Monthly Archives: October 2017

Corporate Traveler Business Trips to McLean, VA hotels

From sales reps to diplomats, sooner or later, everyone takes a business trip to the Washington, DC area. Home of politics, intrigue and scandal, the city is also rich with history, technology, and natural beauty. The smart travelers save time, stress and money by staying in the city’s popular, nearby suburbs throughout Maryland and Northern Virginia, giving them easy access to both downtown DC and the area’s three airports. One such suburb is McLean, Virginia, just 25 minutes from the city. McLean, Virginia hotels offer everything a business traveler needs, from shuttles and easy directions, to projectors and expansive conference rooms. You’ll also enjoy an array of services like dry cleaning, shoe shines, full-service business centers, and complimentary meals. The fact that these Washington, DC area hotels regularly deal with celebrities and politicians means that everyone benefits from high-end amenities and features, as well as top-notch service. Business travelers routinely give high marks to the hotels in these areas. Depending on the room, many suburban hotels provide unmatched views of the DC area, from the city to the east to the mountains to the west. Hotels in McLean, Virginiaare especially convenient for those who have business in Washington, DC, but are flying in or out of Dulles International Airport. The largest of the area’s three airports is about 45 minutes to an hour outside of the city, depending on traffic, but only 20-25 minutes from the McLean area. Convenient airport shuttles make it easy to get some work done even as you’re on the road. Your McLean hotel also puts you a stone’s throw from Tysons Corner, home to Tysons Galleria and Tysons Corner Center, Metro DC’s most popular shopping destination. From Aeropostale and the U.S.’ very first Apple Store to Yankee Candle and Zales Jewelry, if you can’t find what you want at this expansive shopping mecca, you’re not looking hard enough.


Cruise Vacations

Cruise vacations offer ample opportunities for people to forge lasting friendships and meet new people while luxuriating in the rich ambience of a passenger ship.

A cruise liner is a majestically built ship and resembles a luxury hotel with numerous decks, swimming pools, jacuzzis, theater, casino and dining rooms. It can carry up to 2500 or more passengers and around 1000 crewmembers. The staterooms are fairly large with enough closet space and an attached balcony with chairs. As expected the food is laid out in a buffet and is available round the clock besides the theme eateries like an Asian noodle shop or the delicatessen that serves sandwiches made to order. The dining rooms though, boast of a small menu have an extensive wine list from which one can order. Once the passengers have gorged the delectable food and drunk the best wines they need to work off those calories too! And for that the ship is equipped with a gym and there are special Yoga, Spinning and Pilates classes which can be quite full, so, either one has to book early or make do with the jogging track that is meant for the sheer pleasure of walking those calories off while luxuriating in the fresh sea breeze.

The concept of having fun ` on a cruise lies with group activities, which are listed in the daily cruise newsletter. One can attend an art auction or a wine tasting session besides joining in group games and sing-along sessions at the bar. The night comes and the casino and the night clubs, pubs and bars come alive, you can hear the slot machines from the casino and jazz, hip hop and top forties belting out from the clubs. You can pub-crawl to your hearts content, as well.

Not everything on a ship is for free, however. In general, the juice stations offer round the clock juice service, on the house, but often, soft drinks and ice cream have an extra charge attached to them. The rates of the spa treatment on the ship are pretty steep compared to what we pay ashore and telephone calls are very expensive so its always better to use the Internet cafes at the port of calls.

Going on a cruise not only hones your traveling skills, but also provides you with new friends and memories you will cherish forever!


Metal Detecting Holiday Everyone

For passionate American metal detector heads, the most typical aged treasures they can hope for are Civil War era coins and armaments. Sure, there may still be a few places where one might locate an old arrowhead or 2, but most are actually beyond the normal hobbyists reach. Reading a good European metal detecting counterparts luck with Roman coins and Viking treasure hoards are practically nothing but appetite whetters or stuff of fantasy; however it does not need to remain that way.

