September 17, 2013
There are many factors to consider when you are planning your vacation in an Alaskan lodge. You need to detail what type of trip it will be. Determining whether to trek the glaciers, go fly-fishing or traditional fishing, or experience an adventure package chock-full of activities, will guide your decision.
Different Types Of Lodges Available
There are many types of activities available to tourists visiting Alaska. Some decide to view the wilderness landscape from the comforts of one of the many ships that cruise the area. Others want to get close to the trout and salmon by visiting Alaska fishing lodges. Accommodations tend to be more rustic and casual with these options.
Your budget goes a long way in determining the type of accommodations you can afford. Those on a tight budget will find wilderness camps a good buy. Although not as prevalent as they once were, these lodges are usually located on the banks of a river or beach. Many are so close you can fish all day, but the downside is you are cut off from the outside world. No televisions, Internet access, or telephones are found at this type of lodging. No luxury amenities here, the emphasis is instead on fishing.
Time Of Year Affects Your Lodging Choices
There are River lodges that include complete bath/shower facilities in the room or in a separate building, ranging from low to high priced. Jet boats are common but pricier air taxis are available at some lodges. Fly-out lodges are used by the wealthy and filled with luxury amenities. These remote but opulent accommodations can house 12-24 guests, with private rooms or cabins, full baths, separate reading areas, and impressive views. Since flying time is so expensive, the top-rate lodges own their fleets for guest convenience.
Several factors must be considered when you plan to visit Alaska for a vacation. First and foremost, you must book your flight and accommodations early. If too busy, utilize the services of an outfitter. This is similar to a travel agent, but have contacts at the various lodges. They are experienced at fishing and can recommend fishing lodges. Outfitters are also aware of motels, restaurants and other important details.
Choosing which time of year you visit will determine what fish will be most likely be caught. The 20-40 pound King Salmon show themselves from early June through early July. In contrast Silver Salmon range from early July to October, depending on which river you fish in. No matter what you choose, a great lodge is out there to make your Alaskan adventure unforgettable.
September 6, 2013
When cash it tight, holidays can end up being something you dread instead of looking forward to. You used to love them, but now they just represent further debt and stress. It didn’t used to be this way, so what happened? For most of us, it’s been a rough year so far. There have been personal losses, problems at work, unexpected bills, and other instances where money has just flown out the door before you’ve even really earned it. Sometimes, these things can’t be helped. Everyone has bad years, and for whatever reason, this is totally one of them. The problem is this can add to the stress and worry on your shoulders.
The Holidays Can Be Rough
So many people out there get wrapped up in the idea of needing to provide a big holiday for their loved ones, that they disregard their own personal well being. Don’t stress about saving; all your really doing is making a bad situation even worse. On top of that, if you make yourself ill, then you won’t be able to enjoy yourself with your family at all during the holidays, regardless of how many or how few gifts you’re able to provide for them. Why make things harder on yourself than they already are? Maybe there’s other alternatives out there that could help take away some of that pressure.
An option more and more people are starting to look into is the chance to win holiday money through entering contests. By entering all the various contests and competitions that are out there, sure you’re throwing a lot to chance, but you’re also giving yourself more possibilities for income than you would have otherwise. As long as you’re not investing serious amounts of income into these competitions (you’d be surprised how many out there are completely free to enter), there’s no harm in giving it a shot!
Help Stack The Odds In Your Favor
Sometimes the odds are stacked against all of us. Life isn’t always fair, and there are times where we just have to ride out the bad spots and hope for the best. By entering free contests and competitions, when you can, at the very least you’re helping to stack the odds more in your favor than they may currently be. So, get to it- put in the time and research your way into winning some much deserved holiday income!
August 8, 2013
Okay, show of hands. How many of you go on vacation and get real tired of the “authentic” souvenirs you find? Hands? Hands? HEY YOU! YOU’RE NOT RAISING YOUR HAND! Or maybe you just don’t care. More often than not your authentic souvenir was made in China. It really makes me wonder, that if you go to China, where are their authentic souvenirs are made? Nothing seems real anymore. People, places or things. And yet there are still a few gems left in this world where you can run away for the peace and tranquility that you so desperately are seeking.
Escape To Alaska
Now, I’m not saying that when you go to Alaska they will always and absolutely have “authentic” Alaskan souvenirs. Then again, you don’t really go to Alaska for trinkets. You go to enjoy the serenity of fly fishing in Alaska. You go to whale watch. You go to experience the majestic landscape. You go to hike the glaciers and breath fresh air. To explore wilderness areas and the National Parks and forests. You go to escape those things that are driving you completely bonkers, about the rest of the world.
