You Can Afford a Luxury Villa Vacation!

In the not too distant past, luxury accommodation in exotic locations was something that only the very rich could enjoy. Air travel to far-away resorts was absurdly expensive, and cruises were exclusive to the wealthy. Nowadays, we have cheap air travel and budget cruises to thank for the ability to travel to truly exotic and exciting places, and there is so much choice that the only problem may be deciding just where to go. If you want a holiday that combines sun, sea and sand plus culture, you could do no better than to try Puerto Vallarta, a very special resort in Mexico.

Located on the Bay of Banderas, a very beautiful stretch of the Pacific Coast, this amazing city has become one the very best vacation locations in Mexico, and is home to magnificent beaches and many other attractions, and with excellent accommodation options too. We recommend you have a close look at the many vacation rentals in Puerto Vallarta, as there are many excellent villas, sleeping a wide variety of numbers, in some of the most prestigious spots along the bay.

Luxury villas can be either self-catering or part-catered – the latter usually with two meals served a day – and they come with a daily housekeeping service. The main advantage is that you get absolute privacy, and the convenience of not having the restrictions of a hotel, so you can come and go as you please. It’s an excellent idea for a family holiday, or indeed a romantic break for two, and the city welcomes tourists in a friendly and open fashion. You will find your villa is within easy walking distance of the beach and the main amenities of the city, so you have that added convenience too.

Puerto Vallarta Beaches

Few places in the world have better beaches than Puerto Vallarta, and the sheer choice is amazing. There are secluded beaches that offer a private bathing experience – Playa Las Caletas, for example, is a stunning beach that was once the private hideaway of the film director John Huston, who fell in love with the place when filming, and is now a nature reserve – while others are bigger and wider expanses of soft sand beach, such as the wonderful Playa Las Animas, which – as with many other beaches – also features a series of excellent restaurants.

The beaches are often lined with palm trees, so you get the advantage of shade when things get too hot, and you can take a dip in the wonderful, warm and clear blue waters of the bay whenever you wish. In fact, the bay is perfect for snorkelling, and the amazing rock formations that rise out of the water, and any one of many reefs close to the shore, provide the ideal habitat for a wide variety of exotic and very beautiful sea creatures that are unique to the region.

You may also want to take a boat trip and enjoy some sea fishing – the local cuisine, as we shall see, is based around the stunning fish that are caught here – or in the right season you can watch whales in the bay, which is an experience that you will never forget. But, there is more to Puerto Vallarta than the beach, and the city itself has plenty to offer.

Culture of Food

You cannot visit Mexico without trying the local food – not to mention enjoying a tequila in one of the fine bars – and Puerto Vallarta has its own specialities. Check out the excellent restaurants along the Malecon, the famous boardwalk along the sea front where you can enjoy wonderful sculptures and views of the bay – or perhaps head to the charming Old Town, and don’t leave without trying the local favourite, grilled red snapper in a delicious sauce with garlic and spices. Another favourite is raw fish of several varieties, plus scallops and shrimp, served in lime juice, which is utterly delicious too.

Food and culture go hand in hand in Puerto Vallarta, so you should also try the many other local dishes that make up many a menu. If you choose a self-catering villa, you can also shop at the bustling local markets, where you will find wonderful fresh fish, fruit and vegetables that you can cook on your outdoor equipment back at the villa. You can also visit local museums and galleries, where you can learn more about the local history of the region.

If you travel beyond the city, you can find stunning waterfalls, rivers and the nearby forests, and there are many special places to visit that you will certainly enjoy. This is a slice of Mexico that is quote spectacular and tranquil at the same time, so make the most of your time here.

Choosing a Villa

You will find the greatest choice of rental accommodation in and around Puerto Vallarta, so whether you are looking for a small villa suitable for a couple or a bigger one suitable for a large family – or indeed two families – there is something for you and your available budget. You will also enjoy the finest locations in the business, with a short walk to the beach and very fine views, and the facilities will be very much to your satisfaction.

Have a closer look at the many available villas – you will see that the rental rates are very reasonable – and be sure to book a Puerto Vallarta holiday that you, your partner and your family will never forget.

Best Ways to Discover New Fashion

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Every fashionista wants to keep their game on point and always forward. However, how exactly do you find next season and abstract pieces? If you’re interested to know, this is the article for you.

