What Sets European Skiing Apart?

If you’ve ever thought about taking a skiing holiday, then you’ve probably wondered what the difference is between places like Europe and North America. European ski trips are an ever popular choice, and here we’re going to discuss what sets them apart from other choices out there. If a ski trip is something you’re considering, you’ve come to the right place!

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Fine Dining Is Everywhere

There are so many fine dining opportunities when it comes to staying at European ski resort – delicious food is gauranteed. This doesn’t mean that it’s bad everywhere else; just that it’s exceptional here. There will often be reservations from people who aren’t even skiing at a resort – that’s how good the food is!  

High Standards Are Always Ensured

Although there are many resorts suited to skiers of different ability levels, the high standards of European slopes are maintained across the board. Let’s say you want a luxury European ski experience; you can experience real Meribel luxury without having to be a pro skier. Many resorts welcome all ability levels, and you will get world class service wherever you go. The only thing you might find annoying is the queue on the way to get in a ski lift, but that can hardly be helped.

There’s A Focus On The Overall Experience

Sure, many serious skiers will visit European slopes and want to do nothing but ski. However, a real focus is put on the overall experience of visitors here. You can come with your friends and family, whatever their ability level, and have a really good time. You definitely don’t need to ski all day to have a fantastic experience!

There Are Real Mountains For You To Ski

In Europe, you’ll be able to ski on some actual mountains, rather than hills. Europeans don’t use names to make them sound scarier either; you’ll often find a less than terrifying slope in the USA called something absolutely ridiculous to make skiers feel like they’re taking on something huge. European mountains and slopes have much more elegant names.

The Parties

Because you don’t want to spend the whole time skiing, right? The parties at European ski resorts can’t really be beaten. It isn’t frowned upon if you want a drink during the day, but please take altitude into account, and stay hydrated! At night time (or once you’ve finished in the afternoon), you can enjoy a beer out of a real beer glass and some great music with like minded people.

Now you know what sets European skiing apart, it’s time to book your ski holiday! Bear in mind, you should probably do a little more research before you go right out and book your stay at a resort. Perhaps small slopes with scary names in the USA are going to be more your thing? Unless you look at a variety of sources, you’ll never know.

Have you been skiing in Europe, or are you planning a trip? Make sure you leave your thoughts, tips, and comments below!

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The Great All-Inclusive Debacle: What You Should Be Wary Of

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As a society, we like always want the best we can get. Yes, we also want things to be made simple, but at the top of the pecking order is awesomeness, which is what makes those all-inclusive holiday resorts so damn attractive. It doesn’t matter whether you are scanning through one of their glitzy brochures or scrolling down their sleek and fleek website; these resorts always look like they have cornered off their own little slice of paradise.

Food worthy of royalty, enough fine wine to satisfy Johnny Depp, panoramic views of endless blue oceans, all the pampering facilities you can shake your sore arms at and staff so happy you’re left pondering how they haven’t landed a life on stage. Yeah, these all-inclusive resorts have an array of bait that allows them to allure all sorts of holiday-making-fishies.

Unfortunately, though, these bits of bait tend to be invalid truths. The two photographs that keep featuring on their website are of their one and only Presidential Suite and their Honeymoon Suite, which can be yours for the cool price of $10,000 a night if you know who to butter up. As for the words on their website, well, they’ve probably paid an award-winning novelist to dip into their adjectives jar and start spewing anything that will get you clicking the buy button.

Of course, not every all-inclusive resort is like this. Some are genuinely amazing and offer impeccable deals for everyone (not just the high-rollers). We’re not so cynical that we don’t realize that. However, there are some that are going to be well below the standard you were expecting when you booked your holiday in the January sales.

It is with these in mind that we have made a list of things you should be wary of, and by that, we mean read the reviews on whichever trip advisor site you trust most.

All-Inclusive Is A Lie

It is one of the most infuriating realizations to have, and yet it happens so-so often. You finally arrive at your glorious resort, only to walk into the lobby and find out that the all-inclusive deal you signed up for isn’t all inclusive. In fact, it has some serious restrictions. Those spa treatments you couldn’t wait to enjoy will actually cost more, so will that jet ski hire, oh and the whole free drinks thing, that is limited to water and summer fruits squash, not tea or coffee or booze.

