November 19th, 2010
The town offers motels and locations of accommodation in all shapes and sizes. They provide places that may surely slot in together with your taste. Touring for business or simply exploring the city and land on an adventures vacation you may be positive it is going to be a go to to remember.
There are dinner cruises on the Chao Phraya River or rooftop bars on one among a whole lot of high-rise skyscrapers. Traveling in and around the city and countryside towards different components of Thailand is quite effortless. There are ample taxis and traditional tuk-tuk available. One of the quicker means of transport is the Sky train and the underground train.
No must concern getting misplaced or battling with the language barrier, as there may be area guides who assist guests to make their method in and around Bangkok. First time guests discover the crowded streets fairly overwhelming.
Thailand affords wonderful sightseeing opportunities. Gleaming temples such because the Grand Palace, the Siamese Ruins and the Ruins of Ayutthaya are solely a few. There is a floating market and bike trails by way of the beautiful villages. The choices of hotels are simply as vast because the places to see. There are five star motels for the rich and leisure looking for guests and there are price range lodging catering for business and family oriented customers.
Funds Bangkok inns and in other parts of Thailand even provide for backpackers and students who journey the world on a low budget. This buying paradise is a great vacation spot to experience for those who enjoy the exotic and vibrant environment of a bustling metropolis in stunning surroundings.
August 30th, 2010
When the evidence all around you screams that your one desire in life is impossible, sometimes its difficult to keep the faith in the universal laws of attraction.
But if you do, we promise you that your faith will not be misplaced. The Number One mistake people make when utilizing the universal law of attraction is giving in to external reality — the circumstances around them –that shout that what you’re aiming for is impossible.
All too often, individuals see the conditions in their environment and automatically give up on the law. They allow themselves to become frustrated. Little do they realize that the universal laws of attraction are still at work — even when they do become frustrated. Their frustration, you see, only attracts even more frustration.
This frustration and pessimism stems from a basic lack of faith in the law of attraction. It is understandable, of course, if you’ve never had the pleasure of putting the law to work for you. Society has conditioned us to think that the only way we can possibly believe something is to see it first.
The law of attraction, though, actually works backwards from what we would consider normal. You won’t see your desires or goals until you firmly believe they will become a reality. In essence, you’ll see it when you’ll believe it.
If you keep the faith, though, and keep believing that the laws of attraction are at work for you, then you’ll experience two exciting outcomes.
First; because your belief in the law never wavers, your desires will materialize sooner than you anticipated. And second, your staunch faith in the law of attraction allows you to confidently ignore the external evidence, no matter how loudly it might be screaming around you.
The universal laws of attraction are not only the amazing link to all of your dreams and desires, but these amazing laws can give you the confidence to ignore all the naysayers surrounding you.
Keeping the faith is, in the long run, a simply marvelous habit. When you believe in the universal laws of attraction, you’ll find that if you truly have faith in your dreams — if these are the things you sincerely want to manifest in your life — and you march confidently in their direction, the law of attraction will gladly conspire with you to make them materialize.
While the law may not use an overnight delivery service, it will indeed deliver, if you do your part too!
When you make a list of your desires, you’re basically telling the law of attraction that you’re serious about success. But that’s only half the battle in the game.
As you read over the list that you’ve expressly created, you need to bless it and allow it to be lifted up to the universe. Release your dreams and desires. Send them off so the universal laws of attraction may take them and mold them as pportunities to present themselves to you.
Even though they may be your very personal and very important goals, keep in mind that you’re passing them on to the infinite wisdom of the universe. You’re basically telling the universal law of attraction to do what needs to be done with these goals.
Don’t worry. don’t fret. Don’t fear. Because once you release your most precious dreams to the universe, the entire infinite potential and wisdom of all creation is working toward manifesting them just for you through the law of attraction. That’s right! The entire might of the world, nay, the entire universe is planning the best and quickest route to get these goals realized.
This means the universal law of attraction will have you bumping into people seemingly at random. But it wont be. You’ll find telephone numbers you’ll need to further your cause with greater ease. But that wont be an accident either. You’ll notice that you are getting to where you want to be, if you just take the cues.
Once you realize your goals, don’t be blind to coincidences. Once you realize your desires, take careful notice of who you meet and how willing they are to help you.
Indeed, the universal laws of attraction are the most powerful positive force you can have in your life. Use them wisely.
