Planning a Long Distance Road Trip for Summer 2017
Aug201626

Even though summer 2016 is coming to a close, you may be looking forward to summer 2017 already, and if you’re planning on hitting the road for a long distance trip to places that you’ve never seen before, planning in advance will be necessary. Check out the helpful tips below to plan next summer’s trip with ease.

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Get Your Driving Licence If You Don’t Have One

First of all, if you don’t yet have a driving licence, there’s no better time than now to prepare to get one for your upcoming road trip next summer. After all, if you’re planning on going on your road trip alone, you’ll need to know how to drive, and if you’re travelling with friends or family, you should get your licence so that you won’t have to be a passenger the entire time and you can contribute some driving time to get to your destination faster. When preparing to get your driving license, take mock driving theory tests to practice, as that will increase your odds of passing the test the first time you take it.

Prepare Your Vehicle in Advance

Next, you’ll need to determine where you want to go. Do you want to take a cross-country trip, or would you rather stay a little more local and make your trip a shorter one? Regardless of where you’re planning on going, you’ll need to make repairs in advance to your vehicle and be certain that you give your car a thorough inspection to ensure it will run properly throughout your journey. Get the oil changed, top off the fluids, make sure your air conditioner and wiper blades work, and fill up the tyres.

Plan Your Stops in Advance

You should also plan all of your stops in advance so that you’ll know exactly where you need to go and when you need to stop after you hit the road. For example, if you’re planning on being on the road for 24 hours or longer to get to your destination, you may decide to stop at a rest area and sleep in the car or you may decide to stop at a hotel. Either way, knowing where you can stop will ease the anxiety and eliminate the fear of finding a place to go once you’re on the road in an unfamiliar place.

Set Your Budget

Finally, setting your budget for your road trip is necessary to ensure you’ll be able to do everything that you want to do without breaking the bank. Calculate how much you can spend on food and accommodation along the way, as well as once you arrive at your destination, and give yourself a little extra money, just in case you end up going over your budget. After all, when travelling to new places, you don’t know what local prices will be like.

Once you factor in your costs, route, and car, all you have to do is hit the open road, follow your GPS, and enjoy the scenery as you make your way towards your holiday destination.

Find The Oldest One of All Casinos in This World
Aug201620

Most of the professional gamblers want to get different interesting things about various casinos. Though nowadays, many of them are playing online, the oldest traditional casinos are still quite superb. Since the historic age, casinos had been built up as a revenue source. Some of these oldest casino gaming centres are-

Casino di Venezia

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This is a very old casino with its origin mainly in 1638, and this is situated only next to the Venetian canals. If you get into it, you may enjoy traditional architecture of Venice. Besides, the historical facts, related to the place, can also be felt.

It is said that this centre was originally designed only for the privileged class people in Venice. However, after almost hundred years, it became a casino. At present, this casino is giving pleasure to players with different games, like Chemin de Fer. So, enter this casino and feel the historic ambience.

Monte Carlo

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It is also an oldest entertainment unit or a casino gaming centre. It is now run by one of the public corporation, where the government of Monaco has shown its interest. The elaborate gambling unit can be seen in many films of James Bond. It is possibly one of the outstanding structures.

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If you have a trip to Germany or a resident of this country, you may have a look at this casino. Established in the year, 1810, this old casino site has classic interior parts and classy setting, which reflects the Greek tradition. Its design is timeless and is still a glorious architecture in the present century. Like any other casino, it also offers the games, like roulette and baccarat. This casino underwent a lot of modifications from the historical time to the present world.

Crockfords Club

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In the UK, this casino was started in the year, 1828, and it was intended only for members. However, it was thought that the betting games were organized in the same place before the establishment. There is also a belief that the present day’s casino has its origin in this venue. The decoration is stylish and majestic to draw clients. There are not only personal rooms, but also the gaming areas for playing with higher stakes. Moreover, some major political resolutions have also been taken in Crockfords. Though there is online casino in UK, you may experience Crockfords.

Golden Gate

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In Vegas, it is the oldest one. Though its name has been altered several times, the casino is of the ancient period. During the earlier period, the rate of its rooms was about one dollar per day. However, the only adverse point is that AC was not present in casino. If you want to play this time at Golden Gate, you can still get its historic mood.

