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It is officially Winter which means it’s time to ditch the swim shorts and sun cream and start layering up. Although Winter can often feel long, dark and dreary, there is no better way to cheer yourself up than investing in some seasonal knits. Knitwear is an important staple in any man and woman’s wardrobe. This year the runway has left you spoilt for choice as an abundance of styles hit high-street retail which means you’re bound to love one (or two, or three) and there is no excuse for being cold.

Statement

The best knitwear on the high-street this Winter is embracing bright colours to inject the dark, cold weather with a pop of vibrance. You can even take this to the next level by trying the psychedelic geometric patterns which will ensure you make a bold statement this Winter. Another way of turning heads is to try a neon or animal print jumper which were all the rave at New York Fashion Week AW/18.

Oversized

This trend is extremely popular this year which isn’t surprising considering it offers extreme comfort and warmth as well as a cute and effortless look that you can wear with pretty much anything. You can find oversized branded jumpers anywhere, from Primark to Urban Outfitters depending on your budget. A top tip is to look in the men’s section for that perfect oversized fit. Pair your oversized jumper with a pair of boots for that ultimate cute-chic look, or if the thought of bare legs makes you cold, then pair with a pair of jeans or tights for that extra snug look.

Crop

Whatever style jumper you like, you are sure to be able to find it cropped. Although a crop is not everyone’s cup of hot chocolate, a baggy cropped jumper can be super flattering when worn with a pair of high waisted jeans or trousers.

Crew Neck

The crew neck is a timeless cut within fashion and looks perfect on a jumper for that laid-back, uber trendy look. The crew neck jumper works perfectly when layering under a jack or on top of a roll neck. It also looks incredibly smart under a blazer.

Roll Neck

The roll neck knit is extremely popular and 90s throwback that everyone is enjoying. Roll necks work best in dark colours such as black, navy and grey and are perfect to wear under a big coat or a tailored jacket and paired with a scarf. It is important to remember that when you wear a roll neck, it is the pinnacle of your whole outfit, so make sure you dress around it. If you opt for a roll neck in a vibrant colour, then keep in mind to tone the vibrancy down with a heavy piece of neutral outwear.

 

Moving to a new city can be exciting and worrying at the same time. And when you do it with your family, those sentiments heighten. After all, Sydney is a popular Australian city with almost five million inhabitants and millions of tourists each year.

These numbers make people think very carefully about which neighborhood would be the perfect fit for their family. So, if you are facing this dilemma, here is how to choose the right place in Sydney to move to with your family.

1. Do some research

Go on the Internet and start doing a comprehensive research. Look for the topics that include a detailed description of Sydney suburbs and people’s recommendations. Try to find as many information as you can on the neighborhoods that made it to the shortlist. Look for the safety issues, parks and schools in the areas that will help you decide to move your family there.

If you know someone in Australia, ask them for an opinion and recommendations as well. It’s always the best to ask locals for advice and it will also help you to figure out prices of real estate. Additionally, see what you can expect from a legal standpoint in order to prepare everything for a smooth transition.

2. Find the right schools

If you have kids, this means that you will have to think about schools. Now, the education system varies from country to country, so be prepared for this as well. Australia’s school education only slightly varies from state to state and between territories.

Primary school lasts seven or eight years and starts in the Kindergarten with the Preparatory level. The secondary school has three or four years, which are referred to as Years 7 to 10 or 8 to 10. And in the end, there is the senior secondary school which lasts for two years which are called Years 11 and 12.

Schools’ official language is English, although some offer bilingual programs for foreign students. When it comes to studying in Sydney, the city offers a variety of high-end colleges and universities recognized globally. With the Australian Qualifications Framework, students can move easily from one study level to another, and even change institution to fulfill their academic desires.

3. Consider house sitting

While renting and buying are the obvious options for your family, think about the third one as well. House sitting appeared on the market as a viable and affordable alternative that might help you find your bearing in Sydney. This way you can save for a deposit to buy a home for your family, or save up some money to rent the perfect place.

In most cases, you won’t have to pay the bills as well so this does sound like an ideal option for those who are not financially ready to rent or buy. Additionally, this is a reasonable solution if you need to be in Sydney at a certain period and you still haven’t sold your home to buy a new one. So, include this into your research as well.

4. Hire a reliable real estate agent

A good real estate agent can save you a lot of trouble, stress, and money. However, to choose the one that best fits your needs is a process. There are a lot of quality real estate agents Sydney has to offer and it may take some time to pick the one.

This is also a perfect time to rely on recommendations and online reviews, but check the realtor’s social profile and business page as well. Conduct series of video calls to interview the potential real estate agencies and narrow the list of candidates. This is a process, so take your time if you can.

Once you choose the real estate agent, give them all the information they will need to find you a perfect home. It’s best to even go a little bit overboard with demands, but also prepared to pay more for it as well. The real estate agent will help you with bureaucracy as well by recommending a property solicitor and informing you about the details.

5. Pay attention to commuting options

Sydney is a city of five million citizens, but it has well-developed commuting network and schedule. The city suburbs are well connected between themselves and the downtown with numerous lines. However, the traffic jams still happen and commute time may take longer.

This means there is a big decision ahead of you since you have to think about the distance to work and schools at the same time. Your real estate agent will help you come to the best decision, but if you come from the smaller city this can be overwhelming. Just like in any metropolis in the world.