As simple and often scruffy-looking some enthusiasts might seem like, most of us do have lives outside wielding our metal detectors;and thus, can truly begin living out many of the grander metal detecting fantasies we find out about from the many other metal detectorists throughout the pond. With a some getaway time-and a little of getaway money, naturally-we can bring our bags and our metal detectors and head on over to Great Britain for a metal detecting adventure like those weve find out about.

Imagine walking at the same streets where once Roman soldiers trod; start thinking about mopping your best metal detector along the beach where Vikings might once have landed, breath in the air and truly feel the grass where Celts once roamed. Yes, the particular earth of Great Britain is filled with rich historical past; this is why it makes it a great fertile hunting area for metal detector hobbyists. Apart from the potential of thrilling finds, all the history attached is just too alluring to resist.

Excitement tourism, particularly one connected to metal detecting is getting popularity. The pull of history is indisputable and then there are so many areas to explore. Whether it’s by looking through plowed fields that founded Saxon and/ or medieval work or discovering the secrets of the damage of an unfamiliar Roman villa. You get to enjoy being a metal detectorist and amateur archeologist as well.

Currently, all you need to do is use the internet to locate a hugely rated and reliable touring company that focuses on supplying metal detecting vacations. They must have all of the information about metal detecting holiday activities in Great Britain including all you want to know concerning English regulation regarding treasure hunting.


Matheran Tour Packages

Package Tour to Mahabaleshwar, Matheran and Delhi
Mahabaleshwar is a city in Satara district of Maharashtra in India. A hill station located in Western Ghats. It was called The Summer Capital of Bombay province during British Raj.

It is a popular honeymoon spot and holiday resort. It is also popular for the honey and strawberries. You can visit strawberry farms to enjoy the real flavor of fruits. Mahabaleshwars climit is said to be ideal for Mulberries and Strawberries. It is also famous for Mulberries with cream and Strawberries with cream in the season April May and also corn pattice at “Cream Corner”.

One of the major tourist attractions is the Venna Lake. Mahabaleshwar is also known for its “Points”, where a person can stand and enjoy the scenery. Some of the points are Arthurs seat, Kates point, Needle hole point, Wilson point, 3 Monkey point etc. Panchgani is also one of the popular and scenic hill resort. Travel to Mahabaleshwar for an unforgettable holiday with an Mahabaleshwar Tour Packages tour package. Matheran is a hill Station in Karjat Tahsil of Raigad district of Maharashtra state and it is the smallest hill station in India. Matheran means “Forest on the forehead” is an eco-sensitive region and is the only automobile free hill station in Asia. Find the best Matheran tour packages from Matheran Tour Packages tour package.

There are 38 look out points including panorama points that provides 360 degree view. The view of sunset and sunrise from this point is breath taking. There are 2 lakes, 28 points, 2 parks, 4 major worship places and a racecourse to visit in Matheran. Some of the points are Louisa point, One tree hill point, Hart point, Monkey point, Porcupine point, Rambagh point, Alexander point, little chowk point, Big chowky, Belvedere point, Olympia race course, Lords point, Charlotte point, Echo point, Pisharnath Mahadev Mandir, Panorama point, Celia point, Khandala point, Madhavji garden and point, Mayra point, Matheran railway station and Pisarnath Temple. Delhi is one of the metropolitan region in India that includes nation capital New Delhi. After Mumbai, Delhi is the second populous city of India and also largest city.

Tourist places to visit in Delhi are Akshardam temple, Azad Hind gram, Bahai temple, Birla mandhir, Delhi haat, Garden of five senses, Humayuns tomb, India gate, Jama-masjid, Jantar manthar, Lodi tomb, Parliament house, Poorana quila, Qutab minor, Safdarjang tomb, Red fort any many more.

To visit Delhi the best time is from October to march when the wheather is best and the flowers are at its blooming best. Find the best Delhi tour packages from Delhi Tour Packages tour package.


