March 7, 2017

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Online Gambling – It is a Do or a Don’t?

The Internet is a wonderful thing, it has revolutionised the way we live our lives, and changed how we do so many things that we would otherwise have had to do manually.

For example, we do our grocery shopping online, we book our vacations online, we even find a new house online. With that in mind, it makes totally sense that our social lives will go online too, including betting.

Whether you bet on sports, events, or some other random occurrence, betting has been prevalent in history of many years. Whilst in the past whenever we wanted to place a bet we would have to go down to the local betting shop and fill in a form, nowadays we can do this from the comfort of our own homes, not even having to bother getting of our pyjamas! Is this a good thing or not? Well, in terms of ease, it’s a great thing!

There is a downside however, and that is how to find the most reputable and quality site for your betting needs. There are countless betting sites out there, but you’ll need to do your research to find the best one for your needs, and to find the best odds on whatever it is you’re wanting to bet on too.

The rise of online gambling has been a steep curve, but it is one which has benefited us in terms of choice. Provided you do your research and you check out the site before you go for it, you will find a wide range on offer. This is actually good news, more choice means competition, and competition means better offers for you.

Online gambling is certainly something which is booming, but it’s not all about sport. You can bet on the sex of the next royal baby (when another one comes along), you can bet on the winner of the upcoming music reality TV show, you can bet on the outcome of the next election, you can basically bet on any event which is coming up, including TV show competitions!

Of course, sports are always going to be the biggest pull, from horse racing to football, rugby to cricket, and everything in-between. Getting au fait with odds is important before you make your first bet, and if you’re not too sure about how all of this works, it’s a good idea to find someone who does, and get them to explain it all to you in detail.

So, is online betting something you like to do?

January 14, 2017

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Try Your Luck in Las Vegas?

There aren’t many people on the planet who haven’t dreamed of heading to the bright lights of Las Vegas at some point in their lives. Whether it’s to enjoy the gambling fun, perhaps the amazing shows on offer, or even just to say they’ve been, Las Vegas is certainly a bucket-list destination.

If you are dreaming of desert lights and casino chinking, then maybe it’s time you made that dream a reality. Flight prices to Vegas are falling year on year, and accommodation isn’t as expensive as you might think, if you shop around a little first. For instance, a few nights staying at The Luxor is probably your cheapest option in terms of hotels on the Strip, whereas if you want to splash the cash, you can head to The Venetian or The Bellagio – there are plentiful options.

Of course, saving cash does make it more possible to head anywhere in the world, and Vegas is no different. A good way to keep a few dollars in your pocket is to make sure you book your tickets for attractions and shows through official lines only; ticket touts will take your cash and leave you with no ticket at the end of the whole process, something you really don’t need in your life. Check out BestofVegas.com for great deals, with peace of mind too.

You can’t head to this destination and not try your luck in the casino, it should actually be written in the terms and conditions of your holiday! You don’t have to spend a fortune, in fact it’s a good idea to set yourself a budget and stick to it, but you can then decide what you’re going to do with anything you win – will you keep it and spend it on an experience or some shopping? Or, will you re-gamble it and see if you can win even bigger? That is a choice you can make yourself, but initially, set yourself an amount from your holiday savings, and don’t go over it.

Las Vegas really is like any other city in the world in terms of cost, i.e. you can make it as expensive or as cheap as you like, depending on how you do things. If you want to be glamourous and splash the cash, you can head to the big hotels for your stay, you can dine in fancy restaurants, and you can visit the designer stores for retail therapy; you can even upgrade your show tickets to VIP status. If however you need to be on a budget, that’s entirely possible too – shop around for your hotel, stick to the huge outlet stores if you want to do some shopping, try the buffet breakfasts (seriously large portions) for your morning fuel up, and try the free attractions on offer, such as the beautiful Bellagio fountains.

Las Vegas is for everyone, whether you are on a budget or not, and if you can win a little in the casino, well, your holiday is even more special!

January 8, 2017

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Do It Your Way In New York

No two visits to the Big Apple are ever the same – you might think you’re going to have the same experience, but every single day in this huge metropolis bring something different to the table, and that is what makes it so special and iconic.

