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Globetrotting with a “Personal Driver”

If you are traveling or taking a trip in the near future it has never been easier to get around. There’s never been a better time to “get around.” Technology has arguably changed the method of travel in a variety of ways and is still doing so. Ever evolving, technology is constantly creating new and easier ways to make life less chaotic and more predictable. In most cases a cell phone can serve as a personal assistant, mapping you location, directing you to the next place you would like to go… and now signaling your “private driver” to bring around the car. I’m talking about UberRead More

Why Prague is My Favorite City Of All

I have done a lot of travels but Prague, the capital of Czech Republic, is the one that captured me most. With its enchanting chapels, baroque-style castles, and amazing culture, it’s impossible not to love the city. Wherever you turn to, you’ll see unique architecture, glitzy fashion boutiques, lovely people, and wonderful scenery.

Everything that a tourist desires to see and experience is all in Prague. When I went there, these attractions are the ones I loved the most: Read More

My Three-Day Nicaraguan Experience

Last month I spent an entire weekend plus a Monday in Nicaragua. If you’re not familiar about it, it’s a country in Central America sitting beside Costa Rica. This country teems with Spanish culture as it was invaded by the Spaniards around the 16th century. The climate is humid and warm, tropical forests are extremely diverse, and there are lots of active volcanoes around.

I stayed at León, the second largest city in Nicaragua next to Managua. I loved this city because it had this ancient yet modern vibe about it. There were lots of Spanish colonial churches and colonial homes that will really give you a glimpse of what the city looked like centuries ago. What’s more is that just outside of León sits the Poneloya Beach, a major tourist attraction for those who want to experience the waters of the Pacific Ocean.

I arrived on Friday night and decided to stay in the hotel because I was tired and what is there to see on an evening, anyway? The next morning, I went out early to scout the city for a great breakfast restaurant. I heard of a certain resto called Sesteo, and lucky for me, I found it near the city’s Main Square. The food was amazing, rich with spices which the Spanish cuisine is famous for. I spent the day going around the central parts of the city, taking pictures of cathedrals and everyday Nicaraguan life. One of the things I loved most about the city was the amazing cuisine. Gallo pinto, Nicaragua’s national dish, tastes like heaven made of white rice and red beans.  It’s definitely a must try.

On Sunday I went outside the city to visit the San Jacinto Swarms, a geothermal place located at the base of Santa Clara volcano. There I met this rather interesting British pal named Bryan and his classy mobile home. According to him, he was travelling the whole country of Nicaragua because he absolutely loves it. And he goes around in his shipping-container-turned-mobile-home. In all fairness, though, his house is classy and well-designed, not at all boring as you would expect from a house built from shipping containers. He said he got the shipping containers from Shipping Containers Deal, a company that offers low-priced containers.

That man is going to stay in Nicaragua for another month or so, and to tell it honestly, I quite envy him. 

Tips to Keep Your Home Safe While on Holiday

You may be excited planning for that much awaited vacation, but don’t forget to browse your checklist on how to keep your home safe while away. This is important since you don’t want to go home from your trip to realize that valuable items are gone. Here are some of the things that you need to consider to ensure your home’s safety while on a vacation.

Ask a Trusted Relative or Friend to Stay in the House

This is the best way to keep burglars away since there will still be someone in the house while you’re gone.  See to it that the person you ask is trustworthy and will take care of your home.

Check All Doors and Windows

The doors and windows of a house are usually the entry points for intruders. A broken or damaged door and window could put your home at higher risk of burglary. Have the problem fixed or if the damage is severe, replacement may be necessary. Doors Wide Open carries high quality doors and windows that you can purchase. Companies selling windows and doors in Oshawa are also experts on the installation and replacement of their products.

Invest in a Light Timer 

Turning off the light for the whole period that you’re away would give burglars the idea that nobody’s home. Leaving the lights on is also unusual and it could add up to your energy bill. The best way to go is to get a light timer. Set your lights to turn on, at a specific time and for a certain period. With this, people would think that someone’s home.

