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Going on holiday with a partner is the true test of a relationship. Hereís how to get it just right. What makes a perfect partner? Someone who wants to have sex first in the morning, never asks you to go shopping with her and renounces all rights so the remote control on Saturday afternoons? Maybe, but no relationship, no matter how erotically charged and compatible, is proven until your first holiday together. Ah, the holiday, that breeding ground of vice and corruptibility. You go on holiday to relax, but unless you know exactly what youíre getting into, going on holiday with a partner is likely to leave you more stressed than you were when you handed in your leave form. There are sound reasons for couples fighting when theyíre on holiday. Because youíre out of your familiar, everyday situation, holiday actually increase some stress levels. Also, because youíve convinced yourself that you should be having a wonderful time during every second of your precious holiday small fights and irritations tend to get magnified. A lot of couples break up on holiday, over things that would not have mattered quite as much had they happened during their normal routine. Everything is more intense when youíre on holiday because itís such a valued time for most of us. But more holiday fights are caused by lack of planning than unrealistic expectations. You might not be able to do anything about your heightened holiday emotions, but you certainly can plan for physical eventualities, and in so doing hopefully prevent quarrels in Quebec and sulks in the Seychelles. So if you are planning to go away with a partner ñ especially if itís the first time the two of you will be taking a trip together ñ follow these rules and perhaps youíll still want to look at each other when you return. 1. Make sure you both want go go to the same place ñ Itís no use dragging her off to go hiking in the Himalayas if sheíd far rather be lying on a beach in Thailand. If your idea of a good holiday is vastly different from hers, perhaps you shouldnít be together, or perhaps you should take separate holidays. Or you could compromise and choose a place that offers both your types of enjoyment (such as a resort where one of you can go scuba diving while the other lounges next to the pool with a book and a pina colada). Of course you might not know what her interests and idiosyncrasies actually are until you get there and find yourself shuffling from monument to monument to examine ancient firesoes, despite your longing to examine an affable pub. Holidays show us sides of our partners that we didnít even suspect existed. Thatís why itís important to discuss you idea holiday before you book the hotel room. If you think she might be agreeing with your choice of destination only to please you, thatís her problem, but give haer a chance to voice her preferences. It is always more fun to do the things you love with a partner who loves the same things, but itís inevitable that there will be areas of common disinterest between you. Make it clear that you donít mind pursuing your quest for the tallest redwood on your own, and make sure she knows that you donít intend accompanying her on visits to Cambodian orphanages (unless you want to, of course). 2. Divide the money. Money and map navigation are the two most common causes of holiday tension. Money is perhaps more important because even if youíre lost, youíre still okay if you can afford a bed for the night. No matter how compatible you might be in other spheres, in every couple there is a partner who is the spender. This is increased a hundred-fold when on holiday. The one with the more careful nature will shy away from impulse purchases, while the other spontaneously lashes out on memorabilia that you donít need and that doesnít fit into your suitcase. Some couples try to prevent money fights by nominating one partner as holder of the resolve arguments by saying. ìIím the one in charge of the money and I say we canít have more than one ice cream a dayî is only going to lead to acrimony. Even if one of you is financing the holiday ñ in fact, especially need to have access to your own money, or the power imbalance will lead to bitterness. Workout the budget for the entire trip. Say accommodation is paid for, work out how much youíll need each day for food, and if one of you wants to exceed that budget on a particular day, then economize the next day. Divide your spending money in two and share it. Then, if one of you blows their entire allowance on a three-meter mahogany giraffe. Itís only faire for the partner who still has money to dictate how itís spent. 3. No bagging the navigator- Democracy does not work when it comes to directions. Whether youíve driving yourselves around or simply have to find taxis or stations in unfamiliar places, either draw lots or play roulette before you leave home to decide who will be in charge of navigation. Or split the duties, but when one of you is driving or reading a map, the other keeps his or her mouth firmly shut. Talk about this before you go, otherwise youíll end up in a ditch when you slam on brakes in the pouring rain and shout, ìDo you want to drive?î If sheís driving donít say a word. And if you know she took a wrong turn, never admit later that you knew the right road to take all along. Stick to this rule and thereís a good chance youíll have a happy holiday and perhaps an entire life. The words ìshouldnít you have turned left there?î have been the death knell of too many relationships. 