All in all

Sydney is one of the most beautiful cities with a fusion of different cultures and traditions. Moving there may seem like a handful, but once you choose the right neighborhood for your family, you will see the benefits. After all, every move to a different place is challenging for a family but also manageable.

New York is a bright, beautiful US metropolis, which is loved by many travelers from around the world. The city has something to see and to do: there’s an abundance of interesting sights, entertainment venues, as well as a perfect selection of activities.

New York’s urban landscapes are so amazing that admiring the views of this colorful futuristic city is a separate reason to visit it. And sometimes, local restaurants often use stunning views opening from their windows in order to attract tourists. In this review we have prepared the list of 6 restaurants where you can enjoy the most romantic and unforgettable views in New York…

Asiate in Mandarin Oriental

The restaurant is known for its panoramic view of the lush Central Park located in the heart of Manhattan Island. Rent an exotic car in New York and you’ll find it much quicker than by using public transport. The establishment itself occupies the 35th floor in the building of Mandarin Oriental Hotel. Also, from the windows of the restaurant you can look at Billionaire’s Row, known as the most expensive and elite city street. All guests of the restaurant have the opportunity to admire the city skyline from the huge panoramic windows.

View from the Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok

The owners of Asiate were able to create an amazing atmosphere to provide visitors with unforgettable impressions. The interior of the restaurant is decorated with a stylish furnishing, interesting textures and original presentations. Sculptures of tree-branches hanging from the ceiling look impressive – they symbolize the trees in winter. Each table is decorated with delicate orchids, which create the similarity of Asiate with Asian motifs.

The cuisine is simply delicious there. You can choose dishes of Japanese cuisine for eny taste.  For example, sushi and sashimi are worth tasting. Visitors from Europe will be able to appreciate the delicious dishes of Italian and French cuisine. Thanks to this, Asiate restaurant in Mandarin Oriental is perfect for locals and visitors to New York.

Address: 80 Columbus Cir, New York

 

The Loeb Boathouse Café

The Loeb Boathouse

(photo by MikePScott)

In the very center of Central Park, you can have a great rest from the city bustle, while dining on board a ship standing on the shore of the lake. Here’s the Loeb Boathouse Café, offering a breathtaking view of the perfect mirror surface of the pond. The establishment is represented by American cuisine. The delightful singing of birds, fluttering butterflies, the smell of all kinds of greenery and flowers create a truly relaxed atmosphere of comfort, warmth and harmony with the surrounding world.

Address: E 72nd St, New York

 

Riverpark

Riverpark. East 29th Street. NYC.

The visitors of Riverpark Restaurant are offered stunning views of Long Island City and the East River. Long Island is one of the largest and longest islands in the United States, and East River is a clear and wide river that runs between Long Island City and Manhattan. Both banks of the river provide gorgeous views of the New York. On the terrace you can comfortably sit on soft sofas and enjoy seasonal dishes of modern American cuisine from the famous chef Tom Colicchio.

Address: 450 E 29th St, New York

 

Alma

When traveling around New York, don’t miss the unique opportunity to visit the three-story Alma restaurant, which is located on the rooftop. From a bird’s-eye view, you’ll see Brooklyn piers and lower Manhattan. Among the glass monsters of this area are the obelisks of the first generation of skyscrapers, including the Woolworth Building.

View from Alma

(photo by Martha Mihalick)

Alma Restaurant is the pearl of Mexican cuisine, where all the dishes are incredibly tasty and satisfying. Chef Francisco Lopez is the creator of dishes with a complex and at the same time memorable cuisine. Guests visit the restaurant year-round, since in winter the rooftop is heated, and in the summer you can enjoy sunsets from the second floor while admiring the panorama of Manhattan.

Address: 450 E 29th St, New York

 

Rainbow Room

Those travelers who decide to dine in Rainbow Room will enjoy great views of southern Manhattan. The restaurant is located on the 65th floor of the famous high-rise building of Rockefeller Plaza. The establishment has undergone a renovation ended in 2017, so its interior looks incredibly chic and fresh. Restaurant bartenders are extremely hospitable, friendly and work very professionally. The original interior in the Art Deco style complements beautifully decorated tables.

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(photo by Charley)

Rainbow Room is a unique attraction for guests and New York locals. Having climbed up to the 70th floor of the observation deck located above the Rockefeller Plaza, guests will enjoy not only a free alcoholic drink, but also a magical view of the city. By the way, Empire State Building with its endless visitors is also clearly visible.

Address: 30 Rockefeller Plaza, 65th Floor, New York

 

The River Café

The River Café belongs to one of the most romantic restaurants in New York. The establishment is located under the Brooklyn Bridge and surprises not only with delicious dishes, but also with a wide night panorama of Manhattan, which can be seen from the opposite bank of the river. The lights reflected in the water create a magical view of the night New York.

The River Café - New York

(photo by aluarts)

The cuisine is of high quality there. From the very beginning of existence of the cafe, dishes are prepared only from the freshest and best ingredients. The most important role in the development of modern cuisine of the highest class was played by the use of classical and innovative cooking methods with the simultaneous use of American and international styles.