Turn Off Automatic Garage Door

The garage door is another common entry for intruders. Leaving your automatic garage door turned on is a security risk since burglars may use a universal remote control to open it. Garage doors are often connected to a door leading inside the house.

Freeze Mails and Newspaper Delivery

Uncollected mails and newspapers send a signal that no one’s at home. Request to freeze their delivery while you’re away, to prevent burglars from thinking that you’re away.

Remember these security tips not just on your next trip, but each time you go on a vacation.

Finding a Mold Removal Company is Easy

Mold can be a very huge problem if not addressed immediately. This is why you need to find experts to help you out in cleaning your house and making sure that your family’s health will not be at risk. Sadly, this seems like a huge problem especially if no one in your area can do the job. This is why some people just opt to clean the house on their own no matter how it risky it could be. Worse, since they don’t really know what to do to keep the mold from coming back, the problem just keeps on getting worse.

The good news is that mold removal is no longer as difficult as it seems. The truth is that you can now easily find a company that will help you online. There are online firms that you can contact. They will then match you with the right mold removal company. For instance, you can visit mold inspection services here if you want more details on how you can avail of the services that they offer. The site presents more information on how you can maximize what they can offer.

How to Find the Perfect Partner

The first step in the process is to take a look at the firm that will match you with the right mold removal company. You have to be specific in saying your needs. You need to say how huge the area that will be covered and how grave the problem is. They will then provide you the estimated cost. They will look at the area and see how much will be spent to ensure that not only the mold will be removed; it will also be stopped from coming back.

When you have found the right firm to partner you with the best company, it is easier for you to deal with the rest of the process. As long as the firm has a reputable image and has a long list of successful jobs done, you have nothing to worry about.

Maintaining a Mold-Free Environment

To ensure that the problem will not come back, you also have to do your share. Make sure that you clean the house well and let go of what can possibly cause the growth of mold. You also have to keep everything dry and clean as moist and dirty areas are where molds strive best.

To top it all, you might want to get insurance. This is true especially to those who live in areas that are prone to flood. This is where mold will grow the most once the flood is over. Sometimes, the amount that can be spent for mold removal in these areas can go as much as $6,000 depending on the size of the house. If you cannot afford to pay for such amount, it will be in your best interest to just get insurance.

For more information about mold remediation and other services, visit www.corkd.com. It is high time to keep everything clean and mold-free.

Two Keys in Promoting Your Travel Business Online

Travel business is one of the most lucrative yet competitive industries now in light of globalization and the intense desire of first world citizens to explore the “exotic” parts of the globe. Every year there are literally millions of booked local and international trips. This also led to a growth boom in airlines, hotels and accommodations, tourist attractions, and more.  

Now is a good time to jump into the bandwagon, but unless you nail these two keys to promote your travel business online, you’re going to fail big time:

1. Your website should be a killer.

This concept should actually be a no-brainer, but apparently some travel agencies we’ve come across with do not understand the power of a website. A website will make or break your business. First off, imagine a potential customer stumbling upon your travel website and seeing an unprofessional, awfully-designed website. Will s/he stay or not? I hope you guessed it right. So what makes a good website?

A good website is usable/user-friendly. It can be navigated easily, states on its homepage its purpose and the services offered, and presents relevant information in all the right places. Once a user lands your website, s/he would want to see what you’re offering, how to access that offer, and benefits of acquiring it. If they don’t see this immediately, they leave.

A good website is aesthetically pleasing. It doesn’t look like something done overnight. It has great images, grammatically-correct texts, creative design, and an overall pretty look.

Lastly, a good website calls for action. After you present the benefits of using your services or products, you should clearly state what the customers should do in order to access these. One way to do this is through placing a professional infomercial as part of your direct response marketing campaign.