A Fishing Lodge Adventure
If you have never experienced a fishing lodge in Alaska you are in for an treat like no other. Alaskan fishing lodges are not some rinky-dink hut set out on the ice. You’re not in an Igloo. You don’t fend for yourself. Lodges are comfortable and spacious with the luxury of a hotel, but the comfort of home.
Locations vary across Alaska and each offers its own particular attractions. Lodges have a professional, friendly and knowledgeable staff, that will help you through your fishing experience. If you choose to hang out in the common living areas, where you can watch satellite T.V., or sit out and relax on the porch to view the breathtaking views that only can be found in Alaska, you have that available too. And, you can always go shopping for those “authentic souvenirs” in the many modern cities that make up Alaska.
July 23, 2013
Truth be told, you should have all of your 24 hour emergency phone numbers posted somewhere that is handy and convenient – just in case. If you have rental properties or own your own home you cannot start traveling until you know that everything is shipshape and that emergency contacts are in place should something happen, while you’re gone. Ideally of course, emergencies should arise, while you’re still at home, but that’s the thing about emergencies… They seldom happen during bankers hours and when you are right there, on the spot. One of the phone numbers that you should have available in your rolodex at work, on your laptop, programmed into speed dial on your phone, and possibly even posted on the refrigerator with magnets is a 24 hour plumbing service.
Few Things Top A True Plumbing Emergency
“Oh, how important could it possibly be to have my plumber on speed dial?” Famous last words if ever I heard them. Picture this:
Who knew, before that recent flood, that your basement drains were clogged? Well…..
- The entire neighborhood is flooding and that means that you’ve got everyone else’s raw sewage coming up through your floor drains.
- Your three-year-old flushed what down the toilet? Oh, and it’s the upstairs toilet and now there’s water running all over not only the second floor but leaking through the ceiling down onto the first floor as well.
- Your tenant just called – seems the hot water heater sprung a leak and you’re on vacation halfway across the continent.
- You were absolutely sure that you could do that kitchen remodel yourself – right up until it came time to changing out the faucet.
- And because you didn’t learn your lesson in the kitchen you were absolutely sure that you could do that bathroom remodel itself until…yeah.
Murphy’s Law Strikes Again
You’ve undoubtedly heard of Murphy’s Law or something relating directly to it – whatever can go wrong… will. And that’s what, more often than not, the problem actually is – even when you don’t have a problem or care in the world. You don’t even have to be doing anything that maybe you shouldn’t possibly have been doing, because you’re not qualified to really do it, in order for something to go wrong.
Mother Nature has a way of exercising her unique sense of humor in the middle of a beautiful summer day when clouds roll in, thunder roars, lightning strikes and rain pours down from the sky to the point that people start gathering up two of every animal and heading toward the highest point of elevation in town.
That’s when something as simple as a clogged drain can mean the difference between being safe, warm and dry in your home or having to make a call to your homeowners insurance agent.
July 22, 2013
Staying in a luxury resort is possibly one of the best ways to accent an already phenomenal vacation or even a simple business trip. But, even the best cruise ship cabins and luxury hotel rooms aren’t always free of germs and odors… make that almost never. That’s why smart travelers carry with them, at all times eco-friendly supplies like disinfecting sprays or wipes, air fresheners & odor control sprays or plug-ins. Considering the bed bug problem being near epidemic proportions these days, you might even want to look into some natural methods for killing/controlling bedbugs.
None of this is particularly pleasant to think about but it’s a cold hard fact – hundreds, maybe thousands of people stayed in the same place you’re going to be staying. You don’t even want to think about what they may have left behind (other than one sock or one earring or tons of beer bottles and cans).
Keeping Your Family Clean On The Road, Plane, And Train
Raising chemical free kids is very nearly impossible these days, but thanks to products like organic, eco-friendly and green cleaning products and hand sanitizers it’s getting a little bit easier. Yes, you can use antibacterial personal hygiene products that are green, because the essential oils contained within, are antimicrobial. Sadly, it’s possible to spread germs from one person to another simply by sharing things like towels and razors. Locker rooms and dorm rooms are enough to make any parent worry so you certainly don’t need to exacerbate the situation by making traveling less healthy than it already is.
What’s In Your Hotel Room?
Just thinking about the aforementioned bedbugs are enough to make your skin crawl… if nothing else. Thankfully, there are organic methods currently available that can rid your bed of those disgusting, blood sucking little creatures. Of course it’s going to be nearly impossible to make sure that all of the pillows, linens and other material covered objects in your hotel room have been cleaned, with a special, organic cleaner that concentrates specifically on bug infestations, but these types of cleaners are available through a simple search online. In a pinch, rubbing alcohol sprayed on the little vermin kills bedbugs immediately, while using it with a little toothbrush and dish to scrub in crevices will kill the eggs. Diatomaceous earth powder will be a huge assist in this area as well.
