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Tours Enjoyed By Kingston and Frank

Kingston Canoes The Wanganui River

 
Photo from Kingston river tripI don’t have my motorcycle licence so I left that for Frank. I briefly thought about taking flying lessons in Taupo, I do want to learn to fly – but it’ll have to wait. But look what i discovered; can you imagine how beautiful it is to drift along through one of New Zealand’s national parks surrounded by amazing native trees, plants and flowers? Well let me tell you that my trip with Yeti Tours in Ohakune was a highlight of my time in New Zealand! I chose the guided tour where they look after everything for you. We did pass another group that just hired canoes from Yeti but I feel my choice was better – you can’t beat local knowledge eh! Also having all your meals cooked for you just makes it feel more like a holiday – to me anyway. I would highly recommend this type of tour, you do not need to be very fit either, most of the time the current keeps you moving. There are a few spots where you need to put in a burst though so you can’t expect an armchair ride haha.

 

Franklin Does A Motorbike Tour

As I mentioned above I don’t have my licence, however Frank doesn’t like writing so I’ll give you a second hand view of his trip. He chose MCR motorcycle tours to go with because they have older style “cool bikes”. He chose a Triumph T100 Bonneville as his weapon of choice and left the garden city Christchurch (Hagley park was full of spring flowers) well equipped with a GPS to explore SOME (Its huge) of the open space in the lower part of the South Island. One thing Frank mentioned is the open smooth roads are almost mesmerizing and he had to keep reminding himself that there are risks riding a bike :-). Queenstown was a highlight as was Te Anau – he likes lakes haha.

Anyway once I convince my mate to actually write something; we may get a few more details. Thanks for reading.

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Classical Flower Arrangement

The Mozart Collection

When it comes to arranging flowers; modern is not always best! Sometimes a classical approach to the art is more appropriate. This what a classical person like Mozart would like to see in a flower arrangement? He certainly would not approve of the modern glitzy foil covered colored boxes that are often used today. I love this image, it symbolizes exactly what i am talking about. A single flower variety used in a mass colourful arrangement often gives a more opulent and pleasing impression. AFD offers a range of online flowers for australia delivery in both modern and classical style

Mozart Collection Flowers

FloristNZ is a New Zealand Online Flower Delivery website with a beautiful range of classical and modern style arrangements to suit any occasion. To state the obvious there are many reasons to send someone flowers. But did you know that it has been proven to actually help when someone is down or feeling sick.  In a study looking at the responce to recieving gifts ( full source here ScienceBlogs.com )

  • 147 women were found via supermarket ads.
  • Study about “normal moods during the day.”
  • Given 1 of ten gifts – not told which though.
  • They were phoned to assess their life satisfaction or mood.
  • Ten days later, 2 peopled delivered the gift.
  • Flowers to One third.
  • Fruit Gift Basket to One third.
  • A candle to One third
  1. A group of impartial volunteers chose the gifts to be of equal value and appeal.
  2. The fear some have of weight gain kept chocolate out of the gift choices.
  3. One tester gave the gift, and the other noted their reaction.
  4. The tester had no idea which of the items a person was going to receive.

Although everyone did smile with most of the gifts, there were much higher real smiles from the flower bouquets than any other category…….

In a subsequent test

  • A person stood inside an elevator and handed a flower, pen, or no gift to people as they entered.
  • When they were given nothing;  only 50% of the time the tester was holding a wicker flower gift basket.
  • They also initiated a conversation.
  • 60 men and 62 ladies entered the lift.
  • A 2nd tester noted 4 different things, did they:
  1. Smile.
  2. Stand close
  3. Speak
  4. look

at the tester. These 4 observations were collated into a score from 0 to 9.
Both sexes scored much higher in social behavior if they received flowers compared not receiving a gift or being given a pen.
Noteworthy is that the lowest scores were received when flowers were seen but not given – So being given flowers affects social behavior and mood, not just the sight of them.

Flowers make you happier

Flowers make you happy

A final study, a group of women in rest homes received one, two or three flower bouquets over 2 weeks. They were then interviewed before and after the experiment

women who received the flowers had much better moods after the 2 weeks. The level of happiness or lack of depression directly correlated to the number of bouquets they were given – the more the happier!

Travel Advice For Your Next Get Away

Traveling is almost like going on an adventure of your own. If you plan well for it, you can experience a wonderful time. Use these tips to prepare carefully.

Make sure you leave extra valuables at home. You don’t want to have to keep track of these valuables at all times, and even worse, they could get stolen.

Selecting an aisle seat will always keep your options open. While a window seat offers a view, an aisle seat allows you easy access to restrooms, overhead baggage and flight attendants; in addition, you do not have a person crowding you on one side.

