On a Caribbean island that is famous for their all-inclusives, I wanted to get away from all that as much as possible and really get back to nature, and at Natura Cabana Boutique Hotel and Spa, I was able to soak in all the shades of blue of the Caribbean, as well as all the greens of the boutique resort's flora and fauna. I really enjoyed staying at this rustic eco-friendly hideaway tucked in-between the Dominican North Coast town of Cabarete and Sosua, located in a private residential area away from the tourists called Paseo de Sol. I highly recommend it to all who want to really get away from it all and truly rejuvenate.
NYC is buzzing with up-and-coming fashion talent. As far as fashion in the North America is concerned, NYC is Mecca. And as part of New York Fashion Week, I had the privilege of attending The Set NYC's Fashion Benefit to raise money for a charity called Love 146, that fights child trafficking worldwide.
There is nothing quite like the artistic energy that emanates from the heart of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, my favorite borough of New York City.
I spend one night at the Wythe Hotel, a boutique hotel with loft-converted rooms that feature original historic industrial detailing, pine ceilings, and exposed brick walls. My room overlooks the hauntingly peaceful snow-covered Manhattan.
I never knew that you could ski in Spain. I always equated skiing with the Alps and Spain with sunshine, beaches, flamenco and bull-fighting. But apparently, you can ski in Spain - up in the stunning Spanish Pyrenees in the Catalonia region of the country.
Visiting so many different places may keep your mind off of the sweeter, better things Traveling across the globe and being able to visit new places regularly is a great adventure that everyone should experience at some point in their lives. You learn so much from the different people you meet, and you get the chance to reflect on the many things you’ve done as you immerse yourself in different cultures and environments.
But at some point, you begin to miss home, and you long to be in a place that shelters you in the same way the places you visited as a child did. For some, these may be restaurants they’d frequented with their families when they were younger, before they set off on their own exploration of the world. For others, it could be libraries, churches, or even motel rooms. Even stranger, for many others, it could be a bingo hall.
Fancy a luxury escape? Then look no further than Costa Cruises. This sea-faring cruise brand offers a first-rate holiday experience complete with elegant surroundings, superb onboard facilities and a chic Italian style throughout. Across its fleet of comfortable, modern ships, Costa Cruises offers an unforgettable holiday experience across a wide choice of destinations - ranging from the familiar shores of the Med to the paradise islands of the Caribbean.
There is a certain initial aggression that permeates the air here in Israel. I'm not certain whether that is because of the harsh syllables of a language I cannot decipher (the raspy Hebrew "hat" and "raish" sounds that come from the back of one's throat), or the centuries of war and bloodshed that were fought over these lands, or the fact that it's mandatory for every Israeli to do military service for three years of their youth, that gives this country the impression of being "playfully aggressive".
Now that I have reached 30 years of age... here's the biggest question on my mind: what am I working towards?
That's recently been the main topic of my internal thoughts, mulling and pondering over the purpose of my life and the projects I am working on.
Buses and coaches have got a lot of advantages over other forms of transport. Usually they are cheaper than the cost of petrol and parking cars; cheaper, more frequent and more flexible than planes; cheaper and more reliable than trains.
When Martin Nolan of The Travel Ramble suggested that I go skiing in Norway, my first thought was "I didn't realize that Norway was even considered a skiing destination!" I know there's a lot of snow there, but I don't think about slopes when I think of Norway. I actually hardly think about slopes at all since I'm quite terrible at skiing. I grew up in Thailand for god's sake! I can barely ice-skate. Watching me navigate through ice and snow is like watching a pile of baby rabbits getting shot. Seriously. Martin mentioned that Norway is probably the best place for a novice skier to learn. Enticed, I invited him to write a guest post about skiing in Norway so that I can definitely consider it when I'm thinking about taking a ski trip there.
Even the world’s non-romantics would be hard-pressed not to feel even the faintest of flutters in some of Europe’s finest cities. As far as city breaks are concerned, mainland Europe is full of potential destinations that are alluring, beautiful and full of enrapture.
Whether you’re travelling for an anniversary weekend or you just fancy getting away with your other half for a spontaneous couple of days, these three cities would make excellent locations to while away the hours hand in hand.
Personally, I'm not a big fan of watching sports on TV, but if you had to drag me out to watch a game, at least drag me out to a place where I get dressed up nicely and enjoy some great cocktails. This classy sports bar in Midtown Manhattan is a perfect mix of sports and sophistication. In this video, I hang out with Ben Scorah, the Head Mixologist at Crown Group Hospitality to try out some of The Windsor Gansevoort Park's gourmet bar snacks.
Flying from Bristol Airport for your next getaway? Then the chances are, you'll be looking to book Bristol Airport parking before your departure date comes around. In fact, it's usually well worth booking your airport parking in advance as you can usually enjoy additional cost savings, plus you can be sure of availability. There's always the danger that, if you book on the day, your preferred space close to the terminal or next to the bus stop will be full. So, do the sensible thing and book well in advance. That said, where and how do you book? You can of course book direct with Bristol Airport, either via their website or by calling the parking office. However, there are plenty of other third party parking operators that provide their own deals and discounts, and promise various services such as high airport security and free booking amendments.
Take a look at Thomas Cook Extras, for instance. You can find out more about their Bristol Airport parking services, here - http://www.thomascook.com/holiday-extras/airport-parking/bristol-parking/ - which includes various incentives such as the following:
- A range of parking options including on-site parking close to the terminal; affordable off-site parking along with a shuttle transfer to and from the terminal; and meet and greet services which offer the utmost in speed and convenience.
- High security at car parks, which includes features like security patrols, controlled access, floodlighting, CCTV surveillance, perimeter fencing and alarm systems.