4.Find out if she snores. Itís seldom that a couple goes on holiday without first getting to know each other well, but it happens. You may have shared a bed, but do you know each otherís bathroom? Does she know it takes you half an hour to do your hair? Has she done her morning yoga routine in front of you? Are you familiar with otherís most irritating habits? A first holiday can bring nasty surprises, if you discover on your fist night away that she grinds her teeth, it could ruin your trip. Alternatively you could be prepared for some irritation, and decide beforehand that, unless itís a non-negotiable violation of every value you hold dear, you will allow certain annoyances to wash over you. Say you know each other quite well already and have learnt tolerate each otherís curious habits. You could still find that being on holiday with her drives you nuts (or vice versa) because she thinks that being away means she doesnít have to be considerate of your needs as would be when youíre both at home. Being on holiday does mean you can relax, but it doesnít mean turning into a complete slob. If she doesnít clean up after you at home, donít expect her to do it when youíre away. And if she thinks being on holiday gives her licence to use your razor on her legs, explain (gently) that it doesnít. 5.Donít combine buddies and new lovers ñ You have a friend with a pad in Manhattan whoís been begging you to come and stay. ìBring your new girlfriendî, he says. ìYou guys will have the best time here.î No you wonít. not if youíve never been away together before and you want to spend a lot of time catching up with your old buddy. They might like each other and get along fine, but a first time holiday is about romance, and youíre not going to get that when youíre trying to divide your time and attention between a friend and a lover. Perhaps neither of you is the romantic type and youíre both quite keen on the idea of going away with other people. If these are mutual friends, no problem, but going away to meet someone whom only one of you knows isn't a good idea, donít do it if it's the first time the two of you will be spending time together. You might also discover when on holiday that that one of you is more sociable that the other. She wants to invite those two couples you met on the train to join you for dinner; all you want to do is spend time alone with her. These are things you canít predict. All you can do is reasonably explain your desire to socialize ñ or your objections to talking to strangers ñ and try to reach a compromise. 6.If it all goes wrong.- There is no way to guarantee that your first holiday together will be fight ñ free, but you can stop fights from turning your holiday into a nightmare. It may sound stilted, but if you can face up to it, talk about how youíll deal with fights before you go away. Make a pact that neither of you will storm out, even if it means spending three days in silence. Thereís nothing more mortifying than returning home alone. Having the staying power to see it through gives you time to get over fights. If all else fails then remember to; Always keep your own passport and ticket if she leaves with your documents, youíre going to look an idiot in a foreign place.
Beachside promenades, lively people laid back lifestyles and sunny weather, Florida is a grand resort travel idea. Take a walk at the famous Miami Beach and enjoy a great meal by the sea or choose from the many popular tourist and travel resort spots in Florida such as Palm Beach, Daytona Beach, Tampa Bay and Jacksonville. Here are some of best resorts in Florida to suit various budgets and maximize your stay in the sunny state. Palm Beach: Perfect travel resort The Breakers is a luxurious resort and hotel with all the best services you could ask for. All rooms offer spectacular views and each designed with classy décor and lavish facilities. Visit and take some time to detoxify and relax at the hotel spa. Sundy House is a historic cottage originally built in the 1902. It has 11 designed rooms, all with artwork and luxurious décor. The house is located within lush, beautiful gardens, lovely balconies, and just a stone’s throw away from the beach. It’s an ideal escape from the hustle that you could spend with family and friends. Miami Double Tree Ocean Point Resort & Spa has this luxurious hotel fuses together the best of American amenities and European spas for you travel. Its amenities include a beachside pool, world class fitness center, lounges and umbrellas facing the ocean, and fine cuisine to give you the most luxurious, and relaxing trip, both inside and out, in Florida. Marriott South Beach, a beachfront boutique hotel located in South Beach has 11 rooms and is perfectly situated in Miami. You can easily walk to the beach and the nearby shopping areas and nightclubs. With a very friendly and accommodating staff, well designed rooms, your stay in Miami will be unforgettable. Visit Jacksonville Suburban Extended Stay Hotel Baymeadows is for the budget traveler, an ideal way to enjoy a travel economically. It is also a pet-friendly hotel hence, you can bring along your furry friends to Florida. Feel right at home with kitchen amenities, a television set, and everything you need without breaking your wallet. Courtyard Jacksonville Mayo Clinic/Beaches is a well-decorated room, a garden gazebo, fine dining, amenities including a swimming pool, patio, and fitness room. This hotel is located within the Mayo Clinic area and sure to satisfy your needs. Fast service from the well trained staff will guarantee that your choice is filled with maximum enjoyment.