Address: 1 Water St, Brooklyn

The modern pace of life is very fast, mobility has become one of the most important components of life of modern woman. Just a couple of decades ago, the number of female drivers was small. Currently, women successfully master the skill of driving a car, making it a serious competition to men. The women are steadily improving their driving skills, turning into equal participants in traffic. According to statistics, women drivers differ in accuracy of control and low level of accidents.

As practice shows, the best cars for women are sedans or hatchbacks with automatic transmission. They are quite maneuverable in urban driving conditions, easy to operate, comfortable and functional. Follow this link, if you are searching for the most comfortable and luxury rental cars.

We have compiled this rating based on the criteria of convenience, simplicity and accessibility of cars. Information contained in the rating can significantly simplify the task of choosing a car for a woman.

  • PEUGEOT 208

One of the most popular in Europe, this car from the French automaker has become a recognized leader in the compact car market. This car will appeal to both businesswomen and those, who have devoted themselves exclusively to the family.

PEUGEOT 208 can make boast of a special style of design, offering its owners a variety of personalization options. The car body is distinguished by elegant, sporty contours and has modern, dynamic proportions (reduced overhangs at the front and rear, a small height). Side panels have a relief structure. As a result of the update, this car has two-color headlamps (a combination of black and chrome elements), giving it a more expressive appearance, LED dimensions, daytime running lights indicating a higher class of the car and the latest technical stuffing.

Behind the wheel of the updated PEUGEOT 208, you can be completely confident in your safety, because the car is equipped with the latest active and passive safety systems developed by leading Peugeot technical specialists.

‘Active City Brake’ (Urban Emergency Brake System) is the latest technical development that avoids an accident or reduces its severity if the driver is not able to react quickly to a changing situation on the road while driving down the city at a speed below 30 km/h. A laser with a small radius of action is capable of giving the command to automatically applied emergency braking in order to avoid a collision or minimize its consequences, reducing the speed and, therefore, the force of the impact. Under certain circumstances, this system may even resort to stopping the car in full automatically to avoid hitting the vehicle in front of it. Up to six airbags can be provided at the car to protect the driver and passengers in the event of an accident.

The updated PEUGEOT 208 is a durable but lightweight car, featuring good handling, low fuel consumption and a comfortable interior.

 

  • MINI COOPER

Its retro style will not leave indifferent a creative person or a woman with a delicate taste and love for the classics. Mini Cooper is always chosen by many celebrities.

Mini introduced the updated Cooper hatchbacks and convertibles. Cars were the first in the line to get a new logo. The list of updates included:

  • LED headlamps;
  • Taillights with a pattern of LEDs in the form of the British flag;
  • The modified engines.
  • The matrix headlamps and a multimedia system with a touch screen.

The list of equipment includes wireless charging for mobile.

For new products, the ‘Mini Yours Customized’ program will also be available. With its help, customers will be able to order unique decorative elements for their cars, which will be manufactured using 3D printing and laser engraving.

  • CITROEN C4 CACTUS

The updated sedan has a new design of the front, as well as a diesel modification.

The car received new bumpers, a radiator grille in the style of the latest models of the brand, as well as different taillights. By the way, now the Cactus is positioned not as a crossover, but as a hatchback (so that soon the manufacturer will remove the usual C4 from production as an outdated model).

The salon of new Citroen C4 Cactus has also transformed. The front sofa was replaced with separate seats, and five different interior designs will be available to customers. The new Citroen model has received an advanced suspension. Thanks to the hydraulic dampers, it provides a soft and comfortable ride. As they say in the company, the suspension gives the feeling of “carpet-plane” – as if the car hovers over roughness.

The equipment of this car includes assistants such as automatic emergency braking, recognition of traffic signs, warning of danger, monitoring of blind areas, parking sensors and a rear-view camera. The infotainment center uses a seven-inch touchscreen display.

 

  • VOLKSWAGEN TIGUAN

This compact crossover will be an excellent means of transportation in the conditions of urban traffic. It will perfectly ‘fit’ both the parking lot at the supermarket and in the office parking. Driving this car is equally comfortable for the beginners and the experienced drivers. The Volkswagen Tiguan is built on the Golf platform, currently available in all-wheel drive or front-wheel drive.

  • Engine capacity – 1.4 – 2.0 liters, petrol or diesel
  • Power – 125 horsepower
  • Acceleration to 100 km/h – 10.5 seconds
  • Fuel consumption during the combined cycle – 6 liters per 100 km.

Women at the wheel of this car feel comfortable and protected. According to the results of testing, this model has high safety for both the driver and passengers.

  • VOLVO XC60

The Swedish premium crossover is a recognized symbol of respectability, which is the best-selling model from the entire Volvo lineup. This car is most often chosen by women or people, admiring the classics. Internal restraint, laconism of the exterior lines, as well as the functionality of this model gained deserved recognition among motorists all over the world.

Perhaps this is the best car for a woman who appreciates quality and safety. According to the results of expert assessments, the safety of this model for the driver and passengers reaches 94%.

Engine capacity – 2.0 – 3.0 liters

Acceleration to 100 km/h – 8.1 seconds

Fuel consumption per 100 km – 4.7 liters at the combined cycle for automatic gearbox.

 

The article lists the best cars for women. A complete list of these models can be supplemented by many other options. Therefore, this article can be perceived as a guide to action for those who are not afraid not only to dream of a new car, but also makes their efforts.

