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Holidays On Horseback PDF Print E-mail
Written by Helen Hobbs   
Jan 26, 2006 at 05:47 PM
Whether you are a thrill-seeking daredevil or a committed "Happy Hacker", there is sure to be a riding holiday to suit you.

The choice of country and terrain is enormous and you can opt for a blissful week of escape from the family in beautiful and unspoilt surroundings. Alternatively, make it a family treat - even if some of the clan are totally non-horsey.

The first thing to consider with any riding holiday is your true level of riding ability and stamina. A weekend-only novice will be neither safe nor happy on a mad three day gallop across Botswana. Similarly, a week trekking with beginners at walk will not appeal to experienced jockeys. The large number of riding holiday providers generally accept the following as sensible summaries of riding ability;-

Beginner: A rider with very limited experience, is unable to mount and dismount unassisted, and unable to post to the trot or canter.

Novice: A rider who has some riding experience, is able to mount and dismount unassisted, is in control of a well-behaved horse and confident for short periods of rising trot and canter.

Intermediate: A rider with all of the novice skills, has a firm seat, is comfortable at all paces and capable of riding for several hours at a time. The intermediate rider is also able to tack up a horse if required.

Experienced: A competent and regular rider who is capable of adapting to different horses in different environments. An experienced rider has soft hands and is able to control a spirited horse in open country.

Other points to consider.

Weight Limit
Some riding trips have a weight limit which generally appears to be approximately 95 kilos (around 15 stones). In most cases you will be provided with a bigger horse and in some instances there will be a surcharge but it is always wise to contact your holiday provider as there may be a limited number of horses available for guests exceeding this weight level.

Depending on the trip, children may join the ride. Discounts may be available in some cases. It is definitely worth checking even if the kids are staunchly anti-Equestrian as many of the holiday providers can accommodate non-riding guests.

This is an absolute must for any holiday and should be an important consideration in booking your trip.

Preparing for your holiday
Once you have determined the riding experience, age and ability of the group members, you can go ahead and book your holiday. Whether you are experienced riders or not, you are still likely to be spending considerably longer than usual in the saddle on a daily basis so expect some aches and pains!

Many repeat riding holiday enthusiasts go on several short riding weekends prior to a longer holiday so that they can really get the best out of the experience on every level.

With riding holidays available in England, Scotland Wales and Ireland, we have plenty of choice on our doorsteps but there is a huge choice of trips in France, USA, and even Africa and Asia. The choice is yours....

Last Updated ( Dec 21, 2006 at 11:32 PM )
Guide To Cheap Annual Travel Insurance PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stanley Emerson   
Jan 26, 2006 at 05:33 PM
Vacations are for fun, it means leaving behind your job and responsibilities for a while. Having travel insurance is one way of putting your mind at complete rest. It's a lot easier to enjoy your trip if you know that you are covered from luggage lost to sickness.

The further your trip will be, the more you will need travel insurance. This is common sense, as international trips are costly, so there's a need to protect your hard earned travel money. So wherever you go, to a local or international destination, it's very important that you have the necessary insurance coverage. Cheap annual travel insurance is an alternative choice for those budget- conscious travelers who are making more than one trip a year. The main feature of the annual travel insurance against regular travel insurance is that it saves you money. For a once annual payment, you become covered whenever you travel during the year. The terms and conditions vary between companies, but annual insurance for unlimited travel is also available. Cheap annual travel insurance provides substantial cost savings than any regular type of travel insurance.
Here are some tips for choosing your best cheap annual travel insurance:
  1. Sign up with a reputable insurance company that has worldwide offices which can easily be contacted during emergency needs.
  2. The insurance company should have a 24/7 customer assistance which is an essential for international travelers.
  3. Always make your office's 1-800 number available to you when you are abroad.
  4. The cost of the insurance should not be more than 10% of your investment.
  5. Read the terms and conditions of the policy to make sure you aren't buying unnecessary or inadequate coverage.
  6. Look for refundable policy, especially if you have the history of changing your mind too often.
  7. A good insurance should cover at least the following:
    a. Flight cancellation or delay
    b. Luggage loss and delay
    c. Sickness and accident during the trip.
    d. Evacuation support during an emergency situation such as natural calamities
Cheap annual travel insurance is good for you if you take vacations more than once a year. Instead of taking several insurance each time you travel, you can make use of a single travel insurance that could save you a lot of money and time. On the other hand, if you travel less often, an annual insurance policy is not for you since you will not be able to recover the cost.

