Nightlife hotspots you shouldn’t miss on a Cancun holiday

Cancun in Mexico has got itself a bit of a reputation as a party destination, making this the perfect place to visit if you want to let your hair down in a fantastic beach setting. Of course, as with any city, some bars and clubs offer a better experience than others.

La quiete PRIMA della tempesta
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Check out our guide to discover what these are in Cancun!

Beach House, ME Cancun

Go here if: you want to start your night out in style

Cancun has its fair share of cheap and cheerful haunts, but if it’s your first time in the city and you want to mark the occasion with a special drink, the sophisticated Beach House at the ME Cancun resort is the place to go.

The star attraction here is the outdoor dining area, which is covered with a thatched roof and offers amazing views of the Caribbean Sea. The food – which is mainly a modern take on Mexican classics like quesadillas and tacos – is definitely worth trying, but most people will be happy to simply relax with a cocktail as they watch the evening turn into full night.

Carlos ‘n Charlie’s

Go here if: you just wanna have fun

Carlos ‘n Charlie’s is popular among tourists for its loud, fun atmosphere and lashings of booze and food. This is the kind of place to visit if you don’t care about appearing cool/glamorous/etc and want to focus more on just having a fabulous time!

The entertainment is excellent – you never really know what you’re going to get when you visit Carlos ‘n Charlie’s. Whether it’s impromptu bar-top dancing or a performance by a professional singer, you’re pretty much guaranteed to have fun.

The City

Go here if: you want a full-on, all-night clubbing experience

It’s safe to say that this is a mega club of the highest order – it’s actually the biggest in Latin America, with three levels, a capacity of 6,000 people and nine bars. So, if you want the ultimate clubbing experience, this has to be it!

Some big names have DJed/performed here in the past, including Ludacris, 50 Cent, Snoop Dogg, Fergie and Flo Rida, so it’s worth checking the events calendar on The City’s website to see if there are any special concerts or DJ sets taking place when you intend to visit.

Coco Bongo

Go here if: you like the thought of acrobats flying over your head while you dance

Another mega club, Coco Bongo differs from The City in that its entertainment is a bit more varied than its larger counterpart. Of course, there’s the usual DJ sets of dance, techno, hip hop and other music, but you can also boogie away to live salsa and rock bands, as well as retro tunes from the 70s and 80s.

Keep an eye out for the odd flying acrobat and bar-top conga line, which are wheeled out to make sure things stay exciting. If you love musicals and similarly bombastic shows, check out the club’s calendar – it has previously hosted the likes of Beetlejuice and the Phantom of the Opera.

Planning an unforgettable party break in Cancun? Find great flight deals here. If you’ve already visited the city, post your nightlife recommendations – and any other tips you might have – in the comments below.

The History of Cruise Holidays

Cruise Holidays

The idea of travelling to warm climates in the winter and cooler climates in the summer is not new; it has actually been around for centuries. Arthur Anderson, one of the founders of Peninsular Steam Navigation Company (now P&O Nedloyd), first suggested the idea of touring Scotland and Iceland in the summer and the Mediterranean in the winter. That was in the 1830’s. For the next seventy years Peninsular would build their company holdings with cargo and mail contracts, making the right decision in conflicts around the world where they had to take sides and building a reputation as an industry leader in the shipping business.

Cruise Holidays

The Dawn of the Twentieth Century

Arthur’s idea didn’t become popular until after the turn of the century, and then only with the rich, but it did eventually catch on. In 1900, the Prinzessin Victoria Luise became the first ship built exclusively as a cruise ship and in 1904 Peninsular offered the first cruise holiday program on a first class only basis. By 1920, despite the loss of the Titanic in 1912, the cruise ship industry was going full steam. Transatlantic cruises were most popular but cruise holidays in the Mediterranean and Caribbean were available.