When you visit for the first time, you really need to put some thought into what you want to see, because that will give you an indication on where to base yourself in terms of your accommodation. If you want to do the usual tourist things, then you would be better served staying in Manhattan, and if you can stay as central as possible, that’s even better for you. If you don’t want to stay quite so centrally, there are many hotels and guest houses on the outskirts too, and whilst that may mean you need to commute a little more, if you want a quieter stay, this is a good idea to think about.

Because New York is a huge city, there are of course pitfalls if you don’t know where you’re going and what you’re doing. For instance, you will find ticket touts wandering around the streets of the Theater District, trying to fool naive tourists into thinking they are getting cut-priced show tickets, when in actual fact they are getting a piece of paper that is worthless, whilst their cash flow is suddenly reduced. Stick to official lines when purchasing tickets, either the theatre Box Office itself, or online, checking out Showtickets.com as an example. This means you can be sure you are getting genuine seats for your Broadway show, with no disappointment to mar your holiday.

You don’t have to do the main tourist route if you don’t want to, but you need to ask whether you will regret not heading to some of the main sights. For example, if you don’t catch sight of the Statue of Liberty will your visit be complete? You don’t have to actually go there if you don’t want to, but checking out the sight and taking a few photos is a must. Some time in Central Park is a great way to finish off a long day, or perhaps as a break from the hustle and bustle, and the great news is that it’s free! Walking around the shops could be a take it or leave it kind of deal for many, but if you are planning on hitting the huge malls and stores, perhaps dedicate a day to it, or maybe two, so you’re not spending your sightseeing days in the middle of an air-conditioned shop!

Basically, think about what you want to see, and make New York your bespoke, personalised holiday – do it your way.

 

October 9, 2016

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Experiencing The Heart of India – By Motorcycle!

Any road trip is always going to be rewarding, fun, full of memories, and an opportunity to pack your camera with some amazing photos, but when it comes to choosing where to go, you can seriously up the ‘once in a lifetime’ stakes by choosing somewhere totally iconic and different.

Of course, you can also decide how to do your road trip, i.e. are you going to take your own car? Are you going to hire a car? Are you going to go by motorhome? Or, are you going to do something totally different and go down the route of a motorcycle tour?

This is becoming more and more popular as a method of travel in different countries, and when you think about the advantages, it’s not hard to see why. The wind in your hair, the freedom of the road in front of you, and everything which is passing by really is within touching distance.

Now, with all that being said, designing your own motorcycle journey could be filled with pitfalls, such as knowing where to go, the roads, where to stay, as well as the terrain you will be crossing. If you want to have the best experience, and not miss any of the good stuff, then going with a bespoke company is the best bet. Vintage Rides are a very experienced company who have pre-prescribed motorcycle tours in India on offer. This means you can relax and know that you are in good hands, your guide is going to tell you everything you need to know, and your route is packed with some of the most amazing sights on offer.

India overall is a diverse, colourful, and cultural land, however it is also vast, so having a set route to follow is a must. There are several choices of tour on offer, including the very popular Rajasthan tour, or the Himalaya route, which his packed with high rise roads, stunning views, and an almost lunar-like landscape to pass through. Southern India is also fantastic for exploration, with some of the most beautiful beaches you will find anywhere in the country, and the vibrant atmosphere of destinations such as Goa.

Accommodation and most meals are included in the price of your tour, and you can choose to head off onto the open road with a group of likeminded travellers, who may turn out to be your new best friends! Of course, if you have a large group already in mind, you can opt for a private tour instead.

The fact remains however, that you will be able to experience the best of India, including the culture and authentic heartbeat of the country, away from the usual tourist traps, and that is true travel in its purest form.

October 9, 2016

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Old & New, Nature & City – Welcome to Adelaide!

Australian cities are famous, and this is also where the majority of the country’s population can be found. Whilst most people tend to focus their attention on Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, and Brisbane, by doing that you’re missing out on one of the most beautiful, varied, and natural cities around – Adelaide.

Located in South Australia, Adelaide is the fifth largest city in the country, and is surrounded by some of the most iconic wine regions, including McLaren Vale, Barossa Valley, and Clare Valley, which are easily reached by car or excursion. Combining a city break with something a little more countryside orientated and natural is the ideal way to enjoy everything the area has to offer.

You can make your break as cheap or expensive as you like, with a wide range of Adelaide accommodation on offer. You can choose to stay somewhere glamourous and five star, or you can head to somewhere a little more budget, as a clean and comfortable place to lay your head of an evening – it all really depends on the type of break you’re looking for, and what you’re planning to do.