Sticking to a nutritious diet while traveling can be one of the more difficult things to do. However, if you learn how to make smart choices, a healthy diet is really not that difficult. It’s probably not the best time in which to start a healthy diet, but if you are currently making healthy choices in your foods already, modifying your diet slightly to accommodate travel, is not as difficult as it first may seem. If you are traveling by airplane, your diet may have to include airplane food, which can often be of poor nutritional value, depending on the selection. When you book your flight, ask about your food options, ask if a vegetarian dish is available? Vegetarian dishes are sometimes more nutritional in this case, but it really depends on what they may be serving. If you can, eat a larger meal before your flight, so that you don’t have to eat the entire meal that is served, to feel full. When driving or taking a bus, you may be tempted to stop at fast food restaurants and eat the meals found there. Avoid this whenever possible! If you’re on vacation, you may wish to splurge a tiny bit, but having fast food more than once during a week can really be bad for your health. If you must, choose the healthiest options available, like chicken breasts and diet soda. Also, remember that you can take your own meals when traveling. Carrying a loaf of whole-wheat bread or pita wraps, some lean lunchmeat, and low-fat cheese in a cooler is a great way to avoid high-fat and high-cholesterol junk food meals. These are much better choices and you’ll save a lot of money as well. Call ahead to ask if there will be a refrigerator in your hotel room. Lastly, make smart choices when you eat out. If you choose salads or pasta get the dressing on the side and ask about low-carb options. In fact, many places print these dieting options directly in the menu for the health-conscious people. Control your portions by ordering lunch menu sizes or splitting the meal in have and getting a doggie bag, and you’ll be well on your way to healthy eating, even away from home. Yes, eating healthy foods when you travel can be a challenge. However, your health is worth it. Eating meals high in nutrition will also assist in fighting illnesses that you are likely to encounter when traveling and you will find yourself more alert so that you can enjoy your trip.
