Location: Linz – Austria
Hauptplatz in Linz, Austria.
Travel Photo Gallery: Linz Photo Gallery
Location: Linz – Austria
Hauptplatz in Linz, Austria.
Travel Photo Gallery: Linz Photo Gallery
A trip overseas can be the most memorable experience of your life. Who doesn’t want to spend a day sunning on a beach in Cancun, or exploring a monastery in Thailand or walking the cobbled streets of an ancient village in France? The greatest trip of your life can be marred by an accident or emergency, however, particularly if you don’t know what to do.
What if your husband has a heart attack while you are in Cancun? Or you slip and fall on those slick cobblestones? We know what to do in this country –call 911 if need be and go to the emergency room. Many countries do not have a 911 system. Moreover, the health systems in other countries are completely different from ours. The same medical care isn’t available; in some cases, you may not be able to get care at all without traveling a long distance. You may also be required to pay in cash, up front, before any care will be given.
There are several things you can do to minimize your family’s risk of accident or illness. First, get vaccinated against any diseases prevalent in the country you will be visiting. Take all necessary medications and copies of your prescriptions in your luggage.
Next, find out how the local medical system is set up. Is there a 911 system? If so, what number do you call? It is not always 911. Where are the hospitals? Does the country have rapid care clinics? Does your hotel have a nurse or doctor on call?
The other major issue to consider is that of cost. Most major health insurance companies will not pay medical bills you incur while overseas; neither will any government insurance program. You will have to pay for your treatment in cash. The only way to avoid this is to purchase travel health insurance. Travel health insurance is a form of travel insurance specifically designed to cover any medical emergencies that may occur while you are out of the country. It is extremely affordable; premiums are usually a negligible portion of the cost of your trip. Most of these plans will even cover emergency evacuation back to the United States, if necessary. Several different companies offer these policies, so shop around before you make a purchase.
The odds are that nothing will happen during your trip. But it always pays to be prepared.
Mexico is as popular as ever these days for visitors. The list of things to see can fill many days and nights. If you want to spend your time sunbathing, there are hundreds of miles of beautiful beaches to do so. If you seek out adventure instead, here are a few things you won’t want to miss.
The Copper Canyon is a fantastic combination of cliffs, caves and valleys that are not only pleasing to the eye, but the ultimate spot for hikers, bikers and even horse back riders. To view the canyon in a whole different way, take the train ride through the valley. Relax on a 15-hour ride of fantastic scenery and unique stops along the way.
Lake Chiapas has plenty to offer the adventurer. National Parks dot the area, each with it’s own personal qualities. The Celestun National Park is an awesome place to get your fill of flamingos.
Ancient Mayan ruins are abundant here. Chichen Itza is an architectural wonder to the eyes. The ancient temples still remaining here will leave you in awe. See the Thousand Columns and the Temple of the Warriors. El Castillo is a pyramid that will absolutely leave you speechless. After an attempted excavation of the pyramid in the 1930’s, another temple was found beneath the outer one. For a short time, visitors were allowed into the hidden temple, but it was soon closed again.
The Caves of Balankanche had been visited by many over history, but it wasn’t until 1959 that a secret wall was discovered uncovering an entire labyrinth of caves and fantastic archaeological remains. This underground museum can now be toured and you can see some awesome pieces of the past.
El Tajin is another spot that will take you into the past. As far back as 1500 B.C. the ancient peoples occupied this area. Walk through what was once a very busy city and see the fantastically intact remains of El Tajin. The Pyramid of Niches (also called El Tajin) is seven stories tall, and once had the main temple at it’s top. This temple is no longer there so one can only imagine what beauty it held.
A sight everyone needs to see is the divers of La Quebrada. These fearless athletes kick off from a 136-foot cliff into a rocky inlet. The ocean waters coming in create large waves so the divers can safely make their entrance into the water. This is definitely a heart stopping performance.
There are hundreds of amazing sights in Mexico to fill up an entire itinerary. Just decide which attractions are suitable to your schedule, and whether you want to walk, hike or just sit back and enjoy the view.
Portugal has famously been one of Europe’s most popular destinations amongst golfers for years. Players converge from all over the world to enjoy the scintillating sun and luscious links that the country has to offer, which means that more and more courses have been built over the years to cater for demand.
[Image from 3DGolf.com]
Alas, golfing authorities became rather overzealous with the apparent boom in popularity of the sport and the supply has now exceeded the demand as a result. Portugal is currently weathering a pretty violent economic storm and would no doubt suffer from further touristic gloom, which means that the popularity of golf in the country is as important as ever.