 2. Use social media.

I can safely say that no business survives online without harnessing the powers of social media. Any internet marketing agency (like this one) will recommend this to you, trust me. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and others are the digital equivalent of huge social events where people come to chat and laugh. Only, the communication takes place faster than ever. If an entrepreneur is at a party, s/he will use the opportunity to mingle and innocently chat about his/her business. At the end of the party, the entrepreneur has passed his/her business card to more than ten people. This will likely translate to future transactions.

This behavior should be the same with social media. As an entrepreneur, you are required to mingle with netizens if you want your business to success. You should present yourself as a sociable, fairly likeable individual whom they can trust. Create a Facebook page or Twitter account wherein you can post business information and updates. Remember that the tone of your posts should be consistent with the brand of your business. You can also create an Instagram account for a more personal interaction with your followers.

Include “Share this on this and that social media” buttons on relevant pages on your website to allow clients to recommend you to their friends. Also keep track on new budding social networking sites because you never know when the next big SNS will hit. 

Popularity of Breast Augmentation

Traveling in different places let you discover and learn new things, including the latest in different fields. In the field of medicine, it’s amazing how people can now easily achieve the appearance they want with the help of plastic surgery. It’s also beneficial for those who experienced trauma, injuries or deformation due to previous surgery, accident or an illness.

Plastic surgery has been around for a long time. However, there are now better and safer procedures, available for patients. Moreover, they become more affordable, which is why many individuals can now pay for the treatment they need. Plastic surgeons can be found everywhere, including Spokane and Cedar Rapids. Breast augmentation is one of the most common performed procedures on women.

What is Breast Augmentation?

Breast augmentation is the most popular procedure in the UK and US. This refers to the enhancement of the size of the breast with the use of breast implants. Saline or silicones are used as implants. This is for healthy women who are at least 22 years old who wish to make their breasts larger. However, if it’s for reconstructive purposes, those who are at least 18 years old are allowed to undergo the process.

For instance, patients who had breast cancer and had to undergo mastectomy are candidates for breast augmentation. Mastectomy is the removal of tissues on the breast to prevent the spread of cancer. Mastectomy in Cedar Rapids also offers innovative solutions that could save more portion of the breast, as long as it’s not affected by the tumor. However, if the patient still doesn’t feel confident with the size of her new breast, augmentation may be considered. Breast augmentation in Spokane is done under general anesthesia and on outpatient basis.

What to Expect During the Consultation and Procedure?

Whether you’re considering breast augmentation for cosmetic or reconstructive reasons, you need to undergo a consultation with your chosen surgeon. During the initial consultation, you would be asked what you wish to achieve for the procedure. Questions about your health may also be asked as this information is important to determine if you can get the implants. The size of your breast would be measured to determine the ideal size of implants that would be placed on you.

The doctor would also discuss the risks involved, as well as the recovery. Like any other surgical procedures, getting implants also come with risks, such as infection and rapture. However, choosing a trusted and experienced surgeon who specializes in this field could lower those risks as they know what exactly needs to be done to make the procedure successful.

During the surgery, you will be put under general anesthesia so you wouldn’t feel anything. You may go home after the procedure, though you would not be permitted to drive on your own. Someone should be there with you or should be ready to pick you up after the surgery.

Follow the post operative instructions provided by the doctor. You may be required to go back to the clinic so he could check your condition and see if there are no potential problems on the implants.

Etiquette Tips for Business Travelers

Taking your business to a global scale requires lots of traveling and meeting people from other cultures. It is important that you know what is considered “good manners” from country to country so as not to appear rude, and risk losing all-important business transactions – your ticket to success.

United States of America

• Gift-giving is discouraged in America as it may be seen as a bribe. To show your gratitude, a written “Thank you” note may be enough.

• It is considered polite to ask permission before lighting a cigarette. Only a few office buildings, especially the commercial spaces for rent in NYC, allow smoking inside their premises.

