Pattaya: A Vacation For Happy Family Time

You may hear some people mention of Pattaya being a land not for family tourism. However, that is just a rumor when in reality the place is filled with fantastic opportunities arranged for children! So take out your journal and plan a family vacation in Pattaya, Thailand that offers all round experience for a perfect…

You may hear some people mention of Pattaya being a land not for family tourism. However, that is just a rumor when in reality the place is filled with fantastic opportunities arranged for children!

So take out your journal and plan a family vacation in Pattaya, Thailand that offers all round experience for a perfect getaway.

And just to make your planning smoother, here's a handpicked list of few of the countless stunning attractions available for family fun. a Pattaya vacation is probably the best treat you can give your kids this summer!

Ramayana Water Park

It is not only the largest water park in the entire south Asia but so much more than just a regular water park. Experience some of the ultimate water rides, wave pools, dedicated kid zones, river cruise, waterfalls and so on. To plan affordable trips to this amusing water park in Pattaya, many company provides various programs that can they tailor according to your needs.

Pattaya Dolphin World

Come and take a warm kiss from one of the adorable trained dolphins available here for show and pure entertainment. And what about the after show plans? Even though the park is named 'Dolphin World' it still offers different activities for everyone. Feeling exhausted? Head to the spa relaxation, grab some coffee or fill your appetite with fresh steaks, while your kids indulge themselves in rock climbing, ATV, horseback riding and thrilling water park rides.

Teddy bear Museum (Pattaya)

Are your children obsessed with dolls? Bring them to this mesmerizing museum which provides a fairytale like reality, a heaven for teddy bear lovers!

Explore the 12 different zones designed so beautifully; your kids will never want to leave.

Particularly made for photography, this museum is the perfect selfie destination for you and your family! And in-case you wished to own one of these cute stuffed toys; there's a teddy bear gift shop that caters bears of all size and shape!

Pattaya Sheep Farm

Baa-Baa Black sheep-white sheep, they got lots of wool, so many bags full, and your children would love them too. Let your kids enjoy their nursery rhymes in real life. Hop on a horse carriage for sightseeing around the farmland, find more farm animals grazing around and dive in for some exotic dishes available at the unique farm park.

Harbor Land Pattaya

Harbor land is known as the family paradise. Why? Firstly, this mega shopping mall has the largest indoor playground in Asia that every thrilling amusement park you can name. From high trampoline jumping, artificial cliff climbing in an underwater water theme to skating rinks, little children dedicated fantasy play zone the list does not seem to end! Want your kids to learn while playing? The Harbor Learn and Play awaits with the best short courses on cooking, clay work, English, dance and gym classes.

For you? Prepare yourself for International Food Garden and try all exotic flavors of different cuisines.

Tuxedo Illusion Hall Pattaya

A magical evening for kids after day-long activities around Pattaya. Take some popcorn, and sit back while the magic tricks performed by professionals added with illusional effects and sound that make your kids go awe! Enjoy their reactions and curiosity that will create memories that you take back home with you.

Pattaya is full of vast amusement parks, places and other tourist destinations that have something for everyone. With a significant advantage of affordable vacation, you can count on Pattaya, Thailand.

Ethical Mezcal Tourism in Oaxaca, Mexico: Towards an Understanding

The second decade of this century has borne witness to the birth of a new and directed form of Mexican travel; mezcal tourism. Spirits aficionados, entrepreneurs, photographers and documentary film makers, and students of the diversity of rich Mexican cultures, have been converging on primarily the southern state of Oaxaca. They come to buy, to…

The second decade of this century has borne witness to the birth of a new and directed form of Mexican travel; mezcal tourism. Spirits aficionados, entrepreneurs, photographers and documentary film makers, and students of the diversity of rich Mexican cultures, have been converging on primarily the southern state of Oaxaca. They come to buy, to learn and understand, to expose to the rest of the world, and in some cases to financially benefit from the back-breaking work of agave (maguey) growers, artisanal distillers (palenqueros), and their relative families. Of the nine states in Mexico which in 2018 have been legally able to call the agave spirit “mezcal,” Oaxaca is by far the poorest using any reasonable criteria. And so here in the state where Mexico's native son, Benito Juaréz was born and raised, we have an obligation to ensure that mezcal tourism is ethical, responsible, sustainable, and respectful of both the environment and the lives of the people who eke out a modest living cultivating and harvesting agave, and distilling mezcal. But how do we accomplish such lofty goals while at the same time ensuring that those who bolster the Oaxacan economy are rewarded in their travel experiences?

Whatever we move towards understanding mezcal pilgrimages to Oaxaca in terms of ethical, responsible, sustainable or environmentally friendly, or any combination of the foregoing tourism classifications, we need a starting point. Most of the more succinct definitions are subsumed in the World Travel Market's adoption of the 2002 Cape Town Declaration of responsible tourism:

(1) minimizes negative economic, environmental and social impacts;
(2) generates greater economic benefits for local people and improvements the well-being of host communities, improvements working conditions and access to the industry;
(3) involves local people in decisions that affect their lives and life changes;
(4) makes positive contributions to the conservation of natural and cultural heritage, to the maintenance of the world's diversity;
(5) provides more enjoyable experiences for tourists through more meaningful connections with local people, and a greater understanding of local cultural, social and environmental issues;
(6) provides access for people with disabilities and the disadvantaged;
(7) is culturally sensitive, engenders respect between tourists and hosts, and builds local pride and confidence.

