Budget-Friendly Spring Break Destinations

Even if you are in a location where it’s still covered in snow and immensely cold, it’s time to start thinking about spring break. Don’t let the current weather fool you – Spring will be here before you know it and if you want optimal rates, start planning your getaway now. Here are 10 spectacular spring break destinations to book now.

 

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

The weather doesn’t have to be near 100 degrees for you to have a blast at Myrtle Beach. In fact, many people book a trip to this destination over spring break. Envision a relaxing getaway with over 60 miles of sand, the sun shining down, and a gorgeous view of the Atlantic Ocean. Although the beach is a big hit, there are other activities and attractions to enjoy. Just to name a few – Duplin Winery, Easy Coast BrewBoat, Family Kingdom Amusement Park, Express Watersports, and Go Ape Treetop Adventure.

 

 

New Orleans, Louisiana

Located on the Mississippi River, New Orleans is a Louisiana city positioned near the Gulf of Mexico. You may have even heard of the nickname for New Orleans called “Big Easy” – This city is known for its nightlife scene around the clock, spicy cuisine reflecting its history, and vibrant live music. The city of New Orleans is always putting on fun events. Booking a trip and visiting this spring means you could take advantage of the following:

 

April Events

April 7th – Freret Street Festival

April 8th-11th – WWE

April 12th-15th – French Quarter Festival

April 22nd – Dedication of City Wide Murals, Neighborhood Celebrations, Followed by Fireworks

 

May Events

May 3rd-6th – New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival

May 5th – Cinco de Mayo

May 6th – Riverfront Tricentennial Fireworks Show

May 25th-27th – New Orleans Wine and Food Experience

May 25th – 27th – Bayou Country  Superfest

 

 

Dominican Republic

If you’re looking for a stunning spring break vacation that features not only beaches, but provides you with views of mountains as well – Dominican Republic is the place to be. The Dominican Republic is known as one of the Caribbean’s most geographically diverse countries, which feature desert scrublands, beaches galore, and captivating mountain scenery.. Some popular things to do here are whale watching, sitting by the sea and sand at Playa Rincon and other beaches, Small-Group Sailing, Snorkeling, Horseback Riding, Parasailing, Mega Truck Safari, and much more.

You may read this and assume it comes with a high price tag but, surprisingly, this destination doesn’t come with sticker shock, especially when you use an affordable booking website.

 

Las Vegas, Nevada

Las Vegas is known for its consistent nightlife. Between 24-hour casinos and several other entertainment options, you will never be bored. Visitors usually flock to Las Vegas not only for entertainment, but also world-class dining and shopping. Additionally, you will be able to experience museums, engaging venues, and art galleries. Oh, and if getting married is on your to-do list and a big fancy wedding is not your thing, why not hit up one of the several wedding chapels?

Most people have heard of Las Vegas, but did you know about the following fun facts?

  • Over 41 million individuals visit Las Vegas per year
  • Las Vegas was rated as one of the top 10 locations for their delectable food.
  • Coming in at a whopping 1,149 feet, the Stratosphere in Las Vegas is the tallest observation tower located in the United States. The Stratosphere also comes in as the second tallest free-standing structure that is located west of the Mississippi River.
  • Las Vegas is considered to be the brightest area on Earth because of the millions of lights they use.

 

Eugene, Oregon

Portland may normally get all the attention; however, Oregon’s second largest city is breathtaking and even cheaper. Situated across the Willamette Valley, Eugene is filled with green spaces, a 2,000 ft-tall hiking landmark, and is surrounded by over 400 types of roses. With beautiful views of the mountains, you may find it hard to want to leave. Some main points of interest when visiting Eugene, Oregon are Alton Baker Park, Hendricks Park, Cascades Raptor Center, Science Factory for Children, Adventure Children’s Museum, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Fern Ridge Reservoir, and much more.

 

Asheville, North Carolina

Whether you’re taking your spring break solo, going with friends, or packing up your family – Asheville is for you, especially if you love to explore nature. The timeworn mountains of Asheville offer numerous adventures and fun exploration. This is like a mountain paradise and will lead to an unforgettable vacation. Although the mountains are the prime spot for visitors, you can also enjoy a 60-foot natural waterslide and even more water adventures. If you’re in for some nature-type of fun during your spring break, you don’t want to miss out on this destination.

 

Do any of these destinations appeal to you? Have you already visited any? We would love to hear your experience. Did we miss an exciting spring break location? Fill us in! Let us know some other great spots.

Zimske zabavne ideje u Chicagu

Samo zato što je zima ovdje ne znači da morate ostati zatočeni u svojoj kući. Zapravo, u zimskim mjesecima ima dosta aktivnosti koje će vas zadržati zauzetima. Evo nekoliko zimskih zabavnih ideja koje možete raditi u Chicagu.

