Winter Travel Destination for 2016

Snow, holidays, marshmallows, Christmas, hot chocolate – so many images fill my head as I think of winter. For many people, winter is a time to stay indoors and read books, but for adventure lovers like me, it is another exciting opportunity to venture into the world.

If there’s a one destination that’s full of winter magic then it is Vilnius, Lithuania.

Lithuania is a small Baltic country in northern Europe. Vilnius, it’s capita, is one of Europe’s oldest medieval cities! It’s Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage site as it contains almost two thousand medieval and gothic buildings!

Here are a few things to do in alluring Vilnius this winter:

1. Old Town:
One of Europe’s longest surviving medieval towns has so many buildings and galleries waiting to be explored. In this melting pot of different architectural styles, you’ll see gothic, renaissance, baroque and neoclassical buildings standing side by side – a view that will take your breath away. With its twisting alleyways, cobblestone streets, countless cafes and brimming street market, you’ll find yourself easily spending a day or two exploring this historic center.

2. Soviet Bunker:
If you’re interested in more recent history then Vilnius is just the place for you to live under Soviet rule! Visitors are taken to a forest where they’re “ambushed” by members of the Red Army. Captured and blindfolded, the prisoners are then taken to a bunker, 19ft below ground, where they’re Soviet prisoners for three hours! This is “1984: Survival Drama In A Soviet Bunker” – a three hour long, interactive, quasi theatrical experience in a real Soviet bunker in the middle of the Lithuanian forest! Complete with KGB officers, real dogs and blindfolds, this is a hit with tourists!

3. Palace Of The Grand Duke Of Lithuania:
This huge gleaming white palace, sitting in the middle of Vilnius, was first constructed during the 15th century. It flourished during the 16th and 17th centuries but was demolished in 1801. Reconstruction work started in 2002 and the palace was opened in 2009. It was officially open to the public in 2013. Serving as the national museum, its exhibits are rich with Lithuanian history from the Middle Ages and onwards. As snow clings to the palace during the winter, it makes for a breathtaking backdrop.

4. Gediminas’ Tower:
It is the only remaining part of the Upper Castle in Vilnius. Legend has it that once upon a time, the Lithuanian Grand Duke Gediminas was hunting in the woods when he got tired and retired for a nap. He had a dream of a large wolf standing on top of a hill and howling out loud. The dream was interpreted to mean that a city should be built in that place. Gediminas then went on to build Vilnius and he put a castle in the center of the city. Today, Gediminas Tower is the only part of the castle that remains standing. It has become an important historic symbol of the Vilnius and Lithuania.

Top Five Must Have Amenities When Booking a Hotel Stay

Location and price are extremely important when it comes to deciding on a hotel for the duration of a vacation or business trip. However, amenities also make a big difference in the comfort of one’s stay. In fact, there are a few must-have amenities to look for before booking the room.

Complimentary Wireless Internet Throughout

With technology being handy this day and age, individuals and families want quick and easy access to the internet while away. Some accommodations offer free Wi-Fi, but only in their lobbies or public spaces. Guests that need to work late into the evening would do better with a complimentary connection in the privacy of their room.

On-Site Breakfast

The chances are that corporate travelers and families on vacation want to get an early start to their days. Searching for a restaurant for breakfast takes up a chunk of the morning, so secure a stay in a hotel that serves its own breakfast. This may be in the form of a continental breakfast, or inside the facility’s restaurant. Whether the meal is free-of-charge or not, the important thing is that you have access to a healthy morning breakfast.

Fitness Gym

To remain faithful to any at-home fitness programs one belongs to, it is imperative that the hotel offers a gym. Some supply both cardiovascular equipment and weights. A few facilities also provide an in-room fitness kit, which is a good choice for anyone who needs to squeeze in exercise late at night.

Indoor Swimming Pool

After conducting business or sightseeing, visitors will want a way to unwind. An indoor swimming pool is a perfect amenity because unlike outdoor pools, an indoor pool gives people a place to play no matter what season it is, or what the weather forecast looks like. Additionally, swimming is the perfect form of exercise for anyone with achy joints, as it doesn’t require any pressure on the joints.

Premium Television Channels

Check to see if the hotel of your choice has premium television channels. It doesn’t matter if they use satellite or cable, so long as there is a wide selection of channels. This way couples and families can cozy up before going to bed and find a delightful movie to watch. Children will also have access to cartoons first thing in the morning while parents are busy getting ready for the day.

In addition to the above-mentioned amenities, make sure the hotel has a 24-hour staff. The air conditioner may stop working in the middle of the night, or a child might get sick and need new bedding. It is best to be able to quickly access help when needed.

Travel 2016 – The Year Of Inexpensive Flight Tickets

The year is 2016 and the advancements to technology line the horizon. Thanks to the improvement these advancements give to our lives, we are capable of accessing the world while at home-including finding the best cheap flight tickets online.

With the help of your computer, you can scour the internet for the most affordable airfares, to almost any part of the globe. Here are some pointers to keep in mind when doing just that.

– Be Invisible

Whenever you plan something, be it online or off, make sure you keep your plans to yourself-until you carry it out. When it comes to looking for cheap flight tickets, using an incognito window would widen your options. This is because, the cookies in browsers tend to increase prices if that route is popular. Since cookies reset every time an incognito window is opened, you don’t have to worry about being shown high prices when hunting for the best deals.

– Check On The Best Day To Fly

When you are looking for affordable airfares, you will need to change the variables to find it. By this we mean, you will need to find which days have the most inexpensive ticket prices. While a popular notion is that the cheapest days to travel are on weekdays, there are times where there are exceptions to the rule. To determine the best days to fly out, go on to a travel website, and check the one-way ticket prices for different days. Remember, even if you want a round trip scheduled, you are just checking the prices, and it isn’t final-yet.

– Stalk Budget-Friendly Airlines

The age of technology has also paved way for better tracking. Once you’ve decided on traveling, make sure you sign yourself up to various airline newsletters and follow them on social media. Whether it is a tweet on discounts or a share on sales, social media can go a long way in helping you find stellar airfares.

– Longer Is Better

The longer the haul, the better the ticket prices. Booking a direct flight to your destination could prove to be exponentially more expensive that opting for one with one or two pit stops. If you don’t mind a long-haul flight, then choosing one would serve your wallet better.

– Seek Advice

If you meet a couple of speedbumps along the way, don’t hesitate to enlist the help of professionals-travel agents. They will help your comb through the best options when it comes to finding the best air tickets. They can guide you on which airline to choose, where to fly to, and which currency to pay in.

With the help of these tips, you will be able to wade through the various options in the market and find the best one for you.