Big Time Utility Issues

“We have everything you could possibly want,” they said, before mumbling something you didn’t quite catch. Unfortunately, that thing they mumbled was, “except for the internet.” This may be fine if you don’t have Instagram, Facebook, elderly parents or any form of loved ones back home, but if you do then it could be a little bit terrible to find this out. This is the best scenario too. It’s way worse when they actually have WiFi but it is going to cost you $15 an hour and your eldest son. That’s just one of the utility issues too. Not having enough hot water is another one that needs checking before you commit to buying. Or power. Yes, power. As in electricity. A lot of countries don’t have enough it. That’s just how it is.

Absolutely Zero Good Mood Food

It is so very easy to make an all-you-can-eat buffet look good. All it takes is a nice setting, plenty of silver platters, some good-time music, friendly staff and a variety of food so wide and vast Elvis would have got excited. However, just because it looks good doesn’t mean it is sanitary, as you may find out in a quick phone call to your injury attorney, your bed pan filled with you don’t want to know what. Don’t be fooled by appearances. Just because the food looks good doesn’t mean the kitchen is passing any hygiene standards. We’re alluding to food being reheated three times, kitchens getting a bi-annual clean, maintenance being non-existent and their not being much in the way of a health inspection in that country. The worst thing is, you won’t want to think about this when you are there. You’ve paid for the food so you’d prefer to remain naive and eat it. That’s why you should always read reviews before you buy.

More Expensive Than A Standard Vay-Kay

This industry thrives off blind-belief. Seriously. They have carved out this image of themselves as being the best value and, dare we say, cheap. This see’s so many holidaymakers dive straight into a purchase without once checking to see if this factoid is true or not. You really should though, because a lot of the time your holiday could be cheaper if you just bought everything separately. Sorry, but it is true. People think they are getting a holiday on the fly because it is all-inclusive when they are in fact paying a high premium of having everything already sorted for them. We did a bit of digging and, while we won’t say the name of the resort (it was in the Dominican Republic), we can confirm that a standard all-inclusive double room being used by two people cost $639 a night. A standard double-room being used by two people that weren’t part of the all-inclusive package, however, cost just $165 a night. That’s a saving of $474 a day. That’s a lot of drinks, food, massages and water sports to be doing every day in order to make the all-inclusive deal the better option.

Like we said in our rather long and detailed introduction, not all of these resorts are created equally. Some are amazing, as in they will offer you the best vacation experience you have ever-ever been on. However, some of them could feature on a TV show entitled Holidays From Hell, which is partly because of what we have mentioned above and partly because we haven’t even scratched the surface of what you need to look out for. That is why you should always do your research. Read the reviews of previous customers. Compare the prices to make sure it is actually cheaper. Look at what the big problems are in the country you are going to. Anything and everything, really. Do that and you’re onto an absolute winner.

Earn While You Travel: Top Jobs For Those With A Wanderlust

If you have a dream of travelling the world, you might be wondering how you will actually be able to afford it. As it happens, many people are in the same boat, and it is something which a lot of people have struggled with in the past as well. If you want to travel as much as possible, one of the best things you can do to make it work is to earn money as you do so. You might have thought of this before and decided that it must be near impossible to pull off, or maybe some other reason got in the way. But increasingly, people are turning to this as a way of living, and as it happens it is one of the best ways to ensure that you can keep going on your travels no matter what. Let’s take a look at some of the best career options for anyone who loves to travel.

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Teacher

This is probably the most common type of travelling job, and a little digging into it will soon reveal why that might be the case. If you are keen to travel for as long as possible, then you might be pleasantly surprised at just how easily you can continue to make a great deal of money simply because of your native tongue. If you are a confident English speaker, then you can easily make money teaching the language to children around the world. There are a huge number of countries which are always actively seeking English teachers, so it is just a matter of plotting your way around the world by looking into those countries in particular. But how can you be sure you will land an English teaching job wherever you might choose to go?

For a start, you can never be entirely certain you will get a job, and that is why it helps to only work from time to time. You can stay in one place for a while, teach while you are there, and then travel around another place. Done in this way, you can soon find your way around the world and still have plenty in your pocket. But there are certain countries where you are probably more likely to be able to land a teaching job, and it’s worth looking at those in particular. Vietnam is one country which is particularly keen on bringing in foreigners to teach English, as is Taiwan. For those who want to explore the beauties of South America, Brazil is another capital of teaching which you might want to consider. Failing that, South-East Asia is always a good bet, in particular Thailand and Nepal.

No matter where you decide to go, you will want to ensure that you present yourself well and that you make it clear that you have the necessary skills. You might be asked to sit an exam or to otherwise prove yourself by carrying out a practice run of a teaching lesson. It is well worth it, in particular as you will then be able to get a reference to pass on to the next school you visit. Once you get into it, you might find that teaching abroad is one of the most beneficial and enjoyable experiences of your life. You might even decide that it is what you want to do once you return to your homeland after all your travelling.