Booking all travel arrangements well in advance is a great way to save money. Despite the different ways you can spend your money on your travels, many share one feature: the earlier you buy them, the cheaper they are. When you budget your expendable cash wisely and make your souvenir purchases early on, you will have more available funds later on in your journey if some issue were to arise.

Purchase tickets online for any attraction you may be visiting. Even if there’s a fee, it is very much worth it to be able to skip the long lines for purchasing tickets at the venue. If it is somewhere like a park with lengthy lines for admittance, you can generally bypass these, too.

When traveling, it is important to wear shoes that are comfortable and easily removable. Security procedures require you to take your shoes off. Comfort is very important. You do not need particularly supportive shoes as you will be spending most of your time sitting. A perfect type of footwear for travelling is sandals.

If you cannot leave your pet home, find a hotel that will allow you to bring your pet with you. There are many resorts and hotels that now allow owners to bring their pets along, and travelers are flocking to these types of places. Most involve activities as well as pampering services for your beloved pet that may leave you jealous that they are having a better time than you. Always check to be sure that pets are welcome before making an reservations.

When you are traveling by car or plane with toddlers, you should always have interesting things available to occupy their time. Do your best to include some of the child’s most beloved toys. It is also nice to purchase at least one new toy for the trip, since this will be a complete novelty and will keep your little one’s attention, for a longer period of time.

Join travel forums and social networks. A travel community is the best way that you can get ready for your trip. You can meet friends, learn about great travel destinations, and find out where to avoid.

Take sleeping pills if you need helping sleeping through a flight. It can be really hard to get good sleep on a plane, with the strange surroundings, the unfamiliar noises, and the cramped seats. You can make your flight less unpleasant by taking a sleeping aid to help you get some shut-eye during the night. However, do not take the pill before takeoff, just in case there is a problem or delay that requires the plane to return.

If you are leaving your car at the airport during your trip, then make sure you pre-book a parking spot at the airport in advance. If you wait until the last minute, you will pay top price. It might save even more if you just take a taxi to the airport.

Do your best to avoid traveling during rush hour when you are driving. If it’s not possible to avoid rush hour, stop for a restaurant break during rush hour. These breaks are good for having a meal or just getting out and stretching your legs for a few minutes.

These tips are great to help you prepare for a great trip, but few trips are without frustrations. The best advice that you can get is to simply enjoy your ride.

Everyone Can Travel If They Get Good Information

When a person or family decides they want to experience a once in a lifetime adventure, they often choose to travel. With a just a bit of planning, you can enjoy a trip that is fun and stress-free. Before leaving for your trip take inventory of all necessary documents such as passports and visas, along with the following tips you will read below.

Document all of the crucial information that may require while abroad. You should have your embassy’s phone number, address and website if available, for any country you travel to. If trouble finds you while you are traveling, this is the place to call. They will be able to help you with any problems you may encounter.

Plan ahead if you want to travel by air. If an airport is in a major city, it can be quite difficult to get to, especially during rush hour when traffic is at its heaviest. Always have your suitcase packed the night before your flight. Don’t wait until the last minute to prepare for your flight. One of the worst ways to start a trip is to miss your flight.

Get vaccinations in advance and bring your documentation after doing so. This is important when you attempt to enter or exit a country, and may even be an issue when you are traveling between cities within a country. Without that paperwork, officials have no means of verifying that you’ve actually been vaccinated, and that can cause delays or even a quarantine.

When visiting a foreign country, use caution when taking a taxi. Before entering any taxi, know if it is a real one. Anyone could put a taxi magnet on their car, but they could be someone else.

There are some criminals in foreign cities that pretend to be police officers, so be careful. Keep your passport on you at all times, and do not hand it over to anyone. If you are advised that you need to return with them to the police station or another office, travel with them only by foot. Avoid getting into a vehicle with anyone you don’t know.

Keep the business card from your hotel or something else with their information on it with you at all times. If you are on the streets in a strange city and become lost, this will be quite useful when getting directions from the locals or a taxi driver. This simple precaution goes a long way to make up for whatever you lack in speaking the local language.

Join travel-centric social websites and forums. A great way to get ready for a trip is to talk to others who enjoy traveling. You can make new friends, while avoiding costly mistakes many travellers make on vacation, but most importantly you can find information that will make your trip pleasurable.

Double check the alarm when checking into your hotel room. You never know what the person who was staying there last might have had it set to. In order to get the most rest, turn the alarm off or set it for the time you actually want to be awake.

