A Guide to Your Weekend in Calgary

Mar 25, 2015 by

A Guide to Your Weekend in Calgary

If you’re looking for a great weekend trip, Calgary is your answer, no matter what type of traveler you are. This Gateway to the Rockies city is filled with art, culture, shopping, physical activities, and more. The hardest part is choosing what to do in only two days. We have come up with the essential activities to do during your weekend in this beautiful city. Check out our top five activities below.

Canada Olympic Park

This 1988 winter Olympic location is open for recreation and tourists alike. Wannabe Olympians are able to live their dreams out as they as the ski down these world-class slopes.  Depending on the time of year, adrenaline junkies can zip down the massive zip line while sports enthusiasts can check out the hall of fame. This park is dominated by the many options for physical activities, from hiking, biking, ice skating and more.

Edworthy Park

Just a short drive from downtown, where the best hotels in Calgary are located, is Edworth Park. This urban oasis is the perfect picnic spot for singles, couples, or families alike. The summer sun will kiss your skin as you sit on a bench overlooking the Bow River. This park is part of the Calgary Pathway network, which has over 125 km worth of trails. Fitness travelers will find a quick morning run through this area the perfect way to wake up.

Calgary Tower

Eat your heart out Seattle! The view from this even taller that the Space Needle free-standing tower will leave you speechless. The fearless traveler can take a walk across the glass floored observation deck and get a bird’s eye view of the city. Foodie travelers can grab a bite to eat in the revolving restaurant. If you can catch a cocktail at sunset, you won’t regret it! No matter what kind of traveler you are, the view from the top of downtown from Calgary Tower is a sight you can’t miss.

Creative Kids Museum

Families looking for a weekend away can’t miss all the fun and excitement of the Creative Kids museum. Tactile learners will be in heaven with all hands on entertainment available in the large building. This exclusively arts related museum will allow kids to sing their lungs out at the music exhibits, quote soliloquies like Shakespeare in the theater section and explore in the visual arts department too. There is no better way to sneak in an educational visit for your kids than a visit to this museum.

Mountain Adventures

It doesn’t matter what season it may be, the mountains surrounding Calgary have something to keep all travelers occupied. There are four ski slopes within a moderate driving distance from the city. All winter activities, from snowshoeing to skiing to sledding are available which means the family can find something fun to do. Summer hikes in the mountains will offer you stunning vistas of the Canadian Rockies. Even pets can run around and exert some extra energy while playing in the beautiful nature.

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An Australian adventure

Mar 20, 2015 by

An Australian adventure

Most people dream of visiting Down Under at some point in their lives. Whether you want to visit for a three or four week holiday, touring around or staying in one place, or whether you want to head over for a working holiday, maybe taking a year out, there’s no denying that Australia is on most people’s bucket lists.

This is a huge country, and it’s impossible to see everything, so it’s important to narrow it down to what you do want to see, perhaps picking one area or region, and exploring it to the max. Australia has some amazing road trip routes, as well as really scenic rail journeys, so this could be a good way to see more of the country and its ever changing landscapes.

Long haul flying comes into the equation here however, and it’s a seriously long flight at that. The destination will be more than worth it, so don’t let the journey put you off, but it’s always a good idea to look at ways to make your flight easier on the tiredness levels. Starting off on a fresh foundation is the best plan, and I find that staying overnight at the airport is the best way to do this. I’ve used many of the Heathrow Airport hotels for this exact reason, and I found them not only great value for money, but also fantastic for cutting out travel tiredness and stress. Check out AirportHotels.com for great value deals from your departure airport.

Australian Adventure

Most people fly to Sydney to spend the first few days of their Australian adventure, but this isn’t set in stone, and it really does depend on what you want to see. Of course, Sydney has the huge Opera House, the Harbour Bridge, and those amazing views, as well as the laid-back surfer vibe the country is famous for. On the other hand, further up the coast you have Brisbane, right next door to the famous Gold Coast, with more surfing fun to be had, and not too far away from the spectacular Great Barrier Reef and the idyllic Whitsunday Islands.

