gardens, beautifully kept lawns and orchards boasting a variety of different fruit. Other must-see attractions that cost nothing to visit include the Arc de Triomphe, the Place de la Concorde and the Sacré-Coeur Basilica. If sporting events are of interest freebies include the Tour de France finish and the Paris Marathon. Eating and drinking As with many popular tourist destinations, the best places for enjoying a meal and a glass of wine are a little off the beaten track. The best indicator of whether somewhere is worth eating is whether locals go there: if it’s full of tourists without a Parisian in sight, move...

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Reasons Why Female Travelers Love Chic Apartments
Jul29

Reasons Why Female Travelers Love Chic Apartments

Women will always have the need of art in any space and they are in tune to their emotional side, and would love to stay in a place where they can feel comfortable. For this reason, a lot of women would rather stay in chic apartments when traveling. Women like to feel pampered, they also like to look around and remain inspired despite traveling. Here are 4 Reasons Why Female Travelers Love Chic Apartments : 1. Women Love an Inspiring Space While traveling, they tend to prefer to stay in an apartment that can help them feel better. Traveling can also be a bit stressful especially for women who have children. Being able to stay in stylish and Chic apartments can lessen the stress. It can make women feel relaxed while sitting in the living room, especially if the space is alive and in full bloom. A great space will usually have inspiring elements like flowers and accents that make women feel at ease. An apartment that is chic is able to invigorate and this is what will draw female travelers into staying in a certain area.(Image by LIVE KORMAN) 2. Chic apartments know How to Maximize a Small Space An apartment that was designed with creativity in mind will be designed according to the needs of the travelers. When compared with other hotels and inns, the apartment will only have minimal furniture, but will also have comfortable and useful furniture. Most chic apartments nowadays have minimalist designs which are well-thought out. They only contain necessary items and allow sunlight to fill in every square inch. The apartment might be small, but it will contain incredible features, like wall of windows that will keep everything bright. Women love to stay in cheerful spaces because it makes them feel less threatened and feel safer as they rest through the night. 3. Chic Apartments Are the Works of Art Both men and women love spaces that are beautiful and easy on the eyes. No one wants to stay in an area where they will not feel happy. An apartment that is chic will always contain artworks, and neutral accessories, as well as curtains that will blend well with the area making it an easy space to work with and stay in after a long day of traveling. 4. Comfort and Classy Despite traveling, women are always in tune with these two principles. They like to stay in an area that is comfortable, and has both class and style. Apartments that are chic will have creative divisions, space dividers, bookshelves, where women can place their stuff. Make-up, toiletries, if they have children...

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Over 65 and Planning a Holiday with your Family? What to Consider in Travel Insurance
Jul17

Over 65 and Planning a Holiday with your Family? What to Consider in Travel Insurance

After many years of hard work, at the prime age of 60, one can say the most rewarding gift of all is that of having a wonderful time alone with the loved ones far away from the home country. Grandchildren can prove to be fun when they accompany you during a trip, their energy and zeal will always keep your head up at all times. Their eager and ambitious nature will always amaze you. To pursue an effective travel successfully, having a suitable travel cover is the bottom-line. Features to consider when choosing the best travel insurance cover Coverage of preexisting conditions Depending on the nature of travel, the terms and conditions of travel policies will always vary. Among the common types of insurance covers for travel are: single trip policies designed to cater for only one trip and the annual trip policies which caters for the many trips that one is likely to make during the course of the year. In case of any accidents or delays during the trip, the client is in a position to claim the agreed amount as per the conditions set which are legally binding both to the insurance provider and the client.(Image by ITIC: Travel & Health Insurance Conferences) Activities covered in the cover A good travel cover will always cater for the stated conditions in full, one of them being reimbursement of nonrefundable funds to clients upon cancellation of a trip or when they decide to travel back earlier than ascertained, the other being the medical cover that will cater for all medical needs to clients while traveling.  According to the information institute, research shows that a moderate insurance cover only costs you 7% of your total travel cost. Travel accompanied by children While one can opt to go for a trip with family members, most of the travel insurance policies are flexible and will always provide for family travel insurance cover. This cost will vary depending on the number of family members. The policies outlined in this type of polices cover for health problems, accidents in addition to catering for the hospitalization bills and drugs and many other types of uncertainties in the course of the trip. Trip cancellation policy. Trip cancellation can affect either the travel service provider or the client. For clients, the travel cancellation policy allows them to claim their funds upon delay or cancellation of a flight. This majorly applies to those clients who had earlier on booked for travel flights for their future travel plans. In some cases, a predetermined trip cancellation requires clients to make a notice 28 days prior to the date of...

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How to Buy Travel Stuff in Ghana, Africa
Jun30

How to Buy Travel Stuff in Ghana, Africa

West Africa can be a costly region to visit. The costs in Ghana are high by African norms, yet the accommodation there is regularly superior to what you would expect somewhere else in Africa also. Outside of the significant urban cities and traveler destination, they are likewise in short supply. Traveling to Ghana is about encountering the lifestyle and culture. If this is your first time traveling to Ghana, do bear in mind that you can always buy travel gear for hiking and camping in Africa at affordable prices. There are five ways on how you can buy travel stuff in Africa: Check Out the Local Supermarkets Travel gear does not just include shoes for hiking or the tent you will need at the camping site. Travel gear includes, but not limited to mesh bags, sunglasses, umbrellas, toothbrush, rain ponchos and a lot more. You don’t need to find a store specializing in travel gear and accessories to find all of the items because at the local supermarkets, you can always get one at an affordable prices!(Iamge by CGIS Photos) Try free classifieds in Ghana If you are really on a very tight budget but aims to buy used or cheap travel gears for camping and hiking which are still in good condition, you can always try the free classifieds web ads in Ghana by posting ads on the local websites. Most of the times, there are seasoned travelers who are interested in selling or letting go their stuffs at very cheap prices and if you’re lucky enough, you can get them for free! Find Stuffs in Clothing Stores No, you don’t need to find the summer-styled clothing at the specialized store as what most companies are trying to promote. Just because you’re traveling doesn’t mean you need every item with a tag “Just for Travel”. The local clothing stores usually offer more affordable sleeveless shirts or short pants, and even the undergarments, just in case you run out of those. Just live your life like the local and wear what they’re wearing. Visit the Hardware Stores Well, who think you can only find stuffs for home improvement at the hardware stores. Skip the free classifieds in Ghana for now and head to the nearest hardware store you can find in Africa. Among the items you can get at a local hardware store are the S-Hooks, key tags, sink stoppers, door wedges and even ear plugs! And, they can come at cheaper prices too!(Image by Mike Pearson)   Go To Pharmacies For those mini travel toiletry items, go to the local discounted pharmacies across Africa. If you’re a female...

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