The key players in mezcal tourism are growers, distillers, communities, government, industry regulators, brand owners and representatives, and visitors to Oaxaca. Also included are the guides, drivers and others who purport to be able to effectively provide appropriate services to those arriving in Oaxaca for any one or more goals.

On basically a weekly basis while leading mezcal excursions, almost everything I hear which has anything to do with ethical mezcal tourism is about the current “agave shortage,” a misnomer in and of itself simply because there is in fact enough maguey to go around. The issues are the dramatic increase in price per kilo over the past several years, and palenqueros and growers harvesting espadín which are smallish, years prior to when they should be harvested in order to produce the best mezcal with the optimum yield. As long as demand grows, tourism, in terms of those traveling to Oaxaca to buy for personal use or to advance an export project, is only to a limited extent able to address that issue within the context of industry sustainability.

Brand owners including palenqueros should not begrudge their growers, especially those in a subsistence lifestyle, of wanting to reap the benefit of the gravy train. They must recognize the cyclical nature of the industry; the decent income being derived from agave sales today, may evaporate in a few short years.

Similarly, visitors should not deny the distillers an opportunity to sell for a fair price. Some mezcal aficionado clients recognize that they are paying a fraction of what they would be paying back home; no middle men, no transportation costs, and often no taxation. Virtually none of this group of pilgrims try to bargain with the palenqueros, and in fact some insist on paying a little more. They see the standard of living of some of the families of palenqueros to which I take them to visit, and they have a conscience. Perhaps it is a function of the type of visitor who retains me, or that I I typically tend to visit predominately small mom and pop artisanal distilleries peppering the Oaxacan hinterland, or a combination of the two. Even if your discount buying mezcal directly from a small artisanal palenque only saves you 50% of what you would otherwise pay back home, who would you prefer to see profiting? The exporter? The distributors or retailers are they American, British, or even Mexican? Or the Oaxacan family which toils day in and day out?

Many tour operators believe that their customers are not prepared to pay more on their vacations to ensure that the residents of the host region get a better shake. Yet a survey by the Association of British Travel Agents found that two thirds of visitors to a foreign land who were on package tours would have prepared to pay an extra 10 to 25 pounds towards environmental or social improvements. A survey conducted by the aid agency Tearfund found that 59% of respondents were prepared to pay more for their holiday if it would ensure decent wages for locals and help protect the environment. This supports what I have found when leading mezcal excursions. Many travelers visiting Oaxaca for mezcal, “get it.”

A majority of palenqueros have no idea how much it costs them to produce a liter of mezcal. One company, Aventureros, works with a limited number of palenqueros with a view to assisting them in calculating actual cost of production. It tallies price paid for raw material and ultimate yield, adds up utility bills, places a value on the labor of family members who assist at various stages of production, and considers much more. A problem faced predominately for those distillers with aspirations of selling larger quantities for export, however, is that there will always be a competitor willing to charge less, and so knowing one's actual production costs is counterbalanced with finding a market for your mezcal. It's the nature of capitalism, but at least there are those with a decent modicum of ethical business practices who adopt the Aventureros sense of morality. Many palenqueros determine their prices based on how much they need “to get by,” and no more. Consumers who are able to buy directly from the source have the ability, and arguably an obligation, to be fair. Yes, our western worldview is not necessarily the correct one, but at least considering doing something more, to right anjustice by your standards. That is a part of ethical tourism, regardless of whether or not it possibly should be.

Concomitant with the foregoing is the nature of the export business, which refers to foreign brand owners, and to exporters who are Mexican nationalities or otherwise. Some believe in fair trade, insist on paying an appropriate price, and / or returning a portion of profits to the family or the community. However there are others who try to squeeze their producers in order to secure as cheap a price as possible. Some in the former category make their business practices known, as a way of improving sales and / or simply illustrating that they are in part motivated by altruism. Gossip networks help us to learn about those at both ends of the continuum, and in between.

The extinction of wild species and sub-species of agave is to some extent being addressed. Some communities are dictating to their residents that for every wild agave harvested, two small ones must be planed. It appears that a lesson was learned by the near extinction of wild tobalá in the district of Sola de Vega, previously renounced for its excellent wild tobalá mezcal. The regulatory board CRM (Consejo Regulador del Mezcal) has recently begun enforced promulgated rules precluding palenqueros who do not address the matter as noted above and register the lands from which they harvest, from producing certified mezcal for both export or domestic consumption. Of course there are issues with any regulatory agency, especially in Mexico, but this is a start. For me, the notification that mezcal produced from wild agave is better than that distilled from cultured maguey, is part of the problem, and is patently false as a general proposition; oneought to consider more so teroir, specie and sub-specie, means of production and tool of the trade, palenqero skill and reputation, etc .. A mezcal distilled in copper from cultivated espadín can be “better” than a tobalá made from wild agave and distilled in clay. Buy what you like, and this modus operandi will go a long way towards sustainability.