Umjetnički institut za posebne događaje u Chicagu

Posjet umjetničkom institutu Chicaga otvorit će oči raznim posebnim događajima:

  • Otvoreno predavanje: Neopolitska crkva
  • Koncerti zborova za praznike
  • 36. godišnja blagdanska i čajna zabava
  • Pokaži svoju vještinu i napravi kuću od medenjaka
  • Predavanje: Kuća za odmor Thorne
  • Odmor malih ploča u muzeju Cafe

Brookfield Zoo – Doživite blagdansku čaroliju

Posjetite Chicagolandov najduži i najveći svjetski festival svjetala, Polar Lights Show tijekom 36. godine. Dodatni vrhunci odmora uključuju: dupine u akciji, fotografiju s životinjama, divlje susrete, pjevanje životinjama, fotografije s Djedom i gospođom Mraz.

Kako doći: Možete dobiti Brookfield Zoo ulaznice zato što su oni uključeni u Go Chicago Card, kao i odmor događaja i aktivnosti, svi su uključeni u prijem, osim ako nije drukčije navedeno.

Klizanje na ledu u klizalištu McCormick Tribune

Idite na led i uživajte u pogledu na horizont u Chicagu. Ovo klizalište je omiljeni odmor za nekoliko lokalnih stanovnika. Zbog praktičnosti i mogućnosti za pronalaženje, ovo područje je idelano mjesto za vrijeme hladnih, zimskih mjeseci. Ako klizanje s mnoštvom nije nešto zbog čega skačete od radosti, klizalište je otvoreno tijekom ožujka, pa će biti vremena za klizanje u miru nakon Nove godine.

Svakako potražite dodatne informacije i određene sate na internetu. Klizalište je besplatno, ali ako želite iznajmiti klizaljke, iznajmljivanje je dostupno za oko 10 USD.

Lincoln Park Zoo i Zoo Light Festivalska zabava

U blizini do zoološkog vrta nalazi se Lincoln Park za obiteljsku tradiciju i svečanu zabavu u Chicagu. Između zabavnih sezonskih aktivnosti i sjajnih događaja vaš Božićni duh zasigurno će cvjetati. Bilo da želite dovesti djecu ili samo prošetati s nekim odraslim osobama, to je idealno mjesto za svakoga. Ulaz u Zoološki vrt Lincoln Park je besplatan.

Polarni dani avantura

Uglavnom za djecu, Polarni avanturistički dani imaju veliku zabavu, poput susreta i pozdravljanja sibirskih hikija, žive glazbe, pripovijedanja i kreacije skulptura leda. Ovo je 13. godina za Dane avantura i savršeno je mjesto za zimsku zabavu na području Chicaga. Kada završite, možete istraživati ​​atrakcije u blizini, uključujući planetarij Adler, gdje vaša djeca mogu saznati o istraživanju svemira. Ulaz u Polar Adventure Days je besplatan, a Adler Planetarium karte dolaze zajedno s Go Chicago Cardom.

Kakvu vrstu zime želite ove godine? Hoće li vaša obitelj imati snježnu zabavu? Podijelite i proširite vaše ideje za širenje Božićnog duha s nama i našim čitateljima.

Planning a Trip This Year – Don’t Leave Home Without These Essential Items

As you’re getting ready to plan your next vacation, there are some items to keep in mind that you should never forget. Here is a list of the top essentials you don’t want to be without, but most people forget:

 

 

Chargers

While it may seem odd to list a charger as the first item, it’s totally a necessity. In this tech-obsessed world, people would literally feel like a part of them is missing without their phone or other electronics. Technology keeps us connected to other parts of the world, family, and friends, so that obsession can totally be okay (under certain circumstances.)

 

 

Memory Card

You don’t want to end up at your destination only to find you can’t take photos (“Oh, no! How will I be able to post selfies during vacation? What’s the point of staying now?”) Believe it or not – that is the way some people think. Don’t forget to pack a memory card or you better hope there is a store nearby that sells the correct memory card for your camera/phone.

 

 

First Aid Kit

Blisters, scrapes, and scratches are bound to happen. If you don’t want to purchase a pack of a few bandages for nearly $10, don’t forget to throw some in your bag while packing. When you are on vacation, you may notice that basic first aid supplies are a little overpriced – why? Because the destination knows you’ll pay it – What other choice would you have?

 

 

Travel Documents

Nobody plans on going on vacation and suddenly losing their passport. Just like nobody plans on identity theft while visiting a new destination. However, it can happen and it’s best to be prepared. Make sure you make copies of your license, credit cards, and passport. If your passport is stolen or lost, you will be able to head to the nearest embassy and have another reissued

 

 

Umbrella and/or Raincoat

Even if the destination you’re heading to isn’t known for being damp, you never know what the weather could potentially be like. Wouldn’t it be best to pack an umbrella or your favorite raincoat so you don’t have to be soaked? It may not be the fashion choice you would make, but being dry is worth it.