The Golden Years (1920’s and 30’s)

The roaring twenties and the decade immediately after which preceded World War II were the Golden Years for the luxury cruise industry. The Caribbean and Mediterranean were wide open and ports like Havana, Miami, and Beirut always had a cruise ship in port and passengers taking advantage of “cruise and stay” packages that were being offered by Peninsular, Cunnard and other lines that were coming into existence at the time. Competition was healthy but cruise holidays were still something only the rich could afford.

The Blue Riband Award

In the 1860’s, the transatlantic shipping industry created an award for the ship that could cross the Atlantic in the shortest time. The award became the sole property of the cruise ship industry in the 1930’s when it traded hands between the French ship Normandie and the British Queen Mary. The Queen Mary held it from 1938 to 1952 with a top speed of 31 knots per hour, an amazing accomplishment at the time. Speed was also a necessity for cruise ships, both for protection and because many of the new lines to come into being in the 1930’s doubled as mail carriers.

The 1950’s and Competing with Air Travel

Up until 1950, cruise ships were not only vacation options; they were the primary mode of transportation between continents. After World War II this began to change. The aeroplane had been tested in battle and was accepted by both commercial and private entities that needed a faster way to get to their destination. This growing popularity made aeroplanes a more affordable option also as increasing demand and competition drove prices down. Cruise ships became vacation destinations and the lines that offered cruise holidays became more creative with their vacation packages.

The 1960’s and the Founding of Royal Caribbean

The 1960’s saw two major events in the evolution of the cruise ship industry. The first happened in the middle of the decade when Peninsular Steam Navigation Company absorbed a company called Orient Steam Navigation Company, changing their name to P&O. P&O would later go on to merge with Carnival Cruises in 2003. The 1960’s also saw the founding of Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines in 1968, the current owners of the world’s largest cruise ship Oasis of the Seas. Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), owners of the ill-fated Achille Lauro, and Norwegian Cruise Lines also entered the cruise ship industry in the 1960’s.

Vacation Packages, Mass Media, and Cruise Holidays

After a decade that saw the end of conflict in Southeast Asia, long petrol lines, and economic uncertainty, the 1980’s were welcomed worldwide as a time when the world could change. The internet had just been developed but wasn’t available to the general public, but television was reaching every home and the cruise lines took full advantage. Putting together “vacation packages” and “cruise holidays” that were developed from the old “cruise and stay” deals of the 20’s and 30’s, all of the major players in the industry hit the airwaves with appeals to the common people for the first time.

The Modern Family Vacation

Cruise holidays are now one of the top choices for the modern family vacation. Cruise ships are available in all shapes and sizes and go to destinations around the world. The Caribbean is popular as is the Mediterranean, but cruises up north to Scandinavia and Alaska are also fully booked by passengers who have no fear anymore of ice or water hazards. The technology has improved, the ships are larger and sturdier, and the amenities on board will make anyone not want to go home. Arthur Anderson, if you’re out there somewhere, thanks for the idea. Cruise holidays are finally available to all.

About the author: Sarah Van Rensburg is an avid travel writer. She covers a wide range of travel-related topics but with a focus on cruise holidays.

Popular destinations for chartering a yacht

One of the most exotic and unique ways of taking a holiday is to take your travel into your own hands and sail. If you’re one of the many people not lucky enough to have your own, you can easily charter one. With a sailing or motor yacht charter, you’ll be able to see some of the world’s most beautiful areas at your own pace – as well as experiencing the adventure of the open sea.

Here are some of the world’s most popular destinations for sailing holidays – and a little on why:

The Caribbean:

To many people, the Caribbean is synonymous with a sailing vacation. The tight grouping of small and large islands in the Caribbean sea is perfect for sailing between. Throughout the region, the waters are clear and beautiful and sail boats also benefit the favourable winds.

Of course, it doesn’t hurt that throughout the region the weather varies from tropical to sub-tropical – and that it contains some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Each island is distinct from the last, from both the indigenous culture to the hugely diverse range of flora and fauna found inland. The only negative aspect that could possibly be levelled at the Caribbean is that out-of-season, the weather can be unpredictable and sometimes a little hostile. Still, a careful eye on weather updates.