There are similar brands which understand the potential for deforestation of the types of trees cut and used as firewood for fueling traditional ovens. Some are embarking upon reforestation programs, seeking volunteers to plant saplings during the rainy season. These environmentally conscious entrepreneurs are also encouraging volunteers for their agave planting programs.

It does not behoove me to tread where government goes. And indeed it can be skillfully argued that government does more than its fair share to promote the mezcal industry for the benefit of growers and distillers, and to address environmental concerns. But ethical mezcal tourism takes a different approach. Query, and no more:
• whether or not it is consistent with the tenets of responsible tourism to direct visitors to Oaxaca to only certified facilities, those built for tourists;
• whether or not it is consistent with the tenets of responsible tourism to preclude small scale palenqueros from calling their agave spirit “mezcal” given that the root of the word predates even the founding of the country we now call Mexico;
• whether or not it is consistent with the tenets of responsible tourism to pressure palenqueros to collect and pay tax when they barely scrape by when there are more viable and reasonable avenues for filling government coffers.

Yes of course the mezcal industry requires regulation to protect the consuming public, and those with the ability to pay tax should pay their fair share whatever that might be. But are there not means by which to accomplish such ends which are more consistent with the tenets of responsible, or ethical tourism? Since we may be stretching the boundaries of the theme of this article, let's just leave it at that.

In the short term visitors to Oaxaca wanting to research, learn, buy, and all the rest, can not impact government or other regulators viz. the mezcal industry, nor should any thought be given to trying to do so. But they can redress imbalances by ensuring that they do everything reasonable and within their control to benefit townspeople who grow agave and make the spirit, and if not enhance then to at least protect the environment from adverse human impact.

The initial opportunity travelers to Oaxaca have to ensure their visit is consistent with their desire to be part of ethical mezcal tourism is in selecting their mezcal facilitator, be it a guide, driver, or fixer within the context of an objective to film or photograph. That individual should play a key role in ensuring that residents involved the agave growth or mezcal production business reap a reasonable benefit. It is his or her responsibility to help those in the industry who need assistance, while at the same time not doing anything to reduce or inhibit sustainability; that is, benefiting people and the environment.

I've written about the responsibility of mezcal aficionados to do their due diligence in evaluating brands, representatives and others in the industry to ensure that their purchasing patterns are consistent with their attitudes towards social responsibility. True enough that theme is not directly related to mezcal tourism. However, typically those who enjoy agave spirits often find their way to Oaxaca. And so it is best to start considering these issues before venturing to the state for any reason relating to mezcal, whether to learn, buy, or advance a commercial project. Considering the implications, consequences and structure of a visit early on increases the likelihood of then acting in a matter consistent with ethical mezcal tourism.

Travel: Seeing Vs Living

With changing times, the concept of travel has gradually evolved from doing touristy things to soaking in the culture. While it is unfair to praise one side of it and condemns the other, many more people are finding it rather more enjoyable when they are actually out experiencing a place than just seeing it. However,…

With changing times, the concept of travel has gradually evolved from doing touristy things to soaking in the culture. While it is unfair to praise one side of it and condemns the other, many more people are finding it rather more enjoyable when they are actually out experiencing a place than just seeing it. However, unless you are a completely impromptu traveler, which is great, you still might need some planning if you just want to experience versus see a great new place. Some of the tips below might come in useful when you plan your next travel.

Fix a single place in your itinerary

If there is one solid difference between being a tourist and a traveler, it is that if you really wish to see a place, do not cram your itinerary with too many destinations. It is advisable to visit only one single place in one trip. Sounds boring? You will not regret once you try it out. No matter how long or short your travel period is, the only way to get to know of all the unseen nooks and corners of a place is by staying there.

Book one lodging, and leave the rest

The lodging could be anything of your choice, could be a home-stay, a guest house, a tiny lodge, or a service apartment. Unless what you booked turns out really be horrible, try to remain in one lodging for your entire trip. You would be surprised how much you learn about your place of visit through your daily interactions with the taxi drivers, the cleaning boy, the tea store, the security guard, and the person at the reception or the owner of the property. These are the people who really know the fragrance of the local air and can tell you secrets that you might not find in a tourist guide.

Walk around – do not book cars

When you are just beginning to know more about your dream destination, it is not recommended to pre-book a car or any other mode of transport, rather walk around the locality. If the area is too huge to cover by foot, take the best public transport that is available. Even if you do not know the language, the thrill of the unknown will compensate for your feeble attempts at using sign language. You may only book a car or a taxi in scenarios where you are too tired, have shopping items to carry, or public transport is rare.

Dine Locally – do not make reservations at starred restaurants

Every new place has its own little list of charms, and food is one of the most potent ones. It could be hard to find local eateries at times in places where the touristy crowd throngs the most, and that is when your conversations in and around your coming come in handy. Find those quaint little places for dinner, where they make authentic food, even if the seating arrangement looks shabby, it is all about soaking up the essence of the place anyway.

Last of all, bring back memories. Sure, carry your camera and keep pressing the shutter as you wish, but do not forget to cherish the moments while busy yourself in front of or behind the lens. Experiences can not be captured, they have to be set free.

