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Beach vs. Ski Vacation – Which One Should You Choose This Year?

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skier-999279_1920Vacations provide us with much needed downtime to decompress, relax and forget about all of our stresses back home. But when planning your upcoming holiday, one of the first decisions you need to make is whether you want to go on a summer or winter break. With a host of options to choose from, it can be difficult to make the right choice for both you and your family, so it’s important to take all factors into consideration when exploring the options of a winter or summer break.

In this article we look at holiday options in the hope that we can make it slightly easier for you to make a decision on where you want to go for your next vaycay.

What is your Budget?

Your budget, regardless of whether you have decided to go away for the weekend or take a two-week long trip, should be addressed first and foremost. It is important that you know how much you have to spend on your holiday in order to find one suited to your price range so you can not only get the most out of your vaycay, but do not have to stress about how much cash you have left over to spend while you are there. By planning in advance you will be able to save money on flights, which in turn will give you a few more options when it comes to choosing your accommodation.

Beach holidays tend to be cheaper, involving reasonably priced accommodation, but the same cannot be said for most skiing holidays, although part of the enjoyment of a skiing holiday is the resort itself, with a buzzing atmosphere and guests full of excitement and adrenaline. But when you factor in the cost of renting your skiing equipment, it could end up costing a pretty penny depending on where you choose to stay.

Are you Interested in Nightlife?

While on a summer holiday, evenings are often spent enjoying an array nightlife venues – from beach bonfires to clubs and bars. So if you’re single or in a relationship and don’t have any children and want to spend your evenings dancing the night away, you might want to opt for a beach holiday. And although some ski resorts have their own nightclubs and bars, there isn’t much of a variety in comparison to beach holidays as you are limited to what is available at the resort you are staying at.

What would the Kids Enjoy?

father-656734_1920Both skiing holidays and beach holidays offer a variety of fun activities for those that are single, couples and families. From a variety of water sports available at beach resorts, to an opportunity for your children to learn how to ski, build a snow man or see snow for the first time on a skiing holiday.

However, if you’re children are quite young, be sure to do some research into whether the resorts have play areas and childcare services (in case you need them). While there are many more options to take into consideration when planning your holiday, these are three of the main concerns to keep in mind when choosing the right holiday for you and your family. And, while each offer completely different experiences, there is always the option of enjoying one this year, and the other next year.

How to Pack Light and Still Have Everything You Need

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packing lightPacking light is an amazing accomplishment if you are going on a long vacation and something you should definitely consider. Travelers need to bring a small part of their life with them, but life is cumbersome and often heavy. It can ruin a travel experience, yet light travel requires hard decisions. It doesn’t need to be too hard, however. There are strategies you can use to make things easier on yourself.

Here are a few tips that you might find useful:

See What You Can Buy There

Being economical on a trip does not mean taking everything yourself. Sometimes it means supporting the local economy and buying an umbrella when you get there. It you are going to a well-travelled location you will most certainly be able to get whatever you might need (including heavy items).

If you think about it, waiting to get what you need makes the most sense. Everything you need to survive and thrive is also needed by the locals, and they need to shop as well. It is an opportunity to immerse yourself more in the place you are travelling. You don’t need those snacks from home, they will be waiting for you when you get back. Similarly, you can get basic gadgets and large items when you arrive. You don’t want anything to happen to them in transit, and carrying around half your body weight isn’t fun.

Smartphones Are Your Friend

Smartphones are great for travel. You can use them in the place of a GPS, computer, guidebook, some documents and quite surprisingly a cellular phone. You can even watch Netflix if you’re stuck waiting with no one around (just use a VPN if you’re out of the country so you can look as though you’re browsing in your home country). Take a look at what you might bring and ask yourself if your smartphone can fill the same need through an app or program.

You will just want to make sure you have an emergency backup plan in case your phone is damaged or stolen. You don’t need anything too complex, but it might be best to bring a laptop or other device that can access the internet with you. A friend with another smartphone helps as well. Try to find protection in the form of a case and something to strap your phone to your body.