August 27th, 2010
You want to go to California wine country–and for good reason. Not only will you see the scenic splendor of soft hills covered with vineyards, but you’ll also have the opportunity to enjoy the history, architecture, and some of the best restaurants in the U.S. However, since Napa and Sonoma Valleys don’t have their own commercial airports, you will need to select among airports nearby, including the Sonoma County Airport in Santa Rosa, and the airports in Sacramento (SMF), San Francisco (SFO), and Oakland (OAK).
Picking the right airport can definitely impact your costs and enjoyment of the California Wine Country. Here I’ll review the pros and cons of each airport so you can pick the one that suits you best.
Oakland Airport (OAK)
Can we talk? Oakland Airport is my least favorite choice because its highways are congested, and the drive to Napa passes through urban sprawl.
If you do select this airport, be especially careful with timing. You won’t want to mix rush-hour traffic with trying to make a flight.
On the other hand, Oakland Airport offers the most budget airfares in Northern California.
San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
If you are visiting both the Bay Area and Napa Valley, this airport is a good choice.
The San Francisco Airport offers the most non-stop flights into Northern California. And, with Southwest, AirTran, and Frontier serving SFO, you can get airfares as low as Oakland’s.
However, just traveling toward Napa, you can get stuck in traffic congestion, or even worse, rush-hour slowdowns.
Here’s a route that cuts down on congestion by avoiding downtown San Francisco: From the airport, take westbound Interstate 380, which starts just north of the rental car terminal. Then take the northbound I-280 freeway, northbound Highway 1, and then the Golden Gate Bridge for better scenery, even though you’ll encounter some stop and go driving on Highway 1 in San Francisco.
Beyond the Golden Gate Bridge, your route will depend on your first stop, but see the link at the bottom of this article for instructions on locating the most scenic drives through Napa and Sonoma Valleys.
Sacramento Airport (SMF)
The Sacramento Airport is probably used least for access to the Wine Country, and yet I often prefer it.
With a population nearing 2 million, Sacramento benefits from extensive air service, including budget airlines, such as JetBlue and Southwest, which help to keep the fares down of all the airlines serving this airport.
In addition, you don’t have to drive through dense urban areas to get to Napa Valley. In fact, you don’t have to drive through Sacramento at all, which allows you to avoid rush-hour congestion.
Charles M. Schulz Sonoma County Airport (STS)
Charles M. Schulz Sonoma County Airport reopened to commercial flights in 2007. It is often called the Sonoma County Airport, and also referred to as the Wine Country Airport or Santa Rosa Airport.
(The airport is named for the famous Charles Schulz, creator of Charlie Brown and his pals. Charles Schulz lived in Santa Rosa and nearby Sebastopol for more than 30 years.)
Commercial airlines serving the Sonoma Airport include Alaska Airlines’ Horizon Air arriving from Seattle, Los Angeles, and Portland. Delta may also begin service to Sonoma Airport.
With little airline competition and few commercial flights, the biggest disadvantage to choosing this airport is high prices for flights and rental cars.
However, you may very well balance these higher costs with excellent deals on hotel rooms in Petaluma, Rohnert Park, and garden-filled Santa Rosa (my favorite), all near the Sonoma Airport. For extra savings, you may wish to use Priceline’s “name your own price” bidding, available for these cities.
The strongest reasons to select the Sonoma Airport come down to beauty and proximity. Using scenic Highway 12 from Santa Rosa, a route lined with wineries–some world-renowned–you’re one hour from Napa and 45 minutes from the Sonoma Plaza. St. Helena in the upper Napa Valley is approximately 30 minutes from the airport.
And, on top of breathtaking beauty, this choice can steer you clear of Bay Area congestion.
As you can see, if you want to see California’s gorgeous wine country, you CAN get there from here. I’ve told you my preferences–San Francisco Airport if I’m visiting the Bay Area too, or Sacramento Airport if I’m just going to the Wine Country. And, nonstop flights to Sonoma County Airport will certainly appeal to travelers who live in Los Angeles, Portland, and Seattle.
But of course choose according to your own needs and preferences. I hope my summary of pros and cons has helped you decide which airport will work best for your next trip to Napa and Sonoma Valleys.
August 27th, 2010
Your holiday package includes a hire car to use whilst you are on your holiday and “the car only cost me an extra $50 for the entire 7 days hire”. And, then the unexpected happens such as a scratch on the bonnet, windscreen damage caused by flying debris or the worst case is that the car is hit by another motorists. “We are covered says Jamie because the insurance will take care of it”.