A Whole New World – At the Top, Burj Khalifa

The most iconic structure in Dubai's skyline-Burj Khalifa and also the tallest building on the entire planet standing at 828 meters as we speak. If visiting the Middle East, this is definitely a must not miss sight. In this post we look at the nitty gritties of visiting At the Top, Burj Khalifa Getting there…

The most iconic structure in Dubai's skyline-Burj Khalifa and also the tallest building on the entire planet standing at 828 meters as we speak. If visiting the Middle East, this is definitely a must not miss sight. In this post we look at the nitty gritties of visiting At the Top, Burj Khalifa

Getting there

Well, first things first. Burj Khalifa is located in downtown Dubai near the gigantic Dubai Mall. Using the Dubai Metro, board the redline to Burj Khalifa Station. From here, board the F13 bus and alight at the next stop-Dubai Mall bus stop. Now walk through the mall to get to Burj Khalifa. Otherwise, walk in the air-conditioned overpass.

This should take you about 15 minutes because there are moving walkways (similar to the kind in airports). This is definitely the most recommended form of getting to the mall. At Dubai mall, walk through the mall to the lower ground floor aka LG.
The ticket office to Burj Khalifa is inside Dubai Mall next to subway sandwich restaurant on Lower Ground floor. However, to avoid the hassle of locating the office and dealing with long queues, book your At the Top, Burj Khalifa tickets in advance at itickets.ae

Where to Visit

Burj Khalifa has two observation decks open to guests. The lower deck is popular as at the top standing at a height of 452 meters. When the tower was officially opened in 2010, it was the highest observation deck on the globe. Unfortunately, this title was grabbed by an observation deck in China-Canton Tower. But when it comes to standing out, Burj Khalifa is definitely not the one to let anything stand in the way hindering its glory. Consequently, Burj Khalifa opened a new deck-at the top SKY now standing at 555 meters and currently the world's tallest observation deck.

At the very top of Burj Khalifa is the 163rd floor of the tower that is although not accessible to the public.

The Cost

Visiting At the Top, Burj Khalifa requires a ticket, and there are several factors that affect the cost of your ticket including:

Choice of the observation deck-At the Top or At the Top, SKY

The time of the day. Prime hours for the observation decks are between 3:30 PM and 6:00 PM to correspond with sunset

The booking option of your choice. This includes 'Skip the line ticket' which allows you to directly proceed to the observation deck without having to wait in line.

How to Buy Tickets

Tickets to At the Top observation decks get sold out pretty quick. To get a slot and secure the best time, we highly recommend booking your ticket online in advance. Otherwise, you can buy the tickets at the counter at Burj Khalifa.

What to Expect At the Entrance

If your ticket does not allow you to skip the line and proceed to the observation deck, you'll be expected to wait in line. While waiting though, you do not have to get bored as the area is donned with spectacular interactive displays that tell the story of the skyscraper.

You'll then be directed to the elevator that will whip you at a dizzying speed of 10m / s

At the observation decks, soak in the spectacular views of Dubai skyline and the gulf beyond. Telescopes here are built with technology that provides high definition views of landmarks and attractions beyond the city and it's also equipped with a feature that shows what the city looks like during day and night.

Interesting Must Know About Burj Khalifa

Although Burj Khalifa has 160 accessible floors, the actual number of floors is 163. The three extras form the mechanical wing that's not accessible to the public.

The construction of the magnificent tower kicked off in 2004, and all the skeletal and exterior was completed by 1st Oct 2009. But there was more. It took yet another 3 months to finish up the interiors before the big opening ceremony on 4th January 2010.

A prestigious hotel occupations the first 15 floors, and upto 900 luxury residential flats in the privileged floors all the way up to level 108. Another world class hotel further occupations three floors on Levels 122, 123 and 124. Following on level 125 to level 148 is the observation decks. The remaining floors consist of either office office space that's either occupied or awaiting tenants.

Out of all the facilities in the preceding point, the most obvious attraction by far is level 125 to 148 and without a doubt the highlight of this tower.

The tower is the only place in the world where you can catch two sunsets in a day. Be sure to catch the first sunset At the Top, level 125 and then make your way up for even a more dramatic, shimmering shades of the sunset from At the Top, SKY.

By the end of 2014, the distance traveled by At the Top elevators was equivalent to that of circumnavigating the globe eight times. The she thought of it is mindblowing. Maybe the only way to fully experience that feeling is to board the elevators eight times considering it moves pretty fast-10m / s

Now forget about the impressive height for a minute. What about the fashionable, luxe hotels Burj Khalifa hosts? The tower hosts the first ever Armani Hotel designed by the Giorgio Armani. The hotel is without a doubt a novelty in the boutique hotel industry and more so being the first to be designed by a fashion designer as prestigious as Armani. The one of a kind hotel not only in the emirates but in the entire world offers sophistication like no other with its 160 exclusive rooms and suites featuring decor and furnishing bearing the Armani signature.

But like everything, this is not the last one. Already the haute fashion designer-Armani has commissioned the building of a further 6 hotels and 3 holiday resorts under his label Armani.

What would it take you to chill out in the world's second highest pool? Welcome to the scenic pool at level 76 of Burj Khalifa that's exceptional in its own style as it offers something no other pool in Dubai or at least most of the world doesn't-sky high views of glitzy Dubai and the gulf beyond.

