Post Date Sep 5

Creative Games to Play While On Vacation

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Family vacations are something everyone looks forward to. Traveling with kids, however, can be challenging and expensive. Setting up a savings account is a great way to ensure all your tracks are covered before setting out on an adventure with the whole family. Looking into options like a market linked gic will help gain you the most funds while protecting your initial investment. If they’re not happy everyone feels stressed out, especially on long car trips. It doesn’t have to be that way! Planning ahead and bringing some simple, basic items along on the trip makes getting to your destination fun and memorable!

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Great Entertainment Items to Bring 
Items you bring to keep everyone entertained don’t have to be complicated or expensive. Here are some ideas to start with:

  • Pencils and pens
  • Washable markers
  • Loose-leaf paper or tablets
  • Small maps you’ve printed before the trip
  • A printed listing of car brands and styles
  • Yarn or other string
  • Laptop desks

With these materials, you can play traditional games like hangman, connect the dots or tic-tac-toe. You can also use printed maps to play the license plate game. Look for license plates from each state. When you see a plate, color in the state or make a check mark for each state. The person who finds license plates from the most states in a limited time wins.

Another fun game is searching for different models of cars and checking them off as they’re found. I Spy is another fun game, where you find things along the way and have others guess what you’ve found. Kids love these games. They help increase awareness of surroundings and help to improve skills like memory. With yarn, older kids may enjoy crocheting or knitting. Younger children love using yarn for homemade lace-up cards.

Games To Play With No Supplies

If you’re looking for games that require no accessories, here are some to try:

Telephone
A game where one person whispers a story and the next person whispers it to his seatmate and so forth until everyone has heard it. The last person repeats the story out loud. This causes laughs because the story is usually different from the original.

The Alphabet Game
Find items that begin with letters of the alphabet, or search for alphabet letters on signs or license plates. Go from A to Z and the first person to spell the alphabet wins.

Restaurant Game
Everyone thinks of their favorite restaurant like McDonald’s, Burger King or Taco Bell. Search for signs, billboards or radio commercial advertisements. The one who finds their restaurant name the most times is the winner.

Post Date Aug 29

More Than a Beach with Babes: Brazil is a World

Oh sure, there is Rio with the beaches of beautiful boys playing foot-volleyball and impeccable bikini clad girls. The city lets its hair down for Carnival and shakes everything a little harder to a Samba beat like no where else. What the World Cup in 2014 should have highlight for everyone is there is far more to the country that Rio. It is a big place and not everything is about the beach, football maybe, but it is more than a beach.

Rio Beaches

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There is the lung of the world, the Amazon basin rainforest. The cultural centers like Salvador. The economic engine of Sao Paulo. The natural wonder of Iquazu Falls. Even the beaches that stretch along its nearly 7500 km of coastline give a few more options than planting a chair in the sand at Rio. There is a whole diverse world to check out here and you aren’t getting there by sitting on your couch.

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You aren’t going to get anywhere fast in Brazil without hitting the skies either. This is a big place. Did a mention it was a whole world. Nope, you are going to be winging around if you are going to see anything. Don’t you worry either, flying in Brazil doesn’t require getting on some chicken bus equivalent airline. This is the real world here, not some bad 1960’s movie. TAM, the biggest airline in Brazil, is a full bells and whistle deal. Full reclining business class, executive lounge, cover the whole country kind of happiness experience.

TAM Airplane

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Some crazy people may tell you that you aren’t going to really get to know the country by flying. Sitting on a bus for 30 hours is the only way “really” meet people. Last time I checked the people next me on an airplane were just as real as the people on the bus. I just happened to have an extra day enjoying my destination instead of trying to sleep sitting up while my whole world bounced up, down and side to side. That extra day of being jostled on the bus isn’t really meeting people any more than having a pleasant conversation at 30,000 feet.

Explore Brazil beyond the beaches or at least explore more beaches but get out there and sample the world.

White as sand

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Post Date Aug 28

Romantic Things To Do In Australia

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If you’re in love and looking for a romantic adventure, you don’t have to look too far to find several ordinary activities that can be transformed into something extraordinary.

It’ doesn’t matter whether you’re strolling along a beach hand-in-hand, visiting a restaurant, or just admiring a city’s architecture – everything is that much more magical and has a crazy rose-tinted glow to it when you’re in love.

Some people prefer grand gestures as a way of showing their love, while others prefer to demonstrate their adoration for another person in more subtle and consistent ways. Whatever route you choose to take, there’s no doubt that there’s a little bit of a romantic in all of us.

If you’re looking for some romance and happen to live in Australia (or you’re traveling there and looking for some romantic spots), check out a few recommended romantic spots and activities for you and your lover.

Whitsunday Islands
Picture white sandy beaches and crystal blue water. This is what lies in store when you visit the Whitsunday Islands in Queensland, Australia. It’s a popular yachting destination, so you could cruise around on the waters while soaking up the sun, or take a walk along the sand, kayak, sail, and even pitch a tent overnight. If you’d prefer more luxurious overnight accommodation, there’s a resort where you and your partner can relax and enjoy the various activities on offer.