If traveling with children, bring a cookie sheet. These sheets will be for the kids to play cards on or color in coloring books. For little ones, try bringing magnetic numbers and letters for educational enjoyment.

Jet lag happens to be a real drag. There is no way to completely avoid it, but if you can get more sleep for several days before the flight it should help lessen the effects. Also, get as much sleep as possible during the flight.

Educate your family by traveling. As long as you are careful, you should feel confident about visiting developing nations, as they can offer extremely enlightening experiences for your children and you. Traveling to other countries is a good way to better understand them and the world as a whole.

When traveling by cruise ship, try to talk with the other passengers at the formal dinners. Most ships will put you at a big table with some people that you don’t know. Try to spark conversations with people at all times. You’ll be seeing them every day, and you may learn a few things about the ship in the process.

Traveling can be so much fun as long as you know what you are doing. Remember this advice to make sure your trip goes as smoothly as possible. You just need to take the opportunity to relax and enjoy yourself. There is a world of possibilities out there. Go crack it open!

If you are taking a road trip with kids, take along a couple cookie sheets. You can use this to play cards with your children. If your kids are small, bring magnetic numbers and letter for some educational fun.

You Can Easily Find An Affordable Vacation For Your Family To Enjoy

There is so much advice out there about traveling that it is difficult to know what to believe and what to ignore. Continue reading for some helpful traveling tips to make your trip worthwhile.

After picking your destination, research the area thoroughly. Pick up a map of the location you’re going to, so you can locate all the fun things to do, and how best to go about visiting them. Memorizing some of the area will help you navigate it easier.

Do not bring anything valuable that you will not need. If you bring many valuables with you, you run the risk of losing them or having them stolen.

One important thing to keep in your wallet is a color photograph of your child. This can come in handy if he or she gets lost. Even the thought of losing your child is one of the most terrifying experiences you can have. Unfortunately, children get distracted and wander off or something else happens. Having a photo you can show people immediately if the child becomes lost could wind up making a substantial difference in getting them back quickly.

Making travel arrangements far in advance can help keep your trip affordable. While there are many ways to spend money when traveling, they are virtually all less expensive the sooner you buy them. Also, you can enjoy the experience with your friends or family.

One of the most important things you can do to prepare for travel is to itemize what you need to pack. Your list should be made well in advance (7-30 days) and should include all of your necessities. This will enable you to pack only the things that you really need and it can also ensure that you will not leave anything behind.

When traveling to foreign countries, you should be aware of the taxi companies in the city. Be sure it is legit before getting into it. Anyone can put a sign that says “taxi” on a vehicle; you have no way of knowing who the person is or where you might end up.

If you are traveling to a less developed country and you have security concerns in a hotel, take along a doorstop. This can help hold a door closed too.

When you travel, pack lightly and just bring the essentials. This will help you avoid having anything lost. Do not bring too many pairs of shoes, as these become heavy clothing items to bring.

Always research before booking travel. Find websites that provide user reviews regarding the destinations you have in mind. Talk to people who have visited there before. You can have realistic expectations when you do your homework, which makes your time at that destination all the better.

Throw a few clothespins into your suitcase. You would be amazed at how useful these will turn out to be.

When traveling around other countries, beware of fraudulent taxis. Some “taxis” are not legitimate. Anyone could put a taxi magnet on their car, but they could be someone else.

Take your hotel’s business card and put it in your wallet or purse. This will help you get directions from locals if you get lost. It is particularly useful for those who haven’t mastered the language.

Ask to see if your credit card company has insurance coverage for traveling abroad. You might be already covered for cancelled flight that get charged to the card. Doing a bit of research before leaving is a good idea.

If you drive to any port city prior to going on your cruise, you can find hotels that offer free parking upon arriving the night before. You may want to contact the hotel administration about potential deals that they offer on parking even if it doesn’t look like any are available.

Find out as soon as possible whether you require a visa to enter the country you are travelling to. It is a good idea to apply for a visa months before you have to travel, as the processing times for visas can be quite long. You will face serious problems and delays when you do not have the necessary visa for the country you are visiting.

Be aware that you must be at least 18 to rent a car. Some car rental companies require that you be 25. If you’re 25 or under, you may pay a slightly higher rate and may need to give a credit card. Senior citizens are not permitted to rent vehicles in some cities. Find out about any age restrictions when reserving a rental car.

When traveling, be vigilant about protecting your possessions. Tourists are easy marks for criminals. If you are carrying a purse, be sure to have it tucked neatly under your arm. Avoid storing important things into the outside compartments, even if they are zippered. Thieves may access it in a crowd without you realizing it. You may also try sewing Velcro into the compartments or even your pockets. The loud ripping noise that it makes is quite a deterrent and thieves will usually move onto an easier target. When choosing a dependable bag for travel, keep these considerations in mind.