Thus, these are some old casinos, which are continuously offering a pleasurable experience to the game lovers. With traditional environment, you can play the games comfortably. However, if you want online casinos, there are many sites which can provide useful news about most reliable gaming websites.

 

Travel Blogging: Why, When, How
Aug201617

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It seems like a new craze, but starting a travel blog is something that everyone that goes on holiday should do. Of course everyone does it for different reasons, but the point is that it can be a very rewarding thing to have and something of a hobby, that has a lot of other potential avenues. Here are all the answers to the questions that you have about how to start a travel blog.

Why

The first and main reason for thinking about how to start a travel blog is naturally to document your travels for your friends, family, colleagues and anybody else. It usually starts with this kind of audience and as a way to document a trip. Perhaps you are going to Europe for a few months and you want to keep everyone in the loop about where you are and what you are doing. For me personally, I find it very difficult to go over everything with my family after a long holiday. Of course we talk about it, but it is a great opportunity for them to read it and it gives you something to talk about.
Writing and blogging is also a really great way to preserve your memories of your trip, just like you would with a journal. I have found that in the past I had forgotten some very small details about my trips that I found again when reading over my previous blogs.

Lastly, the opportunities that come with blogging are amazing. There are opportunities for you to make some money as a guest poster on other sites, test new and exciting products and perhaps even get some free accommodation and flights to places around the world. The possibilities are almost endless!

When

The best time to start a travel blog is right now. You don’t even need to be traveling right now to do it, but it is always a useful thing to have regardless. You can talk about anything you want, it doesn’t even have to be travel. Starting a travel blog is one of those things that many people put off, but they should just take the plunge, it really isn’t expensive at all.

How

Honestly, you don’t need anything fancy to begin with. I would highly recommend finding a hosting website and getting a domain name and then installing WordPress. It is undoubtedly the best blogging platform around and it is something I use for this blog. The next step is to blog about any and everything you experience. Enjoy!

Jul201629

The Holiday Taxis team love Scandinavian cinema! Watching foreign films offers an interesting and easily accessible insight into the culture of the country. The Finnish people are a nation of storytellers and their films tend to be artistic and deeply moving with intricately woven plotlines and rich characters. If you are new to the world of Finnish cinema and want to expand your horizons, here are some fantastic Finnish films to feast on.

The Unknown Soldier
This is one of the most celebrated Finnish films and was made in 1955. The Unknown Soldier was taken from a popular novel and by Vaino Linna and follows the exploits of inexperienced soldiers in World War II as they are pushed to the front line and have to attack the troops of the Soviet Union with little training to draw from.

Inspector Palmu’s Error
Step aside Sherlock Holmes and Hercule Poirot because it is time to meet Inspector Palmu. This Finnish detective is called in to handle a delicate murder mystery when renowned tycoon is found dead in his bathtub and poses one of the most challenging mysteries in the crime genre; the legendary locked room mystery. 

Frozen Land
This film, which was released in 2005, focuses on the chain reaction that can be caused in society by one unpleasant event. When a school teacher loses his job, he punishes his son, who then uses counterfeit money to purchase a CD player. Before long events start to spiral out of control until it seems as though everyone who comes into contact with the father and son have their lives changed for the worse. 

Mother of Mine
Like many Finnish films, the subject of Mother of Mine is World War II and it focuses on the eviction of Finnish children from their homes to be sent to live with strangers throughout the duration of the war. One of the things that makes this film so touching and realistic is that the writer has clearly drawn from personal experience and the film is given a further personal touch by focusing on the trauma experienced by the nine year old boy Eero.

The Match Factory Girl
Another major theme in Finnish films is the separation of the different classes and the difficulty in breaking through class boundaries. Due to her demanding and low paid job in the local match factory, Iris is forced to live with her parents and has no real social life to speak of. Her lifelong struggle ad limitations are brought into focus when Iris becomes pregnant by a man who misuses her and she decides to take revenge on the man and the society that forces her to life in squalor with no clear way to improve herself or create a better life for her soon to be born child. 

Here, Beneath the North Star
In this 1968 film viewers are treated to a glimpse of the lives of people living in a small Finnish village before and during the Finnish civil war that took place back in 1918. 