Holidaymaking golfers are frequently taking advantage of cheap holiday offers to Portugal but, in the midst of the recession, there is a real fear that there isn’t quite enough demand for such breaks. The underuse of golf courses is affecting the estate agents industry, too, which means that the value of proprietary courses on the market is falling because they are so abundant. Perhaps this means that golf in Lisbon and Algarve golf in particular will suffer, but maybe not.
Chris Gooch, a golf course sales expert at Strutt & Parker, commented that the issue is Europe-wide: “In the U.K. and other parts of Europe, such as Ireland, Spain and Portugal, there are too many courses for too few golfers.”
This means that tourist boards in Portugal and around Europe are looking at ways to boost their industries by means of golf. Portugal was recently in the running to host the Ryder Cup in 2018, which, it was estimated in December last year, would have delivered an economic boost of EUR 550 million to the country, but the French bid was ultimately successful.
In more positive news for the Portuguese golfing industry, the country has been selected as the venue for the International Golf Travel Market in November next year. The event brings together suppliers and buyers in golf from all over the world, so it is set to provide a healthy boost for the golfing community and, the tourism board hopes, for the economy of Portugal in the long term.
If you feel imprisoned by the grim grey skies above you, blocking off from all sunshine and fun, then it sounds like you are spending the summer in the United Kingdom and most certainly need to escape! The great news is that you can break away from this grey gaol with an affordable holiday abroad! Just check out the phenomenal array of deals available here and you could be making savings in excess of 70 per cent off the normal cost. The weather forecast in England usually consists of a tiny slice of yellow sun peeping out from behind a black cloud. Whereas in Spain you can guarantee that it is quite literally scorchio every day!
Even in the depths of Winter, when your face is numb and the fingers on your hand feel like bony icicles, then a short break, even for a weekend, can be enough to give your skin a welcome shower of Vitamin D and your mind a blast of happiness. Millions of people already know the value of a decent holiday, but many people do not realise that they can escape their confines without having to spend an absolute fortune. Sun is a prized commodity in the UK, and if you book a head, it not only keeps costs down but it also gives you something to look forward to as well. Knowing that throughout the bleak months of an UK summer there is a light at the end of the tunnel – burning brightly enough to give you a suntan you in a matter of hours – is enough to let you put up with the worst weather the UK can throw at you.
You can get deals from London and many more cities for all sorts of holidays, from package holidays, flights, group excursions for your friends and family, walking holidays, spa weekends, you name it you will be able to find it. Try using Groupon deals to discover a massive amount of wonderful holidays all at greatly reduced prices. Not only that, but you will also be able to link up with other cheap deals to ensure your holiday is either action packed up luxuriously relaxing! Whatever you are after you are sure to discover fabulous opportunities for your holiday in the sun.
The Nevada desert is strange and surreal. There are miles of dusty brown sand and barren landscape. There are old nuclear test sites and mythical vortexes. Conspiracy theorists proclaim that Nevada is the stomping ground of extra-terrestrial life forms. It only makes sense that Las Vegas, a sprawling ode to money, good times, and debauchery should stake its claim as the king of this surreal landscape.
If you are descending on Las Vegas at night, then the approach is like landing on a distant planet. There is an infinite desert blackness all around, but as your plane drops in altitude the neon glow begins to shimmer like an exploding nebula. If you listen closely you can already hear the clink of dice and the carnival patter of slot machines. Flying into Las Vegas is like watching a Technicolor phoenix rise from the ashes.
Everybody should make it to Las Vegas at least once. Some visitors will never come back. Others will be eternally hooked on the bright lights, theatrical shows and endless Alaskan king crab buffets. In other words, Las Vegas can be an acquired taste. However, one thing is for certain: Las Vegas holidays are never boring. After a tour of Vegas you will be happy to retreat into the bucolic silence of the English countryside. Holiday seekers come to Las Vegas for different reasons, and the variety of things to do in Sin City is limitless.
Las Vegas is often referred to as an adult playground, and once you arrive you will understand how it earned its moniker. Excitement, stimulation, and sensory overload are what a Las Vegas holiday is all about. People come to Vegas to get married in the kitschy, Elvis Presley chapels. Men arrive here for bachelor parties. Couples book suites at the Flamingo or the Tropicana for whirlwind weekends of romance and excess. The convention centres are filled with people on business trips. In the end, however, everybody comes to Vegas to gamble.