On the other side of the equation we have the capital, Canberra. Many people falsely believe that Sydney is the capital, but no, it’s Canberra! Here you’ll find city life and many government buildings to explore, plus some beautiful gardens. You could combine visits to Sydney, Melbourne, and Canberra, taking into account the Great Ocean Road and its truly spectacular views of the coastline.

There’s plenty of food for thought, and we haven’t even touch on the inland, such as Uluru, the Red Centre, the rainforests, the beautiful west coast, and the sparsely inhabited north of the country.

Australia is a land of contrasts, and one that has to be seen to believed.

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A Guide to Posting Parcels to Europe

Mar 19, 2015 by

A Guide to Posting Parcels to Europe

It can be incredibly freeing to see the sights of Europe armed with just a backpack. That said, sometimes packing light can be less than helpful. You may find yourself in a situation – looking for a job, better healthcare, or unseasonable weather, when leaving that one thing at home becomes a regret. But don’t despair! TNT Direct makes it easy to send parcels worldwide quickly, with 2-3 day international delivery options available. Here’s a quick guide to the dos and don’ts of delivery.

Food

Ensure your sender thoroughly researches the customs laws of the country they are sending foodstuffs to. Expiration dates are a key factor to consider when posting food, and anything that will expire during transit is a no-no. Meat, dairy products, and fresh fruit and vegetables should never be posted; though sealed packaged goods such as jams and spreads, snacks, biscuits, cereals, and cakes should have at least 6 months until the expiration date and remain in their original packaging.

Documents

Your first priority when replacing a missing document should the deadline by which you need it – unexpected requests such as paper driving licenses, birth certificates, and qualification certificates are all necessary for visa and job applications. If someone is posting a document to you, they should send it in a cardboard-lined envelope in order to not bend the paper. High-importance documents should also be posted with a signed-for or tracked delivery, as it is difficult to recover lost items without several forms of identification.

Medicines

Medicines, for good reason, are especially regulated in shipping. Your first port of call should be to obtain the prescription and medicine from a doctor local to you. However, if your particular medicine is not available in your country, make sure that the person who is sending your medicine understands the Medicine Exportation Licensing laws – this essentially declares the authenticity of the pharmaceutical products to customs so they are not mistaken for anything illegal.

Gifts

You’ll be pleased to hear that sending gifts is fairly simple! Just remind your sender to complete a customs declaration form on the packaging, in order to minimise delays and additional costs. Expensive gifts are best delivered from shop to recipient, as VAT must be paid on anything over the value of £40, and duty on parcels worth more than £135 outside of the EU.

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Title: Bangkok Without Breaking the Bank

Mar 19, 2015 by

Title: Bangkok Without Breaking the Bank

Every traveler can have an adventurous time in Bangkok, even those on a budget. The swanky high-rise bars aren’t the only place to get a delicious meal and snazzy drink. On the flip side, budget doesn’t mean eating second-hand food and sharing a room with 20 other people. Take a look at these tip on how to have a good time in Bangkok, on a budget, without having to sleep next to cockroaches.

Cheap Accommodation

There are different levels of ‘cheap’ and none of ours involve dirty rooms or 20+ smelly roommates. Khao San Road is the traditional backpacker’s area that many hostels are located. A less known area, just as cheap but that offers better standards of living, is Soi Rambuttri. This road runs just behind Khao San and is our pick for the best and cheapest hotels in Bangkok.

Tasty Affordable Food

Your mantra should be ‘street food’ if you’re on a budget, anywhere in the world. Bangkok is no exception. The best part about this wonderful city is that their street food is some of the best in the world. When you bite into a succulent street gyro, you’ll be wondering why you’re only paying two dollars for this high-class tasting meal. The fresh fruit shakes that cost $5-$8 in a fine dining restaurant will cost you a little more than a dollar from a street vendor.

After a few days of eating like a king, but on a pauper’s budget, you might reconsider getting on your plane back home.