 

What I Love About Taking A Limousine in Toronto
Jul201628

For someone that travels so much, I find it really important to try and take the stress out of what could be a totally stressful lifestyle. Can you imagine travelling all the time and just spending half the time getting to and from the airport. I really don’t enjoy this, but I have found that taking a limousine is the ultimate solution for me and I always take a private limousine in Toronto. Here are some reasons I keep coming back

Convenient

The best thing is that the second I step off the plane I simply look for my name and find my driver, and I must say it is absolutely perfect. From that point on I no longer need to carry all of my heavy bags as the driver always helps me.

Knowledgeable and professional drivers

The job of a driver is to know things about the city he or she is in and also to be a professional. This means not only great customer service, but a huge knowledge of a city like Toronto. This is perfect for those looking for that invaluable tip that you absolutely cannot find anywhere else.

Time saving

For me as a traveler, saving time is worth so much. When you spend 4 days in Toronto, you really don’t want to be spending half the time on public transport just to get to and from the airport. These few days are precious and

You can relax

I also like that you can relax in the limousine and prepare yourself for your next step. Often when you go somewhere you tend to relax in the hotel for a little while when you get there, but with a limousine you can simply relax, drop off your things at the hotel and then get going. This is another great way that a limousine can save you a lot of time.

Reliability

I think one of the main things is that limousines are very dependable and they stake their reputation on their quality of service. Their business is dependant solely on this and if they cannot deliver reliability and good service, they will not survive. I like the fact that when I need to get to the airport early they arrive 15 minutes before I have requested them and do things like give me a courtesy call to let me know that they are there. This is great and totally stress free.

Keeping Your Information Secure on the Go
Jul201612

Keeping your data secure while you are at home is hard enough. But when traveling, especially out of the country, it is even harder. But it is worth the extra effort because your data is worth so much to you and potentially to someone else.

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VPN

virtual private network (VPN) is a third party server that is put between yourself and your target destination. There are several advantages that a VPN presents, but as with many security features, more secure can mean less convenient. When you connect with a website, you usually connect from your computer to their servers and get your content. But depending on where you are, how you are connecting to the internet and where you are trying to go this may or may not be secure.

When using a VPN you connect to the VPN before your destination and the VPN can provide different services. One of which is an encrypted signal that better protects your data in transit. While the encryption is a big plus, especially when traveling outside of your comfort zone, it can be slightly slower than a direct connection because of the increased steps. VPNs are available for both computer and mobile devices like the Galaxy Note5. One thing to remember about VPN services is that paying for one will generally get you better results since they can have more servers and support available.

Locks

An easy way to keep your data more secure is by limiting the physical access to your phone. One of the best ways is to know that your phone is within your control at all times. But unless you can guarantee this, there is still the possibility that someone could pick pocket you or you just forget it in a cab.

The most secure passwords for a phone tend to be long and random because they are harder for someone or a computer to guess. But this isn’t always a practical solution because you might forget a complicated password. However, avoiding easily gathered information like birthdays or other publicly available information will keep it more secure. A four digit PIN has a 1 in 10,000 chance of being guessed randomly and a six digit one has a 1 in 1,000,000 chance. These are short enough that they can be easily remembered even if they are random, and they give a good level of security for not a lot of effort.

Secure Wi-Fi

All the security in the world won’t help much if your connection to the internet is not secure. It is better to assume that a Wi-Fi signal is not encrypted unless it asks you for a WPA/WPA2 certification. It is also best to make sure the address you are visiting starts with “https” as opposed to “http.” The “s” stands for secure and lets you know that the traffic is being encrypted before it is sent to the server. It is also important to log out of services when you are done using them so there isn’t any way for someone else to come along and pick up where you left off.

Be careful and limit your access to sites that have sensitive information like banking or other financial services while on public or free Wi-Fi. Using https as well as a VPN can help you be as secure as possible.

 

5 Ways Technology Has Changed Travel
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Technology is general is just changing so much and so quickly and this has extended to the ways that we now travel. Travel is now something that requires very little interaction and we are able to do a lot without actually talking to real people, which is a stark contrast to the now obsolete ways of doing things from the past. I decided to make this blog post to talk about how technology has changed the way that we all travel.

Discounts

When we think about discounts in the past, usually these were deals organised with a real person, but this is truly something of the past. Now when we see a flight we can use things like coupon codes to provide discounts and there are even sites like My Voucher Codes, which are dedicated to all kinds of discounts.