Canary Islands:

This Atlantic archipelago is a close second to the Caribbean in terms of exotic locales and beautiful scenery. Although sailing between the eight different islands is less of a challenge than traversing the Caribbean, these former Spanish colonies offer an ideal climate as well as the opportunity to experience a huge mixture of cultures and historical influences. The island’s have been a landmark on maritime maps since the days of Ancient Greece and has formed a crucial stop on later transatlantic voyages.

The Mediterranean:

Although all of the European coastline offers substantial attractions for sailing vacations, the Mediterranean is one the most exceptional. This is due to both the wide varieties of cultures clustered into this corner of the world and – again – the exceptional climate and clear waters. Sunbathing opportunities are on hand at any stretch of the coast and the exquisite regional cuisine offers different delights in each port. Common across all of the Mediterranean’s beautiful destinations (Spain, Italy, Greece, among others) though is a penchant for the world’s freshest seafood, passionate and vibrant people and a laid back culture of casual recreation.

Discover Goa’s backwaters on your holiday

We all know that Goa is famous for its glorious sandy beaches, but there is much more to the Indian state than its coastline. I think taking a backwaters cruise is a great way to learn more about this region of the country and really get under the skin of its culture.

Taj Fort Aguada
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You might be surprised to learn that there are six major rivers that flow through Goa – the Mandovi (which runs alongside the capital Panaji), the Chapora, the Tiracol, the Zuari, the Sal and the Talpon.

Of course, there are also numerous tributaries that stem from these, and it is this collection of waterways that form Goa’s backwaters. While there is plenty to explore inland, the state is also home to areas of coastal backwaters, many of which are crossed by ferries as there are few bridges.

So, let’s get down to business – what you’ll see and experience if you go for a backwaters cruise during your cheap holiday in Goa (I know a cruise would be on my itinerary if I was travelling to this part of India).

Discover new scenery

The rivers in Goa are lined by vast mangrove swamps, which presents quite a contrast to the open spaces and golden beaches you’ll find around most of the touristy areas. This is also a fascinating eco-system that is home to a variety of creatures (more about that in a minute).

In addition to the mangroves, you’ll pass sections of jungle and even spice plantations as you cruise, giving you the opportunity to experience Goa’s diverse landscapes for yourself.

See amazing animals

As I’ve already mentioned, there are quite a few animals that call the mangroves – and also the jungle – home. One of the most impressive is undoubtedly the crocodile and you may well catch sight of one of these large reptiles sunning itself on the banks of the river in the afternoon.

If your cruise takes you past the Dr Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, you’ll have a good chance of spotting a host of fascinating creatures, including mudskipper fish and crabs that live on the banks and among the roots of the mangrove trees.

There is also a wide range of birds that live in and around the rivers, with kingfishers, egrets, herons, eagles and drongos among the species you may see either soaring overhead or searching for food in the water.

Experience the local culture

While many of Goa’s coastal regions are centred on the tourism industry, this is not the case when you travel further inland. There will be docks where shipments of iron ore are loaded on to large barges to be transported around the state.

By contrast, you’ll also see small canoes moored up at various intervals along the rivers. You should also look out for the fishing nets that are typically placed between two wooden posts, allowing fishermen to set their nets in the morning and return to haul in their catch later in the day.

Simply by setting foot on one of the vessels normally used to offer backwaters cruises, you’ll be engaging with the local culture, as most of the boats that transport tourists are former rice barges that have been converted.

Even though they have a few more home comforts than they would have done when they were in use in the rice industry, their basic structure has remained unchanged, so you can get an insight into how people live and work on the waterways.

If you’ve been on a backwaters cruise in Goa, what did you think? Is there any route you’d particularly recommend to fellow travellers?

Are You A Reluctant Green Traveller Or A Glamour-Puss In Denial?

If you travel frequently you’ll know the true value of a decent hotel. Sure hostelling and staying in budget hotels or motels is fine when you’re in a jam or you’re still young and travelling’s the objective in itself. Once you get older though, you start to realise that a quality mattress, clean sheets and decent food really are important, as is waking up without the aches and pains you’d normally associate with sleeping on a bathroom floor. (don’t tell me you haven’t, I know different!)