 

Fort Lauderdale was always a meeting point for students during their summer and spring holidays. This is a territory of channels and white sandy beaches. You can use 14CARS careful help and take a car to drive along the city. You can see that the most of the hotels are concentrated along the Strip. This is the best region to live. The best of the best hotels are situated here. Anyway, you can pick the hotel of different price categories, including luxury hotels, boutique hotels, budget hotels. Want to know the rate of TOP 3 of them? Read the reviews!

Clearwater Beach, Florida

 

CONRAD FORT LAUDERDALE $129

General rate 9/10

This is a new and ritzy resort that welcomes you to have a pleasant leisure time at the seaside. It can boast the favorable location, wise infrastructure, SPA center, and luxury restaurant.

Location

The hotel is located on the seaside right on the beach. This is not a problem for you to hang out with friends in the nearby restaurants, night clubs. You can go shopping to the biggest mall Galleria or just drive along the Atlantic Ocean.

Style

The hotel can boast all the features that the ritzy hotel should have: marble flooring, high ceiling, golden lamps and glossy wooden furniture around. You can visit an Atlas Cocktail Lounge to have a drink and relax for some time in the deep of the soft armchairs. The decorations are pompous and magnifical. There is a pool with the ocean view and Terra Mare hotel restaurant. You feel really comfortable, spending your evening hours in the beach interior, natural materials, stony walls, and elegant lamps, styled on the sea shells.

Services

Competent and well-trained personnel are at your disposal. You can get everything here, including special touristic help that consists of making and guiding personal touristic routes for you. What is more, there is a SPA center and bathing rooms. The range of water procedures you can take here is wide. One of the most popular procedures is called Transcend in the Spirit of the Seas that consists of massage and face care. Want to get fit? Welcome to the fitness-center! If you come here for special occasion, wedding or conference, you may take a banquet hall or conference center!

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W FORT LAUDERDALE $120

General rate 8/10

It is not a secret that people come to Fort Lauderdale for arranging the hottest parties. W Hotel is located in the center of the hottest and brightest city life. You can find everything you need to relax and have the best and the funniest time: a large pool, aquarium, beach access, and the best suites with the ocean view from the window.

Location

The hotel location is more than favorable! It is situated just on the beach! If you want more attractions, cross the street and you can visit museums, restaurants, and other interesting places. There is a free parking for all driving guests.

Style

The hotel is bright and stylish place with lot of modern elements and fantastic ocean view from the window. It’s also a funny place at that! You can find a lot of interior elements, like a big aquarium in the lobby or glassy terrace, that make you feel impressed form designer’s creative ideas!

Services

The atmosphere in the hotel is friendly and hospitable. Everything helps you to feel a special guest and get to any place on the hotel territory with ease. It doesn’t matter what part of the day is, you can easily get to the night club, disco bar, beach in the fastest way.  The beach is comfortable and offers not only sunbeds and umbrellas, but also yoga classes, and water attractions. SPA procedures are traditionally available!

Wine glasses in the bar [Explored 2016-05-29]

 

PLUNG BEACH HOTEL $90

General rate 8/10

Plunge Beach is another good opportunity to spend the best weekend on the seaside! The hotel is situated in the building of renewed old motel. This is a ritzy place that welcomes you with simple and stylish rooms. You can find everything for your needs!

Location

The hotel location is favorable for all beach lovers. Traditionally, in Florida the best hotels are located close to the beach. Plunge is not an exception. It is comfortable place not far from the beach and almost in the center, where the most of the central restaurants, shops, and museums are situated. The price is lower just because hotel stands not at the beach, but close to it. It’s a quiet and pleasant place.

Style

The hotel is complex of buildings. There are three main buildings, including hotel lobby, restaurant, bar, cafeteria. The space is large, done in industrial style. Look around! There are polished surfaces, light pastel furniture, and cement flooring. You can have a sit in the rattan armchair and have a drink at the bamboo table.

The Deluxe Double Room of the Kassandra Bay Hotel

 

Service

The hotel service is friendly and hospitable. Everything is done for your pleasure and relaxation. There are two pools, comfortable beach and bungalows. What is more, there is a fitness center, bicycles for rent. This region is good for cyclists. So, leave your car on the hotel parking and go to meet adventures!

The hotels in such a magic place as Fort Lauderdale cannot be bad! The most of them are situated on the beach. If you want a cheaper variant, just pick the hotel not far from the beach line. The service and living conditions are first-class. There is one more thing. If you are an adventurous traveler, you can try yourself in diving and snorkeling. You are in Florida!

To win a rummy game, you must be an expert player. Even when playing with new members, you should be aware about the rules and tricks of the game. This is why; it is advisable to play rummy games free at the beginning before indulging in tournaments or cash games, so as to reduce the risk of losing and accumulating high points

To become an expert or a pro-player at classic rummy, you can follow the below-given tips.

  1. Regroup the Cards Wisely

Sometimes, you may not realize that a pure sequence is already there in originally dealt cards. Thus, always regroup the cards before you start to play rummy online with others. You can place the cards together by point value, similar colour, relatedness, etc. Regrouping cards in a suitable manner can reduce confusion and improve the understanding about the cards you have.