Booking

Can you remember a time when you had to physically go to a travel agent or book a flight over the phone? This is something that has been changed forever due to the internet and booking comparison sites have become a major deal when it comes to finding flights and accommodation.  

Flights

Flights have changed forever and a lot of the time you don’t even need to physically check in. You can usually do this online and a day in advance, so there really is no rushing to get to the airport to wait in line to check in. There are also simplified bag drops that require very little interaction with people. Airports have adapted to this and many you can simply scan your digital boarding pass and head straight through security. This has made flying that much easier, with much less delays.  

Getting lost

It really is a different landscape when it comes to finding your way around different places. With smartphones equipped with GPS technology, it is very easy to navigate cities and countries that we have never been to before. There really is no excuse for getting lost now and this is in stark comparison to the typical image of a tourist walking around trying to navigate with a paper map.

Other transport

We already touched on booking sites and how they have affected travel. Another aspect of this is local transport, like trains, trams and buses. There are now websites and smartphone applications that allow you to precisely plan your journey by taking and combining different modes of transport to get you where you want to go. This has greatly helped tourists to get around faster and more efficient, allowing them to maximise the potential of their holidays.

Productivity Tools to Automate 3 Vital Business Functions
Jun201629

The internet is a battleground; a great war of aspiring entrepreneurs and small businesses trying to make their mark. But only the very brave survive. Because statistics prove that 90% of small businesses fail.

And one of the greatest reasons for failure is a lack of business skills, and under this umbrella falls efficiency. Research by Huffington Post reports that the small businesses who succeed are scaling their efforts by automating tasks. In fact, it is expected that small businesses who incorporate marketing automation for instance, will grow substantially in the immediate future.

If you want to win the war and dominate your competitors online, you need to pay attention to these three business functions and the productivity tools that can be used for better efficiency and management in time-heavy processes like marketing, billing and measuring:

#1: Marketing

Marketing is the foundation of your business. You can offer the best product or service, but if no one knows about it, your business will fail. And if you don’t keep selling whatever you’re selling, you will close your doors.

To anchor and stabilize your business for growth, your marketing efforts need to connect you with the resources, businesses and people you are trying to reach.

It is communication which is vital to building trust and business relationships, and for that end you can use an online meeting software like ClickMeeting.

Not only can you use this productivity tool to save travel time and the costs of hosting offline meetings and conferences, but you can also use it for staff training and to provide value to your target audience in the form of presentations and webinars.

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ClickMeeting provides software that boasts these top features:

  • File and screen sharing
  • Whiteboard presentations
  • Video recording and viewing
  • Web based and Android app
  • Integrations with Google Apps and Twitter

#2: Billing

If you’re a service based business or bill according to time, you’re going to want to find out more about WorkflowMax which automates workflow and job management.

On their website, they boldly state that, “A recent survey showed that on average, we save each of our customers 628 hours of time and $22,000 every year”. 628 hours of time per year, per customer? Think what you could do with that time…

WorkflowMax handles everything from A – Z with regards to pre-sales and billing. As such, this productivity tool is most often used in creative, marketing, architecture, business, engineering, consulting, IT, building, and construction industries.

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Some of WorkflowMax’es primary features are:

  • Quoting templates
  • Generating quotes
  • Timesheets and job management
  • Project management and collaboration
  • Job costing
  • CRM
  • Tracking leads, proposals and sales

#3: Measuring

51% of small business marketers say that measuring is exceptionally important to better understand customer journeys. And marketing, especially online, is all about the customer journey. But it is all too easy to become frustrated with the copious amounts of data you must sift through, all the places you must visit, and the countless switching of sites. Just as important as expansion itself, monitoring and measuring your progression as well as information collection, is often the most daunting and time wasting saga for the entrepreneur and small business owner. But it’s one business function that has to be done if you want to understand what’s working, and what’s not. With the business dashboard Cyfe, you can save time and effort. And your nerves. The Cyfe app is used to analyze and track data from other online applications and software.

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It goes without saying that it gives you a view of Google Analytics and your social media accounts, but with this productivity tool, everything is in one place, even Gmail, Google calendar and PayPal.