Season’s Favorite Holiday Cookies

I have two childhood memories that center around Christmas cookies. My Mom’s no-bake cookies and my Aunt’s sugar cookies. I can still see my Mom stirring the cocoa for the no-bakes and can still smell their savory, sweet, aroma. I remember being just barely tall enough to peek up at the waxed paper-lined kitchen counter to sneak me a cookie while they were still warm.

My Aunt made the best sugar cookies that I can remember. The shapes that I remember the most were the Christmas trees, the candy canes, and the wreaths. I like soft doughy cookies and my Aunt’s were the best. She lived just three blocks down from our house and I still remember walking to her house with my parents…visiting, and eating those cookies. Those were the good old days.

What are the cookies that you remember as a child? Which ones were your favorites?

If you’re like most people…you will come up with the following four

*Sugar Cookies

*Chocolate Chip Cookies

*Peanut Butter Cookies

*Gingerbread Cookies

These four kinds of cookies are America’s top pick when it comes to holiday cookies. There are many variations of each kind. But my favorite…other than the cookies I mentioned at the beginning of this article, is chocolate chip cookies. Every Christmas, my Sister-In-Law brings everyone in the family a big bag of them. It’s a tradition with her. She enjoys baking chocolate chip cookies for us all.

Below is my Sister-In-Law’s recipe

(It’s actually the same recipe that is in the Betty Crocker cookbook)

bettycrocker.com

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1/3 cup margarine or butter, softened

1/3 cup shortening

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 1/2 cups all-purpose or whole wheat flour

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 package (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips

(The original recipe calls for 1/2 cup chopped nuts, my Sister-In-Law doesn’t include nuts)

Directions

Heat oven to 375 degrees. Mix sugars, margarine, shortening, egg and vanilla. Stir in remaining ingredients Drop dough by rounded teaspoonfuls about 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake until light brown, 8 to 10 minutes.

Cool slightly before removing from cookie sheet. Makes about 3 1/2 dozen cookies.

I look forward to these every year. I too, have made them many times and they don’t last long around our house. My Husband loves them.

Do you bake cookies for the holidays? Everyone has their personal favorites.

If you’re baking cookies this Christmas, don’t forget to leave Santa a special plate full of them.

Happy Holidays to all!


Mobile Ticketing to Boost mCommerce In the Coming Years

Thanks to the latest technological advancements, booking tickets isn’t a tedious task any more. With the implementation of mCommerce you can purchase the tickets of your favorite movie, any upcoming event, or book flight or train tickets in a jiffy. All you have to do is purchase the tickets using your hand held wireless device, and within a short span of time you will receive a SMS, EMS, or MMS. Interestingly, by the year 2014 it is expected that around 15 billion mobile tickets would be delivered worldwide. In a nutshell, the concept of mobile ticketing is purchasing tickets of any events, latest movies, or booking train or flight tickets through your mobile device. The gurus of mobile commerce predict that mobile ticketing will drive the overall growth of the mCommerce industry in the coming years. According to a recent survey mobile ticketing will form a key driver in the overall mCommerce growth till 2012. The industry is expected to exceed a transaction value of 100 billion dollars. Presently mCommerce or Mobile commerce is being widely used by the retail industry, financial services industry, banking industry and the travel industry. Reports suggest that the mCommerce industry grew about 150% to around 200% in the year 2010, and is expected to grow at a rate of 65% annually generating around 25 billion dollars by the year 2015. According to a research conducted by the ABI research firm, by the year 2015 transaction worth around 115 billion dollars would be done using a mobile phone. What’s more? The number of active mobile banking users in the US will catapult from 10 million in the year 2009 to 53 million by the year 2013. Mobile ticketing has not only freed you from the tedious task of standing in queues for booking tickets, but also reduced costs. Firstly the entire concept of a digital ticket saves paper, and the other costs associated with printing and posting those tickets. It also reduces the operational and delivery expenses associated with it. The rising use of mobile coupons has also triggered the growth of mCommerce. Random research suggests that more than 300 million consumers will use mobile coupons by the year 2014 and will generate around six billion dollars globally. QR code integration has triggered the growth of mobile ticketing and mCommerce. It is expected that the transport companies will make the most of this facility and drive the mobile ticketing market.