Bartender

If there is any travelling job which you are likely to be able to pick up in any city on Earth, it is being a bartender. If you don’t have any experience in bartending, don’t worry, you will still probably be able to find a job of this kind. The beauty of this kind of work is that the employers re usually quite used to staff coming and going. Because their turnover is so frequent, it means that they are adaptable and likely to want to take you in for a short period of time. This is ideal for anyone who wants to hop around the world at whatever pace they like. But how can you easily land a job of this kind?

For this kind of role, the most important quality is usually confidence. If you are able to express yourself well, interact with others in a polite and engaging way, then you will find that bar owners tend to want to hire you. The best test is usually in the first shift, as the employer will probably be watching to see whether you are interacting with the customers well or not. Make the most of this and go out of your way to really impress them. Joke with the customers, be extra polite, and you will find yourself with a job in no time.

A real benefit of bartending is that you can make a lot of money from tips, which means you often won’t need to wait for a paycheck to come through before you can start spending money on some of those essentials. If you are particularly good, you might even find that you can pay for your way mostly through tips, and keep the actual pay as an emergency fund. There is something very pleasing about this, especially if you are only working a few hours in the evening each day. Go for this kind of work if you want the freedom to come and go, and you need a little extra boost financially as you travel.

Nurse

Here’s one you might not have considered: travel nurse. If you haven’t thought about this before, you might want to look into it, as it does actually have a number of interesting perks which are worth considering. Travel nurses are usually sent to a specific location in order to help out at an institution. You might be drafted to go to a struggling hospital or doctor’s surgery, for example, or perhaps to an emergency situation. Although this does not have the freedom of some of the other top travel jobs, it does have other perks, such as more pay than the others and a feeling of genuine satisfaction from being able to help others for a living. If you want to get into travel nursing, you will need to be prepared not to be able to control your travelling trips quite so much as with some other jobs. As long as you are happy with that, it can be a great way to see different parts of the world, especially if you station yourself in some other exotic setting.

What does it take to become a travel nurse? Obviously enough, you need a medical degree and the years of training necessary to be a medical professional of this caliber. You will also need to have the mental ability to up and leave at a moment’s notice, as well as the keenness to continually research and keep on top of medical information and knowledge. If you take a look at this article: Travel Vaccinations That Every Travel Nurse Should Know About, you will get an idea of just some of the things that a nurse of this kind will need to know off the top of their head. The more you know, the better.

If you do land this job, you can expect to enjoy a number of distinct advantages, not least the feeling of helping people as you get to see many different parts of the world. But you should also prepare yourself for a great deal of stress. This job is not for everyone, but anyone whom it does suit will find that it is particularly exciting and rewarding.

Tour Guide

Perhaps you have a particular favorite area of the world, and you happen to know a lot about it? If this is true, then you might find the idea of becoming a tour guide particularly enthralling. Tour guides can earn quite a lot of money for what they do, and it can be an enjoyable and exciting job where you get to meet a great many people as well. If you have a serious knowledge of a particular city or area, then consider getting into this on your next travels. It’s actually pretty easy to do, and especially as you usually have the ability to work freelance. If you want to find work as a tour guide, it is normally not too hard. Generally, you can just advertise yourself in the city you are staying in, offering a good price, and you will find that this is enough to draw people in.

Wherever you decide to go, there will always be people wanting to know more about that place, so this is a particularly useful job to have for that reason. Make sure that you are confident in your abilities to express yourself and that you can interact with other people well. You should then find that you can easily earn money all over the world through this kind of work. With any luck, you might even meet some interesting people.

A Trip to Washington State

Planning a trip in the States sometime soon? You can do a lot worse than Washington State. This Pacific Northwest state offers its visitors a little bit of everything, from cosmopolitan cities, local culture and energy, and plenty of annual events. And let’s not forgot what is perhaps this state’s biggest draw: the incredible natural beauty, which is perfect for getting out and about and into the great outdoors. Whatever your interests are, you’ll find that they’re well catered for in Washington. Take a read below for some of the best things to do while you’re there. It’ll be all the inspiration you need to book a trip!

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The Great Outdoors

We have to start here, because the natural beauty of Washington is so extensive that, well, where else can you start? Even if you only spent time in the outdoors when you were there, you’d have a good time. There are three main national parks in the state: Olympic; the North Cascades; and Mount Rainier. These three offer many, many miles of remote wilderness, so you have to well prepared! Casual visitors will find that Olympic National Park is the best one for them, because it offers a bit of everything, from jagged mountain peaks to lush rainforests.