The first place to start is with sample sales. These are where designers visions which aren’t well received are sent for sale. And while they might not appear on the rack at the official store, they are certainly made by the brand and are, in fact, a product of their image.

Discounts sites like the Groupon Coupons page for Express are a great way to come across up and coming designers who may not be local enough to you to have a visible presence. By utilizing coupons sites, more and more smaller houses and becoming accessible to those who are looking.

If you enjoy socializing, then this is the tip for you – do more of it! Attend as many fashion events as you can and speak with as many people as possible. Networking like this is a great way to find out the latest scoops on which styles are coming into fashion and even where to get a glimpse of what’s to come. This can help the fashion-minded person prepare their wardrobe and accessories in anticipation.

When planning your social events, don’t allocate all of your time to established designers. Look for design competitions, and college runway shows where you can find up and coming designers who will be good to know as they are taken into production after they complete their studies or win a competition for the same.

If you prefer physical shopping, then a trip to the suburbs is what’s in order. New designers will still be starting small and can’t afford the prices to rent stores in cosmopolitan areas. If you have exhausted all of your local stores, it might be time to start broadening your search.

Nobody said that staying ahead of the fashion game was easy, but with some cunning tips and a sharp mind, it’s something you can accomplish while looking good doing it!

Medical Tourism – 5 Reasons Why it is Worth Considering to Travel Abroad for IVF

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Medical Tourism

For several years a new branch of the economy is developing fast and it includes is tourism linked with treatment. Medical tourism is defined as travel aimed at therapy, rehabilitation and recreation. It involves a trip outside of your region or country to stay in the clinic to improve your health. Patients today are increasingly mobile and with great ease they travel between countries, selecting the best and most specialized clinic and doctors. Trips for therapeutic purposes are gaining in popularity. There appears a steadily growing number of facilities that advertise their services abroad and specialized portals. Medical tourism is a huge, rapidly growing market. Especially in terms of infertility treatment the country of residence does not determine the country of treatment. So why do patients choose foreign clinics and travel to them? There are many reasons for reproductive tourism including In Vitro Fertilization abroad and here are some of them.

Availability

Due to domestic legal regulations or simply traditions and common beliefs some methods of infertility treatment may be impossible to undergo in some countries. There are restrictions in terms of who can receive the treatment, what scope of therapy is permitted. At the same time in other countries the variety of procedures may be widely available for a broad spectrum of patients. Also other countries might be able to present patients with better offer when it comes to availability of cells used for procedure or additional services, tests and medical procedures. Patients also choose places with short waiting time for treatment and instant accessibility of consultations and procedures.

Medical standards and efficacy

People decide to travel for top-quality healthcare services and best care possible. If they feel. their home country does not offer sufficient standard they can easily travel elsewhere. Especially when it comes to fertility tourism patients tend to choose clinics that are most trustworthy, well-reputed and of best standard. Facilities with highly qualified medical staff, cutting-edge equipment and procedures and well adjustment to foreign patient’s needs.

With high quality of procedure there comes high efficacy. IVF success relies on a well experienced lab team and advanced clinic. People usually choose clinics of both top-quality and documented high success rate of IVF treatment.

Price for quality

One of the most important factors is the price: treatments centres in some countries may be 40-80% cheaper as their standard is very high. For example Poland offers foreign patients qualified medical personnel, well-equipped offices and very competitive prices – treatment in the number one facility INVICTA Fertility Clinic is few times cheaper than in Western centres. Standard IVF program in INVICTA that includes eggs collection, embryo transfer and medical consultations costs 1625 EUR. Meanwhile treatment in a British clinic reaches 3500-4000 GBP which means around 4 to 4,6 thousand Euro for the same scope of procedure. Even including the costs of travel and accommodation it may still be cheaper to visit Poland instead of paying three times as much for single cycle.

Vacation

Last but not least people wish to spend nice leisure time in good localisation as they undergo treatment. Both beautiful cities as exotic landscapes are what attracts tourists among which there are also medical tourists.

Saved by an App

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A recent trip across the pond could have ended in disaster were it not for the free apps I used to undo the calamity of my poor planning.  For example, I was advised to get a sim card for a local number once I got to my host country, but I was not told – or didn’t understand what it meant – that your phone must be ‘unlocked’ in order for it to work.  So imagine my surprise when I paid good euros for a card that I couldn’t use.  I worked around that by using my Starbucks app to locate the nearest store, and used their free wifi to get in touch with a friend who helped me remedy the situation.