  1. Do Away with Identical Cards

You must do away with cards that are identical as there is no use of it. The identical cards may add to the score and increase the points in your hand. When playing cards, group the cards in an appropriate order, so that you can spot identical cards, if any, and dispose those the soonest. It will save you from wasting time and then you can pick a substitute card, which could be more useful.

  1. Try to Read the Hand of the Players

It is not impossible to predict the hand of the opponent, yet, it is not the easiest of the tasks. In a rummy game offline, reading the facial expressions could be a giveaway of the type of cards the rival has. However, it is not that simple to read the hand when playing online rummy. Here, you cannot watch the behaviour or expression of the rival, other than the card he/she discards or picks. So, observe every move being played in the game to analyze the cards of the opposite player

  1. Realize the Value of Jokers

In a 13 card rummy game, utilizing Joker cards to the fullest often turns the table and can gives you a win. If you have a Joker, do not use it to create a pure sequence; rather utilize it as replacement to a regular card to form a non-pure sequence or a set. Do not discard a Joker by mistake. Though the opposite player will not be able to pick a discarded joker, you will lose the card anyways.

  1. Mind the Cards of Opponents

Keeping an eye on the cards of the opponents is one of the winning tactics in rummy. A watchful eye will be able to analyze the game’s progress. Notice the cards picked and discarded by the opposite player. In an online rummy circle, being observant about card moves of players, shall give you an idea about the type of set or sequence the rival is trying to form, and restrict you from discarding a related card.

  1. Decide When to Quit

An expert player will know when to drop out or quit a game. If you have a bad set of cards in hand that making valid sequences or set, seems too far-fetched or time-taking, then you can immediately drop the game. In a rummy patti game, if you drop out after the first move or even before making the first move, you lose by a fewer point, than that, if you would play till end of the game. Quitting the game at an apt time will reduce the risks of piling up your score.

The above-given strategies will make you a pro-player at rummy. You can choose a rummy game free download on your mobile phone and take pleasure of playing the card game when you like.

I love road trips. The way I see it, how can one not? There’s something inherently soothing about driving on along the open roads with scenic beauty surrounding you.

It’s a welcome change from the hustle and bustle of daily urban life. Having taken several roads trips, I can safely say they are a great holiday to take with either your family or your friends.

Yet some people have had terrible experiences on road trips, and after talking to them, it’s easy to see why. There are several common mistakes people make on road trips, that should be avoided as they can spoil the entire experience. Here are a few of them.

Being in a hurry to get to a destination:

Road trips are meant to be a break from our fast-tracked lives. Yet, most people bring that mindset into these trips as well. Road trips are not like air travel – they are not a means to an end.

The drive itself is supposed to be an adventure – much like on a cruise. Trying to rush in a road trip is a terrible idea. Take your time and enjoy where you are right now rather than worrying about the next destination.

Don’t try to force yourself to travel longer than what everyone is comfortable with just to meet an unnecessary deadline. If everyone agrees to take a stop, do so. These stops provide a much-needed break for our body and mind from the enclosed confines of the car.

Breaks are also needed to replenish you with food. This gives the driver, in particular, a much-needed boost for the rest of the journey. We all know how dangerous it can be to have a tired driver behind the wheel.

Besides, there are better ways to save time such as starting the trip early in the morning or using Google Maps to avoid traffic. Remember, road trips are about quality, not quantity.

Not planning in advance:

Discuss with your group what sights are a must see and ensure that there is time for them. Call up in advance to see if these attractions are open for tourists at the time you want to visit.

You don’t want to reach all the way there just to find out that they’re closed. For the same reason, do read weather forecasts as well. You should try to do all the sightseeing before sunset as the views get obscured in the dark.

While it is essential to plan some things in advance, your schedule on a road trip should stay flexible overall. Do leave some spare time to see other sights that come your way.

You never know what you might find interesting. As a general rule, expect to go slower than planned. However, be mindful that if you go too slow, you may not have time left to see the all the important attractions.

As your schedule should remain flexible, booking rooms in advance is advisable. Apps such as Hotel Tonight will help you find a hotel at a good price, even at the 11th hour.

The Car:

The car is a major part of the trip. Quite a lot of your time will be spent in it. This makes it extremely necessary for your car to be perfectly suited for the journey.

The car should be big enough for everyone and their luggage to fit in easily. As an example, if there are six people the car should be built to seat nine. I say this because, over a long period, sitting in an enclosed space can make your body stiff and sore.

There should be some room for everyone to relax and stretch out a bit. The car should also be smooth and comfortable to drive over long distances.

Renting a car is the best option for most people. However, for the explorers among you that love taking road trips often, buying a car for this purpose will be more economical than renting one each time.

Sell car online services such as this will get you a good deal for your old car and help you make up at least some of the money needed to buy a new one.

If you do take your own car, get its maintenance work done beforehand. Get the tires and engine oil checked. You wouldn’t want your car dying on you in the middle of the trip.

Supplies:

Pack in preparation for any unplanned situation that might arise.

  • Carry snacks and drinks as you never know when you might get hungry on the road.
  • Do take basic toiletries such as napkins, toilet paper, hand sanitizer, mouthwash, etc.
  • Take sleeping bags and tents if you plan on camping.
  • Take insect repellant lotions for the outdoors.
  • You should have at least one fully charged phone at all times with the necessary apps for navigation, hotels, and entertainment (g., Spotify for music). Phones are also needed to call for help in case of an emergency.
  • Portable speakers for music.
  • A good camera.
  • A spare tire and a tire changing kit.