Fine dining yo ask? The tower also hosts the world's highest restaurant-At.Mosphere. If style runs in your veins, no better place to delight your soul with world class delicacies than At.Mosphere. The ultimate perfect venue to dine and wine in style

The tower features three sky lobbies (different from observation decks). One is on level 43, another one on 76th floor and the last on level 123. Do not ask us how. But what we know is that these are public places for residents and visitors. For ordinary guests, the guess is if you're dining At.Mosphere (level 122) there will be nothing stopping you from going a floor higher.

Burj Club-Not a raving night club per se because it hosts a range of other facilities spread across some of the tower's most exquisitely designed levels. The club spans four floors each dedicated to a specific purpose ie a Gym, Spa and rooftop bar. Pretty cool!

Experiencing the Best of Dubai Without Breaking the Bank

Holding off on a Dubai tour? You think this 'City of Gold' with its skyscrapers, super-structures, and some of the biggest places in the world would pose an affordability issue? Think again. It may sound counter-intuitive at first, but yes you can go on a Dubai vacation on a shoestring. This is true irrespective of…

Holding off on a Dubai tour? You think this 'City of Gold' with its skyscrapers, super-structures, and some of the biggest places in the world would pose an affordability issue? Think again. It may sound counter-intuitive at first, but yes you can go on a Dubai vacation on a shoestring. This is true irrespective of whether you're taking Dubai tour packages from Mumbai or Ahmedabad. Read on to find out how you can spend a good time in Dubai with necessarily breaking the bank.

Book Tickets in Advance

Flying to Dubai is obviously expensive like any other international travel. So, it is advisable to book tickets early and choose preferred seats in advance. A connecting flight may take extra time to reach your destination but it will save a few bucks. Contact a leading international tour operator in India for the best deal.

Choose Affordable Transport

Travelers find taxis in Dubai affordable for short trips in and around the city. Driverless metro trains are another convenient transit system that takes tourists to different public attractions without having to suffer gridlocks. Rental bike services are also available for tourists who prefer to travel on their own independently. These bike cost from 20 AED (around 355 rupees) for few hours to 80 AED (around 1,420 rupees) for an entire day.

Try Cheap Accommodations

Accommodation is another essential part of a Dubai itinerary for which you need to set aside a budget. Luxury hotels near tourist sites such as the Burj Khalifa will definitely cost you a fortune. So, choosing a more traditional shelter in the outskirt of the city is a good idea. Older places like Al Basha and Bur Dubai provide budget accommodations. Apart from the wallet-friendly costs, they provide a window to old Dubai before it was transformed into a global business hub.

Visit Inexpensive Places

While Dubai is a shoppers' paradise, there are many other places tourists can visit without exhausting themselves financially. Jumeirah Mosque, the largest and only mosque in the city to allow entry of non-Muslims, is one of the places. Take advantage of the guided tours that are available six days a week at affordable charges. Tourists can also roam through the traditional souks or Arab marketplaces and buy herbs, spices, footwear, and ornaments. They are just like street or flea markets for exotic items at affordable prices.

Go for Ordinary Joints

Any Dubai vacation remains incomplete without a taste of its diverse cuisines. While there are many plush restaurants and nightclubs for the uber-wealthy, there are a number of cheap food joints run by Indian and Pakistani businessmen. They offer lip-smacking bites of foods from these countries at reasonable prices.

Last Words

Dubai caters to not only the wealthy and powerful, but also budget-conscious globetrotters. With smart planning, Dubai tour packages can be a real fun for travelers from India.

Airport Car Parking Travel Guide

Airports can cause stress and anxiety among travelers. No matter if it's a business trip or a family holiday, certain things need to be kept in mind: booking a spot at airport car parking, arriving sooner at the airport, getting through check-in, immigration and security … Short or long trip – the best choice is…

Airports can cause stress and anxiety among travelers. No matter if it's a business trip or a family holiday, certain things need to be kept in mind: booking a spot at airport car parking, arriving sooner at the airport, getting through check-in, immigration and security …

Short or long trip – the best choice is to drive your own car to the airport. Today you can travel without caring for your car because there is someone who will take good care of your car parking needs. You no longer have to pay for a taxi or other paid transport service. Use the benefits offered by driving your car. All you have to do is to reserve your parking spot at cheap airport parking. If you need to leave the car for 3 days in the parking lot, it will cost you only $ 70.

After establishing that you pack all the necessary things for your trip, it's time to take off at the airport. The ideal time to arrive at the airport is at least 90 min before the scheduled departure time. It's well known that time management is fundamental when it comes to airport trips. A better situation is to wait for the flight than to miss it. There is always something to be done: drinking a coffee or going to shop.

Many airlines are approving online check-ins via the airline website or a mobile app. We live in a modern world. Do not waste time ahead of the queue at the check-in desk and take the advantage of technology. Always keep your mobile devices fully charged. You can ask for a charging port inside the airport to charge your phone while you are waiting for your flight. It's a good idea to have a screenshot of your boarding pass on your mobile phone or print it for better security.

Passing through the airport security sounds very boring, but that's what makes us safe. For faster passing, take out all metal items: watches, keys, jewelery. They can ask you to remove your belt and shoes too. Mobile phones, tablets and laptops are scanned before you can leave the security check-in.