I made a smart move, however by using the Groupon app to make purchases from Vista Print before I left home.  I got great deals on business cards and had phrases like “take me to Hotel Du Jour” printed up in different languages according to the country I was in and where I was staying.  They made great ice breakers, and more than once helped me get back on track when I’d been dropped off in the wrong location by an over-zealous taxi driver.

Evernote is so useful I don’t know how I lived without it.  I use it when I’m travelling to save notes, contact info, and hastily scribbled info so that I have it at my fingertips when I arrive at my destination.  I love that I can add notes, images and keep them all neatly in one place.  The search feature is really useful when you’re not sure which file you saved a phrase or idea in.  It will highlight all files that contain that tip, so you don’t have to open and close files searching in vain.

Another problem I ran into was dealing with currency exchange rates.  There are tons of apps available for that, but I’ve found XE to be the one I turn to when I’m dealing with a questionable situation and don’t want to get scammed.  It will tell you if the rate you are being offered is the best so that you can complete the transaction, or make a polite get away.

Investing in my Kindle app has been the best money I’ve ever spent in that category.  Well, it’s free, but still, to me, on a long flight, it’s worth a million bucks.  I have lots of books stored on it and can easily pick up where I left off between flights, or when I need something to help me go “nite-nite” in a strange land.

What Not to Miss in Doha

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Doha, the sparkling pearl of the Persian Gulf is a hotbed of wealth, grandeur and deep routed Qatari traditions. Ten years ago, Lonely Planet described Doha as one of the most boring cities on earth. I am sure the Sheik of Qatar and his aids care little about Lonely Planet writer’s opinions on their capital.

Nevertheless, over the past decade positive changes have been made, including a boost in the rejuvenation of historic sites and exciting new projects, including the 2022 FIFA World Cup, which have rapidly projected Doha onto the world stage. This was cemented when it was officially recognised as one of the New7Wonders cities in 2015.

With direct flights from an increasing number of UK cities and numerous Qatar Airways promo codes floating around there has never been a better or cheaper time to head to Doha, so let’s take a look at some of the best attractions in the area.

Museum of Islamic Art

Designed by IM Pei who also designed the Louvre in Paris, the Museum of Islamic Art is a must see when in Doha. Perched on its very own manmade island, the museum boasts the largest collection of Islamic art in the world with its pieces originating from 3 different continents.

If you are not incredibly interested in art, the building itself, complete with its own virtual moat, is enough to warrant a visit. Perched like a modern fortress on the edge of the bay with skyline of Doha twinkling in the behind it, this building is a microcosm for modern Doha; grand, modern and strikingly impressive.

For art enthusiasts, the 1st and 2nd floors are home to the museum’s permanent collection of delicate textiles, exquisite ceramics and ornate jewellery. There are informative 40 minute free tours in both English and Arabic on Thursdays and Saturdays and an impressive café and outside seating area if you would like a break.

When visiting the museum, like most attractions in Qatar, make sure you dress modestly and cover your shoulders and knees to ensure you get in.

Souq Waqif

When you think of a middle eastern market, images of exotic jewels, colourful spices and beautiful rugs spring to mind. It’s hard to find traditional souks nowadays in the ultra-modern cities of the middle east.

However, after a fire in 2003 destroyed the site of its original souk, Doha decided to completely refurbish the market to resemble its historic glory days in the early twentieth century. Even the onsite police men wear old fashioned uniforms from the 1940’s. Keep your eyes peeled for the traditional porters, who cart around shoppers purchases in wheel barrows, a tradition which has been around for centuries.

An Aladdin’s cave of marvels you could spend hours wondering the narrow alleyways of the Souq Waqif. Bursting with Arabian spices, perfumes and traditional dress this is the souk offers a glimpse into Qatari life prior to the oil boom and all the modern luxuries it brought with it.

Falcon Souq

Considered more than just a sport, falconry is firmly cemented as part of the national identity of the vast majority of Qataris. Dating back over 5000 years ago, the sport which involves the hunting of quarry by trained falcons, may seem rather brutal. Despite this, it is something that is so entrenched in Qatari culture it would be wrong to completely ignore the sport while you are there.