As you will be on the move for the most part, you should pack light, but pack right.

Budget:

When budgeting for a road trip, people do consider major things such as fuel costs, hotel bills, and food. However, they commonly forget to consider money spent on buying souvenirs, toll and parking charges among other minor expenses. All these may seem less but can add up to be a substantial sum over the course of the trip. Thus it is advisable for you to carry some extra cash over the expected amount.

One way in which you can save a lot of money on a road trip is by refueling in urban centers instead of on a lone pump on the highway. This is because competition in cities helps keep gas prices low there. Gas Buddy is an app that will help you find the cheapest gas stations during your trip.

Everyone wants the perfect wedding venue and location, and if you research enough you’ll soon find something amazing. It’s one of the biggest days of your life, so you need to make sure you absolutely love everything about the venue. Yet, it’s all down to personal preference too. One couple may love a country location with the ultimate vintage feel, or you could want something a little more modern.

Don’t worry though, JJ’s House designer, Jessica, has you covered. Below is a list of the top 30 locations around the UK that you’re sure to love for your wedding day.  It doesn’t matter if you’re looking for something with rustic charm or a sleek hotel, there is something that everyone will like. These picks aren’t in any order, they’re all unique and beautiful in their own way!

  1. The Savoy (London) – Think style mixed with chic or this iconic location. It’s ideal for any couple who wants a classically glamorous venue with beautiful tables and chairs. It’s in the center of London too!
  2. Proud Country House (Brighton) – Something a little more country-styled. Surrounded by the beautiful green scenery, this country house is the perfect location for any couple who wants to show off their love for nature.
  3. Beech Hill (Derry) – Another country house fit for a stunning couple, it combines class with elegance and beauty. Crossing with a country house and hotel, this location is perfect for any Irish couple who love something a little different.
  4. Brinsop Court (Herefordshire) – Based in the heart of the countryside, this huge hidden gem has a beautiful exterior and interior.
  5. St Georges Hall (Liverpool) – This Edwardian venue regularly hosts music and opera events, but it’s also a gorgeous wedding location too. If you’re a city loving couple, this centrally located venue is an excellent choice.
  6. Achnagairn Castle (Inverness) – The true fairy-tale setting. It’s the ideal choice for anyone who’s always dreamed of a ballroom to dance their wedding night away in. Marry the love of your life in a dreamy location and even stay the night afterward too.
  7. Hensol Castle (Pontyclun) – Doesn’t every princess bride want her wedding day in a castle? Make it a reality by saying your vows in one of the most unique castles in the UK. Dating back to the late 17th century, this venue has a range of gothic and traditional architecture that is truly amazing.
  8. Pinewood Studios (Buckinghamshire) – A little more modern, this location is perfect for a TV and film crazy couple. You can even have a red-carpet arrival which is exceptional and very fancy.
  9. Thornton Manor (Cheshire) – An exclusive wedding venue for all the couples who love vintage and traditional values. This manor hall surrounded by greenery and garden grounds is a beautiful choice.
  10. Larchfield Estate (Belfast) – Barns are underrated, they make the most special wedding venues. Especially when it’s decorated perfectly for your big day. It might be in the middle of nowhere, but it’s genuinely a perfect location.
  11. Kew Gardens (Surrey) – Surround yourself and your loved ones with plants and gardens on your big day, this gorgeous located building is perfect for couples who want something a little quieter but just as stunning.
  12. Fazeley Studios (Birmingham) – after being renovated, this venue is a perfect combination of traditional and modern values, it’s 150 years old but looks almost brand-new inside. Any couple is sure to love this location for their big day.
Best Tips When Traveling With Your Dog

Some would say that traveling with a dog is impossible. We think that it is completely the opposite. Dogs are more than capable of being great travel buddies bedsides only being your best friends. It is true that there are some difficulties that you will need to face along the way, but what relationship isn’t difficult? If you manage to overcome all the faults and problems that come along the way, you may end up having the best vacation ever with your best furry friend.

Best Tips When Traveling With Your Dog

Most people regard getting a dog as a time of your life when you are starting to get serious and deciding to settle down. Since most dogs are nog fond of moving and enjoy staying in one place, a lot of people do not even attempt to go on trips once they have a dog. A lot of them decide to leave their dogs behind and put them in the shelter for the time being or with a friend. But that does not always have to be the case. Most dogs have a deeply rooted connection with their masters, so they will feel sad if they are left behind. Most people do not like being separated form their favorite pets as well, so bringing them along remains the only option.

Now when we have finally decided that we are definitely going to bring our dog with us, time to see what important factors we need to regard at first. Some things that you need to think about before embarking on a trip are health hazards, safety while traveling, the wellbeing of your dog and feeding the dog. But you also have to consider some things when you get there. The problems do not only end when the ride to the area is finished. There is still a whole lot that you have to think about when you actually get there and need to make the same, or at least similar, living conditions to your pet. They do not like changes so much so if you make sure that the living conditions are similar to those back home as possible and that you provide the same habits that they are used to, they will have the time of their lives and so will you.