A Las Vegas holiday is all about exploring the different casinos. Whether you enjoy slots, roulette or black jack, each hotel and casino on the Vegas strip is its own unique theme park. People who go to Vegas regularly will tell you that some casinos are luckier than others. There is an element of superstition to how they plan their Vegas holiday, preferring to stay only in the hotels where they hit it big. If it is your first time in Sin City, then why not visit all of them? A casino crawl, distant relative of the famed bar crawl, is a good way to get the lay of the land. Just do not forget to pack a hefty money roll.
In Dubai, you can let your imagination can soar from the golden age of Atlantis to stunning modern marvels in this affluent city where the past, present and future are artfully blended into a one-of-a-kind vacation destination. The cosmopolitan atmosphere attracts a youthful population from all over the world eager to indulge in the glamorous lifestyle and tackle the exciting adventures that range from indoor skiing to dolphinariums.
The Palm Islands
As if having the world’s tallest skyscrapers with the world’s fastest elevators overlooking the world’s largest man-made harbour isn’t enough, Dubai has embarked on ambitious projects to create artificial islands in the calm waters of the Persian Gulf. Designed to serve as a luxury retreats with planned communities, seven star hotels and spectacular amusements open to the public, these islands are in various stages of development.
The first artificial island opened in late 2008 was the Palm Jumeirah which boasts the $1.5 billion resort called Atlantis. Launched with a spectacular fireworks display that could be seen from space, the development features luxury accommodations, world class restaurants and bars, high-end shopping and fitness centres along with activities from water slides to skis slopes to golf courses.
At the Aquaventure water play area, you can slide down the “Leap of Faith” water slide that plummets down the recreation of an ancient ziggurat. Ride the wave river through whitewater rapids, over waterfalls and take a water elevator to the top of a water slide tower for a thrilling finale.
Check out the Ambassador Lagoon where you can walk through the maze of Lost Chambers to watch the creatures of the deep glide the replicas of ancient ruins behind Plexiglas barriers. Outside in the Dolphin Bay Lagoon you will find seven inter-connected pools where rescued dolphins are eager to play with friendly humans while they recuperate before returning to the open sea.
Kids love the special programmes designed for all ages that are offered day or night including the “Club Rush” area for teenagers. Adults appreciate the 17 fine restaurants and the tastefully decorated rooms packed with amenities like bathtubs filled with falling water from overhead nozzles. The whole family will enjoy the 65 km of pristine beach where you can sign up for water sports like windsurfing, kayaking or tackling a floating climbing wall.
The Atlantis Palm is located at the crest of the Palm Jumeirah Island offering spectacular views of the Persian Gulf on one side and the skyline of Dubai on the other. A handy monorail connects the island to the mainland where you can board the metro, bus line or embark on a bus tour of the city.
Need a break? Contemplating a visit to London? Then consider a theatre break. Theatre breaks in London abound, and one of the best places to learn about and book your London theatre break is at Theatre Breaks.
London’s west end theatre scene is world renowned. With the number and variety of productions, and the high standards of acting and top notch directing, London is the theatre capital of the world, (sorry, Broadway). Productions in London are reasonably priced making them accessible to a wide audience, and shows range from traditional to the avant-garde. London’s theatre district is predominantly located in the heart of London’s West End, which appeals to and caters to all.
London’s West End isn’t just about theatre. There are many world class hotels, restaurants and designer boutiques to keep you busy on your trip to London. If you are looking to combine a hotel stay with your theatre break, there are plenty of hotel packages available to suit your taste and budget.
If you are contemplating combining a pre-theatre dinner with your show, check out some of the theatre meal deals on offer, and take the worry out of where and when you’ll eat on your holiday. They provide a look at some of the best deals in London, and many packages include a meal and a theatre ticket for what you might pay for your theatre ticket alone.
Some West End trivia: Les Miserables is the longest running musical at 21 years. Lord of the Rings is the most expensive at £8 Million. The oldest theatre in the West End is the Theatre Royal on Drury Lane, which has been in existence for 344 years. The largest theatre is The Coliseum with 2358 seats.
Consider a London theatre break for Christmas or New Years. With the wide variety of hotel, meal and theatre break packages available you can customize your theatre break to suit your taste, and budget. Over 12 million visitors pass through London’s theatre district each year, making it one of the top tourist activities in London. Whether you enjoy watching a world class play, musical, dance or comedy, a London theatre break has something special to offer you.