Such is the importance of Falcons in middle eastern culture that most of the airlines operating in the area, including Emirates, Qatar Airways and Etihad, allow falcons to travel in the cabin with their owners. They even have a hospital dedicated solely to caring for sick and injured falcons.

The Falcon souk is a great way to see the magnificent birds of prey. Located next to the Souq waqif, people trail the souk looking for the perfect bird. The best time to go is Thursday evenings when the most amount of activity occurs. Any budding vets or animal enthusiasts can find the falcon hospital located next to the souk.

Make sure you stay in a centrally located hotel or serviced apartment in Doha to ensure quick and easy travel around the city without the hassle of having to wait on taxis to get everywhere.

Tips Choosing Motorcycle Tires

 

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Are you having trouble deciding on the tires that are best suited to your motorcycle and the surfaces and road conditions you will be riding on?  You are not alone, as this is a problem many motorcyclists face at some point.  Apart from just producing the visual and physical connection to the road, they are just as crucial as any other vital part of your bike.  It would be naive and foolish to expect tires to last forever, as like most things made from rubber they depreciate over time.  This is when you need consider various elements before deciding whether to replace them yet or not.

Consult Owner’s Manual

Before you start looking for the best online motorcycle store, you should always begin by looking over your owner’s manual for your bike as this will specify the type of tires you require.  It is important to focus more, especially at this point, on the type rather than any particular brand as this will give some clues to tread design, speed rating and size.  You should also look out for any information on composite materials that are recommended and tire bias.

Motorcycle tires at the front and the back are different from each other, as they both have specific goals for which they were manufactured and designed to achieve.  While acceleration comes from the rear tire, braking power comes from the front tire.

As you are obviously aware, the front tire can turn from left to right and vice versa to help you move in the direction you want, whereas the rear tire does not and is subject only to the bike’s lean.  As the rear tire carries and supports the majority of the weight, it’s spec and design are affected appropriately.

The main elements you should be looking for is how they connect to the surface and the leaning angles.  Tires should enable tight corners, extreme acceleration when in a standing position or when coming out of a turn.

Tips For Enhancing The Durability Of Your Tires

Even the best motorcycle tires do not last forever, so it is wise to maintain them at as high a standard as possible to get the most use out of them.  Below are some simple to follow suggestions for this:

  • Use detergent to clean tires and make sure you rinse them properly
  • Avoid using harsh chemicals that could deteriorate them quicker
  • Clean and properly wax your wheels every single week, and unless they are made of aluminium, use corrosion-free chemicals to make them rust free.
  • Before you head out on the road always check the tire pressure.
  • Regularly inspect tires and wheels for loose nut bolts and cracks to avoid accidents.
  • Look at motorcycle bags and find one that suits the style of your bike, as you can use these to store tools and other equipment you may need if you breakdown or have tire trouble on the road.

Even if you are looking for cheap motorcycle tires, you need to choose wisely because you will want tires that not only keep you safe but provide you with a smooth and enjoyable ride.

5 Reasons You Should Visit the Caribbean

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Caribbean

The Caribbean is one of those places that many of us have on our bucket list. The scorching sunshine, glistening sea and white sandy beaches all luring us to hop on a plane and explore the wondrous Caribbean region.

However, the Caribbean has much more to experience than its famous beaches and scenery. Whether you enjoy some of the local dishes (jerk chicken is a favourite) or explore the colonial history that the country is steeped in – you’re spoilt for choice.

With so much on offer, it’s no wonder that the Caribbean has recently seen a surge in tourism. According to this report, more than 30 million people are expected to visit the Caribbean in 2016.

Just in case you’re still not convinced, we’ve put together a few reasons why the Caribbean should be at the top of your bucket list!

Landscapes

When it comes to stunning landscapes, nowhere else has scenery quite like the Caribbean. If you’re after incredible beaches with a backdrop of lush mountainous greenery, then you’re headed to the right place.

Antigua has 365 beaches – if you’re planning a longer trip, then you definitely don’t need to visit the same beach more than once. Barbados is only 21 miles long and 14 miles wide, so it’s easy to explore on foot. Dominica is home to the Waitukubuli National Trail which is around 115 miles long and travels through local villages before ending at a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Island Hopping

Travelling to the Caribbean can be costly, so it’s essential you make the most of your time while you’re there. There are over 7,000 islands in the Caribbean, with 28 of them being classed as nations – there’s plenty of islands to choose from, so take your pick.