A Timeshare Vacation

A timeshare is a type of vacation club that give you the rights, along with other club owners to use a piece of property once a year, usually one week, every year for the same time period each year. (i.e. every January first through the fifth) Owning a timeshare/ vacation club may be a good deal for some, but is definitely not for everyone. There are many questions you may want to consider before signing the dotted line, they are:

*Do you really want to come to this resort every year at this time of the year?

*Can the timeshare be gifted or rented out?

*Can you afford the yearly fee and will they escalate overtime?

*What about the personal property taxes?

*Could your dollars be spent more wisely elsewhere, than on a timeshare/ vacation club?

After you answer these questions it’s time to do your due diligence regarding the different types of timeshares out in the marketplace. There are many benefits of owning a timeshare other than knowing you have a relaxing resort waiting for you each year. You usually get spacious vacation conditions, such as a one or two bedroom condo with a full kitchen with plate settings and silverware, range top, oven, microwave, dishwasher, living room/ dining room, television with DVD player and a clothes washer and dryer. All of the conveniences of home, including the ability to save some money on home cooking, rather than expensive dining out every night during your vacation.

Also, many vacation clubs own several units at different exotic locations. That allows you the option to experience different scenery around the world during your vacation.

However, there are many critics of the timeshare industry. They claim that:

*Timeshare units are overpriced.

*There are the ever increasing maintenance fees.

*There are personal property taxes that must be paid.

*The property value does not increase.

*You must pay the above fees regardless if you are able to use your allotted time slot or not.

To summarize the timeshare/ vacation club experience. The timeshare can offer an exciting, fun, relaxing yearly vacation, sometimes at different exotic locations. They offer nice home like lounging/ sleeping arrangements that can be far superior than many hotel/ motel stays and allow you to prepare your own meals. Also, they may be gifted out or rented depending on the terms of your contract. Always do your homework before committing yourself to a vacation club.


Get Comfortable In Dubai with Dubai Hotel Apartments

Finding property on rent in Dubai is a daunting task due to huge influx of travels in Dubai. Dubai has myriad flats, apartments and multistory hotels, but to those seeking comfort and luxury Dubai hotel apartments are most suitable. Whenever you are planning a visit to Dubai and want to book accommodation then consider the benefits of staying in luxurious hotel apartments over conventional hotel rooms and flats.

Considering the huge influx of visitors, it is recommended to book your Dubai apartments or commercial offices on rent in advance before arriving Dubai. Though, finding well furnished apartment or Dubai hotel apartment on arrival is possible, it can be an exhausting and time-consuming task. Dubai rent properties are kept occupied by travelers constantly and hence advance booking is a sensible option. However, the visit was unplanned; you can book the finest Apartments Dubai with the help of Dubai estate agents.

Meanwhile, there are a few factors that you need to consider while booking Dubai hotel apartment like commutation distance from your office or place of meeting/event, access to markets, and other means of entertainment in vicinity like cinema halls, malls, amusement parks or educational if planning for a long family vacation. Considering all these facts is crucial to make your stay more pleasant and convenient. Moreover, having malls and stores and other entertainment in vicinity will help you overcome the stress of a hectic day or to spend quality with your spouse, kids or partner. Hence, it is quite significant and will help you save time and money on travelling. There are many well developed supreme Dubai hotel accommodations in the hub of Dubai and hence finding such accommodations is no problem.

Staying in Dubai hotel accommodation is a great way of evading crowd if you are in Dubai to relax and spend quality time. Moreover, as opposed to many exclusive Dubai hotels and other luxurious flats, Dubai hotel apartments will cost low. Dubai apartments make a perfect accommodation especially for long stays. In term of ambiance and luxury, these hotel apartments are second to none. They come equipped with furniture and myriad luxury accessories other than basic amenities that will make you feel like being at home. Its important that you consider all these aspects if you want to spend quality time.