This isn’t meant to take the fun out of traveling, because germs are everywhere you go. Simply being on a plane, train or in a hotel doesn’t mean that you are assuredly going to come down with some crazy disease or bug infestation. It can make things just a little more relaxed, however, if you know that everything is as clean as you can possibly get it.
July 19, 2013
If you have a few problem areas that simply refuse to give in to all your healthy dieting and exercising you probably have already explored the possibility of liposuction or some other fat lessening treatment. The pros to fat reducing treatments are many but there can be the problem of making your skin tight after lipo however. Who wants to go on vacation and walk along the beach in their skimpy swimwear with loose and sagging skin?
Get Ready To Look Like A Million
Thanks to that lipo treatment you look great in your snug little outfit, but what about when that outfit comes off? The pride and care that you have taken in and give your body can be lessened by the resulting loose skin after a massive fat removal session – but you don’t have to put up with it.
A treatment called the GPSLipo® procedure utilizes the fat mapping GPS technology of a LipoControl laser to locate and remove unwanted fat while tightening what would otherwise have been loose and sagging skin. But that’s not all folks! LipoControl™, Lipotherme™ and EndyMed PRO® are additional skin tightening treatments. Look at that, a little something for everyone.
So Many Vacation Spots, So Little Time
The following are some locations that currently top the list of most favorite and desired vacation spots:
- Enjoy music, theaters and little town charm in Branson Missouri
- Get pampered in one of the hostels while enjoying entertainment, restaurants, water parks, amusement parks and beaches at South Carolina’s Myrtle Beach
- Take a stroll through the amazing, former island correctional institution, Alcatraz, and then catch a cable car to get an up close and personal look at the Golden Gate Bridge while visiting San Francisco California
- Florida as a whole is the perfect vacation spot but specifically pointed out by many vacationers who have been there are Miami, Myrtle Beach and the sunsets at Pier 60 (Clearwater Beach)
- Grab a spot of tea and crumpets in London England
- Relax in the lap of luxury at one of the luxury resorts found in Mexico’s beautiful, well-known getaway – Cancun
Even if liposuction isn’t something that you feel you need before leaving for vacation there may be blemishes, scars, or other skin conditions that make you feel self-conscious in your shorts, tank top and bathing suit. But, as we know, we all want to look our best on vacation and we live in a day and age where we can do something about it.
July 9, 2013
Anytime you are travelling for business, you want to make sure to keep track of all of the expense information so that it can be deducted when it comes to tax time. However, that information generally comes with some sort of client confidentiality and if it were somehow compromised, your customers may not be too pleased. Not only will those travel records give the right criminal the information that they may need in order to make your life hell, they could have enough to make your customers’ lives hell too. So, when you are saving those travel records, you may want to use one of the many private cloud solutions available to you.
Hard Drives Aren’t Secure
When you are using your computer, you probably aren’t thinking about the fact that there are cyber criminals out there that want to know everything that they can about you. You may not consider your travel records to be very important but to the right criminal, those records could lead to a huge crime. Since most of us aren’t criminals, we aren’t thinking about the fact that our hard drives aren’t very secure or that keeping our records on those drives could compromise everything we have worked so hard for. Unfortunately, though, that is the reality of the situation.
If you want to keep your records safe and secure, using a cloud storage solution could be perfect for you. It allows you the freedom to access and work on your confidential files while keeping them on a server that you know is secure. Only you will have access to your documents, so only you can view them, completely removing the possibility of a criminal looking over your shoulder for the information that he needs.
Travelling records are important and you definitely want to keep them accessible for tax season. However, keeping those records on your hard drive could lead to trouble. Instead of saving on your hard drive, do a bit of research and find a cloud provider that will work for you. Your credit score will thank you in the long run.
July 5, 2013
You’ve been planning and planning for that much-deserved getaway and it’s almost time to start deciding on what you’re taking, what you’re leaving behind and what you want to buy while you’re there. There is a little something however that has been bothering you and you’d like to get it taken care of, before you leave on vacation.
It’s that annoying hair loss you’ve experienced in recent months. Fortunately for you, Raleigh Hair Concepts may well have the answer to your dilemma in time for your vacation.
Staggering Statistics About Baldness
When you consider that some 35 million men in the United States and some 21 million women will experience some type of hair thinning or hair loss during their lifetime you may begin to realize that this is not an isolated incident. But only a little over 800,000 of those individuals worldwide will seek out treatment of a professional nature. Considering that you have over 110,000 hair follicles on that little head of yours one would certainly think that you could get some of them to work a little bit more productively. And yes of course there are over-the-counter treatments but there are also prescription treatments and professional hair loss treatments which can achieve some relatively decent results on many individuals.