 

 

Prescription Medications

While you’re at home you may remember to take your medication, but will you remember to pack them for your vacation? You don’t want to end up getting to your destination and realizing you forgot your medicine. While it’s possible to have a prescription transferred if you have refills, this doesn’t help if you’re out of the United States. Always double check – even triple check to make sure your prescription medications are snug in your carry on bag.

 

 

Headphones

If you’re a music lover or an audio book enthusiast, don’t forget to pack your headphones. This can pass time by while you’re on the airplane. Not to mention, you don’t want to be stuck without headphones in case there is an obnoxious person sitting nearby (hey, at least we warned you!)

 

 

Corkscrew/Bottle Opener

While you will likely want to be out and about, taking all the scenery in while on vacation, there will be a point in time where you may want to relax. By relax, we mean with a beverage of your choice. But what if you forget to bring a bottle opener? You may have to just drool at the thought of drinking your alcoholic beverage instead of tasting it.

 

 

Hand Sanitizer

The CDC(Center for Disease Control) recommends that you frequently wash your hands to prevent illness. Hygiene standards will vary, depending on the destination you visit. Sometimes hand soap and clean water is not always within available reach while you’re out and about exploring. Pack some hand sanitizer, just in case – You want to bring home photos of you having fun and amazing memories, not an illness.

 

Toothbrush and Toothpaste

You want to keep your teeth clean and your breath fresh while you’re on vacation, so don’t forget to throw your toothbrush and toothpaste in your suitcase. You don’t want to be walking around with your hand in front of your mouth the entire time because your breath smells anything but fresh because you forgot these two very important items.

 

What is one thing that you forgot that is not on this list? Did it make your vacation go downhill? We would love to hear about any items we may have missed! Fill us in with the details.

Kako planirati putovanje na skijanje u 2018

Zimsko je vrijeme, a padine su svježe snijegom i spremne da izvedete svoje poteze na njima- Međutim, planiranje putovanja ponekad je zastrašujući dio. Ali mi ćemo vam olakšati. Slijedite ove savjete i bit ćete na putu do konačnog skijaškog odmora 2018. godine.

Odaberite destinaciju

Prva stvar koju morate učiniti za početak je odabir mjesta gdje želite ići. Postoje prekrasna skijališta širom svijeta. Istražite i pronađite ono što vam se ističe. Neki od najpopularnijih mjesta koje možete provjeriti su Colorado, Aspen, Austrija, Innsbruck i Vail. Prilikom odabira odredišta, imajte na umu razinu vještine padina – Pronađite idealnu za vas.

Pronađite najbolju ponudu

Tko ne voli dobru ponudu? Prije nego što rezervirate ono što ste prvo pronašli, učinite malo više pretraživanja i pogledajte možete li pronaći bolju ponudu. Što više novca ostavite u novčaniku, to više možete spremiti ili potrošiti dok ste na putovanju. Putovanja na mreži poput naših, CuddlyNest, dovest će vas do nekih od najboljih ponuda za vaš sljedeći skijaški put.

Imajte plan

Da biste iskoristili svoje skijaško odredište, pobrinite se da se vaše iskustvo podudara s intenzitetom padina. Nećete htjeti ništa previše lako ili previše teško. Ako ste početnik, vi sigurno želite uzeti neke lekcije. Ne želite biti ona osoba koja sjedi natrag gledajući kako se svi drugi zabavljaju.

Što ponijeti

Sada kada ste odabrali svoje odredište i savršenu ponudu, poželjet ćete početi razmišljati o stavkama koje trebate donijeti. Zapamtite, ovo nije samo obični godišnji odmor – Vjerojatno ćete skijati većinu vremena i želite se zagrijati. Nemojte izlaziti iz svoje kuće bez sljedećeg:

Odjeća

  • Rukavice
  • Kapa
  • Šalovi
  • Čizme za snijeg
  • Džempere
  • Debele čarape(ponijeti ih više jer će sigurno biti mokre)
  • Vodootpornu skijašku jaknu
  • Vodootporne skijaške hlače

Stvari o zdravlju i ljepoti

  • Šampon i regenerator
  • Losion za tijelo
  • Antibakterijski brisači
  • Četka
  • Dezodorans
  • Četkica za zube
  • Pasta za zube
  • Pribor za prvu pomoć
  • Nešto za hidratizaciju
  • Propisi
  • Sapun

Opremu

  • Kamera (za snimanje nevjerojatnih, nezaboravnih trenutaka)
  • Baterije za fotoaparat ili drugu elektroniku
  • Mobitel i punjač
  • Štapove za skijanje
  • Skijaška torba
  • Skije
  • Bravu za skijanje

Planirate li skijaško putovanje 2018? Imate li pojma koje odredište odabirati? Voljeli bismo vas čuti, pa čak i upariti s pristupačnim, prekrasnim skijaškim kućama. Bez obzira na odredište, uzmite neke lekcije ako je potrebno i kada stignete na padine, podignite glavu visoko, pokazujte samopouzdanje i pokažite svoje jedinstvene skijaške poteze.