Different people have different core expectations from what they regards as a ‘good’ hotel. Some people expect five stars, some just want a comfortable bed and your own coffee maker for $200 per night. One problem with star ratings is that there is no universal standard for stars besides five being the very best. Unless you decide that you want to give yourself six.

But What Do You Expect From The Best Hotels?

Wherever you stay, if you’re paying your hosts good money, you should expect to be treated almost as if you own the place. The customer is King and you do pay the bills after all. It shouldn’t be too much to ask to receive a friendly smile from anyone on the payroll and for all of them to be customer service oriented, you don’t want to meet some-one who would ever reply to a query or request with the attitude that it’s not their job, even if it isn’t?

With service like that everything else just falls into place. But you should also be honest with yourself about what you really want from a hotel. Do you find that you have a terrible time every time you go away to an eco-friendly spiritual retreat? Do you long for Egyptian cotton towels and sheets instead of the hemp fabrics which scrape your skin? Is your idea of communing with nature looking down on it from the porthole of a private jet? Admit it, you’re a glamour-puss and you’re not cut out for the overtly green lifestyle.

If you’re honest about what you want, it’s nice to think that your hotel is honest about what they can provide too. A hotel might have a fantastic review but is that backed up by real holiday makers experience? If they’re honest about what they can and can’t provide you’ll know exactly what you are going to get and set your expectations accordingly.

The Luxury Holiday Paradox

If you’re looking for the kind of holiday where you can get away from it all you’ll want somewhere that’s off of the tourist track. But if the destination hasn’t a history of dealing with travellers and tourists how can they be expected to provide the quality of service that your luxury self needs? So you go somewhere that has a reputation for knowing how to treat its guests in an A1 fashion but  you find yourself in a premier class hotel room overlooking a tourist trap.

The trick is to find somewhere that’s a couple of years old. It’s not so on trend that no-one’s heard of it and it has yet to develop and yet it’s not so well known that the developers have spoiled it by building over the aspects which made it so attractive in the first place.

Manage that and you might, finally, find yourself on the holiday that you really wanted all along!

@DanCash lives by the seaside in the south of England but still appreciates a holiday abroad. He’s had enough of broken beds and thin sheets. Now he likes aircon, humidifiers and a thread count of at least 400.

A Staycation With A Vast Number Of Attractions

September the 8 th marks the beginning of this year’s Bestival festival on the Isle of Wight, just off the south coast of England. Curator of events and Radio 1 DJ Rob da Bank says that this year’s festival is going to be as exciting as ever thanks to the site at Robin Hill Country Park being “beautiful eccentric and very welcoming. As usual this year will be a costume affair with the theme being ‘Rock Stars, Pop Stars and Divas’ so this year’s headliners, The Cure and Bjork should feel right at home!

Of course festivals aren’t every-one’s cup of tea, the mere thought of camping for three days is enough to put most people over the age of 35 off the idea! Notwithstanding Bestival offering Glamping to those whose who enjoy a bit of refinement, and a proper shower, when they attend festivals.

So, if you’re not going across the Solent for the festival fun this year, what else could you be doing?

Being a tiny island with a mere 60 odd miles of coastline Wight is surprisingly packed with attractions and features which will keep children and adults entertained for days, no matter what the weather.

Being an island there is, of course sailing and power boating. The Isle of Wight is famous for Cowes Week, the largest sailing regatta in the world with more than 40 separate races for over 1,000 boats. Then there’s the Round The Island Race, a race for over 16,000 competitors aboard 1,800 yachts all plying for the best position through the Needles Channel, past St Catherine’s Point then back around the island to The Royal Yacht Squadron in Cowes for the final finish.

If you love the sea but aren’t much of a sailor then there are plenty of Blue Flag beaches where you can bathe, work on your tan or even take lessons in paragliding and kitesurfing, classes range from tasters for beginners right through to advanced courses for the more experienced.