Budget Activities

If adventure is your game, Rod Fai Market is where you should head for some budget entertainment. This open air market is the place to get the cheapest goods, second hand gadgets and vintage souvenirs. Adrenaline seeking travelers can head to a Muy Thai Boxing match. Depending on where you go, you can find matches that are free to watch, like the MBK Shopping Centre on Wednesday nights. Try not to get too caught up in the excitement and jump in the ring yourself.

Culture seekers can head to many of the free Wat’s and temples. The serenity that spills over your body as you walk through a Bangkok Wat will keep you coming back to this magical city again and again.

Cheap Transportation

Getting around Bangkok can be a bit tricky, especially if you’re staying around the Khao San area. Traffic is often heavily congested. If you’re brave enough, jump on the back of a moto taxi and you’ll get around a lot faster. The best part about a moto taxi is that you’ll spend a bit less than a traditional transport fee. If you are traveling with a group, flag down a tuk-tuk driver and don’t forget to hold on. These zippy, non-traditional vehicles will speed you to your destination, mostly in one piece.

If you are heading outside of central Bangkok, the railway system is a good and cheap option. Just remember they shut down in the middle of the night.

This article is part of the #hipmunklove project. I would never recommend a site I didn’t use myself. I recently booked a trip to India and after looking at several providers, they were actually the cheapest.

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5 Must See Attractions in Sarasota

Mar 13, 2015 by

5 Must See Attractions in Sarasota

Most places in the Sunshine State are attractive, but Sarasota shines more brightly than most. The city is steeped in rich American history. From its connection with the famous Ringling Family to it being one of the first settlements in the new world, this city has a lot to offer any visitor lucky enough to make their way here. Here is a list of the top five attractions that no visit to Sarasota would be complete without.

Ca d’Zan 

This mansion stands as a testament to the American dream and is a must see for all visitors to the area. As you walk around the opulent palace-like structure, you’ll wonder if you’re still in the U.S., or in Italy with the buildings Venetian gothic influences. The rooms are filled with fixtures made for a king. Taking in the views from the bay will help you understand why people keep coming back to this beautiful city, time and time again.

Built in the 1920’s this Ringling Family home has a wealth of history for those that want to learn more about the Ringling Brothers Circus.

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

Sarasota is a resort town filled with the hustle and bustle of any major city. Imagine walking from this into a tranquil paradise filled with vibrant colors. As soon as you walk in, you’ll feel the stress melting away. This artful and intentionally designed garden will transport you to a tropical jungle, without having to take a 10-hour flight.

Family’s will have a special experience in the children’s rainforest garden. Feeling the rough tree trunks, walking across the canopy bridge and getting sprayed by the giant waterfall are just a few of the treats your children will enjoy.

Catch a Game

From the NHL to the NBA, there are a plethora of professional and minor league sporting events to catch in sunny Sarasota. Summer is the best season to see a game. Smart travelers will find transportation to the event so they can have a few drinks while cheering for their favorite team. Big name teams will have direct transport from the hotels in Sarasota to the stadiums. Be sure to check out some of the local restaurants before the big game, so you won’t have to miss any of the game waiting in line at the concession stand.

Kayaking or Canoeing

Being close to the Gulf of Mexico, Sarasota is a water sport enthusiasts dream. Combine the fantastic weather this part of the world experiences most of the year, and you’ve got the recipe for an amazing trip. Grab a paddle and head out into the open water. Feel the strength of the sea as you navigate your way around the shores.

If you’re a scuba traveler, Sarasota is a good destination to explore. Try not to be too sad that you have to go home after swimming around these crystal blue waters.

Legacy Trail

A fitness travelers dream, Legacy Trail is the perfect way to explore all Sarasota has to offer. The perfectly maintained pathway will make you wonder if you’re still awake or if you’ve wandered into a dream. Even casual walkers can appreciate the lush green trees and beautiful view this trails system offers.

This article is part of the #hipmunklove project. I would never recommend a site I didn’t use myself. I recently booked a trip to India and after looking at several providers, they were actually the cheapest.

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