Last Updated ( Dec 21, 2006 at 11:42 PM )
Van Camping PDF Print E-mail
Written by Steve Gillman   
Jan 21, 2006 at 09:57 PM
Why van camping? It certainly doesn't give you the luxury of life in an RV, but then you don't have the discomfort of sleeping in a tent, either. It's cheap compared to an RV, and you can go places they cannot. That's why we spent more than 25 nights sleeping in our conversion van last year.

Van Camping 101
You need a system of organization to keep your space inside the van livable. We noticed after our first long trip that we had brought many things we never used. We learned to be more efficient after that. We also learned how to keep the space open, by using plastic storage tubs. Not only do they stack well, but if you need more room at night, you can put them on the roof, because they're rainproof with the lids snapped on.

You have to make your van into something that's useable for you, especially if it's going to be your residence for days or weeks at a time. This meant, for my wife and I, having space to move around. Removing the two middle seats gave us enough space for dressing or cooking. A bench-seat in back folds out into a comfortable bed, so we were all set for van camping.

Van camping can be cold, as it was for us in the deserts of Arizona last winter. We ran the van and cranked up the heater once in a while, but only for brief periods. Carbon monoxide poisoning is just too possible, so don't leave the car running while you are sleeping.

Cooking a meal heats up the van, and our propane camp stove burned very clean. When it was cold, it was time to cook dinner, breakfast, or coffee. Cooking inside heats up a van, but again, because of carbon monoxide, don't sleep with a burner going. Sometimes, though, a quick warm-up is all you need before you crawl under the blankets for the night.

What's the secret to heating a conversion van when camping? Giving up was our solution. Just enjoy meal time warm-ups, but unless you have electric power, I don't know of a safe way to heat a van all night. Heat yourselves instead. Use warm clothing, and bring more blankets than you think you'll need. Fill a thermos bottle full of hot coffee each night, so it will be waiting in the morning. You warm the van making it, and warm up yourselves drinking it for breakfast.

Van Camping Advantages
Van camping obviously is cheaper than RV camping. Initial cost is a lot less if you buy used, as we did. The cost of driving a van is substantialy less - we averaged 18 miles per gallon on our last cross-country trip. An average recreational vehicle is lucky to get half of that, and will be very expensive to maintain.

A van is much more comfortable than tent camping. Also, if you do backpack, you'll likely drive some kind of car to wherever you go. Use a van, and you can come inside if it starts to rain. When backpacking a long way from home, you can save on motels on the drive to and from the trailhead.

One great thing about vans is that you can park anywhere. We've napped in parking lots, and nobody was the wiser, thanks to the inconspicuousness of a van. We got the best spot at a free campground in Florida, on a bank overlooking Lake Talquin, because our van was small enough to fit there, unlike the RVs.

You can drive anywhere. With our conversion van, camping wherever we were when it got dark was no problem. We also went down desert trails that no RV could handle. That flexibility and freedom is what we liked most about van camping.

Last Updated ( Dec 21, 2006 at 11:33 PM )
The Mountain Town of Arahova PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jakob Jelling   
Jan 21, 2006 at 09:50 PM
Arahova is a village or small town situated on a mountain which offers the charm and magic of conserving many of its antique traditions and characteristics almost unchanged. Visiting this town can almost be like going back to the past and discover many characteristics and constructions from antique époques while forgetting about modern life worries and lifestyles.

The mountain town of Arahova can be found at about 35 kilometers from Livadia, another appealing Greek destination tourists should not miss while being in this area of the country. Besides these cities, there also are several other unique and attractive destinations visitors can meet in this region of Greece, and therefore it is recommendable to count with as much time as possible at the time of their visit.

The economy of Arahova is based on its handworks, art works, agriculture, and tourism among other resources. Among the most peculiar resources tourists could discover in Arahova, there is the production of traditional rugs and bags which is almost impossible for tourists not to want to acquire as a memory of their visit. Another product this town produces and often sells to several other cities and destination is a variety of unique fabrics.

Spring time is one of the best times of the year for visiting Arahova. During this season, and specifically on April 23rd, the town celebrates St George's day for three days on a role. During this celebration, tourists could see the town's men dressing in local traditional customs while they could enjoy a variety of unique meals as well.

While visiting Arahova, tourists could also meet Distomo, another unique spot situated at about 10 kilometers from this town. Distomo has been a spot in which several amazing archeological discoveries were found, and many of which tourists could find at the local museum. This museum is also interesting due to the fact that it had a very important role in what is known as the Revolution of 1821. As it can be noticed, Arahona and its surroundings offer a wide variety of appealing characteristics and interesting options which turn it into a charming and unique destination.

Last Updated ( Dec 22, 2006 at 12:55 AM )
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