Now that your dream vacation destination has been chosen, and your list has been made as to what you need to pack, it is now time to sit and relax as you dream of other faraway destinations. Pack your bags, sleep, and be ready for the best trip of your life.

Stop The Dieting Yo-Yo And even After This Weight-loss Guidance!

Many discover the thought of carrying out a weight loss program to be exceptionally challenging. In truth, shedding weight does not have to be an overly demanding procedure; it can be very easy and workable if done the appropriate means.

Weight reduction can be attained via a reduced consumption of calories. You will locate that your weight goes down if you substitute larger calorie foods\/drinks for almost identical ones however with much less calories. As an example, beverage diet\/light drinks instead of routine drinks as well as consume frozen yogurt instead of ice lotion.

Feeling complete lowers our feeling of cravings. Really feeling starving sources us to eat. Consuming triggers us to put on weight. So really feeling full regularly will certainly help us reduce weight. One method you can \”fool\” your body right into sensation complete regularly is by including even more fiber to your diet plan. Vegetables and even fruits have great deals of fiber, so do entire grains. If you can not eat even more of either of those you could additionally include a powdered fiber item to beverages, sauces, and also also dips.

To ensure that you remain dedicated to your weight reduction plan, obtain everyone in your household excited concerning eating healthy and balanced foods. Make the exact same treats as well as dishes for each and every individual living in your home; this way, you won’t be attracted to eat among the junk foods that they are delighting in.

Load your lunch for work or institution. Do not offer in to the lure to select something up from the rapid food joint down the road or your institution’s snack bar. Rather, pack your own lunch. By doing this you can control your portions. You can likewise make certain that exactly what you are eating is healthy for you.

A good idea to help you slim down is to carry out a cardio session right after you raise weights. When you do cardio right after a session of weight training, studies have shown that you shed much more fat. This is great way to obtain one of the most from your exercises.

The parts offered in the majority of restaurants are way as well large for an individual to eat alone. Get 2 plates so you can quickly divide the dish in half.

A terrific way to aid you obtain fit is to attempt complying with a raw foods diet. Consuming fresh veggies and fruits will certainly make you much healthier and even you’ll be guaranteed to drop some pounds. You’ll be astonished at exactly how a lot far better you really feel when you stop consuming processed foods.

If you are an avid TV watcher, attempt to reduce your couch time in half to help lose weight. That method, you are being productive and even captivated at the exact same time.

When functioning to shed weight, absolutely nothing is fairly as essential as keeping your goals in front of you. Keep a set of those big denims or a photo of on your own convenient, when you need the inspiration as well as to bear in mind why you’re attempting to drop weight, you could get some fast visual motivation.

Shed weight by making little adjustments to your everyday routine. If you walk up the stairways as opposed to using the elevator or get off the bus or train one quit early, you can substantially raise your opportunity of shedding calories. If you are travelling to a store nearby, walk as opposed to driving. It makes a difference.

Although Rio might be understood for circus, it is likewise recognized for their conventional dish of rice as well as beans, which benefits dropping weight. Diet regimens including rice and also beans decrease the opportunities of becoming obese. This is since it is lower in fat and greater in fiber which assists to support your blood-sugar levels.

As this article shows, there are many ways to come close to shedding weight in order to make the procedure much less complicated. Accepting the activity is the primary step to success. By making use of these tips, weight-loss will be a more pleasurable procedure that individuals will certainly not withstand but instead preserve as well as adopt till the final target is gotten to.

In truth, shedding weight does not have to be an excessively challenging process; it could be very easy and even manageable if done the ideal means. Feeling full so much more often will certainly help us shed weight. A friendly idea to help you lose weight is to execute a cardio session right after you lift weights. What is your opinion about slimfy scam. If you are a passionate TELEVISION viewer, attempt to reduce your sofa time in fifty percent to help shed weight. As this short article reveals, there are several methods to come close to losing weight in order to make the process much less complicated.

It Is Dangerous To Travel Alone, Take These Tips With You!

Traveling is great fun, but many people don’t enjoy the planning stage. It can be daunting to figure out all the logistics of a trip and make sure everything is in order. The following tips will give you all the help you need to plan an enjoyable trip.

Create a list of what needs to be packed. You should start this list at least one week in advance, preferably earlier than that. The list should include all of your necessities for the trip. Even if you actually pack the stuff at the last moment, you can still be organized and avoid packing unnecessary stuff.