Into the City

There a lot of great cities in Washington, but the biggest and most “cosmopolitan” is Seattle, which you’ll certainly already know a thing or two about. This is the home of Starbucks Coffee, and Boeing, and plenty of world-changing musicians. When you go there today, you’ll find a whole host of great tourist attractions. Go down to Pike Place Market and grab yourself some fresh fish while soaking up the energetic atmosphere. Go to the top of the Space Needle for the best views of the city. Check out the city’s museums, which include the Seattle Art Museum and the Museum of Flight. And above all, wander the city and sample its delicious food and drink!

The Real Washington

Seattle could be considered “the world’s view of Washington,” but there’s also a lot of other smaller areas that showcase “the real Washington.” Book a room at Quality Inn & Suites Walla Walla, and you’ll be able to enjoy the best that Washington has to offer. Walla Walla – so nice they named it twice – has views, activities, history, and fine dining: everything you want when you’re traveling! Also be sure to check out some of the state’s best small towns, such as the waterfront village La Conner, and the Bavarian-inspired Leavenworth.

Festivals

There are many, many annual festivals that take place in Washington; far too many to mention here. Some of the best include the Seattle International Film Festival, which attracts somewhere in the region of 150,000 spectators each year; The Washington State Fair, which is one of the best in the country; and the Leavenworth Oktoberfest, which is obviously inspired by the German counterpart and is a lot of fun. Whenever you’re visiting, though, there’ll be plenty of local events and festivals taking place. There always is!

Planning A Trip To Mykonos: 4 Things You Must Do To Make The Most Of Your Trip!

Whether you’re planning a winter beach break or a getaway for this coming summer, Mykonos could be the perfect place. One of Greece’s most glamorous islands, Mykonos is known for being a party place. However, there’s a lot more to this island than meets the eye; it’s much more than the party scene it’s known for. The type of experience that you have when visiting Mykonos depends on a range of factors, from where you opt to stay to when you go. To ensure that you make the most of your time on this beautiful island – think St Tropez meets Ibiza, here are four things you must do.

  1. Try the local cuisine

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It might be tempting to eat in the most glitzy and glamorous restaurants that you can find. However, if you want to get a real taste of Greek cuisine, you need to look for independent restaurants. Smaller eateries and street market stalls run by local people will allow you to get a real taste of Greek cuisine. The foods that you just have to try while you’re in Greece include moussaka, souvlaki, gyros, and baklava. Oh, and if you find a seafood restaurant, many Greek seafood dishes are to die for.

  1. Stay in a villa by the sea

Of course, you could opt to stay in a hotel. However, many of the best hotels in Mykonos are party hotels, not tranquil and relaxing retreats. So if you plan on heading out for a relaxing break, it’s best to look into Mykonos villas. There are plenty to choose from, but the best ones are located by the beach. What could be nicer than waking up and hearing the sounds of the ocean lapping against the sand?

  1. Visit the best beaches

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As well as being famous for its party scene, Mykonos is also renowned for its beautiful beaches. Although most of the beaches are fairly packed out in the summer months, come winter they’re a lot less crowded. So if you’re not a fan of busy beaches, opt to visit this beautiful island out of season, or take the time to find the beaches that tend to get less crowded. Some of the best beaches on Mykonos include Lia, Paradise, Paraga, and Kalafatis.

  1. See the sights

To make the most of your time on Mykonos, make time to see all the best sights and attractions. Even if you are planning a relaxed and tranquil break, it’s still worth taking the time to visit some of the island’s most famous attractions. From Little Venice, a beautiful seaside town, to Cine Manto, a gorgeous open-air cinema, there’s plenty to see and do here. It’s just a case of taking the time to research what’s on offer and selecting the activities that appeal to you and your travel buddies.

If you’re planning a trip to the gorgeous Greek island of Mykonos, it’s important to plan it out. To ensure that you’re able to make the most of your time away.

How To Pack Light And Chic For Your Great Escape

The sweet sound of sunshine and siesta is calling. It’s time to work on that tan, stroll along the beach and take a dip in turquoise seas. It all sounds so heavenly and relaxing. It’s vacation time! It’s our chance to retreat for a while into a place that offers health, wellness and calming vibes. So why do we stress about holiday packing? Here are my top essential packing tips, so there are no last-minute panics.