Nuff said. But there is more…it’s top features also allow the following:

  • Competitor research
  • Dashboard sharing so clients can also have a view
  • Can be viewed in TV mode for teams
  • View data for any date range

Conclusion

There you have it. Three exceptional online productivity tools that can be used to significantly reduce your time in three of the most time consuming business areas:

  1. Marketing
  2. Billing
  3. Measuring

Tasks in these business functions may not be your core business, but they are key to the sustainability and growth of your company.

 

Designing a Mobile Travel App – What Do You Need to Get Started?
Jun201621

Mobile devices have taken over the world and shaped it in interesting ways. Regardless of use or location – from flip phones with internet access in sub-Saharan Africa to tablets with large screens for streaming movies – these devices have changed the nature of communications and information. With the dawn of more affordable, versatile mobile phones and devices there has been an explosion in the world of mobile apps, which provide access to entertainment, information, shopping and a variety of other needs and desires.

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Many travelers use apps when on vacation or when planning a trip. If you’re looking to build an app that is designed with travelers in mind, then here is what you’ll need to get started.

Mobile App Development Software

The first and perhaps biggest challenge in building a mobile app is finding a platform through which it can be built. Many people rely on developers to do the hard work for them, but this can be costly. If you have the experience and know-how to build your own apps from scratch, then you’ll want to look at solutions like Xamarin Development Software or AppMachine. Professional development software makes it possible for brands and individuals to construct apps that are cross-platform compatible (works on both Android and iOS devices) that provide plenty of visual stimulation, complex databases and interactive features.

A Problem and a Solution

Many of the most successful apps in existence became so popular for one common reason: the developers identified a problem that needed to be solved, and the app helped solve it. Ideally, your mobile travel app will look at addressing at least one of the common problems travelers face, and will provide a way to solve it. Whether you decide to look at the hassle of booking flights, accommodations and other amenities, or you opt to solve challenges in finding the best spots for entertainment, be sure to keep your focus relatively narrow and address a problem nobody else has so far.

Test Groups

As you begin to build a mobile app bit-by-bit, you’ll want to be able to test its features, compatibility, functionality and other aspects. Many developers create several beta versions of their apps in order to learn from users and figure out what works best. Once you’ve created a working version of your app, you’ll want to have several people get together and use your app. This will allow you to obtain important feedback on what can be improved or added. Likewise, furious brainstorming sessions that you’ll undoubtedly have in order to decide which features and functions to include can be improved by focus groups with consumers. You’ll be able to save some time during development by finding out what people expect out of your app.

In order to create a successful mobile app, you’ll want three basic things: a group of people to help you with beta-testing and brainstorming, an outlined problem that can be solved, and quality mobile development software. With these elements in place, the rest is relatively easy to accomplish!

5 Reasons To Go On A Sports Tour
Jun201617

 

Going on a sports tour can be a truly enriching experience. Cricket tours and other sports can be a great opportunity to discover another country and build some lifelong memories. Here are some great reasons to get out on a sports tour.

They save time

Coordinating a lot of activities can be quite stress and very difficult for somebody that may not have the experience, let alone in a foreign country or place! When you go on a tour everything is organised for you, this includes things like meals, accommodation, transport and even games. Going on a tour ensures that you have a professionally run experience that will allow you to forget everything and simply enjoy the sport and foreign place.

They are cheaper

Sports tours are of course cheaper, when you have an experienced organisation you are also gaining access to much better pricing. These experts are dealing with accommodation providers, airlines, restaurants and many more people on a daily basis and can give you the best price. It would be much more expensive to book everything yourself.

You can stay together

One of the biggest advantages of a sport tour is that it is possible for you and your friends to stay together. Imagine booking plane tickets and then realising that only 8 people can go on a flight rather than 15. This makes it very hard to coordinate everything and will mean that you may need to book everything twice.

Better tickets

We talked about how connected sports tour providers are, they can also give you access to the best seats at sporting events. More often than not you and your friends will have your own designated seating area, so it is also possible to be all together and experience perhaps some of the best moments of your life together.

Experience your favourite sport in another country

Probably the best part of a sports tour is discovering sport in another country and the subtle differences compared to your own country. It is without any question that sport unites us all in one of the rawest and best ways possible, especially with mateship, sportsmanship and competition. In fact you may even learn something new from being on a sports tour!

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