For those who like to explore country houses the Isle of Wight has a disproportionate number of attractions for an island of its size. These include

Osborne House, the seaside residence of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, visitors can tour the meticulously tended gardens and beautiful interiors, the house and Swiss Cottage give a revealing insight into the daily lives of the Victorian royal household.

Carisbrooke Castle, The only mediaeval castle on the island, Carisbrooke was the building chosen to hold King Charles before his removal to Whitehall on treachery charges. Being a military stronghold it naturally has beautiful views over the island and out to sea. The castle also has gardens, activities and a museum charting the history of the building since it was built 800 years ago right through to its use as royal residence to Princess Beatrice, Queen Victoria’s youngest daughter.

Appuldurcombe House, Once the most exotic house on the island Appuldurcombe House is now a visitor attraction not only in its own right, but also for the 11 acres of gardens were designed by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown and the falconry centre. The grounds offer a haven not only for wildlife, there are also 300 acres which hold a range of picturesque holiday villas which are available to let.

As well as these, and many more, there are also attractions for those who get more excited by creatures than history, because of the fine weather the island experiences it has become a haven for animals both domestic and foreign.

Butterfly and Fountain World has hundreds of exotic butterflies from all over the world who are all able to fly freely throughout a tropical indoor garden. The fountain area has Italian and Japanese inspired ponds and fountains stocked with beautiful fish and flora.

The Isle of Wight Zoo and Tiger Sanctuary plays host to as many as 20 tigers of all varieties as well as lemurs and other endangered animals and has done for over 25 years. The zoo also cares for a variety of less endangered big cats including lions, leopards and jaguars. Along with these, other residents of the zoo include monkeys, snakes, lizards and spiders. All the creatures are homed in as naturalistic an environment as possible and are encouraged, through enrichment, to display their most natural behaviours.

Lions and tigers are lovely but if you want a more ‘hands on’ wildlife encounter them the Seaview Wildlife Encounter is for you. The parkland in which it resides is a beautiful setting on its own, with waterfalls, lakes and views across the Solent. As well as these, visitors are also able to walk freely among rare animals and birds, even feeding them and finding out about them, their natural environment and the factors which affect their natural habitat.

Shanklin Chine is the oldest tourist attraction on the island, first having opened in 1817. This gorge has been an inspiration to poets, artists and writers ever since. The steep sides of the gorge and the winding paths through woodland make for an enchanting refuge for wildlife among the trees and waterfalls.

A more down-to-earth visitor attraction is the Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary. It’s open from Easter to October and was opened in 1987 to home distressed or otherwise needy donkey s who needed care and attention along with a safe, permanent home. You’ll find donkeys to be intelligent and friendly creatures and should you wish to make a donation to their upkeep or even adopt one, the sanctuary will be more than happy to make it happen.

Sailing over to the Isle of Wight with a car or as a foot passenger is simplicity itself and booking accommodation is a simple affair too. There are hotels on the Isle of Wight to suit all budgets and tastes from rooms in inns to self catering, green or luxury accommodation. Be sure to book early as the best accommodation gets booked up very quickly, particularly around the time of regattas and other yachting events.

@DanCash is a features writer living on the south coast of England. On a clear day you can see the Isle of Wight from hi house but it’s still far enough away to really feel like a holiday destination once you get there. Remember to book ferries and holiday accommodation on the Isle of Wight well in advance and enjoy your stay!

 

Guide to Manila in the Philippines

Go to the Philippines, and you will find Manila, a city in the heart of the country, overflowing with history and culture. The city having spent hundreds of years, the country regained its independence in the
late 1800’s after a revolution, which was until the United States took the city a few years later. Again Manila earned its independence, shortly after World War II, the city located on the Island of Luzone, the city at first glance may look a little rough on the exterior, and with the turbulent history it might put some off the city. In its history there is a bit of everything, and along with the traffic and pollution this city is full of amazing people. As with any holiday, a bit of planning, will make it fun and worth every second.

