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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!

Make Your Trip A Dream With This Helpful Advice

Although intended to be a leisurely and relaxing activity, travel can sometimes be unnecessarily stressful and fraught with disaster. A vacation can become a disaster if you don’t plan ahead properly. The tips that follow are going to help you when planning your travels.

Don’t use the public computers in your hotel or anywhere else they offer free internet while you are on vacation. Keyloggers might be installed on the computers. This can allow the person or entity that installed the keylogger to have access to your information.

Taking a vacation away from your home can result in you wanting to take something from home with you. Only take the things you truly need. Jot down the items you really can’t do without for more than a day or so. Then pack the things that will be most essential to you and your comfort.

Make sure you leave extra valuables at home. If you bring a lot of valuables with you, you have a greater chance of losing them or having them stolen.

Try not to pack too much for your trip. The less you bring, the fewer things you are likely to lose or have stolen. Bring as few shoes with you as possible; they are heavy and take up lots of room in your luggage.

Make sure you are organized well. Avoid wasting too much time looking through your home for travel accessories. Try buying a type of plastic bin and keeping all the traveling items in a single spot. An under-bed container works well to keep things hidden, but ready for you to quickly jet off on your next adventure.

Clothespins can be a useful item while traveling. It is an unusual item to consider packing, however they can be quite useful.

Always keep your most important belongings on hand when travelling. When carrying a purse, make sure you keep it tucked 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. Keep these things in mind when you’re looking for a useful travel bag.

Keep the business card from your hotel or something else with their information on it with you at all times. If you become lost, you can show it to a local and get directions back to the hotel. This is really helpful if you don’t know the language well.

Remember to carry a book of matches or a business card from the hotel your are staying at with you at all times. If you end up getting lost, this will help you get directions from someone passing by or a taxi driver. This is especially useful if you don’t speak the language fluently.

If you’re traveling on the road with children, bring a cookie sheet or two. Cookie sheets can provide flat surfaces on which kids can use coloring books or even to play card games. If you are travelling with little kids, think about bringing magnetic toys like educational numbers and letters.

When you travel abroad, find out from your credit card company what type of travel insurance you already have. For example, you may enjoy coverage for flights that get cancelled, as long as they were charged to your card. Doing a bit of research before leaving is worthwhile.

When you begin planning your travel, check with major airlines to see if they offer e-newsletters. These types of e-newsletters give you vital information regarding special discounts and last-minute offers that is only available to subscribers. E-newsletters can provide you with money-saving discounts that are beneficial to your travel, even though they may also contribute a clogged inbox.

National Park

When making hotel reservations, inquire about any type of renovations that may be going on. You do not want to wake up to the sound of construction when vacationing. Try to avoid any renovation dates.

Consider purchasing a yearly National Park Pass if you plan to visit more than a couple times a year. Each pass costs $50. They are good all year and can be used at any national park.

If you are heading out of town, make efforts to secure the “local” rate for your desired hotel. Lots of hotels let local people have special deals to fill the rooms. If you have a friend in that area, call him up and ask if he can help you get the special deal. This simple step can end up saving you a lot of money.

Getting a pass to the National Parks is a good idea if you frequently visit the parks. It’s only $50 annually, and it covers your entry to all the national parks.

For sheer time savings, making your travel arrangements on the Internet beats the competition hands down. The site you book your travel through should offer sample itineraries for your convenience. You can line up hotels, rental cars, and flights using your computer! You will be able to see reviews and pictures of hotels without having to go anywhere. Travel sites also show reviews of hotels along with photos of rooms and their facilities.

When venturing on a cruise adventure, get to know other travelers while on board. On many ships, you will be seated at a large table near people you haven’t met. Talk to people you meet. You will see them each day, and you could learn something new about your ship.

When you travel across time zones, jet lag becomes an issue. This is almost impossible to avoid, but the effects can be lessened if you sleep more a few days prior to the flight. Try to rest as much as possible while on the plane.

Do not schedule your trip down to the minute. A 10 minute stop will not throw a major monkey wrench into your trip and cause your plans to go awry. This also allows people to feel better and not so annoyed while travelling.

When you are traveling by car, even for business, there will be temptations along the way. But don’t spend time lounging at the hotel buffet, head to the hotels gym, pool or walking track. This will help you to stay fit and feel energetic on your trip.

If you are renting a car, review your auto insurance policy prior to leaving on vacation. Rental agencies want to try to get you to buy additional insurance that you may not even need. Many times the car insurance policy will have added coverage that includes liability for a third party. Know how your policy works before you leave.

Research acceptable carry-on sizes for your particular airline carrier. Most allow you a carry-on bag along with a laptop bag or purse. Take advantage of that policy and ensure you have everything you may need with you at all times.

Learn about any unusual laws and customs that may affect your destination plans. There’s a possibility that the locals may find your actions offensive and in some cases illegal, even if that is not your intention. Always be respectful of the laws of the places you are visiting.

Try to get the rate that a hotel gives the “locals”. Some hotels offer a local rate on their rooms to decrease unoccupied rooms. If you have a friend in that area, call him up and ask if he can help you get the special deal. Obviously, this can save you a nice chunk of change.