United Kingdom

• Men must not wear a shirt with pockets. If in case you do, keep them empty.

• It is not considered polite toasting business associates who are older than you are.

Brazil

• It is not considered proper to eat with your hands. You can’t just pick a food on the table, even if it is a sandwich or a slice of pizza. Make use of utensils or table napkins.

• Brazilians are touchy-feely. Physical contacts and standing close during conversations are pretty common.

China

• Your Chinese affiliates must always leave first after a meeting or conference.

• Do not finish your entire meal or leave your chopsticks in an upright position on the rice bowl. They are both considered taboos.

France

• If you do not speak French fluently, it will be appreciated if you apologize.

• It is common for men to greet female associates with a kiss. Those who do not welcome a kiss may stick out a hand for a handshake.

Germany

• Keep your sense of humor to yourself. It will not be appreciated during a business recourse.

• Let the older persons enter the conference room first.

Japan

• Saying no is considered impolite. Try other phrases like “I’ll try” or “Let’s see what we can do”.

• Always wait for someone else to pour you a drink. It is considered improper if you do it yourself.

Australia

• It may be permissible in Brazil but when in Australia, you must always keep track of the time. Punctuality is very crucial.

• Males who are riding a taxi alone must always sit in the front seat.

Visiting Liverpool

In a country with a long history like the United Kingdom, towns and cities would have their own stories to tell. Somehow, the stories related to its maritime history somehow gets glossed over. The UK has a long maritime tradition, being an island country, and it has a lot of famous ports.

One of the more prominent ports is Liverpool. Though the city has less than 500,000 residents, and has been famous for decades as a football town and for its shipbuilding industry, it took music and the Merseybeat era before it became known worldwide. The home of the Beatles, the city has a rich musical heritage. It spawned a lot of bands before and after the Beatles. During the 1980′s New Wave era, a lot of bands made it big. The 1980s bands included A Flock of Seagulls, The Lotus Eaters, Echo and the Bunnymen, The Wild Swans, The Lightning Seeds, Frankie Vaughan, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, and a host of others. In the current crop of headliners, Liverpool has also been the birthplace of bands like The Zutons,and Atomic Kitten. Elvis Costello traces his roots to Liverpool, having lived in the city till he was 17. All in all, the bands and musicians from Liverpool have a total of 56 number one hit singles. That is more than any other city in the world.

Of course, besides music, Liverpool is home to Liverpool FC. It is one of the most popular and most successful clubs in the Premier League. It has won more European championships than any other English team. It is also a successful team in the Premier League, second only to Manchester United. The popularity of the club transcends its borders. The team has an estimated 71 million fans, ranking 7th on the list of most popular football teams in the world.

When visiting Liverpool, you might be tempted to be underwhelmed by it all. It is a city of sights and sounds. There are also more than 125 hotels to choose from. Practically any Liverpool hotel will do as an example of the city’s hospitality. This is one city which has layers of complexity underneath its working man’s origins.

The Importance of Bringing Curling Irons When Traveling

I always have a small traveling kit that contains all the essentials when traveling. Thus, I just have to double check the kit before leaving home for a trip and I am good to go. However, I think it is high time to change my traveling kit as I have decided to include one more item inside- a curling iron. This might sound weird, but I believe it is already an essential.

For Important Events

There are a lot of activities that may happen when traveling. Sometimes, I travel for business reasons. Sometimes, I do it just for fun and recreation. Whatever my purpose is, one thing is for sure- I need to look great. There are instances where I have to dress up and meet important people. Sometimes, my friends who reside in the place where I travel immediately invite me for a dinner date. Thus, I have to change and be in my best look.

Given all these unpredictable schedule changes, having a curling iron is extremely important. This is my partner when I don’t know what to do with my hair before attending an important event. With a curling iron, all I have to do is to plug it in and I can start preparing myself already. Some models also work using batteries. Therefore, they become portable. Thus, if I am late for my appointment, all I have to do is to take them the iron out and put it in my bag. When I am riding a cab, I can still continue curling my hair.

