Friday, February 24, 2017

The Simple Hacks That Make Flying Cheaper and Better

flying
Flying around the world for free is a dream of everybody but it is not possible. There are plenty of other tricks, tips and hacks to help you save pennies on planes while receiving top treatment. Some times you will feel so infuriating that what a mistake you have done when a friend tells you that he has booked the same flight as you have booked to the same exotic destination for hundreds of dollars less. Therefore that are some tips below where you can ensure you get a best holiday at a best price. The hack will not only save some money but could furnish you with a second holiday for the price of one.

If you are a frequent traveller with children then one must reach the airport early. Use the family room in the club lounges to watch T.V. and use Wifi because if you intend to go and sit in the club lounges it will be very expensive since you have to grab snacks, drinks and lots more where you will be paying a high amount.

New products are invented for travellers to lighten their load. So update yourselves on the newest items designed to make travel easier and don’t land up paying extra for your luggage.

If you love to stretch your legs at ease instead of sitting couched up, find the best seats on the plane before you buy your ticket. Also get a seat towards the USB port.

If you want to park your vehicle at the airport parking space so that when you return home from your trip take a snap shot of your parking space to help you remember where you have parked.

There is app that advises travellers on the cheapest days of the year to fly, where one can save a lot on average. You can also shift your travel time a day or two either side, or to a slight anti social hour. Book your ticket at least 47 days before a trip.

Bring your own plastic bags. Most of the airport gives them for free, but there are some that will charge you for resalable plastic bags to put your hand luggage liquids in. Bring your own snacks instead of spending money on them in the airport.

If the queue for check in and security is the same, then go for the one on the left. The queue on the left hand is usually shorter.

Make friends with the flight attendants by speaking their language, by this way you can win their heart by getting free food and drinks.

Usually thunderstorm and bumpy air occur usually in the afternoon. So it is best to fly early morning as the tickets are cheaper. Always fly on Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturdays, so that you can save your money as the airlines can’t afford empty seats on flights and lower fares to encourage off peak booking.

For getting away quickly at the baggage claim counter invest in a suitcase that is eye catching.

For booze lovers you can bring alcohol onto the plane as long as they’re in bottles 3.4 Oz or smaller.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Head to Oman Stunning Coast for Fun and Relaxation

Oman
OMAN has some 3000 kilometres of coastline, most which are pristine, stunning and secluded beaches that face the Indian Ocean with soaring sand dunes or rugged rocks, flourishing coral reefs and unique wildlife. They have beaches and crystal clear Waters. Even the residents and tourist like to come here to swim, play waboba and snorkel.

The Omanis are traditionally a sea faring people of fisherman, traders and shipbuilders. The coast and the sea is the main identity of Omani.

Those who are lover of adventure and exploration will want to take a day trip by dhow that’s Oman traditional word for a taxi or truck.

Oman’s diverse unique and unspoiled landscapes are coupled with a huge range of activities and distance national culture. Coastal resorts offer an amazing range of water sports activities for all ages.

Oman is famous for green turtle heaven with five of the world’s seven species arriving each year to crawl up thebeaches, dig holes in the sand and lay their eggs.

Certain beaches have their own identity like KHALOUF BEACH where eagles and flamingos are seen in large numbers.On TIWI beach during low tide one can paddle out to the coral and snorkel above grouper, sea snakes and batfish. The sweeping coast leads to Bandar Jissah, famous for its lagoon setting and intense blue waters. Apart from all these there are some tourist places where one must not miss it.

The WAHIBA Sands attract desert lover. The color Aries from red to dark honey. One can enjoy the rolling sand dunes and romantic sand driving.

MUSANDAM Fjords are the natural mountain along with their beauty. The crystal clear water and sheer cliffs are there to calm your mind. It is also known as NORWAY OF ARABIA you can enjoy cruising through the khor ash sham the most pleasant experience.

RAS AL –HADD is one of the main tourist spots of Oman. It is the nest of lots of TURTLES;therefore it is called the TURTLE beach resort. You can witness the first rising sun in the entire Arabian Peninsula.

MASIRAH ISLAND is desolated and deserted destination. If you want to be away from the hustle and bustle of the city .This is the best place to unwind yourself.

INCENSE MARKETS IN SALALAH: It is a great importance the trade of frankincense. The incense is made from resin which is a good quality. There is also a beach with a huge mosque of sultan qaboos.

SADAH COAST is fantastic while driving. The landscape is amazing and of unique beauty. The mountains are made of BLACK rock and invaded by sand from the beach.

There are also many museums like the NATIONAL Museum, the OMAN CHILDREN Museum, OmaniFrenchMuseum, Baital Zubairmuseum.

RI YAM PARK is full of entertainment for children.

So have fun with a limitless destination full of culture, excitement, natural richness and incredible landscape at Oman.

