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Three of the Best Free Attractions in Dallas

Posted on: August 5th, 2013 Posted by

From its humble beginnings as a trading post established in 1839, Dallas has grown to become the 9th largest city (by population) in the entire United States. The Texan city was originally designed by John Neely Brown, who would probably not recognise it today, though he would surely be proud of its progress. Dallas is a young and modern city which combines that well known “Southern Charm” with a healthy dose of forward-thinking – the current plan is to turn it into the greenest city on earth with environmental planners running tree-planting projects and more. For visitors, there is certainly plenty to see and do – so we’ve picked out three of the best free and low-cost attractions to show you what’s on offer! Read the rest of this entry »

Ways To Make Your Flight More Enjoyable

Posted on: April 11th, 2011 Posted by

Whether you are a frequent flyer or take one vacation each year, getting to where you are going can at times be stressful and uncomfortable. It doesn’t have to be that way however, and if you pack the right attitude and follow our tips, you might even start seeing the flight as part of your holiday.

* Since most budget airlines not longer provide meals during the flight, and the online selection of snacks is normally rather boring and expensive, packing your own snack to eat on board is a great way to save money. Taking food through check in is not a problem, providing you remember not to pack knives or other sharp object and purchase your drinks in the departure lounge as there are restriction in place as to the quantities of liquids that can be carried through security. Get as creative as you like with the food you pack, as long as it isn’t smelly or messy – the other occupants of the plane might not appreciate it too much if you start opening tins of sardines! Make delicious sandwiches and wraps, take fresh or dried fruit and nuts, and anything else you fancy to stave off those airborne hunger pangs!
* Pack a few moist wipes in your bag. These come in handy in a whole variety of situations and are great if you feel the need to refresh yourself a bit before landing.
* While dressing for comfort might sound like something your granny does, you’ll be able to enjoy your flight much more if you think ahead about what you wear. The temperature of planes can fluctuate, so dress in light layers, which you can take off or put on if you feel too hot or cold. An extra pullover, hooded sweater or cardigan will keep you snug, and if you want to take it off, it’ll fold up to make a lovely soft pillow! Shoes that you can slip on and off easily are a bonus, particularly if your feet swell when you fly, and avoid any clothes that feel restrictive, or have large buckles or fastenings, which could dig in when you are seated for a long duration.
* If you like to catch a few zs when you are travelling, consider packing an eye-mask and ear plugs. These two simple purchases will increase your comfort significantly – you’ll be thankful of the ear plugs if you happen to be on a flight packed with screaming youngsters! If the noise of flights is a real bother, and you travel on a regular basis, you may like to invest in sound-cancelling headphones, somewhat pricey, but a perfect way to create a haven of silence. Some people also like the inflatable travel pillows that are widely available to provide a support for your neck. If you invest in one of these, make sure you try it before you fly – you want a cushion that won’t deflate as you use it, and it’s best to avoid anything that is too big, as your fellow passengers won’t be impressed if you infringe on their space.
* Many people like to use the “lost time” of their flight to catch up on reading, and the latest technology of e-books means that it’s even easier to ensure you have something keep you amused. Whether you choose electronic books or printed pages, pick something that you never have time to read at home, and loose yourself in some fantastic fiction. Other popular ideas for keeping yourself entertained include an i-Pod or similar device packed full of interesting downloads and music to put you in a great mood.
* Bach Rescue Remedy is a fantastic natural medicine which is great for anyone who suffers nerves/jitters when flying. Available in liquid and pastille form, the blend of floral and plant essences can be taken before you even reach the airport, helping you to relax and enjoy the start of your holidays.

Rainy Day Attractions to Beat The Winter Blues

Posted on: January 31st, 2011 Posted by

Does anyone else feel like this winter has lasted forever? With no end to the cold, dull and dreary days in sight, and the February half term looming, you might be wondering how to keep your children entertained without having to face the rain and wind. Fortunately for all you frustrated mums and dads and bored kids out there, we’ve put together a list of great, indoor attractions which you can enjoy even when the weather leaves something to be desired.

* Our Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh

The award winning Our Dynamic Earth exhibition takes visitors on a journey from the Big Bang to present day. The state of the art museum combines scientific fact with a healthy dash of fun, presenting a series of 14 interactive galleries which tell the story of our planet and her varied environments. Discover the chill of the tundra as you watch the breathtaking Northern Lights flicker overhead and come face to face with dinosaurs when you travel back in time to prehistoric Earth.

* Jorvik Viking Centre, York

Jorvik Viking Centre is a world class museum and visitor attraction in the heart of York. The recently refurbished centre offers a glimpse into past, with a reconstructed Viking village providing the main focus of attraction. Lifelike animated figures, sounds and authentic smells create a realistic atmosphere, perfect for inspiring the imagination of your youngsters.  The museum also tells the story of how the Viking village was uncovered by archaeologists in the 1970s, with authentic artefacts, video and audio displays.

* Blue Reef Aquarium & IMAX 3D Cinema, Bristol

Spend the day on an underwater safari at the Blue Reef Aquarium. The aquarium is home to dozens of fascinating species, from the reef sharks, which glide around the giant ocean tank and can be viewed from the underwater tunnel, to the colourful tropical species which dart around the coral reef tank. A daily schedule of events includes feeding demonstrations, talks and 3D film showings, so there is plenty to keep everyone happy.

* London Dungeons, London

Not for younger children, or those of a nervous disposition, The London Dungeons is a ghoulish attraction which is perfect for families with hard to please teens. The spectacularly spooky tour covers 1000 years of history, with 2 spine chilling rides and 13 shows with live actors. Those who are brave enough to face the darkness will meet horrifying characters like Jack the Ripper…the blood thirsty murder who was never brought to justice. Blood-curdling sound effects, unnerving special effects and horrible smells bring the darker side of England to life at this unique attraction which draws around 2.7million visitors each year.

* Pemberton Chocolate Farm, Carmarthenshire

At the charming, family run Pemberton Chocolate Farm, visitors can learn about the art of the chocolatier, during a 45 minute tour which includes a chocolate making demonstration, audio tour and the opportunity to have a go at making a hand-dipped chocolate truffle. Also at the farm is the Chocolate Cinema, where a short film is shown, describing the history of chocolate, plus the “Little People Gallery” – a quirky exhibit of comical dolls. Don’t forget to stop in at the farm shop to stock up on the award winning chocolate goodies which the farm is famous for.

* WaterWorld 2000, Stoke-on-Trent

No time for a beach holiday, but the kids want to swim? Don’t settle for your local leisure centre’s boring facilities, visit the tropical paradise of WaterWorld2000, one of the most popular attractions in North Staffordshire. The exciting indoor aqua park has something for all ages, and levels of swimming ability, with a wide variety of rides, flumes, a dynamic wave pool and spa bubble areas. With a café bar and restaurant offering a varied selection of quality snacks and refreshments, parents can relax, and imagine that they are on holiday somewhere sunny and warm!