Traveling by plane can be exhausting for someone. Others love the feeling to see the world from a different perspective. Comfort in traveling can also depend on the clothes we wear during the flight. Always choose something light and comfortable to wear.

10 Things to Do in Los Angeles, California

Los Angeles which is famous for being rich in cultural values ​​is a financial, and commercial center of Southern California. It is also the second most popular city in America, here are the things to do if you find yourself in the fascinating City Los Angeles 1 Venice beach: Have you ever seen the reality…

Los Angeles which is famous for being rich in cultural values ​​is a financial, and commercial center of Southern California. It is also the second most popular city in America, here are the things to do if you find yourself in the fascinating City Los Angeles

1 Venice beach:

Have you ever seen the reality of the imaginative word “busy”? If no! Venice beach is a place for you to try out as a tourist, the beach is a captivating mix of nature that attracts thousands of visitors daily from around the world. It features water activities like surfing and swimming, it is also a good spot to have your lunchtime enjoying the soft sea breeze.

2 Hollywood walk of fame:

It is the perfect place to take a stroll with your family as you walk under the cool air breeze with a good sightseeing of public statue, bearing the names of a mix of actors, musicians, directors, producers, musical and theatrical groups, fictional characters , and others who has achieved in the entertainment industry.

3 Getty center:

One of the compartment of the famous Getty villa is the Getty Museum, the museum houses a vast collection of architectural works of art and artefacts. It is the perfect place for a good check out of several paintings by Rubens including Monet, Renoir, Cézanne and Van Gogh as a tourist.

4 Museum of Jurassic Technology:

The museum's collection includes a mixture of artistic, scientific, ethnographic, and historic, as well as some unexplained exhibits, it is an abode of intriguing combination of fact and fictional works. It is certainly a worthy place to have fun with your family when you are on a vacation.

5 Griffith Observatory:

The Griffith Observatory located in Griffith Park is a free astronomy museum which offers tourists a free glimpse of what it looks like in the outer space using the giant super Zeiss telescope. It also features a wide view of the serene Los Angeles environment and some scientific works.

6 Disneyland park:

It is one of the two theme parks owned by Disney resort, it is a location your children need to try out and relax after a long school work activities. It is a dream come true playground of any kid with equipped features such as the ferry wheel, carousel and the merry-go-round.

7 Hollywood Sign:

Talking of the American cultural icon and landmark which is located on Mount Lee, in the Hollywood Hills area of ​​the Santa Monica Mountains. The Hollywood sign is best viewed from below peeking up for a best view by tourists on how the signs are artistically identified on the contour of the mountain.

8 California Science Center:

Next to the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and the University of Southern California is the California science center. The exposure park opens daily except on national holidays, it is an enthralling environment for kids, adults with school groups and researchers across the globe flooding the building every minute.

9 Rodeo drive:

Rodeo Drive's incomparable shopping catalogs have been protecting their status as one of the most famous destinations in Los Angeles. With over 100 boutiques offering the best in fashion apparel, handbags, shoes, home accessories, jewelry and more; tourists can find almost anything within these threeamed blocks. It also features spas and eateries for a nice lunchtime and dinner.

10 Grauman's Chinese Theater:

It features not less than 200 Hollywood celebrity handprints, footprints, and autographs on the concrete of the theater's forecourt. Also the Chinese Theater has always been a top notch because of its grandeur and décor. It is of no doubt a worthy destination for tourists to be when visiting Los Angeles.

Disney: To Stay On-Resort or Not

Like many of you, I am plagued by the decision of whether to stay on property at Disney or to save some cash that can be spent on merchandise (or churros, your choice). When my husband and I visited in August 2016, we were fortunately enough to be gifted some times points that covered our…

Like many of you, I am plagued by the decision of whether to stay on property at Disney or to save some cash that can be spent on merchandise (or churros, your choice).

When my husband and I visited in August 2016, we were fortunately enough to be gifted some times points that covered our stay. For our coming trip in May, we had to make a decision: on-resort or not?

On-Resort:

-You are right on the grounds, with quick access to the parks. You would have no need for a rental vehicle if you wanted to avoid the cost (Disney has also recently added nightly parking to their resorts, so this is another consideration).
-You will get a complimentary ride to your hotel right from the airport and return.
-You have access to Extra Magic Hours! This is essentially time you can visit the parks when other guests do not have access. You can pay for merchandise with your MagicBand.
-The merchandise you buy can be delivered straight to your room – no need to carry it in a sweaty backpack all day!
-You can book all your Fastpass + once you are 60 days out from your trip.
-You can book all dining reservations 180 days out (Hello, Be Our Guest!)

On the downside, on-resort stays are typically more expensive than being off-resort.

Buses can be slow if they are shared among multiple resorts.

So, what are your options for staying on resort?

Value Resorts and Campgrounds (starting from $ 55- $ 110 USD *):
The Campsites at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort (Magic Kingdom area)
Disney Pop Century Resort (Wide World of Sports area)
Disney's All-Star Music Resort (Animal Kingdom area)
Disney's All-Star Movie Resort (Animal Kingdom area)
Disney's All-Star Sports Resort (Animal Kingdom area)
Disney's Art of Animation Resort (Wide World of Sports area)

One thing to note is that these resorts will often share buses and will not have their own restaurants (they will have a food court though for those Disney munchies).