Choosing the Right Curling Iron

Since I started using curling irons for important events, I don’t have to worry about my overall look anymore. I can just curl my hair depending on the volume that I wish to have. Sometimes, I overdo the curls for more important events. Sometimes, I just have a laidback look and opt for softer curls. As long as I have a high quality curling iron, everything is taken care of.

In choosing the right curling iron, the first thing that you need to do is to determine your needs. There are different models that suit different hair length, hair styles and thickness. Thus, you need to check the curling irons available and find out which one is perfectly suited to your personal style. Another thing that you have to consider is the price of the curling iron. Remember that not all expensive curling irons are good enough. Sometimes, stores offering high quality curling irons tag a lower price for promotion purposes. There are some models that are unbelievably low though. Thus, they cannot be trusted.

Now that you know how important these curling irons are, you need to make sure that you have them in your travel kit. It will make things a lot easier for you especially when you have unpredictable schedule during your trip. If you want the best curling iron, go here. On the other hand, if you need the best curling wand, go to http://www.woocurls.com/what-is-the-best-curling-wand-for-your-hair/.

Pointers in Choosing a Vacation Rental by the Beach

A beach house or vacation rental by the beach is often equated to relaxation, comfort, and fun. However, this may not always be true. It’s still possible to pick a beach house that disappoints. That’s why it’s very important to be meticulous when deciding on a unit to rent. It’s never a good thing to completely rely on textual descriptions posted on sites that advertise vacation rentals in certain areas. You have to be very careful if you want to fully enjoy your vacation near the beach. Consider the following tips in choosing a vacation rental.

One of the most important things that should be done is to look for several photos of the rental property if you are examining them online. One or two photos complementing a less-than-detailed description are never enough. Ideally, the photos should comprehensively show the different parts, sides, and corners of the beach house. Bear in mind that well-framed and cropped photos can make a room look way better than it actually is. Photos may even be composed in such a way that makes small rooms look bigger and more appealing.

Do comparisons. This shouldn’t be difficult to do nowadays. With the help of the Internet, you can easily find many options in virtually every location . If you are heading to Maui, for instance, be sure to check out multiple sites that present resorts or vacation rentals. Many Maui beach house rentals like this offer great facilities and services but not all of them can consistently satisfy your expectations.

Also, don’t forget to check for reviews and customer feedback. There are many consumer review websites that can share useful details and opinions on vacation rentals or beach houses not just in Maui but also in other tourist destinations. Additionally, you may have friends and relatives who have been to the place you are planning to visit so be sure to ask for their advice or feedback.

it doesn’t matter if the vacation property is offered by a property management company or by a private owner. The type of ownership rarely matters when it comes to the quality of services and facilities. Those offered by private owners or families, however, tend to be less expensive. You can also haggle with the owner (not likely with property management company operated vacation rentals) to negotiate an even better deal.

Pointers in Choosing a Vacation Rental by the Beach

A beach house or vacation rental by the beach is often equated to relaxation, comfort, and fun. However, this may not always be true. It’s still possible to pick a beach house that disappoints. That’s why it’s very important to be meticulous when deciding on a unit to rent. It’s never a good thing to completely rely on textual descriptions posted on sites that advertise vacation rentals in certain areas. You have to be very careful if you want to fully enjoy your vacation near the beach. Consider the following tips in choosing a vacation rental.

One of the most important things that should be done is to look for several photos of the rental property if you are examining them online. One or two photos complementing a less-than-detailed description are never enough. Ideally, the photos should comprehensively show the different parts, sides, and corners of the beach house. Bear in mind that well-framed and cropped photos can make a room look way better than it actually is. Photos may even be composed in such a way that makes small rooms look bigger and more appealing.