If you are travelling with children, you will be spoilt in terms of things to see and do. A visit to Hahndorf is a must, as this is where you will find a chocolate factory to tour and enjoy samples, as well as a strawberry farm, where you can pick your own fruit. There is a playground here too, and BBQ facilities if you want a truly outdoorsy experience. Aside from this, Glenelg should certainly be on your list; this old-fashioned seaside down is great for beach days and fun, with a large jetty and plenty of cafes and restaurants – be warned that this town can get very busy during weekends and public holidays.

Sports-mad visitors should head to the famous Adelaide Oval and try and catch a football game, or head to Adelaide Casino for a spot of gambling, in an attempt to win big – you never know!

Aside from the usual city facilities, such as dining, shopping, and entertainment, Adelaide is surrounded by some beautiful countryside and landscapes, including the Adelaide Hill. The summit of Mt Lofty is a fantastic place to head for stunning views right across the city and further beyond, as well as visiting Elder Park and the Torrens River, where you can spot black swans and meander a few hours away in total relaxation.

Of course, no break would be complete without a little beach time, and the West Beach area is packed with fun to be had. There are several beaches which merge along this stretch, including popular Henley Beach, with many dining options and entertainment. The white sand beaches around here are great for a day’s splashing with the family, or simply to rest by the ocean.

Adelaide should not be forgotten in favour of its larger neighbours, and one visit here will show you the charm that this Southern Australian city holds.

October 9, 2016

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Ten Things to do in Bogota

Colombia’s historic and vibrant capital is certainly a destination that will fill more than your average city break. Bogota is busy, packed with architecture, culture, and history, whilst also having that modern day city vibe that we all know and love.

Getting around the city is quite easy, but if you want to really give yourself a luxury break with a difference, why not hire a limo to take you around the major sites, or transport you to and from the airport? This will really give your South American break a tinge of glamour, whilst also providing a welcome break if you have been backpacking your way up until now.

If you have no idea of where to start when it comes to seeing the sights in Bogota, check out these ten suggestions.

The Gold Museum – This is one of the most visited attractions in the city, and somewhere you will certainly need shield your eyes from the sparkle! Home to more than 55,000 pieces of gold and artefacts, this is one of the best museums in the whole of South America.

Monserrate – This huge mountain sits in the middle of the city and looks over proceedings. The view is simply stunning, and certainly worth the climb, with a church also sited there, devoted to El Senor Caido. This is definitely one for the camera.

Bolivar Square – Sometimes you need to sit down and take in your surroundings, and this historical city square is the ideal place to do just that. Sit and watch the world go by, indulge in a little people spotting, and take in the beautiful architecture at the same time.

Colombian National Museum – Learning about the history of the country is a must do if you want to truly understand your destination. This museum in itself is an architectural marvel, but the interior is what will blow your mind, helping you learn all about the country and its eventful history.

93 Park – If you’re looking for a spot of peace and tranquillity for an hour or so, this urban park is the place to go. Handily located close to the main shopping and entertainment district, you can chill out for a little while, before heading back to the main action.

Planetarium of Bogota – This attraction boasts the largest cupola in the whole of South America, and is the ideal place to head for anyone with an interior in the night sky.

Bogota Botanical Garden – Focusing mainly on the ecosystems of the Andean and Paramo regions, you can expect plentiful flora and fauna to explore, as well as a truly peaceful and tranquil atmosphere at the same time – when visiting a fast-paced city, a little quiet is always needed!

Primatial Cathedral of Bogota – This beautiful Roman Catholic church is simply stunning to take in, with intricate architecture and decoration. Located on Bolivar Sqqare, this is also very easy to find.

Salitre Magico – Sometimes you just need to scream at the top of your lungs and let all your pent up stress out, and if that is your situation, then Salitre Magico is the place for you. Home to around 39 rides, including several rollercoasters, this is a great fun day out for all the family.

Simon Bolivar Park – Finally, we have a beautiful, natural space full of green grass and rivers, which is perfect for a leisurely walk. On top of that, there is also a sports complex here, as well as being the location of many events and concerts too.