Eat Your Heart in Les Gets: Fantastic Foods to Try

Les Gets
When you have spent your day on the slopes you can really work up an appetite. Well Les Gets certainly doesn’t disappoint when it comes to eating. French cuisine is regarded as one of the best cuisines from around the world. In Les Gets, fabulous traditional alpine cuisine awaits and here’s a selection of what you should try.

About Les Gets

Les Gets is one of the resorts that makes up the Portes du Soleil ski area on the French-Swiss border. Only an hour from Geneva airport this cosy traditional French village offers the choice of over 50 restaurants and 14 bars which is great for those who want to sample some great alpine food. In most establishments, you will find the chefs own take on the local long-established Savoyard cuisine and also twists and meals for the more modern tastes.

Incredible eats you should try

With such a selection, you may not know where to start! When you think of alpine food the first thing your mind may conjure up is fondue, and yes you will find this here, along with many other delicious treats. It’s all about local ingredients, of which there are is a bounty, meats and cheeses when it comes to main meals and French pastry and cakes for dessert.

Raclette 

A semi firm creamy mountain cheese typically warmed melted and eaten with bread. At a restaurant, this is usually served with your very own mini grill to warm and brown yourself before serving with bread, pickles and dried meats. In some accommodation, you may even find your own Raclette grill to use, it’s that popular.

Fondue Savoyarde

A classic après-ski dish prevalent in the French Alps. A mix of great French cheeses, flour, garlic and usually white wine melted in a large deep pot. Add some delicious French bread to dip into the cheese and there you have it. Most traditional restaurants in the Alps will serve their version of this dish.

Diots- Savoyard sausages 

These sausages are usually cooked in wine and have a distinct cabbage flavour. They can be eaten hot or cold but are mostly served hot with polenta or croziflette. If eaten cold they are generally covered in Dijon mustard and eaten on their own.

Croziflette

Little pasta shells filled with buckwheat and cooked with cheese. This Savoyard favourite is a twist on the tartiflette which is made with potatoes. It makes a great side dish for grilled meats.

Charcuterie

Charcuterie boards are a popular choice for sharing at meal times. Usually containing different hams, cured dried sausages, pate, terrine and boudin – blood pudding. Of course, served with a good chunk of fresh French bread.

Bugnes

This tasty French pastry is similar to a donut made with flour, eggs, butter and sugar, fried and covered in icing sugar. It is served both as a dessert and also often eaten as a post ski snack.

Tartiflette

A renowned gratin dish made with potatoes, reblochon cheese, lardons and onions. This is a favourite to warm and refuel skiers after a cold snowy day on the slopes. A real comfort food on its own or as a side.

Gateau de Savoie

A simple but difficult to prepare sponge cake originally from the Chambery region. Served with icing sugar and apple jam, this cake goes well with a coffee at lunch or after dinner as a dessert.

Saint-Genix

If you need to refuel and boost your energy levels between ski runs then you will welcome this sugary treat. A brioche style bread-cake with pralines coloured red and plenty of sugar. Often enjoyed with a hot drink as an afternoon snack.

Where to try these interesting plates? 

There are many different restaurants to try in Les Gets with everything you could wish for in an alpine resort. There are also Chalet style hotels where you can stay and eat in the same location, AlpineElements provides a good search tool if you are looking for this type of holiday. It may be difficult to choose but here are a few of the resorts favourites you need to visit during your trip.

La Grande Ourse 

The highest restaurant in les gets boasts amazing views and a cosy atmosphere as well as some lovely dishes to try. The Cornish chef prepares local cuisine with a twist and a popular choice here is the good old sausage and mash. Located at high altitude this restaurant is great if you are staying in this area.

La Croix Blanche

A cosy chalet style restaurants with a fantastic firewood grill. Offering traditional foods, the best the menu has to offer here has to be the selection of grilled meats. Sample the rib of beef, skewered pigs cheeks or lamb chops grilled to perfection or try their speciality pates and fondue. This restaurant is part of a chalet hotel within the mountains and is popular with its guests and lunchtime visitors.

La Pela

The name itself means ‘Tartiflette’ and you will find variants of this recipe on the menu. Offering all traditional plates as well as more modern dishes, the menu although limited will not leave you wanting. The building is a traditional style chalet with a roaring fire to warm you up on a cold day, a popular location so booking ahead is advised at busier times.

Le Vaffieu

Being a mountain restaurant it’s easy to ski in and ski out. However, it can get busy during the day with skiers taking a break during their runs. Plenty of traditional snacks and drinks are available as well as some outstanding gourmet French cuisine. Diners love the views from the terrace – booking is advised here too as it can get busy at peak times.

La Case K2

If you are looking for something other than traditional French food or you just need a break from cheese this café is a good option. Located near to the centre of the village it offers simple but delicious burgers and fries, crepes and other snacks. It also sells a vegetarian burger and vegetarian options are pretty rare in Les Gets! Great for a quick snack or lunch.

La Copeux

An atmospheric restaurant located in the centre of the village. The menu offers traditional Savoyard specialities with a modern twist within its cosy comfortable classic alpine surroundings. Make sure you check out the ‘plat de jour’ for a real treat which as the name suggests changes daily.

