Travel

What is a LifeStyle Traveller?

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I was discussing with a potential sponsor my trek around the globe. Of course the question as to who would comprise the audience for my blog posts, websites, magazine articles and videos came up. I responded that they would be people spending their retirement travelling, lifestyle travellers, and vacation goers. Immediately I was asked to explain what the phrase, “lifestyle travellers” meant. A fair question. Most people are unaware there is such a thing as a traveller lifestyle, but I assure you there is. Lifestyle Travellers probably only number is the tens of thousands though, and fall into two categories. There are those who just wander to see what there is to see, and then there are those with a calling.  Those answering a calling tend to be people like surfers going to wherever the waves are. A huge percentage are adventurers, who continuously volunteer to help out aid or…

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Why Travel Doesnt Need To be Stressful

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Wouldn’t it be nice to get away from everything? If you said yes, you need a vacation. Read these tips about traveling and plan a stress-free vacation. If you know exactly what to do, you should be able to have everything planned out ahead of time and have a lot of fun. A small notebook and pen can be essential for travel in areas where you are not fluent in the language of the land. To get help from the locals, draw pictures of what you are looking for to get pointed in the right direction. A notebook is also handy to keep track of directions back to your hotel or to note where you parked the rental car in a massive parking lot. Search for discounts for all of your travel arrangements. Taking a trip provides you unlimited areas to save money in. In everything from the flight, to…

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Event Tent Rentals

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Even in a beuatiful climate like we havce here in Italy, planning for outdoor events in the summer is a game of wishing and hoping. There is always a chance that either rain or hot weather is going to spoil the day for everyone. There are times when you can chance things, plan for outdoors, and then see what happens, but then there are times when you have to be sure the event goes of without a hitch. Weddings, family reunions, benefits, and community events are all common activities in the summer and you have to be prepared for everything that can happen. This is why event tent rentals are important. Most of us need a professional tent rental service for two very important reasons. One is to have somewhere to keep yourself and your guests in the event of rain and also to provide shade if the sun is relentless. Even…

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WE’VE BEEN TO A WEDDING

One of my very dear friends was getting married last weekend in Tuscany – one of my favorite places in the whole world so, naturally, I just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to go along and help them celebrate. I have known Sylvia and Pascal for over 10 years now and so it was with a little surprise that I learned they were finally ready to tie the knot. I had actually resigned myself to the fact that they would just grow old together outside of marriage – they certainly were the kind of couple that I could never imagine being apart but, having lived together for so long, it was something that I had basically dismissed as never going to happen. So, I was a very happy person as I traveled along the beautiful drive from Montalcino to Siena on a picture perfect morning. The wedding itself was held…

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WOW – OUR MARKETING IS TAKING SHAPE

We have recently just had some smart new presentation folders designed and printed – thanks to the guys at Ashgrove Trading – http://www.ashgrovetrading.com – and damn nice they were too. But, as well as making me think about marketing, the whole process got me to thinking about how you present your business and the importance of brand identity. Heres an interesting piece I found about the power of using good presentation folders. Designing presentation folders does not simply involve choosing pretty pictures and pretty words. The good kind of custom folder printing requires a degree of finesse and cunning that should be inherent in most business people. If you do not know yet how design your presentation folders with that right kind of finesse, then we have some work to do. Below, you will find a list of initial tips about folder printing and design. These tips are all about acquiring a…

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GOING FOR BREAK? GET TO KNOW THE AREA FIRST

Going outside, into nature to try a Skye ridge guiding experience, for example , or to a new place like Italy is always exciting. Especially if you are going to visit new areas and see new things – it is a trill that only true travelers can enjoy. But its an experience is twice as pleasurable when you discover it for the first time and this is why many people decide to visit new places rather than the ones they already know. However, going in new places can sometimes be dangerous. On the one hand some people say that researching the place you are going to visit kills the surprise, while others say that it is important to know what you are getting yourself into and what you should expect. First of all, research has never been a bad thing. It doesn’t mean that you have to see photos of the…

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MALGRATE CASTLE – MALGRATE IN THE LUNIGIANA

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We took friends on a Lunigiana castle tour this weekend. The weather wasn’t bad. The surprise came at Malgrate Castle, where the normally empty parking lot was full, and a  tour bus had parked smack in the middle so that people had to gingerly back out of parking places. The unmarked and as yet untried Ristorante La Torre di Malgrate was animated with voices of coach tourists at 2:45 pm, which happens to correspond to the time we arrived. The castle opens at three. Well, it’s Italy, so 3:05. The tower, when observed in the right light, looks a bit ominous, as if stained with the blood of those who’d fallen from (near) the top and washed (down) with boiling oil. Perhaps I am reading into the scene. Excuse me. Malgrate castle, like most of the castles in the Lunigiana, is a Malaspina castle, devised to protect the byways and…

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THE BEST WAY TO FIND A QUALITY APARTMENT

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Last week, my nephew told me he was trying to find his own apartment. He said that he had been thinking about it for a while, because he really wanted to get out of his parents’ house, but he really had no idea where to start. He asked if I would help him, and I told him I certainly would, because I have lived in several apartments in my time and have developed a really effective approach to find an apartment that will best fit your individual needs. He came over for lunch and then we went to work. I told him that the first step to find an apartment was to determine what price range he found acceptable. I told him this was an important step because he did not want to find an apartment that he found really appealing and then learn that it was out of his…

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MATERA, ITALY

Matera hasn’t changed a whole lot since I was last there many years ago to see its most spectacular festival, the Festa della Modonna Bruna. Hotels are still hidden in the monochromatic landscape. In September, the crowds aren’t so visible, although the restaurant we chose to eat at was fully booked at lunch, Ristorante Nadì. It was so good we booked a table for dinner. And they have the provocatively titled “crapiata”, a soup of grains and beans like ceci, fave, and white beans, drizzled with some spectacular olive oil. I’m now a crapiata fan. I wish we could get “I heart Crapiata” bumper stickers. The September weather is perfect; you can eat lunch outside and you can still climb the sides of Matera’s “bowl” and not feel the effects of too much heat. Y’all get over here, ya hear?