Moderate Resorts (starting from $ 203 USD *):
Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort (Epcot area)
Disney's Port Orleans Resort – Riverside (Disney Springs area)
Disney's Port Orleans – French Quarter (Disney Springs area) – Note that this resort does not have its own restaurant, but you can hop over to Riverside for this experience. Plus, beignets!
Disney's Coronado Springs Resort (Animal Kingdom area) – This resort has the price of a Moderate with the feel of a Deluxe.
The Cabins at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort (Magic Kingdom area)

Deluxe Resorts (starting from $ 332 USD *):
Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge (Animal Kingdom area)
Disney's Polynesian Village Resort (Magic Kingdom area)
Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa (Magic Kingdom area)
Disney's Wilderness Lodge (Magic Kingdom area)
Disney's Beach Club Resort (Epcot area)
Disney's Contemporary Resort (Magic Kingdom area) – This resort has a monorail running right through it to the Magic Kingdom. Cool!
Disney's Yacht Club Resort (Epcot area)
Disney's BoardWalk Inn (Epcot area)
Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel (Epcot area) – May only be available as a vacation package.
Walk Disney World Swan Hotel (Epcot area) – May only be available as a vacation package.

Deluxe Villas (starting from $ 346 USD *):
Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa (Disney Springs area)
Disney's Old Key West Resort (Disney Springs area)
Disney's Polynesian Villas & Bungalows (Magic Kingdom area)
Bay Lake Tower at Disney's Contemporary Resort (Magic Kingdom area)
The Villas at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa (Magic Kingdom area)
Disney's Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village (Animal Kingdom area)
Disney's BoardWalk Villas (Epcot area)
Disney's Beach Club Villas (Epcot area)
Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge (Magic Kingdom area)
Disney's Animal Kingdom Villas – Jambo House (Animal Kingdom area)
Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney's Wilderness Lodge (Magic Kingdom area)

If you choose to stay on resort, ask yourself:

What kind of vacation is this? Theming or a great pool for rest days could play into your decision if you have kids. Adults only parties may or may not care as much about these aspects.
What am I looking to get out of this experience?
Will I be visiting certain areas of Disney World more frequently than others? This could play into what area you wish to stay in.
What is my budget?
How much time do I plan to spend in my resort? If you will be frequenting the parks almost exclusively and view the resort as a place to sleep, a Value or Moderate may be for you.

Off-Resort:
-This is typically a much less expensive option than staying on-resort.
-This option allows you to potentially be more centralized to other parks, such as SeaWorld and Universal Studios (Hello Butterbeer, my old friend.)
-You will need to pay for parking at the Disney parks, which will set you back around $ 22 / day or so. Yowza.
-You have no option to participate in extra magic hours.
-Fastpass + and dining reservations will not be able to be booked as far in advance.

There are a number of hotels around the area which may be close to the parks and offer great rates. If you are okay with the cons of staying off-resort, this could be for you.

Another option is the Disney Vacation Club. For an opt-in fee and monthly amount, you will get points towards timeshares within Disney's parks. If you do not happen to have a cool $ 18,000 + USD to opt-in to this service, there is another option. David's Vacation Club rentals is the official Disney vacation club rental site that will allow you to rent a timeshare by filling out the application form and paying a deposit. Once secured, you would sign the agreement and pay the vacation balance owed. You can even do online check-in with the MyDisneyExperience App! This is a great option for staying on-resort for less!

Hopefully this helps you to make your decision on where to stay. Ultimately, there is no right or wrong answer when it comes to staying on or off-resort at Disney – it all depends on what your preference is. We will be staying at Port Orleans – French Quarter to get that resort experience without the cost of staying at a Deluxe resort. However, who knows what the future will bring!

Happy vacationing!

How do you plan to do your vacation? On-resort or off-resort?

Note: * This is an estimate based on my research. Actual prices may vary based on room availability, season, or discretionary price changes made by Disney.

Extra Magic Hours

Well, I'm at it again! Today we're going to go through Disney World's Extra Magic Hours. From who they apply to, to how I plan to use mine, it's time for a little magic! As you may know, Extra Magic Hours are additional hours those Disney guests staying on resort are able to be in…

Well, I'm at it again! Today we're going to go through Disney World's Extra Magic Hours. From who they apply to, to how I plan to use mine, it's time for a little magic!

As you may know, Extra Magic Hours are additional hours those Disney guests staying on resort are able to be in the park. These additional hours are exclusive to resort guests, so that's going to mean less time waiting to be on your favorite rides. Typically, these hours will either take place before the park officially opens or after it closes. Usually, one park will have Extra Magic Hours per day. You may wish to look at the calendar on the MyDisneyExperience app and plan your days in the parks accordingly (I believe it will show up to 180 days in advance).

What is the best bang for your buck when it comes to Extra Magic Hours?

Magic Kingdom:

Seven Dwarves Mine Train is going to be one of the major players when it comes to using your Extra Magic Hours. This ride routinely has lines that are 2+ hours long. I do not know about you, but sweating to “heigh ho, heigh ho” is not really on my bucket list (and even if it was, I already did it with a very grumpy husband! Grumpy Dwarf even, heh heh heh .). At least they have an interactive line for the kiddies.