Dubai apartments are best suited and affordable accommodation for short as well as long stay in Dubai. Meanwhile, it is curial that you must make arrangements in advance unless you want to spend extra time and money. Online Dubai hotel apartment services are available and a great way to book apartment of your preference. You can browse through wide spectrum of apartments and suites for cheap. You can collect valuable information about the suites, apartment and contact details. So what are you waiting for, make your Dubai stay a pleasurable experience with excellent Apartments Dubai. Logon to their website now and book the best suites for your stay.


Galapagos Islands Human Steps, Galapagos Cruise, Galapagos Tours

The first inhabitants of Galapagos Islands, were between two and three hundred in number; they are nearly all people of colour, who have been banished for political crimes from the Republic of the Equator, of which Quito is the capital. The settlement is placed about four and a half miles inland, and at a height probably of a thousand feet. In the first part of the road we passed through leafless thickets, as in Chatham Islands at Galapagos Islands.
Higher up, the woods gradually became greener; and as soon as we crossed the ridge of the Galapagos islands, we were cooled by a fine southerly breeze, and our sight refreshed by a green and thriving vegetation. In this upper region coarse grasses and ferns abound; but there are no tree-ferns: I saw nowhere any member of the palm family, which is the more singular, as 360 miles northward, Cocos Island takes its name from the number of cocoa-nuts. The houses are irregularly scattered over a flat space of ground, which is cultivated with sweet potatoes and bananas. It will not easily be imagined how pleasant the sight of black mud was to us, after having been so long, accustomed to the parched soil of Peru and northern Chile.

The inhabitants, although complaining of poverty, obtained, without much trouble, the means of subsistence. In the woods there are many wild pigs and goats; but the staple article of animal food is supplied by the tortoises. Their numbers have of course been greatly reduced in this Galapagos islands, but the people yet count on two days’ hunting giving them food for the rest of the week. It is said that formerly single vessels have taken away as many as seven hundred, and that the ship’s company of a frigate some years since brought down in one day two hundred tortoises to the beach.


Trekking in the Amazon Rainforest – The Holiday of a Lifetime

One of the biggest ‘holidays of a lifetime’ for many people has got to be trekking in the Amazon rainforest. Just the thought of it is enough to send a world of exotic images spiralling into your mind: the verdant green of the trees, the shrieks and calls of the monkeys and birds, the croak of frogs, the trickle of sweat as it glides down your back, the squelch of the soft ground beneath your boots…

The Amazon rainforest traverses a whopping nine countries, over an area one and a half times the size of the European Union, meaning the opportunity to trek terrain that varies enormously. Visitors to the area should prepare to navigate microclimates where it can vary from the very hot to pouring rain, with changing animal species that diversify with their environment – and what animals they are! Jaguars, monkeys, anacondas, frogs, parrots, dolphins, crocodiles and tarantulas are just a few among the thousands of different types of animal life that can be found within the depths of the Amazon’s tropical rainforest. This, combined with the amount of species of plants and trees, makes the area one of the most magnificent in the world. Trekking in the Amazon rainforest is something that challenges tourists, and becomes an experience they will never forget.

Unfortunately, the Amazon rainforest is under growing threat of deforestation caused by logging, cattle ranching, mining and more. Global climate change is also a significant threat to the rainforest. Many people are aware of the types of threats that put the future of the Amazon rainforest in jeopardy, but are we doing enough to help protect this precious land?

If we want this region to keep its stunning, world-renowned biodiversity intact for the future, then we’re going to have to work harder than ever to stop deforestation, lower carbon emissions and reduce the terrible effects of greenhouse gas emissions on the environment. It may be possible for us all to enjoy the wonders of the Amazon rainforest in our lifetimes, but what about the next generation, or the next? If you want to help ensure that this precious – and crucial – rainforest is looked after and protected, it’s time to look into what you can do to help the cause. After all, there’s only one Amazon rainforest – and once it’s gone, it’s gone.