Even if the hotel you wanted to stay at is booked solid, you might be able to score an out-of-service room. Sometimes the only thing wrong with these rooms is a broken piece of furniture or a hole in the wall.

Although travel is supposed to be a relaxing experience, if you aren’t fully aware of simple tricks to follow, it can be quite the opposite. With these tips, you can make your next trip easy and enjoyable.

If you go on a cruise, use formal dinners to chat with fellow passengers. Many times you will get put at a large table with passengers you have never met before. Enjoy yourself and have a good time meeting new folks. You are traveling with these individuals, so it makes sense to make friends.

Navigating Your Way In A Foreign Country

Traveling offers many opportunities. Make a list to properly prepare yourself and then enjoy the rest. The information located below will ensure you have everything you need when traveling.

When you travel abroad, make sure you have certain types of info on you at all times. Know where your embassy or consulate is and how they can be reached should you need to get into contact with them. This way, you will have an emergency backup plan if you encounter serious problems. This will help with the troubles that you get into.

When traveling in other countries, be wary of what taxis you get into. You should make an effort to ensure it’s a legitimate taxi before you actually enter the vehicle. Any person can throw a “taxi” label on a vehicle, meaning you may have no idea who they are or where you will end up.

When planning a trip, select your digital camera with the needs of your trip in mind. If you plan to do some backpacking, you might not want a rechargeable battery. In most cases, you will probably want a camera which can be readied quickly.

Check the alarm in your hotel room when you arrive. It is not surprising to have an alarm clock go off in the dead of the night, sometimes set by a previous traveler or even set as a prank. Make sure you check the clock and see if it’s set for a time that is good for you; otherwise, you might find yourself off to a terrible start on your vacation.

Do not expect an airline to cater to your whims when you are flying. Travel with your own blanket, pillow and entertainment if you believe that you may need them. Don’t go hungry! Bring your own healthy snacks on the plane!

As you search for an inexpensive flight, go to the website for every airline that heads out to your chosen destination. While you can find low fares on travel websites, you may learn that the best prices are sometimes on the airlines’ own sites.

When traveling by air you should wear comfortable shoes which can be slipped off easily. You will be required to remove your shoes at the security checkpoints, and you may want to take them off while in the air. The number one concern is comfort. On planes and in airports, you will walk a little but sit a lot, so heavy-duty support is not necessary. Your favorite pair of sandals are probably your best bet in footwear when traveling by air.

Subscribe to a price watcher for travel. You can put in your desired location and it keeps an eye on the prices for that area. If your hotel price or airfare drops by a certain amount, as you decide, the site alerts you with an email about the change. The alerts eliminate the need for you to constantly follow up on the prices.

Travel is an excellent way to educate your family members on the ways of the world. Traveling is a great way to educate your family about other cultures around the world, as long as you take the correct safety precautions. Going abroad is the best way to learn about other cultures. This, in turn, helps you develop tolerance and respect for them.

Consider buying bottled water once you arrive or melt the hotel ice to get filtered water for making coffee. Rather than using tap water, which can taste bad, fill up the ice bucket and let it melt overnight. The next morning you should be ready to brew your coffee with better tasting water.

Ask to see if your credit card company has insurance coverage for traveling abroad. An example would be if you had a cancelled flight, how would the charge be reflected on your card. It’s worth doing a little research before you depart.

Deserts are a place unlike any other, with sunny weather and a unique ecosystem. These is something good about deserts when you are a first-time visitor, and nobody should live their life without experiencing it.

Make sure you get the latest e-newsletters of the airlines you use. They contain discounts not found elsewhere, including last-minute fare reductions. Yes, these e-newsletters may mean more inbox clutter, but the savings you can receive make it worth it.

When making coffee in a hotel room, you should use melted hotel ice. This water is much better tasting than tap. When you awaken, you can use good water for your coffee.

If you are traveling to a different time zone, you may experience jet lag. 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. Try to get some sleep when you are in the air.

Travel Sites

Always prepare for an emergency when going to a foreign country. This includes coming up with a plan for losing your passport. The United States You can go to the US Embassy website for contact information. Make sure to have this information handy on your trip. In most cases, your replacement passport will be ready for you within a day or two.

When you are planning a vacation, doing it online is very efficient. Travel sites aid in planning out your travel itineraries with little effort. You have a range of choices for hotels or resorts, airlines and car rental services. Reviews of hotels with pictures are instantly available. You can also find excellent deals on good travel sites. For example, you might find a good discount for travel plans made at the last minute.

Bring a spare passport photo with you on your trip abroad. It can take a while to get your passport replaced when it has been stolen or lost. You can make the process go more quickly by having an extra passport photo available. Make sure you also carry copies of critical documentation.

If you plan to use traveler’s checks, make sure you cash them before you go shopping or out to eat. While it is true that most places accept traveler’s checks, they are difficult to work with. You don’t want to lose out, so go ahead and get local currency as soon as possible.

While the tips and information that we have presented to you here in this article are meant to put your mind at ease while traveling, no one trip will be without its ups and downs. The best wisdom you can employ is too just travel with ease and roll with the punches.

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.