Have Cash

If you’re packing light, there is no way you can be prepared for every eventuality. This means that you will need to know how to accommodate yourself wherever you are travelling. Most of the time (nearly all the time) this will require money, but credit cards are extremely popular. This isn’t enough for everything, though, as you may run into problems with your credits cards or the merchants in less well-known destinations will not be able to process them. All businesses take cash. Try to get some of the local currency to carry around so that you’ll have it when you need it.

It is also a safer option. Criminals love to target tourists and travelers because it is difficult for them to both notice identity theft right off the bat. It is also difficult to track down the criminals once their card information has been swiped.

Tools with Multiple Functions

Just like you can use a smartphone to watch Netflix on the train while you are texting your friends about how amazing your trip is, you can find other tools with additional functions. A Swiss Army Knife, bookmarks that function as rulers and other devices certainly exist and if you ask friends who travel they will certainly be able to share some of their favorite items with you (or at the very least steer you clear of the ones that don’t work).

You need to take into consideration the tools that you will most certainly need and the tools that you may not. Try to consolidate the functions of tools that are of secondary importance, so that you will be able to get by with perhaps secondary quality but much less weight on your back.

Packing light is a skill that takes practice and patience, but with the right advice and tools you’ll be able to travel burden-free soon enough. Do you have any other tips that might be useful for packing light? Are there any items that you find particularly useful or helpful when trying to pack? Any items that you just can’t live without? We’d love to hear what you think!


7 Easy Ways To Beat Jet Lag

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jetlagWhen you’re headed out on a vacation or business trip the last thing you need is to feel tired or run down. But with these seven tips to beat jet lag, youíre sure to stay alert and ready for your entire trip.

Keep it the same…

When you’re not traveling for long, you can usually avoid jet lag by sticking to your normal routine. Keep your watch set to your home time and just do what you’d normally do at home; eating, sleeping, exercise, etc.

Your body won’t even notice the time chance when you do this, and it will readjust without any problems on the way back.

Sleep like a baby…

When you’re traveling out of your normal time zone, you’ll want to try to keep to normal bedtimes. And while you might have troubles at first, try to get the same number of hours of sleep per night. This will help your body fall into a new rhythm for the time when you’re away.

Even if you can’t fall asleep right away, try to get into bed and close your eyes until you fall asleep. Eventually your body will pick up the clue and you’ll get all the sleep that you need.

Fill yourself up…

Many times jet lag can be made worse by becoming dehydrated on your trip or while you’re headed there on the plane. To combat this you’ll want to make sure that you’re drinking plenty of fluids as you travel, water and juices especially.

Alcohol can dehydrate the body so it should be avoided if you can. And if you’re expected to drink at a business function, just follow each glass with a chaser of water.

Find the rhythm…

When you’re headed into areas where the time will change significantly, you want to set your watch when you get there and start following the local hours. You’ll want to eat when you are supposed to eat, sleep when it’s dark, etc.

By changing the routine that you’re used to directly into the new hours, you can help to offset jet lag before it even starts. Follow your new daylight and darkness hours to adjust your circadian rhythms.

When you arrive…

One of the best ways to avoid jet lag is to do some form of exercise when you arrive at your destination. This can be as simple as a walk or a few calisthenics in your hotel room. Do a few jumping jacks to get your heart pumping or start touring the town.

When your body gets exercise, it can bank the extra energy and help you adapt to changing light conditions.

If you just can’t sleep…

When all else fails, you can try a sleeping pill to re-teach your body when to sleep. Normally this isn’t recommended, but when you’re on an extended trip or you have to switch time zones frequently, a sleeping pill can help to give you some rest in order to be alert during the day.

Natural cues…

And if the sleeping pill doesn’t appeal to you, you can try aromatherapy.

Find a good travel kits that includes oils that you can smell for energy as well as soothing oils for relaxation, like lavender.

With all of these tips, jet lag will no longer follow you on your next trip.