Le Flambeaux 

Known mostly for its homemade desserts this restaurant has become more popular in recent years. Described as a unique and family friendly location the food does not disappoint and visitors who love the venue return time and time again. Try the old-fashioned cuisine including pears with wine or tiramisu with rhubarb for a truly fabulous dessert.

What else? 

Every Wednesday between 9am and 10am you can take a cheese tour at the local Perrières dairy ‘Fruitière des Perrières’. You can learn all about the cheese making process and why this regions cheeses are so special. You can also sample the delectable cheeses produced here. Tours are free of charge but must be booked in advance.

So much food to eat, so little time! Forget the skiing, Les Gets is worth a visit just to take the culinary journey through this classic French alpine cuisine at its finest. What are you waiting for?

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

What It’s Really Like To Travel As a Blind Person

Blind Person
Travel can be really mysterious especially if one has a visual impairment. It doesn’t mean that travel is out of the question. But there are few organisers who organise a group holiday for blind and sighed people that are liberating fun and yes eye opening too. Usually the full sighted and the blind travellers are always paired because the full sighted person can explain the sights and scenes to the visually impaired companions. The blind person is deprived of seeing the beauty in the world right from sunset over the mountains to the mist of a cloud forest to the crystal blue waters of Thailand.

There are some people who travel with a dog guide. They look after them very well. The dog will likely to know most of the places they regularly go and will lead them there without any real trouble. An advice for the blind is use common sense and trusts your instincts. If something feels wrong make it known, asks questions and don’t be afraid to change the situation. Usually people are very helpful and naturally care for us because the cane is an internationally recognized symbol of blindness.

As long as you are with someone who is willing to tell you stuff and answer questions it works really well. Some people don’t know how to describe a place but they tell them to tell something that catches their eye. It works both the ways because the sighted person also gets involved in seeing things because they actually have to think about what they’re looking at and how to describe it.

That’s a double edged sword, though we’re also easy target so trust your gut. Get out there and travel show people you can pull it off the same anyone else no matter how poor your eyes work. When blind people want to feel the place, they should be creative, they are given a miniature model of the particular place so that they can sense of what it looks like to feel what they would have seen.

Whenever travelling by plane always tick the box on the form saying blind passenger, so that the staff make it a point to take you to the right place. Now a day with the internet all around the world if the person has a vocal GPS system or compass that can be very helpful for the overall navigation.

Before travelling to a foreign land the blind person must learn the language of that country which is very important, so at least they can ask for a basic direction. And also remember to ask every few meters for direction and information of that area.

Friday, February 10, 2017

The Death of the European Night Trains: The Death of a Legacy

Night Train
When Hercule Poirot derived that twelve people – a self proclaimed jury had brought a murderer to justice by murdering him, overnight the love and intrigue surrounding the Orient Express grew by leaps and bounds, so when the train finally stopped being functional, the culture that it represented suffered a serious setback!

So when suddenly by 2014, the night trains in Europe were disappearing, the world sat up and took notice. A piece of history, a substantial piece of European legacy was quickly fading away and there was nothing that could be done! You could no longer board a borealis sleeper and sleep your way through the night and wake up to misty windows and a sunshine filled compartment the next morning.

But while that might be sought after still, it can hardly be denied that the night trains ferried only approximately 1.3 million voyagers. Compared to the statistics of the daytime travellers, it eventually propels it into being a particularly niche business.

And while people do in fact still adore the night trains, and the thinly veiled chances it turning to a Doylesque or Christie like intrigue, it is no secret that the service was rapidly losing money, more money than it was actually making which translated into understandable terms talks of losing millions of Euros. Even though liberalisation happened in the railways some thirty years ago, the night trains were perceived to be helpful in cross subsidising operations bringing in more profits.

However, that did not quite work out as planned. And since these night trains were also quite vulnerable to engineering possessions, it made even more difficult to continue co-operations between the various managers of infrastructure. Couple all this and with ridiculously cheap flight tickets and you have in front of you the very palpable demise of a piece of historical legacy!

Trains have played a very important role in cinematic aesthetics and still are the bearers of a romantic charm that is sweet as well as intricately somewhat primitive. There are still hopeless romantics who positively feel they will meet their soulmate on board a train as Jessie and Celine did in Before Sunrise, but that might just be a thing of the past now.

Or is it completely? 

The OBB-Austrian Railways has already provided some consolations to all the Sheldon Cooper like train enthusiasts by announcing that they would refurbish the city night line fleet and re-launch the six hitherto defunct routes. These routes would include Munich and Venice and Hamburg and Zurich. Now these new night trains have been designed to cater to the overtly enthusiastic traveller with the newly designed beds, redesigned and more hygienic bathrooms and state of the art technology.

So the next time you are in Europe, hoping to hop from one place to another, instead of sitting with no leg space in an inexpensive flight, why not spend it looking out of a glass window at the fleeting dark silhouettes outside while sipping a glass of red wine?