A 3 and a half hour timelapse on board a boat going along Lake Michigan and through the gorgeous Chicago canals. This was on the annual Zacuto boat trip.
Archives for August 2011
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* Fares are displayed each-way based on round-trip purchase. The fares are valid for departures September 1 through October 28, 2011. Tickets must be purchased before August 31, 2011, 11:59PM EDT. There is an additional $20-$30 weekend surcharge each way. Tickets must be purchased at least 14 day before departure date. A minimum Sunday night stay is required and a maximum one month stay is permitted for all destinations save for cities in the United Kingdom where a 12 month maximum stay is permitted. Fuel surcharge is included in fares. Government-imposed fees and taxes of up to $250 per round-trip (depending on airports) are additional, including the September 11th Security Fee of up to $10 per round-trip. Fares are non-refundable. Changes are allowed for a $250 fee plus fare adjustment fees. Additional conditions may apply. Fares are subject to class of service availability and may be changed or withdrawn without notice.
Sometimes when you are a single parent it might feel as though you are missing out on some activities that a two parent family might enjoy.
This is usually because of two reasons, one being the fact that you could be a little tight on cash as you only have one income coming into the family home and you also might find it hard to do things when there is only one adult, as it makes things like trips away a little more challenging logistically.
If you are thinking about taking your children away on a holiday abroad and this is the first time that you have tried this as a single parent then you might like to think about the ways in which you can make the first trip as easy on yourself as you can.
The key to this trip will be forward planning, as the more organised you are then the less likely it is that you will become stressed out whilst you are travelling and also when you there.
Try to pick a destination that is specifically tailored for children as this way you will be able to relax as your children play with other children that they meet and there will also be no need for you to feel like you have to keep them quiet at dinner as you will be staying in a child friendly environment.
If you specifically choose a hotel or resort that caters for children then you will also be able to make use of the holiday clubs and family rooms. Having a family room will keep the cost of the holiday down and you will also be able to keep your eye on your children at all times. Holiday clubs could also prove vital for you as it means that you will be able to book out some vital rest and time out for you (which as a single parent you will definitely be in need of!).
When you book your holiday there are things that you can do in order to try and make your journey to the resort as pain free as possible. Try to stay away from long haul flights; you will feel a lot better and a lot less daunted if you know that you only have a short flight. When you book see if the airline will make sure that you and your family are all sitting together and explain to them that as a single parent you will need to be able to be with your children at all times.
The journey to the airport should also be as stress free as you can make it. If you drive then it might be a good idea to drive to the airport. Most airports will offer airport parking which means that you drive right up to your terminal and park your car metres away from your check-in desk. This would be a great option as it means that you keep your journey to the airport as simple as possible.
Location: Jakarta – Indonesia
Photo: National Monument
The National Monument stands at the centre of Lapangan Merdeka (Freedom Square), Jakarta.
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The travel comparison experts have drawn up a list of useful hints when using our current accounts abroad this summer. Research has shown Brits could spend over £670 million* in current account fees over the remainder of the summer.
1. Inform your bank – avoid having your debit card blocked whilst abroad
Occasionally, if your bank notices activity on your account in another country they can issue an immediate block to your card or temporarily hold your account, freezing your ability to spend in foreign countries. Notification to your bank is fairly straightforward and can be via phone, in person at any branch or through the bank’s website. The bank simply needs to make a note on your account. Reassuringly for Barclay’s customers, they have a holiday flagging service and Nationwide has a similar online notification facility for holidaymakers.
2. Leave the correct contact information with your bank
This is a simple ‘double-check’ before you leave to ensure your provider can reach you overseas in emergency circumstances. When your bank’s call centre representative inevitably asks you “is there anything else I can help with today”, you can actually say yes on this occasion and clarify your contact details!
3. Should the unlikely event of fraud occur…
Each major bank has a protocol they follow in the event of current account fraud. Banks pride themselves on top-notch security measures and will shut down accounts at the slightest hint of fraudulent activity. Specifically, Halifax and Lloyds make contact with customers via SMS, automated dialing and a call centre unit. Remember to take an international contact number for your bank with you and notify them as soon as you think your current account card is being misused.
4. Where is your debit card accepted overseas?
Not all debit cards work internationally so dig out a list of countries in advance, especially if you’re travelling through a few countries on a road trip or backpacking gap year trip. For instance, the HSBC debit card is not accepted in Iran, Afghanistan or South Korea, while Halifax and Lloyds’ bank cards will not function in North Korea, Iran, Syria, Cuba or Burma. However, Visa is more commonly accepted worldwide, and you can those countries where your card can be used, by logging onto Visa online.
5. Take contact numbers with you
As we mentioned earlier, take a note of the correct departments to contact at your bank in times of trouble and it’s worth noting that 0845 numbers are not always available from abroad.
6. ATM charges can be huge overseas
To avoid ATM charges completely, getting a pre-paid card (FairFX or CaxtonFX are current best buys) before you travel could help. They have no purchase, withrdrawal or foreign loading fees and are really easy to top up, either online or over the phone. If you don’t fancy taking a pre-paid card on holiday then ensure you understand the ATM fees your bank charges, the small print is boring but can save you money.
7. Do some budgeting for the period whilst you’re away
If your usual bills are to be paid with direct debits and standing orders when you’re sunning yourself on the beaches Europe and beyond, make sure you have the foresight to keep enough back to cover yourself so you don’t occur overdraft charges and a hefty ‘charges’ bill when you return.
Thinking about your current account may be the last thing on your mind as you prepare for a trip abroad. However, it’s vital that you consider the small print and any potential charges before you set off, particularly if you plan to rely on your funds from your current account. Notifying your provider of your whereabouts takes a matter of minutes and can prevent a world of bother should your account become blocked abroad. Minimising the risk of fraud to your finances should be a top priority, and one that can ensure your holiday is an enjoyable one.
* Barclays forecasts that total overseas debit card spending and cash withdrawals will hit £1.47 billion for the summer holidays.
There are many advantages that come with booking all inclusive holidays abroad. Many people question whether it is the right choice for them. We’ve put together a list of a few of the main benefits you can enjoy if you take advantage of an all inclusive trip.
• Leave your wallet at home!
One of the main benefits of all inclusive holidays is that you can literally leave your wallet at the hotel. When you pay for your holiday, you pay for flight, accommodation, food, drinks, use of hotel amenities and (depending on your deal) several other things. This means that you don’t have to carry cash around with you all the time because everything has already been paid for!
• Your holiday is stress free
Holidays are supposed to be a time to relax, enjoy yourself and put aside any worries that you might have. On a regular holiday, most of us will have a budget to spend on our time away. This means constantly keeping tabs on what you spend and if you’re on holiday with the family, you have to keep tabs on everyone else too! All inclusive holidays remove this added stress as food, drinks and sometimes even the daily activities are covered in the cost of your holiday.
• Don’t worry about choosing where to eat out
Lots of all inclusive resorts give guests the choice of several restaurants to dine at. All of the restaurants will be in line with the standards of the hotel, so you can rest assure at the quality of food you will be given. Sometimes it’s difficult to find a decent restaurant in a land that’s new to you. In many resorts, competition is fierce amongst hotels, meaning that they are constantly trying to better each other in terms of quality. That’s great news for you, the tourist.
• Take part in many activities
Depending on which deal you choose to take, many all inclusive deals include activities such as snorkelling and use of sporting amenities. If these came at an extra cost, you might have to consider whether it is in your budget. With it all paid for beforehand, you can choose a different activity every day!