Some of the most popular for island hopping include; Guadeloupe, St Marteen, St Vincent, Tortola and Trinidad. There are plenty more destinations to choose from, all of which have other islands either a short ferry or plane ride away.

Festivals

Festivals are a big deal in the Caribbean and are a huge display of colourful costumes. Steel drum bands and incredible street foods. Many festivals revolve around partying and dancing the night away so you’re in for a good time if your trip coincides with festival season.

Junkanoo in the Bahamas on Boxing Day is a celebration of different groups dancing through the streets in some of the most creative costumes. Reggae Sumfest in Jamaica is a bit like a festival without the mud; reggae music plays throughout the weeklong event with a beach party to start the celebrations.

Diving and Snorkelling

If you like your holidays to be filled with water-based activities, then the Caribbean is just the ticket. The seas surrounding the islands are full of marine life including; bottle nose dolphins, coral, rays, turtles and some of the most colourful tropical fish.

Many of the beaches on the islands offer diving lessons and courses, but if you just want to paddle around then pick up a snorkel and begin exploring. The sea is warm and clear making the conditions ideal for swimming around and seeing the aquatic wildlife.

Food and Drink

For foodies the Caribbean will be a delight to the senses. With jerk seasoning, a combination of allspice, thyme, coriander, nutmeg, garlic, chillies, ginger and thyme, sprinkled on chicken, beef and fish dishes.

Caribbean food is a fusion of African, European, East Indian and Chinese cuisine, so you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to dinner time. Plantain is another dish you simply have to try – it’s a member of the banana family and is often fried.

The Caribbean really is a destination for all, whether you want to spend your time relaxing on one of the many beaches or exploring in land you’re in for a trip of a lifetime.

Italian Holiday Travel Tips

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Italian Holiday Travel Tips

With Britain seemingly soon to leave the European Union, Italy might again become that slightly more exotic and foreign destination for your holidays.

Brexit or no Brexit, though, travel to the country is likely to remain exceptionally easy with many daily flights from the UK to all the major Italian cities.

If you are planning to take advantage of these, you might be interested in a few travel tips:

Make the most of your stay

Flights might be plentiful, but they are still quite costly if you are going to be drawn back to such a fascinating and appealing country time and again.

So, with many places to visit and so many things to experience, why not make the very most of your flights to and from the country by arranging an Italy multi centre holiday.

The adventure of designing your own itinerary

One of the excitements of tailoring your own multi centre itinerary is choosing the destinations you will be visiting along the way and what to see and do whilst you are travelling.

Using an Italian multi-centre holiday specialist, such as Bellarome, who are a premier provider of tailored and customised holidays, you can create your own itinerary, or take advantage of a pre-packaged 2, 3 or 4 centre holiday that combines the best of Italy.

Learn (at least a little of) the language

Wherever you go in the world, even a little knowledge of the local language helps you to get about the place, understand what you’re eating and where you’re staying and, above all, allows you to communicate with the locals – and earn their respect by having learnt a smattering of their own tongue.

The case for learning Italian is even stronger, given the immediate familiarity you are likely to find in much of the vocabulary – around a third of the words we use in the English language, in fact, come from Latin roots and the modern-day Italian is easy to pronounce.

When to go

One of the great things about Italy is that it stretches some 736 miles from its northernmost border to its southern tip on the Mediterranean Sea.

Although the four seasons reflect changes in general weather patterns throughout Europe, there is almost always some part of Italy on which the sun is shining – or snow on the mountaintops, if that is your preference.

Bear in mind, however, that August is the month when most Italians take their holidays, so the peak season at this time of year may be especially busy in the most popular resorts and cities.

Places to visit

Italy attracts nearly 50 million visitors a year – and that may be largely explained by the fact that there are so very many places to visit and things to do.

The ones you choose for your own holiday, of course, is largely a question of taste and personal preference. That said, Rome, Florence, Venice and Tuscany are perennial favourites – for very good reasons, given their historical and cultural significance and combine perfectly into an Italy multi-centre vacation.

If you have decided on a visit to Italy, you are already likely to have at least an outline itinerary in mind. These tips and suggestions might help you to tailor and fine-tune the visit in just the way you want.