If you’re going on a beach holiday, you really don’t want to take too much with you. We’ve all done it, and we’ve all regretted it!

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Bronzer and Illuminator

A slick of bronzer in the day and an added illuminator at night are all you need for laid-back holiday make-up. Get your lashes lifted and dyed before you go. The iconic Nars The Multiple is the original multi-functional stick. It provides an irresistible splash of luxurious colour to your lips, eyes and cheeks. Add a shimmering dimension at night with the Ilia Polka Dots and Moonbeams Illuminator.

Bags and Belts

Never under-estimate the power of the BNB. Bags and belts are the ultimate holiday accessories to dress up your look. Take a stylish and brightly coloured beach bag for daywear. This can double as a handbag if you are taking in any sights. Make sure it’s big enough for a towel, reading book, bottle of water and a t-shirt. Choose something with a zip pocket to keep your valuables safe if you are on the move. If you want to go luxury, take a peek at Melissa Odabash’s collection. If you are looking for a more budget-friendly option, try Sportsgirl or ASOS. Whether you’re in Bermuda or the Bahamas, you’re going to want to get glammed up at night. Pack an embellished clutch in a neutral colour that is big enough to fit your phone and money. Also, pack skinny belts in metallic gold and silver for super-luxe evening style.

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Only Three Pairs of Shoes

You need a thong, a heeled sandal and a brightly coloured espadrille. It’s as simple as that. We often make the mistake of taking too many shoes, and it just ends up dragging us down. Think about co-ordination. Choose nude shades for your heeled option as they work with everything. Nude colours have the bonus of making our legs look longer too. Go bright and bold with your espadrille. You can also wear these at night when you want to add a bit of colour. And a thong is a thong. Don’t over think it!

One Hero Piece

Your holiday wardrobe should consist of a few multi-wear pieces that co-ordinate with each other. Three bright bikinis, two beach cover-ups, white shorts and white jeans, a couple of pretty sundresses, a skirt that works both day and night and a loose shirt. But you are allowed to choose one hero piece. This could be a gorgeous maxi dress that can be worn both day and night. Or it might be an expensive silk shirt that you can wear multiple times. Make your hero piece bright, beautiful and tropical. Take this chance to show off your style in your chosen sun-drenched slice of the world.

Where To Travel If You Want To Be A Photographer

With so many of our devices having cameras built in, it seems everyone can become a photographer. You don’t need a lot of equipment to carry with you. And you can even edit the images as you take them too. Then with a single push of a button, those images can be shared with the whole world on social media too. They’re geo-tagged, so you’ll always know exactly where you were to get that stunning view too.

So what can you do if you want to take your photography further? Many of us love taking pictures of our friends and family. And the Selfie is losing no popularity either. But it’s the pictures of the places with those stunning views that make us stare the longest. If you love travelling and you’re a keen photographer, then the world is waiting for you to take some of the most beautiful photos in the world.

Some tour operators even offer a photographer’s package. You may be exploring Gozo or travelling by helicopter from Vegas to see the Grand Canyon. These are all exceptional opportunities to get some great shots of the landscape. There are a few things you need to remember though if you are keen to pursue your photography.

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Always be aware of your surroundings. There are thousands of beautiful landscapes across the globe to choose from. But many are very dangerous. Never lean over a cliff or stand too close to something hazardous for that one magical photo. Instead, invest in a bigger lens that brings the image closer to you rather than you getting closer to the hazard.

Many beautiful landscapes are on the coast. This means it can be wet and wild. Protecting your digital equipment is essential, so invest in some great waterproofing. You will also need to be protected from the wet and the cold, or you’ll soon find your photography to be a miserable experience. Keep warm and dry with some good quality wet weather wear.

Light and shade bring an image to life. You may find that early morning sun and that golden hour before the sun sets to be the best time to take your images. A high sun at noon doesn’t always offer the best sculpting of shadows, and may need more filters to reduce its impact on your image. If you’re shooting at night, you will definitely need a tripod as exposure takes longer. Hand-held shots can create wobbly blurs if you’re taking pictures at night.

Rock formations, waterfalls, coastlines, and woodlands make beautiful photographs. There are plenty of natural phenomena you may be interested in capturing too, like the Northern Lights, geysers and bird migrations. All of these things require patience and a little luck to capture. If you love the great outdoors and you’re a fan of travelling, this could be the perfect hobby for you. You may even earn a penny or two selling your images too.

Photography is so much fun and is a great way to record your experiences as you travel. You can take courses to help you become a better photographer, or try a photographic tour for a holiday. Enjoy your photos.