Visiting Croatia-Here’s What You Need To Know

When you’re visiting a new place like Croatia, you likely want to fit in. Between what the locals traditionally do here and what they eat and drink are critical to know before booking your trip.

First thing first – The best time to visit Croatia is in June and September. Although many tourists flock to Croatia in July and August, the busiest time is not always recommended to be the best time to visit. The reasons June and September are the best times to go is because there are fewer people, meaning less traffic jams, fewer crowded beaches, and certainly no queues. Not to mention, the weather is still warm around this time and prices tend to be more affordable. It’s usually even still warm enough to take a swim in the sea. So, now that you know the best times to make your trip, let’s get into the other essentials you should know about.

Croatian Food

The food in Croatia is not only tasty but it’s fresh and local. Locals from Croatia tend to eat large amounts of meat, but in the more coastal regions the food consists of fish and other types of seafood.

Visit here to get some ideas on Croatian food.

 

What About Drinks in Croatia?

Drinking tap water in Croatia is completely safe. However, if you’re like most people you may be used to drinking bottled water but keep in mind that sometimes drinking bottled water in Croatia can be extremely expensive.

Many people like to sit back, relax, and have an alcoholic beverage at times. If you’re bringing a guest, it’s good to know that 18-years-old is the legal drinking age in Croatia. As far as alcoholic drinks, wines spirits, and beer are all extremely popular in Croatia.

You can expect a local wines and Croatia to taste divine. During the last couple decades, several small family-run wineries paved the way for great quality wines that are made with indigenous grape selections, such as Malvazija, known as a dry white wine that is produced in Istria.

If you enjoy beer, you’ll fit right in with the locals – they are very fond of beer themselves. Unfortunately, though, you won’t find such an exciting array of beer choices that you may find in your hometown. The most mass-produced beers in Croatia are Ozujsko and Karlovacko, and they are both light lager types.

Spirits are also well-enjoyed by the locals and they come with several of flavors. In Croatia, they are called rakija. They are usually made with grapes and then have flavor added.

 

 

How About Some Fun Things to Do?

Sure, eating and having some drinks is always a fun and nice way to relax but what about some fun things to do? What do the locals enjoy?

 

Cruises, Water Tours, and Sailing

Dubrovnik Elafiti Islands Cruise

If you’re up for an 8-hour cruise around the Elafitis Islands, this is a must. You will be able to explore the village of Sudurad and visit the Elafiti Islands of Kolocep, Sipan, and Lopud. Top it off with a simple lunch with some refreshing beverages.

Small-Group Blue Cave Five Islands Snorkeling and Swimming

Taking just one single day trip can allow you to cover the best Dalmatian coast adventure. This will also give you the ability to visit famous sites including Hvar Town, the Blue Lagoon, the Blue and Green Caves, and Stiniva Beach.

Blue Cave and 6 Island Tour

Not only will you be able to travel from Split to the majestic island of Hvar and explore the Blue Cave on this trip, but you will be able to enjoy some free wine tasting as well.

 

Tours and Sightseeing

Dubrovnik Old Town 1.5 Hour Discovery Tour

When jumping on this discovery tour, you will be able to view the hidden gems and main sights. Not to mention, you will be able to embark on ancient tales about Dubrovnik, such as when it was one of the world’s most flourishing port cities.

Dubrovnik Combo Old Town Tour and Cable Car Ride

Don’t miss out on the potential gorgeous views when you visit Croatia. Take advantage of this spectacular opportunity and book this straight away. Your draw will likely drop as you go over Mt. Srd, which towers over the city.

 

Water Sports

Kayaking

Whether you already love kayaking or have always wanted to try it, you’ll love the Dubrovnik Sea Kayak Tour. This is a 2.5 to 3 hour sea kayak tour that comes with a guide. As you paddle away from a beach to Lokrum, you will be in “awe” over the 900-year-old city walls. What’s better than getting to know the landmarks in Dubrovnik from a kayak?

Scuba Diving

This is the perfect water sport for all ages and skill levels. See native wildlife up close in their natural environment. Whether you’re alone, with a friend, or with your family, this is a great adventure to go on.

 

Have you ever visited Croatia? If so, what was your experience like? We’d love to know

 

 

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Plan the Perfect Hawaiian Valentine’s Day Trip plus Bonus Tips on Where to Find the Best Sunsets

Are you looking to plan the perfect Valentine’s Day trip for your loved one? She will surely be in for a surprise when you choose a romantic place like Hawaii. We know – there are so many ideas and fun things to do in Hawaii, how will you choose? Here is a compiled list of some ideas that will provide the perfect trip.