You bring the car back to the garage and the hirer hands you an unexpected repair bill of $600. You are shocked with bewilderment and the car hire people point you to the finer points of the hire contract which you duly signed when you collected the car. Below is a list of tricks car hire companies use to siphon money from you:-
Hire companies advertise hire charges that are inclusive of insurance but they fail to disclose the high excess charges before you sign the hire contract. If you own a car you may choose to have a small access of say $200 added to the policy to lower your premium but the access on a hire car can be as high as a $1,000. In case of a small damage say a scratch, the rental company can, if it chooses to, send you a bill for the entire access amount ($1,000.00) even if the repair costs are mush less.
2)The repairs con.
Customers are billed huge amount as much as a $1,000 for superficial repairs and hire companies don’t actually carry out the repairs. It is reported that cars are actually handed to other unsuspecting hirers before repairs are done on them. Therefore, these large access charges in respect of the repairs are income extra income that the company earns from unsuspecting customers. Ask them for a copy of the repairs bill? Well, you will have to wait a long time. If repairs are not carried out then the bills can never be produced. Can they?
3)Hire vehicles not properly maintained.
Imagine having a package holiday with a hire car thrown in as a bonus. You did not really want a car but it is there so you decide to use it. You take is for drive, it breaks down because it is not really road worthy and when you finally get it back to the garage you are landed with a repair bill. Being in a foreign country and not knowing the law you are more likely to hand over the money but you’ve just been conned.
4)Can we inspect the vehicle sir/madam?
You return a car after your holiday. The hire company staff inspect the car and find something wrong. You have no idea what is under the bonnet or even on the under floor of the car. The hire staff produce a list of three mechanical problems and then hand you a bill. Those three mechanical problems could have been paid a 1000 times a year. It is just another revenue generating scam.
5)Hire company fuel will cost you an earth
A tank full of fuel can cost you double what you will pay at the pumps. If you bring a car back to the hire company then expect a big fuel bill. This situation can be avoided by filling up the tank before you arrive at the hire depot to return your hire car.
6)Filled up tank with the wrong fuel? Big mistake
Putting wrong fuel in your car tank is a mistake easily made. Particularly, if your normal car at home runs on diesel fuel and your hire car uses petrol. If you were unfortunate enough to make such an error you will incur exorbitant costs running into $500 to $1500 to have your error put right.
Which car hire companies are operating their businesses in this unscrupulous manner?
From the sound of things, you will conclude that these are cowboy outfits out there to rip off unsuspecting customers. They cannot be large well established brands names that we recognise. Here is the shocking news, these car hire companies are national and international chains:-
Bad hire Company 1: Avis car hire charged 87% more for fuel and argued that they were right.
Bad hire Company 2: Hertz car hire charged a customer nearly $1,500 for filling the tank with the wrong fuel.
Bad hire company 3: Alamo car hire conceded that they charge customers for repairs which are never carried out.
Bad car hire company 4: Europcar; according to their representative, cars are returned back to the manufacturers having had all the repairs carried out first. It would appear that Eruopcar is no different than the other suppliers in the market place.
Finally, if you need to hire a car ask the hire company about the hidden costs; matters relating to insurance and excess charges before hiring your rental car. If you come across unethical practices/conduct please report your hire company to the authorities as a matter of course.
August 26th, 2010
Traveling around Europe can be a truly unique experience. In fact, I donâ€™t think there are many people who would pass out on the opportunity to travel all over Europe and see all the beautiful countries and cities that they hear so much about. Iâ€™m sure that even those who have had such an experience would like to relive it. The only problem is that seeing all of Europe at once can be quite expensive. Transportation, meals, accommodation, fares, etc. – they all add up to an overall amount that most of us cannot come up with.
What do you do if you dream of going on a tour of the European capitals, but you realize you are a little short of cash? If you want to stay at a hotel in cities such as Amsterdam, London, Paris, Madrid, Rome, Berlin, etc., you will be taking quite a lot of money out of your pocket. Therefore, if you travel on a budget, pretty much like everybody else, your best option is represented by hostels.
The history of hostels goes back almost a century, when, as a result of a rather unfortunate situation, a German teacher realized that safe and affordable lodgings needed to be built in order to accommodate students traveling for various purposes. As a result, the first youth hostel was built in Germany in 1912. Many other countries quickly embraced the concept, and hostels began to be built in countries such as the Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, etc. Nowadays, hostels can be found in every country, but the one with the richest tradition is the Netherlands. To be more precise, it was Amsterdam that played the most important part in the development of these inexpensive and comfortable accommodations. In 1932, the International Youth Hostel Foundation was created in Amsterdam, foundation that has about sixty-five members now.