- Value for money, with a price promise and other benefits like no amendment charges, no credit card fees, and a cancellation waiver which can be secured for just 50p.
There are plenty of other airport parking suppliers and operators out there, so it's well worth shopping around to compare the options. However, don't just go for the cheapest - make sure you get good value for money from a reputable and trustworthy Bristol Airport parking operator.
This post was sponsored by Thomas Cook Extras.
Palace Resorts created the Palace Foundation, which supports the land and people of Quintana Roo, Yucatán, Jalisco and Nayarit in México and Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic.
After reading the NBC news article about the New York bound traveler on Delta Air Lines Flight 1452 who left several bags at the check-in counter at Seattle-Tacoma International because he or she wanted to avoid paying $1,400 in overweight baggage fees, (which I find hilarious by the way… but I have to say it was a pretty smart move. I would rather save the $1,400 to buy an entirely new wardrobe in New York City), I decided to write a blog post about the luggage/baggage rules from two of the most well-traveled airports I know: JFK (New York) and Heathrow (London) so that you never find yourself having to abandon your luggage at the airport due to such ridiculousness.
Going on holiday can be expensive and the last thing you want is to incur additional costs where you don’t need to. There are taxes on most things when it comes to flights and you need to be careful to take into account all these charges when booking. If you are not sure, always ask your travel agent or airline for a final figure.
Also, some international flights close an hour before departure and even if you check in online, make sure you get to the airport well in advance so you don't have to pay for an entirely new ticket. To be really safe, my advice is to not risk the chance of missing your flight because you're stuck in rush hour traffic or some other possible disaster scenario and booking a room in Heathrow with Travelodge or at Kennedy Airport the night before your departure so you definitely don't miss your flight.
Now, let's talk about baggage fees.
Be a smart traveler and don’t let them take your money, unless completely necessary. There are charges that are worth the extra expense such as your pet or a surfboard or skis. But other than that, let’s be smart about how we pack, shall we?
FreshTraveler Tip: Know in advance what you can take on the plane and what you can’t.
Carry-On Luggage Policies: Heathrow & JFK
Heathrow has a two-bag policy at security. You can carry two bags onto the plane provided they each meet the size requirements of
less than 56 x 45 x 25cm
22.04 x 17.7 x 9.84 inches
There are gauges to check this size at check-in; a handbag counts as one of your pieces of carry on luggage.
Liquids can only be taken through security in quantities of
less than 100ml (3.38 fl oz)
Bottles or pots of liquids must be in a separate clear bag as you pass security and excess amounts should be packed in your main luggage. Once through security you can purchase any liquids such as drinks and perfumes and they can be taken onto the aircraft.
At JFK Airport, each passenger is allowed one carry-on luggage that can fit in the overhead compartment. Each passenger is also allowed one personal item (a briefcase, pillow, laptop, purse, diaper bag, yoga mat etc). Having a yoga mat, a purse, and a bag of Whole Foods snacks counts as three items. All liquids must be in containers that hold
3 ounces (approximately 88ml) or less in volume
Each passenger is allowed three 3-oz containers and they must be stored in a zipper storage bag.
Each bag has a size and weight restriction. You need to check with the individual airlines for the size and weight restrictions before your flight. Click here for great chart from Airfare Watchdog on the luggage and weight restrictions for the major US Airlines.
Generally, any bag over 50 pounds (22.67 kg) will not fit the overhead compartment and must be checked.
Luggage over 70 pounds (31.75 kg) per bag is not permitted at all, or may cause you to be charged an additional fee.
Restricted Carry-On Items: Heathrow & JFK
All sharp objects must be packed in checked bags. No sharp objects are allowed in carry-on bags. This includes pocket knives, sharp-point knitting needles and scissors. Blunt-nosed scissors are allowed in a carry-on bag.
Banned Items: Heathrow & JFK
You must avoid having certain things in your hand luggage as it will be removed by security and may cause problems. As well as the rules on liquids mentioned above you must not carry on sharp implements, blunt objects, explosives, tools of any kind, real or replica weapons including toys, and you must only have one lighter on your person.
Most items can be placed in the hold so if in doubt put it in your main luggage to avoid any issues. A list of what can’t be taken on the plane in Heathrow in either bag can be found on the Heathrow website and is mainly made up of dangerous materials that could be agitated by the heat in the hold.
For JFK Airport, The TSA (Transportation Security Administration) has a long list of items that passengers can no longer bring onto the plane, including nail clippers, metal emery boards and small knives. Bringing one of those items inside your suitcase or in your coat can result in long lines and trouble at the airport. Click here for a complete list of prohibited items at JFK.
FreshTraveler Tip: Do your research before you board.
Baggage rules and allowances do vary between airlines and some are softer on their regulations than others. Check their individual websites and read reviews of people’s experiences to determine what is and isn’t acceptable. Excess baggage charges are expensive and best avoided.
Here are some useful packing tips so you won’t need to abandon your bag at the airport.
1) Pack your bags once, unpack, and then pack again to stop yourself taking unnecessary items. Believe me, you can do without most items. If you can buy something at your destination, like shampoo, do it. You probably only need three pairs of shoes, max. Heels, sandals and sneakers. Unless you are doing something special like rock climbing or hiking.
2) If you have access to a weighing scale at home, weigh your bags if you can.
3) If you can't get out of packing a lot of items because let's say you're traveling for an extended period of time, consider mailing lighter, non-perishable items like clothes and shoes through USPS (United States Postal Service) or UPS to your hotel or the place you are staying at your destination instead of carrying them on the plane. There's a chance it may be cheaper that paying for overweight luggage!
Hope this helps you with packing for your next trip! If you have any other questions or comments to add to this article, feel free to shout out in the comment section below. Safe summer travels!