Picnics Are Always Romantic

How about a picnic on the hillside of a well-known art museum, sitting well above Honolulu? Sure, Honolulu is nice but why not get an escape from all the noise and enjoy Makiki Heights Drive. This tranquil property is where Anna Rice Cook used to live. She was also founded the Honolulu Academy or Arts Show. Eat your picnic food in peace then take a walk, holding hands and view the five galleries in the museum. Or you can even wait until after your walk and have a picnic that the Spalding House Cafe will delightfully prepare. Take in the gorgeous views of the sculpture garden at the museum while you eat a delicious lunch and enjoy your partner’s company.

 

Is Your Partner a Lady Gaga, Michael Jackson, or Elvis fan?

If you’re looking for a more upbeat way to celebrate the love between you and your partner, check out the event, Rock-a-Hula show called “Be My Valentine”, held at the Royal Hawaiian Theater. You will be able to sit back and enjoy the artist show tribute with a variety of types of “celebrities” featuring fire and knife dancing, live music, dinner packages, and hula dancing.

 

 

Take a Hand-Held Stroll

What’s better than taking your partner’s hand and walking through a natural wonder? One that is a must-see is the unrivaled splendor of Kilauea volcano. You will take a hike through Kilauea Iki crater. Take in the scenery of native birds and rainforests with ferns.

 

 

Completely Relax While Getting Pampered

If you want to just celebrate your Valentine’s Day by relaxing, you can treat each other to relaxation and pampering at the Anara Spa, located at the Grand Hyatt Kauai. You will enjoy the couple’s massage packages, bubble bath, or even a five-hour package that includes a warm stone massage, volcanic clay masks, pedicures, facials, kava body scrubs, and even lunch. This is the perfect gift for a couple who are in need of some major down time.

Let’s Talk About Those Breathtaking Sunsets

There’s nothing like cuddling with your partner and watching the sun go down together. What’s even more beautiful is a sunset in Hawaii – Experience it for yourself with these amazing destinations:

 

Take in the Waikiki Sunset

Take a cruise with Atlantis Cruises and enjoy the south shore  clear waters of Waikiki. While on the cruise, you will have four meal options for dinner. You’ll be able to listen to some music and eat delicious food while the sun sets. Not to mention, every couple will leave holding a complimentary rose – Could this get any more romantic?

 

Maui Sunset

Why not take a cruise in the sunset, hosted by Trilogy Excursions – Take your romance to the high seas. With such a variety, you will notice that there are quite a few options when choosing this cruise for just about any couple and most budgets. Although this is not guaranteed, you may even get a glimpse of a humpback whale making an appearance in the water (December through April is whale season.)

 

Watch the Sun Go Down at Sweetheart Rock

Puupehe, also known as Sweetheart Rock is a beautiful spot to take your partner. Take a short hike just past Four Seasons Lanai Resort and you will arrive at a cliff-side area that overlooks Sweetheart Rock. This location provides a gorgeous view of sunsets and an occasional short show of some dolphins.

 

There’s Nothing Like Watching the Sun Go Down at a Royal Setting

Witness first hand the magical Molokai sunset in an unforgettable place worth of royalty. During the late 1860’s, King Kamehameha V planted 1,000 coconut trees on his 10 acres of land, which is now called Kapuaiwa coconut grove in honor of his army of 1,000 members. To this day, there are still hundreds of these trees that still exist. Although you have to be aware of falling coconuts, this is such a beautiful place to visit and watch the sunset.

 

Do any of these places pique your interest for planning a romantic getaway for you and your partner this Valentine’s Day? If you already have plans, where are you headed?

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Florida History and Special Events & Dates

Orland is a fun place to be and that’s how many remember it. However, do you know any history of the fun getaway, aside from the Walt Disney magic? Orlando’s history goes as far back as 1838, around the time of the Second Seminole War. In a mission to protect settlers from the Indians, the United States Army built Fort Gatlin, which is southeast of the present day downtown Orlando.

 

Around 1840, Jernigan, a small settlement, grew up nearby the Fort. This name stemmed from the Jernigan family who were early settlers. As 1850 came around, a post office was available in Jernigan. By 1856, this community expanded northward – that’s when the name was changed to “Orlando”.

 

During 1857, the United States Post Office embraced this new name change. It wasn’t until 1875 that The Town of Orlando had 85 residents and 22 of them who were qualified to vote.

 

When Orlando Became Center of Florida’s Citrus Industry

Between 1875 and 1895 are known as the glory days of citrus, which is when Orlando became the center of Florida’s citrus industry. During 1894-1895, the “Great Freeze” occured and small owners had given up on groves. Several of the individuals purchased land, then expanded their operations around Lake Wales, which is south of Orlando.

 

Florida’s largest inland city, Orlando, became quite popular to visit between the years of the Spanish American War and World War I.