You can imagine that such a wealth of experience has lead to the continuous improvement of services provided in such hostels. As a result, most hostels Amsterdam are a lot more than just safe and affordable. They are very clean, comfortable and welcoming places where everyone feels at home. Itâ€™s safe to say that some hostels Amsterdam set the quality standards for youth accommodations. Therefore, when in Amsterdam, for whatever reason, donâ€™t give any second thought to staying at a hotel, because hostels are an excellent choice.
Some of the hostels Amsterdam offer excellent conditions and facilities. If you are lucky enough to find a vacancy in one of the well-located hostels Amsterdam, you will need little else. In order to make your stay as pleasant as possible, you should try to find a hostel whose staff are friendly and welcoming, whose prices are moderate, and whose location is close to the city center or the main attraction points of the city. The good news is that there are such youth hostels in Amsterdam. Moreover, some hostels in Amsterdam also offer all sorts of facilities, such as free quality breakfast, free city map and walking tour, free luggage storage, free movies to watch, and so on.
In conclusion, when you get to Amsterdam, make hostels your number one choice. You wonâ€™t be sorry!
For more information about Hostels or even about hostels Amsterdam please follow this link http://www.hostelcosmos.com
August 23rd, 2010
A rented vehicle as according to its type can satisfy immediate need of its consumer, especially, when you are hiring it for a business need. Among all the rented vehicles, the rental car has been proved to be the most effective, convenient and inexpensive mode of transport either for smaller as well as larger businesses. A good car rental company provides a business executive with great flexibility in terms of time and route to reach at meetings without being trapped into traffic jams.
For small business car rental comes as very effective way to rescue things, otherwise, method of transport for businesses can be a very expensive deal for accomplishing a business task. A SME while as on the path of governance rules needs to took notice of Health and Safety Work Act for welfare of it employees. All employers under this act are responsible for health and safety of their employees not only at the place of working but also on the vehicles used by company for business purposes.
So an employer needs to be extra cautious when arranging a transport or car on rent for their employees. The provider of the vehicle or car should be of great reputation so a business man is assured that vehicles used by his employees are well maintained and fully insured.
Hence for selecting a right type of rental vehicle an employer need to take care of many important points and steps. Starting with as for office needs, the smallest available car may not be very suitable as it can accommodate three to four employees in a single car. So the number of passengers traveling and luggage that is to be carried should be estimated in advance. Comfort is another important aspect while traveling through rented car hence it is better to go for an air-conditioned car when visit is scheduled for a hot country. A budget or economic car can be used for day to day business purpose; however, for a making a business impression one can also go for a luxury car.
Now, it is the turn of rate and prices for car rental, as a business man you should be sure about the rate of car for the type of the car you are booking on tour. Do not be misguided, sometimes, by extremely low quoted prices as they do not tell about extra hidden costs. So you should go after for an all-inclusive rate. Do also book insurance cover for rented car after enquiring about it from your credit card and insurance company.
Now finally about the company you would rent from, it is best to get services from a reputed International car renting company, especially, when your employees are visiting abroad. An international company offers the latest model cars, with widest operational network in terms of location with highest standards of services with emergency roadside assistance. You can even go for Corporate Alliances and Partnerships with them.
August 21st, 2010
One of the most appreciated aspects of Italian culture is Italian cuisine, which is, without exaggeration, succulently scrumptious. Dining out in Italy is truly the gastronomist’s and epicurean’s opportunity to gorge and indulge in the haute couture of fine cuisine and delicate tastes.
But Italian cuisine is not just a pastiche of pasta and pizza; it is a creative collection of regional dishes that are characterized by various European and Mediterranean and Middle Eastern influences. The secret to the freshness of Italian food is the culinary tradition’s emphasis on fresh, locally grown, seasonal produce.
The unification of Italy diffused many popular dishes throughout Italy and abroad, however, regions remain fiercely loyal to their locally produced specialties. To truly taste Italian culture, you must venture off the beaten path and sample regional, local cooking, which is, in essence, authentic Italian cooking.
As someone of Italian heritage, here is some practical information about dining establishments in Italy, and some tips to help you pay your bill after you have polished off your pizza.
WHEN IN ITALY, EAT AS THE ITALIANS DO
A traditional and formal Italian meal can continue for hours and consists of an antipasto (appetizer), sometimes served with an aperitivo (aperitif drink), followed by a primo piatto, generally a pasta, risotto or soup course, followed by a secondo piatto, a heartier meat or fish course. The second course is generally served with a contorno (side dish) and/or a salad, which is eaten with the main course, or directly afterwards. The dolce (dessert) and fruit selection with cheeses follow the salad. The caffe (coffee), and digestivo (digestive drink) conclude the meal.