September 12, 2016

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The 5 Most Expensive Yachts in the world

If there is one material possession that is synonymous with wealth, it is the yacht. A symbol of attainment and success, only the wealthiest individuals on the planet can afford to own a fully-fledge yacht, while even those who want to rent one must be prepared to pay a significant sum.

5 of the World’s Most Expensive Yachts

The lavish reputation notwithstanding, however, the actual cost of the world’s most expensive yachts will probably come as a huge surprise. To understand this further, here are the five costliest yachts ever to have traversed the world’s oceans: –

Al-Said, $300 million

Named after its billionaire owner Sultan Qaboos Bin Said Al Said, this incredible yacht was one the second largest in the world and the most expensive to construct. Its total cost was a staggering $300 million, while it boasts a specification and a fortified, aluminium structure that puts others to shame. The yacht can hold up to 70 guests and even includes a concert hall, and can often be seen traversing the sun-kissed waters of Dubai.

Superyacht A, $323 million

With a name like Superyacht A, you would expect this brooding vessel to be the Royal Vegas Casino most expensive Yacht in the world. It only manages to achieve fourth place in our list, however, with a value of $323 million and the capacity to hold 14 guests. It is owned by the Russian billionaire Andrei Melchenko, and while Superyacht A may be smaller than its rival vessels it is the very embodiment of quality, style and luxury.

Dubai, $350 million

As the home of mega-rich business magnates and seven-star hotels, Dubai is now the epicentre of commercial life and a destination that remains synonymous with success. The same can be said of the luxury yacht of the same name, which was commissioned as the Golden Star by a wealthy Prince of Brunei. The vessel has also been referred to as the Platinum 525, while its huge interior can host a staggering 115 travellers. It cost a cool $350 million too, making it the third- most expensive yacht in history.

Eclipse, between $450 million and $1.2 billion

There is an argument that this stunning yacht should be top of our list, but at the very least it is a worthy runner-up that is worth a minimum of $450 million. The issue with this vessel is that its construction costs and resale value remains the subject of debate, from a lower-end projection of $450 million to a peak of $1.5 billion. Either way, it has 70 crew members and is owned by Chelsea magnate and Russian oil tycoon Roman Abromavich, while there is even a helipad or two should you need to use them.

The Streets of Monaco, £1.8 billion

If there is some doubt about the true value of the Eclipse, the Streets of Monaco is a vessel that we know costs a cool $1.8 billion (or £1 billion if you herald from the UK). The only difference with this yacht is that it is still under construction, but it has already broken new ground in terms of design, features and amenities. It is set to include a private beach, for example, along with a man-made lake and fabricated casino settings. In short, this will be the hottest ticket on the market when it is finished, although only for those who can afford to spend nearly $2 billion on a luxury accessory!

August 12, 2016

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What to Do with a Month in China

If I only had one month to travel around China, this is the route that I would follow: Beijing, Xian, Lhasa, Chengdu, Leshan, Chongqing, Yangtze River Cruiseand lastly Shanghai.

Beijing

The Forbidden City

The Forbidden City is the largest and best-preserved ancient royal building complex in the world. It is the world’s largest palace, covering 72 hectares. It is located in the centre of Beijing. It is used to be the imperial palace of the Ming Dynasty. It was built from 1406 AD to 1420 AD

August 1, 2016

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Europe’s Best Cities for Lovers

1) Paris, France – It is clichéd, but it is the city of love! Who wouldn’t want to kiss under the Eiffel Tower or to sip coffee along one of the numerous coffee shops?

Places of interest: Champs Elysse, Arc de Triomphe, Paris Opera

July 27, 2016

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Options for Seeing Antarctica

The most common way to see Antarctica is by cruise or research ships. You can sail from either Ushuaia, the southernmost point of Argentina, Punta Arenas, Chile, Bluff, New Zealand, or from Hobart, Australia, The fastest is via Ushuaia, but crossing Cape Horn and the Drake Passage is not an easy feat so best be prepared for seasickness. Each cruise ship has their specific itineraries, depending on what you choose. Some stop at the Falkland Islands and the Shetland Islands while others prepare their own wildlife or glacier expeditions including certain perks such as transportation and cold weather clothing. Prices for these expeditions vary from $12,000 to $60,000 and trip length varies from 2 weeks to a month, depending on the company and expedition you choose. Other companies offer the flights from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia; others don’t, so plan that accordingly in your Antarctica budget.