In some ways, because it’s so cheap and easy to telephone long distance, it’s taken some of the adventure out of traveling abroad, especially on long trips or backpacking tours of the world. One of the attractions was to be cut of from the rest of the world, but now everyone is traveling around with mobile phones in their luggage and is expected to call home from time to time just to check in.
When I’m overseas I simply carry a mobile that allows me to change the SIM card inside the phone. These can be purchased locally and often give you immediate access to the networks. It always a good idea to compare tariff and rates before buying, so it’s important to know what you will be using your phone for, i.e. local calls or communication abroad. When I was in the UK last, I bought a phone card called Asia Direct, or something like that. It cost just £10 and I was chatting to various countries in South East Asia every day for a week and still I had credit to spare when I left England. It was absolutely incredible value for money.
Though it’s now considered cheap to telephone long distance, it is still necessary to be mindful that some companies still charge extortionate rates for the service. Mainly hotels. In fact they probably make as much money on overseas calls as they do renting rooms! If you need to use hotel phones for any reason, make sure you check out the call charges in advance or you could be in for a nasty surprise on checkout!
I’ve listed below a few of the more popular ways to telephone long distance:
Mobile direct calling: Many special deals around these days, but check first. Also international Phone cards where you punch the details into your cell phone and dial a special number prior to connecting.
Everyone needs a break at times. The hustle and bustle of being a mother or father combined with work and constantly needing to be somewhere can take its toll on both the body and mind. When the mind does not get a break, it results in mental illness. When the body does not get a break, it gets worn down, the immune system grows weak and diseases like cancer start to develop.
Instead of letting the modern world destroy the body and mind, use these five activities to give it the break that it desperately needs.
Wild camp provides everyone with a break from the modern world. There are no noisy highways or tall buildings. Instead, wild camp is just a few good friends and the great outdoors. Families do not need to have experience with this to book an event.
Instead, experienced staff will help everyone that wants to participate in wild camp eat food that is cooked over a roaring fire, learn new and fun skills and they will guarantee that everyone gets the break that they need.
Surfing is a fun way to get a workout (so it can double as getting a daily dose of cardio), and it’s nice to get out and enjoy the sunlight. Picking up a new hobby or sport can help take anyone’s mind off the day to day stress that never seems to stop.
Just an hour south of Naples, at the heart of the Amalfi area, Sorrento, with its friendly people, rich history, shop and café-lined streets and interesting alleys, is the perfect base for exploring the area. We found inexpensive pashminas to help keep warm. Olive oil is cheap and you’ll find everything lemony from candles and lotions to football sized lemons and, of course, the local liquor limoncella.
Even in February, the lemon and orange trees were dripping with fruit. You may think you’re seeing things if you spot lemons growing on an orange tree. You’re not! Sometimes farmers will graft seedlings on to established trees in order to produce fruit more quickly. Groves of olive trees are everywhere, with nets rolled up, ready to spread out again to gather next season’s harvest.
We spent a day exploring the Amalfi coast. As we wound along State Road 163, teetering high up on the edge of the sheer cliffs, I was mesmerized with the stunning sea view at every corner. We passed small villages with houses clinging to the steep slopes. Positano, with its narrow steeped alleys, beckons you down to the shops to browse among the local crafts, beachwear, bags and even sandals made for you while you wait!
My favourite stop was the serene and charming town of Ravello. At every corner, hides another gem. We discovered secret gardens and ancient villas and always the sparkling sea down below. Villa Rufolo is the most enchanting blend of old buildings and exquisite gardens, that somehow fills you with maybe the same tranquillity that inspired Wagner and DH Lawrence to compose some of their finest works. Every summer a stage is built out over the cliff for the orchestra to perform their tribute to Wagner. As we explored the once very much lived in Villa Rufolo, the distant strains of Wagner taunted us from behind closed doors.
Springtime is giving us a preview of the weather to come here in the Pacific Northwest, and my thoughts naturally turn to golf. And when my thoughts turn to golf, they invariably wander off to dream of golfing in Ireland.
Ireland offers some of the most magnificent and challenging golf experiences to be had. Indeed, with the hundreds of courses to be found throughout the country, there is an interesting and unique golf experience for just about any level of play. One can find courses providing expansive and breathtaking views of the sea or travel inland to play courses that seem to have been created from magic, such are the stunning colors and vistas of the Inland.
For the true aficionado, a golfing tour of Ireland can only be described as heaven. With the numbers of golf course and accommodations available, there are literally thousands of combinations that can be made to make your tour unique. A quick search online brings more than 1 million opportunities to find the plan that works best for you, your skill, and your budget. There are a number of firms who will shape a tour specific to your desired itinerary. Of course, if you have the time and inclination, designing your own tour and making the arrangements is another option.
The organized tours generally consist of a 6 or 7 day stay and opportunity to play 4 or 5 different courses. You are transported by coach or car, and all tee times and accommodations are taken care of (including a full Irish breakfast each day). Double occupancy rates are adjusted if your traveling companion would rather be visiting castles while you play. There are also options for you to drive the tour on your own, making your own arrangements for a rental car.
If your budget permits, you may want to look at the several opportunities to stay at a castle hotel and golf resort. There are also many manor accommodations at or near golf resorts and the more traditional hotel golf resorts. Naturally, your choice will depend somewhat on your budget.
The Star Wars Lands bring to life the adventures of a galaxy far, far away. Imagine a whole new planet from the Outer Rim of the galaxy sharing its home in the neighbourhood. Imagine a fully immersive land full of real humanoids, aliens and droids like never before. Truly, the Star Wars Land is where you experience Star Wars in its truest form. Each of the special Land spread across a huge 14 acres of magical landscape, featuring a life-size Millennium Falcon ride as one of the star attractions. The area also includes a fully immersive dining experience and include other unique and most promising Star Wars attractions as well.
Star Wars Lands put together an authentic themed area where guests are transported to a never-before seen planet. Where they can step inside and experience the iconic scenes and locations. Where favourite characters and their stories from the most beloved film series come to life. Where fans can play the role of Jedi and pilot the Millennium Falcon – the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy during an aerial strike and much more. The special Lands also include other unique surprises, such as finding yourself right in the middle of an epic space battle between the First Order Stormtroopers and the Resistance, or exciting still – the opportunity to visit and shop at a remote trading port and one of the last stop before wild space.
Star Wars has been an important part of theme park offerings for Disney fans and Disney’s Hollywood Studios is one of the favourite places to look for such iconic space fantasies. The popular Star Tours and other exclusive space experiences, including the annually held Weekends and celebrations at the Park keep stealing the hearts of many for years. And the experience gets even more exciting with the live version of the epic space saga opening in 2019.