Here are some indebt tips for when traveling with your dog.

Deciding Where to Travel

This is the first and probably most important step. You need to think really well about where you are going to travel to and if you should take your dog with. But we already decided that the dog is coming so you need to adapt to the location. The most important thing to consider here is the dog’s health and the way they adapt to different climates. Dogs are highly adaptable animals, but it is not worth adapting it to a completely new climate just for one short trip. So the best way would be to decide to a similar climate of your hometown.

An Airdale Terrier’ health will be affected if you go to a warmer climate the same way as with a Chihuahua if you decide to take it to a much colder area. But of you really want to go and experience a different place, completely different from your home, there are still ways to do that. But you have consider taking some equipment and accessories for your dog. In colder climates you can bring doggy coats and jackets as well as equipping it with some boots and warm shoes. Your dog will appreciate the gesture and will feel well. The same goes for the opposite and in hotter climates you can bring cool down jackets and shoes. The shoes are probably the most important part as the ground can get really hot and make it really uncomfortable for your pet.

But probably the best way to help your dog adapt is to allow it from early on to get used to travel. Since dogs are mostly tied to one place and hate changing locations, you can allow it to feel the change once you get it. Take your dog everywhere you go with you from early age. The puppy will that way get used to changing places often and will not feel homesick or insecure when you take it on a trip. If you are a person who likes travel too much and animals at the same time, this could serve as a long term solution.

Travel Regulations

After deciding where to go, you have to think about the regulations of the country. All countries have different kinds of regulations so you will have to research them based on the place you are going. This means that most dogs will need to be vaccinated or that they need to be micro chipped in order to be allowed entrance in the country. This is the case with most countries in Europe, so if you do decide to bring your dog with make sure that you study on the regulations needed.

Best Tips When Traveling With Your Dog

You may need to get some papers and permits and you can easily get all of them. Most countries have an established set of requirements neatly laid out of you. But there are some places that you will have to dig deeper to find the necessary set of rules that you have to follow. Nevertheless, this is an important part and you really have to take it seriously because most customs are adamant about letting new species into their ecosystem. This is specifically important for countries like Australia. If you do not meet the requirements, they will not allow the entrance to your pet, and we certainly don’t want that, do we?

How to Travel

Next comes the part with transportation. Deciding how to travel here is not going to be based on your needs but based on your dog’s needs. The trick here is to make sure that your dog gets as little stress as possible. There are various ways to travel: by plane, by ship, by train or car. All of these are possibilities that you have to consider and all of them will be quite troublesome for your dog. All of them, except traveling with your car, will also require you to address some regulations and spend added amounts of money.

If you travel by plane or ship, regulations are similar. There are ways to take your dog with you and you can either put it in the cargo area with the other dogs or take it with you in the cabin. But it mostly depends on the size of the dog. Bigger dogs are not allowed in the cabin and will need to be put in the cargo area. Smaller dogs are allowed but you still cannot let them out of the container for the entirety of the trip. There are going to be some added fees either way and you might also consider sedating your dog during the trip. Make sure to put some of its favorite toys with it to make the trip more bearable. This geos both for traveling by plane and boat. And the best tip here would to choose the form of transportation which would require the least amount of time.

Traveling by train is a bit more bearable. It is not as stressful to the dog as when traveling by boat or plane. If you have already gotten your dog used to traveling via car, it will not take too much to adapt it to a train ride. But you have to go through similar regulation like when traveling on a plane or boat. Most of the requirements and needs are pretty much the same but will ensure that your dog has a fine trip.

But if you are going by car, this will probably be the best and easiest way for your dog to travel. Most dogs are rarely used to taking trips to the store with their owners, so they just have to go through a longer trip this time. You should make sure to entertain them along the trip and your kids can do that while you drive. Make sure to make frequent breaks for the dog to go to the bathroom and simply to stretch their legs a bit. Give them treats to make it easier for them, but not too much as you will end up making more toilet breaks than you have originally planned.

Equipment and Accessories

The equipment and accessories that you need to bring will depend on the way you travel and also on the necessary regulations. Depending on how you decide to go about this, you will need to prepare a container for your dog. Most planes only accept specific kinds of crates which depend on the size of the dog and which need to be well ventilated. This will also require some research or you can simply ask around about it. When it comes to going overseas or to a different country, you should have the full set of papers prepared. This will confirm the health of your dog.

To help the dog be much more comfortable during the trip, you should bring its toys. Either way, the dogs will feel at ease if they have something familiar in hand. Their favorite chewing toy is the best way to go as it will keep them entertained and keep their minds away from the trip. This is partially useful if your dog is locked in a crate in the cargo area but it works equally well if the dog is with you in the car. The less stressed your dog is the better your trip will be.

Preparations

Now comes the part of prepping your dog. This will require you to gather up all the things previous mentioned. Make a list of all the important things that we have discussed and make sure to pack them in advanced. The papers and the documents will probably be the most important part of it all. But what you also need to do before you leave is to take your dog to the vet and get it checked out. A lot of people tend to disregard this fact but it is more important than you think. You really don’t want problems with a sick dog on your trip.

