Budget Travel In Boston

If you’ve got Boston “Beantown” on your bucket list, you’re in for a real treat. Boston is one of the most historic cities on the east coast. Between historic hotels and glistening skyscrapers in the bustling business district you’ll find small local markets nestled away on cobblestone streets. Like most large east coast cities, Boston is very tourist friendly but also very expensive. Get your tennis shoes on ­ as Boston is a walking town!

 

While the five star hotels in the center of the action are enticing, you’ll encounter some serious sticker shock. Lower priced hotels are unfortunately often located quite a distance from the city center. Consider both the transportation costs and time necessary to venture into the more popular tourist areas and suddenly the savings aren’t that attractive. Check out some of the lower priced alternative to hotels, yet a step up from hostels. One of the major website for finding accommodations is airbnb. It’s really quite simple and safe. Individuals offer either a room in their condo/home for nightly rental or the entire home or condo. Each individual listing will specify location, amenities and nightly rate. Often ‘rooming’ with a local will give you better insight into the newest, off the beaten track attractions and dining spots not yet in the guide books.

 

Staying in a private home will give you the extra flexibility to take advantage of the local restaurants, salons and museums. Most often you’ll be able to secure accommodations close to the rail and bus lines, eliminating the expense of car rental.

 

Be sure to check out the stunning mansions on the Back Bay that were once owned by Boston’s most successful and prominent families. These are adjacent to Boston’s bustling harbor where local delis and fresh markets are plentiful. Grab a lobster roll and dine al fresco by the Charles River.

 

A quick bus ride away is the infamous Harvard Yard in Cambridge. The oldest private university in America, Harvard boasts some of the most stunning architecture on the east coast. Acorn Street is a must see, with the Colonial history around every corner. Enjoy your stay in Beantown!

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Packing for you holiday: The Essentials

So you’ve sat down with your partner and booked your holiday, the excitement kicks in about how you will be jetting off to the sun soaked beaches in a few months time. Then you wake up the next day and normal order has resumed as you head off to work. Without even noticing time flies past and you will be sitting on a beach sunning yourself in a couple of weeks, that’s when a slight panic kicks in when you realise you have things to pack and buy, but very little time.

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Our busy lives back home can often distract us from being completely prepared for our holidays, to make sure that you’re not stressed in the build up to your well earned time off from the hustle and bustle you should leave yourself with enough to time to pack and plan.

With things like online shopping becoming increasingly popular these days you can organise most of the things you need from your office computer or the comfort of your own home. The number one thing to get ready is your passport, make sure that’s up to date and has at least 6 months left on it before you travel out of the country.

After travelling a lot myself I’ve put down a simple little checklist of 3 essential items I need to bring with me whenever I go off for a relaxing break with my better half.

The Tech

I need my laptop to do a little bit of work when I am away, only a few emails here and there but it’s important for me so it’s usually one of the first on the list. The of course you need a camera! Going away without some form of photographic equipment is a crime because you will cherish the memories in the future.

Clothes

Yes, I know this seems extremely obvious but I am talking about suitable clothing. I find the easiest thing to do is go online and order some new clothes for your holiday that will suit the weather out there, you’ve spent so much on your holiday, why not treat yourself to a few new clothes? You can save money by using the great groupon vouchers. You’ll get a suitcase full of clothes for a great price!

Sun Protection

Make sure you stock up on some good sunscreen. We all want to get a good tan but out health should be the most important thing, there’s no need to look like a lobster after day one or at the airport on the way back. It’s also a good idea to bring a hat and a decent pair of sunglasses that will protect your eyes. It’s better to have these in your bag rather than spending time over there trying to find them, that only uses up time when you should be enjoying yourself.

 

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The best gifts for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is a day which often brings a lot of pressure. Of course people pretend to not really care about the day, but deep down everyone loves to get a nice present to show that the person they love is thinking about them.

Some people go all out and spend a fortune to wow the love of their life, whereas others decide to keep it sweet and simple. Everything from a home cooked meal to a weekend break are great ideas, whatever you choose I am sure it will be appreciated. The most important thing to do is stick to your budget, around Valentine’s day you should check out what great discounts with groupon you can find.

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If you’re looking for some inspiration about what to buy I have put together a great list of presents that will always be a winner.

The surprise

There’s an amazing new candle on the market that will wow your valentine more than ever before. These beautifully made scented candles will slowly burn down and a piece of collectible jewellery will be discovered. They are made for every budget and range from $10 to $10,000.

The puzzle

A very special gift can be made if you create a puzzle. The puzzle can be a map of when you first met, where you’re living now or maybe another place that is special to you both. The final piece of the map is a heart shaped puzzle piece and fits in to the special location you choose.

For the poet

If your partner loves poetry then you should get back to basics and let the likes of Mark Twain or Emily Dickinson help you. You can get love letter napkins made with some of their most romantic poems on there, this is sure to melt anyones heart.

For shining

Earrings are an obvious choice but why not get some that speak to the heart. I saw a great par of earring that simply spelt the word ‘love’ and on valentines day that’s all you really need to say.

Breakfast in bed

Breakfast in bed is an absolute winner! Serve up a tasty treat to your love on valentines day to get the day off to a great start. Make it even more special with doe heart shaped waffles and other heart shaped food.

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Food that’s good for the brain

As parents we want to do everything we can to keep our kid healthy and as sharp as possible. Children’s brains are constantly changing and growing. You can help your kids by making sure they are eating food that will help them grow and keep their minds active. You will be able to buy many books about how you can help your kids, look out for great discounts with groupon so you can pick a book up at a great price.

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Here is a list of essential food that will allow you to help your kids stay sharp and keep their brains developing well in the future. It doesn’t take a lot of effort to add these to your kids diet, the best thing is that they are tasty as well, so your kids will not be complaining. If you teach your kids early on, they will take this healthy attitude in their future.

Eggs

Eggs are great for kids because they are packed with protein and nutrients, both of which will help kids to concentrate. A great time for this is at breakfast when you can make scrambled eggs or in a packed lunch which the kids can take to school.

Greek Yogurt

Health experts will tell you that fat is extremely important for the health of the brain. So a full fat yogurt is absolutely perfect, it will help keep the brain cells active when sending and receiving info.

Greens

Spinach and Kale are sometimes referred to as super foods because they are packed with folate and vitamins. What’s better is that they have been shown to decrease the chances of dementia in later life. The both have antioxidants and many other qualities that aid the growth of new brain cells.

Fish

Protecting the brain from a decline in mental skills and also memory loss is essential. Fish is a fantastic source of both vitamin D and omega-3s which will help with this. The ideal fish to serve up are salmon and tuna.

Oatmeal

You need to make sure you eat food that keep both the heart and brain arteries working properly and clear, porting and finer is a great way to do this. Replace those sugary, unhealthy breakfasts with oatmeal to get your kids off to a great start for the day.

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The Importance of Good Web Design

Setting up or maintaining a good website is important for any person wanting people to view it, particularly businesses. Before you decide on one of the Bristol web design services available you can read this article, which will look at some important aspects of website design that you should definitely consider when thinking of creating a new website or updating your current one for your business. (more…)

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Tiny Diet Changes That Will Make A Huge Difference To Your Health

We don’t believe in dietary fads or the latest weight loss trends. In actual fact, these extreme diets can have a dangerous effect on your body and mind. Instead, we advocate a long-term, balanced diet. When you follow the hyped diet of the day, you’ll struggle to stick to it. It might cut weight in the short term, but it’s no use in the long run. And it’s no use to your overall health. (more…)

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