Great barrier reef – safari snorkel in the middle of the ocean
Snorkel through the Great Barrier Reef and witness the stunning marine life and array of coral types. Board a vessel at Cape Tribulation beach and head out into the waters to snorkel the immaculate areas of the Reef. There’s nothing quite like the combination of nature, sun, sand and ocean to help you reconnect with serenity and make you appreciate the beauty of life a bit more.

Fraser island – island made of sand
Located in Queensland, Fraser Island is a World Heritage site, and is the largest sand island in the world. The island also consists of rainforests and swamps and sand dunes. More of an adventure than anything else, you and your partner can venture through the fresh water lakes, the rainforest and experience the assorted wildlife.

Surfers paradise
Known by some as the “Miami of Australia”, Surfers Paradise is a suburb that serves as the hot-spot of entertainment and tourism in the Gold Coast. Expect to see fancy cars and palm trees, and to ride the waves, play frisbee, picnic on the beach or relax on the soft sands. There are tons of restaurants and cafes to choose from, and there are also spas that you can visit to rejuvenate after a long day of surfing and sun.

Balloon trip in the outback with champagne
For the ultimate way to relax, float with the clouds in a hot air balloon as you sip on champagne and take in the spectacular scenery. Spot a red kangaroo, and take aerial photographs of the stunning sights below.

A drive along the gold coast
This coastal city has so much on offer, it’s ridiculous. You can enjoy the vibrant nightlife on offer, and party until you drop. If you’re traveling in a car, you and your partner can stop off at Broadbeach, snorkel, and end the day off with a romantic picnic accompanied by wine or champagne.

Walk up Sydney harbour bridge
Get your gear on and prep yourself for the climb ahead. Ascend the arches and take in the gorgeous view of Sydney. When you eventually reach the summit of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, you’ll have an amazing 360 degree view of the harbour, the city and all the surroundings.

Have a fancy dinner at Crown Casino and Entertainment Complex
Stay overnight at the 5-star hotel, enjoy the water features, go shopping at various luxury brand stores, and gamble at the casino after dinner casino. Like the games at Euro Palace, Crown Casino has a massive game offering, including slots and popular table games like blackjack and roulette.

Post Date Aug 26

How To Make The Most Out Of A Boring Holiday

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4211498_70ac834c69_zWe’ve all been there before – fallen for the ‘Anne of Cleves’ effect and booked a vacation that looked great on the internet or in the magazines, only to be disappointed. Whether you’ve had a bad experience at the airport, a nasty taste at the local eateries or the area just plain wasn’t what you were expecting, we’ve come up with a few ways to keep you entertained should you need it.

For The Flight Delay

Booking a budget airline doesn’t always guarantee a speedy flight, but then neither does a pricy airline! Volcanoes, flight traffic controllers strikes and goodness knows what else can all leave us waiting around for hours again. Use this as an excuse to treat yourself: with all the duty free goodies out there, you can certainly show your credit card who’s boss. If you don’t want to break the bank, you can also use this as an opportunity to brush up on your foreign languages – consider purchasing a phrase book or even a local newspaper to make sure your linguistic skills are up to scratch.

For The Terrible Restaurant

So you’ve arrived at your destination and want to grab something to eat, but instead you’re overcharged, treated badly and served terrible food. What do you do? If you’re not too confident in complaining in a foreign language – take to every restaurateur’s nightmare – Trip Advisor. It might not get you your money back, but nothing is more satisfying than writing a scathing review and making it go live to warn off prospective customers. Consider it a public service.

For The Bad Weather

In the pictures, you were promised sunny days and sandy beaches, but somehow you’ve miscalculated and landed in the middle of monsoon season. Nil desperandum – there is a whole world of entertainment right at your fingertips. Any good hotel will have Wi-Fi – make sure you’re connected to avoid those roaming charges – and get online to play some ofyour favorite games.

If you’re stuck for which games to go for or are even a bit of a technophobe, why not revisit the old school by playing games at https://online.bingo.com? The age old practice has seen something of a resurgence in recent years and it’s no longer just the preserve of old ladies – with people playing the world over and winning a few pennies in the process, it’s no wonder it’s so popular and it’s certainly a lot of fun.

Whether you’ve got a mobile, tablet, or even want touse the hotel’s internet, you’ll never be bored with the wealth of games out there.

The most important thing you can do when confronted with a bad vacation however, is to stay positive. While you may be angry at the time, chances are you’ll look back on it in a few years and laugh – so take heed of these ideas and make the most of your time away.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Post Date Jul 16

Bingo Videos Celebrate Music

Have you ever played a game of bingo and wondered just how many distinctive calls there are for the numbers used in the game? Well, Costa Bingo have sought to answer all with a new campaign designed to teach you everything you need to know about the bingo lingo and the result is 90 fantastic videos celebrated everything from music to travel.

In one of our favourite clips – for number 76: trombones – you see two people miming the act of playing this distinctive instrument in a beautiful woodland surrounding. Proving that you can have plenty of fun in natural surroundings using nothing more than your imagination, it’s a great way to summarize the fun of the game.

Of course, the video is only representative on one particular call and there are plenty of others available to view on YouTube. Why not take a look now and discover a whole host of bingo calls you probably didn’t even know existed.