Avoid food allergies when going abroad by not going to places that cannot translate. The more severe your food allergies are, the more important it is to learn key food terms in the local language. This will help you ask locals about foods you want to avoid. Also, if the worst happens, you’ll be able to tell a doctor about your allergies.

Keep a picture of your child with you if they get lost. It can be a very scary thing to lose your child. However, it’s important to be prepared because it can happen. Easy access to a photograph of the child can facilitate any necessary search efforts in they get lost.

If your travel destination requires you to be vaccinated, be sure to take along verifications of your shots. This is important when you attempt to enter or exit a country, and may even be an issue when you are traveling between cities within a country. This can end your vacation and lead to you to a quarantined area.

Take a doorstop if you are staying at a hotel. These handy little wooden or rubber wedges are usually used to hold doors open but they can just as easily be used to hold doors closed.

A doorstop may be of help if you’re going to be in a hotel in a not-so-great area. They don’t take up a lot of room in your suitcase.

Sign up for a travel price watcher. This will notify you of the prices of places you are interested in visiting. When hotel or airline prices drop, the website will send an email to alert you to the price change. You will not have to worry about checking the rates daily.

Be sure to pack a rubber door stopper in your bag to add a measure of safety to your room security. You may want extra security if you are staying in a country that isn’t as developed. This added security will make it more difficult for a thief to enter your room.

Before booking, do some research. Read online reviews of places that you want to visit. Ask your friends and family for advice on destinations. Doing a little homework will let you know what you can expect, and can help you make smart choices on activities and places to visit at your destination.

When traveling, it is important to wear shoes that are comfortable and easily removable. Security procedures require you to take your shoes off. Comfort over style is paramount when traveling. The ideal pair of shoes should also be as light as possible for the long hours you will spend sitting. The best shoes for flying might well be sandals or flip-flops.

A motorcycle is a great way to go on a road trip. The ability to enjoy the riding itself, driving quickly, and the gas efficiency can help the trip start in a fun way. It’s a great experience.

Luggage Tag

A luggage tag isn’t always enough. You also should place ID inside the bags. Luggage tags on the bags’ exteriors can get lots along the way. Placing identification and contact information inside your luggage can ensure that it is returned to you in the event it becomes separated from the luggage tag.

On a red-eye flight, sleeping pills may be helpful. Lots of people aren’t comfortable sleeping on planes, because the place isn’t familiar, the seats are uncomfortable, and the passengers and airplane make noise. Try taking sleeping pills to make your flight go by more quickly. However, do not take the pill before takeoff, just in case there is a problem or delay that requires the plane to return.

Keep a book of matches or the business card of the hotel you are using on your person while out. If you end up getting lost, this will help you get directions from someone passing by or a taxi driver. This is particularly true if you don’t know the language very well.

Find out about what travelers coverage and perks that your credit card company, travel clubs and other affiliations can offer. For example, you may enjoy coverage for flights that get cancelled, as long as they were charged to your card. It will be worth it to do this research prior to your trip.

When traveling abroad, prepare for emergencies ahead of time, such as losing your U.S. passport. The United States. Dept. of State has a website at usembassy.state.gov that has contact information fro the US Embassy our consulate in foreign country of your destination. Bring this info with you as you travel. Usually, you can get your passport replaced within a couple of days.

If you have to leave a car at the airport, make sure to book your parking ahead of time. Parking on your first vacation day may cost a lot. If you live close to the airport, see if taking a taxi is cheaper that it would be to pay for airport parking.

Enjoy the company on the cruise ship and use formal dinners as an opportunity to engage with the other guests. You never know who you might meet on your next cruise. Many ships place you at large tables with people you’ve never met. Relax and have fun interacting with others. You are traveling with these individuals, so it makes sense to make friends.

Before traveling, verify that your passport is not going to expire soon. There are rules about your passport in many countries. If it expires within a certain time frame, they will not allow you to come into their country. These time frames can range anywhere from three months to a year.

Service Stations

For longer road-trips, plan out periodic stops to check your vehicle. During these long road trips you may go for an extended period of time before encountering a service station if your car should need one. Prepare for this ahead of time by mapping your route and knowing where all of the closest service stations are at all times. Make sure you keep the numbers for a few different service stations along the way just in case you need to be towed.

Find out as soon as possible whether you require a visa to enter the country you are travelling to. Visas often have a lengthy processing time so you should apply for them as soon an you are thinking of travel. Not having a properly processed visa will mean that you will not be admitted to many countries.

As you read earlier, traveling is much more fun than planning to travel. Remember that planning your trip now will give you more time to enjoy all the wonderful activities available to you. These tips can help you have an enjoyable, stress-free trip.