 

The Florida Land Boom

During the 1920’s, Orlando was also affected by The Florida Land Boom. In result, land prices reached peak points. Several tourist facilities including San Juan Hotel were constructed during those years. During the same time period, development of neighborhoods near downtown Orlando began. There are small bungalows still existing today and they are part of Orlando’s history and city charm.

 

How World War II Changed Orlando

Before, during, and after World War II, there was an immense amount of military activity in Orlando. The municipal airport, located north of Lake Underhill formed into the Orlando Army Air Base. A newer airport was constructed just 10 miles south of Orlando with a mission to use it in place of the municipal airport; it was then formed into Pinecastle Air Force Base, and finally formed to McCoy Air Force Base. Now, it’s the site of Orlando International Airport.

 

Here Comes The Jobs

During 1956, Martin Marietta, now known as Lockheed Martin, constructed a major, well-known aerospace defense plant just south of Orlando. This place provided many jobs for Orlando. Aside from the jobs, this place was nearby Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, and Patrick Air Force Base, making it easy to commute from the Orlando eastern suburbs to work.

 

Due to the proximity to Space Coast, nearby Kennedy Space Center, several high-tech companies made a shift to the Orlando area.

 

 

The Walt Disney You Know About

Most people are aware of Walt Disney World; It’s the most dynamic thing that has ever happened in Orlando. Walt Disney revealed in 1965 that a Walt Disney World near Orlando was going to be built. He began working on this magical place in 1968 and it finally opened in October of 1971. The population has increased since then, there have been more jobs, and tourism is continuous.

 

 

Now that you know the history behind one of the world’s most known getaways, let’s get into some special events and dates you should know when visiting Orlando from now through the end of spring. Although Walt Disney World has made a major positive impact on Orlando, there are several events that are just as fun.

 

January

2018 Lake Apopka Wildlife Festival and Birdapalooza – January 18 in Magnolia Park

Nature Connects – Art with Lego Bricks – January 18 at Leu Garden

Porcelain Art Show – January 18 at Rosen Event Center, JCC

World Quilt Florida – January 18 at Orange County Convention Center

5th Annual MLK Jazz/Blues Cookout – January 20 at John H. Jackson Neighborhood Center

Lego Ninjago Days – January 20 at Legoland Florida Resort

 

February

Orlando Museum of Art – February 1 at Orlando Museum of Art

Orlando Magic vs. Washington Wizards – February 3 at Amway Center

Praise Wave – February 3 at SeaWorld Orlando

Orlando Magic vs. Cleveland Cavaliers – February 6 at Amway Center

Orlando Magic vs. Atlanta Hawks – February 8 at Amway Center

Orlando Magic vs. Milwaukee Bucks – February 10 at Amway Center

 

 

March

Art with Lego Bricks – March 1 at Leu Gardens

The Art of Fashion – March 1 at Orlando Museum of Art

The Lion King – March 1 at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

Orlando Magic vs Detroit Pistons – March 2 at Amway Center

Orlando Magic vs. Memphis Grizzlies – March 3 at Amway Center

Seven Seas Food Festival – March 3 at SeaWorld Orlando

April

Art with Lego Bricks – April 2 at Leu Gardens

Orlando Magic vs. Dallas Mavericks – April 4 at Amway Center

Seven Seas Food Festival – April 8 at SeaWorld Orlando

Orlando Magic vs. Washington Wizards – April 11 at Amway Center

Brick Dash 5K – April 14 at Legoland Florida Resort

 

 

May

Museum of Art’s Healing Arts – May 3 at Orlando Museum of Art

Just for Kids – May 5 at SeaWorld Orlando

Lego Star Wars Days – May 5 at Legoland Florida Resort

The Orlando Philharmonic 25th Anniversary Gala Concert – May 8 at Bob Carr Theatre

 

What are you looking forward to attending? Drop us a line and let us know!

Skijajte kao profesionalac uz ovih 8 savjeta

Ako ste skijaš početnike ili jednostavno niste mogli shvatiti kako kliziti padinama, još uvijek postoji nada. Možete naučiti jako brzo, ljudi će čak i pomisliti da ste profesionalni ako koristite sljedeće savjete:

Prvo, opustite se

Morate se opustiti prstima. Čvrsto držanje nožnih prstiju dok ste nervozni je prisilni čin. Međutim, prije nego što počnete, pobrinite se da su vam prsti opušteni i da se samo usredotočite na disanje. Opuštanjem zglobova u svojim nožnim prstima, zglobovi u cijelom tijelu ostat će opušteni i imat ćete veće šanse za osvajanje poteza.

Savijte svoje dlanove

Kada se pripremite za osvajanje padina, usredotočite se na mjesto na kojem se naginjete prema naprijed. Je li to više na vašim gležnjevima ili koljenima? Pazite da se uvijek klanjate naprijed na svojim gležnjevima, a nikada na koljenima. Koljena će se automatski savijati dok guraš gležanj prema naprijed – stoga se ne brini previše – to će se dogoditi prirodno i održavat će uravnoteženu, uspravnu poziciju tijela.