Another ride worth utilizing this extra time for is Space Mountain. This ride is as popular if not more so than Seven Dwarves … especially given that it's part of the 'mountain' trio – Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. Honestly, the popularity of this ride is beyond me. I felt like I would be decapitated the entire horror-filled minutes I spent on there, and I've made up my mind to never go on again! But, I digress.

Lastly, Peter Pan's Flight is another ride with insane wait times! It is only about two minutes in duration, but is clearly a Disney fan favorite.

For myself, I will probably hit up Seven Dwarves and Peter Pan. I also plan to go on The Haunted Mansion until I become the 1000th happy haunt or throw up, whichever comes first. This ride does not have much of a wait time, but it's my all-time favorite.

Epcot:

This one is a no-brainer. Ever since Frozen Ever After came out, it's been a hit with multiple hour wait times. Sorry, your Norwegian School Bread is not gonna last that long. Speaking of, wait for a review of some of the food at the World – I plan to give some updates and thoughts on my trip!

Other popular choices are Test Track and Soarin '. Designing cars and going on a trip around the world. Can not go wrong with that. These are especially helpful in hiring up during Extra Magic Hours due to the tiered system of Fastpass + where certain rides in the same tiered class can not have more than one Fasspass + booked for that specific tier at any given time (this will be explained in detail when I discuss Fastpass +).

Animal Kingdom:

Ever since the opening of Pandora, the Avatar section of the park, it's been a difficulty to get on either of the rides it offers: Na'vi River Journey and Avatar Flight of Passage. Both of these rides offer multiple hour wait times, with Avatar Flight of Passage being the slightly more popular of the two.

My advice: go immediately to whichever one you did not get a Fastpass + for (more on getting hard-to-get Fastpasses + coming). That's the only way to guarantee riding both rides at least once during your trip.

Hollywood Studios:

For this park, my advice is to try to hit up Toy Story Mania and Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. Once Toy Story Land opens on June 30, 2018, you will want to be heading for Alien Swirling Saucers and Slinky Dog Dash. If past history is to be trusted, those rides will remain a hot commodity for a few years to come.

These strategies are just my two cents, but I plan to use them for my coming trip. Personally, I hate waiting in line so I plan to optimize my time! At any rate, your trip will be personal to what you love best, so use those Disney Extra Magic Hours to bring the most joy to you and yours!

How do you plan to use your Extra Magic Hours?

Places to Visit for the Hunter and the Non-Hunter to Enjoy

There is a town in northern Wisconsin that needs to be considered, Appleton, WI. Not only is this area great for the white-tailed deer hunters, small game hunters, and fishermen, it is also great for the rest of the family. The Fox River Mall is ranked as one of Wisconsin's greatest shopping destinations which is…

There is a town in northern Wisconsin that needs to be considered, Appleton, WI. Not only is this area great for the white-tailed deer hunters, small game hunters, and fishermen, it is also great for the rest of the family. The Fox River Mall is ranked as one of Wisconsin's greatest shopping destinations which is composed of over 180 stores. The stores range from home décor to trendy apparel, shoppers will find all kinds of merchandise at this large complex. If shopping is not your thing there are a number of local museums like the Paper Discovery Center. This an education museum about paper that is fun for all ages because at the end of the tour each person gets to make their own paper. If your kids are not old enough to enjoy this there is also a children's museum that they will enjoy for hours. From painting to several different play stations where they can let their imagination run wild. If the weather is willing, kids of all ages will enjoy the Gordon Bubolz Nature Preserve, Appleton Memorial Park, or the Butterfly Garden of Wisconsin.

Before you and your family leave this great city please make a point to stop by the downtown. This is not a normal downtown, it is full of fun unique activities that cost little to no money. There is a public art walk that displays art all through the down town area and there is a map, so you will not miss a one. There is also the Fox Trot Trail is a self-guided, scenic two-mile loop of Appleton's Downtown and Riverfront that highlights some of Appleton rich history and the beautiful Fox River. Do not forget to stop and try one of their many fantastic eateries. If you and your family are not in to walking, shopping, or museums just want to relax while your hunter is out well than look no further. The city of Appleton happens to be home to several fantastic day spas. Grab a message, a body wrap, and a facial while you wait on your hunter to return.

Once your day of play or relaxation is finish, then grab your hunter and head out for some fabulous food and a night cap at one of their great local night spots. Chester's Pub and Grub has live music, great eats, and some of the best bloody Mary's in town. If you are passionate about beer than you MUST stop by Appleton Beer Factory. This is local beer at its best! The beer is crafted there in house and matched perfectly with great menu options like Ruben sandwich and fried cheese curds. IF you are more of a wine person than there are a number of wine bars that should not be over looked. Mondo wine bar is a located in downtown and it caters to the “non-snobby” wine drinkers. Just feeling like Christmas should be year-round then you must stop by Cleo's Cocktail Lounge. This bar decorated for charismas 365 days a year and it is a great local joint to claim as home on your trip. This city located in northern Wisconsin should not be looked when trying to make a vacation that will keep everyone happy.