However, do not feel pressured to follow the traditional multi-course meal, which is becoming rarer nowadays. Although the food choices on the menu are presented in this order, simply order whatever you feel comfortable eating.
WHERE TO WINE AND DINE
Depending on the dining experience you crave (and how hungry you are!), there are many different dining establishments in Italy.
Restaurants are found all over Italy, and vary in ambiance. They may be upscale and elegant or low-key and causal. Most offer popular selections and regional specialties, and tend to be slightly more expensive than family run establishments. Many offer a menu turistico(tourist menu), that combines a complete meal into one fixed price.
August 20th, 2010
You may think about its feasibility, but there is a chance of holidaying in a luxurious ambience. During vacation, lodge at luxury vacation rental condo and discover the elegance of luxurious living. In every famous tourist spot, you will get luxury vacation rental.
Mingling solitude and seclusion with opulence, luxury vacation rental condo will give a new meaning to your vacation. If enjoying vacation lavishly, comfortably and privately is your desire, the dwelling, available as luxury vacation rental, will assist you to deserve that. No noise, no disturbance, no rules, but here, savor elegant lifestyle as you wish.
While choosing luxury vacation rental condos, you will get a wide option. House, apartments, villas, bungalows, cottages, and chalets- as luxury vacation rental, choose your desired one. The condos, offered as luxury vacation rental, are of various sizes. Some condos are meant for couples only, some are perfect for family gathering and some condos are set up for a large group. So, be it your honeymoon or family gathering, every time you will relish a luxurious living at luxury vacation rental.
Luxury vacation rental condos are opulently decorated. At each condo you will get spacious living room, outfitted properly. You can avail a kitchen, equipped with necessary amenities including gas, oven, microwave, barbeque-grill, utensils and so on. Dinning hall, terrace, balcony all are attached with every condo. All together, here every moment, you will enthrall the ecstasy of sumptuousness.
Available services at these vacation rental condos are also perfect with luxury. Laundry, washer and dryer, swimming pool, spa, all are included in service catalog. Arrangement of indoor amusements is also marvelous. Get television, telephone, music system, CD player, books, broadband connectivity with luxury vacation rental. Itâ€™s really a luxuryâ€¦is not it?
Price is not a big obstacle in opting for luxury vacation rental condos. Usually, based on location, size and amenities, the rate of these condos is decided. But a traveler does not need to spend much to board into luxury vacation rental. The condos, taken as luxury vacation rental is availed at hotel price. Some times, you can get these condos at a lower rate as well.
Booking process of luxury vacation rental is a bit different. Normally, these rented condos are booked early, sometimes one year before. So, try to book it as early as possible. You can go for real estate dealer, local proprietors or other companies. In case you are short of time, you can book luxury vacation rental over the internet.
And what else! Be a part of elegant lifestyle at luxury vacation rental during your vacation.
August 19th, 2010
Are you fed up of the usual stuff offered by the restaurants that you normally frequent? Want to try new ones? Well, try the different ways given below to find good restaurants.
* Public media
Public media such as Newspapers, Television, Radio carry reviews and recommendations about restaurants in the locality, which also includes info on menus, price ranges, cuisine, ambience and so on. They also rate these restaurants based on user reviews. But there is a chance of it being biased.
* Recommendations from family and friends
Suggestions from family and friends are also helpful in finding great restaurants as they might have firsthand experience with some restaurants. But this also has its limitations as they can provide only very little info about the restaurants that theyâ€™ve visited. Moreover they cannot comment on all the restaurants in town.
* Internet search engines
Generic search engines provide some info on restaurants. Since, they are powered by keyword based technology; they fetch vast amounts of data mixed with a lot of irrelevant content. So, itâ€™s a hectic task to select the right restaurant.
* Review sites
These are no doubt a good source of information providing both professional as well as user reviews. The basic drawback could be one could just be referring to a few review sites and they donâ€™t cover all the local restaurants.
Some bloggers provide recommendations, reviews and suggestions about new restaurants in town. But, it also provides limited information.
* Vertical search engine to search restaurants
These compile reviews from across the web. As itâ€™s powered by Natural Language Processing technology; itâ€™s like a restaurant guide featuring detailed restaurants ratings, menus, ambience, addresses, hours, driving directions, maps, photographs, discount restaurant gift certificates and coupons, keyword searches and other relevant restaurant information. Users can also search by name, cuisine, occasion or location.
Of all the above options, vertical search engines are the best in finding good restaurants as they compile details from over a million online review sites to generate ratings of each and every restaurant based on its food, service and ambience. So, a restaurant guide helps in selecting good restaurants.