Hong Kong is an international city and it has vast number of tourists come from all over the world in all year round. According to the Hong Kong Government statistics, the number of international tourists visited Hong Kong in 2005 reaches 10.8 million which represents a 13.1% increase when compared to 2004. Countries such as Australia, Canada, French, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Korean, Thailand, British and United States all contributes significant tourist growth for Hong Kong. This article presents some critical traveler tips for tourists so that you could enjoy more and have a wonderful trip to Hong Kong. 1. Personal Identity and Safety Tourists must carry valid personal identity documentation such as passport during their stay in Hong Kong. Hong Kong is a very safe city according to the low crime rate. However, due to the densely population, it is not suggested to take a large amount of cash when going out since most of the shops in Hong Kong accepts credit cards. Expensive belongs should be locked in the safe in hotel. You could easily find policemen on the streets whenever you have encountered any problems. 2. Service Charges Most of the restaurants except fast food shops will add 10% service charges to the bill. Therefore, you may choose to give out the odd dollars from the changes as the service tips. For taxi driver or bellboy in the hotel, there is no pre set norm for the service tips, you may choose to give out whenever you think the service is deserved for. 3. Telephone Service All local telephone call is free except for the public telephone which charges HK$1 for every 5 minutes. Emergency call is 999 and it is free to call even in public telephone. You could either use IDD telephone call card or credit card for long distance call, or simply through operator for collect call in all public telephone counter. 4. Drinking Water The drinking water in Hong Kong reaches World Health Organization standard. However, you may also choose to buy the bottle water in the supermarkets if you think it is necessary. 5. Taxi All taxi only accept cash and they have invoice print out whenever you request. It is easier to catch the taxi in the taxi stop or outside the hotel. Many of the taxi drivers could understand simple English. It is suggest writing down your destination (in English) on paper to minimize misunderstandings. The taxi charges is based on the meter which is HK$15 for the first 2 Km and HK$1.4 for the subsequent 0.2 Km. Besides, there are tunnel charges ranging from HK$3-45 depends on which tunnel you have to take. The charging table is clearly shown on the inner side of the doors so you could check it before you pay. In case of any complaints or lost case, you may record down the name of the taxi driver and his license plate number which is clearly shown on the front seat stand, and reports to the police hotline: 2527 7177 whenever necessary. 6. Mass Transit Railway (MTR) Hong Kong has 6 MTR routes, which covers most parts of Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and New Territories. Tsuen Wan Route: Tsuen Wan to Central Kwun Tong Route: Yau Mat Tei to Tiu Keng Leng Tseung Kwan O Route: North Point to Po Lam Main Route: Sheung Wan to Chai Wan Tung Chung Route: Tung Chung to Hong Kong Airport Route: Airport to Hong Kong Due to the convenience of MTR and the compact area of Hong Kong, most tourists find it is not necessary to rent car during their stay. Besides, due to the very heavy traffic and the complexity of the city roads, it is not recommended for tourists to drive. In case you really need car rental, you may consult your hotel, and be ready with your passport and driving license. 7. Kowloon Canton Railway (KCR) The KCR is the major railway which links up the New Territories and the city of Kowloon. It runs through Tsim Sha Tsui East to Lo Wu which takes about 40 minutes for the whole route. Lo Wo is the final station which you could pass through to enter China with valid visa. The train will depart for every 3 to 10 minutes, and the earliest one will be started at 5:35 a.m. while the last one will be departed at 12:20 p.m. The ordinary fair and the first class fair are HK$18 and HK$36 respectively from Hung Hom to Sheung Shui. 8. Tram The tram service has been started in 1904 and it is the oldest transportation system in Hong Kong. It only services the Hong Kong Island running from Kennedy Town to Shau Kei Wan plus another route to Happy Valley. The earliest tram starts at 6: 00 a.m. and run until 1:00 p.m. and the fair is HK$ 2 for adult and HK$ 1 for children under age12. It is the cheapest transportation in Hong Kong, and you are highly recommended to take a ride at the upper stairs so that you could enjoy all the street scenery of Hong Kong. 9. Star Ferry The scenery of Hong Kong harbor is famous in the world, especially the night scenery. Besides, there is spectacular light show by the commercial buildings in the Hong Kong island at 8:00 p.m. every night which you must not miss. The Star Ferry has been serving on the harbor for more than 100 years, and the fair is less than HK$3 per rides. You could take the Star Ferry from Cental to Tsim Sha Tsui at around 8:00 p.m. You could enjoy the harbor scenery on the ferry and continue with the light show at the Starlight Road of Tsim Sha Tsui. 10. Hong Kong International Airport The most convenient route to the Hong Kong International Airport is through the MTR which takes about 23 minutes from Central. It passes through stations of Kowloon, Olympic, Tsing Yi, and the train will be departed for every ten minutes. With the MTR, you would never miss the airplane due to the traditional traffic jam. Other than the MTR, you could take the Airport Bus which starts from 6:00 a.m. at the morning until 11:00 p.m. at night. It covers most part of Hong Kong Island and Kowloon with major hotels.