Preparing for a trip to Manila

Leaving for Manila; make sure you have all your paper work sorted, as you will need your passport as you would for a normal holiday – but if you are visiting from anywhere other than the UK, Australia, Canada,
or the US, you will need a Visa, and proof that you have a flight to return home already booked. Now for the fun part, vaccinations are a good idea – although not necessary. With Chloera being very common, it
is advisable from the World Health Organisation to have a Typhoid vaccination, and even protect yourself from Malaria; talk to your Doctor about what they advise before travelling to Manila.

Where to Stay When Visiting Manila

Depending on your budget there are plenty of places for you to stay in the Philippines, each with services to meet almost your every need. From 3-star hotels to 5-star hotels ranging from $50 to anything past
$300 you will find your own level of luxury. A popular hotel is the Dusit Thani Hotel Manila, which is suited for individual needs and for businesses. Included in the $150- $300 price is buffet breakfast,
furnished rooms and if you fancy it, food in the hotel restaurant.

Food in Manila

When in a foreign country it is always nice to try new foods, in the Philippines, you’ll find a wide use of spices – but don’t forget to try all the tradition foods in local restaurants in the city. However
if you aren’t so keen on the more exotic foods there will be traditional European style restaurants around as well. If you are feeling brave, try some native cuisine; Sinigang, a meat or fish dish, prepared with a sour broth, Kare-Kare a dish prepared with oxtail, stewed in peanut sauce, and can be served with shrimp paste known as bagoong. Try San Miguel the local beer, and well if you like your liquor try the Philippine rum, however there are other things on offer, fruits and rice dishes, so no matter your taste, and date of visit there will be something for you to try.

What to do in Manila

Whatever the reason for your trip, you must find time to explore this wonderful city, with incredible sites to see; it will be hard to pick one or two to see but they will certainly be worth it.
Manila Cathedral for example, the fifth version from the original, due to being destroyed by fires, earthquakes and war.

The National Museum of the Philippines – is also one to see, take a look at all the incredible history and culture of this country in one place.

Another place worth a visit is Bahoy Tsinoy, an amazing museum telling the story of the relationship between China and the Philippines, looking at how the culture has impacted on one another over time.

There is plenty to do and try in Manila; with everything sorted you will enjoy your stay whether it be for business or pleasure.

Alan is a guest blogger who writes about backpacking holidays at http://backpackingholidays.org.uk/

The reasons why you will love caravanning

You may feel like doing something a bit different for your next holiday, something that involves more freedom of choice and allows you to explore the great outdoors. More and more people are starting to jump on board with caravan holidays as they bring many advantages and possibilities to your well-deserved break.

The Caravan Club has outlined some of the reasons why people love caravanning.

Caravanning a mainstay of UK tourism
Caravanning a mainstay of UK tourism

Here are some of the reasons people love caravanning.

Freedom:

If you’re sick of having to plan each day of your holiday before its even started then the freedom that caravanning brings may be for you. Freedom is one of the main things that people love about caravanning. You won’t be controlled by train or bus schedules, hotel events or having to get up at ridiculous times of the day to catch your flight. The best bit about it is if you have had enough of the place that you were currently at, as you feel you have seen and done all the things you wanted to do, then just move on to the next place you wish to travel to. After all you are the driver of your holiday.

Affordability:

As you will be saving yourself money from the flight and hotel you didn’t have to book, it means having a bigger amount of disposable cash to play around with on your holiday. Although the main reason is to save yourself money and enjoy your break at the same time, caravanning will still provide this effect and leave you with money in your pocket by the end of your holiday. An added expense that usually crops up when taking a holiday is the cost of paying someone to look after your pets whilst you are away. Caravanning doesn’t involve this cost as you can take them along with you and also stay guilt free from leaving them behind.

The Great Outdoors:

Waking up to the sound of the birds and the bees can actually be quite tranquil. It’s the perfect time to be at one with nature and to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Choose where you set up camp wisely and you could have that peaceful break that has been much needed for a good while. You have the option to spend the morning relaxing outdoors to then venturing out into more built up surroundings if you wish, the choice is yours.