Vaše potkoljenice bi trebale biti protivno jeziku vaših čizama

Neki ljudi često se nagnu unatrag, ali to ih čini teškima kada se okreću. Držeći svoje potkoljenice protivno jeziku vaših čizama održavate težinu na sredini, pružajući bolju opću kontrolu.

Dodajte pritisak na skijaške savjete pri približavanju krugu

Izbjegavajte držati cijelu težinu usred skijanja dok se približavate skretanju. Skije najbolje rade kada upravljate skijaškim savezima na prvo mjesto – noge će potom slijediti.

Držite skije paralelno

Ako ovo pogriješite, niste jedini, ali najbolje je da odmah započnete s ovom navikom – Obilazite okolo i držite skijaški spust na rubu i ostavite skijašu uzbrdo – Obje skije trebaju ući u svaki red, dok se istodobno kotrljaju na rubu.

Vaše ruke trebaju ostati naprijed

Kada skijate, pustite li ruke na stranu ili pustite da vam ruka prijeđe preko skijanja? Ako je tako, vaše skije će radije završiti skinute, umjesto da pomažu. Dakle, što biste trebali učiniti onda? Vaše ruke bi trebale biti udobne naprijed – Mislite da držate pladanj ispred vas.

Postavite vaše stupove dolje na brdu

Nakon što završite svaki zavoj, postavite svoj stup svojom rukom. Želite dodirnuti svoj vrh pole sa strane skijanja umjesto naprijed. To će vam omogućiti da imate više samopouzdanja i ritma.

Uvijek gledajte naprijed

Pobrinite se da vaš put bude uvijek čist tako da možete izbjeći iznenađenja. Uvijek gledajte ispred vas, nikad ne gledajte u zemlju. Na taj ćete način imati malo više vremena da reagirate na terenu i na sve prepreke koje se mogu pojaviti. Držeći glavu, omogućit će da se torzo pravilno postavlja dok idete nizbrdo.

Jeste li napravili jednu od ovih pogrešaka? Ako je tako, nemojte se osjećati loše, niste jedini. One su uobičajene pogreške i lako se mogu popraviti. Prakticiranje pravog položaja tijela i skijaških mjera dok se na držite na skijama recept je za uspjeh. Tijekom sljedećeg godišnjeg odmora, možda čak možete početi izgledati kao profesionalac. Prakticirajte ove savjete i počnite ih prikazivati ​​ove zime.

7 zdravstevnih prednosti skijanja

Neki ljudi vjeruju da jednom kada dođe zimsko vrijeme, nemate puno stvari koje možete učiniti van. Većina ljudi čak i prestane sudjelovati u bilo kojoj vanjskoj tjelesnoj aktivnosti. Ono što oni ne shvaćaju jest da skijanje ima ogromne zdravstvene prednosti.

Jača kosti i zglobove

Vaša koljena moraju izdržati težinu i napetost iz tijela dok klize nizbrdo, tako da svaki put kad skijate, jačate koljena. No, ne samo koljena koja žele imati koristi, i kosti će također postati jače u rezultatima utjecaja vaše težine na noge. Ne samo da ćete se zabaviti na padinama, već spriječavate osteoporozu i štetu na koljenima.

Poboljšano raspoloženje

Koliko puta ste čuli da se ljudsko raspoloženje diže zimi? Znamo da je to nedostatak vitamina D, ali jeste li znali da skijanje može poboljšati vaše raspoloženje? Skijanje može potaknuti vaše opće dobro i dovesti do sreće. Vrlo je korisno za vaše mentalno i tjelesno zdravlje.

Jača mišiće donjeg dijela tijela

Skijanje će vas odvesti u konstantan položaj čučnjeva, što će raditi nevjerojatno za vaše četvorke, zaliske, glute i vanjske i unutarnje bedrene. Čak nećete ni shvatiti da intenzivno vježbate dok prolazite kroz prirodu.

Poboljšan san

Budući ste aktivni dok skijate svakako bi vam trebalo biti lakše zaspati nakon skijanja. Nemojte se iznenaditi ako ste tako iscrpljeni da izlaze svjetla ispred vremena. Poboljšani san znači bolje, kvalitetno zdravlje tijekom vremena.

Kardiovaskularno zdravlje

Između velike visine i povišene brzine otkucaja srca, vaš će kardiovaskularni sustav imati koristi. Dok je brzina otkucaja srca povećana, vaše će tijelo imati povećanu cirkulaciju krvi, što će rezultirati u povećanju količine kisika i krvi, što znači da manje kalorija gori.

Zanimljiva činjenica – Skijanje vam omogućuje da potrošite do 400 kalorija na sat!