How important is baldness to an individual? 30% of male baldness sufferers said that they would actually give up sex if they could just get their hair back! 60% of them said that they would rather have their hair back than friends or money. Get the picture?
The U.S. Is The Beautiful Vacationland
Let’s take a look at some of the best places to vacation in the United States:
- Arizona’s Verde Valley – known for their wine and spa’s
- Minnesota’s St. Paul and the Twin Cities – best city for biking in the nation
- Northern Maine – visit the rocky shoreline, lighthouses and don’t forget to eat plenty of lobster
- While in California’s Eastern Sierra don’t forget to visit a ghost town
- Samoa – you will need a passport if you live in the United States, but it technically is in the territory of the United States
- Historic Pittsburgh Pennsylvania – perfect for all you Civil War buffs
- Washington’s San Juan Islands – perfect for the seafood lover
- Alaska’s Fairbanks – more seafood and a chance to see what Alaska really is all about
And, at number one we have a bourbon lover’s paradise in Kentucky’s Louisville. If you are a horse lover you may want to space your vacation around the Kentucky Derby.
June 26, 2013
When you have a condition that requires you to take medication, it really is important that you take your dosage when you should. With the high costs of medications, however, sometimes people really feel that they have to ration. Even with health insurance, medications can really be costly, so patients may even consider leaving those extra pills at home when they are travelling because they don’t know if they will be able to afford the refill when they get home.
If you are on medication, you obviously need it for a condition serious enough for your doctor to write you the prescription. As much as many of us would like to think we know best, when it comes to your health, you really should listen to what your doctor has to say. If your physician has decided that you must take a certain dosage at certain points throughout the day, you really need to make sure you are keeping with the schedule. When you are getting low and don’t have the money for a refill, many people begin to ration their medication by skipping doses or even taking smaller doses to make sure the pills last. This is unhealthy and can lead to bigger problems.
Getting Your Meds
Rather than ration out your supply of medication, why not try an online Canadian pharmacy site? The medications are the same as the medication you would buy here in the states, just at a much lower price. Even with insurance, medications in the U.S. can be very expensive. Canadian pharmacy sites can show you how much you will be saving by using them over a U.S. pharmacy.
Medication is important and when you are travelling and depending on where you travel, you may not always find a local Walgreens pharmacy available. It is important that you have enough medication with you for your trip. Don’t ration your meds or leave them at home, because you are worried you can’t afford the refill! Instead, use a Canadian pharmacy to make sure you have all of the medication that you need on your trip.
June 15, 2013
You’ve been concentrating on making all the arrangements for your vacation and it’s very nearly time to start packing. Only one problem – you wanted to make at least a marginal investment in a new wardrobe that will perfectly complement not only where you’re traveling, but how you’re getting there.
One of the most important things to remember when traveling, at least regarding your choice of clothing, is that you can look good yet still travel in comfort. Being uncomfortable while traveling is just no way to go. You might as well just stay home.
Shopping For Just The Right Outfits At The Last Minute
There is really only one way to shop these days and that’s online. Open up your favorite search engine be it Google, Safari, Bing, Yahoo or something else and enter a search involving the following: choose your city, style and shop. Don’t worry so much about having to drop a bundle of cash right before going on vacation, because the online stores want you to shop, via your computer, make it as attractive as possible, by going above and beyond to bring you the best deals they can possibly offer.
It’s already pretty attractive considering that you don’t have to drive all over town just to find that perfect new vacation wardrobe. But the online stores go the extra mile by offering coupons, coupon codes, and special sales that are exclusive to online shoppers only. And, the money you save online means and you’ll be able to buy a little something at those boutiques on vacation.
How To Be Comfy And Cute
Lets break this down into several categories – and remember, we’re going for not only comfortable but cute and attractive as well:
- tops – sweaters are a good thing to have along just in case even the warmest vacation spots end up a little cooler than planned. They also come in handy in case the air-conditioning is turned up to a ridiculous level. An attractive, cozy sweater is something that no traveler should ever be without.
- socks – while we’re on the topic of air-conditioning being set to the level of freezing let’s talk about footwear that will keep your toes warm and your feet snuggly. Have some fun here with crazy colors and designs.
- shoes – namely, sneakers. These are the perfect traveling shoes because they are not only some of the most comfortable shoes on the planet but they can make a fashion statement all their own.
Just a Couple More Categories To Consider
Whether plain, polka dots, striped or some other print jumpsuits are capable of offering style and comfort for the woman on the go. These outfits can run the gamut between sleek, elegant and stylish to fun and crazy and everything in between.
Last but not least of course is your choice of pants, provided you don’t go with the jumpsuit idea. There’s only one word necessary here: jeans. Dress them down with a pair of sneakers or dress them up with a pair of heels once you’re on location – jeans are comfortable, stylish and versatile.