Seasonality:

Summer isn’t the only season that you may want to take a holiday; a break is deserved at any given time of the year. Most caravans are equipped with heating as well as insulation to keep the cold at bay. The idea of setting off in the winter and curling up with a good book or a board game sounds rather cosy and relaxing. You can even bring your home comforts along with you such as your favourite duvet cover or foods that you know will be hard to source whilst you are away.

Believe it or not, caravanning has actually become popular in recent years making this choice of holiday a common activity for all. What are you waiting for? Happy touring!

Bushfire Safety

 Australia is prone to bushfires so it is important that you are aware of how to prevent bushfires and be prepared in case of emergency.

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Bushfires are very common in Australia. This is for many reasons including the hot, dry climate and also due to the fact that Australia sometimes experiences droughts. Because bushfires are so common it is important that everyone is prepared through understanding why they happen and what can be done to prevent them.

What is a Bushfire?

There are two kinds of bushfires, bushfires and grassfires.

  • Bushfires are a slower moving fire that generates a lot of heat. Bushfires will pass through an area quickly but because of high temperatures they can smoulder for days.
  • Grassfires on the other hand pass very quickly, and do not smoulder for any longer than a few minutes.

Both bushfires and grassfires can cause extreme damage to crops, livestock, farming infrastructures, buildings and keen even claim lives.

What Causes a Bushfire?

In order for a bushfire to occur there needs to be fuel, oxygen and an ignition source. Bushfires normally occur for one of two reasons, either human activity or lightning.
Any bushfire that is created from human activity will occur either by accident or be started deliberately. Unfortunately arson means that sometimes bushfires are started intentionally. Other times people may start a fire for beneficial reasons in what is considered a controlled environment. Factors such as weather, wind conditions and drought can cause a fire to spread uncontrollably, making it extremely dangerous even in controlled conditions.

Bushfire Safety

Here are some things to remember to help ensure that you prevent causing a bushfire.

  • If you are dealing with fire near bush you MUST be extremely careful at all times.
  • A cigarette or match that has been lit has the potential to create a bushfire if it has not been put out properly.
  • Items such as bottles or mirrors can create a flame in the sun and that can cause devastating fires.
  • When camping make sure you never leave fires or flames unattended.

By keeping these things in mind at all times you can help prevent unintentionally beginning a fire.

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Handy Hints for Choosing Accommodation these Holidays

It is more than likely that over the holidays you will plan a trip away for yourself and your family. One of the most important things to consider when planning a holiday is accommodation.

A motel can provide great accommodation. A motel is best described as a roadside hotel. It is a place for people to spend a few nights while travelling that will provide them with a free car parking area.

Here are some things to keep in mind when choosing a motel:

Consider the cost. Before you even start to look for accommodation you need to think about how much money you are willing to spend. Price will also tend to increase depending on the number of people that will be staying. Once you know the area that you will be travelling to, research around and compare prices. This will give you a good idea of a fair price. Also keep in mind that during the holiday period prices are likely to increase.

Once you have decided that you want to go away the first thing you should do is book your accommodation. It is extremely important that you book in advance. Throughout the busiest times of year for example Christmas and New Years, motels will tend to book up well in advance.

Motels are often found just outside of the city center. If you are travelling to a certain area for sight seeing or to visit friends and family, you want to take into account the distance it will take you  to travel to these places. Location is an important factor to consider as you do not want to spend all of your time travelling from spot to spot. Try to find accommodation that is central to the places you will be visiting.

A great place to start your search for motels in the Nelson area, is to do a search on Gopher Nelson. Another great idea is to ask friends and family for recommendations.  If you know someone who has stayed in a motel and found the services to be of a good quality then you can trust that the same will be provided for you during your stay.  Once you’ve found a motel in the right place, for the right price at the right time – it’s time to book.
All the best planning your holiday!