Taking your dog to a regular check up with your vet will do it good. You can also get the necessary papers then if they are required. More importantly, your vet will give you some health advice that you can follow concerning your dog. If you are going to a drastically different area than your own, following the advice that the vet can give you will be pretty good for you. Once you determine your dog is good to go, you can start packing.

Best Tips When Traveling With Your Dog

The Arrival

The final part may also be the most important part for some dogs. First of all, you will also need to ask around and check about the pet policy that hotels have. Once you determine that the place you plan to stay in has all the accommodations for your pet you are safe to bring it along. Some places have specific rules when it comes to dogs so better avoid the inconvenience and make sure to check everything in advance.

So when you come to the place and you are all settled down you have to make sure that the dog is also set. The best way they function is getting to know the area. First introduce the dog to the room that you are going to be staying in and the place where the dog is going to sleep. Once they get over the initial shock then it is time to make things bigger for them. Take a walk with your dog around the neighborhood. That way the dog will get acclimated more and will easily start to understand the change and will get used to it. You can walk the dog as frequently as you can and also make sure to provide it with similar conditions and habits that the dog has back home.

Snowy Dream: 3 Coolest Ski Resorts of Colorado

Many ski experts believe that the Rocky Mountains of Colorado have recently become even more popular than the famous European resorts. The level of development of winter sports in the United States is indicated by the fact that the country hosted the Winter Olympic Games four times – the record that hasn’t yet been beaten. However, Colorado is something special even for the United States.

The resorts of the mountain state can boast of 300 sunny days a year. Nevertheless, the height of the snow cover reaches 8 meters, and the snow in Colorado is very dry and not sticky. Another feature of the local ski tracks is that most of them are situated at an altitude of 2100-3500 meters, while the forest boundary occupies an altitude of 3300-3600 meters. Therefore, picturesque landscapes, beautiful snow and natural shelter from the cold wind are guaranteed. Well, let’s consider the best 3 ski resorts in Colorado…

Aspen

Aspen is considered to be the most prestigious ski resort in the United States – it consists of four isolated skiing areas. The Buttermilk and Snowmass ski areas include ski trails for beginners and intermediate-level skiers. By the way, Snowmass features the largest height difference in the Rocky Mountains, which is 1,343 meters. Other skiing areas are Aspen Highlands and Aspen Mountain – these trails are excellent for experienced skiers and professionals.

Aspen

(photo by Ryan Davison Crisp)

The spirit of history and modernity were mixed in Aspen. In addition to the developed skiing segment, winter sports and outdoor activities, you will be offered excellent shopping, art galleries, fitness centers and SPA salons, nightclubs and restaurants for any taste. The city provides a special charm with a light touch of the Victorian era, which is complemented by the amazingly beautiful landscapes of the surrounding area.

The nearest large transport hub to Aspen is Denver International Airport located about 180 miles away. Thus, you will not have any hassles with getting to Aspen from there, because many car rental agencies at Denver Airport offer car hire. Of course, it’s the quickest and the most convenient way of traveling to ski resorts of Colorado.

Vail

The neighboring Vail Valley is one of the top five ski resorts in the world and includes four nearby towns: Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone. Vail Resort is the largest ski resort in the US occupying the area of ​​more than five thousand acres. Despite its bohemianism and pretentiousness, it’s at the same time considered to be one of the most democratic resorts in terms of pricing policy. Founded in 1962, with a central part built in Tyrolean style, today Vail is a huge complex, which is capable to accommodate over 32,000 people at once. Speaking of nearby facilities, you’ll be offered more than a hundred restaurants of the most diverse cuisine, over two hundred shops and boutiques where you can buy everything from ethnic Indian souvenirs to clothing of world-famous brands.

Vail Mountain Employee Race Day

(photo by Todd Harper)

Also, there’s a well-developed leisure and entertainment industry presented with museums, art galleries, and SPA-centers. In addition to skiing tracks of different levels of complexity – from tracks for children to professional ski slopes, and a wide variety of winter sports, you can enjoy hiking in snowshoes or dog sledging in Vail, as well as snowmobiling, horse riding, and even ballooning.

Beaver Creek

Beaver Creek is a luxurious ski resort, built in the spirit of an alpine village. Initially created for the 1967 Winter Olympics, it was not chosen by the International Olympic Committee, but it became an excellent relaxing place both for the fans of skiing and for those who prefer a more peaceful winter pastime.

Today, Beaver Creek features a well-developed infrastructure, which is not inferior to Vail resort. All ski trails – from training slopes for beginners to 13 super-complicated Talons Challenger’s trails for professionals, begin literally at the doorstep of hotels, and are considered to be one of the best in North America. Children can be trained in mountain skiing and snowboarding in a specially equipped area at the foot of the mountain peak. There’s an amusement park with an Indian village and a bear’s dolphin. The highlight of Beaver Creek is Birds of Prey – a ski slope that is included in the top three most difficult routes in the world. Thanks to the early start of the season in the Rockies, many famous sportsmen often come here to train.

Beaver Creek

So, if you are looking for a road to a fairy tale in terms of skiing, then it lies across the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. The skiing season starts at the end of November and lasts until mid-April. The average temperature of the winter months is -5°C, and March-April is 0°C. In fact, there is no ‘low season’ in Colorado. Snow falls in October and lies until May, therefore the opening of the skiing season takes place in such a way as to provide visitors with the most comfortable conditions for skiing.