Ne zaboravite vodu

Biti na višim nadmorskim visinama znači da ćete disati teže. Moglo bi potrajati malo vremena da se prilagodite visini, ali da ostanete na vrhu, trebat ćete vodu više nego obično. Nećete dvaput razmišljati o tome. Držite tu vodu u blizini.

Opustite se u zdravijim izborima hrane

Izgorit će mnogo kalorija dok skijate, tako da će to trebati nadoknaditi. Do ručka možete osjetiti potrebu za “punjenjem goriva”, a večerom vam je potreban drugi obrok za oporavak. Naravno, pažljivije ćete odabrati hranu koju ćete staviti u usta. Vjerojatno ćete doseći više proteina i zdravih masti.

Jeste li primijetili bilo koju od ovih zdravstvenih prednosti tijekom skijanja? Ako ste početnik, sada je najbolje vrijeme za izlazak na te padine i vrijeme je da iskoristite sve te zdravstvene prednosti. Bilo da želite skijati u svom rodnom gradu ili se
odmarati na nekom od brojnih padina širom svijeta, što možete izgubiti zabavom i zdravljem u isto vrijeme?

CuddlyNest fees vs HomeAway’s Rising Fees Plus 6 Other Benefits

CuddlyNest is always looking for ways to improve. One of the major benefits of listing with the company is their low commission. Let’s see how CuddlyNest stacks up against another well-known booking site called HomeAway.

 

 

CuddlyNest

Subscription Fees– CuddlyNest allows hosts to sign up with zero subscription fees.

Host Fee– Hosts gets to leave more cash in their wallet with just a 3% fee for listings. There are no further hidden fees to worry about.

Guest Fee– CuddlyNest’s guest fee is just 9%.

 

HomeAway

Subscription Fees– While HomeAway does offer a host to sign up with no money upfront, this is only for people renting less than six weeks per year. They claim their best investment is their option of unlimited bookings, starting at $399 annually.

Host Fee– If a subscription fee is not chosen, the host fee can range from 10%-13%.

Guest Fee– Guests can pay cancellation protection or damage protection.

 

Low costs aren’t the only advantages that CuddlyNest has going for them – Check out these other benefits:

 

  1. Additional Traffic to Listings

As hosts list their rental on our website, they can enjoy the freedom of sharing listing details across several social media platforms at once. Some of the popular platforms include Google+, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Twitter, and Facebook. Hosts will no longer have to solely benefit from the traffic that CuddlyNest generates on its own – they can go beyond that and generate extra traffic to improve exposure.

Because 95% of online adults between the ages of 18 and 34 a more likely to follow brands via social networks, we knew we had to implement this amazing feature. Not to mention, consumers are consistently following brands to keep up-to-date on events, news, and information. Those same consumers will share important updates on their social media, leading to more exposure that you wouldn’t have gained without this feature.

  1. Direct Calling For Guests

There is some controversy surrounding direct communication between a host and guest when it comes to rental listing and booking sites. It’s always been that the site would act as a “middleman” and create contact between both parties. However, now CuddlyNest has a new, exciting feature that allows communication via direct calls between guests and hosts. This feature is for hosts who wish to take advantage; they are not required to implement direct communication.

Our company thought it would be best to create this contact option for further transparency. We believe that this feature will result in more bookings for hosts and allow guests to feel a bit more ease and secure with the rental they choose.  If a guest is browsing CuddlyNest, came across a property they want to rent but had an immediate question for the host, we want the guest and host to discuss to solve the issue properly for a benefit of both parties.

Although this includes direct communication, hosts don’t need to share their private information publicly. Hosts can conveniently opt-in or out for this feature.

 

 

  1. Website Linking

This is a huge advantage for hosts. Despite how hosts like to list their properties, CuddlyNest aims to find new, improved ways to increase your money-making strategy. Hosts are now able to link their vacation rental websites to promote their properties and gain more of a following on CuddlyNest.

 

 

  1. Instant Booking

You can set up and upload your listing immediately on CuddlyNest. Write your own description, add a captivating title – You have the freedom to choose what you want your property listing to say. Once you finalize all details, guests can book your property in just moments.

 

 

  1. Option to Share Guest’s Service Fees

The host has the freedom to set their own service fees. Not to mention, the host can also choose whether to pay the service fees, share them with the guest, or have them be absorbed on behalf of the guest.

 

 

  1. We Promote Your Content

Not only can you post your listings on your own social media platforms, but we also share your property across our own social media such as Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and Instagram.. We offer Facebook promotions with a targeted audience, as well as paid promotions. You are able to get your property listed on a dedicated portion of our homepage where we feature listings.

 

We are proud that CuddlyNest is experiencing rapid growth. This isn’t just a benefit on our end – It’s a tremendous advantage when you list with us. We are gaining exposure all the time, which means more views and bookings on your properties. CuddlyNest is constantly looking for ways to improve so when you list with us, you can trust that you’re in good hands.