Do comparisons. This shouldn’t be difficult to do nowadays. With the help of the Internet, you can easily find many options in virtually every location . If you are heading to Maui, for instance, be sure to check out multiple sites that present resorts or vacation rentals. Many Maui beach house rentals like this offer great facilities and services but not all of them can consistently satisfy your expectations.

Also, don’t forget to check for reviews and customer feedback. There are many consumer review websites that can share useful details and opinions on vacation rentals or beach houses not just in Maui but also in other tourist destinations. Additionally, you may have friends and relatives who have been to the place you are planning to visit so be sure to ask for their advice or feedback.

it doesn’t matter if the vacation property is offered by a property management company or by a private owner. The type of ownership rarely matters when it comes to the quality of services and facilities. Those offered by private owners or families, however, tend to be less expensive. You can also haggle with the owner (not likely with property management company operated vacation rentals) to negotiate an even better deal.

Tips in Hiring a Lawyer for Small Businesses

When running a small business, you don’t have as much as money as big companies to hire a corporate lawyer. However, this does not mean you should not hire anyone at all. You need a lawyer especially since you might run into some issues later on and you need the legal advice that your lawyer can extend. Even if you have limited budget, you still need to hire the best corporate lawyers to work with you. In doing so, here are some tips that you need to follow:

• Make sure that you find a lawyer who can spend enough time with you. You might not encounter disputes and problems on a daily basis, but you still need their advice before certain problems can happen. This is true especially if you feel like something bad is going to happen in the foreseeable future. Though it is normal for lawyers to hand you to their colleagues from time to time, you still need to make sure that you are taken care of.

• Don’t hire a lawyer who has a client who is in the same nature of business with you or is your direct competition. This will surely divide the lawyer’s attention and loyalty. Ask the lawyer to be honest so that you won’t make the wrong deal.

• Ask questions first on how the lawyer settles disputes. This is very important since lawyers have different tactics up their sleeves. However, some of these tricks might be against your personal values and morals. Therefore, you need to know exactly how they work and if they can handle dispute with class and dignity.

• See to it that the lawyer has enough experience to handle your business. This is very important since some lawyers offer cheap services, but are totally inexperienced. You need someone who can really help you in every step of the way. Experienced lawyers are totally reliable.

When you have already found the right lawyer to help you out, you know that you are in safe hands. You can check out Minnesota corporate law firm here if you live in the state and you need help now.

Top 5 Sightseeing Attractions in Florence, Italy

Just got back from our latest trip, this time to Florence in Italy. Absolutely gorgeous place – if you haven’t been yet, find the time to go.  There was so much to see there that we simply couldn’t take it all in but we will go back again.

Because we take so many photos while we are on our travels, finding somewhere to stay with high-speed internet is vital to get the photos uploaded. The hotel we stayed at had fibre optic internet; it caters to businesses and conference calling so high-speed internet was a must for them.

Anyway, back on track. We visited loads of different places and these were our top 5:

This is probably the most famous bridge in the world, the only one not destroyed in WWII by the Germans, apparently because Hitler took a particular liking to it!

This is a famous square in Florence, the central point of Florence politics since the 14th century.  There is a copy of the statue of David by Michelangelo and it is a common meeting place, both for tourists and locals.

The Duomo is officially the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore and is full of gorgeous frescoes and fantastic views over Florence. Building began in 1294 but was not finished until 1436 when the octagonal dome was added.

The most important Renaissance art works in the world are here, from artists like Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael and Rembrandt to name but a few.  Busy place, if you want to visit you should get your tickets well in advance!

Cross over the River Arno using the Ponte Vecchi and you will arrive at the Palazzo Pitti. Once a royal residence it is now home to a number of important museums. The Boboli Garden is a wide spacious park that has fountains, gardens and fabulous views out over Florence.

There is so much more to Florence, Italy as a whole actually, than initially meets the eye. It is a beautiful country with an amazing history and we will definitely be planning another trip back in the near future.